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Historically Low Gas Prices Await Holiday Travelers

Travel Clip ArtHitting the road this holiday weekend will not put as big a pinch on your pocketbook. Gas prices are at their lowest level in five years, according to AAA Hoosier Motor Club. That’s good news for the 43.1 million travelers planning to drive more than 50 miles from home. That’s the highest projected travel volume since 2007. Continue reading

INDOT Suspends Construction Over Holiday Weekend

Hoosier motorists will have a holiday from road construction this Thanksgiving weekend. INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield tells WKVI News remaining construction projects will pull back barrels and barricades to the greatest extent possible starting at noon today and continuing through sunrise on Monday. Continue reading

Knox Christmas Tree Lighting is this Weekend

The annual Knox Christmas tree lighting ceremony is set for this Sunday, Nov. 30. The Knox Fire Department will be escorting Santa down Main Street to the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center at 5:00 p.m. CT. While awaiting the arrival of Santa the crowd will gather outside the community center and the Starke County Choralairs will sing carols. Continue reading

Expert Offers Turkey Prep Tips

RoastTurkeyWithCranberryOrangeGlaze_710_376_s_c1_c_cAmericans will consume an estimated 736 million pounds of turkey tomorrow, according to the National Turkey Federation. Preparation methods vary and are largely a matter of personal preference. One that’s gained tremendous popularity in recent years is deep frying. Experts from the Butterball Turkey Tip Line offer suggestions to do so safely. Continue reading

Trial Date Set for Accused Murderer

 A trial date has been set in the case of a man who is accused of murdering his estranged wife.

Gary Chavez appeared for a status hearing in Starke Circuit Court on Monday afternoon with his attorneys, Leslie Baker and Dave Welter. Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff indicated that there were some discovery issues with several pieces of evidence. Dave Welter told the judge that some medical reports are also needed and Chavez may require another surgery.

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Weather Delays Industrial Park Road Project

The intersection of Culver Road and Klockner Drive will not reopen this week as originally scheduled. The contractor advises WKVI News paving has been delayed due to weather and is now scheduled for early next week. The intersection is now set to reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Continue reading

Curtis DeVries Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

  Curtis DeVries was sentenced Monday afternoon in Starke Circuit Court.

A 12-member jury found Curtis DeVries not guilty on a charge of burglary, but he was found guilty on a lesser included offense of residential entry, a Class D felony. The jury also found DeVries guilty on a charge of criminal mischief as a Class A misdemeanor. The verdicts came in on Friday, Oct. 24.

Judge Kim Hall told DeVries Monday that he has a large drinking problem that he needs to get under control. Judge Hall stated that if he hadn’t have consumed such a large amount of alcohol on the night of this event, he wouldn’t be in court facing a sentence.

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Probation Given to Hard-Working North Judson Man

 A good employment record and a commitment to help his mother with Alzheimers were just a couple of factors in Russell Hendron’s favor when it came to his sentencing hearing in Starke Circuit Court.

Hendron was charged with maintaining a common nuisance and possession of methamphetamine. Hendron took the stand where he explained that he had held at position at a North Judson business for three decades. He left his long-time employment to care for his mother who moved into his home after being diagnosed with Alzheimers. He said that he’s been working out of his home attempting to make ends meet. He accepted that fact that what he did was wrong and is ready to put this behind him.

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Another Bomb Threat Reported at Culver Schools

A second bomb threat in as many weeks was reported today at the Culver Community Middle and High School building. Superintendent Dr. Vicki McGuire tells WKVI News a message was left on the restroom wall stating there was a bomb in the building. Continue reading

Knox City Council to Meet Tonight

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council will meet tonight where more discussion will be held regarding a dumpster ordinance.

When the council members last met, City Attorney David Matsey issued policy copies from other municipalities and to choose specific options that would pertain to city. He noted that the main goal is to restrict the time in which dumpsters can be placed at a site where a project is in progress. More information will be sorted out during tonight’s meeting.

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Pulaski County CDC Director Gives CAGIT Tax Update to Commissioners

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer gave the commissioners an update on his discussions surrounding the changes in the CAGIT tax with the local legislators.

Origer had approached the commissioners at their earlier November meeting for support in overturning legislation to free up money for the CEDIT fund for economic development. He believes that the special CAGIT tax should be used to help pay the jail lease instead of the CEDIT fund. Origer argued that the CEDIT fund should be used for economic development projects and not just the jail lease. To do this, Origer needs to approach local legislators to change legislation allowing language to change the law to reflect his request.

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Marshall County Commissioners Approve Agreement for Meals on Wheels

The Marshall County Commissioners recently discussed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue the Meals on Wheels program at the Marshall County Council on Aging.

County Attorney Jim Clevenger stated that the current agreement expires Dec. 31 of this year and it needed to be renewed. The agreement allows the meals to be cooked at the Marshall County Jail at a cost of $3.25 per person. The personnel at the Marshall County Council on Aging pick up the meals at the jail and deliver them to those in need.

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RoboNinjas Continue Winning Ways

roboninjasA pair of robot enthusiasts at Plymouth High School continues to trounce the competition. Josh Kuhn and Kennedy Schneiders, seniors at Plymouth High School traveled to Crown Point Saturday, Nov. 8 to compete in their first VEX Robotics competition for the 2014-15 season. Continue reading

Charges Filed in LaPorte County Stabbing Death


Bradley M. Arndt

A LaPorte County man is jailed on a $1 million cash bond in connection with yesterday’s stabbing death  at a Trail Creek residence. Bradley M. Arndt, 47, of Trail Creek is charged with murder as a Level 1 felony in connection with his brother’s death. Thomas Arndt, 54, of Michigan City, was stabbed multiple times with a 40 to 45 inch Samuri sword, according to an Indiana State Police news release. It was found stuck in the ground near the body. Continue reading

Pedestrian Struck by Tractor-Trailer in Francesville

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated an accident on Thursday involving a semi-tractor trailer and a 14-year-old pedestrian on U.S. 421 just south of Gordon Street in Francesville.

The truck driver, 57-year-old Jerry E. Dehaven of Rossville, Indiana, was southbound on U.S. 421 when he observed a pedestrian walking along the road, according to a news release. Dehaven stated that the pedestrian turned and walked into the southbound lane and he attempted to miss the pedestrian. He reportedly told police that he was unable to miss the pedestrian and she was struck by the center of the tractor-trailer knocking her to the ground.

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State Police Investigating LaPorte County Homicide

Formal charges are pending against a homicide suspect in LaPorte County. The Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division is investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred Sunday afternoon in Trail Creek. Police there got a 911 call just before 1 p.m. about an argument at a home in the 100 block of Hummingbird Drive. During the telephone conversation, authorities say someone yelled into the phone that it had turned into a stabbing. Continue reading

Status Hearing Scheduled Today for Murder Defendant

A murder defendant is scheduled to appear in Starke Circuit Court this afternoon for a status hearing. Gary Chavez is charged with murder, kidnapping and carjacking. Authorities say he killed his estranged wife, Kimberly Chavez, at their rural Knox home on June 6, drove to Mark Bailey’s Discount Center, left his car and kidnapped a store employee at gunpoint. Continue reading

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