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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

Alleged Intoxicated Minor Attempts to Steal Delivery Truck

A Corydon man was arrested Thursday afternoon after reportedly attempting to steal a delivery truck outside the CVS Pharmacy building in Knox.

Knox City police officers were called to the store after a witness allegedly saw 20-year-old Cody Byrn enter a Calumet Breweries, Inc. truck. Continue reading

Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Knox

Knox City Police officers arrested two people on narcotics charges on Wednesday, Jan. 29 after an investigation.

Officers had investigated the possibility of heroin and methamphetamine being dealt out of a Knox residence. On Jan. 29, officers arrived at the residence and took 28-year-old Seth Dickson and 22-year-old Olivia Chasse into custody.

Both have a preliminary charge of Possession of a Narcotic Drug, a Class D felony.

This case has been forwarded to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review. Additional formal charges may be filed.

Knox Man Arrested on Meth Charges

A search warrant executed by police Wednesday resulted in the arrest of a Knox man.

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department went to a home in the 9700 East block of County Road 50 South in Knox where they reportedly found two one-pot methamphetamine labs, an HCL generator, precursors, drug paraphernalia, other items used in the manufacture of meth, and the finished product.

Glenn Joseph was arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and Possession of Paraphernalia. He has an additional charge of Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

Knox City Police Department officers assisted the Starke County Sheriff’s Department in this case as well as the Indiana State Police Clandestine Team.

Knox City Council Authorizes New Sgt. Position for Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

The Knox City Council authorized the creation of a new rank for the Knox City Police Department. During their regular meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Rick Chambers explained to the council that police chief Clint Norem is requesting another rank of sergeant in the department, making a total of two sergeant positions.

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Knox Man Arrested on Heroin Charges

A Knox man was arrested on heroin charges Saturday night.

Knox police officers were called to IU Health Starke Hospital in Knox on a report of a suspicious vehicle. Officers did not locate the vehicle in question in the hospital’s parking lot, but it was spotted in the Five Star parking lot.

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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.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
01/19/14 – Officer Frank McDaniels of the North Judson Police Department investigated a car vs. deer accident near the intersection of Railroad Street and Arlington Ave. Damages were estimated over $1,500.

01/18/14 Several calls were received from a residence in the 400 block of Keller Avenue in reference to 911 hang ups, medical assists, and family disputes.

01/16/14 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely assisted at a single vehicle slide-off near 100 west and State Road #10. No injuries or damages were reported.

01/16/14 Police responded to a single vehicle accident near 600 West and State Road #10. No injuries were reported and the vehicle slid into a ditch. North Judson Officer Nick Vanni estimated damages at near $1,000.

01/15/14 Officers received a report of a juvenile problem prior to going to school.

01/15/14 Good to Go Oil in North Judson reported to police that after reviewing videos, a shoplifter was identified from a recent visit. The case remains under investigation.

01/13/14 Police responded to an animal complaint in the 100 Block of Arlington Avenue.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
01/19/14 Officers responded to a landlord/renter dispute.

01/17/14 A fraud complaint was filed.

01/16/14 Officers investigated an alleged battery involving a six-year-old child.

01/10/14 Police responded to call pertaining to interference with visitation.

01/10/14 Knox officers were notified of a possible drug overdose.

01/08/14 Jim Hicks told officers that some unknown person(s) were riding snowmobiles across the property of his business. Some damage was reported.

01/05/14 A Christmas decoration reportedly flew off of a post on the Best Ford property and hit a vehicle in the lot. Heavy winds had forced the wooden decoration off the post. It damaged the right front fender and headlight on a Ford pickup.

01/01/14 Officers investigated a battery incident that reportedly occurred outside of O’s Tap.

Arrests:
01/18/14 Matthew Bradley, 27, 1520 E. 400 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing in Heroin, Possession of Heroin and Possession of a Syringe.

01/13/14 Robin Shivley, 26, 311 Ruthie Dr. #B3, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

01/08/14 Kevin Fawley, 835 S. 250 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

12/31/13 Mary Lain, 29, 305 Ruthie Dr. #3, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, Battery with a Deadly Weapon and two felony counts of Battery.

Knox City Police Monthly report-December 2013

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

1/17/14 – Pulaski County Deputies respond to a caller who was reporting a break-in of his shed. He was unsure of when it occurred.

1/18/14 – Pulaski County Deputies responded to a barn that had been reportedly broken into.

1/18/14 – Pulaski Deputies received a call from a Pulaski County resident who was out of town but neighbors advised the resident of possible trespassers.

1/18/14 – Deputies received a reported car theft. The caller was a resident of the Pulaski County Jail.

Two Juveniles in Custody in Vehicle Theft Incidents

Officers from the Knox City Police Department arrested two juveniles who were allegedly involved in several vehicle thefts Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day.

Knox officers were able to use footprints to track and capture the juvenile suspects who reportedly admitted to stealing items from several vehicles all around the Knox area. A search warrant was executed at a 309 Ruthie Drive residence and stolen property was recovered.

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First Responders Rescue Motorist from Submerged Vehicle

The female driver of a vehicle involved in a rollover wreck last night at the intersection of State Roads 8 and 39 was taken to IU Health Starke Hospital for treatment. Dispatchers at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call around 9:30 last night. The caller advised the vehicle had rolled over and was submerged in a ditch. Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Knox City Police Department were able to pull her from the vehicle. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The crash is still under investigation, and the woman’s name has not been released. There’s also no word yet on her condition. Members of the Knox Fire Department and Starke County Medics also responded.

Preliminary Autopsy Finds Infant Died of Natural Causes

An infant who was found unresponsive early Thursday morning in Knox died of natural causes.

Knox City Police Detective Dave Combs, the deputy coroner and a representative from the Department of Child Services learned the preliminary results of the autopsy conducted by a Fort Wayne Pathologist on Friday.

The exact cause of death will not be known for another six to eight weeks as testing is ongoing.

Services for 3-week-old Olivia Robinson were held yesterday afternoon at the Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson.

Police Reports

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

Starke County Sheriff's Department

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

11/11/13 – A resident of the 8900 block of East 25 North in Knox reported someone had damaged his mailbox.

11/12/13 – A resident of the 1000 block of West 200 South in Knox told police that a scammer had called him and claimed to be from Key Bank in an attempt to gain financial information.

11/12/13 – A man told police that he was confronted by a man who insulted and threatened him at Next Door Foods in Knox.

11/12/13 – A resident of the 11200 block of East Division Road in Knox reported someone had taken unauthorized control of his vehicle.

11/13/13 – A resident of the 3300 block of West Kamar Lane in North Judson reported she had been battered by her husband.

11/13/13 – Mason Brownfield of North Judson told police he had been battered by a male subject.

11/14/13 – A resident of the 7200 block of North 50 East in Hamlet reported a scam involving a man claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House.

11/14/13 – Susan Christian of North Judson told police she had been contacted from someone requesting money.

11/14/13 – A resident of the 2900 block of South Hilltop Drive in Knox told police someone had tried to steal his boat and damaged another boat in the process.

11/14/13 – Leanne Tunis of Knox told police someone had hit the awning of the Smoke Shop in Knox, causing damage.

11/14/13 – Tiger Minix told police that someone had cut the locks off of the lockers at the storage units near U.S. 35 and County Road 900 South.

11/14/13 – A hit-and-run incident was reported on State Road 10 west of U.S. 35 in Knox.

11/15/13 – Peter Savaste of San Pierre told police that someone had pointed a gun at him and sliced his jacket open with a knife.

11/15/13 – A resident of the 1400 block of South 880 East in Knox reported her husband was the victim of a scam.

11/15/13 – A resident of the 100 block of William Howard Drive in North Judson reported she had been battered and choked by a male subject.

11/15/13 – A resident of the 1500 block of West 450 South in Knox reported someone had stolen her cell phone.

11/16/13 – John Ross told police that someone had caused damage to his property.

11/16/13 – A resident of the 8100 block of North State Road 23 in Walkerton reported someone had broken out the back window of her van.

11/17/13 – The front window of a residence in the 2500 block of South 800 East in Knox was reportedly broken out.

11/17/13 – Steven Swartzell of Monterey reported someone had slashed the tires of his vehicle.

11/17/13 – A resident of the 8800 block of East 25 North in Knox told police the tires on his vehicle were slashed.

11/17/13 – Someone reported threw a mailbox at the bedroom window of a residence in the 6100 block of North State Road 23, breaking it.

11/17/13 – A windshield was busted out in the 11300 block of East 400 South in Culver.

11/17/13 – A resident of the 10400 block of East 400 South in Culver reported someone had flattened his tires and damaged his windshield.

11/17/13 – A resident of the 10900 block of East 400 South in Culver reported someone had damaged his mailbox.

Arrests:

11/16/13 – Eric A. Griffo, 42 of Knox, and Joshua Wayne Shepherd, 25 of Culver, were arrested following a report of battery.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/16/13 Police were advised of a scam. The caller’s wife got a letter with a check. The letter instructed the caller to go to a Western Union and send a payment to another location.

11/16/13 A woman advised that her father’s girlfriend hit her dad over the head with frozen meat, he is on the floor still and bleeding, but conscious. Winamac EMS was called to the location. A suspect was arrested in the incident.

11/15/13 Winamac Police were advised that someone had cut off the locks on 20 storage units. The caller advised that it was unknown if anything was missing out of the storage units.

11/15/13 A woman reported a domestic battery incident to police.

11/15/13 A woman advised she was in Jasper County and just hit a deer. She was transferred to Jasper County Hospital.

11/14/13 Police, EMS and the SWAT team were called to a residence in Medaryville to seek a man who had skipped out on work release and did not report back to the Pulaski County Jail. After a stand off with police, the suspect, 48-year-old James Anthony Miller, was arrested along with 37-year-old Steven Ezekiel Richie and 43-year-old Tanya Fitch. They all face various charges.

11/12/13 A resident in Pulaski County told police that her 18-year-old son is out of control and is threatening her and her 24-year-old son. The man charged with possession and was arrested.

Arrests:
11/19/13 Martin Capulin, 40, of Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charges of Failure to Appear.

11/19/13 Kalen Shepperd, 37, of Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) and Theft.

11/17/13 David Reedy, 24, of Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe or Needle.

11/16/13 Christopher J. Robbins, 22, of Medaryville, IN, arrsted on preliminary charges of Battery, Interference with Reporting a Crime, Intimidation, and Strangulation.

11/15/13 Noble Shelton, 24, of Wheatfield, IN, arrested on a warrant.

11/15/13 Ricky Moser, 37, of Vincennes, IN, arrested on a warrant.

11/15/13 Spencer Allen, 22, of Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.

11/14/13 Tanya Louise Fitch, 43, of Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule 1 Controlled Substance (Meth), Assisting a Criminal, and Resisting Law Enforcement.

11/14/13 James Anthony Miller, 48, arrested on preliminary charges of Visiting a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule 1 Controlled Substance (Meth), Escape, Resisting Law Enforcement.

11/14/13 Steven, Ezekiel Richie, 37, arrested on preliminary charges of Visiting a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule 1 Controlled Substance (Meth), Assisting a Criminal, and Resisting Law Enforcement.

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
11/16/13 North Judson Police investigated a call about juveniles attempting to gain entry into parked vehicles in the 200 Block of George Street. The suspects were gone upon arrival, however the area will have extra patrols. No items were missing or damages reported, thanks to a concerned citizen reporting the incident.

11/16/13 A minor property damage accident was investigated in the Good to Go parking Lot. A truck pulling out of a parking space struck a parked vehicle. North Judson Officer Frank McDaniel investigated the incident and estimated damages at over $1000. The driver of the pickup truck, Stephen Allen, 31, of North Judson, was arrested for driving while suspended.

11/15/13 Police received a report of a written prescription being lost in the area of the Burger King parking lot.

11/14/13 Police investigated a report of a protective order violation in the 200 Block of Arlington St. A complete report was sent to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office requesting charges.

11/14/13 North Judson Deputy Police Chief Joe Budner responded to the CVS store after learning of a theft from the business. After a brief investigation, police arrested Tim Borman, 23, of Monterey, for Theft.

11/12/13 As a result of an early snow event and a slick roadway, North Judson Police covered a minor injury accident near 700 west and State Road 10. The female driver was transported to Porter Hospital and released. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely investigated the incident and estimated damages at over $3,000.

11/12/13 Report of a mentally unstable and unwanted subject in the 100 Block of Main Street was called into North Judson police. Officers responded and after a second call Donna Campbell, 35, of North Judson, was arrested for Battery on Law Enforcement. She was transported to the Starke County Jail.

11/11/13 An employee from Dollar General reported a possible shoplifter and when police arrived the suspect has already fled the area.

Arrests:
11/16/13 Stephen R. Allen, 31, 5460 W. State Road 10, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended – Prior.

11/14/13 Timothy L. Borman, 23, Ash Street, of Monterey, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

11/12/13 Donna F. Campbell, 35, 208 Lincoln Avenue, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery on Law Enforcement.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
11/08/13 Robert Fultz reported the theft of a tattoo gun and electronic equipment.

11/07/13 Officers engaged in a pursuit with a black vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and did not stop at any stop signs. The officer was unable to catch the suspect.

11/06/13 Officers investigated a hit and run accident at Pizza King.

11/05/13 Vicki Risner reported a burglary.

11/02/13 Jason Clemons reported the theft of deer stands.

11/01/13 Vandalism was reported at Wythogan Park. Damage was fone to the restrooms and graffiti was visible on several pieces of equipment at the skate park.

11/01/13 Robert Fultz reported the theft of a cell phone.

10/30/13 Chantell Sitek reported her vehicle stolen.

10/24/13 Detectives were called to investigate a burglary at a home on S. Heaton Street.

10/24/13 Officers responded to a battery complaint.

10/23/13 Police investigated a fraud complaint.

10/21/13 An employee at Five Star reported the theft of pallets.

10/21/13 Robert Fultz reported the theft of a TV.

10/16/13 Vandalism was reported at the Oak Park cemetery. Garbage cans were spray pained, a headstone was knocked over and items were taken from graves.

10/15/13 A resident told police her checkbook was stolen.

Arrests:
11/09/13 Tommy King, 60, 5202 S. Holiday St., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC of at least .15%.

11/05/13 Robert Fultz, 25, 104 S. Prettyman St. #2, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Drug Lab within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Dumping Controlled Waste Substance, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

11/05/13 James Clemons, 47, 600 E. Culver Road, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Drug Lab within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Dumping Controlled Waste Substance, and Visiting a Common Nuisance.

11/05/13 Serena Clemons, 26, 2690 E. Tribue Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Drug Lab within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Attempted Overpurchase of Pseudoephedrine.

11/05/13 Lisa Clemons, 28, 300 W. Riverside Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Drug Lab within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, and Visiting a Common Nuisance.

11/02/13 William Spencer, 57, 328 W. Spruce Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

11/01/13 Courtney Owens, 25, 11018 E. Iroquois Rd., Walkerton, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing in a Substance Represented to be a Controlled Substance, Auto Theft, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

11/01/13 Ryan Anguiano, 21, 914 S. Michigan St. #1, Plymouth, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Visiting a Common Nuisance.

Knox City Police Department Monthly Report-October

Knox City Police Department Investigating Infant Death

The Knox City Police Department is investigating the death of an infant.

Officers were called to the Woods Apartment complex at 701 E. Danker St. after dispatchers received a report of an infant who was not breathing. Medics from Starke County EMS arrived at the scene and were assisted by officers in the care of the infant. The child was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

This incident remains under investigation with the Knox City Police Department. Foul play is not suspected, however an autopsy is scheduled for today. The child’s name is currently being withheld pending the outcome of the investigation.

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