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MHP Covid vaccine clinic opens

Major Health Partners (MHP) began offering COVID-19 vaccines to Hoosiers aged 70 and older as well as healthcare workers and first responders, on Friday, Jan. 15. The COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is located in the lower level of the MHP Medical Center at 2451 Intelliplex Drive in Shelbyville.  Patients should use Entrance 2 (main entrance) and will be directed by a member of the MHP staff on where to go from there.   

 

Appointments are required.

 

The COVID Vaccine Clinic will be open noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Appointments can be scheduled on the state’s website at www.ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211.  You do not have to be an MHP patient to receive a vaccine at this clinic, which will have the capacity to administer more than 190 vaccines a day.

 

Patients need to bring a photo ID with their date of birth and their insurance card (if they have one). While the Covid 19 vaccine is free to everyone, providing us with your insurance information allows the State to bill insurance companies or Medicare an administrative fee. 

 

“We have been eagerly anticipating this day for many months and are thrilled to join hospitals, community pharmacies and other health care facilities across the state to begin protecting Hoosiers from the COVID-19 virus,” said Linda Wessic, MHP Vice President and CNO.  “True to our mission to improve the health and health care of our community, we are committed to offering our resources and talents to support the Indiana State Department of Health in vaccinating as many Hoosiers as possible as quickly as possible.”

 

MHP’s front-line employees began receiving the first doses on December 18, 2020, but they had to travel to Hancock County to get them.  “I’m pleased that nearly 400 employees have received their first dose and of those, about 175 have already received the second and final dose of the Pfizer vaccine, providing them with 95% immunity from the virus,” said Dr. Paula Gustafson, MHP Chief Medical Officer and pediatrician. “This will help ensure our care teams are healthy and available to care for the patients who need our advanced skills and expertise.”

 

Through careful and strategic planning, the MHP pharmacy, operational and patient care teams developed an efficient process for administering and documenting vaccines. As supplies of vaccines increase, MHP plans to continue its partnership with the Health Department to expand its services as needed to ensure the most vulnerable people across the state have access to the vaccine.

 

To ensure patients get both required doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which is necessary for maximum protection, a second appointment will be scheduled for each patient when they receive their first dose.

 

No charges to be filed in Greenfield death during police investigation

Indiana State Police say they have concluded a death investigation that involved officers with the Greenfield Police Department.

 

At the conclusion of the Indiana State Police investigation into the death of,David Donelli, 42, of Indianapolis, which began December 15, 2020, the findings were turned over to the Hancock County Prosecutor for review. This is standard procedure in a case such as this. The Hancock County Prosecutor, Brent Eaton, reviewed the findings of the investigation and has determined no criminal charges will be filed related to this incident. 

 

The three Greenfield Police Officers involved were Patrol Officer Jill Jenkins, Patrol Officer Andrew Pfaff and Lieutenant Matthew Holland. 

 

 

Original release

 

 

At the request of Greenfield Police Chief Jeff Rasche, the Indiana State Police are investigating a death that occurred December 15, 2020, at approximately 11:45 a.m. in the parking lot of 2055 Barrett Drive, Greenfield, Indiana. The death occurred during the course of a police investigation.

 

Preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives revealed this incident began when three Greenfield Police Officers located a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the business. Further investigation led the officers to the suspect who was inside the business. During the course of the investigation the suspect fled on foot and ran outside into the parking lot. While chasing the suspect, one officer utilized a less lethal weapon commonly referred to as a taser. After the deployment of the taser, the suspect fell to the ground and struck his head on the concrete. Immediately after he was taken into custody, the officers rendered first aid until paramedics arrived. The adult male was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

 

The Indiana State Police, along with the Hancock County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate this incident. 

First Merchants Bank to close Morristown branch in spring; residents not giving up without a fight

The future of Morristown’s First Merchants Bank branch may be down to just months.  

 

First Merchants has announced an April timeline for the Morristown branch.  Area residents are still fighting to get the word out about how important it is to them to keep it open.

 

One of those residents is Diane Hannell.  She describes her emotions when she heard that First Merchants intended to consolidate the branch and employees into its Shelbyville facility on Marketplace Boulevard.

 

 

Hannell says the community is contacting the bank and more in an effort to prevent the Morristown bank from closing.

 

 

This response was provided to GIANT fm News by First Merchants on the closing of their facility in Morristown:


For the past several years, First Merchants has been investing in our vision for a banking delivery transformation that will serve as a catalyst for our company’s future. We are continuing to build on our commitment of meeting the evolving needs of current and prospective clients, while balancing the needs of our communities. First Merchants is embracing the increased utilization of our mobile and online banking services, along with changes in banking center interactions.


On April 20, the Morristown banking center located at 488 West Main Street will consolidate with and into our Shelbyville banking center located at 2350 Marketplace Boulevard.


We welcome clients who use the First Merchants Morristown banking center to access their accounts and bankers at any of our locations, along with a deposit-capable ATM which will remain in the area. First Merchants recognizes the value of our staff, so we are retaining all banking center teammates and helping each teammate find a position at First Merchants.


We believe these changes will allow First Merchants to remain a trusted choice for our clients and communities, attract and retain high-performing teammates, and continue to serve as a reliable and strong investment for our shareholders.


-        First Merchants

 

Hannell says the community is not satisfied with what they’ve been told.

 

 

Hannell says this is more than just keeping convenient banking in town.  It’s about a staff that has always given its personal attention and care to the Morristown community.

 

 

Many residents have spoken and written that if this closing happens it will end their affiliation with First Merchants.

 

 

A change.org petition that was recently started has over 1, 200 signatures.  You find it at  http://chng.it/vwFDkWXSrj

Update: Fountaintown man killed in Sunday shooting; funeral information

The name of the shooting victim from a Sunday night incident has been released by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.  

 

Joseph A. Harris 39, of Fountaintown, was declared dead at the scene.

 

No other details have been released in this ongoing investigation.

 

Below is the original Shelby County Sheriff's Department release on the Sunday incident.

 

This is the obituary notice for Joseph Harris submitted by Mrphy-Parks

 

Joseph A. “Joe” Harris, 39, of Fountaintown passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 at his residence.

 

He was born October 5, 1981 in Anderson, to Bruce A. Harris and Christina A. (Matthews) Epperson.

 

Joe attended Morristown Jr/Sr High School.  He enjoyed listening to music, especially Rock N Roll. 

Two of his favorite pastimes were racing and playing video games.  He loved playing sports in his younger years and watching games as he got older.

 

Joe will be greatly missed by his mother, his sister, Nikki Collins (Darrell Baker) of Greenfield; his step-brother Danny Epperson (wife, Brandi) of Gwynneville; his niece, Mackenzie Collins; his nephews, Dreyton Epperson, Wesley Collins, and Darrell Baker III.  Joe is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Pam Matthews, his uncles, Jeff Matthews, Jason Matthews, and Jamie Matthews (wife, Jennifer), his aunt, Pam Matthews, his former brother-in-law, Ryan Collins, and several cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce, his paternal grandparents, and his maternal grandparents.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

  

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve Joe’s family.

 

Memorial contributions may be given to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Avenue, Ste. 902, New York, NY 10018 or hdsa.org/how-you-can-help/donations.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

 

 

 

Original release

One man is dead from a Sunday night shooting in Shelby County.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department released information about the incident that occurred about 9:40 pm Sunday.  The report of a shooting was at a residence in the 11000 block of North State Road 9.

 

Upon arrival Shelby County officers found a male, 39, deceased from a gunshot wound. There was a another male ,67,also at  the scene , who was suffering from injuries . That male was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says they are not currently looking for anyone else involved. The incident is still under investigation at this time. 

FBI seeking tips on Hoosiers involved in Capitol riot

Several Hoosiers could have been involved in the riot that happened at the Capitol building in Washington, DC January 6.

 

So far, no one from Indiana has been charged, but that could change.

 

"Like FBI field offices across the country, FBI Indianapolis is receiving tips regarding Hoosiers who may have been at the Capitol building in Washington, DC Jan. 6. Any subjects that are arrested/indicted will be prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC," said Christine Bavender, Public Affairs Officer at FBI Indianapolis.

 

The FBI has shared numerous photos of pictures taken from social media posts of people that breached security at the Capitol. On Tuesday afternoon, Steven D'Antuono, the acting director in charge of the Washington D.C. FBI field office, said they have already received more than 100,000 pieces of digital media.

 

“I want to stress that the FBI has a long memory and a broad reach, agents and our partners are on the streets investigating leads, not only here in the D.C. area but also across the country in FBI’s 56 field offices,” said D’Antuono. "We are scouring everyone for investigative and intelligence leads, and we continue to ask for more."

 

To report tips to the FBI, call 1-800-CALL-FBI or send tips to tips.fbi.gov.

Columbus police officer arrested

A Columbus police officer was arrested on felony battery and official misconduct charges after an investigation by detectives with the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post.

 

The Columbus Police Department contacted the Indiana State Police on June 17, 2020 and requested an investigation be conducted after an officer allegedly struck a suspect while the suspect was in custody in the back of a Columbus Police vehicle the previous day. 

 

The investigation by ISP Detectives determined that on June 16, 2020, Officer John Velten, a 14 year veteran of the Columbus Police Department, arrested an adult male after responding to a fight on Indiana Avenue in Columbus.  While handcuffed in the back seat of the police vehicle, the suspect began hitting his head against the interior of the police vehicle.  As a response, Officer Velten struck the suspect with his fist while the suspect was still handcuffed inside of the vehicle.  Officer Velten’s actions caused moderate injuries to the suspect.

 

At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was turned over to a special prosecutor to review the case.  As a result, charges of Battery Resulting in Moderate Injury, Level 6 Felony and Official Misconduct-Level 6 Felony were filed against John Velten.  He was arrested Tuesday when he turned himself in to detectives at the Bartholomew County Jail.   

 

According to the Columbus Police Department, which has been fully cooperative with ISP Detectives, Velten has remained employed with the City of Columbus in a non-law enforcement related capacity since the investigation began.  The Columbus Police Department will be releasing additional information on the status of John Velten’s employment with the City of Columbus.

One man shot dead, another injured in a Sunday night Shelby Co. incident

One man is dead from a Sunday night shooting in Shelby County.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department released information about the incident that occurred about 9:40 pm Sunday.  The report of a shooting was at a residence in the 11000 block of North State Road 9.

 

Upon arrival Shelby County officers found a male, 39, deceased from a gunshot wound. There was a another male ,67,also at  the scene , who was suffering from injuries . That male was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says they are not currently looking for anyone else involved. The incident is still under investigation at this time. 

Investigation underway after apparent Bartholomew Co. hunting accident death

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an apparent hunting accident that claimed the life of a Columbus man.

 

About 9:00 am Sunday, officers were dispatched to the area near the 9200 block of South State Road 58 in Columbus after a hunter was found unresponsive by a family member after he failed to return home.

 

John Walker, 54, of Columbus, was found suffering from a gunshot wound that initial investigation suggests came from an accidental discharge of his firearm. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Exact cause of death is pending autopsy results.

 

This investigation is still ongoing, and more information will be released as it becomes available.  

Governor Eric Holcomb directs flags to be flown at half-staff for US Capitol police officers

Governor Holcomb is directing flags in the State of Indiana to be flown at half-staff to honor United States Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement.

 

Flags should be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on January 13, 2021.

 

Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents in Indiana to lower their flags to half-staff.

Westport man charged with drunk driving wrong way in Columbus

A man was arrested for driving drunk the wrong way on a road in Columbus Friday morning with his child in the truck.

 

The Columbus Police Department (CPD) said Anthony Harris, 43, of Westport, was going north in the southbound lanes of Central Avenue and nearly hit a CPD officer's car. Police say Harris was stopped and arrested. They say they administered a breathalyzer test and Harris' blood alcohol content was .147, which is well over the legal limit.

 

The child is okay.

 

Harris was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail.  

Petition to save First Merchants facility in Morristown

The Morristown First Merchants banking center is scheduled to consolidate with and into the Shelbyville banking center at 2350 Marketplace Boulevard in April.

 

Several residents have signed a petition in an effort to keep the bank in the community.

 

The petition can be found at the following link:

 

https://www.change.org/p/first-merchants-bank-keep-our-small-town-bank-alive?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=custom_url&recruited_by_id=5a702ca0-4eff-11eb-ab5d-037fe6092fdb&fbclid=IwAR1nL0WR7PW76mHojcslMgYVDuR_tOVnKunHS8K_uWky8rRBSnS6Xb0qb_Q

 

This response provided by First Merchants on the closing of their facility in Morristown:


For the past several years, First Merchants has been investing in our vision for a banking delivery transformation that will serve as a catalyst for our company’s future. We are continuing to build on our commitment of meeting the evolving needs of current and prospective clients, while balancing the needs of our communities. First Merchants is embracing the increased utilization of our mobile and online banking services, along with changes in banking center interactions.


On April 20, the Morristown banking center located at 488 West Main Street will consolidate with and into our Shelbyville banking center located at 2350 Marketplace Boulevard.


We welcome clients who use the First Merchants Morristown banking center to access their accounts and bankers at any of our locations, along with a deposit-capable ATM which will remain in the area. First Merchants recognizes the value of our staff, so we are retaining all banking center teammates and helping each teammate find a position at First Merchants.


We believe these changes will allow First Merchants to remain a trusted choice for our clients and communities, attract and retain high-performing teammates, and continue to serve as a reliable and strong investment for our shareholders.


-        First Merchants

 

 

Scammer pretends to be Indiana State Police

A scammer that has called at least one person in southern Indiana, is going through some trouble to seem like a state police detective, to try and get peoples personal info.

 

The victim told police they got a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. The caller said they were alerting them that their Social Security was being suspended due to fraudulent activity in Texas and that they would soon get a phone call from the Indiana State Police. 

 

The would-be scammer also provided the number that would call, with the proper 765 area code.  When that phone call came it actually showed up as Indiana State Police.

 

The state police say neither the Social Security Administration, the IRS, nor the Indiana State Police will ever call requesting personal information over the phone, text, or email. If you get a call from someone claiming to be from Social Security, or any federal or state agency who asks for personal or financial information, hang-up. 

 

The Social Security Administration advises reporting suspected fraudulent calls to the Office of the Inspector General at OIG.SSA.GOV. 

 

State Police say never provide information over the phone about your personal identity, social security number, bank account(s), or credit card number(s) to an unknown caller.

Greenfield AT&T robbed at gunpoint

The Greenfield Police are asking for the public's help in solving a robbery that occurred Thursday evening. 

 

Officers were called to the AT&T Store, 1346 North State St., Greenfield, for a robbery call. Upon arrival, police were advised two suspects entered the store at approximately 7:15 p.m. and alerted those inside the store that it was being robbed. There were no customers in the business at the time and there are no injuries. 

 

Police have described the suspects as two males armed with a handgun. 

 

Captain Michael Schwamberger, of the Greenfield Police, tells Giant FM, the department is looking into the possibility of this incident being related to other cell phone store robberies in the Indianapolis area. 

 

"As of right now, we don't have any evidence or indication that this is related to some of our other recent robberies in the Greenfield area. Several robbery rings -- not all -- in the past have shown us that groups of suspects will stick with a certain type of location i.e. banks, cell phone stores, fast food restaurants, etc. when they commit robberies. Lots of times, they start out in major cities and eventually spread out to surrounding communities. This robbery could be the case in that scenario based on the amount of cell phone store robberies that Indianapolis has experienced lately," he said. 

 

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Greenfield Police Department at 317-477-4410. 

Woman's son killed by pit bull; fighting extradition back to Kentucky

A Kentucky woman is fighting extradition from Shelby County to face charges in the death of her two year old son.

 

Jennifer Geiling, 26, of Louisville, Ky, was arrested by local officers on December 30, on a warrant issued out of Jefferson County, Kentucky, on charges of Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Reckless Homicide. 

 

The Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office filed against her as a Fugitive From Justice, as she is fighting extradition back to Kentucky to face the charges.

 

According to Kentucky Court Records that obtained by the Shelby County Prosecutor, the charges stem from an incident on May 2, 2019, when Geiling’s 2 year-old son was mauled to death by a pit bull.  According to the report and information from an investigator with the Jefferson County, Kentucky Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, this not the first time that the pit bull had injured the child, and the pit bull also had a history of aggression against various others as well, up to the point that one neighbor had previously shot at the dog.  It had a history of attacking and biting people, including its owner, and the Louisville Police Department had responded before to calls regarding the aggressive dog. 

 

The report indicates that on May 2, 2019, another woman was lying on a bed and watching television with the child when the pit bull (named “King”) jumped onto the bed and immediately grabbed the child by the head and began shaking him violently.  The dog then pulled the child to the floor, where it clamped onto the child’s head/neck area and resumed violently shaking the child.  By the time that two neighbors were able to get the dog to release the child, it was too late. 

 

One of the neighbors advised that Geiling simply said that the child “always screams and sets the dog off”. 

 

Officers further noted “The house was absolutely filthy covered in animal feces, visible rats/mice, bugs, clutter, disarray, and an extremely foul odor.”  Geiling was charged with the two offenses by a grand jury.

 

Geiling had previously been arrested on the case when it was first filed.  She was given court dates, but skipped court and fled to Indiana. 

 

At her initial hearing in Shelby Superior Court No. 2 on the Fugitive From Justice (extradition) filing, Geiling told Magistrate Jennifer Kinsley that she would not agree to extradition because she thought the case should be dismissed, claiming that she had already suffered enough due to the child’s death.  Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen says the only emotion she showed while making this argument was frustration – stating that her being in custody was interfering with her life. 

 

Geiling remains in the Shelby County Jail and Landwerlen is working with the Indiana Attorney General, the Kentucky Attorney General, and the Governor to obtain a Governor’s Warrant to compel extradition to Kentucky to face the charges.

Edinburgh police officer charged with child molest

An Edinburgh police officer is facing charges for molesting a family member.

 

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Nunez, 33, faces two counts of child molesting.


The boy and his mother reached out to police in December. When investigators spoke with the 12-year-old boy, he told them that the molestation started when he was six and happened once a month for the next six years, only when his mother was out of the house. The boy said Nunez forced him to touch his privates and do other sexual activities.

 

Nunez was arrested Tuesday. Each charge could be worth 20-50 years in prison, meaning Nunez could face up to 100 years.

Donna Christian named new Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Donna Christian has been named the Executive Director of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

 

She will be replacing Executive Director Julie Metz who has held the position for 14 years.

 

Metz is eager to retire but she said, “knowing that Donna shares my passion for the county and the mission of the Chamber makes it easier to move on. Donna has exciting ideas that will continue to meet the needs and expectations of our members and the community.”

 

Donna Christian has a varied background that is well-suited for the job of Executive Director. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Journalism from the University of Indianapolis and has continued her education with certifications from Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame.

 

Her background includes serving in positions in Governor Orr’s public relations department, WWWY Radio, Irwin Management Company of Columbus as The Commons Mall and Downtown Main Street marketing director, general manager of Indiana Premium Outlets with Simon Property Group, and operations in the Rotary Club of Indianapolis. She has served on numerous boards and committees. She was appointed by Gov. Evan Bayh to serve on the State Tourism Board, Columbus (IN) Visitors Center, Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Zonta Club, Columbus Jaycees, Columbus Farmers Market, Columbus Area Arts Council, and the Foundation for Youth to name a few. She is a current member of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis.

 

Travis Edington, President of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce said, “Hiring someone with Donna’s experience and talent is a clear example of the Chamber’s determination to continue the momentum and positive impact for our members’ businesses under Julie’s leadership. The Hiring Committee interviewed outstanding candidates, but Donna stood out for her experience, marketing and ability to develop relationships with members, the media and the county. We found her to be engaging, energetic, and experienced. She certainly has a “can-do” attitude.”

 

Donna Christian is a life-long resident of Shelby County and a graduate of Southwestern High School.

 

“I have always wanted to work in my hometown. Shelbyville and the county have always held a special affection. I am always quick to tell others that I’m a resident of Shelby County. The people in the county are authentic and caring – it’s just a great place to live, work and raise a family. I’m excited about the opportunity to be instrumental in adding valuable programs and educational opportunities for our members while promoting business growth in Shelbyville and the surrounding area,” Christian said. “I look forward to fulfilling the needs of our current membership while spearheading a push for new members. I believe passionately in the Chamber and its capacity to enhance the economic and business climate of our area. It’s going to be great to be at home in Shelby County and serving my community.”

 

Donna will start her position on Monday, January 11.

 

“I am anxious to start training with Julie for this job. I know she will get me prepared to take the helm and chart a course for success. Julie is such a seasoned, well-known professional – it will be a challenge to meet her high standards. I know the Directors and members of the Chamber join me in wishing her all the best in her endeavors. She will be sorely missed,” Donna Christian said.

Big money in state's lottery games this week

Feeling lucky? This week's lottery jackpots have big prizes.

 

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is worth an estimated $432 million dollars.  Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is worth $384 million.

 

Drawings are held at 11 p.m. Eastern time. Players have one hour until then to purchase a ticket.

Sportmix dog and cat food recall due to potentially fatal level of a toxin called aflatoxin.

Your cat or dog food may be part of a new recall.

 

Midwestern Pet Foods is recalling certain varieties of Sportmix dog and cat food because it may contain a potentially fatal level of a toxin called aflatoxin.

 

The FDA says Sportmix High Energy Dog Food is linked to at least 28 dog deaths and 8 illnesses.

Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on grains like corn used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, it can cause illness and death in animals.

 

Symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning include sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice, and/or diarrhea.

 

The list of recalled dry pet food products announced by Midwestern Pet Food, Inc. on December 30, 2020 is:

 

Sportmix Energy Plus, 50 lb. bag
 - Exp 03/02/22/05/L2
 - Exp 03/02/22/05/L3
 - Exp 03/03/22/05/L2

 

Sportmix Energy Plus, 44 lb. bag
 - Exp 03/02/22/05/L3

 

Sportmix Premium High Energy, 50 lb. bag
 - Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

 

Sportmix Premium High Energy, 44 lb. bag
 - Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

 

Sportmix Original Cat, 31 lb. bag 
 - Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

 

Sportmix Original Cat, 15 lb. bag
 - Exp 03/03/22/05/L2
 - Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

 

Pet owners should throw the recalled products out immediately.

Covid-19 vaccine doses arrived in Shelby County

The Shelby County Department of Health announced Thursday that the county, via CVS Pharmacy, has started to vaccinate individuals in long term care facilities. 

 

The department stated that it's also excited to report that the Indiana Department of Health has notified Shelby County Health Department that doses of Vaccine will be shipped for expansion of the vaccine administration plan. Shelby County Health Department is anticipating beginning clinics Tuesday January 12.

 

If you believe you are part of this next phase, please visit:https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/

 

We ask everyone to be courteous and patient. Our Health Department and other county partners will provide vaccines as our state and federal partners have guided us.

 

ALL COVID VACCINATION CLINICS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. NO EXCEPTIONS CAN BE MADE PER INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (IDOH).

 

Received the vaccine? Make sure you are on the v-safe after vaccination health checker at https://vsafe.cdc.gov/?fbclid=IwAR24E2btfCxuv7quxZAQ_StvwxD7LB7zfvx927hK6cRj_H6IuiB_0MZZkDg

 

About the vaccine as provided by IDOH

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), and additional vaccines are being developed by other manufacturers. The EUA process has allowed for clinical trials and manufacturing to occur simultaneously, while still allowing for rigorous testing to determine how safe and effective it is.

 

  1. Safety is top priority.
    The first goal is to focus on the safety of the vaccine and determining how effective it is. Before any vaccine is released, it must first complete three phases of clinical trials to study its effect on thousands of diverse study participants. Once that study is done, the pharmaceutical company submits the results for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. FDA. This is a way to make important health breakthroughs available to the public quickly.

    The vaccine is then reviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP is a federal advisory committee of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the U.S. public.

    The next step before the vaccine is available is for the Indiana Department of Health’s Vaccine Allocation Plan Development Advisory Group to make final recommendations on the ethical and equitable allocation of a limited COVID-19 vaccine.
     
  2. There will be a limited vaccine supply at first.
    Vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna are now available. Some groups will be recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccine first. We have set up a phased-in approach to determine who is eligible for vaccine first based on the most effective way to reduce the impact of COVID-19. This first round of vaccine will go to long-term care center staff and healthcare personnel who in their line of may be exposed to COVID-19 patients or infectious material. The Pfizer vaccine will not initially be available for children under age 16 or younger than age 18 for Moderna. Early clinical trials of the vaccine show no adverse effects for pregnant women, but if you’re pregnant, you should have a conversation with a healthcare provider to see if it’s right for you.
     
  3. The vaccine will be free.
    Vaccine providers can bill a patient’s insurance for a fee to administer the vaccine, but will not be able to charge the patient. Providers can seek reimbursement for uninsured patients from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.
     
  4. Prevent the spread of COVID-19 until vaccine is available to everyone.
    The vaccine is in limited supply at first and won’t be widely available until next year. Until there is enough vaccine for everyone, it’s crucial for you to continue to take these steps that we can do now to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
    • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others
    • Stay at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arm lengths)
    • Practice good hand hygiene by washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer
    • Isolate yourself if you’re sick and stay home if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19
    • Clean frequently touched surfaces often

 

Please visit https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/ to be able to click on the hyperlinks and more information.

 

To schedule a Covid-19 test please call your physician, go to IDOH Coronavirus website or Shelby County Health Department Website for the link to schedule a testing time and location.

Suspect arrested after short pursuit from Walmart

A vehicle pursuit followed a shoplifting call from the Shelbyville Walmart Tuesday.

 

On December 29 the Shelbyville Police Department responded to Walmart for a theft in progress.  Officers were advised the suspect was leaving in a small green passenger car. 

 

Officers located the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop as the vehicle was leaving Walmart.  John David Earl Curtsinger started to stop then took off leading officers on a vehicle pursuit.  Curtsinger was able to enter I-74 eastbound where he struck a dump truck and crashed into the median.

 

Officers conducted a felony traffic stop on Curtsinger and took him into custody without any further issues.  Curtsinger advised he felt he was injured due to the crash and medics were called to check Curtsinger’s medical condition.  It was determined that Curtsinger would be transported to MHP for evaluation.

 

Curtsinger was cleared by MHP and was transported to the Shelby County Jail.. Curtsinger was booked in for the following preliminary charges: resisting law enforcement (L6 Felony), Theft (L6 Felony), OVWI Endangerment (A/M), & Reckless Driving (C/M).

Caesars to sell operation of Elizabeth casino

Caesars Southern Indiana casino in Elizabeth, Indiana will operate under new ownership in 2021. 

The Harrison County casino was acquired by a Native American tribe in a $250 million deal. 

 

Nevada-based Caesars Entertainment Inc. agreed to sell the operation of the casino to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), based in North Carolina. 

 

Caesars says EBCI has entered into a long-term agreement for the continued use of the Caesars brand at the casino. 

 

According to Caesars, EBCI has entered into a long-term agreement for the continued use of the Caesars brand at the casino. The companies say EBCI will enter into a new lease with year one annual rent payments of $32.5 million. 

 

"The purchase of Caesars Southern Indiana operating company marks the beginning of an exciting new future for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians," said Richard Sneed, principal chief, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. "We are pleased to build upon our long-standing partnership with Caesars as we look to advance our interests in commercial gaming in the coming years."

 

After it was acquired through a public merger with Eldorado Resorts Inc., Caesars was ordered by the Indiana Gaming Commission to sell three of its five casinos in the state.

 

Along with the Elizabeth casino, Caesars chose to sell its Evansville and Hammond properties.

Booms heard, felt by several in Shelby County

As the first wave of reports of mysterious booms came in, Ryan Hansome immediately thought back to a few years ago. 

 

"I heard the first one around 4:50-4:55. I immediately thought of the Richmond Hills explosion several years ago," the Shelby County Emergency Management Director told Giant FM. 

 

The Richmond Hill explosion took place Nov. 10, 2012 in the Richmond Hill subdivision on the Southside of Indianapolis and caused two deaths and over $4 million in property damage. 

 

Hansome said reports of people hearing the explosions came from Rushville and Carthage as well as around Shelby County.  As of Monday morning, there was still no cause for the mysterious booms.  Hansome told Giant FM he was still waiting to hear back from several agencies.

MHP COVID-19 Update - December 23

  • Overall update:  Today’s update is full of encouraging news.  MHP’s positivity rate is down; Shelby County is no longer in the RED category; MHP has only a few employees off work related to Covid; our Emergency Department volumes are significantly down; and our urgent care and walk-in volumes are lower compared to our normal volumes.  We are asking the Community to be safe and smart during the Christmas holiday.  Please don’t let your guard down over the holidays to help us maintain the current encouraging trends.  We wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas Holiday Season!  Our next update will occur on Monday, December 28. 
  • Covid Vaccines:  Many MHP employees have already received their first dose of the Covid vaccine at Hancock Regional Hospital.  To date, no employee has reported anything more than a minor, expected reaction which would be the same for any vaccine.  
  • Bamlanivimab “Bam” monoclonal drug for Covid treatment.  By the end of the day, we will have infused 193 patients with this Eli Lilly monoclonal drug.  We have a sufficient supply of both Regeneron and Bamlanivimab for our current needs. 
  • Shelby County Status:  We are pleased to report that Shelby County been designated as ORANGE in this week’s county color code map with a composite score of 2.5 based on 7-day rolling test positivity and cases per 100,000.  Please visit https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm for more information. 
  • Priority Care and Family & Internal Medicine Walk-ins:  Both locations are experiencing low volumes at this time.   

 

 

  • MHP TESTING STATUS:
    • Number of NEW positive results: 35 new positive cases since 12/21/2020
      • Out of the 35 new positive cases, 4 patients required inpatient care and 31 remained outpatient.  We are down to only 280 Rapid tests remaining with no estimated delivery date provided by our supplier.  We hope to have our in-house rapid testing up and running by next week.   

 

 

  • MHP INPATIENT STATUS:
    • Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  32 and 5 of those patients are in the Critical Care Unit (CCU). 
      • Number of available 3rd floor beds: 8
    • Currently, we have 20 inpatients that tested positive for COVID.

 

  • MHP EMERGENCY DEPT STATUS:
    • Number of total ER patients in last 24 hours: 39 patients with only 7 patients experiencing respiratory issues. 

 

 

  • VENT STATUS:
    • Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:
      • We have 1 ventilator(s) in use and 4 BiPAPs in use, 1 trilogy unit is in use.  This leaves us with 15 ventilation units available.