Same sex marriage ban defeated

An amendment to ban same sex marriage was defeated yesterday by the house rules and legislative procedure committee after a 5-5 vote.  The amendment is killed for this year, but the issue could return for a second vote next year.  Democrats who voted against the amendment say they had no issues with the first part of the bill, but had concerns about the second section.  House Democrat Dan parker says the vote was to protect vulnerable Hoosiers and promote job growth.

Mexican chain restaurant coming to Muncie

Another chain restaurant is coming to Muncie.  Qdoba Mexican Grill will open its doors this fall in the McGalliard mall shopper’s ii on east McGalliard.  Qdoba has locations in Indianapolis and offers made-to-order burritos, as well as other Mexican dishes served in a cafeteria style line.

$2 million in inventory destroyed in Union City fire

A Union City fire on Sunday destroyed two-million-dollars in inventory.  Union City Fire Chief Tim Crawford says the former cabinet making factory is a total loss.  Authorities believe the fire started on the south side of the building near the loading docks.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

First meeting to be held on music building

Monroe Central Schools will hold the first of four public meetings on a proposed music education building.  The meeting will start at 7 p.m. At the Parker City Building.  Taxpayers are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the possible addition of an auditorium and classroom space for the school’s music program.

Two-year-old Marion boy amputates finger

A Marion mother is being investigated in a case of neglect.  Marion police say her two-year-old son amputated his fingers when they were caught in a bike chain Monday night.  Police say the mother left her children, ages nine, seven and two, at home while she went to the grocery store.  The case has been turned over to child protection services.

Operating permit granted for ethanol refinery

A draft operating permit was issued by the state yesterday for the proposed $160 million Muncie ethanol refinery.  A public meeting has been scheduled for next Monday at 5:30 p.m. At city hall auditorium.  A New York City-based investment banker revealed plans last fall to build the refinery in the Ag Bio Vision Park.

Indianapolis police searching for information in 'stray bullet' death

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police are still trying to determine who killed Jamrita Mitchell.  Mitchell was killed by a stray bullet in her east side Indianapolis apartment Saturday night.  Homicide detectives went door-to-door in the amber woods apartment complex to gather as much information about what happened.  Mitchell leaves behind three children, ranging from ages one to four-years-old.  Police say an argument between two groups of men on a nearby basketball court resulted in gunfire that led to Mitchell’s death.

Anderson Police find body in vintage car

An Anderson man’s body was found Monday.  Anderson police say they found the decomposed body of a 62-year-old man inside a vintage 1970’S Lincoln on west 10TH street.  Detective Joel Sandefur says the man’s death does not appear to be the result of a homicide, but it will be treated as a normal procedure.  The name of the man was being withheld until knelt of kin is informed.  An autopsy will be performed at ball memorial hospital in Muncie.

South View re-opens north end of building

South View Elementary School partially re-opened Monday.  The north end of the building that houses the cafeteria and gymnasium are now open, however classes are still being held at other buildings.  The south end of the building is still closed after the roof collapsed due to heavy snow from February’s blizzard.