LaPorte Jail Inmate Pronounced Dead, Investigation Ongoing

The death of an inmate at the LaPorte County Jail is prompting an investigation.

The female inmate was found unresponsive by authorities around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. CPR was applied, but was unable to resuscitate the victim. Her name has now been released by the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department. 33-year-old Rachel Barnes was described as the victim.

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IRS Scam Targets LaPorte Man

A LaPorte man is being described as the victim of an Internal Revenue Service scam according to police.

The 53-year-old says he received a phone call from a man claiming to be an IRS agent, and that he needed to pay nearly $1-thousand or be subject to arrest. Following the suspect’s advice, the victim sent pre-paid credit cards through Western Union.
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Knox Man Arrested On Warrant For Failure To Register

A Knox man has been arrested after he allegedly failed to register as a sex offender or a violent offender.

A press release indicates that a warrant was issued for 36-year-old Billy E. McKinney III. The outstanding warrant was executed at a residence in the 11-thousand block of Windmill Lane near Westville. He now finds himself facing two counts of the Level 5 Felony.
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ATV Rider Injured in Hit-and-Run Accident

A New Buffalo, Mich. man is hospitalized in South Bend following a Saturday night hit-and-run accident. It happened around 10:30 near County Road 1000 North and 150 East in LaPorte County. Matthew Ramsey, 21, was driving his ATV on the roadway when he was struck by a pickup truck. Ramsey was thrown from the ATV and run over by the truck, according to officials with the DNR law enforcement division. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Indiana Department of Natural Resources 24-Hour Dispatch Center at 812-837-9536.

From the WKVI Archives: Kingsbury Ordnance Plant

Workers put together munitions at KOP.

It was 71 years ago today that one of the defining moments in Starke County history occurred. On September 28th, 1940, LaPorte had been chosen as one of 73 sites in the country for the construction of an ordnance plant. That led to the building of the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant better known as KOP.

For residents of Starke County and those who followed them here, that meant loading shells, assembling fuses, boosters, detonators and primers, and packing complete rounds of ammunition.

After the government had cleared all the families off the 13,454 acres of land it had purchased, it began construction of KOP. By May of 1942, the number of people employed reached a high of 20,785. Nearly half of the people employed were women. For many it was their first job outside the home.

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