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Winamac Man Arrested on Drug Possession Charges

Published: July 30th, 2014
Leston B.  Vaught II

Leston G. Vaught II

A Winamac man was arrested early Sunday morning after he was reportedly found in possession of methamphetamine.

A Winamac police officer saw a red vehicle in the parking lot by the Pulaski County Public Library with the driver present. The officer knew that vandalism was occurring to a structure by the library so he approached the car.

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Alexis Houston Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Hearing

Published: July 30th, 2014

 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.

Police Investigate Theft from Unlocked Structure

Published: July 30th, 2014

Officers with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department are attempting to solve a burglary that occurred between 11 p.m. on Friday, July 25 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 26.

Some unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked barn in the 14,000 block of 6th Road in Plymouth and removed approximately $5,000 worth of hand tools, power tools and scrap wire.

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Free Dental Exams at I.U. Health La Porte Dental Center for Children Who Qualify

Published: July 30th, 2014

toothThe Indiana University Health La Porte Dental Center is offering free dental exams to children to kids with no dental insurance. The exams are by appointment only on August 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and August 6th and 13th from 4 p.m until 6 p.m. Not only will children receive an exam that fulfills area school requirements but children will also get a free bag of dental-related gifts. Read the rest of this entry »

Starke County Council Approves North Judson Library Appropriation

Published: July 30th, 2014

North Judson Wayne Township Public LibraryThe North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library is set to replace three air conditioning units installed in 1997 with money from their rainy day fund. Director Jane Ellen Felchuk says two units were replaced last year, and the remaining two will be swapped out in the next year or two. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Trust Caller ID

Published: July 30th, 2014

There are scammers using technology to impersonate phone numbers of local businesses that show up on Caller ID. These are robo calls and the scammers use familiar looking numbers in hopes you will answer the call and take your money.

They purchase a list of phone numbers and use spoofing technology to trick callers into picking up the phone. They sometimes use your phone number because it is not blocked.

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Something Fishy Pets is Moving

Published: July 30th, 2014

20140724_151730A child recently had his finger bitten at the pet store that is located at 1700 S Heaton Street in Knox. Though signs are posted warning customers to keep fingers away from cages since animals are unpredictable, a child sustained a minor injury.

Due to this recent incident, the store owner Sue Webb was asked to cease selling rodents within city limits by July 31st. She sells her domestically-bred rats and mice to individuals for carnivorous reptiles. According to Webb it makes up 50 percent of her business.

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GermanFest Set for Aug. 9

Published: July 30th, 2014

GermanFestGermanFest returns to Winamac on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The event begins with a golf outing at 8 a.m. ET at Pond View Golf Course. Music and children’s activities will be ongoing from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Create-a-canvas will spark talent in residents and those pieces of art will be sold at a silent auction with the proceeds to benefit GermanFest.

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Pulaski County Deputies Investigate Fatal Accident

Published: July 29th, 2014

Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies and emergency crews responded to a fatality accident yesterday morning.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s department, Dollie Frinkel, 71, of Winamac was traveling westbound on County Road 600 West and failed to stop at the intersection with 100 South. A Pulaski County dump truck driven by David Bailey, 48, entered the intersection and could not avoid a collision with Frinkel’s passenger car.

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Teen Charged with Arson

Published: July 29th, 2014
Dakota Roush

Dakota Roush

A  house fire in Knox on Thursday turned out to be the act of arson and a suspect is in custody.

Firefighters from the Knox-Center Township Fire Department were called to a house fire in the 2000 East block of County Road 200 South at 8 p.m. on July 24. When they arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

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School Board Candidates Can Now Submit Petitions for General Election

Published: July 29th, 2014

Candidates looking to sign up to run in the November 4th General Election for seats on the Knox Community School Board, Culver Community School Board or the Oregon-Davis School Board can do so now in the Starke County Clerk’s office.

Three seats are open on all of the school boards. Each candidate must file a petition with Starke County Clerk Evelyn Skronski by noon on Aug. 22 to be considered for placement on the ballot.

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Pulaski County Officials Holding Out Hope for Hotel

Published: July 29th, 2014

Pulaski County Economic DevelopmentOfficials in Pulaski County remain hopeful of landing a hotel. Wisconsin-based Cobblestone Development is looking for local investors to help construct a 44-bed, businesses friendly hotel comparable to a Holiday Inn or Hampton Inn. Read the rest of this entry »

Meeting Scheduled to Gather Ideas on Curbing Vandalism

Published: July 29th, 2014

The mayor of Knox is attempting to gather as many groups as possible to talk about the solutions to curb the ongoing vandalism issue in Wythogan Park.

Mayor Rick Chambers has organized a meeting for Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center to gather opinions from several groups to look at the problem from all angles.

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Golf Cart Ordinances Regulate Rules of the Road

Published: July 29th, 2014

Riding on golf carts has become a summer activity enjoyed by all outside of the golf course, especially those that live along the shores of Bass Lake and Koontz Lake.

Golf cart operators are advised to remember the rules of the road. Per the county statute, no person may operate a golf cart on any county road unless the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less.

Golf carts are prohibited from operation on state highways. The vehicle cannot be driven on a state highway or across a state highway as cited in state law. Operators must be 16 years of age and older.

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Portions of Pacific Avenue to Be Closed This Week

Published: July 29th, 2014

Starting today, parts of Pacific Avenue east of 300 East will be closed to accommodate the infrastructure improvements in the Knox Industrial Park. The contractor in charge of the project advises WKVI News work in that area will continue through Thursday, July 31. Read the rest of this entry »

Seven Companies Face Lawsuits for Scamming Homeowners Out of More than $14,000

Published: July 29th, 2014

scamUnfortunately those struggling financially can be the most vulnerable to scams. The federal government as well as Indiana general attorney,Greg Zoeller, took action against schemers who have taken more than $14,000 from unsuspecting homeowners. On Thursday, Zoeller filed lawsuits against seven companies running fraudulent mortgage rescue or relief schemes.

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Pulaski County Officials Investigate Accident

Published: July 28th, 2014

Officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a serious accident that occurred just before noon ET on Monday on County Road 100 South at 600 West.

No other details have been released at this time. Information will be passed along as it becomes available.

Man Arrested on Child Molesting Charge

Published: July 28th, 2014
Jonas Olvera

Jonas Olvera

A Texas man who was visiting residents at a home in the 100 block of Franklin Street in Plymouth was arrested on a preliminary charge of child molesting.

Plymouth Police Department officers were called to the home on Friday afternoon after receiving a report that an 11-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted. After further investigation, including the questioning of the suspect, 67-year-old Jonas Olvera, Olvera was arrested and booked into the Marshall County Jail on the charge of child molesting. Olvera was also wanted a warrant issued in 2009 in connection with another report of child molesting.

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Blueberry Festival Committee Exploring Location Options

Published: July 28th, 2014

The Blueberry Festival Committee members are looking at new locations to hold the festival and according to Festival Coordinator Sherrie Martin it’s something that’s been discussed for years.

Martin told WKVI News that the committee has always been planning for “what if”. With that in mind, the members have been pursuing their options in moving the festival out of Centennial Park in Plymouth for more than 10 years.

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Kewanna Man Sentenced on Federal Firearm Offense

Published: July 28th, 2014

ATF logoA Kewanna man was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court to two years and three months in prison and two years of supervised release after a jury found him guilty of making false statements during firearm acquisition. Read the rest of this entry »