July 25, 2014

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Dearborn Co. - Hamilton Co. head up multi-state drug trafficking bust
Written by Staff   
Friday, July 18, 2014 4:17 PM

Sheriff Jim Neil reports that members of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Regional Narcotics Unit ("RENU") have been involved in a large scale heroin and cocaine trafficking investigation over the last 1"2 months that has resulted in the disruption of a drug trafficking network operating in California, Texas, Nevada, lllinois, as well as cities throughout Ohio, including Dayton, Springfield and Cincinnati.

During this investigation to date 14 individuals have been arrested and law enforcement has seized approximately 35 pounds of heroin, 18 pounds of cocaine, as well as over $600,000 dollars in assets derived from the drug trafficking activities of these individuals.

Further investigation identified two individuals responsible for organizing the drug trafficking activities as a current and former inmate of the London Correctional Facility, located in London, Ohio. During the investigation, RENU agents discovered that these two inmates, both from Mexico, would develop relationships with incarcerated drug traffickers from southern Ohio, all housed together at the London Correctional Facility. Through these relationships, and from inside the correctional facility, the two Mexican inmates were able to arrange drug shipments to local Southern Ohio drug traffickers. These shipments would be received and distributed by non-incarcerated associates of the incarcerated inmates at the London Facility.

ln January of this year, RENU agents and members of the lndiana State police participated in a joint investigation involving the seizure of 8.8 pounds of heroin and the arrests of two individuals in lndiana. Further investigation revealed the heroin shipment was destined for distribution in Cincinnati and Springfield, Ohio.

Subsequent to the arrests and seizure of heroin in January, law enforcement agencies in Ohio and lndiana along with the Dearborn County Prosecutor continued to investigate these individuals cooperatively, resulting in the collection of evidence against additional individuals, one currently incarcerated at the London facility and two additional subjects who are not yet in custody.

This investigation included assistance from the following agencies: the lndiana State Police, the Greensburg lndiana Police Department, the Batesville lndiana Police Department, the Dearborn County Sheriff's Office, the Springfield Ohio Police Department, and lnvestigators with the Ohio Department of Corrections.


Don't forget: Ind. 56 closing temporarily, Thuermer Hollow will stay closed until Nov.
Written by Staff   
Friday, July 18, 2014 2:04 PM | Updated ( Friday, July 18, 2014 2:17 PM )

While Ind. 56 between Aurora and Rising Sun is slated to be closed for only 14 hours Monday, July 21, Thuermer Hollow Road will remain closed at its intersection with Ind. 56 until the realignment project is completed.

INDOT's contractor J.R. Jurgenson, Cincinnati, will shut down Ind. 56 from 7 p.m. July 21 until 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 22. Representatives from Jurgensen and INDOT met with Rising Sun city officials, Ohio County officials, as well as business and Rising Star casino representatives Friday, July 18, to discuss the closure.

Wedges on new pavement around the construction zone will be put in during the overnight closure, and when the road reopens it will be on new pavement, said Jurgensen representatives. The 14-hour closure beginning at 7 p.m. July 21 is weather permitting, and will be moved to July 22 if needed.

Thuermer Hollow Road will be closed from July 21 until the project is completed. The completion date is Nov. 7 per the contract.

The official INDOT detour calls for motorists to use the wide load detour through Switzerland County taking Ind. 129 to U.S. 50, however casino officials asked if there was an alternate route. INDOT said not officially, but police and Rising Mayor April Hautman suggested drivers to through French to Holmes Hill Road then to Salem Ridge and down Bellview into Rising Sun. Other routes also were mentioned.

Casino representatives said they would print maps for patrons, employees and others to use if they had to travel through the area during the closure period.

Meanwhile, any other work on Ind. 56 after the realignment at Thuermer Hollow is not in the picture over the next five years. The Grants Creek bridge however may be closed this winter and fixed, since it has a hole in it and is deteriorating.

Hautman asked about any plans for U.S. 50, and INDOT officials said the only project on the radar is for next year at the Tanners Creek bridge in Lawrenceburg. However, only half of the eastbound bridge will be shut down at a time, and should not have a major impact on traffic.

RELATED: 56 to close Monday evening, Thuermer Hollow until work done

Coast to Coast: NYC to California: walker is learning about himself
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:29 PM | Updated ( Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:07 AM )
Chandra L. Mattingly/The Register Tim Rice, 25, who calls New York City home, crosses the bridge on the Aurora-Lawrenceburg portion of Dearborn Trails Thursday, July 10. Rice is walking from NYC to Santa Monica, Calif.

What cross-country walker Tim Rice, 25, has learned in the first fourth of his journey ranges from almost spiritual to practical.

“... I'm trying to learn more about myself and my life. … You'd characterize it in a way as spiritual,” said the photo-journalist Thursday, July 10, as he passed through Dearborn County.
In early May, Rice quit his job managing content and data for Inc., a New York City-based business magazine, to devote his time and his savings to “the roam” as he calls the trip on his blog page theroam.net. Starting Sunday, June 15, he is walking from New York City to Santa Monica, Calif.

“Previously it was work, work, work, get raises, accumulate wealth,” said Rice, who had worked for Inc. since graduating from college. “I was just unhappy every morning, getting up and going to the office.”

S-D policy would allow paid tutoring
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:27 PM | Updated ( Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:07 AM )
G’dale questions county’s animal control ordinance
Written by Chris McHenry   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:26 PM

Although they have pledged their ongoing support of the Southeastern Indiana Regional Port Authority, Greendale officials have opted to create their own port authority, separate from the larger one.
Council member Al Abdon explained that Greendale officials are concerned that port authorities can include facilities such as truck terminals and the larger group would have the power of eminent domain over land in Greendale.