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Man arrested on slew of charges

Joshua Quinten Sheppard, 18, of Marion, was arrested early Wednesday morning on a range of charges from criminal confinement to battery by bodily fluid infected with hepatitis, tuberculosis or HIV. According to Grant County Sheriff’s Department Captain Ed Beaty, the charges are preliminary and more are expected upon completion of investigations and reports. No details were able to be discussed due to the case actively being investigated, but details will be released when they come available.

– Brian Powers

Online car retailer closes central Ind. refurbishing site

WHITESTOWN (AP) — An online car retailer has closed a central Indiana site that it opened a couple years ago with plans to hire more than 200 workers.

New York City-based Vroom Inc. started operations in late 2015 at the 500,000 square-foot fulfillment center in Whitestown, near Interstate 65, just northwest of Indianapolis. The company said it planned to refurbish up to 2,500 vehicles at a time for resale via its website.

Boone County Economic Development director Molly Whitehead tells the Indianapolis Business Journal that the company notified her a few weeks ago about the closure and didn’t give a date on possibly resuming work.

The company said it made facility adjustments to improve profitability. Officials say Vroom never qualified for up to $3.3 million in state tax credits.