School Employee Sentenced for Stealing Funds

Judith L. Straub stole thousands of dollars raised for students at Selma Middle School, using the funds instead to benefit her own children.  Straub admitted to police that she stole money from ticket and candy sales and other fundraisers. The mother of four got six months in prison during a sentencing hearing on Monday.  Delaware County Circuit Court 3 Judge Robert Barnet Jr. accepted a plea agreement, convicting Straub, former secretary-treasurer of the middle school, of theft, a class D felony, carrying a standard 18-month sentence.   Barnet ordered that 18-month sentence, but suspended a year, giving Straub the remaining six months in prison. He rejected a request for home detention, adding a year of probation after release.  Straub also was ordered to make $38,150 in restitution

PA Labs Sold to Out of State Company

Monday’s announcement that one of the area’s largest bio-sciences companies has been sold to a much larger North Carolina firm has local officials hoping that hundreds of desirable jobs will stay in the community.   PA Labs — founded in Muncie as Pathologists Associated in 1966 — was sold to LabCorp, based in Burlington, N.C. Rumors had circulated over the weekend and during the day on Monday that the sale would be announced, and PA Labs employees were reportedly told of the sale around noon on Monday.

Muncie Man Gets 20 Years in Prison for Manslaughter

Justin D. Suits got the maximum 20 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter Monday for killing the mother of their child with his bare hands just before Christmas. Defense attorney Jack Quirk had portrayed a stormy relationship between the couple, explaining how Suits had attempted suicide after killing Rhea, and how the defendant suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress.  There was plenty of emotion from family members who testified in behalf of Rhea and Suits.

Businesses Do Not Want to be Annexed into Muncie

At last night’s Muncie City Council meeting, Representatives of Damon’s Grill, Wall Furniture, Benson Motorcycles, veterinarian Mike Brown, Toyota of Muncie, Menards and Meijer expressed opposition to efforts by the city of Muncie to annex 168 acres near Ind. 332 and Nebo Road that includes those businesses. City council must vote within 30 to 60 days on the ordinance to annex those properties.

Taxpayer Protest at Muncie Council Meeting

The Muncie City Hall auditorium was packed with dissatisfied taxpayers last night.  Prior to the 6 p.m. City Council meeting, there was a demonstration outside city hall with many of the same taxpayers protesting.   About 11 people addressed the council during a 30 minute formal hearing.   Muncie’s advertised budget rate is $43.5 million, which is more than $4 million over the estimated maximum tax levy for the year.  But it is expected to be “trimmed” before it’s finalized on September 24th.

Rain Did Not Dampen Spirits at Muncie Music Fest

Rain did not dampen the spirits of participants and performers in Saturday night’s Muncie Music Fest in downtown Muncie.    Nearly two dozen bands performed into the early hours of Sunday morning.   Cheryl Crowder, events director for Downtown Muncie Development, indicated the event will become an annual event.   The End of Summer Jam will also be back next year, adding to downtown festivities.

Marion Man Sought in Shooting Incident

Reports said Marion Police officers were called at 4:30 a.m. to a residence in the 1500 block of West Nelson Street for a report of shots fired.  When they arrived at the scene, witnesses told police a man began yelling at people. He then pulled out a handgun and fired three shots into the kitchen ceiling.  Before leaving the area, the man fired one more shot into the outside of the house.  Police say there were no injuries, and late Sunday, no arrests had been made.