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Oregon-Davis FFA Members Advance to State Competition

Members of the Oregon-Davis Future Farmers of America chapter are heading to state next month. All eight students who took part in the Area X Crops Judging/Forestry/Entomology CDE at at Plymouth High School on Monday qualified to advance to the state-level competition at Purdue on Saturday, Dec. 13. Continue reading

Police Reports

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents

11/13/14 – Two Redbox movies were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 900 block of East Lake Street.

11/14/14 – Officers responded to a vehicle versus deer accident. It occurred on U.S. 35 south between Knox and Bass Lake.

Arrests

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt or innocence and is merely an acknowledgment an arrest has been made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

11/11/14 – Kenneth R. Lain, 35, Knox – Warrant x 2.

11/16/14 – Sharon L. Neeley, 66, Medaryville – entering a resident’s home as an unwanted subject.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Grovertown Truck Stop for a report of a vehicle that was sugared.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 8 at 550 East in Knox.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on U.S. 30 west of the truck stop.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 35 between 400 and 500 South in Knox.

11/10/14 – A resident in the 6200 block of East 250 North in Grovertown reported someone cut the electric line from the pole to the house the previous night. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded.

11/10/14 – The owner of a rental home in the 8600 block of South Sycamore Street in Monterey reported someone broke in and posted photos on Facebook.

11/10/14 – A deer hunter in North Judson reported the ratchet straps on his blind were cut and thrown into the field.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of U.S. 421 and State Road 10 in North Judson.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and EMS responded to a residence in the 5200 block of South A Street in North Judson for a report of a possible concussion and bite to the ear resulting from a battery incident.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on State Road 39 north of State Road 8 in Knox.

11/10/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of East State Road 23 in Walkerton reported suspicious activity at a vacant residence next door.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on State Road 8 by the railroad tracks in Knox.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a suspicious fire at the former Bass Lake Golf Course. An investigation is pending.

11/11/14 – A resident in the 5500 block of East 100 North in Knox reported the theft of her credit card numbers.

11/11/14 – A clerk at KP Korner in the 7000 block of South State Road 10 in Knox reported $500 in fuel missing for the second time.

11/11/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy found the burnt remains of a one-pot meth lab on County Road 775 North east of 700 East in Hamlet. The Indiana State Police was notified.

11/11/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on U.S. 35 one mile north of State Road 10 in Knox.

11/11/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident at the intersection of Toto Road and U.S. 35 in Knox.

11/11/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in the 11100 block of East 125 North in Knox.

11/11/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident at the intersection of Toto Road and U.S. 35 in Knox.

11/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on State Road 39 north of 50 South.

11/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Hamlet Police Department, Starke County EMS, Hamlet Fire Department and Koontz Lake Fire Department responded to single vehicle rollover accident in the 4300 block of north 900 East in Grovertown.

11/13/14 – The Bass Lake Fire Department and Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle fire on U.S. 35 north of the Melody Drive In at Bass Lake. No injuries were reported. Fire investigators determined the fire started in the car’s battery compartment.

11/13/14 – A resident in the 6100 block of south 250 West in North Judson reported a man in a purple Nissan has parked in front of her neighbor’s house, got his son out of the vehicle, put an orange hat and vest on and is trying to hunt deer in the neighbor’s yard.

11/14/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of South State Road 10 in Knox reported the theft of a stereo from her vehicle the previous night.

11/14/14 – A San Pierre resident reported credit card fraud.

11/14/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of South State Road 10 in Knox reported the theft of medication from her residence.

11/14/14 – A man discovered evidence of drug activity in the Grovertown Game Preserve between State Road 23 and 1100 East in Knox.

11/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on U.S. 421 north of 400 South in North Judson.

11/14/14 – A motorist hit a deer on U.S. 35 in front of the Astoria Inn in Knox.

11/14/14 – A resident in the 1100 block of East State Road 10 in Knox reported someone broke into his vehicle and stole the radio and dash controls sometime between Nov. 10 and today.

11/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on Toto Road east of Range Road in Knox.

11/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Knox City Police Department investigated a report of a large truck with loud exhaust that went around the barricade on 800 East south of 25 North in Knox, possibly to try to steal something.

11/14/14 – The Koontz Lake Fire Department and Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle fire the 11000 block of East Circle Ave. in Walkerton.

11/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department received a report of vandalism to a house in the 300 block of west 625 South in North Judson.

11/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on 500 North west of U.S. 35 in Grovertown.

11/15/14 – Officers responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Save A Lot in Knox.

11/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on State Road 10 east of U.S. 421 in North Judson.

11/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on U.S. 35 at State Road 10 in Bass Lake.

11/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident in the yard of a residence in the 8300 block of North State Road 23 in Walkerton. The driver appeared to be intoxicated and passed out with the vehicle in gear.

11/16/14 – Police and the Hamlet Volunteer Fire Department responded to a slide-off in the westbound lanes of U.S. 30 just east of the U.S. 35 exit. No injuries were reported.

11/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Hamlet Volunteer Fire Department responded to a rollover accident in the median of U.S. 30 west of U.S. 35.

11/16/14 – A resident in the 1700 block of west 450 South in North Judson reported her registration sticker was peeled from the license plate of her vehicle.

11/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident on State Road 10 west of U.S. 35 in Knox. The driver was not injured.

11/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle crash on State Road 39 south of State Road 8. The driver hit a guardrail over the river hard enough for the airbags to deploy, but no injuries were reported.

Arrests

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt or innocence and is merely an acknowledgment an arrest has been made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

11/16/14 – Chip Michael Kenny, 35, Kingsford Heights – Public Intoxication.

Starke County Commissioners Defer Action on Highway Superintendent Contract

Starke County Highway Superintendent Stephen "Rik" Ritzler

Starke County Highway Superintendent Stephen “Rik” Ritzler

The Starke County Commissioners will revisit whether to offer a long-term contract to Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler when they meet Dec. 1. Commissioner Kent Danford previously raised concerns about the precedent such an action would set. He says possibly offering Ritzler a contract is a “test case” and adds he will say no to anyone else who requests a long-term employment contract until he sees how this works. Continue reading

Starke County Park Board to Consider Camping at Bass Lake

Bass Lake CampgroundThe recently-formed Starke County Park Board will consider whether to allow seasonal camping at Bass Lake Campground when they meet this evening. The five-member board has been tasked with oversight of the beach and campground, Starke County Forest and other non-municipal recreational areas in the county. Continue reading

Warsaw Man Arrested After Rear-Ending School Bus

Steven Foreman

Steven Foreman

A Warsaw man was arrested Friday night in Marshall County after rear-ending a stopped school bus. Steven L. Foreman, 42, was eastbound on U.S. 30 west of North Oak Drive behind a Rensselaer Central Schools Corporation bus. The driver, Russell W. Wiseman, 66, of Rensselaer, stopped at a railroad crossing, and Foreman hit him. He registered a 3.0 on a certified alcohol test, according to the crash report. No injuries were reported.

Norfolk & Southern Cited for Blocking Railroad Tracks

Elkhart-based Norfolk & Southern Railroad was cited for blocking State Road 17 in Burr Oak for an extended period of time Sunday morning. A Marshall County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a complaint around 9:30 a.m. and observed the train not moving for more than 10 minutes. He then drove to the Redwood Crossing area and spoke to the conductor, who said they were waiting for a long train from the Fort Wayne area to pass. It’s the latest in a series of problems at that crossing. On Oct. 30 a verbal warning was given, and the conductor was told citations would be issued for future occurrences. Continue reading

Starke County Commissioners to Revisit Highway Superintendent Contract

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Commissioners will resume their discussion of whether to offer Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler a long-term contract when they meet this evening. His is one of the jobs that is appointed annually by the commissioners. President Jennifer Davis is leading the charge to change that. She says doing so would ensure the long-range plan Ritzler has in place for road and bridge improvements is carried out. Making the change requires a unanimous vote of the commissioners. Kathy Norem is in favor of offering Ritzler a long-term contract, but fellow commissioner Kent Danford is not. He said in a previous meeting it could open a “can of worms.”

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Starke County Schools Considering Balanced Calendar

CalendarThe Knox and Oregon-Davis School Boards could vote tonight to adopt a balanced school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year, and the North Judson-San Pierre School Board will consider one when they meet tomorrow. A balanced calendar still features the state-mandated 180 classroom days. The school year starts earlier in August and includes longer breaks in the fall and spring. They can be used for either remediation for students who are struggling or enrichment for higher-achieving pupils. Continue reading

Ancilla College Training Leaders for Life

Ancilla College students have an opportunity to hone their life skills through the Leaders for Life Program. Director of Student Events and Activities Ericka Taylor-Joseph says community and business leaders interact with the students during the 10-week program to help them develop skills in various areas. The Leaders for Life Program is open to both tradition and non-traditional students. Taylor-Joseph says leaders typically take initiative, are organized and outgoing and have a drive or passion to do something for the community. Continue reading

Pulaski County Student Receives Indiana Homeland Security Foundation Scholarship

 A student from Pulaski County is one of 15 from around the state receiving college scholarships from the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation for their college education. Cameron Owens has been an active member of the Francesville Volunteer Fire Department since July of 2013 and completed their cadet program. Owens received a $2,000 scholarship toward his education at Ball State University. Continue reading

Local Funeral Director Named to National Advisory Group

Sam Frain

Samuel Frain

A local funeral director has been appointed to the National Funeral Directors Association Member Resources Advisory Group for 2014-2015. Samuel Frain of Winamac will assist NFDA in a variety of ways, such as evaluating existing member benefits; recommending new programs, products and services; reviewing and providing feedback on new resources; and assisting with the recruitment and retention of members from around the world for the betterment of the profession and the families it serves. Continue reading

Murder Defendant to Undergo Mental Evaluation

Paul Katschke

Paul Katschke

A Denham man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend will undergo a court-ordered mental competency evaluation. Pulaski Circuit Judge Michael Shurn assigned a psychiatrist to examine Paul Katschke. He’s charged with murder in connection with the Aug. 11 death of Amber Renee Taylor, 34. Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and first responders found her dead at the couple’s home after receiving a 911 call about a dead, 30-something-year-old woman. Continue reading

Oregon-Davis Students Honor Veterans

Oregon-Davis-Jr_Sr-BuildingOregon-Davis Junior/Senior High School students hosted 38 local veterans on Tuesday for breakfast a brief program to acknowledge their service to the nation. Principal Tim Pletcher says the 9th grade bio/ag class prepared breakfast, and the 10th grade English U.S. History class researched various wars. Their group projects were compiled to create a single presentation for the veterans.

Links to the slide presentation and the entire program are posted below:
Veterans Day Presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GL3o5Jb0kU&feature=youtu.be
Veterans Day Program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8WjUUE9lF8&feature=youtu.be

Inmate Arrested After Failing to Return From Work Release

Jesus Termores-Casillas

Jesus Termores-Casillas

A LaPorte County Jail inmate faces new charges after police there say he did not return from work release. They found Jesus Temores-Casillas, 33, of LaPorte, at a home in the 400 block of Lawrence Street there and say he refused to leave. He was arrested on a warrant for the Level 6 felony offense of escape. Temores-Casillas also faces a misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy for violating an active protective order keeping him from being at the residence and having contact with his wife.

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