The Starke County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on U.S. 35 at 500 North. Continue reading
Prospective college students do not have to wait until January to sign up for the next semester worth of classes at Ancilla College. Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says enrollment is under way for the eight week mid-fall semester. Continue reading
Area students who are interested in attending one of the United States military academies and their families can get information about the process Tuesday evening. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski’s office is hosting a “Military Academy Information Night” at the Mishawaka Public Library from 6 until 8:45 p.m. EDT.
The Democratic nominee for Indiana’s Second District congressional seat will headline this weekend’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Plymouth. Joe Bock will speak at the Marshall County Democratic Party fundraiser Sunday evening. Continue reading
Alliance Bank in Winamac is collecting donations for the Pulaski Animal Center to help out homeless cats and dogs in the community. Continue reading
Plenty of activities are going on this weekend throughout the Kankakee Valley area. The Falloween Fest in Walkerton and the Francesville Fall Festival move forward today. Both will start the day off with breakfast at 8 a.m. EDT and continue their activities throughout the day.
A person of interest is being sought in an incident of home improvement fraud.
Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies say a local resident was contacted about having a driveway sealed. The person of interest would not provide any type of estimate for the work other than a price per gallon. The resident was led to believe that only a few gallons would be used, according to a news release.
The person of interest completed the work, but allegedly overcharged the resident.
Tamara Esparza pleaded guilty to an amended charge of neglect of a dependent as a felony. However, due to her lack of a criminal record, her cooperation with a drug investigation and her ability to do what’s best for her situation and her daughter, the felony count was reduced to a misdemeanor as ordered by Judge Kim Hall. The order was also made so she could remain gainfully employed.
The Pulaski County Commissioners learned from the director of the recycling and transfer station that he hopes to retire at the end of the year.
Ed Clark told the commissioners that he will be retiring Dec. 31 and asked them to advertise for the opening. He said he’d stay on as long as the new person would need to be trained. They approved the request.
Pulaski County’s largest and most expensive home is on the market. It was built in 1998 for Braun Corporation founder Ralph Braun, who died in February of 2013. The home sits on a 40 acre property just south of Winamac and features nearly 16,000 feet of living space. Indianapolis-based Encore Sotheby’s International is handling the listing. Continue reading
Two people were arrested after a traffic stop in Marshall County on Wednesday.
A Marshall County patrolman stopped a vehicle in a business parking lot on Kingston Road. The officer found that Jason Joseph had an active felony warrant and was in possession of methamphetamine, pseudoephedrine and a schedule II controlled substance, according to a news release.
Applicants for a firearms license in Indiana will need to complete the necessary paperwork online after Oct. 1. The paper application will be replaced with an electronic firearms application process. The Indiana State Police process all applications. A spokesman says the new application will streamline the process for both the applicant and law enforcement officials and is designed to be user friendly. Continue reading
The Falloween Fest returns to Walkerton this weekend. The 6th annual festival will feature John Glenn High School’s organizations, clubs, community groups from surrounding towns, civic groups and churches for this major fund-raising event. Over $94,000 has been raised for student scholarships since the Falloween Fest’s inception in 2009. Continue reading
The 49th Annual Francesville Fall Festival is this weekend. Festivities get under way this afternoon with the American Legion Fish Dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. EDT and ending at 8 p.m. Continue reading
Results of a forensic autopsy conducted in the case of 33-year-old Christopher Howard of Grovertown have been released by Starke County Coroner Kris Rannells.
He stated that Howard died instantly of multiple systems blunt force trauma, including massive head, chest and abdominal injuries.
An investigation by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department found that Howard was last seen leaving friend’s house at 2 a.m. on Tuesday in the area of 1025 E. and 50 N. in Starke County. He was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon. His vehicle was found in the area of 900 East and 500 North at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and it appeared to have been involved in a collision.
Starke County officials have settled the lawsuit filed by a former elected official. Linda Belork was exonerated of wrongdoing in 2012 after the Starke County Commissioners removed her from office in August of 2011. Continue reading
James Royce, 44, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to felony charges of residential entry and escape and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief in two separate cases. The state and defense argued Royce’s sentence to Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall.
In one case, Royce admitted that he forced his way into his aunt’s home without an invitation. In the second case, he admitted to escaping the custody of a jailer who was escorting him from the courthouse to the Starke County Jail. Royce had appeared for a hearing in Starke Circuit Court and Judge Hall ordered him back to jail. Royce admitted that he “panicked” and ran. The jailer suffered an injury chasing after Royce. Royce was apprehended approximately 20 minutes after he escaped custody. He also admitted to tampering with the GPS ankle bracelet he was wearing as he had been on home detention through Starke County Community Corrections.
Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery gave the commissioners a quarterly report Monday morning and offered information about an informative safety meeting scheduled for next week.
The school safety committee will be meeting to discuss concerns with the winter season on the way. Avery told WKVI News that he will review the protocol in place when significant winter weather is forecast. Avery will make sure that the school emergency plans are up to date with current contact information plus critical components such as communications, command and management, emergency notification, public information, and other needs.
Pulaski County EMS Director Nikki Lowry asked the commissioners Monday night for help in retaining staff in her department.
She stated that there is a short turnaround of staff and believes that Pulaski County EMS needs to be more competitive when it comes to pay and work available.
Lowry also suggested offering incentives such as continuing education.
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will need to reduce their budget even further.
According to North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson, a decrease in enrollment will cause deeper cuts. She said the average daily membership has decreased by 40 students.
Earlier this year the board cut $1 million from the budget, and more cuts are forthcoming. Johnson did not elaborate on where those cuts will occur.