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1US IN: Medical Marijuana Bill Assigned To GraveyardMon, 19 Jan 2015
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) Author:Slabaugh, Seth Area:Indiana Lines:Excerpt Added:01/21/2015

MUNCIE - One of the backers of a medical marijuana bill introduced by Sen. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, is the father of a Muncie woman who died in her 30s of a terminal illness.

"Her dad told me her best days were when she could get high-grade marijuana," Errington says.

The fifth annual "Hoosier Survey," conducted in 2012 by Ball State University, found that 53 percent of Hoosiers supported decriminalizing marijuana by making it legal to possess small quantities.

The 2013 "Hoosier Survey" found that 52 percent of Hoosiers supported making marijuana a regulated substance much like alcohol and tobacco, and that 78 percent of Hoosiers believed that marijuana should be taxed like cigarettes.

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2 US IN: LTE: Marijuana Use Presents RisksThu, 24 Apr 2014
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) Author:Wagner, Bryant Area:Indiana Lines:46 Added:04/25/2014

The legalization of marijuana is becoming an ongoing issue and is one that doesn't deserve all of the media attention that it gets.

On March 14, an article was written in The New York Times titled "Medical Marijuana Bill Dies in Washington State." The article was aimed toward the House and Senate attempting to pass a bill that would bring Washington state's largely unregulated medical marijuana system under control of local governments.

The amendments were made anticipating that revenue from marijuana sales could be distributed to local governments. Many medical marijuana dispensaries and patients opposed the new regulations fearing that their system would be crushed by the commercial market.

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3US IN: OPED: Red Ribbon Calls Attention To Drug AwarenessMon, 25 Oct 2010
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) Author:Griffy, Tiffany Trissel Area:Indiana Lines:Excerpt Added:10/26/2010

Once again, the Delaware County Coordinating Council to Prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse is sponsoring Red Ribbon Week locally in conjunction with the national drug awareness observance held each October.

Red Ribbon Week originated in 1985 as a result of the death of a Drug Enforcement Agent and is dedicated to all of those who have been wrongfully killed due to drugs and violence. This year's Red Ribbon celebration activities will be this week.

In the next few days, all children attending public school in Delaware County will be sent home information regarding this year's activities and discounts, along with a red silicon bracelet imprinted with the Red Ribbon Week Theme. This year's theme is "My Life, My Future, Drug Free." Many of the schools will be participating by doing different activities in the classroom. I would also like to challenge parents to take this opportunity to talk to your child about the importance of being drug, alcohol and tobacco free.

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4US IN: The Rise And Fall And Rise Of MethSun, 17 Oct 2010
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) Author:Werner, Nick Area:Indiana Lines:Excerpt Added:10/17/2010

After The Pseudoephedrine Law Knocked The Drug Down, It Returned With A Vengeance.

GASTON -- On a Thursday afternoon in September, police converged on an older house near downtown Gaston with whitewashed clapboard siding.

Across the street, Kaylie Starrett watched from her own home, confused by all the commotion. In the 18 months or so that Starrett had lived in the neighborhood, everyone across the street seemed friendly.

It wasn't until later that she learned from friends that police suspected her neighbors were manufacturing methamphetamine.

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5US IN: Editorial: Counties Need To Move Fast And Ban 'Spice'Sun, 05 Sep 2010
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN)          Area:Indiana Lines:Excerpt Added:09/05/2010

If you're unfamiliar with the terms K2, Pep, Kind or spice, ask your son or daughter who's in high school or college. Unfortunately, you could probably ask your elementary student.

Chances are they know about it; perhaps they know someone who uses it. Maybe they've got first-hand experience.

In a nutshell, spice is an herb mixture marketed as an incense laced with a synthetic chemical that mimics the high produced by smoking marijuana, but it's said to be 10 times more potent.

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6US IN: Getting Clean Means Beating The OddsSun, 06 Dec 2009
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) Author:Werner, Nick Area:Indiana Lines:Excerpt Added:12/06/2009

Overcoming Addiction Has Proven Difficult For Many People Sentenced To Drug Court; Those Who Succeed Praise The Program.

MUNCIE -- If the Guinness Book contained a category for most expensive single drug binge, Jeff Branham might very well own the record.

By Branham's account, he smoked almost $20,000 worth of crack cocaine in an 11-day period, a bender that left little time for sleep or anything else but getting high.

What's worse, he financed the drugs by forging checks from his 83-year-old father's savings account, drawing the attention of authorities who charged him with 66 felony crimes.

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7US IN: Editorial: Confidence Must Be Restored In Drug Forfeiture ProcessSun, 04 Jan 2009
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN)          Area:Indiana Lines:Excerpt Added:01/04/2009

The fallout from the local Drug Task Force situation will be with Delaware County residents for months -- perhaps years -- to come, given the likelihood of appeals and the still pending report from the Indiana Supreme Court's Disciplinary Commission. But the bulk of the problem can be traced to a lack of oversight and a blatant disregard for the community's best interest that must be remedied before confidence can be restored.

While the actions of the local DTF and prosecutor's office were particularly egregious, the origins of the situation can be traced to the state and the Indiana General Assembly. Legislation governing the handling of confiscated drug-related funds and property is vague, and officials in most counties are unsure exactly how the money is to be handled. With few guidelines, they have for the most part created their own procedures. The fact no money apparently has ever been sent to the designated state education fund is particularly telling.

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8US IN: Local Women: Muncie Needs A Women's Rehab ProgramSat, 27 Dec 2008
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) Author:Farguheson, Ivy Area:Indiana Lines:Excerpt Added:12/27/2008

MUNCIE -- Local women in need of drug and alcohol rehabilitation services are often left with limited options in Muncie. And that's especially true if they are coming home after spending time in Indiana's jails and prisons.

"Basically, they just go back to the same environment they left," said Karen Watson, who ministers to women in the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis. "If they have a good environment, they're lucky. If they have a bad environment, then they end up ... back on drugs or in prison."

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9US IN: Deputy Gets Suspension For Drunken DrivingThu, 16 Oct 2008
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) Author:Yencer, Rick Area:Indiana Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2008

MUNCIE - A Delaware County sheriff's deputy received a 15-day suspension without pay this week after he was arrested for drunken driving this summer at an Indiana State Police "sobriety checkpoint."

Ray A. Dudley, 39, also entered into a deferral program with the Delaware County prosecutor's office for first-time offenders, and will have the drunken driving charge erased after a year following completion of the program.

The traffic stop resulted in formal misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol count of .08 or more. Dudley's BAC tested at .10 percent.

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10US IN: Drug Money Fuels DTF Spending SpreeTue, 26 Aug 2008
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) Author:Yencer, Rick Area:Indiana Lines:Excerpt Added:08/26/2008

MUNCIE -- The Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task Force and former Police Chief Joe Winkle went on a spending spree last year with forfeited drug money, including expenses for a personal trainer and a 50-inch plasma television for the city hall gym.

Even bigger expenses questioned in a State Board of Account audit of 2007 city spending include payments of $31,199 for two high-end sport-utility vehicles for DTF officers, and paying off the remaining $17,873 loan balance on accused drug dealer Adrian Kirtz's confiscated 2003 GMC Denali that sits in storage.

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11US IN: Dailey Concludes DTF Hearings With No Findings Of CrimesThu, 07 Aug 2008
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) Author:Yencer, Rick Area:Indiana Lines:Excerpt Added:08/08/2008

The city will continue to pursue appointment of a special prosecutor to review local forfeiture cases.

MUNCIE -- Delaware Circuit Court 2 Judge Richard Dailey on Wednesday concluded his series of hearings on the handling of forfeitures and seizures in local drug-related cases, making no finding of criminal activity.

"That is something left to someone else to do," said Dailey, referring to a grand jury or special prosecutor.

Dailey reviewed 10 more cases Wednesday in which the Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task Force, Delaware County Prosecutor Mark McKinney and Deputy Prosecutor Eric Hoffman used confidential settlements or affidavits to seize and disperse the money and assets of alleged drug dealers.

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12US IN: Prosecutor: 'I Have Not Done Anything Wrong'Mon, 21 Jul 2008
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) Author:Yencer, Rick Area:Indiana Lines:Excerpt Added:07/21/2008

MUNCIE -- Mark McKinney maintains he has not "done anything wrong" in accepting payment for work on civil forfeiture cases after taking office as Delaware County prosecutor in January 2007.

"That was for work I did before I took office," McKinney, who was a deputy prosecutor for several years before his November 2006 election, said during a Friday interview. "I never billed the city for anything after I took office."

McKinney was paid $5,969 in attorney fees in 2007, however, on a handful of civil forfeiture cases, with $4,193 for the seizure of property and money from accused drug dealer Adrian Kirtz. That case is among those being investigated after the Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task Force and McKinney, acting as its attorney, allegedly distributed more than $50,000 in cash and other property through a confidential settlement after a judge had ordered the assets frozen.

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13US IN: Judge Proposes Rules Aimed At DTF 'Ethical Concerns'Fri, 18 Jul 2008
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) Author:Yencer, Rick Area:Indiana Lines:Excerpt Added:07/18/2008

MUNCIE -- New rules governing local drug forfeiture cases could end the practice of the Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task Force and its attorney, County Prosecutor Mark McKinney, of seizing -- and spending - -- money from alleged drug dealers without court orders.

Delaware Circuit Court 2 Judge Richard Dailey on Thursday gave local officials a draft of those rules, which would require criminal cases to be disposed of before any civil drug forfeiture is ordered.

And forfeitures would be handled by an attorney under written contract who is either not a deputy prosecutor or a salaried deputy prosecutor not assigned to any criminal prosecutions.

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14US IN: Judge Wants Banking Records in Forfeiture ProbeSat, 28 Jun 2008
Source:Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) Author:Walker, Douglas Area:Indiana Lines:Excerpt Added:06/29/2008

MUNCIE -- Judge Richard Dailey wants records reflecting all deposits and withdrawals -- and copies of cashed checks -- from a First Merchants Bank account that contained funds confiscated from accused drug dealers by the Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task Force and the county prosecutor's office.

The Delaware Circuit Court 2 judge on Friday issued court orders for those banking records, along with those of two city government accounts and tax forms reflecting payments to Delaware County Prosecutor Mark McKinney, Deputy Prosecutor Eric Hoffman and former Deputy Prosecutor Louis Denney, who filed the civil lawsuits that led to the forfeitures.

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