Woman Sentenced in Arson for Hire Scheme

A Muncie woman who was part of that arson for hire scheme has been sentenced to four years in prison. Neeka Rae Burtley plead guilty to the charges. She was accused of burning a home on Burlington Drive. Her accomplice was Vanessa Allen Hatcher, who is still awaiting sentencing. Burtley also must pay $23,000 to State Farm Insurance for the damages caused.

New Castle Man Admits to Killing Grandmother

A rural New Castle man has admitted he killed his grandmother in a house they shared. Greg Galloway killed his grandmother, Eva Groves, in October of 2007. Doctors who examined Galloway say he suffers from a “mental disease or defect.” His next day in court will be October 6th.

Investigation Continues into DTF Forfeitures and Funds

Delaware County Prosecutor Mark McKinney received as much as $100,000 over the past several years. This was related to forfeiture cases handled by the Drug Task Force over that period of time. McKinney indicates he reported this income on his tax returns, even though 1099 tax forms were not sent to him to cover the amount. Judge Richard Dailey has set another hearing at 1:30 p.m. today to review those records and hear testimony from former police chief Joe Winkle, among others.

Woman Involved in Marion Shooting Spree Surrenders

A woman police wanted in connection with that June 17 shooting on Marion’s west side turned herself in to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday afternoon. Brittany Sheet of Gas City, turned herself in on an assisting a criminal warrant. Police believe she drove one of the vehicles involved in the shooting spree. The shooting in the 500 block of Butler Avenue at midday June 17 left three people injured.

Anderson Police Seek Aid of Public in Finding CVS Robber

Anderson police are asking the public’s assistance in finding a suspect who robbed the Scatterfield Road CVS in June. The police report describes the robber as white, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair and wears two earrings in his left ear. Anyone who has ideas as to who the robber might be is asked to contact Anderson police at 646-6751.

Felon Charged with Carrying Gun

A convicted felon has been arrested for carrying a gun outside a Muncie bar. Malcom E. Perdue was charged of being a convicted felon in posession of a handgun. He was released from jail after posting bond. The incident occurred outside Gene’s Bar on South Madison Street. No one was injured.

Housing Abatements on Marion Council Agenda Tonight

Housing abatements are on tonight’s Marion City Council agenda, and the council has been approving several home abatements in the past five months. Twenty-three houses have received residential tax abatements so far this year. The house abatements are for three years, where homeowners don’t pay property taxes in the first year of the abatement, pay one-third of property taxes in year two and pay two-thirds in year three.

New TIF District Near I-69 and 332

A new tax increment or TIF district has been created to increase development in the I-69 and Indiana 332 area. The Delaware County Redevelopment Commission approved the new district. It was previously known as the Park One TIF district. Now it has been expanded it from 270 acres to 1,306 acres. It is hoped this will be an encouragement for both commercial and industrial development, especially that needing easy access to the interstate.

Anderson Midnight Parade Set to Roll

The city of Anderson is getting ready for the annual 4th of July midnight parade. It’s thought to be the longest running midnight parade in the country. It begins at midnight on July 3rd. In the parade will be a multitude of people, politicians, and even car clubs. The parade began back in in 1974.