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Thursday, July 07, 2016 9:06 AM
INDIANAPOLIS - Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville was one of 11 organizations from around the state selected by Indiana Humanities to sponsor ALL-IN Block Parties in their communities. Awarded hosts span the state from South Bend to Jeffersonville and include libraries, a middle school and other community organizations. Each awarded organization will receive $1,000 in addition to a training workshop, promotional materials and prizes to offer to participants.
  • A press release issued by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office reports that several calls have been received regarding a jury duty scam. Sheriff Mark Bowen is once again reminding area residents of a pervasive telephone scam that leaves victims open to theft and identity theft.

    The jury duty scam, along with the IRS scam, tax warrant scam, relative in need scam, home improvement scam, and others, come and go in cycles but all require potential victims to be aware of the issues. Most recently, the jury duty scam has once again come to the forefront.

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  • This morning at 7, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security activated the State of Indiana Emergency Operations Center to monitor incoming winter weather conditions across the state.

    EOC staff will continue to monitor conditions across the state, and will coordinate the assistance to local entities when needed.

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  • A Chili supper is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cicero.
    The event will help support a local seminarian in the Catholic diocese.
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  • With the potential for snow accumulation this weekend in Indiana, followed by continued extreme cold, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Hoosiers to be prepared.
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  • The average life span of a Christmas tree is one month after purchase. Consumers should monitor a Christmas tree for freshness and note that when a tree’s needles drop, it means the tree is too dry. These dropped needles are more than just a nuisance to clean up, but rather are an indication that the dry tree is a fire hazard and should be removed from the home. Remove all decorations before disposing of the Christmas tree.

    According to the National Fire Prevention Association, roughly one of every 32 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires. Between 2011-15, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 200 home fires per year that started with Christmas trees. These fires caused an average of six deaths, 16 injuries and $14.8 million in direct property damage annually.

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  • With icy weather approaching, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers to be cautious when spending time near bodies of water and ice. It is impossible to judge the strength of ice over a body of water by its appearance, thickness, daily temperature or snow cover alone. Ice strength is dependent on a number of factors, including water depth under the ice, water area size, water chemistry, currents and load distribution on the ice.
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  • With overnight lows and some daytime highs dropping to below freezing, Hoosiers should exercise caution when using alternative heating methods to keep their home warm and cozy.

    “Alternative heating sources are one of the leading causes of home fires and fire-related deaths each year,” State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson said. “Fires caused by alternative heating equipment account for 19 percent of home fire deaths in the United States.”

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  • INDIANAPOLIS – With data breaches at a record high, the Indiana Department of Revenue and Internal Revenue Service are proactively working to prevent Hoosiers’ tax information from getting into the wrong hands.

    “Too many Hoosiers have joined the nearly 145 million Americans who have recently fallen victim to having their personal information stolen,” DOR Commissioner Adam Krupp said. “Every day, more and more data breaches are occurring, putting personal and financial information at risk, and we believe education is key to lowering that risk.”

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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Susan Brooks was one of the authors on H.R. 2228, the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017, which would help agencies create and improve mental health services for law enforcement officers. The bill was passed Nov. 28 after it was introduced earlier this year by Susan Brooks (R-IN), Val Demings (D-FL), Doug Collins (R-GA), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Dave Reichert (R-WA).
    Brooks represents District 5, which includes Hamilton County. She appeared pleased with the bill’s passage.
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  • The holidays are a joyous season filled with memories, laughter, giving and of course, shopping. To ensure that your shopping cheer isn’t dampened by criminal behavior, follow these safety tips from both the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and former Hamilton County Sheriff and now Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter:
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  • While decking the halls this holiday season, the Indiana State Fire Marshal, part of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, encourages Hoosiers to keep fire safety in mind. A large portion of home fires during the holiday season are a result of outdated holiday lights and unattended candles. Holiday lights and decorations should be carefully examined each year before they are hung outside or on a tree. Common fire hazards to look for on holiday lights are frayed or broken strands and missing bulbs.
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  • The City of Noblesville, Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, Noblesville Main Street, Nickel Plate Arts and Hamilton County, are finalizing plans for the upcoming holiday activities - with several new twists - and would like to invite the public to attend.

    The season will kick off at 7 p.m. on Black Friday with the annual Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce. This event at the Hamilton County Judicial Center includes holiday music and more and is capped off with the lighting of the beautiful downtown lights and Christmas tree. The ceremony will take place inside with the tree lighting on the courthouse square.

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  • Sheridan and Hamilton County are just on the edge of a wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service for today.
    Strong low pressure will bring windy conditions to central Indiana and the NWS-issued advisory remains in effect from 11 a.m. this morning to 1 a.m. Sunday. 
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  • All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24, in observance of Thanksgiving.
    Branches will resume their regularly scheduled hours on Saturday, Nov. 25.
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  • With cold weather just around the corner, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging all Hoosiers to become more equipped during Winter Weather Preparedness Week, Nov. 12-18.

    Here are several tips to be actively involved in Winter Weather Preparedness Week.

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  • Once again, a scam involving the threat of arrest for missing jury duty is hitting central Indiana, including Hamilton County. In an even more interesting twist, the caller may be using names of courthouse employees and Sheriff’s Office deputies to lend credence to the calls.

    The Sheriff’s Office is aware of two recent incidents when a caller identified himself as “Sgt. Farley” or “Captain Stanaford” from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office and instructed individuals to pay a fine for missed jury duty.

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  • Chilly weather is here, and Hoosiers trying to avoid turning on the heat should exercise caution when using alternative methods to heat their homes.

    “Alternative heating sources are one of the leading causes of home fires and fire-related deaths each year,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. “Fires caused by alternative heating equipment account for 19 percent of home fire deaths in the United States.”

    Greeson advises Hoosiers to take precautions if alternative sources are in use.

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  • October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging all Hoosiers to take steps to make sure households and workplaces understand the best cybersecurity practices.

    This year’s theme is “Stop. Think. Connect,” and each week in October will have a different theme related to cybersecurity awareness. The theme for the first week is “Simple Steps to Online Safety.” This week, Hoosiers are encouraged to take simple steps to safeguard themselves online and to learn strategies on how to recover from a cyber-attack.

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  • FISHERS - Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, Inc., a local nonprofit 501c3 organization, is excited to announce their fourth annual Hamilton County Festival. The return of this holiday tradition, since 2014, marks a significant impact for Hamilton County residents.

    The Festival of Trees is planned for Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. This year’s event will take place at the beautiful Bridgewater Club, 3535 E 161st St. in Carmel. The evening includes a dinner, a keynote speaker, and an auction of exquisitely custom designed themed Christmas trees, wreaths and table centerpieces - hand decorated by local designers specifically as fundraising pieces. Cost is: $75 per person. Reservations are now available and are required due to limited seating, and admission. Please contact Good Samaritan Network at (317) 842-2603 to register as a designer, sponsor, or to RSVP. Or visit www.gsnlive.org/festival-of-trees.

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  • In support of the response and recovery from Hurricane Irma, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is advising Hoosiers to be organized in their giving and volunteer efforts.

    Responsible Giving

    When a natural disaster occurs, many social networking sites may promote impromptu collection drives. This can lead to scams or semis with unrequested items that threaten to crowd warehouses and clog distribution channels in the impacted area.

    A recommended way to help disaster survivors is with a cash donation to a legitimate relief agency operating in the area. The type and amount of items required can change hourly as needs keep pace with the rapidly evolving emergency situation. Cash is far more flexible than goods and allows volunteer agencies to more quickly acquire the supplies needed to address the most urgent needs.

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