Blood program to change

Ball Memorial Hospital plans to close its blood bank this spring.  The Indiana Blood Center plans to open a clinic at Northwest Plaza next to Chuck E. Cheese by the end of May.  The change is the result of a partnership between the blood center and PA Labs, which operated the hospital’s blood bank in recent years.

MC back to normal

Classes resumed as scheduled Tuesday at Monroe Central Elementary School, just a couple of weeks after a small fire in the school’s art room.  Supt. Zach Rozelle says the cleanup of the smoke damage went well.  He hasn’t seen a bill on the cleanup yet, but says that insurance will cover nearly all of the expense, minus the deductible.

New assessor eliminates job

New Grant County Assessor Tami Martin has eliminated the position of supervisor for the reassessment department. It just so happens that job was held by Jerry Walters, the wife of former Assessor Jay Walters, who support Martin’s opponent in the primary election.

Man stabbed, argues with "Armed and Famous" cop

A Muncie man who led an effort to get Broadway Avenue changed to Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard was stabbed in the leg during a domestic incident Wednesday night. Police also arrested Cynthia Shouse, 28.  She was charged with domestic battery with a deadly weapon after allegedly stabbing Randall Sims. During the incident Sims, 53, got into a loud argument with celebrity reserve police officer Erik Estrada. Police believe alcohol was also a factor in the case.

Commission gets trio of new members

Muncie Mayor Dan Canan has announced three new appointments to the Delaware County Convention and Tourism Commission as he considers a plan to consolidate the board with the Delaware County Civic Center Authority.  Former Mayor Alan Wilson, Linda Gregory and interim Downtown Development Director Ken Hughes were named to the commission.

Pair arrested in restaurant robbery

A pair of Anderson residents has been formally charged in the robbery of a Rally’s on Scatterfield Road last month.  Anthony Gray, 24, and Valerie Ann Tripp, 19, are being held.  Tripp, a manager at the restaurant, allegedly plotted with another employee to commit the robbery.  That person is not yet in custody.

Firefighter still hospitalized

An Upland firefighter remains in critical condition at Fort Wayne Parkview Hospital after being hurt battling a Wednesday afternoon house fire. Sidney Hall fell through a hole in the floor and into the home’s basement. Seven other firefighters were also injured trying to rescue hall. They’ve all been released from Marion General Hospital.