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Hey, Lafayette. I’m here with your fresh copy of the Lafayette Patch newsletter, full of all the things you need to know about what’s going on in town.

But first, your local weather:

  • Wednesday: Hazy sun. High: 84 Low: 63.
  • Thursday: A strong thunderstorm. High: 91 Low: 67.


Here are the top three stories today in Lafayette:

  1. Paul Staggs, a resident of Lafayette was sentenced to 44 years in prison after being found guitly of child molesting. The guilty verdict came after a one day bench trial. Staggs was babysitting the boy at his home when the crime occurred. (
  2. The West Lafayette Board of Works has approved a road closure on the Fourth of July so a group of children can bike down the street to celebrate the holiday wearing red, white, and blue. Wilshire Avenue from Essex Street to Barlow Street will be closed on Jul. 4 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM for the annual Barberry Heights Neighborhood Children’s Bicycle Parade. (Purdue Exponent)
  3. Hearings are scheduled regarding a planned 30 percent increase in rates requested by Indian American Water. The rate hike would happen in increments over a two year period. The 30 percent increase would raise water bills in West Lafayette by an average of 14 dollars. Hearings are planned for 6 p.m. on Jun.29 at the Hamilton County Public Library East and Jul. 6 at the Gary Public Library and Cultural Center. (

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Today and tomorrow in Lafayette:

Wednesday, June 28

  • Lapsit Storytime At Tippecanoe County Public Library- Downtown (9:30 AM)
  • Downtown Teen Scene At Tippecanoe County Public Library- Downtown (4:00 PM)
  • Girls Soccer Summer Workout At Jefferson High School (4:30 PM)
  • Boys Basketball Summer League At Jefferson High School (5:30 PM)

Thursday, June 29

  • Summer Band Concert At Jefferson High School (6:30 AM)
  • Tecumseh Orchestra Concert At Jefferson High School (4:30 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Columbian Park Zoo will be holding a Zoo Camp for Grown-Ups. The first session takes place on Thursday Jul. 6 and the second session starts on Saturday Jul. 29. The Jul. 6 camp includes tickets to a Lafayette Aviators game. There are many special activities planned at the zoo for the camp but remember no kids allowed. (Columbian Park Zoo via Facebook)
  • Lafayette Parks and Recreation will be holding a Swing into Summer concert on Saturday Jun. 24 at Columbian Park. The Big Swing Band will be providing the music so bring your dancing shoes. (Lafayette Parks and Recreation via Facebook)
  • Rainforest Randy and his animal friends will be hosting Silly Safaris at the Wyandotte Branch Library on Thursday Jun. 29 at 10:30 AM. All ages are welcome to attend and you can call (765)-447-4774 to reserve a seat. (Tippecanoe County Public Library via Facebook)

Now you’re in the loop and ready to start this Wednesday off right! I’ll see you around.

Danielle Fallon-O’Leary

About me: Danielle Fallon-O’Leary is a content manager with content creation agency Lightning Media Partners and assists with community newsletter curation. Danielle also holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and works part-time as a pediatric speech therapist.

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