Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Indiana voters' guide: Congressional, state and local candidates in Clark, Floyd counties Here are the candidates for Indiana's Ninth District congressional race as well as those running for other offices in Floyd and Clark counties Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Nick Hollkamp, Louisville Courier Journal Published 12:57 p.m. ET May 4, 2018 | Updated 2:14 p.m. ET May 4, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Indiana voters will cast ballots May 8 in Democratic and Republican primaries, and the ballots … [Read more...] about Indiana voters’ guide: Congressional, state and local candidates in Clark, Floyd counties
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INDIANAPOLIS — Quoth the Legislature: "Nevermore."The General Assembly on Tuesday advanced to the governor's desk a measure cleaning up Indiana's laws by replacing archaic language with more accurate terms familiar to modern Hoosiers.Specifically, House Enrolled Act 1031 substitutes other words for "herein, hereafter, hereinafter, therein, theretofore, hereunder, hereinunder, heretofore, hereinabove, and thereunder" wherever they appear throughout the Indiana Code.It also replaces the remaining instances where "his" is used to describe the duties of a state officeholder, now that five of the seven statewide elected officials are women.State Rep. Thomas Washburne, R-Inglefield, the sponsor of the proposal, said deleting the outdated language will keep the Indiana Code "very, very pleasant to deal with compared to many other states," for lawyers and citizens alike.The 169-page measure passed the House, 91-0, and the Senate, 48-0.Check out our Crossing the Line series here Crossing … [Read more...] about Say farewell to archaic words, male-only references in Indiana’s laws
James A. Gagliano is a CNN law enforcement analyst and a retired FBI supervisory special agent. He also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at St. John's University in Queens, New York. Follow him on Twitter: @JamesAGagliano. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. (CNN)The stunning news that surfaced a week after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was hard to digest. An armed Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO) deputy, Scot Peterson, assigned as a school resource officer, was on duty on that February afternoon. And yet he remained outside of the freshman building during the slaughter. Peterson's lawyer claimed the way he acted was "appropriate under the circumstances," and that he did not run into the school because he thought the gunfire was coming from outside. He further added that "allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police … [Read more...] about What Parkland law enforcement failed to learn from Columbine
HOBART — After serving eight years with the military police in the Army Reserve, 29-year-old Valparaiso resident Kenin Zolper said she opted to take a break and find a safer job in the private sector. But after having a baby, she decided the best way to protect her child and society is to get back into police work. Zolper landed a job with her hometown Valparaiso Police Department and is now among 38 students who kicked off a 15-week training program recently at the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy at the former Hobart Middle School. "This is my true passion," she said. Zolper is among seven women in the current class, which is a record number for the local school, Executive Director and master instructor James Markle said while looking in on the students last week during a classroom portion of their training. Zolper and most of the other students at the school have been hired by county, municipal, university or railroad police departments and have a year to … [Read more...] about Enthusiasm for police work strong at local police academy
SCHERERVILLE — The town is about to experience changes in the leadership of its public safety departments. Police Chief David Dowling announced Thursday he is retiring to run full-time for Lake County Sheriff. Town Councilman Kevin Connelly said Schererville Fire Chief Joseph Kruzan Jr. also is retiring next month. He said Deputy Fire Chief Robert Patterson will take over that job, but town town officials haven't named a replacement for Dowling. Dowling told fellow public safety leaders at a meeting of the Lake County E-911 commission that he will be stepping down as the town's police chief Feb. 16. He said he had planned for some time in advance to retire and devote the coming months to his campaign to win the May 8 Democratic primary for sheriff. Dowling, Lake County Clerk Mike A. Brown and Richard D. Ligon of Gary are challenging Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. Dowling, whose grandfather, Ed Dowling, was mayor of Hammond from 1956 to 1968, leaves behind a 32-year police … [Read more...] about Schererville police chief David Dowling retiring to focus on Lake County Sheriff bid. Town’s fire chief is also stepping down.
An Indiana sheriff's deputy found himself saving a life when he pulled over a speeding motorist Tuesday morning. Deputy Austin Wells of the La Porte County Sheriff's Office clocked a 65-year-old woman driving 70 mph on US 421 about 10:30 a.m., a department Facebook post said.Wells found the woman unable to speak, with a reddish-purple face and blue lips. He asked her if she could breathe and she gestured she couldn't. He pulled her out of the car and gave her the Heimlich maneuver. Four thrusts later, her airway was cleared. Read more: 3 African elephants escape tractor-trailer fire on Georgia highway Read more: North Carolina woman wins lottery twice in one day The woman explained she had been eating honey mustard nuts when she began choking. She fully recovered and did not receive a citation.Wells has been a patrol deputy for about five months. He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in June. “What could very well have … [Read more...] about Deputy saves choking woman during traffic stop in Indiana
KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. — Knightstown police Chief Danny Baker has used pig roasts and golf tournaments to augment his department’s shrinking budget, but badly in need of $9,000 for a new squad car, he’s reprising his most shocking fundraising approach to date: getting shot by a stun gun. The jocular 63-year-old chief and another Knightstown official were planning to have a detective shoot them with a Taser at a free event Wednesday night in the middle school gym in their small eastern Indiana town. Spectators — who Baker hopes feel compelled to donate — will get a firsthand look at how 50,000 volts of low-amp electricity affects the human body. “It’s a shame we have to go to the extent of having fundraisers and getting electrified and so forth, but with small-town budgets you have to do something to get by,” said Baker, a lifelong Knightstown resident who has been in law enforcement for 35 years. Many rural communities like … [Read more...] about Indiana police chief to be stun gunned to raise money for department
During a recent training exercise, Cameron Ellis said, he stood in front of a large television armed with a replica gun. The screen presented a scenario requiring a split-second decision: Taser or gun?In a controlled environment, the 22-year-old officer with the Southport Police Department practiced making a potentially lethal decision in a chaotic environment — a scenario he could face while patrolling the streets of the city of about 1,700 people on the south side of Indianapolis.He will carry a gun, respond to emergency calls and make arrests, all on his spare time. Ellis is a volunteer, working with full police powers but without pay.Ellis became a certified reserve officer in a ceremony Jan. 18 after completing hundreds of hours of training. But state law didn't require him to do that to wield full police power.In Indiana, reserve officers are required to complete 40 hours of basic training, as well as 24 hours of continuing in-service training each year. … [Read more...] about How much training is enough for volunteer police?
First of two partsThe makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction.The drugmakers vow they’re combating the addiction epidemic, but The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that they often employ a statehouse playbook of delay and defend that includes funding advocacy groups that use the veneer of independence to fight limits on the drugs, such as OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl, the narcotic linked to Prince’s death.The mother of Cameron Weiss was no match for the industry’s high-powered lobbyists when she plunged into the corridors of New Mexico’s Legislature, crusading for a measure she fervently believed would have saved her … [Read more...] about Millions spent to push opioid laws
On the day her husband died nine years ago, Carolyn Dudley, a physical therapist, was working with a patient during a home visit south of Greencastle.Indiana State Police Lt. Gary Dudley, 51, was about 50 miles away on the seventh day of a 13-day bike ride across Indiana to raise money for families of fallen police officers.The couple’s routine on those cycling days was for Gary to call his wife of 15 years once in the morning and once in the evening. On that day, Aug. 22, 2006, he called at about noon.“We had a great conversation,” she recalled, ending with “I love you.”Fifteen minutes later, he was gone.A truck plowed into a support vehicle along the bike route in west central Indiana, pushing it into the cyclists. Dudley, who had organized the annual COPS charity ride (Indiana Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors), was killed, along with Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Gary Martin. The irony that the officers were killed while participating … [Read more...] about Gary’s Ride honors state trooper who died in bike crash