Schools across the Kankakee Valley will also be closed, including Knox Community Schools, North Judson-San Pierre Community Schools, Culver Community Schools, Eastern Pulaski Community Schools and West Central Community Schools.
Coldiron had been charged with five counts of Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm after an incident in 2011 when officers from several police departments reportedly found him to be in possession of several pistols and long weapons during the execution of a search warrant at a home in North Judson.
The LaPorte City Police Department is investigating a scam.
A 59-year-old LaPorte man told police that he received a phone call from “Walter Lopez” and said he was calling on behalf of Publishers Clearinghouse. “Lopez” told the victim that he was the winner of a $250,000 cash prize and a new vehicle. In order to claim the prize, the victim was asked to obtain a PayPal card in the amount of $350 and call “Lopez” back with the card number. “Lopez” claimed this was a service fee.
Starke County government leaders will have some summer help to tackle a few big jobs. Council members approved the hiring of an intern from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs for 120 hours of work at $7.25 an hour to be paid from the economic development income tax and commissioners budget. The intern’s responsibilities include helping to codify county ordinances and analyzing the county’s salary and wage structure. Commissioner Jennifer Davis will be his supervisor, and he will work Monday through Thursday. Davis says having an intern with a solid background in governmental affairs represents a win-win for the county, as he will be able to get some valuable hands-on experience and the county will get a lot of value for their investment in terms of the projects he’s been assigned.
Dewitt explained that any permits along with ordinance issues and concerns will now be processed through the Marshall County office. A similar agreement has been reached with Bremen and Argos. Culver has an online process and may approve an agreement in a later setting.
Dewitt also gave his quarterly report and presented the commissioners with a plaque from the Indiana Geographic Information Council. The plaque was awarded to the commissioners for their efforts in utilizing the Geographic Information System, or GIS. The Marshall County Commissioners will now be considered for a national award.
Many scholarships were given out to seniors from the Starke County Community Foundation and other worthy organizations in the community and several colleges. Congratulations to WKVI intern, Makayla Dillard, who received the Cheryl Lyn Welter Memorial Scholarship and one of six Indiana Broadcasters Association Scholarships.
Several advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration because it continues to allow arsenic in animal feed that is given to chickens, turkeys and hogs. Among those filing the suit is the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and senior adviser David Wallinga said the suit stems from a petition filed against the FDA three years ago.
Wednesday’s fire that destroyed a home on Pretty Lake Road in Plymouth owned by two doctors was caused by an electrical malfunction. Plymouth Fire Chief Rod Miller says the fire started in a basement storage room at Doctors Jeff and Jan Anthony Starr’s home. The residence was unoccupied at the time. Firefighters from numerous departments spent several hours bringing the blaze under control. The Plymouth Fire Department, state fire marshal’s office and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms completed the fire investigation. Monetary loss of the building and its contents is estimated at $1.1 million.
Officers from the Plymouth Police Department arrived at 1509 Harrison St. to serve an arrest warrant for felon Otis Young. Tara Lee, who lives at the residence and saw police arrive, ran into the home and allegedly warned Young of the presence of police.