Muncie Man Drowns

A Muncie man drowned Saturday afternoon in a pond near the Indiana Steel and Wire plant on east Jackson street.   The victim was 23-year-old Christopher Neal.   He was last seen by friends before he went under the surface of the water.   His body was recovered by the Muncie Police Department dive team on Saturday evening.

Pendelton Woman Convicted of Husband's Murder

A Pendelton woman was convicted of killing her husband.   37-year old Kathy Jo Ward was found guilty of a class A felony.  She was charged in the shooting death of 43-year old John Ward, in December of 2006.    It took jurors less than four hours to find Kathy Ward guilty.   Judge Frederick Spencer set her sentencing for August 15th, in Madison Circuit Court.

Housing Development to Help Anderson Seniors

Affordable Housing Program funds totaling $200,000 have been awarded for the Central School Apartments in Anderson, and $350,000 in funds has been awarded to the Central School project in Huntington. The Anderson project involves the former Central School near downtown Anderson. It is being remodeled to accommodate 35 apartments for seniors. That project involves renovation of the building and the addition of a second building on the property. Construction is expected to be completed in November.  Residents should be able to move in about a month later.

Federal jury convicts Purdue student for comments

A Purdue University student has been convicted by a federal jury for using the internet to threaten American Leaders and the infrastructure of the country.  The jury had to decide if Vikram Buddhi’s comments were real threats or if they were just part of a crude online protest of the Iraq war.  They decided a reasonable person reading the messages could conclude that Buddhi intended harm.

Peterson asks Daniels for special session

Governor Daniels has been requested by Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson to hold a special session in order to address property taxes.  Peterson says state lawmakers need to find a solution for everyone. The mayor also says the property tax issue is larger than anyone anticipated and that he is willing to “take the political heat” for proposing a raise in income taxes to fight crime.

ISP welcomes 'utility' dog to Pendelton Post

Indiana State Police Senior Trooper David Preston will have a new partner, and it’s not another person.  It’s “Colt,” a K-9 officer that was trained to detect narcotics, find missing persons, search buildings and even take down a suspect.  Colt and Preston graduated from a tedious, 14-week training program in Fort Wayne.  The dog is one of five ISP “utility” dogs and will be stationed at the Pendelton Post.

Stolen car found behind Lakemaster Inc.

A car stolen from a wheelchair-bound Muncie man was found yesterday afternoon.  James Miller’s 1990 Lincoln Town car was found by a man looking for cans and bottles in a wooded area behind Lakemaster Incorporated on South Walnut Street.  Sergeant Joe Kresja of the Muncie Police says the man, who wishes to remain anonymous, saw the article in The Star Press on Wednesday and knew the importance of the car to Miller.  Authorities say the wheelchair platform was taken off the vehicle, but was found nearby.

Senators want troops back in U.S. soon

Troops should be on their way home in the next few months.  That’s what a majority of senators are saying as a newly completed investigation by the White House found that the Iraqis have minimal control over an ailing security force.  Indiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar believes a decision on Iraq needs to be reached before September in order to avoid dealing with the issue in next year’s elections.

Bush refuses to give documents on Gonzales

Staring at defeat on the revitalized immigration bill, President Bush said yesterday he would not provide documents that would shed light on the firings of federal prosecutors.  The president has been accused of stonewalling and disdain for the law by Democrats seeking the documents.  They say they will continue with enforcing the subpoenas for their investigations of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ stewardship of the Justice Department, as well as complaints of undue political influence.

Indiana Senators divided on dead immigration bill

Indiana Senators Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar were split over the revived immigration bill that died in the Senate yesterday.  The Republican Lugar voted on a failed effort to move the overhaul of immigration laws towards the final passage, while the Democrat Bayh went with the majority.  Bayh says the bill wasn’t tough enough on making sure illegal immigration was controlled before a guest worker program could be set up, as well as a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country.