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PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) – Deputies with a southwestern Indiana sheriff’s department will soon be equipped with body cameras designed to collect potentially crucial evidence during police interactions with suspects.

The Gibson County Council last week unanimously approved allocating $20,000 in riverboat revenue funds to pay for 20 cameras and computer accessories for the county’s deputies.

Sheriff George Ballard told council members it was his job to bring the potential value of body cameras to the council’s attention in the wake of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer’s fatal shooting of a teenager that sparked days of rioting in that community.

Councilman George Ankenbrand says the $20,000 for the cameras is money well spent if it can prevent a big lawsuit. Ankenbrand is a former county prosecutor.

MADISON (AP)-The governors of Indiana and Kentucky are scheduled to attend a dedication ceremony for the new $103 million Madison-Milton Bridge next month.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will attend the Oct. 1 event.

The bridge was moved from temporary piers to its permanent spot in April. It took about 16 hours to slide the 30-million-pound steel truss. Highway officials say the truss, nearly a half-mile long, is the longest in North America to be slid laterally into place.

The bridge reopened to traffic on April 17. Work is continuing on a pedestrian sidewalk.

Troopers with the Indiana State Police Jasper Post are continuing to look into an early morning homicide near Elnora in northern Daviess County.

Just before 5:10 this morning, a state trooper was called to the scene of a traffic accident with injuries along County Road 300 East just south of State Road 58. As he was arriving on scene, the trooper was told by 2 pedestrians that a man with Crime Scene 1injuries had been walking south along County Road 300 East. The trooper then drove south, but was unable to find a crash or the injured man. The trooper turned around and checked the area again. He then discovered 40-year-old Aaron Michael Byers of Elnora lying unresponsive in a corn field on the west side of the roadway.

Emergency personnel arrived on scene a short time later, but state police say Byers could not be revived. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Daviess County Coroner.

State police say Byers’ vehicle had been driven through the cornfield and had hit a tree about a quarter of a mile southwest of where he was found. State police say detectives and crime scene investigators found enough evidence in the area to rule the death a Byers Truckhomicide rather than from injuries in the crash. The cause of death will be determined and released at a later date after the autopsy is conducted.

This case is still under investigation. Anyone who has information on what might have happened is asked to call the Indiana State Police Jasper Post at 812-482-1441.

3 employees of Tri-Cap have received their family development certifications.

Kenwyn Brosmer, Angie Greulich, and Courtney Payne are the latest employees to get the designation. They join 10 other staff members who already have the certification.

Now earning the certification is a 3 day process. The process is administered through the Indiana Community Action Association. Its funded by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

The certification is designed for case workers that work intensively with clients through family assessment tools and a family development matrix to help families set goals, make plans to achieve them, and empower them to become self-sufficient.

Family Development originated with the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act. The Results-Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) tool was then developed and its since been an integral part of TRI-CAP service areas.

For more information, you can contact Joyce Fleck or Angie Greulich at 482-2233.

Ferdinand Police took a Perry County man into custody early this morning following a report of suspicious activity near a Ferdinand business.

At 1:35 this morning, authorities found Christopher Genet of Bristow loading copper, brass, and Christopher Genetaluminum into the back of a truck he had parked near the back of the Bettag Plumbing and Heating building in the 900 block of Main Street. The metals were valued at 100 dollars.

Genet is facing a Class A misdemeanor for theft. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies and a wrecker from Berg’s Wrecker Service also assisted.

The Dubois County library system will soon start the search for a new director.

Last night, the Dubois County Contractual and Jasper Public Library boards heard that library director Rita Douthitt is retiring next month. Douthitt has been the library director for the last 13 years.

Contractual library board president Kathy Tretter has worked with Douthitt for the last 12 and a half years. Tretter says Douthitt has left a lasting legacy for the library system:

Douthitt’s last day will be on October 10th. The Jasper library will be hosting a retirement celebration for her. The public is invited to attend. The ceremony will take place Sunday October 5th from 3 to 5 pm.

Both boards appointed Jasper library branch manager Christine Golden as the acting director. Golden says she looks forward to keeping everything going:

Golden has been with the Jasper library for nearly 14 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Evansville and her master’s degree in library sciences from Indiana University. She originally started as a part-time employee at the library during her time at U of E before finishing school and working her way up to branch manager, a job she took over a couple of years ago.

Now both boards laid out a rough timeline for finding a permanent replacement for Douthitt. The boards agreed to evaluate Golden and other internal candidates for the position by the end of this month and through October. The job will also be advertised locally and through the Indiana Library Association sometime before the end of September.

Selection criteria for the job will be presented at next month’s regular board meeting. Applications will be due by November 15th. 5 to 10 candidates will be selected for a first round of interviews. 3 finalists will be interviewed in February and a final decision is expected in March of 2015.

The Huntingburg Police Department’s new anonymous tip line is now fully operational.

The tip line was launched late last month. Folks who have information on ongoing drug or other criminal activity in Huntingburg can call 812-684-2992 at any time.

The department has also announced a new partnership with CVS Pharmacy and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to launch a new drug collection program. The program, known as the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities, provides the department with a drug collection unit that allows for expired or unused medications to be safely disposed of.

Now the secure drug collection unit is open to the public 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It’s located at the front lobby of the police department in the 500 block of East 1st Street. There is no need for an appointment. You can call Tammy Luker at 683-3003 for more information.

Only non-controlled drugs and Schedule 2, 3, and 4 controlled substances will be accepted. Examples include prescriptions (patches and medications), over-the-counter medicines, and vitamins. Items such as aerosol cans, inhalers, and ointments will not be accepted.