An Anderson woman suffered minor injuries after she crashed the vehicle she was driving on Interstate 69 Tuesday morning. Indiana State Police Sgt. Rod Russell said Jessica D. Parton was driving southbound on I-69 near the 40-mile marker in Delaware County shortly after 10:30 a.m. She was in the driving lane, about to change into the passing lane, when she noticed another vehicle was already in the lane. Parton overcorrected to the right, lost control and then traveled across both lanes. She went into the median and the car rolled over twice, totaling the vehicle. Parton was wearing a seat belt and was not ejected from the vehicle. She was taken to Community Hospital in Anderson for treatment of minor injuries, Russell said. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
A Madison County judge is expected to decide today whether to lower the bond for an Anderson man accused of fatally injuring a 17-month-old boy in August. Cody D. Marling asked Madison Superior Court 1 Judge Dennis Carroll on Monday to lower his $50,000 cash bond, saying there was no way either he or his family could raise the amount. Marling was charged with battery resulting in death, a Class A felony, after 17-month-old Noah J. Brown-Smith died Aug. 22 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis from severe head trauma. The charge against Marling carries a sentence of 20 to 50 years in prison if hes convicted.
Over 600 people attended a meeting on property taxes last night at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Speakers speakers advocated modernization, privatization and consolidation of local government. The group is known as Citizens of Delaware County for Property Tax repeal. They are embarking on a four year plan. One of the coordinators of the group, realtor Tom Parker, indicated that so far there has been a lack of response from public officials regarding tax concerns.
The Muncie Community School board approved its 2008 budget last night. The total amout is about $77,900. There was little protest at the meeting. One resident asked the cost of the new entrance to Muncie Central High School. He was told is cost $280,000. The advertised property tax rate is $2.01 — 27 cents lower than the 2007 tax rate of $2.28. Once the Department of Local Government Finance receives an accurate assessment for Center Township property, Business Manager Mark Burkhart expects the tax rate will be around $1.60.
A strong thunderstorm moved through East Central Indiana on Tuesday night, putting more than 650 Indiana Michigan Power customers in the dark throughout Delaware County. Among them were Muncie firefighters manning the downtown station; they used flashlights to man first squad and rescue companies that made several runs for downed lines. Power was restored after 9 p.m. Other transformer problems were reported in Yorktown and Middletown with lighting suspected as a cause. Downed trees caused other outages.
A mobile home salvage yard outside Pennville was already on the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s list of places to be cleaned up — even before 175 trailers stored there burned in a fire on Monday. After battling the blaze for almost seven hours, firefighters were able to halt their efforts around 9 p.m. Monday. The fire apparently did not cause any environmental problems, according to Amy Hartsock, a communications director for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. But on Nov. 30, 2006, IDEM had issued a Commissioner’s Order to the owners, demanding the removal of solid waste from the site.
Exit and entrance ramps at six Interstate 69 interchanges are scheduled to be milled and resurfaced, perhaps as soon as this week. Work on the ramps — at the Ind. 32/Ind. 67 interchange in Daleville, along with those at Ind. 109, 9, 38, 13 and 238 in Madison and Hamilton counties — will be done at night. Traffic will be slowed and routed around machinery and crews as surfaces are milled away. Once milling has been accomplished, the 24 ramps involved in the project will be resurfaced. Each ramp, as it is repaved, will be closed the entire night to allow the asphalt to stiffen and avoid rutting.
The Portland License Branch, which has been closed sporadically throughout the summer, will resume normal operations on Thursday. This time, the branch had been closed since Aug. 7, after some employees and customers experienced allergy-like symptoms, according to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. During the most recent closure, private environmental experts and the state’s Department of Health and Department of Environmental Management conducted numerous tests inside the branch. None of the tests discovered any toxins or other specific causes for the symptoms.
The Indiana Farm Bureau is proposing a new way to lower property taxes. During an Indianapolis new conference yesterday, IFB President Don Villwok proposed increasing the state income tax tax from 3.4 to 4.4 percent and the sales tax from 6 to 7 p.m. He stimate that would reduce property one third.
Muncie’s new downtown aroundabout has been vandalized by spray paint. Someone painted a red “sad face” on the large boulder which is part of the structure. Mark Turner, the city’s project manager, believes it is just an act of random vandalism, and that it does not represent a protest against the project itself.