A 21 year old Indianapolis man was arrested Tuesday following the investigation of a bomb threat reported at the Logansport State Hospital. The Indiana State Police say that a man placed a call to the Logansport State Hospital around 7 p.m. Monday night threatening to blow up the facility; authorities say the caller also placed a call to the State Hospital threatening to injure himself. Around 1 a.m. yesterday, the investigation led police to a home on Forest Manor Avenue in Indianapolis, where they arrested Dominique Fisher. According to a news release from the Indiana State Police, Fisher was allegedly upset with staff members at the State Hospital who purportedly would not allow him to speak on the telephone with a patient Fisher allegedly knew. Fisher was incarcerated in the Marion County Arrestee Processing Center to face a felony charge of false reporting.
Logansport police arrested three people, including a juvenile, on charges of criminal gang activity after shots were allegedly fired around 8 p.m. last night.
According to a news release, police responded to a report of glass breaking in the 1900 block of Usher Street; upon arrival, they observed a residence that had been shot with a shotgun. Moments later, officers were called to the intersection of West Linden and North Cicott Streets in reference to gunshots being fired.
Assistant Chief Bryan Hillis says investigation continued overnight and police obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 600 block of Wheatland Avenue.
The suspects reportedly surrendered to the tactical team without incident. 24 year old Kelyn Holly of and 24 year old Keyvin Holly, both of Logansport, are being held at the Cass County Jail on $100,000 cash and $500,000 surety bond. Both face felony charges of conducting criminal gang activity and attempted criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. Kelyn also faces charges of intimidation.
A 17 year old juvenile was arrested on felony charges of attempted criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and conducting criminal gang activity and was taken to the Kinsey Youth Center.
Last night, the Logansport City Council gave preliminary approval to a couple of items relating to the Pyrolyzer Power Plant project. The vote was 5-2 to amend an ordinance passed in March that gave Mayor Ted Franklin the authorization to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Pyrolyzer LLC and to negotiate a build, operate, transfer agreement with the company for a new electric generating plant.
According to the new ordinance, a number of issues critical to the final form of the power purchase agreement and the build operate transfer agreement remain outstanding, including the form of required system interconnection agreement with the Midwest Independent Transmission Operator, or MISO, and other development requirements. Per the original ordinance the mayor’s authority to negotiate expires on January 1.
The amendment to the Memorandum of understanding was made as a resolution, which requires only one reading for final approval, and passed on a vote of 5-2. The amendment to the MOU allows negotiations to continue indefinitely, until the council passes another ordinance to terminate them.
The council also unanimously approved on first reading a clean air ordinance that mirrors state and federal regulations. Logansport resident Mercedes Brugh, who asked the County Commissioners to pass a stricter ordinance limiting dioxins earlier this year, told the council writing the clean air ordinance was a waste of taxpayer’s money if the Pyrolyzer process as clean as the company’s CEO and the project manager have said it is. Some council members expressed concern that if a stricter air quality ordinance was passed in the county, it would limit future developments by other companies.
The council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is January 6 at 5 p.m. The Utility Service Board meets tonight at 7 but the Pyrolyzer project does not appear on their agenda.
the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and local county emergency management agencies are renewing a call for online damage reports from individuals and businesses who sustained damage caused by severe weather on November 17.
This is for anyone who hasn’t reported damage yet in all Indiana counties. Damage can be reported on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website at in.gov/dhs.
The State of Indiana was recently denied federal disaster assistance from FEMA. As part of Indiana’s appeal to that decision, IDHS has requested joint preliminary damage assessments for other severely affected counties. Some additional assessments will occur in Howard County. The assessments will begin today and be conducted by FEMA, IDHS and county emergency management agencies.
Individuals will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number and type of damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property. Any Hoosier who has already reported damage online need not do so again.
The Logansport High School Swing Choir has been invited to perform tonight (12/13) at the Statehouse as part of Christmas at the Capitol, a holiday choral event featuring groups from across Indiana. The event is presented by the Friends of the Indiana State Archives. The Swing Choir is one of four groups performing tonight. There’s another performance tomorrow by other choirs. Additional groups will perform tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Governor and First Lady invite the public to attend Christmas At The Capitol, which begins at 5 p.m. tonight.
Cass County has been chosen to receive $6373 from the federal government’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program phase 31.
A local board determines how the funds awarded to Cass County are distributed among local emergency food and shelter programs. Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private nonprofits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, and 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency goods and/or shelter programs. If they are a private nonprofit organization, they must have a voluntary board of directors. Public or private organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must submit a letter of request addressing the above terms along with amount requested and program description. The deadline for request letters is Thursday January 2, 2014, by 12:00 pm. Send by mail or deliver to the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Local Board, c/o United Way of Cass County, 401 E. Broadway, Logansport, 46947.
More than 926,000 Hoosiers who receive assistance through SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, will see some changes next month. The day on which benefits are applied to their Hoosier Works cards will change as a result of a bill passed this year by the Indiana General Assembly. Payment dates depend on the first letter of the client’s last name, and benefits have previously been made during the first 10 days of each month. Starting in 2014, payments will be spread from the 5th through the 23rd of every month, on odd days. To phase in the change, during January only, clients will receive half of their benefits on their current date and the other half on their new date. The family and social services administration says having distribution days spread throughout the month will mean fewer shoppers on any of those days, and will ease the burden on groceries and make shopping easier for SNAP clients and all food shoppers. In addition to various publicity campaigns, each SNAP recipient has received at least 2 mailings announcing the change, and SNAP clients will receive a voice recording by phone sometime between December 14 and 16. There’s also a website, SNAP.IN.gov, where you can find more information. SNAP is a federal aid program administered by the food and nutrition service of the USDA, but benefits distributions occurs at the state level. Nearly ⅙ of Indiana’s population receives SNAP benefits.