NEW ALBANY —
Gearing up for murder trial
Superior Court No. 1 Judge Susan Orth informed the commissioners Tuesday that William Gibson’s murder trial will begin early next year and could last three to four weeks. She said a jury will have to be sequestered during that time which means the county will have to rent 16 rooms and purchase three meals a day for the duration of the trial.
She said the hotel and restaurants would prefer the money up front, so the commissioners agreed to allow her court to use a county credit card which has to be paid off before any late charges or interest is charged.
Hospital selling land
The commissioners agreed to allow Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services to continue to pursue the sale of vacant land at 5117 Charlestown Rd., which has been in the hospital’s possession since 2001. Hospital attorney Scott Waters was not allowed to say who was interested in the land, only that it was a non-profit.
Commissioners approve purchase
The commissioners approved a request from Lafayette Fire Chief Jeremy Klein for $34,958.78 out of 911 funds for four 800 megahertz consolettes.
Lookout for speeders
Green Valley Road resident Rick Davis told the commissioners he has asked the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department to patrol the area of Green Valley from Hausfeldt Lane to Mosier Knob. He said speeding and reckless drivers are becoming more prevalent in the area. He also said trucks weighing more than six tons are using Mosier Knob Road which is also against the law.
Floyd County Police Chief Ted Heavrin said he has been patrolling the area in an undercover vehicle.