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Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

10/20/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle rollover wreck at the intersection of U.S. 421 and Fisher Street in San Pierre. No injuries were reported.

10/20/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, North Judson Police Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department First Responders all responded to a two-vehicle accident on State Road 10 by the cemetery.

10/20/14 – A resident in the 3500 block of English Lake Road reported riders on four-wheelers trespassing on his property.

10/20/14 – Police responded to a report of a car versus deer crash on U.S. 35 north of Knox.

10/21/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a car versus deer crash that occurred the previous evening on U.S. 35 south of 450 South in Knox.

10/21/14 – A Knox resident reported receiving a threatening telephone call from a known suspect.

10/21/14 – A resident in the 9800 block of East State Road 8 in Knox reported her brother destroyed some of her things.

10/21/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a semi truck versus deer crash on U.S. 30 east of Knoll Brothers.

10/21/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a car versus deer crash on 700 East south of 200 South in Knox.

10/22/14 – Hamlet Police, Starke County EMS, Hamlet Fire Department and the Starke County Sheriff’s Department all responded to an accident with injuries and entrapment on U.S. 30 in front of Knoll Brothers.

10/22/14 – A resident in the 11500 block of East South Avenue in Walkerton reported people trespassing on his property.

10/22/14 – A resident in the 6300 block of South 500 West in North Judson reported multiple people on four-wheelers driving and doing tricks on his property at the southwest corner of State Road 10 and 500 West.

10/23/14 – The owner of a property in the 3200 block of South 750 East in Knox advised the Starke County Sheriff’s Department his residence had been broken into.

10/23/14 – A resident in the 500 block of North Roosevelt Road in Knox reported people in a red four-door passenger car just threw pumpkins at her house. She said this is the second time it has happened.

10/24/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of East 150 South in Knox reported his mailbox was vandalized by pumpkins.

10/24/14 – A resident in the 4100 block of South 350 West in North Judson reported his mailbox was destroyed.

10/24/14 – The owner of property in the 1200 block of east 700 South in Knox reported someone hunting there despite posted no trespassing signs.

10/24/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 35 north of 250 North in Knox.

10/24/14 – A burglary-in-progress was reported in the 4400 block of South Dawn Drive West in North Judson.

10/24/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on U.S. 30 east of Grovertown Truck Stop.

10/25/14 – A purse with keys and credit cards was reported stolen from the Shriner’s Club in the 7000 block of South State Road 10 in Knox.

10/25/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of State Roads 10 and 39 involving a vehicle in a ditch.

10/25/14 – A resident in the 1400 block of North U.S. 35 in Knox reported the theft of his six-month-old German Shepherd.

10/25/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of Fernwood Drive reported four our five people coon hunting on his property without permission the previous night.

10/25/14 – A man said he was driving on U.S. 30 at the U.S. 35 exit when something fell off a trailer and damaged his vehicle.

10/26/14 – A resident in the 3100 block of South 900 Way in San Pierre advised someone just lit his lawn mower on fire.

10/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Hamlet Fire Department responded to a crash in the southbound lanes of 500 East south of 700 North in Hamlet.

10/26/14 – Trespassers were reported in the area of Hensler’s Nursery in the 5700 block of North 750 East in Hamlet. The caller advised two men and a child were hunting mushrooms on the west side of the property and were told to leave. They were driving a gold four-door car with Illinois license plates.

10/26/14 – A man reported the theft of a HTC One cell phone with a laser green case from a home on 250 West the previous night.

10/26/14 – A resident in the area of 400 South and 650 West in North Judson reported shots being fired in the area.

10/26/14 – A resident in the 6900 block of East Toto Road reported the theft of her “Bill Dulin for Sheriff” sign.

10/26/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy issued a trespass warning to a man in the 3100 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox.

10/26/14 – A resident in the 8000 block of North Bush Street in Walkerton reported someone tried to kick her door in but said she does not believe anyone got into her residence.

Arrests:

Arrest reports are merely a record that an arrest has been made and are not indicative of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

10/24/14 – Jeffrey A. Japkowski, 37, North Judson: Criminal trespass to land.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

10/17/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take report of theft of property from a residence.

10/20/14 – A Medaryville resident reports a bicycle stolen from the front porch of a residence. The Medaryville Police Department takes the report.

10/21/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of a stolen television.

10/22/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of a residential burglary during which tools were stolen.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

10/22/14 – $100 worth of alcohol was reported stolen from the CVS in the 900 block of South Heaton Street in Knox.

10/25/14 – A resident in the 1200 block of South 300 East in Knox reported the theft of several items from his garage.

Arrests:

Arrest reports are merely a record that an arrest has been made and are not indicative of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

10/22/14 – Joshua James Whitfield, 29, Knox: Battery by strangulation.

10/22/14 – Dennis B. Wilson Jr. 29, Winamac,: Public intoxication and theft of alcohol.

10/22/14 – Sammie Lee Marshall Jr., 20, Knox: Public intoxication, disorderly conduct and theft of alcohol.

10/23/14 – Alan P. Craft, 27, North Judson: Warrant.

10/23/14 – Brittani Rhy-Anna Fisher, 20, Knox,Possession of a syringe, possession of methamphetamine and a warrant.

Knox City Police Department Conduct Death Investigation

The death of a Knox man is under investigation.

Knox City Police Department officers were called to a residence on south Main Street in Knox on Thursday where a 23-year-old man was found in cardiac arrest. CPR was initiated on the victim by the officers until paramedics arrived on the scene.

The victim, identified as Nicholas Harmon, was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital in Knox, according to a news release from the Knox City Police Department. He was subsequently airlifted to Memorial Hospital of South Bend where he later died.

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Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

10/13/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Bass Lake Fire Department First Responders were dispatched to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on U.S. 35 at 800 South by the Seventh Day Church.

10/13/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was called to a home in the 3800 block of South 625 East in Knox for a report of a residential burglary.

10/13/14 0 A resident in the 2500 block of east 150 South in Knox reported a young black man going from door to door asking for monetary donations to pay for college.

10/13/14 – A resident in the 400 block of West Eliza Street in San Pierre reported someone keeps dropping off parts to vehicles at his residence and he does not know who they belong to.

10/13/14 – A resident in the 3200 block of East 200 South in Knox reported a suspicious man knocked on her door, asked for her vote and told her he would win $10,000 if he won the vote. He showed her a paper stating his name was John Garcia. The woman told him she wasn’t interested and asked him to leave. As he was walking away, he yelled at her that she was the only person not cool on this road.

10/13/14 – A resident in the 5900 block of south 600 West in North Judson reported a black man wearing a striped shirt came to her house and asked for votes. She did not open the door and asked him to leave a pamphlet.

10/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was advised of a vehicle versus deer crash on Range Road by Joey’s Wallpaper.

10/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of Toto and Range Roads.

10/14/14 – Dispatchers were advised of possible illegal burning of mattresses and other items in the 3400 block of South 200 East in Knox.

10/15/14 – Sheriff’s deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on SR 39 south of 200 North.

10/15/14 – A license plate was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 200 block of South 800 East in Knox.

10/15/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of east 900 South in Knox reported a john boat, trailer and paddle boat have been stolen from the property.

10/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department First Responders were called to the intersection of State Road 8 and State Road 23 for an accident with injuries.

10/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Koontz Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle versus house accident in the 7600 block of North State Road 23.

10/16/14 – A resident in the 2500 block of west 700 South in North Judson reported her 16-year-old son got alcohol from someone at school and is now intoxicated, out of control and punching holes in the walls.

10/16/14 – A Knox resident reported someone took his good battery and switched it out with a dead one. He’s not sure when the theft occurred.

10/17/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident at the south junction of State Road 10 and U.S. 421.

10/17/14 – A resident in the 5800 block of south U Road in North Judson reported the neighbor kids are throwing rocks and taking things out of the yard.

10/17/14 – A Knox resident notified the Starke County Sheriff’s Department of a vehicle versus telephone pole property damage accident on State Road 8 by the new jail.

10/17/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on Range Road north of 900 South in North Judson.

10/18/14 – Officers responded to a two vehicle property damage accident in the parking lot of Mark Bailey’s Discount Center in North Judson.

10/18/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident in the 7500 block of south 750 East in Knox.

10/19/14 – A resident in the 4500 block of east CR 210 in Knox reported his summer home at Bass Lake was broken into an some items were stolen.

10/19/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on Range Road south of Toto Road.

10/19/14 – The owner of the old Stelrema building north of Knox on U.S. 35 reported suspicious activity there possibly involving the hauling of scrap from the site.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

10/11/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a reported domestic battery.

10/11/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to the theft of a gun.

10/11/14 – Winamac Police respond to a fire incident at residence.

10/12/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of items stolen from a store.

10/13/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies are advised of the theft of two large stacks of pallets.

10/13/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to the theft of items from a residence.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

10/13/14 – Police officers started an investigation into a possible rape that occurred the night before in North Judson. The investigation and any possible charges remain under investigation.

10/13/14 – North Judson Police provided extra patrol in the area of the high school in reference to a possible unwanted subject.

10/13/14 – Reports of a door-to-door salesperson were received from the 4700 block of Mary Street. The female salesperson did not have a permit and was asked to stop going door-to-door and to leave the area.

10/14/14 – An early morning altercation in the 700 block of Bender Street, involving a domestic dispute, resulted in the arrest of 34-year-old Gary L. Buis.

10/14/14 – Around 10:20 a.m., an employee from the Dollar General store summoned police in reference to a shoplifter. The suspect and fled after exiting the front door and pulled away in a vehicle.

10/14/14 – A North Judson couple was driving east on Talmer Avenue around 3:45 p.m. in a red Chevy pickup when a smaller coupe-style black Ford passenger vehicle turned in front of the truck on Talmer Avenue and headed south on State Road 39 at a high rate of speed. Two witnesses provided a plate number that was registered to a woman from Monon. Monon police were contacted as well and the vehicle never returned to that address. The suspect vehicle was never located. The vehicle would have heavy front end damage including the hood. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police concerning this incident. Call the North Judson Police Department at 574-772-5914 with any details.

10/16/14 – After receiving several complaints concerning parking on Lane Street in downtown North Judson, a few cars relocated their parking places. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely reminds residents of the Lane Street area, that Lane Street from Talmer to Sycamore Street has no parking from 2:30 a.m. till 6:00 a.m. Daily. Any vehicles parked on the street between those hours will receive a $50.00 fine.

10/16/14 – A report was taken involving a scrapper removing a drain cover in the 600 block of Lane Street. Scrappers are reminded that if the items are not clearly being discarded, you may face theft charges for taking the item[s]. Also residents should be careful not to store or place wanted items near the alley or garbage location place.

10/16/14 – Officers assisted the Child Protection Services in investigating accusations and in removing children from a local home.

10/17/14 – A teenage drinking party was discovered in the 100 Block of Vine Street. Several juveniles were released to their parents and three 18-year-olds were arrested for illegal possession and minor consuming alcohol. Complete reports were furnished to the Starke County Prosecutor and to Juvenile Probation Department.

10/18/14 – A resident in the 300 Block of Franklin Street reported that two windows were busted out of his vehicle.

10/18/14 – A resident in a home on State Road 39 south reported two pellet or BB holes in a window on their home. Police are continuing in their investigation.

10/18/14 – A 2008 black Ford F350 with a dirt bike in the back of it was stolen from Lane Street near the intersection of Central Avenue. The vehicle was unlocked and running. Anyone with information is asked to call the North Judson Police at 772-5914.

10/18/14 – An unwanted guest in the 6100 block of John Street was removed from the residence. The male subject was taken to IU Health Starke Hospital and an emergency detention order was issued.

Arrests:

Arrest reports are merely a record that an arrest has been made and are not indicative of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

10/14/14 – Garl L. Buis, 34, 705 Bender Street, of North Judson, IN, was arrested for OVWI and possession of marijuana.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

10/8/14 – Police respond to the theft of $57 from resident’s home.

10/8/14 – Police respond to a traffic accident on Main Street south of the railroad tracks.

10/15/14 – Police respond to the theft of a trailer that was taken the previous night from a residence.

Arrests:

Arrest reports are merely a record that an arrest has been made and are not indicative of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

10/10/14 – Paris Gray Dunn, 51, No address provided – Domestic battery.

10/10/14 – Tiffany Woodard, 24, No address provided – Disorderly conduct.

10/10/14 – Charles Potthoff, 40, No address provided – Possession of marijuana.

Knox Officer Requests Mutual Aid Agreement to Join Pulaski County SWAT Team

The Knox City Council members considered a request to add an officer from the Knox City Police Department to the Pulaski County SWAT team.

Officer Chad Dulin explained to the council members Tuesday night that he is interested in being a part of the team to help with response time in the case of a call out and for the training he can gain. He can share any tactical information with his fellow officers and it can be a refresher course at the same time.

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Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

9/30/14 – A resident in the 9300 block of East 200 South in Knox reported vandalism to his daughter’s car tires.

9/30/14 – A man reported the theft of medication from his vehicle parked at Bass Lake Pub and Ristorante and advised the restaurant owner has the theft on video and a witness saw it occur.

9/30/14 – A resident in the 1900 block of North 410 East in Knox reported problems with a neighbor.

9/30/14 – A motorist called the Starke County Sheriff’s Department to file a property damage accident report after hitting a boulder at State Road 8 and Range Road.

9/30/14 – A resident in the 2900 block of South Hilltop Drive in Knox reported being harassed by neighbors.

10/1/14 – A property damage accident involving a vehicle in a ditch was reported in the 8800 block of South Main Street in Ora.

10/1/14 – A resident in the 10900 block of East 875 North in Koontz Lake reported an ongoing problem with neighbors playing loud music late at night and early in the morning.

10/1/14 – A NIPSCO employee advised his work truck was pulled off to the side of the road in the 8600 block of East 200 South and was sideswiped by a green or blue pickup truck that continued westbound on 200 South.

10/1/14 – A female advised she was riding her moped on 700 South at 250 West in North Judson and was hit by a white Ford Ranger that continued eastbound on 700 South.

10/1/14 – A resident in the 3800 block of South State Road 39 reported her neighbors are shooting off a loud gun.

10/2/14 – Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident on State Road 8 east of State Road 39.

10/2/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Knox-Center Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a truck versus semi accident on U.S. 35 north of State Road 8 in Knox.

10/2/14 – A man reported his vehicle was struck by a black Pontiac at the intersection of State Road 8 and 700 East in Knox. The car left southbound on 700 East.

10/3/14 – A San Pierre man reported the theft of an irrigation pipe from the 9400 block of West 500 South.

10/3/14 – A resident in the 8700 block of east 75 North in Knox reported the theft of tree stands from her property.

10/3/14 – A resident in the 10700 block of east 50 North in Knox reported hearing an argument at a nearby residence and shots being fired.

10/3/14 – A resident in the 5300 block of south 250 East in Knox reported hearing gunshots coming from her neighbor’s residence to the south.

10/4/14 – A resident in the 1000 block of west 700 South reported her shed was broken into last night.

10/5/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on Toto Road east of Range Road.

10/5/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a report of a vehicle versus pole crash in the 1000 block of west 200 South in North Judson. No injuries were reported.

10/5/14 – A resident in the 11200 block of east Division Road in Knox reported his house was broken into while he was gone.

Arrests:

Arrest reports are merely a record that an arrest has been made and are not indicative of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

10/2/14 – Jerry L. Bradley, 54, Knox – Operating a vehicle while intoxicated Class A Misdemeanor and operating a vehicle while intoxicated Class C misdemeanor.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

9/30/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of a garage break-in and take a report of stolen motorcycle parts, a tackle box and other items.

10/2/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of a stolen rented pickup truck.

10/2/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of shots fired at a house.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

10/08/14 A resident in the Wintersong Village Nursing Home reported the theft of money.

10/08/14 Police responded to a call in reference of a minor in possession of alcohol. The case remains under investigation.

10/07/14 A resident in the 600 block of S. Main Street reported damage to her privacy fence.

10/03/14 Officers responded to a verbal dispute on John Street.

10/02/14 A resident told police that two tires on his vehicle were slashed.

Arrests:

10/05/14 Brian Hall, 39, of 204 W. Locust Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a warrant through Knox City Court.

10/03/14 John Brewer, 59, 6450 Hagen, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of disorderly conduct and intimidation.

10/02/14 Crystal Singleton, 29, 7821 E. 25 N., Knox, IN, arrested on a Marshall County warrant. She was transported to the Marshall County Jail by an Indiana State Police trooper.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

10/04/14 A minor property damage accident occurred in the Family Express parking lot. North Judson Officer Nick Vanni set the damages at near $1000. Chief Doug Vessely wants to remind all drivers that several of the accidents our department investigates take place in a parking lot. “Please use extra care vehicle moving in a parking lot, watch for the other guy, especially when pulling into or backing out of a parking space,” he said.

10/04/14 Police received a complaint of yelling coming from the area of Garden Street and Wilson Street. The subjects were either quiet or gone when the North Judson Police arrived.

10/03/14 A landlord reported someone had entered a empty home in the 400 block of High Stree, and moved some items. He requested extra patrols and that anyone trespassing be arrested. Nothing was missing or damaged.

10/03/14 A woman in the 400 Block of Keller Avenue reported to police that a neighbor allegedly came onto her property and battered her. No injuries were sustained, however battery charges are being requested through the Starke County Prosecutors Office.

10/03/14 A vehicle pulling out of the CVS parking lot sustained a front tie rod break which disrupted traffic for a short period. Police controlled the incident and called for a wrecker service.

10/03/14 A caller reported a possible drunk driver heading west on State Road 10 from U.S. 35. The vehicle was never located.

10/02/14 An animal complaint was received by police involving several newborn kittens. The matter was resolved.

10/02/14 Police received a request for a welfare check at the Oakview Motel. Police did the check and everything was fine.

10/01/14 Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute in the 300 Block of George Street.

10/01/14 Officers took a report of a property damage accident near Lane Street and Main Street. Chief Deputy Joe Budner set damages at under $1,000.

10/01/14 Officer Frank Thomas participated in a short pursuit after trying to conduct a traffic stop on 625 South. The suspect vehicle pulled into a driveway near 300 West and both the driver and passenger fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, officer Thomas captured the passenger, Brandon Minix. Thomas conducted an interview and investigation and arrested Minix on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of a controlled substance.

09/30/14 Police responded to a domestic complaint in the 300 block of George Street.

09/29/14 A woman reported that her wallet was taken from the front seat of her unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of Family Express. North Judson Police are investigating.

09/29/14 Employees from the First Farmers Bank and Trust reported to police that a former customer was writing large dollar amount checks to car dealers outside of the Starke County area. The local authorities are covering each area.

Arrests:

10/01/14 Brandon Minix , 32, of 5545 S. 750 East, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of a controlled substance.

09/28/14 Max Stills, 25, Bradyville, TN, arrested on a felony Starke County Bench Warrant.

New App Could Assist Schools in an Emergency

The Knox City Police Department is working with Hamlet Police Chief Frank Lonigro in introducing a new app to school corporations for emergency purposes.

Chief Clint Norem told the Knox Board of Public Works members Wednesday morning that Chief Lonigro learned about this app in training and both of them are finding out more information on how to provide the app to the schools that will allow teachers to hit a panic button on their smart phone if there happens to be an emergency.

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Rape Charge Filed Against Knox Man

A Knox man has been charged after an alleged sexual assault.

A call was made to the Starke County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday afternoon that a female had been raped. The victim was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

The incident occurred in the 200 block of North Main Street, according to Knox City Police Department officials. A warrant was secured to search the residence. Michael J. Salita, 28, was taken into custody for questioning and was held in the Starke County Jail while the investigation continued through Friday.

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Public Input Sought on Problems at Knox Park

City and county officials want the public’s input on how to make Wythogan Park safer. Mayor Rick Chambers and others are hosting a community meeting this evening at 6:30 at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in downtown Knox to discuss incidents of vandalism at the park. The Knox City Police Department has stepped up patrols through the park, but Mayor Chambers is seeking other suggestions as well. Continue reading

Two Fugitives Arrested in Knox

Two Steuben County fugitives were arrested by Knox City Police Department officers Wednesday afternoon.

Officers received a tip that Nancy Bailey, 30, and Kelly Moe, 31, were at a home in the 300 block of Spruce Dr. in Knox. When police arrived at the scene, they found the pair inside the home where they provided false names to the responding officers, according to the police report.

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Smith Pleads Not Guilty to Charge of Assisting a Criminal

Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith

A woman who is reportedly connected with a Monday night battery incident in Wythogan Park in Knox was in Starke Circuit Court for her initial hearing Friday morning.

Samantha Smith, 19, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assisting a criminal, a Level 6 felony. Smith was reportedly in a car that left the scene of a battery incident in Wythogan Park. Timothy Lemon was appointed as her attorney.

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Another Suspect Arrested in Battery Incident

Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith

Another arrest has been made in the Monday night battery incident at Wythogan Park in Knox.

Samantha Smith, 19, was arrested Tuesday night for her alleged involvement in the incident. She was reportedly in a car during the altercation.

The battery occurred Monday night inside Wythogan Park. A juvenile boy was struck in the head by another juvenile. The force resulted in the victim falling to the ground where his head hit the cement walkway. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and transported the boy to IU Health Starke Hospital. The victim was then airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital.

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Suspect Detained in Battery Incident in Knox Park

The Knox City Police Department is investigating the battery of a 14-year-old boy in Wythogan park on Monday night.

According to witness statements given to a Knox officer, a male juvenile had approached the victim in the park and struck him on the head. The victim fell and struck his head on the concrete walkway. The suspect, later identified as a Knox resident, was in a gold-colored passenger car with four other people that left the scene.

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Knox City Council Concerned over Vandalism at Wythogan Park

Wythogan Park

Wythogan Park

The Knox City Council learned this week of ongoing vandalism at Wythogan Park.

Park Superintendent George Byer has informed authorities that there is some form of vandalism at the park on a constant basis. Recently a picnic table was thrown into the river, a toilet was blown up by a firecracker, two fountains were destroyed and the cannon in the park has also suffered damage from vandals.

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Juveniles Apprehended in Attempted Break-in in Knox

Three juveniles were taken into police custody at 4:30 a.m. CT Tuesday after an alleged attempted burglary was reported in the Parkview area in Knox.

The caller witnessed a boy and two girls attempting to break into a vacant residence on North Clark Street, according to a release from the Knox City Police Department.

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Marshall County Man Arrested on Child Molestation Charge

A Plymouth man was arrested in the overnight hours on Tuesday on a preliminary charge of child molestation as a Class C felony.

Timmy Sexton, 42, was taken into custody and he is being held in the Starke County Jail.

The charge stems from an investigation by the Indiana Department of Child Services on June 4 and a subsequent investigation by the Knox City Police Department. No other details are being released at this time as the incident remains under investigation.

Knox Man Arrested in an Alleged Sexual Assault

A Knox man was arrested on a warrant Wednesday, May 21 after an investigation into an alleged sexual assault incident.

On April 24, officers from the Knox City Police Department were notified of the alleged incident by officials with the Indiana Department of Child Services. It was alleged that the incident involved a female juvenile and an adult family member.

Officers located and arrested 85-year-old Donald L. Bottorff Wednesday morning. He was booked into the Starke County Jail on preliminary charges of Child Molesting and Vicarious Sexual Gratification, both Class C Felonies.

Knox Board of Public Works Approves Conditional Offer of Employment

The Knox Board of Public Works members approved a conditional offer of employment to a candidate for a position on the Knox City Police Department.

The board members interviewed three candidates: Jacob Berger from Plymouth, Eric Vanderhoff from Rochester and Eric Christianson from Wisconsin. After careful selection, the board unanimously chose Eric Vanderhoff for the conditional offer of employment.

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Grovertown Man Arrested in Alleged Sexual Assault

Ryan Reyes

Ryan Reyes

Ryan J. Reyes, 19, of Grovertown was arrested Wednesday after an investigation into a sexual assault incident in Wythogan Park on May 4.

A report was made to Knox police that a minor was reportedly sexually assaulted in the park by Reyes. Knox City Police Department detectives and the Indiana Department of Child Services interviewed witnesses and all parties involved and arrested Reyes on preliminary charges of Rape and Child Molesting, both Class B felonies.

He is being held in the Starke County Jail. The case remains under investigation.

Drop Boxes Available to Discard Prescription Medications

It was recently reported that one of the biggest issues in Starke County is prescription drug abuse. A program sponsored by Moving Starke County Forward will be held in the next couple of months that will give information to community members on how to combat this pressing issue.

If you have unwanted, unused or expired prescription medication, you may take that medication to drop off locations at the Knox City Police Department and at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

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