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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.

Shelby County's virtual 4H Fair coming into focus

Scott Gabbard with Shelby County's Purdue Extension details the efforts to create a virtual fair for the county's 4H 2020 event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

Stage 4 opens across much of Indiana Friday

As health indicators remain positive, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced all 92 counties in the state can advance to Stage 4 of the Back On Track Indiana plan on Friday, June 12.

 

Indiana Back On Track has five stages. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

 

“I’m grateful to Hoosiers who have helped maintain our momentum and slow the spread of COVID-19 by exercising caution and following health guidance,” Gov. Holcomb said. “As we advance to Stage 4 and further reopen Indiana for business, we’ll continue to monitor our progress and make data-informed decisions.”

 

Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March and he will continue to do so as the state continues a sector-by-sector reset. The state will move to reopen while continuing to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:

 

  • The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days
  • The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators
  • The state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees
  • Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing

 

As the state lifts restrictions and more people return to work, visit a store or restaurant, and participate in more activities, the number of COVID-19 cases will increase. If these principles cannot be met, all or portions of the state may need to pause on moving forward or may need to return to an earlier phase of the governor’s Back On Track roadmap.

 

In Stage 4, Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions – who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus – should remain at home as much as possible. Face coverings in public places are recommended.

 

Social gatherings of up to 250 people will be permitted following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines.

 

Outdoor visitation may take place at assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Hospital visitations with precautions are encouraged.

 

Retail, commercial businesses and malls may open at full capacity.

 

Dining room food service may open at up to 75 percent capacity as long as social distancing is observed. Bar seating in restaurants may open at 50 percent capacity. Bars and nightclubs may open at 50 percent capacity as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.

 

Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites may open at 50 percent capacity.

 

Movie theaters, bowling alleys and similar facilities may open at 50 percent capacity.

 

Amusement parks, water parks and similar facilities may open at 50 percent capacity. Reservations are encouraged to limit the number of customers at any one time. Playgrounds may reopen.

 

Community recreational non-contact sports practices, games and tournaments may resume. Contact sports, such as football, basketball, rugby or wrestling, can conduct conditioning and non-contact drills. Contact sports may resume games or tournaments beginning Friday, June 19. Before any games or tournaments, the host must make publicly available a COVID response plan outlining the steps being taken to ensure social distancing, increased sanitation and overall protection of competitors, coaches, staff, and spectators.

 

Raceways may open at 50 percent grandstand capacity.

 

Pari-mutuel horse racing may begin with no spectators at Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand facilities. Charity gaming and casinos may open Monday, June 15 with the approval of the Indiana Gaming Commission.

 

Conventions, fairs, festivals, parades and similar events remain closed.

 

If health indicators remain positive, the state will move to Stage 5 in early July. To learn more about the different stages and the associated dates to get a better understanding about where we’re going as a state, click here to see the full plan: BackOnTrack.in.gov

 

The Governor has signed an executive order implementing Stage 4 of the Back on Track Indiana roadmap. The executive order can be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

 

The Critical Industries Hotline continues to be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to respond to business and industry questions about whether a business is considered essential. The center may be reached by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov

Indiana Grand plans Monday opening; guest temperature checks

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will open to the public on Monday.

 

The following announcement made via the racino's Facebook page:

 

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will open to the public at 6am on Monday, June 15!

 

We will be operating according to Indiana Gaming Commission regulations and with social distancing in place. Select restaurants will be open with limited seating as well as carryout options. Other amenities will also open in phases as determined by the state and local guidelines. Among the enhanced health and safety protocols are more frequent cleaning and sanitization. Team Member health checks are conducted daily, and Team Members are required to wear masks. Guests will undergo temperature checks before entering the casinos and are also encouraged to wear masks. The casino table games will temporarily be non-smoking.

 

We will post more information as it comes available.

 

When you're ready, know that our doors will be open. We look forward to welcoming you back!

 

Arrest warrant issued for man suspected in bank robbery

A suspected Columbus bank robber has been found and arrested in Franklin.

 

On February 4, 2019, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s detectives responded to Centra Credit Union, N US 31, in reference to a reported robbery.  Video footage showed a suspect leaving the bank and getting into a tan or gold Pontiac.  Approximately 10-minutes after the robbery occurred, a citizen reported a vehicle, matching the description of the vehicle seen in the video footage, on fire in the area of Tannehill Road and 280 W. 

 

The vehicle had been reported stolen to the Beech Grove Police Department on February 2, 2019. 

 

The investigation led to Jeremy A. Weed, 33, Indianapolis, who was located in a hotel in Franklin.  Weed was taken into custody without incident on an unrelated charge and is currently serving time in DOC (Department of Corrections).

 

Based on information obtained during the investigation, a warrant for the arrest of Jeremy A. Weed was issued June, 2020, on the following preliminary charges:

 

Robbery – Level 5 felony

Auto theft – Level 6 felony

Theft – Level 6 felony

 

Tropical Depression Cristobal could push severe weather into Indiana Tuesday

Torrential rain, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes are all severe weather threats that could reach Indiana Tuesday because of Tropical Depression Cristobal, says the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

 

"Basically anywhere from noon until 10 pm would be our most likely threat. We're going to be keeping a close eye on things during the afternoon and evening hours Tuesday," says Joe Nield, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

 

Nield says every part of Indiana needs to be ready.

 

"Pretty much all of central Indiana will be affected. The western half of Indiana will be in the highest threat area, but eastern Indiana is still going to have a threat as well. You're going to want to have your plan in place to take action in case a warning is issued on Tuesday," says Nield.

 

All of western Indiana is under a slight risk for severe weather. Cities and towns east of Indianapolis are under a marginal risk.

 

A slight risk means scattered powerful thunderstorms are expected. While storms may be short-lived, they can be intense. A marginal risk means isolated thunderstorms are possible.

 

Cristobal was a Tropical Storm before dropping to a Depression. A tropical depression is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds (one-minute average) of 38 mph or less. Nield says the ever-changing nature of Cristobal has him concerned.

 

"What has been changing is the degree of expected instability as we get into Tuesday. That has increased our threat. The low-level shear that is already in place is kind of setting the stage for what could be a severe weather outbreak across the area," says Nield.

 

Nield says the thunderstorm threat decreases overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning.

 

"We're not expecting a severe weather threat on Wednesday, just some continued breezy conditions and precipitation exiting the area," says Nield.

DOE releases guidelines for re-opening schools

Indiana schools can reopen for the fall semester, with lengthy guidelines from the state for when they do.

 

The Indiana Department of Education says schools should plan on a full 180-day school year, but says school boards can decide to do some or all of it through e-learning. A 33-page list of recommendations suggests thinking about shorter or longer breaks in the semester.

 

Governor Holcomb says schools "can and should" reopen safely under the plan.

 

 

Family and Social Services Secretary Jennifer Sullivan adds that as research increasingly suggests kids are less vulnerable to the virus, the risks of resuming school are outweighed by the mental health benefits of letting kids see each other again, and giving low-income students access to school lunches they may rely on.

 

The plan acknowledges schools probably don't have the resources to conduct temperature screenings. But it recommends masks, and orders schools to follow up on the reasons for absences, and immediately report any coronavirus cases to the department and the county health department. Anyone with symptoms, even without a positive test, must stay home for 10 days, and at least three days after a fever breaks.

 

Box says the common thread in the guidelines is avoiding large-scale intermingling of students, from cafeterias to playgrounds to gym class.

 

 

The guidelines urge schools to either close the cafeteria and playground, or stagger the times students are there -- the department recommends boxed lunches in classrooms. It also urges schools to break up large classes like choir, band and gym, and hold class outside when possible. And it calls on schools to budget time during the school day for hand-washing and for disinfecting classrooms.

The plan discourages schools from giving out awards or incentives for attendance.

The department says students should have assigned seats, not only in class but on buses. State Health Commissioner Kris Box says if a student does get sick, that'll make it easier to trace whom he had contact with.

 

 

The guidelines advise school boards to budget conservatively, in recognition of the possibility of funding cuts. And the department says schools should think about families' budgets too, and try to keep limits on lists of required supplies.

 

To view the IN-CLASS reentry considerations, go to the Indiana DOE website.