Charlotte Tuggle

Reporter

My name is Charlotte Tuggle and I'm a reporter at WBAA. For three years, I was a news intern at the station before graduating from Purdue and becoming a full-time staff member. During my last year as an intern, I was named the Indiana Student Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists. I'm very excited to stay and work with such an honest, dedicated team here at WBAA!

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

On the eve of Wednesday’s start to early voting, election security was at the forefront of the Tippecanoe County Clerk’s debate.

Democratic law professor Vicky Woeste and Republican Fairfield Township Trustee Julie Roush debated the county’s election system in front of a crowd at the county office building.

Roush says though the current voting machines are old, they’re still secure and should be replaced after the U.S. Election Assistance Commission updates voting standards.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

The candidates for Tippecanoe County Sheriff held their only debate Wednesday night before a crowd at Harrison High School. Bob Goldsmith and Jason Dombkowski agreed on almost everything…except for which one has the most relevant experience.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Lieutenant and West Lafayette Police Chief are running for the same office on very similar platforms.

What this race will come down to, both say, is what leadership style the people trust to make those things happen.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

The Frankfort City Council has put the final stamp on an application for a costly railroad overpass project.

The city – in partnership with Clinton County – is hoping for money from the state’s Local Trax Program, a matching grant fund designed to separate railroads from roadways. The overpass is estimated to cost at least $10 million. If awarded the grant money, the city and county would be responsible for contributing about $1 million apiece, with the state picking up the remaining 80-percent of the cost.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Frankfort residents spilled out of a meeting room at city hall Monday night to speak out against what they say is mismanagement of the Clinton County Humane Society. The crowd demanded the shelter’s governing board be held accountable.

After complaints were raised about the shelter’s disrepair and lack of animal care – as well as the firing of longtime director Jim Tate – Mayor Chris McBarnes faced an angry horde demanding answers.

“If this gets out of hand or anyone starts yelling, I’m shutting it down,” McBarnes warned.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Indiana localities have only a week left to apply for the state’s matching grant program designed to separate roadways from railroad tracks.

To receive part of the Local Trax grant, local governments have to pitch a safety enhancement project for a highway-rail intersection. The applications are scored based on factors including how many cars and trains cross per day. If a project is chosen, the state will cover 80-percent of its cost.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

After a student and her teacher were shot at Noblesville West Middle School at the end of last school year, the summer was spent on renewed conversations about school safety in Indiana.

The state offered to buy handheld metal detectors for any districts that wanted them and superintendents began taking a hard look at their protocols.

But experts say there’s still a lack of coordination and the state may not have closed many security loopholes.

Purdue University

UPDATE (3:20 p.m., August 21):

Public relations representatives for comedian Andy Gross have begun circulating an apology for the performer's act during Purdue's Boiler Gold Rush freshman orientation.

Rebecca Kaufman, a lawyer with Beverly Hills, California firm Glassman Media Group, says Gross is not consenting to taped interviews, but sent a statement which reads, in part:

Purdue University

The Purdue University Board of Trustees Friday removed Papa John’s founder John Schnatter’s name from its economic research center.

The unanimous decision follows the controversy around Schnatter’s use of a racial slur during a conference call earlier this year.

City of Frankfort

The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network has released a survey to gather information, including how residents of Frankfort really feel about Frankfort. On WBAA’s Ask the Mayor, we put Chris McBarnes to the same test.

We also ask about the state of renewable energy in Frankfort, just after a proposal from the state’s power agency to land a solar park in the city. We find out not just the solar power in question, but the project’s power with potential investors as well.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Tippecanoe County Sheriff candidate Bob Goldsmith pushed Thursday for a mental health program for first responders in his first appearance since his candidacy was confirmed.

Goldsmith has worked in the sheriff’s department for 19 years and says many officers struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, but are taught to compartmentalize those feelings.

Pages