Positive cases of COVID-19 continue to rise statewide

first_imgStatewide—Over the weekend, The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 1167 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of Sunday.  A total of 27,778 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 177,243 tests have been reported to ISDH at a 15.7% positive rate and 57 new deaths were reported for a total of 1607 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally, Decatur County has a total of 220 positive cases and 31 deaths, Franklin County has 106 positive cases and 7 deaths, and Ripley County has 107 positive cases and 6 deaths according to the latest data received by the Indiana State Department of Health.last_img

Nanny accused of breaking 4-month-old’s arm, fracturing skull

first_imgBroward County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29-year-old Caitlin Eaddie and charged her with aggravated child abuse after allegedly breaking a newborn baby’s arm, and fracturing his skull.According to an arrest report, the infant’s parents, who live in Parkland, hired Eaddie through Care.com to babysit.Officials say that on Jan. 31st, Eaddie texted the child’s father to let him know the infant had woken up screaming in pain and that his arm was twisted back.The newborn’s parents took him to the hospital, and the doctors diagnosed the baby with a broken arm and a fractured skull.According to the arrest report, the “doctor stated that there was no way that the child could have sustained the injuries in any self-inflicting manner due to his age of only 4 months.”When detectives questioned Eaddie, she confessed to police. She was arrested and charged.The judge set her bond at $15,000 and has been ordered to stay away from minors.Eaddie has since bonded out of jail.A spokesperson for Care.com has released a statement on Eaddie’s arrest, which read, “This incident is deeply upsetting and our thoughts are with the family. As this is an active investigation, we won’t comment on details but can confirm that the caregiver’s profile was closed and blacklisted last month when we were made aware of the incident.”last_img read more

Driver arrested for attempted murder after shooting into another vehicle

first_imgAuthorities in Sebastian, Florida have arrested a 19-year-old man who reportedly attempted to kill another man while driving on County Road 512.The incident occurred on Sunday near the 700 block of County Road 512.According to the report, the victim was traveling in the left lane when a black sedan driven by Jordan Lee Jackson, pulled up on the side of his vehicle. Jackson then fired two shots at the victim’s vehicle, striking it twice.Jackson then got in front of the victim’s vehicle and slammed on the brakes, causing the victim’s vehicle to slam into the back of his. Jackson then rolled down the driver’s side window again and the victim believing that Jackson was going to shoot at him again struck Jackson’s vehicle with his vehicle.Both vehicles then crashed into the median and into the westbound lanes of CR 512.Both drivers then drove away before the police were called.Authorities were later able to identify Jackson and quickly moved to make the arrest.Jackson has been charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of shooting a deadly missile into a vehicle and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.last_img read more

College athlete union raises plenty of questions

first_imgIn this Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2) wears APU for “All Players United” on wrist tape while celebrates with running back Stephen Buckley (8) and wide receiver Kyle Prater (21) after scoring a touchdown in an NCAA college football game against Maine in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Vince Dooley is sure relieved he’s not running an athletic program these days.Not after a decision allowing Northwestern football players to unionize, and what that might mean for all college sports.“If this ever happens,” said Dooley, now retired after four decades as Georgia’s football coach and athletic director, “the issues would be unlimited. What might happen from school to school, from day to day, from year to year, I don’t know. I’m just glad I’ve served my time.”Around the country Thursday, coaches and administrators pondered the potential ramifications of the stunning decision by the National Labor Relations Board, which ruled the Northwestern football team — up to now, referred to by the NCAA as student-athletes — are actually university employees in everything but name. Therefore, they should be able to bargain collectively for their fair share of an industry worth billions.That set off speculation over what might happen if the ruling holds up on appeal:— Would the big-revenue sports have unions, but others be left to fend for themselves?— Would private school athletes get to negotiate over issues such as compensation and health insurance, while their public school counterparts are denied a spot at the bargaining table?— Would high-profile programs such as Notre Dame and Alabama be better positioned financially to share a piece of the pie with athletes, leading to an even wider gap between the haves and have-nots?“I just don’t think you can come up with any kind of formula that’s going to be equitable and fair to all,” said John Chaney, who coached men’s basketball at Temple for a quarter-century and was never shy about expressing his views on the ills plaguing college athletics.The NCAA and its conferences came out in unison against the ruling — not surprising, given their enterprise has contracts worth nearly $18 billion just for the television rights to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and football bowl games.“We’ve got something very special in this country that is unique in the world that combines athletic competition with higher education,” Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford said. “When it’s done right, it’s a beautiful thing.”But some wondered if the NCAA brought this all on itself by dragging its feet on concerns that have been lurking for years, everything from stipends to at least close the gap between what a scholarship pays and the actual cost of going to school, to covering the cost of health insurance for athletes who may still be feeling the aches and pains of the playing field long after they leave campus.In a sense, it’s what happened to baseball in the late 1960s and early ’70s, when owners desperately clung to the archaic reserve clause, which prevented players from changing teams when their contracts expired. When the reserve clause was overturned in 1975, it led to free agency, exploding salaries and years of strife between players and owners.“Maybe the leadership at the NCAA has not been as aggressive in trying to come up with solutions as it should have been,” said Pete Boone, the former athletic director at Mississippi.The decision — which only covers private schools — sets up a potentially tangled web of legal conundrums and inequities across college athletics. For instance, some states have laws that would make it next to impossible or even illegal for athletes at public universities to unionize. Legal observers can foresee a day when the NCAA is split between schools that are unionized and those that are not.Federal law can only apply to private schools, which means Northwestern stands alone in the Big Ten. State law would apply to public schools, and those laws can vary dramatically. In Wisconsin, for instance, public-sector unions are prohibited from collective bargaining over multiple issues, including health coverage. In states that encompass most of the Southeastern Conference schools, union rules are even more restrictive.Schools without unions could have a financial advantage. But recruits might prefer to go to unionized schools where they would benefit financially.“Athletes at union schools might have better conditions, working fewer hours,” said Joseph Farelli, a New York labor lawyer. “They might have negotiated a $5,000 stipend. Is that going to be more attractive to a recruit? Of course it is.”That would run counter to the NCAA’s core philosophy: universal rules for all schools. Which is why, Boone and others said, the governing body must take steps to deal with a movement that, for now, is primarily focused on coverage of sports-related medical expenses for current and former players, reducing head injuries and potentially letting players pursue commercial sponsorships.“I don’t think the NCAA could allow some schools to have one set of rules that might hurt them in recruiting,” Boone said. “It’s got to be the same for every school, regardless of whether they have a union or not.”But even within Division I, the NCAA’s top level, enormous inequities exist between member institutions. Schools in the so-called power conferences, such as the SEC and Big Ten, generate far more revenue. Those leagues wield huge influence over governance and many have set up their own television networks.Those inequities scuttled an effort a few years ago to provide a modest stipend to Division I athletes. The smaller schools said they couldn’t even afford $2,000 a year per athlete.And then there are the divisions that exist within the big-time programs themselves. Nearly all revenue is generated by football and men’s basketball, which are used to essentially subsidize every other program — from women’s basketball to baseball to tennis.“What happens to other students who aren’t in revenue-earning sports?” asked former Georgetown coach John Thompson. “What happens in women’s sports?”Or, he wondered, can athletes who consider themselves employees be treated like workers in other industries?“Can you fire somebody if he doesn’t perform?” Thompson asked.Dooley said it’s not surprising that college athletes began to speak out more and more on the clear inequities in the system, especially when they saw the staggering TV deals and huge increase in coaching salaries.“You have some very bright kids out there,” he said. “It’s just a sign of the times.”___Newberry reported from Atlanta. Aaron Beard in Greensboro, N.C.; Dan Gelston in Philadelphia; Larry Lage in Detroit; Joseph White in Washington, D.C.; David Brandt in Jackson, Miss.; Rachel Cohen in New York, Pat Graham in Denver, and Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed to this report.last_img read more