Funeral services for Charles A. Richardson, 65, of Kewanna, are Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m. EST at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home Kewanna Chapel, with visitation there Friday, Feb. 5 from 5 until 8 p.m.
A Knox man accused of setting his business on fire will not stand trial a second time. C&C Salvage owner James Campbell’s second proceeding was supposed to start Monday. He was arrested on an arson charge about two weeks after a fire destroyed his business on U.S. 35 at Toto Road in March of 2014. A jury trial last March ended with a hung jury following 12 hours of deliberations. Continue reading
Time is running out for prospective candidates for county-wide elected office to declare their intentions. Tomorrow at noon is the deadline to submit candidate paperwork in the clerk’s office. Continue reading
The relatively mild winter has resulted in considerable savings for the Starke County Highway Department. The nine winter events recorded last month cost slightly more than $50,000, according to information highway superintendent Rik Ritzler shared with the county commissioners this week. That figure includes money spent on diesel fuel, salt, sand and employee overtime. Last January the county spent more than $86,000, and two years ago January winter operations cost more than $130,000. The savings will be invested in road maintenance. Continue reading
Sign ups are underway for an upcoming DNR Hunter Safety Class. It’s open to Indiana residents of all ages and will cover hunter heritage, firearm history and safety, hunter responsibility, wildlife conservation and management and game care. Continue reading
Cooperation between the Indiana State Police and LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department led to the safe return of a Gary woman to her home after a family member reported her missing. Continue reading
Funeral services for Oscar Arnett, 75, of North Judson, are Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox, with visitation there Friday, Feb. 5 from 4 until 8 p.m.
Air bags and seatbelts are credited with saving a Valparaiso man from serious injury when his Toyota Prius rear-ended a garbage truck this morning in LaPorte. Continue reading
A visitation for Charles W. Morrison, Sr., 85, of Wanatah, will take place Saturday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Wanatah Funeral Chapel, with burial to follow in the Hanna Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to VNA Hospice of Porter County.
A single-vehicle crash claims a life. It happened around 8:30 last night at the intersection of U.S. 6 and Quince Road in Marshall County. Continue reading
Starke County EMS Director Keith Emigh hopes to have the 2009 Ford ambulance based at Grovertown back on the road next week. The diesel rig is at Jim Dobson Ford in Winamac getting a new motor installed. Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Board still hopes to have a permanent superintendent in place by July 1. Greg Briles left the corporation at the end of December for a position in Delphi. The board hired retired New Prairie Superintendent Jim Dermody to fill that role on an interim basis. Continue reading
The “American Pickers” episode featuring a Marshall County man is scheduled to air tonight on The History Channel. The shows hosts, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, were in the area last fall and spent the day with a colorful local character going through is treasures. They include everything from automobiles and memorabilia to collections of hula girls and mannequins. Continue reading
Funeral services for Alta Baker, 83, of South Bend, are Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. EST at the Rannells Funeral Home Koontz Lake Chapel, with visitation there from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
The Starke County Commissioners are looking for money to run fiber optic cable to the jail. It’s the recommended solution to fix communication problems with telephones and radios in the 911 dispatch center. Sheriff Bill Dulin says they’re experiencing dropped calls, which presents a potential safety hazard for officers and the public. Continue reading
Additional HIV cases in southern Indiana have prompted a warning from the Indiana Department of Health about risky behavior. The four new cases bring the total number of people who have tested positive for HIV to 188. State officials say the outbreak has been linked to shared needles among injection drug users. All of the newly diagnosed cases are contacts of cases previously identified in the outbreak, according to health department officials. Continue reading
No services or visitation are scheduled for Theresa Lonigro, 57, of Knox. Rannells Funeral Home Hamlet Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
A couple of competitive primary races have taken shape in Starke County. As of Friday afternoon, four Democrats and one Republican have filed for the Commissioner District 3 seat. It’s currently held by Republican Kent Danford. Continue reading
The latest round of filings in Pulaski County include a candidate who is unopposed so far for county-wide office. Continue reading
Officials at the Starke County Jail are preparing for an influx of inmates this week. They are Department of Correction prisoners who have been sentenced to an extensive drug treatment program. Starke County was approved late last year for the state’s first non-prison-based therapeutic community, thanks to the efforts of State Sen. Jim Arnold, Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall and others. Sheriff Bill Dulin says there’s plenty of room in the jail for up to 48 D.O.C. inmates without displacing any local prisoners. Continue reading