The National Weather Service says the Muncie area picked up eleven inches of snow during the blizzard. Thats the third-highest amount of snow since World War Two. 13 inches fell in late November of 1950 and the Blizzard of 1978 dropped huge amounts of snow on the city.
The look of downtown Carmel will begin to change even more next month. Thats when construction is scheduled to begin on the City Center theater and adjacent buildings.
Ridgeville officials are requesting that residents of the town keep water running at a trickle from their faucets for the time being. Its hoped that will keep the towns water mains from freezing.
The Martin Luther King Junior Dream Team is sponsoring a Delaware County food drive now through March 2. Non-perishable food items can be donated at any school among Muncie Community Schools, any Muncie fire station or any Muncie Public Library facility. Many other schools around the county are also participating, but you should contact those schools first before dropping off any items. All food will be distributed by Christian Ministries of Delaware County and will remain in Delaware County.
A Portland house fire Monday night killed a man. John Shoopman, 41, was found inside the one-story home at 415 W. Votaw Street. Firefighters arrived two minutes after receiving the call, but couldnt rescue the victim. The blaze damaged the living room of the home, but the rest of the house suffered extensive heat and smoke damage.
An unidentified suspect is in custody after leading Delaware and Grant County and Indiana State Police on a high-speed pursuit along I-69 during Tuesdays blizzard. Officials say a drug bust gone wrong led to the chase that started at State Road 28 in Delaware County and ended when the suspect hit stop sticks and crashed at the 59-mile marker in Grant County. Delaware County deputy Lenny Popp, an undercover narcotics officer and Popps K-9 unit werent hurt when the SUV they were in rolled at the end of the chase.
An Anderson Department of Water worker suffered a cut face while plowing snow Tuesday. Mike Hughes was thrown into the windshield when the blade on his backhoe snagged a manhole. The backhoe also suffered ten-thousand dollars in damage in the accident.
The National Weather Service has issued a BLIZZARD WARNING until midnight Tuesday for the entire listening area. Hear what local leaders and weather experts are saying about the situation with News Director Tom Hammond-
tombillgosnell.mp3 -Delaware County Emergency Management Director Bill Gosnell
tomchucklofton.mp3 -Channel 13’s Chuck Lofton
tomkevinsmith.mp3 -Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith
tomloganjohnson.mp3 -Meteorologist Logan Johnson of the Indianapolis National Weather Service office
tomwayneseybold.mp3 -Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold
tomcrbrown.mp3 -Madison County Emergency Management Director C.R. Brown
tomdougbrown.mp3-Muncie Street Commissioner Doug Brown
tommikeburns.mp3 -Sgt. Mike Burns of the ISP Pendleton post
Muncie and Delaware County narcotics officers think they’ve taken a big bite out of the county’s drug trade after making the biggest cocaine seizure in the county’s history. A traffic stop by Daleville Police led to the discovery of five pounds of marijuana and three-and-a-half kilograms of cocaine. In its pure form the cocaine was worth around $350,000 to drug dealers. After conversion into crack it would’ve been worth around $750,000 on the street. Police arrested Christopher Bryant of Muncie after the seizure. Officials say his arrest is a continuation of drug raids that occurred just before Christmas, and that more arrests are possible.
Attorneys for a former Ball State police officer are asking a federal judge to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against their client. Robert Duplain shot and killed student Michael McKinney outside a North Street home in Muncie in November of 2003. They contest claims from expert witnesses for Michael McKinneys family that their son was shot before he charged an officer, and that two eyewitnesses confirm Duplains story. Duplain shot McKinney after responding to a burglary in progress call. It turns out McKinney, who was drunk, went to the wrong house.