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Second Arrest Made in Hamlet Trailer Fire Investigation

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014

Another arrest has been made in a trailer fire investigation in Hamlet.

North Judson officers brought in Heather Mann on Monday, April 14 to question her about the Tuesday, April 8 trailer fire at 504 North Starke Street, lot 10 in Hamlet. Firefighters reportedly found a meth lab in the smoldering debris.

After the interview conducted by Hamlet police officers she was placed into custody and booked into the Starke County Jail. She was arrested on preliminary charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and visiting a common nuisance.

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Plymouth Man Sentenced to 28 Years in DOC

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014
Otis Young

Otis Young

A Plymouth man known to be a popular methamphetamine cook and for getting more and more people addicted to the drug over the past several years will be spending a lot of time behind bars after pleading guilty to several serious charges in a plea agreement with the State.

Marshall County Superior Court Judge Robert O. Bowen sentenced Otis Young to a total of 28 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections in a hearing Thursday afternoon.

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North Judson-San Pierre School Board Approves Contract for The Crossing

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014

The CrossingAll three Starke County schools have now approved a contract to be part of The Crossing alternative school.

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board approved the contract Tuesday night and will join Knox Community Schools and Oregon-Davis Schools in creating a Starke County Crossing school. The school helps those students who have fallen out of the traditional public school setting and helps them get a second chance at getting the education that they need.

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Medaryville Town Council Approves Ordinance for Compensation during Emergency Declarations

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014

The Medaryville Town Council approved an ordinance that would provide a town employee with the option of earning compensation time to make up for each day lost as a result of the closing of the Medaryville Town Hall due to inclement weather.

A state of emergency declared by The State of Indiana, the Pulaski County Commissioners and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department caused the town hall to close and forced town hall employees to choose between the loss of a pay day or utilizing their time off.

The town council wants to provide those employees with the option of earning time off with pay in lieu of overtime pay, known as compensation time, to accommodate the employee for having been forced to choose between the loss of a pay day or utilizing paid time. The employee would knowingly and voluntarily agreeing to accept compensation time in lieu of overtime pay.

According to the ordinance, an hourly employee may be given time off for time worked beyond the employee’s regular work schedule if the extra time off or compensation time is specifically requested and authorized by a supervisor and was created as a result of the emergency declaration.

This time policy will be effective as of Feb. 1, 2014.

In a related matter, the Medaryville Town Council approved an action to put $3,000 into the overtime pay for the Maintenance Supervisor as that item in the budget was depleted before April. The overtime was used in order for snow removal.

Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Summer School Courses

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board approved summer school classes during their meeting this week.

Superintendent Dan Foster said a few courses will be offered this summer.

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Restoration Work on Winamac Water Line Project to be Conducted Next Week

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014
Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council learned this week that the company who installed water lines on the north end of town last year will be back next week to finish some work.

Town Manager Jim Conner said the finishing touches should start on Tuesday.

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Meeting Set to Discuss a Dog Recreation Park

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014

dog picA meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 19 to see what the interest is in creating a dog recreation park in Knox.

Those spearheading the idea ask that all dog owners/lovers attend the 10 a.m. meeting at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox to learn about information needed to get a dog park approved in the city limits.

Chuck Richardson previously told WKVI that he presented a list of names on a petition to start a dog park at the Knox Park Board meeting last month, but the board members reportedly told him that they would like to see people attend their next meeting who are in favor of the incident.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Approve IT Contract

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 17th, 2014

 The Pulaski County Commissioners approved an IT contract during an emergency meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

The commissioners had to hold the meeting as RB Walters left county IT service provider Degroot Technologies and he was the technician who took care of the computers at the Pulaski County Justice Center. Company officials believe he would be the best person to continue working on the computers as he is the most familiar with the processes at the jail. Degroot Technologies would continue servicing the county’s computers and the Justice Center would be handled by a separate contractor.

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Christopher McNeese Sentenced to 15 Years in the DOC

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 17th, 2014

 Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall accepted a plea agreement between the State and defendant Christopher McNeese in which he was sentenced in two different cases to a total of 15 years in the Department of Corrections.

McNeese pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to a charge of Burglary as a Class B Felony. Per the terms of the agreement, McNeese was sentenced to 11 years in the Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended.

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Eight-Year Sentence Handed to Michael Derby

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 17th, 2014

  A plea and sentencing hearing was held in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday in the case of Michael Derby.

Derby pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the State to a charge of Aggravated Battery as a Class B Felony. He admitted to causing injury to another person while incarcerated. The victim suffered broken facial bones and a concussion.

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Metronet Bids Approved by Marshall County Commissioners and Plymouth Redevelopment Commission

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 17th, 2014

The Marshall County Commissioners approved a bid for the county’s portion of the Metronet project and the Plymouth Redevelopment Commission approved a bid for the city’s portion of the project.

The commissioners approved a bid from CSU, Inc. for Alternate A at a cost of$598,221.99. The county’s portion of the project includes general work for the infrastructure and conduit.

The city selected the base bid and alternates A, B, C, and D with Michiana Contracting.

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North Judson-San Pierre School Board Continues to Study Budget for Cuts

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 17th, 2014

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board continues to find ways to cut $1.2 million from the general fund in the corporation’s budget.

Superintendent Lynn Johnson said a budget work session was held last week to tackle this issue.

“We’re still in the process of making reductions,” stated Johnson. “We did have some retirements this year and so that does help with the budget. Some of the budget reductions will be basically a half of a year because we’re just talking just half of the year in 2014. In 2015, you’ll have the whole year’s advantage. We’re looking at making final recommendations at the May 20 meeting.”

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Starke County Highway Department Prepares for Bridge Replacement

Published: April 17th, 2014
Starke County Highway Superintendent Stephen "Rik" Ritzler

Starke County Highway Superintendent Stephen “Rik” Ritzler

The cost of plowing snow during the worst winter in nearly 40 years forced the Starke County Highway Department to dramatically scale back its road maintenance budget. However, Superintendent Rik Ritzler says they’re still moving forward with scheduled bridge replacements.

“The bridge replacement plan was not affected by winter operations,” Ritzler told the commissioners during their most recent meeting. “We have enough money in the CEDIT account both presently and budgeted if that’s not touched. If that’s touched, it will be jeopardized.”

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Winamac Town Council Discusses Town Pool

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 17th, 2014
Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council discussed the town pool at length during their regularly scheduled meeting this week.

According to Town Manager Jim Conner, a representative from Reno Sys, a pool rehabilitation company in Indianapolis, discussed plans for the pool. It’s going to be expensive and it’s going to be a large project.

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