108 years behind bars…the sentence for a Muncie man convicted of sex crimes including child molestation. 59 year old William Cutler was found guilty on seven counts in all. Police began investigating Cutler, who lives on the 18-hundred block of West Adams Street, after his victim reportedly notified police explaining that she had been abused by the suspect. Prosecutors also described Cutler as a person whom the victim should have been able to trust.
Health officials in the Fort Wayne area are calling for additional efforts including education to help opioid users following a study of drug overdose deaths in Allen County. The Journal Gazette reports figures presented to the Fort Wayne-Allen County Board of Health found that eight people ages 20 or younger died from drug overdoses between 2008 and 2015. Officials say all those deaths occurred in the presence of others.
Republican Eric Holcomb and Democrat John Gregg are set for a final televised debate as they go into the last two weeks of their contentious campaign for the Indiana governor’s office. The hourlong debate begins at 7 p.m. EDT Tuesday in Evansville. They’ll be joined by Libertarian candidate Rex Bell, and the nonprofit Indiana Debate Commission says several television and radio stations will broadcast the debate.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a man in connection with a body found in a wooded area Sunday afternoon. James “Brady” Helms, has been taken into custody and is being held on a $5,000 bond. The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Billy Emberton. Investigators say they believe Emberton died at a home on Church Street in Summitville. They say Helms removed Emberton’s body from the home and transported it to a wooded area in the northeastern part of the county.
He says the man stepped out into the middle of the road and waved him down. When he stopped he was staring down the barrel of a handgun. That’s what happened near 10th Street and Port Avenue in Muncie. 31-year-old Robert James McIntyre, of the 2100 block of South Mulberry Street, has been arrested on charges of robbery and resisting law enforcement.
The ex-wife of Jared Fogle says Subway knew about the former pitchman’s sexual interests but continued promoting him as their spokesman. She’s suing for damages. The lawsuit filed Monday says Subway asked Fogle about the allegations in two reports, and but admitted the complaint in the third report was “not properly escalated or acted upon.”
An attack outside a southside Muncie supermarket left one man with serious injuries. Police say two men had words inside the Marsh on Hoyt Avenue. The incident spilled outside where one punched the other in the face, knocking him out cold. The victim suffered a brain bleed, sinus fracture and a “left facial hematoma” in the attack. 26-year-old Alex Paul Estes of Muncie is charged with battery and was held in the Delaware County jail under a $10,000 bond.
The human remains found in Kentucky in 2011 have been identified as a missing Indianapolis woman. Carma Purpura was believed to be the victim of serial killer truck driver, Bruce Mendenhall, who was charged with her death, along with several others after the blood of at least 10 people was found in the cab of his truck. She was last seen at a truck stop on Indianapolis’ south side in July of 2007. Mendenhall is believed to be responsible for as many as seven truck stop killings in four states.
They came from as far as Chicago, Ohio and California to see the opening of the ninth Buddhist temple in Indiana. The Pho Minh Temple has opened at 4100 Main Street in Anderson, at the site of the former Emmanuel United Methodist Church. City and state dignitaries were on hand to watch the opening festivities.
Members of the Blackford County School Board have approved the school system’s proposed 2017 budget. The corporation’s proposed total budget of $19 million dollars will now be submitted to the state for consideration. The approved 2017 budget and tax rate for the school system will not be known until closer to the end of the year.