Shideler residents voice concerns over ethanol refineries

Muncie residents in the Shideler area are concerned about issues of a possible ethanol refinery.  They say their concerns about odor, truck exhaust and dust that could be generated by the plant were ignored by city and county officials last year.  Officials from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management say they do not regulate diesel exhaust from trucks, nor the odors from ethanol refineries, and residents should expect the plant to run every day of the year.

Statewide smoking ban moves forward in House

A law to ban smoking statewide in most public places passed the Indiana House Monday.  However, the law would exempt places such as bars from the ban.  The bill was added to a plan to offer health insurance for the working poor and will have another vote in the House today.  The final version will be determined by a conference committee in the House and Senate to negotiate differences over the plan.

Indianapolis man never issued license; formal charges filed

Formal charges were filed Monday against an Indianapolis man accused of driving his car into a horse-drawn carriage while he was drunk.  46-year-old Timothy Carlson was charged with possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving without ever being issued a license.  Carlson’s blood-alcohol-content measured at .115 at the scene.  He is currently being held in Marion County Jail on a $50 thousand bond.

New Wal-Mart Distribution Center officially opens

Grand opening festivities at the new Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Gas City is expected to draw a large number people.  General manager Scott Murphy says about twelve hundred people, including Governor Mitch Daniels and Mayor Larry leach will be on hand for the 10 o’clock ribbon cutting ceremony.  The invitation-only event will allow guests to tour the plant after speeches are made.

Teenager to face murder charges in shooting death

An Indianapolis teenager will face murder charges.  A public defender was appointed to represent 14-year-old Robert Woods, Jr. In the shooting death of 39-year-old Herbert Patton.  Police say Woods shot Patton after the two got into an argument over the cost of repairs on a van.  Woods is the youngest person in Marion County to be charged with murder in four years.