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indiana's Move Over Law recognized this week

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has declared this week as Indiana Move Over Week. 


In 1999 Indiana was the first state in the nation to pass such a law requiring motorists to move to an adjacent traffic lane, or reduce their speed by 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit if unable to change lanes safely when driving by an emergency vehicle stopped along the side of the road, such as a police car, fire truck or ambulance. 


Over the years, Indiana's law has expanded to include stationary towing/recovery, utility service, solid waste haulers, road, street highway maintenance vehicles, as well as a stationary survey or construction vehicles when displaying alternately flashing amber lights.


Indiana’s law was originally crafted and passed as the result of the death of Indiana State Police Trooper, 26-year-old Andrew Winzenread.  The Shelby County native was struck and killed in April of 1997 while assisting a stranded motorist on I-74 in Decatur County.  In 2009, Interstate 74 near the 144-mile marker in Decatur County was dedicated the Trooper Andrew P. Winzenread Memorial Highway in his honor.


Now, 20 years after Indiana enacted its Move Over Law, every state, with the exception of Hawaii has some form of a move over law. 

Rain, dropping temps to begin weekend

A big change in the temperatures is coming to Indiana.


Meteorologist Mike Koch with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis says temperatures will drop throughout the day.  Most of the state will start out in the 60s and 70s early this afternoon.





It doesn't stop there, though. Koch says temperatures will continue to drop overnight, and by Saturday morning, most of the state will be in the 30s.  Saturday's high will be in the 50s.


Koch says it'll warm back up Sunday with temperatures back to the 60s, and even a little warmer by next Monday and Tuesday.

Shelbyville's E. Washington project celebrated with ribbon cutting

It's been open to traffic and pedestrians for a few days but Wednesday brought an 'official' stamp to Shebyville's East Washington Street project.


A ribbon cutting was held to commemorate the new look street and sidewalks along the street just off Shelbyville's Public Square.


Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun.



The mayor talks about the project design.



And the mayor notes the project kept in mind the possible future tenants of the street along with those storefronts currently.



















Shelbyville, Shelby County discussing future transformation of 911 dispatch

The future of Shelby County 911 dispatch will not include its current cramped quarters in the Shelby County Jail.  Whether it involves a physical location in Shelby County remains to be seen.


Shelby County Council President Tony Titus says talks have been ongoing for some time about how to update the service.  Those talks are escalating now.



Now, the talks include the possibility of merging all dispatch services with neighboring Hancock County. 



Members of the county council and commissioners with other county officials met with Director of Communications in Hancock County John Jokantas Monday to get more information on what such a merger could mean.



Titus says now its up to county officials to narrow down the safest and most cost effective proposal would be.



The election is coming in November but voting begins in two weeks

You can cast your ballot for the November municipal election in Shelby County in less than two weeks.


Absentee voting will begin in the lobby of the Shelby County Courthouse on Monday, October 21.  Voting hours will be Monday through Friday starting October 21, to November 1, during the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 


The Shelby County Courthouse will also be open for voting on Saturday, October 26, and November 2, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm., and Monday, November 4, from 8:00 am to noon. 


Anyone wishing to vote at the courthouse please use the west entrance off the parking lot. Absentee voting will be conducted on the first floor of the courthouse.


 October 24, 2019 is the deadline by 11:59 pm for the Circuit Court Clerk to receive an absentee ballot application from an applicant requesting delivery of an absentee ballot by mail.  November 4, 2019 by noon is the deadline for the Circuit Court Clerk to receive an absentee ballot application from a voter requesting an absentee traveling board to visit the voter at the voter’s location because of illness or injury of the voter, or because the voter is caring for a confined person at a private residence. Applications may be submitted to the Circuit Court Clerk in person, by fax, by mail or by e-mail. 


Any questions regarding the General Election to be held November 5, 2019, the public can call the Voter Registration Office at 317-392-6324.

Three Johnson Co. people killed in Michigan plane crash

Three people died and three others were injured when a single-engine plane from Indianapolis crashed Thursday morning near Capital Region International Airport in mid-Michigan. Police say all six passengers are from central Indiana.


The plane was on its way to the Lansing-area airport when it went down about 9 a.m.


Three people were killed in the crash:


-Neil Alan Sego, 46, of Trafalgar, Indiana

-John Thomas Lowe, 51, of Greenwood, Indiana

-Timothy Joe Clark, 67, of Franklin, Indiana



Three more people remain in critical condition:


-Zechariah Eugene Bennett, 27, of Plainfield, Indiana

-Aaron Levi Blackford , 42, of Frankton, Indiana

-Joel Stewart Beavins, 48, of Franklin, Indiana


“I know that it was coming in on the approach and that’s when something went wrong,” airport spokesman Spencer Flynn said.


The plane was at capacity and included a pilot and co-pilot, said Clinton County Sheriff Larry Jerue.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Socata TBM 700 plane left Indy South Greenwood Airport at 8 a.m. Thursday. The FAA lists the plane as being owned by a Greenwood company.


The airport received an emergency alert from the plane, said airport public safety and operations chief Eric Patrick. He wasn’t sure if the alert came before or after the crash.

Time for Change event wants to Bridge the Gap

Kimberly Wheeler appeared on The Morning Show on GIANT fm to preview Saturday's Time for Change event set for Shelbyville's West Washington Street.



Two accidents impact I-65 traffic Wednesday; Burnt RV may have been intentionally crashed

Indiana State Police responded to two crashes on I-65 between Seymour and Columbus which caused one injury and closed portions of I-65 for three hours.


The first crash occurred shortly before 1:00 pm when a vehicle overturned on I-65 southbound near the 60 mile marker in Bartholomew County.  The vehicle came to rest in the middle of the southbound lanes of I-65 causing all southbound lanes to be closed for approximately one hour for crash cleanup.  The driver of the vehicle was not injured.


The second crash occurred just after 1:00 pm on I-65 northbound near the 55 mile marker in Jackson County.  In that crash, a Holiday Rambler RV pulling a trailer was traveling northbound on I-65 near the 55 mile marker when the RV collided with a concrete barrier in the median of the construction zone.  The RV then caught fire and burned in the median of I-65. 


The driver of the RV, Clarence Hampton, 37, of Orlando, Florida, was transported by EMS to Schneck Medical Center before being flown to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis with serious injuries.  Two passengers in the RV escaped without injury.


Further information gathered in the investigation indicated that the RV may have been intentionally crashed into the concrete barrier. 


The northbound lanes of I-65 in Jackson County were closed near exit 55 for nearly three hours for crash investigation and cleanup.  Traffic was diverted onto US 31 and State Road 11 during the interstate closure.

Both crashes remain under investigation.

Kroger celebrates multi-million dollar investment in Shelbyville

Kroger plans a ribbon-cutting celebration to mark completion of a nearly $4 million store renovation project in Shelbyville. 


Kroger spokesperson Eric Halvorson.



Executives of Kroger Central Division took part in the event and presented donations worth a total of $62,000. 



Recipients were Shelbyville Central Schools, Riley Children’s Foundation and Gleaners Food Bank.



Decatur Co, much of SE Indiana under burn bans

Decatur County has joined a growing list of southeastern Indiana counties that have imposed a burn ban.


Lack of rain and dry conditions have led to the bans.


Counties on the list include:





















Indiana company issues pork recall

About 750 pounds of pork products have been recalled by Fisher Packing Company because of concerns that they may be contaminated with Listeria.


On Saturday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said Fisher Packing Company, a Redkey establishment, was recalling 744 pounds of those products. The products in the recall include smoked ham, smoked ham shanks, and Canadian bacon.


The USDA said the problem was discovered when the firm notified FSIS that a sample of product produced by Fisher Packing Company confirmed positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.


The RTE pork products were packaged on August 27, 2019. The following products are subject to recall:


-Vacuum-sealed packages of various weights containing “FISHER MEATS OLD FASHION SMOKED HAM” with a lot code of 19239 on the label.


-Vacuum-sealed packages of various weights of “FISHER MEATS SMOKED HAM SHANKS WITH NATURAL JUICES” with a lot code of 19239 on the label.


-Vacuum-sealed packages of various weights of “FISHER MEATS CANADIAN BACON” with a freeze by date of 11/25/19 and a lot code of 19239 on the label.


Eating food that has been contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns.


Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.


So far, there are no confirmed illnesses.

Weekend Work: Construction around Marion County

The Indiana Department of Transportation will be out in full force this weekend as the construction season winds down.


Contractors will be in five different locations around Marion County repairing winter damage by strengthening bridges and extending the life of pavement. 


Maintenance crews will also be out working to repair barrier wall, guardrails, clearing drains and fixing lights. 



Drivers are encouraged to plan their routes ahead of time and use local routes when they can. In construction zones, please slow down and don't drive distracted. Drivers are also reminded to add extra time to get to weekend destinations.


Indiana State Police and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will be patrolling work zones and ticketing drivers for speeding and reckless/distracted driving.  INDOT crews and Hoosier Helpers will be present on the interstates to make sure drivers are aware of slowing traffic and upcoming work zones. 


Construction work is weather dependent in some cases.


Lane Restrictions

  • I-465 NB/EB from 56th Street to U.S. 31 (Northwest side)
    • 1 lane open 
    • Friday at 8 p.m. to Monday at 6 a.m. 
  • I-465 SB at 71st St. (Northwest side)
    • 2 lanes closed 
    • Saturday at 7 p.m. to Sunday at 7 p.m.
  • I-465 EB from U.S. 31 to White River 
    • 1 lane open 
    • Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 6 a.m.
  • I-465 NB from I-70 to Pendleton Pike
    • 1 lane open 
    • Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 6 a.m.
  • I-865 EB & WB from I-465 to I-65
    • 1 lane open in each direction
    • Now through October 9
  • I-65 NB & SB from Little Eagle Creek to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. (Exit 117) (northwest side)
    • 1 lane open in each direction
    • Now through October 3 

Ramp Closures

  • Meridian Street Ramps at I-70 (Downtown Indianapolis)
    • Now through Sunday by 6 a.m. 
  • Ramps to and from U.S. 421 (Michigan Rd) to I-465 EB
    • Intermittent closures from Friday at 8 p.m. to Sunday at 2 p.m. 
  • Keystone Ave NB and SB to I-465 EB
    • Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 6 a.m. 
  • Keystone Ave NB to I-465 WB
    • Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 6 a.m. 

Dwain Laird, lifelong contributor to government and sports in Shelby County, passed away

Charles “Dwain” Laird, 94, of Shelbyville passed away Sunday, September 22, at Heritage House of Shelbyville.


Dwain graduated in 1943 from Waldron High School. He was a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church since 1942, on August 13, 2006 he was ordained as a Deacon.


He was a farmer and life-long Shelby County resident.


Dwain was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II from 1945 to 1946. He was privileged to go on the Indy Honor Flight on April 5, 2014.


He formerly owned and operated, Laird Grain Company from 1951 to 1972. In 1977, he became a field representative for the Indiana State Board of Tax Commissioners, retiring in 1990. From 1980 until 2014, he owned Laird Local Government Service.


Dwain served his community by being elected Liberty Township Trustee in 1954 and 1958, in 1966 he was elected to the Shelby County Council and then as Shelby County Auditor in 1970 and 1974. He was also the Honorary State Treasurer in 1995.


He was also a member and past president of the Southeast District of the Association of Indiana Counties and Association of Indiana Counties.


Dwain was an over 50-year member of the Waldron Masonic Lodge No. 217, Murat Shrine and Scottish Rite.


He was also an IHSAA sports official, officiating basketball, football, baseball and softball from 1946 to 2011. Dwain officiated the State Finals in baseball in 1973 and the State Finals in girls softball in 1990. He and his brothers, Bob and Bill, and brother-in-law, John Bush, officiated basketball, football and baseball games all over the state of Indiana. After graduating, he formed a fast pitch softball team, which led to him playing and or managing the following teams: Liberty Merchants in 1944, State Bank of Waldron in 1946, Stone Fish Chevrolet in 1950, McCain Insurance, and WSVL Team. In 1963, he started the slow pitch softball league in Shelby County. In 1993, he formed, played and managed the Indiana Silver Foxes Softball Team. He also organized and started the Mid-Hoosier Umpire Association.


Dwain was honored by being inducted into the Softball Players Association Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Indiana Softball Hall of Fame in 2012. Another honor bestowed upon Dwain, was the naming of the Blue River Park Diamond No. 2, the Dwain Laird Field.


Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Building Fund and Riley Hospital for Children, 702 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis.

ISP seeking help in solving tractor theft

The Indiana State Police-Versailles Post are investigating the theft of a large tractor and farm implements from southwest Decatur County. 


Photo of tractor of same make/model as the one stolen (Not the actual vehicle)


The stolen items were recovered but the investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating the people responsible for the theft.


Troopers were called to the location of County Road 600 South and County Road 1000 West in Decatur County at approximately 9:00 am on Tuesday after a Case 435 Quadtrac tractor was stolen from a field in that area that morning.  The tractor was connected to two farm implements at the time of the theft and those implements were also stolen.


On Wednesday, after receiving a tip from the public, troopers located the tractor on County Road 420 West near Downeyville in rural Decatur County.  The two farm implements were located on Thursday, September 19, near Zenas in rural Jennings County with the assistance of an Indiana State Police helicopter.


The Indiana State Police continues to investigate the theft and is asking the public’s help in locating the person or persons responsible for the theft.  Due to the size of the tractor, investigators believe the suspect may have had prior experience in operating similar equipment.


Anyone with information about the theft is urged to call Master Trooper Rob Ewing, Indiana State Police-Versailles Post at (812)689-5000.

Shelbyville Fire Department trains for hoarding complications

Hoarders is a show that began its run on A & E that depicts the real-life struggles and treatment of people who suffer from compulsive hoarding disorder.  The program also shows a growing concern for firemen and emergency personnel responding to aid a person in their home.



It’s that concern that has sparked this week’s training for the Shelbyville Fire Department.


Fire Chief Tony Logan says training is one thing.  Being able to do it at the facility constructed at the Shelby County Fairgrounds a few years ago is another.



This week, firemen are likely finding more obstructions as they enter the facility as they prepare for entering a hoarding situation.  It’s a scenario they’ve encountered before.



The fire chief says it’s a growing concern.



And it’s not just the complications of forging a path thru a house crowded by hoarding conditions.  If firemen are forced to go higher in a room it means increased heat and danger of injury.




Logan says the training facility offers firemen the ability to simulate “real” conditions better than they could in the past.




Rushville pastor found not guilty in child molestation trial

A pastor in Rushville who was accused of child molestation almost two years ago was found not guilty in his jury trial.


Garry Evans, 74, was arrested in October 2017 on accusations that he lured children into his office and molested them. Police claimed that there were six victims between the ages of 3 and 7.


When out on bond awaiting trial, Evans tried to kill himself at his home in November, say police.

He faced 14 felony counts linked to six women or girls for child molestation, child solicitation, and sexual battery.


Evans is the pastor of the Rushville Baptist Temple Church.


In January 2018, Garry and his wife, Gay, were arrested for trespassing on their son’s property on North Main Street in Rushville. Court records say those charges are still pending.

Baby focus of death investigation in Franklin

Detectives from the Indiana State Police are investigating the death of an eight week old infant this morning in Franklin. 


Preliminary investigation has revealed the infant was dropped off at a babysitter early Tuesday morning in Pennington Trailer Park in Franklin. At 10:51 a.m. officers from the Franklin Police Department were dispatched to the residence for a medical emergency. Officers arrived at 10:52 a.m. and immediately attempted life saving measures. The infant was transported to Johnson Memorial Hospital where it was later pronounced deceased.


The cause of death is unknown at this time and an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday in Johnson County. 


At this point detectives are treating this as a death investigation.  Notification to the family has been made however the identity of the deceased infant is being withheld at this time to allow for notification to extended family.



Mainstreet Shelbyville and Shelby County Visitors Bureau partnering on "Be The Y Campaign"

Mainstreet Shelbyville and Shelby County Tourism and Visitors Bureau are partnering in a new campaign initiative - “Be the Y in Shelby County”.


“The campaign will be unveiled at the 4th Annual BBQ and Brewfest on September 21, 2019 in downtown Shelbyville. We worked collaboratively on this campaign, and we look forward to unveiling the main ‘attraction’ of the concept”, states Brandy Coomes, Executive Director of Mainstreet Shelbyville.


“Several local businesses are assisting us in the final developmental stages, and the campaign will ‘travel’ around the county. We hope to create community pride throughout the county with our creative components”, remarks Rachael Ackley, Executive Director of Shelby County Tourism and Visitors Bureau.


Mainstreet Shelbyville and Shelby County Tourism and Visitors Bureau continually work together, with fun initiatives for residents and visitors alike, while maintaining their own, unique missions and visions.


Look for the campaign on September 21 at the BBQ and Brewfest, and do not forget your camera!



Two people with minor injuries in car - pedestrian accident

A Friday car – pedestrian accident injured two people.


Shelbyville Police report they responded to 2421 Simpson Lane about 7:30 pm Friday.  Two pedestrians reported they were struck by a car backing out of the driveway.


Barbara Sartin, 82, was driving a 2016 Equinox.


The pedestrians were nearby residents, June Dagley, 93, and Kay Koenig, 77.  Dagley told police she was fine after falling with just a complaint of pain.


Koenig was transported for treatment after hitting her head on the roadway following the collision.

Shelbyville candidates forum seeks public input

A forum to bring the candidates in the upcoming November general election together will consider the public's questions for the event.


The Shelbyville Business and Professional Women and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will host the Candidate Forum on October 1.  It will feature an opportunity for candidates to address the audience followed the mayoral candidates, Tom DeBaun and Brad Ridgeway, discussing their platforms and answering questions posed by the moderators.


The forum will be aired live on GIANT fm.


If you would like to submit a question for consideration you should e-mail to:




Flags to half-staff on September 11

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags at state facilities across Indiana to be flown at half-staff in honor of Patriot Day. 


Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.


Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents statewide to lower their flags to half-staff in remembrance of the victims of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

Allegheny 853 remembered with memorial

On September 9, 1969, Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 became a permanent part of Shelby County'[s history.  That history, and the people lost in that tragic incident were remembered during a special ceremony 50 years later.


On Monday, Dianne Elrod was among the family members who visited the site to place a memorial marker.



She wants people to remember her father, Captain James Elrod, one of the pilots of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 passenger jet that collided in mid-air with a Piper PA-28 light aircraft near Fairland.



Elrod was one of 83 people killed in the collision and crash.





Donato chosen to fill District 18 Senate seat

The choice of the man who left Indiana’s District 18 Senate seat was named Monday to succeed him.


The Indiana Republican Party caucus at the Miami County Community Building was held Monday to fill the District 18 seat left empty by Randy Head. Head stepped down to become Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Pulaski County.


Cass County Councilwoman Stacey Donato received the 42nd vote needed in a fifth and final vote of precinct committeemen.  The evening started with 82 precinct committeemen signed in so candidates had to receive 50%, plus one vote, to win. If no candidate received a majority vote on the first ballot, the person with the lowest number of votes dropped out, and voting continued until a winner was declared.



She appreciates the support and endorsement from the 11-year state senator, Head.



Donato will now fill the remainder of the term and says State Representative Ethan Manning from Peru will be there to help her get up and running.  Then, she can run decide to run for the office in the next election cycle.


District 18 serves Miami, Cass and Fulton counties, and portions of Carroll, Kosciusko and Marshall counties.


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