Released Convicted Murderer Saw Unrelated Charges Dropped in Pulaski County

DOBESKIA man recently released from prison, and convicted of murder and child molesting, has a history in the Pulaski County Court system.

67-year-old Richard Dobeski was let out of an Indiana Department of Corrections Facility in New Castle this month. He was convicted on two counts of murder dating back to 1965.

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Autopsy Scheduled Today for Explosion Victim

MedaryvilleFire1An autopsy is scheduled today in Lafayette for the victim of a Saturday morning home explosion in northwest Pulaski County. It happened just after 7 a.m. Saturday in the area of 1600 West and 2505 North, according to officials with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Continue reading

Pulaski County Sheriff Requests Vehicle Purchase

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will be getting a new vehicle.

Sheriff Jeff Richwine approached the commissioners this week to seek approval to purchase a Chevrolet Tahoe. He said an SUV would better suit the department.

“In a rural area like this, I think a four wheel drive would be great,” said Richwine. With the last two winters we’ve had, it would be a plus for the officers to be able to stay in their own police car rather than get into one of the Humvees or some of the other vehicles that we have.”

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911 Call Leads to Arrest of Starke County Fugitive

Sadie Wireman

Sadie Wireman

A Starke County fugitive is in jail after Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an open-line 911 call in rural Medaryville last night. The call from a home in the 15000 block of West 160 North came in just before 9:30 p.m., according to a news release. Dispatchers called back and were told a child was playing with the telephone, and there was not an emergency. Continue reading

Man Injured in Two-Vehicle Accident

A man suffered head and upper body injuries in a Monday afternoon accident in Pulaski County.

The accident occurred at 12:45 p.m. ET when Terry Ecenbarger, 53, of Yoder, Indiana lost control of his vehicle while traveling westbound on State Road 14 near 500 West, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Ecenbarger’s vehicle crossed the center line and was hit by an oncoming semi driven by 45-year-old Roger Burman of Rensselaer. The eastbound semi t-boned the pickup.

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Pulaski County Sheriff to Apply for Grant

 Pulaski County Sheriff Jeff Richwine asked the commissioners’ permission to apply for a grant to purchase more secure bin for prescription medication.

Sheriff Richwine said CVS has a grant available to purchase a container in which residents can dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications. The container is designed where a deposit can’t be withdrawn. It’s styled like a mailbox where the opening locks out a person. It’s locked and can be better monitored.

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Pulaski County K9 Aids in Arrest

The Pulaski County K9 was instrumental in the arrest of two people during a traffic stop on Friday.

A witness told police that a vehicle was driving erratically in the Medaryville area. The responding officer saw the vehicle after 4 p.m. ET on U.S. 421 near the West Central School. The officer saw the vehicle as a traffic hazard and conducted a traffic stop.

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K9 Assists in Warrant Arrest in Medaryville

 

 

Shantelle Vierke

Shantelle Vierke

Eric Wireman

Eric Wireman

Sadie Wireman

Sadie Wireman

Three people were arrested on Monday after officers attempted to take Eric Wireman into custody on a warrant.

Officers received information that Eric Wireman, 31, was at 15385 W. 160 N. in Medaryville. He was wanted on a Starke County warrant for failure to appear. He did not appear in court on a felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance.

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Kentucky Man Arrested on Warrant in Pulaski County

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s K9 unit was instrumental in capturing a wanted felon.

On Friday, Feb. 27, deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department served an arrest warrant after receiving information that Donald Ray Fitch, 47, from Kentucky was living at a home south of Denham. When officers knocked on the door, Fitch refused to answer to police. According to a press release, officers gained entry into the home and Fitch surrendered when K9 Gil was deployed. Police say Fitch was found in a bedroom.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Updates Commissioners on Random Drug Tests, Military Equipment

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

A random drug test recently done on work release inmates at the Pulaski County Jail found positive results on five out of the six tested, according to Sheriff Jeff Richwine, who reported that to the commissioners this week.

“The stuff that’s getting in the back of that jail is getting there two ways: work release or employees. This time it was work release. None of it got back, but these guys, when they were at work, were taking drugs,” said Sheriff Richwine.

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Marijuana Dealing Suspects Appear in Court

Bobby Joe Warren

Bobby Joe Warren, Sr.

Karen Warren

Karen Warren

Bobby-Joe-Warren-II

Bobby Joe Warren, Jr.

 

Bobby Warren, Sr. Bobby Warren, Jr. and Karen Warren appeared in Pulaski Superior Court on Thursday where a not guilty plea was entered for the trio.

They were arrested this week after Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department officers and the Indiana State Police Emergency Team executed a search warrant at 15706 E. County Road 200 North in Medaryville. During the search of the residence, officers found items commonly used in the manufacturing and cultivating of marijuana, according to a news release. Illegal narcotics, paraphernalia, and firearms were also recovered.

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Search Warrant Uncovers Marijuana Cultivation Operation in Medaryville

Karen Warren

Karen Warren

Bobby Joe Warren

Bobby Joe Warren

Bobby Joe Warren

Bobby Joe Warren

Three people were arrested after a search warrant was executed at a residence in Medaryville.

Officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department served the warrant at 15706 W. County Road 200 North with the assistance of the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team.

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Monterey Man Arrested on Warrant for Felony Child Molesting

Stanley Myers

Stanley Myers

A Monterey man was arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies this week on six counts of child molesting.

According to court documents, Stanley W. Myers, 70, is accused of committing child molesting on six different occasions with six-year-old and seven-year-old children. The acts were allegedly committed over a period of time. Each incident reportedly occurred at a home on 750 North in Monterey.

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Firearms Ordinance Passed by Pulaski County Council

Pulaski County CourthouseThe Pulaski County Council this week discussed an ordinance that pertains to allowing sheriff’s deputies to be issued a firearm, retired ID card and retired badge after serving honorably for a minimum of 20 years.

In this case, Paul Grandstaff retired in December after serving over 20 years with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, including two terms as sheriff, and he has requested the retention of his shotgun that he first received when arriving on staff at the department.

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New Deputies Hired at Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Justice Center

Pulaski County Justice Center

The Pulaski County Council reorganized for the year where Jay Sullivan was retained as president of the fiscal body while Roger Querry was appointed as vice president. The council also welcomed newly elected member Linda Powers.

Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the council that three new deputies have been hired and he requested $6,000 to be transferred so a part-time officer can cover their absence while they’re at the academy. Two officers will be sent to the academy in March and one officer will go after the first two come back. When the officers complete their training, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department should be fully staffed with eight deputies. The transfer was unanimously approved.

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Police Reports

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

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
12/20/14 – A citizen reported a couple fighting in a vehicle driving around North Judson. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

12/21/14 – A domestic dispute and family argument was reported in the 6100 block of Hubeny Street. North Judson Police responded and the parties were separated for the evening.

12/21/14 – Parts of a stolen motorcycle were recovered in the 6100 block of Hubeny Street after the North Judson Police received a tip. The cycle was stolen out of Pulaski County and the investigation continues.

12/22/14 – North Judson police responded to a report of a dog bite in the 200 block of Garden Street. The animal involved has all of the proper shots and has been quarantined for the 10-day period. The neighbor boy who was bitten is recovering.

12/23/14 – A drunken shoving match in the 100 block of Sycamore Street started around 1:00 a.m. with one of the males being put on the street. He made it back to Plymouth and some of his personal property was returned the next evening.

12/23/14 – A report was made involving extra trash being thrown out on Leslie Street just east of Luken Street.

12/24/14 – Officers stood by for a custody exchange in the Burger King parking lot.

12/25/14 – The two parties involving in a Christmas Eve dispute have been calling and texting each other and are both reporting harassment. Police advised the parties to stop answering each other’s calls.

12/25/14 – Unknown subject[s] entered the D&K Elevator on Keller Avenue sometime during the night and took some loose cash. Police are investigating this incidents. Police are asking anyone with information concerning this break-in to call 574-772-5914 or Crime Stoppers.

12/25/14 – Forced entry was made into the Garage Sale Store in the 400 Block of Lane Street. The back door was compromised. The only item reported stolen was cash which was recovered.

12/25/14 – North Judson Police responded to a battery incident reported in the 100 block of Maryland Street. No injuries were reported.

12/25/14 – A domestic dispute that resulted in a battery was reported to police in the 6000 block of Mint Road.

12/25/14 – A resident in the 300 Block of Franklin Street called police in reference to an unknown and unwanted guest who had just walked into the home and sat down. After a brief investigation, the male subject was found to have a medical condition and was returned home.

12/26/14 – Police responded to 6100 S. John Street in reference to an unwanted guest. The male was removed and issued a no trespass warning.

12/27/14 An early morning alarm from the North Judson CVS summed Police to the facility. Officers found that entry had been made by way of the back storage room area. North Judson police arrived within one minute of the alarm notification, however any or all suspect[s] had fled the area. The building was cleared and after a complete inventory nothing was reported missing. Anyone with information concerning this break-in and/or knowledge of someone in the woods behind the property and between Luken, Leslie and Oakwood Streets are asked to call the North Judson Police immediately at 574-772-5914. Anyone with information resulting in an arrest may get an award by calling Crime Stoppers at 219-288-STOP.

Arrests:

12/27/14 – Dena M. Myers, 31, 502 Magnolia Street, North Judson, IN arrested on a aarrant for possession of a syringe.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

12/22/14 – A resident in the 9800 block of East Yellowstone Trail in Grovertown reported a theft from a building.

12/22/14 – A resident in the 8800 block of East Long Lane Drive in Knox reported he was awakened by someone beating on his door. He says the person tried to get in through his windows before he locked them.

12/22/14 – A contractor reported the theft of a welder from the new jail site in the 5400 block of East State Road 8 in Knox.

12/22/14 – The North Judson Police Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson Fire Department First Responders responded to a single-vehicle accident in the 5100 block of south State Road 39 in North Judson.

12/22/14 – Officers responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on 200 South west of 100 East in Knox.

12/23/14 – A resident in the 4000 block of south 700 East in Knox reported a residential break-in.

12/23/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Hamlet Fire Department, Koontz Lake Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a traffic accident involving a semi on U.S. 30 east of 600 East.

12/23/14 – A person taking pictures in the area of 1100 East and 750 South in Knox found a meth lab and notified the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

12/23/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 30 and U.S. 35 in the westbound lanes.

12/24/14 – A North Judson resident reportedly received a check in the mail, cashed it and was told by the bank it was a bad check.

12/24/14 – A residential break-in was reported in the 6400 block of South Rannells East Road in Knox.

12/25/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of east 350 South in Knox called the Starke County Sheriff’s Department to report a battery.

12/25/14 – The owners of the property at the ead of Oak Avenue in the Koontz Lake area reported finding meth lab trash in the area.

12/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 35 at 700 North in Hamlet.

12/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle accident on State Road 10 at Beach Street in Knox. The driver said he hit a patch of black ice and slid off the road into a yard.

12/26/14 – A realtor reported an active meth lab on a property at the end of Oak Street in Walkerton.

12/26/14 – The owner of the shooting range on 200 South just east of State Road 39 in North Judson reported graffiti on the range after someone gained entry through the locked gates.
12/26/14 – A resident in the 3100 block of south 350 East in Knox reported graffiti on the garage wall. She discovered it on Christmas Eve but waited until after the holiday to report it.

12/26/14 – The owner of a hunting property in the 400 block of north State Road 23 in Knox reported someone has stolen the bottom portion of his deer stands.

12/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department to a report of a car versus deer crash on Range Road near Joey’s Wallpaper.

12/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Knox Police responded to a report of a fight on 250 East and 100 South in Knox.

12/27/14 – A resident in the 7500 block of east 25 North in Knox came home and found items missing.

12/27/14 – A man called from the bowling alley in Knox and advised someone flattened his and his friend’s tires in the parking lot.

12/27/14 – A caller reported a driver in a tan Buick pulled up to the highway department gravel pile on U.S. 30 and 900 East in Grovertown and began loading gravel into the trunk.

12/28/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Starke County EMS responded to a bar fight in the 300 block of South Broadway Street in San Pierre.

12/28/14 – A resident in the 11000 block of East Cherokee Road in Koontz Lake reported the theft of railroad ties from his property.

12/28/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch in the area of State Road 8 and 700 East in Knox.

12/28/14 – A resident in the 3300 block of south 750 Way in North Judson came home and found items missing from the residence.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

12/28/14 – John M. Tincau, 58, Knox – Public intoxication.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

12/27/14 – A resident in the 300 block of Ruthie Drive found a window broken and called the police. The incident follows a previous slashing of tires.

Arrest:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

12/19/14 – Kelly Galloway, 49, no address listed – Theft.

 

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

12/17/14 – A license plate was reported stolen.

12/17/14 – Winamac Police took a report of a theft of food stamps.

12/20/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a stolen UPS shipment.

12/27/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of money stolen from a store.

12/27/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residential battery report.

12/28/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a drive-off from a gas station.

12/29/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a residential burglary.