The Daily Press The Pilot News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-22T09:16:49-04:00 wire theft is hazardous 2014-07-22T09:16:49-04:002014-07-22T09:16:49-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsStaff WriterMARSHALL COUNTY — A recent theft of copper wire from a Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) substation has sprouted an investigation.“Several hundred feet of copper wire and copper lugs were stolen from the Burr Oak substation,” said NIPSCO Director of External Communications Nick Meyer. “Unfortunately, with serving 32 counties, we see these kind of incidents sometimes.”Thieves target copper wire to sell it to scrap dealers. The theft isn’t just a criminal matter. It could be a matter of life and death.“There was an incident in Gary where a 48 year old man was killed when he sliced into a live wire while trying to steal it,” said Meyer. It wasn’t the man’s first time stealing copper wire.The voltage can range between 220 volts to 7,200. However some high voltage lines can reach 765,000 volts. The danger associated with the electricity is the reason why security measures are in place by electric companies.“We want to keep everyone safe from electrocution,” said Meyer. “We use security measures such as high fencing with barbed wire and infrared camera systems.”There are standard legal procedures for dealing with copper theft. According to Meyer, “in recent years the legislature increased the penalty for copper wire thefts from a Class D felony to a Class C felony if proven the materials were stolen from a utility or infrastructure.”Plymouth, INNo author availableCopper wire theft is hazardous The Pilot to the root of who's responsible for the trees2014-07-22T09:10:19-04:002014-07-22T09:10:19-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INNo author availableGetting to the root of who's responsible for the treesThe Pilot leadership for Highway Department2014-07-22T08:18:45-04:002014-07-22T08:18:45-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INNo author availableNew leadership for Highway DepartmentThe Pilot arrested in early morning traffic stop2014-07-18T08:55:14-04:002014-07-18T08:55:14-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsIn a press release from the Marshall County Police, at approximately 1 a.m. an officer with the Marshall County Police Dept. initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on US 31 at the intersection of US 6. During the stop, County Police Canine Arras walked around the vehicle and indicated the presence of narcotics, according to policeA search of the vehicle allegedly located several items of contraband including nearly 150 grams of marijuana. The driver, 25 year old Cory Scheibelhut of Mishawaka, and a passenger 25 year old Kasey Correll were arrested and transported to the Marshall County Jail.Cory Scheibelhut was booked for Possession of Marijuana with a Prior charge and Posession of Hash. His bond was set at $1,500. Kasey Correll was charged with Possession of Marijuana with a Prior Charge, Dealing in Marijuana, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. His bond was also set at $1,500. Both subjects were given a court date of Aug. 26. in Superior Court #2. Plymouth, INNo author availableTwo arrested in early morning traffic stopThe Pilot jet crashes near Ukraine2014-07-17T15:14:42-04:002014-07-17T14:21:26-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot News<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script><div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="2" style="width:425px;height:320px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="26420831" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div>GRABOVO, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of Grabovo in eastern Ukraine, an Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the crash site 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border.The plane appeared to have broken up before impact and the burning wreckage — which included body parts and the belongings of passengers — was scattered over a wide area.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the downing an act of terrorism and called for an international investigation into the crash.The village of Grabovo is currently under the control of the separatists and the area has seen severe fighting between the two sides in recent days.Malaysia Airlines confirmed that it received notification from Ukrainian aviation authorities that it had lost contact with flight MH17 at 1415 GMT some 30 kilometers (20 miles) from Tamak waypoint, approximately 50 km (30 miles) from the Russia-Ukraine border.It said the plane had 280 passengers and 15 crew aboard a Boeing 777 that left Amsterdam at 12.15 p.m. and was to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.10 a.m. Friday.Plymouth, INNo author availableMalaysian jet crashes near UkraineThe Pilot Department — two bosses instead of one2014-07-15T11:27:51-04:002014-07-15T11:27:21-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INNo author availableHighway Department — two bosses instead of oneThe Pilot project bids are in2014-07-15T11:10:17-04:002014-07-15T11:10:17-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INNo author availableSewer project bids are inThe Pilot leak on Oak Road2014-07-14T12:55:43-04:002014-07-14T12:55:43-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsPlymouth, INNo author availableGas leak on Oak RoadThe Pilot Schools purchasing used school buses2014-07-14T08:45:56-04:002014-07-14T08:45:56-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsThe Board approved $8,040 for personnel ECA positions for the 2014 to 2015 school year, as well as terminating the employment of Ginger Holbert and Elizabeth Horvath as part-time Title I Aides. The termination will result in the school corporation’s ability to consolidate two part-time positions into one full time position. In 2003, a pension debt was established by the school for teachers. With the requirements met there was an excess of $7,897.34. According to state statues, the money from the debt fund can only be transferred to the general fund. The Board approved the transfer and moved to the next item of business. Following the expiration of their current contract with Adams Renco for popper and printer equipment maintenance, the Board briefly considered switching to Xerox for its needs. After minor discussion, the Board approved to renew their contract with Adams Renco, which after calculations, will save the corporation $6,000 per year more.For the 2014 to 2015 school year, the Union-North United School Corporation approved the use of the e-Funds for Schools program, a free service offered to schools that allow families to pay for book rental fees online with check, debit, and credit card processing. Potentially, the system has built into it the ability for parents to pay school lunch fees and sports fees. After a two year process, e-Funds for Schools is planned to streamline the process for parents and the school. Plymouth High School has already utilized the service. For more information, parents are encourage to visit the schools’ website part of an effort to sort through unnecessary supplies, a list of items from the Elementary School were declared as surplus. Old desks and other furniture, televisions, computers, and various items were collected and reviewed for their value. Plymouth, INRachael Herbert-VarchettoLaVille Schools purchasing used school busesThe Pilot 10-year members honored at Fair's opening ceremony2014-07-14T08:43:13-04:002014-07-14T08:43:13-04:00Copyright 2010 The Pilot NewsThe Fair opened yesterday and will continue through July 19Photos of each 10-year members, the fair schedule for today and tomorrow and additional photos from opening day are printed in Monday's edition of the Pilot News. Plymouth, INNo author available4-H 10-year members honored at Fair's opening ceremonyThe Pilot