The city of Huntingburg is set to play host to a unique event later this month.
Coming up next Saturday, March 15th the program “Step-Up Saturdays” will be coming to Huntingburg. Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner says the program was started by LaPorte mayor Blair Milo:
The program is set to take place across all 92 counties in Indiana as each county is targeted to host a 5K run/walk event.
Spinner will also participate in next Saturday’s 5K event. He says its a good chance to remind folks about the importance of healthy living:
The event will begin at 2 pm next Saturday at Huntingburg City Park. Now children and adults of every fitness level are being encouraged to participate in the event. Times will not be recorded in this event as it is meant to be more of a social outing.
For more information, you can contact Huntingburg City Hall at 683-2211.
A Ferdinand man was taken into custody yesterday on battery and sexual battery charges.
Jasper Police received a report from Indiana Adult Protective Services about two male patients at Southern Hills Counseling Services that had filed a complaint. The complaint alleges that 54-year-old Martin Thomas inappropriately touched the two patients while he was a registered nurse at Southern Hills.
According to police, further investigation found that Thomas had also inappropriately touched a third male patient at Southern Hills. Police say Thomas touched all three patients in the groin area in order to be sexually gratified though the contact was unwanted.
Thomas was taken into custody and was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing battery and sexual battery charges. Police say the investigation into this case is still ongoing.
Anyone who has any further information is asked to call the Jasper Police Department at 482-2255. Folks can also call the anonymous tip line at 481-COPS.
Another area law enforcement agency is set to change its procedure for fingerprinting gun permit applicants.
Starting this upcoming Monday March 10th, Huntingburg Police say they will no longer be using paper cards to fingerprint applicants. They say residents will now need to schedule a fingerprinting through MorphoTrust. MorphoTrust representatives are in Jasper each Tuesday between 8 am and 4:30 pm to help folks. You can call 1-877-472-6917 to schedule an appointment. You can also go to morphotrust.com and schedule an appointment electronically while completing the online permit application. Anyone who has questions can call the Huntingburg Police Department at 683-3003.
Now Huntingburg Police are the second area law enforcement agency to make this move. Back on February 10th, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department also made the switch to automated fingerprinting through MorphoTrust. Officials say the switch will reduce the number of rejections for folks that are applying for a gun permit.
Indiana State Police switched over to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System back on January 1st.
A new statewide program is encouraging high school and college students to “Drive Now. Txt L8R.”
The new program is a partnership with several state agencies including the Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Police, and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles among others. 5 thousand dollar scholarships will be awarded to those students that can come up with the most creative and viral social media posts through Twitter, Instagram, and Vine. There is a catch however: any post that is composed while driving will be instantly disqualified.
INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield says educating the younger generation on texting and driving dangers is a big part of making Indiana’s roads safer:
High school and college entries will be awarded separately and each social media account that is registered can have up to 3 students working together. The 5 thousand dollar scholarships will be deposited into the 529 college savings plans for the winners. 5 different categories will be awarded. They are:
Twitter: most tweets, retweets, and favorites
Vine: most likes
Vine: most creative
Instagram: most likes
Instagram: most creative
All entries must be posted during the month of April (Distracted Driving Awareness Month). They also have to have the hash tag TXTL8RIN to be eligible. Students can register their Twitter accounts and read contest rules by going to txtl8r.in.gov.
Another area community has been awarded grant money towards the development of senior housing.
Tell City was among those communities that received rental housing tax credits and other state financing recently. The city was granted more than 1.6 million dollars that city officials say will go towards a proposed senior housing complex that would be built along 7th Street. That development, which would be called River Pointe, will involve building 40 units of senior housing and other apartments or condos that could either be rented for the market price or sold. The first floor of River Pointe would feature commercial and retail spaces along Humboldt and 6th Streets.
The River Pointe project is being led by four firms. These are Vision Communities Incorporated, Flaherty and Collins, Kuhl and Grant, and Myszak and Palmer. There will be 1 and 2 bedroom units available in the proposed complex. They will feature appliances, washers and dryers, and either a balcony or patio. The complex will also have a courtyard and community room along with a rooftop terrace for a view of the Ohio River.
The project was originally proposed last September. A new hotel could also be part of development plans for that area.
Now River Pointe was part of 12 million dollars of rental housing tax credits awarded statewide. In Dubois County, the city of Huntingburg was also awarded money for the development of the former St. Joseph’s Hospital property. That project received more than 1.3 million dollars in funding and will create 45 senior living residences in the former hospital building.
One area county will be going old school to ensure that all votes are counted during this year’s elections.
Warrick County clerk Sarah Redman has proposed taking logs from polling precincts, the absentee board, and the canvassing board and comparing those numbers to the vote tallies on Election Day. She says that would be done with pen and paper rather than reports fed out of a computer.
The changes are being proposed in the wake of Monday’s announcement that nearly 38 hundred absentee votes cast prior to the November 2012 election were not counted. Redman says a technician with MicroVote (who supplies the county’s electronic voting machines) used an incorrect method to transfer votes from the machine to a computer used for tallying results. Redman’s own ballot was among the 38 hundred lost in that process.
In the end, Redman believes the incident was an “isolated” one and should not happen again. She says details for the older tallying methods will be worked out in the coming weeks. The changes will be rolled out beginning with May’s primary election.
Also earlier this week, secretary of state Connie Lawson asked for an independent and nonpartisan review of MicroVote’s voting report and the totaling procedures used throughout the fall 2012 elections. The review, which will be led by Voting System Technical Oversight Program (VSTOP) will be done in Warrick and all other Indiana counties that utilize MicroVote’s services.
A crash in rural Washington County yesterday afternoon sent three people to a Louisville hospital with serious injuries.
Just before 4:05 pm yesterday, Indiana State Police and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a two vehicle crash along Becks Mill Road near Posey Chapel Road. Troopers say 18-year-old Dakota Bowling of Salem was southbound on Becks Mill Road when he crested a hill and lost control of his vehicle. Bowling’s vehicle then went left of center and hit a truck being driven by 41-year-old Jared Green of Fredricksburg. Green swerved in an attempt to avoid the crash, but could not get out of the way in time.
Bowling and a front seat passenger (19-year-old Serena Durgins of Fredricksburg) were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. A back seat passenger (18-year-old Cody Lavens of Fredricksburg) was not wearing his seatbelt according to state police. All three sustained serious injuries and were airlifted to University of Louisville hospital for treatment. Green was not hurt in the crash. State police say their investigation is still ongoing.
Washington County EMS and the Posey Township Fire Department also assisted.