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“Internet Casanova” Free On Parole

Raymond Holycross

Raymond Holycross

The “Internet Casanova” is out of jail. Marshall County native Raymond Holycross was released on Nov. 2, according to our reporting partners at WNDU-TV, and is now on parole. A judge in South Bend sentenced him to 18 months behind bars in May of 2013 on a theft charge. A live-in girlfriend discovered he wasn’t a jet-setting reporter for “The Huffington Post” when she found a pawn slip for the $850 digital camera she’d loaned him. She then learned Holycross was an unemployed womanizer who made a habit of wooing and stealing from women. Continue reading

Bomb Threat Reported at Culver Community Middle and High School

A bomb threat was reported at the Culver Community School Corporation today, according to School Superintendent Dr. Vicki McGuire. A note was left inside a restroom stall at the middle and high school building. Continue reading

State Police Arrest Suspect in Battery of INDOT Worker

Richard A. Roe

Richard A. Roe

The man authorities say assaulted an Indiana Department of Transportation worker in Bourbon on Friday, Nov. 7 is behind bars tonight. Richard A. Roe, 56, of Rochester, is charged with battery. He’s jailed on a $25,000 bond in Marshall County in connection with that incident on State Road 331. Continue reading

Marshall County Commissioners Hold Public Hearing on Pretty Lake Setbacks

The Marshall County Commissioners held a public hearing during their meeting Monday morning concerning an ordinance regulating building setbacks at Pretty Lake.

Plan Director Ralph Booker explained that the Pretty Lake Homeowners Association approved a change where new construction at the lake would need to be a 45 foot setback from an 789.0 elevation line. The plan commission also approved the ordinance with one commission member against.

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Culver Community High School Gets Money for Project Lead the Way

PLTW_Logo_Vertical_187-295Culver Community High School students will have an opportunity to prepare for college thanks to the generosity of the Culver Redevelopment Commission. They gave the school corporation $50,000 to cover the cost of equipment for participation in Purdue’s Project Lead the Way curriculum. Continue reading

Two Recount Requests Filed in Starke County Clerk’s Office

Request for a recount in two races in the General Election have been filed in the Starke County Clerk’s office.

Clerk Evelyn Skronski told WKVI News that a recount has been requested in the County Council District 4 race between Republican Don White and Democrat Pamela Stalbaum. Stalbaum had received 707 votes and White had 705 votes. The second request has been filed in the race for Railroad Township Trustee. Republican Mandy Thompson won the seat by three votes over Democrat Roger Chaffins, Sr.

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Majority of Culver Community School Corporation Parents Say Yes to Balanced Calendar

Culver Community School CorporationThe Culver Community School Corporation received balanced calendar survey responses from families, students and faculty members this week. A total of 780 responses were recieved with 75 percent of the surveys saying yes, they would like to see a balanced calendar implemented.

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Marshall County Commissioners Approve Agreement for Jail Healthcare

The Marshall County Commissioners discussed a contract between the county and Quality Correctional Care, LLC.

Quality Correctional Care, LLC provides the jail’s healthcare needs. The company has provided pharmaceutical needs, a full-time nurse and doctor visits since October of 2013. The current contract expires on Dec. 31 of this year.

County Attorney Jim Clevenger explained that the new contract would be for a four-year term at a cost of $153,000 for the base compensation per year. That figure would not change throughout the duration of the contract. Some add-ons are also available. The monthly cost would be $12,750. A doctor will visit once a week along with a psychologist and a nurse will be there 40 hours a week.

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Warsaw Man Arrested After Rear-Ending School Bus

Steven Foreman

Steven Foreman

A Warsaw man was arrested Friday night in Marshall County after rear-ending a stopped school bus. Steven L. Foreman, 42, was eastbound on U.S. 30 west of North Oak Drive behind a Rensselaer Central Schools Corporation bus. The driver, Russell W. Wiseman, 66, of Rensselaer, stopped at a railroad crossing, and Foreman hit him. He registered a 3.0 on a certified alcohol test, according to the crash report. No injuries were reported.

Norfolk & Southern Cited for Blocking Railroad Tracks

Elkhart-based Norfolk & Southern Railroad was cited for blocking State Road 17 in Burr Oak for an extended period of time Sunday morning. A Marshall County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a complaint around 9:30 a.m. and observed the train not moving for more than 10 minutes. He then drove to the Redwood Crossing area and spoke to the conductor, who said they were waiting for a long train from the Fort Wayne area to pass. It’s the latest in a series of problems at that crossing. On Oct. 30 a verbal warning was given, and the conductor was told citations would be issued for future occurrences. Continue reading

This is Winter Weather Preparedness Week

This week has been designated as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.

Winter does not officially arrive until Dec. 21 and although snow has arrived in parts of Northern Indiana this season it’s never too late to craft an emergency plan.

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery suggests that you stay informed about potential severe weather. If snow begins to fall in the area, slow down if you plan on driving. Give yourself plenty of extra travel time to reach your destination.

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Marshall County Commissioners to Meet Today

The Marshall County Commissioners will meet this morning where a public hearing is scheduled to hear comment on lake set backs in a zoning ordinance amendment. The commissioners will also have a bid opening for farm lease ground.

Marshall County Highway Administrator Laurie Baker will have an update on operations at the highway department and Jim Clevenger will discuss the progress of the jail bonds and a contract with Quality Correctional Care.

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Culver School Board to Review Balanced Calendar Surveys

Culver Community School CorporationThe Culver School board will be discussing the balanced calendar survey results from students’ families tonight. On Nov. 3rd a public hearing was held with Rochester Community School Corporation representatives to discuss the pros and cons of being on a balanced calendar. Continue reading

Ancilla College Training Leaders for Life

Ancilla College students have an opportunity to hone their life skills through the Leaders for Life Program. Director of Student Events and Activities Ericka Taylor-Joseph says community and business leaders interact with the students during the 10-week program to help them develop skills in various areas. The Leaders for Life Program is open to both tradition and non-traditional students. Taylor-Joseph says leaders typically take initiative, are organized and outgoing and have a drive or passion to do something for the community. Continue reading

Three Injured in Buggy Accident

Three people were injured in a crash involving a horse drawn buggy and pickup truck in the Bremen area.

Indiana State Police troopers from the Bremen Post went to the scene at U.S. 6 near Dogwood Rd. in Bremen shortly before 2 p.m. ET. According to police, found that Laurie Bope, 44, of Goshen fell asleep while traveling east on U.S. 6 and didn’t see the horse-drawn buggy. Her pickup rear-ended the buggy.

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Firearms Season Opens Today, Remember Safety

huntingIt’s the opening of the firearms season in the state.

Officials at the Department of Conservation ask that hunters be aware of firearms safety. Always positively identify your target. Don’t shoot at color, shape, sound and movement.

Treat every firearms as if it was loaded and point firearms in a safe direction. Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms. When hunting with a companion, if visual contact with that person is lost do not resume hunting until visual contact has been made and confirmed. Wearing hunter orange is the law.

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