LOCAL NEWS

Deputies arrest man on 7 felony charges

Montgomery County deputies arrested a Marshall man early Thursday morning on a warrant for seven drug-related felony charges.

Christopher J. Murphy, 27, faces two D felony charges of possession of a precursor by a methamphetamine offender, in addition to five level 6 felony charges of possession of a precursor. He is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on a $40,000 surety/cash bond.

An arrest warrant was issued for Murphy on Nov. 10, 2014, through Montgomery Superior Court I, following an investigation by Indiana State Police Trooper Clayton Gum.

Gum’s investiagtion started Oct. 28, 2014, when the National Precursor Log Exchange informed him Murphy allegedly purchased 1.92 grams of Sudafed Sinus and Pain 12 hour at the Crawfordsville Walgreens.

In a probable cause affidavit, Gum noted Murphy is a “methamphetamine offender,” citing Murphy’s past convictions.

Gum’s report referenced an April 2008 court case in which Murphy was convicted of possession of precursors, operating while intoxicated causing endangerment and possession of paraphernalia. Murphy was sentenced to three years at the Indiana Department of Corrections and one year at the Montgomery County Jail.

During his investigation, Gum identified eight other incidents in which Murphy purchased precursors. He obtained documentation from the Indiana Methamphetamine Suprression Section and National Precursor Log Exchange for each purchase. He also obtained video footage of Murphy’s Oct. 28, 2014, purchase of Sudafed at Walgreens.

The seven documented purchases occurred between June 4, 2014, and Oct. 28, 2014, at the Crawfordsville Walgreens and Walmart. Six of the purchases were for Sudafed, and the other was for decongestant.

In the affidavit, Gum stated, “there is probable cause to believe that Christopher James Murphy has knowingly possessed Ephedrine and/or Psedoephedrine as a Methamphetamine Offender.”

Event will ‘Fence Out Cancer

Mike Summers is described as one of the most dedicated men around. 

The 55-year-old husband, father and grandfather from Montgomery County has made a living farming, raising cattle, operating a fencing business and selling wood during the winter months.

However, a recent cancer diagnosis has spurred his family and friends to action. The “Fencing Out Cancer the Summers Way Benefit and Auction” will take place Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 318 W. Main St., Lebanon. Dinner will be served 4-6 p.m. and an auction will follow at 6 p.m. Items to be auctioned have been donated by vendors from the Covered Bridge Festival as well as many local businesses from Montgomery and Boone counties.

In June 2014, Summers was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma cancer, which quickly spread into his lymph nodes. Since his diagnosis, he has faced two surgeries to remove the melanoma, one month of daily chemotherapy treatments, followed by chemotherapy injections three times a week for the next 12 months. That treatment will continue through the fall of this year. Summers also has faced several complications from his chemotherapy treatments. 

Consequently, due to his diagnosis and treatments, Summers has been and continues to be unable to work. Living expenses and medical bills are growing beyond his and his wife Debbie’s capabilities. Therefore, event organizers are calling on the help of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and the community to help the couple in this difficult time.

Donations also may be made at online atwww.gofundme.com/summersfamily?pc=mb-em.

All proceeds will go to Mike and Debbie Summers to help defray expenses such as medical bills, traveling and parking expenses to and from appointments, utilities and other unexpected expenses that may arise.

Open house planned at Athens Arts Gallery

The acclaimed artwork of Anita and Bill Krug, well known artists from West Lafayette, is currently on display at the Athens Arts Gallery. The couple’s exhibit of fiber arts, woods and other materials is currently on display in the Featured Artists’ Gallery at Athens Arts through Feb. 14.

From 6-8 p.m. today the Gallery at 113 N. Washington St. will host an open house to celebrate their work. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Anita Krug is a fiber artist whose work has been displayed both nationally and internationally, notably in shows in Japan and the Netherlands. Her signature works are wall quilts and several of these are on display in Athens Gallery. Ms. Krug has been teaching classes and teaching people to dye and create fabric art for more than 25 years. She is the founder of Artists’ Own Studio in Lafayette.  

Bill Krug, whose day job is as an Associate Professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University, also is displaying his art which complements and enhances his wife’s brilliant wall tapestries. Opening at the Athens Arts Gallery on Feb. 1 in the Alcove Gallery will be a photography exhibit, “Only Connect,” by photographer Agata Izabela Brewer.  

To learn more about the gallery and upcoming classes and events, contact the Gallery by email  atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; visit the website at www.athensartsgallery.com; or phone 362-7455.

CPD arrests man after bar fight

Police arrested a Crawfordsville man Monday night following an alleged bar fight at Indy Road Pub, 1804 Indianapolis Road.

Jeffery M. Caldwell-Davis, 22, faces a level 5 felony charge of battery resulting in serious bodily injury and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on a $10,000 surety/cash bond.

Crawfordsville police officers responded to the reported battery incident after being informed medics from the Crawfordsville Fire Department were en route to the scene.

Medics tended to an unconscious male who had been struck in the face by a blunt object. The victim was transported to the emergency room at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville for further medical attention.

After their initial investigation, police tracked Caldwell-Davis to Eastside Bar & Grill, 1450 Darlington Ave., and arrested him.

“Our officers followed medical personnel for safety purposes,” Crawfordsville Police Chief Mike Norman said. “They tracked the suspect from the scene to nearby location and made the arrest.”

Caldwell-Davis was sentenced to six months at the Montgomery County Jail and six months probation in October 2013 for similar charges. He faced misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and battery resulting in bodily injury dating back to an incident in March 2013.

Local fire agencies save Ladoga house

LADOGA — Five local fire agencies saved a house Tuesday afternoon during a structure fire at 8526 East Sandrea Lane.

Ladoga volunteer firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 12:29 p.m. and observed flames emerging from the structure’s attached two-car garage.

Walnut Township volunteer firefighters also arrived on the scene and managed two water lines that focused on the garage.

Meanwhile, Ladoga volunteers sent two water lines through the house and confined the fire to the garage area. They ventilated the fire by cutting into the structure’s rooftop.

The garage was a total loss, as its roof caved in. It contained a washer, dryer, weightlifting equipment and audio devices. No vehicles were inside the structure during the fire.

The house received limited smoke damage, in addition to part of its roof being cut for ventilation.

“The firefighters did an excellent job,” Ladoga Fire Chief Reggie Perry said. “They saved a structure. It was impressive for us to get inside the house and minimize the damage as much as possible. It could have been a lot worse than it was.”

Limited water accessibility required multiple fire departments to bring tankers. Tankers were contributed by the Ladoga, Walnut Township, Darlington and Jamestown volunteer fire departments, as well as the Crawfordsville Fire Department. Ladoga also brought an engine and rescue unit, while Walnut added an engine, grass truck and ambulance.

The property owner, Steve Trent, was not home during the fire. He has fire insurance.

Perry said it is likely the home’s residents will be temporarily displaced, but he believes the house will again be habitable after a few renovations.