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Neftalie “Lee” G. Alva, Sr.

Funeral services for Neftalie “Lee” G. Alva, Sr., 93, of North Judson, Indiana are Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. CT at the SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in North Judson.  Visitation is Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT at the O’Donnell Funeral Home in North Judson.

Daniel L. Neff

A burial with military honors for Daniel L. Neff, 90, of Brentwood, Tennessee, formerly of Winamac, Indiana will be held at the Winamac Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials may be made to Alive Hospice. Alzheimer’s Association, or Winamac Church of the Nazarene.  Arrangements are being handled by the Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Trick or Treat Hours 2014

Trick or Treat Hours 2014:

Friday, Oct. 31
Hamlet – 5:30-7 p.m. CT
Knox – 5:30-7 p.m. CT followed by costume judging and refreshments at Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center, sponsored by ABATE and the City of Knox.
North Judson – 5 p.m.-7 p..m. CT
Culver – 5-7 p.m. ET
Medaryville – 5-7 p.m. ET. Hot dogs and drinks will be available at the Lions Club and costume judging is at 7:15 p.m. in front of the fire department.
Winamac – 5-7 p.m. ET

Knox City Council to Consider Dumpster Ordinance

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council members will soon be putting together a dumpster ordinance.

Several complaints have been received concerning the placement and longevity of dumpsters at a locations throughout the city. The council members will fashion an ordinance that is suited to the needs of the city to regulate the use of the containers.

City Attorney David Matsey gave the council members a comprehensive draft of an ordinance that he put together using information from several different ordinances from different municipalities. He urged all of the members to look through the document and select items that may be relevant to the city. They will look at paring down the language at the council’s next meeting on Monday, Nov. 10.

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Knox Street Department Keeping Busy

Knox Street Superintendent Jeff Borg told the Board of Public Works this week that the leaf pick-up program is keeping the employees busy. He added that the department is gearing up for the winter season. The first order of road salt should be placed at the first of December but the supply the city has now is healthy. He said prices jumped 50 percent per ton of road salt over last year’s price. Borg stated that the city should be in good shape and hopes that the weather isn’t as bad as last year.

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Russell Prosser Convicted in Marshall County Trial

Russell Prosser

Russell Prosser

A Marshall County jury convicted a defendant on several charges in a two-day trial in Marshall County Superior Court.

The jury members deliberated over three hours and found Russell Prosser guilty on one count of possession of stolen property, one count of resisting law enforcement, four counts of unauthorized entry of motor vehicles and four counts of theft of items found in those vehicles.

Prosser was arrested on Dec. 9, 2013 after he had stolen items out of cars from a number of Culver residents the previous evening. He also led police in a foot pursuit. He was apprehended the next day after he was found sleeping in his truck in the McDonald’s parking lot in LaPaz.

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Sentencing Hearing Set for Jeremy Rowe

  A defendant in an incident in January of 2012 where a man was robbed, ordered to a bank at gunpoint and severely beaten appeared in Starke Circuit Court yesterday for a status hearing.

Jeremy Rowe has pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to charges of burglary and receiving stolen property in his alleged participation in the event. His brother, Randall Rowe, was previously sentenced to 25 years in prison in his involvement in this incident and is currently serving time in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

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Starke County Election Board Discusses Political Signs, Travel Board Votes

The Starke County Election Board discussed political sign disclaimers during their meeting Thursday afternoon.

A written complaint was filed by Tammie Taulbee, a Knox School Board candidate, that four candidates did not have disclaimers on their signs placed in public areas promoting their candidacy for the General Election.

It is law that a disclaimer be included on all political material stating who paid for the material and whether any candidate approves of the material if the material is paid for by someone other than the candidate.

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Trick-or-Treat Night at the Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

The staff at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department had so much fun with last week’s trick-or-treat event at the justice center last week that they’re going to do it again tonight!

Sheriff Michael Gayer said the event last week was held in conjunction with the Halloween event at the Tippecanoe River State Park north of Winamac. He said that there are treats left to give to the kids of Pulaski County. Stop by the justice center tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

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Randall Stone Sentenced to Work Release

 Randall Stone was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court on Thursday.

Stone, 45, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to an amended count of possession of methamphetamine as a Class D felony. He told Judge Kim Hall that he possessed the drug while in a car during a traffic stop in North Judson on Sept. 17, 2012.

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Two Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

 Two defendants were sentenced in Starke Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Carter Scutchfield pleaded guilty to an amended charge of receiving stolen auto parts as a Class D felony. The sentence was presented as an agreed recommendation to Judge Kim Hall. Per that recommendation, Scutchfield was sentenced to 26 months in the Indiana Department of Corrections with no part of the sentence suspended.

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Jefferson Street Bridge Work Continues

Jefferson Street bridge

Jefferson Street bridge

Work on the Jefferson Street bridge in Plymouth is nearing completion.

Crews from Beer and Slabaugh have finished the west end of the bridge and the east end is about half done. Marshall County Supervisor of Highways Jason Peters told WKVI News that less work needs to be done on the east side of the bridge.

Construction is being done to reinforce the sidewalk along the bridge and to reinforce the corners of the bridge to alleviate stability issues. Once all of the repairs are done, the crews will reseal the deck.

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Knox Resident Disputes Sewer Bill

Michael Milo disputed his 19 year sewer bill to the members of the Knox Board of Public Works Wednesday morning.

Milo claimed that when he purchased his home at 1306 Pine Street in 1995 he did not know that sewer lines were not hooked up to the city system. He recently learned that a septic system was on his property and he had been billed a sewer bill since he purchased the home even though the lines were not hooked up to the system.

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Knox City Council Discusses 2015 Budget

 The Knox City Council members discussed the 2015 budget during their meeting Tuesday night.

Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston explained that the budget reflects a 2.44 percent increase in appropriations. He said he hopes that it comes within the maximum levy which is the maximum amount that can be raised through property taxes.

Houston said the council members will need to make cuts to the budget in 2015.

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LaPorte Sheriff to Host Halloween Event

Halloween-trick-or-treatThe sixth annual Trick-or-Treat and Halloween Safety event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 31, hosted by LaPorte County Sheriff Michael Mollenhauer.

The event promotes safety for children while trick-or-treating in the community. Children attending the event will receive a reflective trick-or-treat bag with an activity book and crayons. A reflector badge will also be supplied. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

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