INTERVIEW: Nate Ryan

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While I was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I had the chance to see some of the media members who I constantly follow on Twitter including Doug Rice, Bob Pockrass, Dustin Long, Claire B. Lang, Tom Jensen, Jenna Fryer, Jim Utter, and Nate Ryan.

USA Today’s Nate Ryan is a journalist as well as an analyst in the sport of NASCAR and stopped to chat with me about different aspects of the season.  Also, he said he doesn’t really consider himself as a fan of the sport but appreciates some of its more intricate qualities.

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Kenneth Van Campen

Funeral services for Kenneth Van Campen, 92, of North Judson, Indiana will be Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at 1 p.m. CT at the Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson.  Visitation is Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT at the funeral home.

David A. Anderson

Funeral services for David A. Anderson, 80, of Logansport, formerly of Royal Center, are Saturday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. EDT at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home Royal Center Chapel, with visitation there from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Police Reports

Police reports are not an indication of guilt. They are merely a record that an incident was reported to the authorities. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

Sheriff Oscar Cowen
Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

7/21/14 – Starke Circuit Court officials requested security at 8:20 a.m. in the large courtroom.

7/21/14 – Starke County EMS, The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, and Bass Lake First Responders were dispatched to an accident with injuries at 1150 East and 750 South in Monterey.

7/21/14 – A Grovertown man reported being harassed by his landlord’s son.

7/21/14 – Deputies responded to a property damage accident on State Road 23 and Cherokee.

7/21/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of South 350 West in North Judson requested deputies remove an unknown man who is taking pictures of her family and home from her residence.

7/22/14 – Multiple agencies responded to an accident with injuries on State Road 10 west of State Road 39.

7/22/14 – A resident in the 61– block of South State Road 10 in Knox reported someone broke into his garage and stole items.

7/23/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 10 in Knox.

7/23/14 – A resident in the 3100 block of South 900 West in San Pierre reported continual damage caused by people driving across his property.

7/23/14 – A resident in the 2400 block of South 450 East in Knox reported a possible scam.

7/23/14 – A resident in the 8600 block of East 75 North in Knox reported shots being fired in the area southeast of his location.

7/24/14 – A resident in the 8900 block of North 1050 East in Walkerton called the police and asked to have several people removed from his home.

7/24/14 – Deputies responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of 700 North and 600 East in Hamlet.

7/24/14 – A resident in the 500 block of South 250 East in Knox reported his dog was attacked by another dog.

7/24/14 – Multiple agencies responded to an accident with injuries on 1150 East and Toto Road in Knox.

7/24/14 – Deputies responded to a residential break-in in the 4000 block of North 900 East in Knox.

7/24/14 – A Bass Lake resident reported someone dumping brush on his property on State Road 10.

7/24/14 – A caller reported someone was beating up his 9-year-old niece on U Road in North Judson.

7/24/14 – A deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on 400 South at U.S. 35.

7/24/14 – The Knox-Center Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residential fire in the 2200 block of East 200 South in Knox.

7/24/14 – The owner of buildings in the 9000 block of East State Road 8 in Knox reported they have been broken into.

7/25/14 – Multiple agencies responded to single-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. 35 north of Knox. The driver advised his tire blew and he flipped the vehicle. He said he was not hurt, just shaken up.

7/25/14 – The Bass Lake Fire Department and other agencies responded to a trailer fire on Lincoln Street in Monterey.

7/25/14 – Deputies took a report of vandalism at a job site on 25 North and 800 East in Knox.

7/25/14 – Deputies took a report of the theft of sweet corn from the area of State Road 8 near the Yellow River.

7/25/14 – A resident in the 11700 block of East U.S. 30 in Knox reported the theft of a cooker from his residence.

7/25/14 – A resident in the 3200 block of East 400 North in Knox reported vandalism.

7/25/14 – Ralph A. Tscchida, 38, of Valparaiso, hit a deer on U.S. 35 at State Road 10 in Knox.

7/26/14 – A resident in the 7600 block of North Topinabee Road reported someone is stealing his firewood.

7/26/14 – A Monterey resident reported credit card fraud.

7/26/14 – Deputies responded to a single-vehicle accident on 700 East at State Road 10 in Knox.

7/26/14 – Deputies were called to Bass Lake Beach by a patron who said someone at the campground was setting off bottle rockets and caught his pickup truck camper on fire. He advised he put the fire out, but said the subjects were belligerent and threatened him.

7/26/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of North Tecumseh Road in Walkerton reported someone standing outside her house in the dark. She said someone slashed her tires last week.

7/27/14 – A resident in the area of 650 South and Eastern in Knox reported loud fireworks.

7/27/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a vehicle versus train accident on 700 East and 150 South in Knox.

7/27/14 – A Koontz Lake resident reported being beaten by her child’s father, who violated a protective order, and took their child.

7/27/14 – A resident in the 1200 block of East 150 South in Knox reported receiving harassing telephone calls and text messages.

7/27/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a motorcycle versus deer accident on State Road 10 west of 100 West in North Judson.

7/27/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of East 150 North in Knox reported the theft of a Dewalt drill from the residence.

7/27/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 421 and 400 South.

7/27/14 – A bartender at Chesapeake Run Golf Course in the 6400 block of South 250 West in North Judson said he cut off service to an intoxicated male subject who pulled a gun on him and demanded more beer. The man left when an off-duty officer came in.

7/27/14 – Multiple agencies responded to an accident with injuries at the intersection of State Road 10 and U.S. 35 in Knox.

7/27/14 – Deputies responded to a report of a motorist who put a scooter in a ditch on 400 South west of Range Road.

7/28/14 – A business owner in the 1100 block of East State Road 8 in Knox detained two people he claimed were breaking in.

Arrests:

7/21/14 – Williard Thatcher, 56, Knox – Disorderly conduct.

7/27/14 – Hannah J. Fawley, 25, Knox – Assisting a criminal.

7/27/14 – Johnny Ray Rawley, 32, Knox – Burglary.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

 

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer
Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

7/21/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a break-in.

7/25/14 – The Monterey Volunteer Fire Department responded to a trailer fire.

7/25/14 – The Winamac Police Department took a report of theft of items from a semi truck.

7/26/14 – Winamac Police took a report of threatening text messages.

7/26/14 – The Francesville Police Department was called by a woman who said she was being harassed by a man and a woman.

7/26/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Star City Volunteer Fire Department responded to a brush fire.

7/2714 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of the theft of a generator welder.

Knox Woman to Spend 30 Months in DOC

  A Knox woman is going to prison after a sentencing hearing yesterday morning.

Tiffany Witham, 32, admitted to a probation violation and to a charge of possession of a controlled substance as a Class D felony.

She was arrested in February after a traffic stop in North Judson where she was in possession of a controlled substance without a doctor’s prescription. Probation officer Annette Warkentien testified during the hearing stating that Witham lacked cooperation with the department. While Witham admitted that she had a drug problem, she would not follow through with treatment programs.

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Open House for The Crossing

The CrossingThe new alternative faith-based school, the Crossing, hosted an open house Wednesday at their location in Knox. So far about 10 students are enrolled to attend. They will be hosting another open house today from 8 a.m until 3 p.m at the old Sears store in the Mint Leaf Plaza off of U.S. 35.

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Stolen Water Service Lands Man in Jail

 
 

A LaPorte man was arrested on Sunday after reportedly stealing water service from the City of LaPorte.

LaPorte police were called to a 4-unit apartment at 101 Bond Street after a complaint was filed about theft of water services.

Police learned that the water service had been turned off to the apartment. Several notices had been given to the tenant that it was unlawful to turn on the water unless it was done by an employee with the water department.

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Three Defendants Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

 Three Knox residents were sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday morning.

Kayla Maassen, 21, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a legend drug, both Class D felonies. She was sentenced to serve 18 months in the Indiana Department of Corrections with nine months suspended to be served on probation on each charge. The remaining part of the sentence was permitted to be served with Starke County Community Corrections with daily reporting. The sentences will run concurrently, or at the same time.

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Grain Bin Safety

Indiana Department of LaborSince 1980 grain bins across the U.S have been responsible for more than 180 deaths and 675 injuries. Just last year, a Hoosier farmer in La Porte county was killed in a grain bin accident. This month a 9-year-old Wisconsin boy was killed after falling into a grain bin. With harvest time approaching the Indiana Department of Labor wants to remind everyone of the hazardous nature of working with grain bins and offer some tips to assure safety.

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Dollie Frinkel

Funeral services for Dollie Frinkel, 71, of Winamac, Indiana will be Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. ET at the Boersma Funeral Home in Wheatfield, Indiana.  Visitation is Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the Goodway Baptist Church in Medaryville, Indiana.  Memorials may be made to the family.

New Crew Chief Named for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Team

nscs14_88A crew chief for a popular driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be headed to the Sprint Cup level in 2015.

Greg Ives will be the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s No. 88 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015.

It was announced at the beginning of this year’s season that Steve Letarte would be leaving as Dale Jr.’s crew chief at the end of 2014 to be an analyst for NBC when NASCAR coverage moves to that affiliate in 2015.

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Karen Stepp

Funeral services for Karen Stepp, 67, of Wheatfield, are Saturday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. EDT at Teaberry Hill Estates Church in Medaryville, with visitation there Friday, Aug. 1 from 5 until 8 p.m. EDT. Memorial contributions may be given to the church. The Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville is in charge of arrangements.

Alexis Houston Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Hearing

 Alexis Houston was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Tuesday morning.

Houston previously pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to charges of possession of methamphetamine as a Class D felony and visiting a common nuisance as a Class B misdemeanor.

Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall accepted the plea agreement. Houston was sentenced to two years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with one year suspended to be served on probation on the charge of possession of methamphetamine. She was also sentenced to serve six months in the Starke County Jail with no part of the sentence suspended on the charge of visiting a common nuisance. The sentence was permitted to be served on home detention.

The sentences will run concurrently, or at the same time.