A power outage affected about two-thirds of the town of Chesterfield on Thursday morning. During that time, police officers had to direct traffic and some intersections. The outage affected about 1,000 customers. Power was restored around 8 a.m. An unrelated power outage affected the signals at Morrison and McGalliard roads in Muncie. And later in the morning, there was an outage in the area of Wheeling and Indiana 28, in the Country Acres area. That one was caused by a blown line fuse.
A first-grade student at Erskine Elementary School who brought a knife to school Monday was quickly taken to the principals office after a teacher learned about the weapon, say school officials. Erskine Elementary Principal Kara Miller said that the student mentioned the knife to another boy in his class, who immediately told a teacher. The teacher then brought the student with the knife to the main office. But some parents Wednesday voiced concerns over the matter, saying that the student who brought the knife was not disciplined properly. Assistant Superintendent Lennon Brown said that confidentiality rules bar the school system from talking about specific punishments, but that the student would be punished.
Voters in Madison County will have the opportunity today to participate in a voting machine public demonstration in the Madison County Government Center lobby, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ludy Watkins, county clerk, said the county would also have the machines on display at the Anderson Public Library at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday during the League of Women Voters Meet and Greet for the candidates. Voting machines have been the source of major controversy all over the country. In Madison County, Antony Ty Bibbs, who ran for Anderson City Council at large, challenged the validity of the machines results after the May 8 primary.
A truck driver died behind the wheel Wednesday afternoon, crashing his truck into a vacant house in southwest Muncie. Michael H. Parker from Selma, suffered an apparent heart attack, losing control of a box delivery truck that crashed into the house on W. 28th St. near Tillotson. Parker had a history of heart problems, according to Clarence Brooks, deputy county coroner. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Witnesses saw the victim slump over the wheel before crash, indicating Parker might have died before crashing the truck. There were no other injuries.
Honda’s hiring plan for the company’s new Greensburg plant has Democratic legislators in Delaware and Madison counties suggesting changes in state law. State Rep. Dennis Tyler, D-Muncie, said Indiana should prohibit state incentive packages to companies not willing to hire workers from across the entire state. Honda announced this summer that it would limit hiring of the 2,000 workers for the Greensburg assembly plant to 20 surrounding Indiana counties. Henry County falls within that territory, but much of East Central Indiana, including Delaware and Madison counties, doesn’t.
As many as 14 new city employees could be hired by the first of the year. The employees will be firefighters and police officers, needed to keep those departments staffed at their authorized minimum levels. Eleven of the employees would be firefighters. Three new police officers will also be part of the new hiring group.
Developers from New York are considering hundreds of acres in the Daleville area for a potential entertainment and recreation complex that would bring hotels, stores, restaurants, an indoor water park, a skating rink — and as many as 1,800 jobs. Peoples Management Resource representatives have been talking to local chamber of commerce officials — as well as Ball State University, Cardinal Health System and local banks, real estate agents and other businesses — about the possibility of developing land near Interstate 69 in southwestern Delaware County. Economic development officials this week said it was too early to talk about the potential development.
The student who allegedly shoved Muncie Central principal Dick Daniel is now being charged with felony battery. The incident happened at the school on October 9th. Charged is Darius L. Townsend. An initial hearing is set for October 25th in Delaware Circuit Court 3. The charge has become more serious since under law, Daniel is a “school official.” School administrators are also trying to expel the student.
Several Anderson Fire Department units were dispatched just before midnight Wednesday to a house at 2411 W. 27th St. The battalion chief declared the fire out shortly after midnight, and requested an investigator and a building inspector to be sent to the scene. There were no injuries, according to early reports.
Both drugs and stolen property were found in a Muncie man’s apartment, after he gave permission for a police search. Officers found a large amount of marijuana and scales used to weigh and process marijuana. Also found in Ryan French’s apartment were pipes and other drug paraphenalia. Police were actually searching the Buckles street apartment for a gun, after a report that French had pulled a gun on another man.