News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 30, 2013

EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the News

The Tribune-Star

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If you can, please help police

The success of a community’s police force is often directly related to support and involvement from the people it serves.

Area police agencies in the past week have asked for help in the investigations of two specific crimes. The most heinous and tragic is that of the December 2012 homicide of prominent Sullivan County farmer Lowell Badger.

Police believe Badger, 85, was shot and killed during a home invasion and robbery at his rural Sullivan County residence. Among previously undisclosed items taken from his residence by the perpetrator(s) was a heavy safe. Investigators hope that releasing information about the stolen safe will spark new leads in their probe.

Closer to home, Terre Haute authorities have recovered a high-powered, handgun-style BB gun and ammunition they believe were used in a five-day spree in which windows were shot out in 87 parked vehicles last spring. They are hoping the public can help connect the new evidence to possible suspects in the incidents, which occurred all over the city.

If you think you may have information the police might find valuable, we urge you to heed their call for help.

In the Badger homicide, please call the Indiana State Police Putnamville post at 765-653-4114, or the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department at 812-268-4044.

In the Terre Haute vandalism case, call 812-238-1661, Ext. 2667.

A big night for local Chamber

Congratulations are in order to the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce for its 100th annual meeting, which was conducted to a full house of banquet attendees Wednesday night in Hulman Center. It was a grand event that celebrated the lofty anniversary in fine fashion.

And special tribute goes to the Chamber’s yearly award winners: Sara Arnett, Athena award; Paul Thrift, business award; Ellie Caldwell, young leader award; and Mary Kramer and Jon Robeson, Vision award.

Reader poll results

Recently, the Reader Poll at asked:

Would you feel more comfortable with school security knowing that every teacher was carrying a gun at school?

Results: 347 votes were cast.

• Yes — 119 votes, 34.29 percent

• No — 220 votes, 63.4 percent

• Undecided — 8 votes, 2.31 percent