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August 13, 2015 • Headline News
The start of cleanup at Aurora Lumber Company. Six fire departments assisted with the blaze on Monday night, as well as life squads from Aurora, Lawrenceburg and Greendale.
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Batesville mayor allegedly blackmailed
Mayor arrested for soliciting sex

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The Batesville mayor has found himself involved in a sex-blackmail case. Richard C. Fledderman, 60, was accused of committing sex acts with a male prostitute from Indianapolis, according to the Indiana State Police press release Tuesday evening. Fledderman was charged with one count of patronizing a prostitute, a class A misdemeanor. He was arrested Tuesday in Batesville and posted bail. Randy Wigle-Stevens, 42, Indianapolis, was also arrested and charged with one count of prostitution, one count of failure to disclose a dangerous communicable disease (HIV), a level 6 felony and one count of intimidation, a Class A misdemeanor.

To read the entire story and see photos, pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican dated August 13, 2015 at your local newsstand.

Faulty wire blamed for lumber building fire

The Indiana state fire marshal has determined the cause of the sensational fire Monday night at Aurora Lumber Company was ignited by a faulty electric wire in a wall. The fire caused more than $200,000 damage, Register Publications reports. More than 60 firefighters from six companies fought the blaze for about eight hours and two were taken to the hospital. The blaze totally destroyed the building in which the company primarily keeps wood, said Aurora Fire Department Capt. Lee Bruce. The call came in at about 11:45 p.m. when a passerby, perhaps a police officer, spotted flames jumping out of the roof. The intense fire shot flames as high as 50 feet into the night sky, as the six departments muscled up to knock down the blaze. The fire was particularly difficult to fight because the metal roof collapsed onto the blaze, which required using heavy equipment to get to the source, said Bruce.

Pictured left is the Aurora Lumber Company located on US 50 in full blaze. The fire caused more than $200,000 damage.

Aurora, Lawrenceburg, Ohio County, Bright, Greendale and Hogan Township fire departments were on the scene. Whitewater Township, Ohio, was on standby at the Lawrenceburg Fire Department. Life squads from Aurora, Lawrenceburg and Greendale also responded. The two firefighters were taken to Dearborn County Hospital for heat exhaustion, but were released soon after.

- Reprinted courtesy of Joe Awad, Register Publications

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