In Hartford City, 30-year-old David Wright, known as “Bobby” is charged with child molesting after he allegedly admitted sexually assaulting two children under 12 dozens of times since last fall. He reportedly told the FBI he recorded the abuse on his cell phone and downloaded it onto his computer. Wright is being held in Blackford County jail with a $20,000 bond.
The cost of incarceration is going up this year in Delaware County. Sheriff Ray Dudley released a report detailing needed repairs and issues that need to be addressed, including faulty electrical and overcrowding. Dudley says some of the immediate concerns are being addressed, and is asking city council to approve the money spent.
A Madison County home goes up in flames and it takes six fire departments to battle the blaze. It took crews about an hour to get fire under control Thursday morning. The family was home at the time but was able to safely escape their house in the 3300 block of East Indiana 236. The cause of that fire is still under investigation.
A Muncie man is in jail, facing charges for beating his pregnant 18-year-old girlfriend because she wouldn’t give him money. Cops say Christopher Chambers hit the woman who is four months pregnant in early January. She was treated at a hospital where she told officers about the attack that allegedly happened on East Main Street. Chambers is facing domestic charges.
Her friends and family – and probably many, many others – will say goodbye to Susan Jordan tomorrow. The funeral for the principal of Amy Beverland Elementary School will be Saturday at 3:00pm. Jordan was killed Tuesday afternoon when she was hit by a school bus that had accidentally jumped a curb in the school parking lot as students were about to head home for the day.
A New Castle woman who helped a man sexually assault a teenager has been sent to prison for seven years. The woman, 52-year-old Sara Dempsey, pleaded guilty in Henry Circuit Court. She was accused of helping 53-year old Loring Cavender assault a teen six years ago, and forced her to videotape sex acts involving both.
Good news in Anderson. An Italian organic fertilizer company is planning to bring their North American headquarters to Madison County. The company, Italpollina, says they found the skilled workforce they need in Anderson, and plan to build a 70,000 square foot factory on the former GM Scatterfield site. They hope to be ready to operate in December. They’re expecting to bring about three dozen jobs.
It’s official. Dr. Jennifer McCormick, the superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, has announced her candidacy for Superintendent of Public Instruction. In a press conference at the Indiana Statehouse Thursday, the nationally-recognized innovator and leader in education outlined her goals’ including a system that strives for excellence rather than focusing on political squabbling.
Over at Ball State, the interim President is reassuring BSU employees that the university is operating smoothly and is not in crisis mode since the former President stepped down for an unknown reason. He says the university is not having fiscal problems and that he will meet with Trustees today to update the Board.
A traffic stop for speeding has led to the arrest of a Muncie man. 29-year-old Johntrell Vance was charged after being pulled over by an Indiana State Trooper. Vance is charged with driving while impaired, possession of marijuana and endangerment as he had two girls under the age of 18 in the car with him at the time.