MONDAY MARCH 13, 2017



Four Indiana Colleges, Nine School Districts Receive Teacher Support Grants
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has awarded more than $900,000 to four Indiana colleges and nine school corporations as part of the federal Improving Teacher Quality Partnership program. The competitive two year grant matches colleges with high-need school districts to support teacher professional development in an effort to increase student academic achievement.“Having an engaged and effective teacher in the classroom is one of the strongest factors in ensuring our students are successful in school and in life,” said Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education. “This grant gives current Indiana teachers the opportunity to work closely with our colleges to expand their skill set and bring new and innovative practices into the classroom.”
Of the eight Indiana colleges that applied, four were selected to receive the grant for the 2017-18 school year: Ball State University, Butler University, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame.
The colleges will partner with nine school districts: Brown County Schools, Edinburgh Community School Corporation, Indianapolis Public Schools, Marion Community Schools, Michigan City Area Schools, Muncie Community Schools, Randolph Central School Corporation, South Bend Community School Corporation and Yorktown Community Schools. See program descriptions below for details.
“Great and effective teachers in the classroom produce strong and successful students,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “This partnership between higher education institutions and local school districts will create valuable opportunities and I am excited to see the product of their hard work.”
Ball State University
Ball State University will partner with Randolph Central School Corporation and Yorktown Community Schools to increase scientifically-based reading instruction and strengthen its alignment to Indiana’s Academic Standards in English, Language Arts and Social Studies. They will also help teachers improve student achievement in these content areas by supporting assessment-driven instruction and an online assessment resource portal that will be available to all teachers. Finally, they will develop methods to help teachers measure and document the quality of their instruction.
Butler University
The Butler University Reading, Writing and Mathematics Workshop Project will support K – 8 classroom teachers in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) with a focus on improving student achievement in English, Language Arts and Mathematics. Butler’s College of Education and English Department, along with the Indiana Partnership for Young Writers, will collaborate to create continuous professional development opportunities based on the Teachers Colleges Reading and Writing Project model at Columbia University. This program places a priority on the professional development of pre-service and early to mid-career minority teachers.
Indiana University
Indiana University will work with the Edinburgh Community School Corporation and Brown County Schools to support teachers as they use literacy to foster students’ scientific reasoning abilities. The Science the “Write” Way project will extend the development and mobilization of a comprehensive support network of teachers, science education experts, literacy experts, and local rural community resources to aid teachers in making necessary curricular changes to meet the new Indiana Academic Science Standards.
University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame will provide support to schools who are growing their Advanced Placement (AP) Math, Science and English programs. The program will focus on four high-need school districts; Marion Community Schools, Michigan City Area Schools, Muncie Community Schools and South Bend Community School Corporation. Professional development events and mentors will aid teachers in honing their content knowledge of AP Math, Science and English courses.
For more information about the Commission’s grant programs visit www.che.in.gov. 
  
Three Arrested During Traffic Stop 

Richmond – Three men were arrested early this morning after the vehicle they were in was stopped for speeding, disregarding a red light and finally making an illegal U-turn. From March 3 through March 26, 2017, officers across the state are conducting high-visibility patrols specifically designated to identify and intercept those driving aggressively and under the influence. 
Trooper Jacob Ridgeway was following behind the red Toyota this morning around 12:45 a.m. northbound on Chester Blvd. in Richmond when it ran the red light at Industries Rd. The car then sped up exceeding the 30 and 40 M.P.H. zones before making an illegal U-turn at the I-70 overpass.  Trooper Ridgeway got the car stopped and made contact with the driver, Nicholas Atkinson, age 18 of Indianapolis.  Ridgeway detected the smell of alcoholic beverage and marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. 
Further investigation led to the discovery of a bottle of an assortment of pills, marijuana and a bottle of whiskey.  The driver Nicholas Atkinson was arrested for Possession of a Legend Drug, Level 5 Felony and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana and Minor Transporting Alcohol, all misdemeanor charges.  He was lodged in the Wayne County Jail. 
Atkinson’s passengers Joshua Ward, age 19 of Richmond, and Hunter Loyd, age 18, were also arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, with Loyd also charged with Minor Consuming Alcohol. They were lodged in the Wayne County Jail. Trooper Ridgeway was assisted in his investigation by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana Excise Police. 
Operation Pull Over, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” allows increased enforcement this month and is a statewide effort supported by federal funding allocated to the state police from the Traffic Safety Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). Motorists can expect to see added patrols and sobriety checkpoints during this month’s enforcement period. 
According to ICJI, in March 2016 there were 495 alcohol-related crashes across Indiana, resulting in 231 injuries and 11 fatalities. Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver
All Suspects Are Presumed Innocent Until Proven Guilty in a Court of Law 
 
Holcomb Extends Disaster Emergency Status for East Chicago Superfund Site 
INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive order to extend disaster emergency status for the East Chicago Superfund site for 30 days. The executive order is attached. On Feb. 9, 2017, the governor issued the original executive order declaring the disaster emergency for the area, comprised of 322 acres in northwest Indiana that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified as having lead contamination. That order expires tomorrow. This 30-day extension gives the state more time to work with new agency leaders in the federal government and continue coordinating with local officials as they work to relocate West Calumet Housing Complex residents. View updates on the state’s multi-agency efforts to support the East Chicago community, including letters from state officials and Congressional delegates to federal administration leadership, online at http://healthyEC.in.gov/.
 
April 8 Volunteer Storm clean up day: Hardy Lake 
Join us in helping to clean up and repair damage to the Park. We will clean up trails and work on repairing building damage. We have work for all skill levels. For those that are able to use and bring a chainsaw that would be helpful. All volunteers are asked to bring gloves and any tools you might see as useful.



TUESDAY MARCH 14, 2017



Freeze Warning until 11:00 AM Thursday
...LATE WINTER COLD SNAP TO CONTINUE THROUGH MIDWEEK ACROSS SOUTHERN INDIANA AND CENTRAL KENTUCKY... .|SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO WORK BACK INTO THE REGION AGAIN TONIGHT BEHIND A DEPARTING BAND OF PRECIPITATION. HIGH PRESSURE FROM THE UPPER MIDWEST WILL USHER IN MUCH COLDER AND TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE REGION TUESDAY NIGHT WITH LOWS IN THE UPPER TEENS AND LOWER 20S EXPECTED BY WEDNESDAY MORNING. BY WEDNESDAY NIGHT, HIGH PRESSURE WILL CENTER OVER THE REGION, ALLOWING TEMPERATURES TO DIP BACK INTO THE UPPER TEENS AND LOWER 20S BY THURSDAY MORNING. ...FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM EDT /1 AM CDT/ TUESDAY TO 11 AM EDT /10 AM CDT/ THURSDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOUISVILLE HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM EDT /1 AM CDT/ TUESDAY TO 11 AM EDT /10 AM CDT/ THURSDAY. 
* TEMPERATURE...VALUES WILL DIP INTO THE MIDDLE 20S IN SOUTHERN INDIANA TO NEAR FREEZING OVERNIGHT ALONG THE KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE BORDER TONIGHT. LOWS ARE EXPECTED TO FALL BELOW FREEZING SHORTLY AFTER SUNSET TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT, BOTTOMING OUT IN THE UPPER TEENS AND LOWER 20S WEDNESDAY MORNING AND THURSDAY MORNING. 
* IMPACTS...FOR COMMERCIAL GROWERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH VULNERABLE PEAR AND APPLE TREES IN AN ADVANCED BUDDING AND BLOOM STAGE, THESE TEMPERATURES WILL BE HAZARDOUS. FOR AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL GARDENERS, IT WILL BE PRUDENT TO PROTECT SENSITIVE PLANTS EXPOSED TO PROLONGED SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES DURING NIGHT TIME AND THE EARLY MORNING HOURS THROUGH AT LEAST THURSDAY. THOSE WITH LIVESTOCK OR PETS SHOULD ALSO MAKE SURE THAT FRESH WATER IS AVAILABLE AND DOES NOT BECOME FROZEN OVERNIGHT.
* AFFECTED AREAS: CLARK ... CRAWFORD ... DUBOIS ... FLOYD ... HARRISON ... JEFFERSON ... ORANGE ... PERRY ... SCOTT ... WASHINGTON 
 
Troopers Catch Home Intruder in the Act

Daviess County:  Quick action by Indiana State Police Troopers led to the arrest of a home intruder at a residence in rural Daviess County. At 9:52 A.M. this morning, the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a caller at 11340 East County Road 1675 North in rural Odon.  The caller reported that a man had entered the home through the basement, and that a woman and eight children had locked themselves into a bedroom. 
Master Trooper Gaven Wilson heard the call being dispatched and responded immediately.  At 9:57 A.M., Wilson arrived at the residence and was informed by two individuals outside that the intruder was in the home.  As Wilson approached the front door, 27 year old Nicholas Whetstine of Newburgh, IN was walking out of the home.  Wilson ordered Whetstine into the ground at gunpoint and placed him into custody on the front porch without incident.  Troopers learned through their investigation that this was the second home on the property that Whetstine had entered during the morning.  Additionally, Whetstone was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.255%.  The female and eight children inside the home were not hurt. Whetstine was transported to and lodged in the Daviess County Security Center on two counts of Residential Entry and a charge of Operating While Intoxicated.  He is being held without bond until his initial court appearance. 
Arrested and Charges:
Nicholas A. Whetstine, 27
Newburgh, IN
- Residential Entry (x2), Level 6 Felony
- Operating While Intoxicated, Class A Misdemeanor
 
Indiana’s unemployment rate
Indians’s unemployment rate remained at 4.0 percent in January, which marks its lowest point since 2001. The unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana’s Labor Force increased by 7,162 over the previous month with a 6,344 increase in employment and a 818 increase in unemployment. Indiana’s total labor force stands at over 3.3 million and the state’s 64.2 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.9 percent.“While Indiana's unemployment rate is a positive indicator for the state's workforce, it also represents a significant challenge for Hoosier employers in identifying and hiring qualified employees,” said Steven J. Braun, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD). “To this end, DWD is engaging Hoosier employers to inform our state’s workforce training and education efforts so that programs and courses are aligned with employer demand and producing pipelines of skilled employees."Commissioner Braun also noted private sector employment has grown by more than 31,000 over the year. He added that initial unemployment insurance claims remain at the lowest point in three decades.



WEDNESDAY MARCH 15, 2017



Helicopter Crash Claims One Life

White County- Today at approximately 3:50 p.m. on CR 700 south about one quarter of a mile west of CR 150 east (that is three miles north and one and a half miles east of Brookston) White County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police at the Lafayette Post received a call of a helicopter crash with injuries. 
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Dexter Whitten has shown that the helicopter was assisting EC Source out of Mesa, AR put up power lines on new steel light poles when for an unknown reason the copter crashed to the ground seriously injuring the pilot. Ground crews removed the pilot from the wreckage and started CPR. Brookston/Chalmers EMT’s arrived but the pilot succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by the White County Coroner’s Office. 
The National Transportation Board and the FAA have both been contacted. It is unknown how long the investigation will take. Any further questions should be directed to either the FAA or the NTSB. I will release the name of the pilot when family has been notified. 

I-65 Coring Rescheduled US 50 To SR 58

Jackson & Bartholomew Counties- Core sampling along Interstate 65 between U.S. Highway 50 and State Road 58 by a construction company anticipating Indiana Department of Transportation project bidding has been rescheduled to occur Friday night (MARCH 17).   Milestone Constructors of Columbus—under INDOT permit—had originally planned to extract cores of pavement samples last week.  That exploratory effort was cancelled due to inclement weather. Motorists are advised to be alert for coring crews and equipment along northbound I-65’s outside shoulder between Seymour in Jackson County and the Walesboro exit in Bartholomew County from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.  The northbound right lane of I-65 will be closed to traffic where coring operations are occurring. Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone. For highway information, monitor social media sites:www.Facebook.com/INDOTSoutheast and Twitter @INDOTSoutheast.  Subscribe to receive text and email alerts at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new. 


Schneck Foundation Presents Program on Emotional Eating 
Seymour, Indiana—When you’re busy and juggling multiple responsibilities, reaching for food can be an easy, even unconscious response to your needs, stress, emotions and exhaustion. Food can be comfort, and might be your sweet reward at the end of a long, demanding day. The reasons we turn to food are powerful—and go far beyond physical hunger. Schneck Foundation presents Emotional Eating: How to Think of Food Differently with guest speakers Dr. Joyce Spurgeon, Schneck Mental Health & Wellness and Dr. Judy Rumschlag, Schneck Family Care Salem. 
Drs. Spurgeon and Rumschlag will teach you how to stop using food for all the wrong reasons, and how to be in charge of the food you eat, when you eat it, and how much. Emotional Eating: How to Think of Food Differently will be presented on Tuesday, April 11, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the John Hay Center/Steven’s Museum, 307 East Market Street, Salem. A complimentary dinner will be served beginning at 6:00 p.m. To make your reservation for this FREE program, please contact Cora Laymon at the Schneck Foundation at 812-524-4244 orclaymon@schneckmed.org. Please call early as Space is Limited.
 




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