Muncie Police Officer Suspended Without Pay for 18 Weeks

A Muncie police officer has been suspended without pay for 18 weeks. The charges against Jaime Howell alleged she threw rocks at a car owned by her former husband’s girlfriend. The suspension is effective immediately. There is also a criminal mischief case pending against Howell. Her attorney stated they hope to work out a plea agreement on that charge.

Muncie Teen Escapes Serious Injury When Thrown from Car

A Muncie teen somehow escaped serious injury in a Thursday accident at 18th and Macedonia. Wesley Smith was ejected from his convertible when he ran a red light and struck the rear of a semi. Despite flying about 30 feet out of his car, Smith only suffered two broken fingers and road rash to his head. He was treated and released that afternoon at Ball Memorial Hospital.

Burned Anderson Warehouse to be Demolished

The building that was the site of that June fire at Phillips Warehouse in Anderson will be demolished. Michael Widing, Anderson’s building commissioner, ordered that demolition. The June fire burned for days, destroying the building. The structure also presents security problems. Even though the area is fenced off, people are still able to enter the building. Children have been seen coming and going from the burned out structure.

Candidates for Governor to Debate

The candidates for governor — Republican incumbent Mitch Daniels, Democrat Jill Long Thompson, and Libertarian Andy Horning have agreed to series of debates. The Indiana Debate Commission has arranged debates in Merrillville (September 16th), Jasper (September 23rd) and Bloomington (October 14th).

Serious Crash at I-69 and Indiana 26

Emergency responders were called to the scene of a serious accident just before 6 a.m. Friday morning. Reports from the scene indicated two vehicles were involved and one of them flipped over. A medical helicopter landed at the scene to transport at least one victim for treatment.

Barn and Vehicles Destroyed in Fire

A barn fire Wednesday evening also destroyed several vehicles.   Fire personnel from  from Cowan, Liberty Township and Blountsville responded to the blaze.   The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.   The barn is located south of the Muncie Bypass near Meeker Avenue.

Muncie Man Facing Drug Charges and DUI

A Muncie man is facing charges of dealing in cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and driving while intoxicated.  Lorenzo Ford was arrested following a traffic crash last month.   Police found $5,900 in cash, three bags of cocaine totaling 90 grams and a bag of marijuana in his car.   His blood alcohol level was 0.15.