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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 16 2014 4:24PM
Marion Police are investigating a reported armed robbery over the weekend where the victim was pistol-whipped by his assailant.

The "Chronicle-Tribune" reports police were called Saturday night to an alley between 4th and 5th Streets where a man said he and a female friend were sitting in his car when he was approached by another man who was armed with a handgun and demanded money.

The victim said he gave the robber his wallet, then he got into a fight with the robber, who pistol-whipped him. The victim said a second man went through his car and took his cell phone. Both robbers then fled.

The victim refused medical treatment.

Police are continuing to investigate.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 16 2014 4:23PM
Officials with General Electric say a wind turbine that lost one of its blades last week at a Tipton County wind farm may have been struck by lightning.
G-E makes the blades. The company said in a statement that lightning was the apparent reason a turbine in Tipton County lost one of its three blades late Wednesday night.
The "Kokomo Tribune" reports G-E will send an investigative team to the site to try and identify the cause of the malfunction.
Last Wednesday's blade separation was the second time in two months a blade has fallen from one of the Wildcat Wind Farm's 125 wind turbines since the site went online in December of 2012.
Part of a another blade separated from one of the farm's turbines near Windfall in early February.
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Location : Tipton County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 16 2014 4:23PM
Authorities say a 63-year-old man was found dead Thursday amid trash delivered to Kokomo trash facility.
The Howard County coroner says the body of Elvin Miracle of Bunker Hill was spotted at Kokomo's trash transfer station, where city garbage trucks dump their loads.
The "Kokomo Tribune" reports detectives were tracing the truck routes to figure out how the man ended up in a trash container.
Howard County Coroner Jay Price says an autopsy is planned this weekend to determine how the man died.
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Location : Howard County
People : Elvin Miracle
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 16 2014 4:22PM
Testimony in the trial of a Marion man accused in connection with the death of a two-year old girl is continuing, and may not go to the jury until early next week.

Donald Riddle is accused of Neglect resulting in Death in connection with the death of Arianna Carmack in February of last year.

A medical expert testified Thursday that the mysterious burns suffered by the girl that caused her death were caused by chemicals that had been applied intentionally and were not accidental. The toddler was found dead in her Marion home and investigators say she could have survived had she received medical treatment.

While Riddle was charged a short time after the child died, her mother...Marie Lloyd...was arrested on similar charges earlier this week. She's being held in the Grant County Jail.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 16 2014 4:22PM
A Marion man accused of kidnapping and killing his ex-girlfriend in early 2013 has entered a guilty plea in the case.

28-year old Zachary Thien was accused of kidnapping 23-year old Megan Chipman from her home in Montpelier in January of 2013, shooting her three times and then dumping her body along highway 18 near downtown Marion.

Thien rejected earlier attempts to get him to accept a plea agreement in the case, but after rejecting one offer late last year, the Grant County Prosecutor's office filed a motion to seek life in prison without the possibility of parole against Thien if her were convicted during a trial. That trial was scheduled for later this month.

With his plea, Thien could receive 50 to 90-years in prison when he's sentenced in Grant County Circuit Court in May.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 16 2014 4:21PM
Hoosier native David Letterman announced on the air last night that he will retire in 2015.

Letterman has hosted his show for 32 years, 11 as "Late Night" on NBC and 21 for the "Late Show" on CBS.

The Ball State graduate turns 67 this year.
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People : David Letterman
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 16 2014 4:20PM
Authorities say flooding problems have been relatively minor so far from heavy rains on Thursday and early today.

The Grant County Sheriff's Department reports County Road 7500 East at Road 300 South is closed due to high water, but that is the only local road officially closed due to flooding. Police say there are numerous other reports of water across roads that motorists should watch out for.

The Mississinewa River at Marion crested at about 11.4 feet early this morning and is now falling. Flood Stage is at 12 feet.
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Location : Grant County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 16 2014 4:20PM
The new Nursing and Health Sciences Building at Indiana Wesleyan University has officially been named after a local family that provided a major financial gift to the university.

Gary and Connie Ott and their family own and operate TLC Management, which manages several healthcare facilities in the area. The couple met during their freshman year at Indiana Wesleyan and they've remained active at the school ever since.

I-W-U officials say the Ott family made a multi-million dollar donation to the school to help fund the new building, which will more than double the facilities for the Nursing and Health Sciences at I-W-U.

The Ott Building will open in the fall and will be formally dedicated in October.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 16 2014 4:19PM
After 16 years, a well-known bed & breakfast in Fairmount has closed. In 1997, owners Earl and Patryce Loftin had cleverly named the business the "Loft Inn," and since that time have enjoyed a large spectrum of guests from around the world.

Patryce Loftin says it was finally time to focus on other things. Loftin taught for over 20 years, with nine years spent educating Thomson Consumer Electronics workers in Marion. Loftin, who holds a masters degree, says she now wants to further her education and possibly pursue a less labor-intensive career. She says although the chapter of the "Loft Inn" is closed, she will take with her precious memories of interactions with the people, including dozens of celebrities who would pass through the historical town.

The "Loft Inn" was the only bed & breakfast in Fairmount. Especially with the consistent in-pouring of James Dean fans each year, Loftin says there is a great need for the business and hopes someone else will open one in the future.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 16 2014 4:14PM
A kindergarten student in Muncie faces suspension after police said he brought a loaded gun to school.

Muncie Police were notified Thursday that the boy brought a semi-automatic handgun with him to Grissom Memorial Elementary School.

Authorities said he showed the gun to another student who told a teacher about it and police were then summoned right away.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 16 2014 4:13PM
A medical expert testified Thursday that the burns suffered by 2-year old Arianna Carmack before she died last year were not accidental.

The expert testified he believed the burns were caused by chemicals that had been applied with a rag to the girl's body. The toddler was found dead in her Marion home in February of last year.

Donald Riddle, who was watching the child when she was found dead, is on trial in Grant County Superior Court 2 accused of Neglect Resulting in Death. The girl's mother...Marie Lloyd...was arrested on similar charges earlier this week.

Riddle's trial continues today.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:11AM
After 16 years, a well-known bed & breakfast in Fairmount has closed. In 1997, owners Earl and Patryce Loftin had cleverly named the business the "Loft Inn," and since that time have enjoyed a large spectrum of guests from around the world.

Patryce Loftin says it was finally time to focus on other things. Loftin taught for over 20 years, with nine years spent educating Thompson Consumer Electronics workers in Marion. Loftin, who holds a masters degree, says she now wants to further her education and possibly pursue a less labor-intensive career. She says although the chapter of the "Loft Inn" is closed, she will take with her precious memories of interactions with the people, including dozens of celebrities who would pass through the historical town.

The "Loft Inn" was the only bed & breakfast in Fairmount. Especially with the consistent in-pouring of James Dean fans each year, Loftin says there is a great need for the business and hopes someone else will open one in the future.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:11AM
The Muncie Animal Shelter will greatly drop their price to adopt a pet for one day only.

On Friday only, dogs and cats will be available for adoption for 15 dollars. The Muncie Star Press reports male dogs and cats are normally 65 dollars while females are 75 dollars. Shelter Director Phil Peckinpaugh says the one-day drop in price is an effort to find better homes for animals that have been at the shelter for a long time.

All the animals have been spayed or neutered thanks to vet students from Purdue University.






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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:10AM
A new partnership between Ball State and the New York Arts Program has helped one student land an internship with Saturday Night Live. Senior telecommunications major Nicole Wilson will be working with the music department on SNL. The Ball State partnership is yielding a competitive program. Wilson is one of 50 students accepted into the program out of students from 30-plus colleges and universities. The program is helping students gain real-world experience as professionals in the arts, while working and living in New York City.

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Location : New York City
People : Nicole Wilson
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:10AM
Today is the last day to sign up to attend the Grant County Economic Growth Council's annual celebration dinner. The formal event will recognize 2013 Grant County successes, and the theme is "All that Sparkles." The dinner is part of the Growth Council's mission to facilitate investment in the community, and is also a benefit banquet for the Young Entrepreneurs Program of Grant County.

The dinner is 55 dollars, and reservations will still be accepted through noon today.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 9th at 6:30pm at the Ivy Tech Conference Center.



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Location : Grant County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:09AM
A new report says Indianapolis is one of the worst cities in the nation for what are known as food deserts - areas that don't have easy access to fresh, healthy foods. The web site Walk Score ranked cities based on whether residents lived within a five-minute walk of a grocery store. While 72-percent of people in New York City met the criterion - ranking it number one in the survey, only five-percent of people in Indy were that close to a grocery store. Indy was tied with Oklahoma City for having the worst food access.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:09AM
Another college is implementing a non-smoking policy on their campus.

IPFW's smoking ban went into effect on Tuesday, and it's being received as a healthy change.

The new policy bans cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes and all other tobacco products from campus, and other sites controlled by the university.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:08AM
Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day would help people live longer. University College London researchers say the World Health Organization recommends five servings a day and few people eat that many. However, they say analysis of about 65-thousand men and women's dietary habits showed the more produce items people ate, the less likely they were to die prematurely.

Seven-a-day cut the risk of dying from cancer or heart disease, with fresh veggies offering the most protection.

One researcher said fruit and vegetables may have a protective effect because they contain antioxidants which repair damage to cells.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:08AM
Marion-Grant County Chamber Chief Operating Officer Cory Matchette has announced she is resigning to pursue another career opportunity.

Matchette has accepted an offer from Edward Jones to become a financial advisor beginning in May.

She says she will miss her time at the Marion Chamber but says she looks forward to the new endeavor.

Matchette was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in November in conjunction with Charlie Wallace being appointed president.

The Chamber has not yet named a replacement. Matchette's last day is April 17th.






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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:08AM
An Anderson based dental group has been busted for alleged Medicaid fraud and corruption. The Indiana Attorney General's office says the unlicensed owner of Anderson Dental Center, three dentists and four employees are all accused of bilking Medicaid of at least $300,000.

Authorities say owner Sally Metzner and others submitted false and inflated claims to the Indiana Medicaid program for dental service payments. They say some of the documents were forged to get higher reimbursements than they were due.

Dentists, 73-year-old Paul Pangallo, 69-year-old Jeffrey Rich and 46-year-old Thomas Dubois are also charged with money laundering, Medicaid fraud and theft. Four office workers are charged with corrupt business influence. A fifth worker is charged with prescription drug fraud.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:07AM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Indiana's request for federal assistance following the snowstorm in early January. Governor Mike Pence had requested assistance for 49 counties which, in this area, included Grant, Blackford, Delaware, Howard, Huntington, Madison, Miami, Tipton, Wabash and Wells Counties.

The requested grants would have reimbursed up to 75-percent of governments' and certain non-profits' eligible expenses including debris and snow removal, and other emergency-related services.

Indiana plans to appeal the decision.

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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:06AM
There is a recall of more than 8-thousand pounds of frozen chicken products that may have been sold in Indiana.

The U-S Department of Agriculture says the products from Advance-Pierre Foods were formulated with milk and soy, which are not declared on the label. The products were distributed to food-service establishments in several states including Indiana.

There have been no reports of illnesses from the products at this time.
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Location : Indiana
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:06AM
Testimony began this morning in the trial of a Marion man accused of Neglect in connection with the death of a two-year old girl left in his care a year ago.

Donald Riddle is accused of not seeking medical help for two-year old Arianna Carmack, who died of mysterious burns in February of last year in her home.

The pathologist who conducted the autopsy on the girl's body testified today that second and third degree burns on the girls face and chest cause her death, but that the child could have survived if she had received treatment.

Riddle was charged in connection with her death a short time after she died, but earlier this week similar charges were also filed against the girl's mother...Marie Lloyd. She's being held in the Grant County Jail awaiting a court appearance. Meanwhile, testimony in Riddle's trial continues in Grant County Superior Court 2.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:05AM
Executives from Dunham's Sports joined with Marion and Grant County officials in turning dirt Tuesday to begin the construction of a new Distribution Center for the company near I-69 and State Road 18.

The 750,000 square foot facility will create needed space for the company's current staff, plus the company plans to add up to 135 new jobs within the next few years.

Dunham's C-E-O Ken Mahan says success in the company brought about the need for the new facility...plus staying in Marion was an added bonus.

Mahan says he's already looking forward to growing even more at the Marion facility in the coming years. He says the current site will allow for future growth that could add another 250-thousand square feet at some future date.

Dunham's hopes to move into the new distribution center within about eight months.
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Location : Grant County
People : Ken Mahan
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:03AM
The owners of a Delaware County nursing home say they will likely close for good rather than continue to try and meet state regulations for care of the elderly.

The "Star Press" reports the owners of Hickory Creek Healthcare facility in Gaston say although progress has been made in improving conditions, they will likely close for good in early May. That will displace several dozen residents and put 76 full-time and 15 part-time employees out of a job.

Hickory Creek has been under intense scrutiny from state health regulators for several months and owners say it will likely be too much for them to keep the facility open. The owners late last week sent layoff notices to the State Department of Workforce Development as required by law.

An official announcement regarding the Gaston healthcare facility's closure is expected within a few days.
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Location : Delaware County
People : Gaston Nursing
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:02AM
A privately-owned Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Muncie abruptly closed its doors for good Tuesday, as the last youths were transferred to other facilities.

The "Star Press" reports the financially-strapped Cedarbridge Treatment Center on Riggin Road closed for good yesterday when the last 20 or so juveniles at the center were loaded into vans and transferred to another facility. A spokesperson would only say that the facility was officially closing for good.

Cedarbridge officials only recently disclosed the facility was having serious financial difficulties.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:02AM
While a jury was selected Tuesday in the case against a Marion man accused of neglect resulting in the death of a toddler, the child's mother has been arrested on similar charges surrounding her daughter's death.

Testimony begins today in Grant County Superior Court 2 the trial of Donald Riddle, who is accused of failing to seek medical assistance for a child in his care. Riddle was watching 2-year-old Arianna Carmack when she sustained severe burns and died on February 13th of last year.

Prior to the jury being selected, Carmack's mother, 26-year-old Wanetta "Marie" Lloyd was arrested on the same charges. The two also face drug-related charges, including dealing in marijuana.

Lloyd remains held in the Grant County Jail with a preliminary court hearing set for April 28th.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:01AM
Two Marion men were hospitalized after being beaten during a home invasion Monday night.

The two 41-year-old victims told police that two or three men entered their home in the 2400 block of South Valley Avenue just before midnight Monday, one armed with a lead pipe and another with a baseball bat. The suspects demanded money, but when the victims refused they beat both of them, ransacked the house and fled.

The two victims were taken to Marion General Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Police received conflicting descriptions of the suspects involved. They have no leads at this time.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:01AM
It's now final. The Marion City Council has adopted stricter regulations to help control the problem of stray animals. The new ordinance mandates spaying and neutering and breeding licenses, and prohibits unsupervised chaining of animals. Violators will have to pay fines.

Some opponents of the spaying and neutering mandate include breeders and those involved in showing dogs. They say the newly imposed "tax" takes away their freedom to show dogs because they must remain "intact" to do so. One Marion resident told the council the new rules punish responsible pet owners.

The amended ordinance passed on a 7 to 1 vote. The council will review it in one year.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:00AM
It's now final. The City of Marion has adopted stricter regulations to help control the problem of stray animals in the city. The new ordinance mandates spaying and neutering and breeding licenses, and prohibits unsupervised chaining of animals. Residents in violation will have to pay fines.

Some opponents of the spaying and neutering mandate include breeders and citizens involved in showing dogs. They say the newly imposed "tax" takes away their freedom to show dogs because they must remain "intact." One Marion citizen told the council the new rules punish responsible pet owners.

The amended ordinance passed on a 7 to 1 vote. The council will review it in one year.





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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 11:00AM
Two Marion men were hospitalized after being beaten during a home invasion Monday night. The two 41-year-old victims told police two to three men entered their home in the 2400 block of South Valley Avenue just before midnight, one armed with a lead pipe and another with a baseball bat. The suspects allegedly demanded money then when the victims refused they battered both of them with the weapons, ransacked the house and fled.

The two victims were taken to Marion General Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

A laptop was reported to be stolen after the invasion.

Police received conflicting descriptions of the suspects involved. They have no leads at this time.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:58AM
Starting today, tickets for the Marion Easter Pageant are available free to the public.

The tickets are available...beginning today...for both performances of the Easter Pageant on April 15th at 7 and 9 pm. Tickets are available at the Grant County YMCA, where the pageant will be performed. A maximum of ten tickets are available to those who ask for them and officials ask that you only take the number of tickets that you actually will need.

This year's Marion Easter Pageant will feature a full cast, choir and orchestra for the first time in over a decade.

Again, the performances are April 15th at 7 and 9 pm at the Grant County YMCA.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:58AM
While the jury was selected Tuesday in the case accusing a Marion man of neglect resulting in the death of a toddler, the child's mother this week was arrested on similar charges surrounding her daughter's death.

The jury trial begins Wednesday for Donald Riddle, who is accused of failing to seek medical assistance after a child in his care, then 2-year-old Arianna Carmack, sustained burns to her face and torso and later died on February 13th of last year.

Preceding the jury selection, Carmack's mother, 26-year-old Wanetta "Marie" Lloyd was arrested on the same "Class-A Felony" charge.

The two also face drug-related charges including dealing in marijuana.

For the next three days, a 14-person jury will hear the case. Meanwhile, Lloyd remains held in the Grant County Jail before her preliminary trial, which is set to take place April 28th.

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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:57AM
An Environmental group says the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir would threaten several forms of rare wildlife that live the area of the proposed lake.

The "Star Press" reports that the Indiana Plant and Wildlife Society says the proposed reservoir in Madison and Delaware Counties north of Daleville would threaten the existence of a rare dragonfly, a rare form of mole and a rare orchid that grows in the area. INPAWS reports those forms of life exist only in that area and could become extinct if the lake is built.

The reservoir has been proposed by damming the White River in that area to provide water for the region. But developers say environmental studies must be done before the waterway becomes a reality.
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Location : DalevilleDelawareMadison
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:56AM
A State Police bomb squad detonated a suspicious package found at a downtown Marion law firm yesterday afternoon.

Marion Police were called to the offices of Kiley, Harker and Certain at 300 West 3rd Street after employees reported a suspicious brown box with black tape was found just after 4pm. Police called in the Grant County Sheriff's Department and their K9 bomb detection dog, which alarmed officers that the package was a potential explosive. The Indiana State Police bomb squad was then called in and detonated the box just before 7pm.

Employees told police they didn't know where the package came from and there was no writing on the box. After detonation, officiers determined the contents included what resembled a calculator that had been packed with newspaper.

No one was injured in the incident and the case remains under investigation.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:55AM
An Indiana State Police bomb squad detonated a suspicious package found at a downtown Marion law firm yesterday afternoon. Marion Police were first on the scene of Kiley Harker and Certain at 300 West 3rd Street after employees reported a suspicious brown box at their location just after 4pm. Police called in the Grant County Sheriff's Department and their K9 bomb detection dog, which in turn alarmed officers that the package was potentially an explosive. The Indiana State Police bomb squad was then called in, and detonated the box just before 7pm.

No one was injured in the incident. Employees told police they don't know where the package came from and there was no writing on the box. After detonation, officials determined the contents included what resembled a calculator that had been packed with newspaper.

The case remains under investigation.







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People : Kiley Harker
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:55AM
Indiana Michigan Power officials are warning customers of an ongoing utility scam that has surfaced again in Grant County.

I&M officials say scammers are calling customers claiming to represent the company, and urge them that in order to continue service to wire money to an account through CVS Pharmacy. I&M spokesman Tracy Warner says there are certain authorized retailers that accept I&M payments but CVS is not one of them.

For general inquiries or to find out which retailers are authorized to accept payments in your area, you can call Indiana Michigan Power at 800-311-4634.


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Location : Grant County
People : Tracy Warner
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:54AM
While Indiana reported good news in unemployment overall this past month, the jobless rate in area counties all took a slight jump in February.

The latest report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development shows Miami County having the most unemployed Hoosiers in the area at 8.3%. Madison County increased slightly to 8.1%. Delaware County's jobless figure grew to 7.8% and Tipton County increased to 7.6%. Blackford and Grant Counties both increased to an unemployment rate of 7.5% and Howard County ticked up to 7.3%. Wabash County saw a slight increase in their jobless figure at 6.5% and Huntington County also increased slightly to 6.4%. Wells County's unemployment figure bumped up slightly but it remains the lowest in the area at 6%.



by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:54AM
Although a Marion man reportedly denies doing so, he's being charged with strangling and battering his girlfriend in the presence of children and holding her in confinement. The 26-year-old victim told police 29-year-old Taran Bauer choked her and trapped her in their bathroom in a home in the 3200 block of South Dunbar Drive, then bashed their car headlight in during an argument Sunday night. He later made a statement in person at the Marion Police Department denying most of the accusations, but was subsequently taken into custody. Bauer faces criminal confinement with injury, domestic battery in the presence of a child, and strangulation. He was taken to the Grant County Jail.

The victim's injuries were non-life-threatening.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:53AM
One of the most distinguished and decorated women from the past half-century will become the newest "World Changer" at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Elizabeth Dole will be inducted into IWU's Society of World Changers in October during a special convocation in the Chapel Auditorium.

Spokesman Alan Miller says Elizabeth Dole has had a long and illustrious career in public service, including as a United States Senator, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Transportation, President of the American Red Cross, Founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and she's the wife of Bob Dole, former Republican Presidential candidate.

Elizabeth Dole will become the 12th inductee into the Society of World Changers and the third woman inducted. The ceremony on October 3rd will be part of IWU's Homecoming activities.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:53AM
Two Grant County Seniors who hope to become doctors have been named as winner of the annual Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships.

Michael Riddle of Eastbrook and Steven Ngo of Marion will both receive full, four-year scholarships to Indiana colleges to pursue higher education.

Michael Riddle ranks third in his class at Eastbrook and plans to be a pre-med major at Indiana University. Steven Ngo ranks first in his class at Marion and plans to study pre-med at Notre Dame. Riddle and Ngo will receive full four-year scholarships, plus an annual stipend of 900-dollars for books and equipment.

Kayla Martin of Madison-Grant, Sam Cerny of Mississinewa and Renee Spaulding of Oak Hill were all named runners-up for the Lilly Scholarships and will receive 45-hundred dollar scholarships over the next four-years at Indiana colleges.
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Location : Indiana
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:52AM
A rural Marion home was heavily damaged by fire Sunday, but the cause of the fire is still not known.

Firefighters from Center Township, Mill Township and Washington Township were called to the battle the flames, which were discovered in an upstairs bedroom at 0651 South and 500 East just before 6 o'clock Sunday evening.

It took firefighters about a half hour to put out the blaze, which caused an estimated 45-thousand dollars damage to the home and its contents. The five occupants of the home escaped the fire unharmed.

Center Township Fire Chief Aaron Smith says the cause of that fire remains under investigation.
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:52AM
A new report says Twitter accounts are more useful to hackers than credit card information. Research company RAND Corporation says one hacked Twitter account can easily lead to more because people often use the same password for multiple accounts.   Twitter accounts are also not as closely monitored, as opposed to banks who shut down accounts when they see unusual activity.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:51AM
The city of Muncie will open its second dog park in May.

The new fenced-in dog play area will be located at Heekin Park on the south side of Muncie. A fencing company has measured the area already, and the project should be completedbefore summer.

Muncie's first dog park opened last October at Emerson Park, and has been a hit with local canine owners. More than 300 memberships were purchased since it began less than six months ago.
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Location : Muncie
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:51AM
If you love water-based activities, you may be helping your health more than you thought. A study from the University of Western Australia School of Sport Science suggests immersing the body in water to the level of the heart increases blood flow through the brain's cerebral arteries, thus improving vascular health and cognitive function.

Researchers are now working on a six-month study to determine if water-based exercise results in consistently greater increases in cerebral blood flow compared to land-based workouts.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:50AM
Main Street Marion will continue to tell the "Home of the Hog" story by leaving the hog statues on the courthouse square for now.

Main Street Marion Director Loretta Tappan says after they announced they would be selling the hog statues, they received opposition from community members. Tappan says a lot of Marion citizens like the hogs and the story they represent.

However, during April's "First Friday" event this week, one pig will be auctioned off. The "Maid of Marion," which was damaged in a car accident last year will be sold 'as is' to the highest bidder.

Tappan says this will be their first fundraiser during "First Fridays." Proceeds will be used to fund more "First Friday" events.

April's "First Friday" will take place in the courtyard on 3rd Street just north of the Grant County Courthouse starting at 11am Friday and will include live music, food, and the silent auction for "Maid of Marion."
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People : Loretta Tappan
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:48AM
A Logansport man has pleaded guilty in Miami County to battery charges for abusing a baby.

23-year-old Hogan Moss was watching the baby at a Bunker Hill apartment last year while the child's mother was running some errands. Prosecutors say Moss violently shook the infant when she began crying. Doctors found that the child had suffered a brain hemorrhage and retinal hemorrhaging in her eyes.

Moss admitted shaking the child violently. He'll be sentenced on the charges next month.
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Location : MiamiMiami County
People : Hogan Moss
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:48AM
Indiana Wesleyan University has begun a partnership with White's Residential and Family Services in Wabash County to create a program for students studying addictions counseling.

The agreement includes two I-W-U students serving a practicum at White's each year. In addition, White's and the university will collaborate on a research project each year.

White's Residential and Family Services is a non-profit organization that was founded in back 1850 that describes its goal as redirecting, rebuilding and restoring children and families.
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Location : Wabash County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Apr 3 2014 10:47AM
Ball State University students are using music to help bring patients with Alzheimer's disease out of their fog of memories.
"Musical Memory" is a national program. The "star Press" reports that the Ball State chapter works from professor Mike Gerhard's telecommunications class.
Students hook patients up with iPods and headphones and treat them to the music they prefer, whether it's gospel, rhythm and blues or old-time rock 'n' roll.
The researchers say sometimes listening to the tunes helps lift the patients' mental fog and can bring old memories back into sight.
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