The Herald Bulletin

July 18, 2013

Local Briefs: July 19

The Herald Bulletin

---- — White River cleanup set for Saturday morning

ANDERSON — On Saturday, the White River Watchers invite the public to join in floating along the section of river between Mounds State Park and the Eighth Street bridge in downtown Anderson. Canoes, paddles, personal flotation devices, gloves and buckets will be provided so that volunteers can pick up debris along the way. The organization is asking for a voluntary $5 per person donation to help cover canoe rentals.

Paddlers will be transported from the staging area in the Work One parking lot (Ninth and Central) to the canoe launch site. Registration begins under the bridge at 8:30 a.m. with the last launch at 11 a.m. Wear appropriate clothing and secure footwear. Charity's Angels will provide a hot lunch at minimal cost. Call 620-4166 for more information.

Frankton searching for park board member

FRANKTON — The Frankton Park Board is searching for a dedicated volunteer to fill a Republican position on the Park Board.

Interested persons must be at least 18 years of age and reside within the town limits of Frankton. Inquiries may be made at the new town hall located at 204 E. Sigler St., Frankton. Applications will be taken until July 31.

Chesterfield hosting car show Saturday

CHESTERFIELD — The third annual Flamingo Joe's Diner car show will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the diner, 410 E. Main St.

The first 45 cars receive dash plaques and 35 awards will be presented at 11:30 a.m. Registration is $10 per car and their will be a $5 breakfast buffet for those registered. The show is presented by The Three Amigos, Bob Leathers, Poncho, and Jerry Arnold. For information call 425-9389.

Rotarians to hear about reservoir

ANDERSON — Rob Sparks, Director of the Madison County Corporation for Economic Development, will be guest speaker for the Anderson Rotary Club at noon Tuesday at the Anderson Country Club.

According to club president Charles Shumate, Sparks will bring Rotary members up to date on the status of the proposed project to establish a seven-mile long, 2,000-acre reservoir on White River in Madison and Delaware counties.

Fire destroys fireworks store in northern Indiana

ROCHESTER — Flames roared through a northern Indiana fireworks store, shooting off numerous rockets that exploded high in the air.

The fire broke out Wednesday night at Windy City Fireworks in Rochester. WSBT-TV and WNDU-TV report that firefighters arrived to find the building fully engulfed in flames and that several fire departments were called to the scene to help extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported and the fire's cause wasn't immediately known.

Officer finds meth lab in squad car

SYRACUSE — A northern Indiana police officer found methamphetamine cooking in a bag inside his squad car after arresting a man on a domestic disturbance charge.

An officer for the Syracuse police department 40 miles northwest of Fort Wayne noticed a strange chemical odor after taking the man to the Kosciusko County Jail. Thinking it was coming from the jail's intake bay, he pulled out.

The odor got worse and the back seat began to fill with smoke. The officer said a nylon bag in the back seat that he originally thought was the man's clothing burst into flames after he pulled it from the car. The officer was treated at a hospital for inhalation of sulfuric acid and gas.

Court lets city keep voided gun limits

INDIANAPOLIS — A northwestern Indiana mayor says he's glad a court allowed the city's gun restrictions to stay on the books despite a 2011 state law that allows firearms to be carried on most public property.

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said that someone would eventually be shot on public land and he would blame it on the state law. The Indiana Supreme Court refused to hear two Hammond residents' appeal contending that a local ordinance barring guns from city buildings and meetings is voided by the state law that largely prohibits local governments from regulating firearms except in courtrooms.