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Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/30/11 A resident reported that some unknown suspect(s) scratched his truck while parked overnight at the Broken Arrow Campground.

05/30/11 A resident in Cass Township told police that she had a load of sand delivered and the driver hit the front of her trailer. She needs an accident or police report.

05/30/11 A Medaryville resident called police to report broken beer bottles all over the road. The resident is picking up the glass but he feels an officer should speak to the owner.

05/29/11 The northbound lane on U.S. 35 was reportedly submerged under water just north of 600 North in Pulaski County. Six inches of water was reported in this area.

05/29/11 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a structure fire.

05/29/11 Storm damage was reported from the storms that came through the area. Tornado spotters were activated in Medaryville, Francesville and Star City. Spotters indicated strong rotation at 200 North and 1700 West but it was not on the ground. Rotation was also indicated between 1600 West and Highway 421. Trees were reportedly blown over at the West Central Schools.

05/29/11 A resident called police complaining of kids on 4-wheelers.

05/28/11 A Star City resident called police to report the theft of LP tanks off his campers.

05/27/11 A resident called to tell police that a person was notified by her neighbors that a person is in her residence that does not have authority to be there.

05/26/11 A Star City resident reported that some unknown person broke into the house and the person is laying on the couch.

05/26/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of a generator.

05/26/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that a couple of kids were spray painting the neighbor’s house.

05/25/11 A Francesville resident called police to report that lightning may have caused a fire at the office. Smoke has been detected.

05/25/11 The Francesville Fire Department requested the activation of weather spotters as a tornado was spotted just south of Rensselaer. A tornado was later confirmed in Francesville.

05/25/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of checks from the bank that were cashed in excess of $44,000. The checks were stolen in Newton County.

05/24/11 A Winamac business reported the theft of gas.

05/23/11 A caller in Winamac told police that he got a call from his neighbor who told him that someone in a pickup truck was taking things from his farm. A scaffold and a planter are missing.

Arrests:
05/30/11 David Combs, 506 West St., Medcalf, IL, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/30/11 Dalton Minix, 2150 W. 800 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Minor Consuming and Public Intoxication.

05/28/11 Jose Aramirez Ortez, 39, 1020 Pink St., Logansport, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving with No License. Discharged 05/28/11

05/27/11 John Huetten, 30, 4651 W. 200 N. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery. Discharged 05/29/11

05/27/11 Suzanne L. Roach, 31, 318 W. Washington St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. Discharged 05/28/11

05/27/11 Jeffery Adams, 36, 5473 S. State Road 10, Monon, IN,arrested on a preliminary charge of Burglary.

5/26/11 Steven Fisher, 31, 310 Indiana Ave., Hamlet, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant. Discharged 05/30/11

05/26/11 Tracy M. Redelman, 44, 2577 S. 50 E. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Residential Entry. Discharged 05/26/11

05/26/11 Kelly Patterson, 32, 515 W. Jefferson, Culver, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Residential Entry and Possession of Paraphernalia.

05/25/11 Hector Ramirez, 40, 7719 Hendricks, Merrillville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Habitual Traffic Offender and Public Intoxication.

Accidents:
05/25/11 Hector Ramirez , 39, of Merrillville, Indiana, was operating his vehicle northbound on County Road 50 East, north of County 300 South, when he swerved to miss a squirrel causing him to travel off the roadway and “clip” a mailbox. The mailbox at 2817 S. CR 50 E. was damaged and there was extensive damage done to the front of the vehicle. According to the report, while the reporting officer was talking to Ramirez, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and Ramirez’s eyes appeared bloodshot and glassy. Ramirez submitted to standard Field Sobriety Tests and a certified breathalyzer that resulted in a .12% BAC. He was subsequently arrested on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated and Habitual Traffic Violator.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/27/11 A City officer was called to the Knox Skate Park for a report of theft. Chris McLaughlin told police that he was building new ramps for the skate park and was charging his cordless tool batteries across the parking lot at the pavilion. When McLaughlin asked Frank Lynch to retrieve a new battery from the charger, Lynch said the battery and the charger were missing. A witness saw a male take the items from the pavilion but did could not positively identify him.

05/26/11 Ashley Arnett reported her purse missing. The last time she saw her purse was in a cart at Five Star.

05/19/11 Kimmala Schlink reported her wallet stolen. It was reportedly found in the wastebasket at the Knox Subway store on May 26th.

Arrests:
05/30/11 Jerry Lain III, 20, 2154 N. State Road 39, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/29/11 Sarah Coffin, 29, no address given, arrested on an active warrant for her arrest out of LaPorte County for Battery.

05/29/11 Kathy Redlark, 57, 309 Ruthie Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.
Roger Grigsby, 54, 403 W. Bender St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Harassment.

05/27/11 Gloria Rae Myers Phillips, 62, 2340 S. 550 E., Knox, IN, arrested for Resisting Law Enforcement.

05/25/11 Carl Balaszek, 21, 1486 Olson Drive, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Reckless Driving. Balaszek was also cited for disregarding a stop sign and no registration.

05/25/11 James Childress III, 27, 200 W. Division St., Rolling Prairie, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication, Resisting Law Enforcement and an active arrest warrant out of LaPorte County.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/29/11 An officer was requested at the old drapery store in Toto as some unknown person(s) spray painted graffiti on the back of the store.

05/29/11 Weather spotters were activated. Strong rotation was spotted over Highway 421 near Radioville.

05/28/11 A resident called police to report that a male and female were walking westbound on 200 South from his residence and the subjects are going door to door wanting a ride. Subjects are acting suspicious.

05/28/11 A Grovertown resident told police that he was out jogging when a suspicious vehicle pulled up to him and asked if he was having a good run and then he took off. They pulled up to him again and asked if he had a cell phone and he said no. The male subject in the car then pointed a black pistol at him and then took off.

05/27/11 A resident in the 2800 block of S. Lart Lane in Knox reported a bike stolen from her residence.

05/25/11 A resident in the 3000 block of S. Range Road in Knox reported spray painting on several buildings.

05/24/11 Debra Fuehring of Knox requested police to file a report. She said that her truck was shot.

05/23/11 Raymond Higdon, 31, turned himself in on an active arrest warrant.

05/23/11 Wanda Bundy reported a break-in at her residence.

05/23/11 A North Judson resident reported the theft of his pickup truck. The truck was parked by the house with the keys in it.

Arrests:
05/28/11 Sebastin G. Bobak, of Chicago, IL, was arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Public Intoxication.

05/24/11 Hobart Givens, 21, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft.
Luther Nies, 21, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

Accidents:
05/24/11 Jasmine Johnson, 35, of Rochester, IN, was driving east on State Road 10 near State Road 35 when she saw a deer on the side of the road. She didn’t know which way the deer would travel and she applied the brakes and the bike started to skid and caused the bike to fall. It continued to skid until it came to rest. She sustained injuries to her legs in the accident.

Mary Rubio

Mary Rubio, 80, of Knox, Indiana, passed away Sunday, May 29th, 2011.  A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 3rd, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the Eagle Creek Cemetery.  Friends may gather with the family one hour prior to the service at the cemetery.  The Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Aaron M. Broeker

Aaron M. Broeker, 27, of Culver, Indiana, passed away Friday, May 27th, 2011.  Funeral services will be Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. ET at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver.  Visitation is Wednesday from 4:00-9:00 p.m. ET at the Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Bass Lake Fire Department Scholarship Fund.

Nancy K. Smith Sekirka

Nancy K. Smith Sekirka, 57, of Plymouth, Indiana, passed away Sunday, May 29th, 2011.  Funeral services will be Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home in Plymouth.  Visitation is Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. ET at the Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Plymouth Church of the Brethren.

Culver Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

A Culver man died in a Friday night accident in Lake County. The accident occurred on U.S. 30. Aaron Broeker, 27, died from blunt force trauma at around 11:15 p.m. CT when the motorcycle he was riding slammed into the rear of a car driven by a Cedar Lake resident.

Another motorcyclist was riding with Broeker at the time of the accident.

Broeker was pronounced dead at the scene.

No New Information on Sysco Project in Hamlet

Rumors have floated around Starke County for the past few weeks that construction of the Sysco plant near Hamlet is about to become a reality. Starke County Economic Development Director, Charles Weaver, cautions that he has not received any information that supports those rumors.

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Koontz Lake Dam Project on Schedule

Even though the weather hasn’t cooperated much with many outdoor projects this spring so far, the construction of the Koontz Lake Dam project seems to be on schedule.

Work is being done to replace the Koontz Lake Dam and straighten out the curve in the road that passes over the dam on State Road 23. According to officials, work is about 15% complete and work will begin on the piers for the new bridge soon. The project is expected to be complete in May of 2012.

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Mint Farming Legislation Big in This Session of the General Assembly

State Representative Tom Dermody

One of the most important pieces of legislation passed in the most current session of the legislature had to do with mint farming. Republican Representative Tom Dermody was the sponsor of the legislation and he talks about that bill today.

“When we saw what happened last summer, especially with what I consider is the overreaching of government into business, when mint farming and agricultural is so important to LaPorte and Counties, I put legislation together that will protect the mint farmers,” said Dermody. “It was protect them, especially during this season, against the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and allow them to plant while testing goes on to check for VOCs in the mint farming industry which we already know the mint farmers will pass. This does not allow them to regulate any new permitting on them and will protect them through the season. What the State has to realize is how important mint farmers are to our revenue source, jobs and to agriculture in general. This is something that was supported by many and it protects the overreaching arm of government.”

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Sheriff’s Memorial Service Today in Pulaski County

The employees of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will be remembering their fallen comrades in a Sheriff’s Memorial service today at Noon ET at the Sheriff’s Department.

Honored will be Sheriff Charles Henry Oglesby, Sheriff Milo “Mike” Lewis and Deputy Sheriff Shadron Kiley “Shad” Bassett. These officers were killed in the line of duty while serving the citizens of Pulaski County.

All are invited to the service.

West Central School Board Recognizes Staff Members for Years of Service

Lisa Marlatt, Board member Gary Gudeman, and Cathy Risner

The West Central School Board recognized staff members for their many years of service to the School Corporation.

Lisa Marlatt and Cathy Risner were recognized for 15 years; Mike Harter, Pam Ledford and Monica Franscoviak for 20 years; Diana Culp for 25 years; Darla Tanner for 30 years; Susan Gift and Carol Tanner for 35 years; and Jennifer Garten for 40 years. Susan Gift, Keith Schladenhauffen, Susan Overton and Peggy Harris opted to retire after this school year and were also recognized.

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When Mother Mary Came To Me, The Baptist Preacher Who Won The War, Mama Cowgirls and Tattoos, Speaking English For The First Time. Still Picking The Blackberries…..

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the East Wing.

“When I find my self in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be, so let it be…… Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.”

And now my Son RJ’s newest tattoo reflects “Mother Mary Comes To Me” forever on his left arm. I’m not an expert on tattoos ‘cause I’m always too chicken to get one, but his “Mother Mary” Tattoo is kinda cool. If you’re Catholic, it’s really cool.  And for all those misinformed Baptist who visit the East Wing, no, we Catholic don’t pray to Mary in place of praying to Jesus.

I’ve heard that argument put forth so many times in my life I’m tired of putting it to rest. But once more over the line Sweet Jesus, and it’s one more time for the cause. It’s just one more step along the way. Now being Baplic means I was Baptist prior to being Catholic. I really wasn’t a member of a Baptist Church, but my dad was a Baptist Preacher all my life. So guess that made me Baptist by association.   I heard the argument put forth many, many times.  My dad was the main reason I became interested in the Catholic Church.  It was his unwavering defense of “ Mother Mary Pray for me”, that made me look into the Catholic Church.

Only God fearing Baptist can really understand what I’m ‘bout to say next, so here goes….. Now when I was a kid, after church every Sunday we had a house full of company. Somebody always  went home with the preacher for dinner, lots of people, every Sunday, different people, different  Sundays, but lots of people every Sunday, to eat, to visit, to socialize and to continue the conversations ‘bout God and “living right”.

It was while the women prepared the Sunday meal, that the men, depending on the weather, would sit in the living room or outside in the yard, and discuss religion. Religion according to the belief of the particular Baptist faith ya happened to belong to, and there are many different Baptist beliefs, even to this day. And so the difference of opinions never ended.

On many Sundays someone would eventually get around to pointing out the fact that the Catholics didn’t pray to Jesus, but instead prayed to Mary, and that’s why they’re all going to hell even if they don’t know ‘bout it.

 It was at this point  where my dad, a Baptist Preacher, blew ‘em away, when he said “How many times have ya heard a Baptist Preacher stand up in front of his congregation and the very first words from his mouth are I want ya all to pray for me today  that I might be able to speak the words of God in your presence.” “If I’ve said that once, I’ve said it hundreds of times, I want ya all to pray for me.”

He then continued,  “if I have a choice of who’d pray for me today, I couldn’t ever choose a better person to pray for me than the mother of Jesus. Mother Mary pray for me” And so it was that the Baptist Preacher from Downtown Toto won both the battle and the war of heaven and hell ‘bout Catholics going to where they go and where Catholics go and how they pray. Mother Mary Pray For Me.

It seemed to me that when the men sat out in the yard they tended to yell at each other more over bible stuff. I always had the impression that most of ‘em wanted to be the Chief and very few wanted to be the Indians. ‘Course that was only when they played Cowboys & Indians. Everybody there knew that I’s always gona be the Cowboy.

Ya got a tattoo? Most people don’t, but many people under 35 or so do have tattoos. Tattooing is an interesting part of the culture of the human race. People have done body art as long as there’s been people.  I always thought it’d hurt too much, so I was never brave enough to say start the needle.

Both my sons have tattoos, but me and my daughter Angela, we’re too chicken to allow the needle to make the first stick. I don’t think my daughter-in-law, Jaimie has a tattoo either, but I didn’t ask her. I know Sis don’t, ‘cause Angela’s as scared as me. I guess I just stuck too many needles into too many people in times past. Maybe it’s a Bill Clinton thing, when he said “I feel your pain” I’m afraid I’ll feel the pain.

One time my Mama said the only thing in life she was sorry for was that she’d not be able to vote for Bill Clinton again for President. I said “Mama what did Bill Clinton do for you?” She said “everything”  And everybody knows ya don’t argue with your Mama.

Of all the presidents my Mama voted for in her life, Bill Clinton was her favorite.  Now my Mama voted in every election since she was of 21 years old. She told me “if ya don’t vote, ya can’t criticize , and I might want to criticize from time to time . And so Mama voted, every time.

The last time my Mama voted was last November, I called her up the night before an asked if I needed take her to vote. The answer was of course you do. So we made arrangements that I’d pick her up and take her to vote before I went to my office.

I voted before 7:30 AM and picked up Mama by 8:00. She voted at one of the Baptist Churches north of Toto. When she got to the voting booth it was like old home week. It was like taking your Mama to Cheers, where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad ya came. It’s like that in Toto when ya vote at that little Baptist Church just north of Toto, up there on Range Road.

One of the election workers said “Ruth I need to see your photo ID.” Mama said “Oh shucks, I forgot to bring my purse in with me.” The election worker said “BobbyRay is you mother’s purse in your car?” I said “Yes it is”. She said “That’s close enough”.  So Mama voted. Friendly people there at Toto. Whether ya go vote or go eat at Richards of Toto, they’re always glad ya came, and they always know your name. They always knew my Mama. They’ll remember her forever, my Mama…..

Mama never had a tattoo, but there’s no doubt in my mind, had she lived in a different time and space, then my Mama would’ve had a tattoo, maybe more than one.  If ya saw my Mama’s picture on Facebook riding a horse when she was young and pretty, and ya could just see the cowgirl in her eyes.  Well now everybody knows that all good cowgirls have tattoos, and my Mama was a good cowgirl.

Did ya know the federal government is rolling out a new official language for all documents created for the public? Yeah, it called plain English and I’m not sure if it’ll work or not.

Here’s the reason why: Pursuant to regulations promulgated hereunder and commencing in accordance with a statute signed herein by President Barack Obama, the government shall be precluded from writing the pompous gibberish heretofore evidenced, to the extent practicable. Now that sentence contains 11 new language no-nos.

The President signed the Plain Writing Act last fall after decades of effort by a cadre of passionate grammarians in the civil service to jettison the jargon. It takes full effect in October, when federal agencies must start writing plainly in all new or substantially revised documents produced for the public. The government will still be allowed to write preposterously to itself.

Ahead then, if the law works, is a culture change for an enterprise that turns out reams of confusing benefit forms, tangled rules and foggy pronouncements. Not to mention a Pentagon brownie recipe that went on for 26 pages about “regulations promulgated thereunder,” “flow rates of thermoplastics by extrusion plastometer” and a commandment that ingredients “shall be examined organoleptically.” That just means look at, smell, touch or taste.

Can ya believe 26 pages of regulation for making brownies?  Shewwwww…. I think I can get ‘er done in three lines:

  1. Buy Brownie Mix
  2. Read directions
  3. Follow directions
  4. Eat Brownies.

Oh well, four lines maximum. But the brownies got made and consumed in four lines. Now we have 25 ¾ pages for other government crap to come our way. But looking on the good side, at least we’ve got the brownies done early.

 I can truly believe this complex nonsense, called regulations, ‘cause I used to deal with the Medicare regulations 30 years ago, and it’s only gotten worse,  and so now you know why I quit working in health care administration.  Too damn hard to understand the rules.  And it was much more fun to just go pick Blackberries and eat ‘em. And so I did.

Stay safe in Afghanistan and Iraq.

From the East Wing, When Mother Mary Came To Me, The Baptist Preacher Who Won The War, Mama Cowgirls and Tattoos, Speaking English For The First Time. Still Picking The Blackberries…..

I wish you well                                                                                                                   BobbyRay

Train Derails during Ride from North Judson to LaCrosse

Crews work to put the cars back on the track after a derailment in LaCrosse

A train excursion from North Judson to LaCrosse almost turned deadly yesterday when five cars of the train derailed. The cars were being pulled by the historic 765 steam engine when the cars suddenly left the track.

Mark Knebel from the Hoosier Valley Railroad Organization talked about the mishap.

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Monday’s Memorial Day Services

The Knox VFW Post #748 will be hosting Memorial Day services until Noon on Monday, May 30th, where the the closing ceremonies and the retiring of the guard will be held at the Post Home. Several veterans, firefighters, police officers, and National Guard members will be standing vigil at the Post and a Civil War camp will be set up in the back of the facility.

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24-Hour Vigil at Knox VFW Post

Nancy Dembowski

Memorial Day Services in the Kankakee Valley began Sunday at the Knox VFW Post 748. The posting of the guard ceremonies began at 12:00 noon. Speakers included Tim Shepherd of the VFW, Dewayne Arndt, representing Congressman Joe Donnelly, State Representative Nancy Dembowski, and Knox Mayor Rick Chambers.

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J.W. Hicks, Inc. Announces Dual Expansions in Knox

The second expansion will be located at 501 S. 300 E. in Knox

J.W. Hicks, Inc., with locations in both Knox and Merrillville, has announced plans to proceed with two expansions in Knox while continuing the operation in Merrillville. The company has been in Knox since 1998 and these expansions will mark the third and fourth such expansions since the plant has been in Knox.

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Week in Review for May 23rd-27th, 2011

Here is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:

Todd Zeltwanger at Ancilla College during Triathlon

The third annual Ancilla College Triathlon was held last week where over 100 individuals competed in the swimming, running and biking event.

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Knox City Police Investigates Burglary at ALCO

The Knox City Police Department is investigating a burglary at the ALCO store in the Knox Mall.

According to police, on Tuesday, May 24th, officers were called to ALCO in reference to a burglary. Officers arrived on scene and found the glass in the south entry door broken out. The K9 unit was sent inside but no suspects were found in the store. Police found that a glass case containing video game systems was broken and game systems were stolen. When police reviewed the security tape, officers saw the suspect was wearing a ski mask, gloves and a hooded sweatshirt at the time of the incident and could not identify him. If you know anything about this incident, you may call in an anonymous tip to the Knox City Police Department at (574) 772-4122.

Starke County Ranks Fifth in State in Unemployment Report

Indiana Workforce Development

Starke County continues to be in the top ten, according to the latest unemployment report. Even though we dropped slightly, we moved up to a tie for fifth in the rankings.

Fayette County is number one at 11.7%. Elkhart, Lawrence, and Starke Counties are tied for fifth at 10.1%. The state unemployment figure is 8.1%.

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