May 2021 Year In Review

In May 2021 seniors classes graduated amidst the COVID 19 pandemic, a Bedford man was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide after a woman dies from her injuries, a Bedford woman celebrated her 100th birthday, and volunteer firefighters rescue a dog after she fell into a sinkhole.

Bedford man facing involuntary manslaughter charge after pushing woman and she died from her injuries

In May 2021 Mark Perry III, of Bedford was charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, two counts of domestic battery resulting in serious bodily injury, aggravated battery inflicting injury, battery against a public safety officer, resisting arrest by force, and fleeing after a domestic fight on March 10, 2021, in the 1000 block of 23rd Street.

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Mark Perry III

Other officers found 78-year-old Derenda Todd, lying on the kitchen floor. Her left leg was bent underneath her right leg in what police say was an awkward position. The woman was completely incapacitated and could only mutter short phrases. She told police she was pushed by her grandson, then 26-year-old Mark Perry. Todd was transported to IU Health Hospital by ambulance for treatment. She died at the hospital on Sunday, March 14, 2021.

Perry pleaded not guilty to the crime in Lawrence County Superior Court II before Judge Bob Cline on May 14, 2021. Perry is being represented by Bloomington Attorney Sam Shapiro.

Mitchell Class of 2021 Senior Parade

The long-held tradition of a senior parade was held on Wednesday afternoon for the graduating class of Mitchell High School Class of 2021.

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This was a resilient group of students already facing the challenges of a pandemic, taking courses from home instead of in a classroom setting, and preparing for the challenges of what lies ahead of them.

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Mitchell School Resource officer Rob German led the procession that proceeded downtown toward Burris or Hatfield Elementary Schools, where most began their educational experience.

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Bedford woman celebrates her 100th Birthday

Millie Younger turned 100 years old on May 5, 2021.

Millie Young

Younger credits her long life to good living, beans and cornbread, gravy and biscuits, and everything fried in lard.

Her life growing up was not easy, like most people living in that period of time, it consisted of hard work.  She has lived on her 20-acre lot since 1947.

“Life is what you make it out to be, life can be bad or it can be good but it can be overcome no matter what,” said Younger.

“I have done a few bad things and a few good things but still I am doing,” Younger added

Firefighters rescue dog after it fell into a sinkhole

Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department rescued a dog who was chasing a rabbit and fell into a sinkhole.

At 12:10 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2021 firefighters were called to the 1100 block of Hollace Chastain Road to help rescue Ellie, a 12-year-old Lab/Pit mix

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“Unfortunately Ellie found herself 20 feet down inside a sinkhole,” said Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Paul Gillespie.

Chief Gillespie and Firefighters Caleb Lobosky used a rope system to repel down into the sinkhole, retrive Ellie, and bring her to the surface.

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Following the rescue Ellie was not interested in leaving the safety of their pickup truck according to firefighters.

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Marion Township was on the scene for one hour and twenty minutes rescuing this lucky pup.