Some Anderson school buses aren’t safe for students. Indiana State Police say 29 out of 30 buses operated by Webber Transportation failed inspection Wednesday. The company is a contractor for the school district. State police say they gave Anderson Community Schools advance notice of possible problems with Webber buses and Wednesday’s inspection.
The President and Vice President of the Anderson Teachers Union were escorted out of a hearing room by police during the Anderson Community Schools board meeting this week. The two refused to stop speaking after their allotted time. At issue between the board and the union is an effort to reopen the teachers’ union contract, which isn’t scheduled to expire until 2018. A key sticking point in all this is teacher evaluations.
Tweets from ISIS supporters seem to indicate that Indianapolis hostage Abdul Rahman Kassig may have only hours to live, stating that Wednesday was the deadline for the Obama administration to halt the bombing campaign. The former Butler University student and Army Ranger has been held captive for more than a year. His family has used Twitter to issue appeals for his release.
Suspected serial killer Darren Vann reportedly refused to answer questions during his initial court appearance Wednesday morning, Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan continued Vann‘s hearing until next week. He‘s been formally charged with Friday‘s strangulation death of Afrikka Hardy in Hammond, but he led police to several other victims. Seven bodies have so far been found.
Yorktown officials are making it clear that they will still be going through negotiations with River Road property owners for a trail project, but warn that eminent domain will only be used if they fear the project could be stalled. The stretch of the road in question has no easement belonging to the town, meaning all 24 properties would lose 25-30 feet off of their front yards for what will become an 8-foot-wide trail. If the project is stalled for too long, the town would lose critical grant money needed for the project.
Henry County Council and the Henry County Board of Commissioners will attend an “informational meeting” on wind turbines at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Center Christian Church, in rural Knightstown. The public meeting will be hosted by NextEra Energy, which will share information regarding proposed “wind farms” that could span Fayette, Rush and Henry counties. Henry County residents are encouraged to attend.
With the November 4 election just two weeks away, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has announced that all license branches will be open on Monday, November 3, to allow residents lacking ID to obtain it their local branch. License branches are normally closed on Mondays. The BMV also says that on Election Day, November 4, license branches will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those are the same hours that Indiana’s voting sites will be open.
Muncie police arrested a local man after he allegedly broke into another man’s home and threatened him with a baseball bat. 22-year-old Tyler Jordan King has been charged with burglary and battery resulting in bodily injury. The Muncie man already faces pending charges, spread over three cases, of theft, criminal mischief, unlawful possession of a legend drug, conversion, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He was being held in the Delaware County jail under $20,000 bond.
An Albany man convicted of battery resulting in serious bodily injury has been sentenced to 18 months of incarceration. 23-year-old Caleb J. Jones was arrested in June after he fought with a police officer in a Portland park. The officer — whose gun discharged into the ground during the fracas — was treated at Jay County Hospital for injuries suffered in the fight. The judge in the case imposed a four-year sentence with 30 months suspended.
Tools, machinery, comic books and even electronics can be found at an upcoming auction at the Indianapolis International Airport. These auctions occur approximately every other year and airport officials say the items this year are unusually wide-ranging. The auction will take place October 30th.