A Bloomington man who lost his wallet 37 years ago got it back with everything still inside. John Mitchell had his billfold returned to him by workers who were renovating the Musical Arts building on the campus of Indiana University. A physical plant employee recognized Mitchell from some pictures and contacted his son. Mitchell says he was a welder during the construction of the building and believes the wallet must have slipped from his pocket while he was working on some steel beams.
Shoppers at several Meijer stores got an unexpected discount on their purchases. Store officials say a mistake briefly knocked 50 percent off of nearly every item sold. 179 stores in the Meijer chain even gave the discount to customers who bought fuel inside gas stations. A half-off discount only intended for a style of oriental rug accidentally applied to almost everything sold by the retailer.
An investigation of the April 24th riot at the New Castle Correctcional Facility is complete. Indiana State Police Sergeant Rod Russel said in a press release yesterday that Detective Chris Yeend and Indiana Department of Corrections investigator Todd Tappy had finished their work and turned the case over to the Henry County Prosecutor.
A Republican candidate for the Yorktown clerk-treasurer has withdrawn his name. 62-year-old Steve Cooper filed a withdrawal last week with county election officials. He says a medical condition will keep him from running in this Novembers general election. Republicans will have until July 3rd to fill the vacancy.
A Muncie Central High School teacher has until Friday to produce prescriptions for two pills found in his truck during a drug-sweep last week. If he doesnt, 47-year-old Ron Meade could face charges of possession of a legend drug. Police found a pill for hypertension as well as a Viagra pill in his truck during a drug sweep at the school.
Plans for a new sports park and public works building in Yorktown continue to grow. However the Town Council decided Monday to delay any action on the purchase of property along County Road 600 West after learning of competing property owners and costs. They say they want more information on a possible inter-local agreement with the school corporation to build a new bus garage next to the towns public works garage before moving ahead with the project.
Residents who live near the proposed Muncie Ethanol refinery have filed a lawsuit against Delaware County Commissioners. They say the rezoning for the project was illegal. Commissioner John Brook said during yesterdays meeting that IDEM recently issued Muncie Ethanol a permit to build and operate the estimated 160 million dollar plant at State Road three and 800 North.
Property taxes are going up considerably for rental property and business owners in Muncie and Daleville. Muncie will see rates increase almost 50 cents to $4.74 this year. The total tax rate before was $4.26 Daleville residents will see roughly a 40 cent increase to $3.32 this year, mainly due to an 8.5 million dollar renovation of the Daleville schools.
Senate leaders agreed Monday to wait until June to take final action on a bipartisan plan to give millions of illegal immigrants legal status. The measure would tighten border security and workplace enforcement measures and has support from the White House. However, criticism on the law has drawn criticism from across the political spectrum. Senate leaders will not seek to complete a deal on the bill before the Memorial Day deadline.
Democrats in both the House and Senate plan to draft an Iraq war-funding bill that does not have a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The legislation would include the first federal minimum wage increase in more than 10 years. The bill would also provide funds for military operations in Iraq through the end of the September, which also marks the end of the fiscal year.