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Records: Probe of Indiana’s AG Cost Taxpayers At Least $26K

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IL for www.theindianalawyer.com An investigation into allegations that Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill drunkenly groped four women at a party last March cost taxpayers at least $26,300, according to records obtained through open records requests.Special prosecutor Daniel Sigler’s bill totaled $5,217 — mostly for hourly wages — while the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department paid an estimated $3,226 for a sex crime detective’s work on the Hill investigation, The Indianapolis Star reported.But the bulk of the expenses, $17,861, came from the office of Inspector General Lori Torres, which opened its inquiry after requests by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and legislative leadership.Documents from Torres’ office show that a special agent worked 285 hours for total expenses of $8,618, while various legal professionals worked about 200 hours, with an average hourly wage of $41.62, for a total of $8,344, the Star reported.The remaining balance was paid for 27 hours of work from a transcriptionist and 1.5 hours of an administrative assistant.Hill, a Republican, has denied allegations that he inappropriately touched an Indiana lawmaker and three legislative assistants during a March 15 party held at an Indianapolis bar to mark the end of the legislative session.In October, Sigler declined to file criminal charges against Hill, saying he lacked sufficient evidence to secure a battery conviction.Hill was also cleared of any ethical breaches by the Inspector General’s office, which released a searing report detailing its findings.That report said eyewitnesses told investigators that Hill’s behavior at the party was inappropriate, “creepy” and made many of the women at the party uncomfortable. But he didn’t break any state ethics rules.Hill declined to comment on the cost of the investigation through his spokesman, Chris Proffitt, who noted the costs were incurred by other agencies. Hill hasn’t used any public funds to defend himself, instead of drawing on campaign money and creating a legal defense fund.It’s unclear whether taxpayer funding would pay for Hill’s defense in a potential civil case. Documents first disclosed by the Star show that Hill’s office drafted a contract that would pay $100,000 to the Indianapolis law firm of Betz and Blevins to represent Hill and his office.Hill’s office has declined to answer questions asking whether Hill intended to pursue that agreement.Hill’s private attorney, Kevin Betz, said he doesn’t plan to take any public funds to defend Hill against any civil or discrimination claims.last_img read more

75% of WV barangays drug-cleared – PDEA

first_imgPDEA-6 regional director Alex Tablate “I encourage local government units to stay steadfast in complyingwith the parameters set forth by Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 3 seriesof 2017 so as to lower the percentage of drug affection in the barangays andultimately, to make Western Visayas free from illegal drugs,” said Tablate. * Aklan – 90.83 percent of 327 barangays * Capiz – 64.48 percent of 473 barangays * absence of marijuana cultivation site According to Regional Director Alex Tablate, the 74.52 percent isequivalent to 3,018 barangays. * Antique – 98.31 percent of 590 barangays These are the parameters: Yesterday, the ROC also formally announced Bingawan asdrug-cleared. * Negros Occidental – 28.29 percent of 601 barangays Last month, the ROC has declared four Iloilo municipalities asdrug-cleared. These were Miag-ao, Igbaras, Guimbal, and Dingle. The ROC is composed of the Department of Interior and LocalGovernment, Philippine National Police, Department of Health, and localgovernment units, with PDEA as lead agency. * absence of drug den / dive / resort “We have 25.48 percent more barangays to clear in 2020,” said Tablatewho also chairs the Regional Oversight Committee (ROC). Tablate emphasized that securing a drug-cleared status is notenough for a barangay; it should maintain such status. During the 18th ROC meeting on Dec. 17, 142 barangays weredeclared as “drug-cleared.” * Iloilo – 88.50 percent of 1,721 barangayscenter_img * drug awareness, preventive education and information, and otherrelated programs * non-availability of drug supply Here’s the percentage of the drug-cleared barangays per province: * Guimaras – 75. 51 percent of 98 barangays For the two highly urbanized cities in the region: Iloilo City –33.89 percent of 180 barangays; Bacolod City – 13.12 percent of 61 barangays The component city of Pass was also declared as such. * active involvement of barangay officials in antidrug activities He also pushed for the establishment of “Balay Silangan” drugrehabilitation centers in each municipality and city. So far in Region 6, fourBalay Silangan facilities have been established, he said. * absence of clandestine drug laboratory / drug warehouse /chemical warehouse * absence of drug pusher / user / protector / financier Board Regulation No. 3 series of 2017 also sets the followingmust-dos: * active involvement of the Sangguniang Kabataan to help maintainthe drug-liberated status of the barangay ILOILO City – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) inWestern Visayas is ending its 2019 antidrug campaign with 74.52 percent of theregion’s 4,051 barangays declared as drug-cleared or “unaffected.” * absence of drug transit/transhipment activity * voluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitationprocessing desk/PNlast_img read more