The Knox Police Department will begin enforcing the city’s golf cart ordinance today. That means golf carts operated within the city limits must have either a valid city or county-issued permit and be operated by a licensed driver, unless a waiver is granted by the city council. So far they’ve approved two. Continue reading
The Knox City Police Department has funds lined up to buy a patrol vehicle for their K-9 officer. Mayor Dennis Estok says the Chevrolet Tahoe to accommodate the dog and equipment carries a price tag of about $40,000. Last week the Knox Redevelopment Commission pledged $20,000 from the Tax Increment Financing account toward the purchase. The council’s share of the money will come from the city’s share of riverboat gambling proceeds and the Economic Development Income Tax fund. Continue reading
The Knox Police Department’s efforts to fundraise for a new K-9 unit have helped spur a related source of help from the Knox Redevelopment Commission.
The Knox City Police Department is within $1,000 of being able to add a K-9 to its ranks. Police Chief Harold Smith told the board of works Wednesday their cost has dropped from $16,000 to $13,000 for the dog and training for Officer Chad Dulin. Continue reading
Police officers in Starke County will have quicker access to data stored on cell phones thanks to a software grant received by the Knox City Police Department. Det. Sgt. Dave Combs says it will save considerable time when it comes to investigations. Continue reading
Knox residents who want to operate their golf carts on public streets will have an opportunity to get them inspected before the city’s new regulations take effect on July 23rd. The Knox City Police Department will offer free inspections on Saturday, July 16 from 1 until 4 p.m. at their facility on Shield Street. Continue reading
The Knox Police Department is working to reestablish its K9 program and is seeking the public’s help to do so. Officer Chad Dulin is collecting donations to pay for the dog and cover the cost of training and equipment.
“Whether it’s $10 or $10,000, it’s all appreciated,” Dulin said. Continue reading
A pair of Knox residents face numerous drug charges following a Friday morning search of a rural residence by the Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Knox City Police. They found methamphetamine, items used in its manufacture, marijuana, several firearms and drug paraphernalia at the home in the 1500 north block of 700 East, according to the incident report. Continue reading
Knox Police arrested a pair of residents on drug charges Sunday after executing a search warrant at Super Value Inn on Danker Street as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation involving a tenant. Continue reading
A Knox man who admitted to molesting a 13-year-old boy in February at his Heaton Street home is heading to prison. Continue reading
The Knox man accused of molesting a young boy at his Heaton Street home earlier this year will be sentenced in late October. Robert “Moped Bob” Wislinski, 67, pleaded guilty to one count of child molesting and one count of possession of child pornography during a hearing Thursday morning in Starke Circuit Court. Continue reading
A month-long investigation by the Knox City Police Department into alleged drug activity results in four arrests. Officers executed a search warrant in the 200 block of Locust Drive in Knox on Wednesday. They found a methamphetamine lab and meth, according to a news release. Continue reading
The Starke County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing details in a case where an unsupervised child was found in the 300 block of West Riverside Drive in Knox.
Knox City Police Department officers received a call about a wandering child on Friday morning. The child was wearing pajamas when neighbors found the child. The youngster could not inform officers of her name or who her parents were. Several hours went by before the child’s parents were located.
The child remains in the custody of the Department of Child Services.
A Knox man was arrested Tuesday morning after allegedly making threats to harm individuals within the Knox Community High School.
Officers from the Knox City Police Department were notified of the situation after Paul J. Esparza, 20, had entered Knox High School and was escorted from the building by school officials twice. The initial complaint suggested that Esparza was in possession of a handgun, according to a news release. Officers found Esparza in the area of the school shortly after notification and took him into custody. Police say he was not armed at the time.
A Knox man accused of felony attempted child seduction and child solicitation is scheduled to appear in Starke Circuit Court today for an initial hearing.
Luther Nies, 25, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday morning on the charges that stem from alleged actions in Feb. 2013. According to court documents, Nies attempted to molest a five-year-old child. Knox City Police Department officers placed Nies into custody without incident and he remains in the Starke County Jail on a $35,000 surety bond.
A Knox man was arrested on a bench warrant yesterday after a two-month investigation by the Knox City Police Department.
Luther J. Nies, 25, was arrested on charges of attempted child molestation as a Class C felony and child solicitation is a Class D felony. The alleged acts involved a small child in 2013. No other details are available at this time.
Nies is in the Starke County Jail on a $35,000 bond.
The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a Knox man’s conviction on a drug charge from 2013. A jury found Alfred Higdon guilty of possession of methamphetamine as a Class D felony. He was sentenced to three years in prison. Higdon’s appeal claims the trial court erroneously admitted evidence that was the product of an illegal search by law enforcement. Continue reading
The investigation into the arrest of a Knox resident is ongoing with the Knox City Police Department.
Police have been able to identify victims from child pornography images allegedly found on Robert Wisilinski’s computer. The officers continue to work on leads and help victims in the wake of Wislinski’s alleged actions. Continue reading
The new officer at the Knox City Police Department introduced himself to the Knox City Council members Tuesday night. Eric Vanderhoff said he will be headed to the police academy on March 31 for 15 weeks of training. He’s been on the road for six months and getting to know the area. He will return to the Knox City Police Department when his training is complete. Vanderhoff was hired last spring.
The city council also approved the use of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center on April 25 for an event hosted by Women Anchored in Hope. The council approved the use of half of the great room, but if there are more people than anticipated then they could use the entire room.
A contract was approved to have Anne Mannix complete all of the paperwork with the Blight Elimination Program grant. The contract is for $50 an hour, not to exceed $10,000. The city attorney will review the contract.
The city council members also recognized that George Byer was reappointed as the park superintendent. That action was completed this month.
Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem told the Board of Public Works members this week that some maintenance needs to be conducted at the building housing the police department.
Norem stated that fans are on in the garage to help evaporate the water from the floor in the garage. The drainage issue has been ongoing for some time, according to Norem. He hopes that the issues can be corrected in the spring.