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Winamac Man Arrested on Drug Possession Charges

Leston B.  Vaught II

Leston G. Vaught II

A Winamac man was arrested early Sunday morning after he was reportedly found in possession of methamphetamine.

A Winamac police officer saw a red vehicle in the parking lot by the Pulaski County Public Library with the driver present. The officer knew that vandalism was occurring to a structure by the library so he approached the car.

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Winamac Man Arrested on Burglary Charge

Travis Wireman

Travis Wireman

A Winamac man is in the Pulaski County Jail after an alleged burglary incident at an abandoned residence on 800 W.

A witness told Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies that a man stole items from the home and fled in a pickup. The witness followed the suspect, Travis Wireman, as Wireman fled. Wireman reportedly threw items at the witness while driving and crashed into a tree at 750 N. and 750 W. The suspect then fled on foot.

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Winamac Man Arrested on Georgia Warrant

Jeffery Mack

Jeffery Mack

A Winamac man was arrested early Friday morning on a Georgia state warrant for rape.

The Winamac Police Department took 21-year-old Jeffery Mack into custody on the charge. He is being held without bond in the Pulaski County Jail.

The information into the nature of the alleged offense was not made immediately available.

Two Robbery Suspects Charged

Scott Freeman

Scott Freeman

Michelle Riley

Michelle Riley

The two suspects involved in an armed bank robbery at the First National Bank of Monterey on Monday afternoon have been formally charged in the incident.

The lead detective in the case, Scott Taylor from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, said Scott Freeman and Michelle Riley were charged in a probable cause hearing held this week.

Freeman, 34, of Winamac has been charged with Robbery and because the action involved a weapon, the classification of the charge was elevated to a Class B felony. He is being held in the Pulaski County Jail on a $250,000 bond. Riley, 29, of Culver has been charged with Aiding in a Robbery, a Class B felony. Riley is being held in the Pulaski County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

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Three Arrested after Standoff with Police in Pulaski County

 Three people were arrested after a stand off with several members of law enforcement in Pulaski County Thursday night.

James Anthony Miller, 48, failed to return to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department after working at a local business as part of work release. The sheriff’s department was notified of Miller’s whereabouts at a residence north of Medaryville on U.S. 421. Two officers approached the house on foot in the dark and they could clearly see Miller, and two other people wanted on warrants inside the home.

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Former Pulaski County Man Continues to Violate Probation

A former Pulaski County man who pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state on a charge of Child Molesting can’t seem to satisfy his terms of probation.

In 2008, Noble Shelton Jr. was arrested on a charge of Child Molesting, a Class B felony in Pulaski County and a plea agreement was later accepted in 2009 when Shelton was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections with six years suspended. The remaining four years would be served in incarceration and he was placed on probation for a period of six years. He was also to comply with all special terms of probation for sex offenders and register as per state statute.

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Starke County Approves $100K for Pulaski Inmate Housing

Starke County Sheriff's Department

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

With the overcrowding still a concern at the Starke County Jail, the county council this week approved an appropriation of County Adjusted Gross Income Tax funds to continue to house inmates at the Pulaski County Jail. County Attorney Martin Lucas told the council that this has been very helpful for the county, particularly with the ongoing litigation.

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Pulaski County Inmate Death Ruled Natural Causes

The preliminary autopsy results are in for a Pulaski County jail inmate who had been found dead in his bunk. Pulaski County Coroner Steve VanDerAa said the report revealed a pulmonary embolism, or blood clot, in his lungs and heart. The coroner is attributing the death to natural causes after William Olson’s body was taken to Lafayette for the autopsy Thursday afternoon.

Pulaski County jailers stumbled upon the body on Nov. 26, when they found Olson unresponsive in his bunk. Pulaski County EMTs were called to the jail, but they were unable to revive him.

Olson, 53, had been incarcerated in the jail since Sept. 2, 2010, having been convicted of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and a probation violation. He had only four months left of his sentence. Olson was a work-release inmate and worked at Vanquard Trailer Company in Monon.

Pulaski County Jail Benefiting From DOC Housing

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

The ability to house Department of Correction inmates at the Pulaski County Jail has proven to be a cost effective move since the practice began a few years ago.

The jail was built to house 127 inmates and when Sheriff Gayer first took office in January 2007, he was thinking of ways to bring in money to the county and thought that housing DOC inmates would bring in money to the county’s General Fund. The administration contacted the DOC about the possibility and Gayer said they started filling up the facility with DOC inmates.

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Pulaski Jailers Find 53-Year-Old Inmate Dead in Bunk

Pulaski County jailers stumbled upon a morbid sight yesterday afternoon as they found an inmate unresponsive in his bunk. According to a press release from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, jailers found the man unresponsive and deceased in his bunk. Pulaski County EMTs were called to the jail, but they were unable to revive the man, who has been identified as William H. Olson.

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Technology Upgrades In Place at Pulaski County Jail

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department now has the jail list available online.

Sheriff Michael Gayer says visitors can obtain the list by going online to www.pulaskisheriff.net where the link for the list can be found on the lower right-hand side of the home page.

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Kindle Sparks Fight, Star City Woman Arrested

An 18-year-old Rochester woman was arrested at a residence in Star City on Sunday after an alleged battery incident.

Brandi Underwood told police that the alleged victim came to her residence to discuss a missing Amazon Kindle. The victim reportedly started yelling and cursing at Underwood while poking her in the chest. Underwood then allegedly admitted that she struck the victim twice in the face with a closed fist.

Underwood was then arrested and taken to the Pulaski County Jail on a preliminary charge of Battery with Bodily Injury. The case has been forwarded to the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office for further review.

Pulaski County Instrumental In Keeping Starke County Jail Population Down

David Pearman

With the Starke County Jail construction project pending, Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen and the county officials are still dealing with overcrowding issues in the jail. Some inmates are being housed in the Pulaski County Jail, per an agreement, to help in the overcrowding situation.

Starke County Council President David Pearman said that he hopes that agreement will continue until the new jail is built.

“The state has certified our jail for 62 beds and as we approach that number, we will continue to house inmates outside our jail in another facility. Hopefully, Pulaski County will want to continue working with us.”

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Pulaski County Jail Not Hindered By Additional Inmates

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

The arrangement to house a number of Starke County inmates in the Pulaski County Jail to ease the overcrowding situation in the Starke County facility seems to be going well, according to Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer.

“So far it’s been going really well,” said Gayer. “The inmates haven’t caused any additional work. We’re set up to house 127 inmates, we were down to about 50 when this agreement came into play, so things are going well so far.”

Pulaski County is housing the inmates for the agreed upon cost of $20 a day per inmate. The jail staff is then responsible for housing the inmates, providing their meals and issuing their necessary medications. Sheriff Gayer said there were 13 inmates in the jail yesterday, and the number of inmates ranges from 13 to 15 a day.

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Pulaski County Continues To House Some Starke County Inmates

Starke County Jail

An agreement has been made to house inmates from the Starke County Jail in the Pulaski County Jail. If the population goes over the rated capacity of 62, a certain number of inmates will be transported to the Pulaski County facility.

Starke County Commissioner Kathy Norem explained that the agreement does come at a price.

“We pay them twenty dollars per day, per inmate and that they will house them, feed them and provide their medical care,” said Norem.

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Starke County Officials Discuss Housing Prisoners in Pulaski County

Starke County Commissioners Kathy Norem, Dan Bridegroom and Jennifer Davis

Starke County government officials this week discussed finances as they apply to county jail inmates being housed at the Pulaski County Jail.

With the Starke County Jail being rated for only 62 prisoners and the population approaching 80 at times, Commissioner Kathy Norem and Sheriff Oscar Cowen have been looking at ways to solve the problem – but that takes extra funds to pay Pulaski County and transport the prisoners back and forth.

Council President David Pearman explained that this is the most cost-effective solution they have found so far.

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Starke County Commissioners Discuss Jail Population

The Starke County Commissioners this week held a lengthy discussion on the jail population. Pulaski County has been housing some Starke County prisoners to keep the population at 62.

Pulaski County has a 130-bed jail, and has been housing the overflow in the Starke County Jail under an informal agreement. The commissioners would like to enter into a long-term agreement with Pulaski County until a new or rehabilitated jail is available to house Starke County’s burgeoning prisoner population.

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Starke County Jail Population Nears Boiling Point

Starke County Jail

Fifteen Starke County prisoners are being housed in the Pulaski County Jail after it was decided by county officials and Sheriff Oscar Cowen that the extreme overcrowding was just too dangerous to allow it to continue.

Commissioner Kathy Norem said yesterday that she feared the overcrowding might trigger an outbreak of violence against other prisoners or jail staff. The overcrowding puts extreme pressure on the staff, which may have contributed partially to the recent escape.

Recently, the population ran over 80 prisoners, and it’s hoped that the measure will keep the prison population at 62 or below.

The housing of prisoners in Pulaski County is being accomplished under a temporary agreement.

Zachary Dix Arrested after Alleged Fight in Francesville

A Francesville man was arrested after striking a 15-year-old in the face, causing a half-inch laceration to the upper lip of the juvenile which required six stitches to close. 19-year-old Zachary D. Dix was arrested and faces charges of Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury as a Class C felony.

Officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the 300 block of North Bill Street in Francesville in response to a physical altercation. When they arrived on the scene, deputies were told that Zachary Dix, had allegedly struck the victim in the face while the two were in the front yard of the residence. The juvenile reportedly said that attack knocked him unconscious and left him in a great deal of pain.

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Winamac Man Arrested After Striking Pole

A Winamac man was arrested after his Jeep struck a telephone pole and disrupting power in the area of 125 E. near 250 N. in Pulaski County. According to the incident report, an officer from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the area and found a silver Jeep SUV in a field with heavy front-end damage, and a telephone pole leaning over the roadway.

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