Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

January 28, 2014

Plea agreements inked in Acapulco criminal case


Adolfo Lopez is required to give a statement outlining all of his criminal activities under oath and he is subject to a polygraph test. According to the agreement, “a failed polygraph result is appropriate grounds to withdraw the plea,” and a trial would occur instead.

While on probation, both men were ordered not to consume alcoholic beverages and illegal controlled substances and they are subject to testing.

According to Adolfo Lopez’s agreement, “The state does not object to defendant’s probation being transferred out of state if the defendant were to move ...” After one year of probation, the document stated he may petition to terminate it if he has paid all restitution and complies with other probation terms.

With Benito Lopez scheduled to stand trial in Dearborn Circuit Court Jan. 6, why did the prosecutor have a change of heart? Adolfo Lopez was “the primary person involved” in wrongdoing, Negangard contended. “Benito was prepared to cooperate against Adolfo. The terms of that deal with Benito have been worked out for awhile,” but the trial wasn’t cancelled until restitution issues were finalized. “It was always the understanding that he would testify against Adolfo if Adolfo’s matter went to trial.”

Months ago, charges were dismissed against the Batesville restaurant’s third owner, Abel Bustos, then 50, Lafayette, who did not have a hands-on role in its operation.

Benito Lopez is now a shift manager at a restaurant called The Toros in the former Acapulco Mexico Restaurant spot in Batesville, but is not an owner, according to the prosecutor.

The prosecutor had praise for Indiana State Excise Police investigator Tim Sutton, who “really did a remarkable job putting this case together.” Employees overseen by the two owners told Negangard they worked 60-80 hours a week with short breaks “from open to close” at the restaurants “and they were not getting paid a dime for overtime.” Workers also were required to pay back to the restaurants the amounts of their paychecks out of their tip money. “They were being exploited because they were illegal.” He reflected that the two Lopezes were “not just nice immigrants working hard for their families.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Five new cars and trailer burn on interstate Six Batesville firefighters responded to a car-carrier truck fire on westbound Interstate 74 just behind Batesville High School at 11:25 a.m. Sunday, July 27, according to Fire Chief Todd Schutte. The chief also called for tanker support from Oldenbu

    July 29, 2014

  • nws - bv072914 - cincinnati orchestra Symphony highlights arts council's 25th anniversary The Franklin County Arts Council, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, was established when Franklin County High School opened in Brookville.Vice President Patti Wilhelm, Brookville, who has been involved with the organization for 24 years, re

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv072914 chinese classroom Educators work and play in China ”I loved China!” raves Batesville Middle School language arts and special education teacher Alex Davis, who worked in Beijing with five other Batesville Community School Corp. educators June 28-July 18 to sharpen the English skills of Chinese incomin

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • State police post meth lab closures online Area residents can search a new Web-based listing of meth lab addresses in Ripley and Franklin counties. The Indiana State Police unveiled the online database on the Indiana Methamphetamine Investigation System Web site, It lists not

    July 29, 2014

  • nws - bv072514 - BCSC lowery leaves Lowery leaves school board Batesville resident Chris Lowery’s appointment as Ivy Tech Community College Columbus/Southeast chancellor caused him to resign from the Batesville Community School Corp. board July 21.He has been a District 3 trustee for a dozen years, serving as bo

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • National Night Out set for Aug. 4 Area residents can enjoy a grill-out and pool party by attending the local National Night Out Monday, Aug. 4, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Batesville Memorial Pool. Sponsored by the Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville and the Fraternal Order of Police, t

    July 25, 2014

  • Batesville Summer Bash starts Aug. 1 The third annual Batesville Summer Bash begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, and runs until 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in downtown Batesville. The event features sidewalk sales, including home-based business booths; the Saturday morning farmers’ market an

    July 25, 2014

  • Shell building site determined The Batesville Economic Development Commission pinpointed where to construct a shell building within the city’s vacant industrial park July 18.Consultant Greg Martz of GM Development, New Castle, recommended a 7-acre site just east of Merkel Road and

    July 25, 2014

  • Babe Ruth Tournament benefits the whole community Local leaders pointed out the benefits resulting from hosting the 10 and under Central Indiana Babe Ruth Tournament at The Plex here July 10-13. Seven teams participated in the tourney, bringing more than 120 young players to Batesville, plus familie

    July 25, 2014

  • Brother charged in shooting

    July 23, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Photo Gallery

Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.