Prisoner Tries to Hire Undercover Officer for Killing

A prison inmate has been charged for allegedly trying to hire an undercover Indiana State Police trooper to kill his ex-girlfriend. Madison County prosecutors charged Chester J. Kardel of New Castle, with conspiracy to commit murder, a Class A felony, punishable by a 20-to-50-year sentence. Kardel made an initial court appearance Friday via a video link with the Pendleton Correctional Facility, where he is imprisoned.

Man Gets 8 Years for Traffic Crash Death

An Anderson man was sentenced to eight years in prison for causing a February 2007 interstate crash that left a Lebanon man dead. As called for in a plea agreement, Roger A. Buell was sentenced to eight years in the Indiana Department of Correction. Buell pleaded guilty April 15 to operating a vehicle resulting in death, a Class C felony punishable by two to eight years in prison for causing the crash that killed Kevin L. Minglin.

Pendelton Purchases Golf Course

The Pendelton Town Council gave initial approval to go into debt and purchase Idlewold Golf Club. Council members voted 5-0 Tuesday to purchase the golf course by selling a $630,000 bond. The town will use revenue from the golf course to pay back the bond. The council’s decision comes several days after the majority of the club’s shareholders agreed to sell the golf course to the town. More than 350 out of the 600 shareholders signed agreements to sell the golf course, and more signatures are being collected.

City of Anderson Fuel Charges Soaring

The city of Anderson is expected to pay more than $400,000 more on fuel this year, John Connell, fleet manager at the city garage, reported to the Board of Public Works on Monday. Connell said rising gas and diesel prices were the reason for the price jump. In 2006, Connell estimated the city used 183,000 gallons of gas, and in 2007, that jumped to 199,000 gallons, he said. The city used 80,258 gallons of diesel in 2007, which was not much higher than the year prior, Connell said. Greg Graham, chairman of the board, said he was “blown away” by the price jump, which will be pushed to over $1 million.

Marion Water Park Opens Saturday

Marion’s water park opens Saturday, with more food for sale and more lifeguards to ensure safety. Splash House Director John Weller said he is hoping for a big turnout Saturday, especially since the weather looks promising with temperatures in the 80s. The park is opening one month sooner than it did last year. The winter months gave Weller the opportunity to hire a more professional staff and learn from issues he encountered last summer, in the park’s first season, he said. Overall, he said the park would have more staff members this year, including eight managers and 140 employees Last year the park had 90.

Armed Robber Gets Eight More Years in Prison

Convicted felon Walter J. Cich got eight more years in prison this week for a pair of armed robberies last winter. Cich had been accused of armed holdups at the Village Pantry at 101 E. Memorial Drive on Dec. 9 and at Pleasures, 2201 W. Godman St., on Dec. 10. When interviewed by police, Cich said he used a BB gun and was desperate for money because he had lost his job, his disability payments had been cut, and he could not afford child support.

Two Way Radios Lead to Apprehension of Randolph Teens

Authorities said the use of stolen walkie-talkies allowed them to track down three Randolph County teenagers charged in connection with a break-in at the Stone Station grain elevator. Robert R. Williams of Ridgeville, is accused of breaking into the elevator’s office on April 28, stealing Canadian cash from a safe, as many as five walkie-talkies and fuel. County sheriff’s investigators were able to trace signals from the walkie-talkies and monitored conversations on the devices that led to the arrests of Williams and co-defendants Everett Foudray and Clayton M. Briggs, both of Winchester.

Man Arrested on Scam Charges

A witness to an early Monday shooting in Burlington Mobile Home Park has been arrested on charges of scamming south Muncie residents. And little cooperation from the shooting victim, Joe L. Vance, has left police without enough evidence to arrest a suspect. Dustin B. Smith was preliminarily charged with theft, accused of taking prescription drugs from a nearby resident’s home. Police reported that Smith went to the victim’s house on East Memorial Drive with two female acquaintances, pretending that his car broke down. After asking to use the telephone, Smith allegedly stole medicines and the victim’s wallet. Police learned that Smith used the scam on other south Muncie residents to commit petty thefts.

Car of ISP Trooper Struck and Driver Flees

An Indiana State Police trooper’s car was hit yesterday afternoon by a vehicle containing six Hispanic males. The driver then fled on foot. The crash happened and Indiana 9 and I-69. Trooper David Preston was not injured in the crash. An Indiana State police helicopter searched the area for the driver who fled. Numerous other law enforcement agencies also responded to the scene. Anyone with knowledge of the crash or location of the driver who fled is asked to contact the Indiana State Police Pendelton post.

Bohnenkamp Back on Anderson School Board

Teddy Bohnenkamp began the Anderson school board meeting sitting in the audience, but before it was over, she was back in her seat at the board table and seconding motions as if she had never left.
The board of Anderson Community Schools voted Tuesday to appoint Bohnenkamp to its vacant at-large position after conducting last-minute interviews with Bohnenkamp and two other candidates. Bohnenkamp, who was set to give up her Central District seat at the end of June after losing a re-election bid to Irma Hampton Stewart on May 6, said she resigned from the school board Monday because she was also a candidate for the at-large seat.