The recently formed Starke County Park Board is two members away from being populated. The county council appointed Democrat Rosemary Rose and Republican Debbie Mix to the five-member panel. The commissioners named Marsha Bedrock as their appointee. Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall has the remaining two appointments to the board. State law requires him to appoint one Democrat and one Republican. All five initial terms will be staggered. The council appointees will serve for two and four years, the commissioners appointee for two and the judge’s appointees for one and three years. Continue reading
If you get a call from a relative requesting bail money, make sure the person is really in jail before you rush to their aid. Officials with the Starke County Sheriff’s Department say scammers are preying on local residents in an attempt to swindle money from them. The caller tells the potential victim they need money to get out of jail and will pay them back when they go to court. Continue reading
A Saturday night bachelorette party ended with a trip to jail for two LaPorte women after an incident at a Wal-Mart store. LaPorte Police responded to the Wal-Mart on Boyd Boulevard just before midnight. Witnesses told the officers a large group of loud, obnoxious people came into the store. Continue reading
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.
Starke County Sheriff’s Department
9/8/14 – A resident in the 3300 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported his garbage bin was stolen overnight. It belongs to A&W from Culver.
9/8/14 – Deputies responded to a property damage accident in the 3100 block of East 400 South in Knox.
9/9/14 – A resident in the 200 block of East 625 South in Knox said his neighbor’s dog attacked his dog, and he shot it.
9/9/14 – Officials with Child Protective Services advised the Starke County Sheriff’s Department of sexual misconduct with a minor allegations at a Knox residence.
9/9/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy and Starke County EMS responded to an accident with injuries in the 5000 block of East 200 South in Knox.
9/9/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer accident on San Pierre Road.
9/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of Toto Road and 350 East in Knox.
9/12/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer accident on 625 South west of 900 East in Monterey.
9/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident in the westbound lane of U.S. 30 by the west entrance to the Grovertown Truck Stop.
9/12/14 – A resident in the 2600 block of South 700 East in Knox reported the safe was stolen from her residence.
9/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a theft from a bank-owned property in the 8800 block of East 150 North in Knox.
9/12/14 – Starke County EMS, Knox Police, the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Knox Fire Department First Responders were called to an accident with injuries in the 2300 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox.
9/13/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Koontz Lake Fire Department First Responders were called to a traffic accident on U.S. 30 in the westbound lane in front of the Grovertown Truck Stop.
9/13/14 – A resident in the 3400 block of South Range Road advised someone struck her mailbox and garbage cans, and car parts are scattered in front of her home. She did not see or hear the accident happen.
9/14/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies, Starke County EMS and Knox and Bass Lake Fire Department First Responders responded to an accident with injuries on Toto Road west of U.S. 35 in Knox.
9/14/14 – A resident in the 800 block of South Pearl Street in Knox filed a theft report.
9/14/14 – A Knox resident hit a dead deer on U.S. 35 just north of State Road 8 and said his car is now overheating.
9/14/14 – A resident in the 5600 BLK OF S 500 West in North Judson reported her son’s window was broken out the previous night by some other boys.
9/8/14 – Zachary Anthony Howisen,41, North Judson – Warrant.
9/11/14 – David F. Mowbray, 18, Knox – Illegal possession or consumption of alcohol, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
From the North Judson Police Department:
9/08/14 – Police responded to a property damage accident on State Road 10 East of State Road 39 North. North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner estimated the damage at over $1,000.00.
9/08/14 – An employee at the Dollar General store called police in reference to a suspicious person. North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas located the male subject and conducted a traffic stop. The male subject explained what he did and was released from the scene.
9/09/14 – A resident reported a neighbor dispute in the 200 block of East Leslie Street. North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner spoke with the subjects and they advised that there were no problems.
9/10/14 – Officers responded to an alarm call in the 5200 block of West State Road 10. It was found to be a false alarm.
9/12/14 – A property damage accident was reported to police in a parking lot in the 300 block of West Talmer Avenue. The damage was under $1,000.00. Both parties exchanged information. No report was taken.
9/12/14 – Police responded to a verbal argument in the 600 block of Keller Avenue. Both parties were separated for the evening.
9/13/14 – Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner located a package containing medical devices in the 6100 block of South Oakwood Avenue. The items were returned to the rightful owner.
9/13/14 – A driver of a vehicle reported to North Judson Police that her windshield was struck by an unknown object that left a circular mark on the windshield. This incident occurred in the area of 500 to 600 West State Road 10. Officers checked the area and were unable to find the source of the incident.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department
9/2/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of possible death threats.
9/2/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of harassing text messages.
9/2/14 – Medaryville Police take a harassment report.
9/3/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond when a woman reports the possible theft of her children’s Social Security cards and birth certificates.
9/3/14 – Winamac Police take a report of theft of credit, ID and library cards.
9/5/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to a domestic dispute.
9/7/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report from a man who says he his neighbors are threatening him.
9/7/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a domestic dispute.
9/7/14 – Winamac Police respond when a man reports that his son had been battered.
9/8/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond when a man reports that he is receiving threatening letters.
9/9/14 – Deputies respond to a report of a possible stolen wallet.
9/9/14 – Winamac Police respond to a domestic dispute.
9/10/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to an unauthorized controlled burn and gave the subject a warning.
9/12/14 – Multiple agencies respond to a report of battery.
9/12/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a possible death threats.
9/12/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond the a report of a stolen vehicle.
9/13/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to a possible break-in.
9/13/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of possible battery.
9/13/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of possible stolen items.
9/13/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of battery.
9/13/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to the possible theft of someone’s pets.
Funeral services for Caroline A. (Wilcox) Blankenship, 95, of North Judson, are Thursday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. CDT at O’Donnell Funeral Home in North Judson, with visitation there from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
Officers from multiple police departments arrested four people Friday night after forcibly entering an Argos apartment. They were executing a search warrant at the Colonial Heights Apartments on West Marshall Street, according to a news release, and nobody would answer the door. Continue reading
Funeral services for Shirley J. Girten, 75, of Plymouth, are Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. EDT at Van Gilder Funeral Home in Plymouth. Visitation is Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 4 until 7 p.m. EDT at the funeral home.
Memorial services for Nancy Lee Gravenor, 88, of South Bend, Indiana are Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at 5 p.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Visitation is Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Roseland Cemetery.
The Starke County Council and Commissioners are expected to make their appointments to the county park and recreation board at their respective meetings this evening. The council gets two appointments, one Democrat and one Republican. The commissioners get one appointment, and it is not restricted by political party affiliation. Continue reading
The Davis Township Building Corporation will meet this evening in Hamlet to consider the next steps with regard to building a new fire station and community center there. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. CDT at the current fire station on Pearl Street. The advance agenda shared with WKVI News indicates members will consider the process for approval to issue bonds for the project. They will also award a construction contract subject to completion of financing. Continue reading
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski paid a visit to Starke County over the weekend. Both took part in Saturday’s veterans program organized by the Blue Star Mothers. After a parade down Main Street, both spoke in front of the veterans monument at the Starke County Courthouse. Donnelly said the sacrifices of those who have served in our nation’s armed forces ensure we can live our lives in safety and in freedom. Continue reading
Workers’ compensation insurance premiums for Starke County employees have spiked for the coming year. The annual increase of nearly $60,000 is blamed on the county’s prior claims history. Premiums are determined based on three years worth of data. Continue reading
Festivities begin with the Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast from 7 until 10 a.m. EDT in the AlightLife parking lot at the corner of Monticello and Pearl Streets. Live music gets under way at 11, followed by a puppet show at 1.
Local craftsmen and artisans will have their wares available, and food and treats will also be offered. Activities include face painting and games for the kids.
The Marshall County Democratic Party is kicking off the fall campaign season today with the grand opening of their party headquarters. Joe Bock, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, will be on hand for this morning’s festivities. They get under way at 9 a.m. EDT in room one of the Walnut Center at 304 Walnut Street in Plymouth. Coffee and refreshments will be served.
IU Health officials are looking for a new strategic partner to serve the health care needs of Starke and LaPorte Counties. Leadership has decided that’s the best approach to create the strongest strategy going forward, according to a news release. IU Health LaPorte Hospital President and CEO G. Thor Thordarson said in a statement, “We have a strong plan for taking care of our community that includes investing in new facilities, best people, and leading-edge technology. We will work with an organization that is as dedicated as we are to this mission.”
The inaugural WoodStarke Festival at Wythogan Park in Knox promises a day full of healthy, family fun. A group of volunteers has put together a slate of activities. They will be set to a background of music by local, original bands from genres ranging from bluegrass and bagpipes to hard rock. Performers include Commander, Culver Pipes and Drums, Jerry Nenycz, Damien Acoustics, Adam Combs, Josh Grace, 10 Gauge, Welder and Company, South of Sorrow and Seldom Told. Continue reading
Funeral services for Regina (Richie) Risner, 54, of Rochester, are Monday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. at Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson, with visitation there Sunday, Sept. 14 from 2 until 6 p.m.
Graveside services for Irene M. Overmyer, 93, are Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. EDT at Burr Oak Cemetery. No visitation is scheduled. Memorials may be given to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana. Odom Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Pacific Avenue west of 300 East in Knox may be closed for brief periods of time over the next few days. Road crews are installing a new storm sewer at that intersection as part of the improvement project in that area. The project engineer advises the intersection will be fully accessible for emergency responders at all times.
State health leaders are monitoring reports of a severe respiratory virus blamed for making children in 10 states ill. Enterovirus symptoms are similar to those of a mild cold. They include upper respiratory problems, a low-grade fever, cough, runny nose and body aches. Continue reading