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Trial date for former chief set

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A trial date for a former Brazil City Police Chief has been set.

A jury trial for former BCPD Chief Terry Harrison was scheduled for July in Vigo Superior Court Division 6.

However, a motion to continue had been filed by Harrison's defense counsel and a similar motion was also filed by the State of Indiana due to court calendar congestion.

A new trial date has been scheduled for 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, with a pre-trial conference set for 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19.

Harrison faces allegations of Class B felony Failure To Deposit Public Funds and Class D felony Official Misconduct.

The charges stem from Harrison allegedly receiving and cashing a $2,000 grant check for funds intended to purchase car safety seats for children from the Indiana University Automotive Safety Program, but never depositing them into the official government accounts for the City of Brazil.

Vigo Superior Court Judge Michael Lewis was appointed special judge in the matter.

Geoffrey Creason is Harrison's public defense while Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter was appointed special prosecutor.

Due to a conflict of interest with Harrison's previous career in law enforcement and his potential for being subpoenaed to testify in ongoing criminal cases as an investigative officer, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, along with both Superior and Circuit Courts in Clay County, are unable to participate in the prosecution of the case.

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I hope everyone who reads this recognizes that never has it been stated that Mr. Harrison took private possession of this money. It seems the money was accounted for the entire time, just not in the right account. It never left the books.

However, I have read articles that current city employees took money not entitled to them and were allowed just to give it back in payments. It seems there is something really wrong with the politics in this city. Please, correct me if I am wrong.

-- Posted by sickhorse on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 1:53 PM

The January article stated that "The grant check (intended for child car seats) was allegedly cashed by then Police Chief Harrison and ultimately never deposited into the official government accounts for the City of Brazil. The funds have since been recovered."

OK - so he made a mistake. What gets me is Mayor Bradshaw went on record saying "I would like to work toward retrieving another grant for car seats to ensure the safety of children." So......what happened to the recovered $2,000.00???? She makes it sound like there wasn't any money available for the car seats. Cash is cash Mayor.

-- Posted by Bzlobserver on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 4:03 PM

It's seems there is really something wrong with people in this town trusting people.You can't trust someones word ,people lie.Some are really good at it!

-- Posted by Paper Planes on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 7:21 PM

A mistake??? Harrison was demoted twice prior to this incident. People seem to be focusing on what has been reported about the $2,000 without understanding the rest of the charges or knowing the other reasons for which he was released from duty. Not all details of a legal investigation can or are released. There is always more to a story and this one is no exception. This has nothing to do with the mayor. It is about a person finally being held accountable for one of his lies.

-- Posted by amicable on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 8:25 PM

The mayor has the authority to demote. If there were serious charges to warrant this demotion, I am sure they would have been disclosed by now. This really seems like bad politics more than a substantial criminal act.

-- Posted by sickhorse on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 8:35 PM

Bad politics???

-- Posted by Paper Planes on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 8:58 PM

Comments should be relevent to this story, correct? Seems like Sickhorse simply has an issue with the current City Administration and has little to say about the issue at hand. Former Chief Harrison was also releasesd because of behavior unbecoming of a police officer. Do you really think all of those details were disclosed to the public?

-- Posted by lifetimeresident on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 10:18 PM


"When" the money was recovered, or when Mr. Harrison found/replaced it, the $2,000.00 was returned to IU because the grant money had not been spent by the deadline set for it to be used by. Mr Harrison could not be reached to assertain and account for how the money had been spent and that is how the investigation began. IU finally made contact with someone else in the department because Harrison refused to return their calls.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Tue, Sep 6, 2011, at 3:27 PM

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