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Boil Water Issued for Parts of Bedford

A precautionary boil order has been issued for the following areas of Bedford:

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* All customers south of 27th Street and west of Washington Avenue

* Washington Avenue from 27th Street to Hillcrest Circle

* 27th Street from Washington Avenue to Broadview Addition

* River Bluff Road

* Pumphouse Road

* Hillcrest Circle

* Broadview Addition

This precautionary boil order will remain in force until further notice. The order was issued due to repairs to a 6 inch water main.

Customers may experience low pressure or no water while the main is being repaired.

Bring all water to a boil. Let the water boil vigorously for two minutes. Let the water cool before using, or alternatively use bottled water.

Per-boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, brushing teeth, washing vegetables, washing dishes and making infant formula, all food preparation and consumption and making or using ice until further notice.

For more information call the Bedford City Utilities office during business hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday – Friday or call (812) 275-1626 during business hours or (812) 275-7173 after hours.

Skeletal remains found in Bloomington are a white male

Authorities say they’re trying to identify skeletal remains that have been discovered in a wooded area in Bloomington.

Capt. Troy Thomas of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says the remains found Monday on the city’s east side are believed to be those of a missing person whose case the office was working on.

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Bloomington Police Sgt. Pam Gladish says the remains appear to those of a white male in his early 20s, but investigators won’t be certain until medical examiners have finished their work.

Officials with the Bloomington Police Department and the Monroe County coroner’s office did not believe the remains had any connection to the case of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.

Medlocks hands Lykins max sentence – 50 years for Baby Leelan’s death

After a little more than an hour of deliberation, Washington Circuit Judge Larry Medlock returned to the courtroom, delivering a rebuke to Jamie Lykins for his role in the death of 8 month old Leelan Crain on September 7, 2013 and handed him the maximum penalty of 50 years to be served concurrently.  For the charges he pled guilty to in May, Lykins received 50 years for Battery Resulting in Death, a Class A Felony & 40 years for Neglect Resulting in Death, a Class A Felony.

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“This was not an accident,” said Judge Medlock. “This was a deliberate act of rage against this tiny human. You had many people come out today because they love you and care for you. Leelan will never get the opportunity to look on people who love him because of your bad choices.”

Stephen Beardsley, Lykin’s defense attorney had argued that Lykins should only receive the minimum of 30 years on each charge – mainly because he had pled guilty and was a first-time offender.

Medlock said he had spent a lot of time trying to balance all the factors in the case. Since Lykins pled guilty in May, there was no jury trial.  Crain’s trial is now set for December 2, 2014.

However, at the sentencing that began at about 9a this morning, evidence was presented by Washington County Prosecuting Attorney Dustin Houchin as well as by Beardsley.

Houchin’s witnesses provided information aimed at giving Medlock the means to deliver the maximum sentence while Beardley was attempting to show his client in a softer light and get a reduced sentence.

Houchin presented evidence from a forensic pathologist with some horrific photos of Leelan Crain’s body, witnesses, character witnesses and Keith Barry, a Washington County Probation officer.

Other factors Medlock used in deciding the sentencing of this case included the brutality of the beating and Lykins’ previous drug use.

The pathologist who testified earlier in the morning said there were at least 12 impacts in the head area and at least seven on the torso of Leelan’s body.

Lykins and Casey Crain were arrested after incidents were investigated after Crain’s baby was found unresponsive by his mother while Leelan was taking a nap.

Crain and Lykins took Leelan to the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Salem on Saturday, Sept. 7 after friends convinced them Leelan needed medical care.

Once at St. Vincent Salem, Leelan was transported to the Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky., by air ambulance.

He was pronounced dead at approximately 1:41 a.m., Sept. 8.

An autopsy was performed Sunday morning, Sept. 8, on Leelan at the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, Ky.

One of the witnesses earlier in the day, Dawn Walker, said she had gotten to know Crain a few weeks before Leelan’s death.

“I had heard from some friends that Casey might need some help,” said Walker. “I spent some time with Leelan…he was a really good baby. I tried to establish a relationship with her and help her out.”

Walker said she was out of work and took jobs babysitting children in the area.

On the night of September 7, Walker was to come to the Lykin’s residence and watch Leelan during the evening while Lykins and Crain went fishing with another couple.

Walker said she when arrived, something was wrong.

Walker then described what happened next: “The other couple was on the back porch and Jamie was pacing around. I went inside and he said to me. ‘We have a problem. I beat the fuck out of baby Leelan.’”

Walker said when she first saw the baby, both eyes were closed, an ear was purple and he was having trouble breathing.

“They were afraid CPS was going to come in and find out and they wouldn’t have a place to stay,” said Walker.

Other witnesses were Leelan’s grandmother, Melissa Padgett, who was called to the stand to identify a picture from last summer.

The photo was of Lykins, Crain and the baby. In the photo, the baby appeared to have a bruise.

Padgett said she asked her daughter about it and she told her that the baby had fallen forward on his swing and sustained the injury.

Another witness for Lykins was Yvonne Casey, who had grown up near the family at Southway Villa Trailer Park and was known to the accused as “Aunt Vonne.”

She said Jamie grew up with one of her sons since the two were seven years old.

“He would come to me when he needed things or to talk,” said Casey. “One time he came to me needing money and a condom. I gave him some money. I tried to help the boys stay protected.”

Casey said she knew of Lykin’s drug use and knew he had started using spice and was hanging out with the wrong people.

In June 2013, Casey said she saw Lykins at Cowboy’s Food Store on Salem’s Southside and told him that he needed to get a job and clean his life up.

“He looked like he was on something,” said Casey. “He told me he wasn’t.”

Testimony from several witnesses throughout the day noted that both Lykins and Crain were taking meth and Heroin on a nearly daily basis.

Houchin said he had no proof they were using the drugs on the day Leelan died.

“I’ve been in involved with murder cases where people did horrible things to each other,” Judge Medlock said. “Mostly, these were adults who could defend themselves or had done something to instigate the violence, but Leelan couldn’t do that.”

In passing down the maximum sentence, Medlock noted to Lykins:

“Leelan had a life expectancy of more than 75.9 years,” Medlock said. “You being 25, have a life expectancy of 52.2 years. I’m 56. So no matter how long I sentence you, you’ll be released from prison before you reach my age. If I gave you anything less than 50 years, I think it would send the wrong message to the other members of the community.”

At the end of the hearing, Lykins was returned to Washington County Jail to await being taken to the Indiana Department of Correction.

 

Holiday World to announce $22 Million Investment for 2015

Holiday World is set to announce more big plans for next year — in fact, the biggest ever!

The family-owned park is planning to invest $22 million in the park — it’s largest investment to date.

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Since May 19, fans of Holiday World have searched for daily clues on the park’s 66 Days at Sea microsite and posted thousands of guesses regarding plans for 2015.

Excitement heated up with the addition of the park’s live ConstructionCam a week ago, as enthusiasts can now witness the size of footers already being created for the project and the construction site’s close proximity to the existing Voyage roller coaster.

Thursday evening, plans will be revealed live to the media and park guests from a stage constructed at Hyena Falls, followed by fireworks. Fans will be able to stream the announcement live at HolidayWorld.com from around the world. The $22 million investment is more than twice the amount spent before on any single ride in the park’s 68-year history.

Park president Matt Eckert plus Lauren and Leah Koch (4th generation owners and park directors) will make the announcement this Thursday, July 24 beginning about 8p at Hyena Falls; visitors to the park that day are welcome to attend. A stage, screen, and sound system will be set up and ride animation will be previewed, followed by fireworks.

First Harrison Branch in Hardinsburg Robbed this morning

The First Harrison Bank in Hardinsburg was robbed this morning at approximately 9a, according to Washington County Chief Deputy Sheriff Roger Newlon.

Newlon said one white adult male entered the bank at approximately 9a and asked the teller for money. He allegedly told the teller he had a weapon but Newlon said no gun was displayed.

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Newlon said officers recovered items at the scene that could have belonged to the suspect.

The description from witnesses said the white male was wearing a zippered hoodie with a scruffy goatee. Newlon said the suspect appeared to witnesses to be in his early 20s.

Newlon said he hoped to release additional information later this afternoon.

 

 

NEW INDY RIBFEST STAGE OFFERS SAVORY DOSE OF BLUES & MORE

The stage lineup for the New “BBQ RIBFEST” scheduled for Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27in Military Park features a number of local and touring Blues musicians, including a tribute to Texas Blues-Rock icons ZZ Top.

Friday’s headliner is Canadian Blues Hall of Famer Stacy Mitchhart.  Mitchhart is a former winner of the Albert King Award from the Blues foundation and been lauded by the New York Jazz & Blues Society.  He has appeared on Monday Night Football, TBS’ “Dinner & A Movie”, and PBS’ Jubilee Concert Series. A documentary based on the musician’s life, NASHVEGAS BLUES, premiered on the Documentary Channel in 2009.

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Saturday night features Chicago based ZZ TOP Tribute band ELIMINATOR, a striking impersonation of the Texas based Rock & Roll Hall of Famers.  ELIMINATOR has shared the stage with legends Ted Nugent, 38 Special, Grand Funk and Molly Hatchet.

Other blues performers for the event include two bands from Chicago: Howard & The White Boys and Big Daddy Dupree and the Broke & Hungry Blues Band. Also onstage will be Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers (opening act for Muddy Waters, and Stevie Ray Vaughn) Toronto’s Anthony Gomes- formerly #1 on Billboard blues chart. The Bryce Janey Band (Iowa Blues Hall of Famer) and the Todd Harold Band.

The lineup also has two hot bands fronted by women: Bloomington’s The Sad Sam Blues Jam and Fort Wayne Country-Rock group Sugar Shot, which bills itself as Hyperactive ‘Country With A Shot Of Rock’.

Local performers include Indy’s Tad Robinson, The Zak Knight Band, Doug Henthorn, and rockers Press the Glass.

Nine national and regional barbecue teams will offer favorites like ribs, chicken, pulled pork and beef brisket, each with signature sauces. Many of the participants have been on TV outlets like the Food Channel. Highlighting the list of cooks is Georgetown, South Carolina’s Solomon Williams, known nationally as the “Carolina Rib King.” Williams was a 2012 finalist on the popular TV competition BBQ PITMASTERS on the Destination America cable network.

Organizers of the New BBQ RIBFEST promise lower food and beverage prices, allowing patrons to sample more items and attend more often.  The group has produced a similar event in Fort Wayne for 17 years, named in 2009 as one of the Top Ten Ribfests in America by Martha Stewart Living Magazine.

For more information: http://www.indybbq.com/

Lykins to be sentended in Circuit Court today; could get 50 years in prison

A sentencing hearing is set for this morning at 8:30a at Washington Circuit Court for a Salem man entered a blind guilty plea for the battery and neglect of a dependent resulting in death of eight-month-old Leelan Crain in September 2013.

Circuit Court Judge Larry Medlock accepted the guilty plea in May.

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Jamie Lykins will be charged with Count 2, Battery Resulting in Death, a Class A Felony & Count 3, Neglect Resulting in Death, a Class A Felony.

“We had been working on this plea for a while. Sometimes the defense uses this as a way to admit guilt but also leave the sentencing up to the judge,” said Washington County Prosecutor Dustin Houchin. “We got the same result as a conviction in a jury trial. So it’s a victory. The difference is a blind plea, we are held by the judge’s decision at sentencing.”

Lykins could face up to 50 years in prison, said Houchin.

Stephen J Beardsley, a court-appointed New Albany attorney charged with defending Lykins, presented the blind plea in court on Thursday along with the defendant.

The court ordered a pre-sentence investigative report and set the sentencing hearing for July 22 at 8:30 a.m.

A jury trial had been planned for June 2, but that was cancelled after the blind plea was entered.

During the sentencing, Houchin said both sides will call witnesses in order to present as much information to the judge as possible.

Leelan was found unresponsive in his crib last September and later died at a Louisville hospital.

Lykins has been incarcerated at the Washington County Detention Center, along with his girlfriend, Casey Crain, who is facing a Class A Felony charge of Neglect Of Dependent Resulting In Death.

Currently, several pretrial conferences for Crain have been reset, with the latest one set for October 16. A jury trial that was set for August 5 has been re-scheduled again by the court for December 2.

The couple were arrested after incidents were investigated after Crain’s baby was found unresponsive by his mother while Leelan was taking a nap.

Crain and Lykins took Leelan to the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Salem on Saturday, Sept. 7 after friends convinced them Leelan needed medical care.

Once at St. Vincent Salem, Leelan was transported to the Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky., by air ambulance.

He was pronounced dead at approximately 1:41 a.m., Sept. 8.

An autopsy was performed Sunday morning, Sept. 8, on Leelan at the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, Ky.

The autopsy preliminary determined the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.

 

West Baden Man dies in early morning crash

A West Baden man died as a result of his injuries sustained this morning during a rollover crash on State Road 56. 

Dead is Gared Blake Allen, 28, 896 N. Flood Road, West Baden, IN. 

According to the Indiana State Police, about 7:20a, Allen was traveling eastbound on State Road 56 in a red 2000 Sterling dump truck.

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For an unknown reason, Allen drove off the south edge of the roadway on French Lick Hill and was unable to steer the truck back onto the road. This caused the vehicle to slide down a ditch line, overturn, and strike a tree.

Allen was pronounced dead at the scene by the Orange County Coroner’s Office. The truck was partially loaded with soil, which spilled into the ditch line. 

Allen was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. 

Vehicle recovery crews remained on the scene throughout the morning,  attempting to remove the truck. State Road 56 has been closed since the crash. 

Indiana State Police were assisted on scene by the French Lick Police and Fire Departments, Orange County Coroner, Orange County Rural Fire Department, and IU Health EMS. 

Back to School for EW and WW on August 1 – Salem returns August 5

It’s Back to School time for Southern Indiana students and we have information on Washington County Schools.

East Washington Community Schools will return to school on Friday August 1.

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A full list of supplies can be found at http://ewsc.k12.in.us/students-parents/registration-back-to-school/back-to-school/file

There will be an open house for 5th grade students at Thursday, July 24 at 6p. You can also register fifth grade students.

An Open House is planned for Thursday, July 31 from 5:30 – 7p at the elementary school and on August 7 from 5:30 – 7p for the middle and high school students.

West Washington Schools will report on August 1.

Salem High School students will begin the new school year by reporting to their first period class at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Students (grades 10-12) may access their schedule via PowerSchool beginning August 1.

The bookstore will be open for students to pay book fees beginning August 1, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  On Thursday, July 31, freshmen may pay book rental during the Lion Kickoff until 6 p.m.

Counselors will be available to enroll new students on July 21-25 and August 1 & 4 by appointment.  Call or email Jennifer Martin (883.3904/ [email protected]) to make an appointment.  From July 27-July 31 counselors will be available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All students new to Salem Community Schools must first register at the Superintendent’s office before reporting to the high school for enrollment.  Current students who wish to make a schedule change may come in or call counselors at 883-3904 to make adjustments.  Counselors will also respond to e-mail requests:  [email protected] (grades 11, 12), [email protected] (grade 10), or [email protected] (grade 9).

All freshmen and students new to Salem High School are reminded that the Freshmen Orientation (Lion Kickoff) is scheduled from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.  Students will meet just inside the front door of the high school.  Parents are invited to attend an information session from 5:30-6:00 p.m. at the end of the Lion Kickoff.  Freshmen schedules will be distributed at the orientation. Any questions, please contact Salem High School @ 883-3904.