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*UPDATE MONDAY, JULY 1ST: Due to weather conditions the start of the night work along the US 41 North Strip in Henderson has been moved to Tuesday. The crew plans to work on the base repairs Tuesday night and Wednesday night, weather permitting. No work is planned Thursday, Friday or Saturday night.
*ORIGINAL POST: There will be night lane restrictions along the US 41 North Strip in Henderson starting Monday, July 1, 2013. The lane restrictions starting after 7 p.m., CDT, are to allow a contractor to begin base repairs at various locations to prepare for night paving to start at a later date. Work will be completed at these locations and all lanes reopened to normal traffic flow by 6:00 a.m. each morning.
This base repair work will be along US 41 between the US 60 Cloverleaf at about the 16 mile marker and the US 41 Twin Bridges at about the 19 mile marker at Henderson. This work is being scheduled at night to avoid disrupting traffic during peak travel periods.
Once the base repairs are completed the roadway will be allowed to settle for about a week before night paving can start.
Motorists should be aware of these night lane restrictions and use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow. This work is scheduled on a weather permitting basis.
If you have driven down West Maryland Street lately, you may have noticed that the once gravel parking lot into Helfrich Park is now paved, beautiful flowers and shrubs surround the park entrance, and a new brick sidewalk has been laid in front of the pool house. While most West Siders have noticed the change, few know that all of this work was completed by a retired citizen who has adopted Helfrich Park’s landscape and maintenance as his own personal project.
Since 2006, Gordon Dingman, a retired J.E. Schekell employee, has spent 30 to 40 hours per week, transforming the once-neglected local park into a lively area filled with flower beds, shrubs, and most recently, new picnic tables. Dingman maintains the park from the firehouse to Helfrich Park STEM Academy. At 73 years old, Dingman says this project is how he stays “fit and busy” during retirement. Once a week he push-mows “his area” of the park, which is about two city blocks in length. Every day he walks from his home to the park to water the flowers and grass. When we caught up with him, he was spreading grass seed to bring life back to some areas near the baseball fields in anticipation of the annual Golfmoor baseball tournament. Denise Johnson, Executive Director of the Evansville Parks & Recreation Department, says Dingman has “created one of the best looking park areas in the city” and that she “needs 100 more of him” for the city’s other parks.
Nearly all supplies for the projects are furnished by Dingman who has spent more than $4,000 to date rehabbing his adopted area of Helfrich Park.
According to Johnson, Dingman always keeps the Parks Department “up to speed” on his plans, and before he finishes any project he will make sure that the department is on board.
Perhaps many are wondering what motivates an elderly man to renovate a park, rather than golf or enjoy more leisurely activities. According to Dingman, he bought his house specifically because he liked the park, and the pool being so close; however, it began looking a bit old as time went on and his work “makes the neighborhood look good.” People are even treating the park better since he took over his adopted spot, and there is hardly any litter. Dingman takes great pride in his work and the Parks Department is also grateful. “His work has done a tremendous job changing the image of the park over the last few years,” says Johnson. As Dingman walked near the pool house, which was beginning to fill up with families and children, one woman said “this looks great” while walking across the new 60-foot sidewalk installed by Dingman.
Gordon Dingman’s work and dedication to the City of Evansville doesn’t just end with Helfrich Park. Dingman has a greenhouse behind his home where he cultivates orchids, and last year he donated more than $1,000 worth of orchids from his collection to Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden. He likes giving tips on how to keep orchids alive and blooming, and will share his knowledge with any person who asks.
Johnson said that Dingman is “motivated by kindness” and “his desire to make the city a much better place.”
The next time you’re near St. Joseph Avenue, maybe take a side trip to West Maryland Street and spend some time looking at the scenery around Helfrich Park—you may even see Mr. Dingman working on a new project.
SOURCE: City of Evansville
Indianapolis: An unprecedented number of citations for distracting driving were made in a week-long multi-agency enforcement campaign called the ‘6 State Trooper Project’. The Indiana State Police joined forces with Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Kentucky State Police on major interstates from June 16-22, in an ongoing effort to combat distracted driving. Nearly 2,000 citations for distracted driving were issued among the six states. Distracted driving citations include texting, cell phone, reckless and careless driving.
During this same time frame, there were 201 collisions reported involving distracted driving behavior throughout the six state region.
“Any opportunity we have to work with our law enforcement partners across state lines to reduce crashes and save lives is time well spent,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “The ISP will continue partnering in this effort and others like it in the future.”
The ‘6-State Trooper Project’ began in 2012 with three planned enforcement campaigns targeting operating a vehicle under the influence and marijuana interdiction. This successful campaign yielded 582 DUI arrests and seizure of 210 pounds of marijuana and 14,327 marijuana plants.
Command staff from all six states reconvened earlier this year and planned three additional multi-state efforts for 2013 that included distracted driving, DUI and Marijuana interdiction.
The next combined enforcement effort is scheduled for September and will target Marijuana interdiction and criminal patrol.
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The Evansville Police Department has made multiple arrests following an investigation into vandalism at the Garvin Park Pool last week.
All of the suspects that are in custody are juveniles. Their names are not being released due to their ages.
Police are still trying to locate additional suspects. The remaining suspects are juveniles as well.
At this time, investigators from the EPD Juvenile Crimes Detective Unit believe as many as 6 individuals are responsible for the damage at the pool.
Due to the on-going search for additional suspects, no other information is being released at this time.
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On Thursday, June 27, 2013, at approximately 4:40 AM, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 5900 block of Moline Dr. regarding harassment in progress. Deputies were advised that a male was outside 5915 Moline Dr. screaming at a female. Dispatch then advised the male had slashed a tire on a vehicle with a knife and was threatening to kill people.
Upon their arrival, deputies spoke to the victims, Brian Woolsey and Donald Cardin, separately. Both victims stated they heard a female screaming outside their residence and then someone knocking on their door. Woolsey stated he opened the door to a female who stated someone was chasing her. Woolsey stated he allowed the female inside. Once inside, a male subject, later identified as Charles Oldham, walked up the front steps holding a knife in his hands. Woolsey advised he told Oldham to leave. Oldham then stated, “I will get you guys and her too”. At this time, Oldham walked toward Woolsey’s vehicle and stabbed the driver’s side tire with the knife he was holding. Afraid of what Oldham might do next, Woolsey grabbed a baseball bat and Cardin armed himself with a pair of “nunchucks”.
Woolsey and Cardin stated they went outside to look at the damage to the vehicle. Woolsey advised this is when Oldham made the statement he would kill both of them. Woolsey stated at this time Cardin hit Oldham over the head with the “nunchucks” causing a laceration to his head.
As deputies were speaking with Oldham, he stated he did not have a knife during the incident. He also continued to yell at Woolsey and Cardin and stated, “If I had a knife I would have killed you”.
The female victim left the scene prior to deputies’ arrival and could not be located.
Oldham was transported to Deaconess Hospital by AMR where he was treated for the laceration on his head and a chipped bone in his elbow. Oldham was then transported to the Vanderburgh County Confinement Center where he was booked on several charges.
Charles Edward Oldham
W/M 38 YOA
Intimidation w/weapon (two counts) - C felony
Criminal Mischief to a vehicle – B misdemeanor
W/M 56 YOA
Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office
On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at approximately 9:40 PM, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 1950 Belmar Lane regarding an assault that had just occurred. Deputies were advised that the suspects had left the scene.
Upon their arrival, deputies spoke to the victim, Craig Taylor, at the residence. Taylor stated three male subjects broke down the front door of the residence and assaulted him. Taylor stated he was able to fight off the subjects and they all ran from the scene. Taylor suffered a cut to his face and nose during the assault. Taylor advised deputies he recognized one of the subjects who assaulted him as Leonard Schnitzler.
After a short investigation, deputies learned that Leonard was being treated at Deaconess Hospital for injuries he sustained during the assault. After his release, Leonard was transported to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Command Post where he was interviewed by detectives. Leonard admitted to being at the residence during the assault; however, he stated he could not provide information on Taylor being assaulted.
Leonard was transported to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Confinement Center where he was booked on several charges.
Leonard A. Schnitzler
W/M 37 YOA
Burglary – Residential – B felony
Battery w/injury – A misdemeanor
Intimidation – A misdemeanor
W/M 23 YOA
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Pike County – Thursday morning, June 27, at approximately 8:06 a.m., Indiana State Police, Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Warrick County Sheriff’s Department responded to an overturned coal truck on S.R. 61 near C.R. 1300 South that injured a Lynnville woman.
Preliminary investigation revealed Adam Benefiel, 28, of Petersburg, was driving a 2001 Mack coal truck northbound on S.R. 61 at C.R. 1300 South. Jerry Claridge, 75, and his wife, Phyllis Claridge, 74, of Lynnville, were walking southbound along S.R. 61 just north of C.R. 1300 South. As the coal truck entered the curve the load shifted causing the vehicle to flip onto its side. Coal from the trailer struck Phyllis Claridge. The impact from the coal swept her off her feet and pinned her under a metal fence located on the east side of S.R. 61. Her husband was able to pull her out front under the gate and walk her to a neighbor’s house. She was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where she is currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Jerry Claridge was not injured. Benefiel, who was not injured, was issued a traffic ticket for Speed too Fast to Avoid a Collision.
Investigating Officer: Master Trooper Paul Bastin, Indiana State Police
Assisting Agencies: Warrick County Sheriff’s Department and Pike County Sheriff’s Department
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The Indiana State Police Alliance and the citizens of Indiana lost a hero yesterday. K-9 Kilo was killed in the line of duty. Kilo’s handler was Nathan Abbott and their tour of duty with the ISP started January 5, 2007. Together they have spent the past six and one half years protecting all Hoosiers. Kilo will be missed by those who worked with him and those he protected.
Below is information for those wishing to make a donation in memory of Kilo. 100% of all donations will be used to support the ISP K-9 program in memory of Kilo. These donations are also tax exempt. If you have any questions please contact Wayne Flick at the Indiana State Police Alliance, 317-636-0929 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please ensure you designate your donation is for the “Kilo Memorial Fund”. Donations may be made to the:
“Kilo Memorial Fund”
1415 Shelby St.
Indianapolis, IN 46203
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