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Monday, March 30, 2015

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  • Orr's attorney: Media coverage, Facebook pages have created bias; Superior Court Judge yet to rule

    Orr's attorney: Media coverage, Facebook pages have created bias; Superior Court Judge yet to rule


    By: Harold Bosstick

    A Sullivan County murder suspect is awaiting a ruling from the Sullivan Superior Court judge on a change of venue request after his attorney argued Friday that media coverage and Facebook pages for the victim have created bias against his client. John A. Kesler II argued before judge H.R. Hunt that his client, Johnus L. Orr, could not receive a fair trial in a case where he has been charged with two counts of murder for the deaths of Tiffanie Adams and her unborn son. In particular, Kesler as...

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  • Pup returns to shelter as K-9 cop

    Pup returns to shelter as K-9 cop


    By: Andrew Krull

    Once a hyper pup that her owners could not handle, Echo returned to The Humane Society of Sullivan County shelter on Friday as a disciplined member of law enforcement. “She is a working dog,” THSSC board vice-president Julie Tow said. “She needs to be active; she needs to be stimulated; she needs something to do.” About three years ago, the Malinois or Belgian shepherd came to the shelter because her owners at the time were at wits end in dealing with her energy. &ldqu...

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  • Police: Dugger man makes threats with stolen handgun

    Police: Dugger man makes threats with stolen handgun


    By: Times staff

    Police say a Dugger man made threats while wielding a stolen handgun Friday morning. Chase Allen Cooksey, 22, faces preliminary charges of invasion of privacy, disorderly conduct, intimidation with a handgun, possession of a handgun without a permit, possession of a handgun with an altered or removed serial number and possession of a stolen handgun. According to Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Dave Haddix, he and other officers were called to a Dugger residence around...

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  • Farmer airlifted following Friday accident

    Farmer airlifted following Friday accident


    By: Times staff

    A rural Carlisle man was airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Friday afternoon after an accident involving farm equipment. Sullivan County 911 Dispatch issued an ambulance request to a 4000 CR 425E address around 3:30 p.m. Friday. Few details were available on the cause of the accident, with a family member saying Jeffrey Figg was working on farm equipment when the accident occurred. IU Health Methodist Hospital could not provide a condition for Figg by press time.

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  • National Disabilities Awareness Month: Two young Sullivan men learning and growing as roommates

    National Disabilities Awareness Month: Two young Sullivan men learning and growing as roommates


    By: Dennis Clark

    For many, moving into your first apartment with a new roommate is a right of passage to adulthood. For two young Sullivan men, their transition within the Four Rivers Resource Service’s supported living program, by all accounts, is going rather smoothly. James Ballard and Nick Boyd moved in as roommates in July at the facility’s home on Bell Street, in Sullivan. “Four people are currently in the supported living program in Sullivan,” FRRS Division Director Peggy Copela...

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  • Cause unknown in Wednesday night house fire

    Cause unknown in Wednesday night house fire


    By: Times staff

    Fire heavily damaged a house in rural Hamilton Township late Wednesday evening, and officials aren’t yet sure of its cause. Around 11 p.m. that night, the Sullivan City Fire Department was called to a residence near the intersection of Center Street and CR 575N near Jackson Hill. “When we get there, we had flames shooting through the roof” of the two-story home, said SCFD Chief Rob Robertson. Crews were on-scene for about three and a half hours but managed to knock down the...

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  • ISP: Food truck's cargo, bound for Terre Haute restaurant, condemned

    ISP: Food truck's cargo, bound for Terre Haute restaurant, condemned


    By: Times staff

    The cargo of a refrigerated cargo truck was condemned Tuesday afternoon when authorities discovered its chilling unit nonfunctional. According to a news release from the Indiana State Police, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Trooper Byron Goodman stopped the 2014 box truck on U.S. 41 near its intersection with Johnson Street near Sullivan around 4:45 p.m. that day. During the routine inspection, Goodman reportedly discovered that the refrigerator unit on the truck was not functioning “(F)...

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