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Local News: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Huntingburg Council Green Lights Housing Complex

HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg city council approved plans for a new apartment complex, during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Earlier this month we told you about the proposal that would bring a multi-million dollar housing unit to a vacant property in the city.

The apartments will be income regulated.

The council will decide on whether to grant a tax abatement for the project when it meets again September 12th.

Jasper Man Found Naked, Bound on Kentucky Roadway

HENDERSON — A Jasper man was found duct-taped, naked and wrapped in blankets this week in Henderson County, Kentucky.

Arrested reports from Henderson police say the 22-year-old Jasper man was lying on Highway 136 West when police found him around 6:30 Monday morning.

Police arrested 22-year-old Mason Brown and 23-year-old Cole Schriber, both of Henderson, and charged them with kidnapping the man.

Both men also face charges of wanton endangerment.

No other details have been made available.

 

Loogootee Woman Arrested For Drugs & Threats at McDonald’s

LOOGOOTEE — A Loogottee woman was arrested this week after allegedly threatening employees at the local McDonald’s.

Police were called to the McDonald’s around 10 Monday night on a report of a disorderly subject threatening the life of one of the employees.

Shawn Brown of Loogootee was arrested.  That’s when a search of her car turned up 15 syringes and a spoon with meth residue.

Police say they found more meth in a baggie when Brown was searched at the jail.

 

She’s charged with 5 felonies and two misdemeanor counts including intimidation, meth possession, trafficking with an Inmate and unlawful possession of a syringe.

 

Dubois Co. Courthouse & Annex to Close Friday 1-3 PM

JASPER — The Dubois County Security Committee has announced the county courthouse and annex will be closed for ALL BUSINESS this Friday from 1 to 3 PM.

Employees will be undergoing safety training during this time.

Officials say the courthouse and annex will re-open PROMPTLY at 3:00 p.m.

 

 

Indiana Committee Studies State Alcohol Laws

INDIANAPOLIS — A study committee appointed by the Indiana General Assembly held a public meeting today at the statehouse to discuss the nature of Indiana’s alcohol laws.

Among the speakers at the meeting was Ricker’s owner Jay Ricker. He was the one who brought to light the imperfections in the state’s laws regarding the sale of beer.

“My main request is that they look at the cold beer or warm beer issue,” Ricker said the those on the committee. “Does it need to be regulated on temperature? (Indiana) is the only state that regulates licenses on cold beer and warm beer.”

Ricker spearheaded a push from convenience stores to be allowed to sell cold beer for take out near the end of the legislative session earlier this year. He converted two of his convenient stores to include “restaurants”, thus allowing him to apply for a license to sell cold beer.

Lawmakers in Indianapolis quickly took notice and looked to halt Ricker’s push to sell cold beer, but were unable to do so because the loophole in state law Ricker used was air tight. Since then, Ricker has been granted a license to sell cold beer out of his two stores, but call for the summer study committee to look into state law before granting other licenses.

The liquor store lobby also launched a firece campaign against the sale of cold beer from gas stations.

Matt Norris also testified before the committee on behalf of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, calling for lawmakers to pass legislation for gas stations and stores to be able to sell cold beer.

“In addition to the members we have here to speak, the IPCA Commission has surveyed this spring that Hoosiers support allowing all licensed retailers to sell cold beer by a 70 to 26 margin,” Norries noted.

The committee plans to make recommendations on overhauling state alcohol laws to the general assembly for the 2018 and 2019 legislative sessions.

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