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Hancock County News Archives for 2021-08

Greenfield native gains experience while interning with Lt. Gov. Crouch

Hancock County native Matthew Hankins is gaining experience as an intern with the office of Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch this summer.


Hankins, a resident of Greenfield, is the son of Kyle and Erin Hankins. A 2019 Cathedral High School graduate, he is attending Xavier University and majoring in marketing.


“Working with the Lieutenant Governor and her executive staff has been a great experience and an honor,” Hankins said. “I am so grateful to have this opportunity, learn more about Indiana and get a first-hand look at how state government operates.”


As a communications intern, Hankins assists the office by writing press releases and social media content, creating graphics, and assisting with research, scheduling and organizing events.


“I love meeting students from across Indiana,” Crouch said. “It has been a pleasure to meet Matt, learn more about him and have him help my office and I better serve Hoosiers. There is so much information to absorb at the Statehouse and I hope this experience will be one that will benefit him as he continues school and soon begins his professional career.”


Hankins will be a junior this fall at Xavier.

ISP Senior Trooper and Hancock County resident promoted to Sergeant

The Superintendent of the Indiana State Police, Douglas G. Carter, has announced the promotion of Senior Trooper Seth A. Tumey to the rank of Sergeant. 


Sergeant Tumey will serve within the Public Information Office as the Special Programs Coordinator and will oversee the Indiana State Police Youth Camp Program.


Tumey, who is originally from Franklin, is a 2000 graduate of Franklin Community High School. On July 8, 2007, he graduated from the 67th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was appointed as a Trooper and assigned to the Indiana State Police Post in Pendleton where he served for three years before being transferred to the Indianapolis Post.  During that time, Tumey served as a Counselor for the 74th,75th and 76th Indiana State Police Recruit Academies.


During his career, Tumey has served the Indiana State Police in the following disciplines:  Field Training Officer, Control Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor and Taser Instructor.


Tumey, his wife and three children are residents of Hancock County.

Two officers from Hancock Co. recognized for efforts to stop impaired driving

Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Executive Director Devon McDonald presented 65 Indiana police officers with the Traffic Safety All-Star Award for working to save lives and put a stop to impaired driving.


To qualify, the officer must have made at least 20 OWI arrests and participated in one of the state’s targeted enforcement campaigns during the previous year.


“I couldn’t be more grateful for the work these officers are doing to keep our roads and communities safe,” Gov. Holcomb said. “They’ve demonstrated their commitment day-in and day-out to curb impaired driving, and people are alive today because of their efforts. I want to congratulate these officers on their well-deserved, hard-earned achievement.”


In addition to the 65 officers, three individuals received the Leadership Award for aiding in the fight against impaired driving: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Detective Tim Abrams, Madison County Deputy Prosecutor Pete Beyel and Speedway Police Department Sergeant Mark Morgan, who recently passed away due to cancer.


In total, the officers recognized made 3,163 OWI arrests across Indiana in 2020.


The recipients were nominated by their departments as some of the top officers for OWI enforcement. In addition to their normal patrols, they often worked overtime picking up extra shifts during state and national enforcement periods – one of which is kicking off this week: the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization.


Now until Labor Day, more than 200 police agencies throughout the state will be increasing patrols and cracking down on drunk driving, which claims the lives of more than 10,000 people every year in the U.S. That’s approximately one person every 52 minutes or 28 per day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


In Indiana, drunk driving has been on the rise. Of the 898 traffic fatalities that occurred last year in the state, 151, or 17 percent, were alcohol related. That’s up from 130 in 2019. During Labor Day weekend alone, there were 12 fatal collisions with one involving a driver over the legal limit.


“Impaired driving continues to take a terrible toll on our state and nation,” McDonald said. “While these overtime patrols are effective and will undoubtedly save lives, we can’t enforce our way out of this issue. It’s up to everyone to drive sober and make smart choices behind the wheel.”


In Indiana, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. In addition, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to one year. Consequences of impaired driving can include thousands of dollars in legal fees, increased insurance rates, loss of license, a criminal record and possible jail time.


To avoid those, plan a safe and sober ride home before going out. Even if only one drink is consumed, designate a sober driver or plan to use a rideshare service, public transportation or taxi. Motorists that encounter a drunk driver on the road are encouraged to call 911.


Hancock Richard Vanosdol Hancock County Sheriff's Department 20  
Hancock Shawn Brady New Palestine Police Department 27  

$40 million master development coming to McCordsville Town Center

The Town of McCordsville’s Town Council approved a $40 million mixed-use development on 48 acres at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting.


The master development is the first step forward in the implementation of the Town Center Development Plan and will be anchored by McCord Square Apartments. Additional projects are planned for the new downtown district development.


“The Town of McCordsville has planned for the development of a town center for more than a decade,” said Barry Wood, Town of McCordsville Council President. “With the master development agreement substantially approved with Rebar Development, we are confident that McCord Square will become an economic driver for the area as well as meet critical needs of our growing community.”


Located on the southeast corner of Broadway Avenue (S.R. 67) and Mt. Comfort Road, the development, called McCord Square, is a partnership between the Town of McCordsville, Rebar Development, and Pride Investment Partners. McCord Square accomplishes many goals set forth in the Town Center Development plan, including the creation of a defined, vibrant downtown district with a unique identity. McCord Square will diversify the tax base and is expected to add $50 million in assessed value by 2025.


“Rebar Development worked closely with the Town of McCordsville to develop a comprehensive plan for the new town center that sets the standard for high-quality downtown development,” said Shelby Bowen, President of Rebar Development. “We are very excited to be a part of this transformational step forward in creating a town center in the heart of McCordsville and are ready to meet the demand for the first high-quality mixed-use project in Hancock County.” 


Also announced, the first project scheduled to break ground in the new downtown district, McCord Square Apartments will bring 206 modern apartment homes to the new downtown district. The apartment community will consist of two buildings on each side of the new Civic Green with one and two-bedroom units and luxury amenities, including a resort-style courtyard, work-from-home lounge, pet park and spa, wellness studio, indoor bike storage and large balconies with expansive views.


The first floor of the McCord Square Apartment community will consist of six 1,000 sq. ft. commercial studios with street-facing entrances. The new commercial studios are all-inclusive—sharing amenities with the apartment community—and will have flexible lease terms.


“We could not be prouder of our involvement in this groundbreaking achievement that will serve the residents of the Town of McCordsville, and surely be a top gathering place, for years to come,” said Stephanie White, President of Pride Investment Partners. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Rebar and the Town on this outstanding development.”


Plans for future development in the new downtown district align closely with the Town Center Development Plan including the creation of a community gathering space and new McCordsville Town Hall. The Civic Commons outdoor amphitheater, connectivity throughout downtown and to existing neighborhoods, and a new park create a destination for residents and visitors to live and recreate. In addition, McCord Square will eventually add townhomes, three-bedroom and two-bathroom bungalow cottages, 20,000 sq. ft. of retail/office/restaurant space, and a daycare.


Construction on the McCord Square Apartments is scheduled to begin in February of 2022 with an anticipated completion date of summer in 2023. For more information, please visit www.rebardev.com.




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