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Bernard G. “Bernie” Busart

Bernard G. “Bernie” Busart, 83, of Culver, are Friday, March 6 at 11 a.m. EST at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, with visitation there from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to the Ancilla College Scholarship, P.O. Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.  Odom Funeral Home in Culver is in charge of arrangements.

Starke County EMS Still Searching for Paramedics

Starke County EMS Director Keith Emigh is still trying to hire enough paramedics to staff all three bases around the clock. He told the Starke County Commissioners Monday many paramedics pick up shifts at departments all over the northern third of the state. As a result he says coordinating schedules is challenging. Continue reading

Starke County Highway Department Adds Four-Way Stop

4-way_stop_signStarke County has a new four-way stop. County highway crews added stop signs at all four corners of the intersection of 350 South and 200 East this week. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler says they’ve also installed “new traffic pattern ahead” signs about 200 feet before the four approaches as well. The additional stop signs were added after a Purdue University engineering study found a need for a four-way stop due to safety concerns and traffic counts.

LaPorte Police Crack Down on Seatbelt Use

Seatbelts are For EveryoneClick it or ticket. That’s the message LaPorte Police sent to motorists during a recent Operation Pull Over-funded enforcement blitz. They wrote 51 seat belt and three car seat violation citations during a mid-February campaign. During the past 11 days the LaPorte Police Department responded to 46 property damage and five personal injury crashes, affecting a total of nine people. Of the personal injury crashes, two occupants were not restrained, and two were injured. Continue reading

Starke County Highway Department Well Stocked to Wrap Up Winter

 The Starke County Highway Department has plenty of salt and sand on hand to finish winter operations. Superintendent Rik Ritzler says even with the significant amount of snow that fell in February they’ve used considerably less than last year. Continue reading

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Adds Crime Mapping to County Website

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeVisitors to the Starke County government website now have access to information about incidents reported to the sheriff’s department. County information technology director Joe Short recently added the Crime Mapper tool to the existing Starke County GIS on the website. Visitors can click the crime button and view calls from the last seven or 30 days or can search a customized date range.

Sheriff Bill Dulin hopes sharing this information will raise awareness of the types of incidents his department deals with on a daily basis. Continue reading

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeIncidents

2/24/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 500 South east of 600 West.

2/26/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of 700 North and 500 East in Grovertown.

2/26/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and first responders all responded to a crash on State Road 10 between 50 and 100 East in Knox.

2/26/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a battery report at a residence in the 2700 block of east 400 North in Knox.

2/27/15 – A resident in the 8900 block of east 150 South in Knox reported a man with salt-and-pepper hair wearing a blue jean jacket tried to break into her residence, but her dogs scared him off. He left heading south on State Road 23 in a red newer extended cab pickup truck with a cab on the back.

2/27/15 – A San Pierre resident notified police her brother-in-law has had a vehicle since July and refuses to give it back.

2/28/15 – A property damage accident was reported in the 2100 block of east 150 South in Knox.

2/28/15 – A Walkerton man reported a vehicle versus deer property damage crash in the 8500 block of east 750 North in Knox.

3/1/15 – A North Judson resident hit a deer in the 4400 block of 800 West in North Judson.

3/1/15 – Dispatchers took a report of a vehicle off the road and in a ditch at 421 and 500 South in San Pierre.

3/1/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus utility pole crash in the 9800 block of east State Road 8 in Knox. No injuries were reported, but utility lines were across the roadway. The Washington Township Fire Department was notified so the can close the room.

3/1/15 – A resident in the 3700 block of East Toto Road reported a man driving a white SUV with a rack on top left the scene of an accident in her front yard. She advised the vehicle will have heavy front-end damage.

Knox Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem


2/25/15 – Knox Police took a report on station from a man who said his ex-wife took tools from his parents’ house without permission. Wrench sockets were reportedly taken.

Starke County Officials Planning Jail Grand Opening

This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E is part of the new Starke County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center.

This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E is part of the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

Starke County officials are making plans for a May 22nd open house to celebrate the completion of the Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center. Contractors are putting final touches on the new facility east of Knox on State Road 8 and will have the building ready to turn over to the county by May 1st. Continue reading

Starke County Commissioners Approve Jail Hiring, Bless Vehicle Purchases

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeStarke County Sheriff Bill Dulin will hire two additional part-time jail officers for now in anticipation of the new jail opening in a few months. They may eventually be promoted to full-time once the facility is online and the county is housing more prisoners.

Dulin is also looking to hire a part-time maintenance person for the new jail soon. The position will require quite a bit of technical expertise to handle the state-of-the-art correctional facility. Applications for that job close Friday. Dulin says he’s already gotten a dozen or so resumes. He plans to review them all with the commissioners in an executive session after the application deadline. Continue reading

Starke County Officials Preparing for Jail Opening

Starke County Courthouse

Starke County Courthouse

Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin will discuss the staffing needs for the new jail with the county commissioners when they meet this evening. The facility east of Knox on State Road 8 is scheduled to open in June and will house nearly twice as many inmates as the existing jail. The advance agenda for the 6 p.m. meeting indicates Dulin will ask for permission to hire two more full-time jail officers. He will also review the revised listing of needed equipment with the commissioners. Continue reading

FAFSA Deadline Looming, Ancilla College Schedules Workshops

Ancilla College NEWThe clock is ticking for prospective college students to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Ancilla College Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall encourages anyone who may be considering college next year to fill out the FAFSA.

“There’s no age limit. There’s no income limit. You may not qualify for aid. You may make more money or your family make more money so you don’t qualify for the need-based scholarships, but the FAFSA is your way to get into the financial aid system,” Wignall said. Continue reading

Knox Police Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying Child Pornography Victims

Robert Wisilinski

Robert Wisilinski

Additional charges could be filed against a Knox man accused of molesting a young boy at his Heaton Street home. Robert M. Wisilinski, 67, is charged with child molesting as a level 1 felony, child solicitation as a level 5 felony and child pornography as a level 6 felony. Detective Dave Combs with the Knox Police Department says officers traced a young boy reported missing on over the weekend to Wisilinski’s home Sunday evening. Continue reading

Community Services of Starke County Seeking Volunteer of the Year Nominees

Community Services of Starke CountyNominations are now open for the 2015 Community Services of Starke County Volunteer of the Year. Nominees must be Starke County residents over the age of 60. They will be judged upon life achievements, volunteer work and civic contributions. The Community Services of Starke County board will review the nominations and decide the winner. The volunteer of the year will be named at the semi-annual volunteer luncheon on April 16. Continue reading

Protect Against Identity Theft With a Credit Freeze

Credit FreezeHoosiers can protect themselves from identity thieves by activating a credit freeze. Also known as a security freeze, it keeps new creditors from accessing your credit report without your permission. This will prevent an identity thief from opening a credit card or other account in your name, even if he or she has your Social Security number or other personal information. Continue reading

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Violence AwarenessDating relationships should not hurt. February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, the goal of which is to raise awareness of unhealthy behavior patterns used to exert power and control over a partner. Abuse can be physical, verbal or emotional and may include checking your cell phone or email without your permission, constantly putting you down, extreme jealousy or insecurity, possessiveness, an explosive temper, mood swings and telling you what to do. Continue reading