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Former Sheriff, Chief Deputy Under Investigation

 
 

A former sheriff is the subject of a criminal investigation into alleged misappropriation of funds and missing equipment. A State Board of Accounts audit of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department released this morning found missing firearms valued at more than $7,500 and ammunition purchases of more than $13,000 between 2011 and 2014. The latter are incompatible with the firearms in inventory and used by the county sheriff’s officers, according to the audit. Mike Gayer was sheriff at that time. He retired at the end of 2014 due to term limits. Continue reading

North Judson Considers Adding Community Center

Council Member Justin Davis, President Wendy J.Hoppe, Council Member Josh Brown, Council Member Jane Ellen Felchuk, Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Collins, Council Member Nathan Bradley, Town Superintendent Marshall Hortsmann, Town Attorney Rachel Arndt , Town Marshal Douglas Vessely, not pictured is Fire Chief Joe Leszek. Photo by North Judson Town Photographer Peggy Bohac
Council Member Justin Davis, President Wendy J.Hoppe, Council Member Josh Brown, Council Member Jane Ellen Felchuk, Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Collins, Council Member Nathan Bradley, Town Superintendent Marshall Hortsmann, Town Attorney Rachel Arndt , Town Marshal Douglas Vessely, not pictured is Fire Chief Joe Leszek. Photo by North Judson Town Photographer Peggy Bohac

The Town of North Judson is looking into the addition of a new community center. Resident Bill Crase brought up the possibility of getting grant funding for a new community center during Monday’s town council meeting. He was previously involved in getting a grant for the town’s volunteer fire department. Continue reading

G. Jean Spoor

Funeral services for G. Jean Spoor, 93, of Culver, formerly of Winamac, are Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. EST at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home Royal Center Chapel, with visitation there Friday, Feb. 5 from 4 until 8 p.m. EST. Memorials may be made to the Winamac Order of the Eastern Star.

Jeffery Vessely

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jeffery Vessely, 69, of Indianapolis, formerly of North Judson, will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. EST at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Indianapolis. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 5 from noon until 8 p.m. EST at Lauck and Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services in Indianapolis. Prayers will be said at the funeral home Saturday morning at 10:30. Memorial contributions may be made to the IUPUI School of Physical Education, Jeff and Susan Vessely Scholarship.

Mary Monnett

Funeral services for Mary Monnett, 72, of Francesville, are Saturday, February 6 at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, with visitation there from noon until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to the Francesville United Methodist Church.

Kyle Lowry

Funeral services for Kyle Lowry, 27, of Winamac, are Monday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m. EST at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with visitation there Sunday, Feb. 7 from 2 until 7 p.m. EST and Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be given to Olivet Nazarene University or Winamac Church of the Nazarene in memory of Kyle Lowry.

Janet Hartwick

A celebration of life service for Janet Hartwick, 90, of South Bend, formerly of Winamac, will take place Tuesday, February 9 at 7 p.m. at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, beginning with Eastern Star services, with visitation there from 6 p.m. until the time of the services. Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Charles A. Richardson

Funeral services for Charles A. Richardson, 65, of Kewanna, are Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m. EST at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home Kewanna Chapel, with visitation there Friday, Feb. 5 from 5 until 8 p.m.

Motion to Dismiss Filed in Arson Case

 A Knox man accused of setting his business on fire will not stand trial a second time. C&C Salvage owner James Campbell’s second proceeding was supposed to start Monday. He was arrested on an arson charge about two weeks after a fire destroyed his business on U.S. 35 at Toto Road in March of 2014. A jury trial last March ended with a hung jury following 12 hours of deliberations. Continue reading

Starke County Highway Department Reports Winter Savings

 The relatively mild winter has resulted in considerable savings for the Starke County Highway Department. The nine winter events recorded last month cost slightly more than $50,000, according to information highway superintendent Rik Ritzler shared with the county commissioners this week. That figure includes money spent on diesel fuel, salt, sand and employee overtime. Last January the county spent more than $86,000, and two years ago January winter operations cost more than $130,000. The savings will be invested in road maintenance. Continue reading

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