A teen driver from Yorktown was seriously hurt in crash early Monday morning on Road 600-W in Delaware County. The 17-year old girl’s car went off the road after turning from River Road, hit a tree then caught on fire. Police Chief Todd St. John says the young woman would have burned to death had it not been for a passing motorist who got her out before the fire consumed her car about 4 a.m. The teen was taken to a local hospital, then flown by Lifeline to an Indy hospital. They’ve not released her name or condition.
I-70 is closed near Centerville Road at the 147 mile marker, and is expected to stay closed while a more than 20-vehicle pileup is cleared. The westbound lanes of the interstate are affected. According to Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa, two people were trapped in their vehicles, and three people were hurt, but not seriously. Indiana State Police are working to clear the scene and wreckers are expected to work for hours to remove the semis and cars involved.
Two Madison County men have been taken into custody after allegedly robbing a man while he was selling tools out of his truck. It happened in a remote location near Lapel when the two men – and another suspect – hit the victim in the head with a club and stole about $1,000 worth of construction tools. Joshua Sutton of Elwood, and Steve Artman of Anderson are being held on charges of robbery and battery. Police are looking for the third suspect.
Police arrested a 26-year-old Muncie dad after he forced his way in to his son’s home, took the mother’s cell phone and key, and left in her vehicle. The boy was found in the car with Jeffrey Minnick, Jr. where he was found with no coat, shoes or socks in the 10 degree weather. Minnick was arrested for DUI and held in Delaware County jail with a $10K bond, and also charged with neglect and driving while suspended.
Police have released a surveillance photo showing the man whom they believe robbed the PNC bank in Anderson last Thursday. He’s a black male, about 5 ‘6″ tall, with a mustache and goatee, wearing jeans, a red hoodie and a black jacket. According to the report, the lone robber came in about 3 p.m., jumped the counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash.
The man who sold Muncie police fake heroin remains in jail. John Swafford, Jr. reportedly told the Sheriff’s department that he ‘sells drugs only when he needs the money” and admitted the heroin was “possibly fake.” He’s charged with a Level 5 felony dealing in a lookalike substance, which could land him in prison for six years.
An update on a domestic case involving a Yorktown man charged with twice attacking his ex-wife. Police say 55-old-old Bruce Edward Clark violated a protective order and contacted his ex-wife. The text message appeared to police to be an attempted bribe for a prosecution witness in a pending criminal case. He’s being held in jail and his upcoming trial in February continued. His public defender indicated they were working on a possible resolution to the case.
The newly elected Anderson City Council will meet in executive session tonight to get information on possible sites and cost for a new bus terminal. The Herald Bulletin reports that the executive session is set for 6 p.m. where members hope to learn more in respect to purchase/lease of real property by the governing body. Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. says he wants to finalize a site for the location of a new ‘City of Anderson Transit System’ by February.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Chanette Carmichael of Anderson on suspicion of welfare fraud. Investigators determined she was receiving Supplemental Social Security Income benefits for her son who lived with his father. She’s facing perjury, theft and welfare fraud for taking over $18,000 in SSI benefits.
A fourth-generation member of Muncie’s Ball family doesn’t want the former Cintas building to become a maker’s hub project. Tom Bracken, president of the George and Frances Ball Foundation and a member of the Ball State University board of trustees, wants to turn the property into a four-block-long, $47-million downtown park and underground parking garage. Bracken will present his proposal to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts.