Public Safety

Advocates renew push for statewide smoking ban

September 8, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
State Reps. Charlie Brown (D-Gary) and Eric Turner (R-Cicero) joined members of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air on Wednesday to announce legislation for a comprehensive ban they plan to introduce next year.
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Police lock down Circle Centre area after gunman commits suicide

August 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A lone gunman atop a South Meridian Street parking garage fired "indiscriminate" shots into the air Thursday afternoon before shooting himself and falling to the sidewalk below, police spokesman Lt. Jeff Duhamel said.
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Property shuffle aims to connect police, fire services with neighborhoods

August 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
The city plans to open police-and-fire hubs in two former IPS schools, retrofit an Eastgate mall department store into an Emergency Operations Center, and build at least two fire stations.
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Brizzi hires ex-partner to handle public records requests

July 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has hired his former legal partner and personal attorney to field public records requests. Locally based Collignon & Dietrick PC is responsible for review and production of Prosecutor's Office e-mails, contracts, case files and other documents requested by members of the media or public.
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IMPD suspends officer over golf cart incident

May 18, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has suspended and reassigned a supervisor on Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi's security detail who incorrectly reported that a fellow officer—and not Brizzi—was driving a golf cart that flipped at a 2008 political fundraiser.
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IMPD investigates Brizzi golf cart incident

May 17, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer's injury at a 2008 fundraiser for Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi. IMPD also has cut back overtime hours allowed for Brizzi's security detail, one of its most prolific overtime producers.
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City cracks down on illegal massage parlors

April 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A multi-agency code-enforcement sweep aimed at curbing prostitution and human-trafficking targets 13 massage parlors.
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Workplace guns bill gets governor's signature

March 18, 2010
Associated Press
The law, which takes effect July 1, lets workers keep guns locked out of sight in their vehicles while parked on their employers' property.
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Indiana closer to eliminating anti-smoking agency

March 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The plan approved by the Republican-controlled Senate would transfer the duties of the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation board to the State Department of Health.
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Workplace guns bill gets final legislative OK

March 4, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly approved a bill that lets workers keep firearms locked in their cars in trunks or out of sight while parked on company property.
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House approves smoking ban in public places

February 23, 2010
Associated Press
The House has approved legislation that would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.
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Senate bill would snuff out Indiana's smoking-cessation agency

January 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Anti-tobacco advocates worry cost-cutting move could seriously diminish state's efforts to curb Hoosier tobacco use.
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Prosecutor Brizzi a big player in real estate

December 19, 2009
Cory Schouten
Carl Brizzi partnered on a bank branch, took an ownership interest in an office building and flipped condos.
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INDOT using federal funds to improve transportation options near schools

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Safe Routes to School program “aims to influence a new generation of healthy, sustainable travel behavior,” says INDOT.
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Lawrence Township exploring fire department merger

November 17, 2009
A Lawrence Township trustee is proposing to merge the township’s fire department with the Indianapolis Fire Department, in an attempt to further reduce its operating deficit.
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Indiana near top in smoking survey; national rate rises

November 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A survey found cigarette smoking rose slightly on a national basis for the first time in almost 15 years and that Indiana had the second highest smoking rate among states.
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HETRICK: Does your private club need a license to kill?Restricted Content

November 7, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Is it freedom-enhancing to defend a veteran's "right" to commit slow-motion suicide and homicide?
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Indy Chamber of Commerce endorses smoking ban

October 26, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind a tougher workplace smoking ban up for consideration tonight by the City-County Council.
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Tougher smoking ban passes committee

October 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An ordinance that would prohibit lighting up in bars, bowling alleys and nightclubs, and nearby outdoor seating areas as well, was endorsed 4-2 by a City-County Council committee Wednesday night.
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Council to hear plan for stricter smoking ban

October 5, 2009
Scott Olson
A proposal that would prevent smokers from lighting up in all indoor public places in Marion County is expected to meet fierce resistance from bar owners who oppose a stricter smoking ban.
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Westfield makes smoking illegal in most public places

September 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Westfield City Council passed a smoking ban 7-0 last night that will prohibit smoking in most public places, including outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters.
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Myers Protection Services concentrates on alarm system monitoring, salesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Kim Puckett
Myers Protection sells and monitors a range of security equipment, such as alarm systems, surveillance cameras and medical alerts.
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Hopeful news about the nukes aimed at your headRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Because President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev have now dared to raise that tired and trivial matter of nuclear disarmament, you must focus on mundane matters of mass destruction.
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Banks fighting heists with shrewd precautions, technology

March 23, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Crime is not random, according to public safety experts, and bank security strategies focus primarily on deterrence.
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Police museum plannedRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
The not-for-profit Indianapolis Historical and Educational Foundation is planning a police museum in the first floor of an old warehouse along Pennsylvania Street across from Conseco Fieldhouse.
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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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