Terre Haute to receive a recycling bin grant

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The city of Terre Haute will be receiving a recycling bin grant for select locations around the city.

Terre Haute will get 30 recycling bins to be placed at City Hall, the government campus, the police station and all city fire stations.

This grant is a part of a national recycling bin grant program made possible by Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

For the 9th year this national recycling bin grant is providing nearly 4,500 recycling bins to colleges and universities, nonprofits and local governments.

“We are doing things the City has never done before to become a greener community,” said Mayor Duke Bennett. “This is another step forward in addressing the litter problem in our community.”

The recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on criteria including the extent of their need, recycling experience and their ability to sustain the program in the future.

Military to partner with Purdue for greener energy

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University is teaming up with the U.S. Navy on a project to help the military tap into alternative power sources.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels and U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signed an agreement Thursday to work together to use greener fuels in the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

They hope to convert up to half of the Navy and Marine Corps’ energy to alternative sources such as biofuels by 2020 using energy conservation, renewable-energy generation and new technologies.

Mabus also promised to cut petroleum use in Navy commercial vehicles in half by next year.

Purdue is also establishing the Purdue Military Research Initiative. That program will pay for graduate education for up to 10 active-duty members of the military, including studies in alternative fuels and energy technologies.

Officials looking for the Driver of a Crash from Sunday Morning

CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – A single car accident in Vermillion County. Tonight officials are searching for the driver. Very few details are available right now. But here’s what police told us. There was a crash this morning in Clinton, Indiana. Officials believe it was a stolen car. The driver left the scene and has not been found at this time. At this point, no one else was believed to be in the car. If you have any information on the accident or the driver, you can always report that anonymously. Call crime stoppers at 812-238-stop.

The cost of maintaining a cemetery

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – How do you plan on celebrating your mom this Mother’s Day?

For some it’s a time for visiting a lost loved one, but too often cemeteries where people are laid to rest look less than peaceful.

A Mother’s Day visit to family graves often shines a light on plots choked with weeds and overgrown with neglect.

“A lot of times you’ll have wind damage, you’ll have vandalism, limbs fall and so forth, so you have to maintain those as much as you can,” said Dean Strohm, president of the City Council in Clinton.

There are only two cemeteries in Clinton but Strohm said maintaining them is not an easy task.

The winter storms took a toll on some stones at Riverside Cemetery, the oldest cemetery of the two.

“Our tombstones are very old and very fragile,” said Strohm.

It’s not just the harsh winter that plays a role, but there is also a financial strain.

It cost the city over $100,000 a year to maintain the cemeteries.

“If you sell a lot today at maybe $300 then that never changes and your maintenance for that lot is for eternity,” said Strohm.

From lawn care services once a week, to road maintenance, the upkeep can be costly on a tight budget.

“We do have a labor force but it’s only two people that are assigned to the cemetery, so it’s not that you have a whole workforce that you can dedicate to that,” said Strohm.

Despite the difficulties they put in extra effort before holiday weekends.

“They’ve entrusted us with the maintaining of that cemetery for their loved ones and we intend to fulfill that obligation,” said Strohm.

If you live in Clinton and notice a problem at once of the local cemeteries you are asked to contact the mayor’s office.

Preparing to ‘Paint the town pink’ for Mother’s Day

WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – Organizers are preparing to ‘Paint the Town Pink’ with the goal of helping to pay for mammograms for uninsured and under-insured women.

The Wabash Valley Breast Cancer Survivor organization reports early detection is key. And every woman should get the care they need.

“It can mean the difference between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy. It can mean the difference between having a lot of chemotherapy and not having chemotherapy and the difference between having radiation and not having radiation,” Coral Chochran, volunteer director. “So, we think it’s important as cancer survivors to try to catch it early.”

The event starts at the WTHI-TV studio on Friday at 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., or until all of the carnations are sold out. There will be $1 carnations and floral arrangements at varying prices. For more information or to order an arrangement, call (812) 249-2951.

Complete list of locations selling carnations starting at 10 a.m.:

  • First Financial Bank’s (Downtown Terre Haute, Springhill, Southland, Meadows, West Terre Haute, Plaza North, Rosedale, Clinton and Sullivan)
  • Rural King
  • Inside the Meadows Shopping Mall near MCL and Stein Mart
  • Sam’s Club
  • Union Hospital Clinton
  • UAP Medical Office Building
  • Harris Bank in Sullivan

Union Hospital has new president

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Union Hospital in Terre Haute has a new leader.

Union Hospital’s board of directors announced Steve Holman has joined the team as president and chief executive officer.

Holman came to Terre Haute from Ohio.

That’s where he worked as president for another hospital.

Holman says he’s very happy to be a part of this new team.

“122 years. I’m joining a legacy. A tradition of providing quality healthcare in this community. And I’m just excited to be here. I’ve had such a big welcome, both from the community members and from physicians, associates and staff here at the hospital,” Holman told us.

Holman will lead Union Hospital Terre Haute, Union Hospital Clinton and the Union Hospital Medical Group.

WVCF celebrates Employee Recognition Day

CARLISLE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle celebrated Employee Recognition Day on Wednesday.

Staff members receiving special recognition for their outstanding achievements over the past year included:

Employee of the year: Teresa Littlejohn (Greene County)
Supervisor of the year: Lt. Christopher Nicholson (Knox County)
Officer of the year: John Cruise (Sullivan County)
Rookie of the year: Nathan Lyday (Sullivan County)

Six more employees were honored for five years of service, 11 were honored for 10 years of service, 20 for 15 years of service, 19 for 20 years of service, 5 for 25 years of service and one person for 30 years of service.

Aluminum cans signal opportunity for schools

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One day five years ago, Mary Stumpp started picking up aluminum cans from the streets of Indianapolis. The first day, she gathered a dozen.

Fast-forward to today: Stumpp has collected 730,759 cans, or 24,358 pounds of aluminum.

But Stumpp’s one-woman movement isn’t just about recycling. It’s also a way to promote her true passion — public education, The Indianapolis Star reported. Stumpp has donated all of the proceeds from her can collecting — more than $14,300 — to Indianapolis Public Schools, earning her the moniker The Can Lady.

“I was taught the one thing you deserve is an opportunity, and the best opportunity people get is an education,” said Stumpp, who grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia, and attended public schools in Columbus, Ohio, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Lexington, Kentucky, and Boulder, Colorado. “Public education is a public trust, and you can’t violate that trust.”

The money has gone to teachers who need supplies and equipment they could normally not afford. Think iPads, playground balls or special stools for kids who learn better when they can wiggle.

Stumpp said she became motivated to do something after hearing about kids left behind while classmates went on a field trip because they couldn’t pay the fee.

“I could sit and whine about it, or I could get up and participate in my community and WORK for change!”

And work she has.

In addition to working full time at Broad Ripple Power & Light, she is in her red pickup truck by 7 a.m. almost every day collecting cans.

Her initiative has grown to include collection sites at seven IPS schools and nearly 35 businesses.

Stumpp’s projects are promoted at area Patachou restaurants, said Rachael Hoover, director of social sustainability for Cafe Patachou.

“Mary really gives people a compelling reason to take the extra step to separate their aluminum from their other waste,” Hoover said.

Stumpp, 52, also helps organize metal drives as school projects.

Recently, she helped 360 students, as well as teachers and parents, of School No. 2 organize a metal drive. They collected 8,800 pounds of scrap that was sold to Trinity Metals for $1,600.

“I am over-the-moon proud of my students,” said Principal Andrea Hunley. She had students come up with suggestions on how the money should be spent. iPads are a frequent request.

“I think a lot of people care about what happens in public schools and can’t find a way to help … and Mary has figured out a way to make a difference,” said Linda Broadfoot, executive director of the IPS Education Foundation.

Stumpp has been gratified to help public schools while teaching about recycling. “I’m not paying forward. I am paying back,” she said.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

One city taking spring renovations to new level

CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – Renovations are a big part of every city during the spring.

But the city of Clinton is taking it one step, or a few steps, further this season.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) started working on State Road 163 in Clinton in April.

“It’s a blessing for us to be able to have our main drag going through town a state road highway be fixed,” said Bob Alexander, Board of Works and Council-at-Large.

And that’s just the beginning.

They’re replacing sewer lines, making storm water lines. They’re also getting new sidewalks, curbs and handicapped access.

“We have the two apartment complexes going up in town. The one on the south end should be completed by the end of July, August. The Villas, on the north end, they’ve got some structures up,” said Alexander.

The entire city will see improvements throughout the summer.

And city officials couldn’t be happier with the residents.

They say they’ve been 100 percent behind the changes, even going so far as to start their own small projects.

“They all join in and they’re all fixing things up. All the clubs and organizations getting behind us. Good things are really coming ahead,” said Alexander.

Those aren’t all the updates either!

The city is also working on updating cemeteries and area parks.

Just as a reminder, INDOT will resurface 163 from State Road 63 to the Wabash River Bridge.

Once milling gets underway, motorists will see an increase in lane restrictions.

So the project will cause traffic delays and the mayor says alternate routes will be in use.

Water main break in Clinton shut off water

CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – 5/7 UPDATE: All water was restored to residents of Clinton around 9:30 Tuesday evening. The entire town of Clinton will be on a boil order until further notice.


A water main break at Elm and Water Street in Clinton shut off water to the city of Clinton for several hours.

It all started because of construction.

The city’s been working on updating their sewer system.

The water was spewing up at Elm and Water streets.

Here was the problem.

A board of works official said they’ve been out there excavating. But no one was there this morning when the water main erupted.

But they say it’s an easy fix.

“Last night, we had a two-inch main. So we had to open the fire hydrants to relieve some pressure to be able to fix that leak. Then, this morning when we came in, this was gushing out, so putting the pressure back on the main probably caused this to leak,” said Bob Alexander, board of works and council-at-large.

They had to shut the water tower down for about four hours in order to fix the leak.

The entire city was without water during that time.

Some businesses we spoke to went ahead and closed for the evening.

This won’t cost the city any extra money or time.

It’s just a matter of inconvenience.

It’s important to note, the city of Clinton is under a 48-hour boil order from 8:00 Tuesday evening.

The Clinton Public Library closed early at 6:00 p.m. due to the water break.

High lime prices giving US bartenders a hangover

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Every time a bartender at trendy Los Angeles fusion eatery Luna Park squeezes a shot of lime into a drink these days, owner Peter Kohtz says he winces a little.

Luna Park, known for its large selection of craft cocktails, is one of thousands of restaurants from coast to coast that have fallen victim to the Great Green Citrus Crisis of 2014 — a severe shortage of limes that has meant that the fruit has skyrocketed in price in recent weeks.

A case of 200 or so fetches between $80 and $130 now, up from about $15 last year — the result of a perfect storm of circumstances from citrus disease that struck Florida in 2001 and wiped out most lime groves to flooding to the efforts of drug cartels to disrupt supplies in Mexico, the biggest U.S. supplier.

The cost might not seem like that big of a deal until one realizes that it’s lime juice that’s squeezed into every margarita, mojito or mai tai. It’s also lime that’s chopped up and mixed with fresh fish to create ceviche. It’s lime, mixed with avocado, that makes up guacamole — a mainstay at every Mexican restaurant.

“It’s just one of those things that you take for granted. You never really think about it because it’s always there,” said Kohtz, noting his bartenders squeeze an entire lime’s worth of juice into most specialty drinks.

So far, the price spike doesn’t seem to have been passed on widely to consumers, according to industry officials, but people are beginning to notice it in other ways.

Alaska Airlines stopped putting limes in in-flight beverages a couple of weeks ago. At a recent luncheon meeting of the California Restaurant Association’s board of directors, association spokeswoman Angie Pappas said limes were noticeably absent from the buffet bar, which featured Mexican food.

One of the luncheon attendees, a Southern California restaurateur, told her he is offering a free appetizer to any customer who brings in a bag of limes from their backyard tree. In Phoenix, the Arizona Republic reports that a bar and restaurant group is offering a free cocktail, glass of wine or beer to anyone who brings in 5 pounds of limes.

Which raises the question, if limes grow on backyard trees in Los Angeles and Phoenix, why are they so expensive?

Because they don’t really grow well enough in most of the U.S. to be produced commercially, says Jonathan Crane, a tropical fruit crop specialist at the University of Florida’s horticultural sciences department.

Until 2001, Crane said, Florida produced half of all the limes consumed in the United States. But then a devastating citrus canker outbreak led officials to order almost all of Florida’s lime groves destroyed and the industry never recovered.

Mexico began producing more than 90 percent of the limes now consumed in the United States.

In most of California, the weather isn’t warm or humid enough to produce commercial quality limes, and the state has only a few hundred acres in production near the Mexican border.

Mexico’s crop, meanwhile, was hit by a myriad of problems this year, including unusually heavy rains and citrus disease in some areas. The Knights Templar drug cartel used to jack up lime prices by disrupting deliveries and shaking down farmers in western Michoacan state, but that problem has declined in importance following an offensive this year by federal forces and vigilantes who took up arms against the cartel.

Like American mobsters, the drug cartel that controls much of the Mexican state of Michoacan where both limes and marijuana grow in abundance, has been muscling in on legitimate businesses.

A Mexican official told The Associated Press last month the cartel extorts as much as $1.4 million a week from legitimate businesses, mainly lime and avocado growers. In some instances, he said, the cartel is now running some of the state’s wholesale lime distribution centers where prices are set.

Last winter’s storms, which triggered major floods across western Mexico, also destroyed crops, and a plant disease that struck the Mexican state of Colima damaged still more.

The result, the price of limes has shot up dramatically in both Mexico and the U.S. Restaurants in Seattle and New York have reported paying as much as $130 a case for them.

As the industry waits for the summer crop to lower prices, some restaurants and bars nationwide are pulling lime drinks off their happy hour menus. Others are substituting ingredients like lemons or oranges, said Annika Stensson of the National Restaurant Association.

That’s not an option at El Coyote, says Wayne Christoffersen, manager of the popular Mexican eatery that’s been a fixture with Hollywood’s hipster and film industry crowd since opening in 1931.

“People want to see a lime in their margarita, and rightfully so,” says Christoffersen, who is paying $80 a case for them. “A margarita’s not a margarita without the lime.”

Independent filmmaker Laura Bahr, who has downed her share of margaritas at El Coyote and other watering holes, says if anyone dared put anything but a lime in her drink she’d likely never go back.

“The lime mixed with the tequila is just a winsome combination,” she says. “Like peanut butter and jelly.”

So until the price spike ends, Kohtz of Luna Park says he’s come up with the only alternative he can think of.

“I tell the bartenders, ‘Squeeze those limes extra hard. Squeeze out every drop you can.’”

Tall Grass can Lead to a Hefty Fine

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) –  Rain and sunshine offers lots of help for greener grass. But that also means a chance for over-grown lawns. Take a look at this. Some yards looking more like a jungle. This is a house on Third Avenue in Terre Haute. Terre Haute code enforcement says overgrown lawns can be a health hazard. Lots of things are attracted to thick grassy areas, poison oak, mosquitoes, and more. Tall grass is against city code, and local enforcement will remind home-owners about the rules.

“We’ll send out a continuous abatement notice. You get one of these, either certified mail or taped to your front door one time. After you get one of these, you might want to stay up on your grass, because at that time, if it’s not cut within a ten-day period, or if it gets tall again, the city can come onto the property and mow the grass.”
That’s not complimentary lawn care. Code enforcement sends out hefty bills for cutting grass. If it continues, they can even place a lien on your property. Grass season is May 1st through October 31st.


New president and CEO named for Union Hospital, Inc.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Board of Directors for Union Hospital, Inc. has announced a new President and Chief of Executive Officer effective May 5. Steven M. Holman will lead Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Union Hospital in Clinton and the Union Hospital Medical Group.

Holman comes to Terre Haute from Cincinnati where he served as president and central market leader of Jewish Hospital, a hospital within Mercy Health Partners, a division of Catholic Health Partners.

“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Union Hospital team, and being part of the quality healthcare that Union Hospital has provided the Wabash Valley for decades,” said Holman. “I am passionate about the mission of the hospital, and look forward to working with the rich heritage that has long been established.”

Under his leadership, Jewish Hospital realized a $30 million financial turnaround, improved patient satisfaction scores and implemented population health management initiatives in collaboration with the Mercy Accountable Care Organization (ACO), along with positively impacting the hospital in many other ways.

“The Board strongly believes we found the right person to lead the organization,” said Molly Callahan, chairman of Union Hospital Board of Directors. “Steve has the experience and knowledge needed to successfully navigate the hospital in this era of healthcare reform.”

Injuries reported after two vehicle accident in Lyford

LYFORD, Ind. (WTHI) – Indiana State Police with other agencies responded to a two vehicle accident Friday morning in Lyford on U.S. 41 at 9th Street.

Officials report a 2001 Ford F150 pickup driven by Leonard Johnston, 71 of Clinton, was traveling north on U.S. 41 when he came around a curve to find a vehicle stopped waiting to turn left.

Johnston’s pickup struck the back of the 1996 Oldsmobile driven by Kenneth Lowe, Jr., 21 of Lyford.

Both drivers were transported to Union Hospital in Clinton by Parke County EMS and Vermillion County EMS. Johnston has head and facial injuries and Lowe had complaints of pain.

Neither sustained life threatening injuries.

Seatbelts were in use and drugs and/or alcohol were not a factor.

CRANE hosts ‘STEM’ science fair

Almost 100 kids from schools in Southern Indiana spent today Wednesday part in a ‘STEM’ (science, technology, engineering and math) science fair.

Hosted by Crane’s Westgate Academy, it gave students an opportunity to apply ‘STEM’ subjects to the real world.

“Well it’s important because I don’t think that students walk away from a typical class day really understanding what those subjects mean, it’s just something in a book, they’re maybe not getting the hands one experience that they need to really grow and develop it into something tangible,” said Melissa Pittman, NSWC Science Fair Lead.

Organizers say it’s a great way keep students engaged in the learning process.

“Students see the Universities are here and then, and then the Universities see the talent that’s out there,” said Tina Closser, NSWC Stem Coordinator.

Among some of the top competitors was Kimber Schnarr.

“I found that my hypothesis was correct, and when the mechanical models bent at acute angles then it will have more stress on it than obtuse angles,” Schnarr said.

This 6th grade student from Jasper proved through math — a theory that showed how people develop stress in the knees.

Sexual abuse victims face a ‘horror movie’

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s like something out of a horror movie.

“At the age of 78, my grandmother was a victim of sexual assault. A man broke into her home at 3 a.m., kept her hostage for 12 hours, raped her multiple times…it changed her life forever,” said Amber Watson, family member.

Her attacker, Alex Callison, was arrested and sentenced to 88 years in prison for his crimes against Mary Lou Williams. And she never imagined it happening to her.

“She always would say, she never bothered anyone. She didn’t understand why this had happened to her,” Watson said.

She lived in what she thought was a safe community. But the stats are staggering.

One out of every four women in Indiana is sexually assaulted. Males — one out of six.

A woman is raped every six minutes in this country and it is estimated two in four women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes.

“I think a lot of it goes unreported. A lot of people are afraid. It affects both male and female victims. Males especially are afraid to report,” said Lea Ann Camp, chief nursing officer at Greene County General Hospital.

Without reporting, this is the number you’ll see. 97 percent of rapists never see the inside of a jail cell.

Williams died six months after her ordeal.

“Too hard to bear the burden she went through. She just gave up on life,” said Carol Williams, family member.

Her family saying it was just too much for her to bear.

“Every night she lived in fear. I remember, one evening walking in to check on her. She just about jumped out of her skin. She thought I was coming in to get her,” Watson said. “She said she was so scared she kept hearing the door being busted in over and over again.”

They hope their cautionary tale will make you think twice about your safety.

“So many of it goes unreported,” Watson stated. “And there are people that will do it again to other women and the sooner we can put an end to it, then the more lives we’ll save.”

Family members of the victim are now advocates in the fight against sexual assaults.

They attended the event “Walk a mile in their Shoes” hosted by the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office.

It’s to raise money for sexual assault nurses at Greene County General Hospital so victims won’t have to travel to Bloomington to get immediate help.

For information on sexual abuse hotlines or how you can help, call the 24-hour hotline at 812-336-0846.

For immediate help, always call 911.

DOCS: Homicide victim found with 7 gunshot wounds

BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (WTHI) – A Linton man accused in the Sunday shooting death of a Greene County man appeared before a judge via video conference late Wednesday morning.

Aaron Schaffer, 32 of Linton, was officially charged with murder and possession of a handgun without a license. Investigators believe he shot Michael Shan Bowers, 48 of Greene County, five times, leaving seven gunshot wounds on Bowers’ body.

A copy of the probable cause was obtained by News 10 on Wednesday detailing the April 20 incident. In it, the dialogue of a Greene County Sheriff’s Department Detective, pursuing the investigation.

The document reads, Linton Police contacted the Greene County Sheriff’s Office after Aaron Schaffer, 32, of Linton turned himself into police on April 20, around 9:32 pm.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene of the investigation, on County Road 900 West, Northeast of Linton. There, deputies found Stacy Bowers, the victim’s wife, and Dova Lockhart, a brother-in-law of Stacy.

Deputies say the body of Michael Shan Bowers was found in a gravel area behind his home. An autopsy report would later reveal Bowers was shot five times.

Court Documents state that Bowers and Schaffer knew each other through their wives, Stacy Bowers, and Amber Schaffer. Stacy Bowers and Amber Schaffer are noted as sisters in the document.

Amber and Aaron Schaffer, and Stacy and Michael Bowers were attending a family Easter gathering a Reservoir 26 earlier that day. According to a witness statement: “Everyone seemed to be getting along with each other except Shan and Stacy.” Shan is noted in the text as Michael Bowers.

The probable cause notes that Michael Bowers left Reservoir 26 without Stacy; Stacy asked Aaron Schaffer for a ride back to her home. It notes that Schaffer dropped wife Amber off, and continued to take Stacy home; later, Schaffer stopped at a convenience store for cigarettes, and asked Stacy to buy them using his credit card, said police.

During that time period, detectives say, is when the incident occurred. Investigators believe Aaron Schaffer drove to the Bowers’ home and killed Michael Bowers. The court document states Schaffer returned to the convenience store to pick up Stacy Bowers, and admitted to shooting her husband.

He then turned himself into the Linton Police Department.

Aaron Schaffer appeared via video conference before a judge Wednesday where he was charged with murder and carrying a handgun without a license. Schaffer is scheduled for his next court proceeding in September.




New details possible in Greene County murder case

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Greene County Clerk’s Office told News 10 Aaron Schaffer, 32 of Linton, would likely not appear in court Tuesday morning, as the judges were taking part in a conference.

It was not immediately known when Schaffer would make his first court appearance.

STORY | Officials arrest Linton man on murder charge

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office was expected to have new information to release to the public Tuesday.

News 10 will have that information as soon as its available.

Indiana unemployment drops again

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the state’s unemployment rate is now down to 5.9 percent, it’s lowest point since July of 2008. 

Indiana’s biggest jobs gains come in manufacturing, especially jobs related to the auto industry.  There’s been a lot of talk at the statehouse about how recent policies and legislation have made Indiana more business friendly. 

Indiana State University economist, Robert Guell, said the results we see today don’t come from recent policies but rather from years of sound decision-making.

“The consistent work across both parties and across multiple governors.  That is essentially where Indiana is,’ said Guell.

Knox and Daviess counties rank in the bottom four in the state with rates below 5%.  Greene, Clay, Parke and Sullivan are in the top 25, but have rates below 8%.  Vigo County is 8th with 8.1%.  Vermillion County has the highest unemployment in the state at nearly 10%.

“The things we thought we struck gold with have not turned out quite as golden as we thought they would be,” said Guell.

Guell says part Vigo County’s manufacturing is tied to housing, which has hurt.  Certainteed closed its plant, and Boral Brick is underutilized.  And then there’s Sony DADC, whose blu-ray disc won the movie disc war, but rapidly declining sales forced layoffs with more possible.

Casey’s General Stores plans to open a distribution center in Vigo County.  This will create at least 150 new jobs.  Local leaders hope this announcement will lead to further economic development in the area.

Officials arrest Linton man on murder charge


The Greene County Clerk’s Office told News 10 Aaron Schaffer, 32, of Linton would likely not appear in court Tuesday morning, as the judges were taking part in a conference. It was not immediately known when Schaffer would make his first court appearance.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office was expected to have new information to release to the public Tuesday.

News 10 will have that information as soon as its available.


Greene County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man Monday in connection with a shooting death that happened Sunday just outside of Linton, Ind.

Investigators took into custody, Aaron Schaffer, 32, of Linton early Monday.

The arrest came following a Sunday night shooting that left Michael Bowers dead.

Authorities responded to a home on County Road 900 West, northeast of Linton Sunday.

It was not immediately clear how the men knew each other. “It’s rare here, we have a fairly quiet rural community, we don’t see a lot of this,” said Terry Pierce, Greene County Sheriff. The Sheriff noted this is the county’s first homicide of 2014. He also noted, it’s very uncommon for things like this to happen in remote areas of the county.  “There’s not too many houses around, maybe three or four houses in the area, two or three or four mile area.”

News 10 spoke to a few passersby in the immediate area of County Road 900 West, who stated they did not know the victim or suspect by name and didn’t know if they lived the area.

Investigators Monday were finishing up a probable cause affidavit which would be submitted to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office. Schaffer, according to officials, would likely appear in a Greene County Courtroom Tuesday. Schaffer is preliminarily charged with murder, and possession of a handgun without a license. News 10 will continue to follow this story.

Your old electronics can be re-used

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – This company takes your obsolete electronics.

“It’s just an easy way to get rid of all the junk they might have accumulated. Everybody has something they have in a closet or they’ve thrown in a drawer they need to get rid of,” said Amanda Thatcher, co-owner and manager of Green Geek.

But not for profit, for safety.

“There’s now a law in Indiana that says you can’t throw any electronics in the landfill. They have hazardous materials, lead, mercury,” said Thatcher.

E-waste equals more than 70 percent of the toxic waste in our landfills and only about 12.5 percent of e-waste is currently recycled.

“We’ll disassemble it in a responsible manner and make sure it stays out of the landfills and out of our water supply,” said Thatcher.

But Green Geek doesn’t just recycle your old, unwanted electronics. They attempt to re-use all materials.

Often, items are better utilized this way rather than just completely disposing of them.

“After we break it down, it goes to various refineries and they will further break it down and grind it up and it gets made into new, electronic components,” said Thatcher.

And of course, Green Geek employees are also trying to make a better, cleaner, safer world for future generations. The money they do get from people dropping off the large televisions goes to a Linton animal rescue.

The next e-recycling event will be in Terre Haute!

Check it out on May 10 at Maryland Community Church.

School sends off teacher to Boston Marathon

Clinton, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s an emotional year for anyone running in the Boston Marathon, but it’s been an emotional day for one runner.

“I’m going to be thinking about it later and probably start crying,” said Toni Bohannon, Special Ed. Assistant at Central Elementary in Clinton.

A surprise party complete with a good luck medal, homemade banners, and custom t-shirts is how central elementary showed they back Bohannon.

“They’re just as excited as I am about going, and making it more excitable for me to get out there,” said Bohannon.

“I’m just excited for our school because it’s such a great place to teach to begin with, but when everybody is on the same page, cheering for the same person it makes it that much better,” added Robin Vukovits, a P.E Teacher at Central.

Bohannon is an avid runner but this will be her first trip to Boston, a once in a lifetime experience not only for her but the students.

“The kids can see that they were a part of history. I mean they may not be able to go and be there but someone is that they actually knew,” said Vukovits. “They just associate me with Boston, so that’s going to be a memory in itself for them for a long time,” said Bohannon.

Come Monday it’s going to be more than Bohannon’s training that carries her across the finish line. “If I’m going really slow across it it’s because I’ve got the whole Central School on my back going across the finish line with me,” said Bohannon.

She’s excited to share her experience with the students after she returns from Boston.

Investigation on-going in Vermillion Co. shooting

VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – In a News 10 follow-up: Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating a shooting that happened on the afternoon of April 5 just south of Clinton.

Officials reported William Dowell was shot at the Roskavensky Gravel Pit around 5 p.m.

STORY | One man shot in Vermillion County shooting

The Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Indiana State Police and Vermillion County Prosecutor’s Office have not arrested anyone at this time, but no one has been cleared either.

They will continue to investigate every avenue and piece of evidence as they become available.

Arrest made in Greene County after standoff

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Greene County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call just after 8:30 Thursday night in regards to a female subject being held against her will.

Officers responded to 11528 E. Chapel Road in Solsberry and witnessed Jerry Joe Deckard, 53, retrieve a shotgun from a table on the porch.

Deckard refused to give up his weapon and instead went back inside the home with the shotgun. Officials stated when Deckard started to re-enter the home, the female attempted to leave only to be physically forced back inside.

Just a few minutes later the female exited and was taken to cover and interviewed by a detective on the scene. During the interview she stated she had informed Deckard she wanted to leave and had called someone to come and get her.

That is when she said Deckard became angry and physically hurt her by throwing her to the ground, hitting her as well as preventing her from leaving the home.

She also stated when her ride got there, Deckard shot his shotgun directly towards the county road striking a cement birdbath. He also pointed the shotgun at the vehicle and yelled he would shoot them if they didn’t leave.

Officers made several attempts to contact Deckard but he refused to answer his phone or respond to verbal commands.

Finally, Deckard allowed a detective to enter the home and speak with him – two officers were requested to stand-by to enter the residence and assist him.

The two officers entered the house through a locked door and after a brief physical contact with Deckard, a Taser was used and he was placed in restraints.

Deckard is being held at the Greene County Jail facing charges of criminal recklessness, pointing a firearm, domestic battery, resisting law enforcement and criminal confinement.

Spike in mumps cases reported across Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Public health officials are investigating a sharp increase in the number of mumps cases recorded in central Illinois.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports there has been 52 cases of the viral infection reported in Morgan and Sangamon counties.

The newspaper reports there were 26 cases reported in all of Illinois in 2013.

Jim Stone is director of the Sangamon County Department of Public Health and says “the spike is unusual.”

So far this year, there’s been 65 cases reported across the state, including the cases from Morgan and Sangamon counties. Mumps has also been reported in Fulton, Greene, Champaign, Cook and Will counties. The cases are mostly in adults.

Mumps can cause swelling of the salivary glands, along with fever, headaches, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.


Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com