Drug Raid Leads To Pair Of Arrests

A raid Monday night near the Ball State University campus left a Muncie couple charged with heroin-dealing and neglect. Police say along with 32 year old Mitchell Bozarth and 28 year old Jessica Lutton, two children were in the home on the 1400 block of West Ashland Avenue. Police say they found heroin and cash and that an informant had bough the drug from Bozarth in the past few days.

Cats Rescued From Muncie Home

Dozens of cats were rescued from a home in Muncie that The Humane Society labeled an “alleged severe neglect situation.” It happened at a home along West Main Street, where authorities got a search warrant and found many casts in need of veterinary care with respiratory and skin infections and injuries. The cats are currently in a temporary shelter.

Shear Diversity Hair Show at Muncie Civic Theatre

Last month, Muncie entrepreneur Krista Sides welcomed the first class of students at the Chameleon College of Beauty Culture, designed to help under-resourced individuals acquire skills in beauty culture. The Muncie Journal reports on October 22, the college will host the Shear Diversity Hair Show at Muncie Civic Theatre to raise funds for scholarships for high-need students. To purchase tickets and learn more, visit chameleoncollegeofbeautyculture.org.

Local serving in a Sub, and Tuesday, 10/19/2021 Woof Boom Morning news

A Fairmount, Indiana, native is serving aboard USS Kentucky, one of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarines.  Petty Officer 1st Class Kelsey Payne serves as an electronics’ technician and joined the Navy to take advantage of the opportunity to travel and learn a new trade.  Payne attended Madison Grant High School and graduated in 2006. Known as America’s “Silent Service,” the Navy’s submarine force operates a large fleet of technically advanced vessels. These submarines are capable of conducting rapid defensive and offensive operations around the world, in furtherance of U.S. national security.

The proposed three tenths of a percent increase in the local public safety income tax has another chance at adoption.  The Anderson City Council on Thursday voted to conduct a special meeting and vote on the increase in the public safety income tax.  The public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 28.  It takes a majority vote of the Madison County Tax Council to adopt the increase and thus far only Pendleton has voted to support it.

More Muncie park improvements – Supervisor Carl Malone posted recently that Carver Drive playground renovation is getting started soon. New park coming 2022. Grand opening July 4th.

One of the most viewed stories in recent weeks on WLBC’s MuncieJournal.com – Muncie’s deal to acquire 13 more acres of land for a yet to be named park currently referred to as either Tillpond or Southwest Park on the city’s southwest side.  The $25,000 purchase is part of Mayor Ridenour’s push to improve public parks and green space in the City of Muncie by using money from his office’s EDIT Funds to pay for the additional land.  Read all about it on MuncieJournal.com.

Ball State safety Bryce Cosby was tabbed as the Mid-American Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Week.  Ball State returns to action Saturday, when it hosts Miami for its annual Homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

The Henry County Salvation Army is still looking for volunteers to collect donations this holiday season.  According to their Facebook page, they still has over 1,000 hours of bell ringing shifts open and desperately needs volunteers.  You can sign up to ring on https://www.registertoring.com/.  There are three options for you to sign up: Solo Ringer, Ringing with a group, or a virtual ringer.  The Muncie Salvation Army is in the same situation – and they are an upcoming WLBC Hometown Hero of the Month winner. 

Macs restaurant on South Madison in Muncie recently closed when the owner of that location retired, and Reporter Sean Mattingly noticed last week that the for sale sign says already says pending.  We’ll watch for future updates.

First Merchants Corporation announced Chad Kimball as its new senior vice president and chief risk officer. He will be responsible for the Bank’s enterprise risk management program that supports.

A former Munsonian is returning to our state.  Todd Sandman-Cruz was announced last week as First Presbyterian Church as the new director of Fine & Performing Arts. He attended  Elementary School, and Bishop Dwenger High School there, and graduated from Ball State University.

Some have called it “the big cat lawn” in Muncie – and the owner has passed away.  Bill Hutcherson, a Vietnam Veteran and man of many talents according to Bruce Munson on a social media post.  The yard on Tillotson near the BSU football stadium is famously filled with statues of exotic animals.

This week in Indiana history – in 1933 the John Dillinger gang staged what is considered to be their biggest robbery.  They got away with nearly $75,000 in cash from the Central National Bank in Greencastle.  It was one of several bank robberies committed by Dillinger and fellow convicts in the weeks after they had escaped from the state prison in Michigan City.

Muncie Man Sentenced For Selling Fentanyl To Police Informant

Twelve years behind bars for a Muncie man who dealt fentanyl to an informant for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit. The Star Press reports 33 year old Korbin Dale Bubp pleaded guilty in September to dealing in a narcotic drug.
He was arrested on New Year’s Day, when he led two Muncie police officers on a foot chase after abandoning his bicycle.

Man Sentenced In Muncie Police Chase Case

A year behind bars for a man who fled from Muncie police with his baby in his car, leading to a four-vehicle crash. The Star Press reports 20 year old Koen Jae-Allen Graddy had pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent, a Level 5 felony carrying up to six years in prison.

Mayor’s Arts Awards Nominees Announced

The office of Mayor Ridenour and the Muncie Arts and Culture Council are excited to announce the nominees for the 2021 Mayor’s Arts Awards. The Muncie Journal reports the event recognizes exceptional contributions made to the cultural community by individuals and organizations. The Mayor’s Arts Awards will occur on Friday, November 12th, 2021 at 7:30 PM at Sursa Performance Hall on the Ball State University Campus. See the list of nominees at munciejournal.com.

Monday, 10/18/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

In a National survey conducted in late September by the Nielsen company, those most likely to not have gotten the COVID vaccine tend to be young, female, and Hispanic.  Other findings of the study are posted on our Local News page this morning.

Bigger pump prices.   Gas prices keep rising, but GasBuddy’s Head of Petroleum Analysis Patrick DeHaan says that does not mean you should panic buy gas…  GasBuddy says the statewide average for gas is $3.33 per gallon. That’s up seven cents from where it was one week ago today.

From the Indiana State Department of Health over the weekend:  officials are urging Hoosiers to get immunized against influenza after confirming the first flu-related death of the 2021-22 flu season.  According to the press release, each year, hundreds of Hoosiers become sick from influenza, and some cases prove fatal. In the 2020-21 flu season, seven in the state died.  The season before, 137.

Nov. 10 will be a busy day at Federal court in Indy:  Jeffrey Burke will plead guilty and will be sentenced at the conclusion of a 10:15 a.m. hearing, after another date-delay due to attorney time conflicts.  Burke is accused of obtaining a bank loan — which was specifically not be to used to purchase real estate — in 2015.  That same afternoon, former Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler is scheduled to be sentenced in another proceeding, related to corruption charges.

The Ball State women’s volleyball team ran its winning streak to seven matches with another victory Saturday afternoon.  It will be a quick turnaround, hosting Toledo for a 6:30 p.m. first serve Tuesday in Worthen Arena.  Today is also the start of Homecoming Week on campus – sponsored by WLBC.

Hoosier History – this week in 1852, the first Indiana State Fair.  It was held in Indianapolis at Military Park.  In subsequent years, the fair was moved to several cities, including Lafayette, Madison, New Albany, Fort Wayne, and Terre Haute.  The present site was established in 1892.

What the Map says.   COVID update: the weekly map update still shows no Blue – the lowest threat level – but only 8 Red counties statewide, the nearest one being Tipton county.  Since September 16 daily cases, and daily tests have steadily declined.  COVID deaths in Indiana have been declining since September 28, according to Health Department data.

Local blues guitarist, and music teacher Governor Davis died at age 73 after a long hospital battle with COVID.  To help his wife and family pay for his medical bills and other expenses, Sight and Sound will be holding a benefit later this month.  He taught students his love of music there.

Two tornados have been confirmed in southern Indiana after a strong line of storms went through the area on Friday night.   The National Weather Service Louisville said an EF-0 tornado went through Washington County with winds estimated between 70 to 75 mph, according to a preliminary report.

More warnings for higher prices:  CenterPoint Energy’s Indiana North natural gas territory says customers may see a significant increase in their natural gas bills when compared to those of last winter – or far, far higher IF the winter temperatures are colder than typical.

A Fort Wayne-based company that opened a warehousing facility in Anderson three years ago is planning a major expansion.   The Anderson City Council on Thursday approved a resolution setting a public hearing for the requested seven-year tax abatement for 7 p.m. Nov. 11.  If approved the company would receive a 60% abatement for the seven years on property taxes.

WLBC proudly presents our award winning Hometown Hero of the month – granting thousands of dollars in publicity to area not for profits each month.  Upcoming winners – Randolph County Veterans Shelter in November, Salvation Army Muncie in December, with the Boys and Girls Club, Muncie Children’s Museum, and Hillcroft Services to follow – and more to come.

Warehousing Facility Has Major Expansion Plans In Anderson

A company that opened a warehousing facility in Anderson three years ago is planning a major expansion. The Herald Bulletin reports City Council has approved a resolution setting a public hearing for the requested seven-year tax abatement for 7 p.m. Nov. 11. If approved, the company would receive a 60% abatement on property taxes for the seven years.
The Tippman Group wants to expand its footprint by 230,000 square feet.

Businessman To Plead Guilty In Corruption Case

November 10th is the date set for a Delaware County businessman to plead guilty to bank fraud. The Star Press reports the charge stems from a federal investigation of corruption in then-Mayor Dennis Tyler’s administration.
Jeffrey Burke would be sentenced at the conclusion of the same hearing. He is accused of obtaining a bank loan — which was specifically not be to used to purchase real estate — in 2015.