Ball State to break ground on new science building

MUNCIE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Ball State University will Friday break ground on its new $87.5 million, five-story structure that will house the school’s chemistry and biology departments. The new Foundational Sciences Building, along with the Health Professions Building, is part of a phased plan to replace the Cooper Science Complex. 

Part of the new East Quad, the building will stand to the south of the new Health Professions Building. Plans for the building were first announced in March

Ball State says the new building will feature: 

  • 208,000 square feet 
  • aquatics suite 
  • collaborative space 
  • faculty and graduate offices and conference rooms 
  • imaging suite 
  • research library and computer labs 
  • classrooms, teaching laboratories, and research laboratories.

The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on the northeast corner of Martin Street and Ashland Avenue.

The building is slated for completion in summer 2021. 


2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.