EPD: As the beautiful weather continues in Evansville lots of people are enjoying the parks throughout the city as well as the riverfront. We enjoy them also and want to make sure everyone can have a great time using them. We will be in the parks and on the Pigeon Creek Greenway and Riverfront in cars, on bicycles, walking and riding ATV's. Community Policing.
Source: Evansville Police Department Facebook Page - April 30, 2015
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a Warrick County ATV accident fatality. On Thursday, April 30th, at approximately 3:54 pm, Indiana Conservation Officers Paul Crockett and Eric Stamps were dispatched to private property in Warrick County in reference to an ATV accident.
Thomas Burke (43) of Yankeetown, lost control of his ATV while traveling at an incline on a trail. The ATV side swiped a trampoline which resulted in the ATV turning over onto Burke’s head. Burke was partially ejected from the ATV and suffered head trauma. Burke was pronounced dead on-scene by the Warrick County Coroner.
Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted on-scene by Warrick County Sheriff’s Department, Yankeetown Fire, and Warrick County EMS.
The Evansville Water and Sewer Utility (EWSU) will soon begin three large-scale construction projects to improve the efficiency and operations of its East and West Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP). Both the East WWTP, located on Waterworks Road near the Ohio River, and the West WWTP, located on Tekoppel Avenue, were built in the 1950s.
“Residents will notice a lot of construction at the East and West Wastewater Treatment Plants this summer,” Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said. “We are making this investment to ensure our plants operate efficiently and, in the long run, reduce our operating expenses.”
Beginning on Thursday April 30, Kansas Rd will be closed at Green River Rd. Right turns to and from Kansas to Green River will be allowed, but no left turns or through traffic will be allowed on Kansas at Green River. Green River Road will remain open throughout this Kansas Road closure.
Kansas Road is expected to be opened by the end of the day on Thursday May 7, although the closure could be extended if weather conditions do not allow work during this next week.
This closure is a part of the Green River Road reconstruction project between Millersburg Road and Kansas Road.
Each year, the American Lung Associations (ALA) releases the State of the Air report, grading cities and counties throughout the United States on air pollution related issues, focusing on Ozone and Particulate Matter (PM) pollutants. On April 29th, the ALA released their report for 2015. The report uses data from local air monitors from 2011-2013 to either pass or fail a city or county.
This year, the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County are happy to have received a passing grade. The last exceedance of the 8-hour Ozone standard in Evansville was in 2012 and the last exceedance of the 24-hour PM2.5 standard was in 2011. Overall, the air quality in Evansville has been improving steadily, with the city and county meeting all Federal standards set forth in the Clean Air Act.
Vincennes University signed an articulation agreement with the Indiana DNR Law Enforcement Division on April 29 to award college credits to their Conservation Officers for completed training and years of experience. These credits will assist officers in furthering their education, through Vincennes University's highly-regarded program in Conservation Law Enforcement; the only one of its kind in Indiana.
The purpose of this articulation agreement is to provide a basis for a cooperative relationship between Vincennes University and DNR Law Enforcement Division to benefit officers who desire to complete an Associate’s degree in Conservation Law Enforcement or a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Homeland Security and Public Safety.
“We are delighted to offer this educational opportunity to Indiana Conservation Officers”, said Chuck Johnson, Vincennes University Provost. “Their training and experience should be rewarded and benefit them as they continue to work toward their educational goals.”
Pike County – Last night at approximately 11:50, Trooper John Davis was patrolling SR 61 north of Petersburg when he observed a GMC pickup truck driving left of center near the White River Bridge. Trooper Davis attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver turned onto a farm access road and accelerated into a cornfield near the river bottoms. The chase ended when the driver drove his vehicle into approximately three-feet of water. After a brief altercation, the driver, Harold Mark Wilson, 53, of Monroe City, was taken into custody. Further investigation revealed he had a blood alcohol content of .10%. He was taken to the Pike County Jail where he is currently being held on bond.
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Indiana State Police - April 29, 2015
Evansville man sentenced in child pornography case; Defendant abducted a nine year old boy playing near his home
Evansville – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today the sentencing of an Evansville man for possession and distribution of child pornography. Jack Perkins III, 30, was sentenced to five years in federal prison by Chief U. S. District Judge Richard L. Young.
“Protecting our innocent children from internet predators will remain a top priority of our office,” said Minkler. “Producing and distributing child pornography re-victimizes our children every time it is passed from one person to another.”
On January 31, 2012, the Evansville Police Department responded to an emergency call placed by the mother of a nine year old boy who was forcibly pulled into a car and taken away while playing outside with a friend. While patrol officers were at the scene of the abduction, the missing boy came running back home through an alley. The boy was partially clothed and obviously in distress. Before being transported to the hospital, the boy reported that he had been pulled into a car by an adult male and driven a short distance away from his family=s residence in the Jacobsville neighborhood in Evansville. After parking the car, the boy reported the adult male climbed into the back seat and sexually assaulted him. The boy escaped from the car and ran home where EPD officers were beginning to investigate his disappearance.