November 25, 2015
Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence today issued the following statement.
“This Thanksgiving, Hoosiers from all across Indiana will gather with family and friends and celebrate the shared blessings that give each of us reason to pause from daily life and offer our heartfelt appreciation for all that God has bestowed upon us.
“As we give thanks, let us be mindful of the men and women in our Armed Forces who will spend Thanksgiving away from hearth and home to defend the posts of liberty abroad. Let us also give thanks for our first responders, whose dinner must wait as they work to ensure that our communities are safe.
“In this season of tradition and gratitude, let us also remember those among us who struggle with heavy hearts during the holiday season. Hoosier Hospitality is often demonstrated with a helping hand, a warm meal or words of encouragement; small gestures that go a long way in heartening a burdened neighbor.
“To us, Thanksgiving marks the true start of the holiday season; a time to reflect and rejoice upon the grace within each of our lives.
“So, from our home to yours, we’d like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”
November 25, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-04) issued the following statement after local officials thwarted a threat in Mooresville High School:
“I commend the Mooresville school officials, teachers, and police department for their vigilance. Cooperation between school officials and law enforcement ensured this plan never came to fruition. Communication, like Mooresville demonstrated yesterday, was a key discussion at the School Safety Summit I hosted last week,” said Rokita.
Nearly 100, law enforcement and security industry professionals came together in Plainfield at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to discuss ways they can work together to facilitate a productive and safe learning environment for students. Among those present were Indiana State Representatives, Peggy Mayfield, Jeff Thompson, Chairman of the House Education Committee Robert Behning, and State Senator Pete Miller.
“Collaboration and communication were two of the main items we discussed. We need to encourage students to talk with their parents and school administrators. However, we also learned that the security industry, law enforcement, and school officials need to communicate with each other to understand the effective technologies available, best practices to utilize, and the unique challenges present in a learning environment that may include a public building. Working together is how we prevent tragedies,” said Rokita.
Summit participants also discussed how to better utilize School Resource Officers (SROs), and whether or not national standards would help or hinder local efforts, realizing every school corporation is different. “Flexibility” was a term used throughout the morning.
“I heard that schools need to be able to implement their own best practices. For example, some schools have a full-time officer in their building every day while other schools only utilize an SRO part-time, but have additional technologies to complement processes, added Rokita.
On Monday, Mooresville law enforcement arrested a Mooresville High School student after uncovering evidence he planned to detonate bombs in his high school. In a counseling session with a school official the student revealed his plans. Mooresville police officers escorted the student home where, upon a search, discovered the ingredients to build several pipe bombs.
The student confessed to Mooresville law enforcement he planned to explode the bombs near the school’s structural pillars and had a military sniper rifle on layaway at a local gun store.
Background on Rep. Rokita’s first School Safety Summit:
In an effort to lead a discussion between parents, school officials, law enforcement, and safety technology professionals, Rep. Rokita hosted a School Safety Summit in Plainfield, Indiana. Hoosiers from all over the state were invited to participate and nearly 100 did, coming from as far away as DeKalb County. Also, representatives from the safety industry traveled cross-country to participate.
At the event, groups broke out into smaller collaborative discussions and talked about issues ranging from technology to how safe students felt at school. The small groups then reconvened later in the day to participate in a larger discussion that recapped content from the breakout groups.
Brownsburg Police Chief, Michael Dove, delivered the keynote address. Summit moderators ranged from superintendents, state legislators, to safety professionals. Representatives from Indiana’s safety industry also showcased their new technologies to the participants.
Rep. Rokita’s office will publish a summary of Friday’s discussion that will include content from the breakout sessions as well as participant feedback so that schools statewide can take advantage of the Summit discussion.
November 25, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS – Following the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana’s announcement that it filed suit to challenge Governor Pence’s decision to suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees, spokeswoman Kara Brooks released the following statement.
“Governor Pence took decisive action a week ago to put the safety and security of the people of Indiana first by suspending the state’s participation in the resettlement of Syrian refugees. The governor is confident he has the authority to suspend the state’s participation in the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana and will not reverse course until the Administration and Congress take action to pause this program and implement measures necessary to address security gaps acknowledged by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.
“The governor believes that public safety is not a partisan issue. A bipartisan majority of governors have taken similar actions. Last week, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to pause the entry of Syrian refugees until proper security screening measures are implemented.
“The governor believes that caution and compassion are not mutually exclusive. We can take measures to ensure the security of our nation even while we continue to extend support and refuge to people around the world fleeing from the ravages of hardship and war.”
November 23, 2015
The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for a Regional Dispatcher position at the Indianapolis Post to staff the Regional Dispatch Center that operates 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Successful applicants for the Regional Dispatcher must be able to receive, record, disseminate and accurately dispatch information to police personnel, other law enforcement agencies and support services.
A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required as well as the ability to type 30 words per minute. Two years of public safety communications experience and emergency medical technician certification are preferred.
Pay starts at $30,082 per year.
The deadline for applications is Monday November 30, 2015.
For more information and to apply, go to www.in.gov/spd/careers/. Refer to position vacancy #2015-106
Please contact Indiana State Police Human Resources Personnel Officer, Brandon Lowe, at email@example.com or 317-232-8238 for a complete job description listing all responsibilities, duties and requirements for this position.
November 23, 2015
November 28th Shop Small Kickoff Starts at 8 a.m. at Sarah’s Sweets Bakery
Brownsburg – More than a dozen of Brownsburg’s locally-owned small businesses are part of a Small
Business Saturday promotion on November 28. Shoppers can pick up a passport and get a punch or
stamp at each participating business for a chance to win the grand prize basket with merchandise and
gift certificates from the participating businesses.
· Bone Appetit, 1014 E. Main Street
· Pop-O-Licious, 1016 E. Main Street
· Artistic Designs Gallery, 1038 E. Main Street
· Panoony’s Pizza, 1447 E. Main Street
· Wilbur’s Linconwood Toy Store, 285 W. Main Street
· Stout’s Footwear, 1430 N. Green Street
· Team Sports, 947 N. Green Street
· Sarah’s Sweets, 729 N. Green Street
· Country Harmony, 721 N. Green Street
· BB Consign and Design, 26 S. Green Street
· Ella Mae’s Boutique, 33 S. Green Street
· Brownsburg Flower Shop, 121 Copeland Drive
· Queen Anne’s Lace, 680 E. 56th Street
· Frazee Gardens, 3480 S. SR267
Shoppers can kick off the day with coffee and treats from 8 to 10 a.m. at Sarah’s Sweets located at 729
N. Green Street, and pick up a Shop Small canvas tote and balloons while supplies last. Passports will
be available at the kickoff breakfast and shoppers can learn about the various Small Business Saturday
specials and sales offered in Brownsburg.
Follow Neighborhood Champion Annisa Rainey at @BrownsburgLife and like
Facebook.com/BrownsburgLife for all the latest Brownsburg Small Business Saturday details and
chances to win Shop Small totes throughout the week.
Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small
businesses that help support their neighborhoods and is held every year on the Saturday after
Thanksgiving. Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday
shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small®
and show their neighborhood pride.
American Express created the Neighborhood Champions program to help rally communities around
Small Business Saturday and is working alongside numerous business organizations to support local
Small Business Saturday celebrations throughout the country.
November 23, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hendricks County Conference Center 4-H Fairgrounds,
1900 E. Main St., Danville, IN 46122
Come, fill a box of homemade holiday cookies. Sales begin at 9 a.m.
Craft Booths, Activities, Entertainment
Select unique holiday gifts from many vendors.
Enjoy holiday music from local children and adults.
Lunch will be served – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sponsored by Hendricks County Extension Homemakers and Hendricks Power Cooperative.
For more information, contact the Extension office at 317-745-9260.
November 20, 2015
The first IMEM Film Series event is Friday, December 11, 7 pm at the Wheeler Arts Community Theater at 1035 Sanders Street in Fountain Square, Indianapolis. The program is curated and hosted by renowned film preservationist Eric Grayson and features “A Christmas Wish” aka “The Great Rupert”, a 1950 Christmas family comedy starring Jimmy Durante. The program also includes a rare short featuring Indianapolis footage post World War 1 and a vintage, rarely seen cartoon. All are projected on actual vintage film. Admission is $5 at the door. Beverages and snacks will be available.
IMEM is now accepting donations of historical music, film, and broadcasting artifacts, along with monetary donations. Donations are tax deductible.
This is the fourth major event held by IMEM in 2015. Previously IMEM hosted a pop-up exhibit in April, an open house and display at the Marion County central library in August, and a music fest at The Vogue Theater in September.
Imagine being able to stroll into a museum and be able to listen to, view and discover Indiana music, film and broadcasting history. The founders of the museum are working diligently to help make this a reality. Find out more about how you can help at imemindiana.org or on Facebook at facebook/imemindiana.
Indiana State Trooper Receives the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Silver Anniversary Team AwardNovember 20, 2015 No comments
Indiana State Police Officer Kyle Mitchell was recently honored (November 14th) with the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Silver Anniversary Team Award, presented to him on the playing field of Indiana State University’s (ISU) Memorial Stadium.
Mitchell was originally inducted in 2009, but no one knew where to find him. After graduating from ISU, he moved to Canada to pursue a professional football career in the Canadian Football League (CFL) where he played from 2006-2009. While in the CFL Mitchell played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and briefly with the British Columbia Lions (B.C. Lions). While a member of the Roughriders, the team won the Grey Cup Championship in 2007. For those not aware, this is the Canadian equivalent to the NFL Super Bowl.
The Silver Anniversary Awards are presented each year by the American National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to recognize six distinguished former student-athletes on their 25th anniversary of the end of their intercollegiate athletics eligibility. Nominees must have received a varsity letter at an NCAA member institution and achieved personal distinction since his or her graduation. Selection criteria are weighted, 40 percent to the nominee’s status as a prominent collegiate athlete and 60 percent to the nominee’s career achievement. The award is considered one of the most prestigious in the world of collegiate sports.
Tpr. Kyle Mitchell now shares the honor of being a Silver Anniversary Award winner with other notable recipients such as: Bo Jackson (Auburn University), Troy Aikman (UCLA-Football), Doug Flutie (Boston College – Football), Sean Payton (Eastern Illinois – Current New Orleans Saints Head Coach), Warren Moon (University of Washington), Steve Young (Brigham Young –Football), Mike Singletary (Baylor University), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (UCLA-Basketball), Dick Butkus (University of Illinois), Rodney Harrison (Western Illinois), Bob Griese (Purdue Anniversary), and Kurt Warner (University of Northern Iowa).
Kyle Mitchell is the Fourth Indiana State Sycamore to receive this award in the history of the ISU Football program. While in College, his position Coach and Mentor Coach Shannon Jackson was also a recipient of the Silver Anniversary Award in 1999. Kyle Mitchell broke Shannon Jackson’s All-Time Career Sack Record and Tackle For Loss (TFL) record during his tenure at ISU.
While at ISU, Mitchell also had other notable achievements:
- “All-Newcomer” Team recipient for the Gateway Football Conference
- “All New-Comer of the year runner-up
- Three-Time First Team All-Conference Award
- Pre-Season All-American
- Three-Time Most Valuable Player Award on ISU
- Four-Time Verizon Scholar Athlete
- Voted Four-Time Team Captain on ISU
- Three-Time National Dean’s List for Academics
- Three-Time All-Academic Team
- All-Academic Representative for ISU Football Program.
When asked what he attributed his success to, Mitchell said, “My Father is a retired Marine and my Mother passed away of breast cancer before I picked up a football. The discipline that they instilled in me as a youth, has assisted me throughout my life. Competing heavily in collegiate sports, coupled with a strong academic background was transferable to my career with the Indiana State Police.” Mitchell concluded, “The discipline, self-drive, and work ethic instilled by parents, coaches, and support of my teammates, helped me continue to strive for greatness.”
The Indiana State Police is fortunate to have people the caliber of Tpr. Kyle Mitchell wearing the uniform of the Indiana State Police, where he presently serves as a recruiter for the department.
Governor Pence Joins Letter to President Urging Exhaustive Review of U.S. Refugee Resettlement ProgramNovember 20, 2015 No comments
In wake of attacks in Paris, Governor Pence and others request that Syrian refugee program be suspended until gaps acknowledged by FBI Director are addressed
Indianapolis – Today, Governor Mike Pence joined a multi-governor letter to President Barack Obama urging the suspension of plans to resettle additional Syrian refugees until an exhaustive review of all security measures has been completed. This letter follows findings that a Syrian refugee was among the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris.
Governor Pence announced earlier this week that Indiana would suspend the resettlement of Syrian Refugees in Indiana “pending assurances from the federal government that proper security measures have been achieved.”
The letter was signed by 27 governors, and states that “In the wake of this recent tragedy, and until we can ensure the citizens of our states that an exhaustive review of all security measures has been completed and the necessary changes have been implemented, we respectfully request that you suspend all plans to resettle additional Syrian refugees.”
Key excerpts from the letter to the President include:
“Our country has long served as a welcoming beacon to individuals and families who seek safety and refugee status within the borders of the United States.”
“…we are deeply concerned that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria may have exploited the generosity of the refugee system to carry out Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris.”
“Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey… admitted to certain inadequacies in the system that would prevent the thorough vetting of the 10,000 refugees your administration has pledged to admit into the United States.”
“As governors, we are charged with ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our citizens. In order to adequately fulfill this duty, we request that you immediately review the process by which you conduct background checks on all individuals applying for refugee status and address the gaps acknowledged by your director of the FBI.”
“In the wake of this recent tragedy, and until we can ensure the citizens of our states that an exhaustive review of all security measures has been completed and the necessary changes have been implemented, we respectfully request that you suspend all plans to resettle additional Syrian refugees.”
The letter in full can be found below:
November 20, 2015
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Our country has long served as a welcoming beacon to individuals and families who seek safety and refugee status within the borders of the United States. For years we have been proud to welcome refugees into our communities in their pursuit of a better life and future. However, we are deeply concerned that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria may have exploited the generosity of the refugee system to carry out Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris. While the tragic event was a direct assault on the European Union’s refugee system, the potential for this situation to arise in the United States is escalated by information revealed by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey. In testimony before Congress, he admitted to certain inadequacies in the system that would prevent the thorough vetting of the 10,000 refugees your administration has pledged to admit into the United States. As governors, we are charged with ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our citizens. In order to adequately fulfill this duty, we request that you immediately review the process by which you conduct background checks on all individuals applying for refugee status and address the gaps acknowledged by your director of the FBI. In the wake of this recent tragedy, and until we can ensure the citizens of our states that an exhaustive review of all security measures has been completed and the necessary changes have been implemented, we respectfully request that you suspend all plans to resettle additional Syrian refugees.
Governor Robert Bentley, Alabama
Governor Douglas A. Ducey, Arizona
Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas
Governor Rick Scott, Florida
Governor Nathan Deal, Georgia
Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter, Idaho
Governor Bruce Rauner, Illinois
Governor Michael R. Pence, Indiana
Governor Terry E. Branstad, Iowa
Governor Sam Brownback, Kansas
Governor Bobby Jindal, Louisiana
Governor Paul R. LePage, Maine
Governor Pete Ricketts, Nebraska
Governor Brian Sandoval, Nevada
Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey
Governor Susana Martinez, New Mexico
Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina
Governor Jack Dalrymple, North Dakota
Governor John R. Kasich, Ohio
Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma
Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina
Governor Dennis Daugaard, South Dakota
Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee
Governor Greg Abbott, Texas
Governor Gary R. Herbert, Utah
Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin
Governor Matthew H. Mead, Wyoming
November 20, 2015
Shelby Co., – A two vehicle crash on I-74 late this afternoon has claimed the life of a St. Paul, Indiana man.
This afternoon at approximately 5:20 p.m., Indiana State Police troopers were dispatched to a personal injury crash on I-74 WB at the 115mm involving a van and semi-tractor trailer. According to the crash investigation and witness statements, a van was traveling EB on I-74 at the 115mm and for an unknown reason left the roadway, traveled through the grass median, and struck a WB semi-tractor trailer. This area of I-74 does not have median cable barriers.
The driver of the van, James E. Byard, 78, of St. Paul, the only occupant, was pronounced deceased at the crash scene. The driver of the Fed-Ex tractor- trailer, Jerry Hodgkin, 45, of Cincinnati, Ohio was transported to Major Hospital with a hand injury.
This is an ongoing investigation and officials are unsure why the van crossed the median.
The east and west bound lanes of I-74 were closed and or restricted for approximately two hours during the crash investigation and cleanup of the wreckage.