A Loogootee man was hospitalized in Jasper late last week after he was accidentally wounded by a gun.
Indiana Conservation Officers say they received a call at around 6 pm on Thursday concerning 28-year-old Edward Seals Jr of Loogootee. Officers were told that Seals Jr was at Memorial Hospital in Jasper and officers went to the hospital. Seals Jr told officers that he was carrying a gun in his driveway when it went off for some reason. Seals Jr stated he didn’t know why the gun went off. He was transported to Memorial Hospital by a family member.
Now Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind folks to use safe firearm handling practices when handling a gun. They also recommend that everyone handling firearms, no matter how old, should attend an Indiana Hunter Education course.
VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) – A major renovation of the Vincennes University Aviation Technology Center at Indianapolis International Airport is expected to begin next month and last about a year
Vincennes vice president for financial services and government relations Phil Rath says improvements on the 90,000-square-foot building will include a new roof and heating and cooling system, new hangars, remodeled classrooms and restrooms, and improved floors, hallways and entry doors.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/1btG9zq ) the approximately $6 million project is being funded by the state.
Rath said the Aviation Technology Center also is home to Vincennes’ aviation flight program, but its primary focus is aviation maintenance, a program that offers about 120 majors.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana’s education battle between Democratic schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Republican Gov. Mike Pence has escalated consistently in a series of tit-for-tat allegations akin to something out of Dr. Seuss’ “The Butter Battle Book.”
Ritz expressed dismay last week upon releasing an internal Pence education memo that she said called for stripping her control of the State Board of Education. Pence’s staff fired back by saying he had already dismissed the idea, and he had told her about it.
The fight over control of Indiana’s education system seems to be escalating unabated.
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis says lawmakers may step in, if needed. But meanwhile, he and Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long will continue working behind the scenes to cool down both sides.
Indiana casino revenue has been sliding for five years, but one expected threat to Indiana‘s market share may be having less impact than expected.
Budgeters have been warning the casinos which began opening in Ohio last year would take a significant bite out of Indiana‘s casino business. But Indiana Gaming Commission director Ernest Yelton says Ohio is losing millions in expected gaming taxes because it exempted promotional free-play coupons. He says the four Ohio casinos have issued 10-million dollars a month in free play, far more than expected.
Yelton says if Ohio tries to recoup its losses by capping the exemption, it risks alienating customers who have grown accustomed to a free head start.
Casino Association of Indiana president Mike Smith says there‘s a “sweet spot” somewhere between Indiana’s newly-enacted five-million-dollar exemption and what he says is an “unsustainable” approach in Ohio. He says casino tax revenues plateaued back in 2008 and aren’t likely to be that high again.
Casino tax collections in Indiana have dipped 12-percent in the last four years. Yelton and Smith both say the changing marketplace makes it unlikely for a return to peak revenue.
The winter storm event that was expected to hit our WBDC listening area has arrived.
The storm dropped a round of sleet and freezing rain overnight with the precipitation changing over to all snow in the early morning hours.
The storm has caused all school districts in Dubois, Daviess, Martin, Pike, and Spencer Counties to cancel class today. Additionally, Indiana Furniture employees were on a two hour delay this morning and several other events such as the Loogootee Christmas Stroll and Santa’s visit to Birdseye were postponed and rescheduled. All government offices in Dubois County are also closed today as a result of the storm.
With all of the precipitation that is continuing to fall, road crews have been hard at work trying to get the roads ready for travel. Jasper street commissioner Raymie Eckerle says the sleet began to accumulate on the streets just before 2 am this morning and all plow trucks were out at work by 3 am and have been salting intersections as part of their work.
Eckerle says the work of the plow crews is instrumental in keeping the streets clear:
Eckerle says they are hoping to get treated salt down tonight to keep roadways from re-freezing and they are hoping for sunshine tomorrow to melt snow and ice off of the roadways.
Meanwhile Dubois County Highway Superintendent Steve Berg says his crews have also been hard at work since early this morning. He says keeping up with the storm will be key as we head throughout the day:
From a state standpoint, more than 600 salt trucks were sent out onto the roadways last night and early this morning by the Indiana Department of Transportation to treat roadways. INDOT spokeswoman Cher Elliott says the trucks will work as long as needed to get the roads back into good condition:
Now a winter storm warning remains in effect until 1 am eastern time tomorrow morning for Dubois, Crawford, Orange, and Perry Counties locally. The weather service called for 8 inches of new snowfall accumulation throughout the day today, though they said the snow was likely to end before 5 pm this evening.
Additionally, both Jasper and Huntingburg closed up their city offices early today. All non-emergency departments in Jasper were closed effective at noon today. Those departments included City Hall, Municipal Utilities Office, Park Department, Arnold Habig Community Center, and the Arts Department. Arts officials will make a separate announcement about their weekend schedule soon.
Meanwhile, The City of Huntingburg declared a snow emergency earlier this afternoon. City officials cited the accumulation of snow and ice on the streets that made the streets difficult to drive on. As a result of the emergency, numerous city streets designated as ‘snow routes’ were immediately restricted. City hall, the utility office, and transit system were closed down at 1 pm today. City officials are urging residents to stay home and off of the streets so that the street department can clean and treat them as necessary. A second storm is expected to hit our area on Sunday according to the National Weather Service. That storm will likely bring another round of freezing rain, sleet, and snow with it.
An Orange County man is behind bars on felony charges following a six hour standoff with police last night and into this morning.
Indiana State Police say at about 11:20 last night, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies received a call concerning a possible domestic disturbance with shots fired in the 2600 block of West County Road 525 South near Paoli. Officers arrived at the scene at about 11:30 last night, where they discovered that 54-year-old David Coleman of Paoli had fired multiple gunshots at family members, driving them out of the house.
Coleman then barricaded himself in the home and did not cooperate with officers at the scene. During the standoff, the Indiana State Police Emergency Response and Hostage Crisis Negotiation Teams sent officers to the scene to try and communicate with Coleman. Police issued search and arrest warrants for Coleman at about 3:35 this morning. Police finally convinced Coleman to step out of the home at 5:10 this morning and he was taken into custody.
Coleman was lodged in the Orange County Jail, where he is being held on preliminary charges. He is charged with a Class A felony for attempted murder and a Class C felony for criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Paoli and French Lick Police Departments also assisted.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department needs your help to find the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident.
Deputies say Adam Zehr of Birdseye was westbound along Schnellville Road at 5:30 yesterday morning when he saw an eastbound vehicle that was driving left of center. Deputies say the vehicle hit the left side of Zehr’s car and then left the scene without stopping. Zehr’s car sustained about 1 thousand dollars worth of damage.
Deputies are looking for a small blue pickup truck, possibly a Ford Ranger or Chevy S-10. Anyone who has any information is asked to call the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 482-3522. All callers may remain anonymous.