In front of a courtroom packed with spectators, James Charles was sentenced to 20 years in jail the morning of Monday, Feb. 5. 1996. In addition, the man was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.
Charles pled guilty on Jan. 12 to dwelling burglary, or breaking and entering a residence with the intent of committing a felony (criminal confinement on a four-year-old girl). The incident occurred in August 1995.
On behalf of the Jennings County commissioners, Skip Fry signed a proclamation designating this week, Feb. 4-10, as the official 4-H Week here in Jennings County. Joining him at the ceremony were, left to right, 4-H Council President Julia Branham, 4-H member Danny Simmons, 4-H Leaders President Terri French, member Brian Simmons, extension educator Jo Thomas, Fry and 4-Her Matt Branham. The young men are active in the Hayden Hurricane Club.
Judging the chili contest at the Moose Lodge Feb. 3, 1996 were judicial candidates Corinne Finnerty and Alan Marshall and Judge Jack Gay, who is seeking election to the position he currently holds as the Superior Court judge. The first place trophy and two $25 gift certificates, donated by IGA and Firsich’s Meat Market went to Ernie Joyce.
Jennings County’s 11 trustees were all present at the session to discuss their helping fund the Coordinating Council’s new building. They include Dale Bentz, Vernon; Cindy Smith, Geneva; Floyd Bowman, Spencer; Ralph Manlief, Columbia; Bob Willhite, Marion; Mike Murphy, Campbell; Larry Short, Montgomery; Phil Daeger, Center; Doug Fox, Bigger; Ron Gholsen, Sand Creek; and James Malcomb, Lovett.
JCHS Athletic Director Steve Arnholt says farewell to retiring Columbus North coach Bill Stearman when the Panthers traveled to Columbus. Arnholt presented his old coach with a special memento and thanked him for being his coach while in high school.
It was a day of thefts on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1996. The North Vernon Hardee’s was burglarized early in the morning with $1,548 in cash stolen.
Sgt. Jack Hatton and officers Thom Frazer and Mike Piirto were called on the scene. Among the evidence collected was a plaster cast of a footprint that officers found.
Throughout that day, officers made arrests in the case. Charged with burglary and possession of stolen property were Jay Blair, 20, and Daniel “Jamie” Bartlet, 22. Charged with possession of stolen property was Chaz Harper, 18, and a 17-year-old juvenile female.
At 10:45 a.m. the same day, officer Eddie Shepherd was called to the Army Surplus Store on Fifth Street to report a theft. Three juveniles males stole a body armor vest and fled. They were later found by the Seymour City Police. The males reportedly took the vest to Crosley State Fish and Wildlife Area and shot up the vest before disposing of it.
Officer Mike Hardwick also got called out to report a theft, this time a stolen vehicle from North Vernon Electric which was later located by Lawrenceburg police. No one was in the vehicle.