McShurley Names Female Police Chief

Sharon McShurley is Muncie’s first female mayor, and now, she has appointed the first female police chief for the city. Deborah Davis was appointed Friday, replacing outgoing police chief Joe Winkle. He will return to the department as a sergeant. Davis has been a member of the Muncie Police Department for 28 years, most recently serving as administrative captain of the depatment. At least initially, there will be no deputy chief, due to funding concerns.

Judge Barnet to Retire

Delaware Circuit Court 3 Judge Robert Barnet Jr. has decided to call it a career. Barnet won’t be a candidate for a sixth six-year term as judge in the May 6 Democratic primary, and will retire when his present term expires at year’s end. At age 32, the Democrat was among the youngest men to be elected Delaware County judge when he won his first term to what was then the Superior Court 1 bench in November 1978. Through an act of the Indiana Legislature, Delaware County’s four Superior Courts became Circuit Courts in 2000. That move in part was to allow two incumbent judges to avoid a rule prohibiting Superior Court judges from beginning a new term after age 70. A former chief deputy prosecutor and public defender, Barnet said he had no plans to return to the practice of law.

Eaton Man Injured in Crash on 332

An Eaton man was injured in a crash on Indiana 332 on Friday. James Philabaum suffered a broken arm in the crash which happened at 500-West late Friday afternoon. He crossed in front of a car driven by Derek Hampton of Indianapolis. Philabaum was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, but Hampton was. Hampton was not injured.

New Castle Woman Charged with Neglect in Death of Daughter

A New Castle woman has been charged with neglect of a dependent in the death of her daughter. Krystal Pollitt appeared in Henry Circuit Court on Friday. Her trial date was set for early June. In the case, Pollitt’s live-in boyfriend, Jeremiah A. Hoots, is charged with battery in the death of Kaitlynne Jennings. The child died four days after that beating.

Blackford County Smoking Ban Stalled

The Blackford County Commissioners have not tackled the board of health’s request for a county-wide smoking ban yet because the commissioners were waiting to see what the state legislature was going to do, according to Bob O’Rourke, president of the commissioners. The proposed smoking ban became an issue when Serverino Sulit, a retired surgeon and a member of the Blackford County Health Department’s board of directors, said the board had voted unanimously to ask the commissioners to pass an ordinance that would protect the citizens from secondhand smoke. The commissioners had a public hearing on the issue in April, at which more people argued against a ban than in favor of it.

Former Anderson Guide Workers May Transfer to Kansas GM Plant

It looks like former Guide workers can begin packing their bags for new General Motors jobs. If and when they do, some 400 families could be leaving Madison County. Recent administrative guidelines from the United Auto Workers said former Guide employees are eligible to apply for openings at General Motors plants around the country. One in particular is a final assembly plant in Fairfax, Kan. With 300 jobs openings and a $200 million expansion, Fairfax, home of the Chevrolet Malibu, is looking for a few good workers.

Anderson Hit with 10 Hour Power Outage Due to Winds

Utility workers took about 10 hours to restore power to southern parts of Anderson Sunday morning in the midst of extreme winds. A fallen tree had knocked down power lines along Main Street between county roads 500 South and 600 South at about 10 p.m. Saturday, according to the county sheriff’s department. Power was out in scattered locations until about 8 a.m. Sunday, said Tom Donoho, superintendent of Light and Power. The county street department closed down Main Street for about two hours to clear the tree that had fallen across power lines, according to the sheriff’s department. A crew from the power company arrived at about 10:30 p.m., according to the sheriff’s department.

Anderson City Employee Fired for Theft Report

An employee of the city of Anderson was fired Monday as a result of reports that she stole money from the city. Misha Melson, former secretary in the engineering department, is the prime suspect in an open investigation of theft from the city of Anderson, said Joel Sandefur, Anderson Police Department public information officer. A report of theft of less than $200 of cash was filed with the police department on Nov. 26 by the Engineering Department.