Zionsville Times Sentinel

February 13, 2013

Whitestown chief addresses complaint

By Rod Rose
For the Times Sentinel

Lebanon — A Fayette resident who wanted the county commissioners on Monday, Feb. 4, to hear his complaints that Whitestown Police patrol outside their jurisdiction didn’t show — but WPD Chief Dennis Anderson did.

Carl York said in a letter to the commissioners that since Whitestown annexed sections of Perry Township, “we have had issues with speed traps being set up outside the limits of Whitestown.” Locations include the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department’s parking lot; private driveways along Indiana 267, old Ind. 334 and County Road 650 E, along Indianapolis Road; “as well as north and south on Interstate 65,” York said.

“I feel the only motivation for Whitestown to patrol in these areas is to generate revenue for their town ...,” York said.

Fayette, York wrote, “as a town within the city of Lebanon we have consistently requested patrols from Boone County. Rarely do we get them out here and the speeding is consistent through Fayette.”

York also referred to a Nov. 25 fatal hit-and-run accident on Indiana 267 in Fayette that killed Anita Wernsing, 78, as she crossed the highway from Mount Tabor Primitive Baptist Church to her home. The driver who hit her has not been found.

Angel Badillo, a 44-year resident of Fayette, said Wernsing was his stepmother.

“It seems like Mr. York is talking out of two sides of his head,” Badillo said. “He doesn’t want Whitestown patrolling ... but he wants a patrol in the area.

“As far as I’m concerned, any law enforcement agency that can step up and provide coverage is welcome.”

Whitestown police were the first to arrive at the Wernsing accident, he said.

Badillo’s seen cars from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana State, Lebanon and Zionsville police departments in the area.

One reason for that, Anderson said, is a state and federal initiative to enforce seat belt and drunk driving laws; off-duty officers from many departments patrol throughout Boone County, with their pay coming from a federal grant.

“More than anything,” Anderson said, “I’m saddened that Mr. York didn’t attend the meeting.”

 “I’ve never met Mr. York ... York never tried to contact me directly,” Anderson said.

“As you are all aware,” Anderson told the commissioners, “law enforcement is not a revenue-generating entity, nor should we be; our goal is to protect the public.”

Whitestown officers use the intersection in Fayette “to criss-cross through our coverage area,” Anderson said.

Sheriff Ken Campbell said his deputies also patrol the area, adding he also has not heard from York until the meeting.

The county’s fatal alcohol crash team continues to investigate the fatal hit and run, he said.