Cop tagged in Britanico-Muller slays surfaces

first_imgPolice Corporal Joseph Andrew Joven surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Region 6 two days after his mother unit, the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO), called on him to answer the charges in court. Noting that two other persons charged remain unidentified, Britanico appealed “to our civic-spirited kasimanwas who may have information or lead on the identities of the two other conscienceless murderers to share with us their information.” “In fairness to the ICPO, specifically to its present director, no blame can be laid on him. First, the incident happened before he was appointed ICPO director. Second, President Rodrigo Duterte had already issued his directive on Jan. 27, 2020 – before Colonel Dampal assumed office on Feb. 20 as ICPO director – that the NBI would be the lead agency in the investigation,” according to Britanico. Britanico’s son Delfin, a 36-year-old businessman, and Alain Muller, a 42-year-old call center agent and drug suspect, were separately shot to death just minutes apart in La Paz and Jaro districts on Jan. 19, 2020. Britanico sought the President’s help in solving the twin slays. The ICPO director then was Police Colonel Martin Defensor, now reassigned to the PRO-6. On May 29 after four months of investigation, the NBI charged with murder and theft Joven, Police Corporal Jerry Villanueva assigned at the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) and two other unidentified persons. Villanueva was right away placed under restrictive custody at the PRO-6. The NBI traced the vehicle to a car rental. The car rental owner told the NBI that Joven confessed to him “the Adventure was used by his group as getaway vehicle in killing Muller and Britanico.” Joven turned himself in to NBI-6 at around 9 p.m. on June 5. Joven had been AWOL (absent without official leave) from the ICPO since March 12 after failing to undergo a drug test that Dampal ordered for all city policemen. He also lauded the President’s decision to designate the NBI as lead agency in the probe. According to NBI officer-in-charge Eric Distor, the same vehicle – a Mitsubishi Adventure – was seen in both killings, and that witnesses further saw one of the suspects taking something from Britanico. ILOILO City – The at-large policeman charged in the killing of a son of former assemblyman Salvador “Buddy” Britanico and a call center agent has surfaced. He also ordered Police Colonel Eric Dampal, city police director, to “continuously coordinate and cooperate” with the NBI. The two other persons charged with Joven and Villanueva remain unidentified. Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, regional police director, welcomed Joven’s surrender. “His submission to authority will finally lead to the fast resolution of the case,” said Pamuspusan. “Operational protocol dictated that the ICPO should give way to the NBI and only assist in the investigation. Director Dampal, in fact, provided the NBI and our family certain information/records which were important in the investigation,” said Britanico. On June 4, Dampal public appealed for Joven to surrender. Thesuccessivekillings – Muller first then Britanico – were initially thought as separate incidents. The NBI, however, discovered they were related by circumstance. Meanwhile, Assemblyman Britanico defended Dampal and the ICPO from criticisms that not much had been done by the city police in the investigation. The President’s instinct proved correct, said the former assemblyman. Joven had been administratively charged, too, for grave neglect of duty (failure to report for duty) and less grave neglect of duty (for failure to undergo mandatory drug test). “He instinctively sensed that uniformed personnel might have been involved. Therefore, to ensure that the investigation would be thorough and fair, he directed the NBI to be the one to conduct the investigation,” according to Britanico. “After killing Muller, they stopped at a vacant lot in (Barangay) Nabitasan, La Paz to strip off the white stickers from the Adventure. Britanico saw and confronted them so they shot Britanico to death,” read part of the NBI statement announcing its findings and the eventual filing of charges./PNlast_img read more

2nd Annual Dave Galle Memorial Golf Classic

first_imgJust a reminder that the 2nd Annual Dave Galle Memorial Golf Classic is fast approaching.  We will host a cocktail reception and dinner Sunday night (6-22) at the Clarion Hotel and the tourney will be held at Otter Creek Golf Club on Monday (6-23).Dave Galle Golf TourneyGo to  for details. If you plan to participate or have any questions, please contact Mike Galle at 937-503-3041.Courtesy of Mike Galle and Batesville Boys Basketball Coach Aaron Garrett.last_img

ACL Injuries

first_imgI recently read an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer about ACL injuries.  Dr. Tim Cremcheck, the Red’s doctor, recently did 10 surgeries in one day.  All of the surgeries were performed on high school athletes.  He has already done over 300 surgeries this year on ACL’s alone.Dr. Cremcheck believes that young athletes are over-extending their bodies.  This is especially true with young ladies in soccer.  His advice is not to over train a young athlete until their bodies have naturally matured.  You might ask “most bodies are not mature until much later, so what should I do for my son or daughter”?  His advice is to let them play their sport naturally and leave the heavy training to the older athletes.Some injuries will still occur, but he feels that the pre-adult athlete’s body is not ready for year-round training.last_img read more

Wild Card

first_imgHooray for the Cubs!  I have been a Cub fan since 1948 when my brother and I used to listen to them after we finished our chores on the farm.  They were the only team still playing day baseball at that time.  There haven’t been too many good years in that 67-year span.They may still be a year ahead of schedule, but in a one-game playoff anything can happen.  It is unfortunate that all the good teams in the National League this year are in the Central Division.  St. Louis, Pittsburgh, or the Cubs all are good enough to win a World Series, but only one of them will even get an opportunity to be there.Good luck, Cubs!last_img

Raiders And Trojans Split SEI Tourney Games

first_imgBoys SEI Junior High Tournament.South Ripley versus Sunman-Dearborn at Milan.7th Grade-South Ripley 39-38.South Ripley built a comfortable lead going into half-time, only to see Sunman rally for an exciting finish. With under a minute to play in the 4th quarter and the game tied at 36, Sunman hit a two-point bucket to take a 38-36 lead. After a South Ripley time-out, Lane Sparks drilled a deep three to give the Raiders a 39-38 lead with 8 seconds remaining. Sunman was unable to get a shot off and the Raiders hung on for the 39-38 victory.Sparks led with 14 points, while Cody Samples added 12, Bryce Franklin scored 9, and Brady Linkel chipped in 4 points.On Thursday, South Ripley (16-1) travels to Batesville for the championship game against the winner of St. Louis and Greendale. Tip off scheduled for 5:30.8th Grade-Sunman-Dearborn 33, South Ripley 32.In another nail bitter, Sunman-Dearborn escaped in a 33-32 thriller. With South Ripley leading 31-30 and 20 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, Sunman hit a baseline jumper to take a 33-32 lead. South Ripley called time-out and worked for a last second shot that just bounced off the rim.Dakota Day lead all scorers with 16 points to go along with 8 rebounds. Conner McCarty scored 6 points, Eric Vickers added 4 points with 7 rebounds, and Kaleb Rinear scored 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.The Raider 8th graders conclude the season with a 12-5 record.Courtesy of Raiders Coach Jeff Greiwe.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Split Middle School Games With Lady Eagles

first_imgThe 7th Grade girls’ basketball team struggled to score in a tough 24-7 loss to Jac-Cen-Del.Kerigan Haskamp, Callie Main, and Catherine Raab each scored 2 points, while Denise Davalos earned a point from the free throw line. The girls played hard and battled the whole game despite the score.The team hopes to regroup next week on Monday vs. South Dearborn.The 8th grade Lady Dogs earned a convincing 29-13 victory over Jac-Cen-Del.Macy Prickel was the leading scorer for the evening with 10 points. Anna Bauer sparked the team with 6 consecutive points in the first quarter while scoring 8 total for the game.  Carlie Werner, 6 points, Abby Westerfeld, 4 points, and Liz Heidlage, 1 point, rounded out the scoring.The team is now 3-0 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.last_img read more

Melvin Lawrence Norris

first_imgMelvin Lawrence “Larry” Norris, 74, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away February 5, 2017 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born September 23, 1942 in Hamilton County, Ohio, son of the late Melvin Elmo Norris and Rita Alma Norris.Larry was a life long, mechanic and auto body man.He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Aurora, Larry was an avid bible scholar who loved to share his bible knowledge with others. He was an avid reader and had vast knowledge in many areas. Larry was a multi-talented person with a mechanical mind who enjoyed building hot rods and kit cars. He was also a steamboat enthusiast. Larry would help anyone in need and was well liked by all those who know him. He enjoyed the company of the family and shop cats.Surviving are his wife, Patricia “Pat” Norris of Aurora, IN, daughter, Laureen Norris of Aurora, IN; siblings, Jack (Barb) Norris of Cincinnati, OH, Betty (Roger) Pegram of Moores Hill, IN, Kathy (Rick) Pike of Cincinnati, OH; cousin, Charmaine Lay of Cincinnati, OH; several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Rita Norris and a brother, Michael Norris.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Contributions may be made to the PAWS or Scratching Post. If you would like to make a donation, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Equifax reports major data breach

first_imgBatesville, In.— Officials from Equifax say as many as 143 million American may have lost personal information in data breach recently. Reports indicate hackers were able to get driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, birth dates, dispute documents, personal identifying information and in some cases even credit card numbers.There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused. Visit Equifax’s website, out if your information was exposed. Click on the “Potential Impact” tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. Your Social Security number is sensitive information, so make sure you’re on a secure computerand an encrypted network connection any time you enter it. The site will tell you if you’ve been affected by this breach.Whether or not your information was exposed, U.S. consumers can get a year of free credit monitoring and other services. The site will give you a date when you can come back to enroll. Write down the date and come back to the site and click “Enroll” on that date. You have until November 21, 2017 to enroll.You also can access frequently asked questionsat the site.Here are some other steps to take to help protect yourself after a data breach:Check your credit reportsfrom Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — for free — by visiting com. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit to find out what to do.Consider placing a credit freezeon your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closelyfor charges you don’t recognize.If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alerton your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.File your taxes early— as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.Indiana attorney general Curtis Hill estimates 3.8 million Hoosiers may have been compromised.last_img read more

Dillsboro Heritage Festival celebrates WW I

first_imgPhoto courtesy of FacebookDillsboro, In. — The Dillsboro Heritage Festival brings history to life September 16 and 17. The two day event features demonstrations, displays and hands-on activities throughout town.This year will celebrate 100 years since WWI. Exhibits include town memorabilia from the early 20th century, WW I highlights and a visual progression of development in the area.For more information go online to

Area Boys Basketball Scores (2-17)

first_imgArea Boys Basketball ScoresSaturday  (2-17)Batesville  51     Beech Grove  46East Central  49     Franklin County  41Milan  55     Rising Sun  50Oldenburg  58     St. Joseph’s  20Connersville  53     Lawrenceburg  35Switz. County  58     South Dearborn  52Scottsburg  84     SW Hanover  81  (OT)Edinburgh  53     Shawe Memorial  38Hauser  68     Indian Creek  61Waldron  74     Eminence  71Shelbyville  73     Morristown  66Bloomington South  69     Jennings County  55last_img