Saturday is ‘Drug Take Back Day’

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Hoosiers have an opportunity to participate in the 17th nationwide "Prescription Drug Take Back Day,” this Saturday, April 27, by visiting Indiana State Police (ISP) posts and other locations sponsored by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency and the Indiana Board of Pharmacy. In partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the "Prescription Drug Take Back" initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs. Collection sites are available for residents to conveniently and safely drop off any unused, expired, or unwanted prescription medications, both liquids and pills. Syringes are not accepted. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Medication will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment. Over the years, Hoosiers have disposed of over five tons of potentially dangerous prescriptions during Drug Take Back Days. Besides ISP posts, south-central Indiana has two other drop-off locations. In Johnson County, go to Sam’s Club at 1101 Windhorst Way, in Greenwood, and in Jennings County, visit the North Vernon Fire Department, 2000 North Madison Ave., in North Vernon.

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Turkey flies through car windshield

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. – It is turkey season in Indiana. Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer for the Indiana State Police (ISP), says that a trooper responded to a “car vs. turkey” crash on Monday, between Brownstown and Seymour, on U.S. 50. The bird came completely through the windshield causing injuries to the driver. ISP reminds motorists to use caution as the birds are on the move and they can cause serious damage to vehicles.

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ISP promotes Franklin native

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – F/Sgt. Tyler Utterback was promoted last week to the rank of Lieutenant to serve as the Field Commander of Enforcement and Investigations for the Indiana State Police (ISP) Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division is responsible for enforcing both state and federal regulations on all commercial motor vehicles. Utterback is a native of Franklin, and a 1985 graduate of Franklin Community High School. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Franklin College in 1989. He began his law enforcement career as an ISP trooper in 1994 upon graduation from the 51st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy, and received promotions in 2005, 2006, and 2010. Lt. Utterback resides with his wife of 23 years, his two sons and a daughter in Johnson County.

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Vallonia man dies in Jackson Co. crash

SEYMOUR, Ind. – The Indiana State Police (ISP) responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Road 258, just west of Seymour, at around 9 p.m. on Friday, that resulted in the death of a Vallonia man.

The initial investigation by the ISP-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, indicates that a red pickup truck, driven by Lamar Anderson, 61, of Vallonia, was traveling westbound on State Road 258, near the White River Bridge, just west of Seymour. Anderson’s vehicle left the north side of the roadway and struck a guardrail before coming to rest facing eastbound in the westbound lane. The truck was then struck head-on by a westbound SUV being driven by Elizabeth Helwig, 70, of Seymour.

Anderson was pronounced deceased by the Jackson County Coroner’s Office. Helwig was transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Toxicology results on both drivers are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

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ISP-Versailles needs dispatchers

VERSAILLES, Ind. – The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for three Regional Dispatcher positions at its Versailles Post. Successful applicants must be able to receive, record, disseminate, and accurately dispatch information to police personnel, other law enforcement agencies, and other support services. A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required as well as the ability to successfully pass a typing test. Two years of public safety communications experience and an emergency medical technician certification are preferred but not required. The applicant should also reside within driving distance of the Versailles Regional Dispatch Center located in Versailles. Pay starts at $30,082 per year. The deadline for applications is April 24. For more information and to apply, go to

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Public Safety Telecommunications Week is ending

COLUMBUS, Ind. – In 1991, Congress proclaimed the second full week in April to be National Public Safety Telecommunications Week to recognize the importance of those special individuals who coordinate the efforts of police, fire, and EMS workers. Hoosier Governor Eric J. Holcomb has officially decclared this week as Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Indiana. Telecommunications operators are the unsung heroes of public safety. The dispatchers are the men and women who collect the initial information and pass it along to the first responders in the field. Often they are able to give immediate lifesaving directions to the caller during medical emergencies or can be the calming voice to reassure the victim of a violent crime that help is on the way. The Columbus Police Department, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, and the Indiana State Police are all thanking and honoring these local, emergency dispatchers during National Public Safety Telecommunications week which ends Saturday, April 20.

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