Latest News Archives for 2020-09

Zaxby's to locate in Shelbyville

A restaurant chain plans to begin building in October on Shelbyville's north side.

 

Mayor Tom DeBaun.

 

 

Zaxby's has Indiana locations in Indianapolis, Greenwood, Fishers, New Albany, Jeffersonville, Evansville and Newburgh.

 

 

State senator and congressional candidate Brent Waltz arrested

The FBI has arrested former Indiana state senator and congressional candidate Brent Waltz.

 

Federal agents arrested Waltz after conducting a search of his home in Greenwood on a warrant. That's all federal investigators would confirm, but court records in a Virginia federal court case show a political consultant in Maryland plead guilty to funneling thousands of dollars from a casino operator in Indiana to the campaign of congressional candidate from Indiana in 2015.

 

Waltz ran for Congress in 2015 and lost out to Trey Hollingsworth.

 

The FBI has not said if the court case in Virginia is connected to Waltz's arrest.

ISP investigating four different shootings on Indy interstates

Detectives from the Indiana State Police are investigating four separate interstate shootings over the weekend in Indianapolis. The shootings left one person shot and damage to at least four vehicles. Detectives are asking for the public's help to identify suspects in each of these incidents.

 

  • The first shooting occurred Friday September 25, 2020 around 3:30 p.m. on I-465 near Harding Street. A purple Nissan Altima with a chrome grill, occupied by four black males, allegedly fired several rounds at a red Dodge Ram pulling a trailer loaded with lumber. Fortunately nobody in the truck was injured. 
  • The second shooting occurred just hours later, September 25, around 10:15 p.m., when a dark sedan fired shots at gold Lexus, which was occupied by two 17 year old juveniles. One of the juveniles was injured by broken glass however neither suffered gunshot wounds. 
  • Sunday afternoon, September 27, at approximately 4:30 p.m., a brown semi-tractor trailer was struck by gunfire on I-74 westbound at the 70 mile marker, which is just west of I-465. The driver of the semi was not injured. Detectives are looking for an older model tan Chevrolet Tahoe that was driven by a black male. The driver of that Tahoe allegedly fired shots from a handgun at the semi.
  • Early Monday, September 28, around 2:30 a.m., an 18 year old male was shot while driving a grey Chevrolet Impala on I-465 northbound at the 20 mile marker, near I-65 on the city's west side. The male was driven to the hospital by a bystander and the Chevrolet Impala was left on I-465. The suspect vehicle in this incident was described as a black Dodge Charger with tinted windows.

Indiana State Police Detectives are continuing to follow leads in each of these investigations. Anyone with information about these shootings is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Investigators do not believe these shootings are related to one another however it is probable three of these four shootings began as road rage incidents. Motorists are discouraged from engaging in any type of road rage, instead immediately report road rage to police by calling 911.

Indiana State Police pursuit ends with crash, arrest in Bartholomew Co.

On Wednesday, a Louisville, Kentucky man was arrested on numerous charges after leading troopers on a 17 mile vehicle pursuit on I-65 in Jackson and Bartholomew Counties.

 

The incident began, at approximately 4:30 pm, when Sergeant Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police-Versailles observed a 2019 Volkswagon Jetta traveling northbound on I-65 near the 54 mile marker, just north of Seymour.  The vehicle was traveling in excess of the speed limit and without registration plates displayed.

 

Sgt. Wheeles attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle near the 55 mile marker at the Jonesville exit.  The vehicle, driven by Derek Smith, 29, fled northbound on I-65 from Sgt. Wheeles.  Officers from multiple agencies assisted the Indiana State Police in pursuing Smith.

 

The vehicle entered Bartholomew County where it collided with two Indiana State Police vehicles near the 71 mile marker before coming to a stop.  Smith was then taken into custody without further incident.  Smith was found to be in possession of two handguns.  One of the handguns had reportedly been stolen out of Louisville, Kentucky.  Smith was additionally wanted on a warrant out of Lafayette, Indiana. 

 

Smith was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Indiana for evaluation before later being transported to the Jackson County Jail.  Smith was then incarcerated on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property, Reckless Driving, and Possession of a Handgun without a Permit.

 

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Columbus Police Department, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Excise Police, Columbus Regional EMS, Columbus Township Fire and Rescue, and 31 Auto Group.

Two street closures begin Saturday in Shelbyville

Street closures to watch for starting this weekend in the Shelbyville downtown construction area include:

 

Westbound Franklin Street off Harrison Street – Closes Saturday 9/26 – 10/5 for asphalt 

 

Westbound Jackson Street off Harrison Street – Closes Saturday 9/26 – 10/5 for asphalt and concrete work

 

West Washington Street will be opened up from the Public Square to Tompkins Street to help with these closures.

Civil settlement reached between roads contractor and US Attorney

United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced a civil settlement with Dave O’Mara Contractor, Inc. (“DOCI”), an asphalt contractor based in Southern Indiana.  The settlement will result in a total payment of $4.25 million to the United States of America.

 

“The safety and security of the citizens of Indiana are paramount to this office.” Minkler stated. To risk the safety of the motoring public for the sake of saving money cannot be tolerated. This recovery sends the message that contractors must comply with various applicable state and federal regulations when billing the United States Government, or they will face the consequences of their choices.”

 

The settlement resolves allegations that DOCI misrepresented the materials that it used to pave a number of roads and highways throughout Central and Southern Indiana, which were funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration. Specifically, the government alleges that DOCI represented that it was including steel slag in its asphalt mixture when it was not.  According to the government, this created the false impression that the roads that DOCI provided contained enough binder, or “glue,” to ensure that they would not prematurely deteriorate.

 

According to Rachana Fischer, the Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the matter, the settlement followed a multi-year investigation by the United States Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General in coordination with the United States Attorney’s Office and the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.. The Indiana Department of Transportation provided substantial assistance to the United States in its investigation.

 

The claims resolved by this settlement are allegations only; there has been no determination of liability.

Board of Aviation Commissioners of the City of Shelbyville accepting proposals for farm ground

The Board of Aviation Commissioners of the City of Shelbyville, Indiana, pursuant to IC 8-22-2, is accepting sealed proposals for the lease of the of approximately 203.5 tillable acres of farm ground for the raising of crops located at the Shelbyville Municipal Airport in the City of Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana.

 

A bid sheet may be obtained at the City of Shelbyville Municipal Airport. Proposals should describe experience farming and raising crops, any experience farming airport land along with a proposed rental price per acre, which will be the primary considerations in awarding the lease. Proposals should include evidence of financial responsibility and insurance.

 

Proposals should be submitted in writing on or before 10:00a.m. October 2, 2020.

 

Proposals should be submitted to the Airport Manager at3529 N 100 W, Shelbyville, IN 46176. Applicants may contact the Airport Manager with any questions or clarification at (317) 392-1284.

Child reports being touched inappropriately at Shelbyville apartment

Shelbyville Police are investigating an incident involving a child at an apartment complex.

 

On September 15, SPD dispatch received a call from a resident who lives in the Martin Estates apartment complex.  The complex is located on the north side of Shelbyville.

 

The complainant said her child (under 10 years old) told her about an incident which occurred the night before.  The mother said her child was removed from her bed and taken out of their apartment by a male.  The mother further stated her child said she was taken to another apartment in the same apartment complex.  While in the apartment, the child told her mother she was touched inappropriately and then the child left the apartment, and walked back to her apartment.  Officers arrived and took the initial report.

 

Later the same evening a second 911 call was received by dispatch.  The call was from the same caller.  This time, the mother stated the male had returned and was trying to gain entry into their apartment.  The mother of the child saw the male running from her apartment.  The mother described the person running as being similar to the description the child gave. 

 

The suspect was described as being a black male, approximately 5’5”, 120 lbs. with short dark hair.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Shelbyville Police Department, specifically the Criminal Investigative Division at 317-392-5118.  Callers may also contact the Shelbyville Police Department Dispatcher Center at 317-392-2511. 

Downtown Shelbyville Alley Renovation gets $25,000 boost from Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Several entities headed by the City of Shelbyville are working diligently to revitalize downtown Shelbyville. One of the projects included in the overall plan is the renovation of an alley, located off East Washington Street. The project kicked off earlier this year but with funding coming to a close, finishing the project was not going to be obtained this year. Indiana Grand stepped in with a $25,000 donation so Blue River Community Foundation could complete the initial design and provide a new community space in the downtown area.

 

“Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) is thrilled to have the support of Indiana Grand through this generous gift to allow us to expand on the alley activation project on East Washington Street,” said Jennifer Jones, executive director of BRCF. “We appreciate their recognition of the importance of public art, invigorating our downtown, and keeping Shelby County history alive.” 

 

The Alley Renovation showcases several historical figures from the area, including portraits of Sandy Allen, Bill Garrett and Bucky Barnes of Marvel Comics. Indiana Grand’s contribution will allow BRCF to continue its plans for the space, including greenery, seating, lighting and other aesthetics while preserving the historical content of Shelby County.

 

“Investing in our local neighborhoods is at the forefront of our community outreach goals,” said Mike Rich, senior vice president and general manager of racing. “The City of Shelbyville is working hard to revitalize the downtown area, and we saw an opportunity to get involved with their vision. The possibilities are endless with this initiative, and we are excited to see the transformation this entire project will have on the community.”

Path through Greenfield for return home of WWII soldier to Richmond

Thursday evening, sometime between 5:30 and 6:00 pm, there will be an escort coming through Greenfield for a WWII soldier whose remains have been identified and are being returned home to Richmond.

 

The times are estimated and based on traffic from the Indianapolis International Airport. The escort will come from Mount Comfort Road along US 40 through Greenfield.

 

In November 1943, PFC Louis (Junior) Wiesehan USMC was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on a small island of the Gilbert Islands. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated.

 

Wiesehan was killed on the second day of the battle, Nov. 21, 1943. His remains were reportedly buried on the island, but have not been located / identified until now with PFC Wiesehan returning home after 77 years.

New Castle dentist, 84, sentenced for child sex abuse charges

A retired New Castle dentist was sentenced to 16 years in prison Monday for sexually abusing children for more than a decade.

 

Larry Herron, 84, pleaded guilty to four counts of child molesting. If Herron manages to complete his 16 year sentence, he will be on probation for four years and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

 

Herron’s victims are now young adults. They say he began abusing them when they were about five years old, and that the abuse continued for many years. Most of the abuse happened between 2000 and 2005.

 

According to investigators, Herron told the victims he would make their lives “hell” if they said anything about his crimes.

 

Court documents say there were a total of four accusers.

Over two dozen starving animals found at Rushville Horse Sale Barn

Over two dozen horses, donkeys, mules and a bull were seized by authorities from the Rushville Horse Sale Barn.

 

Animals living in filth, starving, all with no water, some already dead, were found at the property after a complaint was called in about the livestock sale business.

 

William Haley, 22, faces charges including failure to properly dispose of a dead animal, torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, and cruelty to an animal.

 

Kasey Hanna is the director of the Rushville Animal Shelter.

 

 

The Rushville animal shelter doesn't have the room or staff to handle such a large number of large animals. They've been placed with an animal rescue operation.  The shelter set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds needed to nurse the animals back to health.

 

It took three staff members to get an ailing donkey to his feet--the donkey died later.

 

 

The Rush County Sheriff's Office is investigating--and getting no cooperation from the barn's owner.

 

Free Covid-19 testing

The Shelby County Health Department will offer a free COVID-19 testing site on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  They will also offer every other Saturday appointments BY APPOINTMENT ONLY beginning September 12

 

To schedule, call 317/392-6470 or go online athttps://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov to schedule for an In-Car COVID-19 Test.

 

The Jane Pauley Health Care Center will offer a free COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please call 317-226-6120 to schedule an appointment.

 

Testing will be available to all members of the public regardless of symptoms. Children as young as 2 years of age can be tested with parental consent.

 

This testing is made possible through a grant from the Indiana Department of Health to ensure that community testing is available anywhere there is a need. Through this grant, all the testing supplies and equipment, including test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizer and the platform for registration and data management, are provided. The grant continues through June 30, 2021, and is renewable.

 

The state-run Optum sites will continue to offer testing as well. A complete map of test sites across the state is available at https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov.

Pharmacy robbed in Columbus

Police in Columbus are investigating a pharmacy robbery that happened Thursday morning.

 

According to CPD, a man entered the Walgreens on Beam Road just after 5:10 a.m. and said he had a gun. After getting money from the cash register, he ran off.

 

The suspect is a white male. He was wearing a blue face covering, flannel shirt, gray sweatpants, and dark shoes.

 

Anyone with information on the robbery should call CPD at 812-376-2600.

Doctor talks about dangers of Benadryl challenge

You may have heard about the Tide pod challenge and the cinnamon challenge. Now some kids and teenagers are trying the Benadryl challenge.

 

A Hoosier doctor says drinking too much Benadryl is dangerous and wants parents and their children to know about the effects.  Dr. Blake Froberg, a physician at Riley Children's Health, and director of the Indiana Poison Center at IU Health.

 

 

Froberg said that taking just above a normal dose can, at least, make someone sleepy.

 

 

Froberg said at least one person has died.

 

He said he doesn't know of anyone in Indiana who has been put in the hospital because of the challenge.

 

Froberg said thye Indiana Poison Center is a good resource if anyone does take the challenge.

He said anytime a parent or someone is worried that somebody has gotten into too much Bendaryl or really any substance, you can call the Indiana Poison Center right away.

Amazon hiring in Greenfield

Amazon is looking for more than 800 people to work at its soon-to-open operations facility in Greenfield.

 

Employees will do everything from receiving inventory, picking and shipping customer orders, and supporting network logistics.

 

In addition to a $15 minimum wage, Amazon offers the following benefits:

 

- Health, vision, and dental insurance

- 401(k) with 50% company match

- Paid parental leave

- Amazon’s Career Choice program, which pays 95% of tuition in high-demand fields

 

Job applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

 

Interested candidates can apply at www.amazon.com/indianajobs .

RESCHEDULED: Short-term closure planned Saturday night on I-65 between Franklin and Columbus

The Indiana Department of Transportation has issued a permit for a short-term closure on I-65 between Franklin and Columbus.

 

The evening of Saturday, Sept. 12, both directions of I-65 will close for up to twenty minutes between MM 89 and MM 68 for fiber optic connection work near C.R. 1200 S. in Shelby County. The closure is scheduled to begin at approximately 9 p.m. Entrance ramps at S.R. 252 (Exit 80) and U.S. 31 (Exit 76) will also be closed during this time. Indiana State Police and pilot vehicles will be on site to assist with the closure.

 

The work was originally planned for late August, but has been rescheduled due to weather and equipment availability.

 

 

Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route or allow extra travel time to avoid delays.

Two injured, one lifelined from Sunday crash

Just after 5:00 pm Sunday, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the intersection of SR 9 and E 450 N in ref to a two vehicle personal injury crash.

 

A 2005 Chevrolet Astro and a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado were both heavily damaged.  The driver of the Astro, William Jett, 69, of Seymour, had been ejected from his vehicle and was flown by Lifeline to an Indianapolis hospital.  

 

The driver of the Silverado, David Nickerson, 45, of Columbus, was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

According to numerous witnesses, Jett’s vehicle was traveling southbound on SR 9 approaching E 450 N when he braked heavily for an uninvolved vehicle turning westbound onto E 450 N from SR 9.  Jett appeared to lose control of his vehicle causing it to spin into the northbound lane where it was struck by the vehicle driven by Nickerson.

 

Conditions are unknown at the time of this report.

Traffic reroute next week in downtown Shelbyville

Traffic will be rerouted to the east side of the Public Square in Shelbyville next week with both north  and southbound lanes to make the water line crossing from South Harrison to the Public Square.

 

The reroute is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 9.  Traffic should be back to its normal pattern at the end of the day. 

 

 

The parking area on the west half of the Square should be reopened after September 18, once the water line is completed. 

IU quarantines frat houses

With more and more students within Indiana University's Greek community testing positive for coronavirus, the school has told thirty of it's fraternity and sorority houses to quarantine.

 

Last week, only eight houses had confirmed students that had tested positive for the virus. By Wednesday that list grew to fourteen houses.

 

For good measure, IU spokesman Chuck Carney says thirty of IU's 42 Greek houses have been told to isolate. Nearly 2,600 students live in Greek houses, but Carney is unsure of the exact number of students that have been told to quarantine.

 

Those houses include:

Acacia

Alpha Chi Omega

Alpha Delta Pi

Alpha Epsilon Phi

Alpha Epsilon Pi

Alpha Gamma Delta

Alpha Omicron Pi

Alpha Phi

Alpha Sigma Phi

Alpha Xi Delta

Beta Sigma Psi

Beta Theta Pi

Chi Omega

Delta Gamma

Delta Zeta

Gamma Phi Beta

Kappa Alpha Theta

Kappa Delta

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Phi Delta Theta

Phi Gamma Delta

Phi Kappa Psi

Pi Beta Phi

Pi Kappa Phi

Phi Sigma Kappa

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Sigma Chi

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Theta Chi

Zeta Tau Alpha

Car dealer Bob Rohrman passes away

Bob Rohrman, a Lafayette-based auto dealer whose commercials aired all across the state for years, has died.

 

Rohrman died Tuesday at the age of 87, reports The Lafayette Journal & Courier.

 

Rohrman began selling cars in 1955 and eventually expanded his dealership network to include locations in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. He was well known for his commercials that included the line, “There’s only one Bob Rohrman!”

 

His family did not disclose his cause of death.

Single vehicle crash claims life of Rushville teen

A single vehicle crash in Rush County Tuesday morning claimed the life of a Rushville teen and injured another.

 

Rush County deputies were called to CR 350E, just north of CR 300N.,  around 10:40 a.m. for a report of a vehicle off the left side of the road into a tree. Two teenage victims were transported from the scene by Rushville EMS to Rush Memorial Hospital.  Deputies then summoned Indiana State Police Crash Reconstruction Investigators to investigate the crash.

 

The preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Tom Schwendenman indicates that the 2006 Chevy Malibu, driven by a 16 year old male from Rushville, was northbound on CR 350 E. at a high rate of speed when the vehicle disregarded the stop sign at CR 300 N. and went air born over the intersection.

 

The driver lost control of the car.  It went off the left side of CR 350 E. and hit a tree broadside.  The passenger, Kameron Cox, 16, of Rushville, was ejected from the vehicle.  Cox later succumbed to his injuries at Rush Memorial Hospital.

 

The male driver was transported with non-life-threatening injuries. The name of the driver is currently being withheld as the crash remains under investigation.

 

Master Trooper Schwendenman was assisted by Crash Reconstruction Investigators Master Trooper Coley McCutcheon, and Trooper Mark Hanna, the Rush County Sheriff’s Department, Rushville EMS and the Glenwood Fire Department.