Woman seriously injured in ice-related accident

A Winchester woman was seriously injured in an accident Thursday morning.  44-year-old Zanetta Baker was eastbound on Indiana 32 when she lost control of her vehicle after she hit a patch of ice around 7:30 a.m.  Police say her sport-utility vehicle flipped four times after she drove over an embankment and was ejected.  Baker was able to talk some at the scene, complaining of back and leg pain. She was taken to St. Vincent’s Randolph Hospital and then flown to Miami ValleyHospital in Dayton Ohio.  Indiana state police from Redkey responded to six or so ice-related wrecks in Randolph, Jay, Blackford, Delaware and Grant counties Thursday morning.

Mother and boyfriend charged in 4-year-old's death

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi filed charges Thursday against a woman and her boyfriend for the death of her four-year-old son.  23-year-old Christopher Montgomery is facing a murder charge after police say he tied up Elijah Simpson and fatally beat him after he would not stop sucking his thumb.  Elijah’s mother, 24-year-old Courtney Simpson was charged with felony neglect and drug charges.  If convicted, Montgomery could face up to 196 years in prison and Simpson could face up to 108 years.

Couple found dead in Carmel home

Two bodies were found dead in a Carmel home yesterday.  Hamilton County Police say 32-year-old Rebecca Payne and a male companion 35-year-old George Benner were found by Payne’s mother, Deborah Lambka at about 11:15 a.m.   Hamilton County Sheriff’s Spokesman Major Mark Bowen declined to say how the two died, but says there was evidence of trauma. Police arrested the woman’s ex-husband when he surrendered in Covington, Indiana, but he has not been charged.  A restraining order had been filed against Rebecca Payne’s ex-husband, Toby Payne, in February in a Marion county court, according to Bowen.

Teenager arrested in connection to 'stray bullet' death

An 18-year-old was arrested Thursday in connection to the shooting death of a mother killed by a stray bullet inside her Indianapolis apartment.  Police say Jeffery Whitsey turned himself into Bishop Larry Grinstead of the Puritan Baptist cChurch on west 27th street.  Whitsey says he turned himself in because other witnesses had identified him as the person who fired the shot that killed 22-year-old Jamitra Mitchell.  Whitsey is currently being held without bond.

Toddlers found near railroad tracks in Anderson

Two toddlers found wandering half-naked in cold temperatures near railroad tracks in Anderson were taken into protective custody Wednesday.  Detective Joel Sandefur says a witness reported seeing the boys partially clothed and wandering in the 1700 block of Jefferson Street near the Conrail rail line at about 4:45 p.m.  The one-year-old was reportedly wearing nothing but a t-shirt while the three-year-old was only wearing pants.  A canvas of the area later found the younger boy’s mother, who is the older boy’s sister and lives in the same area where the two were found.  She apparently was asleep and unaware the two were not at home.

Grant County native killed in Iraq

Another Hoosier has died in Iraq.  Staff sergeant Bradley King was killed earlier this week by an IED while riding in a Humvee during combat operations in Al Amiriya, Iraq. King was a 1998 graduate of Mississinewa HighSschool and was serving in Iraq since September.  Lieutenant Colonel Deedra Thombelson says king was with the 152nd infantry since 1997 and was originally stationed in Marion.  74 Hoosiers have died since the start of the war in 2003.

Marion police search for missing teenager

A 17-year-old girl missing since last Saturday is the focus of a search by the Marion Police Department.  Police say Lindsey Downin was on a supervised visit with her parents on Saturday when she went missing.  She was last seen around 3:30 a.m. at the Days inn and suites at Indiana 18 and i-69.  Downin is a resident of the new horizon youth ministry in Marion.  Anyone with information on the location of Downin is asked to call the Marion Police Department at 765-662-9981, and ask for detective Larry Shaw.

MITS to continue bus service through summer

An early morning and late night bus service will continue to run through this summer.  MITS will continue its Job Connection service after two days of public hearings found no support for ending the service.  Muncie public transportation board chairman J.B. Black, Jr. Says the service will not be stopped and wants a solution to the $185 thousand cost.  Several human service agencies have stepped forward to collaborate on funding grants or other funds to help the service.

City offices closed; federal offices open

City offices in Muncie, New Castle, Dunkirk, Portland, Whichester and Parker City will be closed today and Hartford City offices will close at noon, due to the Good Friday holiday.  All state offices and license branches will be closed, however all federal offices, post offices and banks will remain open.

Two arrested in home invasion

Two Muncie men were arrested after they allegedly used a gun to threaten a man inside his house.  19-year-old Mortize Kirkland and 18-year-old Johnny Kirkland are facing charges of burglary and criminal recklessness.  Police say the two men, along with two others, went to a house on Penn street and confronted 46-year-old Jeffery Stewart.  Stewart says the men accused him of “taking their work,” a slang term for taking their drugs. The four men backed Stewart into his house where they pulled a gun and later fired shots into the air when they left.