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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, Dolly Frinkle, 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 Frinkle’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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IU Health Official Explains Role of Small, Rural Hospital

Published: July 29th, 2014

The staff at IU Health Starke Hospital in Knox stand ready to assist patients who need emergency medical care or a diagnostic procedure. Janet Gillon is the director of patient care services. She says the hospital is able to do tremendous things. For instance, she says the diagnostic imaging department offers MRI, CT, general films, ultrasound and mammography. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Bremen Man Ordered to Reimburse Department of Work Force Development

Published: July 28th, 2014

Indiana Workforce DevelopmentA Bremen man was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court to two years probation and ordered to pay $34,126.25 in restitution for 18 months worth of unemployment benefits. Court documents indicate Timothy Heckaman, 53, previously pleaded guilty to the felony offense of theft of government property. Read the rest of this entry »

New Recording Equipment Purchased for North Judson Police Department

Published: July 28th, 2014
Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff (left), Frank Thomas and Town Marshal Doug Vessely. Photo provided

Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff (left), Frank Thomas and Town Marshal Doug Vessely. Photo provided

Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff recently purchased new interviewing equipment for the North Judson Police Department.

The recording equipment was purchased with Pretrial Diversion funds which are used at the discretion of the prosecutor to help local law enforcement.

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely said the equipment was desperately needed and everything is running smoothly.

Scales Purchased for Marshall County Police Departments

Published: July 28th, 2014
Prosecutor Holmes (right) hands Plymouth Police Deparment Corporal and Evidence Technician Bridget Hite a scale

Prosecutor Holmes (right) hands Plymouth Police Deparment Corporal and Evidence Technician Bridget Hite a scale

Marshall County Prosecutor David R. Holmes has purchased highly sensitive weight measuring scales with money from the Pretrial Diversion Fund.

Holmes stated in a press release that the new changes in the drug laws make it essential to have accurate readings on the weight of any drugs seized in a case. That weight needs to be proven in court.

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Kindergarten Countdown Benefits 20 Students

Published: July 28th, 2014
Kids learned several important skills prior during the Kindergarten Countdown

Kids learned several important skills prior during the Kindergarten Countdown. Photo provided.

The Kindergarten Countdown program held at the Knox Elementary School in June was a success this year.

Twenty children received an early education before they enter Kindergarten this fall. Students who attend preschool often obtain better scores on tests, have better social skills and are more understanding of routines than those who do not attend a preschool program.

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Starke County Highway Department Chip Seals Record Number of Road Miles

Published: July 28th, 2014
Starke County Highway Superintendent Stephen "Rik" Ritzler

Starke County Highway Superintendent Stephen “Rik” Ritzler

The Starke County Highway Department recently finished chip sealing 47 miles of roadway, which ties 2013 as the most miles of roads done in the last 15 years. They did set a record by completing the work in nine days, compared to 16 last year. They credit good weather and minimal equipment delays with getting the work done quickly and say they have also developed a good system which allows them to be more efficient. Read the rest of this entry »

INDOT Closes Portions of U.S. 31

Published: July 28th, 2014

Access from multiple side roads to U.S. 31 in St. Joseph County will be limited through the end of the year. Indiana Department of transportation officials say the closures are necessary as the new U.S. 31 construction is tied in to the existing U.S. 31. Motorists can still access U.S. 31 by way of Main Street, Kern Road and Ireland Road. However, crews will shut down access to U.S. 31 from Jewell Avenue, Hildebrand Street, Yoder Street, Dice Street, Pulling Street, Gilmer Street, Pasadena Avenue Detroit Avenue, and Lucinda Street.

 

State Excise Police Arrest 18 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday

Published: July 28th, 2014

Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested 18 people on 20 charges during Saturday’s races and concerts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Most were charged with alcohol or drug-related offenses. Most of the arrests were for illegal possession or consumption of alcohol, with 16 people facing that charge. Other charges include furnishing alcohol to a minor and possession of false identification. Read the rest of this entry »