Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Damage Reported From Sunday Storm

Damage reports are coming in after Sunday night’s storms. Cass County Emergency Management Director Alvin Beckman told the Pharos-Tribune that the storm brought high winds, large hail and torrential rain to the southern portion of the county. Dispatchers even got several reports of a funnel cloud or short lived tornado. At least two homes were damaged by falling trees. Beckman decided to sound the sirens Sunday night, despite no tornado warning being issued by the National Weather Service. The storm also produced severe thunderstorm warnings in Grant and Miami Counties after moving away from Cass County.

Community Foundation Offering Four New College Scholarships

Students graduating next year will want to take note of some new local scholarships being offered by the Cass County Community Foundation. The four scholarships were all started by family members in memory of their loved ones. First, the Lisa E. Arnett Memorial Scholarship was started in memory of her outstanding teaching abilities. Arnett worked at All Saints Catholic School before moving on to Lincoln Middle School. Any graduating senior from Logansport High is eligible by answering a question about how they plan to carry on Lisa’s legacy. Meanwhile, the Charlie Hamm Memorial Scholarship has been established by his wife, Marsha, to honor Charlie’s love of golf. Any LHS senior who is a member of the golf team and carries at least a 2.5 GPA is eligible to apply. The Cara D. Chambers-Steinbarger Memorial Scholarship will be open to any female student who wishes to attend Purdue University. Chambers-Steinbarger graduated from Purdue in 1996. Candidates must carry a 3.0 GPA and submit an essay on one of two subjects. And finally, the Tom Helms Memorial 4-H Scholarship will be awarded each year at the Cass County 4-H Fair. Applicants must have belonged to 4-H for at least 10 years and write an essay on how 4-H has impacted their life and career decisions. Helms was a lifelong farmer and worked for the Cass County Highway Department. If you’d like more information, call 574-722-2200.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Historical Marker To Honor Carousel

The city of Logansport has dedicated a special historical marker at the Dentzel Carousel. The carousel is registered as a National Historic Landmark and was featured in this past weekend’s big Festival over two days. The marker is at the northwest side of the carousel building and commemorates the history of the carousel and the man who built it, Gistav Dentzel. Mayor Dave Kitchell said there will also be more plaques displayed in the carousel building. One will honor Marr McGrath, who designed and built the sign on the east side of the carousel complex. McGrath recently died in a car crash in New Jersey.

INDOT To Provide Logansport With $1M In Funding

INDOT has announced a million dollars in funding for road work is coming to Logansport. In a news release, the city says it will now come up with a priority list of prospects. Deputy Mayor Mercedes Brugh thanked the state legislature for providing the important infrastructure money. They also credited consultant Jodi Coblentz and Street Commissioner Tony Shanks for developing a pavement management plan.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Street Renamed In Honor Of Carousel

The city of Logansport has renamed some streets near the historic Dentzel Carousel, right before this weekend’s big festival. A resolution was approved yesterday to rename Riverside Drive to Dentzel Drive from 15th Street and Miles, north to Race Street. Some of Gustav Dentzel’s family members will be in Logansport this weekend for the festival honoring their ancestor.

Peru Man Pleads Guilty To Child Sex

A child molestation case in Peru has now led a local man to plead guilty. 26 year-old Nathaniel Caroway was charged after a case originating in Logansport early this year. On Tuesday, Caroway appeared before a judge and pleaded guilty to having sex with a child less than 14 years of age. The victim told authorities there were as many as 30 encounters with the man over a two year period. Caroway will be back in court for sentencing in October, when he will face up to 40 years in state prison.

Kokomo Hit By Tornado Wednesday

Wicked weather wreaks havoc in Kokomo. On Wednesday, as many as three tornadoes touched down in the region. CNN is reporting as many as 20 people were injured in Kokomo and rural Howard County. A state police spokesman said many of the injuries were caused by flying debris. Governor Mike Pence left the campaign trail and came home to Indiana. The mayor says he estimates at least 50 homes sustained severe damage. A temporary state of emergency was declared in Howard County, meaning all roads were closed except for public safety and emergency traffic. That declaration ended at 9pm last night.

Two Hog Farms Approved In Cass County

Despite the objections of local residents, the Cass County Board of Zoning Appeals has unanimously approved two new hog farm operations. The first being near Burnettsville, while the second one will be northwest of Lincoln. Current plans call for around 8,000 hogs to be housed at each facility. Nearby neighbors complained that the smell that the operations would bring would drive down their property values.

Carousel Festival This Weekend

If you’re looking for a fun activity this weekend, don’t forget about the first ever Carousel Festival in the Park Friday and Saturday. The event is at Riverside Park in Logansport and will honor the man who created the historic Dentzel Carousel. Gustav Dentzel’s family has been invited to attend Saturday morning, when they will be honored during a ceremony. Organizers of the festival say they’re expecting as many as 6,000 people.

Sims Named Bicentennial Citizen

A Logansport insurance agent who recently joined his wife and family in donating to a local park project and making it a reality has received a special award. Dick Sims, an avid runner, has been a familiar face on local roads and trails for decades. Last Friday, he and his wife, Ann, joined their son Steve and daughter-in- law Heidi in donating $60,000 for the Interconnector Trail. It was dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning at Huston Park. The trail connects Logansport’s newest park with the Hersey Nature Preserve east of Logansport Memorial Hospital, the River Bluff Trail, Cole Bridge, Riverside Park and Eel River Run. Sims and other recipients are being recognized throughout Indiana’s bicentennial year for their work statewide, nationwide or worldwide.

Felix Express Shuttle Available For LHS Football Games

Logansport High School football fans will be able to take advantage of free transportation to the Berries’ home opener with Frankfort. Cass Area Transit will be providing the “Felix Express” shuttle from four locations throughout the city to LHS Stadium. Mayor Dave Kitchell says the shuttle is part of the city’s contract with CAT. The blue-and- gray bus schedule for the entire home season will leave from Fairview Park at 5:30, making stops at March Supermarket on North Third Street, March on 14th Street, the Walmart, and finally at the LHS stadium. After the games, the shuttle will leave the stadium at 8:45, making stops at all of the original locations. The Felix Express had a trial run in the spring during baseball season and is expected to be available for Logansport basketball season in November.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Developer Wants Apartments Downtown

New plans for an old building in Downtown Logansport. A developer says he has plans to turn Logan Square at 300 East Broadway into residential apartments. Mayor Dave Kitchell says in a press release that the project would be very good for the city by supporting the downtown economy while appealing to millenials. The developer is Miller-Valentine Group, which also built a senior housing complex in Kokomo. The Logan Square building is approaching a century old.

Delphi Woman Arrested For Sexual Messages With Boy

A Delphi woman is jailed on a charge of sexual misconduct with a minor. 25 year-old Cassey Gick was arrested last Tuesday after police were alerted to some problematic text messages between her and a 14 year-old boy. Gick is currently free on a 25-thousand dollar bond. Deputies investigated the case for about two months, according to a news release from Carroll County, after the boy’s mother discovered the messages. Deputies believe there was one alleged sexual encounter between the boy and Gick at Gick’s home.

Five Notre Dame Football Players Arrested In Fulton County

A traffic stop in Fulton County now making national headlines, after authorities arrested five Notre Dame football players for possession of marijuana over the weekend. Records also indicate that three of the men are also facing charges of carrying a handgun without a license. Floyd Redfield, Ashton White, Dexter Williams, Winter Garden, and Te’Von Coney were in a car on US 31 near 375 North Friday night when a trooper reportedly pulled the car over for an improper taillight. A news release from the state patrol says the trooper smelled pot coming from the car and his dog also alerted. Notre Dame issued a statement Saturday saying all five men could face dismissal from the university.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Downtown Paving Work Friday

An update on the paving work in downtown Logansport. Central Paving, Inc. will be paving Broadway from 6th Street to 3rd Street today (Friday). There will be no parking along Broadway in that area. Work will also be done on Third Street from Broadway to Market. THIRD STREET WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN BROADWAY AND MARKET. Part of Broadway and Market Street will remain open with flaggers. They may need to close 6th Street between Broadway and North and between Broadway and Market.

Bunker Hill Council Sued By Former President

A lawsuit is now filed against the Bunker Hill Town Council by its former president. According to the Pharos-Tribune, Robert Cox is alleging the current council held a meeting on June 13th without giving any public notice. State law requires advance public notice of any meeting. Cox also says in the allegation that the council routinely violates the state’s open meetings act. During the meeting, the council passed a new ordinance defining the office of town marshal. Cox wants that ordinance repealed.

Medaryville Man Charged With Attempted Murder

It’s attempted murder charges for a Pulaski County man. 25 year-old Christopher Robbins was charged after prosecutors say he stabbed another man in the chest on Wednesday. Authorities responded to a home near 1050 West and 400 North. The sheriff says in a news release that the victim was airlifted to a South Bend Hospital, but he was able to give some information about the suspect. Police found Robbins in the woods in the area and arrested him.

Klika Awarded Bicentennial Honor

A Logansport native who served as one of the first women to head one of the state’s largest departments has been named the latest recipient of a local award. Chris Mathau Klika is a recipient of the Bicentennial Citizen of the Week honor. A 1974 graduate of Logansport High School where she was active in student council and one of the top students in her class, Klika went on to attend Purdue University where she graduated with a civil engineering degree. She worked for several years in the engineering industry before she was named Indiana Department of Transportation commissioner by the late Gov. Frank O’Bannon.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Logansport Man Injured In Crash

A crash yesterday afternoon leaves one person seriously hurt north of Logansport. Authorities say the accident happened on Perrysburg Road west of 350 East. The victim is identified as 33 year-old Dustin Putnam, of Logansport. For some reason, Putnam ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree stump. Putnam was eventually flown to a hospital in Fort Wayne.

Galveston Man Charged With Stealing From Employer

A Galveston man is free on bond after being charged with misuse of his employer’s credit card. Christopher Sommers formerly worked at Crop Production Services in 2011. Prosecutors now allege that Sommers charged around 58-thousand dollars to the company card for his own personal benefit. Court documents also show that he allowed his ex-wife and current wife to use the card, as well.

Mayor Asks State For Help On 18th Street Cost Overruns

With the city running way over on the 18th Street project, Mayor Dave Kitchell is asking the state for help. Yesterday, Kitchell said the unexpected cost overruns are reaching some 360-thousand dollars. Much of the added expense is reportedly due to crews running into more limestone than they thought was there, which is not cheap to remove. According to the Pharos-Tribune, Kitchell emailed the state legislators representing Logansport. He wrote that the city is disputing the cost overruns because they should have been foreseen during planning. INDOT won’t pay for the extra cost because it wasn’t budgeted for.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

One Dead, Five Injured In US 24 Crash

We begin with breaking news overnight, as a young girl is dead and several others injured when a car lost control west of Logansport. The crash happened on US 24, west of 400 West. Police say a 12 year-old girl died of her injuries when the car struck a tree. At least five other people were taken to area hospitals in critical condition. The sheriff said he believes everyone in the car is from Ohio. A witness reported he may have seen the car trying to pass another car when a semi approached head-on.

Liquor License At Indiana Dunes Approved

An Indiana commission has approved a liquor license for a politically connected businessman’s restaurant and bar project at Indiana Dunes State Park. The Alcohol and Tobacco Commission voted 4-0 Tuesday to grant liquor licenses for dozens of entities, including Pavilion Partners’ project at the Lake Michigan park. Its license was approved under a state law that circumvented local officials’ rejection last year of an alcohol permit for Pavilion Partners.

Police Confirm Weapons Removed From Standoff House

Logansport Police say all weapons that were inside a home where a man barricaded himself for around 10 hours have now been removed. The home is located in the 400 block of West Miami. Police responded at about 8:30 Saturday night, but the man threatening to harm himself refused to come out. By around 6:30 Sunday morning, a SWAT Team shot tear gas into the house. The man finally came out, but police weren’t able to remove the weapons because of the gas. A check of the house yesterday confirmed the weapons had been removed.

Downtown Road Work Postponed Until Thursday

Due to the weather, the paving of the downtown area was postponed Tuesday. Beginning today, Central Paving, Inc. will be paving 6 th Street from the bridge to East Market Street. 6 th Street will be closed from E. Market to North Street. Broadway will remain open. Traffic along 6 th Street may encounter stop & go traffic. Flaggers will be present. If a road closure is encountered, please go around the block.