More deaths than usual, intentional and accidental, made their way into this area’s top 10 news articles of 2013.
1. Three individuals were arrested Jan. 5 for the early morning Dec. 30, 2012, murder of Nancy Hershman, 68, Milan, reported Sgt. Noel Houze, Indiana State Police Versailles District public information officer, The Herald-Tribune reported Jan. 8.
ISP investigators with assistance from the Colerain Township Police Department, Cincinnati, arrested Allison Moore, 22, and two 15-year-old males from that township.
Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel said the murder was connected to a burglary that took place in Cross Plains around 11:30 p.m. Dec. 29, 2012. Moore, another adult and three juveniles took $600 to $700 and an ounce of marijuana from a home there, then drove to Milan.
Once inside Hershman’s home, the trio were apparently confronted by the woman, according to Houze. During a struggle with a .40-caliber handgun, the victim was shot in the head area once, Hertel said. Police do not believe anything was missing from the Milan home.
After hearings held in Ripley Circuit Court, Judge Carl Taul determined the two teen accomplices, Sean Nichols and Daniel Hodge, will be tried as adults. Moore’s trial is slated to begin March 31, according to Hertel.
2. When Ivy Tech Community College, Batesville, began its spring semester Jan. 14, students arrived to a beautiful building.
The school, which relocated to a structure purchased from Forethought on State Road 46, went through an extensive renovation. Before the semester started, Hank Ahaus, associate vice chancellor of student affairs, predicted, “It’s going to be a whole new facility .... (and) is just going to be fabulous with state-of-the-art science labs and up-to-date computer labs. All our technology is going to be top-notch,” he revealed.
Accolades were flowing May 14 at the site’s dedication. Nodding at Dr. Jim Roberts, Batesville Community School Corp. superintendent, Chancellor Dr. Jim Helms reported to close to 200 at the outdoor ceremony, “We’ve been talking for two years about a futuristic curriculum.” College President Thomas Snyder called the larger campus “very impressive. You did this,” he emphasized. When the state Legislature couldn’t find additional funding for ITCC, “this community stepped up.”