Muncie Wants Money From Closed Mexican Restaurant

The city of Muncie loaned $125,000 to a Mexican restaurant two years ago, and now it wants the money back. One of the obstacles is that the place has since gone out of business. The Muncie Industrial Revolving Loan Fund board approved the money for Puerta al Paraiso that was part of the new Village Promenade development along University Avenue in the Village near Ball State University. While speculation was that the place would be a huge hit, the restaurant closed last year.

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Feb. 21, 2017 1:54 PM CST
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Plea From Man Charged In Crash That Killed Muncie Sisters

A guilty plea from a man in connection with an accident that killed two Muncie sisters in 2015. 20 year old Ethan Lee was charged with reckless homicide. Police say he was driving up to 87 miles per hour in January of 2015 when his pickup struck an embankment and ended up crashing into an office at Colonial Brick Corporation. Three passengers in his truck, including Annie and Caroline Clark, 18 and 16 years old respectively, were in the truck at the time and died in the crash. Lee’s sentencing is set for March 9th.

Muncie Wants Money From Mexican Restaurant Owners

The city of Muncie loanded $125,000 to a Mexican restaurant two years ago, and now it wants the money back. One of the obstacles is that the place has since gone out of business. The Muncie Industrial Revolving Loan Fund board approved the money for Puerta al Paraiso that was part of the new Village Promenade development along University Avenue in the Village near Ball State University. While speculation was that the place would be a huge hit, the restaurant closed last year.

House Approves School Prayer Bill

A measure approved by a House committee would reaffirm students’ right to pray aloud in Indiana schools. The measure from Democratic state Rep. John Bartlett was approved Tuesday on a 10-2 vote. Bartlett says his measure gives students an opportunity to pray in school, but not mandate it. Supporters it sends a powerful signal about students’ First Amendment right to express religious views. But opponents question the need. They say freedom of religion is already acknowledged in schools.

Nichols Trial Set For April 17

A trial date has been set for Craig Nichols, Muncie’s building commissioner. Nichols will stand trial on 33 federal criminal charges on April 17 in the U.S. Courthouse in Indianapolis. Nichols faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all 16 charges of wire fraud, 16 counts of money laundering and a single charge of theft of government funds.

Police Expand Search For Killer

Authorities are expanding the search for a suspect in the killings of two girls whose bodies were found on a northern Indiana trail. Police are looking beyond the community of Delphi for a man photographed near the trail Feb. 13. Police say that the man is the “main suspect” in the deaths of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams.

W2 Scammers Hit Third Area Business

For the third time in less than a month, a major employer is tricked into disclosing personal tax information for thousands of employees. Officials at American Senior Communities confirm they too have been hit by a sophisticated phishing attack. Police wouldn’t say how many employees fell victim, but say the number may be as high as 17 thousand after offshore scammers posing as a high level A-S-C executive requested copies via e-mail of employee’s W2’s. The payroll processer complied.

Doctors Sue Carmel/D.E.A. Agent

A team of doctors initially accused of operating a “pill mill” is suing the city of Carmel and a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent for false arrests they say destroyed their careers. The Herald Bulletin reports that the physicians include Dr. George Agapios who had a Pendleton family practice when he was charged in 2014 with five felonies involving dealing in a controlled substance. The charges, filed by the DEA, were later dismissed.