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by Sammy Edmonds posted May 22 2014 4:30PM
It took a Grant County jury less than an hour yesterday to find Donald Riddle guilty of Neglect in connection with last year’s death of 2-year old Arianna Carmack while he was babysitting the child and her siblings.
 
The jury reached the decision in less than hour after hearing seven days of testimony.  Riddle himself took the witness stand Wednesday, saying he didn’t know how the little girl sustained severe burns on her face and chest that led to her death.  Medical experts testified that the girl would have survived had she received timely medical treatment.
 
Arianna died in February of last year after she apparently laid in her bed for several hours after suffering the burns.  The girl’s mother...Marie Lloyd...is also charged with Neglect in the case and will be tried later this year.
 
Donald Riddle will be sentenced on May 12th.  He could receive 20 to as many as 53-years in prison.
 
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Location : Grant County
by Sammy Edmonds posted May 22 2014 4:29PM
A former Jonesboro resident has been charged with Child Solicitation for allegedly offering money to a 13-year old girl for sex.  But the man was arrested after the girl’s parents intervened and called police.
 
Police arrested 18-year old Michael Oliver...who only recently moved from Jonesboro to Peru...after he admitted to Gas City Police that he had sent Facebook messages to the girl offering money for sex while knowing she was only 13-years old.  The girl’s parents read the messages and then called police.
 
Authorities say there was no physical contact between Oliver and the victim and they are now are investigating to see if Oliver made similar offers to other girls.  He remains held in the Grant County Jail.
 
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by Sammy Edmonds posted May 22 2014 4:29PM
The Marion School Board has officially drawn new district lines for its four elementary schools.
 
Starting in the fall, 276 students in Marion will move from Allen and Frances Slocum to Kendall and Riverview.  Allen and Frances Slocum have become overcrowded in recent years, while Kendall and Riverview have space available.
 
Director of Support Services Troy Freeman says he appreciates that the decision was made early, so they have more time to notify affected families...
 
 
Freeman says the new boundaries will help balance out the schools. The goal was to even out the number of students per school, but still try to keep the stats of the attending students as even as possible...especially in regard to gender and socio-economic status.
 
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by Sammy Edmonds posted May 22 2014 4:28PM
The Marion School Board has officially drawn new district lines for its four elementary schools.
 
Starting in the fall, 276 students in Marion will move from Allen and Frances Slocum to Kendall and Riverview.  Allen and Frances Slocum have become overcrowded in recent years, while Kendall and Riverview have space available.
 
Director of Support Services Troy Freeman says he appreciates that the decision was made early, so they have more time to notify affected families...
 
 
Freeman says the new boundaries will help balance out the schools. The goal was to even out the number of students per school, but still try to keep the stats of the attending students as even as possible...especially in regard to gender and socio-economic status.
 
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by Sammy Edmonds posted May 22 2014 4:27PM
After an eleven year break, Marion Community Schools may be offering pre-school classes again in the fall.
 
A proposal has been brought before the school board to bring back pre-school classes in Marion. The proposal includes the total cost for salaries, supplies and start-up costs would be about a half-million dollars, most of which can be taken from remaining Title One funds. The pre-school program would collaborate heavily with the existing Grant County Head Start program at the Tucker Vocational Center.
 
Director of Elementary Education Brenda McVicker says the goal is to make sure as many students as possible have access to pre-school. If approved, Marion schools would double its number of pre-school students. The classes would take place at Justice Intermediate School.
 
McVicker says they are thrilled with the opportunity...
 
 
McVicker says they’re ready to go ahead with marketing and registration as soon as they get board approval. The board will vote on the proposal at the April 23rd meeting. 
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People : Brenda McVicker
by Sammy Edmonds posted May 22 2014 4:26PM
A Muncie man faces charges after police say he intentionally struck a bicyclist along a city street.
 
20-year old Keith Day faces preliminary charges of Criminal Recklessness, Aggressive Driving and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. 
 
Police say he got into a shouting match with a bicycle rider along Riverside Drive, yelling at him that “motorists have the right of way.”  The biker allegedly yelled back for Day to “learn to drive.”  That’s when police say Day drove his car into the bike, throwing the rider to the pavement but not causing serious injuries to the unidentified rider.
 
Day is now free on bond.
 
 
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by Sammy Edmonds posted May 22 2014 4:26PM
 
A Michigan-based plastics firm has announced plans to expand operations in Hartford City...again.
 
Petoskey Plastics has received tax abatement from Hartford City officials for a new line of equipment that will cost the company more than six-million dollars but will result in 26 new jobs.  Just last year, Petoskey spent nearly ten-million dollars at the Hartford City plant and added 80 new jobs.
 
The Hartford City plant makes plastic shopping bags and other items, some of which are made from recycled materials.
 
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by Sammy Edmonds posted May 22 2014 4:25PM
The harsh Indiana winter weather has put Marion’s new Café Valley plant about a month behind schedule, but officials say are getting close to beginning production.
 
Most of the management staff for the new baked-goods maker has been hired, including Plant Manager Scott Shelley.  And Café Valley Human Relations Director Katherine Kuhn says those still interested in working at Café Valley should keep checking their website.
A majority of the production workers for the local plant have either been hired recently or will be hired in the next few weeks.
 
Café Valley hopes to begin full production in Marion by late May to serve the Midwest and eastern portions of the United States.
 
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Location : Indiana
by Sammy Edmonds posted May 22 2014 4:25PM
Muncie School officials have approved a ten-million dollar bond issue to fund various school renovation and maintenance projects.
 
The “Star Press” reports the Muncie School Board approved the bond issue as a way to pay for needed maintenance and renovation projects that can’t be funded through property taxes now thanks to Indiana’s property tax cap.  School officials say that cap has cost them nearly 30-million dollars.
 
Nearly two-million of that bond issue will go toward needed renovations at Muncie Central High School to accommodate additional students next fall thanks to the merger of Central and Southside.
 
Repairs will also be made at several other buildings, including the Muncie Area Career Center and the Muncie Fieldhouse.
 
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Location : Indiana
by Sammy Edmonds posted May 22 2014 4:24PM
A former Jonesboro resident has been charged with Child Solicitation for allegedly offering money to a 13-year old girl for sex.  But the man was arrested after the girl’s parents intervened and called police.
 
Police arrested 18-year old Michael Oliver...who only recently moved from Jonesboro to Peru...after he admitted to Gas City Police that he had sent Facebook messages to the girl offering money for sex while knowing she was only 13-years old.  The girl’s parents read the messages and then called police.
 
Authorities say there was no physical contact between Oliver and the victim and they are now are investigating to see if Oliver made similar offers to other girls.  He remains held in the Grant County Jail.
 
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