In case you missed it – January 16

Man admits to child molest charges hours before trial

GREENFIELD — Less than 24 hours before he was set to face a Hancock County jury, a Greenfield man accused of molesting a child took a deal after learning his taped confession would be used against him in the trial.

William Schini, 47, pleaded guilty to a Class A felony of child molesting at a last-minute hearing Monday afternoon in Hancock Circuit Court.

He returns to court to face sentencing Feb. 2; he faces a penalty of 20 to 50 years, Hancock County Prosecutor Brent Eaton said.

Kohl’s, PetSmart finalize plans for Greenfield stores

GREENFIELD – Kohl’s is back, and it’s got company.

The nationwide retail chain presented an amended plan this week to open a store in Greenfield, which includes plans for a PetSmart store to be built beside it. Both stores are scheduled to open in the fall.

Kohl’s first unveiled plans in 2011 to open a 55,000-square-foot store in the Greenfield Business Park just southeast of the Interstate 70 and State Street interchange. But after a string of construction delays, company representatives officially backed out of the plan last April, citing concerns that Greenfield’s population could not support enough sales to justify building a local store.

This week, city officials approved a new proposal from the popular retail chain to construct a scaled-down store — about 35,000-square-feet — in the same location it originally proposed.

Fitness center to open next month after weeks of construction delays

McCORDSVILLE — The much-anticipated Hancock Wellness Center is set to open next month after rain delayed construction for several months on the $8 million physical fitness facility in McCordsville.

Hancock Regional Hospital’s second wellness center site, 8505 N. Clearview Drive, will serve as a satellite to the Greenfield facility. The McCordsville center originally was slated to open last fall, and then the schedule was bumped to the start of the new year, said Rob Matt, the hospital’s chief operating officer. Now, a Feb. 1 grand opening has been tentatively set.