Don’t expect a public forum anytime soon on the plans Delaware County commissioners have for the county jail. That possibility was presented at a Monday meeting. It’s possible one could be held after plans come back from an Indianapolis firm putting together blueprints for a 500 to 750 inmate lockup that would cost about $45 million.
A Muncie pizza delivery driver is being held after police say he was involved in a hit and run. The Star Press reports 23 year old Devon Gaines told police he was looking down at his phone while driving and struck a 14 year old teenaged girl walking on East McGalliard Road Saturday. Police tracked him down after getting a tip from someone who saw the report in the news.
A two day conference for artists will be happening in Fort Wayne. The 2018 Indiana Arts Homecoming will be held Oct. 18 and 19. It will feature more than 30 learning sessions focused on ways to improve a community’s vibrancy through art. State officials say the goal is to energize and empower artists to bring their craft closer to the center of their own communities.
Muncie police have arrested the driver who fled the scene of a hit and run. Witnesses say a car came upon a 14-year-old female who was walking on West McGalliard, struck her and then fled the scene. 23-year-old Devon S. Gaines has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury. The girl was lifelined to Riley for a ruptured aortic artery.
A teenager is dead following a double shooting on Saturday. The 19-year-old male from Fortville died of his injuries Sunday morning. Police believe he and a 26-year-old Anderson male exchanged gunfire that left the older man with a wound to the arm. Police have not released their names. The shooting makes the fourth homicide investigation by Anderson and Madison County law enforcement officers within a week.
Madison County judges have adopted two rules in an effort to reduce the number of inmates being housed in local correctional facilities. Effective immediately, people in the jail on a probation violation for more than 14 days will appear before a criminal magistrate. And, criminal magistrates would be assigned people incarcerated on a Level 6 felony charge for 30 days or more. This comes after the county council decided to hire a case manager to track court cases, a move that the Madison County judges do not support.
Negotiations between Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler and the local Fraternal Order of Police appears to be an impasse. Since December 31st, Muncie police have been working under an expired contract. An arbitrator is set to step in August 30th and will issue his recommendation. Muncie City Council would then decide on whether the non-binding recommendation is adopted.
Double murder suspect Daniel Lee Jones is claiming that another suspect pulled the trigger and then forced him to remain silent. Jones is charged with the murder of 39-year-old Trinity Parker of Anderson and the murder of 35-year-old Anderson man David L. Phillips II. Jones says 30-year-old Jordan Zirkle was the trigger man.
A change of heart for Ball State University’s board of trustees as they have voted to remove the name of the founder of Papa John’s Pizza from a university institute and a distinguished professorship. The result is the name John H. Schnatter will be stripped from the John H. Schnatter Institute for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise.
Indiana’s unemployment rate edged higher in July from June. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the rate was 3.4 percent, up from 3.3 percent in June. The state’s rate remained below the national rate of 3.9 percent.