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Indiana Fever will make Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse temporary home

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana Fever has announced the team’s temporary home venue will be at Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse beginning in the 2020 season.

The team is relocating due to a multi-year project at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

“On behalf of our entire organization, we are extremely thankful to have such a great community partner in Butler University,” commented Pacers Sports & Entertainment President Rick Fuson. “We look forward to bringing the best of women’s professional basketball to Hinkle Fieldhouse – which is an incredible venue to showcase our state’s beloved game.”

According to a press release, the team will play their home games on Butler’s campus for the 2020, 2021 and part of the 2022 seasons.

The renovations to Bankers Life Fieldhouse are set to happen mostly in the summer months following the Indiana Pacers’ 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons.

“As we temporarily move from one fieldhouse to another, we could not be happier to have this great relationship with Butler University,” said Fever President Dr. Allison Barber. “We will do everything in our power to make sure this change of venues runs as smoothly as possible for our fans, our players, our staff and all friends and supporters of the Fever. The game of basketball is so important to Hoosiers and we are excited to bring the WNBA back to Hinkle Fieldhouse after playing a preseason game there in 2004.”

Hinkle Fieldhouse was constructed in 1928 and it was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The facility was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

“With nearly $50 million invested in Hinkle Fieldhouse over the last few years, Butler has been able to preserve the charm of our national historic landmark while also adding new amenities for our fans,” said Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier. “This investment has provided Butler with the opportunity to host a great franchise in the Indiana Fever over the next few seasons. PS&E is a partner that Butler has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with, and I am confident that our university and Hinkle Fieldhouse will continue to deliver a tremendous experience for the basketball fans of our community.”

The Fever will return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse following the finalization of the facility upgrades.

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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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