Area officials face busy weekend

Monday, June 22, 2009

According to information provided by the Clay County Justice Center (CCJC), local law enforcement, firefighters and emergency response personnel were kept busy this past weekend.

Firefighters were busy Friday evening battling a structure fire in Carbon.

Around 6:30 p.m., members of Van Buren and Dick Johnson volunteer fire departments were dispatched to a house fire at 14566 North Locust Street, Carbon.

Although all occupants and pets were able to get safely outside, the fire caused extensive damage to the home.

Firefighters believed the fire started in the attic area of the home, however, authorities have not released a cause. Members of Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare Ambulance also assisted on the scene.

On Saturday, downtown Brazil was a buzz with merriment as people enjoyed themselves at a local business's annual street fair.

"There were approximately 1,500 people there," Brazil City Police Chief Dave Archer said, adding event has never experienced problems before. "They had a really good turnout. But, as with all large groups, there were a few who didn't behave themselves."

While one person was arrested for fighting during the event, Archer said officers arrested five individuals who found mischief when they left the event. One intoxicated person "tried to do right by walking home," but Archer said they didn't make it and they allegedly passed out in someone's yard. Two others made it to their car in the CCJC parking lot, but Archer said one person's need to relieve them self of bodily fluids led to both being arrested.

"If you draw attention to yourself, you're going to get noticed," he said.

The remaining two individuals were arrested for public intoxication when an officer found their vehicle parked in the middle of a roadway going the wrong way.

Meanwhile, around 8:30 p.m., members of Cory and Center Point volunteer fire departments were dispatched to a suspicious fire at a structure on an undisclosed property in an area located on County Road 500 West and Lower Bloomington Road.

Cory Fire Chief Jay Morgan told The Brazil Times firefighters were able to locate signs someone attempted to start a fire on the wood porch of a vacant trailer, but "wet conditions kept it from going anywhere."

However, the garage fire was so intense the heat melted some of the siding on the nearby trailer.

Morgan said his department and the Clay County Sheriff's Department is filing case reports with the fire marshal's office of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Division of Fire and Building Safety.

Around 2 a.m., Sunday, members of the Brazil City Fire Department were dispatched to report of smoke coming out of an apartment complex in an area near Blaine and Washington streets.

According to information provided by the BCFD, a grease fire on the stove in apartment located at 303 1/2 Washington St., caused the heavy smoke. No injuries were reported while firefighters were on the scene for approximately 15 minutes.

However, a sheriff's deputy recognized an individual wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant at the scene. The individual was taken into custody and transported to the CCJC.

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  • Other cities have businesses that pay off-duty police officers close to $20.00 an hour to do security for these type of events. The local business should do that.... it supports our local men and women in law enforcement, looks good for the event.

    -- Posted by Criminology08 on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 9:20 PM
  • Unfair to expect the local police to babysit the drunks, if they allow it next year, they need to hire the babysitters out of their own profits, I'm sure the owners made out like bandits, this did what for Brazil?!? Nothing good in my opinion, or we wouldn't be reading about disorderly, drunken vandalizing, and trespassing.

    -- Posted by Edward Kane on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 6:20 AM
  • Just to make one thing clear...the city is currently short staffed so you may have been lucky to have 1 or 2 officer's working the city on Saturday night. You can't expect that they can police the event along with taking calls all night. This is a problem that needs to be a priority. It is very dangerous for an officer to be working alone with possibly no backup. Funds to hire new officers is important & the city needs to recognize this ASAP.

    -- Posted by LifetimeBrazilian on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 7:20 AM
  • Freedom1- There was no glass allowed outside or cans. Everything was plastic. Also, there was a roped off area for everyone to be in. What was bought inside stayed inside, and outside was the same. I saw several officers making sure people were staying out of trouble at the Street Party; what people did once they left the party was out of the officer's control.

    The amount of time and effort made this a great night to see a lot of old friends and celebrate a good cause! -Thanks Ray & Kelly!

    -- Posted by AJB24 on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 9:16 AM
  • Quote: "all im trying to say is that a gathering of people in such a matter is a ritualistic bonding session to bring people and also friends togather".


    -- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 1:37 PM
  • Way to go to all of the county agencies who responded to various events over the weekend.

    Cudos to CCSD on the Washington St. outstanding warrant. Keep up the great work!

    -- Posted by appaloosa queen on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 2:48 PM
  • The city police dept is sooooooo short staffed. They have been for an extended period of time but no one seems to care. I feel sorry for the officers who are stuck because they can't say a word. They love their jobs but face reprocussions if they speak up. The mayor and city clerk have done nothing to help the problem. I am not against people having fun, but next year the Alabama needs to hire security. I want all of Brazil to succeed and grow but how can we if our law enforcement is being neglected.

    -- Posted by getit2gether on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 3:53 PM
  • Sounds like a disgruntled officer to me, there getit2gether,

    -- Posted by Ombudsman on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 4:23 PM
  • If this thing happens again next year, We'll all be LMAO ! Not that I'm not already !

    -- Posted by Edward Kane on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 7:12 PM
  • Nowhere in the article did it say the deputy responded to the call. Maybe he or she just stopped by to see if his assistance was needed.

    -- Posted by pitbull_advocate on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 8:01 PM
  • * or her

    -- Posted by pitbull_advocate on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 8:02 PM
  • "LMAO?"

    I see you must be new to the computer. Check at Google, it's your friend.

    -- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 9:32 PM
  • I am sure that Ray and Kelly did make a profit off of their street party. The last time I checked that is the goal when you own a business. Part of that profit is what is used on a daily basis when local organizations ask for donations. Also all of the money collected at the door from the 1300+ people will be donated to local charities in our community.

    -- Posted by tobysgirl on Wed, Jun 24, 2009, at 8:53 PM
  • All I need to say is that the Alabama Bar owners do not need to hire any officers because it was pretty well staffed with reserve officers from Clay County Sheriff's Dept and Brazil City who I bet were placed on the schedule just for this event. I personally do not see anything wrong with the bar putting this on because they do it once a year and everybody knows about when it is going to be each year. If you have a problem or conflict with this affair then maybe those are the ones that need to leave for that weekend. I do attend this event and enjoy myself because I get to see people that I dont normally get to see and guess what........I DONT DRINK and still I have a great time! I think that those that have issues with this party and own parking lots and stuff should then block it off somehow and then no worries. Those of you that say there needs to be officers there overseeing this event then needs to come to the street party and witness the reserve officers that were mingling amongst the crowd. I know I saw at least 6 between the two depts. RAY AND KELLY CANT WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR!! IT WILL BE A ROCKIN GOOD TIME!! :)

    -- Posted by srdd on Wed, Jun 24, 2009, at 9:13 PM
  • Why not ask the reserves and city officers, Did you enjoy policing the drunks for free and spending time away from your families to do so, or would you rather be paid for your time for organized babysitting ? What do you think they will say . If you think we don't need all the police and reserves on for the random crime around town and the drug problems and car thefts, then maybe you need to rethink priorities its out of control, and time wasted so people can renew their aquaintenances and vandalize neighboring properties is just wrong.

    -- Posted by Edward Kane on Wed, Jun 24, 2009, at 9:27 PM
  • Nope I am not a disgrutled officer just someone who happens to know what is going on!!!!! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how bad things are when you call for an officer and it takes them hours to get to your house because they are the only one working.

    -- Posted by getit2gether on Fri, Jun 26, 2009, at 9:40 AM
  • The Fact of the matter is this, If a private Business puts on an event which includes large masses of people and drinking they should be responsible for paying reserve officers and off duty Officers to provide security for thier event. This would avoid pulling on duty Officers from their assigned duties. This is a common practice in larger cities. To make money costs money and there is no reason the tax payer should be footing the bill so somebody else can get ahead.

    -- Posted by SimpleIsBetter on Sat, Jun 27, 2009, at 9:44 AM
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