?Local couple charged with receipt of stolen property and dealing drugs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 00:00

    Earl “Big Daddy Earl” Coleman, age 67, and Constance Coleman, age 53, of 3208 N. Dog Trot Road, Salem, were taken into custody on Wednesday, September 24 by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the Salem City Police Department, the Pekin Town Marshal, and the Washington County Drug Team.
    The couple was charged with variety of offenses including six counts of receiving stolen property, dealing
Schedule II drugs, possession of Schedule II drugs with intent to sell, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.
    A $50,000 cash bond was set for Earl Coleman and a $3,000 bond for Constance Coleman.  Trial date is set for
October 27. 
    According to Washington County Prosecuting Attorney, Dustin Houchin, the aforementioned charges carry
sentences up to 20 years in prison.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2008 13:42
?2nd Annual Men Against Violence Against Women Rally, October 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 September 2008 00:00
    Hoosier Hills PACT will sponsor the 2nd Annual Men Against Violence Against Women Rally on Wednesday, October 15.  Men are asked to rally together on the Salem square at 12noon.  Guest speakers include, Sid Dye of Southern Hills Church, Jon Kuss of Hoosier Hills Pact, Ronnie Mays of the Salem Police Department, and Brian Motsinger, Head Football Coach of Salem High School.
    All Washington County men and young men are encouraged to attend in an effort to bring attention to the problem of domestic violence.  For additional information on the rally, contact Domestic Violence & Victim Advocacy Services at 883-3318.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2008 13:46
?County Council and Board of Commissioners continue to disagree about overspending issue PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:00
    At the morning session of the September 9, Washington County County Council Budget hearings, a lively discussion ensued. Councilman Mark Manship, Councilwoman Mignon Marshall, and Council Attorney Mark Clark engaged County Commissioner Mike Goering in a discussion of spending practicing in funds over which the Board of Commissioners has responsibility.
    According to Manship, Marshall, and Clark, the Local Roads and Streets Fund will be at a negative balance by the end of the year. Goering responded that according to his estimates the fund should be “in the black” by the end of the year. At that point, a sometimes heated exchange between Manship and Goering began.
    The most recent Audit Report from the Indiana State Board of Accounts indicates that in 2007 Local Roads and Streets Fund went $23,000 over what was appropriated, County Highway Fund overspent by $110,372, Riverboat Fund overspent by $88,000, and the Rainy Day Fund overspent by $55,000.  Apparently, none of these expenditures were appropriated by the County Council.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 10:09
?Board of Commissioners discuss a compromise for CEDIT Plan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday afternoon with all members present. The minutes of previous meetings, payroll, and all claims were approved unanimously.
    While giving a summary of the September 9 Washington County Council meeting. Commissioner Mike Goering outlined a proposal to remedy the current impasse between the Commissioners and the Council over the use of County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) revenue.  Last month, the Council declined to appropriate the CEDIT and Special CEDIT funding until the much reported overspending issues uncovered by the Indiana State Board of Accounts could be resolved.  
    Citing the minutes of a March, 1989 Council meeting, Goering said that the CEDIT tax was set up with the understanding that the revenue would be used for road paving.
    However, in a surprise move, Goering suggested that it may be time to revisit that concept and to revise it to a point where 75 percent of CEDIT and Special CEDIT revenues would be earmarked for road work and 25 percent left to be used for other economic development activities.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 10:31
?West Washington School Board adopts 2009 budget PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:00
    At the West Washington School Board meeting held on Monday, September 15, Superintendent Jackson recommended the approval to adopt the 2009 budget, capital projects, debt service, transportation, bus replacement, Special Ed Preschool and retirement severance bond pension fund.
    The board passed the recommendation 6-0.
    Brain Farmer took the oath of office to become the newest member of the West Washington School Board.
    All minutes and claims were approved.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 10:39
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