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’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
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
Starke 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
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.
Funeral services for Richard Norton, 72, of Grovertown, are Tuesday, May 28 at 1 p.m. EDT at Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be given to Southern Care Hospice.
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.
Funeral services for Dorothy Ulrich, 83, of Grovertown, are Friday, April 19 at 1 p.m. at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel, with visitation from noon until the time of service.
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.