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Nice day for play

Jaymz Freeman, 3, treads carefully on a rubber mat that serves as a bouncing bridge on the playground at Roberts Park on Monday afternoon, as his cousin, Braylon Barker, 4, looks on with anticipation. A few seconds later, both boys bounced gleefully on the mat. Both of them came out for a fine spring afternoon with Jaymz’s parents, Anthony and Alaina Freeman.

Nice day for play at the park

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On the path to making healthy changes

Sarah Marvel makes a presentation about her goal of helping make Fayette County a healthier place to live.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Organizing a health council for Fayette County is the next step for a local pair who have attended a national leadership training activity. They’re planning an initial activity in mid-June. Sarah Marvel, a senior at

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Drive-thru Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com It is time to clean out the medicine cabinet and safely dispose of the outdated or no-longer-needed medicines during Drug Take-Back Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers with the Fayette County Drug Coaliti

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Bicentennial HQ opens Thursday

Fayette County Bicentennial Co-Chair Mike Sparks and steering committee member Jackie Church show off the Bicentennial coverlet during the April 1 Board of Public Works and Safety meeting. The coverlet and other souvenirs will be available starting Thursday at the headquarters in Roberts Park.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Information and souvenirs for the upcoming Fayette County Bicentennial will be available starting Thursday from a headquarters in the Red Cross Building in Roberts Park, 2900 Park Road. Headqu

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Grant supports art show

The Regional ArtExhibition of the Whitewater Valley Arts Association received a $250 grant from the Fayette Community Foundation’s Sue & Melvin Dice Endowment. Pictured with a replica check are, from left Anna Dungan, the foundation’s executive director; Sharon McQueen, WVAA president, andCurtisPotters, exhibits chair.Entries for the 2019 Regional Art Exhibition can be hand deliveredat 402 Central Ave. from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday, May 3, or 10a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 4.Entries can be from residents of Fayette, Rush, Henry, Wayne, Union and Franklin counties.

Grant supports art show 

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Court News

Fayette Superior Court Judge Paul Freed Possession of a narcotic drug, driving while suspended, possession of paraphernalia, driving while suspended: Erica R. Boyer, 36, 1200 W. 3rd St. Room 3, pleaded guilty to Counts I and II and sentenced on Count I to 30 months

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Accidents A quad driven by Steven Smith with passenger Kalissa Beach, no addresses provided, struck a tree

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Correction

Alexis Angel is the daughter of Amanda and Danny Angel. Her father’s name was incorrect in Sunday’s article, “Family continues ‘Lexi’s Fight.’” The Connersville News-Examiner regrets the error.

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Community Notebook

Lions Club: Connersville Lions Club, Tuesday at noon, The Pizza Place, 105 E. 16th St.  Kiwanis Club: Connersville Kiwanis Club, program meeting, Wednesday at noon at The Pizza Place, 105 E. 16th St. Questers: Josiah Wedgwood Chapter of Questers, 1 p.m. T

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CELEBRATING THE SEASON

Worshippers of all ages – including children – filled First United Methodist Church for a noontime Community Good Friday Service.Several members of the Fayette County Ministerial Associationled worship and the bell choir and choir of First United Methodist provided music. Pictured speaking is Jeremiah Burdon, pastor at Western Avenue Baptist Church. In Christian tradition, Good Friday is the day of Jesus’s death by crucifixion. Today, Easter Sunday, is celebrated as the dayof his resurrection from the dead.

CELEBRATING THE SEASON

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Family continuing 'Lexi's Fight'

Lexi Angel sits atop of her adaptive tricycle, which she has outgrown. Her family is trying to raise $2,800 for a larger one.

By BOB HANSEN bhansen@newsexaminer.com A local family’s support for their daughter’s struggles with a rare genetic condition is continuing. Like any 12-year-old, she has grown out of things she used to use. Alexis Angel, called Lexi, th

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Task Force says map of broadband is wrong

This map of broadband connectivity from the Federal Communications Commissionshows Fayette County is well served. That’s wrong,according to the Fayette County Intelligent Community Task Force. It’s important because state funding for expension of broadband is at least partly based on the map. The white areas are alleged to have broadband availability.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Persuading state and federal officials that they are wrong about high speed broadband service in Fayette County might not be easy but it’s important, according to the Fayette County Intelligent Community Task Fo

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CHS grad chosen to lead large manufacturer

Ryan Willhelm and his family leave no doubt about their favorite football team as they all pose in their Indianapolis Colts jerseys. Ryan, second from left in back row, is the new president and COO of Ryobi Die Casting. His wife of 30 years, Kristy, is front and center. Their children, spouses and grandchildren fill out the family portrait.

News-Examiner Connersville native Ryan Willhelm has been chosen as the president and chief operating officer of a large manufacturing company. Willhelm took the helm of Ryobi Die Casting, one of the largest employers in Shelbyville, on April 1. It is

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Garden oasis planned for downtown

- News-Examiner Plans call for transforming an empty downtown lot into an oasis of green this summer Discover Connersville in collaboration with Fayette County Community Voices and Purdue Extension Nutritional Education Program is creating a garden i

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Even signs don't stop stupidity

A stop sign bordered with flashing red lights has been erected at Ziegler and Gray roads by the Fayette County highway department, across from the house at 409 S. Gray Roadhit by a car in February.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com A new stop sign bordered with blinking red lights now stands across the street from where a vehicle crashed into a home but it’s not stopping stupidity. Don Cullins asked for and received help from Fayette County 

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USLA hires loan officer

Union Savings and Loan Association has hired Haylee Cavins as a loan officer based in the bank’s main office, 730 Central Ave. Cavins comes to Union Savings and Loan with 17 years of retail management experience and 13 years 

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Spartans of the Week

Lallah O’Brian is Connersville Middle School’s seventh-grade Spartan of the Week for the week of April 22. Lallah is the daughter of Sharon and Christopher Roberson. Lallah was nominated by the Eagles team teachers for exhibiting the 3 R’s

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News Briefs

Mayor will appoint new Park Dept. head Mayor Harold Gordon plans to appoint a new Parks and Recreation Department head on Monday. Gordon said he has chosen a new department head and will announce the name at Monday’s meeting of the Parks Board.

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Organization Reports

LEFT: Ralfi Rivera of Richmond entertainswith a programabout photography at Altrusa’s April 17 meeting at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. RIGHT: Carrie Bale, center, spoke to Connersville Rotary Club Monday about her work with the Fayette County Early Learning Coalition. Posing with her after the meeting are Wes Widdows, left, club president, and Gary O’Neal, program chair.

Altrusa Altrusa International of Connersville, Indiana Inc. met on April 17 at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. The meeting was called to order by President Carolyn Doub with the Altrusa Grace and Pledge to the Flag. Twelve members answered roll call: Karen Brown

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Getting young children engaged in learning

Pictured, left, Corbin Ruf and right, Colby Bloom do their daily jobs of wiping off the tables in the morning before their class starts their day. Title 1 Preschool teacher Amanda Cranfill says she assigns students jobs for the week to do.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com With Magic Moments daycare and preschool programs coming to an end this year, another program is being offered to Fayette County children.  Enrollment is now open for Title 1 Preschool. It focuses on social and e

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Community Notebook

Fayette County Cancer Society: Monday, 7 p.m. at The Pizza Place, 105 E. 16th St. Board meeting at 6 p.m.  Rotary Club: Connersville Rotary Club, meet at 11:45 a.m. Monday at The Pizza Place, eat, and then go to Wayzata Home Products for tour. Lions

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Correction

Ann Kirschner has been appointed by the Fayette County School Corp. board to replace Tom Powers on the Connersville Parks Board. Incorrect information was in an April 18 story in the Connersville News-Examiner. The News-Examiner regrets the

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Memories turned to ashes

Several years ago, I had some logs cut into rough boards. I stacked them under a shed roof to air dry for a couple of years. One day last week I decided it was time to have them planed and sanded for a project I had in mind. I took them to a nearby woodworking shop

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Girl Scouts offer summer activities for young girls

Girls in pre-k, kindergarten and first grade are being invited to participate in a summer program of the Girl Scouts designed to help them prepare for kindergarten. Daisy by Mail will send each girl a packet of interactive activities each month in June, J

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Schools locked down during standoff

Police and other agencies responded to a report of a possibly suicidal man in a house in Cambridge City Thursday. The standoff ended peacefully after about 90 minutes.

CAMBRIDGE CITY -- Western Wayne schools were on lockdown and traffic was diverted after police responded to an apparently suicidal man threatening to harm himself near Cambridge City’s downtown Thursday. The situation ended peacefully after about 90 minu

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Taking the price out of prom

Prom dresses come in all designs, colors and sizes at the Princess Parlor at Grand Avenue United Methodist Church, where they are given away to anyone. Accessories are also free.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Prom for many Connersville High School students is fast approaching, and for many, finding something to wear that is eye catching and – just as importantly – within price range is difficult. Grand Avenue U

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Student Spotlight

Giovanna Struewing Parents: Fawn and Stephen Struewing Grade: 12 ECHS Pathway: Liberal arts Number of credits expected to have earned by graduation: 56 College plans: Psychology and sports administration Extracurricular activities: Basketball, tennis, National Hono

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Blotter Connersville Police Department reported three suspicious persons and two citizen ass

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PUBLIC MEETINGS

Readers may wish to confirm the meeting schedule by contacting the organization before attending. Some groups ask people wishing to speak to ask for a place on the agenda several days before the meeting.  FAYETTE COUNTY Monday Connersville Parks Board:&

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What's for lunch?

Pictured, left, Alex Powell, sophomore and student in the WCC culinary arts program competes against Charlie Beinart, chef at FCSC food service, Chartwells, in the cooking competition, Beat Chef Charlie at CHS.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Things got a little quacky during Thursday lunch at Connersville High School. Two Connersville students in the Whitewater Career Center culinary arts class competed against each other in a cooking competition that included

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Singing Policeman to entertain at Elders Luncheon

Pictured, from left, are Butch Bunzendahl, Mayor Harold Gordon, Mary Anne Morris and Fayette County Bicentennial Co-Chairs Mike and Jenny Sparksduring a planning meeting for the Honoring Our Elders Luncheon planned for Thursday, May 16.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com A month from now Fayette County will be in the midst of its 200th anniversary celebration. The first activity is the Honoring Our Elders luncheon on Thursday, May 16. New York City’s Singing Policeman, Daniel Rodrigu

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Solar installation to begin Monday

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com After months of planning, solar panels will start being installed next week on city-owned facilities. Contractors had been lined up for the projects but they were busy on other projects as the weather broke, Noah

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Speaker talks of leadership skills

Six students at Connersville High School attended a leadership forum sponsored by the Fayette Community Foundation Wednesday. After the meeting, they gathered for discussion with the guest speaker, Brian Copes, third from left.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Leadership takes many skills and isn’t always found in the obvious places, according to a speaker at a Wednesday evening meeting.  Brian Copes, president and chief executive officer of

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You are on His mind

It all began on Ash Wednesday of this year. Many have journeyed through the wilderness these past 40 days, searching, examining and fasting or giving up food, beverages, habits or even sleep to draw closer to God. In the Christian arena, we call this the season of

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News Briefs

CHS Academic Teams compete in regional Academic Teams from Connersville High School took honors at regional competition in Richmond on Tuesday. CHS competed as a Class 1 school and came away with first-place ribbons in math, English and fine arts, an

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Community Notebook

Rotary Club: Connersville Rotary Club, 11:45 a.m. Monday, meet and eat at The Pizza Place, 105 E. 16th St., followed by tour of Wayzata Home Products.  Fayette County Cancer Society: Monday, 7 p.m. at The Pizza Place, 105 E. 16th St. Board meeting at

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Priest, firefighters race to save the irreplaceable

As the flames rushed through Notre Dame Cathedral’s wooden rafters – each beam cut from an individual oak – a squad of firefighters began a strategic mission. Their leader was Father Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade. The goal

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Arrests Joshua A. Edwards, 38, 2146 Lola Road, was arrested Wednesday at that address by Fayette County Sh

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School workers training for shooters

Members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Connersville Police Department conducted an active shooter drill at Connersville High School on Feb. 27. The drill helped staff and administration experience a realistic active shooter event, and allowed law enforcement to become familiar withthe school buildings.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com With recent school shootings and threats around the country and locally, Fayette County School Corporation has started active shooter training in school buildings with staff members after students are dismissed. FCSC has p

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Recycling ag plastic - for free

A sign marks the entrance to East Terra Plastics, where a free ag plastics recycling drive is underway today. Clean plastic jugs of 5 gallons andless can be taken to 725 W. 21st St. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. East Terra willmake them into pellets and sell the plastic to companies that make farm drainage tiles.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com A company that moved here in 2018 hopes local farmers will believe it when it says it will be glad to take used plastic jugs off of their hands -- for free. East Terra Plastics is a recycling company that move

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Honor Flight seeks veterans

Herschel Hannefey shows his enlarged Korea War service photograph while standing at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., duringan Indy Honor Flight. An informational meeting for veterans interested in making the flight and their families is scheduledat 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27. News-Examinerfile photo

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com News last week that the last survivor from Doolittle’s Raid on Japan in 1942 had died brings to mind the urgency for veterans from that conflict, Korea and Vietnam to sign up for Indy Honor Flight while their he

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School demolition continues

Demolition continues at the old Milton School. On Wednesday morning, a lone worker continued taking down the old building in this view through a safety fence.

School demolition continues

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Creative people

Carol Hathaway is a local artist who likes to paint nature. She painted Open Gate in an art class she attended.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Carol Hathaway is a local artist who taught Family and Consumer Science for 20 years at Connersville High School, but has a passion for art. Hathaway moved to Connersville from Brook, Indiana, in 1978, when her h

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News Briefs

Executive session set BROOKVILLE — The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will meet in executive session at 9 a.m. Monday in the Franklin County Government Center room 2014. The meeting, closed to the public, is for discussion of litigation which is pendi

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Arrests Ronald L. Geisler, 41, 910 Woodward St., was arrested Wednesday at the Fayette County Courthouse b

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Going an extra mile to keep students safe

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com Visitors will soon need to show a state or federal photo ID to enter local schools.  The Fayette County School Corp. board on Tuesday discussed a new security system that will be in place for the 2019-2

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Posing with Easter Bunny

Little Ryan Garci cuddles in the arms of a big Easter bunny that came to the Easter egg hunt in Roberts Park Tuesday afternoon. Helping posethe 14-month-old babeis his mother, Codi Garci, and taking a photo is Island Chhoeuy (mostly hidden). Hundreds of children found 6,000 eggs in about 2 minutes.

Posing with Easter Bunny

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN EFFECT

Connersville Utilities issued a precautionary boil water advisory Tuesday as a city utility crew replaced a hydrant at 21st Street and Western Avenue.The advisory is forLexington Place, 21st Street from Western Avenue to Iowa Avenue, and Western Avenue from 21st to 22nd street.Residents there should boil any water intended for human use for 5 minutes. The advisory will continue until further notice. The hydrant had been damaged by a vehicle.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN EFFECT

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A 2-minute hunt

With 6,000 eggs to find, children wasted no time getting to it Tuesday afternoon in the annual Roberts Park Easter egg hunt. Plastic eggs had prizes in them and took the Parks Dept. staff about a half hour to put out near the pavilion, according to Dennis Ellis, recreation director. It took only 2 minutes before children had picked up all the eggs.

A 2-minute hunt

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County renews Extension contract

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com Fayette County has agreed to a contract with the Purdue University Extension as a sign of good faith and the desire to continue services. But the Fayette County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to withhold payment for awhil

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Council approves hiring 3rd mechanic

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com Help will be coming to the city garage to maintain about 300 pieces of equipment owned by the city, including fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles. City Council has approved hiring a third mechanic, which Street Sup

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Sewer District treatment plant still on hold

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com DUBLIN — Another month brought another delay in making a final decision on constructing a new wastewater treatment plant for the Western Wayne Sewer District. SugarCreek Packing Co. Plant Manager Ron Holbrook to

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New group pushes for a better community

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com A new group has emerged to help make the Fayette County community better by educating people about the diversity of the population that lives here.  Community Listening Circles is being launched by the Social Cul

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On The Record

Individuals listed in the arrest logs are considered innocent until proven guilty. The preliminary charges and bonds may be changed when a case goes to court. Arrests Tawnya M. Godar, 41, 5568 S. County Rd. 100 E., was arrested Tuesday at that address by Fayette Co

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News Briefs

Bicentennial includes tours of cemeteries  The Fayette County Bicentennial will include tours of historic cemeteries. The Fayette County Cemetery Commission is partnering with the Daughters of the American Revolution to have a guided cemete

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Albert Moore, Jr.

Albert Moore, Jr., 57, a lifelong resident of Connersville, passed away Tuesday morning surrounded by his loving family and friends. A son of Albert, Sr. and Opal Rose Moore, Albert was born on November 20, 1961, and graduated from Connersville High School with the

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CAR DESTROYS UTILITY POLE

A black Trax vehicle struck and destroyed a utility pole belonging to Duke Energy along Indiana Highway 1 south of Milton at about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.Duke shut off power to a house across the road and had called for a crew to install a new pole. Windows on the vehicle were knocked out and the rear wheelsappeared to have separated from the vehicle.A neighbor said he heard the crash but did not know what happened. He said the driver apparently was taken for medical treatment. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, which investigated, did not respond to requests for further information.

CAR DESTROYS UTILITY POLE

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