Farm bill threatens IBM jobs in Daleville

Delaware County could be losing hundreds of jobs at a proposed IBM call center in Daleville.  Indiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence says that could happen if Congress passes the 2007 farm bill to limit the privatization of state welfare functions.  That means a 10-year, 1.6-billion dollar agreement between Governor Daniels and IBM for the computer giant to handle many of the state’s welfare processes would be nullified.

Ex-tresurer faces fraud charges

Former Bluffton treasurer Jeffery Patterson had once pleaded guilty to stealing from the town.  Now, the 46-year-old has been accused of writing bad checks on a personal account.  Patterson was released from the Wells County Jail on a 110-thousand dollar bond after he was charged with 11 counts of fraud against a financial institution.

Congress wants Indiana to reconsider dumping permit

The House voted on Wednesday to urge Indiana to reconsider allowing a refinery to dump more pollutants into Lake Michigan.  BP Amoco was granted a permit by IDEM earlier this month to release ammonia and silt into the lake, in order to expand the company’s Whiting plant in northwest Indiana.  Governor Daniels and a former Bush Administration official both say the permit was in compliance with state law.

Recall brings sense of urgency

Exploding cans of recalled meat with the bacteria that causes botulism is leading to a greater sense of urgency from federal officials to get rid of the cans from store shelves and pantries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least four people have gotten sick and hospitalized by the contaminated food.  Castleberry’s Food Company ordered the recall last week that now includes over 90 possible contaminated products.

Man pleads guilty to burglary charge

A Daleville man accused of breaking into a home in May pleaded guilty yesterday to a burglary charge.  29-year-old Marceau Louis Lebon will get two lesser charges dropped against him in exchange for his guilty plea.  Prosecutors said they would also stop trying to have Lebon declared as a habitual offender.

Protesters march, drive around downtown Muncie

A group of property tax protesters that included small business owners, homeowners and others rallied in downtown Muncie yesterday.  Delaware County Sheriff George Sheridan guessed there were close to three-hundred people in the crowd that circled City Hall on foot.  He says many others made laps around the county building in their cars to voice their disgust with rising property taxes in the county.

Florida man arrested for nearly 300 calls to 911

A Florida man who says he didn’t have any minutes on his cell phone made 292 calls to 911 to chat with dispatchers.  Police say 21-year-old Cheveon Alonzo Ford was arrested Tuesday night and was charged with making obscene and harassing telephone calls.  He was being held on a 50-thosuand dollar bond yesterday afternoon.

Tobacco warning labes could get graphic

More graphic warning labels might be appearing on packs of cigarettes.  That’s if a provision added yesterday to a landmark tobacco legislation is passed by a Senate committee.  GOP Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming says the warnings would convey the truth in no uncertain terms.  Indiana Senators Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh say they both support the bill.

Dallas gas plant explodes; three injured

A gas facility in Dallas was engulfed with flames after a series of gas tank explosions took place near the city’s downtown area.  Dallas Fire Department Lt. Joel Lavender says two employees at the Southwest Industrial Gases Incorporated plant were enveloped by flames in the blast and another man was injured while jumping out of his truck.  A half-mile area was evacuated around the facility by police and portions of I-30 and I-35 were shut down as well.

Cyclist dies after hit by car

Two people were hit while riding their bikes near Carmel yesterday.  Hamilton County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Vicky Dunbar said 59-year-old Gary Baugh died on the scene and 67-year-old Michael Kenniff was LifeLined to Methodist Hospital in serious condition with a head injury.  Dunbar says the two were hit by a 69-year-old woman driving a 2002 Cadillac DeVille.