Taylor Faculty, Staff and Students to Do Community Service Project

Taylor University faculty, staff, and students will participate in Community Plunge, a service project for the Upland community, on Thursday. The first Community Plunge was in 1993 and originally was part of Taylor’s freshman orientation program and has since been expanded to include volunteers from the rest of the student body as well as the faculty and staff.  Community Plunge begins at 9 a.m., and ends at 4 p.m.  Roughly 500 Taylor University students, faculty and staff members will form the nucleus of the effort.  During the Plunge, workers will fan out through the Upland community participating in service projects ranging from the painting of fire hydrants, curbs and trash barrels, to general pick-up and trash removal.

Senator Lugar to Speak at Ethanol Plant Opening

Sen. Richard Lugar will be the keynote speaker during the grand opening of Marion’s Central Indiana Ethanol (CIE) plant on Saturday, Sept. 15.  One of the nation’s foremost proponents of the biofuels industry, Lugar is a champion of the need for America to become more energy-independent.  CIE Board Chairman Steve Berry said that support and interest from the community and area have been very positive, and that he’s looking forward to the public getting a firsthand look at the new facility.

Plea Agreement Reached in Securities Scam

A Superior Court judge accepted a Lapel man’s guilty plea agreement Monday in an investment fraud case.   46-year old Jerry K. Scott bilked a group of Madison County senior citizens out of some $545,000 between 2003 and 2005 with an investment fraud scheme. Under the plea agreement, Scott will serve no more than three years in prison, but will be remanded to the courts for a total of 16 years. Scott was charged with 30 “white collar” crimes, including fraudulent sale of securities, a Class C felony, and acting as an unregistered investment adviser, a Class C felony.   However, Scott, as part of the pleas, was found guilty of only 11 counts of fraudulent sale of securities, and one count of acting as an unregistered investment adviser. Scott will be sentenced Feb. 25, 2008 — Superior Court Judge Dennis Carroll agreed to postpone the sentencing for six months to give Scott more time to pay restitution to his victims.

Anderson Controller Leaving Post

Anderson City Controller Morris Long announced Monday that he will leave his city position to take a job in the private sector.  Long’s last day will be Sept. 5. Jim Steele, former city controller under Thomas McMahan’s administration, will take Long’s position until a replacement is found, which could be after the Nov. 6 election. Long will start working as an administrator for a growing hospital group near Plymouth. Steele also served as city controller in Indianapolis.  Long is one of the highest-paid city employees. In August 2006, he received a $21,000 raise, capping his salary at $88,321, more than Mayor Kevin Smith’s $82,000 salary. Long said he would receive a substantial pay raise after moving into the private sector.

Private Pilot Lands at Wrong Airport

A pilot making his first solo flight in a private plane made an unauthorized landing at Indianapolis International Airport Sunday afternoon.  Airport police officers surrounded the Cessna aircraft after it landed on a runway at 3:37 p.m., minutes before the Navy’s Blue Angels were scheduled to take off from a nearby runway for their performance in the Indianapolis Air Show.   69-year old pilot Keith J. Sharpe told airport police he thought he was landing in Lafayette and had been attempting to make radio contact with Lafayette’s control tower during his landing.  Police told him he violated federal rules and could be charged for violating FAA airspace regulations, according to a police report.

Redkey Clerk-Treasurer to Plead Guilty

The former Redkey Clerk-Treasurer is expected to plead guility today to one count of forgery.   If 53-year old Brenda Adkins does so, it’s expected that five Class B felony charges of failure to deposit public funds will be dismissed.   If the deal is accepted by judge Brian Hutchison, it could result in a prison sentence of up to eight years and a fine of $10,000.    Adkins has already reimbursed the town for $40,000 in missing funds.

Anderson Residents Lose Power for Two Days

A rural neighborhood west of Anderson’s city limits was without power for nearly two days after a Friday night storm downed a power line, residents say.  Power was restored Sunday afternoon after the power line and some electrical equipment were repaired, said Indiana Michigan Power spokesman Jim Riggle. Lincoln Road resident Penny Willis said Sunday that power had been out in her neighborhood — on County Road 500 West between Indiana 32 and Eighth Street Road — since 7:30 p.m. Friday.  Willis said that Indiana Michigan Power kept pushing back a time for the problem to be fixed, and told some residents that power wouldn’t be back until Tuesday.