Muncie Credit Union Robbed Again…

A Muncie credit union has been robbed for the second time in just eight days.   The First County Federal Credit Union was robbed Monday morning.   The suspects in last week’s robbery at the 11th and Hoyt location are thought to be the some ones who robbed it again yesteday.   Witnesses saw a two-tone truck in the area before the robbery.   A male and female were inside the vechicle, which is described as a mid 90’s pickup truck painted with dark and lighter brown colors.

Hoosier Park Buying Land to Add Slot Machines

Hoosier Park’s owner plans on buying 19 acres so it can expand the Anderson pari-mutuel track’s facilities in order to add slot machines in the coming months.  The Indiana Horse Racing Commission on Friday approved a from request track owner Centaur Inc. to buy the land from Virgil Cook, who has been a partner in Hoosier Park since it opened in 1994.   The land is being purchased for $1 million.

Elwood Man Drowns in Pool

A 39-year-old Elwood man was pronounced dead after being pulled from a 4-foot-deep above-ground pool Monday evening at a rural Summitville address, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.  James D. Rainey was identified as the victim. At 6:12 p.m., a caller to 911 told dispatchers Rainey had been found in the pool.  He was taken by ambulance to Community Hospital in Anderson, where he was pronounced dead at 6:54 p.m.

Murder Trial May Be Delayed Due to News Article

A Pendleton woman’s murder trial may be delayed after defense attorneys filed a change of venue motion because of a deputy prosecutor’s comments made to The Herald Bulletin.  Jury selection in Kathy Jo Ward’s murder trial was scheduled to start today in Madison Circuit Court. But defense attorney Bryan Williams filed a motion to change the venue early Monday after reading a story in The Herald Bulletin previewing the trial.  Specifically, Williams took exception to comments Madison County Deputy Prosecutor Pat Regains made to the newspaper referring to the chances of a plea deal being made in the case.

Former Muncie South Football Standout Arrested

A former minor league football player, who scouts said would likely join the NFL, was arrested Saturday for allegedly trying to sneak marijuana into the Correctional Industrial Facility in Pendleton.  The Indiana State Police arrested former Canadian Football League player LaDrelle M. Bryant, Muncie, on suspicion of trafficking with an inmate, a Class C felony, and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.   The 24-year old Bryant, a former standout football player at Muncie Southside High School, is being held in the Madison County Jail on $10,000 bond. He faces two to eight years in prison if convicted on the Class C felony.

Church of God Convention Smaller

The annual North American Church of God Convention is still a boon for Anderson businesses, despite a drop in the number of churchgoers who make the pilgrimage every year. Cheryl Shank, director of conferences  at Anderson University, said there are about 1,800 Church of God members staying in either Anderson University dorms or the campground. However, she said, the total number of convention-goers has dropped.  Shank said the university’s decision to change commencement from May to June has had an impact, as have changes to the convention’s schedule.  Ralph Day, executive director of the Madison County Visitors and Convention Bureau, said that although the convention isn’t as big as it once was, the city still sees some economic benefits.

Some Workers Happy with Delphi-UAW Deal

In the four-year pact negotiated with Delphi and GM, the UAW managed to keep three more plants open than Delphi had proposed/  It also got a series of options for longtime workers, including a $35,000 annual payment for three years to production workers whose wages will be cut from around $27 per hour to a lower pay scale of $14 to just over $18 per hour.  But most newer workers interviewed after the briefing were thrilled with the deal, which preserves their jobs making instrument clusters, fuel pumps and other parts until at least 2015.

Promotion at State Police

Indiana State Police announced Monday the promotion of Major Richard S. Weigand, a Winchester resident, to assistant superintendent.  Weigand graduated from Rising Sun High School and Vincennes University. A 27-year veteran of the state police, he was assigned to the Redkey District and served as trooper, squad sergeant, assistant district commander and district commander.  He most recently served as commander of the training division for state police.

Prisoner Handshakes Out….

Prisoner handshakes are out and fist bumps are in under a new directive issued by Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner J. David Donahue.  The commissioner wants to see people great each other with a “gentle bump” of their fists instead of a handshake. Anyone confused will be able to refer to one of the informational posters being posted in prisons. Indiana got the idea from Oklahoma as a way to cut down on the spread of illnesses, according to Department of Correction spokeswoman Java Ahmed.    A spokeswoman for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, said this was a prudent precaution in light of fears of a flu pandemic.

Neal Letter a "Confession" According to Attorney

A letter written from prison by John Neal is being termed “a confession.”   Indianapolis attorney J. Gregory Garrison, who is suing Neal on behalf of special Prosecutor Kit Crane, calls the letter a “blunt confession” that the 400-plus Cherry Master machines Neal placed in his numerous taverns were in fact gambling devices.  A rural Yorktown resident who formerly headed the Teamsters union in Indiana, Neal has claimed over the years that Cherry Masters were games of skill. According to prosecutors, the machines are games of chance — electronic facsimiles of slot machines that have predetermined outcomes that players are unable to influence. On July 6, Special Judge Steven Nation will preside over a scheduled two-hour status conference on the RICO (racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations) lawsuit that Garrison brought against Neal last year in Madison County.