FREE Monthly Health Screenings

Greene County Home Healthcare is now offering FREE, monthly health screenings at a variety of locations.

Starting in May, enjoy blood glucose and blood pressure tests as well as complimentary refreshments every second, third, and fourth Thursday of the month in Worthington, Bloomfield, and Odon.

All test results will be forwarded on to primary care providers.

Second Thursdays:

Worthington Senior Citizen Center
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., breakfast served at 9:00 a.m.

 

Third Thursdays:

Odon Senior Citizens Center (311 W. Park Street)
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Casey’s pizza served at noon

 

Fourth Thursdays:

Bloomfield Housing Authority (High Rise), Conference Room
Time TBD, likely 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 

 

Local Teen Donates Toys

When a local young man decided to collect toys and donate them to pediatric patients at Greene County General Hospital, we were not only impressed with his initiative and generosity, we were deeply touched by his compassion.

Read all about Greene County’s own ‘Happy Gilmore’ HERE.

photo credit: Greene County Daily World

Update: Indiana State Police Investigating Bloomfield Homicide

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Bloomfield – Thursday evening, just before 7 pm, Indiana State Police Detectives were called to a residence by the Bloomfield Police Department regarding a stabbing that had just taken place.

According to an Indiana State Police press release, the victim, identified as DJ “Douglas” Lockhart, 22, of Bloomfield was stabbed at 332 South Lewis St. in Bloomfield. Lockhart was pronounced dead at the scene by the Greene County Coroner.

Lockhart’s family has been notified.

The autopsy, which was scheduled for Friday morning at Terre Haute Regional Hospital, confirmed Lockhart died of a stab wound to the heart. The number of wounds is not known at this time.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Indiana State Police Investigating Homicide in Bloomfield

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Indiana State Police are currently investigating a homicide that occurred in Bloomfield at 6:59 p.m. Thursday. No arrests have been made.

ISP Public Information Officer Sgt. Curt Durnil confirmed that D.J. (Douglas) Lockhart, 22, of Bloomfield, is deceased.

“It appears to be that he was stabbed to death with some type of sharp object. At this time, we’re unsure of the exact weapon. It is a homicide case that started as a death investigation.”

The Bloomfield Police Department responded to the incident and requested that Indiana State Police lead the investigation. Both departments are working together on the matter.

“This is an ongoing investigation. [As of now] we have not been made aware of any person of interest,” Durnil said.

The family has been notified of Lockhart’s death.

An autopsy on Lockhart was performed at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute today.

Lockhart is the father of Marina Boelter’s child. Boelter has been missing since Dec. 31, 2014.

Bloomfield Man Arrested for Impersonating an Officer

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Bloomfield – An investigation launched by Indiana State Police Detectives resulted in the arrest of Danny R. Deckard, 21, of Bloomfield Wednesday afternoon.

According to an Indiana State Police press release, information gathered indicated Deckard had approached another individual and identified himself as an Undercover Narcotics Officer. Deckard was allegedly requesting information on current Greene County criminal investigations.

Deckard was taken to the Greene County Jail and charged with Impersonating a Police Officer (D Felony) and for Driving While Suspended (Misdemeanor).

Those who impersonate police officers erode the public’s trust in law enforcement and may endanger unsuspecting people, notes the press release. There are tips you can use to protect yourself during a traffic stop or encounter while helping your police officers do their jobs.

Tips for Protecting You from Law Enforcement Impersonators

  • Check to see if the officer is in a marked vehicle that identifies a Law Enforcement Agency
  • Is the officer in uniform? Look for a badge and ask for identification
  • Police Officers carry identification clearly identifying them and their agency
  • If you doubt the identity of someone trying to pull you over, proceed to a well-lit, busy place such as a gas station, fast food restaurant, convenience store, or police station. While doing so, turn on your emergency flashers to notify the officer that you are aware he or she is trying to pull you over and call 911.

Bloomington Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Bloomfield

Shane Walters

Shane A. Walters, 39, of Bloomington, is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony; possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.

Bloomfield Police Deputy Marshal Marvin C. Holt was dispatched to a Bloomfield business at around 4:30 a.m. Feb. 4 after a possible physical altercation was reported. The store clerk reportedly told Holt, when he arrived, that she thought she saw Walters hit the woman he was arguing with.

The clerk told Holt that Walters and the woman had gone into their motel room, so Holt went to investigate. He stated that a woman answered the door and said there had been an argument, but nothing physical. Holt reportedly checked the room, and there was no male present, but there were “personal items thrown on the floor.”

The woman allegedly said that Walters had left on foot. When deputies arrived to secure the area, Holt stated that he went looking for Walters in town and found him in a convenience store. From his car, he observed Walters going into the restroom, and he entered the store.

The clerk reportedly told Holt that Walters had been behaving strangely, and had bought something, then returned to the restroom twice. According to his probable cause affidavit, Holt waited 15 minutes by the checkout counter before finally knocking on the restroom door and telling Walters he needed to come out.

Walters allegedly said he would be out in a few minutes. Holt stated that he asked the clerk if the restroom had been cleaned recently. She reportedly told him it had, about an hour earlier, and very few people had been in it since.

Deputies Bobby Pierce and Zach Goad had also arrived at that point. When Walters finally exited the restroom, Pierce and Holt patted him down, while Goad went in to check the trash can, toilet and sink.

During the patdown, Holt reported, Pierce found a bulge in Waters’s pocket, which turned out to be a plastic bag containing marijuana, and a short straw that contained a white substance. Walters allegedly claimed the residue was from prescription pills he had ingested.

Goad reportedly found a syringe and two yellow pills that were later confirmed to be valium in the trash can. The syringe contained a clear liquid, and Walters allegedly said he was not sure if it was methamphetamine or heroin.

It was reportedly later determined that Walters did not have a prescription for the valium, and that the substance in the syringe was methamphetamine. Walters allegedly admitted to throwing the items in the trash can, but said they were not his, as he had taken from the woman at the motel.

Walters was assigned an attorney, and a pretrial conference is set for June 10.

Bloomfield Man Allegedly Batters Woman, Child, Tries to Intimidate Officers

Baylus Buckner Jr.

Baysul S. Buckner Jr., 48, of Bloomfield, is facing two level 6 felonies, battery to child under 14 years old and domestic battery; and one class B misdemeanor, disorderly conduct.

Greene County Sheriff’s Dep. James J. Carpenter and Bloomfield Deputy Marshal J.R. Blazier responded to a call for help at a Bloomfield residence. Carpenter reportedly asked Buckner what had happened and he acknowledged that there had been an argument between him and a woman at the residence. He allegedly told Carpenter that he had 15 beers that day.

The woman in the home reportedly told Carpenter that she thought Buckner had been drinking all day, and his friend had dropped him off at 6 p.m. She allegedly said he came in with a case of beer, and was being loud and obnoxious.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the woman said her daughter was working on crafts when Buckner told her to go to the bedroom, then shoved her into a chair. Carpenter stated that the woman claimed she tried to stop Buckner, when he grabbed her head and began hitting her with a box of alcoholic beverages.

The woman’s daughter allegedly ran in and pulled Buckner’s hair to stop him, and she said that he pulled the girl down, causing her to hit her head on the ground. The woman reportedly told Carpenter that Buckner then began striking her in the face with a closed fist, before she and her daughter escaped to the bedroom. The girl then called 911.

The girl’s version of events corroborated with her mother’s, according to the report. The woman and the girl were reportedly both upset and crying and had swelling and other injuries.

Buckner was taken to the Greene County Jail, where, during booking, he allegedly stood up, took off his shirt and flexed his muscles, attempting to frighten the officers. He was reportedly told several times to sit down, but refused, and was placed in a cell before finishing the booking process.

Bond was set at $8,500, with 10 percent optional. A pretrial conference is scheduled for May 20.

Greene County Missing Woman Case Marina Boelter; Detectives Still Asking for Public’s Help

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Bloomfield – Indiana State Police Detectives are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of Marina Boelter of Bloomfield who was last seen on New Year’s Eve near the Bloomfield IGA.

Marina had been seen that evening wearing blue jeans with rhinestone designs on the back pockets, a black and purple jacket and Nike tennis shoes, described as white, with a pink swoosh and black trim.

Detectives and Troopers are still following up on leads and information regarding this case. Please call 812- 332-4411 and speak to the Post Commander or contact ISP Bloomington via Facebook (Curt Durnil, Indiana State Police or Twitter @ISPBloomington) with any new information.

Tips can remain anonymous.

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Marina’s Nike shoe

Bloomington Resident Accused of Stealing Guns, Money

Samuel Bates

Twenty-five-year-old Samuel W. Bates was arrested Monday on a warrant that was issued on Feb. 3. His arrest is the second in a case that involves the alleged theft of guns and a lock box containing money from a Bloomfield residence on Jan. 30.

Thirty-three-year-old Michael R. Ray, of Springville, was taken into custody in early February.

On the morning of Jan. 30, a man reported that he had just seen two friends of his, Bates and Ray, leave his father’s residence. He said that Bates exited the home through a dog door on the side of the attached garage, and that Bates removed several items from the garage.

Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Shawn Cullison met with the homeowner, who reported four missing guns– a Glock, a Phoenix 22LR, a Winchester 30-30 lever gun, and a Remington 22LR semi-automatic rifle. He also said he was missing a lock box that contained paperwork for the guns, a debit card, and a wallet containing $600 cash.

The son of the victim later told Cullison that his father also remembered having $10,000 in cash in the lock box.

Bates is charged with theft, a class D felony, and burglary, a class B felony. His bond is set at $19,000 cash only, with no ten percent allowed, and his initial court hearing is set for Tuesday, March 11.

 

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Owensburg Man Accused of Possessing Meth, Heroin, and Marijuana

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A 19-year-old faces four drug-related charges after a traffic stop last Friday night.

Bloomfield Lieutenant Marshal Marvin Holt and Deputy Marshal Jordan Allor were patrolling just outside the Bloomfield city limits at shorty after 10:30 p.m. when they initiated a traffic stop on Devin K. R. Bays. Holt stated in a probable cause affidavit that Allor told him Bays had a warrant out for his arrest, so he asked Bays to step out of the vehicle and handcuffed him until the warrant could be confirmed.

Holt searched Bays after the warrant was confirmed, and Bays allegedly confessed to having a pipe used for methamphetamine in the pocket of his hoodie, and also to having methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana in the floorboard of the vehicle.

In the court document, Holt said that Bays gave him permission to search for the drugs and stated that he needed help for his drug addiction.

Holt reported that he found a bag in the floorboard that contained a material that field-tested positive for marijuana, a digital scale, a small bag of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, and another bag with a rock that field-tested positive for heroin.

Bays allegedly confessed to buying all three substances in Bloomington the previous day and using all three of the drugs earlier that day. Holt stated that Bays said he paid $120 for the gram of methamphetamine, $30 for the tenth gram of heroin, and $120 for about one ounce of marijuana.

Bays was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, possession of marijuana/hashish, a class A misdemeanor, possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor, and possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony. He also faces a petition to revoke a suspended sentence for forgery.

 

Local Woman’s Business Venture Builds on Love as a Recipe for Success

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One Greene County woman is baking her way into the world of doggy treats.

Sarah Riggins, of rural Bloomfield, has combined her love of dogs and love of baking to create some stay-at-home business success.

Riggins is the creator of LukieDog Treats – which are homemade preservative-free dog treats that are available in different sizes and flavors.

“I was looking for a way to make a little extra money doing something I love that would still give me the flexibility to be a stay-at-home mom. I love dogs, and I love baking, so this seemed like the right thing for me,” Riggins explained.

As it turns out, and has her research suggested, there’s a market for such products.

“I did a lot of research on various selling sites, like etsy.com, and discovered there is a demand for this kind of product,” she said.

She then combined a staple recipe with a little kitchen creativity to develop an original product.

“I played with the recipe, made a few changes, and then started making them different flavors. You won’t find this exact recipe anywhere else that I know of,” Riggins explained, adding LukieDog Treats come in bacon, peanut butter, and pumpkin flavors.

The treats are made with all-purpose flour and natural ingredients, but are also created with wheat flour for allergy-prone canines.

Along with their culinary flair, the treats are also a namesake honoring Riggins’s very best canine friend.

“I named [them] LukieDog Treats because my absolute favorite dog in the entire world’s name was LukieDog. Her picture is also on every bag of treats I make. She was the best and [similar] to the nanny dog on Peter Pan,” Riggins explained. “Unfortunately, I had to put her down about two years ago. That was one of the saddest days of my life.”

LukieDog Treats are available at Deb’s Happy Trails in rural Bloomfield and at The Silver Lining in Linton. They are also available online at www.etsy.com, or at https://www.facebook.com/lukiedogtreats.

Santa Train to Land in Local Area This Weekend

By Timberly Ferree
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In the wake of record-setting attendance and donations a year ago, the Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD) proudly announces Santa Claus’ return to the rails for the 24th annual INRD Santa Train from Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8.

The Indiana Rail Road Santa Train will visit 12 southern Indiana and Illinois communities over its three-day 2013 run, delivering goodwill, donated winter clothing and, most importantly, Santa Claus to thousands of children. Admission is free.

In 2012, more than 4,000 children sat on Santa’s lap in the Santa Train. In all, 8,835 people visited the train, shattering the “old” attendance record set in 2011 by more than 2,000. Nearly 50 Santa Train sponsors also delivered a record $33,000 in contributions, making it possible for INRD to assist families in need of winter clothing.

The 2013 Santa Train makes its first stop at 3 p.m. (ET) Dec. 6 at Bargersville, Ind., and wraps up the weekend at Sullivan, Ind., on Sunday at 4 p.m. Please note the Sunday schedule of stops starts two hours earlier than previous years, and the Illinois arrival times reflect Central Standard Time; all other times are Eastern.

The Indiana Rail Road Company is a privately-held, 500-mile railroad based in Indianapolis. The company hauls the equivalent of more than 800,000 truckloads of consumer, industrial and energy products each year. For more information, visit the Indiana Rail Road online at www.inrd.com or on Twitter and Facebook.

The 24th Annual Indiana Rail Road Santa Train Schedule (All times local; free admission):

Station/Location Arriving Line for Santa/Closing Time for Santa Line/Date

Bargersville, Ind./Town Hall 3 p.m. 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

Morgantown, Ind./Fire Station, 269 Highland St. 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

Helmsburg, Ind./Helmsburg Road 8:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

Solsberry, Ind./Yoho Store at State Rd. 43 8:30 a.m. 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 

Bloomfield, Ind./Seminary Street 11 a.m. Noon Saturday, Dec. 7

Linton, Ind./S.E. C Street 1:30 p.m. 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

Dugger, Ind./Main Street 4 p.m. 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

Jasonville, Ind./City Park 6 p.m. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

Newton, Ill./South Van Buren St. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 

Oblong, Ill./South Range St. 11:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m.  Sunday, Dec. 8

Palestine, Ill./Lincoln St. 1 p.m. 2 p.m.  Sunday, Dec. 8

Sullivan, Ind./South Main St. and Judy Lane 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m.  Sunday, Dec. 8

Northeast School Corporation Delays Vote on Possible Union Jr.­/­Sr. High Closure

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After listening to numerous Dugger residents, parents, and students, the Northeast School Corporation Board of Trustees moved to delay the vote on the proposed closure of the Union Jr./Sr. High School on Monday.

The board tabled the reorganization item giving the Save the Union High School Committee two weeks to provide additional information regarding the proposed closure.

After listening to a school board presentation on the NE School Corporation’s funding, debt, and applicable changes the meeting opened to public comments.

Greg Ellis, president of the Save the Union High School Committee, explained, “Union High School is more than a number on a spread sheet…We’re concerned about our school … and we have formed a committee to work with the school board.”

Ellis also noted that he realized the school has issues, but stressed the importance of the committee being a part of the overall decision.

“I think we can do some things to stabilize the $600,000 deficit… We are prepared to take litigation as an option. We are asking to postpone the vote for a minimum of two weeks,” he added.

The Union Jr./Sr. High School Student Council president also brought student concerns to the forefront, specifically addressing valedictorian and salutatorian issues, leftover school funding, possible scholarships, and student jackets.

“We’re hurting right now. It hurts us… We’re people not pawns and we want to be treated like people,” she stressed.

A Jefferson Township resident highlighted bus and transportation issues that will likely arise with such a closure.

A Union graduate spoke on the close-knit experiences available to students who attend Dugger Elementary and Union Jr./Sr. High.

“There are three and four generations that have walked the same halls at Union, that’s a rare opportunity in today’s society,” the grad said.

A Dugger resident stressed the importance of the stability of Union’s enrollment numbers as well as Union’s continued educational improvements.

Another proponent of Union Jr./Sr, High School stressed that such a closing would be a lifestyle change for students and parents alike.

“The [proposed] closing would be a lifestyle change and the consolidation decision would create a significant financial and educational hardship on the families that reside in Dugger,” he said, adding the closing would mean a 38 mile round trip to North Central for many families.

“The reality of the consideration is that the vast majority of Union students will never attend North Central Jr./Sr. High School,” he also said. “We have four high schools – Sullivan, Linton-Stockton, WRV, and Shakamak that are closer to Union than North Central. Those residing in Jefferson Township have seven high schools that are closer – [which include the addition of] North Knox, North Daviess, and Bloomfield.”

The Union proponent, also stressed the education hardship that such a change would have on students, noting the amount of students unable to participate in extra-curricular activities due to transportation costs.

In addition, several more proponents of saving Union Jr./Sr. High brought concerns such as the overall town, property values, and community experience to the forefront.

On the other hand, one woman spoke out as a proponent for change.

“If you want to be mad at somebody go to the state house and lobby for more money for education,” she said.

It’s wonderful to have small classrooms at Union Jr./Sr. High School, but what about the students at North Central, she asked.

In closing, Ellis reiterated, “Don’t make us spend our time and money on litigation give us a little bit of time so that we can fix this problem.”

The NE School Board also consisted of a prior presentation that focused on a recent feasibility study that in part stressed that the school corporation’s largest debt is at Union Jr./Sr. High School – with the school functioning at 34.3 percent of its actual capacity.

According to the same feasibility study, North Central Jr./Sr. High is functioning at a capacity rate of 56.2 percent.

The presentation also noted the poor structural shape of Dugger Elementary and Union Jr./Sr. High School.

The decision to delay the vote will allow the Save the Union Committee to meet with the board in executive session to discuss the committee’s proposal.

After the meeting, Ellis explained, “Why we wanted a delay in the vote was to give us time to look at the past two years’ budgets, past two years’ expenditures, the proposed budget for the next biennium, and the feasibility study.”

Sensus Names Bloomfield Native Randy Bays President

Newly-appointed Sensus President Randy Bays will lead company operations that help electric, water and gas utilities save money and resources.

RALEIGH, N.C… Sensus, a leading provider of clean technology solutions, has appointed Randy Bays to the position of president. Bays will lead overall operations of the company.

“Randy brings a blend of strong leadership, technology and superb operational skills to Sensus that aligns with and supports our customer first vision,” said Sensus Chairman Lou D’Ambrosio. “He will drive initiatives that create more opportunity for our technology to help electric, water and gas utilities conserve energy and water, improve operations and leverage renewable resources.”

Bays joins Sensus from Kinetek where he was CEO and led the company through significant technology expansion and strong international growth while maintaining a great culture for employees. He also spent more than 10 years with GE in various leadership, engineering and operational positions.

“These are exciting times in the industry and Sensus is perfectly positioned to move to the next level with its leading technologies and an outstanding team,” said Bays. “Sensus’ strength was once again demonstrated by the recent win in Great Britain’s smart metering program. I am proud to be part of a team that is committed to delivering solutions that benefit utilities, their consumers, and society.”

Sensus is a leading clean technology solutions company offering smart meters, communication systems, software and services for the electric, gas, and water industries. Sensus technology helps utilities drive operational efficiency and customer engagement with applications that include advanced meter reading, data acquisition, demand response, distribution automation, home area networking and outdoor lighting control. Customers worldwide trust the innovation, quality and reliability of Sensus solutions for the intelligent use and conservation of energy and water.

Learn more at www.sensus.com.

To follow Twitter updates from Sensus, visit twitter.com/sensussmartgrid.