In case you missed it – January 23

Teen in custody after school threat

FORTVILLE — Mt. Vernon Community School Corp. brought extra security to its buildings Tuesday after a school shooting threat went viral on social media.

By Tuesday afternoon, police had identified the student they said they believe is responsible for that threat and taken him into custody.

The teen was taken to the Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center in Muncie, police said. Police used school security camera footage to identify the teen they believe made the threat to a fellow student.

The boy was questioned and admitted to making the comment and told investigators he meant it as a joke, Robbins said.

Blaze claims Greenfield home

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield home caught fire early Monday, and several firefighters were injured while fighting the blaze.

The fire started in the garage of a home in the 3100 block of West Tulip Tree Drive in Greenfield.

The blaze took more than three hours to get under control, Buck Creek Fire Chief Dave Sutherlin said.

The water from firefighters’ hoses quickly froze, and one firefighter sustained minor injuries after falling on the ice. Another firefighter sustained a broken arm after a fall from a 6-foot ladder, Sutherlin said.

School misses grad benchmark

GREENFIELD — Greenfield-Central High School’s graduation rate has consistently fallen below the state average. This month, educators were dismayed to learn that in 2015, the school couldn’t buck the trend.

The district narrowly missed the benchmark, according to data released recently from the Indiana Department of Education. Last year, the state graduation average was 88.9 percent; at Greenfield-Central, 88.2 percent of seniors graduated with the class of 2015.

Official: Property not yet retrieved

FORTVILLE — Three weeks after former Fortville clerk-treasurer Marcie Stafford left office, town officials still are trying to retrieve property they say she hasn’t returned.

The items Stafford hasn’t returned include a town cellphone, printer and several town documents, said town manager Joe Renner, adding he is unsure which specific documents are missing.