Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt sided with Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) on Monday in responding to a complaint filed with his office last month by The Observer. The complaint concerned the police force and Notre Dame’s denial of records requests in November, despite a change in state law last year that might have required them to grant access.The relevant law hinges on the legal distinction between private and public agencies.Under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA), “public agencies” — like local police departments — are required to release certain records by law. However, private university police departments like NDSP have long been considered private agencies under state law, and therefore not subject to APRA.Last spring, the Indiana State Legislature passed HB 1022, which would have required private university police departments to disclose records only in situations where someone was arrested or incarcerated, shielding them specifically from the rest of APRA. It was vetoed by then-Gov. Mike Pence in March.But in November, the South Bend Tribune reported another law — HB 1019 — was also passed last year containing language such that it inadvertently changed the state’s definition of a “public agency” to specifically include university police departments.Effective July 1 of last year, the law changed the term’s definition, which now reads in the Indiana State Code as the following:“‘Public agency,’ except as provided in section 2.1 of this chapter, means the following: … (11) A private university police department. The term does not include the governing board of a private university or any other department, division, board, entity, or office of a private university.”Of the change in the definition, Britt said it was “inadvertently inserted into HB 1019.”Britt said in a letter that his office became aware of the error in July 2016, and that “on the advice of the Legislative Services agency,” he began to advise his constituents that the changed definition had “the full force of law.”“In August of 2016, however, the Indiana Legislative Council voted unanimously to include the error in the 2017 Technical Corrections Bill, HB 1181,” Britt said. “As of the date of this writing [Jan. 30] it had been referred to the Judiciary Committee but had not yet been passed.”Britt also cited the state Supreme Court’s decision in ESPN’s lawsuit against Notre Dame, which ruled in November that private universities in Indiana are not obligated to disclose police records.“While I may respectfully disagree with that ruling as Public Access Counselor for policy reasons, I defer to the Court’s opinion as the binding and final authority on the matter,” Britt said.Ultimately, Britt said his interpretation of the events surrounding HB 1019 is that the change regarding private university police departments was unintentional.“While the language itself and its impact is substantive and not technical in nature, it was obviously an oversight to include it in the bill,” he said. “I hesitate to categorize it as a simple scrivener’s error, however, it appears to be done in error.“It has been my modus to evaluate the totality of circumstances of an issue and not make determinations on a technicality.”Because he believes the correction will pass the General Assembly and because of his interpretation of the original bill’s intent, Britt said he would “defer to the General Assembly.”If, however, the section regarding APRA is removed from or altered in the legislative corrections bill and private university police departments remain in the definition of “public agency,” Britt said he would revisit the issue.Tags: APRA, HB 1019, HB 1022, NDSP, police records
(WBNG) — Olivia and Victoria McKnight are training for their sophomore soccer season at Binghamton University, despite not knowing if the fall season will be played. In addition to playing pick-up games with local soccer players, their coach sends the team weekly workouts. “It’s really nice to have a plan to follow, still keep some structure,” says Olivia. The former Vestal Golden Bears typically spend summers training at Binghamton University. With campus shut down, the twins have utilized local high school turf fields, and use each other to stay motiviated. Today, the duo trained at Union-Endicott High School. They completed a conditioning workout, and practiced footwork. “Say I’m just on the couch Olivia’s like, ‘get up, let’s go, let’s go,'” says Victoria. “And then opposite way if she doesn’t want to do it, you just push each other to go every day.” If the fall season is pushed to Spring of 2021, both girls say they are open to the idea. The girls say if the season is a go, preseason will be split into phases. “Nothing’s set in stone but for the most part, you can only train with people you live with, then we’ll build up to ten people, six feet apart,” says Olivia. “And then each week it continues to get more and more together, and then finally a full team practice.” “We just tell each other work hard every day,” says Victoria. “It could happen, it couldn’t but you’re still going to be ready if it is.” The McKnight’s also said they’ve been told there will be no fans at games, and substitute players will sit in the stands wearing masks, staying six feet apart – although the details are still being worked on. Victoria says the team’s scheduled game against Michigan State was canceled, along with most non-conference games. They told 12 Sports the schedule has been reworked so they will play teams in the South Division of the America East Conference, and possibly work in nearby non-conference games. As they wait for the final decision, both girls share a mindset. “Yeah,” Olivia added. “All the hard work will pay off eventually, and just keeping each other in the loop and motivated.” Preseason is slated to begin August 17.
Solstice Quays at Hope Island will have 35 modern townhouses.Body corporate fees would cost about $36 per week while marina berths were priced at $60,000.The projected is expected to be finished by mid 2019. The pool and barbecue area will be like a holiday resort.“There is a pedestrian walkway so the dry block homes can access the waterfront side,” Mr Mian said.“There’s a very nice pool and barbecue area that’s communal (and) they’ve got a couple of marina berths also for sale.”There are a range of designs to choose from but each has three-bedrooms, two living areas and double garages.Prices for the townhouses start at $549,000 while those on the waterfront range from $719,000 to $729,000. Solstice Quays at Hope Island will have 35 modern townhouses.CONSTRUCTION has started on 35 townhouses at Hope Island.The Solstice Quays development at 35 Sickle Ave will offer six properties with canal frontages while the remaining 29 will be built behind them. However, Ray White Sovereign Islands principal Ali Mian said all the modern townhouses would have access to the waterfront. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoInside the townhouses at Solstice Quays.
Christina M. “Tina” Weigel, age 52 of St. Leon, died Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville. Born November 19, 1964 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she is daughter of Frances (Nee: Kramer) and Gerhard Deddens. She married Steve Weigel May 22, 1993 at St. John the Baptist Church in Harrison, Ohio.A hard worker, she helped out at the family business, Deddens Bakery. She would graduate from Oldenburg Academy and attend the University of Cincinnati. While attending UC, she worked at several large hotels in downtown Cincinnati. In May of 1986, at the age of 21, Tina’s lifelong dream of owning a restaurant was born. With her brother Dave, they opened Christina’s Restaurant at the St. Leon exit on I-74 and Highway 1. Eventually, Dave left to start other businesses, but Tina and her mother continued before closing the restaurant in 2001. Tina took time off from the restaurant to be home with her young children. Tina would eventually get back into the food business working as the Kitchen Manager at East Central High School.In her spare time, she was active in her children’s endeavors and in later years became very involved with the Family Career & Community Leaders of America, supporting her daughters at the local and state levels. She was also a “Tennis Mom”, a “Football Mom” and a member of the East Central Booster Clubs. Unofficially, she was the family photographer at all family functions, sporting events and get togethers. Tina never knew a stranger. If you met her, you became a friend.Tina’s greatest passion was her family. She was most happy having everyone together and it was even better when she was cooking for them. Like all of us, Tina wasn’t without quirks. Her family teased about how every vacation she’d pack a paring knife, apples and peanut butter for the trip and everyone looked forward to receiving the annual Weigel “goofy family Christmas cards”.She was also proud of her German heritage. An active member of the Kolping Society in Cincinnati, she looked forward to events that required traditional German attire and loved visiting Germany on several occasions to visit family.Steve stated that, “Tina was the rock of their family and will be missed greatly.” A selfless individual, she was always about helping others and firmly believed in giving back. Tina’s wishes to be an organ and tissue donor were honored.She is survived by her husband Steve; children Brian, Kelly, Elizabeth and Nick; father Gerhard Deddens, brother David (Michelle) Deddens all of St. Leon; sisters Rose Linton of Clarkston, Michigan and Lynn Deddens of Sunman and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother and brother-in-law Ken Linton.Visitation is Thursday, October 5th, from 3 – 8 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s Campus All Saints Parish Life Center in St. Leon. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, October 6th at the All Saints Church St. Joseph’s Campus, with Rev. Jonathan Meyer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Christina Weigel Children’s Education Fund. Weigel Funeral, Batesville, is in charge of arrangements.