SUV slides into river; no one hurt

Muncie police say a woman wasn’t injured when her SUV plunged into the frigid White River along Bunch Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.  The woman apparently slid on some ice, went down the river embankment and across about 100 feet of river ice before the ice broke.  The vehicle was submerged up to its windows.

No combined trials in accident

A Delaware County judge has ruled that two drivers who struck and killed a woman along State Road 32 on Muncie’s western edge will be tried separately.   Kevin Barton, 44 of Springport, and Steven Brinkley, 22 of Anderson, both face charges including failure to return to the scene of an accident resulting in death and drunk driving.  Jamie Beaty, 23, was killed in the incident along Kilgore Avenue in early October.

Park needs more work

Supporters of a special needs park planned in Marion’s Matter Park says the park is superficial and continues to ignore the needs of people with special needs.  The problem is a lack of playground equipment for young people in wheelchairs.

Man shot

Marion police are investigating a shooting incident that left a Gas City man with a back wound.  Kyle Wineinger, 22, was shot at Maplewood Village located at 1515 S. Miller Avenue, Lot 25 early Wednesday morning.  Officials say most everyone had left the residence by the time police arrived.  Police did arrest the home’s occupant, Demetric Smith, 22, on marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance charges.

Nevels wants his own term

A Marion man who was appointed to the city council last year has filed to run for his own term.  Reggie Nevels will seek a Republican nomination in Council Ward Six.  21 people have filed to run for the nine city council seats so far.

Snow storm causes many problems

A quick-moving “Alberta Clipper” storm system dropped 3-6 inches on many  parts of Central Indiana Tuesday.  In East Central Indiana problems abounded on the roads with numerous slideoffs and crashes.  At one point police closed southbound I-69 in Madison County due to all the problems.  Officials say the accidents were caused by people driving too fast for the road conditions.

Canan makes final address

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Muncie Mayor Dan Canan looks out to the audience during his annual State of the City address

Muncie Mayor Dan Canan addressed economic development, downtown and southside revitalization and other issues during his State of the City address Tuesday.  300 people attended the talk during the Muncie Rotary Club luncheon at the Horizon Convention Center.  It was Canan’s last State of the City address since he won’t run for a fourth term.  Canan says he won’t tell his successor how to do the job of running the city.

Trio charged in homicide

Anderson police are now holding three people in connection with the shooting death of Damian Hopkins late Sunday.  Jerell Owens, 21 of Anderson, Richard Wilson Jr., 19 of Indianapolis, and Perry Thompson, 22 of Anderson, all face various charges. The trio made initial court appearances Tuesday and the Madison County prosecutor’s office has until Friday to file formal charges. Officials believe Hopkins was killed in a dispute over gambling.  He was shot in the head and dragged outside an apartment at the Oaks Apartments along 38th Street.

Slide on hold

Officials with the Elwood Park Board say installation of a slide at the municipal pool may not happen this year.  Budgetary issues are the reason.  The Elwood City Council won’t get more information from the state on this year’s budget until next month.