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Trespassers Arrested After Fleeing from Police

Police say this SUV was previously reported stolen in Marshall County.

Police say this SUV was previously reported stolen in Marshall County.

A pair of Bremen break-in suspects face numerous felony charges in Marshall County after leading police from multiple agencies on a high-speed chase this morning. The caretaker of a vacant residence in the 400 block of Kenilworth Road in Bremen found a man and woman sleeping in the upstairs bedroom, went outside and called the police. She tried to block their SUV to keep them from leaving until officers arrived. She told police the man pulled a gun on her before he sped off through an adjacent field. Continue reading

Walorski Visiting Homegrown Businesses Today

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski’s “Made in Indiana” tour includes stops in Marshall, Pulaski and Starke Counties today. She’s visiting businesses throughout Indiana’s second congressional district to highlight their hard work and contributions to the state’s economy. Walorski will visit Hoosier Racing Tire in Lakeville and tour ITAMCO in Argos this morning before heading to Rose Acre Farms in Francesville and American Oak Preserving Company in North Judson.

Three Injured in Argos Crash

Authorities in Marshall County are investigating a crash involving two cars and a tractor-trailer that saw two people airlifted to hospitals in South Bend. It happened around 9 p.m. last night on State Road 10 at U.S. 31, according to our reporting partners at WNDU-TV. A third person was transferred by ground to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth. The semi driver refused medical treatment.

Marshall County Commissioners to Meet Today

The Marshall County commissioners will meet today with a host of items to discuss.

Bart Trester of USI will provide the commissioners with an update on the 7th Road project and the Metronet project. The Metronet project is ahead of schedule while the 7th Road project continues. An update on the Jefferson Street bridge will also be provided by a USI representative.

Ward Byers from Court Services will be before the board for approval of an employment contract and Stacy Richer will have a request to vacate a street on county-owned property.

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Marshall County Community Foundation Distributes $66,210 in Grant Funds

Marshall County Community Foundation officials and grant recipients

Marshall County Community Foundation officials and grant recipients

Over $66,200 in grant funds were awarded to 10 organizations in Marshall County Thursday afternoon.

The Marshall County Community Foundation held its second round of 2014 Community Fund grants where non-profit organizations submitted proposals for specific projects. Linda Yoder, Executive Director of the Marshall County Community Foundation explained that the Community Fund is one of the most flexible and responsive of the Foundation’s 318 funds.

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Voter Registration Ends Monday

The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 4 and in order to cast your important vote you need to be properly registered.

Voter registration is open this week at all county clerk’s offices. The last day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 6. You must be registered by the end of the business day on Oct. 6 in order to vote in the November election.

If you need to register to vote or have questions about your current registration, call the Starke County clerk’s office at (574) 772-9160, the Pulaski County clerk’s office at (574) 946-3313 or the Marshall County Clerk’s office at (574) 936-8922. Election and registration information can also be found on the state’s website.

Absentee voting in all three counties begins Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Local County Entities Receive Local Government Cooperation Award

Representatives of Marshall County and St. Joseph County accept Local Government Cooperation Award

Representatives of Marshall County and St. Joseph County accept Local Government Cooperation Award

The decision to being dark fiber optic infrastructure into the counties of St. Joesph and Marshall plus the City of Plymouth has prompted the Association of Indiana Counties to award county officials for that effort.

The entities were the recipient of the 2014 Local Government Cooperation Award for the Metronet project.

The Metronet project that extends dark fiber from St. Joseph to Marshall County will assist businesses in obtaining the highest speed of internet available to streamline operations and to create economic development. The project was funded by Marshall County government, St. Joseph County government and local businesses.

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Marshall County EMA Director Encourages Safety this Winter Season

It may be a little early to think about snow and ice, but county officials are already making plans for when system and lake effect snow could impact travel in the area.

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery informed the Marshall County Safety Committee last week of the different levels of advisories that could be issued during severe weather this winter.

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Marshall County Highway Department Ready for Winter Season

The Marshall County Highway Department is ready to handle winter weather, according to Jason Peters, Supervisor of County Highways.

He commented on the status of the department in a Marshall County Safety Committee meeting this week. Peters said the highway department has a good system of when to send out workers to clear the roads of snow and ice.

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Initial Hearing Set for Former Highway Superintendent

 Former Marshall County Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck will appear for his initial hearing in Marshall County Superior Court on Tuesday, Oct. 21. at 8:30 a.m. ET.

An indictment against Haeck was recently returned by a grand jury in Marshall County and he was summoned to appear in court on a charge of theft. It is alleged that Haeck stole $12,351.41 from the county in 2012 and 2013. The money reportedly came from the sale of scrap metal.

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Police Offer Advice to Marshall County Safety Committee

Police officers spoke to those assembled in a Marshall County Safety Committee meeting this week where they gave school, highway and emergency management officials some things to remember in case of an emergency.

Indiana State Police Troopers want to work with local law enforcement agencies and the school corporations during certain critical situations. One officer indicated that social media can hamper efforts of the police when investigating potential hazardous situations that involve student safety. Police agencies have protocols in place to deal with bomb threats and active shooter reports, as do school corporation. It was recommended that law enforcement and administrators need to come together to solidify a plan. A recent situation was cited where a bomb threat was reported at a school corporation in the region and students were texting parents to pick them up from school when police needed to keep those students together for safety reasons, student count and witness accounts.

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School Representative Share Ideas in Marshall County Safety Meeting

The Marshall County Safety Committee met this week to go over protocols to make sure all are on the same page when dealing with severe weather, school incidents and roads.

School representatives from Plymouth, Argos, Bremen, Culver, Triton, John Glenn and Culver Military Academy all spoke, commenting on current procedures and things they’d like to focus on in a possible work session.

Plymouth School Superintendent Dan Tyree explained that he will bring a proposal to the school board in October to add a three hour delay to the start of school as an option during severe weather in the winter months.

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Marshall County Safety Commission Meeting Tuesday

 

Marshall County Safety Commission members are expected to meet tomorrow to discuss safety plans for the upcoming winter season and more. EMA Director Clyde Avery explained that his portion of the meeting will address the plan in place when significant winter weather is forecast. Avery will make sure that the school emergency plans are up to date with current contact information plus critical components such as communications, command and management, emergency notification, public information, and other needs. Continue reading

Authorities Search Argos Residence, Arrest Four People

Officers from multiple police departments arrested four people Friday night after forcibly entering an Argos apartment. They were executing a search warrant at the Colonial Heights Apartments on West Marshall Street, according to a news release, and nobody would answer the door. Continue reading

Insurance Obligations Change for Marshall County Employees

With the 2015 budget approved, the Marshall County Council looked at the insurance impact to the budget and how it will affect employees.

In the past, county employees paid $1.00 for their insurance. With the analysis of premium rates for next year, the county braced for a 20 to 25 percent increase in premiums for 2015.

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Marshall County Council Approves Budgets

The Marshall County Council members approved the 2015 budget after making over $300,000 in cuts.

They initially cut $177,654 out of the General Fund with the sheriff’s budget and the prosecutor’s budget getting hit the hardest. The council also decided to move $216,859 in the sheriff’s pension to the certified shares portion of the budget. With those changes, the $9,041,321 all-funds budget was approved.

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Woman Airlifted after Two Vehicle Accident

A Rochester woman was injured in a two vehicle accident Tuesday night.

According to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, a teenaged Plymouth resident was traveling north on Michigan Road north of 15th Road and turning left into a driveway behind another vehicle. Judy Pritchett, 50, of Rochester was traveling south on Michigan Road and was struck in the driver’s side by the teenager’s vehicle.

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ISTEP Scores Mixed for Area School Corporations

Indiana Department of EducationIndiana students overall showed improvement on their ISTEP scores in both math and language arts. Scores released yesterday by the Indiana Department of Education indicate 80.7 percent of students passed English, compared to 79.5 percent in 2013. Math scores went up from 83 to 83.5 percent statewide. Continue reading

Grain Bin Safety

Indiana Department of LaborSince 1980 grain bins across the U.S have been responsible for more than 180 deaths and 675 injuries. Just last year, a Hoosier farmer in La Porte county was killed in a grain bin accident. This month a 9-year-old Wisconsin boy was killed after falling into a grain bin. With harvest time approaching the Indiana Department of Labor wants to remind everyone of the hazardous nature of working with grain bins and offer some tips to assure safety.

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