Community Link: Center for Leadership Development

Community Link: Center for Leadership Development

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Each week in Community Link Carolene Mays-Medley and Marco Dominguez take a look at an organization or business that is making a positive impact on the community.

Empowering youth, cultivating character, and enriching the community is what the Center for Leadership Development is all about.

Dennis Bland, president and CEO of the Center for Leadership Development, stopped by the WISH-TV studios to talk more about the organization.

“The mission of the Center for Leadership Development is to help African-American youth in Indianapolis become professional business and community leaders,” said Bland.

Bland said the vision of the organization is to give the young people of Indianapolis one of the most exceptional, holistic youth-development models that can be found anywhere in the country dedicated to help young people realize their God-given potential.

Bland also explained the organization’s core values and principles, as well as the programs it offers.

Click the video to learn more about the Center for Leadership Development and the upcoming free workshops the organization is offering.


2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.