Today's News

First Snow of the Season Possible Today

Trick-or-treaters could be trudging through the snow this evening to collect candy. The WKVI AccuWeather.com forecast calls for rain and snow showers this afternoon, with snow continuing into the overnight hours. Today’s high temperatures are only expected to hit the low 40s. Overnight we’ll dip into the mid-20s. Continue reading

Early Morning Fight Lands Man in Jail

.JPG Larry Baltes

Larry W. Baltes

Formal charges are pending against the man accused of hitting and biting another man at a Bremen residence early this morning. Officers from the Marshall County Police Department responded to 1426 Jute Road in Bremen at 12:43 a.m. for a report of a fight in progress. A man told them Larry W. Baltes, 40, had hit him in the face and bitten his upper thigh. The victim refused medical treatment, according to a news release. Baltes was arrested on preliminary charges of battery resulting in moderate injury, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Trick or Treat Hours 2014

Trick or Treat Hours 2014:

Friday, Oct. 31
Hamlet – 5:30-7 p.m. CT
Knox – 5:30-7 p.m. CT followed by costume judging and refreshments at Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center, sponsored by ABATE and the City of Knox.
North Judson – 5 p.m.-7 p..m. CT
Culver – 5-7 p.m. ET
Medaryville – 5-7 p.m. ET. Hot dogs and drinks will be available at the Lions Club and costume judging is at 7:15 p.m. in front of the fire department.
Winamac – 5-7 p.m. ET

Knox City Council to Consider Dumpster Ordinance

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council members will soon be putting together a dumpster ordinance.

Several complaints have been received concerning the placement and longevity of dumpsters at a locations throughout the city. The council members will fashion an ordinance that is suited to the needs of the city to regulate the use of the containers.

City Attorney David Matsey gave the council members a comprehensive draft of an ordinance that he put together using information from several different ordinances from different municipalities. He urged all of the members to look through the document and select items that may be relevant to the city. They will look at paring down the language at the council’s next meeting on Monday, Nov. 10.

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Knox Street Department Keeping Busy

Knox Street Superintendent Jeff Borg told the Board of Public Works this week that the leaf pick-up program is keeping the employees busy. He added that the department is gearing up for the winter season. The first order of road salt should be placed at the first of December but the supply the city has now is healthy. He said prices jumped 50 percent per ton of road salt over last year’s price. Borg stated that the city should be in good shape and hopes that the weather isn’t as bad as last year.

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Russell Prosser Convicted in Marshall County Trial

Russell Prosser

Russell Prosser

A Marshall County jury convicted a defendant on several charges in a two-day trial in Marshall County Superior Court.

The jury members deliberated over three hours and found Russell Prosser guilty on one count of possession of stolen property, one count of resisting law enforcement, four counts of unauthorized entry of motor vehicles and four counts of theft of items found in those vehicles.

Prosser was arrested on Dec. 9, 2013 after he had stolen items out of cars from a number of Culver residents the previous evening. He also led police in a foot pursuit. He was apprehended the next day after he was found sleeping in his truck in the McDonald’s parking lot in LaPaz.

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Sentencing Hearing Set for Jeremy Rowe

  A defendant in an incident in January of 2012 where a man was robbed, ordered to a bank at gunpoint and severely beaten appeared in Starke Circuit Court yesterday for a status hearing.

Jeremy Rowe has pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to charges of burglary and receiving stolen property in his alleged participation in the event. His brother, Randall Rowe, was previously sentenced to 25 years in prison in his involvement in this incident and is currently serving time in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

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Starke County Election Board Discusses Political Signs, Travel Board Votes

The Starke County Election Board discussed political sign disclaimers during their meeting Thursday afternoon.

A written complaint was filed by Tammie Taulbee, a Knox School Board candidate, that four candidates did not have disclaimers on their signs placed in public areas promoting their candidacy for the General Election.

It is law that a disclaimer be included on all political material stating who paid for the material and whether any candidate approves of the material if the material is paid for by someone other than the candidate.

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Ancilla College and Local Businesses Team up for Student Internships

Ancilla College NEWAncilla College is offering students hands on training and real life experience internship opportunities with local businesses. Students will have the chance to go out and work in positions they are interested in to see if they like it. Ancilla College Professor Kristin Korcha says the college is taking the right steps to help students figure out their career path. Continue reading

Trick-or-Treat Night at the Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

The staff at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department had so much fun with last week’s trick-or-treat event at the justice center last week that they’re going to do it again tonight!

Sheriff Michael Gayer said the event last week was held in conjunction with the Halloween event at the Tippecanoe River State Park north of Winamac. He said that there are treats left to give to the kids of Pulaski County. Stop by the justice center tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

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Bass Lake Fire Department Hosts Charity Polar Bear Swim

Polar Bear PlungeMembers of the community are invited to take a final dip in Bass Lake Saturday and help a community agency in the process. Bass Lake Fire Chief Les Jensen says the department is hosting a polar bear swim at noon at Bass Lake Marina. Continue reading

Randall Stone Sentenced to Work Release

 Randall Stone was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court on Thursday.

Stone, 45, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to an amended count of possession of methamphetamine as a Class D felony. He told Judge Kim Hall that he possessed the drug while in a car during a traffic stop in North Judson on Sept. 17, 2012.

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Accused Serial Killer Enters Not Guilty Plea

Darren D. Vann

Darren D. Vann

The Gary man police there say confessed to killing seven women, including a Knox native, has pleaded not guilty in connection with two of the homicides. Darren Vann, 43, has been formally charged in the deaths of Afrika Hardy, whose body was found in a Hammond motel room on Oct. 17th, and Anith Jones, who was one of six women discovered in abandoned homes in Gary. Continue reading

Purdue University Shooter Found Dead in Prison Cell

Cody Cousins

Cody Cousins

The man convicted of killing a Purdue University student in January at the West Lafayette campus was found dead in his cell at the state prison in Michigan City last night, according to Indiana State Prison officials. An autopsy is scheduled for Cody Cousins, 24. Continue reading

Conservation Officers Arrest Mishawaka Man in LaPorte County

DNR law enforcementA Mishawaka man faces illegal hunting and drug charges in LaPorte County. Indiana Conservation Officers reportedly saw Jason Nehring, 39, shinning a spotlight in a field near the Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area in search of deer Tuesday night. Continue reading

Redskin Brigade Schedules Community Performance

06-07-14 Music Recycled picMembers of the public are invited to see the Knox Redskin Brigade perform in advance of Saturday’s semi-state marching band competition at Decatur Central High School. The band’s final dress rehearsal will take place tonight at 8:30 p.m. on the high school football field. Continue reading

Two Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

 Two defendants were sentenced in Starke Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Carter Scutchfield pleaded guilty to an amended charge of receiving stolen auto parts as a Class D felony. The sentence was presented as an agreed recommendation to Judge Kim Hall. Per that recommendation, Scutchfield was sentenced to 26 months in the Indiana Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended.

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Jefferson Street Bridge Work Continues

Jefferson Street bridge

Jefferson Street bridge

Work on the Jefferson Street bridge in Plymouth is nearing completion.

Crews from Beer and Slabaugh have finished the west end of the bridge and the east end is about half done. Marshall County Supervisor of Highways Jason Peters told WKVI News that less work needs to be done on the east side of the bridge.

Construction is being done to reinforce the sidewalk along the bridge and to reinforce the corners of the bridge to alleviate stability issues. Once all of the repairs are done, the crews will reseal the deck.

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