Collecting food

The Martin Luther King Junior Dream Team is sponsoring a Delaware County food drive now through March 2.  Non-perishable food items can be donated at any school among Muncie Community Schools, any Muncie fire station or any Muncie Public Library facility.  Many other schools around the county are also participating, but you should contact those schools first before dropping off any items.  All food will be distributed by Christian Ministries of Delaware County and will remain in Delaware County.

Fatal fire

A Portland house fire Monday night killed a man.  John Shoopman, 41, was found inside the one-story home at 415 W. Votaw Street.  Firefighters arrived two minutes after receiving the call, but couldn’t rescue the victim.  The blaze damaged the living room of the home, but the rest of the house suffered extensive heat and smoke damage.

Police chase suspect in blizzard

An unidentified suspect is in custody after leading Delaware and Grant County and Indiana State Police on a high-speed pursuit along I-69 during Tuesday’s blizzard.  Officials say a drug bust gone wrong led to the chase that started at State Road 28 in Delaware County and ended when the suspect hit stop sticks and crashed at the 59-mile marker in Grant County.  Delaware County deputy Lenny Popp, an undercover narcotics officer and Popp’s K-9 unit weren’t hurt when the SUV they were in rolled at the end of the chase.

Worker hurt

An Anderson Department of Water worker suffered a cut face while plowing snow Tuesday.  Mike Hughes was thrown into the windshield when the blade on his backhoe snagged a manhole.  The backhoe also suffered ten-thousand dollars in damage in the accident.


The National Weather Service has issued a BLIZZARD WARNING until midnight Tuesday for the entire listening area. Hear what local leaders and weather experts are saying about the situation with News Director Tom Hammond-

tombillgosnell.mp3 -Delaware County Emergency Management Director Bill Gosnell

tomchucklofton.mp3 -Channel 13’s Chuck Lofton

tomkevinsmith.mp3 -Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith

tomloganjohnson.mp3 -Meteorologist Logan Johnson of the Indianapolis National Weather Service office

tomwayneseybold.mp3 -Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold

tomcrbrown.mp3 -Madison County Emergency Management Director C.R. Brown

tomdougbrown.mp3-Muncie Street Commissioner Doug Brown

tommikeburns.mp3 -Sgt. Mike Burns of the ISP Pendleton post

Big drug bust

Muncie and Delaware County narcotics officers think they’ve taken a big bite out of the county’s drug trade after making the biggest cocaine seizure in the county’s history. A traffic stop by Daleville Police led to the discovery of five pounds of marijuana and three-and-a-half kilograms of cocaine. In its pure form the cocaine was worth around $350,000 to drug dealers. After conversion into crack it would’ve been worth around $750,000 on the street. Police arrested Christopher Bryant of Muncie after the seizure. Officials say his arrest is a continuation of drug raids that occurred just before Christmas, and that more arrests are possible.

Attorneys want case against officer tossed out of court

Attorneys for a former Ball State police officer are asking a federal judge to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against their client.  Robert Duplain shot and killed student Michael McKinney outside a North Street home in Muncie in November of 2003.  They contest claims from expert witnesses for Michael McKinney’s family that their son was shot before he charged an officer, and that two eyewitnesses confirm Duplain’s story.  Duplain shot McKinney after responding to a burglary in progress call.  It turns out McKinney, who was drunk, went to the wrong house.

School system leader to retire

The Delaware Community School Board will be searching for a new superintendent soon. Stephen Gookins will retire from the Delcom Schools effective June 30.  Gookins was hired in April of 1999 after Marlin Creasy left to become superintendent of the Muncie Community Schools.

Man dies from accident injuries

A Greenwood man who died in a Friday accident in Grant County likely died from crash injuries and not a medical condition.  Police say James Newbrough Jr., 41, ran the stop light at State Roads 22 and 37 and crashed into a semi driven by Robert Davis, 72 of Zellwood, Florida.  Grant County Coroner Stephen Dorsey says Newbrough died from blunt force trauma caused by the crash.

Conviction maintained for Muncie man

The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Muncie man stemming from an attack on his ex-wife.  Dentric “Deak” Vance, 42, was found guilty of criminal confinement, battery resulting in serious bodily injury and three counts of criminal recklessness.  The court rejected claims by Vance’s attorney that prosecutors asked a leading question of the woman.  The court also ruled that sentences on the criminal recklessness convictions should be served concurrently rather than consecutively.