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Mysterious seeds believed to be product of "brushing scam"

Investigators are learning more about why people throughout the US are getting random packages with weird seeds inside.


Megan Abraham, the state's entomologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, told Indiana Outdoors the seeds are being sent in packages from places like China and Uzbekistan as part of some sort of "brushing scam."


"It's a new term for me," Abraham said. "A brushing scam is something that happens when a company will send a client a product and then use that client's physical address to post notes online about how much they enjoyed that product."


How these companies come about acquiring the addresses of people in this particular scam still isn't clear, but investigators are advising you to change your password of online shopping platforms, such as Amazon.


The bigger impact is that some people are planting these mysterious seeds, such as the case of an Arkansas man who was discovered to have planted the seeds in his backyard before the warnings against doing so went out. Conservation officers showed up at his house and pulled up the subsequent plant that grew.


Abraham said there is a health risk in planting the seeds.


"When commodities and raw goods, like seeds, are shipped from one country to the other without proper inspections being done, they have the ability to bring in other pests and pathogens on those seeds," she said. "They could also be invasive if they are planted in the US or in Indiana."


Abraham added that viruses, fungus, and even tiny larva could be inside the seeds, which could be deadly to certain types of plants and wildlife in the state. She also said that this type of thing happens a lot more often than you may think.


Abraham said the USDA sees these types of scams happen every year with several different types of products, but for some reason she said we are seeing a "boom' in the number of people getting unsolicited packages, most commonly containing seeds.


If you end up getting one of these packages, Abraham said you can call the DNR and they will come to collect it from you. From there they will send the seeds to the USDA where they can analyze where they came from and what may be inside them.

Two hurt, one lifelined, from Shelby Co. accident scene

Two people injured in a Shelby County car accident Monday night.


The single vehicle accident happened at 1200 South and 825 West in the 9:00 pm hour.  Flat Rock along with Marietta Fire and Shelbyville Medics responded. 


The vehicle left the roadway for an undetermined reason and became inverted. 


The driver, Matthew Nelson, 28, of Edinburgh, was flown to Methodist Hospital. The passenger, Briana Vera, 29, of Columbus, was transported to the hospital via ambulance. 


Shelby County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Edinburgh Police. 


The accident remains under investigation.


Link to check Northwestern Consolidated bus routes available

Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County says the 2020-2021 bus routes are currently open.


To find out your child's bus number and the approximate pickup and drop off times please go to the link below. These times may vary by 10 minutes either before or after the listed time.


If you are experiencing difficulty or have any questions please call the Transportation Department at 317-835-3009.


Ponderosa in Greenfield, other Indiana locations, closing

Several Indiana businesses continue to lay off workers and close across the state.



Ponderosa filed the following WARN notice for its locations in Greenfield and Goshen.  A Facebook posting also announced the closing of the Ponderosa in Plymouth after 35 years.










































Former Indiana governor Joe Kernan passed away

Joseph Kernan, the 48th Governor of the State of Indiana, died Wednesday morning following a long illness.


He is survived by his wife, Maggie, and seven siblings.


Kernan, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, began his career as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He and his co-pilot were shot down while on a reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam in 1972. He spent 11 months as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, including at the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison.


Kernan returned home in 1974 to begin a career in business. His path led him to the city government, where he served three consecutive terms as Mayor of the City of South Bend.


In 1996, he was asked by Frank O’Bannon to join him as candidate for Lt. Governor. O’Bannon and Kernan were elected in November of that year and won reelection in 2000.


In 2003, Kernan became governor upon O’Bannon’s death. He was sworn in as the state’s 48th governor. He made history by appointing Kathy Davis as Indiana’s first female Lt. Governor.


Kernan retired from politics in 2005 and remained busy in his hometown of South Bend. He worked as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame and in his own consulting firm.

“Indiana mourns the loss of Joe Kernan, a bone fide American hero, decorated Navy officer, and truly selfless statesman who always placed the interests of his fellow Hoosiers first,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.


“Distinguished isn’t a strong enough word to describe him. Without regard for personal cost, Joe Kernan devoted every ounce of his life, time and again, to upholding the oath he took, and serving the country and state he loved.


Undeterred after being shot down and tortured in Vietnam, he returned and led his beloved City of South Bend as mayor for three terms, and our state as our 47th lieutenant governor. When duty called him to step into a role he didn’t seek, he served as our 48th governor.


Through his decades of servant leadership and sacrifice, Joe Kernan modeled all the best of what it means to be a Hoosier and his legacy will continue to live on in each of us whom he inspired.”


Funeral arrangements are being made by Welsheimer’s Funeral Home in South Bend. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Fund at the University of Notre Dame.


Please direct your gift to support scholarships and fellowships for military-connected students to, by phone (574) 631-5150, or by mail: University of Notre Dame, Department of Development, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556.

OCRA announces partnership with Indiana Univ to help manage COVID-19 in two counties - Decatur, Daviess

the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced a collaboration with the IU Center for Rural Engagement (CHIP) and the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington to leverage community networks in Decatur and Daviess counties to effectively manage health crises, like COVID-19.


“As we continue to respond to COVID-19, communications and collaboration are the keys to success,” said Matt Crouch, Interim Executive Director of OCRA. “I’m excited to build our network with Indiana University and further learn from our communities about how they are coping with COVID-19.”


Based on local health assessment data, community health improvement plans help communities set SMART goals to meet a range of health objectives, from addressing gaps in services to preventing and treating chronic conditions. These plans, which are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound, maximize existing resources and networks and also include interventions that also address root causes beyond the immediate needs.


“Every rural community is different, and each brings its own strengths and challenges,” said Dr. Priscilla Barnes, associate professor in the IU School of Public Health and lead researcher on the project. “Rural health partnerships and coalitions have been quick to adapt to the daily changing landscape of public health. Response to unexpected crises is the invisible thread that connects with the existing health priorities, and these plans and their implementation will address both emergent needs and long-term priorities.”


In Daviess County, residents developed a CHIP in partnership with IU, and the support from OCRA will help them adapt their plan and deploy a response to immediate and emerging needs related to COVID-19. In Decatur County, this initiative will establish a new CHIP that addresses COVID-19 needs and plans for long-term health initiatives.


The local networks that inform the CHIP development and implementation are composed of diverse organizations, including representations from health, education, business and the nonprofit sectors.

“This collaboration with OCRA and our community partners launches transformative possibilities for the health of our rural communities,” said Kerry Thomson, executive director of the IU Center for Rural Engagement. “By leveraging local and university resources, we can effectively address major health challenges like COVID-19 as well as increase access to care and mental health services that builds our resilience for the future.”

Interstate 74 pursuit ends with arrest of Alaskan driver

A driver resisted police during and after an interstate pursuit Monday afternoon.


A Shelbyville Police off-duty officer was getting on Interstate 74 at the 108 mm when he noticed a vehicle passing on the right in the break down lane.  He clocked the vehicle at 97 mph. 


The officer tried to pull the vehicle over but the female driver did not stop. Police report she led multiple officers on a pursuit to the 116 mm.  The female continued to resist officers at the stop location.  She was taken into custody and charged with two counts of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving and criminal recklessness with a vehicle. 


The driver was identified as June Denver.  Shelbyville Police say she appears to be a resident of Alaska.

Severe weather possible today ahead of cool down

Isolated severe thunderstorms could happen at times today, according to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.


“We’ll have a front moving through later today and what that’s going to do is bring us chances for showers and thunderstorms. Those chances will increase as the day goes on,” says Crystal Petit, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. “The best chances will be between 2 pm and 8 pm.”


Petit says the threat of severe weather is “marginal.” That means storms could be spotty and typically will be limited in duration and/or intensity.


“Most of these are going to be regular thunderstorms. There is a chance a few of them could produce damaging winds, so you could see a couple of trees down. There could be some flooding as well in low lying areas,” says Petit. “Chances will continue through the overnight hours and then the storms will likely move out by then.”


Temperatures are supposed to cool down as well.


“The rest of the week looks like we’ll have highs in the mid-80s to start and then, as we get later into the week, highs in the lower 80s. Some chances for showers and thunderstorms too, but overall it looks like a pretty nice week,” says Petit.


Petit also urges you to keep an eye on the forecast because it can always change.

Hot,, humid for weekend; relief next week

You can expect another hot and humid weekend.


Aaron Updike, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, says highs on Saturday will be in the upper 80s, and near 90 on Sunday, but it will feel like it's close to 100.


If you're not a fan of the hot summer weather, don't worry. Updike says after rain and thunderstorms roll through the majority of the state on Monday, we'll have a break from the heat. Temperatures next Tuesday through Friday will only be in the lower to mid 80s.

20 COVID cases confirmed at Aperion Care in Waldron

The Shelby County Department of Health announced Wednesday over 20 individuals diagnosed, with tests pending and ongoing testing, of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported at Aperion Care, Inc. in Waldron.


They have had zero deaths.


“We know that people older than 60 with underlying health conditions are most at risk during this pandemic,” Local Health Officer Dr. Loman said.


No further information about the patients will be released due to privacy laws.


We are working closely with Long Term Care facilities, Major Health Partners, Jane Pauley FHQ, local, state and federal officials to continue with infection control protocols and testing to prevent further spread within the facility and county.


To prevent spread, the long-term care facilities in our communities are following the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) guidelines, such as:


• Separate spaces that is used only for confirmed or presumed COVID-19 patients;


• Limiting patient contact of those confirmed, exposed, or suspects to only essential direct care providers


• Using an established tracking system to monitor and manage infection control activities and residents and staff member who are symptomatic


• Ongoing testing of residents and staff


• Screening of residents, staff and visitors


Shelby County has 476 positive cases, of which 53.8% were female and 46% were male. We also have a reported 25 deaths, of which 60% were female and 40% were male. The age breakdown is as follows: 12% were age 50-59; 8% were age 60-69; 12% were age 70-79 and the largest mortality rate was for those 80 years of age and older accounting for 68% of deaths in our county. 4,446 tests have been completed with results. Of those being tested 57.2% were female and 42.7% were male.


For more statistics please visit the dashboard which is updated daily

Shelbyville man arrested after threatening incident with a handgun

A call to police Monday about a man with a gun resulted in an arrest.


On July 20, officers were called to the 100 block of W. Broadway Street in reference to a subject making threats with a handgun.  


Officers arrived on scene and located the subject identified as Dion Palmer.  Palmer, 40, of Shelbyville, started walking away from the officers and had his hand in his pocket.  Officers gave loud verbal commands for Palmer to stop and show his hands.  Palmer refused to stop and disobeyed the officer’s commands to remove his hand from his pocket.  The information given was that Palmer had a handgun in his possession.  After several loud commands for Palmer to stop, officers were able to stop him by the deployment of a Taser.  Officers were then able to gain control of Palmer and place him into handcuffs. 


Officers located a handgun at the scene which had been discarded under a vehicle.  The firearm had a bullet in the chamber.


The on-scene interviews showed that Palmer was acting aggressively and threatening.  According to the police press release Palmer had displayed the firearm to the individuals in the apartment.  Palmer also made threats to physically harm one of the subjects inside by beating him up.   The victim was able to force Palmer out of the apartment and call 911.


Palmer was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was remanded into the custody of the jail staff.

BMV asks customers to limit use of cash when possible

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is asking Hoosiers to pay with a credit card or check when possible to complete transactions.


The BMV is making this request because of the national coin shortage which has directly impacted its branches. The United States Federal Reserve is experiencing a coin shortage that is currently impacting all Financial Institutions within the U.S. As a result, the BMV is unable to access additional coin inventory to replenish its supplies.


The BMV required all branches to take steps to help mitigate the impact of the coin shortage several weeks ago and is now asking customers to use cash only when able to pay with exact change. At this time, branches are displaying signs identifying the situation and asking customers to use alternate forms of payment.


The Federal Reserve has not provided a timeline for the coin shortage to be resolved. They have stated they expect coin inventories to return to previous levels once the coin supply chain returns to normal circulation patterns.

One injured in Shelbyville stabbing

Shelbyville Police are investigating a stabbing.


On July 17, 2020 at around 11:00pm, the Shelbyville Police Department responded to the 1000 block of Parker Avenue for a battery.  Officers were advised that the suspect had left the area in a gold colored vehicle.  Officers tried to locate the vehicle while responding to the victim.


Officers arrived and found one male with what appeared to be stab wounds.  The male was alert and talking when officers arrived.  The Shelbyville Fire Department arrived on the scene and took over care of the victim.


This incident is still under investigation at this time.  As details become available and can be released SPD will send them out.

Anti-mask protest Sunday at Statehouse

An anti-mask protest is planned for Sunday afternoon south of the Indiana Statehouse.


"We feel that the crisis has ended and it is time to return the state back to normal operations and to not ask for people to wear masks. The masks are ineffective," says Robert Hall, organizer of the protest and leader of the Indiana Conservative Alliance and Grassroots Conservatives.

Governor Holcomb planned on fully reopening the state on the 4th of July, but chose to keep the state in "stage 4.5". Earlier this week, he also decided to stay at 4.5 for "at least the next two weeks."


"The number of deaths from the China virus has reduced to below the level it was prior to the start of it in March," says Hall.


More than 2,600 people have died from coronavirus in Indiana. On Wednesday, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said an increase in positive cases of coronavirus played a part in the decision for the state to stay at 4.5. She said the hot spots continue to be in the northern part of the state, in Marion County and in southwestern Indiana.


"The number of cases have increased because they're testing more people. The crisis is over. It's not as serious as it was. We shouldn't have these draconian measures going on. Wearing masks can be harmful to your health causing oxygen deficiency and toxic carbon dioxide in your blood," says Hall.


A new study published by Mass General Brigham finds that face masks can go a long way in stopping the coronavirus in its tracks. According to the study from the Boston-based nonprofit hospital, the rate of coronavirus infections fell dramatically from the middle of March to the end of April when health care workers and patients both wore masks in a hospital setting.

The study found that N95 and surgical masks are more effective than bandannas and scarves, but that those face coverings are better than not wearing one at all.


Holcomb has not issued a statewide mask mandate, but has encouraged people to wear masks. Hall says that sets a dangerous precedent.


"It's ridiculous. Some of the stores are now requiring people to wear masks because they're following his lead. They should be voluntary not mandatory," says Hall.


Hall was asked about the increase of coronavirus cases across the country and the possibility that people traveling from other states could bring the virus to Indiana.


"But it hasn't yet. The number of cases are up because testing is up. Symptoms are either mild or people are asymptomatic. It's not as serious as they told us it was going to be. It's not a crisis anymore," says Hall.


Hall was asked what he plans to do if the City of Indianapolis or Marion County Health Department plans on issuing the protesers a fine or some kind of punishment.


"We know attorneys that will help fight anything. There's no law that requires it. It's really questionable on a legal basis," says Hall.


The anti-mask protest is scheduled for Sunday at 200 West Washington Street from 4-6 pm.

FedEx to go ahead with Greenwood distribution center

FedEx is moving ahead with a new project in Johnson County.


FedEx plans to set up a distribution center in Greenwood two years after abandoning a previous plan for the city, according to Inside Indiana Business.


The company plans to spend more than $23 million on an 815,000-square-foot facility just off of I-65 and Worthsville Road. Construction is already underway.


According to The Daily Journal, FedEx expects to create 500 new jobs. Plans call for 100 full-time employees with an average salary of $54,000 and 400 part-time employees with an hourly wage of $15.


In 2017, FedEx announced plans for a small package distribution center in Greenwood that would have created 455 jobs. However, the project was called off in the spring of 2018 when FedEx backed out of the deal, citing “projected operational needs,” according to IIB.


FedEx plans to have the new facility open before the holiday season begins.

Morristown house fire under investigation

Few details are being released at this time regarding an ongoing investigation of a house fire Tuesday night in Morristown.


Morristown fire and police and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department responded to the home on South Washington late Tuesday.  No injuries were reported.


The Indiana State Fire Marshal's office has been called in to investigate.

Kroger will require masks in all stores

Kroger submitted the following information about requiring customers to wear masks starting July 22:


With the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country—as America’s grocer—we are committed to doing our part to help reduce the spread of the virus.


Kroger’s most urgent priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been to provide a safe environment for our associates and customers while meeting our societal obligation to provide open stores, ecommerce solutions and an efficiently operating supply chain so that our communities have access to fresh, affordable food and essentials.


As an employer, grocery provider and community partner, we have a responsibility to help keep our associates, customers and communities safe. According to the CDC, wearing a facial covering, combined with social distancing and frequent handwashing, has been scientifically proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Starting July 22, we will require all customers in all locations to wear a mask when shopping in our stores, joining our associates who continue to wear masks. We are taking this extra step now because we recognize additional precautions are needed to protect our country.


We respect and acknowledge that some customers, due to medical reasons, may not be able to wear a mask (small children are exempt). We encourage those customers to consider an alternative option like a face shield or facial covering. If they’re unable to wear a mask or an alternative design, we request that they use our ecommerce services like pickup or delivery. To support all households during the COVID-19 pandemic, our grocery pickup service remains free (generally a $4.95 fee).


Walmart, Best Buy to require masks

 If you want to shop at Walmart or Sam’s Club on or after Monday, July 20, you will need to wear a face mask.


The company said in a statement Wednesday:


“As the number of confirmed cases has spiked in communities across the country recently, so too have the number and types of face-covering mandates being implemented.


Currently, about 65 percent of our more than 5,000 stores and clubs are located in areas where there is some form of government mandate on face coverings. To help bring consistency across stores and clubs, we will require all shoppers to wear a face covering starting Monday, July 20.”


Another retailer, Best Buy, announced Tuesday that it will also require shoppers to wear face masks. Costco started requiring customers to wear masks in stores beginning in May.


Traffic redirect on Shelbyville's Public Square Wednesday

Indiana American Water and Beaty Construction have to make a crossing at West Washington Street and the Public Square in Shelbyville Wednesday. 


Traffic will be redirected (per the picture in this story) to the east side of the Public Square for Wednesday, July 15. 


It will last one day for the crossing.


Second shooting on 465 in two days

Detectives from the Indiana State Police are investigating a fatal interstate shooting that occurred Monday evening. This is the second interstate shooting in the Indianapolis area in two days, however these incidents are not believed to be related.


Monday night, at 6:05 p.m., emergency crews were called to I-465 westbound  on the south side of Indianapolis near the SR 37 exit for reports of a person shot. When troopers arrived CPR was in progress by an INDOT Hoosier Helper who had stopped to help. Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service along with the Indianapolis Fire Department arrived quickly and resumed life saving efforts. The victim was transported to an area hospital and later pronounced deceased.


Preliminary investigation has led detectives to believe this shooting began with a road rage incident.  The suspect pulled alongside the victim's vehicle, which was a full size white van, and opened fire. The suspect fled the scene in a newer model black Chevrolet Impala or Malibu.


The suspect, who was the sole occupant of the black Chevrolet, was described as a light skin black male, with tight dreadlocks that stopped above his shoulders and a skinny build.


Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or was in the area with a dash camera is asked to contact the Indiana State Police at 317-899-8577 or CrimeStoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous. 


The victim is a resident of Georgia however their identity is being withheld at this time. 

Hartnett to retire from J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Clubs in September

The J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Clubs reports that corporation executive director John Hartnett has announced his intention to retire from that position effective September 30, 2020. Hartnett, only the third executive director in Club history, began his 40-year Boys and Girls Club career as an assistant director in 1980 and assumed the role of chief professional officer in 1984, following the death of long-time director Ken Self.


Hartnett oversaw historic growth and development during his four-decade tenure with the Club including: Two multi-million dollar capital campaigns, establishment of a half-million dollar endowment and creation of the Morristown Boys and Girls Club. “I truly appreciate the tremendous opportunities the Boys and Girls Club has provided for me over the course of the past 40 years,” stated Hartnett.  “Most significant are the lifetime associations and friendships I have had the blessing to develop with so many. I am genuinely grateful.”


Brady Claxton is the current board president of the Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Club and he had this to say about John’s retirement news.  “It is impossible to overstate the importance of John Hartnett to the Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Club and our community as a whole.  John has had an immeasurable impact on countless lives in Shelby County, including my own.  John’s commitment, dedication, and devotion to the youth of Shelby County is unparalleled.  We wish him all the best as moves into the next phase of his life and we are forever grateful for his 40 years of service to the Boys and Girls Club."


A graduate of Franklin College and Butler University, Hartnett has served in a variety of capacities for numerous community organizations including: Babe Ruth Baseball, Shelbyville Central Schools, The Shelby County United Fund and the Drug-Free Coalition. He is a past president of the Indiana Boys and Girls Club Workers Association and was a founding board member of the Indiana Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs. He was inducted into The Shelbyville High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the 2018 Boys and Girls Clubs of America “Contribution to the Profession Award.”


UPDATE: Body found at Eagle Creek reservoir

A body was found in Eagle Creek Reservoir early Friday morning.


Indiana Conservation Officer Jet Quillen said the Pike Township Fire Department located the floating body around 6:15 am.


"The body has been taken down to the Marion County Coroner's Office, and they are working diligently to identify the victim that was taken from the water," Quillen said.


They believe it could be the man the fire department has been searching for since Wednesday afternoon. The man was paddleboating with a woman before storms rolled in and caused the boat to flip, sending both into the water. The woman was rescued and is now doing okay, but the man never resurfaced.

UPDATE: One fatality, one injured in Thursday morning crash

The one-car crash occurred in the 4200 block of East Michigan Rd.  An eastbound 2003 Chrysler van driven by Tera Doane Minyard, 39, of Cincinnati, left the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle struck a tree.


The passenger in the vehicle, Ronda Purdon, 52, of Cincinnati, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was lifelined to Indianapolis.


The crash is still under investigation.



Original story - Wednesday, Jul 9

A one-car accident on Shelby County’s Michigan Road resulted in one fatality Thursday morning.


The accident occurred near St. Vincent DePaul at 9:00 am.  A passenger, from out-of-state, died in the crash when the vehicle left the road and hit a tree head-on.  The driver was taken to Methodist Hospital.


The crash remains under investigation.

Search resumes today for missing paddle boater at Eagle Creek Reservoir

Indiana Conservation Officers are concluded for the evening Thursday their search operations at Eagle Creek Reservoir for a missing paddle boater that fell overboard and never resurfaced.


Search efforts will resume Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. 


Search operations utilizing sonar and divers.


This incident is still under investigation and updates will be provided as they become available.

Arrest in 1986 Connersville murder case

An arrest has been made in a Fayette County cold case.


The Fayette County Sheriff's Department says Shawn McClung was charged Thursday afternoon with voluntary manslaughter for the death of Denise Pflum.


Pflum was 18 years old, and a senior at Connersville High School, when she went missing in 1986.

Court documents say McClung previously claimed the Pflum was still alive, but recently admitted that he killed her 34 years ago.


In a written statement, the parents of Pflum said:


"This is just a start, there will be more to follow, which we cannot comment on at this point. We appreciate all of the love and support that you have shown us. We appreciate that Denise has become like family to all of you. Our daughter was a special person whom we will never forget, and we know that this community will not forget. We are so grateful for all of those who have followed her story, who have helped with the investigation, and who have shown support and love."