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.
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.
A Chesterfield accountant who was arrested yesterday later took his own life. Robert Symmes died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Madison County Coroner’s office. Symmes was arrested and accused of cheating his clients of more than $350,000.
Deliberations are expected to begin this morning in the shaken baby trial of Sean Grant. The trial began Tuesday. Grant is charged with shaking 6-year-old Anthony Wilson. The child suffered brain damage as a result. The child was later flown to Indianapolis for treatment after the July 2005 incident.
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.
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).
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.
A Grant County man is facing 55 years in prison after being convicted of the slaying of Hartford City man. Todd Walker was charged in the death of Justin Reid The shooting occurred on December 31st.
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.
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.