Local News Headlines: September 19, 2022

Driver of early Sunday morning, fatal hit and run arrested
On September 18, 2022 at approximately 1:50 a.m., officers with the Bloomington Police Department (BPD) responded to the intersection of N Walnut Street and 12th Street in reference to a crash with injury. Several witnesses called 911 to report that the vehicle involved in the crash had fled the scene and was last seen traveling northbound on Walnut Street at a high rate of speed. It was reported that the suspect vehicle had struck a person riding an electric scooter and that the rider of the scooter was badly injured.

Officers arrived on scene and located a 20 year-old man lying along the east edge of the roadway just north of the intersection. An ambulance arrived shortly thereafter and transported the man to the IU Health Bloomington Hospital. As officers were on scene, an officer with the Indiana University Police Department (IUPD) located the suspect vehicle at the intersection of 19th Street and Lincoln Street. BPD officers responded to that intersection and observed a black 2012 Mercedes-Benz passenger car with damage to the windshield. Officers also located a badly damaged electric scooter nearby. A security officer that had been driving through the area advised officers that they had seen the passenger car driving northbound on Lincoln Street and it sounded as if the car was dragging something. The security officer stated that the car stopped at the intersection of 19th Street and Lincoln Street and a female got out of the driver’s seat and a male got out of the front passenger seat. The security officer heard individuals nearby tell the occupants of the vehicle that they were dragging an electric scooter under the car and the bystanders helped the driver remove it just prior to IUPD arriving on scene.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Madelyn N. Howard (22, Crown Point), failed dexterity tests and was taken into custody. She was transported to the IU Health Bloomington Hospital for a blood draw, then to the Bloomington Police Department for further questioning. At approximately 6:00am, BPD was notified by the hospital that the victim had died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Investigators were able to view security camera footage from a business located near the scene of the crash and the involved vehicle can be seen driving by at the time of the crash with the passenger side tires up on the sidewalk on the east side of Walnut Street. The vehicle appears to be traveling at a high rate of speed and an individual on the sidewalk can be seen jumping into the grass to avoid being struck by the vehicle just prior to it striking the victim on the scooter.

Madelyn N. Howard (DOB 11/07/1999) was transported to the Monroe County Jail and remanded for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Resulting in Death, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury or Death While Intoxicated.

*Criminal Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until convicted by a court of law

FSSA names new leadership in the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration today announced that Courtney Penn has been named director of the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning. She is currently OECOSL’s director of child care licensing. Penn brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the early childhood education field. She has an undergraduate degree in child development and family life from Indiana State University and a master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University

FSSA also announced that Courtney Hott will serve as director of the Early Learning Advisory Council. Hott will work directly with OECOSL and the Indiana Department of Education to administer all activities of ELAC, which was restructured and expanded as part of legislation championed by Governor Eric J. Holcomb and passed in 2022 to elevate and support early learning in Indiana. Hott is a licensed school counselor and administrator who found her niche in creating and advocating for education policy changes. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at Indiana University, Bloomington and her master’s degree in education and school counseling at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Bloomington accepting applications to serve on City’s Boards and Commissions
The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the following City boards or commissions:

The application is available at bloomington.in.gov/onboard/applicants/apply. After applying, members must be appointed to each board or commission by the Bloomington Common Council or Mayor John Hamilton. Please note: city residency is required for membership on most but not all of the boards and commissions. Prospective applicants are urged to attend a meeting of the board or commission of their choosing prior to applying. Meeting schedules for each body may be accessed by clicking on the links above. All meetings of the City’s boards and commissions are open to the public. 

Ivy Tech Bloomington Campus Board Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington Campus Board of Trustees will hold Regular Campus Board of Trustees Meeting (open to the public) at Ivy Tech in the Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building, located at 200 Daniels Way, Bloomington, on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 4-5pm. View the Agenda.

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This Week in Hoosier History

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1859 – Abraham and Mary Lincoln arrived in Indianapolis where Abraham gave a speech at Masonic Hall. While promoting Republican candidates, he reminisced about his boyhood days in Spencer County. The couple stayed overnight at the American House Hotel and left for home the next day.

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