ANDERSON — The ongoing dispute between the coroner and Madison County commissioners about equipping a cooler as a morgue continues to escalate.
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Mismanagement often takes time to uncover. When it seeps into a government office, the public typically doesn’t know of a problem until an audit is conducted or a candidate begins throwing darts.
City police and the Vigo County Coroner’s Office are conducting a death investigation after a body was found Saturday near Sixth and Margaret streets.
Madison County Coroner Dr. Troy Abbott followed all required procedures after striking a deer while driving a county-owned vehicle. The collision happened Nov. 25 while he was driving on County Road 280 North near the intersection with North County Road 900 West. That night, he notified the sheriff's department and took a breath test for the presence of alcohol; the test was negative, the county said.
At about 10:15 a.m., the coroner was dispatched to the scene.
Madison County Coroner Dr. Troy Abbott accuses the Dunnichay family, which ran the coroner’s office for almost 30 years, of mixing Dunnichay Funeral Home business with Madison County coroner business, of misusing the county’s tax-exempt status and of generally shoddy and questionable office management practices.
An Anderson woman shot and killed an intruder in her home Wednesday morning.
Madison County is purchasing a refrigerated trailer to serve as a temporary morgue. The County Commissioners on Tuesday approved buying the refrigerated cooler from Polar King at a cost of $16,509. The cooler is being paid for through the county’s share of federal COVI,D-19 funding.