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Franklin man, Southport PD officer, arrested for criminal confinement and neglect of a dependent

An investigation that began in in mid-January has led to the arrest of a Franklin man on the charges of Criminal Confinement and Neglect of a Dependent, both level 6 Felonies.

 

On January 9, 2020, a staff member at Franklin High School was made aware of a situation that occurred off school property involving a 15 year old student. That staff member immediately reported the information to the Department of Child Services who subsequently started an investigation into the matter. DCS contacted the Franklin Police Department who then turned the case over to the Indiana State Police when it was determined the alleged crime occurred in Marion County. 

 

According to state police detectives, Timothy Hayes Jr., 37, who at the time was a reserve police officer for the Southport Police Department, allegedly utilized his position as a police officer for an attempted scare tactic for his 15 year old son. Hayes Jr. allegedly left his son handcuffed and unattended in an intake holding area at the Southport Police Department for more than thirty minutes. Hayes Jr. then drove his son, who was still handcuffed, to the Adult Processing Center for the Marion County Jail and parked in an area designated for police vehicles, however neither Hayes Jr. nor his son exited the vehicle. Hayes Jr. then drove back to his home in Franklin. 

 

Indiana State Police detectives presented the results of their investigation to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office. Prosecutors reviewed the case and subsequently issued an arrest warrant for Timothy Hayes Jr. on February 24th, 2020. Earlier this morning, Hayes Jr. turned himself into the Marion County Jail.  

 

The Southport Police Department has been fully cooperative with this investigation. The police chief has placed Hayes Jr. on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. 

All crimes mentioned in this release are alleged and all suspects named are considered innocent until and unless proven guilty in the court of law.

Search suspended, Prather named president of Franklin College

The Franklin College Board of Trustees has announced the suspension of its presidential search and the naming of current Acting President Kerry N. Prather as president, effective immediately.

 

“The Franklin College Board of Trustees recognizes that Kerry Prather’s steady hand, transparent communication style and committed servant leadership are needed during this time of transition to keep the college focused on the important work of doing what is best for students,” said Board of Trustees Chairman James V. Due. “The campus community and our alumni enthusiastically greeted Kerry’s appointment as acting president, and today’s announcement reflects the board’s confidence in his abilities and leadership.”

 

Prather was appointed acting president effective January 14, 2020.

 

“This is a very special place to me and to our family. At Franklin, our priorities are the students we are preparing and the faculty and staff who are creating paths for their success,” President Prather said. “We will all work together as we pursue opportunities and confront challenges, always with our students as the focus of our efforts.”

 

Prather, who has served Franklin College in various capacities for 38 years, is a well-known and respected figure on campus. He began his career at Franklin in 1982 as an assistant men’s basketball coach, was promoted to head coach in 1983 and took on the additional role of athletic director in 1990. For much of that time, he was also an executive leadership representative on Franklin’s President’s Cabinet. In addition to his most recent roles, he previously served as acting vice president for administration and acting vice president for enrollment management. He is a graduate of Indiana University with an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s degree in education.

 

Franklin terminated the employment of its previous president, Thomas J. Minar, in January 2020.

 

Franklin will renew its presidential search in March 2021 with a goal of selecting a president to take office during the summer of 2022. The college will again use Isaacson, Miller as its presidential search firm.

Snow on the way

All of this rain in central Indiana will eventually turn to snow, but how much will we get?

 

Mike Ryan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service says it all depends on where you live.

 

The northern half of the state is under a Winter Storm Watch late tonight and all day Wednesday.

 

"Indianapolis is not included in the watch, but locations in the north metro -- Boone and Hamilton counties -- and points north of there are under the watch," Ryan said.

 

He says the Indy metro will see the most snow on Wednesday afternoon and during the evening commute, with totals reaching 1-3 inches.

 

The more north you go, the more snow you'll see.

 

"North central Indiana, places like Lafayette and Kokomo, will get around 3 to 5 inches," Ryan said. "6 to 8 inches, maybe even higher, as you get up towards Rensselaer, Rochester, and definitely South Bend and towards the Chicagoland area."

 

On the flip side, southern Indiana will see less amounts. Ryan says Bloomington and Columbus might see an inch of snow, but cities and towns along the Ohio River Valley might not see any, as temperatures should stay warm enough to keep any precipitation as rain.

INDOT to close portion of U.S. 52 on March 2 to replace bridge

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close a portion of U.S. 52 to replace the bridge over West Little Sugar Creek. 

 

The closure is scheduled to begin on March 2. Contractors will close both directions of U.S. 52 between CR S 600 W and CR S 550 W.

 

The portion of U.S. 52 will be closed for 120 days as contractors replace the bridge. 

 

During the closure, drivers are encouraged to take the detour route. The official detour will be I-465 NB to U.S. 40 EB to S.R. 9 SB back to U.S. 52. 

Silver Alert: Lester Burbrink, Columbus

The Columbus Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Lester Burbrink, an 81 year old white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 230 pounds, gray hair with brown eyes, last seen wearing a light gray or brown jacket, dark hat, and driving a gold 2011 Toyota Sienna van with Indiana license plate RMY591.

 

Lester is missing from Columbus and was last seen on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 3:30 pm. He is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.

 

If you have any information on Lester Burbrink, contact the Columbus Police Department at 812-379-1689 or 911.

Do you want to sign to save Indiana Beach?

A petition to save Indiana Beach.

 

The petition, started by a man named Dustin Springer, has collected more than 24,000 signatures in just two days.

 

Springer's petition is aimed at park owner Apex Parks Group, which closed Indiana Beach earlier this week.

 

You can find the petition at change.org.

 

 

Indiana DNR hiring conservation officers

The Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement is looking to fill Indiana Conservation Officer (ICO) positions across the state with highly motivated, outdoor-centered individuals.

 

Anyone interested in a career as an ICO should first read “Becoming a Conservation Officer” at dnr.IN.gov/lawen for and complete the pre-screening test at dnr.IN.gov/lawenfor/9801.htm.  Completion of the pre-screening test by midnight Feb. 28 is required to be considered for the 2020 hiring process, which starts in early March.

 

To be qualified to pass the pre-screening test, you must be a U.S. citizen; be 21 years old by April 16, 2021; and have an associate’s degree from an accredited college or completed 60 hours toward a bachelor’s degree, or have four years full time active military service with an honorable discharge by Sept. 21, 2020. You must be able to pass minimum Indiana Law Enforcement Academy physical fitness requirements as listed at ilea.IN.gov/2338.htm.

 

ICOs are fully recognized Indiana police officers who enforce and uphold all DNR rules and regulations as well as all other Indiana state laws. ICOs spend the majority of their time enforcing fishing and hunting regulations, conducting marine boat patrol on Indiana’s waterways, and patrolling DNR properties to keep them safe and family friendly.

 

In addition to traditional law enforcement work, ICOs also engage in many specialty areas, including Scuba, K-9, search and rescue, swift water rescue and many more.

Indiana Beach closing after 94 years

Indiana Beach amusement park has closed after operating for 94 years in White County. The park closed for good Tuesday afternoon, confirmed White County Economic Development Director Randy Mitchell to WLFI TV.

 

Apex Parks Group, which operates 20 other parks, decided to close the park after it could not find a buyer.

 

The decision was financial, according to the company's vice president.

 

The park has been sold at least twice, the last time in 2015. It was opened by the Spackman family in 1926.

 

The future of all park employees was not clear Tuesday.

Search continues for missing Hope woman

The Hope Police Department is still investigating the disappearance of Donna Mitchell.
 
Mitchell was the subject of a statewide Silver Alert.
 
On the department's Facebook page, Hope Police have asked that anyone who lives along Decatur County Line Road, 700S and 60 SW, that have cameras that face the road contact Hope PD to view any video that may help in their investigation.
 

Mitchell is a 57 year old white female, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 115 pounds, brown hair with brown eyes, last seen wearing glasses, a tan Carhartt jacket, blue jeans with a flower decal on the pant leg.

 

She is believed to be driving a maroon 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer and front bumper is hanging by a coat hanger with Indiana license plate 902QAK.

 

Donna is missing from Hope and was last seen on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm.  She is believed to be in danger and may require medical assistance. 

 

If you have any information on Donna Mitchell, contact the Hope Police Department at 812-546-4015 or 911.

 
 

Silver Alert: Woman reported missing from Hope

A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared.

 

The Hope Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Donna Mitchell, a 57 year old white female, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 115 pounds, brown hair with brown eyes, last seen wearing glasses, a tan Carhartt jacket, blue jeans with a flower decal on the pant leg.

 

She is believed to be driving a maroon 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer and front bumper is hanging by a coat hanger with Indiana license plate 902QAK.

 

Donna is missing from Hope and was last seen on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm.  She is believed to be in danger and may require medical assistance. 

 

If you have any information on Donna Mitchell, contact the Hope Police Department at 812-546-4015 or 911.

School delays for Thursday, Feb 13

This list will be updated as we proceed through the morning.

 

As of 6:10 am, the following school corporations have reported that they are on a 2-hour delay.

 

Greenfield – Central

Southern Hancock

Eastern Hancock

Mt. Vernon Community

Shelbyville Central

Southwestern Consolidated

Northwestern Consolidated – Shelby Co.                  Child care at 8:30 am

Shelby Eastern

Mays Community Academy 

Rush County Schools 

Greensburg

 

Shelby Senior Services offices will open at 8:00am.  The Horizon Center has a 2-hour delay

 

 

 

 

BBB warns consumers to be wary of coronavirus scams

Consumers need to be skeptical of emails and websites promoting coronavirus prevention products and tips. Phishing emails are unsolicited messages that request personal information or money from the intended victim and are expected to rise significantly as the virus spreads. They often are a precursor to identity theft. 

 

Media reports on the outbreak of coronavirus (2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV) in the Wuhan region of China already have prompted a social media scam targeting Chinese-Australian citizens in Wuhan with a phony online evacuation form, according to a report by Australia’s ABC news outlet.

 

During the 2009 swine flu epidemic, McAfee Avert Labs, an online security company, reported that messages promoting virus treatment and prevention, or otherwise sensationalizing the outbreak, accounted for 2 percent of all spam sent in the days following the first media reports of the outbreak. And various websites promoted “survival guides,” masks, prevention tips and treatments, most of them of little value in fighting flu. 

 

Free information on the virus, the outbreak and preventive measures is available on the?Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

 

BBB offers the following advice to avoid coronavirus-related scams: 

 

  • Avoid opening e-mail from an unknown source. Do not click on links in the body of the e-mail or open any attachments. Instead, delete the e-mail. If you suspect that it is a scam, report it to BBB Scam Tracker. 

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  • Disregard online offers for vaccinations. Vaccinations?against coronavirus do not exist. For more information on the virus and updates on progress in fighting the outbreak, go to the CDC’s website at cdc.gov

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  • Make sure the antivirus and anti-malware programs on your computer are up to date?and all operating system security patches have been installed. If your computer becomes infected as the result of a spam e-mail about coronavirus, you can report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at?www.ic3.gov

Owens throws support to Myers in Democrat governor's race

Shelbyville native Josh Owens has announced that he has suspended his campaign for governor.

 

Owens, 34, has pulled from the race for the Democratic nomination and says he will support Dr. Woody Myers.

 

Owens published the following statement:

 

I got into this race because I believe Indiana needs a bigger, bolder, more inclusive vision for every Hoosier, one not rooted in our last 200 years, but in our next 200. Over the past several months, we've earned the support and trust of thousands of Hoosiers who agree.

 

During this primary, I've had many discussions with Dr. Woody Myers about the future of Indiana and the desperate need for new leadership in the Governor's office. While we have some differences, I'm encouraged that like me, he's not a career politician. Dr. Myers brings an outsider's perspective to our politics, which is urgently needed.

 

One of the things Dr. Myers and I have agreed on is the need to avoid a divisive Democratic Primary. As of today, I will be suspending my campaign and supporting Dr. Myers as he becomes the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor.

 

Our state needs a champion for public school teachers and students in every community. Our state needs a leader who will act on universal background checks and climate change innovation. And our state needs an executive who will protect all Hoosiers, and one who represents the diversity of our great state and will bring new inclusive voices to the table.

 

Dr. Myers has the experience, the background, and the vision for success that Indiana deserves. I am proud to be supporting him as he takes our fight into the November election.

Man injured at Bunge elevator in Morristown Monday

A man was seriously injured when his arm became caught in machinery in Morristown Monday evening.

 

The name of the man was not released in initial information provided to GIANT fm News.  

 

The man was free of the machinery at the  Bunge Morristown Elevator when local emergency crews arrived just after 6:00 pm.  He was taken by ground ambulance to Methodist Hospital.

 

Shelbyville, IN woman indicted in Kentucky after leaving children abandoned on side of the road

A grand jury in Boyle County, Kentucky has indicted a Shelbyville woman on drug and child endangerment charges.

 

Erica Girdler, 31, of Shelbyville, face two counts abandonment of a minor under circumstances endangering their life or health; and possession of meth.

 

According to court documents, Girdler was charged in November of last year after two children, aged 9 and 11, were found along an area roadway in Danville, Kentucky.

 

Investigators say they were able to determine the family was driving to visit family in Kentucky when the children were abandoned.

 

Girdler was found by authorities and pulled over in a traffic stop after the children were located.

Shelbyville attorney suspended for failing to supervise secretary's actions that led to felony charges

A Shelbyville attorney has been suspended for 60 days for failing to supervise his secretary's actions.  That secretary, Heather Brant, entered guilty pleas to five felony charges in October 2019.

 

James Lisher, with Lisher Law Office, will begin his suspension on March 5.  As long as there are no other penalties in effect at that time he will be reinstated following the end of the 60 days in the Conditional Agreement for Discipline.

 

James Lisher Agreement for Discipline.pdf

 

Lisher's suspension involves Heather Brant.  According to the agreement Brant handled most office tasks, including client communication, banking, and electronic court filing. The agreement notes that Lisher failed to maintain appropriate trust account records. Over the course of several months in 2018, Brant stole several thousand dollars from the firm’s operating account, overdrafted the firm’s trust account, and fraudulently created several purported court orders and other legal documents. Brant’s improper actions were enabled in significant part by the Respondent’s failure to appropriately supervise her.

Governor won't comment on investigation into former Centaur executives

Governor Holcomb says he's staying out of the way of an Indiana Gaming Commission review of an Indiana casino operator's connection to a campaign finance scandal.

 

Holcomb says the commission was right to put Spectacle Entertainment's bid to run the new Terre Haute casino on hold while it looks into campaign finance accusations. He says he won't comment further until that review is complete.

 

Spectacle also owns Gary's Majestic Star Casino, and has begun construction on a new inland casino there. The company is run by former executives of Centaur Gaming, which owned the racetrack casinos in Anderson and Shelbyville before selling those properties in 2018.

 

On Friday, a Maryland political consultant pleaded guilty in Virginia to conspiring to funnel Centaur money from through straw donors to the 2016 congressional campaign of Greenwood Senator Brent Waltz. Federal prosecutors describe Centaur's vice president and general counsel as a co-conspirator. Former Indianapolis Representative John Keeler held those titles, and now holds the same positions with Spectacle.

 

Two other officers of the consulting firm have pleaded guilty to other campaign finance-related charges. No charges have been filed so far against anyone with Spectacle.

State investigation of former Centaur executives; Terre Haute casino approval ppd

The awarding of the license for Terre Haute's new casino is up in the air after a guilty plea to campaign finance violations.

 

Maryland political consultant Chip O'Neil pleaded guilty to using straw donors to disguise the source of contributions from Centaur Gaming to former Greenwood Senator Brent Waltz's 2016 campaign for Congress. Centaur owned the racetrack casinos in Anderson and Shelbyville at the time. It's since sold those properties, and its top executives now hold the same positions with Spectacle Entertainment, which owns Gary's Majestic Star Casino and is the only applicant for the one in Terre Haute.

 

The Gaming Commission had tentatively planned to consider the Terre Haute license at its meeting in two weeks. That hearing has now been postponed while the commission investigates further. A statement from the agency calls the allegations "concerning," and says it's also reviewing the impact on Spectacle's construction of a new casino in downtown Gary.

 

The commission has the authority to impose discipline ranging from fines to the revocation of Spectacle's Gary license.

 

Federal prosecutors describe the gaming company's vice president and general counsel, former Indianapolis Representative John Keeler, as a co-conspirator. Waltz is described only as the recipient of the campaign donations. Neither is identified by name in court papers, and neither has been charged. Centaur isn't identified by name either but is clearly the company described, and the Gaming Commission says it understands Centaur to be the company involved.

 

Waltz finished fourth in a five-way Republican primary with 13-percent of the vote, losing to now-Congressman Trey Hollingsworth.

 

Besides O'Neil, two other officers of Strategic Campaign Group are named as co-conspirators and have already pleaded guilty to other charges. The firm's president, Kelley Rogers, was sentenced last week to three years in prison for wire fraud. Prosecutors say the firm raked in millions from donors but used nearly all the money to build their mailing list rather than passing it along to candidates as promised.

 

O'Neil's plea bargain indicates he's cooperating with prosecutors. He's expected to receive a sentence of six months to a year, though the charge against him carries a theoretical maximum of five years.

Suspicious man reported at Shelbyville bus stop checks out OK; niece on bus

Shelbyville Police have issued a thank you to the public for information that led to a safe resolution of an initial concern involving a man at a school bus stop.

 

Police were notified of a man who may have been watching a young female get off the bus at East Mechanic and North Noble on Thursday.  

 

Shelbyville Police investigated and placed a notice on social media.  The follow-up yielded information that identified the man and that he had a niece on the bus.

 

 

 

SCUFFY Board recognizes the passing of Angie Davies and announces new Interim Executive Director

The Board of Directors of SCUFFY (Shelby County United Fund for You) is deeply saddened by the recent and unexpected passing of its Executive Director, Angela Davies. Angie joined SCUFFY as the Executive Director in 2011. Prior to that, she served for several years on the SCUFFY Board as co-chair of the Industry/Labor Division of the annual drive while working at Knauf Insulation. SCUFFY is symbolized by the little person with the big heart and Angie was the epitome of this symbol. She cared deeply about thepeople and community of Shelby County and served the SCUFFY organization and its thirteen member agencies with sincere dedication and overwhelming compassion.She was deeply loved by the SCUFFY family and our entire community and will be sorely missed.

 

Given this loss, it is imperative we continue the SCUFFY mission Angie worked so hard to maintain. The SCUFFY Board has chosen David Fisher to serve as Interim Executive Director as it searches for a permanent replacement. Dave recently retired from Ryobi Die Casting where he was Purchasing Manager for 22 years. He currently sits on the SCUFFY Board and has led the Industry/Labor Division of the annual SCUFFY drive formore than two decades. In addition, Dave was Drive Chair for the 50th anniversary in 2004 and served as President of the Board of Directors during 2007/2008 and again in 2017/2018. 

 

Dave will work with the 2020 Drive Chairs, Kyle Beaty of Beaty Construction and Drew Little of Knauf Insulation, to ensure a successful completion of the 66th annual drive. The drive starts on March 4 with an 8:00 am Kick-off Breakfast at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino and concludes with the End of Drive dinner on May 6th. 

 

The SCUFFY Board is currently accepting applications to fill the permanent Executive Director position.Information on this position is available at www.scuffy.org. Those interested in applying can submit a resume to HR@Scuffy.org

 

Please join the entire SCUFFY organization and all of Shelby County in recognizing the significant and lasting contributions Angie Davies made during her tenure as Executive Director. We ask everyone to continue their support of the organization Angie gave so much to.

Appeal to be scheduled in Shelbyville officer's demotion

A Shelbyville Police officer is expected to appeal a demotion decision handed down by the Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety.

 

City attorney Jennifer Meltzer informed the board Tuesday that she had been contacted by an attorney for the officer and that an appeal was anticipated.  A date for the hearing was to be scheduled, possibly sometime in the next two or three weeks.

 

Former Chief Detective for the department, Clifford Coffman, was demoted for a disciplinary matter.  Coffman was demoted for neglect of duty and disobedience of orders for not following a directive by Deputy Chief Jamie Kolls.  Kolls ordered Coffman iin December to supervise a murder investigation.  Coffman took the rest of the year off.

 

Board member David Finkel was absent as the board voted 2-0 to demote Coffman.

 

 


 

 

Wintry mix turns to rain with Saturday warmup

Snow, freezing rain, and frigid temperatures are all part of the immediate weather forecast across Indiana.

 

Snow will eventually be accompanied by freezing rain and sleet as the evening goes on, especially between midnight and 2 am Saturday.

 

"Then it will transition into rain Saturday morning. Roads are gonna be slick overnight Friday. Be careful if you're out on the roads. Then following the passage of this system, it's going to get cold Saturday evening, Sunday, and even into next week as well," Updike said.

 

Most high temperatures for cities and towns in Indiana Sunday and Monday will be in the 20s with the wind chill making it feel even colder. The northern part of the state will see the most winter weather.

 

"They are going to be in the snow, freezing rain, and ice accumulation for longer," Updike said. "It won't have as much of an impact in the southern part of the state. If you're going south of Indianapolis, you'll be mostly dealing with rain Saturday."

 

There is a winter weather advisory that begins at 4 pm Friday afternoon until noon Saturday for folks from the Michigan border down to about Muncie and Crawfordsville. Forecasters are expecting a glaze of ice and as much as four inches of snow.

 

A separate winter weather advisory runs from 7 pm Friday until 4 am Saturday.

 

"That's for the counties just south of Indianapolis all the way up through Lafayette and Kokomo," Updike said.

 

Updike says temperatures will start to warm up by the middle of next week. In the meantime, he recommends you bundle up.

 

"Make sure you're taking extra precautions and taking things slowly. Try not to be outside for long periods of time. If you've got pets, make sure you let them in and out. Don't just leave them outside," Updike said.

2020 Live Racing Schedule announced at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino; No Thursday racing

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) has approved racing dates for the upcoming 18th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Racing at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Racing will begin Tuesday, April 14 and conclude Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 with a slightly altered schedule for the 120-day race meet.

 

Racing will be held the first week of the meet on Tuesday and Wednesday only, picking up Friday and Saturday racing beginning April 24 and 25. The meet will also end with racing only on Tuesday and Wednesday with the final Saturday racing program set for Breeders Cup Night Saturday, Nov. 7. No Thursday racing will be held in 2020, and those dates were added on to the end to extend the season by an additional week.

 

“We have been diligent in studying business trends and taking into account what is best for our racing partners, we decided to adjust our racing schedule for 2020,” said Mike Rich, senior vice president and general manager of Indiana Grand. “Our biggest revenue driving days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. By dropping six weekend dates throughout the year and placing our focus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we will be able to provide more calendar weeks of competition for our horsemen while producing the best possible handle results which directly affects purse money. We are constantly working to do what is best for our racing program at Indiana Grand.”

 

Indiana Grand will follow the same post time format for 2020. Racing will begin at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday while Saturday action gets underway at 6:15 p.m.

 

More information regarding 2020 special events and stakes schedules for both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing will be available soon.

 

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Franklin College president fired amid sex crimes in Wisconsin

Franklin College said Monday it has fired its president after learning he was recently arrested in Wisconsin on sex crimes.

 

The “deeply disturbing incident” has led the college to investigate Thomas J. Minar’s conduct while president, said a news release from Deidra Baumgardner, Franklin’s director of communications.

Minar was “taken into custody in Sturgeon Bay, WI, Door County for Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Sex Crime, Child Enticement, and Expose a Child to Harmful Materials/Narrations and was released from custody on bond, subject to no direct contact with minors unless supervised and not to use social media,” according to an email received by the university.

 

The news release said, “The Franklin College Board of Trustees is stunned by this event. This is the first such incident the Board has been made aware of regarding Dr. Minar, and the Board is fully committed to cooperating fully with Wisconsin authorities and working to ensure the safety of our campus community.”

 

In June, Minar said he would end his term as the college’s president at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Minar became Franklin College’s 16th president on July 1, 2015.

 

In October, Franklin College chose an executive search firm to help them recruit the college’s 17th president.

 

Lori Schroeder, Franklin provost and dean, will serve as interim president. Franklin’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee later this week can appoint an acting president.

Update: Name released in Friday morning SR 9 fatal accident

A Hancock County woman was killed in a opne-car accident in Shelby County early Friday morning.

 

Taylor Monday, 22, of Greenfield, was the driver of a 2002 Chevy truck southbound on South State Road 9 near Woodridge Road.  About 3:30 am, the truck left the road on the east side, struck a light pole and rolled over.

 

Monday was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The crash remains under investigation.