Monday, 4/19/2021 Woof Boom Radio Morning news

Unreal events, very real.   Saturday night, Phillip Lane Hurley Jr. was believed to be messing around with an abandoned truck on I69 near the 206 mile marker.  When an ISP trooper got there, he ran away, was shot with a Taser, and still resisted arrest.   The suspect then stole a second officer’s police car, more cops from Fishers and Madison County Sheriff’s department chased him at up to 140 miles per hour on I69.  They lost sight of him, but using the GPS on the cruiser, they found him crashed in the intersection of 53rd St. and Scatterfield Road inside the city limits of Anderson.   He fled on foot, tried to steal more cars, but eventually was caught  by members of the Anderson Police Department.  Hurley had minor injuries.  They figured out later that Hurley was originally driving had been stolen near Effingham Illinois, had an active arrest warrant, with full extradition, from the Harris County Sheriff’s Department in Houston Texas. The warrant is for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Another disappointment for some student athletes: this past Saturday’s scheduled Senior Day  game and regular season finale for Taylor football with Wittenberg was cancelled due to Covid-19 protocols within the Wittenberg program. The game will not be rescheduled.

Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.9 percent for March, and the national rate is 6.0 percent. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Renovations finally complete:  the Yorktown library re-opens today.

The Indiana University board of trustees said the next President of the University is Dr. Pamela Whitten. She is IU’s first female president. Whitten takes over the position from Michael McRobbie, who announced last August that he was stepping down after 14 years in that position. She starts on the job July 1.

If not for streets, what’s it for?   As we told you last week, Federal stimulus money is coming to Muncie.  So, we asked Muncie Mayor Dad Ridenour – then, what CAN it be used for?  He wrote, “…reimburse city governments for reduced revenue in 2020, 2021 and 2023. Water, sewer and broadband projects are ok. Can help reduced revenue in hotels, restaurants,  tourism, and nonprofits.”  We also reached out to Congressman Pence’s office, and will share more tomorrow about other allowed-spending.

This is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.   Delaware County Prosecutor Eric Hoffman wrote in the Muncie paper this weekend, his Office wants to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available.  He also wrote that he will be continuing to hold offenders accountable for their actions.

One of the best to ever play football at Purdue University has died.  From 1966 to 1968, Leroy Keyes played running back and defensive back and was a kickoff return specialist. In 1968, he was second in voting for the Heisman Trophy, the award that goes to the best college football player, finishing just behind O.J. Simpson.  He was 74 and died at his home in West Lafayette.

Amber Huber, a 2001 Cowan graduate, last week was named the Blackhawks’ head varsity volleyball coach.

Recently, Connect 2 Disconnect, was an effort to discourage distracted driving in Indiana. Nearly 1,000 warning and citations were written under the hands-free device driving law.  Drivers are encouraged to activate their phone’s “Do Not Disturb” feature or place it in their glove box, center console or back seat until they reach their destination. They can also designate a passenger to be their “designated texter” by allowing them to access their phone.

Vandals strike Muncie Shelter vehicle

Post today from Muncie Animal Care and Services:

“We are deeply saddened to report that our Animal Control truck was vandalized last night near campus. The majority of our supplies and equipment were damaged, including dog and cat food that was thrown on the truck and ground. These supplies allow us to safely capture injured or aggressive animals and provide lifesaving emergency care to animals on scene.
We are asking for your help in identifying who is responsible. If you have any information please call police dispatch at 747-4838.
Thank you.”

Paper Shredding Next Week At East Central Recycling

Muncie Sanitary District reports you can drop off your files of paper at East Central Recycling during the week of April 19th- April 23rd, 2021 during the hours of 8a-1p. The limit is 50 boxes per resident and this service is for residents only. Simply pull up to the ECR Scale Office and let them know you are there for “Shred Week” and you will be directed to pull around to the shredder.

Latest On Indiana Fedex Shooting

Police are looking for a motive in the mass shooting at a Fedex facility in Indianapolis and have identified the shooter as a man in his 20’s. Eight people were killed and police say the gunman took his own life before officers arrived. Several others are hospitalized. Witnesses say the suspect arrived in the parking lot of the place and began shooting with a rifle. The entire incident lasted just a couple of minutes.

Man Arrested After Report Of Gunfire

Police say a report of gunfire at a southside Muncie home on Thursday led to a local man’s arrest on drug-dealing charges. The Star Press reports 22 year old Nicholus Woolums was arrested at a home on the 2100 block of South Pershing Drive. Police say several Ball jars were found filled with a large quantity of blue tablets” later identified as Xanax. They also reportedly found a .45-caliber handgun that had been reported stolen, glass smoking devices, syringes, a set of digital scales and a “large amount of U.S. currency.”

Friday, 4/16/2020 Woof Boom Radio Morning news

Congressman Greg Pence (R-IN) joined his colleagues in signing a discharge petition filed by Congresswoman Kat Cammack (R-FL) to advance H.R. 619 – the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would seek to save lives of newborn infants following a failed abortion or procedure. The legislation would also put measures in place to require health care facilities and reciprocal employees to report failure to comply or violations of the law.

More Blue for Delaware and many surrounding counties.  For the first time in a month, the state designation for the coronavirus in Madison County is yellow.  Stephanie Grimes, administrator of the Madison County Health Department, reminded that to be in the state’s lowest category of blue the positivity rate has to be below 5%.  It’s Yellow for Blackford, and Hamilton counties, too.  The number of people seeking tests has declined, so fewer tests with more positives would skew the percentages in a negative looking fashion.

The Muncie Community Schools Board of Trustees this week approved the renewal of the district’s lease with Ball State University (BSU) for Northside Middle School. The new deal extends the agreement through June 30, 2024, and reinforces the two institutions’ commitment of “placing learners first” according to a press release from MCS.

Indy’s fireworks, cancelled last July 4th because of COVID is having a new problem: they can’t launch from the rooftop of the Regions Bank building, because of a new, nearby residential development.  If they are able to set up a new site, there won’t be the usual festival-type event because of social distancing, so people will be encouraged to watch from their own safe locations near downtown.  WLBC is sponsoring the Prairie Creek show on July 3, and the Muncie Central High School show on July 4 – those are both ON!

Lots of great places to learn. has announced its Top 41 Colleges in Indiana for 2021.  IU Bloomington, Purdue, and Ball State are the Top 3 overall.   Anderson University has received a ranking of #17 on this list, and has additionally been ranked the top school for an education in nursing.  We’ll feature more of the list on our Monday morning news.

They will be checking, but did speed, or perhaps drugs cause this?  Richmond’s 28 year old William Caleb Miller lost control of his vehicle as he attempted to bring it back onto the roadway. He crossed US227 became airborne and flipped an undetermined number of times. He was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene by the Wayne County Coroner.  About 42 grams of methamphetamine and 3 grams of synthetic opioid “gray death” was found near the vehicle. The crash remains under investigation.

The driver in a Tuesday hit-and-run that left a pedestrian with minor injuries has turned herself in to the Alexandria Police Department.  According to a police news release, Corrine Flatt, 59, of Summitville turned herself in after she saw a Facebook post. She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing bodily injury and issued a summons for Elwood City Court on April 29.

Re-election chest:  The campaign of U.S. Senator Todd Young raised $1.26 million in the first quarter of 2021, with over 9,600 contributions from over 5,000 individual supporters. Ninety-three percent of contributions were under $100.  Last month, Young kicked off his re-election campaign by releasing the endorsements of more than 300 Hoosier conservative leaders.

The 26th annual Sertoma Club Mayor’s Cup Grand Prix is set for Friday, April 23, through Sunday, April 25.  The 2020 event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Muncie Seeks Public Feedback On Traffic Issues

There’s a public forum happening next Tuesday, April 20th to get input on traffic issues in Muncie. Muncie City Council’s Land and Traffic Committee is looking for feedback that it can pass along to city council and the city engineer. The Star Press reports the meeting will happen at 7pm that night at Cornerstone Center for the Arts and will focus on issues like stop signs, yield signs, speed limits, one-way streets, crosswalks and other areas of concern.

Police Say Man Sold Drugs To Informant

Police say a Muncie man sold heroin to an informant with the Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task Force…twice. 29 year old
Darius James Walker is charged with dealing in a narcotic drug. He allegedly sold a total of 1.6 grams of the drug, for $200, to an informant on Feb. 2 and March 11, at his home in the 600 block of South Wolfe Street. Police say at the time of his arrest, Walker had Xanax pills hidden in one of his socks.

Girl Scouts Hosting Open House

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana will celebrate the grand opening of their new community-centric service model in Muncie during an open house 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at Madjax Makerforce coworking space, 515 E. Main St. The Star Press reports local families are invited to attend the open house to learn more about Girl Scouts.

MCS Renews Lease With BSU For Northside Middle School

The Muncie Community Schools Board of Trustees Wednesday night approved the renewal of the district’s lease with Ball State University (BSU) for Northside Middle School. The Muncie Journal reports the new deal extends the agreement through June 30, 2024, and reinforces the two institutions’ commitment of “placing learners first.” MCS pays BSU $1/year to lease the building.