House Republicans have unveiled a road funding plan calling for increases in gas and cigarette taxes, and a registration fee for electric vehicles. Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown says roads are critical to Indiana’s logistics industry, and says the state needs a permanent funding source for up to one-and-a-half-billion dollars in annual maintenance needs.
President Obama’s final State of the Union address is tonight. Republican Indiana Senator Dan Coats says the President still has a lot to prove before he leaves office. Coats feels President Obama’s priorities are misplaced, saying he should instead be focused on ISIS, North Korea’s recent test of a hydrogen bomb, and Iran’s alleged violations of a recent nuclear enrichment deal with the U.N.
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.
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 over that. He was wearing a distinctive lime green striped hat with a fuzzy ball on top. According to the report, the lone robber came in about 3 p.m., jumped the counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash.
An update on a domestic case involving a Yorktown man charged with twice attacking his ex-wife. Police say the man, 55-old-old Bruce Edward Clark violated a protective order and contacted his ex-wife. The text message appears 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 man who sold Muncie police fake heroin for $130 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. The white substance is being tested at the Indiana State Police lab.
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 is being held in Delaware County jail with a $10K bond, and also charged with neglect and driving while suspended.
The Powerball jackpot has surpassed $1B dollars, after the numbers failed to be chosed on Saturday. Two players did win two million dollars, one in Connecticut and one in Texas. 25 players won a measley $1 million dollar prize, including in Ohio.
In this Wednesday’s drawing, if a sole winner takes a lump sum payment, it’ll be a check for $806 million dollars.
We’re following up today on the bank robbery last week in Anderson on Nichols Ave. The PNC bank was robbed by a black man about 5 feet 6 inches tall. According to the report, the lone robber came in about 3 p.m., jumped the counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled southeast of the bank, and a K9 was brought in to search the Brentwood Drive area. If you have any information, you’re asked to call Anderson police.
With several inches of snow and ice to deal with, drivers had trouble over the weekend getting around. Some school delays will help keep buses and children out of danger during the busy part of the commute. The Indiana State Police are encouraging drivers to slow down and pay attention because high winds blow that snow right across the roadways and that leads to ice. Even roads that appear clear can have icy patches farther ahead that can get motorists in trouble.