An Anderson man faces felony drug-related charges after investigators discovered more than 100 marijuana plants growing in his basement. 32-year old Rusty C. Rhoads is formally charged with possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance, both Class D felonies punishable by up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Madison County Drug Task Force Detective Jake Brooks obtained a search warrant for Rhoads home in the 700 block of West Third Street on Wednesday, according to the probable cause affidavit filed with the charges. When officers executed the warrant, they discovered Rhoads trying to hide behind a bedroom door. Officers could smell a strong odor of both burnt and raw marijuana inside the home. When they searched the house, they found 106 marijuana plants ranging in height from 6 inches to 4 feet in the basement, according to the affidavit.
Friends said the death Tuesday of former Grant County Deputy Coroner Kevin Evans would be felt throughout the area. The 35 year old Evans died Tuesday night from complications of sickle cell anemia. Co-workers said Evans’ compassion made him an excellent deputy coroner, a post he took in 2000. He served as chief deputy for two years under former Coroner Ron Mowery and also served under Jack Brady, who served as coroner from 1995 to 2003. Before joining the coroner’s office, Evans worked a summer job with Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service. Mark Storey, one of the funeral service’s owners, said he often worked with Evans while he was deputy coroner.
About 300 customers scattered throughout Grant County were without power, following Thursday mornings storms, according to Jim Riggle, spokesperson for Indiana Michigan Power. Electricity was lost shortly after 3 a..m. Thursday and restored shortly before 8 a.m. Riggle estimates a total of 1,000 customers were without power during the storm.
Fire caused at least $75,000 in damage Tuesday to the century-old Murray Theatre building in the Richmonds downtown. An electrical problem sparked the fire, although the exact cause was not immediately known, said Tom Shook, a Fire Department battalion chief. It’s estimated that it would take seven to 10 days for the building to be cleaned up and be ready by Sept. 7, when the groups production of West Side Story is scheduled to open. Theater board president Peter Zaleski said the group had received several offers of donated office space so it can resume day-to-day operations.
The Department of Local Government Finance has ordered a reassessment hearing on commercial and industrial property in Jay County. Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave made that announcement during a Thursday afternoon media briefing. Musgrave ordered hearings to review possible partial reassessments for five new counties Thursday Jay, Montgomery, Pike, Warren and Sullivan. Montgomerys reassessment would include commercial property only, while the other four counties all would include both commercial and industrial properties. In addition, Musgrave announced 15 other Indiana counties that had submitted adequate data and reassessments wont be necessary. Henry and Madison counties are included on that list. Delaware County briefly faced a possible order to reassess its industrial and commercial properties, later changed to an order to “review” the value of those properties.
A Muncie man was arrested Wednesday on drug-related charges. 35-year-old Brian Odell Coats was stopped near Main and Walnut Streets. He was originally stopped because of a broken tail light. But officers recognized him as a convicted felow. A search revealed a bag containing over seven grams of cocaine. He is being held without bond in the Delaware County Jail.
More mosquitoes in Delaware County have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The mosquitoes tested are from the fairgrounds. No human cases of the West Nile Virus has as yet been reported. However, the health department has been spraying for mosquitoes all summer to help control the population.
The death of a motorist on Tuesday was due to trauma resulting from the accident, not a pre-existing medical problem, as was originally thought. Delaware County Coroner James Clevenger said that a medical issue might have caused the crash, but the death of 80-year old George Miller was from injuries received.
Wednesday was the first day that students could return to the Ball state University campus. Nearly 6,000 students are expected to move into BSU’s residence halls before the end of the week. Helping students were volunteers known as the “Red Squad” as was all various fraternity members.
In light of recent toy recalls for products with lead based paint, there has been an increased number of requests for testing of children locallly, to check for lead in the bloodstream. According to the CHS’s pediatric center on Tillotson Avenue, there have been many more tests than in the past, screening children for possible problems related to l