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

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

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

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Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer


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

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

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

From the Knox City Police Department:

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

From the North Judson Police Department:

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

New App Could Assist Schools in an Emergency

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

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

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Rape Charge Filed Against Knox Man

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

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

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

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Public Input Sought on Problems at Knox Park

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

Two Fugitives Arrested in Knox

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

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

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Smith Pleads Not Guilty to Charge of Assisting a Criminal

Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith

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

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

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Another Suspect Arrested in Battery Incident

Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith

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

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

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

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Suspect Detained in Battery Incident in Knox Park

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

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

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Knox City Council Concerned over Vandalism at Wythogan Park

Wythogan Park

Wythogan Park

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

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

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Juveniles Apprehended in Attempted Break-in in Knox

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

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

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Marshall County Man Arrested on Child Molestation Charge

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

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

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

Knox Man Arrested in an Alleged Sexual Assault

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

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

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

Knox Board of Public Works Approves Conditional Offer of Employment

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

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

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Grovertown Man Arrested in Alleged Sexual Assault

Ryan Reyes

Ryan Reyes

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

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

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

Drop Boxes Available to Discard Prescription Medications

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

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

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Officers to Patrol Road for Aggressive and Impaired Drivers

Through Operation Pull Over, the Knox City Police Department will be stepping up patrols throughout the weekend.

Officers will be targeting aggressive and impaired drivers. Additional officers will be out in saturation patrols attempting to take impaired drivers off the streets.

If you observe a driver that could be under the influence, contact your local law enforcement agency. Be prepared to give a thorough description of the vehicle, its location and the type of offense that occurred.

Knox Woman Arrested on Neglect Charges

A Knox woman was arrested Thursday after officers from the Knox City Police Department executed a search warrant at her residence.

When officers searched the residence, they found that Angela Clemons allegedly took her young children’s ADHD medication instead of giving it to her children who need the prescription.

Clemons, 31, of Knox was taken to the Starke County Jail and booked on two preliminary counts of Neglect of a Dependent.

Alfred Higdon Trial Takes One Day in Starke Circuit Court

Alfred Higdon

Alfred Higdon

A verdict has been reached in the trial of Alfred Higdon.

Higdon’s trial was held Wednesday in Starke Circuit Court and took only one day to complete.

Higdon was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana from an incident stemming from April of last year. Continue reading

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