Yorktown Man Dies in Traffic Crash

A 34 year old Yorktown man was killed in an early Saturday morning traffic crash.   Jason L. Brown died in the crash at Delaware County Roads 400-South and 600-West.   Brown has left a Yorktown bar and restaurant just before the crash.   He is the 19th person to die in a Delaware County so far this year.   Drug and alcohol tests will be conducted in an effort to help determine the cause of the accident.

Delphi Workers Ratify Contract

Members of a union representing about 2,000 of Delphi Corp.’s hourly workers voted to ratify a new four-year contract with the auto parts supplier, the union said.   Seventy-five percent of International Union of Electronic Workers-Communications Workers of America members at locals with Delphi employees voted in favor of the deal, the union announced late Saturday.  In Indiana, Delphi has employees in Kokomo and Anderson.  Earlier last week, U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York approved the deal, so the contract goes in to effect immediately, the Communications Workers’ industrial branch said. A tentative deal had been reached Aug. 5 after the union warned of a possible strike if progress wasn’t made on talks.

Decision to be Made on Roundabout

Tonight’s the night when a decision will be made about the proposed roundabout at Jackson and Morrison.   Four different options have been proposed by traffic engineers and sent to the county commissioners.   One of them does not include a roundabout, but instead proposes widening the traffic and turn lanes at that busy intersection.   The commissioners will be meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Yorktown High School.

Scholars Program Students Not Officially Monitored

College students receiving tuition money from Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program pledge not to use drugs or alcohol, but the state doesn’t have a formal way to check on whether scholars keep their promise. The state spends million of dollars every year on the college tuition program for income-eligible students who must keep up their grades and file for financial aid. Students must also pledge not to use drugs or alcohol or commit crimes. Seana Murphy, director of the Office of 21st Century Scholars, said school counselors will sometimes inform the office of violations of the pledge, especially if students have been suspended for having drugs or weapons at school. Sometimes newspaper clippings of arrests are sent to the office, and parents have even reported their own children. One student was spotted in a newspaper photo with a beer in hand while tailgating at the Old Oaken Bucket game between Indiana University and Purdue University, she said.

Anderson Deputy Mayor Will Accompany Governor to Japan

Anderson Deputy Mayor Rob Sparks will head to Japan with Gov. Mitch Daniels next month.  At the beginning of August, Daniels announced he would lead a third trade trip to Asia Sept. 7- 14. Most of the trip will take place in Tokyo. Sparks and Ayako Yamamoto Girt, who is contracted with the city to work on economic development, will attend the 2007 Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference with the governor.  The trip will cost about $14,000 for both representatives. Sparks said the city is prepared to pay the entire bill, but he asked the Corporation for Economic Development, of which he is currently serving as interim director, to consider partial funding for the trip.

Anderson Man Faces Drug Charges

An Anderson man faces felony drug-related charges after investigators discovered more than 100 marijuana plants growing in his basement.  32-year old Rusty C. Rhoads is formally charged with possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance, both Class D felonies punishable by up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.  Madison County Drug Task Force Detective Jake Brooks obtained a search warrant for Rhoads’ home in the 700 block of West Third Street on Wednesday, according to the probable cause affidavit filed with the charges. When officers executed the warrant, they discovered Rhoads trying to hide behind a bedroom door.  Officers could smell a strong odor of both burnt and “raw” marijuana inside the home. When they searched the house, they found 106 marijuana plants — ranging in height from 6 inches to 4 feet — in the basement, according to the affidavit.

Former Grant County Deputy Coroner Dies

Friends said the death Tuesday of former Grant County Deputy Coroner Kevin Evans would be felt throughout the area.  The 35 year old Evans died Tuesday night from complications of sickle cell anemia.  Co-workers said Evans’ compassion made him an excellent deputy coroner, a post he took in 2000. He served as chief deputy for two years under former Coroner Ron Mowery and also served under Jack Brady, who served as coroner from 1995 to 2003. Before joining the coroner’s office, Evans worked a summer job with Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service. Mark Storey, one of the funeral service’s owners, said he often worked with Evans while he was deputy coroner.