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Francisco Martinez Hernandez was formally charged March 12 in Madison Circuit Court 5 with intimidation where threat is to commit a forcible felony. A pretrial conference is set for May 14.PREVIOUS

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) — A 19-year-old is in jail after he commented to another student Thursday, Feb. 22, about his access to guns and plans to shoot up the school, the Madison County sheriff said.

Francisco Martinez Hernandez, of Anderson, made the comments at the the Frankton-Lapel district’s alternative school, which in the district’s administration building, said the sheriff and Superintendent Bobby Fields. The student excused herself from class and went to Assistant Superintendent Sterling Boles. Boles called the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Fields said.

The call came in to the sheriff’s office at 9:53 a.m. Thursday, said a news release from the sheriff’s office.

The alternative school provides online classes for high school juniors and seniors who need additional credits to graduate, Fields said.

The school superintendent said the sheriff’s office is investigating to determine if the threat is credible. However, Fields said, the district acts on all threats as if they are credible. The superintendent sent an email to parents later Thursday that encouraged them to talk with their children about not making such threats, even just as comments.

Martinez-Hernandez admitted to police that he told another student he had access to guns and plans to shoot up the school. Martinez-Hernandez was preliminarily charged with intimidation and was being held in the Madison County Detention Center, the release said. The Madison County prosecutor would decide on formal charges.

The administration building where the alternative school is located sits about 2 miles northwest of Anderson at the intersection of county roads 800 West and 300 North.

FRANKTON, Ind. (WISH) – A Frankton Police officer was arrested for misconduct on Tuesday afternoon and faces possible felony charges.

Indiana State Police in Pendleton alerted the Frankton Police Department to reports that Officer Randy Davis, 41, of Frankton, had given assistance to a suspect wanted on misdemeanor warrants.

Frankton Police immediately put Davis on administrative leave while they performed an investigation.

After some investigation, Davis was arrested at his home.

He faces possible charges for one count of official misconduct, a Level 6 felony, one count of misdemeanor assisting a criminal, a Class A misdemeanor, and false informing, a Class A misdemeanor.

Davis is in custody at the Madison County Jail.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Park Tudor won its second consecutive class 2A state championship Saturday with a 73-46 victory over Frankton that tied the state record for the largest margin of victory in the class.

Frankton was pesky in the first quarter, trading shots with the Panthers, but trailed 13-7 heading into the second quarter.

Park Tudor’s athleticism and size proved to be too much, opening the second quarter with an 8-1 run to make it 23-8, and never looked back.

The Eagles only had four baskets inside the arc by the end of the third quarter, going 12 for 49 (24.5 percent) from the floor and 6 for 29 (20.7 percent) with 3-pointers.

Park Tudor senior Bryce Moore scored 31 points and added six rebounds and six assists, and fellow senior Evan Frank had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

It’s Park Tudor’s third state title in five years and fifth state finals appearance since 2010.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Guerin Catholic and Park Tudor have tasted recent success on the hardcourt and both are looking for more Saturday.

The Panthers already have three title banners hanging in their gym and experience will play a big factor in the Panthers pursuit of a second back-to-back. They face Frankton in the 2A championship Saturday afternoon.

“Four in the last five years, that’s always a good thing to keep going,” said senior Dwayne Gibson. “We’ve gotten there by doing the things right and the same way every time, repetition, the constant focus and hard work, that’s what’s keeping the tradition going.”

PT has had to change to get the chance to win again. The Panthers lit it up on offense a year ago. Now it’s gritty defense getting it done, and history will help.

‘We’ve been there before,”said senior guard Bryce Moore. “We’ve been able to fight through adversity, things like that. We’re used to the stage, so we’re going to just come out and play.”

In 3A, Guerin Catholic faces a Griffith team who’s season was suspended for fighting, but won an appeal to continue playing. The Eagles are focused on one thing. Adding another championship to the one the program won three years ago.

“Obviously, that was a different team than us this year,” said scoring star Matt Holba. “We just got to figure out what our guys have to do now to bring home another one, and then maybe people will be talking about us later on.”

“None of us has captured a state championship,” said fellow senior Nick Schneider. “It would be like nothing else, going out my senior year, it’s bittersweet if we could do that, it would be great.”

Both the Eagles and the Panthers want to cement their own legacies in IHSAA basketball history.

FRANKTON, Ind. (WISH) – Three Frankton High School seniors have won Honorable Mention in C-SPAN’s National 2015 StudentCam competition.

Tarah Collins, Nate Gollmer and Jacob Whatley submitted their short documentary titled “Eminent Domain: Mounds Lake,” into C-SPAN’s national competition, little knowing they would receive $250 as an honorable mention award for their work.

The competition, now in it’s 11th year, invites middle school children (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) to create, write, direct and produce a 5-7 minute documentary about a national policy topic.

The question C-SPAN asks students who are determining their documentary topic: “The Three Branches and You: tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action by either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch has affected you or your community.”

Over 2,200 student videos were submitted in response.

The documentary shorts were judged by a panel of C-SPAN educational representatives on whether the shorts included thoughtful examination of theme, quality, inclusion of differing perspectives and effective inclusion of C-SPAN programming.

Tarah, Nate and Jacob were three of the 347 winning students from 45 participating states.

To watch the 150 winning documentary video shorts, click here.