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Shelbyville intersection to close for repair

The Shelbyville intersection at Moreseni and Alpine Avenue will be closed starting Thursday morning


It's scheduled to be closed for three days for street repair.


Robertson Paving is the contractor on the project.

Monday's Triton Central campus lockdown lifted

We are seeking more details but this post on the Northwestern Consolidated School Corp. - Shelby County Facebook:

NWCSD is no longer in a lockdown profile and has resumed normal campus operations.


The Triton Central campus is now re-opened to visitors. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Triton Central campus on lockdown during threat investigation

The Triton Central schools campus is currently on a lockdown in collaboration with local law enforcement investigation into a potential threat at TCHS by an off-campus student.


The campus will be closed to visitors until further notice.

Snow, icy temperatures in forecast

For some, the first significant snowfall of the season will start falling late tonight and stick around well in to Tuesday.


The National Weather Service in Indianapolis is predicting various amount of accumulating snow depending on where you live throughout the state.


In northern Indiana, Meteorologist Mike Ryan says you could see as much as six inches in place such as South Bend, Gary, and Fort Wayne.


Central Indiana won't see as much, around one-to-two-inches, with rain changing over to snow during rush hour.


Southern Indiana will see some snow as well, but not until closer to sunset.

Fairland man arrested for attempted Shelbyville bank robbery

An attempted bank robbery in Shelbyville quickly ended with an arrest Thursday.


Just before 1:30 pm,  the Shelbyville Police Department was notified of an attempted robbery at First Merchants Bank, 29 East Washington Street.


A description was given of a male who left the bank, walking northbound. Patrol officers responded and located the male a few blocks north of the bank.


Paul Logan Hochgesang, 27, of Fairland, was subsequently arrested after cooperating with the Criminal Investigations Division.


No one was harmed during the incident, nor was anyone else believed to be involved.


Hochgesang is being held at the Shelby County Jail on a preliminary charge of Robbery, a Level 3 Felony.

Firemen respond to call in St. Paul Wednesday

Firemen responded Wednesday to a call in St. Paul.


St. Paul, Adams and Waldron were called to 211 East Washington in St. Paul. 


St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department Chief Heath Dillion says the fire was not suspicious in nature.  The fire was described as electrical and started in the ceiling of the structure.


There’s no word on the damage amount.

Shelby County election results

Shelbyville will retain the same mayor but have a change at clerk - treasurer following Tuesday's municipal election.
With voter turnout at 22.98% here are the final election results from the Shelby County Courthouse.

Mayor of Shelbyville

(R)  Ridgeway - 1326

(D)  DeBaun - 1527


Clerk - Treasurer

(R)  Asher - 1475

(D)  Zerr - 1368


Common Council – At Large  (2)

(R)  Asher - 1847

(R)  Nolley - 1775

 (D)  Ridgeway - 1025


Common Council – 2nd Ward

(R)  Willis - 274

(D)  Matney - 158


Common Council – 5th Ward

(R)  Conrady - 234

(D)  Wright - 204

Shelby County absentee vote totals

With the close of absentee voting in Shelby County at noon on Monday, 662 ballots had been cast.


The breakdown includes:

538 - at the Shelby County Courthouse

100 - by mail

24 - by traveling board





Nestle announces recall

Another reason you shouldn't eat raw cookie dough -- it might contain pieces of rubber.


Nestlé is recalling 26 different ready-to-bake, refrigerated cookie dough products because they might be contaminated with "food-grade rubber," the company announced Thursday.


The recall covers tubes, tubs, and bars of cookie dough that include batch codes that begin with 9189 and run through 9295.


To find the batch code, flip the package over and look for the "Use By" date. The batch code will be the first set of numbers to the right of the date.


The back of a package of Nestle-brand cookie dough with the Batch Code circle in red ink.


If you own any of the recalled cookie dough, you can return it to the store for a refund.

71-year-old organ donor gives the gift of life in Shelbyville

Earlier this week, Otis Carter, Jr. died unexpectedly and saved lives as an organ donor. He is among the oldest deceased organ donors on record in Indiana, highlighting the fact that people of all ages can be donor heroes.


Otis’ liver and kidneys were recovered for lifesaving transplants. His heart and lungs were also recovered for medical research, which has the potential to save and heal additional lives. The recovery took place at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville. Doctors, nurses and other staff at MHP Medical Center conducted an honor walk for Otis.




Otis’ family told Indiana Donor Network, “Otis served in the Air Force and was a member of the American Legion and Masonic Home. Serving his community and others was so important to him.” Born in Evansville, Indiana, Otis was married to his wife, Leudith, for 35 years. They had two daughters. Otis loved sports, especially Indiana University football and basketball. He worked for the Department of Transportation.


Older adults often take themselves off of the donor registry, thinking they are too old to donate or that existing medical conditions will prevent them from being donors. The reality is that people of any age can become donor heroes, even with existing medical conditions. The 114,000 people on the national transplant waiting list are counting on all of us to register and talk with our families.


Registering as a donor takes less than 30 seconds at or at the BMV.

Cold, rain, wind offer scary forecast for Halloween

When you go Trick-or-Treating Halloween night, you can expect rain and cold temperatures.


National Weather Service of Indianapolis Meteorologist Mike Kosh.



Koch says rain will start at sometime this morning, continue through Thursday, and come to an end Thursday night.  Well over an inch could fall in that time frame.


And wind gusts could be pretty significant, as well, pushing up to 30 mph.


Kosh says high temperatures will move back up into the 50s with either partly cloudy or mostly sunny skies from Saturday until next Wednesday.

Second flu death reported in Indiana

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting the state’s second death linked to influenza.


The update comes just days after the state reported the first flu-related death of the 2019-2020 flu season.


According to a weekly report from the agency, both of the deaths are in the 65 and over age group.

Common signs of the flu include:


fever of 100° Fahrenheit or greater




muscle aches

sore throat

runny or stuffy nose

The department recommends that anyone 6 months and older get a flu shot.

Two men, one juvenile arrested for Wednesday Shelbyville CVS robbery

Three people were arrested early Wednesday morning following a pursuit from a robbery involving prescription drugs at the Shelbyville CVS.



Shelbyville Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen details the incident and arrests.



Landwerlen details the charges involved.




Fake-bearded bank robber caught in Shelbyville

Police in Shelbyville arrested a man wanted for robbing a West Lafayette bank while wearing a fake beard as a disguise.


Joseph Kruger, 41, of Tilton, Illinois., was arrested Wednesday morning at the Shelbyville Holiday Inn.

He was described as a tall white man with a slender build. He had on a fake brown beard, gray knit hat, gray sweater, and jeans.


The bearded bandit held up the Centier Bank on Sagamore Parkway at around 2 p.m. Tuesday.  He was last seen running north through the parking lot.


Police believe Kruger was also involved in other bank robberies in Illinois and Indiana.


Kruger has been booked into the Tippecanoe County Jail on one count of robbery with a deadly weapon.


Waldron senior Jacob James killed in Sunday accident

The Waldron and Shelby County community is mourning the loss of Mohawk student and athlete Jacob James.  


James was killed Sunday in a fatal auto accident in Shelby County.


The single vehicle accident happened in the 3200 block of East 500 South.  For an undetermined reason the vehicle left the road, struck a tree and caught fire.


The vehicle was fully engulfed with a person inside when emergency crews arrived.


The accident remains under investigation.


Waldron principal Mark Shadiow says surrounding schools have offered and extra counselors were on campus Monday to help students who were grieving the loss.


On Saturday, James finished second overall at the Franklin Cross Country Regional.  The finish qualified James for a spot in this Saturday's semistate with teammates Ethan Trueblood and Madeline Douglas.



Fatal Shelby Co. auto accident; identification pending

A fatal auto accident occurred in Shelby County Sunday.


The single vehicle accident happened in the 3200 block of East 500 South.  For an undetermined reason the vehicle left the road, struck a tree and caught fire.


The vehicle was fully involved with a person inside when emergency crews arrived.


Efforts to officially identify the driver are ongoing and the accident remains under investigation.


No official identification has been made as of this report.

Shepherd found guilty

A guilty verdict from the jury in Fulton County.


Alyssa Shepherd, the driver who hit and killed three children at their school bus stop, has been convicted on three counts of reckless homicide and one count of criminal recklessness.


Earlier, she testified that she didn't realize it was a bus in the early morning darkness and didn't see the children until it was too late.


Fulton County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Mars was pleased with the verdict.



Sentencing is scheduled December 18.



The defense argued that the state was trying to "criminalize an accident."


Family members of the victims react to the verdict.




Closing statements Friday in Alyssa Shepherd trial

Closing arguments are being heard Friday afternoon in the Fulton County trial of Alyssa Shepherd, the woman at the wheel of a pickup truck that hit four children and killed three at their school bus stop in October of last year..


GIANT fm 92.1 WROI News Director Jon Bowen says Shepherd testified in her own behalf Friday.



Shelby County's 100 South to close for culvert replacement

Shelby County Highway will close 100 S between 425 W and  500 W, weather permitting, beginning Monday, Oct 21.  It is scheduled to be closed for 4 – 6 weeks for culvert replacement.


425 W south of 50 S and addresses up to 4715 on W 100 S will be accessible only from the north and east.


Addresses higher than 4715 on W 100 S and S PR 480 W will be accessible from 500 W.

Alyssa Shepherd trial, Wednesday testimony

The trial of Alyssa Shepherd, 23, of Rochester, began Wednesday. She's charged with hitting and killing three children on Oct. 30, 2018, and injuring another, when police say she ignored a school bus stop arm.


GIANT fm 92.1 WROI News Director Jon Bowen was in the courtroom in Fulton County and heard testimony from the childrens' mom.



A man was driving behind the school bus when Alyssa Shepherd hit the kids who were waiting for the bus last year near Rochester.



The trial is expected to take through Friday.

Indiana's school bus safety was enhanced by case now in Fulton County courtroom

Prosecutors in Fulton County will start to make their case today against the woman accused of driving around a stopped school bus last year, hitting and killing three children and seriously injuring a fourth.


The jury was selected on Tuesday -- six women and six men, along with two alternates.


The case led to a new state law focused on school bus zone safety.


Alyssa Shepherd faces three charges of reckless homicide, one charge of reckless driving causing injury, and one charge of criminal recklessness.


Nine-year-old Alivia Stahl, and her two younger twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, were killed in the crash.


Michael Schwab, grandfather of the three children who died.



Johnson Co. man hurt in hunting accident

Conservation Officers were called to 2496 S. 775 W. in Morgan County to investigate a tree stand accident which injured Bradley Wise, 33, of Whiteland.


At approximately 9:48 A.M. Saturday while climbing his ladder tree stand Wise got to the last step of the stand, began getting dizzy and passed out. When he awoke he was laying on the ground in extreme pain. After approximately twenty minutes he was able to reach his cellphone in his pant pockets and get help from a friend who hunting the same property.


The investigation revealed the fall to be twelve feet. At the time of the fall Wise was wearing a safety harness but was not attached to a safety lanyard.


Wise was transported to Methodist Hospital by I.U. Life Line. Wise sustained injuries consisting of multiple broken bones and spinal fractures.

Area communities awarded Community Crossing funding

Indiana communities will receive matching funds to improve roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program (CCMG).


The CCMG was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 2016, and aims to advance community infrastructure projects, strengthen local transportation networks and improve Indiana’s roads and bridges. Since it was put into place, the program has awarded nearly $500 million in state matching funds for local construction projects.


Through the program, the Indiana Department of Transportation matches up to $1 million when localities invest in road and bridge repairs.


Counties with populations fewer than 50,000 and cities and towns with populations fewer than 10,000 receive a 75% / 25% match, while counties with populations of at least 50,000 and cities and towns with populations of at least 10,000 receive a 50% / 50% match. 


Among area communities awarded funding:

McCordsville, $633, 000                                           Columbus, $1 million

Bartholomew County, $592, 000.                             Edinburgh, $630,000

Greensburg, $505, 000                                            Rush County, $936, 000 

Hope, $189, 000

Indiana sportsbooks post $35 million handle in first month

Indiana’s retail sportsbooks enjoyed an impressive first month that has the state competitive with more established legal sports betting markets, according to analysts.


Fueled by retail sportsbooks most closely to the situated Chicago market, Indiana retail sportsbooks accepted $35.2 million in bets in September, producing $8.6 million in adjusted gross revenue for the sportsbooks, according to official reporting released Wednesday. With Indiana’s 9.5% tax, the state’s win (which does not include bets yet to be paid, such as a wager on the Colts to win the Super Bowl), injected $813,103 in tax revenue.



“Indiana’s sportsbooks are in their infancy, but their ability to capitalize on the Chicago market did not take long to produce dividends,” Dustin Gouker, lead analyst for “This is the largest handle we’ve seen in a state’s first month of legal sports betting, and it happened without the benefit of online sports betting, which didn’t launch until October.


Indiana’s $35.2 million handle was more than the $25.8 million Pennsylvania’s retail sportsbooks generated in August, but less than the $44.4 million bet in-person in New Jersey. Of course, more than half of all September bets in Indiana were on football, and neither Pennsylvania nor New Jersey had the benefit of the NFL in August. Both will likely significantly outpace Indiana in September.


Still, Indiana’s launch of online betting in October signals rapid growth in the coming months. Nearly 80% of all bets in New Jersey are made online, and Indiana will eventually take the majority of its bets online, too.


One of the chief reasons Indiana has so much potential is its proximity to Chicago, in addition to large markets in Ohio and Kentucky. The first full month of betting provided plenty of evidence.

Horseshoe Hammond, near Chicago, generated an Indiana-best handle of $8.98 million, yielding $2.1 million in revenue. Ameristar Casino in East Chicago was second with a $5.4 million handle, producing a $1.3 million win.


Harrah's Hoosier Park ($4.3 million handle, $1.31 win)

Blue Chip Casino ($3.8 million handle, $957,470 win)

Indiana Grand ($3.6 million handle, $764,908 win)

Tropicana Evansville ($1.1 million handle, $301,231 win)

Caesars Southern Indiana ($1.1 million handle, $293,348 win)

Belterra Casino ($709,219 handle, $133,352 win)

French Lick Resort ($939,222 handle, $217,523 win)

Shelbyville's Franklin Street project scheduled to begin Friday

Shelbyville's West Franklin Street, from Elliot Street to Conrey Street, will be reconstructed beginning Friday, October 11.

Franklin Street from the east side of Elliot to the west side of Conrey will be closed for approximately 5-6 weeks.


The intersection of Conrey Street will be rebuilt as well, and will be closed for approximately 2 weeks.  

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