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Man accused of stealing passerby's car, crashing it

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A Shelbyville man was arrested after police said he stole and wrecked the car of a passerby who stopped at an accident.

Bert K. Shepard, 38, 907 State St., was arrested on a charge of auto theft, leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

A man told police he was driving on Harvey Road, near Clark School Road at about 3:30 p.m. Friday. He saw a vehicle that had crashed into a utility pole and stopped to see if everyone was OK, according to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report.

He told police the driver, Shepard, was acting strange. A passenger in the car said she was injured. Shepard and the woman then left in the passerby’s car, the report said.

Shortly after, the woman was dropped off at a home so she could get medical attention, and police in Indianapolis said the vehicle was involved in an accident, the report said.

Shepard was arrested. He told police he had used methamphetamine that day, and his blood was drawn to test for possible intoxication, the report said.

Shepard was taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was held on $10,000 bond.

Evening of improvisation to benefit St. Jude’s

Franklin College students will participate in an improvisation game night to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Tri Delta fraternity will conduct the event “Delta Says” from 8 to 9:30 p.m. March 12 in the Branigin Room of the Napolitan Student Center on the Franklin College campus.

Tickets are $3 per person. The event is open to the public.

The improvisation game will include teams of students competing in three events. Students use props and cues to create their own story lines and will ad-lib songs to raise awareness for childhood cancer and funds for St. Jude.

This is third year for the Delta Says program. Tri Delta has partnered with St. Jude to raise awareness and money to battle childhood cancer since 1999.

Recycle electronics at March 23 event

County residents can drop off electronics for recycling at a special Saturday event March 23.

The Johnson County Recycling District will have an electronics collection event from 9 a.m. to noon at their office, 900 Arvin Road, Suite A.

Electronics may normally be dropped off from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. People must call in advance to ensure someone is there to take the items.

The following fees are charged for televisions: $7.50 for 27 inches or smaller; $12.50 for televisions larger than 27 inches. Payment can be made by cash or check only. All other electronics are accepted for free. Do not leave electronics outside the office doors.

Information: 738-2546,


Restaurant to donate sales to food pantry

A Greenwood restaurant will conduct a fundraiser for the Interchurch Food Pantry of Johnson County on March 10 and 11.

The Bravo! Italian restaurant at Greenwood Park Mall will have Dining to Donate.

To have a portion of the money from your bill donated to the food pantry, download a coupon at www.pantryjc.org or pick one up between noon and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the food pantry office, 2900 Graham Road Suite E, Franklin.

The coupon is required to participate.

Meeting to focus on schools foundation

A foundation has been created for Clark-Pleasant schools, and the public is invited to attend an upcoming meeting.

The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the administration building, 50 E. Center St., Whiteland.

The meeting is a joint meeting with the education foundation’s board of directors and advisory board and will include a brief overview of the new committees and information about how to participate in the groups.

Information: 535-7144, malspach77@yahoo.com

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