A Rushville man died in a Wednesday afternoon crash on I-70. The late afternoon crash closed both lanes of the busy interstate until nearly 10 p.m. last night. Dead is Stephen J. Price. For unknown reasons, his pickup truck was eastbound on I-70 when he struck another vehicle and a semi. The other drivers were not injured. The wreck closed I-70 just west of the Henry County line.
Madison County has donated its old mechanical voting machines to the Hopewell Center. There they will be broken down and the scrap metal will be sold, raising money for the agency. According to the Hopewell Center this will raise about $1,600. The machines will generate about eight pounds of aluminum and three pounds of plastic when dismantled.
An Anderson company is expanding and will double the number of current employees. Tetrasolv Filtrations made the announcement Wednesday. They will also be investing nearly $1 million into a new facility. They currrently employ eight people, and make air and liquid filtration equipment.
Anderson’s Republican Party chairwoman blames Tuesday’s loss of the mayoral race to voter apathy, saying voters simply didn’t show up at the polls. That resulted in the defeat of incumbent mayor Kevin Smith and the victory of Kris Ockomon. Darlene Likens indicated the number of anticipated Republican voters simply did not vote.
Anderson’s Board of Zoning Appeals approved the construction of nearly 800 new parking spaces for the new “racino” — the word which has been coined for the slot machine operations at Indiana’s horse racing tracks, including Hoosier Park. Track officials say the new spaces are needed for casino patrons which are expected to stay for hours. The width of the parking spaces will also be reduced slightly.
For the second time since July, the Anderson Super Wal-Mart on Scatterfield Road was evacuated due to a gas leak. An employee noticed the smell of natural gas around 8:30 a.m., and the store was evacuated. According to Anderson Fire Department Battalion Chief Jerry Quire, a diaphragm in a gas main at the rear of the store was leaking. Vectren Energy was called to the scene and fixed the problem.
Anderson’s board of aviation commissioners approved a proposed flight school during its Tuesday meeting. They also approved a tower contract for 2008. The flight school will be opearted by Ron Jarvis. Board President Tony Rogers expressed some insurance concerns over the new school, but the project was ultimately approved.
He’s decided he can’t do it himself after all. A convicted Muncie cocaine dealer who tried to defend himself ended up being sentenced for a 40 year prison term. Now, Kelvin Lampkins is asking for a public defender, for the purpose of filing an appeal. He has already served two years of his sentence, following his arrest and conviction for selling cocaine to a drug task force member.
A Muncie man got an additional 35 year sentence this week for robbing two northside Muncie businesses. Denver L. Clifford will spend the rest of his life in jail. The latest two robberies were at a dry cleaning business and liquor store. His sentence was imposed by Delaware Circuit Court Judge Marianne Vorhees.
A suspected bank robber led a federal marshal and local law enforcement officers on a multi-county chase Wednesday afternoon that began at Ind. 332 and Interstate 69. John Study of Putnam County, is wanted for several bank robberies in Indianapolis and central Indiana. He is described as a white male, six feet tall, 240 pounds with dark hair. Study had been under surveillance by the marshal’s service when the chase began. A state police helicopter and other local law enforcement joined the search although no apprehension was made,