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Greenwood bank robbed, man arrested

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A man who used what appeared to be a black pistol to rob a Greenwood bank this weekend was arrested shortly afterward with the cash in his pockets, police said.

German Adalberto Lazo, 22, of Indianapolis, was arrested on a charge of robbery after police set up a search near the Bloomfield State Bank, 893 E. Main St. He told police he was out of work and needed the money, according to a news release from the Greenwood Police Department.

A man went into the bank at 9:50 a.m. Saturday wearing a medical mask and had what appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol. He told a teller to give him the money, and he stuffed cashed into his pockets and ran from the bank, the news release said.

Witnesses standing outside a nearby restaurant told police which way he ran, and that he had put on a winter coat outside the bank, the release said.

A police officer found a man matching the description walking on Country Club Drive, about two blocks east of the bank, and ordered him to the ground at gunpoint. The man, identified as Lazo, had a large amount of money in his pockets, the release said.

Police dogs were used to track his route from the bank. Officers found a black BB pistol near the bank that he used in the robbery, the release said.

He was held at the Johnson County jail on $20,000 bond.

Company donates $10,000 to Franklin club

Children who attend the Boys and Girls Club of Franklin will be able to do their homework or work a math problem on new laptops.

Students looking to burn off some steam can play pool on the club’s new bumper pool table.

The nonprofit agency has received a $10,000 grant from Crossroad Engineers.

The firm, located in Beech Grove, has done work on the street projects in downtown Franklin. It often tries to give money back to the communities in which it works, said Trent Newport, an owner.

Officials of the company toured the Boys and Girls club and decided that they wanted to give them the funds to buy 23 laptops, along with tables and chairs and a new bumper pool table.

All three owners live in Johnson County, and the company was drawn to the club because of its partnership with Franklin College and the mission to give kids a safe place to study and play, Newport said.

“We definitely look at where we live, work and play (to give),” Newport said.

The computers and pool table have been on the club’s wish list for a while, but the organization didn’t have the money to buy them, said Teresa McClure, director of the Boys and Girls Club of Franklin.

“There are a lot of needs that we have, but (these) were something we wanted to upgrade,” she said.

The club’s average 200 students daily often use the club’s computers to do homework or play games, but they are outdated, McClure said.

And the club had only 10 computers. With the grant, they will double that number.

The club’s existing bumper pool table is one of the most popular games, but the table needs continual repairs.

Franklin College work study students and an employee are working on a program with the laptops that will allow the students to practice math problems or work on English and literacy skills with the new computers, McClure said.

Local jobless rate up in November

The local unemployment rate ticked up slightly in November, but the state rate stayed the same.

The unemployment rate in Johnson County was 6.7 percent in November, an increase from the October rate of 6.3 percent, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The rate was down .7 percentage point from a year earlier.

In November, 4,825 local residents were out of work, the report said.

Statewide, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8 percent, with more than 250,000 Hoosiers out of work.

Nationwide, the rate dropped to 7.7 percent, from 7.9 percent in October.

The state lost about 9,800 jobs this past month, but Indiana’s unemployment rate is lower than most other states in the Midwest, except for Ohio, according to a state news release.

Counties across central Indiana, including Marion, Hamilton and Hendricks counties, also saw a slight uptick in their unemployment rates in November, the state report said.

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