WISH Patrol heads back to school for special surprise

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Students across Central Indiana are heading back to school, and so is the WISH Patrol!

Educators know the importance of starting the school year off on the right foot.

In partnership with Teachers’ Treasures, the WISH Patrol visited Louis B. Russell Jr. Indianapolis Public School #48 recently to surprise the students and teachers with a first day of school they will never forget.

“It’s nothing but a blessing and opportunity for our students to be prepared,” said Principal Arthur Hinton. “It’s knowing that folks care. It’s knowing that there’s somebody out there that’s supporting you and knowing that they believe in you.”

Preview the latest WISH Patrol surprise above. Catch the full surprise Thursday on News 8 at 10 p.m.

To nominate someone for the WISH Patrol, click here.


Investigation leads to 48-year-old Mitchell man’s arrest

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – One man was taken into custody Tuesday evening following an investigation, according to the Indiana State Police.

Jackie Leatherman, 48, of Mitchell, was arrested Tuesday, despite his attempts to run from officers. ISP said the investigation, which resulted in Leatherman’s arrest, began following the Jan. 9 death of Kevin Bowden.

Search warrants, evidence and interviews with witnesses indicated that Leatherman had dealt Bowden the controlled substances that led to his death.

Bowden’s cause of death was determined to have been caused by Fentanyl toxicity along with moderate methamphetamine toxicity.

Leatherman, who has been transported to the Lawrence County Jail, faces preliminary charges of dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death, resisting law enforcement and battery on law enforcement resulting in bodily injury.