Robert Lockridge

No services or visitation are scheduled for Robert Lockridge, 82, of Brooks, formerly of Knox. Braman & Son Memorial Chapel in Knox is in charge of arrangements.

Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

Doug Vessely
North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely


1/25/16 – A resident in the 100 block of East Sycamore Street reported being harassed. .

1/27/16 – North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of East Talmer Ave. after a vehicle reportedly struck another vehicle while turning into the parking lot. The driver was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

1/28/16 – NJ Police were dispatched to an animal complaint in the 900 block of Bender Street.

1/30/16 – North Judson Police received a harassment report in the 600 block of West Talmer Ave.

1/30/16 – NJ Police were dispatched to an animal complaint in the 200 block of Franklin Street.

1/31/16 – A theft was reported in the 700 block of West Talmer Avenue. The incident remains under investigation.

2/1/16 – North Judson Police assisted in picking up a juvenile female for CPS.

2/2/16 – North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas investigated a minor property damage accident near the entrance to the old Girl Scout cabin on Talmer Avenue east of State Road 39.

2/5/16 – Police received a false report of an “emergency” going on in the 600 Block of Lane Street. After a brief investigation it was learned a child was sending false texts.

2/5/16 – North Judson Police handled a loose dog in the 200 block of Franklin Street.

2/6/16 – North Judson Police investigated a family dispute in the 600 block of Simmons Street.


Inclusion in the arrest reports is simply a record an arrest was made and is not an indication of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

01/26/16 – Jeremie Lee Songer, 27, North Judson – Operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

01/2816 – Gabriel Thomas French, 31, South Bend – Felony warrant, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of a schedule drug and possession of paraphernalia.

1/28/16 – Devon Michael Blankenship, 21, Nappanee – Possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe.

1/28/16 – Samuel Eugene Barnett, 20, Hamlet – Visiting a common nuisance.

2/1/16 – Travis J. Allen, 28, North Judson – Starke Circuit Court failure to appear warrant.

2/3/16 – Kyle P. Kelley, 31, North Judson – Starke Circuit Court warrant.

Wilbur “Ray” Dowd”

Funeral services for Wilbur “Ray” Dowd, 83, of Culver, are Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. CST at Rannells Funeral Home Hamlet Chapel, with visitation there Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 4 until 8 p.m. CST and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Military graveside services will also be conducted.

Diane Porter

Funeral services for Diane Porter, 55, of Walkerton, are Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. CST at Rannells Funeral Home Koontz Lake Chapel, with visitation ther efrom 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

Additional Candidates File in Starke County


Friday’s candidate filing deadline brought a flurry of activity in Starke County. A total of six Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination for the Commissioner District 3 seat held by Republican Kent Danford. He is not running again. Candidates include Karen Tibbs, Anthony R. Bailey, Robert G. Manning, Tony Minix, Kenneth Arnett and Joseph Woods. The winner will face Republican Charles Chesak in November. Continue reading

Filing Deadline Brings Competitive Pulaski County Races


Several contested primary and a few general election races have cropped up in Pulaski County. Friday was the last day for candidates for county-wide elected office to file. Incumbent District 1 Commissioner Terry Young has drawn several primary opponents. Jerome C. (Jerry) Locke and Kenneth (Ken) Dunn are both running on the Republican ticket, setting up a three-way GOP primary. The winner will face a general election challenge from Democrat Derrick Stalbaum. Continue reading

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

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.

Wanda F. Miller

A memorial service for Wanda F. Miller, 82, of Winamac will be held Saturday, February 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Memorials may be given to a hospice of the donor’s choice or the Kewanna Church of Christ.

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.