EVSC sees thousands in unpaid school lunch balances

PUBLISHED: Aug. 12, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

EVANSVILLE — The EVSC sees thousands of dollars in unpaid school lunch balances at the conclusion of every school year.

The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation had more than $18,000 in unpaid student lunches at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Continue reading “EVSC sees thousands in unpaid school lunch balances”

EPD: Officer-involved shooting suspect threatened to ‘kill some cops’

Shortly before he was shot and killed by police on Tuesday night, Daniel Wooters was allegedly inside TGI Fridays threatening to “kill some cops.”

Police identified Wooters, 38, on Wednesday. He was shot by three officers after he reportedly advanced toward them on Morgan Avenue with a knife after allegedly stealing a police cruiser and leading officers on a short chase across part of the city’s East Side commercial district, according to police. Continue reading “EPD: Officer-involved shooting suspect threatened to ‘kill some cops’”

Woman arrested for reportedly driving drunk with kid in car

PUBLISHED: Sept. 15, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

A woman was arrested Thursday night for allegedly driving drunk with her 15-year-old son in her car.

Tricia D. Handley,46, was preliminary charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person less than 18 years old. Continue reading “Woman arrested for reportedly driving drunk with kid in car”

25-year-old woman charged with child molesting

PUBLISHED: Sept. 15, 2017

BY: SHANNON HALL, COURIER & PRESS REPORTER

EVANSVILLE — A 25-year-old woman was charged with multiple counts of child molesting this week.

Keshia C. Warfield faces three different felony counts of child molesting after two children told their mother about the alleged abuse and they reported it to authorities.

One child at the house where Warfield temporarily lived told police that Warfield touched their genitals on top of their clothing, a second child said Warfield touched touched their genitals underneath the clothing. Continue reading “25-year-old woman charged with child molesting”

Hunting, painting, hiding … who knew rocks could be so fun?

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Brooklynn Rohrscheib, 5, prepares her rocks for painting by covering with a white coat.

PUBLISHED: Sept.. 1, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter 

EVANSVILLE —Melissa Embry loves to go exercising walking along riverfront. But with her three-year son Colton, it can be a little challenging

She’s recently found a way to keep her son entertained — rock hunting. They found a painted rock on the Newburgh Riverfront a few weeks ago, and it’s been on ever since.

“It gives him something to do besides just complaining about walking,” Embry said.

Creative. Fun. Bonding time. Being outside. Exercise. Joy. For everyone. Continue reading “Hunting, painting, hiding … who knew rocks could be so fun?”

Commissioners: Gas tax will help with Vanderburgh roads, bridges

May 16, 2017

By Shannon Hall

Not much new information was revealed at Tuesday’s State of the County address by the commissioners.

Commission President Bruce Ungethiem said he was told Vanderburgh County would receive about $3-4 million a year from the gas tax, which will be implemented July 1. Hoosiers will now pay 28 cents per gallon at the pump, but local government will reap some of the rewards. Continue reading “Commissioners: Gas tax will help with Vanderburgh roads, bridges”

Police: Mother passes out while driving two sons

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PUBLISHED: May 18, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

A woman was arrested Wednesday morning after police reported finding her passed out in a running, black Ford Explorer with two children in the vehicle.

Tierra Maupins, 26, was arrested and preliminarily charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a child under 18 in the car and operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent or more.

Dispatch received multiple calls about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday that a woman was slumped over in an Explorer with two children in it on Riverside in the right turn lane to go north on U.S. 41. One passerby told police that the vehicle was in drive but he was able to put it in park, according to the probable cause affidavit. Another witness had her two children, ages 1 and 3, in the parking lot nearby.

After an ambulance was called, Maupins woke up, and police smelled a “strong odor” of alcohol on her breath, court documents state.

Maupins told police that she “partied the night before” but stopped drinking at midnight, according to a probable cause affidavit. Maupins failed three of the four sobriety field tests and provided a chemical test where it showed her blood-alcohol level was 0.16.

The Department of Child Services was notified and took the two children into their custody.

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The Courier & Press is documenting every person in Vanderburgh County who is arrested and charged with drunken driving and following the cases through the courts. Since Feb. 1, almost 150 people have been charged with drunken driving in Vanderburgh County.

Driving under the influence is usually a misdemeanor charge, and those charged don’t serve jail time outside of their initial arrest. But it’s a misdemeanor that could turn deadly quickly.

Last fall, the Tri-State community had five fatal deaths involving intoxicated drivers, according to local law enforcement.

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Former Harrison hoops standout died from gunshot wound to head

PUBLSIHED: May 23, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

A former Harrison High School basketball standout was found shot to death in the 400 block of South Morton Avenue, between Cherry and Walnut streets, on Tuesday morning, according to the city police.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear identified the deceased as Deniko L. Scott, 22, of Evansville. Scott played high school basketball at Harrison, graduated in 2013 and was named second team All-Metro and an honorable mention for all-state from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association his senior year. Continue reading “Former Harrison hoops standout died from gunshot wound to head”

Lincoln Estates property foreclosed in 2016

May 27, 2017

By Shannon Hall

The Evansville Housing Authority knew that changes could happen at Lincoln Estates but they didn’t move families from their voucher program until the property changed ownership.

The new ownership, which bought the property in April, notified a few dozen residents that they can no longer live at Lincoln Estates because of unpaid rent, said Rick Moore, Evansville Housing Authority executive director.

Others, he said, have leases that end soon, and the company isn’t renewing the leases so they can renovate the apartments.

The sudden change caused low-income residents to move within 30 days. Some residents complained at the mayor’s town hall Wednesday that it’s a hard task for low-income residents to move so swiftly and to pay for all the moving costs.

According to court documents, Lincoln Estates Redevelopment, LP, didn’t make any mortgage payments for the Lincoln Estates housing complex to the bank from March to November 2015.

It’s unclear who represents Lincoln Estates Redevelopment, but the investment group contains various investors including the Evansville Housing Authority.

The investment group decided it was best to offer to buy the property instead of paying the rest of the mortgage said, Evansville Housing Authority Executive Director Rick Moore said.

“Because it was not operating efficiently over time … it just didn’t make financial sense for us to continue and try to keep this afloat,” Moore said. “It wasn’t just that we couldn’t have afforded it. The financing and the banks that we would have to go to fund that project to keep it affordable, they wouldn’t approve it.”

Moore said when he was hired as the Evansville Housing Authority executive director in 2011, Lincoln Estates operated at a deficit.

Lincoln Estates Redevelopment LP received a court order in July 2016 to pay almost $2 million to the mortgage holder in unpaid principle, interest, late charges, real estates taxes, hazard insurance and default interest, but the bank bought the property days after the court’s judgment.

The Evansville Housing Authority offered the bank about $1.5 million for the property, but it rejected their offer, Moore said.

“They thought they could get more out of it, which they eventually did,” Moore said. “So our offer was based off what we thought we could cash flow, and so they just didn’t accept.”

Bayview Loaning Services LLC held the property for about 9 months and then sold it in April to City Pointe Evansville LLC for $2.6 million.

The Courier & Press has been unable to identify individuals associated with City Pointe Evansville LLC.

According to the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office, City Pointe Evansville LLC lists George Zarris as the registered agent the company.

Listed agents can be lawyers, partners, or the actual owners of the corporation. A George Zarris who lives in Crown Point, Indiana denied being involved with City Pointe Evansville, LLC.

“I don’t know what to tell you,” he said Wednesday.

Moore said about 20 families who the Housing Authority houses through the government subsidized voucher program have been relocated.

The property was built in 1999 with private developers using tax credits. Using tax credits guarantee the property stays as affordable housing for 15 years. After that, the owners could opt to apply for additional tax credits.

But before the period ended, Moore said the partnership began looking at the different possibilities for the property. Applying for additional tax credit wasn’t an option because Moore doubted it would be approved because of the lack of cash flow.

It’s unclear what the future holds for Lincoln Estates.

The management group currently collecting rent from Lincoln Estates residents told the Housing Authority that they would allow people who have housing authority vouchers to return living at the complex when the renovations finish, Moore said.

“It’s unfortunate because Evansville needs more affordable housing,” Moore said. “We’re in the business of trying to provide that.”

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Mayor talks to Lincoln Estates management, residents

 

PUBLISHED: May 31, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke spoke with several Lincoln Estates residents Tuesday and gave them good news.

The management company for Lincoln Estates hasn’t filed any formal court eviction notices, so residents who were being “evicted” do not have to move next week.

“I met with them (Lincoln Estates’ representatives) yesterday just to get a feel from their perspective,” Winnecke said. “The most enlightening thing I learned was that they had not filed any court papers on anyone.”

“I felt it was important to reach out with these people personally … saying hey here are a couple things you should know. One — on June 7 or June 8, you are not getting evicted because they can’t do it,” Winnecke said.

Winnecke also talked with the Lincoln Estates manager and attorney. He said he plans to meet with the management team again with City Councilwoman Connie Robinson and Rev. Adrian Brooks.

But overall, Winnecke said he thinks continuing the conversations between the managment and the residents is key. He encouraged all the residents he spoke with to call the manager and make them aware of their situation.

“I found them (the management group) to be, in my opinion, really willing to work and help people,” Winnecke said.

Winnecke stepped in after he faced dozens of upset residents regarding the confusion over Lincoln Estate ownership change last week.

Friends and families concerned about Lincoln Estates residents flooded the Potter’s Wheel and interrupted the mayor’s traveling town hall Wednesday to voice concern about an ownership change at the complex. Jessie Higgins / Courier & Press

“I think it was very clear at that meeting that there was a very distinct lack of clarity about what’s going on in that living center,” he said. “So I intervened personally to try to bring some clarity to these residents.”

Jeff Wilhite, an attorney for Lincoln Estates, confirmed that Lincoln Estates plans to work with residents.

But one things is for sure — if residents have a current lease, they are not being asked to leave, Wihilite said.

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