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Indiana attorney general on avoiding scams after tornadoes

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Avoiding scams will be a priority for the thousands of people affected by tornadoes in March in Indiana.

News 8 spoke with Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita to learn what to avoid.

As the shock of powerful tornadoes that hit parts of the state move out of the forefront of people’s minds and thoughts of the cleanup and community settle in, so will the scammers, according to Rokita.

“There are people out there that roam from state to state following these storms, for example, and they’re not all reputable,” he said during a Monday interview at his office.

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Rokita’s office is responsible for investigating consumer complaints, such as those that may come as a result of scams.

“Sometimes it’s the old-fashioned way; they’ll knock on your door,” Rokita said.

He adds that technology brings scammers as well.

“You can get solicited via email, you can get solicited on Facebook or your social media as if they were at your door. It’s always better to get someone on the phone or in person so you can match a face with an ID,” he said.

Rokita says to make sure any agreements are put in writing.

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“At the same time, anything that’s promised to you that’s not in that contract, you shouldn’t expect to have it done. If the contract doesn’t look right, if it’s not tracking what they promised, get that contract changed, so their promises are in writing,” Rokita said.

He offers another piece of advice to Hoosiers.

“Never give (the entire payment) price upfront,” he said, adding that the most he would suggest to pay upfront is half. “But as a little as possible until the work is complete.”

Rokita says people who believe they’ve been victims of scams can go to indianaconsumer.com to file a report. “Unless you file a report, we have no idea they’re scamming you or your neighbor,” the Republican said.

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Rain expected Tuesday, additional activity to move in late this week

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Rain expected Tuesday, additional activity to move in late this week


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A nice start to the workweek is what we experienced for our Monday as we were near normal and had a light breeze. However, more active weather is ahead Tuesday and then again late this week.

Monday night: Cloud cover will build back into our area following what was a sunny Monday. We can’t rule out a few light showers during the overnight hours.

Lows will dip into the upper 40s.

Tuesday: We look to start off dry for our Tuesday, but rain will overspread the state beginning closer to mid-late morning. Rain will slowly move south throughout the afternoon and evening hours. A few rumbles of thunder are also possible.

Rain totals will stay around or under half an inch for tomorrow.

Highs will not be able to get back into the 60s in some spots due to the rain. There will also be a breezy wind out of the southwest that could gust up to 25-35 MPH at times.

Wednesday: We’ll flip right back to dry weather for our Wednesday. Skies will turn mostly sunny, but we will once again see temperatures warm into the upper 50s. This will be due to a northerly wind that will be just enough to hold down numbers a bit.

8-Day Forecast: It won’t take long for temperatures to embark on another warming trend. We look to get into the low to mid 60s Thursday before we end the workweek with highs around 70. However, an active pattern is set to get into the mix for the final weekend of April. Rain and storm chances increase for the second half of Friday, and those chances will hang around for Saturday and Sunday. Some showers may persist into Monday. Severe weather is not expected at this time, but this could change. We’re also going to have highs that push into the mid to upper 70s this weekend too.



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Missing kayaker’s body found along White River, second man remains missing

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INDIANAPOLIS — After more than five days of searching, rescue crews have recovered the body of a kayaker reported missing in the White River last week.  

Two kayakers, both men, were reported missing last week. They were identified as Solomon Shirley, 22, and Marcus Robinson, 30.

Shirley was found by a passerby Monday, April 22 near the West Michigan Street bridge, about a mile from the low-head dam where the men were last reported to be seen.  

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The search continues for Robinson.

“Our officers will continue … we will be out here on the water every single day,” said Lt. Angela Goldman, an Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officer. “We have been scouring the river from (the dam) all the way down to the rock dam at Washington Street.”

Search efforts began after a witness called 911 to report seeing the kayaks capsize at Emrichsville Dam and the men ejected from the boats and into the water as they traveled over the dam. The occupants never surfaced.

The Indianapolis Fire Department’s dive team was dispatched at 8:35 p.m. April 16 and sent boats into the river near West New York and Limestone streets west of downtown Indianapolis. 

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Firefighters found one blue and one orange kayak just south of the train tracks near the bank, the fire department said in a news release late Tuesday. 

Attempts to locate the men stretched for the next several days and the search was marked with crews using sonar imaging to scan the river’s murky depths, a helicopter and drones.  

Contact reporter Sarah Nelson at sarah.nelson@indystar.com



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Quiet Monday ahead; rain returns Tuesday

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Temperatures warm closer to average for much of the work week.

This morning:

A frost advisory remains in effect until 10:00 a.m. for most of the state. Clear skies have allowed for temperatures to fall pretty quickly. As we approach daybreak, numbers should slip into the low to mid-30s across much of central Indiana.

Monday:

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Expect lots of sunshine for the morning hours and a few clouds to build this afternoon. Temperatures should be warmer than what we experienced over the weekend, with highs back to the low to mid-60s across central Indiana.

Monday night:

Clouds will continue to increase tonight, and with warmer air flow, our temperatures should stay above any freezing-level threats. Overnight lows fall to the mid and upper 40s.

Tuesday:

A cold front marching through the state on Tuesday will bring a scattered shower and thunderstorm threat to much of the state, especially in the afternoon hours. Rainfall amounts range around 1/2 an inch or less.

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High temperatures will hover around 60°.

Wednesday:

The cooler temperatures behind the cold front will move in on Wednesday. High temperatures only hit the mid and upper 50s for the afternoon. There is potential for some patchy frost Wednesday night into Thursday morning in the eastern and north-central portions of the state.

8 day forecast:

Wet conditions and warmer temperatures are on the way. An active storm track will bring thunderstorm chances starting Friday and better chances coming in for Saturday and into Sunday as well.

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