A former Hartford City councilman and retired Blackford High School teacher was sentenced Monday morning for molesting a teenager. 66-year-old John Adams was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Adams apologized for his actions, said he had given his “heart and soul” to Blackford County and added that he was in poor health. Blackford Circuit Court Judge Dean Young said he would have imposed a longer sentence had the terms of a plea agreement allowed it.
An early morning stabbing in Elwood has left one man in jail and another man recovering in an Indianapolis Hospital. 19-year-old Andrew J.K. Anthony has been arrested on battery charges after police reportedly found Anthony with a bloody knife in his hands and a twenty-three year-old man lying on the ground nearby. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was bleeding profusely from a puncture wound on the left side of his chest. Elwood Police Chief Phil Caldwell calls the attack violent and says that it was not a case of self-defense.
A Muncie manufacturer of automotive batteries is under fire from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Exide Technologies is facing accusations of neglecting its contingency plan for emergencies. IDEM officials say the plant’s emergency response equipment was in poor shape and would not have functioned in an emergency and some employees, including the plant’s environmental manager, were unaware of the location of equipment. The alleged violations have not yet been settled.
Smile, you’re on camera. Officers of the Daleville police department are now wearing video cameras as part of their uniforms. Police Chief James King says the cameras will help provide audio and video evidence in cases from traffic stops to domestic disputes. The funding for the project came through a four-thousand dollar grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The American Civil Liberties Union is asking for strict standards for their use so that the benefits outweigh invasions of privacy.
A California woman is asking for a Henry County jury, instead of a judge, to decide whether she is guilty of prostitution. The 52-year-old woman was charged last month after an undercover officer visited Hot Li’s Massage Spa on South Memorial Drive June 11 and got more than a massage. The woman has posted bail and was released from the Henry County jail. Her trail is scheduled for October 20.
Its almost back-to-school time for Muncie Community Schools: It will be a year of changes for many students, including the route they take to get there. The cash-strapped district plans to cut the number of school buses that will hit the road this fall. The route changes can be found on the district’s web site and Honeywell alerts will be going out to parents in the next few weeks concerning the route changes.
An Anderson senior housing development is moving forward. The Madison Park Church of God is seeking the final plat and zoning approval for the nearly 20-acre stretch of land on the south side of East 67th Street and west side of Columbus Avenue. Mark Waterfill, a Madison Park Senior Living spokesperson, says the facility is expected to open in 2015.
Deer hunting might be coming to Eagle Creek Park. The parks department in Indianapolis has long thought the deer population was exploding at Eagle Creek, and now it says it has evidence from a recent report from an ecologist at Purdue University. Hunting in Eagle Creek or any other city park would have to be approved by the city parks board as well as the City-County Council.
As a 911 dispatcher, you never know what the next emergency call will bring. That rings especially true for one Blackford County Dispatcher who took one of those calls from a man living southeast of Hartford City who found an alligator in his ditch. The two feet long gator is believed to be a pet that was dumped. Animal control was able to secure the animal, which was taken in by an Anderson animal shelter that specializes in wildlife rescue. The dispatcher says while the alligator wasn’t very big, it certainly was one of their most unusual calls.
The 72nd Annual Madison County 4-H Fair continues at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Alexandria. Highlights today include the Horse and Pony King and Queen Contest, the Rooster Crowing Contest and Cook & Belle in concert. An expanded version of the fair’s daily schedule is online at madisoncounty4hfair dot com.