Trial Underway For Woman Accused In OD Death In Delaware County Jail

Trial underway for a woman accused of smuggling heroin into the Delaware County jail, leading to another inmate’s fatal overdose. The Star Press reports 32 year old Mya Lynn Moody, 32, of Muncie, is charged with dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death. Prosecutors allege Moody hid heroin in a body cavity when she was arrested last October, and later provided the drug to fellow prisoners, including 37-year-old Dianna Rose Pace.

Open Door Health Services Doc Named Healthcare Hero

Dr. John Woodall, an Open Door Health Services family medicine physician, has been named a 2022 Healthcare Hero by Indianapolis Business Journal. MuncieJournal.com reports the annual awards program honors individuals and organizations that have made significant impact on the quality of healthcare in Central Indiana, nominated from a 9-county footprint. Three honorees are selected for recognition in each of 5 categories.

Mayor To Address Race For Talent Event

Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour will speak as a featured panelist at the Indiana Chamber’s “Race for Talent: How Indiana Can Win” event. MuncieJournal.com reports Ridenour will talk about the Make My Move program, an initiative to help remote workers relocate to affordable, community-focused cities. Muncie is one of ten Indiana cities participating in the program, and has received nearly 600 applicants since the first of the year.

Monday, May 23, 2022 WBR Morning News

Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex.

Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex. Photo from MuncieJournal.com

Another BSU sports highlight…   For the first time since 2014, Ball State Baseball (38-17, 32-7 MAC) are Mid-American Conference (MAC) Regular Season Champions.  Ball Diamond at First Merchant’s Complex at Ball State will play host to the MAC Championship Tournament, held May 25-28 between the top four teams in the MAC.  Wednesday will be game one for the Cards against Ohio (28-22, 20-15 MAC). First pitch is (tentatively) scheduled for 10:30 a.m.


Before you make your PB and J toast for breakfast – Multiple Jif peanut butter products are being recalled due to an outbreak of salmonella linked to a Lexington, Ky., manufacturing facility.  FDA said Friday that 12 states has cases so far, 14 people with illnesses and two in the hospital.  Symptoms appear 12 to 72 hours after contact and often include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.  The recall includes creamy, crunchy and natural varieties, along with many others. The products have lot codes on our Local News page this morning,  and can be seen on the FDA’s website.    The recalled products have lot code numbers between 1274425 – 2140425 and include the numbers 425 for the 5th-7th digits. “425” in that position indicates that it was processed in the Lexington facility.  This information is usually printed on the back label of the jar. A list of recalled products and their numbers can be seen on the FDA’s website.  If you happen to have a jar included in the recall, you should throw it away immediately.  The FDA noted that the peanut butter has a two-year shelf life so consumers should check any Jif peanut butter already in their home.  After throwing the peanut butter out, the CDC recommends washing and sanitizing any surfaces or containers that might have come into contact with the peanut butter.


Unified Group Services’ appearance on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s statewide “Best Places to Work” list.   The Anderson-based third-party administrator for self-insured group health plans was honored, along with 124 other companies in a total of four categories based on number of employees, at a dinner celebration in Indianapolis last week.


IU Grad, and ESPN’s Sage Steele was hit in face by Jon Rahm’s tee shot at PGA Championship.  Reports of “blood everywhere,” she left the course under her own power but was not seen back at the course as of Saturday.


Delta girls tennis won their  30th IHSAA sectional title in program history, beating Yorktown 5-0.


SNL over the weekend – Variety and several other reporting that Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Kyle Mooney Expected to Exit.  Davidson confirmed the report on his Instagram.


Busy road to close for a while today…  Muncie’s Wheeling Avenue between Moore Road and Delaware County Road 400-N will be closed to traffic between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. today (Monday, May 23), while the Delaware Highway Department works on the ditch along the west side Wheeling, according to a release from the Delaware County Engineering Department.


An Open Door Health Services family medicine physician has been named a ‘2022 Healthcare Hero’ by the Indianapolis Business Journal. Dr. John Woodall received the award for his impact on positive clinical outcomes and community health during his more-than 50-year tenure as a physician.


A Muncie family is still looking for answers after three years of heartbreak and uncertainty following the death of 41-year-old Michael Coates.  Fox 59 ran a story over the weekend about the May 2019 day that workers inside the Muncie wastewater treatment plant found his body on a conveyer used to filter out debris.  If you have any information related to this case, contact the Muncie Police Department or Muncie Crime Stoppers at (765) 749-4933. Coates’ family is offering a $5,000 reward.


Early Voting won the 147th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday in Baltimore.  The horse was eligible for the Kentucky Derby, but his owners opted to keep him out.


Bad Kitty: A German town is trying to avoid a cat-astrophe! Authorities in Walldorf have ordered some cat owners to keep their pets indoors until the end of August, to protect a rare bird.


And North Carolina regulators were wrong to reject a beer label that featured a silhouette of a naked man standing next to a campfire, a federal judge has ruled.


Jif RECALL… Multiple Jif peanut butter products are being recalled due to an outbreak of salmonella linked to a Lexington, Ky., manufacturing facility.   The recalled products have lot codes on our Local News page this morning,  and can be seen on the FDA’s website.  If you happen to have a jar included in the recall, you should throw it away immediately.


The Lapel Town Council has approved the hiring of a new full-time police officer.  Last week council  approved the hiring of Ryan Foster, 38, at the request of the Police Chief, according to the Herald Bulletin.


Many Muncie Kohl’s shoppers have noticed changes under way, inside the store blocked off for renovation and one of the exterior entrances redone to denote the addition of Sephora to the store.  Those changes are almost ready; the grand opening of Sephora inside the 1200 E Princeton Ave. Kohl’s near Muncie Mall is scheduled for May 27, according to a release.


Ball State track and field’s Charity Griffith and Kayla Jones have earned qualification into the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Championships  May 25-28 in Bloomington, Ind.  Top 12 times/marks will qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 8-11.


A small brewery in Finland has launched a NATO-themed beer to mark the Nordic country’s bid to join the Western military alliance, themed “taste of security.”  A German farm owner saves fuel money with horse-drawn carriage- saying her journey to work has gotten longer but, she says, cheaper: she has left her SUV at home.

Father Of Boy Who Fell Into Creek Charged With Neglect Of Dependent

The father of the boy recused from Falls Creek on April 23 has been charged with felony neglect of a dependent. The Herald Bulletin reports 34 year old Joshua Roach was arrested Thursday on the charge and was released on his own recognizance by Criminal Magistrate Jason Childers after his initial court appearance. The boy was swimming at Falls Park when he was swept over the falls and was underwater for about 30 seconds before being rescued by a passerby.

Delaware County Students Receive Scholarships

Indiana Statehouse photo provided by: Lydia Kirschner

Indiana Statehouse photo provided by: Lydia Kirschner

Delaware County students preparing to become teachers are among this year’s recipients of the state’s Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to Delaware County lawmakers. MuncieJournal.com reports the scholarship program, established in 2016 through legislation supported by the Indiana General Assembly, awards $7,500 per year to 200 high-achieving students. Recipients must commit to teaching in Indiana for a minimum of five years after graduating college. Current high school seniors or college students are eligible to apply.

Friday, May 20, 2022 WBR Morning News

Photo courtesy of Ball Brothers Foundation

Photo courtesy of Ball Brothers Foundation

Ginger Thompson, a Spanish teacher at Yorktown High School, has been named the winner of this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award, distributed annually by Ball Brothers Foundation. As the winner, Thompson will receive a total of $17,500 in grant funding for her district, school, classroom, and professional development.  A Daleville Elementary teacher, and a Burris Laboratory School teacher  were finalists for the award, earning them $1,500 in grant funding.


Join fellow Chamber Members for the June Muncie on the Move. This event will take place on Wednesday, June 1st at the Horizon Convention Center. Doors open at 6:45 am and the program begins at 7:30 am. Corporate sponsor is Indiana University Health Plan. Family Alliance and Westminster Village Muncie are the non-profit sponsors.   Reservations by noon on Friday, May 27th will  ensure we have plenty of seating.


The Yorktown Concerts on The Green start tonight, according to Town Manager Pete Olson… 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. on the Civic Green next to Town Hall.


Feds declassify UFO reports…  People are still talking about this from earlier this week – Congress held its first hearing in nearly 50 years about unidentified aerial phenomena on Tuesday, also known as UAPs. Indiana Democratic Congressman Andre Carson led the hearing and he said these UAP’s are threats… Others at the hearing agreed that there is a stigma against people reporting the UFO’s and the stigma has to end. Videos showing incidents involving UFOs are being declassified by the Pentagon.


A diverse group of 15 Indiana wineries spanning the Hoosier state from the Ohio River region to northern Indiana will take over Carmel’s Main Street on Saturday, May 21, from 5-10 p.m. Admission is free, but visitors can purchase a souvenir wine glass for $30 and enjoy unlimited tastings from the wineries.  Enhance your experience with a VIP Prime Hour ticket that gives you the “first hour” of tasting from 4-5 p.m. as well as a few extras. Those VIP tickets are available online through today.


Next week, four chances at free food from Second Harvest Food Bank of ECI – Tuesday at Marion’s Mall 10am, Wednesday in Wabash, Thursday Muncie Mall, and Friday Anderson Old Kmart parking lot – all start 10 a.m., except Wabash – at 11 a.m.


Want to live 82 minutes longer?  Put down the hot dog & grab some sardines.  A University of Michigan study looked at nearly 6,000 US foods to determine the minutes of healthy living we gain or lose by eating a single serving of them. Some examples:  A classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, for instance, will apparently give us 33 extra minutes — but a hot dog subtracts 36 minutes.   On the higher and lower ends of the spectrum, they claim corned beef will set us back 71 minutes while sardines add 82 minutes.


Ball State University and Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie have launched a dual-enrollment partnership to offer students a transitional pathway to a bachelor’s degree.  Navigating the Enrolled Student Transition (NEST) is a dual-enrollment program in which select high school students who have applied to Ball State, but have not yet been accepted, will enroll at Ivy Tech in Muncie and live in Ball State residence halls.  The inaugural cohort of NEST students will begin the program in the Fall 2022 semester.


All indications seemed to show an all-time record raised yesterday for the charity lunch raising money for school supplies and backpacks for Delaware county kids.  Tools For School and all associated groups were thankful for Amazing Joes, their staff, sponsors and volunteers for the incredible outpouring of support.


The Cardinal Varsity Club has changed the date for the annual CVC Golf Classic, originally scheduled for June 24, it’s now August 12.  Same location: The Players’ Club at Woodland Trails with flights at 8:30 a.m., and 2 p.m.

 

Grandmother Charged With Reckless Homicide Fails To Show In Delaware Circuit Court

An arrest warrant has been issued against an Indianapolis grandmother accused of reckless homicide in the death of her 4-year-old granddaughter. 48 year old Donna Randolph failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing in Delaware Circuit Court. Her granddaughter, Tavionna Ford, died in the car accident which occurred on I-69 near Chesterfield on June 3, 2014 as Randolph made a U turn.

Attorney Wants Client’s Murder Verdict Set Aside

An attorney for a Muncie man awaiting sentencing for killing his next-door neighbor has filed a motion for a mistrial. The Star Press reports a jury found 26 year old Chase Adams guilty in the murder of Rex Morrison, but his attorney is calling to have the verdict set aside over what he calls “juror misconduct during deliberations.”