Muncie Man Suspected In Burglaries

Police say they found a Muncie man suspected of burglary wearing pajama pants belonging to an alleged victim. 27 year old Joshua Stockwell had them on when he was caught, say police. An initial report of a break in came from the 1400 block of South Meeker Avenue. While there, police heard shouts from a nearby house about a burglar. Stockwell was apprehended in the 1200 block of South Luick Avenue.

Police: Teens, BB Gun Responsible For Gunshots Report

It wasn’t gun wielding gang members, but two teens with a BB gun that prompted reports of shots fired in Muncie last week. The report came from the 200 block of South Walnut Street about 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 15. Police say surveillance video revaled the 17 and 13 year olds responsible. They were questioned and the BB gun was found in some bushes.

200-Plus Groups Sign On To BSU’s Cardinal Care Partner Program

Over the last two months, more than 200 non-profit organizations and businesses partnered with Ball State University to maintain healthy and safe environments for all employees, customers, volunteers, and guests. The Cardinals Care Partner program is part of the University’s Cardinals Care campaign to promote Ball State’s enduring value of social responsibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, 10/23/2020 Woof Boom Morning News

As we reported earlier, two VIP’s were on campus this week at Ball State

President Mearns was referring to our Steve Lindell’s feelings, after hearing of the visit only AFTER it had occurred!

Best of luck to area high school teams this weekend – among other sports, football sectionals begin tonight, and volleyball Regionals are Saturday.

The CDC has changed the amount of time it takes for someone to be considered a “close contact” of a person with COVID-19.  Previous language defined it as someone who spent at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of a person with a confirmed case.  The CDC now defines it as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.  Also yesterday, several studies released showed the mortality rate for hospitalized patients has been greatly reduced.

Over the last two months, more than 200 non-profit organizations and businesses partnered with Ball State University to maintain healthy and safe environments for all employees, customers, volunteers, and guests.  The Cardinals Care Partner program is part of the University’s Cardinals Care campaign to promote Ball State’s enduring value of social responsibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.     It is encouraged among organizations and businesses that provide voluntary entertainment, dining, retail, leisure, and other services to Ball State students, faculty, and/or staff.

Just weeks after it announced it would be bought by an Illinois company, Monarch Beverage, a beer distributor based in Indianapolis says it will be laying off over 600 people in December.

Tree planning in Muncie

That’s Mayor Ridenour from a social media post earlier this week.  Hear the entire briefing this weekend on This Week in Delaware County.

COVID tip:  vitamin D has been shown to help you avoid the sickness, or greatly reduce the impact of it.

Yesterday in the WLBC Zoom Room, our Steve Lindell asked President Geoff Mearns for the status of student and staff COVID rates, as compared to the County

SEE that entire interview now, on the WLBC Newscenter page of Facebook.

Ryan Kerrigan’s team might stick with their name.  The New York Post reported yesterday that the Washington Football Team might retain that name for at least another season.  Controversy erupted during the off season of the name “Redskins,” and after Fed Ex – the name sponsor of their stadium – stepped in, the name was quickly changed.

Teams of volunteers plan to plant 300 trees in Pendleton on Saturday as part of the town’s recovery from a tornado that struck on Memorial Day 2019.  There’s still room for teams of volunteers to help at the park.  Get with the South Madison Community Foundation Facebook page for info.

Operation Gratitude is committed to continuing to give back in meaningful ways to those who serve. The Halloween Candy Give-Back Program has been connecting communities with their Military and First Responder Heroes each fall since 2007.  Candy and handwritten thank you letters for deployed Service Members, Veterans, and First Responders will be collected at Dr. Gregg Horstmeyer’s Dental Office at 2038 Broadway, Anderson, IN. on November 2,3 and 4. Children can bring their unopened candy to his office, have it weighed and receive money for it. For every pound of candy, Dr. Horstmeyer will pay you $1.00 per pound – limit 5 pounds per family 

What is it really like to be an officer of the law?  Alex Stone from ABC news recently attended L.A. Sheriffs Training.  Listen closely

This training shows, unless you are an officer, you’ll likely never really know what it’s like to protect and serve.

Anderson Men Charged After Chase, Crash

Two Anderson men face charges after a three county chase and crash. 53 year old Brian Chase and 30 year old Devan Phillips both had active warrants, say police, when they took off from police while driving in a rented U-Haul truck Wednesday night. The truck finally crashed about 15 miles into Ohio.

Muncie Parents Charged With Leaving Child Home Alone

Two Muncie parents are charged with leaving their 3 year old home alone. 24 year old Davian Nicholson and 23 year old Kelsie Wable are charged with neglect of a dependent. Police were called to a North Elgin Street apartment, reports the Star Press, and were let in by a property manager. Wable said Nicholson had been with the child when she left the night before and she fell asleep at a friend’s house.

$150,000 Grant For Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County has received a Community Leadership Grant of $150,000 as part of the seventh phase of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII) initiative. With the grant, The Community Foundation will embark on an innovative partnership designed to empower nonprofits to focus on their mission work in order to turn the curve and collectively measure community-wide quality of life goals.

New Website Offers COVID Info For Some Muncie Schools

Members of three school communities in Muncie can receive timely and essential COVID-19 information thanks to a new website developed by the Ball State University Teachers College. The website,, was made possible with financial support from the Ball Brothers Foundation. The site serves parents, families, students and professionals at Muncie Community Schools, Burris Laboratory School, and The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities.

Thursday, 10/22/2020 Woof Boom Morning News

Pandemic fatigue — it’s a thing.   Kurt Darling reports that it might be a reason why COVID numbers have not looked good of late

Governor Holcomb announced more efforts related to protecting senior citizens, as 75% COVID fatalities are 70 years of age or older, with most coming from long term care facilities – 58% of deaths coming from these facilities. Another cancellation announced: the tradition of trick or treating at the Governor’s residence will not happen this Halloween.

More from our interview this week with 6th District Congressional Candidate Jeannine Lee Lake.  We talked about COVID19

The entire interview will air on This Week in Delaware County with Steve Lindell this weekend, on several of our Woof Boom stations.

Muncie Streets update.  Mayor Dan Ridenour

And, what about Wheeling Avenue?

Taylor University will host its 24th-Annual Silent Night Game on Friday, November 20 at 6:00 pm inside Odle Arena.  As part of the safety guidelines being implemented to allow for the annual tradition to happen this year, the event will only be open to Taylor undergraduate students.  Small watch parties at locations to be determined on campus for students who do not wish to attend the game.

The American Red Cross is asking healthy donors of all blood types to give blood.  If you’ve received a flu shot, you can give blood. The Red Cross says there is no waiting period to give blood or platelets after receiving a flu shot as long as you’re symptom-free and fever-free.  They’ll email a $5 gift card to those who come in and donate blood before Nov. 11.  Make an appointment at, or calling 1-800-Red Cross.

At least a couple of fast food restaurants are closed this week – with no reason given.  We reached out to the Delaware County Health Department, with no response from the Director.  We also contacted the Media contact phone line for one of the companies, but our message was not replied to – we have heard several unsubstantiated rumors, but will not air that information until from a factual source.  Facts, not Fear.

More of our Meet the Candidate feature, with Democrat Jeannine Lee Lake, running for 6th District Congressional seat.  You’ve no doubt heard or read about the troubling situations she’s been dealing with, and she disclosed during our interview this week, that some help was offered by the State

More now on our series of salutes to the winners of the Chamber awards at last week’s Annual Meeting.  The Excellence in Public Service winner was Jim Williams.  He was thankful for all involved, with the efforts related to Muncie Community Schools