Woman sues over Armed & Famous raid

A Muncie woman has filed suit over a home raid filmed for the CBS reality TV show Armed & Famous. The reality program, filmed in Muncie over the 2006-2007 winter months, showcased celebrities training and joining the ranks of the Muncie Police Department as reservists. In the lawsuit, Lyndsay Clements alleges that celebrity officer Jack Osbourne and members of the SWAT team entered her West Main Street home, detained her, and searched the apartment while looking for a fugitive. The officers quickly discovered they were in the wrong property. The suit alleges no apology was offered, and that footage from the incident even made it to TV on the program. In seeking $1 Million is damages, Clements and her attorney, Michael Sutherlin, list Jack Osbourne, officer Michael Edwards, Chief Joe Winkle, Mayor Dan Canan, CBS Corporation and production unit Good TV as defendants on the claims of violation of civil and constitutional rights and negligence in the training of celebrity cops.

MHA cuts cost to head off expected losses

The Muncie Housing Authority could be losing upwards of $200,000. The Authority reported it became aware of the potential loss last winter as up to 20 percent of the $1.4 million federal funds used to subsidize operations may be reduced. The Authority operates Gillespie Tower, Earthstone Terrace, Southern Pines and Parkview public housing complexes. With some budget reduction already occurring through staff attrition and elimination of some staff backfills, officials are evaluating their next moves which could include contracting out maintenance work and selling of unused properties. The potential cuts only impact operational costs, as capital funds are separate and actually exceed $1 million available.

Mayor hits the road

The Anderson traveling City Hall sessions resume tonight at the Miami Room at the Anderson Public Library. Mayor Kevin Smith says the sessions are an extension of sessions typically only occurring within City Hall chambers. Tonight’s session continues a series of moving City Hall business into the open around the community. Library officials believe their location and facilities made for a win-win situation. Tonight’s session will run from 6 to 7 PM.

Aviation board violates open-door law

The Board of Aviation Commissioners in Anderson needed two hours to break a law. It happened Thursday when a meeting scheduled to begin at 5 PM was postponed without proper public notice until 7 PM. Under Indiana’s open-door law, public notice must be given within 48 hours of any meeting time or venue change. Rather than postponement, a technicality to remain within the law would have a been to meet and then recess for the 2 hour delay, a solution that board attorney John Blevins admitted would have been a better alternative. No motions or resolutions were passed during the rescheduled session.

CDC investigates Creutzfeldt-Jakob deaths

State health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials have been alerted after four deaths in Northeastern Indiana hospitals have been linked to the rare brain disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Also known as CJD, the incurable disease rapidly attacks brain function and leads to death. Officials believe the CJD cases are from a classic form of the disease and are not related to mad cow disease, which is linked to a rarer CJD variant found in humans. Officials have no conclusions but are investigating the increased number of deaths in a region that should only expect one CJD death per year.

IU computer concerns

Indiana University officials have scrambled the passwords of 664 computer users, most of them students, after those users’ names and passwords were discovered on a computer involved in an FBI investigation. There’s no word on the facts of the FBI case, but what is known is that IU officials hope to provide security to users by scrambling the passwords and contacting affected parties to guide them through the process of rebuilding their computers to back up files and eradicate any potential problems caused by having their old passwords on the confiscated computer.

Steak n Shake cuts the trans-fat

Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake has announced that it is eliminating trans-fat in its frying oil in all of its multi-state, 478 restaurant chain, which includes locations in Anderson, Muncie and Marion. The company says it will remove other trans-fats from the menu as part of its long-term plan. Trans-fats, named for the chemical process that changes the way hydrogen bonds within the fat molecule, have been indicated to increase risk for heart disease.

Retired teacher sentenced

A retired teacher whose 41 year career included stops in Alexandria, Highland and Pendleton Heights was given a suspended 10-year sentence on a sexual misconduct conviction. Donald Julian retired in 2004 and admitted to a July 2005 incident, first to his wife and later to a pastor and to a child-abuse hotline. His attorneys also report Julian has undergone counseling since the incident.

Deputy to inmate

A former law enforcer will serve 90 days for breaking the law after the theft of generators. Former Randolph County deputy Sean Webb was convicted of stealing two generators from CSX Railroad during the 2005 ice storm. Webb resigned from the force after being indicted on the theft. Additional conspiracy charges were dismissed as Webb agreed to a plea agreement. Webb was actually given a standard 18-month sentence for the class D felony conviction, but will only serve 90 days with the rest being suspended.