Heading to the nation's capital

Marion and Grant County officials will take part in the “D.C. Fly-in” sponsored by the Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce March 6 – 8.  They’ll visit Washington D.C. to look for potential federal funds for projects.  Officials aren’t sure how much success they’ll have in the search for funding, but they do hope to strengthen congressional ties.

Man killed when truck rolls over

A Madison County man died in a crash near Markleville early Friday morning.  Police say James Stewart, 32, was southbound behind another vehicle on County Road 300E when he hit an icy patch.  His pickup truck left the road and rolled over near County Road 800S.  Stewart was ejected from the truck and died at the scene.

Neal admits false statements about income

A federal court heard Friday that accused gambling kingpin John Neal lied about his income from illegal video gambling machines located throughout the area.  His attorney told a judge that Neal no longer leads the organization.  Federal prosecutors are trying to get his parole stemming from previous charges years ago revoked.

Dull remains imprisoned

The Indiana Parole Board ruled against a parole request by Jay Dull, a Muncie man convicted in the robbery, beating and death of a Muncie cab driver 47 years ago.  Dull was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison when the Supreme Court ruled old death penalties were unconstitutional.  Dull was released in the early 1980’s but then taken back into custody in 1991 for not reporting to his parole officer.

MGH services going to private firm

Marion General Hospital officials have decided to out-source operations in two departments.  Services in the engineering and biomedical engineering departments will be assigned to Crothall Facilities Management.  19 hospital jobs will be lost as a result of the change.  The employees will get first crack at a position with the new firm, or they can apply for transfers to other departments at the hospital.

Working out a plea agreement

A plea agreement is being negotiated between the state and an Eaton swine farmer who allegedly violated environmental laws.  Any deal means the case against Jacobus “John” Tielen likely won’t go to trial.  The charges were originally filed in October of 2005, dismissed in early April of 2006 and then re-filed the next day.

Popular meal program returns

The Kids Café program returns to the Muncie Boy’s and Girl’s Club Thursday.  Club members will get a nutritional meal at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and at 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays.  ConAgra Foods and the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana sponsor the program.

Hospital growth

An expansion and reconstruction of the radiology department at the Jay County Hospital could be the next construction project planned at the hospital.  Future plans call for a new entryway with a canopy, a specialty clinic, a private registration area, separate waiting rooms for regular patients and emergency patients, and easier access to both the radiology and emergency areas.

Jail time handed down in robbery

A ten-year prison sentence has been given to a Muncie woman who pleaded guilty to robbing a Village Pantry at 18th Street and Macedonia Avenue last July.  Terra Brown, 22, entered into a plea agreement.  Her alleged accomplice in the case, Conyale Ingram, 22, also pleaded guilty in the case and received a ten-year prison sentence.