Here are the winners of the outdoor Christmas decoration contest in Hamlet:
1st place: Keith Ham, 310 W. Davis St. ($100)
2nd place: Charles Windbigler, 308 W. Davis St. ($75)
3rd place: Bob Rowles, 109 S. Starke St. ($50)
Honorable mention: Lee Miller, Lot #32
Honorable mention: Darrell Pitts, 109 W. Indiana Ave.
Each year the Public Interest Research Group releases a Trouble in Toyland report, disclosing which toys are unfit to be sold. This year more than 150 toys were either recalled or taken off of store shelves as a result of the report. Continue reading
An autopsy will be performed today on the Jane Doe found Friday morning near Bremen. A walker found the partially charred body in a rural area just off 5th Road between Hawthorn and Grape Roads. Continue reading
Rob Olejniczak and “Terror”
Starke County’s new K9 officers have graduated from training at the Von Liche Kennels in Denver, Ind.
Officer Rob Olejniczak and K9 “Terror” have spent the past five weeks learning how to perform traffic stops, building searches, open area searches for drugs, and searches of a suspect. Olejniczak also learned how to detect the dog’s change of behavior when the dog alerts to the presence of drugs. Filing proper paperwork and how to condition the K9 outside of school were other educational topics.
When Olejniczak and “Terror” go into service at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, they will be available to aid other departments in the county and outside the county for drug searches.
The Starke County Council and Commissioners are seeking qualified, community-minded individuals to serve on a variety of boards and commissions in 2015. Many of the seats require specific party affiliation under Indiana Code. It is determined by the prospective nominee’s vote in the most recent primary election or a letter of support from the party chairman. Currently seated board members may be given preference for a subsequent term. Continue reading
Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer
Pulaski County Sheriff Mike Gayer is retiring after two terms in office. Members of the public are invited to celebrate with him today at the sheriff’s office in Winamac. The party will take place from noon until 1:30 p.m. EST in the sheriff’s training room.
The Marshall County Commissioners will be taking a closer look at a contract for housing juvenile delinquents.
The county had a prior contract with the juvenile detention center in Muncie which moved operations to Evart, Indiana in the name of Muskegon River Youth Home Inc. The new contract for 2015 does not include transportation in the expense to the county which is $41,650 up front for 350 bed days. The prior contract also included sexual abuse evaluation and substance abuse evaluation where they are included as additional services in the 2015 contract. Personal property damage would also be the county’s responsibility.
People traveling this week for the holidays will see sizeable savings in fuel costs. GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says prices are much lower than recent past years.
The Knox Board of Public Works will meet this morning to take care of end-of-the-year business.
The board will open and review sealed quotes for purchase of a truck and bed for the street department. Street Superintendent Jeff Borg said previously that he will be ordering more parts for the new truck as money is available.
A final pre-trial conference was conducted Friday morning in Starke Circuit Court in the case of Robert Corbin. Corbin is charged with two counts of attempted child seduction.
The State of Indiana filed a motion to allow 404B evidence when the case goes to trial on Jan. 14 to which the defense objected. Under the law, the prosecutor must provide reasonable notice of the general nature of any such evidence that the prosecutor intends to offer at trial; anddo so before trial.
A Michigan City man was pronounced dead at the scene of a car/pedestrian accident in the 9800 North block of U.S. Highway 12 early this morning.
According to an investigation by the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department, Richard Schmuhl, 83, was attempting to cross the street when he suddenly darted out in front of an oncoming passenger car. Schmuhl was struck by the driver’s side of the car. Officers found him in the highway and he was pronounced dead by an official with the LaPorte County Coroner’s Office.
President of the Starke County Commissioners Jennifer Davis and Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen
Jennifer Davis has presided over her final meeting as president of the Starke County Commissioners. Instead of seeking reelection to that body, Davis opted instead to run for a seat on the Starke County Council.
“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve,” Davis said at the conclusion of Monday’s county commissioners meeting. Democrat Don Binkley is taking her place.
Davis attended yesterday’s reception at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department in honor of Sheriff Oscar Cowen. He’s held that office for eight years and is stepping down due to term limits. Democrat Bill Dulin will take over as sheriff in January.
Tracey Shorter and Larry Brady
Pulaski County Commissioner Tracey Shorter was recognized by Commission President Larry Brady for her years of service to the residents of Pulaski County.
Brady presented Shorter with a plaque. Shorter did not run for re-election in this year’s election for her seat on the county commission. Bud Krohn, Jr. will begin his four-year term on Jan. 1. The first meeting of the Pulaski County Commissioners in 2015 is Jan. 5.
Ed Clark gives his last report as director of the Pulaski County Recycling Center.
Penny Lukenbill and Ben Falkowski
Marshall County Auditor Penny Lukenbill was recognized for her efforts as a county auditor and as a county employee during the Marshall County Commissioners meeting Monday morning.
David Bottorff, the executive director of the Association of Indiana Counties, said Lukenbill served as president of the association and talked to legislators about county issues. To recognize her efforts, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski mentioned Lukenbill’s accomplishments into the congressional record. Ben Falkowski presented Lukenbill with a plaque. Continue reading
The North Judson-San Pierre Academic Team was given the Blue Jay Way award at the school board meeting this week for winning the annual spell bowl competition last month. The school hosted the elementary competition for 11 schools in five different classes competing against each other. Continue reading
The Culver Town Council and Culver Community School Board have rescheduled their meetings over the next two weeks in light of the holidays. Continue reading
Authorities in Marshall County are investigating after a woman’s body was found in a rural area near Bremen. Continue reading
North Judson-San Pierre students staged a sit-in to protest the relocation of the band room to the auditorium.
Students at North Judson-San Pierre High School staged a sit-in today to protest the school’s decision to move the band to the auditorium and turn the music suite into a weight room. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says in a letter to choral and band parents “the intention is not to devalue music.” She says the existing second floor weight room behind the bleachers is no longer structurally sound and must be located on the ground level. Johnson adds major renovations are not possible at this time due to financial concerns.
Her letter explains physical education is a required course of study for high school students, and the curriculum includes physical conditioning. Johnson says “this means all high school students use the weight room, not just athletes”.
Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth a whopping $125 million, which is the largest in six weeks. Tickets for the multi-state jackpot are $1 each and are available at more than 4,000 Hoosier Lottery retailers nationwide. Continue reading
U.S. Army PFC Frank Ono
Starke County’s most decorated veteran is the recipient of another honor. PFC Frank Ono is among the latest South Shore Wall of Legends inductees. The wall is located at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. Continue reading