New Hancock County Sheriff Bud Gray has made several changes to the department. Hes placed deputies and dispatchers on 12-hour shifts and has put five new people in the departments detective division. The departments K-9 unit is also being revived.
An April 23 trial date has been given to a Selma man accused with strangling his girlfriend to death two weeks ago. Justin Suits, 27, is accused with murder in the death of former Logansport resident Marva Rhea, 26.
The Blackford School Board chose its officers for this year Wednesday night. John Payne was elected board president, while Phil Jones was elected vice-president, Barb Grover treasurer and Sharon Bales assistant treasurer.
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.
The Anderson YMCA is taking applications for the Kids Zone before and after-school programs. Applications are available at all elementary schools and the YMCA downtown. The programs take the place of efforts by the now-defunct Family Network Agency.
Traffic signals are being installed at the I-69/State Road 18 interchange on Marions eastern edge. Officials say the signals should improve traffic flow and safety in the area.
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 hospitals blood bank in recent years.
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.
New Grant County Assessor Tami Martin has eliminated the position of supervisor for the reassessment department. It just so happens that job was held by Jerry Walters, the wife of former Assessor Jay Walters, who support Martins opponent in the primary election.
The clerk-treasurer for the town of Sheridan will step down at the end of the year. Connie Pearson says she wont seek another term in office.