Virginia TV Journalists Killed; BSU Prof Speaks

tv victimsWednesday’s shooting deaths of two television journalists in Virginia exemplify the news media’s exposure to physical and psychological harm. That’s according to Mark Massé, a journalism professor at Ball State University. In the last decade, Massé came to better understand the dangers journalists face. In his 2011 book, “Trauma Journalism: On Deadline in Harm’s Way,” he chronicles the lives of journalists who cover crises and tragedies, and describes the impact of ‘trauma reporting’ on victims, sources and journalists

Madison County Dentist Target Of Attempted Break-In

A Madison County dentist the target of a break in. It happened at around one o’clock Wednesday at the office of Dr. David Steele in Alexandria. Police say a cleaning lady was working when a man wearing a mask tried to push his way in the door, the suspect insisting there was money inside. The cleaning lady forked over sixty dollars of her own cash. She’s okay. The suspect is still on the loose.

Blackford County Clerk To Return To Work

Blackford County judges have agreed to allow the county clerk to return to work. The judges issued a restraining order Aug. 20 forbidding Derinda Shady from entering the courthouse due to recent conflicts and tense interactions. The judges agreed to lift that order after a conference with Shady’s attorney. A court order calls for all parties to do their best to restore a pleasant work environment.

Hernandez Lawyers Seeking Insanity Defense

The murder trial of Juan Hernandez is set to begin September 21st. The 47-year-old Muncie man is charged in the Jan. 13 stabbing death of 55-year-old Mark Hittson at a Daleville truck terminal. Hernandez’s lawyers are seeking an insanity defense for their client; the judge taking the request under advisement.

Possible Consolidation Of Blackford Schools

The Blackford County School Board is considering consolidating the district’s junior high and high schools. Superintendent Scot Croner has been researching the district’s options and will make a presentation at the board meeting Sept. 15. The consolidation would move Blackford Junior High School to the same site as Blackford High School. The move would not involve Montpelier School. A final decision is expected in December.

Wallace Denied Bail Reduction

He wanted his bond reduced from 180-thousand dollars to 50-thousand. A Delaware County judge denies the request from Cory Wallace – the man facing five felony charges in the February death of his 5-month-old son. Wallace’s wife hoped her husband could return home in time for the birth of their second child, due in early September.

Sobriety Checkpoints Announced

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over. Sobriety checkpoints are being set up around the state and here in EC Indiana. Add Hamilton County to the list. A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted in that county this Saturday night through the early morning hours of Sunday.

Anderson Sesquicentennial Week Continues

150 years of Anderson, the city’s sesquicentennial celebration features a major beautification project to plant 150 trees around the city by year’s end. A group of about 50 gathered at Funk Park and then fanned out to start by planting 50 trees at various locations around the city. Sesquicentennial week continues in Anderson. Today it’s the filling of the sesquicentennial time capsule and Thrills AND Chills at 5pm at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Part of the fun includes Anderson Schools administrators riding with Hoosier Park harness racing drivers in a sesquicentennial celebrity race. On Friday, the sesquicentennial Birthday Bash gets underway at 7pm at the Dickmann Town Center. The evening will conclude with the city’s largest fireworks display of the year.

Pendleton Park Board In Talks With MadCo YMCA

The Pendleton Park Board is considering the leasing of the conservation building in Falls Park to the Madison County YMCA. The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports that discussions have been taking place with the Y, which currently operates programs in Anderson, Elwood and Pendleton. If the facility is leased to the YMCA it will initially be on a short-term basis to determine whether the agreement works well for both organizations.