Man Who Escaped From Police On Moped Now In Custody

He got away on his moped last week, but police say a Muncie man is now in custody. 29 year old Brandon Thomas Murphy is charged with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, along with auto theft and reckless driving. He had been sought by police after they received a report of a man with a gun on the 3400 block of South Juniper Lane on September 14th.

Muncie Woman Filing Suit Over Her Arrest

A Muncie woman accused of biting a police officer’s hand during her arrest has filed a federal lawsuit against the Muncie Police Department. In it, 67 year old Ruby Goodman claims she was verbally harrassed by police during an incident in which her son overdosed after using drugs in her home in July of 2019.

Arnold Receives Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching Award

Dr. Thomas Arnold received the Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching Award from The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. to recognize his creativity and innovation in the classroom. The Muncie Journal reports Arnold, a history teacher at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities, was nominated for his creativity in bringing art and art history together in his American History and American Government classes.

Tuesday, 9/21/2021 Woof Boom Radio Morning News

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 30th. That’s the first of 3 days of festivities surrounding the arrival of IRONMAN to Muncie. The city anticipates 9,000 people will be in town for 3 days that kicks off with a concert by the Kentucky Headhunters and Flynnville Train on Thursday evening. According to the Muncie visitors Bureau the weekend should generate over $5 million from food, beverage, lodging, and transportation. Learn more at downtownmuncie.org


The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County has awarded Thomas Arnold from the Indiana Academy, the Robert P. Bell Creative Teaching Award. The award was established to honor teachers who have gone above and beyond using creativity to enhance learning by their students.


Muncie City Council recently introduced Ordinance 42-dash-21 that, if passed, would create a registry of blighted properties and their owners—allowing city officials to hold derelict property owners accountable for the harm they cause to neighborhoods.


The incredibly popular “Price is Right LIVE” stage show is coming to Emens auditorium on Sunday September 26 at 3:00 PM. Tickets are now available at the Emens box office or online at ticketmaster.com


Two local non-profit agencies with long histories in the Muncie community have come together to provide an added benefit to Muncie Symphony  Orchestra attendees this upcoming season. Hillcroft services Reliable Transit Division will provide free shuttle service for Muncie Symphony Orchestra patrons in need of extra assistance to and from the main parking lots that feed Emens auditorium.


Ronald E. Wright, 23, was arrested in a traffic stop the same day the Muncie Delaware County drug task force served a search warrant at his home in the 5100 block of West Canterbury Drive in Muncie. Wright is accused of selling Xanax bars, in both instances involving more than 28 grams of the drug.


The Board of Directors of Westminster Village has announced the appointment of Mary Jo Crutcher as president and administrator and Dustin Jones as chief financial officer, both effective Oct. 15


Police said a New Castle woman charged into the home of strangers, knocked over a baby and attacked the child’s father. Michelle Lee Gona, 39, was charged Monday in Henry Circuit Court 2 with battery resulting in bodily injury to a person less than 14 years of age, residential entry and battery resulting in bodily injury.


Ball State University reports, as of this week, more than 76 percent of full-time employees are fully vaccinated. That figure includes 87 percent of professional employees and 84 percent of faculty. Approximately 70 percent of eligible on-campus students, including more than 75 percent of those living in residence halls, have confirmed they are fully vaccinated.


You’ve heard and seen the statistics about COVID-19 in the community… we’re all familiar with those… but you’re probably NOT AS familiar with what it’s like for a nurse working with COVID-19 patients all day… every day… over and over and over. MuncieJournal.com shares the story of a Cardiac Intensive Care Nurse at Ball Memorial Hospital as she and her coworkers battle the virus. Read the emotional and powerful story titled “FROM a NURSES EYES”, now on MuncieJournal.com


At halftime of Sunday’s football game, former Indianapolis Colts quarterback and now Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning received his Hall of Fame ring and so did his former teammate running back Edgerinn James. Both James and Manning gave an encore “thank you” speech to the fans Sunday. They were both inducted into the Hall of Fame last month.


At 10:00am this morning there will be a Veterans Stand Down at the Muncie Delaware County Senior Citizen Center located it 2517 W 8th St in Muncie. A stand down is an event that provides supplies and services to veterans such as food, shelter, clothing and health screenings.


The popular Pumpkin Trail and Glow contest, sponsored by the Muncie Visitors Bureau will be back this year during ArtsWalk on October 7th from 5pm-9pm.


The Muncie Delaware County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the annual Chamber Champions awards luncheon and honored 11 community businesses for their longevity and impact in the Muncie Delaware County community.


A free flu shot clinic will run 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 6, at various Meridian Health Services locations throughout Indiana, including four sites in Muncie. During the event, the free flu shots are available to anyone age 6 months or older, and available to everyone regardless of financial status. Attendees do not need to be current patients of Meridian to receive flu shots, and appointments are not necessary for the event.


The David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University will exhibit “Memories and Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art” Sept. 23- Dec. 22.


State health officials are asking Indiana residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites after Lake County identified the first West Nile virus case of 2021. State health commissioner Dr. Khristina box said mosquitoes are still active in cooler fall weather.


The Kokomo community held a vigil for a teenager killed in a crash over the weekend. 16-year-old Jonathan McKoon died when he was ejected from a car during a crash early Sunday on state road 22. He was a junior at Taylor high school.


A man accused of child molestation was found not guilty by a jury. Jeremiah Grier, 46, was arrested Jan. 17, 2019, at Anderson Preparatory Academy. In part because of COVID-19 disruptions, he has been in jail for two years and eight months waiting for his trial date. Grier was working as a resource officer, suspension monitor, coach and substitute teacher at the school.


The second annual “Grab ‘n Go Pop-Up Shop” event will take place in the lobby of Madison Park Church of God from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28. Residents can drop in to meet the bakers, view the masterpieces, make a donation, and take home favorite desserts.


Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter has announced the promotion of Master Trooper Ron Huff to the rank of Sergeant to serve as a District Squad Leader for the Pendleton Post. Sgt. Huff earned this promotion through written testing and a competitive interview process.


The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 23rd at 6pm in the Falls Park Community Building in Pendleton. The hearing will cover the proposed consolidation between the Pendleton BMV INTO the Anderson BMV branch.


A woman facing charges of neglect after 94 animals and a child were removed from her home last month has a history of animal hoarding in at least two other states, according to the Herald Bulletin.  Nancy L. Clemmer, 58, 1500 block of Park Avenue, had previously been ordered to abate properties where she lived in Long Beach, California, and Niles, Michigan.


Thousands of people attended Heritage Days Festival in Frankton over the weekend. The festival’s signature parade Saturday morning was a chance for the town’s residents to express appreciation for the service of local members of the military.

 

Woman Charged After Chaotic Attack On Strangers

A New Castle woman is charged with running into the home of strangers, knocking over a baby and attacking the child’s father. 39 year old Michelle Lee Gona faces a number of charges as a result from the weekend incident at a home on the 2200 block of Broad Street. Residents say they have no relationship with Gona and did not know who she was.

Bridges Community Services Officials Talk About Closure

At a Monday press conference via Zoom, Bridges Community Services officials discussed its plans to close as of September 28th. The Star Press reports the operation is closing largely due to COVID, which officials say increased community need and hindered major fundraising efforts. Bridges had reportedly been dealing with financial difficulties for several years prior, according to officials.

IRONMAN Coming To Muncie

Join the City of Muncie, Muncie Downtown Development, Muncie Visitors Bureau, Muncie Sports Commission and Horizon Convention Center the weekend of Sept. 30–Oct. 2 as they welcome IRONMAN Indiana to Muncie. The Muncie Journal reports the city anticipates roughly 3,500 athletes and their supporters (upwards of 9,000 people total) in Muncie over the course of the weekend. The triathletes can compete in the 70.3-mile race or the full IRONMAN, which is 140.6 miles.

Vax at The Track, and New Castle: 9/20/2021 WBR Morning News

More shots at the TrackThe Indiana Department of Health, in partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will offer the free COVID-19 vaccinations and testing during a five-week clinic being hosted starting Tuesday, Sept. 21.  The clinics will be held in the INDYCAR parking lot at 4551 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, across from Gate 2, and will run from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, through Oct. 30.


Americans for Prosperity Action (AFP Action) announced its support for U.S. Representative Victoria Spartz as she seeks re-election to Indiana’s 5th congressional district. The press release says “in her tenure in the Indiana Senate and in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Spartz has shown a dedication to championing people over politics and leading the way toward economic opportunity for all Americans.”


Muncie City Hall Auditorium could be getting a facelift

Muncie Mayor asked Council to consider repairing scratched wood on the walls, replacing the curtains along the back wall and more updates.


It’s already the fourth game of the season for Ball State football this Saturday

Joel Godett and Rich Spizak have the play by play with WLBC pregame starting at 1 p.m.


From the Where Are They Now Department: former BSU media relations rep Marc Ransford announced on his Linked In last week, he is now the Media Relations Manager of the Indianapolis Public Schools.


The Strike Team is coming back to New Castle:  the IDOH COVID Testing and Vaccination Event is Friday, September 24th and Saturday, September 25th from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.  At Henry County Memorial Park, IN Smith Building area, follow the signs.  No appointment needed.  The Pfizer vax (approved for 12 years and older) as well as Johnson & Johnson (approved for 18 years and older).  Testing available: Rapid antigen (on-site test) as well as the PCR (lab test).


As we covered first last week, the Board of Directors of Bridge Community Services has decided to cease operations on September 28, as other agencies have agreed to continue the services in order to minimize the disruption to the many clients.  The agency has recently faced significant financial difficulties, which has increased community needs and created barriers to high impact fundraising activities.


Anthony Gonzalez, the former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver-turned-congressman, says he will not run again in 2022. Gonzalez cited the strain of living in two different cities has become too much, as well as death threats after voting to impeach then-President Donald Trump.


St. Vincent de Paul of Anderson Walk for the Poor is Saturday September 25th, at Highland Middle School.  Check in 10:30.  Walk begins at 11.  Games, petting zoo, dunk tank, pop toss, treasures sale, food and fun will be from 11-1. This charity event benefits their mission to serve families in need by providing rent/utility assistance, furniture and household goods to clients at no cost.

Hazard Pay Coming For Some Lapel Employees

Full-time employees of Lapel will receive COVID-19-related hazardous pay following action by the town council. The Herald Bulletin reports Town Council Thursday voted to provide each of the full-time members of the police department a hazard pay bonus of $5,000. The council voted to provide $2,000 in hazard pay to the eight full-time employees who work in the town hall and for the utility department.

Muncie’s National Guard Armory To Collect Items For Afghan Evacuees

Muncie’s National Guard Armory will take part in a regional collection system to sort and deliver donated items for Afghan evacuees. The Star Press reports Gov. Eric Holcomb has said several state agencies will collaborate to receive, sort and deliver the needed items. In addition to Muncie’s armory, located at 401 N. Country Club Road, eight other Indiana National Guard locations will participate, including Evansville, Greenfield, Rockville, Danville, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend and New Albany.