Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 18100 Cumberland Rd, Noblesville, 46060 IN
  • Chief:
Phone: 317-773-1282
Fax: 317-776-9835

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is located at 18100 Cumberland Rd, Noblesville, 46060 IN. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office phone number is 317-773-1282.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office News

On Veterans Day, a special thank you to all the men and women who have served and are currently serving in our nation's Armed Forces. We are deeply grateful for all you have done in the service to our country. Thank you to the families of service members as well.

Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership Plans Increased Traffic Enforcement through Thanksgiving Millions of Americans will travel our nation’s highways this Thanksgiving holiday to visit family and friends. With more vehicles on the road, the chances of being involved in a crash increase greatly. The Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership, a consortium of local law enforcement agencies, is joining more than 230 local law-enforcement agencies across the state to spot violations to Indiana’s seat belt and impaired driving laws. From November 10 through December 3, expect to see an increase in random patrols, saturation patrols and checkpoints as officers work diligently to help motorists arrive safely at their destinations. This overtime enforcement is supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). “Why are we advertising this enforcement blitz? To give drivers and their passengers fair warning and to make our roads as safe as possible,” said Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen. “Our officers live in the communities we serve and will be thankful this holiday if impaired-driving and unbuckled deaths never strike again.” It’s the law In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year. Indiana has a primary seat-belt law, meaning that police officers may ticket unrestrained drivers or passengers, even if no other traffic violation has taken place. In addition, all passengers under age 8 must be in an approved car seat or booster seat. For more information about impaired driving visit http://on.IN.gov/drivesoberand for more information about seat belts visit http://on.IN.gov/buckleup. Seat belt tips The ICJI and Purdue University Center for Road Safety estimate that about 93 percent of Hoosiers buckle up. The small number of drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts made up more than half of Indiana’s fatal crashes in 2016. Below are tips for proper seat-belt use: • Secure the lap belt across your hips and pelvis, below your stomach. • Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and rib cage, away from your neck. • Never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm. • If your seat belt doesn’t fit you, or you have an older car with lap belts only, ask your dealer or vehicle manufacturer about seat-belt adjusters, extenders or retrofits. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading and increasing cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Below are tips for properly selecting, installing and using child safety seats: • Choose the right car seat for a child’s height and weight at www.safercar.gov/therightseat. • Use a rear-facing infant or convertible seat until a child reaches the seat’s upper height or weight limit. Rear-facing harness straps should originate at or below the child’s shoulders. And never install a rear-facing seat in front of an active air bag. • Once a child outgrows a rear-facing car seat, he or she is ready for a forward-facing car seat with harness. Always use the tether strap when installing a front-facing car seat. Front-facing harness straps should originate at or above the child’s shoulders. • Tightly secure car seats using either the seat belt or the lower anchors, but not both, and that they are threaded through the correct path. Make sure the straps are snug and free of twists, and that the car seat doesn’t move more than 1 inch. • Buckling your child correctly is just as important as installing the seat correctly. Seat belts and harness straps should be snug and free of twists. If you can pinch harness straps between your fingers, the harness is not tight enough. • To receive timely recall information, register your car seat with the manufacturer or using the form at www.nhtsa.gov/document/car-seat-registration-form. Sober driving tips Crashes involving at least one alcohol-impaired driver resulted in 211 Hoosier deaths and nearly 2,100 injuries during 2016. And the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the deadliest times of year. With all of today’s options for getting home safely, there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired as it endangers you and everyone else around you. Law enforcement recommends these safe alternatives to impaired driving: • Designate, or be, a sober driver. • Use public transportation. • Call a cab or a ridesharing service. • Download the SaferRide mobile app on the Android Play Store or the Apple iTunes Store. This simple app only has three options: call a taxi, call a friend, and identify your location for pickup. • Celebrate at home or a place where you can stay until sober. • Throwing a party? Offer non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of food. • Never provide alcohol to minors. • Ask young drivers about their plans. • Friend or family member about to drive? Take the keys and make alternate arrangements. Impaired driving is three times more common at night than during the day. If you see an impaired driver, turn off the road away from the vehicle and call 911. Signs of impaired driving include: • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line • Driving at a very slow speed • Braking erratically • Making wide turns • Stopping without cause • Responding slowly to traffic signals • Driving after dark with headlights off • Almost striking an object or vehicle • Driving on the wrong side of the road • Turning abruptly or illegally

US 31 is open again following the crash investigation.

US 31 near 286th Street in northern Hamilton County is shut down indefinitely due to a crash. Northbound lanes are completely closed and southbound is restricted to one lane at this time. Please avoid the area for at least the next several hours.

The Administration and Records Divisions of the Sheriff's Office along with most offices and courts at the Government and Judicial Center are closed on Tuesday, November 6 for Election Day. Offices and courts reopen Wednesday for regular hours.

Don't forget Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00am tonight so set your clocks back one hour when you go to bed this evening. While setting your clocks, it is an ideal opportunity to test and replace batteries in smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and other safety devices. Each spring and fall during the time change, our first responder partners in fire services remind everyone that it is important to check your devices and replace the batteries at least annually. Since it gets dark earlier, check on outdoor lighting and other security measures around the house. As you weatherproof your home for winter, make sure door and window locks are adequate and while raking leaves or doing yardwork, put yourself in the place of a burglar targeting your home and address any security issues. This is also a good time to create a disaster supply kit for your home and an emergency kit for your vehicle. With winter weather soon to be knocking on the door, make sure you are equipped with flashlights, batteries, food, water, blankets and other supplies in case of an emergency in your home or car. A duffel bag marked “Emergency Kit" makes supplies easy to find and handy. More information on building emergency kits is found at https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.

A big thank you and congratulations to Corrections Officer Jacob Miller whose final day with the Sheriff's Office was today. Jacob has been with the Jail Division for over 16 years, serving as a line officer and for many years as a transport officer. He put untold thousands of miles behind the wheel of the Sheriff's Office vans as he transported inmates around the state. We all wish Jacob the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his years of service. Thank you!

Each year, the sounding of the outdoor warning sirens in Hamilton County is suspended during cold weather to reduce maintenance costs. The sirens will be sounded for the last time of the season on Friday, November 2nd at 11:00 a.m. Hamilton County Emergency Management will continue to facilitate daily and weekly testing of all other components of the system to ensure the sirens are operational. The outdoor warning siren system remains active and ready for immediate use year round. Information will be posted on our website and social media.

Mr. Huffaker has been located and is home safe. Thank you for the assistance! ********************************************** A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the disappearance of David L. Huffaker a 60 year old white male, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 115 pounds, gray hair with blue eyes, last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. David is missing from the Carmel, Indiana area which is 16 miles north of Indianapolis and was last seen on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 10:30 am. He is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance. If you have any information on David L. Huffaker, contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department at 317-773-1282 or 911. This concludes this Silver Alert.

Mr. Huffaker has been located and is now home safe. Thank you for your assistance! ***************************************************************** Hamilton County public safety officials are in the Home Place area searching for a missing adult. David Huffaker, age 60, was last seen around 10:30 a.m. in the area of 106th Street and Penn Dr. in the southern part of the county. Mr. Huffaker is described as 5 feet tall, weighing approximately 120 lbs with balding hair. He was last seen wearing jeans and an unknown color/type shirt. Huffaker is a Project Life Saver client, a service that assists in locating individuals who are prone to wandering. Project Life Saver often works with clients with Alzheimer’s, Down Syndrome, Autism, dementia, and other similar issues. Deputies, K9 teams, and officers assisting from Carmel Police and Fire and Hamilton County Emergency Management are in the area searching using tracking dogs and technology designed to assist Project Life Saver clients. Anyone with information on the location of David Huffaker should contact Hamilton County Public Safety Communications at 317-773-1282.

The tragic deaths of three children boarding a school bus in Rochester provides another opportunity to remind drivers of Indiana laws regarding school bus stops. When approaching a school bus from any direction which is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and its stop arm extended, motorists are required to STOP, even on multiple lane highways. Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier or unimproved median (i.e. a concrete or cable barrier, or a grass median) are required to stop only if they are traveling the same direction as the school bus. If there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all lanes in all directions must stop. Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious violation and one that school bus drivers are quick to report. Violation of this law is a Class “A” infraction and is punishable by a maximum fine of up to $10,000.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy Alumni Association is hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday, November 7 at the Jim Dandy restaurant in Noblesville. From 4 p.m. until close, Jim Dandy will donate a portion of each diner's bill to the Alumni Association. The Alumni Association then uses the funds to assist local law enforcement officers and the Sheriff's Office. Over the years, the group has helped in numerous capacities from food to financial assistance. To join the Citizens Academy Alumni, local residents must graduate from the Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy. Look for information on the 2019 classes early next year.

It’s not too late to start a career with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Through November 15, applications for several recently approved new Correctional Officer positions at the Adult Jail and Women’s Annex are being accepted. Hamilton County offers a wide variety of exciting benefits to employees, including: -Base annual salary of more than $38,000 -Outstanding medical, dental, and vision insurance, including employee health clinic -Retirement benefits and matching deferred compensation programs -Paid vacations, holidays, and overtime opportunities -Uniforms and equipment provided -Opportunities for advanced training, special teams, and promotions Effective with this selection process, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Jail Division has implemented a new application/testing procedure utilizing the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Testing Program conducted by EMPCO. A wide variety of testing times and locations are available around the state. Interested applicants must register for a test date/time at https://www.empco.net/ind/ and specify test results be forwarded to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. The testing site charges a non-refundable fee to administer and process the test. Scores can be sent to multiple correctional institutions throughout the state. After the test is complete, download and submit the Application for Corrections Officer (PDF) found at https://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/555/County-Jail. Make sure to fill in the application completely and submit, by email or mail, the required paperwork along with the application. Once the test score and application are received, each candidate will be notified about further steps in the selection process. Test scores and applications must be received by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office prior to November 15 to be considered for the current selection process with new employees beginning work in early 2019. Hamilton County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify

You may see officers looking different in the next month. For the 6th straight year the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office will be putting down the razors to take part in “No Shave November” (aka MOvember) from October 31st through December 2nd. Officers participating will be donating money to Officer Binh Dennis from Fishers Police Department, who was critically injured in a crash. When you see officers this month looking scruffier than usual, please know that this is only temporary and for a good cause. Feel free to join our efforts and make a charitable donation to: https://cipf.foundation/donate-and-assist-fishers-officer-binh-dennis/ Please check back with us to see our officer’s progress throughout the month of November. If you happen to see an officer out and about (but not in the jail, that would be illegal) taking part in “No Shave November” ask them to take a picture with you and send it to brian.niec@hamiltoncounty.in.gov and we will post it on our social media outlets.

2018 Trick or Treat Hours (Note: The Sheriff’s Office does not establish trick-or-treat hours nor are the times set by an ordinance enforced by the Sheriff’s Office). The current Wednesday night weather forecast is less than ideal so please focus on safety. Arcadia - 10/31, 6-8:30 pm Atlanta -10/31, 6-8 pm Carmel -10/31, 5-8 pm Cicero -10/31, 6-8:30 pm Fishers 10/31, 6-8 pm Noblesville - 10/31, 5:30-8:30 pm Sheridan - 10/31, 6-8 pm Westfield - 10/31, 5-8 pm Unincorporated Areas – follow the times for the house/area address Parents, please know where your children are and what they are doing, especially your teenagers. The Indiana statute on criminal mischief states: Sec. 2. (a) A person who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally damages or defaces property of another person without the other person's consent commits criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor. However, the offense is: (1) a Class A misdemeanor if the pecuniary loss is at least seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) but less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000); and (2) a Level 6 felony if: (A) the pecuniary loss is at least fifty thousand dollars ($50,000); (B) the damage causes a substantial interruption or impairment of utility service rendered to the public; (C) the damage is to a public record; or (D) the damage is to a law enforcement animal (as defined in IC 35-46-3-4.5). (b) A person who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally damages: (1) a structure used for religious worship; (2) a school or community center; (3) the property of an agricultural operation (as defined in IC 32-30-6-1); (4) the grounds: (A) adjacent to; and (B) owned or rented in common with; a structure or facility identified in subdivisions (1) through (3); or (5) personal property contained in a structure or located at a facility identified in subdivisions (1) through (3); without the consent of the owner, possessor, or occupant of the property that is damaged, commits institutional criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Level 6 felony if the pecuniary loss (or property damage, in the case of an agricultural operation) is at least seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) but less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), and a Level 5 felony if the pecuniary loss (or property damage, in the case of an agricultural operation) is at least fifty thousand dollars ($50,000). (c) If a person is convicted of an offense under this section that involves the use of graffiti, the court may, in addition to any other penalty, order that the person's operator's license be suspended or invalidated by the bureau of motor vehicles for not more than one (1) year. (d) The court may rescind an order for suspension or invalidation under subsection (c) and allow the person to receive a license or permit before the period of suspension or invalidation ends if the court determines that the person has removed or painted over the graffiti or has made other suitable restitution.

The Sheriff’s Office K9 program is participating in a grant program to receive up to $5,000. The Aftermath K9 Grant was founded to showcase, support, and reward the unique contributions made by law enforcement and their K9 units across the country. Indirectly, the K9 Grant raises safety awareness and community kinship throughout the neighborhoods our law enforcement partners proudly serve. To vote for your favorite K9 program (hopefully HCSO) go to https://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/. The Sheriff’s Office is not affiliated with the Aftermath company and does not endorse or promote its services, nor is the Sheriff’s Office responsible for contacts by the company when voters provide information on the grant website.

The Hamilton County Health Department is offering additional sessions of several popular classes. Please contact the Health Department at 317-776-8500 for more information, questions, comments, and concerns.

Sobriety Checkpoint, October 27-28 The Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership (HCTSP) is a consortium of law enforcement agencies in Hamilton County working to increase the usage of seatbelts, to combat aggressive driving, and to decrease impaired driving with the overall goal of creating a safer Hamilton County. The HCTSP is comprised of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Fishers Police Department, Carmel Police Department, Cicero Police Department, Noblesville Police Department, and Westfield Police Department with the assistance of the Indiana State Police. Impaired driving is one our nation’s most frequently committed violent crimes. Just in Indiana in 2014, alcohol related traffic crashes killed 101 people, accounting for approximately thirteen percent of all fatal crashes, and injured another 1,880 people. About 750 people are convicted of an impaired driving offense annually in Hamilton County alone, and nearly 100 of those are repeat offenders. In 2015 in Hamilton County, for example, the State filed 732 cases of operating while intoxicated. Of these, 106 drivers had prior convictions for operating while intoxicated within the last five years. To combat this crime, the Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership will be setting up sobriety checkpoints around Hamilton County to aggressively deter, detect, and arrest those drivers who make the decision to drive impaired. Sobriety checkpoints have proven successful both raising awareness of impaired driving and reducing the likelihood of people driving after they have been drinking. A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted on the night of Saturday, October 27, 2018 and the early morning hours of Sunday, October 28, 2018. In order to raise awareness of the prevalence of impaired driving in our community and the efforts of the Partnership to combat the crime, the Partnership maintains a webpage at http://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/503. At a sobriety checkpoint, law enforcement officers evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment at a specified point along a roadway, often depending upon the support of local property owners for the use of appropriate land. Checkpoint sites are selected based upon analysis of available crash and impaired driving arrest data and a consideration of officer safety. Vehicles are stopped in a specific sequence, such as every other vehicle, every third vehicle, every fourth vehicle, or by stopping three, four, or five cars in succession and allowing other traffic to proceed while checking the stopped vehicles. The planned sequence in which vehicles are stopped depends on the number of officer available to staff the checkpoint, traffic congestion, and other safety concerns. Upon making contact with a driver, the officer advises them that they’ve been stopped at an HCTSP sobriety checkpoint and asks for the driver’s license and vehicle registration. If, in the course of the contact, the officer detects that alcohol may be involved and the driver may be impaired, or if some other issue arises, then the vehicle is directed into a pull-off area for further investigation. Further investigation may involve Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs). On the other hand, all looks right during the initial contact, the driver is usually released in less than two minutes. Officers staffing the sobriety checkpoints work on an overtime basis, paid by grant funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Indiana Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving. Sobriety checkpoints are legal in 39 states, including Indiana, and the District of Columbia. In 1990, the United States Supreme Court ruled that, if conducted properly, sobriety checkpoints do not constitute an illegal search and seizure. In the 2002 case of State v. Gerschoffer, the Indiana Supreme Court found that sobriety checkpoints are constitutional when conducted properly. Members of the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office work with the Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership to ensure that each checkpoint meets constitutional requirements. Any questions regarding sobriety checkpoints in Hamilton County should be directed to Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Andre Miksha at 317-776-8595. ###

Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem around the country and Hamilton County is no exception. Saturday, October 27, is an opportunity for area residents to dispose of unused, unneeded, and unwanted prescription medications. The Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs along with the Sheriff's Office will accept expired and unwanted medications at three locations (Riverview Health, Sheridan Farmers Bank, and Cicero CVS) from 9AM-Noon. The Rx Take-Back sites cannot accept liquids, sharps, or needles. Liquids can be mixed with oil dry or cat litter, wrapped in plastic, and placed in the garbage. Sharps, syringes, lancets and needles can be taken to Hamilton County Household Hazardous Waste, 1717 Pleasant Street, Noblesville. The Sheriff's Office has properly disposed of more than 800 pounds of medications already in 2018. Let's keep area homes as well as the environment free of drugs. #dontbethedealer

A Wind Advisory is in effect for Hamilton County until 10PM on Saturday. Patrol deputies have been called for trees, utility poles, and power lines down so use caution while traveling. ...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 PM EDT THIS EVENING... The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 2 PM this afternoon to 10PM EDT this evening. * TIMING...Strongest winds will be this afternoon and evening. * WINDS...Wind gusts around 45 mph are possible. * IMPACTS...Winds will blow around unsecured objects. Driving could become difficult for some vehicles. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 30 mph or wind gusts of 45 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

With Halloween and trick-or-treating right around the corner, it is important to know which houses children should avoid during their festivities. In Hamilton County there are some 140 registered sex offenders who reside in the area along with nearly 50 more who travel to the county to work. The Sheriff’s Office, which is charged with maintaining the Sex and Violent Offender Registry, wants you to know where these offenders reside so you can avoid those houses when trick-or-treating. “We make every effort to ensure sex offenders live and work where they tell us. We have officers who regularly check on offenders to make sure they are following the rules and guidelines of the registry. It’s important for our area residents to visit our website to see who the registered offenders are and where they live and work,” says Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen. Residents are encouraged to check addresses where they live, work, and spend time to see if registered offenders live nearby. Those interested can use either the Offender Watch website or the CrimeReports website. According to Sheriff Bowen, “The mapping and address feature found on the websites pinpoint exactly where an offender lives or works.” The Offender Watch website also allows the ability to sign up for free automatic e-mail notifications if an offender moves within a specified radius of any registered address. “If you plan on trick-or-treating at another family member’s house or a friend’s house, register or search that address beforehand so offender homes can be avoided. The public can also use the website for addresses where children spend time, such as with relatives, babysitters, and friends,” advises Sheriff Bowen. The alerts are real-time and sent via e-mail as soon as an offender registers with the Sheriff’s Office. The Offender Watch website for Hamilton County is http://www.sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=54835 or it can be accessed through the Sheriff’s Office web page at www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/sheriff. Site users then have options to check for offenders near a specific address or sign up for e-mail alerts in case an offender moves into the area. Safety tips and talking points can also be read or printed from the website. The CrimeReports website is https://www.crimereports.com/agency/HamiltonCoIN and then filters can be used to locate offenders.

If you have information concerning these subjects, please contact the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (317-776-9887), the Crime Prevention Line (317-776-5848), or Hamilton County Communications (317-773-1282). Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 or 800-222-8477. Callers do not need to reveal identity. Warrants listed on this page may not be current as an individual may have been taken into custody already or a warrant recalled. To confirm an active warrant, please call (317) 776-9800. Click on the photo for name and warrant information. All subjects are innocent unless found guilty in court.

Funeral arrangements for Sheriff's Office Chaplain David Parkes are: Visitation: Wednesday, October 10, 3p-9p at Grace Church, 5504 E. 146 Street, Noblesville. Funeral Service: Wednesday, October 10, 6:30p at Grace Church. A private burial ceremony will take place on Thursday. For those who didn't know Dave, here is his obituary: David Chandler Parkes, 71, of Fishers, IN, passed away Friday, October 5, 2018. He was born on January 3, 1947 in Washington, D.C. to Lester Chandler and Florence Foot Parkes. After graduating high school, David attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he received the Master of Arts, with emphasis on Pastoral Care, graduating with a 3.8 GPA. He continued his education at Kernersville Wesleyan College where he received the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Literature. Dave was a pastor for more than thirty years but considered all the work he did a ministry. After a long career in church ministry, he began working as a funeral prearrangement specialist for local mortuaries including: Shirley Brothers Mortuaries in Fishers, IN; Miller-Moster-Robbins Funeral Home in Connersville, IN; Randall and Roberts Funeral Homes in Noblesville, IN, and in September of 2018, he began working at Seals Funeral Home in Fortville, IN. As a Certified Chaplain with the Indiana Sheriff’s Chaplaincy Conference, Dave co-founded the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Chaplaincy in IN, where he found great joy as a volunteer for many years, providing pastoral care for families and individuals in crisis. In 2018, Dave began working as a funeral coordinator and minister at Grace Church in Noblesville, IN and created resources and processes that are now being used to coordinate his own funeral. David adored his wife, Judy, with whom he celebrated fifty years of marriage in June of this year. Family gatherings with his children and grandchildren were among his most treasured memories. He never missed his kids’ or grandkids’ special programs, games, plays or musicals. David was a gentle giant, who spent his life caring for people. He never met a stranger and loved hearing others' stories as much as he loved telling stories. Dave had a disarming sense of humor and loved to laugh, tell stories and quote funny movies. But most every conversation with him eventually led back to the one thing he cared about most: his abiding faith in God. His life had been transformed by Eternal Love, and he wanted everyone he met to experience that unconditional love. Always quick to offer help to anyone who had a need, Dave had an innate gift for comforting people during the darkest moments of their lives. He was captivating and compassionate toward anyone and everyone, always making room in his heart for more friends. He was accomplished, educated, and had a vast amount of experience in ministry and funeral work, but he rarely spoke of his own accomplishments. He chose, instead, to shine a light on others. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his infant son, Edwin Chandler Parkes, who was born on October 19, 1970, and lived for only one week. Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Julian Dian “Judy” Dalton Parkes; daughters, Emily (Scott) Sutherland and Melody (Craig) Boyer; grandchildren, Jackson Sutherland, Riley Sutherland, Ashton Boyer, Avery Boyer, Eli Boyer, and Izzy Boyer; sisters, Grace (Scott) Cross and Carol (Bill) Nace. Family and friends will gather on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 3 – 6 pm in Grace Church, 5504 E. 146th Street, Noblesville, IN 46060, where the Funeral Service will begin at 6:30 pm. A private burial will take place on Thursday, October 11 in the Highland Cemetery, Fishers. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ministries that were close to Dave’s heart: Grace Church’s Japan SEND Trip, 5504 E 146th Street, Noblesville, IN 46060 or Lamplighter Ministries, 1950 E. Greyhound Pass, Suite 18-201, Carmel, IN 46033. Envelopes will be available at the service. Bussell Family Funerals, Carmel-Westfield is privileged to assist the family with arrangements. Donations may be made to: Lamplighter Ministries 1950 E Greyhound Pass, Suite 18-201, Carmel IN 46033 Web: https://lamplighterindy.nm-secure.com/online-giving Grace Church - Send Trip: Japan 5504 E 146th Street, Noblesville IN 46060 Web: https://pushpay.com/g/gracechurchoutreach

Two more classes offered by the Hamilton County Health Department. If there are questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Health Department at 317-776-8500.

Please join Sheriff Bowen and the Sheriff's Office in thought and prayer for our brother at Fishers PD involved in a serious crash yesterday. From FIshers FOP: Fishers FOP Lodge #199 Yesterday at 5:21 PM · One of our Officers was involved in a serious crash today. Please keep him, his family, and our department in your thoughts and prayers. Fishers FOP Lodge #199 10 hrs · Our brother is still in critical condition. Your prayers are working and we have seen some progress. Please keep the prayers coming. Our agency has a constant and will maintain a constant presence at the hospital. We will update his progress as we can. We at the Fishers FOP Lodge #199 are proud and moved at the support from our brothers and sisters from other lodges near and far. We’ve heard from local lodges expressing compassion and support for our brother that is in the hospital. We have seen a presence at the hospital from local lodges giving support and offering services. Lodge 86 had their auxiliary on stand by to assist with needs. IMPD had a chaplain at the hospital and he spent some time with the family offering support. Lodge 103 brought Chik-Fil-A sandwiches for the family late last night (shout out to Chick-fil-A Broad Ripple for donating the sandwiches!). Carmel Lodge 185 has let us know they are ready and willing to provide support in any way they can. This outreach and support is one of the things we know is there in this family of law enforcement and we are proud to be a part of this family.