New sheriff = changes

New Hancock County Sheriff Bud Gray has made several changes to the department.  He’s placed deputies and dispatchers on 12-hour shifts and has put five new people in the department’s detective division.  The department’s K-9 unit is also being revived.

Teen held in burglaries

An Elwood High School student faces charges of robbing two Madison County businesses. Jason Mundy, 19, allegedly burglarized Steel Slitting and Venus Chocolate Shop. Police caught him after using a K-9 to track Mundy to his home, but then received reports of a juvenile threatening suicide several blocks away. The juvenile told police he and Mundy committed the crimes.

Blood program to change

Ball Memorial Hospital plans to close its blood bank this spring.  The Indiana Blood Center plans to open a clinic at Northwest Plaza next to Chuck E. Cheese by the end of May.  The change is the result of a partnership between the blood center and PA Labs, which operated the hospital’s blood bank in recent years.

MC back to normal

Classes resumed as scheduled Tuesday at Monroe Central Elementary School, just a couple of weeks after a small fire in the school’s art room.  Supt. Zach Rozelle says the cleanup of the smoke damage went well.  He hasn’t seen a bill on the cleanup yet, but says that insurance will cover nearly all of the expense, minus the deductible.