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Statement Of Benefits for Hoosier Custom Plastics Tabled

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

A request to approve a statement of benefits for Hoosier Custom Plastics was tabled by the Knox City Council last week because no one from the company was on hand to answer questions.

The document the council was being asked to sign would confirm the company is in compliance with what was promised when the tax abatement was approved.

According to the figures submitted by Hoosier Custom Plastics, the company has between 31 and 33 full-time employees, with a total yearly salary of $707,000. At the time the tax abatement was approved, the owners promised 20 employees and $595,000 in salary. Both figures would prove the company is in compliance, but the council members wanted someone representing the plastics firm to appear to answer questions.

Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston said when he spoke to a representative of the company on the phone it was stated that they’re “busting at the seams,” and “running out of room,” which would indicate business is booming.

A request for a company representative to be in attendance is being made by Houston.

Indiana To Evaluate Individual Needs of Probation Offenders

With 375 adult criminal offenders reporting to the Starke County probation office for services, Chief Probation Officer John Thorstad said recently that the state has come up with new methods to identify what each offender needs to be successful in the probation program.

“Indiana has come up with a new risk assessment that determines what type of programs or what type of involvement an offender needs with probation,” Thorstad said.

But a lot of the success depends on attitude.

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Tony Stewart Visits Lakeville to Promote Little Hoosier 100 Midwest Thunder Series

Tony Stewart

Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart was in Lakeville last night to help promote Newton Park and the Little Hoosier 100 Midwest Thunder Series, an event that will be held August 11 and 12 that features kids ages 5 to 16 racing quarter midget cars. Stewart talks about the race.

“Oh it’s cool,” said Stewart. “I never got to run quarter midgets growing up because I ran go-karts, but for Bob and Joyce to put on an event like that and let these kids run an event with the quarter midgets is a lot of fun. You never know which kid that’s going to race here is going to be the next up-and-coming Jeff Gordon or Helio Castroneves. There’s a lot of good kids that will be up here racing from all over the country.”

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Indiana Conservation Officers Had Hands Full Over Memorial Day Weekend

Indiana Conservation Officers have been out patrolling on waterways and State properties and the Memorial Day weekend proved to be a busy one for officers.

55 citations and 67 boating related warnings were issued to boaters during the course of the holiday weekend.  Three boaters were arrested on Lake Michigan and area lakes for Operating a Motorboat While Intoxicated.

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Indiana School Corporations Attend Cincinnati Teaching Conference

More than 400 national, state, and local education leaders – including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan – met in Cincinnati last week for a two-day conference on transforming the teaching profession.

More than 100 school districts from 41 states sent teams to the event, and one of the two Indiana school corporations to send representatives was Oregon-Davis. Superintendent Dr. Steve Disney, Teacher Association President April Max, and School Board President Chris Lawrence attended along with a team from Ft. Wayne.

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Starke County Youth Club Knox Declares Checkmates

This student is really thinking hard about her next move!

For the past few months, select students at the Starke County Youth Club Knox site have been working to put together an event that would honor many area residents. Named Checkmates, this group started with a grant from Indiana Service Learning After School.

Checkmates decided to invite Starke County veterans and retired citizens to a game of chess. Once invitations were designed, professional prints were sent out to all of the potential Checkmates guests.

The Checkmates event was held on May 16, when food was served, tables were set, and the boards were prepared. What followed was 90 minutes of community involvement and fun.

At the end of the day, the entire youth club came together and provided a great service to its community. Each child involved showed great respect, cooperation, and effort in creating a memorable event that should be commended by all.

Cruise-In For A Cure To Take Place Friday, June 8

A Cruise-In For A Cure event is planned for Friday, June 8. Rhonda Noah of Key Bank says this is the first time they’ve hosted a show like this, and they’re proud to welcome cars, trucks, motorcycles, and all other types of vehicles to compete in the cruise-in. A $15 donation is required per vehicle, and all proceeds from the event will go directly to the Starke County Relay For Life.

Cancer survivors will judge the cars and pick a top three, and Noah says they’re hopeful this event brings in some new faces.

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WKVI Tour To Washington Is Two Weeks Away

Ed Hasnerl

Ed Hasnerl

Two weeks from today the giant motor bus will head out from the WKVI studios to Washington, D.C.

The WKVI trip’s tour guide, Ed Hasnerl, always makes the trip special and he says this year is no different.

“Our group has been selected to put a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and several of the veterans on the trip will take part in that presentation,” Hasnerl said.

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Kay Lucy Clemons

Kay Lucy Clemons, 74, of Brownsburg, Indiana, formerly of Star City, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, May 30th, 2012.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac.  Visitation is Monday from 3:00-8:00 p.m. ET at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulaski Human Services Food Pantry.

Reckless Homicide Trial to Be Held For Dale Hite Today

Dale Hite

A trial is scheduled for a man who has pleaded not guilty to eight charges stemming from an incident in Starke County on Oct. 16, 2009.

Dale Hite was present for his pretrial motions and instructions hearing Tuesday, where he faces charges of Resisting Law Enforcement Resulting in Death, two counts of Reckless Homicide, and counts of Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Methamphetamine, Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign and Failure to Use Headlights from Sunset to Sunrise.

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Three Arrested In Plymouth on Battery Charges

The Plymouth Police Department made three battery-related arrests over the weekend. Jeremy S. Morrison, 21, of Plymouth was arrested the morning of May 27 on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery and Criminal Mischief after an incident at 914 S. Michigan St. He is currently being held in the Marshall County Jail.

Police also arrested 18-year-old Renan A. Hernandez of Plymouth following an incident at 800 Sycamore St. on May 27. He faces a preliminary charge of Battery and is being held in the Marshall County Jail.

Manuel Baca, 29, of Plymouth was also arrested and faces preliminary charges of Domestic Battery and Reporting a Crime. Police were called to 400 South Fifth Street in Plymouth at 11:35 p.m. on May 25, and, following an investigation, arrested Baca and transported him to the Marshall County Jail.

Knox Lift Station Project Begins; Contract Signed

The estimated $200,000 lift station project at the corner of Claybaugh and U.S. 35 has begun with the letting of an engineering contract. The City of Knox has signed a contract with Territorial Engineering for $21,000 to design a new modern submersible pump. The current lift station has been deemed difficult and unsafe to maintain.

Van Janovic of Territorial Engineers said the design should be complete by August and ready for bid. The construction of the new lift station could cause some inconvenience for personnel at the South Side Fire Station, but Janovic said they should be able to work around it.

Memorial Service for Fallen Pulaski County Officers Held Yesterday

Sheriff Michael Gayer talks of the fallen officers

A memorial service for the fallen officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was held yesterday at noon ET in front of the Pulaski County Justice Center. The service was held to commemorate the lives of Sheriff Charles Oglesby, Sheriff Milo “Mike” Lewis and Deputy Shad Bassett who were killed in the line of duty. Sheriff Michael Gayer said it’s important to hold this service once a year. Continue reading

Knox City Streets Paving Contract Awarded To E&B Paving

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

E&B Paving has been awarded the Knox City Streets paving contract, pending review of the city attorney and street superintendent. The bid came in at $74,855.

Streets to be paved include Division Street from 300 East to the railroad tracks, Chicago Street from U.S. 35 to Prettyman Street, the alley behind Lady Bug Cleaners, St. Louis Street from U.S. 35 to Pearl Street, and South Portland Street from Culver Road to Delaware Street. Lafayette Street from Bower Street to Roosevelt Road will also be paved, along with Pearl Street from the railroad tracks to John Street.

Also, Covenant Concrete won the sidewalk construction bid for $15,323. Sidewalks will be installed on John, Prettyman, Shield, and Lafayette streets, near U.S.A Cafe and the Pearl Street Clinic.

Annual Health and Resource Fair Planned For Today

Pulaski County Human Services, Inc., Northwest Indiana Community Action Agency, and Pulaski Memorial Hospital are sponsoring the Annual Health and Resource Fair today from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Following the fair, a senior citizen picnic in the park is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m.

During the Health and Resource Fair at the Winamac Town Park Community Building, participants can receive free health screenings, information on housing, nutrition, services, finances, volunteering, health education, and employment, as well as in-home and long-term care options. Those are just a few of the topics that will be covered. Over 25 entities have reserved booth space to help address quality of life issues and door prizes will be given.

Betty, Allen Chesak Named As Mint Festival Parade Grand Marshals

The Boy Scouts led last year's Mint Festival Parade.

Betty and Allen Chesak will serve as Grand Marshals for the 2012 Mint Festival Parade. The North Judson Mint Festival Committee named the two at their recent meeting.

Betty has been involved with the Mint Festival since its beginning 35 years ago. Many of those years she was the Mint Festival President before retiring from the committee in 2010.

Allen is a Starke County farmer. Working with his father Charles, he was involved with mint farming in the early years. The mint farming blended in well with the corn and soybeans also grown on the property.

The Chesaks will ride in the parade on Sunday, June 17.

SCYC Hamlet Students Learn About Health Value of Vegetables

Cecilia Torres-Bowman and Rev. Kyle Wright and two students show the vegetables they grew in the garden

Remember when you were a kid and mom scolded you for not eating your vegetables? The Starke County Youth Club Hamlet site students have just completed a project that focused on the health effects of eating vegetables.

Last week, the students took visitors on a trip through their garden, showing off the healthy vegetables they had raised. There was everything from radishes to leafy greens in specially-built growing boxes.

The highlight of the program was the presentation of baskets full of fresh vegetables to the St. Mathew’s church and Community Services food pantries.

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From the WKVI Archives

It was the biggest graduating class yet from Knox High School. Twenty-six boys and girls received their diplomas on this date back in 1928 donning green and yellow. William Wheeler, one of the graduates, entertained with a violin solo.

Ever wonder the meaning of Maxinkuckee? One account is that it means moccasin, which refers to its shape. If anyone can confirm this, call (574) 772-6241.

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Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/27/2012 On Sunday morning, North Judson Police discovered a very disrespectful criminal damage incident. The American Legion Post #92 displayed numerous American Flags on the sidewalks throughout town for Memorial Day and other holidays and police found four of the American flags and poles were damaged. Police recovered two American flags and all four of the bent poles. This incident is still being investigated. The North Judson Police Department would like to thank all Veterans, and there families, living and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives for our freedom that we, as Americans, enjoy today. The North Judson Police Department would like to ask any town residents if they have any information pertaining to any of these incidents or any other crimes to contact the North Judson Police Department at (574) 772-3771. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-7867.

05/27/2012 North Judson police responded to a stabbing complaint in the 500 block of Magnolia Street in the early morning hours. When the officer arrived, he observed the male victim sitting on the front porch of a residence bleeding from his right thigh. The male victim did not provide molice with much information. Police believe that this an isolated incident directed towards the male victim. The male victim was transported to IU Starke Hospital by Starke County EMS for a non-life threatening stab wound. The North Judson Police were assisted by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Starke County EMS. This incident remains under investigation.

05/26/2012 North Judson police responded to a loud music complaint in the 500 block of Laurel Street. When the North Judson Officer arrived, he did not hear any music.

05/26/2012 North Judson police responded to two dogs locked in a vehicle in the 100 block of Main Street. The vehicle left prior to police arriving at the scene.

05/26/2012 North Judson police received a report of a reckless driving complaint of a black and white older pickup in the area of the North Judson Town Park on Weninger Street. The officer was unable to locate the vehicle.

05/24/2012 Police were dispatched to a property damage accident at the intersection of West Talmer Avenue and Sheridan Street in North Judson. A female was turning into Judson Express and struck the stop sign. She stated that there was a vehicle following her too closely and she cut the corner too sharp and struck the sign. North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated and listed the total damage at over $2,500.00.

05/23/2012 North Judson police received a theft complaint at the North Judson Middle School. A parent advised North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely that her daughter’s Apple iPhone was stolen when she was at school. The phone is valued at approximately $400.00. This incident is still being investigated.

05/22/12 North Judson police responded to a loud music complaint in the 300 block of Franklin Street. When North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas arrived, he did not hear any music. Officer Thomas did speak to a resident at a location that we had complaints before and advised them to keep it down.

Arrests:
05/25/2012 William B. J. Trent, 30, 114 Lane Street Apt. A, North Judson, IN, arrested on a bench warrant through Starke Circuit Court for Forgery and Theft.

Pulaski County SHeriff'

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/28/12 A Winamac resident called police to report that a tree is down all the way across the river. He was told to contact the Department of Natural Resources.

05/28/12 A Winamac caller reported a window broken out of a house and there is a shovel sitting there that was taken out of his shed.

05/28/12 A Denham resident called police to report that some unknown person(s) burned their mailbox.

05/27/12 Pulaski County police were called to assist Starke County police on a call of an irrigation cable cut.

05/27/12 A caller told police that his vehicle was vandalized while he was out canoeing in the Monterey area.

05/27/12 Winamac police were advised that some items were stolen from a property in Winamac. Some rubber rafts and tents were stolen from a shed.

05/27/12 A resident in Monterey called police to complain about fireworks being discharged by the neighbor and the debris was getting onto the property.

05/27/12 A Winamac woman reported her vehicle was keyed.

05/26/12 The Buffalo Township Fire Department was called to a wood pallet fire in the Monon area. The fire was spreading to the buildings. The fire rekindled the next day.

05/26/12 The Winamac police were notified of a theft of an irrigator stop.

05/26/12 The Winamac Fire Department was called to a mulch fire.

05/24/12 Pulaski County police were notified that a tree came down and knocked out power in the Denham area and live wires are in the roadway. REMC came to clear the lines and fix the power.

05/24/12 A Francesville resident called police to report that live power lines were hanging over the resident’s carport. NIPSCO was called to fix the problem.

05/24/12 Pulaski County police were called to an accident at 800 South and 1200 West. Two people were arrested on drunk driving charges. Minor injuries were reported.

05/23/12 A resident called police after she smelled a strong odor of ammonia. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene and EMA was notified.

Arrests:
05/27/12 Roger Frinkel, 30, 3356 N. 1400 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Trafficking.

05/27/12 Angelo Kennedy, no address given, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. Discharged 05/27/12

05/27/12 Danny Cicale, 60, 22745 Frederick Ave., Steger, IL, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Refusal. Discharged 05/28/12

05/26/12 Gerald Purevich, 73, 2702 W. 431 S. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 05/27/12

05/26/12 Kenneth Ambre, 20, 5530 W. 84th St., Burbank, IL, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Minor in Possession. Discharged 05/27/12

05/26/12 Kurtis Papineau, 19, 7720 McVicker Ave., Burbank, IL, arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor in Possession. Discharged 05/27/12

05/26/12 Rebecca L. Sikora, 18, 906 Appaloosa Tr., Plano, IL, arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor in Possession. Discharged 05/27/12

05/25/12 Cesar Guerra, 37, 8 W. Pearl St., Hamlet, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/25/12

05/25/12 James Larvick, 44, 301 NE St. Lot 17, Winamac, IN, arrested on a CPCC violation.

05/24/12 Christine M. Pennell, 18, 5943 N. W. Shaffer Dr. Lot 11, Monticello, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Public Intoxication and Illegal Consumption. Discharged 05/26/12

05/24/12 Nathan Harrington, 18, 4385 E. Cherry Dr., Monticello, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Consumption and Public Intoxication. Discharged 05/25/12

05/24/12 Astor Chambers, 35, 3375 S. Range Road, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/23/12 Crystal McCarty, 26, no address given, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Prior. Discharged 05/24/12

05/23/12 James R. Cappis Jr., 46, 518 Viking Ln, Monon, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/23/12

05/23/12 Alan T. Balchonas, 30, 8947 S. Jefferson St., Monterey, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/23/12

05/23/12 Justin Eric Back, 24, 2835 E. Toto Rd., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/29/12

05/23/12 Sally Miller, E. Maple St., Goodland, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. Discharged 05/23/12

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/29/12 Tammy Cowger reported damage to her property and lawn furniture.

05/29/12 Geoffrey Madison was given two ordinance violations for not registering his dog with the City of Knox for dog tags and his dog not being inoculated with a rabies vaccination. His dog was reportedly being kept at his mother’s house and it was not being properly taken care of.

05/28/12 Charles Kehoe reported damage done to his vehicle while parked at Alco. He saw paint transfer from another vehicle on the passenger side of his vehicle.

05/25/12 The owner of Zip Thru Mart on South Heaton Street in Knox reported an alleged theft incident. A written report has been submitted to the Starke County Prosecutor’s office for further review.

Arrests:
05/29/12 Derek Sallee, 22, 0080 S. 700 E., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Resisting Law Enforcement.
Joshua Johnson, 22, 701 S. East St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

05/28/12 Floyd Earnest, 29, 702 Williams St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active warrant arrest for Failure to Appear and a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.

05/28/12 Mathew Stamper, 31, 2450 S. State Road 39, North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/27/12 Corey D. Bailey, 40, 1620 N. U.S. 35, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Habitual Traffic Violator – Lifetime.

05/27/12 Anthony B. Trezak, 37, 244 N. Pennsylvania St., Hobart, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Dangerously While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction.

05/25/12 Todd Kring, 9859 State Road 119, Culver, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear.

05/23/12 James Langdon, 63, 306 Star Court, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Fugitive Joshua Hunnicutt Surrenders at Starke County Jail

Joshua Hunnicutt

After almost five days on the run, Joshua Hunnicutt turned himself in to the Starke County Jail on yesterday afternoon. Hunnicutt had been on the run since he climbed a wall and razor-wire in the recreation area of the jail to escape on May 23. Hunnicutt told police he surrendered because he realized he would eventually be caught.

Hunnicutt reportedly told the police that he had made a very poor decision to escape, and said he does not even remember what took place prior to escaping.

He is currently being held in the Starke County Jail on his previous charge of possession of methamphetamine and a new charge of Escape as a Class C Felony with no bond set at this time.

Police say they will interview Hunnicutt and a report will be forwarded to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review of any additional charges.