Posts Tagged ‘Indianapolis’

Mother Kills Son & Burns Down House Before Fatally Shooting Herself Following Breakup

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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In a murder-suicide case that has rocked Indiana, a 46-year-old mom reportedly depressed over a breakup killed her son, then set their house on fire and shot herself to death.

Carla Gilliland had gunned down her son Parker Gilliland-Wampler, 15, and their dead bodies were discovered inside their burning house in Ellettsville, Indiana on Thursday.

The Monroe County Coroner has ruled Parker’s death a homicide, and his mother’s death a suicide.

A source told Indianapolis news station WTHR that Gilliland had hit a rough patch over a “family breakup,” while Sheriff’s Detective Sgt Brad Swain said Gilliland had been recently embroiled in “domestic issues” involving Gilliland and Parker’s father and had hinted about wanting to hurt herself and the boy.

A neighbor said, “She’s just been sad lately, depress[ed]. Some issues she didn’t share. [We] tried to help out as much as we could. It’s just a tragedy.”

But Gilliland’s daughter Katie has charged that the crime was preventable, as police apparently didn’t intervene when Parker expressed concern about his mom’s behavior and they had visited the home.

Katie Gilliland, Parker’s older sister, wrote on Facebook that cops simply didn’t act: “I would like everyone to know. That the system failed,” she wrote. “It failed me. And it most certainly failed my baby brother. CPS and [Sheriff’s] department were aware that [P]ark was afraid for his life to be in that house…Yet they made him go back.”

3 Held Without Bond In Fatal House Explosion

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

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(AP) — Residents whose Indianapolis homes were battered by a gas explosion and relatives of a couple who were killed packed a court hearing Monday for the three suspects charged with rigging the blast.

The crowd watched in grim silence as a Marion County judge entered not guilty pleas for Monserrate Shirley, her boyfriend Mark Leonard, and his brother, Bob Leonard. They are charged with murder, arson and other counts in the Nov. 10 blast.

The three, who appeared in court in orange jail jumpsuits and handcuffs, were ordered held without bond. Prosecutors say Shirley and the Leonard brothers deliberately blew up her home so they could collect the insurance payout.

The fiery blast destroyed five homes, including Shirley’s, and damaged dozens of others in the Richmond Hill subdivision in the far south side of the city. The explosion killed Shirley’s next-door neighbors, John Dion Longworth, a 34-year-old electronics expert, and his 36-year-old wife, second-grade teacher Jennifer Longworth. Shirley and Mark Leonard told investigators they were at a southern Indiana casino at the time of the blast.

John Dion Longworth’s aunt, Pam Mosser, a psychiatric nurse who attended the hearing on the back of a 16-hour shift, said it is important for people to know how her family suffered while the suspects apparently gave no thought for their neighbors’ lives.

“Dion and Jennifer died suffering and screaming. It is unbelievable to me that someone could be gambling and drinking while their house blows up and people are dying,” Mosser told reporters after the hearing.

NCAA Slaps Penn State Football With a $60MILLION Fine Four Year Postseason Ban And Must Vacate ALL Wins From 1998-2011 In Wake Of Child Sex Scandal

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Penn State has been forced to surrender $60million in fines, a four-year postseason ban and must surrender all wins between 1998 and 2011 following months of turmoil resulting from an appalling child sex scandal.

The NCAA announced the punishments today against the university’s football programme.

The governing body’s actions also include a five-year probation and a reduction of scholarships for the next four, NCAA president Mark Emmert announced during a press conference in Indianapolis.

Incredible Video Shows Naked Man Escape Three Police Officers

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

A rampaging naked man used ‘ninja-style’ moves to repeatedly escape being pinned down by three police officers – even after they tasered him.

Incredible footage shows the man storming down busy Indianapolis streets lashing out at anyone who approaches him before the officers catch up with him.

He throws a punch at one policeman before another officer fires the man with a taser gun. The suspect crumbles to the ground, seemingly defeated, but the fight is only just beginning.

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Man Forced Girlfriend To Have Sex With Her Son, 10, And Two Other Boys

Monday, April 9th, 2012

A man has been charged with forcing his former girlfriend to have sex with her 10-year-old son and two other young boys.

Mark McCoy, 41, allegedly held his girlfriend down as he made the three boys, aged 9 and 10, put their genitals in the woman’s face.

He now faces 28 charges, including multiple counts of molesting a child and intimidation, after one of the boys told police of the alleged crimes.

The sickening attacks allegedly took place in McCoy’s Westside, Indianapolis home in January 2011.

According to an eight-page affidavit, the boy told police in an interview that McCoy forced him to ‘participate in sexual acts with his mother’.

While speaking with police in February, the boy told officers McCoy forced him to watch a pornographic movie, WISHTV.com reported.

Tom Brady’s Wife, Model Gisele Bundchen Throws His Teammates Under The Bus After Patriots Super Bowl Loss To Giants “My Husband Cannot F*cking Throw The Ball & Catch At The Same Time” (Video)

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Gisele Bundchen was in no mood to hear trash talking from New York Giants fans after her husband Tom Brady’s New England Patriots team lost to them in the Super Bowl yesterday.

Bundchen was leaving her luxury suite at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis following the 21-17 loss when a fan yelled at her.

“Eli rules!” the fan exclaimed, referring to Giants quarterback Eli Manning. “Eli owns your husband!”

Bundchen didn’t reply directly to the fan, but told a friend walking with her the Patriots receivers were to blame for the loss.

“You (have) to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball,” she said. “My husband cannot f*cking throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.”

Bundchen had to be referring to wide receiver Wes Welker and tight end Aaron Hernadez, both of whom dropped key fourth quarter passes.

After the game Welker seemed to agree with Bundchen.

11 injured in LMFAO crowd in Indy

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Overwhelming “human gridlock” in Indianapolis’ Super Bowl Village was causing police to rethink crowd control Saturday on the eve of the big game.

Eleven people were injured Friday night as an estimated 50,000 people flooded downtown streets for a free outdoor concert by the band LMFAO. Two other people were injured Friday separate from the concert-going group. Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub said none of the injuries were serious, most involving shortness of breath or scraped knees.

Officials were still tweaking their downtown plan Saturday as they prepared for more concerts and activities before kickoff, and they seemed to be pleased with the early results.

“The crowd, everything is great,” Indianapolis Department of Public Safety Capt. Kevin Givens said Saturday night. “We’ve not having any problems with overcrowding.”

The less-favorable weather conditions Saturday might have had something to do with that as mist changed to drizzling rain, with temperatures in the 30s. There was bumper-to-bumper traffic on some streets heading into downtown, but as of 10 p.m., police had not reported any injuries or arrests.

Police made a total of 22 arrests Friday night, mostly for public intoxication. One police car was damaged after concert-goers climbed on top of it to get a better view of the stage.

To make more room for people downtown, police closed down some streets completely and others just to inbound traffic. Additional officers were stationed near Super Bowl Village.

Rumors of stampedes, stage collapses and gunshots abounded on social-networking site Twitter as crowds grew Friday, and Straub said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers investigated them all and found no problems. He said reports of officers using pepper spray, Tasers or force of any kind to control the crowd were all false.

Super Bowl Host Committee spokeswoman Dianna Boyce said despite its overwhelming size, the crowd was good-natured and caused few problems.

“It looked like a lot of people having a good time,” Boyce said. “When you have 200,000 people, you have to continue to keep everyone safe.”

Kaitlyn Blacha of West Lafayette and her friends went downtown to see LMFAO Friday night, but Georgia Street was already so packed that they couldn’t even see the stage. She said the crowd trying to get to the stage was mostly young, drunk, college-age kids. In the span of an hour, she was able to move about a block and was pushed from behind several times.

“At times, I was pinned so tightly I didn’t even have to hold my body up,” Blacha said. “Nobody could turn back. We were just stuck.”

About an hour after arriving, she said security officers began ushering crowds down nearby alleys to alleviate some of the pressure on Georgia Street. She went down an alley and tried to return to Super Bowl Village but entrances were blocked off. She and her friends instead headed for a nearby bar.

“I never felt scared for my safety,” she said. “It was Friday night and we were going downtown. We got what we deserved.”

In preparation for free outdoor concerts from the bands Umphrey’s McGee and O.A.R. on Saturday, Straub said between 650 and 700 officers will be on duty in the downtown area, 50 more than originally planned. Officers were prepared to close off access to the Super Bowl Village if crowds became too unruly.

Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent bring Super Bowl Week to a Standstill

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Martin Rogers describes how boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and rapper 50 Cent’s promotional stunt jammed the streets of Indianapolis.

Feds shut down sports streaming sites before Super Bowl 2012

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

With the Super Bowl days away, federal authorities announced a crackdown on sites that stream unauthorized broadcasts of sports events.

The announcement today came just hours after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told reporters in Indianapolis that he watched last year’s game on an illegal site.

Investigators seized 16 sites and brought criminal charges against a Michigan man who controlled nine of them.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara warned sports fans in a release that piracy costs sports leagues and broadcasters millions of dollars, forcing increases in ticket prices and other costs to consumers.

His message came soon after Brady casually mentioned his own use of illegal websites during a news conference staged in preparation for the Super Bowl on Sunday between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly has admitted to watching one of the sites.