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February 6, 2019

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Local ...........A1-6 Sports .........B1-6 Classifi eds ....B7-9 Church ........C1-3 Home Life....C4-6 Obituaries....... C7 School.......... C10 E. Gibson ..... C11 History ......... B12 WHAT'S INSIDE: CONNECT WITH US: NetEdition E-Mail Phone:.................. 812-354-8500 Fax: ...................... 812-354-2014 E-Mail . NEWS TIPS: PIKE PUBLISHING See PAVING on page 2 Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Volume 149 Number 6 Phone 812-354-8500 Petersburg, IN 47567-0068 (USPS 604-34012) $ 1 Three sections 28 pages Six inserts See TR ASH on page 2 See DEATH on page 2 Chad Harrington By Andy Heuring The boyfriend of a mother of three has been arrested on charges of aggravated bat- tery, a Level 3 felony and involuntary man- slaughter, a Level 5 felony. Chad E. A. Harrington, 41, of 2412 Cos- by Rd., Washington, was arrested on Janu- ary 31 on a warrant. He is accused of beating to death his girl- friend, Bambi Cannon, 30, a Pike County native, and mother of three children, ages 11 and under. She died in a Louisville hos- pital on January 14. According to a probable cause affida- vit, Washington police were called to Da- viess Community Hospital in reference to a woman who had possibly overdosed. However, during treatment at the hospi- tal, it was determined she had hemorrhag- ing on the brain and that she was bleeding down the brain stem. Hospital staff told po- lice "it appeared Cannon had suf- fered some se- vere head trauma that was not re- lated to an over- dose." In the affidavit, Southwest Medi- cal said they were called to 1303 E. Van Trees St. on January 11 and found Cannon unresponsive in the residence. Cannon's mother, Leisha, told police she had called for an ambulance af- ter she went to check on Bambi and found her un- responsive. The affidavit states Leisha told police the night before she had talked with Bambi, who told her she and Harrington had been fighting. Later at about 5:30 a.m., Leisha said she got a call from Bambi, but she was asleep and didn't hear it. The call went to voice- mail. Once Leisha woke up and listened to it, she could hear Harrington screaming in the background. She also informed police Bambi told her Harrington was drunk and was fighting with her. She said when she got to his residence, she went into the bedroom and found Bam- bi "passed out on the floor." In the affidavit, she said Harrington told Washington man charged in death of former Pike Co. woman By Andy Heuring As the deadline to file for city offices ap- proaches this Friday, three more people filed this week. An interesting race has developed for the District 3 City Council, seat as two legacy candidates filed in the last week. Tricia Claridge filed late last week to seek the District 3 City Council seat as a Republican. It is a seat her father held in the 1990s. Scott Jenkins filed on Monday for the District 3 seat as well. Jenkins' father, Bertis Jenkins, currently holds that seat. Braden Henson filed for the at-large seat as a Republican. So far, there are no double filings in the primary, but Henson would face former County Recorder Jody Hoover in the gen- eral election if there are no more filings in the primary. Others who have filed so far are: Mayor R.C. Klipsch, District 4 Councilman Bri- an VanMeter, District 1 Councilman Gary Leavitt and Clerk-Treasurer Tammy Selby. District 2 Councilman John Melhiser has not filed, but said he intends to file. The deadline to file is at noon on Friday, February 8 in the Clerk's Office. Three more file for city council seats A springlike walk Brian and Erin Willis were out Sunday afternoon walking through Horna- dy Park in the springlike weather. Temperatures soared into the 60s on Sun- day, just four days after below zero temperatures and wind on Wednesday, and single digit temps on Thursday. Temperatures, snow and ice cancelled school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Temps were so cold, the Postal Service postponed mail delivery on Wednesday and Thursday. By Andy Heuring A petition was presented to the Pike County Commissioners asking for the hours of operation of the Coe area trash collection site to be expanded. Gary Aydelotte gave the petition with 109 names on it to the commissioners. The pe- tition states: "As tax paying citizens of Pike County, we are requesting that the trash dumpster service south of Arthur Junction remain open more than one day per week. We feel the convenience for the southern end of the county should remain in place as opposed to the next closest dumpster being 8 to 10 miles further north. There are also other concerns with the dumpster closing, such as trash along side the road. Please reconsider this request for working resi- dents, as well as convenience." Aydelotte said, "That is going to be a bad deal." He said people are going to be gone for the weekend and people with little ba- bies with dirty diapers, "it isn't going to be good for them." He said it looked like to him the coun- ty had 14 shifts a week at the trash collec- tion sites. He said if they added two shifts a week, they could keep all the sites open at least two days a week. "I think you are going to have it (trash) in the ditches instead of in the dumpsters," said Aydelotte. Commissioner President Mark Flint said, "I don't think a final decision has been made, but the solid waste board will make those decisions." He added the com- missioners would take his comments into consideration. Aydelotte asked if the hours would re- main the same. Commission Ryan Coleman said, "With- out the (solid waste) board being present here today we can't take any action." "We can't make a decision today, but there will be a lot of discussion about that at the March meeting," said Flint. The Pike County Solid Waste Board rec- ommended reducing the hours at the Coe and Bowman sites to one day. They cited a low volume of trash being taken in by those sites as the reason for cutting their hours back to one day. The Commissioners voted to approve Fire damages barn and tractors A morning fire last Thursday damaged a barn and several tractors in the barn owned by Kelly Arburn on Number Seven Road (CR 475 S.). Patoka Fire Chief Brandon Truitt said when firemen arrived, they found heavy smoke pour- ing from a metal pole barn behind Arburn's house. Truitt said crews were able to knock down the fire and determined the fire started near a wood stove and spread to the rest of the building. He said several antique tractors were damaged and heavy smoke damaged most of the build- ing's contents. Patoka Township was on scene in the single digit temperatures for about two hours with 11 firefighters. They were assisted by the Pike County EMS and Emergency Management Agency. Commissioners hear request to maintain trash site hours Nearly $300,000 of paving to begin in Spring By Ed Cahill The Petersburg Common Council award- ed the bid for the Community Crossings Matching Grant paving project to E & B Paving, Inc., during its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 4. E & B Paving, Inc., with corporate offices located in Anderson, submitted the low bid of $292,797.43 when bids were opened by Mayor R.C. Klipsch at the council's meet- ing on Tuesday, Jan. 22. All Star Paving of Seymour, Ind., submit- ted the only other bid for the project, for $ 365,577.40. During the council's Jan. 22 meeting, Klipsch reported that the city, in con- junction with its consultant, Chris Jobe of RQAW, an engineering and architectural firm – had sent out invitations to bid, which resulted in five companies requesting infor- mation about the project. Following the bid opening, Klipsch asked that the council take the bids "under advise- ment" to give Jobe time to inspect the bids before making a final decision. Jobe, Klipsch noted, had e-mailed his recommendation to enter into a contract with E & B Paving, Inc., which Klipsch had distributed to each of the council's five members in their meeting packets. "When Chris sent that to me, he was thinking we were going to approve it at the next meeting (on Tuesday, Feb. 19) and I said, 'Well, I think we're go- ing to approve it at this meeting and get it back to the people and get it sched- uled, because it is an issue,'" Klipsch said. "He was kind of encouraging us to get it done by the 19th. And I said, 'Well, I think we're going to do it tonight.'" Klipsch reminded the council that the Community Crossings Matching Grant that the Indiana Department of Transpor- tation awarded Petersburg this past Novem- ber was for $269,222, which includes the city's local match of $ 67,305. "Well, the bid, as you saw, came in at Bid awarded for city paving project

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