​​​​MONDAY MAY 22, 2017

2017 Hoosier Women Artists

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch along with Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), hosted a reception and showcase for the 2017 Hoosier Women Artists today at the Indiana Statehouse. The annual competition was announced in March and today’s 34 honorees were selected out of over 200 entries. HWA was established in 2008 as a way to celebrate the importance of the arts in Indiana’s communities and showcase the work of talented female artists throughout the state. The contest celebrates a wide variety of visual arts including drawing, painting, mixed media, and photography. Entries were juried by a panel of visual Indiana arts professionals and then selected for display by Lt. Governor Crouch and Treasurer Mitchell. In addition to the inclusion of the Indiana Arts Commission as a co-sponsor, new for the 10th year of the contest, pieces of art were also selected by First Lady Janet Holcomb, for her office in the Governor’s Residence. Secretary Connie Lawson, Auditor Tera Klutz, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick each chose pieces to display in their respective offices in the Indiana Statehouse as well. Winners of the Hoosier Women Artists contest will have their pieces displayed in the offices for one year to be enjoyed by the thousands of school groups, visitors, and staff who explore the historic structures annually. "I am thrilled that these artists truly represent Hoosier women from across the state, and across every walk of life. As I have said before, there is no better way to tell the story of our great state than through the eyes and artistic expression of Indiana's women, their unique perspectives, interests, and personal experiences," said Lt. Governor Crouch. “As always, the amount of talent and creativity Hoosier women possess and display is impressive. I am honored to celebrate their skill by displaying these beautiful works of art in our office during the coming year," added Treasurer Mitchell. The impressive list of 2017 Hoosier Women Artists, representing communities and professions all across Indiana, Visitors to the Indiana Statehouse are encouraged to stop by rooms 242 and 333 to view the art during normal business hours. This year, artwork chosen for display at the Statehouse and Governor’s Residence may also be featured in a special exhibition running from August 3, 2018 through October 27, 2018 at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art, titledHoosier Women Artists: Works Selected for the Statehouse. The Haan Museum showcases outstanding paintings by Indiana's most notable artists, including TC Steele and other Hoosier Group artists.

ISP Museum Open this Saturday, 5/20

Looking for something to do this weekend? Stop by the Indiana State Police Museum this Saturday, May 20th. The museum will be open to visitors from 12pm to 4pm. Come learn about John Dillinger and the early Indiana State Police, the history of our laboratory and crime scene investigation, and our different specialty teams. We also have several police cars for different decades on display as well as a two headed police car! We're located on the East side of Indianapolis near the intersection of Post Road and 21st Street. Need more information? Check out our website - Indiana State Police Museum or our Facebook page - Indiana State Police Museum Facebook Page

John Morrell and Co. Recalls Beef Frank Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

John Morrell and Co., a Cincinnati, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 210,606 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The beef franks items were produced on January 26, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 
14 oz. sealed film packages containing “Nathan’s SKINLESS 8 BEEF FRANKS,” with a Use By date of Aug. 19, 2017.
16 oz. sealed film packages containing “Curtis BEEF MASTER Beef Franks,” with a Use By date of June 15, 2017.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 296” on the side of the package. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide. The problem was discovered after the establishment received three complaints of metal objects in the beef frank product packages. The establishment notified FSIS on May 19, 2017. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or injury due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. Consumers with questions about the recall can call 1 (877) 933-4625. Media with questions about the recall can contact Kathleen Kirkham, director of corporate communications, at (757) 365-1965. Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.



TUESDAY MAY 16, 2017 

IDEM issues Air Quality Action Day today and tomorrow for three Indiana regions 

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued an Air Quality Action Day and is forecasting high ozone levels for Monday, May 15, and Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in the following areas: 

Southeast Indiana – Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Scott, and Washington
Southwest Indiana – Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick 
Central Indiana – Marion, Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Monroe, Morgan and Shelby 

IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone by making simple changes to their daily habits. You can:

Walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation
Avoid using the drive-through and combine errands into one trip
Avoid refueling your vehicle or using gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 7 p.m.
Turn off your engine when idling for more than 30 seconds
Conserve energy by turning off lights or setting the air conditioner to 75 degrees or above 

Anyone sensitive to changes in air quality may be affected when ozone levels are high. Children, the elderly and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors. IDEM examines weather patterns and current ozone readings to make daily air quality forecasts. To learn more about ozone or sign up for air quality forecasts, visit www.SmogWatch.IN.gov or download our iPhone App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smogwatch/id882860480?mt=8  Ground-level ozone is formed when sunlight and hot weather bake vehicle exhaust, factory emissions and gasoline vapors. Ozone in the upper atmosphere blocks ultraviolet radiation, but ozone near the ground is a lung irritant that can cause coughing and breathing difficulties.  About the ozone standard: On October 1, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) finalized the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone. The new rule sets more stringent standards, lowering both the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) standards from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. IDEM encourages all Hoosiers to be proactive and help reduce ozone for those who may be sensitive.

Clifty Falls State Park Saturday, May 20, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Get ready for your summer hiking by putting your own twist to your customized walking stick.  In this crafty program you can find, and bring, your own stick or choose from a "first come, first serve" pile that we provide.  Craft supplies for decoration will be provided.
FREE with park admission!  Meet at the Nature Center for this fun activity!

Dearborn County:  

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Versailles Post will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Dearborn County on May 19th-20th, 2017.  Those drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary.  The purpose of sobriety checkpoints is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol or drug impaired and pose a danger to all who use the roadways.  Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, person injury, and death annually.   

To help to ensure your weekend is safe and enjoyable, observe the following tips:

Plan ahead and always use a designated driver.
Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages; call a taxi, a family member, or friend who has not been drinking to give you a ride.
If you are hosting a party, always offer alcohol-free beverages and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver or allow them to spend the night.
Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.  Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think that they are about to drive while impaired.

If you see a vehicle exhibiting erratic driving behavior, call 911 and give a complete description of the vehicle, its location, and direction of travel.  These reports can be made anonymously.



Lane Closure At Sherman Minton Bridge  Next Week For Electrical Repairs

FLOYD COUNTY, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation will close the eastbound right lane of Interstate 64 crossing the Sherman Minton bridge next week to facilitate removal and replacement of electrical conduit and wiring.  Midwestern Electric, Indiana’s contractor, plans to have crews pulling and placing cable on Sherman Minton Bridge’s lower deck—beginning Monday (MAY 22)—weather permitting.  They will be onsite requiring the eastbound right lane closure between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  INDOT officials anticipate removal of old conduit and installation of new wiring could be completed by the end of the day Thursday (MAY 25). 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. 

Driver of Mortuary Van Crashes
Putnam County—This afternoon at 1:05, Indiana State Police and Putnam County emergency agencies responded to a one-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the 35 mile marker. The crash involved a mortuary services van transporting a deceased person and the only injury was the driver. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2013 Dodge Caravan, driven by 49-year-old Matthew J. Fitzthum of Clinton, IN., was westbound on I-70 and traveled off the roadway into the median, ultimately striking a tree. Fitzthum was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for treatment of multiple abrasions and pain. Reportedly, he will be admitted for observation. The deceased elderly female in transport was transferred to another mortuary services vehicle from the same Clinton, IN. mortuary services company owned by Fitzthum. The investigation is continuing with the possibility of future charges, as alcohol appears to be a factor in this crash. ISP Region V Dispatch Center had received calls just prior to the crash, concerning the driver may be impaired or fatigued. The crash was investigated by ISP Senior Trooper Bill Bradbury. Assisting was ISP Sergeants Cory Robinson and Jared Nicoson, Cloverdale Town Marshal’s Office, Putnam County EMS, and Cloverdale Fire/Rescue.


Two California Men Arrested with One Using a Stolen Identity During Harrison County Traffic Stop 
Harrison County-Yesterday afternoon, a trooper stopped a gold Lexus on Interstate 64 west bound near Lanesville, (Harrison County), travelling over 110 miles per hour.  During the course of the traffic stop suspicion was developed that criminal activity was afoot. Indiana State Police K-9, “Riggs”, was called to the scene and made a positive alert for the presence of a controlled substance located in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and Marijuana was located. Further investigation located computer equipment, printers, and multiple credit cards with various names. All these items are commonly used in the crime of Identity Theft. It was also discovered that the driver, who tried using the name and identifiers of another person, did not possess a valid driver’s license and was involved with identity deception. The driver and passenger were placed under arrest and transported to the Harrison County Jail without incident.
Arrested and Charges:
Raheem Lamonze Planter, 36 from Compton, CA, driver of the vehicle, was charged with Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana, False Informing and Identity Deception.
Jacquees Charleton Lang, 20 from Los Angeles, CA, passenger, was charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and False Informing.
Troopers have contacted federal authorities and will be contacting California authorities to further the investigation to help locate other victims whose identities may have been stolen. 

Scott County Farmers' Market

Thursday, May 18, the market opens at 10 and will run to 2.
These are new hours for this 2017 season. I am assured by a council member that the spaces will be saved from parkers for us to set up.
I understand strawberries are coming on in other areas but I do not have assurances that vendors will have any for Thursday.

The American Pickers

Do you or someone you know have a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques? The American Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, are coming to Indiana in June! Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they've never seen before. If you think you or someone you know has a collection of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send you name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST! 



A carjacking in Clermont led to a multiple county crime spree, a police chase and now a search for three suspects.
At approximately midnight the victim was pumping gas at a Speedway Gas Station in Clermont when he was approached by two black males armed with handguns. His white Hummer H2 was stolen and later reportedly involved in two armed robberies. The first occurred at a hotel in Seymour Indiana and the second at a gas station in Columbus Indiana. After the second robbery, Trooper Kory Clark saw the white Hummer in the area of SR 46 and I-65 in Bartholomew County and a chase ensued. The pursuit continued north on I-65 through Johnson County and into southern Marion County where the suspect crashed at 3:51 a.m. near an apartment complex at Stop 12 and Madison Avenue. 
The first suspect is described as a white male approximately 6' tall wearing a black hooded sweatshirt or jacket and black face mask.
The second suspect is described as a black male, 5'7"-5'9" wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, khaki pants with white tennis shoes and wearing a red knit hat.
The third suspect is a black male approximately 5'5"-5'7" wearing all black with a knit hat with red and white stripes and wearing gloves with red stripes.
The suspects are considered armed and dangerous, if located please call 911 immediately. Police are still actively searching the area of Stop 12 and Madison Avenue. Police have recovered one handgun at the scene.
All suspects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.



FRIDAY MAY 19, 2017

Holcomb Visits Northwest Indiana to Ceremonially Sign Two Region-Focused Bills
INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Governor Eric J. Holcomb visited Michigan City and East Chicago to ceremonially sign two bills focused on improving the lives of Northwest Indiana residents. First, he joined House Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), state Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville), Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer as well as other local elected officials and community leaders for a ceremonial bill signing of House Enrolled Act 1144. This bill increases regional quality of place by helping double track the South Shore Rail Line to make Northwest Indiana a stronger magnet for jobs and workforce talent. The governor then travelled to East Chicago, gathering with state Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D-East Chicago), state Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso), state Rep. Earl Harris, Jr. (D-East Chicago), East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland, and other state and local leaders for a ceremonial bill signing of House Enrolled Act 1344. This bill provides assistance for residents living in lead contaminated portions of the USS Lead Superfund site in East Chicago.  Photos of both ceremonial signings can be found at http://www.in.gov/gov/2387.htm.

Traffic Stop Nets Two on Alcohol and Drug Charges

Daviess County:  An early morning traffic stop resulted in two Washington, Indiana men behind bars on numerous drug and alcohol charges. At 3:17 A.M. Wednesday morning, Trooper Mitch Wier was patrolling County Road 200 East near National Highway when he observed the driver in front of him fail to use his turn signal when turning onto National Hwy.  Trooper Wier pulled over the vehicle and spoke with the driver, 29 year old Preston Matteson.  In speaking with Matteson and his passenger, 26 year old Tyler Bagley, Wier found that neither had an identification card with them.  While checking their information, Wier learned that Bagley was wanted through Pike County on multiple charges. Daviess County Deputy Luke Harmon and his K9 partner Focus assisted Wier by conducting an open air search around Matteson’s car.  Focus positively indicated that there could be narcotics in the vehicle, allowing officers to search the car.  During the search, officers found a glass smoking pipe with residue that field tested positive as methamphetamine.  Officers later learned that the pipe belonged to Bagley. Wier continued his investigation and found that Matteson had operated the vehicle under the influence of marijuana, methamphetamine, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, and buprenorphine.  Wier also found a Lortab tablet in Matteson’s pocket.  Matteson and Bagley were both placed into custody and transported to the Daviess County Security Center without incident.
Arrested and Charges:
Preston L. Matteson, 29
Washington, IN
- Operating While Intoxicated, Endangering a Person, Class A Misdemeanor
- Operating While Intoxicated
Tyler L. Bagley, 26
Washington, IN
- Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony
- Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Level 6 Felony
- Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class A Misdemeanor
- Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor

Off Duty Trooper Saves Dyer Man

Trooper Thomas Maymi, was off duty in his personal vehicle going east, at the intersection of US 20 and Waverly Road when he saw a gray SUV going west with an elderly female frantically steering the SUV from the front passenger seat.  She steered the SUV south onto Waverly Rd, nearly striking a telephone pole, went across a gravel parking lot and into high grass where the SUV came to a stop due to the wet and muddy ground. Maymi pulled into the parking lot behind the SUV and got out of his vehicle.  The elderly female passenger also got out of her vehicle as Maymi asked what was wrong.  She frantically replied that “I need an ambulance, I think he is having a heart attack!”  Maymi ran around to the driver’s door of the Hyundai Santa Fe (SUV) and observed an elderly male (later identified as a 78 year old from Dyer, IN) who was unconscious, slumped over, and leaning to his right.  The male had begun to turn blue and had a portable oxygen tank, supplying oxygen to him through his nose. Maymi tried a sternum rub on the male which he did not respond to.  He checked for a pulse and did not feel a pulse, nor did he see or hear any signs of breathing.  At this point another person arrived and asked Trooper Maymi if they could help, Maymi told them to call 911 and let them know their location, and that there was a possibility of the elderly man having a heart attack. Maymi began chest compressions but realized he needed to move the male to dry flat ground.  Maymi grabbed the elderly male under his arms from the front and lifted him out of the driver’s seat and sat him on the ground.  He then grabbed him from the back and under his arms and started to carry him through the mud and water.  A Good Samaritan ran up to Maymi and assisted with carrying the elderly male approximately twenty-five feet to dry, flat ground. They laid the elderly male on his back and he again was checked for vital signs.  The elderly male was still unresponsive, still not breathing, and did not have a pulse.  Maymi began chest compressions once more and at one point the elderly male opened his eyes and started to take shallow breaths on his own.  Shortly thereafter, the male lost consciousness again and Maymi restarted chest compressions.  The elderly male regained consciousness and when the Emergency Medical Services arrived he was alert and breathing on his own. His wife later related to Maymi that her husband had stopped to put air in one of their tires and struggled with this, which was unlike him.  She also stated that when he got back into the SUV he told her he didn’t feel well.  The elderly male was taken to Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso for medical treatment. Lt. Terry Gose, Commander of the Lowell Post, where Trooper Maymi is assigned, to stated, “This incident demonstrates more than just being at the right place at the right time.  It serves as a reminder that an Indiana State Police Trooper is always on duty and the value of our training to serve our communities and the people.”


S.R. 135 Ohio River Bridge Repair & Painting Project

MAUCKPORT, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation met with engineering consultants and its contractor at Seymour District offices this afternoon (MAY 18) to discuss details of a $7 million 2-year project to repair and repaint the State Road 135 Matthew Welsh bridge over the Ohio River that links Harrison County, Indiana and Meade County, Kentucky.  It is the only Ohio River crossing between Louisville and Tell City. North Star Painting, Indiana’s contractor, will have crews onsite in early July.  Temporary traffic signals should be installed on or after July 10.  Work includes limited repairs followed by sandblasting and application of three coats of specified bridge paint. Over water, the S.R. 135 structure stands as a 2-span continuous steel thru-truss bridge.  But approaches on the Indiana and Kentucky sides are continuous composite steel girder structures that account for a series of shorter spans--numbered from 1 to 7, and 10-14.  INDOT officials anticipate activities at the approach spans to begin in mid-July.  It is unlikely that operations on the 2-span over-water section will begin before next year. Motorists will be restricted to crossing segments of the bridge one-lane-at-a-time.  These single-lane segments are limited to 1500 feet or less.  This should reduce wait time and shorten traffic queues. The S.R. 135 Ohio River bridge measures 3100 feet end-to-end with nearly 31 feet of clear roadway side-to-side.  It was built in 1966. S.R. 135’s traffic count is 5130 vehicles per day. 



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