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Wind Advisory Issued Through Evening Hours

Batten down the hatches, we’re in for a blustery day. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the WKVI listening area until 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST this evening. Southwest winds will increase to 25 to 35 miles-per-hour by mid to late morning, with gusts reaching 45 mph during the day. Continue reading

INDOT Restricts Overnight Traffic on I-94

Continuing road work on Interstate 94 in Porter County will reduce the roadway to one lane for the next few nights, weather permitting. Indiana Department of Transportation contractors will be restriping the highway between State Road 249 and State Road 49 tonight and tomorrow night. That work will take place between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Continue reading

Starke County Historical Society Announces Museum Capital Campaign

Starke County Historical Society

The Starke County Historical Society Museum is currently located in the former Gov. Henry F. Schricker home at 401 S. Main St. in Knox.

The Starke County Historical Society hopes to move its museum into a new building within the next three years. It’s currently located in the home of former Indiana Gov. Henry F. Schricker at 401 South Main Street in downtown Knox. Historical Society President Ron Vendl says the home is “jam packed with items of historical significance.” He adds there is no space left to store or display things. Family physician and longtime historical society benefactor Dr. Walter Fritz has offered to sell the historical society his medical office building at 1520 South Heaton St. to use as an additional museum. The 2,550 square-feet of space on the main floor is equal to that of the Schricker home, with an additional 2,100 square feet of storage space in the the basement. Continue reading

Former Walkerton Library Director Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

The former Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library Director has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two of the 10 felony charges filed against him. Scott Klingerman faced 10 counts of wire fraud. He’s accused of using the library’s debit card to pay for vacations, health club memberships and other personal business. Continue reading

Oregon-Davis Adopts Balanced Calendar Concept

Oregon-Davis-Jr_Sr-BuildingThe Oregon-Davis School Corporation is the first in the area to adopt the balanced calendar concept. The school board voted 5-to-1 in favor of the plan, with board member Lee Nagai casting the lone no vote. Continue reading

Oregon-Davis Teacher Sentenced in Michigan on Drug Charges

 An Oregon-Davis teacher will serve 18 months on probation in Michigan after pleading guilty to numerous felony offenses. Eric Christopher Baierl, 31, of South Bend, was sentenced Friday in Cass Circuit Court, according to the “South Bend Tribune.” He pleaded guilty to bringing contraband into the Cass County Jail, possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana and an open container violation. Baierl was also ordered to pay $1,046 in court costs. Continue reading

Indiana Fire Marshal Investigating Walkerton Bar Fire

Red-Hots-fireThe Indiana State Fire Marshal is continuing to investigate the cause of a fire at Red Hots Bar in Walkerton.

Fire Chief Jeff Baker told WKVI News that crews were called to the scene on Nov. 2 at 3:30 a.m. and stayed on the scene on Roosevelt Road almost 12 hours later. Baker said they worked to get the fire under control until 9:29 a.m. and worked to secure the scene until after 2 p.m. ET.

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Starke County Coroner-elect Weighing Space Options

The Starke County EMS base in Grovertown is one possible location for a county morgue.

The Starke County EMS base in Grovertown is one possible location for a county morgue.

Starke County Coroner-elect Adam Gray has a backup plan for morgue space in case a basic structure cannot be completed before he takes office in January. He told the county commissioners Marshall County Coroner Bill Clevenger uses space at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth and is talking to officials there about allowing Starke County to share that space as needed. Gray says the Jasper County coroner is also willing to let Starke County use space there if necessary. Continue reading

Building Project at Eastern Pulaski is One Step Closer

 Representatives from Gibraltar Design presented updates in the building project to the Eastern Pulaski School Board Monday night. The project includes upgrades to the elementary, middle and high schools. Main entrances will be secured, restrooms updated, classrooms improved including the change of chalkboards to marker boards and replacing windows. Continue reading

Severe Weather Possible This Evening

Severe weather is possible tonight into tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service advises a strong cold front and upper level low pressure system will move into the Ohio Valley tonight and will cause a squall line of strong and severe thunderstorms to develop from Illinois south to the Gulf Coast. It will be capable of producing widespread damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, some hail, frequent lightning and heavy rainfall. Should any of that hit our area, the WKVI Information Center will be staffed to bring you the very latest.

Ronald C. Mullins

Funeral services for Ronald C. Mullins, 71, of Argos, are Monday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. EDT at Van Gilder Funeral Home in Plymouth, with visitation there from 4:30 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen


9/22/14 – Charity Fisher, 29, of Knox, hit a deer on Toto Road about half a mile east of State Road 39.

9/22/14 – A resident in the 2700 block of South Range Road reported the theft of a utility trailer.

9/22/14 – The owner of a daycare center in the 8300 block of North State Road 23 in Walkerton reported her neighbor swore at and threatened a parent who was leaving after dropping her child off .

9/22/14 – A man who rents a unit at the U.S. 35 Storage Units near the Starke/Pulaski County Line reported being attacked by a pit bull and threatened by its owner while removing items from his unit.

9/22/14 – A resident in the 7600 block of South 125 East in Knox reported the theft of several items of jewelry from the residence.

9/22/14 – A resident in the 11000 block of East Circle Avenue in Walkerton reported a motorcycle stolen.

9/22/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department responded to an accident with injuries involving a motorcycle.

9/23/14 – A property damage accident involving an Oregon-Davis School Corporation bus was reported in the 9000 block of East 300 North in Walkerton. No injuries were reported. School officials advised the bus backed into a pickup truck.

9/23/14 – An Ober resident notified the Starke County Sheriff’s Department of three white men in a blue full-size pickup truck with a white freezer in the back attempting to sell meat. If the property owner says they don’t have money, the men offer to trade, possibly in an effort to get into the residence.

9/23/14 – A woman advised she was mowing grass in the 1800 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox and found a possible meth lab in a bag. The Indiana State Police were notified.

9/23/14 – A resident in the 7600 block of South 700 East in Monterey reported his 16-year-old son brought home marijuana and paraphernalia.

9/23/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of South 700 East in Monterey reported someone broke a window and entered her residence.

9/23/14 – Midwestern Contractors advised the Starke County 911 Center State Road 10 will be closed between 300 West and 250 West for 10 days beginning Monday, Sept. 29 in order to repair a pipeline.

9/25/14 – Starke County EMS and Koontz Lake First Responders were dispatched to the 11600 block of East 500 North in Grovertown for a report of a tree loader that fell on a man.

9/25/14 – A caller reported property damage at R.J. Auto on U.S. 35 at the Starke/Pulaski County Line and asked for an officer.

9/25/14 – A possible meth lab was discovered on 850 South east of 850 East. The Indiana State Police were notified.

9/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of State Road 8 and U.S. 35 in Knox.

9/27/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Bass Lake Fire Department responded to a report of a crash involving a motorcycle near the 11300 block of East 675 South in Culver.

9/27/14 – A resident in the 10800 block of East 900 South in Monterey called the Starke County Sheriff’s Department to file a theft report for unspecified items.

9/27/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of North Meadow Lane in Knox reportedly found drugs in his yard.

9/27/14 – A resident in the 5700 block of East 200 South in Knox reported a silver vehicle hit her mailbox, took out three trees in front of her residence and continued eastbound on 200 South toward 700 East.

9/27/14 – Authorities were notified by a man mowing near the cemetery in the 4000 block of 675 East that he found a bag of possible drugs.

9/27/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was advised of a dog left in a black Ford Explorer in the Mark Bailey’s Discount Center parking lot near Dairy Queen.

9/27/14 – A resident in the 2600 block of West Toto Road in North Judson advised she thought someone was trying to break in through her back door.

9/28/14 – Mariah Marie Adams, 20, of Plymouth, hit a deer at the intersection of 1200 East and 50 South in Knox.

9/28/14 – Justin K. Burns, 30, of Medaryville, hit a deer on U.S. 421 south of State Road 10 in San Pierre.

9/28/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson Fire Department First Responders all responded to an accident with injuries at the intersection of State Road 10 and State Road 39 in North Judson.

9/28/14 – A property damage accident was reported in the 5500 block of East 800 South in Monterey.

9/28/14 – A resident in the 8900 block of East Campbell Street in Ober reported a car was vandalized.

9/29/14 – The owner of a house in the 5700 block of south 250 East in North Judson reported kids are coming into the unoccupied residence and having parties. She advised there should not be anybody in there until a renter takes possession Oct. 3.

9/28/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Knox Police responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 30 west of U.S. 35 in the eastbound lane.

9/28/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Washington Township Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a vehicle versus telephone pole accident on State Road 8 East at the Yellow River bridge.


Arrest reports are merely a record that an arrest has been made and are not indicative of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

9/22/14 – Melody Lee Heath, 33, North Judson – Probation Violation.

9/26/14 – Daniel Thomas Allison, 46, Gary – Theft, false informing.

9/26/14 – Kalvin Michael Berg, 22, Walkerton – Theft, false informing.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer


9/26/14 – Multiple agencies respond to a truck fire.

9/22/14 – Multiple agencies respond to a possible burglary.

9/26/14 – Multiple agencies respond to a possible battery charge.

9-/26/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of theft of a rope to pull down trees.

9/26/14 – Medaryville Police take a report of a stolen DVD player.

9/26/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of possible trespassing.

9/26/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of theft of gasoline in the amount of $39.

Tippecanoe Arts Federation Seeking Visual Art Exhibition Applicants

TAF Logo (tagnextto) ColorThe Tippecanoe Arts Federation is looking for visual art exhibits to hang in the Wells Community Cultural Center galleries in 2016. All artists, art groups, arts organization and schools from the Region IV counties are eligible to submit an application and electronic portfolio for panel review. Artists in Pulaski, White, Jasper, Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, , Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Tipton and Warren counties who are at least 18 are eligible to apply. Continue reading

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