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  • ISP Investigating Possible Stolen Vehicle Crash on I-465

    February 05, 2016 No comments


    Indianapolis, IN- Indiana State Police troopers are investigating a sighting of a possible stolen vehicle that began on 38th Street and ended with a crash on I-465.

    Very preliminary information gained thus far by investigators has revealed that at approximately 2:00 p.m. this afternoon a male subject observed his uncles car, which had been reported stolen on February 3rd, near 38th Street and Moeller Road.

    The male subject followed the car onto I-465 NB to the 18.5 mm then intentionally crashed into the car disabling both vehicles. The man, identified as Pablo Rodriguez, 28, of Indianapolis, than held the driver of the stolen car at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived.

    The driver of the stolen car has been identified as Andre Edwards, 21, of Indianapolis. Edwards has an outstanding Level 3 Felony Marion County warrant for Armed and Dangerous Robbery and a second outstanding warrant from the state of Georgia for Aggravated Assault.

    It is unclear at this time if any shots were fired during the altercation. The investigation is continuing.

    No further information is available at this time. Further information will be release when it is obtained.

    Both Rodriguez and Edwards were transported to Eskenazi Hospital to be examined.


    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Indiana State Police Reminds Drivers to Celebrate Responsibly this Super Bowl

    February 05, 2016 No comments


    The Indiana State Police, in partnership with the Governor’s Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), would like to remind all Indiana motorists to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl responsibly, by driving sober and safe.


    “Whether it’s the Super Bowl or any other event, please remember that alcohol, drugs and driving aren’t in the athlete’s playbook and it shouldn’t be in yours’ either,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “Alcohol drugs and driving are a deadly combination to be avoided regardless of the occasion, so do your part to keep Indiana roads safe and have a designated driver.”


    During the 2015 Super Bowl weekend (6:00 p.m. Jan 30 through 5:59 a.m. Feb. 2), there were nearly 740 traffic collisions in Indiana. Of those, 45 were alcohol-related, with 60 percent involving a driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater. In total, there were 14 injuries and 0 deaths as a result of alcohol-related accidents.


    “Accidents involving impaired drivers is something we can all prevent,” said Council Chairman, Todd Meyer. “Together, we can work to keep each and every motorist safe during Super Bowl weekend.”


    The Indiana State Police, the Governor’s Council, and ICJI would like to remind motorists that accidents and deaths resulting from impaired driving can be prevented with the following precautions:


    • Before the celebration begins, plan a safe way home
    • Do not drive impaired
    • If you do drink, use a taxi, public transportation, ridesharing service or designate a sober friend or family member, and give them your keys
    • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911
    • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help make arrangements to get them home safely


    To learn more about the Indiana State Police, please visit: www.in.gov. For more information on Indiana’s efforts on impaired driving prevention and enforcement, please visit: http://www.in.gov/cji/2354.htm.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Governor Pence Directs Action on Recommendation from Meeting of Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention

    February 05, 2016 No comments


    Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence has directed the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health & Addiction to identify a county criminal justice entity and implement a therapeutic program for offenders while incarcerated and awaiting adjunction. At the latest meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention on January 29, 2016, the action item was discussed and accepted for recommendation to the Governor.


    “We must not allow Hoosiers battling addiction to fall through the cracks,” said Governor Pence. “The latest recommendation from the Task Force implements an evidence-based substance abuse treatment program that allows for addicted individuals in our criminal justice system to more quickly receive the treatment they need. As the Task Force continues to provide counsel and guidance, my administration will remain vigilant in addressing drug abuse and its heartbreaking repercussions in a comprehensive manner.”


    The next meeting for the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention is March 18, 2016. For additional information about the Task Force, including a list of resources, post-meeting recordings, minutes, presentation materials, and upcoming agendas, visit: www.drugtaskforce.in.gov.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Governor Mike Pence Directs Flags Be Flown at Half-staff for Former Gov. Edgar D. Whitcomb

    February 05, 2016 No comments

    Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities statewide be flown at half-staff to honor former Governor Edgar D. Whitcomb, who passed away today, Thursday, February 4. Flags should be flown at half-staff for seven days from his passing, through Thursday, February 11.


    Governor Pence also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff to honor Governor Whitcomb for his service to Indiana and the nation.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Officers Recover Heroin during Interdiction Investigation

    February 05, 2016 No comments


    Indianapolis, IN- Early this morning February 5, 2016 at approximately 4:30 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and Homeland Security Investigation Indianapolis Narcotics and Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force were conducting interdiction operations at the Megabus drop off location at Market Street and Alabama Street.

    During the course of the investigation officers observed a male get into a vehicle after exiting the Megabus. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle after it was observed committing a traffic violation and the passenger, the same male that had exited the Megabus, ran from the scene. He was apprehended by an ISP K-9 and ISP troopers near Washington Street and Park Avenue. Officers recovered approximately 5.5 ounces of suspected heroin. The heroin has a street value of approximately $20,000.

    The driver of the vehicle was issued a traffic citation for driving while suspended and released at the scene.

    The male subject identified himself to officers as Laquan Nash, 21, of Chicago, IL. He was treated and released at the scene by EMS and transported to the Marion County Arrestee Processing Center by a Marion County Sheriff’s Department jail wagon. Officers are not certain that Nash provided his correct name and are still confirming his correct identity.

    Nash was arrested for Dealing a Scheduled II Controlled Substance (Heroin) Level 2 Felony and Resisting Law Enforcement/ Sticking a Law Enforcement Animal, Misdemeanor.

    Report illegal drug activity occurring in your area by calling the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756.

    These investigations are part of a continuing effort of the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Indiana Automotive Industry to be Highlighted at International Auto Show

    January 12, 2016 No comments

    AutoshowlogoDETROIT (Jan. 11, 2016) – Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) will spotlight the state’s automotive industry, which ranks No. 2 in the nation by gross domestic product, this week at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.   On Wednesday, Smith will address industry leaders, elected officials and executives from the nation’s top automotive companies, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota, to share Indiana’s story as a state that works for business and for the automotive industry. NAIAS is one of the largest automotive trade shows in the world, with more than 35,000 industry professionals and analysts from 2,000 companies around the world expected to attend.   “Home to the iconic Indianapolis 500, Indiana has a rich history of auto racing and automotive innovation,” said Smith. “That legacy has played an integral role in shaping today’s Hoosier economy and has led to a booming automotive industry in Indiana, which today contributes more than $15 billion to our economy each year. And with our work to build a business friendly climate, this legacy of success will advance as companies like Allison Transmission, Chrysler, Faurecia, General Motors, Honda, NTN Driveshaft, Subaru and Toyota continue to choose Indiana for growth.”   Indiana is home to more than 500 automotive companies, including five OEM (original equipment manufacturer) assembly plants, which together support more than 100,000 Hoosier jobs. Indiana ranks third in the United States for car and truck production, with more than 5.1 million vehicles produced here since 2010.   In the last five years, the IEDC has announced more than $7 billion in investments in the state’s transportation equipment manufacturing industry. Just last year, General Motors announced plans to invest more than $1.2 billion in its Fort Wayne Assembly plant, Subaru of Indiana Automotive announced plans to invest $140.2 million in Lafayette and create up to 1,204 new jobs, and NTN Driveshaft announced plans to establish a new facility in Anderson that will ultimately create more than 500 new jobs.   Visit www.auto-indiana.com for a complete look at the state of the automotive industry in Indiana. This report was compiled by the IEDC and the Indiana Automotive Council. About IEDC The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, focusing on helping companies grow in and locate to the state. Governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov About IAC The Indiana Automotive Council (IAC) is a collaboration between industry, government and higher education.  The IAC is led by senior executives from the automotive industry with the shared vision of growing the automotive industry within the State of Indiana.  These executives represent some of the most influential, most innovative and fastest growing automotive companies.  With broad representation from Indiana’s automotive industry, the IAC works proactively to develop assets throughout the State of Indiana.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • State Soil Conservation Board Meeting

    January 12, 2016 No comments

    SSCBINDIANAPOLIS – The State Soil Conservation Board (SSCB) will meet on January 13, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. EST at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown located at 350 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis.


    A conference call-in number may be provided upon request by contacting CleanWaterIndiana@isda.in.gov.

    The SSCB administers the Clean Water Indiana Fund, which is a water quality-related erosion and sediment reduction program. The SSCB also provides guidance and assistance to the state’s soil and water conservation district leaders as they provide local leadership in the protection of Indiana’s soil and water resources.




    The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) was established as a separate state agency by the Legislature in 2005. The Director is appointed by the Governor and is a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Administratively, ISDA reports to Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, who also serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture. Major responsibilities include advocacy for Indiana agriculture at the local, state and federal level, managing soil conservation programs, promoting economic development and agricultural innovation, serving as a regulatory ombudsman for agricultural businesses, and licensing grain firms throughout the state. 


    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Brownsburg Fire Chief arrested

    January 11, 2016 No comments

    Bill BrownBrownsburg Fire Chief was arrested on an OWI charge after a Sunday night crash in Indianapolis.

    Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department say, William Brown was booked on charges of operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content above .08 and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Police responded to the single-vehicle crash just before 9 p.m.

    The Brownsburg Fire Department released a statement that said “The Brownsburg Fire Territory will handle this matter in accordance with our policies and procedures.”
  • Schools and Youth Organizations Invited to Apply for Funds to Help Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Succeed

    January 07, 2016 No comments


    The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is offering a new grant to schools and organizations that serve students enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars program—a state-funded, needs-based scholarship program that provides up to four years of full tuition scholarships to qualifying low-income students. The Scholar Success Grant is available to Indiana middle and high schools that serve grades 7-12, youth-serving organizations that provide services to 21st Century Scholars, and College Success Coalitions that are active in their local communities.   Read more

    Posted by in Local News

  • State Extends Deadline for Bicentennial Torchbearer Nominations

    January 07, 2016 No comments


    DANVILLE, IN (Jan. 6, 2015) – A handful of deserving honorees representing Hendricks County will carry the Indiana Bicentennial torch when it arrives here in the fall.

    Do you know a past or current Hendricks County resident who has poured their blood, sweat and tears into this county? Perhaps an individual who has done something amazing through volunteerism or heroism. Or maybe a native who has gone on to do great things elsewhere while making a name for themselves and this county. Read more

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