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Charges Still Pending In Murder of Knox Woman

Darren D. Vann

Darren D. Vann

The Lake County Prosecutor’s Office has yet to file charges in the death of a former Knox resident believed to be the victim of a serial killer. Gary Police found the body of Kristine Williams, 36, in an abandoned house there Sunday night. She’s one of seven women police say Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, has confessed to killing. So far charges have been filed in connection with two of those deaths. Continue reading

Knox Native Among Gary Homicide Suspect’s Alleged Victims

Darren D. Vann

Darren D. Vann

A Knox native is among the six murder victims tied to an alleged serial killer arrested over the weekend in Gary. Police say Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, confessed to killing the women and led them to abandoned buildings throughout the city where he had dumped their bodies. He was arrested Saturday after Hammond Police linked him to the death of Afrika Hardy, 16, who was found strangled to death in a room at the Hammond Motel 6. Continue reading

Discussion Session Held for Knox Comprehensive Plan

City_of_Knox_LogoKnox community members, county and city officials, and business and organization leaders gathered Wednesday afternoon for a discussion session at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center for the purposes of assembling a comprehensive plan for the City of Knox.

Officials with Green3 led those in attendance on a networking exercise to discuss assets of the community, concerns of the community and what to envision in the city in five years.

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Three Injured in U.S. 30 Accident

Three people were injured in a traffic accident on U.S. 30 at Knoll Brothers in Starke County this morning.

Starke County deputies conducted an investigation and found that a semi truck pulled out of the truck stop headed west on U.S. 30 when a driver in an SUV traveling in the same direction rear-ended the semi, according to witness accounts released in a news release by the sheriff’s department. The SUV rolled on its side. The SUV was pulling a wood chipper at the time of the accident. The semi was stopped four-tenths of a mile west of the scene on U.S. 30.

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Knox Redskin Brigade Advances to Semi-State Competition

06-07-14 Music Recycled picMembers of the Knox Redskin Brigade have marched their way into the next round leading to the state competition.

The band participated in the Indiana State School Music Association Regional marching competition at Lafayette Jefferson High School on Saturday and received a gold rating. With that, they were selected as one of the top 10 bands to continue to the Semi-State level on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Decatur Central High School.

The band will perform at 4:20 p.m. CT that day for a chance to compete at the state finals at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 8.

Knox Comprehensive Plan Sessions Set for Wednesday

City_of_Knox_LogoTwo focus group sessions are planned this week to gather information from residents, merchants, community leaders and others to be part of the city of Knox’s comprehensive plan.

Input from these sessions will help the city determine what types of improvements need to be made and strategies to make those improvements that have been deemed a priority.

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Pacific Avenue Intersection to be Closed Today

Crews working on the 300 East project in the Knox Industrial Park are moving onto another phase of the project.

According to the project manager, the west side of County Road 300 East is complete and now workers will begin construction on the east side of the road. They will be working at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and County Road 300 East today. That intersection will be closed today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT to ensure maximum work with a minimum closure time. Emergency vehicles will be allowed access.

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Knox City Council Discusses Budget Pilot Program Analysis

 The Knox City Council members received information about the budget this week from Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston.

The city, along with all other taxing entities in Starke County, is part of a pilot program with the state this year. A meeting was held on Oct. 6 where a state analysis was reviewed. Houston said the county then provided the city with a non-binding recommendation. The city could face a huge cut in 2015.

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Burning Leaves? Use Caution

 With the arrival of fall, leaves are starting to gather in yards and it’s time for the removal of those leaves.

Knox-Center Township Fire Chief Kenny Pfost asks you to be cautious if you plan to burn leaves on your property.

“First of all, try not to burn on a windy day,” said Pfost. “It seems like that’s when we have the most fires is when it’s really windy. Choose a calm day. Also, make sure you’re compliant with local ordinances. Have a water source and try not to burn outside of what you can handle. Don’t burn after dark.”

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Ed Hasnerl Salutes Long-Time Listener

A long-time resident of the Golden Living Center in Knox was joined by many of his friends at a “going-away” party yesterday.

The throaty voice that reverberates across the gathering area of the Golden Living Center each time I walk in the front door, won’t be greeting me there after Monday.

61-year-old Tim Crum, who, every day, stakes out the southwest corner of that room for his own, is moving to Branson, Missouri.  Tim has made this care facility his home for the past 37 years. He’s moving closer family members.

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MedfFight Called to Crash at 8 and 23

Starke County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a crash at the intersection of State Roads 8 and 23 that sent one person to the hospital via MedFlight. The wreck happened around 6 last evening. The officers found one person pinned in a vehicle, according to a sheriff’s department news release. Continue reading

Knox Officer Requests Mutual Aid Agreement to Join Pulaski County SWAT Team

The Knox City Council members considered a request to add an officer from the Knox City Police Department to the Pulaski County SWAT team.

Officer Chad Dulin explained to the council members Tuesday night that he is interested in being a part of the team to help with response time in the case of a call out and for the training he can gain. He can share any tactical information with his fellow officers and it can be a refresher course at the same time.

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Knox Schools Participating in “Celebrate My Drive” Safety Awareness Contest

Celebrate My Drive The Knox Community School Corporation is in the running to win cash prizes and a concert by The Band Perry. The school is taking part in the Celebrate My Drive safety campaign. Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) sponsor Carrie Stone encourages community members to visit http://www.celebratemydrive.com/home and make a commitment to staying safe behind the wheel. Continue reading

Knox City Council Discusses Community Center Use for Community Meals

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

The Knox City Council members discussed the use of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center for free community meals to be prepared and served by church members without paying the rental fee.

Deb McIntire proposed the idea where she explained that it is her goal to get members from eight churches on board to prepare the meals at home and to serve them at the community center. Volunteers will be setting up the room, serving food for a couple of hours and then clean the room used.

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Knox City Council to Consider Community Center Use

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

The Knox City Council members will meet tonight where they will resume a conversation pertaining to the use of the Nancy J. Denbowski Community Center by church groups to serve free meals without paying the rental fee.

The request to host the meals was made several months ago by Deb McIntire who explained in a letter to Mayor Rick Chambers that different church groups would cook and serve meals in the community center for the general public. The center would be used one day a week for four hours.

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Starke County Commissioners Seeking Health Board Nominee

The Starke County Commissioners are looking to fill a health board vacancy. Nurse Taylor Davis resigned. By law, her replacement must be a health care professional and a Democrat. Prospective nominees can contact the Starke County Auditor’s Office at 574-772-9101 for more information.

Trial Scheduled in the Case of Robert Corbin

 Robert Corbin’s case will go to trial.

Corbin appeared with his attorneys Friday morning for a status hearing in his case in Starke Circuit Court. Indiana Supreme Court justices unanimously reversed an Indiana Court of Appeals’ decision recently to dismiss the case where two felony counts of attempted child seduction were filed against Corbin.

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Starke County Voters Invited to Nonpartisan Candidate Forums

Starke County voters can learn where candidates for local office stand on issues during a series of weekend forums. Larry and Deb Wappel are sponsoring the events in Knox, North Judson and Hamlet. She says the candidates will be asked tough questions about things like their leadership philosophy, what sets them apart from others running for the same office and how they will pay for any sort of new program or service they are proposing. The candidates were given the prepared questions in advance. Audience members will also have a chance to submit written questions for the candidates. A bipartisan panel will screen them and make sure they are respectful. Continue reading

Commissioners Prepare Packets for Park Board Members

The five members of the Starke County Park Board will have plenty of reading material prior to their first meeting. The Starke County Commissioners are sending them welcome packets, which will include copies of the state statute under which the board was formed and the state law pertaining to camping on public properties. One of their first challenges will be to decide whether to allow year-round camping at Bass Lake Beach and Campground. The park board members will also get a copy of the management lease between the county and Richard Callahan. The board is charged with oversight and management of the Starke County Forest and other county-owned public lands.

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Kankakee Valley REMC Employees Give Back to Starke, Porter Counties

Gov. Mike Pence has declared this “Indiana’s Electric Cooperative Community Day.” Kankakee Valley REMC members are spending it giving back to the community. They are adding a new section of privacy and security fence at the Phoenix House in Knox. It’s a transitional facility for women and children who have left home to escape domestic violence. They are also painting a 700-foot-long fence for longtime REMC member Mrs. Dolores Hammerlund at her home on 350 West in Knox. Continue reading

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