A man police say was seen on video slapping a 3 year old boy in the head and face and holding his hand over the boy’s nose and mouth preventing him from breathing, wants out of prison. Elliott Reynolds has been behind bars for 14 months and has completed a substance abuse program. He was sentenced to four years behind bars in the case.
A Muncie man with two previous convictions for battery is back in custody, after he allegedly beat his girlfriend again. 43-year-old Billy Joe Brown is already on electronic home detention for three years after pleading guilty to battery with a deadly weapon and battery resulting in serious bodily injury in March 2014. Brown has also been convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2013, 2010 and 2008.
A Muncie felon wanted for parole violations is facing more charges after methamphetamine was found in his possession. According to State Police, they were taking 41-year-old Clinton Everett Smith into custody, when they found two plastic bags containing meth in his pockets. The Muncie man‘s criminal record includes convictions for armed robbery, domestic battery, criminal recklessness and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud and theft.
A 23-year-old Anderson woman who authorities say was stabbed to death by a woman posing as a child-welfare worker had contact with the Indiana Department of Child Services two years ago. The Herald Bulletin reports that a case manager from the agency interacted with Samantha Fleming after a domestic disturbance in February 2013. According to the court, Fleming’s then boyfriend was involved in an incident with Samantha about her then 3-month-old son. DCS was called in because the boy was in the home at the time of the incident.
Muncie residents and Muncie Community Schools employees can meet the district’s new superintendent before he settles in to his new job. The MCS school board has announced the “Meet and Greet” will take place Wednesday from 3-5 pm at the Anthony Administration Building, on N. Oakwood Avenue. The new superintendent is expected to be Steven Baule, a superintendent from northern Illinois who will replace Tim Heller, who will retire June 30.
Anderson officials are looking for a person of interest after an abandoned home went up in flames mid-day Friday. When fire crews arrived just before 11 AM, the entire home was engulfed in flames. No one was injured; however several firefighters were evaluated as a precautionary measure due to the thick smoke. Investigators estimate the loss to be around 30-thousand dollars.
Busing for students in Muncie would continue under a waiver for which the district has applied. It would mean about 2.3 million dollars in the transportation fund and without it the district would receive only 350 thousand dollars, reports the Start Press. The waiver was created to help districts with budgets that are hurt by tax caps. It’s available for only three years.
Four people were arrested when police staged an early morning drug raid at a Union City motel, seizing heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana. The raid at the Ambassador Motel netted four arrests including Union City residents Teddy Allen Christopher Hunt & Derek Allan Morrison and a man & woman from Ohio. All four were charged with drug-related offenses.
The Madison County Clerk’s Office says absentee ballot requests and in-person voting for the May 5 primary are down compared to the last municipal election. 4 people have voted in person and 1,632 ballots have been mailed. Four years ago, a total of 349 people cast ballots at the courthouse and 2,467 ballots were sent out by mail. The Herald Bulletin says the deadline to submit absentee ballot applications is midnight tonight at the courthouse and in-person voting runs through noon May 4.
The superintendent of Westfield Washington Schools is speaking out on the stage collapse that hurt upwards of 17 students late Thursday. Dr. Mark Keen says “it‘s by the grace of God” there were no more or more serious injuries. He says authorities are continuing to investigate the collapse that occurred during the finale of the school‘s musical production.