An unidentified suspect is in custody after leading Delaware and Grant County and Indiana State Police on a high-speed pursuit along I-69 during Tuesdays blizzard. Officials say a drug bust gone wrong led to the chase that started at State Road 28 in Delaware County and ended when the suspect hit stop sticks and crashed at the 59-mile marker in Grant County. Delaware County deputy Lenny Popp, an undercover narcotics officer and Popps K-9 unit werent hurt when the SUV they were in rolled at the end of the chase.
An Anderson Department of Water worker suffered a cut face while plowing snow Tuesday. Mike Hughes was thrown into the windshield when the blade on his backhoe snagged a manhole. The backhoe also suffered ten-thousand dollars in damage in the accident.
The National Weather Service has issued a BLIZZARD WARNING until midnight Tuesday for the entire listening area. Hear what local leaders and weather experts are saying about the situation with News Director Tom Hammond-
tombillgosnell.mp3 -Delaware County Emergency Management Director Bill Gosnell
tomchucklofton.mp3 -Channel 13’s Chuck Lofton
tomkevinsmith.mp3 -Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith
tomloganjohnson.mp3 -Meteorologist Logan Johnson of the Indianapolis National Weather Service office
tomwayneseybold.mp3 -Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold
tomcrbrown.mp3 -Madison County Emergency Management Director C.R. Brown
tomdougbrown.mp3-Muncie Street Commissioner Doug Brown
tommikeburns.mp3 -Sgt. Mike Burns of the ISP Pendleton post
Muncie and Delaware County narcotics officers think they’ve taken a big bite out of the county’s drug trade after making the biggest cocaine seizure in the county’s history. A traffic stop by Daleville Police led to the discovery of five pounds of marijuana and three-and-a-half kilograms of cocaine. In its pure form the cocaine was worth around $350,000 to drug dealers. After conversion into crack it would’ve been worth around $750,000 on the street. Police arrested Christopher Bryant of Muncie after the seizure. Officials say his arrest is a continuation of drug raids that occurred just before Christmas, and that more arrests are possible.
Attorneys for a former Ball State police officer are asking a federal judge to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against their client. Robert Duplain shot and killed student Michael McKinney outside a North Street home in Muncie in November of 2003. They contest claims from expert witnesses for Michael McKinneys family that their son was shot before he charged an officer, and that two eyewitnesses confirm Duplains story. Duplain shot McKinney after responding to a burglary in progress call. It turns out McKinney, who was drunk, went to the wrong house.
The Delaware Community School Board will be searching for a new superintendent soon. Stephen Gookins will retire from the Delcom Schools effective June 30. Gookins was hired in April of 1999 after Marlin Creasy left to become superintendent of the Muncie Community Schools.
A Greenwood man who died in a Friday accident in Grant County likely died from crash injuries and not a medical condition. Police say James Newbrough Jr., 41, ran the stop light at State Roads 22 and 37 and crashed into a semi driven by Robert Davis, 72 of Zellwood, Florida. Grant County Coroner Stephen Dorsey says Newbrough died from blunt force trauma caused by the crash.
The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Muncie man stemming from an attack on his ex-wife. Dentric Deak Vance, 42, was found guilty of criminal confinement, battery resulting in serious bodily injury and three counts of criminal recklessness. The court rejected claims by Vances attorney that prosecutors asked a leading question of the woman. The court also ruled that sentences on the criminal recklessness convictions should be served concurrently rather than consecutively.
The Ridgeville Town Council holds a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the library/fire building. The town is pursuing a $500,000 Community Focus Fund grant to help pay for planned renovations to the towns wastewater treatment plant. The councils regular meeting follows at seven p.m.
An Indianapolis woman visiting an inmate at the Pendleton Correctional Facility last week was arrested on trafficking charges. Dana Thackston, 28, was arrested after visiting with inmate Bryan Helm. Corrections officers conducted a routine strip search of Helm after the visit and say they saw a substance that appeared to be marijuana fall from his body. Thackston now faces a felony charge of trafficking with an inmate and misdemeanor marijuana possession.