About Ron Dowdy

I have lived in Decatur Township since I was about 5 years old. I graduated from DCHS in 1973, IUPUI's Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in 1979 with an Associates degree in Electrical Engineering and Technology. I am currently attending IUPUI's Purdue School of Engineering and Technology studying Web design in the Computers and Information Technology department. All four of my children graduated from DCHS also.

Indy Wins National Biking Award and Opens Newest Bike Trail


Mayor Greg Ballard accepted a national award for Bicycle Leadership as the City celebrated the opening of its newest bicycle trail. Award marks second national recognition for Indy in the last month.

Indy is quickly gaining national attention for its growing bicycle culture and amenities.

  • Mayor Ballard today was given the 2013 Bicycle Friendly America Leadership Award from the League of American Bicyclists
  • Indy was named the 4th best city in the world to see from a bicycle seat and #1 in the US
  • Mayor Ballard was a featured speaker at the National Bike Summit in Washington this year

Indy is on pace to have 200 miles of bike lanes and trails by 2015. Today, Mayor Ballard celebrated the new 2.1-mile extension of the White River Greenway that connects White River State Park and Raymond Street on the City’s south side
Indy will have 82-miles of bike lanes by the end of the year—compared to one mile of bike lanes when Mayor Ballard took office

Adding bike lanes and trails is just part of Indy’s action plan to connect people to places around the City. Other steps include the following:

  • Adding another 100 bike racks for parking
  • Working to launch a new bike share program downtown along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail
  • Created the Indy Bike Hub in the east wing of the City Market with lockers, service and workout facilities for bicycle commuters

Indy is also gaining national acclaim for its parking meter modernization program. Last month, Mayor Ballard was named “Innovator of the Year” by the National Parking Association.

  • Indy was recognized for partnering with ParkIndy to replace the city’s antiquated parking meter system and improve customer convenience.
  • Under the new system, net revenue to the City has increased from $340,000 in 2010 (last year under City management) to $2.5 million in 2012.
  • In 2010, drivers had no choice but to dig for change to pay Indy’s parking meters. Now, 72% pay for parking with credit/debit cards and 10% use Park Mobile smart phone app.
  • 73% of Central Indiana residents indicate Downtown parking is affordable compared to 42% nationally.
  • 40% of Central Indiana residents indicate it is easy to find parking Downtown compared to 28% nationally (Indianapolis Downtown Inc

IMPD Seeks Help in Identifying Thieves in Westside Robbery

1_01_R_10282013034500PMLooking for help in identifying the two females in these photo’s from Davis Jeans at 4406 W Washington St reference a larceny. The female in the green sweat shirt came in and asked if the business was hiring.

6_10_R_10282013034500PMThe other female went to the back of the store picked out $500 in Levi jeans and exited the store failing to pay for the items.

2_03_R_10282013034500PMThe females then got into a black Chevy Cavalier.

If anyone can identify these females please let me know and I will follow up.

Thanks again and stay safe.

Larry Craciunoiu


Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Department of Public Safety

551 King Avenue

Indianapolis, In 46222




Calvin R. Finley, July 2, 1958 – November 13, 2013

Calvin R. Finley,55,
Garner, N.C. formerly of Indianapolis, IN passed away November 13, 2013.

He worked for TT&E Iron and Metal, Inc. for several months in Sales. He is a member of Unity Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Finley, their daughter Shelby Finley, additional children, Monique Hancock, Semonae Finley, Natasha Swindle, Shiloh Finley, and their mother, Debbie Helton, six grandchildren, parents, Damon D. and Judy Finley, sisters, Teresa Reynolds and Regina Northrup.

Services will be Wednesday, November 20, 2013 2PM at Flanner and Buchanan-Decatur with visitation there Tuesday, November 19th 4-9 PM. He will be laid to rest in West Newton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Unity Missionary Baptist Church 3102 S. McClure St. Indianapolis, IN 46221.

Barbara Eva “Bobbie” Bailey, March 19, 1939 – November 15, 2013

bBaileyBarbara Eva “Bobbie” Bailey

74, passed away Nov. 15, 2013. She was born in Coventry, RI to the late Irvan and Eva LeBer.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband Joseph Bailey; children Debbie (Kenny) King, Sandra Van Vlymen, Barbara (Nick Love) Payne, and Raymond (Gina Rose ) Nesbit; step children Joseph Neal (Judy) Bailey and Martha Jo Bailey; grandchildren Sommer Van Vlymen, Roxanne Zoderer, Bailey Van Vlymen, Fernando Pedroza, Jacob Pedroza, Noah Lovem, Vanessa Van Vlymen, Ethan Payne, Jesse King, Molly Payne, and Oscar Miller-Nesbit; great grandchildren Bellamy Toth, Aiden Pedroza and Jacob Armanie Pedroza; sisters Janice (Roland) Goodness and Penny (Pete) Phaneuf and brother Charles (Marie) LeBer.

Visitation will be held Tuesday Nov. 19th from 1:00-6:00 PM at Little & Sons Funeral Home Beech Grove Chapel, followed by a Funeral Service at 6:00 PM in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Associaion.

Department of Public Safety Unveils New SafeTown™ Community Alerts Website



NOVEMBER 12, 2013

Department of Public Safety Unveils New
SafeTown™ Community Alerts Website

INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Department of Public Safety launched SafeTown, an interactive website developed by InterAct™ that will provide Indianapolis residents a new and easy way to stay informed and aware of local safety issues as they happen.

The main feature of the SafeTown site is called Community Alerts, which plots police, fire and other emergency activity on an interactive map of Indianapolis. It also allows IMPD, IFD and other public safety agencies to publish alerts such as traffic incidents, police activity, HAZMAT warnings or public “be on the lookout” notices where citizens can view information in real time on the SafeTown map.

Mayor Greg Ballard said,

“SafeTown is a great resource for people to stay informed and safe in Indianapolis. I encourage everyone to utilize SafeTown to stay up to date with critical events and alerts, report suspicious activity, and eventually complete a household profile so our first responders know how best to protect you and your family.”

Additional features will be added to SafeTown in the coming months. The Household Profile feature will let residents complete a survey of their residence that could help guide first responders in the event of an emergency. The secure profile will let public safety crews know basic information such as: the number of people living in the home, presence of pets, people with special needs, and other critical information that will help crews respond quickly in the event of an emergency.

Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs said.

“Our primary mission is to safeguard the citizens of Indianapolis and we are always looking for ways to make the people of this community safer. Community engagement is instrumental in preventing and solving crime. By launching SafeTown, we are empowering the citizens of Indianapolis to assist us in protecting their neighborhoods by raising awareness of what is happening around them, as it happens.”

InterAct creates public safety software products that support dispatchers, incident responders and correctional officers worldwide.

“The intelligent application of cloud technology to connect the public to public safety will provide valuable support to the Department of Public Safety’s goal of improving the quality of emergency services they provide their community. By adopting SafeTown, the Indianapolis community now has access to a simple and powerful set of cloud applications which are as easy for the public to utilize as Google, Facebook and Twitter.”

said Jim Wilson, General Manager/Vice President of SafeTown.

The website can be accessed at https://indy.safetown.org.

About InterAct

InterAct creates public safety software products that support dispatchers, incident responders (law, fire, EMS) and correctional officers worldwide. We bring the benefits of cloud computing to public safety. Our cloud applications connect public safety practitioners to each other and the information they need anywhere, anytime. Our cloud options are more reliable, less costly, easier to use, and more secure. We believe the benefits of cloud computing are so great that its adoption has become a key success factor in achieving the mission that we share with our customers: the safety and well-being of citizens and their communities. To learn more about InterAct’s solutions, please visit us at: http://www.interact911.com.

About SafeTown

SafeTown delivers services to the community via a community web portal and a family of smart phone apps. With SafeTown, citizens can create household profiles for first responders to use. Agencies can post alerts to all SafeTown subscribers in the community and citizens can report non-emergency problems or suspicious activity.

Additionally, real time events and crime history can be viewed on a map, and authorities can publish information to the community about inmates in local correctional facilities. To learn more about SafeTown, please visit http://www.safetown.org.

IMPO Draft Complete Streets Policy


Below is a link to the Indianapolis MPO’s draft regional Complete Streets Policy. This policy would apply to all projects located within the MPO Urbanized Area that apply for federal funding. This draft policy is open for public comment. The deadline for public comment is 11:59pm on Sunday, November 24, 2013. Please send all comments to Jen Higginbotham of the Indianapolis MPO at Jennifer.higginbotham@indy.gov or 317-327- 7587 or Indianapolis MPO, 200 East Washington Street, City County Building, Suite 1922, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, Attn: Jen Higginbotham. See the public notice below for more information about public comment and the public hearing.

Click here to see IMPO Draft Complete Streets Policy




Notice is hereby given that a proposed Complete Streets Policy for the Indianapolis Urbanized Area is now being offered for public review and comment . The Complete Streets Policy requires that transportation projects applying for federal funding via the MPO consider safe and comfortable accommodations for users of all ages and abilities, including but not limited to motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, transit users, school bus riders, delivery and service personnel, freight haulers, and emergency responders. Public comments on the proposed Complete Streets Policy may be made by phone to Jen Higginbotham at 327-7587, by e-mail at Jennifer.Higginbotham@indy.gov, or by mail addressed to Jen Higginbotham, Planner, Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, 200 E. Washington Street, City-County Building, Suite 1922, Indianapolis, IN, 46204. All comments should be received by 11:59pm, Sunday, November 24, 2013.

Notice is hereby given that at 9:00 AM on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors (MIBOR) office located at 1912 N. Meridian Street, Meeting Room B (2nd Floor), Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202, the Indianapolis Regional Transportation Council’s Policy Committee will conduct a public hearing on Resolution 13-IMPO-008 approving the proposed Complete Streets Policy for the Indianapolis Urbanized Area.

Copies of the proposal listed above and all plans and exhibits pertaining thereto can be found at the Indianapolis MPO’s website at www.indympo.org and are also on file and available for examination in Room 1922 of the City-County Building, 200 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Written objection to a proposal may be filed with the Metropolitan Planning Organization before the hearing at 200 E. Washington Street, Suite 1922, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204 and such objections will be considered. At the hearing all interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard in reference to the matters contained in said proposal. The hearing may be continued from time to time as may be found necessary.

For accommodation needs for persons with disabilities, please call 327-5136.

Sharon Louise Taylor Ricketts, Feb 12, 1951 – Nov 11, 2013

sRickettsSharon Louise Taylor Ricketts passed away suddenly early Monday morning at Huntsville Hospital.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents Joan and George Kirkpatrick, Samuel Query.

Survivors include her daughter, Tina and Laura German of Decatur, IL; sister, Jacquelyn Tarver of Deerfield, Beach, FL, brothers, Curt Eldrege, Sr of Indiana, Jeff Query of California; grandchildren, Michael J. Fraley, Jessica N. Gilbert, Kristina N. Kemnitz all of Decatur, IL, William C. Fraley of St. Pete, FL, Andrew M. Gilbert of San Diego, California; great-grandchildren, Tyree M. Barnes of Decatur, IL and soon to be born Calvin L. Tate; niece, Jennifer Tarver and great-nephews, Anthony James, Logan Tarver, B.F.F.s, Pam Almo, Amy Cagle, Rick Kelly and Alysia; roommate, Kenny Fisher and favorite cat, Caddie.

Sharon was a bartender/waitress at Parkway Lanes Outhouse Lounge in the late 70′s and early 80′s. She also was employed with Steak N Shake and Little Debs for years. She had numerous regular customers that she befriended over the years.

She loved spending time with her family especially her great-grandchild Tyree. Most of all Sharon loved Alabama football. We know she has taken her special place in heaven with the Lord and is smiling down on us all yelling as loud as she can (which we all know was very loud) “ROLL TIDE ROLL!”.

A special memorial service will be held at Little Debs, 2004 Pulaski Pike NW, Huntsville, AL on Thursday Nov 14th from 4 pm to 7 pm. Private family services will be held at a later date in Illinois. – See more Here

West Side Chamber Anniversary


Come celebrate with us at the West Side Chamber 3rd Anniversary Celebration & Networking Event

Sponsored by


Please join us for an evening of hors d’oeuvres and networking to celebrate another successful year.

lWrightGuest Speaker – Lloyd Wright,
President & CEO of WFYI

November 14, 2013
From 6:00 pm to 8 pm

RSVP before November 12, 2013

Indianapolis, IN 46241