On Friday afternoon, Logansport police announced that they’ve purchased a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle to be used in the patrol division.

Officials say having the bike will contribute to public relations, moving the department closer to its goal of building and strengthening relations with the community, and resolving specific problems that can't be handled by a normal patrol vehicle.
There will be two full-time motorcycle patrol officers, one from each shift rotation. The officers will focus on traffic enforcement as their primary assignment. These officers will also patrol and answer calls for service through dispatch, and will participate in public relations events throughout the community. The motorcycle patrol will be primarily assigned to dayshift.

The department says it will be a cost savings to taxpayers in regards to fuel savings.

Each motorcycle patrol officer will complete an 80 hour certification course on emergency motorcycle handling; the department says many officers go on to represent their departments in competitions around the state.

The department motorcycle will be on display inside the Logansport City Building for a few weeks to allow members of the community the opportunity to view it prior to being placed in service.
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The Indiana State Police are urging residents who are taking advantage of spring weather to be aware that they may find trash left behind by those who have manufactured methamphetamine. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section wants to remind citizens that this trash may contain chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and acidic. The combination of these chemicals could cause an explosion, fire or burns if they come into direct contact with the skin. A popular container is the 1 and a half gallon gas can -- these cans appear to be new and have been found along the roadside by unknowing people who believe that they have found a new gas can and end up with a working meth lab.

• Other Items to be aware of include battery casings, Ziploc style bags, empty blister packs, and containers (pop-bottles, jars, etc.) that contain a granular material. They may or may not have a tube extending out of the top depending on whether it is a hydrochloric gas generator (HCL) or a one pot reaction. Both of these are extremely hazardous.

• Be aware of any type of cylinder found in an odd place that has a modified valve, typically one that’s bright blue. These cylinders are used to store or transport anhydrous ammonia, which is an extremely dangerous gas when direct contact or inhalation has occurred.

If someone comes across this type of trash, they should not handle it. Instead, contact the local Indiana State Police Post.

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Autism 7 Squared, a new nonprofit in Logansport, plans to build a multi-sports complex with a sensory room for autistic children. In an effort to bring families closer to support this cause, the group has created a Family Fun Day for families in and around Logansport. It’s set for 2-5 p.m. Sunday April 13 at Riverside Park and includes a dunk tank, bounce house, door prizes every 30 minutes, a silent auction, local business vendors and live music by Steve Michaels. There will also be a Hair Cut-A-Thon and a Bike Ride starting at 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost to participate in the ride is $25 for the first rider and $15 for each additional rider.

There are also a number of Easter events happening in Cass County this weekend, including the annual Morning with the Easter Bunny at Riverside park starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Local legislators will be at the Logansport Cass County Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd House Session tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. at West Side Diner. The event is free and no RSVP is required.

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An R Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Pioneer Elementary in Royal Center.

The Green Earth Festival is also set to take place from 2-5 p.m. Saturday April 12 at Galveston Park and another R Day, medicine collection and electronics collection will be part of that event,

The Solid Waste District is also accepting appointments from Cass County residents for the annual used tire collection. Contact the district office at 574-732-9253 to schedule an appointment.
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The Indiana University Kokomo Observatory has a couple of events scheduled starting this weekend. The regular monthly open house will be Sunday at 8 p.m. and will begin with a talk about a mission studying the moon. After the talk, participants can view the skies through the observatory’s telescopes, weather permitting, until 10 p.m.

The Observatory will open at midnight Tuesday, April 15, for a special viewing of a lunar eclipse, as the full moon passes through the dark inner part of the earth’s shadow, called the umbra. The total phase of the eclipse is expected to start at 3:07 a.m., Tuesday morning and last 78 minutes. Plans are for the observatory to be open until about 6 a.m. Patrick Motl, an assistant professor of physics, says the moon will turn red as it reflects light that has passed through the earth’s atmosphere. The next total lunar eclipse for North America will be Wednesday, October 8. Both events are free and open to the public. Free parking is available on campus.

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An informational meeting about the Logansport Farmer’s Market is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10 in the Cloverleaf Building at the Cass County 4-H Fairgrounds. This meeting is for anyone interested in selling their homegrown produce at the Logansport Farmer’s Market.
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The annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at the Cass County 4-H Fairgrounds is set for 6 p.m. tonight (April 9). Children 12 and under may participate and should bring a basket. There will be 4000 eggs with more than 40 special prize eggs. It’s sponsored by the Cass County 4-H Junior Leaders and the New Waverly & Cass County Fire District 1 Fire Departments. The Logansport Parks & Recreation Department and Cass County Roosters will host the annual "Morning with the Easter Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt" on Saturday, April 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Riverside Park. You can find more local Easter events on casscountycalendar.com.

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Logan’s Landing has set the date for its annual Green and Clean Day, when volunteers help spruce up the downtown district. It’s scheduled from 9 to noon on Saturday, May 3 and volunteers are being recruited. They can 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 for Green and Clean Day. If you’d like to participate, email lldirector@loganslanding.com or call 574-722-9345.

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Logansport Community Schools will conduct KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP on April 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Fairview, Franklin, Landis and Columbia Elementaries. Roundup is for children who are five years of age on or before August 1, 2014. Parents will receive an information packet about the school and the Kindergarten program. Students and parents will return next week for a Kindergarten Corral that will include kindergarten readiness screenings.

Southeastern will hold Roundup on Thursday, April 10 from 8:30 to 3 at Thompson Elementary. Caston’s is set for Wednesday, April 16.

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Today is the deadline to register to vote in the May 6 primary election. Voters can register in person, online through the county website or at indianavoters.com or at the BMV.

There are contested races for US representative District 4 on both the Republican and Democrat ticket. Republicans will also select their candidate for State Representative District 25. Republicans and Democrats are fielding candidates for State Representative District 25 and Cass County Prosecuting Attorney. Also on the ballot are State Representatives for Districts 23 and 28, Cass County Recorder, Sheriff, Assessor, 3rd district commissioner, and 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th district county council - Republicans are fielding candidates for these offices but none face an opponent. Also on the ballot are township trustees and township board members, and Republican state convention delegates.

Absentee voting in the garage at the Cass County Government Building will begin April 8 and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Absentee voting ends at noon on May 5. The garage will also be open for voters on Saturday April 26 and Saturday, May 3 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Clerk's office is also taking applications for absentee ballots by mail or in person through the travel board. Anyone can apply by calling the clerk's office to request or use the application online at co.cass.in.us.

Vote Centers will be open May 1-3 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.on Election Day.
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