Department adds deputies

The Blackford County Sheriff’s Department has two new members.  Travis Laurence and Jonathan Jinks were both recently deputized.  Laurence has completed the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and served both in the county jail as a corrections officer and with the Hartford City Police Department.  Jinks has been with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department for eleven years.

Boil order in effect

Chesterfield residents are under a boil water order.  Two water mains broke within a two-hour period on Sunday, forcing emergency repairs and the boil order.  Results from a water test should be back tomorrow.  Officials are investigating what caused both water mains to break at the same time, but suspect shifting ground.

Blowing in the wind

Research is under way in Jay County on the possibility of wind-generated power in this part of the state.  Clipper Windpower Development has erected a 164-foot tower on property owned by Mack and Beverly Nuckols.  The tower will likely be in place for five years while data is collected.

Woman allegedly tries to sneak drugs into prison

A woman who allegedly tried to smuggle drugs to an inmate at the Pendleton Correctional Facility faces charges.  Monica Glaspie. 44, of Jacksonville, Indiana is charged with trafficking to an inmate and possession of a controlled substance.  Officials accuse her with having ten tablet painkillers in her clothing, including Vicodin and Lortabs.

Elwood marks MLK Day

The first Elwood Love Walk Festival took place Monday in Elwood.  About 50 people participated in the walk to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Junior.  Organizers say they plan to be back again next year.

Deal reached in fatal crash

A wrongful death lawsuit against the son of Lewisville State Representative Tom Saunders has been settled out-of-court.  Olive Jackman, 92, will receive $250,000 from Andrew Saunders and the Elks Lodge that served him drinks the night he struck and killed Jackman’s son Thomas Jackman, 56.  The lodge won’t admit to any injuries suffered by Jackman during the accident.  Andrew Saunders is currently serving a four-year prison sentence stemming from criminal charges in the case.

Woman accosted outside mall

Marion police are investigating a reported attempted robbery outside the North Park Mall Sunday afternoon.  Police received a report of a suspicious person near the north end of the mall around 3:35 p.m.  About a half-hour later a woman reported an attempted robbery in the same area.  She told police a white male approached her and put a gun to her chest.  She screamed and the man fled.  He was described as 5’10”, about 180 pounds with light hair.

Missing man found safe

A Marion man missing since Friday morning was found Monday at a weigh station along I-70 near Richmond.  William Timmons, 75, was a little confused and dehydrated but otherwise okay.  Officials think Timmons’ car had run out of gas and had been sitting at the weigh station since Saturday.