Man Shot In Leg In Muncie

A man was shot in the leg in Muncie Wednesday night and police are looking for the shooter. That person used a rifle to fire several shots at a house along West Main Street near Kilgore Avenue shortly before 10 p.m, reports the Star Press. The man whoh was struck was inside the house at the time. No one inside could explain why the house may have been targeted.

Schools To Stay Closed Through End Of School Year

Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick announced Thursday that all schools will remain closed through the end of the school year. Most schools wrap up their school years in late May or early June but with the expected peak of COVID-19 cases weeks away, reopening schools to the state’s more than a million K-12 students doesn’t appear to be feasible.

Price Gouging And Other Complaints In COVID-19 Landscape

Complaints of price gouging in the COVID-19 landscape. Attorney General Curtis Hill said the complaints received so far have involved high prices being charged by superstores, home improvement stores, grocery stores, e-commerce websites and others since Gov. Eric Holcomb declared a public health emergency last month.

Latest State COVID-19 Numbers

State health officials reporting thirteen more deaths in Indiana from coronavirus-related illnesses. The new tally raises the state’s virus death toll to 78 while its confirmed cases surged past 3,000. The number of confirmed cases grew from Wednesday to Thursday by 474, to 3,039. Increased testing is making for more dramatic advances reported in COVID-19. .

Thursday, April 2, 2020 Briefs

Governor Eric Holcomb’s tone remained positive yesterday during his daily briefing, citing pride of “In the Together” campaign, asking Hoosiers to continue to act now.  He stated “we are all looking forward to returning to more normal activities,” but need to do our part to get through this.  Now, 83 counties have confirmed Covid cases.

15 Rapid Test machines will be received in the state of Indiana, as stated by Dr. Kristina Box during yesterday’s daily briefing.

We continue to connect local business to the latest updates related to the CARES Act.  Here’s the Small Business Association’s Laura Schafnitz.   The entire interview is here:  https://soundcloud.com/wlbcwakeupcrew/sba-march30

United Way of Delaware, Henry & Randolph Counties has created the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund, an emergency grant-making fund to support nonprofits serving struggling working families impacted by COVID-19.  Already, they have granted emergency funding for several nonprofits to support childcare for emergency and medical personnel, equipment to ensure safety in food delivery, utility assistance for families who are struggling, and financial support for our homeless shelters.  If you’d like to make a donation, please contact the United Way.

As Hoosiers await federal stimulus checks, they should be prepared for phone calls from scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents.  Some Indiana residents have reported receiving such calls, in which scammers attempt to obtain the personal and financial information of would-be victims.  The IRS will never call you demanding payments or personal financial information such as your Social Security number, credit card number or bank account number.

Thanks to an anonymous grant, there is now a $250,000 match for donations make to The Salvation Army Indiana Division’s disaster response. That doubles your impact, turning a $50 donation into $100, and $100 gift into a $200 one.  We’ve placed the link to donate here:  https://donate.salvationarmyindiana.org/give/277316/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=andersonfacebook

In lieu of the previously planned Annual Banquet, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes of East Central Indiana Invites you to join for an FCA Virtual Experience, Thursday April 30th at 6:00pm.  The event will include FCA student speakers, a brief ministry update, music from the FCA worship band, and a word from Ohio State’s Coach Chris Holtmann.

Want to lift others up during COVID-19 pandemic? Smile! Wave!  See the article provided by Ball State University on MuncieJournal.com.

 

Delaware County EMA announced this week that FEMA grants are available.  We have posted a very valuable tool to help answer questions HERE.  https://youtu.be/TrjwgERKY4g

https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/111781

 

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is encouraging all students to file the 2020-21 FAFSA before the approaching April 15, 2020 deadline.   Instead of the usual in person event, they will host a virtual FAFSA Frenzy event on Saturday, April 4 from 1 – 3 p.m.  Students and families can seek assistance through the social media platforms, which will be manned by staff members during the live event answering common questions and posting videos on social media with the #FAFSAFrenzyIN.

Ivy Tech Community College Muncie-Henry County campus has hired Qiana (key-ON-ah) Clemens as the new executive director of development.

As Hoosiers await federal stimulus checks, they should be prepared for phone calls from scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents.  Some Indiana residents have reported receiving such calls, in which scammers attempt to obtain the personal and financial information of would-be victims.  The IRS will never call you demanding payments or personal financial information such as your Social Security number, credit card number or bank account number.

In lieu of the previously planned Annual Banquet, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes of East Central Indiana Invites you to join for an FCA Virtual Experience, Thursday April 30th at 6:00pm.  The event will include FCA student speakers, a brief ministry update, music from the FCA worship band, and a word from Ohio State’s Coach Chris Holtmann.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is encouraging all students to file the 2020-21 FAFSA before the approaching April 15, 2020 deadline.   Instead of the usual in person event, they will host a virtual FAFSA Frenzy event on Saturday, April 4 from 1 – 3 p.m.  Students and families can seek assistance through the social media platforms, which will be manned by staff members during the live event answering common questions and posting videos on social media with the #FAFSAFrenzyIN.

Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. appeared on WHBU’s Mitch in the Morning Radio show, and expressed concerns that some local residents are not following the directive to remain at home during the coronavirus pandemic.  Broderick said the health experts expect the peak to hit Indianapolis in the numbers of people who test positive for COVID-19 in the next two to three weeks.  He told the Herald Bulletin “Madison County will follow that by a couple of weeks.”

A group of Democratic senators is pressuring the Trump administration to rescind or clarify new guidance that tells seniors to file a tax return in order to receive a coronavirus stimulus payment.  An estimated 64 million Americans received Social Security benefits last year and many aren’t required to file tax returns.

Second Person In Madison County Dies From COVID-19

A second person in Madison County has died from coronavirus, but the Herald Bulletin reports the county health department was unable to confirm that the death of a third local person was caused by the virus. A woman in her 80’s and a 95 year old man are the first two to die from the illness in Madison County. A health department spokesperson says she can only confirm a death when she receives a death certificate.

Five More Cases Of COVID-19 Confirmed In Delaware County

Five more positive cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Delaware County and the first yet surfaced in Jay County. The Star Press reports the Jay County patient is recovering at home, but no word on that person’s age or gender. Blackford is now the only county in East Central Indiana and also one of only nine statewide that hasn’t recorded a positive case yet.

Muncie Man Charged With Rape

A Muncie man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman he knows in her home. 27 year old Richard of the 1900 block of East 16th Street, is charged with rape. The Star Press reports the woman told Sherell he could watch a movie at her home early on March 15th, and says she did consent to a sexual encounter, but that Sherell then repeatedly sexually assaulted her.