Portland Man Dies in Albany Crash

A Portland man was killed in a Thursday morning cash at Indiana 67 and 28 near Albany.  Police identified the victim as 69-year old Robert Quadrozzi.   Reports indicated he was returning from a medical appointment in Indianapolis at the time of the crash, and may have suffered some kind of health issue at the time of the accident.  His vehicle left the road and struck a semi-trailer at a nearby business.

New Castle Couple Dies in Traffic Crash

A New Castle couple was killed in a Wednesday traffic accident.  85-year-old Donald Cartherman died at the scene of the crash on Indiana 103.    His wife, 77-year-old Ada Cartherman died at Indianapolis Methodist Hospital, after being flown there by helicopter.   The two were passengers in a car driven by 54-year old Bonnie Cartherman, also of New Castle.   The vehicle was hit by a mini-van driven by 23-year old Katmia Fultz of Cambridge City. 

Knightstown Teacher Sues Students Over Video

A Knightstown teacher has filed suit against two students from that school, who produced a moive allegedly portraying him.   Daniel Clevenger is suing Knightstown High School students and movie participants Isaac Imel, Harrison Null, Charlie Ours and Cody Overbay, along with their parents.   The civil lawsuit claims that a character in the movie named, “Mister Clevenger” mocks the teacher’s appearance and mannerisms.   Clevenger claims he has suffered emotional distress due to the film, and is seeking punitive damages and appropriate relief.

Evidence Suppressed in Frankton School Fire Case

The Indiana Court of Appeals agreed Thursday with a local court ruling that evidence was suppressed in Billy Julian’s trial for the 2001 Frankton High School fire.  The fire caused $1.7 million in damage and sent Julian to prison for two years.  Julian, who works privately as a tattoo artist, says he has struggled to find employment since his release from prison last year.  Julian was released from prison last year after it was discovered that a witness lied about seeing him at the school the night of the fire. Julian was supposed to serve 18 years in prison.  The fire occurred March 11, 2001, when three or more people broke into the school. They used an oxyacetylene torch from the industrial arts classroom to try and open a safe in the main office.

Madison County Property Taxes Due in November

Property taxes must be paid in full for the year on or before Nov. 13, instead of the usual date of Nov. 10, Darlene Likens, Madison County treasurer, said. The date changed because Nov. 10 is a Saturday and Nov. 12 is Veterans Day, and there will be no mail delivery.  In May, the treasurer’s office announced that only one bill would be sent to property owners this year because of changes at the state level. Likens expected the 2007 bills would be sent out in August.

Ivy Tech Credits to Transfer Easily to IU

Ivy Tech Community College students with hopes of attending a four-year university will have an easier time transferring to Indiana University. More than 100 courses from any Ivy Tech campus will transfer to Indiana’s main campus in Bloomington under the new partnership.  The schools also inked an agreement to transition some two-year Ivy Tech degrees to four-year IU degrees at various campuses. The Ivy Tech degrees include six from the liberal arts, nursing and criminal justice degrees, with hopes of expanding to business, education and computer information systems in the future.

No Officials Show Up for Airport Meeting

More than 200 Madison County residents demanded answers about a proposed airport project Thursday during a town hall-style meeting.  Madison County Commissioner Paul Wilson, D-South District, organized the meeting, extending invitations to several officials, none of whom attended.  On May 11, the Flagship Enterprise Center announced that it had been hired by the town of Fishers to conduct a feasibility study for relocation of Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport to Madison County. Since then, Wilson said, his constituents have asked for more information on the subject. But Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith, the Anderson City Council and the Anderson Board of Aviation Commissioners failed to appear Thursday, some citing prior commitments. Also absent were Charles Staley, executive director of the Flagship Enterprise Center, and Lacy Johnson, executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, which oversees the Fishers airport.

Body is that of missing Muncie man; foul play suspected

A body found in Wayne County in April was identified yesterday as a homeless Muncie man. Indiana State Police say James L. Cassudakis was last seen in Muncie in March. Investigators are treating the case as a homicide, although have not released further details into the case. Cassudakis’s body was found on a private lot in southwestern Wayne County.

F-15 crash

An F-15 fighter jet practicing field maneuvers crashed south of Vincennes yesterday, although the pilot is safe today thanks to his ejector seat. The Missouri Air National Guard jet was practicing with other jets over the Military Operating Area Red Hills near the Illinois state line. Members of the Indiana Guard have been deployed to secure the crash site. The crash is the 3rd such incident in the region of Southwestern Indiana in the past six years, following a one aircraft crash in 2001 and a fatal collision in 2004.

Indiana UMC conferences could unify

Church leaders from the largest Protestant denomination in Indiana face an important decision in coming weeks that could create a new conference for the United Methodist Church. With the goal of changing governance and reversing declining numbers, a reorganization plan is before the ballots of church leaders in both the North Indiana and South Indiana conferences that would create a new, unified conference governed with more input from individual congregations than from the conference downward. The results of the voting will not be known the public until June 9th, after the later round of balloting is conducted by the South Conference. If approved, the unification would come into affect in 2009.