St. Joseph County Police Officers released from quarantine after COVID-19 scare

first_img WhatsApp Facebook By Jon Zimney – April 4, 2020 0 251 WhatsApp Previous articleIndiana granted federal Major Disaster Declaration statusNext articleTwo men shot at Marion and 6th Streets in Elkhart Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Google+ Facebook Google+ St. Joseph County Police Officers released from quarantine after COVID-19 scare CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter Twitter (Tommie Lee/95.3 MNC) Nine St. Joseph County Police Officers quarantined on March 26 have been released from quarantine and back to active duty.The Officers were quarantined after coming in contact with an arrest subject whom showed symptoms at the time of booking and was then tested for COVID-19. The COVID-19 test result for the arrest subject returned negative for the corona virus.During their quarantine period none of the nine officers experienced any symptoms of the virus.The decision to quarantine was made by the department out of caution to the officers, their families, and our other officers. Three of the nine are County Police Patrol officers that were involved in a physical, hands on arrest of the subject last Monday night. The remaining six officers entered the subject’s residence to execute a search warrant of the residence and the subject’s bedroom following a call back to the subject’s residence last Wednesday.Sheriff Bill Redman stated “I want to extend my gratitude to the families of these officers. I know this has been an uncertain and unnerving time for these officers and their families. I am grateful for the patience shown and the sacrifice these families make to our department and our community, thank you all.”Department Attorney Troy Warner explains, “we have been working around the clock monitoring our employees and our jail inmates. Sheriff and our team are working closely with medical staff and County Human Resources. The department is following all medical and CDC guidance to limit the potential exposure of our employees and ensure the safety of them and their families.”Warner emphasizes “our Police and Jail Officers are the definition of ‘essential,’ they cannot work from home. The department leadership is working hard to ensure the all our employees can continue to do their jobs during throughout this public health crisis. We cannot have a whole shift potentially exposed and quarantined because we failed to be cautious.”Redman further explains, “we’ve also been monitoring those newly arrested individuals brought to our jail, as well as the inmates who’ve already been here either awaiting trial or serving a sentence. We have limited the number of people entering the secured areas of the jail and just recently have begun conducting COVID protocol on all people that enter the secured area of the jail, including jail employees, police officers, and essential outside contractors.”Back on March 13, the St. Joseph County Jail first began a COVID protocol process for all arrestees being booking into the jail, including a check of the arrestee temperature and other symptoms. Any arrestee with a temperature above the CDC guideline or with other symptoms is moved to jail medical isolation unit to be tested for COVID-19 and monitored following their jail booking. The County Police are also notifying the arresting law enforcement agency that the arrestee was medically isolated and tested for possible COVID-19. The jail medical staff are now checking everyone that enters the secured area of the jail, including arresting officers, outside essential contractors, and all jail employees.As of Saturday, April 4, 19 arrestees have been isolated in jail medical and tested. Fourteen of those test results have returned, all negative. Additionally, any inmate already in the jail pods who develop a temperature, or two symptoms is also moved to jail medical isolation unit and tested. Also, two inmates from the pods has been moved to medical isolation, both have tested negative for the virus.last_img read more

Several shooting investigations underway in Elkhart

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Several shooting investigations underway in Elkhart By Carl Stutsman – April 25, 2020 0 413 (Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth) Police in Elkhart are busy investigating some shootings that took place at the start of the weekend.The latest shooting happened around 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, in the 1800 block of  Oriental Avenue.On arrival, officers found a man with gunshot wounds to the torso and the arm. Thevictim was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.Officers also located a juvenile suffering a non-life-threatening gunshot wound who was taken to Elkhart General Hospital. It is unknown at this time if the two incidents arerelated.On Friday night, April 24, officers were sent to the 1200 block of South Main Street in regard to a shooting with injuries.Officers arrived around 11 p.m. to find a 25-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his shoulder and leg. The shooting appears to have occurred in the 1200 block of Eden St where officers also found damage to the home.Investigators also located shell casings near the intersection of Eden St and Aldridge Ct.A possible suspect was described as a light skinned black male driving a darker GMC Yukon.Anybody with information regarding the shootings is encouraged to contact the ElkhartPolice Department at 574-295-7070 or email tips at [email protected] Previous articleIndiana confirmed COVID-19 cases nearing 14,500Next articleNorth Korea silence on Kim’s health raises succession speculation Carl Stutsman Pinterest Google+ Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Bill to place cap on efforts to defund the police being considered

first_img WhatsApp Bill to place cap on efforts to defund the police being considered (Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth) Defund the police. It was a phrase shouted across the country and right here in Indiana in 2020, but now it’s on the table of state lawmakers.State Senator Mike Bohacek has authored Senate Bill 42, which would prevent public safety budget cuts of more than 5-percent in the middle of the year. Senator Bohacek tells WISH-TV that his bill has some support from local Hoosier communities.“There’s support for this,” Senator Bohacek tells WISH-TV, “I think people just want to feel secure and they want to know that certain things are not going to go away.”In addition to protecting police budgets in the present, the bill would also protect police budgets in the future. The bill states that as long as revenue is flat or improving, local municipalities would not be allowed to cut more than 5-percent from their local police budget in the future.Bohacek says the bill is a means of protecting lawmakers from being pressured into doing something they may not want to do. He tells WISH-TV, “We’re acting deliberatively and that we don’t have elected officials that are feeling bullied into doing these things. It’s just good policy. We’re just providing some guardrails for them.”Senate Bill 42 is still in committee, with a few proposed amendments. It’s expected to come back up for discussion next week.Senator Bohacek says even though police budget cuts have not been an issue across the state, it’s something that has to be addressed.“Has it happened statewide? No,” Bohacek tells WISH-TV. “But let’s be really honest. There’s been a quite a bit of talk and when you spray-paint defund the police on the building and sidewalk, it’s going to get some action. We just need to make sure our citizens feel it’s not something that’s going to be brought into the conversation.” Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Facebook Previous articleGoshen couple fined over $1 Million for tax crimesNext articleIndiana Senate approved lawsuit-proof COVID bill Network Indiana IndianaLocalNews Twitter By Network Indiana – January 30, 2021 1 305 Google+ Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Press release: High quality evidence helps government deliver better public services

first_img At the request of the Cabinet Secretary and Prime Minister, it has been a great honour to champion this agenda these last five years. Answering the question ‘What works?’ is hard work, but often a game changer. We’ve been asking this question in medicine for 50 years, and it’s saved countless lives. Now we’re asking it in schools, policing and economic growth polices, and its impact is proving equally large. Sir Jeremy Heywood, Head of the Civil Service said: Dr David Halpern, What Works National Adviser said: What Works’ is a quietly radical agenda that is materially increasing the supply of evidence available to decision-makers. I am delighted to see that the public sector is embracing it. The research that the EEF [Education Endowment Foundation] does helps us make really effective decisions about what to focus on in schools. It is great to have independent, robust research to consider when you are thinking about adopting a new approach.center_img Megan Dixon, Director of Literacy, Aspire Educational Trust said: This government is committed to delivering public services that work for the ordinary citizen. Services delivered by schools, hospitals, GP practices, residential care homes, and police forces have all been enhanced by the findings of the What Works network. The UK is now seen as a world-leader in the application of evidence in policy and practice and that is largely due to the increasing profile of the What Works Centres. The government-funded network, which is made up of 10 independent What Works Centres, was created to improve the use and generation of robust evidence in policy areas such as health, education and policing.The progress report, released today to mark the network’s fifth anniversary, highlights how public funds and resources have been allocated more effectively, thanks to evidence provided by independent researchers in the government-backed What Works Centres.For example, research from the Early Intervention Foundation showed the impact of parent conflict on children’s long-term outcomes. This research informed the decision of the Department for Work and Pensions to invest £30 million in interventions designed to resolve parent conflict in families with the most disadvantaged children.By translating complex evidence into practical and useable tools, the What Works Centres help public sector decision-makers deliver the best possible outcomes for the public.David Lidington, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Elizabeth Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury said:last_img read more

Press release: Carillion: Official Receiver’s update

first_img Regrettably eight job losses are being announced and those leaving the business this week will be provided with every support to find new work by Jobcentre Plus’ Rapid Response Service. We continue to discuss with potential purchases for Carillion’s remaining contracts, as well as remain committed to engaging with staff, elected employee representatives and unions as these arrangements are confirmed. Secure on-going employment has been confirmed for a further 101 members of staff who are transferring to new suppliers, taking the total number of jobs saved to 11,739. To be notified of future updates from the Official Receiver please register to receive an email alert. A spokesperson for the Official Receiver said: In total, to date 11,739 jobs (64% of the pre-liquidation workforce) have been saved and 2,340 (13%) jobs have been made redundant through the liquidation A further 1,121 employees have left the business during the liquidation through finding new work, retirement or for other reasons This information does not include jobs attached to contracts where an intention to purchase has been entered into but has not yet formally occurred Just under 3,000 employees are currently retained to enable Carillion to deliver the remaining services it is providing for public and private sector customers until decisions are taken to transfer or cease these contracts Further information about rights in redundancy is available on gov.uk Further informationlast_img read more

News story: Home Office tells business: open up on modern slavery or face further action

first_imgIt comes as government buildings, including 10 Downing Street and the Home Office, prepare to light up red to show their support for Anti-Slavery Day 2018.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Health and Social Care will also be turning red this evening (Thursday 17 October) to mark the day.Businesses and landmarks across the UK – including London’s BT Tower, Manchester’s Co-Op HQ, Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre and Nottingham Trent’s Cricket Ground – are lined up to follow suit.Earlier this year, Frank Field MP, Maria Miller MP and Baroness Butler-Sloss were asked to independently review the ground-breaking Modern Slavery Act, brought in by Prime Minister Theresa May as Home Secretary.To ensure we continue to tackle this evolving crime they will consider whether laws should be further strengthened to ensure companies take action to address forced labour from supply chains at home and abroad.The review will consider a full range of options to drive compliance including tougher sanctions. The Home Office intends to publish a list of non-compliant companies failing to publish a Modern Slavery Statement at the end of the financial year.In addition, the Home Office has published the Modern Slavery Annual Report 2018. The Home Office is writing directly to chief executives of 17,000 businesses telling them to open up about modern slavery in their supply chains, or risk being named as in breach of the law.Businesses with a turnover of more than £36 million must publish annual transparency statements, known as a Modern Slavery Statement, setting out what they are doing to stop modern slavery and forced labour practices occurring in their business and supply chains.At the moment, it is estimated that 60% of companies in scope have published a statement. Whilst there are many examples of good practice, some of these statements are poor in quality or fail to even meet the basic legal requirements.Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins said: It is horrible to think some of the goods and services we buy could have been produced by someone forced into modern slavery. This is abhorrent and as global leaders in the fight against modern slavery, we will not tolerate it. Some businesses are already leading the way in taking action by being open and transparent about what they are doing to identify, tackle and prevent forced labour in their supply chains, but too many are still failing to meet their basic legal obligations. That’s why the Home Office is sending letters to businesses today with a clear message that continued non-compliance will not be tolerated.last_img read more

Press release: Commission announces Class Inquiry into two connected charities

first_img Ensured that the submission of accounting and returns information comply with statutory requirements. Prudently managed Gift Aid claims. Adequately processed sensitive data such as the personal details of individuals collected directly by Idaara Maarif-E-Islam or received from third parties pursuant to the relevant legislation at the time. Properly authorised and monitored payments to connected persons and/or companies. Responsibly managed the charities’ resources and financial affairs, in particular the adequacy of the charities’ financial controls. Managed any conflicts of interest or loyalty arising between Idaara Maarif-E-Islam and The Voice of Truth and individuals connected to both charities, and ensured that any transactions between the two charities have served the charities’ best interest. Adequately managed risks to the charities, their property and reputation. Maintained an accurate record of the identity of the trustees on the register of charities. In January 2018, The Voice of Truth was removed from the register of charities after the inquiry found that it had ceased to operate.The Commission’s investigation continues. The inquiry intends to publish a report setting out its findings and conclusions on conclusion of the inquiry. Reports of previous inquiries are available on GOV.UK.Notes to Editors The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales. To find out more about our work see the about us page on GOV.UK. Search for charities on our check charity tool. Under section 34 of the Charities Act 2011, the Commission has a duty to remove charities from the register that no longer exist or cease to operate. Section 46 of the Charities Act 2011 gives the Commission the power to institute inquiries. The opening of an inquiry gives the commission access to a range of investigative, protective and remedial legal powers. The opening of an inquiry is not in itself a finding of wrongdoing. Email [email protected] With specific regard to trustees of The Voice of Truth, the inquiry will also examine the extent to which they have: The administration, governance and management of the charities with specific regard to the extent to which trustees have: Press mobile – out of hours only 07785 748787center_img Press office This Inquiry has now closed. Read the full Inquiry report into Idaara Maarif-E-Islam and The Voice of Truth.,The Charity Commission has today announced a class statutory inquiry into Idaara Maarif-E-Islam (506755) and The Voice of Truth (1094754).Idaara Maarif-E-Islam’s objects include the advancement, preservation and welfare of Islam. The Voice of Truth, which is no longer in operation, had objects to promote the benefit of the community in Birmingham and the West Midlands in particular, but not exclusively, the Shia Muslim faith.The Commission has concerns about financial irregularities linked to Gift Aid claims involving both charities. Further concerns include inconsistencies between the income and expenditure reported in The Voice of Truth accounts for the year ending 31 March 2016, and the charity’s bank records for the same time period.The Commission’s records show significant connections between the two charities, as substantial payments have been transferred between them, and that at least one trustee of Idaara Maarif-E-Islam has also served as a trustee of The Voice of Truth. The inquiry will therefore seek to establish if this close relationship has been in the best interest of the charities and if any resulting conflicts of interest have been adequately managed by the trustees.The Commission is also concerned about payments made by The Voice of Truth to individuals and a company who may be connected to the charity, and will seek to establish if these payments have been made in the best interests of the charity and if any conflicts of interests have been adequately managed by the trustees.As a result of its concerns, the Commission opened a class statutory inquiry on 26 October 2017. The inquiry is examining: And, with regards to the trustees of Idaara Maarif-E-Islam, the extent to which they have: The extent to which any weaknesses in the management and administration of the charities identified by the inquiry were a result of misconduct and/or mismanagement by the trustees. Adequately protected sensitive data such as personal details of donors pursuant to the relevant legislation at the time.last_img read more

Press release: New era at Sellafield as Thorp reprocessing ends

first_img As we look forward to an exciting future, we want to celebrate the best of our past. The end of reprocessing at Thorp is one of the most important events in Sellafield’s history. Thorp has been a West Cumbrian success story. It has delivered jobs, skills, pride, and prestige. Our community came together in the fight to get it built, through the ‘Trust Us’ campaign. Together we completed one of the largest and most complex construction projects ever undertaken in Europe. And during 24 years of operations, we safely reprocessed 9,331 tonnes of fuel from 30 customers in nine countries. We helped to keep the lights on in the UK and around the world and generated £9bn in revenue for the UK. I’m immensely proud of Thorp’s contribution and I’d like to thank the workforce for their unwavering dedication and professionalism throughout a period of unprecedented change. Thorp (or the Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant) is one third of a mile long.It dominates a huge central strip of the Sellafield site and is the largest structure on the site.Costing £1.8bn to build, it was paid for by its future customers.The decision to cease reprocessing was taken in 2012 in response to a significant downturn in demand.The international market for reprocessing has shifted significantly since Thorp’s construction, with the majority of customers now opting to store rather than reprocess their fuel. Opened in 1994, Thorp is one of only two commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plants in the world.It has reprocessed more than 9,000 tonnes of fuel from 30 customers in nine countries around the world. It generated an estimated £9bn in revenue.The last batch of fuel to be reprocessed began its journey through the plant at 11.32am on Friday 9 November.There will be no redundancies as a result of the switch-off. All employees in roles no longer required have been offered alternative jobs in the business.Thorp will continue to serve the UK until the 2070s as a storage facility for spent fuel.Meanwhile, Sellafield is being reinvented as a centre of expertise for nuclear clean-up.This will unlock 100 years’ worth of opportunity for the site’s workforce, supply chain, and community.Paul Foster, Sellafield Ltd’s Chief Executive Officer, said:last_img read more

Press release: Carlsberg pollution leads to restorative charity donations

first_imgCarlsberg Supply Company UK Ltd (Carlsberg) has paid £120,000 to environmental charities as part of an Enforcement Undertaking (EU).The EU was offered to the Environment Agency after the company admitted causing two similar diesel pollution incidents in the River Nene in July and October 2017.Benefit to environmentEnforcement Undertakings (EUs) enable firms and individuals who have damaged the environment to offer to complete actions which will address the cause and effect of their offending, including making a payment to an appropriate environmental project.EUs can be offered for offences including polluting rivers, breaching permit conditions designed to protect communities, or failing to comply with recycling/recovery obligations. The Environment Agency then carefully considers whether the actions offered by the offender are acceptable.In July 2017, around 230 litres of diesel escaped into the River Nene. This followed a diesel spill the previous week that ran into the site’s surface water drain. Heavy rain in the days leading up to pollution incident is believed to have washed the diesel out of the drain and into the River Nene. The Environment Agency was able to contain most of the spill by ensuring the lock downstream at the marina remained closed until the diesel was cleared up by the Environment Agency and Carlsberg personnel.In October 2017, an estimated 200 litres of diesel escaped into the same river following similar circumstances. The diesel took the same path as the previous incident and due to a faulty valve flowed straight into the River Nene.The EU offer was accepted by the Environment Agency in August 2018 and payments to the charities have already been received. Carlsberg made donations totalling £120,000, made up of £80,000 to the Wildlife Trust – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, and £40,000 to the River Nene Regional Park Community Interest Company.This money will be used to fund environmental improvements including coir rolls along the river at Foot Meadow Island on the River Nene in Northampton.The company also paid the Environment Agency’s incident response and enforcement costs in full. In response to both incidents Carlsberg introduced site based improvements, including incident training and exercising, installation of preventative measures to the draining system and the revision of relevant processes and procedures to reduce the likelihood of this happening again.Tim Lowe, a Regulatory Officer with the Environment Agency, said: Enforcement Undertakings allow polluters to positively address and restore the harm caused to the environment and prevent repeat incidents. The Environment Agency is increasingly using this method of enforcement for suitable cases to swiftly restore the environment, improve practices of the offending company and avoid longer criminal court cases. However prosecutions will still be taken in appropriate cases. Please report any environmental issues to the Environment Agency’s 24 hour Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60. John Comont, Conservation Director for the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, said: This contribution has allowed us to complete a £140,000 project at the Foot Meadow Island in the town centre which has improved the environment for people and for nature. This is our second Enforcement Undertaking contribution and is an excellent way of funding environmental improvements and building awareness. Kathryn Hardcastle, Chief Executive Officer, River Nene Regional Park, said: We have ambitious goals to increase wetland diversity along the river Nene and around Northampton, not just on our treasured wildlife sites in the area, but equally in the connecting corridors and neighbouring areas that can help form a vital ‘network for nature. We urgently need more funds in order to achieve this ambition and the money we have received will contribute towards these goals, which we believe will improve the area for people as well as wildlife. Notes to editorsThe River Nene Regional Park Community Interest Company has used the money to improve river habitat with the installation of planted coir rolls along the river at Foot Meadow Island on the River Nene in Northampton.Coir rolls are a great way to create riverside habitat opportunities on rivers with concrete edging, without compromising the water flow. As well as the aesthetic appeal, coir rolls benefit a wide range of species, from native invertebrates, water voles, aquatic birds as well as providing cover for young fish and a place for species such as bream to lay their eggs. The root systems from the plants in the coir roll can also assist with water purification through the absorption of nutrients.For more information about the River Nene Regional Park Community Interest Company project please contact [email protected], or call 07551311528.For more information on the Wildlife Trust – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire – please contact [email protected] or call 01954 713567.last_img read more

Press release: Dame Vera Baird appointed as new Victims’ Commissioner

first_img Throughout Dame Vera’s career she has demonstrated a constant commitment to ensuring victims of crime have the best possible experience of the criminal justice system. I look forward to working with her to build on the foundations laid by Baroness Newlove’s unwavering dedication to improve how we support victims and witnesses. engaging with victims to build up a picture of how support services are working and how they could be improved promoting the interests of victims and witnesses encouraging good practice in their treatment keeping the operation of the Victims’ Code under review Dame Vera Baird’s appointment will last for 3 years and her role will involve: I am delighted to be appointed Victims’ Commissioner, it is an honour to have the chance to work with victims and witnesses to ensure that their voices are heard everywhere it matters. I will be their champion, and I will work with government and the Criminal Justice agencies to implement the Victims’ Code when it has been updated, to bring national guidelines to local victim services which are delivered so well by my colleague Police and Crime Commissioner’s and to make the justice system responsive to victim needs, whilst ensuring fair trials. I will be very sad to leave my role as a Police and Crime Commissioner and my super staff, and all we achieved together with Northumbria Police. This new role will help me to build on my experience of victim and witness needs that I gained as a PCC and when I was in government. Dame Vera Baird said: Justice Minister Edward Argar said: The role of the Victims’ Commissioner is greatly valued across the justice system, and its importance has only strengthened under the tireless work of Baroness Newlove. Since the role was established in 2010, this government has driven vital improvements – from establishing the Victims Panel, revising the Victims’ Code, and last year publishing the first-ever cross-government Victims Strategy. I very much look forward to working with Dame Vera in continuing to drive the best possible support for victims across every stage of the justice system.center_img The role of the Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses (Victims’ Commissioner) has been in existence since 2010 and is a statutory role. The role is independent of government and appointed through an open recruitment exercise. In September 2018 the first ever cross-government Victims Strategy was published. It was the first-time government have looked in such detail and in such a joined-up way at how we treat victims in the wake of crime. The Victims Strategy brings together, for the first time, funding which government and agencies spend on supporting victims of crime, which is roughly £200 million a year. Baroness Newlove said: Dame Vera’s responsibilities will include promoting the interests of victims and witnesses, ensuring that their voices are heard and holding government to account on delivery of its commitments.As Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northumbria since 2012, Dame Vera has taken an active role in promoting the views of victims, also serving as the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s lead for supporting victims and reducing harm.Justice Secretary David Gauke said: I am delighted Dame Vera has been appointed to succeed me. Throughout the past six years I have had the opportunity to work closely with Vera in her capacity as Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and as chair of the Victim Portfolio Group in the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. Vera is a passionate and articulate advocate for victims, particularly the most vulnerable. She brings to this post huge experience and understanding of the criminal justice system, both as a lawyer and a former Solicitor General. I know she will work tirelessly and be a powerful voice for victims. I look forward to supporting her in the years to come. Notes to editorslast_img read more