A fire at a Bass Lake summer residence destroyed the home but caused no injuries, according to Bass Lake Fire Chief Les Jensen. He told WKVI that the fire occurred at a residence in the 3700 block of South County Road 210, on the north side of the lake between Boa Shores and the Shore Club.
An infant who was found unresponsive early Thursday morning in Knox died of natural causes.
Knox City Police Detective Dave Combs, the deputy coroner and a representative from the Department of Child Services learned the preliminary results of the autopsy conducted by a Fort Wayne Pathologist on Friday.
The exact cause of death will not be known for another six to eight weeks as testing is ongoing.
Services for 3-week-old Olivia Robinson were held yesterday afternoon at the Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson.
Members of the public are invited to community forums this week in Knox and Hamlet aimed at addressing the health care services and needs of Starke County residents. Commissioner Jennifer Davis is spearheading the effort to assess and address the continuum of care by identifying gaps in existing services. She says the information gathered at the meetings will be used to organize a plan for needs in the future. The first of three meetings took place last week in North Judson. A second meeting is scheduled tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in downtown Knox. The third session will take place tomorrow evening at the Oregon-Davis High School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.
A fire early Sunday morning destroyed a historic structure on the north side of Knox. “Mackey’s Boarding House” was located at the northeast corner of Mound and Prettyman Streets. The once-stately Victorian structure had been vacant for several years. Firefighters were called out at 3:30 a.m. and remained on the scene for several hours. Knox-Center Township Fire Chief Kenny Pfost tells WKVI news the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
Two representatives are needed to serve on the Knox Planning Commission for a four-year term. One representative is needed to serve on the Knox Park Board.
If you are interested in filling either of these obligations, you may call the Knox Mayor’s Office at (574) 772-4553. You must live within the incorporated limits of the city of Knox. The positions are compensated.
The Knox City Council learned this week that the city will be receiving new railroad signs and equipment.
Street Department Superintendent Jeff Borg applied for a grant for the signs in the amount of $2,681.20. Most of the signs are outdated and have lost their luster.
With this grant, the city will receive all new highly reflective signs that alert drivers of a railroad crossing. The grant will cover all new signs and poles for installation.
Officers were called to the Woods Apartment complex at 701 E. Danker St. after dispatchers received a report of an infant who was not breathing. Medics from Starke County EMS arrived at the scene and were assisted by officers in the care of the infant. The child was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
This incident remains under investigation with the Knox City Police Department. Foul play is not suspected, however an autopsy is scheduled for today. The child’s name is currently being withheld pending the outcome of the investigation.
Knox City Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston reported to city council this week that the revenue projection looks little lean when it comes to the budget.
Houston explained that $6,000 has been cut from EDIT fund and other places will be out money. However, the certified shares will get a boost of $2,000. The 1782 form has not yet come back from the state which will mandate where the city will need to cut from the 2014 budget.
Houston also told the council that 34 delinquent utility notices have been sent out. As a result, $3,926.83 has since been collected with $1,000 still outstanding.
Knox-Center Township firefighter Wayne Noah and Fire Chief Kenny Pfost were at the Knox City Council meeting Tuesday night to raise questions about Noah’s injury claim through the city.
Noah was injured five weeks ago while assisting in an investigation at a fire scene. He fractured his ankle in the incident and has filed a claim through the city. He has received some money from the insurance but not all of what is owed to him.
The Knox City Council approved an easement agreement with Chuck and Dennis Estok to move forward with the water line project for the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Detention Center at the intersection of State Road 8 and County 550 East in Knox.
The city of Knox will be responsible for the installation the water lines for the project that will extend to the property from Henry Drive.
The Knox City Council will meet tonight to discuss a number of agenda items.
The water line easement for the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center will be discussed. The city is putting in water lines that will extend from Henry Drive to the property on County Road 550 East.
A U.S. Army National Guard staff sergeant visited the Knox Community High School today where he gave some inspirational words to the student body. SSG Jerry Nenycz, a graduate of Knox High School, enlisted in the National Guard in 2002 before being mobilized with the infantry and deployed to Afghanistan where he supported Operation Enduring Freedom from 2004 to 2005.
There, he earned his combat infantryman’s badge. Upon his return home, Nenycz was promoted to sergeant, became a member of the Honor Guard, and became a paratrooper and assistant team leader. At the same time, he has worked as a recruiter and instructor with the Indiana Army National Guard.