Commuter train a possibility

The State Senate transportation committee has endorsed a study to determine the feasibility of a commuter train that would run from Indianapolis to Muncie with stops in between, including Anderson.  The matter now heads to the full senate for consideration.

Buyout packages questioned

Employees from the now-closed Guide plant in Monroe, Louisiana are upset with the buyout packages offered to them but will accept them.  Guide is also talking with members of the United Auto Workers Local 663 in Anderson over buyouts of the workers laid off when the Anderson plant closed earlier this month.  Guide also closed its Pendleton headquarters.

Drug bust during truck inspection

A truck inspection along U.S. 27 in Randolph County Monday led to the truck driver’s arrest.  State Police say they smelled raw marijuana in the truck and then found the drug.  Kevin Schmidt, 24 of Carmel, was then charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Boles running for mayor again

The former mayor of New Castle wants his old job back.  Sherman Boles will seek the Democratic nomination in the May primary.  He lost to current Democrat Mayor Tom Nipp in the primary by 63 votes four years ago.  Republican Jim Small is also in the race.

Man charged in crash

The Muncie man who rolled his pickup truck at the intersection of Riley Road and Ashland Avenue on Muncie’s west side Monday night has been charged with drunk driving.  Police say Gregory Hurst, 42, failed a standard field sobriety test and measured .13 on a portable breath test.

Imprisoned teen faces more trouble

A 19-year-old inmate at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility faces a single charge of a crime against a child after an incident at the prison.  Shawn Helmig of Milan allegedly coerced a 13-year-old boy to take part in the incident with him.  The incident occurred in early October.

Rollover accident

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Muncie police and firefighters stand by for a flatbed wrecker after the Monday night crash

Muncie police say speed was a factor in an accident that saw a pickup truck roll onto its side on the city’s west side Monday evening.  Greg Hurst was westbound on University Avenue and swung around a curve to Riley Road.  He drove into a yard, narrowly missing a tree.  he then hit a smaller rock and then a larger rock weighing several tons, forcing his truck to roll over at the intersection of Riley and Ashland Avenue.  Hurst was taken to nearby Ball Memorial Hospital with apparently minor injuries.  The force of the impact forced the large boulder to roll out of its position.

No bond reduction allowed

A Madison County judge has turned down a bond reduction request from the nephew of accused gambling kingpin John Neal.  Jeffrey Neal remains held in the Madison County Jail on a $250,000 full-cash bond.  He’d hoped to have his bond lowered to the standard $35,000 for a class A felony.  That would’ve allowed him to pay $3,500 to a bail bondsman so he could get out of jail until his trial.