Delaware County Gambling Crackdown Imminent

Delaware County Commissioners warned at a meeting last night that a gambling crackdown is coming.  This enforcement action comes following last year’s arrest of John Neal on money laundering and video gambling charges.  Raids at that time led to the shutdown of several bars in Delaware, Madison, and Henry counties.  Many of those establishments are still closed.

Alexandria Man Facing 12 Years in Prison

An Alexandria man faces up to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced for driving with a blood-alcohol content over three times Indiana’s legal limit when he caused a crash that injured his two children.  32-year old Charles J. Heater pleaded guilty Monday in Madison Superior Court 1 to two counts of neglect of a dependent, both Class C felonies; possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony; driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or more, a Class A misdemeanor; and being a habitual substance offender.

City of Muncie Needs Another Loan

The City of Muncie needs to borrow another $3 million dollars, after earlier borrowing $6 million dollars.  The City Council suspended the rules las night to approve the loan.  Part of the cash flow problem for the city is that spring property taxes were not collection on time due to re-assessment.   Property owners has of yet not received their property tax bills.

Land Along Indiana 332 to be Re-Zoned

35 acres of variety business zoning at Indiana 332 and Nebo Road will be considered by the Muncie-Delaware County Planning Commission.  The purpose is to increase the 38 acres already zoned for business to about 73 acres.  The properties under consideration are currently being used for farming.

Intoxicated Driver Rolls Car in Crash

A Monday evening traffic crash led to the arrest of the driver involved.    The accident occurred at 10th and Sampson Street.   The vehicle rolled over and a passenger in the vehicle reportedly fled the scene.   The driver’s name has not as yet been released.   It was suspected that he was driving while intoxicated.

Power Outage Caused by Model Rocket

A Sunday night power outage in the Daleville and Yorktown areas was caused by a model rocket.   According to IMP officials, the rocket became entangled in power lines and shorted out some circuits when it began to rain.   About 2,000 homes were involved in the outage, with most power restored soon after 2 a.m.

Food Distributions Scheduled in ECI on Tuesday

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana will observe Hunger Awareness Day on Tuesday with tailgate distributions in each of the eight counties the food bank serves.

Now in its sixth year, Hunger Awareness Day serves as a platform for domestic hunger-relief organizations to raise awareness about hunger in America, according to a press release from Second Harvest.  Tailgate distribution for each county today will include:

• Blackford — 9-11 a.m. at Star’s Towing, 210 E. Washington St., Hartford City.

• Delaware — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ross Community Center, 1110 W. 10th St., Muncie.

• Grant — 1-3 p.m. at St. Martin Community Center, 901 S. Branson St., Marion.

• Henry — 3-5 p.m. at Assembly of God, 3600 S. Memorial Drive, New Castle.

• Jay — 2-4 p.m. at Jay County Fairgrounds, 806 E. Votaw St., Portland.

• Madison — 9-11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. 53rd St., Anderson.

• Randolph — 3-5 p.m. at National Guard Armory, 700 Western Ave., Winchester.

• Wabash — 10 a.m.-noon at Wabash County Council on Aging, 239 Bond St., Wabash.

At each location, volunteers from area agencies will be distributing food to people in need of food assistance.

Grant County Property Assessments Up $48 Million

Grant County’s property is worth $48 million more this year than last year, the first increase in the values in three years, according to data from the state.  The $2.24 billion assessed valuation – the total worth of all taxable property in the county – was the one bit of good news delivered last week by county Auditor Mike Burton, who said more delays in property tax bills are coming for some county residents.  The assessed value is part of the equation in determining how much residents pay in property taxes. Assessed values often go up when a county sees building booms in industrial areas or new housing developments.

Grant County's Bethlehem Road Project Still Underway

Construction work on Grant County’s Bethlehem Road that has taken almost six months longer than expected to complete.   However, the project should be finished within the next two months, said Grant County Highway Superintendent David White.  Roadwork was originally expected to be completed this past winter, but was delayed after Vectren laid a gas line too far out into the road and it had to be moved, White said.  The cost of the project may have increased slightly due to the delay and also said that the remaining two phases of the Bethlehem Road project were still in the planning and development stages.