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Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 12:53 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 12:52 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — The Latest on the convening of the 2018 Indiana legislative session (all times local):
Republicans who dominate the Indiana Legislature do not plan on taking substantive action during the 2018 session to address the state's troubled Department of Child Services.
The 10-week legislative session kicked off Wednesday. But GOP Senate leader David Long says he doesn't want to hold public hearings examining the widely publicized problems. House Speaker Brian Bosma made a similar call.
The agency's problems erupted publicly when former director Mary Beth Bonaventura resigned last month. She accused Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb of making management changes and service cuts that "all but ensure children will die."
Holcomb's administration is working with a nonprofit group to conduct a review of the agency.
Democrats are calling for public hearings, but Republican leaders want to wait for the group to conclude its work sometime in the spring.
An Indiana legislator is proposing legislation that would allow for expanded use of baby boxes in which a mother could anonymously give up her newborn.
Republican state Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle announced Wednesday his bill would allow fire departments that are continually staffed to install the devices.
A state law passed last year allows for such boxes at hospitals, though proponents say none have been installed yet. Two fire departments that previously installed such devices were also grandfathered in under the law.
Baby boxes are heated and contain an alarm that alerts when a baby is placed inside. But child welfare authorities have voiced concerns about a lack of safeguards in place to ensure the safety of the boxes.
Holdman says his latest effort helps address those concerns by only allowing the boxes to be installed continuously staffed locations.
Legislators are returning to the Indiana Statehouse to begin this year's General Assembly session.
Members of both the Indiana House and Senate will meet on Wednesday to formally start the session that must end by mid-March.
The Republican-dominated Legislature could face contentious debates over issues such as ending Indiana's longtime ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales and repealing the state law requiring licenses to carry handguns in public.
Conservative social activists have already attacked Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma for not taking up a constitutionally questionable bill that aims to ban abortions by defining human life as beginning when a human egg is fertilized by a sperm.
Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 12:44 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:59 AM
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Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 10:31 AM
DAYTON — A 12-year-old girl is recovering after a pitbull darted from a Troy Street home and bit her, according to a Dayton police report.
Officers responded to the house in the 700 block of Troy around 3 p.m. Monday after the dog bit the girl in the left leg, below the knee, police said.
The resident at the home said the brown female pitbull named Tara rushed out of the house when she opened the door, and the resident didn’t realize the screen door was open, the report read.
The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center took possession of the animal.
Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 3:37 AM
WASHINGTON TWP. — An adult and child were taken to an area hospital as a precaution following a rollover crash early Wednesday morning.
The crash happened around 3 a.m. on Clyo Road at Ole Quaker Court. Officials said the vehicle slid on a patch of ice, rolling over.
A second adult in the vehicle was not injured.
A salt truck was requested to the scene.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 1:03 AM
NEW CARLISLE —
Ohio 571 remains closed in New Carlisle after a grain silo collapse sent 10,000 tons of corn onto the roadway late Sunday evening.
Crews worked delicately Tuesday to prevent any damage to other nearby buildings surrounded by corn, said New Carlisle Fire Chief Steven Trusty.
"Give us the time, because it's not going to go away in a day,” Trusty said. "It's going to be a very slow process."
Sheriff’s deputies are treating the scene at Miami Valley Feed and Grain Company as a crime scene until criminal activity is ruled out.
“(We’re) considering it to be a crime scene until proven otherwise,” said Maj. Christopher Clark with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. “We really don’t know what happened to cause the collapse, so we are going to be here to secure the scene.”
Clark said the scene is “very dangerous” and the county is planning to station deputies on the scene around the clock. Anyone that goes past barricades could be subject to charges.
Trusty said the corn is being moved onto the property of the grain silo owner for insurance purposes, however once insurance issues are addressed it will be the property owner’s responsibility for removal.
Ohio 571 is expected to be shut down until through at least today, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
ODOT suggested detour is Ohio 201 to U.S. 40, then to Ohio 235, according to a media release.
ODOT said the road closure times could change depending on the progress of the cleanup.
Crews were initially called to Miami Valley Feed & Grain at 880 W. Jefferson St. around 11:40 p.m. on reports of an explosion.
After a preliminary investigation, it was determined that one silo collapsed, rather than exploded, and partially damaged another building as well as caused 10,000 tons of corn to cover Ohio 571.
“What residents heard when they thought they heard explosions were the transformers blowing when the debris hit them”, said Steve Trusty, Chief of New Carlisle Fire Department.
There were not any employees on site at the time.
The silo collapse took out at least three power poles and power lines, which caused a brief power outage that has since been restored to all area residents.