Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke declared a local disaster emergency for the city on Friday due to the severe drought the area is experiencing. This gave the the mayor the authority to legally issue a city-wide fireworks ban. The ban started at 5:00 pm on Friday and lasts for seven days. This ban includes the 4th of July. City Attorney Ted Ziemer said that warnings will not be issued to residents caught using fireworks and fines up to $2,500 are possible. The ban currently does not include Vanderburgh County. However, county officials are reportedly also considering a ban. The city's firework celebration on the riverfront has not been cancelled per Mayor Winnecke. He says the show will go on as scheduled as long as it isn't too windy on the 4th.
The Evansville Environmental Protection Agency and the Vanderburgh County Health Department have issued an OZONE ALERT for Saturday, June 30th through Monday, July 2ndbecause ambient concentrations of ozone may reach or exceed the level of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range.
Within a few hours or days, exposure to higher levels of ozone can cause lung and throat irritation, shortness of breath, increase the frequency of asthma attacks and aggravate respiratory diseases such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. Children, active adults, and people with respiratory diseases should limit prolonged outdoor exertion especially between 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. when ozone levels are highest. With few changes expected the weather, and no relief in sight over the weekend from the heat wave, there is not likely to be a significant improvement in air quality. Ozone levels are forecast to reach unhealthy for sensitive groups each day through Monday, and fine particulate levels are expected to climb over the period.
When planning any outdoor activities, please take precautions, take it slow and stay hydrated. If you experience symptoms of heat or air pollution related illness, stop what you are doing and take appropriate health and safety measures. If you experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pains, or an asthma attack, don’t ignore them. Seek medical advice.
The CDC has an excellent guide extreme heat prevention guide available here: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.asp
Here’s information from the National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml
THERE ARE BURN BANS IN EFFECT FOR MOST COUNTIES IN S.W. INDIANA (see http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/burn-ban/), INCLUDING VANDERBURGH COUNTY.
To do your share to protect air quality and reduce pollution levels:
SOURCE: Evansville EPA
From Evansville Police Department Incident Reports - June 28, 2012.
ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.
Nichols, Zachary - Arrest on charge of Intimidation Threat at 701 N. Tenth Ave......Loucks, Adam - Arrest on charge of Disorderly Conduct at 710 N Tenth Ave......Loucks, Ronald - Arrest on charge of Intimidation Threat at 710 N Tenth Ave......Dunn, Larry - Victim of Disorderly Conduct at 1801 W Maryland St Evansville, IN between 07:30 06/28/2012 and 08:25 06/28/2012.
Suspect #1 was fired from his employment on 6-27-12 by victim. Suspect showed up in the morning beating on the door and window of the semi-truck both victims were inside, making threats about physically harming the victims and to kill victim #1. Suspect got in his vehicle to leave when victim #1 went back inside the business to get keys. When victim #1 returned outside, the suspect had victim #2 down on the ground fighting with him. Victim #1 pulled suspect off. Suspect #1 again threatened physical harm to victim #1 and stated he was a member of the "Vice Lords" and was going to go back and get them and come back and kill him. Victim stated he was in real fear for his life, so he locked his employees inside the building and told them not to open the doors for anyone until he returned from his home where he was going to get his long guns. When victim returned, he found all three suspects on his property. Suspects were told by victim to get off his property and all three began verbally threatening him with physical harm and stating they were going to kill him. Suspect #1 advanced on victim and he pulled his guns from the truck and told them to leave the property. Suspects walked to the street where they continued to yell, cuss and threaten the victim even more. Victim then went back inside the business and locked the doors. During this time the other employees were calling 911. Suspects were located at suspect #2's residence and were arrested.
Bunch, Tre - Arrest on charge of Theft-shoplifting Theft-other <200 at 200 N Main St......Joyce, Traievante - Arrest on charge of Theft-shoplifting Theft-other <200 at 200 N Main St......Buehler's IGA - Victim of Theft-shoplifting Theft-other <200 at 200 N Main St Evansville, IN between 18:45 06/28/2012 and 18:50 06/28/2012.
Officers were dispatched to Buy Low at 200 N Main St for two male shoplifters. Suspects stole a box of Hot Pockets and a bag of pizza rolls. Suspects were transported to jail in the wagon.
Scott, Livarus - Victim of Battery-aggravated w/ firearm at 708 Cross St Evansville, IN between 00:45 06/28/2012 and 00:51 06/28/2012.
On 06/28/12 at 0051 hours, officers were dispatched to 708 Cross St in reference to shots fired. Dispatch advised responding officers that two subjects had been shot. Officers arrived and located the two subjects shot, identified as V1 and V2. V1 was taken to Deaconess and V2 was taken to St Mary's for treatment. Witnesses described several shots were fired from a black colored vehicle, possibly a black Pontiac Gran Prix or a Ford Taurus. The vehicle was last seen headed EB on Cross and then NB on Linwood. A witness on scene stated she recognized the shooter.
Covington, Jwane - Victim of Criminal Recklessness at 1625 Shadewood Ave/Waggoner Ave Evansville, IN between 16:31 06/28/2012 and 16:42 06/28/2012.
Officers were dispatched to 800 Jackson Ave in reference to shots fired. Officers located the victim at Shadewood and Waggoner. The victim received a gunshot wound to his right leg. The shooting suspects had already fled the scene prior to police arrival. Witnesses at the scene stated that two people ran from the scene after the shots were fired. The victim was transported to Deaconess by AMR for his injuries. Sgt Doan, detectives and crime scene were called to the scene. This investigation is still ongoing.
Hampton, Christopher - Victim of Robbery-strong arm w/ injury at 1600 Henning Ave/Wedge Ave Evansville, IN between 22:30 06/28/2012 and 23:09 06/28/2012.
Victim states that he was walking an near the intersection of Henning and Wedge, when suspect #1 ran up to him and grabbed him from behind. Suspect #2 then joined suspect #1 and they knocked him down and began to ask, "What you got?" He was punched several times and has a swollen lip. Suspects stole his wallet containing a small amount of money and his cell phone. Suspects fled southeast through Colonial Manor Apartments.
PRINCETON, Ind. – Contractors crews have capitalized on the dry weather and are wrapping up the construction of the new State Road 64 exit ramp from U.S. 41 in Princeton. By the end of the day on Tuesday, July 3, the exit ramp will be re-opened to motorists. This work is a part of INDOT’s $4.9 million road resurfacing project.
This contract was awarded to E & B Paving of Anderson, Indiana earlier this year and includes slip liner installation into drainage pipes under U.S. 41, turn lane and radii improvements at the intersections of U.S. 41 and S.R. 168 and at U.S. 41 and C.R. 350 South (Toyota), the rebuilding of the exit ramp from U.S. 41 north bound to S.R. 64 east bound, deep patching the roadway in areas, milling the existing roadway and resurfacing the road.
Crews will now move their operation to the intersection improvements at U.S. 41 and S.R. 168. A dedicated right turn lane will be constructed for east bound S.R. 168 traffic to U.S. 41 south bound and for west bound S.R. 168 traffic to U.S. 41 north bound. The turning radii will be improved for north bound U.S. 41 traffic turning right onto east bound S.R. 168. The traffic signal at the intersection will be improved to incorporate the new lanes of traffic.
Improvements to the intersection of U.S. 41 and C.R. 300 South are complete, however, the additional lanes will not open until the new traffic signals are in place. The contract completion date for this project is November 30, 2012, weather permitting.
From Evansville Police Department Incident Reports - June 27, 2012.
ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW
Society - Victim of Narc-dealing methamphetamine at 4919 Stringtown Rd Evansville, IN on 06/27/2012, 17:50.
Officers were dispatched to 4919 Stringtown Rd and located items used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve - Victim of Burglary-attempted at 1400 S Tekoppel Ave Evansville, IN between 09:13 06/13/2012 and 09:13 06/27/2012. Reported 06/27/2012.
The reporter works for the Wesselman Woods Preserve which manages this property. She said no one had been at the property since last Wednesday. She told me the door had been locked. The offender pried on a roll up door and tried to pry open a double door. Also, the steel entry door was severely damaged. That door had been previously damaged, but it was almost kicked in after this incident. No entry was made. Crime scene was called.
Stop N Roll Tobacco Shop - Victim of Burglary-non residential at 2033 W Franklin St Evansville, IN between 01:00 06/27/2012 and 02:00 06/27/2012.
The reporter stated that sometime between the hours of 0100 and 0200 hours, two subjects, appears to be females, entered the business from the roof and stole several items totaling around $800.00. Crime scene was called out to collect evidence. Security video was downloaded onto a thumb drive and Detective Ben Gentry will collect it. I talked with Detective Mike Bow on the phone and advised him of the break in.
Mitchell, Shaun - Arrest on charge of Burglary-attempted at 1416 Alvord Lane......Lehman, Mark - Victim of Burglary-attempted at 1416 Alvord Lane Evansville, IN between 00:10 on 06/28/2012 and 01:30 06/28/2012.
I was sent to the 1400 block of Alvord Lane in reference to assisting fire department. Upon arriving, i was advised that while EFD was working on putting a grass fire out caused by trees arcing with power lines (per Vectren), a male was found partially down the chimney at 1416 Alvord Lane. The homeowner, M. Lehman, heard yelling. He looked on his roof and saw the offender stuck in his chimney from the waste down.
Hot Weather Tips
We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger, ASPCA experts warn.
"Most people love to spend the warmer days enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, but it is important to remember that some activities can be dangerous for our pets," said Dr. Camille DeClementi, Senior Toxicologist at the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center. "By following a few simple rules, it is easy to keep your pet safe while still having fun in the sun."
Take these simple precautions, provided by ASPCA experts, to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately.
Visit the Vet
A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren't on year-round preventive medication. Do parasites bug your animal companions? Ask your doctor to recommend a safe flea and tick control program.
Made in the Shade
Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it's hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to notover-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot.
Know the Warning Signs
Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. "On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time-even with the windows open-which could lead to fatal heat stroke," says Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. Also, leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal in several states.
Make a Safe Splash
Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool-not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset.
"During warmer months, the ASPCA sees an increase in injured animals as a result of High-Rise Syndrome, which occurs when pets-mostly cats-fall out of windows or doors and are seriously or fatally injured," says Dr. Murray. "Pet owners need to know that this is completely preventable if they take simple precautions." Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.
Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut helps prevent overheating. Shave down to a one-inch length, never to the skin, so your dog still has some protection from the sun. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. As far as skin care, be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
When the temperature is very high, don't let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your pooch's body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
Commonly used flea and tick products, rodenticides (mouse and rat baits), and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. When walking your dog, steer clear of areas that you suspect have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals. Keep citronella candles, oil products and insect coils out of pets' reach as well. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.
Taking Fido to a backyard barbeque or party? Remember that the food and drink offered to guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas. Similarly, remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol.
Fireworks Aren't Very Pet-riotic
Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma to curious pets, and even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Many types of fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as potassium nitrate, copper, chlorates, arsenic and other heavy metals.
From Evansville Police Department Incident Reports - June 26, 2012.
ALL SUSPECTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.
Wilson, Dalton - Arrest on charge of False Informing/Reporting at 198 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd/Walnut St......Society - Victim of False Informing/Reporting at 198 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd/Walnut St Evansville, IN on 06/26/2012, 00:14.
I observed a sliver passenger vehicle disregard a traffic control device at the intersection of SE 6th and Walnut. I initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and Walnut. The driver, later identified as Dalton Wilson, stated that he did not have his drivers license on him. He told me his name was Drake Wilson and advised me that the vehicle he was driving was his brother's Dalton and he was in the military. I returned to my patrol vehicle and ran the information that he had given me and verified his driver status. I then ran the license plate on the vehicle and was advised that Dalton Wilson had an active felony warrant out of Newton County. At that time, Officer Fair asked the driver where his brother is, and Wilson said that his brother is in jail up north. At that time officers made several calls and attempts to verify this information and were finally advised that Dalton Wilson was not in jail. Wilson told officers to call his mother and she would verify that he was Drake Wilson. Officer Fair called the parents of the subject we had stopped and the mother advised officers that the subject we had was in fact Dalton Wilson. The mother advised us that Drake Wilson was in the military and stationed at Fort Campbell. At that time Wilson was placed in custody for False Informing and the felony warrant out of Newton County. While officerw were doing an invetory of Wilson's vehicle prior to towing, they located an Indiana driver license for Dalto Wilson. Wilson admitted to officers that he had thought about telling us the truth about who he was, but was hoping that we would eentually give up and leave.
A busy stretch of Lincoln Ave on the east side will be closed during the day on Thursday.
The Evansville Water Department will close Lincoln Ave between Newburgh Rd and Burkhardt Rd from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm on Thursday. They say the closure is for maintenance n the water lines in this area.
Emergency vehicles and residents will be allowed access, but all others are asked to avoid the area.