The family of a former patient of a Muncie pain clinic doctor is suing the physician, alleging that the doctor’s prescribing practices caused the man’s death. Attorneys for Zena Moore filed the first local civil lawsuit aimed at William Hedrick, whose Muncie pain clinic was raided last October by local, state and federal authorities. Hedrick already faces criminal charges over allegations he over-prescribed medications. He also faces racketeering allegations — both criminal and civil — in Delaware County.
Two people are behind bars in Blackford County after police found them with a mobile meth lab. A Blackford County Sheriff’s deputy had observed two people in a mini-van acting suspiciously with the driver visibly angry and the passenger crying. When the deputy confronted the driver he found the mobile meth lab and a plastic bucket containing hypodermic needles. Michael Downing and his passenger Taryn Miller were both arrested and charged with various drug related offenses.
A Fort Wayne woman is suing the city of Muncie over her fall on a downtown sidewalk nearly two years ago. The woman says she tripped over hazardous sidewalk curbing that was negligently designed in the 100 block of North High Street in 2013. Her attorney says she suffered a broken foot, a sprained ankle and “contusions and abrasions. The Star Press says the suit — not yet responded to by the city — seeks unspecified damages.
Construction of the new Ivy Tech Community College campus is on schedule and a grand opening is planned for early August. The new 84,000-square-foot campus adjacent to Interstate 69 in Madison County will become home to four academic schools — business technology, public and social services, and liberal arts and science. The college says it plans a more aggressive marketing program to attract high school students who have taken dual credit classes.
The Ball State University football and basketball teams will be playing on new surfaces next season. The university will replace the eight-year-old artificial turf at Scheumann Stadium and the original basketball court at Worthen Arena. The Star Press says Ball State also awarded nearly $2 million in contracts for repairs to the exterior walls and lower roofs at Worthen and for the replacement of the concrete stairs around the arena.
The City of Anderson wants to convert traffic from one-way to two-way in the downtown area. At the latest City Council meeting, downtown business owners expressed support for the proposed changes for the second consecutive month. They stressed that the concept will increase traffic flow and improve pedestrian safety. The group also stated more than 1,000 signatures had been collected in support of the City’s proposal.
After screening 16 applicants for the job, Anderson Preparatory Academy will soon have a new leader. The school’s board of directors has named Jill Barker current director of curriculum and academics, to be the next APA CEO. She will assume her new duties when Robert Guillaume retires at the end of the school year in May. Her father, John Hayden, worked closely with Guillaume to create the public charter school, which opened its doors in 2008.
A New Castle man that threatened to kill a former female friend is now facing charges. The woman used to live with 41 year old Adam Lewis and had returned to his home to collect her belongings when he allegedly pulled a hammer from his waistband and said he was going to kill her. Police say he even chased her out of the house and threatened to kill another man that waited outside. Lewis was arrested and charged with intimidation.
Monday marked a tragic milestone in Muncie history. One-hundred years ago, a deadly fire swept through the Delaware County Infirmary in Muncie. The site has long been empty and the former county home administrator and her husband are urging county commissioners to put up a marker to remember the 13 people who were killed.
The Governor has deemed this week as Work Zone Safety Awareness Week in Indiana. The announcement coming off 2014 where 11 people were killed and more than 600 injured in Hoosier Highway Work Zones. INDOT says they are increasing their focus on preservation and their goal is to maximize the safety and mobility of motorists and workers while still making things as accessible as possible.