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Fornelli Lawsuit Against the City of Knox Dismissed

A suit that took almost four years to wind its way through the court system was dismissed this week in Starke Circuit Court. Dennis Fornelli had brought suit against the City of Knox and the Knox City Police Department for wrongful discharge of duty from the police force in 2006.

The suit was dismissed on Monday, November 21st. It was originally filed on December 31st, of 2007.

Father and Son Arrested on Drug Charges

Austin Bailey

Kenneth Bailey

Officers from the Knox City Police Department arrested a father and son on drug charges.

Officers were called to Advanced Auto Parts in reference to an intoxicated male. The caller reported that the suspect was trying to sell narcotics to the store employees and to the anonymous caller. Police arrived on scene and observed the suspect. He reportedly had come out of the store with a bag of items and put them in a car that was occupied by another passenger. Police questioned the suspect and reportedly found that Austin Bailey was intoxicated and that he had some items from the store in his pocket. More items from the store were located in the vehicle. Some of the items were paid for and others were reported stolen. The passenger in the car, Kenneth Bailey, Jr., was questioned and when officers patted him down for safety reasons, they found medication allegedly not prescribed to Bailey.

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Knox City Police Department Makes Arrests

Angela Staten

Angela Staten of Knox was arrested by Knox City Police on Thursday, November 17th, after she was found looking through the crash cart in the IU Health Starke Hospital’s Emergency Room. Staten had opened the drawer that was full of medication and she was reportedly seen with a box out looking at it. She told police and the ER staff that she opened the drawer because she was bored. She told police that she didn’t take anything. She was arrested and has preliminary charges of Attempted Theft and Criminal Mischief. Continue reading

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/20/11 A woods fire was reported to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department that was in the Denham area, but the call was transferred to Starke County to tone the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department.

11/20/11 Police were called to a residence in the Denham area for a complaint of two people fighting.

11/20/11 A Winamac resident told police that the lock on the storage unit was broken and items in the unit were stolen. An air compressor and jack stands were a couple of the items missing from the unit.

11/20/11 A resident in the Pulaski area reported to police that she needed a police report for trespassing and stolen property.

11/20/11 Two men in the Franklin Township area were fighting over a deer kill permit. One man found the deer on the side of the road and the other man insisted that it was the deer he just shot. The matter was given to the DNR.

11/20/11 A Jefferson Township resident called police to report that some unknown subject(s) shot a gun and the round hit his house.

11/20/11 A Medaryville resident told police that he was in the process of moving out of his home and had some things laying outside that he was going to pick up in a second load. He left and came back and now all of the things are gone.

11/20/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in Beardstown. No injuries were reported.

11/20/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported east of Medaryville at the curve past the Co-Op.

11/20/11 A car vs. deer accident was called into the police by a driver on State Road 14 traveling towards Remington. She said she can’t steer the vehicle right.

11/19/11 A car accident involving a deer was reported in the Star City area.

11/19/11 A caller reported a truck in the ditch in the Radioville area. The driver was outside the vehicle and no injuries were reported.

11/19/11 Caller notified police of a car vs. deer accident in the Medaryville area.

11/19/11 A Monterey resident called police to report that hunters were trespassing on his property.

11/19/11 An accident was reported in the McDonald’s parking lot. A vehicle was parked waiting to turn out of McDonald’s and another vehicle hit it. No injuries were reported.

11/19/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a Nintendo DXL.

11/19/11 A Beardstown resident told police that her husband was burning brush and got that fire put out, but a dead tree is on fire on the property. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene.

11/19/11 A Pulaski resident reported a break-in at a cottage. Some items were stolen. Some unknown subject(s) had broken into the residence just a few months ago.

11/19/11 A Buick Regal was reported stolen from a resident in Medaryville.

11/18/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on 50 E. in the Winamac area.

11/18/11 A caller told police that he hit a deer in the Winamac area.

11/17/11 A break-in was reported at a warehouse in the Franklin Township area.

11/17/11 A Winamac resident told police that some unknown person(s) spray painted “I am a thief” in black paint down the side of her son’s new truck.

11/16/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Winamac area. The caller advised that the deer hit the whole side of his truck.

11/17/11 A Winamac resident reported trespassing on his property. Hunting violation tickets were given to hunters who were trespassing on the property.

11/15/11 A car vs. deer accident was called in to police that occurred on State Road 14 about 10 miles west of U.S. 35.

11/15/11 A woman called police saying that she was on the road from Kewanna to Winamac and slid off the roadway and into a fence. No injuries were reported.

11/15/11 A vehicle was rear-ended in the McDonald’s parking lot.

11/15/11 A Winamac resident reported that she was just sideswiped by another vehicle.

11/15/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Star City area.

11/14/11 A Francesville resident reported the theft of a livestock trailer and steel from his woods.

11/14/11 A caller hit a deer on State Road 14 and 600 West. An ambulance was requested as the driver was 37 weeks pregnant.

11/14/11 A caller reported a car vs. deer accident in Winamac. The driver is waiting for police in a business parking lot. A wrecker was called to the scene.

11/14/11 A Medaryville man called police to report trespassers on his property.

11/14/11 An accident was reported in the Star City area. An elderly couple had slid off the road in their car due to slippery roads. Hail was all over the road causing slippery conditions.

11/14/11 The Star City Fire Department was called to a garage fire.

Arrests:
11/20/11 Paul Rausch, 50, 2988 E. 13th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Resisting Law Enforcement.

11/18/11 Alberto Quinto Fiscal, 34, 1078 Shadowview Way, Indianapolis, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed. Discharged 11/18/11

11/18/11 Amy Zorich, 26, 7580 S. 250 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on active arrest warrants. Discharged 11/21/11

11/17/11 Patricia R. Ziegler, 19, 2813 Longlois Dr., Lafayette, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Endangerment and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
11/19/11 A Leesberg, Indiana, man struck a deer on State Road #10 just east of North Judson around 10:40 a.m. causing an estimated $2,500 in damages to his 2009 Nissan and killing the deer. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely investigated the accident and advised Charles Clemans was driving and not injured.

11/19/11 The North Judson Police responded to a report of a property damage accident in the parking lot of the U-locks on Oakwood Street. Michael Combs, of Knox, was backing out of the parking lot in his 2005 GMC Pickup and backed into a parked car, owner by Perry Lucas, North Judson. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely investigated the incident and estimated the damages at over $1,000.

11/18/11 A custody dispute and a report of a battery, without injuries, was investigated by the North Judson Police. The incident occurred in the 300 Block of Schricker Avenue. A complete report was forwarded to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

11/17/11 North Judson Police responded to the North Judson-San Pierre High School for a report of an iPod being stolen from a locker during gym class. This remains under investigation.

11/14/11 Officials at the North Judson-San Pierre High School reported to police that a Kindle Reader was taken from the school. After a joint investigation, a 15-year-old juvenile boy was charged with theft of the reader and the Kindle was returned to the school. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely submitted a complete report to the Starke County Probation Department for formal charges.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
11/19/11 A physical altercation between father and son was reported to police.

11/17/11 Police were called to the Knox High School in regards to an unruly student.

11/17/11 A juvenile and her mother reported to police that obscene images were drawn on the side of the juvenile’s father’s vehicle. The vehicle had been parked at the Knox High School.

11/17/11 A harassment case was filed with the police department.

Arrests:
11/21/11 Kris Eskridge, 22, 2152 N. State Road 39, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Possession of Marijuana.

11/20/11 Barbara Perkins, 54, 4617 E. 73rd Ave. Merrillville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC of at least .15%.

11/20/11 Joshua L. Murphy, 29, 710 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .15%, Operator Never Licensed.

11/20/11 Michael H. Byer, Jr., 7520 E. 200 N., Grovertown, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

11/17/11 Angela Staten, 29, 2010 E. 34th Pl., Hobart, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Attempted Theft and Criminal Mischief.

11/16/11 Austin Bailey, 21, of 21, 201 Collins St., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing in a Schedule I, II or III Controlled Substance, Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, and Theft.
Kenneth Bailey, 43, 2420 E. 400 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/20/11 Bejan Syed, of Fort Wayne, reported that he hit a deer ¼ mile east of the Truck Stop north of Knox.

11/20/11 Sherry McDaniel, of North Judson, told police that when she got home, her front door was open and her dog was missing.

11/20/11 A resident in the 4300 block of E. 150 N. in Knox reported that someone was inside her residence and was hiding in a closet.

11/19/11 A resident in the 3900 block of E. Toto Rd. in Knox asked to speak to a police officer as she believes items were stolen from her apartment.

11/19/11 A caller reported hitting a deer at the intersection of State Road 10 and Highway 421 in San Pierre.

11/19/11 An employee at the Koontz Lake Market told police that a customer left a wallet in the store.

11/19/11 It was reported that two bucks that were killed were left alongside the road two blocks west of 6720 E 650 S.

11/19/11 A resident in the 11500 block of E. 50 N. in Knox called police to report trespassers on her property.

11/19/11 A resident in the 100 block of W. 625 S. in North Judson reported that someone broke a window in a vehicle.

11/19/11 A resident in the 10700 block of E. Hackberry in Walkerton told police that his gun was stolen.

11/17/11 Bonita Godsey, North Judson, reported that she hit a deer on State Road 10.

11/17/11 A resident in the 7000 block of N. Pine Tree Ln. in Walkerton called police to report that he just returned home and the front door was wide open. He’s afraid that someone was still in the residence.

11/17/11 A resident in the 5100 block of E. Toto Road in Knox told police that the vehicle in her garage started on its own and can not shut it off with the key. She had no idea how the vehicle started.

11/16/11 A resident in the 8800 block of E. 75 N. in Knox reported that his wife’s vehicle caught on fire inside their attached garage and the fire is out, but they are requested an officer for a report.

11/16/11 Monica Miller told police that she hit a deer and then she hit a tree. She said she was not injured.

11/16/11 Kori Glass of North Judson hit a deer with her vehicle on 600 West in North Judson.

11/16/11 Danny Patrick of Knox told police that he hit a deer with his vehicle on 900 South just east of 700 West.

11/16/11 An employee at Miller Auto Sales told police that there was a theft of a dealer plate.

11/16/11 Mark Combs of Knox reported the theft of a cell phone.

11/15/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on State Road 8, east of Yellow River Farms in the Knox area.

11/15/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on State Road 10 and 250 E.

11/15/11 Christopher Wyatt of Knox reported hitting a deer on U.S. 35 just north of State Road 10.

11/15/11 John Olshanski arrived at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department to file a theft report.

11/15/11 Brandon L. Taulbee, of Knox, reported a car vs. deer accident on 200 S. W. of Range Road in Knox.

From 11/14/11-11/21/11 there were 13 total car vs. deer accident reports. Luckily, no injuries were reported.

Arrests:
11/18/11 Mark Young, of Knox, was arrested on a Body attachment.

11/17/11 Richard Warner, 26, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine with the Intent to Deal, Possession of Precursors, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Traci Jacobs, 32, of Knox, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants and preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine with the Intent to Deal, Possession of Precursors, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

11/16/11 Heather Wilson, 23, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of False Reporting, Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

11/16/11 James Miller of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Residential Entry.

Knox City Police Department Investigates Burglary in Downtown Knox

The Knox City Police Department continues to investigate a break-in at the Starke County Abstract building on 14 E. Washington Street in Knox.

Suzie Gerretson called police on Wednesday, November 9th, when she entered the office and noticed that the safe was open and there were numerous papers scattered around the outside of the safe. Her desk drawer was also open.

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Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/12/11 A Winamac farmer reported that he was trying to harvest and there were hunters in the field. The farmer said the hunters were not supposed to be there. The property owner and the hunter are attempting to figure out if they had permission to be there or not.

11/12/11 Two hunters were issued citations after police were called that two hunters were shooting deer from the roadway. The hunters were not wearing their hunter orange.

11/12/11 Police were called to a dog bite incident in Cass Township.

11/12/11 A caller from the town of Pulaski reported a car vs. deer accident. No injuries were reported.

11/12/11 A resident in Harris Township told police that he hit a deer with his vehicle.

11/11/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Monon area. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

11/11/11 A resident in the Cass Township area reported the theft of copper.

11/11/11 A Winamac resident called police to report the theft of a TV and DVD player. No forced entry was observed and the door had been unlocked.

11/11/11 A resident in the Monon area reported hearing gun shot on his property. The caller believed that hunters were hunting illegally.

11/11/11 A Winamac resident reported a car vs. deer accident.

11/11/11 A driver came on station to report a car/deer accident. The vehicle sustained damage to the headlight and an officer checked the vehicle to see if a report was necessary. The driver was told to contact the insurance company.

11/11/11 Two calls were received by the Sheriff’s Department of people shining lights into fields.

11/10/11 A Winamac resident told police that he hit an 8 point deer and it jumped up and took off. Damage was done to his side mirror and his windshield was shattered.

11/10/11 A car vs deer accident was reported in Jefferson Township. No injuries were reported.

11/10/11 A driver in the Bruce Lake area reported hitting a deer. There were no injuries and minimal damage was reported.

11/09/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that she received a receipt and notice that the storage unit she rented has been re-rented and that the lock had been cut off sometime in September and the property inside the unit was stolen or smashed.

11/09/11 Dispatch received a call that a school bus stalled in the middle of the road and kids were still on it. The bus was stalled approximately ½ mile north of State Road 14. The bus driver told police that some parents were coming to get the kids and another bus is coming to finish the route.

11/09/11 Officers were called to a property damage accident with no injuries. The accident occurred in the Winamac area and it involved a tractor and a passenger car.

11/09/11 A resident in the Bruce Lake area called police to report a car vs. deer accident. No injuries were reported.

11/09/11 A Star City resident notified police that her daughter hit a deer. She took her daughter and her and her friend home. No injuries were reported.

Arrests:
11/14/11 Heather Robbins, 25, 2635 W. 250 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of False Informing. Discharged 11/14/11

11/13/11 Loyal D. Bailey, 48, 7921 N. Adams, Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Habitual Traffic Violator. Discharged 11/13/11

11/13/11 Darrin E. Lambert, 43, 7310 N. 725 W. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 11/14/11

11/11/11 Raymond Risner, 41, 106 N. U.S. Highway 421, Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

11/10/11 Chad Neeley, 38, 15288 W. 400 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 11/13/11

11/10/11 Michael Stofcik, 46, 5879 Creekview Ct. E. Apt. D, Portage, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 11/10/11

11/09/11 Robert Ruvaloaba, 47, 302 N. 1706 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 11/09/11

11/09/11 Jonathon D. Hook, 37, 8548 S. Base Rd., Monon, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
11/13/11 Around 8:15 a.m. CT, the North Judson Police were called to the Family Express in reference to a vehicle that had jumped the curb and struck the Propane Gas Tank holding cage and the building. North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the incident. The driver, Marli Shepherd,, of Winamac stated that as she pulled into the lot, her brakes failed and she jumped the curb striking the propane tanks and the building with her 1997 Ford Taurus. Shepherd was issued two citations: one for False and Fictitious Registration and for Operating a Vehicle without Financial Responsibility. Budner estimated the total damages at over $2,500.

11/12/11 An iPod was reported stolen to the North Judson Police. It was reported to have been taken from the North Judson–San Pierre High School parking lot on Wednesday, November 9th.

11/10/11 Branden J. Williams, of North Judson, was traveling north on State Road 39 coming into the North Judson City Limits when he was distracted for a second, swerved to the right, and struck a cluster of 3 mailboxes and 3 newspaper holders in the area of 6400 South State Road 39. His 1998 Pontiac Grand Am sustained an estimated $2,500 in damages by North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely. Williams will repair the damage to the mailboxes.

11/09/11 North Judson Police responded to a report of a Battery in the 300 block of High Street during a family dispute. Neither party requested to file formal charges. The parties were separated.

11/07/11 Items were reported stolen from a gravesite in Highland Cemetery to the North Judson Police Department.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
11/14/11 Charlie Barnett and Lacey Barnett reported the theft of a Playstation 3 gaming system, seven games, two controllers and a DVD player.

11/14/11 Diane and Mike Kadlec reported the theft of a Wii gaming system, games, wireless controllers, battery packs and movies. The residence had been unlocked to allow their child into the home while they were out.

11/14/11 Knox police were called to ALCO for a call about stolen loading ramps from the building. According to the report, the Manager stated that the ramps are usually behind the store and secured by lock and chain. Three ramps were missing.

11/13/11 Jimmy Piper reported the theft of a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am from his residence.

11/13/11 Christine Armes reported damage to her vehicle while parked at the Woods Apartments. The damage was sustained by another vehicle in the parking lot. Police witnessed seeing a large dent on the passenger side of the quarter panel and a large scratch.

11/11/11 Danielle Lardino reported the theft of clothing items.

11/09/11 A burglary incident was reported at the Starke County Abstract Company in downtown Knox. After an investigation, it was determined that only a small amount of cash was stolen. Items were taken out of a safe and papers were thrown around the office. The office belonging to Attorney, LeRoy Gudeman was reportedly ransacked.

11/09/11 Knox High School Assistant Principal, Mike Bendicsen, reported the theft of a computer. The suspect, a student, had not been seen in school for the past month. Several attempts have been made to retrieve the computer, but those attempts have been unsuccessful.

11/08/11 Two cases of fraud were reported to police.

Arrests:
11/13/11 Dennis Goble, Jr., 31, 705 W. Pearl St., Hamlet, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC over .15%.

11/10/11 Jason T. Cope, 31, 1107 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

11/08/11 Timothy J. Curtis, 24, 4060 S. County Road 210, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/13/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported by Sandra Davis of Lakeville on Highway 30 between 800 East and 900 East in Grovertown.

11/13/11 A resident in the 3900 block of S. County Road 210 in Knox told police that she saw a male subject driving a vehicle that was hauling scrap in front of the Shore Club and the driver took the “Do Not Enter” sign from the business.

11/13/11 A resident in the 8600 block of E. Long Lane Dr. of Knox reported that a Pit Bull came into her yard and tried to attack her.

11/13/11 A resident in the 5700 block of S. 900 E. in Monterey reported the theft of items from a rental property.

11/13/11 George S. Turoci, 51, of Valparaiso, called police to report a car vs. deer accident on Toto Road and Pinewood Drive.

11/12/11 A resident on 600 W. in North Judson reported that a person in a gorilla suit was jumping out of the bushes.

11/12/11 Katherine Smutzer of Indianapolis reported a car vs. deer accident in front of Dooleys in San Pierre.

11/12/11 A resident in the 4700 block of S. County Road 210 of Knox reported that someone driving a Bobcat was tearing down trees.

11/12/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on State Road 23 south of U.S. 30 in Grovertown.

11/12/11 Elaine Ezra of North Judson reported a car vs. deer accident on State Road 10. No injuries were reported.

11/12/11 An employee from Tony’s Service Station reported a drive off of $61.60.

11/12/11 Rabion Frasure reported a car vs. deer accident on Highway 421 in San Pierre.

11/12/11 William Hatfield reported the theft of guns.

11/12/11 Krystalyn McKee of Grovertown reported a car vs. deer accident on U.S. 30 across from Knoll Brothers. She said the vehicle was not drivable.

11/11/11 Brett Byer of Knox reported a car vs. deer accident on State Road 23 just south of 250 North in Knox.

11/11/11 A resident in the 1100 block of E. 150 S. in Knox reported a theft.

11/10/11 Edward Leszek called to report that a deer ran out into the roadway and hit the deer. The accident happened in the 7300 block of S. 1075 W. in San Pierre.

11/10/11 Alicia McNally reported a car vs. deer accident on Highway 421 south of San Pierre.

11/10/11 Teri Hawkins with Chase Home Finance called police to request an officer to take a theft report from a mortgage foreclosure.

11/10/11 AT&T Mobility reported the theft of copper wire from the 6000 block of S. 500 W. in North Judson.

11/10/11 Donald Benoit of Culver, Indiana told police that he hit two deer on State Road 23 near the Washington Township Fire Station.

11/09/11 Frank Lynch from the Starke County Health Department called police to report the theft of $530 in checks and money stolen from the office.

11/08/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the 11200 block of E. 400 N. in Grovertown.

11/08/11 Teri Hawkins reported the theft of a central air system at a residence in the 2500 block of S. State Road 39 in North Judson.

11/08/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported south of Knox and east of Bass Lake.

Arrests:
11/11/11 Ronald Craft, Grovertown, IN, has a preliminary charge of Battery on a Police Officer with a Bodily Fluid and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.

11/10/11 Matthew Salyer, 38, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Resisting Law Enforcement.
Michael Mann, 37, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Criminal Confinement and Resisting Law Enforcement.

11/08/11 Stephen Newcomer, 33, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

Starke County Safety Traffic Partnership to Conduct Traffic Blitz

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The Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership will be conducting a Safe Family Travel patrol beginning this Friday and it will continue through November 27th.

This blitz is a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and will focus on impaired drivers and seat belt enforcement. This grant will allow additional officers to enforce these laws and they will not be giving out warnings. They will be issuing tickets to those who are in violation of these laws.

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Four Arrested after Meth Precursors Found

Four people were arrested in Knox on Friday after police responded to a call of possible drug activity.

Knox City Police Department officers were called to Smith Farm Store’s parking lot where police questioned four people reportedly involved in the incident. After a search into shopping bags and the vehicle, they were found to be in possession of fuel and decongestant tablets commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

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Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
11/01/11 James Dolezal of North Judson reported to the North Judson Police Department that his debit card was stolen from his vehicle while it was parked at his home on State Street. The card was reportedly used 10 times between 6:40 pm and 12:10 am the night before. After an investigation, North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely arrested 18-year-old Nickolas Rudd for Theft, forgery, and 10 counts of credit card fraud. He was transported to the Starke County Jail. Rudd is currently out on bond for a burglary charge involving the Grand Central Station.

10/31/11 The North Judson Police responded to a report of yelling coming from a home in the 400 block of Keller Avenue and conducted a welfare check on the occupants. During the course of the investigation, a woman was detained and taken for hospitalization as part of an Emergency Detention.

10/31/11 Officer Bill Scheiderer of the North Judson Police Department received a tip in regards to a vehicle that was damaged at the walking trail parking lot on State Road 10 a few weeks ago. After a follow-up, two male juveniles were reported to the Starke County Probation Department as being the culprits. A full report was furnished requesting charges and restitution.

Arrests:
11/05/11 Mary E. Gonzalez, 61, 1360 W. Toto Road, North Judson, N, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

11/01/11 Nicholas T. Rudd, 18, 304 Main Street, North Judson, IN, arrested for Theft, Fraud, and Forgery.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/06/11 A caller in Medaryville told police that a woman came to the caller’s house to report that she hit a deer with her vehicle. The woman said she was trying to get home from work and she was really tired. She was lost and had no idea where she was.

11/06/11 The Winamac Fire Department responded to a call that there is smoke in the building. The Manager at Arby’s called police to report the incident and he was told to get everyone out of the building immediately. There was no fire. A motor was smoking in the building and it was taken care of.

11/06/11 A Medaryville resident reported a hit and run accident. Caller said another car backed out and hit his and then left the scene.

11/06/11 A caller advised that he and his wife hit a deer in the Bruce Lake area. He told dispatch that they are ok, “but the vehicle was not”.

11/06/11 Caller told police that he hit a deer on 600 North, east of U.S. 35.

11/06/11 A caller in the Denham area reported that a building on his rented property was on fire. No one was in the building at the time of the incident. Monterey Tippecanoe Township Fire Department was called to the scene.

11/05/11 A caller reported that someone was using her Social Security Number.

11/05/11 A resident in Cass Township reported that a gate on his farmland has been severely damaged by a vehicle.

11/05/11 Caller advised of a small field fire that is creeping along toward an old barn. The fire is not huge but headed toward the structure. The Monterey-Tippecanoe Township Fire Department was called to the scene. More manpower was called to the scene.

11/05/11 The Winamac Police Department was called to a car vs. deer accident in front of All Seasons in Winamac.

11/04/11 Extra patrol was requested at the Winamac State Highway garage when an email suggested that catalytic converters were being stolen from parked vehicles.

11/04/11 A Winamac business reported the theft of gas, but the owner was contacted and it was taken care of.

11/04/11 A caller requested that an officer from the Winamac Police Department be sent to her residence as some unknown person hit her car while parked in the alley.

11/04/11 A Medaryville resident called to report a TV, laptop and Play Station stolen from his residence.

11/04/11 A Monterey resident called police to request an ambulance. He was burning leaves and something blew up in his face and has burned him badly. The resident was taken to Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

11/04/11 Caller advised that he hit a deer in Franklin Township. He was able to drive home, but needs a report.

11/04/11 Caller said that a deer ran into the side of her vehicle. The deer had bent the fender and broke a window. Damage was visible all along the right side of the vehicle.

11/03/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in Pulaski.

11/03/11 Caller advised she swerved to miss a deer and hit a tree.

11/03/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Monterey area.

11/02/11 A domestic battery incident was called into the Sheriff’s Department. An arrest was made.

11/02/11 A resident called and told dispatch that she hit a deer on her way to Parkview Haven in Francesville. No injuries were reported.

11/02/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Monon area.

11/02/11 The hospital called the Sheriff’s Department to advise them that a 19-year-old male is in the ER and was shooting a high powered rifle at a metal target and a bullet fragment bounced back and hit him in the chest. DNR was notified but they determined that it was not a hunting accident.

11/02/11 A Medaryville resident reported that a dog bit her child.

11/01/11 A resident reported a car vs. deer accident in Franklin Township.

11/01/11 Caller advised that her camper was broken into. A TV was reported as stolen.

11/01/11 A Medaryville resident called police to report that someone has broken into her house and has completely trashed it. She said that this is not the first time this has happened. She told police that $3,000 worth of items was stolen the first time and now a lot more has been stolen.

11/01/11 A Winamac resident reported a lost license plate.

11/01/11 A Pulaski resident called to report that his neighbor’s door is open and it appears that it was kicked in. Police arrived and it was learned that nothing was taken. The case is still under investigation.

10/31/11 A resident called and needs a case number for a stolen vehicle that he believes was stolen in the last few months and then smashed and taken to the scrap yard.

10/31/11 A Star City resident called police to report the electric meter stolen from his home.

10/31/11 A grain bin dryer was reportedly on fire in the Beardstown area. The North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department was called to the scene.

10/31/11 A Francesville student reported the theft of an iPod Touch. The students believes it may have been taken while at school.

Arrests:
11/07/11 Robert K. Rentfrour, 49, 300 E. S. Railroad, Idaville, IN, arrested on a bench warrant.

11/05/11 Gary L. Miller, 58, 3063 State Road 14, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 11/06/11

11/05/11 Roscoe Durflinger, 50, 505 S. Market St., Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Failure to Register. Discharged 11/06/11

11/05/11 Jennifer A. Wallace, 35, 1250 S. 400 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 11/05/11

11/04/11 Jeremy Speelman, 33, 1327 S. 1200 W., Francesville, IN, arrested on a Body Attachment. Discharged 11/04/11

11/04/11 Kelly Parish, 24, 207 W. 15th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 11/05/11

11/03/11 Jeremy Reed, 22, 235 300 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Discharged 11/03/11

11/03/11 Roscoe Durflinger, 21, 505 S. Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 11/03/11

11/02/11 Shane Reed, 25, 5631 W. 650 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 11/02/11

11/02/11 Sharon B. Button, 45, 3201 W. 250 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a Bench Warrant.

11/02/11 Michael Hurlburt, 26, 1438 E. 900 S. Star City, IN, arrested and put on hold for the U.S. Army. Discharged 11/04/11

11/02/11 Joshua Attinger, 28, 902 S. Burson St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery. Discharged 11/03/11

10/31/11 Stacey Yard, 26, 826 20th St., Logansport, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear Warrant. Discharged 10/31/11

10/31/11 Joseph Yard, 28, 2118 Murdock Rd., Logansport, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear Warrant. Discharged 10/31/11

10/31/11 Katelyn Clawson, 18, 913 S. 700 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/31/11.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/06/11 Gary LeRoy of Crown Point called police to report that he hit a deer on State Road 8, ¼ mile west of U.S. 35.

11/06/11 Phillip Caudill called police to report that there was a passenger vehicle parked at Toto Road and 200 East and females were standing outside of the vehicle. He said when they saw him they got back in the vehicle and took off down 200 East. He advised they were traveling in excess of 100 mph.

11/06/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on State Road 10 near 200 East. No injuries were reported.

11/06/11 Liam Durnan reported a kayak stolen. It was stolen on October 22nd, but he had to wait and get the serial numbers from his company before he could report it.

11/06/11 Brandon Davidson of Knox reported the windshield on his vehicle broken. He believes two people are at fault. Police are investigating.

11/06/11 Joe Fletcher called to speak to an officer regarding a stolen vehicle and money.

11/05/11 A caller in the 3000 block of W. 400 S. in North Judson reported that subjects in a log cabin are shooting across the roadway.

11/05/11 A resident in the 5000 block of S. State Road 10 in Knox reported that his home has been broken into. A double barrel shotgun and some beer were stolen.

11/05/11 Matthew Miller of Grovertown hit a deer with his vehicle on US 30 East of State Road 23.

11/05/11 A Koontz Lake resident called police to report that he hit a deer on U.S. 30 west of State Road 23.

11/05/11 A caller advised someone hit a deer on State Road 23 and it’s still alive. The deer was hit a couple of miles north of Washington Township Fire Department by the curves.

11/05/11 A caller in the 1100 block of E. 300 N. in Knox reported a car vs. deer accident. No damage was reported.

11/04/11 Terry Smolek reported his two axle trailer stolen while parked at his residence.

11/04/11 A resident in the 7100 block of E. 150 S. in Knox reported that he paid a guy to do work for him and the person has not completed the job.

11/04/11 Jaime Frasure of Walkerton reported a car vs. deer accident in the 11300 block of E. 875 N. in Walkerton.

11/02/11 A resident in the 4700 block of S. State Road 39 in North Judson reported the theft of a camera.

11/02/11 A Knox resident reported a car vs. deer accident at State Road 8 and 1100 East in Knox.

11/02/11 A resident in the 200 block of Main Street in Knox told police that he was threatened and a building of his was broken into.

11/01/11 Willodene Herrick called police to report a car vs. deer accident on State Road 10 and Marshall County Line Road.

11/01/11 An employee of Midwest Equipment reported the theft of 35-40 rims and a whole skid of aluminum parts stolen.

Arrests:
11/06/11 Wilgus Terry, of Knox, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.

11/01/11 Donald Kissinger, of LaPaz, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Serious Injury.

Accidents:
In all, 10 car vs. deer accidents were reported and covered by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

11/03/11 Sheila Tully, of Winamac, told police that she was traveling west on State Road 8 when a vehicle passed her and splashing water into her face, blurring her vision. She told police that she ran off the road and into a ditch that was full of water. The report states she was not otherwise injured.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
11/05/11 Ashley Apple told police that her car was vandalized. The front passenger window was broken and the back of her car had a dent.

11/04/11 The manager of Dollar General reported that two men entered the business and were acting suspiciously. Five CD players were reportedly taken from the store. The items were returned, but the case remains under investigation.

11/04/11 Sheila Freet reported the loss of a license plate.

11/04/11 Danny Traylor, of Knox, was cited for Driving While Suspended.

11/02/11 The owner of O’s Tap spoke to officers to report that some unknown person(s) threw ice from one of the windows above the rear entrance.

Arrests:
11/08/11 Timothy J. Curtis, 24, 4060 S. Country Road #210, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated -Prior.

11/05/11 Stanford Baker, 64, 3311 N. 900 E., Grovertown, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of False Informing. He was also cited for Left of Center, Driving While Suspended, and a seat belt violation.

11/04/11 Ashley Palmer, 25, 308 Star Court, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Trespass.

11/04/11 Kenneth L. Schoff, 33, Hamlet, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Drug Lab-Precursors and Conversion.
Jeffrey Knoebel, 39, 10195 E. Francis St., Grovertown, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Drug Lab-Precursors.
Casey Hardesty, 24, 8250 Rose Rd, Plymouth, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Drug Lab-Precursors.
Phillip R. Shriver, 27, 16552 Mill Pond Trl, Plymouth, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Drug Lab-Precursors and Possession of a Syringe.

Two Arrested after Fight in Knox

Knox City Police were called to 208 S. Main Street in reference to a fight on Monday.

According to the police report, three juvenile girls were reportedly fighting and hitting each other. The parents then got involved. Charles McCarty reportedly pulled up to the scene and went after James Baldridge who told police McCarty allegedly pulled out a knife. Kelly McCarty then reportedly hit Misty Baldridge in the face after McCarty exited the vehicle with Charles McCarty. Misty Baldridge reportedly tried to break up the fight between the juvenile girls and that’s when she was allegedly punched in the face.

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Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/30/11 A caller told police that she was on her way home and saw a white tool box truck in the ditch. The driver was not at the scene. Police later got a hold of the driver who said he hit a deer and left the scene. Damage was done to the vehicle and guardrail. The driver could be cited for leaving the scene of an accident.

10/30/11 A caller reported hitting a dog on her way to work. The action caused her radiator to spring a leak. She felt the car was not drivable and requested a tow truck.

10/30/11 A caller reported hitting a deer in the Pulaski area.

10/30/11 A caller in the Beardstown area reported the theft of a 4-wheeler a while ago and he thinks he saw it parked at a residence.

10/30/11 Caller told police that he hit a deer on State Road 14 in the Medaryville area and the deer took off.

10/30/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of medication.

10/29/11 A caller advised that he hit a deer by Gilsingers.

10/29/11 A man called police to report that his wife hit a deer and went on to Monticello.

10/29/11 A Winamac resident called police to report the theft of two motorcycle back rests during an auction. The caller said the theft happened about a month ago.

10/29/11 The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a combine fire. Jasper County called it in and when they looked at the situation, it was actually in the Francesville area. The Francesville Fire Department was called to the scene.

10/29/11 A caller reported a car vs. deer accident in Winamac.

10/28/11 A caller reported hitting a deer in the Monon area.

10/27/11 A deer was reportedly hit in the Pulaski area.

10/27/11 The Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene of an injury accident. One person involved had leg injuries and another had chest injuries. The vehicle hit a tree.

10/27/11 A resident in the Radioville area reported the theft of a tool box.

10/27/11 A septic truck rolled over on State Road 39 north of State Road 14. No injuries were reported.

10/27/11 A woman called police to report that her daughter hit a deer in the Star City area.

10/26/11 Police received a call about a possible meth lab at a residence in the Star City area. Three dogs were also reportedly looking very thin.

10/26/11 Officers received a call about a driver hitting a deer in the Pulaski area. No one was injured.

10/26/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a washer, dryer, fridge, dishwasher and a propane tank. The tenants reportedly stole the items.

10/26/11 A caller reported that her daughter hit a deer in the Francesville area.

10/25/11 A caller told police that he hit a deer in the Winamac area.

10/25/11 A deer vs. car accident was reported in the Radioville area.

10/25/11 Kankakee Valley REMC reported the theft of services from a customer in the Denham area.

10/25/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of a license plate.

10/25/11 A Radioville resident reported a burglary in an outbuilding. Two windows were broken and blood evidence was found on the glass. Police investigated and came to the conclusion that a deer jumped through the window and then jumped through a second window to get out. Police found deer hair and hoof prints in blood all over the building.

10/25/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Bruce Lake area.

10/24/11 A combine fire was reported in Tippecanoe Township. The Monterey Fire Department was called to the scene although it was discovered the fire was 200 yards inside Fulton County. The fire was at 600 East south of 500 North.

10/24/11 A semi reportedly hit a gas pump at a business in Winamac.

Arrests:
10/30/11 Katelyn Clawson, 18, 913 S. 700 W. in Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/31/11

10/30/11 James Penicaro, 28, 2565 N. 175 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (Refusal) with a Prior Conviction, Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of .15% or Greater with a Prior Conviction, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering with a Prior Conviction, Reckless Driving, two counts of Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Law Enforcement.

10/30/11 Adam Koske, 28, 708 N. Hathaway, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance. Discharged 10/30/11

10/30/11 Jeremy Dilts, 207 S. Monticello St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a Marshall County Warrant. Discharged 10/30/11

10/29/11 Mateo Felipe Mateo, 20, 1150 W. 600 N., North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor Consuming. Discharged 10/30/11

10/29/11 Jesse L. Moses, 18, 6551 N. 1150 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 10/29/11

10/29/11 Robert Lee Belites, 29, 612 1/2 S. Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

10/29/11 Courtney Wuethrich, 19, 302 W. James, Francesville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Minor Consuming. Discharged 10/30/11

10/28/11 Michelle Rzepczynski, 33, 879 S. Elm St., Monterey, IN, arrested on an active warrant. Discharged 10/28/11

10/28/11 Charles Weaver, 24, 632 N. Riverside Dr., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active warrant. Discharged 10/29/11

10/28/11 Cody M. Cobb, 18, 214 S. Franklin, Winamac, IN, arrested on a White County Warrant. Discharged 10/29/11

10/27/11 Tyson Mathews, 22, 3073 N. 1300 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a Jasper County Warrant. Discharged 10/28/11

10/26/11 Alvarez Allen Ross, 25, 3381 Texas St., Lake Station, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/26/11 Loralie Star Fritz, 36, of Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Visiting a Common Nuisance. Discharged 10/26/11

10/26/11 Kaltrina Neeley, 25, 7544 S. State Road 119, Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors, Possession of Syringe, and Abandoned or Neglected Animals. Discharged 10/26/11

10/26/11 Billy Neely, 47, 508 W. Summit St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors, and Possession of a Syringe. Discharged 10/27/11

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
10/29/11 A hit and run report was made by the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation in reference to an unknown vehicle striking the High School football field fence, near the corner of Ufkes Drive and Campbell Street, causing damage. North Judson Police responded, investigated, and are asking for help from the public. Anyone with any knowledge of this incident is asked to call the North Judson Police at (574) 772-5914 or crime Stoppers at 1-800-348-STOP. North Judson Police Chief, Doug Vessely, stated, “The suspect vehicle should have front end damage and could have some rear end damage as well, because the vehicle went completely into the fenced in area and backed out. If you know anything about this, Please call the police”.

10/28/11 A domestic dispute was reported in the 500 block of East Talmer Avenue. The female caller advised her boyfriend would not get out of the vehicle when asked to do so. North Judson police responded and both parties were separated and no charges were requested.

10/26/11 North Judson police were called to the North Judson-San Pierre High School in reference to a dispute between two female students. Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the incident and arrested 18-year-old Shantelle E. Vierke from Winamac. She was charged with Battery for fighting with another 17-year-old female student.

10/24/11 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas responded to several suspicious subjects in a vehicle near the 600 block of West Talmer Avenue. Larry L. Clemons was one of the subjects, and he had a Body Attachment through the Starke Circuit Court. While he was being arrested on the Body Attachment, police located drugs on Clemons. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Methamphetamine. Starke County Sheriff Deputies, assisted in the investigation and arrest.

Arrests:
10/26/11 Shantell E. Vierke, 18, 5885 N 570 West, Winamac, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

10/24/11 Larry L. Clemons, 43, 5196 South 275 West, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
10/31/11 Dick Ballard reported that one of the panels to his privacy fence was laying open. He found that the outside brackets to the panel were broken. He noticed that his shed was open but did not find anything missing.

10/31/11 Marie Jones reported the theft of landscaping timbers from her property by her shed. Bricks and a half roll of chain link fence were also reported stolen.

10/31/11 A Knox resident reported the theft of checks.

10/28/11 Police were called to the Next Door Food Store in reference to a drive-off of $45.15 in gas.

10/28/11 An employee from Osborne’s Mini Mart reported a drive off of $30.00 in gas. There is a suspect in this case.

10/25/11 Sherry Crawford reported damage done to her vehicle in front of O’s Tap in downtown Knox.
Dents were made to the hood of her vehicle, two cross bars on top of the roof of her vehicle had been broken off and was stuck up under the other cross bar. The passenger side of her vehicle would not open and it was functional before she went into the establishment.

10/25/11 Jewell Arnett reported that some unknown person(s) came into her yard and knocked down her flag pole that stood in her front yard.

10/25/11 Jeff Berg called police to report his mailbox vandalized.

Arrests:
10/31/11 Charles McCarty, 33, address unknown, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Trespass.
Kelly McCarty, 36, 305 S. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Trespass.

10/30/11 James E. Gill, 52, 5533 S. State Road 119, Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (Refusal) and Reckless Driving.

10/30/11 David James Coffin, 27, 3705 E. 1000 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (Controlled Substance), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance.

10/30/11 Clinton Clemons, 25, 1520 E. 100 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Reckless Driving.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/31/11 Amy Turner reported that a deer ran into the side of her vehicle on State Road 10 near County Road 210.

10/30/11 A resident in the 1200 block of S. 1000 E. in Knox reported that he bought new guns and wanted to test them out. Police advised that it was illegal to do that at night. Dispatch received more calls about shots fired in that area. The person who bought the guns was called back and was told to put away his guns.

10/30/11 A resident in the 2200 block of E. 150 S. in Knox reported that her sister was just bitten by a dog. The ambulance was not needed but an officer is requested for a report.

10/30/11 Josh McLaughlin reported that he hit a deer in the 6700 block of S. 1150 E. in Knox. The vehicle is drivable but he believes there is more than $1,000 in damage.

10/29/11 A resident in the 400 block of N. US Highway 421 in San Pierre called police to report the theft of a 1996 white Grand Am. It was later recovered.

10/29/11 A Knox resident reported a car vs deer accident on State Road 8 east of Knox.

10/29/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on 25 N. East of 500 East in Knox.

10/29/11 Georgina Bostedo advised that she just returned to her home at Bass Lake and noticed someone broke her door frame and stole alcohol from the residence.

10/29/11 A resident in the 100 block of S. 925 E. in Knox reported animal neglect.

10/29/11 Shawna Ard reported the theft of her purse.

10/28/11 Muraril Eaton of North Judson reported that he hit a deer on State Road 39 by the game preserve.

10/28/11 Michael Bauer of Knox reported that he hit a deer in the 6000 block of E. Toto Road in Knox.

10/28/11 A resident in the 6300 block of S. 700 E. in Knox reported a theft from the property.

10/27/11 A resident on 250 North, 1 mile east of U.S. 35 in Knox reported shots fired at him while at an abandoned residence.

10/27/11 A resident in the 100 block of 700 E. in Grovertown reported that a woman is trespassing and she refuses to identify herself.

10/27/11 A resident in the 4700 block of S. 100 W. in North Judson reported the theft of guns, several knives and an iPod.

10/26/11 Patty Rose of Knox reported the theft of her grandson’s bike.

10/26/11 Donald Hollis of Winamac called police to report that he hit a deer on his way to work on State Road 10, just west of Highway 421.

10/25/11 Mike Jones called police to report a back door broken at an abandoned house on 500 South west of 300 East in Knox.

10/25/11 Zach Pitts reported that was involved in a car vs. deer accident on 200 S. east of 150 W. in Knox.

10/25/11 William Bunkowfst, of Knox, advised that he hit a deer on State Road 39 on 50 South in Knox.

10/24/11 Justin McDaniel, 22, of Knox, was cited for reckless driving. He was driving 96 mph in a 55 mph zone.

10/24/11 A Bass Lake resident reported a break in at his lake house. The front door glass was broken and some items were missing.

10/24/11 Ira Wilson of Grovertown was involved in an accident. She told police that she swerved to miss a deer and she ran off the road.

10/24/11 A resident in the 10700 block of E. Hackberry Ave. in Monterey told police that a piece of metal hit his vehicle the day and wants to make a damage report.

10/24/11 Chris Bailey told police that he hit two deer at 400 S. east of 200 E. in Knox.

Arrests:
10/31/11 James Jones, of Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/31/11 Casey Carter, of Rensselaer, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/27/11 Mary Ann Raderstorff, of Knox, IN, turned herself in on an active arrest warrant.

10/26/11 Brianna Landrum, of Logansport, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

Accidents:
10/31/11 John E. Kasten Jr., of Plymouth, was westbound on County Road 400 North when a dog came into the roadway. He swerved to miss the dog and went off the roadway and struck a utility pole on the south side of the roadway.

Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership to Conduct Blitz

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The Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership will be conducting a Safe Family Travel patrol November 11th through November 27th.

This blitz is a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and will focus on impaired drivers and seat belt enforcement.

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Starke County Emergency Personnel Responds to Three Vehicle Accident

Starke County emergency personnel were called to a three vehicle accident at the intersection of State Road 8 and U.S. 35 Saturday.

Marilyn Stellingwerf, 83, of Demotte, was at the intersection when she pulled onto U.S. 35 and into the path of a vehicle driven by Vaid Robinson, 74, of Hamlet. Robinson hit the passenger side of Stellingwerf’s vehicle, causing it to spin into the southbound lane of U.S. 35. Robinson’s vehicle was struck by a southbound vehicle driven by Brandon Brammer, 27, of Knox.

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Knox Man Arrested after Barging into Ex-Girlfriend’s Residence

Anthony Rose II

A Knox man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly barged into his ex-girlfriend’s home and threatened to take items from the residence.

Police were called to a home on Ruthie Drive after a woman called to report that her ex-boyfriend, Anthony Rose II, barged into her apartment after he she opened the door to him. The victim told police that he wasn’t supposed to be there and while inside, he told her he was going to take the couch. When she told him he couldn’t have the couch, he threatened to take a video recorder. She told Rose that nothing was leaving the apartment and she called police. After the police were called, Rose allegedly starting hitting himself in the face and told her that he would tell police that she hit him.

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Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/23/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that a tree was on fire at a neighbor’s house. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene. The homeowner said that his daughter was burning leaves and must not have gotten the fire out.

10/23/11 A Star City resident reported the theft of a wallet.

10/22/11 A Winamac business reported that an older man wearing a leader jacket and riding a blue moped left without paying for $4.00 in gas. He did go into the store and did pay for other items.

10/22/11 A Winamac resident called to report that some unknown subject(s) sliced his tires.

10/22/11 The Star City Fire Department was called to a field fire.

10/22/11 A small child was reported missing but later returned to the parents.

10/22/11 The White County Sheriff’s Department notified the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department that a man shot pellets at a girl and a photographer who were in the midst of taking senior pictures by an old barn. One girl was hit in the leg and was injured. The pair did not see “no trespassing” signs and so they started to take pictures. A man in a pickup pulled up and started yelling and shooting an airpellet gun. The photographer’s camera was also hit. They left right away after the incident.

10/22/11 A Star City resident called police to report their neighbor urinating in public.

10/21/11 A resident in Medaryville called police to report the theft of a vehicle. The car was in his front yard and it was taken sometime after 10:00 p.m. ET. He didn’t see or hear anything. The vehicle had a “for sale” sign in the front window and the doors were locked. He has the keys to the vehicle and was waiting for a prospective buyer when it was discovered stolen.

10/21/11 A Winamac resident called to report a strong smell of meth. The Winamac Police Department was advised of the call.

10/20/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of $13.00 from her vehicle.

10/19/11n A caller told police that someone struck an electrical box coming out of the ground in Francesville at the corner of James and Morton. The cover was broken off and there are wires exposed.

10/19/11 A Pulaski resident called police that two unknown person(s) riding mopeds attempted to break into his barn again.

10/19/11 The Monterey Fire Department was called to check out a possible fire in a home. The caller said they had a gas leak and her husband tried to light the stove and it caught fire. They thought they got the fire out but the house is full of smoke. The fire department checked out the scene.

10/17/11 A Winamac resident told police that a person pulled up next to him and rolled down his window in his vehicle. He then rolled down his window because he thought they needed something and they threw a deer tail in his car and took off.

Arrests:
10/23/11 James R. Cappis, 45, 518 Viking Lane, Monon, IN, arrested on an active small claims warrant. Discharged 10/23/11

10/22/11 John E. Huetten, 30, 4651 W. 200 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 10/22/11

10/22/11 Lisa M. Rudzinski, 25, 717 Morainetrce, Schererville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. Dischar 10/23/11

10/20/11 Paul R. Hudson, 26, 906 N. 3rd St., Logansport, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Legend Drug. Discharged 10/21/11

10/20/11 Kaley N. Deford, 24, 7335 S. State Road 17, Kewanna, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Legend Drug. Discharged 10/21/11

10/20/11 Lawrence Menarik, Jr., 29, 401 S. Madison St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active warrant out of Tippecanoe County. Discharged 10/21/11

10/19/11 Timothy E. Garlach, 22, 5195 S. 1050 W., Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

10/19/11 Kurt Timberlake, 25, 1450 N. 1250 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. Discharged 10/19/11

10/19/11 Bertin Marquez, 38, 313 G1 Ave., Monticello, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed. Discharged 10/19/11

10/18/11 Tyson Matthews, 22, 1300 W. 373 N. Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. Discharged 10/20/11

10/18/11 Ben Fitch, 30, 100 E. 700 N., Wheatfield, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

10/18/11 Jason A. Creque, 34, 7948 S. 475 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. Discharged 10/19/11

10/17/11 Daniel L. Burkett, 29, 9660 E. State Road 8, Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 10/18/11

10/17/11 Sean Martinez, 20, 5823 Liberty Square, Oak Forest, IL, arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/18/11

10/17/11 Trevor Forker, 20, 19006 Codi St., New Buffalo, MI, arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/17/11

Accidents:
10/18/11 Two people were injured after a single vehicle accident on County Road 215 East in Pulaski County. Krystal Attinger, 25, of Winamac, was traveling southbound on the county road near 400 North when a deer ran into the roadway. She applied her brakes but she told police her brakes locked up and she lost control of her vehicle. She hit an electrical pole on the east side of the road. According to the accident report, her passenger was intoxicated and had been actively consuming alcohol while the vehicle was in motion. She told police that after the accident, an unknown male picked up her and her passenger and took her to her mother-in-law’s house. She then traveled to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department to make a report. She said that her passenger was hurt but that person was not with her when she made the report. Attinger was also injured.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
10/23/11 A black bi-fold wallet was turned into Chief Deputy Joe Budner. If you are the owner of the wallet you may come to the North Judson Police Department to pick it up. The wallet was found on State Road 10. You must be able to identify it.

10/22/11 A resident in the 400 block of Keller Avenue reported to Officer William Scheiderer that a men’s 26” mountain bike was stolen out of her yard. The bike is valued under $100.00.

10/20/11 A resident in the 100 block of Lane Street reported a suspicious male wearing a Carhart jacket lingering around her home and the neighbor’s home. North Judson Officer Frank Thomas checked the area and was unable to locate anyone.

10/20/11 North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated a head-on collision in front of Liberty Elementary. A 1998 black Oldsmobile Intrigue driven by Matthew J. Gould, 27, of Star City, crossed the center line and struck a maroon 2006 Ford Taurus driven by Gail S. Wanderski, 43. Both drivers were taken to IU Health Starke Hospital with injuries. Chief Deputy Budner estimated the damage as over $5,000.00. Assisting the North Judson Police Department at the accident scene were two Starke County EMS units, North Judson Wayne Township Fire Department and the Indiana State Police.

10/20/11 Officer Frank Thomas investigated a battery complaint between two females in the 600 block of West Talmer Avenue. The report will be completed and turned over to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review for charges.

10/20/11 A resident in the 200 block of High Street reported that someone was banging on her door. Officer Frank Thomas located some juveniles that were playing ding-dong ditch in the area. Officer Thomas advised the juveniles to stay in their own yard and to stop playing their game. The juveniles complied to his request.

10/18/11 A resident in the 100 block of Vine Street reported to North Judson Officer William Scheiderer that she had $50.00 stolen out of her purse. Jessie Moses stated that Grover Hopkins stole the money. Officer Scheiderer spoke with Grover and he stated that he did take $50.00 out of Jessie’s purse. A report was turned into the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review for charges.

10/17/11 A resident in the 300 block of Schricker Avenue reported damage to her 2001 Ford Mustang. Donna Lee Muzik stated that she pulled her vehicle out of her driveway on Saturday 10/15/11 at 7:30 a.m. The vehicle sank down in the loose gravel due to the ongoing road work. North Judson police Chief Doug Vessely investigated and estimated the damage under $500.00. The Mustang had damage to the front end and spoiler area.

Arrests:
Greg Risner, 55, arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
10/25/11 Robin Banks reported damage to her vehicle while parked at Knox High School.

10/24/11 It was reported that sometime during the weekend, some unknown person(s) entered the construction site at JW Hicks in Knox and stole five or six rolls of number 10 copper wire and five or six rolls of number 12 copper wire totaling 5,000 feet of copper wire. The wire was hidden in the rafters of the new building.

10/24/11 Police were called to the area of Roosevelt and West John Street for a truck that had just struck a roadway sign and a mailbox and left the scene. There is a suspect in the case.

10/21/11 Knox City Police were called to a Knox residence in reference to a deceased person. An autopsy is pending for Michael Bailey, but according to the police report, the Starke County Coroner found no signs of trauma and he had a history of health issues.

10/19/11 A harassment incident was reported to police.

10/16/11 Police responded to a domestic issue.

Arrests:
10/23/11 Chantel Box, 25, 307 Ruthie Dr. #A3, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .08%.

10/22/11 Chase Miller, 7120 E. State Road 8, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.
Two juveniles were arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana along with Miller.

10/21/11 Earl Leonard III, 29, 14 S. East St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/23/11 Derek Mann called police to report that he has bullet hole in his vehicle.

10/23/11 A resident in the 5000 block of W. 800 S. in North Judson reported that she heard gun shots near her home and a nearby truck took off after the gun shot.

10/23/11 A resident in the 2800 block of N. 1025 E. in Grovertown reported that some unknown person(s) abandoned a blue Chevy pickup truck in a field and the driver was seen taking the license plate off the vehicle.

10/23/11 Police were notified of an abandoned vehicle. The vehicle was off the roadway and all the windows were broken out of it.

10/22/11 A resident in the 10600 block of E. State Road 8 in Knox reported that people continue to cause problems with her vehicles and other personal property.

10/22/11 A resident in the 4400 block of S. 100 E. in Knox reported shots fired by the residence. The caller said his neighbor just shot his building out back and a bullet went right by his head.

10/22/11 A resident in the 8000 block of N. Tippecanoe Dr. in Walkerton reported a lost license plate.

10/21/11 A resident in the 1500 block of E. 400 S. in Knox told police that someone broke into his house, garage and camper and took items.

10/21/11 A resident in the 2600 block of S. 700 E. in Knox told police that juveniles reportedly broke out the windows of a vacant trailer.

10/20/11 Police were advised that a man and woman were fighting on the second floor of the Starke County Courthouse.

10/20/11 A resident in the 6700 block of S. State Road 10 in Knox reported that a vicious dog chased her and is now under a neighbor’s porch. The caller does not know where the owner of the dog lives.

10/20/11 Several mailboxes were damaged in the 7800 block of E. 25 N. in Knox.

10/18/11 A resident in the 9800 block of E. 700 N. in Walkerton flagged down an officer to report a stolen cell phone.

10/18/11 Arie Schlundt told police that he lost his wallet at the BP gas station in Knox.

10/18/11 A resident in the 1900 block of N. 700 E. in Grovertown reported the theft of an iPod.

10/18/11 A resident in the 5100 block of S. 350 W. in North Judson reported the theft of his 2010 Honda dirt bike.

Arrests:
10/23/11 Regina Dodson, 45, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

10/21/11 Ross Allen Alvarez, 25, of Lake Station, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Accidents:
10/20/11 Shannon Hardin of Bristol, Indiana was injured when she overturned her car on State Road 10 by Range Road. She came up on a slow moving vehicle and she applied her brakes and lost control. She went off the north side of the road and the vehicle then overturned.

10/20/11 Robert Vandrunen of North Judson was not injured when he slid off the south side of the road on 400 South and into a ditch. The vehicle came to rest on the passenger’s side in the ditch.

10/22/11 Joseph Michael Garcia of Walkerton was northbound on County Road 1100 East by County Road 700 North when he left the roadway. Upon leaving the roadway, he struck a tree. He was injured in the accident.

10/22/11 Willard Hauser of Grovertown was not injured when a tire blew out on his vehicle on State Road 8 just west of County Road 800 East. When the tire blew out, this caused him to lose control and the vehicle went into the ditch on the north side of the road.

10/22/11 Three people were injured in a two vehicle accident at the intersection of State Road 23 and U.S. 30. According to the police report, Angela Dominiack of Walkerton was southbound on State Road 23 and she continued to cross onto U.S. 30 and didn’t see a vehicle driven by Jeremy Hower of Michigan City. Hower ended up running into Dominiack on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Both drivers were injured along with Hower’s juvenile daughter. Dominiack, Hower and his daughter had incapacitating injuries.

Shelby Thomas Appears for Initial Hearing in Starke Circuit Court

Shelby Thomas

Shelby Thomas appeared in Starke Circuit Court on Friday where he plead not guilty to three counts of Attempted Murder, four counts of Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon and three counts of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Deadly Weapon.

Thomas, of North Judson, was arrested on Sunday, October 16th after he allegedly threatened to kill a Knox man in the 1400 block of west 400 S. in Knox as he held a knife up against his throat. The man got away and Thomas was later questioned about the incident. When officers from the Knox City Police Department and the Starke County Sheriff’s Department asked Thomas to place his hands behind his back, his demeanor reportedly turned to anger. He then reached behind his back to remove a knife from his pants line and threatened the lives of two of the officers trying to place him into custody. The blade on the knife was 10 to 12 inches in length and Thomas reportedly began swinging the knife at the three officers and telling them, “I’m not going back to prison. You’ll have to kill me first.” Thomas was then tasered and officers were able to free the knife from Thomas’ hands. Thomas was tasered twice before he released the knife that he reportedly swung at the officers.

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Knox City Police Continue to Investigate Five Star Burglary

The Knox City Police Department continues to investigate the burglary at Five Star.

Police say they are looking for two male suspects who are approximately six feet tall. The vehicle used by the suspects is said to be a gold, late 1990s model Chevy Caprice with dark tinted windows. Detectives say that they have been receiving tips from the security footage that was posted on this website and are following up on the information given to them. Evidence was collected at the scene and is being analyzed by the Indiana State Police Crime Lab.

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Three Arrested after Search Warrant

Amber Watts

Timothy Hampton

A search warrant at a residence in Knox resulted in the arrest of three people for drug possession.

The warrant was executed at 404 E. New York Street where police reportedly found drug paraphernalia and marijuana in the residence. Some of the marijuana was found to be individually packaged. The Indiana State Police gathered the evidence to be processed through the Crime Lab.

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Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
10/16/11 Around 4:50 a.m., a vehicle being driven by Sara Scutchfield, of North Judson, struck a horse in the roadway on CR 250 West, just South of CR 700 South. North Judson Police were asked to respond and investigate the accident. North Judson Officer Frank Thomas reported that the driver was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital with injuries and estimated the damages at over $5,000. Thomas learned that Scutchfield’s vehicle was northbound on 250 West and struck a horse, belonging to Terri Holt, that was in the roadway. The vehicle then veered off to the west striking a fence belonging to Mike Blough.

10/12/11 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely investigated a fender bender in the C.V.S. parking lot. While backing out of a parking space, a 1995 Ford 150’s front wheels made contact with the front bumper of a 1999 Ford Mustang parked next to it. Damages were estimated near $500. The driver of the truck had gotten out to check for damages and didn’t notice any and left the parking lot, however a witness had taken the license number and Vessely made contact with the driver, who returned to the scene to finalize the crash report.

10/10/11 A North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation School bus driver, during a regular route in the 300 Block of George Street, had just dropped off some children. As the bus pulled away, the front safety cross arm did not close and that arm struck a 2000 Ford Explorer that was parked on George Street. North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the incident. No injuries were reported and minor damages was sustained to the parked SUV.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/16/11 A fight was reported in Monterey.

10/16/11 A Winamac resident reported that some unknown subject(s) threw a telephone box in the driveway. Another one was reported later along with a smashed pumpkin.

10/16/11 A 15-year-old juvenile was injured in a motorcycle accident. He was sitting up, but was in a lot of pain. He was later flown to Riley Children’s Hospital for his injuries.

10/16/11 A seven year old child was bitten by a dog in the Monterey area. The dog owner was present when police arrived at the Emergency Room for the report.

10/16/11 A resident in the Pulaski area called and asked if a police officer could come out and look to see her neighbor’s painted property line markers.

10/16/11 A driver hit a deer in the Denham area and the vehicle is not drivable.

10/15/11 A UPS driver called to report that his truck is in a deep ditch, but no injuries were reported. A wrecker arrived on scene to clear the vehicle.

10/15/11 A Winamac resident called police wondering who stole his possessions as the suspect has been tried and convicted.

10/15/11 A Winamac postal carrier was bit by a dog while delivering mail. He tried to get the owner to come to the door but no one would answer. He needs to verify that the dog has its shots. Dog was on a chain, but he got too close. The owner was contacted later and verified that the dog is up to date on its shots.

10/15/11 A Winamac man called police to report that his wife hit him with a whiskey bottle.

10/14/11 A Winamac resident reported that some unknown person(s) hit her vehicle and left the scene. There was minimal damage to her car.

10/14/11 A Beardstown man called police to report that a female was flagging down people asking for money. He helped her out and found an item stolen from the back of his truck. A description of the woman and her vehicle was given to police.

10/13/11 A truck fire was reported in the Francesville area.

10/13/11 A caller called police to report her grandson’s iPod stolen while he was at a residence in Francesville. Jasper County has located the unit through its built-in GPS and are enroute to the residence to retrieve it. The caller said that Jasper County Sheriff’ Department told her that she needed to file a report in Pulaski County since it was stolen in Francesville. Rensselaer Police Department advised that the iPod was recovered.

10/13/11 Police received a call from a resident who said she was being threatened by another lady. The suspect was threatening to kill her dog. Extra patrol was requested.

10/12/11 A Winamac resident requested an officer. He said that some unknown person(s) broke into his truck.

10/12/11 A Francesville resident was hit by a car at the intersection of James and Brown Streets. The victim was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital.

10/12/11 A caller advised that two vehicles collided and rolled over in her yard in the Bruce Lake area. No injuries were reported.

10/12/11 Caller told police that a truck in front of him lost a drive shaft and the caller ran over it destroying his vehicle. It reportedly wrecked his transmission and busted a hole in the floorboard.

10/12/11 The Winamac Fire Department was called to a field fire.

10/12/11 A Denham resident reported her outdoor shed stolen.

10/12/11 White County advised of a driver driving a vehicle recklessly. The vehicle stopped in Reynolds and the driver checked ok. Another caller said that the driver just wrecked and kept going. The driver took down a sign and the caller is behind the vehicle and it’s all over the roadway.

10/10/11 A Monterey resident said they had a theft in progress and two vehicles left the area. Officers were asked to keep an eye out for the suspect vehicles.

10/10/11 Caller reported an abandoned vehicle in a cornfield. Upon further investigation, police learned it was a stolen vehicle out of White County. A wrecker from White County took the vehicle back to the White County Sheriff’s Department.

10/10/11 A Star City resident called to report the theft of welding cables off a welder, an electrode holder and approximately 200 feet of copper wire cable.

10/10/11 A Winamac resident said he was driving down the road and a person driving a truck was riding his bumper and then drove around him and pointed a gun at him.

Arrests:
10/16/11 Shirley M. Gardner, 53, 6254 W. 100 S., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.

10/15/11 Ben K. Seman, 43, 132 E. Ray Rd., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

10/13/11 Angela Miller, 31, 20050 12th Rd., Plymouth, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 10/13/11

10/13/11 Chenz Swanson, 30, 224 Grandview Ave. LaPorte, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 10/14/11

10/12/11 Mindy Gross, 32, 104 E. Rensselaer, Mount Ayr, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/12/11 Keith Fritz, 27, 5222 S. 325 E. Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/12/11

10/11/11 Mark Welda, 36, 109 E. Pearl, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended and an active arrest warrant.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
10/16/11 A domestic battery complaint was filed.

10/16/11 Debra Scott reported the theft of a temporary license plate.

10/14/11 Kristin Belcher reported the theft of her wallet.

10/11/11 Nicole Radtke reported the theft of a concrete bench from her daughter’s grave at the Crown Hill Cemetery

Arrests:
10/16/11 Brian Greene, 26, 7859 W. 700 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.
Paul A. Bottomley, 40, 12516 Tamarack Rd., Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury.
Natasha Piper, 1240 W. 150 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Christopher Bradley, 23, 1240 W. 150 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

10/13/11 Timothy E. Hampton, 404 E. New York St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana over 30 Grams.
Amber Watts, 30, 10585 W. 100 N., Michigan City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana over 30 Grams.
Joel H. DeValk, 46, 1207 Elston St., Michigan City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana over 30 Grams.

10/11/11 Chase Mareska, 19, North Judson, IN, arrested on charges of Auto Theft and Possession of Stolen Property. He reportedly stole a vehicle in Knox and was picked up in the stolen vehicle in Rock Island, Illinois.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/16/11 A caller reported a stop sign down at State Road 8 and 1200 East. State Highway Department was notified.

10/16/11 Washington Township Fire Department was called to a fire in a field in the 2400 block of N. 1025 E.

10/16/11 A resident in the 5200 block of S. A Street in North Judson reported the theft of a license plate.

10/16/11 A caller in the 700 block of S. Portland St., in Knox reported the theft of her debit card. There is a possible suspect in the case.

10/16/11 Eve Howard called police to report that she was on 400 North and another vehicle came off a side road and hit them broadside. She said she wasn’t injured but she does need an officer for a report.

10/15/11 North Judson Fire Department was called to a car fire at Toto Road and 100 W.

10/15/11 A North Judson resident reported that some unknown person(s) may have stolen his American Pitbull puppy.

10/15/11 Washington Township Fire Department responded to a field fire in the 10600 block of E. 150 S. in Knox.

10/15/11 A resident in the 3700 block of N. 900 E. in Grovertown told police that she hit a stump on someone’s property and the action caused damage to her vehicle.

10/14/11 Knox-Center Township Fire Department was called to a barn fire in the 500 block of E. 250 S. in Knox.

10/14/11 A resident in the 700 block of E. Talmer Ave. in North Judson told police that a stove, copper tubing and knives were taken from the property.

10/14/11 A resident in the 4200 block of S. 800 W. in San Pierre called police to report that some unknown person(s) broke into his garage and stole items. The suspect(s) also attempted to gain entry into the home.

10/13/11 Mark Elder advised that a car was in the ditch on State Road 8, a half-mile after 800 East. No injuries were reported.

10/13/11 A Monterey resident called to file a theft report.

10/12/11 Robert Wilson reported the theft of his safe.

10/12/11 A Hamlet resident wished to speak to an officer in reference to a dispute with the manager of the Holloway Motel over $1.50.

10/11/11 A caller told police that a vehicle was in a ditch and people were trying to push it out at Toto Road and 650 W. by English Lake.

10/11/11 A resident in the 2700 block of S. 250 E. in Knox reported the theft of his Chevy Van. There is a suspect in the case.

Arrests:
10/16/11 Marcin Fundament, 28, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

10/12/11 Troy Martin, 32, of Kingsbury, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

10/12/11 Shane Morrow, 35, of North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

Accidents:
10/10/11 A single vehicle accident claimed the life of Andrew Shearin of Plymouth, formerly of Knox. According to the accident report, it was determined that Shearin was driving east on State Road 8, just east of County Road 800 East and for some unknown reason, the vehicle veered off the roadway and onto the shoulder of the road., both passenger side wheels were off the roadway and into an area along the road where there was no supporting shoulder. The vehicle continued east with the two passenger side tires off the roadway. It appeared that the driver had attempted to regain control of the vehicle but it was unable to get back onto the roadway. The front of the vehicle was then pulled further off the roadway causing the vehicle to slide sideways with the front of the vehicle facing south while still in motion to the east. The vehicle then turned over on the driver’s side and struck a utility pole. The pole was severed in half. The Starke County Coroner arrived on scene and pronounced the driver as deceased.

Starke County Man Arrested after Attempting to Stab Two Men

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Starke County man, Sunday,  after he allegedly attempted to stab two men.

Police were called to a residence in the 1400 block of 400 South where they found that Shelby G. Thomas, 56, threatened death to one of the victims by pressing a knife to the victim’s neck. As officers attempted to take Thomas into custody, he then pulled out a large knife and told police that he was not going back to prison. He was eventually taken into custody and transported to the Starke County Jail.

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