Transfer takes place

The transfer of the truck driver accused in the Taylor University van crash is official.  Robert Spencer was moved from Grant County to Jay County Tuesday.  Spencer’s trial has been moved to Jay County in a change of venue due to excessive pre-trial publicity.  Spencer faces nine felony charges in the crash that killed five people.

Sheriff getting a pay raise

Delaware County Sheriff George Sheridan and the Delaware County Council signed a new payment contract Tuesday.  Sheridan’s contract will be bumped up from $91,000 to $96,000 a year.  In return the county will get the money Sheridan would normally get from the state for inmate meals or the collection of tax warrants.

Governor visits ECI school

Governor Mitch Daniels visited Union City Community High School at the invitation of student Mara Mote Tuesday.  Mote invited the governor to the school after trying to conduct an interview with him four months ago, only to have the battery in her digital camera run out of power.  That interview occurred during the groundbreaking for the new Cardinal Ethanol plant between Winchester and Union City.

Murder trial close to wrapping up

A jury could get the murder case involving a Muncie woman as soon as Wednesday.  Tamara Drumm, 42, is accused in the shooting death of Rick Kummer outside Drumm’s home on Muncie’s southwest side in January of last year.  Testimony Tuesday centered on a videotaped confession where Drumm claimed Kummer, also 42, was a womanizer who abused her.

Enrollment changes possible in Carmel

Carmel-Clay school officials are considering an elementary redistricting plan.  Children in three neighborhoods would be shifted to Cherry Tree Elementary School.  There are concerns the change could hurt volunteer and fundraising efforts for Carmel Elementary School.

Senior community planned

The corner of Old Meridian and U.S. 31 in Carmel could be the site of another retirement community.  The city’s plan commission is considering a request from developer for Sunrise Senior Living of McLean, West Virginia.  Two four-story buildings are planned.

Woman officially charged in fatal crash

Two formal felony counts have been filed against a Marion woman involved in a fatal car-pedestrian accident last Thursday.  Amber Fuller, 32, is charged with a class B felony count of causing a death while driving drunk and a similar class C felony charge.  The class B count stems from Fuller’s blood alcohol content being more than twice the legal limit.  Both charges were filed in anticipation of final blood work in the case.  One of the charges will be dropped once the final blood-alcohol content numbers are learned.  Fuller was driving a car that struck and killed 54-year-old Andrew Westerman.

Muncie Gras attendance down

Blame the combination of cold and snow with causing an attendance decline at this year’s Muncie Gras event in downtown Muncie.  According to Cheryl Crowder, the Downtown Muncie Development Special Events coordinator, they’ve never had snow on top of the cold conditions.  Even with that she’s pleased with how the event was pulled off.  As for any possible move to warmer months in the future Crowder says that’s up to the downtown board and the vendors associated with the event.