Police: Woman slips from cuffs, steals police SUV

A 21-year-old woman accused of leading police on a high speed chase and the subject of a weekend overnight manhunt remains in Henry County jail. Tori Hostetler of Monrovia was a passenger in a stolen car that was pulled over near Pendleton and handcuffed. She was allegedly able to slip off the handcuffs and steal the police SUV Friday night, leading law enforcement on a 100 mile an hour chase from Pendleton into Henry County. The woman apparently jumped from the moving vehicle before it crashed and rolled, and she ran from the scene. They searched overnight because of the frigid temperatures out of concern for her safety. She was found nearby Saturday morning.

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Jan. 25, 2016 1:48 PM CST
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Ball State President steps down

New this afternoon, Ball State President Paul Ferguson has resigned. He’s asking for a two-month sabbatical and then his resignation becomes effective. The Board of Trustees has reportedly accepted. Provost and Executive VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Terry King is now acting President.

Police: Woman stole police SUV, led them on high speed chase

A 21-year-old woman accused of leading police on a high speed chase and the subject of an overnight manhunt remains in Henry County jail. Tori Hostetler of Monrovia was a passenger in a stolen car that was pulled over near Pendleton and handcuffed. She was allegedly able to slip off the handcuffs and steal the police SUV, leaving law enforcement on a 100 mile an hour chase from Pendleton into Henry County. The woman apparently jumped from the moving vehicle before it crashed and rolled, and she ran from the scene. They searched overnight because of the frigid temperatures out of concern for her safety. She was found nearby.

Muncie man takes plea in summer shooting

A Muncie man has taken a plea deal with prosecutors and plead guilty to shooing another man last summer on East Adams St. 27-year-old Brandon Slay pleaded guilty to aggravated battery. The terms of the deal have not been announced, and the judge will decide if the deal is accepted. Sentencing is set for Feb 3rd. Typically the conviction carries a penalty of 16 years in prison.

Animal shelter to ask for fines, enforcement for dogs left in cold

The Muncie Animal Shelter wants the city to change the animal care ordinance to force dog owners to shelter their pets when temps go to 20 degrees or below. Director Phil Peckinpaugh is expected to ask Muncie City Council to allow them to enforcement and fining owners $100 for non-compliance. He told the Star Press that the group gets multiple calls each day about dogs being left outside without proper housing and there’s nothing they can do now, except talk to the owner. The issue is on the Feb. 1st agenda. It may not be in time, however, because typically council takes action on items on their second reading, which is a month later.

Unnammed Delta HS staff member investigated

We’re following up to day about a possible battery case involving a staff member at Delta High School and a juvenile student. The school administration isn’t providing much information at this point in their investigation, saying it’s a personnel matter. What we do know is that an incident was reported last Wednesday concerning what they’re calling “potentially inappropriate actions” about 3:45 p.m. by a staff member. The sheriff’s office was notified and investigated on Thursday. They’re checking surveillance video and interviewing others. The school will not say if the staff member was suspended.

First Snow; Now Ice & Flooding

The massive winter storm that clobbered the East Coast is heading out to the Atlantic, but they’re not out of the woods just yet. Sun and rising temperatures Sunday helped in cleanup efforts, but now they’re worried about ice and flooding. So just how much snow did Indiana get from the big storm? The very southern part of the state, in places like Jasper, they saw 2 to 4 inches. In Evansville, just about one inch. The storm dumped two feet on eastern Kentucky, marking the deepest snow accumulation there in some 20 years.

Stolen Police Vehicle Involved In Three-County Chase

She was wanted on a felony warrant for resisting law enforcement and on a probation violation for a drug charge. And she wasn’t going quietly. 21-year-old Tori Hostetler of Monrovia was one of the passengers in a stolen vehicle that Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies pulled over at the Pendleton McDonalds. Hostetler was handcuffed and placed in a deputy’s vehicle. But moments later, she apparently slipped the cuffs and into the driver’s seat of the officer’s Chevy Tahoe and away she went. The three-county chase ended in Henry County, where Tori jumped from the moving vehicle and fled on foot. Despite their efforts, she wasn’t found until the next morning when police received a call from a nearby homeowner who believed that the suspect was on his property. Hostetler is now facing new felony charges at the Henry County jail.

Initial Hearing For Muncie Man Today

An initial hearing is expected to be held today on new charges for a Muncie man. 25-year-old Dustin Michael Ewry is now facing 14 criminal charges including domestic battery, theft and interference with the reporting of a crime. The Muncie man – held in the Delaware County jail under a $20,000 bond – was convicted of resisting law enforcement in 2009.

Another Round Of Phone Scams

Madison County Sheriff Scott Mellinger is alerting you to another round of phone scams. The con artists will call and tell you that you missed jury duty and then request an electronic payment of a supposed court-ordered fine. Mellinger warns – There’s not a law enforcement agency that will call you at your home and have you pay some type of fine electronically. One call to a local number was traced by the FBI to the scam artist’s contraband cellphone in a Georgia prison.