New Information Emerges in North Judson Police Shooting


The North Judson man shot by police responding to a call at his residence is in stable condition at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. That’s where 29-year-old Richard Joseph Benwell was airlifted early Tuesday afternoon with what was described as a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin says sheriff’s deputies and North Judson Police were notified by dispatchers of a man hitting his fiancée’s car with a sledgehammer in the 5000 block of 800 South. That’s southwest of North Judson.

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ISP Releases More Information About Officer-Involved Shooting


A domestic violence call to a rural North Judson residence late this morning ended with an officer-involved shooting. Officers from Starke County Sheriff’s Office and North Judson Police Department responded to a residence southwest of town around 11:45 a.m. That’s when investigators say a man got into a fight with officers and was shot. ISP officials confirm no officers were injured. Continue reading

Plymouth Man Jailed in Starke County Robbery, Beating

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeA Plymouth man faces a pair of felony offenses in Starke County following the recent robbery and beating of an elderly Knox man. An officer from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office was called to the IU Health Starke Hospital emergency room Wednesday, Oct. 7 after Sisco Wireman was brought in after an apparent assault. The people who drove him to the hospital said a fight had taken place at a home in the 100 block of East 500 South. Continue reading

State Police Warn of Call Spoofing Scam


The Indiana State Police confirm the published telephone number for their general headquarters in downtown Indianapolis has been spoofed over the last few days. That’s the practice of masquerading as someone else by falsifying the number as it appears on the call recipient’s caller ID display. In this case, people across the country receiving the calls saw 317-232-8248 come up. Sometimes the caller reportedly spoke with a “thick Indian accent” and claimed to be from the Indiana State Police. He then proceeded to ask for personal information from the caller and threatened arrest if they did not comply. Continue reading

Indiana State Police Post Adds K-9

Indiana State Police Master Trooper Steve Caylor and his K-9 partner, Nikan
Indiana State Police Master Trooper Steve Caylor and his K-9 partner, Nikan

The newest addition to the Indiana State Police Lowell post has four legs and a tail. Master Trooper Steve Caylor and his K-9 partner, Nikan, are graduates of the 2015 ISP K-9 Class. Caylor has been with the department for almost 20 years. Nikan is an 18 month old Malinherd, which is a cross between a Belgian Malinois and a German Shepherd. Continue reading

Declare Your Independence From Uncertainty and Accidents While Traveling this Holiday Weekend


The Indiana Department of Transportation has added travel times to seven dynamic roadside signs around the state just in time for the holiday weekend. The time estimates are based on information gathered from road sensors that measure a variety of factors, including average vehicle speed and traffic volumes. INDOT has developed algorithms to ensure the travel time information displayed is as accurate as possible. Continue reading

Authorities Crack Down on Drug Smuggling


A recent three-day saturation patrol on U.S. 31 by six police departments in north central Indiana resulted in 30 criminal arrests on 82 different drug-related charges. Last week’s unannounced patrols were dubbed “Operation Blue Wave.” Officials say the goal was to catch and arrest people who use Indiana’s roadways to transport and distribute illegal narcotics. Continue reading

No Charges Filed in Connection With Fatal Crash, Services Scheduled for Victims


Formal charges have not been filed against the driver of a pickup truck involved in Tuesday night’s fatal crash west of North Judson. Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff tells WKVI News blood tests done on 46-year-old Steven D. Cambe of Wheatfield were negative for alcohol. Additional tests for other controlled substances and prescription medication are pending, as is an Indiana State Police accident reconstruction report. Continue reading