A driving instructor was killed trying to do his job. Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s officials say the 69-year-old man died from injuries after a student driver he was with stopped abruptly while preparing to turn when a pickup truck crashed into the back of the driving school’s car. The teen driver was treated and released.
There is no risk to your food, but an avian influenza outbreak is impacting turkey producers in southwest Indiana. At least 10 commercial turkey farms there have now tested positive. An estimated 119-thousand birds have been euthanized at four locations so far. No human cases have been reported.
Gas is cheap in the Hoosier state, as crude prices stay below $30 a barrel. The average price for a gallon of gas in Indiana is around $1.69–about 14 cents lower that it was this time last week. Patrick DeHaan with Gasbuddy.com says the downward trend in prices is sweeping across the entire country, and will continue to get lower for at least a bit longer.
Another Muncie man in prison for two Village Pantry robberies and one at a southside liquor store wants early release. James “Red” Johnson was convicted in 2003 after pleading guilty to armed robbery. He’s set to be released in May 2019 and has an early release hearing with the parole board on Feb. 23rd.
A man who has spent 30 years in prison for rape and burglary in Muncie is planning to ask the Indiana Parole Board for early Release. 55-year-old Herman Galloway was convicted in 1985 for breaking into a home in northeast Muncie and sexually assaulting the woman who lived there. He got 40 years, and is set to be released in two years. His hearing for early release is February 11th.
A murder trial for the suspect in a New Castle woman’s death has been delayed. The suspect, 37-year-old Anthony Dailey is accused of killing Kirsten Sidwell last spring. Her body found by a fisherman in a pond near Sulphur Springs on April 2nd. The woman had been strangled and her body was found partially enclosed in a suitcase. According to the prosecutor, an envelope with Dailey’s name on it was in the suitcase and he made incriminating statements to a relative. A new trial date will be set Feb. 11th. Dailey’s attorneys needed more time to prepare. He remains in jail.
Two Muncie residents were arrested on warrants for alleged drug violations. The Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Shaun Blankenship and Christa Gassman were arrested last week after a deputy saw them in a car on Riggin Rd. Both had outstanding warrants.
On this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Ball State has a series of events open to the public, including the MLK Speaker Series. This week, Benjamin Jealous, former NAACP president and CEO, will speak about “The Forgotten Origins and Consequences of Race in America.” That’s Wednesday at Ball State at 7:30 p.m. An MLK Memorial concert is Thursday in Sursa Hall at 7:30 p.m. For more, check at Ball State.
A financial services company is moving operations to Carmel and will hire another 600 employees in the next 10 years. That’s the word from Allied Solutions. Governor Mike Pence made his first jobs announcement yesterday. The company was offered up to $4 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. The company is not eligible for claim the incentives until they actually hire employees.
A Powerball ticket sold in Richmond is worth $50,000. It was bought at the Kroger at 3701 National Road East. That ticket matched four of the five numbers and the Powerball number. It was one of 15 people who won across the Hoosier state. So far, no word from the winner. A million dollar ticket was sold in Terre Haute.