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NASCAR Hauler Parade paves way for Brickyard 400

Before the start of the 2019 NASCAR Hauler Parade in Speedway, Indiana

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

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) — NASCAR fans came out in droves Friday to kick off another Brickyard 400 weekend with the 2019 NASCAR Hauler Parade.

Downtown Speedway had a night of fun for the entire family and a chance to meet some of NASCAR’s biggest stars.

NASCAR haulers are also a part of this show and it’s all completely free to attend.

Family-friendly games and events include face painting and live music and then at 8 p.m. fans can watch NASCAR’s gleaming, colorful haulers make their way down Main Street to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

All IN’s Randall Newsome bumped into a couple fans experiencing the parade for the first time, but they are no strangers to the NASCAR atmosphere.

“It’s amazing,” John Clay said.

“It’s electrifying seeing all the cars out and seeing all the fans out, and it’s a big opportunity for Speedway to shine worldwide.”

Some big names in NASCAR are spending the evening with the younger race fans. Former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and 2003 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard winner Kevin Harvick participated in a kids-only autograph session starting at 5:30 p.m.

A look at Brickyard 400 preprations

News 8 at 6:00 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Erik Jones, 2017 Indiana 250 winner William Byron and NASCAR’s most recent Cup Series winner, will compete in kid-friendly activities.

The parade concludes at 8 p.m.

Click here for more information and the full schedule for the parade.

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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.

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