Driving in circles closer to reality

Muncie Mayor Dan Canan says Erber and Milligan of Charlestown has been awarded the contract to construct a new traffic roundabout at Walnut and Seymour streets.  Canan says the bids came in under estimates.  The city recently paid its 20% match toward the project’s cost.  Work could begin within the next month or two.

Flooding hits apartment building

31 tenants at the Madison Garden Apartments in Anderson had to be evacuated Sunday after flooding caused by a backed up, broken sewage pump at the private lift station serving the complex.  City building officials say the complex lacked a backup pump, which is not a violation of building codes.

More accusations

An Anderson man facing several charges relating to a rash of purse snatching incidents before Christmas now faces more charges.  Justin Lockridge, 19, now faces two additional felony robbery counts and a felony theft charge.  The new accusations include the theft of a woman’s wallet at the Anderson IHOP December 9.  Lockridge now has seven felony charges against him.

New infrastructure project planned

A $1.2 million project to upgrade Upland’s sewage system is planned by July.  A lift station and 6,200 feet of force main are part of the project designed to allow for more growth on the north side of the town.  The new project will come as work wraps  up on a new $2.5 million water treatment plant.

Man accused with battering mother

A New Castle man faces several charges in an attack on his mother.  Curtis Johnson, 23, is accused with strangulation and battery in the February 15 incident that apparently unfolded after Johnson’s mother complained about noise both Johnson and a teenage friend were making.  Johnson will stand trial on May 23.