Muncie man accused of confining DCS contractor

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Michael Hoover (Photo: Photo provided)

MUNCIE, Ind. — A Muncie man is accused of refusing to allow a contractor for the Indiana Department of Child Services to leave his home.

Michael G. Hoover, 34, was arrested Saturday, preliminarily charged with criminal confinement, battery and interference with the Department of Child Services.

A woman “who works with a company through (DCS)” told Delaware County sheriff’s deputies when she went to Hoover’s home — in the 3700 block of North Harvest Drive — on Friday, he was engaged in activity that violated an agreement with DCS.

Court documents did not specify what that behavior was.

After she told Hoover she would have to report the incident to her supervisor, she said, he grabbed a back pack she was wearing and pulled her back into his residence. She said he then blocked her access to steps on a porch for three to four minutes.

He then followed her to her car and for a time stood next to the vehicle.

The woman told deputies Hoover “didn’t want her to leave in fear that (he) would lose his children.”

He was later released from the Delaware County jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

Hoover was arrested in June after he was accused of battering a 13-year-old boy at his ex-wife’s Randolph County home.

His trial in that case — on counts of domestic battery and battery on a child — is set for Oct. 26 in Randolph Circuit Court.

In other crime news:

Hospital disturbance: A Muncie man was arrested after he allegedly caused a disturbance in the emergency department at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, in the process threatening to harm a hospital police officer.

Bobby A. Chapman, 43, of the 900 block of East Dunn Avenue, was arrested Saturday on preliminary counts of intimidation on law enforcement, neglect of a dependent, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Authorities said Chapman — reportedly brought to the hospital because of his apparent level of intoxication — was “cursing at staff and disturbing other patients within the emergency department.”

The Muncie man reportedly told a police officer he had a child at home in need of medical care, but then refused to provide further information.

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When the officer suggested he might call Department of Child Services officials, Chapman told him if he did, “he would find me when he got out of jail.”

He was released from the jail after posting a $13,500 bond.

Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at [email protected]

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