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I-465 to close for 15 days on the Southeast side Aug. 9-24 and Sept. 6-21

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close a portion of I-465 on the Southeast side for 15 days.



I-465 EB/NB will be closed from I-65 to I-70 on the Southeast side.


The first closure will begin on August 9 and run through August 24.


After the Labor Day holiday, INDOT will close I-465 SB/WB from I-70 down to I-65.


That closure will begin on September 6 and run through September 21.


No closures will be in place during the Labor Day weekend.


The closures are part of a statewide, $150 million plan to repair winter damage and improve pavement conditions around the state.


During the closures, INDOT would like to remind drivers to plan alternate routes and leave early.



During the first closure (I-465 EB/NB from I-65 to I-70): Thru traffic can take I-70 EB through downtown Indianapolis to I-465 NB. I-74 traffic can take Southeastern Ave. from downtown to I-74 EB.


During the second closure (I-465 SB/WB from I-70 down to I-65): Thru traffic can take I-70 WB through downtown Indianapolis to I-465 SB. I-74 WB traffic can take Southeastern Ave. to downtown Indianapolis.


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Brandon Kleine appointed Sugar Creek Township fire chief

A Shelby County fire chief has been named to the same post to lead the Sugar Creek Township Fire Department.


Trustee Bob Boyer has appointed Brandon Kleine as fire chief for Sugar Creek Township Fire Department.


Kleine took over the position this week.


"I've been there 18 years, going on 19.  I'm excited.  I never really thought I'd see this at 40 years old.  My family is excited."


"We have a great group of people at Sugar Creek.  I'm excited to, hopefully, lead them into the future.  We're a growing community.  It's a great place to work.  I've never in the 18 years I've been there wanted to leave.  It's a great opportunity."


Kleine has served with the Sugar Creek Township Fire Department since September 2001, and has served as a Lieutenant, Captain, House Captain, and most recently Battalion Chief.


Kleine is currently also serving as chief of the Morristown Volunteer Fire Department.  He’ll continue in that role, as well.


The previous Sugar Creek chief, John Begovich, will continue to serve as a FF/Paramedic.

Police investigate Shelbyville man's death on school grounds

Shelbyville Police are investigating a death on the grounds of Hendricks Elementary.


The deceased was located Saturday outside and behind the building.


The cause of death for the 34 year old Shelbyville man has been announced by police as self- inflicted.


GIANT fm News has chosen not to release the name of the man.

"Back to School/PDJF Night" held at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino participated in the national “PDJF Racing Across America” Saturday, July 27. The entire evening was dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, an event that was held across North America and various racetracks.


Indiana Grand jockeys participated in several activities throughout the night, including a Jockey Foot Race from the starting gate, a Tug of War with the track maintenance crew and a dunk tank. Also, racing fans purchased used racehorse shoes provided by Paddock Blacksmith Buddy Rickly and sold out. Peppermints were also sold to feed to the pony horses between several races during the popular “Peppermints for Ponies” with all proceeds going to PDJF.



In addition to the activities for PDJF, a portion of the evening was dedicated to “Back to School” activities, providing younger racing fans will all types of free activities. Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story made a special appearance while kids enjoyed face painting, a coloring station, Silly Safari animals, an inflatable and airbrush tattoos. Also, the Indiana HBPA provided eight backpack giveaways throughout the night along with a Dell laptop giveaway that was won by William Bishop of Clark Pleasant Middle School in nearby Whiteland, Ind.


The Indiana HBPA also donated $10,000 to PDJF in a special presentation between races. The organization is also very involved with the annual “Jockeys and Jeans” event held annually to support PDJF.


Rodney Prescott, Indiana’s all-time leading jockey, took a turn in the dunk tank and was part of the team that defeated the track maintenance crew in the Tug of War. Prescott, who is secretary of the Jock’s Guild, takes part in the activities each year to raise funding and awareness for PDJF.


“The PDJF is so important to our industry, and I’m really glad we can participate in this national event,” said Prescott. “It’s always a lot of fun and the jockeys really enjoy the entire night.”


Several hundred dollars were raised for PDJF through the activities during the night. Also, trainer Genaro Garcia, current leading trainer at Indiana Grand, and his owner, Bruce Murphy, made a $300 donation to the cause.


“We actually had to turn away jockeys from the foot race, we had so many wanting to participate,” said Steve Cahill, clerk of scales at Indiana Grand. “These guys really enjoy this night and once again the jockeys remain undefeated in the tug of war. We weighed the jockeys and 12 jockeys were right at 1,335 pounds compared to seven track maintenance crew members who weighed in right at 1,340 pounds. Hats off to the track crew for coming over and participating in the tug of war. It is always a lot of fun and the main thing is to raise funding and awareness for PDJF.”


Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Racing is conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m. More information about the season is available at www.indianagrand.com.

Morristown hosting Derby Days; competitors in Saturday's race

Saturday's Derby Race will follow the parade on U.S. 52 in Morristown.  




The competitors:


Carter McGuire

Car #66

Age:  10

Years racing:  2

Parents:  Mike and Deanna Conn

Favorite Scout activity:  Camping



Evan Trittipo

Car #4

Age:  10

Years racing:  3

Parents:  Brad and Michelle Trittipo

Favorite Scout activity:  Fire making



Davis Stover

Car #39

Age:  8

Years racing:  2

Parents:  David and Crystal Stover

Favorite Scout activity:  Woodworking



Landen Rinzel

Car #18

Age:  9

Years racing:  2

Parents:  Andy and Amy Rinzel

Favorite Scout activity:  Hiking



Owen Rinzel

Car #29

Age:  11

Years racing:  4

Parents:  Andy and Amy Rinzel

Favorite Scout activity:  Soap Box Derby



Ben Calaski

Car #83

Age:  8

Years racing:  Rookie

Parents:  Brian and Vicki Calaski

Favorite Scout activity:  Soap Box Derby



Andrew Marshall

Car #52

Age:  10

Years racing:  2

Parents:  Ryan and Angela Marshall; Shelly Marshall and Jerry Keeney

Favorite Scout activity:  Camping



Thane Cole

Car #51

Years racing:  2

Age:  10

Parents:  Tanya Cole

Favorite Scout activity:  Hiking



Weston Cole

Car #44

Years racing:   Rookie

Age:  9
Parents:  Tanya Cole

Favorite Scout activity:  Soap carving



Donaven Harper

Car #7

Years racing:  2

Age:  8

Parents:  Barry Harper, Jr. and Jessica Hobson

Favorite Scout activity:  Woodcraft rockets



Michael Ballenger

Car #14

Years racing:  3

Age:  11

Parents:  Bill and Allison Ballinger

Favorite Scout activity:  Camping



Eli Graves

Car #84

Years racing:  2

Age:  10

Parents:  John and Brandy Graves

Favorite Scout activity:  Derby racing



Xander Alsdorf

Car #8

Years racing:  Rookie

Age:  8

Parents:  James Alsdorf

Favorite Scout activity:  Cars



Dean Tyner II

Car #31

Years racing:  3

Age:  10

Parents:  Dean and Gina Tyner

Favortie scout activity:  Rockets



Collin Palmer

Car #22

Years racing:  2

Age:  10

Parents:  Jack and Sarah Palmer

Favorite Scout activity:  Pocket knives



Madelyn Shaffer

Car #50

Years racing:  Rookie

Age:  9

Parents:  Erin Carlton

Favorite Scout activity:  Camping



Raelynn Ramsey

Car #2

Years racing:  2

Age:  9

Parents:  Justin and Cassie Rogers

Favorite Scout activity:  Racing



Sawyer Rogers

Car #98

Years racing:  2

Age 9

Parents:  Justin and Cassie Rogers

Favorite scout activity:  Racing



Chloe Longwell

Car #1

Years racing:  2

Age:  9

Parents:  Andy and Ashley Longwell

Favorite Scout activity:  Racing, Father / Daughter camping



Megan Fox

Car #9

Years racing:  2

Age:  10

Parents:  Matt and Alissa Fox

Favorite Scout activity:  Cookie time



Elliott Graham

Car #27

Years racing:  Rookie

Age:  10

Parents:  Chris and Mary Graham

Favorite Scout activity:  Camping, playing with friends



Maycee Carlton

Car #25

Years racing:  Rookie

Age:  9

Parents:  Chad and Whitney Carlton

Favorite Scout activity:  Camping

New Shelbyville downtown restaurant readying for August opening

A longtime success in St. Paul is now being restaurant experience to Shelbyville’s Public Square.

Val and Alicia Phares are gearing up to open Pudder’s in the former 18 on the Square.




Not surprisingly, questions have arisen to compare and contrast what you’ll find at St. Paul Tavern and the new Pudder’s.



However, the St. Paul Tavern fried chicken is NOT coming to Pudder’s.


Pudder’s is shooting for an August 19th opening.


Fountaintown Volunteer Fire Department awarded grant money

Rural and volunteer fire departments from 46 counties have been awarded more than $297,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.

The grants, announced by DNR director Cameron Clark, are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

DNR Forestry staff reviewed grant applications and selected recipients on the basis of population density, acres of public wildlands protected, and wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters.

Grants may be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and gear to combat wildland fires. As in past years, the Wildland Fire category was highlighted.  The awarded grants range from $1,500 to $5,000 and were given to 71 departments.

Fire departments interested in applying for VFA grants should contact Mark Huter, Assistant State Fire Coordinator, Fire Control Headquarters, 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville, IN 46151, or call 765-792-4654. 

Fire departments receiving grants in 2019 include the Fountaintown Community Volunteer Fire Department with $5, 000.

Brad Fix to be named WEF Fellow

City of Shelbyville Water Resource Recover Facility Superintendent Brad Fix will be honored this fall with a special title.


Fix has been named a Water Environment Federation Fellow.


Fix says this is the top award given by the Federation for participation and involvement and giving back to the organization.  It was a dream of his and now coming true following his nomination by friends from Indiana who was a past president of the Water Environment Federation and from Pennsylvania, an executive director of a utility.



Fix says it’s great to be nominated and receive the honor from his peers.


The Water Environment Federation notes on its website that the WEF Fellows Program recognizes the professional achievement, stature and contributions of WEF members to the preservation and enhancement of the global water environment in the practice areas served by WEF as described below. WEF Fellow applicants will be considered by a selection committee. Selected WEF Fellows may use the professional designation, WEF Fellow, after their name.


Fix will be honored at a ceremony in September in Chicago.


Shelbyville man subdued by Taser, arrested

Shelbyville Police used a Taser to subdue a man issuing threats at officers Tuesday.


Officers responded to a call of a man running around with a hammer and screwdriver saying he was going to kill the police.  The officers arrived at 625 South Pike Street at 1:00 pm.


The Shelbyville Police report says Michael Marshall Browning, 38, of Shelbyville, could be seen holding a hammer and screwdriver.  An officer told Browning to drop his weapons three times.  Each time Browning yelled no and raised the hammer as he got within 10-15 feet of the officers.  At that time, Browning was hit by the Taser and dropped to the ground where he was handcuffed.


The police report indicates Browning tested .19 BAC, over twice the legal limit.  Officers report Browning also stated that he had just used meth.


Browning’s criminal history includes being an Habitual Offender eligibility.  The affidavit to that was filed by Shelbyville Police.

Owners of two nuisance properties ordered to appear before Shelbyville Board of Works

The Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety ordered two property owners to appear before them to discuss nuisance properties.


Building and Plan Commission Director Adam Rude says the properties are similar in that the owners have worked to alleviate some of the initial mowing concerns but still have trash on the property that needs cleaned up.


The first property, 347 East Mechanic, is owned by Headlands Asset Management Fund in Irmo, South Carolina. 


The second property, 1116 St. Joseph, is owned by Gregory Weaver of Shelbyville.

Shelby County to add 4-way stop

A 4-way stop will soon be in place at a Shelby County intersection.


Commissioner Kevin Nigh says 1100 North and 500 West is currently just a two-way stop.  North and southbound traffic does not stop there.  Following a Shelby County Sheriff's Department study of the site and poor visibility due to the woods at the intersection, commissioners approved an ordinance to make the intersection a 4-way stop.


Nigh says the nearby Lakeview subdivision and a number of kids in the area increased the need to slow the traffic with the 4-way stop.

Indiana State Police participate In 6-state trooper project

The Indiana State Police along with Troopers from Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania will be conducting state-wide patrols targeting violations of the “Move Over” laws in each of those states beginning Sunday, July 21, 2019. The project, which was initially started by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, encompasses the five states that border the State of Ohio.


Troopers in all participating states will be conducting high visibility enforcement and education of the “Move Over” law.


Indiana state statute 9-21-8-35(b) requires vehicles to “move over or slowdown.”


Indiana statute 9-21-8-35(b) and (c) states:


(b) Upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, when the authorized emergency vehicle is giving a signal by displaying alternately flashing red, red and white, or red and blue lights, a person who drives an approaching vehicle shall:


(1) proceeding with due caution, yield the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the authorized emergency vehicle, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, if on a highway having at least four (4) lanes with not less than two (2) lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or

(2) proceeding with due caution, reduce the speed of the vehicle to a speed at least ten (10) miles per hour less than the posted speed limit, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe.


A person who violates this subsection commits a Class A infraction.


(c) Upon approaching a stationary recovery vehicle, a stationary utility service vehicle (as defined in IC 8-1-8.3-5), a stationary solid waste hauler, a stationary road, street, or highway maintenance vehicle, or a stationary survey or construction vehicle, when the vehicle is giving a signal by displaying alternately flashing amber lights, a person who drives an approaching vehicle shall:


(1) proceeding with due caution, yield the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the recovery vehicle, utility service vehicle, solid waste hauler, or road, street, or highway maintenance vehicle, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, if on a highway having at least four (4) lanes with not less than two (2) lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or


(2) proceeding with due caution, reduce the speed of the vehicle to a speed at least ten (10) miles per hour less than the posted speed limit, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe.


A person who violates this subsection commits a Class B infraction.


The project, which runs from through July 27, will encompass all roadways in the State of Indiana.  Buckle up and drive safe!

Firemen deal with fire, excessive heat Saturday

A Shelbyville home was damaged by a Saturday evening fire.


Shelbyville firemen, with manpower from the Marietta and Flat Rock fire departments, responded to 420 West McKay about 7:30 pm Saturday.


No cause for the fire has been released.  Local authorities may consult with the state fire marshal's office as their investigation continues into Monday.  


One fireman was pulled off for treatment of heat exhaustion and others were pulled off and relieved due to heat but no injuries were reported.


The home has been under construction.  It's owned by Frank Sundvall, Jr.

Salvation Army open to escape hot weather

An Excessive Heat Warning from the National Weather Service begins this afternoon and runs through the weekend.


Shelby County Emergency Management Director Ryan Hansome says the Shelbyville Salvation Army, 136 East Washington, will be open as a cooling station.

Dangerous weather sparks heat warnings through the weekend

An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.


The warning extends from 2:00 pm Thursday to 8:00 pm Sunday.  Temperatures are expected in the mid to upper 90's daily.  The Heat index is expected to reach 105-110.


The hottest condiitions are expected Friday and Saturday.


The NWS warns that several days of this weather could have a cumulative impact on some individuals, especially those who spend prolonged time outdoors.  The most susceptible are the very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning, and anyone conducting strenuous outdoor activities.


Also, car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.



Social media report of attack at Shelbyville park is not true

Shelbyville Police say that a social media post reporting an attack at a city park is not true.


The report circulating on Facebook indicated two women were walking the trail at Sunset Park when three men approached them from the trees down by the river.  The report indicated the men robbed the women getting away only with a debit card and a cell phone but one of the women was hit in the head by a gun and needed 17 stitches.


GIANT fm was told by Shelbyville Police that they have confirmed the report is false.





Shelbyville's downtown project debated in Common Council meeting

Monday’s meeting of the Shelbyville Common Council included a debate, of sorts, between the candidates for mayor in the upcoming election.  At the center of the conversation, the current proposed downtown project.


Republican candidate for mayor, Councilman brad Ridgeway offered a motion to delay a final vote on the downtown.



The motion failed to receive a second and died at that point.  But it didn’t end the conversation on the topic at Monday’s meeting.


Ridgeway spoke to designs for paying for the proposed $19 million project and what he felt is the public’s lack of understanding of the project, particularly lack of input on the old Major Hospital site.



Mayor Tom DeBaun, the Democrat incumbent, responded to statements on the public not being aware of what was going on related to the project and that revenues hadn’t been identified to pay for the proposed $19 million project.



Ridgeway began another motion to place a green space initiative proposed by Dee Bonner for the Major Hospital site.



City attorney Jennifer Meltzer says the current plan can’t be scrapped due to legal issues.



Mayor DeBaun noted the downtown has been a conversation for years including the current project.  DeBaun says housing needs and the character of the area of the former hospital made it prime for the current efforts.



Councilman Nathan Willis offered to Ridgeway the opportunity to discuss with he and Bonner implementing the green space initiative at another site.

Gov. Holcomb requests Agricultural Disaster Designation for 88 counties; Shelby, Rush not included

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced today that the state of Indiana is requesting a U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretarial disaster designation for 88 counties due to losses caused by flooding and excessive rain this planting season.


“Heavy and persistent rainfall has saturated fields across the state, hurting Indiana crops and our farmers,” Gov. Holcomb said. “As I continue to monitor this situation, Hoosier farmers can rest assured that we will keep a close eye on the long-term effects of these relentless rains.”


The request was made today in a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and signed by Gov. Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Indiana Farm Service Agency Executive Director Steven Brown.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data shows that the past 12 months have been the wettest on record in the United States. A USDA disaster designation can be requested when at least 30 percent of one crop is damaged or lost in a county. Of the state’s 92 counties, 88 counties have reported data meeting that threshold.


The designation would allow emergency low-interest loans to be made available to farmers. The low-interest financing can also be made to counties contiguous to counties in the disaster zone.


Among the counties in the area in the requested designation are: Hancock, Bartholomew, Decatur, Henry, Johnson and Marion.



Midwest awarded reconstruction of Shelbyville's West Franklin, Prospect - Hodell streets

The City of Shelbyville has a contractor in place for two street projects following the approval of bids this week. 


The Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety took bids under advisement last week and approved them in a vote earlier this week.


For Phase 2 of West Franklin Street reconstruction, Midwest Paving was awarded the project at $420, 784.50.


For reconstruction of Hodell and Prospect Streets, Midwest Paving was again low bid at $193,567.80  


City engineer Matt House noted the final dollar figures included undistributed quantities. House says these are items that aren't included in the base bid, but may be needed later.  The city usually awards the project based on the base bid alone, and then uses the undistributed quantities in case , for example, they tear up the road and find they need additional stone.


Midwest’s base bids were $413,784.50 and $175,967.80.

Arrest following crash with injury in Shelbyville on Wednesday

An operating a vehicle while intoxicated charge against a Shelbyville driver followed a two-car crash with injury Wednesday afternoon.


Shelbyville Police report that a driver, Marsha Wood, 45, of Shelbyville, was trapped inside of her vehicle when they arrived at the scene on Miller Avenue at St. Jospeh Street just before 5:00 pm.  The officer reported seeing an injury to Wood's left index finger with skin torn away down to the bone.  Wood was taken to Major Health Partners for treatment.


Wood told police she had just dropped off her grandkids and was traveling south on Miller Avenue to her residence. She said as she approached the intersection another vehicle pulled out in front of her, struck her driver side door and her vehicle flipped multiple times.  The Ford Escape was on its passenger side in the roadway.


The Shelbyville Police report that the driver of the other vehicle, a Chevrolet Traverse, was Barbara Spence, 54, of Shelbyville.  Spence stated she was traveling west on St Joseph Street approaching Miller Avenue. Spence stated she stopped at the stop sign at the intersection and did not see Wood's vehicle and proceeded into the intersection striking it in the driver's side door.


Police determined that Spence was Operating A Vehicle While Intoxicated with a certified test reported at .18, over twice the legal limit.  Spence was arrested and taken to the Shelby County Jail.

Harrah's Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand now accepting applications for dealer school, dealer positions

Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino are officially accepting applications for live dealer positions and dealer school in preparation for the launch of live table games in January of 2020.


External dealer school candidates will be paid to attend the dealer training, and dealers will be guaranteed a minimum of $20 in the first year of operation, which is a combination of base pay and tips.


A web site, www.MyDealerCareer.com, has been set up as an informational hub with job fair and hiring event information and direct links to applications.


A dealer’s primary job is to create a fun and entertaining experience while dealing various table games. Both Harrah’s Hoosier Park, located in Anderson, and Indiana Grand, located in Shelbyville, will be hosting onsite dealer schools. Trainees will be compensated at $7.25 an hour and will receive a $500 stipend following the completion of the first 30 days.


With a tentative start date of September 23, classes will be held Monday through Friday for four hours a day, with classes offered at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. The course length is six to twelve weeks depending on the type of game training. Games include blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps.

“We’re bringing hundreds of new jobs to Central Indiana, and providing the training and tools necessary to be successful as a table games dealer,” said Trent McIntosh, Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. “These are well-paying jobs on top of a robust benefits program and culture built on superior external and internal service.”


Candidates with dealer experience may apply for various positions including supervisory roles. Seasoned dealers will also receive a higher base pay and positions are available for both part-time and full-time schedules.


In addition to opportunities in table games and other various departments, ticket writer and supervisor positions are also available for Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand’s sports books - tentatively set to open in September of this year.


Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand offer competitive pay, benefits including medical, dental, and vision, an all-team member bonus program, 401k matching program, tuition reimbursement, on-site wellness programs, team member dining rooms, and more.


“As we prepare our properties for both sports wagering and live table games, we have opportunities available for dealers, table game supervisors, sports book ticket writers, sports book supervisors, and even more jobs in various other departments,” said Ron Baumann, Indiana Grand’s Senior Vice President and General Manager. “We’re looking for energetic, talented people to join our team and be a part launching brand new products to Central Indiana and beyond.”


Information is available at www.MyDealerCareer.com, including frequently asked questions and an extensive list of job fairs and informational sessions for both Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand.


Candidates may also apply directly at www.HarrahsHoosierPark.com or www.IndianaGrand.com. Additional questions can be answered by calling Harrah’s Hoosier Park Human Resources at (765) 609-4541 or Indiana Grand Racing & Casino’s Human Resources at (317) 421-8880.

Committee discusses Shelbyville's smoking ordinance with evolution of smoking technology

When the City of Shelbyville devised its public smoking ordinance years ago, e-cigarettes weren’t a technology on the market.


Now that they are the city’s Ordinance Committee met to discuss the proper language that would be needed to protect employees and patrons of businesses that allow smoking and other public areas that might be impacted.


City attorney Jennifer Meltzer told the committee that it might be best to use the state’s standard, which recognizes the new smoking technology.  Then, where the city deems it necessary to be more strict in its policy, it can.



The newly written ordinance will soon go to the common council for consideration.




Shelbyville's Mayor DeBaun appointed to state council post

Governor Eric Holcomb recently announced several new appointments to various state boards,

commissions, and task forces. One of those involves the mayor of Shelbyville.


Mayor Tom DeBaun has been appointed to the Land Resources Council.



The mayor says he believes his planning background will serve him well in the position.



The appointment is until June 30, 2023.

Shelbyville AT&T robbed; suspects chased into Indianapolis

One arrest following a robbery and chase from Shelbyville into Indianapolis.


Shortly before 4:00 pm on Monday the Shelbyville Police Department received a 911 call from the AT&T store at 2584 E. State Road 44 reporting a robbery that just occurred. It was determined by tracking devices hidden in the stolen merchandise that the suspects fled westbound on I-74.


Suspect and vehicle descriptions were given by witnesses on the scene and officers gave chase west on I-74. The descriptions were given as three armed black males in a silver SUV with a missing hubcap from the right front wheel.


A Shelbyville Police  officer spotted a vehicle matching the description at I-74 and 465. The Shelbyville officer followed while IMPD and Marion County authorities were notified and other SPD officers caught up with him for back up. It was learned that the vehicle being followed was stolen in Marion County earlier in an armed carjacking.


The suspect vehicle began to accelerate away from officers near 465 and Shadeland Ave. The chase went on for several minutes on the southeast side of Indianapolis before the suspects fled from the vehicle in the Iron Gate housing addition on Mitthoeffer Rd. Units from the Shelbyville Police Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police and the Indiana State Police were able to apprehend one of the three suspects near the addition.


Shelbyville Police report the investigation will continue and more information will be gained. The name of the suspect is not known at this time and it is not known whether he is a juvenile or an adult.


There were no injuries and no property damage as a result of the chase or apprehension.

One dead, one hospitalized in Shelby County I-65 crash

Early Sunday morning emergency crews were dispatched to I-65 northbound near the 82 mile marker in Shelby County for reports of a single vehicle crash. Around 2:45 a.m. 911 calls began coming in about a vehicle off the roadway and both occupants were severely injured.


Shelby County Sheriff deputies along with medics were first on the scene, they immediately summoned a medical helicopter. Despite life saving efforts Kenneth Cubbage Jr., 41, of Freetown, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His mother, Connie Cubbage, 62, was a passenger in the vehicle.  She was transported to Methodist Hospital by ambulance in stable condition.


The investigating officer, Trooper Aaron Smith, is still unsure why the vehicle left the roadway, but evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle hit a tree and rolled several times. The driver, Cubbage Jr., was wearing a seat belt, however the passenger was unrestrained.


The Shelby County Coroner's Office responded to the scene and recovered the remains of the deceased.


Both directions of I-65 were closed for a brief time.  The northbound lanes were affected for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage was removed.

Shelbyville Police reporting woman's complaint of strange encounter at local stores

Shelbyville Police posted information on its Facebook page about a complaint reported by a woman with two people at local retail establishments.


The complaint was from a female in her early twenties who reported she was approached by an Arabic male while shopping in Walmart. The male was carrying a bright pink bag that said "For Her" in a heart on it. The male told the female he was with a cosmetic company out of LA that was trying to get their name out. The male handed her the bag and stated it would be $20, and he told her he could take cash or card. The female reported he was very aggressive with her while attempting to sell the bag so she declined.


The female stated she went to the cosmetics section of the store and a white female in her early twenties approached her with the same type of bag and the same sales pitch.



The female reported she left the store and went to Gordmans.  She arrived at Gordmans AND there were no cars parked near her. She stated she was in the store for a short amount of time, and upon walking out to her car there was a silver, late-model Honda 4-door parked next to her. She said the female from Walmart was in the passenger's seat, and when she looked up, the Arabic male was walking towards the vehicle in the parking lot. The complainant left the area and contacted police. The complainant was unable to get a license plate on the vehicle, but saw a sticker with a white rabbit on the back passenger's side window.



The Shelbyville Police Department asks everyone to please be aware of their surroundings. If you feel something is not right, please contact the police department and report it. If you see anyone that’s looks like the male and / or female in the pictures please contact the police department.




Full closures planned for I-65, I-70 on the south side of Indianapolis

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close parts of I-65 and I-70 on the south side of Indianapolis.


All lanes will be closed on I-65 SB from the South Split to I-465 starting July 12 at 9 p.m. The closure will last for 9 days and all lanes will reopen on Monday, July 22 by 6 a.m.


INDOT will then close all lanes of I-70 EB and WB from I-465 to the South Split on July 26 at 9 p.m. The closure will last for 9 days and all lanes will reopen on Monday, August 5 by 6 a.m.


Additional closures will be added on the weekends, please follow @INDOTEast on Twitter for updates.

The closures are in response to rain delays crews have experienced in May and June.



I-65 SB: During the I-65 SB closure, drivers are encouraged to take I-70 WB to I-465 EB back to I-65 SB.


I-70 closure: During the I-70 closure, drivers are encouraged to take I-465 EB to I-65 NB to get downtown or take I-65 SB to I-465 WB to get out of downtown.


From the airport: Take I-70 EB to I-465 SB to I-65 NB to get to downtown.

Waldron man surrenders to law enforcement responding to call of shots fired

A man was arrested after a report of shots fired brought law enforcement to a Waldron home early Wednesday evening.


Major Chris Holder of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department says they received a call reporting a distraught subject at the house in the 200 block of Pullman Street.  Shots had been fired inside the house.  SWAT responded to the scene.


The man, Joshua Hadley, 28, of Waldron, was the only person at the home during the incident.  He was peacefully taken into custody charged initially with criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon.

Motorcycle - truck accident injures Morristown man

A Morristown man was injured in a motorcycle - truck accident Tuesday evening.


That accident in Shelby County at 300 East and US 52. The rider, Mark Myer of Morristown, was taken to Methodist Hospital from that scene.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says the rider was transported with a possible broken leg.

Semi left I-74 and overturned on Michigan Rd.; two taken to hospital

On Tuesday evening, Shelby County's Michigan Road, just west of 400 West, was completely blocked to traffic by an overturned semi tractor trailer that came off of I-74.


The driver, Victor Rancy, of Glendale, Arizona, and a passenger were outside of the cab when crews arrived.  They were taken to Methodist Hospital.



A blown tire is believed to be the cause of the accident.



The semi was eastbound on the interstate when the accident occurred causing it to cross both I-74 directions and leave the road on the east side.

New look EUstress Fitness building in Shelbyville's downtown

You can see plenty of construction and renovation in Shelbyville's downtown these days.  One of those with dramatic change in recent weeks is the building that houses EUstress Fitness, 118 South Harrison.


Photo by Amy Harness


Mainstreet Executive Director Brandi Coomes credits the efforts by the Weavers to improve the property.



Coomes admits it seems like the work is never done and more downtown improvements will come.



Shelbyville's Splash Pad possible opening Tuesday after repairs

One of Shelbyville’s places to cool off is waiting for some drying before it can be wet again.


Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Director Karen Martin says concrete repairs are complete at the splash pad in Blue River Memorial Park.  If the concrete has dried enough then the splash pad will be available on Tuesday.  If not, it will open Wednesday.


Martin also says work continues to progress on a new canoe launch and paving on the old Bridge 13 now on Blue River Trail should happen this week.  That could lead to the bridge being opened to trail users soon with a ribbon cutting coming later in August.


Also, new playground equipment should soon be in place in Clearwick Park.  A company is expected to wrap up its current project in Greensburg then come to Shelbyville.

It's fair time again in Shelby County

The 171st Shelby County Fair opens on Tuesday, July 2.