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A man was shot and killed at the Four Seasons Restaurant in the Center Grove area. Police were looking for a man and were interviewing diners and employees after the shooting in the parking lot of the eatery just after 6 a.m.


Angry about an affair his wife was having, a man drove to a Greenwood restaurant and shot the man she was involved with as he arrived for work, police said. About 24 hours after the shooting outside Four Seasons Restaurant on State Road 135, police arrested Candelario Cruz-Trujillo, 37, of Indianapolis, on a charge of murder. U.S. marshals found him at a home in Seymour.


A 2-month-old baby sustained a brain injury and bruising, and a Franklin man was arrested. Braelyn Hendley was brought to Johnson Memorial Hospital after her mother discovered she was not breathing right. Doctors found bruising, and the baby was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis.


Residents of the Central Park and Copperfield South neighborhoods in Greenwood formed their own group, Concerned Citizens of Southeast Greenwood, to discuss development concerns. The group first formed to fight a gas station in their area and next planned to fight a proposed apartment complex.


Braelyn Hendley was 2 months old when she died after suffering bruises, seizures, a significant brain injury and retinal bleeding and detachment. An autopsy showed the infant died after suffering brain damage due to blunt force trauma to the head.


Center Grove school officials proposed an idea for a new tax-increment financing district Greenwood was creating along State Road 135, which would allow the school district and other local governments to still collect property taxes from future apartments and condominiums.


Jamison Cyrus Allan Hendley was charged with battery resulting in the death of a child after his baby died at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Hendley told police he was frustrated with the 2-month-old’s crying and shook her and then threw her across the room into a chair.


A lawsuit filed against Johnson County judges, commissioners and attorneys questioned the way public defenders are paid, who oversees them and how many cases they handle at once. Under the current system, judges hire local attorneys, public defenders have caseloads that are too large to properly represent their clients and are unable to question or challenge the judges overseeing the cases, who also are their bosses, the lawsuit claimed.


A former substitute teacher at Franklin Community High School was charged with a misdemeanor after police said he paid money for sex with a teen. The incidents happened during the summer, when Mihirbhai Patel met the boy, who was between 16 and 18, on a website.


A Center Grove area resident started the process for a petition drive in which opponents and supporters would battle to collect the most signatures for and against a proposed $10 million student activity center.

In the past three years, Johnson Memorial Health had acquired 38 senior care facilities, allowing the health network to branch into a new area of business and extend care to patients.


A plan to build apartments on the southeast side of Greenwood got a no vote from a city board. The Greenwood Plan Commission member voted against rezoning 29 acres to allow about 300 apartments to be built, a proposal nearby residents fought against.

A teen had to jump from a window and a woman was taken to the hospital after a Greenwood home on Longleaf Drive in the Pines of Greenwood caught fire, causing significant damage.


Greenwood city officials wanted to gather specific data about where you drive, come from, turn and head to help with traffic in the downtown area. A consultant planned to use wireless data, cellphone data and Bluetooth devices to study traffic patterns in and around downtown.


For the third time in less than two weeks, burglars broke into the homes of rural eastern Johnson County residents. The same burglars also were likely ransacking homes in Shelby County, officials said. Jewelry, cash and televisions were taken.


Work began winding down on Interstate 65 projects. New travel lanes added between Southport Road and Main Street would open by the end of the month, and the Worthsville Road interchange was expected to open before Thanksgiving.


Honey Creek Road was planned to become a backup north-south route for the ever-increasing traffic from the Center Grove area and to help relieve congestion on State Road 135.

Greenwood school officials started researching what could be done with the middle school building once students and teachers move out. School and city officials have been discussing whether the property could be used to help with downtown redevelopment.


A customer shopping at Greenwood Park Mall called police when she noticed a van with three men inside. Another hour passed before Christopher W. McCoy came outside, shopping bags in hand. McCoy told police he worked as a caregiver and was supposed to be caring for the three men, who cannot communicate or care for themselves.


Greenwood City Council members gave final approval to creating a new tax-increment financing district along State Road 135 between Whiteland and Stones Crossing roads.


Two men were arrested after someone went on a destructive spree through Franklin. Roy Burkett and Brian Shaw were arrested. Vandals toppled picnic tables, damaged park bathrooms and statues, ripped a carbon dioxide tank off the wall, slashed 24 tires and vandalized multiple businesses, homes and public places.


A health care organization was looking to open a medical office at the northwest corner of U.S. 31 and Whiteland Road, which used to house a grocery store.


Paul Buck, who lost his wife, Jill, and two sons in an accident on Interstate 65, filed a civil lawsuit against Illini State Trucking. His lawsuit claimed the trucking company was negligent because the driver was going too fast and may have violated federal rules on the number of consecutive hours drivers can operate a tractor trailer.


Brian Wynne was convicted after a three-day jury trial for burglary and being a habitual offender, meaning he had committed at least five felonies. He faced up to 32 years in prison.

Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative was considering building a solar farm near Trafalgar, as one of 10 solar farms throughout the state.


Tabitha Walters, of Whiteland, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to causing death when operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol content of .15 percent or more and other charges. Police said Walters struck and killed Tyler Deputy, 19, in a 2013 crash.

With about a month to go before a new interchange was set to open in Greenwood, city and state officials and residents weren’t quite sure what to expect once motorists are able to use a new exit off Interstate 65.


New cellphone poles were being installed that were the size of utility poles, replacing the 200-foot towers. Ten towers were planned in Greenwood.


A $90 million shopping center was planned in Greenwood. Greenwood Town Center was slated to be built on 105 acres off Interstate 65 at County Line Road, with the goal of attracting passing motorists.


A temporary traffic signal at the County Line Road exit on Interstate 65 was taken down. The light was put up during construction along Interstate 65. Commuters thought it should have stayed at the intersection.


Election officials expected a low voter turnout for the primary election. Fewer than half of all voters were eligible to cast a ballot with only a few city and town offices up for election. About 274 people voted early, which was a turnout of less than 1 percent.

Magen Kritsch is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mkritsch@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2770.