A London Correctional Institution inmate who escaped 22 years ago has been caught in Indiana and will return to complete at least five years of his sentence for grand theft, the State Highway Patrol announced today. Investigators learned on Dec. 12 that Roger Perdue, 71, and his wife were attempting to leave their home in Kokomo, Ind.

A London man arrested and charged in the July Madison County drug sweep was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Friday. Corey Rice, 29, pleaded guilty in Madison County Common Pleas Court to a count of drug possession in October.

Becky Ballengee, manager of Madison Garden Center and vineyard in West Jefferson, said the first bottling of the vineyard, Passion Vine, from grapes grown locally in 2013, is selling well. She likens the homegrown white wine to a Sauvignon Blanc.

Robert D. Ritchie to Steven R. Shipley and Sandra R. Shipley, Lot No. 78, Hidden Creek, Phase 4, in Jefferson Township, fee $175.

A Columbus woman was arraigned in court Friday for allegedly burglarizing about $75,000 of materials from a West Jefferson home. Jennifer Palko, 32, was previously being held in Franklin County Jail, where she is being held for violating parole on separate charges.

Sweet Bessie, a bakery in Mount Sterling owned by Todd Spradlin, was the winner of the holiday decorating contest conducted by the village chamber of commerce. It is located at the intersection of Columbus and Market streets.

Timothy Finney, 26, was charged with a single count of drug abuse. Madison County Common Pleas Court Judge Eamon Costello approved attorney Seth Shertzinger's motion for drug treatment instead of conviction.

Ten fatal crashes have occurred in Madison County this year, a jump from just four in 2013, according to local law enforcement officials. The increase prompted the West Jefferson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol to pursue a month-long traffic safety initiative, beginning on Nov. 30. "It is clear that in fatal crashes, the lack of safety belt usage and alcohol/drug use have been predominant contributing factors," according to a post spokesperson.

Jefferson Industries Corporation is appealing its property value for the second time, and this time the case is going to the Ohio Supreme Court. The automobile parts manufacturing company, located on state Route 29 in West Jefferson, is challenging its $28 million property value determined by the Madison County Auditor's Office.

A Delaware man was sentenced to five years in prison on two indictments Tuesday on several drug and weapons charges. Michael Garrett II, 29, pleaded guilty in Madison County Common Pleas Court in October to receiving stolen property, weapons under disability, carrying a concealed weapon and drug trafficking on one indictment.

Employees at the Madison County Veterans Service office received a salary increase this year, but county commissioners said Monday they were not aware of the raise. Because the dollars for the increase were not budgeted, the department's 2014 salary line has resulted in a shortfall.

She has lived her entire life in Madison County, growing up in the Lilly Chapel area. Norma has lived in West Jefferson for 70 years.

Following is the real estate transactions from the Madison County Recorders Office for the week of Nov. 24 through Dec. 1. Randy M. Miller and Beverly S. Miller to Randy M. Miller Trustee, Beverly S. Miller Trustee and Miller Family Revocable Trust, 211.691 acres and is 211.999 acres plus 33.0845 acres, in Paint Township, plus Unit 222, Sheffield, Phase 1, in London, fee exempt. Michael C. Quilter and Donna S. Quilter to Thomas J. Schockman and Marcia L. Schockman, Lot No.

A resolution to re-name London's post office as the London Fallen Veterans Memorial Post Office passed the U.S. Senate this week. The legislation now goes to the president for his signature.

Natalie Lauren Lindsey, 9, of Washington Court House, and her Hampshire ewe, was a recent participant of the Sheep Lead in Louisville, Ky. She brought home a third place rosette to conclude her circuit of lead shows.

November offered a little taste - with unseasonal snow and ice - of the weather drivers may experience as the calendar moves toward winter and the thermometer dips. To that end, the West Jefferson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol warns drivers about the dangers of driving in winter weather and offers some tips on what drivers should do in the event of a vehicle break down or a crash.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following individuals were arrested or cited by the Madison County Sheriff's Department. They are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.