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Police to step up impaired driving crackdown

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Indiana State Police will operate a checkpoint tonight in Marion County and have increased patrols throughout the area in an effort to catch drunken drivers.

State troopers will set up a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in Marion County starting tonight and into early Saturday morning. The location of the checkpoint is not being released.

State troopers also will be on the roads in Johnson County making traffic stops. Police are not targeting any specific highways or roads in the county, state police spokesman Sgt. Rich Myers said.

More than 250 police departments throughout the state will be increasing efforts to catch drunken drivers throughout March as part of Operation Pullover, according to a news release from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

In 2012, there were more than 6,200 alcohol-related accidents in the state, including 97 fatalities, according to justice institute statistics.

Columbus resident arrested on OWI charge

A woman was arrested after police said she drove off from the scene of an accident with her 3-year-old daughter in the car and had prescription pills in her hand, according to police.

Devon Rae Chandler, 22, 1620 Pearl St., Columbus, was arrested on charges of neglect of a dependent, leaving the scene of an accident, operating while intoxicated with a controlled substance and operating while intoxicated causing endangerment.

A woman called police Wednesday morning to report that a van hit her sport utility vehicle at Eisenhower Drive and County Line Road in Edinburgh and drove off. She told the police that she was concerned about the safety of a child in the back seat, according to a police report.

Police found and stopped the van shortly after the accident. The driver, Chandler, seemed confused and failed field sobriety tests, the report said.

The results of a blood-alcohol test are pending, the report said.

Police found a prescription drug bottle with a prescription that she had filled the day before that had two pills left, according to the police report. An officers said she had six pills in her hand, the report said.

Officers notified the Department of Child Services. She was arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail, where she was being held on $12,000 bond.

Unusual sales event planned in Franklin

Discover Downtown Franklin will host an event this month aimed at helping spur the local small-business economy.

The organization is organizing a Cash Mob event March 23.

During the event, a group of patrons gather at a locally owned business to make purchases. The chosen business is kept secret until the event date. Participants are expected to bring at least $20 in cash at 10 a.m. to the courthouse lawn, 5 E. Jefferson St., Franklin.

At that time, the secret location will be revealed, and the “mob” will then storm the location ready to spend some cash.

The first 30 people to arrive will receive a free reusable bag. Ten of these bags will include a Discover Downtown Franklin T-shirt. A $50 gift card to the chosen business will be raffled off. Refreshments will be available.

Information: www.Discover DowntownFranklin.com or Megan Hart at 346-1258

Historic sites focus

of photography contest

Win a prize by taking photos of your favorite Indiana place.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology is sponsoring its ninth annual photo contest to recognize Historic Preservation Month in May.

Entries are being collected now.

The subject of the photo must be in Indiana and more than 50 years old. Images could include any scenes including cemeteries, main streets, grain silos or other images that capture a historic area.

The contest does not place limitations on the condition of the historic resource. Past entries have involved subject matter with conditions ranging from pristine to those undergoing demolition.

Photos can be color or black and white, must be 8-by-10 inches, and matted with white or ivory mat board so final dimensions are 11-by-14 inches.

Participants should not frame their photos.

The contest deadline is April 5.

The contest is free, and photographers can submit up to three entries per person.

Photos will be judged by a panel of DNR representatives, preservationists and photographers.

Information: dnr.IN.gov/


Franklin music backers seeking new members

Local residents interested in promoting the arts can join the Franklin Symphonic Council.

The council is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the participation, enjoyment and appreciation of music and the arts in Johnson County.

Activities and events sponsored by the council include the Fanfare and Fireworks for the Fourth of July in Franklin, the Franklin Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony, support for Johnson County fifth-graders to attend Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Concerts; musical instrument donations; and music contests and scholarships for local students.

Annual membership fee is $25.

If interested in joining, mail a check payable to Franklin Symphonic Council, P.O. Box 988, Franklin, IN 41631. In addition, monetary donations are welcome. Donations may be tax deductible.

Information: Linda Airey at 738-8228 or Jane Stafford at 738-5994.

Center Grove choirs

to perform March 19

Center Grove choir students will celebrate the end of the competition season with a show at their school.

The Showcase of Champions is set for 7 p.m. March 19 at the school, 2717 S. Morgantown Road. It will feature nine choirs — CG Singers, CG Sound System, The Debtones, Surround Sound, Accents, Counterpoints, Choralaires, Descants and Gents.

Tickets are $5 each and $4 for seniors and students. Tickets will be sold online at center grovechoirs.org from Monday to March 15. Online tickets will be available at will call.

Tickets also will be available at the door.

Information: 881-0581, Ext. 4100

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