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The IU School of Medicine has released the official request for proposal for,"the development of a multi-institutional academic health, science and research center in Evansville, Indiana."The RFP includesMore >>
The IU School of Medicine has released the official request for proposal for,"the development of a multi-institutional academic health, science and research center in Evansville, Indiana."More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:34 PM EST2013-12-09 22:34:19 GMT
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – Police are reporting a flatbed lumber semi-truck has overturned on NB I-164 between Lynch & Morgan. Police are reporting the driver is out of the truck, and seems to be okay. PoliceMore >>
A flatbed lumber semi-truck that overturned on NB I-164 between Lynch & Morgan has now been up righted. More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 4:08 PM EST2013-12-04 21:08:10 GMT
EVANSVILLE (WFIE) -Evansville Police are on the scene of a barricaded gunman. According to the department's Facebook page, it happened Wednesday morning in the 1500 block of South Alvord Boulevard. DispatchersMore >>
Several streets near Covert Avenue and South Alvord Boulevard were closed Wednesday morning as police responded to a man who barricaded himself inside his home. More >>
HARDINSBURG, KY (WAVE) - A Kentuckiana family is trying to turn their tragedy into a helping hand for others in their same position. Army Specialist Cody Baker, an Iraq War veteran, took his life earlier this month.
His family says he suffered for years from post traumatic stress disorder and now they're hoping to change the way military members are treated.
Cody's family says his excitement at competing in the Meade County Fair's Mud Sling was there on his face for all to see. A month later, the same truck carried his coffin for his burial.
On August 19, the man his family remembers for his big smile committed suicide.
His wife Laci says she knew immediately it was because of PTSD. "There was no doubt in my mind because my Cody wouldn't do that," she said. "There's no way. He was way too full of life and cared way too much about everybody else to do something like that, to leave everybody behind. He was not that type of person. Without a shadow of a doubt, I knew immediately what had happened."
Laci knew the man who came back from Iraq in 2008 was different almost as soon as he returned.
"I noticed the first night that Cody got home from overseas that he had a nightmare in the night. He woke up and he couldn't breathe," she said.
She also noticed that Cody seemed like he had to stay busy. "It's like he couldn't stop for fear that something would catch up with him."
Laci says Cody sought help from the VA for PTSD in 2009 and then again three years later.
"He said, ‘You know, I just got this blank stare back,' and it is so traumatic for them for starters to live it day to day but to dredge up even more to try to tell somebody about it, to try to get help and to get a blank stare back, it just set him off," she said.
Laci says in the past year, she thought her husband seemed more himself, self medicating with alcohol, but closer to the 17-year-old who joined the Army.
"He would drink until he thought it was ok that he could go to sleep and then the nightmares were more vivid with alcohol," said Laci.
Laci says Cody -- now out of the Army -- told her the nightmares were also worse when he traveled for work, "When he would wake up, he's in a strange place, I'm not there, there's not familiar surroundings."
On August 19, that's what Laci thinks happened. "I know in my heart that's what happened that night. I know that he woke up from a nightmare and just couldn't get out of it."
Now the nightmare for Cody's family -- his suicide -- is one they'll have to live with, but one they hope will change the way PTSD is treated and the help available for the veterans who are suffering.
"Besides trying to help others, I'm at peace with all of this. I really am," Laci said. "The beginning of the week before he got here -- because it took about four days for him to get here after we found out what happened -- it just wasn't real but after seeing him, it was ok because I knew he was ok."
The military has made a push to make help more readily available. If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, a crisis line is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255. A confidential chat is also available at VeteransCrisisLine.net.
However, Cody's family says they doubt he would have had the patience to go through the automated system that military members first encounter on that number.
They'd like to see more follow up checks with service members who have returned home, months after their deployment, when Laci says Cody started struggling the most.
Monday, December 9 2013 5:52 PM EST2013-12-09 22:52:32 GMT
A truancy complaint resulted in the arrest of a woman for cruelty to a juvenile after 35 animals were found inside her home. "We got a tip that the juvenile who was living inside the residence was notMore >>
A truancy complaint resulted in the arrest of a woman for cruelty to a juvenile after 35 animals were found inside her home. Officers recovered 14 adult cats, 18 kittens, and 3 dogs inside the home. They observed animal feces and urine on the floor throughout the home, as well as on the juvenile's bed. More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 11:35 PM EST2013-12-10 04:35:03 GMT
The Evansville City Council on Monday night targets amateur tattoo artists. It's now illegal for just anyone to give someone a tattoo or a body piercing in the city. Some council members claimed amateurMore >>
The Evansville City Council on Monday night targets amateur tattoo artists.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:35 AM EST2013-12-10 13:35:28 GMT
A man troopers say was drunk in 2012 when he hit a car carrying three children and their grandparents, resulting in the death of two of the kids, has been charged with DUI again.Robert Darren Craft,More >>
A man troopers say was drunk in 2011 when he hit a car carrying three children and their grandparents, resulting in the death of two of the kids, has been charged with DUI again.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 9:30 PM EST2013-12-10 02:30:09 GMT
Over the weekend in Owensboro, officials with the Salvation Army were thrilled to find a gold coin in one of their red kettles. It was found wrapped up in a note that said it was from: 'Someone who lovesMore >>
Over the weekend in Owensboro, officials with the Salvation Army were thrilled to find a gold coin in one of their red kettles.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 4:53 PM EST2013-12-09 21:53:01 GMT
A former Evansville teacher was arrested after some restaurant workers say he exposed himself at a drive-thru window. Authorities tell 14 News that 42-year-old Robert Dishman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanorMore >>
A former Evansville teacher was arrested after some restaurant workers say he exposed himself at a drive-thru window.More >>
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