Authorities Release Death Investigation Details

The man believed responsible for the disappearance and death of a South Bend woman whose body was found near Culver on Wednesday has been formally charged with murder. Investigators say Alberto Cruz, 24, has been a suspect in the disappearance of Alma Del Real, 22, since she was first reported missing last month. Continue reading

Marshall County Officials Honor Retiring Merit Board Members

merit officers presentationTwo retiring merit board officers were honored this week for their dedicated years of service to Marshall County.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Captain Dan Butts presented plaques to Dr. Jim Bottorff and Orion “Bud” Treat who served on the Marshall County Merit Board for 44 years apiece. The recognition ceremony was held during the Marshall County Commissioners meeting on Monday.

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AAA Encourages Safe Travel This Memorial Day Weekend

AAAOfficials with the AAA Hoosier Motor Club predicts a busy travel holiday this Memorial Day weekend. They predict Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the travel period which is defined as Thursday, May 21 to Monday, May 25.

Most drivers will likely pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years.

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Campers Beware of Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

This week marks educational opportunity for conservationists, especially when it comes to handling firewood.

EAB Awareness week was declared by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to help bring more attention to the issue, changing the state’s forest landscape. EAB, otherwise known as the Emerald Ash Borer, is a microscopic beetle that feeds off Ash Trees. Continue reading

Conservation Officers Remind Boaters to Be Safe

DNR law enforcementThe extended weekend provides an opportunity for families to get their boats on the water.

This week, however, Indiana Conservation Officers will be joining in observing National Safe Boating week. The state of Indiana says Memorial Day weekend is considered the unofficial kickoff to boating season. Continue reading

Investigators Confirm Body Found Near Culver is Missing South Bend Woman

Authorities confirm a body found Wednesday near Culver is that of a South Bend woman who disappeared last month. Alma Del Real, 22, was last seen around 3:30 a.m. on April 12th when a friend dropped her off at home after leaving Studio Rumba 305 in South Bend. The cause and manner of her death have not yet been determined. Continue reading

Sen. Donnelly: Partners Necessary in Fight Against ISIS

Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly is providing insight into a few issues facing congress.

Indiana’s Democratic Senator spoke with reporters on Wednesday afternoon during a conference call to address expanded mental healthcare for former and active military service members.
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Marshall County Assessment Software Upgrade Approved

 The Marshall County Assessor’s office will be spending $173,000 to change assessment software.

Pam Davis from the Assessor’s office explained that the staff has been operating on outdated software. Customer support is also lacking which delays operations in the office.

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Memorial Day Celebrations Bring Office Closings

Memorial Day is being recognized on Monday, meaning several services normally in operation will be closed.

Government services, absent law enforcement will cease operations in honor of the celebration. The City of Knox’s Town Hall will be closed during Memorial Day, as will the Starke County Courthouse.

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Suspect Arrested After Body Found Near Culver

Authorities believe a body found yesterday near Culver is that of a South Bend woman who disappeared last month. Alberto Cruz, 24,  was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail last night on a preliminary murder charge in connection with the disappearance of 22-year-old Alma Del Real, according to our reporting partners at WNDU-TV. Continue reading

Sen. Donnelly Care Package Looks to Increase Mental Health Services

Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly is looking to provide additional mental healthcare to members of the armed services.

During a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, Donnelly said the “Care Package” legislation – which is part of the broader National Defense Authorization Act – aims to increase access to healthcare services provided through the Department of Defense and community healthcare providers.
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Commissioners Approve Letter of Intent for Planning Grant

Tippecanoe Township officials in Marshall County will move forward with a planning grant to make improvements to the structure that houses the fire department and upgrade equipment.

The Marshall County Commissioners Monday morning approved a letter of intent as part of the process in obtaining a $40,000 planning grant through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). A planning grant would help the officials work with a planner and architect to put together a comprehensive study.

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Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Plymouth

A pair of Winamac residents were arrested Tuesday afternoon when narcotics were allegedly found in their speeding vehicle.

A Plymouth Police Department officer pulled over a car driven by 41-year-old Christopher Fields at the intersection of Cook Street and Oak Drive in Plymouth. Marshall County K9 Arras was called  to the scene where the dog reportedly indicated the presence of narcotics. Methamphetamine and synthetic marijuana were found in the car, according to a news release.

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Property Rezoning Allows Church to Expand

Grace Outreach Fellowship propertyA Marshall County church can now expand thanks to the approval of a rezoning ordinance request.

Marshall County Plan Director Ralph Booker presented the information to the county commissioners this week on behalf of Grace Outreach Fellowship Church. The church congregation has outgrown the current facility and officials there are interested in the rezoning of purchased property to accommodate the change. Church officials are seeking the rezoning of 2900 Center Street in Tippecanoe to better serve their patrons. The two parcels on the affected property are zoned heavy industrial. The property needs to be rezoned to town residential for the church to occupy the building.

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Culver Schools Dip into Savings to Balance Budgets

Culver Community School CorporationThe Culver School Corporation is preparing itself for reduced funding levels.

Now that the state of Indiana has determined new school funding formulas, the Culver School Corporation stands to lose revenue. Many rural school districts are facing a similar predicament due to reduced student populations.
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Obtainable Option for Further Education

puThe People’s University of Marshall County is a learning center that teams up with local businesses to offer specialized classes for interested individuals of all ages. Currently, People’s U is seeking potential students and instructors as well as new ideas for desired courses. Continue reading