Hydrant fee proposal withdrawn before vote

A proposed fire hydrant fee in Muncie was defeated before it ever took a vote.  City Council member Charles Leonard says he knew he did not have the votes for the proposal and withdrew the utility fee.  The hydrant fee would have added about $1.75 per month to the average residential water bill.  Other board members originally opposed the measure, saying they did not want their constituents to pay extra taxes or utility fees.  Board member John Isenbarger says the proposal would not have been approved in an election year

Initial hearing set in death of four-year-old

An Indianapolis mother and her boyfriend will appear in Marion superior court Wednesday morning for their initial hearing in relation to the death of a 4-year-old boy.  Prosecutors requested a 72-hour continuance to give police more time to prepare their case before formal charges are filed in the death of Elijah Simpson.  23-year-old Christopher Montgomery is facing a preliminary murder charge while Simpson’s mother, 24-year-old Courtney Simpson is facing a felony charge of neglect.

30,000 square foot exhibit coming to Indianapolis Zoo

A new oceans exhibit is coming to the Indianapolis Zoo.  Once construction is complete, visitors will be able to explore 30 thousand feet of interactive space to see and feel creatures of the sea.  One main attraction will be a shark tank filled with nearly 40 dog sharks where an open top will allow visitors to reach in and touch the sharks.  The total cost of the new exhibit is $9.5 million and is set to open to the public Memorial Day weekend.

Nine-year-old trapped in stone hopper in Tipton

A Tipton boy trapped for almost an hour in a stone hopper at a concrete-mixing facility was rescued alive and alert Monday afternoon.  Police say nine-year-old Justin Harshman was playing with two friends in the Irving materials incorporated property in Tipton.  Indiana state police believe harsh man either fell or climbed into the top of the hopper and became nearly covered by stone at about noon.

New bill allows eight days to shoot fireworks

The Indiana House is cutting back on the number of days people can shoot off fireworks…significantly.  In a 69-27 vote Monday, a new law will now only allow people to shoot off fireworks only eight days a year, including new year’s eve and day, the fourth of July and the days surrounding independence day.  The bill also allows local governments to restrict when and where fireworks can be shot off on any other day of the year.

Indianapolis woman dies in crash with sheriff's deputy

An Indianapolis woman died Monday morning after she was involved in a crash with a Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy.  35-year-old Samaria Langford died on the scene and 25-year-old special deputy Daniel Yohe suffered leg injuries. The crash occurred at 46th Street and College Avenue just before 5 a.m. Authorities say Yohe reported the woman disregarded a red light at the intersection when he crashed his personal car into Langford’s Ford Crown Victoria

Supreme Court rules against Duke Energy

The Supreme Court ruled against Duke Energy Corporation Monday in an effort to boost a federal clean air initiative.  The Clinton administration brought a lawsuit against Duke Energy as part of a massive enforcement effort to force utilities to install pollution control equipment on aging coal-fired power plants.  If the lower courts uphold the Supreme Court’s decision, Duke Energy would have to lower plant emissions of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide: two major contributors to smog and acid rain.

Downtown City Center's fate in Marion undecided

A downtown Marion building’s fate remains up in the air as Marion officials and the building’s owner are in the middle of a lawsuit.  Some Marion residents call the Downtown City Center an eyesore and want to see the building destroyed. However, those plans changed when Downtown City Center LLC filed a lawsuit last spring to stop the destruction.  Downtown business owners want to see the building either removed or renovated in the near future.

Hoosier Park sale completed with Centaur

An Indiana-based company has bought the remaining ownership interest of Hoosier Park from Churchill downs incorporated.  Centaur will now run the Anderson-based horse track as well as off track betting parlors in Merrillville, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.  The City of Anderson and the Indiana horse racing commission approved the transaction in February.