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Posts from April 2014
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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Topics : Human Interest
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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Topics : Law_Crime
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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Topics : Law_Crime
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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