Two-vehicle accident leads to fatality

first_imgDillsboro, IN—Late Saturday morning, Ripley County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident involving injuries located on east US 50 in Ripley County, west of Dillsboro.Arriving on scene officers found that Joseph Sandlin, 33, of Milan,  had been traveling west on US 50 operating a blue 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he collided with the rear of a white 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck, also traveling west on US 50, being operated by Jerry Palmer, 69,  of Milan Indiana.Palmer, the only occupant of the pickup truck, was not injured in the accident and was released at the scene.Sandlin, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and the only occupant of the motorcycle, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ripley County Coroner’s Office.last_img read more

Village construction creates student safety concerns

first_imgHeavy pedestrian traffic near the new Village construction site on Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street could cause accidents, according to the Dept. of Public Safety.Watch out · The South Traffic Bureau division of the LAPD can cite students for walking in prohibited areas. Fines and citations for these infractions can amount to over $200, according to DPS. – Graphic courtesy of DPS Crime PreventionConstruction barriers have eliminated the sidewalk on the west side of Hoover Street and much of McClintock Avenue. DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle said the department is concerned that pedestrians walking in the street on such a busy road have an increased chance of injury.“We are worried that students could be struck,” Carlisle said. “During some peak hours, students will start walking along that sidewalk and then keep going in the street.”DPS Chief John Thomas said the sidewalk could remain closed for the three-year duration of the Village construction project. DPS is hoping to educate students early on so that they understand this is not the intersection that they were familiar with before, and they should adjust their travel habits accordingly. He added that DPS is hoping to reopen the sidewalk before the completion of construction.“The biggest concern is any time you have pedestrians walking in the same roadway as cars traveling and particularly if the students’ backs are to the cars, it’s never good,” Thomas said. “You’re only talking about a two-lane highway — two lanes going south on that side — and if you’ve got pedestrians in one lane that means you’ve just reduced that to a one-lane highway. As vehicles are coming around the corner potentially there are blind spots, and they could potentially hit a student.”In August, DPS sent out an email to students that included a map of the construction site. The email warned that it was unsafe for pedestrians to walk along these areas where there is no sidewalk access.People who walk in the street are in violation of California Vehicle Code 21956a and could be fined up to $196. It is legal for bicyclists to use the street, but not for skateboarders because a person on a skateboard is considered a pedestrian under the law.“Should LAPD South Traffic Bureau be in the area on patrol or if they respond to complaints, they could cite you,” Carlisle said. “They don’t cite into student judicial affairs, they cite into court, which fines people and with court costs associated with the fine. Typically it’s over $200.”One of DPS’s largest concerns is a pedestrian getting injured on game day when there are large crowds.“We’re hoping through education to let students know to not walk in the street where it’s hazardous,” Carlisle said. “Our goal is to prevent a collision from occurring and injuring a student. We are going to see how that works this Saturday, which is a game day, and try to monitor that.”According to Carlisle, Capital Construction, which is employed by USC, is considering putting some of the money in the project budget toward buying a portable message board to warn people not to walk in the street and to use the other side.Areas on and near campus have been closed before due to construction, and Carlisle said DPS previously posted officers along McClintock during the remodeling of the Uytengsu Aquatic Center. He added that it is more difficult to control pedestrian traffic on public streets near The Village’s construction.Carlisle said that the City of Los Angeles and the university worked to remove the diagonal crosswalks at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street because they wanted to discourage people from crossing over to the north corner.Thomas said there have yet to be any collisions reported near the construction site, and DPS is hoping to keep it that way by keeping students on the sidewalks.“Our biggest concern is the safety of the students. Any time you’ve got pedestrians and bikes and skateboards in the same roadway, it’s just a recipe for disaster,” he said.last_img read more

Mayor: L.A. ‘capital of homelessness’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The agency counted 20,023 people living downtown – mostly on Skid Row – followed by 16,787 in South Los Angeles, 11,275 in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys and 9,254 in the San Gabriel Valley. The South Bay and Harbor areas had the next-highest total at 7,369. “It’s not just a downtown Skid Row problem,” said LAHSA Commission Chairman Owen Newcomer. The $350,000 LAHSA survey also found that 221,363 people – or one in 40 people in the county – were homeless at some point in 2005. The report marks the first attempt to gather detailed data on the homeless. The survey will be used to help officials develop strategies on how to end homelessness. Last year, the Board of Supervisors allocated an extra $34 million for shelter and services. Villaraigosa has committed an additional $50 million, along with supporting a $1 billion bond measure to develop more affordable housing citywide. Nearly 50,000 people in the city and more than 82,000 in Los Angeles County slept in a shelter or on the street in 2005, a study released Thursday found, prompting Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to call Los Angeles the nation’s “capital of homelessness.” The report by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority estimated that 82,291 county residents were homeless on any given day last year, including 48,103 living in Los Angeles. “These are staggering numbers when you think about it,” Villaraigosa said. “This is the capital of homelessness in the United States of America. “It dwarfs the homeless problem anywhere in the state, and the city of Los Angeles is ground zero for it.” Officials also hope to use some of the $280 million that will be generated over the next three years from the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act to provide housing and other services for mentally ill homeless people. LAHSA, a city-county authority, has been successful in obtaining more federal funds to house the homeless, watching those dollars grow from $47 million in 2002 to $60 million last year. In March, LAHSA and Bring LA Home plan to release a comprehensive plan to end homelessness in 10 years. “The first project will probably be in downtown Los Angeles,” said Mercedes Marquez, general manager of the Los Angeles Housing Department. “Housing for families that are on the edge of homelessness will be the first type of project the San Fernando Valley sees because they have lighter service needs.” Despite these recent efforts, only 12 percent of the county’s homeless receive shelter on any night. And contrary to the popular myth that homeless people from throughout the nation come to Los Angeles for its great weather, 78 percent said they had been living in the county at the time they became homeless. “We do not have a situation where hordes are coming in from outside the county,” Newcomer said. “Nearly half the homeless were renters immediately before becoming homeless. They fell on hard times.” Of the homeless, 47,813 were men, 17,543 were women, 1,088 were transgender and 19,882 were members of a homeless family. “A number that wasn’t mentioned is that there are 10,000 homeless children in the city of Los Angeles,” Villaraigosa said. “Think about that.” The survey found that the typical homeless person resembles many low-income people with fragile safety nets. In the survey, 24 percent said the loss of a job was the primary reason for their homelessness. Of the homeless, 41 percent were black, 28 percent were white, 24 percent were Latino, 4 percent were multiracial, 3 percent were American Indian or Alaskan Native and 1 percent were Asian or Pacific Islanders. Another study by the National Coalition for the Homeless listed Los Angeles as the nation’s 18th “meanest” city for homeless people. “I don’t believe that to be true,” Villaraigosa said. “Very clearly, there is a united commitment to end homelessness here.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more