BBB issues warning

The Indiana Better Business Bureau says you need to be careful with your money as the holiday season winds down.  President Linda Carmody says that if you get a call from an organization calling itself the Paralyzed Hoosier Veterans selling light bulbs or American flags, don’t buy!  Carmody says it’s unclear where the money is going.  The PHV claims money was givne to Wheelchair games and the Purdue University Center for Paralysis Research.  However, the only documented grant to either of those organizations was $2,000 given nine years ago.  Carmody says claims by the PHV that they turned down a request to join the BBB are also false since they never received an invitation.

Man gets jail time

An Anderson man has been sentenced to four years in prison for taking inappropriate pictures of young girls.  Stephen Scott, 45, also received four years on probation as part of his sentence.  He admitted to the charges last month as part of a plea deal.

Two held in purse snatchings

Anderson police have charged two people in a string of strong-arm robberies.  Justin Lockridge and Blythe Batie, both 19, are charged in a string of robberies that began early last month and ended with a robbery in front of the Harvest Market at 3205 Columbus Avenue last Friday.

Finding the dogs a home

Muncie Animal Shelter officials say a number of dogs seized during a December 20 drug raid will be put up for adoption.  Most of the dogs are pit bulls.  The Unconditional Love Foundation, a rescue organization for animals, is helping with the adoption process.

City of Anderson seeks grants

A total of over $1.4 million in grants is being sought by Anderson officials for brownfield cleanups of abandoned industrial sites.  $1.2 million from the Environmental Protection Agency would be used to create a revolving loan fund program that would fund the assessment, cleanup and demolition of brownfield sites.  Meanwhile $230,000 from the Indiana Finance Authority would go toward assessing the cleanup of petroleum-related brownfield sites like abandoned gas stations and fuel supply depots.

Man hurt in auto accident

A Yorktown man was seriously injured in a Muncie crash Monday night.  Shawn Wilson, 25, crashed his pickup truck head-on into a tree near the intersection of Centennial Avenue and Bennett Street.  Police believe alcohol and excessive speed were factors in the crash.

Airport eatery shut down

A Muncie restaurant surprisingly closed over the weekend.  Muncie Aviation officials found the keys to Vince’s Restaurant in an envelope outside the door to their office when they arrived for work yesterday.  They’re now looking for a new tenant for the restaurant.  It’s also likely gift cards from the restaurant won’t be honored by the new owners.