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.

Friday 1/5 sports briefs

The road to the Super Bowl begins Saturday afternoon for the Indianapolis Colts as they host Kansas City at the RCA Dome in the AFC Playoffs beginning at 4:30.

It’s a doubleheader Saturday for Ball State basketball…the men host Toledo at 1 p.m. and the women host Western Michigan beginning at 4:30.

Men’s action from Thursday night had IPFW over Anderson, Indiana State beat Creighton, IUPUI falling to Oakland and Valparaiso over Centenary.

The Pacers lost in Dallas 100-91.  They’re at New Orleans/Oklahoma City Saturday night.

Yorktown won the Delaware County wrestling meet Thursday night with Delta finishing second.  In dual meet action Muncie Central lost to Richmond.

It’s a big doubleheader weekend for a number of high school boy’s basketball teams.  Girl’s basketball from Thursday night had Muncie Southside over Blackford.

Boy’s swimming had Anderson Highland over Muncie Central, Muncie Southside over Adams Central, Blackford over Elwood, Delta over Pendleton Heights and Jay County falling to Bellmont.

Girl’s swimming had Anderson Highland over Muncie Central, Adams Central over Muncie Southside, Elwood over Blackford, Pendleton Heights over Delta and Jay County falling to Bellmont.

Art Shell is out as head coach of the Oakland Raiders…meanwhile Steelers head coach Bill Cowher will reportedly resign Friday, and Nick Saban was introduced Thursday as the new head coach at Alabama.

Randy Johnson has reportedly agreed to a contract extension with the Arizona Diamondbacks should his trade from the Yankees be completed.

Ice storm – two years later

January 5, 2005 – if you were living in East Central Indiana on that date two years ago you remember what happened.  A huge ice storm caked tree limbs and power lines with at least a half-inch of ice.  Over 90% of Indiana-Michigan’s customers in the region lost power.  Spokesman Jim Riggle says the company learned that it needs to do a better job of communicating what’s going on to customers. Meanwhile a tree-trimming effort has helped reduce the number of outages, but Riggle says the work is only 20% complete.  The tree-trimming project started in the company’s northern service area and made it this way in the months following the ice storm.

Meanwhile Delaware County Emergency Management Director Bill Gosnell says they’ve improved the emergency operations and 911 communications center and are better prepared to handle any future events like an ice storm.  Gosnell says they’ve always had good lines of communication with I&M and that he would like to have better lines of communication with other community organizations.  However he believes they were already good before the ice storm…he just wants them to get even better.

Fire damages Marion home

An electrical fire in the attic is blamed with damaging a Marion home yesterday. Officials say the roof at 215 North “G” Street collapsed during the fire. No one was hurt. The blaze did an estimated eight-thousand dollars in damage to the home.