Tuesday, 6/15/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Switching to Democrat.  Jennifer McCormick announced recently she’s changed parties.  CBS4 Indy asked her last weekend about the switch, and if she’s running for governor – she said she’s not running for anything right now.  They cited Joe Donnelley and Joe Hogsett as Democratic front runners to unseat Republican Eris Holcomb.

Ball State announces they will no longer require people vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear masks on campus, effective immediately. As WLBC’s Kim Morris reported first yesterday, vaccinated people are also exempt from the pre-arrival COVID-19 test before the fall semester.

Second Harvest Food Bank announces the following Food Distribution Tailgate events.   Today, a SPECIAL event in Madison County at 10:00 AM in the Old Kmart Parking Lot.   Jay County is Wednesday 10:00 AM at Hudson Family Park in Portland.  Thursday, there are two at 10 a.m. – Muncie at the regular spot at Muncie Mall and Hartford City at First Church of Nazarene.  Friday, there’s two at 10 a.m. – New Castle and Winchester.  Volunteers are always needed.

FedEx Ground is looking to hire 1,200 employees at facilities across Indiana.  The open gigs are for package handlers, and many may become full-time as the company expands capacity in response to customer demand.

Indiana history:  this week in 1978, Garfield the cat, a creation of cartoonist Jim Davis, made his first appearance in newspapers around the country.  Davis was born in Fairmount and grew up in Marion.  He has been a long time resident of the Muncie area, with the Garfield HQ here for many years.

The Juneteenth Muncie Celebration is designed to engage, educate, enjoy and empower, and it’s this Saturday, June 19, 3-9 p.m. at Heekin Park (area nearest to the cabins).  Parking will be available off of Hackley St. (on the road that runs in front of the cabins) and near the basketball courts.   Many have reached out to volunteer.  We posted that link on our Local News page this morning!  https://signup.com/go/PwUNWSb

The Daleville Farmers Market is every Friday from 4-7pm at the Daleville Town Hall park where the splash pad is. Follow the Daleville Farmers Market Facebook page for updates. Always accepting new vendors as well.

Six hundred new kindergarteners in Delaware County are off to a “strong start” thanks to Muncie & Delaware County BY5 (BYE-FIVE) Early Childhood Initiative, Inc. and the Early Learning Indiana Strong Start Program.  The backpacks—made possible by a $25,000 grant from the Strong Start Program—were distributed at kindergarten registration events at several schools across Delaware County. Each with a book, counting puzzle activity and a rhyming game.

They’ve put down roots in Zionsville, a suburb north of Indianapolis, with a $1.93 million home purchase.  Mr. and Mrs. Mike Pence said they were moving back to the state shortly after the inauguration of President Biden.  From the “did you know” department: Secret Service protection is given to all former President’s for life, but VP’s only get it for 6 months.

The Indiana Department of Transportation recently increased compensation entry level pay for skilled trades positions throughout the agency.  The new starting pay for entry level positions will be $20.00 per hour with a valid CDL and $19.00 per hour without a CDL. INDOT will also pay for CDL training (within 90 days of employment), and employees who obtain a valid CDL will begin earning the additional $1 per hour.

Liberty-Perry Alumni Association (LPAA)  continues one on their newest traditions – engraved bricks.  The Walkway was installed by Ken Glaub, owner of Dogwood Builders, in the northeast corner of the grassy area, west of the west front entrance of Wapahani High School in July 2017.   Brick applications are still available and the hope is that another installation could be done later this year.  The LPAA website has more information – www.libertyperryalumni.com.

A 7-year-old girl from Anderson is making a difference in the lives of strangers who are going through a tough time.  Ray is putting together backpacks full of items like pajamas, a toothbrush and crafts to donate to Community Hospital Anderson’s Sexual Assault Treatment Center. The hospital will give the bags to those in need, like kids who are being removed from a dangerous situation and placed in foster care.  Ray’s mother, Samantha Loyd told Channel 13 that Ray got the inspiration for the bags after reading a story in a magazine about a Girl Scouts troop doing something similar.   You can find more information about donating at the Facebook page, “Ray’s Journey Packs.”

Couple Injured In Motorcycle Crash

Severe injuries for a Muncie couple in a Sunday afternoon traffic crash. The Star Press reports Kirk and Deb Mace were on their motorcycle traveling northbound on the federal highway when a four-door pickup truck, traveling east on Delaware County Road 300-S, reportedly pulled into their path. The Maces reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken by ambulance to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

Second Trial For Man Accused In Deadly Shooting

His first trial ended in a mistrial, now a Muncie man is standing trial for a second time on murder and a pair of robbery-related charges. The Star Press reports 22 year old William C. Balfour III is charged in the 2015 death of 18 year old Christian Michael Orebaugh, who was fatally shot in his West 23rd Street home during what prosecutors say was a robbery targeting cash, marijuana and guns.

Accutech Systems Experiencing Revenue, Employment Growth

Accutech Systems, a trust and wealth management technology company, has announced 23% year-over-year revenue growth, and the addition in the past twelve months of 20 new employees. The Muncie Journal reports additionally, Accutech upgraded to 40,000 square feet of new office space at 115 S. Walnut St. in downtown Muncie, an expansion of 25,000 square feet from the company’s previous office. The company is expected to make the move downtown on July 6, 2021.

Monday, 6/14/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news



Kalyn Melham will serve as the 2021 Delaware County Fair Queen, after winning the Pageant Saturday night.  10 contestants were entered at the event, held at Muncie Central high school’s auditorium.  The 169th edition of the Delaware County Fair is July 12–July 24.  The 4-H events begin on Monday, July 12, with the Midway opening on Monday, July 19.  WLBC Dollar Ride night will be July 20.

Last Thursday, convicted murderer Jess David Woods lost his bid to overturn his convictions for murder and conspiracy to commit murder, and will serve his sentence of 100 years in jail.  On, May 13, 1993, Woods shot and killed Teresa French, mother of three young children. He was hired to do so by Teresa’s husband Anthony “Tony” French.

Wednesday through Saturday, mobile COVID vaccination clinics will be set up in Wayne County:  at Ivy Tech, Richmond from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day. It is unknown how many will show up, with the decline in shot-interest in recent weeks.  Dial 211 for free rides.

Seven years later, after legal wrangling in local, state and federal courts, last Thursday, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled 4-1 it was unconstitutional for the state to keep a vehicle taken from Tyson Timbs.  He pleaded guilty to one count of dealing in a controlled substance and was sentenced to one year of home detention, five years’ probation, and paid fees and court costs, but contended the seizure was overreach.

In case you missed it when we reported later Friday – it was Calvin “Buddy” Carroll, 81, that was piloting that small plane when he crashed last week – he has an airstrip at his rural Muncie home.  The Muncie paper said he did not suffer major injuries.

A man was walking across the Interstate, and we don’t why.  Saturday morning, at about 5:15 a.m., State Police were called to the scene of a man that was hit by a semi on I-465 southbound in Indy.   The driver of the truck was not injured and is not suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

A Wigwam revitalized as a mixed-use development featuring a community arts center, basketball arena and restaurants will anchor the city’s near west side and be central to its rebirth, project managers told an audience of business representatives and dignitaries Friday morning in Anderson, as reported by the Herald Bulletin.

Today is Flag Day, and the 246th Birthday of the U.S. Army.  Founded on June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year.

Indiana history:  this week in 1921, Horseshoe pitching was all the rage in Indianapolis city parks.  There were 78 municipal horseshoe courts, all illuminated by electric lights and open late into the evening.  Pitchers had their choice of seven city parks.

No more school takeovers.   Beginning next month, a new Indiana law will end state takeovers of underperforming school districts.   “It was flat out not successful,” State Rep. Tony Cook told Fox 59 (R-Cicero), of the state takeover system.  But all districts will eventually be required to publish more performance data online – the Indiana Department of Education is working on what to post.

Community Health Network is raising the minimum wage for its hourly employees.  The health care system’s current minimum wage of $12.50 an hour will increase to $15, beginning Monday, July 12.  The planned increase will impact more than 4,000 of Community Health Network’s nearly 16,000 employees.

Greg Hinshaw will be the president of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.  The Yorktown Superintendent told the Muncie newspaper that he’s the first superintendent in the Muncie area to serve in this job.

New job, but he’s not going anywhere – Ted Baker has been appointed interim president and chief executive officer of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center effective July 1.  The Ft. Wayne newspaper says he will retain his job at Innovation Connector Muncie.

As WLBC’s Kim Morris first reported Thursday, approximately 300 new jobs will come to Crawfordsville by the end of 2025. Mattress manufacturing company Tempur Sealy International Inc. is investing more than $138 million for a production facility in Crawfordsville.

White River State Park (WRSP) and the Downtown IMAX® Theater announce that pre-sale tickets for Marvel Studios Black Widow are now available, June 11, 2021.  Black Widow premieres on Thursday, July 8. Movie goers will have the opportunity to enjoy Marvel Studios latest feature film on the largest screen in the state.


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Kalyn Melham will serve as the 2021 Delaware County Fair Queen, after winning the Pageant Saturday night.  10 contestants were entered at the event, held at Muncie Central high school’s auditorium.  The 169th edition of the Delaware County Fair is July 12–July 24.  The 4-H events begin on Monday, July 12, with the Midway opening on Monday, July 19.  WLBC Dollar Ride night will be July 20.

Arts And Culture Council Accepting Nods For Mayor’s Arts Awards

The Muncie Arts and Culture Council (MACC), in collaboration with the City of Muncie, is accepting nominations for the 2021 Mayor’s Arts Awards. The Mayor’s Arts Awards recognizes the contributions to the cultural community by all visual, performing, and culinary artists, musicians, writers, poets, rappers, directors, producers, craftspeople, arts educators, arts patrons, arts professionals and volunteers. Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and will be considered in the following categories:

Charges Dropped Against Muncie Man In 2018 Traffic Incident With Police

The state has dismissed charges against a Muncie man involved in a traffic incident with police in 2018. Lorenzo Reyes was pulled over June 5, 2018 and placed under arrest after resisting arrest and trying to grab an officer’s gun. In April, an officer involved in the case pleaded guilty to falsifying records in a separate case on the day of Reyes’ arrest. Prosecutors say they dropped the charges in the best interest of justice.

Hired Hitman Loses Bid For New Trial

A judge has rejected a hired hit man’s bid to get a new trial. 69 year old Jess Woods was convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the May 1993 slaying of Teresa French. Woods was sentenced to 100 years in prison by Judge Linda Ralu Wolf. The Star Press reports he was hired by French’s estranged husband, Anthony, to kill the 29-year-old mother of three children.

Friday, 6/11/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Dirty sweatpants may have him placed at the scene of the crime.   Remember that attempted robbery at Check into Cash? They think they caught the guy, because of an emailed photo and a pair of dirty sweatpants.  Jonathan Joseph Hayes, 24, is charged with Level 3 felony armed robbery and Level 5 felony robbery.  They say he robbed Old National Bank on May 29, and then attempted robbery at Check Into Cash, on June 7 — because of COIVD – no paychecks coming in.  Hayes denied being the person in the photos, but when they searched a bedroom, APD found a pair of sweatpants with a neon yellow stripe with blue squares on the legs.  The unusually marked pants matched a pair worn by the person who robbed the bank.  He also matched the description of both robbers.

Another one of those Media Alerts was sent to WLBC yesterday from IUBMH.  The emergency department has been extremely busy. To help ensure that patients are receiving the best care possible, they need you to determine whether you should go to your doctor’s office versus the emergency room.  The emergency room is designed for treating and ruling out life-threatening, true medical emergencies. It’s also the place to be if you have a broken bone or are unsure of a symptom that could indicate something more severe. If in doubt, get emergency care.

Yesterday morning we told you about a Muncie youth football Combine event, sponsored by the Muncie NAACP, City Parks Department and some others – the name of the event has a story – Brandon Hayes explains the “3rd and 11 Football Combine”

It’s for Kindergarten through 4th graders, it’s free, and there’s more with George Foley, Youth Program Director of the Muncie Parks Department.

The man accused of killing a woman and her three children in Fort Wayne last week made his first court appearance Thursday morning. Cohen Barron faces four murder charges.   A judge ordered him to be held without bond. His trial will start June 23.

The Indiana Department of Health will close COVID-19 testing sites run by OptumServe Health Services effective June 30.  State Health Commissioner Kris Box said demand for testing has decreased across the state and noted that free testing will remain available at more than 250 sites after the Optum sites close.

Debbie Burke was notified that an Anderson police officer talked to her son just before 10 p.m. on Monday – but it was Tuesday morning before anybody told the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, says the Herald Bulletin.  John Alexander Burke, 30, of Anderson was reported as missing May 31.  The Madison County Sheriff’s Department took the missing person report, but Sheriff Scott Mellinger said they were not immediately notified by Dispatch that Burke was located.  He’s checking on why there was a delay.

Sentencing set.   A date of August 26 has been set for  Debra “Nikki” Grigsby, who signed a plea agreement in February 2020, which also calls for federal prosecutors to dismiss 16 other counts pending against the ex-Muncie Sanitary District official.   According to the Muncie newspaper, that document said Grigsby, “beginning in or about 2015,’ engaged in a conspiracy — with co-defendants including Phil Nichols, former Democratic Party chairman in Delaware County; then-Muncie police officer Jess Neal and fellow MSD official Tracy Barton — to award bids for MSD projects “in exchange for cash bribes and kickbacks, benefits or property.”   Others charged in the investigation — including Nichols, Neal and contractor Tony Franklin — are set to stand trial in U.S. District Court in early August.

The National Weather Service has confirmed Indiana’s first tornado of the year.   It was Tuesday in far southern Indiana, with winds around 85 miles per hour. Meteorologists say it’s been a pretty calm year, with only about 20 severe reports statewide in 2021.

The Anderson Police Department was called Thursday at 3:20 a.m. to a report of multiple gunshots.  Cops made contact with a 32-year-old man, who was responsive but suffering from gunshot wounds – he went to an Indy hospital – Herald Bulletin says in stable condition.  They also found a 37-year-old woman, who was wounded and unresponsive – she died at a local hospital.  After talking with several witnesses, detectives said it was an isolated incident between the two people.  This is the second gun-related death in Anderson this year.

As we’ve previously reported, south side Muncie is getting a new business

Mayor Dan Ridenour was on WLBC Tuesday, the morning after the monthly City Council meeting

Donald Lee Marker III, 16, was pronounced dead at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital after the accident, which was reported shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday on Tillotson Avenue south of Memorial Drive.  No charges are anticipated against the 18-year-old driver of the car who hit Marker, who was on his skateboard.  Marker recently completed his junior year at Yorktown High School. His funeral is set for Monday at Elm Ridge Funeral Home.

Muncie Community Schools CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski spoke with pride again this week, about Westview Elementary

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