Author Archives: Brian Sharp

Amid opioid epidemic, Vivitrol finds success marketing to judges and jailers

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Yahoo News


Michael Walsh

Michael Prather, 55, an inmate at Hudson County prison in Kearny, N.J., has been using opioids since the age of 14. He had been free of heroin while serving an earlier sentence of more than 20 years, but after being released he relapsed, committed a crime, and wound up right back where he started. “I still […]

In rogue doctors’ hands, medicine designed to treat addiction turns into a new habit

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Laura Ungar

Dr. Roi Reed couldn’t always make it to his Suboxone clinic in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, but addicts still got their prescriptions — from his receptionist and maintenance man. The two stood in for the doctor when he wasn’t there, seeing patients and phoning in scripts, providing easy access to an opioid instead of the path to […]

MOSSWORDS: Happiness, sobriety coexist at Serenity House

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News and Tribune


Dale Moss

JEFFERSONVILLE — Kevin Polly said he needed to get out of his hometown and stay out. Serenity House is not in Polly’s hometown. For John Barrientes, Serenity House is still farther away from old habits, from influences worse than bad. Yet he found it, hangs on to it for dear life. “I’ll be here for […]

3 finalists picked for Supreme Court

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The Indiana


IL Staff

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has picked the three finalists for the Indiana Supreme Court. The three, all judges, are seeking to replace Justice Robert Rucker, who will retire next month. The JNC has selected Clark Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael, Wabash Superior Judge Christopher Goff and Boone Superior Judge Matthew Kincaid. The JNC made the […]

Which of Indiana’s 92 County Courthouses is Your Favorite?

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Chris Flook

For those of us who travel the state frequently, it’s no secret the our county courthouses and their adjacent squares exhibit some of the best architecture in the Midwest. Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the county seats in all 92 counties constructed some of the most magnificent monuments to the local rule of law. […]

Signed Out Of Prison But Not Signed Up For Insurance, Inmates Fall Prey To Ills

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Kaiser Health News and The Marshall Project


Jay Hancock and Beth Schwartzapfel

INDIANAPOLIS — Before he went to prison, Ernest killed his 2-year-old daughter in the grip of a psychotic delusion. When the Indiana Department of Correction released him in 2015, he was terrified something awful might happen again. He had to see a doctor. He had only a month’s worth of pills to control his delusions […]

JUSTICE DELAYED: Clark County courts most overworked in state

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News and Tribune


Elizabeth DePompei

When Kimmy Trotter left the funeral home more than a year ago, she knew that half the battle of crushing loss was still ahead. Her brother, Darren Cave, was accused of killing their father and there would be months, if not years, of criminal proceedings. Her father, 60-year-old Earl Cave, was found dead in his […]

Young: Remembering US Probation Officer Tom Gahl

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The Indiana


Richard L. Young

Sept. 22, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the most tragic day in the history of the Southern District of Indiana. At 8:15 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, 1986, United States Probation Officer Thomas E. Gahl went to the Indianapolis home of Michael Wayne Jackson, an offender who had been added to Tom’s list of […]

Criminal justice system responds to addiction epidemic

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News and Tribune


Elizabeth DePompei

While it may not be an ideal solution, community leaders seem to agree that an over-burdened criminal justice system must better address what’s so often right in front of them: a growing epidemic of drug addiction. Floyd and Clark County sheriffs both have said a majority of their inmate population is booked in on drug-related […]

Henryville Correctional Facility in Clark County to close by July 1

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Jessica Bard

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The Henryville Correctional Facility in Clark County, Ind., will close by July 1. A recent bill requires certain felons to go to county jails instead of state prisons, meaning fewer offenders in the facility. The move was made “in an effort to save taxpayer money and more efficiently utilize allocated funds.” Officials […]

2016 POPAI Elections – Time to Submit Intent to Run

It’s time for the annual POPAI Elections. Up for election in 2016: President Secretary District 2 District 4 District 6 District 8 POPAI Vice President Adam McQueen is serving as the Election Committee Chair. Intent-to-Run-Form-2016 The Intent to Run form must be sent to Adam by July 8th (postmarked, emailed or faxed).  By August 8th, […]


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Indiana Daily Student


Words Megan Jula | Development James Benedict | Photos Katelyn Rowe and Yulin Yu

Dr. Nishanie Gunawardane — “call me Dr. G” — prescribes drugs to drug addicts. Gunawardane is a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction. She was hired last August at Bloomington’s branch of Centerstone, a series of community-based healthcare providers treating mental illness and substance abuse. There, Gunawardane works with recovering addicts who are overcome by opioids […]

Bill giving longer sentences to drug dealers headed to governor

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The Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

A bill imposing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders has been approved by the Indiana Legislature and is expected to be signed by Gov. Mike Pence. House Bill 1235, authored by Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Danville, would toughen some of the state’s criminal laws by requiring defendants convicted of dealing in controlled substances to serve at […]

Heroin in disguise: The new threat hitting the streets

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Natalia Martinez

CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – A new trend is leading down a dangerous path. People think they are buying prescription pills to get high, but they are given something even more addictive. “We’ll be seeing this pretty soon and again it’s the demand,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Monday. While they may look exactly […]

Opioid Abuse Costs Employers Billions

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Yahoo Health


Korin Miller

Painkiller abuse is a serious and growing problem for American workers, new research reveals. A December survey conducted by the National Safety Council found that 80 percent of employers in Indiana say they’ve observed an issue with painkillers among their employees — and a whopping 60 percent say they’ve observed some kind of issue with the […]

Clark, Scott Co. police to get heroin overdose remedy kits

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Lexy Gross

Police and first responders in Clark and Scott counties will soon be equipped with a drug that can reverse potentially fatal opioid and heroin overdoses. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced more than $127,000 in grants to purchase 3,500 antidote kits for first responders statewide. Clark County will receive about 150 of those kits by June to distribute to […]

THE PEOPLE’S COURT: Indiana representative pushes for cameras in Clark County courtrooms

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News and Tribune


Elizabeth DePompei

As it was with the 2006 pilot program and as it is in other states, Carmichael would like to see an agreement that allowed one camera or one feed for all media to use, instead of cramming several cameras into Clark County’s small courtrooms. As for her concern that the public and media would only […]

Clark County Holds Staff Retreat


James Hayden

Clark County Probation recently held its first staff retreat for the probation officers and probation admin staff.  The retreat was held at Wooded Glen Retreat and Conference Center in Henryville, Indiana. The day was broken up into conference time and team building activities.  In the morning conference session the topics included a breakdown on caseload […]

Court divided over drug sentence

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Jennifer Nelson

The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a man’s convictions for making and delivering methamphetamine, but the judges did not agree that the 32-year sentence imposed by the trial court was appropriate. Ronald L. Eckelbarger was convicted of three counts of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine – two by delivery and one by manufacturing – […]

COA reverses sentence imposed after failed drug program completion

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Jennifer Nelson

A man who was ordered to serve 20 years – the maximum sentence for a Class B felony – after not completing a drug court program due to smoking Spice will be resentenced. The Indiana Court of Appeals found the trial court selected his sentence based on his failure to complete the program. Ralph Jackson […]

Former convict, Ind. probation officer share unlikely bond

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Renee Murphy

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – Sometimes friendships are found in the most unlikely of places. For Jared Hinkle and Rupert Strawbridge, their bond was formed at the courthouse in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Hinkle is a convicted felon and Strawbridge is the probation officer who handles his case. Smiles and laughs now between two men that get each […]

Searches without suspicion are not unconstitutional, COA affirms

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The Indiana


Marilyn Odendahl

A one-month-old decision by the Indiana Supreme Court upended a probationer’s argument that the search of his nightstand was unconstitutional. Braeden Terrell was arrested after probation officers found he had alcohol, illegal drugs and a firearm when they searched his Martinsville residence. He was subsequently charged with marijuana possession, a Class B misdemeanor, and paraphernalia […]

E-filing pilot begins in Indiana

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The Indiana Lawyer


Dave Stafford

Lawyers will have to file electronically in all Indiana state courts by the end of 2018, according to a plan overseen by Supreme Court Justice Steven David and Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias. Hamilton County will get the ball rolling in a few weeks. Mathias said the response from attorneys has largely been, “Why […]

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 […]

Heroin bill passes with needle exchange

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The Courier-Journal


Mike Wynn and Tom Loftus

FRANKFORT, Ky. The months of anguished pleas from parents and former addicts — Kentucky families gripped in a noxious heroin epidemic — found some resolution Tuesday as a landmark bill to improve drug treatment and clamp down on dealers won passage in the legislature. The long-negotiated compromise sailed out of the Democrat-led House on a […]

Now 55 cases in HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana

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Indy Star

March 20, 2015

Shari Rudavsky

State health officials say the number of HIV cases in an outbreak among intravenous drug users in southeastern Indiana has risen to 55 confirmed with an additional 13 preliminary positive cases.

French Lick Resort confirms compromise to credit card payment system.

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WHAS 11 News


FRENCH LICK, Ind. (WHAS11) – The French Lick Resort is warning the public they have learned of a possible compromise to their credit card payment system. The resort says after a review and internal investigation, involving the services of an expert IT data security company, it was determined that sensitive information belonging to guests and […]

Supreme Court says police must get warrants for most cellphone searches

Full Article from The Washington Post by Robert Barnes The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that police generally must obtain a warrant before searching the cellphone of someone they arrest, saying it was applying to modern technology the same privacy rights that date back to the nation’s birth. Modern cellphones “hold for many Americans the privacies of […]