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Hancock Co. public defender budget explodes

Posted at 10:29 AM, May 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-28 10:29:53-04
GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- Officials are blaming an increase in drug-related activity and crime spilling over from Indianapolis for draining a suburban county's $500,000 public defender fund.
   Hancock County officials say more than 60 percent of those charged last year with felonies reported not being able to pay for a lawyer.
   County public defender board chairman John Apple tells The (Greenfield) Daily Reporter ( ) that he's certain he'll have to ask for more money before the end of the year. He asked the county council for help after its budget came up $90,000 short.
   Hancock County sheriff's Maj. Brad Burkhart says many robbery and drug cases in his county involve people from Indianapolis.