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Hancock County offers a hand up to help women to kick heroin

2017-12-30T22:51:35+00:00September 19th, 2017|

GREENFIELD, Ind. -- He doesn't want to see it anymore -- people he knows, whose families he frequently runs into around the place where he has lived his entire life, ending up in jail -- or dead -- because of heroin. Hancock County's prosecutor believes a new partnership that happened almost on the spur of [...]

County reserves beds at facility: Officials aim to reduce recidivism, help drug addicts

2017-12-30T22:58:06+00:00August 26th, 2017|

HANCOCK COUNTY — County officials will spend $18,000 to reserve beds for local offenders at a women’s recovery center in Indianapolis. Four beds at the Dove Recovery House — one of the area’s leading drug-treatment facilities, local officials say — will be set aside for the next year for female offenders from Hancock County who [...]

Prosecutor to handle county drug cases

2018-01-23T18:08:02+00:00August 10th, 2017|

GREENFIELD – A woman caught with syringe in her car. A man growing marijuana in his home, another making meth. A teen found with a baggie of heroin. Those are examples of the case files that land on Dave Thornburg’s desk at the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office every morning. A veteran of the office with [...]

Coleman Sentenced to 83 Years for Murder

2018-01-23T21:43:00+00:00April 10th, 2017|

 Update (April 10, 2017) -- Damian Coleman was sentenced to 83 years. Update (Feb. 14, 2017) -- Shawn Hammons was sentenced to 39.5 years with 20 years to be served in the Department of Correction and 19.5 years suspended. He'll spend five years on probation. Hammons pleaded guilty to dealing cocaine, being a habitual offender and [...]

New “heroin protocol” offers rehab instead of prison

2017-12-30T23:07:16+00:00November 22nd, 2016|

HANCOCK COUNTY (WTHR) - Heroin addiction has been called a scourge. It's been called an epidemic. But rarely do we hear about solutions. Officials in Hancock County are trying to change that. They've got a new approach to the heroin problem called a "heroin protocol." It trades some jail time and required rehab instead of [...]

Posting a ballot pic? You might be committing a felony

2017-12-30T23:11:03+00:00October 12th, 2016|

GREENFIELD, Ind. (WTHR) - An Indiana county is telling its voters - don't post pictures of your ballot on social media. It's a felony. Hancock County prosecutor Brent Eaton says according to Indiana election code, certain voting booth selfies could lead to some serious jail time. Now he and the county clerk have posted warnings [...]

Judge hands driver max sentence in cyclist’s death

2018-01-23T18:38:59+00:00July 13th, 2016|

By Caitlin VanOverberghe, Daily Reporter GREENFIELD — Cindy McCloud held out an urn of her daughter’s ashes as she spoke to Timothy Hughes from the witness stand: “This is Carla now.” The mother of 22-year-old Carla McCloud, killed Aug. 11 when Hughes struck her with his car while driving drunk, was one of more than a [...]