Indiana Police Officer Killed During Traffic Stop

by The Chicago Times Staff

August 1, 2022

ELWOOD, IN – An Indiana police officer was shot during a traffic stop on Sunday.

According to police, 24-year-old Noah Shahnavaz was shot while exiting his squad car while conducting a traffic stop early Sunday in Elwood, Indiana.  Shahnavaz was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital where he later died.  Shahnavaz was on the job for 11 months and had previously served in the US Army.

Charges have been filed against 42-year-old Carl Roy Webb Boards II of Anderson, Indiana.  Boards is being held without bond at the Hamilton County Jail.

According to police, Boards allegedly shot Shahnavaz around 2 am Sunday near the intersection of State Road 37 and County Road 1100 N. in Madison County.  Allegedly, Boards fled the scene after the shooting and traveled into Hamilton County where police were able to conduct a pit stop maneuver on I-69 near State Road 37. 

Boards currently faces the following charges: murder, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, resisting law enforcement.  Prosecutors may seek the death penalty.

Monkey Pox Hits Indiana

By The Chicago Times Staff

June 19, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana health officials announced the state’s first probable case of Monkey Pox on Sunday.

According to the Indiana Department of Health, the alleged infected patient remains isolated while confirmatory testing at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is completed.  Health officials are diligently searching for anyone with whom the patient had contact while infectious.

“The risk of Monkey Pox among the general public continues to be extremely low.  Monkey Pox is rare and does not easily spread through brief casual contact. Please continue to take the same steps you do to protect against any infection, including washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, and check with a healthcare provider if you have any new signs or symptoms.” said Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box.

Monkey Pox is transmitted via skin-to-skin contact with body fluids, Monkey Pox sores or contaminated items touching a person, or exposure to respiratory droplets during prolonged contact.

Symptoms include a fever, headache, chills, muscle aches and exhaustion about five to 21 days after exposure.  A rash will develop and spread across the body one to three days after a fever arrives.

Monkey Pox will lasts for about two to four weeks, IDOH noted. Patients are considered infectious until all scabs have fallen off.

According to the CDC, there are currently 113 Monkey Pox cases confirmed in the United States so far.

Stellantis To Build EV Battery Plant In North America

by Jeff L. Tucker, The Chicago Times

May 24, 2022

AMSTERDAM – Stellantis, parent company of Chrysler, announces partnership with Samsung SDI to build electric vehicle battery plant in the North America.

On Tuesday, Stellantis and Samsung agreed to a $2.5 billion joint investment that is estimated to create 1,400 new jobs in Kokomo, Indiana, where the EV battery plant will be constructed.

When the new EV battery plant is completed in 2025, it is expected to supply battery modules for several Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge models assembled in North America.

Stellantis, like its European products, takes pride in being the fourth-largest automaker in the world.  In 2021, Stellantis merged with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and French PSA Group. 

“Just under one year ago, we committed to an aggressive electrification strategy anchored by five gigafactories between Europe and North America.  Today’s announcement further solidifies our global battery production footprint and demonstrates Stellantis’ drive toward a decarbonized future outlined in ‘Dare Forward 2030.'” Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis said in a statement.

Indiana: Two Illinois Men Charged With Resisting Arrest And Grand Theft Auto

By The Chicago Times Staff

March 22, 2022

LAKE COUNTY, IN – Two Illinois men led police in a high-speed chase through Indiana in a stolen vehicle.

On the late evening of March 20, Chicago resident Michael “Lead Foot” Lewis Jr, 26, and Anthony Wiley, 32, of Richton Park, were observed failing to stop at a red light located at Interstate 65 and US-231 while traveling in a stolen vehicle.   According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Lewis and Wiley were traveling in a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee that had evaded Munster police earlier in the evening.

Lake County officers pursued the Jeep as it entered northbound to I-65 and accelerated to speeds exceeding 100 mph.  As the high-speed pursuit continued, Lewis and Wiley weaved in and out of traffic and drove down the wrong way on a ramp in an effort to escape police vehicles positioned to block their escape.  Officer’s also observed Lewis and Wiley sideswipe a civilian vehicle before running over tire deflating police struck stop sticks.  Once the vehicle was disabled, Lewis and Wiley fled the scene and ran westbound toward a local high school.  Both criminals were later captured and placed into custody.

According to police, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was reported stolen in Chicago back in November 2021 and had Massachusetts plates that were stolen from the University of Notre Dame in January of 2022.

Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lake County Sheriff’s Department

Lewis has been charged with auto theft and resisting arrest while Wiley has been charged with two counts of resisting arrest.

Plainfield Man Arrested After High-Speed Chase In Indiana

By David Slavik, The Chicago Times

January 21, 2022

LAPORTE COUNTY, IN – A Plainfield man was arrested Thursday after leading Indiana State Police in high pursuit chase in LaPorte County, Indiana.

According to Indiana State Police, state troopers were following a black Jeep Grand Cherokee with stolen plates southbound on Franklin Street.  After several minutes the Jeep sped off westbound on Interstate 94.  ISP pursued the Jeep onto I-94, which then exited onto I-90 where the it suffered a flat tire near mile marker 27.

Keyvon Johnson, 23, was arrested along with a male passenger.  Johnson, from Plainfield, Illinois, was charged with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, theft, reckless driving, and possession of drugs, according to ISP.

ISP later said the Jeep was reported stolen in Plainfield, Illinois as part of a Facebook sales scam.

Indiana Police Officer Saves Children From Retention Pond After High Speed Chase

by The Chicago Times Staff

December 14, 2021

ST. JOHN, IN — A police officer in Indiana saved the lives of two small children when the car they were riding in drove into a retention pond on Sunday.

Just outside St. John, Lake County Sheriff officers were conducting a traffic stop at 11:30 p.m. when, during the stop, a man with an arrest warrant fled the area.  A female passenger in the automobile leapt into the driver’s seat and sped away with the driver’s two young daughters in the backseat.

Officer Darrell Shaffer and other St. John police officers assisting Lake County Sheriff officers, pursued the speeding vehicle.  Shaffer pursued the automobile down I-80-94 to Kennedy Avenue, where the fleeing vehicle exited.  Without warning the driver lost control of the vehicle which veered off the road into a retention pond.

Shaffer, unaware of the vehicle’s occupants, quickly parked his squad car and jumped into action to save those trapped in the vehicle.  Shaffer noticed a 3-year-old floating in the rear of the car and proceeded to pull the young child from the car.

Shaffer then noticed an 8-month-old child floating in the car and again proceeded to pull the victim from the vehicle.  According to Shaffer, he estimated that the 8-month-old child was under the water for about a minute and a half.

According to medical staff, the children were alert and conscious by the time they were taken to the hospital. 

The man and the woman were arrested. St. John police said Lake County Sheriff’s Department continuing its investigation.