Quarterly HIV Screenings Scheduled Monday

healthyIndividuals afflicted with sexually transmitted diseases will have an opportunity to be screened for symptoms of the disease, Monday.

The Starke County Health Department will be hosting AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist. The group is based out of South Bend through the Methodist Church and works to educate the public about HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
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Trespassing Report Leads to Arrest of Meth Suspects

ROBERT MOE

Robert Moe

JAMES ERIC MESSER

James Messer

A Knox man who is a suspected cook in a methamphetamine investigation was captured by Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies on Tuesday night.

Starke County police say James Messer, 34, of Knox was found crouched down in a wooded area behind a pole barn in the area of 200 South and Toto Road after a resident reported trespassers on the property. Messer was sought by police after a meth lab, precursors and other items associated with the manufacture of meth were reportedly found inside his home last week. Messer was with Robert Moe, 22, of Culver at the time of this incident. Moe is wanted on methamphetamine charges, according to the news release.

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Knox City Council Approves Comprehensive Plan

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council reviewed the newly completed comprehensive plan during their meeting on Tuesday night.

The members commented that a lot of hard work was put into the committee meetings to come up with a vision for the city in the next five years. The comprehensive plan contains needs and wishes of members of the city that includes downtown projects, improvements to Main Street, the addition of signs and other features on South Main Street, beautifying the area around the schools and Sandy Acres Park, and an improvement to the Parkview area. Also included in the plan is an infrastructure and utility extension from Main Street to County Road 200 South.

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Grand Opening Celebration Planned for New Starke County Jail

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeMembers of the public are invited to the grand opening and building dedication of the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center on State Road 8 at 550 East, east of Knox. Festivities will take place Friday, May 22. After the formal program and memorial garden ceremony at noon, tours of the state-of-the-art facility will be offered. Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin and his command staff will be on hand to answer questions, and food will be served until 4 p.m. Continue reading

Two Appear in Court in Separate Theft and Meth Incidents

 Two cases, but two different results were heard on Wednesday in Starke County Circuit Court.

30-year-old Dennis Wilson appeared before Judge Kim Hall to enter a guilty plea as part of a plea agreement. He’s the man who, in November of 2014 allegedly stole protein bars and rice crispy snacks from Good-2-Go in North Judson. The total stolen amounted to just under $7.00.

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Knox Yard Sales Start Today, Maps Available at Moose Lodge

Knox will be a bargain hunter’s paradise for the next few days. City-wide yard sales get under way today and continue through Sunday. Maps of sale locations are available at the Moose Lodge across from the courthouse starting at 6 a.m. Breafast and lunch will also be served there. Continue reading

Hydrant Removed, Boil Water Order in Effect for Affected Knox Residents

image (89)Crews from the Knox Water Department successfully removed a nonfunctioning fire hydrant by Wayne’s Lube Oil and Filter on Carlson Drive this morning.

Water Superintendent Todd Gardner told WKVI that residents on Carlson Drive and Pine Street from Henry Drive to Carlson Drive will need to boil water until water test results come back on Friday. The results will determine if the water is healthy for human consumption without the boil water order.

A fire hydrant was replaced behind the B&K Restaurant in Knox this week. Residents in that area are also encouraged to boil water until further notice.

Knox Water Crews to Remove Hydrant, Water Shutoff Expected

image (89)Water will be shut off to Knox residents again on Wednesday morning in order for street crews to remove a fire hydrant.

Residents on Carlson Drive and Pine Street from Henry Drive to Carlson Drive will be without water from about 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. CT. Water Superintendent Todd Gardner said a fire hydrant behind Wayne’s Lube Oil and Filter will be removed.

The Knox Water Department successfully replaced the fire hydrant behind the B&K Restaurant on Tuesday morning. The hydrant was a century old.

Photo provided by Todd Gardner

Knox City Council to Consider Comprehensive Plan

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council will review the proposed five-year comprehensive plan when they meet tonight.

The comprehensive plan contains needs and wishes of the city that includes downtown projects, improvements to Main Street, the addition of signs and other features on South Main Street, beautifying the area around the schools and Sandy Acres Park, and an improvement to the Parkview area. Also included in the plan is an infrastructure and utility extension from Main Street to County Road 200.

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Election Board To Review Performance Following Primary

The Starke County Election Board will be convening for the first time since last week’s Knox Primary Municipal Election.

Tuesday was the first election Starke County Clerk Vicki Cooley. Few of the races were contested during the primary. Incumbent Mayor Rick Chambers was defeated handily by former Mayor Dennis Estok. Several other City Council seats were contested, largely on the Democratic side.
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Tip Leads to Meth Arrest

Meth BustStarke County Sheriff’s Deputies responding to a tip about possible drug activity made an arrest Sunday morning. They got a report around 10:45 a.m. of a man in a woods with a rifle and a strong chemical odor nearby. Officers found a burnt methamphetamine lab in the woods, according to a news release, and items used to make meth. Continue reading

Starke County Investigators Find Two Meth Labs, Suspect At Large

Investigators from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a Knox man they believe was was making meth in his basement. They responded to a home in the 3000 east block of 200 South in Knox on Tuesday, May 5 after another man found a meth lab in the basement and called the police. Deputies from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office found the lab, precursors used to make meth, syringes and marijuana but were unable to locate the suspected cook, according to a news release. He’s identified as James Messer, 34, of Knox. Continue reading

Water Shutoff Expected Tuesday for a Few Knox Residents

The Knox Water Department will be shutting off the water in an area of the city on Tuesday.

Water Superintendent Todd Gardner told WKVI News that crews will be replacing a fire hydrant behind the B&K restaurant on Council Drive and installing a line valve in that area. In order to complete this task properly, water will be shut off to residents in the area of Council Drive, a portion of Henry Drive, Airway Drive and Carlson Drive.

When the water is turned back on, residents affected by the hydrant replacement will be under a boil water order. Gardner will keep WKVI informed on the timing of all events.

Bid Accepted for Knox Sidewalk Program

The Knox Board of Public Works opened two bids for the 50/50 sidewalk program.

The members unanimously accepted the lowest bid from Pete Kuchel in the amount of $14,691. All of the bidding information will be reviewed by Street Superintendent Jeff Borg and City Attorney David Matsey to ensure it conforms to specifications.

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Don’t Miss the Knox City-Wide Yard Sale Map Deadline

Time is running out for Knox residents who are planning to host yard sales next weekend to get their events on the free map. Call Danna at 574-772-2098 by Friday, May 8 with your information. Sales start Thursday, May 14 and continue through Sunday, May 17. Participants can host sales on any or all of the days without having to pay for a permit. Only signs purchased from the mayor’s office for a nominal fee will be allowed.

Maps will be available each day starting at 7 a.m. CDT at the Knox Moose Family Center on Main Street across from the courthouse. Breakfast and lunch will also be offered at the facility.

Incumbent Mayor Chambers Defeated in Primary

It took more forty minutes after polls closed for the ballots to arrive at the Starke County Courthouse on Tuesday evening.

The Knox Primary Municipal Election was taking place and saw a few races contested, largely among Democratic candidates. Eligible voters had ample opportunity to cast an early or absentee ballot leading up to the Primary Municipal Election, but the city’s four precincts all voted at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center on Tuesday.
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