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Bettice, Rufus - bad boy

Bettice – jailed illegal liquor

Source: Lafayette Journal and Courier 13 July 1937 Tues p 6
Attica, July 13 – Rufus Bettice, 46, of Covington was brought to Attica Sunday and placed in jail following his arrest by State Excise Officer Hershel Spencer on charges of possessing and selling untaxed liquor, the case being based on an alleged “buy” made by Walter Groves July 4. At a hearing before Mayor Charles A. Evison, Monday. Bettice pleaded not guilty and was released on $500 bond for trail, Friday July 16. Bettice was represented by an attorney, James Bessey of Veedersburg and Prosecuting Attorney Roy C. Fenters represented the state.  

Bettice - Arrested

Source: Lafayette Journal and Courier 28 July 1937 p 6
Rufus Bettice, 46, of 415 North Fourth Street, Covington, who was arrested July 11 by state excise officers charged with possessing untaxed liquor, was arrested and placed in the county jail at Covington Tuesday for failure to provide an appeal bond. Bettice was fined $200 and costs by Mayor Evison on July 16 but his attorney, James Brissey, Veedersburg announced an appeal would be taken to Fountain Circuit Court. Bettice was allowed 10 days in which to provide an appeal bond. His failure to do so by Monday caused his arrest.

Bettice - Habeas Corpus

Source: Lafayette Journal and Courier 7 Aug 1937 (Sat p 2)
Rufus Bettice vs. Frank Youngblood, sheriff, petition for write of habeas corpus.

Bettice - children taken away

Source: Crawfordsville Review 17 March 1925 p 1
Covington, March 16 – Fountain County Court has declared the four Bettice children dependent. Sheriff Roy Songer took the tots to Indianapolis and turned them over to the state board of charities and they will be sent to an orphans’ home. The children are those of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Bettice and are: Nellie, 9; Clarence, 7; Harry, 6; Howard 3.

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