The Herald Bulletin

January 17, 2014

Local Briefs: Jan. 18

The Herald Bulletin

---- — MUNCIE — The Muncie 9.12 Tea Party will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Kennedy Library, 1700 W. McGalliard Road, Muncie.

Jeff Arnold, Delaware County Prosecutor, will be the guest speaker. Upon graduation from Indiana University Law School, Arnold went into private practice, as well as being a part-time deputy prosecutor from 1987 until 2006. His primary focus is on the expungement of criminal records.

There will be a question and answer time.

CHA offers Better Breathers Club

ANDERSON — The Better Breathers Club will meet on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Anderson Education Center, 1923 N. Madison Ave. Amy Matthew, clinical manager of Community Anderson’s Sleep and Neurodiagnostics Center, will discuss sleep disorders and sleep hygiene.

The club is a support group for adults suffering from chronic lung disease, organized through the American Lung Association of Indiana. Information or RSVP: Dawana Felty, 298-5178.

Poker blogger gets probation for casino theft

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — A poker blogger was sentenced to a probation program for stealing nearly $700 at a Connecticut casino by using chopsticks to pull cash out of a hole in a card dealers’ locked tip box.

Jay Newnum, 41, of Fishers, Ind., returned the money stolen from Foxwoods Resort Casino after a poker tournament in December and was granted accelerated rehabilitation, a state court program that allows the charges to be erased if he successfully completes probation, The Day of New London reported.

IU student causes damage in drive across campus

BLOOMINGTON — Indiana University police say an IU student caused up to $25,000 in damage to his car and school property during a wild early morning drive across campus.

Lt. W. Craig Munroe tells The Herald-Times an officer watched early Friday as the student's car exited through the north arch of the campus' iconic Sample Gates. Police don't believe the gates suffered any major damage. But most of the student's car was damaged from striking bushes, trees, poles and bike racks during his drive along campus sidewalks.

Flu deaths prompt Marion County hospital limits

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's recent surge in flu-related deaths has prompted Marion County to impose temporary restrictions on who can visit Indianapolis-area hospitals.

The limits announced Friday came as state health officials announced that the number of Indiana influenza deaths this season had jumped to 11, up from three reported a week ago.

Funding plan for Natatorium upgrade draws heat

INDIANAPOLIS — A proposal for Indianapolis to give Indiana University nearly $10 million to help renovate its three-decade-old Natatorium is running in opposition from local Democrats.

City-County Council vice president John Barth says providing IU with $9.5 million to upgrade the swimming and diving complex would be "a hard pill" for Marion County taxpayers to swallow.