Local News Headlines: May 24, 2024

Body of fisherman recovered from lake (Marion County)
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a possible drowning that occurred yesterday at a lake near the intersection of 58th Street & Northdale Lake Court in Indianapolis.

At 3:28pm, members of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) and Pike Township Fire Department were dispatched to the area for a partially submerged boat that a caller said had been occupied a short time earlier by a fisherman.

Upon arrival, responders learned that William Bracken, 75, of Indianapolis, was fishing from the boat when he fell in the water for unknown reasons. IFD divers located Bracken near the boat, beneath the water’s surface. He was pronounced dead at IU Methodist Hospital. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Indiana Conservation Officers remind the public to always wear a life jacket when on or near any body of water.

Commission on the Status of Women announces call-out to participate in Women’s Market 
The City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women will host the 2024 Women’s Market at City Hall on July 27 from 9pm – 1 pm The market will showcase women-owned businesses, female artisans, and women’s health organizations, with vendor booths positioned throughout City Hall. Local businesses, non-profits, and artists are invited to register online for a vendor booth space at https://bton.in/WMK24. Booth registration is free, but space is limited. Registration deadline is Monday, July 8 at 5 p.m. 

The Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women was established in 1973, by a committee of local women leaders interested in closing the gender pay gap in Bloomington. These women wanted a commission to be chartered to investigate what barriers, at a local level, stood in the way of attaining gender pay equity, and what opportunities existed to advance towards this goal. 

Indiana Conservation Officers hold memorial, awards ceremony
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Law Enforcement held a ceremony today at the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis to remember fallen conservation officers and recognize those who are currently serving for their achievements. Indiana Conservation Officers are law enforcement officers for the DNR. The DNR Division of Law Enforcement is the oldest Indiana state law enforcement agency and has a total of 214 officers.

The ceremony started with a time of remembrance for fallen officers. The seven conservation officers who have died in the line of duty since the division’s inception in 1911, listed with their end of watch date, are Sgt. Ed Bollman, Feb. 13, 2018; F/Sgt. Karl E. Kelley, April 17, 1998; officer Thomas Deniston, Oct. 16, 1990; Officer James D. Pitzer, Jan. 2, 1961; Officer Robert S. Perkins, May 27, 1958; and Wardens William J. Nattkemper and William J. Peare, who both died on April 27, 1926.

After the memorial ceremony, the division recognized current individual officers for their outstanding service.

District 3 Officer Matt Tholen, assigned to Tippecanoe County, was selected as the James D. Pitzer Indiana Conservation Officer of the Year. The award recognizes Tholen as the top officer of 2023, selected from the 10 district officer of the year recipients. The Pitzer award is named for James Pitzer, who was killed in the line of duty in Jay County.

Lt. Brandon Shoults received the Director’s Leadership Award for his work overseeing officers in District 9, in the eastern portion of the state. District 4 officer Draven Browning was presented with the William J. Nattkemper Brotherhood Award. District 5 Officer Max Winchell was recognized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) as the state’s Boating Enforcement Officer of the Year for his leadership in boating education. District 6 Officer Joe Tenbarge was presented with the 2023 Waterfowl Protection Officer of the Year award for his enforcement of waterfowl regulations and his related performance in public education and community interaction. Sgt. Corey Norrod and officer Shiloh Mast of District 9, along with officers Billy Doss of District 4, and Rob Klakamp and Claire Mitchel of District 8 were honored with Life Saving Awards for their exceptional actions saved lives.

This Week in Hoosier History

Indy 500

1992 – Al Unser, Jr. won the closest Indianapolis 500 race in history, beating Scott Goodyear by .043 seconds. The largest margin of victory was won in 1913 when Jules Goux came in over 13 minutes ahead of the second car driven by Spencer Wishart. 

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