Rushville Republican

December 31, 2013

Year in review for 2013


Rushville Republican

---- — Here is a brief look back at stories from the Rushville Republican in 2013.

JANUARY

New Pediatrics building realized

RMH announces plans for new Pediatric building with KEDOS’s Kids. The original pediatric facility was a small modular building located on the RMH campus. The new 3,000 square foot facility is located at 1339 North Cherry Street (just south of Conrad Harcourt Way) houses four exam rooms and two separate waiting areas for both children and adolescents. The facility also houses a medicine room, nurse’s station and Dr. Kedo’s office.

FEBRUARY

Inmates walk away from RCJ

With assistance, Rush County Jail inmate Tony R. Shreve, walked out of facility and escaped. Shreve, had been incarcerated since October 2012 on a charge of automobile theft and was scheduled to appear in court a few days after his escape. At the time of his escape, Shreve and other inmate workers were bringing the noon meal into the jail from the RMH delivery van during a brief work detail; it was then that Shreve walked to a waiting nearby vehicle and sped off with an accomplice (later identified as Amie Dawn Hernandez, 24, of Shelbyville). Sherve and his accomplish were caught nearly two months later and both are now serving time.

Former RPD K9 Mundy dies

Mundy, the third K9 to assist Rushville and Rush County law enforcement, passed away one day shy of her 12th birthday. Shortly after being born in Amsterdam in February 2001, the Belgian Malinois began a four-year training program that led her to the Rushville Police Department.

Mundy and Brandon Reynolds, who was then an officer with the RPD, began a partnership in September 2005 that ended six years later when Reynolds resigned from the department to pursue a career with the Indiana Excise Police.

Sports: Joe Garland makes run in IHSAA wrestling tournament to finish as state runner-up. Lady Lions make run to IHSAA basketball semistate before falling to eventual Class 3A champion Mt. Vernon.

MARCH

Manilla gets Village Post Office

RushShelby Energy office in Manilla officially became home to the 35th Village Post Office (VPO) in the United States. During 2011, the postal service introduced VPOs as alternative retail location for postal services and services in rural communities.

VPOs are operated by local businesses and offer a variety of postal products and services including stamps and flat-rate packaging.

Sports: RCHS wins Channel 13 Spirit Award.

MAY

Pursuit leads to arrest

Virgil D. Petro, 38, of Rushville, was taken into custody following a police pursuit on city streets and county roads which reached speeds in excess of 80 mph culminated when the fleeing suspect in an attempt to avoid stop sticks placed in the roadway by officers crashed into a fence and struck a power pole in the 1100 block of North Fort Wayne Road. Petro was later found guilty on numerous charges.

Sports: Lady Lions win tennis sectional title at Connersville. Lions and Lady Lions reach sectional title game in baseball and softball.

JUNE

Pot growing operation shut down

A Greenfield couple, Kenneth Paul Watkins, 50, and his 44-year-old wife, Teresa Lynn Watkins, were arrested and charged with multiple drug related charges when one of the largest hydroponic marijuana growing operations was discovered in a building that was formerly the home of the Carthage Bowling alley. Officers found nearly 300 marijuana plants in various stages of development.

Relay for Life

The Rush County Relay for Life returned to Father’s Day weekend and regained momentum from recent years by surpassing the goal set by the Great Lakes Region of the American Cancer Society, of which Rush County is a part.

The 24-hour event generated more than $35,000 for cancer research.

JULY

Steam Engine show celebrates 65th local birthday

The 65th annual Indiana Pioneer Engineers Club Steam Engine Show steamed its way to one of the show’s biggest and best ever.

For the sixth year, the event was held at its now permanent location south west of Rushville at Caldwell Acres.

A number of new structures have been built to enhance those already in place and are now lasting part of the show grounds.

Sports: Speidel wins MTQRL July 4 race at Rushville.

AUGUST

Sports: The Lions get their first EIAC win on the gridiron with a road win over East Central.

SEPTEMBER

Cameron ends 45 year career as RPD reservist

After nearly 50 years of volunteering his service to Rushville residents, Lt. Floyd Allen put a wrap on a 45-year law enforcement career.

Cameron began serving as a reserve officer with the Rushville Police Department in 1968.

His years of service as a volunteer did not go unnoticed. During 2005, Cameron was recognized by the National Reserve Officers Association when he was given the “Outstanding Service Award” by his peers, recognizing his more than 36 years of volunteer service to his city and to his country. Five years later in 2010, the Rushville native was the recipient of President Obama’s “Call to Service Award” which is presented to volunteers. To be considered for the award, individuals must have completed more than 4,000 volunteer hours in their communities.

In 2012, Cameron was selected the RPD’s Reserve Officer of the Year.

Sports: Lady Lion golfers Catie Liggett and Abbey Gulde qualified for the golf regional at New Castle.

OCTOBER

Ride with the Governor stops in Rushville

With an Indiana State Police escort, Governor Mike Pence led more than 500 ABATE members on a 100-mile, multiple county charity trek Friday. The first stop for the group was North Veterans Memorial Park in Rushville where the Governor was greeted by Mayor Mike Pavey. Following a brief message, the entourage again took to the road and headed to Connersville, where the governor announced that a new business would soon move into the former Visteon location in the coming months.

Active shooter exercise approaches

Following months of preparation and planning, a multi-agency training exercise will be held on the RCHS campus. Rushville Chief of Police Craig Tucker and other organizers want to let the public know that from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, a number of law enforcement, medical personnel and other emergency responding departments will occupy a nearly four block area near and around the high school for training purposes.

“We don’t want to alarm people. This is not a ‘real’ emergency. It is only a training exercise,” Tucker said.

The four-hour training will focus on an active shooter on the premises and will be used as a template to in the event of an actual emergency of that nature.

Sports: Rushville freshman harrier Kayla Fogg qualified for the IHSAA semistate at Carmel.

NOVEMBER

Veteran’s Day

A number of Veteran’s Day programs were held Monday at local schools as well as a public event held at the Veterans Memorial Bridge in North Veterans Memorial Park.

The programs recognized local veterans that served their country from all branches of the armed forces with each branch represented by a local veteran, with brief messages and song.

Braving brisk weather conditions, the public ceremony was well attended and included the playing of Taps and a 21-gun salute for those who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis.

Sloan sentenced

Long-time Rushville resident Mark Sloan, 62, learned Monday how much time he will serve on molestation and incest charges. Shortly after noon in Rush County Circuit Court Judge David Northam’s courtroom, Sloan was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

Sports: Lady Lion basketball players Keragan Niehoff and Mackenzie Campbell sign to play at IU East. The Lady Lions opened the season with the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A.

DECEMBER

Morristown fire

A multi-alarm fire claimed a popular eatery and pub in nearby Morristown Sunday night. The blaze of unknown origin was reported shortly after 8 p.m. at the Longbranch Saloon and quickly spread to a conjoining structure, the Bluebird Cafe158 Main Street, Morristown.

Shortly after arriving on the scene, initial responding units called for assistance from surrounding departments.

Sports: Lady Lions play in Hall of Fame Classic, joining Homestead, Bedford North Lawrence and Pike.

—Rushville Republican