A Muncie man preparing for his murder trial in Indianapolis was back in Delaware County yesterday in another case, this time of drug possession. 27-year-old Martize Kirkland took a plea deal and sentencing is set for January 14th. His trial in Marion County is set to begin this month for the death of 23-year-old Jeremy Johnson of Muncie. Police say Kirkland lured the victim to an abandoned house in Indy and killed him over drugs. Johnson’s decomposed remains were found on the east side of Indy last June, nearly 9 months later.
While President Obama is using executive powers to tighten gun laws, a new measure sent to the Indiana Statehouse would no longer require a license to carry a handgun in the Hoosier State. Representative Jim Lucas of Seymour introduced House Bill 1056 today, along with another bill to prohit state agencies and universities from regulating firearms in their buildings or on their land. Both bills come after a proposal to make it easier for repeat alcohol offenders to get a handgun license. Lawmakers are convening today for the first day of this legislative session.
There were some slick roads in EC Indiana Monday morning, but it was much worse in the north. Troopers from the Indiana State Police post in Fort Wayne say they were called to more than 50 traffic incidents up and down Interstate 69 Monday morning. None of the injuries sustained were life-threatening. Police say the accidents were attributed in large part to unsafe speed.
It was not a good way to start the New Year for two local men. The Farmland gents were arrested in a recent heroin investigation. 23-year-old Dillon Horvath and 28-year-old Justin Wilson are facing possession of drugs and paraphernalia. They were taken to Randolph County jail, each with $500 cash bonds. One of the men has a previous conviction of marijuana possession from 2014.
A Pendleton doctor accused of trading drugs for sex has learned his fate. 46-year-old Eric Jones was sentenced to six years on probation Monday after pleading guilty to seven charges of dealing in drugs, perjury and voyeurism. Jones, who no longer has an active medical license, had an office on West Main Street in Pendleton.
A Yorktown restaurant building went up in smoke Monday. Fire crews were called to the 9000 block of West Smith Street where flames were visible through the roof. The building was once known as El Rancho Poblano. Before that it was an Asian buffet, but many people will remember it as the local Dairy Queen. The cause of the fire is not yet known. The state fire marshal is investigating.
Two Anderson brothers, sentenced to 55 years in prison on a murder charge are now hoping for an early release. Dennis and Raymond Johnson, on Monday were granted the possibility of a modified sentence in the 1996 murder of Norval Peters. The judge says he believes they have been rehabilitated. However, the prosecutor says he wants to see the details of a community re-entry program before signing off on a modified sentence.
A Blue Light memorial service is set for a Muncie Police officer killed in the line of duty 25 years ago. The 6pm service Friday will be held in the 400 block of West Riggin Road – the site where Muncie police officer Gregg Winters was shot to death on Dec. 28, 1990. Speakers at the memorial will include the officer’s wife and his two sons.
A woman wanted on felony warrants out of Missouri was arrested and charged with additional counts here after she refused to stop for troopers trying to pull her over for traffic violations. The high speed chase finally ended when the young woman got stuck in a Madison County field. She is facing a litany of new charges.
Governor Mike Pence announced his legislative agenda Monday for the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly which begins today. The Governor says he’s making jobs, roads, education and healthcare top priorities. No word from the Governor on LGBT issues that proved contentious last year.