Muncie Crash Victims Remain Hospitalized

Two Muncie men seriously injured in recent area traffic crashes remain under care at area hospitals.   Michael Solis, critically injured in a Wednesday evening traffic crash on US 35 South, is now in stable condition at Indianapolis Methodist Hospital, where he was taken by PHI Medical Helicopter from the crash scene.   Anthony Estes, who was hit by a truck driven by 94-year old Harrison Kissick, is in intensive care are Ball Memorial Hospital.   For a brief time after the crash he was trapped underneath the truck which hit him.   Kissick has no driver’s license and no insurance.

Muncie Man Injured in Indiana 32 Crash

A Thursday morning crash and Indiana 32 and Country Club Road injured a Muncie man.  Mark A. Welder suffered head injuries in that accident and was taken to BMH for treatment.    The three car crash was triggered when an SUV driven by Duane Hauser struck Welder’s car in the rear.   A third vehicle was damaged from flying objects that came out of Welder’s truck at the crash scene.

Man from Police SWAT Standoff Now Jailed

A Muncie man who had a stand-off with police on Tuesday morning is now in jail after all.  Steven Smith had previously been charged with possession of cocaine and receiving stolen property from another case.  Now, police detectives arrested Smith based on a statement from his ex-girfriend, who said he pointed his handgun at her besides wanting to kill himself. She also said the suspect forced his way into her home on Lyn Mar Drive where the incident began.

Muncie Mayoral Candidates Do Not Reveal Potential Appointees

The two candidates for Muncie mayor have not named any members of their potential upcoming administratioin so far.   Neither Jim Mansfield, the Democratic candidate, or Sharon McShurley, the Republican candidate, have talked about appointments they might make if elected.   Naming someone just provides more opportunity for criticism and could create divisions within the party that hurt campaigns, according to BSU political science professor Gary Crawley   Both candidates have said naming someone just provides more opportunity for criticism and could create divisions within the party that hurt campaigns.  They say applicants for positions will need to apply and interview for available jobs, once the election is over.

Opposition to New Madison County Airport Continues

A group of about 30 people waited patiently through a long Anderson City Council agenda Thursday night to speak to the council about the Anderson airport.  The No Fly Zone group presented the council with a petition of more than 1,000 signatures from people who oppose a new airport in southwest Madison County. In May, the town of Fishers initiated a feasibility study concerning the relocation of Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport to southwest Madison County. An area of 4,000 acres in Green and Stony Creek townships was identified, and the study was released in August, with recommendations for further examination. In early October, the Anderson Board of Aviation Commissioners authorized more studies from the town of Fishers for the future.   Members of the No Fly Zone questioned why the study was being done at all.

Identity of Found Bones Pending

A Muncie-based forensic pathologist won’t be able to determine until Monday if bones found behind a  Anderson home on Fletcher Street are human or merely animal remains.  Madison County Coroner Ned Dunnichay said an Anderson resident dropped off the bones at the Anderson Police Department on Tuesday. Dunnichay said the bones were found behind the home, but he couldn’t provide an exact date Thursday.  Marian Dunnichay said it’s not unusual for the coroner’s office to receive bones, which overwhelmingly turn out to be discarded animal remains.

Madison County Hit by Power Outage

About 2,100 residents in northern Madison County were without power on Thursday afternoon because a large tree fell on a transmission line.  The outage happened around 2:20 p.m., Jim Riggle, spokesman for Indiana Michigan Power, said. There are stations southeast of Frankton and near 200 North on the west side. The tree was located between the two stations, he said.  Typically, circuits go out from stations for two or three miles, Riggle said. By 4 p.m., the company had 900 customers back in service. By 5 p.m., the company hoped to have the final 1,200 customers in service.

Teen Critically Injured in US 35 Accident

A Muncie teen suffered critical injuries in an accident on US 35 South last night.  Michael Solis was entrapped in his car and had to be rescued by firefighters.  The PHI Dove Flight was called to the scene to take Solis to Indianapolis for treatment.   Police say he had a broken leg and also massive internal bleeding.  The accident happened when Solis tried to pass a semi-trailer truck and crashed into a car driven by Carleigh McDivitt from Williamsburg.  Both she and her son, Carter Baker, were treated for minor injuries.   The highway was closed for over two hours while the accident was investigated and the scene cleaned up.

Noise Ordinance Waiver Applicants Must Appear in Person

The city’s Board of Public Works and Safety Wednesday took a small step toward reforming Muncie’s noise law.  Anyone petitioning the works board for an exemption from Muncie’s noise ordinance will now be required to appear in person as the board votes on whether to approve their written application.   The change is in response to two complaints late last month and earlier this week concerning an outdoor dance at Ball State University’s LaFollette Field that started at 11 p.m. on Sept. 21 and lasted two hours.

Muncie Central Student Jailed for Shoving Principal

A Muncie Central High School student is in jail, after he was accused of shoving Principal Dick Daniel.  Darius Townsend was jailed after the incident, which involved his sagging pants.   The principal warned the student a second time about the pants, and the student has been given a zip tie earlier to pull up.  When Daniel saw the student later and confronted him, Townsend shoved him.   He is charged with battery, which carries a $2,500 bond.