Saturday, February 10, 2024
The sun rises this week over Shelby County, as seen from CR 250 S, east of Columbus Road. | photo by JACK BOYCE
PRIMARY ELECTION INFORMATION
With the primary election filing deadline yesterday, candidates for Shelby County offices are set for the May 7 election. Candidates for local offices are listed below:
Shelby County Commissioner - Center District (Vote for 1)
David Lawson, Tom Rogers and Nathan Smith
Shelby County Commissioner - South District (Vote for 1)
J.T. Doane and Nathan Runnebohm
Shelby County Council - At Large (Vote for 3)
David Crisler, Shawn Goolsby, Judy Lauziere, Troy Merrick, Charity Mohr and Jeremy Ruble
Fairland Town Council
Shelby County Commissioner - Center District
Shelby County Commissioner - South District
Shelby County Council - At Large
Fairland Town Council
Precinct Committeemen and State Convention Delegates will also appear on the ballot.
Local Law Enforcement Form Crisis Intervention Team
Shelbyville Police Sgt. Jeremy O’Connor speaks to law enforcement officers and officials at this week’s Crisis Intervention training at the Intelliplex Conference Center. | photo by KRISTIAAN RAWLINGS
Police used to consider just three options when dealing with a mental health crisis: take the person to the hospital, take them to jail or do nothing. A group of 30 local law enforcement personnel spent 40 hours this week considering other approaches.
“It’s a no-brainer,” Shelbyville Police Sergeant Jeremy O’Connor said of the city’s new Crisis Intervention Team’s (CIT) formation. “We’re putting people in jail that really need services beyond what we can offer in jail.”
O’Connor first participated in CIT training in 2011 in another county and took a refresher course a few years ago. But this week’s convening of local police, sheriff’s deputies, probation officers, community correction staff, the city’s community navigator and other personnel involved not only intervention training, but also connections to local resources.
“Every person in here started this career saying, ‘I want to help people,’” O’Connor said during the training at the Intelliplex Conference Center. “Our job is to serve and protect, and when people have a mental health crisis, sometimes we have to protect them from themselves.”
O’Connor, Sheriff’s Det. Sgt. Rod Mohr and Director of Court Services Alison Everhart organized the class. The initiative is part of the 2021 state law establishing a Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC) in each county.
O’Connor said he and his colleagues are pleased with this week’s results.
“Good class participation, good questions,” he said, noting that as MHP and other organizations add resources for crisis intervention, police will continue to evolve their approach. “There are a lot of options out there, and I think the public expects police to have patience,” he said.
Attempted burglary was reported in the first block of 3rd St., Shelbyville.
Golden Bear Preschool is accepting applications for students who are 3 to 4 years olds before August 1, 2024. GBP educators foster a nurturing environment and focus on essential early childhood development. Visit the website for more information.
EDITOR’S NOTE TO MEMBERS: The quarterly magazine will be sent next week. I apologize for the delay. To explain, the magazine was submitted early last week, but some files had to be redone since I created them with settings appropriate for a newspaper rather than a glossy magazine. That was corrected a week ago, but our printing company (Greenfield Daily Reporter) has had technical issues with their printers. I’ve been promised it will be printed and mailed next week. Again, my apologies for the delay! - Kristiaan Rawlings
NATIONAL NEWS: Very soon, Iowa’s Caitlin Clark will score her 3,528th point, and in doing so will surpass Kelsey Plum’s 3,527 points to become the top-scoring women’s basketball athlete in the history of the NCAA. However, there remains but one more feat to conquer: Lynette Woodard of Kansas played in the late 1970s, and scored 3,649 points over the course of her career in college ball. That said, she did it before the NCAA had women’s college basketball under its purview. Woodard accomplished this feat when the three-pointer did not exist.(Wall Street Journal/Numlock)
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This Day in Shelby County History
2014: The Class A, No. 2 Southwestern Spartans girls basketball team remained undefeated. Annie Thomas had become Shelby County’s career scoring leader.
New seats were installed at The Strand. They had been donated by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and had been used in the Hilbert Circle Theater.
2004: Two new housing developments broke ground on the city’s east side, with construction plans for 317 homes in Twelve Oaks, E. McKay Road, and Hickory Close, 678 Amos Road.
Linne’s Pastry Shop & Deli started baking Mardi Gras king cakes for the first time. While southerners baked the plastic baby inside a king cake, baker Bill Moore put his on top, in plain sight, so it didn’t surprise anyone. Diane Moore made an elaborate green-and-gold ruffle for an accompanying in-store display.
1994: Christine Merder, escorted by Lee Duncan, was chosen Triton Central High School’s homecoming queen. April McMichael, escorted by Dan Pribble, was chosen Morristown High School’s homecoming queen.
1984: Caplinger’s Fish Bowl, 262 E. Franklin St., hosted a sale on various fish, such as the Jumbo Neon Tetra and Black Yucatan.
1974: Maurice Tennell, Flat Rock hardware store owner, received a $100 reward check from The Shelbyville News. Tennell was the fourth recipient of a reward check since the News initiated the program in 1970 of recognizing citizens for assisting law officers in the arrests and convictions of people responsible for thefts and vandalism of public buildings. Tennell had summoned deputies to Flat Rock at 2 a.m., Jan. 22, when three subjects left their car near a house and headed for a nearby grocery store. The young men were caught attempting to enter the Flat Rock grocery store and subsequently admitted their involvement in a break-in and vandalism case at Mt. Auburn Elementary School.
1964: A thief or thieves stole 500 pounds of lead-covered copper telephone cable from the fenced-in “bull pen” area behind the Indiana Bell Telephone Co. garage, 1105 St. Joe St.
1954: Sandman Bros. offered a free box of Tide for those willing to stop by and watch the new Maytag washer demonstration.
Shelbyville Fraternal Order of Eagles participated in a nationwide Crusade for Freedom campaign by launching six large plastic balloons. The helium-filled blue and white balloons contained messages from Paul Walker, president of the local club, urging support of the project to strengthen the will of people behind the Iron Curtain. The launch was held on Public Square with Mayor Banawitz and other public officials taking cart.
1944: Matilda Pool, 740 Second St., received the Purple Heart Award to her son, Elmer Leo Pool, killed at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. He was one of two local men killed in the attack. The other was Gerald Owen Smith.
1934: Police Chief Charles Goebel warned local boys that no leniency would be shown if their practice of throwing rocks at vacant buildings, breaking window panes and causing other damage, continued.
Morristown eighth grade student John Pendleton had been missing for several days. John had not returned home on the school bus Monday, and had not been seen since.
St. Vincent’s Hall announced a fish cry and card party “Valentine Hop” to be held Feb. 13. Admission was 25 cents per couple. Kate Bassett and Orchestra would provide music.
1924: The Shelby Circuit courtroom was filled to capacity as the Waldron church arson trial entered its fifth day. While on the stand, the Baptist pastor denied burning the church.
1914: Police warned Russell Walker and Charles Zemer that their suit selling business was possibly breaking gambling laws. Customers would pay $1 a week. Each week a drawing took place and one person got a suit.
The Shelbyville Gun Club held an exhibition at DePrez Park, just west of City Cemetery. Organizers of the club were Chester Luther, Will Schoelch, John Lieland, Charles Sindlinger, John Stephan, John Zeigler, Gene Milleson and Wray DePrez.