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  • Early Morning Chase Ends in Arrests

    March 22, 2016 No comments

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    Clay County—This morning at 8:23, Indiana State Police Trooper Bill Bradbury radar clocked a 1998 Nissan Altima northbound on State Road 59 near County Road 200 S at 76 miles-per-hour in a 55mph zone. As Trooper Bradbury activated his emergency lights and siren to stop the vehicle, the male driver refused to stop and continued northbound on SR 59. The suspect traveled across various county roads at speeds between 50mph and 70mph and disregarded five stop signs. Near county roads 900N and 200E, a Clay County Sheriff’s deputy was able to force the Nissan off the road. The occupants were immediately taken into custody at 8:40a.m. by ISP and Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

    Arrested Driver:            Ricky Anello, age 25, of Brazil, IN.

    Preliminary Charges:    Resisting Law Enforcement and Criminal Recklessness

    Passenger:                     Kimberly T.S. Humphrey, age 18, of Clay City, IN.

    Preliminary Charges:    Resisting Law Enforcement

    Assisting were various ISP troopers, deputies from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and officers from the Brazil Police Department.

     Attached picture is from the scene. 

    Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

     

     

    Posted by in Local News

  • Atterbury rifle and pistol range closed for next three days

    March 22, 2016 No comments

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    The rifle and pistol range at Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area will be closed from March 23-25 while the floor is being painted.

     

    The rifle and pistol range will reopen on March 26 and remain open for regular winter hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

     

    The shotgun range is not affected by the closure. The shotgun range will continue to operate under normal winter hours. The shotgun range will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday, March 27, and will continue to offer shooting hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

     

    To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

     

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Governor Pence Signs Into Law Legislation to Help Hoosier Veterans

    March 22, 2016 No comments

    Governor Pence Signs 13 Veterans Bills

    Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today signed House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1312, authored by Representative Douglas Gutwein (R – Francesville). HEA 1312 allows veteran-owned businesses to register directly with the State of Indiana instead of the federal government. This registration allows veteran-owned businesses to receive greater consideration during the state’s contracting and procurement process. The bill passed the House and Senate with unanimous and bipartisan support.

     

    “Our Hoosier veterans have put their lives on the line to ensure our way of life,” said Governor Pence. “I sign these bills into law as a ‘thank you’ from all the people of Indiana for their service and sacrifice. Helping these men and women, who have selflessly served our state and nation, is a pillar of my administration. I’m pleased that in just a few short years, we have made Indiana even more veteran-friendly, and I thank members of the Indiana General Assembly for joining me in this endeavor.”

     

    The Governor also signed the following bills into law regarding veteran and military matters:

     

    • SEA 145 – This bill, authored by Sen. Jim Banks (R – Columbia City), Sen. Ryan Mishler (R – Bremen) and Sen. Erin Houchin (R – Salem), would require the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) to work with Veteran Service Organizations to establish a set of standards for the unclaimed remains of deceased veterans. This bill allows for the proper burial of veterans with no family members. 
    • SEA 295 – This bill, authored by Sen. Jim Banks (R – Columbia City), Sen. Brandt Hershman (R – Buck Creek) and Sen. Jim Buck (R – Kokomo), expands the Military Family Relief Fund to all veterans. Currently, the fund is only open to those who served post 9/11. Language in the enrolled act also includes new criteria for eligibility (income, use of other funds, etc.).  Additionally, the bill includes a requirement that a county veteran service officer sit on the Veterans Affairs Commission.
    • HEA 1089 – This bill, authored by Rep. Randy Frye (R – Greensburg), assigns the topic of determining the duties, standards, and practices of veteran district service officers. 
    • SEA 362 – This bill, authored by Sen. Jim Banks (R – Columbia City) and Sen. Erin Houchin (R – Salem), extends the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Acts guidelines to the state level, and now includes the military service for the National Guard regiment of another state. The bill also allows the military records of an individual to be released to a person with power of attorney, a court order, or a court appointed representative.
    • HEA 1313 – This bill, authored by Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R – Martinsville), creates a definition of “Hoosier veteran” to recognize the military service of the individuals who do not meet the federal criteria to be recognized as a veteran.
    • HEA 1359 – This bill, authored by Rep. Bob Morris (R – Fort Wayne), waives the maximum hiring age restrictions that apply to the appointment and hiring of police officers and firefighters for an individual who is a veteran of the armed forces.
    • HEA 1373 – This bill, authored by Rep. Bruce Borders (R – Jasonville), extends employment protections to guard members who are called to active duty. Also extends the Medicaid eligibility of a service member (and the service member’s dependent) if they are called to active duty or deployed outside of the State of Indiana.
    • SEA 154 – This bill, authored by Sen. Brent Steele (R – Bedford), Sen. Michael Crider (R – Greenfield) and Sen. Jim Arnold (D – LaPorte), increases from $4,000 to $8,000 the funeral allowance for a member of the Indiana National Guard who dies in the active service of the state.
    • SEA 189 – This bill, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse (R – Auburn) and Sen. Jim Banks (R – Columbia City), provides information concerning attendance records and academic progress for a student attending an adult high school who is a member of the military or children in military families must be submitted to the Department of Education by each school corporation and charter school.
    • SEA 219 – This bill, authored by Sen. Sue Glick (R – LaGrange), Sen. Liz Brown (R – Fort Wayne) and Sen. Jim Buck (R – Kokomo), requires certain profession and occupation boards to adopt rules that establish procedures to expedite the issuance or renewal of a license, certificate, registration, or permit to a military spouse whose husband or wife is assigned to a duty station in Indiana.
    • SEA 304 – This bill, authored by Sen. Luke Kenley (R – Noblesville), Sen. Travis Holdman (R – Markle) and Sen. Brandt Hershman (R – Buck Creek), increases the assessed value limit for the property tax deduction for certain veterans with a disability from $143,160 to $175,000.
    • HEA 1187 –  This bill, authored by Rep. Chuck Moseley (D – Portage), makes committing stolen valor, a Class A misdemeanor, for a person to knowingly or intentionally, with the intent to obtain money, property, or another benefit by fraudulently representing himself or herself to be an active member or veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States, using falsified military identification; or fraudulently claiming to be the recipient of certain military honors.

     

    The Bill Watch page will be updated accordingly: http://in.gov/gov/2016billwatch.htm.

     

    Governor Pence signed the bills in a ceremony in the rotunda of the Indiana Statehouse. Photos of the ceremony can be found attached.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Forest landowners should stay the course on black walnut

    March 22, 2016 No comments

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    The DNR has advice for forest landowners: Don’t get talked into selling your black walnut trees because of thousand cankers disease (TCD).

    Originally found in New Mexico, TCD affects many types of walnut trees to varying degrees but is lethal to black walnuts in the western United States. In the eastern United States, TCD has been detected in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

    According to State Entomologist Phil Marshall, TCD has not been detected from a black walnut tree in the state of Indiana. Furthermore, Marshall doesn’t expect widespread mortality from TCD anytime in Indiana in the near future.

    Even in Eastern states where TCD has been detected, widespread die-offs haven’t happened.

    “If you are approached to sell your black walnut trees now because the ‘walnut disease’ (TCD) is coming, you should contact your consulting forester or district forester for advice,” Marshall said. “Follow your current management plan and do not sell the walnut just because of TCD.”

    Marshall has received reports from consulting foresters in northeast Indiana that some of their clients have sold walnut trees when they did not need to.

    TCD is caused by a fungus, Geosmithia morbida, that is transported by the walnut twig beetle.

    The beetles bore into walnut branches, feeding on the tree’s tissues and depositing the fungus that creates a canker, or dead area, under the bark. Multiple feedings cause the formation of thousands of cankers under the bark and destroy the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Gradually the tree dies.

    While TCD hasn’t been detected in Indiana, components of the disease have been. In 2014, the fungus was found on a weevil collected from a walnut tree in Yellowwood State Forest walnut plantation. None of the trees in the plantation contracted the disease. In 2015, walnut twig beetle was detected in baited traps at a Franklin County sawmill near the Ohio border. But the beetle hasn’t been found in standing trees in Indiana.

    The DNR is on the lookout for thousand cankers disease and the walnut twig beetle in Indiana. In 2015, the agency visually inspected 1,431 walnut trees in 10 communities across the state. It also set 249 baited beetle traps.

    Black walnut is the most valuable tree in Indiana. There are an estimated 31.5 million walnut trees in Indiana. Approximately 17.7 million board feet of black walnut is harvested annually with a value of $21.4 million.

     

    To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

     

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • Governor Pence Directs Flags Be Lowered to Half-staff Statewide Immediately to Honor Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Koontz’ Service and Sacrifice

    March 22, 2016 No comments

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    Issues statement of condolences for this courageous young officer killed in the line of duty

     

    Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today directed that flags at state facilities statewide be flown at half-staff following the announcement that Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Koontz was killed in the line of duty. Flags should be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on the day of Deputy Koontz’ funeral. Governor Pence asks businesses to lower their flags to half-staff to honor the service and sacrifice of Deputy Koontz. Governor Pence also issued the following statement regarding the service of Deputy Koontz and that of fellow officer Sergeant Jordan Buckley, who was injured in the line of duty.

     

    “Karen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Howard County Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Koontz and we extend our deepest condolences and prayers to his family, friends and the law enforcement community of Howard County who grieve the passing of this courageous young officer. Indiana will always honor the memory of Deputy Koontz and will always be grateful for his courageous service. Deputy Koontz lost his life in the line of duty and his passing reminds us all of the courage and risk that every member of our law enforcement community and their families face every day in the defending our communities.

     

    “We also offer our gratitude and prayers to Sergeant Jordan Buckley who was injured during the same incident in the line of duty. We are grateful for his courage and pray that he will make a quick recovery from his injuries and be restored soon to his family and his service to the people of Howard County.”

     

    The Indiana State Police are leading the investigation on the scene and are providing support to the local law enforcement community in Howard County.

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  • Hendricks Regional Health Secures Brownsburg Site for $48M Facility

    March 21, 2016 1 comments

    1234Danville – Hendricks Regional Health is proud to announce it has secured the purchase of vacant farmland to construct a new emergency room and outpatient center on the east side of Brownsburg.

     

    The 100,000 square-feet retail healthcare center will be built on the northwest corner of Interstate 74 and Ronald Reagan Parkway near exit 68. To address the growing medical needs of northern Hendricks County and beyond, it will house an emergency room and immediate care center, lab and radiology services, a comprehensive women’s center, physical rehabilitation, physician offices, a retail pharmacy, specialty clinic and additional retail space.

     

    The facility will cost an estimated $48 million to construct and is expected to create more than 110 jobs once completed. It is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2017 and will coincide with the extension of Ronald Reagan Parkway from US 136 to County Road 300 North.

     

    “For the past couple of years, we have been working on identifying a location and a way to bring an enhanced variety of services closer to the north side of Brownsburg,” said Hendricks Regional Health Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer Gary Everling. “We want our new center to be easy to access and easy to do business with. This new facility will allow us to deliver care in a new way, with easy access to several different services under one roof.”

     

    While the new center will service the northern portions of Brownsburg, the existing Hendricks Regional Health medical office building, located at 1411 South Green Street in Brownsburg, will remain open to serve the south side of Brownsburg and northwest side of Avon. That facility features a variety of physician offices and laboratory services. In addition, as part of this enhancement of services, Hendricks Regional Health will be opening an Immediate Care location on Northfield Drive May 2.

     

    Since 1962, Hendricks Regional Health has served as the area’s leading healthcare provider by delivering innovative care with a personal touch. The hospital strives to be the indispensable healthcare partner to patients, payers, physicians, associates and employers. Licensed by the Indiana State Department of Health and accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, Hendricks Regional Health staffs a full complement of physicians in a variety of specialties at locations in Danville, Avon, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Lizton and Bainbridge. To learn more call (317) 745-3627 or visit www.hendricks.org.

  • State Board of Education Approves Growth Table/Halts Changes to Diploma Requirements

    March 21, 2016 No comments

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    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Board of Education today approved the growth table to be used as part of the State’s new A-F grading formula during its monthly business meeting in Indianapolis.

     

    “Indiana’s new A-F accountability system will now recognize more than just the number of students who pass statewide exams,” said Sarah O’Brien, fourth-grade teacher at River Birch Elementary School in Avon and Vice Chair of the State Board of Education. “This new system will also acknowledge teachers and schools that help grow students academically from year-to-year and award bonus points for students who grow more than one year in their school work.”

     

    The Board voted unanimously to give preliminary approval to growth table number 24.  It will now be available for public comment for 30 days. Comments can be sent to sboe_comment@sboe.in.gov. The table will return to the Board for final approval during the April Board meeting.

     

    The Board also voted unanimously, Superintendent Ritz abstained, to indefinitely pause efforts to raise the requirements for Indiana’s General, Core 40, and Core 40 with Honors high school diplomas. The Board noted the percentage of Indiana high school graduates requiring remediation in college has dropped by 13% between 2011 and 2014. Board members also highlighted that students in the Class of 2016 will be the first to graduate under the State’s new College and Career Ready academic standards and the requirement that a student earn 6 credits in math and enroll in math all four years during high school.

     

    “Hoosier teachers and schools are doing great work helping prepare students for success in college and a career,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President/CEO of Project Lead the Way and State Board Member. “The Board will continue monitoring data on this issue, but should wait to take the serious step of increasing the requirements for an Indiana high school diploma until we receive information from students graduating in the next few years under our new more rigorous standards.”

     

    In other action, the Board approved making $12,500,000 available to public schools in construction loans and $12,500,000 for technology improvement loans in 2016 from the Common School Fund. The Board also approved the turnaround plan by the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation for Caze Elementary and Washington Middle Schools.

     

    The next scheduled meeting of the Indiana State Board of Education will take place on Friday, April 16, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. (EST) in Conference Room B of the Indiana Government Center South.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • DNR burns Brown County State Park woodlands for preservation

    March 21, 2016 No comments

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    Smoke may create public awareness

    The Department of Natural Resources, Fire Control Headquarters will be conducting a prescribed fire in Brown County State Park between March 21-25.  Firing operations are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and cease around 4 p.m.

    Nashville and the surrounding communities may experience the presence of smoke.

    The burn will address the lack of oak regeneration in the 10 O’Clock Line Nature Preserve within the state park.  The DNR conducts the burning in order to preserve the area’s high-quality oak woodland habitat, which requires more sunny, open conditions. Without the fires, competing vegetation would replace the oaks, eventually eliminating the plants and animals typical of the oak forests.

    Posted by in Statewide News

  • CHEF JOSEPH’s AND INDIANA MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT MUSEUM (IMEM) TO HONOR LEGENDARY BROADCASTER JIMMY MACK (McDOWELL)

    March 21, 2016 No comments

    jimmymackflyerSunday, April 3 marks A Salute to Jimmy Mack, which will be IMEM’s first in a series of evenings dedicated to honoring a Hoosier legend for their contributions.  Jimmy McDowell, aka Jimmy Mack, is perhaps best known for his “Bandstand 13” and “Teen Whirl” programs on Channels 8 and 13 respectively, in the 1960’s, which presented local, regional and national bands similarly to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.  Jimmy also worked at several radio stations during his illustrious career.

    The event, hosted by Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room, 115 E. Ohio Street in downtown Indianapolis, is free to attend and features complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  The evening runs from 6 to 8 pm and will include a showing of rare Bandstand 13 and other vintage local TV footage.

    IMEM accepts donations of historical music, film, and broadcasting artifacts, along with monetary donations which will enable expanded exhibits and other programs.  Donations are tax deductible.

    IMEM is now located at the Wheeler Arts Community at 1035 Sanders Street, Rm 202 in Fountain Square.  Open by appointment and selected evenings.  Find out more at imemindiana.org or on Facebook at facebook/imemindiana.

    Posted by in Local Events

  • Free Tornado Awareness Workshop for all Indy Residents!

    March 21, 2016 No comments

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    The Division of Homeland Security invites you to an Open House 03.22.2016

    Tornado Awareness Workshop and DHS Open House Celebrating Severe Weather Preparedness

    On March 22, 2016 the Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security will present an informative workshop on how you and your family can prepare for severe weather! A tour of our newly designed Regional Opera-tions Center will be conducted before the workshop. For more information contact elia.james2@indy.gov or (317) 506-7770. Tours begin at 6:00 pm. Presentation starts at 7:00 pm.

    A commitment in planning today will help you prepare for any emergency situation tomorrow.

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