OSGOOD – The Ripley County Local Coordinating Council Against Substance Abuse held its annual meeting June 20 at the Purdue Extension office, Osgood.
Coordinator Paula Goodpaster revealed, “2012 was a phenomenal year. The county is really doing a lot, and we’ve been involved in a lot of ways.”
Ashley Moore, a member of Students Taking Action Against Negative Decisions, the RCLCC youth coalition, told attendees the group has been busy. “We put on a youth summit, and over 60 students from Ripley County attended .... (and) our Lights Out event in Batesville was successful.” The teens will also be volunteering at the smoke-free day at the Ripley County 4-H Fair in July.
For 2013, $30,000 was awarded in three grant categories: prevention/education; treatment/intervention; and criminal justice services: Community Mental Health Center Directions! prevention and education program, $2,000; Cierra’s Club Fear Factory, $2,500; Prevent Child Abuse Ripley County Bullies and Substance Abuse, $1,500; Batesville Community School Corp. Choices Program, $4,000; Safe Passage domestic violence shelter services, $5,211; One Community One Family United Families, $2,000; Ripley County Probation Department and courts substance abuse outpatient program, $5,000; Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office training funds, $3,300; Milan Police Department K-9 unit, $851; Milan Police Department Reserve Officer taser supplies, $1,150; Batesville Police Department camera equipment for drug investigations, $2,488.
Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Chris Richey thanked the council for last year’s grant for a K-9 replacement. “I retired my old dog in August of last year.” He introduced his new partner, Rayner. The German shepherd was named after Trooper William Rayner, who was killed in the line of duty.
“The dog is tremendous” and since January has participated in about 45-50 narcotics searches and assisted other departments 18 times, he reported. “We’ve done a lot of tracks here lately – tracking for humans, evidence searches, building searches – and he’s helped our emergency response service in warrant searches.”
Richey said Rayner “is getting ready to turn 2 in July and could work for eight or nine years.”
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.