Three Arrested for Dealing Marijuana

A drug tip led to the arrest of three people in Plymouth for dealing in marijuana.

Troopers with the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section received information from the Illinois State Police about a possible marijuana deal in Plymouth. Police set up surveillance at the location and arrested those allegedly involved.

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Charges Pending for Pursuit, Standoff Suspect

Donald Dickson, Jr.

Formal charges are pending against Donald Dickson, Jr. who allegedly led police on a vehicle pursuit and held a woman against her will.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Dickson led police on a chase after he did not stop when a Bremen police officer attempted to pull him over for speeding in the area of West Shore Drive at Lake of the Woods on Saturday evening. The officer noted in the document that the pursuit covered 17.1 miles and speeds reached in excess of 100 mph at times. Police say the driver did not stop at any posted stop signs, disregarded a hidden intersection and drove through three residential yards. Court documents indicate that people were enjoying a large family gathering when Dickson allegedly traveled through the event at a high rate of speed. No one was injured.

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Plymouth Police Chief Addresses Traffic Flow around Lincoln Jr. High School

Plymouth City Police Chief David Bacon presented the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members with a solution to a traffic flow issue on school days around the Lincoln Jr. High School.

Chief Bacon said Mayor Mark Senter and City Attorney Sean Surrisi met with the Director of Safety and Security and the Transportation Director from the school corporation to address traffic issues. He said traffic gets snarled around the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up portions of the school day at Lincoln Jr. High School.

“Traffic gets backed up on Gibson onto Liberty so we looked at ways to remedy that,” said Chief Bacon. “One solution is no parking on the south side of Gibson from Liberty Street to the circle drive. That will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days only.”

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Plymouth City Council Considers Proposal to Vacate Water Street

The Plymouth City Council members held a public hearing Monday night to hear comments on the proposed vacation of Water Street.

City Attorney Sean Surrisi mentioned that the city’s action is for the benefit of the River Gate South housing project. The road would be vacated from the Yellow River to east Lake Ave. Surrisi said the city owns all of the adjacent lots in the area, but the only concern is the utilities under that road.

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Culver Town Council Holds Public Hearing on Additional Appropriation

The Culver Town Council held a public hearing Tuesday night to hear comments on the appropriation of funds for a new ambulance.

Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim explained that the new ambulance is arriving soon but the money wasn’t earmarked in the budget for the replacement of an older truck. Heim said the older ambulance was overdue for replacement. It will be sold with the proceeds to be split between the town and Union Township.

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Lane Closures Expected for Spot Paving on U.S. 6

Indiana Department of Transportation crews will be repairing and repaving sections of U.S. 6 between U.S. 31 and State Road 106 in Marshall County beginning Friday, July 28 through Monday, July 31.

Officials say U.S. 6 will be open to all through traffic, but restricted to one lane in both directions. Drivers should be aware that delays may occur and extra time should be allowed for travel in this area.

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Pursuit, Standoff Leads to Arrest

One person was arrested on Saturday night after leading several police agencies on a vehicle pursuit and a standoff in Marshall County.

An officer with the Bremen Police Department reportedly attempted a traffic stop in the area of West Shore Drive at Lake of the Woods. Police say the driver, Donald Dickson, Jr., refused to stop and led the officer on a pursuit on 4th Road. The 20-minute pursuit ended after Dickson lost control of his car and crashed into a cornfield at the intersection of Hickory Road and 9B Road, according to police.

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Plymouth City Council Plans Wheel Tax Public Hearing

The Plymouth City Council members will gather public comments on a proposal to impose a wheel tax to help bridge a budget gap in 2018 and beyond.

Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver explained that the bond rating for the 2017 lease rental bonds was an A+, but Standard and Poor noted that the city’s decision to increase public safety salaries with reserves money this year will put the city’s budget in a $500,000 gap for 2018.

To remedy this, it was the Standard and Poor’s recommendation to raise new revenue.

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Culver Town Council to Meet Tonight

The Culver Town Council will meet tonight where discussions will continue surrounding the Stellar Communities Designation Program.

A public hearing is scheduled to gather comments on several additional appropriations. An ordinance to approve those additional appropriations will be discussed on first reading. Town Manager Jonathan Leist will have a report along with other department heads. Representatives from various boards and commissions will provide updates for the town council.

The Culver Town Council will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Culver Town Hall.

Marshall County DUI Task Force to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoints

In an effort to reduce impaired driving and making Marshall County roads safer, the Marshall County DUI Task Force will conduct sobriety checkpoints on Friday, July 28.

According to task force statistics, sobriety checkpoints have proven successful in both raising awareness of impaired driving and reducing the likelihood of a person driving after they’ve been drinking.

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Plymouth Police Looking for Burglary Suspect

Plymouth Police Department detectives are searching for a suspect who reportedly stole a trailer and shop equipment from the Auto Park Service Center in Plymouth.

Police say a break-in occurred at the company at 201 Airport Road in the overnight hours on Wednesday, July 19. A 2011 flatbed JB Enterprises trailer with the license plate number TR928ATN was stolen. Shop equipment that was on the trailer was also taken.

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New Paris Man Arrested after Accident

Christopher Carmer

A New Paris man was arrested on Saturday after a single vehicle accident.

Police say Christopher M. Carmer, 34, was driving in the 1200 block of Jarrah Road in Bremen when the accident occurred. A Marshall County Sheriff’s Department deputy responded to the scene and believes that alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to a news release.

Carmer was arrested on preliminary charge of operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .15% or more.

Marshall County Commissioners Receive Bridge 81 Update

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Mike Delp, Kevin Overmyer, Kurt Garner

The Marshall County Commissioners received an update on the plans for the Bridge 81, or Hickory Road, project.

Laurie Johnson from DLZ reminded the commissioners that the wetland mitigation documents will be presented to them at their next meeting for approval. The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety approved the paperwork at their last meeting that allows the county to maintain the grounds for ten years and then it will go back into the possession of the city.

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Plymouth BOW, City Council to Meet Tonight

Plymouth City Building

The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members have quite a few items to discuss when they meet for their regular meeting tonight.

A bid will be awarded for the Richter Road water main extension project and Building Commissioner Keith Hammonds will discuss an order of action of an unsafe building at 1101 W. LaPorte Street. Police Chief David Bacon will talk about parking on the south side of Gibson Street and the members will be ratifying an executive order that restricts parking near the Mayor’s office on Garro Street and the alley. A speed limit change on Webster Avenue will also be presented to the board.

The Board of Public Works and Safety will meet at 6 p.m.

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Plymouth FOP Road Run Scheduled

The Plymouth Fraternal Order of Police Road Run is set for Saturday, Aug. 12.

The event is a fundraiser for Christmas for Kids and will be held in the memory of Bill Rhoades.

The motorcycle ride begins at the Young Amphitheater in Plymouth and ends at the VFW Post on Lake Avenue. This year’s ride features three stops along the way with added opportunities to assist in the fundraiser. There will be t-shirts, food, music, door prizes, and an auction.

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Violations Bureau Fines to be Set

The Marshall County Commissioners will soon approve a set fee for all violations in the violations bureau.

County Attorney Jim Clevenger said the problem is a number of the ordinances including abandoned vehicles, animals running at large and curfew, to name a few, don’t have specific monetary amounts given for frequent violations of the same ordinances. The officers don’t have a way of knowing if it’s a first, second or third violation.

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Marshall County Commissioners Discuss CASA Grant

Marshall County CASA Executive Director Chastity Keller asked the Marshall County Commissioners this week for support in applying for a matching grant through the state. The grant has already been approved and the money allocated so the grant approval is the only step needed.

The commissioners give CASA support in an in-kind contribution toward the grant. The commissioners granted permission for the CASA volunteers to use office space in the courthouse to conduct business. The office space allows for tech support, security and utility assistance.

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Indiana State Trooper Promoted to Sergeant, PIO at Bremen Post

Bremen Post PIO Ted Bohner

Trooper Ted Bohner is the new Public Information Officer for the Indiana State Police Bremen Post. He was recently promoted to sergeant to serve in the capacity after successfully completing written testing and a competitive interview process.

He is a ten-year veteran of the Indiana State Police having graduated from Fairfield High School in Goshen and seeking post-secondary education at Taylor University in Fort Wayne.

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