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Grand Jury Indicts Former County Highway Superintendent

A former county highway superintendent faces a felony theft charge.

A grand jury in Marshall County returned a single-count indictment this week against Neal R. Haeck. He’s alleged to have stolen $12,351.41 from the county in 2012 and 2013. During that time Haeck was the Marshall County Highway Superintendent. The allegations surround the sale of scrap metal, according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office. Haeck is being summoned into court. However, his initial hearing date has not been set. Haeck retired from the county highway department on May 2nd.

Isabelle I. Cervenka

Funeral services for Isabelle I. Cervenka, 88,  of Francesville, are Monday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. EDT at the St. James Salem United Church of Christ in Francesville. Visitation is Sunday, Sept. 21 from 4 until 8 p.m. EDT at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, and one hour prior to the services Monday at the church. Memorials may be given to St. James Salem United Church of Christ or to the Francesville-Salem Township Library.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Fatal Hit and Run

Detectives with the Starke County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an apparent hit and run crash that claimed the life of a white man in his 30s. Dispatchers advise WKVI news the wreck occurred early yesterday morning on U.S. 30 near State Road 23. Continue reading

Final Park Board Appointments Pending

The Starke County Park Board is two members away from being populated. Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall is responsible for appointing a Democrat and a Republican to the five-member board. He advised WKVI News he is still reviewing the qualifications of potential members and expects to make a decision soon. Continue reading

Starke County Economic Development Foundation Announces Prospectus and Achievements

The Starke County Economic Development Foundation will celebrate Manufacturers Day with its fourth annual “Prospectus and Achievements” on Thursday, Oct. 2 at Knox Middle School. Hoosier Custom Plastics and EcoGolf Co-Owner Gordon Schenk will be the featured speaker for the 11:10 a.m. program. The Knox-based business is involved in the Folds of Honor Foundation. It provides scholarships and assistance to the spouses and children of those killed or disabled in service to America. Schenk will explain how the businesses became involved with the organization. Continue reading

Patrolman Arrests Occupants of Stuck Vehicle

A pair of men whose vehicle got stuck in the mud ended up in jail Monday night after a Marshall County Police patrolman stopped to lend them a hand. The officer found the vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 6 and Sycamore Road, according to a news release. The driver, Jack William Clemons, 27, was arrested for driving while suspended. His passenger, Gilberto Canul, faces a false informing charge. The arrest report indicates he gave the officer a fake name.

Starke County Council, Commissioners Make Park Board Appointments

starke-county-courthouseThe 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

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Warns of Scam

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

Bachelorettes Jailed After Wal-Mart Incident

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

Police Reports

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.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

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.

Arrests:

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.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
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

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

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.

Authorities Search Argos Residence, Arrest Four People

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

Nancy Lee Gravenor

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.

Starke County Park Board Appointments Expected Tonight

starke-county-courthouseThe 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