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"MPD assists in arrest of Harrison County shooting suspects"

Madison Police assisted in the arrest Thursday of suspects in a shooting.
On January 14 the Madison Police Department was contacted by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, requesting assistance with locating three suspects who were wanted for questioning in a double shooting. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department had information the suspects were in an apartment in Presidential Estates in Madison. It was further relayed the suspects were to be considered armed and dangerous and were in possession of a sawed-off shotgun and a handgun.
After a lengthy surveillance investigation, it was learned two of the suspects were in a vehicle in the area. Officers observed the suspect vehicle pull into a parking space in the Walmart parking lot.
Officers of the Madison Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department were able to pin the vehicle in. A female subject, later identified as Tara Dawn Snawder Vanwinkle of DePauw, was apprehended immediately. A male subject, later identified as Travis Dean Fentress of Corydon, fled the area on foot. After a pursuit on foot and the deployment of a TASER, Fentress was taken into custody.
Warrants were confirmed for Vanwinkle and Fentress, and both were transported to the Jefferson County Jail without further incident. Local charges have not been filed at this time.
The vehicle was determined to be stolen and was towed from the scene. Indiana State Police Crime Scene technicians were contacted to process the vehicle. No weapons were located.


"Chamber of Commerce director resigns"

A local organization is announcing a change in leadership.
The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that they have accepted the resignation of Executive Director Trevor Crafton, effective January 22. Crafton served on the board of directors from 2010 to 2012 before being named the Executive Director in November 2012. He has served in his role as Executive Director for the Chamber for more than three years.
The Board of Directors has named Lindsay Bloos as the new Executive Director. Bloos has been with the Chamber since 2013, and has served as both the Finance and Marketing Manager. In a release, Bloos says she has thoroughly enjoyed working with Crafton at the Chamber, and is excited for this new challenge, and eager to serve the members of the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce and the community.
In his statement, Chamber Board President Dan Wright of FPBH, Inc. stated that Crafton has done a fantastic job leading the Chamber over the last three years, but his best show of leadership is exhibited in his choice and preparation of his successor, Lindsay Bloos.


"Tickets, raffle available for Habitat for Humanity fundraiser"

Tickets are on sale for the Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity’s annual dinner auction. The dinner will be held Saturday, January 23rd at The Old Market on Main. Tickets are $35 per person, or tables are available for purchases for parties of eight or 10.
Tickets are also available for the annual 50/50 raffle, which features a minimum jackpot of $2000. Half of the jackpot will go to the winner, with the other half going to the local Habitat for Humanity charity. This year, tickets are available city-wide for all to purchase, and you do not have to be at the auction to win. Tickets are available for purchase at all Jefferson County MainSource Bank branches, the main branch of River Valley Financial Bank, the Madison Courier’s office at 310 Courier Square, and the Habitat ReStore at 931 Lanier Drive. Tickets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10. The winning ticket will be drawn the night of the auction.



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