Feds Say Nichols Deserves Deep Sentence

Federal prosecutors say former Muncie Building Commissioner Craig Nichols went to great lengths to hide his crimes and deserves a lengthy sentence. The 40 year old will be sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Indianapolis on wire fraud and money laundering charges to which he pleaded guilty. Among the allegations against Nichols, that he used his company, Advanced Walls and Ceilings, to steal $81,000 from the city.

Jobless Rate Steady

The state’s jobless rate held steady between November and December. The rate, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, remained at 3.6 percent, three ticks below the national average. Theh state’s unemployment rate has stayed below the national rate for more than five years. The labor force gained about 1,500 jobs in December from November.

Pair Surrender In Connection With Infant’s Death

Authorities say the parents of a 4-month-old boy charged in his death, turned themselves in Friday. 28 year old Daniel Jones and 29 year old Tiffany McNutt of Alexandria are charged with neglect after the boy died in February of heroin intoxication. An arrest warrant had been issued for the pair after they failed to surrender earlier in the week, as expected.

Impressionist Paintings Exhibit Opens Next Week

The David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) presents a special opportunity to view more than 90 works of art by Muncie’s most important Impressionist painters. “Impressions of Love: J. Ottis and Winifred Brady Adams, a Ball State University Centennial Exhibition” is on view from January 24 through May 19. ‘Impressions of Love” celebrates the art and marriage of the noted painters, whose art was fostered and collected by the Ball family.

Government Shutdown: Day 28

Today is day 28 of the partial government shutdown. President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have not spoken since that contentious meeting on January 9, which ended after just 14 minutes. President Trump responds with a letter of his own after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked that the State-of-the-Union speech be postponed because of the government shutdown. Trump writes to Pelosi “your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed.”