This is the final day of operation for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The East Central Indiana chapter says heftier requirements from the national office, and the costs assoicated with those demands, prompted the decision. Headquarters wanted more staffing and the added expense was more than the chapter could afford. The local branch had been in operation for almost 50 years.
Charges have been filed agaist a former Northside Middle School teacher charging him with battery and intimidation. 53 year old Eric Bowman was charged following an incident involving a 13 year old student on February 19th. Authorities say he shoved the student in the middle school’s band room and a hallway. Bowman had been the band director at Central High School and resigned from his job the next day. The charges against him could carry a 30 month prison term.
The fire chief for the city of Rushville says his department has a tentative agreement to sell two ambulances to the city of Muncie for $85,000. The Star Press reports that Muncie Fire Department Chief Eddie Bell confirmed that they have been in talks but there was no formal contract. If a purchase takes place, it would be the latest step in the city’s effort to start a fire-based EMS.
Ivanka Trump was in Indianapolis Thursday. The daughter of President Donald Trump visited Salesforce’s Indianapolis offices to promote a White House workforce initiative. Salesforce has pledged to create millions of jobs as part of President Trump’s Pledge to America’s Workers.
It started in Delaware County and ended two counties over. A police chase early Thursday reached speeds of more than 80 miles per hour before the suspect car crashed in Richmond. Two men were taken into custody after the crash; the driver, 34 year old Norman Stanley, and the passenger, 20 year old Benjamin Veach. The men were found with what was believed to be Methamphetamine.
State police clocked him at more than 100 miles an hour on I-69 around the 241 mile marker. The car turned off at the 332 exit and pulled into a gas station. Police checked out the car and found more than 200 vials of factory sealed liquid THC to be used in vaping pens. The 21-year-old driver, James Oldham of Fort Wayne, was also driving on a suspended license.
Summitville Town Council has approved an ordinance that requires residents to keep grass clippings off the streets when mowing lawns or face fines of $50 for a first offense. Subsequent citations could double the amounts of the fines. The Summitville Police Department will issue tickets starting June 1.
A Muncie woman has been arrested after spitting on a police officer. According to the Star Press, 34-year-old Amanda Winters allegedly caused disturbances in Muncie’s Old West Neighborhood, and she has been charged with battery by bodily waste on law enforcement.
An Anderson man is recuperating from a stab wound. According to the Herald Bulletin, 21-year-old Rondrya Jones is charged with a Level 5 felony of domestic battery with a weapon. She has been accused of stabbing 23-year-old Donquavius Pullin in the leg with a knife. Police say the stabbing came after an argument in the couple’s apartment.
A Muncie homeless man has been arrested for repeatedly molesting a child under the age of eight. According to the Star Press, 31-year-old Shawn Laber is facing up to 12 years in prison. The former Alexandria resident is being held in the Delaware County jail under a $120,000 bond.