The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Grant County government in an attempt to bring down the population of the county jail. The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Fort Wayne. The jails listed capacity is 274 inmates, and records show the jail population has been above that mark almost every day for at least five years.
A Muncie woman died from injuries suffered in a crash on the citys west side Monday afternoon, and the accident left a busy intersection closed after a water main broke. Police say Ruth Matson, 77, was westbound on Jackson Street when she turned into the path of an eastbound pickup truck driven by Joseph Allardt, 26. Matson died during surgery at Ball Memorial Hospital. Her car struck a fire hydrant, and as a tow truck removed the car the water main broke, washing out a large chunk of pavement at the intersection of Jackson and Tillotson Avenue. It could be a couple of days before final repairs are made.
The managing editor of the Muncie Starpress is leaving to take a similar job with the Anderson Herald-Bulletin. Scott Underwood has been with the Starpress for ten years after starting his newspaper career with the Herald-Bulletin.
Noblesville police are looking for a woman wearing a black hooded sweatshirt who robbed a CVS pharmacy early Sunday morning. The woman entered the store, demanded drugs from the pharmacist and then fled. The woman took OxyContin, methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone.
Marion police are investigating new reports of counterfeit money. At least one business in the North Park Mall received a counterfeit $100 bill over the weekend. Its believed the bills were actually $5 bills that had the numbers bleached out and reprinted, meaning that the special pen used to identify fake money wont work.
The Yorktown Town Council Monday approved new rules for public comments during meetings. The rules give the council president more authority in limiting comments. Public comments will also be allowed at the beginning of the meeting rather than at the end and all comments were limited to two minutes at the presidents discretion.
A truck hauling hogs to market was involved in a crash along State Road 18 near Montpelier in Blackford County Monday morning. Police say Janis Cornett of Converse had to swerve to avoid a car that turned in front of her. The truck ended up on its side in a ditch. Cornett wasnt hurt, but eight hogs died in the accident.
Construction is proceeding well on the new Muncie Mission structure planned near Memorial Drive and Liberty Street according to Rev. Ray Raines, the mission’s executive director. The basement is taking shape and walls could start going up soon. The mission still needs to raise about $300,000 toward the building’s $3.5 million cost. Raines says they also need to raise funds to pay for new furnishings in the 92-bed facility. Furnishings in the old mission on High Street are wearing out.
Road clearing efforts will continue around the area following Sundays snowfall. About three inches of snow blanketed much of the area. Few accidents are reported following the most significant snowfall weve had this winter. The National Weather Service does have a Winter Weather Advisory out for freezing drizzle this morning.
The Lewisville man convicted in a hit-and-run fatal car-pedestrian accident will get out of jail next month on early release. Andrew Saunders, 25, earned 311 days in credits for good behavior and earned a collegiate associates degree in general studies. Saunders pleaded guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving while intoxicated in the February, 2005 accident that killed Thomas Jackman, 56 of New Castle. Saunders is the son of State Representative Tom Saunders.