Woman on trial in husband's death

A Gas City woman accused with her husband’s shooting death goes on trial Monday.  Joyce Hawkins is accused with shooting Timmy Ray Hawkins as the two sat in the cab of his semi-tractor in March of 2004.  She then allegedly claimed to have burned her husband’s body and abandoning the semi near the I-69/State Road 38 interchange in Pendleton.  Timmy Hawkins’ remains and a murder weapon have never been recovered.  Hawkins has remained held without bond since being charged.

Student stabbed; another student held

A Huntington North High school freshman was taken from school by police Friday after witnesses say h e stabbed a fellow student in the abdomen in a school hallway.  Two faculty members confronted the 14-year-old after the alleged attack.  They told police the boy surrendered immediately.

In a roundabout way

Noblesville officials say they plan to construct four roundabouts at intersections this year.  Meanwhile a Fishers intersection will see a roundabout next year.  The city of Carmel already has more than 40 roundabouts.  Officials say the circular intersections greatly improve traffic flow.

Enrollment decline

Ball State’s spring enrollment totals 15,849 according to figures released by the university last week.  That’s down 482 students from last spring.  The university also reports off-campus enrollment is up to over 3,000 students.

Drug bust

The Grant County Joint Effort Against Narcotics Team arrested five people Friday after receiving a tip about alleged drug activity at an apartment.  The raid occurred at 337 N. Butler Avenue, Apartment 203.  Police say they found marijuana, cocaine, controlled substances and stolen property while serving a search warrant.

New digs

The Hoosier Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross has moved its office in the Randolph Center for Family Opportunity.  The office is now located in suite L204 in the basement of the center.  Office hours are 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Young mayoral candidate

A 21-year-old Indiana State University student and Muncie native is running for mayor in his home city.  Philip Peckinpaugh announced his plans last week to seek the Democratic Party nomination.  Peckinpaugh is one of four Democrats and two Republicans who hope to succeed Dan Canan, who won’t run for a fourth term.