Latest News Archives for 2019-07

Dangerous weather sparks heat warnings through the weekend

An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.


The warning extends from 2:00 pm Thursday to 8:00 pm Sunday.  Temperatures are expected in the mid to upper 90's daily.  The Heat index is expected to reach 105-110.


The hottest condiitions are expected Friday and Saturday.


The NWS warns that several days of this weather could have a cumulative impact on some individuals, especially those who spend prolonged time outdoors.  The most susceptible are the very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning, and anyone conducting strenuous outdoor activities.


Also, car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.



Shelbyville's downtown project debated in Common Council meeting

Monday’s meeting of the Shelbyville Common Council included a debate, of sorts, between the candidates for mayor in the upcoming election.  At the center of the conversation, the current proposed downtown project.


Republican candidate for mayor, Councilman brad Ridgeway offered a motion to delay a final vote on the downtown.



The motion failed to receive a second and died at that point.  But it didn’t end the conversation on the topic at Monday’s meeting.


Ridgeway spoke to designs for paying for the proposed $19 million project and what he felt is the public’s lack of understanding of the project, particularly lack of input on the old Major Hospital site.



Mayor Tom DeBaun, the Democrat incumbent, responded to statements on the public not being aware of what was going on related to the project and that revenues hadn’t been identified to pay for the proposed $19 million project.



Ridgeway began another motion to place a green space initiative proposed by Dee Bonner for the Major Hospital site.



City attorney Jennifer Meltzer says the current plan can’t be scrapped due to legal issues.



Mayor DeBaun noted the downtown has been a conversation for years including the current project.  DeBaun says housing needs and the character of the area of the former hospital made it prime for the current efforts.



Councilman Nathan Willis offered to Ridgeway the opportunity to discuss with he and Bonner implementing the green space initiative at another site.

Committee discusses Shelbyville's smoking ordinance with evolution of smoking technology

When the City of Shelbyville devised its public smoking ordinance years ago, e-cigarettes weren’t a technology on the market.


Now that they are the city’s Ordinance Committee met to discuss the proper language that would be needed to protect employees and patrons of businesses that allow smoking and other public areas that might be impacted.


City attorney Jennifer Meltzer told the committee that it might be best to use the state’s standard, which recognizes the new smoking technology.  Then, where the city deems it necessary to be more strict in its policy, it can.



The newly written ordinance will soon go to the common council for consideration.




Shelbyville AT&T robbed; suspects chased into Indianapolis

One arrest following a robbery and chase from Shelbyville into Indianapolis.


Shortly before 4:00 pm on Monday the Shelbyville Police Department received a 911 call from the AT&T store at 2584 E. State Road 44 reporting a robbery that just occurred. It was determined by tracking devices hidden in the stolen merchandise that the suspects fled westbound on I-74.


Suspect and vehicle descriptions were given by witnesses on the scene and officers gave chase west on I-74. The descriptions were given as three armed black males in a silver SUV with a missing hubcap from the right front wheel.


A Shelbyville Police  officer spotted a vehicle matching the description at I-74 and 465. The Shelbyville officer followed while IMPD and Marion County authorities were notified and other SPD officers caught up with him for back up. It was learned that the vehicle being followed was stolen in Marion County earlier in an armed carjacking.


The suspect vehicle began to accelerate away from officers near 465 and Shadeland Ave. The chase went on for several minutes on the southeast side of Indianapolis before the suspects fled from the vehicle in the Iron Gate housing addition on Mitthoeffer Rd. Units from the Shelbyville Police Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police and the Indiana State Police were able to apprehend one of the three suspects near the addition.


Shelbyville Police report the investigation will continue and more information will be gained. The name of the suspect is not known at this time and it is not known whether he is a juvenile or an adult.


There were no injuries and no property damage as a result of the chase or apprehension.

Shelbyville Police reporting woman's complaint of strange encounter at local stores

Shelbyville Police posted information on its Facebook page about a complaint reported by a woman with two people at local retail establishments.


The complaint was from a female in her early twenties who reported she was approached by an Arabic male while shopping in Walmart. The male was carrying a bright pink bag that said "For Her" in a heart on it. The male told the female he was with a cosmetic company out of LA that was trying to get their name out. The male handed her the bag and stated it would be $20, and he told her he could take cash or card. The female reported he was very aggressive with her while attempting to sell the bag so she declined.


The female stated she went to the cosmetics section of the store and a white female in her early twenties approached her with the same type of bag and the same sales pitch.



The female reported she left the store and went to Gordmans.  She arrived at Gordmans AND there were no cars parked near her. She stated she was in the store for a short amount of time, and upon walking out to her car there was a silver, late-model Honda 4-door parked next to her. She said the female from Walmart was in the passenger's seat, and when she looked up, the Arabic male was walking towards the vehicle in the parking lot. The complainant left the area and contacted police. The complainant was unable to get a license plate on the vehicle, but saw a sticker with a white rabbit on the back passenger's side window.



The Shelbyville Police Department asks everyone to please be aware of their surroundings. If you feel something is not right, please contact the police department and report it. If you see anyone that’s looks like the male and / or female in the pictures please contact the police department.




Waldron man surrenders to law enforcement responding to call of shots fired

A man was arrested after a report of shots fired brought law enforcement to a Waldron home early Wednesday evening.


Major Chris Holder of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department says they received a call reporting a distraught subject at the house in the 200 block of Pullman Street.  Shots had been fired inside the house.  SWAT responded to the scene.


The man, Joshua Hadley, 28, of Waldron, was the only person at the home during the incident.  He was peacefully taken into custody charged initially with criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon.

Motorcycle - truck accident injures Morristown man

A Morristown man was injured in a motorcycle - truck accident Tuesday evening.


That accident in Shelby County at 300 East and US 52. The rider, Mark Myer of Morristown, was taken to Methodist Hospital from that scene.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says the rider was transported with a possible broken leg.

Semi left I-74 and overturned on Michigan Rd.; two taken to hospital

On Tuesday evening, Shelby County's Michigan Road, just west of 400 West, was completely blocked to traffic by an overturned semi tractor trailer that came off of I-74.


The driver, Victor Rancy, of Glendale, Arizona, and a passenger were outside of the cab when crews arrived.  They were taken to Methodist Hospital.



A blown tire is believed to be the cause of the accident.



The semi was eastbound on the interstate when the accident occurred causing it to cross both I-74 directions and leave the road on the east side.

Shelbyville's Splash Pad possible opening Tuesday after repairs

One of Shelbyville’s places to cool off is waiting for some drying before it can be wet again.


Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Director Karen Martin says concrete repairs are complete at the splash pad in Blue River Memorial Park.  If the concrete has dried enough then the splash pad will be available on Tuesday.  If not, it will open Wednesday.


Martin also says work continues to progress on a new canoe launch and paving on the old Bridge 13 now on Blue River Trail should happen this week.  That could lead to the bridge being opened to trail users soon with a ribbon cutting coming later in August.


Also, new playground equipment should soon be in place in Clearwick Park.  A company is expected to wrap up its current project in Greensburg then come to Shelbyville.

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