Early Thanksgiving morning fire heavily damages Gaston home

It’s not what anyone would want to happen on Thanksgiving morning. An early morning fire Thursday badly damaged a home west of Gaston. The house, in the 11900 block of Delaware County Road 850-N, was fully engulfed by the time Gaston firefighters arrived at around 2:00 a.m. They were soon joined at the scene, just east of Delaware County Road 750-W, by personnel from several other local departments. Fire investigators determined that a wood burning stove in the middle of the house ignited the blaze, based on burn patterns. The stove had fallen through the floor and still had logs burning in it when firefighters found it.

Holiday shopping off to a furious start in Muncie

Locals got a head start on the holiday shopping season again this year, with thousands braving busy roads to save at Muncie area retailers Thursday. The Star Press is reporting that fifteen area stores opened on Thanksgiving this year, with most unlocking their doors between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. with plans to remain open into Friday night.

Campers, Nite Owls & Early Birds Get The Deals

Some camped out overnight, other got in line earlier this morning and some are just now starting their holiday shopping on this Black Friday. Most retailers opened their doors for the holiday shopping season this morning, with a handful opting to open on Thanksgiving. Police say shoppers have been well-behaved so far, with no major incidents reported.

“Black Friday” Doesn’t Have The Same Punch

A Purdue retail expert says Black Friday isn’t really what it used to be. Dr. Richard Feinberg says Black Friday has become more spread out to include the weeks leading up to and even after Christmas. He says these days, Black Friday really exists as the kickoff of the holiday shopping season and gets people “in the mood” to shop.

“Play It Safe” While Holiday Shopping

With the beginning of the holidays, police are reminding you how to play it safe at shopping centers and malls. They say to park only in well-lighted and highly visible locations – always lock the doors and activate the car alarm and remove any and all valuables that can be seen from the outside of your vehicle and place them in your trunk.

Thursday Fire Destroys Home

An early morning fire Thursday badly damaged a home near Gaston. Gaston firefighters and units from nearby departments dumped 10,000 gallons of water on the house. Investigators say a wood stove was the source of the fire. The owners were not home and no one was injured. The home declared to be a total loss.

Murder Suspect Denied Bond

Michael Joe Williamson won’t be leaving the Delaware County jail in the near future. The 37-year-old Muncie man is charged with murder in the October 6 stabbing death of 38-year-old Bilal R. Lipscomb. The judge has denied a request by Williamson to set bond in his case. He is set to stand trial February 29.

“Gunslinger” Suspect Pleads Guilty

One of the suspects in the burglary of an Anderson gun shop has pleaded guilty to several charges stemming from the Aug. 13 incident. 29-year-old Deandre Fairman took a plea deal as the mastermind behind the Gunslinger Gun Shop break-in. Fairman is being held without bond at the Madison County Jail.
Sentencing is scheduled for December 14.

Peeping Tom Busted Near Campus

Peeping Tom has been busted after looking into the bedroom windows of young women living near the Ball State University campus. 38 YO Jeffrey Boyden is facing 30 months in prison after he was reportedly seen looking into the windows. He will be in court on Jan. 14.