Grills Resigns From Ripley County Sheriff’s Office

first_imgGrills will serve his last day as Ripley County Sheriff on April 1.Sheriff Tom Grills has submitted his resignation from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office effective April 1.Grills, 38, was first elected sheriff in 2006 and has led the law enforcement agency for nearly eight years. Due to state statute, a sheriff in Indiana can serve just two consecutive 4-year terms before reaching the end of term limit. Prior to the announcement, he would have officially been relieved of sheriff duties on December 31.Before beginning a law enforcement career, Grills graduated from East Central High School and received degrees from Vincennes and Ball State University. Those college diplomas are proudly displayed in his office, flanked by law enforcement achievements, John Deere memorabilia, a deer mount and photographs of family.He reflected on his tenure as sheriff from his desk Tuesday.In nearly eight years, he substantially increased the amount of deputy training, along with the implementation of advanced technology including in-car cameras, Nixle and a redeveloped agency website.The sheriff explained the early departure from office is due to a job opportunity.“I have enjoyed being Sheriff of Ripley County for the last seven years and three months, but have been offered a great opportunity in the private sector with this being my last year of my second term as Ripley County Sheriff,” Grills said.Grills would be eligible to run for sheriff again in 2018. He did not rule out a return to law enforcement in the future.“I have always known there would be a time I would seriously have to consider transitioning from public safety,” said Grills.“Being elected the Ripley County Sheriff has been the highest goal of my professional law enforcement career. I have been honored to serve and protect citizens of Ripley County and the State of Indiana.”The office has dealt with its fair share of difficulties during his tenure. Grills noted,“I just wish there was more teamwork and more professional interaction between elected officials over serious matters.”Ripley County Council member Mark Horstman commented Tuesday on the sheriff’s departure.“It’s a shame Sheriff Grills had to leave this early with just six months or so on his term,” Horstman said. “Ripley County appreciates all of his years of service and wish him the best of luck.”The resignation comes just a month before the May Primary as three republicans and two democrats are vying for the sheriff’s seat. County officials indicated that a caucus may be held within the next 30 days for a replacement.Grills  is retiring from the position, but due to state statute for constitutionally elected officials, he was required to send a resignation letter.last_img read more

Wide open Kentucky Derby awaits after favourite scratched

first_img(REUTERS) – The Kentucky Derby is the first step toward Triple Crown glory and this year’s ‘Run for the Roses’ is more wide open than it has been in years after race favourite Omaha Beach was scratched due to injury.The betting line for today’s race went through a big shake-up after Omaha Beach, who was installed as the early 4-1 favourite, was pulled from the event on Wednesday after developing a non-life-threatening breathing problem.The absence of Omaha Beach opens the door for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who is seeking to tie all-time trainer record for Kentucky Derby wins with six and now has the top three favourites in Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable. The top choice, at 9-2, is Game Winner, followed by Roadster and Improbable, who were both given 5-1 odds.But Baffert, who trained both American Pharoah and Justify to their Triple Crown wins in 2015 and 2018, respectively, is not getting ahead of himself going into the 1-1/2 mile race at Churchill Downs. “There are a lot of good horses in here,” said Baffert. “Unless we see something different on Derby Day, this is a nice evenly matched group of horses. I don’t see someone really popping off the screen.” Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who rode Justify to a Triple Crown and was supposed to be aboard Omaha Beach today, was named yesterday as a late replacement for Corey Lanerie aboard 30-1 longshot Cutting Humor.Another horse to watch will be Maximum Security (10-1) as the Jason Servis-trained bay colt enters the Kentucky undefeated in his four starts. The Kentucky Derby field was reduced to 19 horses yesterday when longshot Haikal was scratched with an abscess on left hoof. As a result, the rail will remain empty as War of Will, who had drawn the No.1 post, will now break from the second gate.There is rain in the forecast today and while it may stop by the time the horses set off at 18:46hrs ET (2246 GMT) it is most certain they will contest the race on a wet track. Wet conditions will prove beneficial to some horses, perhaps none more so than War of Will (20-1), who last November raced on a muddy track at Churchill Downs in his first start on dirt and breezed to a five-length victory.But the Mark Casse-trained colt may need all the help he can get after an unfavourable draw has the son of hot Sire War Front starting from a post that has not produced a winner since 1978.last_img read more

Orenes launches new ‘VERSUS’ identity targeting rapid global growth

first_img Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Seeking to expand its international appeal, Spanish gambling firm Grupo Orenes has rebranded its flagship commercial property ‘Viva La Suerte’ to ‘VERSUS’.This week the Murcia (Alicante) based gambling group held a press conference in which it retired its Viva La Suerte brand, announcing the launch of VERSUS (Versus.es) as its lead B2C entity, which Orenes will export internationally.Javier López Cerrón, Group General Director of Orenes marked the launch of VERSUS as the next important chapter in the firm’s 50-year history.Cerrón underlined that Orenes governance had chosen to revamp its commercial identity, seeking to develop a B2C brand more attune with modern consumers engaging with online gambling services.Furthermore, Orenes marketing states that the launch of VERSUS, sees its digital domain broaden its appeal beyond online casino, which had been attached to the ‘Viva La Suerte’ brand.This week Orenes fully deployed VERSUS across its existing digital and land-based verticals, undertaking a € multi-million rebrand, with all Orenes partners – Real Murcia CF, UCAM Murcia Basket, Cadiz CF and CF Pontevedra replacing their sponsorship inventories.As a corporate directive for 2020,  Cerrón underlined that VERSUS would lead Orenes B2C expansions across international Spanish speaking markets – “VERSUS  can be a global brand recognized anywhere, recognized anywhere in the world, in any country and in any language. VERSUS a different style is born in which we should all embrace this” Share Submit Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more