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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:
12/18/11 A car fire was reported in the Winamac area. The Indiana State Police was called as fire department personnel smelled a strong aroma of anhydrous ammonia and there are containers in the vehicle. The ISP told police that whatever was left was diluted by the fire department and there is nothing to clean up.

12/18/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Cass Township area.

12/18/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on State Road 14 and 400 East in Winamac. No injuries were reported. The caller said that the deer eventually got up and allowed him to pet it before it ran off

12/18/11 A caller advised that her father crashed his vehicle in front of her residence in Monterey and an ambulance is needed. A pole was hit and was laying in the driveway. Electric crews were called to the scene.

12/18/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported at a location on Highway 421 in Cass Township.

12/18/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Medaryville area. No injuries.

12/17/11 A report of a car stuck in a field in the Medaryville area was called into the Sheriff’s Department

12/17/11 A report of a vehicle spinning and crashing was called into the Sheriff’s Department and it occurred in the Winamac area. A family member opened the door on their vehicle and smashed it into the squad car. The action caused a big dent.

12/17/11 A Medaryville resident called police to report a stolen vehicle. The caller said he bought a truck from his brother-in-law and now it is missing. Police told him that it had been in an accident the night before.

12/17/11 A caller told police that she saw a vehicle in the Indian Creek at 1100 South and Base Road and the vehicle is wedged under a tree. The top and rear are sticking out and it is too dangerous to recover at this time. It has been marked with police tape for safety reasons.

12/17/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Star City area.

12/17/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a debit card.

12/17/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Star City area. There were no injuries reported and a wrecker was called to the scene.

12/16/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported. The crash occurred south of 800 South on U.S. 35.

12/16/11 A slide off was reported in the Pulaski area. The caller told police that he slid off the road and into a ditch. He had to swim to get out of the ditch. He was not injured, just cold and wet.

12/16/11 The Star City Fire Department was called to a small brush fire.

12/16/11 Police were called to a property damage accident in the West Central Elementary School Corporation parking lot.

12/16/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Denham area. No injuries were reported.

12/15/11 A Franklin Township resident called police to report that his neighbor ran to his house and said he hit a deer.

12/13/11 Winamac EMS got a call about a hunter who fell from the top of a tree. He was flown to Fort Wayne due to his injuries.

12/13/11 A theft was reported in the Cass Township area.

12/13/11 The Star City Fire Department was called to a grain dryer fire.

12/13/11 A caller in the Monterey area reported the theft of an old flatbed.

12/13/11 A UPS driver called in a car vs. deer accident but the accident did not involve him. The driver of the vehicle was shook up but not injured.

12/13/11 A Winamac resident reported a possible breakin in Winamac.

12/13/11 Caller told police that a semi just hit a passenger vehicle in Winamac. The semi left the scene, but returned. The semi driver was arrested for leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

12/12/11 A theft was reported from a storage unit in the Winamac area.

12/12/11 A caller told police that a vehicle hit a stop sign in the Winamac area. No injuries were reported but there was property damage.

12/12/11 A car vs. deer accident occurred just south of Beardstown on U.S. 35. No injuries were reported.

Arrests:
12/19/11 Heidi Gault, 40, 144 E. Washington, Hobart, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

12/18/11 Michael A. Hurlburt, 26, 1438 E. 1900 S., Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

12/18/11 Tanya Fitch, 6970 N. U. S. 421, Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Assisting a Criminal. Discharged 12/19/11

12/18/11 Joshua Hopper, 31, 6970 N. U.S. 421, Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and an active arrest warrant.

12/18/11 William Daily, 33, 3814 Strawberry Ln, Rochester, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle without Receiving a License. Discharged 12/18/11

12/18/11 Christopher Standefer, 35, 1140 Milwaukee Ct, Indianapolis, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxiated, OVWI with BAC between .08 and .14, OVWI Endangerment, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Discharged 12/18/11

12/17/11 Robert Whited, 26, 12561 N. 400 E., Wheatfield, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 12/18/11

12/16/11 Gregory Dallas, 35, 805 Azalea St. SE., Demotte, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 12/17/11

12/16/11 James Larvick, 44, 310 E. St. Lot 17, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Prior.

12/16/11 April Starr, 43, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 12/16/11

12/15/11 Matthew Nolte, 39, 5509 State Road 119, Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Possession of an Illegal Drug Lab.

12/15/11 Billy G. Anthony, Jr., 26, 306 E. Maple St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of aggressive Driving and Reckless Driving. Discharged 12/15/11

12/13/11 Wyatt Hagerman, 34, 222 S. Franklin Apt. 1, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Syringe and Public Intoxication.

12/13/11 Arthur R. Perry, Jr., 3824 Marydale Dr., Nashville, TN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident. Discharged 12/13/11

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
12/16/11 A local business reported to North Judson police that a counterfeit $20.00 bill was taken at their establishment. The investigation continues.

12/14/11 A neighbor requested the North Judson police conduct a welfare check after they heard a call for help in the 100 block of Silver Street. Police located a senior gentlemen in need of assistance, when medics were summoned.

12/12/11 The North Judson Police responded to a call in the 200 block of Garden Street in reference to unknown subject[s] have been clipping or pruning small trees in the backyard without permission.

Arrests:

12/18/11 Quentin A. Lenig, 23, 2857 E. 100 South, Knox, IN, arrested for a warrant through Fulton County.

12/13/11 Charity L. McDaniel, 33, 6370 W. 575 North, Winamac, IN arrested for Driving While Suspended Prior and a Traffic ticket for Expired License Plate.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
12/19/11 Police were alerted to possible drug activity at a residence on Locust Drive. When police arrived on scene, they noticed that someone may have been living in the residence when no one was to be in the residence. A pill bottle was found that contained drugs. Police took the bottle and its contents into evidence.

12/17/11 David Wallsmith told police that his vehicle was sideswiped in front of his office on Washington Street. There is a possible suspect in this case.

12/17/11 A resident reported that her son’s laptop was stolen from school.

12/15/11 Dawn Wilson reported a forgery incident to Knox police.

12/11/11 Methamphetamine precursors were reportedly found on a piece of property on Culver Road, west of Roosevelt Road. It was an actual meth lab and it was removed from the property by officers from the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lav Team.

Arrests:
12/19/11 Steven Gott, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

12/17/11 Christian Everage, 18, 1990 N. 700 E., Grovertown, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle and Reckless Driving.

12/17/11 Anthony Esparza, 23, 8810 E. Long Lane Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

12/13/11 Stacy Krout, 41, 503 E. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
12/19/11 Knatasha Justice, of Walkerton, was traveling northbound on U.S. 35 just south of 500 South when for some unknown reason she lost control of the vehicle, traveled across the northbound lane of traffic, striking the ditch and then flipping upside down into a utility pole. She was checked for injuries at the scene and refused treatment at the scene.

12/18/11 A caller reported a slide off around 875 N. and State Road 23.

12/18/11 Tiffany Frazier told police that she came home from work and found that her house has been broken into.

12/18/11 A caller in the 6800 block of S. State Road 10 in Knox reported that someone went into his garage and discovered that items were stolen including a gun and two bows.

12/18/11 Thomas Fletcher, of LaPorte, told police that he hit a deer in Starke County on U.S. 421 south of the Kankakee River and took the vehicle home. He may need a report after looking at the vehicle.

12/18/11 A patient in IU Health Starke Hospital called police to report that he was assaulted with a bat.

12/18/11 Randi Kegley, of Montery, told police that a Pit Bull just ran onto her property and tried to attack her puppy and then charged at her husband. Randi said her husband did shoot the dog and it ran into the woods

12/18/11 Christina Lawson told police that she swerved to miss another car and ran off the road and hit a tree. She said her hands are a little messed up but she does not need an ambulance.

12/18/11 Tiffany Eskridge reported the theft of her wallet with her Driver’s License in it had been stolen from her car and the unknown subject(s) attempted to lift her back seat to steal her speakers.

12/17/11 Amy Peters called police to report that he hit a deer on U.S. 35 near Toto Road.

12/17/11 A resident called police to report a rollover on U.S. 35 just north of State Road 10. Christopher Clark, of Plainfield, IN, told police that he was traveling northbound on U.S. 35 just north of State Road 10 when his juvenile passenger grabbed the wheel and caused the vehicle to go off the roadway and strike several trees and then roll onto its side. He said he attempted to hit the brakes during the accident however the accident happened without warning. Both Clark and the passenger, his son, were injured. The son was trapped in the vehicle and was not restrained in the vehicle.

12/17/11 Cathy Wilcox reported the theft of her laptop from her residence.

12/17/11 Leslie Baker advised her husband was eastbound on State Road 8 near the Yellow River and slid off the road and hit the guardrail. Another vehicle tried to avoid hitting her husband but slid into the guardrail as well.

12/17/11 Debbie Ecker told police that a female subject lost control of her vehicle and slid off the raod into their driveway and struck their vehicle. No injuries were reported.

12/17/11 Arthur Borelli reported that he was just involved in an accident on State Road 23 just north of U.S. 30.

12/17/11 An accident was reported on State Road 23 south of County Ln in Walkerton. The vehicle slid off the road and struck a sign.

12/16/11 An accident was reported on Range Road by the Little Dove Church in Toto.

12/16/11 A break-in was reported at the Hunt Club on 100 West just north of the Yellow River. The property manager is there now taking inventory of what was taken.

12/15/11 Jason Appleton told police that he hit a deer on U.S. 35 and 200 North in Knox.

12/15/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on Toto Road and 625 E. in Knox.

12/15/11 Abraham Combs told police that he hydroplaned his vehicle and rolled it into the ditch. He was not injured.

12/14/11 A resident in the 3200 block of E. 400 S. in Knox told police that someone blew up his mailbox.

12/13/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported at 600 East and State Road 23 in the Grovertown area.

12/13/11 A resident told police of a car vs. deer accident on U.S. 35 just south of 850 South.

12/13/11 Michael Bailey reported the theft of metal from his property on State Road 10 in Knox.

Arrests:
12/16/11 Dale Hite, of Plymouth, IN, arrested two counts of Resisting Law Enforcement Resulting in Death, two counts of Reckless Homicide, and one count each of Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Methamphetamine, Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign and Failure to use Headlights from Sunset to Sunrise.

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:

12/11/11 A Star City resident called police to say that she gave someone permission to come and get personal belongings off her porch but now her laptop is missing.

12/11/11 A car vs deer accident was reported in Winamac.

12/10/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of two large cement urns from her grandparents’ gravesite.

12/10/11 A rollover accident was reported at Highway 421 and 550 N. Four people were injured in the accident.

12/10/11 An accident was reported at 500 South with a woman injured. Witnesses told police that they saw her in the vehicle and stayed with the vehicle until emergency responders arrived on scene. The roads were slick at the time of the accident.

12/09/11 A two vehicle accident was reported in front of Braun’s south of Winamac.

12/09/11 A car vs deer accident was reported in the Beardstown area.

12/09/11 A car vs deer accident was reported in the Pulaski area. No injuries were reported.

12/09/11 A Denham area resident called police to report that there were hunters on his property that did not have permission to be there.

12/09/11 A Francesville resident called police to report the electricity was out and a car was in the ditch outside of her residence. She said that her husband went outside to look to see if anyone was hurt and the vehicle had left the scene. No other description was available to give to police. Wires were down and the electric company was called to repair the pole and wires.

12/09/11 A chimney fire was called in from a resident in the Monon area.

12/08/11 The Winamac Fire Department was called to a vehicle fire in the Bruce Lake area.

12/08/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of $1,000 and a CD.

12/07/11 A car vs deer accident was reported on State Road 14, a half mile west of Highway 421 in Winamac. No injuries were reported.

12/07/11 Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated a two semi head-on collision in Winamac with entrapment. One driver was trapped and could not feel his legs and had a cut on his head. NIPSCO was called as a pole snapped and wires were hanging from the pole.

12/07/11 A Winamac resident told police that she noticed her door had been kicked in after she returned to her residence after she had taken her children to school. Nothing was reported stolen.

12/07/11 A Francesville resident reported that someone had tried to open her dining room window as the screen was taken off the window and there were fingerprints visible where the suspect tried to open the window. Entry was not gained into the house and nothing was stolen.

Arrests:
12/11/11 Craig A. Cranmer, 49, 107 Dewey St., Morocco, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended and Operating without Financial Responsibility.

12/11/11 Richard Neeley, 49, no address given, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 12/12/11

12/11/11 Elliott D. Hicks, 41, Lot 1 Royal Oaks Est, Lafayette, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Resisting Law Enforcement. Discharged 12/11/11

12/10/11 Jason D. Martin, 18, 530 W. 11th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 12/11/11

12/10/11 Felix Martin Ramos Gomez, 38, 3519 N. 215 E. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 12/11/11

12/10.11 Robert J. Wesolowski 58, 4093 E. Craig St., DeMotte, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 12/10/11

12/09/11 Jeremy R. Diltis, 35, 1416 E. 225 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

12/09/11 Robert E. Parish, 50, 909 S. Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

12/09/11 Eddy H. Harris, Jr., 2104 W. 125 S., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

12/07/11 Zachary A. Kopka, 26, 521 S. St. Rd. 39, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Endangering and Reckless Driving.

12/05/11 Brent E. Hughes, 24, 101 S. Monon St. Francesville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and OWI Refusal. Discharged 12/06/11

12/05/11 Dustin A. Hughes, 21, 14816 W. 300 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana and Visiting a Common Nuisance. Discharged 12/07/11

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
12/10/11 The North Judson Police were informed of two vandalism calls in the same neighborhood involving two vehicles that had been egged. One truck in the 700 block of Magnolia and another vehicle in the 300 block of George Street were involved. One incident occurred just before midnight and the other was sometime after midnight. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely asked that anyone with information is asked to call police at 574-772-5914. He also added “If you see or hear anything suspicious in your neighborhood, no matter what time of day, to please call police and let us know what’s going on”.

12/09/11 Two adult women made statements to the North Judson Police Department involving harassment toward each other and their family.

12/07/11 North Judson Police responded to a report of intimidation when an adult male was threatened in the 300 block of Main Street. A complete report was furnished to the Starke County Prosecutors Officer requesting formal charges.

12/07/11 A one vehicle property damage only accident took out a stop sign at the intersection of Talmer and Schricker Avenues and slighly damaged a 2009 Mercury being driven by Marcella Hoffman of San Pierre. North Judson Police Officer William Scheiderer estimated damages at near $750.

12/07/11 A criminal mischief report was made to the North Judson Police by a resident in the 700 Block of Laurel Street in reference to a slashed tire. This is same vehicle that was involved in an earlier hit and run.

12/06/11 North Judson Police are investigating a hit and run accident that occurred in the Brantwood parking lot at 407 Talmer Avenue. A 2004 Cadilac belonging to Kelly Jackson of Hamlet was parked in the lot overnight by Candice Wilson, her daughter. The next morning she returned to get the vehicle and when she got home noticed some damages. Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated and estimated damages at over $1,000. Anyone with any information concerning this accident is asked to please call the North Judson Police at 574-772-5914.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Arrests:
12/11/11 Brandon Reiss, 26, 5815 E. State Road 8, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Resisting Law Enforcement.
James Blumke, 50, 1715 N. Delaware Ave. Mason City, IA, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Resisting Law Enforcement.
William Reiss, 32, 875 N. 1025 E., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Resisting Law Enforcement.
Jason Blumke, 27, 4337 33rd St., Hockery, NC, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Resisting Law Enforcement.
All four suspects were involved in a fight outside of the USA Cafe in Knox.

12/10/11 Katelin Allen, 24, 103 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Conversion.
Allen reportedly stole a sweatshirt from Dollar General in Knox.

12/10/11 Anthony Davies, 30, 2540 E. 100 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.
Jennifer Miller, 27, 2540 E. 100 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

12/10/11 Justin Record, 23, 409 E. Washington St., Galveston, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (six counts), Possession of Paraphernalia, and Resisting Law Enforcement.
Vergie Smith, 46, P.O. Box 440, Walton, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (three counts) and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

12/07/11 Jeremiah Johnson, 24, 344 W. Spruce Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Battery.
Betty Rupert, 30, 344 Spruce Dr., #1, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Intimidation.

12/03/11 Robert Vincent Noble, 41, 1168 N. 1025 E., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, Indecent Exposure and Resisting Law Enforcement.

12/02/11 Clayton Reiss, 31, 507 S. Heaton St,. #3, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing in a Schedule I, II or III Controlled Substance (two counts), Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance (three counts), Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Geoffry Madison, 22, P.O. Box 44, Onward, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
12/12/11 A teenage driver was injured after she went off the road on State Road 8, struck a tree and went into the ditch.

12/11/11 A car vs deer accident was reported on State Road 39 and Toto Road in North Judson.

12/11/11 Ryan Hawkins of LaPorte called to report that he was involved in a car vs deer report on State Road 10 between State Road 23 and the Marshall County line.

12/11/11 Ashley Hardel called police to report that some unknown subject(s) stole her car while it was parked at the Bass Lake Marina.

12/10/11 A resident called police to report that people at the corner of State Road 23 and 200 South are playing loud music.

12/10/11 A North Judson resident called police to report that her wallet was stolen and her credit card has been fraudulently used.

12/10/11 Jan Ogle told police that her dog bit her the previous evening but it is not a serious bite. She can no longer take care of the dog and she contacted the Starke County Humane Society and they told her that a bite report was needed. The Sheriff’s Department called the Humane Society and they stated that if the dog was brought to the shelter they will put down the dog.

12/10/11 Tonja Workman told police that she was outside and her neighbor’s pit bulls were running loose and chased her up to her porch and nearly attacked her.

12/10/11 A caller reported that a vehicle flipped over in the median and a male driver is out walking around. The driver was identified as Brandon Quinby and he reportedly refused any medical treatment to be dispatched to the scene.

12/09/11 Dan Ard reported to police that he hit a deer on State Road 10 just west of North Judson. He advised that he was not injured but does need a report.

12/09/11 A resident in the 8800 block of E. 700 North in Grovertown reported a lawnmower was stolen.

12/09/11 Heather Gehrke of LaPorte was northbound on U.S. 35 and due to road conditions, she lost control of her vehicle. She told police that as she lost contol, her vehicle began to spin and was then struck by another vehicle. No injuries were reported.

12/09/11 Mohammad Fazal of Glendale Heights, IL, was southbound on U.S. 35 and lost control of his vehicle due to ice on the roadway. The vehicle left the roadway and flipped onto its top. No injuries were reported.

12/09/11 Christopher Hamand, of Hamlet was injured in a single vehicle accident. He was eastbound on County Road 25 North and upon entering the curve, his gas pedal became stuck. He was unable to control the vehicle and it left the roadway.

12/08/11 David Jefferies of Culver reported a car vs. deer accident.

12/08/11 A resident in the 2500 block of W. Third Avenue in North Judson reported that some unknown person(s) attempted to break into her home. There is damage to the door, the dead bolt and the door jamb. Nothing was reported missing.

12/08/11 A resident in the 9400 block of E. 500 N. in Grovertown called to tell police that her husband was digging at the house and hit a gas line. NIPSCO was contacted.

12/07/11 A resident in the 7700 block of N. 925 E. in Walkerton called to report a theft report. Some World War II memorabilia was stolen from the residence.

12/07/11 A resident in the 6000 block of County Road 500 West in North Judson reported his tires being slashed.

12/07/11 Russell Hochstedler of Winamac told police that he was involved in a car vs deer accident on 100 West approximately a half mile south of State Road 10.

12/07/11 A resident in the 7800 block of N. Meadow Lane in Walkerton reported she was bitten by a dog.

12/07/11 A resident in the 7600 block of E. 300 N. in Knox told police that someone took down their mailbox sometime last night.

12/07/11 A resident in the 11600 block of W. 750 S. in San Pierre reported that his house was broken into.

12/06/11 A resident in the 3600 block of E. Debby Dr., in Knox reported the theft of a ladder.

12/06/11 Adam Kuehn of North Judson told police that he was in a car vs deer accident in the 500 block southwest of 600 W. in Starke County.

12/06/11 A resident in the 10100 block of E. State Road 10 in Knox told police that he is having problems with a hunter on the property that he is hunting on.

12/05/11 Police were called to an accident where Beatrice Zahn went off the roadway. Police observed evidence that showed that Zahn was traveling at a high rate of speed and drove straight through a curve in the road, accelerated and struck a tree shearing it off at the ground level and dragging the root cluster approximately 80 ft. She then went off the roadway and into a ditch. She was reportedly attempting to avoid hitting several deer in the roadway.

Arrests:
12/06/11 Frank Solberg, 42 of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

North Judson Man Arrested on Warrant, Resisting Arrest

Dusten Clary

A North Judson man was arrested on Wednesday after he reportedly resisted arrest after police tried to take him into custody on an active arrest warrant.

Dusten Clary, 28, was seen at the a local restaurant and he had an active arrest warrant from the Knox City Court. North Judson Police Department officers entered the business and Clary allegedly ran into a back room. He then reportedly resisted arrest as he was being handcuffed and he kicked a North Judson Reserve Officer. He was restrained and taken to the Starke County Jail.

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Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

11/27/11 A resident in the Bruce Lake area reported the theft of a chainsaw.

11/27/11 An employee at a Winamac gas station reported a drive-off. Contact was made with the driver who said her special needs son was supposed to go in and pay for the gas but the son reportedly only bought a soda. The driver was headed back to the station to pay for the gas.

11/27/11 A Star City resident called police to report a car vs. deer accident. No injuries were reported.

11/27/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported south of Winamac.

11/26/11 A Winamac resident told police that his friends saw a man in Winamac where he lifted up his coat and displayed several bottles of alcohol with the security caps still on them. The person got into a dark colored Chevy van and left. Police are investigating the theft.

11/26/11 A spill of oil or hydraulic fluid caused a motorcycle rider to lose control of his motorcycle and lay it down. The driver was not injured. The accident happened in the Denham area. The driver was unsure of what the chemical was but it was a slick substance and it went on for about a mile.

11/26/11 Residents in Pulaski called police to report a break-in in their garage. They hadn’t been at the home in two weeks and there were a lot of things stolen.

11/26/11 A resident in the Denham area called to report an attempted break-in into his pole barn.

11/25/11 A Denham resident called police to report that some unknown person(s) slashed all four of the tires on her son’s vehicle.

11/25/11 A Cass Township resident called police because the neighbor’s dog went onto his property and attacked his chickens.

11/25/11 A Winamac resident called to report that some unknown person(s) shot a window out. The complaintant told police that a window this same thing happened a few days ago. When police talked to a neighbor, he advised that he thinks someone has been shooting at his residence too.

11/25/11 Police responded to a personal injury accident southwest of Winamac. One person injured was a woman who was three months pregnant and a man was thrown from the vehicle, but only had cuts. They were transported to Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

11/25/11 A caller advised police that he hit a deer by Beardstown. The deer ran off but there was damage to his vehicle.

11/25/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Ripley area. No injuries were reported.

11/25/11 A caller told police that a car vs. deer accident just occurred on State Road 14 west of Winamac.

11/24/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Star City area. No injuries were reported.

11/23/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the area of Pulaski.

11/23/11 Caller said he just hit a huge turkey in the Bruce Lake area. He was driving a company vehicle at the time of the accident and believes the damage is over $1,700.

11/21/11 A woman in the Ora area called police to report that on November 3rd she removed a plastic bag from her purse that contained a mother’s ring with six stones, a wedding band, diamond ring, and a locket necklace with a picture of her grandchild inside and it says “Grandma” on it. She thought she placed the bag in the glove box in her car and then drove around doing some errands. On November 12th, she noticed the bag missing. She has been looking for it ever since and now she believes it must have been stolen.

11/21/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of tools.

11/21/11 A Winamac resident reported to police that his neighbor called him and said that he can hear a truck running and sounds of subjects loading up scrap metal from the property. The homeowner came home and advised nothing was stolen.

11/21/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported ½ mile east of County Road 1300 West in Winamac. The only damage to the vehicle was a crack to the frame on the front license plate.

Arrests:
11/27/11 Joseph Hohrun, 329 E. 13th Apt. 2, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

11/26/11 Paul L. Archer, 54, 1674 N. 155 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged on 11/27/11

11/26/11 Bradley R. Baker, 36, 211 Kirkwood Rd. NE Apt #8, Atlanta, GA, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 11/26/11

11/26/11 Zachary Clay Minix, 28, 865 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear.

11/25/11 Caleb Jay Weldon, 20, 702 W. St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery. Discharged 11/28/11

11/25/11 Miles J. Shidler, 18, 17th Cliff Dr., Logansport, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Minor Consumption, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Public Intoxication. Discharged 11/27/11

11/22/11 Henry Cortez, 32, P.O. Box 722 Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Sexual Battery. Discharged 11/23/11

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
11/26/11 North Judson Police responded to a domestic complaint and battery in the 200 Block of West Weninger. Neither party wanted to press charges and both were advised to stay away from each other.

11/26/11 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas investigated a traffic accident on Talmer Avenue near the intersection of Silver Street just before 6:00 p.m. A 2004 Honda, driven by Victoria Vanek of Fishers, IN ,was eastbound on Talmer and slowing in traffic to make a left turn when a 1992 Chevy Pickup, driven by Reddie J. Shepherd of North Judson, rear ended the Vanek vehicle. Shepherd said he slid on the wet pavement and could not avoid striking the vehicle in from of him. He was issued a citation for No Financial Responsibility by Officer Thomas. Damages were estimated over $3,000 and no injuries were reported. Chief Deputy Joe Budner assisted in the investigation.

11/25/11 The North Judson Police are investigating a theft from a storage unit in the 700 Block of Talmer Avenue, at the U-Locks.

11/23/11 A property damage fender bender occurred in the North Judson-San Pierre High School parking lot during the basketball game. North Judson Police Officer Bill Scheiderer is investigating the accident. No injuries reported and damages set at over $1,000.

Arrests:
11/27/11 Clayton Conley, 39, 17149 W. Lincoln Highway, Plymouth, IN, arrested for Failure to Appear Starke Circuit Court for Child Support.

11/23/11 Dusten Wayne Clary, 28, 2540 W. Toto Road, North Judson, IN, arrested for Knox City Court Warrant, Public Intoxication, Battery, and Resisting Law Enforcement.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
11/28/11 Police were called to Demotte State Bank on a report of counterfeit money. Two $20 bills were found to be counterfeit from two separate businesses. The FBI has also been notified of the incident.

11/27/11 Inez Crittendon reported her purse stolen.

11/25/11 A hit and run accident was reported in the parking lot at Walgreens.

11/23/11 Ioan Sirghi, of Grovertown, IN, was issued the following citations after a traffic stop: Driving While Suspended, Expired License Plates, Exceeding Posted Speed, and Operating a Vehicle Without Financial Responsibility.

11/23/11 Jeff Borg of the Knox City Street Department backed up in the parking lot at Demotte State Bank and accidentally hit the awning of the building with the leaf vac truck. The building sustained damage but no damage was done to the truck. The reporting officer noted that about $400 in damage was done.

11/23/11 Elizabeth Sallee reported her garbage can stolen.

11/23/11 Howard Bashore reported the theft of a Statue of Liberty yard ornament.

11/22/11 An employee at the Next Door Food Store told police that she was just given a counterfeit $20 bill. The patron who gave her the money told police that she got it from a different store when cashing her paycheck and she has notified that store of the counterfeit bill.

Arrests:
11/28/11 James Langdon, 62, 306 Star Ct., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

11/27/11 David Howard, 28, 3025 S. 200 E., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Reckless Driving.

11/26/11 Ryan Jackson, 31, 708 E. Washington St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .15%.

11/26/11 Lonzo Jackson, Jr., 20, 206 N. Cleveland St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of School Property (two counts), Illegal Drug Lab within 1,000 feet of School Property, and two counts of Neglect of a Dependent.

11/23/11 Joseph Givens, 26, 605 S. Portland St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of School Property, Possession of a Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of School Property (two counts)
Zachariah Whitfield, 24, 605 S. Portland St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
Kristen Webb, 27, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of School Property, Possession of a Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of School Property (two counts)
Brooke Webb, 23, 411 S. East St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Visiting a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of School Property (five counts)
Nikki Givens, 19, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of School Property.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/27/11 A resident in the 7700 block of E. 350 S. in Knox told police that her garage had been broken into.

11/27/11 A resident reported the theft of jewelry. The jewelry has been located, but the person still would like to speak to an officer.

11/27/11 A resident in the 7700 block of S. 300 W. Way in North Judson reported that a car was in the ditch directly across from her driveway and no one was in the vehicle.

11/27/11 A caller reported that a vehicle hit an electric pole and the electric is out at her house. The accident was on 650 W. South of English Lake North of 400 South.

11/26/11 Linda Howard told police that she wrecked her vehicle when she left the area of Cleveland Street but she is not injured.

11/26/11 A resident in the 3600 block of N. State Road 23 in Knox called police to report trespassers on his property.

11/26/11 A Monterey resident told police that her neighbor’s five pit bulls were running loose and they grabbed her cats.

11/26/11 A resident in the 6900 block of E. 25 N. in Knox reported a window broken.

11/26/11 A tire was reported stolen from a residence in the 1700 block of S. 350 E. in Knox.

11/25/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on 800 South E. of U.S. 35 in Knox.

11/25/11 A resident called police to report an attempted carjacking by shotgun. The victim said he was on State Road 10 West of North Judson and he pulled over to adjust his daughter’s seatbelt. A dark colored vehicle was parked across the road with three males in their early to mid ’20s inside. He said that two males got out of the vehicle and ran towards his vehicle. One man had a shot gun. The victim said he left the area at a high rate of speed.

11/25/11 Sandra Jankosz called police to say she hit a deer with her vehicle but she is home now. No injuries were reported.

11/25/11 A resident in the 11100 block of E. 850 S. said that he owns a pole barn on the property and this morning he noticed that some unknown person(s) had ripped the corners of the metal back and crawled inside and unlocked the door. Christmas decorations, tools, and some copper wire were stolen.
11/25/11 A teenage driver was driving northbound on 900 East just south of 600 North when he hit some uneven spots in the road. He told police that the back end started to get loose and he over-corrected, went off the road and the truck rolled over. He was not injured.

11/24/11 Sandra Benesh reported that she was involved in a car vs. deer accident in the San Pierre area.

11/24/11 Ron Vendl called police to report that he hit a deer near the Bass Lake Pub and Ristorante.

11/24/11 A resident in the 5900 block of S. U Road East in North Judson told police that she returned home to find the windows in her home broken and someone has been inside the residence.

11/24/11 A trafficking incident was filed. A person dropped off a can of coffee for an inmate and officers found that the can had previously been opened and drugs were found in the can. Officers continue to investigate this case.

11/23/11 Robert Schlotzhauer told police that he hit a deer on State Road 39, a ½ mile north of State Road 10. Charlene Jackson reported hitting deer in that same location.

11/23/11 Lance Hendricks told police that he hit a deer on State Road 10 near 250 West.

11/23/11 Aaron Muffley was cited for Driving While Suspended.

11/22/11 Dennis Fornelli called police to report he hit a deer on U.S. 35 near Bowlaway Lanes.

11/22/11 A resident in the 6100 block of S. 250 W in North Judson reported the theft of tools and chain saws from his son’s residence.

Arrests:
11/29/11 James Thomas, of Knox, was arrested on an active arrest warrant.

11/27/11 Toby Benninghoff, of Knox, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.

11/26/11 Joshua Glade, 36, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

11/26/11 Shirley Golding, 52, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

11/25/11 Michael Allen, 22, of Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Intimidation, Harassment, and False Reporting.

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/20/11 A woods fire was reported to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department that was in the Denham area, but the call was transferred to Starke County to tone the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department.

11/20/11 Police were called to a residence in the Denham area for a complaint of two people fighting.

11/20/11 A Winamac resident told police that the lock on the storage unit was broken and items in the unit were stolen. An air compressor and jack stands were a couple of the items missing from the unit.

11/20/11 A resident in the Pulaski area reported to police that she needed a police report for trespassing and stolen property.

11/20/11 Two men in the Franklin Township area were fighting over a deer kill permit. One man found the deer on the side of the road and the other man insisted that it was the deer he just shot. The matter was given to the DNR.

11/20/11 A Jefferson Township resident called police to report that some unknown subject(s) shot a gun and the round hit his house.

11/20/11 A Medaryville resident told police that he was in the process of moving out of his home and had some things laying outside that he was going to pick up in a second load. He left and came back and now all of the things are gone.

11/20/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in Beardstown. No injuries were reported.

11/20/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported east of Medaryville at the curve past the Co-Op.

11/20/11 A car vs. deer accident was called into the police by a driver on State Road 14 traveling towards Remington. She said she can’t steer the vehicle right.

11/19/11 A car accident involving a deer was reported in the Star City area.

11/19/11 A caller reported a truck in the ditch in the Radioville area. The driver was outside the vehicle and no injuries were reported.

11/19/11 Caller notified police of a car vs. deer accident in the Medaryville area.

11/19/11 A Monterey resident called police to report that hunters were trespassing on his property.

11/19/11 An accident was reported in the McDonald’s parking lot. A vehicle was parked waiting to turn out of McDonald’s and another vehicle hit it. No injuries were reported.

11/19/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a Nintendo DXL.

11/19/11 A Beardstown resident told police that her husband was burning brush and got that fire put out, but a dead tree is on fire on the property. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene.

11/19/11 A Pulaski resident reported a break-in at a cottage. Some items were stolen. Some unknown subject(s) had broken into the residence just a few months ago.

11/19/11 A Buick Regal was reported stolen from a resident in Medaryville.

11/18/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on 50 E. in the Winamac area.

11/18/11 A caller told police that he hit a deer in the Winamac area.

11/17/11 A break-in was reported at a warehouse in the Franklin Township area.

11/17/11 A Winamac resident told police that some unknown person(s) spray painted “I am a thief” in black paint down the side of her son’s new truck.

11/16/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Winamac area. The caller advised that the deer hit the whole side of his truck.

11/17/11 A Winamac resident reported trespassing on his property. Hunting violation tickets were given to hunters who were trespassing on the property.

11/15/11 A car vs. deer accident was called in to police that occurred on State Road 14 about 10 miles west of U.S. 35.

11/15/11 A woman called police saying that she was on the road from Kewanna to Winamac and slid off the roadway and into a fence. No injuries were reported.

11/15/11 A vehicle was rear-ended in the McDonald’s parking lot.

11/15/11 A Winamac resident reported that she was just sideswiped by another vehicle.

11/15/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Star City area.

11/14/11 A Francesville resident reported the theft of a livestock trailer and steel from his woods.

11/14/11 A caller hit a deer on State Road 14 and 600 West. An ambulance was requested as the driver was 37 weeks pregnant.

11/14/11 A caller reported a car vs. deer accident in Winamac. The driver is waiting for police in a business parking lot. A wrecker was called to the scene.

11/14/11 A Medaryville man called police to report trespassers on his property.

11/14/11 An accident was reported in the Star City area. An elderly couple had slid off the road in their car due to slippery roads. Hail was all over the road causing slippery conditions.

11/14/11 The Star City Fire Department was called to a garage fire.

Arrests:
11/20/11 Paul Rausch, 50, 2988 E. 13th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Resisting Law Enforcement.

11/18/11 Alberto Quinto Fiscal, 34, 1078 Shadowview Way, Indianapolis, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed. Discharged 11/18/11

11/18/11 Amy Zorich, 26, 7580 S. 250 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on active arrest warrants. Discharged 11/21/11

11/17/11 Patricia R. Ziegler, 19, 2813 Longlois Dr., Lafayette, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Endangerment and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
11/19/11 A Leesberg, Indiana, man struck a deer on State Road #10 just east of North Judson around 10:40 a.m. causing an estimated $2,500 in damages to his 2009 Nissan and killing the deer. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely investigated the accident and advised Charles Clemans was driving and not injured.

11/19/11 The North Judson Police responded to a report of a property damage accident in the parking lot of the U-locks on Oakwood Street. Michael Combs, of Knox, was backing out of the parking lot in his 2005 GMC Pickup and backed into a parked car, owner by Perry Lucas, North Judson. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely investigated the incident and estimated the damages at over $1,000.

11/18/11 A custody dispute and a report of a battery, without injuries, was investigated by the North Judson Police. The incident occurred in the 300 Block of Schricker Avenue. A complete report was forwarded to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

11/17/11 North Judson Police responded to the North Judson-San Pierre High School for a report of an iPod being stolen from a locker during gym class. This remains under investigation.

11/14/11 Officials at the North Judson-San Pierre High School reported to police that a Kindle Reader was taken from the school. After a joint investigation, a 15-year-old juvenile boy was charged with theft of the reader and the Kindle was returned to the school. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely submitted a complete report to the Starke County Probation Department for formal charges.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
11/19/11 A physical altercation between father and son was reported to police.

11/17/11 Police were called to the Knox High School in regards to an unruly student.

11/17/11 A juvenile and her mother reported to police that obscene images were drawn on the side of the juvenile’s father’s vehicle. The vehicle had been parked at the Knox High School.

11/17/11 A harassment case was filed with the police department.

Arrests:
11/21/11 Kris Eskridge, 22, 2152 N. State Road 39, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Possession of Marijuana.

11/20/11 Barbara Perkins, 54, 4617 E. 73rd Ave. Merrillville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC of at least .15%.

11/20/11 Joshua L. Murphy, 29, 710 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .15%, Operator Never Licensed.

11/20/11 Michael H. Byer, Jr., 7520 E. 200 N., Grovertown, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

11/17/11 Angela Staten, 29, 2010 E. 34th Pl., Hobart, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Attempted Theft and Criminal Mischief.

11/16/11 Austin Bailey, 21, of 21, 201 Collins St., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing in a Schedule I, II or III Controlled Substance, Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, and Theft.
Kenneth Bailey, 43, 2420 E. 400 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/20/11 Bejan Syed, of Fort Wayne, reported that he hit a deer ¼ mile east of the Truck Stop north of Knox.

11/20/11 Sherry McDaniel, of North Judson, told police that when she got home, her front door was open and her dog was missing.

11/20/11 A resident in the 4300 block of E. 150 N. in Knox reported that someone was inside her residence and was hiding in a closet.

11/19/11 A resident in the 3900 block of E. Toto Rd. in Knox asked to speak to a police officer as she believes items were stolen from her apartment.

11/19/11 A caller reported hitting a deer at the intersection of State Road 10 and Highway 421 in San Pierre.

11/19/11 An employee at the Koontz Lake Market told police that a customer left a wallet in the store.

11/19/11 It was reported that two bucks that were killed were left alongside the road two blocks west of 6720 E 650 S.

11/19/11 A resident in the 11500 block of E. 50 N. in Knox called police to report trespassers on her property.

11/19/11 A resident in the 100 block of W. 625 S. in North Judson reported that someone broke a window in a vehicle.

11/19/11 A resident in the 10700 block of E. Hackberry in Walkerton told police that his gun was stolen.

11/17/11 Bonita Godsey, North Judson, reported that she hit a deer on State Road 10.

11/17/11 A resident in the 7000 block of N. Pine Tree Ln. in Walkerton called police to report that he just returned home and the front door was wide open. He’s afraid that someone was still in the residence.

11/17/11 A resident in the 5100 block of E. Toto Road in Knox told police that the vehicle in her garage started on its own and can not shut it off with the key. She had no idea how the vehicle started.

11/16/11 A resident in the 8800 block of E. 75 N. in Knox reported that his wife’s vehicle caught on fire inside their attached garage and the fire is out, but they are requested an officer for a report.

11/16/11 Monica Miller told police that she hit a deer and then she hit a tree. She said she was not injured.

11/16/11 Kori Glass of North Judson hit a deer with her vehicle on 600 West in North Judson.

11/16/11 Danny Patrick of Knox told police that he hit a deer with his vehicle on 900 South just east of 700 West.

11/16/11 An employee at Miller Auto Sales told police that there was a theft of a dealer plate.

11/16/11 Mark Combs of Knox reported the theft of a cell phone.

11/15/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on State Road 8, east of Yellow River Farms in the Knox area.

11/15/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on State Road 10 and 250 E.

11/15/11 Christopher Wyatt of Knox reported hitting a deer on U.S. 35 just north of State Road 10.

11/15/11 John Olshanski arrived at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department to file a theft report.

11/15/11 Brandon L. Taulbee, of Knox, reported a car vs. deer accident on 200 S. W. of Range Road in Knox.

From 11/14/11-11/21/11 there were 13 total car vs. deer accident reports. Luckily, no injuries were reported.

Arrests:
11/18/11 Mark Young, of Knox, was arrested on a Body attachment.

11/17/11 Richard Warner, 26, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine with the Intent to Deal, Possession of Precursors, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Traci Jacobs, 32, of Knox, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants and preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine with the Intent to Deal, Possession of Precursors, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

11/16/11 Heather Wilson, 23, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of False Reporting, Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

11/16/11 James Miller of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Residential Entry.

Two Arrested after Police Find Meth Labs

Traci Jacobs

Richard Warner

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department arrested two after one pot method meth labs were found in a residence in North Judson on Thursday.

Officers received information about the whereabouts of Traci Jacobs who was wanted on two warrants for Failure to Appear. A detective from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department contacted the bonds company and sent agents to 6190 S. 250 W. in North Judson. The agents said that they had Jacobs in custody as well as Richard Warner, of North Judson. They also notified the Sheriff’s Department that there were several pop bottles in the bedroom closet that appeared to be one pot meth labs.

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Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/12/11 A Winamac farmer reported that he was trying to harvest and there were hunters in the field. The farmer said the hunters were not supposed to be there. The property owner and the hunter are attempting to figure out if they had permission to be there or not.

11/12/11 Two hunters were issued citations after police were called that two hunters were shooting deer from the roadway. The hunters were not wearing their hunter orange.

11/12/11 Police were called to a dog bite incident in Cass Township.

11/12/11 A caller from the town of Pulaski reported a car vs. deer accident. No injuries were reported.

11/12/11 A resident in Harris Township told police that he hit a deer with his vehicle.

11/11/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the Monon area. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

11/11/11 A resident in the Cass Township area reported the theft of copper.

11/11/11 A Winamac resident called police to report the theft of a TV and DVD player. No forced entry was observed and the door had been unlocked.

11/11/11 A resident in the Monon area reported hearing gun shot on his property. The caller believed that hunters were hunting illegally.

11/11/11 A Winamac resident reported a car vs. deer accident.

11/11/11 A driver came on station to report a car/deer accident. The vehicle sustained damage to the headlight and an officer checked the vehicle to see if a report was necessary. The driver was told to contact the insurance company.

11/11/11 Two calls were received by the Sheriff’s Department of people shining lights into fields.

11/10/11 A Winamac resident told police that he hit an 8 point deer and it jumped up and took off. Damage was done to his side mirror and his windshield was shattered.

11/10/11 A car vs deer accident was reported in Jefferson Township. No injuries were reported.

11/10/11 A driver in the Bruce Lake area reported hitting a deer. There were no injuries and minimal damage was reported.

11/09/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that she received a receipt and notice that the storage unit she rented has been re-rented and that the lock had been cut off sometime in September and the property inside the unit was stolen or smashed.

11/09/11 Dispatch received a call that a school bus stalled in the middle of the road and kids were still on it. The bus was stalled approximately ½ mile north of State Road 14. The bus driver told police that some parents were coming to get the kids and another bus is coming to finish the route.

11/09/11 Officers were called to a property damage accident with no injuries. The accident occurred in the Winamac area and it involved a tractor and a passenger car.

11/09/11 A resident in the Bruce Lake area called police to report a car vs. deer accident. No injuries were reported.

11/09/11 A Star City resident notified police that her daughter hit a deer. She took her daughter and her and her friend home. No injuries were reported.

Arrests:
11/14/11 Heather Robbins, 25, 2635 W. 250 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of False Informing. Discharged 11/14/11

11/13/11 Loyal D. Bailey, 48, 7921 N. Adams, Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Habitual Traffic Violator. Discharged 11/13/11

11/13/11 Darrin E. Lambert, 43, 7310 N. 725 W. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 11/14/11

11/11/11 Raymond Risner, 41, 106 N. U.S. Highway 421, Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

11/10/11 Chad Neeley, 38, 15288 W. 400 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 11/13/11

11/10/11 Michael Stofcik, 46, 5879 Creekview Ct. E. Apt. D, Portage, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 11/10/11

11/09/11 Robert Ruvaloaba, 47, 302 N. 1706 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 11/09/11

11/09/11 Jonathon D. Hook, 37, 8548 S. Base Rd., Monon, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
11/13/11 Around 8:15 a.m. CT, the North Judson Police were called to the Family Express in reference to a vehicle that had jumped the curb and struck the Propane Gas Tank holding cage and the building. North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the incident. The driver, Marli Shepherd,, of Winamac stated that as she pulled into the lot, her brakes failed and she jumped the curb striking the propane tanks and the building with her 1997 Ford Taurus. Shepherd was issued two citations: one for False and Fictitious Registration and for Operating a Vehicle without Financial Responsibility. Budner estimated the total damages at over $2,500.

11/12/11 An iPod was reported stolen to the North Judson Police. It was reported to have been taken from the North Judson–San Pierre High School parking lot on Wednesday, November 9th.

11/10/11 Branden J. Williams, of North Judson, was traveling north on State Road 39 coming into the North Judson City Limits when he was distracted for a second, swerved to the right, and struck a cluster of 3 mailboxes and 3 newspaper holders in the area of 6400 South State Road 39. His 1998 Pontiac Grand Am sustained an estimated $2,500 in damages by North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely. Williams will repair the damage to the mailboxes.

11/09/11 North Judson Police responded to a report of a Battery in the 300 block of High Street during a family dispute. Neither party requested to file formal charges. The parties were separated.

11/07/11 Items were reported stolen from a gravesite in Highland Cemetery to the North Judson Police Department.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
11/14/11 Charlie Barnett and Lacey Barnett reported the theft of a Playstation 3 gaming system, seven games, two controllers and a DVD player.

11/14/11 Diane and Mike Kadlec reported the theft of a Wii gaming system, games, wireless controllers, battery packs and movies. The residence had been unlocked to allow their child into the home while they were out.

11/14/11 Knox police were called to ALCO for a call about stolen loading ramps from the building. According to the report, the Manager stated that the ramps are usually behind the store and secured by lock and chain. Three ramps were missing.

11/13/11 Jimmy Piper reported the theft of a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am from his residence.

11/13/11 Christine Armes reported damage to her vehicle while parked at the Woods Apartments. The damage was sustained by another vehicle in the parking lot. Police witnessed seeing a large dent on the passenger side of the quarter panel and a large scratch.

11/11/11 Danielle Lardino reported the theft of clothing items.

11/09/11 A burglary incident was reported at the Starke County Abstract Company in downtown Knox. After an investigation, it was determined that only a small amount of cash was stolen. Items were taken out of a safe and papers were thrown around the office. The office belonging to Attorney, LeRoy Gudeman was reportedly ransacked.

11/09/11 Knox High School Assistant Principal, Mike Bendicsen, reported the theft of a computer. The suspect, a student, had not been seen in school for the past month. Several attempts have been made to retrieve the computer, but those attempts have been unsuccessful.

11/08/11 Two cases of fraud were reported to police.

Arrests:
11/13/11 Dennis Goble, Jr., 31, 705 W. Pearl St., Hamlet, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC over .15%.

11/10/11 Jason T. Cope, 31, 1107 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

11/08/11 Timothy J. Curtis, 24, 4060 S. County Road 210, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
11/13/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported by Sandra Davis of Lakeville on Highway 30 between 800 East and 900 East in Grovertown.

11/13/11 A resident in the 3900 block of S. County Road 210 in Knox told police that she saw a male subject driving a vehicle that was hauling scrap in front of the Shore Club and the driver took the “Do Not Enter” sign from the business.

11/13/11 A resident in the 8600 block of E. Long Lane Dr. of Knox reported that a Pit Bull came into her yard and tried to attack her.

11/13/11 A resident in the 5700 block of S. 900 E. in Monterey reported the theft of items from a rental property.

11/13/11 George S. Turoci, 51, of Valparaiso, called police to report a car vs. deer accident on Toto Road and Pinewood Drive.

11/12/11 A resident on 600 W. in North Judson reported that a person in a gorilla suit was jumping out of the bushes.

11/12/11 Katherine Smutzer of Indianapolis reported a car vs. deer accident in front of Dooleys in San Pierre.

11/12/11 A resident in the 4700 block of S. County Road 210 of Knox reported that someone driving a Bobcat was tearing down trees.

11/12/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported on State Road 23 south of U.S. 30 in Grovertown.

11/12/11 Elaine Ezra of North Judson reported a car vs. deer accident on State Road 10. No injuries were reported.

11/12/11 An employee from Tony’s Service Station reported a drive off of $61.60.

11/12/11 Rabion Frasure reported a car vs. deer accident on Highway 421 in San Pierre.

11/12/11 William Hatfield reported the theft of guns.

11/12/11 Krystalyn McKee of Grovertown reported a car vs. deer accident on U.S. 30 across from Knoll Brothers. She said the vehicle was not drivable.

11/11/11 Brett Byer of Knox reported a car vs. deer accident on State Road 23 just south of 250 North in Knox.

11/11/11 A resident in the 1100 block of E. 150 S. in Knox reported a theft.

11/10/11 Edward Leszek called to report that a deer ran out into the roadway and hit the deer. The accident happened in the 7300 block of S. 1075 W. in San Pierre.

11/10/11 Alicia McNally reported a car vs. deer accident on Highway 421 south of San Pierre.

11/10/11 Teri Hawkins with Chase Home Finance called police to request an officer to take a theft report from a mortgage foreclosure.

11/10/11 AT&T Mobility reported the theft of copper wire from the 6000 block of S. 500 W. in North Judson.

11/10/11 Donald Benoit of Culver, Indiana told police that he hit two deer on State Road 23 near the Washington Township Fire Station.

11/09/11 Frank Lynch from the Starke County Health Department called police to report the theft of $530 in checks and money stolen from the office.

11/08/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported in the 11200 block of E. 400 N. in Grovertown.

11/08/11 Teri Hawkins reported the theft of a central air system at a residence in the 2500 block of S. State Road 39 in North Judson.

11/08/11 A car vs. deer accident was reported south of Knox and east of Bass Lake.

Arrests:
11/11/11 Ronald Craft, Grovertown, IN, has a preliminary charge of Battery on a Police Officer with a Bodily Fluid and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.

11/10/11 Matthew Salyer, 38, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Resisting Law Enforcement.
Michael Mann, 37, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Criminal Confinement and Resisting Law Enforcement.

11/08/11 Stephen Newcomer, 33, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

Starke County Safety Traffic Partnership to Conduct Traffic Blitz

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The Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership will be conducting a Safe Family Travel patrol beginning this Friday and it will continue through November 27th.

This blitz is a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and will focus on impaired drivers and seat belt enforcement. This grant will allow additional officers to enforce these laws and they will not be giving out warnings. They will be issuing tickets to those who are in violation of these laws.

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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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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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