MCS affected by tax reassessment

While the reassessment of property taxes for home owners might appear to be a good thing, its not working out so well for one local school system.  Officials from the Muncie Community Schools say they don’t have enough information to plan next year’s budget.  Associate Superintendent of Business and Treasurer Mark Burkhardt says the governor’s decision to order a reassessment will affect the district’s ability to pay off a 55-million dollar bond used to repair six schools.

Two Muncie men arrested in hostage situation

A hostage situation in Muncie resulted in the peaceful arrest of two men.  Police say 38-year-old Gerrit Hendrickson and 52-year-old Carl Ingram, Jr. were being held in the Delaware County Jail on preliminary charges of criminal confinement and intimidation.  According to police, a phone call from an inmate at the jail to a friend resulted in the knowledge of the situation to Muncie Police.

Tenants want their apartments repaired

At least eight tenants in three apartment complexes in Anderson say their requests for repairs have not been answered.  Anderson Building Commissioner Michael Widing says he’s investigated complaints of mold, collapsed ceilings and unsafe electrical wiring at The Courtyard Apartments, Tower Place Apartments, as well as Autumn Ridge Apartments.  He says an order was issued to fix the damaged roofs at Autumn Ridge last week after the complex didn’t correct the problem in the last five to six months.

Two arrested in drug trafficking operation

The Grant County Jean Team Detectives made two arrests in connection with a drug trafficking operation.  Detective Ross Allen says the team works in cooperation with FedEx and a Columbus, Ohio Narcotics team.  Authorities say Alvino Ochoa and Pablo Gallegos were arrested after a package that contained 22 pounds of marijuana was delivered to the two men by Allen, dressed as a FedEx employee.

ISP warns motorists to be alert

After the second Indiana State Trooper was struck by a car in a 48-hour time span, the State Police are reminding Indiana motorists to approach with caution when an emergency vehicle is stopped on a two or four-lane highway with their lights on.  Trooper Gavin Wilson was in his cruiser when it was sideswiped by a semi on U.S. 50 near Washington on Tuesday. Trooper Hank Kalina had a car stopped on I-465 and was hit by a box truck yesterday morning.

Farmer plans on expanding Madison County CAFO

A Madison County farmer says he’ll triple his CAFO to six-thousand cows.  The Madison County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a proposal by Willemsen Dairy LLC to expand its livestock and dairy operation near Frankton.  Founder and owner Tejo Willemsen currently has a herd of about 18-hundred cows since moving to the area from the Netherlands six years ago.

Richmond man suffers skull fracture in fall

Three people fell from an 11-foot terrace after an argument Monday night in Richmond, resulting in one man suffering a skull fracture.  Police say Rollie Mitchell hit his head on a piece of concrete during an apparent struggle for a handgun.  Mitchell was taken to Reid Hospital, before being treated and released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Three arrested in drug bust near BSU

Three men were arrested early Tuesday morning during a drug bust near Ball State.  Muncie Police SWAT and the Drug Task Force conducted the raid and arrested Tom and Jerry Neata, as well as Eric Finley II at an apartment on Dill Street.  Authorities say they found marijuana, unknown prescription pills as well as a small handgun during the raid.

Avon officials want to regulate massage parlors

Avon town officials are hoping to keep illicit massage parlors out of their city.  They say they don’t want to experience the same problems in other Indianapolis-area communities.  Town Manager Tom Klein says two complaints were made, but have not been validated.  An ordinance that would regulate massage parlors was being prepared for introduction at last night’s town council meeting.

Auto parts maker closing in Morrocco

An Indiana auto parts manufacturer in Morocco will shut down its flagship facility by the end of the year.  Intec president Steve Pearlman says the closing of the plant was needed in order to be closer to his customers that are moving to China.  As many as 165 people will be unemployed when the plant closes.