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Patricia M. Greives

Funeral services for Patricia M. Greives, 44, of Burnettsville, Indiana are Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 at 3 p.m. ET at the Caley United Methodist Church. Visitation is Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to ASPCA and/or to the White County Humane Society.

Starke County K9 Officers Graduate from Training

Rob Olejniczak and "Terror"

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.

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Marshall County Commissioners to Discuss Changes in Juvenile Detention Contract

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.

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Knox Board of Works to Meet Today

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.

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Final Pre-Trial Hearing Held in Case of Robert Corbin

 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.

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Michigan City Man Dies after He Darts in Front of Car

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.

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Pulaski County Commissioner, Recycling Center Director Commended for Years of Service, Clark

Tracey Shorter and Larry Brady

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.

Ed Clark gives his last report as director of the Pulaski County Recycling Center.

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Marshall County Auditor Recognized for Years of Service

Penny Lukenbill and Ben Falkowski

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

Marshall County Solid Waste Director Resigns

The director of the Marshall County Solid Waste District has resigned.

Michael T. Good tendered his resignation effective immediately. The Marshall County Solid Waste District met Thursday and accepted his resignation.

Good was indicted by a Marshall County grand jury this week on counts of theft as a Class D felony and official misconduct as a Class D felony.

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Two Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

 Two were sentenced in Starke Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon.

Shayna Howard pleaded guilty to a charge of residential entry as a Class D felony. On June 29, she said she entered the wrong home after a party in which she became highly intoxicated. Judge Kim Hall accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Howard to 18 months in the Indiana Department of Corrections with the sentence suspended to be served on probation. As part of the plea agreement, she will need to attend substance abuse classes or any other program recommended by the probation department.

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Officers Recognized at Marshall County Commissioners Meeting

Sheriff Tom Chamberlin (L) recognizes officers for their extra effort in the line of duty.

Sheriff Tom Chamberlin (L) recognizes officers for their extra effort in the line of duty.

Marshall County Sheriff Tom Chamberlin recognized several officers for going above and beyond the call of duty in their line of work.

Rick Prater, Ryan Hollopeter, Matt Brown, Brandon Cooper, Jonathan Bryant and Travis ONeal were recognized for their life-saving efforts in separate calls.

Officers Matt Brown and Brandon Cooper tended to a victim in June of 2013 who was not breathing and was turning blue. The officers initiated chest compressions and shocks from an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) until paramedics could arrive at the scene. The victim in this case survived due to the efforts of the officers and EMS.

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Four Bridges in Pulaski County to be Repaired

Pulaski County Highway Superintendent Mark Fox informed the commissioners this week that there are three bridges on the 12-month inspection cycle. Work will be done soon to remove them from that list.

“We’re going to place wrap underneath these bridges to correct a substructure undercutting issue and those three will be able to be removed from that 12 month inspection cycle once we complete that,” stated Fox.

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Kathryn “Kate” I. May

Funeral services for Kathryn “Kate” I. May, 86, of Culver, Indiana will be Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at 10 a.mm. ET at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver. Visitation is Sunday, Dec. 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET and one hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Humane Society of Marshall County in memory of Kate and her beloved Pug, Tasha.

Robert A. Harris

A memorial service for Robert A. Harris, 85, of Culver, Indiana will be Saturday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. ET at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver. Visitation is Saturday, Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. The Odom Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marshall County Solid Waste Management Director Indicted

A Marshall County grand jury has returned counts of theft as a Class D felony and official misconduct as a Class D felony against Michael T. Good.

The two-count indictment alleges Good exerted unauthorized control over property of the Marshall County Solid Waste Management District totaling $9,017.12. He allegedly sold scrap in 2012, 2013 and 2014, according to a Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office press release. Good is currently the director of the Marshall County Solid Waste Management District.

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Howard Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Stabbing Incident

Benton Chrisopher Howard

Benton Christopher Howard

Benton Christopher Howard appeared in Starke Circuit Court for his initial hearing Wednesday afternoon.

On Nov. 30, Howard allegedly stabbed Brandon Davidson at a residence in Knox with a knife with a six to eight inch blade. The knife caused damage to Davidson’s heart and collapsed a lung.

A warrant was issued for Howard’s arrest and he turned himself into the Starke County Jail on Friday, Dec. 12.

Howard, 42, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, a Level 1 felony, and aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony. A Level 1 felony carries a sentence of 20 to 40 years if convicted while a Level 3 felony carries a sentence of three to six years.

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Flu Shots Available at Local Health Departments

Health officials urge you to get a flu shot to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Pulaski County Health Nurse Andrea Keller said the number of cases of fever and respiratory illness has increased. Keller told WKVI News that the flu shot is the number one defense against the virus. She noted that there are plenty of flu shots available at the Pulaski County Health Department. She administers shots Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET.

Starke County Health Nurse Frank Lynch encourages patrons to stop in the office to get a flu shot. He stated that he has an ample supply of vaccinations. To help prevent the spread of the flu, wash hands often and thoroughly, sneeze and cough into a tissue and stay home if you are sick.

Pulaski County EMS Looking for Paramedics

Paramedics continue to cycle out of the Pulaski County EMS department which leaves the department shorthanded.

Brandon DeLorenzo from Pulaski County EMS told the commissioners this week that they are still working on getting paramedics at the department and to keep them there. Paramedics are in high demand and in desperate need at the Pulaski County facility.

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