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Longtime Knox School Board Attorney Retires

Knox-School-Board-2014The Knox School Board’s attorney for the past decade, William Satterlee, of Valparaiso, Monday night attended his last meeting in that role.  In an emotion filled statement, Satterlee expressed his gratitude for the opportunity of working with the Knox School Board. Each of the board members and the administrators responded with complimentary remarks about the  legal work done for them. Continue reading

Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

12/10/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 39 north of Toto Road.

12/10/14 – A resident in the 10000 block of East State Road 8 reported his residence was broken into and ransacked. Items taken include a television, several video gaming systems and games and guns.

12/10/14 – A resident in the 5600 block of east 650 South in Knox reported his Playstation 3 missing from his residence and said it appeared the door may have been kicked in.

12/11/14 – A North Judson resident reported receiving several telephone calls from 874-454-4386 claiming to be “Mr. Johnson with Publisher’s Clearinghouse” and believes it is a scam.

12/11/14 – A resident in the 2100 block of Garba Drive North in Grovertown reported his house was broken into.

12/11/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of north 1100 East in Walkerton reported a garbage can stolen.

12/13/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies and Starke County EMS responded to a vehicle versus tree crash at 500 North and 900 East in Grovertown.

12/13/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two-vehicle, property damage accident on U.S. 30 eastbound at 1150 East in Knox.

12/13/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash in the 11700 BLK OF SR 10 in Culver.

12/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a man inside the car lot in the 300 block of north U.S. 35 in Knox trying to take wipers off vehicles.

12/14/14 – The owner of a vacant house in the 5700 block of south 250 West in North Judson filed a vandalism report.

12/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department First Responders all responded to a pickup truck versus utility pole crash in the 500 block of north State Road 23 in Knox.

12/14/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash that occurred on U.S. 35 in front of the Bass Lake Fire Department station in Knox.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

12/2/14 – A brown Buick Century is reported stolen from a gas station.

12/3/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a fire-related incident in the middle of a road.

12/4/14 – A gas station employee reports the theft of fuel.

12/5/14 – Winamac Police take a report of a soda pop machine break-in.

12/9/14 – A Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy takes a theft report. An iPad and some change were reported stolen.

12/9/14 – Winamac Police are called to a store in connection with a shoplifting incident.

12/11/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to a failure to pay incident. The amount of money in question is $47.59.

12/12/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of a television stolen from a vehicle.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
12/07/14 – A citizen in the 300 block of Garden Street reported a subject was selling him a stolen CD game from Netflix. The case was referred to Jasper County where the item was reportedly taken.

12/08/14 – A citizen reported a loose dog in the 3500 block of 635 South.

12/08/14 – North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop resulting in the arrest of Stephen Wood, 24, of North Judson on a warrant for violation of a Starke Circuit Court Order. The stop was made near 250 west and State Road 10.

12/11/14 – Police and medics were called to 100 Block of Vine Street in reference to a possible drug overdose. A 45-year-old male was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital by Starke County EMS. This remains under investigation.

12/12/14 – North Judson Police responded to a property damage accident near 100 West and State Road 10. Officer Frank Thomas located an intoxicated driver. William Goff, 40, of North Judson was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and was transported to the Starke County Jail.

12/13/14 – An intoxicated person was asked to leave a residence in the 100 block Arlington Avenue. North Judson Police assisted in removing the subject.

Arrests:

12/08/14 – Stephen M. Wood, 24, 1970 West 450 South, North Judson, IN was arrested on a Violation of a Court Order through the Starke Circuit Court.

12/12/14 – William L. Goff, 40, 1019 West 800 South, North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle dangerously while intoxicated.

Service Planned for Culver Fire Victim

A service is planned tomorrow for the 24-year-old Culver woman who died in a house fire there last week. Anjelica C. Bush suffered smoke inhalation. She was the lone occupant of a home at 504 Mill Street that caught fire around 1:30 Thursday morning. Continue reading

Starke County Commissioners Approve Contract for Highway Superintendent

Starke County Highway Superintendent Stephen "Rik" Ritzler

Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler

Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler has an employment contract through March of 2017 after action last night by the county commissioners. They agreed to offer him a two-year, three-month contract to allow for a transition to the next administration. Continue reading

Starke County Park Board to Discuss Bass Lake Camper Storage

Bass Lake CampgroundThe Starke County Park Board will discuss a process for removal of campers from the Bass Lake Campground at the end of the season when they meet tonight. Board President Marcia Bedrock sought clarification from the county commissioners as to their stance on the practice and was told all campers and other equipment need to be removed from the campground when it closes for the year due to zoning restrictions. Continue reading

Coroner’s Budget Contains Money to Cover Body Storage Costs

starke-county-courthouseThere’s a big difference between a morgue and a coroner’s office with cold storage available for bodies. That’s why Starke County Coroner-elect Adam Gray has opted to wait on construction of space for his department. He told the county council last night he wants to take his time and make sure the county’s needs are met. Per the state, a morgue has space available for a pathologist to work and must adhere to strict guidelines. An office space with storage is less restrictive. Continue reading

Anjelica C. Bush

A visitation for Anjelica C. Bush, 24, of Culver, will take place Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 4 until 6 p.m. EST at the Culver Academies Chapel. Memorial contributions may be given to Priscilla’s Fun ‘n Learning Preschool/Daycare. Odom Funeral Home in Culver is in charge of arrangements.

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

12/3/14 – Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 500 South east of 150 East in Knox.

12/4/14 – A Knox resident reported the theft of checks that were cashed on her account.

12/4/14 – Deputies took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 23 between 300 and 400 North in Knox.

12/4/14 – Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 750 East at State Road 10 in Knox.

12/5/14 – The Bass Lake Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a structure fire on 700 South west of 300 East in North Judson.

12/5/14 – A caller reported possible meth lab remnants in the area of 200 South east of 450 East in Knox on the south side of the road.

12/6/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a rollover wreck with no injuries on 25 North at 600 East in Knox.

12/6/14 – A Knox resident reported receiving numerous harassing telephone calls from someone claiming to be with Publisher’s Clearinghouse.

12/6/14 – A resident in the 3800 block of East Debby Drive in Knox reported trespassers on his property.

12/6/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 625 South east of 100 West in Knox.

12/7/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on U.S. 421 at State Road 10 in San Pierre.

12/8/14 – A resident in the 5200 block of South Detroiter Lane in North Judson reported the theft of items from a vehicle.

12/8/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of East 840 South in Monterey reported his garage was broken into.

12/9/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on Range Road between 100 and 150 South in North Judson.

12/9/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of South 100 East in Knox reported a theft.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incident Reports:

12/3/14 – An iPhone was reported stolen from O’S Tap in Knox.

12/7/14 – A resident in the 300 block of West Riverside Drive in Knox reported the theft of a dog.

12/7/14 – Police respond to a hit-and-run incident on North Shield Street in Knox.

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.

12/2/14 – Willie Ray Sturgeon Jr. 31, Knox – Operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator.

12/4/14 – Derek Andrew Allen, 27, , Knox – Disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

12/4/14 – Tracie Lee Clemons, 23, Knox – Theft.

North Judson Police Department

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

Incidents:

12/1/14 – A concerned citizen contacted the North Judson Police Department in reference to a dog being out on a leash in the cold. The dog had water, food and shelter.

12/3/14 – North Judson Police are investigating the theft of money from a student’s locker at North Judson-San Pierre High School. A parent notified North Judson Police that her child and money stolen from his locker at the high school. This incident is still being investigated.

12/3/14 – North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely responded to a property damage accident in the Dollar General parking lot. He estimates damages are over $1,000.

12/3/14 – North Judson Police assisted the Starke County Sheriff Department on a battery complaint.

12/05/14 – North Judson Police are investigating the theft of unspecified items from a resident. A

Starke County Commissioners to Consider Highway Superintendent Contract

Starke County Highway Superintendent Stephen "Rik" Ritzler

Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler

The Starke County Commissioners could vote tonight to offer highway superintendent Rik Ritzler a long-term contract. President of the Commissioners Jennifer Davis is spearheading the effort to ensure the long-term road repair and bridge maintenance plans for the county are carried out. However, she does not plan to vote on the measure since she is stepping down as commissioner to take a seat on the county council. Continue reading

Starke County Council to Discuss Funds for Body Storage

starke-county-courthouseStarke County Coroner-Elect Adam Gray will talk to the Starke County Council about funds for body storage when they meet this evening. Gray is the first non-funeral director to be elected coroner in several years. In the past, the funeral directors have used their facilities to store bodies until they are claimed. Continue reading

Ancilla College Offers Winter Term Course

Ancilla College NEWThe first winter semester course offering at Ancilla College begins today. The four-week introduction to psychology course is offered entirely online and is available to students at any college or university. Ancilla President Dr. Ken Zirkle says the credits are fully transferable to other colleges or universities. He adds taking a course during what is traditionally an off time academically can help students retain their athletic eligibility and meet the minimum standards for financial aid offerings. Continue reading