All posts by Mary Perren

Authorities Crack Down on Drug Smuggling

A recent three-day saturation patrol on U.S. 31 by six police departments in north central Indiana resulted in 30 criminal arrests on 82 different drug-related charges. Last week’s unannounced patrols were dubbed “Operation Blue Wave.” Officials say the goal was to catch and arrest people who use Indiana’s roadways to transport and distribute illegal narcotics. Continue reading

Storing Wet Hay Increases Barn Fire Risk

HayFarmers are reminded to make sure their hay is adequately dry before putting it into the barn for storage, as wet hay increases the risk of a fire. Purdue Extension forage specialist Keith Johnson says the moisture content of hay for storage should be no higher than 20 percent. That’s because heat-tolerant microorganisms can develop in hay bales and raise their temperature. If it gets higher than 150 degrees, farmers should take apart the bales or stacks and let air circulate. Johnson says fire becomes very likely if the temperature hits 200 degrees. He adds this year’s wet conditions make the risk of fire even greater. Continue reading

Get Tested on National HIV Testing Day

Hoosiers are encouraged to know their HIV status. This is the 20th annual National HIV Testing Day. State health officials say the recent HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana underscores the need for testing in order to help yourself and others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six people are living with HIV and are not aware of it. As a result they are not getting the treatment they need to stay healthy and may unknowingly pass the virus along to others. HIV can spread when someone who is infected has sex or shares needles with someone who does not have the virus.

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DNR Taking Part in National Boating Under the Influence Campaign

DNR law enforcementIndiana Conservation Officers will be on the lookout for people drinking and boating this weekend on Indiana waterways. They are taking part in a national Operation Dry Water weekend enforcement campaign. The effort focuses on deterring boaters from operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Continue reading

LaPorte County Authorities Investigating Meth Lab

Meth Bust The LaPorte Coujnty Metro Operations Unit is investigating an active meth lab in Kingsford Heights. The sheriff’s department got a call just before 5 a.m. today about people “cooking” methamphetamine at a home in the 300 block of Evanston Road. So far six adults have been detained for questioning in connection with the ongoing investigation. Continue reading

William David “Dave” Ramey

Funeral services for William David “Dave” Ramey, 73, of Francesville, are Tuesday, June 30 at 11 a.m. EDT at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, with visitation there Monday, June 29 from 4 until 9 p.m. EDT. The American Legion will also conduct military graveside services. Memorials may be given to the Rensselaer American Legion.

James Nitzschke

Funeral services for James Nitzschke, 66, of Wheatfield, formerly of Winamac, will be held at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be given to Sorrowful Mother Catholic Church in Wheatfield. Frain Mortuary in Winamac is in charge of arrangements.

Knox Man Charged with Child Molestation

A 20-year-old Knox man faces a child molestation charge stemming from an alleged relationship with a 12-year-old girl who recently gave birth to his child. Knox Police Officers arrested Angel R. Delapaz on Wednesday after an extensive investigation. They were notified by the Indiana Department of Child Services last December that the child had been sexually involved with an adult male and was pregnant. Continue reading

Knox Water Department Replaces Obsolete Hydrants

The Knox Water Department recently replaced the hydrant at Delaware and Main Streets.

The Knox Water Department recently replaced the hydrant at Delaware and Main Streets.

Knox Water Department crews recently replaced a couple of fire hydrants that were part of the city’s original water system. Superintendent Todd Gardner says the new hydrants were installed on West Delaware Street at Pearl and Main Streets. The new hydrants have a six-inch flow capacity, compared to the four-inch of the previous ones. Water Superintendent Todd Gardner says the water flow capacity of the new ones has doubled as a result. Continue reading

Knox Business Pays Off Loans to City and County

Knox Fertilizer now owns its 72,000 square foot building on 100 East. The company recently repaid the Starke County Economic Development Foundation and City of Knox the money they put up to build the structure. The company was previously located in the Knox Industrial Park but moved to a new location when Reagent Chemical’s White Flyer Targets division moved to Knox. Continue reading

Faulty Asphalt Delays Klockner Drive Completion

An asphalt problem has forced paving contractors to hit the brakes on finishing the road through the Knox Industrial Park. Last summer 300 East/Klockner Drive was widened to accommodate truck traffic. Contractors have been working for the past few months to restore driveways and lawns and finish paving. Continue reading

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Northern Indiana

A flash flood watch is in effect for Northern Indiana through this evening. The National Weather Service warns thunderstorms with heavy rainfall will spread over the area this morning and continue through this afternoon. Localized rainfall amounts of one to three inches in a short time are possible. Continue reading

Sump Pumps Create Work for Knox Wastewater Department

City_of_Knox_LogoThe City of Knox Wastewater Treatment Plant is getting quite a workout as a result of recent rains. Superintendent Kelly Clemons told the board of works they are processing an additional 500,000 gallons of water per day on average. Continue reading

Lacey Wert

Funeral services for Lacey Wert, 20, of Koontz Lake, are Monday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at the Rannells Funeral Home Koontz Lake Chapel, with visitation there Sunday, June 28 from 2 until 6 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be given to the family to assist with funeral expenses.

Prepare for Storms Before Going to Bed Tonight

More severe storms are in the forecast during the overnight hours, with damaging winds, large hail, dangerous lightning, flash flooding and isolated tornadoes possible.

Before going to bed, turn up the volume on cell phones to ensure you hear alerts, and make sure your weather apps are set to provide notifications if weather watches or warnings are issued. A watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather. Continue reading