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A-2 Front Wednesday, November 27, 2019 The Press-Dispatch We're not afraid to shed some light on the truth. Subscribe Today! 812-354-8500 TRANSFER Continued from page 1 SENTENCE Continued from page 1 716 Main St. Petersburg • 812-354-9372 Visit us at Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 9-5; Friday 9-6 BUY 1 ½PRICE ONLY $ 9 95 GET ONE HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPS & BOXED CHRISTMAS CARDS Felt Holiday Basket Snowman Bell Choir Willow Tree Nativity Set and Accessories SAVE $20 25% OFF 11/29-12/2 Several to choose from! Some exclusions apply. Reg. $23.99 Fill your basket with Hallmark items and SAVE 20% on the contents! Recordable Books Jim Shore Collectibles Keepsake Ornaments ONLY $ 19 99 Storytime Snowman With three-card purchase 905 Vincennes Ave., Petersburg Bryant. Whatever It Takes ® . 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Michaela Grubb, 21, of 1178 Lingenfelter Rd., Loo- gootee, was arrested by Deputy Sheriff Jared Sim- mons on charges of dealing in meth 10 or more grams, a level 2 felony; possession of meth more than five grams, less than 10 grams, a level 5 felony; and maintaining a common nuisance, a level 6 felony. Grubb was arrested af- ter a confidential informant contacted Deputy Simmons and said Grubb wanted to sell a half-ounce (14 grams) of meth for $500 plus $ 30 of gas, according to a probable cause affidavit. Deputy Simmons ar- ranged for a controlled buy at Huck's parking lot. According to the probable cause affidavit, the CI went to Huck's parking lot while police watched. Grubb drove into the parking lot about 90 minutes later in a black Sat- urn. She retrieved some- thing from her trunk, then got into the informant's vehi- cle. A fter about a minute, the informant gave police a sig- nal the transaction had tak- en place. As Grubb got out of the in- formant's vehicle, Sheriff's Sgt. Buck Seger, Peters- burg Patrolman Bryce Man- ning and State Trooper C.J. Boeckman arrived. Sgt. Seger pulled the in- formant from his vehicle, while Trooper Boeckman secured Grubb. According to the probable cause affidavit, Sgt. Seger removed a clear, locking plastic bag from the infor- mant's right sock. The infor- mant said the purchase was made for $530. Police said they located $530 on Grubb, which she had in her hand. Deputy Simmons said he verified it was the money he had given to the informant prior to the buy. Police also said they found a glass mar- ijuana smoking device in Grubb's vehicle. Originally, Grubb told po- lice she had driven to Pe- tersburg to sell a purse for $ 30. She said the other $500 was given to her by her boy- friend. Eventually, according to the affidavit, Grubb said the informant had contacted her and wanted some "stuff." Later, she called it "go go." Then, she explained that meant meth. However, Grubb told po- lice she didn't think it was real meth because it smelled like laundry detergent and real meth didn't smell like that. She also added the per- son she bought it from said they might not get the same effects from it. Deputy Simmons, in the affidavit, said a field test of the powder substance was inconclusive. Grubb was taken into cus- tody and transported to the Pike County Jail. Loogootee woman charged with dealing meth in Petersburg CHRISTMAS Continued from page 1 and several merchants will be having open houses and other promotions. Several of the merchants will have a card you pick up from any participating merchant and then get the card punched at other mer- chants. No purchase neces- sary. Punched cards will be put in a drawing for prizes. WINSLOW The Christmas parade is set for 10 a.m. on December 7, with line-up beginning at 9 a.m. It starts at the Win- slow Fire Department and proceeds to Main St., then goes north to the Winslow Little League park. Winter Wonderland, spon- sored by the Winslow Li- ons Club, will be set up in a Christmas scene and is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday as well. COAT WR AP The Second Annual Coat Wrap is scheduled for Sat- urday, December 7 in Win- slow. Last year, they put out 85 winter coats of all siz- es and types on light poles and traffic signs in Winslow. Anyone in need of a coat was able to look over the coats and take one. Debra Lamb, of Peters- burg, said anyone wanting to donate a coat can do so by dropping them off at The Corner Book Shoppe, locat- ed at the corner of Lafayette and Main sts., across the street from the Post Office. Lamb said the organizer wishes to stay anonymous, but the Book Shoppe will get the coats to the organizer. MOUSE HOUSE The Mouse House, spon- sored by the Winslow Beau- tification Committee, will be at the Nazarene Church Fel- lowship Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Decem- ber 7. The Mouse House has items priced from $1 to $10 for kids to purchase inex- pensive gifts for friends and family. OTWELL Breakfast with Santa at the Otwell Community Cen- ter is scheduled for 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. Santa will be there to talk with children and they will be serving donuts and juice. The Buchta Entrepre- neurship Technology Center will have its official ground- breaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, December 9. The center will be located at the southwest corner of the I-69 and Highway 61 inter- change. Pike County received a $2 million grant to build the facility that will be an incu- bator for upstart business- es. It will also provide mak- er space and house training. Pike County Economic Development Corp. execu- tive director Ashley Willis said everyone is invited to the ceremony, but they are asked to RSVP her office at She said due to the weath- er and site constraints, they are asking people to park at the Main St. Presbyterian Church in Petersburg and they will shuttle people to the site. Following the ceremo- ny, they will shuttle people back to the church, where they will have coffee and re- freshments. Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, U.S. Senator Mike Braun, Eighth District Con- gressman Larry Bucshon, State Senator Mark Mess- mer and State Represen- tative Shane Lindauer are scheduled to attend as well. Willis said groundwork has already started at the site. She said they are hop- ing to have a ribbon cutting ceremony in October 2020 to celebrate its opening. Officials to break ground on Tech Center Dec. 9 Simison's attorney Tim Demotte objected, claim- ing those cases had no rel- evance to Simison. Demotte also asked the court to take note of J.P. Al- len's sentence of 24 years. McDonald had recommend- ed 25 years. McDonald said, "That (137 grams of meth) is a large amount of drugs. The people who bring that poi- son into our community need to be punished." Judge Weikert said, "Men- tion was made of a co-defen- dent's sentence. I'm not bas- ing it on the co-defendent's sentence. However, I think in a small county, there needs to be some consisten- cy." He added, "I have mixed emotions about the purpose- ful incarceration program. I have had good results send- ing people there and I like the program. I think it is beneficial. I don't like the way it is administered." He said he was going to re- quest Simision be placed in it at the end of his sentence. He then sentenced Simison to 24 years, with the last eight years to be served at the Wabash Valley work re- lease center. Simison was given credit for the 637 days he had been held in jail and 212 days of good credit. tax levy into another bud- get item. The 1782 notice is the county's approved tax levies for 2020. Willis said they were required to have a meeting before December 2. Councilman Max Elliott moved to make the transfer to the General Fund. Councilmen asked clerk Lana Griffith what the Elec- tion and Registration budget for 2021 would be like com- pared to the 2020 budget. Griffith said there shouldn't be an election in 2021, so it should be much less than the 2020 budget. She said the 2022 budget probably wouldn't be as much as the 2020 budget because it isn't a presidential election year. She also said she hopes to have voting centers in place by then, so it will be cheaper to operate than the way the polling places operate now. "With the unknowns of the General Fund and as- sessed value dropping, I think it is in the best inter- est of the county to do this," said Willis. Pike County was notified earlier this year their as- sessed value had dropped because IPL's assessed val- ue was reduced from $192 million to $ 98 million after they redistributed assess- ment to Morgan County. "I don't have a problem with it," said Griffith. It was approved by a 5 - 0 vote. Councilmen Todd Meadors and Travis Troutman did not attend the meeting. An artist's rendering of the new Buchta entrepreneurship Technology Center that will be located at the I-69 interchange in Pike County. Officials will break ground on Monday morning, December 9. she had a protective order placed against Roach and he began sending her mes- sages. The case against Roach was based largely on a series of more than 600 Facebook posts and text messages be- tween Young and Roach. Prosecutor Darrin Mc- Donald focused on mes- sages that he claimed was Roach admitting he had raped Young and saying how he enjoyed it and wanted to do it again. Because she didn't report it until almost three months later, they weren't able to pinpoint a date of the rape. They narrowed it down to about June 26, 2018. In his opening statement, McDonald told the jury they were going to see lives and conversation that were be- yond what most of them could make sense of. McDonald continued, this case, like most rape cases was a case of "She said, he said." However he said the most important part of this case isn't necessarily what she said, but rather what he (Roach) said. McDonald then some of Roach's posts and messag- es to Young on a screen. In one message Roach says, he should have raped her before, but he didn't be- cause she was wearing a home detention ankle brace- let. "I should have stripped off your clothes and stuck it in you." McDonald said that mes- sage was sent on June 10. Young's ankle bracelet was removed on June 21. McDonald, going through the messages, said, "It gets weirder." He then puts up a series of posts back and forth be- tween Roach and Young. "If rape is what it takes? We are getting married too." She responds,"It isn't sex, it is rape." Roach responds, "Baby I love you its more than rape. . . No it wasn't rape, I had feel- ings when I did it. I feel in love after it too." McDonald then showed another back-and-forth se- ries of messages on Oct. 10 and Oct. 18, 2018, which he said were sent after Roach knew Young had called po- lice and turned him in. Those messages includ- ed Roach texting that he was waiting for her to get over being mad. She responded he would never rape her again, to which he responded, " Oh it was so good." Her response was, "I can't TRIAL Continued from page 1 See TRIAL on page 7 in the crash. Both were driv- ing Gleaner combines. Barr's 2004 Dodge pickup was a to- tal loss. The road was closed for about two hours. A minor crash also occurred when a car hit the back of another ve- hicle waiting in a line of traf- fic for the combine accident. HEAD-ON Continued from page 1

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