Daily news and links – May 13, 2023

These are news links and news from other outlets. We used to put these on Facebook, but we’re putting them here for now.

Man killed in crash in Monroe County Friday

Monroe Fire units and Ellettsville Fire Department Engine 81 responded to back-to-back structure fire calls Thursday

MFD released the following on Facebook:

Photo by MFD

“Monroe Fire units and Ellettsville Fire Department Engine 81 responded to back to back structure fire calls this evening.

The first fire was dispatched at 6:20pm to the 5800 block of S Handy Rd. Battalion 22 arrived on scene and reported nothing visible from the exterior of the home.

All family members were able to safely exit the home on their own and stated seeing puffs of smoke and smelling something burning.

Firefighters investigated the cause of the smoke and after a lengthy search found a small hot/smoldering area burnt up between the outside wall and the subfloor of the home. Access to the area was very difficult. Firefighters had to cut a hole in the side of the home to get to the problem.

The cause of the fire was accidental due to an electrical failure.

Shortly after clearing the scene on Handy Rd fire units were dispatched at 7:59pm to another structure fire call on Burch Rd, less than a mile from Station 39. Engine 39 arrived on scene to find a shed fully engulfed in flames. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire but the shed was already a total loss.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.”

No injuries were reported on either call.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office continues to clean up jail

Photo by the MCSO

The MCSO released the following on Facebook:

“Sheriff Marté’s initiative to clean and sanitize the facility continues. These are the photos of Block A, which was just completed. We have now completed the sanitation of 6 of our 10 blocks, intake/booking and the sally port.

Jail Commander Gibbons opened a new post-intake housing dorm. This will greatly reduce the amount of time recently admitted residents will spend in holding cells.

We remain committed to providing a safe, clean and humane environment here at the Monroe County Jail. We will continue to keep you posted on our progress.

Additionally, just today, we began installing microwaves in each block. These will allow residents to warm foods and snacks throughout the day. The installation of new televisions and clocks is also complete.

Our new Facility Coordinator Tony Evans, Facility Manager Nikki Farris and our inmate worker crews are doing a phenomenal job to put all this on the fast track.

Next up, Sheriff Marté will be purchasing the following new items for all residents:

o Sandals

o Jumpsuits

o Blankets

o Underwear

o Socks

o T-shirts

o Bras

We are also working on procuring new and more comfortable sleeping mats over the next few months.”

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