A Yorktown teenager has been charged with pointing a shotgun at teenage girl and threatening to kill her. Kyle Winkle was charged and jailed. The incident happened on July 25th. Winkle and the girl got into a fight and he grabbed the shotgun.
The city of Muncie will be spending about $150,000 to make downtown sidewalks and curbs accessible to the disabled. Mayor Sharon McShurely originally brought up the problem at the recent meeting of the Muncie Downtown Business Council. She told the gathering that she planned to repair about 27 sidewalk curb cuts that do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. She stated that not doing so could make the city liable for legal action.
Mayor Sharon McShurley has issued new rules to city employees, regarding their speaking to the news media. She says comments to the media must be reviewed in advance and approved by the mayor. The memo announcing the policy states employees must “notify their immediate supervisor in advance of a media interview, and to the maximum extent practicable, to have a supervisor present during interviews.” One exception to the policy are police and fire personnel during breaking news situations.
In Liberty Township, McGalliard Road just east of CR333E is now open. It was originally going to be closed starting August 11th and continuing all week. A culvert pipe was installed.
Democratic candidate for Governor, Jill Long Thompson is proposing a health insurance purchasing pool for Indiana small business. She maintains the pool would make it possible for small businesses to offer full coverage health insurance at rates comparable to large companies.
A Delaware County man is currently in jail facing charges regarding cultivation and growing of marijuana. John Barnhouse was arrested Tuesday evening. Ron Halbert, Indiana State Police Senior Trooper, received a tip from the drug task force. Police located seven plants in a garage and about 10 grams of marijuana inside the Barnhouse residence.
The Delaware County Health Department is out spraying for moquitos. The began the process with mosquitoes found at the Delaware County Fairgrounds tested positive for the West Nile Virus. Last year, there were 24 human cases of West Nile Virus in Indiana, compared to the worst year, 2002, when there were 293 humans cases. People age 50 and older are at greatest risk for serious illness and even death from West Nile Virus, state officials say.
A Muncie man fired shots in a confrontation with his former boss. Darryl Fletcher was arrested Monday on two preliminary counts of criminal recklessness with a firearm, a class C felony carrying a standard prison sentence of four years. Fletcher’s former employer went to Fletcher’s house to retrieve equipment which the former employee had in his possession. The employer’s name was not revealed. Fletcher was released after posting $10,000 bond.
Anderson Community Schools is currently working on its first budget request, since funding by the state has been withdrawn. The district is expected to lose about $2 million as a result of property tax relief funding changes. Another factor affecting the budget are about 200 students had left the district to enroll at the Anderson Preparatory Academy, The Anderson school board hopes to vote on the new budget during its September meeting.
It was a sad day in Pendelton and Madison County yesterday as a fallen soldier was laid to rest. National Guard Staff Sgt. Brian K. Miller was killed August 2nd in Iraq. Among those speaking during the services at Pendelton Heights Middle School was Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.