Thursday, February 23, 2017

Governor Holcomb signs First Bill into Law

Governor Holcomb signed House Enrolled Act 1507 into law during a ceremony yesterday  in his office. The law lets organizations that serve developmentally disabled students rent school buses for non-state supported events, such as the Special Olympics. Previously, state statute only allowed school buses to be rented to “state supported agencies.” It is the first bill Gov. Holcomb has signed into law as Indiana governor.

Reward in Delphi Murder Investigation at $50,000, FBI Handling Tip Line

The reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects in the murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams has increased to $50,000 thanks to a $9,000 dollar donation by the office of United States Representative Todd Rokita. According to Indiana State Police there have been approximately 3,900 tips received via phone and email. Around 1,900 of the tips were received after the release of a voice recovered from Liberty German’s cell phone. The FBI is utilizing approximately 6,000 electronic bill boards, in 46 states, requesting information about this case.

Phone calls to the Delphi Murder Tip Line will now be answered at the FBI’s Major Case Contact Center, in Washington D.C. The tip line number has not changed. It is still toll free at 1-844-459-5786.

Logan Square Tax Credit Application Denied

Efforts to redevelop a downtown Logansport building and add approximately 70 housing units throughout the city were dealt a setback Thursday.
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority Board denied a request from the City of Logansport and Cincinnati-based developer Miller-Valentine to allow tax credits for the redevelopment of the Logan Square building at Third and East Market. If approved, the tax credits would have provided funding for the construction of 30 town homes on Yorktown Road as well as nearly a dozen homes on lots that were cleared as part of the city’s Blight Elimination Program.
“We’re obviously disappointed in the outcome, but we still think we have viable assets to commit to housing projects that must be done to ensure growth in Logansport,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said.
The mayor said Logansport’s application ranked high among those that were denied and could potentially still be funded if there is a special April round of IHCDA funding.
“The real takeaway message from this situation is that there are plenty of developers and cities out there like us that want and need affordable housing, but the state and federal government are not meeting with the demand, even when cities like Logansport are willing to commit hundreds of thousands of dollars. We hope this sends a message to Washington that more affordable housing tax credits are needed, and not just in metro areas.”
Logansport’s application was one of 62 the authority board considered. Only 16 will be funded by the state. Had Logansport’s been approved, it would have generated more than $14 million in economic development in the city. Logansport officials also committed additional development money through Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds approved by the Logansport Redevelopment Commission.
Kitchell pledged to continue to work with Miller-Valentine and other developers to expand the housing stock in the community and improve the existing structures.

Press Release, Mayor Dave Kitchell

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Update from Cass County Highway Department

Cass County Road 900 West, between 850 and 900 North, is now open. The bridge replacement project is complete.

Cass County Road 400 South, from old SR 25 to just east of 400W, will close to traffic on or after March 1. This closure in Clymers will include both intersections of 400W with 400S, eliminating 400W as a through route. The contractor will be required to provide access only for local residents and businesses along the affected portion of road. The projected completion date for this phase of the project is late August.

Authorities Release Audio Recording in Delphi Murder Investigation

During a highly anticipated news conference this morning investigators released a piece of evidence regarding the murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams. Authorities believe this voice recording, extracted from a video found on Liberty German's cell phone, may be connected to the homicides.



It seems to be a male voice saying “down the hill.”

Anyone with information about this case, no matter how insignificant, is encouraged to call the Delphi Homicide Investigation Tip Line at (844) 459-5786. Information can also be reported by calling the Indiana State Police at (800) 382-7537, or the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department at (765) 564-2413. Information can also be emailed to Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com

Authorities have also announced an award of up to $41,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the crime.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Historic State Theatre Launches Fundraiser for Repairs

The State Theatre is raising funds for immediate repairs stemming from past periodic flooding, including repairing and sealing the foundation and reinforcing damaged areas. The non-profit organization hopes to begin what they believe will be a 3-5 year restoration process.  You can donate to the fundraiser at  https://fundly.com/donate-to-the-state

This Saturday a full-size wrestling ring will be set up in the theatre for the 2nd annual Wrestlefest. The all ages event begins at 6pm.

Civic Players Announce Auditions for 'Mame'

Civic Players of Logansport is pleased to announce auditions for this year’s musical extravaganza, MAME! Set in the roaring 20s through World War II, Mame is an endearing story of vibrant livelihood, family ties, and being true to one’s self. Auditions will be held at Civic Players Headquarters at 1115 Erie Avenue in Logansport. Actors, singers, dancers, and backstage crew applicants are encouraged to attend. Excerpts from the script will be provided, and those auditioning for parts should be prepared for reading lines and a small singing audition. All are welcome to audition. Roles are available for teenagers to adults with one role for a ten year old boy. Experience the magic of theatre with Civic Players of Logansport and help us end our season with a bang! For more information, email director Cary Miller at membership@civicplayers.com. Audition times are as follows:

Friday March 3rd from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday March 4th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday March 5th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Callbacks:

Friday March 10th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday March 11th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Authorities Announce Press Conference Regarding Delphi Murder Investigation

Authorities have announced they will hold a press conference tomorrow at 10:00 AM to provide information on the murder investigation of Abigail Williams and Liberty German. The press conference will be held at the Delphi United Methodist Church.

Do Not Call List Registration Deadline Approaches

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is encouraging Hoosiers to sign up for the Do Not Call list as the first of four registration deadline approaches. Indiana residents have until midnight to register their information at Indianaconsumer.com. This step will help you avoid calls from telemarketers beginning April 1.

Caston Elementary Robotics Teams Head to State Championship

Caston School Corporation has announced that all three Caston Elementary robotics teams are going to the state championship. The competition will take place this Saturday at IUPUI.

Workman Named Logansport 'Citizen of the Week'

One of the benefactors of Logansport’s Huston Park is this week’s Logansport Citizen of the Week.

David Workman and his family contributed funding for the work that made Logansport’s newest park possible.

“His example for giving back to the community set the bar high for our community, but that’s the type of people we have in Logansport who are dedicated to making this a great place to live, work, play and raise a family,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said.

In addition to Workman’s generosity, he also has served the community as a long-time Kiwanian and ad hoc auctioneer for the club’s annual white elephant auction that raises funding for various charitable functions of the organization.

“In Logansport, the phrase ‘workmanlike fashion’ takes on a different meaning because if Dave supports a good cause, many others will get on board.”

Workman will receive a certificate from the Mayor’s Office and a gift certificate to a Logansport restaurant.

The Citizen of the Week recognizes Logansport residents, natives and former residents for their achievements and contributions.

Street Department Reminders

The Logansport Street Department would like to remind everyone to use biodegradable yard waste bags. Plastic bags do not decompose, therefore, the Street Department will NOT pick up yard waste in plastic bags. The Street Department is currently picking up bags and brush when their schedule allows or by calling in to 753-4610. Loose leaf pick up is in the fall only. The weekly yard waste bag and bi-weekly brush pick up will resume around the first of April, weather permitting.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hoosiers Warned of "Can You Hear Me?" Scam

The Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General has continued to receive complaints about phone calls from unknown numbers in which the caller asks, “Can you hear me?.” The calls come from scammers attempting to get the recipient to simply say “yes.” The scam is an effort to confirm working phone numbers answered by live persons Those numbers are then targeted at later dates and added to lists of phone numbers resold to other scammers. Hoosiers who receive these calls should hang up the phone and report them immediately.

Junior Civic Theater Announces New Permanent Home

Logansport Junior Civic Theater has announced a new, permanent building for their organization. The law office of  Miller, Tolbert, Muehlhausen, Muehlhausen, Groff and Damm have donated their downtown building to the theater group. JCT has a cleaning day scheduled for Sunday, March 12 at 1:30 PM and are recruiting volunteers to help with the endeavor.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Local Restaurant Closed Today as Part of Nationwide "Day without Immigrants" Movement

A popular local restaurant is joining a national grassroots movement today. Organizers of “A Day without Immigrants” have been urging businesses nationwide to participate in a one-day strike in response to President Trump’s crackdown on immigration.   La Fiesta restaurant on North Street in Logansport announced via Facebook last night that they will close their doors today in solidarity and support of our immigrant community. The movement has been organized nationally through social media and word of mouth and aims to highlight the importance of immigrants to our economy and communities.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cass Co. Redevelopment Commission Appropriates Funds for Heartland Truck Stop

Wednesday the Cass County Redevelopment Commission appropriated just over $278,000 towards a project at the Heartland Truck Stop. The business intends to install a new system that will clean and recycle water used for washing trucks. The funds will pay close to half of what is needed for the project, which should considerably lessen the odor in the area caused by the truck stop’s current method of disposal.

Schools Warn Parents after Reports of Man in Cargo Van Approaching Children

Area schools reached out to parents yesterday after a disturbing incident was reported to police and school officials. According to an e-mail from Caston School Principal Chuck Evans, a parent informed the school that on February 14th, a man in a white Ford cargo van with no windows approached her child and asked if he wanted Valentine’s candy. The child had just been let off the bus, and the bus had driven away.  The man was described as a thin white male in his late forties to early fifties with brown curly hair and a scruffy beard. Parents in all surrounding communities are encouraged to make sure someone is at home or at the bus stop when children get dropped off after school.

Authorities Ask for Public's Help Identifying Man



Authorities are reaching out to the public and asking for help identifying this man who was walking on the Delphi Historic Trails Monday.  Anyone with information about the man is asked to contact Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, the Delphi Police Department, or the Indiana State Police.

Officials are investigating the double homicide of 13 year-old Abigail Williams and 14 year-old Liberty German. Their bodies were discovered Tuesday along the edge of Deer Creek in Delphi.

NIPSCO Announces 2nd Year of Environmental Action Grant Opportunity for Non-Profits

NIPSCO is accepting applications for its environmental action grant to support local nonprofit organizations with environmental initiatives. In its second year, The grant program aims to provide funding for restoration and education projects throughout northern Indiana. Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)3 or other nonprofit with an environmental project focus. For more information visit NIPSCO.com/Community.

House to Consider Legal use of Cannabidiol Oil

The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code advanced State Rep. Bill Friend’s legislation to legalize the use of cannabidiol oil to the House floor today with a vote of 8-0. House Bill 1148 would allow a person to possess CBD oil if they or their child has been diagnosed with severe epilepsy. Friend said CBD oil is a compound refined from industrial hemp that has a wide scope of medical applications, including the control of epilepsy and seizures. The bill will now go to the full House for consideration.

Post Offices Hold "Passport Fairs"

In addition to presenting a valid passport book when returning to the United States by air, you’ll now need to present a U.S. passport at land borders and sea ports of entry to return home. Select Post Offices including the Logansport Post Office will be hosting a special Passport Fair on Saturday, February 18. Passport fees are $135 total for adults and $105 for persons under the age of 16.

African Children's Choir Comes to Logansport

The world–renowned African Children’s Choir is coming to Logansport. The Choir travels internationally and performs to raise awareness of orphaned children in Africa and to raise funds for continued development and support of the African Children’s Choir Programs.The choir will perform Friday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM at Lifegate Church. No tickets are necessary. You can learn more about the choir at www.africanchildrenschoir.com.

INDOT Seeks Members for ADA Community Advisory Group

The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking applications from Indiana residents for membership in its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Community Advisory Working Group. In particular, individuals with disabilities, or those who provide services to persons with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. For more information you can visit www.in.gov/indot.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Carroll County Teens Missing - UPDATED


Police have now confirmed that two bodies found east of Delphi yesterday are those of missing teens Liberty German and Abigail Williams. They say this case is being investigated as a double homicide. Officials are not releasing any information regarding manner or cause of the death. The bodies were discovered Tuesday while authorities and volunteers searched for the girls, who had been reported missing Monday afternoon.


Update 3
Officials are awaiting results from autopsies that took place this morning on two bodies found east of Delphi yesterday. While they’ve confirmed that foul play is suspected they are not commenting on if there is a person of interest or suspect yet. The discovery was made while authorities and volunteers searched for missing 13 year old girls Liberty German and Abigail Williams.


Update 2
Autopsies were scheduled for 8:00 AM today on two bodies found east of Delphi yesterday. Investigators have not released any information regarding injury or trauma but say foul play is suspected. The discovery was made while authorities and volunteers searched for missing 13 year old girls Liberty German and Abigail Williams. While the victims were not identified as the teens, authorities did say the search effort for the girls had been scaled back.


Update 1
During a press conference this afternoon, Carroll County investigators announced two bodies had been found in Deer Creek. The bodies have not been positively identified. Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said it is a crime scene and foul play is suspected. The discovery came while searching for missing 13 year-old girls Liberty German and Abigail Williams. The teens were dropped off at abandoned railroad bridge east of Delphi around 1:00 PM Monday. They were supposed to be picked up hours later by a family member but never returned to the meeting point. Authorities will be reporting updated information as the investigation continues.


Original Story
Two Carroll county teens have been missing since yesterday afternoon, when they failed to return from a hike. Liberty German and Abigail Williams, both 13 years old, were dropped off at abandoned railroad bridge east of Delphi around 1:00 PM Monday and were supposed to be picked up hours later by a family member. Search parties are currently looking for the girls.