Latest News Archives for 2019-12

Child killed in dirt bike accident

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal off-road-vehicle (ORV) accident involving a Columbus child. 


At approximately 2:20 pm Saturday, responders were dispatched to a dirt bike accident that occurred near the 12000 block of West 525 South in Bartholomew County. 


Initial investigation has determined a 5-year-old male was operating a KTM 50 cc dirt bike on family property. While attempting to maneuver the dirt bike up an incline, he lost control, causing the dirt bike to strike a tree.  Family at the scene rendered aid and then transported the child to the Southwest Fire Department in Ogilville for medical assistance.   


The victim was unresponsive and was transported to Riley Children’s Hospital by Life Line. Due to injuries sustained during the accident, he was declared deceased at the hospital.


Initial investigation has indicated the victim was wearing a helmet and other protective safety equipment at the time of the accident. 


Assisting agencies include Bartholomew County Sheriff Department, Southwest Fire Department, Columbus Regional Hospital Ambulance and Life Line Air Ambulance.

Jon Schuster, VP and GM of horse racing at Indiana Grand, passed away



Jonathan Blair Schuster, 61, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at his residence.


Born September 5, 1958 in Brazil, Indiana, he was the son of William Schuster & Rosemary (Rohloff) Schuster.


He married Janie (Scott) Schuster on December 15, 2005 and she survives.


Survivors include mother Rosemary Schuster of New Palestine, father & mother in law-Chris & Sue Scott of Hartford City, children-Abigail Mangone (husband Agustin) of Indianapolis, Rachel Schuster ( Aaron Ege), of Indianapolis, Chelsea Smock (fiancé Neal Hennessy) of Indianapolis, Hannah Crafton (husband Preston) of St. Mary's Georgia; siblings-William Schuster Jr. (wife Donna) of Arlington, David Schuster (wife Becky) of Conroe,Texas, sister in law Kathleen Scott of Dallas, Texas, nephew David Schuster (wife Katy) of Indianapolis; Grandchild Brynnlee Crafton. He was preceded in death by his father William Schuster & a niece Shannon Schuster.


Mr. Schuster graduated from Warren Central High School in 1976, Arizona University in 1995, where he earned  a BA, and  also studied in the Race Track Industry Program.

He was Vice President & General Manager of Racing at the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

for 17 years.


Jon's love of horse racing began on his 10th birthday when his parents took him to the track for the first time. He was so grateful to have been able to work in the industry he loved for so many years.


Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home,437 Amos Road with Joshua Georgen officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1:00 pm until the time of the service.


Memorial contributions can be made to Friends of Ferdinand, Inc, PO Box 162, Mooresville, IN 46158 or CASA-Court & Child Advocacy Group of Shelby County.

Franklin man charged with stealing car he drove to find his own car

A Johnson County man was arrested for stealing a car after he parked it next to his own car.


Shelbyville Police report receiving a call about the stolen car from the Shelbyville CVS just before 2:00 am Christmas morning.  Ronald Carr told authorities he left the car running outside the store while he was inside.


A Shelbyville officer located the Honda Civic backed into a parking space at the Circle K on North 9.  As it pulled toward the pumps the officer stopped the vehicle and ordered the driver out at gunpoint.


According to the police report, Guy Karnes, 27, of Franklin, said that he was in town with a friend and that his car was taken.  He went to the CVS to find a ride and when no one agreed to help he got into the Civic and used it to find his car.  Police report Karnes’ Nissan Altima was parked next to where he was found with the stolen Honda Civic.


Karnes was charged with auto theft and taken to the Shelby County Jail.

Three arrested for Shelbyville robbery

The Shelbyville Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place on December 24, 2019 at approximately 10:30 pm.


The robbery took place at the Circle K on East SR 44 just off I-74 at exit #116.


A vehicle description and direction of travel was obtained from a witness and a vehicle matching that description was stopped near the Indiana Grand entrance off I-74 near exit 109 by Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies. During the investigation, evidence of the crime was recovered and the vehicle was impounded.


Three Indianapolis men were subsequently arrested: Cortez Tannin, Corey Johnson and Walter Wilson,  all 23 years of age. All three are in the Shelby County jail charged with Armed Robbery.



Bald eagle shot and killed in Indiana

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the shooting of a bald eagle in Lawrence County that occurred Friday, December 20, 2019.  


Shortly before 4:30 p.m., a Lawrence County Animal Control Officer and employees of Brown County Indiana Raptor Center were notified by a landowner south of the White River near Dixie Highway of the discovery of an injured eagle.  The eagle, which had recently suffered an apparent gunshot wound, was treated for injuries, but died shortly thereafter.  


Indiana Conservation Officer Ryan Jahn took possession of the carcass on 12/21/19 and initiated an investigation into the shooting.  A reward is being offered to anyone with information concerning this investigation.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Indiana Conservation Officers’ Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536 or their anonymous tip line at 1-800-TIPIDNR.  

Sentence handed down in Fulton Co. fatal bus accident that impacted school districts, state legislation

Alyssa Shepherd was sentenced to four years in prison, one year for each count of reckless homicide for the deaths of three kids she hit and killed in October 2018, in Fulton County, near Rochester.


According to prosecutors Shepherd drove through a bus stop, while the bus was stopped, red lights flashing, stop arm out. She hit and killed Alivia Stahl, 9, and her 6-year-old twin brothers Mason and Xzavier Ingle.


Shepherd, 25, was also found guilty of one count of criminal recklessness and passing a school bus while the stop arm was out.


Shepherd will also serve three years on house arrest, with electronic monitoring, and three years probation.


Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs.



The children's mom, Brittney Ingle, tried to go after Shepherd at the sentencing and was taken away in handcuffs.



Marrs says now there will be a handling of restitution claims.



Shepherd faced a possible 21 and a half-year sentence, and was sentenced to ten years initially, but with four of those to serve.

Decatur County tax rate increasing January 1

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, several Indiana county income tax rates will change.


Among the counties with new rates, Decatur County: 2.5% (increased from 2.35%).


Local income tax rates are determined by county officials and reported to the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR). Once reported, they are then reviewed for compliance with Indiana law.


These tax rates affect businesses with employees who live or work in any of these counties and have income tax withholdings. County tax rates for individuals are based on an employee’s Indiana county of residence as of Jan. 1, 2020.


The list of rates for all Indiana counties is available on DOR’s website in Departmental Notice #1 at by clicking on “Legal Resources” select “Tax Library” then selecting “Departmental Notices.”  


Employers with questions about these county income tax rates can contact DOR at (317) 233-4016, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST.

Shelbyville woman gets 25 years in child molest

A Shelbyville woman has been sentenced for child molest while a man still faces federal charges in the case.


Brianne Carson, 30, of Shelbyville, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for her participation in the molest of a close family member.


The Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office says the case originated from a federal investigation in which Carson’s boyfriend, Brian Diana, had admitted to federal investigators that he had been molesting two young relatives, and claimed that Carson participated in the sex acts.


Carson was questioned by investigators and denied participating, but admitted that she was aware that Diana was molesting the two children. When the older child was forensically interviewed, she disclosed that the sexual abuse began when she was just over 6 years old, that Carson was in the room watching the molestations, and had even held her legs once so that Diana could have intercourse with her.


Shelby County Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen says he filed the charges against Carson, but upon conferring with federal authorities, it was agreed that they would prosecute Diana federally, as they have stiffer penalties than Indiana law would allow under the facts of this case.  Carson did not qualify for federal prosecution.


The federal case on Diana is still pending, and Landwerlen states he is required by law to note that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


The local case was prosecuted by Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Pasel and investigated by Shelbyville Police Department Detective Deborah Tilford and Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Mike Johnson.


Carson was further declared to be a credit-restricted felon, which will require that she spend an extra percentage of her actual sentence in prison than would otherwise be required.

More snow expected Monday afternoon into Monday night

A second wave of precipitation including a band of moderate to occasionally heavy snowfall will expand into central Indiana by mid afternoon and continue into Monday night. The heaviest snow is expected along the I-70 corridor where an additional 3-4 inches of snow with locally higher amounts are possible through Monday night.



For this reason, the Winter Weather Advisory will transition to a Winter Storm Warning from 2 PM into tonight along the I-70 corridor, including the Indianapolis metro area, Terre Haute and Anderson.


The advisory will continue through tonight for the rest of central Indiana.


"Like" Shelby County Emergency Management Agency- Indiana for updates. 

INDOT trucks prepare for snow event with full call-out

The Indiana Department of Transportation is preparing for the overnight snow with a full call-out of yellow trucks. 


There will be about 170 trucks out throughout the District, including 55 in the Indianapolis area. Trucks started patrolling the interstates, U.S. highways and state routes at 5 p.m. Sunday and will continue overnight and into rush hour  Monday morning. 


The forecast is calling for 3-6" inches throughout the district from Sunday evening through Tuesday morning.


They will spread salt and plow when the snow starts falling.


INDOT would like to remind drivers to slow down in slippery conditions and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and others.


When you see a yellow truck on the road, give them plenty of room and try to stay behind them at least 50 feet or more. 


Driver tips:

  • Reduce speed: Allow extra time to reach your destination, be patient as snowplows travel below posted speed limits.
  • Safe distance: Do not tailgate and give snowplows plenty of room to work, allow plenty of time to slow down.
  • Pay attention: Drive distraction-free, focus on safe driving, be aware of surroundings and changing road conditions
  • Know before you go: Check road and traffic conditions at or the INDOT mobile app. County travel advisories can be found on the Department of Homeland Security Website at

Shopping and shipping deadlines approaching

If you still have some Christmas shopping left to do this year, you’ll want to know these key shipping deadlines from Amazon, FedEx, USPS and UPS to ensure your gifts arrive on time. Some dates are as early as tomorrow, December 13, 2019 for a delivery by Christmas.


The following holiday shipping dates are for United States delivery by December 25, 2019. Dates noted are not guarantees but recommendations unless noted by the shipper.


More dates details and descriptions on holiday shipping deadlines for Amazon, FedEx, USPS, and UPS can be found here: 


Amazon key holiday shipping dates:


  • Dec. 14 - Free shipping by Amazon for non-Prime members on qualifying orders of $25 or more. 
  • Dec. 18 - Standard shipping for non-Prime members. Items ship in 3-5 business days.
  • Dec. 22 - Free shipping on tens of millions of items for Prime members. No minimum purchase.
  • Dec. 23 - Free one-day delivery on over ten million items. No minimum purchase.
  • Dec. 24 - Free same-day delivery on qualifying orders of $35 or more. 

FedEx key holiday shipping dates:


  • Dec. 13 - FedEx Home Delivery® and FedEx Ground® to Alaska and Hawaii.
  • Dec. 16 - FedEx Home Delivery® in the contiguous U.S. and last day to ship via FedEx Ground® 
  • Dec. 20 - FedEx 2Day® A.M. and FedEx 2Day®.
  • Dec. 23 - FedEx First Overnight®, FedEx Priority Overnight®, FedEx Standard Overnight and FedEx 1Day® Freight.
  • Dec. 25 - FedEx SameDay® City Direct, FedEx SameDay® City Priority and FedEx SameDay®.

UPS key holiday shipping dates:


  • Dec. 13 - Some UPS® Ground packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, Dec. 24. 
  • Dec. 19 - UPS 3 Day Select® packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, Dec. 24. 
  • Dec. 20 - UPS 2nd Day Air® packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, Dec. 24. 
  • Dec. 23 - UPS Next Day Air® packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, December 24 with a UPS On-Call, or scheduled, Pickup, or by visiting a The UPS Store location or a UPS Authorized Service Location.

USPS key holiday shipping dates:


  • Dec. 14 - USPS Retail Ground® (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). 
  • Dec. 18 - First-Class Mail® Service to Alaska.
  • Dec. 19 - Priority Mail® Service to Alaska and Hawaii and last day for First-Class Mail® Service to Hawaii.
  • Dec. 20 - First-Class Mail® Service (excluding Alaska and Hawaii).
  • Dec. 21 - Priority Mail® Service for U.S (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) and Priority Mail Express® Service to Alaska and Hawaii. 
  • Dec. 23 - Last day for Priority Mail Express® Service (excluding Alaska and Hawaii)

Columbus man focus of Silver Alert

A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared.


The Columbus Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Cameron Dwayne Reed, a 56 year old white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, grayish white hair with blue eyes, last seen wearing a stocking cap, black and red checkered jacket and has a tattoo of a bird on his right forearm.


Cameron is missing from Columbus, Indiana and was last seen on Wednesday, December 11, at 11:00 pm. He is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.



If you have any information on Cameron Dwayne Reed, contact the Columbus Police Department at 812-376-2600 or 911.

Table games set to launch January 1 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

In less than 23 days, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will be part of history as live table games come to Central Indiana. More than 40 tables are currently being installed on the 200,000 square foot casino floor, offering in excess of 300 seats. Live table games are set to launch to the public at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.


Seven different types of live table games will be offered, including craps, roulette, blaze roulette, blackjack, baccarat, three-card poker and Mississippi stud. Two areas will be utilized for the tables with approximately 200 seats provided in the main floor area found just off the parking garage. High Limit table games may be found in the former Poker Room at Indiana Grand represented by more than 100 gaming seats.


“Table arrival and setup is still on-going, but the amount of teamwork and effort provided by all of the involved departments has been masterful to watch,” said Colin Skidmore, director of table games and the Sportsbook.  “A lot of heavy lifting with deliberate and intricate placement has taken place. The coordination to get to this point has been paramount, and it has been wonderful to see everyone coming together to ensure the launch of table games goes smoothly.”


A full array of activities is planned on New Year’s Day to showcase the launch of live table games. A floor-wide celebration with live entertainment and commemorative gifts, while supplies last, will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:45 a.m. Special guests and VIPs will take their seats for the first live action at Noon. Table games will then open to the public beginning at 1 p.m.


Indiana Grand began conducting Live Dealer Schools in September of 2019, to prepare a new workforce for the expansion. More than 1,000 applications were received for 300 new highly skilled roles as Indiana Grand takes a big step forward in the gaming culture for the Hoosier State. Of the new positions added, approximately 80 percent of those are slated as full-time opportunities. The addition pushes the total number of team members to more than 1,200 with Indiana Grand now the largest employer in Shelby County. The multi-faceted facility is also only one of four companies employing more than 1,000 people along the I-74 corridor between Indianapolis and Cincinnati.

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

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags in the state of Indiana to be flown at half-staff for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. 


Flags should be flown at half-staff from midnight to midnight on Saturday, December 7.


Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents in Indiana to lower their flags to half-staff on Saturday.

Shelbyville PD continues to investigate stabbing death

There’s no new information at this time into a reported stabbing that ended in the death of a Shelbyville man.


On Monday, November 25, Shelbyville Police responded to an early morning call to a scene near the intersection of Noble Street and Franklin Street regarding an altercation resulting in serious bodily injury. 


The victim, Delany, aka "DJ", Drake, 26, was allegedly involved in an altercation with a white male suspect.  According to witnesses the suspect fled the area on foot. 


Drake later died at MHP Medical Center.  Funeral services were held this past Saturday.


Police said, at the time, there was no reason to believe the general public is in danger.   The incident appeared to be isolated between the suspect and victim. Shelbyville Police continue to pour man hours into the investigation.


Anyone with information regarding this incident, please contact Det. Brian Roberts at the Shelbyville Police Department.