One third of parents believe their local high school will suffer a shooting incident in the next three years, but few know of effective countermeasures to stop such violence from happening, says a new study from Ball State University. Parents’ Expectations of High Schools in Firearm Violence Prevention, a multi-university survey of 257 Midwestern parents, found that about 36 percent of respondents believed their local high school was ‘highly likely’ to have a gun incident in the next three years.
Kindergarten through 8th grade students in Muncie Community Schools could have a later start time next semester. The emergency manager is expected to act on the issue Tuesay night which would shift the early tardy bell from 7:35am to 8:10am in elementary, and from 8:35a to 9a for middle schoolers.
Also, elementary schools would dismiss at 2:40 p.m., or 10 minutes later than this school year, and middle schools would let out at 4 p.m., or 25 minutes later than currently.
Muncie CrossFit will once again host its annual Memorial Day fundraising event, The Murph Challenge, a nationwide cause honoring fallen soldiers and raising money for the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Murphy, a Navy SEAL, was killed in 2005 in Afghanistan, attempting to take out Taliban forces. The event starts at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28th at Muncie CrossFit, 115 S. Walnut St. in downtown Muncie. More than 60 athletes from 7 years old to 70 are expected to participate.
If you have an old American flag that has seen better days, you can bring it to Art Van Furniture between Friday and Memorial Day and get a new 3 x 5 foot flag for free. Last year, the first year the store conducted the program, it collected and replaced 4,000 flags. Organizers say the old flags are disposed of in accordance with the US Flag Code.
A body discovered in rural Miami County has been identified as that of a Summitville man. Two men were mushroom hunting when they found the body of 22-year-old Drake Allan Smith in a wooded area. Investigators believe it’s a case of homicide and are asking you to call Indiana State Police detectives if you have information that may help authorities.
A Muncie mom says verbal abuse and fat shaming may have driven her 18-year-old daughter to murder her father. 18-year-old Ameera Stokes is accused of killing her father by hitting him in the head with a hammer and stabbing him in the chest inside his Michigan home before calling 911 to confess. Ameera is being held without bond in a Michigan jail until trial.
Madison county authorities arrested 52 people on felonies and misdemeanors during a joint-operation involving eight agencies. “Operation Clean Sweep” focused on pursuing as many leads as possible in a short period of time. Drugs, firearms and at least two vehicles have been seized.
A Redkey man has plead guilty to causing severe injury to a resident during a home invasion. Tyler Arbuckle has been charged with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and faces up to 30-years in prison. Sentencing has been set for June 18.
The Muncie Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals has approved a parking variance for a fine-dining restaurant at the historic Neely House. Russel Irving is restoring the home and adding a commercial kitchen and parking lot to the property that he hopes will open this summer.
Indiana is heading into the Memorial Day weekend tied with California for the largest gas price increase – 66 cents a gallon – in the U.S. over the past year. The increase was partially driven by a 10-cent fuel tax increase the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature enacted last year. The price of a gallon of gasoline in Indiana surged last week to $2.84. That’s a 30 percent increase.