Convict surrenders to MPD

A convicted bandit who Muncie police say held up a Southside credit union twice in June turned himself in yesterday.  39-year-old William Marlow is facing three counts of robbery in connection to the hold-ups at the First County Federal Credit union on West 11th street and a robbery that took place last Saturday at the First Merchants branch on South Tillotson.  Lieutenant Al Williams says Marlow and his accomplice, 37-year-old Rhonda Funkhouser, drove to Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia before returning to Muncie.

House approves bill to lower interest rates on student loans

The House approved a bill yesterday that would lower interest rates on student loans and increase aid to poor people who want to go to college.  The bill would cut about 19-billion dollars in federal subsidies to banks issuing student loans backed by the government.  Although budget rules require nearly one-billion dollars of the savings to go towards reducing the federal deficit, the rest would be going to student benefits.

Marion County man gets 260 years

A Marion County man will have a long time to think about his actions in a shooting that killed two women and injured four people in 2006.  23-year-old Howard Harris was sentenced by a Marion Superior Court Judge to 260 years in prison for being an accomplice to Royal Amos. 31-year-old Erika Thornton and 20-year-old Keyonia Dunn were murdered in a Westside apartment in February of last year.  Harris says he does plan on filing an appeal on the sentence.

Governor looks at ways to relieve property taxes

Governor Mitch Daniels said yesterday that he would give counties extra time to consider raising local income taxes to help offset property tax increases.  Daniels says counties will have until October 1st to use the option of increasing income taxes. The governor also gave his strongest indication that he might call for a special session of the legislature to seek more relief for homeowners.

Lady Bird Johnson dead at 94

Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson passed away yesterday at the age of 94.  She was the widow of former president Lyndon B. Johnson.  She went back to her home late last month after spending a week at the Seton Medical Center where she was admitted for a low-grade fever.  Johnson was the second oldest living first lady in the history of the United States.  Bess Truman was 97 when she passed away in 1982.

Parking meter rates increase at BSU

Whether you plan on attending school at Ball State or just want to make a visit to the campus, you’re going to need more money for parking.  Metered lots will now cost one-dollar for 45 minutes and 50 cents for only 24 minutes.  The university did not make an announcement about the change in parking meter prices.  However Nancy Wray of the university’s parking services says the changes had been in store for some time.

Gas City hotel robbed

Police in Gas City were investigating a hotel robbery that took place yesterday afternoon at the Best Western on Kaybee Drive.  They say two suspects wearing black masks entered the building, confronted the clerk and took an unknown amount of money after getting into the money box.  Police believe one of the subjects was armed with what was thought to be a hand gun, while the other suspect was carrying a utility knife.

FDA issues warning to Lilly on drug for dogs

Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly has been warned by the Food and Drug Administration about their separation-anxiety drug for dogs.  The FDA says Lilly had been issuing misleading and incomplete promotional information on the drug Reconcile, and asked the company to immediately stop.  They went on to say the statements didn’t disclose that the dogs receiving the drug also got behavior modification.

Landscaper finds skeleton near drive-in

A skeleton was found in a wooded area in Lawrence near the Pendleton Pike Drive-In yesterday morning.  Landscaper Michael Ryan says was working on the grass of the Specialty Pet Foods store around 8:30 when he found a clearing leading to a trail.  Lawrence Police Captain Cathy Trout says Ryan found the decomposed body about 120 yards from the road, however the age and sex of the remains were not immediately identified.