Marion Mall Purchased

Marion’s North Park Mall has been purchased by Cabot Investment Properties recently, mall officials confirmed today.  The Boston-based company purchased the 461,000-square-foot mall along with two malls in Ohio. Local Cabot officials declined comment on the sale but the company released a statement saying it had retained Jones, Lang LaSalle of Chicago to manage the mall. Mayor Wayne Seybold said he was very pleased to hear the announcement. He said he’s not sure what changes the new owners will bring, but they have talked about upgrades.

Anthem Opens Four Help Centers for Hoosier Healthwise Clients

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is opening four free centers across the state to help Hoosier Healthwise enrollees with services like translations and rides to the doctor.  The WellPoint subsidiary is starting Community Resource Centers in Evansville, Columbus, Indianapolis and Merrillville. An Anthem spokesperson says all are open to the public but are designed primarily for those covered by Hoosier Healthwise. The program provides Medicaid-funded health insurance for low-income children and families.  Anthem is one of three companies that administer Hoosier Healthwise coverage in Indiana. The others are MDwise and Managed Health Services. Anthem also runs centers in several other states.

New Law Helps Prevent Identity Theft

Consumers can prevent their credit reports from being released in most instances without their authorization under a new state law that takes effect Saturday, one designed to safeguard people against identity theft.The law was enacted in hopes of preventing a common result of identity theft — someone getting another person’s personal information such as a Social Security number and using it to open new accounts and new lines of credit. But the law in its first 15 months could slow a legitimate person’s ability to immediately obtain new credit. Under the law, credit reporting agencies — such as Equifax, TransUnion and Experian — are required to place a freeze on an individual’s report within five business days of receiving a person’s written request.

Purdue Admits Fewer Students This Year

Purdue University admitted fewer students this year, an incoming class that scored higher SAT scores than its freshmen last year.  The university didn’t see the same dramatic increase in caliber of its freshmen that Indiana University did this week but said it was nonetheless pleased with the overall upward trend.  The average SAT score of incoming freshmen at Purdue increased by three points to 1,145 on math and reading, a respectable gain eclipsed by IU’s 25-point leap to 1,146 this year.  Both schools reported a record-high number of applications and higher rate of rejection as a result. IU has historically lagged Purdue in key academic characteristics of students but was celebrating great gains this week that put it almost even.   The two universities work together academically and said the higher caliber of students at both institutions benefit the state as a whole.

Poverty Rate Increases in Delaware County

One third of Delaware County residents live in poverty, according to a census study.  The county’s poverty rates increased from 17.9 percent in 2005 to 20 percent in 2006.  The bad news is not surprising, however, according to officials with Ball State’s Center for Middletown Studies.  They attribute the change due to loss of high paying manufacturing jobs in the recent past.  A household with two adults and two children and with an income of about $20,500 would be considered to be at poverty level.

Motocycle Thieves Caught After Wild Chase

A wild police chase Tuesday night resulted in a suspect being bitten by a police dog.  The dog was also overcome by heat during the process.  A resident arrived home to find a motorcycle theft in progress at her residence.  She followed the truck carrying the cycle, which was eventually dumped off the truck.  Police later stopped the vehicle on Country Club road.  But the suspects fled.  After a chase, the two men were apprehended:  Joseph L. Storms and Rodney D. Lock.  Both remain in custody in the Delaware County Jail.

Cooking Causes Apartment Fire

A stove fire Tuesday forced residents from the Daley Apartments on Bunch Boulevard.  A resident fell asleep while cooking, causing the fire.  The blaze was contained by sprinkler systems in the apartment, according to Muncie Fire Department batallion chief mike terry.

Prison Stabbing Victim Identified

Indiana Department of Correction officials have released the name of a Pendleton prison inmate stabbed three times in the back Tuesday afternoon, allegedly by a man convicted of strangling his infant daughter to death and shooting his mother in the head.  Ryan Williams was taken to Saint John’s Medical Center after being stabbed with a “shank-type” weapon about 3 p.m. while eating in the prison’s dining hall, officials previously said.  Williams was taken to the Anderson hospital as a precaution, but was returned to the prison the same day.  Williams was sentenced in February to 15 years in prison in Marion County after being convicted of armed robbery, a Class B felony punishable by six to 20 years in prison. He was also convicted of four counts of criminal confinement, all Class B felonies, resisting law enforcement, residential entry and receiving stolen property in connection with the same case.

Popcorn Maker Changes Formula

Weaver Popcorn Co., one of the nation’s top microwave popcorn makers, has switched to a new butter flavoring, replacing a chemical linked to a lung ailment in popcorn plant workers. The company began shipping new butter-flavored microwave popcorn a few weeks ago that contain no diacetyl, a chemical undergoing national scrutiny because of cases of bronchiolitis obliterans, a rare life-threatening disease often called popcorn lung.   Weaver has a plant in Van Buren.

Some Lottery Tickets in Recent Draws Have Defective Code

About 200 winning tickets in the June 23 and Aug. 8 Hoosier Lotto drawings may have been mistakenly declared non-winners when they were presented for redemption.  The error occurred when an incorrect draw date identification number was entered, Hoosier Lottery executive director Kathryn Densborn said Wednesday.  Six numbers are drawn for the Hoosier Lotto game. A winning jackpot ticket must match all six numbers; however, tickets with three, four or five correct numbers are eligible for smaller cash prizes. Densborn said the error affected up to 201 tickets that had four or five correct numbers, and the total winnings possibly affected was almost $13,000.  Those who believe they may have a winning Hoosier Lotto ticket should present the ticket to a retailer or any lottery office for validation, lottery officials said.