‘Opportunity’ knocking on 31?

As Westfield Police Dept. personnel continue to work on the recent armed-robbery case, we find it noteworthy that very few crimes of that nature transpire here. We also wonder, though, whether the conversion of U.S. 31 to a freeway will embolden more would-be criminals. After all, Fishers’ proximity to I-69 often is cited as a quick-escape reason, and stickups happen there from time to time. With U.S. 31, the same “opportunity” would be afforded crooks. In the early evening hours of Jan. 30, a man in the 800 block of South Union Street was inspecting his truck for trouble, when two black males robbed him at gunpoint of his wallet and identification. He told police the man with the gun was 5-foot-8 and the accomplice was 5-foot-6. No further description or information about the suspects was known at press time. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Criminal Investigations Division of WPD at 773.1300 or Crimestoppers at 262.8477. The victim is fortunate to have escaped unharmed.

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It’s a small one, but here’s another reason why your tax dollars will be at peril with an investment in mass transit. The communications folks at IndyGo warned folks in a press release last week that, in the event of snow, we should allow for extra travel time to and from our destination; plan for delays due to icy streets, heavy snowfall and traffic congestion; watch our footing as snow and ice can make sidewalks, steps and bus floors slippery; hold onto the railing when boarding and alighting; and dress warmly for potentially longer wait times at bus stops. Wow. You can’t make up this stuff.

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In observance of Presidents’ Day on Feb. 17, the United States Postal Service will be closed. That means delivery of your edition of Current will be delayed one day to Feb. 19.