New Castle Man Gets Six Years for Causing Traffic Death

A New Castle man will serve six years in prison because of a fatal traffic accident he caused.  Jeremey Prater plead guilty to causing a death while driving under the influence of a controlled substance.   Killed in that accident was Ashley Sloan, a passenger in his car at the time.    The accident happened in December of 2006.

Judge Dailey: No Criminal Wrongdoing in DTF Cases

Judge Richard Dailey concluded his hearings on the Drug Task Force forfeiture cases in Muncie.   He indicated he found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.   He added that any further action could include appointment of a special prosecutor or covening a grand jury.   Ten more cases were reviewed yesterday before Dailey adjourned the hearings.

Anderson Man Charged with Abandoning Son

An Anderson man was arrested yesterday on a charge of abandoning his son.  Roger Bertram was charged with hindering a police investigation regarding the whereabouts of his son.   The boy had been missing since Tuesday and was found in a car in Indianapolis.  Bertram claimed that when he drove to Indianapolis, he did not know the child was in the car.  Indianapolis police said Bertram got out of the car and walked away in the area of 62nd Street and Binford Boulevard.

Area Bands Do Well at State Fair

Muncie Southside won the Indiana State Fair band contest yesterday.   The “Spirit of the South came in first in last night’s finals.   Other area schools in the contest included Richmond which came in second and Anderson Highland finished in third position.   Jay County placed fifth and Muncie Central finished 13th.

Robber of Convenience Store Still Sought

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation of
Sunday’s armed robbery at Ricker’s.  The store on South State Road 13 was
robbed by a single bandit.  Authorities are seeking a white male in his mid
to late 20s and about 5 feet five inches tall and weighing around 160
pound.  He was armed with a dark semi-automatic pistol.  He left the scene
in a blue and white Dodge pick up truck.  Anyone with information about the
case should contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

Pendelton Soldier Dies in Iraq

A soldier from Pendelton died over the weekend in Iraq. Sgt. Brian K. Miller was killed in a vehicle accident. It’s thought he was trying to avoid an explosive device in the road when the vehicle overturned. Services will be held in the gym at Pendelton Heights Middle School at an as yet undetermined date. Miller is the school’s second former student lost since the war in Iraq started in 2003. Lance Cpl. Matthew Smith, Anderson, died May 10, 2003, in Kuwait as a result of a vehicle accident.

Patients Removed Temporarily From Marion VA Building

The Marion VA Medical Center campus closed a building for more than eight hours Tuesday while its water supply was flushed with chlorine dioxide to offset a common bacterium. Building 185 tested positive for Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. About 55 patients and 20 staff members were removed from the building from 9:30 a.m. until about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Muncie Sportsplex Expansion Being Planned

A major expansion is planned for the Muncie Sportsplex. Monday night, the city council voted 6-1 in favor of an ordinance authorizing the Economic Development Commission to issue a $1 million, 20-year bond to finance the project. More softball fields would be added. Soccer fields would be relocated as part of the project and more parking lots would be constructed.

Second Trial Starts Today in Shaken Baby Case

A second trial starts today in a shaken baby case. Sean Grant is scheduled to stand trial for the second time on charges that he severely injured a baby. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison. The previous trial ended in a deadlock by the jury. Grant is accused of injuring 6-month old Anthony Wilson in 2005.

Absentee Ballots May Now Be Requested

Absentee ballots will be available starting today for the upcoming fall general election. In Madison County, the ballots will be mailed to residents on October 2nd. About 6,000 absentee ballots are usually cast, according to election director Mary Retherford.