IC 35-48-4-8.3(A)MA ~ POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA
IC 35-48-4-8.3(A)MA ~ POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA
IC 35-48-4-13(b)FL6 ~ MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCE
Joined by local officials, Attorney General Curtis Hill announced today that Scott County in southern Indiana will receive a $60,000 grant from the Indiana Drug Enforcement Association for the purpose of starting a Jail Chemical Addiction Program (JCAP).
The award is made possible through seed funding from the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, which also helps administer the grant process.
Through JCAPs, inmates with substance abuse issues are enrolled in quality long-term treatment programs that begin during incarceration and continue upon the inmates’ release.
“The best correctional models not only penalize offenders for their crimes but also aim to improve their character,” Attorney General Hill said. “Through targeted services, we must address social, emotional, spiritual, educational, physiological and family issues. The JCAP model puts this philosophy into practice.”
Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin said the program will be a valuable asset.
“I cannot tell you how proud I am to be bringing this evidence-based program into our jail,” Sheriff Goodin said. “The inmates who will benefit from this therapeutic structured technique need our help as they struggle with the forces of addiction. This program is a no-nonsense approach, where those who apply themselves have a real shot at successful completion and a better life when they leave our facility.”
Scott County Prosecutor Chris Owens likewise welcomed JCAP to the community.
“I am excited that this program is being implemented in Scott County,” he said. “Being a rural county, services for defendants suffering from chemical addictions are not abundant. So having a resource like this brings a little more hope to those in need. If we want to improve the recidivism rate, we must provide services to defendants so that they can improve themselves while they are incarcerated. Just holding them in a cell without programming is not the answer.”
Other local officials also attended Wednesday’s press conference to show their support.
City of Salem Police
Tara Louise Calloway, 21, Pekin
James Derrick Horner, 27, Salem
Washington County Sheriff’s Department
Amanda K. Gibson, 32, Salem
Jacob Allen White, 42, Palmyra
Indiana State Police
Robert Patrick Bringle, 26, Borden
Washington County Sheriff’s Department
Brandon Earl Gofourth, 33, Salem
Indiana State Police
Shelley Ann McBride, 43, Campbellsburg
On Wednesday, Washington County Circuit Judge Larry Medlock set two dates for a trial to settle the issue of whether or not Mayor-Elect Justin Green will serve as Salem’s first Republican Mayor in 34 years.
Trial dates were set for Feb. 27 and 28 2020 as a result of the Democratic candidate in the Nov. 5 election William “Bill” Ackerman’s November 18 suit that alleges Green wasn’t a resident of Salem and therefore not eligible to run in the election for mayor.
Green lives at 509 East Tucker Street in Salem but also owns property east of Salem, outside the city limits.
The Democrat party had challenged twice this past fall that Green didn’t live in the City of Salem election district.
However, Washington County Clerk Stephanie Rockey said Green was certified to run in the election and beat Ackerman by 572 votes.
City of Salem Attorney Ryan Bower told WSLM last week that Green would be sworn in on January 1, 2020, and would serve and begin work as Mayor.
Ackerman is being represented by former Washington County Democratic Chair and attorney Doug Leatherbury.
Leatherbury initially asked for a 60-day continuance of the trial date, but an objection was filed.
Green’s attorney, Larry Wilder, objected and Medlock granted the motion to quash the request.
Leatherbury then filed an Amended Verified Petition to Contest the election.
Green will be filing an objection to that petition and will have 15 days to respond.
Ackerman filed a series of subpoenas that included requesting records from The City of Salem Building Inspector, Duke Energy, City of Salem Utilities, Green himself, East Washington Rural Water Corporation, Spectrum, Jackson County REMC, Midwest Natural Gas and Blue River Networking Services.
A pretrial conference originally scheduled on Dec. 11 at 3:00 PM was rescheduled to Dec. 18 at 3:30 PM.
Washington County Sheriff Brent Miller was required to impound and place in a secured location and provide for the protection of all ballots and electronic voting systems used in the Nov. 5 election.
Also, all tally sheets relating to the votes cast and all the poll lists of persons registered by the poll clerks that voted in the City of Salem general election on November 5.
In addition, Medlock is requiring the actual MBB cards of Salem Districts 1-4 Electronic Voting Systems, Mayor-Elect Justin Green’s filings for election in 2019 and all keys of the County Clerk for the secured location.
This issue was first brought up by Washington County Democratic Party Chairperson Briscoe at a press conference on Sept. 18 alleging Green, the Republican Candidate for Mayor didn’t live in the Salem City Limits, despite him owning a home on Tucker Street in Salem.
“I think the big question is, does he really live there. I don’t buy it. I don’t think he lives there,” Briscoe said during a press conference in which only WSLM attended.
The building in question is located at 509 East Tucker street. WSLM’s Becky White toured the house and showed with a live video on social media that Green does in fact live in the residence.
Briscoe pointed out that although Green owns four properties in Washington County (two in the Salem City Limits and two outside) that because the Tucker Street property didn’t look liveable, then she couldn’t believe that he lived there.
“I had to go around the block 3 times to even find that property because it didn’t look like a residence to me. I know pole barns and any buildings can be fixed up inside. I recognize that. If he has proof that he lives at 509 East Tucker. I would hope he comes forward. But I don’t buy it,” Briscoe said.
Briscoe noted a property east of town (and outside the district) on about 66 acres with a $300,000 home, that she felt would make a better home and suspected Green actually lives there and not in the voting district of Salem.
“He has a property outside the city limits is a nice big homestead worth almost $300,000. I simply don’t buy that he lives in the pole barn, when he has this nice property, although it is outside the city limits, which would disqualify him,” Briscoe said Monday.
“I own two lots by WSLM, this home and a building lot [on] 3 acres on Old State Road 56 (purchaed in July 2016) that I don’t have any intention of doing anything with. I also own some investment property,” Green said of the 66 acre lot he purchased in October 2012.
“I would like to get it paid for and maybe see a little income off of it someday,” Green said.
He said he mows the property and stores some things there.
“I had an opportunity in 2012 to buy that [the 66.6 acres] and I did. It’s sitting out there. Row crops and storage. I do intend to pay for it someday. At my age, I’d like to get some things tackled before I’m too old to pay for it,” said Green.
Green also owns and operates Green’s Auto Sales on Main Street in Salem and is in a lease agreement to purchase the business property.
Green outlined his political career and residences he’s lived in.
Since 2003, he lived at 106 Macon Avenue, which he purchased from Paulette Miller.
He ran for City Council in 2007 and won his position there, while living at the Macon Avenue residence.
He still lived there when he ran and won re-election in 2011 and in 2015. In fact, Green lived there until he sold the home on June 3, 2016.
Green purchased the Tucker Street house on June 13, 2016 from Norma Pugh.
Having served on the Salem City Council for three terms, Green is no stranger to having his candidacy certified.
In fact, over the past 12 years, his candidacy was certified locally in 2007, 2011 and in 2015 by Democratic County Clerks Shirley Batt and Rita Martin – neither of whom had any issues with where Green lived or challenged his candidacy.
“I’ve been on the Salem City Council for 3 terms. The current Republican clerk says everything was in order,” Green stated.
Rockey verified Green was successfully certified in the three previous municipal elections.
“Please take note that on the 2007 and 2011 candidate filings for Justin Green that they are the Certifications in the Statewide Voter Registration System – SVRS for the elections,” wrote in an email today. “I confirmed with previous Clerk Shirley Batt that those paper files were destroyed, due to the retention schedule for candidate files. But, his 2015 candidate filings were still secured here onsite [at the Washington County Justice Center.”
“As far as I am, and our office is concerned, there is no issue with his candidacy,” noted Rockey. “The concerns of the Democratic party were informally brought to my attention and the previous Clerk prior to the Primary. [Justin] Green filed all the appropriate paperwork to run for Mayor and his paperwork was processed and certified according to Indiana Election Division guidelines.
“When the informal allegations were brought to my attention, those parties were advised that they could file a formal complaint with our County Election Board and/or IED. They were in the time frame to actually file a CAN-1, Candidate Filing Challenge, contesting a Declaration of Candidacy,” Rockey noted.
“After that time frame had passed, they were told they could file a civil suit in Circuit Court,” said Rockey.
The local Democratic party did not file any challenges before the Nov. 5 election.
Rockey said no formal complaints were ever filed, regarding any subject that was brought up during the recent press conference.
“To clarify, there is also a difference between property ownership and residency of a candidate. A candidate must reside in their district that they are filing for,” said Rockey.
“All complaining individuals were also given the Indiana Election Division’s contact information to seek any more answers,” said Rockey. “As the Election Administrator of the county, I am given guidelines to certify individuals whom are filing to run for office, Justin Green’s Declaration was verified and certified for the Primary and General election, just as all parties Declarations were.”
WSLM confirmed with Matthew R. Kochevar, Co-General Counsel of the Indiana Election Division, that no challenge had been filed at the state level.
“Those clerks did a fine job in 2007, 2011 and 2015. The candidate filings showed my address and it was never an issue. This is the first time this has been brought up,” said Green
“I did see the video,” said Briscoe. “No, I do not have a retraction. I said that I did not believe he resides at the Tucker Street address. I still don’t. I think it was nice of you to follow up w/the interview & get us a look inside though.”
Green won the Republican nomination against challenger Ron Haendiges in the May 2019 Primary.
Back in September, it was pointed out that Ackerman does not own property in the City of Salem but does live at 198 East Oak Drive in a house owned by Penny Sue Buis, which she purchased in 1984. Briscoe said they lived together.
Briscoe, an attorney, said resdency can be a “vague term.”
“Clearly it’s your primary residence,” Briscoe explained. “It’s where you live and associated with your mailing address. The mailing address is not definitive. It’s a good sign of where you live. Where you spend most of your time. It doesn’t mean you don’t have a second house. You might have clothing there.”
When explaining residency issues during the press conference, Briscoe noted that a candidate for office had to be a land owner of the residence.
When it was clarified that Ackerman didn’t own land in Salem, Briscoe amended her statement to note that it would be ok for a candidate to rent property.
“I’m not sure ownership is a requirement for running,” she said. “But it is for the homestead exemption. You can rent. I’m pretty sure you can rent. I’ve been told by people that I talk to….at one time, Justin rented an apartment here in town. I wouldn’t have any problem with a rental. You have legal rights when you rent.”
It is not known if Ackerman rents the residence on Oak Drive, but that is listed as his residence on political filings.
The Ohio River town of Vevay in Switzerland County has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, capping a multi-year effort by community activists, local agencies, and the DNR’s Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA).
Encompassing 275 historic buildings on 100 acres, the Vevay Historic District includes some of Indiana’s finest Greek Revival buildings. The Schenck House on West Market and the Grisard House on East Main, both large brick mansions, date to the 1840s. Both stand out for their refined, classically inspired porches and details.
Vevay’s downtown area includes many well-preserved cast iron storefronts. George L. Mesker & Co. in Evansville made most of the storefronts in the 1890s and early 1900s. Other architectural treasures from the 1900s include the town’s original Carnegie library, completed in 1917, which now serves as town hall.
Indiana has more than 1,970 listings on the National Register of Historic Places, including downtown districts like Vevay, parks, bridges, civic spaces, and archaeological sites. For more information about Indiana’s National Register program, see dnr.IN.gov/historic.
This morning, at approximately 6:30 am, troopers with the Indiana State Police along with deputies with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash involving a school bus on State Road 7 at State Road 3 near Vernon, Indiana.
The initial investigation by the Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team indicated that a 2016 International School Bus, owned by the Jennings County School Corporation, being driven by Robert J. Ringer, age 72, North Vernon, was traveling southbound on State Road 7.
A 2013 Chevrolet truck, being driven by Harry T. Palmer, age 48, North Vernon, was traveling northbound on State Road 7.
Palmer attempted to turn southbound onto State Road 3 in front of the bus. The bus struck the passenger side of Palmer’s vehicle. The bus came to stop in the middle of State Road 7. Palmer’s vehicle came to rest just off the roadway.
Robert Ringer was not injured in the crash. A passenger on the bus, Mary Boyd, age 74, North Vernon, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was transported to St. Vincent-Jennings Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
Palmer and a passenger in his vehicle, Steven P. Graham, age 44, North Vernon, where both transported to St. Vincent-Jennings Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Boyd was a bus aide that road on the bus route to monitor the students. She had been employed with the Jennings County School Corporation as an aide for approximately ten years. No students were on the bus at the time of the crash.
Toxicology results are pending at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
Mary Boyd’s family has been notified.
The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office, Jennings County EMS, Vernon Fire Department, the Jennings County Coroner’s Office, and the Jennings County School Corporation.
Beverly I. Campbell, age 72 of Pekin, passed away Monday, December 2, 2019, in the University Of Louisville Hospital.
Born March 26, 1947, in New Albany, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Ivan Gordon and Mary Maxine (Miller) Hattabaugh.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pekin, had been a life resident of Washington County and was retired.
On April 22, 1963, she married Donald C. Campbell, who passed away on December 15, 2011.
Survivors include: 1 Son: Shane Campbell of Pekin; 2 Daughters: Carrie Brewer of Salem and Tammy Kirtley of Louisville; 3 Sisters: Candice “Candy” Moore of San Antonio, Texas, Pamela Blair of Pekin and Deena Shawn Howell of New Albany; 3 Brothers: Stephen, Barry and Lanny Hattabaugh all of Salem;
4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service: 10:30 am Saturday at Dawalt Funeral Home followed by interment in Mt. Washington Cemetery.
Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Friday and 9 am until the time of the service on Saturday.
Memorial Contributions to:
Mt. Washington Cemetery Association
C/O Rhonder Eiler
5009 East Elmer Martin Road
Pekin, Indiana 47167
The Washington County Purdue Extension Office and the 4-H Junior Leaders are taking orders for Christmas cheese balls. Call 812-883-4601 or contact a 4-H Junior Leader to order your cheese ball. Cheese balls will be made on:
All cheese balls must be picked up at the Extension Office if ordered through the Extension Office. If ordered through a Junior Leader, the Junior Leader will deliver the cheese ball to you.
The Purdue Extension-Washington County Office is located on the lower level of the Washington County Government Building at 806 Martinsburg Road, Suite 104, in Salem.
The Jr. Leader cheese balls cost $8 each and are made of cream cheese, chipped beef, and spices. They can be rolled in parsley or pecans, or left plain.
A portion of the sales price of this product will be used to promote Washington County 4-H Jr. Leader educational programs. No endorsement of the product by 4-H is implied or intended.
All persons shall have equal opportunity and access to our programs and facilities without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, or disability.
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass reported today on a series of positive results from IU Athletics’ pilot beer and wine sales program at its home football games during the 2019 season.
In addition to exceeding the projected net sales figures forecast by the consulting firm Wasserman in recommending the program, IUPD and IU Event Services reported a significant decline in alcohol-related incidents in and around Memorial Stadium at IU’s six home football games this fall.
“Our main goal with this initiative was to enhance the gameday experience for our fans and to reduce alcohol-related incidents in and around the stadium, and we succeeded on both fronts,” said Glass. “In addition to those positive results, we are also pleased to be able to support substance use prevention programming for all students on the Bloomington campus from the proceeds of this program.”
The total gross revenue from beer and wine sales at IU’s six home football games in 2019 was just over $470,000. After expenses and revenue sharing, IU Athletics netted just over $200,000, exceeding Wasserman’s original projections of $171,000.
In addition, the Indiana University Police Department and IU Event Services recorded a total of 40 alcohol-related incidents during IU’s six 2019 home football games for an average of 6.67 per game. Those totals are significantly lower than in each of the last three years, when there was an average of 59 incidents/season for an average of 8.85 per game. The 6.67 incidents/game this season represents a 25 percent decrease compared to the 8.85 incidents/game during the 2016-18 seasons.
“Controlled alcohol sales not only enhance the game day experience, they assist our public safety officials by reducing binge drinking by fans prior to coming into the venue. We were impressed with the overall care, detail and safety of this pilot program,” said Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Institutional Assurance and Superintendent for Public Safety Benjamin Hunter.
Also, in accordance with the guidelines of the pilot program, IU Athletics will share 10 percent of the net sales revenues, or just over $20,000, with the IU Dean of Students Office in support of substance use prevention programming for all students on the Bloomington campus.
“The Division of Student Affairs is working to create a safe and healthy community,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Dave O’Guinn. “The support provided for substance use prevention programming will provide students with the skills and tools they need to make healthy decisions and empower them to step in to help fellow Hoosiers.”
Huston (R) was the only candidate in a closed-door Republican caucus to replace the retiring Brian Bosma. Bosma will preside over most of the 2020 session but step aside as speaker a few days before adjournment. That’s when final decisions are being made on the biggest bills, but Bosma says those calls have typically been made by the full leadership team — he says the transition won’t be that different.
Huston will spend most of the session learning the behind-the-scenes aspects of the job, then be sworn in as speaker a few days before adjournment. He says he’s excited at the opportunity to play a key role as Indiana adjusts to changes in the economy and the state’s population.
Huston says bringing health costs under control will be a top priority — Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) have said that will be a key focus of the upcoming session. But Huston says the state also needs to plan for rising energy costs. He says both are critical pieces of the economic climate Indiana presents to prospective businesses. And he says he’ll use his two-month apprenticeship to get up to speed on a full range of issues beyond those he’s focused on in the past.
Huston says he’ll seek to continue what he says has been Bosma’s record of encouraging bipartisan cooperation and civil disagreement.
Huston is in his fourth term in the House, after serving as chief of staff to former state school superintendent Tony Bennett. He co-chaired the Ways and Means Committee this year, taking the lead in writing a new state budget and the sports betting law, while Chairman Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) completed his recovery from a 2018 motorcycle crash. Bosma says Brown will resume full control of the committee this session, though Huston will remain a member of the panel.
Bosma is the longest-serving speaker in Indiana history. He announced his retirement two weeks ago. He plans to resign from the House sometime after the May primary.
Fishers deputy mayor Leah McGrath announced her candidacy for Bosma’s House seat on Monday, the first candidate to do so. The district covers parts of Marion, Hamilton and Hancock Counties.