The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local News

March 11, 2014

Former DCS director charged with perjury in federal case

INDIANAPOLIS – The former local director of the Indiana Department of Child Services and member of the New Castle Community School Corp.’s school board has been charged by criminal complaint with one count of perjury and one count of making a materially false statement, U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett announced Tuesday.

Michael Fleming, 58, of New Castle, has been charged for his role in allegedly lying in front of a federal grand jury and to federal agents who were following up on a criminal complaint previously filed against Darrell Hughes by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Specifically, Hughes is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child and attempted exploitation of a child. It is alleged that Hughes made contact with boys who he would have met at an alternative school operated by the New Castle School system. The alternative school is commonly referred to as North Campus.

The criminal complaint pertaining to Fleming unsealed Tuesday alleges that on Feb. 4, 2014, agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) went to Fleming’s office in New Castle to further the investigation of Hughes. Agents served Fleming with a subpoena to testify in front of the grand jury. At that time, the agents asked Fleming whether he knew that Hughes had been arrested. He acknowledged that he did. When asked if he had ever heard complaints of alleged misconduct or inappropriate behavior by Hughes, Fleming said no. The agents soon left the DCS office and asked Fleming to call with any follow-up information.

The complaint further alleges that on Feb. 18 Fleming testified in front of the federal grand jury for the Southern District of Indiana. During that testimony Fleming stated that he was familiar with Hughes because of counseling services that Hughes provided to children but was not aware of any complaints related to Hughes before his arrest.

Text Only
Local News
  • NWS-HB0726-Blighted.jpg State provides money to take bite out of blight

    The worst-of-the-worst abandoned and uninhabitable residential houses in Anderson, Alexandria and Elwood will soon start tumbling down, say officials in all three cities. Demolition of the houses is being made possible through a federal loan initiative administered by the state called the Blight Elimination Program.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Elwood schools seek election change Elwood Community Schools is seeking to change the process for the way that members of the school board will be elected starting with the November election.

    July 25, 2014

  • NWS - HB0726 - fabricating bill Company not charged for electricity for five months Ever since CB Fabricating moved into a new addition at their business, there has been a problem with electric bills received from the city of Anderson. The company received no bill for electricity usage from the Anderson utility office for five months, despite numerous attempts they say they made to correct the problem.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0726 - Colts Camp day two 349 Enjoy football, save lives Nine Indianapolis Colts fans attending practice at Anderson University saved 27 lives on Friday. That's good, of course, but if 15 more fans had taken a few minutes out of their afternoon to donate blood, 72 lives could have been saved, said Julie Gordon of the Indiana Blood Center.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • County doctor arrested on drug charges

    A Fishers doctor with ties to Pendleton was arrested Friday in a Drug Enforcement Administration raid of numerous doctor’s office in central Indiana.

    July 25, 2014

  • Riddle again steps down as Frankton coach FRANKTON — For the second time in a storied coaching career at Frankton High School, Dean Riddle has resigned his post as the girls varsity basketball coach.Riddle submitted his resignation July 8. Before that, he had a meeting with Frankton Lapel Sc

    July 26, 2014

  • Local Briefs: July 26 A compilation of news items of local and statewide interest as published in the Saturday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 25, 2014

  • Arrest Log: July 26 Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Thursday and Friday based on Madison County Jail records.

    July 25, 2014

  • Arrest Log: July 25 Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Wednesday and Thursday, based on Madison County Jail records.

    July 25, 2014

  • DSC_8125.JPG Auction teaches in business, farming

    After 10 years of 4-H, saying goodbye to his animals has become a simple matter for McKennon Heald. But he said he wouldn't be surprised to see some tears from some of the younger participants. He's been there.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

July Staff Photos


Buy and browse more photos from The Herald Bulletin

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Auto Industry Book
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook