Today's News

Marshall County Highway Department Ready for Winter Season

The Marshall County Highway Department is ready to handle winter weather, according to Jason Peters, Supervisor of County Highways.

He commented on the status of the department in a Marshall County Safety Committee meeting this week. Peters said the highway department has a good system of when to send out workers to clear the roads of snow and ice.

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Oregon-Davis School Board Gives Blessing for Construction of Trophy Case

Oregon-Davis-Jr_Sr-BuildingThe Oregon-Davis School Board heard a presentation by Ron Henningsmith for a new trophy case.

Territorial Engineering provided Henningsmith with a layout to present to the school board to display the school’s state basketball trophies.

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Drug Take Back Event Today

ISP LogoThe Indiana State Police is partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event is being held today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents can drop off expired or unused prescription medications to law enforcement for proper disposal at any of the Indiana State Police posts. Over 320 tons of prescription medications were collected nationwide last October. During this event new or used needles will not be accepted. Pills, cough syrup and other unwanted medications can be deposited for disposal.

For state police post locations, visit http://www.in.gov/isp/2382.htm.

City of Knox Receives Thanks from WoodStarke Representatives

woodstarkeThe Knox City Council members received praise from the WoodStarke representatives this week for their support of the first festival of its kind on Sept. 13.

The city was presented a thank you note for their efforts. The festival featured local artists, local music, HealthLinc’s mobile dental unit, a cornhole tournament, dance and exercise classes, a Moving Starke County Forward One Mile at a Time walk and a county-wide scavenger hunt.

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Kewanna, Wanatah Fall Festivals Continue Today

The Kankakee Valley area has two fall festivals continuing today. The annual Kewanna Fall Festival and the Wanatah Scarecrow Festival both have full schedules of events. Both will start the day off with breakfast and continue their activities throughout the day.

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WKVI Team Set to Wait Tables for Charity

World Hunger ReliefWKVI employees are stepping out from behind the microphone Monday evening for a good cause. The management at the Knox Pizza Hut has invited the radio station team to take part in a tip night from 4 until 8 p.m. CDT.WKVI staff members will be waiting tables, with help from Pizza Hut employees. All tips collected will go to World Hunger Relief, which is an initiative of Pizza Hut’s owner, Yum! Brands. Last year the WKVI staff raised more than $300 for charity.

Jefferson Jackson Dinner Scheduled in Starke County Tomorrow

Democratic Party DonkeyStarke County’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox.

Joe Bock, the Democratic candidate for the Second District Congressional seat in November’s General Election, will speak along with Richard W. “Rich” Ludington who is running for the seat in the Indiana House of Representatives in District 16.

Social hour will begin at 3 p.m. with dinner following an hour later. Route 10 Bar and Grill is catering the meal.

North Judson Fire Under Investigation

Firefighters from the North Judson-Wayne Township and San Pierre Fire Departments spent about two hours extinguishing a trailer full of tires that caught fire last evening in North Judson. They were dispatched to the fire at the end of Sheridan Avenue at the old Cravens factory around 5:30 p.m. Fire Chief Joe Leszek tells WKVI news the cause has not yet been determined. No injuries were reported.

 

Initial Hearing Set for Former Highway Superintendent

 Former Marshall County Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck will appear for his initial hearing in Marshall County Superior Court on Tuesday, Oct. 21. at 8:30 a.m. ET.

An indictment against Haeck was recently returned by a grand jury in Marshall County and he was summoned to appear in court on a charge of theft. It is alleged that Haeck stole $12,351.41 from the county in 2012 and 2013. The money reportedly came from the sale of scrap metal.

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Oregon-Davis School Board Praises School Resource Officers

Oregon-Davis-Jr_Sr-BuildingOregon-Davis School Superintendent Greg Briles praised the newly installed school resource officers for their efforts in school safety.

Briles told the school board members this week that Hamlet Town Marshal Frank Lonigro and Patrolman Kyle Hinds have been working to create plans in case of an emergency.

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Police Offer Advice to Marshall County Safety Committee

Police officers spoke to those assembled in a Marshall County Safety Committee meeting this week where they gave school, highway and emergency management officials some things to remember in case of an emergency.

Indiana State Police Troopers want to work with local law enforcement agencies and the school corporations during certain critical situations. One officer indicated that social media can hamper efforts of the police when investigating potential hazardous situations that involve student safety. Police agencies have protocols in place to deal with bomb threats and active shooter reports, as do school corporation. It was recommended that law enforcement and administrators need to come together to solidify a plan. A recent situation was cited where a bomb threat was reported at a school corporation in the region and students were texting parents to pick them up from school when police needed to keep those students together for safety reasons, student count and witness accounts.

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Wanted Man Arrested after Allegedly Resisting, Intimidating Officers

Bernard Shaw

Bernard Shaw

A man wanted on several felony and misdemeanor charges was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon, but he didn’t go willingly.

Officers active in the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division arrived at a home in the 10,000 West block of Division Road near Westville in search of 47-year-old Bernard Shaw. He was wanted on 11 outstanding warrants on various charges including domestic battery, failure to return to lawful detention, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and intimidation.

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Knox Crews Gearing up for Winter Season

City_of_Knox_LogoKnox crews are making the transition into the fall and winter seasons.

Street Superintendent Jeff Borg told the Board of Works members this week that crews are prepping the leaf vac for leaf pickup beginning Oct. 14. The street sweeper will be operation for just a little while longer before they need to winterize the machine for storage during the off season.

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