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London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer, Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap - a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder.

A workshop at Purdue is giving high school students more information about how computer technology is used.

The one day event aims at equipping about 20 teenagers with guidance and skills to use their computer know-how in their future careers.

Some areas covered include computer forensics, creating animations, computing in health sciences, and social networking.

Computer and Information Professor and Associate Department Head Alka Herriger says the program is intended to build enthusiasm for computing professions.

Police warn about vehicle break-ins over holidays

Nov 23, 2011

The Lafayette Police Department is warning residents to double-check their vehicles before they leave them, even if it’s for a short amount of time.

Authorities say as much as 75% of vehicles thefts that have occurred over the past two weeks are the result of unsecured vehicles.  The study reviewed 51 thefts and of those, only 13 had signs of forced entry.

Lafayette police say that means residents aren’t properly locking their vehicles.

INDOT hosting Hoosier Heartland Highway meetings

Nov 22, 2011

Residents of Cass and Carroll counties can share their thoughts on the Hoosier Heartland Highway in December.

Representatives from the Indiana Department of Transportation will hold a meeting in each county to discuss the project. It stretches from Lafayette to Fort Wayne along State Road 25 and U.S. Highway 24. The path eventually leads to Toledo with access to the Great Lakes.

Economist Garry Peterson is working with INDOT. He says once the project is complete, the benefits of the highway will be obvious.

IN unemployment up slightly for October

Nov 22, 2011

Indiana's unemployment continues to rise, up .1 to 9% for October. The rate rose in September .2% from August.

Indiana and Ohio have the same jobless rate for last month. Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan are at 9.6% or greater.

Lafayette's unemployment rate rose from 8 to 8.2%, while West Lafayette dropped to 5.9%.

The unemployment rates in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties increased from September to October. This after all showed signs of improvement the month before.

A 20 year relationship between Tippecanoe County and Wildcat Creek Solid Waste District appears to be nearing an end.

Tippecanoe County Commissioners gave a preliminary vote to disband from the organization, which currently handles hazardous waste disposal and is in partnership with Clinton County.

Tippecanoe officials are considering a deal with Southside Landfill out of Knightstown, IN, to take care of the service for $4,000 a month.

A pharmaceutical development company is adding to its Purdue Research Park facility.

BASi is building an 1,800 square foot health and wellness center on site to help employees stay healthy and cut costs.  Dependents of staff members also will have access to services there.

Construction on the $200,000 project started Monday (Nov. 21) and Senior Vice President of Human Resources Lina Reeves-Kerner says it should open in January.  She says the facility with three exam rooms, a lab, and pharmacy will save BASi about $250,000 annually.

WL to pay more for health insurance in 2012

Nov 22, 2011

The city of West Lafayette will stay with the same health insurance provider for 2012.  But the cost of coverage from Anthem will increase by nearly 20%.

City Human Resources Director Diane Foster says the employee contribution toward insurance will remain the same in 2012.  However, she cannot make the same guarantee for 2013.

Foster notes that the cost of vision insurance is not going up next year, and dental coverage will only increase slightly.

Indiana State Police looking for trooper applicants

Nov 22, 2011

Future Indiana State Police troopers have an upcoming deadline to meet.

Friday (Nov. 25) is the last day I.S.P. will accept applications to join the 72nd Recruit Academy. It runs from July to December of next year for 24 weeks.

Sergeant Kim Riley says anyone who wants to be a trooper should be self-motivated. Applicants must be between 21 and 40 years old before next December.

Riley says as many as 400 current state troopers are expected to retire in the next 3-5 years. He expects up to 3,000 applications with 60-100 people being accepted into the academy next year.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette officials have a better idea as to the cost of the second phase of construction on Cumberland Avenue.

The Board of Works is considering three bids, with the highest totaling a little more than $3.1 million.

All three options fall within the range of estimates previously given by the city Engineering Department.  The high end of that range is $3.5 million.

Phase two of the project is aimed at updating Cumberland from Yeager Road to Salisbury Street.  It includes two roundabouts; one at Yeager and another at Manchester.

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