Public Safety

Democrats question $12M in consulting contracts

August 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The cash-strapped city of Indianapolis has entered agreements worth more than $12 million as it pursues a public-private partnership for a new courthouse and jail. Mayor Greg Ballard's office says the fees will be paid by the developer.
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Ballard proposes $50M preschool program as part of crime initiative

July 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
Mayor Greg Ballard on Wednesday proposed a 5-year program to pay for preschool for 4-year-olds from low-income families. He also floated hiring another 280 police officers. The cost to the average household would be $86 per year.
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Prosecutors: Expungement law has good, bad sides

July 20, 2014
Associated Press
An Indiana law allowing some criminals to have their records expunged is drawing mixed reviews from judges and attorneys, who say parts of the law don't make sense.
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Security to be tight at Expo this weekend

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis officials are taking extra steps to ensure safety at Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration in a year that has seen a surge in homicides.
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Mayor names new fire chief

July 17, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Fire Department veteran Ernest Malone replaces Brian Sanford, who will retire because of illness.
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Owner of controversial Geist billboard sues city

July 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The company is seeking nearly $1 million from the city after it was forced to remove the billboard, even though it conformed to zoning guidelines for the property.
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City to barricade Broad Ripple street to help curb violence

July 11, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis officials plan to close a two-block portion of Broad Ripple Avenue to motor vehicles on Friday and Saturday nights for the rest of the summer.
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Counties worry about cost of criminal code changes

July 1, 2014
Associated Press
Sweeping changes to Indiana's criminal code took effect Tuesday that will send more low-level, nonviolent criminals to community corrections programs and jails instead of state prisons.
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Regional Operations Center back in business at Eastgate

June 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs is scheduled to lead a media tour of the reopened Regional Operations Center on Friday afternoon.
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Democrats want more cops living in tough neighborhoods

June 25, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
A proposal unveiled today would allow officers to live rent-free in new or refurbished houses and then allow the officers to buy the homes.
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Defendant in Land Bank fraud case pleads guilty

June 20, 2014
Cory Schouten
One of five defendants in an alleged kickback scheme involving the Indy Land Bank has pleaded guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors.
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FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty for health reasons.
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Indianapolis to host national anti-violence summit

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis' near-record homicide rate has prompted the U.S. attorney to schedule a summit where public safety leaders from Detroit, Chicago, Gary and other urban areas can share the strategies they've used for reducing killings.
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Council OKs smoke-detector ordinance, road repair funds

May 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted 24-5 Monday night to update the city code on smoke detectors. It also voted 24-5 to spend $8.3 million from the Rebuild Indy fund on emergency road repairs.
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Indianapolis fire chief stepping down with illness

April 30, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Brian Sanford, who has led the department since 2008, will remain in the position until a replacement can be found.
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City predicts rising property values around justice center

April 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The argument that the complex could help revitalize the neighborhoods near the former GM stamping plant southwest of downtown could be crucial for securing the support of residents.
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Council advances smoke-detector requirement

April 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis homeowners and landlords would have to buy smoke detectors with non-removable, non-replaceable batteries under a proposal that’s advancing through the City-County Council with bipartisan support.
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City cites apartments for hundreds of violations

April 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Five local apartment complexes and one owner of multiple rental properties were accused of unreasonably consuming city, public, and law enforcement resources.
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Council sues city over public safety lease deal

April 23, 2014
Scott Olson
The City-County Council wants to force officials to produce documents relating to the controversial lease of the public safety operations center on the east side. It was vacated in September due to safety and health code violations.
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City's animal care and control chief resigns after suspensions

April 22, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
An interim administrator plans to get to the bottom of an apparent morale problem and fill at least 10 openings within the department.
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Brokers fear criminal justice complex could harm downtown

April 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials and real estate professionals debated on Thursday the pain from moving jails, courts and other criminal justice functions to a proposed complex outside of downtown.
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State slams glass factory with record safety fine

April 9, 2014
Dan Human
The death of one worker and an injury to another prompted investigations at Pilkington North America's plant in Shelbyville.
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Indiana mayors frustrated by FEMA aid rejection

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
State officials had sought federal grants for government and certain not-for-profit organizations in 49 counties to cover storm costs.
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Groups allege state pharmacy official violated ethics rules

March 31, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Two consumer watchdog groups say the former president of the state pharmacy board, who also worked for Walgreen Co., improperly intervened on the company's behalf.
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Tighter Indiana scooter rules signed into law

March 28, 2014
Associated Press
The new law will require scooter operators to obtain license plates from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, have valid state ID and pass a road sign test. The new rules take effect in January.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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