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Indy Eleven hosts Fan Appreciation Night

Indy Eleven Fan Appreciation Night

Randall Newsome | All In - News 8 at 4 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indy Eleven soccer team was hosting its last regular season home game Wednesday night, and it’s showing fans some appreciation.

John Koluder, Indy Eleven communications and marketing director, said Wednesday that regardless of the final score they will have some special gifts for their loyal fan base.

“Results aside, we’re giving away 1,000 of our annual team posters and we’re also starting a game-worn jersey auctions after the game that go through our playoff run,” Koluder said.

With a win or a tie, they also have a chance to host a playoff game.

“With everything (we have) on the line as far as post-season implications, it’s going to be an even bigger deal here,” Koluder said.

If you’re wondering what home field advantage means to this team, check their recent record.

“It’s been since last July since we’ve lost at home,” Koluder said. “It’s one of the best home runs in league history.”

He said the presence of the fans gives the team an edge that sets it apart from other teams in the league and he’s hopeful that the same energy will carry them on a solid playoff run.

“They’re singing, chanting and waving flags 90 minutes straight and it’s that energy that our team has really fueled off of for the last year and a half,” Koluder said.

The game will air starting at 7 p.m. on MyINDY TV-23.


2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.