Local News Headlines: March 20, 2024

130 to lose their jobs at Catalent this week
Catalent announced “approximately 130 positions” will be terminated at their Bloomington operation through an internal email, delivered on Wednesday morning.

As you know, our site has spent the last two years recovering from the lasting effects of the pandemic and transitioning to a post-COVID operation,” said Vice President and General Manager, Anibal Carlo.

Carlo went on to state that the “post-COVID ledge” has resulted in an approximate 85% decrease in revenue, and that a third-party review of the business concluded that the “organization’s headcount is not aligned with [Catalent’s] future demand and business needs.”

He said that the company has made the difficult but necessary decision to eliminate the 130 positions at their Bloomington facility.

Impacted employees will begin to be notified immediately, and all layoffs should be completed by Friday of this week. All employees not contacted by Human Resources are to continue to report to work.

Malik Bennett

Malik Bennett arrested after 3 years on the lamb from a 2020 Bloomington murder
After 3-plus years of searching, 29-year-old Malik Bennett has been apprehended in connection to a 2020 murder and robbery out of Monroe County. According to court records, the charges were filed against Bennett in January 2021 for the murder of Bloomington resident Damon Brown, who was killed near West 17th and North Walnut Street in Bloomington on October 26, 2020.

Bennett was arrested in Marion County and is currently being held without bond at the Monroe County Jail, awaiting a May 16th Pre-Trial Hearing.

The original incident was a drug deal gone wrong, according to a witness. Police were called to a mobile home park in Bloomington at 8:30pm on October 26, 2020, when they found Brown unconscious with a gun shot to his abdomen, below his armpit. He was pronounced dead later that evening at Bloomington Hospital.

According to court documents, Police found several pounds of marijuana in a duffle bag at the residence, along with several 10 9mm casing and a significant amount of blood throughout the living room.

The witness was said to be at the home during the time of the shooting after being asked by the victim to join him for the transaction. Allegedly, the suspects tried to take the drugs and the money, when Brown reportedly told them to “just take it.” Instead, he was shot dead.

Aside from Bennet, the others convicted in the shooting were Jamal McFadden and Keshawn Bess, who was said to be the triggerman.

*Criminal Defendents are presumed innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law

Pep Rally announced before Saturday’s IUWBB NCAA Tourney game

Lyle Lovett announces extensive 2024 Tour with Indianapolis date
4x Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and actor Lyle Lovett will embark on an extensive tour this summer with his Large Band including newly confirmed stops at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, St. Louis’ The Factory, Kansas City’s Uptown Theater, Minneapolis’ State Theatre, Detroit’s Masonic Cathedral Theatre, Pittsburgh’s Stage AE, and Indianapolis’ Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park among many others. 

Tickets for the summer dates will be available for pre-sale starting March 20 at 10am with general on-sale following this Friday, March 22 at 10am. Full details can be found at www.lylelovett.com/tour. Ahead of the dates with his Large Band, Lovett will also perform several shows with Lisa Loeb this spring, which will feature the pair on stage together sharing songs and stories. See below for complete itinerary. Whether touring with his Large Band, Acoustic Group, or in conversation and song format, Lovett’s live performances show not only the breadth of the Texas legend’s talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating artists in popular music. 

July 28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park

This Week in Hoosier History


1954 – The team from the small high school in Milan, Indiana, won the state basketball championship. The Milan Indians defeated the powerhouse Muncie Central Bearcats, who were going for their third state title in four years. The victory was the inspiration for “Hoosiers,” one of the most popular sports movies of all time. 

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