In Indiana, August brings hot weather, the State Fair and also the start of a new school year. Every school year the Indiana State Police receives numerous complaints about school bus stop arm violations from school corporations around the state. The Indiana Department of Education surveys school corporations annually for stop arm violations on one given day, and reports those numbers to the National Association of State Directors for Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS).
In 1999, there were 932 stop arm violations on one day in September. This year, on April 29th, there were 2,577 stop arm violations reported in the state. There are just over 16,000 school buses on the road in Indiana, and according to the yearly statistics, as the number of school buses on the road has increased, so has the number of school bus stop arm violations. The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists of the Indiana law concerning school buses, flashing lights and stop arms.
Scam Alert from Tri-State Better Business Bureau:
Residents of the Tri-State have notified your #BBB that they are receiving calls from numbers that appear to be local, but these calls are automated recordings offering to lower interest rates. Don't press any numbers on your telephone keypad because this let's the perpetrators know that they've reached a working phone number which they can spoof.
The FTC and the Indiana attorney General also advise recipients of such calls not to answer as this type of call is illegal. If you receive such a call with an offer to lower your credit card interest rate, hang up immediately.
TRI-STATE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU
JULY 31, 2014
Early this morning at approximately 12:15, Trooper Josh Greer was patrolling SR 66 near Libbert Road when he clocked a Chevrolet Lumina traveling westbound at 65 mph in a 50 mph zone. Trooper Greer stopped the vehicle on SR 66 near Epworth Road.
During the traffic stop it was determined that two male passengers, Adonis Weathers, 23, and Shawn Kohlmeyer, 24, both from Evansville, were wanted on misdemeanor warrants out of Vanderburgh County for failure to appear. Troopers also arrested Chelsea Marksberry, 26, of Richland City, after she gave false information about her identity. Troopers were able to determine her true identity and discovered she was wanted on a felony warrant out of Vanderburgh County for forgery.
Evansville Police arrested 50 year old JAMES WORTHINGTON on multiple charges after he attempted to rob a customer at a west side gas station early Tuesday morning.
The victim, James Shelton, told investigators he was at the Marathon at 7 N. Fulton around 5:35 this morning. He was standing outside of his vehicle at a gas pump. He said Worthington approached him on a bike and demanded money. When Shelton replied that he did not have any, Worthington pointed a black handgun at Shelton and said “Don’t make me go through your pockets.”
Shelton told Worthington that he had a $20 bill in his truck and leaned in to get it. Unbeknownst to Worthington, Shelton was actually retrieving a club from his truck. Fearing that Worthington was going to cause him bodily harm, Shelton came out swinging. Shelton was able to use the club to turn the tables and fend off the would-be robber. After realizing he had chosen the wrong person to victimize, Worthington fled the scene on his bicycle.
Information about your local 911 Center:
The Evansville City/Vanderburgh County Joint Department of Central Dispatch is the Primary PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) for all of Evansville and Vanderburgh County. We take 911 calls from regular telephone (wire line) customers and from cellular phone users in the area.
We dispatch the Evansville Police Department and Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Evansville Fire Department and five suburban fire departments in Vanderburgh County including Scott Township, McCutchanville, Knight Township, Perry Township and German Township. We also occasionally handle radio traffic with various other city, county, state and federal agencies.
If you need emergency medical assistance, your 911 call will be connected to an AMR (American Medical Response) dispatcher and they will dispatch the ambulance. AMR holds the ambulance contract for Evansville and Vanderburgh counties with the exception of Scott Township.
Evansville, Ind. – Beginning this week, Vectren customers receiving their monthly billing statement will notice a change in the look and feel from what they traditionally open from their mailbox; or receive in their email inbox. An enhanced bill design will provide customers the opportunity to view their account information in an easy-to-read format along with improved historical charts which allow customers to compare energy usage over time.
“We’ve taken our customers’ feedback into consideration when redesigning the bill,” said Robbie Sears, Vectren’s vice president of customer energy solutions. “Customers wanted more account information and important messaging to be located on the bill versus separate inserts, and the new format will allow us to deliver on those requests, which include providing monthly energy efficiency or safety tips.”
The City of Evansville is in the beginning stages of developing a new Master Plan for the Department of Parks and Recreation that will provide a roadmap for future development of the city’s public parks system. The document would also make the city eligible to apply for state and federal funding, which is currently not possible because the city’s previous park master plan never received formal approval in 2009.
“The new Master Plan will compare Evansville to cities of similar size with similar facilities by looking at organizational structure, budgeting, staffing, programming and building facilities,” said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “This comprehensive review of our parks is important, especially when previous plans have all recommended enhanced green space at the former Roberts Stadium site, and the city is ready to make those plans a reality.”
Interstate 64 resurfacing between I-69 and State Road 61 will close one lane each weekday, as weather permits, during the month of August.
INDOT urges motorists to slow down and stay alert when driving near mobile crews that are milling and repaving the surface layer of asphalt pavement. Resurfacing is a technique that preserves and protects existing taxpayer investment in pavement, extending service life and preventing moisture infiltration that leads to potholes.
For construction updates and traffic alerts, follow INDOT on social media at http://facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict and http://twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest, or access INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service at http://indot.carsprogram.org.
INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORATION
JULY 29, 2014