Broderick To Announce Run For Reelection

Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. will officially announce next Tuesday that he is seeking a third term. The Herald Bulletin reports Broderick will make the announcement at the Paramount Theatre Marquee Room at 4:30 p.m. in an event that is open to the public. If Broderick is elected next year he would become the second mayor in the city’s history to serve three terms.

Muncie Man Won’t Pursue Insanity Defense In Murder Case

A Muncie man charged in the July slayings of two members of a local family has abandoned plans to pursue an insanity defense. The Star Press reports 27 year old Daniel Lamar Jones is charged with two counts of murder in the slayings of 69 year old Malcolm E. Perdue and 51 year old Kyndra K. Swift in a house in the 2900 block of South Liberty Street.

Judge Releases Documents in Delphi Murder Case

Documents released in case against Richard Allen

Yesterday, a judge ordered the release of a redacted version of a document detailing the reasons for charging Richard Allen in the Delphi murders. The probable cause affidavit says Allen was on the Monon High Bridge Trail between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2017 — the day the girls disappeared. The document also says Allen is the man seen on previously released videos of a suspect on the trail, and also the voice of the “down the hill” audio that was previously released. On Monday, Allen’s attorneys filed a motion for a change of venue for the trial, citing “the extensive media attention” making it difficult to find a jury that has not heard of the case, according to a WTHR report.

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Fox 59 reports an Anderson man accused of firing a gun into his mother’s home is facing charges. 25 year old Damien Lee McGuire has been charged with criminal recklessness, possession of a machine gun and unlawful carrying of a handgun with a prior conviction. McGuire was arrested and booked into jail on November 21. On Monday, McGuire’s $10,000 cash bond was paid, and he was released.


Marion’s “Walkway of Lights” is even better this year as the event operators have added 11 more new displays. The annual Christmas light display is located in Matter Park in Marion and runs through December 30th. The displays now feature 2 million new LED bulbs which have been upgraded from the older tungsten bulb technology. Cost for the drive-through event is $5 per carload.


A 25 year old Purdue student went to an indoor shooting range and fatally shot himself just before the business closed. Veejay Viswan was testing a variety of weapons when he intentionally shot himself, according to Lafayette police. He was rushed from the shooting range to a local hospital where he died.


A woman from Fishers who operates a spa in Noblesville is scheduled to be formally charged today with corrupt business influence and promoting prostitution according to online court records. 55 year old Ziaomei Zhao operates Lucky Foot Spa which is located in a strip mall near the intersection of State Roads 32 and 38. She is also being charged with felony counts of theft, tax evasion, failure to remit taxes, and a misdemeanor charge of prostitution. Police were told by a customer at Lucky Foot Spa that he paid $60 for a massage, and was fondled by Zhao.


Just like about everything else, the cost of Christmas trees are up. That’s if you want to do the traditional thing and get a live Christmas tree for your living room this holiday season.


Christmas trees are a lot more expensive this year than in years past—from 12-percent to 24-percent more. In addition to inflation, higher costs date back to a drought in 2012 that wiped out a lot of farmers Christmas tree inventory. It takes 7 to 8 years to for newly planted trees to grow mature enough to be sold as Christmas trees.


A wide variety of impressive Christmas displays are already shining brightly around Muncie and there is an easy way to find out about them. Search for “Muncie Holiday Drive-By” on Facebook and you’ll come across Sara Beth Crigger’s page. Crigger’s page features photos of neighborhood displays, addresses, and even a Christmas map that aids viewers with directions to each Christmas light display location. Crigger’s page boasts over 5,000 members who use her page to find out about new lighting displays. It’s an easy way to drive around town and go directly to awesome lighting displays without driving around town aimlessly.


Republican state lawmakers say they’re exploring ways to provide property tax relief to Hoosiers when they return to the Statehouse early next year. House Speaker Todd Huston cited many Hoosiers’ rising tax bills amid climbing assessed property values as the reason they’re planning to review Indiana’s property tax system.


Yesterday, a judge ordered the release of a redacted version of a document detailing the reasons for charging Richard Allen in the Delphi murders. The probable cause affidavit says Allen was on the Monon High Bridge Trail between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2017 — the day the girls disappeared. The document also says Allen is the man seen on previously released videos of a suspect on the trail, and also the voice of the “down the hill” audio that was previously released. On Monday, Allen’s attorneys filed a motion for a change of venue for the trial, citing “the extensive media attention” making it difficult to find a jury that has not heard of the case, according to a WTHR report.


Marion Health Network’s Gas City medical campus, which is under construction just off of I-69 near Payne’s restaurant, is still undergoing development. When fully finished, the four-story building will occupy 100,000 square feet, sit on approximately 100 acres of land and will provide a number of services to the people of Gas City and the surrounding area.  According to a 2021 article from The Echo, the facility will offer the following services: orthopedic/spine surgery, a rehabilitation and outpatient clinic, a family practice medicine outpatient clinic, multi-specialty outpatient clinic, emergency service with helipad, radiology, laboratory and inpatient acute care. The facility will be operational in 2023.


Taylor University has announced the launch of two new academic programs: A bachelor of science in nursing and a master of science in physician assistant studies. The university also announced it is carefully studying the possibility of launching a master of science in medical science.


Legislative leaders in the Indiana Statehouse said during Organization Day earlier this month that you could see some movement on decriminalizing some sort of marijuana use in Indiana.


Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb says he has not changed his position against legalizing marijuana and that he doesn’t care if the federal government “looks the other way” when it comes to other states that are decriminalizing the use of pot—whether it be medicinally or recreationally. He said he didn’t get into the job to pick and choose which laws to enforce.


According to the Indiana State Police there are 32 people that die per hour because of drunk driving accidents. Now, Moms Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has started a holiday campaign to bring that number down as much as possible. In 2020, 11,564 deaths related to intoxicated driving were reported in Indiana. The MADD “Tie One On For Safety” holiday campaign reminds everyone that drinking and driving do not mix.


The winning numbers for Monday night’s drawing were 29, 30, 32, 48, 50, and the Powerball was 20. The Power Play was 2X. The Monday, Nov. 28 lottery jackpot is worth an estimated $56 million, with a cash option of $29.1 million. You only need to match one number in Powerball to win a prize. However, that number must be the Powerball worth $4.


An Anderson man has been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death after his 9 month old son died from ingesting fentanyl. 29 year old Rodney Taylor II turned himself in to authorities on November 22nd. Anderson Police had been called to a home in the 2000 block of McKinley Street to assist with a 9-month-old who was in cardiac arrest. The child was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Anderson and pronounced dead. His cause of death was later ruled to be fentanyl toxicity.


The holidays are here. One of the best ways to avoid canceled plans and serious illness is to get your flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated helps protect others, too, especially people who are high risk, like those with chronic conditions and small children. An Annual flu vaccination is recommended for most people ages six months and older.


After going through post-race surveys from athletes, IRONMAN International informed race organizers that the Muncie 70.3 received an Overall Satisfaction score of 93.24%. That’s the highest ranking of any 70.3 distance race in North America, which includes more than 40 races in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.


The Ball State School of Journalism and Strategic Communications offers eight scholarships for incoming first-year students.  The deadline to apply is this Thursday,  Dec. 1st. To learn  more about applying for one of the scholarships, visit ccimoutreach.com/scholarships


The State of Indiana and all of its cities, towns and counties are set to receive up to $507 million as part of a massive settlement from lawsuits against drug manufacturers and distributors for their roles in the opioid crisis. Attorney General Todd Rokita’s office is in charge of distributing the payments. However, Indiana communities have yet to receive any payments, according to the Indianapolis Star. A spokeswoman for the attorney generals office said as soon as the portion of the funds that are to be distributed to the cities, towns and counties are released to the Office of the Attorney General they will proceed to immediately distribute them to local governments.


An Anderson man has been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death after his 9 month old son died from ingesting fentanyl. 29 year old Rodney Taylor II turned himself in to authorities on November 22nd. Anderson Police had been called to a home in the 2000 block of McKinley Street to assist with a 9-month-old who was in cardiac arrest. The child was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Anderson and pronounced dead. His cause of death was later ruled to be fentanyl toxicity.


The Center for Security Studies and Cyber Defense at Anderson University hosted its inaugural CONspiracy conference on November 11th. Attendees were able to have one-on-one interactions with critical infrastructure partners and government policy personnel. The conference was attended by 137 people.

 

Attorney Can’t Withdraw From Muncie Man’s Murder Case

Indianapolis attorney Mark Nicholson, who represents Muncie resident Jason Harris in his murder case, has been told he can’t withdraw from it. Nicholson had made the request to do so of a judge, citing a breakdown in the attorney-client relationship. The 33 yar old Harris is set to stand trial in January for the shooting death of 28 year old Erik Sparks of Muncie.

Trees To Nuts: Kiwanis Club Shifting Holiday Fundraising

The Kiwanis Club of Muncie’s Christmas Tree fundraising lot will no longer take place. MuncieJournal.com reports, it had been located in the parking lot next to the Muncie Central Fieldhouse. A combination of tree shorages, COVID and this year, a lack of available manpower were factors in the decision. Instead, the club will sell two-pound cans of deluxe roasted nuts for $25. Anyone interested in buying nuts can stop by Kiwanis member Tom Leaird’s Underwater Service at 1623 W. Jackson St. during open hours to purchase nuts or can message the club on its Facebook page.

Judge Orders Release Of Redacted Documents In Delphi Murder Case

A judge has ordered the release of a redacted version of documents detailing the reasons for charging Richard Allen in the Delphi murders. WTHR reports the affidavit had remained a secret to the public for weeks after Allen’s arrest at the order of a Carroll County judge. That judge later recused himself, and a special judge, Fran Gull out of Allen County, was put on the case.
Gull made the decision to publicly release redacted court documents Tuesday after hearing public arguments on the motion Nov. 22.

Muncie Community Sing Returns Live

The Muncie Community Sing returns to a live, in-person event for the first time in three years this Sunday at the Muncie Fieldhouse. MuncieJournal.com rpeorts this is the 86th year for the annual seasonal show that brings together the musical talents of students throughout Muncie Community Schools and offers performances from the Hillcroft Choir and Chime Ensemble as well.

17th Year of Cyber Monday Expected to Break Sales Records

Cyber Monday, November 28, 2022

Cyber Monday, November 28, 2022

The three day shopping triple-threat began with Black Friday…then Small Business Saturday…and today…it’s Cyber Monday where all the sales emphasis is on online shopping. This is the 17th year of Cyber Monday, having first started on November 28, 2005.  The Cyber Monday of 2020 was the biggest online shopping day in U.S. history with a total of $10.7 billion in online spending.


Local Prosecutor Eric Hoffman says an Indianapolis attorney needs to stay on the case of a man accused of fatally shooting a Muncie resident, but the defense attorney, Mark Nicholson wants out of the case. Jason De’Andre Harris, 33, is accused of fatally shooting Erik Sparks, a 28-year-old fellow Muncie resident, last Feb. 7. Last week, Nicholson filed a motion asking Judge Thomas Cannon Jr. to allow him to leave the case due to a break-down in the attorney-client relationship. Prosecutor Hoffman then filed an objection to that request. According to the StarPress, Hoffman said a relative of the slaying victim was terminally ill, and that a lengthy delay in the proceedings could prevent that person from seeing the case resolved.


The Delaware County Election Board has reviewed challenged votes and provisional ballots and has now approved a final vote tally for the 2022 general election. The final tally did not alter the results of the election held on November 8th. According to a StarPress report, Delaware County Clerk Rick Spangler said the board’s next task will be to get the county ready for vote centers to be used for the municipal election in 2023.


A Randolph County man was killed last week in a one-vehicle crash. 19 year old Kaden M. Purdin, of Union City, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, in the 9500 block of South Arba Pike. The Randolph County Sheriff’s department said Purdin was driving at a high rate of speed when his vehicle left the road, and rolled several times. Purdin was ejected from the vehicle and the investigation will continue.


The Indiana State Police warn of potential package thefts during Cyber Monday shopping. According to the Better Business Bureau, 1 in 3 American’s has had a package stolen at least once. State police recommend watching your tracking numbers so you know when packages will arrive. If you are not home, you can alert your neighbors to pick up your package when it arrives. You can  also consider having your packages delivered to your workplace.


The Polar Express is playing at The Indiana State Museum’s IMAX Theater . The theater will be hosting its “Polar Pajama Parties” starting today. If you attend one of the movie screenings, you can watch the film in IMAX 3D. Kids are encouraged to wear pjs. Also, every adult ticket purchased will earn a free ticket for kids younger than 12 who wear their pajamas to the theater. Learn more at imaxindy.com.


WISH TV reports that a new study suggests mouth bacteria can lead to lethal infections. A buildup of bacteria could connect you to a high risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Study author Dr. Margaret Chen said the study results provide new insight into the diversity and prevalence of harmful microbes in oral infections. If a certain bacterium infects and causes damage in the mouth, it’s very likely that it can be harmful to tissues elsewhere in the body as the infection spreads. The study recommends that you get a routine dental exam and cleaning every six months.


Two people were shot at a Fort Wayne shopping center on Saturday. The Gateway Plaza shopping center was the scene of the shooting. Officers found a male and female shot in the parking lot. Both victims were taken to a local hospital and the incident remains under investigation.


Small business Saturday brought a lot of people downtown over the weekend. Frank Reber, owner of The Caffeinery, told Woof Boom news his coffeeshop had the most visitors he’d ever had. Almost 900 people visited his downtown Walnut Street shop. Reber said that number is a lot for a traditional coffee shop that makes everything manually.


Through Dec. 1, any donations made to the Salvation Army’s touchless giving devices will be automatically tripled, thanks to several anonymous donors. Donors can now give a set amount of $5, $10 or $20 with just a tap of their mobile phone, smart watch, or any credit card set up for contactless payments at the Salvation Army’s TipTap donation sites across central Indiana. Shoppers should look for a Red Kettle and TipTap device during the $45,000 match period.


NBC news reports two highly used medications are in short supply across the country right now. The drugs are: the ADHD medication Adderall and the antibiotic Amoxicillin. Drugmakers say the antibiotic is in short supply because COVID, the RSV virus and the flu are all converging at once this season.


A new study indicates Indiana has one of the highest number of fast food restaurants in the nation. The study found that Indiana has 5 fast food chains per 10,000 people. Only Nebraska, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama and Tennessee have more fast food restaurants per 10,000 people than the Hoosier state. Vermont came in at #1 with the least fast food restaurants in the US.


Did you happen to bag a deer over the holiday? A Hoosier organization dedicated to helping feed those who are less fortunate is asking for your help. Hoosiers Feeding The Hungry says they are hoping to collect enough meat to equal about 1,000 deer this year. Last year they collected enough to equal 770 deer. The organization says one deer can provide up to 200 meals-worth of food. If you donate meat, the organization says it will cover the processing fees. For more information, visit  Hoosiersfeedingthehungry.org


Attorney General Todd Rokita is warning Hoosiers about Cyber Monday shopping scams. A few of Rokita’s tips include: If a product’s price is unbelievably low and sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Be extra cautious when buying from an unfamiliar company. Avoid any online retailer that does not provided information about privacy, terms, or contact details. Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Attorney Generals office regarding any suspect scams or scam attempts.


A federal jury has awarded a Gary man $25.5 million in his lawsuit alleging that a now-retired police officer violated his civil rights and deprived him of a fair trial in a case involving a 1980 rape and robbery. The jury deliberated for 3 hours before awarding James Hill Junior the $25 million in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages.


Over the past year, Indiana poultry farmers have donated near 200,000 pounds of poultry products to Hoosiers in need, including eggs, chicken, duck and turkey. The Indiana State Poultry Association and others celebrated the generosity of Indiana poultry farmers at the 75th Indiana State Poultry Recognition event held at the statehouse.  According to the ISDA, the Indiana poultry industry employs more than 12,500 Hoosiers and generates more than $15 billion in total economic activity. Indiana ranks first in duck production, second in egg production and fourth in turkey production in the country.


Ball State University economist Michael Hicks says there is increasing evidence that the U.S. economy might be picking up steam for faster growth. Hicks says predictions are never certain and there are plenty of roadblocks, but the next few decades hold enormous promise. Hicks says the engine of prosperity is education-driven innovation and that Indiana needs to get 10,000 more kids to college each year.


The annual lighting of Muncie’s downtown Christmas tree will take place on December 1st at downtown development’s “Light up Downtown” event. The tree lighting will take place at Canan Commons beginning at 6pm during First Thursday activities.


WTHR reports that 7 months after its debut in theaters, “Top Gun Maverick” will soon begin to show up on streaming services. The year’s top film that has made over $1.48 billion worldwide will appear on the Paramount Plus streaming service on December 22nd.


An Anderson mother has been arrested on charges of neglect of a dependent involving her three children. 42 year old Crystal Dawn Winchester of the 2200 block of East County Road 150 South, Anderson, was arrested last week by Madison County Sheriff’s Department deputies. Criminal Magistrate Kevin Eads agreed to appoint a public defender, but noted Winchester works as a nurse with an annual income of more than $72,000— That According to a Herald Bulletin report.


Members of the Anderson Police Department are trying to locate a woman in connection with a shooting incident last week. Police are searching for 37 year old Britney Marling, who is suspected in the shooting of Michael Dees. Dees was shot in the 3000 block of Columbus Avenue. He was transported to a local hospital and later transferred to an Indianapolis hospital, where he’s listed in serious condition according to the Herald Bulletin.


Elwood’s Christmas parade took place on Saturday and event planners say the evening was a success. Christmas Committee member Christy Clark said the event had a huge turnout, the weather was perfect and everything went off without a hitch. Elwood residents can see Santa at 2pm on December 11th.


The James Warner Annual Thanksgiving dinner provided over 1500 thanksgiving dinners to those in need on Thursday. 85 year old James Warner, (who the dinner has recently renamed for,)  has been organizing the dinner for over 30 years. The Anderson police department also assisted with the delivery of meals, delivering 70 to the residents of Longfellow Plaza, according to a Herald Bulletin report.

 

 

 

Anderson Considers Water Rate Hike

After 26 years without one, Anderson City Council will consider a raisein water rates and to issue a bond of up to a $65 million for the system improvements at a special meeting set for Tuesday. The Herald Bulletin reports council is meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to consider the proposed ordinances; it’s not known if the council will consider suspending the rules and giving the requested legislation the necessary three readings for approval.

Teen Dies In Crash

A young Randolph County man was killed Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash. According to the Star Press, 19 year old Kaden M. Purdin was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, in the 9500 block of South Arba Pike. Police say he was driving at a night rate of speed” when his car left the west side of the road and overturned several times. He was ejected from the vehicle.