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.
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.
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.
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.
The Marion City Council has elected new leadership for 2007. Ward One Councilman Dave Homer was elected president. He replaces Del Garcia, an at-large councilman who held the position last year.
The Muncie Sanitary District Board of Directors decided to keep the same officers during a reorganization meeting Tuesday. Bill Smith will continue to serve as president while Mark Miller will serve as vice-president and Teresa Ford as secretary.
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.
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.
A Muncie restaurant surprisingly closed over the weekend. Muncie Aviation officials found the keys to Vinces Restaurant in an envelope outside the door to their office when they arrived for work yesterday. Theyre 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.
Noblesville police have charged two men with breaking into a laundromat and trying to steal a coin machine. Mikel Faith, 35, and Earl Smith, 52, were apprehended after an officer saw them inside the Sunshine Center while on patrol. Both men were caught after a short pursuit.