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Jury returns quick verdict on local woman striking police

A Ripley County jury needed only six minutes to convict an Osgood woman on felony charges of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting Law Enforcement. The verdict came on October 21, when the six-member jury declared Jennifer Minch, 38, guilty of battery of Batesville police officer, Ryan Metcalf, and forcibly resisting Mike Manus, another Batesville officer. Presided by Judge Jeff Sharp in Ripley Superior Court, Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel commented that this was the fastest verdict in his 17 years of office.

Minch’s charges stemmed from an incident in March when she attacked a group of nurses while she received treatment for a drug overdose at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville. Officers Manus and Metcalf responded to an emergency call after a nursing supervisor deemed Minch a threat to other patients. Officers arrived within minutes and subdued Minch.

At trial, Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Marshall presented three witnesses that described the melee. The State’s first witness, a nurse at Margaret Mary described how Minch became combative with the nursing staff after attempting to leave the Special Care Ward by kicking out a second-story window. The nurse explained how Minch head-butted her as she tried to restrain Minch for the safety of other patients. The jury heard testimony that Minch threatened further violence against the nurses if she were not allowed to leave. Officers Metcalf and Manus explained to the jury that they forcibly subdued Minch after witnessing her struggle with several Margaret Mary nurses. Both Metcalf and Manus described their training on the use of force to combat violent suspects.

Officer Metcalf testified that it is department policy to use the least amount of force necessary, commenting “a fight avoided is a fight won.” Metcalf and Manus each recounted that Minch continued to forcibly resist them, despite the fact they issued over 100 verbal commands to stop fighting and comply. Metcalf explained that Minch battered him by clawing his wrist and attempting to bite his hand as he placed her in handcuffs. Officer Manus further described how Minch attempted to kick and spit on him multiple times throughout the incident as well.

The trial began Oct. 20 and ended Wednesday, Oct. 21. Hertel acknowledged the trial preparation and courtroom advocacy of Deputy Prosecutor Marshall for trying the case and the two Batesville officers for their investigation. After rendering the verdict, Minch was immediately arrested by a Ripley County Sheriff’s deputy. Sentencing is set for November 4. Minch faces up to 2½ years on the battery felony charge and up to 1 year on the resisting charge.

Trucking Co. exec Robert Baylor dies

A Milan trucking executive and active community member passed away on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Robert R. “Bob” Baylor was born March 7, 1948, in Batesville, son of Chester Baylor and Ruth Hamilton Baylor. Bob married Beth Neal, his high school sweetheart and love of his life in 1969 at Osgood United Methodist Church.

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Pictured left is trucking company executive Robert Baylor.

Bob graduated from Hanover College with the class of 1970 as a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and Collegiate Letterman in baseball and basketball. As newlyweds, Bob and Beth went to Miami University where they both received Masters Degrees in Education. Bob joined the United States Army in 1971 and was stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA where he coached basketball for the West Point Prep School. After proudly serving his country in the Army, Bob returned to Indiana to teach and coach high school basketball. In 1975, he joined his father and brother in the family business where together they transformed the company from a handful of trucks to becoming a nationally award winning fleet.

Bob was extremely active with industry associations. He served on the American Trucking Association (ATA) Board of Directors and Nominating Committee as well as Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Executive and Scholarship Committee. With these positions he was a passionate advocate for industry safety and innovation for all transportation issues. Bob was also a past Chairman of the Indiana Motor Truck Association and received their Founders Award of recognition. He was awarded with the first James Prout “Spirit of Giving” award for his dedication and volunteerism with Wreaths Across America. Bob served as a Trustee for his alma mater Hanover College for nine years and was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shriners Club and Milan American Legion. Bob served his local community as a faithful steward to Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church and loved riding his motorcycle across the country numerous times to raise funds for Victory Junction Camp for children.

Surviving are his wife, Beth Baylor of Lawrenceburg, daughters, Cari Beth Baylor of Lawrenceburg, IN; Kelly (William) Baylor Shelton of Lawrenceburg, and granddaughters, Ella and Emily; father Chester, sister Bonnie Hammond, brother Steve (Judy) along with several nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Baylor.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 30, 2015 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Lawrenceburg Event Center located at 51 Walnut St. in Lawrenceburg.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 am, Saturday, Oct 31, 2015, at Hamline United Methodist Church, 102 West High Street in Lawrenceburg, IN. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Church cemetery of Milan, following the funeral service. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Children Hospital or ALS Therapy Development Institute, c/o Bob Baylor Family Memorial.

For the convenience of out of town guests, a discounted room block is reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton which is adjacent to the Lawrenceburg Event Center. Family and friends may call the hotel direct for reservations 812-539-8888 using code L-DOS. Arrangements by Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood,

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