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Two Greenwood men were arrested after a teenage girl told police they had a sexual relationship, according to police.

Antario Harris, 20, 700 Woodale Terrace Apt. 13, and Michael Anson O’Connor, 20, 700 Woodale Terrace, both of Greenwood, were arrested on a charge of sexual misconduct with a minor.

A mother called police in October because she thought her 15-year-old daughter was with an adult male in the Park Greenwood Apartments, according to a news release.

Police located the girl, who told them she was with Harris and O’Connor. She later told detectives that she and the men had participated in sex acts, the release said.

Harris was released from the Johnson County Jail on $8,000 bond, while O’Connor was being held on $8,000.

Police planning safe travel patrols for holiday

Johnson County police officers are participating in the state’s Safe Family Travel program.

Police will be conducting extra patrols to check for seat-belt usage and impaired driving during the travel period around the Thanksgiving holiday. The additional patrols continue until Dec. 2.

All drivers caught not wearing their seat belts — or who have child passengers who are not properly restrained — will be stopped and will receive a ticket. Drivers who are caught driving impaired will be arrested.

Safe Family Travel is supported by federal highway safety funding.

Local Humane Society

closing for Thanksgiving

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, no pet adoption event is scheduled for Thursday or Nov. 25 at the Humane Society of Johnson County.

The next adoption event will be Nov. 29.

Available pets can be viewed at www.petfinder.com. Call 535-6626 for more information.

Franklin to remove unused fuel tanks

Franklin will spend about $20,000 to remove two unused fuel tanks.

State law says the city has to remove the underground tanks if they are not being used so that they do not contaminate the land around them, street commissioner Ron Collins said.

The tanks used to hold fuel for all the city’s vehicles, but the city partnered with the county last year to share fuel and no longer needs them, Collins said. If the city had not partnered with the county, it would have had to spend more money replacing the tanks because the system needs to be upgraded, he said.

He said money to remove the tanks will come out of the city’s board of works budget.

City plans repaving, reconstruction projects

Franklin will start construction this month to repair a sinking intersection and repave a road that hasn’t been paved in years.

The city will spend about $232,000 to replace a collapsed storm sewer line at Schoolhouse and Lochry roads, which had caused the road in that area to sink, Franklin street commissioner Ron Collins said.

But that work won’t be completed until next year, and the city plans to do some of the work and then put gravel over the road so drivers can use it through the winter.

The city will replace the collapsed storm sewer, fix another section of the sewer that is about to collapse and upgrade part of the system to meet industry standards, Collins said. He added that he wants to fix the sewer lines and put gravel on the road before January.

The city also plans to spend about $79,000 to repave the section of South Street from U.S. 31 to State Street that hasn’t been repaved in at least a decade, Collins said. The road was damaged in the 2008 flood and from construction traffic from the city’s buyout of flood-damaged homes.

Collins said he is unsure when the project will be finished because the city also is working on parking projects in the area.

Money for the South Street project has been set aside in the street department’s budget, and money for the Schoolhouse Road project will come from the street, sanitation and sewer department budgets.

Johnson Memorial

seeking volunteers

Johnson Memorial Hospital needs volunteers to work in several areas of the hospital.

Those who can spare four or more hours each week or who would like to learn more should call Ann Cook, volunteer coordinator, at 346-3760 or email acook@johnsonmemorial.org.

Animal rescue team recruiting new members

The Johnson County Emergency Management Agency is recruiting new members for its animal rescue team.

The team rescues pets and farm animals from disaster areas and cares for them until they can be returned to their owners.

Because emergency shelters don’t allow pets, owners can be assured their animals are being cared for until both humans and animals can return home.

For more information about joining, call the county emergency management agency at 736-9064; or email fsutton@co.johnson.in.us. Include your name, phone number and email address.

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