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Pulaski County Council Reviews Additional Appropriations and Transfers for Issues at Justice Center

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Justice Center

The Pulaski County Council discussed several additional appropriation and transfer requests on Monday night. A couple of requests from the Pulaski County Justice Center were discussed at length.

Sheriff Michael Gayer spoke at the Eastern Pulaski School Board meeting so Matron Carrie Aaron and Sergeant Fred Rogers represented the sheriff’s department where they explained an $80,000 additional appropriation. Sergeant Rogers said the money is needed to pay past bills that have been due – some for many years. For example, according to Sergeant Rogers, the fuel bill hadn’t been paid since September of 2013 while other vendors for a variety services have been waiting since 2011 for payment.

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Pulaski County Council Concerned About Sheriff’s Department Time Cards

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Officials in Pulaski County are once again concerned with the method used to keep track of time worked for sheriff’s department employees, and the council asked Sheriff Michael Gayer to provide additional time sheet information to the auditor in the future. The council addressed Gayer at their meeting on March 10, explaining that the current method does not comply with the federal law.

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Pulaski Sheriff’s Department to Upgrade Control Pod

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will soon be upgrading the control pod in the jail, as the county council this week approved a $19,000 additional appropriation to fund the project at the request of Sheriff Michael Gayer. Gayer said he was asked by the jail commander to give a presentation to the council regarding the proposal for these much-needed upgrades.

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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Had Productive Year in 2013

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department had a successful and busy year in 2013.

Sheriff Michael Gayer revealed that deputies responded to 361 total crashes; 45 of which were personal injury accidents, 204 involved deer and three accidents resulted in a fatality.

There were 5,348 calls for service which breaks down to a call every 1.6 hours of the day, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 37 battery cases were investigated, 33 burglary incidents were investigated, 114 thefts occurred and 70 drug investigations were conducted.

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Seven Arrested in Drunk Driving Incidents in Pulaski County

 The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was one of 250 law enforcement agencies that participated in the Operation Pull Over effort over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sheriff Michael Gayer stated that seven impaired drivers were arrested in the campaign.

The Indiana State Police was also involved in this effort. Officers participated in extra patrols during the Thanksgiving travel weekend in the Safe Family Travel, Operation Pull Over campaign that ended Sunday.

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Donations are Being Accepted for Shop with a Cop Event in Pulaski County

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Shop with a Cop event is set for Sunday, Dec. 8 and donations are now being accepted to help children have a merrier Christmas this season.

Sheriff Michael Gayer said monetary donations can be made to the Shop with a Cop account at any Alliance Bank so the children less fortunate can choose an item for Christmas this year.

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Heroin Causing Problems in Pulaski County

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

A dangerous drug is making a resurgence in the area, as Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer said the county has seen its third death as a direct result of a heroin overdose. Gayer said the third death was less than a week ago; the man was found by a roommate with heroin and paraphernalia nearby.

Gayer explained it’s difficult to combat this new danger in the community, as thus far, it’s staying under the radar.

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Several Wanted Felons Arrested in Pulaski County

Since members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department put wanted persons on the department’s Facebook page, seven arrests have been made.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer said that anonymous tips came into the department about several subjects featured on the social media site and officers followed up on those tips. Seven arrests have been made and more are anticipated.

Sheriff Gayer said that on Monday, Aug. 12, a list of wanted felons was posted on the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department at (574) 946-6655 if you have an anonymous tip as to where the felons may be, but do not attempt to take them into custody on your own.

Active Shooter Training Scheduled in Pulaski County

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Law enforcement agencies across the nation continue to create strategies to help diffuse an active shooter incident in a school or other public place. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, EMS and all county fire departments will be coming together on Saturday, Feb. 23 to train for such an event at the Monterey Elementary School at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer is looking forward to working with all emergency personnel in creating a plan to keep residents safe.

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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department to Host Jail Commander and Sheriff’s Meeting

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is hosting a jail commander and sheriffs meeting today at Poblano’s Restaurant in Winamac from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. The meeting is being held at the recommendation of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer said this is an opportunity for everyone to come to get together for an informational session.

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Pulaski Council, Commissioners Discuss Salary Ordinance

The Pulaski County Council met with the commissioners in a joint session Monday night to discuss the salary ordinance, which sparked some discussion regarding a pay increase for the sheriff’s department that had once been on the proposed ordinance, but was stricken from the latest draft.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Enhance Accountability Through Key Regulation

Pulaski County Commissioners Larry Brady, Vice President Terry Young, and President Tracey Shorter

It’s all about accountability, said Pulaski County Commissioner Larry Brady, who expressed his desire to ensure county employees only have keys to the courthouse doors and their own offices. He told his fellow commissioners and the department heads in attendance that he would like all county building keys to which the commissioners have access to be stored at the county 911 center.

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Pulaski Commissioners Approve Sheriff’s Request for Vehicle Purchase

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer approached the county commissioners at their meeting this week with a request to follow through with the second of two vehicle purchases approved by the county council. Gayer said he had purchased one of the vehicles last year with the commissioners’ approval, but now, he has returned once again seeking permission to purchase the second.

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Pulaski Commissioners Hear Issues Regarding Handbook

Pulaski County Commissioners Larry Brady, Vice President Terry Young, and President Tracey Shorter

The Pulaski County Commissioners met last night, their first meeting with two new commissioners Larry Brady and Terry Young, before a packed audience. Many of the attendees were county employees who had a number of issues with the new county handbook, and the commissioners heard their arguments last night.

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Pulaski Commissioners Approve New Vehicle For Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

The Pulaski County Commissioners this week approved a new purchase for the Sheriff’s Department: a new Dodge Charger squad car from Braun Chrysler. Sheriff Michael Gayer told the council that he will obtain several more quotes from local dealerships for both quarter- and half-ton trucks to add to his fleet.

Gayer said that so far, Goble has been the only local county dealership to provide a price on the new vehicle, and Steve Dobson at Jim Dobson Ford has yet to give him a response. On top of that, Gayer’s contact at Braun Chevrolet has been on vacation and Gayer has not been able to reach him.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Reports Increase In Heroin Activity

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has investigated several cases in recent weeks that involve a drug that hasn’t been known to be in the area for a while: heroin.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer says heroin is a pricey drug and is not as obtainable as some of the other drugs that deputies have been confiscating from criminals.

“We’re still dealing with the prescription pill epidemic, methamphetamine and marijuana, but now here within the last couple of weeks, my officers have dealt with a couple of scenarios in which heroin has surfaced,” explained Gayer.

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Pulaski Commissioners Discuss Use of Gov’t Surplus Equipment

Pulaski County Commissioners Tracey Shorter, Kenneth Boswell, Michael Tiede

The Pulaski County Commissioners at their meeting this week discussed the use of military surplus equipment for the Recycling Center, Sheriff’s Department, and other departments as well.

According to county attorney Kevin Tankerslee, the equipment must be used by law enforcement agencies only for at least one year after it has been received from the Department of Defense. After that, however, the title is transferred to the Board of Commissioners, who can then allow other departments to make use of the equipment.

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Pulaski County Instrumental In Keeping Starke County Jail Population Down

David Pearman

With the Starke County Jail construction project pending, Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen and the county officials are still dealing with overcrowding issues in the jail. Some inmates are being housed in the Pulaski County Jail, per an agreement, to help in the overcrowding situation.

Starke County Council President David Pearman said that he hopes that agreement will continue until the new jail is built.

“The state has certified our jail for 62 beds and as we approach that number, we will continue to house inmates outside our jail in another facility. Hopefully, Pulaski County will want to continue working with us.”

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Pulaski County Jail Not Hindered By Additional Inmates

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

The arrangement to house a number of Starke County inmates in the Pulaski County Jail to ease the overcrowding situation in the Starke County facility seems to be going well, according to Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer.

“So far it’s been going really well,” said Gayer. “The inmates haven’t caused any additional work. We’re set up to house 127 inmates, we were down to about 50 when this agreement came into play, so things are going well so far.”

Pulaski County is housing the inmates for the agreed upon cost of $20 a day per inmate. The jail staff is then responsible for housing the inmates, providing their meals and issuing their necessary medications. Sheriff Gayer said there were 13 inmates in the jail yesterday, and the number of inmates ranges from 13 to 15 a day.

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