Mother’s Sentencing In Daughter’s Murder Continued

The sentencing of an Elwood woman charged with the murder of her daughter has been continued. 23 year old Anna-Marie Pablo pleaded guilty in November to a charge of murder in connection with the March 2020 death of her 11-month-old daughter, Emmarie. According to the Herald Bulletin, Madison Circuit Court Judge Mark Dudley continued the sentencing hearing until Feb. 11 because two witnesses for the defense were not available. Pablo faces a possible prison sentence of 45 to 65 years.

Group Hopes To Use Old Marsh Store As Grocery Co-Op

Plans to use an old Marsh store on Nichol Avenue in Anderson as a grocery co-op are in the works. The Anderson Redevelopment Commission purchased the property in 2019 at a cost of $230,000 and recently voted to spend $320,000 to repair the roof, reports the Herald Bulletin. Owners of The Grow(cery) hope to secure a $1.6 million grant to begin operations as a co-op and have a meeting scheduled with city officials this month and hopes to open by the end of the year.

Ex-Minister Charged With Peddling Meth

A man who used to be a Muncie minister stands accused of selling meth to an informant for the Delaware County sheriff’s narcotics unit on multiple occasions. The Star Press reports 50 year old Toddrick Gordon was charged this week with selling meth to an informant at the former pastor’s East Washington Street home, on Dec. 10, Dec. 14, Dec. 23 and Dec. 28.

Man With Baby In Car Leads Police On High Speed Chase

Police say a man accused of domestic battery led Muncie police on a chase Friday morning. The suspect, who’s not been identified, reports the Star Press, had a baby in the car as well, in an unsecured child seat. The chase ended with a four-vehicle crash at Memorial Drive and Madison Street. The three month old child was taken to the hospital as was at least one person in one of the other vehicles involved. No word on their conditions.

Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 Woof Boom Radio Morning news

A special series of community conversations begins today .  We call it “You’re Talking, and WLBC’s Listening,” airing at 9 a.m. today – we plan to invite guests to talk about how our communities move forward, discussing local and national issues that impact us locally.  Our first guest will be Mitch Isaacs from the Shafer Leadership Academy today, with plans for a guest each day next week, and perhaps the week to come in an effort to even better serve our communities. Replay it here:

No need to call the IUBMH switchboard and ask if you can jump in line for a COVID vaccine

President Jeff Bird from the hospital earlier this week on WLBC with Steve Lindell.  Appointments will be available in all 92 counties for those 70 and older at the website or by calling the state’s 2-1-1.

The Anderson Community Schools board of trustees recently took its next step in filling the superintendent’s position.  The board posted the position. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 13.  A new superintendent is expected to fill the position starting July 1.

The lighter side of news:  tonight is a Watch Party for a BSU event

President Mearns from the WLBC Zoom Room yesterday.  Though the event is tonight at 6 p.m., pre-registration was required, and about 2,300 had signed up as of 11 a.m. yesterday.

Yorktown Town Council will meet in regular session Tuesday, January 19 at 05:30 PM at Town Hall.  Pete Olson will be a guest on WLBC Wednesday morning and discuss any relevant community updates.

Positive school news.   In a WLBC interview this week, MCS CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski shared about the High Ability programs

Hear that entire interview on This Week in Delaware County this weekend.

Anderson police are investigating the death of a 52-year-old Anderson woman who was found lying in a street early Thursday morning.  The victim was identified as Banita L. Mitchell,  found near the intersection of 16th and Walton streets. The coroner told the Herald Bulletin an autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death.

The first Legislative Update of the year is coming up, hosted for Members of the Muncie Delaware County Chamber of Commerce

Jay Julian, from earlier this week.  Sign up by contacting the Muncie Chamber.

BSU athletic director Beth Goetz told the Muncie newspaper on Thursday that after football coach Mike Neu’s success this past season, an extension to his contract is in the works.  Neu’s current contract runs through the 2022 season and ends on Feb. 28, 2023.

Food Distribution Event Saturday

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church’s Open Hands Food Distribution Day is happening at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, in the parking lot at 900 W. White River Blvd. The Star Press reports the drive-through giveaway in the parking lot off of Linden street will provide bags of food to the first 80 families on a first come, first served basis.

Two Aging Wells Serving Anderson Will Be Replaced

A couple of 40 year old wells will be replaced after the Anderson Redevelopment Commission voted to allocate $1.2 million for the project. The wells in question are in the Lafayette well field off County Road 300 North, where the city recently opened a new drinking water treatment plant in the area. The Herald Bulletin reports those wells are operating at 70% capacity.

Man Held In Woman’s Overdose Death

No bail for a Dunkirk man behind bars in connection with a fatal overdose last July in Madison County. 27 year old Antoine Whitfield is charged with dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death. According to the Star Press, the charge stems from the July 26 death of Janey Nannette Pettitt, whose body was found in a home in south Anderson. She died as a result of “mixed drug intoxication including the presence of fentanyl.”

COVID Cases Uptick Closes Northside Middle School

Officials at Muncie Community Schools have decided to temporarily close Northside Middle School until next week in response to a recent uptick in positive COVID-19 test results at the school. Students will shift to e-learning, utilizing the district’s Schoology learning management system, for the rest of this week. In-person learning is expected to resume on Tuesday.

IRONMAN To Hold Triathlon Event In Muncie

The IRONMAN Group announced the addition of a new full-distance IRONMAN triathlon event that will take place in the long-standing IRONMAN partner city of Muncie, Indiana on October 2, 2021. This event will be held in conjunction with IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie. The first half-distance triathlon event was held in Muncie in 1980 at the same venue IRONMAN uses today and still stands as the oldest continual Triathlon in the World.