There may be a reward forthcoming for information leading to whomever has been sending anonymous letters to members of the Muncie Community School board. Member Robert “Andy” Warrner tells the Star Press that the latest mailed copies included excerpts from a novel that starts out, “I’m a sociopath.” Reportedly, members began receiving typewritten and unsigned letters during the search for a new district superintendent in 2015. .
Police say she walked away from a friend who was overdosing, now a Muncie woman faces charges. 25 year old Ashley Rudisill of the 1700 block of South Elm Street, was found with heroin and drug paraphernalia when questioned by police. She told officers she came out of the Family Dollar Store at 2100 S. Madison Street Monday afternoon and found her ex-boyfriend overdsing in a car. She said she stayed with him for a time but left when an ambulance got there. She was sent to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Charges face a 20 year old man who used to be a student at Ball State University. 20 year old Jacob Rabinowitz, who now lives in New Jersey, had been arrested back on November 19th. He was accused of attacking a man at a home in Muncie. According to the Star Press, the victim told investigators, he was at his girlfriend’s at the time and that there was a knock at the door, a man later described as Rabinowitz came in and began arguing with the victim’s girlfriend, and then lunged at the victim. One of the victim’s lungs was struck in the attack.
An Indiana House panel has amended legislation targeting the state’s problematic vaping law to reintroduce certain regulations. When it was first sent to the House, Republican state Sen. Randy Head’s bill effectively gutted the troubled 2016 law. The House panel’s changes address e-liquid labeling, including requiring an identifiable, trackable code and a nicotine warning. The legislative panel voted 11-0 on the bill, sending it to the full House.
Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. says the city could lose close to $1 million in federal funds under the budget being proposed by President Donald Trump. According to the Herald Bulletin, the budget would cut Community Development Block Grant programs across the country. Broderick says the loss of the funding would have an impact on the quality of life for city residents.
A Muncie woman has been arrested after leading police on a brief car chase. 27-year-old Blair Elizabeth Brown was behind the wheel. She has been charged with resisting arrest. Her passenger, 42-year-old Delena Marie Wright, is charged with dealing after police found two bags in her possession containing what was later determined to be 5.8 grams of crystal meth.
At least one person is facing a felony battery charge after two police officers were doused with bleach. Anderson police responded to a home on Columbus Avenue to help a woman retrieve her belongings. The officers were on the porch getting ready to take a man into custody when they were hit with bleach. Both were taken to the hospital, but were released and back at work.
Authorities are searching for a New Castle man who escaped from the Henry County Jail’s work release facility. Investigators say Kody Brent Hicks and fellow inmate Caleb J. Scharbrough fled through fire escape doors. Scharbrough has been apprehended – Hicks is still on the run. He had most recently been in custody awaiting an April 10 hearing on an alleged probation violation.
In a special caucus scheduled for Thursday, Democrats will select a replacement for former Alexandria clerk-treasurer Janet Lynch. She resigned mid-month amid financial concerns. Kaitlin Garner, Amie Hood and Jill Scott have met the deadline to submit applications to take on the duties of the elected position.
The reconstruction of Wheeling Avenue is still in the works, with construction possible as early as 2018. The Star Press reports that the Muncie Board of Works and Public Safety has approved the first phase of the project. The $3.9 million price tag includes rebuilding the street and sidewalks along Wheeling between Centennial Avenue and McGalliard Road. Federal funds will cover 80 percent of the cost.