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UPS to hire 125 In Indianapolis area

UPS (NYSE: UPS) announced today that it expects to hire over 125 employees in the Indianapolis area. These jobs are permanent, part-time package handling positions in UPS sortation hubs and centers that can lead to a career.

 

More than 56 percent of UPS’s current drivers and management staff were originally hired for part-time package handler jobs. Promotion from within enabled many to begin their careers at UPS.

 

“We’re proud to move our world forward by delivering what matters, and the rapid and ongoing growth of ecommerce coupled with overall demand for our services is creating new part-time opportunities,” said Stephanie Maymon, Director of Human Resources. “We’re looking for people to join our team here in the Indianapolis area, and to possibly start a great career at UPS.”

 

Through the company’s Earn and Learn program, eligible employees who are students can earn up to $25,000 towards college expenses, in addition to their hourly pay. UPS has invested nearly $670 million in tuition assistance – nearly $30 million a year since the program was established in 1997 – helping over 300,000 employees pay for their college education.

 

These jobs come with competitive pay and benefits, including healthcare (after a short waiting period), retirement contributions, tuition assistance and a discounted stock purchase program. Hourly starting pay is up to $17.00 depending on location, shift and position, and includes annual raises.

 

UPS is hiring at the following Indianapolis-area locations:

 

Indianapolis – 5380 W. 81st St, Indianapolis, IN 46268        

Plainfield – 10095 Bradford Rd, Plainfield, IN 46168     

 

Interested applicants should apply at upsjobs.com.

Timeline set for new press box at TC's Mendenhall Field

The Northwestern Consolidated Schools board hired a new sixth grade teacher Monday night at its monthly board meeting and discussed a pair of summer upgrade projects.

 

Aaron Gildea will join the Triton Central Middle School staff for the 2021-2022 school year as a sixth grade instructor. He is currently working in the Whiteland school system.

 

The school board also accepted the resignation of Triton Central Elementary School third grade teacher Lori Sullivan.

 

In athletic news, the board approved the hiring of Allysen Williams as seventh grade volleyball coach, Brooke LeMasters as eighth grade volleyball coach, and Josh Landis as high school girls golf coach.

 

Superintendent Chris Hoke informed the board that the middle school bus lot renovation and upgrade will begin on June 1, which will come after graduation.

 

Jeff Brown photo

The press box at Bud Mendenhall Field will be removed once the school year ends so a larger press box can be erected.

 

The foundation for a new press box at Bud Mendenhall Field will begin next week. The steel has been ordered, according to Hoke.

 

Once the new steel has been erected the current undersized press box will be removed so a larger version can be created in its place.

 

The expected completion date is Aug. 19 in time for the first junior varsity football game.

 

Triton Central's football home opener is scheduled for Aug. 27 against Greensburg.

Board of Works orders nuisance property to be cleaned up

After seeing a "worsening" situation at 305 Sunset Drive, the City of Shelbyville Board of Works felt a duty to the surrounding neighbors to address the issues at a nuisance property.

 

At Tuesday morning's meeting at City Hall, the three-member Board of Works ordered remediation of the property -- essentially cleaning it up -- with the services to be billed to the homeowner, Barbara Johnson.

 

Johnson appeared before the Board of Works several weeks ago and admitted she had a problem with hoarding. That surprised Mayor Tom DeBaun, a member of the Board of Works, who stated in his nearly 30 years of service, no one came before the board and admitted to having a problem with hoarding.

 

The Board of Works extended Johnson a grace period to work on the property and offered assistance. But no progress has been made and the property was getting worse.

 

"We have to take these actions," said David Finkel, who along with Bob Williams, make up the Board of Works.

 

 

Council agrees to infrastructure assistance for new housing development

Forestar Real Estate Group is now seeking city assistance to create a new housing subdivision in Shelbyville.

 

With skyrocketing construction costs, Forestar is asking the City of Shelbyville for infrastructure assistance for a proposed 187-home development to be built along Progress Parkway.

 

Melissa Garrard, entitlements manager for Forestar, appeared at Monday morning's Shelbyville Common Council meeting asking for $654,500 in assistance over a three-year span -- $238,000 in 2022, $252,000 in 2023, and $164,500 in 2024.

 

"The proposed infrastructure assistance would allow for the development of future lots including the infrastructure, new sanitary sewers, streets, curbs, storm drains, sidewalks, etc.," said Garrard. "One of the main reasons for this is the dramatic increase recently in labor and material costs for these infrastructure items which makes the development not economically viable without the incentives."

 

Forestar wants to close on the property in June and begin work on the project in the fall with houses rising by spring. 

 

The council unanimously voted to approve the infrastructure funding with councilman Rob Nolley not in attendance Monday.

 

"Thank you very much for your investment in our community," said DeBaun.

 

Forestar Group acquires land that will then be turned over to D.R. Horton to build homes. D.R. Horton is currently adding houses to the Twin Lakes subdivision in Shelbyville.

 

"Let me tell you, Shelbyville has been a joy to deal with," said Garrard. "The reputation is getting out with other developers and builders."

City relaxing mask mandate at city facilities for COVID-19 vaccinated people

Masks will no longer be required at city facilities for COVID-19 fully-vaccinated people.

 

Following Centers for Disease Control guidelines, Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun asked the Shelbyville Common Council at Monday morning's meeting at CIty Hall, to rescind the mask requirements for those that have received the COVID-19 vaccination.

 

For those not vaccinated, masks will still be required.

 

"The CDC recommends if you are fully-vaccinated you can return to life as normal." said Debaun.

 

Local businesses can still require all patrons wear masks. 

 

"Citizens have to follow those mandates," said DeBaun. 

 

After meeting with a Major Health Partners represetative and participating in a meeting with other Indiana mayors, DeBaun felt confident the city should lift the mandate.

 

"Other communities other than Marion County are going this way," said DeBaun.

 

Signs will be updated at city facilities, according to DeBaun after the mandate unanimously passed.

 

 

Franklin man killed in I-70 crash

A Johnson County man was killed in a Thursday car - semi trailer accident.

 

Just after 5:30 pm Thursday, emergency crews were called to the scene of a serious crash on I-70 westbound near Harding Street. When first responders arrived they found a heavily damaged Hyundai Sonata underneath the rear end of a semi trailer on the right shoulder.

 

The driver of the Hyundai was entrapped in the wreckage, unconscious and unresponsive. The driver of the semi tractor-trailer was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

 

The driver of the Hyundai, Randall Wilson, 55, of Franklin, was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

 

Indiana State Police Crash reconstructionists responded to the scene to investigate. Preliminarily, investigators believe the driver of the semi tractor-trailer pulled over to the shoulder and stopped due to possible mechanical issues. The semi was stopped on the right shoulder when the driver of the Hyundai drove onto the shoulder for unknown reasons and hit the back of the semi trailer. The right two lanes of I-70 were closed for four hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage was removed. 

 

ISP was assisted in this investigation by the Indianapolis Fire Department, Indiana Department of Transportation, and the Marion County Coroner's Office. 

Fallen Special Forces hero, Sergeant Jeremy R. Wright honored Friday at Southwestern

Southwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County, Indiana, in collaboration with The Indianapolis Chapter of the Special Forces Association is hosting a memorial dedication and unveiling for former student athlete, Jeremy R. Wright, Southwestern High School (Class of 1992) at 1:30 pm Friday.

 

Wright was the senior class president and salutatorian.

 

Jeremy was a highly decorated student athlete in track and field and cross country. He still holds multiple school records and remains the only student athlete in the school’s history to be a state champion. He later went on to run cross country and track for Wabash College (Class of 1996) where he was a two-time All American, and won seven Independent College Athletic Conference Championships, and the Division 2 Great Lakes Regional Title in 1993.

 

Wright was also a three-time member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team and was the Indiana state high school champion in the 3,200-meter run.

 

Upon graduation, Jeremy joined the US Army and became a United States Army Special Forces soldier. While serving with the Green Berets, Sergeant Wright was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005.

 

Sgt. Wright, 31, was a Special Forces communications sergeant assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Wash.   He was killed in action while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom on Jan. 3, 2005, when the enemy IED exploded near his Ground Mobility Vehicle during operations in the vicinity of Asadabad, Afghanistan.

 

A native of Shelbyville, Ind., Wright enlisted in the Army in November 2001 under the service’s then brand-new Special Forces Recruiting Initiative, a program that enables civilian recruits to volunteer to attend the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course shortly after their completion of Initial Entry Training as infantrymen.

 

Previously, only currently serving Soldiers could volunteer to attend SFAS.

 

After entering the Army in April 2002, he completed infantry and airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga., and in August 2002 was assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. Wright attended SFAS in September 2002 and was selected to continue his training as a communications sergeant in the Special Forces Qualification Course.

Wright began the Thai Language Course in November 2003 and completed the SFQC in July 2004 after completing the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course at Fort Bragg.

He was assigned to the 1st SFG in August 2004.

 

His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces Tab.

 

Wright’s monument will be unveiled on Southwestern’s campus near the Jeremy Wright Athletic Complex. This unveiling will be done in conjunction with the Indianapolis Chapter of the Special Forces Association (SFA). The Special Forces Association serves as the voice for the Special Forces community, advances the public image of Special Forces and promotes the general welfare of current and former members of the 1st Special Forces Regiment.

 

Wright is survived by his father, Dale Wright, of Flat Rock, Ind., and his mother, Jacquelyn Nickel, of Shelbyville, Ind.

Indy road closures coming as part of North Split reconstruction

In addition to the 18-month full closure of the North Split interchange that begins this weekend, there will be shorter-term closures on city streets for bridge demolition as part of the larger project.

 

On or after Monday, May 17, Vermont Street between Davidson and Pine streets will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic while the bridges over Vermont Street are demolished. The bridge demolition work is estimated to be completed on or after June 7. During this local closure, eastbound traffic on Vermont Street will be detoured to New York Street, and westbound traffic will be detoured to Michigan Street. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured to Davidson, Michigan and Pine streets.

 

Also, beginning on or after Friday, May 21, Central Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic while the bridge over Central Avenue is demolished. The demolition work is estimated to be completed on or after June 3. During this local closure, northbound traffic will be detoured to College Avenue, and southbound traffic will be detoured to Alabama Street. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured to 12th, Alabama and 11th streets.

 

The closure of Central Avenue will impact IndyGo bus routes 2, 4, 5 and 19. During the closure, inbound routes traveling to the Carson Transit Center will detour onto 16th Street, to southbound College Avenue, to westbound 10th Street, to Fort Wayne Avenue. Route 19 from the Carson Transit Center traveling outbound will detour from Fort Wayne Avenue to eastbound 10th Street, to northbound College Avenue, to westbound 16th Street back to Central Avenue. Please see “Central Avenue Bridge Closure” map graphic for details.

 

Project information can be found at northsplit.com and local detour maps can be found at https://northsplit.com/maps/local-streets/.

 

For up-to-date project information, visit northsplit.com or text “NORTHSPLIT” to 468311. Follow the North Split project’s progress on social media at:

 


Indiana motorists can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts any time throughout the state, here: https://www.in.gov/indot/2420.htm.

Nine elementary students honored for IREAD-3 perfect scores

The Southwestern Consolidated Schools board honored nine third graders for an academic achievement, learned staff should receive ESSER I funds as soon as this week and honored acting superintendent John Edwards for his service this year in a time of need.

 

At Wednesday's monthly meeting, Edwards handed out certificates (photo) to eight of the nine third graders that recently produced perfect scores on IREAD-3. Of the 42 students that took the assessment, John Patrick Haynes, Mia Thomas, Cary Goodin, Calan Stickford, Ayden Falor, Aiden Maynard, Bonita Clark, Harper McInerny and Dayton Morales (not in attendance) received perfect scores.

 

"IREAD-3 is the scary one in terms of if you don't pass it you can't move on, so it's a big assessment," said Edwards. "And this is the first assessment that third graders have ever taken."

 

The passing rate was over 96% according to Edwards.

 

In other business, the board approved overnight trips for a FFA field trip to Larwill, Indiana, and for the girls basketball team to attend a camp in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

 

The board approved the purchase of $17,718 for ipad Gen 8 Gold to upgrade current ipads and $10,316.25 for InfoSnap Registration Renewal from PowerSchool.

 

The board approved the distribution of ESSER 1 funds to staff members. Edwards hoped to release $83,257.98 to the school staff as soon as this week.

 

Superintendent Curt Chase, who had to step aside this school year to deal with a health issue, asked and received unpaid leave through May 27. He is expected to return to his position soon, according to the board.

 

In appreciation for Edwards work as acting superintendent, the board closed the meeting by informing him he will receive a $10,000 bonus. Edwards is the school system's elementary school principal.

 

Graduation is scheduled for May 28 at 7 p.m. inside the school's gymnasium. Each senior will be allowed up to 15 guests at the ceremony.  

Hoosiers age 12 and older can receive Covid-19 vaccine beginning Thursday morning at clinics statewide

The Indiana Department of Health announced today that Hoosiers age 12 and older can begin receiving a free COVID-19 vaccine at 8 am Thursday.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended the use of the Pfizer vaccine for this new age group on Wednesday following the FDA’s expansion of the vaccine’s Emergency Use Authorization. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one of the three COVID-19 vaccines that is currently approved for use in individuals younger than age 18.

 

“The Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 and was well tolerated by adolescents participating in clinical trials,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “This vaccine is the next step toward getting back to normal for children who have missed out on so much over the past year, including school and extracurricular activities. Those who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine if they are a close contact of a positive case unless they develop symptoms of COVID. That is welcome news for both children and parents.”

 

To find a vaccination clinic that offers the Pfizer vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and search for a site that lists Pfizer as an option, or call 211 if you do not have access to a computer or require assistance. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are permitted.

An adult must accompany a child age 12 to 15 to the appointment; parental consent is required for minors.

 

As of today, a total of 4,657,343 doses have been administered in Indiana. This includes 2,461,137 first doses and 2,196,206 individuals who are fully vaccinated. The fully vaccinated number represents individuals who have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and those who received the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

 

 

Columbus man faces numerous violence, drug charges after standoff and multiple incidents

On May 7, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office detectives and deputies seized approximately 123 grams of methamphetamine from a residence in the 3900-4000 block of S 550 W, Columbus.  This seizure is related to the continued investigation into an earlier domestic violence incident.

 

Just before 3:00 am on May 5, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 4000 block of 550 W in reference to the report of a domestic battery case involving a deadly weapon.

According to a witness, who was able to barricade herself inside the house and call police, the suspect, David Bevis, was threatening to kill his wife.  The victim reported that Bevis had struck her several times with a shotgun.

 

On arrival, deputies observed Bevis walking around outside with, what appeared to be, a long gun.  After giving Bevis multiple commands to drop his weapon, Bevis refused, ran inside and barricaded himself inside the residence. Deputies immediately set a perimeter around the house and gave Bevis multiple orders to exit the structure.   The victim and witness reported that the suspect told them “if you call 911, we’re all dying”. 

 

While deputies were communicating with the suspect he referenced “suicide by cop”.  The CPD / BCSO combined SWAT Team was activated and CPD negotiators arrived on scene.

 

Bevis told officers to send three officers without children because he had them lined up in his sight. During the negotiations, the suspect’s demeanor fluctuated from his being willing to “give up” to threatening to shoot police officers.

 

After more than an hour of negotiation, Bevis exited the residence and was taken into custody.

 

During the investigation, officers found Bevis to be a serious, violent felon with a prior charge for child molestation.   During a search of his home, firearms were located and seized.  He also had cameras placed throughout the house.

 

Authorities have been to this same residence on previous occasions for reports of battery. 

 

Since drug use could be an indication of his behavioral changes, Bevis was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for clearance before being remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:

 

Intimidation – Level 5 felony

Domestic Battery with a deadly weapon – Level 5 felony

Criminal Confinement with a deadly weapon – Level 3 felony

Possession of methamphetamine – Level 6 felony

Possession of precursor – Level 6 felony

Resisting Law Enforcement – Class A misdemeanor

 

On May 11, a warrant was issued on David Bevis, 59, of Columbus, for Level F3 possession of methamphetamine, possession of 28 or more grams of methamphetamine.  Bond was set at $175, 000.  As of this report, Bevis was in the Bartholomew County Jail.

 

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office says intelligence gathered during this investigation has spawned additional investigations that may result in future arrests. 

 

“This seizure represents another example of the continued work the sheriff’s office is doing to address the narcotics issue in our county. This is also a representation of how narcotics is related to several areas of concern within our county such as domestic violence,” said Major Chris Lane.   

Taco Bell on Shelbyville's north side could open by end of year

A pair of setback variances were approved by the Shelbyville Board of Zoning Appeals for a proposed Taco Bell on the city’s north side.

 

The Taco Bell location is adjacent to the new Casey’s General Store, across Rampart Road from the location of the Zaxby’s which is under construction.

 

Austin Tracy with Hamilton Design appeared before the BZA Tuesday.

 

 

The Taco Bell would be constructed on a .73 acre lot on North Riley Highway. The footprint of the new building is 2,053 square feet.

 

Tracy says they intend to appear in City Hall again soon with hopes of opening late this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Hartnett awarded Sagamore of the Wabash in surprise Tuesday ceremony

John Hartnett, Jr.’s contributions to the Shelbyville – Shelby County community were lauded during his recent retirement after 40 years as Executive Director the Shelbyville Boys and Girls Club.  They were highlighted again Tuesday when a number of community leaders, co-workers, friends and families gathered at Grandma’s Pancake House to see Hartnett be surprised by a special presentation.

 

Thinking he was just joining longtime club employee and current Shelbyville Clerk-Treasurer Scott Asher for breakfast Hartnett, instead, was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash.

 

 

Hartnett says his impact on those around him has been felt coming back to him.

 

 

Several had written to receommend Hartnett for the award at Asher’s request and shared that with the audience Tuesday.

 

Brian Asher

 

Brady Claxton

 

Ryan Claxton

 

Chris Ross

 

Scott Asher presents Sagamore of the Wabash

Additional important information on unemployment income; returns already filed may be adjusted by DOR

The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) issued additional guidance for Hoosier taxpayers who received unemployment compensation in 2020 and have already filed their state income tax return.

Those customers who used a tax preparation software product, online services or a paid tax professional to prepare their tax return should check for information from their software product vendor or preparer regarding software updates and how the required addback of unemployment income that was excluded from their federal adjusted gross income was handled.

 

Many tax preparation software products were updated to perform the appropriate addback of unemployment income. In cases where the addback of this Indiana taxable income was not accommodated, DOR will automatically perform the following review, without requiring any additional action by Indiana taxpayers:

 

  • Review tax returns to determine the taxable amount of unemployment compensation for Indiana;
  • Make any necessary corrections to those returns;
  • If any additional amount is due, issue a bill for that amount in June; and
  • Waive any potential penalty associated with unemployment income adjustment if the bill is paid in full in a timely manner.

“Our team has done their very best to find efficient methods to handle this very complex, and late arriving, adjustment.” said DOR Commissioner Bob Grennes. “With a commitment to serving Hoosiers, we are making as many corrections automatically as possible and waving penalties associated with those adjustments.”

 

Customers should refer to DOR’s website for additional details and instructions regarding unemployment compensation income and any other questions related to 2020 income tax filing. Visit dor.in.gov and click on the “Learn More” button under “Unemployment Benefits and Taxes”.

Waldron firemen getting to know new pumper - tanker

Members of the Waldron Community Volunteer Fire Department are still getting adjusted to the department’s newest equipment.

 

It wasn’t quite the timing or manner that the Waldron Community Volunteer Fire Department had planned to acquire a new truck.  But the pumper – tanker is in place now, in part, because of an accident.

 

 

Waldron /fire Chief Kyle Pruitt.

 

 

Pruitt says training is still going on and they will be working on that into the summer months.

 

 

A grant from the Waldron Hometown Community Fund held at Blue River Community Foundation helped outfit the truck.

 

 

The grant proved timely as Covid has impacted the department’s ability to host its fish fry fundraiser.  Pruitt says the department’s fire letter was received generously by area residents.

 

 

Pruitt says local volunteer fire departments like Waldron’s are crucial to their communities.

 

 

Silver Alert: Alyssa Pickett, Greenwood

The Greenwood Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Alyssa Pickett, a 16 year old white female, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 180 pounds, brown hair with brown eyes, last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

 

Alyssa is missing from Greenwood  and was last seen on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 8:00 am.  She is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance. 

 

If you have any information on Alyssa Pickett, contact the Greenwood Police Department at (317) 346-6336 or 911.

McCordsville man sentenced to 47 months for wire fraud conspiracy

A McCordsville man was sentenced to 47 months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

 

According to court documents, Wesley A. Smith, 31, was employed by Seven Corners, a travel insurance business located in Carmel. His duties included processing travel insurance claims of Seven Corners clients. One of the clients is Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). FMCA was an organization of RV owners whose members received travel insurance coverage for their RVs.

Included in that coverage was reimbursement for necessary towing of a damaged RV.

 

Beginning December 2015 and continuing through December 2017, Smith devised a complex fraud scheme to steal money from his employer. He recruited three of his friends, who were not employed by Seven Corners to participate in his scheme. Using his position in the company, Smith created and approved fraudulent travel insurance claims purportedly submitted by FMCA claimants. He used the names of actual FMCA members on the claims without their knowledge and indicated that a claimant's RV was towed by a towing company which sought reimbursement for that service. Smith then caused payment to be made for the fraudulent claims to each of his co-conspirators who were identified as officials of the towing companies named on the fraudulent invoices. After the co-conspirators received the proceeds, they sent approximately one-half of the funds back to Smith by wire transfer. Smith sent over $394,000 in proceeds to the co-conspirators and they sent over $194,000 back to Smith.

 

Additionally, on 38 separate occasions between December 2015 and April 2018, Smith sent over $105,000 directly to himself. This scheme resulted in loss to Seven Corners of over $499,000.

 

Smith undertook other fraud schemes during his employment in which his co-conspirators were not involved. Between March 2015 and April 2018, Smith created false scenarios to submit claims through the FMCA program. He used the company credit card for 235 fraudulent transactions to purchase airline and hotel purchases for himself, family, and friends. This resulted in loss to Seven Corners of over $221,000. Between May 2015 and April 2016, Smith caused six medical service overpayments to be directed into his personal bank account. This resulted in over a $37,000 loss. The total loss to Seven Corners caused by Smith was over $758,000.

 

“Stealing from your employer or any corporate business, not only affects that business, it eventually affects us all,” said Acting U. S. Attorney John E. Childress. “Smith was placed in a position of trust to make honest decisions, instead he allowed greed to dictate his decisions and he is now being held accountable.”

 

“Mr. Smith’s actions were fueled by nothing more than pure and simple greed and this sentence demonstrates how such fraud ends – with time in federal prison,” said FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan. “The FBI will continue to aggressively pursue those who engage in these illegal busines practices in an attempt to enrich themselves at the expense of their employer.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.

 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys James M. Warden and Bradley P. Shepard who prosecuted the case for the government said Smith must pay $758,164.90 in restitution and serve 2 years on supervised release after his imprisonment.

Ribbon cutting officially opens Southwestern Fieldhouse

Southwestern celebrated the opening of its new fieldhouse with a ribbon cutting Thursday.

 

The facility has two courts for volleyball and basketball, including side goals and bleachers.  Locker rooms, a concession stand, and a new weight room that replaces an outdated classroom that served the purpose before are also featured.

 

   

 

Brady Days is the Southwestern High School assistant principal, athletic director and head coach of the boys basketball program.

 

 

  

 

Days says the fieldhouse isn't just functional.  Southwestern wanted it to have the look that will inspire the 'Spartan Pride' that's painted on the walls.

 

 

Right off the bat, the fieldhouse allows for students a chance to get home earlier than they have for years.

 

 

Days says people shouldn't be surprised that a school district this size would look to construct such a facility.

 

 

 

Street closures set for upcoming St. Joe Festival

The following Shelbyville street closures will be in effect May 12 - 16 for the St. Joe Festival:

 

S. Noble St from Broadway to E. Hendricks St.

 

E. Hendricks St from Center to S. Noble St

 

The Festival will be going May 13 - 15. 

 

SCUFFY reaches goal

The Shelby County United Fund has never failed to reach a goal set for its annual fundraising drive.  

 

SCUFFY's end-of-drive dinner was held Wednesday at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino.  It was revealed that the 2021 goal of $860, 000 was eclipsed by nearly $19, 000 with $878, 711.79 raised.

 

 

Drive chair Drew Little says there are several emotions as the drive closes.

 

 

Drive co-chair Ricca Macklin will lead the 2022 drive.  She says this continuing to succeed through the Covid-era builds confidence for the future.

 

 

Executive Director Alecia Gross told the audience that it doesn't come easy.

 

 

Milwaukee Tool opening new hub in Greenwood; 450 jobs by 2025

Governor Holcomb and Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers will join executives from Milwaukee Tool  to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new tool service hub in Greenwood. 

Milwaukee Tool, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, hand tools, storage and accessories for the professional construction trades worldwide, announced plans in September 2020 to establish a new tool service hub in Greenwood. The company will cut the ribbon on its 150,000-square-foot facility, which will house tool repair services and warehousing space.
 
To support its new Indiana operations, Milwaukee Tool plans to create more than 450 new jobs by the end of 2025 and has already hired 120 employees toward that goal since November 2020.

In addition to the Greenwood facility, the company has manufacturing, distribution and operations facilities in Mississippi and Wisconsin, and has grown from 1,000 U.S employees 10 years ago to nearly 5,900 people today.

Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc. receives donation from Indiana Grand

Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc., located in Zionsville, Indiana, provides an essential service to many children and adults with disabilities in Central Indiana.

 

Equine-assisted therapy gives these individuals the opportunity to participate in activities that complement daily routines and standard therapeutic services.

 

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino began a three-year partnership with the organization in 2020 and recently provided a $10,000 donation along with 20 tons of materials and a new drag for the indoor riding arena.

 

“While doing a site visit to Morning Dove in 2020, we noticed the indoor arena had some dips and was in need of additional footing for the riding classes,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Indiana Grand. “We specialize in dirt appropriate for riding services, and it was an easy fix for us to donate 20 tons of material utilized on our racing surface so Morning Dove can earmark the funding directly to the individuals who participate in their therapeutic riding services.”

 

A team of three Indiana Grand individuals, Dillon Simpson, Justin Gabbard, and Austin Johns from the Track and Backstretch Maintenance crew, spent the day at Morning Dove to prepare and spread the indoor riding arena with the additional materials. The end product will provide more cushioning for the horses, riders and assistants that walk alongside the horses during therapeutic sessions. In addition, Indiana Grand donated an arena drag to help keep the surface smooth for future classes in the enclosure.

 

Photo provided

Dillon Simpson (far left), Austin Johns (center) and Justin Gabbard prepare to spread 20 tons of material in the indoor riding arena at Morning Dove Theapeutic Riding Center in Zionsville, Indiana.

 

Like a lot of organizations, Morning Dove was affected by COVID-19 restrictions last year. However, they worked diligently to get the services back to their clients last June and, with additional security and safety protocols, have continued their work.

 

“Ninety percent of what we do is outside, so being able to provide this to our clients and their families was crucial,” said Brad Schleppi, Executive Director at Morning Dove. “This is their outlet, and approximately 15 percent of our kids are immune-compromised, so we took extra precautions for the safety of everyone to ensure they were back enjoying their equine therapy.”

 

Sessions for clients come at a price tag of $150 per hour, which includes the assistants, horse care, equipment maintenance, and facility upkeep. However, due to donations, clients are only charged $45 per session thanks to support such as the $10,000 contribution from Indiana Grand.

 

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A look at Morning Dove's indoor riding arena after 20 tons of donated materials were spread over the arena.

 

“We are very appreciative for the continued partnership and support by Indiana Grand, because it gets kiddos on horseback,” added Schleppi. “For many, this is their social and physical interactions for the week, and thanks to organizations like Indiana Grand, we are able to continue these services to those who depend on Morning Dove for a major part of their routines.”

 

In addition to the funding from Indiana Grand, Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind., has also committed to a three-year agreement with Morning Dove for $10,000 annually.

 

For more information or to assist Morning Dove, go to www.morningdovetrc.org.

Bartholomew Co. leaders, agencies concerned with spike in overdose deaths

The Alliance of Substance Abuse Progress (ASAP), the Columbus Police Department, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, and the Columbus Mayor’s office issued a joint warning to citizens of Bartholomew County due to a recent spike in overdose deaths.

 

During the first four months of 2021, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus Police Department have responded to more drug overdoses and “suspected” overdoses than during this same time period in previous years.

 

“With overdose numbers rising, we feel the public should exercise extreme caution when it comes to substances and carry NARCAN® as a lifesaving precaution,” said Doug Leonard, Executive Director of ASAP.

 

NARCAN®, a opioid overdose reversal, is available with no questions asked at the ASAP Hub, located at the Doug Otto United Way Center, 1531 13th Street.

 

“Pure fentanyl is being purchased in lieu of other drugs like heroin, as well as being added to other substances”, said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers. “Each and every time fentanyl is used, whether intentional or unintentional, a life is at risk,” added Myers.

 

“Fentanyl is 50 - 100 times more potent than morphine and 25-50 times more potent than heroin,” Columbus Chief of Police Mike Richardson said.

 

“There is nothing more important than the safety of our citizens,” said Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop. “We want you to take great caution and to know that ASAP is there to help if you are ready to make a change.”

 

The Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress (ASAP) leads the effort to identify and establish system-wide solutions to substance misuse and substance use disorders. It is a partner in advocacy, education and support for the health of our community and every person in it.

Mainstreet Shelbyville offers Bucks with First Friday and Chow Downtown

May 7 is the first Friday of the month.  It’s also a 'First Friday'.

 

The day of the month that Shelbyville’s businesses have targeted in recent years with events and special attractions to encourage diners and shoppers to come downtown isn’t ready to return in full form due to the continuing concerns with Covid.  But it doesn’t mean the incentives to come downtown are gone.

 

 

Mainstreet Shelbyville Executive Director Brandy Coomes.

 

 

Coomes says it’s very similar to what Mainstreet did with a special program over the holidays.

 

 

Chow Downtown will focus on local restaurants in Shelbyville’s downtown starting this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congressman Greg Pence introduces Bipartisan Global Investment in American Jobs Act

Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06) and Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush (IL-01) introduced H.R. 2907, the bipartisan Global Investment in American Jobs Act to ensure the United States remains the premier destination to invest, hire, innovate and manufacture products.

 

This legislation seeks to enhance the global competitiveness, prosperity, and security of the United States by conducting an interagency review of our ability to attract foreign direct investment.

 

“There is no such thing as too much investment in the United States. As we see countries around us looking to outpace our economy and chip away at our hold as a major global leader on the world stage – this legislation seeks to ensure we are not leaving anything on the table,” said Congressman Pence in a media release. “I am pleased to introduce this bipartisan legislation that has the opportunity to bring jobs here to the U.S. and boost the economy – a bill that would be especially advantageous to Hoosiers in Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District and many other areas across the nation who are already benefitting from these kinds of global investments.”

 

“Foreign investment is critical to securing America’s position as a global leader,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. “The Global Investment American Jobs Act will enhance America’s competitiveness for foreign direct investment – particularly in emerging technologies – by helping to reduce investment barriers while protecting against challenges posed by state-owned or backed enterprises, like those originating in China. By encouraging foreign direct investment in our country, America will create jobs, beat China, and win the future.”

 

If enacted, this legislation would direct the Secretary of Commerce to conduct an interagency review with relevant federal departments and agencies to determine:

  • U.S. competitiveness in attracting foreign investments
  • How the federal government can reduce bureaucratic barriers to further investments
  • Trends in global cross-border investment and date flows for information transfer between countries
  • Challenges posed by state-owned entities and the impact of their protectionist policies

Masks, face coverings extended thru May for Shelbyville - Shelby County government offices

Masks and facial coverings will be required in Shelbyville and Shelby County governmental buildings.

 

Shelby County Commissioner Kevin Nigh explains.

 

 

The Shelbyville Common Council approved extending the use of masks and face coverings in city buildings through the end of May, also.

 

Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun.

 

 

 

 

Silver Alert: Georgette Collins, Greensburg

The Greensburg Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Georgette Collins, a 40 year old white female, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 112 pounds, blonde hair with blue eyes, last seen wearing a bright green Vegas T-shirt and jeans.

 

Georgette is missing from Greensburg, Indiana and was last seen on Monday, May 3, at 1:00 am. 

 

She is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance. 

 

If you have any information on Georgette Collins, contact the Greensburg Police Department at 812-222-4911 or 911.

Indiana State Fair returns this year

The Indiana State Fair announced today that this year’s State Fair will take place Friday, July 30th – Sunday, August 22. The Fair will dedicate this year’s theme to celebrating all things Indiana and the resiliency of the Hoosier Spirit. State Fair officials have been actively working with the Indiana State Department of Health as planning continues in the coming months.

 

“We have almost three full months before we open the 2021 Indiana State Fair, and we are confident that with our 250+ acre, mostly outdoor campus we will be able to host our Fair late this summer,” Indiana State Fair Commission Executive Director Cindy Hoye said. “We are thankful to the State Department of Health for their collaboration and continued guidance on getting us back to hosting this important community event.” 

 

This year the State Fair will add a weekend to the front end of the Fair schedule and will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays weekly.

 

According to Hoye, “We know this year’s State Fair may look a little different, and we are prepared for that. By adding an additional weekend, it allows us to spread Fair attendance across a new weekend. This event matters to our State and our fairgoers; it’s an important part of annual Hoosier family traditions.”

 

The Fair is planning to bring back fairgoer favorites including carnival rides, fun, wacky fair food, 4-H competitions, free entertainment, and much more. Stay tuned for new spectacular experiences to the 2021 State Fair.

Cossairt Florist & Greenhouse celebrating 125 years in business

Spring planting, landscaping and soon-to-be Mother's Day tend to make the opening of May a busy time for Cossairt Florist & Greenhouse in Shelbyville.  Enhancing that this past weekend was the celebration of a 125th anniversary.

 

Nancy Cossairt on reaching 125.

 

 

Starting online last week Cossairt Florist saw the run begin on patio geraniums and some of the usual springtime favorites.

 

 

Nancy says going to work isn't just a job to them.  It's in the name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Cossairt says it's not just going to work for them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indiana Grand donates $40,000 to annual SCUFFY drive

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino announced a $40,000 donation Monday to the annual Shelby County United Fund For You (SCUFFY) fundraising drive.

 

“Indiana Grand has a longstanding partnership with SCUFFY, and it is important to us to contribute our level of support for such a worthy cause,” said Mike Rich, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Indiana Grand, in a media release. “Our team members also get involved in the process and donate through a few promotions we hold here at our facility. These funds help so many individuals in our community and we are glad to assist with this annual drive.”

 

SCUFFY’s 2021 goal is to raise $860,000. Nearly $700,000 has been raised so far by drive chair Drew Little and co-chair Ricca Macklin.

 

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SCUFFY executive director Alecia Gross, second from left, was presented with a donation from Indiana Grand Racing & Casino on April 28. Participating in the presentation were Indiana Grand Senior VP and General Manager Mike Rich, SCUFFY board member Deannette Pryor, Guest Services Manager Casey Gideon, VP of Marketing Elena Lisle and jockey DeShawn Parker.

 

Funds raised in the drive go directly to 12 member agencies, including Boys & Girls Club of America, Girls Inc., The Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, Girl Scouts, USO, Cancer Association of Shelby County, Project Clothes for Kids, Crossroads of America Council for Boys Scouts, Turning Point Domestic Violence, Shelby Senior Services, and National Head Start Association.

 

A total of 85 cents for every dollar raised is allotted to these organizations.

 

“Indiana Grand is one of our strongest partners,” said Alecia Gross, Executive Director of SCUFFY. “We appreciate all they do for us and the community.”

 

The 2021 SCUFFY drive ends soon. To make a donation, visit www.scuffy.org.

Columbus man hurt in car - motorcycle crash

A Columbus man was lifelined from a car - motorcycle accident on Friday.

 

Just after 5:00 pm Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Henry Lakes Blvd / Daniel Drive, in reference to a crash involving a motorcycle.  On arrival, it was determined that a vehicle driven by Melissa Pass, 38, Edinburgh, was attempting to turn onto Daniel Drive when it was struck by a motorcycle ridden by Alex Garcia, 31, Columbus.

 

Garcia was ejected from the motorcycle and was flown to Indianapolis via Lifeline.  Ms. Pass was uninjured. 

 

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers reminds riders – and drivers – that everyone needs to do their part.

 

“Check twice for motorcycles.  Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable and have less protections than those in vehicles.  We can safely share the road together by following the rules of the road and looking out for one another," said Sheriff Myers.

 

“Drivers should double check twice for motorcycles – especially in blind spots. Motorcycle riders have the same rights to the road as other vehicles.  Motorcyclists should always wear a helmet and appropriate gear," said BCSO Chief Deputy Major Chris Lane.

St. Paul man died in one-car crash

A St. Paul man died in a late night Saturday car crash that was discovered hours later.

 

Shelbyville Police were called to 2200 North Riley Highway about 2:00 am Sunday.  The driver of a 2002 Ford Explorer was reported to be dead at the scene.

 

The accident report shows that the vehicle, driven by Jeffrey Holt, 61, of St. Paul, went off North Riley Highway just south of Intelliplex Drive.  It then traveled over a ditch before striking some bushes.  The vehicle continued on through a fence owned by Ashford Place, through the Ashford Place parking lot and hit an unoccupied, parked bus.  The bus and the vehicle sustained heavy damage.

 

It appears the accident happened over two hours before being discovered.  A nearby resident reported hearing a loud noise outside of his residence about 11:30 pm Saturday.

2-car Shelby County crash with driver ejection on N. Michigan Road

A Shelby County two-car crash included an ejection Saturday evening.

 

In the 6800 block of North Michigan Road a car driven by Cameron McIver, 20, of Shelbyville, struck a vehicle driven by Alexander Hunt, 15, of Fairland.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department says McIver’s vehicle then left the road and rolled several times.  McIver was ejected.  He sustained leg and head injuries and was transported to Methodist Hospital by Shelbyville medics.

 

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating and says speed was a factor in the crash.

4 cars, several injuries in a State Road 9 accident Saturday

Multiple vehicles, injuries in a State Road 9 accident Saturday afternoon.

 

According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, four vehicles were involved in the accident at the entrance to Trotters Chase.  Two vehicles were northbound stopped in traffic to turn right into Trotters Chase addition when a vehicle driven by William Erwin, 39, of Greenfield, struck the vehicle driven by Robert Plue, 48, of Shelbyville. The collision caused Plue’s vehicle to strike a vehicle driven by Tammie Jones,  55, of Shelbyville. 

 

A car driven southbound by, Jovalen Arena, 29, of Lexington, Kentucky, struck Plue’s vehicle as it entered the southbound lanes. 

 

Erwin was injured with a complaint of chest pain and head pain. He and his juvenile passenger were transported to Methodist Hospital.  The juvenile passenger was transported for complaint of chest pain. 

 

Plue and his two juvenile passengers were transported to Methodist and Riley.  The two juvenile passengers were injured in the form of chest pain and arm pain.   Plue sustained arm, head and chest pain injuries.

 

Jovalen Arena was injured with back and leg pain.  A female passenger complained of hip pain.  They were transported to the MHP Medical Center.  

 

Shelbyville Fire Department and medics as well as Fountaintown medics assisted in transporting the injured to hospitals. 

Pursuit from Shelby to Decatur County ends with 4 arrests, guns found

An attempted traffic stop turned into multiple arrests Friday.

 

Just after 11:00 pm the Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop a Volkswagen for improper display of license plate.  The driver failed to pull over and led a pursuit from the 109 mile marker of I-74 into Decatur County.  The driver fled the car after it was brought to a stop with a tire deflation device.

 

Keith Iglesias, 32, of Kansas City, MO, was arrested after a foot pursuit.  He was charged with reckless driving, resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, resisting, fleeing, and possession of a firearm without a license. He was also cited for speeding and improper display of license plate.

 

A passenger in the vehicle, Barbara Verser, 26, from Kansas City, MO, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm without a license.

 

 The second passenger in the vehicle, Carville Seals, 40, from Glendale, AZ, was arrested for possession of a firearm without a license with a prior conviction.

 

The third passenger, Larce Crawford, 35, Kansas City, Kansas, was arrested for possession of a firearm without a license.