EC Indiana dodged a weather bullet Wednesday but not all Hoosiers were so lucky. Across central and southern Indiana, from Midnight through 8 p.m., Indiana State Police responded to reports of 99 Property Damage and 24 Personal Injury crashes, plus they responded to 116 vehicles that slid off the road and an additional 158 responses to assist motorists with traffic/weather related problems. Unfortunately, there was also one reported fatality crash in Hendricks County.
A Portland man accused in the shooting death of a Blackford County man and his 14-year-old daughter has asked the judge in his case for additional legal help. 59-year-old Charles R. Whittington says he has only spoken to his defense attorney once at his initial court appearance. Blackford Circuit Court Judge Dean Young denied the request, and ordered copies of his letter forwarded to Whittington’s attorney and the Blackford County Prosecutor. Whittington is set to stand trial July 28 for the murders of Shane and Katelin Williamson. Investigators have not commented on a possible motive for the slayings, or any link between Whittington and his alleged victims.
There’s been another robbery at the downtown Anderson Village Pantry – the fourth in a little over a year. Anderson Police say a white male; about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 170 pounds came into the 14th Street convenience store, wielding a handgun and demanding money. The robber then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and two packs of cigarettes. No one was injured, and no arrests have been made.
A 22-year-old Winchester man has been arrested after his wallet was located at the scene of an attempted arson fire. Thomas Earl Passmore Jr. has been charged with attempted arson and attempted auto theft. According police, surveillance video showed the man trying to open the locked doors of vehicles in a parking garage at the Village Promenade complex, near the Ball State campus. He is also accused of stuffing a piece of paper into the filler tube of a gas tank and setting it on fire.
A power outage was reported in an area where an electrical utility worker was reportedly shocked on Anderson’s southwest side Wednesday. The outage came about 10 minutes after medical crews were called to the 3300 block of West 63rd Street on the report of a worker injured. The outage affected about 600 customers near the scene and lasted about 50 minutes. The injured worker was reported to be conscience and talking.
The Indiana State Police investigation into a burned truck and racist message at the southeast Richmond home of a black doctor could be turning away from race as a primary motive. The state police won’t comment, calling the incident “an ongoing investigation.” Richmond Police say it’s the first time state police have told them that they are working under the premise that it may not be a hate crime.
A Blackford County plastics manufacturer has received a 10-year tax abatement from local officials. Hartford City Common Council granted the abatement to Petoskey Plastics. Senior Manufacturing Manager Gary Weaver says the company plans to invest more than two million dollars in the local plant to expand the plastic film sorting operation.
Another hurdle has been cleared for an Italian-based plastics manufacturer to locate in Anderson by the end of the year. The Anderson Redevelopment Commission has given final approval to include the property in the city’s redevelopment plan and to provide up to $3.5 million in funding to the company. Sirmax, which produces plastic components for appliances and automobiles, will be moving into a 144,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on the north end of the former Guide Corp. property along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Westfield will become one of the first places in Indiana where seat belts will be installed on school buses. Westfield and Westfield-Washington Schools will make an official announcement on Friday about the program to retrofit school buses with seat belts to provide an extra measure of protection for students. The seat belts will be installed by a Westfield company that has provided seat belts for buses in other cities.
Muncie Downtown Development Partnership will host the 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 14. Parade line-up will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Muncie Fieldhouse. The parade begins at 6 p.m., traveling south on Walnut Street to Charles Street and returning to the Fieldhouse via Mulberry Street. Parade entry forms can be downloaded at downtownmuncie.org.