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Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
11/01/11 James Dolezal of North Judson reported to the North Judson Police Department that his debit card was stolen from his vehicle while it was parked at his home on State Street. The card was reportedly used 10 times between 6:40 pm and 12:10 am the night before. After an investigation, North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely arrested 18-year-old Nickolas Rudd for Theft, forgery, and 10 counts of credit card fraud. He was transported to the Starke County Jail. Rudd is currently out on bond for a burglary charge involving the Grand Central Station.

10/31/11 The North Judson Police responded to a report of yelling coming from a home in the 400 block of Keller Avenue and conducted a welfare check on the occupants. During the course of the investigation, a woman was detained and taken for hospitalization as part of an Emergency Detention.

10/31/11 Officer Bill Scheiderer of the North Judson Police Department received a tip in regards to a vehicle that was damaged at the walking trail parking lot on State Road 10 a few weeks ago. After a follow-up, two male juveniles were reported to the Starke County Probation Department as being the culprits. A full report was furnished requesting charges and restitution.

Arrests:
11/05/11 Mary E. Gonzalez, 61, 1360 W. Toto Road, North Judson, N, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

11/01/11 Nicholas T. Rudd, 18, 304 Main Street, North Judson, IN, arrested for Theft, Fraud, and Forgery.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/06/11 A caller in Medaryville told police that a woman came to the caller’s house to report that she hit a deer with her vehicle. The woman said she was trying to get home from work and she was really tired. She was lost and had no idea where she was.

11/06/11 The Winamac Fire Department responded to a call that there is smoke in the building. The Manager at Arby’s called police to report the incident and he was told to get everyone out of the building immediately. There was no fire. A motor was smoking in the building and it was taken care of.

11/06/11 A Medaryville resident reported a hit and run accident. Caller said another car backed out and hit his and then left the scene.

11/06/11 A caller advised that he and his wife hit a deer in the Bruce Lake area. He told dispatch that they are ok, “but the vehicle was not”.

11/06/11 Caller told police that he hit a deer on 600 North, east of U.S. 35.

11/06/11 A caller in the Denham area reported that a building on his rented property was on fire. No one was in the building at the time of the incident. Monterey Tippecanoe Township Fire Department was called to the scene.

11/05/11 A caller reported that someone was using her Social Security Number.

11/05/11 A resident in Cass Township reported that a gate on his farmland has been severely damaged by a vehicle.

11/05/11 Caller advised of a small field fire that is creeping along toward an old barn. The fire is not huge but headed toward the structure. The Monterey-Tippecanoe Township Fire Department was called to the scene. More manpower was called to the scene.

11/05/11 The Winamac Police Department was called to a car vs. deer accident in front of All Seasons in Winamac.

11/04/11 Extra patrol was requested at the Winamac State Highway garage when an email suggested that catalytic converters were being stolen from parked vehicles.

11/04/11 A Winamac business reported the theft of gas, but the owner was contacted and it was taken care of.

11/04/11 A caller requested that an officer from the Winamac Police Department be sent to her residence as some unknown person hit her car while parked in the alley.

11/04/11 A Medaryville resident called to report a TV, laptop and Play Station stolen from his residence.

11/04/11 A Monterey resident called police to request an ambulance. He was burning leaves and something blew up in his face and has burned him badly. The resident was taken to Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

11/04/11 Caller advised that he hit a deer in Franklin Township. He was able to drive home, but needs a report.

11/04/11 Caller said that a deer ran into the side of her vehicle. The deer had bent the fender and broke a window. Damage was visible all along the right side of the vehicle.

11/03/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in Pulaski.

11/03/11 Caller advised she swerved to miss a deer and hit a tree.

11/03/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Monterey area.

11/02/11 A domestic battery incident was called into the Sheriff’s Department. An arrest was made.

11/02/11 A resident called and told dispatch that she hit a deer on her way to Parkview Haven in Francesville. No injuries were reported.

11/02/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Monon area.

11/02/11 The hospital called the Sheriff’s Department to advise them that a 19-year-old male is in the ER and was shooting a high powered rifle at a metal target and a bullet fragment bounced back and hit him in the chest. DNR was notified but they determined that it was not a hunting accident.

11/02/11 A Medaryville resident reported that a dog bit her child.

11/01/11 A resident reported a car vs. deer accident in Franklin Township.

11/01/11 Caller advised that her camper was broken into. A TV was reported as stolen.

11/01/11 A Medaryville resident called police to report that someone has broken into her house and has completely trashed it. She said that this is not the first time this has happened. She told police that $3,000 worth of items was stolen the first time and now a lot more has been stolen.

11/01/11 A Winamac resident reported a lost license plate.

11/01/11 A Pulaski resident called to report that his neighbor’s door is open and it appears that it was kicked in. Police arrived and it was learned that nothing was taken. The case is still under investigation.

10/31/11 A resident called and needs a case number for a stolen vehicle that he believes was stolen in the last few months and then smashed and taken to the scrap yard.

10/31/11 A Star City resident called police to report the electric meter stolen from his home.

10/31/11 A grain bin dryer was reportedly on fire in the Beardstown area. The North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department was called to the scene.

10/31/11 A Francesville student reported the theft of an iPod Touch. The students believes it may have been taken while at school.

Arrests:
11/07/11 Robert K. Rentfrour, 49, 300 E. S. Railroad, Idaville, IN, arrested on a bench warrant.

11/05/11 Gary L. Miller, 58, 3063 State Road 14, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 11/06/11

11/05/11 Roscoe Durflinger, 50, 505 S. Market St., Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Failure to Register. Discharged 11/06/11

11/05/11 Jennifer A. Wallace, 35, 1250 S. 400 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 11/05/11

11/04/11 Jeremy Speelman, 33, 1327 S. 1200 W., Francesville, IN, arrested on a Body Attachment. Discharged 11/04/11

11/04/11 Kelly Parish, 24, 207 W. 15th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 11/05/11

11/03/11 Jeremy Reed, 22, 235 300 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Discharged 11/03/11

11/03/11 Roscoe Durflinger, 21, 505 S. Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 11/03/11

11/02/11 Shane Reed, 25, 5631 W. 650 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 11/02/11

11/02/11 Sharon B. Button, 45, 3201 W. 250 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a Bench Warrant.

11/02/11 Michael Hurlburt, 26, 1438 E. 900 S. Star City, IN, arrested and put on hold for the U.S. Army. Discharged 11/04/11

11/02/11 Joshua Attinger, 28, 902 S. Burson St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery. Discharged 11/03/11

10/31/11 Stacey Yard, 26, 826 20th St., Logansport, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear Warrant. Discharged 10/31/11

10/31/11 Joseph Yard, 28, 2118 Murdock Rd., Logansport, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear Warrant. Discharged 10/31/11

10/31/11 Katelyn Clawson, 18, 913 S. 700 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/31/11.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/06/11 Gary LeRoy of Crown Point called police to report that he hit a deer on State Road 8, ¼ mile west of U.S. 35.

11/06/11 Phillip Caudill called police to report that there was a passenger vehicle parked at Toto Road and 200 East and females were standing outside of the vehicle. He said when they saw him they got back in the vehicle and took off down 200 East. He advised they were traveling in excess of 100 mph.

11/06/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on State Road 10 near 200 East. No injuries were reported.

11/06/11 Liam Durnan reported a kayak stolen. It was stolen on October 22nd, but he had to wait and get the serial numbers from his company before he could report it.

11/06/11 Brandon Davidson of Knox reported the windshield on his vehicle broken. He believes two people are at fault. Police are investigating.

11/06/11 Joe Fletcher called to speak to an officer regarding a stolen vehicle and money.

11/05/11 A caller in the 3000 block of W. 400 S. in North Judson reported that subjects in a log cabin are shooting across the roadway.

11/05/11 A resident in the 5000 block of S. State Road 10 in Knox reported that his home has been broken into. A double barrel shotgun and some beer were stolen.

11/05/11 Matthew Miller of Grovertown hit a deer with his vehicle on US 30 East of State Road 23.

11/05/11 A Koontz Lake resident called police to report that he hit a deer on U.S. 30 west of State Road 23.

11/05/11 A caller advised someone hit a deer on State Road 23 and it’s still alive. The deer was hit a couple of miles north of Washington Township Fire Department by the curves.

11/05/11 A caller in the 1100 block of E. 300 N. in Knox reported a car vs. deer accident. No damage was reported.

11/04/11 Terry Smolek reported his two axle trailer stolen while parked at his residence.

11/04/11 A resident in the 7100 block of E. 150 S. in Knox reported that he paid a guy to do work for him and the person has not completed the job.

11/04/11 Jaime Frasure of Walkerton reported a car vs. deer accident in the 11300 block of E. 875 N. in Walkerton.

11/02/11 A resident in the 4700 block of S. State Road 39 in North Judson reported the theft of a camera.

11/02/11 A Knox resident reported a car vs. deer accident at State Road 8 and 1100 East in Knox.

11/02/11 A resident in the 200 block of Main Street in Knox told police that he was threatened and a building of his was broken into.

11/01/11 Willodene Herrick called police to report a car vs. deer accident on State Road 10 and Marshall County Line Road.

11/01/11 An employee of Midwest Equipment reported the theft of 35-40 rims and a whole skid of aluminum parts stolen.

Arrests:
11/06/11 Wilgus Terry, of Knox, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.

11/01/11 Donald Kissinger, of LaPaz, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Serious Injury.

Accidents:
In all, 10 car vs. deer accidents were reported and covered by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

11/03/11 Sheila Tully, of Winamac, told police that she was traveling west on State Road 8 when a vehicle passed her and splashing water into her face, blurring her vision. She told police that she ran off the road and into a ditch that was full of water. The report states she was not otherwise injured.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
11/05/11 Ashley Apple told police that her car was vandalized. The front passenger window was broken and the back of her car had a dent.

11/04/11 The manager of Dollar General reported that two men entered the business and were acting suspiciously. Five CD players were reportedly taken from the store. The items were returned, but the case remains under investigation.

11/04/11 Sheila Freet reported the loss of a license plate.

11/04/11 Danny Traylor, of Knox, was cited for Driving While Suspended.

11/02/11 The owner of O’s Tap spoke to officers to report that some unknown person(s) threw ice from one of the windows above the rear entrance.

Arrests:
11/08/11 Timothy J. Curtis, 24, 4060 S. Country Road #210, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated -Prior.

11/05/11 Stanford Baker, 64, 3311 N. 900 E., Grovertown, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of False Informing. He was also cited for Left of Center, Driving While Suspended, and a seat belt violation.

11/04/11 Ashley Palmer, 25, 308 Star Court, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Trespass.

11/04/11 Kenneth L. Schoff, 33, Hamlet, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Drug Lab-Precursors and Conversion.
Jeffrey Knoebel, 39, 10195 E. Francis St., Grovertown, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Drug Lab-Precursors.
Casey Hardesty, 24, 8250 Rose Rd, Plymouth, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Drug Lab-Precursors.
Phillip R. Shriver, 27, 16552 Mill Pond Trl, Plymouth, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Drug Lab-Precursors and Possession of a Syringe.

Winamac Teenager Arrested on 10 Counts of Credit Card Fraud

Winamac teenager was arrested by North Judson police after reportedly charging items on a credit card without the owner’s knowledge.

Nick Rudd, 18, allegedly took a credit card belonging to James Dolezal from his unlocked pick-up truck and bought items from gas stations and eateries that totaled approximately $158.00 from purchases made over a two-day period. Rudd told officers that he was given that card to use.

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Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/30/11 A caller told police that she was on her way home and saw a white tool box truck in the ditch. The driver was not at the scene. Police later got a hold of the driver who said he hit a deer and left the scene. Damage was done to the vehicle and guardrail. The driver could be cited for leaving the scene of an accident.

10/30/11 A caller reported hitting a dog on her way to work. The action caused her radiator to spring a leak. She felt the car was not drivable and requested a tow truck.

10/30/11 A caller reported hitting a deer in the Pulaski area.

10/30/11 A caller in the Beardstown area reported the theft of a 4-wheeler a while ago and he thinks he saw it parked at a residence.

10/30/11 Caller told police that he hit a deer on State Road 14 in the Medaryville area and the deer took off.

10/30/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of medication.

10/29/11 A caller advised that he hit a deer by Gilsingers.

10/29/11 A man called police to report that his wife hit a deer and went on to Monticello.

10/29/11 A Winamac resident called police to report the theft of two motorcycle back rests during an auction. The caller said the theft happened about a month ago.

10/29/11 The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a combine fire. Jasper County called it in and when they looked at the situation, it was actually in the Francesville area. The Francesville Fire Department was called to the scene.

10/29/11 A caller reported a car vs. deer accident in Winamac.

10/28/11 A caller reported hitting a deer in the Monon area.

10/27/11 A deer was reportedly hit in the Pulaski area.

10/27/11 The Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene of an injury accident. One person involved had leg injuries and another had chest injuries. The vehicle hit a tree.

10/27/11 A resident in the Radioville area reported the theft of a tool box.

10/27/11 A septic truck rolled over on State Road 39 north of State Road 14. No injuries were reported.

10/27/11 A woman called police to report that her daughter hit a deer in the Star City area.

10/26/11 Police received a call about a possible meth lab at a residence in the Star City area. Three dogs were also reportedly looking very thin.

10/26/11 Officers received a call about a driver hitting a deer in the Pulaski area. No one was injured.

10/26/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a washer, dryer, fridge, dishwasher and a propane tank. The tenants reportedly stole the items.

10/26/11 A caller reported that her daughter hit a deer in the Francesville area.

10/25/11 A caller told police that he hit a deer in the Winamac area.

10/25/11 A deer vs. car accident was reported in the Radioville area.

10/25/11 Kankakee Valley REMC reported the theft of services from a customer in the Denham area.

10/25/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of a license plate.

10/25/11 A Radioville resident reported a burglary in an outbuilding. Two windows were broken and blood evidence was found on the glass. Police investigated and came to the conclusion that a deer jumped through the window and then jumped through a second window to get out. Police found deer hair and hoof prints in blood all over the building.

10/25/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Bruce Lake area.

10/24/11 A combine fire was reported in Tippecanoe Township. The Monterey Fire Department was called to the scene although it was discovered the fire was 200 yards inside Fulton County. The fire was at 600 East south of 500 North.

10/24/11 A semi reportedly hit a gas pump at a business in Winamac.

Arrests:
10/30/11 Katelyn Clawson, 18, 913 S. 700 W. in Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/31/11

10/30/11 James Penicaro, 28, 2565 N. 175 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (Refusal) with a Prior Conviction, Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of .15% or Greater with a Prior Conviction, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering with a Prior Conviction, Reckless Driving, two counts of Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Law Enforcement.

10/30/11 Adam Koske, 28, 708 N. Hathaway, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance. Discharged 10/30/11

10/30/11 Jeremy Dilts, 207 S. Monticello St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a Marshall County Warrant. Discharged 10/30/11

10/29/11 Mateo Felipe Mateo, 20, 1150 W. 600 N., North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor Consuming. Discharged 10/30/11

10/29/11 Jesse L. Moses, 18, 6551 N. 1150 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 10/29/11

10/29/11 Robert Lee Belites, 29, 612 1/2 S. Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

10/29/11 Courtney Wuethrich, 19, 302 W. James, Francesville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Minor Consuming. Discharged 10/30/11

10/28/11 Michelle Rzepczynski, 33, 879 S. Elm St., Monterey, IN, arrested on an active warrant. Discharged 10/28/11

10/28/11 Charles Weaver, 24, 632 N. Riverside Dr., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active warrant. Discharged 10/29/11

10/28/11 Cody M. Cobb, 18, 214 S. Franklin, Winamac, IN, arrested on a White County Warrant. Discharged 10/29/11

10/27/11 Tyson Mathews, 22, 3073 N. 1300 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a Jasper County Warrant. Discharged 10/28/11

10/26/11 Alvarez Allen Ross, 25, 3381 Texas St., Lake Station, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/26/11 Loralie Star Fritz, 36, of Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Visiting a Common Nuisance. Discharged 10/26/11

10/26/11 Kaltrina Neeley, 25, 7544 S. State Road 119, Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors, Possession of Syringe, and Abandoned or Neglected Animals. Discharged 10/26/11

10/26/11 Billy Neely, 47, 508 W. Summit St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors, and Possession of a Syringe. Discharged 10/27/11

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
10/29/11 A hit and run report was made by the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation in reference to an unknown vehicle striking the High School football field fence, near the corner of Ufkes Drive and Campbell Street, causing damage. North Judson Police responded, investigated, and are asking for help from the public. Anyone with any knowledge of this incident is asked to call the North Judson Police at (574) 772-5914 or crime Stoppers at 1-800-348-STOP. North Judson Police Chief, Doug Vessely, stated, “The suspect vehicle should have front end damage and could have some rear end damage as well, because the vehicle went completely into the fenced in area and backed out. If you know anything about this, Please call the police”.

10/28/11 A domestic dispute was reported in the 500 block of East Talmer Avenue. The female caller advised her boyfriend would not get out of the vehicle when asked to do so. North Judson police responded and both parties were separated and no charges were requested.

10/26/11 North Judson police were called to the North Judson-San Pierre High School in reference to a dispute between two female students. Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the incident and arrested 18-year-old Shantelle E. Vierke from Winamac. She was charged with Battery for fighting with another 17-year-old female student.

10/24/11 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas responded to several suspicious subjects in a vehicle near the 600 block of West Talmer Avenue. Larry L. Clemons was one of the subjects, and he had a Body Attachment through the Starke Circuit Court. While he was being arrested on the Body Attachment, police located drugs on Clemons. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Methamphetamine. Starke County Sheriff Deputies, assisted in the investigation and arrest.

Arrests:
10/26/11 Shantell E. Vierke, 18, 5885 N 570 West, Winamac, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

10/24/11 Larry L. Clemons, 43, 5196 South 275 West, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
10/31/11 Dick Ballard reported that one of the panels to his privacy fence was laying open. He found that the outside brackets to the panel were broken. He noticed that his shed was open but did not find anything missing.

10/31/11 Marie Jones reported the theft of landscaping timbers from her property by her shed. Bricks and a half roll of chain link fence were also reported stolen.

10/31/11 A Knox resident reported the theft of checks.

10/28/11 Police were called to the Next Door Food Store in reference to a drive-off of $45.15 in gas.

10/28/11 An employee from Osborne’s Mini Mart reported a drive off of $30.00 in gas. There is a suspect in this case.

10/25/11 Sherry Crawford reported damage done to her vehicle in front of O’s Tap in downtown Knox.
Dents were made to the hood of her vehicle, two cross bars on top of the roof of her vehicle had been broken off and was stuck up under the other cross bar. The passenger side of her vehicle would not open and it was functional before she went into the establishment.

10/25/11 Jewell Arnett reported that some unknown person(s) came into her yard and knocked down her flag pole that stood in her front yard.

10/25/11 Jeff Berg called police to report his mailbox vandalized.

Arrests:
10/31/11 Charles McCarty, 33, address unknown, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Trespass.
Kelly McCarty, 36, 305 S. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Trespass.

10/30/11 James E. Gill, 52, 5533 S. State Road 119, Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (Refusal) and Reckless Driving.

10/30/11 David James Coffin, 27, 3705 E. 1000 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (Controlled Substance), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance.

10/30/11 Clinton Clemons, 25, 1520 E. 100 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Reckless Driving.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/31/11 Amy Turner reported that a deer ran into the side of her vehicle on State Road 10 near County Road 210.

10/30/11 A resident in the 1200 block of S. 1000 E. in Knox reported that he bought new guns and wanted to test them out. Police advised that it was illegal to do that at night. Dispatch received more calls about shots fired in that area. The person who bought the guns was called back and was told to put away his guns.

10/30/11 A resident in the 2200 block of E. 150 S. in Knox reported that her sister was just bitten by a dog. The ambulance was not needed but an officer is requested for a report.

10/30/11 Josh McLaughlin reported that he hit a deer in the 6700 block of S. 1150 E. in Knox. The vehicle is drivable but he believes there is more than $1,000 in damage.

10/29/11 A resident in the 400 block of N. US Highway 421 in San Pierre called police to report the theft of a 1996 white Grand Am. It was later recovered.

10/29/11 A Knox resident reported a car vs deer accident on State Road 8 east of Knox.

10/29/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on 25 N. East of 500 East in Knox.

10/29/11 Georgina Bostedo advised that she just returned to her home at Bass Lake and noticed someone broke her door frame and stole alcohol from the residence.

10/29/11 A resident in the 100 block of S. 925 E. in Knox reported animal neglect.

10/29/11 Shawna Ard reported the theft of her purse.

10/28/11 Muraril Eaton of North Judson reported that he hit a deer on State Road 39 by the game preserve.

10/28/11 Michael Bauer of Knox reported that he hit a deer in the 6000 block of E. Toto Road in Knox.

10/28/11 A resident in the 6300 block of S. 700 E. in Knox reported a theft from the property.

10/27/11 A resident on 250 North, 1 mile east of U.S. 35 in Knox reported shots fired at him while at an abandoned residence.

10/27/11 A resident in the 100 block of 700 E. in Grovertown reported that a woman is trespassing and she refuses to identify herself.

10/27/11 A resident in the 4700 block of S. 100 W. in North Judson reported the theft of guns, several knives and an iPod.

10/26/11 Patty Rose of Knox reported the theft of her grandson’s bike.

10/26/11 Donald Hollis of Winamac called police to report that he hit a deer on his way to work on State Road 10, just west of Highway 421.

10/25/11 Mike Jones called police to report a back door broken at an abandoned house on 500 South west of 300 East in Knox.

10/25/11 Zach Pitts reported that was involved in a car vs. deer accident on 200 S. east of 150 W. in Knox.

10/25/11 William Bunkowfst, of Knox, advised that he hit a deer on State Road 39 on 50 South in Knox.

10/24/11 Justin McDaniel, 22, of Knox, was cited for reckless driving. He was driving 96 mph in a 55 mph zone.

10/24/11 A Bass Lake resident reported a break in at his lake house. The front door glass was broken and some items were missing.

10/24/11 Ira Wilson of Grovertown was involved in an accident. She told police that she swerved to miss a deer and she ran off the road.

10/24/11 A resident in the 10700 block of E. Hackberry Ave. in Monterey told police that a piece of metal hit his vehicle the day and wants to make a damage report.

10/24/11 Chris Bailey told police that he hit two deer at 400 S. east of 200 E. in Knox.

Arrests:
10/31/11 James Jones, of Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/31/11 Casey Carter, of Rensselaer, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/27/11 Mary Ann Raderstorff, of Knox, IN, turned herself in on an active arrest warrant.

10/26/11 Brianna Landrum, of Logansport, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

Accidents:
10/31/11 John E. Kasten Jr., of Plymouth, was westbound on County Road 400 North when a dog came into the roadway. He swerved to miss the dog and went off the roadway and struck a utility pole on the south side of the roadway.

Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership to Conduct Blitz

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The Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership will be conducting a Safe Family Travel patrol November 11th through November 27th.

This blitz is a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and will focus on impaired drivers and seat belt enforcement.

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North Judson Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Larry Clemons

Larry Clemons, of North Judson, was arrested on drug charges on Monday evening.

North Judson police officers, along with the officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, were called to Judson Express after they received a call that a wanted person was at the business. The person whom they were looking for was not there, but they spotted Larry Clemons who was wanted on a Starke Circuit Court warrant. Officers conducted a search of his person and allegedly found him to be in possession of drugs.

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Police Reports

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

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/23/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that a tree was on fire at a neighbor’s house. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene. The homeowner said that his daughter was burning leaves and must not have gotten the fire out.

10/23/11 A Star City resident reported the theft of a wallet.

10/22/11 A Winamac business reported that an older man wearing a leader jacket and riding a blue moped left without paying for $4.00 in gas. He did go into the store and did pay for other items.

10/22/11 A Winamac resident called to report that some unknown subject(s) sliced his tires.

10/22/11 The Star City Fire Department was called to a field fire.

10/22/11 A small child was reported missing but later returned to the parents.

10/22/11 The White County Sheriff’s Department notified the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department that a man shot pellets at a girl and a photographer who were in the midst of taking senior pictures by an old barn. One girl was hit in the leg and was injured. The pair did not see “no trespassing” signs and so they started to take pictures. A man in a pickup pulled up and started yelling and shooting an airpellet gun. The photographer’s camera was also hit. They left right away after the incident.

10/22/11 A Star City resident called police to report their neighbor urinating in public.

10/21/11 A resident in Medaryville called police to report the theft of a vehicle. The car was in his front yard and it was taken sometime after 10:00 p.m. ET. He didn’t see or hear anything. The vehicle had a “for sale” sign in the front window and the doors were locked. He has the keys to the vehicle and was waiting for a prospective buyer when it was discovered stolen.

10/21/11 A Winamac resident called to report a strong smell of meth. The Winamac Police Department was advised of the call.

10/20/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of $13.00 from her vehicle.

10/19/11n A caller told police that someone struck an electrical box coming out of the ground in Francesville at the corner of James and Morton. The cover was broken off and there are wires exposed.

10/19/11 A Pulaski resident called police that two unknown person(s) riding mopeds attempted to break into his barn again.

10/19/11 The Monterey Fire Department was called to check out a possible fire in a home. The caller said they had a gas leak and her husband tried to light the stove and it caught fire. They thought they got the fire out but the house is full of smoke. The fire department checked out the scene.

10/17/11 A Winamac resident told police that a person pulled up next to him and rolled down his window in his vehicle. He then rolled down his window because he thought they needed something and they threw a deer tail in his car and took off.

Arrests:
10/23/11 James R. Cappis, 45, 518 Viking Lane, Monon, IN, arrested on an active small claims warrant. Discharged 10/23/11

10/22/11 John E. Huetten, 30, 4651 W. 200 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 10/22/11

10/22/11 Lisa M. Rudzinski, 25, 717 Morainetrce, Schererville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. Dischar 10/23/11

10/20/11 Paul R. Hudson, 26, 906 N. 3rd St., Logansport, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Legend Drug. Discharged 10/21/11

10/20/11 Kaley N. Deford, 24, 7335 S. State Road 17, Kewanna, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Legend Drug. Discharged 10/21/11

10/20/11 Lawrence Menarik, Jr., 29, 401 S. Madison St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active warrant out of Tippecanoe County. Discharged 10/21/11

10/19/11 Timothy E. Garlach, 22, 5195 S. 1050 W., Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

10/19/11 Kurt Timberlake, 25, 1450 N. 1250 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. Discharged 10/19/11

10/19/11 Bertin Marquez, 38, 313 G1 Ave., Monticello, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed. Discharged 10/19/11

10/18/11 Tyson Matthews, 22, 1300 W. 373 N. Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. Discharged 10/20/11

10/18/11 Ben Fitch, 30, 100 E. 700 N., Wheatfield, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

10/18/11 Jason A. Creque, 34, 7948 S. 475 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. Discharged 10/19/11

10/17/11 Daniel L. Burkett, 29, 9660 E. State Road 8, Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 10/18/11

10/17/11 Sean Martinez, 20, 5823 Liberty Square, Oak Forest, IL, arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/18/11

10/17/11 Trevor Forker, 20, 19006 Codi St., New Buffalo, MI, arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/17/11

Accidents:
10/18/11 Two people were injured after a single vehicle accident on County Road 215 East in Pulaski County. Krystal Attinger, 25, of Winamac, was traveling southbound on the county road near 400 North when a deer ran into the roadway. She applied her brakes but she told police her brakes locked up and she lost control of her vehicle. She hit an electrical pole on the east side of the road. According to the accident report, her passenger was intoxicated and had been actively consuming alcohol while the vehicle was in motion. She told police that after the accident, an unknown male picked up her and her passenger and took her to her mother-in-law’s house. She then traveled to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department to make a report. She said that her passenger was hurt but that person was not with her when she made the report. Attinger was also injured.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
10/23/11 A black bi-fold wallet was turned into Chief Deputy Joe Budner. If you are the owner of the wallet you may come to the North Judson Police Department to pick it up. The wallet was found on State Road 10. You must be able to identify it.

10/22/11 A resident in the 400 block of Keller Avenue reported to Officer William Scheiderer that a men’s 26” mountain bike was stolen out of her yard. The bike is valued under $100.00.

10/20/11 A resident in the 100 block of Lane Street reported a suspicious male wearing a Carhart jacket lingering around her home and the neighbor’s home. North Judson Officer Frank Thomas checked the area and was unable to locate anyone.

10/20/11 North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated a head-on collision in front of Liberty Elementary. A 1998 black Oldsmobile Intrigue driven by Matthew J. Gould, 27, of Star City, crossed the center line and struck a maroon 2006 Ford Taurus driven by Gail S. Wanderski, 43. Both drivers were taken to IU Health Starke Hospital with injuries. Chief Deputy Budner estimated the damage as over $5,000.00. Assisting the North Judson Police Department at the accident scene were two Starke County EMS units, North Judson Wayne Township Fire Department and the Indiana State Police.

10/20/11 Officer Frank Thomas investigated a battery complaint between two females in the 600 block of West Talmer Avenue. The report will be completed and turned over to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review for charges.

10/20/11 A resident in the 200 block of High Street reported that someone was banging on her door. Officer Frank Thomas located some juveniles that were playing ding-dong ditch in the area. Officer Thomas advised the juveniles to stay in their own yard and to stop playing their game. The juveniles complied to his request.

10/18/11 A resident in the 100 block of Vine Street reported to North Judson Officer William Scheiderer that she had $50.00 stolen out of her purse. Jessie Moses stated that Grover Hopkins stole the money. Officer Scheiderer spoke with Grover and he stated that he did take $50.00 out of Jessie’s purse. A report was turned into the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review for charges.

10/17/11 A resident in the 300 block of Schricker Avenue reported damage to her 2001 Ford Mustang. Donna Lee Muzik stated that she pulled her vehicle out of her driveway on Saturday 10/15/11 at 7:30 a.m. The vehicle sank down in the loose gravel due to the ongoing road work. North Judson police Chief Doug Vessely investigated and estimated the damage under $500.00. The Mustang had damage to the front end and spoiler area.

Arrests:
Greg Risner, 55, arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
10/25/11 Robin Banks reported damage to her vehicle while parked at Knox High School.

10/24/11 It was reported that sometime during the weekend, some unknown person(s) entered the construction site at JW Hicks in Knox and stole five or six rolls of number 10 copper wire and five or six rolls of number 12 copper wire totaling 5,000 feet of copper wire. The wire was hidden in the rafters of the new building.

10/24/11 Police were called to the area of Roosevelt and West John Street for a truck that had just struck a roadway sign and a mailbox and left the scene. There is a suspect in the case.

10/21/11 Knox City Police were called to a Knox residence in reference to a deceased person. An autopsy is pending for Michael Bailey, but according to the police report, the Starke County Coroner found no signs of trauma and he had a history of health issues.

10/19/11 A harassment incident was reported to police.

10/16/11 Police responded to a domestic issue.

Arrests:
10/23/11 Chantel Box, 25, 307 Ruthie Dr. #A3, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .08%.

10/22/11 Chase Miller, 7120 E. State Road 8, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.
Two juveniles were arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana along with Miller.

10/21/11 Earl Leonard III, 29, 14 S. East St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/23/11 Derek Mann called police to report that he has bullet hole in his vehicle.

10/23/11 A resident in the 5000 block of W. 800 S. in North Judson reported that she heard gun shots near her home and a nearby truck took off after the gun shot.

10/23/11 A resident in the 2800 block of N. 1025 E. in Grovertown reported that some unknown person(s) abandoned a blue Chevy pickup truck in a field and the driver was seen taking the license plate off the vehicle.

10/23/11 Police were notified of an abandoned vehicle. The vehicle was off the roadway and all the windows were broken out of it.

10/22/11 A resident in the 10600 block of E. State Road 8 in Knox reported that people continue to cause problems with her vehicles and other personal property.

10/22/11 A resident in the 4400 block of S. 100 E. in Knox reported shots fired by the residence. The caller said his neighbor just shot his building out back and a bullet went right by his head.

10/22/11 A resident in the 8000 block of N. Tippecanoe Dr. in Walkerton reported a lost license plate.

10/21/11 A resident in the 1500 block of E. 400 S. in Knox told police that someone broke into his house, garage and camper and took items.

10/21/11 A resident in the 2600 block of S. 700 E. in Knox told police that juveniles reportedly broke out the windows of a vacant trailer.

10/20/11 Police were advised that a man and woman were fighting on the second floor of the Starke County Courthouse.

10/20/11 A resident in the 6700 block of S. State Road 10 in Knox reported that a vicious dog chased her and is now under a neighbor’s porch. The caller does not know where the owner of the dog lives.

10/20/11 Several mailboxes were damaged in the 7800 block of E. 25 N. in Knox.

10/18/11 A resident in the 9800 block of E. 700 N. in Walkerton flagged down an officer to report a stolen cell phone.

10/18/11 Arie Schlundt told police that he lost his wallet at the BP gas station in Knox.

10/18/11 A resident in the 1900 block of N. 700 E. in Grovertown reported the theft of an iPod.

10/18/11 A resident in the 5100 block of S. 350 W. in North Judson reported the theft of his 2010 Honda dirt bike.

Arrests:
10/23/11 Regina Dodson, 45, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

10/21/11 Ross Allen Alvarez, 25, of Lake Station, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Accidents:
10/20/11 Shannon Hardin of Bristol, Indiana was injured when she overturned her car on State Road 10 by Range Road. She came up on a slow moving vehicle and she applied her brakes and lost control. She went off the north side of the road and the vehicle then overturned.

10/20/11 Robert Vandrunen of North Judson was not injured when he slid off the south side of the road on 400 South and into a ditch. The vehicle came to rest on the passenger’s side in the ditch.

10/22/11 Joseph Michael Garcia of Walkerton was northbound on County Road 1100 East by County Road 700 North when he left the roadway. Upon leaving the roadway, he struck a tree. He was injured in the accident.

10/22/11 Willard Hauser of Grovertown was not injured when a tire blew out on his vehicle on State Road 8 just west of County Road 800 East. When the tire blew out, this caused him to lose control and the vehicle went into the ditch on the north side of the road.

10/22/11 Three people were injured in a two vehicle accident at the intersection of State Road 23 and U.S. 30. According to the police report, Angela Dominiack of Walkerton was southbound on State Road 23 and she continued to cross onto U.S. 30 and didn’t see a vehicle driven by Jeremy Hower of Michigan City. Hower ended up running into Dominiack on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Both drivers were injured along with Hower’s juvenile daughter. Dominiack, Hower and his daughter had incapacitating injuries.

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:

Incidents:
10/16/11 Around 4:50 a.m., a vehicle being driven by Sara Scutchfield, of North Judson, struck a horse in the roadway on CR 250 West, just South of CR 700 South. North Judson Police were asked to respond and investigate the accident. North Judson Officer Frank Thomas reported that the driver was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital with injuries and estimated the damages at over $5,000. Thomas learned that Scutchfield’s vehicle was northbound on 250 West and struck a horse, belonging to Terri Holt, that was in the roadway. The vehicle then veered off to the west striking a fence belonging to Mike Blough.

10/12/11 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely investigated a fender bender in the C.V.S. parking lot. While backing out of a parking space, a 1995 Ford 150′s front wheels made contact with the front bumper of a 1999 Ford Mustang parked next to it. Damages were estimated near $500. The driver of the truck had gotten out to check for damages and didn’t notice any and left the parking lot, however a witness had taken the license number and Vessely made contact with the driver, who returned to the scene to finalize the crash report.

10/10/11 A North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation School bus driver, during a regular route in the 300 Block of George Street, had just dropped off some children. As the bus pulled away, the front safety cross arm did not close and that arm struck a 2000 Ford Explorer that was parked on George Street. North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the incident. No injuries were reported and minor damages was sustained to the parked SUV.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/16/11 A fight was reported in Monterey.

10/16/11 A Winamac resident reported that some unknown subject(s) threw a telephone box in the driveway. Another one was reported later along with a smashed pumpkin.

10/16/11 A 15-year-old juvenile was injured in a motorcycle accident. He was sitting up, but was in a lot of pain. He was later flown to Riley Children’s Hospital for his injuries.

10/16/11 A seven year old child was bitten by a dog in the Monterey area. The dog owner was present when police arrived at the Emergency Room for the report.

10/16/11 A resident in the Pulaski area called and asked if a police officer could come out and look to see her neighbor’s painted property line markers.

10/16/11 A driver hit a deer in the Denham area and the vehicle is not drivable.

10/15/11 A UPS driver called to report that his truck is in a deep ditch, but no injuries were reported. A wrecker arrived on scene to clear the vehicle.

10/15/11 A Winamac resident called police wondering who stole his possessions as the suspect has been tried and convicted.

10/15/11 A Winamac postal carrier was bit by a dog while delivering mail. He tried to get the owner to come to the door but no one would answer. He needs to verify that the dog has its shots. Dog was on a chain, but he got too close. The owner was contacted later and verified that the dog is up to date on its shots.

10/15/11 A Winamac man called police to report that his wife hit him with a whiskey bottle.

10/14/11 A Winamac resident reported that some unknown person(s) hit her vehicle and left the scene. There was minimal damage to her car.

10/14/11 A Beardstown man called police to report that a female was flagging down people asking for money. He helped her out and found an item stolen from the back of his truck. A description of the woman and her vehicle was given to police.

10/13/11 A truck fire was reported in the Francesville area.

10/13/11 A caller called police to report her grandson’s iPod stolen while he was at a residence in Francesville. Jasper County has located the unit through its built-in GPS and are enroute to the residence to retrieve it. The caller said that Jasper County Sheriff’ Department told her that she needed to file a report in Pulaski County since it was stolen in Francesville. Rensselaer Police Department advised that the iPod was recovered.

10/13/11 Police received a call from a resident who said she was being threatened by another lady. The suspect was threatening to kill her dog. Extra patrol was requested.

10/12/11 A Winamac resident requested an officer. He said that some unknown person(s) broke into his truck.

10/12/11 A Francesville resident was hit by a car at the intersection of James and Brown Streets. The victim was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital.

10/12/11 A caller advised that two vehicles collided and rolled over in her yard in the Bruce Lake area. No injuries were reported.

10/12/11 Caller told police that a truck in front of him lost a drive shaft and the caller ran over it destroying his vehicle. It reportedly wrecked his transmission and busted a hole in the floorboard.

10/12/11 The Winamac Fire Department was called to a field fire.

10/12/11 A Denham resident reported her outdoor shed stolen.

10/12/11 White County advised of a driver driving a vehicle recklessly. The vehicle stopped in Reynolds and the driver checked ok. Another caller said that the driver just wrecked and kept going. The driver took down a sign and the caller is behind the vehicle and it’s all over the roadway.

10/10/11 A Monterey resident said they had a theft in progress and two vehicles left the area. Officers were asked to keep an eye out for the suspect vehicles.

10/10/11 Caller reported an abandoned vehicle in a cornfield. Upon further investigation, police learned it was a stolen vehicle out of White County. A wrecker from White County took the vehicle back to the White County Sheriff’s Department.

10/10/11 A Star City resident called to report the theft of welding cables off a welder, an electrode holder and approximately 200 feet of copper wire cable.

10/10/11 A Winamac resident said he was driving down the road and a person driving a truck was riding his bumper and then drove around him and pointed a gun at him.

Arrests:
10/16/11 Shirley M. Gardner, 53, 6254 W. 100 S., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.

10/15/11 Ben K. Seman, 43, 132 E. Ray Rd., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

10/13/11 Angela Miller, 31, 20050 12th Rd., Plymouth, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 10/13/11

10/13/11 Chenz Swanson, 30, 224 Grandview Ave. LaPorte, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 10/14/11

10/12/11 Mindy Gross, 32, 104 E. Rensselaer, Mount Ayr, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/12/11 Keith Fritz, 27, 5222 S. 325 E. Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/12/11

10/11/11 Mark Welda, 36, 109 E. Pearl, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended and an active arrest warrant.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
10/16/11 A domestic battery complaint was filed.

10/16/11 Debra Scott reported the theft of a temporary license plate.

10/14/11 Kristin Belcher reported the theft of her wallet.

10/11/11 Nicole Radtke reported the theft of a concrete bench from her daughter’s grave at the Crown Hill Cemetery

Arrests:
10/16/11 Brian Greene, 26, 7859 W. 700 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.
Paul A. Bottomley, 40, 12516 Tamarack Rd., Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury.
Natasha Piper, 1240 W. 150 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Christopher Bradley, 23, 1240 W. 150 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

10/13/11 Timothy E. Hampton, 404 E. New York St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana over 30 Grams.
Amber Watts, 30, 10585 W. 100 N., Michigan City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana over 30 Grams.
Joel H. DeValk, 46, 1207 Elston St., Michigan City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana over 30 Grams.

10/11/11 Chase Mareska, 19, North Judson, IN, arrested on charges of Auto Theft and Possession of Stolen Property. He reportedly stole a vehicle in Knox and was picked up in the stolen vehicle in Rock Island, Illinois.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/16/11 A caller reported a stop sign down at State Road 8 and 1200 East. State Highway Department was notified.

10/16/11 Washington Township Fire Department was called to a fire in a field in the 2400 block of N. 1025 E.

10/16/11 A resident in the 5200 block of S. A Street in North Judson reported the theft of a license plate.

10/16/11 A caller in the 700 block of S. Portland St., in Knox reported the theft of her debit card. There is a possible suspect in the case.

10/16/11 Eve Howard called police to report that she was on 400 North and another vehicle came off a side road and hit them broadside. She said she wasn’t injured but she does need an officer for a report.

10/15/11 North Judson Fire Department was called to a car fire at Toto Road and 100 W.

10/15/11 A North Judson resident reported that some unknown person(s) may have stolen his American Pitbull puppy.

10/15/11 Washington Township Fire Department responded to a field fire in the 10600 block of E. 150 S. in Knox.

10/15/11 A resident in the 3700 block of N. 900 E. in Grovertown told police that she hit a stump on someone’s property and the action caused damage to her vehicle.

10/14/11 Knox-Center Township Fire Department was called to a barn fire in the 500 block of E. 250 S. in Knox.

10/14/11 A resident in the 700 block of E. Talmer Ave. in North Judson told police that a stove, copper tubing and knives were taken from the property.

10/14/11 A resident in the 4200 block of S. 800 W. in San Pierre called police to report that some unknown person(s) broke into his garage and stole items. The suspect(s) also attempted to gain entry into the home.

10/13/11 Mark Elder advised that a car was in the ditch on State Road 8, a half-mile after 800 East. No injuries were reported.

10/13/11 A Monterey resident called to file a theft report.

10/12/11 Robert Wilson reported the theft of his safe.

10/12/11 A Hamlet resident wished to speak to an officer in reference to a dispute with the manager of the Holloway Motel over $1.50.

10/11/11 A caller told police that a vehicle was in a ditch and people were trying to push it out at Toto Road and 650 W. by English Lake.

10/11/11 A resident in the 2700 block of S. 250 E. in Knox reported the theft of his Chevy Van. There is a suspect in the case.

Arrests:
10/16/11 Marcin Fundament, 28, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

10/12/11 Troy Martin, 32, of Kingsbury, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

10/12/11 Shane Morrow, 35, of North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

Accidents:
10/10/11 A single vehicle accident claimed the life of Andrew Shearin of Plymouth, formerly of Knox. According to the accident report, it was determined that Shearin was driving east on State Road 8, just east of County Road 800 East and for some unknown reason, the vehicle veered off the roadway and onto the shoulder of the road., both passenger side wheels were off the roadway and into an area along the road where there was no supporting shoulder. The vehicle continued east with the two passenger side tires off the roadway. It appeared that the driver had attempted to regain control of the vehicle but it was unable to get back onto the roadway. The front of the vehicle was then pulled further off the roadway causing the vehicle to slide sideways with the front of the vehicle facing south while still in motion to the east. The vehicle then turned over on the driver’s side and struck a utility pole. The pole was severed in half. The Starke County Coroner arrived on scene and pronounced the driver as deceased.

Police Reports

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

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/09/11 A resident in Cass Township reported that an unknown hunter was on his property and was trespassing.

10/09/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a bicycle. The bike was returned when the suspect learned the police were involved.

10/09/11 A caller told police that there is a truck going southbound along the old railroad tracks north of Medaryville with a “bunch” of marijuana sticking out of the truck bed. The truck appeared to be occupied with two teenage boys. A farmer called to report seeing the same thing and he chased them but they took off into the woods. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle but White and Jasper County officers were notified of the situation.

10/09/11 Police were notified of a strong LP gas smell in the driveway at a home in Monterey. The Monterey-Tippecanoe Fire Department was called to the scene. The homeowner answered the door and appeared to be ok. Firefighters noted the strong smell of gas and NIPSCO was notified.

10/09/11 The owner of a liquor store in Medaryville called police to report the theft of money from the store. He said he may have forgotten to lock the door when he left. Someone had called him to tell him that the door was open.

10/08/11 Police were called to the north side of Pizza Hut in Medaryville in reference to a man sleeping in a car. Police found that the subject had a suspended driver’s license. He was given a verbal warning not to drive.

10/08/11 The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department received a call that shots were fired in Star City. Other neighbors reported the same thing. One person was arrested on the scene for a small claims warrant.

10/08/11 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a lawn fire north of Medaryville. When firefighters arrived on scene, they noticed that it was a small fire and it was a controlled burn.

10/08/11 A Winamac resident called to report the theft of a vehicle. A person agreed to buy the vehicle from the caller but hasn’t paid for it. It was found to be missing from the residence. The caller suspects that the vehicle could have been sold for scrap.

10/08/11 A resident in the Franklin Township area is requesting a dog bite report. The victim has several stitches to her face following a dog attack by a male St. Bernard/Lab mix. The dog is in quarantine with the Starke County Humane Society.

10/07/11 An apartment maintenance manager reported vandalism to one of the apartments. Some unknown person(s) kicked in the office door and vandalized the office.

10/07/11 A resident in Cass Township reported that someone broke into his garage and stole tools.

10/07/11 A elderly lady called police report her purse stolen. The incident was caught on video. Officers identified the subject, called him, and he will be returning the purse. The suspect said that he thought the purse belonged to another lady and it wasn’t hers.

10/07/11 The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call of an accident between a semi and a van. The caller said he sees one person who was bleeding. The passenger was treated at the scene.

10/04/11 A Winamac resident called to report vandalism to his truck.

10/04/11 A resident in Pulaski reported the theft of items from his home.

10/04/11 A Harris Township resident filed a trespassing complaint.

10/04/11 A Winamac business requested a report for a shoplifter. Cologne and teeth whitener were stolen.

10/04/11 A resident in Pulaski called police after he found the gas lines to a truck cut. The truck had been sitting at the residence and it would not start. It was then that he learned the lines had been cut. Officers were headed out to the area where this happened as there were reports of theft from his neighbors.

Arrests:
10/09/11 Richard Iverson, 55, 3921 S. State Road 119, Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/09/11 Billie Jo Matthews, 38, Fair Oaks, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

10/09/11 Brian Toosley, 11100 E. Pennsylvania, Monticello, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/08/11 Robert Porter, 32, 5741 Wirck St., Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/06/11 Charlotte Rupert, 24, 311 Ruthie Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/06/11 Lawerence McDougbull, 601 E. Merel St., Indianapolis, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 10/06/11

10/06/11 Johnathan Egolf, 23, 10702 W. San Pierre Rd., San Pierre, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/06/11

10/06/11 Daniel J. Egolf, 21, 10702 W. San Pierre Rd., San Pierre, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 10/06/11

10/05/11 Derrick D. Penwell, 28, 1406 Ohio St., Michigan City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. Discharged 10/05/11.

10/05/11 Eric M. Gainer, 42, 25545 1000 W., Kewanna, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 10/05/11

10/04/11 Matthew Wheeler, 29, 2165 W. 700 S., Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Handgun without a Permit. Discharged 10/06/11

10/03/11 Jeremy Ratliff, 37, 11 W. Indiana Ave., Hamlet, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 10/06/11

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
10/07/11 A four-car chain reaction property damage accident took place in the North Judson–San Pierre High School parking lot Friday afternoon. All four were in line waiting to exit the lot, when the last vehicle in line was distracted and hit the car in front of him, causing a chain reaction doing slight damage to each vehicle. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely and Officer Frank Thomas investigated and estimated total damages at just under $1,000. All four drivers were high school students.

10/05/11 After receiving a call of a car deer accident, the North Judson Police responded to Talmer Avenue near the intersection of Ufkes Drive. The driver, Mark Stanojevic, had struck a deer crossing Talmer just west of Ufkes, with his Ford pickup. Officer Bill Scheiderer set damages at $750, noting how rare it is to have a deer accident within the town limits.

10/04/11 The North Judson Police investigated a Battery report in the 600 Block of Mulberry Street. A 24 year old female reported being struck (slapped) in the back of her head by a 22 year old man. A complete investigation was completed and provided to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for formal charges.

Arrests:
10/03/11 Nicholas T. Rudd, 18, 304 Main Street, North , IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
10/10/11 A representative from the 7-Up company told police that he was at the 7-Up pop machine that sits in front of the ALCO store when he saw that the outer casing of the machine above the pop drop receiver was broken.

10/07/11 Pat Clemons told police that sometime the night prior, some unknown person(s) entered her home and took her grandson’s computer. They also removed medications from her purse.

Arrests:
10/09/11 Carissa Timm, 29, 205 N. Roosevelt Rd., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant from Starke Circuit Court.

10/06/11 Robert Sickmiller, 18, 9015 E. 150 N., Grovertown, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

10/05/11 Earl Beem, Jr., 29, 1405 W. 18th St. Apt #5D, LaPorte, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Meth over 3 Grams, Possession of Precursors, Resisting Law Enforcement and two active arrest warrants.
Melina Sallee, 40, Kingsford Heights, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Assisting a Criminal.

10/04/11 Waylon Anderson, 31, 313 N. Clark St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Resisting Law Enforcement and an active arrest warrant.

10/04/11 Joshua Bartlett, 21, 802 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Criminal Mischief.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
10/09/11 Susan Perdue called police to report that she is on State Road 39 north of State Road 10 and hit a tree. She swerved to avoid hitting a deer and hit the tree.

10/09/11 A resident in the North Judson area called police to report that some unknown suspect(s) has slit the top of her convertible.

10/09/11 It was reported to police that a storage unit by the “s” curve in the back has been broken into.

10/08/11 A Monterey resident requested to speak to a police officer. She thinks her neighbor killed her dog.

10/08/11 A resident in the 8800 block of N. State Road 23 in Knox called police to advised that his neighbors are illegally burning treated wood.

10/07/11 A resident in the 200 block of Jefferson St. in Hamlet reported the theft of green mountain bike.

10/07/11 Richard Heemstra reported the theft of winning raffle tickets.

10/07/11 A resident in the 11000 block of E. Toto Rd.in Culver told police that she believes that her neighbor is taking her phone and canned goods out of her cabinets.

10/06/11 A resident in the 8100 block of S. 1200 E. in North Judson reported the theft of a lawnmower.

10/06/11 Marshall Garlach was injured when he was attacked by two dogs. The dog owner, Candace Simmons, of Knox, IN, was cited for Criminal Recklessness and Harboring a Non-Immunized Dog. One dog was reportedly put down by an officer due to aggressive movement and the other was taken to the Starke County Humane Society.

10/05/11 A resident in the 3100 block of S. 350 E. in Knox reported the theft of a television from his residence.

10/04/11 A resident in the 8700 block of S. 200 W. in Knox requested assistance in getting a ground squirrel out her home.

Arrests:
10/08/11 William Sandefur, 39, of Hammond, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

10/07/11 Wade Berg, 36, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana.

10/05/11 Alvin Randall, 62, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

North Judson Police Chief Hires New Officer

Frank Thomas and North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely

North Judson Police Chief, Doug Vessely, announced the hire of a new officer at the recent Town Board meeting where he was introduced to the Board members.

Officer Frank Thomas attended the 193rd class at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield and graduated on Friday, September 30th. The course is 600 hours and includes academics, emergency vehicle operations, physical tactics, vehicle S.T.O.P.S. crash investigation, criminal investigations, patrol techniques, report writing, and standardized field sobriety training. Vessely stated that Officer Thomas passed every aspect of the training including firearms training where he qualified as an “expert”. He finished training with a 93.3 academic average.

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Police Reports

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

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/30/11 A resident called police to report suspicious activity. The caller said that some unknown person(s) were parked in his driveway and messing around by the house.

09/30/11 A Winamac resident called to report that her TV and other items were stolen from her apartment.

09/30/11 A Star City resident reported that a vehicle was driving by her house and stopped in front of her house every once in a while. Upon further investigation, the car belonged to subjects from the U.S. Department of Health and they are redoing mapping.

09/30/11 A businessman reported items stolen from the business.

09/29/11 A Cass Township resident called to report that some unknown person(s) came onto his property and stole items and conducted vandalism.

09/28/11 A Star City resident reported a break-in at his shop. Some items were stolen.

09/28/11 A Medaryville resident told police that he just bought some items and he noticed them missing after a guest was in his house.

09/28/11 A resident in the Bruce Lake area called police to report that some unknown male individuals just went by her house and threw a pumpkin at her mailbox.

09/27/11 A utility pole in the Francesville area was reportedly on fire. NIPSCO was advised of the situation.

09/27/11 A Star City resident reported a theft from his shop.

09/27/11 A Monterey resident requested to speak to an officer regarding the theft of trailer axles.

09/27/11 An inmate in the jail told the staff that he smelled smoke.  The fire department was called to the scene to check it out.  A ballast had started to smoke in one of the cells and the problem was corrected.

09/26/11 A 1997 Chevy Silverado was reported stolen in the Winamac area. The keys were left in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

09/26/11 A Cass Township resident requested to speak with an officer. He is going to file an arson report on a trailer he was renting.

09/26/11 A Pulaski resident called police to report the theft of a cutting torch.

09/26/11 A resident in Pulaski told police that his car was parked on State Road 119 and someone smashed in the windshield

09/26/11 An employee at a Winamac business reported the theft of $38 in gas.

Arrests:
10/03​/11 Carl Larkin, 49, 201 N. Jefferson, Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Strangulation and Domestic Battery.

10/02/11 Jimmy Hopkins, 50, 627 W. Washington, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

10/02/11 James Larvich, 42, 310 N. East Lot 17, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

09/29/11 Larry E. Samons, 37, 115 E. Lyman, Francesville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 09/30/11

09/28/11 Rex Allen, 35, 6746 N. 1000 W., Plymouth, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 09/28/11

09/28/11 Timothy Belue, 40, 6757 W. 750 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Arrests:
10/02/11 Johnathon M. Jones, 18, 311 George Street, North Judson, IN arrested on a Starke Circuit Warrant for Receiving Stolen Property.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
09/29/11 Rebecca Pugh reported the theft of a bank card and cash.

Arrests:
10/03/11 Nolan Wood, 19, 1885 Fernwood Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Chinese Throwing Star (two counts).

10/03/11 Annette Beedle, 54, 404 S. Prettyman St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

10/02/11 James Mueller, 26, 712 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.
Erica Abraham, 23, 712 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

09/29/11 Johnny Green, 43, 403 Maple Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, Residential Entry and Disorderly Conduct.

09/27/11 Audrey Allen, 27, 1403 Short Columbia St., Frankfort, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC over .15%.
Katelin Allen, 24, 103 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Arrests:

9/26/11 Michael Wayne Handley, 27, from North Judson by SCSD: Public Intoxication after police were advised that he had wrecked an ATV and sustained injuries to his leg and ankle.

9/27/11 Viviana Lorena Hernandez, 33, from Knox by SCSD: Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Escape, and Resisting Law Enforcement after police received a complaint of a reckless driver on U.S. 39.

9/27/11 Perry Workman, 33, from Knox by SCSD after police were advised he had pulled a gun on his brother Everett.

9/28/11 Kristen Ann Thompson, 34, from Knox and Donald Wade Fletcher, 43, from Knox by SCSD: Criminal Trespass to Residence.

9/29/11 John R. Gue, 20, from North Judson by SCSD: Possession of Controlled Substance after he had been involved in a collision with a tree.

10/01/11 Rebecca J. Schneider, 50, from Culver by SCSD: Operating Vehicle While Intoxicated after her vehicle had gone off the road by the railroad tracks near Ind. 8.

Incidents:

9/26/11 A resident of the 6600 block of South 450 East in Knox reported she had hired a contractor to do remodeling, and gave him a check for $13,000 and $7000 in cash. The contractor has not done any work and she is unable to get in contact with him.

9/26/11 Jay Taylor of North Judson told police that someone had run over his mailbox and knocked it over, leaving part of a bumper and a fender laying in his yard.

9/27/11 Gavin Jackson from Stelrema in Knox reported a theft of propane tanks.

9/27/11 A resident of the 8200 block of North Apache in Walkerton reported his scooter, which was in his front yard for sale, had been stolen the night before.

9/27/11 A resident of the 8800 block of East 700 North in Knox reported her barn had been broken into and three cars were stolen: two 1967 Firebirds and a 1955 Chevrolet truck.

9/27/11 A resident of the 100 block of North Pearl Street in Knox reported her vehicle had possibly been stolen and scrapped.

9/28/11 A resident of the 8700 block of East 75 North in Knox told police that her friend had a stroke and had things stolen from him.

9/28/11 A resident of the 3300 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported that his entire mailbox had been stolen.

9/28/11 Josh Hopper of Walkerton reported he had returned home from work to find his outside window open and his television missing.

9/29/11 A resident of the 8100 block of South 1100 East in Knox reported items had been taken out of her yard and her front gate had been damaged.

9/29/11 A resident of Walkerton reported a camera had been stolen from his truck near the corner of 775 North and 700 East.

10/01/11 A resident of the 3700 block of East Debby Drive in Knox told police that his 2009 red Peterbilt was previously parked at the intersection of Ind. 10 and Ind. 35 and was no longer there.

10/01/11 A resident of Walkerton reported the storage units on Ind. 23 had been broken into.

10/01/11 Joannie Cornado of Knox told police her home and garage had been broken into.

10/02/11 A resident of the 9200 block of Sycamore Street in Monterey reported his summer home had been broken into and items had been stolen.

Police Reports

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

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
09/25/11 A resident in the 600 block of Arlington Avenue reported his Silver 2007 Toyota Corolla taken from his driveway sometime from 10:00 p.m. Saturday until Sunday morning. North Judson Police Chief Deputy, Joe Budner, is investigating the motor vehicle theft. The vehicle was left unlocked with the keys on the passenger seat.

09/25/11 North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated a property damage accident at the intersection of State Road 39 and Highway 10. A semi was turning east off of State Road 39 and needed to back up in order to make the turn. The driver, from Etna Green, while backing up, collided with a Geo Tracker causing damage. Estimated damages was set at over $750.

09/24/11 During a traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle, Joshua Shepherd, of Culver, was arrested by North Judson Police Officer William Scheiderer for Driving While Suspended with a Prior Conviction. His vehicle was impounded.

09/23/11 A property damage only fender-bender occurred in the 300 block of Dahlke Street Friday morning. North Judson Police investigated the accident where Eardon Agee backed out of his driveway and hit a parked vehicle. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely estimated damages at over $1,000.

09/21/11 North Judson Police received a report of a disabled vehicle on State Road 10 east of town. Officer William Scheiderer arrived on scene and observed a male subject pushing his vehicle. The driver was cited for Driving While Suspended and his vehicle was impounded.

09/20/11 A property owner reported to the North Judson Police that neighborhood boys are cutting down her trees and using it for campfires.

09/19/11 A vandalism report was taken by the North Judson Police in the 300 block of W. Weninger Street in reference to a vehicle was hit by eggs multiple times. Two additional neighbors reported an egg thrown at their home as well.

Arrests:
09/25/2011 Gilbert C. Bolster, 25, North Judson, IN, arrested for a Warrant through Starke Circuit Court for Child Support Obligation.

09/24/2011 Joshua W. Shepherd, 23, Culver, IN, arrested for Driving While Suspended with a Prior Conviction.

09/23/2011 Lee Patterson, 39, North Judson, IN, arrested for a Warrant for Neglect of a Dependent.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/25/11 A resident in the Denham area told police that there are loud vehicles driving back and forth of his residence and then it sounded as if someone was banging on the garage. The caller said that two abandoned houses north of his residence have been robbed and he has seen fresh tracks going in and out of those houses. He requested extra patrol.

09/25/11 A resident in the Monterey area reported that the eastbound stop sign at 600 East and 600 North are missing. When police arrived on scene, they saw that the post the sign was on was hit by a vehicle. Police are wondering if it was hit by the person who called about the sign as the accident appeared new.

09/25/11 A Francesville resident called to report shots fired and said the shots came from the front of the park. Police determined that the shots were fired in a safe direction around the area for practice shooting and the person was shooting at a ground squirrel.

09/25/11 Police received a call about a suspicious man roaming around a business taking scrap. The man had put some aluminum cans in the back of his pickup. Police spotted the suspect and asked him to put the aluminum cans back where he found them.

09/25/11 A caller told police that there was a possible drunk driver all over the road in Winamac. Police caught up with the suspect and the suspect told police that he was texting while driving. He told police that he had been arrested by the Indiana State Police two weeks prior for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, but in this case, he did not smell of alcohol and was given a verbal warning for texting while driving.

09/25/11 A Medaryville resident told police that a generator and TV are missing from a storage shed. The caller also said that he was at his rental storage unit and the lock was changed. After an investigation, officers learned that several locks were changed after they were cut off by unknown subject(s). The owner had tried to contact the complaintant to advise him of the change, but was unable to get a hold of him.

09/24/11 A caller in the Bruce Lake area told police that he was putting up a deer blind on his own property when one of his neighbors came on his property and started threatening him. He said he was a police officer. He and his 10-year-old son were at the property getting ready to hunt deer and the person who was harrassing them was purposely driving a 4-wheeler around and making noise so it ruined the hunting day. A conservation officer who investigated the incident said it is a misdemeanor offense to bother someone while hunting.

09/24/11 A Francesville resident reported the theft of cash and an X-Box.

09/24/11 A caller in the Beardstown area told police that a lady is out on U.S. 35 sweeping. A couple of cars had to slow down for fear of hitting her. She was sweeping her yard and now she’s sweeping the highway. Officers confronted the person who said that she likes to go barefoot out to her mailbox and was sweeping around the mailbox so the rocks don’t hurt her feet.

09/24/11 A caller from Francesville told police that there is someone in his driveway letting the air out of his tires. Last month, the caller had a flat tire and a broken window.

09/23/11 A property damage accident was reported at the intersection of Monticello and Spring Streets in Winamac. Minimal damage was reported.

09/22/11 A caller in Star City reported that some unknown person(s) spray painted a building and left behind evidence.

09/22/11 While a police officer was out doing a VIN check, it was noted that the vehicle was reported stolen. The owner of the truck reported the truck and driver missing in January and then he tracked them down in Nebraska and fired the driver. The owner then drove the truck back to Michigan and sold it and did not tell police that he recovered the vehicle.

09/22/11 A resident called to report two vehicles stolen from her yard about one month ago. She talked to the lien company who said that they didn’t repossess them. She thought the company had the cars and that’s why she’s just reporting them stolen now. The officer said they have been missing so long, they will not do a report.

09/21/11 A caller reported an abandoned trailer fire in Medaryville.

09/21/11 A caller reported the theft of a field cultivator, six tractor weights and a white 1982 International semi.

09/20/11 A caller reported that shots were fired behind the complaintant’s house in the northwestern part of Pulaski County.

09/20/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that he hit a large tree down across the roadway. He did not see if because of the fog. Crews were called to dismantle the tree and clear the hazard from the roadway.

09//20/11 Vandalism was reported in one of the cemeteries in Winamac.

09/20/11 A mother caught her own daughter shoplifting and called the police on her.

09/20/11 A Pulaski resident reported the theft of his new John Deere riding lawn mower.

Arrests:
09/26/11 Travis S. Tuttle, 31, of 7000 S. 450 W., Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Habitual Traffic Violator and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

09/25/11 Jeffery D. Lange, 52, 7995 W. 700 N. Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

09/23/11 Eric Kemp, 29, 612 ½ S. Market St, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 09/23/11

09/21/11 James A. Miller, 46, 14254 W. 600 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 09/22/11

09/21/11 Marla Frank, 39, 1023 N. Monticello, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Discharged 09/22/11

09/21/11 Jeannie Rubalcava, 52, 6508 US 421, Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
09/26/11 An employee at Cambe’s called the police to report that seven locks had been cut and laying in front of the storage units located behind the business. The locks have been replaced and extra patrol was requested.

09/24/11 Police located a purse laying in the intersection of St. Louis Street and Shield Street in Knox belonging to Destiny Spencer. She was reportedly at O’s Tap when she had a medical emergency and the officer returned the purse to her after she was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital.

09/24/11 An employee at Mark’s Body Shop reported that the air conditioning unit had been stolen from the business at 253 E. John Street.

09/24/11 An employee from Smith Farm Store reported the theft of headphones from the store.

09/19/11 Sandy Ferris reported the theft of a rototiller from her yard.

Arrests:
09/25/11 Jerome Clark, Jr., 36, 10452 E. 600 N., Grovertown, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC of at least .15%.

09/24/11 Michael Watts was arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

09/24/11 Annette Beedle, 54, 404 S. Prettyman St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

09/23/11 Ellis Clemons, 44, was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Legend Drug and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
Brandie Kotras, 33, was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Legend Drug and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
Tracie Young, 25, was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
Steve Wilson, 40, was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

09/22/11 Danny Traylor, 51, 3720 E. Toto Rd., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement by Fleeing and Reckless Driving. He was cited for driving left of center and driving while suspended.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/24/11 A resident in the 3000 block of S. 100 W. in North Judson called police to report that a male subject has been walking back and forth in front of her residence for approximately a half hour.

09/24/11 A resident in the 900 block of W. 450 S. in North Judson told police that a male subject drove a stock car down State Road 39 and ran her off the road. The vehicle also ran other vehicles off the roadway.

09/24/11 A resident in the 3800 block of E. Toto Road in Knox requested extra patrol. He said that he saw someone on his property. He said his home was broken into a while ago.

09/23/11 A resident called to report that a vehicle was stuck on the railroad tracks on State Road 23 south of 200 South and someone is trying to get the vehicle off the tracks at this time.

09/22/11 A resident in the 700 block of Cherry Street in North Judson reported the theft of a money order.

09/21/11 A resident in the 100 block of N. U.S. 35 in Knox called police to report that he found a bag with someone’s personal property including prescription bottles and clothing.

Arrests:
09/21/11 Algin Trent, 46, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Trespass and Theft.

Accidents:
09/26/11 Erin Eaton, 19, of North Judson, was traveling north on U.S. 421 when a red GMC pickup truck went to pass her at a high rate of speed. When the pickup truck was attempting to pass, a semi coming south on U.S. 421 was approaching, and was going to hit the pickup truck head-on. The red GMC pickup swerved back towards her vehicle which caused her to go off the road and down into the ditch and then her vehicle started flipping end over end. A witness gave the same statement. Eaton was treated for her injuries.

09/25/11 Kimberly King, 34, of Knox, said she was driving east on State Road 10 when she noticed a vehicle driving erratically and then it crossed the center line and hit her head-on. After the crash, Carson Rowe, 38, of North Judson, fled the scene on foot. The officer did a non-custodial interview with Rowe and he reportedly told police that he had been drinking and he was very tired and passed out behind the wheel and crashed head-on into King’s vehicle. He then became worried his insurance had expired so he fled the scene.

09/21/11 Kelly Carey, 23, of Knox, was traveling eastbound on State Road 10 just east of County Road 1150 East when he lost control of her car. She said she doesn’t know what cased her to lose control. The vehicle left the roadway, rolled three times, and came to rest of its roof. She exited the vehicle through the trunk area and pulled the passenger through the trunk as well. Both the driver and passenger, 27-year-old Jacquline Allsop, of Knox, were taken to IU Health Starke Hospital for treatment.

Two North Judson Teens Arrested on Burglary, Theft Charges

Nicholas Rudd

Joshua Muzik

Two people have been arrested in connection with burglaries at two downtown businesses in North Judson.

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely said that 16 cases of beer and several bottles of liquor were taken from Grand Central Station and a set of Wilson golf clubs and a bag were taken from Rosa’s Resale Shop. After an investigation, officers recovered the stolen property from a residence in the 300 block of Main Street.

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North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
09/18/11 A report of a women being battered in the 200 block of W. Weninger Street was taken by North Judson Police. After an investigation and written statement taken, a complete report was turned in to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for formal charges.

09/17/11 A vandalism report was taken by North Judson Police in reference to two homes having been hit by an egg in the 300 block of E. Weninger Street.

09/16/11 A worker reported his Nintendo system and several games taken from the break room while he was at work. North Judson Police are investigating the theft.

09/14/11 North Judson police completed a report where three vehicles had been gone through and several items were stolen. All three vehicles, which were unlocked, were in the same driveway in the 700 block of Main Street. This incident remains under investigation.

09/13/11 North Judson Police responded to the high school football field to take a report of a Protection Order Violation. A complete report was furnished to the Starke County Prosecutor for formal charges.

09/13/11 North Judson Police received a report of an Intoxicated Person laying on the walking trail southeast of the Main Street entrance. Officer Kelly Fisher responded and found Danny Parks of Crown Point laying on the tracks. He was arrested for Public Intoxication and for a warrant from Knox City Court for Failure To Appear.

09/13/11 The North Judson Dollar General reported that a female shoplifter had just left the store. North Judson Police conducted an investigation and have provided the Prosecutor’s Office a complete report requesting Conversion charges.

Arrests:
09/18/11 Jeannie C. Sanders, 21, Michigan City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

09/13/11 Danny C. Parks, 55, Crown Point, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication and on a Knox City Court Warrant for Failure to Appear.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/18/11 A vendor from the Francesville Fall Festival reported thefts.

09/17/11 A Monterey resident called to complain that her landlord padlocked her LP tank.

09/16/11 A caller in Monterey reported a tree on fire. The tree has fallen on electrical lines and it has t burned through them. The Monterey Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. The Pulaski County Highway Department was called to help cut up a large tree.

09/16/11 A resident in Winamac called police to report that two females left a location with a bag full of stuff.

09/15/11 A Winamac resident told officers that she came out of the Pulaski County Courthouse and a person was going through her vehicle. The suspect said he was looking for cigarettes. The complaintant confirmed that the suspect was taking a pack of cigarettes she left in her car while she was in the courthouse. Police indicated that this is the same person who has been looking through vehicles in the area. The complaintant opted not to press charges.

09/15/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that his home was broken into the evening prior. His wallet and some jewelry were stolen from the home.

09/15/11 A Winamac resident told officers that she witnessed a hit and run accident. A van had hit a parked vehicle and left the scene.

09/15/11 A Monterey firefighter called police and requested an officer to go to the school in Monterey where he found juveniles throwing rocks at the building. Police did not find damage and all of the juveniles questioned deny such actions.

09/15/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that an oversized semi came down the road and went through her yard causing damage.

09/14/11 Police received a complaint of people picking marijuana. When police arrived on scene, no one was found in the area.

09/14/11 A Monterey resident told police that she got home and someone left in a truck with items out of her garage. A heater was stolen, along with extension cords and a cast iron stove with four foot stainless steel pipes to hook up the stove.

09/14/11 A Medaryville police officer notified the Sheriff’s Department that NIPSCO had to be called as a fuse was arcing on one of their poles. The electric wasn’t out, but it needs to be checked. NIPSCO was called to the scene and the issue was fixed.

09/13/11 The Winamac Fire Department reported one of their trucks was smoking. The fire truck was towed back to the fire department.

09/13/11 A resident in Cass Township reported that two people were shooting pistols at her residence. Police questioned the subjects who advised police that they were target shooting earlier and have stopped.

Arrests:
09/18/11 Jodi Wentz, 35, 6157 N. 725 W. Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of Porter County. Discharged 09/19/11

09/18/11 Cody S. Hopkins, 24, 116 S. State St., Francesville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Public Intoxication. Discharged 09/19/11

09/18/11 Michael E. Hughes, 22, 14816 W. 300 N. Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Public Intoxication.

09/17/11 Melissa K. Bain, 33, 5586 N. U.S. 35, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Disorderly Conduct.

09/17/11 Rodney S. Schwartz, 40, 450 W. South St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Prior and Possession of Cocaine. Discharged 09/17/11

09/16/11 Edward Fiore, 31, 317 E. 13th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery. Discharged 09/17/11

09/16/11 Tim Belue, 40, 6757 W. 750 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. Discharged 09/17/11

09/16/11 Justin Olds, 23, 1311 Pine St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

09/16/11 Rachel S. Wolfe, 23, 2963 W. 325 N. Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Discharged 09/17/11

09/15/11 Rene Campos, 38, 112 Jefferson, LaPorte, IN, arrested on an active warrant out of LaPorte County. Discharged 09/16/11

09/13/11 Glen P. Sommers, 24, 1242 W. 121st St., Whiting, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

09/13/11 Emeric Martin, 53, Rochester, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant. Discharged 09/13/11

09/13/11 David Stachurski, 63, 3246 N. Rose, Franklin, IL, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

09/12/11 Rosco Durflinger, 49, 505 S. Market St. Francesville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 09/12/11

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
09/17/11 A resident reported that he witness a male subject take a motorcycle from Behind the Bars and place it in the back of his vehicle.

09/17/11 A fight was reported at the skate park in Knox.

09/17/11 A resident in the 1000 block of E. Culver Road in Knox reported the theft of a title to his vehicle.

09/15/11 A staff member from Community Services of Starke County reported that her kitchen window was broken. A Plasma wall-mount flat screen TV was missing from the residence.

09/15/11 William Yarck, Sr. reported the theft of a lawnmower from his yard.

09/15/11 An employee from Zingo Express reported the theft of $45.00 of fuel.

09/14/11 Rick Chambers reported the theft of a registration plate off of a boat trailer.

Arrests:
09/16/11 Christina L. Foltz, 44, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

09/14/11 Jason Sims, 604 S. Portland St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Residential Entry, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Reckless Possession of Paraphernalia.

09/13/11 Josh Parker, 26, 211 Lambert St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Criminal Mischief.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/18/11 A resident in the 8800 block of E. 850 S. in North Judson reported that some unknown person(s) broke into his shed.

09/18/11 A resident in the 8400 block of N. Tippecanoe in Walkerton reported the theft of a GPS unit from a vehicle.

09/17/11 Josh Snyder of Knox reported that his wallet and credit cards were stolen from his mother’s residence.

09/17/11 John Nifong asked to speak to an officer. He lives in Marshall County and semi wheels were stolen from his residence. He allegedly found the tires at Howard’s Salvage on 600 North.

09/17/11 A residence in the 300 block of W. 625 S. in Knox reported the theft of his work truck.

09/15/11 Plymouth Police Department notified the Starke County Sheriff’s Department that two people in a silver vehicle were head into the county.  The suspects reportedly stole precursors and are believed to be intoxicated.

09/15/11 A resident on 250 South, west of Marshall County in Knox reported that a walnut flew up from a vehicle and did damage to his windshield.

09/15/11 A resident in the 7200 block of S. 200 W. in North Judson reported that some unknown subject(s) gained control of her vehicle last night and stole money out of her purse.

09/15/11 A resident in the 400 block of E. 300 E. in Knox reported that two cameras were stolen off of trees on a vacant property.

09/14/11 A Knox resident informed police that a residence she has for sale has been broken into.

09/13/11 A resident in the 3800 block of N. 300 Expressway in Knox reported that two unknown subjects broke into her shed and stole several items.

Arrests:
09/17/11 Kristina Hamm, 29, of arrested on preliminary charges of Intimidation, Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.

09/15/11 Maxine Grigsby, 33, of Knox, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

09/13/11 Heather Wilson, 23, of Louisville, KY, arrested on preliminary charges of Neglect of a Dependent, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Public Intoxication.

09/13/11 Michael Simpson, 44, of Louisville, KY, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Escape from a Kentucky jail.

Police Reports

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

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/11/11 A Monterey resident called police to report that some unknown subject(s) broke into his garage again. There were several items taken, including the security camera.

09/11/11 Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was called to a vehicle accident in the Star City area and one person was injured.

09/11/11 A man driving a motorcycle and hit a deer in the Star City area. The driver only reported a scratch on his elbow and a family member was going to take him to the hospital to tend to the injury.

09/10/11 A Denham resident reported the theft of a dirt bike. The dirt bike was chained to the truck that’s for sale in his front yard.

09/09/11 A seven-year-old girl called police to report that some unknown subject(s) had broken into a car on the property and stole a stereo. The babysitters were at the residence but were sleeping at the time of the call. When police arrived on scene, the adults said the child didn’t attempt to wake them. The child thought she might get into trouble if she woke them up. They didn’t think anything was wrong with the vehicle but would call if they found something wrong.

09/09/11 An Elkhart resident told police that he owns property in Pulaski County and articles have been stolen from the residence.

09/09/11 A Monterey resident called police to report that all of the tires on her new truck were slashed.

09/09/11 An officer was made aware of a vehicle in the parking lot of a local business that appears to have severe window and body damage. The caller who called this in was unsure how the driver would be able to see on his/her way home.

09/09/11 A resident in the northwestern part of the county reported that people were firing a gun. Police asked neighbors about the call and they stated that they heard shots a few hours ago but nothing since then.

09/09/11 The Francesville EMS responders were called to a residence in reference to a woman who suffered from burns after trying to kill a bug and light it on fire with gasoline. The fire got out of control but it is now out, but she is injured to the point that her skin has “melted”. She was later airlifted to the burn center in Fort Wayne due to her injuries.

09/08/11 A Medaryville resident called police to report that some unknown subject(s) cut the tires on the vehicle.

09/08/11 A rollover accident occurred outside of Star City but there were no injuries.

09/07/11 A Denham resident reported the theft of a TV, DVD player, Play Station, and clothes.

09/07/11 A Francesville resident notified police of an accident in front of her residence. The driver reportedly struck a tree in from of the house. The driver was injured and bleeding.

09/07/11 An employee at a Winamac gas station reported a drive-off of $20.

09/06/11 A caller told police that it appeared that crops were damaged due to someone turning around in a corn field.

09/06/11 A caller in the Radioville area reported that some unknown person(s) broke into the shed and took a lawnmower and other items.

Arrests:
09/12/11 Nathan Gamblin, 20, 1486 N. US 35, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Assisting a Criminal. Discharged 09/12/11

09/12/11 Brandon Gamblin, 28, 1486 N. US 35, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged of 09/12/11

09/10/11 Kevin L. Heiny, 44, 6886 E. CR 900 N., Royal Center, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 09/11/11

09/10/11 James E. Gill, 52, 55335 State Road 119, Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 09/10/11

09/09/11 Brian Graham, 26, 4834 Hamilton, South Bend, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

09/09/11 Jerry Button, 46, 3201 W. 250 S., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Habitual Traffic Violator. Discharged 09/09/11

09/07/11 Brandon Michael, 29, 253 E. 150 S. Apt. 1, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 09/08/11

Accidents:
09/11/11 One person was injured in a two vehicle accident south of Winamac. Corey Heath, 22, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, told police that she was traveling on County Road 250 East and came to the intersection on US 35. She said she did not see the vehicle driving south on US 35 and entered into the intersection. Heath entered into the intersection and struck the vehicle driven by Linda Roth of Royal Center. Roth stated that she didn’t see Heath’s car until it was too late. Heath refused medical treatment at the scene and Roth was taken to Pulaski Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
09/10/11 Nathan Chambers reported the theft of a black neoprene riding mask with a white skull on it. The item was last seen on the handlebars of his motorcycle.

09/08/11 Tim Miller of Knox told police that he returned home from work and found that the garage entry door was open and there was reportedly no damage done to the lock and the lock was in the locked position. An edger, weedeater and stereo speakers were reported stolen.

09/08/11 Robert Brandt reported the theft of construction tools from a home they are remodeling. The suspect(s) reportedly entered the home through a bedroom window.

Arrests:
09/11/11 Steven Gott, 26, 203 N. Main St. Apt. C, Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

09/11/11 Michael Hoekman, 20, 3600 E. Debby Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Minor in a Tavern, Illegal Possession.
Boston Tunis, 19, 3204 Rustic Ln, Crown Point, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession.

09/10/11 Thomas Thomas, 48, no address given, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and False Informing.
Julie Haas, 24, 407 S. Bower St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

09/10/11 Destiny Spencer, 28, 521 W. Culver Rd., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

09/10/11 John E. Clemons, 39, 6860 E. Skyline Ave., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

09/09/11 Anthony Allen, 37, 1010 Denny Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery and Domestic Battery in the Presence of a Child Less Than 16 Years of Age.

09/09/11 Brian Keith Greene, 26, 7859 W. 700 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Operator Never Licensed.
Natasha Lynn Piper, 21, 1240 W. 150 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.

09/08/11 A juvenile was arrested on a preliminary charge of conversion.

09/02/11 Jeremy McDougal, 35, 5885 U Rd. Lot 10, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Accidents:
09/10/11 The Knox City Police Department was called to a two vehicle accident on Williams Street. Monica Yoldash, of Knox, told police that she was northbound on Williams Street, approaching the tracks just south of John Street. As she was crossing the railroad tracks, she observed a van in the middle of the road. She swerved to miss the van and left the roadway, striking a tree head-on. The driver of the van, Kenneth Burton, said he was southbound on Williams Street from John Street when he observed Yoldash’s vehicle travel over the tracks at a high rate of speed which caused her to travel airborne. She then lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. Yoldash was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital for treatment.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/11/11 A resident in the 1000 block of E. 700 S. in North Judson requested to speak to an officer because her neighbors were chasing down her dogs with a 4-wheelers.

09/11/11 A San Pierre resident reported the theft of a gun from his vehicle.

09/10/11 A Knox resident called police to do a welfare check on her in-laws. Her mother-in-law is reportedly dying and can’t be left alone and their daughter has cut off her ankle bracelet and left the residence.

09/10/11 The ambulance service reported a tow truck in the ditch off 750 North near Walkerton but when police arrived, there was nothing there.

09/10/11 A resident in the 3500 block of 800 S. in Knox told police that she is building a house and when she came home, the trees that had been cut down were deliberately set on fire. She would like to file a report and is requesting extra patrol.

09/10/11 An officer was requested at Round Lake Cemetery for property damage to the fence.

09/09/11 Two residents in the 8900 block of S. Jefferson St. in Monterey told police that their vehicles have been broken into

09/09/11 Two residents in the 8800 block of S. Adams Street in Monterey told police that someone went through their vehicles and stole some items. One resident told police that she said it appeared that someone had tried to hot wire it.

09/08/11 A resident in the 1800 block of W. Dawn Dr., in North Judson reported the theft of a vehicle. He last saw the vehicle in February before he went on an extended vacation.

09/07/11 A resident in the 1500 block of W. Toto Road in Knox told police that he was in a verbal argument with his neighbor and now he believes he stole his dog.

Arrests:
09/10/11 William J. Miller, 43, Portage, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

09/09/11 William David Smith, 22, of Fontaine, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

Accidents:
09/10/11 Jennifer Zuniga, 26, of North Judson told police that she was traveling south on County Road 250 W when she observed deer in the roadway. She didn’t see the deer earlier as it was foggy. She swerved to miss the deer and she left the roadway. The vehicle rolled over and and it was totaled. She received minor injuries in the accident.

09/07/11 Douglas E. Kline, of Granger, IN, told police that he was traveling North on U.S. 35 just north of 300 North near Hamlet when he said he must have dozed off. The vehicle left the roadway and flipped. He was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital for treatment.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
09/10/11 Another report of two bicycles missing from a yard in the 400 block of High Street was taken by the North Judson Police. Both bicycles were Schwinns, one a man’s bike and the other a woman’s. The man’s bike was blue and had an older chrome headlight.

09/09/11 It was reported to the North Judson Police that an unknown male entered an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway in the 600 block of Oakwood Street. The home owner came outside and the man fled. Nothing was reported missing. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely again reminds residents to keep their vehicles locked when unattended.

09/07/11 Around 7:40 a.m., North Judson Police were informed of a property damage accident in the 400 block of Lane Street. North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner responded and investigated the accident. A 1995 GMC Van, driven by Ramon Santiago from Knox, was going North on Lane Street and struck a 2004 Honda that was parked on Lane Street in the driver’s side rear quarter-panel. Budner estimated the damages at over $2,500.

09/07/11 North Judson Police took a report of a stolen bicycle, a men’s green bike, from the 500 block of E. Talmer Avenue.

09/06/11 A North Judson resident reported to police that her vehicle had the windshield smashed with a brick while it was parked on the street in the 300 block of George. The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. and North Judson Police are working on a lead.

09/06/11 Around 7:50 p.m., the North Judson Police responded to a truck vs. deer accident on Talmer Avenue near the intersection of Oakwood Street. Brent Katschke was driving east on Talmer when a deer ran into the roadway. He struck the deer causing an estimated $2,500 damage to his 2007 Dodge Ram truck. North Judson Officer Bill Scheiderer investigated the incident.

09/06/11 North Judson Police took a violation of a Protection Order report in reference to a male subject making indirect contact with a female subject by sending her a message. The report was furnished to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

09/05/11 North Judson Police responded to a report of a man having been battered in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue. The home owner advised the man involved was an unwanted guest and asked to leave the residence. The incident remains under investigation.

Police Reports

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

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/05/11 A resident in the Star City area reported that her garage door was accidentally left open and a 4-wheeler and other items were stolen.

09/05/11 A Monon resident reported that he has an older truck on his property and some unknown subject(s) beat out all of the windows and headlights and they slashed the tires. No trespassing signs had been posted.

09/03/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a bicycle. It is a navy blue Trek B12 mountain bike.

09/03/11 Winamac firefighters were called to a barn fire.

09/02/11 A Francesville resident called police to report that she pushed her vacuum cleaner outside to clean out her camper and left it outside while she walked her daughter from the area. When she returned, it was gone. Police spoke to the suspect who advised police that he thought she was throwing it out as it was sitting on the curb. It was returned to the owner.

09/02/11 A Beaver Township resident reported the theft of her daughter’s cell phone.

09/02/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of a lawn mower, air compressor, power saw and other items from his garage.

09/01/11 A caller reported missing golf clubs in a pink girls golf bag.

09/01/11 A resident in the Denham area reported the theft of an irrigation system from behind his residence.

08/31/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a video system and phone charger from a vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the complaintant’s driveway.

08/31/11 A Cass Township resident reported the theft of a mailbox.

08/31/11 A Cass Township resident reported the theft of a lawn mower.

08/31/11 A Medaryville resident called police to report that he went to the gas station to get some gas and while he was gone, some unknown person(s) stole his lawn mower and weed trimmer.

08/31/11 A Medaryville resident told police that someone just stole her nine week old Pit Bull puppy mix. The animal was later returned.

Arrests:
09/05/11 Joseph Deinema, 35, 4355 E. 200 S., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

09/04/11 Michael Watson, 45, 4076 S. Portedward Dr., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 09/05/11

09/04/11 Pamela Larson, 48, 7080 E. 250 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated -Prior.

09/03/11 Joanna Timmons, 30, 2745 N. 1600 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession, Resisting Law Enforcement. Discharged 09/03/11

09/02/11 Jennifer Wireman, 28, 312 11th St., Logansport, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

09/02/11 Thomas Denham, 64, 702 N. Market, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 09/03/11

09/01/11 Samantha Deck, 24, 515 Dorothy St., Monon, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. 09/02/11

08/31/11 David D. Ercoli, 61, 4903 E. Melton Rd., Gary, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

08/31/11 Georgiha A. Hampton, 56, 13575 W. 400 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants. Discharged 08/31/11

08/31/11 John Rupert,28, 6655 N. 800 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

08/31/11 Charlotte Rupert, 24, 6655 N. 800 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

08/31/11 Cody M. Cobb, 18, 7044 N. 1225 W., Monticello, IN, arrested on a preliminary theft of Public Intoxication and Theft. Discharged 09/01/11

08/31/11 Joseph L. McNeiley, 41, 5807 W. 122nd Ave. Crown Point, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Prior, Driving While Suspended. Discharged 08/31/11

08/31/11 Tyler Reed, 19, 537 W. 11th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a body attachment. Discharged 08/31/11

08/29/11 David Davis, 39, 6558 S. 400 W., Kewanna, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 08/29/11

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
09/03/11 A vandalism report was taken by North Judson Police for two vehicles being scratched or keyed in the 300 block of Main Street.

09/03/11 North Judson Police were advised of a traffic accident at the curve of Main Street and N. Oakwood Avenue. North Judson Officer Bill Scheiderer investigated the incident and set damages at over $1,000.00. Timothy Rudd of North Judson was driving a 2005 Ford Taurus and stated an animal was in the roadway as he was making the turn onto Oakwood and he swerved and struck a wooden fence on the east side of the roadway. Rudd was ticketed for a Driving while Suspended infraction and the vehicle was impounded.

09/02/11 A report of theft of gasoline being siphoned from parked vehicles in the 100 East Block of Talmer Avenue in North Judson was taken by North Judson Police.

08/30/11 North Judson Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 400 block of High Street. After a complete investigation, it was determined the call was a self inflicted gunshot wound. A male subject was transported to the hospital.

Arrests:
08/24/11 Danny Manns Jr., 35, 3030 S. US #35, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Motor Vehicle Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Criminal Mischief over $250.00 and Trespassing.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
09/02/11 It was reported to police that some unknown person broke out the window to Terry Turner’s vehicle on Main Street. Turner told police that a camera was stolen and damage was done to the vehicle. Another vehicle parked on Main Street was broken into and it belonged to Eric Campbell. The driver’s side window was broken and the back window was hanging from its seal.

08/30/11 Kim Wilson reported that some unknown person(s) slashed the front passenger window (which was plastic) and the rear window to her Jeep. Below the window on the Jeep’s frame was a foot long scratch into the paint.

Arrests:
09/05/11 Timothy Armes, 34, 701 E. Danker St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Resisting Law Enforcement.

09/05/11 Chelsea Schuchardt, 21, 1255 E. 150 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Possession of Methamphetamine. She was also taken to jail on an active arrest warrant.

09/04/11 Eric E. Amor, 33, 307 W. Bozarth, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery and Disorderly Conduct.

09/04/11 Cody Foust, 20, 3375 E. S. Country Lane, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession.

09/03/11 Jeffrey Osborne, 44, 504 E. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

09/03/11 Daniel S. Keller, 18, 5722 E. Division Rd., Logansport, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

09/02/11 Melinda S. Catt, 40, 7945 W. 700 S., Winamac, IN,arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Prior, Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .15%.

09/01/11 Cheryl Hughes, 42, 116 ½ Madison St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

08/30/11 Daniel B. Berg II, 20, 805 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .15%.
Jonathan Landrum, 21, 701 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor (two counts).
Howard Bailey III, 20, 1260 S. 250 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession of Alcohol.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/05/11 A resident in the 1300 block of W. Toto Road in North Judson reported that the residence just west of her is abandoned and there are two subjects in the back burning something.

09/04/11 The Bass Lake Fire Department was called to a garage fire at 5200 S. S. of State Road 10 in Knox.

09/04/11 A resident in the 11500 block of E. Division Road in Knox reported that everything in his house has been taken.

09/03/11 Greg Powell called to report his neighbor’s grill is on fire and it tipped over into the grass.

09/03/11 A resident in the 8900 block of S. Sycamore in Monterey told police that his Playstation 3 was stolen from his residence and Fulton Countypolice has recovered it. An officer from Fulton County said that he needs to file a report in Starke County in order to release the Playstation back to him.

09/02/11 A resident in the 7000 block of S. US 35 in Knox said that his friend was accidentally shot in the leg.

09/01/11 A resident in the 11900 block of E. Pink Ridge Lane in Walkerton told police that someone dropped off a moped at his residence and doesn’t know who it belongs to.

09/01/11 Justin Skinner of Walkerton reported the theft of his motorcycle.

08/31/11 A car fire was called in at the intersection of Delaware and Fisher Streets in Knox. The Knox -Center Township Fire Department was called to the scene.

08/31/11 The Hamlet Fire Department was called to an equipment fire between 300 and 400 North in Knox.

08/31/11 A resident in the 200 block of E. 625 S. in Knox reported that someone broke into his shed and stole his son’s 4-wheeler and tools.

08/31/11 An employee at the Zingo Express reported the theft of $89.23 worth of gas.

Arrests:
09/05/11 Deborah Thompson, 26, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

09/05/11 Jerry Lee Sons, 50 of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

09/04/11 Dale Chlebek, 46, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

09/04/11 Joshua Michael Zazzara, 18, of Knox, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession.

09/03/11 George L. Ono, 58, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

09/02/11 Dennis Eugene Koons, 49, of Greenwood, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Accidents:
09/01/11 Robert E. Rayburn of Knox was injured when he left the road on US 35 near 900 South and hit a tree and then a house. Rayburn told police that he felt dizzy and thought he was hitting the brakes but he was hitting the gas. He hit a house at 8920 S. US 35. There were no other injuries reported.

Police Reports

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

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
08/27/11 A semi driver in Medaryville told police that another semi driver drove his semi too close to him and clipped off one of his side mirrors.

08/27/11 A caller advised that a woman holding a yard sale in Star City is causing traffic problems.

08/27/11 A Winamac resident notified the Sheriff’s Department that a younger looking male has been driving around looking around and looking into dumpsters. He will get into his vehicle and sit and then will get out and look into another dumpster.

08/27/11 Police were called in reference to two women in a fight where one woman slapped another in the face at the Town Park.

08/26/11 A Medaryville resident called to report a break-in.

08/26/11 A resident in Northwestern Pulaski County reported a break-in at her sister’s residence. The caller told police she caught the suspects “red-handed”.

08/26/11 Police are investigating an incident where a Winamac resident complained that his neighbor came onto his property, allegedly pulled a gun, shot it into the air and then pointed it at him. He told police that he hit the weapon with a stick and knocked it out of his hand, but the guy picked it up and pointed it at him again. The incident reportedly happened three weeks ago and the complaintant is now reporting the incident.

08/26/11 A caller in Winamac reported that the kids leaving the high school parking lot are driving very recklessly.

08/26/11 A Winamac business requested an officer. A subject drove off with a gas nozzle in their car.

08/24/11 A Francesville resident reported the theft of two gold wedding bands out of the glove compartment in her car sometime in July or the beginning of August.

Arrests:
08/28/11 Roberto F. Sebastian, 44, 6551 N. 1500 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed. Discharged 08/28/11

08/28/11 Chad M. Furnivali, 20, 329 E. 13th St., Rochester, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Minor Consuming.

08/25/11 Ronald Lee Magers, 26, 515 W. Main St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on site. Charges are pending.

08/25/11 Joshua Lee Attinger, 28, 902 S. Burson, Winamac, IN, arrested on sit. Charges are pending. Discharged 08/26/11

08/24/11 Rachel A. Carr, 40, 2024 Vessmore Pk Apt. 1, Rochester, IN, arrested on an active bench warrant.

08/24/11 Ramon Santana, 43, 1530 Maple St., Niles, MI, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
08/27/11 North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner is investigating a battery that occurred on Friday, August 26th at the North Judson Town park on Weninger Street. A 18-year-old male advised that he was battered by a 22-year-old male subject.

08/27/11 A resident in the 300 Block of Franklin Street reported to North Judson Police Officer Bill Scheiderer that his mail box was vandalized. After viewing the mail box, Officer Scheiderer observed black smoke residue in the mail box and no damage to the outside of the box. Officer Scheiderer located a clear plastic bottle that was burnt and burnt aluminum foil on the ground near the mail box. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

08/26/11 A property damage accident occurred at State Road 10 and Walnut Street. North Judson Police Chief, Doug Vessely, investigated and set the damages at under $2,500. A white Ford Econoline van driven by Jeffery K. Houk, of Rolling Prairie backed into a Saturn sedan driven by Samantha L. Myer, of North Judson. Houk stated he was going to back up to take a side road to avoid traffic being backed up due to construction at the intersection of State Road 10 and State Road 39 South.

08/26/11 A property damage accident occurred at State Road10 and Lane Street. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely, investigated and set the damages at over $1,000. A silver Toyota Corolla driven by Carolyn Haskins was eastbound on State Road 10 and was slowing to turn left onto Lane Street. She saw a Chevy S-10, driven by Carolyn E. Adam, stopped waiting to turn left onto State Road 10. After traffic cleared, Haskins started to turn left and Adam started to turn left. Adam’s vehicle struck Haskin’s vehicle.

08/25/11 North Judson Police Officer Ken Tomasko was on patrol near the rest area on State Road 10 and observed a male subject laying by a tree and picnic table. Officer Tomasko checked to see if the male needed any assistance. The male subject, Robert G. Kozecar, 40, was arrested on two Starke County warrants for Failure to Appear and a Pulaski County warrant.

08/24/11 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely was driving by the Town Park on Weninger street and observed a male subject matching the description of a wanted male for Escape from Lawful Detention. Chief Vessely arrested 38-year-old Darwin Eugene Barnett for the warrant and transported him to the Starke County Jail.

08/24/11 A resident in the 300 block of Main Street reported damage to his vehicle. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely reported that an unknown subject(s) used an unknown item caused a small dent and scratch in the area by the rear passenger window.

08/22/11 Rays Super Foods requested an officer for two females trying to purchase $300 worth of groceries. The manager stated to North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely that both have written bad checks before. Both females admitted to writing the checks and did not know they were NSF. Charges were filed with the Starke County Prosecutors Office for check deception.

08/22/11 A resident in the 300 block of Main Street reported that an unknown subject(s) smeared cheese on her passenger side window of her vehicle at night over the weekend. North Judson Police Officer Bill Scheiderer reported that there was no visible damage to the vehicle.

Arrests:
08/25/11 Robert G. Kozecar, 40, arrested for two Starke County Warrants for Failure to Appear and a Pulaski County Warrant.

08/24/11 Darwin Eugene Barnett, 38, Knox, IN, arrested for a Starke County Warrant for Escape from Lawful Detention.

08/22/11 Diane Clemons, 47, Culver, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Check Deception.

08/22/11 Leslie D. Carr, 35, Culver, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Check Deception.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
08/29/11 Jim Olson reported the theft of a chainsaw from a shed on his property.

08/28/11 David and Erica Shepherd reported a break-in at their apartment on Ruthie Drive. The door was found to be kicked in when they arrived home. An unknown suspect(s) removed a Fender amp, a DVD player and approximately 30 DVDs.

08/24/11 The owner of Clean Tech on Main Street in Knox reported an attempted break-in.

08/22/11 A NIPSCO worker reported the theft of his cell phone.

08/22/11 Eric Amore reported the theft of an Ipod Nano.

Arrests:
08/29/11 James Toney, 42, 515 E, Monroe St., South Bend, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

08/28/11 Anthony Tolson, 27, 726 Lovechio Dr. Mishawaka, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Jonathan Nenycz, 28, 10 ½ Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.

08/27/11 Fred Didden, 36, 1003 E. Culver Road, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct,

08/26/11 Ann Bradley, 33, 1600 E. 400 S., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

08/25/11 Shayna D. Howard, 20, 504 E. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Identity Deception, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug.

08/23/11 Cheyenne Allen, 34, 6077 N. 575 W. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Auto Theft.

08/23/11 Chad Osborne, 21, 304 E. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.
Kelly Robinson, 21, 701 E. Danker St. #18, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

08/23/11 Ryan Alan Furlano, 19, 319 W. LaPorte St., Plymouth, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.

08/22/11 Jerry Sons, 50, 308 S. Main St., #1 Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
08/28/11 A resident on Toto Road in Knox reported that the lock was broken off her storage unit and she is unsure if anything is taken.

08/28/11 A resident in the 7200 block of E. 150 S. in Knox called police to report that some unknown person(s) keep dropping off meth bottles at the edge of his property.

08/28/11 An officer told dispatch that he was off Shewski Road at Bass Lake and a suspect got off a golf cart and ran when he saw him approach the golf cart.

08/27/11 A resident called police to report that there is an open door at Sibo’s Grill on US 35 and it appeared that the door may have been kicked in.

08/27/11 Police were notified of two subjects riding four-wheelers recklessly up and down South U Road in North Judson.

08/27/11 A resident in the 4800 block of S. 750 E. in Knox told police that a contractor was paid to do a job and he never showed up to do the job.

08/27/11 Jim Coad with the Starke County Courthouse advised that there has been some property damage to the north side of the Courthouse lawn. It appeared as if someone drove a vehicle through the grass.

08/26/11 A resident in the 7800 block of E. 300 N. in Grovertown requested to speak with an officer in reference to a missing person and a stolen vehicle.

08/24/11 A resident in the 8800 block of Poplar St. in Monterey reported the theft of a gas tank from the property.

08/24/11 A resident in the 8100 block of S. 50 W. in North Judson reported that her husband’s unemployment card and other items have been stolen.

08/23/11 A resident in the 6500 block of E. 100 N. in Knox reported that someone blew up his mailbox.

Arrests:
08/29/11 Ryan Taylor, 35, 3320 E. 200 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Arson.
Kenneth K. Wallace, 34, 2060 S. 350 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Arson.

08/29/11 Joseph F. Dillard, 44, 4680 E. 150 N., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Paraphernalia. He was also arrested on an active arrest warrant.
Melissa Ann Dillard, 32, 4680 E. 150 N., Knox, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Paraphernalia. She was also arrested on an active arrest warrant.

08/25/11 Michael Fagin, 36, of Knox, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Possession of Marijuana.

08/23/11 Austin Owens, 23, of Knox, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

Accidents:
08/27/11 Lisa Dommer, 31, of Winamac, IN, backed up her vehicle on Main Street in Knox and hit a Knox City Police car. She told police that she did not see the car when he started backing up her vehicle. She struck the car with the passenger side front bumper causing damage to her vehicle as well as the driver’s side front bumper and headlight assembly on the squad car. There were no injuries reported at the scene. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene. $2,501 to $5,000 in damage was caused by the accident.

Prisoner Captured after Escaping Home Detention

Darwin Barnett

A Starke County prisoner is back in the Starke County Jail after escaping from Community Corrections home monitoring. Darwin Barnett was being tethered by an ankle bracelet which he removed August 19th.

After a 24 hour AWOL period, Community Corrections filed an escape notice with the Prosecutor and law enforcement. He was captured by North Judson Police and returned to jail on Wednesday, August 24th.

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Police Reports

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

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
08/07/11 A San Pierre resident reported to North Judson Police that he had $56.00 cash and a prescription bottle of medicine taken from his vehicle while it was parked at a local business on Saturday afternoon. The owner advised the doors were unlocked and the windows were down.

08/5/11 A resident in the 300 Block of Jones Street reported to North Judson Police the theft of a Black 26” Huffy Bicycle.

08/05/11 North Judson Police responded to a report of a hit and run accident on Schricker Avenue in front of Subway around 10:00 p.m. The vehicle struck a utility pole. North Judson Officer Skip Tomasko later located the suspect and vehicle south on State Road 39 after it went into a ditch and drove through a yard in the 6800 South Block of State Road 39. Arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident and with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, was 21 year old Michael A. Brown II, of North Judson.

08/04/11 Several mailboxes were damaged in the North Judson area overnight. Patio furniture was also reported taken, a street sign was damaged, and a local business’ dumpster had items removed and scattered around the parking lot. North Judson Police believe the culprits to be juveniles. Police request you call (574) 772-5914 if you see kids out and about the area after curfew.

08/03/11 A Battery incident was reported to North Judson Police in reference to a juvenile male being battered by an 18 year old man. North Judson Officers Bill Scheiderer and Kelly Fisher are investigating and a complete report was provided to the Starke County Prosecutor for charges.

08/01/11 North Judson Police were called to the 300 Block of Main Street in reference to a missing 9mm handgun. North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner is investigating the incident.

08/01/11 In the early morning hours, North Judson Police interrupted an attempted theft of a pop machine in the 300 Block of Lane Street. A smaller maroon pickup was reported to have fled the scene. The incident remains under investigation

Arrests:
08/05/11 Michael A. Brown II, 21, 8880 S. State Road 39, North Judson arrested for Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident and O.V.W.I.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
08/07/11 Officers investigated a roll-over accident outside of Francesville involving two vehicles. One vehicle was rolled on its top. No injuries were reported.

08/07/11 A Winamac resident called police to report a house fire. A power line fell on the neighbor’s residence. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene.

08/07/11 An employee at a Winamac business reported a drive-off $20 in gas.

08/06/11 Police were notified of a strong smell believed to be meth in the Monterey area.

08/06/11 A Cass Township resident reported the theft of a “junk truck” from his property.

08/05/11 A caller south of San Pierre called police to report that some unknown person(s) went through his pasture and fences. The person(s) broke off eight fence posts. The subject did replace some of the fence so his animals would not leave the area. Car pieces were found laying on the ground.

08/05/11 A Francesville resident reported a fight involving 15 juveniles. Police investigated and found that some were residents of Francesville and others were from Medaryville. They were all ordered to return to their homes.

08/04/11 The Sheriff’s Department was called to an accident in the Francesville area where a gravel truck rolled over in a ditch. The driver was trapped in the vehicle. Poles were hit and lines were down.

08/04/11 A Winamac reported the theft of items from a residence that is being rented.

08/04/11 An employee at a Winamac gas station reported that a semi drove off from the gas pumps without paying. The theft was $336 in diesel fuel.

08/04/11 A resident in the Beardstown area reported that a young boy was stopping vehicles asking for money.

08/03/11 A Winamac business reported the theft of items.

08/02/11 A Monterey resident reported a break-in.

08/01/11 A resident in the Beardstown area reported the theft of scrap metal.

08/01/11 Police were called to an accident in which the driver hit the caller’s garage. No injuries were reported.

Arrests:
08/06/11 Cody Hendrickson, 19, 5880 Attucks Circle, Plainfield, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Discharges 08/06/11

08/05/11 Daryl Gilbert, 47, 763 Govomer Rd. Valparaiso, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Resisting Law Enforcement. Discharged 08/06/11

08/05/11 Clay Daniel Lovely, 30, 202 E. Weninger St., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Burglary and Driving While Suspended.

08/05/11 Bryan Henke, 30, 109 S. Prebo St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Burglary.

08/05/11 Randall Grigsby, 21, 8965 S. 1200 W. Francesville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

08/04/11 Lorenzo Lopez, 41, 2233 N. Michigan Rd., Lafayette, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

08/04/11 William Spenser, 22, 214 Franklin St., Apt. B., Winamac, IN, arrested on a bench warrant. 08/05/11

08/03/11 Benjamin Fitch, 30, 3073 N. 1300 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a bench warrant. Discharged 08/04/11

08/02/11 Jeffrey Taylor, 24, 201 Jefferson, Crawfordsville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

Accidents:
08/03/11 The Winamac Police Department was called to an accident at the corner of US 35 and Pearl Street. According to the report, Lola Pletka of Winamac was turning onto US 35 off Pearl Street when she hit Joan Drach who was crossing the street. Drach told police she was trying to rush to cross the street and was hit by Pletka. Drach was injured and was transported to Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
08/07/11 Alisha Bradney reported the theft of an iPod.

08/04/11 A employee from M&M Auto reported that some unknown person(s) attempted to gain entry into a Pepsi pop machine that sits out front of the business.

08/04/11 Doug Cassel reported the theft of two steel doors and 75 feet of copper wire from a job site.

08/02/11 Roger Fisher of Knox reported the theft of items from a rental property.

Arrests:
08/08/11 Clayton Charles Reiss, 31, 1645 S. 300 E., Knox, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended (Prior).

08/07/11 Joel Solis, 19, 2811 Applewood Ave., Plymouth, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession.
Rachel Agee, 18, no address given, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession.
Ricahrd Emanuel Clark, Jr., 20, 6035 S. 200 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession.
Destiny Hamm, 20, no address given, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession.

08/05/11 Cheyenne N. Tolson, 20, 5907 S. U Road, North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear in Knox City Court.

08/04/11 Erica Lee Abraham, 23, 712 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.
James Allen Mueller, 25, 712 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Assisting a Criminal.

08/03/11 Monica Shively, 1360 S. 250 E., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Conversion.

08/02/11 James R. Klein, 25, 3520 E. 400 S., Knox, IN, arrested on charges of False Reporting, Operator Never Licensed and Resisting Law Enforcement.

08/02/11 William Prater, 29, 5412 S. 250 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Conversion and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

08/01/11 Stacy Krout, 40, 503 E. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
08/07/11 A Walkerton resident reported the theft of his daughter’s vehicle. He suspects her boyfriend took it.

08/06/11 A resident in the Bass Lake area called police to report that some unknown person(s) threw something at his vehicle while he was driving on State Road 10 East of Bass Lake. The object shattered his windshield.

08/06/11 A resident in the 1800 block of N. 300 E. in Knox reported that someone just hit his mailbox.

08/05/11 A Starke County unit advised that he is on his way to assist Pulaski County officers in the Monterey area. They received a call of a strong odor of ether and requested assistance.

08/05/11 A resident in the 1700 block of S. 300 E. in Knox reported the theft of a dirt bike.

08/05/11 A resident in the 10400 block of E. State Road 23 in Walkerton told police that someone took money out of his wallet.

08/04/11 A resident in the 800 block of N. 1025 E. in Knox reported that his mailbox was blown apart.

08/03/11 A North Judson resident reported that a female subject stole two yellow parking bumpers from the Knox park and she knows where the bumpers are.

08/03/11 A Walkerton resident reported the theft of his garbage can.

Arrests:
08/05/11 Renee Craig, 35, of Grovertown, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

08/03/11 Eric B. Richardson, 32, 3030 S. 200 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant.

Accidents:
08/07/11 Three people were injured after a two vehicle accident in front of the Grovertown Truck Stop. The report states that Patrick Nelson 47, of Crown Point, Indiana was traveling west on US 30 when Wayne L. Patton, 81, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota pulled out of the truck stop and into his path of travel. He told police that he tried to brake and steer away from the impact but couldn’t because of the wet pavement. Patton was trapped in the vehicle and told police that he could only remember pulling out of the truck stop and did not know what happened after that. A passenger in Patton’s vehicle, Betty Halverson, 80, was also injured.

Police, Fire Statistics for July

The Knox City Police Department had 483 calls in the month of July, responded to six accidents and officers completed 31 incident reports.

There were 4 Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated arrests, 3 Public Intoxication arrests, 3 Battery arrests, 2 warrant arrests, 16 people arrested on 18 traffic charges, 25 people arrested on 36 criminal charges and 2 juveniles arrested on 2 charges. Continue reading

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
07/31/11 A Medaryville resident reported that some unknown person(s) broke into his shop buildings. Officers said that the foot prints looked identical to the culprits that had broken into the buildings before.

07/31/11 A man on his bike crashed and EMS was called to the scene. The Good Samaritan helicopter was called to pick up the victim.

07/31/11 A Winamac resident called police to report a break-in to his enclosed trailer and stole items from that location.

07/30/11 An alleged battery occurred in Winamac.

07/30/11 Caller advised that a Town Officer is needed to pick up a stolen item that a subject dropped off just before he got arrested.

07/30/11 The Winamac Fire Department was called to a structure fire. Neighbor reportedly told police that he heard a loud explosion and now half his neighbor’s house is gone.

07/29/11 A Winamac resident reported that some unknown person has broke into his house and that is was all messed up.

07/29/11 A Monterey resident reported vandalism. He saw two subjects go by and throw cans and bottles that hit his signs and road signs.

07/28/11 Vandalism was reported at the Monterey Elementary Building.

07/28/11 A Radioville resident reported the theft of various drills, two ladders, refrigerators, a stove, a couch, loveseat and other items.

07/28/11 A Star City resident reported a barn fire at her residence. The Star City Fire Department was called to the scene.

07/27/11 A Winamac business called the police to report some drug paraphernalia found at their plant. Police received 4-5 aluminum Coke cans that appear to have marijuana residue.

07/27/11 A Winamac resident called police to report a break-in at his residence and it’s the third time it’s happened.

07/26/11 A Medaryville resident called to report that some unknown subject(s) stole two tires off his car the previous night. The suspect(s) took off the tires and put the vehicle up on cinder blocks.

07/25/11 A Francesville resident told police that she saw a friend of hers with her friend’s wallet and now money is missing from the wallet.

07/25/11 A Winamac resident reported a motorcycle stolen.

Arrests:
07/30/11 Christopher Foulks, 40, of 205 E. Marian St., Monticello, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Resisting Law Enforcement. Discharged 07/31/11

07/30/11 Troy Moses, 28, 2611 W. Julia Dr., North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest for Failure to Appear for Theft and Receiving Stolen Property.

07/29/11 Brandon D. Williams, 27, 6582 S. 1400 W. Francesville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

07/28/11 Jonnie Mullins, 25, 401 W. Main St. Apt. B, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. 07/29/11

07/28/11 William Wagner, 23, 10621 W. 500 S. Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

07/26/11 Jeffrey L. Jacobs, 24, 5884 S. 600 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Michael Mills, 34, 864 E. Chouinard Ln., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
07/29/11 Doyle Fisher reported the theft of one of his dogs from his vehicle. He had two dogs in the vehicle and two unknown subjects walked by the vehicle and the dogs started barking and Fisher told them to get away from his vehicle and one of the subjects took a one-year-old Cockapoodle.

07/29/11 Mike Risner at Standard Pellet reported the theft of LP gas tanks. An unknown person(s) cut the pad lock and it was laying on the ground in front of the storage unit.

07/27/11 Police were called to a fight a Wythogan Park in Knox.

07/27/11 Knox Police were dispatched to a harassment call.

07/27/11 Laura Kidder reported a hit and run accident. Some unknown person(s) pushed the driver door mirror in on her car and there was a dent in the middle of her driver door just below the mirror on the door.

07/27/11 James Young reported his Xbox 360 and his 22” TV was stolen from his house.

07/26/11 Knox officers were called to a vandalism call on Prettyman Street. Robert Fultz reported that someone entered an empty apartment and spray painted the walls with graffiti.

07/25/11 An employee at the Next Door Food Store reported the theft of $63.00 in gas.

Arrests:
07/29/11 Phillip Haug, 254 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

07/28/11 John Charles Kern, 43, 22 Kenworthy St. Valparaiso, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
07/31/11 A resident in the 100 block of E. Talmer Ave. reported that someone threw a rock at their window. Officer William Scheiderer investigated and did not locate the item or any suspects.

07/31/11 Officer William Sheiderer conducted a traffic stop where the registered owner of the vehicle was arrested for a warrant out of Porter County. Arrested was Marie G. Kendall.

07/31/11 A resident requested an officer in the 300 block of Main Street for a fight in front of her residence. Her friend was allegedly battered by Nicholas Rudd. Officer William Scheiderer investigated and arrested Nicholas Rudd on a preliminary charge of Battery. In a related incident, a 16-year-old male was battered by an 18-year-old male. The 18-year-old male was not located. Charges were sent to the Starke County Prosecutor’s office charging the 18-year-old with battery. The name of the subject will not be released until he is charged by the Prosecutor’s office. Both victims refused any medical attention.

07/27/11 Police Chief Doug Vessely investigated a property damage accident at the intersection of Talmer and Sheridan. A vehicle driven by Etha L. Kalin pulled out in front of a vehicle driven by Darryl R. Minix. Etha stated she looked both ways and did not see the vehicle.

07/26/11 A resident in the 500 block of Lane Street reported that her unlocked vehicle was gone through. Items that were taken were $15.00 in cash and two bottles of blood pressure medication. Police Chief Doug Vessely is investigating the theft.

07/25/11 A business in the 100 block of Lane Street reported to North Judson Police that a double window’s outer glass was cut in an oval. The inside glass was intact. No entry was made and no other damage was reported. Police Chief Doug Vessely investigated the incident.

07/25/11 A resident in the 500 block of Cherry Street reported that they were out of town. When they came back they noticed her wedding ring and a jar of coins missing. Also recovered in the residence was a pair of cowboy boots that were reported stolen from a neighbors vehicle on 07/21/11. The room that the boots were located in was the room a family friend stayed in. Police Chief Doug Vessely is investigating the theft.

07/25/11 Officer William Scheiderer was investigating a family problem at the gazebo at Norwayne Field. A passerby not involved in the investigation approached and caused a disturbance. After being asked to leave numerous times, Mathew C. Salyer was arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Public Intoxication.

07/21/11 The North Judson Police Department is investigating an incident at the U-Lock Storage on Talmer Avenue in North Judson. The management reported four locks were cut off of four storage units. Two owners of the units reported some items missing, with one reporting two pop-up tents and sleeping bags having been taken. The other owner reported that a kid’s 2003 Honda mini bike that was red and white in color was stolen. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely is investigating the theft. Anyone with information is asked to call Police at (574) 772-5914 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-STOP.

07/21/11 North Judson Police took a report from a resident in the 500 block of Cherry Street who reported a pair of black size 11-12 Cowboy Boots being stolen from his vehicle overnight.

07/19/11 A resident in the 600 block of Arlington reported to North Judson Police that a men’s 26”, 18 speed blue Trail Blaster Bicycle was missing from where the child had last put it.

TALL GRASS AND GOLF CARTS:
The North Judson Police Department has been issuing ordinance violations and warning ticket for tall grass and weeds in the Incorporated Town Limits.

“We have an ordinance that states your grass is to be no longer than 4 inches in the Town of North Judson,” Chief Doug Vessely said.

Citizens are asked to keep their property clean and the grass mowed, including empty lots. Vessely reminded property owners that the grass is to be mowed up to the alley and all sides of the property, including behind fences and outbuildings.

The Town Board reconfirmed that golf carts are not legal on town streets or alleys. The Board instructed the Police Department to issue ordinance tickets to violators. Chief Vessely added that no motorized vehicle over 50CC is allowed on the roadways without a Bureau of Motor Vehicle license plate and insurance.

“With modifications some of these vehicle can be licensed, which would make it legal to drive, otherwise they cannot be on the roads,” said Vessely.

The under 50CC requirement refers to Mopeds. A quick review of the law concerning the operation of a motorized bicycle includes that no driver can be less than 15 years old and the driver must have a Driver’s License or an identification card issued by the BMV. Drivers under the age of 18 must wear safety goggles or other eye protection and wear protective head gear or a helmet. Also note that a passenger may not ride on a moped unless it is made with a seat for two and an extra set of foot pegs. Keep Safe.

Arrests:
07/31/11 Nicholas T. Rudd, 18, 301 Dalkhe Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

07/31/11 Marie G. Kendall, 40, 5348 S. Holiday Street, North Judson. IN arrested on a warrant out of Porter County for Over Purchase of Pseudoephedrine.

07/25/11 Mathew C. Salyer, 37, 308 Franklin Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Public Intoxication.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
08/01/11 A resident in the 1300 block of W. State Road 10 in North Judson reported the theft of a four wheeler.

08/01/11 A resident in the 800 block of N. 600 E. in Knox reported the theft of jewelry.

08/01/11 Sam who lives in the 300 block of N. State Road 23 in Knox requested to speak to an officer. A person in a white dump truck dumped mattresses and other items on his property.

08/01/11 Michael Conn reported the theft of items from a storage unit on U.S. 30.

08/01/11 An employee from Hicks Gas requested to speak to an officer in reference to an irate customer.

08/01/11 A resident in the 6100 block of S. Oakwood St., in North Judson reported that the tires on his vehicle were slashed.

08/01/11 An attempted theft of the pop machine outside Ray’s Super Food was reported to police.

07/31/11 Mike Baler told police that his residence has been broken into.

07/31/11 Jen Czarnecki told police that she went to her mom’s home to feed the dog and found that the house has been broken into and the dog is gone.

07/31/11 A resident in the 6300 block of W. State Road 10 in North Judson reported the theft of a log splitter.

07/30/11 A resident in the 3100 block of S. State Road 39 in North Judson advised that someone put sugar in his gas tank and scratched his car.

07/30/11 The owner of the Bass Lake Beach called police to report damage to the PA system at the Beach.

07/30/11 A resident in the 5200 block of S. State Road 10 in Knox reported the theft of a yellow rowboat.

07/29/11 A resident in the 1800 block of S. 200 E. in Knox reported the theft of items from his home.

07/29/11 Billy from Global Harvest Church called police to report that the church’s sound system was loaned out and it has not been returned.

07/27/11 A resident in the 1900 block of E. 250 S. in Knox reported the theft of his solar lights.

07/27/11 Bruce Stamper called to report that some unknown subject(s) threw a telephone box cover at his mailbox and smashed it.

07/26/11 A resident in the 4600 block of S. 1000 E. in Knox told police that someone in a small dark colored vehicle drove through his yard and hit the telephone box and did damage to his yard.

07/26/11 A resident in the 100 block of E. 800 S. in North Judson reported the theft of old fashioned fuel pumps.

Arrests:
07/27/11 Richard Selva, 33, of Knox, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Possession of a Syringe.

07/27/11 James Campbell, 43, of Knox, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Carrying a Handgun without a Permit, Intimidation and Resisting Law Enforcement.

07/26/11 Daniel Ryan Zimmerman, 21, of North Judson, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Reckless Driving.

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