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Bid to name part of I-69 after late Indiana officer stalls

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Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:01 pm

OAKLAND CITY — A state lawmaker says he's disappointed his colleagues haven't approved a resolution honoring a southwestern Indiana police officer killed in the line of duty.

Republican Sen. Jim Tomes of Wadesville is co-sponsoring a resolution that would name part of the new Interstate 69 extension after Oakland City police officer Michael Deno. The 24-year-old officer was fatally shot in February 2000 by a motorist he had pulled over.

I-69 between Indiana 64 and the Patoka River Bridge would be called the Officer Michael E. Deno Memorial Highway.

Tomes tells the Princeton Daily Clarion he's "disappointed" the resolution is stuck in the Senate's Homeland Security, Transportation & Veterans Affairs committee.

Tomes says he's been calling members of the committee in hopes that the resolution will get a hearing.