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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Sewer customers currently being served by the city of Bloomington Utilities could see a price increase in the coming months. CBU has proposed a rate increase of 3 percent for customers within city limits and 15 percent for those outside the city.

The jump in rates would support what officials call expansion and modernization of the service. An analysis and cost-of-service study commissioned by the city also supports the raise. 

The proposed rate increases are based on calculations made by independent consultant Crowe LLP using CBU customer historical usage, current cost of materials, labor studies, and financial data.

“As Bloomington grows, it is our responsibility to maintain and improve our infrastructure,” said Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton in a news release.  “We are at a critical juncture with our water utility to make changes that will conserve natural resources and support future generations of Bloomingtonians.”

Officials say the average residential CBU customer within the city billed for 3,000 gallons per month should expect their bills to increase by about 72 cents per month and a customer at the same usage level outside the city should expect an increase of about $3.60 per month. 

“Bloomington needs to modernize and expand its wastewater facilities in the next decade,” said CBU Director Vic Kelson in a news release.  “These proposed rate changes will allow CBU to provide wastewater services for our growing community and improve our operating efficiency, reducing electricity consumption and protecting our environment for years to come.”

The board will consider the subcommittee recommendations regarding the proposed rate changes September 3.

If approved, the Common Council will consider the rate changes September 4-18.

MILTON, Fla (WKRG) — A Milton Wendy’s employee caught on camera taking a bath in the sink has been fired according to officials. In a statement the director of marketing explains that the incident was a prank and totally unacceptable. They go on to mention that the employee did not use good judgment.


The Operations Manager for Wendy’s says they are aware of the video and they are investigating. He says they can not comment on anything else. 

GREAT LAKES, Ill.  (WKRG) –The father of an 18-year-old Navy recruit who died in boot camp confirms the young seaman recruit was a Mobile, Ala. native and a Baker High School graduate.

Kelsey Nobles passed away Tuesday after collapsing. Doctors said she went into cardiac arrest.

“She just passed out after her last PT (fitness exam) and couldn’t be revived,” Harold Nobles said.

Her father said Kelsey had the biggest heart. 

“She was just full of energy. She would give anyone anything, her last dollar,” said Harold. “She was the sweetest soul. That’s the best way I can describe her.”

Nobles said the Navy promises a full investigation.

This is the second death under similar circumstances at the Navy boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill. in the past few months. 

Because of that Kelsey Nobles’ father has questions. 

“For me, I’m just like what’s wrong? These young people are so excited about serving their country and going into the military. Are they doing enough to check them? Does physical testing need to be more in-depth?,” Nobles wondered. “Right now we are just focusing on getting her home and grieving first.”

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – After a long winter, the birds have returned, and so have the golfers. The young golfers out on the course are part of a program called The First Tee that teaches them how to properly play the game.

“The First Tee is a youth development program,” said program director Treyla Lee. “And it’s an opportunity to teach life skills with the game of golf, so we use the game of golf as our classroom.”

The First Tee of Siouxland teaches those main aspects of the sport: driving, chipping, and putting.

“I like how it’s skill based and a lot of it is as you age you get better at the game so I just wanna see how good I can get once I’m older,” said Luka Ernesti, a 13-year-old member of The First Tee.

“I like putting because when you get the ball into the hole it feels like I just scored a home run in baseball,” said Colby Mullen, another First Tee golfer.

But beyond the basics, The First Tee is about kids having fun.

“I like doing this because it gives me something to do to get out of the house during the day, and I get to do this with my friends,” said Caleb Mullen, Colby’s older brother who first got into the sport five years ago.

Maria Zorrilla is one of the program’s coaches. Golf has always been a part of her life, and she enjoys helping the next generation learn.

“So I’ve been playing golf since I was six so I’ve always been really involved with it and I’m really interested in being a coach,” Zorrilla said.

But the focus of The First Tee isn’t just golf lessons, it’s life lessons.

“We would incorporate driving the ball into responsibility, so you’re responsible for your space, you’re responsible for the balls that you hit, and you’re responsible for making sure that you and others are safe,” Lee said.

“We have our nine core values,” Zorrilla said. “And we talk about integrity, sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, but we also talk with them about how to use it school and how to use it in their day to day life.”

Off the course, and in the classroom, the objective is to improve the lives of these golfers.

“It’s helped me get along with my teachers more because my coaches are kind of like my teachers so that helps me,” Caleb Mullen said.

Responsibility is something the First Tee focuses on heavily, because of it’s importance to both golf and life in general.

“It helps us know how to act in situations where we wouldn’t know how to act before, it teaches you how to be responsible and not to forget things you should do,” said Maria Ernesti, Luka’s younger sister and a member of the program.

As the weather improves, more and more young golfers will head out to courses to learn more about golf, and more about the things they can do to improve their lives.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — A 23-year-old “non-verbal, immobile” woman was sexually assaulted and impregnated while in a health care facility, according to a lawsuit.

The mother of the woman is suing National Mentor Healthcare LLC which operates the Pensacola Cluster health care facility where the 23-year-old was living. The family is suing for over $15,000 in damages. 

The lawsuit states the 23-year-old woman is non-verbal, immobile, and lacks dexterity in her hands and arms, required a tube for feeding, along with multiple other physical limitations. The woman lived there from September 28, 2010, until February 7, 2018, and was totally and completely dependant on the staff at National Mentor’s Pensacola Cluster facility, the lawsuit states. 

The lawsuit states the woman went to Westgate School, a school for children and young adults with disabilities, on weekdays during that time. According to the lawsuit, the only time when the 23-year-old was not under supervision at Pensacola Cluster was when she was at Westgate. 

It was there at Westgate in January 2018, the lawsuit states, where employees found physical injuries to the woman, including hip bruising and noted behavioral changes. 

After being notified twice, the lawsuit states Pensacola Cluster failed to report injuries to the Florida Adult Abuse Hotline and failed to seek medical treatment.

The lawsuit states the 23-year-old’s caregivers removed her from the facility after a medical exam revealed the broken hip, signs that she was raped, bruising, as well as a confirmation that she was pregnant. The lawsuit states the woman later suffered a miscarriage. 

The lawsuit alleges the 23-year-old old was raped at least once and impregnated while in National Mentor’s care. 

Three employees from the facility are named in the lawsuit: Joyce Stokes, Shaneice Pace and Jennifer Prorock. 

The Escambia County Sherif’s Office says its investigation into the sexual assault case has exhausted all leads to a possible suspect. 

You can read the full lawsuit here: 

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A Mobile County woman’s Halloween fun turned into a medical emergency. Part of her costume took a frightening turn. 

Anna Tew was ready to start creeping around in the dark this coming Halloween in her new zombie costume. But she’s the one who got the scare when she realized her fangs weren’t going anywhere. 

It cost Anna Tew nearly $3 to finish her transformation into the undead. But the expense grew when her fake teeth wouldn’t come out. 

“I was trying to remove them then because they were just tight,” Tew told WKRG.  Tew used the glue that came with the teeth, however, the adhesive wasn’t temporary. 

Tew says, “It went on and on and I was trying to get them out, and after it was over with, I tried until it was like 2 o’clock this morning. They wouldn’t budge.” Tew continued, “I even took a pair of wire clippers and cut the tips off of those.” She says she was in excruciating pain but wasn’t sure whether to go to the emergency room. Eventually, she found an emergency dentist who could help. 

“He talked about drilling. They had a saw, talked about taking [them] off in sections, and they couldn’t numb it because they were scared they would actually pull my teeth out,” said Tew. “So he went in and picked and pulled and I squealed like a baby and they got them out.”

Dr. John Murphy was able to rescue Tew’s teeth Saturday at his office at the Alabama Family Dental. 

“Just the natural state of your teeth, and your gums can sometimes cause something to adhered and get stuck,” Dr. Murphy explains.

Tew says she learned a lesson and one she hopes to save others from. Tew says she will never use them again. 

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla (WKRG) Two people are dead and more than half-a-million people are without power after Hurricane Michael moved ashore Wednesday at category four strength.

The storm made landfall Wednesday afternoon in nearby Mexico Beach, with 155 mile per hour winds.

It’s the strongest hurricane in recorded history to hit the Florida panhandle.

Two people are dead and more than half-a-million people are without power after hurricane Michael moved ashore Wednesday at category four strength.

The storm made landfall Wednesday afternoon in nearby Mexico Beach, with 155 mile per hour winds.

It’s the strongest hurricane in recorded history to hit the Florida panhandle.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – A gas station surveillance camera captured video of a driver backing into a pump and starting a large fire.

Mobile Police say the man did it on purpose. A manager says the man was mad because the station had just closed and he couldn’t get gas.

The fire happened just after 11:00 p.m. Sunday. Police say 27-year-old Ernest Parker backed his vehicle into the pump at the Spirit gas station at Schillinger and Old Shell.

Parker was arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal mischief.

In the surveillance video, a worker’s husband can be seen rushing to the fire with an extinguisher to try and put it out.

Firefighters eventually arrived to get the fire under control.

Thursday morning, caution tape was draped around the area where the damaged pump was removed.


MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) – In a Facebook post shared more than 2,000 times, a Mobile woman claims she was kicked out of The Shoppes at Bel Air because of her shorts.

In the post Gabrielle Gibson writes:

I was literally harassed and kicked out of the Bellair mall in Mobile, AL today because of what I’m wearing. Apparently grown men couldnt contain themselves so I get kicked out. Security officer J. Mathis initiated that he was looking at my ass cheeks and it was a problem. Dont look at my ass then theres a thought? As well security officer Davis and head of security Jim chavis were extremely rude and completely unprofessional about the situation. I told them i have bigger thighs and its just to hot for jeans that I cant help they ride up a bit. It doesnt bother me then it shouldnt bother you. They went as far as to threaten to call a police officer. From what i seen today everyone had short shorties on. I mean come on its August and 100° outside. I dont know why i was pinpointed. Im just disgusted with the behavior of all these people. I was just having a good time trying to look around. Everyone can share this. This whole incident has made me embarrassed.

Edit: #slutwalk 
#share #belairmall #mobile

She also shared a link to a Facebook event called “Bel Air Mall “Daisy Duke” SlutWalk” where women are being asked to come to the mall in their “Daisy Dukes” on Aug. 4.

Ok ladies – it’s time to bring out the booty shorts and crop tops (if you’re feeling it.) One gorgeous young woman was SHAMED and ASKED TO LEAVE because her shorts were “too short.” I have personally worn shorts shorter than what she wore and walked past security and police and no one said one word. It’s summertime. In South Alabama. It’s hot. WEAR WHAT YOU WANT. Don’t allow anyone to shame you for what you choose to wear. We’re banding together to support our sister in solidarity – women’s bodies are not shameful. We shouldn’t be forced to cover up because men can’t control themselves. Bring your ass (literally) and descend on Bel Air with us. Share with your friends! #SistersInSolidarity #StopShaming#WhatIWearDoesntEqualConsent

WISH-TV’s sister station WKRG has reached out to the Shoppes at Bel Air for comment and is waiting to hear back from their corporate offices.