April 10, 2016
Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence announced Thursday that UTC Climate, Controls & Security has repaid state training grants issued by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to Carrier Corporation and United Technologies Electronic Controls (UTEC), which total more than $380,000. These funds will be redeposited into the IEDC’s Skills Enhancement Fund, which provides assistance to businesses to support training and upgrading skills of employees. Read more
April 08, 2016
The Indiana State Police in Indianapolis currently accepting applications, through a temporary employment service, for the position of Maintenance Repair Assistant. This summer employment has a salary of $9.60 per hour, Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
There are three positions available and each position includes general grounds keeping, various maintenance, and assisting maintenance repair staff. The tasks will change daily and most work will be conducted outdoors. In order to be considered for this position applicants must have reliable transportation to and from 8620 E. 21st. Street in Indianapolis.
Applications can be filled out and submitted at www.knowldegeservices.com (Job ID# 391190)
Must be 18 years old to apply
April 08, 2016
Police say 17 year old Jon Legg, an Avon High School student, died in a single-vehicle crash in Avon Wednesday night.
At approximately 6 p.m., emergency crews were called to South County Road 525 East and East County Road 200 South. Police say the Ford Fusion had hit a tree just south of Prestwick Country Club and that Legg was pronounced dead at the scene.
Avon High School released a statement about his death:
Avon Community School Corporation is devastated by the tragic death of Avon High School Student Jonathan Legg. Jonathan, a junior, was an exceptional school citizen who was highly thought of by his peers. His teachers said that he was hard-working, wonderful and witty. Jonathan was a member of the Avon Marching Black and Gold Band and was a member of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Counselors will be available beginning Thursday morning for students and staff.
The crash remains under investigation.
April 07, 2016
Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today ceremonially signed Senate Enrolled Act 357, or “Kirk’s Law” in Goshen, Ind. “Kirk’s Law” requires the Division of State Court Administration to create a registry of individuals convicted of a crime of child abuse. The registry will be searchable and available to the public. “Kirk’s Law” is named after 19-month-old Kirk Coleman, who prosecutors say died in the care of a provider who had a previous record of child abuse. The Governor signed SEA 357, which goes into effect July 1, 2016, into law on March 21, 2016. The legislation requires that the registry be up and running no later than July 1, 2017.
“Senate Enrolled Act 357 is about protecting our most vulnerable Hoosiers – our children,” said Governor Pence. “This bill provides parents a way to make sure the person they have chosen to take care of their child has not been convicted of child abuse. It is my hope that this child abuse registry will become a resource to help ensure that no child is left with someone who may harm them.”
Governor Pence was joined by bill sponsor Representative Dave Ober (R – Albion) and Representatives Curt Nisly (R – Goshen) and Doug Miller (R – Elkhart).
A photo from today’s signing ceremony can be found attached. For a full list of bills Governor Pence has signed, visit Bill Watch: http://www.in.gov/gov/2016billwatch.htm.
April 07, 2016
DANVILLE, IN (April 6, 2016) –Ten Hendricks County organizations, including five first-time recipients, were awarded $10,000 in grant money this spring through the Visit Hendricks County’s Tourism Enhancement and Development Fund.
In its eighth year, the fund is used to promote events, enhance marketing efforts and cover other costs that improve visitor attractions and encourage tourism within Hendricks County.
Visit Hendricks County allotted $20,000 of its 2016 budget for the program’s two cycles in the spring and fall. Fifteen applications were received during the spring cycle requesting more than $24,000. All proposals were reviewed by an independent grant selection committee consisting of Hendricks County Tourism Commission members, representatives from the Hendricks County lodging community, Visit Hendricks County staff members, local tourism experts and representatives from local businesses.
That committee recommended funding ten projects totaling $10,000, which was approved by the Hendricks County Tourism Commission on March 17.
Agencies that received money during the 2016 spring cycle included:
- Avon Chamber of Commerce – To promote its annual Hendricks County Rib-Fest, $1,339.50.
- Family Promise of Hendricks County –To assist in the promotion and expansion of its Duathlon and Family Fun event, $500.
- Fleece Performance Engineering – To advertise its Diesel Performance event, $500.
- Friends of the Historical Museum – To create promotional brochures for the museum to reach locals as well as visitors outside the county, $250.
- Hoosier Athletic Center – To promote the facility for adult and youth sporting events, $1,585.
- Indy ‘G’ Walkers – To promote its upcoming conference to a wider audience, $900.
- Lucas Oil Raceway – To produce rack cards, a poster and direct mail postcard for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals and other 2016 events, $1,339.50.
- Oasis Diner – To create a brochure that correlates with the diner’s new website that includes history, location, coupons and contact information, $336.
- Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library – To advertise the Frank Warren Mental Health talk, book signing and PostSecret Art Gallery reception, $1,250.
- Truckshow.org DBA Slamology – To help with marketing, social media and appearance fees for “Mad Mike” Mike Martin, $2,000.
The TED Fund program offers 1:1 matching funds for successful application requests between $501 and $2,500 per project as well as a non-matching grant for requests of $500 or less. Tourism-related businesses including not-for-profits, civic organizations, retail development groups and collaborations are encouraged to apply for funding through this program. Only businesses, entities, and events located in Hendricks County are eligible.
Visit Hendricks County will again award grant funds during the 2016 fall cycle, which opens July 1. The deadline for applications for the fall cycle will be Aug. 26.
For more information about the fund or to find out if a potential project is eligible, contact Ferguson by e-mail at Sarah@VisitHendricksCounty.com or by calling (317) 718-8750.
The Hendricks County Tourism Commission d/b/a Visit Hendricks County attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism, which stimulates economic growth and enhances quality of life. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VisitHendricksCounty and become a fan for updates and reminders, contest info and much more. You can also follow us on Twitter @HendricksCounty or get updates by following or subscribing to our tourism blog at VisitHendricksCounty.com/blog. For more information, visit our website at VisitHendricksCounty.com or call (317) 718-8750.
April 07, 2016
Three teens were arrested in connection with a series of bank robberies in Hendricks County. Plainfield Police held a press conference Wednesday morning regarding the four recent bank robberies.
Police said the suspects were arrested Tuesday. The arrests included 18-year-old Kyle Rhoades, a 17-year-old male juvenile and a 16-year-old female juvenile. According to reports, the suspects used the money to buy clothes, shoes and marijuana. Some of the cash was used to pay for a trip to Florida.
Plainfield police and other agencies investigated the thefts, which included two robberies in Plainfield, one in Clayton and another in Danville during the month of March and first week of April.
Police say, the female juvenile was supposed to be babysitting her young siblings. However, they sat in the car the entire time the robbery was taking place.
Chief Darel Krieger and Det. Lt. Jeff Stephens spoke in regards to arrests being made in the robberies which involved two juveniles, 16 and 17 years old and 18 year old adult Kyle Rhoades. The investigation is still ongoing while awaiting DNA results.
April 07, 2016
According to investigators, Douglas Gaultney has been upgraded from critical condition to serious condition. Gaultney suffered several gunshot wounds to his chest, abdomen and lower body. As a result of his injuries one leg required surgical amputation.
Moments after the shooting, police officers on scene began rendering life-saving aid to Gaultney. Due to severe bleeding, two tourniquets were applied by members of the Indiana State Police SWAT Team in an effort to stop the bleeding and stabilize him until medics could respond. Medical professionals have credited the actions of those officers with potentially saving Gaultney’s life.
Police officers are trained to react and provide aid to any injured person, more specifically it is not only common practice, but the policy of the Indiana State Police to render aid after a deadly force encounter when safe to do so. Even with medical personnel staged close by, officers know every second is critical when dealing with serious injuries. The quick actions by first responders, including the Speedway Fire Department, have given Douglas a chance at survival.
It is important to address that every reasonable action was exhausted by members of the Speedway Police Department and the Indiana State Police to bring the standoff to a peaceful resolution. Ultimately, Gaultney’s threatening actions toward police, that also placed innocent citizens in jeopardy, resulted in the violent conclusion to this dangerous situation.
Although Doctors have listed Gaultney in stable condition, he is still being very closely monitored and the coming days are very critical to his recovery. Investigators have not yet been able to speak with Gaultney, and will not be able to do so for the foreseeable future.
As with all criminal investigations, police will continue to examine evidence, interview witnesses and work with prosecutors in this case. This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.
Original News Release is Below:
Indianapolis – Shortly after 1 p.m. today officers from the Speedway Police Department received information of a possible wanted subject, 57 year old Douglas Gaultney of Knox County Indiana, in a white van in the area of 18th and MacArthur Lane, in Speedway. Officers were able to locate and make contact with Gaultney, who was the sole occupant of the van. Gaultney immediately brandished a shotgun causing the officers to move to a safe position and call for additional help. Gaultney was making statements that led police to believe he did not have intentions of exiting the vehicle.
The Speedway Police Department SWAT team, along with the Indiana State Police SWAT team and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department all responded to the scene. Officers attempted to negotiate with Gaultney for several hours. Gaultney exited the van at one point with the shotgun in his hands but immediately re-entered the van.
Shortly before 7 p.m. members of the Indiana State Police SWAT team and the Speedway Police SWAT team attempted less lethal tactics of tear gas and use of an armored state police vehicle to encourage Gaultney to peacefully surrender. However, Gaultney chose to get out of the van armed with a shotgun that he pointed at officers. This action resulted in several police officers shooting Gaultney who then fell to the ground. Life saving measures were immediately initiated by police officers until medics, who were staged nearby, were able to provide direct first-aid to Gaultney. Gaultney was then transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition and at the writing of this release was in surgery.
No police officers or other citizens were injured during this police action shooting. Crime Scene Investigators are currently on the scene collecting and preserving evidence, as well as investigators from the Indiana State Police and Speedway Police Department.
Douglas Gaultney was wanted out of Knox County on violation of probation for possession of marijuana.
This is an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.
Investigating Agency: Indiana State Police
Assisting Agencies: Speedway Police Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Speedway Street Department, Speedway Fire Department
April 06, 2016
BROWNSBURG – The Town of Brownsburg will close the intersection of S. Green Street and County Road 300N next month for the construction of a $1.4 million roundabout. Signs are in place to alert motorists that the road will be closed to traffic on or after May 4 for a period of 60 days. Utility relocation is underway. Project start and completion dates are dependent on weather and other factors. The decision to completely close the intersection during construction will significantly shorten the length of what could otherwise be a five-month project. It also led to better bid pricing, saving approximately $350,000. Other sections of S. Green are scheduled to be resurfaced this spring, but the CR 300N intersection will be resurfaced as part of the roundabout project. Traffic will be detoured to the east along S. Northfield Drive, Hornaday Road, and Airport Road. The businesses on S. Green Street and CR350N will be accessible to local traffic. Find the site plan and detour map on the Town of Brownsburg website, www.brownsburg.org. Follow the Town’s Twitter and Facebook accounts for timely updates.
April 06, 2016
Best of the West launched in March 2016 after months of collaboration between co-founders Tony Reffeitt of Integrity Real Estate and Lacey Verbik of Imagine Virtual Assistant Services. The two developed a revolutionary new networking group exclusive to companies that serve the greater Hendricks County area as well as Indy’s west side. “We’re very pleased by the initial receptivity to our vision and the caliber of members we’ve attracted. It’s fulfilling to watch Best of the West grow and offer value to businesses and residents of the west side,” Reffeitt said.
Best of the West aims to connect individuals seeking goods and services to the best local providers of those goods and services. This task is accomplished through a network of local professionals with an infrastructure supporting their endeavors to meet and serve new clientele. Membership is by invitation only and is exclusive to those who are truly among the “best of the west.” This means that consumers can expect high level services and customer relations from top performers. Membership in the organization is industry exclusive. Members receive a number of benefits, including a client facing profile page on the Best of the West website. This site incorporates information about the member’s business with innovative features such as appointment scheduling, a 3D virtual model of the place of business, a map to the business, links to social media sites, and more. Yearly headshots keep membership profiles up to date while professional video footage helps potential clients get to know members. Perhaps the most powerful benefit is behind the scenes. Best of the West membership includes access to a powerful customer relationship management program that tracks referrals, earnings, and more. With purposeful and effective weekly meetings including a semi-monthly catered luncheon and virtual meetings on the opposite weeks, members stay connected and aware of one another’s business models, promotions, and ideal clients. This allows them to make smart referrals, which is better business for everyone. Members are also highlighted on the TownOfBrownsburg.com website, which serves as a resource for Hendricks County residents. If you’re interested in learning more about Best of the West, check out their website at BestOfTheWest-Indy.com. If you’d like to be considered for membership, contact a current member for an invitation. Perhaps you have what it takes to be amongst the Best of the West.
April 05, 2016
According to investigators, the suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, camouflage t-shirt and a red baseball cap, and sunglasses. He robbed the First National Bank at 101 W. Main Street around 4:30 p.m, and then left the bank on foot. No injuries were reported.
If you have information about the robbery or the suspect, call Plainfield Police Det. Alyson Ritter at 317-839-8700.