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BROOKLYN, Ind. (WISH) — Since March, when News 8 first aired the issue with dust leaving a Brooklyn, Indiana, specialty concrete plant, the company, Arcosa, says it has completed several improvements and upgrades to their emission control systems.

However, this week, people who live close by say they are covered in dust again.

The dust is a dark, gritty, sand-like material. Pam Mitchell, the Bethany Park town clerk, said there had not been any recurring issues until recently.

“On the 23rd, we had a meeting and everyone said they noticed it had stopped the very next day, came out and we were covered. It was like the 24th of this month again,” Mitchell said.

The source of the dust that has covered just about everything in this Morgan County town is from the Arcosa lightweight concrete plant. A spokesperson for Arcosa told I-Team 8 that the plant just completed several upgrades and that one piece of machinery had been taken offline recently for maintenance. Mitchell is supposed to be the contact person for the town when there is a problem.

“No calls. I called the gentleman in Texas that come to talk to us and he said everything is just going great and we hope you are fine,” Mitchell said.

I-Team 8 first reported on this situation earlier this year. I-Team 8 obtained a letter from the Indiana Department of Environmental  Management. Dated Feb. 24, the letter says Arcosa violated its permit by allowing uncontrolled emission from one of their kilns. At the time, an Arcosa spokesperson told I-Team 8 that the company’s equipment was performing properly.

On Wednesday morning, just about every surface was covered with gritty dust.

“I have noticed that every time I wash my cars, within two or three days, the black stuff is still all over them. You wipe your windows down to the tracks and it is just black gooby-looking,” said Brooklyn resident Dorothy Hornaday.

People who live close to the Arcosa plant told I-Team 8 they believe the dust is released at night or when it is raining.

Mitchell is still waiting for an air quality report from earlier this year. The town clerk feels like she and the community are getting the runaround.

“The gentleman from Arcosa was going to send me facts over what they got, but I never got it,” Mitchell said.

I-Team 8 has reached out to the Arcosa spokesperson and was told that most of the plant has been shut down the last two days for maintenance.

MOORESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to be alert for suspicious activity after children encountered an unknown person in their neighborhood.

The incidents occurred Wednesday and Friday in the Mooresville Manufactured Home Community located between Brooklyn and Mooresville off North Old State Road 67.

The first incident involved a 7-year-old girl about 8:45 p.m. in the front yard of the family’s home on Wells Fargo Trail. A man with long curly hair in a blue and white pickup approached the girl “aggressively,” a news release said, but he quickly fled when the girl’s mother came out of the house.

The latest incident involved an 11-year-old boy walking to his friend’s house about 5:15 p.m. on Old San Antonio Trail. The boy said he was approached by a 6-foot male with curly hair in a white pickup with a blue stripe — the bed carried junk and old tires — and wearing a red bandanna and red shoes. The boy fled from the man, who chased the child.

Anyone with information was encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at (765) 342-5544.

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – A pathology vendor arrested in September in Morgan County has been given a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge.

Elmo Griggs, 75, pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, online court records show.

According to the Marion County Coroner’s Office, Griggs is a pathology vendor who provided autopsy services as needed. The coroner’s office reported Griggs was suspended while the case was under investigation.

Griggs was arrested in the Morgan County town of Brooklyn after another motorist reported a truck driving erratically along State Road 67 about 10 miles southwest of Indianapolis, The Associated Press reported.

The office also said that at the time of his arrest body tissue was found in the vehicle. However, the body tissue did not belong to the coroner’s office and he was not providing services for the office when he was arrested.

Morgan County Coroner Annette Rohlman told AP that Griggs had several totes inside the truck and in its bed that contained brain and liver samples and internal organs for his private autopsy practice. She said it’s not surprising that a pathologist would be transporting such samples.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office reported Griggs was suspended while the case was under investigation.

Griggs was sentenced Tuesday in Morgan County Superior Court 1.

BROOKLYN, Ind. (WISH) – Police were searching for a home invasion suspect in Brooklyn.

Police responded to the 300 block of North Main Street on Wednesday afternoon.

A 66-year-old woman saw the suspect walking toward her front porch.

According to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, he forced his way into the home when she approached the door.

The suspect wrestled with the victim through the front room where he finally restrained her.

He started rummaging through her belongings and she confronted him again.

After that confrontation, he fled.

Police say he was described as 6 feet tall, white male, wearing a tan/brown colored Carhartt jacket, black ski mask, dark blue jeans and tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about the suspect can call police at (765) 342-5544 or email

BROOKLYN, Ind. (WISH) — A Plainfield teen was hospitalized after accidentally being shot while squirrel hunting in Morgan County.

Ty Conly, 16, was hunting with his 13-year-old cousin in Brooklyn Friday night.

Conservation officers were dispatched to Saint Francis Hospital in Mooresville after Conly was admitted with a gunshot wound.

Indiana DNR said Cochran accidentally shot Conly in the ankle.

The teens called family members and took Conly to the hospital. He was listed in good condition and then transferred to IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Indiana DNR is urging the public to keep firearm safety as a focus with multiple hunting seasons approaching.

Info on hunter education classes can be found here.