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Indy police didn’t need to shoot man with machete, witness says
A witness who saw the fatal shooting of a man with a machete by Indianapolis police on Monday said the officers did not need to use lethal force. The witness, who did not want to be identified, said the man was walking away from the officers when they opened fire. He said the man did not pose a threat to anyone and was not acting aggressively.
The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. near the intersection of East 10th Street and North Rural Street. Police said they were responding to a report of a person with a knife who had threatened someone. They said they found the man with a machete and tried to use a stun gun on him, but it was ineffective. They said the man then moved toward them with the machete, prompting them to shoot him.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released yet. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. The witness said he hopes the officers will be held accountable for their actions.
12 big fall concerts and more not to miss around Indianapolis
Fall is a busy season for live music in Indianapolis, with many concerts and festivals happening around the city. Whether you are looking for rock, pop, country, hip-hop, or something else, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the big fall concerts and more not to miss around Indianapolis:
- Harry Styles – The former One Direction member will bring his Love On Tour to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 5. He will perform songs from his latest album Fine Line, as well as some of his previous hits. Tickets are still available online.
- Dave Matthews Band – The popular jam band will return to Ruoff Music Center on September 22 and 23 for two nights of music. They will play songs from their extensive catalog, as well as some new material from their upcoming album. Tickets are sold out online, but you may find some on resale sites.
- Garth Brooks – The country superstar will headline the first concert at Lucas Oil Stadium since 2019 on October 9. He will play his classic hits, as well as some new songs from his upcoming album Fun. Tickets are still available online.
- Lizzo – The Grammy-winning singer and rapper will perform at White River State Park on September 17 as part of her Cuz I Love You Too Tour. She will sing her catchy tunes, such as Truth Hurts, Juice, and Good As Hell. Tickets are sold out online, but you may find some on resale sites.
- NF – The Michigan-based rapper will bring his Clouds Tour to Indiana Farmers Coliseum on October 16. He will rap his emotional and introspective lyrics, such as Let You Down, The Search, and Clouds. Tickets are still available online.
- Alanis Morissette – The Canadian singer-songwriter will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her iconic album Jagged Little Pill at Ruoff Music Center on September 15. She will perform the album in its entirety, as well as some of her other hits, such as Ironic, You Oughta Know, and Hand In My Pocket. Tickets are still available online.
- Indy Jazz Fest – The annual festival will take place at various venues around the city from September 16 to 25. It will feature local and national jazz artists, such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joshua Redman, Anat Cohen, and more. Tickets are available online for individual shows or for passes.
- Holler On The Hill – The outdoor music festival will return to Garfield Park on September 18 and 19 after a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic. It will showcase indie rock, folk, Americana, and more genres from artists such as Mt. Joy, Shovels & Rope, Strand Of Oaks, and more. Tickets are available online for single-day or weekend passes.
- Elton John – The legendary singer and pianist will bring his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 24 and 25 in 2023. He will play his timeless songs, such as Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, Your Song, and more. Tickets are sold out online, but you may find some on resale sites.
- Genesis – The influential rock band will reunite for their first tour in 14 years and stop at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 29. They will play their classic hits, such as Invisible Touch, Land Of Confusion, That’s All, and more. Tickets are still available online.
- Billie Eilish – The young pop star will bring her Happier Than Ever Tour to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 25 in 2023. She will perform songs from her latest album Happier Than Ever, as well as some of her previous hits, such as Bad Guy, Everything I Wanted, and Therefore I Am. Tickets are sold out online, but you may find some on resale sites.
- Justin Bieber – The pop sensation will bring his Justice World Tour to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on June 25 in 2023. He will perform songs from his latest album Justice, as well as some of his previous hits, such as Sorry, Love Yourself, and Peaches. Tickets are still available online.
The legend of the notoriously deadly Jungle Park Speedway
Jungle Park Speedway was a dirt track racing venue that operated from 1926 to 1960 in Parke County, Indiana. It was known for its high-speed races, thrilling crashes, and fatal accidents. It was also known for its wild atmosphere, with rowdy fans, bootleggers, and gamblers.
The track was built by Earl Padgett, a former racer who wanted to create a challenging course for drivers and spectators. He carved out a half-mile oval in the woods along Sugar Creek, with steep banks and sharp turns. He named it Jungle Park Speedway because of the dense vegetation and wildlife around it.
The track attracted some of the best drivers of the era, such as Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose, Tony Bettenhausen, and Bill Holland. They competed in various types of races, such as sprint cars, midgets, stock cars, and motorcycles. They also faced many dangers, such as flying debris, mechanical failures, fires, and collisions.
The track claimed the lives of at least 12 drivers and one spectator over the years. Some of the most notorious crashes include:
- In 1936, Al Miller crashed into a tree and was thrown out of his car. He landed on a fence post and was impaled through his chest. He died on the way to the hospital.
- In 1941, Bob Sall crashed into the wall and flipped over several times. He was ejected from his car and landed on the track. He was run over by another car and killed instantly.
- In 1950, Dick Linder crashed into the wall and burst into flames. He was trapped in his car and burned to death.
- In 1955, Dick Gaines crashed into the wall and flipped over the fence. He landed in the parking lot and hit a parked car. He died on the spot.
The track also witnessed many near-fatal accidents, such as:
- In 1938, Rex Mays crashed into the wall and broke his neck. He survived but never raced again.
- In 1949, Duke Dinsmore crashed into the wall and lost his left eye. He survived and continued to race with a patch.
- In 1952, Johnny Thomson crashed into the wall and suffered severe head injuries. He survived but lost his memory for several months.
The track closed in 1960 after Padgett died of a heart attack. It was abandoned and left to decay for decades. It became a popular destination for urban explorers, ghost hunters, and history buffs. In 2017, it was purchased by a group of investors who plan to restore it and reopen it as a museum and event venue.
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