A hearing has been set for Saturday, April 12, to determine the employment status of Whitestown Officer Nate Harves. Whitestown Police Chief Dennis Anderson brought before the Whitestown Board of Police Commissioners several charges against Harves and requested "discipline on Off. Harves no less severe than dismissal from his employment with the department." According to paperwork in which Anderson outlined the charges, Harves has had several disciplinary issues over the last 15 months. "Instead of changing his conduct and moving forward in a positive and productive manner, Off. Harves continues to display poor judgment and bad behavior," Anderson said in the paperwork. Anderson states in the paperwork Harves' most recent actions violated several WPD rules and constitute a "violation of rules," "disobedience of orders," "conduct unbecoming an officer," "neglect of duty," and "conduct injurious to the public peace or welfare." According to the paperwork, since the board promoted Officer David Bowles to the rank of sergeant, a promotion for which Harves also applied, Harves has "engaged in insubordinate conduct toward Sgt. Bowles, his immediate supervisor." "Specifically, upon information and belief, Off. Harves has directly challenged and confronted Sgt. Bowles' authority and rank, openly questioned and demeaned Sgt. Bowles and his position in the department and publicly made derogatory and potentially threatening comments about Sgt. Bowls, most recently during traffic court at the Whitestown Town Hall on February, 25, 2014," the paperwork states. "In addition, Off. Harves has recently (February 14 and 18, 2014) sent insubordinate e-mails to Lt. Ed Savage and Det. Scott Rolston." The paperwork also states Harves had issues with members of other law enforcement agencies such as the Hendricks County Sheriff's Department. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
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- Plan Commission recommends approval for downtown study The downtown parking study and market analysis is one approval away from being added to the town's comprehensive plan.
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- Zionsville local is crowned Miss Boone County Rachel Miller of Zionsville was crowned 2014 Miss Boone County 4-H Fair on Sunday, July 13. The 2013 Miss Boone County, Kate Emmert, was at the Witham Health Services Pavilion on the 4-H Fairgrounds to pass off her crown to Miller.
- Work set to begin on summer projects The Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees, at it's Monday, July 14, meeting, approved all summer construction projects and purchases for the corporation.
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The Zionsville Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 7880 Circle Drive around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday night, July 9.
VIDEO: Fourth of July celebration fills Lions Park
Residents swarmed into Lions Park for Zionsville's Fourth of July celebration. The event included a watermelon eating contest, food, a kids area with inflatables, music, and of course, fireworks.
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