Jail inmates’ behavioral issues have led to some extra costs for Pulaski County. Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the county council last week that he’s sent two inmates to the Indiana Department of Correction, since the county jail staff is no longer able to handle them.Continue reading
Getting body camera footage from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will now cost $150. The fee was approved as part of an ordinance by the county council Monday.Continue reading
Battling Pulaski County’s drug epidemic is not a cheap proposition, according to Sheriff Jeff Richwine. “You’re looking at, I think, one of the worst drug epidemics that we’ve seen,” he told the county council Monday. “And I lived through the ’60s and ’70s, and I don’t think it’s nothing to what you’re seeing now.”Continue reading
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is proposing a $150 fee for the release of body camera footage. During Monday’s county commissioners meeting, Sheriff Jeff Richwine explained that County Attorney Kevin Tankersley and his staff have written up an ordinance for the county council’s consideration next week.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Commissioners have issued some direction on the purchase of fuel. They voted last week to have the departments that use county fuel get competitive bids from local distributors on a load-by-load basis.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department may soon start charging for the release of body camera footage. Sheriff Jeff Richwine brought the idea to the county council earlier this month. “You know, we’ve got the new body cameras going and now, we’ve got our first requests for video, and I think we’re allowed, by law, to charge a fee for those videos,” Richwine said. “And I didn’t know if that was set or if the council sets that fee. I’m sure I just can’t say, as the sheriff, I want to charge $100.”Continue reading
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is asking for permission to spend almost another $42,000 beyond what was budgeted for this year. Almost $13,000 of that has to do with medical bills, according to Sheriff Jeff Richwine.Continue reading
Preventing PTSD among law enforcement personnel is the goal of a wellness program being considered by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the county council last week that the program would be an investment in his employees’ future.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has been busy in recent weeks. Sheriff Jeff Richwine gave an update to the county commissioners Monday. “We had a pursuit, a residential entry over by Bruce Lake that turned into a bunch of meth,” he said.Continue reading
Residents of Pulaski County and the Town of Culver who may find themselves without heat may take advantage of area warming centers. In Pulaski County, the Emergency Management Agency office at 108 North Franklin in Winamac and the Francesville Fire Station are set to be used as warming centers if needed, according to EMA Director Sheri Gaillard. Pulaski County residents who need to use a warming center are asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 574-946-6655.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department had a busy year in 2018. Sheriff Jeff Richwine reviewed some of the annual statistics with the county commissioners last week. “As you can see, the 911 Center, we had 3,521 911 calls, 51,810 administrative calls, for a total of 55,331 calls for the year 2018,” he said.Continue reading
A Winamac man is dead, following a crash on U.S. 421 near Francesville Tuesday afternoon. The Pulaski County Coroner’s Office says it happened near County Road 600 South. Ronald Mark Vititoe, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:20 p.m. by Coroner John Behny.Continue reading
Work continues on a body camera policy for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the county commissioners last week that he’s begun getting requests for body camera footage, but there are laws that limit what the department may release. “It’s a kind of a nightmare,” he said. “We’re working on getting the software that we can redact all the stuff. [County Attorney] Kevin [Tankersley] read the law, I read the law, and you’re head still kind of spins.”
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is looking to finalize a couple of contracts. An agreement with Motorola for new body cameras, portable radios, and other equipment was approved by the county commissioners earlier this month. Auditor Laura Wheeler told the county council last week that she needs to know where exactly the money is coming from, before the paperwork may be finalized.
A shortfall in the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department’s overtime budget has the sheriff asking to move some money around. Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the county commissioners last week that he plans to transfer a total of $17,600 into his overtime budget. “Some of this is due to people not getting moved in the matrix in time, so we have to go back and do back pay, so that’s some of it,” he explained. “Some of it’s overtime.” Richwine said that money will come out of the Dispatch Salary, Equipment Repair, and Part-Time Cooks line items.
A Winamac Park Board member is voicing his frustration after someone apparently vandalized the new restrooms along the Winamac Parkway. “I went in there a few weeks ago to look and there was trash everywhere in there, and people went to the bathroom and plugged it up,” Chris Schramm told the rest of the park board last week. “I assume kids are doing that. I mean, it looked terrible.”
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies will have a new retirement plan, starting January 1. The county council voted Monday to change the system to a 32-year plan. Currently, the number of years of service that count toward deputies’ retirement benefits is limited to 20.
About 40 minutes after the initial alert Friday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Department sent out an update saying the missing subject had been located.
The Pulaski County Council got a closer look earlier this month at proposed changes to the sheriff’s deputies’ retirement plan. Actuary Stan Brown with OneAmerica explained that the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is one of about a dozen in the state that still use a 20-year maximum service plan. “So what that means is only 20 years count for any deputy’s benefit,” he explained. “If you have someone work beyond 20 years, those years don’t count in determining the monthly retirement benefit.”
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is pursuing funding to launch a work release center. Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the county council this week that Natalie Federer, who serves as coordinator of the county’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, is willing to help with grant applications.