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Fingerprints found at USI help solve burglary case

Fingerprints found at USI help solve burglary case

Noah Alatza, News Editor

December 25, 2018

The man arrested for leaving sexually explicit notes on vehicles belonging to USI students last fall has been arrested in connection to another crime. Aaron Otto, 32, of Newburgh, was arrested Dec. 22 after investigators said his fingerprints matched evidence linked to a cold case burglary in 2014...

Man arrested on campus for warrant

Man arrested on campus for warrant

Noah Alatza, News Editor

December 6, 2018

A man discovered in the university's parking lot late Wednesday afternoon has been arrested. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office took Brian J. Myers, 46, into custody on an outstanding warrant from neighboring Gibson County. The arrest was made along University Blvd. shortly after 4:25 p.m., ac...

Racist flyers were ‘random act’

Racist flyers were ‘random act’

Noah Alatza, News Editor

November 16, 2018

Racist flyers that were discovered in the university's parking lot Nov. 5 have been deemed a “random act,” according to Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding. “There are these groups of people that might be traveling across country or state to state and place propaganda on places of learning,...

USI to host civility event on recent racist flyers

USI to host civility event on recent racist flyers

Noah Alatza, News Editor

November 13, 2018

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a panel discussion on ‘Valuing Civility & Maintaining a Climate of Mutual Respect,’ Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Forum 1. The conversation will center around recent racist flyers discovered on campus Nov. 5. Student Government Association Pr...

Crime report details decrease in arrests, discipline

Crime report details decrease in arrests, discipline

Noah Alatza, News Editor

November 7, 2018

On-campus arrests and overall disciplinary actions have fallen to their lowest levels in over three years. The annual Security and Fire Safety Report released by the university in early October sheds new light on campus crime reports from the 2017 calendar year. The report is mandated by the Jeanne...

Racist flyers found on campus ahead of midterm elections

Racist flyers found on campus ahead of midterm elections

Noah Alatza, News Editor

November 6, 2018

Public Safety is investigating racist flyers found in the university's parking lot Monday, Director of Public Safety Steve Bequette said.  A hate crime was reported on campus at 1:05 p.m. Monday according to the university's incident crime log. Public Safety Staff Sgt. Tami Jaramillo confirmed to The Sh...

Transition period going ‘smoothly’ for new sheriff’s deputies

Transition period going ‘smoothly’ for new sheriff’s deputies

Noah Alatza, News Editor

October 16, 2018

The transition period of having Vanderburgh County sheriff's deputies regularly patrol campus has been going “extraordinarily well,” Director of Public Safety Steve Bequette said. “The impact is readily apparent even though we have had off-duty deputies here a long time,” he said. “I think...

Assistant Director joins Public Safety

Assistant Director joins Public Safety

Noah Alatza, News Editor

September 11, 2018

Director of Public Safety Steve Bequette said the biggest challenge he faced was trying to find someone to fill his own shoes. Bequette was assistant Public Safety director for nine years under former director Stephen Woodall until January 2018. Now, 26-year veteran Vanderburgh County Sheriff depu...

USI, Sheriff’s Office formalize safety partnership

USI, Sheriff’s Office formalize safety partnership

Noah Alatza and Riley Guerzini

August 21, 2018

Raindrops fell as USI officials and Vanderburgh County Sheriff's deputies gathered to formally announce an agreement between the university and sheriff’s office. Five full-time sheriff deputies will be patrolling on campus as part of the newly created USI Patrol Unit within VCSO’s Operations D...

RA wants more emergency telephone poles, administration says use is rare

Rachel Christian

September 16, 2014

Sara Burge said she and other resident assistants (RA's) don't feel safe in the campus apartments. The senior resident assistant for O'Daniel South said the parking lots are poorly lit and the blue emergency telephone poles are few and far between, so she is trying to change that. Burge approached...

University responds to Obama’s push to raise sexual assault awareness

Caleb Riley

February 11, 2014

Freshman elementary education major Emily Wallace feels safe on USI's campus, but sexual assaults are on the rise across the nation. Last month, President Barrack Obama established the "White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault," which will be responsible for increasing transparency,...

Student arrested at dorm for dealing drugs

Student arrested at dorm for dealing drugs

Jessie Hellmann

January 20, 2014

A 19-year-old freshman was arrested Sunday night at his dorm room in Governor's Hall for dealing marijuana, a Class D Felony, according to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office. Orlando Estephan Leonel Gamez, an undecided major from Portage, Ind., was arrested after deputies found 60 individua...

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