Life without parole for an Indianapolis man for the 2019 murder of an inmate at the Pendleton Correctional Facility. 46 year old
Tommy Holland was sentenced in Madison Circuit Court, reports the Herald Bulletin. Hopper found as aggravating circumstances that Holland was already serving two life without parole sentences for murder and the fact that he was in the custody of the Department of Corrections.
They continue cleaning up a section of Buck Creek in Delaware County after Progress Rail discovered an accidental petroleum release at its Muncie locomotive manufacturing facility along Cowan Road. The Star Press reports a call came in last week of a red fuel-like substance in Buck Creek with no known source. The substance was determined to be off-road diesel.
Former Muncie Sanitary District official Tracy Barton has agreed to enter a guilty plea. The Star Press reports the agreement details — among other things — his alleged delivery of a $5,000 bribe from a contractor to then-Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler in December 2015. The deal calls for the 51 year old Barton to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and for him to be sentenced to the lower end of sentencing guidelines.
Muncie gets drive thru shots. As we told you first, last week, The Indiana State Department of Health will host a drive-through clinic from Tuesday, May 4, through Thursday, May 6, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The Muncie paper says Local health officials have been trying to pressure the state for months to get a mass vaccination clinic in Delaware County. The two-dose Moderna vaccine is what you’ll get, and appointments, as well as walk-ins will be allowed. Register at ourshot.in.gov and choose “Delaware County Fairgrounds VAX” as your site.
By the end of May, you might be able to get your COVID shots at your doctor’s office. But, Chief medical officer with the Indiana State Department of Health Lindsay Weaver says the state is working with hospital networks to develop a hub-and-spoke system to get vaccine to doctor’s offices on demand to limit waste, since some docs might not have the ability to keep the doses super-cold, as is required with some.
In Marion Friday afternoon, detectives with the Indiana State Police, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) arrested a Grant County man on charges of child exploitation and possession of child pornography. The month-long investigation began when a tip was received. Arrested was 37 year old Eddie Burnett Jr., 37 on three felony charges, and was also on unrelated outstanding warrants. Anyone having any information related to crimes against children are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency and find the link to make a CYBERTIPLINE report.
Last week, the Indiana Community Crossing Grants were announced by Gov. Holcomb. Mayor Dan Ridenour told WLBC Radio News that Muncie received just under $760,000 which he says will go toward 25 neighborhood streets.
Today, a new school name, bringing together three Catholic churches in their educational efforts. St. Francis, St. Lawrence, and St. Mary, are excited to announce the unification of the Catholic schools in Muncie. Effective June 1, 2021, the unified school will open at the current St. Mary School/Pope John Paul II School. The name for the unified school will be announced at today at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Mary soccer fields. In the event of rain, the announcement will be held in the current St. Mary School gym and attendance will be limited to current St. Mary and St. Lawrence students and teachers.
About 150 gallons of off road diesel was accidentally spilled at Progress Rail – getting into Buck Creek in Delaware County. A statement to the Muncie newspaper from Amy Everett, communications director, said an environmental response service had been mobilized to address potential impacts in the area. The cause of the spill is still under review.
A Silver Alert issued by ISP over the weekend for Russell Goldsberry was cancelled as of late Saturday afternoon. No reason was given by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.
That big fire Friday afternoon on Indy’s west side appears to be accidental. Five fire departments fought the fire at the Omni Source recycling plant at 2205 S. Holt Road, just northeast of the I-70 interchange for the Sam Jones Expressway.
One person is in critical condition following a two-vehicle crash Friday morning in Madison County. The call came in at about 7am for a crash at the intersection of County Roads 600 North and 500 West. According to the Herald Bulletin, a 17-year-old driving a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee failed to stop at the intersection while traveling westbound on County Road 600 North, striking a 2016 Ford Focus driven by a 21-year-old Frankton man that was traveling southbound on County Road 500 West. The man in the Focus was trapped for a time before being airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital.
A 14-year-old boy has been shot in Anderson. The Herald Bulletin reports it happened at just past 11pm Thursday on the 1200 block of West Ninth Street. Police are calling it an isolated incident and no suspects have been arrested. There is no word on the condition of the teen, who was shot in the abdomen.
As of Thursday, 31,251 individuals in Delaware County — about 33% of the county’s population — are fully vaccinated. Epidemiologists suggest that, to reach “herd immunity,” a population needs about 60% percent or more of its population to be vaccinated or immune through previous infection
After a 10-day hiatus, two Muncie vaccination clinics are administering the J & J vaccine again. The Star Press reports both IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and Open Door Health Services have started using the shot again, with Ball Memorial reopening its Johnson & Johnson clinic in the hospital’s Pavilion Community Pharmacy, and Open Door using the vaccine at its neighborhood clinics. These were the two major local vaccination sites using the J&J doses.
Wes-Del Community Schools announces that Mr. Adam Perdue, Wes-Del Middle/High School principal, has been named the 2021 Indiana Association of School Principals District 6 “High School Principal of the Year.” Wes-Del superintendent, Kyle Mealy says Perdue has worked tirelessly to bring innovative ideas and programming to the middle/high school, and he continues to build upon the vision of Wes-Del Community Schools. Mr. Perdue will be honored at the 2021 IASP Fall Principals conference in Indianapolis.
Masks required, even though they are not. For the conclusion of BSU Spring Homecoming Week, the bedraces are scheduled today, and the scrimmage is tomorrow at 11 a.m. Those that have free tickets will be required to wear a face covering, despite the new CDC guidelines that said this week they are not required outdoors, in small groups.
More from that special COVID Briefing this week from the Indiana State Department of Health. Dr. Lindsay Weaver made a special point to explain why the text alert system was used
She went on to say when the text was sent to Marion county phones, a doubling of attendees happened at IMS. Some have questioned whether or not cell phones should have been taken over for such a reason.
The treats in your freezer might be part of a new recall
22 year old Robin H. Cook, a former guard at the Madison County Justice Center Work Release Center was sentenced to two years at the Department of Correction as well as other charges. Cook admitted to altering drug screen results and accepting money to allow participants of the program to bring drugs, alcohol and other contraband into the facility.
Fishers has told WLBC Radio news that they will host a free Touch-a-Truck event on May 18 from 4:30-7:30PM at the NPD (Nickle Plate) AMP, where kids can explore Fishers’ fleet of big rigs, including tractors, snowplows, Police cars, & Fire trucks.
As we’ve reported before, Muncie Central High School will have Commencement in person WITH guests, with 5 tickets being given to each Graduate. Principal Walker told us, everyone is working together, for situations where some families might need fewer tickets, and some more
June 7th at 7:30 p.m., at the North Walnut Street Fieldhouse.
School clarity, in her own words. Dr. Kristine Box from the Indiana State Department of Health earlier this week
She share a lot of positive news, but wants to continue the progress made. Yesterday morning, we referenced some school news she had, but we believe it means more, when you hear Dr. Box’s voice
Last year, it was called off – but we have first word this morning that the 1,000 Flags of Honor event will resume, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Muncie. Specific info isn’t available yet, but typically it runs the week leading up to September 11th – that attack on America will be marked by the 20 year-mark this year.
The Indiana High School Athletic Association is dealing with a baseball umpire shortage, which has led to lots of games being either postponed or canceled in 2021. COVID concerns of older umps, as well as unruly fans seem to be the main cause for the shortages.
Earlier this week, we aired a story about new civic classes to be required of middle school students, but the Herald Bulletin talked to several Superintendents that seem to be in the dark – as far as curriculum, expense and staff requirements, or ever what particular grade level will be required to take such courses.
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Anderson University will hold its annual Commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. May 8 in Kardatzke Wellness Center (KWC). A livestream of the ceremony can also be viewed through Boxcast.
As you likely have heard on Woof Boom radio all week, and read on MuncieJournal.com, Minnetrista’ s first Outdoor Farmers Market of 2021 will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, and will continue outdoors every Saturday through October in the Orchard Shop parking lot.
This coming week, it looks like a jam packed event for Muncie First Thursday at MADJAX. No less than 24 artisans will be on site, with music as well. First, and second floor events, May 6, from 5-8 p.m. Other downtown merchants and galleries will likely have offerings as well.