Latest News Archives for 2020-02

Silver Alert: Lester Burbrink, Columbus

The Columbus Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Lester Burbrink, an 81 year old white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 230 pounds, gray hair with brown eyes, last seen wearing a light gray or brown jacket, dark hat, and driving a gold 2011 Toyota Sienna van with Indiana license plate RMY591.

 

Lester is missing from Columbus and was last seen on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 3:30 pm. He is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.

 

If you have any information on Lester Burbrink, contact the Columbus Police Department at 812-379-1689 or 911.

Do you want to sign to save Indiana Beach?

A petition to save Indiana Beach.

 

The petition, started by a man named Dustin Springer, has collected more than 24,000 signatures in just two days.

 

Springer's petition is aimed at park owner Apex Parks Group, which closed Indiana Beach earlier this week.

 

You can find the petition at change.org.

 

 

Indiana DNR hiring conservation officers

The Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement is looking to fill Indiana Conservation Officer (ICO) positions across the state with highly motivated, outdoor-centered individuals.

 

Anyone interested in a career as an ICO should first read “Becoming a Conservation Officer” at dnr.IN.gov/lawen for and complete the pre-screening test at dnr.IN.gov/lawenfor/9801.htm.  Completion of the pre-screening test by midnight Feb. 28 is required to be considered for the 2020 hiring process, which starts in early March.

 

To be qualified to pass the pre-screening test, you must be a U.S. citizen; be 21 years old by April 16, 2021; and have an associate’s degree from an accredited college or completed 60 hours toward a bachelor’s degree, or have four years full time active military service with an honorable discharge by Sept. 21, 2020. You must be able to pass minimum Indiana Law Enforcement Academy physical fitness requirements as listed at ilea.IN.gov/2338.htm.

 

ICOs are fully recognized Indiana police officers who enforce and uphold all DNR rules and regulations as well as all other Indiana state laws. ICOs spend the majority of their time enforcing fishing and hunting regulations, conducting marine boat patrol on Indiana’s waterways, and patrolling DNR properties to keep them safe and family friendly.

 

In addition to traditional law enforcement work, ICOs also engage in many specialty areas, including Scuba, K-9, search and rescue, swift water rescue and many more.

Indiana Beach closing after 94 years

Indiana Beach amusement park has closed after operating for 94 years in White County. The park closed for good Tuesday afternoon, confirmed White County Economic Development Director Randy Mitchell to WLFI TV.

 

Apex Parks Group, which operates 20 other parks, decided to close the park after it could not find a buyer.

 

The decision was financial, according to the company's vice president.

 

The park has been sold at least twice, the last time in 2015. It was opened by the Spackman family in 1926.

 

The future of all park employees was not clear Tuesday.

Search continues for missing Hope woman

The Hope Police Department is still investigating the disappearance of Donna Mitchell.
 
Mitchell was the subject of a statewide Silver Alert.
 
On the department's Facebook page, Hope Police have asked that anyone who lives along Decatur County Line Road, 700S and 60 SW, that have cameras that face the road contact Hope PD to view any video that may help in their investigation.
 

Mitchell is a 57 year old white female, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 115 pounds, brown hair with brown eyes, last seen wearing glasses, a tan Carhartt jacket, blue jeans with a flower decal on the pant leg.

 

She is believed to be driving a maroon 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer and front bumper is hanging by a coat hanger with Indiana license plate 902QAK.

 

Donna is missing from Hope and was last seen on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm.  She is believed to be in danger and may require medical assistance. 

 

If you have any information on Donna Mitchell, contact the Hope Police Department at 812-546-4015 or 911.

 
 

Silver Alert: Woman reported missing from Hope

A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared.

 

The Hope Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Donna Mitchell, a 57 year old white female, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 115 pounds, brown hair with brown eyes, last seen wearing glasses, a tan Carhartt jacket, blue jeans with a flower decal on the pant leg.

 

She is believed to be driving a maroon 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer and front bumper is hanging by a coat hanger with Indiana license plate 902QAK.

 

Donna is missing from Hope and was last seen on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm.  She is believed to be in danger and may require medical assistance. 

 

If you have any information on Donna Mitchell, contact the Hope Police Department at 812-546-4015 or 911.

School delays for Thursday, Feb 13

This list will be updated as we proceed through the morning.

 

As of 6:10 am, the following school corporations have reported that they are on a 2-hour delay.

 

Greenfield – Central

Southern Hancock

Eastern Hancock

Mt. Vernon Community

Shelbyville Central

Southwestern Consolidated

Northwestern Consolidated – Shelby Co.                  Child care at 8:30 am

Shelby Eastern

Mays Community Academy 

Rush County Schools 

Greensburg

 

Shelby Senior Services offices will open at 8:00am.  The Horizon Center has a 2-hour delay

 

 

 

 

BBB warns consumers to be wary of coronavirus scams

Consumers need to be skeptical of emails and websites promoting coronavirus prevention products and tips. Phishing emails are unsolicited messages that request personal information or money from the intended victim and are expected to rise significantly as the virus spreads. They often are a precursor to identity theft. 

 

Media reports on the outbreak of coronavirus (2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV) in the Wuhan region of China already have prompted a social media scam targeting Chinese-Australian citizens in Wuhan with a phony online evacuation form, according to a report by Australia’s ABC news outlet.

 

During the 2009 swine flu epidemic, McAfee Avert Labs, an online security company, reported that messages promoting virus treatment and prevention, or otherwise sensationalizing the outbreak, accounted for 2 percent of all spam sent in the days following the first media reports of the outbreak. And various websites promoted “survival guides,” masks, prevention tips and treatments, most of them of little value in fighting flu. 

 

Free information on the virus, the outbreak and preventive measures is available on the?Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

 

BBB offers the following advice to avoid coronavirus-related scams: 

 

  • Avoid opening e-mail from an unknown source. Do not click on links in the body of the e-mail or open any attachments. Instead, delete the e-mail. If you suspect that it is a scam, report it to BBB Scam Tracker. 

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  • Disregard online offers for vaccinations. Vaccinations?against coronavirus do not exist. For more information on the virus and updates on progress in fighting the outbreak, go to the CDC’s website at cdc.gov

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  • Make sure the antivirus and anti-malware programs on your computer are up to date?and all operating system security patches have been installed. If your computer becomes infected as the result of a spam e-mail about coronavirus, you can report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at?www.ic3.gov

Owens throws support to Myers in Democrat governor's race

Shelbyville native Josh Owens has announced that he has suspended his campaign for governor.

 

Owens, 34, has pulled from the race for the Democratic nomination and says he will support Dr. Woody Myers.

 

Owens published the following statement:

 

I got into this race because I believe Indiana needs a bigger, bolder, more inclusive vision for every Hoosier, one not rooted in our last 200 years, but in our next 200. Over the past several months, we've earned the support and trust of thousands of Hoosiers who agree.

 

During this primary, I've had many discussions with Dr. Woody Myers about the future of Indiana and the desperate need for new leadership in the Governor's office. While we have some differences, I'm encouraged that like me, he's not a career politician. Dr. Myers brings an outsider's perspective to our politics, which is urgently needed.

 

One of the things Dr. Myers and I have agreed on is the need to avoid a divisive Democratic Primary. As of today, I will be suspending my campaign and supporting Dr. Myers as he becomes the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor.

 

Our state needs a champion for public school teachers and students in every community. Our state needs a leader who will act on universal background checks and climate change innovation. And our state needs an executive who will protect all Hoosiers, and one who represents the diversity of our great state and will bring new inclusive voices to the table.

 

Dr. Myers has the experience, the background, and the vision for success that Indiana deserves. I am proud to be supporting him as he takes our fight into the November election.

Man injured at Bunge elevator in Morristown Monday

A man was seriously injured when his arm became caught in machinery in Morristown Monday evening.

 

The name of the man was not released in initial information provided to GIANT fm News.  

 

The man was free of the machinery at the  Bunge Morristown Elevator when local emergency crews arrived just after 6:00 pm.  He was taken by ground ambulance to Methodist Hospital.

 

Shelbyville, IN woman indicted in Kentucky after leaving children abandoned on side of the road

A grand jury in Boyle County, Kentucky has indicted a Shelbyville woman on drug and child endangerment charges.

 

Erica Girdler, 31, of Shelbyville, face two counts abandonment of a minor under circumstances endangering their life or health; and possession of meth.

 

According to court documents, Girdler was charged in November of last year after two children, aged 9 and 11, were found along an area roadway in Danville, Kentucky.

 

Investigators say they were able to determine the family was driving to visit family in Kentucky when the children were abandoned.

 

Girdler was found by authorities and pulled over in a traffic stop after the children were located.

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