Bloomington post office adds fence near where homeless meet

BLOOMINGTON — A fence has been installed around a post office in Bloomington to protect staff and customers, the U.S. Postal Service said.

The post office is near Seminary Park where homeless congregate and where tents have been set up, The Herald-Times reported.

The post office is on property owned by businessman Robert Scank. He said the Postal Service put up the fence because the city wasn’t doing enough to keep the area safe.

Bloomington’s public works director is concerned about “possible zoning code violations such as setback, the height of the fence and the proposal to top it with barbed wire,” said Yael Ksander, a spokesman for the mayor.

Indianapolis ends COVID-19 mask mandate for fully vaccinated

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis ended its mask mandate for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday, hours after the City-County Council approved a measure easing numerous pandemic restrictions.

The Democratic-majority council passed the new public health order Monday evening on a 19-5 party line vote, with Republicans opposed because the measure didn’t fully lift all pandemic restrictions.

Despite lifting its mask order, Indianapolis businesses may choose to require masks on their property and masks are still required in hospitals and on public transportation in Indiana’s capital.

The change means residents who received their final vaccine shot at least two weeks ago are not required to wear masks in public areas.

Indianapolis is aiming for a 50% vaccination rate in order to fully reopen, Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Public Health Department, told the council. Last week, the county’s vaccination rate stood at about 36%.

“Those of our residents who have chosen to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can now safely remove their masks in most public settings. This is truly a milestone for the Indianapolis community,” Caine said.

Indianapolis’ new order eases numerous pandemic restrictions, including allowing religious services and funerals, as well as community pools, to open to 100% capacity. Social gatherings increased from 50 to 500 people, and bars, restaurants and nightclubs can operate at 75% capacity indoors.

Gov. Eric Holcomb ended Indiana’s statewide mask mandate in early April while keeping mask requirements in place for schools and state buildings.

1 dead, 2 hurt in northwest Indiana police chase crash

ST. JOHN — One motorist died and two others, including a police officer, were hurt after a pursuit ended in a multi-vehicle crash in northwest Indiana early Tuesday, authorities said.

The collision occurred about 3:30 a.m. on U.S. 41 in the town of St. John, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Chicago, police said.

The pursuit began when a Dyer, Indiana, officer tried to stop a vehicle with no license plate traveling on U.S. 30 from Illinois, police said.

The pursued vehicle then turned on U.S. 41 and entered St. John, where it rear-ended one car, and then struck a Lake County Sheriff’s Office squad car.

The crash killed the motorist being pursued and injured a Lake County sheriff’s officer, police said. The other motorist also was injured with non-life threatening injuries. The officer was treated for a broken wrist.

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