The Herald Bulletin

April 17, 2014

Local Briefs: April 17

The Herald Bulletin

---- — Tea Party hosts meet and greet

CHESTERFIELD — The Tea Party of Madison County will host a meet-and-greet for all primary candidates from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Millcreek Community Center, 403 Main St. This event is for all political parties.

There will be hot dogs, chips and soft drinks available. There will be a drawing for two children’s bicycles. The child must be present to win.

Tour de Pendleton set for Saturday

PENDLETON — The South Madison Youth Commission will present the Tour de Pendleton 2014 biking event on Saturday.

The 10-mile biking event is open to ages 13 and up.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at Pendleton Heights High School. The route will be from PHHS to Maple Ridge Elementary School and back. There will be a water stop at Maple Ridge. The first 60 riders to sign up (and pay) will receive a T-shirt. All participants will receive a water bottle and certificate of participation.

Cost is $15 per rider and proceeds benefit the SMYC grant fund.

Information: 778-8444 or

Milton-Madison Bridge to reopen

MADISON — A new Ohio River bridge is set to reopen to traffic by tonight after a more than month-long closure forced motorists to travel 25 miles to the nearest alternate bridge in southeast Indiana, the Indiana Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

The Milton-Madison Bridge temporarily closed on March 11 to allow crews to finish a phase of construction along the half-mile-long span that connects Madison, Ind., and Milton, Ky. The bridge is twice as wide as the old bridge it replaced.

Gary man charged in shop owner’s death

FORT WAYNE — Authorities say tips from the public have led to the arrest of a Gary man in connection with the fatal shooting of a Fort Wayne tobacco store owner during a robbery.

Fort Wayne police announced Wednesday 22-year-old Jamel Coleman faces preliminary charges of murder, felony murder and armed robbery causing death in the April 7 shooting of 44-year-old Antonio Lopez Nino.

18-year-old bicyclist fatally shot

SOUTH BEND — Police say an 18-year-old was fatally shot in the head while riding a bicycle on a South Bend street.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide unit has identified the victim of the shooting as Nathan Hall. Officers investigating gunfire about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday found Hall on a street in a neighborhood on the city’s northwest side. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police identify body found in rural area

KENNARD — State police say an autopsy has identified the body found over the weekend in rural central Indiana as that of an Indianapolis man.

Police say the death of 23-year-old Zackery Soots is being investigated as a homicide but didn’t give reasons for that determination. Police say Soots’ body was spotted Sunday evening by a person walking along a rural road near the Henry County town of Kennard.

Nearly 600 pounds of pot seized

FORT WAYNE — Authorities have seized nearly 600 pounds of marijuana during a raid of a Fort Wayne house.

Allen County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jeremy Tinkel says officers from the county’s drug task force, along with state and local police and federal agents seized the marijuana Tuesday after surveillance of a delivery to the house on Fort Wayne’s north side.

Officers reported seizing 550 pounds of marijuana that had been delivered and 32 pounds already packaged for sale. Officials estimated the marijuana was worth about $580,000.