The Bluffton, Indiana couple accused in the child neglect death of a 3-year-old boy had an initial hearing Thursday. The judge entered preliminary not guilty pleas for the 21-year old mother Breanna Arnold and her 30-year-old boyfriend Zachary Barnes. They are accused of giving 3-year-old Owen Collins drugs and then disposing of his body. Six felony charges have been filed against them, including child neglect, abuse of a corpse and obstruction of justice. The court has also appointed an attorney and bond has been set at $300,000 each. They‘ll be in court again in March. The boy‘s body was found in rural Wells County Sunday. Autopsy results are pending.
OSHA has issued a safety order and a more than 12-thousand dollar penalty following the July death of a Grant County worker. The July 1 chemical explosion at the General Motors metal-stamping plant in Marion killed a contractor and injured five other people. Records show the state conducted inspections July 2 through Dec. 17 at Quaker Chemical Corporation on West 2nd Street in Marion.
An Anderson man is in police custody without bond after allegedly refusing to leave another man’s home, stabbing a woman and attempting to elude police on a high-speed car chase while intoxicated and without a license. 19-year-old Jonathan “Cody” Brown faces charges including aggravated battery, resisting law enforcement, driving while intoxicated and driving without a license.
A 16-year-old Muncie youth accused of robbing three other teens at gunpoint is being prosecuted — for armed robbery — as an adult. 16-year-old D’ante Napoleon Davis made the transition to the adult criminal justice system this week, when he was formally charged with three counts of armed robbery and one count of criminal recklessness. Davis, arrested Dec. 23, was transferred from the Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center to the county jail, where he was being held under a $65,000 bond. An initial hearing in the case is set for Monday in Delaware Circuit Court 4.
The Indiana Medical Licensing Board and attorney general’s office have decided that the license of a doctor will remain suspended indefinitely until after the resolution of criminal charges filed in Delaware County. 52-year-old Fort Wayne physician William Hedrick who has operated a series of pain clinics around the state is accused of improperly prescribing controlled substances, including morphine. His northside Muncie office was raided on Oct. 20 by state, federal and local authorities. Eight people are said to have died from complications or overdoses as a result of medications prescribed by Hedrick’s pain clinics.
The TSA is sending out a warning to air travelers: Guns are not allowed in your carry-on bags. This comes after authorities confiscated three guns – one loaded – from two passengers at Indianapolis International Airport. Police arrested one man for having a loaded gun in his carry-on bag. TSA Spokesman Mark Howell says the other traveler had two unloaded firearms in his properly prepared carry on. However, Howell says the man should‘ve declared and checked them with his airline rather than walking them all the way to the security checkpoint.
The Madison County Council has unanimously approved an $8.5 million bond issue to pay for the new countywide radio system for public safety agencies. Our partners in news at the Herald Bulletin say although the council didn’t vote on the construction of three new radio towers, it approved funding for two of the three towers to increase radio coverage to more than 90 percent of the county.
Bills involving alcohol sales are gaining support at the Statehouse. Representative Tom Dermody has filed a bill that would allow Sunday alcohol sales from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Also, legislation authored by State Senator Phil Boots that would legalize direct wine sales to Hoosiers has passed through committee.
The Pence Administration has unveiled a proposed new energy efficiency program calling on utilities to set conservation goals. The new version includes what Pence said would be a key component: allowing large industrial customers to opt out. Jennifer Terry with Indiana Industrial Energy Consumers says factories already have an incentive to conserve energy — to save money. She says there‘s no need to pay to support a utility-written conservation blueprint when they can write their own.
Second Harvest Indiana will provide food for families in need at a Tailgate distribution from noon to 2 p.m. today at the former K-Mart parking lot across the street from Marsh on Nichol Avenue in Anderson. The distribution is while supplies last, and there is a limit of 3 families per vehicle.