Prison guard charged

An Indianapolis woman and guard at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility is on unpaid leave after an incident involving her ex-boyfriend.  Mary Johnson, 34, allegedly spat in the man’s face and then scratched obscenities in his vehicle in Markleville last week.  Johnson faces battery and criminal mischief charges as a result of those incidents.

City hall dedicated

Noblesville officials got a chance to show off the city’s expanded and renovated city hall Tuesday.  Around 500 people attended an open house at the building that also served as the building’s dedication.  The $17.9 million project wrapped up in November.

Minor injuries in accident

A woman suffered upper leg pain after a rollover crash in Grant County around mid-day yesterday.  Tina Enriquez, 30, was westbound on Grant County Road 400S when she slid on some ice.  Her SUV left the south side of the road, hit a dirt embankment and flipped onto its passenger side.  The vehicle then slid before landing back on its wheels.

Hats in the ring again

Three current members of the Muncie City Council have announced plans to run for re-election.  At-large councilman Bill Shroyer, District One councilman Sam Marshall and District Three councilwoman Mary Jo Barton held a joint announcement at Delaware County Democratic Party headquarters.

Fairgrounds to get new building

The Hamilton County 4H Council will open a new, 10,000 squarefoot multipurpose building at the county fairgrounds by summer.  The county council has approved the $154,000 project that is being paid for through donations.  It will primarily be used for llamas during the county fair, but other programs can also be held in the building.

Police pursuit in Carmel

Carmel police were led on a chase Tuesday morning.  They initially stopped Jeffrey Banziger for speeding on Carmel Drive.  He then allegedly refused to get out of his car and led police on a chase that ended with his car hitting a couple of trees along Gray Road.  Banziger only suffered minor injuries, and police claim he refused a breath test.  He was then taken to a hospital for a blood-alcohol test.

Road project trimmed

The Indiana Department of Transportation has reduced the scope of plans to reconstruct State Road 32 east of Winchester.  The move came after property owners in the area voiced opposition to giving up their land.  A mile stretch from U.S. 27 to Randolph County Road 100E will be widened to three lanes, while turn lanes will be added in a couple of other locations.

Candidate filing begins

Wednesday marks the start of filing for the May primary elections.  The filing period ends February 23.  Municipal elections are on the docket this year, including many town council, city council and mayoral positions.