Senate Lawmakers Propose Crime-Reduction Package

first_imgCentral Indiana State Senators are joining forces to fight the increase in crime occurring in Marion County and other areas of the state.State Sens. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield), Patricia Miller (R-Indianapolis), Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis), Brent Waltz (R-Greenwood) and R. Michael Young (R-Indianapolis) are authoring a crime-reduction package to better protect Hoosier citizens by keeping police officers safe, providing prosecutors stronger sentencing tools, directing funds to high-crime areas and denying record expungement to violent felons.Central Indiana State Senators come together at the Indiana Law Enforcement and Firefighters Memorial Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, to introduce a legislative crime-reduction package. Those working together to fight crime in Marion County and other areas of the state include (from left to right) Tim Downs, the president of the Indiana FOP; Richard Snyder, the president of Indianapolis FOP Lodge 86; State Sen. Patricia Miller (R-Indianapolis); State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield); State Sen. R. Michael Young (R-Indianapolis); State Sen. Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis); State Sen. Brent Waltz (R-Greenwood); David Powell, the executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council; and Troy Riggs, the Indianapolis public safety director. Young’s Senate Bill 559 increases the sentence for a crime by 20 years if a firearm was pointed or discharged at a police officer during the commission of the crime.“We want to keep our police officers safe, keep violent criminals off the streets and keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people who want to harm others,” said Young, chair of the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law. “Hopefully we can dissuade criminals from harming our brave officers and innocent citizens. If stronger sentences won’t deter them, then they will be locked up for longer periods of time, keeping them off our streets.”Schneider is authoring Senate Bill 92 to strengthen sentencing for violent felons who unlawfully possess a deadly weapon and for criminals who possess a deadly weapon while dealing with controlled substances.The proposal also adds offenses like resisting law enforcement, child molestation, burglary, robbery and battery to the list of crimes that are eligible for a sentencing enhancement if a deadly weapon is used to commit the crime.“The goal is to keep violent offenders off the streets,” Schneider said. “This proposal gives prosecutors more tools to identify criminals who are prone to violent crime before they become habitual offenders.”Crider, Colonel and former director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources division of law enforcement, is authoring Senate Bill 94 to provide prosecutors stronger sentencing tools by modifying the statute of limitations for filing rape charges.“Currently in Indiana, the statute of limitations for filing rape charges is five years,” Crider said. “My bill will extend the statute of limitations by an additional five years if there is a confession, if new DNA evidence is identified or the original police report said ‘unknown suspect’ and a suspect is later identified.”Waltz’s Senate Bill 551 would establish a police-enhancement pilot program that will direct $200,000 per year to Marion, Lake and Allen counties for the next two years.“The additional money will fund a rapid response, getting law enforcement into high-crime areas as well as deterring criminals from invading neighborhoods at risk of increased criminal activity,” Waltz said.Miller’s Senate Bill 164 denies record expungement to criminals with two convictions using a deadly weapon.“Violent offenders should not be able to get their records expunged,” Miller said.Immediately following the announcement of the crime-reduction package, Crider, Miller, Schneider, Waltz and Young officially filed their bills. Bill packets will be uploaded to www.in.gov/legislative.last_img read more

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of January 26, 2018

first_imgIn Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Le Creuset Mickey Mouse 90th Birthday Celebration Cast-Iron Round Oven and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line. Share This!Have you had a crazy week this week too? The good news is that for me, my weekend is ending with a trip to the Disney Store in Times Square for the first time ever! What?! I’m super excited! So let me know what I shouldn’t miss!There were a lot of interesting articles this week including a new travel warning for somewhere Disney Cruise Line travels, a couple of remakes that I can’t believe are in the works, and more.In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors Some interesting details came out this week about the upcoming gondola system. What do you find most interesting?Want to see the latest birds eye views of both Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Take a look at the progress!An article this week suggested that Disney has actually become a lifestyle brand, which is why pricing can keep increasing and we’ll just keep paying it. What do you think about that concept? Oh my goodness! This is ADORABLE!!!! Watch what happens as this service dog meets his favorite dog.This week, it was announced that Disney will join the list of companies who will be giving their employees a $1000 bonus to 125,000 employees, as well as new education funding.The Walt Disney Company has once again placed on Fortune’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies,” ranking No. 1 in the entertainment industry and No. 6 overall for 2018.We lost another great this week. Chef Paul Bocuse, who helped bring to life Chefs de France and Monsieur Paul at Epcot’s France Pavilion passed away at the age of 91.This place just fascinates me because it’s somewhere I’ll never likely get to visit, but it’s really where the food magic within Disney happens.A new warning has been issued for those who may be traveling to Jamaica. Those visiting the island are urged to excercise extreme caution.It’s not often you see a Disney park with snow, but it happened in Tokyo Disneyland. Isn’t it beautiful!The Walt Disney Company did pretty well with this year’s Oscar nominations. What do you think were they snubbed for though?This just got interesting. Redbox is pushing back against Disney’s attempt to stop it from renting multi-packs of movies individually.Twitch has partnered with Disney Digital Network for content. This is certainly an interesting development.Three ChEARS for Minnie Mouse! She got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. And I think I speak for all of us when I say it’s about time!Quack, Quack, Quack….a television series based off the Mighty Ducks (yep…the movie from the 90s) may be in the works. Do you think this is a good idea?Speaking of remakes, The Sword and the Stone remake may have its director. Wondering where they are planning for this one to go.Universal announced their earnings for the fourth quarter and once again, the theme parks division saw large gains.last_img read more

Taking the Nelson Mandela Route

first_imgThe Nelson Mandela Route starts in the Eastern Cape, in King William’s Town, which began as a London-based Missionary Station in 1826 and provides a backdrop to early European influences in a struggle region of British, Boer and Xhosa conflicts.The town’s Amathole Museum has a Xhosa Gallery, Missionary Museum and German Settlers display. The grave of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko is also in the town.The Mandela Route moves through Bhisho, home of the provincial government, and takes a scenic drive on the N2 to Mthatha, which hosts the Nelson Mandela Museum.The museum is a collection of heritage sectors spread across three locations: Qunu, Mveso and Mthatha. A display reflecting the life and times of Mandela can be found at the Bhunga Building section of the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha.Mandela has received thousands of gifts from presidents, groups and ordinary people. Accepted on behalf of the people of South Africa, they are in safe-keeping at the museum for the benefit and appreciation of the nation. Artefacts ranging from children’s letters to bejeweled camel covers say more about the donors than their famous recipient.Scenes from Mandela’s childhoodThe second sector of the museum is the Community Museum and Youth & Heritage Centre in the village of Qunu, where Mandela spent his childhood.Here, tourists can view the remains of young Nelson’s primary school, the rock he used to slide down with friends, and the graveyard where his son, daughter and parents are buried – all set in the rolling hills of Pondoland, where Mandela grazed his family’s cattle.Alongside the N2 is Mandela’s current home, where he entertains a steady stream of people from the neighbouring village and holds an annual party for children on his birthday. A tunnel running under the N2 allows visitors to “cross” the road in safety.A thatched open-air museum at Mveso – the third sector of the Nelson Mandela Museum – shelters a photographic exhibition depicting significant moments in Mandela’s life. Nearby are the remains of the homestead where Mandela was born and raised.Free guided tours of all three sectors of the Nelson Mandela Museum can be arranged via the museum in Mthatha.The Mandela Route then moves back to East London, which has a museum housing a superb collection of southern Nguni beadwork.Staying on the trail of the man himself, one has to leave the Eastern Cape, as he did.Mandela in JohannesburgThe Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg is a state-of-the-art tribute to the rise and fall of apartheid. Twenty-two exhibition areas take the visitor on an emotional journey through a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination.It was put together on a seven-hectare site by a team of curators, film-makers, historians, designers and architects. Film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts depict the epic saga of apartheid.Mandela’s humble house in Orlando West, Soweto has been turned into the Mandela Family Museum. It houses an assortment of memorabilia, paintings, photographs and collection of honorary doctorates bestowed on Mandela from universities around the world.This matchbox home at 8115 Ngakane Street was the abode that Mandela shared with his first wife, Evelyn Ntoko Mase. She moved out after their divorce in 1957, and when Winnie Madikizela married Mandela in 1958, she then moved into this Soweto home.Mandela seldom stayed here as he was living life on the run as the “black pimpernel”. Nearby is the Hector Pieterson Memorial to the schoolboy shot during the June 16 riots of 1976, as well as the home of Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu.Mandela’s larger-than-life character and famous “Madiba jive” are also captured in an outsize 6 metre statue at the upmarket shopping destination Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) – a prime photo opportunity for tourists.This famous builder of bridges between people has also had the largest cable-stayed bridge in southern Africa named after him. It links the Johannesburg central business district of Newtown and the northern parts of the city.Robben IslandFinally – or firstly? – to Robben Island, off the coastline of Cape Town.The famous prison has incarcerated indigenous African leaders, Muslim leaders from the East Indies, Dutch and British settler soldiers and civilians, women and anti-apartheid activists, including South Africa’s first democratic President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.Today it is a museum which acts as a focal point for South African heritage. Ex-political prisoners act as tour guides in a place of exile and imprisonment which epitomises the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.last_img read more