Construction to begin soon on I-465

The “Accelerate 465” project will begin in two weeks on the Westside of Indianapolis, resulting in numerous traffic restrictions for motorists.  The first part of the project will widen I-465 between West 56th Street and I-74 and cost 85-million dollars.  INDOT says West 46th Street will be closed on or after July 16th for about five months.

Report: Purdue student was drunk when electrocuted

A toxicology report from an independent consultant yesterday showed that Purdue University student Wade Steffey was drunk and over the legal limit when he was electrocuted in a utility vault on January 13th.  The Rimkus Consulting Group says the equipment in the room was in compliance with applicable codes and regulations, however a faulty door lock allowed Steffey to enter the room.  Steffey’s body was found more than two months later on March 19th.

Marion officials hopeful Thomson clean-up begins soon

More than two weeks after a fire destroyed a large portion of the Thomson plant in Marion, the clean-up effort still hasn’t begun.  Grant County Emergency Management director Bruce Bender says residents should avoid being in the plant due to many hazards that include sharp pieces of rubble.  The city’s building inspector, Larry Oradat, says the area should be secured soon by the property owner to start the clean-up effort, however a date has not been set.

Kentucky group buys Marion newspaper

A Marion newspaper has been sold to a privately-held newspaper group in Paducah, Kentucky.  Paxton Media Group made the announcement yesterday and introduced the Chronicle-Tribune’s new publisher, Neal Ronquist.  Outgoing president and publisher Julie Metzger announced in May that Gannett Company was donating the paper to the Gannett Foundation, which later completed the sale to Paxton.

Columbus police make arrest in slaying of teenage girl

A 14-year-old girl found slain in an apartment in Columbus, Indiana has resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old man.  Demetrick Shepherd was arrested Sunday afternoon on preliminary charges of murder and burglary after the girl was found stabbed to death in an apartment.  Shepherd was being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail.

Ohio man arrested on cocaine charges

A Cleveland, Ohio man driving on the Indiana Toll Road was arrested Sunday after police found 22 pounds of cocaine hidden inside his car.  52-year-old Michael Spence is facing initial charges of felony drug dealing.  Authorities say they pulled him over for speeding and Indiana State Police Trooper Jason Carmin says Spence appeared “extremely nervous” and consented to a search of his car.

Minimum wage set to go up this month

The state minimum wage will go up 70-cents to $5.85 per hour starting July 24.  A law passed by the Indiana General Assembly earlier this year will link the state minimum wage to the federal rate.  The next increase will take place on July 24, 2008 when the minimum wage will then be $6.55.  By 2009, both the state and federal rates will be $7.25 per hour.

Woman Dies & 9 Injured in Jay County Crash

A Berne woman was killed in a Jay County traffic crash on Saturday night.   The accident injured nine other people.  24-year old Andrea Banter died at the scene of the crash at Jay County Roads 1150-W and 350-North.   She was a passenger in a truck driven by her husband.   Also in the vehicle were two children.   All the passengers in the truck were injured.    The vehicle driven by Banter hit a SUV driven by 25-year-old William Hubbard of Montpelier.   Hubbard, his wife, and four children were also injured in the wreck.

Man Seriously Injured in Anderson Shooting

Anderson police arrested a 19-year-old man Saturday in connection with a shooting incident at the Oaks Apartments complex on 38th Street.  Antonio McMullen, at 3521 Oaklawn Drive, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery, a Class B felony, and carrying a handgun without a license, a Class A misdemeanor.  Witnesses at Oaks Apartments, where he was arrested, said they heard a gunshot shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday. Police responded at 9:29 a.m. to a call from the apartment complex, said Joel Sandefur, public information officer for the APD.  Demond Davis, 25, who was staying at a relative’s apartment in Anderson, was rushed to Saint John’s Medical Center, then airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was in serious but stable condition, Sandefur said. Police believe Davis was shot in the face, Sandefur said.