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The first step is to contact your veterinarian to get recommendations for your specific pet since your veterinarian knows your pet's history and can provide you with expert advice on flea prevention and removal. Preventing fleas by using the recommended product(s) is much easier than dealing with fleas once an infestation has occurred . Start in the spring before fleas get a good foothold and be diligent through the warm months with whatever treatment is prescribed by your vet. Once infested you may have to use flea bombs, powders or other methods as your vet recommends. Remember, it's better to STOP the fleas before they get a foothold and it's more comfortable and healthy for your pet to be flea free.
Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks and causes inflamed joints, fever and systemic illness. It can be costly and difficult to treat. There is a vaccination for dogs that will help prevent Lyme disease. Seek advice from your veterinarian to get your dog vaccinated. Using flea powders/sprays or the spot-on Frontline will help kill the ticks. Please call 765-423-9388 for more information.
Spaying and neutering puppies and kittens does not harm them and greatly decreases the pet overpopulation problem. A veterinarian can tell you if the puppy or kitten is too young and when the best time will be to spay/neuter your pet. Not spaying your pet leaves the possibility of unwanted litters. If you have any questions about it please call our Animal Control expert. Early age neutering and spaying also virtually eliminates mammary (breast) cancer and testicular cancer and will reduce any future prostate problems. There is no good reason not to spay or neuter! Please call 765-423-9388 for more information.
If you reside inside the city limits of Lafayette, call 765-807-1050.
If you reside inside the city limits of West Lafayette, call 765-775-5130.
If you reside outside any of these areas, you would be considered to be in the county, call 765-423-9225.
You can use the forms for dissolution with children, and disregard the questions and information that relate to children.
Yes, you can do so via our online search at Mycase.in.gov. Put in your first and last name; then click on the case number. The case summary will have a record of all of the actions on your case.
Paternity actions that are initiated by an individual or a private attorney are filed in Circuit Court.
The Clerk's Office provides information on release of judgments to credit bureaus. If the credit bureau has not shown that the judgment is released (after a reasonable amount of time), you will need to contact the credit bureau.
If the plaintiff refuses to file a release of judgment, the defendant can file a motion with the court to set a hearing to determine if the court should order the judgment released. Failure to properly release a Judgment is a separate cause of action or separate law suit.
We understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family. We are here to help you. Here are the steps to provide your loved one a proper burial or cremation.
Below are specific circumstances of deaths that require notification of the Coroner’s Office. Note this is not a comprehensive list and you should report the death if you are unsure if it meets the criteria.
You should always call 911 if you find a deceased person, regardless of whether or not the death meets these criteria. The only exception is in the case of a death occuring within a hospital or healthcare facility.
If you are in a hospital or healthcare facility, please contact the Coroner’s Office at 765-420-7607. If it is after normal business hours (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Mon. - Fri.), a weekend, or a holiday, please contact the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department at 765-423-9321 and ask to speak to the on-call Deputy Coroner.
A death should be reported under any of the following cases:
• Not currently in the care of a physician or practitioner
• Suspicious or unusual circumstances
• Non-natural incidents
• Accidental death
• Suspected illicit or prescription drug intoxication
• Recent major surgery
• Recent trauma or injury
• Recent fall
• Less than 18 years of age
• Incarcerated individuals
• Wards of the State
• Active-duty military members
No. The Tippecanoe County Coroner's Office has jurisdiction over all deaths that occur in Tippecanoe County that are suspicious, unusual or unnatural. Most of the time, these include homicides, suicides, accidents, child deaths, active duty servicemember deaths, deaths of persons who are incarcerated/in custody, unwitnessed deaths, occupational deaths, deaths where a cause and manner cannot reasonably be obtained, and deaths that are a known or suspected threat to the public at-large. The Coroner may also be involved in natural deaths that were unattended by a physician. The jurisdiction for all Coroners in Indiana comes from Indiana Code 36-2-14.
No. Death certificates are the responsibility of the Vital Records Division of the Tippecanoe County Health Department. The Coroner will sign the death certificate for accepted Coroner cases and then turn the death certificate over to the Tippecanoe County Health Department for completion. To obtain a death certificate, please visit the Tippecanoe County Health Department - Vital Records Division.
As an elected official to a constitutional office, the legal requirements are that the individual be a resident of the county for a least one year. The Coroner serves the role of an administrator of death investigations. The State of Indiana has a Coroner system, not a medical examiner system. However, the Coroner and his/her deputies are required to attend a basic 40-hour medicolegal death investigation course.
Yes. The Indiana State Coroner's Association provides the mandatory training course. This course includes at least 40 hours of classroom instruction regarding death investigation, crime scenes and preservation of evidence. Sixteen hours of continuing education are required annually. Coroners have six months to complete the training once elected. Deputy Coroners have twelve months to complete training once appointed. Indiana was a pilot state for Coroners and Deputy Coroners to be certified.
The Coroner is responsible for identification of the deceased, determination of the cause of death and manner of death. In the process of doing his/her job, the Coroner is considered an officer of the court with the power to investigate the death, subpoena information/persons and order an autopsy . The Coroner is also responsible for the personal property of the deceased.
The Coroner is obligated to release certain information regarding each accepted Coroner's case, including the cause and manner of death. Demographic information is considered public, such as name, age, race and address of deceased. Limited information regarding an autopsy will be released, such as date, and the board certified pathologist (medical physician) who performed it, where performed. The Coroner can only release records produced in the process of the investigation. Records of other agencies, such as police records or medical records gathered in the investigation are not released by the Coroner.
In the age of television, sometimes it is thought that investigations can take 60 minutes or less. However, it generally takes 6-8 weeks of thorough investigation to establish a cause and manner of death. Part of these investigations include interviewing witnesses, reviewing medical records, consulting with our law enforcement partners, performing autopsies and other related tests, and searching for all of the facts so we can provide family members with the closure they desire.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of an abused or neglected child in court. CASA volunteers are able to focus on the child and their needs while they are in the system. (I.C. 31-34-10-3)
A CASA volunteer provides the judge with a carefully researched background of the child to help the court make a sound decision about the child’s future. Each case is as unique as the child involved. The CASA volunteer gets to know the child and the nuances of their case, and then makes fact-based determinations regarding what is in the child’s best interest. The CASA volunteer makes recommendations regarding necessary services and placement options to the judge and follows through on the case until it is permanently resolved.
To prepare a recommendation, the CASA volunteer talks with the Department of Child Services Family Case Manager, the child, parents, family members, school officials, health providers, and others who are knowledgeable about the child’s history. The CASA volunteer reviews all records pertaining to the child – school, medical, case manager reports, and other pertinent documents.
Case Managers are employed by the state government. They often work on a large number of cases at a time and are sometimes unable to conduct a comprehensive ongoing investigation of each case. The CASA volunteer has only 1-2 cases at a time and is able to devote their attention and focus to the child for whom they are advocating. The CASA volunteer does not replace the Department of Child Services Case Manager, but rather works alongside them to ensure that the case moves forward in a timely manner. The CASA is an independent appointee of the court that is knowledgeable about community resources and is charged with thoroughly examining their appointed child’s case and making recommendations to the court.
The CASA volunteer does not provide legal representation; that is the role of the attorney. However, the CASA volunteer does provide crucial background information that assists the attorney in presenting their cases. It is important to remember that CASA volunteers do not represent a child’s wishes in court. Rather, they tell the court what the child’s wishes are, and then they exercise their own independent judgement to determine whether those wishes are actually in the best interest of the child. A CASA Volunteer represents the best interest of the children they are appointed to advocate for, which is not always the same as what the child wants.
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life with a variety of backgrounds; there are more than 93,000 CASA volunteers nationally. Tippecanoe County CASA promotes and celebrates diversity, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin or citizenship status, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, economic status, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by Federal, State, or Local law.
Yes. Juvenile and Family Court Judges implement the CASA program in their courtrooms and appoint volunteers. The American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the National Counsel of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Judges and Delinquency Prevention have endorsed CASA.
CASA is a priority project of the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The office encourages the establishment of new CASA programs, assists established CASA programs, and provides partial funding for the National CASA Association.
All children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect deserve to have their best interests represented in court. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) have a profound positive impact on the lives of these children, giving them a voice and hope for the future. A child with a CASA is more likely to find a safe, permanent home, and spends far less time in foster care (up to 8 months less on average) than a child who does not have CASA representation. Children with CASAs get more help while in the child welfare system, as more services are ordered for them. They do better in school, are more likely to pass courses and are less likely to be expelled. (Gershun & Terrebonne, 2018)
All CASA volunteers go through an initial 30-hour comprehensive training series. Upon the completion of the training and being sworn in as an officer of the court, the CASA is appointed to a case, and assigned a Volunteer Coordinator who will support their advocacy work.
Although each case is different, a CASA volunteer usually spends about 10 hours doing research and conducting interviews prior to the first court appearance. More complicated cases take longer. Once initiated into the system, volunteers work on their cases about 10-15 hours per month. Complex cases may require more time.
The CASA volunteer continues until the case is permanently resolved. One of the primary benefits of the CASA program is that, unlike other court principals who often rotate cases, the CASA volunteer is a consistent figure in the proceedings and provides continuity for a child. Tippecanoe CASA requires volunteers to commit to at least 15 months.
There are other pro bono child advocacy organizations, but CASA is the only national program using carefully screened and trained community volunteers who are appointed by the court to represent a child’s best interests.
Children who are victims of abuse and neglect who have become wards of the court are assigned CASA volunteers. The Juvenile Judge may also choose to appoint a CASA to an Informal Adjustment, Juvenile Delinquency case or a Collaborative Care case.
The National CASA Association is a non-profit organization that provides training, technical assistance, research, media and public awareness services to members. National CASA works with state and local CASA and Guardian Ad Litem programs to promote and support quality volunteer advocacy to help assure each child a safe, permanent, and nurturing home.
Tippecanoe County CASA’s program is funded through County funds, State funds, private funds, and grants. The National CASA Association is funded through a combination of private grants, federal funds (US Justice Department), memberships and private contributions.
Tippecanoe County CASA
County Courthouse, 301 Main Street
Lafayette, IN 47901 Phone: 765/423-9109 FAX: 765/423-9710
What we can tell you is that, if the non-custodial parent owes past-due child support and is eligible for tax interception, we have requested the interception of State and Federal tax refunds. However, there are a number of reasons why our request may not be honored. For example, if the non-custodial owes back taxes, the tax refund will be applied to that debt first. If the non-custodial parent has another child support obligation, the refund may be applied to that case instead of yours. If you were (or are) receiving TANF benefits and the State has not been reimbursed for those benefits, the federal tax refund will be applied first to any amount owed to the State.
Although we do not provide case-specific information over the phone, you can discuss your case in person with a Deputy Prosecutor or customer service representative by stopping by our office any Wednesday or Thursday during regular business hours. You do not need an appointment.
Follow this link to locate the VTC web page and contact information.
Follow this link to the Tippecanoe County Highway page and you can report a pothole.
If you are applying online or through the mail, once we receive all required information, you can expect it to take about one to two weeks through the mail.
You have some control over how heavily involved we become in your child support case. We will be actively involved long enough to make sure that paternity is established for your child(ren) and an order is issued for you to pay child support. Once an amount of child support is ordered, we will send an income withholding order to your employer. The court will order you to notify us whenever your address or employment status changes. We will send out a new income withholding order whenever you change jobs. So long as you pay child support, on time and in full as ordered, you will most likely not hear anything more from us.
In Indiana, drivers' licenses are suspended when no child support payments have been made for a period of 3 months and/or the child support delinquency is greater than $2,000. In order to have your driving privileges reinstated you will need to: Pay your child support arrearage in full or Establish a payment agreement with the IV-D office.
Find a complete answer on our Title Lien Question Page
Parents are not permitted to give up their parental rights or their responsibilities. Only a court can terminate parental rights. All parents have the continuing responsibility to support their children and the continuing right to be part of their children'' lives.
You should pay support because: (1) it's the law (2) the court ordered you to and can sanction you if you don't and (3) it's in your child's best interest. Support and parenting time are two separate issues, and neither one depends upon the other. If you believe you are being deprived of the right to participate in your child's life, you may petition the court to enforce your rights.
The short answer is: (1) to protect your privacy, and (2) to provide the highest level of customer service with the limited resources that we have. First, we need to make sure that we provide information only to the person who has the right to receive it. By requiring that you make your request in writing and provide proof of identity, we can be certain that we are communicating only with you. Second, we administer approximately 5,300 child support cases and receive approximately 500 requests for information or service a month. We track every request through our quality control system to make sure that each one is answered as quickly, accurately, and completely as possible. Although we do not provide case-specific information over the phone, you can discuss your case in person with a Deputy Prosecutor or with a customer support team member by stopping by our office any Wednesday or Thursday during our regular business hours. You do not need an appointment.
No. It is a myth that once you turn 18 your juvenile record gets erased. Although juvenile records are not accessible by the public, they still exist and can be accessed under certain circumstances. Recent changes in legislation has made it possible for certain juvenile cases to be automatically expunged. IC 31-39-8-3 states that once a 'child' reaches nineteen (19) years of age, or one (1) year after the date on when the juvenile court discharges the 'child', whichever is later, the court shall automatically expunge certain juvenile offenses within sixty (60) days. This statue is only applicable for adjudications occurring AFTER 6/30/21.
Matters involving handgun/weapons offenses, regardless of offense level, are excluded under this statute and DO NOT qualify for an automatic expungement. Additionally, any adjudication that involves a felony is also excluded from the automatic expungement statute.
Any adjudication prior to 6/30/21, any adjudication involving a felony, or, one that involves an excluded offense under the statute after 6/30/21 must go through the expungement process outlined on this site.
The Tippecanoe County Recorder's Office is located on the 2nd floor of the Tippecanoe County Office Building at 20 N 3rd Street in downtown Lafayette. The Recorder's Office is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday (excluding Holidays).
The Recorder's Office is a state constitutional office and as such, fees charged by the Recorder's Office (such as the $1 per page cost of copies) are established under Indiana Code 36-2-7. Recording requirements are set by Indiana Code 36-2-11.
In order to record a properly prepared deed or instrument, it must first have been submitted to the Tippecanoe County Assessor's Office and the Tippecanoe County Auditor's Office. The Tippecanoe County Assessor will require a sales disclosure form to be filed prior to recording.
To request copies of recorded documents by mail you must include payment of $1 per page for the copy(ies) and have the recording number or the book and page number. If you do not have this information, come in person or send a representative to the Tippecanoe County Recorder's Office or contact a title company to do a search for you and then place the copy order.
Certification is an additional $5.
Yes! Data and images can be viewed online from January 16, 1970 to the present. We have two remote access products, Laredo (monthly user fee) and Tapestry ($8.95 fee per search), now available for users who wish to search for and retrieve data and documents. For Laredo, a user agreement must be signed and submitted to our office for approval prior to viewing any information.
Birth and death certificates are found in the Tippecanoe County Health Department. The Tippecanoe County Health Department is located at 1950 S 18th Street, Lafayette.
The Recorder's Office currently accepts payments for recording and copies by cash, check, cashiers check, and credit card. Any check being returned unpaid will be charged an additional $27.50 service fee.
The Tippecanoe Recycling and Solid Waste District provides free recycling drop off locations for any Tippecanoe household to use. We have three rural drop-off bins:
All of these bins are emptied on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays but they still fill up very quickly. There is a central recycling drop-off on the north side of Lafayette at the Trash Transfer Station at 2770 North 9th Street. This location has bins for mixed materials (plastic, aluminum, and glass), as well as a separate bin for cardboard and paper. This site is not accessible outside of business hours. Their hours are MWF 7am-4pm, TTh 7am-6pm, and Sat 7am-1pm. Below is an aerial image showing the layout of the transfer station to help you navigate.
These are the items that are accepted in our recycling stream:
The Tippecanoe County Solid Waste Management District doe NOT take latex paint at our Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off. Latex paint is non-toxic and can go in to your regular trash after it has been dried out and solidified. Trash haulers will not pick up liquid paint because they get fined if they drip paint on the road. They are very cautious about picking up paint if they think it might be liquid. Please confirm with your trash hauler how they want dried paint cans.
To dry latex paint for cans less than half full:
For full cans:
Many electronics are prohibited from being sent to a landfill by Indiana state law.
We do not accept electronics for recycling on a regular basis at our 9th Street location. There are several options for recycling electronics at other locations throughout the year. Electronics stores such as Best Buy accept many electronics for recycling, and Oscar Winski E-recycling (765-421-6005) accepts materials from the public on the second Saturday of every month. The Tippecanoe County Recycling and Solid Waste District holds an electronics recycling event twice per year and Tippecanoe residents are able to recycle electronics for free at this event. Here is information about our electronics recycling event, typically held twice a year in the spring and fall.
We are lucky enough to have a locally owned scrap metal recycler located at 2407 N 9th Street in Lafayette. Oscar Winksi will accept small amounts of all kinds of metals for free, and will reimburse you for the value of the metals in large loads of scrap metal. Contact Oscar Winski Scrap Metal to learn more: 765-742-1102.
If you live outside the Lafayette City Limits or outside of the West Lafayette sewer system limits, you will need to arrange your own trash hauling service with a private company or bring your trash to the transfer station at 2770 N 9th Street to dispose of it for a fee. The County Recycling and Solid Waste District does not provide trash hauling services. There are several major trash hauling companies, and many smaller operations. These are the major trash haulers in our area:
Businesses must provide their own recycling and hazardous waste disposal services. There are several businesses in our region that can provide those services for a fee. There is a locally owned recycling center in Frankfort, IN that will take loads of clean cardboard for free. Werner Brothers Recycling can be contacted at 765-654-5070.
It may surprise you, but it costs us money to get everyone's materials recycled! The Tippecanoe County Recycling and Solid Waste District pays for the County's drop-off recycling program through property taxes. The cardboard and paper from the compactors at the transfer station go directly to a recycler and we are able to recoup a very small amount of money from that, but it does not offset the cost of maintaining the compactors and transporting the recyclables. The Recycling and Solid Waste District pays for the bins to be emptied, pays to transport the mixed recyclables to a sorting facility in Indianapolis or Muncie, and pays a sorting fee. Trash and non-recyclables going in to the recycling bins increases our fees and takes up space in the bin. Being a better recycler saves tax dollars! More information on our funding can be found on our Public Documents page.
No. Fences are not regulated by the Tippecanoe County Unified Zoning Ordinance, unless it surrounds a swimming pool or is in the building set back. Please call 765-423-9225 for more information.
You may not block the vision of drivers at an intersection. A fence around a swimming pool must be at least 5 feet high. A fence may not exceed 42" within street frontage setbacks. Please call 765-423-9225 for more information.
All in-ground pools require a permit. Above ground pools only require a permit if they are 42" or taller. Please call 765-423-9225 for more information.
No permit is required in the unincorporated areas of the county. You are permitted no more than 2 yard sales annually. Please call 765-423-9225 for more information.
If the complaint is in Dayton, Battle Ground or Clarks Hill, APC would take care of the complaint and you can find that form at the following page: http://www.tippecanoe.in.gov/DocumentCenter/View/512 Otherwise, a complaint should be filed in writing to the Building Commission at the following page: https://www.tippecanoe.in.gov/413/Building-Commission
Permits required in the unincorporated areas of the county are available at the Tippecanoe County Building Commission.
Permits required by Lafayette and West Lafayette are available through the various city governments:
Tippecanoe County Building Commission
20 N Third Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
Lafayette City Engineers Office
20 N Sixth Street
West Lafayette City Engineers Office
222 N Chauncey Ave
West Lafayette, 47906