LaPorte, Bourbon Police Departments to Receive Grant Funding for Purchase of Body Armor

Some local police officers will soon have extra protection, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Several Indiana law enforcement agencies have gotten 50-50 matching grants to help buy ballistic or stab-resistant body armor, as part of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership. That’s according to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

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Culver Man Arrested on Suspicion of Auto Theft

Ronald Bryan Finchum

Culver man was arrested Wednesday after Marshall County police received a call about an apparent car theft from a residence in the 7,000 block of 11A Road.

An officer with the Bourbon Police Department conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle reportedly matching the description of the stolen vehicle. During the course of the investigation, police reportedly found 58-year-old Ronald Bryan Finchum in possession of methamphetamine.

Finchum was booked into the Marshall County Jail on preliminary felony charges of auto theft and possession of methamphetamine.

Incident in Bourbon Leads to Intimidation Arrest

JPG Chris A. Lemler
Chris A. Lemler

A Bourbon man is jailed on a $20,000 bond after reportedly brandishing a gun at a couple Wednesday night and threatening to kill them. The female victim told officers from the Bourbon Police Department that Chris A. Lemler came into her home on Cedar Road around 9:30 Wednesday night, pointed a handgun at her and her boyfriend and threatened to kill them both. Her boyfriend left, and Lemler reportedly followed him. That’s when the woman reported the incident to the police. Officers from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and Bourbon Police Department located Lemler and arrested him without incident. He’s charged with intimidation with a deadly weapon, pointing a firearm and criminal mischief.


Bourbon Man Arrested for Theft, Auto Theft


An auto theft incident was reported yesterday morning around 7:42 a.m. in the 10,000 block of Gumwood Road in Bourbon. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department reported that Doyne and Mary Snider found that their 2007 white Lincoln, along with a debit card, had been stolen during the early morning hours.

Officer Les McFarland traveled to the residence and completed a case report for the auto theft and theft cases before making contact with the Bourbon Police Department in an effort to locate and recover the stolen vehicle. Chief William Martin and Officer Matt Geiger soon located the vehicle in question within the Pentecostal Church parking lot.

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Police Engage in Hour-Long Standoff with Suicidal Subject


Officers from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department were involved in a standoff late Wednesday night with a suicidal subject.

The officers were asked to perform a welfare check on a person residing in the 7000 block of 11A Road in Plymouth. The man had reportedly contacted a suicide hotline and expressed a desire to harm himself. When officers from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the Argos and Bourbon Police Departments arrived at the scene, they found a man armed with a gun. The officers were then involved in a standoff with the man.

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