Fishers Connections in Hamilton County GOP Primary Election

The filing deadline has passed for the May 3rd primary election, and some candidates with Fishers connections will be on the ballot.

Local restaurant owner Bill Smythe threw his hat in the ring for Hamilton County Commissioner on the day of the filing deadline.  He will face incumbent Mark Heirbrandt in the GOP primary for Commissioner District 3 (District 3 includes Fishers).  In the other County Commissioner seat up for grabs in this election cycle, incumbent Steve Dillinger is unopposed in the District 2 Republican race.

The campaign for 3 at-large Hamilton County Council seats should be interesting with 6 Republicans vying for 3 available spots.  Long-time Fishers Police Chief George Kehl plans to retire in September and has filed to run for a council seat.  Fall Creek Township encompasses a large part of Fishers, and Fall Creek Township Trustee Jeff Hern is a candidate for a county council seat.  All 3 at-large incumbents on the county council, including Brad Beaver, Rick McKinney and Jim Belden, have all filed for re-election.  Bill Dennis will round out the list of GOP hopefuls in that contest.

Normally, LarryInFishers does not cover county government unless there is a Fishers angle. We do have Fishers connections in these political campaigns.  Therefore, I will keep an eye on them.


Sentencing Closes One Fishers Murder Case

2014 was a tough year for Fishers.  Murder is a crime rarely seen in this family-oriented suburban community, but 2014 was a year in which police investigated 2 murder cases. One of those cases had the legal books closed on it today…the other is scheduled for trial this summer.

Maxwell Winkler was 17 when the murder of Henry Kim happened near Windermere Park in the Geist area of Fishers.  Winkler was arrested a few days later in Mr. Kim’s death, during November of 2014.  Winkler entered into a plea bargain with prosecutors, pleading guilty but mentally ill, and was sentenced today (2/5) to 80 years in prison in connection with Kim’s death.

The second murder case that year related to an incident in June.  Connor Shockley, 18, and Corbin Montgomery, also 18, were in a fight over a girl and a cell phone, according to probable cause affidavits.  Both were Fishers residents and the incident happened in Fishers.  Shockley died from stab wounds.  Mongomery is charged with murder.  His trial is scheduled to begin on June 6 of this year.

Fishers Police Arrest Robbery Suspect

Adelrick Woods
Adelrick Woods







Fishers Police have announced an arrest in the robbery of the Village Pantry, 96th Street and Lantern Road,on Wednesday, February 3rd.  Adelrick Woods, 19, of Indianapolis, is in the Hamilton County Jail facing several charges, including felony robbery, intimidation and firearms violations.

Here’s how the arrest was described in a Fishers Police Department news release:

Shortly before 3pm a Lawrence police officer observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle involved in the armed robbery in Fishers 18 hours earlier. The officer stopped the vehicle and detained the driver. Investigators from the Fishers Police Department were able to positively identify the driver as one of the armed robbery suspects. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Hamilton County Jail without incident. This investigation is on-going.   

Fishers Police Chief George Kehl thanked the Lawrence Police for their help in making the arrest.

Fishers Police Investigate Armed Robbery

Fishers Police received a report of a robbery at the Village Pantry, 96th & Lantern Road, at about 10:00PM Tuesday.  Below is the description of what happened from a police department news release…

The Hamilton County Dispatch Center received a 911 call from an employee reporting two men had just robbed the store. The employee reported the suspects entered the store and demanded money. One of the suspects displayed a handgun. The employee was unharmed. The suspects fled the area in a light colored passenger car. It is believed there was a third suspect that drove the getaway car.

The suspects are still at large.  They are described by police as two black males, late teens to early 20s, wearing jeans and black hooded sweatshirts

Anyone with information may contact Detective Dave Finn at 317-595-3341. Podcast – Mayor Fadness Looks at next steps on LGBT issue


“We’re all evaluating where we go from here”

That’s what Mayor Scott Fadness told during our first Podcast interview recorded Wednesday, February 3rd.  The mayor has been a long-time supporter of LGBT civil rights protections, but also believes the best place to handle the issue would be the state or national level.  The mayor says he is open to the idea of a local ordinance protecting the rights of LGBT residents of Fishers, but wants to be “thoughtful” in considering such an ordinance.  Fadness says he plans to begin working with council members on next steps.

The mayor touched on a number of issues during our roughly 30 minute discussion.  You can listen to the entire interview at the link above.

Fishers PD Makes Marijuana Arrest

Fishers Police Officers say they witnessed a suspicious semi in the area of the city’s Wal-Mart on 96th Street early Tuesday morning.  After questioning two men near the vehicle, police checked the semi trailer and say they found about 500 pounds of marijuana.  Under arrest is Isaac Roberto Aristiga Bororquez, 25, of Mexico, on a felony charge of  Intent to Deliver Marijuana over 5 pounds.

Below is the text of the news release from  Fishers Police….


During the early morning hours Fishers police officers discovered a large amount of marijuana packaged in a semi-trailer parked on a parking lot in the 8300 block of East 96th Street.


Shortly before 4:00am a Fishers police officer was patrolling in the area of 96th Street. The officer observed suspicious activity around a semi-tractor trailer. The officer met with two men who told the officer they were waiting to make a delivery in the area. During the conversation the officer became concerned that the men were not being truthful. A Fishers’ K-9 Unit responded. During the initial search of the trailer officers located approximately 500 pounds of marijuana.


The two men were detained and transported to the Fishers Police Department. After speaking with both men, Investigators determined only the driver had knowledge of the marijuana.  The driver was taken into custody and transported to the Hamilton County Jail without incident.


Officers obtained a search warrant for the semi tractor-trailer and the investigation is on-going.

Lee Hamilton Wants Congress to Change

Congressman Lee Hamilton speaks to students at Fishes High School
Congressman Lee Hamilton speaks to students at Fishers High School


















Congressman Lee Hamilton looked out over the Fishers High School Seniors in the auditorium, giving them all a brief explanation of how America’s representative form of government works.  The long-time former member of Congress spent some time with the Indiana State Champion We the People team.

In his speech in the high school auditorium, he wasted no time in getting down to business with his main message – “Our representative government is not functioning as well as we’d like it to,” Hamilton said.

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