Changing the goal

Grant County United Way officials are re-evaluating their fundraising efforts.  They’re far short of the $1 million goal at $550,000.  They now want to beat last year’s final amount of $610,000.

Judge – no sentence reduction

Madison Circuit Court Judge Frederick Spencer has denied a request from a former Marion firefighter to shorten his sentence on charges of crimes against children.  The attorney for Josh Cunningham claimed nothing more than a four-year presumptive sentence was needed in this case.  Spencer ruled that the appellate court system should be allowed to take its course.

Bond issue defeated

A remonstrance petition drive in Sheridan against a $25 million bond issue for the school system has succeeded in stopping the project.  The money would’ve paid for a new elementary school and renovations to the middle and high schools.

Woman says she was tricked in escape attempt

The woman who helped an inmate get out of the New Castle Correctional Facility says she was tricked into getting him out of jail.  Jared Bailey apparently forged documents indicating he was being transferred to the Marion County Jail.  Indiana Department of Correction officials continue to investigate the incident.  The woman’s name hasn’t been released.

BSU students select new leaders

The U.N.I.T.E.D slate won Ball State’s student government elections Tuesday.  The margin of victory was around 300 votes over the “Vote Bare” slate.  The new Student Government Association President will be Betsy Mills.  The slate will be inaugurated March 21st.

Another arrest in robbery/shooting incident

A second Muncie teenager is being held in a shooting that occurred December 20.  Najee Montgomery, 18, is charged with robbery and possession of marijuana.  Montgomery and Deandre Ledsinger are accused with robbing Bradley Chappelle in his  home.  During the incident Chappelle retrieved his own gun and shot Ledsinger in self-defense.  Montgomery then left the scene.  The robbery apparently stemmed from a planned marijuana sale.