Civic Leader Al Rent Dies

A civic leader and long time Ball State University officer, Al Rent has died. The announcement came in a social media posts, including one from his twin brother, reports the Star Press. Rent had been battling cancer. He was executive director and general manager for public broadcasting operations at Ball State since 2015 and was seen on air often during broadcasts. Mayor Dennis Tyler saying Rent, ” Always had a smile for you with something good to say.”

Man’s Girlfriend Accused Of Trying To Hire Hitman

The girlfriend of a man who authorities say made and planted an explosive device that led police to evacuate part of the Muncie’s downtown in December is accused of trying to hire a hit man. The Star Press reports 49-year-old Tamara M. Olis was arrested Tuesday. Authorities say Olis is the girlfriend of Lionel R. Mackey Jr. and is accused of offering an undercover deputy $1,000 to kill Olis’ ex-girlfriend.

GOP Reax To Holcomb Highway Approach

Republican legislative leaders say Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb began the work of making the case for raising more money to pay for highway projects. House Speaker Brian Bosma says he’s confident Holcomb will support a plan even though the governor avoided saying during Tuesday’s State of the State speech that he would back a tax increase. Republicans have proposed increasing the gas tax by 10 cents-a-gallon. Bosma says GOP lawmakers don’t need Holcomb’s support as political cover.

Longtime Muncie Broadcaster Passes Away

A longtime Muncie radio broadcaster has died. Al Rent was a fixture in local civic programs as well as a Ball State University officer. He served as vice president and co-owner of WLBC radio and hosted the Morning Show for eight years; he provided play-by-play for more than 120 televised Ball State college basketball games and hosted the WIPB Telesale. Rent had been executive director and general manager for public broadcasting operations at Ball State since 2015.

According to Ball State, following graduation from Ball State in 1967, Rent joined the university’s Public Information Services as coordinator of radio and television news. He left in 1970 to work in public relations and advertising, and returned to the university in 1993 as assistant to the vice president for advancement and director of marketing.

Rent was named the 2010 Person of the Year by The Star Press and received the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber’s Legacy Award in 2016. The Chamber of Commerce named “The Al Rent Spirit of Muncie Award”  after him, and he was the first-ever recipient of the honor in 2002, according to newspaper reports.

He was co-founder of the Muncie on the Move breakfast series, which he has hosted for 30 years; was a founding board member of Huffer Memorial Children’s Center and served on the boards of Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Minnetrista, Meridian Health Services, the Greater Muncie Area Council on Youth Leadership,and the Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Team.

Dead Man May Be Linked To Other Crimes

Anderson authorities say the suspect involved in a fatal crash late Saturday night may have been involved with other robberies throughout the county. Gary Agnew and a Noblesville father and son died following a crash near Briar Road late Saturday night. Police say they were pursuing the robbery suspect who pulled into oncoming traffic and struck the family’s car. The Herald Bulletin says police believe Agnew may have been involved with other crimes that are still under investigation.

Richmond Stabbing Death Probed

Investigators have identified persons of interest in the killing of a Richmond man Sunday morning. Police say nearly 20 witnesses have been interviewed and detectives continue to speak with people who might have information about the case. 22-year-old Austin Sparks was found lying on the sidewalk early Sunday morning. Authorities say robbery does not appear to be the motive.