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Second biting incident leads Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety to not return dog to owners

The Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety voted not to allow a dog to return to its owners following a second reported dog bite involving the Dalmation, named Lucy.

 

The incident happened earlier this month on East Penn.  Keith Barrett with the Shelbyville / Shelby County Animal shelter.

 

 

Shockey informed the board she was willing to make arrangements for the dog to move.

 

 

Barrett said he had just learned with the young man who spoke to the board that the dog bit him after he had tried to catch the dog and hold it as it was running loose.  Barrett said that certainly changed the way he looked at the bite.  However, he also stated he didn’t believe the dog was adoptable with its current behavior.

 

The board of David Finkel and Bob Williams voted 2-0 not to allow the dog to return to its owners.

 

 

Either hands-free or no phone use in your car with new legislation; Sen. Mike Crider

Indiana is one vote away from banning you from using your phone while driving.

 

The Senate has approved the ban with just four no votes. It's already passed the House by a similarly overwhelming margin, but a minor change means it has to be approved there again. The bill would make Indiana the 22nd state to require you to use your phone hands-free or leave it alone till you get where you're going.

 

South Bend Democrat David Niezgodski reminded his colleagues he has firsthand experience with the issue. He and his daughter were seriously injured in a crash not far from the statehouse six years ago -- he says his daughter still has lingering aftereffects from the wreck. At the emergency room, Niezgodski recalls, police told him the other driver was looking at her phone and blew through a red light at 50 miles an hour.

 

Greenfield Republican Mike Crider.

 

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Governor Holcomb made passing the ban one of his legislative priorities for the session. Indiana already bans texting while driving, but the law is considered unenforceable.

MHP was recently named one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the country

Major Health Partners in Shelbyville, Indiana was recently named one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the country.

 

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) has announced the 20 highest-ranked prospective payment system hospitals in the country based on an evaluation by The Chartis Center for Rural Health using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index. These rural community hospitals will be recognized in an awards ceremony during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit May 21 in San Diego.

 

The determining factors for the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals were based on eight indices: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charge, and financial stability.

 

Major Health Partners l has been named one of the Top 20 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by NRHA for the fourth year in a row. Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence. The NRHA’s Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals Winners are the highest ranked of the aggregate scores across eight pillars of excellence. This selection is a subset of the Top 100 RCHs, named by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, previously announced in February. The official announcement of the Top 20 happens in May 2020.

 

See http://www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals/ for more information.

 

Top 100 and Top 20 Rural & Community Hospital Resources:

The full list of this year’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals, as well as the 2020 INDEX methodology, can be found at www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals.

Public invited to comment on the accreditation of the Shelbyville Police Department

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement will conduct an on-site assessment of the Shelbyville Police Department March 9, 10 and 11, 2020. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in public comment on the accreditation of the Shelbyville Police Department.

 

For those who choose to do so, a public call in session will be offered on Tuesday March 10, 2020 from 1-3:00 pm. The dedicated number for public access is 317-364-4961. This line is located in the work area of the assessors.

 

A public comment session will be conducted at City Hall in the Council Chambers starting at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

 

By Mail or Email: Write to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville Virginia 20155

 

You may also email your comments to calea@calea.org, putting “Shelbyville Police Department, Indiana” in the subject line.

 

Any member of the public who wishes to comment on the accreditation of the Shelbyville Police Department is encouraged to participate by attending the scheduled meeting and/or utilizing the call-in opportunity or communicate your comments or concerns in writing.

Three bridge projects have been scheduled for Shelby Co.

Shelby County has three bridge projects all starting April 1, 2020 that are scheduled to take approximately 60 days.

 

Bridge 10 located on 800 N between 325 W and 400 W over Snail Creek.  The last address accessible from the east is 3489 W 800 N.  And the first address west of it is 3560 W 800 N.

 

Bridge 12 located on 700 N between 700 W and 800 W over Sugar Creek.  The last address accessible from the east is 7650 W 700 N.  And the first address west of it is 7757 W 700 N along with the addresses in the Woodnotes Addition.

 

Bridge 133 located on 600 E between 700 S / River Rd and 850 S over Flat Rock River.  The last address accessible from the north is 7485 S 600 E and the first address south of it is 7714 S 600 E.

 

 

 

Drugs involved in Shelbyville murder case

Drugs appear to be the backdrop for a murder charge against a Shelbyville man.

 

Travis Lee Martin, 32, was charged with the murder of Delaney Drake. 

 

Drake's murder occurred on November 25, 2019, in the 100 block of East Franklin Street in Shelbyville.  Shelbyville Police reported that early on that Monday morning the Shelbyville Police responded to a scene near the intersection of Noble Street and Franklin Street regarding an altercation resulting in serious bodily injury. 

 

The victim, later identified as Delaney, aka "DJ", Drake, was allegedly involved in an altercation with a white male suspect.  According to witnesses the suspect fled the area on foot.  Drake later died of his injuries.

 

According to the probable cause affidavit Lee killed Drake “while committing or attempting to commit dealing in methamphetamine and / or dealing in a Schedule I, II, or III controlled substance”.

 

Martin also faces charges of dealing in meth amount at least ten grams, drug conspiracy or attempt, dealing in methamphetamine, and corrupt business influence for an arrest in mid-January.

Shelbyville man charged with November 25 murder of Delaney Drake

A Shelbyville man has been charged with murder.

 

Travis Lee Martin, 32, was charged with the murder of Delaney Drake.  Drake's murder occurred on November 25, 2019, in the 100 block of East Franklin Street in Shelbyville.

 

Shelbyville Police report the investigation into the murder continues.  Anyone with any information is asked to call Detective Jason Brown or Captain Bill Dwenger at (317) 392-5118.

 

Original story - November 25, 2019

Early Monday morning the Shelbyville Police responded to a scene near the intersection of Noble Street and Franklin Street regarding an altercation resulting in serious bodily injury. 

 

The victim, later identified as Delany, aka "DJ", Drake, was allegedly involved in an altercation with a white male suspect.  According to witnesses the suspect fled the area on foot. 

 

Drake later succumbed to injuries sustained in the altercation. 

 

At this time, there is no reason to believe the general public is in danger. 

 

The incident appears to be isolated between the suspect and victim. Anyone with information regarding this incident, please contact Det. Brian Roberts at the Shelbyville Police Department.

Shelby County to accept bids for construction of Probation Department building

The long anticipated construction of a new Probation Department building in Shelby County will take a step forward next month.

 

County commissioner Chris Ross.

 

 

While referenced most often as the probation building it will serve as home for other agencies on the move from the county’s Professional Building on East SR 44.

 

 

With that, as for the future of the Professional Building Ross says that will be under discussion.  Sale of the property is one possibility.

Wintry mix, temps to drop

How much snow will you get Wednesday through Thursday? It all depends on where you live.

 

The majority of northern Indiana will see 3-6 inches of snow by Thursday afternoon. The majority of southern Indiana will see mostly rain on Wednesday afternoon and evening, with a chance of flooding.

 

However, the total amounts in central Indiana will vary, says WISH-TV Meteorologist Marcus Bailey. He's using I-70 as a good dividing line.

 

"We're looking at 1-3 inches of snow along I-70," Bailey said. "But there could be a big difference, and a sharp dropoff, of who gets snow."

 

"Northern parts of Johnson County and Morgan County may see mainly rain (on Wednesday afternoon and evening), but if you get up to the north side of Indianapolis or into Hamilton County or Boone County, they could be seeing all snow (Wednesday afternoon and evening)."

 

Bailey says no matter where you live in the state, and what type of precipitation or how much you get, all Hoosiers will be under the same blanket on Thursday afternoon into Thursday night -- very cold temperatures.

 

"Temperatures will gradually fall throughout the day, likely into the 20s by mid-afternoon," Bailey said. "And then you're going to have numbers in the single digits Thursday night and into Friday morning."

 

He says most of the state will see wind chills on Friday morning at, or below, zero.

Former Mrs Curl owner sentenced for child porn possession

The former owner of a popular Greenwood ice cream shop has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

 

John Cassin, 75, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography. As part of the plea agreement, he will serve three years on probation, with the first year on home detention. Cassin will also have to register as a sex offender for life.

 

Cassin was the owner of the Mrs. Curl ice cream shop in Greenwood before being arrested in April 2019. Investigators found sexually explicit photos of children on his home computer in Whiteland.

 

Mrs. Curl remained open under new ownership.

Shelbyville Parks hit by ongoing vandalism; cameras into parks and offering reward

A string of incidents involving vandalism at Shelbyville parks is leading to installation of cameras to monitor the area and, if possible, the prosecution of those involved.

 

Parks Department’s Chris Stephens says the problem is an ongoing one.

 

 

While much of the damage has been cleanable and repairs made by the Parks Department itself, Stephens notes manpower and cleaning has cost thousands of dollars.  And, as Gary Bowen with the Parks Board points out, it’s not all been cosmetic.  Shelbyville’s trails and the historic bridge at Blue River Park have been targeted.

 

 

Bowen says it’s time to offer the parks more protection.  And that means cameras.

 

 

Bowen says this isn’t a step they wanted to take.  But there is now a reward as the parks department will seek legal action.

 

 

Stephens asks the public to also be vigilant around the city’s parks.

 

 

Shelbyville Fire has three bids to replace special air equipment for new truck

The Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety opened three bids for equipment for the Shelbyville Fire Department Tuesday.

 

Fire Chief Tony Logan on the equipment purchase the department is seeking.

 

 

The three bids submitted by Fire Services Inc. represent three different companies.  The bids ranged from $214, 733 to $258, 089.

 

The board approved taking the bids under advisement for further consideration.

Hamilton - Major, downtown Shelbyville project seeing progress with mild weather

Construction in Shelbyville's downtown, or in some cases, destruction that comes before it, are seeing progress during the winter months.  Winter months that have contributed with above average temperatures.

 

Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun says he's pleased with the progress, so far.

 

 

• The Hamilton-Major Subdivision – 13 executive homes built on the old Major Hospital site on West Washington Street;

 

• Redevelopment of the Methodist Building into housing and commercial retail space;

 

• Rehabilitation and renewal of the Public Square.

Halstrom named Vice President, General Manager of Racing at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Longtime racing executive Eric Halstrom has been named Vice President, General Manager of Racing at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, pending all regulatory approvals. Halstrom becomes only the second individual to hold the position, succeeding Jon Schuster, who had been with the facility since its inception in 2002. Schuster passed away in late 2019.

 

“Eric has a proven track record of achievement in the horse racing industry and with Caesars Entertainment,” said Rich, who worked with Halstrom at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs prior to relocating to Indiana Grand. “His enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport is unparalleled. This is an important role for Indiana Grand and Caesars, and we are very fortunate to have Eric transition into this position to lead our initiatives for Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing.”

 

A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Halstrom has an extensive background in racetrack management. Like Schuster, he is a graduate of the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program and has served in several capacities, including vice president of racing at Canterbury Park, vice president and general manager of racing operations at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, assistant director of racing at Prairie Meadows and most recently vice president of operations at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. Halstrom has previous work experience in the state of Indiana, serving as the general manager of Fort Wayne Off Track Betting and Merrillville Off Track Betting in the mid-1990s.

 

“I’m very excited to begin a new chapter at Indiana Grand,” said Halstrom. “This is such an amazing time for this facility and the recent addition of live table games is such a boost to the property. There is so much opportunity for the racing program to grow in the state of Indiana. I’m excited to be part of the team to carry on the great tradition that Jon Schuster has developed over the past 18 years.”

 

Halstrom will begin his new role at Indiana Grand Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

 

Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing will resume Tuesday, April 14 for the 120-day racing season. Action will begin at 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Saturdays’ first post set for 6:15 p.m. No live racing will be held on six weekend dates, including Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 as well as Saturday, May 23, Saturday, September 5, Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14. Closing day is set for Wednesday, Nov. 18.