Marshall County Highway Department Warns Motorists to Prepare for Snowy Weather

Marshall County Highway Department reps want to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas. They say drivers should be prepared since it’s looking like it’s going to be a white one.

Due to information received about tomorrow’s snowy forecast, Marshall County Highway Department crews plan to start around 1pm tomorrow afternoon. They intend to plow and treat as many roads as possible based on amount of snow fall. Continue reading

Attorney Representing Co-Defendant in Costello Murder Case Files Plea Agreement with Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office

A plea agreement has been executed between the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office and Attorney June Bules who is representing Maeson Coffin, the co-defendant in the Richard “Paul” Costello murder case. Coffin will submit an official guilty plea to the charges of burglary, theft and auto theft in January, with the charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder dismissed.

In a statement released to the media, Marshall County Prosecuting Attorney Nelson Chipman explained that filing a plea agreement is different than submitting a plea. He said typically, the terms of plea agreements are not made public until presented in open court at the time the defendant pleads guilty.

However, due to the “understandable intense public interest in this horrific crime,” Chipman chose to make an exception to the rule of non-disclosure of the terms after thoroughly consulting with the victim’s family about major case developments. Continue reading

State Funding Available to Help Early Childhood Education Providers Serve More Children

Early childhood education providers can apply for a share of nearly $4 million in state funding to help them boost their offerings. The Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning is offering grants to help schools and child care centers serve more children and increase the quality of their services. Specifically, grants can be used for teacher training, classroom materials, or family engagement activities.

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INDOT Launches Mobile App

Just in time for holiday travel, the Indiana Department of Transportation has launched a new mobile app. It offers statewide, real-time traffic information – like current traffic speeds, road conditions, and travel advisories – for interstates, U.S. highways, and state roads. Users can also get custom alerts on accidents, road closures, and construction, and report hazards to INDOT.

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Helpful Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time of social gatherings with lots of decadent foods and elaborate decorations. However, what seems like a winter wonderland to humans can actually cause pets a plethora of problems.

Dr. Sandra Norman, a veterinarian with the Indiana Board of Animal Health has a few helpful tips to keep in mind this holiday season to ensure your four-legged friends stay as safe as possible. Continue reading

Culver Community School Board Members Approve Field Trip Requests

The Culver Community School Board members approved a few different field trip requests when they met earlier this week. Superintendent Karen Shuman stated that one of the requested field trips will be funded by the Parent Teacher Organization.

Shuman said, “Our PTO provides behavior incentive trips to multiple students throughout the school year and one that’s coming up at the end of January is a trip to Plymouth for our 6th graders to go bowling as a reward for them doing what they’re supposed to do in school.” Continue reading

This Special Holiday Tracker Allows Hoosiers to Keep Up With Santa’s Travels

If you and your kiddos want to keep any eye on when old St. Nick will be visiting the Hoosier state this holiday, INDOT has the perfect option for you. The organization brought back their annual “Santa Tracker” which can be accessed through certain social media sights.

This Christmas Eve, you can witness Santa stop by some Indiana landmarks, visit with INDOT staff and help spread the word about safe driving and travel tips

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Local Fire Departments Team Up to Battle House Fire Near Tippecanoe Thursday Morning

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center confirmed that a fire broke out at a home in the 4000 block of 7B Road early Thursday morning. Tippecanoe Fire Firefighters were dispatched to the scene around 8:25 a.m.

The Argos, Bourbon and Mentone Fire Departments assisted with the incident. Mentone PD stated that their fire department responded to the call at 8:30 a.m. and cleared the scene a few hours later around 11 a.m. Continue reading

Plymouth Man Arrested after Accident

A Plymouth man was taken into custody Wednesday night after reportedly driving under the influence and causing an accident.

According to Plymouth police, Dustin Bradfield, 28, lost control of his vehicle and drove into the side of another vehicle at the entrance of Centennial Park. Police reportedly found that Bradfield was intoxicated at the time of the accident and tested three times the legal limit.

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Marshall County Commissioners Approve Ordinances

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

The Marshall County Commissioners considered two ordinances on second and third reading when they met Monday morning.

Planning Director Ralph Booker presented an ordinance amendment approved and recommended by the Marshall County Planning Commission that changes the side yard fence height to “six feet in height and must be of uniform, color and style construction materials.” The ordinance amendment pertains to L-1, T-1, C-1, C-2, and industrial districts. Agricultural districts are excluded.

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John Glenn School Board Considers Superintendent’s Contract

The John Glenn School Board considered the superintendent’s contract retroactive to July 1, 2017. The contract is valid through June 30, 2019.

The contract included a two percent increase as that is in line with increases approved for the staff at the school corporation. The base salary was advertised at $117,346 with a $5,000 annuity. The school corporation will pay all but $1 on a life insurance premium on a $110,000 term life insurance policy which is $171 a year. The corporation will also pay all but $1 of the Corporation Family Health/Dental/Optical Insurance plan until the superintendent reaches the age of 65. The cost will be $23,363 a year.

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Cold Weather Preparation Tips from Plymouth Utility Superintendent Donnie Davidson

Today is officially the first day of winter and as temperatures are expected to dip below freezing in the coming weeks, home owners need to take necessary precautions to avoid frozen pipes.

Plymouth Utility Superintendent Donnie Davidson has a few helpful tips to help protect homes this winter season. Superintendent Davidson reported that most incidents happen at the beginning of the season since people don’t take these simple steps before the cold weather hits.

His first tip was to be sure that all hoses are disconnected and outdoor faucets are turned off. He also stressed the importance of making sure that crawlspace doors and other openings are securely shut to keep drafts from entering the home and cooling the water pipes. Continue reading

Bus-Load of Donations Collected at Plymouth Bus Drivers’ Food Drive

Banner created by PHS students in Faith Hansen’s art class

When Bus Drivers for Plymouth Community Schools held their first-ever “Stuff-a-Bus” Food Drive last Saturday, it garnered great results.

At the end of the three hour food drive, the bus stationed in the parking lot of Wal-Mart had every seat filled with non-perishable goods. Additionally, $200 in cash was donated as well. All the donations were split in half and then delivered to the Bread of Life Food Pantry and the Marshall County Neighborhood Center.

Assistant Director of Transportation Brandon Berger said that Bus Driver Mark Harder proposed the unique food drive idea and served as one of the main organizers. Berger stated that due to this year’s success, they hope to make the Stuff-a-Bus non-perishable food drive an annual event.

BMV Branches to Close for Holidays

If you need to conduct business at your local BMV branch, you may want to get it done as soon as possible as the branches will be open limited hours between today and Tuesday, Jan. 2.

All branches of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be closed Saturday, Dec. 23 through Tuesday, Dec. 26. Branches will open again on Wednesday, Dec. 27, but will close again on Saturday, Dec. 30 and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan 2.

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Two Arrested for Theft, Drugs in Separate Incidents

Plymouth Police Department officers arrested two people on Tuesday after separate shoplifting incidents were reported.

Police say 22-year-old Jay E. Johnson, Jr., of Walkerton, took items from Walmart and ran from the store. The officer reportedly saw him trying to hide behind vehicles in the parking lot, but he was eventually detained. Officers reportedly found Johnson, Jr. to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was booked into the Marshall County Jail on preliminary charges of theft and possession methamphetamine. He has a cash bond of $3,005.

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Walkerton Substitute Teacher Charged with Sexual Misconduct with Middle School Student

According to information provided by St. Joseph County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jennifer McKinney, 20-year-old Austin Kipp, also known as Austin Csenar, was recently charged with the Level 5 Felony of sexual misconduct with a minor.

The minor, who is at least 14 years of age but less than 16 years of age, is referred to as child victim in all the official documentation and certain information was withheld from reference to protect their anonymity.

Detective Jeremy Wright with the South Bend Police Department was assigned to the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit to investigate allegations of a substitute teacher at a Walkerton middle School engaging in sexual behavior with a student. Continue reading