Author Archives: Sarah Lochner

The Growing Toll of The Opioid Epidemic

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Inside Indiana Business

November 7, 2017

Tim Cook and Katie Culp, CEO, President, KSM Location Advisors

Last week’s (i) on Economic Development put the spotlight on Indiana’s opioid epidemic and its impact on the economy. What could two people involved in site selection and economic development possibly have to say about this crisis? As it turns out, a lot. Opioid and other drug abuse has a significant impact on Indiana’s workforce and, therefore, […]

Richard Grundy III and 25 others charged federal drug-trafficking case

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Indy Star

November 20, 2017

Ryan Martin and Tim Evans

Richard Grundy III, who eluded several local drug and murder charges over the last two years in Marion County, is now facing new drug charges — this time from the federal government. On Monday, indictments unsealed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana detailed new allegations against Grundy and 25 others during the months preceding and following […]

So many bodies: Indiana coroners trying to keep up with opioid epidemic

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November 16, 2017

Bob Segall

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Alfie Ballew has worked at the Marion County Coroner’s office for more than two decades. She sees death every day, but even she is stunned by what’s going on right now. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” said the chief deputy coroner. “This is a disease that is actually causing people to […]

Prosecutors Support Governor’s Proposals to Attack the Drug Epidemic

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Noblesville Patch

November 8, 2017

Prosecutors Support Governor’s Proposals to Attack the Drug Epidemic (INDIANAPOLIS – November 8, 2017) Indiana prosecutors expressed support today for Governor Eric Holcomb’s 2018 NextLevel agenda as he outlined proposals to attack the drug epidemic. The governor’s criminal code proposals include: Establishment of felony charges for drug-induced homicide and for those who illicitly manufacture drugs […]

Supreme Court: Community Corrections can’t revoke good time credit

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Indiana Lawyer


Olivia Covington

Directors of community corrections programs do not have authority to revoke inmates’ good time credit as a disciplinary measure because the Indiana Department of Correction has not yet delegated that authority to community corrections programs, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Friday. The decision reversed rulings in the trial court and Court of Appeals. That decision […]

Mich. doubles capacity to prep inmates for in-demand jobs

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Associated Press

September 3, 2017

David Eggert

Inside what was once a prison license plate factory, 42-year-old inmate Richard Willett spends his days in a converted robotics lab, learning how to operate computerized machinery in hopes of working a good-paying job when he’s freed. It’s better than his past two prison stints, when he mostly just waited for parole only to end […]

A job after prison: Making the case for an under-used workforce

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The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

September 4, 2017

Neal St. Anthony

Davis Powell works at Pomp’s Tire Service in Savage where he inspects and repairs tires. “Overall, it’s a good job with good benefits,” said Powell, 33, a two-year employee. Powell has gone from being a penniless inmate in a Minnesota state prison four years ago to a $14-an-hour employee, plus benefits and ample overtime, a […]

Operation Blue Rain nets 99 arrests over three days

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June 23, 2017

Indiana State Police released details Friday of a three-day effort dubbed “Operation Blue Rain” aimed at curbing the flow of narcotics into the state. The patrol, which ran from June 20 to 22 resulted in 99 arrests and 186 criminal charges. According to a news release, officers from Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s […]

Overdose video depicts probation response

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Kokomo Perspective

June 6, 2017

Devin Zimmerman

Aside from law enforcement, perhaps the front line to fighting the drug epidemic in Howard County is housed in the basement of the local courthouse. Every day the Howard County Probation Department deals with individuals in the throes of addiction, an issue that is taking lives at an accelerated rate locally this year. As such, […]

Probation department must reimburse offender’s fees

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Indiana Lawyer

June 23, 2017

Olivia Covington

The Marion County probation department must reimburse an offender’s probation fees after the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday the trial court erred by allowing the probation department, and not the court, to impose such fees. In Jose Arcia De La Cruz v. State of Indiana, 49A05-1610-CR-2417, Jose De La Cruz was charged with Class […]

Holcomb praises justice pick’s ‘sharp legal mind’

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Indiana Lawyer

June 12, 2017

Olivia Covington

Describing himself as a constitutional originalist and textualist, Goff said his judicial philosophy is rooted in the doctrine of judicial restraint. Though he, at 45, will be the youngest person on the bench by roughly a decade, Holcomb said Goff has a “profound respect for the Constitu

Addiction doc says: It’s not the drugs. It’s the ACEs – adverse childhood experiences

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ACES Too High


Jane Ellen Stevens

He says: Addiction shouldn’t be called “addiction”. It should be called “ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking”. He says: Ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking (what traditionalists call addiction) is a normal response to the adversity experienced in childhood, just like bleeding is a normal response to being stabbed. He says: The solution to changing the illegal or unhealthy ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking behavior […]

Wabash Judge a Finalist for Indiana Supreme Court Position

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March 23, 2017

Wane Staff Writers

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) The Judicial Nominating Commission named 11 finalists for an open Supreme Court judicial position, including a judge from Wabash. On May 12, 2017, Justice Robert D. Ruck will retire from the five-member Supreme Court. The Indiana Constitution requires the seven-member commission to recruit and select candidates to fill the vacancy on the state’s […]

When the Lion Kills Your Child

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February 4, 2017

Louis M. Profeta MD

The heroin epidemic has spread to the suburbs, and a nightmare is playing out daily in hospital emergency rooms across the U.S. Two days in a row, I straightened the sheets so they would look perhaps not quite as dead as they were. My own child about the same age at the time sat in […]

Carter Named to Lead Indiana Department of Correction

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Tribune Star


Lisa Trigg

Indiana’s prison system has a new leader who hails from Clay County. Rob Carter has been appointed commissioner of the Indiana Department of Correction by Governor-elect Eric Holcomb. Carter, whose career has included two-terms as Clay County Sheriff and director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will take office on Jan. 9. “Rob has […]

Trump Justice Dept. could shift drug prosecution policies

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Indiana Lawyer

November 23, 2016


An Obama administration Justice Department that emphasized the need to be “smart on crime” is being replaced with a Trump presidency that campaigned on being “tough on crime.” The difference between those two philosophies remains to be seen, but one area where the divide is likely to be felt most acutely is in the thousands […]

Recovering Addicts Using Crossfit to Exercise Their Demons

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Philly Voice

October 12, 2016


When he got arrested for a DUI almost 10 years ago, Scott Klaverkamp was living in Boulder, Colorado, and self-medicating what he would soon learn was a debilitating form of depression. His was an exhaustive cycle of stale-beer barrooms, late nights and harried hangovers that came to a crashing end with flashing red lights by the […]

Fentanyl Exposure: 5 Safety Tips for Cops

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September 19, 2016

Keith Graves

The United States is in a fentanyl crisis. I don’t use the word crisis lightly. Between 2013 and 2014, fentanyl submissions to the DEA lab from Ohio increased by a whopping 1,043 percent. Along with those submissions came a 526 percent increase in fentanyl related overdose deaths. This all happened while fentanyl prescriptions dropped. There […]

New study: State needs 17 more judicial officers

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Indiana Lawyer


Dave Stafford

The biggest assessment of Indiana trial court caseloads and resources ever conducted reveals state trial courts need 17 more judges, magistrates and judicial officers than currently allocated. A study conducted for the Indiana judiciary by the National Center for State Courts surveyed judges and judicial officers in every county of the state who tracked the […]

February trial set for Elkhart woman in newborn son’s death

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Indiana Lawyer


The trial for a northern Indiana woman accused in her newborn son’s death has been postponed until February. The Elkhart Truth reports that 21-year-old Mikayla Munn’s trial now is scheduled for Feb. 6 in Wabash Circuit Court. She’s charged with felony counts of murder and child neglect. The former Manchester University student gave birth in […]

Notre Dame and Holy Cross lead transformational liberal arts education program at Indiana prison

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University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters

August 13, 2016

Josh Weinhold

Kris remembers the moment that everything changed. It came as he was reading The Goldfinch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt. It was the moment he discovered the true power of literature. The way it could move him, shape him, change him. The way it could ignite a spark and make him want to read […]

Judge: 65 years for man who fatally slammed baby to ground

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August 17, 2016

WANE staff reporters

PORTLAND, Ind. (WANE) The Jay County man who killed his girlfriend’s five-week-old daughter by slamming her to the ground repeatedly was sentenced Wednesday. Jay Circuit Court Judge Brian Hutchison sentenced 22-year-old Dalton R. Davis to 65 years for the death of young Lillian Grace Lloyd on Sept. 28, The (Muncie) Star Press reports. It was […]

Sex Offender Caught Playing Pokemon Go with Teen

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Indianapolis Star

July 14, 2016

Vic Ryckaert

INDIANAPOLIS — A sex offender is in the Hancock County Jail after police say he played Pokemon Go with a teen. Randy Zuick, police say, violated his probation on a child molesting conviction when a law enforcement official saw him playing the augmented reality video game with a 16-year-old boy near the Hancock County Courthouse, Fox59 reported.

Task Force Created

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The Paper

July 21, 2016

Howard County – Indiana State Police Peru Post Commander Lt. Jeremy Kelly, Kokomo Police Chief Robert Baker, and Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers have dedicated officers to team up with the Indiana Department of Correction Parole Division and the Howard County Probation Department. Probation and parole officers requested the three police departments dedicate resources to […]

Pharmacists, state court administration enlisted in fight against meth labs

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Indiana Lawyer


Marilyn Odendahl

Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill along with two other pieces of legislation — SEA 161 and HEA 1157 — aimed at curbing meth labs around the state. He described the three bills as “a positive step in combating drugs.”

Indiana Chief Justice: Drug Crisis Flooding Courts, Welfare System

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Indy Star

January 13, 2016

Rick Callahan, Associated Press

Indiana’s drug crisis is flooding the state’s courts with a growing number of cases and sending a surge of children into its welfare system, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush told a joint session of the legislature Wednesday. During her second State of the Judiciary address, Rush said the court’s five members heard firsthand […]

State funds for felon treatment programs start flowing

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November 4, 2015

Marilyn Odendahl

The Indiana Department of Correction has begun disbursing $5 million in new state funding meant to help local communities provide treatment and rehabilitation programs for low-risk offenders.

Indiana Man Avoids 25 years on Sex Offender Registry, Given Probation

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ABC News

October 19, 2015

Chris James and Lauren Effron

Zach Anderson, a 20-year-old Indiana man who was ordered to spend the next 25 years on two state sex offender registries for having what he believed was consensual sex with a teen girl who lied about her age, was resentenced to two years probation. Berrien County Judge Angela Pasula handed down the new punishment to […]