U.N. might deploy multi-national force in Gaza

A multi-national force may be deployed in Gaza.  U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the possibility with the Security Council on Wednesday after the idea was brought about by Israeli and Palestinian leaders.  No decision was made after Ban’s monthly meeting with the 15 council ambassadors.

Pastors avoid jail time in Marion County

Marion County prosecutors and five clergy members signed diversion agreements yesterday and agreed to pay 150-dollar fines for blocking a Downtown Indianapolis building last month.  The pastors were protesting to show support for janitors on May 17th at Market Tower on Market Street.  Reverend Darren Cushman-Wood says the clergymen were protesting what they say were “poverty wages” being paid to the people who clean the building.  He says they were targeting Executive Management Services, the company that holds the janitorial contract for Market Tower.

Announcement to be made on transmission factory Monday

Governor Daniels will join officials from the Chrysler Group and Getrag Corporate Group on Monday to announce plans to build a transmission factory in Tipton County.  The facility could employ more than one-thousand people. The 700-thousand square-foot factory is expected to cost about 560-million dollars.  The announcement will take place at the Tipton County Courthouse and will provide detail on the site selection and when the factory plans to start production.

Dana hopes to continue leasing from Penske

Dana Corporation is hoping a bankruptcy court to keep leasing trucks from Penske LP.  The company says it would allow them to maintain a positive and healthy relationship with an important customer.  Court papers filed on Friday state that Dane agreed to keep leasing 55 trailers and 185 tractors in the United States and 30 trailers in Canada from Penske.  However, the company says they are planning to outsource its parts shipping.

Marion car dealer denied appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals denied an appeal of a Marion used car dealer’s federal court sentence.  41-year-old Edwin Blinn, Jr. is currently serving a 16-month sentence at the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Institution on a money laundering charge.  He says the 16-month term plus a year of home detention exceeds the maximum 20 month imprisonment made in a plea agreement.  Prosecutors in the case say Blinn sold five cars to a drug-trafficking organization to help conceal the proceeds of their marijuana sales.

Grant Co. fire departments battle blaze at restaurant

Several Grant County fire departments were called to fight a blaze at a former restaurant. Firefighters from four different departments were called to the scene of the Crossroads Restaurant at Indiana 9 and 22. A motel structure that was attached to the building did not burn. The building was empty at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Lambert denied clemency by Daniels

Governor Mitch Daniels has denied a petition from convicted cop-killer Michael Lambert for clemency.  That means his execution is currently on schedule to take place at midnight tonight at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.  Lambert was sentenced to be put to death in 1992 for the murder of Muncie Police Officer Greg Winters while being transported to the Delaware County Jail.

Anderson city council at odds with mayor on traffic lights

Traffic lights recently added at an Anderson intersection to change 13th Street from a one-way road to a two-way.  Mayor Kevin Smith says the one-way streets are keeping possible retailers from coming to downtown Anderson.  However, some city council members are in disagreement with the mayor’s decision.  The council held a meeting last night to discuss some of the issues involved with changing several more streets to two-way thoroughfares.

Crash involving cement truck kills 83-year-old woman

An 83-year-old woman was killed yesterday when the car she was riding in was struck by a loaded cement truck at Cowan Road and Indiana 67.  Delaware County Coroner Jim Clevenger said Dortha Koger died on the scene from multiple blunt traumatic injuries to the head.  Her husband, 80-year-old Elmer Koger, was also seriously injured in the accident.   Delaware County police Lieutenant Arlan Jackson says 26-year-old Brandon Phillips was the driver of the cement truck.  Witnesses said they believe Koger had the right-of-way when Phillips entered the intersection and broadsided the car.

Ex-UAW workers to share $200 thousand

Former United Auto Workers in Anderson will split 200-thousand dollars from the sale of the local union hall.  The building was sold after maintenance workers lost benefits and pension supplements last year, due to the Local 662 making spending cuts related to a drop-off in membership.  A total of ten former employees will share the money from the sale.