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Attempted Murder Defendant Makes Initial Court Appearance

Kevin Eugene Holcomb

Kevin Eugene Holcomb

A Star City man who faces attempted murder and aggravated battery charges in connection with a Sunday incident plans to hire his own attorney. Kevin E. Holcomb, 45, appeared in Pulaski Circuit Court on Wednesday, Dec. 17 for an initial hearing. Continue reading

Marshall County Solid Waste Management Director Indicted

A Marshall County grand jury has returned counts of theft as a Class D felony and official misconduct as a Class D felony against Michael T. Good.

The two-count indictment alleges Good exerted unauthorized control over property of the Marshall County Solid Waste Management District totaling $9,017.12. He allegedly sold scrap in 2012, 2013 and 2014, according to a Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office press release. Good is currently the director of the Marshall County Solid Waste Management District.

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Howard Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Stabbing Incident

Benton Chrisopher Howard

Benton Christopher Howard

Benton Christopher Howard appeared in Starke Circuit Court for his initial hearing Wednesday afternoon.

On Nov. 30, Howard allegedly stabbed Brandon Davidson at a residence in Knox with a knife with a six to eight inch blade. The knife caused damage to Davidson’s heart and collapsed a lung.

A warrant was issued for Howard’s arrest and he turned himself into the Starke County Jail on Friday, Dec. 12.

Howard, 42, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, a Level 1 felony, and aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony. A Level 1 felony carries a sentence of 20 to 40 years if convicted while a Level 3 felony carries a sentence of three to six years.

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Flu Shots Available at Local Health Departments

Health officials urge you to get a flu shot to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Pulaski County Health Nurse Andrea Keller said the number of cases of fever and respiratory illness has increased. Keller told WKVI News that the flu shot is the number one defense against the virus. She noted that there are plenty of flu shots available at the Pulaski County Health Department. She administers shots Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET.

Starke County Health Nurse Frank Lynch encourages patrons to stop in the office to get a flu shot. He stated that he has an ample supply of vaccinations. To help prevent the spread of the flu, wash hands often and thoroughly, sneeze and cough into a tissue and stay home if you are sick.

Renovations on Track for New North Judson Town Offices

First Farmers Bank and TrustThe North Judson Town Council received an update on the new location of the town offices this week. The First Farmers Bank and Trust building on Lane Street was donated to the town back in August where it has been under reconstruction. The building will house the water department, clerk treasurer’s office and serve as meeting space for the town council. Continue reading

Pulaski County EMS Looking for Paramedics

Paramedics continue to cycle out of the Pulaski County EMS department which leaves the department shorthanded.

Brandon DeLorenzo from Pulaski County EMS told the commissioners this week that they are still working on getting paramedics at the department and to keep them there. Paramedics are in high demand and in desperate need at the Pulaski County facility.

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Starke County Commissioners Award Bridge Design Bids

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Commissioners Monday chose a South Bend-based engineering firm for design work on two bridges slated for construction in the summer of 2015. Jones Petrie Rafinski submitted the lowest price of the four requests for proposals, coming in at $61,000. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler says they’ve designed several bridges for the county and will be able to realize additional cost savings by continuing that work. The company is now tasked with drawing up plans for a new bridge on 700 North over the Robbins Ditch and on 100 East over the Smith Ditch. Continue reading

Marshall County Commissioners Approve Resolution for Tax Certificate Sale

The Marshall County Commissioners will be moving forward with a tax certificate sale.

Joe Edwards from SRI, Inc. said there were about 30 properties that were not sold in the property tax sale. Those particular properties have not been sold in several years. The redemption period is a little quicker so the properties can be included in the tax rolls in 120 days.

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Oregon-Davis School Board Looking Toward 2015

Oregon-Davis-Jr_Sr-BuildingThe Oregon-Davis School Board looked ahead to 2015 during their meeting this week. Superintendent Greg Briles told WKVI News that they will hold a reorganization meeting on Monday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The board has to reorganize by Jan. 30 so that will be complete prior to the board’s regular meeting. Christopher Lawrence is the current board president. He was just re-elected to the board in the General Election.

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Valparaiso Man Faces 10 Child Pornography Charges

Michael Tichenor Junior

Michael Tichenor Junior

A Valparaiso man faces numerous child pornography and child exploitation charges following an Indiana State Police investigation. Michael Tichenor Jr., 33, is accused of contacting juvenile boys through popular social media sites and having inappropriate sexual interactions with them.He also traded nude images with them, according to investigators. Continue reading

Visitation Restrictions in Place at Local Hospitals

IU HealthVisitor restrictions are now in place at IU Health Starke Hospital and at IU Health LaPorte Hospital to help prevent the spread of the flu.

An increasing number of flu cases have been reported in the entire state and the policy is in place at many IU-based hospitals statewide.

IU Health Starke and LaPorte hospitals are allowing healthy adults aged 18 and older to visit patients in the hospital. Only two people may visit with a patient at a time. Parents are urged to refrain from bringing children to the hospital as visitors this flu season.

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Marshall County to Join Lawsuit over Theft of Documents

Marshall County Attorney Jim Clevenger and Marshall County Recorder Marlene Mahler discussed with the commissioners this week the theft of 2,700 documents totaling 39,000 pages out of the county’s computer system.

Clevenger noted that several other counties are facing the same issue with the same company and have been asked to join a multi-county action against the company. Representatives of LPS Real Estate Data Solutions reportedly went in and took data out of the recorder’s office without going through the proper channels to pay for the data wanted. A civil action will be filed against LPS to recover damages for the stolen data and punitive damages.

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Coroner-Elect Outlines Plans to Avoid Conflicts of Interest

Starke County Coroner-elect Adam Gray intends to maintain a separation between his full-time job and his elected office.

“When I am working at the sheriff’s department, I am working at the sheriff’s department. I am not working at the coroner’s office. I will have deputy coroners covering call when I am on duty for the sheriff’s department,” Gray told the Starke County Council Monday night.

Gray added he’s made arrangements to ensure calls are covered. Continue reading

Justice Center Equipment Installation Delayed

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

The water heater installation at the Pulaski County Justice Center has been delayed, according to Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston.

“One of the delays was with a vendor where they ordered parts for their machinery. That kind of set us back a little bit. They now have the parts that they need. They have most of the water lines in place. This week they’re going to start up the one unit and take the old one off line. We’re going to run it for a while to make sure that we have confidence that it’s going to do the job. Then they’ll remove the old one altogether and start installing the second one,” said Johnston.

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Longtime Knox School Board Attorney Retires

Knox-School-Board-2014The Knox School Board’s attorney for the past decade, William Satterlee, of Valparaiso, Monday night attended his last meeting in that role.  In an emotion filled statement, Satterlee expressed his gratitude for the opportunity of working with the Knox School Board. Each of the board members and the administrators responded with complimentary remarks about the  legal work done for them. Continue reading

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