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U.S. Senate Candidate to Headline Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Joe Bock

Joe Bock

The Democratic nominee for Indiana’s Second District congressional seat will headline this weekend’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Plymouth. Joe Bock will speak at the Marshall County Democratic Party fundraiser Sunday evening. Continue reading

Falloween, Francesville Fall Festival Continue Today

Plenty of activities are going on this weekend throughout the Kankakee Valley area. The Falloween Fest in Walkerton and the Francesville Fall Festival move forward today. Both will start the day off with breakfast at 8 a.m. EDT and continue their activities throughout the day.

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Two Arrested after Traffic Stop

Two people were arrested after a traffic stop in Marshall County on Wednesday.

A Marshall County patrolman stopped a vehicle in a business parking lot on Kingston Road. The officer found that Jason Joseph had an active felony warrant and was in possession of methamphetamine, pseudoephedrine and a schedule II controlled substance, according to a news release.

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Grand Jury Indicts Former County Highway Superintendent

A former county highway superintendent faces a felony theft charge.

A grand jury in Marshall County returned a single-count indictment this week against Neal R. Haeck. He’s alleged to have stolen $12,351.41 from the county in 2012 and 2013. During that time Haeck was the Marshall County Highway Superintendent. The allegations surround the sale of scrap metal, according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office. Haeck is being summoned into court. However, his initial hearing date has not been set. Haeck retired from the county highway department on May 2nd.

Marshall County Democratic Party Opening Headquarters Today

Democratic Party DonkeyThe Marshall County Democratic Party is kicking off the fall campaign season today with the grand opening of their party headquarters. Joe Bock, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, will be on hand for this morning’s festivities. They get under way at 9 a.m. EDT in room one of the Walnut Center at 304 Walnut Street in Plymouth. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

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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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Plymouth Woman Arrested on Forgery, Identity Theft Charges

Xiomara Duarte

Xiomara Duarte

A Plymouth woman was arrested on Monday after allegedly presenting a counterfeit identification card at a medical facility.

When Plymouth City Police Department officers arrived at the facility in the 2800 block of Miller Drive in Plymouth, they reportedly saw Xiomara Duarte, 40, sign a document with the fictitious name on the counterfeit identification card.

Duarte was questioned and reportedly admitted to signing the fictitious name. She also admitted to purchasing the counterfeit card, according to police.

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Judge Sets Bond for Suspect in High-Speed Chase

The Grovertown man accused of backing into a Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy during an attempted traffic stop before leading officers on a high-speed chase through two counties last week is jailed on a $250,000 surety bond. Paul Thomas Coffin, 34, of Grovertown, pleaded not guilty to the charges during his initial hearing in Starke Circuit Court. Continue reading

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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Plymouth Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Brock Biddle

Brock Biddle

A Plymouth man will serve 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Brock Biddle pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to the charge and was sentenced in Marshall County Superior Court 1 on Thursday. He admitted to manufacturing the drug at his home on Loon Court which is near Webster School in Plymouth. Continue reading

Indiana National Guard To Honor Fallen Soldier

An Indiana National Guardsman who was killed in the line of duty will be memorialized today in Marshall County. Indiana Adjutant General Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger will join family and friends of Spc. Arronn Fields at the Indiana National Guard Armory in Plymouth at 11 a.m. EDT to pay tribute to his life and military service. Continue reading

High-Speed Pursuit Still Under Investigation

The investigation into Wednesday’s high-speed pursuit through Grovertown and into Marshall County is continuing. A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy initially tried to stop a car driven by Paul Coffin on U.S. 30 at 1200 East. Coffin drove for another mile before pulling over, according to information released by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. As the deputy was getting out of his car, Coffin reportedly backed into it, causing the patrol car to strike the deputy. Continue reading

Sheriff’s Department Releases More Information About High-Speed Pursuit

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department has released more information about a high-speed pursuit that started near Grovertown and ended in Marshall County. A sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a vehicle on U.S. 30 west of 1200 East, but the driver kept going. He finally stopped at 1100 East but put his car into reverse when the officer got out of his patrol vehicle. The suspect backed into the police car, causing the vehicle to strike the deputy. Continue reading

High-Speed Pursuit Ends in Crash

An attempted traffic stop in Starke County last evening ended with a crash in Marshall County after the driver fled from police. Dispatchers at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department tell WKVI News the chase began on U.S. 30 at 1100 East at 6:15 p.m. CDT last night and ended on 7th Road east of Union Road in Marshall County. Continue reading

Conduit Installation for Metronet Project in Marshall County on Schedule

The Metronet project in Marshall County is on schedule.

Marshall County Auditor Penny Lukenbill told WKVI News that Bart Trester of USI reported to the commissioners on Tuesday morning that the county’s portion of the project is 85 to 90 percent complete. The hang-up right now surrounds the construction along Kern Road and Ireland in South Bend with the new U.S. 31 project. The company continues to work with INDOT in moving along that portion of the Metronet project.

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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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Walorski Schedules Local Stops on Education Tour

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski’s education tour will make several stops in the area today and tomorrow. She wants to hear from education officials, community leaders and students about ways to improve opportunities and prepare students for a globally competitive workforce. Continue reading

Authorities Investigating Botched Marshall County Landing

Plymouth Municipal Airport

Plymouth Municipal Airport

Authorities are investigating the botched landing of a small airplane at the Marshall County Airport on Sunday night. WSBT-TV reports the pilot was blinded by the sun as he was coming in for a landing around 8 p.m. The plane skidded across Lilac Road and stopped in a grassy area near the airport. The pilot was treated at a local hospital for a minor eye injury. No other injuries were reported.

Marshall County Commissioners to Meet Today

The Marshall County Commissioners will meet today.

Plan Director Ralph Booker will present the commissioners with a Brownfield Assessment grant agreement. The Brownfield Assessment grant gives the county a chance to identify abandoned buildings, vacant fields and problematic areas to rehabilitate them and clean up the sites. The grant money would repair blighted areas by preparing them for potential business sites. The money would also be used to test areas for possible contaminates. Continue reading

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