ACLU files suit over jail conditions

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Grant County government in an attempt to bring down the population of the county jail.  The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Fort Wayne.  The jail’s listed capacity is 274 inmates, and records show the jail population has been above that mark almost every day for at least five years.

Woman dies in crash that closes intersection for extended period

A Muncie woman died from injuries suffered  in a crash on the city’s west side Monday afternoon, and the accident left a busy intersection closed after a water main broke.  Police say Ruth Matson, 77, was westbound on Jackson Street when she turned into the path of an eastbound pickup truck driven by Joseph Allardt, 26.  Matson died during surgery at Ball Memorial Hospital. Her car struck a fire hydrant, and as a tow truck removed the car the water main broke, washing out a large chunk of pavement at the intersection of Jackson and Tillotson Avenue.  It could be a couple of days before final repairs are made.

Woman robs drug store

Noblesville police are looking for a woman wearing a black hooded sweatshirt who robbed a CVS pharmacy early Sunday morning.  The woman entered the store, demanded drugs from the pharmacist and then fled.  The woman took OxyContin, methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Funny money reappears

Marion police are investigating new reports of counterfeit money.  At least one business in the North Park Mall received a counterfeit $100 bill over the weekend.  It’s believed the bills were actually $5 bills that had the numbers bleached out and reprinted, meaning that the special pen used to identify fake money won’t work.

Limited discussion

The Yorktown Town Council Monday approved new rules for public comments during meetings.  The rules give the council president more authority in limiting comments.  Public comments will also be allowed at the beginning of the meeting rather than at the end and all comments were limited to two minutes at the president’s discretion.

Truck carrying hogs overturns

A truck hauling hogs to market was involved in a crash along State Road 18 near Montpelier in Blackford County Monday morning.  Police say Janis Cornett of Converse had to swerve to avoid a car that turned in front of her.  The truck ended up on its side in a ditch.  Cornett wasn’t hurt, but eight hogs died in the accident.

Work continues on mission building

Construction is proceeding well on the new Muncie Mission structure planned near Memorial Drive and Liberty Street according to Rev. Ray Raines, the mission’s executive director.  The basement is taking shape and walls could start going up soon.  The mission still needs to raise about $300,000 toward the building’s $3.5 million cost.  Raines says they also need to raise funds to pay for new furnishings in the 92-bed facility.  Furnishings in the old mission on High Street are wearing out.

Slippery conditions result from snowfall

Road clearing efforts will continue around the area following Sunday’s snowfall.  About three inches of snow blanketed much of the area.  Few accidents are reported following the most significant snowfall we’ve had this winter.  The National Weather Service does have a Winter Weather Advisory out for freezing drizzle this morning.

Man gets jail sentence cut

The Lewisville man convicted in a hit-and-run fatal car-pedestrian accident will get out of jail next month on early release.  Andrew Saunders, 25, earned 311 days in credits for good behavior and earned a collegiate associates degree in general studies.  Saunders pleaded guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving while intoxicated in the February, 2005 accident that killed  Thomas Jackman, 56 of New Castle.  Saunders is the son of State Representative Tom Saunders.