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PAOLI, Ind. (WISH) — A Paoli man faces two criminal charges after he told law enforcement officers that he fired a high-powered rifle in his back yard and may have shot his neighbor, Indiana State Police said in a Thursday news release.

Tammy Schneider, of Paoli, was shot Sunday in the abdomen with a .300 Winchester Magnum round. She was stable at UofL Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. The shooting was reported along South County Road 310 West, which is about 2 miles southwest of Paoli.

Tyler Lee Cooper, 36, was formally charged Tuesday with aggravated battery posing a substantial risk of death, and criminal recklessness shooting a firearm into a building, according to online court records. His next hearing in Orange Circuit Court was set for Oct. 24. A $30,000 bond was set.

It was not immediately known if Cooper remained in the Orange County jail on Thursday night.

Paoli is about an hour’s drive northwest of Louisville, Kentucky.

PAOLI, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — A utility construction contractor in Orange County has announced changes to its top leadership. Paoli-based ElectriCom LLC says President Raj Beri has been promoted chief executive officer, succeeding Kevin Mason, who is transitioning to executive chair.

Beri joined ElectriCom a year ago as president and member of the company’s executive board. He will retain his title as president in addition to his new role as CEO.

“Over the last year, Raj has been integral in ElectriCom’s efforts to bolster system capabilities while growing our operational services,” Mason said in written remarks. “Raj brought a significant amount of expertise to ElectriCom with his prior success in growing companies organically and through strategic acquisitions. I am excited to see him continue ElectriCom’s substantial growth trajectory in his new position.”

Mason had served as CEO since 1995. ElectriCom says in his new role, Mason will be responsible for managing the company’s strategic direction and leading the objectives of the board of directors.

The more than 60-year-old company has operations in 25 states with more than 260 customers.

PAOLI, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Indiana University Health Paoli Hospital’s new family and internal medicine clinic is set to open in early September. IU Health says the primary care clinic will create 20 new jobs in Orange County and will increase access to quality healthcare in the region.

The healthcare provider says a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Sept. 3 and the clinic will begin accepting patients a few days later.

“Having IU Health within our community is important for the quality of life of our citizens. IU Health recognized the need for additional healthcare services in our area and this investment in our community will have a positive economic impact for Orange County,” said Zachary Brown, executive director of the Orange County Economic Development Partnership. “The creation of 20 new jobs is invaluable and should not go unnoticed. I commend the IU Health Paoli team for working to push this project forward even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and look forward to working with the team for years to come.”

In addition to two new physicians joining the Paoli community, the clinic will create jobs including professional and support services, nurses, medical assistants and lab and x-ray technicians.

IU Health says the 8,000-square-foot clinic is expected to be the first rural community health clinic in the IU Health Network. The clinic will open with two physicians and two nurse practitioners and 13 exam rooms.

The clinic will offer behavioral health services and a walk-in clinic for minor injuries and illnesses.

“We are incredibly proud to play a role in increasing access to local healthcare in the IU Health south central region,” said Larry Bailey, president of IU Health Paoli Hospital. “Not only will the clinic mean that patients no longer need to travel or delay being seen for primary care, but it will also be a catalyst for regional economic growth and new community partnerships. Paoli is a special place, and this clinic was designed to reflect that. From sourcing local construction materials to featuring local artists’ work throughout the building, we hope this facility will be a point of pride for the community.”

Construction on the facility began in January.

PAOLI, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – IU Health Paoli Hospital will Thursday break ground on a new primary care facility in Orange County. IU Health Paoli Family and Internal Medicine will be an 8,000-square-foot facility with 13 exam rooms and plans to offer behavioral health services.

The building will also have room for six primary care providers and visiting specialists. It will also have x-ray and lab testing capabilities. IU Health Paoli Family and Internal Medicine will also house the IU Health Paoli Walk In.

“IU Health’s commitment to Orange County provides much needed access to healthcare services for local residents,” says IU Health Paoli Hospital President Larry Bailey. “While we will focus on primary care for the development of a Rural Health Center, the facility serves to support other initiatives.”

The project is slated for completion this summer.

PAOLI, Ind. (WISH) – A body was found in this Orange County community as police searched Wednesday for a missing 23-year-old woman, Indiana State Police said Thursday.

The body was found in a wooded area near Northeast Third Street and Railroad Avenue in Paoli. 

An autopsy is set for Friday to determine the identity of the body and the cause of death.

Kaylea Hickman, 23, of Paoli, has been missing since Saturday. 

Paoli is about 70 miles south of Indianapolis. 

ORANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — The president of a youth football league has been arrested for child pornography.

Indiana State Police arrested 37-year-old Gavin Brown of Paoli.

Brown is the president of the Paoli Youth Football League.

Investigators said Brown was using social media in an attempt to get a girl under the age of 14 to exchange nude pictures of herself for nude pictures of him.

Brown turned himself in this afternoon at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. He has since bonded out.

He faces preliminary charges of possession of child pornography, dissemination of matter harmful to minors and inappropriate communication with a child.