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Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile in Putnam County

The Putnam County Health Department has released information of a positive test for West Nile in a mosquito sample:

 

Indiana Department of Health officials have confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes in Putnam County.

 

The sample was taken in Greencastle on August 28.

 

As of September 16, no human cases have been detected; however, health officials are encouraging all Hoosiers to take steps to protect themselves from insects and diseases they may carry. The Indiana Department of Health expects to see increased West Nile activity throughout the state as the season progresses until the first freeze.

 

Recommended preventative measures include:

• Avoid being outdoors when mosquitos are active (especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn, and early morning)

• Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para- menthane-diol, or 2-undercanone to clothes and exposed skin

• Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long-sleeved clothing, and long pants in places where mosquitos are especially active such as wooded areas

• Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitos out of your home

Containers as small as a bottle cap can be a mosquito breeding ground. The following steps should be taken to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds around your residency:

• Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots, or any container that can hold water

• Repair failed septic systems

• Drill drainage holes in recycling bins or any containers left outdoors

• Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed

• Clean out clogged roof gutters and downspouts

• Frequently replace the water in pet bowls

• Flush ornamental fountains and birdbaths periodically

• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with predatory fish

 

The Indiana Department of Health states that West Nile Virus disease is the most commonly reported mosquito-borne disease in Indiana and the United States. Most people who become infected with West Nile Virus do not develop any symptoms, but some can develop severe inflammation in the brain, spinal cord, or other parts of the nervous system.

 

If you think that you may have West Nile Virus disease, contact your primary care physician as soon as possible.

 

To learn more about West Nile Virus, see below and visit: https://www.in.gov/.../zoonotic.../diseases/west-nile-virus/

Cloverdale Town Council makes adjustments to better serve residents

Refunds are on the way for over 100 customers impacted by billing oversights for city water in Cloverdale.

 

During the September Cloverdale Town Council meeting, many issues and concerns were discussed. One involved an oversight in billing for city water. Cloverdale residents are charged in part for storm water. However, residents outside of city limits are not allowed to be charged that fee, yet some were. Over 120 customers were affected, to the tune of $22,000 worth of overpayments, and will be getting a refund check based on the amount they overpaid. Again, this only applies to those on city water who live outside of city limits.

 

Another concern was the local park. The park cabin roof needs repaired and the park itself needs general repairs and updates. The Heritage Preservation society donated $1,000 to help with the cost of the roof, while the $4,000 CCI fund will be used for the rest of the park.

 

The Cloverdale Volunteer Fire Department has been a concern for some time. One of the issues between the town of Cloverdale and the CVFD was a contract they were legally obliged to that was 20 years old. As the world changed and inflation increased the cost of materials and services, the contract kept Cloverdale and CVFD tied to outdated procedures. Now, they have adopted a new contract that is only five years, allowing both parties time to readjust when the contract ends. Cloverdale has agreed to pay CVFD $35,000 a year and agreed to be responsible for maintenance costs, equipment, insurance, and the first 10,000 gallons of water used. Furthermore, Cloverdale is transferring the real property that is home to the CVFD to the TWP Trustee. This will allow the fire department to operate as if they own the building, allowing them to update as they need to accommodate modern times.

 

C Bar C extended their property line to that of the city line; this entitles them to sewage access. At first glance, this does not appear to help Cloverdale and, instead, cost the town money in order to put in a new line leading to the nearest sewage structure. This could be relatively cheap at an estimation just above $5,000. However, the council decided to spend an estimated $10,500 for the project. Instead of installing a single line to the nearest sewage station, they will build a new structure or sewage station. This will allow some of the developable areas access to the sewage system; a prime consideration for housing developers.

 

The final, and likely the biggest, concern was the shape of the roads. Town Manager, Jason Hartman, had spoken with Greencastle City officials, including Mayor Dory, and learned that the entire county was included on the Readi Grant application. The Cloverdale Town Council had already decided in previous meetings to apply for the Community Crossings grant, which they hoped to apply in time to receive the January round of awards. After a lengthy discussion, including the input received from Greencastle Mayor Dory, it was decided to wait on applying for the Community Crossings grant. The town will wait until the results of the Readi Grant are released and then apply for the Community Crossings grant in time for the second round of awards that come in midsummer. This will allow for more money at one time to make the needed repairs to the roads as well as save money on the cost of an engineer, as the engineer will only be needed one time instead of two.

 

 

Deceased woman found in the road now homicide investigation in Owen County

The Owen County Sheriff's Department has confirmed their investigation into what is now being called a homicide.

 

About 9:30 pm Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to Texas Pike near Manhattan Road.  A person had been found lying in the road at that location.

 

A deceased female was found.  An autopsy was ordered to aid in positive identification and cause of death.

 

Attorney General Rokita negotiates multistate settlement with StubHub Inc.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita announced a settlement reached by his Consumer Protection Division with California-based StubHub Inc. concerning the company’s refusal to pay refunds to consumers for concerts, sports events and other events canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Indiana is joined by nine other states and the District of Columbia in a multistate resolution with the company.

 

“Hoosiers have suffered enough from the pandemic without having to pay admission to events canceled due to circumstances quite outside their control,” Attorney General Rokita said. “They have every right to expect these refunds, and we will always work diligently to protect consumers.”

 

StubHub operates one of the largest ticket-reselling marketplaces in the country. Under its “FanProtect Guarantee,” StubHub offered consumers full refunds of the purchase price and fees they paid for tickets if their events were canceled. In March 2020, however, following the mass cancellation of entertainment events, StubHub stopped honoring its refund guarantee and instead told its customers that they would receive account credits equal to 120% of their purchases to be used for future events and denied their requests for refunds.

 

Following the commencement of the states’ coordinated investigations, in May 2021 StubHub reversed its decision and notified its customers that if they purchased tickets prior to March 25, 2020, and their events were canceled, they would receive full refunds of the amounts they paid for their tickets to events unless they elected to retain their account credits. This included approximately 6,800 consumers residing in Indiana or purchasing tickets for events in Indiana, who had previously purchased tickets on StubHub’s marketplace under terms that included the FanProtect Guarantee.

 

Consumers who have not been contacted by StubHub and believe they are entitled to a refund may either contact StubHub at (866) 788-2482 or the Indiana Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-382-5516.

 

The settlement also includes an injunction that requires 1) StubHub to clearly and conspicuously disclose any modification to its refund policies before a consumer agrees to it, 2) honor those policies when events are canceled and 3) promptly process refund requests it receives from consumers for the events at issue going forward. The agreement also provides for a $382,500 civil penalty, which will be waived provided that it pays the refunds owed to Indiana consumers and it does not violate the other terms of the agreement.

Putnam, Clay, Hendricks and Parke counties in Red on state's latest Covid map

Most of Indiana remains in the higher risk categories of Covid-19 spread with orange and red dominating the state's coronavirus map.

 

Putnam, Parke, Clay and Hendricks counties are all listed as Red this week.  Montgomery and Morgan counties are Orange.

 

Indiana has reported a dip in Covid-related hospitalizations this week but intensive care units are still stressed.  Over 2500 patients were in hospitals with Covid, as of Tuesday.   That number dropped since Monday but is still double the numbers from one month ago.

 

Covid patients were reportedly taking up 32% of the available ICU beds in the state which are at 82% capacity.

 

22 of the state's 92 counties are in the Red category, highest level for Covid-spread, on the state's dashboard map.  67 are at the next level below in Orange.

 

 

 

 

Indiana State Police seeks recruits for the 82nd Recruit Academy

The Indiana State Police is accepting additional applications for the 82nd Recruit Academy. 

 

Individuals who are interested in beginning a rewarding career as an Indiana State Trooper must apply online at IndianaTrooper.com.  This website will provide a detailed synopsis of the application process as well as information on additional career opportunities with the Indiana State Police. Note:  If you have already applied for the 82nd Recruit Academy you do NOT need to reapply. Please contact a recruiter about participating in the testing.

 

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted for the 82nd Recruit Academy.           

 

If selected to proceed in the selection process, applicants will complete the Physical Abilities Test, Written Examination, and Oral Interview in one weekend.  Testing will be held Saturday & Sunday, October 2 - 3, 2021 at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, IN.  Applicants must pass each phase of the selection process to continue to the next phase.  Further details and instructions will be sent by email to applicants by the end of business September 30, 2021.  

 

Basic Eligibility Requirements and consideration factors for an Indiana State Trooper:

  1. Must be a United States citizen.
  2. Must be at least 21 and less than 40 years of age when appointed as a police employee. (Appointment date is June 16, 2022)
  3. Must meet a minimum vision standard (corrected or uncorrected) of 20/50 acuity in each eye and 20/50 distant binocular acuity in both eyes.
  4. Must possess a valid driver's license to operate an automobile.
  5. Must be willing, if appointed, to reside and serve anywhere within the State of Indiana as designated by the Superintendent.
  6. Must be a high school graduate as evidenced by a diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).                                                                                

The starting salary for an Indiana State Police Department Recruit is $1,615.39 bi-weekly during the academy training.  At the completion of academy training, the starting salary is $48,000.00 a year. 

 

Recruits of the 81st Recruit Academy are offered an excellent health care plan, which includes medical, dental, vision and pharmacy coverage for both current and retired employees, along with their families, until reaching age 65. 

 

The Indiana State Police pension program provides a lifetime pension after 25 years of service.  Additionally, the Indiana State Police Department provides comprehensive disability coverage and a life insurance program.  Student loan forgiveness programs are being offered at this time through the following:  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service

Current Law Enforcement Officers:

Current Law Enforcement Officers having a minimum of three continuous years of merit full time law enforcement service as of November 23, 2021, if they choose, will be assigned to the District where they currently reside.

 

Current Out of State Law Enforcement Officers having a minimum of three continuous years of merit full time law enforcement service as of November 23, 2021, if they choose, may be afforded their District of choice, if their home state certification is determined equivalent to the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board standards. 

 

Interested applicants can obtain additional information about a career as an Indiana State Trooper by visiting IndianaTrooper.com. Applicants can also contact a recruiter at isprecruiting@isp.in.gov.

Public info meeting for US 36 added travel lanes project in Avon Tuesday

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a public informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 14 for the proposed U.S. 36 added travel lanes project in Avon.

 

The meeting will be held at the Avon Town Hall in the Council Chambers located at 6570 E. U.S. 36, Avon.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. will the presentation to begin at 6:00 p.m.

 

The meeting will inform the community of the project scope and schedule, describe preliminary design plans and solicit input and comments from the community. An open house with a question and answer session will be offered before and after the presentation. The meeting will also establish the Community Advisory Committee for the project which will identify willing participants to represent their effected community through the project development process.

 

The proposed recommended alternative involves an added travel lane project beginning just west of Avon Ave. (Old S.R. 267) to just west of Ronald Reagan Parkway. The proposed improvements will involve milling, resurfacing, and widening of the existing roadway to provide three through travel lanes in both the eastbound and westbound directions on U.S. 36. A single left turn lane would be provided in both the eastbound and westbound direction at each signalized intersection. Right turn lanes would be provided, as required.

 

A combination of storm sewer, curb turnouts with ditches and drive pipe culverts are proposed to handle drainage along the corridor. The existing traffic signals may require modification or replacement.

 

The existing horizontal alignment of US 36 will remain unchanged. The profile grade will match the existing profile grade.

 

INDOT is also providing a virtual opportunity to watch the public information meeting live online. The presentation will be conducted via Microsoft Teams, an online meeting platform. If you would like to attend virtually, please click the following link to follow along with the project team:

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_YjIxMzUyZGYtYzdjOS00ZmVhLTk0OTMtNjI5NGYzY2MxYzk3%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2256e7165c-4169-4e68-96c0-25c600451ffc%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%229c91745b-b6fd-47f6-ab90-1d2eecbf67ba%22%7d.

Airplanes and art combine forces for big Putnam County weekend

Two festivals join together this weekend at the Putnam County Regional Airport.

 

 

Putnam County Airport Appreciation Days and the 2021 Putnam County Green Light Art Festival are together on Saturday after Covid prevented them from happening a year ago.

 

 

It’s the fourth-annual art festival, hosted by Putnam County Comprehensive Services.

 

 

Airport Appreciation Days will offer a chance to take to the skies.

 

 

And plenty more to see and do at the airport this weekend.

 

 

Lt. Gov. Crouch, OCRA announce Greencastle to receive federal grant

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced 25 rural Indiana communities will receive more than $12.8 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure and to address blighted properties. 

 

“These grants are important for our rural communities to continue their economic and community development,” Crouch said. “Not only does this funding help address blight and water infrastructure issues, but also is an important investment to improving the quality of life and quality of place for Hoosiers.”

 

The State of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities, which assist units of local government with various community projects such as infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development. 

 

The City of Greencastle was awarded $700,000 to rehabilitate an at-risk trunk line, which will include the installation of new fire hydrants and new valves that will increase fire protection and system isolation capabilities. The project will also include water treatment plant expansion of electrical capacity to allow the?plant?to function properly and decrease the possibility of water system failure.

 

“We need to ensure our Hoosier communities have safe, reliable structures and water infrastructure,” said OCRA Executive Director Denny Spinner. “These grants will help towns and cities to make necessary, and sometimes critical, improvements to their water systems or remove blight property to help provide a safe and healthy community for its residents.”

 

Funding for OCRA’s CDBG programs originates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program and is administered for the State of Indiana by OCRA. 

Liberty Trailers to use grant to invest in robotics

A Putnam County business will receive Manufacturing Readiness Grant.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced the fourth round of awards totaling more than $2.8 million to 34 Indiana businesses in Manufacturing Readiness Grants to support a projected $17.4 million in technology-based capital investment in Indiana.

 

Liberty Trailers in Fillmore designs and manufactures commercial-grade trailers suitable for homeowners and businesses such as car and equipment haulers and dump, utility, tilt, flatbed and pipe trailers. The company is investing in fully autonomous, robotic welding cells and increasing internal fabrication capacity.

 
The Manufacturing Readiness Grants program was launched in 2020 to stimulate private sector investments to modernize Indiana’s manufacturing sector. Based on the program’s success, the Indiana General Assembly appropriated $20 million in additional funding to the two-year state budget that runs through June 30, 2023, to help position Hoosier operations for future growth and prosperity. Availability of the new funding on July 1, 2021, has enabled a total of 122 awards to date totaling nearly $9.7 million in grants to Hoosier companies in 50 counties, supporting technology-based capital investment projected to be more than $68.6 million. 
 

Virtual Job Fair: Job opportunities in Hendricks, Morgan counties

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and WorkOne Central are hosting a virtual job fair highlighting dozens of job openings in Hendricks and Morgan counties.

 

The virtual job fair is scheduled to run from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.

 

Participating employers will include Campbell’s Snacks, Deckers Brands, GXO, HomeGoods D.C. and TOA (USA).

 

A variety of positions are available at each company. Presenters from each will discuss job opportunities in detail, along with benefits and how to apply. 

 

“Recruiting continues to be a high priority for local employers as the economy continues to recover. Many openings exist and the Region 5 Workforce Board, in partnership with DWD, is working to assist employers with filling these openings,” said Lance Ratliff, Executive Director of Region 5 Workforce Board. “The virtual hiring fair provides an opportunity for employers to showcase their companies, career opportunities and benefits to a large number of interested job seekers in one setting. Questions can be answered in real time including how to apply for employment. We encourage all those seeking work to attend the hiring event to learn more about the many opportunities for employment.”

 

Those interested in the job fair but unable to attend are encouraged to still register, as a recording will be sent via email the following day.

 

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5036315627354442508.

After registering, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the webinar.

Owen County native promoted to Regional Dispatch Center Manager

 Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter has announced the promotion of Region III Dispatch Center Shift Supervisor Paula Summitt to the position of Regional Dispatch Center Manager. She was chosen after a promotion process that included an oral interview and review of overall her work performance.

 

A native of Spencer, Summitt graduated from Owen Valley High School in 1991. She started with ISP in 2012 when she was hired as a Region III Dispatcher. In 2017 she was promoted as Region III Dispatch Center Shift Supervisor.

 

Summitt's new responsibilities will include direct supervision of Regional Dispatch Center Shift Supervisors, and management of subordinate communications operational personnel, operational functions, and other resources to ensure the Center functions at peak efficiency and accuracy, ensuring officer and public safety. The Bloomington Regional Dispatch Center serves southwestern Indiana that includes the Bloomington, Jasper, and Evansville districts.

 

Paula and her husband Chris reside in Spencer and have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Area fire departments receive grants administered by DNR Forestry

More than 70 rural and volunteer fire departments from 46 counties have been awarded more than $319,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.

The awards will be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and gear to combat wildland fires. The grants are administered by the DNR  Division of Forestry and made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Recipients were selected based on population density, acres of public wildlands protected, and wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters. As in past years, emphasis was given to projects that involve the fighting of wildfires.

The awarded grants range from $1,590 to $5,000 and were given to 73 departments.

Fire departments receiving the grants in 2021, county, the amount of the grant, and the project category include:

 

Van Buren Township Volunteer Fireman’s Assoc., Inc. (Clay), $5,000.00 - Safety

Stilesville Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Inc. (Hendricks), $2,365.00 - Safety

A & A Township Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. (Morgan), $5,000.00 -  Wildland

Gregg Township Fire Department  (Morgan), $2,500.00 - Safety

Washington Township Fire Department (Morgan), $5,000.00 - Safety

Adams Township Fire Department  (Parke), $5,000.00 - Water Handling

J.U.G.A. Volunteer Fire Department (Parke), $5,000.00 - Safety

                                   

                                   

Taste of Putnam County featured on First Friday

The sights and sounds of a downtown festival in Greencastle tonight.  But it’s the tastes that are the feature attraction.

 

Taste of Putnam County is tonight.  Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brian Cox sets the stage.

 

 

Executive Director of Main Street Greencastle Mike Richmond highlights the entertainment.

 

 

Richmond notes there’s even an early music opportunity.

 

 

A number of corporate sponsors have provided the backing to make Taste of Putnam County possible.

 

 

Covid clinic at Robe Ann a success

The Covid testing and vaccination clinic held at Robe Ann Park August 23-25, was a success.

 

It was the first time the Indiana Department of Health had deployed a strike team to Greencastle and with the help of the Putnam County Board of Health and the Greencastle Parks and Recreation Department, close to 1,000 Putnam County residents took part.

 

During the 3-day vaccination clinic, 889 residents came for testing, with 16.38% testing positive. In addition, 122 residents chose to receive vaccines.  84 chose the Pfizer vaccine and 38 went with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

 

As a side note, an additional 130 residents were vaccinated at the Putnam County Hospital on Wednesday.

 

While Putnam County residents were able to stay in the comfort of their vehicles or walk and leave when they were done, the healthcare workers stayed all day in 90 degree (sometimes higher!) and humid weather.

 

City Councilman Adam Cohen was so impressed with the logistics of the event and the dedication of the healthcare workers working in the heat, that he donated money for the healthcare workers to all enjoy some ice cream from Dairy Queen. In fact, he donated so much, the healthcare workers coming to the return Covid Testing and Vaccination Clinic this weekend, will also be able to enjoy some ice cream.

 

If you missed your chance during the August clinic, you still have time to get vaccinated at the next clinic this weekend, September 3-4, at Robe Ann Park from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM each day.

 

Former Cloverdale Community Youth League President and Treasurer charged with theft

In July of 2021, Indiana State Police Master Trooper Detective Brian Maudlin of the Putnamville State Police Post, began an investigation into the former president and treasurer of the Cloverdale Community Youth League.  During his investigation it was discovered that both individuals had allegedly deprived the Cloverdale Community Youth League of over $21,848.51. 

 

Stephen D. Caulkins, 41, of Cloverdale, was the president, and Amber D. Caulkins, 37, of Cloverdale, was the treasurer for the Cloverdale Community Youth League, from 2018 through 2020.  During their duties as the president and treasurer, they allegedly were not depositing funds into the bank accounts, in order to benefit in self-gain.

 

After reviewing the investigation, the Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter issued summons for both parties to appear in Superior Court on October 27, at 9:00 am.

 

Summons and Charges:  

Stephen D. Caulkins

  • Theft, Class 6 Felony
  • Conspiracy to commit theft, Class 6 Felony

Amber D. Caulkins

  • Theft, Class 6 Felony 
  • Conspiracy to commit theft, Class 6 Felony 

Wasser Brewing suspends operations

Greencastle's Wasser Brewing Company is suspending operations.

 

The restaurant / pub made the announcement via its Facebook page.  The  announcement opened by thanking everyone involved in the establishment of Wasser.  It went on to note the problems brought on by the Covid pandemic in 2020.

 

The announcement notes that Wasser had been able to survive with assistance in the first round of PPP but that there hadn't been any further federal funding since then.  Continued surges in the fall and winter and the ongoing staffing shortage had catastrophic effects on the brewery.

 

The announcement also stated that efforts are being made to explore all options to be able to reestablish the Wasser Brewing Company.  But, for now, the operations are suspended.

Camp Atterbury readies for thousands of Afghan refugees

The first group of 1,000 Afghanistan evacuees will arrive at CampAtterbury as soon as this week.

 

Their stay is expected to last at least 14 days, but 9 weeks or less.

 

Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, Indiana National Guard adjutant general, says Atterbury is a site prepared to handle such a task.

 

 

Camp Atterbury joins Fort Pickett, Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort Lee in Va.; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort McCoy, Wis.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in N.J. to provide temporary housing and support for up to 50,000 Afghans.

 

Brigadier Gen Lyles talks about the process of moving evacuees to Johnson County.

 

 

Camp Atterbury is expected to host as many as 5000 evacuees.

 

 

IRS criminal investigation sees surge in scams tied to Economic Impact Payments

The Internal Revenue Service received a record number of complaints about Economic Impact Payment scams in June and July 2021 not seen in more than a decade.

 

“Criminals will look for any opportunity to take what they are not entitled to and this is no exception,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Justin Campbell, of IRS Criminal Investigation, Chicago Field Office. “While this is not the first time that EIP payments have been targeted, this increase in scams is alarming. This payment is meant to help those that are struggling to get by as a result of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Be wary of any phone calls, emails, or text messages asking for your personal information or offering a deal that seems too good to be true,” said Campbell.

 

“The protection of our citizens from fraudsters and their schemes requires two things. The unflagging efforts of federal law enforcement to investigate and prosecute these criminals but also the awareness of all people that these scams exist, what they look like and how they work,” stated John E. Childress, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “When faced with those two things, most fraudsters will think twice before attempting to victimize another unsuspecting individual.”

 

Phishing scams attempt to mirror legitimate IRS communications with the goal of convincing unsuspecting taxpayers to enter personal information or submit a payment. This information is then exploited by scammers.

 

Recent scam reports include:

  • Text messages stating that a taxpayer is eligible for a “stimulus payment” and they must click on a link to complete the necessary information to claim it.
  • Phishing emails claiming the IRS has calculated a taxpayer’s “fiscal activity” and they are eligible for an Economic Impact payment in a specific amount.

Although criminals are constantly changing their tactics, taxpayers can help protect themselves by acting as the first line of defense. The best way to avoid falling victim to a scam is knowing how the IRS communicates with taxpayers. The IRS does not send unsolicited texts or emails. The IRS does not threaten individuals with jail or lawsuits, nor does it demand tax payments on gift cards or via cryptocurrency.

 

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for grammatical, capitalization and spelling errors in emails and texts, which serve as fraud indicators. Taxpayers should also exercise caution when clicking shortened URLs, which can lead to fraudulent web pages.

 

Taxpayers who receive unsolicited emails or social media attempts to gather information that appear to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, should forward the message to phishing@irs.gov. Taxpayers are encouraged not to engage potential scammers online or on the phone.

 

Taxpayers can report fraud or theft of their Economic Impact Payments to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). Reports can be made online at TIPS.TIGTA.GOV.

 

If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft as a result of a scam, visit the Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft to know what steps to take.

 

To learn more about COVID-19 scams and other financial schemes, visit IRS.gov. Official IRS information about COVID-19 and Economic Impact Payments can be found on the Coronavirus Tax Relief page, which is updated frequently.

 

Cloverdale man struck by car on I-70 after multiple vehicle accident

A Cloverdale man was seriously injured in a car-pedestrian collision on I-70 Sunday.

About 9:00 pm,  troopers from the Indiana State Police Bloomington, Putnamville, and Indianapolis Districts along with deputies from the Morgan County Sheriff's Department responded to a multiple-vehicle crash on I-70 at the 56-mile marker that included a pedestrian being struck and seriously injured.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2013 Ford passenger car was traveling on I-70 in the right westbound lanes when the driver, who attempted to change lanes due to slower traffic, made contact with a 2005 Jeep that was in the left lane. That collision caused the Jeep to leave the roadway and it came to rest in the grassy median. The Ford passenger car then collided with a 2018 Honda and both vehicles came to rest on the right shoulder of I -70.

The driver of the 2013 Ford was identified as Robert E. Bowles, 50, of Cloverdale. Early reports show that Bowles then exited his vehicle and began checking on the other drivers by running across the roadway. Upon crossing the travel lanes of the interstate, Bowles was struck by a fourth vehicle, a 2006 Kia.

Deputies of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department first arrived and were able to apply a tourniquet to Bowles' arm to prevent blood loss due to the severe injuries.

Once Indiana State Police arrived, they began to shut down the traffic on I-70 to coordinate for Bowles to be flown to an Indianapolis area hospital. As the investigation into the crash continued, troopers believe that Bowles may have been impaired due to his driving behavior, evidence at the scene and erratic actions before being struck.

The status of Bowles is unknown at of this report and this crash is still under investigation as troopers perform the crash reconstruction.

 

Stolen cars discovered by authorities responding to an illegal burn call

An illegal burning call resulted in an arrest on felony charges.

 

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department reported that dispatch was contacted about an illegal burn at a residence in New Maysville. Local fire departments responded with the sheriff's office and Roachdale Town Marshal.

 

At the scene officers discovered a vehicle matching the description of one stolen days before.  Putnam County detectives obtained a search warrant for the property and residence and found a second stolen vehicle and parts from a stolen trailer.

 

Brandon Dunagan, 37, was charged with three counts of Level 5 felony theft.  He haalso had a prior warrant for leaving the scene of an accident.

 

Brazil man saved by quick action following I-70 accident

An Indiana State Police trooper and passers-by aided an I-70 crash victim.

 

About 7:30 pm Sunday, troopers from the Indiana State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 70 near the 27-mile marker westbound.

 

The preliminary crash investigation, by Master Trooper Troy Cobb, revealed that Jon D. Bachelor, age 46, of Brazil, was driving a 2004 Ford SUV on Interstate 70 westbound near the 27-mile marker. For an unknown reason Bachelor lost control of his vehicle and overcorrected, causing his vehicle to leave the Interstate and travel into the median. The vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest on its passenger side, against the median guide wire of Interstate 70.  

 

While the dust from the accident was still settling, ISP Sergeant Brent Robinson arrived on scene.  He and several Good Samaritans pushed Bachelor's vehicle off the guide wire.  

 

Prior to the arrival of medical personnel, Sergeant Robinson quickly grabbed his medical gear and assessed the situation.  Sergeant Robinson noticed severe damage to one of Bachelor’s arms which was causing heavy bleeding.  In order to get to the injury, Sergeant Robinson cut away the seat belt holding Bachelor in place, and quickly applied a tourniquet to his bleeding arm, stopping the blood loss. This immediate action of Sergeant Robinson possibly saved Bachelor’s life. 

 

Bachelor was flown via a medical helicopter to a hospital in Indianapolis.

 

Master Trooper Cobb and Sergeant Robinson were assisted at the crash scene by Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Trans Care, Air Evac, Edington’s Wrecker Service and several Good Samaritans.  

Governor Eric Holcomb directs flags to be flown at half-staff

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags to be flown at half-staff to honor and pay our respects to the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack on August 26, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

 

Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Monday, August 30, 2021.

 

Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff.

Putnam Co. Sheriff's Office asks public's assistance to identify suspects

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department has placed pictures on its Facebook page seeking the public’s assistance.

 

The pictured suspects are wanted for questioning for illegal dumping and trespass at Jack’s Trash Service.

 

If you have any information, you can contact Corporal Helmer by calling dispatch at 765-653-5115, Press 0.

 

You can also leave a message and it will be relayed (anonymously, if you wish).

Hendricks Regional Health opening temporary COVID vaccine clinic

With COVID cases on the rise, Hendricks Regional Health will open a temporary walk-in vaccine clinic this week to help protect our associates and community:

WHAT: Hendricks Regional Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

WHEN: August 25 - 26

TIME: 4 - 7 p.m. both days

WHERE: Hendricks Regional Health Danville Hospital

1000 East Main Street

Danville, Indiana

Park at East Entrance

 

REGISTER: Register at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/ Walk-ins are accepted

 

The clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine, which earned full FDA approval on August 23, to any Hendricks Regional Health associate, patient or community member age 12 or older who would like to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Booster shots will be available for high-risk individuals including those who have:

• Been receiving active cancer treatment

• Received an organ/stem cell transplant and/or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system

• Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency

• Advanced or untreated HIV infection

• Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

 

The CDC recommends that booster shots should be the same brand vaccine as received for your first two doses. This clinic is ONLY offering the Pfizer vaccine.

If you are unsure of whether you should receive a booster shot, please consult with your primary care provider.

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