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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.

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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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Starke County Sheriff’s Department Officers Investigate Two Accidents

Starke County Sheriffs Department officers were called to a one vehicle roll-over accident on U.S. 35 north of State Road 8 (north) this morning.

The driver of the vehicle, Chantel Box, 25, of Knox, was northbound on U.S. 35 when she lost control of her vehicle causing it to go off the roadway and overturn on the eastside of U.S. 35.

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Reward Offered for the Arrest of Five Star Burglars

A reward of $1,000 is being offered by the owner of Five Star in Knox for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of persons who broke into the store early Monday morning. The burglary took place sometime after 1:00 a.m.

The burglars used an acetylene torch to try to cut into an ATM machine, but no money was stolen. The police told WKVI news that the suspects broke into the store by prying open the back door.

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Knox Man Recovering after Dog Attack

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A Knox man is recovering after being attacked by a dog at a residence at 2320 East 200 South on Thursday, October 6th.

Marshall Garlach saw his neighbor’s child in his front yard and didn’t know if his neighbor knew he was at his house, according to the police report. Garlach walked the boy home. He opened the gate to enter the property and walked the boy up to the door. It was when Garlach started back toward the gate and the attack began. He said the male dog knocked him to the ground and then the female started to attack him too. Garlach told police that he didn’t know how he did it, but he got away to call 9-1-1.

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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:
10/09/11 A resident in Cass Township reported that an unknown hunter was on his property and was trespassing.

10/09/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a bicycle. The bike was returned when the suspect learned the police were involved.

10/09/11 A caller told police that there is a truck going southbound along the old railroad tracks north of Medaryville with a “bunch” of marijuana sticking out of the truck bed. The truck appeared to be occupied with two teenage boys. A farmer called to report seeing the same thing and he chased them but they took off into the woods. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle but White and Jasper County officers were notified of the situation.

10/09/11 Police were notified of a strong LP gas smell in the driveway at a home in Monterey. The Monterey-Tippecanoe Fire Department was called to the scene. The homeowner answered the door and appeared to be ok. Firefighters noted the strong smell of gas and NIPSCO was notified.

10/09/11 The owner of a liquor store in Medaryville called police to report the theft of money from the store. He said he may have forgotten to lock the door when he left. Someone had called him to tell him that the door was open.

10/08/11 Police were called to the north side of Pizza Hut in Medaryville in reference to a man sleeping in a car. Police found that the subject had a suspended driver’s license. He was given a verbal warning not to drive.

10/08/11 The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department received a call that shots were fired in Star City. Other neighbors reported the same thing. One person was arrested on the scene for a small claims warrant.

10/08/11 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a lawn fire north of Medaryville. When firefighters arrived on scene, they noticed that it was a small fire and it was a controlled burn.

10/08/11 A Winamac resident called to report the theft of a vehicle. A person agreed to buy the vehicle from the caller but hasn’t paid for it. It was found to be missing from the residence. The caller suspects that the vehicle could have been sold for scrap.

10/08/11 A resident in the Franklin Township area is requesting a dog bite report. The victim has several stitches to her face following a dog attack by a male St. Bernard/Lab mix. The dog is in quarantine with the Starke County Humane Society.

10/07/11 An apartment maintenance manager reported vandalism to one of the apartments. Some unknown person(s) kicked in the office door and vandalized the office.

10/07/11 A resident in Cass Township reported that someone broke into his garage and stole tools.

10/07/11 A elderly lady called police report her purse stolen. The incident was caught on video. Officers identified the subject, called him, and he will be returning the purse. The suspect said that he thought the purse belonged to another lady and it wasn’t hers.

10/07/11 The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call of an accident between a semi and a van. The caller said he sees one person who was bleeding. The passenger was treated at the scene.

10/04/11 A Winamac resident called to report vandalism to his truck.

10/04/11 A resident in Pulaski reported the theft of items from his home.

10/04/11 A Harris Township resident filed a trespassing complaint.

10/04/11 A Winamac business requested a report for a shoplifter. Cologne and teeth whitener were stolen.

10/04/11 A resident in Pulaski called police after he found the gas lines to a truck cut. The truck had been sitting at the residence and it would not start. It was then that he learned the lines had been cut. Officers were headed out to the area where this happened as there were reports of theft from his neighbors.

Arrests:
10/09/11 Richard Iverson, 55, 3921 S. State Road 119, Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/09/11 Billie Jo Matthews, 38, Fair Oaks, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

10/09/11 Brian Toosley, 11100 E. Pennsylvania, Monticello, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/08/11 Robert Porter, 32, 5741 Wirck St., Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/06/11 Charlotte Rupert, 24, 311 Ruthie Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/06/11 Lawerence McDougbull, 601 E. Merel St., Indianapolis, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 10/06/11

10/06/11 Johnathan Egolf, 23, 10702 W. San Pierre Rd., San Pierre, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/06/11

10/06/11 Daniel J. Egolf, 21, 10702 W. San Pierre Rd., San Pierre, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/06/11

10/05/11 Derrick D. Penwell, 28, 1406 Ohio St., Michigan City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. Discharged 10/05/11.

10/05/11 Eric M. Gainer, 42, 25545 1000 W., Kewanna, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 10/05/11

10/04/11 Matthew Wheeler, 29, 2165 W. 700 S., Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Handgun without a Permit. Discharged 10/06/11

10/03/11 Jeremy Ratliff, 37, 11 W. Indiana Ave., Hamlet, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 10/06/11

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
10/07/11 A four-car chain reaction property damage accident took place in the North Judson–San Pierre High School parking lot Friday afternoon. All four were in line waiting to exit the lot, when the last vehicle in line was distracted and hit the car in front of him, causing a chain reaction doing slight damage to each vehicle. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely and Officer Frank Thomas investigated and estimated total damages at just under $1,000. All four drivers were high school students.

10/05/11 After receiving a call of a car deer accident, the North Judson Police responded to Talmer Avenue near the intersection of Ufkes Drive. The driver, Mark Stanojevic, had struck a deer crossing Talmer just west of Ufkes, with his Ford pickup. Officer Bill Scheiderer set damages at $750, noting how rare it is to have a deer accident within the town limits.

10/04/11 The North Judson Police investigated a Battery report in the 600 Block of Mulberry Street. A 24 year old female reported being struck (slapped) in the back of her head by a 22 year old man. A complete investigation was completed and provided to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for formal charges.

Arrests:
10/03/11 Nicholas T. Rudd, 18, 304 Main Street, North , IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
10/10/11 A representative from the 7-Up company told police that he was at the 7-Up pop machine that sits in front of the ALCO store when he saw that the outer casing of the machine above the pop drop receiver was broken.

10/07/11 Pat Clemons told police that sometime the night prior, some unknown person(s) entered her home and took her grandson’s computer. They also removed medications from her purse.

Arrests:
10/09/11 Carissa Timm, 29, 205 N. Roosevelt Rd., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant from Starke Circuit Court.

10/06/11 Robert Sickmiller, 18, 9015 E. 150 N., Grovertown, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

10/05/11 Earl Beem, Jr., 29, 1405 W. 18th St. Apt #5D, LaPorte, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Meth over 3 Grams, Possession of Precursors, Resisting Law Enforcement and two active arrest warrants.
Melina Sallee, 40, Kingsford Heights, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Assisting a Criminal.

10/04/11 Waylon Anderson, 31, 313 N. Clark St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Resisting Law Enforcement and an active arrest warrant.

10/04/11 Joshua Bartlett, 21, 802 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Criminal Mischief.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/09/11 Susan Perdue called police to report that she is on State Road 39 north of State Road 10 and hit a tree. She swerved to avoid hitting a deer and hit the tree.

10/09/11 A resident in the North Judson area called police to report that some unknown suspect(s) has slit the top of her convertible.

10/09/11 It was reported to police that a storage unit by the “s” curve in the back has been broken into.

10/08/11 A Monterey resident requested to speak to a police officer. She thinks her neighbor killed her dog.

10/08/11 A resident in the 8800 block of N. State Road 23 in Knox called police to advised that his neighbors are illegally burning treated wood.

10/07/11 A resident in the 200 block of Jefferson St. in Hamlet reported the theft of green mountain bike.

10/07/11 Richard Heemstra reported the theft of winning raffle tickets.

10/07/11 A resident in the 11000 block of E. Toto Rd.in Culver told police that she believes that her neighbor is taking her phone and canned goods out of her cabinets.

10/06/11 A resident in the 8100 block of S. 1200 E. in North Judson reported the theft of a lawnmower.

10/06/11 Marshall Garlach was injured when he was attacked by two dogs. The dog owner, Candace Simmons, of Knox, IN, was cited for Criminal Recklessness and Harboring a Non-Immunized Dog. One dog was reportedly put down by an officer due to aggressive movement and the other was taken to the Starke County Humane Society.

10/05/11 A resident in the 3100 block of S. 350 E. in Knox reported the theft of a television from his residence.

10/04/11 A resident in the 8700 block of S. 200 W. in Knox requested assistance in getting a ground squirrel out her home.

Arrests:
10/08/11 William Sandefur, 39, of Hammond, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/07/11 Wade Berg, 36, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana.

10/05/11 Alvin Randall, 62, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Knox City Police Investigates Burglary at Five Star

The investigation into the burglary at Five Star continues and is being handled by the Knox City Police Department where they will be reviewing security cameras that caught three suspects in the store. The burglary occurred shortly after 1:00 a.m. Monday morning.

Police told WKVI that the suspects broke into the store by prying open the back door. The suspects did minimal damage in the store and they attempted to get money from an ATM, but no money was stolen. A complete inventory has not been done to see if anything was taken. Police are are looking for the vehicle used in the incident, a late 1990s model Chevy Malibu.

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Knox Man Arrested on Burglary, Theft Charges

Waylon Anderson

Waylon Anderson, of Knox, was arrested Monday after he was allegedly found to have broken into a garage and stole a toolbox.

A Knox City Police officer found Anderson jogging in the area of Shield and Washington Streets wearing a hooded sweatshirt and gloves. The officer tried to get his attention and he didn’t look at the officer. The officer got out of the car and was jogging behind Anderson and Anderson was told to stop. Anderson reportedly gathered speed and a foot pursuit ensued. The officer did stop Anderson and found a fixed blade knife in his possession. He was placed into custody. When police looked around the area from which Anderson came, they found a toolbox and tools. The name on the toolbox was that of a deceased person and the officer went to a relative’s home to inquire about the toolbox. Winston Martin, Sr. said the toolbox was now in his possession but it had been in his garage. When they went out to the garage, they found a broken window and a drill laying outside. It appeared that Anderson had broken into the garage and stole the toolbox.

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Monthly Reports from Knox City Police, North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Dept.

North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department Fire Chief, Joe Leszek, reports that the department only had five total fire runs last month. 3 were for medical assistance and 2 were for vehicle accidents. One of those calls came from the town of North Judson, three came from Wayne Township and one came from Rich Grove Township. There were a total of 12,000 gallons of water used in September.

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Knox Man Arrested for being in Possession of Marijuana and Chinese Throwing Stars

An officer from the Knox City Police Department arrested a Knox man on drug charges and being in possession of Chinese throwing stars.

The officer noticed a vehicle traveling on State Road 8 from 500 East without properly functioning license plate lights. The officers pulled over the vehicle for the equipment violation. When the officer was talking to the occupants of the vehicle, the officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana. The driver, Nolan Wood, reportedly told police that there was a small amount of marijuana in a sandwich bag underneath the passenger seat. The bag was confiscated from the vehicle. The officer also found a case containing two swastika shaped throwing stars. Wood allegedly told police they were his and he was taken into custody.

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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's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/30/11 A resident called police to report suspicious activity. The caller said that some unknown person(s) were parked in his driveway and messing around by the house.

09/30/11 A Winamac resident called to report that her TV and other items were stolen from her apartment.

09/30/11 A Star City resident reported that a vehicle was driving by her house and stopped in front of her house every once in a while. Upon further investigation, the car belonged to subjects from the U.S. Department of Health and they are redoing mapping.

09/30/11 A businessman reported items stolen from the business.

09/29/11 A Cass Township resident called to report that some unknown person(s) came onto his property and stole items and conducted vandalism.

09/28/11 A Star City resident reported a break-in at his shop. Some items were stolen.

09/28/11 A Medaryville resident told police that he just bought some items and he noticed them missing after a guest was in his house.

09/28/11 A resident in the Bruce Lake area called police to report that some unknown male individuals just went by her house and threw a pumpkin at her mailbox.

09/27/11 A utility pole in the Francesville area was reportedly on fire. NIPSCO was advised of the situation.

09/27/11 A Star City resident reported a theft from his shop.

09/27/11 A Monterey resident requested to speak to an officer regarding the theft of trailer axles.

09/27/11 An inmate in the jail told the staff that he smelled smoke.  The fire department was called to the scene to check it out.  A ballast had started to smoke in one of the cells and the problem was corrected.

09/26/11 A 1997 Chevy Silverado was reported stolen in the Winamac area. The keys were left in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

09/26/11 A Cass Township resident requested to speak with an officer. He is going to file an arson report on a trailer he was renting.

09/26/11 A Pulaski resident called police to report the theft of a cutting torch.

09/26/11 A resident in Pulaski told police that his car was parked on State Road 119 and someone smashed in the windshield

09/26/11 An employee at a Winamac business reported the theft of $38 in gas.

Arrests:
10/03​/11 Carl Larkin, 49, 201 N. Jefferson, Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Strangulation and Domestic Battery.

10/02/11 Jimmy Hopkins, 50, 627 W. Washington, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

10/02/11 James Larvich, 42, 310 N. East Lot 17, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

09/29/11 Larry E. Samons, 37, 115 E. Lyman, Francesville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 09/30/11

09/28/11 Rex Allen, 35, 6746 N. 1000 W., Plymouth, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 09/28/11

09/28/11 Timothy Belue, 40, 6757 W. 750 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Arrests:
10/02/11 Johnathon M. Jones, 18, 311 George Street, North Judson, IN arrested on a Starke Circuit Warrant for Receiving Stolen Property.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
09/29/11 Rebecca Pugh reported the theft of a bank card and cash.

Arrests:
10/03/11 Nolan Wood, 19, 1885 Fernwood Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Chinese Throwing Star (two counts).

10/03/11 Annette Beedle, 54, 404 S. Prettyman St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

10/02/11 James Mueller, 26, 712 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.
Erica Abraham, 23, 712 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

09/29/11 Johnny Green, 43, 403 Maple Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, Residential Entry and Disorderly Conduct.

09/27/11 Audrey Allen, 27, 1403 Short Columbia St., Frankfort, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC over .15%.
Katelin Allen, 24, 103 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Arrests:

9/26/11 Michael Wayne Handley, 27, from North Judson by SCSD: Public Intoxication after police were advised that he had wrecked an ATV and sustained injuries to his leg and ankle.

9/27/11 Viviana Lorena Hernandez, 33, from Knox by SCSD: Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Escape, and Resisting Law Enforcement after police received a complaint of a reckless driver on U.S. 39.

9/27/11 Perry Workman, 33, from Knox by SCSD after police were advised he had pulled a gun on his brother Everett.

9/28/11 Kristen Ann Thompson, 34, from Knox and Donald Wade Fletcher, 43, from Knox by SCSD: Criminal Trespass to Residence.

9/29/11 John R. Gue, 20, from North Judson by SCSD: Possession of Controlled Substance after he had been involved in a collision with a tree.

10/01/11 Rebecca J. Schneider, 50, from Culver by SCSD: Operating Vehicle While Intoxicated after her vehicle had gone off the road by the railroad tracks near Ind. 8.

Incidents:

9/26/11 A resident of the 6600 block of South 450 East in Knox reported she had hired a contractor to do remodeling, and gave him a check for $13,000 and $7000 in cash. The contractor has not done any work and she is unable to get in contact with him.

9/26/11 Jay Taylor of North Judson told police that someone had run over his mailbox and knocked it over, leaving part of a bumper and a fender laying in his yard.

9/27/11 Gavin Jackson from Stelrema in Knox reported a theft of propane tanks.

9/27/11 A resident of the 8200 block of North Apache in Walkerton reported his scooter, which was in his front yard for sale, had been stolen the night before.

9/27/11 A resident of the 8800 block of East 700 North in Knox reported her barn had been broken into and three cars were stolen: two 1967 Firebirds and a 1955 Chevrolet truck.

9/27/11 A resident of the 100 block of North Pearl Street in Knox reported her vehicle had possibly been stolen and scrapped.

9/28/11 A resident of the 8700 block of East 75 North in Knox told police that her friend had a stroke and had things stolen from him.

9/28/11 A resident of the 3300 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported that his entire mailbox had been stolen.

9/28/11 Josh Hopper of Walkerton reported he had returned home from work to find his outside window open and his television missing.

9/29/11 A resident of the 8100 block of South 1100 East in Knox reported items had been taken out of her yard and her front gate had been damaged.

9/29/11 A resident of Walkerton reported a camera had been stolen from his truck near the corner of 775 North and 700 East.

10/01/11 A resident of the 3700 block of East Debby Drive in Knox told police that his 2009 red Peterbilt was previously parked at the intersection of Ind. 10 and Ind. 35 and was no longer there.

10/01/11 A resident of Walkerton reported the storage units on Ind. 23 had been broken into.

10/01/11 Joannie Cornado of Knox told police her home and garage had been broken into.

10/02/11 A resident of the 9200 block of Sycamore Street in Monterey reported his summer home had been broken into and items had been stolen.

Knox Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Air Conditioning Unit

Michael Watts

A Knox man was arrested after he reportedly admitted to stealing an air conditioning unit from Mark’s Body Shop on Saturday, September 24th.

An employee at Mark’s Body Shop reported that the air conditioning unit had been stolen from the business at 253 E. John Street. A witness stated that he saw two male subjects in an older model white Ford Ranger with blue markings on the side pulling out from the west side of the building, according to the police report. He told police that he believes the subjects stole an air conditioner that was located on the west side of the building. The witness said that he observed the large unit in the back of the truck.

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