Local News: Thursday, August 24, 2017

School Locked Down Following Police Incident Wednesday

FERDINAND — A police incident yesterday in Ferdinand put after school activities at the high school on lock down.

The lock down came after 911 calls reporting gunshots near the intersection of 3rd and Alabama Streets just before 5 yesterday afternoon.

As a precaution, the high school went in to a light lock down for about 20 minutes with the doors locked – but students and staff still able to move about the hallways.

Police say the gunshots that prompted the lock down were self-inflicted.

Since WITZ does not typically report suicides — no further details will be released.


Springs Valley Hosts Senior Crime Stoppers Program

JASPER — Springs Valley Bank has announced it’s sponsoring a Senior Crime Stoppers program at the Timbers of Jasper, providing tips, tools and education to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens from those with evil intentions.

Crime Stoppers is a multi – faceted, crime prevention program that aims to protect the elderly from neglect, theft, abuse and financial exploitation.

CLICK HERE to hear the story that aired this morning on your 8:05 a.m. report of local news with David Shepherd.

Hear from representatives from the Timbers and Springs Valley about the program.


Crash Closes U.S. 231 South of Huntingburg Wednesday

HUNTINGBURG — A crash last night south of Huntingburg sent one person to the hospital and closed U.S. 231 about 5 miles south of the city for a short time.

Police say it happened just after 4:30 Wednesday afternoon when a driver got distracted and rear ended another car.

The 19-year-old driver was cited for following too closely.

The driver of the car that got hit, a Huntingburg woman, was taken to the hospital for neck and back pain.

Both vehicles are a total loss.


WRASFF to Hold Event Friday for St. Vincent de Paul

JASPER — Will Read and Sing For Food will be holding another performance this week.

The group is raising money for another worthy cause, St. Vincent de Paul.

The organization feeds, clothes and houses those in need here in our community.

A mix of narratives by authors and musical performances will be featured during this week’s fundraising event.

The Will Read and Sing for Food event will be held Friday night at 6 p-m at Klubhaus 61 in Jasper.

It’s $10 dollars at the door.  All proceeds to go St. Vincent de Paul.


Marijuana Town Hall Could be “Game Changer” in Indiana

STATEWIDE — This Saturday, you’ll heave the opportunity to hear from one of the first Republican state lawmakers to openly support medical marijuana in Indiana. David Phipps, leader of the Indiana Cannabis Revolution, believes the town hall meeting at noon at the State Library will be a game changer for the medical cannabis movement.

“Rep, Jim Lucas, the assistant majority whip in the state house, has come out and voiced his support,” said Phipps. “That is hopefully making other Republican legislators a little more comfortable with leaning more on the topic and we plan on having quite a few of them at our upcoming town hall.”


Phipps said he believes medical marijuana will help Hoosiers in pain.

“We’re talking about a bill that will be able to help our veterans with PTSD, pain management. We’re talking about just your average Hoosier with pain management issues that are stuck taking opioids. They’re going to have another safer alternative in the future, thanks to people like Rep. Lucas coming out and supporting this,” said Phipps.

Rep. Lucas has made it very clear that he is in full support of full medical and he will be submitting a medical cannabis bill that will help all Hoosiers this coming general assembly.”

Phipps said he believes Hoosiers who either support medical cannabis or who want to learn more about it should come to the town hall.

  • WITZ Radio News is an affiliate of the Network Indiana news network


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