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April 9, 2014

Landlord: No evidence of drug abuse in former home of Edgewood officer


Wednesday, Smith said Foutch could be difficult to reason with, but otherwise the couple kept the house in good condition and there was no evidence of drug abuse.

Smith said he never received a reason from the couple as to why they stopped paying rent. Edgewood Town Marshal Andrew Ellingwood said he was aware Foutch was experiencing financial issues and was starting to have his wages garnished, but Ellingwood wasn't sure why.

After the accident Sunday, Foutch was placed on administrative leave by the department, and the Town Council is expected to determine whether the leave will be paid.

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said he's attempting to find a criminal lab that will rush the results of Foutch's blood work, which was taken after the accident. Foutch faces a preliminary charge of operating while intoxicated causing death, a Class B felony, but that could change as investigators continue to gather information.

On Tuesday, Foutch's father said he had no comment on the matter. There was no response at Foutch's current address when reporters from The Herald Bulletin visited Monday.

In the wake of the accident, friends and community services have mobilized to raise money for the family. A website created by two friends of the family has raised nearly $15,000 from more than 250 donors. A motorcycle ride has been planned for April 27 by local fundraising group Second Chance to Get It Right.

Jesse Sperry worked two jobs and the couple didn't have health insurance.

Pastor Tom Lutz of Edgewood Baptist Church, where the couple were members, said he's encouraged the family to take their time and allow the mother and baby to heal before planning anything else. Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes is planning the funeral, but no date has been set. The funeral will be at Edgewood Baptist.

Like Jack Molitor on Facebook and follow him @aggiejack4 on Twitter, or call 640-4883.

If you would like to donate to the family Visit Or send a check payable to Edgewood Baptist Church, 3743 Nichol Ave., Anderson, IN 46011

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