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William Beaver, Sr.

William Beaver, Sr., 75, of Koontz Lake, Indiana, passed away Monday, January 30th, 2012.  Funeral services will be Friday, February 3rd, 2102 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake Chapel.  Visitation is Thursday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday after 11:00 a.m. CT until the time of services at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Shriners Hospital.

Kent Adkins

Kent Adkins, 55, of West Virginia, formerly of Walkerton, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, January 25th, 2012.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 4th, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. ET at the Walkerton United Pentecostal Church.  Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home.  The Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis Murray

Phyllis Murray, 83, formerly of North Judson, Indiana, passed away Sunday, January 29th, 2012.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. CT at the SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in North Judson.  Visitation is Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. CT at the O’Donnell Funeral Home with a 7:00 p.m. Rosary service.

Seven Fire Departments Battle House Fire in Medaryville

The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a garage fire early Sunday morning at 6551 N. 1150 W. in Medaryville. Medaryville Fire Chief, Shaun Hauptli, said that when the firefighters arrived on scene, a massive garage was on fire and it was getting close to the back of the house.

The fire was so large Hauptli said he called for manpower and water assistance from the San Pierre and North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Departments. Water assistance was also requested from Bass Lake, Winamac, Francesville and LaCrosse Fire Departments.

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Advanced Life Service Upgrade Nearing Completion

Starke County EMS Director Paul Mathewson said the upgrade to Advanced Life Service, or ALS, is moving along. Crews have spent the last month getting equipment together.

“Our new truck came in so now we’re putting all of that together,” said Mathewson. “Really, we’re in the finalizing stages of finishing up this project so we can get the State down and clear it.”

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Winamac Fire Department Called to House Fire

The Winamac Fire Department was called to a house fire at Doug Sobczak’s residence at 626 N. Market Street on Tuesday, January 24th.

Winamac Fire Chief, Bill Weaver, said that the homeowner called and said there was a fire in the living room. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. A representative from the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office was called to the scene and could not determine the cause of the fire. Damage was contained to the living room area.

No injuries were reported at the scene.

Scam Calls Reported to Starke County Sheriff’s Department

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department has received several complaints about a scam.

In this scam, the caller tells you that you’ve won $2.5 million in the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. The caller then tells you to go to a local store and buy a Money Pack Green Scratch card and put $225 on it and send it to them in order to collect your prize.

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Sentencing Hearing Continued for Nathan VanDerAa

Nathan VanDerAa

Nathan VanDerAa’s sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court has been continued to March. His sentencing hearing was scheduled for Friday, January 27th.

On June 3rd, 2011, VanDerAa was arrested on a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine after a traffic stop and a few days later, Starke County officers arrived at his home in Star City and found that he was in the presence of a meth lab, firearms and ammunition. Pulaski County Prosecutor Stacey Mrak filed methamphetamine related charges against him and the ATF was expected to file a federal charge for a firearm possession. Mrak recently dismissed the County’s charges against VanDerAa and they were transferred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Bend.

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Jerrold Minix Appears for Initial Hearing

Jerrold Minix

Former Starke County resident, 31-year-old Jerrold L. Minix, was arrested on two active arrest warrants earlier this month in LaPorte County. One warrant was for incidents that occurred in Starke County in 2007.

Minix appeared in Starke Circuit Court last week and pleaded not guilty to charges of Burglary, two counts, two counts of Theft and two counts of Receiving Stolen Property. He is suspected of entering Carpenter’s Oil in North Judson on December 4th, 2007 and stealing tobacco products and convenience items from the store. He also reportedly broke into the Sporty’z Bar at Bass Lake and stole a computer. He also allegedly stole tools from the utility garage owned by the Town of North Judson and a black duffel bag from the North Judson Little League Concession Stand.

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LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Opens Prescription Drop Site

If you have some unneeded or unwanted prescription medication and you’re not sure how to get rid of it, you’re in luck. LaPorte County Sheriff Michael Mollenhauer has announced that there is a new Prescription Pill Drop Site in the lobby of the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, located at 809 State Street in LaPorte. The box is provided to give citizens a place to dispose of their unused or out-of-date prescription medication and ensures proper disposal.

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John G. Taylor

John G. Taylor, 45, of Medaryville, Indiana, passed away Sunday, January 29th, 2012.  Funeral services will be Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. CT at the St. Luke’s Community Church in San Pierre, Indiana.  Visitation is Thursday from 3:00-8:00 p.m. CT at the Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson, Indiana.  Memorials may be given to a scholarship fund for John’s two daughters, in care of Nancy Taylor.

Marguerite Oliverius

Marguerite Oliverius, 95, of Knox, Indiana, passed away Saturday, January 28th, 2012.  Memorial services will be Saturday, February 4th, 2012 at Noon CT at the Knox United Methodist Church.  Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church.  Memorials may be made to VNA Hospice or to the Community Choir Cantata Fund.  The M.C. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marie R. Espravnik

Marie R. Espravnik, 84, of Wanatah, Indiana, passed away Sunday, January 29th, 2012.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Salem United Church of Christ in Wanatah.  Visitation is Tuesday from 3:00-7:00 p.m. CT at the Wanatah Funeral Chapel.  Memorials may be made to the Salem United Church of Christ.

Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/29/12 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a garage fire near a house. A large propane tank was located in between the garage and the house. The Medaryville Fire Department, along with the San Pierre Fire Department and the Francesville Fire Department arrived on scene to put out the blaze. A rekindle occurred several hours later.

01/28/12 A rollover accident was reported in the Star City area. The driver said he was not injured.

01/28/12 A slide off occurred in the Star City area behind Central Co-Op. The caller said he left his truck in the ditch with the vehicle’s flashers on. He was not injured.

01/27/12 A Star City resident reported a car vs. deer accident.

01/27/12 A two vehicle accident was reported in the Winamac area. No injuries were reported.

01/26/12 A Winamac resident reported a theft incident.

01/25/12 A Winamac resident told police that an intruder was trying to get into her house. The caller went into the house and asked the person what he was doing there and called the person by name. The intruder reportedly told police that he had come from a friend’s house and is headed back there now.

01/25/12 A Francesville business called police to report that a patron had come in and left without paying for her prescription. They are unable to get a hold of her.

01/25/12 A Winamac resident told police that she was at the bar and she went to the bathroom. When she came back, her phone was gone.

01/24/12 A Winamac resident called police to report a fire. He said that he dropped something in his living room and now it is on fire. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene and the fire was put out. The area was sealed off and fire crews were waiting for a representative from the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office to show up.

01/24/12 A Winamac resident said that he hit a car and there is considerable damage. No injuries were reported.

01/24/12 A Medaryville resident reported a break-in. An eviction notice was served and a couple of kids were found it the house. The locks had been changed so they had to have broken into the residence.

01/23/12 A resident told police that an irrigation system had been struck and damaged severely. The caller said that car parts were all over the place, but the vehicle has left the scene.

01/23/12 A two vehicle accident was reported with minor injuries.

Arrests:
01/30/12 Jason Vanthournout, 40, 617 S. Darling Ave., Rensselaer, IN , arrested on an active warrant. Discharged 01/30/12

01/29/12 Todd A. Fischer, 44, 104 Maple Ave, Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Prior. Discharged 01/29/12

01/29/12 Larry D. Shidler, 50, 2977 W. 314 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Prior. Discharged 01/29/12

01/27/12 Ty Leon Willis, 34, 1951 Eric Ave., Logansport, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 01/28/12

01/27/12 Dakota J. Pinkerman, 19, 130 E. 700 N., Wheatfield, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

01/26/12 Glen Sewell, 53, 13367 W. 55 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 01/26/12

01/25/12 Charles A. Weaver, Jr., 25, 631 N. Riverside Dr., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 01/25/12

01/25/12 Larry E. Samons, 37, Highway 24, Reynolds, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
01/27/12 Police were notified of two juveniles who broke into the Knox High School during a dance.

01/26/12 Denise Gaines reported her laptop, camera and jewelry were stolen. Her son’s wireless Xbox controllers were also missing.

Arrests:
01/24/12 A juvenile was arrested for Battery.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/29/12 A theft was reported in the 1500 block of East 400 South in Knox.

01/28/12 A resident of the 1100 block of East 150 South in Knox told police that someone was in her home and stole a leather coat and food.

01/27/12 Robert Gonzales of Knox told police that his ex-wife has been forging letters in his name.

01/26/12 David Miller of North Judson told police that he believes someone stole his cell phone from from his vehicle.

01/26/12 Marie Kendall of North Judson reported someone had stolen her Pontiac Grand Prix from her yard.

01/25/12 Calvin Napier of North Judson reported four envelopes had been stolen from his mailbox.

01/25/12 Rick Bobo told police he was being attacked in the 6300 block of South Rannells Road in Knox.

01/24/12 Samuel Barnett of North Judson told police that someone had broken into his garage.

01/24/12 A resident of the 4900 block of South 260 West in North Judson requested to file a phone harassment complaint.

01/23/12 A telephone harassment charge was filed by Pamela Balchunas against Craig James Coad, 30, of Knox.

01/22/12 A resident of the 5100 block of North U.S. 35 in Hamlet told police that his garage had been broken into and a dirt bike and another vehicle were stolen.

Arrests:
01/29/12 John I. Lenig, 21, of Knox, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

01/28/12 Joseph R. Wooldridge, 27, of Valparaiso, was arrested after a female caller from the Sandbar advised police she had been punched in the face by an unknown male.

01/27/12 Anthony Daniel Thews, 31, of South Bend, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

01/27/12 Danny J. Salyer, 43, of North Judson, was arrested on an active arrest warrant.

01/26/12 David S. Zachary, 40, of Hamlet, arrested on a preliminary charge of Habitual Traffic Violator.

01/25/12 Heather Renee VanDusen, 26, of Plymouth arrested on possession charges following a search warrant execution in the 10100 block of East Francis in Grovertown.

01/25/12 Anissa Cruz Beem, 34, of LaPorte, arrested on a Probation Violation.

01/25/12 Stephen M. Wood, 21, of North Judson, arrested on preliminary charges of Burglary, Residential Entry, and False Reporting.

01/25/12 David S. Miller, 44, of North Judson, arrested on preliminary charges of False Reporting and Conspiracy.

01/25/12 James Edward Keller, 20, of North Judson, arrested on preliminary charges of Burglary, Residential Entry, Theft, and Resisting Law Enforcement.

Boys Career Scoring Leaders (Current Players)

Boys Career Scoring Leaders: (Minimum 300 points)

  1. John Eckert-Sr. (NJ): 1,340
  2. Kendall Hochstedler-Sr. (NJ): 835
  3. Winston Yergler-Sr. (NJ): 690
  4. Josh Anderson-Sr. (JG): 653
  5. Elliott Coad-Sr. (K): 596
  6. Bryan McKinney-Sr. (W): 521
  7. Zach Shidler-Jr. (W): 418
  8. Spencer Dobson-Sr. (WC): 389
  9. Craig McIntosh-Sr. (OD): 376
  10. Riley Charlesworth-Jr. (L): 373
  11. Collin Stevens-Jr. (C): 361
  12. Trent Elliott-So. (C): 360
  13. Marcus Kammrath-Sr. (SC): 336
  14. Micah Budzinski-Jr. (C): 324

Boys Basketball Leaders

Boys Scoring Leaders: (Through 1-28-12)

(Stats as reported to www.etpearl.com)

  1. John Eckert (NJ): 19.2ppg-269 points (14 games)
  2. Winston Yergler (NJ): 18.2ppg-256 points (14 games)
  3. Riley Charlesworth (L): 18.0ppg-234 points (13 games)
  4. Elliott Coad (K): 17.7ppg-248 points (14 games)
  5. Josh Anderson (JG): 16.1ppg-226 points (14 games)
  6. Marcus Kammrath (SC): 15.4ppg-201 points (13 games)
  7. Trent Elliott (C): 14.5ppg-232 points (16 games)
  8. Kendall Hochstedler (NJ): 14.2ppg-200 points (14 games)
  9. Bryan McKinney (W): 13.1ppg-145 points (11 games)
  10. Allen Biggers (C): 11.6ppg-187 points (16 games)
  11. Adam Clindaniel (SC): 11.3ppg-147 points (13 games)
  12. Craig McIntosh (OD): 10.6ppg-138 points (13 games)
  13. Sam Culver (L): 10.3ppg-135 points (13 games)
  14. Jimmy Rippe (L): 10.0ppg-131 points (13 games)

Coaching Leaders: (Through 1-28-12)

  1. Dan Warkentien (SC): 256-106 .707 (16 years)
  2. Todd Boldry (K): 194-112 .634 (14 years)
  3. Travis Hannah (JG): 142-140 .504 (13 years)
  4. Bryan Heimlich (WC): 107-87 .552 (9 years)
  5. Kyle Elliott (C): 38-43 .469 (4 years)
  6. Kyle Johnson (W): 21-13 .617 (2 years)
  7. Phil Shabi (NJ): 12-2 .857 (1 year)
  8. Scot Spoljaric (L): 2-11 .153 (1 year)
  9. Matt Crawford (OD): 1-12 .076 (1 year)

Team Records: (Through 1-28-12)

  1. NJSP: 12-2
  2. Winamac: 9-2
  3. Culver: 9-7
  4. South Central: 6-7
  5. John Glenn: 6-8
  6. Knox: 4-10
  7. West Central: 4-12
  8. LaCrosse: 2-11
  9. Oregon-Davis: 1-12

Girls Career Scoring Leaders (Current Players)

Girls Career Scoring Leaders: (Minimum 300 points)

  1. Sarah Redweik-Sr. (W): 785
  2. Ashley Campbell-So. (OD): 712
  3. Jordann Frasure-Jr. (NJ): 654
  4. Elisabeth White-Sr. (NJ): 601
  5. Jesse Averone-So. (OD): 592
  6. Justine Kruger-Sr. (WC): 581
  7. Marissa Hamilton-Sr. (WC): 549
  8. Hope Wagner-Sr (K): 476
  9. Jill Rosenbaum-So. (SC): 473
  10. Alisha McIntosh-So. (OD): 414
  11. Kenley Sanchez-Sr. (NJ): 410
  12. Shelby Gilbert-Sr. (K): 402
  13. Stephanie Shorter-So. (W): 397
  14. Danna Timm-Sr. (NJ): 372
  15. Kayla Shaffer-So. (C): 369
  16. Katie Schwenk-Sr. (OD): 357
  17. Haley Frasure-Jr. (NJ): 308

Girls Basketball Leaders

Girls Scoring Leaders (through 1-28-12)

(Stats as reported to www.etpearl.com)

  1. Ashley Campbell (OD): 18.5ppg-371 points (20 games)
  2. Jill Rosenbaum (SC): 15.8ppg-301 points (19 games)
  3. Sarah Redweik (W): 15.5ppg-279 points (18 games)
  4. Jesse Averone (OD): 13.3ppg-240 points (18 games)
  5. Marissa Hamilton (WC): 13.1ppg-236 points (18 games)
  6. Kayla Shaffer (C): 13.1ppg-262 points (20 games)
  7. Hope Wagner (K): 12.6ppg-241 points (19 games)
  8. Jordann Frasure (NJ):  12.3ppg-223 points (18 games)
  9. Kyler Columbia (JG): 11.1ppg-200 points (18 games)
  10. Justine Kruger (WC): 11.1ppg-201 points (18 games)
  11. Elisabeth White (NJ): 11.0ppg-199 points (18 games)
  12. Alisha McIntosh (OD): 10.9ppg-218 points (20 games)
  13. Stephanie Shorter (W): 10.1ppg-183 points (18 games)

Career Coaching Records: (through 1-28-12)

  1. Terry Minix (OD): 263-139 .654 (19 years)
  2. John Hampton (NJ): 117-77 .603 (9 years)
  3. Dan Huizenga (K): 117-103 .532 (10 years)
  4. Gina Hierlmeier (WC): 89-42 .679 (6 years)
  5. Tony Scheub (C): 34-13 .723 (2 years)
  6. Rick Budka (SC): 33-48 .407 (4 years)
  7. Jeff Wagner (W): 27-14 .658 (2 years)
  8. Brian McMahan (L): 6-32 .157 (3 years)
  9. Kyle Amor (JG): 3-15 .166 (1 year)

Team Records: (through 1-28-12)

  1. Oregon-Davis: 16-4
  2. Winamac: 14-4
  3. West Central: 13-5
  4. NJSP: 12-6
  5. Knox: 9-10
  6. Culver: 9-11
  7. South Central: 8-11
  8. LaCrosse: 4-14
  9. John Glenn: 3-15
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