The Knox City Council will consider an overhaul of the local golf cart ordinance at their next meeting. Review copies of the proposal were handed out to city council members Tuesday for review. Mayor Dennis Estok says there are quite a few proposed changes. The biggest is a requirement that golf cart owners register the vehicles. They would be subject to inspections, and an annual fee would be charged. Continue reading
The City of Knox has four houses ready for demolition as part of their blight elimination grant process. Sewer and water lines to all four properties have been capped, and NIPSCO has disconnected utilities. Continue reading
Synthetic marijuana is big problem for law enforcement, and a potentially deadly one. Detective Dave Combs from the Knox Police Department says it’s packaged like traditional cannabis and smoked in the same manner, but that’s where the similarities end. Continue reading
The Knox Police Department is looking to add a four-legged crime fighter to its ranks. They received approval from the board of works to purchase a K-9 to assist with drug investigations and searches. Continue reading
Heroin use is a growing concern for local law enforcement. Detective Dave Combs with the Knox Police Department says it first showed up in Starke County a few years ago and quickly grew in popularity. He says it typically comes into the area from the south side of Chicago and South Bend. The drug is derived from the opium plant and is imported from Mexico. Combs adds users can buy a folded foil packet of heroin for about $20 and get high. Continue reading
The new venue for the annual Knox fireworks display will be put to the test next week. Mayor Dennis Estok told the city council Tuesday evening Mad Bomber will be at Wythogan Park on Wednesday, May 4th at dusk to set off a few practice shells and test visibility. Members of the Knox Fire Department will be standing by to assist. Continue reading
The Knox City Council voted 3-2 to raise the fine for truck route violations from $50 to $150 after a spirited discussion. Mayor Dennis Estok contends the fine needs to be raised in order to deter local drivers from playing the odds and using Culver Road to get from U.S. 35 to the Knox Industrial Park instead of taking State Road 8. Councilman Tim Manns renewed his call for additional signs to alert truck drivers of the route.
Seemingly innocent items like plastic baggies and aluminum foil may actually be signs someone is using methamphetamine. Detective Dave Combs with the Knox Police Department says sandwich baggies with missing corners raise his suspicions, as meth is typically carried in the corner of a sandwich bag. Continue reading
Indiana is getting a lot of attention from both Democrat and Republican presidential candidates. Continue reading
A former teacher in the Knox and North Judson-San Pierre School Corporations is accused of molesting his then-12-year-old daughter, according to authorities in Vanderburg County. Continue reading
Law enforcement agencies throughout Starke County are joining forces to combat the local drug epidemic. During last night’s drug symposium hosted by the Knox Police Department and DCS, Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff announced a partnership that’s been two years in the planning. The Starke County Major Crimes Unit is an investigative task force made up of officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, the Knox Police Department and the Hamlet Police Department. Continue reading
The Knox City Council will consider a few ordinance amendments when they meet this evening. The first proposal would increase the fee for truck route violations from $50 per occurrence to $150. Continue reading
Parents of preschool-age Starke County children can take advantage of a one-stop shop tonight at the 3rd Annual Starke County Community Foundation Preschool Fair. Representatives from the county’s nine preschools as well as other programs that serve young children and their families will be on hand to share information. Continue reading
A pair of Knox residents face numerous drug charges following a Friday morning search of a rural residence by the Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Knox City Police. They found methamphetamine, items used in its manufacture, marijuana, several firearms and drug paraphernalia at the home in the 1500 north block of 700 East, according to the incident report. Continue reading
They’re hosting a free community program at 6 p.m. tonight at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in downtown Knox. It will address drug recognition, physical signs of drug abuse and treatment programs available within the community. Continue reading
Parents of preschool-age Starke County children can take advantage of a one-stop shop tomorrow night at the 3rd Annual Starke County Community Foundation Preschool Fair. Development Director Sarah Origer says the goal is to increase awareness of how important preschool is.
“We encourage parents, grandparents, caregivers, the whole family, to come out for this preschool fair. I guarantee they will learn something new about offerings for young children in Starke County.” Continue reading
Crews from the Knox Water Department will be flushing hydrants throughout the city this week. Work will be done during the day, and motorists are asked to avoid driving through areas where they see water department employees flushing hydrants. Continue reading
After months of planning, construction of the splash pad in Wythogan Park is finally under way. Continue reading
Cyber attacks are reported in the news all the time, but you don’t often think of farmers as being potential victims. Internet Security Alliance President Larry Clinton says many of the agriculture industry’s closely held secrets are vulnerable.
“There’s valuable soil and content data; there’s GMO variables; there’s pesticide and chemical formulas, genetic engineering, innovative animal breeding techniques, planting, harvesting, processing, storing, transporting. There’s a lot of important business data there.” Continue reading
The Starke County EMS rig based at Grovertown is having more mechanical problems. Director Keith Emigh told the county commissioners Monday night the truck is not shifting into first or second gear. He’s not sure if the problem is electrical or is in the transmission. Continue reading