Area News

In fourth “sting operation” in 24 days, PCI setup leads to fourth arrested in Northern Madison County

By STEVEN MURREY For the fourth time in 24 days, the Indianapolis-based group Predator Catchers of Indianapolis led police to Northern Madison County, this time after an Anderson man stands accused of attempted solicitation of a minor after another “sting operation” from the child advocacy group PCI. Clifford M. Pierce III, 46, attempted to meet…

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Madison County Council adopts resolution calling for Sumner’s resignation; Sumner says he will not resign

By STEVEN MURREY The Madison County Council met Tuesday evening at the Madison County Government Center to adopt a resolution calling for the immediate resignation of Steve Sumner, a Republican representing District 2. Special Resolution 2021-R-1A reads: “WHEREAS, on or about Dec. 21, 2020, Madison County Councilman Steven Sumner was arrested and charged with possession…

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EPD arrests Fairmount man following sting operation; prosecutor’s office granted 72-hour hold on decision for formal charges

By STEVEN MURREY On Sunday evening, Elwood police arrested a Fairmount man on preliminary charges of child solicitation and dissemination of matter harmful to minors; the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office has 72-hours to file criminal charges in the case. Gordon L. Cook, 50, was taken into custody outside of Needler’s Market after being confronted by…

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Tipton teen dead following early morning shooting

TIPTON, Ind. – Shortly after 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Tipton County Communications Center received a 911 call from Joseph Temple reporting a subject had been shot at 4232 N. St. Rd. 19, Sharpsville. Upon the arrival of Tipton County Deputies and Tipton City Police Officers, a male subject was observed laying outside the residence suffering…

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Media statement from Miller’s Merry Manor:

Like many healthcare facilities in our State, Miller’s in Tipton is caring for patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.   On July 16th, we were notified that a patient tested positive for the virus.  Since that time, through our contact tracing and testing, we have received additional positive test results for some of our patients.…

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Tipton County COVID-19 update

COVID Update Beginning the end of business today, Nov. 13, 2020, the Tipton County Courthouse, located at 101 E. Jefferson St. in Tipton and all other county government facilities shall have limited access and shall be restricted to the public effective immediately until further notice. Those citizens with essential business at the Courthouse shall be…

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Turnout in Madison County fails to reach 2016 levels; voters report frustrations with lines and reduced voting machines

By STEVEN MURREY Despite early projections, voter turnout in Madison County failed to reach 2016 levels. Madison County Clerk Olivia Pratt predicted last week that turnout would top the 54,916 votes cast in the 2016 general election. “Overall, we think we’ll see a much higher turnout than previous elections,” Pratt told the Call-Leader last week.…

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Jack L. Barnes, owner of Elwood Publishing Company, dies unexpectedly

Jack L. Barnes, 85, of Elwood, passed away suddenly, unexpectedly at home Saturday evening, October 3, 2020, following a brief illness. He was proud to be a lifelong resident of Elwood and an enthusiastic supporter of the community. Family and community were his priorities. Jack loved Elwood. He knew pretty much everybody in town and…

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Elwood’s Family Video to close Oct. 25

By STEVEN MURREY Elwood’s Family Video will close its doors for good on Sunday, Oct. 25. District Manager Susanne Peterson cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for the store’s closure, which has been an Elwood community staple for over nine years. “COVID has hit many businesses hard,” Peterson said in a press release issued…

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