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Jennings County High School will be live streaming the virtual graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m. Watch it at https://youtu.be/ynPM488pL8U, watch on TV Channels 2 & 96, and read about it next week in the Plain Dealer & Sun.

Marantos charged in Kirby death
Jennings County Sheriff’s Office personnel, aided by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, the Department of Natural Resources, Jennings County Search and Rescue, Jennings County Swift Water Rescue and the Indiana National Guard, spent days searching the area of Country Squires Lakes in hopes of finding resident Brian Kirby, who was reported missing by family members Saturday, March 28.– Satellite image from Google Maps
Jennings County Sheriff’s Office personnel, aided by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, the Department of Natural Resources, Jennings County Search and Rescue, Jennings County Swift Water Rescue and the Indiana National Guard, spent days searching the area of Country Squires Lakes in hopes of finding resident Brian Kirby, who was reported missing by family members Saturday, March 28.
– Satellite image from Google Maps
Days after a Country Squire Lakes man was reported missing by his family, a search-and-recovery mission to find Brian Kirby, 52, evolved into a full-fledged murder investigation.

The result: Alan Joseph Marantos, 34, of North Vernon, was charged Thursday with Kirby's murder and numerous other
charges, some resulting from an investigation into an unrelated robbery case in Jackson County, which occurred around the time Kirby disappeared.

Marantos remains in Jackson County Jail, where he has been held since his arrest April 2 on robbery charges. He is being held without bail; he is to appear in Jennings County Circuit Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 5.

Jennings County Prosecutor Brian Belding told the PD&S Friday that investigators believe Marantos killed Kirby and dismembered his body.

In an interview Tuesday, Jennings County Sheriff Kenny Freeman and Detective Sgt. Jeff Jones, who led the investigation, said Marantos allegedly attempted to use fire to destroy Kirby's remains, which were found scattered in different locations.

As a result of his actions, and the alleged robbery in Jackson County, Marantos also faces several other felony charges: robbery, a Level 2 felony; aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony; abuse of a corpse, obstruction of justice and possession of methamphetamine, all Level 6 felonies; and misdemeanor charges of intimidation, resisting law enforcement and leaving the scene of a crash, according to a news release Thursday from the Indiana State Police Versailles District.

"This is not a typical case," Belding said. He said many of the details had been withheld from the public until he could sit down with Kirby's family to discuss the charges he had filed against Marantos.

"The allegation is awful, and my heart goes out to the Kirby family and their friends," Belding said.

In Tuesday's interview, Freeman and Jones both expressed sympathy for the family, as well, when they realized it was no longer a missing-persons case.

"I wish, for the family, that this never happened," Freeman said. "You want [Kirby] to show up, but that's not the way it happened."

He said Kirby's family has been kept informed throughout the investigation. "They deserve that."


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NEWS
Poll locations for June 2 Primary

The Jennings County Election Board voted to combine poll locations and use the school buildings, instead of the county's traditional locations.

The following is a list of the precincts and where voters will have to go to vote.


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OBITUARIES
Michael Sullivan, Voss & Sons Funeral Service

Michael Sullivan, passed away Friday, May 29, 2020.

• Mark E. Mails, 50, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Samuel "Sam" L. Phillips Jr., 87
• Patricia "Pat" Kay Zohrlaut, 76, Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home
• Carmen V. Rodriguez-Soto, 62, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Dollie McCammon, 74, pending at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Gary Lee "Fuzzy" Barrett, 59, Norman Funeral Home
• Charles Plummer, pending
• Gordon L. Blancett, 79, Myers-Reed Chapel
• Kay (Catherine) Ellen Ford Baugh, 69, Indiana Funeral Care
• Valerie Gay Bowling, 71, Dove-Sharp and Rudicel Funeral Home
• Jennie Dean Wentworth Brooks, 90, Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre
• Julia Ann Broome, 83, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Rebecca Sue Constant, 65, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• John Leo Davidson, 62, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Robert L. Colvin, 76, Bass & Gasper Funeral Home
• Howard W. Dodes, 77, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Tina Denise Hammond, 56, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home

SPORTS
Stearns' 'mudder' trio soars Tuesday in golf league play

After last week's rainout, golfers endured another rain delay before play in the Tuesday Men's Golf League. A squall as violent as Tony McDaniels' backswing left St. Annes Golf Course wet and muddy, resulting in at least one stuck golf cart driven by Steve "What Does CPO Mean?" Ogden.


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Nancy Rosales, left, reports to work at the Jennings County Government Building, where county health nurse Pam Petry uses an infrared thermometer to check her temperature at the main entrance. Employee screening every morning was initiated Monday in all county offices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. "It's been a learning curve," Petry said, adding that once inside, employees only wear their masks when speaking directly to each other or to a member of the public. - Staff photo by Phyllis McLaughlin




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