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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.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

9/8/14 – A resident in the 3300 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported his garbage bin was stolen overnight. It belongs to A&W from Culver.

9/8/14 – Deputies responded to a property damage accident in the 3100 block of East 400 South in Knox.

9/9/14 – A resident in the 200 block of East 625 South in Knox said his neighbor’s dog attacked his dog, and he shot it.

9/9/14 – Officials with Child Protective Services advised the Starke County Sheriff’s Department of sexual misconduct with a minor allegations at a Knox residence.

9/9/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy and Starke County EMS responded to an accident with injuries in the 5000 block of East 200 South in Knox.

9/9/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer accident on San Pierre Road.

9/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of Toto Road and 350 East in Knox.

9/12/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer accident on 625 South west of 900 East in Monterey.

9/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident in the westbound lane of U.S. 30 by the west entrance to the Grovertown Truck Stop.

9/12/14 – A resident in the 2600 block of South 700 East in Knox reported the safe was stolen from her residence.

9/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a theft from a bank-owned property in the 8800 block of East 150 North in Knox.

9/12/14 – Starke County EMS, Knox Police, the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Knox Fire Department First Responders were called to an accident with injuries in the 2300 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox.

9/13/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Koontz Lake Fire Department First Responders were called to a traffic accident on U.S. 30 in the westbound lane in front of the Grovertown Truck Stop.

9/13/14 – A resident in the 3400 block of South Range Road advised someone struck her mailbox and garbage cans, and car parts are scattered in front of her home. She did not see or hear the accident happen.

9/14/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies, Starke County EMS and Knox and Bass Lake Fire Department First Responders responded to an accident with injuries on Toto Road west of U.S. 35 in Knox.

9/14/14 – A resident in the 800 block of South Pearl Street in Knox filed a theft report.

9/14/14 – A Knox resident hit a dead deer on U.S. 35 just north of State Road 8 and said his car is now overheating.

9/14/14 – A resident in the 5600 BLK OF S 500 West in North Judson reported her son’s window was broken out the previous night by some other boys.

Arrests:

9/8/14 – Zachary Anthony Howisen,41, North Judson – Warrant.

9/11/14 – David F. Mowbray, 18, Knox – Illegal possession or consumption of alcohol, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
09/08/14 Police responded to a property damage accident on State Road 10 East of State Road 39 North. North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner estimated the damage at over $1,000.00.

09/08/14 An employee at the Dollar General store called police in reference to a suspicious person. North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas located the male subject and conducted a traffic stop. The male subject explained what he did and was released from the scene.

09/09/14 A resident reported a neighbor dispute in the 200 block of East Leslie Street. North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner spoke with the subjects and they advised that there were no problems.

09/10/14 Officers responded to an alarm call in the 5200 block of West State Road 10. It was found to be a false alarm.

09/12/14 A property damage accident was reported to police in a parking lot in the 300 block of West Talmer Avenue. The damage was under $1,000.00. Both parties exchanged information. No report was taken.

09/12/14 Police responded to a verbal argument in the 600 block of Keller Avenue. Both parties were separated for the evening.

09/13/14 Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner located a package containing medical devices in the 6100 block of South Oakwood Avenue. The items were returned to the rightful owner.

09/13/14 A driver of a vehicle reported to North Judson Police that her windshield was struck by an unknown object that left a circular mark on the windshield. This incident occurred in the area of 500 to 600 West State Road 10. Officers checked the area and were unable to find the source of the incident.

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department


Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents

9/1/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of West 500 South in North Judson reported items stolen. 

9/1/14 – A resident in the 1700 block of North 500 East in Knox reported credit card fraud. 

9/2/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of North 700 East in Grovertown reported a moped stolen. 

9/2/14 – A resident in the 11200 block of East Pottawotomie Trail North in Walkerton reported someone cut his swing rope and stole a scooter. 

9/2/14 – The Starke County Sheriff's Department and North Judson Police Department responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 421 at State Road 10. 

9/2/14 – A resident in the 6400 block of South Rannells East Road in Knox reported the theft of items from her residence by a known suspect. 

9/3/14 – A resident in the 9600 block of East 225 South in Knox filed a fraud report. 

9/4/14 – Starke County Sheriff's Deputies took a report of a vehicle versus deer property damage accident on Range Road south of U.S. 30. 

9/4/14 – A Knox resident reported her 14-year-old daughter is being threatened by other girls at school. 

9/5/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a single-vehicle injury accident in front of the Grovertown Truck Stop on U.S. 30.  

9/5/14 – A resident in the 114000 block of Oak Street in Walkerton reported people trespassing and dumping trash on his property. 

9/5/14 – A resident in the 6000 block of South 200 East in Knox reported two men working in the field behind her house keep dropping their pants and exposing themselves. The caller has grandchildren who can see this. 

9/5/14 – A woman reported her storage unit at 900 South and U.S. 35 was broken into and completely cleaned out. 

9/5/14 – A North Judson resident advised she was involved in a property damage accident on Toto Road at 200 East in front of Howard's Carpet and the driver of the other vehicle left northbound on 200 East driving a small, tan, four-door car. 

9/6/14 – A resident in the 11600 block of East 400 North reported a family member has taken several items of value. 

9/6/14 – Damage was reported to an irrigation system on 100 East between Toto Road and 250 South. 

9/6/14 – Starke County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home in the 300 block of South 1025 East in Knox for a report of a large fight. 

9/7/14 – A caller reported vandalism to a port-a-potty in the 7000 block of South State Road 10. 

9/7/14 – A resident in the 8700 block of East Long Lane Drive in Knox reported damage to his girlfriend's car and gave the officer the name of a suspect. 

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

08/24/14 A traffic Stop conducted by North Judson Officer Nick Vanni resulted in a driving while suspended-prior charge for Diane E. Allen.

08/25/14 Officers received a report of reckless driving in the area of Liberty School. The vehicle was gone upon arrival.

08/25/14 Officials with Pop Warner football reported a small vandalism incident. Cameras were to be installed reference future problems.

08/25/14 A motorcycle property damage only crash was reported on State Road 39 north of State Road 10. North Judson Officer Frank Thomas investigated the incident which resulted in no damage. Rhe driver, Delmar E. Caldwell, 56, of North Judson was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

08/26/14 A scam and fraud report was taken at the North Judson CVS. An elderly woman received a phone call from someone acting as her grandson stating he needed money to get out of jail. She was instructed to purchase “green Dot” cards and call in the numbers. Deputy Chief Joe Budner investigated. Chief Doug Vessely continues to remind all Citizens, “Never send cash or green dot cards to anyone unless you know who they are. Never give bank account account or personal information to anyone over the phone. If you are in doubt, it’s always safe to call the police department.

08/26/14 A resident reported to North Judson police that unknown subjects were charging a NIPSCO account to someone’s bank account. This investigation remains open.

08/26/14 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop near Talmer and Sheridan resulting in the arrest of Robert F. Martin, 36, of North Judson.

08/27/14 A resident reported the theft of a window air conditioning unit to North Judson police. The unit was recovered as a scrapper had thought it was trash.

08/27/14 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely provided a complete report to the Starke County Prosecutor in reference to bank fraud and theft case. Improper banking procedures were being conducted by a customer. The North Judson branch of the First National Bank of Monterey reported the incident. Vessely requested felony warrants.

08/29/14 An employee at the North Judson Dollar General called in reference to a shoplifter in the store. After an investigation, North Judson Officer F. Thomas, requested a warrant for theft.

08/30/14 Police responded to a report of a possible drunk driver coming into town on State Road 10 from the east. The driver was not located.

09/02/14 A landlord told police that a tenant was refusing to leave after a lease agreement was over. She was referred to a legal eviction process.

09/02/14 A juvenile female was arrested and charged with theft after an investigation into the theft of mail out of a mailbox in the 300 block of W. Weninger Street. The postal inspector was notified of the same. Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated.

09/02/14 North Judson Police responded to an intimidation and harassment complaint in the 500 Block of High Street. Officer N. Vanni requested formal charges after an investigation.

09/03/14 North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated a minor property damage in the CVS/Dollar Store parking lot. He estimated damages just over $1,000.

09/04/14 – North Judson Officers F. Thomas and S. Beishuzen conducted a traffic stop near Vine and Hancock Streets resulting in a driving while suspended prior arrest on Dustin W. Large, 29, of North Judson

Arrests:
08/24/14 – Diane E. Allen, 37, of North Judson, IN was arrested on a preliminary charge of driving while suspended prior.

08/24/14 Delmar E. Caldwell, 55, 4835 S. State Road 39, of North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated prior.

08/26/14 Robert F. Martin, 36, 3842 W Third St., of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.

09/04/14 Dustin W. Large, 29, 502 Vine Street, of North Judson, IN was arrested for driving while suspended prior.

Police Reports

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

8/18/14 – A resident in the 8800 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox reported receiving harassing telephone calls.

8/18/14 – Sheriff’s deputies took a theft report from a woman who said her medication was stolen from her truck at Save a Lot in Knox on Friday, Aug. 15.

8/18/14 – A resident in the 5900 block of East 200 South in Knox reported damage to her mailbox sometime Saturday night

8/19/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle property damage accident at 200 North and U.S. 35 in Knox.

8/19/14 – A residential break-in was reported in the 4500 block of South 300 East in Knox.

8/19/14 – A caller advised a tractor-trailer stopped in front of the Stay For Less Motel in the westbound lane of U.S. 30 in Hamlet, the driver got out and took a speed limit sign that was on the ground.

8/19/14 – A resident in the 5200 block of South 250 West in North Judson reported a four-wheeler was stolen.

8/19/14 – A resident in the 7500 block of South 750 East in Monterey reported her truck was stolen from her residence recently. She gave deputies the name of the suspect.

8/19/14 – A resident in the 1000 block of East 150 South in Knox reported a protective order violation.

8/19/14 – A resident in the 1300 block of South 250 East in Knox reported a protective order violation.

8/20/14 – A resident in the 5900 block of U Road in North Judson reported the theft of items from the back seat of a vehicle.

8/21/14 – A resident in the 1000 block of East 150 South reported a protective order violation.

8/21/14 – A resident in the 800 block of West 400 South in North Judson reported a property damage hit and run accident.

8/21/14 – Officers responded to a property damage accident in the 300 block of East U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

8/21/14 – The manager at Koontz Lake Market in the 7800 block of North State Road 23 reported the theft of lottery tickets.

8/22/14 – A Hamlet resident reported the theft of items from her yard.

8/23/14 – A Grovertown resident reported her husband’s debit card was used without his authorization in Avon, Ind.

8/23/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of U.S. 35 and Toto Road.

8/23/14 – A resident in the 4300 block of East Orchard Drive in Knox reported the theft of several items from the residence.

8/23/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson Police Department responded to an accident with injuries in the 1200 block of East 150 South in North Judson.

8/23/14 – A resident in the 800 block of North 600 East in Knox reported the theft of medications from her residence and was told she would need to contact her doctor, as the sheriff’s department no longer takes reports for stolen prescription drugs.

8/23/14 – A resident in the 3300 block of South 500 West in North Judson reported a 2006 Ford F 350 stolen.

8/23/14 – Dispatchers received a report of people in a Ford pickup truck with lighted mirrors and lights on the roof shooting at stop signs in the area of 700 East and 200 South in Knox with a 12-gauge shotgun.

8/24/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to an accident with injuries in the 2700 block of East Toto Road.

8/24/14 – A resident in the 4300 block of East Orchard Drive in Knox reported her residence was broken into.

8/24/14 – A Walkerton resident reported he and a friend were chased down 600 North past State Road 23 the previous night, run off the road and accosted with baseball bats.

8/24/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of North State Road 23 requested an officer for a crash report for an accident that occurred in the driveway of the residence.

8/24/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Knox Police Department responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot in the 2800 block of South County Road 210 in Knox.

Arrests

8/20/14 – Laura L. Kensinger, 29, Hamlet – Warrant.

8/23/14 – Zachary S. Puckett, 29. Knox – Operating a vehicle while intoxicated x 3.

8/23/14 – Jason P. Hounshell, 36, Knox – False reporting, contributing to delinquency.

8/23/14 – Curtis Evan Rowe, 20, Knox – False reporting, illegal possession

8/23/14 – Bradley Scott Rowe, 22, Knox – False reporting.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

8/21/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and officers from the Winamac Police Department respond to a possible break-in.

8/22/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Winamac Fire Department responded to an electrical pole that was struck by lightning and caught fire.

8/22/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a garage break-in.

8/22/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a property to investigate possible trespassing when the owner noticed people cutting wood without his permission.

8/2314 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies were contacted by a man who received threatening messages on his telephone and requested a protective order.

8/23/14 – Winamac Police took a report of stolen tools.

8/23/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to a possible break-in.

8/24/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a stolen and damaged golf cart.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
08/18/14 A call from a resident in the 100 block of Silver Street involved the North Judson Police locating a dog running at large. The dog was returned to the owner along with a $50.00 ordinance violation citation.

08/18/014 North Judson Police investigated a report of a hit and run accident in the 600 Block of Laurel Street resulting in around $2,000 in damages. The owner could not pinpoint the exact time or place where the accident may have taken place. Officer Nick Vanni investigated.

08/18/14 An harassment complaint was fielded by the North Judson police in the 400 Block of High Street.

08/19/14 Officers and an ambulance were summoned to the 500 Block of Mulberry and a person was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital.

08/19/14 An employee at the Oak View Motel called North Judson police in reference to a disturbance in a room. After an investigation, no parties involved wanted to press formal charges. They were asked to leave the room.

08/21/14 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop on 250 West resulting in an arrest of Jason D. Hanson, 33, of North Judson for resisting law enforcement and operating a vehicle while intoxicateed. He was transported to the Starke County Jail.

08/21/14 A property damage accident occurred on Lane Street near the intersection of Talmer Avenue. A vehicle exiting the Napa Parking lot pulled out into traffic on Lane Street and was hit by another vehicle. North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the incident setting damages at near $2,500. No tickets were issued and no injuries reported.

08/21/14 A vehicle traveling north on County Road 250 West, just south of County Road 700 South swerved off the roadway to avoid hitting a few chickens in the roadway. The vehicle than struck a fence and a tree. North Judson officers responded to the accident and Officer Scott Beishuizen investigated the incident setting damages just under $5,000. No injuries were reported. Chief Deputy Joe Budner assisted in the investigation.

08/21/14 A storm caused a tree to lose some big limbs that hit electric lines. North Judson police responded to the traffic hazard and notified the street department who came out and cleared the debris.

08/22/14 Police responded to the 200 Block of Garden Street in reference to a dog complaint. Police spoke to both neighbors involved.

08/23/14 Another dog complaint was reported in the 200 Block of Leslie Street. Police gave a verbal warning to the owners.

Arrests:

08/17/14 John Bochnicka, Jr., 44, 311 N. George Street, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on a warrant and on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement.

08/17/14 Erin M. Schrader, 24, 6175 S. John Street, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear.

08/19/14 – Michael A. Nickelson, 38, 402 Lincoln Street, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on warrant for failure to appear.

08/21/14 Janson D. Hansen, 33, 2335 W. Total Road, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Police Reports

Police reports are not an indication of guilt. They are merely a record that an incident was reported to the authorities. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

7/29/14 – A Winamac man called the police to report a residential burglary. He heard a noise in his basement and discovered it had been ransacked.

7/29/14 – Winamac Police were notified of a residential burglary.

7/29/14 – Winamac Police took a report of money stolen from the console of an automobile.

7/31/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of theft in Medaryville.

7/31/14 – Winamac E.M.S and Winamac Fire Department respondeded to a trailer fire.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

7/28/14 – A resident in the 300 block of East 625 South in North Judson reported three aggressive dogs came after her when she went out her front door. This has happened previously. The Starke County Humane Society advised they have tried in the past to catch the dogs but have not been successful, as they are wild. They urged the sheriff’s department to attempt to trap them. The prosecutor’s office was also contacted. They advised the victims could have the right to protect themselves in this instance.

7/28/14 – A North Judson resident reported a telephone scam and was advised not to respond to it.

7/29/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of North Tippecanoe Drive North in Walkerton reported damage to a garage, apparently caused sometime today when a vehicle ran into it.

7/29/14 – A resident in the 3200 block of East 300 North in Knox reported a possibly intoxicated person is refusing to leave her residence and just set something on fire in her back yard. She called back to report he kicked her door in and entered her house.

7/29/14 – A resident in the 8100 block of North State Road 23 in Koontz Lake reported his neighbor is burning copper.

7/30/14 – A resident in the 2800 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported receiving a threat.

7/30/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a burn complaint at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Old U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

7/30/14 – A 13-year-old in the 7400 block of South 250 West in North Judson was bitten by the neighbor’s dog.

7/30/14 – A resident in the 6600 block of Old U.S. 30 in Grovertown reported items stolen from an outbuilding on the property.

7/31/14 – Deputies were advised of a two-vehicle property damage accident on State Road 10 east of 700 East in Culver. One vehicle left the scene, possibly en route to Culver.

8/1/14 – A Knox resident reported receiving a telephone message advising she had one hour to contact the city court before a warrant was issued for her. She called the court and was advised to contact the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

8/1/14 – A resident in the 3200 block of West 400 South in North Judson reported a residential break-in.

8/1/14 – A resident in the 8600 block of South Bryan Street in Ora reported the theft of a new prescription.

8/2/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Bass Lake Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a traffic accident a the intersection of State Road 10 and U.S. 35.

8/2/14 – A property damage traffic accident was reported at the intersection of State Roads 39 and 10 in North Judson.

8/2/14 – A resident in the 5000 block of East 200 South in Knox reported receiving threatening telephone calls.

8/2/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Koontz Lake Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a vehicle versus motorcycle or moped accident in the 10000 block of East 600 North in Grovertown.

8/3/14 – A caller reported vandalism in the 5300 block of South County Road 210 in Bass Lake.

8/3/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Washington Township Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a single-vehicle accident in the 2900 block of South State Road 23 in Knox.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
07/28/14 A report was called in about two male subjects acting suspicious at the town park. An officer checked the area but was not able to locate the subjects.

07/28/14 A resident in the 3800 block of Second Street reported to North Judson Police that calls are coming in in reference to a credit card. The calls were not coming from the credit card company. The calls are believed to be scam calls.

07/28/14 Police responded to a report of a possible intoxicated driver in the 200 block of Lane Street. The officer checked the area but was not able to locate the vehicle.

07/30/14 A domestic complaint was reported in the 300 block of Arlington Avenue. A report was filed with the appropriate agency.

08/01/14 A resident reported to police that there was a loose dog chasing joggers. The officer checked the area but was not able to locate the dog.

08/01/14 Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop on Talmer Avenue in front of Liberty Elementary resulting in the criminal arrest of Andrew C. McCarty for Driving While Suspended Infraction.

08/02/14 A resident reported to police that there is a giant raccoon on her roof. The officer checked but was not able to locate the giant raccoon.

08/02/14 Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated a property damage accident at the intersection of Main Street and Lane Street. Two pickup trucks collided in the intersection. Budner estimated the damage at over $1,000.00.

08/02/14 Officer Frank Thomas responded to a vehicle off the roadway on County Road 500 South just east of Born’s Trailer Park. After a brief investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Christina P. Hensley, 42, of Kouts, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated refusal.

Arrests:
08/01/14 Andrew C. McCarty, 24, of LaPorte, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of driving while suspended infraction.

08/02/14 Christina P. Hensley, 42, of Kouts, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated refusal.

New Recording Equipment Purchased for North Judson Police Department

Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff (left), Frank Thomas and Town Marshal Doug Vessely. Photo provided

Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff (left), Frank Thomas and Town Marshal Doug Vessely. Photo provided

Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff recently purchased new interviewing equipment for the North Judson Police Department.

The recording equipment was purchased with Pretrial Diversion funds which are used at the discretion of the prosecutor to help local law enforcement.

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely said the equipment was desperately needed and everything is running smoothly.

Police Reports

Police reports are not an indication of guilt. They are merely a record that an incident was reported to the authorities. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

7/14/14 – A farmer reported vandalism to an irrigation system at 200 North and 600 East in Knox. This is a recurring problem.

7/14/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of East 625 South reported the theft of several collectible coins from the home.

7/14/14 – Guns were reported stolen from a residence in the 6300 block of South Rannells Road West in Knox. An occupant of the home claimed two guys wearing black masks broke in, took the guns and threatened to kill him if he told anyone. The property owner then called the sheriff’s department and advised his cousin had stolen the guns and pawned them.

7/14/14 – Deputies responded to a report of shoplifting at the Grovertown Truck Stop.

7/14/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of South 1100 West in San Pierre reported someone shot a hole through her bedroom window. She said she heard someone shooting in the woods behind her property around noon and advised her family was at home at the time.

7/15/14 – A farmer reported a truck has been backing into his field at U.S. 421 and County Road 650 South in San Pierre, damaging his crop.

7/15/14 – Fuel and a battery were reported stolen from a farm field on north of U.S. 30 on 900 East in Grovertown.

7/16/14 – A resident in the 5000 block of South 275 West in North Judson reported the license plate was stolen from her truck a few weeks ago.

7/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and California Township Volunteer Fire Department First Responders respond to a report of a vehicle in a ditch ¼ mile east of Bailey’s on State Road 10.

7/16/14 – A resident in the 6300 block of South Rannells Road West in Knox reported the theft of items.

7/16/14 – Deputies responded to a report of a white BMW that wrecked into a median on U.S. 30 ¼ mile east of U.S. 35. Before that dispatchers in LaPorte County said the car hit a semi and took off. The driver was treated and released at IU Health Starke Hospital and advised of possible pending charges when results arrive.

7/17/14 – A sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a vehicle versus deer accident on 25 North west of 600 East in Knox.

7/17/14 – A San Pierre resident reported a scam.

7/17/14 – A resident in the 3200 block of West 400 South in North Judson reported the theft of items from his garage.

7/17/14 – A trail camera and $100 worth of fuel were reported stolen from a farm field ¼ mile north of 900 East and 500 North.

7/17/14 – Deputies were advised an unoccupied home in the 4400 block of South Dawn Drive in North Judson was broken into.

7/18/14 – Items were reported stolen from a home in the 1600 block of North U.S. 35 in Knox.

7/18/14 – Deputies responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of Toto Road and U.S. 35 in Knox.

7/18/14 – A resident in the 6800 block of East Oakwood Ave. in Knox reported being harassed by a neighbor.

7/19/14 – Multiple agencies responded to an accident with injuries at the intersection of 500 East and 250 North in Grovertown.

7/19/14 – A property damage accident was reported at the intersection of 300 West and 800 South in North Judson.

7/19/14 – North Judson Police, Starke County EMS, First Responders and the Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle versus tree accident in the 5100 block of South 350 West in North Judson. The driver, Blake James Jurcik, 20, of North Judson, was pronounced dead at the scene.

7/20/14 – A resident in the 8200 block of North Blackhawk Avenue in Walkerton reported someone let the air out of her tires and wrote “eat me” on the side of her car.

7/20/14 – Angela D. Valdez, 34, of North Judson, hit a deer on State Road 10 just east of State Road 39.

7/20/14 – The brakes on a vehicle driven by Ethan M.J. Jesuit, 24, of Rensselaer, failed, and he hit a tree at the intersection of 100 East and 150 South.

Arrests:

7/14/14 – Shawn A. Bumbalough, 36, Knox – Theft and false reporting.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

7/15/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to a civil disturbance.

7/15/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond when a man requests a protective order after noticing some threatening acts from a few subjects.

7/15/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond when a woman receives threatening text messages after selling a hot tub on Craiglist.

7/15/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of an altercation between a caregiver and the wife of her patient.

7/15/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to a domestic dispute.

7/16/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Medaryville Police respond when a woman reports that she believes that her sister-in-law is being abused.

7/16/14 – Winamac Police respond when a woman reports that her bike had been stolen from her porch.

7/17/14 – Medaryville Police and Francesville Police respond to the report of a break-in at an unoccupied house.

7/17/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a domestic dispute.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

07/15/14 A resident in the 600 block of Rail Road Avenue reported that she had gas stolen out of two vehicles.

07/15/14 Police responded to a trash complaint in the alley between Laurel Street and Cherry Street.

07/15/14 A resident reported to police that she was intimidated on a Facebook.

07/16/14 Police responded to an an alarm call in the 300 block of Lane Street.

07/17/14 A resident in the 500 block of High Street told police that his wallet was stolen out of his residence. There were two people in the residence when he left and when he came back the wallet was missing.

07/19/14 North Judson Police responded to a fire call on Franklin Street. The fire was found to be a bonfire.

07/19/14 A resident on Garden Street reported a dog barking constantly. The owners of the dogs were verbally warned.

07/19/14 North Judson Police responded to a suspicious person complaint on West Talmer Avenue by Norwayne Field. The person was not located.

Police Reports

Police reports are not an indication of guilt. They are merely a record that an incident was reported to the authorities. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

7/11/14 – Winamac Police take a report of a lost or stolen debit card.

7/12/14- Winamac Police respond when a woman reported that a door at her work was open and was supposed to be shut and locked overnight.

7/12/14 – A man contacted sheriff’s deputies in order to file a harassment report and obtain a protective order against someone he says is harassing his family.

7/12/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a fight.

7/12- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a domestic dispute.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

7/7/14 – Deputies took a report of a break-in at the Starke substation at U.S. 421 and State Road 10.

7/7/14 – A resident in the 6900 block of Homette Ave. in Knox reported their vehicles and steps were egged sometime overnight or this morning.

7/7/14 – A resident in the 8900 block of South Main St. in Ora reported someone she does not know is texting her 13-year-old daughter’s phone and asking her to meet them.

7/7/14 – A man told deputies another man in a blue Grand Prix with the driver’s window busted out stopped him on on the bridge on SR 23 over Koontz Lake and threatened him. He said the man keeps driving by.

7/7/14 – Deputies were called to a store on U.S. 30 to remove a possibly intoxicated patron who has been inside the establishment for nearly three hours and is making the female clerk very nervous.

7/8/14 – A resident in the 10500 block of East 900 North in Walkerton filed a theft report.

7/8/14 – A Monterey resident reported receiving a telephone call from a man with an Asian accent who told her about paperwork she had received from the court. When she told him she had not gotten any paperwork, he demanded she call him back at 844-244-4492. When she did, she got a busy signal. A deputy advised her not to answer any more calls from that number, as it is probably some sort of scam.

7/8/14 – A resident in the 1700 block of north 1025 East in Grovertown reported the side door of the garage was kicked in last night and items are missing.

7/8/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of east 250 South in Knox said he was walking when his neighbor’s dog tried to attack him. He and the neighbor got into a verbal argument over the situation.

7/8/14 – A deputy responded to a home in the 5800 block of east 450 South in Knox to settle a dispute between neighbors that reportedly turned physical.

7/8/14 – Nicholus Benjamin Ingram, 19, of North Judson, hit a deer on State Road 10.

7/9/14 – A Knox resident reported a telephone scam.

7/9/14 – A resident in the 6600 block of east Old U.S. 30 in Hamlet reported the theft of a stove and washer from the home.

7/9/14 – A Knox resident reported receiving a scam telephone call stating he had won the Publisher’s Clearinghouse sweepstakes and needed to send $500 to claim his prize. He did not send anything or give them any information.

7/9/14 – A resident in the 5000 block of south 275 West in North Judson reported someone stole the plate from her vehicle.

7/9/14 – A resident in the 1900 block of south 300 East reported the theft of a lawn tractor out of the yard the previous evening.

7/10/14 – The owner of a property in the 1400 block of West 400 South called from out of town to report someone possibly staying at her home without her permission.

7/10/14 – A pilot who landed his plane at the Starke County Airport reported an intimidation incident involving another person at the airport. The FAA has also been contacted, and copies of the police report have been forwarded to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office.

7/10/14 – Reckless driving was reported in the area of 400 South and 200 East in Knox. The vehicle’s two occupants are reportedly hitting things by the side of the road.

7/11/14 – The owner of a property in the Lomax Station area of San Pierre reported someone cutting down trees on his property and parking a truck there without permission.

7/11/14 – Kathleen Gayle Riley, 52, of Medaryville, and Olga A. Matzat, 86, of Culver, were involved in a traffic accident at an unspecified location in Knox. Police, EMS and Bass Lake First Responders were all called to the scene. It’s unclear whether anybody was injured.

7/11/14 – The Bass Lake Fire Department was dispatched to The Pocket at Bass Lake where a golf cart burst into flames in the road while a man was riding it. No injuries were reported.

7/12 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Bass Lake Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch in the 1400 block of State Road 10 in front of Konrad Cabinets.

7/12/14 – A Monterey resident reported receiving harassing telephone calls from people in Florida. She said the number is a Magic Jack number that cannot be blocked.

7/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department received a report of people on dirtbikes speeding, doing wheelies and burn outs on the slick pavement near the Koontz Lake Park.

7/12/14 – The owner of Russ’s Tire on State Road 10 in North Judson reported a white Ford Escort just went off the road into his parking lot and through his neighbor’s trees and yard before continuing south onto Range Road.

7/12/14 – Nicholas A. Radtke, 34, of North Judson hit a deer on State Road 39 at 500 South.

7/12/14 – A resident in the 1100 block of east 700 South in Knox reported a man came to her residence wanting to trim her trees.

7/13/14 – Guests at the Stay For Less Motel in Hamlet reported an intoxicated man is there trying to start fights with everyone.

7/13/14 – A Washington Township Volunteer Firefighter stopped at a home in the 400 block of south 800 East in Knox and extinguished a small fire under the home’s porch.

7/13/14 – The owner of a property in the 2500 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox reported someone spun around in his parking lot, flung rocks up, and they damaged his air conditioner. He will pull the tapes and try to get a vehicle description.

7/13/14 – Deputies were notified of a fight between two women in the 8800 block of North State Road 23 in Walkerton.

7/13/14 – A North Judson resident reported quite a few marijuana plants growing across the road from his residence.

Arrests:

7/8/14 – Jason E. Bloomfield, 36, Knox: Resisting law enforcement, O.V.W.I. (felony), possession of paraphernalia.

7/9/14 – Skylar Anthony Dewayne Daniels, 22, North Liberty: Possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia.

7/12/14 – Haily Michelle Nickerson, 21, South Bend: Possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

07/07/14 A resident in the 100 block of E. Talmer reported to North Judson Police that the two rear tires of her vehicle were cut or punctured.

07/07/14 Police issued several tall grass ordinance violations this week and three violations for no swimming pool permit. An additional four violation were issues for no animal tag[s]. The grass and animal violations are $50.00 each and the pool permit violations are $100.00 each.

“It’s very simple to avoid any fines,” said Town Marshall Doug Vessely. “Mow your lawn before the grass or weeds are eight inches tall, purchase animal tag[s] if you harbor a dog or a cat, and get any proper building, pool, or zoning permits. We don’t like writing ordinances violations, however it is necessary for those who refuse to follow the town’s rules.”

07/09/14 Several vandal calls were made to police. Several calls of vandalism, minor thefts, and destroyed property were made. A resident in the 600 block of Keller Avenue observed three to four juveniles running in the alley after hearing some noises. The calls ranged from a house number sign being taken and thrown into a neighbor’s yard, broken garage window, an American Flag taken down, an inflatable swimming pool being cut, small pool overturned, flower pots and solar lights being removed and relocated. Others included twigs in a mailbox, for sale signs being rearranged, a port-a-potty being overturned, and a bicycle being taken and located few blocks down the street. Most of the devious conduct was between 9:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. Almost all items were returned. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the North Judson Police at 574-896-5914. A cash reward leading to the arrest of any individuals will be offered.

07/09/14 Police responded to a call of trespassing and intimidation in the 600 block of Laurel. All parties were separated and criminal trespass warnings were issued.

07/09/14 An employee at the Dollar General Store informed officers of a shoplifter with Deputy Chief Joe Budner responding. After an initial investigation, Victoria Ann Goetz was arrested and charged with the new misdemeanor theft charge.

07/09/14 North Judson Police Officer Rico Simpson conducted a traffic stop on Talmer Avenue near George Street resulting in the arrest of the driver, Donald L. Peretti, for a Failure to Appear warrant through Pulaski County. He was also issued a uniform traffic ticket for no motorcycle endorsement.

07/09/14 A vehicle owner reported to police that her vehicle sustained a broken windshield while parked at the CVS parking lot.

07/09/14 A report of a family/domestic dispute was made in the 6100 block of Hubeny. No physical injures or touching was reported. The parties were separated for the evening.

07/09/14 Police responded to an unwanted guest in a family dispute on Woodlawn Drive. Officer Rico Simpson arrived and arrested Crystal Leeann Johnson-Coty on a preliminary charge of possession of a controlled substance.

07-10-14 Just before 8 a.m., a Gary, Indiana woman, driving a USPS-leased delivery truck was exiting the North Judson Post Office when she went east out of the old Farmer’s Bank and Trust drive-thru. The North Judson Police were summoned and considerable damage was sustained by the truck and the drive-thru structure. North Judson Deputy Chief, Joe Budner investigated the incident and estimated damages at over $15,000.

07/11/14 A report of a suspicious circumstance was made in the area of Keller and Central Avenues in reference to a lady throwing her shoes at passing vehicles. The woman was calmed down and returned home. No damages were reported.

07/12/14 An early morning dog walk upset a resident who called the North Judson Police in reference to a large pit bull running loose in the 200 block of Park Avenue. The animal was returned to his owner on Park Avenue. The owner was issued a $50.00 ticket for no dog tag, and a verbal warning for running at large. The caller was walking her dog and felt unsafe with the pit bull freely roaming. All animals must have a license, remain on your own property unless on a leash, and you must clean up after the animal.

07/12/14 A bicycle was reported damaged in the 200 block of Franklin Street. An unknown subject put a pitch fork prong through the front tire. The pitch fork was taken into evidence. It is older with a broken handle.

07/12/14 Another domestic/family dispute was reported in the 400 block of High Street. Police advised all parties to move along and a verbal criminal trespass warning was issued.

07/13/14 Officer Nick Vanni conducted a traffic stop in the early morning hours, and after an investigation arrested Joseph P. Danti of North Judson for operating a vehicle dangerously while intoxicated and for over .15 BAC.

Arrests:
06/30/14 Donald E. Husband, 32, 4315 S. 800 W, of San Pierre, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

07/02/1 Denzil Fletcher, 62, 101 Main Street, #3, of North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of trespassing.

07/04/12 Mickey lee Loney, 25, 37 Colonial Ave., of Valparaiso, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of driving while suspended prior.

07/09/14 Victoria Ann Goetz, 18, of Hamlet, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of theft.

07/09/14 – Donald L. Peretti, 31, 5206 S. A Street, of North Judson, IN arrested for FTA warrant from Pulaski County reference to small claims.

07/10/14 Crystal Leeann Johnson-Coty, 28, 5875 W. Woodland Dr., of North Judson, IN, arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

07/13/14 Joseph P. Danti, 22, 3387 W. Tulip Ct., of North Judson, IN arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle dangerously while intoxicated and operating a vehicle while intoxicated over .15 BAC.

Police Reports

Police reports are not an indication of guilt. They are merely a record that an incident was reported to the authorities. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
07/04/14 Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of State Road 10 and County Road 250 West. After a brief investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Mickey Lee Lonely, 25 of Valparaiso, was issued a Summons to Appear in Court for Driving While Suspended – Prior. The vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

07/04/14 Officers responded to a fireworks complaint in the 6100 block of Oakwood Street.

07/01/14 Police responded to numerous calls in reference to trees being down and power being lost in town do to a strong storm that came through the area on Monday night.

07/01/14 Officers responded to a complaint of theft from a vehicle in the 400 block of Main Street.

06/30/14 Police responded to a fireworks complaint in the 6100 block of Oakwood Street.

06/30/14 A scam was reported to police. The scammer advised the victim that he was with the IRS and wanted to collect on an outstanding tax debt. Police warn you that the IRS will not call you to collect on a tax debt. Do not give out any personal information and or send any money.

North Judson Police Department Monthly Report – June

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

7/1/14 – Deputies advised Winamac Fire Department that a substation or transfer station exploded.

7/1/14 – Deputies respond when a local resident reports that a few wires in a tree were sparking.

7/1/14 – Sheriff’s deputies take a theft report of air conditioner parts and copper pipes from an empty house.

7/1/14 – Deputies respond to a report of neighbors shooting guns in an unsafe manner.

7/1/14 – Winamac Police respond when a woman reports that a suspect had just came and stole $100 from her.

7/2/14 – Medaryville Police responded to a domestic battery.

7/2/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of mail tampering.

7/2/14 – Sheriff’s deputies and Winamac Police respond to a report of a man harassing young girls.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

06/30/14 – An employee at Grovertown Truck Stop reported the theft of her cell phone while she was at work.

6/30/14 – Dispatchers received several reports of trees down and other storm damage. Sheriff’s deputies, volunteer firefighters and Starke County Highway Department employees took care of the problems.

7/1/14 – Diana Kay Duffee, 45, of North Judson hit a tree on 450 South at 100 East and sustained minor injuries.

7/1/14 – Russell C. Dulin, 60, of Knox hit some lines down on State Road 10 at the Marshall County line.

7/1/14 – Dispatchers received several reports of downed trees and power lines and other storm damage. Sheriff’s deputies, volunteer firefighters and Starke County Highway Department employees took care of the problems.

7/1/14 – A property owner in the 1800 block of east 250 South in Knox reported trespassers.

7/1/14 – A San Pierre resident reported all of the money was taken from her banking account.

7/1/14 – A resident in the 5400 block of East 800 South in Monterey reported the theft of his generator and his car.

7/1/14 – A resident in the 5300 block of south 250 East in Knox reported her neighbor is at her home with a gun and is upset because she and her family drove through his yard last night because trees were down. She said he pointed a gun at her father-in-law.

7/2/14 – A resident in the 4000 block of north 900 East in Grovertown reported the theft of her wallet and medication from inside her truck.

7/2/14 – A truck driver who parked at Grovertown Truck Stop overnight reported the theft of fuel from his semi.

7/2/14 – Deputies responded to an accident on U.S. 421 in the S curve in San Pierre. No injuries were reported.

7/2/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of south 275 West in North Judson reported the theft of a red-nosed pit bull the previous day.

7/2/14 – Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle versus deer accident in the 3700 block of South U.S. 421 in San Pierre.

7/2/14 – Joanna L. Deller, 32, of Winamac, was involved in a single-vehicle accident with injuries in the 6600 block of south 300 West in North Judson.

7/2/14 – A resident in the 3500 block of East 400 South reported the theft of his wood.

7/2/14 – A resident in the 4300 block of south 650 West in North Judson filed a report of telephone harassment.

7/3/14 – Joshua Cabe Sprinkle, 31, of Knox, hit a tree on 50 North east of 300 East in Knox. He told deputies something ran out into the road in front of his vehicle.

7/3/14 – A resident in the 5300 block of South Elm Street in Knox reported a possible telephone scam.

7/3/14 – A woman reported four men trying to beat her 17-year-old son at Koontz Lake Park. Later a witness called and said he saw the fight.

7/4/14 – A resident in the 4100 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox reported an intoxicated family member shot a 45-caliber revolver at her husband and her children. They fled the residence and waited for deputies at a nearby store.

7/4/14 – Michelle Lynn Fornelli, 37, of North Judson, was involved in a single-vehicle wreck with injuries at the intersection of U.S. 421 and State Road 10.

7/4/14 – A resident in the 3400 block of North 900 East in Grovertown said a man in a black Jeep-style four-door vehicle accused him of nearly causing an accident, backed into his driveway, got out and punched him before leaving northbound on 900 East. The victim said his glasses and dentures both got broken and requested medical attention.

7/4/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of east 700 North in Koontz Lake reported kids riding golf carts up and down the roads in the area. He said none of them are old enough to be driving, and he and several neighbors have complained on numerous occasions.

7/4/14 – A resident in the Koontz Lake area reported kids on golf carts throwing firecrackers at dogs in yards.

7/4/14 – Deputies received a report of two drunk men physically fighting in the 100 block of south 1025 East.

7/5/14 – A resident in the 8900 block of East Long Lane Drive in Knox reported her neighbors are very drunk and setting off fireworks after curfew.

7/5/14 – Dispatchers received a report of a dog locked inside a car at Bailey’s Discount Center in North Judson for over an hour.

7/5/14 – An employee of a Grovertown business asked to speak to an officer about a counterfeit bill.

7/5/14 – A resident in the 4700 block of south 750 West in North Judson reported his mailbox has been blown up.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of south 700 East in Monterey reported is ex-girlfriend stole his dog.

7/6/14 – A contractor working on a foreclosed house in the 1700 block of west 450 South in North Judson reported the theft of a water heater.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 5600 block of south 210 in Knox filed a theft of jewelry report.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 5400 block of east 800 South in Monterey came to the sheriff’s department to file a vehicle theft report.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 2100 block of south State Road 39 in North Judson said someone took her vehicle from her house while she and her husband were gone overnight and wrecked it.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 8100 block of North Street in Walkerton reported the theft of $7,000 from her house while she was gone over the weekend.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of west 850 South in San Pierre reported the theft of an air compressor from her yard.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 4300 block of south 800 West in San Pierre reported a vehicle versus tree accident near his house.

Arrests

7/5/14 – Ricky S. Lewis, 55, Walkerton – Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (Class D felony)

7/6/14 0 Jerry Brzezinski, 52, No address listed – Public intoxication, disorderly conduct and trespass.

7/2/14 – Deputies respond to a report of a fight between neighbors.

Police Reports

Police reports are not an indication of guilt. They are merely a record that an incident was reported to the authorities. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

6/23/14 – A resident in the 1500 block of East 100 South in Knox reported vandalism to his property.

6/23/14 – A gas station on U.S. 30 in Hamlet reported a drive-off in the amount of $47.28. The suspect’s vehicle is a maroon, two-door Pontiac.

6/23/14- Deputies responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 1700 block of South 350 East in Knox.

6/23/14 – A Volvo semi was involved in a minor accident at the Grovertown Truck Stop. No injuries were reported.

6/23/14 – A caller reported a couple of marijuana plants growing east of the Koontz Lake Dam past the Slip Away Bay along the empty concrete pad.

6/24/14 – Deputies were asked to remove a female from a residence in the 3200 block of south 1000 East in Knox.

6/24/14 – A resident in the 2000 block of North 700 East in Grovertown reported his Social Security number is being used.

6/24/14 – A resident in the 4200 block of South 700 East in Knox reported receiving a telephone call from 786-275-5076 and being told by a man that there was a virus on his computer. He said Skype kept trying to load something, so he shut down the computer and ended the call.

6/24/14 – A resident in the 9200 block of South 50 East in Knox said he was having computer problems and was told by his maintenance company that his IP address had been hijacked, possibly compromising his personal information.

6/25/14 – A resident in the 5400 block of East 800 South in Monterey said he thinks his girlfriend took his white Escalade without his permission when she moved out of his house 7 or 10 days ago. If not, he needs to report the vehicle stolen.

6/25/14 – Melissa Anderson of Grovertown advised someone tried to steal the radio out of her car the previous night. The vehicle was parked in the 9600 block of East 150 North in Knox at the time.

6/25/14 – A caller reported two dogs in a Chevrolet Suburban with the windows up in the Mark Bailey’s Discount Center parking lot and said they’ve been out there for about 30 minutes.

6/25/14 – Steve Ahlenius was involved in a vehicle versus deer accident at 10 East and 400 South in Knox.

6/25/14 – Deputies responded to the 7200 block of East 200 North in Grovertown after a report of verbal threats between the Waldrop families during a bankruptcy property auction.

6/25/14 – A resident in the 2800 block of East 100 South in Knox reported a pickup truck with a boat has either crashed or been abandoned in his yard.

6/25/14 – A resident in the 5700 block of South 250 West in North Judson asked deputies to remove two men from his property. He told police they were smoking marijuana in his garage with a family member, however officers found no evidence of drug activity. The men left without incident.

6/26/14 – A Knox resident who is staying in an RV on State Road 8 in Knox reported hearing two men talking outside her door around 11:30 p.m. the previous night. She said they said something about shooting her two dogs, and then they left.

6/26/14 – Dispatchers were notified of a residential holdup alarm coming from a home in the 10300 block of East 600 North and were unable to contact the keyholder.

6/26/14 – A caller in the 1200 block of South 1100 East in Knox reported a white SUV with Illinois license plates going back and forth in the area and stopping at mailboxes.

6/26/14 – A resident in the 4800 block of East 150 North in Knox told deputies she noticed the door of her camper was open yesterday and found white powder in both of the sinks.

6/26/14 – A resident in the 4300 block of North 1100 East in Grovertown reported someone put an M150 in her mailbox and set it off.

6/27/14 – Thomas D. Burlington of Hamlet struck a deer on State Road 10 just east of U.S. 421 in San Pierre.

6/27/14 – A Rockford resident said she lost her platinum white 1.5 carat gold emerald cut engagement ring with 16 small princess cut diamonds around it inside the residence at 11952 East South Ave. in Walkerton.

6/27/14 – The owner of a rental home in the 6100 clock of South State Road 10 in Knox told a deputy she believes someone has been inside the residence without her permission.

6/27/14 – A possible fight between two men was reported at a residence in the 10100 block of East State Road 8 in Knox.

6/27/14 – Multiple vehicles were involved in an accident at the intersection of U.S. 35 and Toto Road in Knox.

6/27/14 – Two vehicles were involved in a crash in front of the Grovertown Truck Stop.

6/27/14 – Deputies received a report of a teenage boy with a club walking toward an abandoned house in the 1100 block of East 150 South in Knox. An investigation found he tried unsuccessfully to kick the back garage door in before fleeing into the woods across the street. Deputies were unable to locate him.

6/27/14 – A resident in the 8100 block of South 600 East in Monterey reported his wife damaged his vehicle with a shovel.

6/28/14 – A property damage accident was reported in the 7200 block of East 400 North in Grovertown.

6/28/14 – A property damage accident was reported at the intersection of Toto Road and 250 West in North Judson.

6/28/14 – An inmate in the Starke County Jail told a jailer she believed there were three people inside her home, and nobody should be at her residence. She asked a jailer to check.

6/28/14 – A resident in the 4800 block of East 150 North in Knox reported someone taking gas from her vehicle.

6/28/14 – A resident in the 2800 block of East State Road 10 in Knox asked a deputy to remove people from her yard who are setting off fireworks.

6/28/14 – A resident in the 2900 block of South County Road 210 at Bass Lake reported loud music coming from her neighbor’s house. She said a deputy asked them earlier to quiet down, but the party has not gotten any quieter.

6/28/14 – A resident in the 2600 block of South 700 East in Knox said her 13-year-old son is getting harassing telephone calls from his father and is very upset. She said the father will not stop calling.

6/29/14 – Deputies responded to a possible fight behind Bielava Resort at Bass Lake.

6/29/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies and Walkerton Police responded to a residence in the 8200 block of North Oak Ave. in Koontz Lake for a domestic complaint. A woman reported her boyfriend has been beating her and trying to leave with their three-month-old child.

6/29/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of West Toto Road reported a woman is trying to enter her residence through the back door. Officers responded and arrested the suspect.

6/29/14 – Deputies were notified of a vehicle flipped over on 700 South west of 100 West in North Judson with its airbags deployed. However, nobody is in or near the vehicle.

6/29/14 – Deputies took a report of a vehicle versus deer report. The resident drove home and contacted authorities. It’s unclear where the crash occurred.

6/29/14 – Deputies responded to a vacant house on U.S. 35 south of U.S. 30 for a report that a padlock appears to have been cut.

Arrests

6/23/14 – Shelly Renee Day, 31, North Judson: Public intoxication.

6/26/14 – Stephen Louie Danti, 34, Grovertown: Possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and possession of paraphernalia.

6/27/14 – Steven L. Gott, 29, Mishawaka: Habitual Traffic Violator.

6/27/14 – Steve Clemons, no age or address given: Driving while suspended prior.

6/29/14 – Shayna Howard, no age or address given: residential entry, criminal mischief and public intoxication.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

6/23/14 – Deputies respond to a report of a fight between family members.

6/23/14 – Deputies took a report of a stolen motorized scooter.

6/23/14 – Deputies take a report of a stolen wallet.

6/27/14 – Deputies are called to remove an unwanted guest from a residence.

6/27/14 – Winamac Police are called to a gas station for a report of a drive-off. The man returned later and paid in full for his fuel purchase.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

06/23/14 A parent reported a case of intimidation. The suspect reportedly threatened a juvenile and her family over the internet.

06/23/14 A written response was requested in reference to a follow-up on a battery case from last week. Police forwarded the information.

06/24/14 A garbage truck backed into a utility pole on Luken Street while attempting to empty a dumpster. The pole was broken causing a short electric outage for the area. Officers investigated the incident.

06/24/14 Police responded to a theft of a purse from an unlocked vehicle in the Dollar General Store parking lot. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely continues to encourage all citizens to keep your vehicles locked whenever unattended.

06/24/14 An employee at Carpenter’s Oil Company reported a $20.00 drive-off. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle.

06/27/14 After a brief investigation, officers requested charges of invasion of privacy after a suspect allegedly violated a no contact order.

06/27/14 A loud noise complaint was filed by a residence in the 300 block of Main Street. Officer Rico Simpson believed the issue to involve fireworks, however no one was found to be in possession of fireworks.

06/28/14 A hit and run property damage accident occurred in the CVS Parking lot early afternoon causing damage to a 2004 four-door, silver Chevy. Anyone who may have seen something or knows who could have backed into this vehicle is asked to call the North Judson Police Department (574) 772-5914.

06/28/14 Police responded to a neighbor dispute where someone was yelling across the yards in the 6500 Block of Walnut Street.

Police Reports

Police reports are not an indication of guilt. They are merely a record that an incident was reported to the authorities. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

6/16/14 – A mail carrier found an unlabeled bottle of pills in a mailbox in the 1000 block of south 500 East in Knox and has seen cash in the box on several occasions.
6/16/14 – A deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on 250 East and Toto Road in Knox.
6/16/14 – A resident in the 5000 block of east 250 South in Knox filed a theft report.
6/17/14 – A man reported the theft of $86 from his unlocked car in the 11200 block of East Nicole Drive in Knox.
6/17/14 – A Knox man reported a family member has taken his vehicle without his permission.
6/18/14 – A Grovertown resident came to the Starke County Sheriff’s Office to file a fraud report.
6/18/14 – A North Judson resident reported the theft of her iPhone, said she knows where it is and asked for an officer to help her get it back.
6/18/14 – Dispatchers received a report of several juveniles jumping from the Koontz Lake Dam into the water.
6/19/14 – A resident in the 4400 block of East Dawn Drive in Knox reported her neighbor’s dog got off its chain, came into her yard and attacked her dog.
6/19/14 – The owner of a home in the 11600 block of East Toto Road in Culver reported the recent theft of items from the residence.
6/19/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of North U.S. 35 in Knox reported she and her husband are being harassed by a family member.
6/19/14 – A resident in the 4700 block of North State Road 23 reported the theft of a tire from his vehicle while he was on vacation.
6/19/14 – Dispatchers received a report of juveniles jumping from the Koontz Lake Dam into the water.
6/19/14 – The Indiana State Police asked deputies from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a report of possible marijuana growing in the back yard of a residence on Old U.S. 30 in Knox. The property owner called ISP, but they do not have a trooper available.
6/19/14 – An employee of a store on U.S. 35 reported a man left with a cart full of groceries and is sitting in a small, beat up red car in the parking lot with a small boy.
6/20/14 – A caller reported several juveniles on mopeds acting suspiciously near the storage units on 250 West south of 700 South.
6/20/14 – A caller reported a pickup truck sitting at an abandoned house in the 5100 block of East 500 South in Knox.
6/20/14 – A resident of the 3400 block of South Range Road in North Judson came to the Starke County Sheriff’s Office to file an identity theft report.
6/20/14 – Sheriff’s Deputies, Starke County EMS and the Bass Lake Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Road 10 and U.S. 35 in Knox.
6/20/14 – A resident in the 1700 block of North U.S. 35 in Knox asked for an officer to take a property damage report.
6/20/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies, DNR Law Enforcement and Starke County EMS responded to the Bass Lake Marina to tend to people involved in a jet ski accident. One crash victim complained of a leg injury.
6/20/14 – A deputy spoke to juveniles jumping off the Koontz Lake Bridge.
6/20/14 – A shopper reported a dog left inside a vehicle in the Save A Lot parking lot in Knox with the windows barely cracked.
6/20/14 – Dispatchers received a report of multiple shots fired at a residence on South Elm Street in Knox.
6/20/14 – A resident in the 4800 block of east 150 North in Knox told a deputy someone killed his cat and put it in his grill, and the residents are now afraid for their lives.
6/20/14 – Damon Ritchie, 19, of Knox, hit a deer on U.S. 30 just west of State Road 23.
6/21/14 – Dona Zank, 62, of North Judson, hit a tree in the roadway on 400 South and 800 West. She is not injured.
6/21/14 – A vehicle hit a buiding in the 2400 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox. No injuries were reported.
6/21/14 – A resident in the 5600 block of East Shady Lane in Knox reported someone shooting off excessive dynamite in the area for the second time that day.
6/21/14 – A Knox resident reported the theft of his cell phone and other items from the Bass Lake Beach today.
6/21/14 – Deputies received multiple reports of loud dynamite fireworks going off in the 6400 block of South State Road 10 in Knox.
6/22/14 – Deputies received multiple reports of loud dynamite fireworks going off in the 6400 block of South State Road 10 in Knox.
6/22/14 – A deputy took a report of gas stolen from a vehicle parked at a residence in the 2500 block of East 150 South in Knox.
6/22/14 – Sheila Ann Freet, 31, of Knox, hit a deer on U.S. 35 South at Toto Road.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

6/17/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of a vehicle stolen overnight.
6/17/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of a gasoline drive-off. The suspect returned later and paid.
6/17/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of a residential break-in and car chase. The suspect wrecked the vehicle he was driving, fled on foot and was apprehended.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
06/11/14 Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint at the North Judson Town Park. When an officer arrived, a male subject was walking in the trails.

06/12/14 Officers responded to a car vs. deer accident in the area of CR 600 W. between CR 400 S. and 500 S.

06/12/14 A battery rerportedly occurred in the 400 block of E. Talmer Avenue. A complete report was sent to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for charges to be filed.

06/13/14 Police responded to a report of a battery in progress report in the alley by the carnival rides during the Mint Festival. After a brief investigation, Brittany Marie Underwood, 19, of North Judson, was arrested for Battery.

06/14/14 Police responded to a car vs. deer accident in the area of SR 10 and CR 850 W.

06/14/14 North Judson Police assisted the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department in an incident in the 600 block of Lane Street.

06/14/14 Suspicious vehicle complaint was called in at the North Judson Town Park. After a brief investigation, three minors reportedly in possession of alcohol were arrestedl.

06/14/14 A vandalism/theft complaint was investigated in the 400 block of Main Street.

06/14/14 A custody dispute was reported in the 200 block of Maryland Street.

06/14/14 Officers responded to an animal complaint in the 400 block of High Street.

06/15/14 Police responded to a parking complaint in the 100 block of Lane Street.

06/16/14 A missing person complaint was made by a resident in the 400 block of E. Talmer Avenue. The female subject was located a few minutes later in the 100 block of E. Sycamore Street.

06/17/14 North Judson officers assisted the Pulaski County Sheriff Department on a call in Pulaski County.

06/18/14 North Judson police responded to a suspicious circumstance complaint in the 700 block of Caron Drive.

06/20/14 Police responded to a criminal damage complaint in the 6500 block of S. Walnut Street.

06/20/14 Officers responded to an animal complaint in the 6500 block of CR 375 W.

06/21/14 North Judson Police assisted the White County Sheriff Department in delivering an emergency message in the 500 block of Lane Street.

06/21/14 A theft complaint was filed in the 300 block of Main Street.

Arrests:
06/13/14 Brittany Marie Underwood, 19, of North Judson, IN was arrested on a preliminary charge of battery.

06/13/14 David E. Lewandowski, 38, of Knox, IN was arrested on a civil warrant.

Police Reports

Police reports and arrests are merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and are in no way an indication of an individual’s guilt or innocence.

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/31/14 An employee of Carpenter’s Oil reported a drive off. The suspect was located and returned to the station,where it was learned he attempted to pay with a credit card and the pump did not accept it. No charges are being considered.

05/30/14 In the early morning hours, officers assisted Starke County Community Corrections officers when they detained John P. Bochnicka, 44, of 311 N. George Street for violating home detention.

05/30/14 Officer Nick Vanni conducted a traffic stop near Oakwood and State Road 10 which resulted in the arrest of Paul K. Forney, 55, of Knox. He had warrants from Marshal County and Porter County.

05/29/14 Officers responded to a juvenile family dispute in the 800 block of North Street.

05/29/14 While conducting a traffic stop near Lane and Main Streets in North Judson, officer Frank Thomas arrested Sammy Bottorff, 20, of Knox on a warrant. Bottorff had a Failure to Appear Warrant through the Knox City Court.

05/27/14 Officers issued over 25 mowing ordinance tickets during the week. Town Marshal Doug Vessely reminds residents to keep yards mowed with no weeds or grass over 8″ tall. Failure to correct the problem after an ordinance is issued will result in the town mowing the property and filing a $250.00 lien on property taxes per mowing.

05/26/14 Officers took a report of a home being egged in the 500 block of Keller Avenue. It appears over a dozen eggs had hit the front of the house.

05/26/14 A fallen tree blocked the intersection of Jones and Sycamore and officers assisted with traffic during the clean up.

Arrests:
05/30/14 John P. Bochnicka, Jr, 44, of 311 George Street, North Judson, IN, was detained for Home Detention Violation.

05/30/14 Paul Kevin Forney, 55, of 1492 Short Drive, Knox, IN, was arrested on two warrants – one through Porter County and the other through Marshal County.

05/29/14 Sammy D. Borttorff, 30, of Knox, IN, was arrested on a warrant through Knox City Court for Failure to Appear.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

5/26/14 – Starke County EMS, the Bass Lake Fire Department, Starke County Sheriff’s Department and DNR responded to a jet ski accident with injuries at Bass Lake.
5/26/14 – Brad L. Crowder, 52, of Richmond, hit a deer in the 7500 block of South U.S. 421 in San Pierre.
5/26/14 – A vehicle driven by Jose Federico Garcia, 33, of Plymouth, hit a cement post at the intersection of 850 East and 625 South in Knox.
5/26/14 – Deputies took a battery report from a woman in the 5100 block of North 900 East.
5/27/14 – A resident in the 500 block of north State Road 23 in Knox reported a theft.
5/27/14 – The new owner of a trailer in the 5300 block of South Detroiter Lane in North Judson advised she was cleaning it up and found items possibly related to meth manufacture. The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team came in to clean it up.
5/27/14 – The owner of property in the 6900 block of East 300 North in Knox reported his renter stole his lawn mower and his grill.
5/27/14 – Deputies responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at 50 South and 800 East in Knox.
5/27/14 – Dakota Ray Manns, 19, of Knox was cited for 73/55 on U.S. 35 at 400 South.
5/27/14 – Vandalism was reported to the slide at the old Washington Township School on State Road 23 and Division in Knox.
5/28/14 – A resident in the 5800 block of South 250 West in North Judson reported damage to the siding of her residence and said her grandson’s bike was stolen the previous night and recovered at the neighbor’s house.
5/28/14 – Dispatchers got a call regarding a blue and back bag that may have been used to transport a meth lab on the dirt pile on 700 East near where the bridge over the Yellow River is out. No meth lab was found in the bag. The Indiana State Police were advised.
5/29/14 – Emily Kathleen Michel, 18, of Knox, was involved in an accident on State Road 8 west of 700 East.
5/29/14 – A resident in the 8600 block of Bryan Street in Ora reported the theft of a check.
5/29/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, EMS and San Pierre Fire Department responded to a wreck with injuries on San Pierre Road.
5/29/14 – Deputies responded to a report of a residential break-in at a home in the 4700 block of West State Road 10 in North Judson.
5/30/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of West State Road 10 in San Pierre reported identity theft.
5/30/14 – Dispatchers took a call about two men in a black pickup truck selling meat from the back of the vehicle in the 6700 block of East 250 North in Knox. A check with the Starke County Auditor’s Office found that they do not have a permit for such activity. A deputy was notified.
05/30/14 – Mary Barber, 43, of Knox, reported the theft of her wallet from her cart at Save-a-Lot in Knox.
05/30/14 – A resident in the 9400 block of East 700 North in Koontz Lake reported a car has been driven through his fence.
05/30/14 – A resident who lives across from the EZ Campground complained of campground patrons lighting fireworks and making noise.
5/30/14 – A man reported he was raccoon hunting on 600 North east of 1100 East in Grovertown when two men dressed in camo pointed their guns at him. He took off running.
5/31/14 – A resident in the area of 400 South and 250 West reported damage to the metal phone boxes and a mailbox the previous night.
5/31/14 – A resident in the 5700 block of North SR 23 reported a pump was taken from her yard last night.
5/31/14 – A resident in the 1700 block of North 1035 East reported property damage caused by Amerigas.
5/31/14 – A resident in the 4700 block of East 800 North in Hamlet reported the theft of her pain medication.
5/31/14 – A vehicle driven by David Lee Combs, 38, of Knox, hit a deer on U.S. 35 at 200 South in Knox.
6/1/14 – A resident in the 2500 block of West Southside Parkway in Knox reported her fence and the stop sign at 250 West and Southside Parkway were damaged.
6/1/14 – A caller in the 400 block of North U.S. 35 in Knox advised a neighbor is shooting his gun behind his residence, and there are several people at the flea market on U.S. 35 that are scared.
06/1/14 – A resident in the 10600 BLK OF East 150 South in Culver reported the theft of a red Snapper lawn mower the previous day between 4:30 and 6 p.m. from her residence.
6/1/14 – Deputies took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash that happened at the intersection of U.S. 35 and Toto Road in Knox.
6/1/14 – A caller notified the sheriff’s department of two skulls he believed were human found on 100 West just south of 50 South near a creek. Investigators with the Starke County Sheriff’s Department advise they were deer skulls.

Arrests:
5/27/14 – Heather Mae Dean-Ferch, 27, No address listed: Intimidation.
5/27/14 – Bryan M. Albertson, 31, Hamlet: Habitual traffic violator and leaving the scene of an accident.
5/29/14 – William Fencik, 58, Knox: Battery.

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

5/29/14 – Deputies responded to a report of a man who came to another man’s house, assaulted him and refused to leave.
5/30/14 – Winamac Police take a report of theft of cable television.
5/31/14 – Winamac Police and the Winamac Fire Department respond to a possible fire in Winamac.
5/31/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of trespassing and possible property damage with 4-wheelers, ATV’s and dirt bikes.
5/31/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of theft.
5/31/14- Pulaski County Deputies respond to a report of harassment from the caller’s neighbors.

 

Drug Sweep Conducted on the North Judson-San Pierre Campus

hobart-lockrm2Officers from the North Judson Police Department, with the assistance of the Hobart K9 officers, conducted a drug sweep at the North Judson-San Pierre high school and at the middle school on Wednesday morning.

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely told WKVI that there was nothing found during the sweep. The four K9 handlers and dogs checked lockers and vehicles and officers did not find any illegal substances. The K9s did indicate on a couple of items, but Vessely believes it was a passive result as no evidence was found.

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Police Reports

Police and arrest reports are merely a report of an arrest or incident and are not indicative of guilt or innocence.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:
4/28/12 – Several departments responded to a structure fire in the 4000 block of 175 North in Knox.
4/28/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of East 850 S. in Monterey reported the theft of items from his garage.
4/28/14 – Doug Cassell reported the theft of several items from his shed in the 5500 block of East 800 South in Monterey within the past month.
4/28/14- Deputies responded to a report of a car in a ditch at U Road and State Road 10 in North Judson. Elmyra Schacht, 72, of North Judson, was not injured. The car was on all four wheels when deputies arrived.
4/28/14 – Deputies took a report involving online harassment from a 12-year-old female in San Pierre. The incident remains under investigation.
4/29/14 – Pamela A Sawyer of Knox came to the Starke County Sheriff’s Office to file a theft report.
4/29/14 – A resident in the 5400 block of South 50 East reported he is being harassed on the Internet.
4/29/14 – A resident in the area of 50 East and 70 North in Hamlet reported explosions are going off, shaking his house.
4/29/14 – A Culver resident reported the theft of a license plate from a vehicle.
4/29/14 – Deputies responded to a vehicle vs. dog property damage accident in the 5400 block of North 750 East.
4/29/14 – A resident in the 3900 block of East Mae Delano Drive in Knox reported a vicious dog in her back yard attacking her cats. Dispatchers told her to stay inside and notified a deputy.
4/30/14 – A deputy conducted field tests on what appeared to be two burnt marijuana cigarettes found by Starke County Community Corrections Coordinator Shawn Mattraw during a compliance check  at a home in the 6800 block of SR 23 in Walkerton. Neither tested positive for marijuana. Both were submitted to the Indiana State Police Laboratory for additional testing.
4/30/14 – A resident in the 7700 block of SR 23 in Koontz Lake called to report illegal dumping in his dumpster and said he has the names of the people who are doing it.
4/30/14 – John R. Cook, 63, of Merrillville, was involved in a single-vehicle accident on SR 39 south of Third Street in North Judson. No injuries were reported.
4/30/14 – A resident in the 2600 block of South 675 East reported her dog was attacked by a neighbor’s animal.
4/30/14 – A resident on U Road in North Judson reported dogs in the neighborhood are constantly loose and will not let people walk by without a problem. This is an ongoing problem.
5/1/14 – Officers were called to the Starke County Annex Building to remove an extremely irate man from the assessor’s office.
5/1/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of West 200 South in North Judson called to report her neighbor’s dogs attacked her dogs and tried to attack her while she was on her lawn mower.
5/1/14 – Deputies took a report of intimidation stemming from an act that allegedly occurred on Range Road south of SR 10.
5/1/14 – A woman called the police to report her 13-year-old daughter was raped by a 19-year-old male.
5/1/14 – Robert M. Kiner, 77, of Michigan City, was involved in a property damage accident at SR 8 and U.S. 35.
5/1/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of East 250 S. in Knox filed a report of telephone harassment.
5/2/14 – A resident in the 1900 block of South SR 23 reported someone dug on his property.
5/2/14 – A resident in the 9600 block of East 700 North in Walkerton reported the theft of a chainsaw from his property.
5/2/14 – A resident in the 9800 block of East 100 N. in Knox advised a logging company cut down some trees on the property next door and they fell on some dead trees on her father’s property.
5/2/14 – A resident in the 5800 block of North 1075 East in Grovertown reported his residence was broken into.
5/2/14 – A resident in the 2100 block of West 800 South in North Judson reported she is being harassed by her daughter’s father’s family.
5/3/14 – Several agencies responded to a personal injury accident on SR 10 and Range Road in Knox involving Kenneth L. Brown, 51, and Jonathan Mark McWhirter, 48, of North Judson.
5/3/14 – A resident in the 5800 block of U Road West in North Judson reported vandalism to her car and house.
5/3/14 – Danton Joseph Bensh, 21, of Medaryville, was cited for disregarding a stop sign at CR 50 S. east of SR 39.
5/3/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of Tecumseh Road in Koontz Lake asked to speak to an officer regarding telephone harassment.
5/3/14 – Several agencies responded to a property damange accident on County Road 1100 East north of U.S. 30 in Koontz Lake. A vehicle owned by Brian M. Baker, 39, of Grovertown, went off the road and down an embankment.
5/4/14 – Tara L. Fulk, 45, of Albion, was cited for disregarding an automatic traffic control signal at the intersection of U.S. 35 and Potter Street in Knox.
5/4/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of East SR 8 called to report damage to his garage caused about two weeks ago when his neighbor fired a shot at the structure. He told the officer he was in the garage at the time but just noticed the damage.
5/4/14 – Matthew T. Harger, 33, was cited for speeding 67/45 at the intersection of Toto Road and U.S. 35 in Knox.
5/5/14 – Cody Lee Clary, 22, of North Judson, was cited for speeding 67/45 on Toto Road east of CR 625 East.
5/5/14 – Tony R. Bradly, 54, of Knox, came to the sheriff’s department to file an accident report after hitting the guardrail on U.S. 35 by the overpass.
5/5/14 – A resident in the 6600 block of South SR 39 asked to speak to an officer about telephone harassment.
5/5/14 – A resident in the 6500 block of South 100 East reported a neighbor is dumping tiles on his property.
5/6/14 – Officers were called to the Bass Lake Property Owners Association Building by a candidate who said he is being harassed by someone who is pulling his campaign signs out of the ground in the area.
5/6/14 – Multiple agencies responded to an accident with injuries at the intersection of U.S. 35 and U.S. 30.
5/6/14 – A caller found a backpack of drug paraphernalia in Fletcher’s Cemetery in Knox and notified the sheriff’s office.
5/6/14 – A shopper at Mark Bailey’s Discount Center reported items she paid for were stolen from her shopping cart.
5/7/14 – A car driven by Cristi Marshall, 28, no address given, struck a pole in the 5900 block of South State Road 10 in Knox.
5/7/14 – A resident in the 6300 block of South 375 West in North Judson reported someone shot out the window of her front door.
5/7/14 – A resident in the 3900 block of 50 North in Knox reported the theft of a computer from the residence.
5/7/14 – Officers responded to a residence in the 3800 block of South English Lake Road in North Judson and took a report involving harassment.
5/7/14 – A resident in the 1500 block of West Toto Road reported the theft of a nail gun.
5/8/14 – A caller reported juveniles jumping off the bridge into Koontz Lake.
5/8/14 – A caller in the 3700 block of East 400 North reported more harassment from a known subject.
5/8/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a report of an overturned vehicle in a ditch at 25 North and U.S. 35 in front of Bennett’s Feed Store.
5/8/14 – Deputies were called to IU Health Starke Hospital regarding an unruly subject brought in by Starke County EMS.
5/8/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of West SR 10 in San Pierre asked to speak to an officer because he believes his neighbor shot his cat.
5/8/14 – Elisabeth Leigh Smith, 30, of Knox, hit something in the roadway on U.S. 35 near 250 North.
5/9/14 – James A. Hudgens, 49, of Knox, hit a deer on U.S. 35 at 300 North in Knox.
5/9/14 – A semi driven by David Harris rear-ended a parked semi occupied by Thomas Todd in the back of the Grovertown Truck Stop, and now the two trucks are hooked together.
5/9/14 – A caller in the 400 block of North 650 East in Knox called to report someone wiped out her brick mailbox the previous night.
5/9/14 – A resident in the 4700 block of South 750 West in North Judson reported receiving a suspicious telephone call that was possibly a scam.
5/9/14 – A resident in the 11500 block of East 900 South reported receiving a suspicious telephone call that he believes may be a scam.
5/9/14 – ADT notified dispatchers of a residential alarm in the 500 block of south 500 East in Knox.
5/9/14 – A resident in the 10800 block of East 700 North in Koontz Lake called to report he was battered at his residence an hour before by another man.
5/9/14 – A vehicle driven by James G. Rich, 48, of Knox, struck a tree on SR 39 north of SR 8.
5/10/14 – A resident in the 4000 block of South 210 in Knox reported the theft of his rowboat overnight.
5/10/14 – A resident in the 10400 block of East 500 North in Grovertown reported her 17-year-old son was shot in the back with a BB gun by the neighbor’s child, and she’s not sure if it was accidental. The BB broke the skin, but her son does not need an ambulance.
5/10/14 – A resident in the 7000 block of South 250 West in North Judson reported his neighbors are target shooting and rabbit hunting towards his property, and he has children playing in his yard.
5/10/14 – A resident in the 7600 block of North State Road 23 reported people down by the water possibly smoking pot.
5/10/14 – Deputies were called to the Stay For Less Motel in Hamlet by a man who said a drunk woman in the room was getting violent with him. They found both patrons to be drunk and unable to go elsewhere, as neither has friends, family or money for help. They were told to do their best to stay separate for the night.
5/11/14 – A caller in the 3400 block of South 800 East in Knox reported someone dumped trash down the road.
5/11/14 – A caller in the 3300 block of West 400 South in North Judson advised two men on a 4-wheeler are driving up and down the road recording people.
5/11/14 – A deputy was dispatched to a residence in the 9300 block of East 750 North in Walkerton after a caller reported someone behind him was shooting and a bullet came flying through his yard.
5/11/14 – A resident in the 9500 block of East 750 South reported the theft of power tools and other items from his garage.

Arrests:
4/29/14 – Janelle Smoot, 35, Knox: Possession of a controlled substance (x2) and possession of paraphernalia.
4/30/14 – Julie A. Laymon, 55, Knox: Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, open alcohol container.
5/3/14 – Skylar Anthony Daniels, 22, LaPaz: Operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
5/7/14 – Amy Lynn Hawk, 33, Knox: Possession of a syringe.
5/8/14 – Shawn Matthew Gentry, 24, Knox: Warrant.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

4/27- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report from a woman who received threatening messages on Facebook.
5/2- A local man filed a harassment report on a neighbor.
5/3- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a homeless man trespassing on residential property.
5/3- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a former resident trespassing.
5/3- The Winamac Fire Deptartment responded to a report of a large fire. Further investigation determined it was a controlled burn.
5/3- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of harassment.
5/4- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police responded a verbal and physical altercation between the complainant and a co-worker.
5/4- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of the theft of several items.
5/4- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of firearm discharges next door to the complainant.
5/4- Winamac Police responded to a property dispute that got out of hand.
5/4- The Medaryville Fire Deptartment responded to a trash fire.
5/4 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took theft and vandalism report.
5/5- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of items stolen out of a vehicle.
5/5- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded when a complainant reports that her son had been battered.
5/6- Multiple agencies respond to a fire related incident.
5/6- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a domestic dispute.
5/6-The Medaryville Fire Deptartment responded to a tree fire.
5/7- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police responded when a woman reports the theft of $500 from her purse.
5/7- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a stolen television.
5/7- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a domestic dispute.
5/7- Multiple agencies respond to a field fire.
5/7- Francesville E.M.S and the Medaryville Fire Deptartment responded to a grass fire that got out of hand.
5/7- Winamac Police responded to a domestic dispute.
5/8- Multiple agencies responded to a reported fire.
5/8- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a theft report.
5/8- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported fight.
5/8- Winamac Police responded to a reported theft.
5/9- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of the theft of a firearm.
5/12- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the reported theft of a few items from a truck.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/17/14 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely responded to a report of a known mental subject who was hearing voices. Upon arrival at 200 Block of Lane Street, everything appeared fine. Officers had to return to the location and completed a 24-hour emergency commitment to IU Health Starke hospital. The female was transported to the hospital and the doctor later released her. She was later arrested by Knox City Police Department officers.

05/16/14 Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop near 600 west and State Road 10 after observing a vehicle on Talmer Avenue exceeding the speed limit. After a short investigation, Joshua M. Viar, 26, of North Judson, was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operator Never Licensed. Viar was transported to the Starke County Jail.

05/15/14 Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated a three vehicle accident on State Road 10 and 500 West. A southbound vehicle entered onto the highway without stopping, causing his vehicle to strike two other vehicles. The damages were estimated at over $20,000. One injury was reported and Starke County EMS transported the subject to IU Health Starke Hospital. One citation for disregarding stop sign was issued. The North Judson Police, Starke County Sheriff, Starke County EMS, and the North Judson Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department all assisted in the investigation.

05/14/14 An unwanted subject was reported in the 100 Block of Schricker Avenue.

05/14/14 A domestic complaint was investigated in the 300 Block of High Street. Neither party requested charges to be filed.

05/14/14 An unwanted subject was reported in the 200 Block of Lane Street.

05/14/14 Police investigated a family dispute in the 100 block of Arlington Avenue.

05/13/14 Police responded to a domestic complaint in the 800 block of North Street.

05/13/14 Officer Nick Vanni conducted a traffic stop near Central and Keller Avenue which resulted in the arrest of Nicholas G. Lozzi, 29, of North Judson, for Driving while Suspended-Prior.

05/13/14 A resident reported suspicious activity in the 100 block of George.

05/13/14 A caller reported an unwanted in the 100 Block of Schricker Avenue.

05/10/14 Officer Frank Thomas performed a traffic stop at the intersection of U Road and State Road 10. After a brief investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Jackie A.J. Minix, 29, of North Judson, was arrested on a Failure to Appear Warrant from Pulaski County. Chief Deputy Budner assisted on the traffic stop. Jackie was transported to the county line and turned over to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

05/09/14 Officer Frank Thomas was at a business in the 400 block of East Talmer Avenue when a male subject came running in to inform Officer Thomas of a battery that was taking place in a vehicle in the parking lot. After a brief investigation, Officer Thomas arrested James D. Henderson, 30, of Valparaiso. Henderson was transported to the Starke County Jail without incident.

05/09/14 Officer Frank Thomas performed a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 400 Block of East Talmer Avenue. After a brief investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Charity Lynn McDaniel, 35, of Winamac, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia and Driving While Suspended-Prior. McDaniel was transported to the Starke county Jail without incident.

05/08/14 Officer Nick Vanni responded to a domestic complaint in the 200 block of Arlington Avenue. Both parties were separated for the day. There were no signs of a physical altercation.

05/07/14 Officer Nick Vanni responded to a minor property damage accident in the Liberty Elementary School parking lot. Both parties exchanged information. The damages were under $1000.00.

05/06/14 Chief Deputy Joe Budner responded to a battery complaint. Chief Deputy Budner filed a completed a report and sent it to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for charges to be filed against the suspect.

5/03/14 Chief Doug Vessely located a dog running loose on Adair Street near Lane Street. The animal was taken back home and Vessely issued two $50.00 fines. The fines were for ordinance violations – one for an animal running at large and the other for an unlicensed animal.

05/03/14 Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Keller Avenue in reference to a broken window. It appears as if unknown subject[s] had broken a window, however did not enter the home. Extra security matters were put into place with extra patrols.

05/03/14 The North Judson Park grounds keeper, Bill Hemphill, reported told officers that the speed bump strips on Weninger Street were missing. After speaking with several little league attendees, the stripes were taken sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight. Anyone with information is asked to call the North Judson Police Department. Police are offering a $50.00 reward for the arrest of the subject[s] involved and the items returned. Call 574-772-5914

05/03/14 An employee of Good to Go reported a drive off. The driver left without paying for $30 in gasoline. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely reviewed the video and the investigation continues.

05/03/14 Police responded to the 800 block of North Street in reference to a family dispute.

05/02/14 A verbal dispute at the Family Express was settled by police.

05/01/14 A call about an early morning barking dog in the 300 block of Garden Street was investigated. A verbal warning was issued to the home owner.

05/01/14 An employee at Dollar General called officers in reference to a shoplifter. After an investigation, Chief Deputy Joe Budner arrested Richard J. Benwell, 27, of Knox. He was charged with Conversion and Driving While Suspended.

04/30/14 A complete report was taken by Chief Deputy Joe Budner in reference to a harassment and intimidation case. The formal report was filed with the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office requesting charges.

04/30/14 Early morning vandals damaged two vehicles in the 3800 Block of Third Street. Chief Deputy Joe Budner found a broken rear window on one vehicle and a bed cover on the other pickup truck was pried partially open causing damage.

04/29/14 A landlord/tenant dispute was reported.

04/28/14 Police responded to an animal complaint in the 200 block of Maryland Street. A dog had gotten into the homeowner’s back yard. The animal was impounded and taken to the Starke County Humane Society.

Arrests:
05/16/14 Joshua M. Viar, 26, of 8515 S. 700 West, North Judson, IN was arrested on preliminary charges of Operator Never Licensed and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/13/14 Nicholas G. Lozzi, 29, of 105 Arlington Avenue, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving while Suspended-Prior.

05/10/14 Jackie A.J. Minix, 29, of North Judson, IN was arrested on a Failure to Appear Warrant from Pulaski County.

05/09/14 James D. Henderson, 30, of Valparaiso, IN was arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery with Injury.

05/09/14 Charity Lynn McDaniel, 35, of Winamac, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia and Driving While Suspended Prior. Charity was transported to the Starke county Jail without incident

05/01/14 Richard J. Benwell, 27 of Knox, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Conversion and Driving While Suspended.

North Judson Police Investigating Speed Bump Theft

A portable speed bump used by the Town of North Judson to slow traffic near the little league field on Weninger Street was stolen sometime over the weekend. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry says the town marshal’s office is investigating the theft. Each spring town officials place one near the park and another one on Ufkes Drive near the soccer field. Even though they are portable, they still have to be anchored into the pavement. Henry says the town got a quote of $675 to replace the speed bump. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call 574-772-5914.

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

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

Incidents:

4/14/14 – North Judson Police responded to the 200 block of West Weninger Street to investigate a missing vehicle and found that it was a civil matter involving late payments.

4/15/14 – North Judson Police took a report of a violation of a protection order from a resident in the 200 block of Garden Street and forwarded a copy of the report to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration of charges.

4/17/14 – A caller reported juveniles on dirt bikes riding recklessly on the roadway near Arlington Avenue, but nobody matching their description was located when the officer arrived.

4/18/14 – A parent reported her daughter and friends are being harassed via text messaging and Facebook. The matter remains under investigation.

04/18/14 – Officers were called to the area of Wilson and Garden Streets for a report of loud and vulgar music. It was off when they checked the area.

04/19/14 – A resident in the 300 block of Garden Street reported a debit card was compromised and used in the Washington, D.C. area. The cards have been deactivated, and an officer took a fraud report.

04/19/14 – An officer took an informational report involving a suspicious circumstance.

04/20/14 – North Judson Police responded to a custody dispute.

04/20/14 – North Judson Police responded to a verbal argument in the 500 block of Laurel Street. The parties were separated for the night.

04/20/14 -North Judson Police responded to a 911 call in the 300 block of North George Street. The resident advised that there was not a problem.

04/22/14 – North Judson Police responded to a juvenile complaint in the 300 block of North George Street.

04/23/14 – North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely stopped a vehicle at Luken Street and East Talmer Avenue. The driver, Jennifer L. Allen, 28, of North Judson, was found to be driving while suspended prior and issued a summons to appear in Knox City Court on Monday, April 28.

04/25/14 – North Judson Police assisted the Hamlet Police Department in locating a missing person from Hamlet. The female subject was located in North Judson with her boyfriend.

04/25/14 – North Judson Police responded to a property damage accident at West Talmer Avenue and High Street with damages greater than $1,000 estimated.

04/26/14 – North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas responded to a domestic complaint in the 200 block of West Weninger Street. He sent a report to the Starke County Prosecutors Office and Starke County Probation Department for review and possible charges.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

4/21/14 – A female caller in the 3100 block of South 900 West in San Pierre asked to speak to an officer regarding problems with her sister.
4/21/14 – A caller advised there is a cow in the middle of the the roadway in the 500 block of 500 South in Knox, and it will not move.
4/21/14 – Jerry Russell reported the theft of two trash cans from his yard in the 300 block of West Eliza Street in San Pierre.
4/21/14 – Deputies responded to a report of juvenile problems at Hickory Hills on 550 East in Knox.
4/21/14 – A female called and advised the driver of a bluish colored Chevrolet Cavalier is flying down 400 North in the 3100 block and said she is concerned someone is going to get hurt.
4/21/14 – A resident in the 11000 block of East Iroquois Road in Walkerton asked to speak to an officer about a threatening message he received on Facebook.
4/21/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of East 200 South asked to speak to an officer about harassment involving her daughter.
4/21/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of East 350 South reported someone was trying to break in to her house. When she called the sheriff’s department, she said she was outside and did not see anyone or a vehicle.
4/22/14 – A caller reported a suspicious-looking man wearing a dark blue jacket up on his head without his arms in the sleeves, sweatpants and a baseball cap walking south on State Road 23 south of Toto Road.
4/22/14 – A NIPSCO serviceman reported a security light was shot out in the 3800 block of South CR 210 in Knox. The property owner told the deputy his security light was also shot out on April 13 and April 20 and advised he just wants the damage to stop. He did tell the deputy if it is shot out again, he will ask for an investigation.
4/22/14 – A resident in the 2200 block of South 800 East in Knox reported a man wearing a black jacket, black pants and a baseball cap was walking around the area for the past 15 to 20 minutes.
4/22/14 – A female who lives in the 1700 block of West 450 South in North Judson asked to speak to an officer about someone using her Social Security number.
4/22/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy hit a goose with his patrol car on Toto Road east of U.S. 35 in Knox, causing minor damage.
4/22/14 – The owner of a home in the 200 block of West Davis Street in Hamlet reported someone tried to kick in the door of his rental property and said his tenant is there waiting for an officer to take a report.
4/22/14 – A resident in the 3000 block of West 800 South in North Judson reported someone broke into his home while he was at work. He’s not sure if anything is missing.
4/22/14 – An officer took a report of a vehicle sitting at the intersection of U.S. 35 and 200 South in Knox without any lights on. It’s not in the roadway, but it is difficult for other vehicles to see when pulling onto the highway.
4/22/14 – A resident in the 11000 block of East Toto Road in Culver called because she believed someone was in her attic, which she said is accessible from the garage overhang. Officers checked and did not find anyone in the attic.
4/23/14 – A caller reported chickens loose on 700 East north of 200 North.
4/23 – A caller in the 500 block of North State Road 23 reported criminal damage to her vehicle.
4/23/14 – A resident in the 6900 block of East Toto Road reported she is being harassed by her boyfriend.
4/23/14 – A caller advised a donkey was running loose near the intersection of SR 10 and U.S. 421 in San Pierre. The animal was captured before officers arrived.
4/23/14 – A deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash in the 100 block of West 625 South in Knox.
4/23/14 – A female came to the sheriff’s office and asked to speak to an officer about text messages and harassment on her daughter’s phone.
4/24/14 – Pamela I Warmbein, 53, of Knox, hit a deer on 200 North between 600 and 700 East. A crash report was taken.
04/24/14 – Officers took a report of a property damage crash on U.S. 35 north of the tracks by DC Garage Doors. No injuries were reported.
4/24/14 – An officer stopped Cameron John Pressel, 20, of Valparaiso, on Toto Road east of Range Road and gave him a speeding ticket for 64/45.
4/24/14 – A resident in the 2000 block of South 450 East in Knox asked to speak to an officer because her 13-year-old son has not be home in eight days.
4/24/14 – A resident in the 1100 block of North 1025 East in Knox reported a light colored, four-door passenger car drove through her yard and did damage before leaving northbound on 1025 East.
4/24/14 – Extra patrol was requested in the area of State Road 23 and 100 North in Knox regarding suspicious activity in the church parking lot.
4/25/14 – Brad Binkley called the sheriff’s department after hitting a deer on U.S. 35 in Knox and asked to file a report.
4/25/14 – A caller in the 1900 block of East State Road 10, Knox, reported an unoccupied car has been parked in his driveway since the previous night.
4/25/14 – A caller reported a horse loose in the 3800 block of South 250 West in North Judson.
4/25/14 – An officer pulled a car driven by Shane Arthur Smith, 20, of Knox, over for speeding on U.S. 35 and 500 North and cited him for 74/55.
4/25/14 – A caller in the 1900 block of West 200 South, North Judson, reported a motorcycle keeps driving on his property.
4/25/14 – Starke County officers were asked to assist Pulaski County Deputies with a domestic complaint in the 100 block of West 500 South in Pulaski County.
4/26/14 – A caller reported a Dodge Dakota pickup truck in the ditch on 1100 East north of 500 North.
4/26/14 – A caller in the 8800 block of West 900 South in San Pierre reported that her picture window was shot out.
4/26/14 – A female caller advised she hit a deer on State Road 10 west of U.S. 421 in San Pierre.
4/26/14 – A female caller on 450 S near Dawn Drive in North Judson called to report loud music from a nearby residence, and said it goes on every weekend. A sheriff’s deputy spoke to the person playing the music, who said he would turn it down.
4/26/14 – A caller requested extra patrols in the 10000 block of East 100 North in Knox due to reckless driving in the area.
4/26/14 – A resident in the 8900 block of North 1050 East in Walkerton reported another dog came onto his property and attacked and injured his dog.
4/26/14 – A resident in the 10600 block of East 825 North in Walkerton asked to speak to an officer about a protective order violation.
4/22/14 – An deputy spoke to the people shooting a .22 in the 8300 block of Kaney in Walkerton and said they have a proper back stop.
4/25/14 – Officers pulled a white Pontiac Grand Prix over on U.S. 35 near U.S. 30 and reportedly found synthetic drugs in the vehicle. Michael E. Hoekman, 22, of Knox and Gordon Carl Scheib, 21, of Knox were both arrested.
4/25/14 – An officer stopped a silver Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Brittany Nicole Casbon, 28, of Wabash, on U.S. 30 westbound between Grovertown and Hamlet after receiving a report that it was all over the roadway. She was arrested for possession of marijuana.
4/26/14 – Dispatchers received a report of reckless driving on 400 North west of U.S. 35 in Knox.
4/26/14 – A resident in the 1400 block of West 250 South in North Judson called to report a truck hit her horse fence. The vehicle occupants are not injured.
4/26/14 – Officers responded to the area of U.S. 30 westbound east of U.S. 35 after a woman reported a woman wearing a red coat and glasses jumped out in front of her. They arrested Belinda Leigh Grammel, 52, of Valparaiso on charges of resisting law enforcement, obstruction of traffic, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
4/26/14 – Deputies responded to a noise complaint in the 5100 block of South State Road 10 in Knox. The complainant told them she thinks her neighbors are letting off bombs, as she does not see areal displays consistent with fireworks. She told them this had been going on for 45 minutes.
4/27/14 – A caller advised five cows are loose on 100 West near 400 South in Knox. They ran across the road into a cornfield.
4/27/14 – A property damage accident was reported in the 1300 block of West State Road 10 in North Judson.
4/27/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of Tecumseh Road in Walkerton called the sheriff’s office after finding another bullet hole, possibly from January. This one is on the south side of her house on the bottom of the window.
4/27/14 – Deputies responded to a traffic accident on North Robbins Road west of 850 East in Walkerton.
4/27/14 – Emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle accident at U.S. 35 and State Road 10. No injuries were reported.
4/27/14 – A caller in the 100 block of West U.S. 30 in Hamlet advised there is a private range behind Knoll Brothers. He says people have been shooting all day, but they’ve also been blowing things up. He said the last explosion knocked his satellite out. Officers were unable to locate anyone on the property.

Arrests

4/23/14 – Brandi L. Shidler, no age given, Winamac: Reckless driving.
4/25/14 – Michael E. Hoekman, 22, Knox: Possession of a synthetic drug, false reporting, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended.
4/25/14 – Gordon Carl Scheib, 21, Knox: False reporting, possession of a synthetic drug, possession of paraphernalia.
4/25/14 – Brittany Nicole Casbon, 28, Wabash: Possession of marijuana.
4/26/14 – Belinda Leigh Grammel, 52, Valparaiso: Resisting law enforcement, obstruction of traffic, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department
Incidents:

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

4/22/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report from a local resident who rentend out a room and had items disappear. Deputies respond when a local resident rents a room out and items go missing.
4/22- Several departments responded to a residential fire in near Winamac.
4/23- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded when a man was allegedly kicked by someone driving by in a van.
4/23- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported fire, found it was of no threat and called off the fire department.
4/24- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report from a man of missing items belonging to his girlfriend.
4/24- Winamac Police took a report of a stolen cell phone.
4/24- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the reported theft of a vehicle.
4/24- Winamac Police took a report of the theft of a fiber-optic device from a home.
4/24- Winamac Police responded to a verbal altercation.
4/24- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the theft of a firearm.

Police Reports

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

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/14/14 Police investigated a missing vehicle which turned out to be a civil matter involving late payments in the 200 block of W. Weninger

04/15/14 A report of a violation of a Protection Order by police in the 200 Block of Garden Street. Charges were requested through the Starke County Prosecutor’s office.

04/17/14 A report was given to police about littering in the area of the Hoosier Valley Train Museum and grounds.

04/17/14 Police received a report of juveniles on dirt bikes recklessly riding on the roadway in the area of Arlington Avenue. Upon arrival, no violators were located.

04/18/14 A parent told police that her daughter and other friends are being harassed via text messaging and Facebook. This remains under investigation.

04/18/14 Police responded to a call of loud and vulgar music in the area of Wilson and Garden Streets. The music was off when officers checked the area.

04/19/14 An incident of fraud was reported to police. A debit card was compromised and charges made in the Washington DC area. The cards were deactivated and a complete report made.

04/19/14 A informational report was taken in reference to a suspicious circumstance.

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

4/15/14 – The Star City Fire Department and Winamac E.M.S responded to a shed fire.

4/15/14- The Winamac Fire Department responded to a fire involving a state vehicle.

4/16/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police responded to a domestic dispute between man and his ex-wife.

4/17/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an report of shots fired.

4/18/14- The Winamac Fire Department responded to a fire in the woods near a local residence.

4/18/14- The Medaryville Fire Department responded to a corn field fire that got out of hand.

4/18/14- The Star City Fire Department responded to a field fire that was spreading at an alarming rate.

4/19/14- The Medaryville Fire Department responded to an out -of-control grass fire.

4/19/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a domestic dispute between a woman and her step-daughter.

4/19/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a domestic dispute between a family.

4/19/14- Francesville E.M.S, Winamac Police and Medaryville Fire Department all responded to an out-of-control grass fire.

4/19/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police responded to a complaint of a neighbor shooting. The caller was concerned about where the shots were coming from.

4/19/14- The Star City Fire Department was called to extinguish a fire caused by leaf burning that got out of hand.

4/20/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies, Pulaski County REACT and the Winamac Fire Deptartment all responded to a ditch fire that was spreading to a nearby field. A pole also caught fire.

From the Starke County  Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

4/14/14 – A resident in the 6100 block of W. 700 S. in North Judson requested an officer after a 14-year-old who was refusing to go to school pulled a knife on him. He managed to get the knife away from her and was holding her on the ground.

4/14/14 – Damage was reported to a home in the 6600 East block of Toto Road in Knox.

4/14/14 – A caller advised cows and a horse were in the road on 500 South between 100 East and Range Road.

4/14/14 – A resident in the 2500 block of East 150 South called to report damage to her mailbox.

4/14/14 – A protective order violation was reported in the 10100 block of East 700 South in Culver.

4/14/14 – A woman in the 11000 block of East 50 North in Knox asked to speak to an officer about a four-wheeler she recently purchased from a woman whose ex-husband now claims she has no right to it.

4/14/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies served a protective order in the 5800 block of U Road in North Judson.

4/14/14 – Officers responded to a report of a young boy on the ground near the intersection of 200 South and Roosevelt Road with another one crouched over him. The youngsters told the officer they were leaving the pool hall and walking to a residence down the road. The officer gave them a ride and told them to try to stay off the road because it is slippery.

4/14/14 – Deputies responded to a report of a suspicions vehicle in the 10000 block of East 50 South in Knox. The occupants of the vehicle entered a nearby residence when they saw a patrol car.

4/14/14 – Anna J. Seago, 49, of North Judson, hit a deer on State Road 10 east of State Road 39.

4/14/14 – Dispatchers were notified of a commercial burglar alarm in the 400 block of North Heaton Street.

4/15/14 – A resident in the 2700 block of East 100 South in Knox reported damage to his front fence and yard.

4/15/14 – A resident in the 800 block of U.S. 35 called the sheriff’s office to report he lost his grey and black great dane.

4/15/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of 700 East in Knox asked an officer to go to his ex’s house and get his child’s winter coat back.

4/15/14 – A disabled vehicle was reported at the gas station in Koontz Lake.

4/15/14 – A resident in the 6600 block of South 250 West in North Judson reported her neighbor’s dogs keep coming into her yard. She’s not sure if they are vicious.

4/15/14 – A resident came to the sheriff’s department to file a report about an alleged incident at a Short Street residence the previous day.

4/15/14 – A resident in the 400 block of North 100 West in Knox called the sheriff’s office after her dog bit someone who was at her residence looking at her boat. She said the person was on the way to the hospital for treatment. This is not the first time the dog has bitten someone. She wants it put down but is on house arrest and cannot leave.

4/15/14 – A resident in the 11500 block of East 150 South in Culver advised her two German Shorthaired Pointers are missing. They are dark brown and white. One has a collar, and one does not. She has contacted the Starke and Marshall County Humane Societies.

4/15/14 – A welfare check was requested in the 4000 block of South 500 East in Knox.

4/15/14 – A single-vehicle accident with injuries was reported at Culver Road and 300 East in Knox. An 18-year-old was reportedly thrown into the windshield and injured but is conscious.

4/16/14 – Officers were notified of a domestic disturbance on Old U.S. 30 in Hamlet. The parties agreed to separate before an officer arrived.

4/16/14 – A contractor reported the theft of a water heater from a bank-owned home in the 8800 block of East 150 North in Knox.

4/16/14 – Officers were notified of a woman pushing a cart on U.S. 30 in the the emergency lane walking eastbound in the westbound lane.

4/16/14 – Deputies were asked by Adult Protective Services to conduct a wellness check on a resident in the 100 block of West Toto Road.

4/16/14 – Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a moped driven by Daniel W. Simpson, 25, at the intersection of Prettyman and Washington Streets in Knox and issued a citation.

4/16/14 – A resident in the 10900 Block of Mohawk Road in Walkerton asked to speak with an officer about pieces that were broken off a pontoon boat he had in his yard awaiting restoration.

4/16/14 – A resident in the 6200 block of South 600 East in Knox reported his neighbors are building a house and using his property as a latrine. He showed the officers photos of where the suspects have been defecating on his property and said he wants them to stop.

4/17/14 – A man notified dispatchers that his red Dodge Dakota truck has a flat tire on State Road 23 going into Koontz Lake and said he would be there as soon as possible to change it.

4/17/14 – A vehicle versus deer accident was reported on 400 South east of 200 East in Knox.

4/17/14 – A resident in the 1900 block of West 450 South in North Judson reported someone struck his mailbox with a vehicle.

4/17/14 – A resident in the 6500 block of East 400 North in Groverton said he found a speedboat that appeared to have been gutted between the pole barns on his property. He said it wasn’t there two weeks ago.

4/17/14 – A resident in the 5300 block of North 1075 East in Grovertown called to report a llama in the roadway.

4/17/14 – A caller reported a dog in the road on U.S. 30 near State Road 23.

4/17/14 – A deputy served a protective order on a resident in the 3100 block of East 900 North in Hamlet.

4/17/14 – Pulaski County dispatchers transferred a 911 call regarding a domestic dispute between a mother and a son in the 8100 block of South 600 East.

4/17/14 – A resident in the 4500 block of South 600 West in North Judson asked to speak to an officer about people who target shoot up against his woods.

4/17/14 – A resident in the 10100 block of East 700 North in Knox asked to speak to an officer about his neighbor’s chickens coming onto her property and causing mischief.

4/17/14 – A resident in the 7100 block of Evergreen Drive in Koontz Lake told an officer she thought a neighbor kid did something to her dog.

4/17/14 – A resident in the 5900 block of South State Road 10 reported vehicles in the field behind his residence. A deputy checked and found that they were farmers tending to fields.

4/17/14 – A resident in the 7100 block of East 50 South in Knox reported receiving harassing telephone calls.

4/18/14 – A resident in the 5500 block of East Manor Drive in Knox reported someone letting off fireworks by Hickory Hills Campground.

4/18/14 – Officers responded to a traffic accident at the intersection of 600 North and 600 East in Hamlet involving vehicles driven by Brandon William Ferch, 27, of Hamlet, and Lynee M. Marsh, 23, of Grovertown.

4/18/14 – A resident in the 6800 block of East Oakwood Street in Knox reported his neighbor’s middle school-aged kids are in the yard fighting, arguing, cussing and disturbing the peace.

4/18/14 – A resident in the 3100 block of South 900 West in San Pierre filed a complaint against someone sending him email.

4/18/14 – Deputies received a report of a blue Pontiac G6 with the windows busted out that has been parked on State Road 23 at the Koontz Lake Dam in Walkerton for several hours.

4/18/14 – A resident in the 9800 block of East 700 North in Walkerton asked an officer to take a report of damage to his property from a fire that the fire department just responded to.

4/18/14 – A resident in the 1900 block of West 450 South in North Judson said he came home and discovered someone came into his unlocked home and stole his wife’s oxycodone.

4/18/14 – A resident in the 9900 block of East Greenwood Street in Grovertown asked to file a report regarding a juvenile neighbor point and shoot a BB gun at his son as he was riding his go-kart.

4/18/14 – Paramvir Singh Sawhney, 28, of Warsaw, was cited for driving 78 in a 60 mph speed zone on U.S. 30 westbound, west of the hotel. He was also issued a warning for failing to signal while changing lanes twice.

4/19/14 – A resident in the 6200 block of South 300 East in Knox reported a van and pickup truck smashed his mailbox and left driving southbound.

4/19/14 – A 16-year-old male told deputies he was at a party when men he didn’t know took his car and wrecked it. The vehicle was found in a ditch at 900 East and 600 North in Hamlet.

4/19/14 – A deputy responded to a suspicious vehicle on U.S. 30 parked all the way in the back of Guntown.

4/19/14 – A resident in the 900 block of West 500 South in North Judson reported that her mailbox was destroyed the previous night.

4/19/14 – A resident in the 2100 block of East 700 South in North Judson reported damage to his mailbox and said the telephone canister is gone from the southeast corner of 200 East and 700 South.

4/19/14 – A citation was issued to the driver of a black GMC Sierra for driving 91 in a 60 mile-per-hour zone on U.S. 30 East of Knoll Brothers.

4/19/14 – Deputies received an anonymous tip about property previously reported stolen that the owner may be hiding.

4/19/14 – A resident in the 500 block of East Lake Street in Knox reported her male boxer is missing. His name is Kimbo and he is wearing an orange collar.

4/19/14 – A resident in the 3500 block of East 100 North in Knox reported a small white dog at his residence that belongs to someone on 400 South.

4/19/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Knox Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a report of a vehicle rolled over in a ditch on State Road 8 at Range Road in Knox. The vehicle was driven by Susan J. Vukelich, 55, of Schererville.

4/19/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies, the California Township Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a motorcycle accident with injuries at the intersection of 550 South and State Road 10 in North Judson. Keith Craig, 64, of Delphi, and a woman were both thrown from the bike

4/20/14 – Deputies were advised a man on a bicycle west of 625 East on CR 210 keeps falling off a bicycle.

4/20/14 – A woman in the 9300 block of East 200 South in Knox said her boyfriend has custody of his children who are at their mom’s house right now. They want to get the children, but his copy of the custody paperwork was destroyed in a recent fire. He was advised to contact the court for a copy of the paperwork.

4/20/14 – A resident in the 9500 block of East 225 South in Knox reported somebody cut her telephone lines last night.

4/20/14 – A vehicle driven by Dion V. McCay, 42, of Knox, hit a tree in the 3400 block of north 1200 East in Plymouth. The Koontz Lake Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded.

4/20/14 – A resident in the 2000 block of North Garba Drive in Knox reported that her brother came to her residence, kicked her car and dented it, and left on foot but will probably be back.

Arrests:

4/17/14 – Quentin Allen Lenig, 25, Knox: No charge listed.

4/18/14 – Brandon William Ferch, 27, Hamlet: Possession of a controlled substance.

4/19/14 – Terry W. Ashton, 38, Knox: Possession of a syringe, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Police Reports

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

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/07/14 Officers engaged in a high speed pursuit on U.S. 30 from Pioneer in Marshall County. They were in pursuit of a black Impala with temporary tags.

04/07/14 A resident in the 2900 block of W. 625 S. in North Judson reported mailbox damage.

04/08/14 North Judson firefighters and support were called to a brush fire in the 4000 block of W. Roberts Lane in North Judson.

04/09/14 James Royce took off from custody of the jail staff when walking from the Starke County Courthouse.

04/09/14 A resident in the 8000 block of N. Tecumseh Rd. in Walkerton called police when he saw the door kicked in at his neighbor’s residence.

04/09/14 Officers took a report from an alleged victim of battery from an incident at Bowlaway Lanes.

04/10/14 A victim of theft notified police that his possessions that were stolen were at the pawn shop.

04/10/14 A resident in the 1100 block of S. 1025 E. in Knox told police that some unknown person(s) cut down a tree on her property. Another resident in the 2100 block of E. 200 E. in Knox came home and found a tree cut up on the property without permission

04/11/14 A shopper at Save-a-Lot called police to report a theft from her vehicle.

04/11/14 A homeowner in the 7900 block of E. 50 S. in Knox told police that a pickup truck hit her fence and left the scene.

04/12/14 A report of an alleged sexual assault was taken.

04/12/14 A Walkerton man reported the theft of his trailer.

04/12/14 Meth trash was found in the 1200 block of S. 300 E. in Knox. Empty packages of pseudoephedrine and batteries were found amongst the trash.

04/12/14 Property vandalism was reported in the 5300 block of S. Elm Street in Knox.

04/12/14 A San Pierre resident reported the theft of a license plate from a fishing boat.

04/13/14 A report of a stolen lawn mower was taken from a residence in the 8900 block of E. Long Lane Dr. in Knox.

04/13/14 A burning complaint was made in the 800 block of S. 1025 E. in Knox.

04/13/14 A Knox resident told police that his truck tire was slashed.

04/13/14 A North Judson resident told police that some unknown person(s) were digging holes in the yard.

04/13/14 A man in the 8100 block of E. 550 S. in Knox told police that someone broke into his home.

04/13/14 Police were called to a home in the 11500 block of E. 900 S. in Culver in reference to a possible burglary. The home owner told police that she just returned home and found the back doors open. No one was authorized to be in the home.

Arrests:
04/09/14 Spenser Overton, 25, of Knox was arrested on a preliminary charge of Conversion.

04/09/14 Dorsie Cooper, 19, of Walkerton was arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.

04/09/14 Benjamin Cooper, 21, of Walkerton was arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication and Resisting Law Enforcement.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/06/14 A driver of a vehicle reported to North Judson police, that juveniles were throwing eggs at vehicles in the area of Franklin Street and Main Street. The officer checked the area and was unable to locate the juveniles.

04/07/14 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely was dispatched to check on a possible intoxicated driver in a four-door green Chevy Impala traveling east on West Talmer Avenue from the Good To Go gas station. Chief Vessely performed a traffic stop on the vehicle on State Road 10 by the railroad tracks east of North Judson. After a brief investigation by Chief Vessely, the driver of the vehicle, Lonzo Lee Jackson, 43, Knox, was arrested on preliminary misdemeanor charges of Driving While Suspended and Operating Vehicle While Intoxicated. Jackson was transported to the Starke County Jail and turned over to the jail staff without incident.

04/07/14 Burglary and theft reports were taken by North Judson police at North Judson U Lock Storage on Oakwood Street. North Judson Police are still investigating this incident.

04/08/14 A criminal trespass report was taken by police in the 6000 block of County Road 500 West. A male subject previously warned for criminal trespass was on the property again. North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas provided a completed report to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for charges of Criminal Trespass against the subject. North Judson Police will not release the name of the subject until formal charges are filed on the subject.

04/10/14 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas located a wanted subject in the 6000 block of C.R. 375 West. Ivan Sandlin, 30, North Judson, was arrested on a warrant out of Jasper County. Thomas was transported to the Starke/Jasper County Line and turned over to the Jasper County Sheriff Department without incident.

04/11/14 Police investigated a property damage accident just north of North Judson on English Lake Road. The driver of the vehicle reported to Officer Frank Thomas that he struck a deer. Officer Thomas estimated the damages at over $1,000.

04/11/14 Police responded to a fight complaint in the 500 block of Laurel Street. Before Officers arrived, the subjects were separated. A complete report was filed with the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office.

04/12/14 Police located a wanted subject in the 6100 block of south John Street. Taylor S. Patton, 27, of Winamac was arrested for two Pulaski County Warrants. Patton was transported to the Starke/Pulaski County Line and turned over to the Pulaski County Sheriff Department without incident.

Arrests:
04/07/14 Lonzo Lee Jackson, 43, of Knox, IN, was arrested on preliminary misdemeanor charges of Driving While Suspended and Operating Vehicle While Intoxicated.

04/10/14 Ivan Sandlin, 30, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on a Jasper County Warrant.

04/12/14 Taylor S. Patton, 27, of Winamac, IN, was arrested on two Pulaski County warrants.

North Judson Police Department Monthly Report – March

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/08/14 A resident reported a stolen company fuel card.

04/09/14 Firefighters from the Winamac Fire Department responded to a field fire.

04/10/14 Winamac police responded to a harassment call.

04/11/14 Medaryville Fire Department firefighters responded to a railroad tie fire.

04/13/14 Pulaski deputies responded to a report of missing items.

04/14/14 An employee at a local business told police that a local man drove off without paying for kerosene.

04/14/14 A woman notified police that some of her property is missing from her garage.

04/14/14 Deputies responded to a harassment incident.

Arrests:
04/15/14 Douglas Whiteman, Jr., 28 of Winamac, IN, arrested on a probation violation.

04/14/14 Lawrence Minarik, Jr., 32, of San Pierre, IN, arrested on a probation violation.

04/12/14 Christopher Sypulski, 33, of Lowell, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).

04/10/14 Robert Kurich, 40, of Chicago, IL arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear.

04/08/14 Ryan Loehmer, 25, of Culver, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Fraud.

04/07/14 Devin Trusty, 28, of Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

03/20/14 Officer Frank Thomas,was on patrol in the 400 block of East Talmer Ave. and located Edward A. Schroeder, 40, of San Pierre. Officer Thomas arrested Edward on an active warrant.

03/19/14 Officer Thomas responded to a call in reference to small children who were walking around in the 300 block of Lane Street. After a brief investigation, the officer turned the children over to the mother and completed a report that he forwarded to the Department of Child Services.

03/18/14 A resident contacted the North Judson Police in reference to her 13-year-old Yorkshire Terrier was attacked by a neighbor’s dog in the 500 block of Lane street. Chief Doug Vessely investigated and wrote the owner of the dog two Town of North Judson ordinance citations.

03/18/14 Police were dispatched to the North Judson-San Pierre Middle School in reference to a harassment complaint. After a brief investigation, Chief Doug Vessely filed a complete report with the Starke County Prosecutor’s office, the Juvenile Probation Department and both principals.

03/17/14 The North Judson Police Department responded to an alarm call in the 300 block of Keller Ave. After a brief investigation, it was found that an employee set off the alarm.

Arrests:

03/20/14 Edward A. Schroeder, 40, of San Pierre, IN, arrested on a warrant.

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

03/18/14 – A local man reported stolen property from his shed.

03/18/14 – Deputies responded when a family member allegedly broke into the family home and tried to take property that did not belong to them.

03/18/14 – A mother was allegedly punched in the face by her ex-husbands’ new wife while picking up her kids.

03/19/14 – Deputies responded to a report from a local woman who came home to find her front door wide open.

03/20/14 – Deputies delivered a protective order to a woman receiving harassing test messages.

Arrests:

03/21/14 – Michelle M. Riley, 29 of Culver, was arrested on charges of Aiding in an Armed Robbery.

03/21/14 – Stephen Lance Chaffins, 18 of Knox, was arrested on a probation violation.

03/23/14 – Manuel Cooper, 23 of Bauxite, Ariz., was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

03/23/14 – Chad Edward Neeley, 41 of Medaryville, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear.

03/23/14 – Christene N. Shepherd, 22 of Knox, was arrested on charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Endangerment.

03/24/14 – Ernest J. Westerhoff, 43 of Winamac, was arrested on charges of Possession of Paraphernalia, Disorderly Conduct, Domestic Battery, and Intimidation.

North Judson Police Warn of Social Media Scam

A new scam has hit social media.

According to a report taken by an officer with the North Judson Police Department, a resident claimed she was contacted through Facebook of a person claiming to be in the military stationed in Afghanistan. The person asked for her bank account information so he could mail some money back home. Luckily, the transaction was voided before money could be taken from the bank account.

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Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
03/14/14 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas responded to a possible intoxicated driver call east of North Judson on State Road 10. Officer Thomas checked the area but was unable to locate the vehicle.

03/13/14 A North Judson resident reported to North Judson Officer Nick Vanni, that she was contacted on Facebook by a subject claiming to be in the military stationed in Afghanistan. The subject requested the residents bank information so he could mail some money back home. The residents bank caught the transaction and was able to stop it before money could be taken out. This is one of the new scams out there.

The North Judson Police Department would like to warn residents to avoid giving out any bank, credit card or debit card and Social Security information over the phone or on the internet. If the resident does not know the person contacting them. Do not give anyone your account numbers and never send cash or money up front for anything. Scam artists use western union money gram, green dot money packs, and paid up money packs or gift cards, because these items are not traceable and you cannot stop payment and get your money back. North Judson Chief Vessely said call police first if you are not sure or call the Better Business Bureau.

03/12/14 – North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner responded to a slide off on State Road 10 East of Oakwood Street. There was no damage to the vehicle.

03/11/14 A resident from San Pierre found an item belonging to a male subject that was arrested previously by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

03/11/14 North Judson Police Officer Nick Vanni responded to a slide off on State Road 10 East of U.S. Highway 421. There was no damage to the vehicle.

03/09/14 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely was dispatched to a welfare check in the 400 block of E. Talmer Avenue reference to a woman almost hit by a vehicle on the roadway. Chief Vessely did not locate the female subject. The officer was then dispatched to Dollar General in reference to a female subject matching the description from the previous call and the woman was acting suspicious and possibly shoplifting. Chief Vessely arrived and after a brief investigation arrested Lisa K. Fields, 44, of Rensselaer, for Public Intoxication and Conversion.

03/09/14 North Judson Police Officer Chris Kisela was dispatched to the 400 block of Keller Ave. After a brief investigation, Officer Kisela arrested Julie M. Serrano, 21, of 404 Keller Ave. for Battery, Battery on Law Enforcement, Battery by Bodily Waste, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief. Deputy Sheriff Skip Tomasko assisted with the arrest.

03/09/14 A citizen reported to North Judson police that a woman was walking in the highway on State Road 10. Chief Vessely responded and after an investigation the woman was located inside of the Dollar General store and arrested for Public Intoxication and Conversion. Arrested was 44-year-old Lisa Field of Rensselaer.

03/08/14 North Judson police were advised of an unwanted guest in the 400 block of Keller Avenue. When officers arrived, the subject had already fled the residence on foot. Nothing further was needed.

03/07/14 A mother told police she is concerned about her daughter’s Facebook account activity being text to another family member, from a non-related person.

03/07/14 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely responded to a property damage accident at the Family Express parking lot. A vehicle pulling out of the lot traveling west through the lot was struck by another vehicle pulling away from the gas pump island. No injuries were reported and Vessely estimated damages at over $2,000.

03/06/14 North Judson Police and the Starke County Coroner continue to investigate a death in the 100 block of Sycamore Street. Chief Deputy Joe Budner responded to a call along with Starke County EMS and discovered a deceased person. North Judson Chief Doug Vessely assisted in the investigation and stated, “At this time, we believe no foul play has been involved and are awaiting the final reports from the Coroner’s Office. It appears to be a natural death.”

03/05/14 Shortly after noon, police investigated a traffic accident at the intersection of Collins Street and Main Street. A 1997 Chevy pickup truck, being driven by Kaylee Lovas of North Judson, was heading north on Collins Street. The driver stated she went to apply her brakes and the truck started to slide on the snow-covered roadway. The truck slid into the intersection of Main Street and struck a 1995 Oldsmobile four-door sedan. The driver of the car, William Unruh also of North Judson, stated he observed the truck sliding into the intersection and accelerated to avoid being struck. His car was struck in the drivers side door area. North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the accident and estimated damages at over $7,000. Two subjects were transported to IU Health Starke Hospital by Starke County EMS. The North Judson Wayne Township Fire Department firefighters assisted at the accident scene. It was snowing at the time of the accident.

03/05/14 Police were called in reference to a fraud case where a family member had cashed an insufficient fund check and the dollar amount was taken from their checking account. The parties involved were advised it is a civil claim and not a criminal complaint as long as both parties were on the same checking account.

03/04/13 Officers took a report of telephone harassment. Both parties admitted to calling and/or texting each other several times. Both were advised to stop responding to each other’s messages.

03/03/14 A minor property damage accident occurred in the North Judson-San Pierre High School parking lot after school. A vehicle was leaving the lot when they had to back up to go around another parked vehicle, and backed into the car behind them. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely estimated damages at near $2,000 and no injuries were reported.

03/03/14 A damage only accident occurred in the North Judson-San Pierre High School parking lot around 6 p.m. when a vehicle pulled out of a parked space and struck another car that was going straight in the lot. North Judson Officer Nick Vanni estimated damage at over $2,500. No injuries were reported nor citations issued.

Drive Carefully:
Police responded to and have investigated four traffic accidents this past week, within a four day period making a total of 13 for the year-to-date in 2014. The total accidents reported to the Indiana State Police Crash Report site in 2013 for the North Judson Police was 58.

“The number of accidents puts us about average for the year, however four in four days is a little concerning,” North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely commented. “I think as the weather clears and it starts to warm up, we all have cabin fever, and might tend to drive somewhat faster. Just remember, we still have many slick spots and ice patches. This past week and throughout the year we cover many accidents from parking lots in town. Try to use extra caution when moving in and out of a lot, or in and out of a parking space and you may avoid an unnecessary fender bender. Be aware of your surroundings, slow down, watch, listen, and don’t try to guess what the other vehicle might do.”

Arrests:
03/09/14 Julie M. Serrano, 21, 404 Keller Ave., North Judson, IN, arrested for Battery, Battery on Law Enforcement, Battery by Bodily Waste, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief.

03/09/14 Lisa K. Field, of Rensselaer, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Conversion.

North Judson Police Department Monthly Report – February

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

03/12/14 – A hit and run was reported near the intersection of U.S. 421 and State Road 10.

03/12/14 – A hit and run was reported on U.S. 30 near Grovertown.

03/14/14 – A resident of the 5400 block of South 250 West in North Judson reported two men broke into her residence, punched her and began battering her husband.

03/15/14 – A resident of the 8900 block of South Main Street in Ora reported items stolen from his shed.

Arrests:

03/13/14 – Eric Dwight Taylor, 36 of Walkerton, was arrested on charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Precursor by a Methamphetamine Offender, Common Nuisance, Possession of Chemical Agents or Precursors, Possession of a Syringe, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

03/12/14 – Winamac Fire Dept. responds to smoke coming out of an air conditioner on a rooftop.

03/12/14 – Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department respond when two girls are caught allegedly stealing some items.

03/12/14 – Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department respond to a claim of someone stealing the gas out of their car and and lawn mower.

03/12/14 – Buffalo Fire Dept., Francesville Fire Dept., and Star City Fire Dept. were called out to assist with a fire in White County.

03/12/14 – Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department respond when a woman came to the station and requested to file assault charges against the suspect who allegedly attacked her.

03/12/14 – Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department get involved when $1,000 goes missing from a Superintendent’s office.

03/12/14 – Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department insisted a man leave a residence when he was no longer welcomed there.

Arrests:

03/10/14 – Caleb Andrew Neeley, 20 of Francesville, was arrested on charges of Minor Consumption.

03/10/14 – Marla Marie Freeman, 42 of Winamac, was arrested on a warrant for probation revocation.

03/18/14 – Kelcie Carlean Miller, 22 of Valparaiso, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

03/20/14 – Steven Craig Decker, 27 of Winamac, was arrested on charges of Neglect of a Dependent.

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