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"High-speed chase in North Vernon leads to arrests"

A vehicle pursuit in North Vernon leads to two arrests.
According to the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, on November 26 at approximately 10:22 p.m. officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of U.S. 50 and County Road 75 East in Center Township, for traveling 72 miles per hour in a posted 55 miles per hour zone. The vehicle failed to stop and fled south bound on County Road 75 East towards Vernon at a high rate of speed.
Deputies pursued the vehicle, which at times reached speeds in excess of 110 mph, through eastern Center Township and western Campbell Township for a total of 15 miles with the pursuit lasting for approximately 11 minutes.
The pursuit ended at the driver’s residence in the 3500 block east of U.S. 50. The driver, Troy R. Petro Jr. of North Vernon, immediately exited the vehicle and began to fight with deputies as they tried to take him into custody. Petro was eventually able to be taken in to custody after a TASER was deployed.
Petro was the only occupant of the vehicle, but while on scene, numerous individuals began to arrive and cause a disturbance in an attempt to hinder the officers’ efforts. During the course of the disturbance, Petro’s brother, Brian R. Petro of North Vernon, made threatening statements towards officers. Brian Petro was also taken into custody on scene.
Brian Petro faces a Level 6 Felony Intimidation charge for his role in the arresting incident. Tony Petro Jr. faces Level 6 Felony charges for Battery of Law Enforcement, Resisting Law Enforcement by Fleeing, and Criminal Recklessness along with several misdemeanor charges and citations for the chase and arresting incident. Both were taken to the Jennings County Jail on cash bonds.


"Warming stations available for those in need"

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is spreading the word on winter warming stations.
Beginning now and running through April 1, an overnight warming location for any person in need will be available from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. when the temperature drops below 40 degrees. The location of the station is rotated between a few sites in Madison.
On nights below 40 degrees, the location of the station will be available by calling the non-emergency dispatch phone number at 812-265-2648. Transportation to the host church will be available at 4:30 p.m. from the Salvation Army in downtown Madison. The Madison Police and and Jefferson County Sheriff’s departments have agreed to help provide transportation to the station location for individuals that need it.
For more information, contact the Salvation Army at 812-265-2157.


"Hanover man arrested for dealing meth in Madison"

A Jefferson County man is arrested for dealing meth.
According to the Madison Police Department, in July of this year, MPD detectives met with a confidential informant who was assisting police. The informant advised that a person they identified as Kyle Wayne Ashcraft of Hanover was selling methamphetamine in the Madison area.
Later in July, officers made arrangements through the informant to purchase methamphetamine from Ashcraft. A controlled buy was conducted and the informant was able to successfully purchase a crystal-like substance from Ashcraft in Madison. The substance later field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
On November 27, MPD officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the downtown Madison area for a traffic infraction. During the stop Ashcraft was found to be a passenger in the vehicle. Officers placed Ashcraft under arrest for one count of Level 5 Felony Dealing in Methamphetamine. Ashcraft was transported to the Jefferson County Jail on the preliminary alleged charge.
The Madison Police Department would like to encourage citizens to report any suspicious activity that may involve narcotics to the Jefferson County drug tip line at 812-265-2121. Callers can remain anonymous.


"Tickets available for annual 'Mesiah' performance"

A local Christmas season tradition returns to the Hanover College campus Sunday, December 4th at 2 p.m. with the 43rd presentation of Handel's "Messiah".
The Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts will be filled with music when the Hanover College Concert Choir and Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus perform selections from the "Messiah". The vocalists are accompanied by a Louisville-area festival orchestra in a combination of choir and live orchestra that highlights high levels of talent right here in our own community.
The local performance is once again under the direction of Hanover College Professor Dr. Madlen Batchvarova who is in her 14th year as conductor. The performance is expected to last about an hour. Tickets are $9 and are available at the door or by calling 812-213-2652.




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