Congressman’s Education Tour makes a stop in Vincennes

Area Election Results

United Minerals to Eliminate Southern Indiana Mining Jobs

Arrest made in connection to arson at Shattered Nightmares haunted house

Congressman’s Education Tour makes a stop in Vincennes

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8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon met with students and Educators in Vincennes Tuesday as part of his Education tour.

He spoke with students in a government class at Rivet High School about their concerns and the challenges they face down the road.

Bucshon also spoke to educators at Vincennes University, about ways to make education more affordable to the average student.

At the end of the day, Bucshon says students and parents will have the biggest influence the costs of going to college.

Bucshon went on to say that making higher education more affordable is a top priority for both congress and education professionals.

Wayne Meyer @ November 11, 2015

Area Election Results

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Knox County:


Vincennes will have a new clerk-treasurer come January 1st. Democrat Sharon Duke defeated two other challengers including the current office holder in Tuesday’s Municipal Election. Duke received 994 votes to Republican Randy Crismore’s 866 votes while incumbent David Culp received 691 votes. Culp, a long time Democrat decided in the spring to run as an independent candidate as opposed to facing Duke in the primary. Duke says she ran a positive campaign and the voters responded.

Duane Chattin and Shirley Rose retained their at large seats on the Vincennes City Council. The Democratic Incumbents were the top two vote getters holding off challenges from Republicans Michael Woods and Ryan Lough. Chattin received 1352 votes while Rose had 1180. Two other incumbents on the city council lost their bid for a second four year term. Democrat Chuck Sebring lost in District One to Republican Brian Grove by 40 votes. In City Council District four, Democrat Dan Ravellette unseated Incumbent Ashley Morriss winning by 139 votes. Ravellette says his background in City Government helped his candidacy.

Republican Tim Salters retained his seat on the council defeating democratic challenger Tim Thompson 245 votes.

Democrat Thomas Estabrook was elected Bicknell’s Newest Mayor. Estabrook defeated Republican Ray Hooten byy 314 votes. Bicknell Clerk-Treasurer Becky McGlone defeated Republican Challenger Sandra Campbell to receive a second term in office. Democrat Wally Cullen defeated three other contenders for the at large seat on the Bicknell City Council. Cullen received 247 votes, Republican Aaron Boulard was second with 203 votes. In Bicknell City Council District 1, Republican Rod Mullins beat Democrat Rick Hagen by 205 votes. In City Council District 2, Republican Incumbent Butch Byrer won re-election beating Matthew Brough and Independent candidate Stacy Allen. And Republican John Vendes defeated Democrat Michael Whitson and Independent Candidate Randy Rasner to win the District Four City Council seat.

In Sandborn the Clerk race went to Republican Dana Wright who had nearly 67% of the town’s votes. For Sandborn Town Council the three top vote getters in the 4 person race were Republican Glen Apple and Democrats Ralph Heshelman and Nate Yagle.

In Wheatland the town clerk election went to Democrat Angie Elkins who finished with over 73% of the vote.


Wayne Meyer @ November 4, 2015

United Minerals to Eliminate Southern Indiana Mining Jobs

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A  Dubois County based mining company says it will eliminate as many as 138 jobs as it reduces its workforce at all of its facilities.

Huntingburg’s  United Minerals wrote in a letter to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development that the layoffs are expected to occur between December 31st and January 13th.

The company’s operations include offices in Huntingburg; a mine, offices and a wash plant in Lynnville; other mines in Oakland City, Elberfeld and Boonville; a dock facility in Newburgh; and a river terminal in Evansville.

United Minerals blames the job cuts on a reduction in coal sales and demand for coal that’s expected to decline.

Wayne Meyer @ October 30, 2015

Arrest made in connection to arson at Shattered Nightmares haunted house

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The fire on April 17 at the haunted house called Shattered Nightmares was called one of the biggest fires seen in Terre Haute in years. Now, officials have made an arrest in connection to this arson.

Shattered Nightmares, which was located at 10th and Third Avenue in Terre Haute, was considered a total loss after officials responded to the fire around 10:30 p.m. that Friday evening.

While fire crews were on the scene, the building caved into a nearby power line, causing sparks as loud and big as fireworks.

“The Modesitt fire at the Modesitt law office a few years ago had a big fire load, a lot of paper products. That was a big fire as well. This I think is even bigger,” said arson investigator Norm Loudermilk.


And then, in the middle of the chaos that evening, News 10 Photojournalist Gary Brian captured video of Terre Haute Police detaining what they called at the time a possible suspect.

“The firemen noticed somebody was just kind of saying things that were kind of just different about the fire. Like they deserve that to happen to them, laughing at the fire, which most people don’t laugh at a tragedy like that. So they notified us and when our officers went there to talk to him he took off running. So he got arrested for resisting and fleeing police,” explained Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse.

But it wasn’t until Oct. 27 that officials made an arrest in connection to the arson.

Michael Lehman, 18 of Terre Haute, was arrested and facing a possible charge of arson. He is scheduled to be in Vigo County court Wednesday afternoon. At this time he is scheduled to appear in juvenile court because Lehman was only 17 at the time of the fire.

(courtesy: News 10 WTHI)

Wayne Meyer @ October 28, 2015

Felony Warrants and Impairment Discovered after Speeding Driver Stopped

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Vigo County—This morning at 10:57, Indiana State Police Master Trooper Jason Schoffstall radar tracked an eastbound 2013 Chevrolet Impala, traveling at 67 miles-per-hour in a 30 mph zone, on Hulman Street near Watertree Subdivision.

During discussions with the driver, Schoffstall noticed the smell of what appeared to be burnt marijuana and that the driver displayed classic signs of possible intoxication. The driver was offered a chemical test for intoxication, but refused. He was incarcerated in the Vigo County Jail on charges of Operating While Intoxicated (Refusal) and Driving While Suspended.

Arrested:                     Calvin R. Davis, age 44, of Indianapolis, IN.

A routine check of Davis’s driver’s license revealed he had no valid license and was wanted out of Vigo County Superior Court 3 for count 1: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon; Count 2: Battery by Deadly Weapon; Count 3: Intimidation; Count 4: Carrying a Handgun without a License (Misdemeanor) and Count 5: Carrying a Handgun without a License (felony). The bond on the warrant was $75,000 with no 10%.


Wayne Meyer @ October 26, 2015

Sheriff’s office warns of IRS scam hitting the Wabash Valley

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DAVIESS COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – A Wabash Valley sheriff’s office has issued a scam warning.

On Monday, the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office received several complaints about an IRS scam.

According to officials, people are receiving phone calls from both men and women claiming to be with the IRS, and telling the them they owe money.

The scammer claims they are from Washington D.C. or Everett, Washington.

They tell the potential victim they owe the IRS money, and if they don’t pay they will be placed under arrest.

The phone number associated with the scam is 425-312-1790.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, and you are concerned you might owe money, you can call 1-800-829-1040.

This number will put you intouch with the IRS.

Wayne Meyer @ October 26, 2015

Drug cartel in Brown County.

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STORY, Ind. – Authorities believe a Mexican drug cartel may be responsible for about 3,100 marijuana plants found growing in Brown County.

The plants, which have an estimated street value of $3 million, were discovered Saturday on private property south of Story. Local and state authorities spent about four hours cutting down the plants Saturday and then about two hours destroying them Tuesday.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Department believes a group of people was living in the woods and harvesting the marijuana plants. The department believes the operation is tied to a Mexican drug cartel because of evidence found at the scene, including food packaging in Spanish.

No arrests have been made as of yet.

Wayne Meyer @ October 14, 2015

VU Marijuana Debate Tuesday | Marijuna

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Pot ChurchShould Indiana legalize marijuana for recreational use?

That will be the question debated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, at Vincennes University’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.

The public is invited to the debate that will be sponsored by VU’s Center for Research and Learning.

In addition to addressing whether Indiana should legalize marijuana, related issues will be addressed, such as: Is it safe and what are the benefits and possible negative consequences?

The debate will be moderated by Jessica Zellers, professor of Social Work at VU.

Arguing against legalization will be Knox County Sheriff Mike Morris and Rob Evans, professor of Sociology at VU who is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

Arguing that Indiana should legalize marijuana will be Mike Mullen, professor of English at VU, and Stephen Dillon, an attorney and activist with the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Questions will also be fielded from the audience.

Currently 23 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws on the books, and half of all U.S. states recognize industrial hemp.

Wayne Meyer @ September 14, 2015

David Taylor Joins Home Bank Team

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David Taylor Joins Home Bank Team


Martinsville, Indiana, September 8, 2015 — Dan Moore, President and CEO of Home Bank SB, has announced that David Taylor joined their team as the mortgage loan originator at the Mooresville branch in July. He is responsible for residential mortgage lending, focusing his efforts in Putnam and Hendricks counties.


Taylor has been in the banking industry for 25 years, focused mostly in national banking as a loan officer/credit analyst managing commercial, real estate, and consumer lending portfolios. He also has experience in the ag-consumer field where he was responsible for growth and development of loan portfolios including, but not limited to, construction, purchase money and refinancing


Taylor is a Greencastle native and attended Greencastle Senior High School before obtaining his bachelor degree in English literature at DePauw University.  In his spare time, he enjoys serving on the board of trustees for the Putnam County Public Library and spending time with his friends and family.


Home Bank SB was chartered in 1890 as a mutual institution which essentially means that it is owned by its depositors. Without private ownership or stockholders, the bank’s profits are allocated entirely to its capital reserves, resulting in greater fiscal strength and resources for community support.


Wayne Meyer @ September 8, 2015

French Lick Man Killed

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Police shot and killed a suspect involved in a domestic dispute Friday in French Lick.

49-year-old Jose Ramon Damiani, Jr. died during an incident that happened on Ohio Street, less than a mile south of the French Lick Resort and Casino.

An Indiana State Police trooper and an officer from the West Baden Police Department responded to the “physical domestic situation” on West Ohio Street around 3:50 p.m. A man at the residence was reportedly strangling his wife.

The officers tried to speak with the man, who would not talk with them. He then picked up a large metal pipe from a scrap pile and approached the officers.

The officers gave numerous commands for the man to drop the pipe, but he refused. An officer fired his Taser at the man, but the device was ineffective. The man stepped closer to the officer, pulling the pipe back in a motion to strike the officer.

At that time, the officers fired their handguns at the man, striking him.

The Orange County Coroner pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Police continue to investigate the incident, they say there is no threat to the public at this time.



Wayne Meyer @ September 4, 2015