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UPDATED April 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Police searching for armed robbery suspect

Authorities continue with a search for a man who allegedly robbed the K & K Mini Mart on South Meridian Street in Sunman with a shotgun Tuesday around 6 a.m. No one was hurt. The attendant told police that a white male entered the store with a long gun. Authorities say the suspect went behind the counter and demanded cash from the register. The man made off with an unknown amount of cash from the store and left the scene on foot, heading toward the nearby mobile home park. The suspect, who had his face covered during the incident, is described as wearing a hoodie, with a green-white plaid shorts, and white shoes.

Sunman Elementary was placed on lockdown as a result of the threat. They are about five minutes away, with woods in between. Cindy Morton, principal, explained it was a “soft lockdown” and that school goes on as usual yet without recess. As a precautionary measure, school personnel question visitors at the buzz-in system, and if they were unfamiliar with them, ask for a photo ID. Morton said she announced it was a drill to the students that morning, reminding them to not allow strangers into the school. She had recently been to a safety training session with school safety expert Dr. Rich Hogue at Jac-Cen-Del who said “100 percent” of the time someone opens the door to an intruder. Morton said, “I reminded them to not open the door and that teachers have a key.” Otherwise, it was a normal school day.

Chris Kelly, owner of the mini-mart, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest. He said the attendant was very shook up after the incident but followed store protocol for such emergencies. He posted a picture on Facebook from the surveillance camera video and is hopeful that he will be apprehended. Kelly said this was the first time any of his stores have been robbed.

It is under investigation by the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office. Kelly said he was appreciative of the office and detective’s work. Anyone with information is asked to call 812-689-5555.

UPDATED April 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Burglaries south of U.S. 50 near Friendship

Police are warning residents who live south of U.S. 50, especially near Friendship and Farmer’s Retreat, to report any suspicious activity after a pair of break-ins in a seven-day period.

On Tuesday morning a Friendship resident reported an attempted burglary to his home. It occurred around 9 a.m. on South CR 400 E. The suspect fled once he entered and discovered the homeowner was there. According to police, the suspect was last seen driving north on U.S. 50, in a newer black, two door compact car with a spoiler. He is described as thin, with black hair, and was wearing a blue and gray shirt, jeans and work boots. The week before, on Tuesday, April 15, a break-in to a home occurred in the area as well, but little information was available.

If you can help police locate or identify the suspect, call the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office at 812-689-5555.

UPDATED April 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Candidate List

The Candidate List will be published in the Osgood Journal and The Versailles Republican from the date they are received until the Primary Election on May 6. They will be published in the order they are received. The rate is $125 for all offices. Listings must be paid for when ordered. You can call our office at 812-689-6364 or email with the information and pay by credit card.


Tim Sutton, Osgood, Ripley County Sheriff; Phillip Morgan, Madison, Shelby Township Trustee


Brenda Warren, Osgood, Center Township Trustee; Jeff Cumberworth, Holton, Ripley County Sheriff; Ryan King, Batesville, Circuit Court Judge; Ric Hertel, Batesville, Ripley County Prosecuting Attorney; Bill McDonald, Osgood, State Senate District 43; Robert “Bob” Linville, Osgood, 1st District Commissioner; Mark Schneider, Columbus, State Senate District 43; Joe Mann, Versailles, Ripley County Sheriff ; Bill Flannery, Batesville, Ripley County Commissioner, District 1; Stan Wiedeman, Sunman, Ripley County Commissioner, District 1; Rob Bradley, Osgood, Ripley County Sheriff; Wm. “Mike” Kissell, Milan, Franklin Township Trustee; Jeffrey French, Versailles, Ripley County Surveyor; Jeff Sharp, Milan, Ripley County Superior Court; Jay Gayheart, Batesville, Ripley County Commissioner, District 1; Chad Pindell, Napoleon, County Council District 3

UPDATED February 13, 2014 at 9:15 a.m.

Candidates invited to share message

We would like to invite all political candidates to advertise in the Osgood Journal and The Versailles Republican to reach the voters of Ripley County with your message.

We will be running a continuous candidate listing beginning March 13. For only $125 your name along with the office you are running for will appear in the both papers through the Primary Election. In addition, you will receive a free press release along with a photo in one of the newspapers. The press release must be written in third person and submitted to our office along with a photo. Arrangements can be made to have a photo taken in our office.

Call 689-6364 or email us at or stop by our office at 115 S. Washington Street in Versailles and we will be happy to help you with all your political advertising needs. Our office takes all major credit cards.

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