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Phyllis J. Weaver

Funeral services for Phyllis J. Weaver, 76, of Royal Center, are Tuesday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m. EDT at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home Royal Center Chapel, with visitation there Monday, May 18 from 3 until 8 p.m. EDT. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cass County 4-H Fair Association or Guardian Angel Hospice.

Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department


05/11/15 – North Judson Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop on Luken Street near Adair Street justa fter 11 p.m. and arrested the driver, Jerald I. Crider, 24, of Rensselaer, on O.V.W.I. and possession of marijuana charges.

05/13/15 – North Judson Police responded to a suspicious noise in the 600 block of Luken Street.

05/14/15 – North Judson Police were notified of a possible impaired driver coming into town on State Road 10. The vehicle was not located.

05/14/15 – The North Judson Police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle parked in the intersection of Walnut Street and Leslie Street. The vehicle was gone upon arrival.

05/15/15 – North Judson Police Department Chief Deputy Joe Budner cited the driver of a vehicle that reportedly passed a school bus with the arm down and red lights flashing. The incident occurred near the high school.

05/15/15 – North Judson Police received a complaint of a reckless driver in the area of the town park on Weninger Street. The vehicle fled before the officer arrived.

05/16/15 – North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas attempted to stop a speeding vehicle. It continued on and drove off the roadway. The driver, Randy D. Sibo, 33, of Chesterton, was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated dangerously.

05/16/15 – North Judson Police responded to a domestic dispute and arrested Michael Tauteris, 49, of North Judson, on a domestic battery charge.


Inclusion in the arrest reports is merely a record an arrest occurred and is not indicative of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

05/11/15 – Jerald Irvin Crider, 24, Rensselaer – Possession of marijuana and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

05/16/15 – Randy D. Sibo, 53, Chesterton, – O.V.W.I. Dangerously.

05/16/15 – Michael J. Tauteris, 49, 7North Judson – Domestic Battery.

Starke County Sheriff’s Office


Starke County Sheriff's Department Badge5/11/15 – A resident in the 6300 block of South Rannells Road West in Knox reported the theft of personal checks from his residence.

5/12/15 – A resident in the 4000 block of East 216 South in Knox filed a theft report.

5/12/15 – A resident in the 2200 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported two men with backpacks trespassing on the edge of her property. Officers found Robert Donald Moe, 21, of Culver, and James Eric Messer, 34, of Knox. Both were arrested on felony warrants.

5/12/15 – A resident in the 600 block of South Main Street in Knox reportedly found a man trying to break into her residence.

5/12/15 – A resident in the 9800 block of East 100 North in Knox reported someone shot her dog.

5/13/15 – Deputies took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash in the 1300 block of North 500 East in Knox.

5/13/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle property damage accident in the 5800 block of East Toto Road.

5/14/15 – An employee at the Stay for Less Motel in the 2300 block of East U.S. 30 in Hamlet reported a theft from the cash register.

5/14/15 – A deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on Range Road at 150 South in Knox.

5/14/15 – A deputy took a report of a two-vehicle property damage crash on U.S. 35 at State Road 8 in Knox.

5/14/15 – A resident in the 4000 block of East 200 South in Knox reported her bank account was hacked.

5/14/15 – A property damage accident was reported in the parking lot of Badell Dental Clinic on U.S. 35.

5/14/15 – A North Judson resident reportedly found several used needles/syringes on 500 South west of State Road 39 in an area where his kids play.

5/14/15 – Officers responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on U.S. 30 at the EZ Campground in Grovertown.

5/15/15 – Officers responded to a tractor/trailer versus deer crash on U.S. 30 at 1100 East in Grovertown.

5/15/15 – Officers took a report of a two-vehicle property damage crash at 800 South and 300 West in North Judson.

5/15/15 – Meth trash was reportedly found in the ditch on the east side of 900 East, north of 600 North.

5/15/15 – Officers took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash that occurred on State Road 39 south of the bridge.

5/15/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Office, Starke County EMS and North Judson Fire Department responded to a moped crash at the intersection of 250 West and 500 South in North Judson.

5/15/15 – A resident in the 5100 block of East 150 North in Knox filed an identity theft report.

5/15/15 – Officers responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 30 at 1100 East in Plymouth.

5/15/15 – A resident at the Stay 4 Less Motel in Hamlet reported her vehicle was stolen.

5/16/15 – The owner at Hickory Hills Campground in the 5500 block of East Manor Drive in Knox reported hunters near Boa Shores are shooting directly towards her campground.

5/16/15 – A resident in the 2300 block of West U Road in North Judson filed a theft report.

5/16/15 – A resident in the 2800 block of North 300 East reported the theft of a mailbox.

5/17/15 – A resident in the 300 block of East Toto Road advised his car was vandalized the previous night. He said the windows were busted and tires were cut.

5/17/15 – An employee at Granny’s Market in Toto reported 20 flats of flowers were stolen sometime after 6 p.m. last night.

5/17/15 – A resident in the 6500 block of South State Road 10 in Knox reported he was walking his dog and it was attached by the neighbor’s dog.


Inclusion in the arrest reports is merely a record an arrest occurred and is not indicative of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

5/11/15 – Michael Barnett, 49, Knox – Warrant.

5/12/15 – Robert Donald Moe, 21, Culver – Warrant.

5/12/15 – James Eric Messer, 34, Knox – Warrant.

Overnight Crash Near South Central High School Claims a Life

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two-vehicle fatality crash. It happened just after 9 p.m. last night about a mile north of South Central High School near Union Mills. Authorities say one driver was pronounced dead at the crash site. The other was taken to IU Health LaPorte Hospital. Continue reading

Autopsy Scheduled Today for Explosion Victim

MedaryvilleFire1An autopsy is scheduled today in Lafayette for the victim of a Saturday morning home explosion in northwest Pulaski County. It happened just after 7 a.m. Saturday in the area of 1600 West and 2505 North, according to officials with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Continue reading

Courthouse Repairs on Starke County Commissioners Agenda

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Commissioners should have a better idea how much repairs to the courthouse will cost after their meeting tonight. They’ve asked for quotes on tuckpointing the brick in order to set a budget for the work. Fixing the masonry is one of several repairs that need to be made to the historic structure. Wiring needs to be upgraded, and the roof needs to be fixed as well. Continue reading

Farmers Reminded of Conservation Certification Filing Deadline

Specialty crop producers who applied for enhanced crop insurance this year have a deadline approaching to turn in necessary paperwork. Conservation compliance forms must be filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture by June 1. Farmers who do not complete the form will not be eligible for federal crop insurance payments. The 2014 farm bill gave specialty crop producers the option to apply for enhanced crop coverage through the federal Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, commonly known as NAP. In order to receive payments, farmers must certify they will not plant crops on erodible land unless previously approved by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Applicants must also agree not to drain, dredge, level or fill any wetlands on their property. Continue reading

Ivy Tech’s Society of Innovators Launches Expedition Innovation 2015: “A Call for Nominations”

 An effort is under way to find the “hidden innovators” of Northwest Indiana. The Ivy Tech Community College Society of Innovators recently announced its seven-county “Expedition Innovation 2015 – ‘A Call for Nominations.’ Between June 2nd and 17th officials with the society will visit each of the seven counties in the region to explain their goals in greater detail. They will be at Kemin Industries in rural North Judson on June 10th and at the Pulaski County CDC/Economic Development office in Winamac the following day.

NIPSCO Director of Economic Development Don Babcock serves on the Society of Innovators board. He says innovation is the foundation of our economy. He adds there are innovators out there who are below the radar that are making important contributions to our region, state and world. He says the Society of Innovators wants to find them. Continue reading

Indiana State Police Host Various Summer Youth Camps

2015_Summer_Camp_LogoIndiana middle and high school students with an interest in law enforcement can learn more about it during one of several Indiana State Police summer youth camps. The co-ed “Respect for Law” offering for 5th and 6th grade students includes demonstrations by emergency response team members, bomb squads, underwater search and rescue teams and police dogs.

Law Camps give students entering the 7th and 8th grades a behind the scenes look at the criminal justice system. During the four-day camp participants take field trips and learn more about the law enforcement field. Continue reading

State Appeals Court Upholds Starke County Conviction and Sentence

 A state appellate court weighs in on a conviction and sentence in Starke Circuit Court. A jury found Donald Frazier guilty of a felony offense of operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. The charges stem from an Oct. 31, 2013 traffic stop and arrest in Hamlet. Continue reading

Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

 Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset today in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day. It honors federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. President Obama signed a proclamation ordering flags nationwide be lowered in observance of the somber celebration. Gov. Mike Pence also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff to pay tribute to the brave men and women in law enforcement across the state and nation.

Click It or Ticket Enforcement Blitz Starts Today

Click it or TicketPolice officers across the country and close to home will be on the lookout for drivers and passengers who aren’t buckled up. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, LaPorte Police Department and Indiana State Police are among the agencies taking part in the Click It or Ticket enforcement blitz that starts today. Continue reading

Grand Opening Celebration Planned for New Starke County Jail

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeMembers of the public are invited to the grand opening and building dedication of the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center on State Road 8 at 550 East, east of Knox. Festivities will take place Friday, May 22. After the formal program and memorial garden ceremony at noon, tours of the state-of-the-art facility will be offered. Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin and his command staff will be on hand to answer questions, and food will be served until 4 p.m. Continue reading

Knox Yard Sales Start Today, Maps Available at Moose Lodge

Knox will be a bargain hunter’s paradise for the next few days. City-wide yard sales get under way today and continue through Sunday. Maps of sale locations are available at the Moose Lodge across from the courthouse starting at 6 a.m. Breafast and lunch will also be served there. Continue reading

Marshall County Sheriff’s Department to Participate in Click it or Ticket

Click it or TicketA local law enforcement agency is taking part in a national and statewide driver safety initiative. The next Click It or Ticket enforcement effort kicks off Friday and continues through May 31. Officers from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies on the lookout around the clock for drivers and passengers who aren’t wearing seat belts. Continue reading

Starke County Community Health Fair Offers Something for Everyone

Health FairHealth and wellness will take center stage tomorrow at the 4th annual Starke County Community Health Fair. It’s sponsored by Community Services of Starke County and IU Health Starke Hospital. Several free health screenings will be offered. Hospital marketing director Ted Hayes says that’s consistent with the hospital’s “preventive medicine” mission statement. He notes the two top causes of death in the United States are hypertension and diabetes and says both are silent killers.

The health fair will get under way at 2 p.m. at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox with a group PyIo fitness class. It’s a combination of Pilates and yoga and helps to strengthen the mind and body. Continue reading