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Iowa Speedway Has a New Owner

You may be familiar with the new owners of Iowa Speedway. NASCAR.

NASCAR’s agreement with Iowa Speedway was finalized Wednesday and is effective immediately.
Officials explained in a release that the purchase of the speedway was a strategic move designed to expand event experiences and fan engagement. Another reason, according to NASCAR, was to solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest.

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Knox Council Considering Increasing Insurance Coverage

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council this week heard an update from Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston and Mayor Rick Chambers regarding insurance benefits for an injured fireman. Chambers said the fireman, Wayne Noah, was injured while investigating a fire when a change in pressure forced him off of the house floor and onto the ground, twisting an ankle and preventing him from working his full-time job.

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Detectives Investigating Burglary at Marshall County Business

Marshall County Sheriff’s Department detectives are investigating a burglary at a business in Lapaz.

The suspect(s) reportedly entered Pat’s in Lapaz sometime between 10 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 25 and the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 26. After the suspect(s) forced their way into the business, a Sentry safe was taken. There was some money inside the stolen safe.

If you have any information about this incident, call the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department at (574) 936-3187. You may remain anonymous in relaying any information to police.

Another Announces Candidacy for Starke County Sheriff

Another candidate has announced his intentions to run for sheriff of Starke County.

Current Deputy Sheriff Brack Rowe announced his intent to run for the top post at the department on Tuesday. He stated in an announcement that he did not make this decision lightly and has a strong vision for the future of Starke County.

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Pulaski Advisory Plan Commission Approves Rezoning Request

The Pulaski County Advisory Plan Commission this week approved a request from the Saltzman family to rezone three parcels from agricultural to commercial use. Building Inspector Dave Dare told WKVI that the plan commission held a public hearing and the commission voted unanimously to approve their request.

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Culver School Board Approves Use of Monterey Elementary For Church Services

Monterey Elementary School

Monterey Elementary School

The former Monterey Elementary School will soon be made use of, as the Culver Community School Board this week approved a request from a local church to use the building temporarily while their main house of worship is undergoing renovations.

The church requested permission to use a portion of the building to hold services on the weekends through the month of April, but there was some concern noted that by allowing St. Anne’s Catholic Church to use the facility, the board is opening itself up to other requests of this nature by other organizations.

Board member Marilyn Swanson made a motion to approve the request and it passed unanimously.

Starke County Community Corrections Discusses House Bill

The Starke County Community Corrections Board met this week, and according to Chief Probation Officer John Thorstad, the meeting was essentially a culmination of ideas and thoughts on how a bill passed in the Indiana House of Representatives will affect Starke County. Thorstad said the meeting was held in two sessions, one with the judge, prosecutor and public defenders, and the second with probation, community corrections and some service providers.

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ISP Troopers Increase Patrols for Thanksgiving Holiday

Indiana State Police troopers will participate in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) from now until Dec. 1. This will allow troopers to patrol Hoosier roadways during this upcoming holiday weekend.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, safety belt use is the most effective strategy you can employ to prevent death and minimize injury resulting from accidents.

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Donations are Being Accepted for Shop with a Cop Event in Pulaski County

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Shop with a Cop event is set for Sunday, Dec. 8 and donations are now being accepted to help children have a merrier Christmas this season.

Sheriff Michael Gayer said monetary donations can be made to the Shop with a Cop account at any Alliance Bank so the children less fortunate can choose an item for Christmas this year.

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Snow Could Create Road Hazards Today

The listening area remains on alert for falling snow today. Northwest winds of 15-25 mph could cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery urges you to give yourself some extra time to get to your destination and clear off your car so you can properly see and prevent debris flying off your car while in transit. Clear windows, headlights and taillights of snow and ice.

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Rensselaer Author Releasing Book This Week

A Rensselaer author is preparing for the nationwide release this week of her new children’s fiction, “I Am Not A Pirate,” the tale of a young girl struggling to build her self esteem.

The story tells more about how certain social issues can easily lower the self-confidence of a child, taken on the account of the author’s daughter. In the book, Maddie is excited to start school until she learns she has to go to the eye doctor. When she finds out she has to wear an eye patch, she thinks things can’t get any worse. The story tells how Maddie will gain the confidence she needs to face her new friends at school.

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To Brine Or Not To Brine The Turkey

Thanksgiving is but one day away, which means just about every turkey that will be cooked for the holiday should be thawing, according to representatives with the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. Amy Roska told WKVI’s Tom Berg that one of the most common mistakes is not allowing the bird enough time to thaw.

“Make sure you allow enough time for thawing, because that’s one of the very common first-timer mistakes. They don’t realize that these are really big birds and they’re going to need to allow plenty of time, again, four pounds per day in the refrigerator. The next thing, make sure that first timer gets a good thermometer because that’s going to take all the guesswork away,” Roska said.

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Police Reports

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

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

11/18/13 – A resident of the 4500 block of North 500 East in Hamlet reported a scam regarding Publishers Clearing House.

11/19/13 – A resident of the 11800 block of East 50 North in Knox told police someone had attempted to break into her car.

11/19/13 – A resident of the 1500 block of East 100 South in Knox reported someone was trying to break into her barn.

11/20/13 – A vehicle window was reportedly broken in the 10300 block of East State Road 23 in Walkerton.

11/20/13 – A burglary was reported at a residence in the 5600 block of South State Road 10 in Knox.

11/21/13 – Brad Fowler of Monterey told police someone had stolen his vehicle overnight.

11/22/13 – A resident of the 5100 block of South 600 West told police someone took money from his bank account and used it at Western Union.

11/22/13 – A resident of the 1400 block of South 880 East in Knox reported online fraud.

11/23/13 – A break-in was reported in the 5300 block of Summerholme Drive in Knox.

11/23/13 – Tim Howard of North Judson told police he came home from work and found kids in his log cabin doing drugs.

11/23/13 – A resident of the 5000 block of South Westey Street in Knox told police someone stole items he had ordered from Menards.

11/24/13 – A resident of the 2200 block of East 200 South in Knox reported he had found a bullet hole in his window.

Arrests:

11/19/13 – Daniel Ryan Keith Zimmerman, 23 of North Judson, was arrested on charges of Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug, Possession of Syringe, Possession of Marijuana, Common Nuisance, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance, and Resisting Law Enforcement.

11/19/13 – Shelli Nmi Matter, 46 of North Judson, was arrested on charges of Common Nuisance, Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia.

11/21/13 – Serena Maude Clemons, 26 of Medaryville, was arrested on charges of Over-Purchase of Pseudoephedrine after trying to purchase pseudoephedrine, having been convicted of Possession of Precursors in the past.

11/24/13 – Cleatious D. Woodard, 48 of Medaryville, was arrested following a hit-and-run investigation.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/24/13 A Pulaski woman reported a theft of a 100 lb propane tank from her rental property.

11/24/13 A caller advised that he was awoken by the sound of 15-20 gun shots and can see flashlights out in a field. He believes they are poaching. Officers didn’t find anything at that location.

11/21/13 A man advised that someone backed up to his residence and believes that they are there to steal scrap. The subjects left at a high rate of speed and are westbound on 400 N. The police caught up to the subjects one man was taken to jail. The caller advised nothing was missing or disturbed, but found beer bottles.

11/21/13 A woman alerted the police of a very strong smell of natural or propane gas and advised that she knew of a pipeline that goes through the location. While police were checking out the smell, they heard a loud noise coming from the closest NIPSCO sub station. NIPSCO was advised.

11/21/13 A woman told police that she was being harassed by a man in South Carolina. She advised police that she was selling an item online and she recorded a check for $1,900.00 from a man who told her to cash the check and send him the difference. Winamac police advised the woman that this was a scam.

11/21/13 Police were told that men were shooting at deer from a small black car with a tailgate from the road. The deer that the subjects were shooting at was near the house of the caller. He also advised that his mother was chasing the subjects southbound on 700 W. from 913 S. Police urged the mother of the caller to cease her pursuit. The mother came back to the house and parked near the deer. Police advised they were going after the black vehicle before they come and inspect the deer.

11/21/13 An officer was called out to a dispute between a landlord and tenant. The landlord was trying to evict the tenant without eviction papers. The officer calmed everyone down and the male subject left with all of his belongings.

11/20/13 A deer was hit by a passenger car on State Road 14, ½ mile west of the Bethel Bible Church. There were no injuries and the damage to the vehicle was under $1,000

11/20/13 Police officers were alerted that someone in a big black truck was hunting on her property and no one but her step grandson can hunt there. She said she watched them drive out with a deer but then turned back around and further into the woods. She called back at a later time and said that the person in the black truck was her step grandson and to disregard her earlier call.

11/17/13 An extreme amount of phone calls kept coming in to Pulaski 911 dispatch during a time when severe weather hit the area and a tornado was spotted. The computer could not keep up, then the computer went down. The lights went out, the doors locked and the phones went down.

11/17/13 A man told police that he believes that a tornado came through the Denham area. He said the power was out, trees are down everywhere, and things are flying around all over the place. The police responded saying they don’t believe that a tornado touched down in Denham and that the damage was caused by very strong winds.

Arrests:
11/25/13 Brandon Noyer, 39, of Winamac, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery Resulting in Injury.

11/21/13 Kimberly Samons, 34, arrested on active warrants for failure to appear and non-support of a dependent.

Montoya Performs Well in IndyCar Test

It had been since the year 2000 when he last placed his foot on the gas pedal in an IndyCar, but Juan Pablo Montoya returned to the sport in fast fashion during an IndyCar test Monday at Sebring International Raceway.

The newest addition to Team Penske drove the No. 2 Dallara/Chevrolet for 20 laps and was just less than half-a-second behind teammate Will Power’s top time in the morning session. In the afternoon session, the former NASCAR driver was able to surpass the fast lap time established by Power before the day’s testing ended.

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Son of NASCAR Driver Showing Promise as Race Car Driver

He was two car lengths behind the winner of the Southeast Limited Late Models event on Sunday, but second-place finisher 13-year-old Todd Gilliland showed that he’s got some skills in the seat of a race car. Todd is the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Gilliland and drove in just his third race in a stock car on Sunday at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina.

Todd Gilliland started the event in the fifth position and slipped back to 13th early. That didn’t phase him as he started climbing through the field. By lap 58, he entered into the top 10 and was battling for the third spot on lap 79. With seven laps to go, he reached the second spot.

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New Executive Director Named at Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau

A new executive director has been named to the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Cori Holtzwart-Humes has been named as the successor to Mike Woolfington who will be retiring at the end of the year after serving 20 years as director. Holtzwart-Humes is the assistant director at the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau and has been employed there for the past five years.

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Attempted Thefts From Cars Reported in Hamlet

Officers from the Hamlet Police Department have taken several reports of a man attempting to get into vehicles in the town limits.

The first report came in on Nov. 21 where a man walking a large dog in the area of Hamlet and Pearl Streets attempted to get into parked vehicles. The man was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Officers were not able to locate the suspect when they arrived at the scene.

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