This year was something else. I had a chance to witness some altogether new things as a reporter, such as a small plane crash into a house and an FBI investigation into corruption at our local school corporation.
With the single- engine small plane crash came conflicts while photographing crews and victims at scenes. With the school scandal -- involving a 37-year veteran sheriff's deputy and the Vigo County School Corp. transportation director not just knee -deep in the scheme -- came scrutiny of whom we can trust in general in this county.
We had four murders: One at a Greenwood Manor apartment, one at an Estate Road mobile home park, one at a Village Quarter apartment and one at a North 24th Street residence. I was optimistic that the Greenwood Manor suspect would be apprehended after eluding police for some time, and he was eventually taken into custody with a cheering crowd watching.
Firefighters responded to many sigificant calls, including in northern Vigo County and in Seelyville. ICN's biggest fire story was the Dollar Tree arson, allegedly started by two juveniles.
In review, my top 11 stories of the year are as follows:
Please watch the video. There are many accompanying photos that are reflective of my work covering Terre Haute and Vigo County news. I've included miscellaneous shots of scenes that I think stood out and deserve honorable mention as personal favorites, too. This year -in -review story was very time consuming, as it involved going through a lot of material.
Thanks for your continued support of Indiana Central News. Best wishes to everyone in the New Year.
Indiana Central News celebrates its second year anniversary Feb. 18! It's been a challenge to roll out news as it happens, but it's one I enjoy. I'm excited to see what 2017 brings for Indiana Central News.
Lucy Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE May 16, 2017 --- It appears Chief John Plasse has had a change in opinion regarding police scanner apps commonly used arouind the country. There currently are two available to the public which include Terre Haute Police Department dispatch --- after a period of time when the feed was disconnected due to a cease and desist letter written to Broadcastify by the Terre Haute city attorney in December last year.
A Terre Haute man recently felt forced to stop his scanner feed through a popular cell phone app. The 40-year-old licensed amateur radio enthusiast has enjoyed tinkering around with various scanners and radios much of his adult life.
As soon as he read a letter sent by city attorney Eddie Felling, he said he stopped his local police and fire feed " just to keep the peace."
The CEO and Founder of Broadcastify has another take on the situation, and goes as far to point out First Amendement violations involved in such a request. The communications received are as follows:
We received the following cease and desist letter from Darrell E. (Eddie) Felling II, the City of Terre Haute, city attorney. After a short phone conversation with him walking him through Broadcastify's broadcaster terms of service, he vehemently disagreed with our perspective and indicated further legal remedies would be forthcoming - citing a "changed climate in this country."
It is interesting to note that the City of Terre Haute actually encrypts all of their non-routine law enforcement communications. Their primary police dispatch channel is the only one not encrypted, and the only one included on any live broadcasts.
Lindsay C. Blanton IIl --- CEO and Founder of Broadcastify
Note that we will vigorously defend any legal action taken by the city of Terre Haute IN. Any challenge by the City of Terre Haute would not survive even a lax standard of First Amendment scrutiny, as the widespread availability of these communications, often sanctioned by the public safety departments themselves, undermines any rational basis for prohibiting their broadcasts to the general public.
Dear Sir or Ma'am:
It has recently been brought to my attention that your service provides
real-time streaming of City of Terre Haute Police Department and Fire
Department radio traffic. I am requesting that the City's agencies be
removed from your broadcasting applications immediately.
I understand for some, listening to public safety scanner traffic is a
hobby that has been around for many years. Recently several of the City's
police officers have reported that individuals listening to scanner feeds, like
those broadcast by RadioReference.com and/or Broadcastify have shown up
to emergency incident scenes.
Given the dangers our police officers face today, having our radio
traffic broadcast in real-time has created a serious threat to officer safety, the
security of incident scenes, and may hinder the officer's ability to
appropriately ascertain and respond to the emergency situation because
listeners are at the scene as well.
I appreciate your help in resolving this potential officer safety issue as
quickly as possible. Please contact my office within ten (10) days of receipt
of this letter to avoid potential legal action.
Darrell E. Felling II
cc: Chief Plasse
ICN will continue to follow this story closely. The biggest police and fire stories ICN has covered this year have come from tips in the community or just by happening to drive by the scene by chance. The plane crash in northern Vigo County can be attributed to scanner traffic.
Please call the Terre Haute Police Department at 812-238-1662, Terre Haute Fire Department at 812-234-8653, City of Terre Haute at 812-244-2305 , Or your city councilman or woman for more information.
Lucy Perry can be reached at email@example.com
Journalist, Terre Haute
Lucy Perry, 46, enjoys writing about issues in her hometown. She periodically expresses personal opinions in her blog, Terre Haute Times.
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