BSU student dies in wreck

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Muncie Police returned to the scene of the accident Sunday afternoon to continue their investigation.
Tragedy struck east of the Ball State University campus Saturday night as a student was killed in a nearly head-on crash.  Travis Smith, a 19-year-old freshman from Terre Haute and a member of the men’s golf team, was a passenger in a car driven by Todd Lamkin, 21.  Lamkin was eastbound on Riverside Avenue at a high rate of speed when his car hit the curb.  It went into the eastbound lanes where it made an off-center head-on impact with an SUV waiting to turn southbound onto Reserve Street.
Smith apparently died instantly in the accident.  Lamkin and a second passenger in his car were hurt, as were a mother and daughter in the SUV.  Police say Lamkin had been drinking, but he apparently was under the legal limit for intoxicated driving.  Blood results will be obtained from the Indiana State Police Lab in 2-3 weeks.  That’s likely when any decision on charges will be made.

Man accused with firing shots at school

A Wisconsin man is being held on charges that he entered the parking lot at Madison-Grant Junior-Senior High School early Saturday morning and fired several shots from a nine-millimeter pistol.  Christopher Snow, 27, was arrested a short distance from the school on charges of drunk driving, carrying a handgun without a license, carrying a handgun on school property and criminal recklessness with a firearm.  Officials say they found bullet holes in the school south of the main entrance between the third and fourth classroom windows.  Police were notified about the incident by a security guard working at the school.

Minnetrista doesn't want name used

The Minnetrista Cultural Center wants the surrounding Minnetrista Neighborhood Association to voluntarily quit using “Minnetrista” in its name.  The association holds a meeting February 7 at the cultural center beginning at 6 p.m., and will discuss the request at that time.

Child shot while examining gun

A 10-year-old Marion boy suffered a non-life-threatening wound to his pelvic area Friday while he and two other boys examined a loaded gun.  The boys were unsupervised when the incident occurred at 609 E. Bond Street in Marion.  They apparently didn’t know the gun was loaded.

RACC bus service to go away

The Randolph Southern School Board has approved plans to end bus service for students going to the Richmond Area Career Center beginning next year.  Officials say the change will save the system $12,000 a year in terms of driver pay and fuel expenses.  Only three students have been using the bus this year.

Getting kids their shots

The Blackford County Health Department has an immunization clinic for kids scheduled Monday.  It takes place from 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. at the department offices on Van Cleve Street.  Flu vaccinations will be offered for two-dollars each.

Short sentence in drug case

A New Castle man who pleaded guilty to drug charges has received a two-year prison sentence.  Robert Kilgore, 38, was arrested after allegedly selling OxyContin to a member of the Henry County Area Drug Task Force last April.

Judge steps down

The New Castle City Court judge has resigned.  Jim Small plans to seek the Republican nomination for New Castle mayor during this year’s primary election.  He’s the second New Castle City Court judge to resign in as many years to seek another office.