Starke County Coroner Adam Gray will either have the old sheriff’s department prisoner transport van or former Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen’s Dodge Durango for use as a body transport vehicle. He broached the subject to the Starke County Commissioners last week. President Kent Danford is checking into whether the van is road-worthy before a decision is made.
If it’s not, recently-elected Commissioner Don Binkley suggested the coroner could use the SUV. It was to be assigned to the county’s new K-9 officer. Sheriff Bill Dulin told the commissioners he doesn’t have a problem allocating it for use by the coroner as long as it can be repainted in order to avoid confusion with the other two-tone patrol vehicles used by the sheriff’s department. No decision was reached. Until a permanent arrangement is made, Gray has access to a Starke County EMS vehicle on an as-needed basis.