Employee caught stealing from Maurice's

An employee at Maurice’s clothing store was caught making fraudulent refunds to herself.  21-year-old Ashli Caudill admitted to making refunds totaling nearly one-thousand dollars in a written statement to the store’s Loss Prevention Division. Caudill says she needed the money for personal bills, but did realize she would get caught one day.

Century-old light house might be given away by feds

A 100-year-old light house on Lake Michigan may be given away by the federal government. The 55-foot tower located on the east side of Michigan City’s breakwater will be offered free of charge to federal, state or local agencies and non-profit corporations.  Fred DeVries of the city’s historical society says whoever buys the landmark must use the lighthouse for education, park, recreation, cultural or historic preservation purposes. 

Yorktown man formally charged with attempted murder

Formal charges were made yesterday against a Yorktown man who tried to kill his wife and daughter with his pick-up truck.  Police say 51-year-old David E. Monroe told his wife to sit in front of a picture window early Sunday evening, and then drove his full-size truck through the window and into the living room.  Monroe is facing a standard sentence of 30 years for each count of attempted murder in Delaware Circuit Court Two.  

Obama placed under protection of Secret Service

Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama is the earliest ever to be placed under the protection of the Secret Service.  Spokesman Eric Zahren says the Department of Homeland Security Secretary authorized the Senator’s protection after consulting with the congressional advisory committee.

GM reports 90% profit drop from one year ago

General Motors Corporation reported a 90 percent first-quarter profit drop from one year ago. However, the net profit of $62 million for the January through March period was GM’s second straight quarterly profit.  The eleven-cents-per share was down from the $1.06 per share price one year ago, a total of $602 million in losses. 

Pence, Democrats hope to pass media shield law

Indiana Congressman Mike Pence is hopeful a media shield law will pass this year.  He says with Democrats in control of Congress, bipartisan support is widening.  Pence and Representative Rick Boucher of Virginia introduced an act yesterday to protect journalists from being forced to reveal confidential sources.

Muncie man faces DWI charges

A Muncie man is in trouble with the law again.  54-year-old Randall Sims was arrested yesterday morning during a traffic stop and charged with a DWI.  Police say he was too drunk to perform a field sobriety test and was taken to Ball Memorial Hospital.  Sims was momentarily famous for an argument taped with former Muncie Reserve officer Erik Estrada during a taping of the reality show Armed and Famous.

97-year-old woman robbed by man posing as cop

A man posing as a police officer stole $130 from a 97-year-old woman.  Family members say a man knocked on Wilma Cooper’s door Tuesday evening and told her he needed to check her money in connection with some robberies in the area.  An official report was not filed by Muncie police, due to a lack of information on the suspect.

FDA orders andi-depressant labels be re-written

Antidepressant drug makers, including Eli Lilly, have been ordered to put new warnings on the most widely prescribed anti-depressants in the country. The Food and Drug Administration says labels need to be rewritten to state the use of these drugs lead to suicidal behavior in young adults.

IU freshman arrested for burglary, conterfeit money

An Indiana University freshman was arrested by police after he was accused of burglarizing 11 dorm rooms and stealing from four cars.  IU police say 18-year-old Ryan Mason was found with several stolen wallets Sunday.  Mason is also being investigated by the Secret Service because counterfeit money was found in his room by investigators.