Greensburg, In. — Deputy Patrick Graue has been named the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department Office of the Year for 2018.Graue has had a life-long ambition to serve as a police officer, specifically for sheriff Greg Allen and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department.Graue is a three year veteran of the force.
Brownstown, In. — The Indiana State Police continue an investigation into an officer-involved shooting Wednesday, outside of the Brownstown Police Department in Jackson County.The initial reports say a male, identified as Barry A. Rucker, age 53, Brownstown, Indiana along with a female arrived at the Brownstown Police Department together shortly after 8 a.m. Rucker and the female were involved in an altercation outside of the police department which prompted a 911 call from a passerby. Two officers from the Brownstown Police Department soon arrived on scene.After the officers arrived, an altercation occurred between the officers and Rucker. During the altercation, Rucker produced a gun, prompting both officers to fire at least one round from their handguns. Rucker was struck by at least one of the bullets fired by the officers.Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department soon arrived on scene and assisted the Brownstown officers in administering immediate first aid to Rucker. Jackson County EMS arrived on scene and transported Rucker to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana where he was soon pronounced deceased by the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.None of the officers or the female acquaintance of Rucker were injured.Detectives from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post responded to the scene and became the lead investigating agency.Barry Rucker’s family has been notified.The names of the officers involved in the incident will be posted in a future release.The Brownstown Community School Corporation briefly went on lockdown after the incident occurred until it was determined that there was no threat to any of the schools in the district.Streets located near the Brownstown Police Department were blocked off for nearly eight hours while the investigation was occurring.The investigation is ongoing.
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North Decatur High School Girls Varsity Golf beat Knightstown High School 0-222.Even without a full team Thursday evening at North Branch, it was still a fantastic night for the team. Some hilights include not one but two personal bests rounds from Laronda Schwartz and Katy Kinker! Also, Sidney Parmer was only inches short from a hole in one on Bridge hole 2!ND Scoring” Sidney Parmer: 42 (individual medalist), Katy Kinker: 48, Laronda Schwartz: 54.
The Lady Chargers Girls Varsity Golf team competed against Rushville at Antler Pointe Golf Club.Highlights included Sidney Parmer as individual medalist for the match and Katy Kinker having a personal best round!ND Scoring: Sidney Parmer 39 – Individual medalist; Katy Kinker 44 – New personal best; Laronda Schwartz 62. *Unable to post team score due to only 3 players. Rushville scored 211.*Courtesy of Chargers Coach Madeline Childress.
Letts, IN—Information in from the Lett’s Community Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Matthew Morrow is that a fire engulfed a woodshed and wood boiler Saturday evening. The Letts Community Volunteer Fire Department along with the Westport Community Volunteer Fire Department and Decatur County EMS were dispatched to the Baptist Youth Camp on West County Road 800 South for a structure fire. The building housed an outside wood boiler and firewood. The building was 100% involved in fire when the first unit arrived. No injuries occurred according to Chief Morrow.
Brookville, IN—The Franklin County Health Department announced Friday that fifteen more patients have recovered and have been released from quarantine, bringing Franklin County’s total of recovered patients to 51. Another patient, a person in their 80s, has been taken off a ventilator and is breathing on their own, but still in the hospital.Health officials say they also received thirteen new positive cases for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in Franklin County to 88. All new cases are adults. “Some of these cases would have been reported this week,” said Franklin County Health Department Supervisor Angie Ruther, RN. “Yet, some of these are older cases that have just now been reported to us,” Ruther continued.“People may not realize that we have Connersville, Rushville, Greensburg and West Harrison mailing addresses in Franklin County, as well as parts of Dearborn County having Brookville mailing addresses. Plus, Batesville is in both Franklin and Ripley counties,” stated Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Lovins. “It appears that this significant increase, or at least in part, can be attributed to the various labs and/or ISDH sending the results to the wrong county initially,” continued Deputy Lovins.The Franklin County Commissioners are working closely with area officials on travel advisories and opening back businesses slowly. “We are looking to the future and developing plans to, at some point when it is safe to do so, begin getting our businesses back open and our citizens back to work,” stated Commissioner Tom Linkel. “We understand the need to return to some type of normalcy. We are just as eager to get our county up and running again while still abiding by the governor’s order,” continued Commissioner Linkel.
Lake McCoy, IN — On Tuesday, Greensburg Narcotics Detectives along with the Greensburg Tactical Response Team and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department served an arrest warrant in Lake McCoy after an investigation into drug activity.During the investigation, officers received a search warrant for the residence, in which officers allege a significant amount of narcotics were located. Wednesday, officers found Rebecca Stuart, 58, of Greensburg. Stuart was arrested on a warrant for two allegations of Dealing in Methamphetamine.At this time the case is still an active investigation, with future charges possible. Stuart is currently incarcerated in the Decatur County Jail.
Bette G. Thielking, 87, of Connersville, passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020, in Indianapolis. She was born on November 24, 1932, in Petroleum, Indiana, and is the daughter of Ralph Leon Terrel and G. Lucille (Neff) Terrell. She graduated from Batesville High School in 1950 and completed the Ball Hospital RN Program in 1953. She also went on to earn her associate of science degree from Indiana University, and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from IU East. Bette worked as a RN for Fayette Regional Health Systems and retired as “the school nurse” in the Fayette County Community Schools.On February 14, 1959, she married Edward W. Thielking in Batesville and moved to Connersville where they shared almost 50 years together before he passed away in 2007. They were members of First United Methodist Church in Connersville.Bette was an integral part of the Connersville community. She was always willing to help people by volunteering within the community. She also would bake, cook, or drive someone to an appointment if needed. She helped start the Connersville Free Clinic located within the Methodist church. She worked as the clinic coordinator and nurse for many years and only recently had to hand over the task. She was a member of the Tri-Kappa Sorority and served on the Fayette County Board of Health. In the past, she also served on the Fayette Regional Health System Board of Directors, was a member of the PTO and parent support groups, and helped with the United Way.She is survived by her three sisters, Patricia (Donald) Fruth of Bunker Hill, IN; Marsha (Nello) Williams of Gillette, WY; Sandra (Eric) Lindemann of Batesville, IN. Her daughter, Greta M. Sweney, of Seattle, WA; two sons, Ralph L. Thielking of Fishers, IN and Dr. Paul E. (Jane) Thielking, of Brighton, MI; seven grandchildren, Mary, Sarah, Isabel, Molly, August, Adam, and Drue Thielking; and several nieces and nephews.Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Andrew J. Thielking.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Andy Thielking Golf and Swimming Scholarship Fund. Donations can be made at the funeral home or the Fayette County Foundation, 521 Central Ave, Connersville, Indiana 47331, https://givetofcf.com/.Visitation for Bette will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Urban-Winkler Funeral Home, Connersville. The funeral service will be on Saturday, September 19, at 1:00 pm, at First United Methodist Church in Connersville. Burial will follow in Dale Cemetery.
Statewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 1,822 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the weekend. A total of 111,505 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 1,301,940 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.6% positivity rate and 11 new deaths were reported for a total of 3,281 Hoosier deaths since March 2020.Dearborn County has a total of 626 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 10 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 453 positive cases and 39 deaths (up 3 news cases), Franklin County has 297 positive cases and 25 deaths (up 4 new cases), and Ripley County has 278 positive cases and 8 deaths (no change). Locally, this is an increase of 17 new positive cases.