On Thursday April 17th the Logansport Police Department in conjunction with the administration of the Logansport High School, conducted an investigation regarding allegations of inappropriate behavior between a female teacher and a 17 year old male student. Logansport Police says that through the investigation, probable cause was established and 24 year old Kayla Skaggs of Logansport was arrested for Class D Felony Child Seduction. The investigation is still on going.
Logansport Superintendent Michele Starkey confirmed this morning that Skaggs, a first year LCSC teacher, is no longer employed with the corporation. Starkey says the arrest did not happen on school grounds and says the case is now in the hands of local authorities.
A Logansport man was injured yesterday afternoon in a two vehicle crash in Miami County. It happened around 1:30 on US 24 at SR 19. Indiana State Police says 23 year old Rachael Pegg of Mexico, IN was northbound on SR 19 at US 24 and crossed the eastbound lanes of US 24 but allegedly failed to yield at the median crossover and pulled into the path of a westbound van driven by a 55 year old Fort Wayne Man. 46 year old Tun Aye of Logansport and another passenger from Fort Wayne in the Honda were transported by ambulance to Dukes Memorial Hospital with complaints f pain. Police says all participants were wearing seatbelts which helped prevent more serious injuries -- investigation into the case continues but at this time neither alcohol or narcotics is suspected to have contributed to the crash.
If you live in the Southeastern School District and missed Kindergarten Roundup for Thompson Elementary earlier this month, there’s a second chance to sign your kindergartner up for the kindergarten screening. Thompson Elementary Second Chance Kindergarten Roundup will be Monday, April 21, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. in the library at Thompson Elementary. Bring your child and their birth certificate and immunization records; children must be 5 by August 1 for Kindergarten. You should allow half an hour for the process.
Christina Pifer, a student at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport Campus, is one of 30 Phi Theta Kappa members selected by a panel of judges from more than 150 nominees internationally who will be honored with the organization’s 2014 Distinguished Chapter Member Awards. The awards will be presented by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during al convention in Orlando, Florida, April 24-26. Pifer, who hails from Royal Center, graduated from Pioneer Junior/Senior High School in 2003 and earned her first degree from Ivy Tech, an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration, in May 2008. As a result of changing economic conditions, she returned to Ivy Tech in 2010 to study in the healthcare field. In December, she will graduate with an associate degree in healthcare support and will transfer to Saint Mary of the Woods College to continue her studies toward a bachelor’s degree in healthcare and business administration.
She has participated in educational outreach at Thompson Elementary during Super Science Days and in the after-school science program at Landis and Franklin elementary schools. Recently, she was involved in organizing and helping with the Peak Community Services business accessibility survey.
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.
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.
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.