Local News: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Lindauer to be Sworn In As State Rep.

JASPER — State Representative – elect Shane Lindauer of Jasper is set to take the oath of office this week.

Lindauer, who replaces state representative Mike Braun, will be sworn in by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Slaughter Thursday at 11 a.m. in the House Chamber in Indianapolis.

Braun resigned to run for Indiana’s U.S. Senate Seat.

He hopes to unseat democrat Joe Donnelly in next year’s mid-term elections.


Jasper K9 Officer Promoted to Sargent 

JASPER — JPD K9 officer has been promoted to sergeant.

That appointment was made this week by the Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety.

Bower has been with the department since 2003, where he served as a patrolman then a K9 officer.

Bower is married with two children and is very active in the community.

He’s a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and he’s a football and wrestling coach for area youth.

Bower also serves as a coordinator for the annual Cops and Kids Christmas program.


JPD: Stolen Vehicle Found, Don’t Leave Keys in Car

JASPER — Jasper Police have located the vehicle stolen earlier this week from Jasper.

Police say the GMC Jimmy was found in a neighboring county.

No arrests have been made.

Police tell us the keys were left in the car.  JPD is reminding you to lock your vehicle doors when its parked and never leave your key inside.

Remember, many auto insurance companies won’t pay out if its stolen with the keys inside.



Health Watch:  Blood Pressure Standards Change

STATEWIDE — You may have high blood pressure today, even if your numbers are the same as they were yesterday.

The American Heart Association has slashed its cutoff for high blood pressure by 10 top and bottom, from 140-over-90 to 130-over-80. That figure was previously considered borderline. Lowering the standard means an additional one in seven Americans would be classified as having high blood pressure, bringing the total to just under halrf.

The association says a study last year found addressing blood pressure early reduced future heart problems by 25-percent.

Indianapolis Franciscan Health hypertension specialist Atul Chugh cautions the benefits might be smaller in the real world, because patients may not be as diligent about taking blood pressure medication. Most of those meds have side effects, including fatigue, kidney issues, and, for men, erectile dysfunction. Chugh says the benefits are worth the tradeoff.

And Chugh says doctors would prescribe medication for patients with high cardiovascular risk scores, which incorporate other factors. For patients whose risk scores are lower, the focus would be on getting patients to exercise more, lose weight, and eat healthier food.

Chugh says it typically takes three-to-five years for new guidelines to filter down to doctors.

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