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2015 Knepple Scholarship Awarded

on May 14, 2015

IMG_4745POPAI provides a scholarship in memory of probation officer Donald “Charley” Knepple.  Charley lost his life on April 28, 1997, while performing his probation officer duties in Allen County, Indiana.  In an effort to honor an outstanding professional and to promote further professionalism, POPAI selected a scholarship that would encourage continued education and advanced degrees for probation officers in Indiana.

At the recent Probation Officers Annual Meeting held in Indianapolis, POPAI presented the 2015 Knepple scholarship to probation officer Patrick O’Neill of Marion County Probation.

Patrick is presently in his third year of graduate school studying Social Work at Indiana University.  Through his education, Patrick is gaining a deeper understanding of mental illness and addictions.  He states that he will be using his degree to ensure that his clients and their families receive appropriate and effective services.

In the letters of support, Patrick’s Chief Probation Officer Christine Kerl stated that Patrick has demonstrated a strong commitment to his role as change agent with his clients and their families.  Deputy Chief Probation Christina Ball stated that Patrick has demonstrated independent decision making in his role as a school based and community based officer.

Congratulations to Patrick!

Insane Clown Posse – Insane Clown Posse Scrap Tour Over Probation Issues

Full Article on 05/13/2015

The rappers have been on the road for their Marvelous Missing Link In-Store Insanity Tour, but had to pull out of dates last week (ends 08May15) to allow Shaggy 2 Dope to return to his native Detroit, Michigan to sort out the probation problem.

They subsequently scrapped the rest of the trek and now a representative for the group has revealed continuing with the live shows could have resulted in a probation violation for the troubled star, as he was late in submitting the required travel requests with his probation officer, according to

However, Shaggy 2 Dope, real name Joey Utslerhas, has been given permission to attend the band’s annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival, which will take place in Ohio in July (15).

How 4 teens became murderers without killing anyone

Full Article

Indy Star on 04/20/2015

— April Sparks was waiting in line to pre-pay for gas at a 7-Eleven store when she overheard a conversation she didn’t want to hear.

“They don’t deserve that,” the cashier said.

“They should spend their lives in prison,” the customer in front of her said.

Sparks knew exactly whom they were talking about. The small community 160 miles north of Indianapolis seemed split on the fates of four teenagers catapulted into unwanted fame because of one stupid mistake. One of them was her son.

Sparks left, quietly, and went elsewhere to buy gas.

Her son’s life changed forever on the afternoon of Oct. 3, 2012, when he and four friends broke into a house, hoping to steal some money.

They thought the house was empty. None of the teens expected an armed homeowner to be inside. None of them was armed. None foresaw a shooting. But the homeowner, who was sleeping upstairs, did rush downstairs and did fire a handgun — killing one of the teens.

And all four of the surviving teens were charged and convicted for the death. Levi Sparks, now 20; Jose Quiroz Jr., 19; Blake Layman, 18; and Anthony Sharp Jr., 20, are each serving a five-decade sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction.

They may not have pulled the trigger. But, as far as the law is concerned, the rash decision to try to score some cash turned them into murderers.

The story of the Elkhart Four — as they have come to be known — brings attention to a decades-old controversial and highly criticized, but widely used, doctrine of criminal law.

2015 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

on May 13, 2015 by Cherie Wood, POPAI Election Committee Chair

It’s time for the annual POPAI Elections.

Up for election in 2015:

  • District 1
  • District 3
  • District 5
  • District 7
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer

POPAI District 8 Representative Cherie Wood is serving as the Election Committee Chair.  The Intent to Run form may be found on the POPAI web site.

The Intent to Run form must be sent to Cherie by July 17th (postmarked, emailed or faxed).  By August 17th, Cherie will send out the election slate to the POPAI membership.

The election will be held during the POPAI Annual Meeting Thursday September 17, 2015 at the French Lick Springs Hotel.  The 2015 POPAI Fall Conference will feature Mark Carey and Mimi Carter.  Watch the POPAI web site for more details.

We hope to see you all at the 2015 POPAI Annual Meeting in French Lick.