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Man faces charge in pharmacy holdup

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A tip led police to an Indianapolis man who investigators say is responsible for robbing a Greenwood pharmacy store at gunpoint.

William Shepard, 28, has been charged with armed robbery, and the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office has issued a warrant for his arrest.

A man robbed a pharmacy on State Road 135 in Greenwood at gunpoint Nov. 7, according to a Greenwood Police Department news release. During the robbery, he took Roxicodone, a narcotic pain reliever, and Xanax, an anxiety medication, before leaving the store, according to the release.

A tip later led police to Shepard, the release said.

Shepard, 3103 W. Michigan St., is being held at the Marion County jail on $200,000 bond. He was arrested in Marion County on charges of robbery, criminal confinement, burglary, and theft or receiving stolen property in an unrelated case.

He will be taken to the Johnson County jail for the local charge after his case is resolved in Marion County.

Safe stolen from home; Greenwood man arrested

Police arrested a man they say stole a safe from a Franklin apartment.

Brandon Michael Staley, 21, of Greenwood, was arrested on a charge of burglary.

Police say someone got into an apartment on South Street through a window and took a safe from a bedroom while the resident was out of town, according to a Franklin Police Department report.

The resident told police Staley used to live in the building and had seen items from inside the safe, according to the report.

During an interview with police, Staley said he had taken the safe, the report said.

Staley, 1730 Elijah Blue Drive, was arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was being held on $8,000 bond.

Burmese congregations help explosion victims

A group of Burmese Chin churches have contributed $10,500 to victims of the Richmond Hill explosion.

Members of the local Burmese Chin community, which has grown to about 9,000 people on the southside, donated the money to the Southport Presbyterian Church’s Love Richmond Hill fund. Nineteen congregations contributed.

Other donations have continued to come in. So many items of clothes, food and other necessities were donated that the excess was given to The Refuge in Greenwood and other service centers.

“We continue to be amazed at the huge outpouring of community assistance for the residents,” Kris Hoopingarner, a member of the Love Richmond Hill Task Force at Southport Presbyterian Church, said in a news release. “Everyone wants to be a part of helping after this tragedy. The generosity and graciousness shown by the Chin congregations is awesome and heartwarming.”

Residents can make cash donations to the residents of Richmond Hill at Southport Presbyterian Church, 7525 McFarland Blvd., Indianapolis, at area BMO Harris bank locations and online at www.southportpc.org.

Pet food collection drive set next week in Franklin

The Humane Society of Johnson County will host a pet food drive-thru Dec. 15.

The collection drive will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Franklin Community Middle School, 625 Grizzly Cub Drive.

Donors can drop off pet food donations without getting out of their vehicles.

Monetary donations also will be accepted.

Information: 535-6626

Meet Santa Saturday

at Rocklane church

Santa Claus will be at Rocklane Christian Church on Saturday to visit with local children.

The event will be from 8 to 11 a.m. at the church, 4430 Rocklane Road, Greenwood.

Information: 862-4555

Annual scholarship dinner planned at Indian Creek

The 15th annual Carrie Clayburn Memorial Dinner will be Jan. 4 at Indian Creek High School.

The dinner will start at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria of the school at 803 Indian Creek Drive, Trafalgar.

Pork chops from the Indian Creek FFA will be served, and a dinner will be provided by area churches.

A freewill offering will go toward a scholarship in Clayburn’s name.

Clayburn was active in 4-H and was a member of a soil judging team. She died in 1998 of acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis.

Information: 878-2110

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