Senator robbed yesterday in Indianapolis

Senator Sue Errington was robbed yesterday in Indianapolis.  Two men, one who was armed with a pistol, mugged Errington about 9:30 p.m. Monday at CVS as she was going to her car. One of the robbers hit Errington in the eye with his fist as she clutched her purse, knocking her to the ground. Errington was treated and released at St. Vincent Hospital, receiving seven stitches on her eyelid for a cut. Also, she received a fracture, that did not require surgery.

Some Southside students have new classrooms

Some Muncie Southside students have new classroom assignments.  The school started using the newly built 16-classroom transitional building yesterday.  The new building will be used as classrooms in the main building are renovated. After all renovations have been complete, the building will be used as a gymnasium. Work is scheduled to be complete in 2008.

Man gets 55 years in prison, says it was self defence

A man who claims he shot another man in self-defense was sentenced to a 55-year prison term Monday. 22-year-old Orlando Branson shot Marco Hampton on November 13th, 2005 in the victim’s East Jackson Street apartment. Authorities said Hampton was in the process of selling marijuana to Branson when Hampton reportedly told Branson something was wrong with the cash and gunfire broke out. Branson still maintains that the shooting was self defense.

Traffic Fatalities down in Indiana

Traffic fatalities have continued a downward trend the last 3 years in Indiana.  A provisional count shows 868 people died in traffic crashes this year.  This figure compares to 938 killed in 2005 and 947 killed in 2004.  Law enforcement officials believe the downward spiral can be attributed to more than one factor.  Seat belt usage is up across Indiana, dedicated patrol efforts on high accident ratio roadways, education, and more median dividers erected on interstates to help prevent cross-over head-on collisions.

Man gets 16 years, over dirty frying pan

A Muncie man received 16 years in prison after shooting a neighbor. The whole incident started over a dirty frying pan. 36 year-old Daniel Bollinger shot 46 year-old Ernest Ball, after Ball’s wife was doing the dishes in Bollinger’s bathroom sink. When Bollinger found a grease ring on the toilet from a dirty frying pan, the two men got in a argument, and Ball was shot in the side with a handgun. Ball had to undergo surgery at Ball Memorial Hospital.

Wal-Mart Grand Opening

Wal-mart is gearing up for the Grand Opening on the Southside of Anderson. the newest two hundred thousand square foot superstore will have its grand opening on January 19th.

The new store will bring close to 300 jobs to Anderson, and surrounding areas.

Book by children for doctors

Riley hospital in Indianapolis has come up with what is believed to be first: A book of art that lets medical professionals understand the concerns of children that are in the hospital. Patients between 5 and 17 drew pictures and wrote text that has been remade by professional artist. The kids were only told one thing, make a drawing of how they wanted to be treated in the hospital.

Anderson man gets 12 years

An 18-year-old Anderson man will spend the next six years in prison for his role in an armed robbery plot at a city motel in September.

Virgil “Shane” McGuire was sentenced to 12 years by a Madison Superior Court Judge for a singe charge of armed robbery, two years for an unrelated charge of intimidation, and one year for a domestic battery.

Ice storm – two years later

January 5, 2005 – if you lived in East Central Indiana on that date two years ago, you remember what was going on.  A huge ice storm caked tree limbs and power lines with at least a half-inch of ice.  90% of Indiana-Michigan’s cutomers in the region lost power.  I&M spokesman Jim Riggle says company officials learned they need to better communicate with customers.  Meanwhile the company’s tree-trimming program continues.  Riggle says it’s only 20% complete.

Delaware County Emergency Management Director Bill Gosnell says they’ve improved the Emergency Operations and 911 Communications Center in the basement of the Justice Center in the two years since the storm.  He also says lines of communication need to be better with community agencies, although they were already pretty good before the ice storm struck.