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VOLUNTEERS PLANTING TREES AT RIVERSIDE 

The Logansport Parks & Recreation Department, the Cass County Soil & Water Conservation District, and Boy Scout Troop 200 have partnered to plant trees at Riverside Park at 10 a.m. this Saturday, October 25th. Those interested in participating should meet near the basketball court.
Theevent is one of hundreds of re-greening efforts throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods® Month by the national nonprofit Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees).
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BABY INJURED IN KOKOMO SHOOTING 

A 9 month old boy from Kokomo was in critical condition last night following what appears to have been an accidental shooting. Howard County Sheriff Deputies responded to multiple 911 calls advising two people had been shot just before 5 p.m. yesterday. Upon arrival at an address on Fawn Drive, they discovered the homeowner, 31 year old, John W. Hambaugh III and his 9 month old son being treated for what appeared to be single gunshot wounds. After the shooting the child’s mother, Leah Martin moved the child to the front yard where she and neighbors rendered aid until medics and deputies arrived.

Witnesses state Mr. Hambaugh was seated in the kitchen area where he was preparing to clean his handgun. When he attempted to disassemble the gun, a round had inadvertently been left in the handgun. As he attempted to remove the slide, the bullet discharged, striking the inside of Hambaugh’s left thigh. It traveled through the thigh and after exiting, struck the child in the head. Evidence at the scene suggests the child was standing to the side of Mr. Hambaugh at the time of the shooting which police say is consistent with witness statements.

Both Hambaugh and his son were transported by ambulance to Community Howard Regional Hospital, Kokomo. Shortly after their arrival the child was airlifted to Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis where he is listed in critical condition. Hambaugh was treated and is expected to be released soon.
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NEW VIDEO EXPLAINS MOPED LAWS 

The BMV has released an informational video explaining the new Motor Driven Cycle (MDC) laws that begin on Jan. 1, 2015. It designed to inform Hoosiers how to register their scooters, mopeds and motorized bicycles and how to get a proper license to operate them on Indiana’s roads. The video is available on the Indiana BMV channel on Youtube.

“This video will inform Hoosiers how to register their MDCs and how to get a proper license to operate an MDC on Indiana’s roads,” Commissioner Snemis said. “The video will help all drivers stay safe and legal, and I encourage everyone to watch it.”

MDCs, commonly referred to as scooters, mopeds or motorized bicycles, are now divided into MDC-A or MDC-B classes. The video includes the following information:
MDC-A and MDC-B definitions
Where to identify MDC-A or MDC-B engine size
What is needed to lawfully operate an MDC-A and MDC-B
Documents to bring to a BMV branch in order to properly register an MDC
Endorsements needed to operate an MDC

Additionally, the video discusses what MDC-A and MDC-B plates will look like, along with some general laws and rules of the road while operating an MDC.

“It is our goal to educate Hoosiers with motor driven cycles and help them be prepared for a quick and easy trip to their local BMV branch once this new law goes into effect on January 1, 2015,” said Snemis.
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SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER CHASE 

Logansport Police said in a news release issued yesterday that K9 Officer Mark VanHorn attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle without a license plate near the intersection of 21st and George Streets just before 7:00 AM on Tuesday. The vehicle, a red, 1986 Chevy Blazer took off at a high rate of speed and failed to yield. Police say the driver completely disregarded the stop sign at the intersection of 21st and Smead Street and began to flee for several minutes near the East end of town. The suspect vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed through alleys and intersections near Tower Park.

The pursuit finally led officers to the area of Logansport High School. After the suspect vehicle made several attempts to lose officers through neighborhoods near the High School, he allegedly drove onto the High School property where officers were able to block intersections and set up a perimeter to contain the pursuit. At this time school corporation buses and students were beginning to arrive in the area. In order to terminate the pursuit in safe manner, a device was deployed to deflate the suspect’s tires, helping to control his speed and reduce the vehicles ability to flee from law enforcement.

The device was successfully deployed, disabling two tires on the suspect vehicle. Police say the driver then attempted to evade law enforcement by driving into the wooded area near the High School, and the vehicle became inoperable in a muddy area. A felony traffic stop was conducted and the suspect was taken into custody with no injuries to himself or officers. No patrol vehicles were damaged while conducting the pursuit. The Logansport Police Department says officers involved in the pursuit never exceeded 45MPH.

The suspect was identified as 19 year old Jacob Noel of Logansport, who was subsequently arrested on multiple charges including resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, criminal recklessness and possession of marijuana. Noel was also issued several uniform traffic tickets for multiple driving infractions.
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CR 150 N CLOSED DURING DAY 

The Cass County Highway Department announces daytime closures on County Road 150 North between 600 East and 800 East, for pavement repair at the two s-curves in that road segment. The work will begin at the westernmost s-curve. Residents will have access to their properties from one direction or the other, but through traffic will not be permitted while work is being done between approximately 8 AM and 3 PM. Drivers using the road outside of those hours should be alert for loose stone and rough pavement at the work locations.

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VOTING UNDERWAY  

Several candidates in contested races for the primary participated in last night’s candidate forum presented by the league of women voters of Cass County. Republican Lisa Swaim and Democrat Mark Leeman are vying for the Cass County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Republican incumbent Tom Knepper and Democrat Mike Fincher are seeking the office of Eel Township Trustee. Other candidates who participated last night are Paul Ulerick, seeking the Bethlehem Township Trustee, and Republican incumbent Don Lehe for State Rep District 25. Their opponents did not attend.

The Garage at the Cass County Government Building is open for early voting weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. County Clerk Beth Liming said 867 votes had been cast as of yesterday. The garage will be open for voting this Saturday and next from 6 am to 1 p.m. Vote centers open next Thursday.

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TOYS FOR TOTS UNDERWAY 

The 2014 Toys for Tots drive began Oct. 1, with Marines from Detachment 1, Communication Company, making contacts with stores and putting donation boxes in place.

The mission of the Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less-fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Their goal is to give toys to about 6,000 children. People are encouraged to donate new unwrapped gifts in any of the collection boxes in their area. The boxes will be picked up Dec. 15 and sorted for distribution Dec. 18-19. Those wanting to make a monetary donation can do so at any time, he added.

The effort includes a 7 county area that includes Cass, Howard, Miami, Grant, Fulton, Wabash and Tipton counties.

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EBOLA CALL CENTER OPENS 

Yesterday, the Indiana State Department of Health opened a call center for the public to answer questions regarding Ebola Virus Disease. Health representatives are available to answer questions regarding symptoms, screening and diagnosis of Ebola. The state’s health commissioner says there are a lot of questions about the virus and quite a bit of misinformation.

Officials say the Ebola virus is not spread through the air, by water or food, or by casual contact and people with Ebola can only spread the Ebola virus when they have symptoms. There is no known risk of transmission if someone does not have symptoms.

Dr. William VanNess says early symptoms of Ebola are similar to influenza, which is why it is essential for healthcare providers to check travel history when receiving a patient with flu-like symptoms. He says only individuals who have traveled to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are at risk of having been exposed.

The call center telephone number is (877) 826-0011. It is open Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Call (877) 561-0044 for the hearing impaired.
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STATE POLICE ASKING FOR PUBLIC'S HELP 

Indiana State Police are looking for information in the case of an injured Miami County man. Around 10:00 a.m., Monday, officers from the Indiana State Police responded to a 911 call reporting an injured person near 6390 South Miami County Road 250 East.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a passerby found James Hoffman, 70, severely injured, near a farm field adjacent to his residence at 6390 South Miami County Road 250 East. Hoffman appeared to have suffered numerous injuries to his body and airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital in critical condition.

The Indiana State Police have initiated a criminal investigation to find out whom and what caused Hoffman’s injuries. It is believed that the incident which led to Hoffman’s injuries occurred Monday morning between 7 and 10 a.m., near where he was found.

The Indiana State Police are asking anyone who might have information about this incident to call the Indiana State Police Peru Post at 1-800-382-0689. Information can be reported anonymously.

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CANDIDATE FORUM TONIGHT  

Voters will have a chance to hear from candidates in contested local races during a candidate forum presented by the League of Women Voters of Cass County tonight (10/21). Candidates in the races for Cass County prosecuting attorney, Eel, Noble and Bethlehem Township Trustee and State Rep District 25 have been invited. Questions will be asked by a panel that includes representatives from local media and the League of Women Voters. The forum begins at 7 p.m. in the community room at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport campus. We’ll also broadcast it live tonight on 1230 WSAL.

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