Indiana News

Gov. Holcomb rappels down building during fundraiser

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Indiana’s governor last year asked Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana to keep the lines of communication open on the group’s efforts to reduce infant mortality.

Gov. Eric Holcomb heard back, and the organization asked him to rappel down a building Saturday as part of a fundraiser called Over the Edge. He did just that at the Centier Bank Corporate Centre, just off I-65 near Southlake Mall in Merrillville.

Andrea Sherwin, president and CEO of the mental health group, said in a news release before the event, “I’m not sure the Governor expected his invitation to result in being asked to go five stories Over The Edge, but we are thrilled to announce that he has accepted the challenge with excitement and enthusiasm.”

The mental health group has served northwest Indiana since 1957. Saturday’s event was designed to raise awareness of critical health and wellness challenges facing northern Indiana families and children. The event raised more than $61,000 in donations for Lake Area United Way, The Food Bank, the Boys & Girls Club, Meals on Wheels, Mental Health America and Tradewinds Services Inc. , the Times of Northwest Indiana reported. The governor joined about 50 people who rappelled.


Live: City officials, community members meet to discuss violence in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis officials and community members will meet Tuesday night in the WISH-TV studio to discuss violence in our city.

News 8’s Brooke Martin and Phil Sanchez will be the hosts of City in Crisis – A Crime Watch 8 Special, an hour-long, commercial-free discussion at 6 p.m.

Brooke and Phil will be leading the discussion along with elected officials, law enforcement and community activists.

Attending the discussion are:

  • James Wilson, community leader
  • Rev Rodney Francis, Employ Indy
  • Melinda Coleman, community leader
  • Josh Minkler, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana
  • Tanya McKinzie, President & CEO of the Indiana Black Expo
  • Rick Snyder, President of FOP Lodge 86
  • Rev. Charles Harrison, Ten Point Coalition
  • Shonna Majors, Community Violence Reduction Director
  • Chief Randal Taylor, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
  • Dr. Jeremy Carter, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Tony Mason, President & CEO of Indianapolis Urban League

The discussion will be live on WISH-TV,, the WISH-TV news app and our Facebook page.

The program will re-air on MyINDY-TV 23 at 10 p.m.