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Starke County Law Enforcement to Participate in Operation Pull Over Blitz

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Hamlet Police Department, Knox City Police Department and the North Judson Police Department will be participating in an Operation Pull Over Blitz that begins today and goes through June 5th. Officers will be on extra patrols to conduct a campaign on seat belt safety.

This enforcement period is designed to save lives and the officers encourage all occupants in a vehicle to wear their seat belts. Anyone not wearing their seat belt when stopped by police will receive a ticket. 250 other police agencies throughout the state will be focusing on this seat belt enforcement. Officers will also be watching for drivers who follow too closely, make unsafe lane changes, drive aggressively, fail to properly restrain children in child seats, and operate a vehicle while impaired.

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/08/11 A Winamac resident called police to report a hit and run. He had his car parked by the movie theatre and while he was at the movie with his friends, some unknown person(s) did damage to his vehicle.

05/08/11 Dollar General reported a shoplifter.

05/08/11 A Francesville resident reported a male juvenile subject shooting a BB gun around the area and hitting the neighbors’ property.

05/07/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a handgun.

05/06/11 A vehicle fire was reported to police in the Winamac area. Vehicle was fully engulfed when emergency personnel arrived on scene.

05/06/11 A cock fighting incident was reported to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

05/03/11 A Winamac resident said he just got home and noticed his apartment had been broken into. A flat screen TV was taken.

05/02/11 A Winamac resident requested an officer for vandalism to a vehicle. A mirror was tampered with and the other was pried off and run over by another vehicle.

05/02/11 A stolen scooter was located and returned.

05/02/11 A Denham resident reported the theft of a license plate.

05/02/11 A resident in the Bruce Lake area reported to police that three sheds were broken into at his summer place. Three sheds had locks on them and they were cut off. Several items were reported stolen.

Arrests:
05/08/11 Tyson Matthews, 21, 15811 W. 200 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery and Interference in Reporting a Crime. Discharged 05/09/11

05/05/11 Dustin Brubaker, 23, 3087 W. 700 N. Rochester, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 05/05/11

05/05/11 Arthur Smith, 19, 335 W. Narrow St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/09/11

05/03/11 Lelia Zengri, 24, 3355 N. 300 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/03/11

05/03/11 Elyse N. Jackson, 26, 2604 W. 700 N., Rensselaer, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 05/08/11

05/02/11 Tracy Redelman, 44, 2577 S. 50 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 05/03/11

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/07/11 The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum again called police for juvenile subjects throwing rocks at the train as it passed by along English Lake Road, just north of North Judson. North Judson Police responded and spoke with three juveniles responsible for throwing the rocks. A report was made and the parents were notified of the incident. No injuries or damages were sustained.

Arrests:
05/06/11 Stephanie N. Stoll, 23, 1475 W. 400 South, North Judson, IN arrested on a Starke Circuit Court Warrant for Theft and Forgery.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/08/11 Mike Singleton reported damage to a lock at the Knox Moose Family Center. He had tried to use his key to unlock the front door and found that it had been tampered with. He told police that he would have to open up the lock manually and replace the two keys that are inside the lock that had been damaged. There are no suspects at this time.

Arrests:
05/08/11 Dusty Kasten, 40, 9720 E. 100 N., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/05/11 Matthew Foster, 55, 4355 E. 200 S., Knox IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/03/11 Floyd S. Earnest III, 28, 702 Williams St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

05/03/11 A juvenile was arrested on a charge of Possession of Marijuana.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/07/11 A vehicle fire was reported in the 3900 block of South 200 E. in Knox.

05/07/11 A resident in the 200 block of N. 600 E. in Knox reported the theft of his daughter’s mailbox.

05/06/11 A Walkerton resident reported that some juveniles shot out his window with a BB gun and now they are coming to his residence and banging on his windows.

05/06/11 A vehicle fire was reported in the 6000 block of 500 S. in North Judson.

05/06/11 A resident in the 5800 block of E. 100 N. in Knox reported the theft of a wallet and purse.

05/06/11 A resident in the 2300 block of S. State Road 39 in North Judson reported to police that a window and screen were busted at the house.

05/04/11 A Grovertown resident reported the theft of a snow tire and rim from the residence. The suspect(s) also took the cover off a John Deere tractor.

05/04/11 A resident in the 5200 block of S. 800 E. in Knox reported the theft of a tractor.

05/02/11 Diana Hale of North Judson called to report her mailbox was damaged. Her brother’s mailbox was also damaged.

Arrests:
05/08/11 Stephen Manchen, 23, of Walkerton, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Interference with the Reporting of a Crime.

05/08/11 Michael A. Casey, 40, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/07/11 Charles Richard Shelby, 19, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

05/02/11 Kurt Wallace, 47, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Trespass.
Matthew Salyer, 37, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Trespass.

05/02/11 Ioan Sirghi, 57, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Receiving Stolen Property and Trespass.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Arrests:
05/09/11 Laura M. Beem was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Open Container and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

05/06/11 Two juveniles from Hamlet were arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery and the case was turned over to the Starke County Probation Department.

05/06/11 David P. Howard was arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

05/05/11 Barbara Main of Hamlet was arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

Starke County Safety Partnership to Participate in Truck Seatbelt Enforcement

The Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership will be conducting a Rural Demonstration Project beginning Friday, April 29th through Sunday, May 15th. This is a special grant to be used for truck seatbelt enforcement.

During the Traffic Safety Partnership’s last enforcement blitz, 10 officers spent 41 hours on increased traffic patrol. 4 seat belt citations were given, 1 misdemeanor DUI arrest was made, 1 criminal misdemeanor arrest was made, 1 criminal felony arrest was made and 14 speed violations were recorded. 47 traffic warnings were issued with a total of 65 vehicles being stopped. The enforcement ran from February 26th through March 4th.

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Police Reports

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/22/11 Linda Matkovich reported to police that while she was at home, someone opened the door on the passenger side of her vehicle and left it open. She did not find anything missing from her vehicle but she did observe a large scratch across the hood, stretching from the passenger side of the car to the driver’s side of the car.

04/20/11 Lydia Bradley reported money stolen from her purse while she was at Dollar General. She told police that she walked away from her purse for a brief moment and when she returned, she saw that the wallet inside her purse was open. Approximately $100 was stolen.

04/20/11 An employee at Next Door Foods reported the drive off of $30.01 in gasoline.

04/19/11 Knatasha Justice reported the damage done to the passenger side of her vehicle. It appeared that her vehicle had been struck by another vehicle. Approximately $1,000 in damage was done to the vehicle.

04/18/11 Richard McVicker reported the theft of a 20 pound propane bottle from a BBQ grill.

Arrests:
04/24/11 Jason Sims, 36, 604 S. Portland St., Knox, IN, arrested on two active Marshall County warrants.

04/23/11 Patrick Sobieck, 26, 308 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.
Richard Selva, 33, 308 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

04/22/11 John Rupert, 27, 903 S. Prettyman St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended-Prior. He was cited for false and fictitious registration and no insurance.

04/21/11 Lori Gregg, 29, 1705 E. State Road 10, Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/19/11 Darrell Gabbard, 45, 303 N. Clark St., Knox, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/22/11 A resident in the 4600 block of S. 550 E. reported the theft of a 4 wheeler.

04/22/11 A resident called police to report that a man was taking items from the dumpster parked on private property at 500 S. near the golf course.

04/22/11 A resident found a white plastic bag with a pink powdery substance and several empty Prestone cans around it in the 1200 block of E. S. of 700 N., south of the fence in Walkerton.

04/21/11 A resident in the 10600 block of E. 825 N. in Walkerton reported that some unknown subject(s) vandalized his boat and stole gas from the boat. The boat was not in the water at the time of the incident.

04/20/11 Bryan Tunis of North Judson reported the theft of the tailgate from his truck.

04/20/11 A resident in the 5700 block of S. 250 W in North Judson reported a break-in at the residence.

04/20/11 A San Pierre resident reported the theft of a credit card.

04/19/11 A resident in the 3000 block of S. US 35 reported the theft of air conditioners out of her apartment building.

Arrests:
04/23/11 David Vermilyer Jr., 29, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

04/22/11 Jamie Jones, 32, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Controlled Substance, Prescription Fraud and False Informing.

04/21/11 Evert Rudd was arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a 11% BAC.

04/20/11 Brian Standiford, 45, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Harboring a Fugitive, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a School, and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Heather Manns, 33, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant through Starke County. She was also wanted out of Pulaski County.

04/20/11 Brian Standiford, of Knox, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Amy Ahlenius, of Monterey, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Rose Martin, of Knox, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Visiting a Common Nuisance.
David Scarberry, of Donaldson, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Visiting a Common Nuisance.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/23/11 Scrap thieves once again struck the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson. It is not sure exactly when, but it was discovered that around 40 to 60 iron joint bars were missing from the property. The bars hold the rails together and weigh about 60 pounds each. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely commented, “It’s a real shame as these bars cost around $90.00 each to replace as new bars and for the scrap value, all 60 of them would be about $600 making each bar about $10.” Vessely is asking anyone with information concerning this scrap theft from the Museum or any other theft to please call the North Judson Police at (574) 772-5914.

04/20/11 The North Judson Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at Hoppe’s Hardware in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 21st. Unknown subject(s) entered the building through a back window they had broken. Several store items were reported taken as well as some copper electrical wire. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the North Judson Police or Crime Stoppers at (574) 288-STOP or 1-800-342-STOP.

04/18/11 A woman in the 300 Block of Garden Street reported to North Judson Police that her purse had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle while it was in her driveway.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/24/11 The Monterey Fire Department was called to a house fire on 800 N. At the time of the call, a neighbor told police that flames were coming from out the front door. The Bass Lake Fire Department was called as mutual aid to the scene. The Monterey Fire Chief reported to WKVI that the home was not a total loss but it is under investigation.

04/24/11 An accident was reported on US 421 where a pickup truck had rolled several times. The driver was out of the vehicle and walking around.

04/23/11 A resident reported a telephone scam. The caller advised the resident that a $7,000 grant would be awarded if she goes to a Western Union and donate $99. When the resident would get to Western Union, she would need call the caller back and say she was at Western Union and then the caller would advise who to make the donation to. The resident did apply for a grant but no personal information was exchanged. The resident was advised that this is a scam and she should report her number to the Do Not Call list.

04/23/11 Dollar General reported two shoplifters in the store. One suspect was detained and the other fled the store on foot. The second suspect was apprehended after a brief search.

04/23/11 A caller in Medaryville said kids by the Funeral Home are threatening to stab someone. When police arrived, one subject did have a knife. After an investigation, police found the suspect is already on probation for a weapons violation. No injuries were reported.

04/22/11 An employee at a Winamac gas station reported that a female subject has been there twice to fill up with gas and has driven off without paying for it.

04/21/11 A Pulaski resident reported to police that her mailbox was destroyed.

04/21/11 A caller in the Bruce Lake area told police that an LP tank has a pipe threaded into it with a cap on it. It is located off the roadway in his field. Dispatch called the Indiana State Police to clean up the area.

04/21/11 A Francesville resident reported the theft of hogs.

04/18/11 A telephone scam was reported. A resident said someone called her and said her husband was won a large amount of money and needs to send $700 and meet an agent at Wal-Mart. That agent would direct the caller to Las Vegas to verify his winnings and make payment arrangements. Dispatch advised caller to register the number on the Do Not Call list.

04/18/11 A Winamac resident reported that someone had stolen his parents’ truck.

Arrests:
04/26/11 John Rupert, 27, 6220 W. 750 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants.

04/24/11 Travis Wright, 22, 310 N. Logan St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery. Discharged 04/25/11

04/23/11 Anthony R. Massey, 20, 855 W. 49th Place, Chicago, IL, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Bribery and Resisting Law Enforcement. Discharged 04/25/11

04/23/11 Leroy Edwards, 24, 8485 N. 100 E., Lake Village, IN, arrested on site. Discharged 04/23/11

04/22/11 Steven Fairchild, 39, 167 Circle Dr., Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy. Discharged 04/22/11

04/21/11 Gary Ballard, 43, 106 1/2 Main St., Edinbergh, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/20/11 Michelle Parlett, 41, 512 Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 04/21/11

04/20/11 Larry Samons, 36, 319 N. Boone, Reynolds, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. 04/21/11

04/18/11 Samuel Baugh, 35, 303 S. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. Discharged 04/18/11

04/22/11 Benjamin Fitch, 30, 100 E. 700 N. Wheatfield, IN, arrested on Possession of a Controlled Substance. Discharged 04/24/11

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
04/25/11 Officers responded to 113 Division Street for three males in the back of the residence with flashlights. Upon arrival it was found to be officials from NIPSCO looking for a gas leak.

04/21/11 Officers responded to 504 N. Starke Street for a neighbor dispute. The situation was resolved.

Arrests:
04/19/11 Officers responded to 501 E. Oak Street in Hamlet for a domestic dispute. The subjects were separated and preliminary charges have been filed on Jenny Keeton for Battery.

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/17/11 A Winamac resident reported that someone tried to break into her home,. The screen was out of the window and the thermometer was moved. They didn’t enter the residence as the inside window was locked.

04/17/11 A Star City resident called police to report that a garden hose is hanging from an anhydrous ammonia tank at 625 E. and 450 S. The tanks were not leaking. A similar call was reported in Indian Township.

04/16/11 A caller in Cass Township reported that there was a domestic dispute in front of CPS involving a mam and woman. The woman was reportedly trying to hit the man with her van while the man was walking down the street. The woman left and then came back and tried to hit the man again with her car.

04/15/11 A Winamac business reported the theft of $69.75 in gas. The suspect was contacted and she will be back to the business to pay the money.

04/15/11 A Monterey resident reported that his car door swung open and hit another vehicle. The caller believes that there is more than $1,000 in damage.

04/14/11 The Monterey Tippecanoe Township Fire Department was called to assist the Bass Lake Fire Department in battling a grass fire headed toward a residence.

04/14/11 A structure fire was called in from a home in Winamac. Everyone was out of the house at the time of the call and no one was injured. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene.

04/13/11 A North Judson caller reported that someone broke into a barn on the property. The front door to the residence was kicked in also.

04/13/11 A minor jail fight was reported.

04/12/11 A Winamac resident told police that her prescription medication was stolen out of her vehicle.

04/12/11 A Denham resident told police that her backyard is on fire. The fire department was called to the scene.

04/12/11 A resident in Beardstown resident reported that someone has burned down his pine trees.

Arrests:
04/17/11 Gary Marshall, 56, 6941 N. 800 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active Federal ATF warrant. Discharged 04/18/11

04/15/11 Howard Mitchell, 38, 6055 Woodharst, Conway, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 04/15/11

04/13/11 Guy Harlan, 21, 317 E. 13th St. Apt. 8, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 04/14/11

04/13/11 Michael J. Campbell, 27, Chesterton, IN, arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear.

04/12/11 Brandon Williams, 27, 6582 S. 1400 W., Francesville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. 04/12/11

04/11/11 Ashley Whitaker, 24, 821 E. 250 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 04/11/11

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/15/11 The North Judson Police were informed of a theft of a 2009 Black Yamaha Moped from the 300 block of Main Street. The moped was taken sometime between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. from the apartment complex. Anyone with information of the the theft or the whereabouts of the moped is asked to call the North Judson Police Department at (574) 772-5914.

04/11/11 North Judson Police and the North Judson Wayne Township Fire Department responded to a truck that had struck live wires from a utility pole on Talmer Avenue near Ufkes Drive. The wire was hanging low due to an earlier storm and a branch striking the wire. A semi truck went through the area and pulled the wire down. Starke EMS was on scene as well. No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about the recent break-in at Ray’s Super Foods in North Judson is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers. Rays had offered a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. You may call the North Judson Police at (574) 772-5914 or Crime Stoppers at (574) 288- STOP or 1-800-342-STOP.

Arrests:
04/12/11 – Clayton E. Hale, 24, 601 Keller Ave., North Judson, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

04/11/11 – Roy E. Anderson, 39, Mishawaka, IN, arrested on Starke County Body Attachment for Child Support.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
04/14/11 The Starke County Sheriffs Department received a 911 call of three males in a white car circling the Hamlet gas station. The caller had heard one of the male subjects say something about a gun and a possible robbery. Officers responded and arrived just after the male subjects had left the gas station. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle. The vehicle described was located two days later and was occupied by one of the male subjects from the night in question. No charges have been filed at this time.

04/13/11 Marilyn Cunningham reported continuous problems with her neighbor’s dog. Officers responded and spoke with both subjects.

04/13/11 Dean Goble reported the theft of a bicycle from 109 Madison Street. Officers have recovered his bike and returned it to him.

04/13/11 Joshua Baugh reported a bike that had been stolen the night of the 12th from 504 N. Starke St. An investigation is still pending.

Arrests:
04/16/11 Jenny Keeton of Hamlet was arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

04/15/11 Freeman Spelts and Tracy Gaideski were arrested at the Holloway Motel and have preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Endangering a child.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/15/11 Cameron Clark reported the theft of a weed eater and a hedge trimmer from his shed. Some unknown person(s) unlocked his shed and stole the items. The told police that this is the third time that someone has taken things from his residence.

04/15/11 Rosie Rose reported her truck stolen from her workplace on Lake Street. It is a tan 1993 Chevy pickup truck.

04/14/11 Przemyslaw Gruszczwnski of Knox reported the theft of gasoline from his vehicles. About five gallons have been stolen. The thefts have occurred over a months time.

04/14/11 Greg Hatfield reported the theft of a baseball cap. He was reportedly battered by the accused later that evening.

04/14/11 Arron Trotter reportedly stepped in front of a vehicle driven by Brittany Rudd in Wythogan Park and she stopped. He attempted to talk to her and she reportedly stepped on the gas and in order to avoid getting hit, he jumped on the roof of her car. He had a minor knee injury.

04/13/11 Heaven Cain reported the theft of her wedding ring.

Arrests:
04/17/11 Michael T. Dalton, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. He was cited for expired license plate and no insurance.
Denise Dalton, 45, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant out of Marshall County.

04/15/11 Erik Draper, 33, 1000 E. Washington St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident and an active arrest warrant.

04/14/11 James Smyers, 44, 412 W. Madison St., Culver, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana under 30 Grams and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

04/14/11 Aaron Armes, 37, 7780 E. 50 S., Knox, IN, arrested on two Failure to Appear warrants out of Marshall County.

04/14/11 Danielle Lardino, 704 S. Portland St., Knox, IN, arrested on an arrest warrant for Receiving Stolen Property, a D Felony and Conversion, a Class A Misdemeanor.

4/14/11 Linda Wireman, 27, 308 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on Failure to Appear warrants through Starke County Circuit Court on five counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, D Felonies.

04/13/11 Dennis Bunch, 22, 201 N. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Amy Cooke, 29, 2065 N. 1200 E., Plymouth, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Christopher Lamb, 20, 311 Ruthie Dr. #B4, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Three juveniles were also taken into custody for Disorderly Conduct.
Police were called to the intersection of Culver Road and Main Street for a confrontation involving several people and it was getting out of hand.

04/13/11 Francisco Esparza, 23, 3860 S. 300 E. #B, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Battery.

04/13/11 Michael Daulton, 50, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. He allegedly stole electric from NIPSCO and the Knox Water Department by turning on the meters after they were shut off. He allegedly bypassed the electric meter.

04/14/11 Edward Smith, Jr, 18,.2120 E. 400 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana over 30 Grams and Reckless Driving. He was cited for no seat belt. The K9 helped recover a glass mason jar full of what tested positive as marijuana.

04/13/11 Seth Draper, 30, 1000 E. Washington St., Knox, IN, arrested on active arrest warrants for Non-Support of a Dependent.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/17/11 Lillian from North Judson reported that some unknown person(s) broke into her residence and told items including an ATV from her garage.

04/17/11 A resident in the 2200 block of E. Toto Rd. in Knox reported items stolen from the residence.

04/17/11 A resident in the 5100 block of S. 100 W. in North Judson reported the theft of power cables.

04/16/11 A resident reported her vehicle stolen from US 30 and US 35.

04/16/11 Mike Childers reported vandalism to his mailbox.

04/15/11 A resident in the 1200 block of N. 1025 E. in Knox reported that someone broke into his garage while he was on vacation.

04/14/11 A resident in the 3500 block of W. 800 S. in North Judson reported that batteries were stolen out of equipment.

04/14/11 Elaine Bruhn reported the theft of items from a rental home.

04/14/11 A resident in the 3900 block of S. Boa Dr. in Knox reported the theft of a wallet and jacket from a vehicle.

04/13/11 Harry Tolson requested an officer for a theft report. Some items were stolen off his truck.

04/13/11 Ashley Jacobs told police that someone broke into her minivan and stole an Xbox, and PS3.

04/13/11 Vurtice Albright reported the theft of a firearm from his vehicle.

04/13/11 A resident in the 100 block of N. Pearl St. in Knox reported the theft of a firearm.

04/12/11 Estella Perez told police that someone used a screwdriver to open her car window and stole her purse out of her vehicle.

Arrests:
04/17/11 Michael Handley, Jr., 26, 2569 S. State Road 39, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

04/15/11 Six individuals were arrested after police found illegal meth labs in the Holloway Motel in Starke County. Mathew Schoff, Cheryl Paschen and Kimberly Hurley face preliminary charges ranging from Manufacturing Methamphetamine to Possession of Paraphernalia. Freeman Spelts and Tracey Gaideski have preliminary charges ranging from Neglect of a Dependent and Possession of Methamphetamine to Possession of Precursors and Paraphernalia. Timothy Clark has a preliminary charge of Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

Accidents:
04/19/11 Victor Puntus, 56, of Blue Island, Illinois was traveling in his semi going north on US 421 He moved in his lane and checked on oncoming traffic. He came back over to his driving lane and started to slide. He went off the road and down into the ditch, laying the semi on its side. He wasn’t injured in the incident. The total estimate of all damage in the crash was $10,000-$25,000.

Manager of Holloway Motel US30 & Five Others Arrested In Meth Drug Bust

Holloway Motel

The Holloway Motel has been evacuated and condemned after a huge drug bust Friday. In the course of serving a warrant on a person at the motel, Starke County Police detected an odor commonly related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

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Police Reports

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/07/11 North Judson Police investigated a report of the theft of utilities in the 500 Block of Laurel Street. The North Judson Water Department reported a meter, which was turned off, had been turned back on and had water consumed. An investigation was conducted and a report with pending charges was provided to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

04/06/11 Officer Dennis Fornelli located three juvenile males on the grounds of the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, in and around the train cars. After a short time, the three were picked up and transported to their respective parents. The following morning, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum reported to Officer Joe Budner that several train cars, the building, and equipment had been vandalized and damaged. Many windows were broken out as well. Police returned and conducted interviews with the three juveniles and learned they had done the damage. A complete investigative report was furnished to the Starke County Probation Department and the Prosecutor’s Office requesting charges and restitution from the juveniles.

On another unrelated incident at the museum, Police were again called on Friday afternoon in reference to 2 juvenile males throwing rocks and beating on a train car with a board. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely and Officer Fornelli detained the two and had their parents come and pick them up. This report was also furnished to the Probation Department for review. Remember the Museum grounds and all Railroad properties are closed to off road vehicle traffic and the buildings and train cars are not to be entered, tampered, or damaged at any time.

Arrests:
04/08/11 Juarez Hermenegilda, 32, 4035 W. 800 South, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

04/08/11 Scott E. Cambern, 19, 5267 S. Holiday Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

04/06/11 Jonathan Cortez, 18, 4230 South 250 West, North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/09/11 A Winamac resident reported that someone tampered with the back door of his residence. The lock was broken and the key won’t work. Nothing was reported stolen.

04/09/11 A Cass Township resident reported the theft of wiring off an irrigation system.

04/08/11 Four juveniles were kicked out of the Winamac Town Park for the remainder of the year after residents complained that they were fighting by the 4-H building. They had been warned before this incident and were given a no trespassing warning in the Park.

04/08/11 A Pulaski resident reported that someone came onto his property and stole his boat and part of his boat trailer.

04/07/11 A Beardstown resident reported that he was watching a pile of leaves burning and a person came flying up on him in a pickup truck. The person hit the neighbor’s fence and was sitting sideways in the road. After an investigation, the suspect was intoxicated and was tazed due to his aggressive nature. He was taken home for the evening.

04/06/11 A Cass Township resident reported $700 worth of copper wire removed from a trailer and several trees cut on the property.

04/06/11 A Bruce Lake resident called to report a stolen license plate.

04/04/11 A Pulaski resident called to report that his ex-girlfriend stole his car.

04/04/11 A caller advised that a telephone pedestal cover was found off the pedestal with bullet holes in it. The rest of the box was hanging by the wires. Another pedestal was located and it was also damaged.

Arrests:
04/09/11 Valerie Bolen, 48, 1100 S. 250 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance. Discharged 04/10/11

04/09/11 Douglas Manns, 41, 6355 S. 250 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 04/09/11

04/09/11 Jeanne Rubalcava, 52, 6508 421 N. Medaryville, IN, arrested on a body attachment warrant.

04/08/11 Roseann Welda, 25, 5032 S. 400 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 04/08/11

04/08/11 Keith Fritz, 26, 237 S. 200 W., Winamac, IN, Court Order 12 months.

04/07/11 Tyler Shepperd, 21, 12650 W. 175 N. Medaryville, IN, arrested on active arrest warrants.

04/07/11 Tylor Hughes, 19, 14898 W. 300 N., Medaryville, IN, Court Order 6 months.

04/05/11 Thomas J. Knudson, 60, 6519 E. 750 N., Culver, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Domestic Battery. Discharged 04/06/11.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/11/11 Greg May reported that someone stole a well pump from the well at 0995 S. and 250 E. in Knox.

04/10/11 Connie Clark requested the fire department for a woods fire behind her residence on 600 North.

04/10/11 Heather Clemons reported her IPhone stolen.

04/10/11 Chuck Mueller requested to speak to an officer. He believes that someone tried to break into his shop. Some unknown subject(s) messed with his fuel tank.

04/10/11 Shannon Kietzman advised of a fire in the 4800 block of E. 250 S. in Knox.

04/10/11 Carol Whitley reported her purse stolen from the Bass Lake Pub.

04/09/11 Shelby Clemons reported that someone stole his two pugs from his residence. He called the Humane Society and they were there.

04/08/11 Katherine Gergley called police to report that a male subject in an older pickup truck broke into her shed and came out with her husband’s log splitter on the back of the trailer. She passed him coming from the residence. After further investigation, the reporting officer discovered that the log splitter had fallen off the trailer and skidded down the road.

04/08/11 Garry McIntosh reported that a man was jumping out into the roadway in front of vehicles. Police gave the subject a ride home.

04/08/11 Holly Kell reported the theft of a laptop.

04/07/11 A brush fire was called in on Toto Road and 650 W. in North Judson.

04/06/11 A caller reported vehicles in and around an abandoned house across from the access point at English Lake. The caller said that the unknown subjects have guns as he can hear shooting.

04/06/11 Sherry McDaniel of Knox reported that three windows were broken out of her car including the sunroof.

04/06/11 James Hough reported the theft of his German Shepherd puppy.

04/06/11 An employees at Knoll Brothers reported a semi tipped over on US 30. The driver was pulling out of the parking lot of the facility when it tipped.

Arrests:
04/10/11 Victoria Farkas, 26, of Walkerton, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. The Walkerton Police Department advised that she was driving her car and hit a pole in the 8900 block of N. State Road 23 in Walkerton.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/13/11 Jennie Carter from Drug and Tobacco Free Starke County reported to police that 500 yellow stadium caps, 12 boxes of pencils and 500 key chains were stolen from her office.

04/12/11 Andrea Donnelly reported that two men in their 30s approached her at her home and questioned her about a trailer parked out in front of her home. She them that it was not for sale but she’d write down their names in case she does decide to sell it. As she was walking into her home to get a pen, the two men attacked her. They picked up a knife, held it to her throat, and asked if she had any money or pills. She said she had some money in her pocket but not any pills. She gave them what was in her pocket and they locked her in her bathroom. After she called police, she noticed that they stole a cell phone and some pills that she had.

04/09/11 Officers were called to 300 E. and 100 S. in reference to a traffic accident. The reporting officer observed a 2009 black passenger car and it appeared that it traveled through a yard on the northwest corner of the intersection before traveling west on 100 South where it crashed into a tree. The car belongs to Jennifer Miller and she told police that she had been at the bar and she left the keys with her boyfriend Anthony Davis. She left the bar on foot with a friend. Anthony said he had left the bar and put the keys in the vehicle for Jennifer in the event she returned. The vehicle crash occurred a half mile west of their residence.

Arrests:
04/12/11 Frankln Harrodon, 20, 802 E. New York St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Resisting Law Enforcement.

04/11/11 Paul Higdon was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
Traci Jacobs was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

04/08/11 Katelin Allen, 23, 103 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Trespass.

04/06/11 Curtis Bradley, 24, 322 W. Spruce Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Neglect of a Dependent (x2), Resisting Law Enforcement, Disorderly Conduct, Reckless Driving and Public Intoxication.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
4/12/2011 Officers responded to 504 N Starke St for juveniles shooting BB guns.

4/12/2011 Officers responded to 504 N Starke St for a harassment case involving two Juveniles at the bus stop.

4/11/2011 Officers responded to the Hamlet apartments for a loud noise complaint.

4/9/2011 Officers responded to 504 N Starke St. for a verbal argument between juveniles.

Arrests:
4/8/2011 Officers were called to 301 Pearl St for a 911 caller who advised her son had battered her. Officers arrived and spoke with Phyllis Summery. Summey said that her son, Corbin Gayheart, had hit her in the chest after an argument over money. Corbin was located in the home, arrested and transported to the Starke County Jail. He has a preliminary charge of Battery Causing Injury.

4/5/2011 20-year-old Jaime Sanchez of Mexico was arrested for Driving Without a License. Upon further investigation, Sanchez was found to be an illegal immigrant. Sanchez posted bond on the charges and was deported back to Mexico.

From the Plymouth Police Department:

Arrests:
04/14/11 The Plymouth Police Department was called to the Prairie View Group Home after receiving a complaint that a court committed subject escaped from the facility. Officers located 18-year-old Shayne Hammer of Plymouth when officers confronted him, he resisted. Officers had to use force and a taser to gain control before he was transported to the Marshall County jail on preliminary charges of Escape and Resisting Law Enforcement.

04/13/11 A Knox man was arrested after leaving Wal-Mart with unpaid merchandise. The Plymouth Police Department was called to Wal-Mart after Jacob Scott, 24, of Knox stole merchandise and fled the store. Scott lead police on a foot pursuit through the Pioneer Seed wetlands area where he was eventually apprehended. He was taken to the Marshall County Jail on preliminary charges of Theft and Resisting Law Enforcement.

Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/01/11 A resident in the 500 Block of W. Talmer Avenue reported some tools taken from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway. Reported missing to the North Judson Police was a cordless drill and an Milwaukee hammer drill. This remains under investigation.

03/30/11 North Judson Police investigated a report of a shoplifter at the Dollar General Store. Chief Doug Vessely investigated the incident and arrested Jeannie B. Rubalcava for Theft and Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

03-28-11 North Judson Police responded to the 600 block of Lane Street in reference to a theft from a vehicle. A payroll check was taken from the glove box and the bank was notified to stop payment on the check. Also involved with this same incident was locating several credit cards and driver’s license, which were recovered and returned to the owner.

Arrests:
04/02/11 – Shane C. Howard, 20, 7580 S. 200 West, Winamac, IN, arrested Illegal Possession of Alcohol by Minor.

04/01/11 – Patrick Arnett, 20, North Judson, IN, arrested Illegal Possession Alcohol by Minor.

03/31/11 – Cutis M. Batey, 50, 705 E. Talmer Ave., North Judson, IN, arrested for Failure to Appear on a Starke County Warrant.

03/30/11 – Jeannie B. Rubalcava, 52, 6408 US #421, Medaryville, IN, arrested for Theft, Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams, and a Body Attachment from Pulaski County.

03/29/11 – Donald Ray Dennison, Jr., 21, 5344 Independence Ave., Portage, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear Warrant through Porter County.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
04/02/11 Betty Barnett reported damage to her fence at 504 N Starke St. Lot:41

04/01/11 Hamlet Police responded to a noise complaint and verbal argument at the Down and Under Pub.

03/31/11 Patrick Newell Reported damage to his mailbox at 11 W. Indiana Ave. in Hamlet.

03/28/11 An unwanted subject removed from Wayne Apartments.

Arrests:
04/02/11 Richard Lavery was arrested and has preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Open Container.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/03/11 A Winamac resident told police that he was driving down the road and a tree fell on his truck. He wasn’t injured but his truck was damaged.

04/03/11 A caller in the Denham area reported that the woods were on fire near his residence. The North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.

04/03/11 A Winamac resident reported his bike stolen.

04/03/11 An officer was approached by a Pulaski resident who said that some unknown suspect(s) untied his pontoon boat. He believes someone tried to steal it but it got caught up.

04/03/11 A large field fire was reported in the Beardstown area. State Park employees were asked to check and see if it reached the campground. They reported that it hadn’t.

04/02/11 A Star City resident reported the theft of a horse trailer.

04/01/11 An accident involving a pickup truck and an ATV was reported to the Sheriff’s Department. No injuries were reported.

04/01/11 A caller called in a possible dog fight in Monterey. Police could not find any evidence of the event.

03/31/11 A Denham resident reported a grass fire and it was spreading fast. The North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/31/11 A woods fire was reported in the Ripley area. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/31/11 A possible woods fire was reported in the Starke City area. The Star City Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/31/11 A caller in the Bruce Lake area reported the theft of anhydrous tanks.

03/30/11 A caller reported a subject went up to a residence in Winamac and started loading up a bunch of stuff. After police investigated the call, the subject returned the property that was taken.

03/30/11 A woods fire was reported in the Medaryville area and it was spreading fast. The Medaryville Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/28/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a tailgate.

03/28/11 A caller reported a corn field on fire in the Pulaski area.

03/28/11 A caller reported that two male subjects came out of his barn and left on foot from his property. Nothing was reported stolen.

Arrests:
04/04/11 Arnold Neely, 47, 6286 N. US 421, Medaryville, IN, Court Order.

04/04/11 Allen Moore, 32, 308 Arlington St., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. Discharged 04/04/11

04/03/11 Billy Bates, 53, 17346 Tomahawk, Plymouth, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 04/03/11

04/02/11 Robert Howard, 25, 3201 W. 250 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 04/02/11

04/02/11 James Watts, 33, 527 W. Madison, Winamac, IN, arrested on a Starke County warrant. Discharged 04/02/11

04/02/11 Miranda Steele, 20, Culver, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/01/11 Melissa Slavens, 34, 236 W. Norway Rd., Monticello, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. Discharged 04/01/11

03/31/11 Richard E. Gossett, 59, 741 E. Chouinard, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charge of Child Molestation.

03/30/11 Chad Weaver, 23, 2690 N. 175 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine and an active arrest warrant.

03/31/11 Michael Smith, 43, 612 Parkside, Valparaiso, IN, arrested on a LaPorte County warrant. Discharged 03/31/11

03/29/11 Sherrie L. Braasch, 43, 301 E. St. Lot 25, Winamac, IN, Court Order.

03/29/11 Jacqueline Mayhill, 31, 109 N. George Ct., Monticello, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. Discharged 03/29/11

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/04/11 Alcie Mercer reported the theft of $100 from her kitchen table. There is a suspect in this case.

04/01/11 Eunice Cleveland told police that some unknown person(s) had thrown a large rock through the driver’s side window of her 1998 Ford Ranger truck that was parked by Washington Street.

03/31/11 Hobart Givens reported that three of his tires on his 2001 Ford Taurus had been slashed and deflated. There is a possible suspect in the case.

03/30/11 The Water Superintendent advised that he shut off the water at 510 S. Shield Street on March 25th and his crews returned on March 28th to find the meter had been tampered with. They found that the resident had turned the water back on.

03/30/11 Dawn Stamper reported that someone stole her 15-month-old Pit Bull dog named Cooper. The dog was fenced in and she observed the entrance gate closed but it was not secured with the bungee cords that usually secure the gate. The cords were loosened and hanging off the gate.

Arrests:
04/03/11 Billy Bates, 53, 17346 Tomahawk, Plymouth, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant through Pulaski County.

04/02/11 Richard Kozecar, 21, 4015 S. 300 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

03/31/11 Justin Kleist, 28, 0575 N. 650 E. Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

03/27/11 Michael Furlong, 57, 408 E. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/03/11 Residents were walking on 150 S. and 800 E. and found was looked to be a mobile meth lab or a dumpsite.

04/03/11 Dale Shannon found a license plate and took it to the Sheriff’s Department.

04/02/11 A resident in the 1100 block of E. 400 N. in Knox reported that some unknown person(s) kicked in a basement door and window.

04/02/11 A resident in the 7200 block of W. 700 S. in North Judson reported finding a wallet.

04/01/11 A resident in the 4700 block of S. 450 W. in North Judson reported that his residence has been broken into and his guns and medications were taken.

04/01/11 Jason Crane called police report the theft of a kayak and two paddles.

04/01/11 Ida in the 5800 block of S. U Road E. in North Judson reported the theft of a security camera.

Arrests:
04/04/11 Lisa Napierkowski, 3595 N. 950 E., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Trafficking with an Inmate and Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance.

03/31/11 John Grigsby, 42, Monon, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended-Prior, Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property.

03/29/11 Omas Fletcher, 45, of Grovertown, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (two counts).

Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
03/24/11 A guardian reported a 13-year-old female juvenile as a runaway to the North Judson Police. After a short investigation, North Judson Officer Dennis Fornelli located the female and returned her home.

03/21/11 North Judson Police responded to the 500 Block of Talmer Avenue in reference to a reported dog bite. An incident report was taken by police and a dog bite form was filed by the Starke County Humane Society. The animal owner was issued an ordinance ticket for an unlicensed dog which carries a $50.00 fine.

Arrests:
03/27/11 Marsha R. Davis, 26, 6466 W. 600 North, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

03/21/11 Randy L. Bishop, 33, 607 Lane Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on an active Child Support Warrant.

Hamlet Police Department

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
03/24/11 Todd Ferch reported that scrap had been stolen from his residence on Davis Street in Hamlet.

Arrests:
03/23/11 Johnathon Hummel was arrested on a preliminary charge of Criminal Trespass.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/27/11 A break-in was reported at a barn in Winamac. The owner did not know if anything was stolen at the time the call was placed.

03/27/11 Jasper County requested the Medaryville Fire Department to assist in investigating a call. An officer said there is a cloud of smoke and a weird smell. It could be an active meth lab.

03/26/11 Officers were called to an accident in Winamac where injuries were reported after a car was reported in a deep ditch. A person was reportedly airlifted out due to the extent of injuries sustained in the accident.

03/26/11 A caller in the Town of Pulaski reported that someone broke into his cabin on the river and stole all of his tools, a furnace, windows – everything he had to rehab the home.

03/25/11 A caller from the Town of Pulaski reported a stolen motorcycle. The bike was taken from his barn. It was last seen at the property one month ago.

03/25/11 Pulaski County Jail Division requested an officer in reference to found contraband.

03/25/11 A Winamac resident called to report that her daughter was in Valparaiso and the license plate was stolen off of her car.

03/24/11 A Monterey resident called police to report the theft of four kayaks from his residence.

03/23/11 An EMT called to report that she hit a deer and then she hit a cement guard rail. The airbags deployed and she is bleeding from the head. She is walking around but needs to be checked.

03/22/11 A caller in Francesville called to report that someone went completely through his fence and continued into his field. The caller said that there was no way the driver could get out of the car because the wire and post is wrapped around the car. The driver was not hurt in the accident.

03/21/11 A caller said her neighbor’s trailer was on fire. The suspect who was moving out allegedly stated that he was going to burn it down when he was done moving out.

03/21/11 A resident in the Town of Pulaski reported that his barn was broken into.

03/21/11 A man from North Judson called police to say that he may be following a green Ford Explorer he reported stolen over a year ago. After a VIN check, it turned out that the car was not the one reported stolen.

03/21/11 A caller reported an accident in Francesville. The driver had wrecked in the caller’s yard. The driver had hit a utility pole and the lines were on top of the vehicle. Power was reported out and utility crews were called to the scene. The driver was not injured.

03/21/11 Two people were injured after a tire flew off another vehicle. The incident happened in Winamac.

03/21/11 A driver called police to report a possible drunk driver ahead of him on the road in Medaryville. Police stopped the vehicle where they learned the driver had been talking on his cell phone and texting while driving. The driver was issued a citation.

Arrests:
03/26/11 Tracey Poor, 48, 480 13th St., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

03/26/11 Nicholas Burnell, 32, 1011 E. 700 N., Walkerton, IN, Court Order, Weekender. Discharged 03/27/11

03/23/11 Michelle Henson, 44, 124 N. Wisconsin, Lake Station, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear.

03/22/11 Judy Hagerman, 36, 1250 S. State Road 119, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 03/23/11

03/22/11 Timothy E. Hampton, 35, 313 W. Cool Spring, Michigan City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

03/21/11 Jason Alan Wilkerson, 35, 313 S. Maple Ave., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 03/22/11

03/21/11 Lyle Homer Rankin, 73, 183 W. 600 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/21/11

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
03/28/11 Kayla Thompson reported vandalism to a bedroom that was being rented at a residence in Knox. Items were also reported stolen from the residence. There is a possible suspect in the case.

03/28/11 Al Noble reported the theft of a Billy Goat leaf blower.

03/27/11 An employee at the Next Door Food Store reported the theft of $38 in gas.

03/26/11 Penny Back told police that some unknown people backed into the front bumper of her vehicle. The vehicle was parked on Main Street at the time of the incident.

03/24/11 Rolland McVey reported his truck stolen. He was sitting at his kitchen table when two male subjects came walking into his kitchen from his back room. He asked them how they got in and they said their daughter had been bitten by a dog. McVey said he doesn’t own a dog and he got up from the table and started walking toward them. They turned around and took off running out the back door. He later he looked out and saw his truck missing. His keys were missing from the key hook that hangs next to the back door. The males appeared to be in their late teens. The truck is a teal 1997 Ford truck.

03/23/11 Jeannie Brewer reported that she was out of her home for a few hours and when she returned, she found that her front door had been forced open. Her rented TV and surround sound system were stolen.

03/22/11 Matthew Zink reported that the two juvenile suspects who admitted stealing cash from him and promised restitution have not followed through with the agreement.

Arrests:
03/26/11 Michael Dalton, 50, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

03/26/11 Cathy Kidd, 218 1/2 Washington St., Alexandria, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Body.

03/25/11 Joshua Sprinkle, 28, 7920 Blue Jay Ln. Apt B, Indianapolis, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .15%, Operating a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Body, and Possession of Marijuana.

03/25/11 Daniel Pastorcik, 310 N. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on two counts of Neglect of a Dependent, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Reckless Possession of Paraphernalia.
Tiffany Pastorcik, 309 Ruthie Dr. #A-4, Knox, IN, arrested on two counts of Neglect of a Dependent.

03/24/11 Samuel Smith, 47, 428 W. Elm Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Trespassing.

03/23/11 Daniel Jones Sr., 38, 4673 Garfield St., Gary, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/28/11 A Knox resident reported the theft of a 2000 GMC Sierra. The vehicle was not plated.

03/27/11 A North Judson resident called police to report some unknown person(s) pranking her by banging on the windows and ringing the door bell. This type of behavior has happened in the past.

03/27/11 Frank Mowbray reported his tools stolen.

03/27/11 Garrel Cole told police that he was down at Wythogan Park and backed into a cable by the river and broke it.

03/27/11 Police were dispatched to Hickory Hills Campground in reference to a theft that occurred there. Witnesses saw a purple pickup pull up to the property in question and a male subject got out, took something, put it into the truck and then drove away. Police caught up with the suspect who said he was given permission by an old man to take a battery from the residence. The witnesses stated that there wasn’t an old man there during the day. The suspect was subsequently arrested for theft.

03/26/11 Rodney Cooper reported his four wheeler stolen.

03/24/11 Shawn Allen reported the theft of his debit card.

03/24/11 A Knox resident residing in the 110 block of N. 1200 E. reported someone blew up his mailbox.

03/23/11 A gray Ford pickup was reported stolen from San Pierre Auto.

03/23/11 An unknown suspect damaged 10 bushes and broke beer bottles against the side of the Little Dove Baptist Church that caused cracks and holes.

Arrests:
03/27/11 Dale Chlebek, 45, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

03/27/11 Lisa Napierkowski, 29, of Knox, arrested on preliminary charges of False Reporting, Possession of Methamphetamine and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.

Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

03/19/11 The North Judson Police responded to the Bank of Indiana in regards to counterfeit United States currency. Police investigated the incident and took possession of the counterfeit bills. An investigation continues as charges are pending. The Secret Service was notified of the incident.

Arrests:
03/14/11 Omas E. Fletcher, 45, 2070 N Garba Dr., Grovertown, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended Prior and Possession of Methamphetamine.

03/14/11 Nicole D. Moss, 38, 504 N. Starke St., Hamlet, IN, arrested for a Body Attachment Warrant.

03/15/11 Bryan S. Dollahan, 36, 302 Jones Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication and False Informing.

03/15/11 John P. Trent, 43, 302 Jones St. North Judson, IN, arrested for Battery Class A Misdemeanor.

03/18/11 Shanna M. Risner, 32, 0655 E. 500 South, North Judson, IN, arrested for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/18/11 A caller in Pulaski reported that her home and the neighbor’s home have been broken into. The lock on the gate was tampered with.

03/18/11 A resident in Denham reported the theft of a license plate.

03/18/11 A camper was seen on fire in the woods. The Medaryville Fire Department was called to the scene. No one was in the camper and the camper is was reported as a total loss.

03/18/11 A caller reported his vehicles stolen and now he believes someone is living in his home that he’s moving out of. Baby toys and rattles are in the house there weren’t there two days ago.

03/18/11 A resident told police that he is out of town and his neighbor called him to say that he saw someone standing by his garage. The caller said there shouldn’t be anyone at his residence.

03/17/11 A caller requested to speak to an officer to talk about items stolen from the house he is moving out of.

03/17/11 A caller reported shots fired behind his home. Police located subjects shooting a .22 into a safe backstop. No safety issues were noted.

03/17/11 A field fire was reported in Medaryville and it was spreading fast. The Medaryville Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/17/11 White County advised Pulaski County that Monon police were trying to catch up to a speeding car now headed into Pulaski County. The Monon unit stopped the driver in Francesville. Driver was cited for driving 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. The driver told police she was running late from a tanning appointment.

03/16/11 A caller told police that a vehicle has been left in a parking lot for a few days now and the caller fears that it may be stolen. A 72 hour tag was placed on the vehicle.

03/16/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of a 1953 Jeep, 4-5 propane tanks, torch set, 3 wheeler and possible more from a residence. Caller told police that the whole house was trashed. Caller said he had moved and went to check on the Jeep and it was gone. A 1981 Pontiac Firebird was also stolen.

03/16/11 A caller in Winamac reported being bit by a dog. The dog was being walked on a leash. The dog tore the caller’s pants and punctured the skin. The caller wanted to know if the dog has had all of its shots.

Arrests:
03/20/11 Todd Fischer, 43, 104 Maple Dr., Medaryville, IN, Court Order for 14 days.

03/20/11 Cheyenne Allen, 34, 6077 N. 575 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of LaPorte County.

03/20/11 Diane Allen, 33, 5218 S. Driftwood, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of Starke County. Discharged 03/20/11.

03/19/11 Paul Burgess, 43, 504 117th St., Hammond, IN, Weekender.

03/19/11 Russell Antrim, 55, 6355 W. State Road 14, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 031/9/11.

03/19/11 Gregory Perkins, 50, 405 E. 13th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 03/19/11.

03/18/11 Arthur Smith, 19 335 W. Narrow St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication, Resisting Law Enforcement, Minor Consuming, and Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 03/19/11.

03/18/11 Kelsie Gainer, 19, 2554 S. 1000 W., Kewanna, IN, Court Order, Weekender. Discharged 03/20/11.

03/18/11 Johnny Green, 42, 419 W. Maple Dr., Knox, IN, Court Order 27 days.

03/18/11 Jacob Carter, 28, 715 E. Washington, Rensselaer, IN, Court Order 120 days.

03/17/11 Mogan Malek, 26, 315 S. Slate, Culver, IN, arrested on an active warrant. Discharged 03/18/11.

03/17/11 Michael Dennis, 36, 2901 S. Goyer Rd. Apt. 9, Kokomo, IN, Court Order.

03/17/11 Erica Oquendo, 35, 3934 Evergreen Rd. Apt #4, East Chicago, IN, Court Order.

03/16/11 Gene Wilkerson, 24, 285 Node Rd., Center, KY, Court Order. Discharged 03/17/11.

03/15/11 Mindy Gross, 31, 104 E. Rensselaer St., Mt. Ayr, Indiana, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/17/11.

03/15/11 Michael Smith, 30, 8676 E. Van Buren, Culver, IN, Court Order. Discharged 03/15/11.

03/15/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 867 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active warrant. Discharged 03/15/11.

03/14/11 Glenn Scott, 19, 114 S. Smith, Kewanna, IN, Court Order.

03/14/11 Trent A Deardorff, 25, 3436 E. 250 S. Star City, IN, Weekender.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Arrests:
3/20/2011 Jody Spicer was arrested on a warrant for two counts of Burglary, two counts Theft, Criminal Trespassing, Criminal Mischief, and Battery resulting in bodily injury.

3/17/2011 Adam Makowski was arrested and charged with Theft Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of Marijuana.

3/17/2011 Steven Sandoval was arrested and charged with Theft Receiving Stolen Property and False Informing.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
03/21/11 A Knox woman told police that she was in and out of her house moving boxes all day and as she was walking out of her house and she was hit by someone in the face. The police noticed that the left side of her face and eye were red and swollen. There are no suspects at this time.

03/18/11 The cashier at Next Door Food Store called police to report that she found a clear bag containing a white powder in the parking lot. The powder was field tested and it was positive for methamphetamine.

03/16/11 Dawn Allen reported that while she was at work, she saw someone parked in her driveway and she yelled at them to leave. Upon leaving, the suspect backed up into her fence and left.

Arrests:
03/21/11 Kelly Robinson, 20, 701 E. Danker St., #18, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery, Strangulation and Interfering with Reporting a Crime.

03/20/11 Clark Clemons, 707 E. St. Louis St., Knox, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

03/18/11 John O’Malley Jr., 72, 6355 E. 25 N., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .08%.

03/18/11 Samuel Singleton, 36, 0345 N. State Road 23, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Prescription Forgery.

03/17/11 Terry Wheeler, 15 1/2 Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

Accidents:
03/20/11 The Knox City Police Department investigated a two car accident on State Road 8 and County Road 500 East. According to the accident report, Austin Tessner of Knox was traveling westbound on State Road 8, just past County Road 500 East, when he observed the vehicle in front of him slow quickly. He applied his brakes but was unable to avoid a collision with Rosalind Romenzak of Knox who told police she was slowing quickly because the car in front of her stopped quickly to turn into a driveway on State Road 8. When Romanzak’s car was hit, she lost control of her vehicle and she hit a NIPSCO pole, breaking it in half. She sustained a minor injury in the crash. A portion of the City lost power as a result of the accident.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/19/11 A Monterey man told police that he and his wife had been out of town and when they returned home, the lock on the REMC electric box had been cut.

03/19/11 A resident requested an officer to report her license stolen.

03/19/11 Mike Childers reported his mailbox stolen. In a later conversation with the suspect in the incident, the suspect agreed to reimburse Childers for the mailbox.

03/19/11 A caller notified police that his friend’s car was damaged. The car’s ignition switch had been tampered with while the vehicle was parked in the 700 block of N. 1025 E. in Knox.

03/18/11 Julie Bailey reported finding a small black Sony camera case with an ATM card and other identification in it. Police took possession of the item.

03/18/11 A caller from the 2300 block of S. US 35 in Knox reported the theft of all the copper from her air conditioner.

03/18/11 Phyllis Shepherd told police that a piece of firewood from the back of the truck traveling in front of her flew out and went through her windshield. She needs an officer for a report.

03/18/11 A Knox resident reported the theft of a furnace.

03/17/11 A Knox resident called police to report that two windows have been kicked in at her residence.

03/17/11 A caller reported a stop sign down at 100 West and Toto Road.

03/16/11 Linda Fort of North Judson reported the theft of a safe, guns and several other items from her residence.

03/15/11 A caller told police that a man in a green Pontiac was running down a male subject on foot in Borne’s Trailer Park. Officers did not locate anyone at the scene.

Arrests:
03/19/11 Christopher Keiper, 20, of Grovertown, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Illegal Possession.

03/19/11 Lisa Napierkowski, 29, of Knox, IN, arrested on a probation violation.

03/15/11 Michael Reimbold, 40, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Intimidation on Law Enforcement and Disorderly Conduct.

Hamlet Police Department Recovers Stolen Vehicle

Adam Makowski

Hamlet Police Department officers recovered a stolen vehicle after a traffic stop Thursday night.

While on routine patrol, officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of a truck that was stolen in the Knox area last week. Officers ran the plate through the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and it was confirmed as the stolen vehicle. Adam Makowski was arrested and charged with Theft Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of Marijuana. Steven Sandoval was arrested and charged with Theft Receiving Stolen Property and False Informing.

Police Reports

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
03/11/11 The North Judson Police Department responded to a break-in at Ray’s Super Foods on Lane Street on Friday around 4:50 a.m. A back entry door appeared to have been pried open and a front window was broken out. Unknown subject(s) entered the business taking both cash and merchandise with several tobacco products being taken as well. It is believed the burglar(s) made entry between 3:00 and 4:20 a.m. Police have few leads and are asking for the public’s help by encouraging people who might have any information regarding this incident to call the North Judson Police at (574)772-5914 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-STOP or 1-574-288-STOP. Chief Doug Vessely reminds people if you call Crime Stoppers you don’t have to leave your name and they do not have caller ID. “Any tips would be greatly appreciated,” Vessely added.

Arrests:
03/08/11 Samuel M. J. Bradley, 35, 5202 S. Detroiter Lane, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
03/10/11 James Demis reported the attempted theft of gas from his vehicle from 111 S. Jefferson St., in Hamlet.

03/11/11 Richard Main reported that his vehicle had been vandalized overnight at 504 N. Starke St., Lot #59, in Hamlet.

03/13/11 An unwanted subject was removed from 603 E. Plymouth in Hamlet.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/13/11 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a fire in the Medaryville area. The person calling in the fire told dispatch that a van just burst into flames. After investigating the fire, it was learned that the van could have been stolen.

03/12/11 A Winamac resident reported that someone just backed up into her brand new car.

03/12/11 A caller in Winamac reported the theft of mail from the mailbox.

03/12/11 A Winamac resident complained that three males with metal detectors were at a residence and digging up the yard. The three told police they were looking for coins. Police asked them to leave the premises as they didn’t have permission to be on the property.

03/12/11 A Francesville caller reported a stolen truck. The caller believes the babysitter stole the truck. The babysitter often runs errands in the truck but now she has taken off with the truck and will not give it back.

03/12/11 A caller in the Denham area reported a crimper and wagon stolen from the property.

03/12/11 A caller in the Monon area reported that some unknown person with a chemical is going door to door and it seemed suspicious.

03/12/11 A caller in the northwestern part of the county told dispatch that he had permission to leave his broke-down truck in front of a residence and he would have it towed. He left the area and when he returned, the truck was there but the truck’s license plate was gone.

03/11/11 A caller in the Pulaski area called to report that a summer home had been broken into. The garage door was open and a John Deere Gator was missing.

03/11/11 A Winamac resident advised police that a girl threw his bike in the river. After confronted by police, the girl retrieved the bicycle.

03/10/11 Jasper County dispatch advised that a suspicious male is going door to door asking residents for gas money. They believe the subject may be headed into Pulaski County.

03/10/11 The action of property damage vehicle accident in White County caused a pole to snap in half that affected residents in Pulaski County. No serious injuries were reported.

03/10/11 An officer was requested for a belligerent customer at a local gas station who doesn’t want to pay for gas.

03/10/11 A theft was reported from Ace Hardware.

03/10/11 A caller in the Denham area called police to report 20-23 roosters tethered to barrels. The caller thought the police should look into this in case it’s for cock fighting purposes.

03/09/11 A Medaryville caller told police that some unknown person tried to break into his garage again. The suspect was wearing all black and took off after the homeowner shot at the subject with his BB gun.

03/08/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of a car stereo.

Arrests:
03/14/11 Trent Deardorff, 25, 5436 E. 250 S., Star City, IN, Court Order.

03/12/11 Justin Back, 23, 2835 E. Toto Rd., Knox, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 03/12/11

03/11/11 Marie Collins, 42, 2702 Paoli Pl., New Albany, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

03/10/11 Michael McGovern, 42, 706 N. Riverside Dr., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and a Court Order.

03/10/11 Jennifer Summers, 30, 6341 N. US 231, Rensselaer, IN, Bond Revoked.

03/10/11 Jon Heck, 57, 224 W. 12th, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Public Intoxication.

03/10/11 Jonathan Wulitich, 34, 207 S. Cray St., San Pierre, IN, Court Order. Discharged 3/10/11

03/09/11 Angela Spiller, 57, 10005 E. State Road 8, Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/11/11

03/08/11 Dennis Williams, 36, 3420 W. 200 N., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

03/08/11 Craig Cranmar, 48, 7920 Country Breeze, Culver, IN, Court Order.

03/08/11 James Fox, 42, 2730 Fairbanks St., Gary, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/08/11

03/07/11 Thomas F. Warren, 56, 7653 Crist Ln., Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/07/11

03/07/11 Dalena Kretchmer, 43, 1022 Warehouse St., Lafayette, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/07/11

03/07/11 Ozzy J. Blameuser, 20, 303 N. Smith St., Kewanna, IN, Court Order. Discharged 03/13/11.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
03/13/11 Jose Gorge told police that a black and white dog was chasing the chickens in his chicken house and the dog killed one of them. Gorge told police that he is missing about 11 chickens and he believes the dog has killed all of them.

03/13/11 An officer was called to Wythogan Park where two women reported being harassed by a man in a red truck. He reportedly approached the women demanding money.

03/12/11 Rhonda Zitt, 404 E. New York St., Knox, IN, cited for Driving While Suspended-Prior.

03/11/11 Natalie Scott reported damage to her vehicle while it was parked at Five Star. There is a possible suspect.

03/11/11 Brad Lovely reported his 1997 S10 pickup stolen from 53 W. Lake St. There is a suspect in this case.

03/09/11 Knox City police were called to the Astoria Inn. An employee reportedly found drug paraphernalia in a motel room.

03/09/11 Crystal Reed reported finding a debit card at the Keybank ATM along with the receipt.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/13/11 A structure fire was reported in the 8700 block of E. 25 N. Washington Township Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/13/11 Kyle Nissen reported the theft of trailer axles in the 500 block of S. 275 W. in North Judson.

03/12/11 Kyle Nissen reported the theft of two mobile home axles.

03/12/11 Craig McEndarfer reported the theft of a Yamaha Zuma.

03/12/11 Clyde Singleton reported an attempted break-in. Some unknown person(s) attempted to break into his shed. He fired a gun in the direction of the people running from his residence.

03/11 Marsha with A.L. Olson Real Estate requested to speak with an officer. An air conditioning unit was stolen from a house that is up for foreclosure and needs a report.

03/10/11 Cathy Brown called 9-1-1 to report her house was on fire. She said it started in the chimney. The San Pierre Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/10/11 Roberta Williams requested an officer. Checks were written on a closed account.

03/10/11 Ashley Jones of Monticello reported her cell phone stolen from the Sand Bar.

03/09/11 Jake Lovely reported a stolen cell phone.

03/08/11 A caller reported a neighbor’s truck stolen.

Arrests:
03/13/11 Colton Romenzak, 21, Knox, IN arrested on charges of Domestic Battery and Criminal Mischief. After appearing in Knox City Court, he was given an added charge of Contempt of Court.

03/13/11 Frank Solberg, 41, arrested on a Violation of a Protective Order-Invasion of Privacy.

03/13/11 Jerry Sanchez, 40, South Bend, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Conversion.

03/12/11 Donald Fletcher, 42, of North Judson, IN, arrested on an active body attachment warrant.

03/12/11 Craig Coad, 29, of Monterey, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

Over the Limit, Under Arrest Patrols to Begin Friday

Beginning Friday, March 4th, troopers from the Indiana State Police will join more than 250 other Indiana law enforcement agencies across the Hoosier State in the Over the Limit, Under Arrest March crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving.

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Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/13/11 A Medaryville resident reported that his garbage can was stolen.

02/13/11 A resident in Winamac called police to report a truck stuck on his property. The occupants of the vehicle placed garbage underneath the tires for traction and got the truck out, but they left the garbage on the property and has caused a giant mess. The homeowner found a piece of mail with names on it and police were dispatched to the address and spoke to the occupants of the vehicle. They cleaned up the mess and were given a warning about littering.

02/13/11 Police investigated a call that a semi-trailer with a tank containing a yellow liquid was leaking all over the highway. The truck was traveling was westbound on State Road 14 from State Road 17. Police determined that the yellow liquid was corn syrup and was not hazardous to the public. It appeared that the bottom of the trailer was torn off. After investigating further, police found that 1,000 gallons of corn syrup had leaked from the tank.

02/13/11 A store owner in Winamac called police to report that four subjects were in the store looking at items used to manufacture meth. The subjects were at the store for an hour and a half. Police arrived at the scene and warrant checks were done on the subjects. One subject had a valid warrant.

02/12/11 The Medaryville and Francesville Fire Departments were called to a barn fire at 3:40 a.m. The fire department left at 6:00 a.m. and were called back to the scene later that morning for a flare up.

02/12/11 A Francesville resident reported two TVs stolen from her home.

02/11/11 Officers arrived at a location in Cass Township were officers were given a tip of a possible meth lab. Two were taken into custody as the result of an investigation. (see arrest reports)

02/11/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that the door to his house was kicked in.

02/11/11 A Winamac resident reported a break-in. The only thing the resident reported missing was a jar of money.

02/08/11 A Winamac resident told police that when she got home, she left her purse outside and took her son indoors. When she went to retrieve her purse, it was gone.

02/07/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of gas from the gas tank on her vehicle.

Arrests:
02/14/11 David Travis, 39, 7080 W. 250 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on a Warrant and Court Order.

02/13/11 Robert Parrish, 49, 909 Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 02/13/11

02/13/11 Joseph Pastorcik, 29, 50 S. Range Road, Knox, IN arrested on four active arrest warrants. Discharged 02/13/11

02/12/11 Shawn Allen, 31, 406 High St., North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 02/12/11

02/12/11 Nathen Wilson, 25, 6515 S. State Road 39, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 02/13/11

02/11/11 Thomas Lane, 30, 5109 S. 600 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors and Possession of Paraphernalia.

02/11/11 Wendy Voiceman, 36, 14254 W. 600 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Neglect of a Dependent.

02/11/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 867 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, Weekender.

02/11/11 Nicholas Burrell, 32, 10011 E. 700 N., Walkerton, IN, Court Order.

02/11/11 Brandon Davis, 23, 104 W. Spring St., Winamac, IN, Weekender. Discharged 02/13/11

02/11/11 Anthony Barnett, 35, 303 Market St., Winamac, IN, Weekender. Discharged 02/13/11

02/10/11 Amy Corneil, 35, 701 N. Franklin, Valparaiso, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants. Discharged 02/10/11

02/09/11 Jon Heck, 57, 224 W. 12th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. 02/09/11

02/09/11 David Stachurski, 64, 3246 N. Rose., Franklin, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 02/09/11

02/09/11 Keith Fritz, 26, 5222 S. 325 E., Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant and Court Order.

02/08/11 John Schwartz, 39, 4693 N. US 35, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Habitual Traffic Violator. Discharged 02/11/11

02/08/11 Irvin Hudson, 27, 508 Bates St., Logansport, IN, Court Order. Discharged 02/10/11

02/08/11 Thomas Williams, 34, 1720 S. 225 E., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

02/07/1 Tina Gould, 44, 2238 E. 575 S., Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

02/07/11 Keith Thompson, 19, 384 N. 200 W., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

02/07/11 Francis Fox, 64, 3291 W. 400 S., Winamac, IN, Court Order. Discharged 02/11/11.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
02/07/11 A juvenile female reported to North Judson Police of being harassed by another adult man via texting and her Facebook page. She was directed to get a protection order issued, which she did.

02/10/11 The North Judson Police investigated a theft of jewelry in the 400 Block of Arlington Avenue. North Judson Police Officer Joe Budner learned the items were pawned at a local pawn shop. Of the items, two watches were recovered while three rings were already sent off to be melted down. Police Chief Doug Vessely stated that charges were requested through the Starke County Prosecutor’s office for the theft on the person who pawned the items while the investigation continues into the matter for any additional suspects.

02/10/11 North Judson Police investigated a rare 4 vehicle accident on Laurel Street around 5:15 pm. “It isn’t very often four vehicles are involved in a single accident within the town limits,” stated Chief Doug Vessely. He added, “We’re very grateful that this doesn’t happen very often.”

The crash was investigated by Officer Kelly Fisher, who set the total damages at near $2,500.00 No injuries were reported. A vehicle being driven by Tim Wireman, of Medaryville, was backing out of a driveway on Laurel Street while a second vehicle, driven by Darren Eberhart of North Judson, was westbound on Laurel Street near the driveway. Meanwhile, a third vehicle, being driven by Adrienne Barton, of North Judson, was eastbound and stopped, waiting to pull into a driveway on Laurel. The Wireman vehicle backed into vehicle two causing it to cross over and strike vehicle three, which was stopped in traffic, and pushed vehicle three off the south side of the street and into a driveway where it struck vehicle four that was parked in the driveway.

“This goes to show how quickly things can happen during a traffic crash and how a chain reaction can be very dangerous,” said Vessely. “In this particular accident, no one was hurt and none of the vehicle involved were going very fast, but it gives you cause to think of how serious it could be if driving on a highway at 55 miles per hour,” Drive carefully and Buckle up!

Arrests:
02/12/11 Shawn D. Allen, 31, 406 High Street, North Judson, IN, arrested for a Pulaski County Warrant.

02/09/11 Robert P. Buck, 47, 10405 S Moody, Chicago Ridge, IL, arrested for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
02/09/11 Jennifer Berg of Hamlet reported that a male driving a large black truck attempted to get her 15 year old daughter in the vehicle at the bus stop. Hamlet police responded and was unable to locate the vehicle.

02/09/11 Darrall Griffith of Hamlet reported a stolen license plate. Hamlet Police later recovered the plate.

Arrests:
02/07/11 David Howard of Hamlet was charged on one count of Intimidation and one count of Harassment.

02/11/11 Arden E. Webb of Hamlet was arrested on preliminary charges of Intimidation, Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
02/12/11 Stephen Miller of Knox told police that he was parked in the McDonald’s parking lot and as he was backing up, an older model Ford Explorer came by and ran into the front driver’s side panel of his vehicle. After the accident, the vehicle drove up on the curb and drove away.

02/09/11 Officers responded to a hit and run accident at 300 East and Pacific Avenue. Connie Jordan stated that her vehicle had damage  to the bumper and hood.

02/8/11 A vehicle driven by Matthew Day allegedly hit and damaged the ATM at DeMotte State Bank.

Arrests:
02/11/11 Timothy Lovell, 27, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and False Informing.

02/09/11 Travis S. Wintczak, 18, 495 N. State Road 23, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Jesse D. White, 18, 0560 S. 800 E., Knox, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Wintczak and White were reportedly in the Knox High School parking lot while in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

02/04/11 Joshua Godinez, 29, 7 1/2 Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/13/11 Russell White reported the theft of a log splitter.

02/13/11 Rados Antonijevic of Knox reported that some unknown person(s) broke out his vehicle’s window.

02/12/11 Dayle Smith called to report that some unknown person(s) shot wildlife on her property.

02/11/11 Robert Ochoa reported the theft of NASCAR items.

02/11/11 Leonard Wasilewski and his caregiver called to report the theft of a John Deere mower.

02/10/11 Cody Hopkins reported that some unknown person(s) stole a gun.

02/11/11 Herbert Foust reported a stolen 1994 green Ford Explorer.

02/10/11 Joan Haugh from Community Services of Starke County called police to report a minor property damage vehicle accident involving one of her bus drivers.

02/09/11 Ellissa Bailey of North Judson reported money and a laptop stolen.

02/09/11 Matthew Johnson called police to report a stolen vehicle. He had left his disabled car on 1100 W. near San Pierre and when he returned to retrieve it, it was gone.

02/09/11 Firefighters were called to a car fire in the 3500 block of E. Debby Drive in Knox.

02/08/11 Destiny Snyder asked to speak to police regarding stolen checks and forgery.

Hamlet Police Arrest Resident on Meth Charges

Brandon White

Officers from the Hamlet Police Department arrested Brandon White, of Hamlet, on methamphetamine charges, Friday, February 4th, after conducting a search warrant in the Hamlet Trailer Court.

According to Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick, Hamlet police received a tip concerning drug activity at the Hamlet Trailer Park at lot #15. Officers went to the residence and spoke with the homeowner concerning the tip. Based on information received, officers were granted a search warrant. The search warrant was executed and officers discovered illegal drugs as well as items used to manufacture illegal drugs in the home.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/06/11 A caller in the Denham area to report gun shots fired in the area. Police reported finding nothing and didn’t see anybody in the area.

02/05/11 The Sheriff’s Department was notified of an accident in Francesville. A semi went into the ditch. The driver was shook up and had a bloody nose. No other injuries were reported. NIPSCO was called due to a downed power line.

02/05/11 A caller reported the theft of coin books.

02/05/11 A caller in the Bruce Lake area reported a trespasser. After investigating, police determined that coon hunters were on the property to retrieve their coon dogs.

02/04/11 A man in Monterey reported his vehicle stolen. An officer called him later to report that the vehicle was involved in an accident in Marshall County. The driver hit a utility pole. Marshall County advised the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department that alcohol was a factor in the accident.

02/04/11 A man in Franklin Township advised he was cooking brownies and set his stove on fire. He thinks he got the fire out but is requested the Fire Department just to be sure.

02/03/11 A fully engulfed house fire was reported in Jasper County. The Medaryville and Francesville Fire Departments were called for mutual aid. The fire rekindled the next day.

02/03/11 A caller told police that Glen Sommers was at his home and attempted to stab him. The caller defended himself but his thumb was cut. Sommers left the home and the caller was able to call 9-1-1 twenty minutes later. The caller alleges that Sommers cut the phone wires and it took a while to fix the lines to call police. The caller also said Sommers reportedly took a guitar.

02/03/11 A Winamac resident reported that some unknown person(s) broke out her car’s back window.

02/01/11 A Medaryville resident reported a wood burning stove on fire.

01/31/11 A caller reported the theft of checks.

Arrests:
02/07/11 Richard Iverson, 54, 1882 N. Owens Ln., Medaryville, IN, Court Order.

02/06/11 Robert Barton, 29, 1088 E. 1250 N., Wheatfield, IN, Court Date. Discharged 02/07/11 to Jasper County.

02/06/11 Lawrence Campbell, 39, 113 Northeast St., Winamac, IN, arrested on four active arrest warrants.

02/04/11 Ruby Dennis, 24, 1008 N. Agnew St., Winamac, IN, Court Order Weekender. Discharged 2/6/11

02/04/11 Johnny Green, 42, 419 W. Maple Dr., Knox, IN, Court Order to serve 54 days.

02/04/11 Brandon Davis, 23, 104 W. Spring St., Winamac, IN, Court Order Weekender. Discharged 2/6/11

02/04/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 865 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, Court Order Weekender. Discharged 2/6/11

02/04/11 Joseph Watwood, 29, 7953 N. 250 E., Arora, IN, Court Order Weekender. Discharged 2/6/11

02/04/11 Daniel Lewark, 27, 611 N. Keller, Winamac, IN, Court Order.

02/04/11 Anthony Barnett, 716 N. Plymouth Rd., Winamac, IN, Court Order Weekender. Discharged 2/6/11

02/04/11 Gomer Minix, 51, Hamlet, IN, Court Order.

02/04/11 Christopher Earnhardt, 32, 355 S. Locust St., Valparaiso, IN, Court Order.

02/03/11 Omas Fletcher, 47, 2070 Garba Dr., Grovertown, IN, Court Order.

02/03/11 Glen Sommers, 210 S. Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Attempted Murder and Armed Robbery.

02/01/11 Francis Fox, 64, 3291 W. 400 S., Winamac, IN, Court Order. Discharged 2/4/11

02/01/11 Rodney Noel, 44, 17695 700 W., Winamac, IN Court Order.

02/01/11 James Wagner, 20, 9437 N. 200 W., Wheatfield, IN, Court Order. Discharged 2/3/11

02/01/11 Wanda Luedtke, 47, 604 W. 500 N. Court Order.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
02/03/11 A theft report from the 600 Block of Arlington Avenue included miscellaneous tools and several blank checks. North Judson Police investigated the incident.

02/03/11 A lady in the 400 block of Main Street reported to North Judson Police that her home was egged by juveniles.

02/02/11 A runaway juvenile female from Pulaski County was located in North Judson and picked up by the North Judson Police and returned to her mother in Pulaski County.

01/31/11 North Judson Police responded to a theft call in the 400 East Block of Talmer Avenue. A truck driver reported the theft of 2 tarps and 8 pieces of wood from his trailer.

Arrests:
01/31/11 Cristian A. Veron, 28, Knox arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
02/05/11 Dawn Wilson of Hamlet Reported telephone harassment.

Arrests:
02/04/11 Brandon White of Hamlet was Arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Chemical Agents or Precursors, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
02/01/11 Police were called to Demotte State Bank where a vehicle had run into the ATM machine. The vehicle, driven by Karen Gregory of Knox, pulled up to the north side of the ATM and had to turn around to line the driver’s side of the vehicle up to the ATM. As the vehicle was turning around to get lined up to pull up next to the ATM, the front driver’s side of the vehicle struck the front side of the ATM causing damage. The police report stated the damage appeared to be minimal.

Arrests:
02/05/11 Robert Probus, 22, 1825 E. 400 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

02/05/11 Katelin Allen, 103 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Criminal Mischief and Interference with the Reporting of a Crime.

02/05/11 Zachary Gamble, 19, 9802 Redwood Rd., Plymouth, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.
Geoffry Madison, 21, Onward, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.
Jeffrey Reynnolds, 20, 5 N. East St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

02/03/11 Eric Draper, 33, 305 E. John St., #2, Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of Marshall County.

02/02/11 William King, 42, 406 E. Bower St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Residential Entry.
Linda King, 45, 306 E. John St., Knox, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Residential Entry.

02/02/11 Michael Dalton, 50, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/06/11 A caller reported that some unknown person(s) in a black truck threw garbage in the ditch on State Road 23 and 900 East.

02/05/11 A caller reported a red pickup hit all of the mailboxes in the 8600 block of E. 25 N. in Knox.

02/05/11 A caller told police that she bought furniture from a store in Toto and ended up giving her old furniture back to her. The store reportedly gave the purchased furniture to another customer and is refusing to give her money back.

02/04/11 An employee at Knoll Brothers on US 30 advised that a truck driver just hit a gas pump and is trying to leave. He is refusing to pay for damages.

02/03/11 A resident came to the Sheriff’s Office to report a stolen license plate.

Arrests:
02/04/11 Carl Schrum, 30, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Accidents:
02/06/11 Dennis Olp of North Judson was traveling south on US 35 near 400 S. when he lost control on the ice and went off the roadway and turned over in the ditch. No injuries were reported.

Several slide off accidents were reported this week to the Sheriff’s Department during the recent winter storm activity. No serious injuries were reported. Several car vs. deer accidents were also reported with no serious injuries reported.

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:
Incidents:
01/30/11 A resident in Winamac reported his TV stolen. He came home and found his door frame cracked and his TV missing.

01/30/11 A caller in Indian Township reported a radio stolen from an old car parked at that location. He followed the footsteps in the snow and has an idea where the suspect went.

01/29/11 A resident in Franklin Township told police that a vehicle drove into his driveway, left a couple of times and then drove toward the barn. The vehicle got caught up on a piece of concrete. Police gave the woman driving the vehicle a no trespassing warning and is to leave as soon she she gets her vehicle dislodged.

01/29/11 A Winamac woman found tire tracks in the snow in a parking lot that looks like a truck was spinning its tires. She found a guy in the truck slumped over the steering wheel. The caller’s husband attempted many times to wake the man and when he finally woke up, he stated that he was taking a nap while waiting for a friend.

01/29/11 A man in Medaryville advised police that his truck had been stolen.

01/28/11 A man in Beaver Township reported that some unknown person(s) broke into his farmhouse. He said the door had been kicked in and a water pump was missing.

01/28/11 A business owner reported the theft of a DVD the day before and the caller was advised on that day to call an officer if the suspect returned. The suspect had returned to store and is requesting an officer.

01/28/11 The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department responded to a fatal accident. According to witnesses, a semi-truck and a car collided head-on which caused the car to explode. The semi caught also caught fire, but not much damage was reported and the driver was not injured. The accident happened two miles south of Thornhope on US 35. The accident was turned over to the Royal Center Town Marshal.

01/27/11 A caller reported that his garage was broken into and the front of the garage was destroyed.

01/27/11 A Star City resident reported 4-wheeler tracks by his door.

01/26/11 A woman called police to report her husband’s vehicle stolen. Her husband’s cell phone was in the vehicle and now someone is calling her from that phone.

Arrests:
01/28/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 865 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, Court order, Weekender.

01/28/11 Brandon Davis, 23, 104 W. Spring St., Winamac, IN, Court Order, Weekender. Discharged 01/30/11

01/28/11 Ruby Dennis, 1008 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, Court Order. Discharged 01/30/11

01/28/11 William Brettin, 60, 3432 N. 1400 W., Medaryville, IN, Court Order.

01/28/11 William Olson, 51, 7194 N. US 421, San Pierre, IN, Court Order.

01/28/11 Anthony Barnett, 37, 716 N. Plymouth, Winamac, IN, Court Order, Weekender. Discharged 01/29/11

01/26/11 Glenn Sewell, 50, 615 E. Pearl St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 01/27/11

01/26/11 Matthew Watson, 40, 484 E. 1300 W., Wheatfield, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 01/26/11

01/24/11 Gene Wilkerson, 24, 15294 W. 450 N., Medaryville, IN, Court Order. Discharged 01/26/11

01/24/11 Irvin Hudson, 27, 503 Bates St., Logansport, IN, Court Order. Discharged 01/24/11

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
01/26/11 Mark Matthews reported that some unknown person(s) got into his parked vehicle and removed his GPS navigator.

Arrests:
01/30/11 Jana Lynn Scott, 1204 Corey Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .15%. She was arrested after a traffic stop.

01/28/11 Brittany Shepherd, 24, 712 S. Cherry St., North Judson, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Auto Theft and Theft. Shepherd reportedly took a truck that belonged to Jerry Sons. Sons told police he couldn’t remember giving Shepherd permission to take the truck. Shepherd claims she had Sons’ permission to take the truck. After a while, he stated that he even though he couldn’t remember, he would not have given Shepherd permission to take the truck. She also reportedly took several WWII medals from Son’s residence.

01/28/11 Robert Sobieck, 42, 1 S. McGill St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active warrant.

01/27/11 Roberta Clemons, 36, 400 N. Clark St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. According to police records, Clemons was in Dollar General and reportedly put merchandise in her purse.

01/26/11 Korey Draper, 36, 1000 E. Washington, Knox, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

01/21/11 Michael Ford, 24, 3260 S. Range Road, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Body. Ford reportedly hit a tree in the 300 block of Main Street in Knox. He stated that an oncoming vehicle was coming at him head-on which caused him to swerve and hit the tree.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/30/11 Henry Paschen of Walkerton called police to report that his mailbox was shot up.

01/29/11 A North Judson resident reported a lost driver’s license.

01/29/11 Jennifer Byrne called police to report that someone broke her mailbox off at the base.

01/28/11 Ed Lambert reported the theft of copper cables from the augers on his property. Unknown person(s) also stole power cables from the irrigation pumps.

01/28/11 A resident in the 4900 block of E. 800 S. in Knox reported a lap top and Wii game console stolen from the residence.

01/28/11 Dr. Subbaro reported the theft of a garbage can.

01/27/11 Mary Beaver reported the theft of items from her mother’s property.

01/26/11 Dale Hamand called to report that two of his vehicles had been broken into.

01/25/11 A Hamlet resident reported the theft of a handgun.

01/25/11 A resident called police to report that her neighbor shot one of her cats and threw it in a dumpster. The man threatened to kill more of her cats.

01/25/11 A Monterey resident reported the theft of a credit card.

01/25/11 A resident in the 8900 block of S. 1175 E. in Culver reported the house was broken into.

01/25/11 A resident reported a dumpster fire.

Arrests:
01/29/11 William J. Walley, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

01/28/11 Eight were arrested for Illegal Possession of Alcohol after police responded to an underage drinking party in the 5700 block of S. 250 W. in North Judson.

01/28/11 Arron Holland, 18, 4240 N. 100 E., Knox, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

01/26/11 Franciso Esparza, 23, 713 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
01/29/11 North Judson Police assisted the Starke County Sheriff’s Department on report of a teenage drinking party on County Road 250 West. The investigation resulted in several Minor in Possession of Alcohol charges.

01/28/11 – North Judson Police investigated a theft from a vehicle while parked in the 300 block of Lane Street. The complainant advised she ran into a store for less than 15 minutes and when she returned her IPod Touch, valued at over $400, and a plastic cup of lose change was missing from her 1999 Dodge Pickup truck. The truck was left unlocked and again North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely encourages everyone to lock your vehicle when not attended, even just for few moments.

01/25/11 Two times in the past week North Judson Police were called to the North Judson Middle School for juvenile boys being in a physical altercation.

Arrests:
01/29/11 Donald W. Fletcher, 42, 114 Lane Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Public Intoxication.

01/28/11 Kyle E. Neeley, 18, 7230 W. 88 North, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operator Never Licensed and Failure to Prove Financial Responsibility.

01/27/11 Dustin R. Campbell, 23, 8740 South 700 North, North Judson, IN, arrested on Body Attachment through Starke Circuit Court for Failure to Appear.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
01/29/2011 Shelly Fritz reported an animal complaint.

01/25/2011 Shauna Ard reported an intimidation.

01/25/2011 Missy Hanes requested an officer for juvenile problems.

01/24/2011 Shauna Ard of Hamlet reported telephone harassment.

Arrests:
01/26/2011 Jody Shay Cusick of Hamlet was arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery with a Child Present and Confinement Using a Vehicle.

Hamlet Police Officers Arrest Two after Short Foot Pursuit

Hamlet Police officers arrested a Grovertown man and a Knox man after a short foot pursuit Wednesday night.

Hamlet Police Chief, Jeremiah Patrick, told WKVI that police were attempting to conduct a traffic stop on old U.S. 30 and the vehicle fled from police. The vehicle traveled through a field and wrecked into a ditch at 600 North.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/09/11 A caller reported that a 1990’s Chevy pickup with a broken tail light hit his fence and outbuilding. The driver reportedly tore up Kersting’s fields and left.

01/09/11 A man reported that his home was broken into and his ex-wife’s things missing.

01/09/11 A resident reported an X-Box and games stolen.

01/08/11 A resident in Salem Township called police to report that someone banged on his door and then ran from the residence. The resident saw someone running down the alley and tried to follow the suspect but did not see anyone. The resident requested extra patrol.

01/07/11 A resident in Cass Township reported the theft of metal, copper, windows, and electric motors.

01/06/11 A caller in Rich Grove Township called police to report three people were banging on the side of his trailer. The suspects moved out by his car while he was on the phone with dispatch. The caller requested extra patrol.

01/06/11 A resident reported a vehicle fire across from the Wems Station.

01/06/11 A resident in Indian Township called the Sheriff’s Department to say that she had slid off the road into a field. She said a car was coming at her and was across the yellow line. She had to move over which caused her to crash. She complained of pain in her knees and she thought she felt and heard her neck snap.

01/06/11 A caller in Rich Grove Township reported damage to her mailbox. This is the second incident in a week. She had just put up a new mailbox and vandals damaged it.

01/05/11 A resident in Monroe Township reported the theft of $280 while staying over at someone else’s home.

Arrests:
01/07/11 Keith McField, 31, 110 S. 4th St., Centerville, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

01/07/11 Yvonne Long, 39, 810 Jefferson, Rochester, IN, arrested on an active warrant – Failure to Appear. Discharged 01/10/11

01/07/11 Beverly Granger, 46, 908 S. State St., North Vernon, IN, arrested on an active warrant – Failure to Appear. Discharged 01/10/11

01/07/11 Gustave F. Salyer, 6117 E. Main St., Monterey, IN, arrested on an active warrant. Cash Bond. Discharged 01/07/11

01/07/11 Ruby Dennis, 23, 1008 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, Weekender. Court Order. Discharged 01/09/11

01/07/11 Anthony Barnett, 37, 716 N. Plymouth Rd., Winamac, IN, Weekender. Court Order. Discharged 01/09/11

01/07/11 Rodney Craft, 37, 400 N. Clark St., Knox, IN, Court Hearing. Transported back to Starke County 01/07/11

01/06/11 Johnny Mullens, 25, 203 W. Washington, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active warrant (x2). Discharged 01/10/11

01/05/11 Sally I. Anderson, 57, Holloway Hotel Rm 10, Hamlet, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant – Failure to Appear.

01/05/11 Marcus Reed, 23, 321 Crestwood Dr., Michigan City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
01/09/11 Victoria Clemons reported the theft of her wallet and food items from her refrigerator.

01/08/11 Two people were involved in a verbal altercation in front of the bike shop on Main Street. Shane Thomas allegedly broke out a window at the bike shop after threatening to fight with another individual. After he allegedly broke the window, he ran into Mikey’s Pizza Pit Stop. He was later questioned by police. He suffered a laceration on his hand.

01/08/11 Tonya Stacy called police to report that the rear window of a vehicle shattered as she was at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library. The vehicle belonged to Malvanie Clemons.

01/05/11 Dawn Hurt reported the theft of a camera, gloves, a stereo, cell phone, recorder, CDs, jeans and t-shirts. There is a possible suspect in this case.

01/04/11 Teresa Smith reported that the dollar change machine at Knox Garden Courts had been broken into. Police found pry marks on the machine near the key hole. An unknown amount of cash was stolen.

01/04/11 Annetta Hale reported that someone was opening and closing her screen door. She requested extra patrol.

Arrests:
01/08/11 David Delosantos Jr., 410 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active warrant.

01/05/11 Edward Zubay Jr., 1843 Redwood CT., Crown Point, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (three counts).
Steven Douglas, 3061 Evelyn St., Portage, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/08/11 A resident in the 200 block of S. Main Street in Hamlet reported a friend’s apartment was broken into.

01/08/11 Darrell Griffith reported two subjects breaking into his trailer.

01/08/11 William Sauer reported that a 2000 Chevy Venture Van was stolen.

01/08/11 Jason Combs called police to report a stolen log splitter.

01/08/11 A resident in the 7500 block of 800 S. in North Judson reported that the resident’s mailbox was smashed. The mail had been taken out of the box and opened.

01/08/11 A vehicle was reported in a ditch and damage done to the field owned by James Beron.

01/07/11 Lisa Branson reported her Allied Waste garbage can stolen.

01/06/11 Margaret Johnson in San Pierre reported her mailbox was damaged.

01/06/11 Mike Hayes of Grovertown told police that an air compressor was taken from his property.

01/05/11 Tammy Barbknect reported a break-in at her residence. She said nothing was taken from the property, but damage was done to both doors.

01/05/11 A citizen reported a possible portable meth lab on 1150 East on the west side of the road.

Arrests:
01/09/11 Michael Murphy, 36, of Knox was arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery (three counts), Interference with the Reporting of a Crime and Resisting Law Enforcement.

01/07/11 Brian Hurt, 32, was arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Public Intoxication. He was also wanted on an active warrant.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
01/07/10 The North Judson Dollar General requested the police for a shoplifter in the store. North Judson police conducted an investigation and determined a 42 year old female was being charged with Conversion. Due to the suspect caring for a sick relative at home, Officer Joe Budner long formed the suspect and requests that the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office summons her to court.

01/06/10 North Judson Police investigated a property damage only accident in the parking lot of the Family Express. Sean M Walls of North Judson was pulling into the lot and slid on some snow and ice causing his vehicle to strike another vehicle being driven by Ellen Berg also of North Judson. Police Chief Doug Vessely estimated the damages at over $1,000 and no injuries were reported.

01/06/10 North Judson Police conducted a traffic stop on State Road 10 near 300 West and had the driver flee the vehicle on foot. North Judson Office Mat Anderson and Starke County K9 Officer James Upsall and his dog, Fritz, searched the area. It was determined another vehicle picked up the driver. A full report has been filed with the Starke County Prosecutors Office requesting charges on the 21 year old male driver.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
1/5/2011 Diane Hardesty reported a domestic dispute.

1/4/2011 Lisa Shei reported harassment.

Arrests:
1/5/2011 Larry Catt of Hamlet was arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle and Driving While Suspended.

1/5/2011 Lonzo Jackson of Hamlet was arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Law Enforcement and Battery on a Police Officer.

Two Arrested after Short Pursuit with Hamlet Police

Larry Catt

Two people were arrested by the Hamlet Police Department, Wednesday, after a police pursuit.

Hamlet Police Chief, Jeremiah Patrick, told WKVI that at 10:30 p.m. CT, Wednesday, Larry Catt, 21, of Hamlet, failed to stop after police initiated a traffic stop. A vehicle pursuit ensued and ended at Catt’s residence at 607 W. Davis Street in Hamlet. While police officers were taking Catt into custody, Lonzo Jackson came out of the residence with a large knife on his belt and in a rage, demanded that police leave his driveway and release Larry from custody. Jackson was told to go back inside the residence and he did not comply. When police attempted to take Jackson into custody, he ran into his residence and locked the door. Hamlet Police and Starke County Sheriff’s Department officers made their way into the house and Jackson was taken into custody after a struggle.

Lonzo Jackson

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