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Shelbyville Police investigating death of 31-year old man

Shelbyville Police are handling a death investigation.

 

Shelbyville police and fire departments responded Wednesday to a call of an unresponsive male in the 100 block of East Pennsylvania Street.  Jason Kessler, 31, was declared dead at the scene.

 

There is no information released at this time as to the cause of death .  Shelbyville Police report more details will be released as they are able during this investigation. 

One fatality, one injured in Thursday morning crash

A one-car accident on Shelby County’s Michigan Road resulted in one fatality Thursday morning.

 

The accident occurred near St. Vincent DePaul at 9:00 am.  A passenger, from out-of-state, died in the crash when the vehicle left the road and hit a tree head-on.  The driver was taken to Methodist Hospital.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

Scams targeting utility customers on the rise during pandemic; Duke Energy warns of latest tactics

Scams targeting electric and natural gas customers are on the rise, with imposters implementing new tactics during the pandemic to trick utility customers out of money andpersonal information.

June 2020 was the highest single month on record for reported scam attempts targeting Duke Energy customers across the states it serves, hitting more than 4,000.

 

The total number of scam attempts reported by Duke Energy customers so far in 2020 – 15,000 – already is approaching 2019’s full-year total of 18,000.

 

In Indiana, Duke Energy customers have reported more than 1,400 scam attempts in June, which is close to the total reports for all of 2019.

 

“Unfortunately, the scammers appear to bepreying on the uncertainty and financial hardship caused by the pandemic,and they are tracking trends and adjusting theirtactics,” said Jared Lawrence, Duke Energy’s vice president of revenue services and metering. “As new scam techniques are employed, it is imperative that customers stay alert, informed and make a concerted effort to guard their personal information and money.”

 

New tactic

Scammers have added a new tactic, which promises to mail customers refund checks for overpayments on their accounts if they can confirm their personal data, including birthdays and, in some cases, social security numbers.

Generally, Duke Energy will apply refunds as a credit to customers’ accounts and will not contact customers to verify personal information by phone, email or in person in order to mail a check.

 

Phone scam

Scam reports also indicate that phone scammers posing as utility providers continue to call and insist customers are delinquent on their bills. The scammer typically claims a service disconnection is pending, rigs caller ID to mimic your utility provider, and demands the money in the form of a prepaid debit card.

 

Note: Duke Energy has currently suspended disconnections for nonpayment.

 

Common scam tactics include:

  • A call with pre-recorded voice, often referred to as a robocall, with a caller ID display showing the customer’s utility’s name.
     
  • A mimicked Interactive Voice Response menu that customers typically hear when they call their utility.
     
  • Threats to disconnect power or natural gas service to a customer’s home or business within an hour.
     
  • Immediate payment demands by prepaid debit card.
     
  • And, with many utilities suspending nonpay disconnections during the COVID-19 pandemic, scammers are now promising refund checks if the customer makes a payment and the pending disconnect was an error.

Customers who suspect they have been victims of fraud or who feel threatened during contact with one of these scammers should:

 

  • Hang up the phone, especially if it’s a robo call.
     
  • Call the utility provider by using the phone number provided on the bill or on the company’s official website, followed by a call to the police.
     
  • Never purchase a prepaid debit card or gift card to avoid service disconnection or shutoff. DO NOT pay over the phone if immediate payment is demanded by a prepaid card to avoid a disconnection. Legitimate utility companies do not specify how customers should make a bill payment, and they always offer a variety of ways to pay a bill, including accepting payments online, by phone, automatic bank draft, mail or in person.

Customers can learn about recent scams and how to recognize the warning signs on the Federal Trade Commission website www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts.

 

Duke Energy is also a founding member of Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS), a consortium of more than 140 U.S. and Canadian electric, water, and natural gas companies (and their respective trade associations) that raises awareness of utility scams targeting customers. Duke Energy’s Lawrence is also the UUAS founder and executive committee chair.

 

Visit duke-energy.com/stopscamsorutilitiesunited.orgfor more information and tips about how customers can protect themselves from impostor utility scams, or follow along on social media: Twitter @DukeEnergy or @U_U_A_Sand Facebook @Duke Energyor@UtilitiesUnited.

Indiana's 94 community foundations to be supported by former Blue River Community Foundation executive director, Shelbyville Redevelopment Director Amy Haacker

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance names Amy Haacker vice president for community foundation programs. Replacing retiring IPA Vice President Rosemary Dorsa, Haacker will lead IPA’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.

 

“When we set out to identify the next leader for this role, we were looking for someone to propel the next decade of community foundation growth across the state of Indiana,” said Claudia Cummings, IPA president and CEO. “Amy’s reputation, expertise and innovative mindset are all core attributes that fuel my excitement for her and for the future of IPA.”

 

For the past 8 years, Haacker served as executive director of Blue River Community Foundation based in Shelbyville, Indiana. In this role, Haacker built cross-sector partnerships for greater impact, transitioned the foundation to a catalytic model, improved operational efficiencies and nearly doubled the foundation’s assets.

 

“This is a time of transformation in philanthropy, and specifically for community foundations in Indiana,” said Haacker. “I’m excited to explore how we move into this next decade as a catalytic force across Indiana, beginning at home in each of our own communities to create real and lasting change.”

 

Prior to her work at the community foundation, Haacker had a successful career in community development. She was the redevelopment director for the City of Shelbyville and the executive director of Mainstreet Shelbyville. As redevelopment director, Haacker led collaborative plans for community and economic development efforts as a Stellar Communities program finalist. She also helped create a workforce development partnership with the City of Shelbyville and Rose Hulman Institute of Technology that provides local career pathways in engineering, science and technology.

 

Haacker earned her master’s degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and bachelor’s degree from Purdue University’s School of Agriculture. She completed Ball State University’s Building Better Communities Indiana Economic Development course, has a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from IU Lilly School of Philanthropy and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

 

Kroger Health receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for its COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit

Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorization for the COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit. The testing solution combines the safety and convenience of at-home sample collection with the expert guidance of a telehealth consultation to help improve the quality of the collection process.

 

Kroger Health’s COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit will be available to frontline associates across Kroger’s Family of Companies, based on medical need, beginning this week. In partnership with Gravity Diagnostics, a full-service clinical laboratory located in Covington, KY, Kroger Health plans to rapidly expand the availability of the home collection kits to other companies and organizations in the coming weeks, with a goal of processing up to 60,000 tests per week by the end of July.

 

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of our associates and our customers has remained our top priority,” said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health. “Kroger Heath remains committed to helping people live healthier lives through our multi-disciplinary team of licensed, trained and experienced healthcare providers. Over the past few months, Kroger Health has been providing Americans with access to COVID-19 testing through community test sites across the country; however, we’ve observed some individuals do not have access to transportation or live near these community testing locations. To help ease this burden and provide greater accessibility, we will be offering a home testing solution to our associates first followed by other companies and organizations.”

 

Kroger Health’s COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit: How it Works

 

  • The home collection is performed under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional. The process is simple and is available at no cost to eligible patients who meet established clinical criteria for likely COVID-19 infection or exposure.

 

  • Patients will be provided access to a website where they will answer screening questions, input their organization’s benefit code and an individual code, like an employee ID, and complete a clinical assessment. If a patient qualifies, a healthcare professional will issue a prescription and the home collection kit is shipped to their home within 24-48 hours.

 

  • The home collection kit includes a nasal swab, transport vial, instruction sheet, prepaid shipping label, and packing materials for return shipment of the sample to the laboratory.

 

  • Upon receipt of the home collection kit, a healthcare professional guides the home collection process via telehealth – a two-way video chat. The direct observation helps to ensure the proper technique is used for sample collection.

 

  • The patient will then overnight ship their sample to the laboratory for processing, which on average will take 24-48 hours.

 

  • At the laboratory, the collection undergoes a molecular diagnostic test – a test which detects parts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and can be used to diagnose active infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

 

  • If test results are negative for an active infection, results are released to the patient’s electronic medical record portal. Alternatively, patients may be called if they do not consent to use of the portal. For a patient whose test result is positive, a healthcare professional will contact them via phone to provide a recommended course of care.

 

  • Test results will be accessible only to the patient and only shared with their organization if the patient authorizes the release of his or her results. All results are reported to government health agencies as required by law.

 

“As our country experiences an increase in COVID-19 cases, physical distancing, wearing protective masks and testing remains paramount to flattening the curve,” said Jim Kirby, senior director of Kroger Health. “We know flexible, accessible testing options like home solutions that leverage telehealth technology are critical to accelerating America’s reopening and recovery.”

The Kroger Health COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit will initially be available in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia. Additional states will be added in the coming weeks.

 

Kroger Health launched public drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing sites in April. Since then, Kroger Health has administered more than 100,000 tests across 19 states.

 

About Gravity Diagnostics:

 

Gravity Diagnostics is a full-service state-of-the-art CLIA laboratory licensed in all 50 states providing innovative laboratory testing including Infectious Disease (Upper Respiratory and Sexually Transmitted), Toxicology, and Pharmacogenomics. We are an advocate for physicians, patients, and our communities, supporting them with unsurpassed integrity, regulatory compliance, and clinical expertise. Learn more by visiting gravitydiagnostics.com.

 

About Kroger Health:


Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., is one of America's leading retail healthcare organizations, with over 2,000 pharmacies and 200 clinics in 35 states serving more than 14 million customers. Our team of 22,000 healthcare practitioners - from pharmacists and nurse practitioners, to dietitians and technicians – are committed to helping people live healthier lives. We believe in practicing at the top of our licenses and enabling "food as medicine" to help prevent or manage certain diseases. Learn more at www.krogerhealth.com.

 

About The Kroger Co.:

 

At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are, across our family of companies, nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

 

Indiana's Stage 5 for re-opening will wait a couple weeks

Stage 5 of Indiana’s reopening plan isn’t coming this weekend.  It’ll be at least another two weeks.

 

Governor Eric Holcomb on Wednesday labeled the next two weeks, July 4 – 17, instead, as Stage 4.5.  It marks a mostly status quo with allowance for outdoor events.


 

 

The governor says certain types of events can go ahead if they adhere to social distancing and other guidelines.

 

 

Aside from that, most restrictions, capacities remain the same.

 

 

Moving to Stage 5 is now targeted for July 18.

 

 

FTC requires casino operators Eldorado Resorts, Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Corporation to divest assets in two local markets as condition of merger

The Federal Trade Commission will require casino operator Eldorado Resorts, Inc. to divest casino-related assets in the South Lake Tahoe area of Nevada, and the Bossier City-Shreveport area of Louisiana, to settle charges that Eldorado’s $17.3 billion agreement to acquire Caesars Entertainment Corporation likely would be anticompetitive in those markets.

 

The Commission also will prevent competitive harm in Kansas City, Missouri, where both companies currently operate casinos; the settlement gives the Commission the option to require an additional divestiture if a pending independent sale of one casino does not close timely.

 

The complaint alleges that the proposed acquisition would harm competition for casino services in the South Lake Tahoe, Bossier City-Shreveport, and Kansas City local markets. The combination thus would increase the likelihood that Eldorado would unilaterally exercise market power, leading to higher prices and reduced quality for consumers of casino services.

 

The terms of the settlement require Eldorado to divest the assets described below. The parties must maintain the viability, marketability, and competitiveness of the assets until the divestitures are complete. The proposed consent order appoints a monitor to ensure the parties’ compliance with the order to maintain assets, the consent order, and the divestiture agreements.

 

  • In the South Lake Tahoe area, Eldorado must divest its only casino, the MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, to Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
  • In the Bossier City-Shreveport area, Eldorado is also required to divest its only casino, the Eldorado Casino Resort, to Twin River.

Independent from its proposed acquisition of Caesars:

 

  • In Kansas City, Missouri, Eldorado is selling its Isle of Capri casino. Under the proposed settlement, if the Isle of Capri sale is not complete within 60 days after the proposed acquisition of Caesars closes, the Commission may, at its discretion, require Eldorado to divest the casino to a Commission-approved buyer within 12 months.

As detailed in the analysis to aid public comment, new entry or expansion is unlikely to deter or counteract the anticompetitive effects of the proposed acquisition in any of the affected markets. Casinos are highly regulated, with lengthy approval processes for licensure and a limited number of licenses granted in some states, such as Louisiana and Missouri.

 

The Commission vote to issue the complaint and accept the proposed consent order for public comment was 3-1-1, with Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter not participating, and Commissioner Rohit Chopra voted no and issued a dissenting statement. The FTC will publish the consent agreement package in the Federal Register shortly. Instructions for filing comments appear in the published notice. Comments must be received 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Once processed, comments will be posted on Regulations.gov.

INDOT to close Post Rd and London Rd bridges over I-74

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close two bridges along I-74 on the Southeast side of Indianapolis.

 

Two bridge decks will be closed, the Post Road bridge and the London Road bridge over I-74.

Contractors will be constructing a new bridge deck overlay on both bridges. They will also be doing additional bridge work on the Post Road bridge.

 

During the bridge deck closures, all ramps will be open, but the public will not be able to cross the bridge. If you need to turn to get across a bridge once you exit the interstate, official detour routes are provided below. The public is welcome to find their own local routes around the closure as well.

All of this work is weather dependent, please follow @INDOTEast on Twitter and INDOT East Central on Facebook for updates.

 

Post Road Closure over I-74

  • CLOSED: July 6 to September 21 
  • All ramps from I-74 EB & WB to Post Rd will remain open
  • DETOURS:
    • I-74 WB to Post Rd SB: Turn right onto Post Rd to US 52. Turn left on US 52 and get on I-465 SB to I-74 EB. Take I-74 EB to Post Rd and turn right to go SB on Post Rd. 
    • I-74 EB to Post Rd NB: Continue on I-74 EB until Acton Rd (Exit 99) turn around and take I-74 WB to Post Rd and turn right.

 

 

London Road Closure over I-74

  • CLOSED: July 15 to July 21
  • All ramps from I-74 EB & WB to London Road will remain open
  • DETOURS: 
    • I-74 WB to London Rd SB: Continue on I-74 WB to Acton Rd (Exit 99.) Turn around and take I-74 EB to London Road and turn right.
    • I-74 EB to London Rd NB: Continue on I-74 EB to Fairland Rd (Exit 109.) Turn around and take I-74 WB to London Rd and turn right.

Hands Free While Driving law begins Wednesday

Drivers are being reminded that beginning Wednesday, Indiana law will prohibit drivers holding mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, in their hands while driving to reduce distracted driving.

 

The effort was approved by the Indiana General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support.

 

Once the law takes effect, drivers on Indiana roads will be prohibited from having a mobile device in their hands while their vehicles are moving, with the exception of dialing 911 in an emergency. The law permits the use of voice-operated or hands-free technology such as speakerphone, Bluetooth or headset.

 

Sgt. John Perrine with Indiana State Police.

 

 

And, Perrine reminds, don’t text.

 

 

Across the United States, serious traffic crashes and fatalities have sharply increased in recent years due in large part to distracted driving. In 2019, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute reported that distracted driving from mobile devices was a factor in at least 1,263 crashes and three fatal crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, states that have passed hands-free driving laws have seen a nearly 20 percent decrease in traffic deaths in the two years after passing the law.

 

During the first few months with the Hands Free While Driving law in effect, Indiana State Police will focus on educating drivers on the new law and safety benefits of going hands free. However, following the initial education campaign, drivers found in violation of the hands free while driving law can be subject to fine.

 

Beginning in July 2021, drivers may also have points assessed against their driver’s licenses for violating the law.

Northwestern Consolidated of Shelby County finalizing plans this week for reopening schools

The Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County is finalizing reopening plans for Triton Central schools.

 

Superintendent Chris Hoke says it’s time to get kids back to school.

 

 

The superintendent says the close of the final school year amidst the coronavirus pandemic showed online learning isn’t the best tool for learning.

 

 

Hoke says masks, in most instances, will be an option, not a madate.

 

 

Final details will be assembled by the task force and school board.  More details should be released later this week.  Hoke says they will be "flexible and nimble" .

 

 

No mask mandate at Southwestern schools

Southwestern Consolidated Schools are readying a reopening plan for the upcoming school year.  It’s a plan that gives the option, but does not mandate wearing of masks.

 

Incoming Superintendent Curt Chase says a survey made it clear.  Parents want their child back in school.

 

 

Another majority in the survey….no masks.

 

 

Southwestern had implemented remote learning recently but had pulled back with limited participation.  Chase says there wasn’t much call to resume it just for for COVID-19.

 

 

So, it will be back to school for Southwestern students, on-time this fall.

 

 

Chase says there's no intention to send students home if a sibling is found to have COVID - 19.

 

Southwestern has no calendar changes.

 

Hope man arrested on burglary charges

Just after 9:00 pm Wednesday Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies and Hope Police officers served arrest warrants on Matthew E. Brossman, 38, Hope. 

 

Brossman was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of: 

 

Two counts of Burglary, Level 4 felony

Intimidation, Class A misdemeanor.

 

Brossman remains in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of a $110,000 bond.

Shelbyville Central approves reopening plan

The Shelbyville Central School Board approved a reopening plan for its schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Shelbyville Central Schools Superintendent Mary Harper says, for just one example, masks and face coverings could be debated in many ways.  But they’ve decided to make them an individual choice in the classroom.  They will be mandated during transient periods – in hallways and on school transportation.

 

 

Harper also notes they will seek more information from the health department about use of all types of face coverings.

 

 

The school corporation will provide some masks.  They’re developing plans for how to do so and how many.

 

 

If a student should be diagnosed with COVID – 19 it will mean they, along with any siblings in the school system, will have to go home.  Other contacts the student may have had involving other students will be investigated.

 

 

A virtual learning option will be made available to students not comfortable with returning to the brick and mortar classroom.  It will not be a pass / fail or like what was offered in the spring.

 

 

She says some lessons learned from the spring will help them to implement a virtual program now.

 

 

There is a major note to be understood.  If you take the virtual learning decision there is no extracurricular activity, such as athletics.

 

 

The reopening plan has taken input from many.

 

 

And decisions made as the school year advances are in conjunction with the health department.

 

 

The current 17 page plan approved by the school board in special session Wednesday will need editing and revision.  It’s hoped to be posted to the corporation website by the end of this week.

Shelbyville's Builders Lumber & Hardware treated lumber supply chain running low; home projects up

Brian Baker with Shelbyville's Builders Lumber & Hardware says people staying home during this coronavirus pandemic has been good for business with so many doing home projects.  However, it's also led to another supply train issue - treated lumber - especially deck boards.

 

 

Baker spoke to GIANT fm News about how the store has handled the pandemic and the latest treated lumber shortage with so many decks and others projects.

 

 

MHP COVID - 19 update - June 22

  • UPDATES FROM INCIDENT COMMAND:
  • We have only had 12 employees test positive for COVID since inception.  Currently, no MHP employees are off work due to COVID-related illness. 
  • Due to the decreasing volumes and our handle on the current situation, we are continuing to decrease the frequency in which Incident Command will meet and provide updates.  If we see a surge of positive cases or the situations changes, we will immediate resume more frequent meetings and updates.   

 

 

  • MHP TESTING STATUS:
    • Number of MHP patients tested: 2,616
    • Number of pending results: 30
    • Number of positive results: 248 (increase of 4 since 6/16)

 

 

  • MHP INPATIENT STATUS:
    • Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  28
    • Current number of patients with respiratory related diagnoses: 8
      • Number of available 3rd floor beds: 12
    • Currently, we have 0 inpatients that tested positive and 10 inpatients have pending results on the 3rd floor. 
    • Number of inpatients in the 1st floor ACC unit: 3 with 19 beds available and none of these are patients that have positive or suspected COVID.   

 

  • MHP EMERGENCY DEPT STATUS:
    • Number of ER patients in last 24 hours: 65
    • Number of ER patients with respiratory signs/symptoms: 7 (representing 11%)

 

  • VENT STATUS:
    • Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:
      • We have 1 ventilators are in use and 4 BiPAP in use and 1 trilogy is in use.  This leaves us with 17 ventilation units available. 
      • We also have 10 disaster vents available and 6 home Cpap units (not included in the above totals).   

 

 

  • MHP PATIENTS TREATED AT OUR RESPIRATORY CLINIC LOCATIONS:
    • Priority Care: Priority Care treated 11 patients yesterday with respiratory signs/symptoms over the weekend. 

 

  • TESTING STATUS:  
    • Number of available swabs/media for testing: 257 for the IU lab and/or State lab (plus an additional 200+ GuideMed tests through Priority Care).
    • Abbott rapid testing availability:  We expect to receive 46 of these per week.  We will be able to provide in-house testing using the Abbott supplies within two weeks. 

 

Shelbyville man, six others arrested in Columbus drug bust

A Shelbyville man is among even people in jail after a drug bust in Columbus on Friday.

 

The Columbus Police Department had been investigating the ongoing sale of illegal drugs in Columbus and around Bartholomew County. Just after midnight, officers from the Columbus Police Department SWAT team busted in to a home at 91 Reo Street.  Several people were inside the house, including a five year old child. Officers searched and found meth, marijuana, prescription pills, and counterfeit money.

 

Seven people were arrested and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail:

 

Stefan Hartford, 30, of Shelbyville

-Two counts of possession of meth

-Possession of marijuana

-Possession of Fentanyl

-Possession of a schedule substance

-Possession of drug paraphernalia

-Possession of counterfeit currency

-Maintaining a common nuisance

 

Reggie Booker, 48, of Columbus

-Possession of meth

-Possession of a schedule substances

-Maintaining a common nuisance

-Possession of drug paraphernalia

 

Danielle Allen, 30, of Elizabethtown

-Possession of meth

-Possession of marijuana

-Possession of Fentanyl

-Possession of counterfeit currency

-Possession of a scheduled substance

-Maintaining a common nuisance

 

Jennifer Nichols, 46, of Columbus

-Maintaining a common nuisance

 

Janeta Kimball, 59, of Columbus

-Forgery

-Outstanding arrest warrant

 

Dale Harris, 56, of Columbus

-Visiting a common nuisance

 

Keith Stevenson Jr, 49, of Columbus

-Visiting a common nuisance

Op-Ed: Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun - Diversity Team

Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun has been working with the Diversity Team which is a part of the Healthy Shelby County effort.  The mayor has submitted information regarding the steps the group has taken to address racial concerns in this op-ed to GIANT fm News and the Shelby County Post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whiteland volunteer firefighter charged in multiple arson cases

A volunteer firefighter is accused of setting several fires in Johnson County Wednesday morning.

 

Jake Dougherty, 18, of Needham, is facing three counts of arson, one count of OWI, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and one count of consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Dougherty is a volunteer firefighter with the Whiteland Fire Department. He has been suspended by the department, but the department is considering termination.

 

The Franklin Police Department says they pulled over a red Dodge Avenger that was driving erratically on U.S. 31 and discovered that Dougherty was the driver. They say he had dark-colored soot all over his skin and clothing while driving impaired in the Avenger. They believe Dougherty is responsible for setting multiple fires at homes under construction. Those include the following:

 

-Intersection of Campus Lane and Shirk Way Street, Greenwood, Ind. around 2:44 a.m.

-200 Block of Darrough Drive, Greenwood, Ind. around 4:24 a.m.

-Cul-de-sac of Wild Turkey Run, Whiteland, Ind. around 7:31 a.m.

 

Police say another fire happened at a home that was under construction in the 2000 block of Byerly Place in Greenwood. They believe that happened just before 8 a.m., but they don’t think Dougherty is responsible for that fire.

 

One neighbor, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said her back window was damaged from one of the fires.

 

“We had the hay and stuff down in the backyard. Had the wind been blowing in the right direction, it could have caught our structure on fire. What are the odds that you have four different sites? And why?,” she said.

 

Dougherty has been a volunteer firefighter with the Whiteland Fire Department since February 1, 2020.

New renderings unveil 'new look' of Shelbyville's Public Square

A newly updated set of renderings of the Shelbyville Public Square has been released. 

 

 

 

The Public Square itself will become a focus of Shelbyville's downtown renovation in 2021.

 

 

Director of Building and Planning Adam Rude.

 

 

 

Rude explains what's new and different from previous renderings.

 

 

 

 

The current construction around the Public Square remains on schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jockeys transported to hospital following incident at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Three jockeys, Agustin Gomez, Albin Jimenez and Joe Ramos,  were involved in a racing incident just after the start of the fourth race at Indiana Grand Wednesday, June 17. As a result, Jimenez and Gomez were each transported to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with non-life-threatening injuries for further evaluation. Ramos walked back to the jockey’s quarters following inspection by on-track medical personnel.

 

Lichita, ridden by Agustin Gomez, fell after clipping heels along the inside rail, unseating Gomez. The incident caused a chain reaction with Ramos being unseated from Five Pics Please and Jimenez being unseated aboard Prettyhappy. Both Five Pics Please and Prettyhappy galloped out. Lichita walked onto the horse transport and was taken to the receiving barn for further care and inspection by track veterinarians.

 

Indiana Horse Racing Commission Board of Stewards will continue to review the incident.

 

Live racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 18 on a Monday through Thursday schedule. First post is 2:20 p.m. 

UPDATE: ISP seeks public help in finding car involved in fatal I-65 accident

The deceased was identified as Mark Raub, 72, of Nashville, Indiana.

 

Investigators are still looking for anyone who may have dash camera footage of the crash or may have been driving in the area and could have captured the white Chevrolet Cobalt on camera. Please call the Indiana State Police at 317-899-8577 with information. 

 

 

Original Release 

Edinburgh, IN - Monday evening, just after 8:00 , emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of a serious crash on I-65 southbound at the 82.2 mile marker in Johnson County. Upon arrival, first responders discovered Samaritans had pulled the driver of the pick-up from the wreckage and were performing CPR. Despite life saving efforts the driver of the pick-up was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other vehicle involved in the collision was a semi tractor-trailer, that driver was not injured. 

Investigators believe a white Chevrolet Cobalt with either Illinois or Kentucky license plates was driving recklessly, speeding, weaving in a and out of traffic, braking suddenly in front of vehicles and giving hand gestures to other drivers. The driver of the white Cobalt allegedly pulled in front of the pick-up truck and suddenly braked. The pick-up then swerved to the right to avoid collision and was struck by the semi. The impact of the collision caused the pick-up to strike a guardrail and overturn. Alcohol or impairment is not suspected in either the driver of the pick-up or the semi. 

We area asking for the public's assistance: Anyone who may have been traveling in the area of I-65 between Indianapolis and Columbus Indiana between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., who has a vehicle equipped with a dash camera, is asked to review their footage for a white Chevrolet Cobalt with Illinois or Kentucky License plates. 

Investigators are still on scene and I-65 is restricted southbound at the 82.2 mile marker.

ISP seeks public help in finding car involved in fatal I-65 accident

The Indiana State Police is looking for the public’s help in an investigation of a fatal interstate accident.

 

On Tuesday, just after 6:00 pm, emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of a crash on I-65 southbound at the 82.2 mile marker in Johnson County. First responders discovered witnesses had pulled the driver of the pick-up from the wreckage and were performing CPR. Despite life saving efforts the driver of the pick-up was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other vehicle involved in the collision was a semi tractor-trailer, that driver was not injured. 

 

Investigators believe a white Chevrolet Cobalt with either Illinois or Kentucky license plates was driving recklessly, speeding, weaving in a and out of traffic, braking suddenly in front of vehicles and giving hand gestures to other drivers. The driver of the Cobalt allegedly pulled in front of the pick-up truck and suddenly braked. The pick-up then swerved to the right to avoid collision and was struck by the semi. The impact of the collision caused the pick-up to strike a guardrail and overturn. Alcohol or impairment is not suspected in either the driver of the pick-up or the semi. 

 

ISP are asking for the public's assistance: Anyone who may have been traveling in the area of I-65 between Indianapolis and Columbus between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., who has a vehicle equipped with a dash camera, is asked to review their footage for a white Chevrolet Cobalt with Illinois or Kentucky License plates. 

MHP, Prairie Farms to give away over 4,000 gallons of milk on Friday

In honor of June being National Dairy Month, MHP has partnered with Prairie Farms for the “Milk Gallon Giveaway.”  The giveaway will be Friday, June 19 from 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. located at the MHP Medical Center Entrance #3.

 

 

The USDA contacted Prairie Farms to hand out 600,000 gallons of milk in the 22 states the company serves throughout June. MHP has been challenged to hand out over 4,000 gallons of 2% milk in one day.

 

The giveaway will be a drive-thru, so you do not even have to get out of your car! Each car will be given the option to take up to 5 gallons of milk.

 

For more information, please contact Christy Neisler at 317-421-1915 or visit the MHP Facebook page at www.facebook.com/majorhp

Shelby Co. investigation into mailbox explosive devices

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department and Shelby County Prosecutor are looking for information on who has been placing explosive devices in mailboxes in Shelby County (one Thursday evening and one Friday night). One is from northwestern Shelby County. The other is from southwestern Shelby County.

 

It appears that the person(s) responsible are using consumer-grade fireworks. Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen says he is working with two federal Postal Inspectors (one of whom specializes in these investigations), as well as with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

 

 

Note that one of these incidents started a small fire, which burned out. If caught, the person(s) responsible would face federal felony charges and 5-10 years in federal prison, so long as nobody is injured or killed. If anyone is injured or killed, the person(s) responsible could face north of 30 years in federal prison.

 

Landwerlen says they have collected parts sufficient to possibly yield DNA from one scene. He further notes a lady he spoke with was concerned because her kids sometimes go to get the mail - what if the kids found it? The primary concern is that this stop before anyone does get hurt.

 

Anyone with information on these crimes should contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 317-398-6661.