Anderson Mayoral Candidates Have Final Debate

In the last mayoral debate of the season, all four Anderson mayoral candidates stood in front of a 350-person audience to make their viewpoints known before Tuesday’s election. Each candidate reviewed his platform, as in previous debates. Democratic candidate Kris Ockomon focused on jobs and crime rates. Independent candidate Robert Jozwiak focused on illegal immigrants, crime rates and fiscal responsibility. Republican incumbent Kevin Smith said he wanted to continue in the same direction he has worked on during the past four years. Write-in candidate Antony “Ty” Bibbs said he wanted a more truthful government.

Muncie Exide Corporation to Pay Penalties

Muncie’s Exide Technologies will be paying a penalty of over $62,000 to settle enviormental complaints. The company was accused of multiple violations of hazardous waste regulations, including storage beyond capacity and providing inaccurate information to the Indiana Department of Eviornmental Management. Among the compliance steps Exide implemented new labeling procedures, increasing the number of inspections, more training of employees, cleaning up concrete surfaces outside the plant and revising the contingency plan.

Technology Company to Locate in Marion

A technology company will announce plans today to locate its headquarters in Marion, according to a news advisory from a communications firm. Veriana Networks Inc. will have a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Marion Municipal Building. The company’s new global headquarters will be built on 252 acres at Interstate 69 and Ind. 18.

Madison County Crash Fatality Victim Identified

Madison County Coroner Ned Dunnichay has identified the victim of a Sunday crash. old Sheryl D. Kelley, of Marion, died of blunt force injuries to her head and chest when she was partially ejected from the van she was driving. Police were called to Indiana 37, south of County Road 1900 North, shortly after 4:30 p.m. County Road 1900 North serves as the border for Madison and Grant counties.

Anderson Man Faces Drunk Driving Charges After Accident

An Anderson man faces drunken driving and neglect charges after he let his 10-year-old son sit on his lap and drive his pickup truck. Police say Anthony T. Russell had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19 percent when the truck crashed into a tree in Edgewood on Saturday. Edgewood police were called to a single-vehicle crash near the area of West Eighth Street and Greenmeadow Drive shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday. The boy was taken to Community Hospital and X-rays showed he had a broken rib. The force of the impact was enough to break the truck’s steering wheel. When officers looked inside the truck’s cab,

Former Employee Burglarizes Businesses, Including One Where He Worked

An Alexandria man could face nearly 25 years in prison for allegedly burglarizing a pair of city businesses of less than $50 over the weekend. Prosecutors allege that Nathan M. Painter broke into B & K Root Beer,and Nick’s Pizza late Saturday. B & K officials called Alexandria police Saturday afternoon when they discovered a window broken at the restaurant. An employee told investigators that $15 in change was missing. Video surveillance images at the business recorded the break-in, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the charges. B & K officials said the burglar in the video resembled Painter, a former employee. Then, Nick’s Pizza called police to report that the business had been broken into. Nick’s employees said they discovered the pizza parlor ransacked, about $30 in change missing from a cash register, and a window broken.

Middletown Woman Dead in Traffic Crash

A Sulphur Springs woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Middletown on Saturday. Police said Ashley E. Cade was driving eastbound on Henry County Road 825 North shortly before 4 p.m. when the car was struck by a pickup truck at the intersection with Mechanicsburg Road. Cade either didn’t stop for a stop sign or was pulling out into the intersection when she was struck by a southbound truck driven by Jessica A. York, 19, of rural Middletown. Ray said the pickup T-boned the Malibu, striking the car on the driver’s side. Cade was taken by helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where she died later that night.

Some Comcast Cable Digital Customers Experiencing Difficulty

Some Comcast customers in the Muncie area may be experiencing difficulties as a result of recent upgrades to the digital cable service. Problems may include unavailable channels and video and audio breakup. According to Mark Apple of Comcast, this is a result of older wiring in some customer’s homes. A service visit will be required to correct the issue. Apple indicates those affected should call 1-800-COMCAST for assistance. In the meantime, the issues can be resolved by connecting the cable directly to the TV set, and not using the digital box.