A tense evening in North Judson ended with the arrest of a 48-year-old resident who is accused of firing shots inside his Talmer Avenue residence. Warren Chapman initially refused to surrender when officers from the North Judson Police Department arrived at his home, which is located just west of Brantwood’s and across the highway from the former NJ Foods store. Police Chief Doug Vessley requested assistance from the Starke and Pulaski County SWAT Team, and volunteer firefighters barricaded the streets in the surrounding area. When SWAT team members entered the home, Vessley says they found Chapman in the basement. He surrendered without incident and was taken to jail. Charges are pending.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.