Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Monticello Man Arrested for Corrupt Business Influence

A Monticello man has been charged with selling unregistered securities and corrupt business influence. 71 year-old William E. Tully allegedly solicited money for an investment in an online business billed as a “revolutionary diet system”. According to authorities he was wired $25,000 from one couple and secured $15,000 from an elderly woman living in an assisted living facility. A majority of the money was used to pay personal loans and utility bills.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Victim Notification Bill Passes House

A bill co-authored by Sen. Randy Head and co-sponsored by Rep. Bill Friend passed in the Indiana House of Representatives unanimously Monday. Senate Bill 239 would require the Department of Corrections to notify the victim of a crime within 48 hours if there is a change to the original release date of an offender. Current law requires the department to notify the victim at least 40 days before the release of the inmate. The bill can now be considered by the governor for further action.

Muehlhausen Named 'Citizen of the Week’

A former county prosecutor who is now on one of the three judicial benches in the county is the newest recipient of a local honor. The Honorable Jim Muehlhausen has been named “Citizen of the Week” by Mayor Dave Kitchell for the work he did in initiating the River Bluff Trail and for conveying a portion of his former law office to Junior Civic Theater.

“While Jim was the legal counsel for Logansport Memorial Hospital, he diligently worked to secure the legal answers that made the River Bluff Trail possible,” Kitchell said. “It’s one thing to encourage an active lifestyle and walking, but Jim and the Memorial trustees went above and beyond to really make a lasting difference in our community by securing the 1.3-mile stretch that is truly appreciated.”

The mayor also credited Muehlhausen for work that led to the donation of a former downtown storefront to Junior Civic Theatre.

“Junior Civic had been looking for a home for some time, and this gives the organization much needed space, in addition to bringing people to downtown Logansport and generally supporting the performing arts for young people in a very visible way.”

Judge Muehlhausen is in his first year as Cass Superior Court II judge.

The Citizen of the Week Award is presented on an ongoing basis to recognize local residents and natives for their work or volunteerism. He will receive a certificate from the Mayor’s Office and a gift certificate to a local restaurant.


Press Release, Mayor Dave Kitchell's Office

Former Logansport Resident Fatally Shot in Texas

A former Logansport man was the victim of a shooting in Gun Barrel City, TX over the weekend. 37 year-old Mark Armick III was fatally shot by 45 year-old Timothy Wayne Washington of Payne Springs, TX Saturday evening. Gun Barrell City, TX Police apprehended Washington shortly after. He is being held in the Henderson County jail on a $1.7 million bond for murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. Mark Armick III was a 1998 graduate of Logansport High School and a father of two.

Indiana Black Bear on the Move

Wildlife officials say a black bear believed to have hibernated in southern Indiana has been spotted on the move again. The Department of Natural Resources says the bear was seen last year in the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge and was most recently spotted in a corn field near the refuge. It's only the second wild black bear confirmed in Indiana since the 1870s. Officials believe it swam across the Ohio River last summer from Kentucky, which has a growing bear population.

Highway Department Reports Road Closure

The Cass County Highway Department reports that Cass County Road 100 North between 900E and 975E is now closed for a culvert replacement. The closure, subject to weather conditions, is expected to run through the end of the work day this Thursday, March 30.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Authorities Scale Down Delphi Homicide Investigation Operations

The Carroll County Sheriff, Delphi Police Department, Indiana State Police, and FBI have announced that operations involving the Delphi homicide investigations will begin to take on a different appearance in upcoming weeks. Authorities say number of remaining tips/leads are becoming manageable for the investigators who are involved in day to day operations. A press release received from Indiana State Police emphasizes that this does not mean the investigation is going “cold.” They say investigators are simply returning to their respective areas to follow up on investigations which have been temporarily delayed to assist Carroll County authorities.

LPD Searches for Stolen Firearm

Earlier today Logansport police executed a search warrant at 207 18th street. We spoke with police chief Brad Rozzi who told us they were looking for a stolen firearm and that the search was regarding an active investigation. Two persons were arrested at the home for unrelated drug charges.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Purdue Offers Free Engineering Program for Young Women

Registration is open for a free engineering-focused program April 10 at Purdue. “Juniors Exploring Engineering at Purdue” is sponsored by the Women in Engineering Program and is targeted specifically toward young women with an engineering focus. Registration deadline is April 3. For more information visit engineering.purdue.edu.

Bon Air Elementary Kokomo Wins National Recycling Competition

Bon Air Elementary School of Kokomo was crowned yesterday as the national champion of Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl. Competing against nearly 1,300 schools Bon Air Elementary students recycled 48.7 pounds of materials per student and teacher. The Recycle-Bowl took place over four weeks in the fall, culminating on America Recycles Day on Nov. 15.

Civic Players Present 'Steel Magnolias'

Logansport Civic Players will present the play “Steel Magnolias” this weekend at the historic State Theatre downtown. You can catch the show Friday or Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:30 PM. The main cast of six women includes local talents Della Burkett, Natalie Scott, Rosemary Weaver, Rebecca McVay, Sabrina Click, and Becki Harris. For ticket info visit statetheatrelive.com or civicplayers.com.

Maconaquah's Spahr Wins Regional Bee

A Maconaquah Middle School Student won the North Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee Tuesday evening and will compete in the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Anastasia Spahr outlasted 21 other spellers from Howard, Tipton, Miami, Cass and Fulton counties. Her winning word was “anomaly”. Spahr was also the 2014 regional champion and participated in the national bee that year.

PETA Offers $5000 Reward Regarding Burning of Deer

According to a press release from PETA, the organization is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and cruelty-to-animals conviction of the person who struck a deer in Fulton county in February and then allegedly set the animal on fire while it was still alive. The deer was found at the intersection of IN 25 and CR 400 N. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department says they believe they have the vehicle involved in the incident in custody but are working to determine who was responsible for the crime.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Clark is Mayor’s Choice winner at art show

 Dozens of local students will have artwork on display at the annual Youth Art Show which runs through April 1.
Included in the exhibition are several award winners. Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell selected a chalk drawing by Brandi Clark as his Mayor’s Choice Award winner. Clark is a seventh-grader at Columbia Middle School. Her work features a close-up view of a cat’s eyes.

“Judging the best work out of so many terrific entries is a difficult task for anyone who is a judge in this show,” Kitchell said. “We truly have many talented students in our community, and this show makes you appreciate the contributions our fine arts faculty make every day in our schools.”

The show is sponsored by the Logansport Art Association which will host a reception from 1-4 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and on April 1. Admission is free.

Many students who have works in the show have been recognized for their work with ribbons.


Press Release, Mayor Dave Kitchell's Office

April 1 deadline for state internship program

Spring Break is traditionally a time when college students either head for warm weather or look for summer employment.

For those looking for internships, Logansport area students who attend Purdue may qualify for the Interns for Indiana Program. The program offers part-time summer employment through a mutual selection process. Purdue will assist companies in selecting students who have an entrepreneurial background. The students may contribute in product development, research, process improvement and other company operations.

Qualifying students must have a cumulative 2.8 grade point average or higher. The deadline for applications is April 1. Interviews will be conducted next month. Internships will run from May 15 through Aug. 7 and will involve between 30 and 40 hours of paid experience weekly.

Students in the program can enroll in a non-credit course that fulfills a capstone requirement for a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. More information is available by contacting Aimee Griggs at the Purdue Office of Professional Practice, (765) 496-1054, or online at aimgrigg@purdue.edu.
The city of Logansport also will again offer internship funding to local businesses and industries through the Cass-Logansport Economic Development Organization. Information is available by contacting Bill Cuppy at the CLEDO office, 722-5988.

Press Release, Mayor Dave Kitchell's Office

Ivy Tech Logansport announces results of 2017 scholarship fundraiser

The scholarship fund for Ivy Tech Community College students from Cass, Fulton, and Pulaski counties was boosted by more than $30,000 recently, thanks to the seventh For the Love of Education Valentine’s Ball sponsored by the College’s Logansport Campus.

The 2017 edition of the fundraiser brought in $24,400 in sponsorships and donations for new scholarships as well as more than $6,000 in revenue from the event ticket sales and live and silent auctions.

“The support in this community is just amazing,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “Every dollar raised from this event goes toward student scholarships – and supporting Ivy Tech’s mission of changing the lives of local students.”

Special check presentations came from Security Federal Savings Bank, the endowed scholarship and event sponsor; and annual scholarships and gold sponsors Cole Hardwood, The Johnson Agency, Mike Anderson Auto Group; and Rita Jackson. All five contributed funds for scholarships that will cover some tuition costs and textbooks for selected students attending one of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region campuses or instructional sites. They were joined for photographs by David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region, and Suzanne Dillman, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region and chair of the event.

The evening featured entertainment by the Jhonny and Sallie Show; live and silent auctions with the support of Catherine and Brent Evans of CKE Charity Auctioneers; and a plated dinner and cash bar.

Entertainment, beverage and food sponsors included Grand Industrial LLC, Arnold’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts, Windmill Grill, and Tyson Foods. Gold sponsors were City of Logansport, Materials Processing Inc., Cris-Nik Sales Inc., Logansport Memorial Hospital, and Beacon Credit Union. Silver sponsors included Cass County Title, the Cass County Democratic Party, The Andersons, Gary and Chris Armstrong, John and Nancy Rhodes, Logansport Savings Bank, Warner’s Greenhouse, and Audio Inferno. Bronze sponsors included Trine University, Logansport/Cass County Chamber of Commerce, Carmichael Electric, and Cass County Economic Development.

For more information about supporting Ivy Tech or the scholarships funded by this event, contact Karickhoff at kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5501.


Press Release, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region

Courtad Named 'Citizen of the Week'

A Logansport woman who has been faithfully supportive of the local Special Olympics games is the latest recipient of a city honor.
Kathy Courtad, who has coordinated various Special Olympics games and tournaments, is this week’s Logansport Citizen of the Week. Courtad is a Logansport High School graduate and former secretary for the LHS Athletic Department. She has been active in Psi Iota Xi sorority and fund-raisers for a number of local causes.

“Kathy is the kind of person, along with many other volunteers with Special Olympics, who doesn’t do just enough to get by when it comes to volunteering,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said today. “She does whatever it takes to make her events bigger and better every year, and last weekend’s basketball tournament at the Berry Bowl again showed visitors from throughout northern area what kind of people support Special Olympics here in Logansport.”

The Citizen of the Week Award is presented on an ongoing basis to recognize local residents and natives for their work or volunteerism. She will receive a certificate from the Mayor’s Office and a gift certificate to a local restaurant.


Press Release, Mayor Dave Kitchell's Office

Kitchell Responds to JC Penney Store Closing

City will move ahead to the next retail era

Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell keeps a framed edition of the Logansport Press account of a 1966 fire that destroyed a former J.C. Penney store downtown.
“It was an epic fire that spread to eight stores and is the reason to this day why the northwest corner of Fourth and Market is a parking lot,” Kitchell says. Fortunately, no one died.
While the fire signaled a major problem for downtown that led then Mayor Oscar Beasey to declare a city disaster and seek federal aid, Kitchell said it represented an era that ended as much as the current situation with J.C. Penney. Its era ends in June when Penney’s, one of the nation’s oldest retailers, will close its Logansport Mall location.
“For the employees, this is a difficult time and I’ve asked Bill Cuppy from the Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Organization to work with Penney’s personnel to support them in whatever way we can. But while they are finding other jobs, we have to do ours, which is to further the next retail environment for the east end of Logansport.”
Kitchell said the city was not notified by Penney’s of the announcement.
“I spoke with a corporate official at the Penney’s office in Plano, Texas, on Friday,” Kitchell said. “Obviously, Penney’s is in the middle of major restructuring and the economic conditions for major retailers are not prime for retention and expansion. What we saw just a couple of years ago with Borders has now spread to Gordman’s, H.H. Gregg and Gander Mountain, and I would anticipate more restructuring and store closings as corporate America tweaks its theories on success in chain retailing.”
Penney’s is the last original anchor tenant of the Logansport Mall, which opened nearly 50 years ago. Penney’s has been in Logansport for 93 years.
The mayor said he has been in ongoing discussions with the Illinois bank that owns the mall, as well as its broker and firms interested in redeveloping the mall and attracting new retail activity.
“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” Kitchell said. “It will take some time to retool this site for a new era of retail in Logansport. But it will happen.”


Press Release, Mayor Dave Kitchell's Office

Monday, March 20, 2017

Governor Eases Restrictions for Loads of Hay

Hoosiers are responding to the need for animal feed in Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma because of wildfires that have devastated parts of those states. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has directed the state to ease regulations for oversize loads of hay transported by truck. Permits for wide loads of hay traveling from or through Indiana through April 8 will be issued free of charge; Be issued to vehicles and loads up to 12 feet in width and allow continuous travel seven days per week.

Fulton County Car Accident Claims Life of Infant

A car accident in Fulton County claimed the life of an infant Saturday. The two vehicle crash occurred on U.S. 31 at State Road 110 when 21 year-old Brittany Gonzalez of Monterrey turned into the path of a pickup truck driven by Ricardo Hernandez, 24, of Goshen. 21 year old Ivan Gonzalez and 2 year-old Isaac Davis of Monterrey sustained non-life threatening injuries but 11 month old Julian Gonzalez succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. The investigation is ongoing, but neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to the crash.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Downtown Green and Clean Set, Volunteers Needed

Downtown Logansport will be green and clean, thanks to our crew of volunteers! Logan’s Landing is recruiting volunteers to help pick up litter, sweep, weed and trim, and generally spruce up the downtown district on Saturday April 29 from nine to noon.  Volunteers may be individuals, families, or teams from businesses, churches, clubs or other organizations. Volunteers are asked to bring their own yard work tools and gardening gloves with them.  Register today by e-mail (lldirector@loganslanding.com) or phone, 574-722-9345, and give an hour or two of your time to make our downtown district an area we can all be proud of.


Let’s all help make downtown Logansport Green and Clean!



State Police to Conduct Checkpoint/Patrols Friday Evening

This Friday evening Indiana State Police will conduct an enforcement checkpoint targeting impaired drivers in Miami County. After the checkpoint, troopers will conduct roving saturation patrols aggressively seeking impaired drivers throughout the Indiana State Police Peru District which covers Cass, Fulton, Grant, Miami, Howard, Tipton, and Wabash Counties.

Logansport One of Two Cities Awarded Grant

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Monday that the City of Logansport will receive $20,000 to complete a Community-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

The focus of this initiative is to invest in partnerships and activities that lead to healthier communities statewide. Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell credited City/County Planning Director Arin Shaver for securing the grant along with the North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council. Grant funds will be used to promote fitness throughout not only the city, but the county.

“Indiana’s rankings in so many areas are strong, but as the recent U.S. News & World Report rankings indicate, we continue to lag behind other states in some respects because of our public health,” Kitchell said. “All of us need to be more active, and this grant is a step in the right direction.”

In rankings released in the past month, Indiana ranked 42nd in public health – the worst ranking of all Midwest states. Only Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Louisiana and Alabama were lower.

As one of only two recipients in the state, Logansport will create a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan to establish the city’s vision for walking and biking pathways. The objective is to have a safe walkable community with bike lanes and pathways for alternative transportation options designed to meet the needs of residents of all ages. The City is also working closely with Cass County and several local and regional organizations to further develop the 6.5 miles of local trails and to establish connectivity to the state-wide Nickel Plate and Panhandle trail systems.

The community-wide planning effort will take into consideration safety concerns, community health, aesthetics, including way-finding signs, benches and bike racks. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will identify and prioritize short-term and long-term projects that ultimately create a safe and efficient transportation network that connects residents and visitors to the local and regional assets of Logansport and Cass County.