Anderson Man Cuffed In Bank Heist

A man police say fired a gunshot inside an Anderson bank while robbing it is now under arrest. The Herald Bulletin reports 32 year old Raymond Johnson of Anderson was arrested after a traffic stop just before 3 a.m. Friday at 14th and Jackson streets. Jackson was driving a gold Monte Carlo that matched the description of the get-away vehicle from the robbery Thursday at First Merchants Bank branch located at 1526 E. 53rd St.

Man Arrested In Portland Bank Robbery

Charges face a man accused of holding up a Portland bank. The Star Press reports 61 year old James Lee Mosle entered the Farmers & Merchants State Bank, 1451 N. Meridian St., late Wednesday afternoon, say police, handed a clerk a note demanding cash, and claiming that he knew where she lived and would kill her family if she did not cooperate, according to the Star Press. He took off in a vehicle and was later tracked down by police.

Friday, 9/24/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Another virtual SingLast week, we asked for the plan for the annual Muncie Community Christmas Sing, historically held on the first Sunday in December, and MCS CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski told WLBC’s Steve Lindell, “right now, we are planning another virtual sing.  Will be glad when we can bring large groups together and not worry about a COVID spread.”


Tonight is your chance to watch the Anderson Band perform live at Anderson High School’s Collier Field! The gates will open at 6:00 pm. Concessions will be available from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The encore performance of their Summer Marching program Van Highlanders will begin at 8:00 pm under the lights. Admission is $1.00 per person.


The final push for volunteers is on for Ironman Muncie next weekend – many more are needed!  Please contact Jon Anderson with the Muncie Sports Commission – jon@munciesports.com.


Taylor University men’s basketball program is set to host the 2021 prospect on Saturday, October 23.  Open to high school boy basketball players, grades 10 through 12, and will take place from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.  For more information, contact assistant coach Aaron Larson at 765-998-5341.  (* Sid, do phone only this time –    or via email at aaron_larson@taylor.edu)


5th District Congresswoman Victoria Spartz will Host Listening Sessions in Howard and Grant Counties this Saturday:  9:30 a.m. in Greentown, and 11:30 a.m. at the Marion City Courthouse.


The annual Muncie Community Christmas Sing, historically held on the first Sunday in December, will not be in person again.  MCS CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski told WLBC’s Steve Lindell, “right now, we are planning another virtual sing…”


Shop with a Cop, and Toys For Tots benefit at this Saturday’s Guns ‘n’ Hoses charity softball event.  Sargent Tyler Swain with Muncie Police says the Cops take on the Fire Department…  Muncie SportsPlex gates open 2:30 p.m.  Activities and food for sale all day, with exhibition games at 3, and 4:30 p.m., and the championship at 7:30 p.m.


Kentucky and Indiana are two of the least joyful states in America, according to a new study. Researchers at WalletHub, a personal finance site, recently examined happiness levels across three dimensions in all 50 states.


 

Solar Energy Moratorium In Madison County

A new solar energy moratorium has been approved for Madison County for the next six months. The Herald Bulletin reports County Commissioners this week voted unanimously to approve the recommendation of the Plan Commission to reinstitute a moratorium on solar projects larger than 50 megawatts. The moratorium will remain in effect until March 21, 2022, or until the county’s new solar ordinance is adopted.

CANPACK’s Ceremonial Groundbreaking In Muncie

Rain Wednesday didn’t stop the groundbreaking for the CANPACK aluminum beverage can plant. Once complete, the factory will cover 862,000 square feet and is expected to employ 340 people and pay them a wage, the company promises, that is at least 125% of the average wage paid in Muncie, reports the Star Press.

Thursday, 9/23/2021 Woof Boom Radio Morning News

Pictured L-R: Delaware County Commissioner Sherry Riggin, Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour, Gov. Eric Holcomb, CANPACK representatives Tom Johnson, Dusty Jordan, Josh Ballard.

Pictured L-R: Delaware County Commissioner Sherry Riggin, Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour, Gov. Eric Holcomb, CANPACK representatives Tom Johnson, Dusty Jordan, Josh Ballard.

CANPACK broke ground for its new 862,000 square foot facility in Muncie yesterday.  The new building is scheduled to open 4th quarter of 2022. CANPACK’s project is one of the largest upfront capital investments in Delaware County history. CANPACK is a global manufacturer of aluminum beverage cans and packaging solutions for the food industry, as well as glass bottles and metal closures.


The Delaware County commissioners have come up with a new plan for spending federal American Rescue Plan dollars. The new plan would spend 15 to $25 million in the next two years. $1.5 million is earmarked for water and sewer systems in the area of the Park One industrial park. $1.5 million would remain available for mental health and rehabilitation in response to stress caused by the pandemic.


Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour, in his Wednesday Community Update said the McCullough Park Lafferty field is going to be upgraded. The Cal Ripken foundation along with Ball State University and the city of Muncie will all be putting in funds to do  a $1.7 million upgrade to Lafferty field. The Cal Ripken foundation will be coming back soon with ten years’ worth of programming for that particular ball field. The Ripken foundation assists one city per year with funding.


The Indiana Department of Transportation will be hosting a Statewide Winter Seasonal Hiring Event on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in 16 locations across the state. Winter seasonal employees earn $20/hour or $24/hour for snow plow drivers. Winter seasonal employees must have a Commercial Driver’s License at the time of interview. Winter seasonal CDL drivers who work full-time may qualify for $250 sign-on and $500 retention bonuses. Registration is not required to attend the event. INDOT recruiters will be on hand to answer questions and provide more information on open positions and careers with INDOT. Learn more about working for INDOT by visiting INDOTjobs.com.

Hiring Event Locations:

East Central District
Indianapolis Sub-District
7105 S Brookville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46239


Northeast District

Gary Sub-District
7601 Melton Road
Gary, IN 46403

Plymouth Sub-District
2845 Jack Greenlee Drive
Plymouth, IN 46563

LaPorte Sub-District
315 E Boyd Blvd
LaPorte, IN 46350

Rensselaer Sub-District
1130 E Maple Street
Rensselaer, IN 47978

Monticello Sub-District
12209 N 1200 West
Monticello, IN 47960

Northeast District
Fort Wayne Sub-District
5333 Hatfield Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46808

Elkhart Sub-District
58905 CR 9
Elkhart, IN 46517

Wabash Sub-District
1290 Manchester Ave.
Wabash, IN 46992

Bluffton Sub-District
2800 West SR 124
Bluffton, IN 46714

West Central District
Crawfordsville Sub-District
139 W 300 North
Crawfordsville, IN  47933

Terre Haute Sub-District
5693 E. Sony Drive
Terre Haute, IN 47802

West Lafayette Sub-District
2319 US 231
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Frankfort Sub-District
1675 W SR-28
Frankfort, IN 46041

Cloverdale Sub-District
10 High Street
Cloverdale, IN 46120

Southeast District
Falls City Sub-District
5701 Hwy 31
Clarksville, IN 47129


A Gaston man has been accused of sexually abusing two children. According to the Muncie newspaper, Matthew Michael Wilson, 35, of the 500 block of South Elm Street in Gaston, was arrested Monday on two preliminary counts of child molesting. In one case, Wilson is accused of fondling a girl, who was under the age of five years old, in recent weeks.


Noblesville Schools is installing an $80,000 school-themed sculpture at the roundabout of Field Drive and Cumberland Road. It will feature the district’s prominent “N”. Two 17-foot aluminum “N”s facing opposite directions will be featured and angled in the roundabout.


Muncie Animal Care and Services is offering a $5 adoption special through October 22nd in an effort to find loving homes for the hundreds of animals in its care.  Adoption fees will be $5 for dogs, cats, and kittens. Senior animals 6 years+ and any animal who has been at MACS for 6 months or longer will have waived adoption fees. Free adoptions for Senior Citizens, military, and first responders.


Ball State and the Indiana Immunization Coalition are partnering to host immunization clinics open to all students, employees, spouses, and dependents. Clinics are: Today from noon-6 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. The clinic location will be the Jo Ann Gora Student Wellness and Recreation Center Basketball Court area.


The Muncie newspaper reports Chipotle Mexican Grill is coming to Muncie this fall. Construction began at the burrito chain’s 720 W. McGalliard Road location earlier this summer. Now, the outside is nearly complete, with new paint and windows in place. A definitive opening date has not been determined.


Ross Community Center will have a health fair this Friday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Open door health services will provide COVID-19 vaccines and the healthy lifestyle center will have healthy food demonstrations blood pressure checks yoga and more.


Delaware County has administered more than 97,985 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, as of Sept. 21, according to data from the Indiana Department of Health.  That’s up very slightly by 0.75% from the previous week’s tally of 97,254 COVID-19 doses administered.


Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen said in his State of the City address the city will break ground next year on two new roundabouts on State Road 32 near Riverview Hospital. A third groundbreaking will kick off a 125-million-dollar expansion of Pleasant Street, one of the city’s two main east-west roads.


Tom Cherry’s Old Time Radio Show returns to the Farmland Community Center to open its tenth season on September 25 at 3:00 pm The program will feature a radio adaptation of the classic fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and an original offering titled Gavin Corwin’s Book Report. Tickets are one dollar.


Over one-hundred Hoosiers in Indianapolis will soon lose their job. The Timken Company has notified the state that lay-offs at the Diamond Chain Company manufacturing plant will begin at the end of November. Timken announced their plan to close the Diamond Chain plant back in February of 2020. The plan is to pack up and move operations to Illinois.


Anderson University’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will honor Tony Small, a nationally acclaimed composer and artistic director, as the 2021 recipient of the Outstanding Music Alumnus Award. The distinguished award will be presented during AU’s “Called to Soar” Homecoming Concert at Park Place Church on Friday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m.


The Madison County Commissioners have voted unanimously to approve the recommendation of the Plan Commission to reinstitute a moratorium on solar projects larger than 50 megawatts. The moratorium will remain in effect until March 21, 2022, or until the county’s new solar ordinance is adopted.


Alexandria Tiger football player Caleb Coryell has received an IHSAA pin for his positive attitude and leadership during the Elwood football game last  Friday night.


Hippie fest takes place at the Tipton county fairgrounds in Tipton IN this Saturday from noon to 7:00 PM  Tickets must be reserved online in ants reserve your tickets at hippiefest.org.

Man Sentenced In Roommate’s Shooting

A Muncie man who critically wounded his roommate with a shotgun blast was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. The Star Press reports 21 year old David Charles Christopher Lankford had pleaded guilty in June to criminal recklessness in an incident in which he was accused of shooting the 27-year-old victim during a dispute in their home, in the 800 block of East 25th Street, in November 2018.

New Program Aimed At Broadband Access

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs have announced a new program aiming to help more Hoosiers obtain access to reliable and quality broadband. The Muncie Journal reports homeowners and business owners can apply for consideration for the Indiana Connectivity Program, which opens for applicants on Monday, Sept. 27.

Wednesday, 9/22/2021 Woof Boom Radio Morning News

Artist rendering of the CANPACK facility to be located at the Southwest corner of South Cowan and West Fuson Roads in Muncie.

Artist rendering of the CANPACK facility to be located at the Southwest corner of South Cowan and West Fuson Roads in Muncie.

CANPACK announced in May that it selected Muncie as its second U.S. plant location with plans to invest $380 million in Delaware County and to create 345 high-paying jobs by 2023. Today the company will have a groundbreaking ceremony for its 862,000 square foot facility, scheduled to open 4th quarter of 2022. CANPACK’s project is one of the largest upfront capital investments in Delaware County history.


A Muncie woman charged with biting a police officer’s hand has filed a federal lawsuit against the Muncie Police Department alleging she was a target of excessive force. Ruby Goodman filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Indianapolis alleging a Muncie Police officer threw her into a brick wall resulting in facial fractures that required surgery, according to the Muncie Newspaper.  MPD denies the allegations.


Colts head coach Frank Reich has confirmed quarterback Carson Wentz sprained both of his ankles in Sunday’s loss against the Rams. On Monday afternoon, Reich said it was “too early to tell” if Wentz will be able to start next Sunday’s game against the Titans, but if he needs to, backup Jacob Eason will be ready to play for Indy.


Ten local teachers will receive $4,706.80 in Robert P. Bell Education Grants from The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. Across the county, thousands of students benefit from Bell Education Grants each year. Awards of up to $600 are available through the Bell Grants program.


State Rep. Sue Errington joined nearly 900 state legislators in signing an amicus brief organized by the State Innovation Exchange’s Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council in support of legal abortion in the U.S. Supreme Court Case, Dobbs v. Women’s Health Organization. The court will hear the case on December 1, 2021.


Business Insider reports that Amazon drivers say they are being punished for driving habits that are considered safe, and others that are beyond their control. Drivers say the artificial intelligence-powered cameras in Amazon’s delivery vans unfairly penalize them for things such as looking at side mirrors, adjusting the radio, and even getting cut off in traffic.


Muncie Symphony Orchestra will perform live accompaniment to “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors” as part of Cornerstone Center for the Arts’ “Historically Haunted October Series.” Proceeds benefit Cornerstone Center for the Arts, the symphony’s new downtown home since June 2021. Tickets are available online at munciesymphony.org.


A Richmond man who entered guilty pleas stemming from a fatal crash on U.S. 35 received a suspended sentence on Monday. Brandon Dale Martin, 27, had pleaded guilty to causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a controlled substance in the blood, a Level 5 felony carrying up to six years in prison. Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Ramirez on Monday told Delaware Circuit Court 2 judge Kimberly Dowling that he did not object to a probation officer’s recommendation that the sentence be suspended. Martin maintained he was in no way impaired at the time his car crossed the center line on the federal highway near Delaware County Road 500-E. Martin’s attorney, Jake Dunnuck said state law had changed since the 2018 accident, and that if the same events unfolded today, his client likely would not face criminal charges.


Washington Post reporter Hannah Dreier is the recipient of the 2021 Ball State University Department of Journalism National Writing Award. Ms. Dreier’s winning feature, “The Worst-Case Scenario,” highlights the growing problem of police shootings during mental health crisis calls in the city of Huntsville, Alabama. Ms. Dreier will be awarded a $1,500 prize and will hold a free, live virtual discussion with Ball State students at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the David Letterman Communication and Media Building, Room 125.


The House and congressional district maps moved through the House chamber on first reading, with 63 representatives voting to move the maps to second reading against 30 “no” votes.The maps are combined in one bill, HB 1581, and had passed through the House Elections and Apportionment committee Monday morning on a 9-4 party-line vote.


The James Dean Festival in Fairmount will take place Thursday through Sunday of this week along with the adjacent Ducktail Car show in Gas City.


According to the Muncie newspaper, portions of the facade of an aging building at 800 S liberty St. fell to the ground and were inspected by the Muncie building commissioner on Monday morning. City building commissioner Steve Selvey said the building appears to be structurally sound. The building’s owners have arranged for repair of the façade.


Ball State University family weekend is coming up September 24th through the 26th. Family weekend is a time when students, faculty, staff, and their families visit the campus and reconnect with one another.


The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is celebrating Hispanic heritage month and will offer free admission to everyone this Sunday September 26th


Former Blackford High School sharpshooter Luke Brown is leaving Stetson University before his first game as a Hatter, as Brown has reportedly entered the NCAA transfer portal. Brown graduated last spring from Blackford High School, where he finished fourth in IHSAA history with 3,011 career points.


Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita joined 23 other state attorney generals to release a letter calling on President Joe Biden to reverse his recent vaccine mandate. The mandate would require government workers and private contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Private employers with more than 100 employees have to have their employees either be vaccinated or participate in a weekly COVID-19 test.


Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has announced a new program aiming to help more Hoosiers obtain access to reliable and quality broadband. Homeowners and business owners can apply for consideration for the Indiana Connectivity Program, which opens for applicants on Monday, Sept. 27. Individuals lacking internet connectivity can communicate their interest by entering their address and information into the Next Level Connections portal at in.gov/ocra/broadband.


Jesse Reynolds has been named executive director of the Leadership Academy of Madison County. Reynolds said he’s honored to be the first African-American named to serve as the Leadership Academy’s executive director.


According to the Herald Bulletin, a Colorado judge has ruled that there is enough evidence that the husband of former Madison County resident Suzanne Morphew should go to trial in connection with her death. Judge Patrick Murphy ruled Friday that Barry Morphew, 53, is charged with first degree murder in the death of his wife. Morphew is also charged with tampering with a human body, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a dangerous weapon and attempting to influence a public servant.


Bankable, the non-profit lending arm of the Flagship Enterprise Center, is launching a new loan fund to support Black-owned businesses, according to the Herald Bulletin. The new fund will increase the accessibility of loans to Indiana Black-owned businesses by providing fair financing and business development support.


Anderson University is offering an accelerated 7-week online Master of Business Administration program, designed for working adults who are looking for flexibility in completing their coursework. Visit Anderson.edu for more information.