Community Link: Indiana Donor Network

Community Link: Indiana Donor Network

News 8 Daybreak at 8

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.

The Indiana Donor Network serves as the link between donors and patients waiting for organ, tissue and eye transplants.

The organization champions the cause through education, outreach and support.

“It’s so important because there are so many people that are waiting (for donations),” said Ebony Chappel, multicultural community relations coordinator for the Indiana Donor Network. “Right now we have over 114,000 people waiting across the nation for a life-saving organ transplant.”

Chappel said that number is the same as filling up Lucas Oil Stadium twice.

Chappel also said people from communities of color make up 60% of the waiting list.

Click the video to learn more about the Indiana Donor Network.


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.