Starke County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Fatal Hit and Run

Detectives with the Starke County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an apparent hit and run crash that claimed the life of a white man in his 30s. Dispatchers advise WKVI news the wreck occurred early yesterday morning on U.S. 30 near State Road 23. Continue reading

Judge Sets Bond for Suspect in High-Speed Chase

The Grovertown man accused of backing into a Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy during an attempted traffic stop before leading officers on a high-speed chase through two counties last week is jailed on a $250,000 surety bond. Paul Thomas Coffin, 34, of Grovertown, pleaded not guilty to the charges during his initial hearing in Starke Circuit Court. Continue reading

Starke County Commissioners Reassign Vehicles

starke-county-courthouseStarke County’s new EMS director will be driving one of the recently retired sheriff’s department patrol cars if the commissioners decide a county-owned vehicle is a necessary part of fulfilling those job duties. Continue reading

National Weather Service Confirms Multiple Tornadoes After Last Week’s Storm

The National Weather Service confirms two tornadoes touched down in the northeastern part of Starke County last week. Another pair of tornadoes was also confirmed in LaPorte County in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 1. All four were EF-1, packing wind speeds of between 95 and 105 miles-per-hour. Continue reading

Storm Damage Assessments Continue in Starke County

Storm DamageStarke County Emergency Management Agency officials are still assessing the damage caused by Monday night’s storms. Director Ted Bombagetti is working with the National Weather Service to conduct an initial damage assessment. They’ve confirmed straight-line winds hit several areas but have yet to officially confirm any tornado touchdowns. Continue reading

Grovertown Fire Cause Remains Under Investigation

The cause of this house fire on 200 N. east of 900 E. in Grovertown remains under investigation.

The cause of this house fire on 200 N. east of 900 E. in Grovertown remains under investigation.

An investigator from the state fire marshal’s office will be in Starke County today to investigate the origin of a house fire in Grovertown. The Washington Township Fire Department received the call around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, according to Assistant Chief Dave Pearman. The house at 200 North and 900 West was fully engulfed when they arrived. Firefighters from Hamlet, Koontz Lake and Knox also assisted, and with their help the blaze was contained in about 30 minutes. Pearman says the owners were home when the fire started. No injuries were reported.

Helen McCarty

Funeral services for Helen McCarty, 87, of Grovertown, are Thursday, April 18 at 11 a.m. CDT at the Rannells Funeral Home Hamlet Chapel, with visitation there from 4 until 8 Wednesday and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Eagle Creek Church.

Grovertown Man Found Unconscious, Not Breathing in Driveway

A Grovertown man was found unconscious and not breathing in his driveway Saturday morning. Starke County dispatch received a call of a man lying in his driveway at 4515 1150 E. near Grovertown, and when police arrived, he was found unresponsive and not breathing. It is unknown at this time how long he was in the driveway before emergency services arrived.

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