Rushville Republican

December 28, 2012

Traffic stop leads to arrest of local firefighter

Frank Denzler
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — A traffic stop earlier this month led to the arrest of Rushville firefighter Andrew S. Connolly, 48, on a drug charge.

Connolly’s vehicle was stopped in the 100 block of West Second Street for what arresting officer Alan Wombolt described as a vehicle equipment violation (expired license plate). A short time later, Connolly was taken into custody and charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a family apartment complex.

He was incarcerated in the Rush County Jail and held on a $30,000 bond.

At the time of his arrest, the Rushville man was on what fire chief Chuck Jenkins called a prior scheduled vacation.

Connolly has worked as a Rushville firefighter for more than 20 years, according to Jenkins.

Since his arrest, Connolly has tendered a letter a resignation from the RFD.

“Andrew (Connolly has worked his last day at the Rushville Fire Department. He currently is off on a previously scheduled vacation. His retirement will become effective Jan. 1, 2013,” Jenkins said.

Illegal drug use has been a major focus of the Rushville Police Department throughout the year and officers have realized an increase in drug-related arrests. According to chief of police Craig Tucker, removing illegal drugs from the community will remain a priority.

“The Rushville Police Department is dedicated at all levels to removing illegal drugs of all types from the streets of Rushville. We were very effective at this in 2012 and will continue to make this type of enforcement a primary objective for 2013,” Tucker said.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106