A teenager is under arrest in connection with a Thursday night drive-by shooting in Anderson. Police cuffed Terryaun McDuffie in connection with the incident on Valley Drive. Deputies were called to the Green Acres subdivision at about 11pm. The found spent shell casings around. No injuries were reported. McDuffie was apparently an acquaintance of a person in one of the nearby homes.
A New Jersey developer failed to meet a deadline and has been fired by the the mayor and the Muncie Redevlopment Commission a week after being hired. Officials say Sora Northeast was to oversee the White River Canal District development. A condition of the hiring was for the firm to produce a $2 million equity investment, which the company failed to do.
Cornerstone Center for the Arts announcing the opening and dedication of the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery. It’s a tribute to Muncie Center for the Arts founder Judy Barnes and her vision for Cornerstone Center for the Arts. This renovation of the second-floor west wing includes new flooring, updated lighting, and renovated restrooms.
Muncie’s longtime building commissioner Craig Nichols has agreed to plead guilty in U.S. District Court, where he faced 34 criminal charges including money laundering, wire fraud and theft of government funds. The Star Press reports that the U.S. Attorney’s office in Indianapolis on Thursday filed a “Petition to enter plea of guilty and plea agreement” in U.S. District Court. Nichols agreed to plead guilty to just two counts – wire fraud & money laundering. The remaining 32 charges are to be dismissed. Nichols faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the two counts. Nichols was appointed city building commissioner in 2012. Nichols resigned as building commissioner just hours before his guilty plea was filed.
Police are investigating a double fatal shooting that occurred in Marion late Thursday night. Marion police dispatch tells us they received a call about a shooting just after 11:15 p.m. in the 900 block of West 3rd Street. Two men were found suffering from gunshot wounds, and they were pronounced dead at the scene.
Official charges have been filed against John D. Miller for the 1988 rape and murder of April Tinsley. The Allen County Prosecutor’s formally charged Miller with murder and child molestation Wednesday. April’s mother, Janet Tinsley said that she wants prosecutors to seek the death penalty and that she wants to be present if Miller is executed. Prosecutors have not said if they will seek the death penalty.
Firefighters from multiple departments battled a Madison County house fire Thursday. Witnesses say the home was engulfed in flames before fire crews arrived on the 4500 block of County Road 400 North. No one was home at the time. No word on the cause.
A professor at Ball State’s John H. Schnatter Institute of Free Enterprise is speaking out against Schnatter’s racial slur. Professor Steve Horwitz called the slur “inexcusable” and added that both Ball State and Purdue are in a tough spot. The Universities of Kentucky and Louisville have removed Schnatter’s name from their campuses and Horwitz asked if BSU or Purdue want to be a holdout after the others moved so quickly. Horwitz says the PR road will be uphill.
The trial for the murder of Shaolin Tarik-Arik Newsom is set to begin on August 21. Jaylon Brown is accused of shooting Newsom three times during an argument about a Facebook quiz Newsom’s girlfriend had taken and Brown’s comments about it. The shooting happened in October 2016 on 21st Street in Anderson.
Police only knew him as “Cowboy”. The Yorktown man has been arrested after selling meth to an agent of Muncie Police Department’s narcotics unit. Donald Robert Yates II is charged with dealing and possession of meth. Yates faces up to 12 years for dealing and 30 years for possession if convicted. He’s being held under a 50-thousand-dollar bond.