Yet Another Serious Crash at Centennial and the Muncie Bypass

Another major traffic crash occurred at Centennial and the by-pass Tuesday afternoon, causing serious injuries at one of the drivers.   Frank S. Harry of Weatherford, Texas was flown to Indianapolis Methodist Hospital after the crash with head injuries.  The other driver in the crash, Sharon Rector of Selma, suffered minor injuries and was treated at Ball Memorial Hosptial.  The crash caused the highway to blocked at the intersection as the accident scene was cleared.   Rector apparently did not see Harry’s vehicle as she made a turn, striking his car.   In the past, barriers were put at the intersection to restrict turns, but they were later removed by the state highway department.  There was discussion of building an overpass at the intersection, but those plans were scrapped due to lack of funds.

Convicted Family Killer Gets Four Additional Life Prison Terms

Convicted killer Simon Rios has received four more life in prison terms, in sentencing in Fort Wayne yesterday.  He previously received a life term for killing a 10-year old neighbor and dumping her body in Delaware County.   The other slayings took place in Fort Wayne, where Rios was convicted of killing his wife and their three children.  His public defender, Michelle Kraus of Fort Wayne had earlier petitioned to have her client declared mentally retarded, Such a finding would have made him ineligible to receive a death sentence.

Randolph County Gets New Voting Machines

Randolph County will be using new voting machines in the upcoming election.   The original vendor of their equipment went bankrupt, so that equipment has been replaced by Micro-Vote machines, the same ones used in nearly 50 other Indiana Counties.  Demonstrations are scheduled for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Merchants Bank, 122 W. Washington St., and 1-4 p.m. Saturday near the Winchester Community Cultural Preservation Committee headquarters during the downtown Mardi Gras celebration.   Financial problems weren’t VTI’s only concerns. In both the primary and general elections of 2006, Randolph County struggled to count its votes.

Muncie Man Hurt in New Castle Wreck

A Muncie man was seriously hurt in a New Castle crash Monday afternoon.  Samuel Everhart was taken by helicopter after the accident on Indiana 3 at Garner Street.   Another victim of the crash was Donette Trosper of Muncie, who was treated at the hospital in New Castle, along with two passenger.   The crash was caused by a pickup truck which drove into Everhart’s path.   The truck was not involved in the accident itself and left the scene.

Liberty-Perry School Board Compromises with Taxpayers

The Liberty-Perry School Board has come up with a compromise it hopes will work for members of the community: Cap the proposed renovation project at $6.9 million. The board and Supt. James Craig presented the new proposal to about 50 community members on Monday. The school district will remove about $4.5 million of the original $13.4 million proposal by not building an addition to Selma Elementary School. The original plan called for Perry Elementary to close and Selma to house all elementary grades.  Perry will remain open and any repairs or upgrades will come out of the capital projects fund. Heat and maintenance costs for Perry are about $50,000 a year, Craig said.  Improvements will be made to Selma Elementary, Selma Middle School and Wapahani High School, but no new additions will be built at any school.  

"No Fly Zone" Committee Formed to Stop Madison County Airport

A leader has emerged in the opposition to a proposed airport project in Madison County.  Susan Campbell and Greg Valentine presented themselves as the steering committee for No-Fly Zone on Monday, during an informational meeting. The group is selling yard signs and mounting a legal battle against a proposal to move Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport from Fishers to southwest Madison County.  In May, the town of Fishers initiated a feasibility study for a replacement airport and a study area of 4,000 acres straddling Green and Stony Creek townships in Madison County was identified. The study was released in August with recommendations for further study.  An unknown developer has extended option offers to several area landowners. But the entire process has bypassed local units of government, leaving many to question the project.

Inmate Sentenced to More Time for Stabbing Fellow Inmate

A former Pendleton prison inmate serving time for murder was sentenced to an additional six years in prison Monday for stabbing fellow inmate Trevor T. Nunn, who was convicted of nearly killing an Anderson police officer more than a decade ago.  Grandon J. Reed had been charged with attempted murder, a Class A felony; being a prisoner in possession of a dangerous device, a Class B felony; and battery by means of a deadly weapon.   With an agreement with the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office, the attempted murder charged was dropped with Reed’s guilty plea.  Madison Superior Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman sentenced Reed to 20 years in prison for having a homemade knife in prison, and eight years for the battery count. The two sentences are to run at the same time, with 14 years suspended

Anderson Business to Business Trade Show Coming Up Soon

More than 70 local businesses and organizations have signed up to display their products and services at the Chamber of Commerce for Anderson & Madison County’s 25th annual Business to Business Trade Show.   The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Wigwam Complex at the Anderson Community Schools Administration Center.  According to 2007 Trade Show Chair Karen Pettigrew, non-Chamber members are eligible for a special incentive to participate. While nonmembers will be charged an additional $100 over the member rate to reserve a 10-by-10-foot booth or a tabletop, if they join the Chamber by Dec. 31, the $100 will be applied toward their membership investment.

Muncie Policeman Returns to Duty…for Now

A Muncie police officer charged with battery is headed back to work this week.   Jeff Leist will be back on the job, pending the result of a grand jury review of his case.   Leist allegedly hit a man who was visiting his daughter with his service revolver, causing the gun to go off.  Although no one was hit by the bullet, the victim, Robert McCallum needed 10 stitches in the head wound he received.   Since Leist has not as yet been charged with a crime, police chief Joe Winkle authorized his return to the job.   Leist will not be on patrol but will be working in the property room as a evidence technician.

Possible Asbestos in Muncie Central Construction Areas

The Indiana Department of Labor is investigating the possibility of asbestos at Muncie Central High School.   No students were exposed, but it is possible that employees of contractors who worked on the building were.  Until the issue is resolved, construction on four science classrooms in the south part of the building has been halted.