South View student move pushed back a day

Muncie Community Schools officials say students at South View Elementary School won’t begin attending four other schools until Thursday.  Original plans called for them to head to other schools starting Wednesday, but teachers have been unable to retrieve necessary items from their buildings.  The building was closed last Friday due to extensive structural problems caused by the weight of snow on the building’s roof.

Woman dies in Lapel fire

A 45-year-old rural Madison County woman died in the fire that we first told you about Monday morning.  According to Madison County  Sheriff Terry Richwine three fire departments responded to the blaze in the 8300 block of County Road 150N and found the residence fully involved.  Carol Snead apparently directed everyone else in the house to a second story window where they escaped.  However she was overcome by the smoke.  Madison County Coroner Ned Dunnichay says Snead died from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of smoke inhalation.  Other family members were taken to Community Hospital, Anderson for examination.

Animal shelter robbed of dog, cat food

The animals at the Marion-Grant County Humane Society shelter almost went hungry after a thief or thieves stole “Science Diet” dog food and cat food from a storage building at the shelter.  The next delivery of food isn’t scheduled until Wednesday.  Fortunately many community members provided donations of food and money to help shelter officials get through this crisis.  Michelle Holton, the shelter manager, says the theft doesn’t make sense.  If they get food they can’t use they give it to low-income pet owners.

Another prison trafficking arrest

A Dayton, Ohio woman is charged with trafficking with an inmate at the Pendleton Correctional Industrial Facility.  Janice Phillips, 39, allegedly tried to smuggle marijuana, tobacco and cigarette rolling papers into the prison.  The items were discovered during a routine patdown…that’s when Phillips claimed to have diarrhea and went to the bathroom, where she removed the items taped to her waist and threw them in a trash can.  Phillips is the third person arrested on trafficking charges in the last month.

War protest planned

The East Central Indiana Chapter of “MoveOn” will stage a protest outside the downtown Muncie office of Congressman Mike Pence (R-6th) at noon Wednesday.  The group opposes an escalation of the Iraq war.  The group will deliver letters against the war to Pence’s office during the demonstration.

Water lines will be the customer's responsibility

Montpelier residents will be responsible for water lines inside their buildings no matter where the water meter is located.  That’s part of an ordinance passed by the Montpelier City Council.  The old rules called for the city to maintain the lines up until the water meter, even if it was well inside a building.  That created access problems if something went wrong with the lines.