A Muncie traffic alert: Indiana American Water will be working all week at the intersection of Franklin and Adams Streets. Franklin will be closed all week between Charles and High. Adams Street will be closed from High to Franklin through Wednesday. Also, the intersection of East Park Avenue and North Wolfe Street will be closed to traffic this week while the Muncie Sanitary District continues sewer construction. Wolfe will be closed from East Russey to East Park from 7am to 5pm.
Two Indianapolis-area men are in custody following the robbing and brutal beating of a Noblesville man. Investigators nabbed 26-year-old Joseph Michael Lowe of Indianapolis and 27-year-old Justin Wayne Lawson of Cicero Monday. They say the two men beat and robbed 94-year-old Herschel “Bud” Moore of thousands of dollars in cash and property from his home on October 10th. Moore is described as the county‘s oldest living war veteran.
An Indiana man is expected to be charged in the killings of seven women in northern Indiana. Hammond Police Chief John Doughty says 43-year old Darren Vann will be charged in the death of a 19-year old whose body was found Friday. Vann then gave investigators more information that led to the bodies of six other women in abandoned homes in Gary. Vann had been convicted of sex crimes in Texas.
The Drug Enforcement Administration served a search warrant in Muncie Monday. The warrant was served at The Centers for Pain Relief clinic – at 3301 W. Fox Ridge Lane – the medical office of Dr. William Hedrick. He is accused of over prescribing painkillers to patients as well as possible forgery and fraud. No one was arrested and no criminal charges have been filed in the ongoing investigation.
A New Castle teenager has been officially listed as a missing person. 19-year-old Randi E. Frost has not spoken to relatives in several weeks. A New Castle police detective says Frost is a white female who is 5-feet, 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information on Frost’s whereabouts is asked to call the New Castle Police Department Detective Division at 765-529-4890.
A New Castle teenager who admitted to damaging the headstones of several local pioneers has been ordered to pay the Lewisville Cemetery Board more than 12-thosdand dollars in restitution. 18-year-old Jansen David Smith in September had pleaded guilty to cemetery mischief. A judge in the case imposed an 18-month jail term, which was suspended, and placed Smith on formal probation.
A state appeals court has ruled that a rural Portland man can stand trial a second time on a charge stemming from a fatal traffic accident, 39-year-old David M. Oxley is charged with reckless homicide in a January 2012 crash that killed Michael L. Limbert. Oxley was found not guilty of criminal recklessness, but the jury could not reach of verdict on the reckless homicide charge.
No charges will be filed after the most recent complaint of alleged harassment and stalking by city Councilman Ollie H. Dixon against Maj. Brian Bell of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. Following an investigation by Anderson police, APD has recommended to the Madison County prosecutor’s office that no charges be filed. Prosecutor Rodney Cummings says there will be no criminal charges filed against Bell or Dixon for false informing.
There are a lot of questions about Ebola right now and unfortunately quite a bit of misinformation going around. That’s why the Indiana State Department of Health has opened a call center to answer your questions regarding symptoms, screening and diagnosis of the disease. State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D says the call center will provide people with a way to easily speak directly to a state health representative to get the information they need. The call center telephone number is (877) 826-0011.
Another new business in Muncie is set to open soon.
Michaels, the national arts and crafts store, is holding a grand opening on Sunday, Nov. 2
at the new Muncie Marketplace development, next to Dick’s Sporting Goods. Although the grand opening is set for Nov. 2, the store could have a “soft opening” as early as next Friday.