Republican Official Charged with Battery and Bodily Injury

The secretary of the Delaware County Republican Party Central Committee has been charged with battery resulting in bodily injury. The misdemeanor charge against William D. Statom stems from an April 9 attack on Nick Werner, a reporter for The Star Press, in a hallway of the Delaware County Building after a meeting of the county election board. Statom, also holds a party-appointed job in the county’s voter registration office. Special Prosecutor Wesley A. Schemenaur of Jay County filed the charge against Statom last Thursday in Delaware Circuit Court 4. Judge John Feick has scheduled an initial hearing on June 16. If convicted of the Class A misdemeanor, Statom would face a jail term of up to a year.

Anderson School Dress Code Altered for Some

Elementary students will not have to wear belts next year, and students in all grades will get to wear polo shirts with approved school logos. After more than an hour of back-and-forth discussion with the public, the Anderson Community Schools board of trustees voted Tuesday to alter the districtwide student dress code. No one came out asking the board to completely end the one-year-old policy, but parents and corporation staff made suggestions on how the code could be improved in its second year. Several people also came to the meeting hoping to comment on the recent appointment of Teddy Bohnenkamp to the district’s at-large board seat, but board President Tobi Jones said the special meeting was only to discuss the uniform policy and other concerns would have to wait until the school board’s regular meeting on June 10.

Muncie Youth Charged in Mobile Home Park Shooting

A Muncie youth has been accused of shooting a man at a south eastside mobile home park. Shaun Michael West was preliminarily charged with aggravated battery in the wounding of Joe L. Vance who was shot in the upper shoulder May 19 while visiting Burlington Mobile Home Park. Authorities said Vance had apparently been involved in a fist fight with another man shortly before the shooting. That man was purportedly in a car, with West and others, when the teenager allegedly fired the gunshot at Vance. West was arrested Friday, and he continued to be held without bond Tuesday in the Delaware County jail. Formal charges in the case had not yet been filed.

Muncie Mayor vs. Prosecutor Headed to Court

The feud between Mayor Sharon McShurley and Delaware County Prosecutor Mark McKinney has now escalated into a legal battle.

McShurley, a Republican, last week filed a formal ethics grievance against McKinney, a Democrat, with the Indiana Supreme Court’s disciplinary commission alleging he deceived local courts while handling forfeiture cases involving thousands of dollars in money and assets seized from drug dealers. In doing so, McShurley alleged, McKinney diverted money toward the Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task Force that rightfully belonged to the City of Muncie general fund. McKinney, however, denied he or anyone else in the Delaware County prosecutor’s office did anything wrong, calling the grievance a political assassination attempt. McKinney declined to talk about specific allegations, saying he had not seen the grievance as of Tuesday.

Anderson Man Arrested After SWAT Team Standoff

A rural Anderson man was taken into custody Tuesday evening after a nearly three-hour standoff with the Madison County Sheriff Department SWAT team. Police arrested Brian C. Judd about 6 p.m. on suspicion of domestic battery, criminal confinement, and intimidation. The most serious preliminary charge carries a sentencing range of six to 20 years if convicted. Judd was being held in jail on $20,000 bond late Tuesday, and will likely make an initial court appearance today. Sheriff Ron Richardson said Judd’s wife, called authorities to their home at about 3:20 p.m. to report a domestic disturbance.

MCS Superintendent Creasy Gets Major Award

Dr. Marlin Creasy, superintendent of Muncie Community Schools, was presented a “Lifetime Achievement Award” on air today as part of the “Educator of the Month” contest sponsored by J & T Systems Inc. and 104.1 WLBC.

Dr. Creasy was nominated as “Educator of the Month” in the jointly-sponsored contest by Walt Harrison, executive director of the East Central Indiana Service Center. When J & T Systems’ Brian Brinkman received the nomination, he and business partner Rodney Morrow thought this was a perfect time to honor the MCS Superintendent for his 40 years in public education. That’s when they chose to add “Lifetime Achievement” to the monthly award that recognizes outstanding educators in east central Indiana live on WLBC.

Dr. Creasy arrived at WLBC thinking he was taking part in a presentation of the monthly award for one of the MCS teachers as he has done previously. Instead, he was surprised to learn the award was for him.

Greenways to Get $19 Million Grant

Greenways across the state are going to be even longer soon. A $19 million state grant announced by Governor Mitch Daniels last week will fund additions to several greenways in Indiana, including the Cardinal Greenway, which currently spans 37 miles, said Lenette Freeman, director of the Cardinal Greenway in Delaware County.Cardinal Greenway was given $900,000 to fund improvements to trails and bridges between Industries Road in Richmond to Main Street in Losantville. Another $500,000 was given to pave two miles of trail, which will connect the Cardinal Greenway in Grant county to the Sweetser Switch Trail west of Marion. That’s $1.4 million for local trails or 7 percent of the $19 million awarded by Daniels.

Two Cancer Events Early Next Month in Grant County

Cancer Services of Grant County is sponsoring its annual motorcycle ride to raise money for local cancer patients — but the event will have some friendly competition. The June 6 ride that begins in Matter Park and ends at First Fridays is the same day that another organizer is planning a second race. The annual American Cancer Society walk/run event, Relay for Life, is the next day, June 7.

Second Harvest Food Bank to Offer Free Kids Meals at 14 Sites

When kids aren’t getting daily doses of reading lessons and math tests at school over the summer break, they aren’t getting school lunches either. And for those who rely on free or reduced-price meals, that can mean they don’t always get the nutrition they need. To make up for that shortfall, Second Harvest Food Bank will serve free meals to children at 14 sites around the region this summer.
This is the fourth year Second Harvest has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program. Amid an economic slowdown and increasing demand at local food banks, organizers expect demand for the summer meals program to be greater than it has in the past. Last year Second Harvest served more than 9,100 meals at 11 sites; this year, it expects to serve more of the shelf-stable meals and milk boxes at 14 sites (in Muncie, Anderson, Hartford City, Chesterfield, Alexandria, Marion and Wabash), according to Erin Rockhill, director of agency relations and program development at Second Harvest.

Portland Man Facing Trial on Choking Charges

A Portland man with a history of battery-related arrests is scheduled to stand trial June 5 on allegations that he choked his former girlfriend. James C. Hamner, , is charged with attempted strangulation, carrying a standard 18-month jail term. Authorities allege Hammer put the woman — a Berne resident — in a headlock and choked her after returning home to find her moving out of his apartment March 30.
According to court documents, Hamner was convicted of two counts of domestic battery — one of them a Class D felony and the other a misdemeanor — in January 2003.