Members of the Local Coordinating Council met Thursday at the Boys & Girls Club of Rush County and selected Joe Jarman as the organization’s new coordinator.
Jarman will take the helm during the Feb. 21 meeting.
Jarman’s selection followed an announcement in December that RCHS assistant principal Rob Hadley would be stepping down as coordinator following a four year run. Hadley has been named to succeed Matt Vance as principal at the local high school. Hadley will continue to serve in his current capacity at RCHS for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year and assume his new duties July 1.
Rushville Police Department Detective Randy Meek was the featured speaker at Thursday’s meeting and his presentation centered on illegal drug arrests made by the law enforcement department during 2012. Meek said there was a marked increase in many areas of illegal drug use, resulting in the arrest of many individuals during the previous 12 months.
“During 2012, Rush County saw the largest across-the-board drug-related arrests in recent memory,” Meek said.
During the year, 74 individuals were arrested on possession of marijuana charges (a 49 percent increase over 2011 figures), 45 illegal possession of a controlled substance arrests were made (a 42 percent increase) and 53 operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a controlled substance arrests were made (a 56 percent increase).
Meek also said the manufacture and use of methamphetamines continues to be a major local problem.
“During the year, officers found 26 meth labs in a one square block area of the Rushville city limits,” Meek said.
The largest single increase officers found in drug arrests was realized in the illegal possession and use of prescription drugs. According to Meek, as recently as 2008 officers rarely looked for abuse of prescription medications; however, that has changed in recent years.
“There is no way to avoid the prescription medicine problem any longer. It is real and it is growing,” Meek said.
He continued by saying that many investigations regarding theft and property crimes can and are traced back to illegal drug use.
In other business, Hadley said that the LCC will realize a $5,0000 increase in local funding for 2013.
The organization works to keep schools a safe and drug free environment for students by providing funding in four categories as defined by the state: prevention/education, intervention/treatment or justice/ enforcement.
Funding for the LCC comes from the state and drug and alcohol countermeasure fees levied by the county court system.
LCC meetings are open to the public and are held at 1 p.m. the third Thursday of each month with the exception of July.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106