Public Safety

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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Indiana legislators want to defend immigration law

September 5, 2012
Associated Press
Three state senators say Indiana's attorney general effectively nullified their votes when he opted not to defend sections of a state immigration law he said were rendered invalid when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar sections of an Arizona law.
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Fumes sicken 13 workers at Indiana State Fairgrounds

September 4, 2012
Associated Press
A spokesman says more than a dozen people have been taken to hospitals after they were sickened by fumes from gas-fueled power-washing equipment while working at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
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MORRIS: Ordeal showed importance of police

August 25, 2012
Greg Morris
Let's give them as much funding as possible so they can do their job well.
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