Hancock County to charge drug users in a new approach to stop the cycle of overdoses

2020-10-19T17:45:09+00:00February 19th, 2020|Drug Abuse, Rehab, WTHR|

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) – Hancock County is trying a new approach to tackling the opioid crisis. It involves charging people who overdose with a drug crime in the hopes of stopping the cycle of drug abuse, but critics worry it will criminalize addiction instead. Greenfield Police Chief Jeff Rasche said the approach is

Hancock County man charged in multi-million dollar sports betting operation

2019-11-15T17:35:03+00:00September 5th, 2019|Gambling, WTHR|

NEW PALESTINE (WTHR) - This week, sports betting became legal here in Indiana. But a Hancock County man is in big trouble for what prosecutors say he did before gambling was allowed. According to court documents, 46-year-old Bret Wells of New Palestine took in millions of dollars running a gambling operation with clients in

Prosecutor says IMPD officer went beyond parental rights spanking child

2019-08-14T14:31:54+00:00May 3rd, 2019|Child abuse, High-profile cases, Police Department, WTHR|

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - An Indianapolis police officer is accused of going too far and crossing the line that separates parental discipline from the crime of felony battery. IMPD placed officer Derek Ethridge on administrative leave. The 29-year-old is charged in Hancock County with battery resulting in bodily injury to a person less than 14 years

IMPD officer facing felony charges in Hancock County

2019-08-14T14:25:02+00:00May 3rd, 2019|Child abuse, High-profile cases, Police Department, WTHR|

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — An IMPD officer is in serious trouble with the law. The Hancock County Prosecutor filed charges against Derek Ethridge. Ethridge is facing felony battery charges for an incident May 1. He's accused of battery resulting in bodily injury on a person under the age of 14. Hancock County court records show the

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