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Silver Lake man pleads to dealing charges

Michael Crum, Silver Lake, pleaded guilty to level five felony of dealing in methamphetamine during guilty plea hearing Thursday. Crum, originally charged with level four felony of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of a controlled substance and visiting a common nuisance, plead guilty to the amended count 1 felony in exchange for all of his other charges being dismissed. If Crum’s guilty plea proposal is accepted by the courts, he’ll serve two years in the Indiana Department of Corrections and two years on probation following the drug and alcohol rules. Crum’s next court date is August 16 at 9:00 a.m. after the court conducts a pre-sentence investigation to determine whether they accept his proposal or not.

July bingo canceled

The Moose Lodge’s monthly bingo games held the second Sunday of every month was canceled for July. According to Moose Lodge representatives, July is the only month in which the event will not be held, and it will be back on schedule in time for August.

Slain officer’s family gets condolence letter from president

TERRE HAUTE (AP) — The family of a western Indiana police officer killed in a May shootout has received a letter of condolence from President Donald Trump.

The president’s letter mentions Terre Haute Police Officer Rob Pitts’ three children and says that he “will forever be remembered for his commitment to protecting and serving the people of Indiana.”

Pitts’ brother says the personal touch of naming his brother’s children – Dakota, Brooke and Austin – makes the letter that’s signed by the president and first lady more special.

Greg Pitts tells the Tribune-Star that his family was surprised and proud when they recently received the letter, calling it “a humbling experience.”

Pitts died in a May 4 shootout with a 21-year-old man wanted for questioning in another killing. He also died in the shootout.