May 2020: Year In Review

(UNDATED) – In May 2020, yard signs were placed on the courthouse lawn to recognize the Bedford North Lawrence High School graduating Class of 2020, a Bloomington man was arrested for stabbing his girlfriend to death, and a former Paoli police sergeant pleaded guilty to conversion.

Signs Placed on Courthouse Lawn To Recognize Class Of 2020

355 yard signs furnished by Mikel’s Signs were placed on the courthouse lawn to recognize the Bedford North Lawrence High School graduating Class of 2020.

Due to the unprecedented year dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, things have not been normal for the 2020 graduating class.

The signs were paid for by Super Clean Car Wash, United Way of South Central Indiana, and other private donors.

The signs were given to the graduating seniors after they were removed from the courthouse lawn.

Bloomington Man Arrested After Stabbing Girlfriend To Death

A Bloomington man was arrested in May 2020 after he allegedly stabbed to death his girlfriend Heather Nanny-Cole at an apartment complex on Bloomington’s south side.

John F. Bryant

Bloomington Police arrested 59-year-old John F. Bryant on a charge of murder.

“A 20-year-old man reported that he had not seen nor heard from his 50-year-old mother since she left their shared residence on May 6 to go to her boyfriend’s apartment,” Captain Pedigo added in a news release.

On May 16, 2020 at approximately 2:15 p.m., officers were called to Bryant’s apartment in the 700 block of East Alpine Trail by a friend of the victim’s son, saying she had found the missing woman’s vehicle parked nearby.

“She reported that when she knocked on Bryant’s door to see if the missing woman was inside the apartment, he refused to allow her inside,” Captain Pedigo added.

Officers made contact with Bryant who eventually allowed officers inside to determine if the missing woman was there. As officers entered Bryant’s apartment, they discovered the woman’s body covered with blankets in his living room floor.

Heather Nanny-Cole had suffered multiple stab wounds on her back. She had been dead for several days.

Bryant was immediately detained.

No date has been set for his jury trial.

Former Paoli Police Sgt. Pleads Guilty to Conversion

Former Paoli Police Sgt. Tyler Phillips

Paoli Police Sgt. Tyler Phillips submitted his resignation on January 10, 2020, effective immediately.

Four days later, Paoli Police Chief Randall Sanders asked Indiana State Police to investigate a former officer’s conduct.

Investigators discovered that Phillips had taken several items of evidence to his residence instead of placing the items into evidence at the Paoli Police Department. They also said that Phillips had conducted a controlled buy of methamphetamine and had kept the meth in his possession instead of placing it into evidence.

During the course of the investigation, ISP investigators discovered that Phillips had several cases where evidence was missing from the evidence room at the Paoli Police Department.

On May 26, 2020, Special Prosecutor Dustin Houchin charged Phillips with one count of Conversion, a Class A misdemeanor. Phillips subsequently pleaded guilty to the charge in the Orange County Superior Court. 

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