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From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:

12/12/10 Angela Spiller, 54, 10095 E. State Road 8, Knox, IN cited for Driving While Suspended-Prior.

12/18/10 Virginia Clemons told police that when she arrived home that day, she noticed the front door open and she knew she locked the door before she left for the day. Nothing was found missing until the day after the incident. She told police money was stolen from her wallet.

12/16/10 Cody Foust reported his bank card was stolen and charges were made to his account.

Arrests:
12/18/10 Donald Humphrey, 46, 407 S. Pearl St. Knox, IN, arrested on an active Starke Circuit Court warrant for Intimidation (x2) and Harassment (Class B Misdemeanor).

From the Starke County Department:

Arrests:
12/15/10 Jeffrey Price, 49, 6135 E. 100 N., Knox, IN, arrested on an active warrant arrest through Marshall County and a preliminary charge of Possession of Chemical Agents or Precursors.
Edward A. Dudek III, 29, 6135 E. 100 N., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Chemical Agents or Precursors.
Police pulled over Dudek III after police found he was driving his vehicle at a slow rate of speed and he was turning his flashers on and off. Police searched the vehicle and found several containers of cold medicine that contain pseudoephedrine and a red gas can with a hose clamped to it.

Accidents:
12/15/10 Corey Stacy was driving on State Road 39 and entered the northbound traffic lane when his vehicle began to slide on the ice. He was in the path of travel of a vehicle driven by Brandi Pitts and could not avoid a collision. Pitts was transported to Starke Memorial Hospital with leg and chest pains.

12/17/10 Elena Daneska advised police she was driving her car on State Road 39, south of State Road 8, when her car began to slide. She lost control and went into a ditch filled with water. Her car was filling with water and she was unable to get either door open in order for her to exit the vehicle. She said she finally got the window open and got out onto the top of the vehicle. She was taken to Starke Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. When police talked to Daneska, they reportedly smelled alcohol on her breath. Her blood was drawn at the hospital where her blood alcohol content registered at .71%.

Several vehicle slide-off reports were taken by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department during the recent snow events, and luckily, there were no serious injuries reported.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
12/15/2010 Miller residence request lift assist for elderly female who fell outside at 108 S. Starke Street.

12/18/2010 An employee at the Hamlet gas station reported that a male subject was out of control. He was detained and transported for mental evaluation.

Starke County Commissioners Discuss Prosecutor’s Claims

Julianne Havens discusses claims with the Starke County Commissioners

The discussion between the Starke County Commissioners and outgoing Prosecutor Julianne Havens came to an amicable agreement Monday night. Havens had earlier submitted claims for law enforcement needs and the Commissioners questioned whether the funding was appropriate for the funding source. Havens, herself, eliminated some of the items from questionable categories.

“It gets complicated because I can use the IV-D fund for child support enforcement and for five years I’ve been using it to support child support,” explained Prosecutor Havens. “This year, I was going to try and focus on the enforcement aspect of it which, to me, means police. They agreed with my argument. However, they indicated that if an audit were to happen, the way they look at it is a proportional nexus. They are going to look at it whether or not the police are out supporting child support, making arrests, picking up people on body attachments and things of that nature. Their fear is that the proportionate nexus is not going to be enough for them to say that these funds that were spent were reasonable.”

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Week in Review for December 13th-17th, 2010

Here is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:

IHS Board of Trustees Chair Thomas Hoback and Marvin Allen

Marvin Allen of Knox is this year’s recipient of the Indiana Historical Society’s Hubert Hawkins History Award. The award is made annually to a local historian for his or her distinguished service and career in local history.

Picture provided by Hensler Nursery

Two trees from Hensler Nursery were delivered to the Statehouse this week.

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Extensive Damage Done at Knox Community Center

Knox Community Center

The Knox City Police are investigating damage done to the Knox Community Center after a Saturday event at the facility. During Tuesday night’s Knox City Council meeting, Clerk-Treasurer, Jeff Houston, told the Council that 112 chairs were damaged, the dance floor was ruined and 25 of the 32 tables were damaged. The carpets were stained and the walls had marks on them.

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Police Reports

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:

12/11/10  David Griffith reported his 200 pound steel anvil stolen from his front porch.

12/11/10  Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston requested an officer at the Knox Community Center to make a police report about damage done to the Community Center after a Saturday event.  Approximately 25 tables were damaged, and 112 chairs were damaged.  The chairs were bent with the covers torn.  Several areas of carpeting were observed to have stains or a strong odor of alcoholic beverages.  The door leading to the storage area had a large dent and a black scuff mark.

12/10/10  An employee at the Marathon gas station reported a drive-off of $19.48.

12/09/10  Estella Perez, 29, 4895 E. 150 N., Knox, IN, cited for Operator Never Licensed.

Arrests:
12/11/10 Danny B. Traylor, 50, 9800 E. Toto Road, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of .15% or greater, Operating a Vehicle with Controlled Substances in the Body, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Legend Drug.

12/09/10  Michael Greenfield, 51, 312 S. Main St. Apt. A, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft (x2) and Trespassing.  He allegedly stole an item from Walgreens and an item from Advanced Auto Parts.  He was also reportedly harassing customers for a ride home from Walgreens.  He was told before to not be at that store.

12/08/10 Matthew Blount, 23, 12501 N. State Road 49, Wheatfield, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Illegal Drug Lab-Possession of Precursors.

Erica Bailey, 21, 2420 E. 400, Knox, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Dumping Controlled Substance Waste and Illegal Drug Lab-Possession of Precursors.

12/08/10 Terri Hamilton, 301 E. Danker St. #101, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

12/09/10 Penny Wagers told police that when a renter, Steven Meeks, left the residence she and her husband was renting to him, he allegedly took items that belonged to them.  He also reportedly did damage inside the residence.

Arrests:

12/11/10 Joseph McKeehan, 23, 3700 E Debbie Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Trespassing and Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

12/05/10 Allen Krock, 37, 107 Garden St., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

12/06/10 The Hamlet Police responded to a Domestic at the Main St apartments. No arrest was made.

12/08/10 Don Wringer of Hamlet reported a fraud.

12/13/10 Vicki Boyle of Hamlet reported a water main brake.

12/13/10 The Hamlet Police responded to 3 Vehicle accidents that were all weather related.

Two Arrested in Knox on Methamphetamine Charges

Matthew Blount

Knox City Police Department officers arrested Matthew Blount, 23, of Wheatfield and Erica Bailey, 21, of Knox on methamphetamine related charges Wednesday night.

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Knox City Police Department Statistics for November

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief, Clint Norem, has released the Department’s statistics for the month of November.

The Department had 443 calls, 11 accident reports and 44 incident reports. There were 5 Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Reports, 18 people arrested on 21 traffic charges, 36 people arrested on 58 criminal charges, 8 juveniles arrested on various charges and 4 people cited for 4 ordinance violations. 5 battery arrests and 4 warrant arrests were made and 17 drug charges were filed.

Two Knox Residents Arrested on Methamphetamine Charges

Carl Daughtery

Carl Daughtery

Knox City Police officers arrested two Knox residents on methamphetamine related charges.

On Friday, November 26th, Knox City Police were notified of possible methamphetamine activity at 424 W. Maple Drive in Knox. Police arrived at that location and asked the homeowner, Robert James, if they could search the residence. Police then asked a resident in the home, Carl Daughtery, if they could search the residence. Both consented to a search. Knox City Police Officers reportedly found items in Daughtery’s room that are commonly used with the manufacture of methamphetamine and remnants of the finished product. Receipts for the items were also found in Daughtery’s room.

Stephanie Daughtery

Stephanie Daughtery

Carl Daughtery was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of an Illegal drug Lab and Possession of Methamphetamine. Daughtery’s wife, Stephanie Daughtery, was also arrested and has preliminary charges of Possession of Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Law Enforcement. Stephanie had gone to another location after police arrived at the home.

Knox City K9 Officer Introduces new K9 to City Council

Chad Keen and Marco #2

Officer Chad Keen speaks to the Knox City Council

Greg Matt and Marco

Marco greets Knox City Councilman, Greg Matt

K9 Officer Chad Keen and K9 Marco appeared at the recent Knox City Council meeting. Officer Keen recently finished training with K9 Marco at the Von Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana. Marco detects all types of narcotics and can trackpeople as well. Marco is a two-year-old Belgian Tervuren and met the Knox City Council for the first time at the Council’s meeting on November 23rd. This is the third K9 to be part of the Knox City Police Department.

The final walk-through was done at the Wastewater Treatment Facility to close out the City’s grant for that rehabilitation project. A curb needs to be replaced and then the project will be complete.

The Council also got a tonnage report on the refuse and recycling service from the garbage contractors. In July, 137 tons was the highest amount of refuse collected in 2010. The lowest amount of refuse collected was in January at 83.6 tons. 27.2 tons of recyclable material was collected in July, the most collected in 2010.

Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership honored at Recent OPO Awards Banquet

Over the Limit, Under Arrest

The Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership was among several law enforcement agencies who were recently honored during the 16th Annual Operation Pull Over Awards Banquet in Carmel, Indiana.

The Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership received an award for Outstanding OPO Partnership. The organization also received a $2,500 Equipment Award to be used for the purchase of law enforcement equipment of their choice. The TSP members include the Knox City Police Department, North Judson Police Department, and the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.