Muncie Official On Paid Leave Following Arrest

It’s paid leave for a Muncie Sanitary District official arrested by the FBI on Tuesday. Tracy Barton is facing federal criminal charges which claim he steered contracts to preferred contractors, and that Barton and other city employees solicited and accepted kickbacks in the form of cash, cash equivalents and check contributions. He’ll remain on leave until the outcome of the criminal case against him or until his accrued vacation time runs out.

Diaper Drive For Needy Families

BY5 research estimates that, in Delaware County, between 1,610 and 2,440 0–3-year-olds in lower-income families suffer from diaper need. In an effort to reduce this number, BY5 Early Childhood Initiative is launching a diaper drive during National Diaper Need Awareness Week, which runs from Sept. 24–30, to support all the diaper banks in the Diaper Bank Network, which will open later this fall. Diapers can cost between $1,000 and $1,500 per year per child.

Charges Upped Against Inmate In Prison Attack

An Anderson inmate has been sentenced to 35 additional years behind bars for an attack that seriously injured a prison counselor. A jury convicted 30-year-old Josiah Boyd in August of attempted murder in the June 2016 attack on Jerry Hooley at the Pendleton Correctional Facility. A Madison County judge sentenced Boyd on Wednesday after the victim’s wife, Janine Hooley, testified that her husband hasn’t been the same since the attack left him hospitalized.

Murder Suspect Captured In Anderson; Now Back In Muncie

He was the target of an extensive manhunt. This morning, accused killer Brady Turner is in police custody. He was able to elude authorities for days, putting schools under modified lockdowns and setting residents nerves on edge. Turner was reportedly arrested near 7th Street and Scatterfield Road in Anderson Wednesday after leading police on a foot chase. Investigators believe the 25-year-old Turner fatally stabbed Christopher Burgess Jr. during a dispute in Muncie Monday evening.

More Details On Muncie Men Arrested In FBI Probe

More details now on the two men indicted on fraud-related charges connected to an FBI probe of the city’s Sanitary District. They say 49-year-old Tracy Barton of Selma, Muncie’s superintendent of sewer maintenance and engineering, is charged in connection with accepting kickbacks for steering contracts to preferred contractors. 57-year-old Jeffrey Burke is charged stemming from his purchase of a Muncie flea market and selling it soon afterward to the Sanitary District for a significant profit.