LOCAL NEWS: Monday, September 11, 2017

Irma Slams Florida, Her Sights Now Set on Our Area

TAMPA — Hurricane Irma made landfall Sunday along the Florida gulf coast.

The powerful Category 4 hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys yesterday packing winds over 140 miles per hour.

The historic storm then rode up the Florida Gulf coast battering cities like Naples and Tampa.

Millions of customers are without power.

And now Irma’s remnants are headed straight for our area.

Irma will continue to weaken over land.

Meteorologist Kyle Mounce says we’ll see rain, generally less than an inch, and breezy conditions between 20-30 miles per hour.

Irma is now a tropical storm, currently hitting portions of northern Florida, southern Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.


Indiana National Guard Deploys to Florida

INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric Holcomb has deployed the Indiana National Guard to assist with the relief efforts in Florida.

Members of the 38th Infantry Division out of Indianapolis and  181st Intelligence Wing out of Terre Haute left for the damage zone over the weekend; about 100 guardsmen in all.

Nearly half a million National Guard Airman and Soldiers from across the nation are on standby to support domestic response efforts for the hurricane.


 Vectren Crews Deployed to Florida 

STATEWIDE — Power crews from our region are also heading south to respond to the devastation in Florida.

Vectren Energy is sending about 50 contractors to assist where ever needed.

The teams specialize in line work and vegetation management.

More crews MAY be called in as part of the company’s mutual assistance program once damage along the gulf coast has been fully assessed.

We are keeping Florida, especially those with family here in our area, in our thoughts and prayers today.


Two Arrested With 5 Pounds of Marijuana on I 69

PETERSBURG — Two people were arrested over the weekend near Petersburg after a traffic stop on I 69 turns up 5 pounds of marijuana.

Police say they searched the vehicle after detecting the smell of burnt marijuana in the car.

Police found the pot in a duffel bag in the truck.

40-year-old Robel N. Kidane and 23-year-old Rickelle L. Moubray are now in the Pike County jail.

Kidane is charged with dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, and maintaining a common nuisance.

Moubray is being charged with dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance.


TRAFFIC ALERT — Paving Begins in Ferdinand 

FERDINAND — The Ferdinand Street Department is conducting its fall paving schedule this week, specifically on Virginia Street from West 8th to West 13th Streets.

This area has been labelled as “no parking” thru Wednesday September 13th, but that may be extended by one or two days, depending on impending rain events.

Posted signage on Virginia will be updated to reflect this change. Continued residential cooperation is requested along Virginia, which was 100% as of Monday morning.


Millions of Hoosiers Impacted by Equifax Hack

INDIANAPOLIS – You may have had your personal information compromised in the Equifax hack that exposed millions of Social Security numbers. Indiana Atty. Gen. Curtis Hill says over half of the people who live in Indiana were affected.

Hill advised Hoosiers to take immediate steps to protect themselves Friday. The data breach affected 143 million Americans nationwide, and 3.8 million Indiana residents, he said in a news release.

Equifax, one of the largest consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States, divulged Thursday that a cyberattack has compromised such personal customer information as names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.

Hill said the Atlanta-based company discovered July 29, that it had been hacked, but did not tell the public it had happened until Thursday. Equifax said company officials were not aware that it had happened at the time.

The Office of Attorney General maintains a website — http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2891.htm — at which Hoosiers can request a freeze of their credit. There is no charge for this service.

Equifax also has a website at which individuals can check to see if they have been affected – equifaxsecurity2017.com – and which allows people to sign up for free credit monitoring.

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