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LINTON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — A shovel-ready site in Linton has become the first in Indiana to receive two different site certifications. The more than 60-acre Greene County site has received certification from Verisite, in addition to the Silver Site certification from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs it received last August.

Verisite is a national site certification firm headquartered in Indianapolis. Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Executive Director Denny Spinner says the new site shows Linton is committed to economic growth.

“This shows that the Dunkerly site is ready for investment and has the resources needed to be successful. This is an exciting achievement for the community and I congratulate all community members and partners involved in making this designation happen,” said Spinner.

The state says certifications assure companies and site selectors that the site is ready for quick development, which results in cost savings. Indiana Municipal Power Agency also provided financial support throughout the certification process.

“When we say ‘You’ll like Linton’, it’s not just a slogan. We mean that sincerely, and we apply it equally to new residents and new businesses. Our community is prepared to treat newcomers with hospitality and warmth,” said Linton Mayor John Wilkes.

LINTON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — The Indiana Rural School Clinic Network says Greene County is now the first Indiana county to offer telemedicine at all of its public school districts. Officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on new telehealth school clinics at White River Valley High School, Shakamak School District and Linton-Stockton Schools.

The new telehealth clinics bring the number of facilities in Greene County to seven. The IRSCN says each clinic is served by medical professionals associated with My Virtual Clinic, an online immediate care network operated by Greene County General Hospital.

“Through these state-of-the-art clinics, rural students throughout Greene County will have access to an Indiana licensed physician or provider from a hospital who will use high-tech and high-resolution diagnostic technology – such as an electronic otoscope or digital stethoscope – to digitally view ears, eyes and throat as needed during a student’s visit,” Kathleen Chelminiak, project director of the IRSCN, said in a news release. “Our goal is to provide high quality healthcare quickly and remove any barriers to accessing primary care.”

Funding for the new telehealth clinics is provided by a Health Resources and Services Administration grant, which was made available to the Indiana Rural Health Association. The IRHA says the goal is to help diagnose and treat students without an off-site school visit by a physician or daytime trip to a hospital.

“Through this innovative approach of incorporating telehealth into the school setting, we are confident children will receive quality healthcare that is more accessible to them than it ever has been before,” said IHRA Executive Director Don Kelso. “Parents won’t have to take time off work, struggle with getting an appointment with their doctor or worry about transportation issues. They can now receive help in getting their children healthier, instead of the limitations they may face with seeking primary care during the school day.”

UPDATE: State police on Sunday night canceled the Silver Alert for Robert Kennedy. Police in Linton said he had been found safely.

LINTON, Ind. (WISH) – A 73-year-old man believed to be in extreme danger and requiring medical assistance is missing from this city in Greene County. 

Robert Kennedy was last seen at 12:45 p.m. Saturday. He is 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes.He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue shorts. He had a white dog with him. 

He was last seen driving a white 2010 Chevy Impala car with Indiana handicap plate D531DW. 

Anyone with information should call the Linton Police Department at 812-847-4411 or 911. 

Linton is about 95 miles southwest of Indianapolis. 

LINTON, Ind. (WTWO) – A Linton-Stockton High School teacher has turned herself in to the Sullivan County Jail following allegations of sexual encounters with a student.

Taylor Valandingham-Dunham, 29, of Terre Haute, is facing two counts of felony child seduction.

Dunham was subject to an investigation after rumors speculated that she was involved in suspicious activities with a 17-year-old student. When questioned by police, Dunham admitted to have had sex with the student on numerous occasions.

Linton Police Department had initiated the investigation; however, the charges were filed in Sullivan Superior Court when it was learned that the offenses occurred in Sullivan County.

She bonded out of jail, online jail records said Wednesday night.

A teacher is facing charges of child seduction following allegations of sexual encounters with a student.

The case involves a 28-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy who allegedly developed more than a teacher-student relationship.

Earlier this month, rumors started swirling about Linton-Stockton High School art teacher Taylor Valandingham-Dunham.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Principal Alicia Cornelius received a report about Dunham being seen in a student’s vehicle outside of school.

Cornelius questioned both Dunham and the student, and was told the two had been working on an art project, nothing more.

The student’s mother reached out to Cornelius, requesting further questioning because she believed the situation was sexual in nature.

After an investigation by Linton Police Detective Paul Clark, Dunham and the student both admitted to having sex in a car in a remote area of the Greene-Sullivan State Forest.

The affidavit reveals Dunham admitted to having sex with the 17-year-old on multiple occasions.

The official documents charge Dunham and the student were also in contact over apps like Snapchat and Instagram, with one conversation containing an image of the teacher in her underwear.

Dunham faces two counts of Level 5 Felony Child Seduction.

The school released a statement that Dunham is currently on administrative leave and will remain so while the school corporation works with attorneys to address her future employment status.

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (WISH) — A serial killer dubbed the “Angel of Death” during his criminal investigation has died in prison, state officials announced Monday.

Orville Lynn Majors Jr. died Sunday, the Indiana State Prison said in a news release Monday.  A preliminary autopsy showed cardiac issues with death due to natural causes.

A licensed practical nurse, Majors, 56, of Linton, was sentenced Oct. 17, 1999, to six consecutive 60-year prison terms in Clay County for performing lethal injections on six patients at the Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton. He injected the patients with potassium chloride in 1994 and 1995, according to media reports about the sentencing. A 400 percent increase in deaths at the hospital, many in the four-bed intensive care unit where Majors worked, initiated the investigation. Investigators believed Majors may have been responsible for more than 100 deaths from 1993 to 1995.

The investigation and trial brought national media attention to the small city of Linton.

His earliest projected release date had been July 1, 2177.

On Sunday, correctional officers were assisting with a medical pass for Majors, who was breathing heavily and became unresponsive, the release said. The prison staff performed CPR and applied an automated external defibrillator, and LaPorte County emergency medical responders later continued the CPR as he was taken to Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital, where the county coroner said Majors died at 5:11 p.m.

GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — A woman is dead after a fatal crash Friday afternoon in Linton.

It happened just after 4 p.m. when 75-year-old Patsey Munson was travelling southbound on State Road 59 and began to travel onto a one way in the wrong direction.

Travelling the wrong way, Munson crashed into a semi-tractor and trailer.

The driver of the semi informed authorities he tried many maneuvers in an attempt to avoid hitting Munson, but was ultimately unable to avoid impact.

Munson was pronounced dead upon arrival of emergency crews.

The crash remains under investigation.

LINTON, Ind. (WISH) – The Indiana State Police confirmed that they are investigating a shooting that happened over the weekend.

A bachelorette party ended with a man being transported to a Terre Haute hospital, after there was a shooting at the party.