General News

A pair of Korean companies is showing what their technology can do to help local firefighters.

HoyaRobot and DRB have built robots used to fight fires.

HoyaRobot’s device is a small one that uses a camera to help find people trapped in a burning building.  DRB’s is designed to go into a blaze and spray water to reduce the risk for firefighters.

Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle says the technology has great potential for the department in the future, particularly to fight larger fires.

Tippecanoe Home Sales Figures A Mixed Bag

Feb 20, 2012

The number of home sales in Tippecanoe County last month was less than it was a year ago.

However, sales prices have increased over that span.

Indiana Association of Realtors reports the county’s sales dropped 2.5-percent over the past twelve months.

There were about 40 fewer homes sold this January compared to last year.

Among surrounding counties, only Benton, Boone, Montgomery, and White experienced an increase in home sales.

But, the median sales price of homes in Tippecanoe is up $1,000 to $124,000.

Purdue’s Global Policy Research Institute is sponsoring a lecture on campus from a former Jordanian diplomat.

Marwan Muasher was Jordan’s first ambassador to Israel in 1994. He later held the same position in the United States.

He began his career as a journalist after receiving a PhD in electrical engineering from Purdue.

His talk Monday night deals with leadership and policy changes resulting from last year’s uprisings in the Middle East. It also focuses on how the West should approach international relations with developing Arab democracies.

Hanna Community Center leader resigns

Feb 17, 2012
Provided by Hanna Community Center

The Hanna Community Center is changing its leadership. The board of the Lafayette non-profit accepted the resignation of Dewayne Moffitt.

He’s served as executive director since 2008. A news release from the board did not give a reason for the departure.

Former board member Sanders Howse will serve as interim executive director. The board hopes to hire a new leader for Hanna Center this spring.

Measles Reported in Boone and Hamilton Counties

Feb 15, 2012

Indiana’s Department of Health is investigating more than a dozen cases of measles in the state.

Outbreaks have been reported in Boone and Hamilton Counties.

Commissioner Greg Larkin expects the number of cases to increase.

He says symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes about ten days after exposure to the virus.

Those who believe they may be infected are encouraged to contact a doctor.

The state has set up a hotline to answer questions about measles.  Call 877-826-011 for more information.

Brother N Others fire investigation

Feb 10, 2012

A fire that destroyed a bar on the north side of Lafayette does not seem to be intentionally set.

Although, officials say it’s still early in the investigation of the blaze at Brothers N Others on Sagamore Parkway North.

The fire department responded to the call around 2:30 a.m. Friday. The business was closed at the time and no injuries were reported.

A fire destroyed a nearby bar in September, 2010, as well. However, officials believe the fire at Cox’s Pub was intentionally set.

Preview of West Lafayette History and Archives Drive

Feb 8, 2012

A interview with Purdue Associate Professor Kris Bross and Professor Susan Curtis about the effort to gather history about West Lafayette, specifically the Morton Community Center.

Moore receives endorsement

Feb 6, 2012

One of the Democrats running for the party’s nomination in the 4th Congressional District is getting more support.

Task Force Shows Off Emergency Equipment

Feb 6, 2012

First responders throughout the region are learning more about the type of emergency equipment available in case of a serious situation.

The District Four Task Force – which includes Tippecanoe and surrounding counties – is holding open houses at the fairgrounds in Lafayette to teach about the materials.

Commander Jeff Houston says the equipment is essential for a number of circumstances, such as tornados and earthquakes.

A greater effort to protect children in the Lafayette area is underway.

Stewards of Children is a training program aimed at changing people’s actions and attitudes toward child sexual abuse.

Jennifer Hall is the executive director of the Greater Lafayette Sexual Assault Prevention Coalition, which is cosponsoring the event with Heartford House. She says the program educates community members about prevention.