Officer Shot and Killed in Elwood

ELWOOD, Indiana—State Police are investigating the shooting and killing of an Elwood police officer – during a traffic stop.  The suspect was arrested in Hamilton County, where State Police said a pursuit ended in a crash on Interstate 69 near 106th Street in Fishers.

A preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives revealed an Elwood Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a 2012 Buick LaCrosse near the intersection of State Road 37 and County Road 1100N in Madison County, Indiana. For an unknown reason, the suspect exited the Buick and fired multiple rounds striking the officer at least one time.  Before additional officers arrived, the suspect fled from the scene in the Buick. Responding officers from Elwood Police Department  and Madison County Sheriff’s Department located the wounded officer and administered life-saving measures until medical personnel arrived. The officer was transported by ambulance to Ascension St. Vincent Mercy in Elwood and later flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Just after 2:30 a.m., Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department located the Buick and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The Buick failed to stop and continued southbound on State Road 37. Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies continued to pursue the Buick and deployed a tire deflation device near the area of State Road 37 and 146th street. The Buick continued southbound on State Road 37 toward Interstate 69. While on Interstate 69, Fishers Police Department conducted two Precision Immobilization Techniques (PIT). After the second Precision Immobilization Technique, the vehicle struck a  median barrier wall and became immobilized. Responding officers were able to take the suspect into custody without further incident.

This is an active and ongoing investigation led by Detectives from the Indiana State Police Pendleton Post. Further information about the identity of the officer and suspect will be forthcoming.  At the completion of the investigation, it will be turned over to the Madison County Prosecutors Office.

Detectives with the Indiana State Police Pendleton Post were assisted in this investigation by: Troopers from the Pendleton and Indianapolis District, Detectives from the Indianapolis District, Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Madison County EMA, Fishers Police Department, Westfield Police Department, Noblesville Police Department, Indiana Conservation Officer, Elwood Fire Department/ EMS.

Shopping With Cops: Good Deeds Helping Muncie Families

Heroes and Helpers:  cops and public safety people, helping 50 Muncie families get ready for back to school.  Today (7/30/2022), Muncie Crimestoppers had the help of law enforcement and other public safety personnel, and gathered at Target for an early morning event, with each child having $50 to spend on school supplies or clothes.  The grant was made possible by Inspire Brands, according to Bruce Qualls, coordinator and retired MPD Officer.  On Monday’s WLBC Morning Report, you’ll hear from the organizers and more.

BSU Hires VP Of Inclusive Excellence

Dr. Rashida Willard will join Ball State University as associate vice president of Inclusive Excellence, effective Sept. 19.
Dr. Willard will be providing strategic leadership for and overall management of Ball State’s Office of Inclusive Excellence. The unit is dedicated to the recruitment, retention, and celebration of diverse faculty, staff, and students.

Charges Face Muncie Woman In Dog Attack

A dog attack that left a 17 year old girl with major facial injuries has resulted in charges against a Muncie woman who owns the dog. 25 year old Jacklynn Swafford is charged with neglect of a dependent in the incident at a home on the 1400 block of West Ninth Street back in January involving a pit bull. The victim has undergone several surgeries since.

Teen Guilty In Anderson Slaying

A Madison County jury on Thursday found a young Anderson man guilty of murder in the 2020 slaying of a former Muncie resident. The Star Press reports 19 year old Kyrell Cole was convicgted in the October 2020 deadly shooting of 25 year old Quincy Malone in a home on 21st Street. Cole will be sentenced by Madison Circuit Court Judge Andrew Hopper on Aug. 17.

Husband, Wife Art Show At Cornerstone

Leon and Laura Crosby will open their joint art show, Thursday, Aug. 4 at Cornerstone Center for the Arts, 520 E. Main Street. They will host a reception from 5-8 p.m. at Cornerstone. The Crosbys have collaborated on this collection to create paintings inspired by fantasy lore and fairy tales. T Leon Crosby is Cornerstone’s Education Coordinator and teaches classes, and his wife Laura is a clinical supervisor at Meridian Health Services.

Yorktown Roundabout: Will They Be Done Before School Starts?

Photo By Town of Yorktown

We needed rain, but it slowed down the roundabout: INDOT in concurrence with the Town of Yorktown, is extending the closure of the Nebo Rd & River Rd intersection to no later than Saturday, August 6, according to a social media post we happened to see. They are working safely, but quickly to be ready for Yorktown’s school traffic for the week of August 8.

More local news briefs below…

Let’s go racin’ –  It’s a Race weekend like no other – IMS President Doug Boles

This is not the first year for this set up.

He spoke to WLBC’s Jared Boomer recently.

Inside Out Ministries Muncie:  Bob Ball wrote yesterday, they are getting closer to a $10,000 match! As of yesterday morning, they were just over half way – each donation made will go towards providing healthy meals and snacks for children in our community.  The donation link is right here.

The August 3rd Muncie on the Move Breakfast and program will feature 13 new members of the Muncie Delaware Chamber of Commerce, and will honor the winners for the Hole Sponsor for the Chamber Cup —Bethel Pointe/Albany Health & Rehab/Parker City Health & Rehab.

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced it has awarded just short of $3 million to 413 nonprofits to fund arts projects and organizations around the state through the Arts Organization Support and Arts Project Support grant programs.  In Madison county Anderson Fine Arts Foundation, Inc , and Anderson Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. received gifts.

In just a few weeks, college students will head back to their dorm rooms at a time when many students are struggling with mental health. According to the Mayo Clinic, 44% of college students report having symptoms of depression and anxiety.  New findings from the American Cleaning Institute and Wakefield Research found that nearly all college students (92%) recognize that having a clean room helps them feel their best, both mentally and physically. Yet, nearly 3 in 4 (72%) were less than completely prepared to clean on their own upon first arriving to college.

Huge Indy race weekend –  Sunday is the finale’ of the three day weekend of racing at IMS – Doug Boles

Radio start time is 1:30 p.m. on 92-5 FM, 1340 AM in Muncie, and 101.1 FM and 1240 AM in Anderson.

Looking for vendors for Craft Fair, sponsored by Riverview Nazarene Women’s Ministries, 2600 E Willard, Muncie.   Saturday Oct. 8, 9 am – 3 pm.  Registration application and fee due by Sept. 10.

First Choice for Women will be the WLBC Hometown Hero of the Month for August, and they are planning for their annual banquet October 20 at the Horizon Convention Center. Did you know they provide diapers, wipes, formula, cribs, floor equipment, baby food, clothing 0-5t and more? Email for more information.

Sprite is retiring its green plastic bottles after more than 60 years.  CNN reported the change to clear plastic beginning August 1 as part of broader efforts to become more environmentally responsible. The color additive can’t be recycled into new bottles.

Your topics will be the discussion –  Congresswoman Victoria Spartz to Host Town Halls in Madison and Grant Counties on Saturday, August 13:  Pendleton Community Public Library at 10:30 AM – Parking is directly outside the east end doors.  Then she’ll travel to Gas City Fire Dept. Station 2 for a 1:00 PM event.

Saturday is the first of five free concerts for the Three Trails Music Series in Muncie – at Canan Commons, singer-songwriter James McMurtry and his band will perform at 7:00 PM, with opening act  Muncie native Mike Martin and the Beautiful Mess.

Madison County farmer Josh Miller has been elected chair of the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) Board of Directors during its 62nd Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in Sacramento, Calif. This week.  A fifth-generation farmer from Anderson, overseeing 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans, according to Hoosier Ag Today.

Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced it has awarded just short of $3 million to 413 nonprofits to fund arts projects and organizations around the state through the Arts Organization Support and Arts Project Support grant programs.   In Grant county:  Marion Community School of the Arts, Hoosier Shakes, Inc., and The Quilters Hall of Fame.

Weekend Racing In Anderson

Four traveling series will be in action this weekend at Anderson Speedway with racing on Friday and Saturday. The Herald Bulletin reports the highlight of the weekend will be the inaugural Gene Nolen Classic for the 500 Sprint Car Tour on Saturday.
The Saturday night racing program includes the Kenyon Midget Series and the Friday night program includes the 25th running of the Grant Fritz/Greg Dietzen Memorial for Legends cars.

IU Health Medical Center Earns Honors

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2022-2023 ‘Best Hospitals’ rankings that include Indiana University Health Medical Center among the nation’s top adult hospitals and the only nationally ranked adult hospital in the state. For 2022-2023, IU Health Medical Center was rated as high performing nationally in five specialties, including Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Geriatrics, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology & Lung Surgery and