The suspect entered the bank on Boyd Blvd, approached a teller’s window and requested a deposit slip. He then reportedly passed the slip back to her and on that slip he wrote instructions to hand over money. The teller did so and the suspect left the establishment with an undisclosed amount of money.
A motion was filed and signed to drop the criminal charges against Todd Boldry in an agreement that he would surrender his teaching license permanently.
Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff explained that the victim in the case didn’t want Boldry to necessarily get prison time for the offense that occurred between 2007 and 2008; she just wanted him to lose the ability to teach.
Bobby Harkness pleaded guilty to Dealing in Methamphetamine as a Class B felony and was sentenced to serve 12 years in the Department of Corrections with none suspended; however, if he completes the CLIFF or GRIP program offered by the Department of Corrections, he may petition the court for a modification of his sentence. He must first also complete the first ten years of his sentence before he can request the modification. The prosecutor dismissed a charge of Driving While Suspended as part of the plea deal.
The warrant out of LaPorte County was for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, a Class C felony. Ward was also wanted by the Indiana Department of Corrections Parole Board for a parole violation.
He had been previously convicted of Criminal Confinement and was identified as a sexually violent predator and was required to register as a sex offender on a quarterly basis. He failed to do so when he was recently living in Michigan City and a warrant was issued.
The driver, 27-year-old Brandon Hensley, reportedly went off the road at that location and into a tree. Emergency personnel were able to remove Hensley from the vehicle and he was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Officers from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department believe alcohol and speed were factors in the crash and it remains under investigation.
The movie will be shown twice at the Isis Theater in Winamac on March 2: once at noon and again at 10 p.m. The cast and crew will host a question-and-answer session at the first showing of the movie, which Murphy said has not been rated.
Fagner said the health department has to justify the purchase in order to obtain the grant, and said they justified the purchase by stating that it could be employed in a possible distribution site for medical countermeasures. That is, if the department ever offered a drive-through or a walk-through, the cooling centers would be useful.
The Indiana Main Street Program is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and focuses on four different strategies to promote downtown development: organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring. All aspects are vital in restoration efforts of the community.
Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann recently made the announcement of this development and the program manager for Indiana Main Street stressed that the members of the LaPorte community are supportive of the organization’s revitalization efforts.
The Knox Board of Public Works approved three change orders to the Phoenix House construction project Wednesday morning.
The construction project began in mid-January with site preparations beginning in December. The Phoenix House suffered flooding and grant money was sought by K-IRPC to aid in the construction project. The garage is being expanded to include a storage area, a group meeting room, a library and computer area.
In memory of Eric Corey, the Turkey Tracks annual hunt in Starke County is quickly approaching and the organization is gearing up with a Saturday banquet at the Washington Township Community Center on State Road 23. The fish dinner – more than a fish fry as in previous years – is being prepared by the San Pierre Fire Department with all-you-can-eat fish, baked potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, and dessert. Carol Corey, Eric’s mother, said the hunt – created as part of the Eric Corey Foundation – means a lot to her and it continues in his honor.
While most colleges and universities in Indiana have made headlines with their tuition increases, the Ancilla College Board of Trustees have voted to approve a four percent across-the-board tuition reduction for the 2013-2014 school year.
The new tuition cost will be $6,500 per semester for a full-time student enrolled in 15 credit hours.
Live music will be provided by Category 5, food from a variety of decades – 50s, 60s, and 70s – will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to dress casually in the style of their favorite era. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. on March 9, while dinner starts at 7 p.m. with dancing immediately afterward from 8 to 11 p.m.
In an annual report, the Indiana State Excise Police found that the arrests of minors for possession and consumption of alcohol rose 37 percent from 2011 to 2012. Arrests of those who provided alcohol to minors rose 46.2 percent.
On a positive note, the Indiana Excise Police noted that since the start of the Intensified College Enforcement program, fewer alcohol-related crashes have been reported that involved teen drunk drivers. Taking place on six college campuses, the program saw a 53.4 percent decrease in alcohol-related crashes involving 15- to 20-year-old drunk drivers in 2012 from the year before.
Senate Enrolled Act 319 prevents an estimated $57 million property tax increase on farmers by delaying the use of new soil productivity factors in farmland assessment until the Department of Local Government Finance and the Purdue University College of Agriculture complete a study on the process.
The legislation passed unanimously in both the Indiana House and Senate.
The proposed new soil productivity factors used for farmland assessment in Indiana could have caused an estimated 25 percent average increase in property tax payments for Indiana’s farmers, depending on the county in which they live.
If your household income is less than $50,000 and you would like some assistance in filing your taxes, you’re in luck – the Northwest Indiana Asset Building Campaign is offering free tax preparation in Knox, Winamac, and several other locations.
Pulaski Memorial Hospital has begun expanding their oncology coverage to three Fridays each month in an effort to provide the community with quicker and more convenient medical oncology appointments at a location not too far from home.
The notice contends he has been damaged in the sum of $500,000 by their actions, which began with his Jan. 22 suspension with pay after unspecified accusations of wrongdoing. Becker immediately retained Valparaiso attorney Steven Bush, who sent a letter to county attorney Kevin Tankersley on Feb. 1 asking for the allegations against his client and the names of his accusers. Tankersley refused, and three days later Becker was demoted to the position of “county highway manager” during a commissioners meeting. Bush was there and was told by Tankersley that he could not question the commissioners.
“It is clear by the way in which the entire situation was handled that Tracey Shorter, Larry Brady, Shelia Garling and Kevin Tankersley conspired together to damage the reputation and name of Kenneth Becker by leaving a cloud of suspicion with the public as to what acts or misdeeds may or may not have been committed by Kenneth Becker to justify his demotion; by suggesting criminal activity in the form of infractions, and by jointly refusing to provide any information whatsoever regarding the allegations, accusations and accusers;” the complaint reads. It also contends that Becker’s name, reputation and character were slandered and his civil and constitutional rights were violated by the refusal to provide him the names of his accusers, what their accusations were and what proof they had as to those accusations.