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The owners of a Greenwood discount tobacco store were arrested Thursday after police said they were selling Spice.

Police arrested Sonal Y. Parikh, 59, on two counts of dealing synthetic marijuana and Yogesh B. Parikh, 64, on one count of dealing synthetic marijuana.

The couple own Low Bob’s Discount Tobacco, at 713 Fry Road in Greenwood, according to a Greenwood Police Department news release.

Police began the investigation in October, when detectives received tips that Spice was being sold at the store, the release said.

Undercover investigators went to the store and purchased Spice multiple times, the release said.

Police said the couple told them they knew that it was illegal to sell Spice and at times made investigators wait until any other customers in the store had left before selling them Spice, the release said.

Sonal Parikh and Yogesh Parikh, both of Indianapolis, were taken to the Johnson County jail. Sonal Parikh was being held on $16,000 bond, and Yogesh Parikh was being held on $8,000 bond.

Crash on State Road 37 injures local woman

A Bargersville woman was injured after a semitrailer rig hit and then rolled onto her pickup truck Wednesday.

Elijah Stoll, 35, of Washington, was driving north on State Road 37 and approaching State Road 144 in Bargersville at about 12:45 p.m. He looked away from the traffic light, and when he looked back up the light had turned red. He slammed on the brakes but was unable to stop, a Bargersville Police Department report said.

Kelly Black, 45, of Bargersville, was turning east onto State Road 144 from State Road 37 when Stoll’s semi hit her truck. The semi was loaded with coal and turned over on top of Black’s truck, the report said. The semi also hit a second vehicle stopped at the stoplight.

Black was treated for multiple injuries and released from Indianapolis University Health Methodist Hospital, a hospital spokesperson said.

Stoll was ticketed for disobeying a traffic signal.

County home sales up, but selling price dips

Home sales in Johnson County increased in February compared with a year ago, but the price those homes sold for was less than in 2012.

Local home sales increased about 15 percent in February compared with February 2012. Last month, 188 homes sold, compared with 163 in 2012, according to a report from Indianapolis-based real estate company F.C. Tucker Co.

Total sales in the nine-county central Indiana region increased

8 percent, with 2,034 homes selling last month, compared with 1,882 in February 2012.

Across central Indiana, Johnson County had the fifth-highest percentage increase in sales, the report said. Shelby County had a 92 percent increase, and Boone County had a 1 percent decrease.

Johnson County had the biggest decrease in sales price in central Indiana. The average sales price in the county dropped 6 percent, from $135,915 to $127,445.

The average sale price across central Indiana increased nearly 8 percent, from $133,946 to $144,225.

Boone County homes were selling at the highest average price of $243,835, followed by Hamilton County at $237,778. Johnson County ranked sixth among central Indiana counties, the report said.

Deputy injured in crash while responding to call

A sheriff’s office deputy was injured in an accident while responding to a call Thursday morning.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Nathaniel Hedrick, 30, was driving east on State Road 252 near U.S. 31 with his emergency lights flashing. He was responding to an emergency call about 4:45 a.m. Thursday.

T Ni Ceu Lian, 40, of Indianapolis, was driving south on U.S. 31 about the same time, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report said.

Traffic on U.S. 31 doesn’t stop at the intersection of State Road 252, and Lian said he didn’t see Hedrick. Hedrick saw Lian and believed he was going to stop for his emergency vehicle, but Lian struck Hedrick at the intersection, the report said.

Hedrick was treated at Johnson Memorial Hospital for a bruise to the head, the report said.

Animal shelter’s Spring Fling, open house planned

Johnson County Animal Shelter will offer a Spring Fling and open house celebration March 23.

The event is open to the public and will feature an egg hunt, candy for kids and refreshments.

The shelter is at 2160 Graham Road, Franklin.

Information: 736-3924

Kiwanis Club offers scholarships for college

The Kiwanis Club of Franklin is offering $500 scholarships to seniors from Franklin Community, Whiteland Community and Indian Creek high schools.

Applicants must attend an Indiana college or university to qualify.

Applications forms are available at each school’s guidance department and are due March 23.

Free meals available

at churches, café

Church members and volunteers are coordinating community meals four nights a week in the Franklin, Whiteland and Greenwood areas.

The meals are free to anyone who attends. Meals are served from 5 to 7 p.m.:

Tuesdays: Franklin Church of Christ, 3600 N. Morton, Franklin

Wednesdays and Thursdays: Under the Son Faith Community Center, 250 N U.S. 31, Whiteland

Fridays: Franklin Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams Drive, Franklin

The meals began in 2010 at Under the Son Faith Community Center, and serve families, seniors on fixed incomes, individuals and people who enjoy the company, according to a statement from Under the Sun. The café serves about 175 meals every Thursday.

Donations and volunteers are needed.

Volunteers are needed to help with the meals, to drive people to the meal, host a supplies drive and to prepare and distribute the bi-monthly calendar.

Donations needed include: spaghetti sauce, vegetables, tomato paste or puree, fruit pie or filling, spaghetti, dried beans, three-compartment styrofoam plates, napkins, salad dressings, coffee, cups, cake or brownie mixes and gift cards for Kroger, GFS or Walmart.

For more information, contact Cathy Ann Armour at carmourconsulting@gmail.com. or at 317-716-3900. To see the monthly menu calendar, visit www.underthesonfaithcommunity.org.

Panelists to discuss women in military

A panel discussion on women in the military will help a local college celebrate Women’s History Month.

Franklin College will host the discussion at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Branigin Room East, located in the Napolitan Student Center on South Forsythe Street.

The event will begin with Franklin College history professor Meredith Clark-Witz presenting historical information about women in the military.

A panel discussion will follow, focusing on women’s experiences in the military and the changes that will occur since Pentagon chief Leon Panetta lifted restrictions on women serving in combat.

Several women serving in the military will be on the panel.

Information: 738-8185

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