Thursday, June 25, 2020 Woof Boom Briefs

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb says “we are on track,” and he is pleased with the safe progress being made, since Indiana starting going back to work.  Steady or slowly declining hospitalization rates were reported by Dr. Box.  Masks and social distancing are still strongly recommended, and the elderly and other high risk population must stay on alert.  Dr. Box went on, “This is not business as usual.”


There is an average of 500,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in Indiana per year. That’s just one of the reasons the National Weather Service in Indianapolis is telling you to be on the lookout for lightning, especially this time of year.  This week is National Lightning Safety Week


You have heard from us that July 18th is the special, delayed commencement ceremony for Muncie Central High School.  The Class will be split into three groups, and at 1, 3, and 5 p.m. will come into the school for the last time. Principal Chris Walker also explained yesterday each student will receive their actual diploma that day, then proceed one last time through the hallways, and return outdoors to their ride home or their own car.  Guests will need to stay in the parking lot, to Listen to the ceremonies Live on Woof Boom Radio.  Listen for details on  where to listen!


Your senator is co-sponsoring the Justice Act. Now, Todd Young is making a case for a bipartisan outcome. Kurt Darling reports

Aldi is recalling bagged salad mix because it might make people sick.  Aldi said its Little Salad Bar Garden Salad could be contaminated with a parasite.  The salad mix was sold in 12-ounce bags and the bags have Best If Used By Dates of May 1 through June 29.  If you own any of the recalled salad, you should not eat it. You should throw it away or return it to the store for a refund.


Tearing down statues and monuments shows how passionate some people are about race issues, but it’s not the answer, says Sen. Mike Braun. Chris Davis reports

Sportslink from Ball State has great stories to tell – and they will, June 30th with a digital premiere of a new documentary

Chris Taylor, Senior Director of Digital Sports Production spoke to us yesterday – hear much more about the event on our Local News Page now, and this weekend on This Week in Delaware County.

It’s a creative way to salute the Bearcats

That’s Muncie Central Principal Chris Walker, explaining to us yesterday how social distancing has affected their method to hold an in person commencement ceremony, July 18th at the High School auditorium.  Hear the entire interview this weekend on This Week in Delaware County, or on our Local News page right now.


You’ve probably heard the term “qualified immunity” over the past couple of weeks. Chris Davis explains what that means and why Sen. Mike Braun is willing to go against Republicans and police unions to reform it

It’s the second public chicken meeting tonight in Muncie.  Earlier this week, those speaking against the chicken ordinance focused on the city’s budget and how more animals in the city could create more work for the city animal shelter, an argument backed up by Muncie Animal Care and Services Director Ethan Browning citing 18 calls regarding chickens within the city last year, despite chickens being illegal to have in the city at the time.   The council plans to vote on the ordinance during its July 6 meeting.


Welsh athletes are in focus in a brand new BSU Sportslink effort to digitally premiere June 30th.  One of the many stories will be about this athlete

In Wales, they will see that story and the entire “Transatlantic Storytelling” show in primetime – Chris Taylor did that clock math for us, and explained yesterday that 3 p.m. here in Indiana is when you will see it first – watch for links on the social media of Sportslink.


Bayer will pay more than $10 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits regarding claims that its Roundup herbicide causes cancer, the company said in a statement. The settlement, however, does not contain an admission of wrongdoing or liability.  Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the company since Monsanto, owned by Bayer, lost a lawsuit in 2018, after a school groundskeeper claimed its weed killer caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


According to a recent survey from TopCashback.com, 66 percent of Americans are taking a staycation this summer.   Not only are staycations trending, but 94 percent of Americans who have taken a staycation before also enjoy them.


An undergraduate student at Purdue University was expelled Tuesday for making what the University called “racist and despicable” statements on social media.  In a video posted on TikTok by undergraduate student Maxwell Lawrence, he pretends to drive through a crowd of protesters with the caption, “Driving to your fishing spot and the protesters try blocking the road.”  In a statement, Purdue President Mitch Daniels calls the post “racist and despicable,” adding that “repeated statements posted on social media by Lawrence appear plainly intended to incite others and therefore create a risk of public safety issues in the current environment.”


There is an average of 500,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in Indiana per year. That’s just one of the reasons the National Weather Service in Indianapolis is telling you to be on the lookout for lightning, especially this time of year.  This week is National Lightning Safety Week.


Aldi is recalling bagged salad mix because it might make people sick.  Aldi said its Little Salad Bar Garden Salad could be contaminated with a parasite that causes nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fatigue.  The salad mix was sold in 12-ounce bags and the bags have Best If Used By Dates of May 1 through June 29.  If you own any of the recalled salad, you should not eat it. You should throw it away or return it to the store for a refund.

Home Invasion In Alexandria Under Investigation

The Alexandria Police Department is seeking information on a home invasion-style robbery and burglary that happened Tuesday. Police say in a release it happened just before 3am on the 400 block of North Canal Street. Three masked individuals with firearms forced their way into the residence and demanded certain items that were not specified in the report. A victim was shot several times by a BB gun-style weapon before the suspects fled.

Details Few In Wake Of Tuesday Shooting

Details remain limited, but Muncie Police say at least one person was injured in a shooting near West Bethel and North Maplewood Avenue midday Tuesday. It happened on West Bethel Avenue in front of Ball State University’s Worthen Arena. One person was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. No word on suspects in the case.

MSD Shred Day Is July 14th

Muncie Sanitary District has rescheduled its annual shred day for Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 from 8a-12p at the Muncie Sanitation Barn located at 811 E Centennial Ave. Muncie Indiana 47303. This will be a drive-through service and participants are asked to wear face masks.

New ‘Reopening’ Billboard Going Up In Muncie

The first week of July a new billboard will be up at the intersection of Jackson and Kilgore. The individuals who are pictured are owners of businesses that have recently opened under COVID-19 restrictions. There are ten pictures in all with the slogan, Welcome Home, and The Original Muncie, also on the billboard.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Woof Boom Briefs

Yesterday, the Muncie Police Department was investigating after a person was shot in the area of Rosewood and Bethel avenues around noon.  RTV6 says MPD officers said the victim’s injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.  Police were called to Ball State University police are also on the scene.

Republican Indiana US Senator Mike Braun may be on a collision course with the leader of Republicans in the Senate. Network Indiana correspondent Darrin Wright reports from Fort Wayne

A Huntington man is now in jail after he stole a Goodwill truck, crashed into a bus, and then held a woman hostage.  Fort Wayne police say Rue Miller stole the truck from a Goodwill Monday morning, crashed into a bus, got out of the truck with a fire extinguisher and tried to use it to carjack another woman.  Miller faces numerous charges, including robbery, leaving the scene of an accident, kidnapping and resisting law enforcement.

Ball State University faculty and students received two Regional Emmy® Awards and seven Student Production Awards during the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Lower Great Lakes Emmy Awards last weekend, conducted virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Sports Link, Ball State’s digital sports production program, was honored in seven student production award categories.   These awards bring Ball State’s totals since 2000 to 54 Emmy Awards and 29 Student Production Awards.

Yorktown, don’t get confused!  Your 4 for the 4th run/walk and all day events are cancelled, and your fireworks are on as previously covered BUT, the Dance for Riley Hospital kids at the high school have now decided to DO the cardboard boat race fundraiser.

A survivor of the USS Indianapolis has died…

U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) joined a bipartisan coalition to introduce a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Currently, Juneteenth is celebrated by 47 states, including Indiana, and the District of Columbia.

Despite the coronavirus, Radio remains the nation’s leading audio platform with a 43% share of time spent with audio among persons 18+, according to Edison Research. The next three sources of audio don’t carry commercials: music videos on YouTube, only a 10% share, owned music (9%) and the ad-free channels on Sirius XM (7%).  Radio is 11 times bigger than ad supported Pandora, which grabbed a 4% share of ear, and 22 times larger than ad-supported Spotify (3%).

 State Representative Melanie Wright (D-Yorktown) announced her appointment to three interim study committees. Wright has been assigned to the following: Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Child Services Oversight Committee; and the Indiana Behavioral Health Commission.   The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature, so interim study committees meet in the summer and fall months to take a deeper dive into issues facing Hoosiers that were identified in the previous legislative sessions.

A missing 3-year-old autistic Florida boy was found safe and sound last week.  Marshal Butler, a non-communicative autistic child wandered off from his family’s home Wednesday, prompting a neighborhood search.  The panicked search lasted for several hours before finding him a mile away near a river, unharmed — and guarded by the two family dogs.

New stats are regarding the PPP:  Over 76,000 small businesses in Indiana have received  just over $9.4 billion.  As a reminder, the current deadline for the Small Business Administration to approve Paycheck Protection Program loans is 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 30, and $128 billion remains available to assist small businesses and non-profits.

U.S Attorney General Bill Barr says many American businesses are part of the problem with China. Kurt Darling reports…

Taylor University Admissions will move to a test-preferred, but flexible model for incoming students starting in January 2021.  The move is the latest in a growing trend of colleges and universities across the nation who have announced either discontinuance or modification of the role standardized tests play in their admissions decision.

From the Herald Bulletin:  The union representing the two Anderson Police Department officers placed on administrative leave with pay contends due process was not followed.  Officers Brandon Reynolds and Ashley Gravely were placed on administrative leave with pay on June 15 by Chief Jake Brown and Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. after a video surfaced showing one of the officers appearing to apply a chokehold during an arrest.

In the wake of New Castle’s devastating fire that burned their street department to the ground the Mayor of New Castle Greg York reached out to Muncie Sanitary District for help to pick up the trash. After MSD routes were completed, they sent a crew over to finish the routes they were unable to complete. New Castle will cover all costs as we send our crews in to cover these routes – this all according to a post on the MSD Facebook page.

State Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) today announced she has been selected by legislative leadership to serve on two interim study committees and one developmental board focused on improving Indiana’s environment. These committees allow legislators time to research and develop legislation during the months leading up to the 2021 session.

 Free food distributions this week: today in Portland at 10, and Wabash at 11 a.m.  Thursday in Hartford City, and at Muncie Mall both 10 a.m.  And Friday at 10 a.m. in both Anderson and Winchester.

Alexandria Community Schools See Beefed Up Bottom Line For Reopening

Alexandria Community Schools hoped to save money by consolidating the elementary school with the intermediate school but COVID-19 has changed the bottom line. As the district looks to eventually bring students back into buildings, it will need to continue to keep a full custodial staff in place for daily disinfection and will increase the elmentary nursing position by a few hours a week as well.

Midday Tuesday Shooting Under Investigation

A shooting in Muncie Tuesday that left one person injured near West Bethel and North Maplewood Avenue is under investigation. The Star Press reports a victim was transported by ambulance to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital with at least one gunshot wound to theirlower extremities. Police did not believe the injuries were life-threatening. The victim reportedly called 9-1-1. No word on suspects or a motive.

Special Meetings On Muncie Livestock Ordinance

The Land and Traffic Committee of the Muncie Common Council will hold two (2) Special Meetings, both at 7:00 PM on Tuesday June 23, 2020 and Thursday, June 25, 2020 in the City Hall Auditorium at 300 North High Street. The meeting will be in regards to public input on an ordinance of the City of Muncie amending the city code on livestock.

Regional Emmys For BSU Programs

Ball State University faculty and students received two Regional Emmy® Awards and seven Student Production Awards during the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Lower Great Lakes Emmy Awards on June 20, conducted virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sports Link, Ball State’s digital sports production program, was honored in seven student production award categories.