Muncie police look for information on missing woman

A Muncie woman has been reported missing by the Muncie police.  Authorities say 48-year-old Sadie Vance Johnson was last seen April 6, 2007 at her home on Main Street.  She is describe as five feet, four inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, with black braided hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Johnson is asked to call the Muncie Police Department at 747-4838.

Authorities say word on house makes fire look suspicious

An early morning house fire Tuesday is being called suspicious after authorities saw the word ‘thief’ spray painted on the home. Hamilton township fire Chief Tim batty says the blaze started around midnight a house on County Road 450 north. Court documents indicate the house is where 37-year-old Jonathan McBride lived. However, Baty says they cannot determine if it was in fact his home, due to McBride still being in the Delaware County Jail in relation to burglary charges and convictions.

Shideler residents voice concerns over ethanol refineries

Muncie residents in the Shideler area are concerned about issues of a possible ethanol refinery.  They say their concerns about odor, truck exhaust and dust that could be generated by the plant were ignored by city and county officials last year.  Officials from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management say they do not regulate diesel exhaust from trucks, nor the odors from ethanol refineries, and residents should expect the plant to run every day of the year.

Statewide smoking ban moves forward in House

A law to ban smoking statewide in most public places passed the Indiana House Monday.  However, the law would exempt places such as bars from the ban.  The bill was added to a plan to offer health insurance for the working poor and will have another vote in the House today.  The final version will be determined by a conference committee in the House and Senate to negotiate differences over the plan.

Indianapolis man never issued license; formal charges filed

Formal charges were filed Monday against an Indianapolis man accused of driving his car into a horse-drawn carriage while he was drunk.  46-year-old Timothy Carlson was charged with possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving without ever being issued a license.  Carlson’s blood-alcohol-content measured at .115 at the scene.  He is currently being held in Marion County Jail on a $50 thousand bond.

New Wal-Mart Distribution Center officially opens

Grand opening festivities at the new Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Gas City is expected to draw a large number people.  General manager Scott Murphy says about twelve hundred people, including Governor Mitch Daniels and Mayor Larry leach will be on hand for the 10 o’clock ribbon cutting ceremony.  The invitation-only event will allow guests to tour the plant after speeches are made.