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Appeal to be scheduled in Shelbyville officer's demotion

A Shelbyville Police officer is expected to appeal a demotion decision handed down by the Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety.


City attorney Jennifer Meltzer informed the board Tuesday that she had been contacted by an attorney for the officer and that an appeal was anticipated.  A date for the hearing was to be scheduled, possibly sometime in the next two or three weeks.


Former Chief Detective for the department, Clifford Coffman, was demoted for a disciplinary matter.  Coffman was demoted for neglect of duty and disobedience of orders for not following a directive by Deputy Chief Jamie Kolls.  Kolls ordered Coffman iin December to supervise a murder investigation.  Coffman took the rest of the year off.


Board member David Finkel was absent as the board voted 2-0 to demote Coffman.





Wintry mix turns to rain with Saturday warmup

Snow, freezing rain, and frigid temperatures are all part of the immediate weather forecast across Indiana.


Snow will eventually be accompanied by freezing rain and sleet as the evening goes on, especially between midnight and 2 am Saturday.


"Then it will transition into rain Saturday morning. Roads are gonna be slick overnight Friday. Be careful if you're out on the roads. Then following the passage of this system, it's going to get cold Saturday evening, Sunday, and even into next week as well," Updike said.


Most high temperatures for cities and towns in Indiana Sunday and Monday will be in the 20s with the wind chill making it feel even colder. The northern part of the state will see the most winter weather.


"They are going to be in the snow, freezing rain, and ice accumulation for longer," Updike said. "It won't have as much of an impact in the southern part of the state. If you're going south of Indianapolis, you'll be mostly dealing with rain Saturday."


There is a winter weather advisory that begins at 4 pm Friday afternoon until noon Saturday for folks from the Michigan border down to about Muncie and Crawfordsville. Forecasters are expecting a glaze of ice and as much as four inches of snow.


A separate winter weather advisory runs from 7 pm Friday until 4 am Saturday.


"That's for the counties just south of Indianapolis all the way up through Lafayette and Kokomo," Updike said.


Updike says temperatures will start to warm up by the middle of next week. In the meantime, he recommends you bundle up.


"Make sure you're taking extra precautions and taking things slowly. Try not to be outside for long periods of time. If you've got pets, make sure you let them in and out. Don't just leave them outside," Updike said.

2020 Live Racing Schedule announced at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino; No Thursday racing

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) has approved racing dates for the upcoming 18th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Racing at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Racing will begin Tuesday, April 14 and conclude Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 with a slightly altered schedule for the 120-day race meet.


Racing will be held the first week of the meet on Tuesday and Wednesday only, picking up Friday and Saturday racing beginning April 24 and 25. The meet will also end with racing only on Tuesday and Wednesday with the final Saturday racing program set for Breeders Cup Night Saturday, Nov. 7. No Thursday racing will be held in 2020, and those dates were added on to the end to extend the season by an additional week.


“We have been diligent in studying business trends and taking into account what is best for our racing partners, we decided to adjust our racing schedule for 2020,” said Mike Rich, senior vice president and general manager of Indiana Grand. “Our biggest revenue driving days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. By dropping six weekend dates throughout the year and placing our focus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we will be able to provide more calendar weeks of competition for our horsemen while producing the best possible handle results which directly affects purse money. We are constantly working to do what is best for our racing program at Indiana Grand.”


Indiana Grand will follow the same post time format for 2020. Racing will begin at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday while Saturday action gets underway at 6:15 p.m.


More information regarding 2020 special events and stakes schedules for both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing will be available soon.


Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR), holds multiple awards for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and diversity. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features more than 2,100 of the latest slots and table games in addition to a one-mile dirt racecourse and a seven-eighths mile turf course providing live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at Winner’s Circle Race Sports Pub located on the casino floor as well as a Winner’s Circle Race Sports Pub located in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing at racetracks and 21 or older to gamble at sports books and casinos. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9-WITH-IT (1-800-994-8448) ©2020 Caesars License Company, LLC.

Franklin College president fired amid sex crimes in Wisconsin

Franklin College said Monday it has fired its president after learning he was recently arrested in Wisconsin on sex crimes.


The “deeply disturbing incident” has led the college to investigate Thomas J. Minar’s conduct while president, said a news release from Deidra Baumgardner, Franklin’s director of communications.

Minar was “taken into custody in Sturgeon Bay, WI, Door County for Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Sex Crime, Child Enticement, and Expose a Child to Harmful Materials/Narrations and was released from custody on bond, subject to no direct contact with minors unless supervised and not to use social media,” according to an email received by the university.


The news release said, “The Franklin College Board of Trustees is stunned by this event. This is the first such incident the Board has been made aware of regarding Dr. Minar, and the Board is fully committed to cooperating fully with Wisconsin authorities and working to ensure the safety of our campus community.”


In June, Minar said he would end his term as the college’s president at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Minar became Franklin College’s 16th president on July 1, 2015.


In October, Franklin College chose an executive search firm to help them recruit the college’s 17th president.


Lori Schroeder, Franklin provost and dean, will serve as interim president. Franklin’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee later this week can appoint an acting president.

Update: Name released in Friday morning SR 9 fatal accident

A Hancock County woman was killed in a opne-car accident in Shelby County early Friday morning.


Taylor Monday, 22, of Greenfield, was the driver of a 2002 Chevy truck southbound on South State Road 9 near Woodridge Road.  About 3:30 am, the truck left the road on the east side, struck a light pole and rolled over.


Monday was pronounced dead at the scene.


The crash remains under investigation.




Fatal Shelby County accident early Friday morning

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department is investigating a single vehicle, single occupant fatal car crash.


The crash happened about 3:30 am Friday on South State Road 9 around Woodridge Road.


The crash  is still under investigation. 


No other information is being released at this time.  We will have more details coming up on GIANT fm News.

Shelbyville man sentenced to 200 years for child sexual exploitation, pornography

United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that Jeffrey Esposito, 54, of Shelbyville, was sentenced in federal court, by U.S. District Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, to 200 years in federal prison, after having previously pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography.


“Esposito tortured, sexually abused, and sexually exploited children for years,” said Minkler. “Judge Magnus-Stinson’s sentence ensures that he will never come in contact with another child again.”


On April 11, 2018, Jeffrey Esposito was charged by indictment with twenty counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of possession of child pornography. The first twenty charges relate to the recording of his repeated sexual abuse of his minor victim. The defendant’s sexual abuse of the victim started when the victim was approximately 7-8 years old and continued for years, including bondage and torture sessions with choking, whipping, and other forms of pain.


The twenty counts represent twenty images or videos of abuse and exploitation over multiple occasions out of the hundreds of sexual abuse files that the defendant created using this minor victim. The defendant was a member of various websites devoted to the sexual exploitation of children on an anonymous network, and he participated on various anonymous chatting platforms where he met other offenders, shared his produced material, and specifically requested and received child pornography from those users in exchange. The final charge represents the thousands of other depictions of sexual abuse that Esposito maintained on his various devices, which included images and videos depicting bondage and torture, images and videos depicting children as young as three years old, and images and videos of minor victims who were abused by other offenders specifically for Esposito’s benefit.


This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).


“Let this sentence serve as a reminder that HSI is committed to standing firmly in the way of those who prey on and exploit our most vulnerable population – our children,” said Special Agent in Charge James M. Gibbons. “HSI, in cooperation with our law enforcement and judicial partners, will work tirelessly to identify and bring to justice individuals who commit these heinous crimes.”


According to Assistant United States Attorney Steven D. DeBrota and Department of Justice, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Trial Attorney Lauren S. Kupersmith, who prosecuted this case for the government, Esposito will serve lifetime supervised release.


In October 2017, United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced a Strategic Plan designed to shape and strengthen the District’s response to its most significant public safety challenges. This prosecution demonstrates the office’s firm commitment to utilize and partner with law enforcement agencies to prosecute individuals engaged in the sexual exploitation of children. See United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Indiana Strategic Plan Section 4.1.

Crider to seek another term in Indiana State Senate

State Senator Mike Crider (R-Greenfield) today filed the necessary paperwork to seek another term in the Indiana State Senate representing District 28, which is composed of Hancock County and portions of Shelby and Marion counties.


“Serving Hoosiers in District 28 at the Statehouse has been the honor of a lifetime, and I sincerely hope to continue for another term,” Crider said. “I’m truly grateful for this opportunity and the trust that has been placed in me and proud of what we have been able to accomplish over the last eight years. This session I’m working on a variety of legislation including bills regarding human trafficking and mental health.”


First elected to the State Senate in 2012, Crider serves as Majority Whip and chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation. In addition, he serves on the following Senate Committees: Veterans Affairs & the Military (ranking member), Appropriations, Health & Provider Services, and Rules & Legislative Procedure.


In addition, Crider serves on the Council of State Governments Transportation and Infrastructure Public Policy Committee, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee of the Council of State Governments and the Committee on Natural Resources and Infrastructure of the National Conference of State Legislatures.


A graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and the FBI National Academy, Crider previously served as Director of Law Enforcement for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.


He and his wife Sherri, a nurse, have two children and six grandchildren. They reside in Greenfield.

Update: Stabbing investigation in Hope; one person dead

James T. Mee, 77, of Scott Street, Hope, was arrested Tuesday on preliminary charges of:

urder and domestic battery.


Mee remains in the Bartholomew County Jail.  He has been placed on a 48-hour hold without bond.



-- Original release --

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department says one person is dead, another injured and an arrest has taken place in a double-stabbing in Hope.


After receiving a 911 call to an address on Scott Street in Hope, local and area law enforcement responded to an apparent domestic where at least one person is deceased.


Another person injured has been transported to Columbus Regional Hospital with what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries.


An individual has been taken into custody and there is no danger to the public.


This is an ongoing investigation - currently being investigated by the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, Columbus Police Department, Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office. 

SCUFFY Executive Director Angie Davies has passed away

GIANT fm News has learned that Angela Davies has passed away.


Davies has been the Executive Director of the Shelby County United Fund since 2011.


We will have more as details become available.

Road closure near Indiana Grand

Traffic note:  Michigan Road is closed just north of Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.


The detours will be marked for both directions.


Indiana American Water Company is on a job at that site.


This closure is set for approximately two weeks.







Miss Shelby County named 3rd-Runner-Up at Indiana State Fair pageant

Miss Shelby County has been honored at the Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant.


Catherine Hall was named 3rd Runner-Up.


The Miss Indiana State Fair 2020 is Claudia Duncan from Evansville.


The Indiana State Fair Queen plays a key role in promoting the Indiana State Fair by traveling nearly 6,500 miles during June and July to approximately 45 counties in preparation for the Indiana State Fair, August 7-23, 2020.


1st Runner-Up: Grace McCoy, Miss Elkhart County
2nd Runner-Up: Devin Hindes, Miss Newton County
3rd Runner-Up: Catherine Hall, Miss Shelby County
4th Runner-Up: Danielle Perry, Miss Posey County
Elyona Dobrodt, Miss St. Joseph County
Ellen Rohr, Miss Parke County
Jessica Bradford, Miss Warrick County
Abbigail Sprong, Miss Delaware County
Riley Lamb, Miss Boone County
Miss Congeniality: Devin Hindes, Miss Newton County

Reward offered for info on bald eagle shooting

Indiana Conservation Officers continue to request information regarding the shooting of a bald eagle in Lawrence County on or around Dec. 20.


A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of a suspect.


A Lawrence County animal control officer and employees of Brown County Indiana Raptor Center were notified of an injured eagle in the area of the White River near Dixie Highway and took possession on Dec. 20. The eagle, which was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, was treated, but died shortly thereafter. ICO Ryan Jahn took possession of the carcass on Dec. 21 and is investigating.


Anyone with information should call DNR Law Enforcement Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536 or the Turn in a Poacher, Inc. (TIP) hotline at 1-800-847-4367 (TIP-IDNR). TIP is a non-profit conservation organization that protects fish and wildlife resources by increasing public support and involvement in bringing violators to justice.


Several members of the public have asked about donating to the reward fund. Donations to the can be made by making checks payable to Turn in a Poacher, Inc. and sending it to ICO Central Dispatch Center, 4850 South State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401, and marking it c/o Lt. Col. Terry Hyndman. The reward will be adjusted accordingly as donations are received.

Live table games launched at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino launched the latest addition to its expansive menu of entertainment options at noon Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at the Shelbyville, Ind. facility. Several hundred new team members took their place behind more than 40 tables as the stage was set for the historic event.


A ribbon cutting ceremony took place just before Noon featuring several dignitaries just outside the High Limit pit area. Included in the ribbon cutting process was Representative Sean Eberhart, Representative Cindy Ziemke, Representative Heath Vanatter, Senator Jean Leising, Indiana Gaming Commission Executive Director Sara Tait, State Senator Mike Crider, and Indiana Grand Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rich, who provided a brief introduction leading into the official launch.


 “We are very excited to launch live table games today,” said Rich. “This event has been a few years in the making and we extend a special thank you to all those involved in making this vision possible for us. We are now a full-blown casino and we are extremely proud of our team for all of their preparations and planning as we take the next step in providing more entertainment options for our guests at Indiana Grand.”


Representative Eberhart made the first official roll of the dice at one of the craps tables to signal the start of a new era for Indiana Grand. His roll of the dice was accompanied by applause and a large crowd of well-wishers taking part in the historic event.


Seven different types of live table games are now offered, including craps, roulette, blaze roulette, blackjack, baccarat, three-card poker and Mississippi Stud. Three areas are utilized for the tables with approximately 200 seats provided in the main floor area just off the parking garage and across from the cashier. High Limit table games are located in the former Poker Room represented by more than 100 gaming seats.

Child killed in dirt bike accident

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal off-road-vehicle (ORV) accident involving a Columbus child. 


At approximately 2:20 pm Saturday, responders were dispatched to a dirt bike accident that occurred near the 12000 block of West 525 South in Bartholomew County. 


Initial investigation has determined a 5-year-old male was operating a KTM 50 cc dirt bike on family property. While attempting to maneuver the dirt bike up an incline, he lost control, causing the dirt bike to strike a tree.  Family at the scene rendered aid and then transported the child to the Southwest Fire Department in Ogilville for medical assistance.   


The victim was unresponsive and was transported to Riley Children’s Hospital by Life Line. Due to injuries sustained during the accident, he was declared deceased at the hospital.


Initial investigation has indicated the victim was wearing a helmet and other protective safety equipment at the time of the accident. 


Assisting agencies include Bartholomew County Sheriff Department, Southwest Fire Department, Columbus Regional Hospital Ambulance and Life Line Air Ambulance.

Jon Schuster, VP and GM of horse racing at Indiana Grand, passed away



Jonathan Blair Schuster, 61, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at his residence.


Born September 5, 1958 in Brazil, Indiana, he was the son of William Schuster & Rosemary (Rohloff) Schuster.


He married Janie (Scott) Schuster on December 15, 2005 and she survives.


Survivors include mother Rosemary Schuster of New Palestine, father & mother in law-Chris & Sue Scott of Hartford City, children-Abigail Mangone (husband Agustin) of Indianapolis, Rachel Schuster ( Aaron Ege), of Indianapolis, Chelsea Smock (fiancé Neal Hennessy) of Indianapolis, Hannah Crafton (husband Preston) of St. Mary's Georgia; siblings-William Schuster Jr. (wife Donna) of Arlington, David Schuster (wife Becky) of Conroe,Texas, sister in law Kathleen Scott of Dallas, Texas, nephew David Schuster (wife Katy) of Indianapolis; Grandchild Brynnlee Crafton. He was preceded in death by his father William Schuster & a niece Shannon Schuster.


Mr. Schuster graduated from Warren Central High School in 1976, Arizona University in 1995, where he earned  a BA, and  also studied in the Race Track Industry Program.

He was Vice President & General Manager of Racing at the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

for 17 years.


Jon's love of horse racing began on his 10th birthday when his parents took him to the track for the first time. He was so grateful to have been able to work in the industry he loved for so many years.


Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home,437 Amos Road with Joshua Georgen officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1:00 pm until the time of the service.


Memorial contributions can be made to Friends of Ferdinand, Inc, PO Box 162, Mooresville, IN 46158 or CASA-Court & Child Advocacy Group of Shelby County.

Franklin man charged with stealing car he drove to find his own car

A Johnson County man was arrested for stealing a car after he parked it next to his own car.


Shelbyville Police report receiving a call about the stolen car from the Shelbyville CVS just before 2:00 am Christmas morning.  Ronald Carr told authorities he left the car running outside the store while he was inside.


A Shelbyville officer located the Honda Civic backed into a parking space at the Circle K on North 9.  As it pulled toward the pumps the officer stopped the vehicle and ordered the driver out at gunpoint.


According to the police report, Guy Karnes, 27, of Franklin, said that he was in town with a friend and that his car was taken.  He went to the CVS to find a ride and when no one agreed to help he got into the Civic and used it to find his car.  Police report Karnes’ Nissan Altima was parked next to where he was found with the stolen Honda Civic.


Karnes was charged with auto theft and taken to the Shelby County Jail.

Three arrested for Shelbyville robbery

The Shelbyville Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place on December 24, 2019 at approximately 10:30 pm.


The robbery took place at the Circle K on East SR 44 just off I-74 at exit #116.


A vehicle description and direction of travel was obtained from a witness and a vehicle matching that description was stopped near the Indiana Grand entrance off I-74 near exit 109 by Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies. During the investigation, evidence of the crime was recovered and the vehicle was impounded.


Three Indianapolis men were subsequently arrested: Cortez Tannin, Corey Johnson and Walter Wilson,  all 23 years of age. All three are in the Shelby County jail charged with Armed Robbery.



Bald eagle shot and killed in Indiana

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the shooting of a bald eagle in Lawrence County that occurred Friday, December 20, 2019.  


Shortly before 4:30 p.m., a Lawrence County Animal Control Officer and employees of Brown County Indiana Raptor Center were notified by a landowner south of the White River near Dixie Highway of the discovery of an injured eagle.  The eagle, which had recently suffered an apparent gunshot wound, was treated for injuries, but died shortly thereafter.  


Indiana Conservation Officer Ryan Jahn took possession of the carcass on 12/21/19 and initiated an investigation into the shooting.  A reward is being offered to anyone with information concerning this investigation.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Indiana Conservation Officers’ Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536 or their anonymous tip line at 1-800-TIPIDNR.  

Sentence handed down in Fulton Co. fatal bus accident that impacted school districts, state legislation

Alyssa Shepherd was sentenced to four years in prison, one year for each count of reckless homicide for the deaths of three kids she hit and killed in October 2018, in Fulton County, near Rochester.


According to prosecutors Shepherd drove through a bus stop, while the bus was stopped, red lights flashing, stop arm out. She hit and killed Alivia Stahl, 9, and her 6-year-old twin brothers Mason and Xzavier Ingle.


Shepherd, 25, was also found guilty of one count of criminal recklessness and passing a school bus while the stop arm was out.


Shepherd will also serve three years on house arrest, with electronic monitoring, and three years probation.


Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs.



The children's mom, Brittney Ingle, tried to go after Shepherd at the sentencing and was taken away in handcuffs.



Marrs says now there will be a handling of restitution claims.



Shepherd faced a possible 21 and a half-year sentence, and was sentenced to ten years initially, but with four of those to serve.

Decatur County tax rate increasing January 1

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, several Indiana county income tax rates will change.


Among the counties with new rates, Decatur County: 2.5% (increased from 2.35%).


Local income tax rates are determined by county officials and reported to the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR). Once reported, they are then reviewed for compliance with Indiana law.


These tax rates affect businesses with employees who live or work in any of these counties and have income tax withholdings. County tax rates for individuals are based on an employee’s Indiana county of residence as of Jan. 1, 2020.


The list of rates for all Indiana counties is available on DOR’s website in Departmental Notice #1 at by clicking on “Legal Resources” select “Tax Library” then selecting “Departmental Notices.”  


Employers with questions about these county income tax rates can contact DOR at (317) 233-4016, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST.

Shelbyville woman gets 25 years in child molest

A Shelbyville woman has been sentenced for child molest while a man still faces federal charges in the case.


Brianne Carson, 30, of Shelbyville, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for her participation in the molest of a close family member.


The Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office says the case originated from a federal investigation in which Carson’s boyfriend, Brian Diana, had admitted to federal investigators that he had been molesting two young relatives, and claimed that Carson participated in the sex acts.


Carson was questioned by investigators and denied participating, but admitted that she was aware that Diana was molesting the two children. When the older child was forensically interviewed, she disclosed that the sexual abuse began when she was just over 6 years old, that Carson was in the room watching the molestations, and had even held her legs once so that Diana could have intercourse with her.


Shelby County Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen says he filed the charges against Carson, but upon conferring with federal authorities, it was agreed that they would prosecute Diana federally, as they have stiffer penalties than Indiana law would allow under the facts of this case.  Carson did not qualify for federal prosecution.


The federal case on Diana is still pending, and Landwerlen states he is required by law to note that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


The local case was prosecuted by Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Pasel and investigated by Shelbyville Police Department Detective Deborah Tilford and Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Mike Johnson.


Carson was further declared to be a credit-restricted felon, which will require that she spend an extra percentage of her actual sentence in prison than would otherwise be required.

More snow expected Monday afternoon into Monday night

A second wave of precipitation including a band of moderate to occasionally heavy snowfall will expand into central Indiana by mid afternoon and continue into Monday night. The heaviest snow is expected along the I-70 corridor where an additional 3-4 inches of snow with locally higher amounts are possible through Monday night.



For this reason, the Winter Weather Advisory will transition to a Winter Storm Warning from 2 PM into tonight along the I-70 corridor, including the Indianapolis metro area, Terre Haute and Anderson.


The advisory will continue through tonight for the rest of central Indiana.


"Like" Shelby County Emergency Management Agency- Indiana for updates. 

INDOT trucks prepare for snow event with full call-out

The Indiana Department of Transportation is preparing for the overnight snow with a full call-out of yellow trucks. 


There will be about 170 trucks out throughout the District, including 55 in the Indianapolis area. Trucks started patrolling the interstates, U.S. highways and state routes at 5 p.m. Sunday and will continue overnight and into rush hour  Monday morning. 


The forecast is calling for 3-6" inches throughout the district from Sunday evening through Tuesday morning.


They will spread salt and plow when the snow starts falling.


INDOT would like to remind drivers to slow down in slippery conditions and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and others.


When you see a yellow truck on the road, give them plenty of room and try to stay behind them at least 50 feet or more. 


Driver tips:

  • Reduce speed: Allow extra time to reach your destination, be patient as snowplows travel below posted speed limits.
  • Safe distance: Do not tailgate and give snowplows plenty of room to work, allow plenty of time to slow down.
  • Pay attention: Drive distraction-free, focus on safe driving, be aware of surroundings and changing road conditions
  • Know before you go: Check road and traffic conditions at or the INDOT mobile app. County travel advisories can be found on the Department of Homeland Security Website at

Shopping and shipping deadlines approaching

If you still have some Christmas shopping left to do this year, you’ll want to know these key shipping deadlines from Amazon, FedEx, USPS and UPS to ensure your gifts arrive on time. Some dates are as early as tomorrow, December 13, 2019 for a delivery by Christmas.


The following holiday shipping dates are for United States delivery by December 25, 2019. Dates noted are not guarantees but recommendations unless noted by the shipper.


More dates details and descriptions on holiday shipping deadlines for Amazon, FedEx, USPS, and UPS can be found here: 


Amazon key holiday shipping dates:


  • Dec. 14 - Free shipping by Amazon for non-Prime members on qualifying orders of $25 or more. 
  • Dec. 18 - Standard shipping for non-Prime members. Items ship in 3-5 business days.
  • Dec. 22 - Free shipping on tens of millions of items for Prime members. No minimum purchase.
  • Dec. 23 - Free one-day delivery on over ten million items. No minimum purchase.
  • Dec. 24 - Free same-day delivery on qualifying orders of $35 or more. 

FedEx key holiday shipping dates:


  • Dec. 13 - FedEx Home Delivery® and FedEx Ground® to Alaska and Hawaii.
  • Dec. 16 - FedEx Home Delivery® in the contiguous U.S. and last day to ship via FedEx Ground® 
  • Dec. 20 - FedEx 2Day® A.M. and FedEx 2Day®.
  • Dec. 23 - FedEx First Overnight®, FedEx Priority Overnight®, FedEx Standard Overnight and FedEx 1Day® Freight.
  • Dec. 25 - FedEx SameDay® City Direct, FedEx SameDay® City Priority and FedEx SameDay®.

UPS key holiday shipping dates:


  • Dec. 13 - Some UPS® Ground packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, Dec. 24. 
  • Dec. 19 - UPS 3 Day Select® packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, Dec. 24. 
  • Dec. 20 - UPS 2nd Day Air® packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, Dec. 24. 
  • Dec. 23 - UPS Next Day Air® packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, December 24 with a UPS On-Call, or scheduled, Pickup, or by visiting a The UPS Store location or a UPS Authorized Service Location.

USPS key holiday shipping dates:


  • Dec. 14 - USPS Retail Ground® (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). 
  • Dec. 18 - First-Class Mail® Service to Alaska.
  • Dec. 19 - Priority Mail® Service to Alaska and Hawaii and last day for First-Class Mail® Service to Hawaii.
  • Dec. 20 - First-Class Mail® Service (excluding Alaska and Hawaii).
  • Dec. 21 - Priority Mail® Service for U.S (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) and Priority Mail Express® Service to Alaska and Hawaii. 
  • Dec. 23 - Last day for Priority Mail Express® Service (excluding Alaska and Hawaii)