Frankton Area Crash Injures Eight People

A two-car crash Sunday night south of Frankton resulted in eight injuries, according to Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson.  The crash happened just before 8:15 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of County Roads 500 West and 600 North. According to Richardson, an SUV was traveling west on 600 North when it collided with a truck traveling north on 500 West. The SUV flipped over during the crash, and landed upside down at the edge of a field near the intersection. There were four passengers in each vehicle, said Richardson, and seven of the eight were taken to area hospitals. A juvenile, who had been riding in the car was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis with possible internal injuries.  There were three adults involved in the crash, the rest were juveniles.

Groundbreaking Set for Slots Building at Hoosier Park

Both Anderson’s Hoosier Park and Shelbyville’s Indiana Downs are racing to be first to add slots to their horse racing facilities.  Hoosier Park will have ceremonial groundbreaking at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The horse track has already started construction on the building that will house slot machines. The groundbreaking will be near the construction site on the north side of the apron, said Tom Bannon, vice president of operations and communications for Hoosier Park.   The groundbreaking will be open to the public, and afterward, the horse racing track will host a community day for people to look at renderings and speak with track officials. The casino is tentatively set to open by summer 2008, Bannon said. The new 92,000-square-foot building will house 2,000 slot machines and some dining, he said.

$60K+ Worth of Cocaine Seized in BSU-Area Drug Bust

Over $60,000 of cocaine was found at a house near the BSU campus during a Thursday night raid, acording to Sgt. Jess Neal of the Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task force.  The house had been under survelliance for some time.   The Muncie SWAT team was also involved in the raid.   The main target of the raid was Jesus Hernandez-Aragon who Neal said was a leader in a group of drug dealers.  It was not immediately known if BSU students had purchased drugs from the house.

Wal-Mart Donates to Madison County School Uniforms Fund

Wal-Mart has donated $5,000 to the Madison County Community Foundation in support of the matching program for school uniform assistance, according to a press release from the foundation.  The donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the community foundation, becoming a $10,000 gift to assist families in need of help purchasing school uniforms.  Margaret Brown, lifelong Anderson resident and Wal-Mart market fashion merchandiser for eastern Indianapolis, including the Anderson store, was instrumental in securing the Wal-Mart donation.  Wal-Mart has donated $165,000 to support organizations and causes in the Anderson area.

Expenses for Marion Teachers' Health Insurance Out of Control

Marion Community Schools administrators and teachers agree: Teachers here have great health insurance.  Whether the school system should or could continue to keep up with the cost of that insurance is being debated.  The school system and the teachers union are in the midst of negotiating terms of their contract and, consequently, teachers’ insurance.  After a budget process that had the school system grappling to address declining enrollment and state funding, administrators said insurance is costing them too much.  According to a document prepared by Hylant Group and provided by MCS, the total annual cost of teacher insurance as of January was about $6.4 million.

Truck-Only Lanes Considered for Interstates

A move is underway to study and possibly add “truck only” lanes to many of the nation’s interstates.   Indiana has received a $5 million grant to study the concept.  Proponents say it would increase safety if trucks were given a dedicated lane, as well as improve traffic flow.

Neighbors Wary of Muncie Transitional Center

A plan to build a transitional housing facility for ex-convicts in the East Central Neighborhood has kindled safety concerns among area residents. Advocates for the project and their opponents will meet for an open-to-the-public discussion at 6 p.m. today at Washington-Carver Elementary School.  Allison Bell-Imel, managing director of Partners for Community Impact, said more than 700 ex-offenders are expected to return to East Central and other downtown neighborhoods between 2005 and 2009.   She says that by not building the transitional housing, those neighborhoods might actually be at a higher risk for crime, she said.  Plans call for the facility to be built in a vacant lot in the 1000 block of East Adams Street.

Henry County Man Gets Six Years for Escape

A Straughn man who fled from the Henry County work release center last summer has been sentenced to six years in prison.  Jeffrey A. Compton had pleaded guilty to escape, a class C felony carrying a standard four-year prison term, and two drug-related charges. Authorities said Compton had marijuana and a controlled substance in his possession when he was recaptured after the escape.  Henry Superior Court 2 Judge Robert Witham accepted a plea agreement calling for the combined six-year sentence. 

Ethanol Plant Runs into Name Conflict

The New York-based developer of a stalled Delaware County ethanol plant was sued for trademark infringement over the name of his company.   David Khalilzad told The Star Press that it was “an oversight on our part” that his company was named U.S. Ethanol Holdings a few months after he and builder Pat Hiner talked to Washington-based U.S. Ethanol about investing in that company’s plant.   But one principal of U.S Ethanol is concerned that Khalilzad might confuse potential investors, particularly as the Delaware County project is delayed and financing for ethanol plants is harder to come by.

Local Muncie Restaurant Runs into Name Problem

It’s all in the name.   A new downtown Muncie restaurant has received a letter from a Chicago lawyer, demanding a name change.   The local restaurant, operated by Ty Morton, is named Morton’s Pub and Grub.   The letter was received from a representative of the well-known Morton’s of Chicago steakhouse.   The Muncie restaurant opened on October 9th.