Marshall County EMA Director Presents Recovery Plan

Plans to respond to a disaster are in place, but what assistance is available after the scene is cleared? Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery presented a recovery plan to the commissioners during their meeting on Monday. This will be added to the emergency plan already in place.

Avery said some residents won’t meet the required threshold for monetary assistance after an event occurs in the county. He said this plan can fix that issue.

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John Glenn School Board Approves Textbooks for Urey Middle School

The John Glenn School Board approved the purchase of textbooks for Urey Middle School students to be used in addition to the use of Chromebooks in the One-to-One initiative.

Urey Middle School Principal Mark Maudlin said textbooks have not been purchased in the past six years, but he said having the textbook and a digital textbook assists students in achieving their learning goals. Science will be the only subject that will be a digital learning tool only.

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Marshall County Commissioners Look for Shady Rest Committee Members

The Marshall County Commissioners will be putting together a committee to decide how to proceed in finding a way to occupy the Shady Rest Home in Plymouth.

Kurt Carlson from the Bowen Center announced in May that Shady Rest would be closing its doors as some of the new regulations do not fit the needs of the residents at their particular facility. He noted that efforts were being made at that time to transfer patients to family members, other nursing homes, other facilities that focus on mental health needs, or back to the community.

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Public Information Meeting Set for Proposed Intersection Improvement

Indiana Department of Transportation officials will hold a public information meeting on the proposed J-turn intersection on U.S. 31 at State Road 10 and State Road 110 in Marshall County.

According to INDOT, J-turn intersections enhance safety by preventing direct crossing and left turn movements. These types of intersections are generally limited to locations where the main road has four or more through lanes divided by a median. They are meant to improve the ability of traffic to cross a multilane divided highway from a crossroad, and reduce the number of traffic signal phases.

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Register now for Law Enforcement Youth Camp

Marshall County Sheriff Matt Hassel invites children to take part in the 2017 Law Enforcement Youth Camp June 23-25 at the Potowatomi Wildlife Park in Tippecanoe.

Attendees will learn what’s it’s like to be a law enforcement officer. Several officers from throughout Marshall County will engage young campers in career-oriented classes, leadership skills, obstacle courses, firearms training, marching, and educational displays during the weekend event.

The Elkhart City Police Department’s Bomb Squad will host a demonstration.

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Public Hearing to be Set Concerning Reestablishment of Cumulative Capital Development Fund

The Department of Local Government Finance will set up a public hearing soon concerning a remonstrance toward the reestablishment of the Cumulative Capital Development Fund at its maximum rate in Marshall County.

The Marshall County Commissioners approved the rate at $.0333 per $100 of assessed valuation in April. The notice was published and residents had 30 days to file an appeal. The petition had to have at least 50 signatures to be filed with the state. Auditor Julie Fox said 83 signatures on the document where verified through tax records. The paperwork was filed by the deadline and all was submitted to the Department of Local Government Finance. Fox told the commissioners on Monday that the DLGF will be the entity responsible for scheduling the public hearing in Marshall County.

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Marshall County Highway Department Saving Money with Millings

The staff at the Marshall County Highway Department is doing their best to make dollars stretch when it comes to road work.

Highway Supervisor Jason Peters, Highway Administrator Laurie Baker and the entire department worked hard to get the proper paperwork submitted for testing at the facility in order to be able to house millings from other road projects. Peters said the millings from the State Road 17 resurfacing project, U.S. 31 work and the Plymouth Community School Corporation parking lot paving project will be recycled and used for road paving within the county.

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Marshall County Health Department to Update Fees

The Marshall County Health Department will be holding a public hearing in July in order to amend some fees within the department.

Health Department Administrator Christine Stinson told the Marshall County Commissioners this week that the cost of birth and death certificates will double to $10 and paternity affidavits will increase to $35.00. New well permits will be $150 and well replacement or repair will be $100. That covers the cost of testing which detects bacteria, nitrates and arsenic.

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Road Paving in Downtown Plymouth to Occur All Week

The State Road 17 resurfacing project is ongoing in the downtown Plymouth area. There will be no parking on both sides of Michigan Street so crews can complete the paving process.

INDOT Media Relations Director Doug Moats told MAX 98.3 FM News that paving will continue through the week. Flaggers are directing traffic and Moats notes motorists should expect delays. He encourages drivers to avoid driving on Michigan Street to reduce hazards and further delays. Parking is available on side streets and in public parking lots in the downtown area to access downtown businesses.

Motorists may also expect delays as State Road 17 winds south of Michigan Street.

Marshall County Highway Department Working on Paving Schedule

Work should be done to reclaim roads by the end of this week. Marshall County Highway Supervisor Jason Peters told the commissioners that he anticipates work on 7th Road should be complete this week after repairs are made to some equipment.

The highway workers plan to pave Lilac Road as it’s next on the list. Peters hopes to use the new paving machine on Beech Road when it arrives later this month.

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Court Date Pending for Vincent Carnegie

Vincent Carnegie

An initial hearing has not been set in Marshall County Superior Court 2 for a Plymouth man suspected of holding a woman against her will and brandishing a handgun threatening to kill himself and pointing the weapon at police.

The incident happened on Friday, May 26, when Vincent Carnegie allegedly handcuffed a woman while she lay in her bed with her face covered with a washcloth that had been doused in a substance. Carnegie then reportedly forced the woman from the home in the 11,000 block of Michigan Road in Plymouth. They left the residence in her car while she was still in handcuffs, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

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John Glenn School Board to Meet Tonight

John Glenn School Board

The John Glenn School Board will meet tonight with several items of discussion on the agenda.

The board will approve digital and/or print textbooks for Urey Middle School in the amount of $96,692.43. The board is also looking to approve additions to the summer school sessions and approve a proposed curriculum and/or pacing guides for Math, Language Arts and Science at Urey Middle School. IRead 3 results will also be presented to the board.

The John Glenn School Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the meeting room in the school’s administration building.

House Fire Ruled Accidental

A house fire in Plymouth last Thursday has been ruled accidental.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal was at the John Montgomery residence at 10548 King Road in Plymouth on Monday, June 5. With an investigation led by the Plymouth Fire Department Division of Investigations and the Indiana State Fire Marshal, the fire was determined to have started by an electrical issue in the garage. According to Plymouth Fire Chief Rod Miller, the investigation is now closed.

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Plymouth Man Charged with Dealing Meth

Wesley Henry

A Plymouth man is the Marshall County Jail after officers allegedly found him in possession of drugs.

A patrolman with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of officers from the Plymouth Police Department, executed an arrest warrant at the Red Rock Inn on Saturday evening. When Wesley Drew Henry, 27, was placed into police custody on a warrant, officers allegedly found several grams of methamphetamine and marijuana in his possession along with drug paraphernalia.

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South Bend Man Arrested in Theft, Pursuit Incident

A South Bend man was taken into custody early Monday morning after allegedly stealing items from a Plymouth business and fleeing.

A Walmart representative notified police of a theft from the store. Police say the suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Sulton Williams, pushed a cart full of unpaid items out of the store and into an awaiting vehicle with a male driver. Williams reportedly put a computer, DVD player and some cat food into the white Ford Fusion, but left behind other items and fled in the vehicle.

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