Local News: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Ferdinand Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

FERDINAND — A Ferdinand man was arrested this week on child pornography charges.

41 year-old Michael Bryant Jr. was booked Monday following an investigation by Indiana State Police.

Authorities say Bryant exchanged sexually explicit photos with a minor via text message last month.

He’s charged with two felonies, possession of child pornography and dissemination of matter harmful to a minor.

Bryant has been released on bond.



Hoosier Drug Dealers Could Face Stiffer Penalties Under Proposal

STATEWIDE — Stiffer penalties for Indiana’s drug dealers could be coming, thanks to a bill sponsored by State Senator Jim Merritt.

Anyone found guilty of selling Fentantyl or Fentanyl-laced drugs would get a sentence of AT LEAST 10 years, and so would anyone convicted of selling an opioid to an addict who dies.

Merritt tells FOX59 in Indianapolis that he plans to file the bill sometime this week and hopes to have it passed this session.


Jasper Christmas Decoration Contest Winners Announced

JASPER — Jasper residents have decked the halls this Christmas season and the Jasper Jaycees and the Chamber of Commerce have announced the winners of this year’s Christmas Decoration Contest.


1ST Place Winners in all categories

-Bob & Carla Moynahan

185 N. Skyview Dr. (Most Traditional)


-Ben & Desirrae Ferrera

1309 Mill St. (Most Original)


-Ed Thunehorst

51 Oakbrook Ct. (Best Use of Lights)


-The Brosch Family

333 Daisy Ln. (Family Theme)


Most Original


  • Ben & Desirrae Ferrera

1309 Mill St.

  • Mike & Sherri Link

4525 Rhine Strasse

  • Alison & John White

1281 Schuetter Rd.

(other entries)

  • Ron & Barbara Rasche

2555 Birk Dr.

  • Robert Gilmore

1443 Dewey St.


Family Theme


  • The Brosch Family

333 Daisy Ln.

  • Jarrod Kearby

2627 Birk Dr.

  • Cecelia & James West

973 Hochgesang Ave.

(other entries)

  • Juan Calderon Family

24 Cardinal Ct.



Best Use of Lights


  • Ed Thunehorst

51 Oakbrook Ct.

  • Nick Blue

1091 W. 36th St.

  • Steve & Vicki Moore

4489 W. Brescher Dr.

(other enteries)

  • Wylee & Kuper Kippenbrock

2905 Leslie Dr.



Most Traditional


  • Bob & Carla Moynahan

185 N Skyview Dr.

  • Dee Jay Ballard

4202 W. Ruby Ct.

  • Nicholas Fischer

1153 W 20th St.

(other entries)

  • Clay & Stephanie Armstrong

1776 White Oak Dr.


Hoosier Lawmakers Split on Tax Bill

WASHINGTON, DC — The Republican tax bill is headed back to the House after passage by the Senate overnight by a vote of 51-48.

Indiana’s Republican Senator Todd Young voted for the bill saying, “We’re getting rid of a major burden on Hoosier families.”

But, Indiana’s Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly voted against it. While speaking on the Senate floor, Donnelly said, “This bill cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans while raising taxes on a majority of families making less than $75,000.”

The House already passed the final bill but it’s coming back because the Senate had to fix a couple of procedural snags. The House is expected to vote again today. The Republican bill slashes corporate tax rates from 35 to 21 percent. Republicans say tax cuts will benefit all income classes. Democrats insist the bill is aimed at boosting the wealthiest Americans and corporations.

Protesters in the Senate visitors’ gallery interrupted the final Senate vote several times. They were removed by Capitol Police. It is estimated that the GOP tax bill will add more than one-trillion dollars to the federal deficit over a decade. In a Capitol briefing, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called the tax measure a scam that will hurt families. President Trump is very anxious to sign the bill. The sweeping package of reforms and tax cuts will be Trump’s first major legislative accomplishment.

Republican House Speaker Paul Speaker Ryan was asked about polls showing the tax bill is deeply unpopular. He predicted that skeptical people will change their minds once they start seeing more money in their paychecks. The GOP bill also repeals the individual mandate penalty in Obamacare. Republicans consider it to be an unfair tax. Democrats said the repeal will drive up premiums and will cause roughly 13 million people to lose health insurance coverage over ten years.





























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