INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police on Monday were seeking help to find a missing 24-year-old woman who may be in need of medical assistance.
Rachel Young was described as 5 feet 3 inches and 112 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says Young was last seen Feb. 2 in the 8100 block of Clearvista Parkway. That is at Community Hospital North off of East 82nd Street and Shadeland Ave.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911, the IMPD missing persons’ unit at 317-327-6160, or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An employee of a hardware and garden center is in critical condition after a shooting following a crash that happened on Keystone Avenue, Indianapolis police say.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was called to a report of shots fired at 3:22 p.m. Monday at the Shell gas station at 7024 N. Keystone.
Investigators learned that the shooting happened after two or three vehicles were in a crash at East 71st Street and Keystone.
After the crash, the vehicles pulled into the parking lot of the gas station. After the third vehicle pulled into the lot, the driver from another vehicle began shooting at that vehicle. That driver fled the scene but returned shortly after. Investigators apprehended the suspect without incident. Police did not identify the suspect.
A woman employed at Sullivan’s Hardware and Garden Center was shot somehow during the incident. She was taken to the hospital where she was said to be in critical condition. Police did not identify the woman.
The store had a closed sign on its door Monday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fictional soccer coach Ted Lasso used a White House visit Monday to encourage people, even in politically divided Washington, to make it a point to check in often with friends, family and co-workers to “ask how they’re doing, and listen, sincerely,”
Comedian Jason Sudeikis, who plays the title character — an American coaching a soccer team in London — and other cast members were meeting with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to talk about how mental health contributes to overall well-being.
Mental health and looking after one another is a theme of the show, Sudeikis told reporters from behind the lectern as he helped press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre open her daily White House briefing. The Emmy-winning, feel-good show on Apple TV+ just opened its third season.
“While it’s easier said than done, we also have to know that we shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help ourselves,” said Sudeikis. “That does take a lot, especially when it’s something that has such a negative stigma to it, such as mental health and it doesn’t need to be that way.
“And if you can ask for that help from a professional, fantastic,” he continued. “If it needs to be a loved one, equally as good, in a lot of ways.”
Mental health is part of Biden’s bipartisan “unity agenda.” He also has called on lawmakers to direct more resources toward fighting what some say is a crisis. The administration also has surged funding to bolster a new 988 suicide and crisis line, and to put more mental-health professionals in schools.
Sudeikis said there should be no stigma attached to reaching out for help because everyone knows someone who has needed someone to lean on, or has been that person themselves.
“No matter who you are, no matter where you live, no matter who you voted for, we all probably, I assume, we all know someone who has, or have been that someone ourselves actually, that’s struggled, that’s felt isolated, that’s felt anxious, that has felt alone,” he said.
“It’s actually one of the many things, believe it or not, that we all have in common as human beings,” Sudeikis continued. “That means it’s something that we can all, you know, and should, talk about with one another when we’re feeling that way or when we recognize that in someone feeling that way.”
He issued a special appeal for folks in the nation’s capital.
“I know in this town a lot of folks don’t always agree, right, and don’t always feel heard, seen, listened to,” Sudeikis said. “But I truly believe we should all do our best to help take care of each other. That’s my own personal belief. I think that’s something that everyone up here on stage believes in.”
The Bidens have seen some of “Ted Lasso” and are familiar with its messages of hope and kindness, according to the White House.
Joining Sudeikis at the daily briefing were cast members Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt and Toheeb Jimoh.
Sudeikis and his cast members were the latest entertainers to visit the White House and associate themselves with issues the Democratic president and first lady are raising awareness about.
Singer Olivia Rodrigo visited during the pandemic to help encourage young people like herself to get vaccinated against COVID-19. BTS, the popular Korean boy band, helped promote Asian inclusion and combat bias against Asian Americans.
Actor Matthew McConaughey delivered a passionate appeal for tighter gun laws last year after the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers.
Singer/actors Mary J. Blige and Selena Gomez participated in separate events with Jill Biden focused on cancer awareness and youth mental health, respectively.
GARY, Ind. (WISH) — Legendary rockers and Chicago band STYX will be performing at the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana‘s Hard Rock live venue on Friday, October 13.
STYX will show us the way with the release of their new studio album, Crash of the Crown. The album was written pre-pandemic and recorded during the chaotic times of the shutdown, its songs channeling themes of hope, prosperity, and survival.
Crash of the Crown is the follow-up album to STYX’s 2017 album, The Mission. Crash of the Crown will release on June 18. Fans can pre-order it here. It is also available to stream and for digital download.
STYX, formed in 1972, is known for their hard rock medlied with acoustic instruments, synthesizers, power ballads, and international musical theater, and is best known for hits like “Come Sail Away,” “Lady,” and “Mr. Roboto.”
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m.
FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — The City of Fishers has announced plans for rebuilding the heavily-traveled Allisonville Road Corridor.
After reporting findings from a study done by the Allisonville Road Steering Committee, plans are now underway to implement road and walkability improvements, boost greenspace and enhance vibrancy, and encourage new development along the corridor.
Joe Eaton, co-chair of the Allisonville Road Steering Committee, says that the community was incredibly involved with the Steering Committee’s work.
“We hosted a community workshop, focus groups, and an online survey where over 1,500 residents provided feedback and input about what they wanted to see, both in the short-term and long-term, with the corridor,” Eaton said.
The Mayor of Fishers, Scott Fadness, established the Allisonville Road Steering Committee in 2022, and he said that “the transformation of Allisonville Road is a long-range project that will take some years to complete but we have significant things happening in the early chapters of that transformation … “
Fadness says that these improvements, including “road improvements, a new park on the southern end, and several economic development projects” are a part of the plan to transform the entire corridor.
To improve road conditions, the City of Fishers is expected to complete the reconstruction of an existing intersection at 96th Street and Allisonville Road by the end of this year, turning it into a two-lane roundabout.
The City of Fishers also expects to begin construction on another roundabout at 116th Street and Allisonville Road next spring, improving traffic flow and the aesthetics of the area.
In addition to this plan, Kroger has announced building a new location across the street from their current location in Fishers. The new store will include a wider assortment of fresh produce, expanded Kroger Pickup, wider aisles, a Starbucks, and even fresh popcorn.
The City of Fishers is also in the early stages of improving greenspace and care for the corridor, including designing new medians and other beautification efforts.
Additional opportunities to provide feedback on the future of Allisonville Road will be offered later this year, with a focus on the White River, connectivity, and the city’s trail system.
For more information on the Allisonville Road Corridor revival, visit their website.
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A Hamilton County deputy and his police dog partner were congratulated for their work in finding a missing 12-year-old Sunday morning.
At 4 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Neal Hoard and K-9 Maudie were dispatched in search of a missing 12-year-old by the Noblesville Police Department.
The juvenile was last seen around 3 a.m. Sunday. Hoard and K-9 Maudie began tracking using a piece of the subject’s clothing as a scent article at 4:30 a.m.
After tracking for some distance in the surrounding neighborhood, Maudie indicated on a fence that the missing juvenile was in the yard enclosure behind. The search team was then able to locate the subject.
The subject was taken to the hospital but no injuries were reported.
The total distance of the track was 1,400 yards, or around three-quarters of a mile. Hoard and Maudie were recognized for their hard work through Facebook on Sunday morning.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Robbery detectives made an arrest on March 16 in connection to a series of robberies, dating back as far as September 2022.
21-year-old Trelandice Moore was arrested for his alleged role in five Facebook Marketplace armed robberies on the north side of Indianapolis.
IMPD North District officers responded to a call on March 14 on a report of the robbery of a person and were able to identify Moore as a suspect in this incident.
Moore was apprehended on March 16 by the North District and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force without incident. Moore was in possession of a firearm when taken into custody.
The investigation is still ongoing.
EATON, Ind. (WISH) — Ground searches for a missing 14-year-old Eaton boy were to conclude at sundown Monday, a deputy chief of the Eaton Police Department says in a video on Facebook.
Scottie Morris was last seen at 8:30 p.m. March 17 in Eaton, 76 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
Deputy Chief Chris Liggett says no new information has come to light. Agencies will meet Tuesday to discuss how to proceed.
Search parties formed last week to look for Morris.
The Eaton Police Department announced Sunday on Facebook that the Indiana State Police are investigating wooded areas, tree lines, and rivers with helicopters and infrared cameras.
The Eaton Police Department also released a statement Sunday morning on Facebook requesting Eaton residents check their security camera footage or doorbell footage for any sign of Morris.
Anyone with information on Morris’s whereabouts was asked to contact the Eaton Police Department at 765-396-3297 or 911.
News 8’s Gregg Montgomery contributed to this report.
(CNN) — Customs officers at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport made an unusual — and potentially dangerous — discovery in a passenger’s luggage: Six giant African snails.
The snails, which were alive, were found in the suitcase of a traveler who arrived in Detroit from the west African country of Ghana, according to a Friday news release from US Customs and Border Protection.
The critters are considered a “prohibited organism” in the US because they can cause diseases in humans and can wreak significant havoc in the environment if released in the wild, according to the news release.
Despite this, people around the world eat the snails and keep them as pets in some countries.
“Our CBP officers and agriculture specialists work diligently to target, detect, and intercept potential threats before they have a chance to do harm to U.S. interests,” said port director Robert Larkin in the news release. “The discovery of this highly invasive pest truly benefits the health and well-being of the American people.”
Native to east Africa, the snails can grow up to 8-inches long. Giant African snails can carry a parasite called rat lungworm that leads to meningitis in humans. In addition, they eat at least 500 different types of plants, and even consume the plaster and stucco off houses as a source of calcium, which can lead to environmental damage if they are released into the wild, Customs and Border Protection said.
In July, a Florida county was placed under quarantine after officials discovered a fast-growing population of the snails. The population was thought to have originated in the illegal pet trade.
A previous population of giant African snails found in Miami-Dade County took 10 years and millions of dollars and to be fully eradicated. The snails can produce up to 2,500 eggs per year, so the population is difficult to control.
(AP) — “ Shazam! Fury of the Gods ” felt the fury of the marketplace in its theatrical debut this weekend. The New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. superhero movie opened to a disappointing $30.5 million from 4,071 theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The “Shazam!” sequel fell short of its modest expectations ($35 million) as well as the first film in the series ($53.5 million in April 2019), and earned a place on the very low end of modern DC comics movie launches, between “Birds of Prey” ($33 million in February 2020) and “The Suicide Squad” ($26.2 million in August 2021), both of which were R-rated.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” brought back Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody and Djimon Hounsou, and added Helen Mirren, Rachel Zegler and Lucy Liu. Critics, many of whom found the first film charming, were largely underwhelmed by this outing. It currently holds a 53% Rotten Tomatoes critic score.
Audiences were more positive about the sequel, giving it a B+ CinemaScore overall. Younger crowds were even more favorable.
“This movie clearly was lighter than we thought it would be,” said Jeff Goldstein, the head of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. “We know there’s a rolling spring break over the next few weeks when kids are available, which is who it’s targeted towards. We’re hopeful that we can get a big multiple.”
“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” cost a reported $125 million to produce, not factoring in marketing and promotion costs. Internationally, it grossed $35 million from 77 overseas markets including China, bringing its total earnings to $65.5 million.
The DC shop at Warner Bros. has been going through a major recalibration for the past several months, with new bosses in James Gunn and Peter Safran forging a path ahead for the DC Universe that will officially kick off with a new “Superman” in 2025. “Shazam! 2” was one of several holdovers of the old regime, which includes “The Flash” coming in June and a new “Aquaman” in December.
“Part of our company’s total overhaul of DC with Peter Safran and James Gunn is to reset it for the future,” Goldstein said. “It’s all about the future for us.”
For Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore, there’s a silver lining in that Warner Bros. and DC have “another No. 1 under their belt.”
“They’re trying to readjust and realign the brand,” Dergarabedian said. “You don’t change the trajectory for a brand as big as DC without it taking some time. This is a work in progress and this is one step in that journey.”
Second place went to “Scream IV” in its second weekend in theaters. The horror pic, distributed by Paramount, fell 61% from its debut and added $17.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $76 million.
In its third weekend, “Creed III” grossed an additional $15.4 million to land in the No. 3 spot. The film, directed by and starring Michael B. Jordan has now earned $127.7 million in North America. “65” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” rounded out the top five with $5.8 million and $4.1 million, respectively.
Following its Oscar sweep last Sunday, A24 added over 1,000 screens for an encore “ Everything Everywhere All At Once ” run, where it earned an additional $1.2 million. “The Whale,” for which Brendan Fraser won best actor, played on 509 screens and made $145,230.
“What audiences are enjoying right now is a diversity of content,” Dergarabedian said. “Overall, it’s shaping up to be a strong month with ‘ Creed III ’ and ‘ Scream VI ’ getting franchise best debuts. We may see the same with ‘John Wick 4’.”
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore, with Wednesday through Sunday in parentheses. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. 1. “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” $30.5 million. 2. “Scream VI,” $17.5 million. 3. “Creed III,” $15.4 million. 4. “65,” $5.8 million. 5. “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” $4.1 million. 6. “Cocaine Bear,” $3.9 million. 7. “Jesus Revolution,” $3.5 million. 8. “Champions,” $3 million. 9. “Avatar: The Way of Water,” $1.9 million. 10. “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” $1.5 million.