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Snow chances, amounts increasing

Nearly the entire state will be getting snow all throughout Monday and into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

 

The time to especially watch out for snow is in the afternoon and evening.

 

“That’s where we see the primary travel impacts because that’s when we’ll be seeing temperatures falling below freezing as snow continues to fall,” said Mike Ryan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

 

Ryan expects the Indy metro area and much of central Indiana to get around an inch through Tuesday.

 

“But as you go north and east, especially to places like Kokomo and Muncie, those places may see around two to three inches in some spots. As for people further north, they will be seeing lake-effect snow off of Lake Michigan. In fact, if you get up near South Bend and heading towards Valparaiso, they’ll end up seeing around six inches of snowfall,” said Ryan.

 

As for cities and towns south of Indianapolis, Ryan said there is potential for some snow, but there will be “little to no accumulation.”

 

The snow will be completely done by Wednesday. High temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s throughout the week.

 

The National Weather Service urges you to drive at appropriate speeds, allow for extra stopping distances when approaching intersections, and give yourself extra travel time. 

Early Monday morning Shelbyville house fire

A house fire early Monday morning brought out Shelbyville firemen to the 2700 Block of Tammy Sue Drive.

 

Initial reports indicate the fire started in the chimney and made its way into the attic. No injuries have been reported.

 

 

Shelbyville Fire was still on scene into the 5:00 am hour.

Covid, contact tracing scammers reported

Scammers will use pretty much anything to try and dupe Hoosiers into giving up their sensitive information.

 

Sheriff's deputies in Jennings County say they have been getting calls from people saying that scammers are trying to use contact tracing as a means to scam people.

 

Chief Deputy David Turner with the Jennings County sheriff's department says scammers are calling or texting Hoosiers posing as sheriff's deputies and telling them to contact trace by calling the county health department. But, they are giving them a fake number to call and then asking the victims lots of questions.

 

"We've seen quite of few cases of this so far. One lady that complained to us said it was almost a two-hour phone call," he said. "I'm pretty sure they're good at extracting a lot of information."

 

Turner said the scammers are asking for social security numbers and bank account numbers, which he says should be red flags from the git-go since he's also pretty sure that county health departments are not concerned with those things in order to contact trace for coronavirus.

 

He said if you get one of these calls, either hang up or ask them to state which department they are with and to identify themselves. Turner also reminds you to check with the Better Business Bureau on how to avoid contact tracing scams.

Bartholomew Co. Sheriff's Office warns of scam effort underway to raise money for K9 Diesel

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office has been humbled by the community outreach in response to the ultimate sacrifice our K9 Diesel made a little over a week ago. Several great organizations like the Bartholomew County Humane Society, Dog World and our great Veterans organizations have volunteered to host fund raisers for a memorial and to sustain our K9 Program.

 

These organizations, as well as hundreds of citizens, have sent cards, well wishes, prayers, personal items to the Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Matt Bush. We are still in the grieving process but our spirits are lifted by the outpouring of support.

 

Unfortunately, we have been alerted to a possible scam of someone positioning themselves as a supporter by raising funds on Spot Fund or Go Fund Me web sites.  We wanted to alert the public that we have not endorsed or support these on line activities. Please don’t fall victim. 

 

If anyone would like to drop off a card or other donation item, please bring it to the front desk at the Sheriff’s Office or mail it to 543 2nd Street. If we do launch a more broad based fund raiser, Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers will personally endorse the effort. 

 

If anyone has questions please send them to Deputy Dana Vogt at dvogt@bartholomew.in.gov

 

We want to thank the community again for the overwhelming support

Indiana Farm Bureau says cost of Thanksgiving meal up 12%

How much will a Thanksgiving meal cost you this year?   According to the Indiana Farm Bureau, you can expect to spend about 5 dollars per person, or $47.81, on a full Thanksgiving meal. That's 12% more than what you would have spent in 2019.

 

That price includes the cost of "a sixteen-pound turkey, the stuffing, two pumpkin pies, rolls, peas, a relish tray, cranberries and some drinks as well," says IFB Public Relations Manager Molly Zentz.

 

However, that number is very likely a high-estimate. The price tag of $47.81 is meant to feed a group of ten individuals, which is the usual number the IFB measures by -- but gatherings that large are unlikely to happen this year due to the pandemic.

 

So, according to Zentz, whether people plan to have a large or small gathering, Thanksgiving may actually be more affordable this year.

 

The IFB also found that this year, more people are considering getting smaller cuts of turkey, or perhaps even ham, instead of the usual large turkey dish.

 

"If you're having a party with your immediate family, or even a virtual event where you're going to cook something just for yourself, you'll want to purchase small cuts of turkey, small cuts of meat," Zentz said. "It's possible that people won't want to purchase a large turkey if they're having a smaller gathering."

 

As a result, this year, the IFB also measured the price of a four pound ham. If that's the route you want to go, Zentz says, the average price for a four pound ham is just under eleven dollars.

 

Zentz adds that this deviation from a traditional turkey won't hurt local turkey farmers, as most of the turkey that Hoosier farmers produce becomes ground turkey or deli meat anyway.

 

"Even if you go out and purchase some deli meat or some ground turkey, you'll still be supporting Indiana's turkey farmers this year," Zentz said. 

 

You can read the full IFB report at infarmbureau.org.

 

Sunbeam has recalled 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker

Sunbeam has recalled more than 940,000 of their 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers, according to the manufacturer.

 

The recalled crock-pot can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked and may cause the lid to suddenly detach while the crock-pot is in use, allowing hot food and liquid to eject from the crock-pot and burn the user.

 

“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Crock-Pot in pressure cooker mode, but may continue to use for slow cooking and sautéing,” Sunbeam said. “Consumers should contact Crock-Pot immediately to obtain a free replacement lid.  Consumers who continue using the multi-cooker in pressure cooker mode while waiting for the replacement lid should be certain the lid is securely turned to the fully locked position by aligning the arrow on the lid with the lock symbol on the base.”

 

The crock-pots were sold in the U.S. at Walmart, Target, and other stores nationwide and on Amazon and other online retailers between July 2017 and Nov. 2020. 

 

The crock-pots were made between July 1, 2017 and Oct. 1, 2018 with date codes K196JN through K365JN and L001JN through L273JN. The date code is engraved on one of the prongs of the plug and on the bottom of the base.

 

Sunbeam says it has received 99 reports of burn injuries, ranging in severity from first-degree to third-degree burns.

Unemployment benefits scam

A growing number of scammers are using other people’s identities to claim unemployment benefits, according to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.

 

The scammers are stealing personal information such as birthdates, Social Security numbers, and home addresses and routing payments to accounts over which the scammers have control.

 

“These deceivers steal the identities of others, who are generally employed, in order to file fraudulent claims,” Attorney General Hill said. “If someone uses your name in this fashion, you may learn about it from your employer or from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, which processes unemployment claims. In many cases, payments may already have been regularly deposited into someone else’s account by the time you learn of the fraud.”

 

Between Oct. 18 and Nov. 18, the Office of the Attorney General received 157 complaints of unemployment-related identity theft.

 

Attorney General Hill said scammers appear to be targeting the identities of people they know are busy working during the coronavirus pandemic, such as doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers.

 

If you learn that your identity has been stolen and used in a claim for unemployment benefits, you should report it to the Office of the Attorney General, which uses an online form for reporting identity theft. [https://indianaattorneygeneral.secure.force.com/IDTheftComplaintForm]

Wet weather tonight - Wednesday; warmer for Thanksgiving weekend

Rain and a wintry mix will be in the weather forecast early in the week, but it will clear out by Thanksgiving, according to the National Weather Service.

 

Mike Koch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service says the next significant weather event is tonight and Wednesday.

 

 

Onto Thanksgiving with improved weather.

 

 

Koch believes there may be small amounts of snow next week in parts of Indiana, but he believes there won’t be any “significant accumulation at this point.”

 

 

Shelby County government to require appointment, call-ahead for entry

Several Shelby County government departments will revert to serving the public via phone, email and appointment only beginning on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 and lasting through January 15, 2021. (tentative)


Our goal is to continue delivering county services while protecting the public health and the health and wellbeing of county employees during this pandemic.


Effective Tuesday, November 24, 2020 please contact the office/department you wish to visit by phone or email, and they will assist you with additional information.


Anyone may call into a county meeting by dialing: 720-712-7964


There is a drop-box located on the South side of the Annex. Please leave any packets/payments inside. This will be checked daily by staff.


Business transactions will continue, and all departments are open. However, you must call-ahead for entry into the Annex Building. This situation is fluid and may be updated or changed at any time.


Please see the list below for all county offices and/or visit our website at www.co.shelby.in.us .


Assessor: 317-392-6305

Magistrate Court: 317-421-1400
Auditor: 317-392-6310

Plan Commission: 317-392-6338
Circuit Court: 317-392-6360

Probation Department: 317-392-6490
Clerk: 317-392-6320

Prosecutor: 317-392-6440
Community Corrections: 317-392-6492

Public Defender: 317-421-8030
Commissioners: 317-392-6330

Recorder: 317-392-6370
Drug Free Coalition: 317-398-3135

Sheriff (Admin Office): 317-392-6345
Election Officer: 317-392-6324

Soil & Water: 765-544-2051
Emergency Management: 317-392-6308

Superior Court I: 317-392-6350
Extension Office: 317-392-6460

Superior Court II: 317-392-6340
GIS: 317-392-6354

Surveyor: 317-392-6481
Health Department: 317-392-6470

Treasurer: 317-392-6375
Highway Garage: 317-392-6485

Veterans Service: 317-392-6480
Human Resources: 317-398-5537

Weights & Measures: 317-392-6480
Inspectors: 317-392-6480

Youth Assistance Program: 317-421-8141
 

MHP Covid Update

Bam” monoclonal drug for Covid treatment.  We have given 4 patients this Ely Lilly drug.  All four patients have tolerated it well without any interactions and are showing improvement.  We are scheduled to give two additional infusions today.  This drug is specifically designed for high-risk patients who have mild to moderate symptoms.  It is not designed for patients who are already so ill that they require hospitalization.  

 

Therapeutics and treatments for Covid.  Unlike the first wave of Covid earlier in the year, we now have proven outpatient therapeutics and treatments that have shown excellent results in high-risk patients with underlying health issues; as long as they seek care early on in the disease.  If you are high-risk or have underlying health issues, please do not wait until you are severely ill and be sure to seek care as soon as symptoms develop.  It may mean the difference between a mild to moderate experience and a severe case, or worse.

       

Thanksgiving:  We are asking the public to please be cautious over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Help us slow the spread of Covid by washing your hands, social distance when possible, and WEAR YOUR MASK.  Please have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. 

      

Priority Care:  We are still seeing extremely high volumes of urgent care patients at Priority Care.  The availability of support staff is a concern and we are starting to shift resources to move Medical Assistants from other departments to assist.  We are encouraging established patients to temporarily utilize MHP Family and Internal Medicine’s walk-in clinic in order to offload some of the volumes at Priority Care.   

 

Nursing Homes:  We are pleased to report that the two local nursing homes that recently experienced a Covid outbreak are starting to steady and stabilize.

 

MHP TESTING STATUS:

Number of NEW positive results: 61 new positive cases since 11/18/2020

Out of the 61 new positive cases, 4 patients required inpatient care and 57 remained outpatient. 

 

MHP INPATIENT STATUS:

Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  25 and 6 of those patients are in the Critical Care Unit (CCU)

Number of available 3rd floor beds: 15

Currently, we have 17 inpatients that tested positive 

Number of patients in the 1st floor ACC unit: 2 with 22 beds available and none of these are patients that have positive or suspected COVID.   

 

MHP EMERGENCY DEPT STATUS:

Number of total ER patients in last 24 hours: 45 patients, which is lower than we have been seeing previously. 

 VENT STATUS:

Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:

We have 4 ventilators in use and 3 BiPAP in use, 0 trilogy units are in use.  This leaves us with 13 ventilation units available. 

Update: Explosion injures three at Columbus manufacturer

Three workers were hurt in an overnight explosion at a factory in Columbus.

 

The Columbus Fire Department was called to Faurecia USA just after 2 a.m. on a report of a fire. 

According to fire investigators, an explosion occurred when a Faurecia employee was filling a propane tank for use by a forklift truck. The exact cause of the explosion is under investigation.

 

Three Faurecia workers were hurt in the explosion. One person was believed to have serious burn injuries and was taken by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital. The two other employees were treated at the scene.

 

Faurecia, which was evacuated prior to the arrival of firefighters, closed operations for the remainder of the morning shift. According to Columbus Fire Department Investigators, modified operations have resumed this morning.

 

Firefighters were on the scene until almost four a.m.

Explosion at Columbus manufacturer

An explosion overnight in Bartholomew County.

 

One person was hurt in an explosion at the Faurecia Gladstone plant in Columbus, reports WISH-TV.  That person was taken to the hospital. 

 

The cause of the explosion is unknown.

 

The plant makes exhaust systems that go in trucks and other vehicles.

Millions of Hoosiers eligible for money after Equifax settlement

Attorney General Curtis Hill urged Hoosiers to visit IndianaEquifaxClaims.com and file a claim for a restitution payment in light of the massive 2017 Equifax data breach. 

 

The last day for Hoosiers to file claims is Dec. 16, but Attorney General Hill said Hoosiers should file their claims as soon as possible.

 

The Equifax data breach occurred from May 2017 to July 2017 and impacted approximately 147 million Americans, including roughly 3.9 million Indiana residents. The breach compromised Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers and credit card information. Attorney General Hill sued Equifax following the data breach and secured a settlement with the company, which agreed to pay the state of Indiana $19.5 million. 

 

Indiana was one of two states that opted not to participate in a multistate settlement with Equifax in July 2019. Instead, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General opted to file its own lawsuit against the company. As a result, Indiana received more money than any of the states that participated in the multistate settlement, which distributed $175 million among the participating states.

 

All the nearly 4 million Indiana residents impacted by the data breach are eligible for a portion of the $19.5 million Equifax paid the state of Indiana. Many eligible Hoosiers have yet to file claims on IndianaEquifaxClaims.com, Attorney General Hill said.

 

“We structured our settlement with Equifax so that we could give Hoosiers the opportunity to claim money they may have lost due to Equifax’s failure to protect personal information,” Attorney General Hill said. “That money is just waiting to be claimed. Now, it’s up to Hoosiers to visit IndianaEquifaxClaims.com and secure their rightful portion of the settlement.”

 

Attorney General Hill encourages all Hoosiers who were Indiana residents between March 2017 and July 2017 to visit IndianaEquifaxClaims.com and enter the required information to file a claim. You will be able to select whether you would like your payment digitally or in the form of a paper check. Payments will be distributed after the Dec. 16 claim deadline.

 

Visit IndianaEquifaxClaims.com for more information about filing a claim and for answers to frequently asked questions about the settlement.

Law enforcement searching for Shelbyville man convicted on drug charges

James Lavarquis Graham, 40, of Shelbyville, was convicted by a jury of three counts of Level 5 Felony Dealing a Narcotic Drug, one count of Level 4 Felony Dealing Methamphetamine, and one Level 3 Felony count of Dealing Methamphetamine, as well as one Level 5 Felony count of Corrupt Business Influence.

 

The jury reconvened Thursday and found Graham to be an Habitual Offender.

 

Shelby County Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen called eight witnesses in the main part of the trial. This included two confidential informants, one accessory to one of the deals, one undercover Indiana State Trooper drug detective, three local officers, and a lab tech from the Indiana State Police Lab. Landwerlen says the evidence proved that Graham, who goes by the street name "Fuddy", sold fentanyl to police through an informant after promising to deliver heroin in April of 2019. A few days later, he sold Fentanyl and meth to police through an informant. A few days later he sold over seven grams of meth to police though an informant, and through the use of an accessory who actually delivered the meth. A few days later he sold meth to police through an informant, who was accompanied by an undercover officer. A few days later he sold fentanyl and meth to police through an informant. These deals took place between April 12 - April 30, 2019.

 

The prosecutor says he did not call the third informant to testify. The jury deliberated approximately 20 minutes before finding Graham guilty on all of counts.

 

Landwerlen then called five witnesses to testify regarding Graham's status of being an Habitual Offender. The jury deliberated roughly two minutes before finding him to be an habitual offender.

Graham had failed to appear for a hearing to revoke his bond a couple of weeks ago, and also failed to appear for trial, so he was tried in abstentia. After he is caught, he will be sentenced to up to 36 years in prison.

 

The prosecutor says he would like to commend narcotics investigator Jason Myers for conducting a thorough and difficult investigation, as well as the other officers involved in the case.

 

The prosecutor’s office requests that anyone with information on the whereabouts of James "Fuddy" Graham to avoid approaching him, and contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 317-398-6661.

Name released of suspect shot by police in Batesville standoff

The suspect who was shot and killed by law enforcement in Batesville, Indiana on Monday November 16 has now been identified as Joshua D. Evans, age 32.

 

Batesville Police Officers were called to Evans’ home on Bridlewood Trace Road at approximately 8:00 AM on Monday after he was reported to be acting irrationally, causing the other occupants of the home to fear for their safety.  Officers initially arrived and removed an adult female and three children from the residence.  While officers stood outside the garage of the residence attempting to make contact with Evans, he fired a shot at an officer.  An officer was struck by debris from that shot and received minor injuries.

 

Numerous officers from multiple agencies responded to the scene.  Evans remained barricaded inside the garage for over three hours.  At one point, Indiana State Police Negotiators made contact with him on the phone and began speaking to him.  At approximately 11:30, Evans fired additional shots from the garage.  Evans soon exited the garage while holding a gun.

 

Three troopers with the Indiana State Police SWAT Team and an officer with the Greensburg Police Department fired shots during the incident.  Evans was struck by at least one shot.  He was provided with immediate first aid but died as a result of the injuries he sustained.

 

The investigation by detectives with the Indiana State Police-Versailles District is ongoing.  An autopsy was performed yesterday in Hamilton County, Ohio.  The results of the autopsy and the toxicology results are pending at this time.

 

The names of the involved officers are not being released at this time.

MHP COVID-19 Daily Update - November 18

  • UPDATES FROM INCIDENT COMMAND:
    • Community food donations:  Several restaurants and businesses have started to reach out again inquiring how to donate meals to our staff.  If you wish to coordinate the delivery of food for MHP staff, please contact Angela Gill at agill@majorhospital.org or (317) 421-0361.  We very much appreciate the community’s generosity. 
    • Social distancing in the MHP café:  The Health Pavilion Conference Room has been booked solely for Café overflow.  This room may not be booked for any other purpose until further notice.  Tables and chairs from the café will be relocated to encourage and promote more social distancing.
    •  
    • Nursing Home/Assisted Living Facility update:  A local Assisted Living facility now has a positive staff member and 1-2 positive residents.  We are working closely with them and the local health department is also coordinating with ISDH. 
    • Priority Care:  We saw 85 urgent care visits yesterday at Priority Care.  Priority Care, MHP Family & Internal Medicine and MHP Pediatrics are able to see walk-in patients and have the ability to perform Covid testing.  The wait at Priority Care is currently longer than the other two options. 
    • Eli Lilly drug:  Today, we are administering our first dose of bamlanivimab, the Eli Lilly monoclonal antibody treatment for Covid. 
    • Students at MHP:  Clinical rotations for students remain limited at this time.  All student requests must go through the Education Department for approval, which is available on our website.       
    •  

 

 

  • MHP TESTING STATUS:
    • Number of NEW positive results: 55 new positive cases since 11/16/2020
      • Out of the 55 new positive cases, 5 patients required inpatient care and 50 remained outpatient. 
      • We have sufficient testing supplies for the regular test and the rapid test. 

 

 

  • MHP INPATIENT STATUS:
    • Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  33 and 12 of those patients are in the Critical Care Unit (CCU)
      • Number of available 3rd floor beds: 7
    • Currently, we have 15 inpatients that tested positive 
    • Number of patients in the 1st floor ACC unit: 8 with 14 beds available and none of these are patients that have positive or suspected COVID.   

 

  • MHP EMERGENCY DEPT STATUS:
    • Number of total ER patients in last 24 hours: 51 patients   

 

  • VENT STATUS:
    • Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:
      • We have 3 ventilators in use and 4 BiPAP in use, 0 trilogy units are in use.  This leaves us with 14 ventilation units available. 

Service to honor Bartholomew Co. Sheriff K9 Diesel

On Saturday, November 21, a drive-by memorial service will be held in the Fair Oaks Mall parking lot to honor Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office K9 Diesel. 

 

The public service will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m. 

 

The law enforcement memorial service will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be live streamed on Sheriff Matt Myers Facebook page. 

 

This is an outdoor event – social distancing and masks are encouraged. 

 

More details will be released detailing traffic routes for the service.

 

 

Original story

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department K9 was killed in the line of duty Saturday.

 

On November 14, at approximately 4:20 p.m., Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office K9 Diesel was involved in a foot pursuit, which resulted in his death in the line of duty. BCSO deputies found Diesel laying in the lanes of I-65 where they removed him from the roadway. BCSO’s investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of death. 

 

The suspect, later identified as Michael Stephens, 36, of Columbus, was apprehended on outstanding warrants as well as additional preliminary charges. He is currently being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on a 48-hour Hold.

 

 

Warrant:

  • Count 1: Domestic Battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old – F6
  • Count 2: Domestic Battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old – F6

 

New Preliminary Charges:

  • Cruelty to a Law Enforcement Animal
  • Resisting Law Enforcement
  • Domestic Battery
  • Intimidation
  • Strangulation

 

If you or know of anyone traveling yesterday, November 14, on I-65 near the 62 mile marker between 4:00 – 4:30 p.m., and think you / they might have seen something or has additional information, please contact the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with Lt. Chad Swank of the Investigations Division at 812-379-1650.

City of Shelbyville releases information for the sale of lots within Hamilton Major

 

Public Notice to bidders regarding sale of property by the City Of Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety

 

At the November 2, 2020, meeting of the City of Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety (the "Board"), the Board determined that it was appropriate to sell a portion of real estate owned by the City of Shelbyville, Indiana, commonly known as 13 lots in the Hamilton Major Place Subdivision, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176, the legal descriptions and addresses of which are set forth herein below (the "Property"). The sale of the Property was approved by the Common Council of the City of Shelbyville on November 2, 2020. The sale of the Property shall be conducted as a public auction by an electronic sale upon the following terms and conditions:

 

1.                   The purchase price of the Property shall be not less than the amounts set forth below.  The purchaser of the Property shall be responsible for paying certain additional expenses associated with the sale of the Property, which expenses shall include, but not limited to, the cost of the publication of notices, recording fees and other fees incurred by the Board as a result of such sale.

 

2.                   Real Estate Information Packages are available at the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office in City Hall, 44 West Washington Street, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 and online at www.cityofshelbyvillein.com.  In order to be eligible to bid, Real Estate Information Packages must be completed and submitted to hamiltonmajor@cityofshelbyvillein.com or delivered to the Clerk Treasurer’s Office in City Hall at 44 W. Washington St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176  no later than 10:00 a.m. on December 2, 2020.  Questions may be addressed by email to hamiltonmajor@cityofshelbyvillein.com or by calling 317-389-6624 or 317-392-5103.

 

3.                   Upon completion of the Real Estate Information Package, an interested bidder must register to bid at www.cityofshelbyvillein.com.

 

4.                   Interested bidders may inspect the Property during normal business hours upon (i) written notice to hamiltonmajor@cityofshelbyvillein.com; and (ii) execution and delivery of a release, indemnification and hold harmless agreement available in the Real Estate Information Package.  All inspections will be conducted at such bidder’s expense.  Inspections will be allowed through 1:00 p.m. on December 7, 2020.

 

5.                   Bids must be submitted electronically and are subject to the terms and conditions found in the Real Estate Information Package.  The amount of bids and the identity of bidders will be disclosed and available to the public throughout the electronic sale.

 

6.                   Bids will be accepted electronically beginning at 9:00 am on December 4, 2020. Bidding will conclude at 4:59 pm on December 7, 2020.  All bids will be open to public inspection upon receipt.  Registered bidders will be notified of all subsequent bids via electronic means.  Bids will be reviewed at the December 8, 2020 meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety.  Successful bidders will be notified no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 15, 2020, subject to the City’s ability to reject all bids for one or more lots.  Successful bidders will be announced within 7 days of the conclusion of bidding.

 

7.                   Separate bids must be submitted for each lot individually.

 

8.                   The successful bidder must comply with the Hamilton Major Place Planned Unit Development Ordinance No. 19-2871 and the Hamilton -Major Subdivision Secondary Plat recorded as Instrument No. 2019006426.

 

9.                   The Property may not be sold to a person who is ineligible under Indiana Code § 36-1-11-16, and an offer to purchase the Property which is submitted by a trust as defined in Indiana Code § 30-4-1-1(a) must identify each beneficiary of the trust and the settler empowered to revoke or modify the trust.

 

10.               The legal descriptions, addresses, tax parcel numbers and the minimum sales price of the Property are:

 

Lot 1 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 180 W. Washington Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-623.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $45,000.00.

 

Lot 2 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 168 W. Washington Street, Shelbyville, IN;  Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-624.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $45,000.00.

 

Lot 3 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 156 W. Washington Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-625.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $45,000.00.

 

Lot 4 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 144 W. Washington Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-626.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $45,000.00.

 

Lot 5 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 179 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-627.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $36,500.00.

 

Lot 6 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 167 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-628-000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $36,000.00.

 

Lot 7 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 155 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-629.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $36,000.00.

 

Lot 8 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 143 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-11-06-200-630.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $36,000.00.

 

Lot 9 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 178 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-07-31-400-407.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $38,500.00.

 

Lot 10 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 166 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-07-31-400-408.000-002, $38,000.00.

 

Lot 11 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 154 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-07-31-400-409.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $38,000.00.

 

Lot 12 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 142 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-07-31-400-410.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $38,000.00; and

 

Lot 13 of Hamilton-Major Place Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded as Instrument Number 2019006426 in the Office of the Recorder of Shelby County, Indiana, 134 W. Franklin Street, Shelbyville, IN; Tax Parcel Number 73-07-31-400-411.000-002, Minimum Purchase Price $43,750.00

 

11.               The Property will be transferred “as is”, “where is” and “with all faults”.  The City of Shelbyville makes not representation or warranty as to the physical condition or value of the Property.

 

12.               The City of Shelbyville reserves the right to reject all bids for one or more lots.

 

UPS hiring for the holidays

You may be about to get a lot of packages. UPS needs Hoosiers to help deliver them.

 

Steve Jones, with UPS marketing says they need to hire 750 people in the Indy metro and two to three thousand people across the state for the holidays.

 

"Each peak season, UPS's volume basically doubles," said Steve Jones, with UPS talent acquisition. "We look for a number of qualified people to help us deliver the holidays and deliver our peak season."

 

Jones said the company is looking for warehouse workers to move packages, helpers for the people who drive the brown trucks and people who can drive their own cars to deliver packages. Jones said that in the past three years, 35 percent of the people who work as extra holiday help ended up with full-time jobs.

 

"I started with UPS 30 years ago as a peak season hire, unloading trailers at 3 o'clock in the morning, and I've had a wonderful career with UPS," said Jones.

 

Jones said the jobs are safe and UPS workers are considered essential.

 

"We have physical distancing. We're providing PPE for every one of our employees every day. We have regular cleaning and disinfection of our work areas," he said. "We have implemented touchless deliveries to keep our drivers and our customers safe."

 

He said www.upsjobs.com is the place to go to apply. Jones said most people who are hired start work within a week of applying.

 

 

Indiana State Police investigating officer involved shooting

The Indiana State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred at a Batesville residence after a nearly four-hour standoff with an armed suspect who had fired at officers.

 

The incident began at around 8:00 AM when the Batesville Police Department responded to a disturbance at a residence located on Bridlewood Trace Road in Batesville.  Upon arriving at the home, officers were able to get an adult female and three children out of the home.  While an officer was standing outside the garage door attempting to make contact with the man inside, a shot was fired by the suspect in the direction of the officer.  The officer received minor injuries when he was struck by debris caused by the shot.  The officers then set up a perimeter around the residence.

Officers from numerous agencies responded to the scene. 

 

The Indiana State Police SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiation Team also responded.  Negotiators were briefly able to make contact with the suspect, who lived at the home.  Shortly after 11:00 AM, additional shots were fired by the suspect from inside of the residence.  At approximately 11:30 AM, the suspect exited the garage of the home with a handgun.  Officers fired their weapons, striking him with at least one shot. 

 

Officers provided immediate medical attention to him. Batesville EMS, which was already on scene, immediately began providing care and transported the man to Margaret Mary Health in Batesville where he passed away as a result of the injuries received. 

 

Detectives from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post are leading the investigation into the incident.

 

The identity of the suspect and the officers involved will be forthcoming.

 

The autopsy and toxicology results are pending at this time.    

City of Shelbyville to request federal funds for North Riley corridor project

A corridor project on North State Road 9 would provide a new-look gateway to Shelbyville from the north.

 

The Shelbyville Common Council heard a second presentation from Taylor Siefker Williams design group and VS Engineering regarding the city’s planned LPA grant application to seek federal funds for the project.

 

The approximately $11.7 million project would involve just under $8 million in federal funds with just under $4 million from the city.

 

City Planning and Building Director Adam Rude says some of the numbers in Monday’s presentation are estimates

 

 

Mayor Tom DeBaun compared the project to what Franklin did on its entryway from I-65 toward the city.  Milling and overlay will be a part of the project. 

 

City of Shelbyville, IN and Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group, LLC

 

Funds received from the state as part of the relinquishment of the roadway to the city will also aid the city’s funding.

 

 

The mayor said discussions of the design, including a roundabout, involved talks with Knauf representatives.

 

 

The submittal deadline for grant funding is December 11.  The project could go to construction in 2025.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar details coronavirus vaccines on GMA

Moderna and Pfizer both say they have coronavirus vaccines that are at least 90% effective.

 

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, also a former executive at Eli Lilly, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Monday is a historic day.

 

 

Governor's executive order stresses Covid enforcement

Governor Holcomb's latest public-health order outlines for the first time potential enforcement actions for businesses who ignore coronavirus precautions.

 

Holcomb announced Wednesday he'd institute new limits on large gatherings, linked to the four-level weekly COVID risk score calculated by the Indiana State Department of Health. The text of the 15-page order spells out additional requirements businesses must follow, and says state and local health departments, police, the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, or the Indiana Department of Homeland Security can act against businesses which defy those orders.

 

The order recommends a three-step process, starting with a verbal warning to correct "unsafe practices." That would be followed by a written order, with businesses who still don't comply subject to shutdown. The order says businesses closed down for noncompliance should be referred to state licensing boards or the secretary of state for possible license revocation.

 

The state followed that progression earlier this year with businesses who defied a lockdown order, but this is the first time it's been explicitly applied to routine precautions. The order says businesses must mark off six-foot social distancing with signs or floor markings, make sanitizer readily available, and require employees to wear masks. It also requires restaurants, bars and clubs to keep tables six feet apart, and require patrons to remain seated.

 

The order requires businesses to post signs directing customers to wear masks, and recommends they deny admittance to those who won't.

 

The order also limits spectators at most high school sporting events. Counties in the high-risk "red zone" -- currently Clay, Decatur, Fayette, Fountain, LaGrange, Newton, Perry, Union and Warren -- are barred from allowing any spectators other than players' parents, guardians, or siblings. All but five of Indiana's other 83 counties are in the "approaching high risk" orange zone, and are limited to quarter-capacity. The order says the Marion County Health Department and the I-H-S-A-A will work out a separate spectator plan for the state high school football championships at Lucas Oil Stadium over Thanksgiving weekend.

 

Spectators other than family members are banned from community sports events in orange and red counties.

 

As Holcomb announced on Wednesday, public or private gatherings other than religious services are subject to capacity limits based on risk level. The moderate-risk "yellow zone" -- currently Crawford, Fulton, Monroe, Putnam and Switzerland Counties -- are allowed gatherings of up to 100 people. The limit is 50 people in orange counties and 25 in red counties, unless the local health department approves in advance a plan for handling more.

 

While counties with worsening virus numbers can be moved to a higher risk level, counties must show improving numbers for two straight weeks before being moved to a lower level.

 

Local governments can impose stricter limits if they want. Indianapolis and Fishers have already done so.

 

The order runs through December 12 but can be extended or revised.

 

Paving in Shelbyville's downtown this week

Paving of Shelbyville's northbound lanes of State Road 9 through the downtown construction is set for this week.

 

Mayor Tom DeBaun:

 

 

Christian Investments renovations have The Armory ready to host events

Chad Christian’s efforts with an historic building in Shelbyville’s downtown are creating Shelbyville’s newest site to host weddings, reunions and events.

 

The Armory, 137 E. Washington Street, has a history that dates back to the early 1900’s.  The site once had livery stables.  For nearly 90 years, the National Guard Armory building turned Carl McNeely Civic Center has served over the years as home for the Parks Department, Girls Club and Shelby Senior Services.

 

Christian purchased the 30, 000 square foot building from a court-ordered auction. 

 

 

Most recently, the Sanctuary of Shelbyville was there to serve those hurt by domestic abuse.  Currently, there is living space with people who reside in apartments.

 

 

Christian says enhanced efforts to revamp the gym area along with the rest of the structure have made it available for people looking for space to host all types of events.

 

 

Christian says a lot of guys lended their time and expertise to the renovation project.

 

 

He says the venue is ready to host any number of events.

 

 

For more details or to schedule an event contact Christian Investments at 317-398-7203 option 3 for the Event Space or e-mail chad@christianllc.net .

 

K9 Diesel killed in line of duty in Bartholomew Co.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department K9 was killed in the line of duty Saturday.

 

On November 14, at approximately 4:20 p.m., Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office K9 Diesel was involved in a foot pursuit, which resulted in his death in the line of duty. BCSO deputies found Diesel laying in the lanes of I-65 where they removed him from the roadway. BCSO’s investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of death. 

 

The suspect, later identified as Michael Stephens, 36, of Columbus, was apprehended on outstanding warrants as well as additional preliminary charges. He is currently being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on a 48-hour Hold.

 

 

Warrant:

  • Count 1: Domestic Battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old – F6
  • Count 2: Domestic Battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old – F6

 

New Preliminary Charges:

  • Cruelty to a Law Enforcement Animal
  • Resisting Law Enforcement
  • Domestic Battery
  • Intimidation
  • Strangulation

 

If you or know of anyone traveling yesterday, November 14, on I-65 near the 62 mile marker between 4:00 – 4:30 p.m., and think you / they might have seen something or has additional information, please contact the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with Lt. Chad Swank of the Investigations Division at 812-379-1650.

 

"BCSO is currently working on the details for K9 Diesel’s memorial service. There is nothing that we can say to ease anyone’s pain – we are all mourning the loss of Diesel. Diesel’s work has been responsible for countless arrests in our community as well as the constant uplifting of our morale while working on station. We will miss him."

Columbus North cross country trophies among items taken from car

Thieves took items from a broken down vehicle.  Included in the items taken:  two Columbus North cross country championship trophies.

 

Just before 2:00 pm Wednesday., Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a reported overnight theft. On scene, deputies spoke with the owner of a vehicle who told deputies that he left his vehicle east of the intersection of E Base Rd / N 525 E after being involved in a property damage accident.  When he returned to get his vehicle, the battery, catalytic converter, spare tire and two Columbus North High School Cross Country championship trophies were missing. 

 

The investigation is ongoing.

 

“Stealing another’s property is deliberate disregard of other’s property rights”, said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers.   “This isn’t something that was committed accidently and this meanness needs to stop.”  Stealing two high school trophies is not a prank, it’s theft”.  “Kids work hard for these trophies and they belong to them and the school”, added Sheriff Myers.  “What could these two trophies mean to the person who stole them”?

 

If you have any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, please feel free to contact Sheriff Myers directly at:  812-379-1650 or email:  sheriff@bartholomew.in.gov

Governor turns to Indiana's coronavirus map with new executive order

There's no "Stage 5" anymore, said Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.

 

However, he's signing a new executive order on Sunday that will focus on the state's coronavirus map and the coronavirus restrictions for counties that are "orange" and "red."

 

So, you'll need to check which color your county is to find out your restrictions.

 

"We are in the middle of a second surge," he said.

 

Link to Indiana coronavirus map and dashboard:  https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm .

 

He said that social gatherings will be limited to 50 people in counties that are orange, and 25 people in counties that are red. If you have an event that wants more than that you will have to submit plans and get approval from local health officials.

 

"Please keep your family gatherings small. Keep them shorter than normal. Limit them to immediate family or a small social 'pod' or gather outside," said Holcomb.

 

Indoor extracurriculars at schools are also changing. If you are in an orange county activities are limited to 25 percent capacity. Red counties are limited to participants, support personnel, and parents.

 

Holcomb said they are not closing restaurants and bars, but hours may be restricted depending on what local health departments say, and they will be continuing to require masks.

 

Hospitals and long-term care facilities may also have limitations on visits.

 

"This year has been hard. It is going to get harder if we don't commit to...wearing a mask, socially distancing, staying home if you're sick, and washing your hands," said Dr. Kris Box, State Health Commissioner.

MHP Covid - 19 update - November 11; info on vaccine distribution expected next week

  • UPDATES FROM INCIDENT COMMAND:
    • Shifting staff resources:  We currently have a total of 23 employees off work and not all of those are due to Covid.  Effective Monday, November 16th, we are shifting some qualified, clinical staff to other departments due to the increase in inpatient COVID+ patients.  This will cause a temporary disruption in our cardiac rehab department.  We are doing this because of increases in volumes which requires more staff to care for our inpatients, and not because we feel we cannot perform cardiac rehab services safely. 
    •   
    • Rapid Covid testing:  Priority Care has the ability to perform rapid Covid tests.  Results are available in as little as 20 minutes, but it is only available to patients who have Covid symptoms and present within the first 5 days of the onset of symptoms.  Priority Care is open 7AM-7PM Monday through Friday and 8AM-2PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  
    •  
      • Our current turnaround times are 3-4 days for the non-rapid tests that are sent to the State’s testing facility. 
      •  
    • Priority Care:  Priority Care is very busy currently and seeing between 75-80 patients per day on the urgent care side.  The majority of patients are presenting with Covid-like symptoms.
    • Covid vaccine:  We are supposed to receive data, including information on vaccine distribution as soon as next week.  We will continue to update as more information becomes available.      
    •  
    • Hospitals on diversion:  Many hospitals in Indianapolis and in our neighboring counties are currently full and are diverting patients to other hospitals due to lack of inpatient bed capacity.  MHP is not currently on diversion, but we are getting close.     

 

 

  • MHP TESTING STATUS:
    • Number of NEW positive results: 61 new positive cases since 11/9/2020
      • Out of the 61 new positive cases, 9 patients required inpatient care and 52 remained outpatient. 

 

 

  • MHP INPATIENT STATUS:
    • Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  36 and 7 of those patients are in the Critical Care Unit (CCU)
      • Number of available 3rd floor beds: 4
    • Currently, we have 24 inpatients that tested positive 
    • Number of inpatients in the 1st floor ACC unit: 7 with 15 beds available and none of these are patients that have positive or suspected COVID.   

 

  • MHP EMERGENCY DEPT STATUS:
    • Number of total ER patients in last 24 hours: 66.  We have 7 patients right now, which is very manageable compared to our norm.   

 

  • VENT STATUS:
    • Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:
      • We have 4 ventilators in use and 3 BiPAP in use, 0 trilogy units are in use.  This leaves us with 13 ventilation units available.  

New Palestine schools to go virtual immediately

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has shut down portions of  the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County. 

 

Effective immediately, classes at New Palestine Junior High, New Palestine Intermediate and New Palestine Elementary have closed and will offer virtual learning. All three schools will be scheduled to return to in-person instruction on Nov. 30. 

 

The decision comes after a rise in cases at New Palestine Junior High. 

 

New Palestine Elementary and New Palestine Intermediate will both switch to a virtual learning system, as positive cases are on the rise for both students and staff. 

 

Not all the schools in the district will be closed, however.

 

Sugar Creek Elementary and Brandywine Elementary will remain open until further notice.

 

"At this time, the Covid-19 situation in those buildings does not warrant a closure. We encourage families of students in both schools to be have a plan ready should closures be warranted in the future," said Wes Anderson, community relations and communications director for the district. 

All schools and buildings will be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized and disinfected as part of the district's standard operating procedures. 

 

Meal pickup will be available for all students at New Palestine High, New Palestine Junior High, New Palestine Intermediate and New Palestine Elementary during the virtual period. 

Fire concerns prompt Ring doorbell recall

Ring is recalling 350,000 video doorbells after reports that some have caught fire.

 

Ring has received 23 reports of fire involving its second-generation video doorbells, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. At least eight people received minor burns and some property was damaged.

 

The safety commission says the doorbell battery can overheat and catch fire if incorrect screws are used during installation.

 

The recalled doorbells were sold in the US between June and October 2020.

 

You can check to see if your doorbell is part of the recall through Ring's website or app.

 

 

Final day for McCalip's Service Station coming Friday; new owners - Indy Quick Stop

An institution in the Pleasant View area of Shelby County is coming to an end this week as Mike McCalip will be locking up McCalip’s Service Station one last time this Friday.

 

After six decades, the business located at 12740 E. Southeastern Ave., Fairland, will have new owners as Indy Quick Stop has bought the service station and will brand it as a Shell gas station.

 

“It is bittersweet. I am going to miss the people, and I appreciate the business we have been in for almost 60 years. It has been a great run, but I am 65 and it is time. My wife and I will go to Florida, be snowbirds and that’s what we want to do. I’ve worked hard all my life and it will be time to go. I want a new chapter in my life,” Mike McCalip told Giant FM.

 

McCalip came to work for his father, who started the service station, when he was a child and took over the business in 1984 after his father died.

 

“My wife and I have owned it for almost 36 years and we grew the business. I always wanted to do it and make it bigger. We bought the property next door in 1987 and added on. My dream was to always make it bigger,” McCalip said.

 

And, that’s what he did with the help of many workers and a community that has shown up every day the station has been open for coffee and to catch up on the latest talk in town.

 

“It has been a daily thing for years. They are here, and I know the times people come and go. Stop just stop in for a cup of coffee and say hello and are gone. I have people who are retired that come here every day for a few hours and if they aren’t here by a certain time, I call. It’s been special. I will miss the customers who have become friends,” McCalip said.

 

Those customers and friends have helped the business back from a horrible time where the Covid-19 pandemic impacted business earlier this year.

 

“We had the worst month in business in March when the pandemic hit. We are back to about 90 percent, but it was tough the first month. I am very fortunate in the business I am in that people need their cars and gas. We have been fortunate, but I have friends in the restaurant business that have struggled. We’ve been blessed and when things got tight, people were still there for us,” McCalip said.

 

McCalip and his staff will be holding a customer appreciation day Friday, Nov. 13 from noon until 2 p.m. at the station.

 

“At 2 p.m., it closes. It’ll be sad. It will be real tough walking out the door the final time, lot of tears will be shed I can tell you that right now. It’s tough to talk about now and it will be tough that day. I have no complaints, and am a happy man. We had the business for sale and I was off for four weeks after getting Covid and did a lot of soul searching. It didn’t make me speed it up or slow down the decision to retire. I’m 65 and it’s time to slow down and smell the roses,” McCalip said. 

FDA to grant emergency use for Eli Lilly antibody therapy

The FDA is granting emergency use authorization for a coronavirus antibody therapy made by Eli Lilly.

 

Emergency use authorization is not a full approval, but it means the FDA has seen enough evidence to show that it can work.

 

The drug, bamlanivimab, is meant to treat people with mild to moderate symptoms, but who are at risk of having more serious illnesses. Eli Lilly says research shows the therapy could prevent patients from needing to be hospitalized.

 

The drug is similar to a treatment President Trump was given when he was hospitalized for the respiratory illness last month.

 

Eli Lilly has already begun manufacturing the drug. Eli Lilly executives said they could have as many as 1 million doses available by the end of the year. Eli Lilly is headquartered in Indianapolis. 

MHP Covid Update - November 9

MHP Staffing:  We have had 50 employees test positive since March.  Currently, we have 24 MHP employees off work.  3 employees returned to work today, but 5 new cases were added since Thursday.  We anticipate staffing could potentially become a critical issue, especially in certain departments if volumes continue at this pace. 
 

Shelby County:  The 7-day positivity rate is over 14.29%, which is the highest of any surrounding counties around Marion County.  Our death rate is the highest of any of the surrounding counties as well.  We believe this is due in large part to our two nursing home outbreaks. (involving Ashford Place and Heriage House) The hospitalization rate at MHP is lower (i.e. better) than what it was in March-May.  

Covid result turnaround times:  The state lab for Covid results is taking as few as 4 days, but as many as 10 days at other times.  We are exploring other lab options, but this is a limiting factor currently. 

Supplies:  Overall, our supplies are sufficient.  We have no critical shortages at this time.

Screening:  We are not currently conducting screenings at the main public entrances.  However, we are screening visitors as they arrive at various hospital departments (surgery, ACC, OB, and ER).  All visitors must answer both screening questions below with negative answers.

 

All visitors must wear masks. A complimentary mask will be provided upon entry if needed.  Please also follow social distancing and hand sanitizing guidelines.

 

Visitation Restrictions for Patients age 18 and older: 
Designated visitors” are chosen by the patient and must remain the same for the length of the patient’s stay. Visitor restrictions vary by department. See the list below:

Inpatient/ACC: Patients may have two designated visitors from 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Emergency Dept: No visitors allowed (except for pediatric and altered mental status patients, both of which may have one designated visitor).

Imaging/Surgery/Lab: Patients may have one designated visitor.

Physician offices: Patients may have one designated visitor.

Maternity Care/OB: Patients may have one designated visitor (no limitation on visiting hours).

Pediatric Patients: Patients may have two designated visitors.

Clergy/Priests: Priests and clergy persons are permitted to visit patients upon request.

These restrictions are subject to change.

 

MHP TESTING STATUS:

Number of NEW positive results: 66 new positive cases since 11/6/2020  Out of the 66 new positive cases, 12 patients required inpatient care and 54 remained outpatient. 

 

MHP INPATIENT STATUS:

Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  28 and 8 of those patients are in the Critical Care Unit

Number of available 3rd floor beds: 12

Currently, we have 18 inpatients that tested positive 

Number of inpatients in the 1st floor ACC unit: 5 with 17 beds available and none of these are patients that have positive or suspected COVID.   

 

MHP EMERGENCY DEPT STATUS:

Number of total ER patients in last 24 hours: 70.  We have 20 patients right now, which is busy for us.   

 

VENT STATUS:

Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:

We have 3 ventilators in use and 3 BiPAP in use, 0 trilogy units are in use.  This leaves us with 14 ventilation units available.  The number of available vents is more than sufficient at this time based on the acuity of our patients and the number of inpatients.  Our availability of ventilation units not a concern at this time.  

 

Cooler temps to blow in by Wednesday

Rain and high winds are expected to move through much of Indiana tonight into early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

 

Joe Skowronek, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

 

 

Skowronek believes the better chances for strong storms are in western Indiana. 

 

Much of the state is under a "marginal risk" for severe weather. A marginal risk means isolated severe storms are possible, with the threat of isolated damaging winds, small hail and maybe a tornado. It is the lowest severe weather designation.

 

There is a possibility that rain returns by the weekend.

Over 300 Pet Valu stores, Shelbyville, to close

Pet Valu will close all of its 358 U.S. stores, including its Shelbyville location.


The company announced last week that it is stopping operations due to the severe impact from the Covid-19 pandemic.


The business sells pet products and supplies and featured in-store services such as dog washes and grooming.


In addition to the Shelbyville location, the business featured four stores in Indianapolis, two in Carmel and stores in Anderson, Brownsburg, Greenwood, Kokomo, and Zionsville.


There is no specific date listed for the closing, but the business is advertising a 20 percent off sale on its website.


In a release, Jamie Gould, the company’s Chief Restructuring Officer, said, “The Pet Valu U.S. team is proud to have met the needs of our devoted pet lover customers in the U.S. for more than 25 years. However, the company’s stores have been significantly impacted by the protracted Covid-19-related restrictions. After a thorough review of all available alternatives, we made the difficult but necessary decision to commence this orderly wind down.”


It is believed all store closing sales will commence in the coming days, and the company states it will continue to take precautions to keep its stores safe for customers and employees. 

New Pal schools return to virtual learning

New Palestine High School students will be going back to virtual learning due to a spike in Covid-19 cases.

 

District officials confirmed the measure comes after six positive tests for students and staff at New Palestine High School. 

 

"At this time, evidence exists to suggest that community spread has occurred at school. Contact tracing has been completed related to these cases. If your family was not notified by the corporation nurse, your student was not identified as a close contact with any of the positive cases," said Wes Anderson, community affairs and communications director for the district.

 

As a result of the spike, New Palestine High School has switched to virtual learning immediately and will be until Thanksgiving break. 

 

District officials said additional cases may result in the virtual learning timeframe to be extended. 

As a result of virtual learning, ISTEP testing has been postponed, but extracurricular activities are set to continue.

 

At this time, the other schools in the district will continue in-person until further notice. 

 

"We encourage all families across the corporation to prepare for virtual or hybrid learning if positive cases increase, community spread occurs, and/or a color change to the ISDH map on Wednesday. Families should have a plan for the potential of changes to the school schedule on short notice," Anderson said. 

 

 

 

Ford Explorers focus of recall

Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling about 375,000 Ford Exploers in North America because a part of the rear suspension can break and lead to a crash.

 

The recall covers some 2013 - 2017 models.

 

Ford said the recall is necessary because of a "possible fracture of the outboard section of the rear suspension toe link" after a previous recall was completed.

 

Ford said it knows of at least 13 crashes and six injuries related to the issue.

Shelbyville's Kimura receives Manufacturing Readiness Grant

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced the second round of awards totaling approximately $3 million to 31 Indiana businesses in Manufacturing Readiness Grants, which Governor Eric J. Holcomb first announced in May. The grants are part of the Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement (EASE) program designed to stimulate manufacturing investments that will position Hoosier operations, and the sector overall, for future growth and prosperity. 

“It's truly incredible to see manufacturers across the state of Indiana rise to the unprecedented challenges of this year," said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. "The response we continue to see from the Manufacturing Readiness Grant program is remarkable, and I'm am encouraged by the progress we've seen in getting these businesses back on track." 

The 31 manufacturers receiving grants represent 21 Indiana counties and cover a wide range of specialties, including automotive, aerospace and defense, agriculture, machinery and construction, consumer packaging products, and health care and medical. Together, these businesses plan to invest more than $19.3 million in technology and equipment to position their businesses for future growth by increasing capacity and modernizing operations. Four of the manufacturers – EARL Solutions LLC, Helmer Scientific LLC, Hightech Signs and Trinity Guardion LLC – are accelerating operational investments in health care manufacturing technology to support critical COVID-19 response efforts.

 

Georg Utz Inc. (Bartholomew County; $50,000 grant award) headquartered in Switzerland with a production facility in Edinburgh since 2009, develops and produces reusable plastic transport devices for automated and manual systems across various industries. The company is implementing a full Manufacturing Execution System (MES) with interconnectivity between machines and IOT sensors, material planning, production control and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). 

 

Kimura Foundry America (Shelby County; $38,000 grant award), a Japan-based metal foundry with operations in Shelbyville, is investing in 3D printing to produce castings and purchasing new equipment, including Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), to enhance operations and efficiencies.

The IEDC initially made $4 million available for Indiana Manufacturing Readiness Grants and has since been able to expand the awards for Hoosier manufacturers with support of CARES Act funding. The awards are issued in the form of matching grants up to or equal to the amount of the qualified investment in new equipment and machinery (minimum 1:1 investment match).
 
While the allocated program funding has been exceeded, Conexus, with the input of a peer review panel, will continue to assess applications and make funding recommendations to the IEDC, which will fund select applications if and when additional funding becomes available. Eligibility requirements and the grant application are available online.

CGS under new ownership; Justice Department requires Waste Management to divest assets to proceed with Advanced Disposal acquisition

The Department of Justice announced today that Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) will be required to divest 15 landfills, 37 transfer stations, 29 hauling locations, over 200 waste collection routes, and other assets in order to proceed with its $4.6 billion acquisition of Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. (ADS).  The department said that without the divestiture, the proposed acquisition would substantially lessen competition for small container commercial waste collection or municipal solid waste disposal services in over 50 local markets.

 

  The department’s Antitrust Division — along with five state Attorneys General — filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block the proposed transaction.  At the same time, the department filed a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, would resolve the competitive harm alleged in the complaint.  The participating state Attorneys General offices represent Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

 

“Without divestitures, this merger would have harmed competition for essential waste collection and disposal services throughout the country,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim.  “By requiring WMI and ADS to divest numerous facilities and assets in ten states, will ensure that businesses, municipalities, and towns continue to benefit from competition for these critical services.”

 

According to the complaint, WMI and ADS both supply small container commercial waste collection and municipal solid waste disposal services.  In each of the local markets alleged in the complaint, WMI and ADS compete vigorously against each other and are either the only two or two of only a few significant providers of one or both of these essential services.  The combination of the two companies would eliminate head-to-head competition between them and threaten the lower prices and better service that customers have realized from that competition. 

 

Under the terms of the proposed settlement, WMI and ADS must divest assets covering over 50 local markets including landfills, transfer stations, hauling locations, and waste collection routes to GFL Environmental Inc., or to an alternate acquirer approved by the United States.  GFL, based in Ontario, Canada, is a provider of small container commercial waste collection and MSW disposal in local markets in Canada and the Unites States.

 

WMI, a Delaware corporation, headquartered in Houston, Texas, had total revenues of over $15 billion in 2019. 

 

ADS, a Delaware corporation headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, had total revenues of over $1.6 billion in 2019. 

 

As required by the Tunney Act, the proposed consent decree, along with a competitive impact statement, will be published in the Federal Register.  Any person may submit written comments concerning the proposed settlement during a 60-day comment period to Katrina Rouse, Chief, Defense, Industrials, and Aerospace Section, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Suite 8700, Washington, D.C. 20530.  At the conclusion of the 60-day comment period, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia may enter the final judgment upon a finding that it serves the public interest.

Johnson Co. teen charged with murder

A teenager from Johnson County has been charged with murder.

 

According to the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office, Marcus Salatin, 16, was arrested last Friday for a shooting that killed 15-year-old Kashius Davis and injured a 19-year-old man.

 

At around 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 30, Johnson County police were called to the Fox Berry Trace subdivision for “shots fired.” That’s near Smith Valley Road and County Road 400 West. When they got there, police found several people in a car who said Salatin shot them. The driver and back seat passenger told police where Salatin lived. Based on that description, Johnson County police were able to find and arrest him.

 

Court documents say the shooting happened because of an argument between Salatin and Davis. Based on their Snapchat messages, police discovered Salatin repeatedly stole drugs from Davis.

Eventually, the argument got so heated that the two boys decided to meet up at the Fox Berry Trace subdivision for a fist fight. Salatin, however, showed up with a gun, and shot the car with Davis and the 19-year-old man inside.

 

On Thursday, Salatin was formally charged with Murder and Criminal Recklessness. If convicted on both charges, Salatin could face up to 66 years in prison

 

Senator Mike Crider wins re-election

Another election, another big win for Indiana State Senator Mike Crider, who coasted to re-election over challenger Theresa Bruno. 

 

In Hancock County, Crider received 30,545 votes compared to 11,281 for his Democratic challenger. Crider carried Shelby County by an overwhelming majority, as well. 

 

As the vote totals trickled in, Crider told Giant FM he was happy to be returning to Indianapolis to do work for those in Senate District 28.

 

"I love the work and enjoy working on issues that help vulnerable people and the victims of crime have a better outcome," Crider said. 

 

He acknowledged this campaign and election was unlike he had ever seen due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

"This has been a very odd campaign season with Covid severely limiting the opportunities to interact with the public as we usually do. I depended on mailers to remind people of the important issues that I tackle and have had success at," Crider told Giant FM. 

 

On the topic of Covid-19, Crider said he expects several bills to be introduced related to Covid-19 next session, including a measure aimed at the liability issue for regular businesses and another for medical facilities. 

 

"And, of course, there will be attempts to limit the executive powers the governor has. As someone that works on homeland security issues, I understand the need for those powers. I think the duration of this pandemic is the issue that might result in limiting those powers unless or until the legislature supports extending the action. That would result in a special session after 30, 60 or 90 days. I think the Governor has done the best he could under the circumstances. My only problem was that all businesses are essential so to say some were not caused issues," Crider said. 

 

When the new session begins in January, Crider will, again, be working on issues pertaining to mental health treatment, human trafficking and sex crimes. 

 

"Those issues are quality of life issues that aren't partisan and most of the issues I work on are the same. I will continue to constituents and try to solve problems. In fact, I am most proud that many of my biggest bills like Jenny's Law or Asher's Law have come directly from my constituents," Crider said. 

Hamilton - Major auction approaching; city looks to extend Shelbyville improvements to North 9

The City of Shelbyville Common Council is moving closer to the auction of lots on the former Major Hospital site.

 

Mayor Tom DeBaun explains how interested parties can take part in that auction to acquire a lot for a home at the site.

 

 

The city council heard a brief presentation Monday from a representative with Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group.  The city is looking at initial ideas for North Riley Highway Redesign Discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

MHP Covid - 19 update - November 2

  • What is the difference between quarantine and isolation
  • There is confusion regarding who stays home 10 days, who stays home 14 days and who possibly needs to stay home even longer. This will hopefully clear up the confusion. The following are guidelines published by the CDC which workplaces follow.

 

  • Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
  • Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.

 

  • : For those people who test positive for Covid-19 and have symptoms of Covid-19, they may return to work AFTER at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and

 

  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving**Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation?

 

A caveat to the above: If you had a severe illness from COVID-19 (i.e. you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days) and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home. If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above. If so, you can be around others after receiving two negative tests results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart. You still must adhere to at least 10 days of isolation.

 

Isolation: For those who tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can return to work after:

  • 10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test.

 

Quarantine - People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and are not symptomatic.

 

What counts as close contact? (This assumes you were not wearing proper PPE.)

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Quarantine at home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19

 

  • MHP TESTING STATUS:
    • Number of NEW positive results: 20 new positive cases since 10/30/2020
      • Out of the 20 new positive cases, 8 patients required inpatient care and 12 remained outpatient. 

 

 

  • MHP INPATIENT STATUS:
    • Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  32 and 6 of those patients are in the Critical Care Unit (CCU)
      • Number of available 3rd floor beds: 8
    • Currently, we have 14 inpatients that tested positive 
    • Number of inpatients in the 1st floor ACC unit: 5 with 17 beds available and none of these are patients that have positive or suspected COVID.   

 

  • MHP EMERGENCY DEPT STATUS:
    • Number of total ER patients in last 24 hours: 52 

 

  • VENT STATUS:
    • Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:
      • We have 3 ventilators in use and 4 BiPAP in use, 0 trilogy units are in use.  This leaves us with 14 ventilation units available.  The number of available vents is more than sufficient at this time based on the acuity of our patients and the number of inpatients.  Our availability of ventilation units not a concern at this time. 

  

It's Election Day! Polls are open 6 am - 6 pm

Shelby County polling locations for Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

 

All locations are in an accessible facility.

 

 

West Street Methodist Church

629 S. West Street

Shelbyville, IN  46176

 

 

Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church

3718 E. Blue Ridge Road

Shelbyville, IN 46176

 

 

Intelliplex Conference Center

2154 Intelliplex Drive

Shelbyville, IN 46176

 

 

Fairland Town Hall

105 S. Walnut Street

Fairland, IN 46126

 

 

Morristown United Methodist Church

221 S. Washington Street

Morristown, IN 46161

 

 

St. George Lutheran Church

10931 S. 600 W.

Edinburgh, IN 46124

 

 

Waldron United Methodist Church

202 W. Washington Street

Waldron, IN 46182

 

 

Moral Township Fire Station

8333 N. Frontage Road

Fairland, IN 46126

 

 

Crossroad Community Church

475 Progress Parkway

Shelbyville, IN 46176

 

 

Shelby County Fairgrounds

Family Arts Building

500 Frank Street

Shelbyville, IN 46176