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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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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Jesse Bohannon Announces Candidacy for State Representative in District 17

Republican Jesse Bohannon announced his candidacy this week for the District 17 Indiana House of Representatives race in 2018. He was defeated by Jack Jordan in the 2016 election for this seat.

Bohannon currently serves as a member of the Bremen School Board, is a business owner and a graduate of Bremen High School and Bethel College in Mishawaka.

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One Injured in Accident

A South Bend man was injured in a one vehicle accident Tuesday morning on Fir Road north of U.S. 30 near Bourbon.

Marshall County police say Shawn D. Geraghty was traveling south on Fir Road at 2:45 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle on an icy road surface. His silver 2014 Mazda went off the east side of the road and struck a Marshall County REMC pole.

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County Council Discusses Job Description Change for Position at Highway Department

Marshall County Commissioner Kurt Garner presented the county council members Monday morning with a proposed job description change pertaining to the highway administrator’s position.

Garner explained it is the thought to change the highway administrator’s position to a county engineer/director position. The highway administrator’s position will become vacant at the end of the year with the retirement of Laurie Baker on Dec. 29. Garner said the addition of an engineer to the highway department would be beneficial.

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Plymouth City Council Discusses Resolution for Future Tax Abatement

The Plymouth City Council members Monday night reopened the public hearing from the last meeting that included discussion surrounding a resolution to consider the River Gate South Development, LLC as an economic development target area and an economic revitalization area. The approval of the resolution would set up the River Gate South housing development project for a tax phase-in for seven years, meaning no real estate taxes would be paid the first year but it would phase in until full taxes are realized after the 7th year.

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Culver Town Council to Meet Tonight

The Culver Town Council will discuss several ordinances when they meet tonight for their regular business meeting.

Two ordinances will be considered on second and third reading. One ordinance includes changes to the Code of Ordinances. The ordinance allows the current Code of Ordinances manual to be updated to current regulations. The second is a service weapon ordinance that allows a retiring police officer, who has served at last 20 years in law enforcement, the ability to retain his or her service weapon, badge and identification cards.

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Two Arrested on Dealing Cocaine Charges

Luis Ulloa-Torres
Angel Ruiz-Flores

Two men were arrested Sunday after police reportedly found cocaine following a traffic stop.

Shortly after midnight Sunday, a Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a 2008 black Dodge Charger in the Walmart parking lot in Plymouth. The driver, 29-year-old Angel Fernando Ruiz-Flores, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was reportedly found to have never possessed a driver’s license.

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Marshall County Commissioners Consider E-Gov Contract

The Marshall County Commissioners discussed an E-gov contract with IT Director Michael Marshall last week.

Marshall presented the contract at a previous meeting which calls for a contract with E-gov out of Indianapolis for web hosting and web design. He said they have the skills necessary to produce a user-friendly county website and give it a fresh look. Marshall said he would still be responsible for content.

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Plymouth BOW and City Council to Meet Tonight

The Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety members will meet tonight where the 2018 intergovernmental agreement between Marshall County and the City of Plymouth for planning services will be discussed. If that agreement is approved, Plan Director Ralph Booker will present the 2018 planning services agreement.

The board members will also consider the 2018 animal control services agreement.

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Community Corrections Clients Complete Moral Reconation Therapy

(L to R) Heather Green, Community Corrections Facilitator, Graduates: Tony Houin, Matthew Keller-Lowry, Travis Gibson, Brian Tapia, Dennis Holloway, Andreas Rosas, Judge Robert O. Bowen

Six Marshall County Community Correction clients recently completed Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT).

The group was recognized in a ceremony in Marshall County Superior Court No. 1 with Judge Robert O. Bowen presiding on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

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John Glenn Education Foundation Gives Grants to Teachers

The members of the John Glenn Education Foundation are looking for funds to help supply grants to teachers.

The first round of grants was awarded in September. Teachers can apply for foundation grants for their out-of-the-box ideas to enhance the learning experience for students. Grants will also be awarded for enhanced training, teaching techniques or new styles of learning.

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Four Arrested on Drug Charges in La Paz

Four people were arrested on drug charges Tuesday afternoon in La Paz.

According to police, Indiana State Police Troopers from the Bremen Post were called to check on a suspicious blue Dodge pickup at the Speedway station on U.S. 6 just east of old U.S. 31. Police say four people were inside the vehicle. The Plymouth K9 unit was dispatched to the scene and reportedly indicated the presence of drugs. Methamphetamine, needles and other drug paraphernalia were allegedly found during a probable cause search of the vehicle.

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