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Plymouth man denies sexual misconduct with teen

PLYMOUTH — A nearly two-month investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Plymouth man on charges of having sex with a minor.
Brock Biddle, 26, Plymouth, told police he never had sex with an underage girl and believed that she was 18.
The girl alleges that shortly after her 15th birthday in March the two become involved.
Biddle was booked in the Marshall County Jail Sunday and held on a $10,000 bond with a charge of sexual misconduct, a class B felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office, the female victim claimed she met Biddle when she was 14. Then, after turning 15 in March, she snuck out and went to Biddle’s residence where the two allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse.
A relative of the alleged victim went to police to file a complaint July 13.
The victim stated that when she first met Biddle she claimed to be 18 but before the two allegedly were involved told him she was actually 15.
Several friends of the victim said they were told that the two had a sexual relationship.
One friend said she was present when the victim snuck out and went to Biddle’s residence.
On July 25, Plymouth police met with Biddle at his home then Biddle went to the Plymouth Police Department.
Once at the station, Biddle said he was aware that the alleged victim was attracted to him but that he thought she was 18.
He also said he never had sexual intercourse with the girl.
Biddle was offered a polygraph but declined.

Coroner: Moriarity had drugs, alcohol in system

ARGOS — An Argos man who was killed Aug. 25 when his mo-ped struck a fence post was found to have drugs and alcohol in his system
Marshall County Coroner Bill Cleavenger reported that the the toxicology report for Jack Moriarty, 46, showed he had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time of his death.
Cleavenger reported that Moriarty was not wearing a helmet and was killed instantly when his mo-ped struck a farm fence post near the 8600 block of 19th Road in Argos.
Moriarty was ejected from the bike at impact.
“Unfortunately we are seeing more of this and it was fortunate that nobody else was involved,” said Cleavenger in a press release.

Traffic stop leads to pot bust

PLYMOUTH — What police called a routine traffic stop, landed an Argos man in jail for possession of marijuana.
According to a report filed by the Plymouth Police Department, Michael S. Bixel, 39, Argos, was in a vehicle traveling near the intersection of Jim Neu Drive and Pioneer Drive around 11:02 p.m. Saturday.
Further investigation found Bixel was in possession of a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana.
Bixel was booked into Marshall County Jail and held on
He has an initial hearing scheduled for Sept. 18.

Montague sentenced to 30 months on drug charges

SOUTH BEND — Shayla Montague, 20, of Plymouth, a defendant in the case US v Beard et al., was sentenced by District Judge Jon DeGuilio to 30 months imprisonment and four years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Indiana State Police and the Plymouth Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.
Montague was arrested July 25, 2011 at a home in South Bend.
It was the results of a more than seven-month investigation.