Knox PD Investigation Leads to 10 Drug Arrests


A Tuesday afternoon raid on a home in the 200 block of West Bender Street by Knox City Police and the Starke County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of 10 residents on various drug charges.

Knox Police Chief Harold Smith says investigators got several tips about possible drug use at the Tony and Deborah Clemons residence. They face charges of dealing in methamphetamine. Continue reading

Stay Safe When Winter Weather Hits


Significant amounts of snow are in the forecast. Officials with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and Indiana State Police recommend avoiding unnecessary travel once the snow starts. If you do have to go out, make sure your cell phone is fully charged. Have a vehicle emergency kit, non-perishable food and bottles of water in your car. Top off your gas tank so you will have ample fuel to stay warm should you get stranded. Continue reading

Former Sheriff, Chief Deputy Under Investigation


A former sheriff is the subject of a criminal investigation into alleged misappropriation of funds and missing equipment. A State Board of Accounts audit of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department released this morning found missing firearms valued at more than $7,500 and ammunition purchases of more than $13,000 between 2011 and 2014. The latter are incompatible with the firearms in inventory and used by the county sheriff’s officers, according to the audit. Mike Gayer was sheriff at that time. He retired at the end of 2014 due to term limits. Continue reading

State Police Warn of Phone Scams During Tax Season


With tax season approaching, Indiana State Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for phone scams. Callers claiming to be from the IRS but often having foreign accents tell residents they may face a lawsuit or imprisonment if they don’t immediately send money for what they say is a delinquent tax bill. Then, they demand personal information to try to steal the recipient’s identity. Continue reading

New K9 Apprehends Fleeing Fugitive

Earl Beem
Earl Beem
Jeffery Manns
Jeffery Manns

A Knox man who tried to flee from a Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy late Monday night didn’t get very far, thanks to the newest member of the department. Det. Sgt. Adam Gray and K9 Zardoz responded to the area of U.S. 30 north of U.S. 35 around 11:30 p.m. and quickly tracked down 33-year-old Earl W. Beem of Knox. Continue reading