Culver Council Member Taking Aim at Deer Population

A special hunt to control Culver’s deer population was suggested by Town Council Member Bill Cleavenger during last week’s meeting. He said he thinks the deer population is getting out of hand. “There’s some movement within the various county areas to consider approaching the DNR for a special hunt,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything, obviously, we can do now, but my suggestion is that we contact the DNR, find out what we might have to do for next year.”

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Public Hearing Scheduled Over Culver’s Proposed Switch to Primary Election System

Culver residents will soon have the chance to weigh in on how candidates are nominated for elected town offices. The town council Tuesday continued discussing the possibility of letting voters choose candidates for council seats and the clerk-treasurer’s position during the May primary, according to Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim. Under the current system, parties choose their candidates during a town convention.

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Investigation into Marshall County unattended death continues

Investigators in Marshall County do not believe foul play was a contributing factor in last week’s unattended death of a 28-year-old pregnant woman. Trisha Hemminger’s husband called 911 last Thursday after finding his wife unresponsive and not breathing at their home on Michigan Road. Initial autopsy results show no evidence of trauma. Coroner Bill Cleavenger stresses that results of toxicology and other tests are necessary to determine her cause of death. Those results are pending. Cleavenger’s continuing investigation will also include an extensive review of Hemminger’s medical history. She was seven months pregnant at the time of her death.


Marshall Co. Coroner Says Alcohol, Drugs a Factor in Fatal Moped Crash

The results of a toxicology test taken on an Argos man who was killed in a moped accident on Saturday, Aug. 25 have been released.

Marshall County Coroner Bill Cleavenger indicated that Jack R. Moriarty tested positive for alcohol and drugs at the time of the accident.

Moriarty crashed his moped into a fence post on 19th Road in Marshall County on Saturday. He was ejected from the moped and was not wearing a helmet. He died instantly from blunt force trauma. Cleavenger said there was evidence at the scene that Moriarty was impaired at the time of the accident but testing had to be done to confirm that finding.

Argos Man Killed In Fatal Moped Accident

A 46-year-old Argos man was killed this weekend in a fatal moped accident.

Marshall County Coroner Bill Cleavenger says Jack R. Moriarty was fatally injured Saturday evening when his moped left the roadway and struck a farm fence post. Moriarty was not wearing a helmet and was killed instantly when his moped struck the post at 7:36 p.m., ejecting him from the bike.

Cleavenger attributed the cause of death to blunt force trauma. The family was notified shortly after the accident.

The accident remains under investigation by the Argos Police Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, and toxicology reports are pending. Argos Fire and EMS Departments also assisted at the scene.

Alcohol, Drugs Not Factor In Fatal Marshall County Accident

The toxicology report has been received by the Marshall County coroner in the case of a double fatal accident that occurred June 28.

Coroner Bill Cleavenger said that 16-year-old Vincent Cody Poczik and 16-year-old Hunter Brandt of Plymouth were negative for both alcohol and drugs. Cleavenger said that this eliminates one element of the investigation. It was initially believed that speed was a factor in the accident, although that has not been confirmed.

On the evening of June 28, Poczik was driving his car on 12 B Road, east of Olive Trail, when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a guardrail and flipped end over end. Cleavenger said Poczik and Brandt were killed instantly.

The accident remains under investigation with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.