Delaware County – Number One In Meth Labs

Delaware County has more discovered meth labs in the state than any other county, according to Prosecutor Jeffrey Arnold. He told state legislators Monday that 234 meth labs were found in the county. Arnold said the state should make the over-the-counter medication used to make meth a prescription medication, to control the amount consumers can acquire.

Legal Woes Continue For Former Mayoral Candidate

Former Elwood mayoral candidate Carl “Fast Eddie” Cooper, released from prison in December, is now waiting to learn if his current residence is in violation of state law. The Herald Bulletin reports that the legal question surrounds a convicted sex offender residing within 1,000 feet of a school and whether his conviction was before the state law was enacted.

Middletown Man Gets In-Home Detention

A Middletown man who pleaded guilty in December to child molestation has been sentenced to four years of in-home detention. 43-year-old Jonathan L. Sims was arrested in May. He entered into an agreement Dec. 16 to plead guilty to Level 4 felony child molesting, after initially denying the charges.

Lawmakers Look At Indiana Voucher System

A proposed law could make it even easier to send your child to a school that’s best for him or her. It all has to do with state money, and parents deciding where it should go. Right now, if a child enrolls in the public school – that school gets a certain amount of money. Thanks to Indiana’s voucher law, parents who meet certain income requirements can take that money and use it for a private school for their child. The law being considered right now would expand that.

Indiana’s December Unemployment Report

Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.4 percent in December, marking a 1.5 percent decrease over the past year. The Hoosier labor force also maintained a positive trend, gaining more than 10,000 individuals in December. December also marks the twentieth month in a row that Indiana’s labor force participation rate has exceeded the national rate.

Winchester man posing as cop facing more serious charges

In Winchester, a man who allegedly posed as a police officer and detained four teenagers who were on private property has charges against him enhanced. 41-year-old Kory Tracy was arrested last February. Police say the teens were parked on the lot of LT Truck Sales on U.S. 36 in Modoc after attending a dance in Winchester to allow the driver to take a brief nap. Tracy is accused of detaining the teens while armed with a handgun, and told them he was a reserve Muncie police officer. He’s now facing four level 3 felonies, each carrying a 16-year prison sentence. His trial next month has been rescheduled for June 15th.

Delaware County has most meth labs in 2015

Delaware County has more discovered meth labs in the state than any other county, according to Prosecutor Jeffrey Arnold. He told state legislators yesterday that 234 meth labs were found in Delaware County, followed by 70 meth labs in Noble County last year, that’s nearly three times as many. Arnold said the state should make the over-the-counter medication used to make meth a prescription medication, to control the amount consumers can acquire. Arnold also said the legislators should “stand up to the pharmaceutical companies who only have a fiscal interest” in the meth crisis.

Suspicious device destroyed by Bomb Squad

Whatever the Delaware County Bomb Squad blew up yesterday on White River Blvd. looked suspicious, but it wasn’t a bomb. A black device with a microphone and wires hanging from it and emitting high-pitched beeps was found on a bench Monday afternoon. The road was closed for a couple of hours. The Bomb Squad responded and blocked off the area, deployed a robot to blow it up, but that apparently failed. Finally, a bomb squad member dressed in protective gear was able to place a charge near it and it was destroyed. No word today on what the bomb squad thinks it was, or who may have placed it there.