Grant County Council to discuss plans on renovation

The Grant County Council will consider plans to renovate the county courthouse this week.  Several options were made by Commissioner Jeremy Diller last week, including the possible construction of a new building that could cost as much as 8.8-million dollars.  The meeting will take place tomorrow night at 6 o’clock at the Willis VanDevanter Grant County Office Complex on Adams Street.

Gonzales vote fails to move on

A no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales yesterday was blocked by Republicans.  The move was a symbolic Democratic effort to remove him from office, despite criticism from lawmakers in both parties.  Congress does not have the authority to remove a Cabinet member, however Democrats are still trying to remove Gonzales from power.

Indianapolis gang could be linked to recent string of arsons

An investigator in Indianapolis believes a gang with a history of arson is connected to a series of fires set on the city’s Southside.  The 13th suspicious fire in 15 days took place at a garage on Boyd Aenue early Sunday morning.  It was the third fire that was set since 30-year-old Robert Green was arrested on June 1st on burglary charges.  Marion County prosecutors had previously dropped their case for arson against him last week.

Three bikers killed during poker run near Cincinnati

Three motorcyclists were killed near Moores Hill, Indiana while participating in a poker run Saturday afternoon.  The Indiana State Police say 18-year-old Bryant Withers of Milan crossed the center line and struck at least three motorcycles on Indiana 350, around 30 miles west of Cincinnati.  Witnesses say oncoming motorists were pulling over to allow extra room for the bikers to pass, but the last car in the line crossed over and hit the oncoming motorcycles.

INDOT to install cable barriers along interstates

INDOT announced yesterday that they would expand the use of cable safety barriers along Indiana interstates ahead of schedule.  The cost of the project will be 20-million dollars over the next two years to install the barrier in areas that have the greatest potential for cross-over median crashes.  INDOT says the cable barriers in those areas have the ability to prevent over 100 serious crashes from occurring each year.

Appeals court upholds ruling

A state appeals court upheld an attempted murder conviction of a former Muncie man who tried to kill his wife while behind bars at the Madison County Jail.  24-year-old Aaron Reid was sentenced to 50 years in prison by Judge Thomas Newman, Jr. after he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder by a Madison Superior Court 3 jury in April of 2006.  Authorities say he contacted an undercover officer posing as an Ohio man and asked him to kill his wife and mother-in-law.  Reid even gave the officer directions to his ex-wife’s Parker City home.

Senior citizen faces possible 50-year sentence

A 74-year-old man found guilty of dealing in a controlled substance will now face a sentencing hearing on June 25th.  Delaware Circuit Court 3 Judge Robert Barnet, Jr. will hand out a possible 50-year sentence to Isaiah Mosby.  The former Chicago resident was arrested last July for selling methadone.  He was also convicted on a felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance.

IDEM issues warning on wastewater in Ohio River

IDEM is warning residents of Jefferson County and other places to avoid contact with water in the Ohio River downstream from the Madison Wastewater Management plant.  They say partially treated wastewater is likely being discharged from the facility.  IDEM officials are working to restore the plants treatment capability, however those repairs won’t be finished until mid-week.

Starbucks faces lawsuit for improper coffee cup lid

A New Castle woman is suing Starbucks.  Kimberly Dodd says she has suffered “severe pain and permanent injury” as the result of a coffee cup lid not being properly secured.  Dodd says the lid came off the cup and hot coffee spilled onto her upper legs, torso and abdomen causing severe injuries. The incident occurred at the store on South Memorial Drive in New Castle.