May 1st will mark the beginning of the process which will lead to a state takeover of Muncie Community Schools. Superintendent Steven Baule says the five member panel will meet with school board members during a meeting, which is public, scheduled for 6:30 that night in the Muncie Area Career Center.
The trial of Mark Emerson got underway Wednesday. The Anderson man is accused in the stabbing death of Cody Gay and kidnapping his estranged wife and three small children in June 2015. His former wife, now Laura Selke, took the stand to testify that Mark Emerson burst into her home and attacked Cody Gay with a gun, machete and a knife.
Delaware County Prosecutor Jeffrey Arnold is urging county officials to oppose any efforts to organize a local needle exchange program. According to the Star Press, Arnold says the needle exchange kits from neighboring counties contain hundreds of fresh needles, condoms, and small heroin “cookers” all which he considers to be enabling.
Police have questioned a former Central High School student who’s accused of making threats on social media to hurt people at the school. Police talked to the 16-year-old to determine the boy’s intent and whether the threats were actually something he planned to carry out. They have since labeled the situation, “resolved.”
The trial of an Anderson man has been delayed. Court officials say the trial of Rario Clemons has been postponed until July 11, in part because of problems in getting the results of DNA testing. The Herald Bulletin reports that Clemons is accused of breaking into a home and molesting an 11-year-old relative early last June.
Authorities are warning parents to be on the lookout for drug-laced “Xanie Tarts” becoming popular among high school students. The drug is made by lacing Sweet Tarts candies with Xanax, used to treat anxiety disorders. Police said the drug-laced candies will look like normal Sweet Tarts.
Three counties in the eastern part of the state are partnering on a program designed to link prospective employees with job openings. The Hoosier Opportunity website only displays available jobs in the region that pay at least $10 an hour. Registered employers in Jay, Randolph and Wayne counties can connect with interested applicants directly through email after searching the resume database.
According to US News and World Report, three Delaware County schools are in the top 11 high schools in the nation. Indiana Academy for Science, Math and Humanities was fourth in list, Yorktown High School ranked ninth, and Burris Laboratory School was 11th. New Castle was ranked 46th while Muncie Central made the list at number 58.
U.S. Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly were at the White House Wednesday for an update on North Korea. Top military and intelligence officials provided a classified briefing on the nuclear weapons threat posed by that country. Earlier this week, Trump called North Korea a “real threat to the world.”
The grandstands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be entirely smoke-free starting this year. Beginning with the 2017 Red Bull Air Race on October 14-15, smoking will not be permitted in any IMS grandstands. Fans wishing to smoke will be asked to do so 20 feet away from buildings and reserved seating entrances. Smoking will continue to be allowed in the IMS infield.