Crown Hill resolution expected soon

A decision is expected Wednesday in a longtime dispute in the land sale of the Indianapolis Crown Hill Cemetery. Mann Properties and the Butler Tarkington neighborhood association have been in dispute over development on the site. The Metropolitan Development Commission is expected to give their decision Wednesday.

State Legislation on Metal, Wiretaping

Indiana House Bill 1324 will address metal theft. With the rising theft of aluminum and copper, the bill will require anyone selling scrap to show an ID. The bill cleared the house unanimously and will now go to hearing in the Senate. Another bill originating in the Senate, Bill 411 is now in the house. It would allow police to tap cell phones and e-mail. The current law only allows for land line interceptions. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is opposing the bill.

Fatal Interstate Accident

A car crash on Interstate 69 killed a 19-year old Hamilton County woman this morning near State Road 332. The woman had ventured North on the Southbound lanes of the highway. A semi and SUV were involved in the crash. The drivers of both were transported to Ball Memorial Hospital.

Remembering Tom Hammond

Viewing for our friend and Backyard Broadcasting News Director Tom Hammond is 4 – 8 p.m. at Elm Ridge in Muncie. A private service will be held Monday. Memorials are requested in Tom’s name to Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) and the Muncie Southside Band Boosters. Additionally, a TOM HAMMOND NEWS SCHOLARSHIP has been set up by Nancy Carlson at the Ball State TCOM department. It is listed under BSU Foundation Acct. # 7450. Checks should be made payable to BSU Foundation Account #7450 with the words Tom Hammond written somewhere on the check.

Sentencing for convicted child abuser

A Muncie man convicted of child abuse in the battery of his own stepdaughter was sentenced yesterday to 40 years in jail, the maximum allowed under terms of a plea agreement. Aaron Conwell pleaded guilty last month to battery counts related to an extended period of abuse against his stepdaughter, then-two-year-old Haley Benson, from July 2005 to October 2005. Conwell’s wife, the mother of Haley Benson, has also been charged in relation to the abuse, with counts of neglect. Thurma Conwell will appear in court next month, where she is also expected to plead guilty.

Assault and battery arrest

Muncie police arrested a man in connection to a suspected assault and confinement. Perdo Gene Isom is held without bond today in the Delaware County jail on charges of assault, battery and confinement and is accused of battering, assaulting and threatening a woman in her own apartment on Sunday. Isom has a previous record, having served a five year sentence on a burglary conviction 15 years ago.

Repaving contractor selected

Muncie’s Board of Public Works and Safety has awarded a contract for a repaving effort that will see 12 miles of city streets worked this summer. E&B Paving had the wining bid, securing a $1.1 Million contract that will see much work in neighborhoods and side streets. A major effort will also repave Walnut street south of Downtown to the intersection with Memorial Drive. In all, 41 streets are slated for work in the project.

Man stabs son; still on the lam

An Indianapolis man is wanted on charges of stabbing his 11-month old son in the back and throwing him out of a car window. Kevin Chandler allegedly attacked his son after an argument with the boy’s mother Wednesday night. Chandler fled in his car, a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu, that was later recovered by Speedway Police. Chandler remains at large. The child, Devin Chandler, is in stable condition at Riley Hospital.

Archeological treasure or abandoned farm?

Yorktown residents are debunking claims that a site near State Road 32 is a Woodland Indian gathering place, with their own claims that the ground is actually an abandoned muskrat farm. Ball State University archeological researchers were set to investigate the land earlier this week but have delayed plans due to flood waters. The site was brought to the researchers’ attention by the Delaware County Office of Geographic Information Systems, which has aerial photography that suggests a ditch on the site could have been created 2 millennia ago by the Hopewell-Adena people. However, local residents suggest that the site was actually a failed attempt by farmers to raise muskrats in the early 20th Century. Ball State scientists hope to return to the site once it again is dry to resume their studies.

Muncie sanitary project costs up

A project authorized by the Muncie Board of Sanitary Commissioners to rebuild the city’s sewage works is facing cost overruns. Metal mounts in the drive units of the settling tanks have eroded and require replacement, a cost not anticipated in the original project design. In spite of the overrun, the project remains on budget, thanks to a contingency plan incorporated into the project.