The Herald Bulletin

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Cops, courts and fires

October 11, 2013

Prosecutor: Elwood police should no longer investigate mayor's family

Cummings directs city officials to hand off future criminal incidents


In the probable cause affidavit of the incident, Kelley also told police that she was thinking of taking her child to the hospital before Monday, but that Arnold had been in text conversations with Hanna, who allegedly told Arnold not to come to the hospital because he and Kelley would be arrested for suspicious activity. Hanna denied this account on Sept. 30.

Tyler Arnold, who has a previous felony conviction, is under in-home detention stemming from a July 2011 case. In August, he pleaded guilty to three counts of Class D felony fraud and Class D felony theft and was sentenced to 24 months, of which 18 were to be served on in-home detention. Officially, Arnold faces charges of neglect, battery, aggravated battery, criminal recklessness and maintaining a common nuisance for the incident involving the infant.

In December, two of Ron Arnold's teenage sons were arrested in connection with separate incidents. Arnold announced that one of his sons was one of four minors responsible for setting fire to the abandoned State Plating factory in Elwood. A different son was arrested on Dec. 17 and charged with battery and possession of alcohol.

The Herald Bulletin does not report names of minors who are processed through juvenile courts.

The mayor is also the subject of a separate Indiana State Police investigation. The investigation was confirmed by Hanna at a city council meeting on Sept. 9. At the meeting, Hanna said because the investigation is active, he couldn't comment on its nature. ISP investigators have also declined to comment on the matter.

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