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Sparks to remain on the job at least until Lyons Council meetings on Thursday

Monday, February 11, 2013

Lyons Town Marshal Ron Sparks.
(Submitted photo)
The Lyons Town Marshal who was arrested Friday on two criminal counts -- one a felony -- remains on the job until the town council has a chance to conduct an executive session and a public meeting Thursday night.

Ronald R. Sparks, 40, of Lyons, turned himself in at the Greene County Jail in Bloomfield shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday. Special deputy Jeremy Hamilton booked him in using standard procedures.

A warrant for his arrest had been approved earlier in the afternoon by Superior Court Judge Dena Martin on preliminary charges of criminal confinement -- a class D felony; and battery -- a class B misdemeanor.

Special Prosecutor Barry Brown, of Bloomington, filed the pair of charges against Sparks on Friday morning.

Sparks, who has been employed by the town of Lyons since 2004, posted $450 cash on a $4,500 bond and was released from jail at 6:16 p.m.

Judge Martin issued a no-contact protective order between Sparks and the alleged victim.

No initial hearing has been scheduled by the court to formally charge Sparks.

Lyons Town Council President Scott Powers said, "The only thing I have to say is we have an executive session and a special meeting scheduled for this week to meet with our town attorney. ... We haven't made any decisions at this point."

Powers added, "He is still on the job. We will meet in an executive session and a special meeting with our town attorney this week. Until that happens, I really don't have any comments. After that meeting we will probably know more."

The town council will meet in executive session at 5:30 p.m. in the Lyons Community Building.

A special public meeting will follow at 6 p.m. to conduct a hearing to consider taking action pertaining to the employment status of its town marshal, according an announcement made Monday afternoon by clerk-treasurer Kim Flynn.

Lyons Town Attorney Luke Rudisell says the town doesn't have any options until the council meets.

Rudisell confirmed that Sparks remains on the town's payroll as its marshal.

"We don't have a choice. We have to give him notice (of any employment action) and any action to suspend him or place him on administrative leave, anything has to be done in a public meeting," the attorney added.

The charges stem from an alleged Nov. 2, 2012 incident at the residence of a female in Lyons, according to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Indiana State Police Det. Brian Smith, who is assigned to the Bloomington Post. Indiana State Police Trooper Richard Klun was the reporting officer on the scene and conducted preliminary interviews of Sparks and the victim.

According to Trooper Klun's report there had been an altercation at the residence, which got physical.

Det. Smith noted that Sparks and the victim had both been consuming alcoholic beverages and engaged in an altercation.

According to court records, Trooper Klun administered portable breath tests to both parties. Sparks registered .158 percent -- nearly twice the legal limit in the state of Indiana for intoxication of .08 percent. The victim's BAC was .032 percent.

"During the altercation, which occurred before the trooper arrived, Sparks grabbed the (victim's) arm and dragged her across the floor, according to (the victim), later held her to the floor by pressing his forearm against her neck," Smith wrote. "Trooper Klun also interviewed Sparks and confronted him with (the victim's) allegations. Spark's did not deny the allegations, but rather stated he did not remember what happened."

Smith also noted in the affidavit, "At some point the victim was successful in standing up, but was not permitted to leave the residence. (The victim) was so intimidated by this act; she called 911 to report the confinement."

Det. Smith stated in the probable cause affidavit that he followed up with his own inquiry and conducted an interview of the victim on Nov. 7, 2012.

"She confirmed that Sparks had not permitted her to leave the residence and that she had been dragged across the floor by Sparks," Smith wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

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Just wondering...is it prohibited to have a firearm with the accusation of domestic violence or only after a conviction?

-- Posted by old linton native on Mon, Feb 11, 2013, at 4:20 PM

Maybe people should just let our courts system and Lyons town board handle this matter and maybe everyone else should just stay out of it! Remember people are innocent until proven guilty

-- Posted by sallymoore1972 on Mon, Feb 11, 2013, at 4:25 PM

Whether people comment with their opinion or not, it's obvious that the end result is determined by those that are of the justice system and town board. This comment section is for opinion or additional information by others that have facts about the articles/stories/police reports etc., and is updated if things relating to the topic, change. It is universal knowledge that the court system states "innocent until proven guilty". I think the B.A.C. speaks in volumes (no pun intended). I also think karma catches up with everyone and while I'm at it..the apple doesn't fall far from the tree either.

-- Posted by FloydtheBarber on Mon, Feb 11, 2013, at 5:48 PM

many others with "innocent until proven guilty" charges have there guns removed from them and the house till after the court hearings not just over night. just saying.

-- Posted by lyonsone on Mon, Feb 11, 2013, at 7:01 PM

yeah im sure the courts are going to take good care of this...drop changes down to nothing,,,6 months probasion...

-- Posted by willam* on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 1:53 AM

JPC...Nice one. Hypocrites.

Is it possible for the webmaster to install an auto-correct program which will repair posts before they are displayed for the masses? Some posters obviously have almost no understanding of English, spelling, the rules of grammar, syntax or proofreading. They are painful to read.

Thank you, and have a Jesus filled day!

-- Posted by toolfan on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 10:13 AM

It's amazing to me how a police officer's job is to uphold the law regardless of circumstances. But then when they get in trouble the law tends to bend and not longer hold true as it would for someone off the street. Look at the cop in linton, this case, and also the cop in Daviess Co!!! wow what an example the justice systems sets!! this causes people to lose respect for officers and the court systems. God shows no favoritism so why do the courts??

-- Posted by StrengthNGod on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 10:20 AM

"Most of the negativity towards this issue is coming from people that know nothing of the situation or know nothing of the people involved. People that believe everything that they read or what they hear from second hand accounts are well conditioned".

So, JPC,.....inform us as to the truth in this situation.

-- Posted by knucklehead on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 11:11 AM

According to court records, Trooper Klun administered portable breath tests to both parties. Sparks registered .158 percent -- nearly twice the legal limit in the state of Indiana for intoxication of .08 percent. The victim's BAC was .032 percent.

Nearly twice the legal limit, sounds like more than twice the legal limit and then some, you do the math...lol

-- Posted by sassy12 on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 12:00 PM

There is an axiom that has traveled through history and made quotable by people such as Confucius and Lincoln. Unfortunately, it has failed to reach Greene county in the 21st century.

"It is better to remain silent and thought the fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

Tahnk you, and have a Jesus filled day!

-- Posted by toolfan on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 12:27 PM

sassy12, He was off duty and in his own home. I guess I'm not seeing your point.It is not against the law to consume alcohol just in case you weren't aware of it.

It is not unusual to have weapons removed when a felony charge is made; until it is seen in the courts if not convicted he will recover his weapons.

-- Posted by lillymae on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 12:54 PM

guilty or not--grossly overpaid w/car/fuel--get rid of the clown

-- Posted by btm3251 on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 1:23 PM

blackbrrd, do you alway's go around speaking illy of the deceased? I find your comment very unnecessary and in fact crude ad I hope it is removed!

-- Posted by lillymae on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 1:34 PM


-- Posted by toolfan on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 1:46 PM

Ok first of all...What are you trying to convey, Coleman. That is obviously another article and response to some other ridiculous opinions that everyone has a right to, as I stated. And Lilymae. If only you knew the smallest degree of separation I am from this....Then maybe you would understand. But do or don't, I really don't care. What I said was a figure of speech and like any comment that can be made by anyone in the world, how YOU perceive it will be different than the next person. That goes with everything I've said and will say. I have an opinion also. They're like kittens, opinions. Everyone's got one to give away. We all must accept this harsh reality. Let's all just be thankful that this matter will get a resolution and no one is critically or fatally injured.

-- Posted by FloydtheBarber on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 3:36 PM

Unfortunately one bad night has caused several families heart ache, worry and unnecessary stress.

Being imperfect myself, I am sure those involved know right from wrong and their part in this situation. But out of respect for their families, remember this: If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone...

-- Posted by Orion's Belt on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 3:44 PM

I am relation, I think I DO know..so whatever JPC, "toolfan" and "lillymae". Continue your soapboxing. The world needs you. Someone does I'm sure, in some way.

-- Posted by FloydtheBarber on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 4:00 PM


johnpaulcoleman only quoted you. It would be your hypocrisy if in one case you suggest not reaching conclusions and turning the other cheek, then jump on the finger pointing wagon in another.

-- Posted by switz on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 4:35 PM

blackbrrd, you are obviously under diress.... If anyone in my own family spoke about my family like you have your own (your words not mine) I would disown you... there is no need in it!

as far as this story goes...

Let us wait and see what the courts decide!! unless things has changed he is innocent until "proven" guilty!

so I would say that the prosecutor better get his bargaining tools out because I cannot see how he is going to "prove" the accusations. this sounds like a lawyers dream job...

-- Posted by lillymae on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 5:41 PM


I HAVE done the math, and I think the newspaper is correct. .158 is just shy of .16, or twice the legal limit.

-- Posted by 0123 on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 5:45 PM

Thank you. I will definitely think..oh and I did. Nope. Still do not care what you have to say lillymae.

-- Posted by FloydtheBarber on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 5:50 PM

"diress- no dictionary results"

You may've meant?:


1. compulsion by threat or force; coercion; constraint.

2. Law. such constraint or coercion as will render void a contract or other legal act entered or performed under its influence.

3. forcible restraint, especially imprisonment.

I think it's:


to disturb or bother (a person) in a way that displeases, troubles, or slightly irritates.

-- Posted by FloydtheBarber on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 6:03 PM

Thanks again, big guy. It amuses me that you take pleasure. But how else can a guy like you get your kicks, eh?

-- Posted by FloydtheBarber on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 6:39 PM

Well played JPC.

-- Posted by greenecountygirl11 on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 7:17 PM

"Sometimes this is tooooo easy."

-- Posted by johnpaulcoleman on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 6:52 PM

As easy as you. Yes. That is correct.

-- Posted by FloydtheBarber on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 7:50 PM

So blackbrrd what family is he of yours? Cause Ill tell you what, hes my Brother and I won't speak ill of him. He is a Great Man and I Love him and will support him. Thank You! Have a nice Day!


Season Sparks

-- Posted by Mellonschic on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 8:25 PM

Please everyone. Enough is enough. Let those of us who have to deal with this situation deal with it. Ron is innocent until proven guilty. And the town board will take the appropriate actions after following the correct steps.

Kimberly Nickless

Lyons town board

-- Posted by townoflyons on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 8:29 PM

That is correct "Mellonschic". I did say that I was relation, but I did not specify to whom in the matter. It's admirable he has a Sister that stands beside him, as one should... But as Kimberly so eloquently put it in her words and as I said previously, the end result is determined by those that are of the justice system and town board.

-- Posted by FloydtheBarber on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 8:44 PM

I apologize Kim but Im getting very upset over all of this.People are speaking and not knowing all of it. I will end my rant here.

-- Posted by Mellonschic on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 9:12 PM

I would like to know just who blackbrrd claims to be relation to because which ever one should be ashamed of you for the way you have chosen to address this matter. I agree most definitely with Kimberly about enough being enough. I think every one of you should let well enough alone. Think about the people involved and how they are affected when they read all of this. As for you blackbrrd; shame on you. Family doesn't do that to family. Relation to either one; just adds to the drama and humiliation both of them have to face. That to me is not acceptable behavior.

-- Posted by memyself&I on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 9:18 PM

Innocent until proven guilty?? I know Information is good and all... But... Not when it's used to ruin a persons life before there are any true facts...all you have here is accusations. People wants news, they want gossip...whether its true or not. That's what sells, right? What you read in this newspaper or any other, fact or accusations ...can make or break a reputation, if people want to have their say after facts are out there, fine...I just don't think it's fair for things to be reported when ALL the facts aren't there yet. And I do not know either party in this article.

-- Posted by emptysoul on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 9:19 PM

We believe in you Ron. Thank you for all you do.

-- Posted by princeysmom on Wed, Feb 13, 2013, at 6:54 AM


yes I misspelled the word I meant digress, you seem to stray from the topic to slander this mans family (that you claim to be a part of) with your comments there is no need in it and I feel like you should not speak illy of the deceased.

quote, from Blackbrrd; while I'm at it..the apple doesn't fall far from the tree either.


1. to depart from the main subject in speech or writing

2. to wander from one's path or main direction

[from Latin d"gressus turned aside, from d"gred", from dis- apart + grad" to go]

-- Posted by lillymae on Wed, Feb 13, 2013, at 10:00 AM

Oh good grief! I'm pretty sure the accusations are true or they wouldn't have been made. But let's don't get carried away here. This isn't murder! He's a human being, not a robot. We humans make mistakes! Live, learn, and move on!

-- Posted by greenecountygirl11 on Wed, Feb 13, 2013, at 10:22 AM

Still no enlightenment as to the "truth" in this situation which several of you claim to know. Let me guess: The whole story is a falsification made up by all parties involved in order to increase sales of newspapers, to bring extra attention to the town of Lyons, and to bring families closer together. The blood alcohol content reported is just a random number chosen for dramatization. The confinement issue occurred in a dream, and not at a location in Lyons. Responsibility is just a word and not an action to be practiced by officers of the law who are never subject to the law. I think I get it now....

-- Posted by knucklehead on Wed, Feb 13, 2013, at 11:11 AM

No matter what the courts say now his effectiveness as a police officer is all but over. The rest of the people of the town (not family or friends of the actors in this situation) have no respect for what is called law enforcement in Lyons now that "he" has been arrested.

Those of us that are law abiding and have respect for the law (I hope that is all of you and most of our town.) hold law enforcement officials to a higher moral standard. We expect them to be above reproach. Their appearance and action command respect. We expect them to set examples for the rest of us to follow. Our police officers should have a better understanding of the consequences of their actions and take precautions not to put themselves in situation that will allow for ill perceptions.

Make mistakes? Yes. Be human? Of course. Be arrested for the same crimes we expect them to protect us from. NO. So now the perception is -- he finally got caught at something and can't find a way out. Our town is at risk of being perceived of being lawless. I am glad I am not on the town cancel. I'm glad I'm not charged with cleaning up the situation our law enforcement officer has put our town and himself in

-- Posted by Just my philosophy on Wed, Feb 13, 2013, at 7:47 PM

hmmm just trying to figure out why Blackbrrd has changed their name to Floydthebarber? Could they be ashamed??

-- Posted by lillymae on Fri, Feb 15, 2013, at 5:19 PM

JPC is correct that if we did not experience the things ourselves, then we have no right to bespeak of things we do not know.

B.A.C. is an arbitrary measure of the level of alcohol in a persons system at a given time. It does not measure a persons level of impairment, or ability to function. You should not make the leep from B.A.C. to "being out of control". In my time as a LEO, I have dealt with many subjects that could function, and even pass the Field Sobriety Tests, but when tested would blow the "legal limit" away.

We were not there. = FACT

We DO NOT know all the facts of the case. = FACT

We aren't those that have to deal with this. = FACT.

Open one's mind, and close one's mouth. It is a simple rule for finding enlightenment.

-- Posted by crhinusa1 on Sun, Feb 17, 2013, at 10:51 AM

why wasn't the third person who was at the residence when this happened questioned???

-- Posted by elynn66 on Tue, Feb 19, 2013, at 12:59 PM

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