Today's News

All posts by Mary Perren

Accused Serial Killer Enters Not Guilty Plea

Darren D. Vann

Darren D. Vann

The Gary man police there say confessed to killing seven women, including a Knox native, has pleaded not guilty in connection with two of the homicides. Darren Vann, 43, has been formally charged in the deaths of Afrika Hardy, whose body was found in a Hammond motel room on Oct. 17th, and Anith Jones, who was one of six women discovered in abandoned homes in Gary. Continue reading

Purdue University Shooter Found Dead in Prison Cell

Cody Cousins

Cody Cousins

The man convicted of killing a Purdue University student in January at the West Lafayette campus was found dead in his cell at the state prison in Michigan City last night, according to Indiana State Prison officials. An autopsy is scheduled for Cody Cousins, 24. Continue reading

Conservation Officers Arrest Mishawaka Man in LaPorte County

DNR law enforcementA Mishawaka man faces illegal hunting and drug charges in LaPorte County. Indiana Conservation Officers reportedly saw Jason Nehring, 39, shinning a spotlight in a field near the Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area in search of deer Tuesday night. Continue reading

Redskin Brigade Schedules Community Performance

06-07-14 Music Recycled picMembers of the public are invited to see the Knox Redskin Brigade perform in advance of Saturday’s semi-state marching band competition at Decatur Central High School. The band’s final dress rehearsal will take place tonight at 8:30 p.m. on the high school football field. Continue reading

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

10/20/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle rollover wreck at the intersection of U.S. 421 and Fisher Street in San Pierre. No injuries were reported.

10/20/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, North Judson Police Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department First Responders all responded to a two-vehicle accident on State Road 10 by the cemetery.

10/20/14 – A resident in the 3500 block of English Lake Road reported riders on four-wheelers trespassing on his property.

10/20/14 – Police responded to a report of a car versus deer crash on U.S. 35 north of Knox.

10/21/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a car versus deer crash that occurred the previous evening on U.S. 35 south of 450 South in Knox.

10/21/14 – A Knox resident reported receiving a threatening telephone call from a known suspect.

10/21/14 – A resident in the 9800 block of East State Road 8 in Knox reported her brother destroyed some of her things.

10/21/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a semi truck versus deer crash on U.S. 30 east of Knoll Brothers.

10/21/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a car versus deer crash on 700 East south of 200 South in Knox.

10/22/14 – Hamlet Police, Starke County EMS, Hamlet Fire Department and the Starke County Sheriff’s Department all responded to an accident with injuries and entrapment on U.S. 30 in front of Knoll Brothers.

10/22/14 – A resident in the 11500 block of East South Avenue in Walkerton reported people trespassing on his property.

10/22/14 – A resident in the 6300 block of South 500 West in North Judson reported multiple people on four-wheelers driving and doing tricks on his property at the southwest corner of State Road 10 and 500 West.

10/23/14 – The owner of a property in the 3200 block of South 750 East in Knox advised the Starke County Sheriff’s Department his residence had been broken into.

10/23/14 – A resident in the 500 block of North Roosevelt Road in Knox reported people in a red four-door passenger car just threw pumpkins at her house. She said this is the second time it has happened.

10/24/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of East 150 South in Knox reported his mailbox was vandalized by pumpkins.

10/24/14 – A resident in the 4100 block of South 350 West in North Judson reported his mailbox was destroyed.

10/24/14 – The owner of property in the 1200 block of east 700 South in Knox reported someone hunting there despite posted no trespassing signs.

10/24/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 35 north of 250 North in Knox.

10/24/14 – A burglary-in-progress was reported in the 4400 block of South Dawn Drive West in North Judson.

10/24/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on U.S. 30 east of Grovertown Truck Stop.

10/25/14 – A purse with keys and credit cards was reported stolen from the Shriner’s Club in the 7000 block of South State Road 10 in Knox.

10/25/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of State Roads 10 and 39 involving a vehicle in a ditch.

10/25/14 – A resident in the 1400 block of North U.S. 35 in Knox reported the theft of his six-month-old German Shepherd.

10/25/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of Fernwood Drive reported four our five people coon hunting on his property without permission the previous night.

10/25/14 – A man said he was driving on U.S. 30 at the U.S. 35 exit when something fell off a trailer and damaged his vehicle.

10/26/14 – A resident in the 3100 block of South 900 Way in San Pierre advised someone just lit his lawn mower on fire.

10/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Hamlet Fire Department responded to a crash in the southbound lanes of 500 East south of 700 North in Hamlet.

10/26/14 – Trespassers were reported in the area of Hensler’s Nursery in the 5700 block of North 750 East in Hamlet. The caller advised two men and a child were hunting mushrooms on the west side of the property and were told to leave. They were driving a gold four-door car with Illinois license plates.

10/26/14 – A man reported the theft of a HTC One cell phone with a laser green case from a home on 250 West the previous night.

10/26/14 – A resident in the area of 400 South and 650 West in North Judson reported shots being fired in the area.

10/26/14 – A resident in the 6900 block of East Toto Road reported the theft of her “Bill Dulin for Sheriff” sign.

10/26/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy issued a trespass warning to a man in the 3100 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox.

10/26/14 – A resident in the 8000 block of North Bush Street in Walkerton reported someone tried to kick her door in but said she does not believe anyone got into her residence.

Arrests:

Arrest reports are merely a record that an arrest has been made and are not indicative of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

10/24/14 – Jeffrey A. Japkowski, 37, North Judson: Criminal trespass to land.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

10/17/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take report of theft of property from a residence.

10/20/14 – A Medaryville resident reports a bicycle stolen from the front porch of a residence. The Medaryville Police Department takes the report.

10/21/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of a stolen television.

10/22/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of a residential burglary during which tools were stolen.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

10/22/14 – $100 worth of alcohol was reported stolen from the CVS in the 900 block of South Heaton Street in Knox.

10/25/14 – A resident in the 1200 block of South 300 East in Knox reported the theft of several items from his garage.

Arrests:

Arrest reports are merely a record that an arrest has been made and are not indicative of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

10/22/14 – Joshua James Whitfield, 29, Knox: Battery by strangulation.

10/22/14 – Dennis B. Wilson Jr. 29, Winamac,: Public intoxication and theft of alcohol.

10/22/14 – Sammie Lee Marshall Jr., 20, Knox: Public intoxication, disorderly conduct and theft of alcohol.

10/23/14 – Alan P. Craft, 27, North Judson: Warrant.

10/23/14 – Brittani Rhy-Anna Fisher, 20, Knox,Possession of a syringe, possession of methamphetamine and a warrant.

Plymouth School Bus Driver Charged in Hit and Run

A Plymouth School Bus driver faces charges in connection with a hit-and-run accident. It happened on Friday, Oct. 17 in the 16000 block of Cook Lake Trail and was reported to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department at 7:41 a.m. A resident told a Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy her vehicle was parked in her driveway at the time.

Continue reading

Accused Serial Killer Due in Court Today

Darren D. Vann

Darren D. Vann

The Gary man police there say confessed to killing seven women, including a Knox native, is due in court today to face charges in two of those deaths. Darren Vann, 43, led police to the bodies of six of those women on Sunday, Oct. 19th after his arrest the previous day in connection with the strangulation death of a woman at a Hammond motel. All six were found in abandoned buildings in Gary. Continue reading

Local Memorial Service Planned for Murder Victim

Kristine WilliamsA memorial service is planned Saturday morning in Starke County for the Knox woman believed to be a victim of a serial killer apprehended last weekend in Gary. Police there found the body of Kristine Williams, 36, in an abandoned house on Sunday, Oct. 19. Accused murderer Darren Vann led them to the bodies of six women police say he’s confessed to killing after he was arrested in connection with the strangulation death of a woman at a Hammond motel. Vann has been formally charged in connection with two of the seven deaths. The other investigations, including the one into Williams’ death, are ongoing. Continue reading

Starke County Officials Celebrate Completion of Highway Intersection

Starke County officials cut the ribbon to officially open the intersection of State Road 8 and County Road 300 East.

Starke County officials cut the ribbon to officially open the intersection of State Road 8 and County Road 300 East.

The intersection of State Road 8 and Starke County Road 300 East now has turn lanes, guardrails, acceleration and deceleration lanes. Members of the Starke County Council, County Commissioners and Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors celebrated the completion of the project with a ceremonial ribbon cutting Monday morning.

“This was extremely dangerous before for trucks and motor vehicles to come to pass. They couldn’t make the turns. If a truck wanted to go toward 35 from 300, they crossed both travel lanes into the berm,” Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver said.  Continue reading

North Judson-San Pierre School Board Celebrates Improved Test Scores

Michael Shireman, Jim Menis, Larry Lambert Marsha Reimbold and Patricia Goin

Michael Shireman, Jim Menis, Larry Lambert
Marsha Reimbold and Patricia Goin

The effort teachers at North Judson-San Pierre schools have put into preparing students to take ISTEP tests is paying off. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says test scores from 2009 to 2014 reflect steady gains. Math scores have gone from 62-percent proficiency in 2009 to 81 percent in 2014 for grades 3 through 8. During that same time period English/Language Arts scores have improved from 66 to 77 percent. Continue reading

Marshall County Man Arrested After Reported Domestic Disturbance

Audie Bolinger

Audie Bolinger

A Marshall County man ended up in jail there Sunday evening after a scuffle with police responding to a report of a stabbing. Officers were called to a residence in the 7000 block of 11A Road around 4:30 p.m. When they arrived they learned nobody had been stabbed but a fight had taken place between the residents. The police report indicates a knife had been used, but no injuries were visible. The officers asked Audie Bolinger to step outside the house. Continue reading

Nicholas Harmon

Funeral services for Nicholas Harmon, 23, of Knox, are Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. CDT at the First Pentecostal Church of Knox. Visitation is Monday, Oct. 27 from 4 until 8 p.m. CDT at Rannells Funeral Home Hamlet Chapel and Tuesday at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be given to the funeral home.

Starke County Officials Celebrate Completion of Road Project

A major Starke County road project is substantially complete. Members of the county council and commissioners and officials from the Starke County Economic Development Commission will celebrate the reconstruction of the intersection of State Road 8 and 300 East later today. The intersection has been rebuilt to accommodate traffic to and from the Knox Industrial Park. It now features a turn lane and acceleration and deceleration lanes to help trucks more easily navigate the corner. Continue reading

State Police Bust Meth Lab in Rochester

Meth BustA man and woman from Rochester each face multiple felony charges after state police reportedly found an active meth lab and drugs at their home early Saturday morning. They discovered them at the residence in the 3100 south block of 150 East in Rochester while serving a search warrant in connection with an illegal narcotics investigation. Continue reading

Racing for Recovery Founder and President to Speak at LifePlex

Todd Crandell

Todd Crandell

Addict turned triathlete Todd Crandall will share his story of overcoming a 13-year addiction to drugs and alcohol with the community during a program tonight at LifePlex in Plymouth. Crandall is the founder and president of Racing for Recovery. It’s a nonprofit organization that strives to save lives and improve the quality of life for addicts and their friends and family by promoting a lifestyle of health, fitness and sobriety. Crandall first tried alcohol at age 13 to cope with the depression and confusion of his mother’s suicide 10 years earlier due to her struggles with addiction. For the next 13 years Crandall says he tried every type of drug he could get his hands on before making the decision to quit.

“By the grace of God – that sounds so cliché, but it’s true – and I wasn’t raised in a religious upbringing, but I do believe that God, and I’m going to say my Mom, had something in there that told me on April 15th of 1993, after getting my third drunk driving charge, that’s it. I wanted something better, and that was all it took was that notion in my head that I wanted something better. Then I put the work into rebuilding my life,” Crandall said. Continue reading

Accused Killer Due in Court Next Week

Darren D. Vann

Darren D. Vann

The Gary man police say confessed to killing seven women, including a former Knox resident, is due in court next week for an initial hearing. Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, faces murder charges in two of the seven murders. He’s due in court Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. in Lake County. Formal charges have been filed against Vann in connection with the deaths of a woman found strangled in a Hammond motel room last week and Merrillville woman discovered in an abandoned house in Gary. Continue reading

Click for our Website