Donald E. Ferguson

Donald E. Ferguson, 82, of Plymouth, Indiana, passed away Sunday, April 29th, 2012.  Funeral services will be Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. ET at the Van Gilder Funeral Home in Plymouth.  Visitation is Friday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. ET at the funeral home.

Police Reports

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

04/27/12 Danny Sitek of Winamac told police that a battery impact wrench was taken from his work truck.

04/27/12 A resident of the 7200 block of South 300 West in North Judson told police that a large flower pot near her drive and mailbox were destroyed.

04/26/12 Vandalism was reported near the intersection of 250 North and U.S. 35 in Knox.

04/26/12 A resident of the 8800 block of South Sycamore Street in Monterey told police that her daughter was battered by a male subject.

04/26/12 A vehicle reportedly crashed into a home in the 9400 block of East 150 near Grovertown.

04/25/12 A theft was reported in the 400 block of Keller Avenue in North Judson.

04/25/12 An INDOT employee told police that while they were cleaning the Yellow River Bridge at State Roads 8 and 23, they located a bag containing items used to manufacture methamphetamine.

04/25/12 Karimi Anderson of North Judson told police that two prescription bottles were stolen from her purse.

04/24/12 An employee of Save a Lot in Knox told police that someone had been messing with their condensers in the back of the building.

04/24/12 Laura Darda of Knox told police that she received a $100 charge from Amazon that she did not authorize.

04/24/12 Guy Gardin of North Judson told police that someone had dumped garbage on his brother’s property.

04/24/12 Colleen Richardson of Monterey told police that a swingset and RV, as well as multiple items from her home, were stolen.

04/23/12 A caller told police that he saw kids go through the window of the old Washington Township School.

04/22/12 Joe Krozel of Culver told police that his vehicle was damaged at the Bass Lake Pub.

04/22/12 A resident of the 10500 block of East 500 North in Grovertown told police that someone stole his father’s ashes and his com,puter from his home.

04/22/12 Larry Bau of North Judson reportedly caught subjects trespassing and stealing objects off his property.

04/21/12 A resident of the 7200 block of South 300 East in North Judson told police that her mailbox had been hit by a car.

04/21/12 A resident of the 7000 block of South 590 West in North Judson told police that someone had been vandalizing mailboxes in the area.

04/21/12 Robert Fultz of Knox told police that he heard a gunshot near Gillsinger’s on U.S. 35 and noticed a hole in his windshield.

04/19/12 A resident of the 4000 block of South Hillcrest Road in Knox told police that vandals had moved property in the area, including boats and picnic tables, lawn chairs, and other items.

04/19/12 A resident of the 6100 block of South Ind. 10 in Knox told police that he received a fraudulent check.

04/19/12 A resident of the 6700 block of East 650 South in Knox told police that someone had stolen a grain wagon from his residence.

04/19/12 A woman reported that while she and her husband were walking on 750 East, south of Toto Road, the passengers of a passing truck harassed them but drove off when they noticed she was on the phone.

04/17/12 Lloyd Schmidt of Knox told police that someone had broken into his garage and stole tools, toolboxes, batteries, lawn equipment, and other items.

04/17/12 A resident of the 7300 block of South 600 West reported farm items had been stolen from his home.

04/16/12 A woman reportedly took $14.04 in gas from a North Judson gas station without paying.

04/16/12 A stamp album was reportedly stolen from a residence in the 6300 block of South 700 East in Knox.

04/15/12 A man at the Time Out Bar in Koontz Lake told police that his wife was battered by a male subject.

04/29/12 Mathew W. Quaife, 48, of Logansport, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

04/29/12 James Franklin Richie, 38, of Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Syringe.

04/27/12 Raymond L. Higdon, 32, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Driving While Suspended and Reckless Driving.

04/24/12 Kristina Redlin, 24, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance and Possession of Chemical Agents or Precursors.

04/24/12 Michael Bobcock, 24, of Monterey, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Common Nuisance.

04/20/12 Daniel L. Sitek, 28, of Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (Class D felony), Resisting Law Enforcement, and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (Class A misdemeanor).

04/17/12 Sharon Young, 55, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:


04/30/12   The North Judson Police Department would like to correct a reporting error. Last week it was reported that Jonathan C. Harrison was arrested, that was incorrect. We would like to apologize to Jonathan for this error. The correct information is James Harrison Jr., 707 Bradley Street, North Judson, was arrested on a Probation Violation Warrant out of LaPorte County.

04/25/2012  North Judson police responded to a call of a disabled vehicle at the intersection of State Road 39 S. and State Road 10. After an investigation, the officers at the scene were able to find out that the vehicle struck the curb and an utility pole causing it to become disabled. No damage was observed to the utility pole. The driver was not at the scene when officers arrived and was later located at a residence. The report, when complete, will be turned over to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for charges to be filed against the driver for Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident. The Starke County Sheriffs Department assisted with this incident.

04/25/2012 North Judson Police took a report of an intimidation call that was reported in the 200 block of Schricker Ave. A complete report was sent to the Prosecutor’s Office for charges to be filed.

04/25/2012 A resident filed a report with the North Judson Police Department of theft in 300 block of Schricker Ave. Items that were taken were some checks out of a checkbook and some tools. The checks were forged and some of the tools were pawned. Police do have information on the subject that stole the items. The incident is still under investigation and when the report is complete, it will be turned over to the Prosecutor’s Office for charges.

04/24/2012 A North Judson police officer on patrol observed vandalism that occurred at the old Army Reserve base. A front window appeared to have numerous bullet holes in it. The incident remains under investigation.

04/23/2012 North Judson Police responded to a battery incident in the 400 block of Keller Ave. The incident was investigated and a complete report was turned over to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for charges to be filed.

04/22/2012 North Judson police responded to a domestic violence call in the 400 block of Lincoln Ave. The incident was verbal and the female party left the residence.

04/18/2012 James Harrison Jr., 707 Bradley street, North Judson, IN, arrested for Probation Violation through a LaPorte County Warrant.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

04/26/12 A Denham resident called police to report harassment.

04/26/12 Police were called to a domestic situation in the Star City area.

04/26/12 Officers were called to an underage drinking party in the Medaryville area.

04/26/12 Medaryville officers were called to a fight in the complaintant’s front yard.

04/25/12 Pulaski County dispatch received two calls about a sprayer truck broken down in the middle of U.S. 35 at the curve south of Star City. The second call that was received was from the driver of the truck who said he was unable to get the truck off to the side of the road but not before a van struck the rear tire. No injuries were reported.

04/25/12 Winamac police were called to the Winamac Town Park after a caller reported two pick-ups doing donuts and tearing up the grass.

04/25/12 Winamac police were called to an accident. Two people were in the car when the accident happened but refused medical service at the scene.

04/29/12 Kyle Iton, 25, 6411 Capital Ln. Apt. A, Avon, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Endangerment. Discharged 04/29/12

04/28/12 Dennis Schroeder, 49, 5732 S. 250 E., Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Prior.

04/27/12 Andrew Isajczuk, 18, 109 W. 600 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor Consuming and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

04/25/12 John W. Walker II, 25, 1506 Spear St., Logansport, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. Discharged 04/25/12

04/24/12 Bart Shank, 34, 6828 N. Center St., Monterey, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Stolen Property. Discharged 04/24/12

From the Knox City Police Department:

04/27/12 Kerry Andrews reported a missing cell phone. He later found it for sale on Craigslist.

04/27/12 Ellen Stevenson reported the theft of a blue tricycle. She told police that she kept the trike chained up with a combination lock and she was the only person that had the combination.

04/25/12 Robert Atkinson reported damage to a chain link fence and post at the end of his driveway.

04/25/12 The City of Knox Water Department turned off the water at 301 W. Lambert Street and water department officials later checked the water meter and found that the wires on the meter that run from the meter to the transmitter had been disconnected. The transmitter was replaced and found that 200 gallons of water had been used since the water was shut off by the water department.

04/24/12 Julie Manns reported damage done to the gate that closes the roadway off from Main Street to the Oak Park Cemetery.

04/29/12 Paul Rodgers, 44, 906 N. Walnut, Plymouth, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

04/29/12 Austin Bailey, 21, 201 Collins St., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Controlled Substance in the Body and Disorderly Conduct.

Plymouth Man Killed in Accident in Marshall County

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department investigated a fatal accident late yesterday afternoon.

82-year-old Donald Ferguson, of Plymouth, was killed instantly when his car was struck from behind by a semi-trailer tanker truck on U.S. 30 and Cedar Road in Bourbon. Ferguson was making a right hand turn onto Cedar Road when the accident occurred. Ferguson’s wife was injured in the accident and she was transferred to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth.

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Turkey Tracks Event a Big Success

Bob Fossler and Gilbert Harrington

The three-day Turkey Tracks event was held this past weekend. As of Noon yesterday, the disabled hunters and guides had taken in 20 wild turkeys. The event was sponsored by the Eric Corey Foundation, and the 31 hunters enjoyed a weekend in the woods.

Activities occurred during the evening and in fundraising efforts, two specially-crafted Eric Corey plaques were auctioned for $4,600.00. A third plaque was presented to Carol and Doug Corey to be hung in Eric’s trophy room.

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Knox City Council Asked to Take Over Gateway Property

Back Row: Greg Matt, Mayor Rick Chambers, Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston, Donald Kring, City Attorney David Matsey. Front Row: Linda Berndt, Jeff Berg and Ron Parker

Gateway and the Starke County Historical Society are in discussions with the City of Knox to deed the Gateway property to the city. When Gateway was conceived, it did not include the Depot and all of the other historic items such as the watchman’s tower, Nickel Plate signal tower or the caboose and tracks.

The area had been an ice and coal yard for years on the west side of U.S. 35 and a fuel distribution center on the east side. To the north was the Golding property that was at one time a 1920 gas station. Jim Shilling convinced the owners of the property to sell it to a private organization called Gateway.

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4-County Drainage Board Lifts Robbins Watershed Assessment Fee

The 4-County Drainage Board has omitted the 2012 general drain maintenance assessment for landowners within the Robbins Watershed.

This will affect landowners in Center, Davis, Oregon and Washington Townships. The change will be reflected on the 2012 tax statement. The Drainage Board will continue to address maintenance on the drain during this year and the Board will review and evaluate the maintenance assessment for 2013.

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Corey Drive Residents Sign Petition Against Street Lights

The vote totals are in! Two residents from the Corey Drive area of Knox presented petitions to the Knox City Council last week that indicated most residents of the subdivision do not want street lights. Virginia Thomas presented the results.

“Three want street lights, and 14 don’t,” Thomas reported. “We went down the whole street. You know what they want more than street lights? They want “speed bumps,” but I said we’re only surveying for or against street lights.”

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Knox Storm Water Project Complete

Knox City Board of Works members heard this week that the storm water drain project is officially completed. The $837,095 project provided several drains in flood prone areas of the city, mostly around Portland, Washington, and John Streets.

$25,000 was left over after the project was completed and now the city is now researching if the funds can be used for other projects.

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Oregon-Davis Students to Hold Mini Relay for Life

The Oregon-Davis students will host a Mini-Relay to raise money in the fight against cancer.

Students will be collecting money from now until the day of the event, May 18th. The students will walk on the school grounds in the abbreviated version of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The Mini-Relay will be an all-day event complete with music, games, class banners, and luminaria bags decorated by the students in memory or in honor of a family member or friend with cancer.

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The World Turning Green, Dirty Words In Music=Dirty Music, Common Sense

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

There’re very few things more pleasant than watching the world turn green in the springtime, while the little sounds of the springtime night are beautiful music to my bionic ears. Now I’m not picking on any generation’s music, but those little springtime Peps, well, those little fellers make more music for my ears than a whole bus load of gangster rappers.

Maybe I’m just showing my age, but I could never “rap” my music tastes around that kinda crap. I tried, yes I did try, and could never connect with the sound. Then as technology brought me more hearing and better sounds, I realized “why them fellers are saying words that my Mama would slap my face to this day if I said that in public”. Dirty words=dirty music.

I never said cuss words in the company of my Mama, nor did I ever embrace the potty mouth language of the rap music culture. Am I too old, I don’t think so. I firmly believe the moral fabric of society is not determined, in part, by what one takes from, rather by what one contributes to.

It’s truly a stretch of one’s imagination to believe “music” that describes females in the most degrading, humiliating terms possible, using ghetto slang language, spoken overwhelmingly by those who are most dependent on some level of government for their very existence, that “music” does in fact contribute to society. Then so did Puff The Magic Dragon.

I’ll be proven right or wrong 100 years from now when those folks of the future remember the music of Elvis Presley, Mozart, the Beetles, Bing Crosby, or maybe, just maybe, they’ll remember the Snoop Dogg instead. That dirty talking Snoop Dogg.

I expect that many of those who visit the EastWing have never heard the music of Snoop Dogg. You may have heard the music and not understood or ever seen the written words. May I just suggest that you Google “Snoop Dogg” then take the time to read any, and I repeat any, of the lyrics of the Snoop Dogg music. I’ll bet that you will be shocked into silence to think such words are allowed on the public airways. I thought about printing the lyrics of one of Snoop Dogg raps. But decided this is a family show, so let those dirty words of rap music remain in the lowest bowels of hell, where they belong. Talk about ethnic profiling….WOW! We Hillbillies don’t talk that way. I’m telling ya, we just don’t say things like that, especially about girls.

Another sure sign of spring are those little moths dancing on the wing just outside the south window of the EastWing. By now I’m looking for the first sighting of the hummingbirds coming back to the EastWing, and every time those little moths flutter by, I think it’s the little humming birds back for the season. It’s still too early, but I’m already looking for ‘em. I’m ready to serve ‘em dinner when they’re ready to eat.

Even after to first deadline for income tax filing is passed, the work continues at a rather unexpected pace. And so it was in doing that work I came in contact with one of the most amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in a long time, a long time.

She was 91 years old and damn proud of it. She demonstrated one of the most functional intellects I’ve ever encounter. This ole gal is sharp with a capital S. She made my day, in fact she made my whole week, maybe two weeks or even more, I’m still deciding that matter.

We talked of many things. But the thing that suck most in my mind was her comments about Common Sense. She said “Common Sense died, ya know, sad to say but I believe he died in my lifetime.” I asked her to tell me the story, and so she did. “He was a lot older than me and taught many lessons to me and everyone I grew up with. There was a time when everybody I knew, knew the lessons taught by Common Sense.”

“Knowing when to come in out of the rain. Why the early bird gets the worm. Life isn’t always fair. And maybe, just maybe it was my fault. It was kinda the gospel according to Common Sense. He had other things he preached too, such as don’t spend more than you earn and adults, not children are in charge of things.”

“Common Sense was attacked years ago by forces more concerned with self interest than those of Common Sense. Government regulations controlling everything and anything strayed more and more away from Common Sense. Public education was an early battle ground for Common Sense. A 6 year old was charged with sexual harassment for kissing another 6 year old in his class. Then a teenager was suspended from school for a full week for using mouthwash after lunch. It was considered using drugs on school property.”

“As things went from bad to worse in public education, Common Sense became more and more concerned as parents attacked teachers for doing the job of disciplining their children, a job they themselves had failed to do. The battle was lost in public education when schools had to get parental consent to administration an aspirin, but could not inform the parent when their child had become pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.”

“Common Sense could only watch as churches became multimillion dollar businesses, and some operated by crooks, while criminals received better treatment than victims of their crime. In open court, Common Sense cried, when it was determined that you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, and that same burglar could in fact sue for assault if you done him harm.”

Common Sense received a death blow when a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She then proceeded to spill some on her lap and, in court, became an instant millionaire.

“Common Sense was proceeded in death, By his parents, Truth and Justice. By this wife, Discretion. By his daughter, Responsibility. And by his son, Reason.”

“Common Sense is survived by six evil cousins,

I Know My Rights! I Want It Now! Someone Else Is To Blame! I’m a Victim!

Pay Me for Doing Nothing! That’s Just Plain Racist”

She said in her 91 years of living, laughing, loving and life, the one thing most sad about it all is the death of Common Sense in her lifetime. Her story gave me chills. Chills from the questions inside my head, Is it true?

Stay safe in Afghanistan.

From The EastWing, The World Turning Green, Dirty Words In Music=Dirty Music, Common Sense

From the EastWing,

I wish you well,


Kankakee Valley Events This Weekend

Here are some events you might want to consider this weekend:

Don’t forget the pancakes and sausage/biscuits and gravy breakfast this morning at the Maxinkuckee Odd Fellows Lodge #373 until noon ET. It’s all you can eat, and adult tickets are $6 and children $4.

A Free Dance Workshop is going on today at North Judson at Backstage Studio of Dance from 10:00-11:55 Central Time. Then, at noon, those taking part in the workshop will participate in a “Flash Mob” in front of the studio. This is being done as a fundraiser for the Starke County Humane Society. You are encouraged to make a donation of cash or items.

Those are just a few of the activities happening today around the Kankakee Valley.

Pulaski County Extension Chords to Present Concert Tonight

The Pulaski County Extension Chords will present their “Life is a Highway” concert tonight at 7 p.m. ET in the Winamac High School Socialtorium. Director Jodie Schlatter described what the concert-goers will enjoy.

“It’s just like the chorus is going on this bus trip to go to a choral festival and we’re just singing about our trip on the bus– what we see out the window, what we’re feeling, and just tying in all these cool songs from many decades,” said Schlatter. “We’ve got 60’s songs, Beatles, w’re singing part of Rascal Flatts’ song that they made famous with the Cars, good ol’ standards like ‘Blue Moon,’ some country, some pop, Taylor Swift, and we’re doing our own version of Ike and Tina Turner’s ‘Proud Mary.'”

She explained that the organization is actually part of a larger club.

“We are part of the Extension Club through Purdue University. We’re a special interest club and we go to Purdue each year at Festival Day during their Extension Service Homemakers’ Club event and our club travels around the country,” said Schlatter.

Starke County Annex Meeting Room Gets Facelift

Ted Bombagetti

Many of the visitors to the Commissioners’ Meeting Room in the Starke County Annex have been pleasantly surprised to see the different configuration of the room and new furniture. EMS Director Ted Bombagetti discussed the way the new furniture for the room was secured.

“A year or so ago the commissioners allowed me to use this room as my Emergency Operations Center. Through District Two I was allowed to purchase furniture to support my center. Therefore this is some of the equipment you see in front of you today,” Bombagetti said.

Bombagetti said he would need to use the room as a command center in time of a county-wide emergency.

“I do have the authority to use the room as I see fit. I just have to have the room set up within two hours after I call for an opening. We set the room up just the same as if we had an active emergency,” Bombagetti said.

The commmissioners and council members thanked Bombagetti for the effort to get the new furniture.

Maxinkuckee Players to Hold Auditions Today

The Maxinkuckee Players will hold auditions today for their summer production of “Crazy For You.” The audition times are from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 – 4 p.m., and 6 – 8 p.m. ET at the Culver High School Auditorium.

Gregg Underwood, a member of the Maxinkuckee Players, explained what the director will expect to hear from you when you audition.

“They can bring a song of their choice to sign with the piano or A Capella. Be prepared to read from a script given to you and perform a short dance combination,” Underwood said.

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La Porte County Stepping Up Patrols For Prom

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office and the La Porte County DUI Task Force has announced that it will increase enforcement and patrols around prom and post-prom sites this spring, with a goal of deterring alcohol use and eliminating alcohol-related crashes among high school prom attendees.

With proms starting Saturday, April 28, for Marquette, New Prairie, South Central, and Westville High Schools, and continuing through Saturday, June 2 when Michigan City High School will host their prom and post-prom. The DUI Taskforce will saturate the areas around each prom and post-prom site in an effort to deter potential alcohol and drug use, with zero-tolerance toward the consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages. Those who provide alcohol to minors will be targeted and jailed.

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State Senator Jim Arnold Visits Knox City Council

Senator Jim Arnold

State Senator Jim Arnold visited the Knox City Council meeting Tuesday night.

The reason for the visit was to give the council members and mayor a review of the most recent session of the state legislature.

“We had a total of 815 bills this year that were proposed. Of these 415 bills were proposed in the Senate and 400 were proposed in the house. Out of the total of 815 bills, 175 were sent to Governor Daniels for his signature, and he signed every one of them,” Arnold said.

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Winamac Safe Routes to School Applies for Phase 2 Grant

The Winamac Safe Routes to School Task Force recently announced that they have applied for a $250,000 Infrastructure Grant to fund the completion of the Panhandle Pathway through Winamac, as well as improvements along Riverside Drive and Superior Street. These improvements were deemed necessary by planning work that was done as a part of the Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure Grant that was awarded in 2010. This project will enable safer walking and cycling environments, including roads and sidewalk improvements, and the grants will cover planning, design, and engineering expenses, including consultant services.

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