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Hancock County News Archives for 2020-11

Sunbeam has recalled 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker

Sunbeam has recalled more than 940,000 of their 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers, according to the manufacturer.


The recalled crock-pot can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked and may cause the lid to suddenly detach while the crock-pot is in use, allowing hot food and liquid to eject from the crock-pot and burn the user.


“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Crock-Pot in pressure cooker mode, but may continue to use for slow cooking and sautéing,” Sunbeam said. “Consumers should contact Crock-Pot immediately to obtain a free replacement lid.  Consumers who continue using the multi-cooker in pressure cooker mode while waiting for the replacement lid should be certain the lid is securely turned to the fully locked position by aligning the arrow on the lid with the lock symbol on the base.”


The crock-pots were sold in the U.S. at Walmart, Target, and other stores nationwide and on Amazon and other online retailers between July 2017 and Nov. 2020. 


The crock-pots were made between July 1, 2017 and Oct. 1, 2018 with date codes K196JN through K365JN and L001JN through L273JN. The date code is engraved on one of the prongs of the plug and on the bottom of the base.


Sunbeam says it has received 99 reports of burn injuries, ranging in severity from first-degree to third-degree burns.



A stormy Wednesday for portions of central Indiana

Strong to severe storms are possible between 2 and 8 pm Wednesday for most of central and southern Indiana.


“We’ll see a bit of a break around midday or into the early afternoon hours. As we get further along into the afternoon, a frontal boundary is going to move towards the area. We’ll see some additional showers and perhaps some thunderstorms develop along that front,” said Joe Nield, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. 


Nield said the storms are “extremely conditional,” meaning there are certain things that have to happen in order for them to be severe. Those could be unusually warm temperatures, breaks in the clouds, or high wind gusts.


“If we get that, then we may see a few strong to severe storms during that time frame with damaging winds as the primary threat. Potentially, there could be an isolated tornado because the low-level shear is so strong,” said Nield.


After 8 pm Wednesday, Nield said the rain moves out. Skies will be sunny and high temperatures will be in the 50s across Indiana for Thursday through Sunday.


“The next chance for precipitation comes on Sunday afternoon. We may see a snow shower Sunday night into Monday. We’re watching a system that, depending on how it develops, could bring us some snow. As of right now, there aren’t expectations for very much snow at this time,” said Nield.

High temperatures will drop into the 30s for much of the state next week. 

Crider: General Assembly kicks off 2021 session

State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) today gathered with fellow legislators at the Statehouse for Organization Day – the ceremonial start of the 122nd Indiana General Assembly.


Organization Day includes the swearing in of new and returning members of the General Assembly, including Crider, who take the formal oath of office to begin a new Senate term. This day also marks the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers and gives each Senate and House of Representatives caucus the opportunity to organize in preparation for the 2021 legislative session.


During the first session of each General Assembly, lawmakers craft a comprehensive budget to fund government services for the next two fiscal years.

"I'm humbled to be serving another term as the state senator representing Senate District 28," Crider said. "I'm ready to keep working on issues that matter most to the Hoosiers in our community and those that will have a positive impact on our state."


As the 2021 session gets underway, Crider encourages residents of Senate District 28 to contact him with any questions or comments they may have by email at Senator.Crider@iga.in.gov or by phone at 800-382-9467.

Greek's Pizzeria teams up with Greenfield's Wooden Bear Brewery

Greenfield residents who enjoy pizza are in for a treat.


Those are the words of Greek’s Pizzeria owner Danny Webb, who is in the process of finalizing the opening of Greek’s Pizzeria inside Wooden Bear Brewery, 21 West North St., Greenfield.


Webb, along with his business partner, Josh Trisler, are bringing back a staple in Greenfield as Greek’s Pizzeria served the Greenfield community previously in the 1980’s. According to Webb, Greek’s Pizzeria is an Indiana-only franchise whose roots date back to 1969 and is currently in 30 locations around the state.


He tells Giant FM the idea to open in Greenfield came as the result of looking for a pizza and beer concept.


“This new concept involves combining a local pizza option, Greek’s Pizzeria, with a local craft brewery that does not have a permanent food option in-house. Josh played high school football with one of the founders of Wooden Bear Brewery, so it was a logical first place to start this pizza plus beer model,” Webb said.


Webb said the restaurant will spend another week or so doing a “soft opening’ with limited hours for dine-in and carry-out.


“By mid-November, we expect to be fully open with delivery, carry out and dine-in options inside the Wooden Bear Brewery. It is also worth noting that Wooden Bear Brewery is a family-friendly space, so we are not just for craft beer drinkers. Coke products, wine and cider are also on the beverage menu to compliment our pizza, breadsticks, wings and salads,” Webb told Giant FM.


For anyone who hasn’t tasted Greek’s Pizzeria’s food, they are in for a treat Webb says.


“Being an Indiana-owned franchise allows each location to work directly with the founder of Greek’s Pizzeria to ensure that our recipes are up to the standards that have been developed for over 50 years. Each location also has the freedom to offer specials and site specific menu items that work for that location,” he said. 

Hancock Co. prosecutor will not seek criminal charges in Greenfield Granite case

A Hancock County business that was the scene of a death investigation earlier this fall caught a bit of a break recently from the Hancock County Prosecutor. 


Prosecutor Brent Eaton will not pursue criminal charges against the owners of Greenfield Granite Inc. However, he has sent all information to the Indiana attorney general's office, which was already in the midst of preparing a civil case against the company, which is alleged to have taken thousands of dollars from customers and never following through with work. 


A lawsuit was filed in September by Attorney General Curtis Hill's office seeking funds for more than a dozen customers. According to court documents, 16 families are listed as part of the state's lawsuit, alleging they paid Greenfield Granite money for memorial monuments and never received them. The lawsuit claims Greenfield Granite had been engaging in deceptive practices for two years.


In Hancock County, eight civil cases have been filed against the business with each plaintiff alleging they paid hundreds to thousands for a monument that was never received. 


Court records show that Greenfield Granite's former owner, Amie Strohl, was to have appeared in Hancock County Superior Court 2 for a civil case on the day she took her life at the business. Officers from the Greenfield Police Department ruled her death a suicide after locating a 50-year-old woman deceased at the business.