Anderson YMCA Fund Raising Off to Good Start

The Anderson Family YMCA has raised more than $2 million toward its future renovation and Dan Sager, CEO of Madison County YMCA, said the Y hopes to have most of the $7.5 million needed by the end of August. Construction is tentatively set for next summer.   The Y began raising money last summer, turning to its “inner family” first, a collection Y employees and current and former board members, to raise $1.05 million, Sager said. The rest of the money is coming from a four-phase plan, including three phases headed by the Y and one led by the city. The phases are running concurrently, and Y officials and volunteers are contacting a list of about 4,000 people and businesses to raise money, Sager said.

Madison County Man Dies from Accident Injuries

An Alexandria man died Saturday following injuries he suffered in a moped crash in June.  61 year old Stephen R. “Stevie” Snelling,died at Select Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis due to lingering injuries he suffered in the single-vehicle crash on June 16 in the 100 block of South Harrison Street  He was going into Alexandria from the Elwood area, turned south on Harrison and hit a sign.   He suffered a head injury to his left side.  The lifetime Madison County resident was initially taken to Community Hospital in Anderson, but was then transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He had been at Methodist until Saturday, when he was transferred to Select Specialty.

New Candidate for New Castle Council

Angie Goodman has been added to the Republican ticket as a candidate for New Castle City Council.   She is a 1989 graduate of New Castle High School and Purdue University, and is a speech and English teacher at Delta High School.   The 36-year-old Goodman, 36, and her husband Wayne have two daughters. She’s a member of the First United Methodist Church, Friends of the New Castle-Henry County Public Library and Henry County Historical Society.   She wants wants to promote neighborhood beautification, a citywide recycling program, economic development efforts and the revitalization of downtown.  She will be opposing Democrat Brian Ingermann, a restaurant manager.

Wal-Mart Greeter Threatened

A Wal-Mart greeter was threatened with a knife Monday night when he attempted to stop suspected shoplifters from leaving the store.  According to the police report, two black women and a black man attempted to leave the northside Wal-Mart, pushing two shopping carts filled with merchandise.   The items weren’t sacked, which made the Wal-Mart greeter presume that the suspects didn’t pay for the merchandise. One of the women pulled the knife when the greeter asked for a receipt.  Witnesses said the suspected robbers threw most of the stolen goods into a silver colored Chevy Blazer and fled down McGalliard Road.   The store has surveillance video of the suspects, which will be turned over to Muncie Police.

Upland Hit with Power Outage

All of southern Upland was without power for more than an hour this morning after a semi truck snagged a low-hanging phone line, Upland Fire Chief Brian Holtzleiter said. The Upland Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to 80 E. Berry St. at 10:41 a.m. Tuesday to respond to the accident. Though no one was injured, the telephone pole, which also supported power lines, was damaged. Though power was restored around noon, according to Indiana Michigan Power spokesperson Jim Riggle, Holtzleiter said workers were still repairing the damaged pole at 12:30 p.m. About 1,200 IMP customers were without power.

I-69 Crash Snarls Traffic

A collision along Interstate 69 at 12:20 p.m.Tuesday created a major traffic backup on the southbound lanes. Indiana State police report that there were no serious injuries in the crash in northern Delaware County at mile marker 47. The crash was near the construction site for new rest stops along the Interstate.

State Trooper Dies in Shooting

A state trooper and another person were killed during a shooting Thursday along a northern Indiana highway, state police said. The shooting happened along U.S. 24 near Wabash about 4 p.m. and investigators were working to piece together what happened, state police Sgt. Tony Slocum said. Trooper Dave Rich, 41, was killed, Slocum said. Rich, an 18-year veteran of the state police, was married with three children. The person believed to have shot Rich also was killed The name of that person was not immediately released. The shooting prompted authorities to shut down the four-lane highway in both directions around the scene about 40 miles southwest of Fort Wayne.

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Anderson Man Dies in Indiana 32 Crash

45-year old Timothy Cooper of Anderson died following a van/trash truck accident that closed Indiana 32 for 5 1/2 hours Thursday morning. Cooper’s van and a trash truck crashed head-on just west of downtown Noblesville about 10:30 a.m.   Cooper died after being airlifted by helicopter to Wishard Hospital, Indianapolis.    Alcohol is not expected as a factor in the crash.   The driver of the trash truck, Richard Collins of Indianapolis, suffered leg injuries. Collins told Noblesville police that the van swerved in front of him so fast that he had no time to react. Collins’ truck then careened off the highway and slid 150 feet.  Cooper worked for Insight Communications and was driving one of the company’s vans when the accident occurred.

Former Elwood Mayor Dead of Heart Attack

Elwood’s former mayor likely died of a heart attack while recovering from hernia surgery, his family said.  51-year-old Philip Metzger, 51, died June 26 at Clarian North Medical Center in Carmel.  Initial autopsy results showed he died of cardiac arrest, said Francie Metzger, his wife of 16 years. She said final results of the private autopsy likely won’t be known for about a month.  Metzger was mayor from 2000 to 2004 in Elwood, a city of about 9,700 people.

Stray Animal Fees Increase in Anderson

The Anderson Board of Public Safety passed an ordinance amending fees for loose animals during its regular meeting on Thursday. Anderson Attorney Tom Chaille drafted the amendment, which would increase the fee for recovery or pick-up of roaming cats and dogs. The fee for a first offense would increase from $15 to $50, while second offense would rise from $15 to $250 and third offense from $25 to $500. The amendment also increases boarding fees from $3 to $7 for each day the animal is housed in the Anderson Animal Shelter.