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UPDATED July 30, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

Local kidnapping claim wastes police time

Versailles Town Police spent a good portion of last Wednesday (July 22) working on a bogus kidnapping investigation.The call came in around 11:42 a.m. that a woman at CVS said she was abducted by a man with a knife and that he had her 2 year old child

The woman said he told her the child would not be returned unless she got drugs. CVS called police, and Versailles Deputy Lee Mathews investigated. Marshal Joe Mann also arrived out of uniform and interviewed the woman, identified as Makiah M. Maze, 25, Versailles. She said the kidnapper was circling around the area and would pick her up once she had the drugs. Police sent out a dispatch for the vehicle and the suspect she described. Mann then took her to her apartment, and while in the lot, noticed movement in the window blinds. Maze entered the apartment and her two year old son was there alone. Mann said after more questioning she acknowledged she made up the story, that she wanted attention. “It was all lies,” he said. She told him her husband was out of town a lot but was coming home that night. Mann said, ”It was a wild goose chase. We wasted a lot of time, as did any officer who heard the dispatch.” He commented though that this comes with the job.

Her child was placed with her mother in law while she underwent a mental health evaluation. He submitted the report to the prosecutor’s office July 27, and charges of neglect of a dependent, a Level 6 felony, and false informing, a Class A misdemeanor, were filed. A hearing will then be scheduled.

UPDATED July 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

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UPDATED July 23, 2015 at 9:15 a.m.

IDEM offering free well water testing

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Office of Water Quality (OWQ) is offering eligible residential well owners the opportunity to have their water tested as part of the statewide Ground Water Monitoring Network. The GWMN is a statewide ambient ground water quality monitoring network consisting of residential wells and non-community public water supplies. The GWMN began in 2008, and has expanded every year. Last year, they completed the 7th round of sampling, sampling over 320 drinking water wells across the entire state. For 2015, IDEM is seeking eligible well owners in all 92 counties in Indiana to take part in the GWMN. Testing for metals, nitrate-nitrite, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Synthetic Organic Compounds (SOCs), alkalinity, pesticide degradates, and general chemistry will be conducted free of charge for 400 qualified well owners across the state.

Find an enrollment application at or forward contact information to Kevin Spindler at or call 317-234-3243 at IDEM. Because this is a statewide research study, there are some eligibility requirements needed for participation in this study, and not all sampling requests can be accommodated. Call IDEM for information 317-234-3243.

UPDATED July 7, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.

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Deadline is December 31.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is accepting torchbearer nominations from the public for the 2016 Bicentennial Torch Relay. Torchbearer nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

The nomination form is available at Printed forms can also be picked up at the Welcome Center in Versailles, 220 E. U.S. 50, or call the Ripley County Tourism Bureau at 812-689-7431 and an application can be mailed. The nomination period ends on December 31, 2015. Once all nomination forms are collected, a juried nomination process in each county will select torchbearers.

Developed by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD), the relay is patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay and is designed to connect Hoosiers across the state and nation with their home state during the bicentennial year. “We are very excited the Torch Relay will be stopping in Versailles, Osgood, Batesville, Sunman, and Milan,” noted Katherine Taul, Ripley County Tourism Director and Ripley County’s Bicentennial Coordinator.

Nominees must be a current or former resident of Indiana or be nominated in honor of a current or former resident. Hoosiers may be nominated posthumously and a substitute torchbearer can be submitted to carry the torch on behalf of the nominee. Nominees can be any age (torchbearers that are minors will be subject to additional youth torchbearer requirements). A nominee must possess the physical adaptive ability to carry the torch a minimum of a quarter mile.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will start September 9, 2016, in Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital, and culminate with a celebration October 15, 2016 on the grounds of the statehouse in Indianapolis. The torch relay will touch each of Indiana’s 92 counties during the 2,300 mile journey across the state. The torch will pass through Ripley County the afternoon of September 17, according to Taul. Volunteer county coordinators are organizing torch relay activities in their respective counties. Hoosiers interested in volunteering can sign up at the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay website.

UPDATED January 15, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.

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