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YORKTOWN, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — A steel structural building manufacturer in North Carolina is expanding operations into the Midwest. Northedge Steel LLC says it is investing $6 million to acquire the former All-Steel Carports property in Yorktown with plans to add up to 40 full-time jobs.

Northedge Steel acquired the 65,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and sales center, located along State Road 332, in May. The company says it will manufacture and sell carports and steel buildings for residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers throughout the Midwest.

The company plans to have up to 40 sales and support, skilled-labor manufacturing, and maintenance employees on staff when fully operational.

“We are excited about this new chapter and feel very welcomed by Delaware County and other local businesses,” Yaritza Galvan, vice president of Northedge Steel, said in written remarks. “We hope to better serve our customers, employees, trade partners and community with this new venture.”

The company expects to begin operations in August.

Northedge Steel is a subsidiary of Northedge LLC, a commercial wall and ceiling contractor in North Carolina.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A toddler was recovering Wednesday night at Riley Hospital for Children from severe burns to her hands and feet after playing at a splash pad.

Town officials are not yet sure what may have happened.

Kai’Brea Maurice, a 17-month-old from Muncie, and her mom, Austyn Maurice, went to the new splash pad in Yorktown on Monday afternoon. Austyn said Kai’Brea ran over to the edge of the pad on some manhole covers. Immediately the girl’s feet started to burn and then she put her hands down and those were burned as well.

Austyn believes it is a chemical burn. She said that doctors have told her they are deep second-degree burns but haven’t determined the cause.

Yorktown Town Manager Pete Olson said Wednesday that while the manhole covers are over chlorine and acid tanks, which are required for the disinfecting process of the splash pad, they don’t appear to have any leaks. They are about 6-8 inches below the surface. If there was a leak, it would go deeper underground to a containment well, not to the surface.

Officials went out Tuesday and measured the temperature. Olson said the covers tested at about 140 degrees in the heat of the sun compared to the concrete which tested at 120 degrees.

On Wednesday, town employees painted the manhole covers white to reflect the heat. Olson said that area tested cooler than the surrounding concrete after the paint job.

“We were absolutely saddened. We in no way envisioned this being an area that people get hurt although things happen anytime that you’re out and about,” Olson said. “We have individuals over there and looking those areas twice a day and making sure everything’s great. We’ll continue to do that.”

The splash pad just opened two months ago and is part of a $750,000 renovation downtown next to Town Hall in an area called the Civic Green.

Austyn told News 8 she was exhausted from the last couple days and declined an interview. She said doctors are supposed to tell her Thursday if Kai’Brea needs surgery. She said physicians are hopeful because Kai’Brea cries when her hands and feet are touched, which is a good sign that likely means the nerves are still working.

YORKTOWN, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Developers plan to break ground later this year on a $6 million mixed-use development in Yorktown, after the town council this week approved the commercial investment.

Fishers-based Rebar Development plans to build the three-story structure, which will include 26 Class-A loft apartments, plus first-floor office space and a restaurant.

The Oliver is part of the community’s redevelopment plan to attract residents and visitors to the downtown area.

“It’s also the start of that private investment coming into our downtown. So, we’re excited about that. We’re excited they viewed an opportunity and are taking a chance. And we’re excited what that will ultimately mean for our community,” said Town Manager Pete Olson.

In 2011, town leaders started to focus and reinvest in the downtown. They conducted public meetings to get input from residents and others in the community.

“We worked closely with Yorktown’s leadership team to design and propose a project that we believe uniquely meets the goals of the downtown plan, enhances the quality of life options in the area, and furthers the vision of downtown Yorktown becoming a central Indiana destination,” said Shelby Bowen, president of Rebar Development.

Since then, Yorktown has invested $12 million to build a new town hall complex, improve the streetscape, plus construct a downtown park.

“It’s based on that quality of life. We wanted things to look good, wanted it to be pedestrian-friendly, and be a spot where people could congregate,” said Olson.

The Oliver will overlook a greenspace called Morrow’s Meadow, the nearly completed downtown park Civic Green, and reconstructed Canal Street.

Olson said the hope is the development will attract young professionals, a growing workforce in and around Delaware County, and empty nesters.

“We want to make it a destination and create that culture that we attract people from other communities that want to come and visit,” said Olson. “We also want to keep our people, our citizens, give them a place for all that.”

Olson says The Oliver is named after the founder of Yorktown, Oliver Hampton Smith. Construction on The Oliver is expected to be complete in the fall of 2021.

Olson explained how The Oliver project is the cornerstone to broader improvement of downtown Yorktown.

Click here to view a video of the development.

YORKTOWN, Ind. (WISH) — The new national high school record holder for the 100-yard breaststroke is a Hoosier from Yorktown High School.

Emily Weiss, a junior, broke the record at the Indiana High School Athletic Association state finals Saturday with a time of 58.4. She’s an Olympic hopeful who holds not only the national record, but the state record previously held by Olympic gold medalist Lilly King.

Weiss, who trains six days a week, is already back to work.

“I got the national record and now I just need to take it one step at a time and get bigger and better,” Weiss said.

You can travel a long way one step — or stroke — at a time.

Weiss is a 2019 Indiana University commit with her sights set on the 2020 Summer Games. But she’s got another goal that starts and ends underneath her cap.

“I don’t wanna get too much of a big head,” Weiss said. “Maybe just to have fun with the sport, and not think too much about what I’ve been doing. What could happen with me.”

Coach Tony Santino said Weiss’s success starts with a vigorous training schedule that includes time in the weight room and the pool. According to the coach, Weiss enjoys putting in the work.

“She’s not the typical kid,” Santino said. “When she’s coming in here, sometimes it takes her a little bit to get going but when she’s going and having a good practice, she’s rocking it.”

Weiss won state in the breaststroke three years in a row, but her record might not stand too long.

She’s still got her senior year left to break it.

“You can have talent but you can’t get there without your hard work,” Weiss said.

YORKTOWN, Ind. (WISH) — A Delaware County woman is facing charges after her 16-month-old son overdosed on heroin and had to be revived with naloxone.

It happened Wednesday night at a home on West Adaline Street in Yorktown.

The baby’s mother, 26-year-old Daisha Clark, faces several charges including neglect of a dependent, possession of a syringe, and reckless possession of paraphernalia.

According to court documents, Clark found her son with a small plastic bag in his mouth. That bag had a powdery substance in it, now believed to be heroin.

“You have the addict who chooses to take the drug … but then when people who don’t make that choice to take the drugs are impacted or hurt in some way, I think that’s angering,” said Eric Hoffman, Delaware County’s chief deputy prosecutor.

According to court documents, the baby was brought to the hospital by a cousin. That cousin said Clark didn’t want her son to go to the hospital after he became ill from ingesting drugs, she said he would be fine.

“It just makes me very sad. My child is 1 month old, and I just look at him and he is so innocent, and it just makes me so sad when they are put in these situations that are so beyond their control,” said Alyssa Kreitl, a Yorktown mother.

She said she can’t imagine how anyone could put their child in danger like that.

“I have to hope that they don’t want to continue doing the things that they are doing and being in the problem that they’re in and I just wish they would reach out and get the help they need to get,” Kreitl said.

Unfortunately, prosecutors said, this likely isn’t the only child being placed in harm’s way due to drugs.

“I’m sure there are a lot that live in that horrible environment where they see their parents use heroin, abuse heroin, and they’re there for heroin deals,” the deputy prosecutor said.

A person at the home where the overdose happened declined to comment and asked for privacy.

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YORKTOWN, Ind. (WISH) — A pastor in Yorktown has been arrested after a 15-year-old member of his church said the two had sex inside of the church.

53-year-old Terry Dobbs faces multiple felony charges, including sexual misconduct with a minor, vicarious sexual gratification with a minor, child exploitation and child solicitation.

On Dec. 2, investigators received information that Dobbs had been having sex with a 15-year-old girl from his church. A detective from Allen County told Yorktown police that the girl said she had been in a sexual relationship with Dobbs for two months. Allen County detectives found sexual messages on her school computer.

Five days later, Allen County detectives turned over evidence that had been collected. On Dec. 9, Yorktown police spoke with the girl. She told investigators that Dobbs had begun to counsel her in July about a problem she was having. She said Dobbs began talking about kissing her, then the pair progressed to having sexual intercourse inside of the church on three occasions.

Additionally, she said they had taken and sent nude pictures of themselves to each other via phone and computer.

Police said Dobbs confessed to accusations when he spoke with investigators on the evening of Dec. 8.

A future court hearing for Dobbs has not been listed online.

YORKTOWN, Ind. (WISH) – A bicyclist died after being hit by a car Wednesday afternoon in Yorktown.

According to police, the crash happened just before 4 p.m. on West Jackson Street near County Road 700 West.

The Delaware County coroner identified the victim Thursday as 68-year-old Timothy Kelly of Muncie.

Officials say a reconstruction team was called to the scene. The road was closed for a while as crews responded.

IYORKTOWN, Ind. (AP) – A central Indiana man faces burglary, criminal confinement and other preliminary charges for allegedly threatening his father and stepmother with a foot-long knife.

Forty-three-year-old Kevin L.D. Fries of Tipton was arrested Thursday after leading police on a chase along Interstate 69. He’s being held at the Delaware County Jail on $115,000 bond.

The Star Press reports Fries also faces preliminary charges of auto theft, threats with a deadly weapon, resisting law enforcement and a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Yorktown police say Fries entered his father and stepmother’s Yorktown home late Wednesday night, pulled out a foot-long knife and announced, “I came here to kill you.”

Fries allegedly forced his stepmother to tie up his father with neckties, stole a rifle and fled in his father’s truck.