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County closes another bridge for safety

Fayette County has closed a second bridge because of possibly unsafe conditions.

County surveyor Bill Macke said the county closed a bridge on Little Bear Road about a half mile west of Co. Road 100 E late last week. A contractor who is inspecting county bridges and culverts reported possibly unsafe conditions.

Earlier last week, the county closed a bridge on Garrison Road for the same reason. Both bridges will be closed until a thorough evaluation of their conditions can be made, Macke said.

Open mic night planned Saturday

Open Mic Night sponsored by Imagine Performing Arts starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Performers and spectators are welcome to attend at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association, 402 Central Ave.

All family friendly performances are welcome: acoustic, song, prose, poetry or comedy. Sign up at the door or private message Belinda Foreman.

Impaired driving checkpoint planned

Indiana State Police will have a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in Fayette County Saturday evening, Aug. 17, in conjunction with the Operation Pull Over Campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Motorists entering the checkpoint are asked to have their drivers license and vehicle registrations readily available to reduce the amount of time they are delayed. Motorists can expect short delays of two to three minutes.

Dinner concert planned Friday

Driven Trio with Jason Funderburk will return to Connersville Friday in a dinner concert to benefit Faith Christian School.

The fundraiser starts with a spaghetti dinner at 6:30 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m. at the John Miller Community Center, 2900 Park Road. The suggested donation is $10.

Faith Christian School is part of Faith Builders Ministries. For more information, contact Nadine Baker, school administrator, at 765-541-9168 or Ken Fuller, Faith Builders president, 765-524-5378.

Funding boost proposed for Indy police cameras

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis police chief says a budget proposal dedicating $1.2 million toward officer body cameras doesn’t mean they’re coming quickly.

A city spending plan released Monday by Mayor Joe Hogsett includes the body camera funding boost as the police department is in the midst of a pilot program in which some officers are using such cameras from three companies.

Police Chief Bryan Roach says a decision on how to proceed with the cameras for the department’s some 1,100 street officers is months away. Roach says the $1.2 million would be enough to start a body camera program, but estimates that is about half of what would be needed each year.

Indiana boy with gun said he ‘might have to shoot’ people

MUNCIE (AP) — A 15-year-old boy arrested with a handgun outside a central Indiana high school allegedly told an acquaintance he “might have to shoot a couple of people.”

The Muncie Central High School student was arrested Aug. 7 outside the school. Court records filed in delinquency proceedings against the juvenile say he showed an acquaintance a handgun outside the school, saying he was bringing it to school because he had a “beef” with some people there.

That witness texted a school guard about the armed youth after he allegedly told her “he might have to shoot some people.”

Officers found a handgun and two fully loaded magazines in the boy’s shorts pocket.

Prosecutors say he’d be facing six charges, including possession of a handgun on school property, if he was an adult.