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Teen in good condition after being hit by SUV


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A Franklin teen is in good condition at an Indianapolis hospital after being hit by a vehicle while getting off a bus Monday.

Jacob Hardcastle, 16, got off an Access Johnson County bus at Eastview Drive and Carriage Lane in Franklin at 3:31 p.m. Monday. As he crossed the street, he was hit by a sport utility vehicle traveling south on Eastview Drive, according to an accident report.

Witnesses said that Hardcastle entered the road in front of the bus, which had pulled to the side, and did not look for oncoming traffic. The driver of the vehicle that struck the teen, Kelsey A. Oliver, 20, of Franklin, told police she tried to stop when Hardcastle ran into the road but could not stop before hitting him, according to the report.

Hardcastle was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital and was listed in good condition Tuesday, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Deputy injured; driver arrested during stop

A sheriff’s deputy was injured when he tried to stop a vehicle that was speeding and driving through stoplights early Tuesday morning.

Nicholas Perry, 25, of 5533 Furnas Court, Indianapolis, was arrested on charges of criminal recklessness, resisting an officer and driving under the influence.

A Johnson County sheriff’s deputy at the intersection of County Line and Bluff roads saw Perry’s car traveling 49 mph in a 30 mph zone at about 2:35 a.m. Tuesday. The deputy began following Perry, who drove through the stoplight at County Line Road and State Road 37, a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report said.

Perry stopped the car at State Road 37 just north of Wicker Road. As the deputy approached the vehicle Perry began driving away, and ran over the deputy’s right foot, the report said.

The injured deputy was not hospitalized, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

Police chased Perry into Marion County. He went through several stoplights and a stop sign before stopping at a dead end. Police removed Perry from his car, and an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer used pepper spray on Perry, the report said.

A test showed Perry had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13 percent, the report said.

Perry was arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail, where he is being held on $5,000 bond.

Fire department gets breathing devices

A large federal grant will equip Greenwood firefighters with new devices that give them breathable air in smoke-filled, burning buildings.

The Greenwood Fire Department got a $358,350 federal grant to buy 64 new air packs, or enough for every full-time firefighter, chief James Sipes said. The air packs the department is currently using date back to the late 1990s, and have reached the end of their useful life, he said.

Greenwood last updated the air packs in 2003, so they could filter out chemical and biological agents. They needed to be replaced soon, and Greenwood taxpayers would have shouldered the entire cost if the city didn’t get the grant, Sipes said.

Greenwood will contribute about $35,000 in tax dollars for the local share of the grant.

The city also recently received another federal grant of about $62,000 for air monitors for its hazardous materials team.

Franklin florist to

teach design courses

People wanting to learn how to arrange flowers can take a floral design class.

Florist Pamela Parker of J P Parker Flowers is offering floral design classes at her Franklin shop through IUPUI’s continuing studies program.

The course meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. one day per week and includes Fundamentals of Flower Arranging, offered Monday through March 25; Intermediate Flower Arranging, offered April 15 to May 13; and Advanced Flower Arranging, offered May 20 to June 24.

The flower shop is at 377 E. Jefferson St., Franklin.

Students will use fresh flowers to create a new arrangement each week. Students should bring scissors and a small kitchen knife.

The materials fee of $75 is due the first night of class by check or cash only. The course fee is $129, payable to IUPUI.

Enrollment is limited.

Information: Sherry Blackburn at sblackbu@iupui.edu or 274-5052

World War II POW to speak at veterans dinner

Veterans and their families can hear a World War II prisoner of war speak at an upcoming dinner.

Christ Our Shepherd, Church of the Brethren will host a free dinner program to honor military members, reservists, veterans and their families at 5 p.m. March 10 at the church, 857 N. State Road 135, Greenwood.

Loren Minnix, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Paul Totten, a World War II prisoner of war, will be the evening’s speakers.

Minnix served in the Marines from 1961 to 1965 and now counsels veterans through Warrior’s Hope. Totten spent four months imprisoned in a Japanese camp.

Both veterans are involved in building the veterans memorial in Greenwood’s Freedom Park and will give updates about the project.

Upcoming dates of the veterans dinners at the church are May 19, July 14, Sept. 8, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

Attendees also may contribute to the Indiana Coalition for Homeless Vets Ministry by bringing toiletry items or clothing donations for the organization.

Information: 882-0902\

Prom dress swap set

at Clark Pleasant library

Anyone who wants to get rid of a dress they only wore once or needs a formal gown to wear can attend a dress swap March 9 at the Clark Pleasant library.

The library is at 530 Tracy Road, Suite 250, New Whiteland.

New or gently used prom or bridesmaid dresses can be brought to the library’s dress swap.

Prom and bridesmaid dresses can be dropped off at the library until the event.

You also may donate gently used shoes and accessories. Donations will be accepted from anyone, even if you aren’t looking for a dress.

The swap will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attendees may pick out a free dress plus any accessories. All dresses and accessories are free, and you don’t need to have donated items to shop.

The event is open to teens and adults. No registration is required.

Information:  535-6206

Public opinion sought

on mass transit plan

Residents can learn about a plan to bulk up mass transit in central Indiana at two upcoming meetings.

The proposed Indy Connect plan would add five rapid transit lines, possibly including one between Greenwood and Carmel, double the local bus service and add express bus routes.

Mass transit advocates are discussing the exact routes, the number and locations of station stops, whether light rail or bus rapid transit would be used along different routes and if the vehicles would operate in new or existing lanes of city streets.

Residents can weigh in on those issues at a meeting Feb. 27 at Lilly Science Hall at the University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., and March 14 at the Greenwood City Building, 2 N. Madison Ave.

Both meetings will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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