Second Trial For Man Accused In Deadly Shooting

His first trial ended in a mistrial, now a Muncie man is standing trial for a second time on murder and a pair of robbery-related charges. The Star Press reports 22 year old William C. Balfour III is charged in the 2015 death of 18 year old Christian Michael Orebaugh, who was fatally shot in his West 23rd Street home during what prosecutors say was a robbery targeting cash, marijuana and guns.

Accutech Systems Experiencing Revenue, Employment Growth

Accutech Systems, a trust and wealth management technology company, has announced 23% year-over-year revenue growth, and the addition in the past twelve months of 20 new employees. The Muncie Journal reports additionally, Accutech upgraded to 40,000 square feet of new office space at 115 S. Walnut St. in downtown Muncie, an expansion of 25,000 square feet from the company’s previous office. The company is expected to make the move downtown on July 6, 2021.

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Kalyn Melham will serve as the 2021 Delaware County Fair Queen, after winning the Pageant Saturday night.  10 contestants were entered at the event, held at Muncie Central high school’s auditorium.  The 169th edition of the Delaware County Fair is July 12–July 24.  The 4-H events begin on Monday, July 12, with the Midway opening on Monday, July 19.  WLBC Dollar Ride night will be July 20.


Last Thursday, convicted murderer Jess David Woods lost his bid to overturn his convictions for murder and conspiracy to commit murder, and will serve his sentence of 100 years in jail.  On, May 13, 1993, Woods shot and killed Teresa French, mother of three young children. He was hired to do so by Teresa’s husband Anthony “Tony” French.


Wednesday through Saturday, mobile COVID vaccination clinics will be set up in Wayne County:  at Ivy Tech, Richmond from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day. It is unknown how many will show up, with the decline in shot-interest in recent weeks.  Dial 211 for free rides.


Seven years later, after legal wrangling in local, state and federal courts, last Thursday, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled 4-1 it was unconstitutional for the state to keep a vehicle taken from Tyson Timbs.  He pleaded guilty to one count of dealing in a controlled substance and was sentenced to one year of home detention, five years’ probation, and paid fees and court costs, but contended the seizure was overreach.


In case you missed it when we reported later Friday – it was Calvin “Buddy” Carroll, 81, that was piloting that small plane when he crashed last week – he has an airstrip at his rural Muncie home.  The Muncie paper said he did not suffer major injuries.


A man was walking across the Interstate, and we don’t why.  Saturday morning, at about 5:15 a.m., State Police were called to the scene of a man that was hit by a semi on I-465 southbound in Indy.   The driver of the truck was not injured and is not suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


A Wigwam revitalized as a mixed-use development featuring a community arts center, basketball arena and restaurants will anchor the city’s near west side and be central to its rebirth, project managers told an audience of business representatives and dignitaries Friday morning in Anderson, as reported by the Herald Bulletin.


Today is Flag Day, and the 246th Birthday of the U.S. Army.  Founded on June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year.


Indiana history:  this week in 1921, Horseshoe pitching was all the rage in Indianapolis city parks.  There were 78 municipal horseshoe courts, all illuminated by electric lights and open late into the evening.  Pitchers had their choice of seven city parks.


No more school takeovers.   Beginning next month, a new Indiana law will end state takeovers of underperforming school districts.   “It was flat out not successful,” State Rep. Tony Cook told Fox 59 (R-Cicero), of the state takeover system.  But all districts will eventually be required to publish more performance data online – the Indiana Department of Education is working on what to post.


Community Health Network is raising the minimum wage for its hourly employees.  The health care system’s current minimum wage of $12.50 an hour will increase to $15, beginning Monday, July 12.  The planned increase will impact more than 4,000 of Community Health Network’s nearly 16,000 employees.


Greg Hinshaw will be the president of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.  The Yorktown Superintendent told the Muncie newspaper that he’s the first superintendent in the Muncie area to serve in this job.


New job, but he’s not going anywhere – Ted Baker has been appointed interim president and chief executive officer of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center effective July 1.  The Ft. Wayne newspaper says he will retain his job at Innovation Connector Muncie.


As WLBC’s Kim Morris first reported Thursday, approximately 300 new jobs will come to Crawfordsville by the end of 2025. Mattress manufacturing company Tempur Sealy International Inc. is investing more than $138 million for a production facility in Crawfordsville.


White River State Park (WRSP) and the Downtown IMAX® Theater announce that pre-sale tickets for Marvel Studios Black Widow are now available, June 11, 2021.  Black Widow premieres on Thursday, July 8. Movie goers will have the opportunity to enjoy Marvel Studios latest feature film on the largest screen in the state.


 

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Kalyn Melham will serve as the 2021 Delaware County Fair Queen, after winning the Pageant Saturday night.  10 contestants were entered at the event, held at Muncie Central high school’s auditorium.  The 169th edition of the Delaware County Fair is July 12–July 24.  The 4-H events begin on Monday, July 12, with the Midway opening on Monday, July 19.  WLBC Dollar Ride night will be July 20.

Arts And Culture Council Accepting Nods For Mayor’s Arts Awards

The Muncie Arts and Culture Council (MACC), in collaboration with the City of Muncie, is accepting nominations for the 2021 Mayor’s Arts Awards. The Mayor’s Arts Awards recognizes the contributions to the cultural community by all visual, performing, and culinary artists, musicians, writers, poets, rappers, directors, producers, craftspeople, arts educators, arts patrons, arts professionals and volunteers. Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and will be considered in the following categories:

Charges Dropped Against Muncie Man In 2018 Traffic Incident With Police

The state has dismissed charges against a Muncie man involved in a traffic incident with police in 2018. Lorenzo Reyes was pulled over June 5, 2018 and placed under arrest after resisting arrest and trying to grab an officer’s gun. In April, an officer involved in the case pleaded guilty to falsifying records in a separate case on the day of Reyes’ arrest. Prosecutors say they dropped the charges in the best interest of justice.

Hired Hitman Loses Bid For New Trial

A judge has rejected a hired hit man’s bid to get a new trial. 69 year old Jess Woods was convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the May 1993 slaying of Teresa French. Woods was sentenced to 100 years in prison by Judge Linda Ralu Wolf. The Star Press reports he was hired by French’s estranged husband, Anthony, to kill the 29-year-old mother of three children.

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Dirty sweatpants may have him placed at the scene of the crime.   Remember that attempted robbery at Check into Cash? They think they caught the guy, because of an emailed photo and a pair of dirty sweatpants.  Jonathan Joseph Hayes, 24, is charged with Level 3 felony armed robbery and Level 5 felony robbery.  They say he robbed Old National Bank on May 29, and then attempted robbery at Check Into Cash, on June 7 — because of COIVD – no paychecks coming in.  Hayes denied being the person in the photos, but when they searched a bedroom, APD found a pair of sweatpants with a neon yellow stripe with blue squares on the legs.  The unusually marked pants matched a pair worn by the person who robbed the bank.  He also matched the description of both robbers.


Another one of those Media Alerts was sent to WLBC yesterday from IUBMH.  The emergency department has been extremely busy. To help ensure that patients are receiving the best care possible, they need you to determine whether you should go to your doctor’s office versus the emergency room.  The emergency room is designed for treating and ruling out life-threatening, true medical emergencies. It’s also the place to be if you have a broken bone or are unsure of a symptom that could indicate something more severe. If in doubt, get emergency care.


Yesterday morning we told you about a Muncie youth football Combine event, sponsored by the Muncie NAACP, City Parks Department and some others – the name of the event has a story – Brandon Hayes explains the “3rd and 11 Football Combine”

It’s for Kindergarten through 4th graders, it’s free, and there’s more with George Foley, Youth Program Director of the Muncie Parks Department.


The man accused of killing a woman and her three children in Fort Wayne last week made his first court appearance Thursday morning. Cohen Barron faces four murder charges.   A judge ordered him to be held without bond. His trial will start June 23.


The Indiana Department of Health will close COVID-19 testing sites run by OptumServe Health Services effective June 30.  State Health Commissioner Kris Box said demand for testing has decreased across the state and noted that free testing will remain available at more than 250 sites after the Optum sites close.


Debbie Burke was notified that an Anderson police officer talked to her son just before 10 p.m. on Monday – but it was Tuesday morning before anybody told the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, says the Herald Bulletin.  John Alexander Burke, 30, of Anderson was reported as missing May 31.  The Madison County Sheriff’s Department took the missing person report, but Sheriff Scott Mellinger said they were not immediately notified by Dispatch that Burke was located.  He’s checking on why there was a delay.


Sentencing set.   A date of August 26 has been set for  Debra “Nikki” Grigsby, who signed a plea agreement in February 2020, which also calls for federal prosecutors to dismiss 16 other counts pending against the ex-Muncie Sanitary District official.   According to the Muncie newspaper, that document said Grigsby, “beginning in or about 2015,’ engaged in a conspiracy — with co-defendants including Phil Nichols, former Democratic Party chairman in Delaware County; then-Muncie police officer Jess Neal and fellow MSD official Tracy Barton — to award bids for MSD projects “in exchange for cash bribes and kickbacks, benefits or property.”   Others charged in the investigation — including Nichols, Neal and contractor Tony Franklin — are set to stand trial in U.S. District Court in early August.


The National Weather Service has confirmed Indiana’s first tornado of the year.   It was Tuesday in far southern Indiana, with winds around 85 miles per hour. Meteorologists say it’s been a pretty calm year, with only about 20 severe reports statewide in 2021.


The Anderson Police Department was called Thursday at 3:20 a.m. to a report of multiple gunshots.  Cops made contact with a 32-year-old man, who was responsive but suffering from gunshot wounds – he went to an Indy hospital – Herald Bulletin says in stable condition.  They also found a 37-year-old woman, who was wounded and unresponsive – she died at a local hospital.  After talking with several witnesses, detectives said it was an isolated incident between the two people.  This is the second gun-related death in Anderson this year.


As we’ve previously reported, south side Muncie is getting a new business

Mayor Dan Ridenour was on WLBC Tuesday, the morning after the monthly City Council meeting


Donald Lee Marker III, 16, was pronounced dead at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital after the accident, which was reported shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday on Tillotson Avenue south of Memorial Drive.  No charges are anticipated against the 18-year-old driver of the car who hit Marker, who was on his skateboard.  Marker recently completed his junior year at Yorktown High School. His funeral is set for Monday at Elm Ridge Funeral Home.


Muncie Community Schools CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski spoke with pride again this week, about Westview Elementary

Hear the entire interview this weekend on This Week in Delaware County.


 

16 Year Old Dies After Being Hit By Car

A 16-year-old Delaware County boy died after being hit by a car while riding a skateboard. The Star Press reports 16 year old
Donald Lee Marker III, 16, was pronounced dead at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital after the accident, on Tillotson Avenue south of Memorial Drive. No charges were filed against the driver.

Report: Grigsby To Plead Guilty To Corruption Charge

The former administrator of the Muncie Sanitary District will reportedly plead guilty to a corruption-related charge. The Star Press reports Debra “Nikki” Grigsby would be sentenced at the same Aug. 26 hearing after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, relating to the awarding of bids in exchange for cash bribes and kickbacks.