Union Chapel Road interchange done
The Union Chapel Road interchange on Interstate 69 is scheduled to be fully open to traffic by the end of the day today.
Indiana Department of Transportation officials announced Thursday that the final ramp is finished.
Work on the $14 million project began in March 2012 to widen the bridge over the interstate and create a new interchange with roundabouts at each end of the bridge. In addition, Allen County is constructing roundabouts at Union Chapel and Diebold roads, as well as at Union Chapel and Auburn roads.
The Union Chapel-Diebold roundabout is open, but the intersection of Union Chapel Road and Auburn Road will remain closed until the end of December while work there is completed.
The detour for Union Chapel Road is Coldwater Road to Dupont Road to Diebold Road. The detour for Auburn Road is Dupont Road to Coldwater Road to Pion Road.
Pence appoints access counselor
Gov. Mike Pence has appointed a new Indiana public access counselor to handle public records disputes.
Luke Britt will provide advice and assistance concerning public access laws to members of the public, government officials and state employees. He will replace Joe Hoage, who will be chief legal counsel for the Department of Natural Resources.
Britt most recently was a litigation attorney for the Indiana Department of Child Services, advising the agency on various program and legal areas. He previously worked at the Indiana State Department of Health and R. Lee Money law firm in Greenwood.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Franklin College and his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Britt will begin his new role as public access counselor Monday.
His term runs through June 30, 2015.
Guard association honors 2 leaders
State Sen. Thomas Wyss and Rob Young, president of the Fort Wayne Base Community Council, have received National Guard Association of the United States awards, the 122nd Fighter Wing announced Thursday.
Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, received the Charles Dick Award for contributions to the National Guard by elected representatives to legislative bodies at the state and national levels. It is the second time he has received the honor, according to a news release.
Young received the Patrick Henry Award, recognizing civic leaders who distinguished themselves with outstanding and exceptional service to the Armed Forces. He spearheaded a letter-writing campaign to keep the A-10 Warthog fighter jets in Fort Wayne.
Fighter Wing meets recruiting goal
The 122nd Fighter Wing has enlisted its 122nd new member for 2013, it announced Thursday.
The Fighter Wing, based in Fort Wayne, has just fewer than 1,000 members, according to a news release.
At the beginning of the year, Col. David Augustine, wing commander, challenged the base to produce 122 new members for the 122nd in 2013.
Between recruiting new members and re-enlisting members currently serving, the unit has met the challenge and is set to exceed expectations, the statement said.
NIPSCO warns of phone scam
NIPSCO is warning customers about a bill payment scam.
Customers have reported receiving unsolicited phone calls from individuals falsely claiming to be NIPSCO representatives, according to a company news release. The scammers threaten disconnection of the customer’s electric service if an immediate payment is not made.
The caller directs the customer to buy a prepaid debit card – many reports specifically reference a “Green Dot Debit Card” – and call back with a receipt and PIN, giving the scammers access to the card’s funds.
NIPSCO says it never asks for customers who are behind on payments to buy a prepaid debit card to avoid disconnection. The company asks for a Social Security number only when a customer is applying for new service.
If there are questions regarding offers claiming to be affiliated with NIPSCO, customers can call 1-800-464-7726.
Kosciusko reports telephone scam
Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department detectives are warning residents of another telephone scam.
Residents have reported receiving a call from someone claiming to represent the district attorney’s office in Indianapolis, according to a news release.
The caller states that he has personal information about his intended victims and tells them there is a large amount of money they owe. They are also told they need to pay a portion of it immediately or risk arrest.
The callers have been noted as using the area code 786 on caller ID. People receiving such calls should simply hang up.
Detectives say they are unaware of anyone who has sent money to the alleged scammer.