Plymouth BOW Considers Prepayment of Ambulance

Plymouth Fire Chief Rod Miller asked the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members this week for the prepayment of a new ambulance.

“I’m asking the board authorize Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver to prepay an invoice to Crossroads Ambulance Service in the amount of $186,806 even,” said Miller. “It’s supposed to be done any time now. If we could have authorization for Jeanine to do that and hold the check until the inspection has been done by me and accepted by me.”

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Triton School Board Members Approve Bid for Administration Building Carpet Project

Triton School Board members approved a bid from J. Lane Flooring and Design for a proposed carpet project in the administration building when they met Tuesday night.

The approved bid was for $7,116.25. Superintendent Donna Burroughs said the next step in the process will be to have someone from J. Lane come in and present the board members with various carpeting options. Continue reading

Marshall County Sheriff to Apply for Lake Marine Patrol Grant

Marshall County Sheriff Matt Hassel asked the county council members Monday morning to apply for a Department of Natural Resources grant for Lake Marine Patrol.

Sheriff Hassel said the grant is for patrols for Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver.

“There’s no county cash match or anything. It’s strictly the grant. The Culver Lake Association pays for the program,” said Hassel.

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Plymouth School Board Updated on Lincoln Junior High Project

The Lincoln Junior High School building project is moving along according to schedule. “Design work continues,” Plymouth School Superintendent Andy Hartley told the school board last week. “We hope to have some renderings for you to look at formally at our next meeting, and it’s also in the next phase of estimations from the construction management firm.”

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Purdue Extension to Host Local Government Finance Workshop

The Purdue Extension Community Development Program is hosting a local government finance workshop for economic development professionals, local elected and appointed officials and community leaders.

The workshop will be held at the Plymouth Public Library from 1p.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Friday, December 15th. It is geared toward community members from a number of counties including Marshall, Pulaski and Starke.

The program will dig deeper into data from our counties and the region in general. Continue reading

Gauvin Monaghan Sentenced to 65 Years for Murder of Paul Costello

In a Wednesday sentencing hearing in Marshall County Superior Court No.1 , Judge Robert O. Bowen sentenced 19-year-old Gauvin Monaghan to the maximum allowable sentence of 65 years for the October 2016 murder of 78-year-old Richard “Paul” Costello.

After the hearing, Marshall County Prosecuting Attorney Nelson Chipman commented on the totality of the circumstances of the offense and the background of the defendant saying Gauvin Monaghan was a serial killer who fortunately got caught after his first murder.

According to information released by the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office, Monaghan read aloud from a letter, asking the victim’s family for forgiveness. Costello’s friends and family members filled the spectator section of the courtroom and intensely watched the proceedings.

Prosecuting Attorney Nelson Chipman attempted to seek some kind of explanation from Monaghan of why he beat an elderly man to death, inquiring as to whether anger, money or revenge played a factor. Monaghan reportedly could only answer that he did not know why.

No other live testimony was provided by either side. Instead, the state of Indiana submitted numerous photographs depicting the viciousness of the crime and the extent of the victim’s injuries and relied upon the Victim Impact letters provided by family members and some of Paul’s friends. Continue reading

Narcotics Discovered During K-9 Sweep at Bremen High School

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Narcotics were found during a K-9 search at Bremen High School earlier today. Bremen Police Department Officers teamed up with officers from the Indiana State Police and Plymouth Police department to conduct a K-9 sweep of the school’s campus.

According to representatives of the Bremen Police Department, during the course of the search, K-9s indicated on a vehicle in the high school parking lot where illegal narcotics were discovered. Continue reading

Marshall County Council, Plymouth BOW Discuss Planning Director, Contracts

The issue of a part-time code enforcement officer was discussed during Monday morning’s Marshall County Council meeting.

Planning Commission President Stan Klotz noted that there are some issues concerning code enforcement in the county. He said Planning Director Ralph Booker is in an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Plymouth in addition to his full-time duties with the county. He believes that because of the split focus, code enforcement has been lacking in the county.

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Culver Town Council Discusses Traffic Ordinance

The Culver Town Council members discussed a proposed traffic ordinance during their meeting Tuesday night.

The ordinance designates a congested motor vehicle traffic and pedestrian area on Lakeshore Drive and signage will be placed between 508 Lakeshore east to 824 Lakeshore Drive. The ordinance also creates a no parking zone for 50 feet from the intersection on both sides of the street on Batabano and South Plymouth Street.

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Bremen Downtown Revitalization Project Delayed

The downtown revitalization project which includes new streets, sidewalks, curbs and lighting for the Town of Bremen has been postponed.

Bremen Director of Operations Trend Weldy said the delay could be to the town’s advantage.

“With help from INDOT, they’re going to pay for a few more things that’s going to save us some extra money,” said Weldy. “They’ll pay for environmental studies and things like that that we won’t have to pay for. It’ll save us $20,000 to $30,000 or maybe a little more when it comes to that.”

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