INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Doug Aldridge watched the news conference online and shook his head.
"It's like a bad soap opera when one thing happens, then comes another twist," he said.
He watched Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announce that Mark Leonard - one of the suspects in the Richmond Hill explosion event - is accused of trying to hire someone to kill a potential witness in the case.
Aldridge, who has lived in Richmond Hill for 11 years and serves as the neighborhood Crime Watch coordinator, said these latest developments literally make his chest hurt.
"We have lived the last couple months with just one thing after another after another. Something like that pops up on TV - it's just like what else can go wrong? I mean this just won't go away," he said.
Leonard, along with Monserrate Shirley and Robert Leonard, were each charged late last year with two counts of murder and dozens of arson charges for the November blast caused by ignition of natural gas that killed two neighbors, Dion and Jennifer Longworth , and irreparably damaged dozens of homes. Investigators say the three filled Shirley's home with natural gas hoping to destroy it and collect insurance money.
What's left of Shirley's home along with the Longworth's is cordoned off by fencing in an effort to preserve evidence. The charred vehicles and debris remains a constant reminder of that night.
For sale signs dot the landscape and windows are still boarded up.
Aldridge just learned this week he will need all new siding on his home.
But there are also signs of healing.
Two families who lost their homes are now rebuilding. And several families have already moved back in after extensive repairs.
"This is not going to go away anytime soon but we're fortunate we're still there and we just have to help the people who live here try to get back to normal," Aldridge said.
Aldridge credited local, state and federal investigators with doing "a wonderful job" with the case – including the latest charge against Mark Leonard.
If the allegation is true, "this is the act of a very desperate man," he said.
Asked for his reaction after the announcement, Craig Fall said he's ready to move on.
"I've had all the emotions you can imagine – shock, anger, depression during this whole time," Fall said.
He and his family just moved back into their home after nearly four months of repair work.
"We're just ready to move on with our lives and let the attorneys and police do their job … we want justice – not just for us – but the whole neighborhood especially because everybody's had loss, he said.
A winter storm warning is in effect for most of Central Indiana.
It's very rare that a single person can reach across national, racial, and spiritual borders to bring such hope and healing.
Dispatchers with Indiana State Police say a vehicle left the roadway Thursday night off of Interstate 69.