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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:43PM
The Grant County Commissioners have approved a revised agreement that will allow the developers of the Wildcat Wind Farm to proceed with their plans to build giant wind turbines in parts of southwestern Grant County.

The Commissioners approved an amended agreement with E-On Climate and Renewables that will allow the company to begin construction on wind turbines in the Swayzee area in the coming months. But the agreement provides relief to landowners in the area regarding some of the concerns that they expressed about the wind turbines.

The revisions include setback requirements and shadow flickers requirements that were not originally included in the agreement between the county and E-On. Area residents complained about those issues for months.

Construction on some 60 giant wind turbines should begin this year in southwestern Grant County.
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Topics : Environment
Location : Grant County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:42PM
The Grant County Commissioners have approved a revised agreement that will allow the developers of the Wildcat Wind Farm to proceed with their plans to build giant wind turbines in parts of southwestern Grant County.

The Commissioners approved an amended agreement with E-On Climate and Renewables that will allow the company to begin construction on wind turbines in the Swayzee area in the coming months. But the agreement provides relief to landowners in the area regarding some of the concerns that they expressed about the wind turbines.

The revisions include setback requirements and shadow flickers requirements that were not originally included in the agreement between the county and E-On. Area residents complained about those issues for months.

Construction on some 60 giant wind turbines should begin this year in southwestern Grant County.
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Topics : Environment
Location : Grant County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:42PM
State Representative P. Eric Turner says he's confident that he'll get a clean bill of health from the House Ethics Committee Wednesday regarding questions over his comments in caucus on an issue in which his family has a financial interest.

Turner's comments came during a Republican caucus on a proposed nursing home moratorium that was proposed during this past legislative session. The matter died before it ever reached the House floor for a vote. Turner's son is nursing home developer and his daughter has lobbied for the industry. Turner did abstain from voting on the issue when it came up in committee hearings.

Turner says he did nothing wrong.

The Ethics Committee will make its' recommendation on the matter Wednesday afternoon.
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People : P. Eric Turner
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:41PM
The City of Marion has a new fire engine now on duty, as a fully-equipped truck went into service today, courtesy of Marion General Hospital.

The hospital donated the new fire truck to the city along with all the equipment it needs to be fully operational. The truck and its' equipment cost just over half-a-million dollars.

Hospital C-E-O Paul Usher says the donation is all about investing in those that they serve.


The new fire truck replaces one that was nearly 20-years old. It's housed at station one in downtown Marion.

The donation isn't the only one being made by M-G-H to the city. The hospital is also donating 20 new squad cars to the Marion Police Department to replace many of their aging vehicles.
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Location : New City
People : Paul Usher
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:41PM

The City of Marion has a new fire engine now on duty, as a fully-equipped truck went into service today, courtesy of Marion General Hospital.

The hospital donated the new fire truck to the city along with all the equipment it needs to be fully operational. The truck and its' equipment cost just over half-a-million dollars.

Hospital C-E-O Paul Usher says the donation is all about investing in those that they serve.


The new fire truck replaces one that was nearly 20-years old. It's housed at station one in downtown Marion.

The donation isn't the only one being made by M-G-H to the city. The hospital is also donating 20 new squad cars to the Marion Police Department to replace many of their aging vehicles.
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Location : New City
People : Paul Usher
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:40PM
A one-million dollar statewide initiative will get underway next month that will target the health needs of those in rural areas.

The Indiana Rural Health Association will use a federal grant that will allow hospitals an opportunity to offer wellness coaches in their community. The goal is to help drive down the cost of treating chronic diseases such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.

The three-year program will be offered in 28 rural counties.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:40PM
A former Marion man faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after he was convicted on all counts facing him Monday by a jury in Grant County Superior Court One.

James Griffith was one of two people accused of murdering 81-year old Duwayne Lindsey at his Marion home during a robbery in July of 2012. Co-defendant Lacy Bradley will be tried separately at a later date.

The jury needed just two hours to convict Griffith of Murder and all other related charges. Then in a separate proceeding last night they agreed with the prosecution's request and imposed a sentence of life without parole. By doing so, the judge can only impose that sentence on Griffith when formal sentencing takes place next month.

Acting as his own attorney, Griffith claimed he wasn't at the site and did not kill Lindsey, but that his girlfriend, Lacy Bradley committed the crime. Bradley testified earlier that she and Griffith killed and robbed Lindsey and that the idea was Griffith's.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:39PM
Three graduates of Marion High School will be honored next month when they are inducted into the M-H-S Hall of Distinction.

Among those who will be inducted is James Wilson, who was a Marion graduate in 1937. He was a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen as one of the first African-American pilots in World War Two. Wilson died in 2012.

Also to be inducted will be James Hodge of the Marion class of 1970 who became an international financial expert and president of an international financial management firm.

Also to be inducted will be David Wright from the Marion class of 1973. Wright is now the president of Indiana Wesleyan University.

The three men will be inducted into the Hall of Distinction at a banquet on May 23rd.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:39PM
The Eastbrook School Board last night approved making Chris McKim the Principal of Eastbrook North Elementary in Van Buren.

McKim served as interim principal of the school for a semester in 2010, and has served in that capacity for the past few months following the retirement of the former principal.

McKim says the support from his staff has been exceptional so far, and he's optimistic about the future at Eastbrook North.

The Ball State graduate has spent 14 years in the Eastbrook school system both as a teacher and basketball coach.
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Topics : Education
People : Chris McKim
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:38PM
Marion and Mississinewa High Schools have each been honored by "U-S News and World Report" with bronze medals for being among the country's outstanding high schools.

"U-S News and World Report" honored 127 Indiana high schools with accolades for their achievements. Four of those schools received gold medals, 41 received silver medals and Marion and Mississinewa joined 80 other Hoosier schools in receiving bronze medals for their efforts.

Marion Principal Lennon Brown said the award recognizes just how far Marion has come in the past few years, from almost being taken over by the state to receiving national recognition for the schools achievements in educating young people.

Mississinewa school officials said they were also thrilled with the award from "U-S News and World Report."
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Location : Indiana
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:38PM
Two inmates who escaped from the Henry County jail in New Castle are back in custody.

Authorities launched a search Monday morning after the inmates pried their way out of the upper floor of the jail.

Michael Bertram of Knightstown and Johnny Dennis of New Castle were found hiding at a friend's house a few blocks away Monday afternoon.

Bertram was being held on theft charges while Dennis was being held on robbery and aggravated assault charges when they escaped. They'll now face charges of escape. The friend who was hiding the inmates in his home was also arrested for aiding criminals.
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Location : Henry CountyKnightstown
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:37PM
A Muncie man faces several charges of Child Pornography and related offenses after allegedly trading images of young children on the internet with a man that turned out to be an undercover police officer.

28-year old Andrew Cunningham was arrested Monday according to Indiana State Police. He's now being held in the Delaware County Jail.

Cunningham was apprehended after State Police dealt with him through their Cyber Crimes Special Investigation Unit. He was also wanted for two other unrelated counts at the time of his arrest.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:36PM
Marion Community School officials will be on the watch and a little on edge today as classes resume following Friday's wild day that saw two bomb threats, Marion High School evacuated and many activities cancelled because it.

Marion High School received a telephone bomb threat late Friday morning and the building was locked down. It was then evacuated after police felt the threat might be greater than first thought. The building was searched but nothing threatening was found. All activities at the high school were cancelled Friday.

Late in the day, a note was found in a girls' bathroom saying there was a bomb at McCulloch Middle School. Nothing suspicious was found and classes at McCulloch were not disrupted.

Marion Superintendent Brad Lindsay said in a statement late Friday that school administrators, teachers and staff responded professionally to the situation as did Marion Police. He said students were never in danger, but the evacuation of the high school was done as a safety precaution.
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People : Brad Lindsay
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:36PM
Officials in Fairmount this morning lifted the Boil Order for the town that had been in effect since late last Thursday.

The Boil Order was issued for all Fairmount residents following a water main break.

Town water officials say they've received the all clear and the Boil Order is no longer in effect in Fairmount.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:35PM
The murder trial of a former Marion man is expected to be placed in the hands of the jury today in Grant County Superior Court One after more than two weeks of testimony.

James Griffith is one of two persons charged with robbing and killing 81-year old Duwayne Lindsey in July of 2012. Griffith was a former handyman for Lindsey. He and co-defendant Lacy Bradley are accused of beating and stabbing Lindsey to death in his home and then stealing guns and a coin collection from Lindsey before heading to Kentucky where they were arrested a week later.

Griffith has acted as his own attorney in the case. He's expected to call one or two more witnesses this morning before closing arguments this afternoon. The jury is expected to get the case later today to begin deliberations.

Griffith could receive life in prison without the possibility of parole if he's convicted.

Lacy Bradley will be tried separately at a later date.
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Location : Kentucky
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:35PM
A Converse man has been charged with several counts of Child Molesting for alleged sexual contact with a young Grant County girl last year.

Indiana State Police arrested 35-year old Jeremy Fink of Converse on three counts of Child Molestation for alleged acts with a 13-year old Grant County Girl between March and November of 2013. Investigators say the girl was not a relative of Fink's, but the families were familiar with each other.

Fink remains held in the Grant County Jail on 100-thousand dollars bond.
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Location : Grant County
People : Jeremy Fink
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:34PM
The Indiana Landmarks Group has named the old Wabash County Jail and Sheriff's House as one of the most endangered sites on its Top 10 List for 2014.

The Historic Landmarks Preservation Group names an annual list of the state's most endangered structures as a way to show the urgency in trying to save those structures.

The old Wabash County Jail and Sheriff's House was built in 1880 and served as the county jail until a new one was built in 1979. It then served as the county's probation office until 2002. The building has been vacant and rundown since then, but the Wabash County Commissioners gave developers a year to try and come up with a way to save it.

The other nine endangered sites on this year's Top Ten List are spread throughout Indiana.
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Topics : Human Interest
Location : Indiana
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:34PM
Delaware County officials say they've received several reports from people who have received phone calls recently that are definitely scams.

The "Star Press" reports that someone has called residents saying they owe huge fines for missing jury duty and need to pay up quickly. Delaware County court officials say no such calls are being made by them, but they say at least one person lost 400-dollars to the scam. They warn persons who receive such calls to hang up and don't pay a fine.

Anyone with questions should call the actual Delaware County Court Administrator to get officials information about the matter.
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Location : Delaware County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:33PM
Marion High School was evacuated early this afternoon after something suspicious was found inside the school building after a bomb threat had been called in to the school.

Students were first placed on a Level 2 Lockdown at about 11:30 this morning when the threat was received. That meant students were being kept inside their classrooms and no one could enter or leave the building.

But at about 12:15, something suspicious was found inside the high school, prompting school officials and police to evacuate the building.

Marion High School students were taken to Luckey Arena at Indiana Wesleyan University where they were then released to their parents.

Marion Police and Marion school officials are investigating the incident.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:32PM
Workers at a G-M facility in Kokomo will soon be laid off their jobs.

Several workers at the General Motors Components Holdings facility in Kokomo say layoff notices have been given out in the past couple of days. G-M officials are not announcing how many workers will be affected, though various media reports say the layoffs will affect about 25 out of the nearly 600 hourly employees at the Kokomo plant.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:31PM
An armed robbery at a Marion convenience store early this morning led to a high-speed pursuit that covered two counties, but resulted in six suspects being arrested.

Authorities say the suspects robbed the Village Pantry at 9th and Miller Avenue early this morning and stole several cartons of cigarettes...the third time the store has been robbed of cigarettes in the past ten days. But this time, police were in the area and tried to stop the suspect vehicle.

Police say the car sped off west of Marion with officers in pursuit and speeds reached more than 110 miles an hour. The suspects' vehicle cut through fields and avoided stop sticks until officers finally stopped the vehicle near Kokomo and arrested the six people inside the vehicle.

No one was injured in the pursuit, which involved officers from Marion, the Grant County Sheriff's Department, the Howard County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police.

Police are still investigating, but say they apparently have solved the three robberies at the Village Pantry at 9th and Miller Avenue with the arrest of the suspects early today.
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Location : Howard County
People : Robbed-Chase
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:31PM
Residents of Fairmount are being asked to boil their water before using it for drinking or cooking for the next few days following a water main break.

Fairmount Water officials issued the boil order Thursday night as a precaution after the water main break. They say they will test the water daily for any problems, but that it may be early next week before the boil order is lifted in Fairmount.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:30PM
A rural Fairmount home was destroyed by flames Thursday afternoon and the owner suffered minor injuries while escaping.

Firefighters from Fairmount, Matthews, Mill Township and Green Township battled the flames for nearly two hours in the home located on County Road 200 West.

Homeowner Kim Winslow suffered burns to her hand, but she was not hospitalized. No one else was injured in the blaze, which caused an estimated 180-thousand dollars in damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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People : Kim Winslow
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:29PM
Three American soldiers from the Civil War, World War One and World War Two will be buried at the Marion National Cemetery tomorrow after their remains went unclaimed for more than half a century.

Marion National Cemetery Director Greta Hamilton says the remains were found as part of the "Missing In America Project," that involves veterans groups, the U-S military and funeral homes.

The cremated remains of the three men that will be buried tomorrow in Marion were all found in storage vaults at funeral homes in Indianapolis. They include Civil War Army Private Hiram Maine who died in 1927, World War One Private Forrest Smith who died in 1935 and World War Two Corporal Leo Valdez whose date of death is unknown.

The burials will take place at the Marion National Cemetery at 1:30 Saturday afternoon.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:29PM
Marion Community Schools will celebrate the progress and successes made by students in treating each other with respect and without bullying at tonight's annual Kindness Rally at the Bill Green Athletic Arena.

Marion High School Guidance Counselor Danielle Tschida says the rally is all about celebrating student achievement.

The Kindness Rally will feature presentations and performances by school and community leaders, school choirs and bands, then will give students a chance to have fun with bounce houses, an obstacle course, a dunk tank featuring school principals and administrators, as well as food and more.

The Kindness rally runs from 6 to 9 tonight at the Marion High School gym.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:28PM
Marion School officials say rumors of a threat of violence at Marion High School are apparently just that...a rumor.

A statement from school officials says rumors of a threat of gun violence in and around Marion High School today are being investigated by school officials and Marion Police officers, but at this point the security level at the school has not been changed. But a school official says the rumors are being investigated and taken seriously by police and school administrators.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:28PM
He didn't show up to his own ethics hearing Wednesday, but State Representative P. Eric Turner will get another chance.

Turner is being reviewed by the House Ethics Committee for ethical problems related to pressure he may have put on some of his fellow Republicans during a caucus regarding a bill that two of his children had a financial interest in.

A second meeting is being considered for next Wednesday to review the findings in the matter and to allow the committee to make a recommendation.

Turner...who represents parts of Grant County in the state legislature...said after the first hearing that he was confident that he had done nothing wrong.
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Location : Grant County
People : P. Eric Turner
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:27PM
A judge has denied the appeal of a Marion man who appealed the challenge that removed his name from the local Primary ballot. Unless he files another appeal, that virtually ends the effort by Jarred Eib to get his named placed back on the ballot for next month's Primary election.

Eib filed for Grant County Superior Court Three Judge on the Republican ballot in January, but Grant County G-O-P Chairman Jerry Shull challenged Eib's candidacy based on his voting record. Eib claimed the last time he voted in a primary was in 2008 when he voted as a Republican. But Shull claimed voting records showed Eib actually voted as a Democrat and could not file this year as a Republican.

The Indiana Election Commission upheld Shull's challenge and Eib's name was removed from the ballot. Eib appealed, but the judge in the appeal ruled the challenge was correct and that Eib cannot run in the G-O-P Primary on May 6th.
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People : Jerry Shull
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:27PM
The Prosecution rested its case yesterday against James Griffith, who is accused of robbing and killing an elderly Marion man two years ago.

Prosecutors played a video of an interview that police conducted with Griffith, where they claimed they could show clear evidence that Griffith was in the house when 81-year old Duwayne Lindsey was killed. When the officer that was interviewing Griffith left the room, Griffith allegedly used a paper clip to try and change the appearance of his finger prints.

Griffith...who is acting as his own attorney...claimed the video was inconclusive. He began presenting his defense late in the day and will continue to do so when the trial resumes today in Grant County Superior Court One.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:26PM
Marion Community School students will see schedule changes starting in the fall, after school board members approved both daily and overall calendar adjustments last night.

The new school year will start on August 11th, one day earlier than usual, and will let out one day earlier for winter break as well. For the spring semester, two snow days have been built in on Martin Luther King Junior Day and Presidents' Day. In case of another extraordinary winter, students will have school those days. If more make-up days are needed, they'll be added to the end of the year, rather than the longer days that were implemented this year.

Superintendent Brad Lindsay says these changes are all about the students.

Another change in the fall is a later daily start and end times at all schools. Lindsay says this is in the interest of saving nearly 200-thousand dollars in transportation costs by revamping the bussing system.
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People : Brad Lindsay
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:26PM
A Muncie woman faces several charges for allegedly beating her step-daughter and telling her the girl would be treated like Cinderella for misbehaving.

37-year old Elgenia Bennett has been charged with Battery and other counts. School officials say they found severe marks on the buttocks of her step-daughter, a result of repeated beatings with a belt.

The girl said her step-mother told her she would be treated like Cinderella at home for allegedly misbehaving. Police continue to investigate the matter.

Bennett remains held in the Delaware County Jail.
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People : Elgenia Bennett
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:25PM
A Marion County judge has denied the appeal of a Marion man who appealed the challenge that removed his name from the local Primary ballot. Unless he files another appeal, that virtually ends the effort by Jarred Eib to get his named placed back on the ballot for next month's Primary election.

Eib filed for Grant County Superior Court Three Judge on the Republican ballot in January, but Grant County G-O-P Chairman Jerry Shull challenged Eib's candidacy based on his voting record. Eib claimed the last time he voted in a primary was in 2008 when he voted as a Republican. But Shull claimed voting records showed Eib actually voted as a Democrat and could not file this year as a Republican.

The Indiana Election Commission upheld Shull's challenge and Eib's name was removed from the ballot. Eib appealed, but the judge in the appeal ruled the challenge was correct and that Eib cannot run in the G-O-P Primary on May 6th.
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Topics : Law_CrimePolitics
Location : Marion County
People : Jerry Shull
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:25PM
The co-defendant in the killing of Duwayne Lindsey testified that she and her lover carried out the murder of the elderly Marion man in 2012.

Lacy Bradley testified that she and James Griffith beat and stabbed the 81-year old Lindsey to death while robbing him at his home. Bradley testified that Griffith came up with the plan to rob and kill Lindsey and then head to Kentucky. She said they took a large amount of money and weapons from Lindsey's home after killing him.

She also testified that Lindsey begged for his life while they attacked him.

Griffith and Bradley are both charged with Murder, Robbery and several other charges, but are being tried separately. Bradley waived her right to remain silent before testifying Tuesday. She's expected to be back on the witness stand again today in Grant County Superior Court One.
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Location : Kentucky
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:24PM
Saturday will be Graduation Day for more than 2,100 students at Indiana Wesleyan University. Ceremonies are planned for 10 am, 2:30 pm and 6 pm in the Chapel Auditorium.

Senior Advisor to the President Karen Roorbach says the 10 am ceremonies will be for traditional students who studied primarily on the Marion campus, but the other ceremonies will be for graduate and non-traditional students.

The keynote speaker for all three ceremonies Saturday at IWU will be Doctor John Isch, a cardiac surgeon and Christian leader from Indianapolis.

Tickets are required for the 10 am ceremony, but not for the 2:30 or 6 pm ceremonies.
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Location : Indianapolis
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:23PM
A Ball State University survey finds that the number of college students using tablets is on the decline.

Michael Hanley is director of Ball State University's Institute for Mobile Media Research. He says the number of students who use tablets has dipped from 30-percent...that's when iPads first came out. Hanley says that's because an increasing number of students believe tablets are more suitable for entertainment rather than academic and educational purposes. The survey shows that laptops and P-C's are still the most popular for those purposes.

Hanley says tablets are most popular with those in the 25 to 45 year age range.
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People : Michael Hanley
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:23PM
Marion Police believe the duo that robbed the Village Pantry at 9th and Miller Avenue early Tuesday were the same two that robbed it a week ago.

Two armed men walked into the store early Tuesday morning and stole several cartons of cigarettes. One man was armed with an assault rifle and held the clerk at bay while the other robber grabbed the cigarettes.

The same thing happened at the same convenience store one week earlier. Both times one man was armed with an assault rifle while the other man grabbed the cigarettes. The descriptions of the robbers also match those of the April 15th holdup.

No one was injured in either robbery and Marion Police are still searching for the robbers.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:22PM
The head boys and girls basketball coaches for the consolidated Muncie Central High School for next year were named last night and approved by the Muncie School Board.

Jeff Holloway will head up the boys basketball program at Central. He's a Central grad, but has been the basketball coach and Athletic Director at Union High School in Modoc most recently.

Meanwhile, Lisa Blalock was re-appointed as girls basketball coach at Central.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:22PM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has again denied Grant and 29 other Indiana counties financial assistance stemming from the severe winter weather that struck in early January.

But Governor Mike Pence did receive word that FEMA will grant at least partial assistance to 19 other Indiana counties that were also impacted by the severe weather in January.

Grant County's application for FEMA assistance was denied, as were applications from Blackford, Delaware, Howard, Miami and Wells counties. But FEMA approved aid for Madison, Huntington, Wabash and Tipton counties to help them defray the costs involved in battling the snowstorms.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:21PM
Another area high school has had to be evacuated because of a bomb threat. Today, it was at Frankton Junior-Senior High School.

The "Herald-Bulletin" reports a message was found scrawled on a bathroom wall at Frankton this morning, forcing school officials to evacuate the building while police and firefighters searched the building.

Nothing suspicious was found and students were allowed to re-enter the building and resume classes at mid-morning.

Bomb threats in the past month have also interrupted days at Blackford and Muncie Burris High Schools in this area.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:20PM
A forensics expert testified yesterday that blood from the victim of a local murder was found on the shoes of the man accused of killing him.

The expert testified that the blood of Duwayne Lindsey was found on the shoes of James Griffith, who is accused of killing Lindsey during a robbery in July of 2012. The expert testified that it is highly unlikely that the blood could have been from anyone else and blood samples were found on both of Griffith's shoes.

Griffith...who is acting as his own attorney...questioned the expert about the possibility that someone else could have been wearing his shoes when Lindsey was killed.

The prosecution is expected to rest its case against Griffith later today, then Griffith will present his defense in the trial, which is in its second week in Grant County Superior Court One.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:20PM

Ball State University officials are appealing a court ruling that would require the university to release the official college transcript of a student who left the school with an unpaid tuition balance.
Last year, a Lake County judge ordered the university to release the transcript of Jordan Irons, who enrolled at Ball State in the fall of 2011 but withdrew in the spring of 2012.
The "Star Press" reports the university's appeal of the trial court's ruling to the Indiana Court of Appeals was recently dismissed, but Ball State will ask the Indiana Supreme Court to review the case.
The court case stems from the divorce of Irons' parents and who should pay for his education.
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Location : Lake County
People : Jordan Irons
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:19PM
The Indiana Education Roundtable has voted to approve a draft version of new K-through-12 academic standards for Hoosier schools.

The group yesterday also passed a resolution that requires associated guidance materials, such as reading lists and information on text difficulty, to be brought back to the Education Roundtable and the State Board of Education for final approval when that's been completed.

The new standards will replace the controversial Common Core standards that the state threw out.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:19PM
A utility trailer manufacturer has announced a major expansion to its operations in Markle.

Novae Corporation plans to invest nearly six-million dollars to construct a new facility at the Markle Industrial Park. The company hopes to add up to 75 jobs at the facility by 2016.

The new facility just off I-69 at Markle is expected to be fully functional by November.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:18PM
Unemployment rates in Indiana and the surrounding area continue to fall, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Workforce Development.

The jobless picture in Indiana fell in March to 5.9-percent...the lowest level since July of 2008. The unemployment rate in Indiana has fallen two full percentage points in the past year, one of the largest declines in the United States.

In Grant County, the jobless figure fell to an even seven-percent...down half a percent from the previous month. Blackford County's unemployment rate fell to 6.8-percent...the lowest level in several years. Delaware County dropped to 7.1-percent, Madison County to 7.4-percent and Miami County fell to 7.6-percent in March. Howard County fell almost a full percent point to 6.4-percent, while Wabash County fell to 5.9-percent and Huntington County went down to 5.8-percent. Wells County continues to have the lowest jobless rate in the area with just 5.2-percent unemployed.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:18PM
A Marion native will be honored by the University of San Diego this weekend for his achievements with C-SPAN.

Peter Kiley graduated from Marion Bennett High School in 1981 and received a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from San Diego in 1985. From there, he went to work for C-SPAN where he has remained for the past 28-years.

Kiley is now the Vice-President of Affiliate Relations at C-SPAN, which is seen in 100-million households in the United States.

Kiley will be honored with the Author Hughes Career Achievement Award from the University of San Diego during special ceremonies this Saturday.
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Location : San Diego
People : Peter Kiley
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:17PM
The City of Marion will celebrate Earth Day Tuesday with several events, aimed at promoting ecology, recycling and being kind to the planet.

The Marion Parks Department has teamed up with officials from the Marion General Motors plant and Marion Utilities to promote "Rain Gardens," their pros and cons and how to build one. That will take place a 4 o'clock Tuesday at Matter Park.

At 5 o'clock, trees and shrubs will be planted at the park, plus experts will offer advice on how to plant them at your home.

And at 6 o'clock Tuesday, officials will show you how to build a compost bin or pile to use at your home.

All of the Earth Day events are free.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:17PM
Marion Police are investigating a convenience store robbery over the weekend on the city's north side.

Marion Police were called to the Circle K in the 17-hundred block of West Kem Road late Saturday night after a man reportedly walked into the store, displayed a weapon and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was injured in the holdup and Marion Police are looking for the robber.
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Topics : War_Conflict
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:16PM
A teacher from Greentown is running in today's Boston Marathon after competing in last year's tragedy-stricken race.

Michelle Larson says she was about a block from the first explosion site near the finish line last year. She thought the explosion was a celebratory cannon, but soon realized it was a bomb.

Larson says she kept running to find her husband who was supposed to be near the finish line, but she was stopped by a police officer. Larson learned about an hour later that her husband was never able to get to the finish line due to traffic problems.
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Location : BostonGreentown
People : Michelle Larson
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:16PM
The second week of testimony in a Grant County murder trial begins today with the prosecution continuing to build its case against accused killer James Griffith.

The former Marion man is accused in the beating and stabbing death of 81-year old Duwayne Lindsey in July of 2012. Griffith was a former handyman for Lindsey and is accused of killing Lindsey in his South Adams Street home during a robbery. The prosecution claims Griffith and his girlfriend...Lacy Bradley of Celina, Ohio...killed Lindsey and then went to Kentucky where they were eventually arrested on un-related charges, but then were linked to Lindsey's murder.

Griffith is acting as his own attorney in the trial as it goes into its second week in Grant County Superior Court One. Lacy Bradley faces similar charges, but will be tried separately at a later date.
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Location : CelinaGrant CountyKentuckyOhio
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:15PM

City officials in Muncie are voicing concerns about plans by the Norfolk Southern Railroad to close eight crossings at virtually the same time to make repairs.

While happy the crossings will be repaired, city officials told the "Star Press" that closing down the eight crossings at the same time would cause massive traffic problems along several key streets. But they note that closing several crossings at once is not uncommon.

The busiest would be on South Tillotson near Jackson Street, where the busy street would be closed in both directions for up to a week.

Norfolk Southern officials say delaying the work could cause more delays if the weather doesn't cooperate.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:15PM
Seven Muncie residents are in jail after a drug raid on Friday. The raid was conducted by the Muncie Police Department Narcotics Unit and by the local SWAT team after a year long investigation.

Arrested were 58-year-old Mary Jordan, 60-year-old Terry Jordan, 38-year-old Terry Hill, 54-year-old Eddie Hill, 29-year-old Darren Hill, 37-year-old Casey Hammond, and 58-year-old Joseph Young, all from Muncie.

All of those arrested are being held in Delaware County Jail and Muncie police say that they took down some major suppliers with the arrests.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:14PM
It took about a month of trying, but the small satellite designed by engineering students at Taylor University finally went into space on Good Friday.

The satellite went into space Friday afternoon when the Space-X rocket launched after three delays due to various problems. And shortly after launch on Friday, the Taylor satellite was successfully deployed into orbit.

The Cubesat satellite weighs less than three pounds and is only four inches long. The small nano-satellite will be used to test communications satellites. It's the third such nano-satellite designed by Taylor students that have gone into space and a fourth one is expected to be approved soon by NASA.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:14PM
Testimony concluded for the week yesterday in the murder trial of James Griffith, who is accused of killing 81-year old Duwayne Lindsey in his Marion home in the summer of 2012.

Marion Police investigators testified they found items belonging to Griffith inside a car that Griffith and co-defendant Lacy Bradley allegedly abandoned along a street in Warren a few days after Lindsey was killed in his home during a robbery. They also found items in the car that belonged to Lindsey.

Investigators believe Griffith and Bradley abandoned the car after driving away from the scene and before they headed to Kentucky. They were arrested by Kentucky State Police on un-related charges and later linked to Lindsey's murder.

Griffith's trial won't resume until Monday because of the Holiday weekend.
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Location : Kentucky
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:13PM
The Marion Veterans Administration Facility will hold a job fair next week that will offer more than just job opportunities to veterans.

The Second annual Job Fair will be held in the Atrium at the Marion V-A next Thursday, April 24th from 10 am til 2 pm.

Spokesperson Teresa Davis says nearly 70 vendors will be on hand for the Job Fair, offering employment opportunities, physical and mental health experts, housing experts and even information on area universities.

Davis says they were happy with last year's event, even though only about 20 vendors were on hand.

Davis says the Job Fair at the Marion V-A next week is open to all veterans and their immediate families.

Veterans are urged to register for the event by contacting their nearest WorkOne office.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:13PM
A Miami County couple has been arrested on charges of Child Neglect for allegedly allowing their two young daughters to live in filthy conditions at their home near Bunker Hill.

Indiana State Police arrested 30-year old Richard Avery Junior and his 28-year old wife, Heather, after a month-long investigation. The couple's 4 and 5-year old daughters were reportedly malnourished and living in filth, which investigators say has brought about medical and dental problems for the children.

The two girls have been placed into the custody of the Miami County Department of Child Services while their parents were taken to the Miami County Jail.
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Location : MiamiMiami County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:12PM
Longtime Wabash County Businessman, Philanthropist and Civic leader Richard Ford has died.

Ford was a longtime executive with the Ford Meter Box Company, but spent decades working with local and area philanthropic groups and championed efforts at historic preservation statewide. He was also instrumental in the development and expansion of the Honeywell Center and various other Wabash County business operations.

Richard Ford was 75.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:12PM
Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler cited several new developments, improvements around the city and a spirit of cooperation during his annual state of the city speech Thursday morning to a group of business and government leaders.
Mayor Tyler cited everything from the opening of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant to the 60-million dollar Village Promenade project in his speech.
He noted that developers that wouldn't return the city's calls back in 2012 are reaching out to Muncie today.
Tyler said enthusiastically "We're moving on up, and they ain't seen nothing yet."
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People : Dennis Tyler
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:11PM
An Anderson woman was arrested after she allegedly slammed a gun onto a desk during a conference with administrators at St. Mary's School in Anderson.

Police arrested 27-year-old Bonnie Trahan on a charge of possessing a firearm on school property.

A spokesman says Trahan told police she brought the loaded 40-caliber Glock to the school to back her allegations that her eight-year-old son is not safe there.

School officials denied that the boy wasn't safe, but called police after the mother displayed the gun. She was arrested as she tried to leave the school.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:11PM
Grant County Circuit Court Judge Mark Spitzer says the county's court system is in far better shape than it has been in years. Judge Spitzer gave his annual "State of the Judiciary" update last night to the Grant County Council.

In 2010, Grant County was one of seven counties chosen to take part in a national research project that revamped the way law enforcement is done locally. The goal was to collect data on the best way to reduce what is known as "recidivism," or repeat criminal offenders. Four years later, Spitzer says the county has seen a significant decline in recidivism at both the felony and misdemeanor level.

Spitzer says the effort should help Grant County with the state's new criminal justice reform law that goes into effect in July. The reform is an attempt to relieve prison overcrowding at the local level, and Grant County has already seen some success at reducing those numbers for the second consecutive year.

Spitzer says future areas of concern include new criminal law reforms, as well as the high amount of expensive murder and high-level felony cases locally.
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Location : Grant County
People : Mark Spitzer
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:10PM
Indiana Wesleyan University has received approval from an accreditation organization for the school to begin an affiliation with a campus in Australia.

The Higher Learning Commission approved Indiana Wesleyan's collaboration with the Wesley Institute in Sydney, Australia to forge a permanent relationship. That will allow the Wesley Institute to become the first global Christian University in the land down under.

The affiliation between I-W-U and the Wesley Institute was first announced last October. Approval from the Higher Learning Commission came earlier than I-W-U officials had expected.

Once plans are finalized for the campus for I-W-U and the Wesley Institute, the new Australian campus will get a new name. It will eventually have several branches all over Australia, New Zealand and other sites in the South Pacific.
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Location : South Pacific
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:09PM
A judge Wednesday reduced the bail for Delaware County Treasurer John Dorer and set a trial date for the Muncie man accused of Mis-using and stealing public funds.

Dorer's trial on 47 criminal and misdemeanor charges was set for August 25th. His attorney said Dorer was innocent on all the charges and planned to aggressively fight the case.

Dorer...who was arrested Monday after an eight-month investigation...was later released from the Delaware County Jail after posting bond. The judge lowered his bond from 400-thousand to 50-thousand dollars.
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People : John Dorer
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:09PM
Will the 4th time be the charm for Taylor University?

NASA officials say the private Space-X rocket will try again to launch on Friday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. On board will be a small satellite designed and built by engineering students from Taylor University. Also on board will be needed supplies and equipment for the International Space Station.

The launch of the rocket has been delayed three times in the past few weeks, the latest being Monday when the launch was scrubbed less than one hour before liftoff due to a leaking hydrogen tank.

Officials at Taylor University are again crossing their fingers...hoping their satellite will go into space on Good Friday.
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Location : Cape CanaveralFlorida
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:08PM
A big ceremony is planned for next month to mark the opening of Chrysler's new transmission plant in Tipton.

Chrysler C-E-O Sergio Marchionne plans to take part in the May 13th grand-opening event at the Tipton Plant.
 
Chrysler officials anticipate starting to ship transmissions from the Tipton plant by mid-May.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:08PM
One of the last independent small-city hospitals in Indiana may soon get an affiliation with a hospital in Fort Wayne.

The "Wabash Plain Dealer" reports Wabash County Hospital officials plan to seek a letter of affiliation with Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. A full affiliation with Parkview could lead to a new hospital facility being built in Wabash.

Wabash County Hospital officials began seeking out an affiliation after they were turned down in efforts to get federal approval to build a new hospital.

There's no word from Parkview officials about whether or not they will agree to the affiliation request from Wabash County Hospital.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:07PM
A Huntington woman who pleaded guilty in connection with her friend's death from a drug overdose has been sentenced to eight-years in prison. But 41-year old Christy Oden will only serve six-years in jail as part of a plea agreement.

Oden pleaded guilty to Reckless Homicide in connection with the death of Annette Veach in November of 2012. Oden admitted providing her with ground-up morphine that the two women snorted. Veach died from an overdose.

Oden received an eight-year jail term, but will serve two of those years on probation. She also must pay Veach's family five-thousand dollars for her funeral expenses.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:06PM
Authorities say a man whose body was found in a South Marion alley Tuesday apparently died from hypothermia.

The body of 50-year old Terry Sanders of Marion was found in an alley in the 1000 block of South Adams Street. Investigators say it appears Sanders had been drinking heavily and passed out in the alley without a coat on in sub-freezing temperatures.

Grant County Deputy Coroner Roger Eib said Sanders death was due to hypothermia brought on by excessive alcohol consumption.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:06PM
Testimony in the murder trial of James Griffith yesterday focused on relatives of the victim and the relationship that Griffith had with Duwayne Lindsey.

Several relatives of Lindsey testified that Griffith regularly performed handyman jobs for Lindsey at his home. Griffith is accused of robbing and killing the 81-year old Lindsey at his Marion home in July of 2012.

Griffith's girlfriend...lacey Bradley...is also accused in the case, but will be tried separately at a later date.

Testimony continues in that case today in Grant County Superior Court One.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:05PM
A special ceremony is planned in Marion later this month for three long forgotten American war veterans whose remains have never been claimed by relatives.

The remains of Private Hiram Maine from the Civil War, Private Forest Smith from World War One and Corporal Leo Valdez Junior from World War Two will be buried at the Marion National Cemetery on April 26th.

The remains of the veterans were recently recovered from unclaimed storage vaults by a special task force made up of veterans groups and funeral homes.

Owner Bruce Buchanan of Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Homes of Indianapolis says the veterans approached them to help with the effort.

Flanner and Buchanan will hand over the remains of the three soldiers to members of the American Legion, who will escort them to the Marion National Cemetery on April 26th where they will receive burial with full military honors.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:05PM
The Marion City Council last night approved refinancing two city bond issues in an effort to save money through lower interest rates.

On identical 6-1 votes, the council approved refinancing 11-million dollars in bonds that were taken out in 2005 to help finance the Dollar General Distribution Center and the construction of the Splash House water park. But with lower interest rates, the city will save more than 800-thousand dollars in interest on those bonds.

The Council last night also approved a ten-year tax abatement plan for McClure Oil Company, which plans to build a new service station and convenience store on North Baldwin Avenue, creating eight new jobs. With the approval of the tax abatement, a McClure spokesman says work on the project should begin this summer.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:04PM
The Delaware County Treasurer is expected in court this morning, seeking a reduction in the bond set for him after he was charged with 47 criminal and misdemeanor counts stemming from his alleged mis-use of public funds.

50-year old County Treasurer John Dorer of Muncie was arrested Monday after the charges were filed against him. He's charged with multiple counts of Failure to Properly Deposit Public Funds, plus counts of Theft, Conversion and Official Misconduct.

Prosecutors claim Dorer illegally used and often delayed making deposits of public money totaling nearly three-million dollars between 2009 and 2011. The charges filed Monday against the Treasurer culminated an eight-month investigation.

Dorer has remained jailed on 400-thousand dollars bond. His attorney today will seek a reduction in bond so he can post bail and go free until his trial.
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Location : Delaware County
People : John Dorer
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:04PM
The City of Muncie has declared a northside hotel unfit for human habitation and ordered all occupants to leave by noon today.

This is the second time that the Budget Inn on Martin Luther King Junior Drive has received such a declaration, the other happened in 2009 but was lifted after repairs were made.

Owners say they will tear down the front section of the hotel and remodel the other half of the hotel into 35 long-term units.

In the meantime, current residents may be left with nowhere to go.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:03PM
Marion police are searching for two men who held up a local convenience store Monday evening. One of the men was reportedly armed with an assault rifle.

Police say the two men walked into the Village Pantry at 9th and Miller Avenue and the one holding the assault rifle forced the clerk to sit on his knees while the other stole several cartons of cigarettes.

The clerk was not injured and police are now searching for the two robbers.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:02PM

Students at Blackford High School spent much of the morning yesterday on lockdown after a bomb threat was called in to the school.

The bomb threat was called in at mid-morning and students were immediately placed on lockdown while police and firefighters searched the building.

Nothing suspicious was found inside the school and students went back to their normal schedule by lunchtime.

Police and school officials are investigating.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:02PM
The launch of a private Space-X rocket that was to haul a small satellite designed and built by Taylor University engineering students into space was scrubbed again Monday afternoon.

A leaking tank of hydrogen led to the scrubbing ofthe launch at Cape Canaveral. The launch has now been delayed three times.

The earliest the satellite can go up is Friday, but NASA officials say that launch date is very tentative.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:01PM

Testimony began yesterday in the murder trial of a former Marion man who is accused of robbing and killing an elderly Marion man in 2012.

James Griffith is accused of the murder of 81-year old Duwayne Lindsey. Witnesses recounted yesterday how they found Lindsey's body inside his home on South Adams Street in July of 2012. And a Kentucky State Trooper recounted how he stopped Griffith and co-defendant Lacey Bradley on un-related charges and how he found stolen items from Lindsey's home that eventually linked them to his murder and led them back to Grant County.

Bradley is also charged with Lindsey's murder, but will be tried separately.

James Griffith is acting as his own attorney in his murder trial, which continues today in Grant County Superior Court One.
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Location : Grant County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:00PM
Today is the deadline to file your state and federal income taxes. You have until midnight tonight to get your returns in electronically or to have them postmarked for the 15th.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Revenue have been urging Hoosiers to file electronically for several reasons. Spokeswoman Chetrice Mosley says it's more secure and you get your refund faster. But she says it's even more beneficial if you waited till the last minute.

Mosley says the error rate on paper returns is 20-percent when filing late, while the rate on electronic filing is one-tenth of that amount.
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People : Chetrice Mosley
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:00PM
This is the last week for extended school days for Marion Community school children. The school system decided to extend the school day to make up the days that were lost to severe winter weather.

Marion Teachers Association President John Butcher says although there were problems for some parents and students, he thinks overall it was a good move.

Butcher says most teachers who have students taking the ISTEP tests were glad to have extra time in the classroom to prepare their students for the state-mandated tests. He says otherwise, many might have failed and the teachers would have been blamed...even though they couldn't control the weather during an overly-severe winter.

Marion students will revert back to their normal schedules beginning next Monday.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:59PM
A longtime popular Delaware County resort and entertainment site will go on the auction block next month when owners of the Water Bowl put the facility up for sale.

The Water Bowl has been a summertime swimming site for generations of area residents since 1957. It's also been the site for concerts, cross country running events and recreational activities for decades.

Owners Don and Barbara Irving told the "Star Press" that their health has been an issue, as well as financial concerns for themselves and their children. So they decided to sell the Water Bowl and its adjoining properties at public auction on May 12th. The Water Bowl swimming site, beach and facilities will be sold separately from five other tracts of adjoining land.
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Location : Delaware County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:59PM
Oak Hill elementary schools will be getting upgrades this summer after construction bids were approved by the school board last night.

Swayzee, Sweetser and Converse Elementary Schools will get updated H-V-A-C systems and roofing, and each school will receive some individual work such as bathroom and window updates.

Project Manager Eric Wolf says the project has come in under budget so far.

Wolf said there were some concerns about project timing, since school will last longer due to weather make-up days, and they can't start the bulk of the heavy work until classes are out for the summer. He still anticipates the work will be 90-percent completed by the time school starts in August, and completely finished by October.
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People : Eric Wolf
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:58PM

Students at Blackford High School spent much of the morning on lockdown after a bomb threat was called in to the school north of Hartford City.

The bomb threat was called in at mid-morning and students were immediately placed on lockdown while police and firefighters searched the building.

Nothing suspicious was found inside the school and students went back to their normal schedule by lunchtime.

Police and school officials are investigating.
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Location : Hartford City
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:58PM
The death of a Blackford County woman who was struck by a freight train Sunday morning in Montpelier has been ruled a suicide.

Blackford County Sheriff's Deputies have determined that 29-year old Monica Schultz of Hartford City had been suffering from emotional problems. Police say Schultz was seen on surveillance video from a nearby gas station stopping her car and walking to the middle of the tracks and then faced the northbound freight train before it struck her.

The incident happened early Sunday morning at the highway 18 crossing in Montpelier.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:57PM
Although Tuesday night's Marion Easter Pageant had been officially declared a sellout last week, several tickets have been returned for at least the 9 o'clock performance.

Easter Pageant officials say several tickets are available for the Tuesday 9 pm performance at the Grant County Family Y-M-C-A. The tickets are free, but are available on a first come, first served basis.

Again, they are only available at the Y-M-C-A and only a limited number are still available.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:56PM

The Marion Maintenance and Street Department will be closed for yard waste drop off for the next two weeks.

The Street Department will have heavy equipment in the area of their offices, so they'll be closed to thepublic for yard waste drop-off through April 25th.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:55PM
A Former Muncie Police Officer has been charged for allegedly embezzling money from the Fraternal Order of Police.

40-year-old George Edward Hopper is accused of embezzling more than 26-thousand dollars while he was the treasurer of the local Fraternal Order of Police between 2010 and 2013.

Hopper resigned from his job with the Muncie Police Department in March 2013, after F-O-P officials launched an investigation into missing lodge funds.

Hopper surrendered himself at the Delaware County jail Friday afternoon, then was released after posting bond.
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Location : Delaware County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:55PM
Opening arguments and testimony are scheduled to begin today in the trial of an Ohio man accused in the brutal murder of a Marion man in July of 2012.

James Griffith of Celina, Ohio and formerly of Marion, is accused of Murder, Robbery, and other charges in connection with the killing of 81-year old Duwayne Lindsey. Lindsey was found beaten and stabbed to death inside his home on South Adams Street following a robbery. Griffith's girlfriend Lacey Bradley is also charged with similar crimes, but will be tried separately at a later date.

A jury was seated Friday in Grant County Superior Court One to hear the case against Griffith, who plans to act as his own attorney in the case.

If convicted of the crimes, Griffith could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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Location : Ohio
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:51PM
Authorities in Blackford County are still investigating the death of a woman who was struck and killed by a freight train Sunday morning in Montpelier.

Police say the 29-year old woman, who's name has still not be released by authorities, walked into the path of a northbound train as it crossed highway 18 in Montpelier. The woman died at the scene.

Other details about the accident have not yet been released.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:50PM
A Muncie Kindergartner is in trouble after bringing a knife to a bus stop Friday and threatening other children.

The child first found the knife in his family's kitchen before jabbing it into nearby residential doors with a friend. The boy then turned to a group of children waiting for the school bus and reportedly began thrusting the knife, saying 'I like to kill little girls." The boy's brother managed to take the knife from the child and returned it to their home.

Several parents contacted Grissom Elementary School, and neither brother was allowed on the bus.

The boy later admitted to the allegations saying he was never going to hurt anyone and was sent home with a relative.

Muncie Police and school officials continue to investigate the incident.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:50PM
Marion will again be represented at the International Children's Games later this year in Australia, with a number of young Grant County athletes taking part.

Teams in several sports are in the process of organizing for the games in December in Lake Maquarie, Australia. Kids from every continent on earth will take part, but Marion will be one of only a handful of teams from the United States.

Organizer Aaron Vermilion says Marion has been a regular member of the U-S delegation over the past decade since Mayor Wayne Seybold used his Olympic connections to get a Marion team together.

Vermilion says fundraising is vital to be able to send the local kids to the games. He said each athlete, coach and chaperone will have to come up with about two-thousand dollars for the trip. He says they've been successful in helping everyone in each previous trip and he's planning to be successful again this year.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:49PM
This apparently will finally be launch day for the Cube-Sat satellite built by Taylor University engineering students.

Taylor officials have been told by officials at NASA that the Space-X rocket bearing the small satellite should launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida just before 5 o'clock this afternoon.

The launch has been delayed twice, but NASA officials say that's to be expected considering weather and other technical factors.

The Taylor students, faculty and staff members involved in the project all headed to Cape Canaveral over the weekend for today's launch.
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Location : Florida
People : Taylor Satellite
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:47PM
Leaders of a Miami County town say they've avoided having to lay off all of the town's employees thanks to a federal tax refund.
Officials in Bunker Hill blame the troubles on mismanagement by the town's former clerk-treasurer, such as running up 19-thousand dollars in penalties on unpaid bills and paying health insurance premiums for ex-employees long after they left their jobs.
Bunker Hill's new Clerk-Treasurer Lisa Wilson says a review found the town had overpaid federal taxes since 2007. Wilson tells the "Kokomo Tribune" that without the refund the town's bank account would have been empty after paying its eight employees next month.
She says the town will have enough money now to last until June, when it will receive more than 180-thousand dollars in property tax payments.
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People : Lisa Wilson
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:47PM
Marion Police are searching for a man that held up a local pizza restaurant Thursday evening.

A clerk at the Pizza King South location in the 34-hundred block of South Adams Street reported a man walked into the restaurant and demanded cash just after 9:30 Thursday evening.

The suspect did not display any kind of a weapon. The clerk gave him cash and the robber fled on foot. He was described as a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

No one was injured in the robbery.

Marion Police are now searching for the suspect.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:46PM
A judge is now reviewing the appeal made by a Grant County man to get his name placed back on the May Primary ballot. Jarred Eib had filed for the Republican nomination for Grant County Superior Court 3 Judge earlier this year.

But Eib's name was removed from the ballot after a challenge was made against him and upheld by the State Election Commission. Eib then appealed the ruling.

The "Chronicle-Tribune" reports a Marion County judge heard Eib's appeal yesterday that his name should be placed back on the ballot for the May 6th Primary.

Eib claimed the challenge made by Grant County Republican Chairman Jerry Shull was unconstitutional because he checked how Eib had voted in the past and found that he last voted as a Democrat. Shull claimed that meant Eib could not run as a Republican this time.

A ruling from the judge is expected sometime next week.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:45PM
A Madison County Police officer now faces felony charges stemming from a crash last weekend that killed a man and injured his pregnant wife.

41-year old Edgewood Police Officer Andrew Foutch was formally charged yesterday with Operating a vehicle While Intoxicated causing Death, Operating a vehicle While Intoxicated causing Serious Bodily Injury and Reckless Driving.

23-year old Jesse Sperry was killed in the crash near Anderson last Sunday night, and his wife Rebecca was seriously injured. Their baby girl was successfully delivered after the crash and is being treated at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Officer Foutch is currently free on bond.
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Location : Madison County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:45PM
The Delaware Indian tribe...also known as the Lenape...once dominated the White River region of Indiana and a new documentary will air beginning this weekend looking at the tribe's rich history.

The documentary was researched and produced by telecommunications students at Ball State University and is called "Lenape on the Wapahani River." The Delaware, or Lenape, called what is now known as the White River, the Wapahani.

The documentary was funded by various foundations and even the Provost's office at Ball State. It will air on WIPB-TV beginning this Sunday and a free public preview of the documentary will be presented at the Minnetrista Center Saturday afternoon at 1.
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Location : DelawareIndiana
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 2:44PM

After a tougher than normal winter, highway crews are finally getting to work on major road projects in Indiana as well as smaller projects to repair thousands of potholes. And that is bringing about a warning from State Police officers to watch out for those working on the roads.

Sergeant Tony Slocum says there are more than just the major work zones to watch out for. He says there will be many small work crews out and about filling in potholes.


Slocum warns motorists that fines for tickets written for speeding and careless driving in work zones are usually double the normal amount.
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People : Tony Slocum
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