Portland man appears for ear-biting incident

A Portland man with a long criminal record was scheduled to appear in court yesterday on a felony charge of biting a woman’s ear.  24-year-old Matthew Ryan Schlecty has been convicted of at least eight crimes since 2001.  This time, he is facing charges in connection to an incident in March involving the mother of his child.

IPS Superintendent to parents: Behave or leave

Indianapolis Public School Superintendent Eugene White is telling families to be on their best behavior at their children’s graduation this year.  In a letter sent to families of this year’s graduates, White says a new policy will forbid cheering during the reading of names.  He says the goal is to restore decorum to the ceremonies to make sure every name can be heard.  If families are caught cheering too loudly, they will be escorted off the property by security.

Gannet plans to seel Marion Chronicle-Tribune

The Chronicle-Tribune will be sold to another company in approximately one month.  Gannett Company, Inc. owns the paper and made the announcement Monday.  President and Publisher Juli Metzger told members of the Chronicle-Tribune staff the newspaper was for sale.  As of Monday, the paper was donated to the Gannett Foundation, who will then sell the company.

Daniels refuses to suspend sales tax on gas

Governor Mitch Daniels says he will not suspend the state sales tax on gasoline, despite record prices at the pump.  Triple A Hoosier Motor Club says the average price for a regular gallon of gas in Indiana was $3.34.  Daniels says not is not the right time to suspend the tax, because he says he’s trying to restore the fiscal strength of state government.

IU raises in-state fees five percent

Indiana University trustees voted Monday to raise tuition and fees for in-state students by five percent in each of the next two years.  They also voted for a nine percent increase this year and an 11 percent raise next year for out-of-state students attending classes at the Bloomington Campus.  Indiana residents will pay a little more than 78 hundred dollars per semester and out-of-state residents will pay more than 22 thousand dollars this year.

Miasa Automotive coming to Delaware County

A Spanish transmission parts maker announced they will build their first U.S. production facility in Delaware County.  Miasa Automotive, LLC., will move into the former 3-D Construction building north of Muncie.  The plant will make gearbox components for Magna Powertrain.  The company will invest 1.4 million dollars in the facility and bring 12 new jobs to the area.

Grandfather backs over, kills one-year-old grandson

A southwestern Indiana man accidentally killed his 1-year-old grandson as he was moving a van so other children could play basketball.  Noah Joseph Dreblow was pronounced dead on the scene Friday afternoon in the driveway of his grandparents’ home near Chandler, Indiana in Warrick County.  Police say no charges will be filed against Joseph Potetz and have determined the incident was a tragic accident.

Jay County business fire ruled arson

A Jay County business partially destroyed by fire early Sunday is said to be the result of arson.  Matt Aker of the Portland Fire Department says a call was made around 1 a.m. Sunday morning at the Mershberger Brothers Stone Company.  He says there were signs of forced entry into the building, however they do not have a suspect in the crime.

Motorcycle crash victim Lifelined to Indy

A Hartford City man was Lifelined to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after he crashed his motorcycle into a pick-up truck on State Road 3 north Monday morning.  Delaware County Lt. Arlan Johnson says Jimmy Riddle suffered critical injuries in the accident.  He says 69-year-old Fred McKinley was the driver of the truck and didn’t sustain any injuries.  Johnson says McKinley didn’t see the motorcycle traveling southbound as he was pulling into his property.

Elderly woman hit by pick-up truck dies

A 75-year-old hit by a pick-up truck driver died on Friday in Greenfield.  Inell Carter was air-lifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where she was pronounced dead.  Greenfield police say the accident happened around 10:15 in front of a Big Lots store as Jason Phelps was waiting for ex-wife.  They say he started to back up because he saw his ex-wife go out a different entrance and hit Carter.  Police say she suffered fatal head and neck injures as a result of the accident, and are still investigating the accident.