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Missing man found

The Marion Fire Department found an 85-year-old man in a wooded area a few hours after he was reported missing by his family, said Fire Chief Geoff Williams. The man, who police said suffered from dementia, left his residence on Rochester Avenue in the Lu Ida Mobile Home Park around 5 a.m. Williams said the fire department, along with Marion police and Grant County Sheriff’s Department officers, searched for almost an hour until he was found east of the trailer park at 7:34 a.m., “shivering badly” and wearing only a sweatshirt and underwear.  The man was taken to MGH by ambulance for evaluation.

– Carolyn Muyskens

Weekend overdoses plauge county

At least six Grant County residents overdosed over the weekend, according to Grant County Sheriff’s Department and Marion Police Department records. On Friday night, a woman was admitted to Marion General Hospital after police were called to the 1400 block of West Factory Avenue, Marion. She told police she had used meth and taken too much of a sleep aiding drug. On Saturday, at 2:52 a.m., Marion police were called to the 1700 block of Mason Boulevard where two men, ages 22 and 24, were found overdosing in an apartment. The men, Jeremy Knipp and Dalton Reed, were arrested on multiple narcotics charges including possession of meth. At 4:07 a.m., in the 100 block of North G Street, a woman was reported as overdosing on heroin and was taken to MGH for observation. At 10:31 a.m. the Sheriff’s Department responded to an overdose in the 2700 block of West James Drive, Marion. The subject was taken to MGH and issued an immediate detention order. Another Saturday overdose at the Hart Motel on Baldwin Avenue ended with the 34-year-old woman being taken to MGH.

– Carolyn Muyskens

House burns on Swayzee Street

A home at 326 E. Swayzee St. was damaged by an electrical fire Saturday night, according to Marion Fire Chief Geoff Williams. Firefighters were called to the house when the residents, who rent the property from local landlord Ed Blinn, reported smoke in the kitchen just after 10 p.m. Fire Investigator Brandon Eckstein determined that the fire was caused by faulty wiring. There were no injuries, and the Red Cross was called to assist the family with finding housing.

– Carolyn Muyskens

Trial set for murder suspects

The two men charged with the murder of 17-year-old Ethan Wolff could appear before a Grant County jury as early as next March. The trial of Matthew Edward Rudisel, 18, and Eric Dean Jordan, 20, is currently set for March 11, 2019 at 1 p.m. The accused men appeared by video in Superior Court I for initial hearings Monday morning. Rudisel is charged with murder, a Level 1 felony, and robbery resuling in serious bodily injury, a Level 2 felony. Jordan is charged with murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and battery with a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony. According to court records, Evan Hammond and David Payne have been appointed as counsel for Rudisel and Jerry Drook and William Myers have been appointed as counsel for Jordan. 

– Carolyn Muyskens