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‘Cop Killer’ Manhunt Goes Nationwide

29 Dec

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The manhunt for a “cop killer” was expanded today to a nationwide dragnet to find the suspected bank robber who fatally shot a Mississippi police officer two days before Christmas, according to the FBI. Tupelo Police Department officer Gale Stauffer and another officer were hit by gunfire Monday when they confronted suspected bank robbers during their getaway in the city. As the officers approached suspects in a vehicle, which was stuck in traffic at a railroad crossing, at least one of the suspects opened fire at close range, according to an account posted online at the Officer Down Memorial Page. The suspects fled, leaving Stauffer fatally shot and another officer critically wounded Stauffer “has made the ultimate sacrifice for his community,” Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said, urging the public to help “so that the criminal or criminals responsible for this horrendous act can be brought to justice.” After reviewing bank surveillance video from the robbery of a BancorpSouth bank in Tupelo, authorities are looking for a thin, possibly African-American man with light complexion, standing between 5-feet-9 and 6-feet tall, according to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. The suspect seen in the surveillance video was wearing khaki or cargo-style pants, white Converse tennis shoes, a long-sleeved jacket and a blue ski mask, the state public safety department said. A charcoal-colored, medium-sized sedan might have been used as a getaway car. As part of the investigation, authorities also released a photo (shown below) of a “person of interest” standing in what appears to be a convenience store minutes before the robbery at the bank. Police did not discuss any possible connection to the bank shooting.More than 100 agents, officers, deputies and marshals worked through Christmas to track down the suspects, an FBI official said. The FBI, BancorpSouth and others are offering more than $152,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI’s tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
Stauffer was a combat veteran of the Louisiana Army National Guard, and he had served with the Tupelo Police Department for eight years, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
He was married with two young children.

Attorney General returns record amount of unclaimed property in 2013

11 Dec

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced today that the Unclaimed Property Division has recently broken its record for the most claims paid in a single calendar year. With more than $58 million in claims paid, the division has beaten its goal of breaking the 2006 record which stood at $53.9 million.
“It’s great to break this record, especially knowing it benefits our fellow Hoosier citizens,” Zoeller said. “This is a result of greater use of social media to get the word out about where to find their money but mostly it’s from the hard work of the men and women who serve in our Unclaimed Property division.”
In total, the state’s unclaimed property database holds more than $380 million in assets. In 2012, the Attorney General’s Office returned 85,150 properties totaling $44.8 million in unclaimed property. To date this year, 93,615 properties valued at $58,480,934.88 have been returned.
Several of the factors that have contributed to this record include increased reporting compliance, improved search tools on IndianaUnclaimed.gov, a new mobile app, increased online marketing, the addition of a proactive investigator, and the hard work of an experienced claim staff.
Zoeller, along with Buck the Money Dog, visited the unclaimed property office today to celebrate the milestone and encourage everyone to visit www.IndianaUnclaimed.gov to search for their name, their relatives, neighbors and friends’ names. “The holidays are a great time to look for unclaimed funds for your family, friends and neighbors, helping others is in keeping with the spirit of the season,” Attorney General Zoeller said. The Indiana Unclaimed Property database is also mobile. Anyone can search for free through the mobile application — just use keyword Indiana Unclaimed to download. The app makes it easy to look for unclaimed property. Business owners and charitable organizations should also check annually for unclaimed property.
The Unclaimed Property database can be searched 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at the toll-free number is 1-866-IN-CLAIM (1-866-462-5246). This is a free service of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.

Schererville Police Charge Joel Hill With Armed Robbery

6 Nov

Gazette Staff

 

On November 6th, 2013 Schererville Detectives filed 5 Class B Felony counts against Joel B. Hill age 19, of Schererville, In..

The charges included: Armed Robbery
Attempted Armed Robbery
Criminal Confinement (3 Counts)

The charges are a result of the investigation into an Armed robbery that occurred on October 18th,2013 at the CHASE Bank located at 1801 Kennedy Avenue, in Schererville, In.. During the Robbery the suspect approached the victims vehicle as they were attempting to use the outside ATM at that location. The suspect approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, pointed a handgun at the driver and took the $40 in cash that she had just removed from the machine.   The suspect then ordered the driver to attempt to make another withdrawal using one of the passengers bank cards. After several unsuccessful attempts to get money from the machine, the suspect ordered them to leave. The three occupants of the vehicle came immediately to the police department to report the incident.
During the investigation of this Robbery, Detectives were able to develop a suspect through confidential information and believed that Joel B. Hill was responsible. The victims were able to positively identify Hill as the person whom robbed them at CHASE Bank, from a photo line-up.

Joel Hill is currently confined at Lake County Jail after being charged with Burglary on October 25th, 2013 in reference to a burglary that occurred on July19th, 2013 in the 100 block of Seville St. in Schererville, In..

Any questions or information please contact:

Brian Neyhart
Patrol Commander
Schererville Police Department
25 E. Joliet St.
Schererville, IN 46375
219-322-5000

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Senator Coats Issues Statement on Obamacare "Glitches"

27 Oct

Gazette Staff

 

Indiana Senator Coats issues a statement today pledging to fight for a delay of the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act.  In the statement, Coats said:

An email I received from Daniel in Elkhart, Indiana, summarizes the experience many Hoosiers are having with the recently launched Obamacare online health insurance marketplace:

“I have tried for two weeks to apply through the marketplace, only to electronically sign my application and be kicked back to my ‘profile page.’ This is the most bizarre system I have ever experienced. If a company put a business website together like this they would go out of business.”

Despite its $400 million cost to taxpayers, the president’s health care website has been plagued by nationwide accounts of technological complications since it launched on October 1. It also has been reported that the site provides inaccurate information about the federal tax credits available to those seeking health insurance. An experienced online database programmer told CBS News, “I would be ashamed and embarrassed if my organization delivered something like that.”

President Obama and Harry Reid slammed Obamacare through the Senate on Christmas Eve 2009 and strong-armed it through the House of Representatives a few months later. They have had almost four years to prepare for the rollout of their health care law and this is what it looks like – a disaster. A recent Associated Press poll revealed that only seven percent of Americans believe the rollout of Obamacare has gone either very well or extremely well.

Despite the website’s numerous glitches and many other implementation problems, the administration still insists on fining taxpayers if they don’t purchase health insurance. This week, the Obama administration  announced a six-week extension to sign up for a health care plan before facing a penalty. This brief extension is certainly no consolation for the millions of Americans that are seeing their premiums rise and their paychecks fall.

Now is the time to pass my bill to delay the Obamacare mandates for a year.

First, a delay of the Obamacare mandates would provide all Americans with the same relief that the administration already has given to businesses. The Obama administration announced this summer that it will delay penalties for employers who do not provide health insurance coverage to workers, but not provide the same delay for all Americans. Don’t individuals deserve the same relief from Obamacare as businesses? My bill would codify that delay and extend the same delay to all individuals and families.

Second, delaying the Obamacare mandates until after the 2014 midterm elections would return the decision of Obamacare’s fate to the American voters. As of today, we do not have the votes in the Senate to repeal or defund Obamacare, but if we can delay the mandates, Americans will be able to decide whether they want to keep Obamacare or replace it with step-by-step, consumer-drive health care reforms.

My bill mirrors legislation introduced by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) that passed the House of Representatives in July with the support of 22 Democrats. And several Senate Democrats have come out in support delaying parts or all of the president’s health care law.

As bipartisan acknowledgement of Obamacare’s problems increases, I will continue to fight for a vote in the Senate. This law’s failures are more than mere glitches.