Charlotte Tuggle

Reporter

My name is Charlotte Tuggle and I'm a reporter at WBAA. For three years, I was a news intern at the station before graduating from Purdue and becoming a full-time staff member. During my last year as an intern, I was named the Indiana Student Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists. I'm very excited to stay and work with such an honest, dedicated team here at WBAA!

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The Indiana Department of Transportation Tuesday devoted a portion of its website to explain J-turns. Meanwhile, proposals for the new type of intersection are still raising concerns.

The J-turn makes drivers turn right to merge into traffic, then merge left into a J-shaped lane and make a U-turn – instead of proceeding directly across oncoming lanes of traffic.

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The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department debuted its new use-of-force training technology Wednesday. The training involves setting up mock situations via video to prepare its officers for real-life noncompliance.

Deputy Sheriff Austin Waibel demonstrated, giving verbal commands and shooting an armed burglar -- while standing in front of a screen set up in a training room at the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department.

Frankfort Police Department

The Frankfort Police Department building is stuck in the past, according to its police chief, and he’s hoping an income tax hike will fix that.

The Clinton County Council has approved doubling the Local Income Tax, to generate more funding for public safety agencies.

Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon says that’ll allow his department to expand.

Thousands gathered on Purdue’s campus Monday to watch the solar eclipse. But, it wasn’t just the moon blocking the sun. 

The Purdue Astronomy Club passed out 10,000 pairs of solar eclipse glasses Monday – but they say Bloomington will have it much harder in seven years.

Astronomy club member Hongda Zeng says it’s a relatively short time span to expect another eclipse, and parts of Indiana will be right in the path of totality.

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Construction of Lafayette’s new softball complex is set to begin this fall and city officials hope to complete it by next spring.

The park will have four fields outfitted with lighting, scoreboards and a sound system – plus a concession stand and press box. It’s designed to centralize the city’s softball teams. Previously, games have been split between two other sites. 

Lafayette Girls Softball League President Matt Teal says the area needs more space for youth softball – last season, the League held more than 160 games.

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Judges in Montgomery County are trying to establish a public defender office, but the lawyers currently serving in that capacity say it may be too costly.

The judges presented the proposal amid an overload of cases that require court-assigned attorneys. The county currently contracts private lawyers to fill those positions.

Justin Froedge is one of the county’s acting public defenders. He says a cheaper alternative may be to keep the existing system in place and give contracted lawyers a pay bump.

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Hundreds of Purdue students starting classes this month will be living off-campus – despite requesting to live in on-campus dorms. And the school says it’ll pay them for their trouble.

University Residences Director of Administration Mike Shettle says students who didn’t meet the application deadline for on-campus housing will be accommodated, but some will be living at the Union Club Hotel or in local commercial apartment buildings.

Shettle says those students will still experience a dorm-like environment.

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After months of struggling to secure a location, the Tippecanoe County Health Department plans to inaugurate a needle exchange program in its building this Friday. 

The program comes nearly a year after a public health emergency was issued for the county.

Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission

Residents of a southwest side neighborhood took one last stand at Monday’s Lafayette City Council meeting, hoping to block a Habitat for Humanity subdivision.

Three women spoke in opposition – with one saying a house slated to be torn down belonged to her family in the past, while the other two focused on fire safety concerns that Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle says aren’t a problem.

One of the detractors, Ann Miller, says she’s also concerned about the people who live in the houses.

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A new West Lafayette law could extensively regulate private and commercial drone-flying in the city limits.

The West Lafayette city council is set to hear an ordinance this evening that places new flight rules on drones, such as keeping the aircraft within the pilot’s line of sight at all times and prohibiting flying more than 50 feet in the air.

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