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Beech Grove basketball coach charged with possessing and dealing cocaine resigns

Mike Renfro faces charges of possession of cocaine, dealing cocaine, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, and public intoxication.

INDIANAPOLIS — Beech Grove boys basketball coach and teacher Mike Renfro Jr. has resigned after he was arrested for possession and dealing of cocaine.

Court records indicate Renfro faces charges of possession of cocaine, dealing cocaine, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, and public intoxication after being arrested on Monday, Aug. 8.

Shortly before midnight on Sunday, Aug. 7, a Henry County deputy stopped a vehicle on Interstate 70 for failing to use a turn signal to change lanes and straddling the white lane divider. The deputy said the vehicle was driving under the speed limit and being passed by semi-tractor-trailers.

According to court documents, the deputy approached the driver, later identified as Renfro, and smelled alcohol in the vehicle. Court documents say Renfro blew a 0.24 in a breathalyzer at the scene, which is three times the legal limit in Indiana, and was then taking into custody.

Court documents say deputies found multiple bags of cocaine in Renfro's vehicle, totaling 1.96 grams.

Renfro bonded out of jail and is scheduled for an initial hearing on the charges on Aug. 30 at 10:30 a.m., according to court records.

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Earlier this month, Renfro was suspended by the district, which has contacted the Department of Education regarding his emergency educator license.

In a statement sent to students and staff at Beech Grove City Schools on Aug. 10, superintendent Dr. Laura Hammack said she was informed that Renfro was arrested by the Henry County Sheriff's Department and has been suspended pending further investigation.

"Like you, I am deeply troubled by these allegations," Hammack said in the statement. "The district intends to fully cooperate with law enforcement officers as they conduct their investigation. Because this is an ongoing investigation, there is little else we can share now."

Credit: Henry County Sheriff's Office
Michael Renfro

Renfro led the Beech Grove boys basketball team to its first state championship in school history in March.

Hammock's full statement to Beech Grove City Schools students and staff:

Dear Families and Staff:

I am writing with some very troubling news. Earlier this evening, I was informed that a Beech Grove High School teacher and coach, Mr. Mike Renfro, was arrested by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department on numerous charges, including possessing and dealing drugs. 

Like you, I am deeply troubled by these allegations. Mr. Renfro has been suspended pending further investigation. The district intends to fully cooperate with law enforcement officers as they conduct their investigation. Because this is an ongoing investigation, there is little else we can share now. However, we know that when events like this happen, the entire school and district are impacted. We want to ensure that you have the appropriate support during this difficult time. School officials and district counselors will be available to answer students' questions during the next several days. 

Some in our community may understandably question the district’s hiring practices and how something like this could happen. Please know that the individual in question passed all criminal and other background checks required during the hiring process. However, as a district, we will review our human resources practices and address any potential areas of concern.  

While we will share more details regarding this investigation when we can do so, our focus now will continue to be on our students and their physical and social-emotional wellbeing.

Sincerely,
Dr. Laura Hammack, Superintendent 
Beech Grove City Schools

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