The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office graduated fourteen (14) new confinement officers from the Indiana Law Enforcement Basic Jail Officers Course this past Friday, February 12th, 2016. Officers from Warrick, Spencer, Dubois, Gibson and Vanderburgh counties completed the Basic Jail Officer’s Course.In 2006, the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board approved the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office as a regional training site for this forty (40) hour course, which is required of all newly hired jail officers during their first year. The new officers were instructed in subjects such as: ethics, tactical communication, report writing, jail operations, physical security, searches, evidence gathering, booking and admissions, blood borne pathogens, cultural awareness, suicide prevention, mental illness and legal issues.The regional officers returned to their respective agencies this week in order to continue additional facility specific training. Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office confinement officers will spend the next two weeks attending additional classroom and practical training, which will include topics such as: housing unit supervision, gang identification, defensive and physical tactics, record keeping and practical scenarios.Upon completion of the classroom training, each new Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office confinement officer will continue with site specific, classroom instruction and then be assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) for an additional ten (10) weeks before being permitted to work alone.At any given time the Sheriff’s Office houses over 500 inmates and nearly 100 work release participants within the confines of a 156,722 square foot facility. As an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy accredited provider, the Sheriff’s Office accepts applications from outside agencies to attend the Confinement Officer Training School at our facility. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Twiddle kept the jams flowing at the College Street Music Hall last weekend, hitting the famed New Haven, CT venue for two nights on Friday and Saturday. The band had some fun on night one with members of Dopapod and Kung Fu, and the musical magic continued with a great second showing in Connecticut.Due to an illness, keyboardist Ryan Dempsey was unable to perform, and Josh Dobbs from Cats Under The Stars filled in for the entire night. The show also featured Adrian Tramontano of Kung Fu, who added percussion to the entire performance as well. Twiddle’s core members, Mihali, Zdenek, and Brook Jordan, were only amplified by the new energy on stage, opening with “White Light” and keeping the set rocking throughout.The band also welcomed their fair share of special guests on night two, including Teddy Midnight guitarist Wiley Griffin at points during both sets. The West End Blend Horns also made an appearance, joining in on “Polluted Beauty” and “Lost In The Cold” at the end of set one. Finally, Kung Fu bassist Chris DeAngelis appeared in the show-closing “Latin Tang,” even getting in to a bass battle with Zdenek Gubb. When bassists battle, we all win.You can listen to a full audio recording of the show below, courtesy of Matt Moricle.See the full uTwiddle setlist, posted below.Setlist: Twiddle at College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT – 9/10/16Set 1: White Light, Brick Of Barley, Second Wind, Polluted Beauty, Lost In The ColdSet 2: Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Beethoven and Greene, Carter Candlestick > Jamflowman > Frankenfoote, Latin TangShow Notes: This show was a part of the “Festively Plump” 2016 summer tour. The entire show featured Josh Dobbs (Cats Under The Stars) sitting in on keys for Ryan who did not play due to illness as well as Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu) sitting in on auxilary drums. Aqueous opened the show. “Brick Of Barley” & “Beethoven and Greene” featured Wiley Griffin (Teddy Midnight) on guitar. “Polluted Beauty” & “Lost In The Cold” featured The West End Blend Horns. “Latin Tang” featured Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu) on bass and featured a bass duel with Zdenek.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCurrent healthcare is not sustainableHealthcare costs in the United States have been increasing at an alarming rate. Last year, these costs reached over $3.6 trillion, exceeding the GDP of all but four countries. Per capita healthcare costs in the United States are about twice that of any other developed country.A number of studies have identified the major factors driving our very high healthcare costs as noted below.The No. 1 factor is the very high administrative costs of running our healthcare system. About one-quarter of healthcare cost in the United States is associated with administration, which is far higher than in any other developed country.Another major driver is the cost of drugs. In most countries, the government negotiates drug prices with the drug makers. Congress has denied Medicare the right to use its power to negotiate drug prices.The practice of defensive medicine also contributes to high costs. Doctors are afraid they will get sued, so they order multiple tests even when they are certain of the diagnosis.Wages and staffing also drive up costs in healthcare. Specialists command high reimbursements, and the over-utilization of specialists through the current process of referral decision-making drives health costs even higher.In spite of our expenditures, the World Health Organization ranked the United States 37th in healthcare systems, and The Commonwealth Fund placed the United States last among the top 11 industrialized countries in overall healthcare.We must urge our leaders to improve healthcare and reduce costs. We cannot sustain the current situation.Don SteinerSchenectadyTonko works hard to protect environmentI’m writing to address the Dec. 27 letter from Alfred Riccio about Paul Tonko being too far left to represent our district. Specifically, the complaint was about Mr. Tonko caring too much about the environment and that he’s siding with “radical leftist socialists.”Using such labels fails to adequately explain a person’s underlying thoughts on an issue. Mr. Tonko, fortunately, has had quite a bit of experience addressing issues related to the environment.Does this writer not care about the environment? I certainly do, and I would hope that every responsible citizen in Mr. Tonko’s district, whether or not he or she has children and grandchildren, will support and praise those who take action on protecting our tenuous environment.I’m very thankful that Mr. Tonko is well qualified to represent our district regarding the environment. He serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which happens to be one of the oldest standing committees in the House, created in 1795.Mr. Tonko was elected by his peers to chair the subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change. He graduated from Clarkson University with a degree in mechanical and industrial engineering. I appreciate anyone with the credentials, experience and, most importantly, the commitment that Mr. Tonko has to represent my desire for environmental sustainability. I truly don’t understand why anyone would question the need for environmental action at this point in time. I wish Mr. Tonko my support and best wishes for his success with working on the critical environmental issues of today.Bill ShapiroSchenectadyThank you to Scotia officer for shovelingThis thank you is for the officer who stopped his patrol car, got out, took the shovel out of my hands and proceeded to open the entrance to my driveway. I didn’t get his name, but Scotia should be very proud of your officers.Elena IsabellaScotia Join in the fight to bring end to hatredIn light of the multiple anti-Semitic attacks over the past 10 days, members of the Schenectady Clergy Against Hate again write to assert our solidarity with our Jewish sisters and brothers.We believe that the visible example of unity among our members stands as a witness of the world we wish to achieve: one where differences in faith and belief are celebrated.Our anger and our lament challenge hatred with transformative love. Our coalition strives to model what change and transformation look like in our own settings and traditions.We encourage others to join us to push back against forces of evil and hatred in our own midst.Speak out against anti-Semitism. Challenge Islamaphobia and racist tropes. Push back against anti-immigrant and xenophobic ideology. Advocate for the disabled, the marginalized, the LGBTQ community and those facing socioeconomic injustice.Let the change begin with us right here, right now. The Schenectady Clergy Against Hate Coalition is grieved that yet another letter, another service of interfaith unity, another demonstration is necessary. Still, we will continue to show up in support of all who face hatred and bigotry as our faiths compel us. We invite all to a service of solidarity this Sunday evening, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. at Congregation Gates of Heaven. Join us in this sacred work to create a world where all are welcomed, affirmed, and celebrated.Rev. Kathy Gorman-CoombsScotiaGet the facts about Thruway toll planIn response to Assemblyman Santabarbara’s Dec. 28 letter (“Oppose new toll/tax on upstate drivers “), we’d like to make sure everyone is aware of the facts surrounding the Thruway’s Toll Adjustment Proposal.The proposal is fair and modest and puts New York drivers first.Under this proposal, drivers with a New York E-ZPass would see no toll increase.Thruway tolls have not increased since 2010 and the highway is fully operated and maintained by tolls, not taxpayer dollars. In the last 10 years, we have reinvested more than $6.6 billion into Thruway infrastructure. Our goal is simple – keep tolls as low as possible for our customers.This proposal ensures that New York E-ZPass customers would have their tolls frozen at current levels. For Thruway users who don’t yet have an E-ZPass, you have time to sign up, as this proposal would not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2021. E-ZPass offers payment plans for everyone, regardless of how often you travel the Thruway. Customers can also conveniently get E-ZPass at more than 900 locations across the state, including more than two dozen locations in the assemblyman’s district.Even with this Toll Adjustment Proposal, Thruway toll rates will remain some of the lowest per-mile costs anywhere when compared to other major toll roads in the Northeast.We will be holding public hearings over the next year, and we look forward to working with the assemblyman and others to encourage people to sign up for E-ZPass and keep their tolls frozen at current levels.Matthew J. DriscollAlbanyThe writer is the Thruway Authority executive director.Thanks for column honoring nonprofitsA big thank you to Sara Foss for highlighting the work of nonprofits in her year-end column, “Celebrate Those Who Help the Electric City.”Reading about the various enterprises that provide serious resources and encouragement to those that could use a helping hand was enlightening; offering inspiration to take a step toward personal involvement in our city — that it be a more comfortable and inclusive place for all of us. Carole deForestDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Manchester United climbed above their ‘noisy neighbours’ into third position thanks to a 3-1 win over Aston Villa which included a stunning strike from Wayne Rooney. Ander Herrera’s first-half goal put United in front before Rooney doubled the hosts’ lead with a contender for goal of the month, if not the season. Christian Benteke pulled one back for Aston Villa but Herrera scored again late on to give United three vital points ahead of next week’s Manchester derby. United endured some nervy moments in the final 20 minutes, but they rarely looked like failing to register their fifth straight Barclays Premier League win. Ashley Young starred against his old club and Herrera rounded off a brilliant display with his sixth and seventh goals of the season. The best goal of the afternoon undoubtedly belonged to Rooney. The United captain touched down substitute Angel di Maria’s cross with his left foot, and then made a sharp turn before smashing the ball home first time with his right. It was his 14th – and best – goal of the season for the club. Its importance cannot be under-estimated either. The victory means United moved ahead of Manchester City into third in the Barclays Premier League. City were level on points with leaders Chelsea at the turn of the year, but now they down in fourth position, one point behind United ahead of their match in hand at Crystal Palace on Monday. They know they will find it hard coming to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby next Sunday in the knowledge that the hosts are in such good form. United’s Champions League place looked in jeopardy just a few weeks ago, but with Liverpool losing 4-1 at Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime, Louis van Gaal’s men are now some eight points clear of the Reds with seven matches left. Villa, on the other hand, will be concerned about their plight. Tim Sherwood’s men will drop to fourth from bottom if Sunderland beat Newcastle on Sunday. Villa’s record at Old Trafford suggested they were in for a tough afternoon. They had won just once here since 1983. That victory came six years ago when Gabriel Agbonlahor headed the winner to send Villa third in the table. Times have changed since then, though. Four managers have walked through the exit door at Villa Park and the club have plummeted to the brink of the relegation zone. Sherwood has enjoyed something of a love in with Villa supporters since his appointment on Valentine’s Day. The Villa boss won four of his seven matches prior to kick-off, but on Saturday he came up against one of the form teams in the league and United looked to find an early goal as they had done against Tottenham and Liverpool. They thought they should have had a penalty in the sixth minute when Rooney tumbled to the turf after being pulled back by Ciaran Clark, but referee Roger East waved play on. Rooney raged at the official, who controversially sent off Wes Brown instead of John O’Shea during Sunderland’s defeat at Old Trafford in February. Villa hit back on the break, but Agbonlahor could not finish despite a mix-up between Phil Jones and De Gea. It was to be Villa’s only chance of the first half as United launched attack after attack. Young, his every touch booed by the away fans, bamboozled Alan Hutton for the first of many times, but Juan Mata could not finish the pull back from the former Villa winger. It was Villa’s turn to feel aggrieved with the referee as Antonio Valencia somehow avoided a booking for sliding in on Fabian Delph. Brad Guzan tipped over Marcos Rojo’s blistering 30-yard drive. Rooney’s attempted over-head kick flew wide and Daley Blind went close with a low effort before Young again left Hutton on his backside and drove a low shot at Jores Okore. Then, one minute from the break, United took the lead they deserved. Young slipped the ball to Blind and he squared to Herrera, who took one touch before drilling a low half-volley past Guzan. Hutton, who required treatment just before the break, was replaced at half-time by Leandro Bacuna. Young gave Okore the same treatment as Hutton, bursting past the defender before curling a low shot just wide of the diving Guzan. The American then did well to tip Marouane Fellaini’s header over on the hour. Young received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Di Maria in the 70th minute. Nine minutes after his introduction, the Argentinian fired over a low cross which Rooney touched down with his left foot and then swivelled to drive the ball past Guzan with his right. The celebrations were cut short when Benteke’s shot slid in under De Gea to pull one back for Villa, but Herrera made sure of the win in injury time. Rooney won the ball and laid the ball off to Mata, who teed up his compatriot and he did the rest from 18 yards. The Stretford rose in celebration. The message was clear – over to you, City. Press Association
NORTHWOOD — An Osage man is under arrest after a high speed pursuit through Worth County.The Worth County Sheriff’s Department says a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle on Pheasant Avenue just south of Highway 105 just outside of Northwood on Tuesday. A pursuit then started heading south on Pheasant then east on 458th Street, south on Quince Avenue, and then east on 450th Street, with speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour. The pursuit ended with the truck being blocked in on Vine Avenue just north of 420th Street. 25-year-old Kaleb Sellers was arrested and faces numerous traffic violations including eluding, speeding and multiple counts of failing to obey a stop sign. He was transported and booked into the Worth County Jail.