Monthly Archives: April 2015

Remembering April 28, 1997: Donald R. “Charley” Knepple

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Officer Down Memorial Page

Probation Officer Donald Knepple was shot and killed after being ambushed by a man at a counseling center on South Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne. The suspect, a former juvenile corrections officer who had been convicted of attempted child molestation, had arranged a meeting with his counselor and Probation Officer Knepple with the intent of […]

St. Joseph County youth detention alternative gets grant

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South Bend Tribune

April 13, 2015

Amanda Gray

SOUTH BEND — The goal is simple: Make sure that local juveniles get the help they need, when they need it to stay out of trouble. The devil might be in the details — especially when it comes to implementing a large, systemic change to the assessment of juveniles when they first encounter police in […]

Are Police Violating Privacy With GPS Tracking?

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Allison Manning

About 3,000 people in Massachusetts are wearing court-ordered ankle monitors right now. And under a little-known agreement between police and probation officials, officers can use those monitors to see where many of those people are at any time. It’s a longstanding practice for probation officials to keep track of people who have agreed to wear […]

Firefighters rescue man who wedged inside wall to evade probation violation arrest

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April 23, 2014


MONROVIA, Ind. (AP) – A central Indiana man who hid inside a wall in his home to avoid arrest had to be rescued by firefighters after he became wedged next to its chimney for more than a day. Steven Shuler was trying to avoid arrest on a probation violation Monday when he squeezed down a […]

Another Porter County Adult Probation Officer Retires: Mr. Rick Staresina

Jim Taylor District #1 POPAI Rep.

  On March 20th 2015, the first day of “Spring”, Adult Probation Officer Richard Staresina “Sprung out” of the day to day hustle n bustle of the Monday-Friday life as a Adult Probation Officer, and jumped right into a lifestyle of vacations & total relaxation. The same day, a retirement reception was held on the […]

New Job Post: Juvenile Probation Officer in Harrison Circuit Court

There’s an opening in Harrison County, details are on the Jobs & Internships page.

Indiana Legislature nearing deadline with unsettled issues

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Associated Press


Indiana lawmakers face decisions on the new state budget and some other contentious issues with less than two weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session. Legislators return to the Statehouse on Monday still looking for agreements on topics such as whether to allow needle exchange programs in more counties in response to an HIV outbreak […]

Last chance for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Award

Its that time of year again to submit your application to be considered for the Donald “Charley” Knepple Scholarship Award which will be given to one lucky person at the 2015 Annual Indiana Probation Officers Conference May 6 and 7, held in Indianapolis, IN. The qualified candidate chosen for the Scholarship Award will be awarded […]

UPDATED Indiana Bills Followed by POPAI

April 10, 2015

Linda Brady, POPAI President

Dear POPAI Members: Our professional organization utilizes the services of an experienced lobbyist, Glenna Shelby of LegisGroup Public Affairs, LLC who provides POPAI with a weekly update regarding all bills that are being followed by POPAI.  This is a benefit of POPAI membership. I have posted the most recent legislative update in the POPAI “Members Only” […]

Work release may address overcrowding

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Kokomo Perspective

April 7, 2015

Pat Munsey

Program could operate for less than the cost of jail expansion The Howard County Jail is facing a crisis. Already housing as many as 400 inmates during the summer when numbers peak, the change in state law regarding felons may push the jail population to its limit and beyond. Since 1995, Howard County has considered […]

Smell Leads Police to body found in Indiana Home by Corrections Officer

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Police investigating a report of a smell in a home by a corrections officer led to a body being found in a bedroom closet. Fort Wayne police spokesman Officer Michael Joyner says the body was found Saturday. No arrests have been made. An autopsy will be performed by the Allen County […]

Boone working to expand juvenile justice system

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The Lebanon Reporter

March 14, 2015

Rod Rose

Boone County is moving to address juvenile justice issues with new facilities and new programs. An open house was held Monday for the new juvenile probation department, which now has an entrance separate from the adult probation and community corrections agencies on the north side of the Key Bank building’s third floor. The juvenile entrance […]

Technology & Intimate Partner Violence

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Indiana Court Times

February 24, 2015

Ruth Reichard

While technology is not inherently violent, people who engage in intimate partner violence often employ technology as a means of obtaining and maintaining coercive control. Various technologies equip offenders with very efficient means to commit the crimes of stalking, intimidation, and harassment, while also enabling them to pinpoint their victims’ physical locations. Although it is […]

Chasing smoke

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Indiana Daily Student


Hannah Alani

The World Health Organization ranks the United States first among 17 European and North American countries for prevalence of marijuana use.   Indiana has some of the harshest marijuana criminalization laws. Someone in possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana faces up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. […]

Ambiguous probation condition leads to reversal of violation finding

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Indiana Legal News

March 31, 2015

Jennifer Nelson

The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the revocation of a woman’s probation after two judges ruled the probation condition at issue is ambiguous regarding whether and when she had to report an arrest while on probation for a charge that allegedly occurred before the probation began. Jacqueline Jackson was on probation in February 2014 after […]

States Move to Ban Powdered Alcohol Before It Hits the Market

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Food Safety News


Dan Flynn

Lawmakers in several states want to ban a new powdered alcohol product before it’s even available on the market. “Palcohol” is the brand name for the new powdered alcohol that, when mixed with water, becomes a cosmopolitan, mojito, margarita or lemon drop cocktail. It’s the invention of Arizona entrepreneur Mark Phillips, whose company hopes to […]