ISP promotes Franklin native

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – F/Sgt. Tyler Utterback was promoted last week to the rank of Lieutenant to serve as the Field Commander of Enforcement and Investigations for the Indiana State Police (ISP) Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division is responsible for enforcing both state and federal regulations on all commercial motor vehicles. Utterback is a native of Franklin, and a 1985 graduate of Franklin Community High School. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Franklin College in 1989. He began his law enforcement career as an ISP trooper in 1994 upon graduation from the 51st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy, and received promotions in 2005, 2006, and 2010. Lt. Utterback resides with his wife of 23 years, his two sons and a daughter in Johnson County.

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Whiteland man jailed on child pornography charges

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Johnson Co. Prosecutor's Office on Friday filed charges of Possession of Child Pornography, a Level 5 felony, on John Cassin, 75, of Whiteland. During the execution of a search warrant at 136 Windemere Rd., in Whiteland, detectives seized a desktop computer from the residence.

According to the probable cause affidavit, investigators allege that Cassin used his home computer to look up images of underage children engaging in explicit sex acts. The suspect was arrested and remanded to the Johnson County Jail.

The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office says the charges are level 5 felonies due to the explicit nature of the images. A level 5 felony has a sentencing range of one year to six years, with a presumptive sentence of three years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges against him until proven guilty.

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Franklin City Council Approves Tax Abatements

(Photo credit City of Franklin Facebook)

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FRANKLIN, Ind.–The Franklin City Council considered three separate tax abatement requests at Monday night’s meeting.

One request came from Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine America (ETEA), hoping to be approved after they failed to file their tax forms for 2018. The company stated that the Economic Development Commission didn’t send out a deadline reminder and that the ETEA had been on time for the past several years. She asked the council to approve the abatement so that the company could correct their tax return forms for this year.

The AMayZing Food & Beverage Group (AF&BG) requested an abatement for the construction of buildings in Lineville Business Park. AF&BG was hoping to be granted a 10-year real property tax abatement with a 2% economic development fee, along with another 10-year real property tax abatement with a 3% fee.

Lastly, Sargent Aerospace & Defense (SA&D) was looking for a 10-year real property tax abatement ($2,900,000) and a 5-year personal property tax abatement ($600,000) to build an additional facility on a nearby lot in the park.

After deliberation, the council approved all three requests.

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