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March 14, 2018

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A-2 Front Wednesday, March 14, 2018 The Press-Dispatch WINSLOW Continued from page 1 MEN March 17 at First Baptist Petersburg; March 24 River of Life Fel- lowship. WOMEN March 17 at Otwell Unit- ed Methodist; March 24 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic. Lenten Prayer Breakfast schedule: Saturday, March 17 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • SALES • Refreshments • Drawings 10% off ANY ITEM if you are wearing green! 50%-75% OFF select Holiday and Everyday items St. Patrick's Day Irish Tea 716 Main St. 812-354-9372 Petersburg Regular Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9-5; Fri. 9-6 "When you care enough to send the very best" Marge's Shop Authentic Irish Music! Free gift with $25 purchase 25TH ANNUAL MOOSE LODGE #1617 Lucky Get 17TH AT THE LIVE MUSIC & DRINK SPECIALS MARCH SATURDAY Starting at 6pm Guest Night Games Prizes 115 Pike Ave, Petersburg • (812)354-9480 ST. PATRICK'S DAY Everyone is welcome! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! No Cover Charge • Half-Pot License# 144893 to the Petersburg VFW Post 3587. Friday, March 16 Starting at 7:30pm Welcome Back Rodney Watts veteran CORRECTION It was reported in the Feb. 21 edition that a new radar speed check sign was in- stalled near the Hwy. 61 school crossing in Peters- burg, with grants from Duke Energy and REMC. The $4,200 grant, howev- er, was awarded entirely by WIN Energy REMC Com- munity Trust, through their Operation Round-Up pro- gram. COUNCIL Continued from page 1 their out-of-county inmates by 33 percent in 2017, hous- ing inmates for Marion and Vanderburgh counties. Brit- ton said it accrued $425,000 in 2017 and was on pace to be at least that in 2018. Economic Development Director Ashley Willis gave a brief report on the EDC's Annual Plan of Work. She said the plan has seven fo- cus areas: 1) Infrastructure and facilities, 2) Workforce Development, 3) Entrepre- neurial Support, 4) Commu- nity Engagement, 5) Ener- gy and Natural Resources, 6) Marketing and 7) Busi- ness Growth. She highlight- ed each of these areas. The council tabled a re- quest by the Parks and Rec- reation Board to transfer $2,000 from Structure Re- pair into Consulting Fees. No representative from the Parks Board attended the meeting. The council has a rule requiring someone from the department re- questing a transfer to be in attendance to answer ques- tions. Councilman Travis Troutman requested they ta- ble the request. His motion was approved by a 7-0 vote. The next council meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 10 in the courthouse auditorium. By Andy Heuring Two men were arrested on dealing meth charges af- ter police conducted a "con- trolled buy" at the Peters- burg Little League Park. Jason E. McMickle, 40, of 3902 W. SR 64, Taswell, and Jason A. Atkins, 40, of 16 E. Second St., Birdseye, were arrested on charges of deal- ing in meth at least one gram and less than five grams, a Level 4 felony; possession of meth, less than five grams; and maintaining a common nuisance. At about 11:10 p.m. Fri- day, Petersburg Police Cpl. Jared Simmons made ar- rangements for a controlled buy of meth. Area police were met by a person who had been searched and then given $200 in $20 bills with recorded serial numbers. They watched that person enter a white Ford minivan, with a Kentucky license plate, which had arrived at the Little League Park on Il- linois St. at about 12:18 a.m. Saturday, March 10. The person exited the van mo- ments later. The van was stopped by Deputies Jason McKinney, Buck Seger and Paul Collier. Police removed McMickle and Atkins from the van and searched them, finding $100 in $20 bills of the buy money in McMick- le's right hand and the same amount of $20 bills of the buy money in Atkins' coat pocket. Cpl. Simmons took two corner baggies off the per- son to whom they had giv- en $200 in cash to make the buy. Those baggies con- tained 1.9 grams of a crys- tal substance that field test- ed positive for meth. According to Cpl. Sim- mons' report, when police questioned Atkins, he said he was in Petersburg to watch movies with a friend. Atkins said the $100 cash he had in his coat pock- et was from cashing his check. Cpl. Sim- mons' report states when police told At- kins the mon- ey was "buy money," At- kins then ad- mitted sell- ing meth. He then said he had only sold one gram. Atkins told police he wasn't going to tell them from where the other gram of meth in the deal came. According to the same report, when police ques- tioned McMickle, he said the $100 in his hand was his money. But when told it was "controlled buy money," he said Atkins gave him the money. McMickle said he was on the phone while in the Lit- tle League Park and Atkins must have been "slick" about it, because he didn't know anything about a drug deal. Both were taken into cus- tody on the dealing and pos- session charges. A Level 4 felony is punish- able by a sentence of two to 12 years in prison. Next week is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. It official- ly runs from Sunday, March 18 to Saturday, March 24. Pike County's interim Emergency Management Agency Director Denny Eversole said he urges res- idents to prepare ahead to protect themselves and their loved ones from dan- gerous storms. Historically, southern Indiana has expe- rienced some of the state's worst thunderstorms, torna- does and flooding during the spring months. Pike County EMA sug- gests households break their severe weather prepa- ration into three parts: plan- ning, preparing and practic- ing. PLAN • Purchase a weath- er radio whose label indi- cates that it is "all-hazard" and broadcasts alerts from the National Weather Ser- vice. Look for "NOA A" on the label (National Ocean- ic and Atmospheric Admin- istration). Also look for the SAME Technology desig- nation, which allows the ra- dios to be programmed to specific counties and types of alerts. • Know the difference between watches and warn- ings. A watch indicates a se- riously increased possibility of a thunderstorm or torna- do; a warning indicates that there is a thunderstorm or tornado in the area. • Ensure that household members know which local news media outlets to moni- tor for severe weather alerts, and to take those alerts se- riously. Remember that na- tional cable, satellite or streaming T V services may not carry localized weather alerts. PREPARE • Create a preparedness kit. Include food and water for three days, a first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, small tools and any other impor- tant items that are needed. • Prune tree limbs and secure outdoor items that could be tossed about by high winds. • Keep cell phones charged, and ensure all household members have several emergency contact numbers of friends and fam- ily members. • Know which neighbors may have disabilities or mo- bility challenges, and be able to direct first respond- ers to those who may need extra help. PRACTICE • Take household mem- bers – quickly but calmly – to the location they would move to in severe weather, ideally a basement. If a base- ment is not available, go to an interior room on the low- est level with no windows. Storm cellars also offer ex- cellent protection. • Practice moving under a sturdy table or desk, or cov- ering up with pillows, blan- kets, coats or a mattress to protect the head and body from flying debris. •Walk through potential evacuation routes, the home and the neighborhood. •Conduct a family drill in which children pretend to call 911 and calmly talk with an emergency dispatcher (a family member or friend can be on the other end of the line, requesting appropriate information). •Participate in the State- wide Tornado Drill on Tues- day, March 20 at 10 :15 a.m. This drill provides a valu- able opportunity for fami- lies, schools and business- es to practice their weather safety action plan. Although flooding came early this year, it is also an issue Hoosiers may en- counter during the spring months. Driving on flooded roadways can often place Hoosiers and emergency re- sponse personnel in unnec- essary danger. Never drive through flooded roadways, even if the water appears shallow. The road may have washed out under the sur- face of the water. For more information on preparing for severe weath- er, visit Spring brings threat of severe weather, flooding Two arrested for dealing meth at Little League park Jason Atkins Jason McMickle the Community Center. The fourth Monday of the month, they will meet at 9 a.m. at the Winslow Town Hall. Coun- cil president Greg Simmons said he had a shift change at work and would be unable to make the night meetings. Originally, the council was going to just meet at 9 a.m., but due to residents' com- plaints about not being able to attend the meetings, they decided to have a meeting in the evenings as well. Councilmen also voted to reduce the percentage of town employees' health in- surance premiums. Brews- ter said when Winslow first began offering health insur- ance, the town paid 75 per- cent of the premium. He said in 2016, the town got a pre- mium reduction, so they in- creased that amount to 85 percent. He said, last year, the town was promised their health insurance premiums would again go down signif- icantly, so the town decid- ed to pay 100 percent. How- ever, they didn't get that re- duced rate. Brewster said they have been told they will probably have a 13 percent increase in the premiums for next year. "So we need to discuss this," said Brewster. Simmons suggested they go back to paying 75 percent of the premium and have the employee pay 25 percent. "I make a motion we do that," said Councilman Terry Stro- bel. Brewster seconded it and they voted 3-0 to ap- prove that change. Councilmen also voted for the third time to disband the town's park board. They had voted at a special meeting in November to disband it. Then, Wednesday they vot- ed 2-1, with Simmons and Strobel voting to disband it, and Brewster against it. They also voted again on the matter with the same vote count to disband it in Mon- day night's meeting. Chris Satterfield had sent a letter to the council in Feb- ruary complaining about the council's vote in the special November meeting. He said proper notice of that meet- ing was not given and the meeting was actually a park board meeting, not a town council meeting. In other business, Debra Lamb, of the Winslow Eco- nomic Development Com- mittee, told the council they are trying to get a bank to locate in Winslow. She said several banks they talked to were not interested. Howev- er, she said a credit union has shown interest in put- ting an ATM in Town Hall. She said they want to meet with local officials and see potential sites. The next Winslow meet- ing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, March 26. By Andy Heuring A driver was arrested af- ter police stopped her for speeding and another driv- er was arrested after police realized his vehicle registra- tion was expired. A Petersburg man was ar- rested early Saturday eve- ning after police stopped him for driving a truck with an expired registration. Thomas Tyler Cannon, 29, of 908 N. Liberty, Petersburg, was arrested by Petersburg Police Cpl. Jared Simmons. Cpl. Simmons said he saw Cannon driving a white GMC pickup he knew to be registered to Cannon's fa- ther and that the registra- tion was expired for more than a year. He stopped Cannon at Fifth and Cedar streets. While talking with Cannon, Cpl. Simmons said he noticed slurred speech, glassy eyes and irregular jaw movements, as well as uncontrolled movements with his hands and arms, which are symptoms of meth intoxication. Cannon failed field so- briety tests and was taken to the Daviess Community Hospital, where he tested positive for methamphet- amine, amphetamine and THC. He was taken to the Pike County Jail and pre- liminarily charged with op- erating a vehicle while intox- icated. A rural Winslow wom- an was arrested early Fri- day morning after police stopped her for speeding in Petersburg. Tamara McCandless, 42, of 3966 S. CR 225 E., Win- slow, was arrested by Cpl. Simmons at 1:40 a.m. Cpl. Simmons said he saw McCandless driving 42 mph in a 30 zone on Highway 61 near Dr. Shoultz's office, and stopped her near the I- 69 overpass. He said when he talked to McCandless, she had ex- tremely jerky hands, arms and head, and she couldn't sit still. She also had irregu- lar jaw movements. She failed field sobriety tests and tested negative for alcohol. McCandless re- fused a chemical test and was transported to the Pike County Jail, where he she was preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, (refusal) and possession of a sched- ule 4 controlled substance. Simmons' report stated police found a pill identified as Alprazolam in a pill con- tainer. Two arrested on DWI in separate incidents Main St. Dodge City under water River Road in the community known as Dodge City was still under water last Thursday. The White Riv- er was receding from its crest of 25.2 feet earlier last week, which is more than nine feet above the 16-foot stage at Petersburg. Most residents of Dodge City had to evacuate during the worst of the flooding. It al- so caused damage to other sections of River Road. See additional photos on page 6.

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