Church bus driver charged in fatal I-70 accident
GREENFIELD — The driver of a church bus that overturned on Interstate 70 on Tuesday afternoon, killing a 6-year-old boy, has been charged with reckless homicide.
Charles Goodman, 53, of Gary, was driving with a suspended license at the time of the crash near the 107 mile marker on eastbound I-70, police said. Goodman told a state police trooper he’d been feeling tired and fell asleep at the wheel moments before the bus careened off the side of the road, slammed into a tree and caught fire, charging documents state.
Police are awaiting the results of a toxicology test, and further charges could be filed if Goodman is found to have been driving under the influence, Hancock County Prosecutor Brent Eaton said.
Goodman was driving 12 members of the St. Jude Family Deliverance Worship Center in Gary to a youth conference in Dayton. The crash killed Jacob Williams, 6, of Gary, and injured 11 others, including Goodman, who suffered a broken arm and fractured jaw when he was thrown from the bus.
Man sentenced to 3 years after child injuried in care
GREENFIELD — A Fortville man has been sentenced to three years in prison after the 6-month-old left in his care suffered a skull fracture.
David Lanning, 44, of Fortville, also was ordered Wednesday to serve two years on probation and to have no contact with the child.
Lanning and his girlfriend, Lisa Bozymski, 43, of McCordsville, were charged in January 2014 after a child they were baby-sitting suffered injuries medical experts say were consistent with shaken-baby syndrome. Exams showed the baby suffered a skull fracture, multiple soft-tissue injuries and bruising to her face and scalp, court records state.
Case of parvovirus shuts down animal shelter
GREENFIELD — Greenfield-Hancock Animal Management closed unexpectedly Monday after a puppy was diagnosed with a highly contagious canine disease.
A puppy staying at the shelter was diagnosed with parvovirus, an illness that affects dogs’ gastrointestinal tracts, director Paul Miller said. In order to keep the disease from spreading, the shelter needed to be closed for deep cleaning, he said.
On Monday, the office wasn’t taking in any new animals and was closed to the public. Miller said he hoped to have it open again as early as today but said the staff was taking it hour by hour.
Police: Men stole $6,500 of fuel from Greenfield station
GREENFIELD — Two Johnson County men stole thousands of dollars worth of fuel from a Greenfield gas station to use for the trucking company where they work, police said.
Jaswinder Singh, 58, and Harpreet Sandhu, 53, both of Whiteland, emptied the underground fuel tanks at Pacific Pride Fuel Island, a commercial fueling station at 320 E. South St., at least four times, stiffing the company about $6,500 worth of diesel fuel, according to court documents.
Security cameras at the gas station in Greenfield caught Singh and Sandhu attempting to steal diesel fuel four times between December and May, according to court records.
Both men face a Level 5 felony charge of corrupt business influence; three Level 6 felony charges of theft; and Class A misdemeanor of theft. They each face 14½ years and up to $45,000 in fines.