Steven N. Williams

Private family graveside services for 58-year-old Steven N. Williams of Logansport, Indiana formerly of Winamac, Indiana are scheduled at Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Lake Bruce.  Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac.  Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Bernard C. Woods, Jr.

Funeral services for 85-year-old Bernard C. Woods, Jr. of Culver, Indiana will be Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. ET at St. Bernadine’s Catholic Church in Forest Park, Illinois.  Visitation is Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Odom Funeral Home.  A second visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 5 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. CT at the Gibbons Funeral Home in Elmhurst, Illinois.  The Odom Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Head-On Collision Claims One Life, Injures Two


A head-on collision last night in Marshall County claims a life. The wreck happened around 8 p.m. in front of LaVille Elementary School, according to our reporting partners at WNDU-TV. Authorities say Tyler Ohara, 24, from Bicknell, crossed the median into oncoming northbound traffic and died on impact. Marshall County Coroner Bill Cleavenger stated that Ohara was killed instantly of blunt force trauma. Toxicology tests were completed but results are pending and could be delayed due to the New Year’s holiday.

Two people in the other vehicle were injured in the crash but their condition is unknown. The accident remains under investigation.

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Through New Year’s Day



Look for 2014 to get off to a snowy start. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory through noon tomorrow for the WKVI listening area. That means periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. Snow accumulations of between 2 and 5 inches are expected overnight into tomorrow, and more snow is possible Wednesday night into Thursday. As a result, roads will become slick and snow-covered late into the evening, and visibility will be limited. Keep this in mind if you’re out, and allow ample time to reach your destination.

Culver Man Injured in Accident Outside Plymouth

Marshall County deputies responded to a single vehicle accident on Sunday where an SUV had gone off a steep embankment on Michigan Road near the south junction with U.S. 31.

Officers found the driver, Timothy Wilson of Culver, lying several feet away from the vehicle. According to the report, he was severely injured and had been in the elements for some time. He was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend in an unknown condition. The accident is still under investigation. Speed and alcohol have not been rules out as a factor.

Marshall County deputies were assisted at the scene by Plymouth firefighters and EMS officials.

Marshall County Man Arrested After Driving While Drunk

A man was arrested by Marshall County officers after his truck was found off the roadway on 9B Road and Hawthorn Road Thursday evening.

Officers received notice about an unwanted guest at a home on 8C Road and as they were on their way to the scene, the suspect left the home and was reportedly intoxicated. Police arrived in the area only to find the suspect’s vehicle off the roadway and stuck in its position. The alleged suspect, Larry Thompson, 50, who was reportedly driving the vehicle was found hiding in a cornfield.

Thompson was booked into the Marshall County Jail on preliminary charges of Operating While Intoxicated and Public Intoxication. Formal charges are pending with the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office.

Starke Council Approves Transfer for Prosecutor’s Office

David Pearman
David Pearman
The Starke County Council last night held a special meeting to take care of some end-of-year business and discussed a necessary transfer for the prosecutor’s office to ensure that none of their budget items are in the negative come the new year. Council President Dave Pearman told the council that the prosecutor’s office budget was negative $9381, and in the past, the council has approved a transfer from the pretrial diversion fund to cover the deficit.

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Culver Park Board Dissolves Park Activities Director Position; Advertises for New Superintendent

The Culver Park Board held a special meeting on Dec. 20 and according to a published article in the Culver Citizen, the park activities director position was eliminated.

It was suggested that the Donna McKee’s contract be reviewed to see when the contract ends as she was hired as the park activities director in January. Board member Patty Stallings stated that when a new park superintendent is hired, park activities planning would be absorbed by that department head.

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Culver Fire Department Honor Wall In Need of Bricks

To honor those who serve and those who have served the Culver-Union Township Fire Department, the department is erecting an Honor Wall located on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and State Street. The wall aims to honor local firefighters but it needs the community’s support in order to have the bricks made to honor each firefighter.

Bricks for active and former firefighters can be purchased by individuals but are limited to one brick per active member or honoree. In addition, the department has established a number of criteria that must be met.

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Designate a Sober Driver as Part of Your New Year’s Plans

It’s time to celebrate the end of 2013 and the start of 2014. Police officers ask that you celebrate responsibly. They will be out patrolling the roadways to make sure all are safe from drunk drivers.

Major John Boyd from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department told WKVI that the county’s DUI Taskforce officers will be out doing saturation patrols. The DUI Taskforce includes officers from the LaPorte and Michigan City Police Departments. Deputies will also be out with New Year’s holiday celebrations in mind.

The Starke and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Departments will have deputies out on patrol and will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers.

Make sure you designate a sober driver if you plan on doing any alcohol-filled New Year’s celebrations.

Jay L. Bonnell

Funeral services for 74-year-old Jay L. Bonnell of Winamac, Indiana are Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac.  Visitation is Friday, Jan. 3, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET  and one hour prior to services at the funeral home.  Masonic services will be held Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. ET at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, to the American Cancer Fund, to the Heart Fund or to the Kidney Foundation.

Police Reports

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

Starke County Sheriff's Department
Starke County Sheriff’s Department

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:


12/23/13 – A caller from the 4000 block of North 900 East in Knox reported a woman had come to her residence and began throwing Christmas presents in a fire before throwing herself in the fire.

12/23/13 – A resident of the 3100 block of West 900 South in North Judson reported a possible credit card scam.

12/23/13 – Medication was reported stolen from a residence in the 1400 block of West 400 South in North Judson.

12/23/13 – A domestic complaint was filed at a residence in the 11500 block of East Division Road in Knox.

12/24/13 – A resident of the 2900 block of West 800 South in North Judson reported her residence had been broken into on Dec. 15.

12/25/13 – A hit-and-run was reported near the intersection of 700 East and 25 North in Knox.

12/25/13 – Kevin Keen of Knox reported someone had stolen his cement mixer.

12/26/13 – Shots were reportedly fired in the 1500 block of East 500 North in Knox; the caller stated he believes the shooters were firing at coyotes.

12/26/13 – A resident of the 2700 block of East State Road 23 in Knox reported someone had stolen medication from her home.

12/27/13 – A resident of the 3100 block of West 900 South in North Judson reported his identity had been stolen.

12/27/13 – A resident of the 4800 block of East 150 North in Knox told police he believes someone is using the internet to take his money.

12/27/13 – A caller reported trespassers near the intersection of State Road 23 and 400 North in Knox.

12/28/13 – A resident of the 400 block of South 800 East in Knox reported his neighbor broke the glass in his front door.


12/23/13 – Adam Brandon Obomsawin, 35 of South Bend, was arrested on charges of Child Molestation after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.

12/27/13 – Randy E. Ketcham, 38 of Knox, was arrested on charges of Possession of Marijuana.

North Judson Police Department
North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

12/29/13 A resident called North Judson Police in reference to hearing someone out in the cold sounding distressed or injured in the 200 block of Park Avenue. An officer arrived and located a neighbor laying in his own back yard. Medics were summoned and checked the man. He was taken into his home. It is believed alcohol was a factor.

12/28/13 Police stood by for a custody exchange in the 200 block of Schricker Avenue. No problems occurred.

12/28/13 North Judson Police Officer Nick Vanni conducted a traffic stop resulting in the arrest of Tiffany Wilson, 28, of San Pierre. She had a suspended driver’s license and expired license plates. Officer Vanni transported her to the Starke County Jail.

12/27/13 It was reported that a juvenile was going through a mailbox in the 500 Block of High Street. Police responded and learned it was his own mailbox.

12/26/13 North Judson Police located an open door in the 200 block of Lane Street. The building was checked and secured. All was fine.

12/25/13 Officers responded to an unwanted guest complaint at a home in the 300 Block of Keller Avenue.

12/25/13 A driver told police that he had bumped a pole in the parking lot of a local business. No report was made due to the small amount of damages.

12/24/13 In the 100 Block of Lane Street, officers responded to a custody dispute. After arrival, the caller was arrested for an outstanding Knox City Court arrest warrant for Check Deception. Plans were changed to exchange child custody early Christmas morning.

12/24/13 A man reported his relative was being pursued and threatened by unwanted guests in an area north of North Judson on English Lake Road. After several checks and searches by North Judson Police Officers, the call was unfounded.

12/23/13 Police responded to a domestic battery incident in the 300 Block of Dalhke Street. Minor injures were reported. A complete report was provided to the Starke County Prosecutor for review.

12/22/13 North Judson Police received a report of a reckless driver near the area of Oakwood and Main Streets. The vehicle was gone upon arrival.

12/29/13 Laura L. Hoffer, 27, 2357 W. U-Road, North Judson, IN, was arrested on a Pulaski County small claims warrant.

12/28/13 Tiffany C. Wilson, 28, 7375 South US 421, San Pierre, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended Prior.

12/24/13 Melisa Batey, 20, 404 Clark Street, Plymouth, arrested for Knox City Court FTA Check Deception Warrant.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

12/30/13 A fire was reported at a home in Monterey. The Monterey Fire Department responded.

12/30/13 A Winamac man reported the theft of irrigation wire.

12/28/13 Officers received a call from a person who heard gunshots. Four people were seen outside of caller’s house.

12/28/13 Police responded to a domestic dispute in Winamac.

12/27/13 Police were advised of the theft of scrap metal and copper wiring.

12/27/13 Officers were called to investigate a protective order violation.

12/26/13 Winamac police responded to a fight over someone retrieving their personal property.

12/26/13 A man hit a deer on the way home. He told police where the deer was last seen.

12/23/13 Scott Freeman and Michelle Riley were jailed after an alleged armed bank robbery in Pulaski County.

12/30/13 Joanna Timmons, 32, of Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle as an Habitual Traffic Violator.

12/25/13 Michael Campbell, 30, of Knox, IN, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of Visiting a Common Nuisance.

12/23/13 Scott Freeman, 34, of Winamac, IN, arrested on a charge of Robbery.

12/23/13 Michelle Riley, 29, Culver, IN, arrested in a charge of Aiding in a Robbery.

Richard L. McCarty

Funeral services for Richard L. McCarty, 77, of Knox, are Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. CST at M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox, with visitation there one hour prior to the service.

From the EastWing, Winding Up or Winding Down, Finger Painting From The EastWing, Walking On The Back Roads, Feeling The Dirt With Your Toes, Hey Dude! You’re Getting A Boat & A Goat

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

Guess it’s once again time to say “Wow!  Did this year fly by fast or what?” It’s the what part that always surprises me. Of course it flew by. One second at a time, much the same as the years prior. But of course we also wondered how they flew by so fast too.

The most happy part of my 2013 at the EastWing has forever been Sunday Evening and visiting with my friends both near and far. As I sit here in the EastWing and watch the year 2013 tiptoe into history, I’m forever grateful to find myself at this point in my life doing what I love to do. I paint pictures in people’s mind.

Now I’m certainly no Thomas Kinkade when it comes to painting pictures.  But I do, from time to time, turn on a light once in a while.

As the closing dark shades of time draws around 2013 we look back and reflect on things that might have been. Some were happy, some were sad, some were funny, some were glad, some were smart, some were dumb.  Yet all were a part  of what we will forever remember on the backroads of our memories, and we’ll call  it 2013.

They’re all dirt roads, ya know. The backroads of your memory, of my memory, of everybody’s memory. Yeah, all memory backroads are in the dirt. There’s no concrete asphalt ribbon of steel running down memory lane.  You walk slow on the backroads, the speed limit is not 70 mph. it’s at your own pace.  You’re  always stopping once again to remember a touch, sometimes wishing to once again smell. Sometimes to once again laugh. Then stopping sometimes, sometimes, to cry, on that backroad. Yeah, they’re all dirt, those backroads of our memory. And the best way to walk those backroads, is barefooted.  In the soft dirt, barefooted. You’ll know when you’re there, you’ll fill the dirt with your toes. Forever warm, that dirt and you’ll love it. Backroads in the dirt.  Those backroads are made for walking, barefooted, down memory lane.

Last Friday, shortly after the stock markets closed for the weekend, the Health & Human Services Department released the details of  yet another set of soon to be published  Federal Regulations implementing a little know section of the Obama Care Law. It is  sub-section,  3-AB-4(a),(b, c), VII, (2)(3)  of the Affordable Care Act, titled  Official Boat And Maritime Authority. This law is now being referred to in Washington DC as the “Affordable Boat Act”.  “The Affordable Boat Act” is just now being put into place as the  Federal Regulations are being written and soon to be published in the Federal Register.

The Affordable Boat Act  mandates that every citizen MUST, by April 15,  2016 purchase a new boat. These “affordable” boats will cost an average of $54,133.16  to  $155,217.73 each. This does not include taxes, trailers, towing fees, licensing and registration fees, fuel, docking and storage fees, maintenance or repair costs.

This portion of the Affordable Care Act is included, since those who wrote the Affordable Care Act knew that  until now, only wealthy and financially responsible people were able to purchase boats. This new laws ensures that every American can now have an “affordable” boat of their own, because everyone is “entitled” to own a boat. If you purchase your boat before the end of 2015, you will receive 4 “free” life jackets; not including monthly life jacket usage fees.


Such life jacket usage fees will be determined only after a minimum of 7 million life jackets have been handed out free. It is calculated that every household will save at least $2,500.00 per annum on life jacket usage fees. That $2,500.00 savings is based on the current life jacket usage fees being paid compared to the new life jacket usage fees which will be much lower.


Younger people are expected to pay more for their life jacket usage fees due to the fact that they are more apt to get drunk on their boat and fall in the water, hence higher usage of life jackets.


Older people, all those 65 and over and those age 62 and have signed up for Social Security Benefits, will not be entitled to receive free life jackets. For all citizens who do not qualify for a “Free” life jacket, the standard life jacket fee of $450.19 will apply. These higher dollar life jackets will carry a premium  monthly life jacket usage fee based on hours. Such hours are not based on usage, rather on hours of the day.  All boats owned by citizens over age 65, and those over 62, and having signed up for Social Security Benefits, are limited to one life jacket per boat.  In the event of an emergency, the occupants of the boat are to work out the details for the use of the single life jacket without interference from their federal government.


A replacement life jacket for any boat owner over 65 and for those 62 and over having signed up for Social Security Benefits, must be submitted in triplicate, mailed to the National Life Jacket Distribution Center for  Social Security Beneficiaries in Tidily Wink, Mississippi.  It is anticipated that such replacement life jacket request can be processed within 90 to 180 government working days.


For those over 65 and those 62 and over and having signed up for Social Security Benefits,  lack of a life jacket on board is not an acceptable reason to keep you boat in dock on your assigned boat usage day. Non boat use fines will automatically be accessed and paid by electronic transfer of bank accounts of the offender.


Replacement life jackets for any boat owner under age 65, and not having applied for Social Security Benefits, can be filed online. One on one replacement is expected to be 2-Day USPS. This boat owner can opt for overnight UPS delivery and pay an extra $1.00 per life jacket expedited shipping fee.


 In the event of unexpected delay in life jacket replacement, all boat owners under age 65 and not applying for Social Security Benefits, will receive an Email waiver of boat activity until such time as the arrival of the replacement life  jacket. No fines are assessed while a waiver of boat activity is in effect.


Boat owner over  65 and those over 62 years old and having applied for, and receiving Social Security Benefits, are not eligible for any waiver of boat activity due to life jacket shortage.


In order to make sure everyone purchases an affordable boat, the costs of owning a boat will increase on average of 250-400% per year. This way, wealthy people will pay more for something that other people don’t want or can’t afford to maintain. But to be fair, people who can’t afford to maintain their boat will be regularly fined and children (under the age of 26) can use their parents boats to party on until they turn 27 . Then they must buy their own boat, or else risk going to jail for non-boat ownership.


If you already have a boat, you can keep your boat. If you have a dock, you can keep your dock. But only if you owned both boat and dock at least 18 months  and two weeks prior to the sinking of the Titanic. If you meet that simple criteria then you can keep both boat and dock.

Should you already own a boat and not meet the simple criteria to keep both your boat and dock, you must go to the Federal Government Boat Launch.  At the Government Boat Launch, you must sign up to buy your boat.  If you don’t want or don’t need a boat, it is still mandatory for you to buy a boat. If you refuse to buy a boat or can’t afford a boat, you will be regularly fined $800 until you purchase a boat or face imprisonment.

Failure to use your boat will also result in fines. People living in the desert, ghettos, inner cities or areas with no access to lakes or rivers are not exempt, they too must buy a boat. Age, motion sickness, lack of experience, or knowledge or lack of desire to own a boat  are unacceptable excuses for not using your boat.


All undocumented citizens living within the borders of the United States of America are exempt from the Affordable Boat Act. Such undocumented citizens are eligible to receive free boats regardless of age. All costs associated with boat ownership for undocumented citizens are to be covered per the statutes here-in contained within  the Affordable Boat Act.

A government review board will decide everything concerning your boat, including when, where, how often and for what purposes you can use your boat along with how many people can ride your boat and to determine if one is too old or healthy enough to be able to use their boat. They will also decide if your boat has out lived its usefulness or if you must purchase specific accessories.  Items such as a $500 compass, that must be engaged every time you use your boat. Compasses  must be engaged even when within site of the shoreline.  All boat compasses must be the type providing GPS tracking capability. Only the government review board will determine when you must  buy a newer and more expensive boat.

Anyone purchasing “Cadillac Boats” will be taxed at a rate of 40%. Those that can afford yachts will be required to do so…it’s the only fair way to keep the playing field level. The government will also decide the name for each boat. Failure to comply with these rules will result in fines and possible imprisonment.

Government officials and those who work for them are exempt from all the Affordable Boat Laws. If they want a boat, they and their families can obtain boats free, at the expense of tax payers. Unions, bankers and mega companies with large political affiliations (dollars) are also exempt from the Affordable Boat Act.


The Affordable Boat Act has been passed into law to assure the every citizen gets their fair share. Simply because it’s the right thing to do. The Affordable Boat Act, does, finally at last, level the playing field just like President  Obama promised he would do for all of us. Then we voted for him, twice.

When our government can force us to buy healthcare, it can force us to buy a boat….or a goat,, or anything else… 


Yeah…boys and girls, it’s that stupid…….. Anchors away,,,,,,,, Nelly Bell.

Stay safe in Afghanistan.


From the EastWing, Winding Up or Winding Down, Finger Painting From The EastWing, Walking On The Back Roads, Feeling  The Dirt With Your Toes, Hey Dude! You’re Getting A Boat & A Goat


I Wish You Well,


Bonnie J. Martin

Funeral services for Bonnie J. Martin, 84, of Plymouth, are Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. EST at the Bremen Church of God. Visitation is Monday, Dec. 30 from 4-7 p.m. EST at Van Gilder Funeral Home in Plymouth.

Virginia Geyer

Funeral services for Virginia Geyer, 88, of Knox, are Monday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. CST at Braman and Son Memorial Chapel in Knox, with visitation there from 4-8 p.m.