Marion to Take Part in "Night Out"

After a seven-year absence, Marion will once again join in the annual National Night Out. The night is designed to strengthen neighborhood and police partnerships. Block parties will be throughout Marion to show support for officials who fight crime in Marion, said Ken Hussong, event planner. The parties are also for people to get to know their neighbors. Hussong said he’s looking forward to Tuesday’s block parties and hopes Marion residents turn on their porch and patio lights for the event. This is the 24th year for the national event, but Marion joined in the mid-1990s. The program was cut in 2000 because of lack of funding.

Deep Fried Pepsi is New State Fair Treat

One of this year’s unique foods at the Indiana State Fair will be Deep Fried PEPSI! The new treat will consist of batter similar to that used for elephant ears, flavored with Pepsi syrup and friend up in little dough balls. They are then fried and topped with more Pepsi syrup and cola flavored frosting…and of course, whipped cream.

Armed Robber May Face Life in Prison

Denver L. Clifford faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars after pleading guilty to five counts of armed robbery Friday.  He is a Marion resident and is 61 years old.  Delaware Circuit Court 1 Judge Marianne Vorhees set a Sept. 13 sentencing hearing. The judge will announce at that time whether she accepts the terms of a plea agreement that calls for 15 other charges pending against Clifford to be dismissed. According to Indiana Department of Correction records, Clifford was released from prison in June 2006 after serving terms for armed robbery convictions in Madison and Fayette counties.  He received a 50-year sentence for the 1981 Madison County conviction, and his most recent arrests led to his parole in that case to be revoked.

Elwood Man Injured in Truck Incident

The Elwood Fire Department responded Sunday afternoon to a call of a man being pinned between a trailer and a pickup truck. Firefighter J.P. Wright said the fire department responded to the accident about 4 p.m. in the 9000 block of Indiana 37 in Elwood. Wright said the man was supervising the trailer being lifted by a winch attached at the truck. The trailer tipped and pinned the man behind the knees. The man was taken to St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, and was expected to recover.

Former Muncie mayor avoided bridge disaster

Former Muncie mayor David Dominick says he’s lucky he didn’t use the I-35 West route to go home when the bridge spanning the Mississippi River collapsed on Wednesday.  Dominick said he had planned to use the road to go home.  However, he and a friend were delayed at a charity golf outing that caused them to avoid the disaster.

Wisconsin student convicted in death of principal

A Wisconsin high school teen was convicted yesterday by a jury for fatally shooting his principal three times last fall.  It took the jury almost six-and-a-half hours before deciding on a first-degree intentional homicide charge against 16-year-old Eric Hainstock.  Authorities say the shooting occurred as homecoming festivities at his school were about to begin last fall.  The teen could face life in prison at his sentencing later this morning.

Officials knew about bridge problems in 1990

Minnesota officials were warned 17 years ago that the bridge that collapsed into Mississippi River was “structurally deficient.  However, that didn’t stop them from trusting patchwork repairs and increased inspections that fell apart amidst a booming plunge of concrete and vehicles.  Questions were being raised yesterday as to whether or not the incident could have been prevented.  Four people are reported dead and another 30 are estimated missing.

Anderson police say robbery suspect battered store clerk

Police in Anderson are searching for a man that they say robbed a Village Pantry and beat a store clerk in the process early Thursday morning.  Detective Joel Sandefur said around four o’clock, a man entered the store and asked the clerk for register money.  The clerk, who whishes to remain anonymous, tired to escape but was stopped by the robber and was beaten in the face.