Public Safety

Report: IOSHA loses its teeth as workplace safety watchdog

February 24, 2013
Associated Press
The state agency inspects fewer than a third of the businesses it did in the 1980s, issues fines for serious violations that average less than half the national rate and issued violations at a lower rate than the national average the past decade, according to a newspaper report.
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City reports rise in parking meter profit, revenue

February 21, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis estimates it earned about $1 million more from parking meters in 2012, with meter revenue almost doubling from the previous year, the Department of Public Works announced Thursday.
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Indiana gun permit denials nearly double in 4 years

February 4, 2013
Associated Press
The number of  state residents whose gun permit requests were denied by the Indiana State Police has nearly doubled in the past four years amid an increase in permit applications.
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Pence names Indiana judge as child services chief

January 30, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence turned to the top judge of one toughest juvenile court systems in the state to lead the troubled Indiana Department of Child Services, naming Lake County's Mary Beth Bonaventura to direct the agency Wednesday.
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Glass company faces more fines for safety violations

January 29, 2013
Dan Human
The state wants to fine Pilkington North America $231,000 following another round of safety concerns at a Shelbyville factory. This is at least the third time in less than a year, and fourth time since 2010, that the state has stepped in to address problems at the plant.
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Senate overhauling $10M school safety proposal

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Senate Republicans are in the middle of overhauling a safety measure aimed at better protecting schools after a shooting last month in Connecticut left 20 first-graders dead.
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State lawmakers unlikely to toughen smoking ban

January 18, 2013
Associated Press
It appears health advocates have little chance of seeing Indiana's smoking ban extended to include bars.
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Indiana House panel backs sentencing-laws overhaul

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
A sweeping plan to overhaul Indiana's criminal sentencing laws cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Wednesday with the support of law-enforcement groups that had scuttled similar efforts the past two years.
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Senator's bill would ease penalty for pot possession

January 16, 2013
Scott Olson
Sen. Karen Tallian's proposal would reduce the penalty for possession of less than 2 ounces of pot to an infraction punishable by a fine. But the amount has caught the attention of at least one antidrug advocate.
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Senators propose guns on campus, expanded access

January 8, 2013
Associated Press
Sen. Jim Banks of Columbia City has proposed allowing students to carry firearms on Indiana's public university campuses. Sen. Dennis Kruse of Auburn wants a bill that would exempt guns made exclusively in Indiana from federal rules and regulations.
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Ballard nixes new redistricting plan for Council

December 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Friday vetoed a City-County Council redistricting plan, likely setting the stage for a lengthy court battle. He wants to stick with the lines drawn by Republicans in late 2011, before newly elected Democrats took control.
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Indy home explosion investigation costs: $308,674

December 13, 2012
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety says it has spent more than $300,000 on manpower and other expenses investigating an explosion that killed a couple and decimated their neighborhood on the southeast side.
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Johnson County officials repeal public smoking ordinance

December 13, 2012
Associated Press
Johnson County commissioners voted unanimously this week to repeal a tough new public smoking ordinance less than a month before it was scheduled to go into effect.
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Gas leaks force 29 from central Indiana apartments

December 6, 2012
Associated Press
Authorities have ordered the 29 residents of an Anderson apartment complex to leave their homes until gas leaks found in all five of its buildings can be repaired.
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Mayor reaches preliminary pact with police, firefighter unions

December 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
After saying in August he would revoke raises for police officers and firefighters, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has agreed in principal to a new contract that would delay a 3 percent salary hike by six months.
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Lawmakers propose DCS hotline changes, new panels

November 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers reviewing the embattled Department of Child Services voted Tuesday to localize more decisions on when to investigate cases of child abuse and neglect and set up a permanent oversight committee at the Statehouse.
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Estimate on Indianapolis blast damage up to $4.4M

November 16, 2012
Associated Press
Investigators have increased the damage estimate from the deadly Indianapolis neighborhood explosion by about one-fifth, to $4.4 million.
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State proposes fines over Indy pool that sent 71 to hospital

November 16, 2012
Dan Human
Indy Parks and Recreation faces $14,250 in potential fines for safety issues at a pool where a chemical leak sent 71 people to the hospital in June.
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Authorities seek cause, assess damages of fatal explosion

November 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis Deputy Code Enforcement Director Adam Collins said 80 homes were damaged in the Richmond Hill neighborhood, including 31 houses that might need to be demolished. He estimated the damage at $3.6 million.
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Johnson County passes tougher smoking law

November 5, 2012
Johnson County commissioners on Monday morning approved countywide public smoking restrictions that will take effect in January. The ordinance is more restrictive than previous laws passed in Franklin and Greenwood.
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Lawrence public smoking restrictions start Monday

September 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A new ordinance in Lawrence will ban smoking in restaurants, bowling alleys, hotels and most bars beginning Monday.
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Lawmakers seek stage-safety rules that small events can handle

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers pondering new rules governing the type of temporary outdoor stage rigging involved in the 2011 State Fair stage collapse say they want to make sure the state doesn't overwhelm smaller events like county fairs with regulations.
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Ballard: Riggs a 'great choice' for public safety director

September 18, 2012
Associated Press
David "Troy" Riggs, who was officially named public safety director of Indianapolis on Tuesday, said he wants to increase the number of police officers on city streets.
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Sheriff's office defends keeping Anderson, Cottey on payroll

September 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Former sheriffs Frank Anderson and Jack Cottey are each being paid $35,000 per year by the Marion County Sheriff's Department for advice and work on budgeting, jail operations and other issues.
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Straub named to lead police in Washington city

September 11, 2012
Associated Press
The Spokane City Council voted 6-0 Monday night to approve Frank Straub as the city's director of law enforcement.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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