Police Reports

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

Doug Vessely
North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

12/29/12 Several officers responded to a “shots fired” call in the 5000 block of Wesley Street. A North Judson Officer was investigating another incident when he heard the shots. Officers from Starke County, Knox, Hamlet and DNR responded. Starke County Sheriff deputies took the lead investigation. After a probe into the incident, several weapons were seized and a complete report was furnished to the Starke County Prosecutor for formal charges of Criminal Recklessness.

12/28/12 Police were called in reference to an unwanted guest in the 200 Block of Garden Street. When North Judson police arrived, the suspect was gone. A report was made later in reference to harassing telephone calls. The suspect was located and advised to stop all contact with the complaintant.

12/28/12 Police were informed of a minor property damage accident at the Good-to-Go gas pumps. Randy Robb of North Judson was pulling into the lot to get fuel when his vehicle slid into a guard post as he was approaching the gas pumps. North Judson Officer Todd Keen investigated the incident and estimated damages at over $1,000. No injuries were reported.

12/28/12 A late night traffic stop in the parking lot of the Dollar General in North Judson resulted in a uniform traffic ticket for Driving while Suspended. Casey J. White, 20, of Kingsford Heights, was ticketed.

12/28/12 Police are investigating a hit and run accident in where an unknown vehicle struck a street lamp in the 200 block of Lane Street. The lamppost was toppled and the lens and bulb broken. This remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the North Judson Police at (574) 772-5914.

12/26/12 Police responded to a traffic accident on U.S. 421 just south of State Road 10 East. Due to a large number of accidents and slide-offs in the area because of the weather and roadway conditions, North Judson covered this accident. Sheila Haddock of Fowler, IN, reported to Chief Deputy Joe Budner that she was northbound on U.S. 421 when she slid on a patch of ice, sliding off of the roadway and striking a utility pole. No injuries were reported and Budner estimated the total dollar amount of damages at over $5,000.

12/26/12 A weather-related slide-off on State Road 10, just east of Oakwood Street, did little or damage to the vehicle. North Judson Police reported no injuries as well. The vehicle was towed.

12/26/12 Another property damage accident occurred in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store in North Judson. The incident resulted in less than $750.00 in damage and no injuries were reported. It was weather related.

12/25/12 A resident in the 600 block of Laurel Street requested assistance in getting a cat out of the area of the engine compartment of their vehicle.

12/24/12 Police responded to an animal complaint in the 300 Block of Lincolnway Street. The dog was back in the home when police arrived.

12/24/12 A late evening traffic stop by the North Judson Police at the intersection of Leslie and Wilson Streets resulted in a uniform traffic ticket being issued for improper license plates and false and fictitious registration to Lacy Miller, 36, of North Judson. The vehicle was impounded.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

12/28/12 Justin Miller, 29, Cayuga, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Nonsupport of a Dependent.

12/26/12 Daronn Bass, of Burlington, IA, was arrested on an active arrest warrant.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

01/02/13 Melody Hollis reported the theft of a license plate.

01/01/13 Beverly Mohr called police to investigate a broken entry door.

01/01/13 Brittany Thews told police that some unknown person(s) stole her license plate and a set of jumper cables.

12/28/12 A woman reported seeing a suspicious man at McDonald’s. The man reportedly took a picture of her son while sitting in the restaurant.

12/27/12 An alleged fraud incident was brought to the attention of the Knox City Police Department.

12/29/12 Ellis Clemons, 45, 202 W. Locust Ave., Knox, IN, arrested on two counts of Battery and two counts of Intimidation.

12/26/12 Bernard Breese, 33, 406 W. Giles Ct., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

12/25/12 Mark Lovely, 50, 301 E. Danker St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

Kenneth P. Pritchett

Kenneth P. Pritchett, 55, of Argos, Indiana passed away Thursday, December 27, 2012.  Memorial services will be Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. ET at the St. Thomas Church in Plymouth. No visitation is scheduled.  The Van Gilder Funeral Home in Plymouth, Indiana is in charge of arrangements.

Angela (Allen) Hurt

Angela (Allen) Hurt, 42, of North Judson, Indiana passed away Friday, December 28, 2012.  Funeral services will be Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Deaton Funeral Home in Jackson, Kentucky.  Visitation is at 5:00 p.m. ET at the funeral home.

Peggy Lee Reed Fletcher

Peggy Lee Reed Fletcher, 47, of North Judson, Indiana passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012.  Funeral services will be Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox, Indiana.  Visitation is Thursday after 11:00 a.m. CT until the time of services at the funeral home.

Loss Prater

Loss Prater, 78, of North Judson, Indiana passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson.  Visitation is Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

Olive Lucille Lawson

Olive Lucille Lawson, 81, of Winamac, Indiana passed away Friday, December 28, 2012.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac.  Visitation is Tuesday from Noon until the time of services at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Pulaski Healthcare Center Activities Fund, American Cancer Society or to the Winamac High School Athletic Fund.

Gun Permit Requests Skyrocket in Pulaski County

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

The number of gun permits has risen in Pulaski County since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer said the staff had been processing five gun permits a week and now five permits a day are being processed. Lifetime permits are being issued more frequently since the right to bear arms has come into the news since the school shooting.

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Snowfall Results in Several Accidents; No Serious Injuries Reported

Emergency crews work to remove the passenger door of the minivan to extricate a female victim from the accident on Toto Road.

The first significant snowfall hit the Kankakee Valley last week, and dozens of slide-offs, collisions, and property damage accidents were reported through the area.

While no life-threatening injuries have been reported from any of the accidents around Starke County, two people were injured and transported to the hospital following a two-vehicle accident on Dec. 26 around 11:23 a.m. According to the crash report, John Stimach, Jr. of Dyer was traveling westbound on Toto Road when his vehicle struck that of Michael A. Nichols of La Porte.

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Engineering Firm Hired For Starke County Bridge 43

Starke County Commissioners

After tabling a bid for bridge repairs at their meeting on Dec. 3, the Starke County Commissioners last week hired engineering firm Jones Petrie Rafinksi to replace Bridge 43 in Oregon Township. Bridge 43 is the next bridge to be replaced in the county.

In addition, the commissioners addressed the Marshall-Starke County Cooperative Agreement, which Commissioner Kathy Norem said is an agreement between the two counties’ highway departments regarding equipment and man-hours shared in 2012. She said that has been taken care of as well.

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New Fire Chief Elected To Culver-Union Township Fire Dept.

The first of the new year means a number of changes will be coming to local government, including a new fire chief for the Culver-Union Township Fire Department. Current chief Mike Grover made the announcement at the Dec. 11 meeting of Culver’s town council, explaining that his department recently held its officer election recently and decided veteran fireman Terry Wakefield will admirably fill the position.

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Starke County Republicans to be Sworn in Today

Starke County Courthouse

Three Starke County Republicans will be sworn into office today by Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall.

Kathy Norem and Kent Danford will take the oath of office of Starke County Commissioner and Bryan Cavender will be sworn in as a Starke County Councilman.

The ceremony will take place in the Starke Circuit Courtroom on the third floor of the courthouse at 3 p.m. CT.

Marshall County Commissioners To Meet This Morning

The Marshall County Commissioners are expected to meet this morning at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss year-end items. The commissioners will also be giving notice of the Department Head appointments for 2013.

The commissioners will approve the minutes from the last meeting which included the prepayment of a claim for EMA Director Clyde Avery. Avery explained to the commissioners that there was a delay in receiving a fully executed agreement notice from the State for the Comprehensive EMA Grant for $4,054 for expenditures by the deadline. He asked the commissioners to approve a prepayment of the funds to cover the cost of a camera, weather station and educational materials for the EMA program. The funds must be spent and reimbursed by Feb. 28.

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Plymouth Schools Receive $15,000 Grant for e-Learning

The Plymouth School Corporation proudly announced that it will soon receive an e-Learning grant from the Indiana Department of Education – one of only 17 schools in the state to earn the competitive $15,000 grant.

The grant will be used to allow several Plymouth teachers and administrators to attend the 2013 Summer e-Learning Regional Conference, which Senior e-Learning Strategist Jason Bailey said will ensure that all educators are provided technology-rich professional development. Details of the conference offerings will be released in the spring of 2013.

Plymouth School Assistant Superintendent Dan Funston and Technology Curriculum Director Brooke Busse wrote the application for the grant, along with the assistance of Allison Holland. Busse and Holland also serve as e-Learning coaches at the Plymouth schools for not just students, but teachers as well.

Chasing Time, Pit Bull Inc Not For Hire, Offending God, Praying In School In Times of Trouble, Federalized Eggs of Eagles and Mankind, The Difference An Egg Makes, Selected Species Not Our Own , Three Wise Chickens Find A Home

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

Ya gotta love it when people say “Wow, where’d all the time go? Wow, where’d all the year go? Wow, where’d all my life go? Wow ”. Never suspecting it all went away one second at a time. Guess it’s the “wow” time. Many ending up never knowing where the time went. What’s really interesting along these lines of thought, It’s the same people every year wondering the same thing. Never finding answers to the questions, never knowing the cause, yet always wondering never the less. Wow. It’s just that “WOW” time of the year.

And so it is with the new year fast approaching, all the successes, and all the failures of 2012 are soon scheduled to fade into our memory of things that used to be, along with things that could have been. The deeper they dissolve into the back roads of our memory, the more spectacular the successes become, and the less important the failures were to begin with. Now maybe, just maybe, that’s the way they all should’ve played out in real time. Their real time was the sunshine of their life, but their glory, now their glory, will most assuredly shine brighter from the back roads. Much like fine wine, memories, such precious memories, get better with age.

Got lots of comments concerning Mr. Bentley, President of Pit Bull Inc. Provider of Home Land Security at the EastWing, and his handling of the situation with the intruder who made the mistake of entering the “EastWing Kill Zone”, the perimeters of which were established by Pit Bull Inc. To summarize the outcome of that incident very briefly, Mr. Bentley “Got-‘er-Done”

No, Mr. Bentley is not available to provide Home Land Security at other locations. Nor does Pit Bull Inc. have and future plans to expand into other parts of the country, such as Dallas TX. Mr. Bentley has an exclusive contract to provide such service only at the EastWing. That being said, I can share with you some of the details of the EastWing contract with Pit Bull Inc.

In exchange for complete Home Land Security at the EastWing, Mr. Bentley is to receive full room and board plus Zero Deductable Medical and Dental. That, along with an every morning, cold hot dog treat provided by the She. Said hotdog to be broken into four equal bites, presented before breakfast is prepared for anyone in the house. Plus Mr. Bentley is to receive a minimum of 10 hugs per day along with an unlimited amount of “Bentley, you’re such a good boy” statements from both me and the She.

Also Mr. Bentley is to receive a minimum of two baths per week, unless circumstances of the job dictate a more frequent bathing schedule. In addition to the above, Mr. Bentley is allowed to sleep at the foot of the bed, should he choose to do so. And as of this writing, Mr. Bentley has exercised that option on a nightly basis. On the downside of the contract, Mr. Bentley is to be on duty 24/7. There’s no vacation cause in the contract, nor overtime pay for Mr. Bentley.

Other drawbacks of Mr. Bentley’s contract to provide Home Land Security at the EastWing include his having to suffer the curse of Sophia, The Republican Cat, along with Spike The Man Cat. Of the two, Spike The Man Cat being the worst of the lot. Spike attacking Mr. Bentley for no know reason on Earth is not out of the ordinary. Mr. Bentleys personality being more along the lines of “Lambert The Sheepish Lion”, has difficulty dealing with the 17 lb. Man Cat. Spike, on the other hand, has no problem jumping on the President of Pit Bull Inc. for no reason, other than he just can. And so he does.

Overall, Mr. Bentley and Spike, well, Mr. Bentley and Spike, they’ve worked out a unique dog/cat relationship. The Man Cat walks up to Mr. Bentley and does that cat rubbing thing on his front legs. Then 30 minutes later when Mr. Bentley is laying asleep, the Man Cat bites his ear. It’s a dog/cat thing. I somehow believe they do enjoy each other’s company. Did ya ever see a Pit Bull smile when he get bit on his ear. Mr. Bentley smiles when The Man Cat bites his ear. But he don’t laugh out loud.

One of the things I’ve learned in this year 2012 is, in our society, we will put forth every effort to not offend anyone, except God.

Now just think about that for a little while. We try our best not offend anyone, except God.

Then in a time of mass tragedy, a time of unspeakable horror, a time when the devil himself, walks the hall ways of public education, what do the teachers do, while desperately trying to protect the babies left in their charge? They’re forced to violate Federal Law. They’re forced to violate State Law. They’re forced to violate School Board Policy.

They prayed to God. In the presence of their own students, while they, and all the babies around them were in harm’s way, the teachers prayed to God. They asked God’s help and protection in such panic-stricken times of trouble. They prayed to God.

Another interesting thought when comparing two government institutions that house citizens of our society. One encourages the reading of the bible, the other forbids the bible to be present in the building. The Federal Prison System encourages the reading of the bible by all inmates. And yes, it’s sad to say, but it’s our Public School System that will not allow a child to stand and read a bible while in any public school building.

It just seems to me that if those two rules were reversed, just maybe, society could be better served. Maybe if children read the bible in school, there would be less need to do so in the Federal Prison System. Maybe too, there would be less violence in the Public School Systems. Don’t know for sure, but it’s one of those things worth trying, after all, what we’re doing is not working well in either house, Federal Prison or Public School.

Does that speak volumes of a society in moral decay, or what? A nation of laws that has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine for destroying the unborn eggs (babies) of an American Bald Eagle. We’re the same nation of laws, the same society, the same people, that condones the death and destruction of unborn human(eggs) babies. Too bad we don’t reproduce by Eagle Eggs. Maybe we’d stand a better chance of long term survival into the future.

Now I’m not joking about that long term survival statement. Don’t know if you’re aware or not, but the birth rate Vs the death rate in the United States is slanted to the death side. Yeah, I’m telling ya right up, the live births rate in our society will not be sufficient to continue to sustain life in this nation as we now know it.

The Japanese People have an even more acute issue of live birth rate Vs death rate. In Japan, there’s already some serious questions whether that people can, in fact, reverse the trend, or will they, by their own decisions not to reproduce, become extinct . All the while, in our own society, we’re trending in the same direction.

I expect there will come a time in the future, not in my lifetime, but maybe in the lifetime of my babies, both the Japanese and our own Federal Government will offer some form of incentives for those women who produce live additions to our society. And I’m betting that the live addition to society will have to have been produced by a married man and a woman.

That little ringer in the program, will address the current issue of single parent birth as high as 70+% in some of the urban neighborhoods in our nation. In those neighborhoods it’s wham-bam-thank-you-madam-I’m-out-of-town. Then the new mother get another $600.00 per month on her welfare check, for the new dependent. Guess, in a fashion, that’s an incentive to reproduce, just not the incentive I had in mind.

But for now it’s the Eagle Eggs that we’ll protect. Yep, we gotta make damn sure that you don’t mess with those Eagle Eggs, else we’ll put your ass in jail, and take all your money. And oh yeah, I didn’t even get started ‘bout that little frog ole out there in a western state along the Colorado River that has to be saved at the expense of providing potable water to millions of people in several surrounding states. Now if ya kill one of those little frogs, ya get to be in the same prison cell with the feller that broke the Eagle Egg.

Have we as a people forgotten that throughout the fossil history of this planet, there have forever been species that lived, died and became extinct? The little frog out there along the Colorado River, maybe, just maybe, it’s their time to become extinct. I don’t know that, yet think it may be so. The Japanese People, maybe, the American People, maybe??? (sure hope not, but maybe) Such scary things to think about as a year comes to an end. Nevertheless we can all find such solace in the fact that we’ll go to the ends of the earth to save fertilized eggs. Only those of selected species. A species not our own.

It’s right here that I stand in defense of the rights of the unborn babies (eggs) of humans. And I take my EastWing Forum to do so. At this point many would expect me to put forth the argument based on my Catholic Faith. For this point to be made and be supported by reason, there is no need to introduce religion into the fray. Today I stand in defense of the unborn babies of humans because I do understand the simple fact that any government which views some lives as expendable is capable of viewing all lives as expendable. Again, just think about that little ditty for a while, and I’m sure, we’ll talk about that again.

Not to worry, my faith in humanity is still present, based on all the email comments this past week about the EastWing Christmas Tree and the Three Wise Chickens. Yeah, I’m telling ya, the Three Wise Chickens, well, those chickens have become a standard under the Christmas Tree at the EastWing.

There was a little additional surprise under that Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve. After the She had wrapped and placed all the presents under the EastWing Christmas Tree, the presents for the babies. Later on Christmas Eve Evening, I added, under the Christmas Tree,Three French Hens. I’ve never seen such happy Wise Chickens.

It’s hard not to love a chicken named Groucho. And Groucho said “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the TV, I go into the other room and read a book”. Additional words of wisdom from just one of the Three Wise Chickens.

Stay safe in Afghanistan.

From the EastWing, Chasing Time, Pit Bull Inc Not For Hire, Offending God, Praying In School In Times of Trouble, Federalized Eggs of Eagles and Mankind, The Difference An Egg Makes, Selected Species Not Our Own , Three Wise Chickens Find A Home

I Wish You Well,


Walter Allen

Walt Allen
age 99, of Knox
passed away Saturday

Visitation will be Tuesday, from 4-8pm at M.C. Smith Funeral Home.
Funeral service Wednesday at 11am at M.C. Smith Funeral Home.

Donations to the Bible Baptist Church Building Fund would be apprecitated.

Walt was the Original Owner & Operator of the Zingo Station in Knox.
The Title of “Kenucky Colonel” was bestowed on Walt by two separate Kentucky Governors.

Alberta Straw

Alberta Straw, 68, of Winamac, Indiana passed away Friday, December 28th, 2012.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary of Winamac.  Visitation is Wednesday from Noon until the time of services at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Dennis D. Dowling

Dennis D. Dowling, 86, of Winamac, Indiana passed away Friday, December 28th, 2012.  Memorial services will be Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac.  Visitation is one hour prior to services at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Pulaski Healthcare Center, Pulaski County Human Services Von Tobel Center or to the Kingdom Kids Daycare.

Knox Man Arrested Following Apartment Burglary

A Knox man was arrested following the execution of a search warrant in the wake of a burglary at the Ruthie Drive apartments.

Alysia and Kevin Bowman left their apartment around 11 a.m. on Christmas Eve to spend time with family, and later that night, Alysia received a message from a friend who informed her that her apartment door had been kicked open. Her neighbor confirmed the door had been kicked in, and the pair rushed home to see what had taken place.

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Plymouth City Council Approves New Plan Director Appointment

The Plymouth City Council approved the appointment of Ralph Booker as the City’s Plan Director – a position he will have with the city and Marshall County.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city would pay $7,000 per year to the county as compensation for performing city business on county time using county resources. Under a separate agreement, the city will pay Booker an additional $6,879 as a contract employee for 2013.

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Knox Man Arrested Following Battery Incident

A Knox man was arrested Wednesday after an alleged domestic battery incident.

Police were called to a home in Giles Court after a call came in about a woman who had been battered by her husband. The victim told police that her husband, Bernard Breese, told her about an infidelity and she got upset. She told police that an argument ensued and he tried to hug her but she reportedly told him to not touch her. She said Breese allegedly picked her up and threw her down on the ground. Her head hit the ground which caused an eye and forehead injury. The victim then ran across the street to call the authorities.

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