Arrested I-65 driver might try to argue 'extenuating circumstances' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 00:00
    A Charlestown resident has been released on bond after his arrest early on the morning of Monday, November 16, on Interstate 65 in Scott County.
    Philip A. Lakes II, 31, was taken into custody shortly after 2 a.m. by Indiana State Trooper Michael Davis after the officer stopped Lakes' 2003 GMC Yukon about two miles south of the Scottsburg interchange. The stop was made after the ISP Seymour post had received a call about a possible intoxicated driver headed south on I-65.
    The officer found Lakes to be impaired, the probable cause affidavit related, but the man may have a good case to present in Scott Superior Court. Lakes told Trp. Davis that he was on his way home after having attended the Sunday night game between the Indianapolis Colts and their arch rivals, the New England Patriots.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 12:51
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WCMH terminates ambulance service PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 November 2009 00:00
    Washington County Memorial Hospital has sent the county verbal notice that they are terminating the contact to provide ambulance service to the county effective Jan. 1.
    That announcement was made at a special news briefing at the hospital Friday afternoon.
    “This is not a surprise,” said interim WCMH CEO Joseph Roche. “We've worked for months with the commissioners and council in planning for the ambulance transition.”
    Roche said the move is part of the process in the WCMH Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.
    “One of the realities of being in Chapter 11 is that we are required to reject contracts that we don't intend on keeping out of reorganization,” he said. “The ambulance contract is one that the hospital, because of the losses we sustained, knew we couldn't get out of bankruptcy and continue to do the ambulance service.”
    Roche said the contract for ambulance service was entered into by the county in 1984.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 12:54
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When will the courthouse shine? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 00:00
    Work being done outside the Washington County Courthouse could delay the Christmas lighting being turned on this holiday season.
    Washington County  courthouse maintenance man David Wilcoxson gave an update on the washing and sealing work being done outside the courthouse at the Washington County Commissioner's regular meeting Nov. 18.
    Wilcoxson said the work will make lighting the court house difficult.
    “I can not change light bulbs or even turn the lights on while they are working,” he said. “At this point, each year I have changed at least 200 bulbs, that puts us behind. They may or may not be finished by December 5, it all depends on the weather.”
    December 5 is the day of Christmas on the Square and the lighting of the courthouse is a large part of those festivities.
     County Commissioner Lana Sullivan said there will be some unhappy folks if the lighting of the courthouse doesn't happen.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 12:57
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To reimburse or not to reimburse PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 00:00
    To reimburse or not to reimburse was one of the questions facing the Washington County Commissioners at their regular meeting Nov. 18.
    Lane Freiberger and Kathy Zelivetz, are members of the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals, approached the commissioners regarding reimbursement for training in the assessment field.
    Both stated they were under the assumption that they would be reimbursed by the county and both tried to submit a claim through the Washington County Accessors, were denied by Accessor Jason Cockerill.
    “I am getting a mixed version of how the reimbursement policy is handled,” Frieberger said. “I have a claim for $650 in expenses, mostly in mileage and would like a answer.”
    Cockerill said the answer was simple in that there isn't any money in the budget to pay the claim.
    “There is no money at this time,” he said. “The money that was appropriated for training was gone in late March. I did request additional money for this at this years budget hearing but was denied additional monies. I can not approve a claim with no money.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 12:58
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North Harrison Cross Country competes at Nike Midwest Regional Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00
    Tyler Byrne confirmed himself as an elite runner in an awesome performance this past weekend at the Nike Midwest Regional Meet held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute. The Varsity Race had 277 of the best runners in it from the states of Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Missouri competing for a chance to advance to the Nike National Race in Portland, Oregon later this year. The top two teams and the top five individuals advance to Oregon for the Nike Nationals. Tyler was the runner-up with a strong 2nd place overall finish with a time of 15:14, gaining ground on the # 2 runner in the nation Zach Wills from Ohio all the way to the shoot.
    Both Tyler and Zach broke the course record at Terre Haute with hay bales being used throughout the challenging course.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:15
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