Pharos-Tribune

Breaking News

Local News

February 20, 2014

City wins appeal over building

Future remains uncertain for former Tipton Elementary.

The city of Logansport's victory in a lawsuit over the remediation and demolition of an old school building still stands, a decision from the Indiana Court of Appeals states.

Sonia Long, of Elkhart, purchased the former Tipton Elementary School on the corner of Wright and 16th streets from the Logansport Community School Corporation in 1999. The state appellate court decision states the building "had no working heat or plumbing for many years and was used for storage, not human habitation." The building also had asbestos and boarded up windows, the decision states.

The decision goes on to state Long told the city she planned to rehabilitate the property, but did not do so for more than two years.

That led to the city informing Long in 2010 that the structure is unsafe in accordance with the Indiana Unsafe Building Law and Logansport ordinances. Long was ordered to remediate the asbestos and demolish the building by Aug. 31, 2010, but Long was financially unable to do so.

The city then filed a lawsuit against Long in September 2011 to force compliance with the demolition order.

Long represented herself throughout the lawsuit when it was heard in Cass Superior Court I, which ruled in favor of the city, and at the state level when Long appealed.

The decision states many of Long's arguments were waived because of their lack of cogency. She argued the state's unsafe building law is unconstitutional and that there were many other buildings in town in similar or worse conditions that weren't being pursued by the city.

The court also ruled she held little weight in bringing the suit forward because she never appealed or sought judicial review of the city's notice to demolish the building.

In an interview, Long reiterated the arguments she made in the suit, citing the many other blighted properties in town.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Superintendent of Ind Ed 05 [Duplicate] State Superintendent Glenda Ritz visits Peru, discusses new standards PERU -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said Tuesday she is comfortable with the quick pace at which new academic standards are moving from concept to classroom. The Indiana Department of Education released a final draft of new

    April 16, 2014 4 Photos

  • NWS-PT041614 Flora Doc1.jpg Flora physician remains after health group's departure FLORA -- The safe at a downtown bank building, once used for protecting cash and valuables, is now stocked with medical supplies. The former bank office on East Main Street became Flora Family Medicine last month after it was made possible for one lo

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • NWS-PT041614 Rob Visher.jpg Nashville musician will play to raise funds for Emmaus A Pioneer Jr.-Sr. High School student's senior project will come to fruition this Saturday with an interactive live music show to benefit a local charity. When Morgan Barger, a senior at Pioneer Jr.-Sr. High School, set out to plan her senior project

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Police blotter: April 15, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 15, 2014

  • Fry sentenced to 55 years, $10K fine Loren Fry, 78, was sentenced today to 55 years in prison and a $10,000 fine after being convicted of murder last month in the 2011 deadly shooting of Dave Schroder, a 76-year-old Logansport man. Three members of Schroder's extended family took the st

    April 15, 2014

  • Lotus Scarf NOT TONED Logan native's scarves on QVC Bobbi Benish loves wearing scarves in stylish knots. Her problem? The knots kept falling out. That's what the Logansport native set out to solve with a modified scarf she developed, called the Easy-Style Lotus Scarf. It's also the latest addition to

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blood drive to honor Kathy Dingo Kathy Dingo felt strongly about giving back to the Logansport community. And now, the community has a chance to do the same in her honor. A blood drive will be held in Dingo's memory from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. The date of the blood drives

    April 15, 2014

  • NWS-PT041514 farmers market 1.jpg Farmers market starting in Flora FLORA -- Carroll County is getting its own farmers market this summer. A pair of volunteers are launching a once-a-month market this summer for produce and artisan vendors that has already generated significant interest among local residents. "We do

    April 15, 2014 4 Photos

  • NWS-PT041514 Pets3.jpg Keeping tabs on the cat population For every one person born, 10 kittens are born. And if you ask Dr. Tess Peavy, a veterinarian who visited Logansport Monday with the Neuter Scooter, that math doesn't work. But with the work Peavy and her assistants did Monday, the math is looking be

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Chittick farm named Hoosier Homestead FLORA -- Land is in John Chittick's blood. Since his great-grandfather Archibald Chittick moved to Carroll County, one or another of John's ancestors has owned farmland near Cutler. John Chittick looked after the family land for decades before retiri

    April 15, 2014