Latest News Archives for 2020-07

Former Indiana governor Joe Kernan passed away

Joseph Kernan, the 48th Governor of the State of Indiana, died Wednesday morning following a long illness.


He is survived by his wife, Maggie, and seven siblings.


Kernan, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, began his career as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He and his co-pilot were shot down while on a reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam in 1972. He spent 11 months as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, including at the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison.


Kernan returned home in 1974 to begin a career in business. His path led him to the city government, where he served three consecutive terms as Mayor of the City of South Bend.


In 1996, he was asked by Frank O’Bannon to join him as candidate for Lt. Governor. O’Bannon and Kernan were elected in November of that year and won reelection in 2000.


In 2003, Kernan became governor upon O’Bannon’s death. He was sworn in as the state’s 48th governor. He made history by appointing Kathy Davis as Indiana’s first female Lt. Governor.


Kernan retired from politics in 2005 and remained busy in his hometown of South Bend. He worked as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame and in his own consulting firm.

“Indiana mourns the loss of Joe Kernan, a bone fide American hero, decorated Navy officer, and truly selfless statesman who always placed the interests of his fellow Hoosiers first,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.


“Distinguished isn’t a strong enough word to describe him. Without regard for personal cost, Joe Kernan devoted every ounce of his life, time and again, to upholding the oath he took, and serving the country and state he loved.


Undeterred after being shot down and tortured in Vietnam, he returned and led his beloved City of South Bend as mayor for three terms, and our state as our 47th lieutenant governor. When duty called him to step into a role he didn’t seek, he served as our 48th governor.


Through his decades of servant leadership and sacrifice, Joe Kernan modeled all the best of what it means to be a Hoosier and his legacy will continue to live on in each of us whom he inspired.”


Funeral arrangements are being made by Welsheimer’s Funeral Home in South Bend. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Fund at the University of Notre Dame.


Please direct your gift to support scholarships and fellowships for military-connected students to, by phone (574) 631-5150, or by mail: University of Notre Dame, Department of Development, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556.

OCRA announces partnership with Indiana Univ to help manage COVID-19 in two counties - Decatur, Daviess

the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced a collaboration with the IU Center for Rural Engagement (CHIP) and the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington to leverage community networks in Decatur and Daviess counties to effectively manage health crises, like COVID-19.


“As we continue to respond to COVID-19, communications and collaboration are the keys to success,” said Matt Crouch, Interim Executive Director of OCRA. “I’m excited to build our network with Indiana University and further learn from our communities about how they are coping with COVID-19.”


Based on local health assessment data, community health improvement plans help communities set SMART goals to meet a range of health objectives, from addressing gaps in services to preventing and treating chronic conditions. These plans, which are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound, maximize existing resources and networks and also include interventions that also address root causes beyond the immediate needs.


“Every rural community is different, and each brings its own strengths and challenges,” said Dr. Priscilla Barnes, associate professor in the IU School of Public Health and lead researcher on the project. “Rural health partnerships and coalitions have been quick to adapt to the daily changing landscape of public health. Response to unexpected crises is the invisible thread that connects with the existing health priorities, and these plans and their implementation will address both emergent needs and long-term priorities.”


In Daviess County, residents developed a CHIP in partnership with IU, and the support from OCRA will help them adapt their plan and deploy a response to immediate and emerging needs related to COVID-19. In Decatur County, this initiative will establish a new CHIP that addresses COVID-19 needs and plans for long-term health initiatives.


The local networks that inform the CHIP development and implementation are composed of diverse organizations, including representations from health, education, business and the nonprofit sectors.

“This collaboration with OCRA and our community partners launches transformative possibilities for the health of our rural communities,” said Kerry Thomson, executive director of the IU Center for Rural Engagement. “By leveraging local and university resources, we can effectively address major health challenges like COVID-19 as well as increase access to care and mental health services that builds our resilience for the future.”

Interstate 74 pursuit ends with arrest of Alaskan driver

A driver resisted police during and after an interstate pursuit Monday afternoon.


A Shelbyville Police off-duty officer was getting on Interstate 74 at the 108 mm when he noticed a vehicle passing on the right in the break down lane.  He clocked the vehicle at 97 mph. 


The officer tried to pull the vehicle over but the female driver did not stop. Police report she led multiple officers on a pursuit to the 116 mm.  The female continued to resist officers at the stop location.  She was taken into custody and charged with two counts of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving and criminal recklessness with a vehicle. 


The driver was identified as June Denver.  Shelbyville Police say she appears to be a resident of Alaska.

Severe weather possible today ahead of cool down

Isolated severe thunderstorms could happen at times today, according to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.


“We’ll have a front moving through later today and what that’s going to do is bring us chances for showers and thunderstorms. Those chances will increase as the day goes on,” says Crystal Petit, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. “The best chances will be between 2 pm and 8 pm.”


Petit says the threat of severe weather is “marginal.” That means storms could be spotty and typically will be limited in duration and/or intensity.


“Most of these are going to be regular thunderstorms. There is a chance a few of them could produce damaging winds, so you could see a couple of trees down. There could be some flooding as well in low lying areas,” says Petit. “Chances will continue through the overnight hours and then the storms will likely move out by then.”


Temperatures are supposed to cool down as well.


“The rest of the week looks like we’ll have highs in the mid-80s to start and then, as we get later into the week, highs in the lower 80s. Some chances for showers and thunderstorms too, but overall it looks like a pretty nice week,” says Petit.


Petit also urges you to keep an eye on the forecast because it can always change.

Hot,, humid for weekend; relief next week

You can expect another hot and humid weekend.


Aaron Updike, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, says highs on Saturday will be in the upper 80s, and near 90 on Sunday, but it will feel like it's close to 100.


If you're not a fan of the hot summer weather, don't worry. Updike says after rain and thunderstorms roll through the majority of the state on Monday, we'll have a break from the heat. Temperatures next Tuesday through Friday will only be in the lower to mid 80s.

20 COVID cases confirmed at Aperion Care in Waldron

The Shelby County Department of Health announced Wednesday over 20 individuals diagnosed, with tests pending and ongoing testing, of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported at Aperion Care, Inc. in Waldron.


They have had zero deaths.


“We know that people older than 60 with underlying health conditions are most at risk during this pandemic,” Local Health Officer Dr. Loman said.


No further information about the patients will be released due to privacy laws.


We are working closely with Long Term Care facilities, Major Health Partners, Jane Pauley FHQ, local, state and federal officials to continue with infection control protocols and testing to prevent further spread within the facility and county.


To prevent spread, the long-term care facilities in our communities are following the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) guidelines, such as:


• Separate spaces that is used only for confirmed or presumed COVID-19 patients;


• Limiting patient contact of those confirmed, exposed, or suspects to only essential direct care providers


• Using an established tracking system to monitor and manage infection control activities and residents and staff member who are symptomatic


• Ongoing testing of residents and staff


• Screening of residents, staff and visitors


Shelby County has 476 positive cases, of which 53.8% were female and 46% were male. We also have a reported 25 deaths, of which 60% were female and 40% were male. The age breakdown is as follows: 12% were age 50-59; 8% were age 60-69; 12% were age 70-79 and the largest mortality rate was for those 80 years of age and older accounting for 68% of deaths in our county. 4,446 tests have been completed with results. Of those being tested 57.2% were female and 42.7% were male.


For more statistics please visit the dashboard which is updated daily

Shelbyville man arrested after threatening incident with a handgun

A call to police Monday about a man with a gun resulted in an arrest.


On July 20, officers were called to the 100 block of W. Broadway Street in reference to a subject making threats with a handgun.  


Officers arrived on scene and located the subject identified as Dion Palmer.  Palmer, 40, of Shelbyville, started walking away from the officers and had his hand in his pocket.  Officers gave loud verbal commands for Palmer to stop and show his hands.  Palmer refused to stop and disobeyed the officer’s commands to remove his hand from his pocket.  The information given was that Palmer had a handgun in his possession.  After several loud commands for Palmer to stop, officers were able to stop him by the deployment of a Taser.  Officers were then able to gain control of Palmer and place him into handcuffs. 


Officers located a handgun at the scene which had been discarded under a vehicle.  The firearm had a bullet in the chamber.


The on-scene interviews showed that Palmer was acting aggressively and threatening.  According to the police press release Palmer had displayed the firearm to the individuals in the apartment.  Palmer also made threats to physically harm one of the subjects inside by beating him up.   The victim was able to force Palmer out of the apartment and call 911.


Palmer was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was remanded into the custody of the jail staff.

BMV asks customers to limit use of cash when possible

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is asking Hoosiers to pay with a credit card or check when possible to complete transactions.


The BMV is making this request because of the national coin shortage which has directly impacted its branches. The United States Federal Reserve is experiencing a coin shortage that is currently impacting all Financial Institutions within the U.S. As a result, the BMV is unable to access additional coin inventory to replenish its supplies.


The BMV required all branches to take steps to help mitigate the impact of the coin shortage several weeks ago and is now asking customers to use cash only when able to pay with exact change. At this time, branches are displaying signs identifying the situation and asking customers to use alternate forms of payment.


The Federal Reserve has not provided a timeline for the coin shortage to be resolved. They have stated they expect coin inventories to return to previous levels once the coin supply chain returns to normal circulation patterns.

One injured in Shelbyville stabbing

Shelbyville Police are investigating a stabbing.


On July 17, 2020 at around 11:00pm, the Shelbyville Police Department responded to the 1000 block of Parker Avenue for a battery.  Officers were advised that the suspect had left the area in a gold colored vehicle.  Officers tried to locate the vehicle while responding to the victim.


Officers arrived and found one male with what appeared to be stab wounds.  The male was alert and talking when officers arrived.  The Shelbyville Fire Department arrived on the scene and took over care of the victim.


This incident is still under investigation at this time.  As details become available and can be released SPD will send them out.

Anti-mask protest Sunday at Statehouse

An anti-mask protest is planned for Sunday afternoon south of the Indiana Statehouse.


"We feel that the crisis has ended and it is time to return the state back to normal operations and to not ask for people to wear masks. The masks are ineffective," says Robert Hall, organizer of the protest and leader of the Indiana Conservative Alliance and Grassroots Conservatives.

Governor Holcomb planned on fully reopening the state on the 4th of July, but chose to keep the state in "stage 4.5". Earlier this week, he also decided to stay at 4.5 for "at least the next two weeks."


"The number of deaths from the China virus has reduced to below the level it was prior to the start of it in March," says Hall.


More than 2,600 people have died from coronavirus in Indiana. On Wednesday, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said an increase in positive cases of coronavirus played a part in the decision for the state to stay at 4.5. She said the hot spots continue to be in the northern part of the state, in Marion County and in southwestern Indiana.


"The number of cases have increased because they're testing more people. The crisis is over. It's not as serious as it was. We shouldn't have these draconian measures going on. Wearing masks can be harmful to your health causing oxygen deficiency and toxic carbon dioxide in your blood," says Hall.


A new study published by Mass General Brigham finds that face masks can go a long way in stopping the coronavirus in its tracks. According to the study from the Boston-based nonprofit hospital, the rate of coronavirus infections fell dramatically from the middle of March to the end of April when health care workers and patients both wore masks in a hospital setting.

The study found that N95 and surgical masks are more effective than bandannas and scarves, but that those face coverings are better than not wearing one at all.


Holcomb has not issued a statewide mask mandate, but has encouraged people to wear masks. Hall says that sets a dangerous precedent.


"It's ridiculous. Some of the stores are now requiring people to wear masks because they're following his lead. They should be voluntary not mandatory," says Hall.


Hall was asked about the increase of coronavirus cases across the country and the possibility that people traveling from other states could bring the virus to Indiana.


"But it hasn't yet. The number of cases are up because testing is up. Symptoms are either mild or people are asymptomatic. It's not as serious as they told us it was going to be. It's not a crisis anymore," says Hall.


Hall was asked what he plans to do if the City of Indianapolis or Marion County Health Department plans on issuing the protesers a fine or some kind of punishment.


"We know attorneys that will help fight anything. There's no law that requires it. It's really questionable on a legal basis," says Hall.


The anti-mask protest is scheduled for Sunday at 200 West Washington Street from 4-6 pm.

FedEx to go ahead with Greenwood distribution center

FedEx is moving ahead with a new project in Johnson County.


FedEx plans to set up a distribution center in Greenwood two years after abandoning a previous plan for the city, according to Inside Indiana Business.


The company plans to spend more than $23 million on an 815,000-square-foot facility just off of I-65 and Worthsville Road. Construction is already underway.


According to The Daily Journal, FedEx expects to create 500 new jobs. Plans call for 100 full-time employees with an average salary of $54,000 and 400 part-time employees with an hourly wage of $15.


In 2017, FedEx announced plans for a small package distribution center in Greenwood that would have created 455 jobs. However, the project was called off in the spring of 2018 when FedEx backed out of the deal, citing “projected operational needs,” according to IIB.


FedEx plans to have the new facility open before the holiday season begins.

Morristown house fire under investigation

Few details are being released at this time regarding an ongoing investigation of a house fire Tuesday night in Morristown.


Morristown fire and police and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department responded to the home on South Washington late Tuesday.  No injuries were reported.


The Indiana State Fire Marshal's office has been called in to investigate.

Kroger will require masks in all stores

Kroger submitted the following information about requiring customers to wear masks starting July 22:


With the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country—as America’s grocer—we are committed to doing our part to help reduce the spread of the virus.


Kroger’s most urgent priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been to provide a safe environment for our associates and customers while meeting our societal obligation to provide open stores, ecommerce solutions and an efficiently operating supply chain so that our communities have access to fresh, affordable food and essentials.


As an employer, grocery provider and community partner, we have a responsibility to help keep our associates, customers and communities safe. According to the CDC, wearing a facial covering, combined with social distancing and frequent handwashing, has been scientifically proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Starting July 22, we will require all customers in all locations to wear a mask when shopping in our stores, joining our associates who continue to wear masks. We are taking this extra step now because we recognize additional precautions are needed to protect our country.


We respect and acknowledge that some customers, due to medical reasons, may not be able to wear a mask (small children are exempt). We encourage those customers to consider an alternative option like a face shield or facial covering. If they’re unable to wear a mask or an alternative design, we request that they use our ecommerce services like pickup or delivery. To support all households during the COVID-19 pandemic, our grocery pickup service remains free (generally a $4.95 fee).


Walmart, Best Buy to require masks

 If you want to shop at Walmart or Sam’s Club on or after Monday, July 20, you will need to wear a face mask.


The company said in a statement Wednesday:


“As the number of confirmed cases has spiked in communities across the country recently, so too have the number and types of face-covering mandates being implemented.


Currently, about 65 percent of our more than 5,000 stores and clubs are located in areas where there is some form of government mandate on face coverings. To help bring consistency across stores and clubs, we will require all shoppers to wear a face covering starting Monday, July 20.”


Another retailer, Best Buy, announced Tuesday that it will also require shoppers to wear face masks. Costco started requiring customers to wear masks in stores beginning in May.


Traffic redirect on Shelbyville's Public Square Wednesday

Indiana American Water and Beaty Construction have to make a crossing at West Washington Street and the Public Square in Shelbyville Wednesday. 


Traffic will be redirected (per the picture in this story) to the east side of the Public Square for Wednesday, July 15. 


It will last one day for the crossing.


Second shooting on 465 in two days

Detectives from the Indiana State Police are investigating a fatal interstate shooting that occurred Monday evening. This is the second interstate shooting in the Indianapolis area in two days, however these incidents are not believed to be related.


Monday night, at 6:05 p.m., emergency crews were called to I-465 westbound  on the south side of Indianapolis near the SR 37 exit for reports of a person shot. When troopers arrived CPR was in progress by an INDOT Hoosier Helper who had stopped to help. Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service along with the Indianapolis Fire Department arrived quickly and resumed life saving efforts. The victim was transported to an area hospital and later pronounced deceased.


Preliminary investigation has led detectives to believe this shooting began with a road rage incident.  The suspect pulled alongside the victim's vehicle, which was a full size white van, and opened fire. The suspect fled the scene in a newer model black Chevrolet Impala or Malibu.


The suspect, who was the sole occupant of the black Chevrolet, was described as a light skin black male, with tight dreadlocks that stopped above his shoulders and a skinny build.


Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or was in the area with a dash camera is asked to contact the Indiana State Police at 317-899-8577 or CrimeStoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous. 


The victim is a resident of Georgia however their identity is being withheld at this time. 

Hartnett to retire from J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Clubs in September

The J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Clubs reports that corporation executive director John Hartnett has announced his intention to retire from that position effective September 30, 2020. Hartnett, only the third executive director in Club history, began his 40-year Boys and Girls Club career as an assistant director in 1980 and assumed the role of chief professional officer in 1984, following the death of long-time director Ken Self.


Hartnett oversaw historic growth and development during his four-decade tenure with the Club including: Two multi-million dollar capital campaigns, establishment of a half-million dollar endowment and creation of the Morristown Boys and Girls Club. “I truly appreciate the tremendous opportunities the Boys and Girls Club has provided for me over the course of the past 40 years,” stated Hartnett.  “Most significant are the lifetime associations and friendships I have had the blessing to develop with so many. I am genuinely grateful.”


Brady Claxton is the current board president of the Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Club and he had this to say about John’s retirement news.  “It is impossible to overstate the importance of John Hartnett to the Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Club and our community as a whole.  John has had an immeasurable impact on countless lives in Shelby County, including my own.  John’s commitment, dedication, and devotion to the youth of Shelby County is unparalleled.  We wish him all the best as moves into the next phase of his life and we are forever grateful for his 40 years of service to the Boys and Girls Club."


A graduate of Franklin College and Butler University, Hartnett has served in a variety of capacities for numerous community organizations including: Babe Ruth Baseball, Shelbyville Central Schools, The Shelby County United Fund and the Drug-Free Coalition. He is a past president of the Indiana Boys and Girls Club Workers Association and was a founding board member of the Indiana Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs. He was inducted into The Shelbyville High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the 2018 Boys and Girls Clubs of America “Contribution to the Profession Award.”


UPDATE: Body found at Eagle Creek reservoir

A body was found in Eagle Creek Reservoir early Friday morning.


Indiana Conservation Officer Jet Quillen said the Pike Township Fire Department located the floating body around 6:15 am.


"The body has been taken down to the Marion County Coroner's Office, and they are working diligently to identify the victim that was taken from the water," Quillen said.


They believe it could be the man the fire department has been searching for since Wednesday afternoon. The man was paddleboating with a woman before storms rolled in and caused the boat to flip, sending both into the water. The woman was rescued and is now doing okay, but the man never resurfaced.

UPDATE: One fatality, one injured in Thursday morning crash

The one-car crash occurred in the 4200 block of East Michigan Rd.  An eastbound 2003 Chrysler van driven by Tera Doane Minyard, 39, of Cincinnati, left the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle struck a tree.


The passenger in the vehicle, Ronda Purdon, 52, of Cincinnati, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was lifelined to Indianapolis.


The crash is still under investigation.



Original story - Wednesday, Jul 9

A one-car accident on Shelby County’s Michigan Road resulted in one fatality Thursday morning.


The accident occurred near St. Vincent DePaul at 9:00 am.  A passenger, from out-of-state, died in the crash when the vehicle left the road and hit a tree head-on.  The driver was taken to Methodist Hospital.


The crash remains under investigation.

Search resumes today for missing paddle boater at Eagle Creek Reservoir

Indiana Conservation Officers are concluded for the evening Thursday their search operations at Eagle Creek Reservoir for a missing paddle boater that fell overboard and never resurfaced.


Search efforts will resume Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. 


Search operations utilizing sonar and divers.


This incident is still under investigation and updates will be provided as they become available.

Arrest in 1986 Connersville murder case

An arrest has been made in a Fayette County cold case.


The Fayette County Sheriff's Department says Shawn McClung was charged Thursday afternoon with voluntary manslaughter for the death of Denise Pflum.


Pflum was 18 years old, and a senior at Connersville High School, when she went missing in 1986.

Court documents say McClung previously claimed the Pflum was still alive, but recently admitted that he killed her 34 years ago.


In a written statement, the parents of Pflum said:


"This is just a start, there will be more to follow, which we cannot comment on at this point. We appreciate all of the love and support that you have shown us. We appreciate that Denise has become like family to all of you. Our daughter was a special person whom we will never forget, and we know that this community will not forget. We are so grateful for all of those who have followed her story, who have helped with the investigation, and who have shown support and love."

Jockey Restriction set at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Indiana Grand Racecourse is working diligently to ensure the safety and well-being of all those involved with the current racing season, which began Monday, June 15. After consultation with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC), all jockeys accepting a mount at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will agree to ride exclusively at the facility. This restriction goes into effect Friday, July 10, 2020 and applies to both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys.


If a jockey that is currently riding at Indiana Grand enters another jockey’s quarters at another racetrack, he or she will not be allowed to return to Indiana Grand without self-quarantining for 14 days. After that time period, the jockey will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test. This policy will remain in effect until further notice. Jockeys who wish to move their tack to Indiana Grand must also go through the 14-day quarantine and provide a negative Covid-19 test before they will be accepted to ride.


Live racing continues through Wednesday, Nov. 18. Action is held Monday through Thursday beginning at 2:20 p.m. Post times for the all-Quarter Horse programs is to be determined.

State to send PPE to hundreds of Indiana schools

Indiana schools start reopening next month, and the state is working on ways to get the message out to students to mask up.


Indiana was already planning to reopen schools on schedule, even before President Trump threatened Wednesday to cut funding to states who don't. The Indiana Department of Education issued a detailed list of recommended and required protocols to reduce the risk of infection, and state health commissioner Kris Box says the state will do all it can to enable students to return to school. She says it's important for their education and mental health, and Governor Holcomb adds that it reduces pressure on parents trying to balance child care with work.


But Box says health officials will be on alert for coronavirus surges that could close schools all over again. Hospitalizations for coronavirus are up 12-percent since June 27, four days before Holcomb delayed the final lifting of restrictions on mass gatherings. And the percentage of tests coming back positive, after staying at or below the five-percent comfort level throughout the second half of June, has ranged from six to nine-percent.


Box says there's no hard and fast rule for what would send students home to study online again. She says superintendents, principals and health departments will need to confer and look at local circumstances: whether an outbreak is communitywide or centered at a single business or nursing home, and whether cases at a school are confined to a particular classroom or grade level.


The state is shipping masks and sanitizer to nearly 500 schools which have requested them. Each school will get at least one mask for every student, plus 500 masks for adults. Box says the state is still brainstorming how best to communicate to teenagers and young adults that it's important to wear them. The state's already posted a video on social media of Holcomb, Box and other state agency heads wearing masks and encouraging Hoosiers to follow suit. Box says the department is looking at other ways to use social media or peer relationships to connect with students who probably aren't watching Holcomb's weekly updates.


Purdue University is requiring masks for all students and staff, and announced Wednesday it will require students to test negative for the virus before returning to campus.


Box says there are current surges of the virus in northern, northwest and southwest Indiana, particularly in Elkhart, Vanderburgh and Lake Counties. Those three counties had more than a third of Indiana's newly reported cases on Wednesday.


Indiana Senator Mike Braun reaffirmed plans Wednesday to attend next month's Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, and Holcomb says he still plans to go as well. But the governor cautions that those plans can change, just as many states have paused reopening plans or reimposed restrictions after seeing virus numbers surge. He says he'll continue to monitor the latest health data before booking his flight.

Search for Georgia murder suspect in southern Indiana

On July 2, four individuals were involved in a murder in Perry, Georgia.  Those four individuals fled the state, and two were soon apprehended in Alabama. 


On Saturday, July 3, the remaining two suspects were tracked to Clarksville, Indiana; however, one of those individuals has since turned herself into Georgia authorities.  As part of their investigation, detectives from the Perry Police Department traveled to Indiana and, working with local authorities,  are seeking assistance in locating the remaining suspect, Quintavios Dobbins. 


Quintavios Dobbins is a 23-year-old black male.  He is 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes and may have a black beard. Dobbins has a tattoo across the front side of his neck that appears to read "12.14.17" or possibly "12.74.17".  His last know location was in Clarksville, Indiana, on Sunday, July 5.  


If anyone knows the location of Quntavios Dobbins or believes they sighted him, they should call 911 immediately and provide local authorities with the information.  It is unknown if Dobbins has any weapons with him, but he should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. 


Quntavios Dobbins has a warrant for murder issued from the Houston County Prosecutor in Georgia.  Dobbins may have temporary work experience in the Evansville and Indianapolis areas but is a resident of Alabama.

Blue River Community Foundation's Summer Scholarship application cycle

Shelby County high school students on track to graduate by June 30, 2021 can now apply for scholarships during Blue River Community Foundation’s (BRCF) summer scholarship cycle.


Students applying during this cycle will be considered for both the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship and BRCF General Scholarship opportunities. Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements (listed below) for Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship consideration; however, all students are encouraged to apply for over 100 scholarships awarded annually through BRCF’s General Scholarship Program.


The deadline to apply is September 1, 2020.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program
Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) is proud to partner with Lilly Endowment Inc. to select one Shelby County high school senior as a nominee for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. Independent Colleges of Indiana on behalf of Lilly Endowment Inc. will make final scholarship selections and notify BRCF of their decision by December 7, 2020. BRCF will notify the recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship no later than December 18, 2020. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is designed to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and further leverage the ability of Indiana’s community foundations to improve the quality of life of the state’s residents.

The scholarship provides FULL TUITION, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis, leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Minimum requirements that must be met for consideration include:

• Reside in Shelby County
• Graduate by the end of June with a diploma from a regionally accredited Indiana High School
• Intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana

• Demonstrate the following:
o Participation in community activities
o Leadership skills in school, community, and/or extracurricular activities
o Commitment to academics and ability to succeed at the next level

• Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and a minimum 1100 total score on SAT or ACT equivalent
• Financial need may be considered but is not a determining factor

Governor announces modifications to state's Back on Track Plan; most restrictions, capacities stay in place

Governor Eric Holcomb today announced the state will modify the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 17.


While a few restrictions will lift on July 4 in version 4.5 of the plan, most will stay in place. Elkhart County will remain fully in Stage 4 until at least July 17. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.


“While most of our health indicators remain positive, our data indicates a need to be extra cautious, which is why we will pause much of our Back on Track roadmap,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I urge Hoosiers to maintain vigilance in social distancing and wearing masks so we can continue to reopen our state for business.”


Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March and he continues to do so as the state continues a sector-by-sector reset. The state will move to reopen while continuing to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:


  • The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days
  • The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators
  • The state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees
  • Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing


Through at least July 17, the following restrictions will continue:


  • Social gatherings following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines will be limited to up to 250 people. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time, particularly indoors.
  • Dining room food service may continue operations at up to 75 percent capacity as long as social distancing is observed. Bar seating in restaurants may continue operations at 50 percent capacity. Bars and nightclubs may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Amusement parks, water parks and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity. Reservations are encouraged to limit the number of customers at any one time.
  • Raceways may continue operations open at 50 percent grandstand capacity.


Beginning July 4, fairs, festivals and other similar outdoor events may open. Pari-mutuel horse racing and county and state fair racing may begin with 50 percent spectator capacity. Youth overnight camps may open.


K-12 school operations may begin the 2020-21 academic year on July 1. Extra-curricular, co-curricular activities may resume July 6.


Outdoor visitation is required at assisted living facilities and nursing homes beginning July 4 and indoor visitation may begin. Hospital visitations with precautions are encouraged.


Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions – who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus – should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain cautious. Face coverings in public places are highly recommended.


Gov. Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, today announced a statewide initiative to encourage Hoosiers to wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.


The #MaskUpHoosiers initiative is launching with videos and photos of state government leaders, celebrities, and Hoosiers from all walks of life sharing their heartfelt reasons for wearing a mask in public, which is one of the strongest steps possible to limit the spread of COVID-19, saving lives and allowing the state to continue its phased re-opening. Additional photos and videos will be featured as the educational campaign progresses. Visit to learn more.


To learn more about the different stages and the associated dates to get a better understanding about where we’re going as a state, click here to see the full plan:


The Governor signed an executive order implementing these changes to the Back on Track Indiana roadmap. The Governor also signed an executive order extending the public health emergency through Aug. 3. The executive orders can be found here:

Gov. Holcomb signs executive order to prevent evictions, foreclosures, utility disconnections

Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed Executive Order 20-33 to extend the prohibition on evictions, foreclosures, and the disconnection of utility services.


The prohibition on evictions from rental properties and the prohibition on filing foreclosures are both extended through July 31. Renters, homeowners, lending institutions and landlords are encouraged to establish payment plans to avoid later evictions or foreclosures.


Hoosiers struggling to pay rent due to the impact of COVID-19 may be eligible for rental assistance. Applications for the $25 million Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will be accepted online beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Monday, July 13 at


Utilities regulated by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission must follow the order issued Monday by the commission prohibiting service disconnections through Aug. 14. Under Executive Order 20-33, non-regulated utility companies must also extend service until Aug. 14. Customers and utility companies are encouraged to establish payment plans now to avoid later discontinuations of service.


The executive order also extends the temporary licensing of the following health care workers who do not currently hold an active license to practice for an additional 30 days:


  • medical professionals who retired or became inactive in the last five years
  • medical professionals who hold licenses in other states
  • certain medical students and graduates


These professionals must register with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency via their website at These professionals will be able to assist in screenings, telemedicine and other basic procedures to allow regularly licensed medical professionals to be on the frontline.


Click here to see the executive order: