The Commissioner of Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles is stepping down effective the beginning of December. R. Scott Waddell says he is honored to have served Governor Mike Pence and his predecessor, former Governor Mitch Daniels, saying the accomplishments of the state's BMV have "raised the bar for bureaus throughout North America". Waddell, a native of Indianapolis, was appointed Commissioner in October 2010 and was reappointed by then Governor-Elect Mike Pence in December 2012. Waddell originally joined the BMV as Deputy Commissioner/Chief of Staff in March 2009. [Photo/Indiana BMV]
More from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles: Indianapolis, Ind. -- On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) R. Scott Waddell announced that he will be stepping down as Commissioner effective the beginning of December:
"I am honored to have served Governors Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence as Commissioner of the BMV. Just as important, it has been my privilege to play a role in the 'Best in the Country' successes achieved by the dedicated and hard-working associates of the Indiana BMV. The accomplishments of our customer oriented agency have raised the bar for bureaus throughout North America.
During my time at the BMV we have continued to drive improvements in operational efficiencies and customer service with initiatives such as just-in-time license plate procurement and a more responsive center for phone inquiries. We have also implemented new branch visit time monitoring technology and touch-screen computers for knowledge testing.
Additionally, I have overseen the upgrade of the myBMV.com website including transaction based smart phone apps. The BMV is now seeing almost 50% of all transactions completed outside of a license branch resulting in overall branch visit times of less than 15 minutes. The groundwork has also been established that should keep Indiana's BMV at the forefront of motor vehicle agencies for years to come.
However, as with all things, my time is nearing an end with the BMV. Effective December 2, 2013, I voluntarily submit my resignation to Governor Pence. It has been an honor to help lead the BMV from Good to Great!"...
Indiana's newest state lawmaker was sworn in Tuesday. 31-year-old Casey Cox, an attorney from Fort Wayne, was chosen earlier this month to fill the seat of a longtime Republican state representative in northeast Indiana. Cox succeeds Phyllis Pond, who died at the age of 82 last month after serving 35 years in the Indiana House. Pond was the longest-serving female state representative in Indiana history. [Photo/Indiana House of Representatives]...
The fall leaf pickup begins in Michigan City on Monday and city officials would to pass on some information regrading how they would like to to go about the process. Officials says no plastic bags are to be used, branches, rocks, and other debris must be kept out of the leaf piles and leaf piles should be loose in large piles in front of your property as close to the curb as possible, but away from sewer drains. They also ask that residents not use toters, as leaves will not be picked up in those containers.
Leaves in paper yard bags or 32 gallon trash cans should be placed in the front of the property and they will be picked up by the Refuse Department on your regular compost day until the week ending November 22, 2013. Leaves will be picked up by request only prior to Monday, October 21, 2013. If citizens have branches that need picked up please call in your requests to the Central Service Department at 873-1500.
OCTOBER 21-25 & NOVEMBER 11-15
Area 1 is marked by Franklin Street on the west, Michigan Boulevard and Roeske Avenue on the east and Kieffer Road on the south.
OCTOBER 28-NOVEMBER 1 & NOVEMBER 18-22
Area 2 is marked by Lake Shore Drive and U.S. 12 and Shoreland Drive on the north, Michigan Boulevard on the south and Meer Road on the east.
NOVEMBER 4-8 & NOVEMBER 25-29
Area 3 is marked by County Line Road on the west, Franklin Street on the east, Kieffer Road on the south and Lake Michigan on the north.
A discussion on how federal health care reform affects Hoosiers is scheduled to take place next month. State Senator Karen Tallian, of Portage, who has led legislative efforts to expand health care coverage to more Hoosiers, will make brief remarks covering the Affordable Care Act and recent developments with Indiana's health care insurance Marketplace. The meeting is open to the public and will take place on Sunday, November 3rd, at 3pm at the Ogden Dunes Fire House in the one-hundred block of Hillcrest Road. ...
Wingfield says the agreement also allows the state and local partners to monitor ridership and explore service improvements to ensure long-term viability. Indiana was the final state to reach an agreement and the deadline to get a deal done was tomorrow (Wednesday). Congress voted in 2008 to end federal support for Amtrak routes of less than 750 miles, which includes the Hoosier State passenger rail service.
More information about the Amtrak Hoosier State service, including a cost-benefit analysis of schedule and frequency options, is available at www.in.gov/indot/3200.htm....
(Corey Reed; Photos Courtesy of the Lake County Sheriff's Office)
The Lake County Sheriff's Office announced today two drug busts and a weapons seizure from last week. On Tuesday, October 8th, the Lake County Gang Unit recovered six-weapons during an investigation of local gang activity and placed them into evidence and an investigation continues. On Thursday, October 10th, the Sheriff's Department Drug Task Force arrested 38 year old Corey Reed, of Gary, who allegedly had 43-hundred grams of cocaine in his possession, worth in excess of 500-thousand dollars, as well as 38-thousand dollars cash. On Friday, October 11th, two Ohio men were stopped on I-90 on the Indiana Toll Road, at mile marker 21, and after consenting to a vehicle search, 22 bales of packaged marijuana weighing 25 pounds each were found. Arrested were 23 year old Miguel Perez and 33 year old Francisco Martinez, who were both charged with one-count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and taken to the lake County Jail.
Traffic tipsters are reporting a crash on US 30 in front of the Shorewood Forest subdivision entrance. One access lane is reportedly open in each direction. No information regarding any injuries at last check, but ambulance, police and fire departments are reported to be at the scene....
The Indiana Department of Transportation says the right two lanes of eastbound Interstate 94 in Porter County near US 20 in the Porter/Burns Harbor area are blocked due to crash. A caller told us the accident was east of State Road 149. The crash reportedly involves injuries. INDOT says anticipate delays as you travel eastbound on I-94 near mile marker 22....
The South Lawn of the Indiana Statehouse is turning into the Governor's Great Pumpkin Patch for ninety-minutes today [Tuesday 11:30 a.m. EDT to 1:00 p.m. EDT. ] Governor Mike Pence, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, and Cabinet members are helping with the sale of pumpkins as well as cookies and apple cider to benefit the Midwest Food Bank as part of the 2013-2014 State Employees’ Community Campaign (SECC). Pumpkins of various sizes will be for sale, provided by Tragesser Pumpkin Farms of Atlanta, Indiana at no charge.[Photo/Governor's Office]...
Michigan City Police today announced an 18-year-old man hss been arrested at the Blue Chip Casino hotel on a charge of child molesting. Authorities say police were dispatched last Wednesday afternoon to meet with Indiana Gaming Commission Agents and Blue Chip security on the report of an eleven-year-old girl missing from Michigan. Authorities say the missing girl was located in the company of the suspect inside a hotel room. Both were reported to have minor injuries. Police say this is an ongoing investigation covering two states and several law enforcement jurisdictions, and future charges are possible.
Here is the news release from Michigan City Police:
Wednesday October 9th, 2013 about 1:45PM Michigan City Police were dispatched to Blue Chip hotel to meet with Indiana Gaming Commission Agents and Blue Chip security. This was to locate an 11year old female that was reported missing from the state of Michigan.
Upon arrival law enforcement went to the room, it was confirmed to be occupied but police got no cooperation from the occupants of the room. Facts were confirmed again and entry had to be forced into the room.
Once inside a missing 11yr old was located and she was in the company of an 18 year old male named Daniel Ivan Cabrera-Pozadas, both had minor injuries and the juvenile was transported to Franciscan St. Anthony hospital and later interviewed by the Michigan City Police department.
There was an indication that there may have been sexual activity that occurred in the room and Cabrera-Pozadas was taken to the Michigan City police department where he was charged with Child Molesting Class B Felony in Laporte Superior Court #1. Cabrera-Pozadas was later transferred to the hospital for treatment.
This is an ongoing investigation that covers two states and several law enforcement jurisdictions. Future charges are possible.
The case has been assigned to Detective Jillian Ashley.
Arrested parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. ...
In Lake County, an early morning bus rollover a couple miles south of Lowell resulted in the driver being extricated and taken to a local hospital. Indiana State Police say just before 1:30 this morning a bus owned by North American Charter Lines out of Bolingbrook, Illinois, was north bound in the right lane at the 238 mile marker when it went off the road and came to rest on its passenger side, against the center strand barrier cable. There were no passengers onboard. Troopers say the driver, a 41-year-old Chicago man, stated he had probably fallen asleep, telling officers he was driving in the right lane then woke up in a ditch. Authorities say he suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his shoulder and head. One lane was closed for over two hours. Police say the driver was cited for failure to retain his previous seven days log and for unsafe lane movement. [Photo/Indiana State Police]...
Valparaiso is taking steps toward tearing down a historic building damaged by fire in July. The city will get an appraisal of the Needle and Thread site at Lafayette and Jefferson Street to buy the building in hopes of turning the property into a free parking lot for the downtown area.
Meanwhile, the city is also reportedly eyeing a highly-visible structure off of State Road 49. According to the Times today, the Redevelopment Commission has tentatively earmarked funds in its draft budget for 2014 to demolish the former Natural Ovens Bakery dome, which has sat empty for several years, so the property could be prepped for new development. It could go up for tax sale, and possibly eventually end up being deeded to Valparaiso. The Natural Ovens plant opened in 2003 and closed less than two years later in the midst of a surge in popularity in low-carb diets....
There's been concern in Merrillville over empty, abandoned properties in general, many of which have fallen into states of disrepair, including a number of homes. ...
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- Chicago Man Arrested for Illegal Buying/Selling Wildlife
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- Autopsy on Jail Inmate Postponed
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- Garden Area Dedicated Across from Hospital
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