Rushville Republican


January 2, 2013

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RUSHVILLE — VanSchoyck sentenced to 55 years

In mid September, Dylan A. VanSchoyck, 20, of Milroy, returned to Rush Circuit Court Judge David Northam’s courtroom to learn his fate regarding the murder of Jerran L. Chandler, who was 22 at the time of his death.

Initially, VanSchoyck pleaded not guilty in the felony murder case although he eventually accepted a plea agreement on the matter.

After hearing from members of the victim’s family, including Chandler’s mother, father, grandmother, sister and another relative, Judge Northam requested a brief recess before rendering his decision.

Northam accepted the plea agreement and sentenced the Milroy man to 55 years behind bars.

2012 election brought changes

Democrat Christy Mahan Hall won the race for Rush County Coroner in November’s General Election, outdistancing Republican John Todd by 117 votes.

The race for Rush County School Board District 4 saw incumbent Jane Busald Carter edged out by Milroy resident Tammy Jackman.

The other contested local races were for seats on the Charles A. Beard School Board. Michelle S. White. Don A. Scheumann and Leah J. Kopp all won seats on the board and will begin serving in January.

Running unopposed were David Northam to retain his seat as Rush Circuit Court judge; Debbie Richardson as Rush County Clerk; Mary Ann Beard, Rush County Auditor; Cindy Humphrey, Rush County Treasurer; and Marvin Rees, Rush County Surveyor.

Rush County School Board members Jeff Slaton in District 3, Steve Sickbert in District 6 and Ron Lienemann in District 7 were unopposed.

The Rush County Commissioners will have two new members for the next four years: Bruce Levi (central district) and Mark Bacon (southern district).

Three Rush County Council at-large seats were up for grabs; Marvin Hedrick, Warren Norris and Charles Smith were elected.

Voters moved to Districts 54, 55

In March we reported that due to the 2010 Census population changes, most of Indiana’s State House Districts had been redistricted.

Rush County residents were in Districts 53 and 67. They are now in Districts 54 and 55.

Rush County Clerk Debbie Richardson stated, “None of our voters were moved into a different precinct. However, the state legislature did change the House Districts that represent us. State House District 54 includes Rushville 1 to 6 and 8, Ripley 9 and 10, Posey, Jackson and Center Townships. State House District 55 includes Rushville 7, Walker, Orange, Anderson, Washington, Union, Noble and Richland Townships.”

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