Strong southerly winds caused drifting problems on east-west roads in some areas Monday. That forced two Grant County school districts to close early. Flooded roadways are also possible the next few days as the snow continues to melt and rain is anticipated.
The animals at the Marion-Grant County Humane Society shelter almost went hungry after a thief or thieves stole “Science Diet” dog food and cat food from a storage building at the shelter. The next delivery of food isn’t scheduled until Wednesday. Fortunately many community members provided donations of food and money to help shelter officials get through this crisis. Michelle Holton, the shelter manager, says the theft doesn’t make sense. If they get food they can’t use they give it to low-income pet owners.
A Dayton, Ohio woman is charged with trafficking with an inmate at the Pendleton Correctional Industrial Facility. Janice Phillips, 39, allegedly tried to smuggle marijuana, tobacco and cigarette rolling papers into the prison. The items were discovered during a routine patdown…thats when Phillips claimed to have diarrhea and went to the bathroom, where she removed the items taped to her waist and threw them in a trash can. Phillips is the third person arrested on trafficking charges in the last month.
The East Central Indiana Chapter of MoveOn will stage a protest outside the downtown Muncie office of Congressman Mike Pence (R-6th) at noon Wednesday. The group opposes an escalation of the Iraq war. The group will deliver letters against the war to Pences office during the demonstration.
A home under construction in the West Clay subdivision in Carmel burned to the ground Monday, causing about $200,000 in damage. The blaze in the 2100 block of Finchley Road was reported around 5:20 a.m. Theres speculation space heaters couldve led to the fire.
Montpelier residents will be responsible for water lines inside their buildings no matter where the water meter is located. Thats part of an ordinance passed by the Montpelier City Council. The old rules called for the city to maintain the lines up until the water meter, even if it was well inside a building. That created access problems if something went wrong with the lines.
Grant County Republican Party Chairman David Glickfield says he wont run for re-election during the partys reorganization meeting March 3. He wants to spend more time with his family. Glickfield expects Vice Chairman Jerry Shull will succeed him but precinct committeemen must still vote.
The Park Place Retirement Center planned for Carmel is closer to reality. The city council Monday night approved rezoning of land at 116th and Guilford Road. Neighbors opposed the change, saying the number of units in the development was too high, leading to traffic congestion on area roads. They also say the ground is too wet for the development.
The Madison County court hearing for a Muncie man accused with crimes against children was postponed Monday. The hearing for Elzie Harty, 26, is now planned for 8:30 Thursday morning. Harty is accused with having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl at the Anderson Center from April of 2005 to April of last year.
A Portland woman suffered minor injuries in a crash along U.S. 27 at Jay County Road 300N Monday morning. Police say Melissa Comstock, 23, lost control of her SUV on a patch of ice, left the road and struck two trees. Comstock was wearing her seatbelt and the vehicles airbags deployed. She suffered a minor bruise to her head.