EPD Bomb Squad Receives FBI Re-AccreditationThe Hazardous Devices Unit (HDU) was formed in 1972 with EPD’s first FBI certified Bomb Technician. The Hazardous Devices Unit has to meet specific requirements and standards set by the FBI in order to achieve accreditation. The Evansville Police Department’s HDU became an FBI accredited Bomb Squad in 1989, and has maintained that accreditation since.The requirements include maintaining and have operational a list of necessary equipment. They review HDU’s Operational Guidelines, personnel records, and training records. Those requirements and standards are subject to review by the FBI and other Bomb Squad commanders for the reaccreditation process every 5 years. The Evansville Police Department’s HDU recently completed this process and received their FBI accreditation again.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Former Junior Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan crowns her successor, Paige Aita, at the conclusion of the Junior Miss Pageant on the Ocean City Music Pier on Oct. 17, 2015. Paige Aita, a 15-year-old from Newtown, Pa., was crowned Junior Miss Ocean City on Saturday evening at the Ocean City Music Pier.Aita, who won the Little Miss Ocean City Pageant in 2012, performed a musical theater dance to “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from “Hairspray” and took top honors in the talent portion of the pageant.Junior Miss Ocean City is open to girls ages 12 to 15 who live in Ocean City, attend Ocean City schools or whose parents own property in Ocean City. Eleven contestants competed in categories including interview, talent, poise and composure and an on-stage question.The pageant includes more than $3,400 in scholarships and awards.Winners included:First runner up: Sophia TerrySecond runner up: Grace WebberThird runner up: Alanna PalomboFourth runner up: Mary Grace JamisonTalent Award: Paige AitaInterview: Abby BrennanOn-Stage Question: Paige AitaPoise & Composure: Paige AitaScholastic: Nora FaverzaniCongeniality: Grace WebberEvelyn Reed Spirit Award: Maddy RandazzoPhotogenic: Abby BrennanHostess: Robin AltmanCommunity Involvement: Alanna PalomboAita is the daughter of Lori and Daren Aita, and she has three sisters, including Little Miss Ocean City 2014-15 Hope Aita.Along with current Little Miss Ocean City Sarah Rodriguez and Miss Ocean City Shannon Wallace, Aita will represent the city at events throughout the year.