Local Coverage

City officials in Loogootee will soon decide whether or not to sell a parcel of land at the railroad tracks near the town square.

The city bought the CSX lot early last year. The original plans called for creating a green space on the land. However, mayor Noel Harty’s office has been approached by multiple business owners aiming to buy the land.

Now the city has invested about 35 thousand dollars into the property. That figure includes the original purchase price, surveys, and various environmental studies that have been done. Harty says any sale of the land will have to be able to recoup the 35 thousand dollars that has been invested.

A public hearing will be held concerning the future of the land. That hearing is set to take place at 5 o’clock on Wednesday evening at Loogootee City Hall.

The ongoing bicentennial celebration in Perry County is set to continue with a tour of area manufacturing facilities.

8 businesses in all will take part in the public tours. These include Accent, ATTC Manufacturing, and Waupaca Foundry among others. The public tours will be held this upcoming Friday, September 19th.

The tours will begin at 10 am at Accent, American Colloid, and Best Home Furnishings. Other tours start at 11:30, noon, 12:30, and 2 pm. All times are central time.

Now folks interested in taking the company tours are asked to comply with various safety requirements. These include wearing full-length pants and shirts with sleeves. Short-sleeve T-shirts may be worn, but sleeveless shirts will not be allowed. Folks should also wear closed-toe shoes.

No hoods, hats, cameras, or cell phones will be allowed on the tour. All tour participants must be 12 or older. For more information, you can call the Perry County Development Corporation at 812-547-8377.

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.