Wal-Mart distribution center to open April 10

GAS CITY IS READY FOR THE GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW WAL-MART DISTRIBUTION CENTER.  THE CEREMONY IS SET FOR APRIL 10 WHEN MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE INSIDE OF THE 895 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT BUILDING.  HOWEVER, THE EVENT IS OPEN BY INVITATION ONLY AND NOT TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

Indianapolis finalizing plans for 2011 Super Bowl

THE N-F-L WANTS THE CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS TO HAVE THEIR BID READY FOR THE 2011 SUPER BOWL THIS MONDAY.  THE CITY IF FINALIZING DETAILS ON WHERE LOCATIONS OF THE N-F-L EXPERIENCE WOULD TAKE PLACE, AS WELL AS PARTIES AND AN INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY.  IF INDIANAPOLIS WINS THE BID, THE GAME WOULD BE PLAYED AT LUCAS OIL STADIUM AND WOULD DRAW IN AN ESTIMATED $300 MILLION.

Students scare motorists while filming school project

SEVEN POLICE OFFICERS FROM THREE DEPARTMENTS RUSHED TOWARD THE DELAWARE-MADISON COUNTY LINE WEDNESDAY IN RESPONSE TO A 911 CALL OF A MAN HOLDING ANOTHER MAN AT GUNPOINT ON A COUNTY ROAD CLOSE BY.  HOWEVER, AUTHORITIES SAY FOUR TEENAGE BOYS WERE INSTEAD FILMING A MOVIE FOR A SCHOOL PROJECT.  THE BOYS, AGES 13 TO 17 YEARS OLD, WERE RELEASED FROM THE SCENE AFTER THEY APOLOGIZED TO OFFICERS AND SHOOK HANDS.  AN AIRGUN THAT RESEMBLED A BERETTA HAND GUN WAS CONFISCATED AS WELL AS A BATON AND BLACK BASEBALL CAP WITH THE WORD “POLICE” ON IT.

Senate passes slot machine bill

A BILL TO ALLOW SLOT MACHINES AT INDIANA’S TWO HORSE TRACKS TOOK ANOTHER STEP FORWARD THURSDAY.   THE STATE SENATE PASSED A BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW 1,500 SLOT MACHINES AT HOOSIER PARK IN ANDERSON AND INDIANA DOWNS IN SHELBYVILLE. IT IS NOW UP TO THE HOUSE TO APPROVE CHANGES MADE BY THE SENATE OR NEGOTIATE A FINAL VERSION. A VERSION OF THE BILL ALREADY PASSED IN THE HOUSE. HOWEVER, THAT BILL CALLS FOR MORE SLOTS AT EACH TRACK AND A LICENSE FEE OF $100 MILLION.  GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS SAYS HE HAS NOT DECIDED IF HE WOULD VETO THE BILL IF IT REACHES HIS DESK.

Marion community center up for sale

A GRANT COUNTY COMMUNITY CENTER IS FOR SALE.  THE CLARENCE FAULKNER COMMUNITY CENTER IN MARION HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR A SHERIFF’S SALE FOR OWING NEARLY $140 THOUSAND IN PAST DUE MORTGAGE PAYMENTS.  THE PROPERTY IS UP FOR SALE AT 10 A.M. ON APRIL 10 AT THE GRANT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.

Indy teen charged with murder

AN INDIANAPOLIS TEENAGER WAS FORMALLY CHARGED WITH MURDER YESTERDAY. MARION COUNTY PROSECUTORS SAY 14-YEAR-OLD ROBERT WOODS SHOT AND KILLED 39-YEAR-OLD HERBERT PATTON ON WEDNESDAY, AFTER THE TWO GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT OVER REPAIRS ON A VAN.  WOODS IS THE YOUNGEST PERSON IN MARION COUNTY CHARGED WITH MURDER IN FOUR YEARS AND IS FACING THE EQUIVALENT OF MURDER, RESISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CARRYING A HANDGUN WITHOUT A PERMIT IN ADULT COURT.

Yorktown shuts off water overnight to connect water main

YORKTOWN RESIDENTS WILL HAVE TO DO WITHOUT WATER AFTER 9 O’CLOCK THIS EVENING.  THE TOWN IS SHUTTING OFF WATER IN ORDER TO CONNECT SEVEN MAINS TO A NEW WATER MAIN ALONG SMITH STREET.  THE CONNECTIONS SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY 3:30 A.M. SATURDAY.  SEVERAL AREAS AROUND YORKTOWN WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE SHUT DOWN, INCLUDING THOSE SOUTH OF RIVER ROAD, NORTH OF CORNBREAD ROAD, WEST OF SARASOTA DRIVE AND EAST OF THE DOLLAR GENERAL ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN.  ONCE THE PROJECT IS COMPLETE, A BOIL ORDER WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR AT LEAST 48 HOURS UNTIL SAMPLES CAN BE TESTED ON SUNDAY.

Anderson man sentenced to Federal Prison for selling illegal software on E-bay

AN ANDERSON MAN WAS SENTENCED TO MORE THAN TWO YEARS IN A FEDERAL PRISON FOR SELLING COUNTERFEIT SOFTWARE ON E-BAY. 36-YEAR-OLD COURTNEY SMITH WAS ALSO FINED $2 THOUSAND AND ORDERED TO PAY FIVE-THOUSAND-TWO-HUNDRED DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION. SMITH WAS SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS OF SUPERVISED RELEASE WHEN HIS 27-MONTH PRISON TERM ENDS. FEDERAL JUDGE SARAH EVANS BARKER HANDED OUT THE SENTENCE FOR TRAFFICKING IN COPYRIGHT-INFRINGING SOFTWARE.

Muncie woman sentenced on manslaughter charge

A MUNCIE WOMAN WAS SENTENCED TO 25-YEARS IN PRISON YESTERDAY AFTER SHE WAS CONVICTED OF VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER LAST MONTH.  43-YEAR-OLD TAMARA DRUMM COULD HAVE RECEIVED ANYWHERE FROM 20 TO 50 YEARS IN PRISON FOR HER CONNECTION TO THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HER BOYFRIEND RICK KUMER IN 2006.  DRUMM’S ATTORNEY JACK QUIRK ARGUED, HOWEVER, THAT SHE SUFFERED FROM BATTERED WOMAN SYNDROM AND KILLED KUMMER IN SELF-DEFENSE.

Freinds search for missing Hartford City man

FRIENDS OF A HARTFORD CITY MAN WHO HAS BEEN MISSING FOR ALMOST TWO WEEKS WOULD LIKE TO FIND HIM.  51-YEAR-OLD RONNIE KRAVIS HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE MARCH 18 WHEN HIS TRUCK WAS DISCOVERED LAST WEEK AT LAKE MOHEE WITH A FLAT TIRE.  KRAVIS’ FRIEND FRANK COLLINS THINKS HE MAY HAVE WENT TO LOOK FOR HELP AND FELL DOWN A CREEK BED OR INTO A RAVINE.  A SEARCH PARTY IS BEING ORGANIZED TO MEET AT 9 A.M. SATURDAY AT THE OJC TRUCKING COMPANY.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON KRAVIS IS ASKED TO CALL DENNIS SMITH AT 765-499-1961.