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Sheriff’s Office partnership brings safety increase

Sheriff's Office partnership brings safety increase

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

February 5, 2020

When Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office finalized a partnership with the university to have deputies patrol the campus in 2018, Sheriff Dave Wedding said it would lead to a safer campus. Domestic violence dropped from five to one, dating violence from six to five and drug law violations on campu...

Sheriff’s Office arrests Evansville woman on additional theft charges

Caroline Rich

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 27, 2019

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office arrested Caroline Rich Sept. 25 on additional charges stemming from a fraud investigation in which she stole money meant to fund funeral expenses for Oliver Dill, the son of a USI employee who died on campus in July after being left in a hot vehicle.  The Sher...

Students assaulted on campus

Students assaulted on campus

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

April 24, 2019

Public Safety and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a battery with injury on campus earlier this morning according to a RAVE alert issued by Public Safety. According to the RAVE alert email, several students reported they were sitting in a vehicle in Lot M behind Ruston...

Man arrested on campus for warrant

University Boulevard was restricted to one lane for 20 minutes while deputies cleared the scene.

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,...

Assistant Director joins Public Safety

Sam Preston joined USI in May as the assistant director of 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...

Five full-time sheriff’s deputies to patrol campus starting next year

Sheriff Jason King watches over the students gathered in the Free Speech Zone during the Campus Ministry USA’s demonstration Monday. King said he wasn’t asked to go watch over the event, but felt “they might need me out here.”

Noah Alatza, Community Engagement Manager

March 27, 2018

Amid confusion on the potential location and presence of a new Sheriff's Office on campus, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding wants to set the record straight. “You can call it a district or a post, but we haven't determined what we are going to name it yet,” Wedding said. Wedding sai...

Schools, shootings, safety

Students at Tam Valley High School in California participate in a vigil following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

February 28, 2018

Gun control and school safety burst onto the national stage yet again after 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida were gunned down Feb. 14. The accused shooter Nikolas Cruz confessed to being the shooter to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and has been charged with 17...

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