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Stories from Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Minnick gets maximum 160-year sentence (08/24/11)
BEDFORD -- Lawrence Circuit Court Judge Andrea McCord needed five, single-spaced pages to announce the fate of twice-convicted murderer William A. Minnick. Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter summed it up in three words: "He'll be 98." That is how old Minnick will be when he next becomes eligible for release from the Indiana State Prison, following the 160-year maximum sentence Judge McCord imposed late Tuesday afternoon...
Minnick surprises with comments on witness stand (08/24/11)
BEDFORD -- The enduring image of William Minnick is perhaps one of a Greencastle teenager. Thin, smug, defiant. Tuesday in Lawrence Circuit Court at Bedford it was quite a different 48-year-old Minnick presented with defending the rest of his natural life...
A-Way Home shelter expected to close its doors Sept. 10 (08/24/11)
After 15 years of providing shelter to the homeless and others in need in Putnam County, the A-Way Home shelter finds itself in the midst of its own crisis. If a new funding stream does not materialize or a major benefactor does not step forward in the next three weeks, the shelter is prepared to close Sept. 10 and not reopen again for at least the remainder of 2011...
Musical day at the museum (08/24/11)
Accompanied by live music throughout the day, the Putnam County Museum opened its new "Putnam County Notes and Beats" music exhibit on Saturday. Anthony Mullis, who grew up in Bainbridge and plays a number of local venues regularly, gets into his original song, "Cold Handshake." Mullis was one of several local performers participating in the opener. The museum hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Four facing meth related charges (08/24/11)
Four people are facing charges related to the Sunday discovery of a methamphetamine lab near Hogate Hall on the DePauw University campus. Donald Evans, 29, and Patricia J. Shaw, 26, both of Greencastle, are incarcerated following the discovery, while Gregory and Stacey Murphy are both facing charges, but are not in jail...
Clean Water Indiana funds projects in Putnam, Owen counties (08/24/11)
The boards of supervisors for the Putnam County and Owen County Soil and Water Conservation Districts have announced their partnership in bringing a Sediment/Nutrient Reduction Cost Share Program the two counties. It is made possible by grants received by the Owen and Putnam County SWCDs through the Clean Water Indiana Grant Fund administered by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture...
Cloverdale volleyball falls in three sets to Clay City (08/24/11)
CLAY CITY -- Cloverdale came in to Tuesday's road battle with the Clay City Eels looking for its first road win of the season after picking up a home victory over South Vermillion on Monday night. However, the Eels had designs on remaining unbeaten this season and it was Clay City that scored a three-set victory, 25-14, 25-21 and 25-22...
North Putnam drops match to Stars (08/24/11)
ROACHDALE-- North Putnam had problems defending Western Boone's array of power hitters Monday, losing 25-13, 25-7, 25-21, in a non-conference volleyball match on the Cougars' court. North Putnam (0-3) didn't get going until the third game, when it led several times early and was in the hunt late. The Cougars trailed 22-21 in the third...
Cougars edged by Patriots in tri-match (08/24/11)
CLOVERDALE -- Sunny skies greeted Cloverdale, North Putnam and Owen Valley golfers at Clover Meadows Monday night as the three schools girls' golf squads met in competition. Illness claimed enough golfers that Cloverdale could not field a full squad, though they would have the two lowest scores on the day. This allowed the visiting Patriots a chance to squeak by the Cougars for a 227-234 win...
Bobby Arnold Jones (08/24/11)
Bobby Arnold Jones, 77, of Roachdale, passed away on Wednesday Aug. 24, 2011. He was born on May 9, 1934 in Evansville to Elvis A. Jones and Opal Elizabeth Roedel Jones. Mr. Jones served his country for 20 years in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. He served 30 years with the Indianapolis Police Department, retiring as lead detective of the Missing Persons Unit...
Carol Ann Morris (08/24/11)
Carol Ann Morris, 78, Wapella, Ill., died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal, Ill. She was born March 5, 1933 in Wapella, the daughter of Fletcher and Marion (Carl) Ellis. She married Kenneth H. "Bill" Morris on Dec. 23, 1950 in Wapella, and he preceded her in death on March 30, 2009...
Susan Elaine Nees (08/24/11)
Susan Elaine Nees, 55, Cloverdale, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. She was born on June 18, 1956, Greencastle and was the daughter of the late Russell O'Dell and Martha Jean (Elmore) Sendmeyer. She was married to Danny Nees on Aug. 3, 1974 and he survives. She is also survived by her sons, Mike Nees, Bloomington, and Scott Nees, Easton, Pa.; and her brother, Stephen Sendmeyer and wife Diane, Cloverdale...
Police scanner for Aug. 24 (08/24/11)
County Jail Wesley Allen Baker, 29, Greencastle: Resisting law enforcement, Aug. 22, 4 p.m. Donald Ray Evans, 29, Greencastle: Possession of methamphetamine (2 counts), possession of precursors (2 counts), Aug. 21, 11:21 p.m. Anthony Mark Harmless, 30, Greencastle: Operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, Aug. 21, 4:30 a.m...
Keep on living, Coach (08/24/11)
I jumped on espn.com Tuesday evening and a headline took my breath away. Unfortunately, it wasn't a perfect game or a new world record. Instead it was the news that Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in men's or women's major college basketball, has early onset dementia. Summitt is 59 years old...
Response to measles hailed as exemplary (08/24/11)
Real incidents that engage national, state and local health professionals can be far more fascinating than television investigative dramas and are clearly more important. This summer, Indiana experienced a health emergency which triggered a massive and urgent response. ...
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