Madison County Deputy Injured in Christmas Eve Crash

A Madison County sheriff’s deputy suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash shortly after noon on Christmas Eve. Sheriff Ron Richardson said on-duty patrol officer Joey Cole was driving westbound on County Road 400 South when he collided with another vehicle around 12:30 p.m. near 380 East. The other car was driven by 44-year-old Denise Ashcraft, Muncie, was eastbound and about to pull into a driveway when she turned in front of Cole’s fully marked patrol car. Richardson said the collision caused Cole to drive off the road’s north side and he struck three trees. The car then spun back onto the road before stopping partially off the road’s south side. Cole, a 21-year department veteran, was wearing a seat belt, and the Intrepid’s airbags deployed. He was taken to Saint John’s Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, which aren’t believed to be life-threatening.

Applications Available Online for Health Insurance Program

State Rep. Dennis Tyler (D-Muncie) has announced that applications for the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) are available online at The program is designed to provide health insurance for adults living at less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. This is equal to $20,240 for a single person or $41,300 for a family of four. To be eligible, applicants must be uninsured for six months and have no access to employer-provided health care. Those in the plan can get $500 in preventive health costs and $1,200 in a health savings account.

Three Die in I-70 Crash

Strong winds and a slick highway are thought to be the cause of a crash on I-70 which killed three people on Sunday. Two of those killed were teenagers en route home from a Colts game. The other victim was a thoroughbred horse trainer from West Virginia. The accident happened about 20 miles east of Indianapolis, shortly after 5 p.m. Dead are Jared L. Graham, 19, Hagerstown, and Eric Pardo, 18, Centerville. The trainer was identified as Dale Baird. He had 9,400 victories in the horse industry.

BSU to Be Training Center for Fellowship Program

Ball State University will be one of four Indiana training centers for a prestigious national fellowship program that aims to transform teacher education in America. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation announced plans to make Indiana the first test site of the new program, which will train an elite corps of math and science teachers. The foundation selected Ball State and three other Indiana colleges — Purdue, IUPUI and the University of Indianapolis — as education sites for the program.

Area's Unemployment Rate Goes Up Slightly

Muncie and Delaware County’s unemployment rate rose slightly in November, according to figures released by Indiana Workforce Development. The unemployment rate for the Muncie metropolitan area, which includes Delaware County, was 4.9 percent, up from 4.7 percent in October but below the 5.1 percent rate for November 2006.

More Charges in Anderson Teen Slaying

A second person has been arrested in connection with the December 16th fatal shooting of an Anderson teenager. Henry Deshawn Clayton from Kokomo, is preliminarily charged with criminal recklessness. Anderson police allege Clayton fired a handgun in the air after his friend, Ashtin Logan, 17, had been shot outside the victim’s home on the city’s west side. Logan died of his wounds the following day in an Indianapolis hospital. Jalon N. Johnson is accused of firing the fatal shot with an assault rifle, and has been preliminarily charged with reckless homicide.

Muncie Has New City Website

The City of Muncie has launched a revamped Web site that officials hope will provide valuable information as well as an idea of what the community has to offer. The retooled Web site,, was recently unveiled by city officials and representatives of Fusework Studios, which designed the site.

Fire Erupts at Rock-Tenn Plant in Eaton

Eaton volunteer firefighters were called to the Rock-Tenn plant shortly after 2 a.m. this morning. Several blowers at the factory were on fire. They were assisted at the scene by the Hamilton Township volunteer fire department in fighting the blaze. It was brought under control about 4 a.m.

Motorists Again Lose Control on Slick Roads

Despite previous warnings from area law enforcement agencies about winter driving techniques, yesterday afternoon’s light snowfall sent area motorists spinning and flipping, both on county roads and Interstate 69. There was very little accumulation, but once again it appears drivers did not slow down during the snowfall, causing all the accidents.