Train “quiet zone” plan becoming reality this weekend

After about a decade of work, Muncie’s quiet zone plan goes into effect Friday night at Midnight. The idea to lessen train horns to benefit downtown residents and a new Courtyard hotel came to reality after million of dollars was spend by the railroad companies and the city to close certain crossings to vehicle traffic and install signs and other crash prevention features to reduce accidents. Motorists will see signs stating “No Train Horn” at crossings where the quiet zone is in effect.

Anderson man charged with attempted murder of Muncie man

A 22-year-old Anderson man is charged with attempted murder after being accused of shooting a Muncie man. Dvante Strong is in the Delaware County jail with $55,000 bail. Muncie police say the victim found Strong outside his mother’s home near Second and Elm streets last night and began to fight. The victim told police Strong fired shots at him and he feared he would be killed. He suffered a minor wound to the hand and was treated at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Strong was arrested by police a short time later, and they say they found drugs in his vehicle. He was on probation for a Marion county drug case.

Indiana GOP And Dems Lay Out 2016 Agendas

Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature have laid out their agendas for 2016. Democrats want to improve roads, end ISTEP and extend rights to LGBT Hoosiers. Republicans agreed that road improvement is necessary, but stopped short of condemning ISTEP, instead agreeing with Democrats on legislation that would prevent teachers from having their pay affected by ISTEP scores. They also did not list extending civil rights among their agenda.

20 Percent Drop In ISTEP Passing Rate

Legislators say a 20-point drop in the ISTEP passing rate is about what they expected after the transition to new state standards. Legislators are rushing through bills to shield school accountability grades and teacher pay from being punished for score drops based on that switch.

Police Action Shooting In Madison County

Madison County sheriff’s deputies were involved in police action shooting Wednesday morning. Sheriff Scott Mellinger says deputies were serving an eviction order when the individual pointed a semi-automatic weapon at officers. Gunfire was exchanged, but no one was injured. Family members of the suspect say he suffers from mental illness.

Yorktown Restaurant Fire Intentionally Set

In Yorktown, Fire Chief David Boone says the fire at the former location of El Rancho Poblano on West Smith Street was intentionally set. The State Fire Marshal’s office continues to investigate, and says there were no utilities connected to the building at the time of the fire. The fire department is offering up to a $5000 cash reward for anyone with information about the fire.

Elwood Man Charged With Molest & Incest

An Elwood man has been arrested after being accused of inappropriate sexual contact with an 8-year-old relative. Police arrested 18-year-old Dylan Andrew Rexford, and charged him with Level 3 child molest and Level 4 incest. According to interviewers, the incident happened at the victim’s home just before Christmas.

Dunkirk Teen Gets Two Years For Rape Charge

A Dunkirk teenager convicted of rape has been sentenced to two years in prison. 17-year-old Izaha M. Baker was charged in August in connection with an assault that took place on June 1. He entered a guilty plea to the rape charge Dec. 1 after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. Jay Circuit Court Judge Brian Hutchison accepted the agreement, and imposed a nine-year sentence with seven years suspended.

Drunk Cartwheels End In Arrest

A Knightstown man was arrested after he allegedly was seen doing cartwheels near I-70 and Indiana 109. 27-year-old Jordan Robert Bailey was arrested at a nearby convenience store. Police say he was intoxicated and spit in an officer’s face during his arrest. Bailey was charged with felony battery and misdemeanor charges. He was being held in the Henry County Jail.

Muncie Teen Arrested With Stolen Handgun

A Muncie teenager has been arrested for carrying a stolen handgun. 19-year-old Britton Devon Kirkland was being questioned after police received a report about possible car break-ins in the Whitely neighborhood. Kirkland told officers he bought the 45-caliber handgun for $150 from “someone he didn’t know”. The gun had been reported stolen in October 2013.