Public Safety

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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Spokane hires Indy's former public safety director as police chief

August 22, 2012
Associated Press
Frank Straub will be the new police chief in Spokane, the mayor of the Washington city announced Wednesday. Straub was director of public safety for the city of Indianapolis until Aug. 10.
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Health safety advocates want melon farm identified

August 21, 2012
Associated Press
Food safety advocates called on federal officials to release the name of an Indiana farm that recalled its cantaloupes amid a salmonella outbreak.
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Public safety due for budget cuts, mayor saysRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Public safety and criminal justice are the only places left in the city-county budgets to look for ways to close a $27 million spending gap for 2013. Sheriff, police, fire and court budgets account for 85 percent of the $569 million general fund.
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Bar owners challenging smoking ban seek injunction

July 17, 2012
The 10 Indianapolis business owners want a federal judge to prevent the city of Indianapolis from enforcing new public smoking restrictions until a ruling is made on their lawsuit. Their original complaint claims the ordinance violates parts of the U.S. Constitution.
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Fire, water worries grow worse amid Indiana drought

July 11, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is banning lawn watering in the city beginning Friday, and all smoking has been banned during a county fair in central Indiana because of the conditions caused by this summer's drought.
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Pence wants moratorium on new business regulations

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Mike Pence said that if elected governor, he'll issue an executive order against new regulations and ask his budget office to review existing rules to ensure they use the least-costly approach and aren't burdensome to job-creation efforts.
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American Legion challenges Indiana smoking ban

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
An American Legion post in northeastern Indiana has asked a federal judge to put a hold on a statewide smoking ban set to take effect Sunday.
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Indiana smoking ban brings new sign rules

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
To comply with the statewide smoking ban that begins July 1, there's more for businesses to do than stop patrons and employees from smoking indoors. The same law compels businesses to post an array of signs that announce the ban.
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Smoking-ban lawsuits face long odds, legal expert says

May 30, 2012
Scott Olson
A constitutional law professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis said he doubts 10 bar owners have a chance fighting the city's smoking ban in court. The ban goes into effect Friday.
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Indiana prison education cuts cost Ball State jobs

May 21, 2012
Associated Press
A new law denying state grants for college education to prison inmates has cost the jobs of more than 70 Ball State University employees.
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Indiana panel approves new stage-rigging rules

May 2, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana commission has approved the state's first rules governing the type of temporary stage rigging involved in last summer's deadly state fair stage collapse.
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Indianapolis public safety chief leaving position

April 27, 2012
Associated Press
Frank Straub is resigning after more than a year of criticism over the city police department's handling of evidence in a fatal crash involving an officer.
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Mayor signs tougher public smoking ordinance

April 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The ordinance, which takes effect at 6 a.m. on June 1, expands existing citywide restrictions against indoor public smoking to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms and most bars.
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