Area Teachers Awarded Bell Education Grants

Teachers in five local schools will receive $2,481 for six projects in Robert P. Bell Education Grants from The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. The local winners are Lance Brand, Carol Burt, Stacy Morton, Candace Neal, and Jennifer Stacy and Becky Juday. Funded projects are creative or innovative classroom projects designed to stimulate learning in students.

State Jobless Rate Edged Higher In August

Indiana’s unemployment rate edged higher in August from July. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Friday the rate was 3.5 percent, up from 3.4 percent in July. The state’s rate remained below the national rate of 3.9 percent. With the exception of October 2014, when it was equal to the national rate, the state’s unemployment rate has been below the U.S. rate for more than four years.

Man Who Tried To Kill Ex With Bomb Convicted

A Muncie man accused of planting an explosive device in an attempt to kill his ex-girlfriend has been convicted of attempted murder. The Star Press reports jurors returned the verdict in the case of 40-year-old Lionel Ray Mackey Jr. of Muncie. The charge is punishable by up to 40 years in prison. Prosecutors say Mackey tried to kill his ex-girlfriend in December 2016 with a bomb left at her Muncie home after she ended their relationship.

Muncie Murder Suspect Held Without Bond in DelCo Jail

Muncie murder suspect Brady Turner is being held without bond in the Delaware County jail. The 25-year-old Muncie man has been charged with murder in the Monday night slaying of Christopher Eugene Burgess Jr. Turner claims his stabbing of Burgess was in self-defense. Turner eluded police by laying low in an abandoned shed near the scene and later caught a ride to Anderson where he was apprehended.

Muncie Man Guilty Of Attempted Murder

The jury found him guilty of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend with a homemade bomb. 40-year-old Lionel Ray Mackey Jr. was found guilty of attempted murder and is facing up to 40 years in prison. Last spring, another jury found Mackey guilty of five related charges, but could not reach a verdict on the attempted murder count.  Mackey will be sentenced on Oct. 1 on six convictions.

Crash Sends Two To Hospital

Two people were taken to the hospital Thursday after a two-car crash at West 19th & Brown Streets. Bill Boys, of Anderson, says he was driving along 19th Street when a white car ran a red light at the intersection, causing the collision. The names of the others involved were not made available. They were transported to the hospital.

Downtown Anderson Apartment Gets Second Life

Work is progressing on a downtown Anderson Apartment building. First and second floor renovations on the historic Beverly Terrace Apartments should be completed by the end of the year. And work on the third floor and commercial space in the basement could be completed early in 2019. The building, at 11th Street and Central Avenue, sat vacant for eight years before being purchased by a developer last year.