Protesters plan rally to "Jam the Downtown"

Muncie and Delaware County property-tax protesters plan on holding a rally with cars and pedestrians on Thursday to “Jam the Downtown.”  Bill and Linda Michael of Michael’s Shoe Repair on Wheeling are inviting other protesters to rally at the Muncie Fieldhouse between 11:30 and noon.  Linda Michael says they’re hoping their peaceful demonstration will get the attention of local officials, in order to do something about the rising cost of property taxes.

Bush says al-Qaida in Iraq is threat to U.S.

President Bush said yesterday that al-Qaida’s Iraqi operation is not any different from the terrorists who attacked America on 9-11.  He says the merger between al-Qaida and its Iraqi affiliate is a direct threat to the United States.  The president accused his critics in Congress for misleading the American public to believe differently.

Muncie police seeking hit-and-run suspect

Muncie Police are looking for a man who fled the scene of an accident on the city’s east side yesterday.  Around 3:10 p.m., a northbound pick-up on Hackley Street pulled into the path of 18-year-old Jessica McDonald, who was eastbound on Jackson Street.  The driver of the truck, who police say is Rodney Smith, fled on foot after the accident.

Drunk driver arrested after police chase

Police arrested a drunk driver early Sunday morning after they were led on a chase.  They say 43-year-old Jay Case left his car after the chase and was later apprehended by a K-9 officer.  Case was preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement, and two other charges.

Winchester resident pleads guilty

A Winchester man pleaded guilty in connection to a car crash that killed his Hartford City girlfriend last winter.  Authorities say 27-year-old Roger Hale, Jr. was drunk on December 23rd when he wrecked his car into a tree at Riggin and Everett Roads.  28-year-old Bonnie Vallad as killed in the accident.  Under the terms of a plea agreement, Hale would face no more than 10 years in prison.  However, Judge Robert Barnet, Jr. will have the final say in the ruling.

Muncie man recovers after attack with liquor bottle

A Muncie man was recovering yesterday at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after he was beaten over the head with a liquor bottle.  Authorities say 40-year-old James Barton was listed in serious but stable condition Monday evening and sustained serious head wounds in the incident.  Police believe 37-year-old Christopher Perry is responsible for the attack.

ISU study shows increase of gun permits in Marion Co.

A study conducted by Indiana State University shows that the number of gun permits issued in Marion County during a year has increased for the last four years.  The same study also shows people report being victims of crime at the same rates as in 2003.  The Indiana State Police say about 36-thousand people in Marion County have permits to carry a concealed weapon.

Doctors: No cancer in President Bush

President Bush was given a clean bill of health yesterday after doctors said they found no cancer in the five small growths they removed from his colon.  The polyps were found during a routine cancer scan on Saturday at Camp David.  The results indicated they were benign.

ISP inspects school buses for safety

With the start of the new school year just around the corner for some local school systems, Indiana State Police inspectors are checking school buses for safety.  Officials say they checked 210 buses in the Hamilton Southeastern School District.  Inspectors are going over emergency exits, brakes, lights and tires.  They also made sure that first-aid kits and fire extinguishers were in their proper places.

Dozens show up to see plans for new airport

Plans were unveiled yesterday on a new airport near the Pendleton/Lapel area, drawing the attention of dozens of Madison County residents.  The diagrams of the proposed facility included airport boundaries, where runways would be located, as well as environmental concerns and charts of the operating costs.