Feds Demand Madison County Voter Records

Federal prosecutors want to see the election records from the May 6th Primary. And they’ve given Madison County Clerk Darlene Likens until August 12th to comply.
Likens has been ordered to turn over Madison County voting records. And they want to see everything – including all applications for absentee ballots, all submitted absentee ballots and all envelopes, documents and signature cards showing absentee voters’ signatures. Absentee ballots cast in Anderson’s 4th Ward determined the winners of several races in last May’s primary.

Weekend Warehouse Blaze Ruled Intentional

The fire that destroyed a former piano factory Saturday morning was intentionally set. Investigators with the Muncie Fire Department say they’ve ruled out all other causes for the blaze in the brick and heavy timber structure at Rochester Avenue and Sixth Street. A spokesperson says “There were no utilities to the structure at the time of ignition and all other possibilities of an accidental source were eliminated at the scene.”

SR3 In Hartford City Closed Through Friday

A major road closure in Blackford County: State Road 3 – running through Hartford City – is closed between IN 26 and W Park Avenue. The detour is SR 26 West to Industrial Park Road to Park Avenue. Also known as Walnut Street, the road is closed for utility work. You can expect the closure to be in effect through 7pm on Friday as utility crews are installing a federally-mandated sewer system in parts of the city.

Central Band Takes Top Spot In Preview Night

Muncie Central High School took top honors at last night’s Indiana State Fair Preview Night. Ten schools competed during the event. Richmond and Noblesville took 2nd and third, with Monroe Central finishing fifth and Lapel ninth. A total of 40 bands will compete this Saturday at the Indiana State Fair.

Anderson Receives Funding To Fight Blight

The City of Anderson has been awarded one-point-four million dollars to help eliminate vacant homes and other structural eyesores. The funding came through Indiana’s Blight Elimination Program which is financed by the Hardest Hit fund. The federal funds will allow Anderson to remove vacant homes and improve local neighborhoods.

Sheriff Clarifies Department Endorsements

The Jay County Sheriff’s Office is warning that they do NOT endorse any maps of Jay County. After hearing of a local business that was solicited to advertise on a historical map of Portland, the Sheriff of Jay County is stressing that the department only endorses the Indiana Sheriff’s Association and any solicitation from them is received by mail only.

Alex Man Back In Custody After Wal-Mart Crash

An Alexandria man with a history of involvement with methamphetamine is back in police custody under suspicion of possession and driving while intoxicated. 28-year-old William D. Hedgecraft was arrested after an accident in a Wal-Mart parking lot, where police allegedly found him attempting to flee from the scene with drugs. Hedgecraft was just released from prison in April after serving almost four years of a dealing cocaine charge.

Two Recover From Sunday Crash

Two people continue to recover from injuries they sustained in a motorcycle-vehicle accident near Pendleton Sunday evening. The pair was taken to Community Hospital in Anderson with head and back injuries in the crash near the merging of Indiana 9 and 67. Witnesses say the motorcycle was slowing to execute a U-turn when a Jeep hit it from behind.

Muncie Park Board To Meet

A special meeting of the Muncie Parks Board will be held Thursday. The board is expected to discuss the enforcement of Prairie Creek Reservoir rules and regulations. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Muncie City Hall.