Alleged Richmond embezzlement

An eastern Indiana woman who seemed upset when her employer offered her a promotion is now accused of embezzling more than $327,000 from the business following an audit by suspicious company officials.Denise Eileen King, 55, faces one count of felony theft for her alleged embezzlement from Logistics Revolution, a Richmond freight transportation company.The company’s president told Richmond police that company leaders had attempted to promote King from an accounting position, but they found her reaction of concern to that offer strange and she subsequently resigned, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Anderson Youth Center update

As funding for the Anderson Township Trustee Youth Center is winding down, the future of the facility was debated by members of the Anderson City Council last week.The Youth Center was started by former Anderson Township Trustee John Bostic in 2016 but has struggled to remain financially stable.Bostic formed a not-for-profit organization to run the facility, but has been unable to reach a lease agreement with current Trustee Mike Shively.Several months ago it was announced that a local group was working to merge with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne to open a club at the Anderson Township facility. It was reported the Fort Wayne club would lease the Anderson Township Trustee’s Field House for 20 years.Committee member Lindsay Brown said Thursday that discussions continue with Fort Wayne.

Muncie: no Centennial road work anytime soon

Roadwork scheduled for Centennial Avenue is on hold after the City of Muncie couldn’t match funds to acquire grant money needed for the project.City Engineer Brian Stephens-Hotopp went before the Board of Works on Wednesday to request it reject bids for the project after they found out the city would not be able to afford its share of the Community Crossings grant.Last year, during the second round of the Community Crossings matching grant applications, the city applied for projects on both Centennial Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. That grant was awarded to the city.

Another delay in MSD case

A U.S. District Court judge has reset for September the trial of a Muncie contractor indicted last May in the federal investigation of then-Mayor Dennis Tyler’s administration and the Muncie Sanitary District.Rodney A. Barber, 51, is charged with two counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making a false statement.Federal authorities allege he paid kickbacks to an unnamed Muncie Sanitary District official “in the form of cash… or in the form of check contributions to the Delaware County Democratic Party.” The new trial date is September 28th.

Gaston shooting: more

Three Delaware County men have been arrested in a Friday morning shooting at an apartment building in Gaston.Delaware County sheriff’s deputies and Gaston police were sent to the scene of the shooting, at 603 N. Sycamore St., about 8:55 a.m. Friday. They found Bryant K. Dunigan Jr., 31, “with a single gunshot wound to the neck area,” Jeff Stanley, chief deputy of the sheriff’s department, said in a release issued Saturday night.Dunigan – who survived the shooting – was taken by ambulance to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.According to Stanley, investigators determined three men had entered the apartment and attacked Dunigan. They reportedly fled after the victim was shot.

Cop gets job before new building is even open

Six months before Joe Winkle’s term as Muncie police chief ended, he signed a contract with the Muncie Sanitary District to provide security for a building the district didn’t yet occupy.The contract to guard MSD’s new headquarters would pay him nearly the same amount he made as police chief.Muncie Sanitary Board President Bill Smith said Winkle isn’t being paid until the district occupies the building on Jackson Street, the district is already considering a second contract with Winkle’s security company, Blackhawk Security Services, LLC.The sanitary district denied a request for a copy of the contract, which had been set to be voted on during MSD’s Jan. 29 meeting. The contract was tabled at both the Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 meetings.MSD officials said the contract was still in negotiations and would be provided after board approval.

Daleville downs Dollar General

The Daleville Town Council turned down a request to declare a section of drive as public right of way during their meeting on Monday.Andrew Rossell of AR Engineering appeared on behalf of Daleville Partners, who is developing the site for a Dollar General store on Indiana 67.Austin Transportation is adjacent to the property being considered for the Dollar General and has a 40-foot-wide easement for a driveway to access its property.The drive will provide access to both the Dollar General and the trucking company.Rossell asked the town to declare the first 80 feet of easement as public right of way. Developers would reconstruct the 80-foot section and pave it with concrete to stand up to the truck traffic. The remainder of the drive would be deeded to the trucking company.Rossell said Dollar General was concerned about the liability of the co-mingling of their customers and truck traffic on their property. Transferring the section of drive to the town and declaring it a public right of way would solve the problem, but would make the town responsible for maintaining it.