Subpoenas threatened by Senator

The Chairmen of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, intends to see White House officials testify about the dismissal of federal prosecutors, and intends to force the issue through the subpoena power of the Senate if the White House fails to cooperate. Although Federal prosecutors serve at the pleasure of the President, some Senators have concerns about political motivations, not performance considerations, in the dismissal of eight attorneys. Presidential strategist Karl Rove and former White House counsel Harriet Miers are being sought to testify on the firings.

Purdue student sought with high tech aircraft

New technologies have been deployed to help the search for a missing Purdue University student, but to no avail so far. A high tech aircraft took thousands of pictures of the area around West Lafayette to aide in the search. The same aircraft technology was used last week to find a missing Fishers man. In spite of the efforts, so far, Wade Steffey has not been found. He disappeared from a frat party two months ago. The search continues for the 19 year old.

A Pike County woman is blaming the Sheriff’s department there for her fiancée’s death. Jana Popplewell says police could have saved Shane Crume when he swallowed several bags full of methamphetamine after the couple was arrested. Sheriff Todd Meadors says Popplewell waited too long to warn officers about the meth being swallowed, and that his department is not to blame.

Crown Hill resolution expected soon

A decision is expected Wednesday in a longtime dispute in the land sale of the Indianapolis Crown Hill Cemetery. Mann Properties and the Butler Tarkington neighborhood association have been in dispute over development on the site. The Metropolitan Development Commission is expected to give their decision Wednesday.

State Legislation on Metal, Wiretaping

Indiana House Bill 1324 will address metal theft. With the rising theft of aluminum and copper, the bill will require anyone selling scrap to show an ID. The bill cleared the house unanimously and will now go to hearing in the Senate. Another bill originating in the Senate, Bill 411 is now in the house. It would allow police to tap cell phones and e-mail. The current law only allows for land line interceptions. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is opposing the bill.

Fatal Interstate Accident

A car crash on Interstate 69 killed a 19-year old Hamilton County woman this morning near State Road 332. The woman had ventured North on the Southbound lanes of the highway. A semi and SUV were involved in the crash. The drivers of both were transported to Ball Memorial Hospital.

Remembering Tom Hammond

Viewing for our friend and Backyard Broadcasting News Director Tom Hammond is 4 – 8 p.m. at Elm Ridge in Muncie. A private service will be held Monday. Memorials are requested in Tom’s name to Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) and the Muncie Southside Band Boosters. Additionally, a TOM HAMMOND NEWS SCHOLARSHIP has been set up by Nancy Carlson at the Ball State TCOM department. It is listed under BSU Foundation Acct. # 7450. Checks should be made payable to BSU Foundation Account #7450 with the words Tom Hammond written somewhere on the check.

Sentencing for convicted child abuser

A Muncie man convicted of child abuse in the battery of his own stepdaughter was sentenced yesterday to 40 years in jail, the maximum allowed under terms of a plea agreement. Aaron Conwell pleaded guilty last month to battery counts related to an extended period of abuse against his stepdaughter, then-two-year-old Haley Benson, from July 2005 to October 2005. Conwell’s wife, the mother of Haley Benson, has also been charged in relation to the abuse, with counts of neglect. Thurma Conwell will appear in court next month, where she is also expected to plead guilty.

Assault and battery arrest

Muncie police arrested a man in connection to a suspected assault and confinement. Perdo Gene Isom is held without bond today in the Delaware County jail on charges of assault, battery and confinement and is accused of battering, assaulting and threatening a woman in her own apartment on Sunday. Isom has a previous record, having served a five year sentence on a burglary conviction 15 years ago.