Heading overseas again

Muncie Mayor Dan Canan, Delaware County Commissioner Tom Bennington along with Terry Murphy and Dan Allen of the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce are heading across the Pacific Ocean next month.  They’re paying another visit to Japan in the search for economic development.  The area was represented on the governor’s trade mission to eastern Asia last June.  The goal is to follow up and continue building relationships with Japanese officials.  The Honda plant in Greensburg could lead to many spinoff businesses, and officials say they want to be sure they’re a part of that.

Eaton will grow

The Eaton Town Council took less than a minute Thursday night to annex over 1,600 acres.  The annexation includes unincorporated Shideler and the Ag Bio Vision Park.  Supporters of the annexation say they no longer wanted representation solely by the county since the former commissioners board approved the rezoning of land for the park.

Man killed in car-pedestrian accident; woman charged

A Marion man was struck and killed early Thursday morning near 30th and Torrence streets.  Andrew Westerman, 54, was hit by a van driven by Amber Fuller.  Police arrested Fuller, 32, on a felony charge of drunk driving causing death.  She allegedly had a blood alcohol content more than twice Indiana’s legal limit for drunk driving.  Fuller was released from the Grant County Jail after posting a $25,000 bond.

Woman succumbs to crash injuries

A former Elwood woman has died in a Lafayette hospital from injuries sustained in a crash on I-65 nearly three weeks ago.  Shannon Marie Enriquez-Rosas, 23, was driving a car that was hit head-on by another car that had crossed the median near the 167-mile marker on February 6.  The driver of the other car, Keith Nagy, 36 of Crown Point, apparently swerved to avoid rear-ending another vehicle in stopped traffic and shot across the median.  Three passengers combined between the two vehicles were also hurt.

Two Ohioans charged in Indiana

Two Ohio men are being held in the Randolph County Jail over an attack on a resident in his home.  A Lynn man was hit in the head with a screwdriver when he discovered two of the men in his home.  Police arrived and chased the men before they were captured.  Douglas Freckman Jr., 21, and John Florek, 25, both of Dayton, are being held on numerous charges.  Meanwhile two other Ohio men face charges in an apparently unrelated incident at another Randolph County home.  Teddy Hunt, 18, and Jeremy Pollic, 21, are being held after they fought with a woman and a man who came to her defense.

Former GM factory coming down

General Motors announced Thursday that the former Manual Transmissions of Muncie plant will be torn down beginning next month.  It will be completely gone by the spring of next year.  There are still efforts to preserve the old Warner Machine building on the property.

South View move goes well

The transition of students at Muncie’s South View Elementary School went off without a hitch Thursday.  The students were moved to three other buildings due to extensive structural damage at the South View building caused by the weight of snow on the building’s roof.

Man suffers minor injuries in accident

An Anderson man was treated and released from an Indianapolis hospital after a crash on State Road 32 near the Madison-Hamilton County line yesterday morning.  Officials say Josh Short, 26, lost control of his pickup truck due to a gust of wind.  The truck left the road, hit the edge of a guardrail, went down an embankment and sideswiped two trees.  Short, who was wearing his seatbelt, complained of back pain and had a small cut on his head.