More fiber optic deployment in LaPorte County

LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — More LaPorte County residents will be able to access high-speed fiber optic internet following infrastructure improvement. The LaPorte County Broadband Task Force is announcing that Michigan City-based ACME Communications has deployed fiber in a previously unserved and underserved area of the county.

The fiber optic cable has been installed along County Road 300 North between County Line Road and 421. The new fiber will service 20 to 30 properties, with 90% already connected to the new infrastructure. 

“Prior to our investment, their connection was a hot spot with speed of 256K. Now with the new fiber, they are at 100G. Their internet speed has improved and is now 100,000 times faster,” said ACME CEO Bill Richey.

The Task Force is also continuing discussions with ACME about extending the new fiber along County Line Road to serve several southern subdivisions. 


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.