Two Women Arrested on Drug Charges

A traffic stop in North Judson on Thursday led to the arrest of two Illinois residents on drug charges.

North Judson K9 officer Scott Beishuisen performed a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Luken and Sycamore Streets. K9 Gunner was deployed to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle and indicated the presence of narcotics, according to a news release. A search of the vehicle reportedly uncovered narcotics.

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Pleasant View Rest Home Operations to Cease Tomorrow

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

The last day of operations at the Pleasant View Rest Home in Winamac is tomorrow.

Operations are coming to an end after the Pulaski County Council made a decision in October of 2014 to not include funding for the assisted living facility in the 2015 budget. The decision was approved by a majority vote. The commissioners voted in December to close the operations at the county home because of the lack of funding.

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Final Work on 300 East to Start Today

The contractor that widened 300 East through the Knox Industrial Park last summer is ready to put the finishing touches on that project. Work will begin today to repair driveways, install topsoil, seed and sod and clean existing pavement. Once that is done, a final surface coat will be applied and the pavement will be marked. No road closures are planned. Lane restrictions and flagging operations will be used to restrict traffic until the project is complete in May.


Moving Starke County Forward Announces Summer Challenge

The Moving Starke County Forward organization is ready to “race” into the summer with this year’s walking challenge.

The theme this year is patterned after NASCAR races to see if all participants can reach the lap goal every two weeks with the number of miles walked, ran, biked, or swam. The Healthy Challenge Series, a healthy reference to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, will begin on May 2 with the kick-off event at 10 a.m. in Wythogan Park. An inaugural pace lap will officially start the event that will continue through Aug. 29.

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Pulaski County Has Energy Assistance Dollars Available

Pulaski County Human ServicesAdditional funds are now available in Pulaski County for those in need of energy assistance.

Dollars are released through the state of Indiana and passed down the levels until it reaches the Pulaski County Human Services department. Between now and May 14th, residents can apply to help offset their gas or electric utility bill.
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LaPorte Police Ask Residents to Report Littering

072LaPorte County police are investigating an ongoing littering issue in Galena and Springfield Townships.

On Wednesday, workers in the Community Work Program picked up trash alongside County Road 125 E., County Road 800 N., County Road 900 N., Fail Road and County Road 1000 N. A truck bed quickly filled up with extra large trash bags full of garbage.

The Community Work Program involves low-risk inmates that perform various work projects around the county.

Some of the trash found poses a health hazard to the community.

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Knox Water Department Reports Minimal Frozen Water Lines This Season

The Knox Water Department had a mild winter this year compared to last season.

Superintendent Todd Gardner informed the Knox Board of Public Works members this week that there weren’t too many calls about frozen water pipes. There was one call, but Gardner said the line from the resident’s home to the city hookup is the issue. If the issue were to be repaired, it would be the homeowner’s responsibility to take care of the problem.

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Don’t Miss the Bus to the Tulip Festival

News Contributor, Ed Hasnerl

Ed Hasnerl

Kankakee Valley Broadcasting Travel Coordinator Ed Hasnerl has a few available slots for his upcoming trip to Holland, Mich. Enjoy the beauty of the annual Tulip Festival May 4-7. It’s just one of the adventures Ed has planned.

“Several people have talked to me about going to the Henry Ford Museum and eating dinner in an auto baron’s home – Edsel Ford, Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s home. It’s a wonderful home full of antiques and art, besides having dinner there,” Hasnerl said. Continue reading

Knox Building Adminstrator Sends Businesses Copy of Outdoor Storage Ordinance

Knox Building Administrator Bruce Williams has sent letters to businesses in the city to alert them to follow regulations set forth in the outdoor storage ordinance.

The ordinance was approved by the Knox Cty Council members last year after a two-year discussion on the issue. The ordinance allows outdoor sales and displays, but the items need to be placed in an area not greater than 15 percent of the gross floor area of the building, except outdoor garden displays. Outdoor sales and displays must be located 25 feet from the property and meet all other setbacks.

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Students Can Earn Scholarships for Driving Now, TXTing L8R

Multiple government agencies are partnering to give students scholarship opportunities.

The scholarships have been conducted in the past to help promote safe driving behind the wheel – especially when it comes to teens using their mobile devices. The “Drive Now. TXT L8R” campaign gives $5-thousand scholarships.

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Triple A Studies Teen Driving, Distraction Levels High

AAAA video analysis of teen driving has shown evidence that distracted driving is more of a problem than previous thought.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reviewed video evidence and found that distraction was a factor in about 6 of 10 moderate-to-severe crashes when teens were the drivers. Information released by AAA suggests that’s four times higher than the data suggests based on police reports.

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Palm Sunday Tornado Anniversary Tomorrow

This photo from the NOAA archives shows the "double tornado" destroying the Midway Trailer Park, on U.S. Route 33, in Dunlap, Ind. on Palm Sunday of 1965.

This photo from the NOAA archives shows the “double tornado” destroying the Midway Trailer Park, on U.S. Route 33, in Dunlap, Ind. on Palm Sunday of 1965.

Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Palm Sunday tornadoes here in the Starke-Marshall area.

Shortly before 6 p.m. after massive thunderstorms passed through the area, the first tornado of many reported that day touched down in Starke County a few miles southwest of Hamlet. It crossed U.S. 30 and tore directly across Koontz Lake.

One-hundred vacation cottages were damaged. As one of the cottages was blown to pieces, the man inside was lifted into the air and thrown to his death 600 feet away.

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Accused Child Molester Remains Jailed on $35,000 Bond

  A 25-year-old Knox man who is accused of trying to molest a preschooler in February of 2013 remains jailed on a $35,000 surety bond. Magistrate Jeanene Calabrese denied a request to lower Luther Nies’ bond or release him on his own recognizance during his initial appearance in Starke Circuit Court this morning. Continue reading

Suspicious Vehicle Report Leads To Found Stolen Vehicle in Pulaski County

 A vehicle reported stolen on Thursday has been located in Pulaski County.

The Pulaski County Dispatch received a call about a suspicious vehicle on Friday morning in the area of country road 900 South and county road 1200 West. According to the caller, the 1997 Mercury van was sitting along the side of the roadway.
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911 Call Leads to Arrest of Starke County Fugitive

Sadie Wireman

Sadie Wireman

A Starke County fugitive is in jail after Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an open-line 911 call in rural Medaryville last night. The call from a home in the 15000 block of West 160 North came in just before 9:30 p.m., according to a news release. Dispatchers called back and were told a child was playing with the telephone, and there was not an emergency. Continue reading

Nies to Appear for Initial Hearing

Luther Nies

Luther Nies

A Knox man accused of felony attempted child seduction and child solicitation is scheduled to appear in Starke Circuit Court today for an initial hearing.

Luther Nies, 25, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday morning on the charges that stem from alleged actions in Feb. 2013. According to court documents, Nies attempted to molest a five-year-old child. Knox City Police Department officers placed Nies into custody without incident and he remains in the Starke County Jail on a $35,000 surety bond.

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Plea Deadline Date Extended in Grand Jury Case

 A plea deadline date was continued to Thursday, April 23 at 9 a.m. in a case involving former Marshall County Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck. A judge granted the decision on behalf of the defense in a judgment released yesterday.

A Grand Jury returned an indictment against Haeck in September of 2014 alleging theft of scrap metal from the county in 2012 and 2013. He was employed at the highway department at the time the alleged acts occurred.

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