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QPR course offered to public

Drug-Free LaGrange County, along with Parkview Health, will be hosting a free virtual Suicide Prevention Training class on June 28, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Registration is required by this Tuesday to Angie Zelt at

The class lasts two hours and is for those 18 years old and up. Participants will learn the Question, Persuade and Refer technique. A key element of QPR is learning to start a conversation.

Disc golf tourney at Delt Church

Join the Friends of LaGrange County Parks for a nine-hole disc golf tournament at Delt Church Park, 6455 S. 200W, Wolcottville, on July 16, starting at 10 a.m.

The event will highlight upgrades to the disc golf park that included relocating half of the holes, standardizing the appearance of the tees, upgrading course signs, placing marker flags above each basket and installing a shade sail at the former Logan Field pavilion. The project was made possible by efforts by park maintenance staff member Chris Sluyter and local sponsors. The proceeds from the tournament will go to LaGrange County Parks Department.

The cost is $10 per person. The first 25 to register will receive coupons for ice cream.

For details, call 854-2225 or go to

Topeka VBS a family affair

Two Topeka churches – Eden Worship Center and Maple Grove – are teaming up to make their July 17-20 vacation Bible school a family affair.

It all begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, at the Maple Grove Church, 806 S. Main St., Topeka. The event is free.

“It’s the best fun you’ll have this summer,” said VBS Director Andrea Gingerich. “Our heart is to bring families together, especially since there is so much in our culture that is pulling us in different directions.”

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to participate in the four evenings with the children, 6-8 p.m. There will be both indoor and outdoor activities, so participants are encouraged to take along a blanket to sit on or lawn chairs.

For those parents who are not able to attend, there will be church families who will “adopt” the children for the evening.

For more information call Gingerich at 574-360-1318.

Public invited to visit with veterans

Members of the public are invited to get to know local Vietnam era veterans during a Welcome Home event at the LaGrange American Legion on Thursday, 4-7 p.m.

Veterans will receive gifts and a free meal. LaGrange County Veterans Service Officer Allen Connelly invited LaGrange County residents to join in the tribute.

Patchwork Trails Tuesday

This Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Patchwork Trails program will be at Delt Church Park, 6455 S. 200W, Wolcottville. Walkers will meet in the playground parking lot and walk through the prairies.

On Tuesday, July 19 at 6 p.m., Patchwork Trails will be on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail in Shipshewana. The trailhead parking lot is at the corner of Depot Street and Talmadge Street near the baseball diamonds. For a Pumpkinvine Trail map, visit

Patchwork Trails is a partner program with the LaGrange County Public Library. For more information about the walking series, contact the library at 260-463-2841.

Toll Road gets new officers

Graduates of the 82nd Indiana State Police Academy John Streeter of Angola and Austin Slone of Pierceton have been assigned to the Indiana Toll Road district.

The troopers graduated Thursday evening at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. The mission of the Indiana State Police is to protect life and property within the State of Indiana from all threats, foreign and domestic, to investigate and deter crime, and to promote roadway safety by upholding the laws of the state of Indiana.

Howe man convicted by jury

Brett Allen Maskow of Howe was found not guilty of misdemeanor domestic battery earlier this month by a six-member jury of LaGrange County citizens in LaGrange Superior Court.

Felony charges in the case filed in August 2020, intimidation and criminal confinement, were dismissed in April by Judge Lisa Bowen-Slaven, leaving the misdemeanor charge as the sole count for jurors to weigh in on.

Maskow was represented by attorney Justin Lee Camper, Portage, and has another case set to go before a LaGrange County jury in November. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe in April 2020. Another charge in the case, maintaining a common nuisance, has been dismissed. A final pretrial conference is set for Oct. 17.

In addition, Maskow has two misdemeanor allegations of invasion of privacy for allegedly violating a protective order in August 2020. That case is set for bench trial Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.

Jury trial called off with guilty plea

Jasmine Darice Johnson of Shipshewana was convicted of Level 6 felony intimidation June 3, according to LaGrange County court documents.

The case was filed last March and had been set for jury trial in early June, but the trial was cancelled in light of Johnson’s guilty plea on June 1. The original charge was a higher, Level 5 felony alleging the threat of a deadly weapon, according to court documents.

LaGrange Superior Court Judge Lisa Bowen Slaven sentenced Johnson to a year and a half through LaGrange County Community Corrections.

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