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LaPorte Police Participating Special Enforcement This Week

LaPorte County police will be stepping up patrols this week for a traffic safety project called “Operation Stop Arm”.

Sheriff’s deputies have partnered with Michigan City officers and Indiana State Police Troopers to make drivers more aware of school bus loading and unloading during this National School Bus Safety Week.

Driver who disregard stopped buses with stop arms extended and flashing lights can be cited on a Class A infraction of arm signal device: duty to obey. That carries a fine of up to $10,000. A driver can be arrested for a Class B misdemeanor offense of reckless driving if the driver recklessly passes a school bus while loading or unloading students. That offense carries up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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State Police Offer Harvest Season Driver Safety Tips

Harvest season means motorists and farm implements will be sharing the road.

Harvest season means motorists and farm implements will be sharing the road.

Motorists are sharing the road with large farm equipment as harvest season continues across the Kankakee Valley. State police remind drivers some farm implements are wider than normal vehicles. Motorists may need to slow down, move over and possibly stop to give them room to pass. Continue reading

Coroner Identifies U.S. 30 Crash Victim

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a Monday morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a Monday morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

A Hamlet man was killed instantly after the vehicle he was driving collided with a semi truck on U.S. 30 at Frontage Road in Hamlet late Monday morning. Starke County Coroner Kris Rannells says Lawrence Siegel, 72, died of massive blunt force trauma including head, neck, chest and internal injuries. Continue reading

Motorist Killed in Crash on U.S. 30

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a late morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a late morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

A tractor-trailer versus car crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet late this morning claimed a life. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and Hamlet Police Department are investigating the wreck. Continue reading

Drug Take Back Event Today

ISP LogoThe Indiana State Police is partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event is being held today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents can drop off expired or unused prescription medications to law enforcement for proper disposal at any of the Indiana State Police posts. Over 320 tons of prescription medications were collected nationwide last October. During this event new or used needles will not be accepted. Pills, cough syrup and other unwanted medications can be deposited for disposal.

For state police post locations, visit http://www.in.gov/isp/2382.htm.

Police Offer Advice to Marshall County Safety Committee

Police officers spoke to those assembled in a Marshall County Safety Committee meeting this week where they gave school, highway and emergency management officials some things to remember in case of an emergency.

Indiana State Police Troopers want to work with local law enforcement agencies and the school corporations during certain critical situations. One officer indicated that social media can hamper efforts of the police when investigating potential hazardous situations that involve student safety. Police agencies have protocols in place to deal with bomb threats and active shooter reports, as do school corporation. It was recommended that law enforcement and administrators need to come together to solidify a plan. A recent situation was cited where a bomb threat was reported at a school corporation in the region and students were texting parents to pick them up from school when police needed to keep those students together for safety reasons, student count and witness accounts.

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Smith Farm Store Employee Accused of Stealing From Employer

A Kewanna woman is accused of stealing more than $23,500 from her employer. Michelle Rigney, 51, was arrested on a felony theft charge after an Indiana State Police Investigation prompted when the area manager of Smith Farm Stores reported possible missing monies and deposits of store proceeds. Continue reading

Indiana Moves to Electronic Firearms Application Process

Handgun PermitApplicants for a firearms license in Indiana will need to complete the necessary paperwork online after Oct. 1. The paper application will be replaced with an electronic firearms application process. The Indiana State Police process all applications. A spokesman says the new application will streamline the process for both the applicant and law enforcement officials and is designed to be user friendly. Continue reading

High-Speed Pursuit Still Under Investigation

The investigation into Wednesday’s high-speed pursuit through Grovertown and into Marshall County is continuing. A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy initially tried to stop a car driven by Paul Coffin on U.S. 30 at 1200 East. Coffin drove for another mile before pulling over, according to information released by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. As the deputy was getting out of his car, Coffin reportedly backed into it, causing the patrol car to strike the deputy. Continue reading

Sheriff’s Department Releases More Information About High-Speed Pursuit

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department has released more information about a high-speed pursuit that started near Grovertown and ended in Marshall County. A sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a vehicle on U.S. 30 west of 1200 East, but the driver kept going. He finally stopped at 1100 East but put his car into reverse when the officer got out of his patrol vehicle. The suspect backed into the police car, causing the vehicle to strike the deputy. Continue reading

Fulton County Drug Raids Lead to Six Arrests

Meth BustA two-week long Indiana State Police investigation into drug activity in Fulton County ended with six arrests last night after officers served search warrants at three Rochester homes. A state police news release indicates the officers found methamphetamine, a meth lab, drug precursors and paraphernalia. They searched homes at 1124 Bancroft Street, 317 West 11th Street and 4729 Camp Shahola Drive in Rochester. Continue reading

Marshall County Reports Meth Lab Reduction

Indiana State Police numbers show that Marshall County has dropped in the amount of methamphetamine labs seized.

Marshall County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Nelson Chipman said there have been only eight labs seized in the county this year as of June. In years past, the county ranked in the top 10 in regards to seized meth labs.

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Indiana State Police Troopers Seeking Recruits

Applications are now being accepted by the Indiana State Police for the 75th Recruit Academy.

Applications must be received via email by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 30. Anyone interested in a career as an Indiana State Trooper can visit here for detailed information on the application process and career information.

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Plymouth Residents Arrested on Meth Charges

Meth BustA seven-month-long investigation into reports of drug activity ended with yesterday’s arrests of a Plymouth couple. State police got a tip back in February from the Marshall County Probation Department that methamphetamine was possibly being manufactured and used at 901 W. Harrison St. in Plymouth. Continue reading

School Starts Tomorrow, Watch out for Students and Buses

Be on the lookout for kids walking or biking to school as school gets underway for another year for many area school corporations tomorrow.

School bus safety is important. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, buses are built to be safer than the average passenger car. School bus drivers are required to receive special security and medical training, and undergo regular drug and alcohol testing to provide a safe ride for your child.

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Watch for School Bus Traffic as the School Season Starts

Students will be headed back to classrooms next week and Indiana State Police officers urge you to watch for school bus traffic.

When approaching a school bus from any direction and it is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and stop arm extended, motorists are required to stop, even on multiple lane highways. Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier or unimproved median are required to stop only if they are traveling in the same direction as the school bus. If there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all lanes in all directions must stop.

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State Agencies Partner to Produce Active Shooter School Bus Training Videos

School Bus SafetyThe Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Education, School Transportation Association of Indiana and the Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation recently teamed up to produce two safety videos for school bus drivers. They depict multiple responses to an active shooter situation on a bus full of children. Continue reading

LaPorte Man Arrested on Child Pornography, Child Exploitation Charges

Ronald E. Wheaton

Ronald E. Wheaton

A LaPorte man was arrested Monday afternoon after several police agencies served a state search warrant at his home.

Detectives with the Indiana State Police (ISP), ISP Crimes Against Children Detectives, North Mobile Forensic Vehicle, and the ISP K9 assisted the LaPorte City Police Department in serving the search warrant at 205 Woodward Street in LaPorte. It was there where officers found possible evidence that 34-year-old Ronald E. Wheaton was allegedly in the possession of child pornography.

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Play it Safe When Using Fireworks

 The Fourth of July is an exciting holiday filled with picnics and other celebrations that may include fireworks. Indiana State Police officers urge you to play it safe when using fireworks.

Only adults can purchase fireworks. A person 18 and older has to be present when anyone younger than 18 is using or possessing consumer fireworks. Children must be supervised at all times when fireworks are in use.

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