General News

Sheriff Brown Honored;New Deputies Sworn In

Mar 1, 2012

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department is welcoming three new deputies.

Tim Rooze, Austin Waibel , and Jodi Rohler were sworn in Thursday.

Sheriff Tracy Brown says it’s rare to have that many join the department at once, but he thinks each brings a unique perspective from their previous careers.

There are now 46 deputies on staff with one position still open.

Also Thursday, the Department honored Brown for his 25 years of service.

He took over as Sheriff in 2007 and has three years remaining in his current term.

March is Red Cross Month

Mar 1, 2012

WBAA's Kristin Malavenda previews events for Red Cross Month with Jennifer Edwards and Liz Wallace of the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Circular Logic Marathon Preps for Inaugural Event

Feb 24, 2012

Circular Logic Marathon organizer Joe Ely talks about the first ever event planned in Cumberland Park next month.  Click HERE to sign up.

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The U.S Postal Service is consolidating four mail processing and distribution centers, including the one in Lafayette.

The USPS is moving all mail operations there to Indianapolis in an effort to cut costs.

Postal Service officials say the system is operating with a deficit due to overpayment to retirement accounts and increased costs.

The mail volume has dropped by about 25-percent over the past six years.

Indiana Veterans Home changes health care provider

Feb 22, 2012

The Indiana Veterans Home has undergone some changes in the past month.

New doctors, specialists, therapists, and nurses are treating residents of the facility on North River Road in West Lafayette.

Superintendent Tony Stewart says the goal of switching to Indianapolis-based Preferred Home Health Care is to improve front-end care and avoid external hospitalizations.

He says reaction to the changes has been positive for the most part.

The Indiana Veterans' Home is a state-operated facility under the administration of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs.

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.