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Beech Grove, Indiana

Saturday, May 11, 2019

New physician joins practice

Beech Grove, Indiana (May 11, 2019) IBG — Abhigyan Banka, MD, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Beech Grove Family Medicine. His special interests include: preventive medicine; sports physicals; women's health; acute and chronic conditions; joint injections and skin biopsies.

He joins Patrick Enight, MD; Victoria Othersen, DO, and a team of advanced practice providers whose offices are located at 2030 Churchman Avenue., Suite A, Beech Grove, Indiana. The practice offers a wide range of services to patients of all ages.

Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Banka most recently was on staff with Windrose Health Network in Franklin. In that role, he provided a full scope of care to patients in the medically underserved community.

Dr. Banka earned his medical degree with an academic scholarship from Nanjing Medical University in the People's Republic of China. He completed externships in urology and surgical intensive care with highest honors at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

He later completed a residency and served as chief resident of family medicine at Atlanta Medical Center in Georgia. Franciscan Physician Network Beech Grove Family Medicine is located at 2030 Churchman Ave in Beech Grove.

SOURCE: Franciscan Health

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Beech Grove man arrested for raping teen

Franklin, Indiana (May 8, 2019) IBG — A Beech Grove man was arrested after a teen less than 18 years old told police he threatened to kill her if she did not allow him to rape her, court documents said.

Timothy Garry Parks, 57, 1612 Main St., Beech Grove; was arrested on a charge of rape last week. The incident happened more than 18 months ago.

The teen told investigators that Parks raped her and performed another sexual act on her while they were staying at the same home in Franklin in October 2017, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Johnson Circuit Court.

Parks and the teen were staying in the same home while the teen’s mother worked an overnight shift. The teen went to her mother’s bathroom to take a shower, according to the report.

A towel the teen was wearing came loose and fell off her. Parks was sitting on the bed, and he slapped her and grabbed her face to discipline her for the towel dropping, the teen told investigators.

When the teen tried to leave the room, he grabbed her arm and twisted it behind her. He told the teen that if she did not allow him to rape her, that he would break her neck, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Parks then performed another sexual act on the teen, laughed at her and said that the incidents had been her fault, the affidavit said.

The teen also told investigators that Parks had attempted to have sex with her in March 2018 when he grabbed her and began unbuttoning her pants. She slapped him and ran, the affidavit said.

The victim told her mother in July about the incidents and investigators with the Department of Child Services and Franklin Police began investigating earlier this year.

He was arrested early Thursday and booked into the Johnson County jail, where he is held on $32,000 bond.

SOURCE: Daily Journal 
CASE FILE: Public Courts

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Beech Grove Proud: Hornets walk the walk

Beech Grove, Indiana (May 5, 2019) IBG — The Beech Grove Hornets team earned two awards during the IndyStar Sports Awards at Clowes Memorial Hall Sunday Night. The IndyStar Sports Award recognizes and honors the top athletic accomplishments in Indiana High School Sports.

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This event was hosted by IndyStar and featured various awards, contests and a special appearance from Danica Patrick.

Mike Renfro accepts the Coach of the Year, as his son watches on during the Indiana Sports Awards at Clowes Hall on the campus of Butler University, Sunday, May 5, 2019. 
(Photo:Doug McSchooler/for IndyStar)

Here are the winners from the 2019 IndyStar Sports Awards, announced at Clowes Memorial Hall on May 5, 2019:

Top Team (Fan Vote): Beech Grove boys basketball

Beech Grove coach Mike Renfro, left, and Angela English, middle, join the team's five seniors, starting second from left: Romeo Echols, Jordan Brickley, Griffin Wade, John Parker and Gavin Hess. (Photo: David Dixon/Beech Grove High School)

This team had to endure losing their head coach to brain cancer, but they supported and leaned on one another and went on to win Sectionals.

Coach of the Year: Mike Renfro, Beech Grove boys basketball

Mike Renfro was a close friend of Matt English and took over as coach this season. (Photo: David Dixon/Beech Grove High School)

Renfro took over the day-to-day operations of the Beech Grove basketball program as the health of head coach Matt English declined. English died in December after a third battle with brain cancer at the age of 45. The Hornets won their first sectional title since 2008.

FULL LIST: IndyStar Sports Award Winners
SOURCE: IndyStar

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