Third-time blaze destroys Greenfield company’s garage
GREENFIELD — A garage belonging to a company that restores homes and buildings that have sustained smoke, fire and water damage burned to the ground early Aug. 13, the third time fire and rescue crews were called to the property in the past week.
Amerestore, a Greenfield-based repair company, first experienced a small electrical fire in a storage building Friday afternoon, said Mike Adams, the company’s founder and president. That blaze rekindled for a short time in the afternoon of Aug. 15 but was doused by the Buck Creek Fire Department.
Teenager charged as adult in fatal automobile crash
GREENFIELD — On his 18th birthday, Timothy Hughes stood before a judge, head bowed, quiet.
Just a week before, the then 17-year-old was behind the wheel of a car that struck and killed a woman riding her bike in rural New Palestine; police say he was drunk. Wednesday, a judge ruled the teen will face his charges in adult court.
Wellness center conducts free child safety event
GREENFIELD — Linda Garrity knows parenthood can be overwhelming, with so many decisions to make with little ones’ safety at stake — and she wants parents to know about the extensive network of community resources available to them to make it all easier.
To help local organizations and families connect with one another, Garrity has helped organize an event that will pull those parties together.
The inaugural Child Safety and Wellness Fair, scheduled for Aug. 29, will feature demonstrations and activities led by local providers whose causes run the gamut from tobacco prevention to Internet safety. The free event will feature about 30 vendors and will run from noon to 3 p.m. at the Hancock Wellness Center, 888 New Road in Greenfield.
Convicted murderer sentenced in battery case
GREENFIELD — An Indianapolis woman found guilty of murder last week by a Hancock County jury appeared before a judge again Wednesday, this time to answer for allegations she beat up a witness who was called to testify against her.
Amanda Gonzales, who was convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder, was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday on battery and obstruction of justice charges; the 28-year-old has yet to be sentenced in the murder case.
The battery and obstruction charges stem from incidents that occurred a few months into her stay at the Hancock County Jail, where she attacked a fellow inmate, court records state.
Police said the victim had provided information to detectives at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department who were investigating a murder that Gonzales was suspected of arranging.
Hancock County Superior Court 1 Judge Terry Snow found Gonzales guilty of battery in July, and she was sentenced Wednesday to serve two years in a Department of Correction facility.
That time will be added to the sentence Gonzales will receive Sept. 2, when she returns to court to be sentenced for her role in the death of Katrina Miller.