Suspected Drug Dealers Arrested in Marshall County

Three suspected drug dealers were arrested in Marshall County Thursday morning in what police are calling a warrant sweep.

Officers with the Indiana State Police Bremen Post, Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section and Indiana State Police ERT executed a search warrant at a home in the 3,000 block of 18 B Road in Tippecanoe there they allegedly found numerous guns, prescription pills, and suspected methamphetamine. Gabriel Geldner, 41, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance, a Level 5 felony. The case information has been forwarded to the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office for review of additional charges. He is being held in the Marshall County Jail with a $40,000 bond.  Continue reading

Marshall County Commissioners Discuss Copier Agreement

The Marshall County Commissioners were presented with a master agreement for the lease or purchase of copy machines for all county departments.

County Councilman Bill Githens worked with Ricoh representative Patrick Nau to formulate an agreement to be presented to County Attorney Jim Clevenger for review. There are five departments who have copier replacement requests in their budgets this year and it is the hope that this contract would save the county thousands of dollars in copier leases or purchases and maintenance and service fees.

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’17-’18 School Year Accomplishments and Goals Shared During Argos School Board Meeting

Some accomplishments, as well as a few ongoing goals, were shared during the Argos School Board meeting on Monday.

The successfully implemented Argos Pre-School program was acknowledged as an accomplishment, as well as the corporation’s two nominations from the Advanced Placement Teacher Investment Program offered through the University of Notre Dame. Continue reading

Bremen School Board Reorganizes at First Meeting of 2018

Some changes were made to the officer positions of the Bremen School Board during their meeting earlier this week. According to Bremen Superintendent Dr. Jim White, Brian Teall was elected to the president’s position and Suzanne Ginter was elected to serve as vice president.

The secretary position, on the other hand, was unchanged with Jesse Bohannon retaining that spot. Continue reading

Rochester Woman Sentenced on Possession of Methamphetamine Charge

On Wednesday, January 17th 44-year-old Geraldine Whitfield, of Rochester, appeared in Marshall Superior Court No. 1 where she was sentenced by agreement to 9 years imprisonment for Possession of Methamphetamine as a Level 3 Felony.

According to information released by the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office, 7 of those years call for incarceration at the Indiana Department of Corrections followed by 2 years of reporting probation. Continue reading

Argos Clerk-Treasurer Seeks Approval of Intergovernmental Agreement

Argos Clerk-Treasurer Lisa Mullaney asked the Marshall County Commissioners to consider an intergovernmental agreement between the county, Town of Argos and Building Commissioner Chuck DeWitt for building and planning services.

The Town of Argos is looking toward economic growth. Mullaney said town officials need help with planning and Board of Zoning Appeals assistance to move forward. Mullaney commented that the members of these boards are volunteers and not qualified professionals so guidance from DeWitt would be appreciated.

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Bremen Superintendent Presents Bond Proposal to School Board for Consideration

When the Bremen School Board met for the first time this year, Superintendent Jim White presented members with some information about acquiring a bond in order to make some capital improvements around the building.

During Monday night’s meeting, Dr. White suggested that the school look into utilizing a solar generation system as a way to help defer energy costs over the next 25 to 30 years. Continue reading

Commissioners, Highway Supervisor Discuss Damaged Mailboxes

The Marshall County Commissioners would like to see what other counties do in terms of mailbox replacement during plow events.

Highway Supervisor Jason Peters presented a proposed policy during the last meeting that outlined a procedure of how mailboxes are replaced if damaged during a snow event. If the force of the snow knocks down a mailbox or damages a post, the county highway will not accept responsibility for that. If the plow strikes a mailbox, the highway department will replace it.

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Plymouth Redevelopment Commission Gets Update on Rees Theater Project

Phase 1 of the Rees Theater project is complete. Randy Danielson gave the Plymouth Redevelopment Commission an update on the work done Tuesday night.

“In two weeks, we will reach our first anniversary of having the building moved over to a not-for-profit,” explained Danielson. “That first phase has allowed us to do the façade work, the masonry work that needed done, a dangerous masonry portion on LaPorte Street was taken care of as well, and the marquee was fixed and repaired so it is part of the community again.”

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Argos Superintendent Provides Update About Switching From Appointed to Elected School Board

Argos Superintendent Ned Speicher provided school board and audience members with an update about shifting from an appointed board to an elected one during Monday night’s meeting.

Their plan about this process is expected to go before the State Board of Education in February, according to Argos Administrative Assistant Patti VanDerWeele. Continue reading

Marshall County Engineer/Director Position Still Open

The Marshall County Commissioners are still looking to fill the county’s engineer/director position at the county highway department. Commission President Kevin Overmyer said no resumes had been received as of Tuesday morning.

Commissioner Mike Delp said Highway Supervisor Jason Peters has made an offer to hire a clerk at the highway department. Delp added that since things are in a transition phase at the moment, others should be involved when hiring a parts manager.

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Argos School Board Retains Existing Officers

The Argos School Board handled start-of-the-year reorganization and appointments when they met Monday night.

According to Administrative Assistant Patti VanDerWeele, the board members voted to retain existing officers since they were named in July. Monty Peden, Doug Middleton and Jennifer Hurford were elected to the President, Vice-President and the Secretary positions, respectively. Continue reading

South Bend Man Faces Multiple Charges After Reportedly Stealing Ring and Fleeing From Police

Around 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16th, a diamond ring valued at $4,300 was reportedly stolen from Kings Jewelry at 202 N Michigan St in Plymouth.

The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Daniel Smith, of South Bend, allegedly ran out the door as Plymouth Police Officer John Weir was approaching the building. According to the officer’s narrative, a struggle ensued and Smith broke free, then ran to a car behind Treats. Continue reading

Plymouth Woman Faces Level 6 Felony After Resisting Law Enforcement With Vehicle

On Thursday, January 11th, Plymouth Police Officer Shanna Gilmer reported locating 35-year-old Maribel Alvarado, of Plymouth, operating a vehicle on Oak Drive.

Officer Gilmer said that Alvarado had an active warrant for her arrest in Marshall County for failure to appear on an intimidation charge. An attempt was made to stop the vehicle but Alvarado reportedly proceeded to drive to her residence on Hillcrest. Continue reading