New design revealed for licenses, ID cards

A new design is being launched for Indiana’s state driver’s licenses and photo identification cards.  Governor Daniels unveiled the new design with the BMV yesterday and says the change would be a step forward towards better security in Indiana.  BMV officials say the new look would include a number of new security features that would make it easier for convenience store workers and law enforcement authorities to determine if a person is under 21.

South Bend twins face similar charges

73-year-old Lowell Young of South Bend says he’s shocked over allegations that his 41-year-old identical twin daughters stole thousands of dollars from different employers in approximately the same two-year span.  Patricia Young-Rynearson was sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling about 70-thousand-dollars from Sofa Select.  Her sister, Kathleen Young-Eperjesi, has a trial set for October 22 on counts of forgery and theft.  She pleaded not guilty to taking more than 54-thousand dollars from Granger Irrigation Incorporated.

Elkhart foundation takes down controversial billboards

Billboards promoting the Elkhart County Community Foundation are being taken down after several complaints were made.  The signs had the image of a quarter with the motto “In God We Trust” changed to “In E-C-C-F We Trust.” The foundation’s president, Earl Taylor, says the group did not intend to offend anyone and were only trying to let people know that the foundation was a “good steward.”

Muncie women say they were attacked at gas station

Two Muncie women say they were attacked early yesterday by three other women and robbed of their clothes and shoes.  Amber Davis and Jacklyn Allen told Muncie Police they were being followed on Madison and 29th Streets when they went into a gas station.  Another car apparently pulled in behind them and three women exited the car and opened a door into the victim’s vehicle and allegedly stole a bag filled with clothes, as well as some shoes.

Cyclist killed trying to cross Ind. 28

A former middle school science teacher was killed yesterday on his bicycle.  Police say 81-year-old Joe Rogers was trying to cross Indiana 28 from the Cardinal Greenway trail when he was struck by a westbound pickup truck around 2 p.m.  Authorities believe that Rogers was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

New emergency services radio tower installed

Downtown Anderson saw a street closed and some minimal interruption as a new radio tower was installed atop the City building Tuesday. The 40-foot tower will provide emergency backup service for public safety agencies operating within Madison County. The need for the tower was driven from a federally mandated frequency swap conducted with Sprint Nextel. The frequency swap will allow emergency services to operate in the same frequency range. Due to federal support, the city incurred no monetary cost for the installation and only saw the inconvenience of closing Central Avenue.

Commissioners want guns out of Courthouse

A loophole in the current law allows handguns within the Madison County Courthouse. On recommendation of Sheriff Ron Richardson, the Board of Commissioners is now working to close that loophole. Under the new proposed amendment, only officers on official county business, such as security, will be permitted to bring handguns onto the premise.

Philanthropist gives recommendations to Anderson leaders

A philanthropy expert was in Anderson last night, and he had a message for non-profit leaders in his lecture at the Paramount Theater. David Sternberg advised non-profits that fundraising is a symptom, not a problem itself. The problem, according to Sternberg, is in organizing and structuring organizations. Sternberg also recommended groups look more to individuals than to corporate outreach when developing funds. The informational lecture was attended by board members from the Madison County United Way, the Paramount Theatre, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra and the Madison County Community Foundation.