Earth Day in Muncie brings fisticuffs over littering

Some take Earth Day a little more serious than others…

MUNCIE — An Indianapolis woman apparently took Sunday’s celebration of Earth Day very seriously.Andrea Jane Ginther, 44, told authorities she was driving on Muncie’s south side on Sunday afternoon when she saw a woman “toss a piece of paper on the ground.”Ginther, according to a Muncie Police MUNCIE — An Indianapolis woman apparently took Sunday’s celebration of Earth Day very seriously.

Andrea Jane Ginther, 44, told authorities she was driving on Muncie’s south side on Sunday afternoon when she saw a woman “toss a piece of paper on the ground.”

Ginther, according to a Muncie Police Department report, said she “does not take littering lightly,” and stopped to confront the alleged litterer.

When two city police officers arrived at Memorial Drive and Mulberry Street a few minutes later, they reported finding Ginther punching the other woman in the face.

Officer Matthew Hollans reported Ginther ignored officers’ demand that she stop fighting, and wouldn’t let go of the hair of her alleged victim — 23-year-old Mercadies Lanette Kirby of Muncie — when he and another patrolman tried to separate the women.

The Indianapolis resident then struggled with the officers as they tried to place handcuffs on her wrists, Hollans wrote.

Witnesses — one of them Kirby’s brother — said they saw Ginther pull her sport-utility vehicle to the side of the street near Kirby.

The two women exchanged angry words before Ginther left her vehicle and approached Kirby “in a hostile manner,” according to a nearby resident.

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