Community Link: Dress for Success Indianapolis

Community Link: Dress for Success Indianapolis

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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.

A local organization called Dress for Success is working to provide women with supportive services to achieve socioeconomic advancement.

Julie Petr, executive director of Dress for Success in Indianapolis, stopped by WISH-TV studios to talk about how the organization impacts the lives of women.

“Dress for Success was founded in 1997 in the basement of a church in New York City,” said Petr. “Two years later, in 1999, Dress for Success Indianapolis opened its doors in the basement of a church.”

Dress for Success is located at 820 N. Meridian St.

“Celebrating 20 years of serving women and what we really want to do is provide women with a professional interview and work attire aligned with ongoing trainings to help them get jobs, but more importantly kind of guide them to economic independence,” said Petr.

Dress for Success in Indianapolis is just one of 156 affiliates of the organization.

Petr said the Indianapolis location has served 17,000 women since its doors opened in 1999.

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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.