A new design is being launched for Indianas state drivers 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.
Union officials and Dana executives in Marion are still involved in negotiations over the fate of the plant. They declined to comment on reports that jobs would be moved to Mexico. Willie Campbell of the United Steelworkers says a concession package for the bankruptcy court is still being made for approval.
73-year-old Lowell Young of South Bend says hes 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.
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 foundations 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.
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 victims vehicle and allegedly stole a bag filled with clothes, as well as some shoes.
The local government efficiency committee made a recommendation yesterday to combine the Delaware County Civic Center Authority and the Muncie Visitors Bureau. The announcement was made after a year-long study on the two organizations. If the two agencies agree to the merger, they would likely move into the Horizon Convention Center.
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.
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.
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