Fire Chief Kenny Pfost stated that the firefighters arrived at 7 N. Bower St. shortly after 10 a.m. and battled the blaze that was reportedly started by an electrical heater. The fire was contained to the second floor, but the first floor sustained smoke and water damage.
No assistance was called in and Pfost said the fire was extinguished fairly quickly. No injuries were reported.
Current Prosecutor David R. Holmes announced that he will not seek re-election in 2014 for the position he’s held for a number of years. Holmes has served four full terms as prosecutor and served part of another to fill out a term when the elected prosecutor was appointed Circuit Court Judge.
Holmes was first elected as prosecutor in 1970.
A life-long Marshall County resident, Chipman, 59, will file his intention to run for prosecutor in January.
A burglary and robbery incident was reported in May at a residence in the 5600 West block of County Road 300 North. During this event, a victim was confined and robbed. 34-year-old Shawn Sobolewski, 20-year-old Brandon Montano, 18-year-old Jonathan Surber and 16-year-old Bryan Parish, all of the Michigan City area, were arrested in this incident. According to police, due to the nature of the charge and age of Bryan Parish, he has been charged in LaPorte Circuit Court as juvenile court no longer has jurisdiction over him.
Superintendent Charles Mellon said the board discussed purchasing either a high efficiency boiler or an 85 percent efficiency boiler.
“We approved going with the 85 percent efficiency boiler rather than the more expensive high efficiency boiler,” said Mellon. “Since there are three boilers tied together, tying one high efficiency boiler in with two that are not we weren’t gaining that much. We didn’t want to replace all three at this time.”
The board hopes that the purchase can be made soon so the boiler can be replaced.
$4,200 was raised toward this effort and $175 was able to be spent by each child.
Andrea Keller from the Pulaski County Health Department suggests getting a flu shot protecting yourself and others from the flu this winter season.
Starke County Humane Society Director Suzanne Crider says the best thing is to keep decorations away from your pets.
“Action is always faster than reaction. On a perfectly sunny day at 60 miles-per-hour the normal person doesn’t realize how far it takes to stop a car on a sunny day on dry pavement. A lot of times you see them following at even a closer distance when the weather’s bad. A lot of times they don’t realize the distance it takes, especially on a slick roadway, to stop,” Harsman said.
According to Swinger, many consumers are eligible for a free assessment from Energizing Indiana.
The female driver of a vehicle involved in a rollover wreck last night at the intersection of State Roads 8 and 39 was taken to IU Health Starke Hospital for treatment. Dispatchers at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call around 9:30 last night. The caller advised the vehicle had rolled over and was submerged in a ditch. Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Knox City Police Department were able to pull her from the vehicle. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The crash is still under investigation, and the woman’s name has not been released. There’s also no word yet on her condition. Members of the Knox Fire Department and Starke County Medics also responded.
Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Matt Deitchley stated that it could be next week before the bridge is open to traffic. The final surface of the roadway, lane striping and median work is left. If the weather cooperates, the opening could occur a little sooner than anticipated.
The weather was the reason why the project was pushed back from its original completion date in November.
Deitchley will notify WKVI when the crews are nearing the time when the bridge will be open. The bridge has been closed since June.
Kane Wilson pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the State to a charge of Strangulation as a Class D felony. He was sentenced to 24 months in the Indiana Department of Corrections with 12 months suspended to be served on home detention.