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Police: Woman had cocaine in system during crash

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A Franklin woman was charged with operating while intoxicated when a blood test taken after a June accident showed cocaine in her system.

Pamela Armstrong, 49, has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in serious bodily injury.

On June 19, Armstrong was driving east on State Road 144 near Creekside Drive when she crossed the center line and hit another car head on, according to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report. The woman in the other car had to be cut out of her vehicle and was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for a broken bone, the report said.

Armstrong told police she did not know what happened and that she thought she fell asleep at the wheel, the report said. She was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital, where samples of her blood were taken, the report said.

The blood samples showed Armstrong had cocaine in her system the day of the accident, the report said.

Police arrested Armstrong, 647 N. County Road 100W, and she was taken to the Johnson County jail, where she was released on $3,000 bond.

Truck damages building in Franklin accident

A truck struck and damaged a building in Franklin on Thursday morning.

The accident happened about 11:30 a.m. Thursday at 247 Cincinnati St. A truck hit the column of a former repair shop building that’s being used for storage, Franklin Fire Department spokesman Chuck Ridpath said.

No one was injured in the accident.

A city engineer inspected the building to ensure it was still structurally sound and to see if it needed to be shored up, Ridpath said. The building was stable and did not appear to be at risk of collapsing, he said.

REMC scholarships offered to area seniors

Johnson County REMC is offering two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors planning to attend Indiana colleges or universities.

To be eligible, a recipient’s parent or guardian must be REMC members.

Applications are available from a high school guidance counselor; at the REMC office, 750 International Drive, Franklin; and on the agency’s website, jcremc.com.

Application deadline is Jan. 31.

GOP caucus set to pick board member

County Republicans will meet later this month to replace a Needham Township Advisory Board member who has resigned.

James McShanog resigned Dec. 31 because he moved out of the township.

The Johnson County Republican Party will conduct a caucus at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 to select a replacement. The meeting will be at Huddleston & Huddleston Law Firm, 98 W. Jefferson St., Franklin.

Anyone interested in the position should send a letter by Jan. 27 to Johnson County Republican Party Chairwoman Sandi Huddleston at 280 E. Creekside Court, Franklin, IN, 46131.

Humane Society asking for volunteers, donors

The Humane Society of Johnson County is looking for community volunteers and donors.

Ways to help include volunteering, fostering animals, becoming a member of the Humane Society, providing supplies for the organization’s wish list or making a donation.

The nonprofit group is seeking donations of hard-sided animal carriers for cats and dogs, which may be new or used in good condition. These carriers are needed to transport animals for vet care or adoption events.

Donations are being sought for the Dudley Fund, which provides money for surgeries for homeless animals, such as for:

Channing, a Persian cat who came to the society after being found wandering, badly matted and in poor health due to malnutrition. The vet says he will make a full recovery but needs dental surgery to aid in that recovery.

Cindy, a small dog with two bad knees who is now in the society’s care. Surgery on her knees will make her pain-free and ready to lead a happy life in a permanent, loving home.

The surgeries are expensive, and help is needed to aid Channing, Cindy and other animals. All donations to The Dudley Fund will help the humane society continue to assist these animals.

Donations can be sent to the Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 N. Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131. Donations also can be made online at www.hsjc.org.

Information: 535-6626

Recycle electronics at Johnson County office

Residents can recycle old electronic equipment this month.

The Johnson County Recycling District will host the collection from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at its office, 900 Arvin Road, Suite A, Franklin.

Electronics also can be dropped off during regular hours from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the facility.

People wanting to drop off items are asked to call ahead to make sure someone is there to accept the items. Officials ask that no one leave electronics outside the office when it’s closed.

The following fees apply to televisions: $7.50 for televisions that are 27 inches or smaller; $12.50 for televisions over 27 inches. The fees can be paid with only cash or check. All other electronics are accepted for free.

Information: 738-2546,


Class on composting offered in Trafalgar

As spring approaches, local gardeners can get a jump start on readying their plots for the planting season.

Johnson County Recycling District educator Kim Schafstall will teach a composting class at the Trafalgar library, 424 Tower St., at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

Schafstall will discuss how to make a backyard compost pile or vermicompost bin. Participants can register to win a compost bin.

To register, call 878-9560 or visit www.jcplin.org/register.

Library offers prizes during reading program

February will kick off the Johnson County Public Library’s winter reading program.

“Feed Your Mind, Read!” will take place throughout the month at all branches.

Each time a patron or family visits the library, readers will receive a prize and a bonus ticket.

Tickets will be good for a chance at winning a prize pack with kitchen-inspired books and toys.

Patrons also can hunt for popular fairy tale characters throughout the library.

Information: jcplin.org

Make your voice heard at Greenwood meeting

Residents can let Greenwood City Council members know what they think at an upcoming meeting to gather public input.

The city council will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 19 at the city building, 2 N. Madison Ave.

Residents can walk into the meeting at any time and offer feedback on any city services or policies.

State homemakers group offering scholarships

Local homemakers might be eligible for a scholarship to upgrade vocational skills or to earn a college degree.

Indiana Extension Homemaker’s Association is offering eight $500 scholarships to Indiana homemakers 25 and older.

Applicants must be admitted or be cleared for admission to a state licensed academic or vocational school.

Preference will be given to

undergraduate applicants. Scholarships will be awarded with regard to financial need, and past winners may apply again.

Applications must be postmarked by March 15 and are available by calling 736-3724 or at the Johnson County Extension Office, 484 N. Morton St., Franklin.

Free tax assistance available at library

Free tax assistance for senior citizens and low-income individuals is available from the Johnson County Public Library and AARP.

Check jcplin.org/register for days and times at local branches.

People must sign up for an appointment.

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