FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail This Halloween the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will be closely monitoring the residential areas of Vanderburgh County outside of the Evansville City limits. Sheriff’s deputies will be watching for unsafe, mischievous and suspicious activity. The Sheriff’s Office bicycle patrol will be riding in some of our subdivisions looking for safety issues.Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “With great weather predicted, lots of kids will be out in our neighborhoods. Motorists should reduce their speed accordingly and watch for trick-or-treaters in or near the roadway.”Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to visit the homes of people they know well and stay within their neighborhood. If trick-or-treaters are going to be meeting with friends to trick-or-treat in other areas, parents are encouraged to check the sex offender website for potential sex offenders in those neighborhoods. The sex offender web site for Vanderburgh County and every county in Indiana may be found on our web site at www.vanderburghsheriff.com.The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will be paying special attention to the neighborhoods in which registered sex offenders live. Registered sex offenders who are on parole will be required to: place a sign on their door indicating that their residence will not be giving out candy, keep their exterior lights off, and display no outdoor Halloween decorations. The Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana Department of Corrections will be making increased random checks on registered sex offenders who are on parole to verify their compliance with all stipulations established for them this weekend.Sheriff Dave Wedding offered a few additional safety tips to help insure this Halloween is a safe one:Motorists should keep a careful eye out for kids who may be difficult to see and may run unexpectedly from in between parked cars and other places.Trick-or-treating should be done with adult supervision and in groups.Parents, if your trick-or-treaters are old enough to walk the neighborhood on their own, make sure you know their intended route. Provide them with a cell phone and make sure they stay within a familiar area.Trick-or-treaters should never enter the home of someone who is not well known to them.Costumes that do not include a mask or anything that might obscure the child’s vision are preferable.Costumes should be constructed so that children can move easily and not create a tripping hazard.Trick-or-treating should be completed before dark. Trick-or-treaters should have light colored/reflective clothing on and have a flashlight.Parents should inspect all treats before they are eaten. Anything that is not commercially produced or appears to have had the seal or packaging tampered with should be discarded.Homeowners who welcome trick-or-treaters should make sure their homes are well lit and that there are no obstacles to those visiting the home.Homeowners should give commercially produced treats, gift certificates or other non-food related items (school pencils, stickers, etc).If you find anything or see anything suspicious in nature, report it to the Sheriff’s Office via 911.The men and women of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office hope everyone has a safe and memorable Halloween this year.
Jason Bell ’21 spent Earth Day helping fight the Trump administration’s efforts to replace the Clean Power Plan — an Obama-era scheme that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants — with the new Affordable Clean Energy rule, which relaxes those restrictions. A student in Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, Bell is drafting a brief on behalf of a group of economists, climate scientists, and the Union of Concerned Scientists to bolster arguments in a related case, American Lung Association v. EPA.“Our purpose is to educate the court about some of the issues that might not be covered in the main briefs,” Bell said. In particular, he said, the current Environmental Protection Agency is reversing its own positions on the urgency of climate change.“In 2009, they released a document saying that greenhouse gases are a harmful pollutant that must be restricted under the Clean Air Act, and that climate change is a threat to human health and welfare. So, once you’ve said that 10 years ago, how do you say that it isn’t a threat now?” said Bell. “What our brief is saying is that there’s no way to escape that trap. If the EPA’s plan is to do nothing, they at least have to explain why doing nothing is a rational policy choice, given the impacts that are likely to occur.”Bell’s work is one of the many examples of how students, faculty and staff in the clinic are busy pushing back against the current administration’s attempts to undo environmental regulations approved under former President Barack Obama ’91.“Our work is crucial and overwhelmingly resource-draining. Every day we awake to a new attack on public health and the environment,” said Clinical Professor Wendy Jacobs J.D. ’81, who directs the clinic. Deputy Director and Lecturer on Law Shaun Goho J.D. ’01 added: “Since the earliest days of the Trump administration, the EPA started rolling back environmental rules that were put in place during the Obama era. That’s been a large part of our work ever since.”The clinic has devoted significant effort to advocating on behalf of scientists and public health experts whose work has been undermined and stifled by the Trump administration’s EPA, Goho says. Whenever a new regulation is proposed, there is an opportunity for public comment. Read Full Story