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Traffic violation leads State Police to several pounds of Fentanyl

A traffic stop for following too closely led troopers to a major drug arrest.

An Indiana State Trooper noticed a Chevrolet passenger car following another vehicle too closely in the center lane of I-70 near Greenfield. The trooper pulled the vehicle over and identified the driver. Subsequent interaction with the driver and a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 15.8 pounds of what are believed to be Fentanyl laced pills and 4.4 pounds of pure Fentanyl hidden under the rear passenger seat. 

Felix Becerra Aguilera, 39, of California was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.  He was arrested on preliminary drug charges and transported to the Hancock County Jail. 

The Hancock County Prosecutor's Office filed the following charges:

  • Dealing in a Narcotic Drug Manufacture/Deliver/Finance - 10 or more grams - Level 2 Felony - I.C. 35-48-4-1(a)(2)
  • Possession of a Narcotic Drug - Level 3 Felony - I.C. 35-48-4-6(a)
  • Possession of Cocaine - Level 6 Felony - 35-48-4-6(a)

Becerra-Aguilera had his first court appearance Tuesday in Hancock Circuit Court where a judge granted the prosecutor's request for a $1,000,000 cash bond.

A pre-trial conference is set for December and a jury trial is set for March, 2022.

 

Crider named 2021 Public Elected Official of the Year

The National Association of Social Workers' Indiana Chapter (NASW-Indiana Chapter) recently presented State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) with the 2021 Public Elected Official of the Year Award.

 

"Sen. Crider has seen firsthand the intersection between the criminal justice system and behavioral health systems. This has helped guide his work in the General Assembly to author some of the most innovative changes to both systems," Katrina Norris, NASW-Indiana Chapter board president, said. "Sen. Crider is Indiana's behavioral health MVP!"

 

Crider received this award, in part, for legislation he authored and helped pass during the 2021 legislative session. Under Senate Enrolled Act 82, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, clinical addiction counselors and physician assistants can now diagnose and refer an individual to start mental health treatment. These professionals are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of practice under a licensed supervisor in order to diagnose mental health disorders.

 

Prior to the passage of SEA 82, professionals who met this requirement could only perform a diagnostic impression. A diagnostic impression evaluates the presenting problem, but does not include a diagnosis.

 

"In recent sessions, destigmatizing mental health and ensuring Hoosiers have access to safe and reliable mental health services has been one of my highest legislative priorities," Crider said. "I am honored to receive this recognition and will continue to be an advocate for improved mental health services for Hoosiers."

 

To learn more about bills Crider has authored and had passed into law, click here.

 

Hancock County's Tech Castings receives grant to implement robotics

A Hancock County business has been awarded a Manufacturing Readiness Grants.

 

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced the fourth round of awards totaling more than $2.8 million to 34 Indiana businesses in Manufacturing Readiness Grants to support a projected $17.4 million in technology-based capital investment in Indiana.

 

Tech Castings LLC was awarded a $171,500 grant award.  Tech Castings is a leading supplier of vacuum and air melt superalloy investment castings and pressurized ceramic core leaching services to aerospace companies. The company is implementing robotics in its shell room to increase capacity and quality while alleviating employees from lifting heavy items.
 
The Manufacturing Readiness Grants program was launched in 2020 to stimulate private sector investments to modernize Indiana’s manufacturing sector. Based on the program’s success, the Indiana General Assembly appropriated $20 million in additional funding to the two-year state budget that runs through June 30, 2023, to help position Hoosier operations for future growth and prosperity. Availability of the new funding on July 1, 2021, has enabled a total of 122 awards to date totaling nearly $9.7 million in grants to Hoosier companies in 50 counties, supporting technology-based capital investment projected to be more than $68.6 million. 

The 34 grant recipients in this round include companies from 22 Indiana counties and cover a wide range of specialties, including aerospace and defense, automotive, custom electronics and medical devices.
 

 

Greenfield native gains experience while interning with Lt. Gov. Crouch

Hancock County native Matthew Hankins is gaining experience as an intern with the office of Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch this summer.

 

Hankins, a resident of Greenfield, is the son of Kyle and Erin Hankins. A 2019 Cathedral High School graduate, he is attending Xavier University and majoring in marketing.

 

“Working with the Lieutenant Governor and her executive staff has been a great experience and an honor,” Hankins said. “I am so grateful to have this opportunity, learn more about Indiana and get a first-hand look at how state government operates.”

 

As a communications intern, Hankins assists the office by writing press releases and social media content, creating graphics, and assisting with research, scheduling and organizing events.

 

“I love meeting students from across Indiana,” Crouch said. “It has been a pleasure to meet Matt, learn more about him and have him help my office and I better serve Hoosiers. There is so much information to absorb at the Statehouse and I hope this experience will be one that will benefit him as he continues school and soon begins his professional career.”

 

Hankins will be a junior this fall at Xavier.

ISP Senior Trooper and Hancock County resident promoted to Sergeant

The Superintendent of the Indiana State Police, Douglas G. Carter, has announced the promotion of Senior Trooper Seth A. Tumey to the rank of Sergeant. 

 

Sergeant Tumey will serve within the Public Information Office as the Special Programs Coordinator and will oversee the Indiana State Police Youth Camp Program.

 

Tumey, who is originally from Franklin, is a 2000 graduate of Franklin Community High School. On July 8, 2007, he graduated from the 67th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was appointed as a Trooper and assigned to the Indiana State Police Post in Pendleton where he served for three years before being transferred to the Indianapolis Post.  During that time, Tumey served as a Counselor for the 74th,75th and 76th Indiana State Police Recruit Academies.

 

During his career, Tumey has served the Indiana State Police in the following disciplines:  Field Training Officer, Control Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor and Taser Instructor.

 

Tumey, his wife and three children are residents of Hancock County.

Two officers from Hancock Co. recognized for efforts to stop impaired driving

Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Executive Director Devon McDonald presented 65 Indiana police officers with the Traffic Safety All-Star Award for working to save lives and put a stop to impaired driving.

 

To qualify, the officer must have made at least 20 OWI arrests and participated in one of the state’s targeted enforcement campaigns during the previous year.

 

“I couldn’t be more grateful for the work these officers are doing to keep our roads and communities safe,” Gov. Holcomb said. “They’ve demonstrated their commitment day-in and day-out to curb impaired driving, and people are alive today because of their efforts. I want to congratulate these officers on their well-deserved, hard-earned achievement.”

 

In addition to the 65 officers, three individuals received the Leadership Award for aiding in the fight against impaired driving: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Detective Tim Abrams, Madison County Deputy Prosecutor Pete Beyel and Speedway Police Department Sergeant Mark Morgan, who recently passed away due to cancer.

 

In total, the officers recognized made 3,163 OWI arrests across Indiana in 2020.

 

The recipients were nominated by their departments as some of the top officers for OWI enforcement. In addition to their normal patrols, they often worked overtime picking up extra shifts during state and national enforcement periods – one of which is kicking off this week: the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization.

 

Now until Labor Day, more than 200 police agencies throughout the state will be increasing patrols and cracking down on drunk driving, which claims the lives of more than 10,000 people every year in the U.S. That’s approximately one person every 52 minutes or 28 per day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

In Indiana, drunk driving has been on the rise. Of the 898 traffic fatalities that occurred last year in the state, 151, or 17 percent, were alcohol related. That’s up from 130 in 2019. During Labor Day weekend alone, there were 12 fatal collisions with one involving a driver over the legal limit.

 

“Impaired driving continues to take a terrible toll on our state and nation,” McDonald said. “While these overtime patrols are effective and will undoubtedly save lives, we can’t enforce our way out of this issue. It’s up to everyone to drive sober and make smart choices behind the wheel.”

 

In Indiana, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. In addition, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to one year. Consequences of impaired driving can include thousands of dollars in legal fees, increased insurance rates, loss of license, a criminal record and possible jail time.

 

To avoid those, plan a safe and sober ride home before going out. Even if only one drink is consumed, designate a sober driver or plan to use a rideshare service, public transportation or taxi. Motorists that encounter a drunk driver on the road are encouraged to call 911.

 

Hancock Richard Vanosdol Hancock County Sheriff's Department 20  
Hancock Shawn Brady New Palestine Police Department 27  

$40 million master development coming to McCordsville Town Center

The Town of McCordsville’s Town Council approved a $40 million mixed-use development on 48 acres at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting.

 

The master development is the first step forward in the implementation of the Town Center Development Plan and will be anchored by McCord Square Apartments. Additional projects are planned for the new downtown district development.

 

“The Town of McCordsville has planned for the development of a town center for more than a decade,” said Barry Wood, Town of McCordsville Council President. “With the master development agreement substantially approved with Rebar Development, we are confident that McCord Square will become an economic driver for the area as well as meet critical needs of our growing community.”

 

Located on the southeast corner of Broadway Avenue (S.R. 67) and Mt. Comfort Road, the development, called McCord Square, is a partnership between the Town of McCordsville, Rebar Development, and Pride Investment Partners. McCord Square accomplishes many goals set forth in the Town Center Development plan, including the creation of a defined, vibrant downtown district with a unique identity. McCord Square will diversify the tax base and is expected to add $50 million in assessed value by 2025.

 

“Rebar Development worked closely with the Town of McCordsville to develop a comprehensive plan for the new town center that sets the standard for high-quality downtown development,” said Shelby Bowen, President of Rebar Development. “We are very excited to be a part of this transformational step forward in creating a town center in the heart of McCordsville and are ready to meet the demand for the first high-quality mixed-use project in Hancock County.” 

 

Also announced, the first project scheduled to break ground in the new downtown district, McCord Square Apartments will bring 206 modern apartment homes to the new downtown district. The apartment community will consist of two buildings on each side of the new Civic Green with one and two-bedroom units and luxury amenities, including a resort-style courtyard, work-from-home lounge, pet park and spa, wellness studio, indoor bike storage and large balconies with expansive views.

 

The first floor of the McCord Square Apartment community will consist of six 1,000 sq. ft. commercial studios with street-facing entrances. The new commercial studios are all-inclusive—sharing amenities with the apartment community—and will have flexible lease terms.

 

“We could not be prouder of our involvement in this groundbreaking achievement that will serve the residents of the Town of McCordsville, and surely be a top gathering place, for years to come,” said Stephanie White, President of Pride Investment Partners. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Rebar and the Town on this outstanding development.”

 

Plans for future development in the new downtown district align closely with the Town Center Development Plan including the creation of a community gathering space and new McCordsville Town Hall. The Civic Commons outdoor amphitheater, connectivity throughout downtown and to existing neighborhoods, and a new park create a destination for residents and visitors to live and recreate. In addition, McCord Square will eventually add townhomes, three-bedroom and two-bathroom bungalow cottages, 20,000 sq. ft. of retail/office/restaurant space, and a daycare.

 

Construction on the McCord Square Apartments is scheduled to begin in February of 2022 with an anticipated completion date of summer in 2023. For more information, please visit www.rebardev.com.

 

Hancock County resident, Sergeant Chris Lambert, promoted to Lieutenant

The Superintendent of the Indiana State Police, Douglas G. Carter, has announced the promotion of Sergeant Christopher J. Lambert to the rank of Lieutenant.

 

Lieutenant Lambert received his promotion through written testing and a competitive interview process.  In his new capacity, Lambert will serve as the Training Division Training Programs Coordinator and will oversee various components of the department’s In-Service Training Programs.  

 

Lambert, who is originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, is a 1989 graduate of North Vigo High School.  In 1993, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Indiana State University.  On December 4, 1994, he graduated from the 51st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was assigned to the Pendleton Post where he served as a road trooper for thirteen years. 

In 2007, Lambert was promoted to the rank of Sergeant to serve as the Firearms Program Coordinator in the Training Division.  In 2014 he was transferred to the Special Operations Command to serve as the Commander of the Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT). 

  

During his career, Lambert has completed several professional development courses, including the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board Senior Instructor Course and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Leadership Academy.  Lambert has served the Indiana State Police in the following disciplines:  Field Training Officer, Tactical Intervention Platoon, USRT Diving Officer, Firearms Instructor, Tactical Flight Officer, First Aid Instructor, and in 2009 was a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award.

 

Lambert and his wife have four children and are residents of Hancock County.

Greenfield woman killed in two-vehicle Brown County crash

A Greenfield woman was killed in a Brown County car crash on June 3.

 

Alison Jerrell was pronounced dead at the scene at the intersection of T.C. Steele Road and State Road 46. 

 

The two-vehicle crash happened about 10:00 pm that evening.  Andrew Sanders, of Indianapolis, was driving  a 2018 Ford Fusion and failed to stop at the intersection according to a release from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.  His car went into the path of a 2019 Ram 5500 driven by Billy Dobbs, of Elizabethtown.  Dobb’s truck hit the driver’s side of Sanders’ car.

 

Sanders was flown to IU Methodist for medical treatment.  A warrant will allow law enforcement to check Sanders’ toxicology results as part of its investigation.  There’s no word in the release if intoxicated driving is believed to be a factor.

 

Dobbs also submitted to tests as part of the investigation.  He was treated at Columbus Regional.

 

INDOT to close portion of SR 9 for pavement project

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close a portion of State Road 9 for construction. 

 

SR 9 will close between Mackenzie Road and U.S. 40 in both directions. The closure is scheduled to begin on June 7, weather permitting. The road is scheduled to reopen in the beginning of August. 

 

Crews will be patching and repaving the road during the closure. Please plan ahead and know your alternate route. Plan some extra time to get around the closure, especially in the first few weeks.

Bees cause Southern Hancock elementary to close Wednesday

Covid, weather, maybe even an electrical or water issue are at the top of the list for reasons schools close for a day.  Not commonly on that list - bees.

 

The Southern Hancock Schools announced that Brandywine Elementary would be closed today after a large beehive was discovered.  The bees have been contained and aren't considered to be a threat to the public but the school system played it safe by closing the elementary for today, May 26.

 

The rest of the Southern Hancock is open Wednesday.

 

 

 

INDOT to close ramps on State Road 9 for construction

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close ramps on State Road 9 to and from I-70 for construction work. 

 

The ramp closures will occur the next three weekends: April 30 - May 3, May 7-10 and May 14-17. Ramps will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday. 

 

Crews will be installing concrete center islands on some of the ramps and on State Road 9. This is a safety feature that will separate traffic as they exit onto S.R. 9. 

 

Ramp Closures

  • I-70 EB to SR 9 NB 
  • SR 9 NB & SB to I-70 EB 

Sinkhole develops in Greenfield traffic / road construction area

The Greenfield Police Department has issued the following regarding a traffic situation that has developed in a construction zone on the city's south side:

 

A sinkhole has opened up in the 800 block of South State Street at the entrance of the Waste Water treatment plant. This section of the street is already under a "soft closure" due to the ongoing construction, but it will now become a "hard closure."

 

No traffic will be able to get through this section of the street. For reference, this is in front of the old Florida Cracker restaurant. The street will be closed at this location only.

 

If you live between Tague Street and the Florida Cracker, you will be able to use Tague Street to get to State Street. You will also be able to access the cemetery and all businesses within that section from Tague Street.

 

This hard closure is expected to last until at least Friday afternoon.

Two children injured when their bicycle failed to stop and struck a vehicle in Greenfield

A bicycle being ridden by two children struck a moving vehicle in Greenfield.

 

Greenfield Fire Territory and Greenfield Police responded to the accident scene about 7:30 pm Thursday in the 100 block of Pratt Street.  Greenfield Police say one of the children was sitting on the handlebars as they rode in an alley way.  The bike failed to stop before entering onto Pratt Street and struck the back driver’s side fender of a moving pickup. 

 

The driver of the truck was Jacob Peck of Greenfield.  Peck immediately stopped and aided the children, ages 11 and 14.  Both were transported to Riley Hospital for Children.  No further information has been made available on their conditions.

 

The Hancock County Fatal Accident Crash Team (FACT) is handling the investigation.

 

 

 

INDOT to use crossovers for I-70 deep patching work in Hancock Co.

The Indiana Department of Transportation will be working on a deep patching project for approximately 5 miles on I-70 EB & WB beginning near CR 400 E and going to SR 109.

 

Crews are building the crossover throughout the end of April and beginning of May. Traffic will be shifted over onto the shoulder, with 2 lanes open in each direction. 

 

Phase 1

The crossover will begin after Memorial Day. I-70 EB lanes will be closed and all traffic will be shifted into the WB lanes, with one lane in each direction.

 

During Phase 1, the SR 109 EB ramps will be closed. The SR 109 ramp to I-70 WB will also be closed. Traffic will still be able to exit at SR 109. 

 

This phase is scheduled to open up in mid-July to prepare for Phase 2.

 

Phase 2

Phase 2 is scheduled to begin at the end of July.

 

During Phase 2, traffic will be shifted into a crossover on the I-70 EB lanes, with one lane in each direction. I-70 WB lanes will be completely closed. 

 

Also during this phase, the SR 109 WB ramps will be closed. The SR 109 ramp to I-70 EB will also be closed. Traffic will still be able to exit at SR 109.

 

This phase is scheduled to open up before Labor Day.

 

During construction, the public can also take a signed alternate route. That will be Mt. Comfort Rd to US 40 to SR 3. 

 

All construction work is weather dependent. 

City of Greenfield no longer requires masks

The City of Greenfield will no longer require masks to be worn in public offices or for public employees to wear masks while performing their duties.

 

A statement from Mayor Fewell regarding COVID19 mask mandate

 

INDOT to resurface US 40 in Greenfield

The Indiana Department of Transportation is closing lanes of U.S. 40 for a resurfacing project near Greenfield.

 

Lanes will be resurfaced on U.S. 40 in both directions between 400 East and Monroe Street. Flaggers will be used to take vehicles through the construction in one lane. Watch for crews on the side of the road and be prepared to stop.

 

Construction started in the beginning of April and all lanes are scheduled to be open by the end of June, weather permitting.

 

The work will continue to take place between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. for minimal impact on traffic. Local access will still be available to motorists.

Greenfield Police Chief Rasche to retire

Greenfield Police Chief Jeff Rasche announced in the following letter his intention to retire.  The letter was published on the Greenfield Police Department Facebook page.

 

 

Man airlifted from motorcycle-Jeep accident on Mt. Comfort Rd

A motorcycle rider was airlifted from a Hancock County accident scene Tuesday afternoon after a collision with a Jeep.

 

According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, the Jeep involved was northbound on Mt. Comfort Road near 900 North and the motorcycle was being driven southbound just after 3:30 pm.  The initial investigation indicates the Jeep turned into the path of the motorcycle.

 

There are no names as of this report.  Family of the motorcycle rider was being sought.  He was airlifted to St. Vincent in Indianapolis.

 

The juvenile driver of the Jeep was not injured and cooperated with law enforcement at the scene.

Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the accident.

Hancock County's Pennsy Trail receives grant to complete trail gap

Hancock County's Pennsy Trail will receive funds for key project to add to trail.

 

Governor Holcomb and Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Bortner announced 18 communities and non-profit organizations will receive a combined $29.6 million for 70 miles of new trail development as a part of the second round of the Next Level Trails program.

 

Combined with the 17 projects announced as part of the first round in May 2019, the Next Level Trails program has awarded $54.3 million in funding for more than 112 miles of trail throughout Indiana.

 

$670, 803 will go to add 1.32 miles of asphalt trail to the Pennsy Trail system in western Hancock County, completing a gap in the trail between C.R. 600 W and C.R. 500 W.  The project is part of the statewide National Road Heritage Trail and is an important step toward completing the trail between Cumberland and Greenfield.

 

The trail is named for the corridor of the former Pennsylvania Railroad. Pennsy Trails of Hancock County is a key partner in the project.

 

Next Level Trails is the largest infusion of trails funding in state history. The $90 million grant program is divided into two components: a $70 million fund for regional projects and a $20 million fund for local projects.

 

The grants awarded in the second round include 10 regional projects and eight local projects.

DNR received second-round applications for 62 projects in 36 counties, requesting a total of more than $93 million for more than 158 proposed miles of hiking, biking and riding trails.

 

Next Level Trails is part of Gov. Holcomb's $1 billion Next Level Connections infrastructure program, which accelerates the completion of major highway projects, expands access to rural broadband services and pursues the expansion of rail projects in northwest Indiana.

 

Gov. Holcomb and the DNR also announced details of the third round of Next Level Trails. A total of $35 million will be available, including $25 million for regional projects and $10 million for local projects. Applications will be accepted starting Nov. 1 and are due to the DNR by Dec. 1.

 

 

 

Greenfield Main Street awarded funds

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced 15 Indiana Main Street programs are receiving grants through the Taking Care of Main Street program totaling $205,000This second round was created to encourage and support advanced programs looking to implement mid- to long-term recovery strategies related to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In August 2020, 40 Indiana Main Street organizations each received $5,000 through the first round of the program.

 

Eligible expenses could include salaries, administrative/consultant fees, space/equipment rental or staff development and training. For more program information, visit in.gov/ocra/mainstreet/taking-care-of-main-street.

 

Greenfield Main Street, Inc. is awarded $15,000 for the program director’s salary expenses and to assist with special COVID-19 friendly event programs throughout the year.

Traffic violation becomes drugs, gun arrest

A man from Louisiana ran a stop sign, so police pulled him over in Knightstown, and found more than a passenger in his car. 

 

Brandon Robichaux was arrested on Sunday after police found two guns, prescription drugs, syringes, marijuana and eight bags of ecstasy, said the Muncie Star Press.

 

He admitted to police the ecstasy, and other drugs were his, but he wasn't a dealer. 

 

His passenger, Thomas Kietun, from Hagerstown, admitted to taking ecstasy, but also warned police he was an acquaintance of a recently elected Henry County official and he would be "making a call."

Robichaux was charged with dealing, multiple possession charges, carrying a gun without a license, and more. 

 

Kietun was charged with possession, carrying a gun without a license, and visiting a common nuisance. 

Ruling against Greenfield Granite to seek restitution

The saga of a Greenfield business that was the scene of a death investigation and a lawsuit by Indiana's attorney general has come to a close this month. 

 

A civil case against Greenfield Granite has been decided, as Hancock County Court Commissioner Cody Coombs ruled for the state, awarding over $379 thousand to the state. 

 

In a four-page summary judgement, Coombs noted that representatives of Greenfield Granite never responded to the charges and ruled the business committed an unfair, abusive or deceptive act against its own customers, who paid for headstones that were never received. 

 

With the ruling, the office of the Indiana Attorney General can take whatever steps needed to recover property, which Coombs directed to be liquidated or distributed in hopes of using the proceeds to make restitution. 

 

Furthermore, Coombs awarded $5,000 per violation to be paid by the business. Also, any cremains located on the property are to be turned over to local authorities for identification and to be returned to the family. 

 

The business was the scene of a death investigation on Sept. 8, as former owner Amie Strohl took her life at the business.

 

At the time of her death, Strohl was under investigation by the Greenfield Police Department as several complaints were filed regarding payment for services that were never rendered. 

 

Shortly after Strohl's suicide, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that they had engaged in deceptive practices for two years. 

 

Court records show that Strohl was to have appeared in Hancock County Superior Court 2 for a civil case on the day she took her life. 

Virtual learning at Mt. Vernon calls for day outdoors

It's a snow day for a school in Hancock County, meaning all kids are home for virtual learning, but instead of working on a computer all day they've asked their students to grab their snow shoes.

 

Mt. Vernon Community Schools Superintendent Jack Parker said students only have one new assignment.

 

Step one, students have to use the scientific process and plan an outfit that will keep them warm and dry while playing outside.

 

"Once this hypothesis has been secured, students will be expected to test their theory by going outdoors and playing in the snow," said Parker. 

 

Step two, students will be practicing their skills of estimations and measurements by throwing snowballs at each other, the catch they have to stay six feet apart. 

 

If they happen to get hit with a snowball, it's time to practice their social skills and use good words to express themselves. 

 

For the kids that aren't feeling well, Parker said their assignment is to rest and drink plenty of fluids. 

 

"Students will self-report their grades to their teachers tomorrow during our regular virtual-learning day," he said. "Teachers have the option to not record this as a graded assignment."

He said students can also earn extra credit by helping shovel sidewalks and driveways. 

Greenfield woman killed in crash with wrong-way driver on I-65

A Greenfield woman was killed Monday night in a crash on I-65 in Boone County, according to the Lebanon Police Department.

 

According to police, Nicole Watson, 22, of Greenfield, was traveling north on I-65 when she was struck head on by Bill Rainwater, 83, of Indianapolis. Rainwater was traveling south on the wrong side of the interstate. 

 

Officers had already begun pursuit of a vehicle heading the wrong way when the accident happened.

 

Watson was pronounced dead at the scene. All northbound lanes of I-65 were closed as a result of the crash. 

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