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Man Arrested For Driving Under Influence of Alcohol, Controlled Substance

After cutting off a police cruiser on State Road 14, Rodney E. Wolford of Winamac was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering and Operating a Vehicle While under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.

Wolford was allegedly traveling on Keller Street in Winamac when he pulled into the roadway in front of Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Austin, forcing him to hit his brakes to avoid striking the vehicle. When the officer pulled up behind Wolford, he reportedly slowed to a stop in the middle of the road for several seconds before finally moving out of the roadway.

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Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
07/06/12 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas was dispatched to a hit and run property damage accident at the intersection of S. Garfield Street and W. Weninger Street. Officer Thomas said witnesses reported a red Trans Am or Camero struck a tree in the North Judson Town Park at the corner. The vehicle was reported to occupied by two females. Officer Thomas checked the area and was unable to locate the vehicle. This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the North Judson Police at (574) 772-5914.

07/05/12 North Judson Police Officer Darren Conley responded to a domestic complaint in the 600 Block of W. Talmer Ave. An adult male and a juvenile at the residence were in a slight altercation. The adult male left prior to the North Judson police officer’s arrival.

07/04/12 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely was on patrol in the area of Jones Street and Central Avenue and observed a green mailbox that was knocked over. The mailbox is storage for the mail carrier as they walk their route.

07/03/12 North Judson Officer Frank Thomas recovered two stolen bicycles in the area of 2800 W. 500 S. The two bicycles were reported stolen the previous week from North Judson. The estimated value of the bicycles is $80.00 each.

Arrests:
In reference to the arrest of Terry L. Coldiron II by the North Judson police on June 17, 2012, formal charges were not filed. After new information was presented in the investigation and additional witnesses interviewed, another suspect has been identified and the information was turned over to the Starke County Prosecutor for review. The Aggravated Battery charges were dropped against Coldiron.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
07/08/12 A Medaryville man told police that some unknown person(s) put something into his pond and killed all of the fish. A Conservation Officer was notified of the call.

07/06/12 Winamac police were notified of a call of a possible drunk driver. A traffic stop was conducted at Washington and Market Streets in Winamac and the driver, Lance Loriot, of Star City was taken into custody.

07/06/12 A computer was taken from a Winamac man’s home. He told police that some people were working on his home when it was taken.

07/06/12 Emergency crews were called to a three vehicle accident at U.S. 421 and State Road 114 in Winamac. Minor injuries were reported.

07/06/12 A Winamac man told an officer with the Winamac Police Department that his neighbor has parked junk cars on his property.

07/06/12 Police were called to a Winamac residence after a man told police he woke up and found that some unknown subject(s) took a crow bar and broke into his vehicle and flattened the tires.

07/05/12 A Winamac woman reported the theft of jewelry.

07/05/12 The Sheriff’s Department received several phone complaints about fireworks.

07/03/12 An employee at the Good Oil Company in Winamac told police of a drive-off. A driver failed to pay $44.74 in gas. Police were able to find the suspects and they returned to the gas station to pay for the gas. The passenger had gone in to pay for other things and must have forgotten to pay for the gas.

07/03/12 A caller advised that some unknown person(s) broke into her storage shed. A report was needed to file with an insurance company.

07/02/12 An employee at Pulaski Memorial Hospital called police to report that a subject was in the emergency room with a dog bite.

07/02/12 A green diamond back bicycle was reported stolen from the Riverside Drive area in Winamac.

Arrests:
07/09/12 Debra L. Williams, 32, 8319 W. 700 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

07/08/12 Rodney E. Wolford, 39, 7148 W. 200 S., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Endangering and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Controlled Substance in the Body. Discharged 07/09/12

07/06/12 Matthew Sizemore, 31, 5246 E. 300 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

07/06/12 Lance C. Loriot, 28, 2350 W. 100 S., Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Possession.

07/03/12 Carl Larkin, 50, 2015 Jefferson St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery with a Prior Conviction.

07/03/12 Samantha Keys, 19, 2142 N. 125 E. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Residential Entry. Discharged 07/09/12

07/03/12 Billie Jo Matthews, Fair Oaks, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 07/03/12

07/03/12 Ricardo A. Fuentes, 45, 511 Evergreen, Monon, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Endangerment and Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of .08 or greater.

07/03/12 Ismael Abonce Garcia, 30, no address given, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 07/04/12

07/03/12 Timothy C. Shepperd, 21, 12650 W. 175 N. Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 07/03/12

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
07/07/12 Keith Simpson reported an alleged fraud incident regarding prescription medication.

07/07/12 Ashley Apple reported the theft of a Mediacom box, but the alleged suspect denied taking the item. The case is still under investigation.

07/06/12 Jennifer June reported the theft of her purse.

07/05/12 Knox police were called to a property damage accident at Zip-Thru Mart. Sonia Clemons told police that she was backing out of a parking stall and struck another vehicle with her bumper. The damage was estimated to be under $1,000.

07/03/12 Annie Dickson told police that some unknown person(s) egged her vehicle.

07/02/12 Carmen Diaz reported the theft of items from her home and her son, Matthew, who was told that he was not wanted inside the residence, reportedly admitted to police that he entered the home and took his clothes and his brother’s Playstation 3 remote.

Arrests:
07/05/12 Charles McCarty, Sr., 34, 313 Locust St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, Resisting Law Enforcement and Disorderly Conduct.
Two juveniles were also taken into custody during this incident and this case has been forwarded to the probation department for review.

07/03/12 Richard Knebel, 5807 W. 200 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
07/02/12 – A theft was reported in the 11300 block of East 675 South in Knox.

07/02/12 – A theft was reported in the 11700 block of East 900 South in Culver.

07/02/12 – A drive-off was reported at Tony’s Service Station in the amount of $10.

07/02/12 – A woman told police she had been battered by a male subject in the 1300 block of North 1025 East in Knox.

07/03/12 – Shelby Clemons of North Judson told police that he woke up in the morning and found a bicycle in his driveway.

07/03/12 – Thomas Smith of Knox told police that he had been battered by a female subject on Saturday.

07/03/12 – A caller from the 11100 block of Circle Drive in Koontz Lake reportedly found a plastic bottle with a white substance in it near the lake.

07/04/12 – Roy Sokolowski of Knox told police his boat had been stolen from while he was staying at the Bass Lake Campground.

07/04/12 – A fight was reported at the Koontz Lake Beach involving at least ten juveniles.

07/05/12 – A vehicle was reportedly keyed in the 6800 block of East 400 North in Knox.

07/06/12 – A garage was reportedly vandalized in the 3200 block of South Range Road in Knox.

07/06/12 – Kayley King of Knox told police that she had been threatened by a male subject.

07/08/12 – A caller from the 5400 block of County Road 210 in Bass Lake told police that a male subject was damaging his driveway with a sledgehammer.

07/08/12 – A man of the 4100 block of East 150 North Road in Knox told police that his identity had been stolen and someone was using it in Detroit and Michigan.

07/08/12 – A drive-off was reported in the amount of $18.03 in Walkerton.

07/08/12 – A man told police he had been battered by a male at The Bass Lake Sandbar.

Arrests:
07/04/12 – Sharon D. Miller, 39 of Logansport; Jason K. Sheridan, 38, following a report of male subjects trying to start fights at the Bass Lake boat ramp in Knox.

07/04/12 – John Henry Wesley, 42 of Fort Wayne: Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

No Fires Reported Over Holiday For Starke, Pulaski Counties

Despite the controversy regarding Pulaski and Starke counties’ recent decisions to rescind their burn bans, no fires were reported on Fourth of July in either county.

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department reports that while they had no fire calls on the holiday, they did receive a number of noise complaints because of the fireworks. Overall, it was a safe Fourth of July for the county. No fires and no serious injuries were reported, and the Starke County fireworks celebration went off without a hitch.

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Two Arrested After Police Find Them Kayaking While Drunk

Two Lake County residents were arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday, June 26 after a call came in about a suspicious man in a kayak on the Tippecanoe River.

A man yelled at police for help, and he told them that he was kayaking with his girlfriend and she was ahead of him and disappeared around a bend in the river. When he came around the bend, he saw her kayak up against the river bank and she was nowhere to be found. Pulaski County EMS, Fire, Sheriff’s boats and Indiana Conservation Officers were called to the scene.

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Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
06/30/11 North Judson Police responded to a call at the Mint Valley Apartments in the early morning hours because a tenant heard a smoke/fire alarm going off. Police summoned the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department as well. It was discovered that another tenant was asleep while a pot on the stove in that apartment had boiled dry. No fire damages were reported.

06/29/12 North Judson Police took a theft report of items taken from a gravesite in Highland Cemetery. A large wind chime and some solar lamps were taken.

06/29/12 A two vehicle mishap occurred in the Family Express parking lot when a vehicle driven by Michaela Zeithers, of Winamac, backed into a 2004 Dodge Intrepid being driven by Marion Minix, of North Judson. Zeithers was driving a 2004 Mitsubishi. North Judson Officer Darren Conley investigated the accident and estimated damages at over $2,500. No injuries were reported.

06/29/12 Another two vehicle accident was investigated by North Judson Police Officer Kelly Fisher in the 700 Block of Talmer Avenue. A 1996 Ford Ranger, driven by Joe Bradley, of Knox, backed into a 2000 Ford Escort. Toblin Pierette, of North Judson, was driving the Escort. Officer Fisher estimated damages at over $2,500 and no injuries were reported.

06/28/12 A broken lock was reported at the U-locks on Talmer Avenue. No entry was made and nothing was reported missing to North Judson Police.

06/25/12 Shortly after midnight, a vehicle was reported stolen in the 300 Block of Franklin Street. North Judson Officer Frank Thomas is investigating the theft of the 2001 Buick Century. On Tuesday afternoon, Chief Doug Vessely received a dispatch in reference to a suspicious vehicle abandoned on 725 West and Toto Road. This was the same vehicle reported stolen and it is believed the thief was “joyriding” or it was a prank. The keys were in the vehicle and Vessely stated, “Please take your keys out of your vehicle and lock the doors when it’s parked. This helps eliminate the opportunity for someone to ransack or steal the vehicle.”

06/25/12 North Judson Police responded to a fraud call in the 200 Block of Leslie Street. The complainant stated she received a call from a blocked number saying they were from the federal government and that she had won a $1.5 million prize. The caller wanted her to send a money gram in order to obtain her winnings. Chief Doug Vessely reminds you that you should never send money, give out personal information or bank accounts to anyone over the phone, or argue with this type of caller. Just hang up. This is a scam. In this incident, the caller told the woman what her house looked like and that if she didn’t send the money he might have to come to her house and she felt threatened. “Remember with the internet anyone call look up your information and street addresses that shows a picture of your home, even from the front or side, as if you are driving by the home. These callers are more than likely in a foreign county and will try anything in order to get someone to send cash. Stick to the fact that if it sounds to good to be true, it is, it’s a scam, be careful and never send money.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
07/01/12 Police were called to a residence in Monterey as shots were fired in the area. Police found that some unknown person(s) shot a raccoon.

07/01/12 Weather spotters from the Francesville and Medaryville Fire Departments were activated as severe storms were moving into the area.

07/01/12 Several trees and power lines were reported down as a result of strong storms moving through the area.

07/01/12 Officials at the Pulaski County 4-H Fairground called and asked for help with the mess from the storm. Trees were down along with power lines. People were scattering and scared. Pulaski County REACT was called to help. Everyone was evacuated from the fairgrounds. The Fair Board and the EMA got things under control.

07/01/12 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a pole barn and semi truck fire at a residence on 700 North. The fire was reportedly started by lightning.

07/01/12 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a house fire on 600 North. A fire had started in the attic of the home and was quickly extinguished.

07/01/12 A Winamac resident told police that his X-Box, playstation and X-Box games were stolen.

06/30/12 Road closed signs were posted on 575 W. after a big tree fell in the road due to storms.

06/30/12 The Monterey Fire Department was called out as a driver saw thick, black smoke coming from a residence in Monterey. When the fire department arrived on scene, they found that the homeowners were burning brush.

06/30/12 A power line was reported down in the Monterey area.

06/30/12 A resident on 800 West complained about the neighbor’s dog. The dog is aggressive and it comes onto the property and tries to bite the caller and her husband.

06/30/12 A Monterey resident called police to report a domestic issue.

06/29/12 A Winamac resident told police that there is a small herd of cows on a dirt lot with a hay feed wagon that has been empty for four days and it’s not known if they have water.

06/29/12 Several reports of trees down and electric lines were called in due to the storm.

06/29/12 Power lines fell on either side of a woman traveling on 200 South in Winamac and they were burning. The dispatcher told the woman to stay in her vehicle and not to move. Fulton County REMC arrived on scene and the driver was able to move along.

06/29/12 A Winamac man called police to report that some unknown person(s) slashed all four of the tires on his car.

06/28/12 A Medaryville resident told police that some unknown person(s) took all of the money from his bank account without his permission.

06/28/12 The Star City Fire Department was called to a woods fire.

06/28/12 A driver hit a tree in the road. Officers were called to investigate the issue and help remove the tree from the site.

06/28/12 A pole and electric lines were down and had caught fire. The Monterey Fire Department was called to the scene.

06/27/12 A Medaryville resident reported a stolen cell phone.

06/26/12 The Francesville Fire Department was called to a grass fire that was reportedly started by someone lighting off fireworks.

06/25/12 A Francesville man reported his shotgun stolen.

06/25/12 A Winamac man reported a generator, pumps and several other large items stolen from a storage area.

06/25/12 A Medaryville man reported his vehicle stolen.

Arrests:
07/01/12 Kerry A. Clinger, 31, 4195 N. 750 W., Rochester, IN, arrested on a Body Attachment. Discharged 07/01/12

06/28/12 Dalton Williams, 19, 4248 N. 1225 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 06/28/12

06/28/12 Charles Weaver, 26, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 06/28/12

06/26/12 Tiffani Jakich, 36, 505 E. 3rd St., Hobart, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 06/27/12

06/26/12 Jerrold Rainwater, 49, 6509 W. 89th Ave., Crown Point, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 06/27/12

06/26/12 Caitlin June Shidler, 21, 3066 N. 300 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Discharged 06/27/12

06/26/12 Steven Decker, 25, 3066 N. 300 W. Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

06/25/12 Kanyon Whitrock, 32, 413 S. Madison St., Medaryville, IN, Jasper County hold. Discharged 06/28/12

06/25/12 Timothy Moore, 30, 530 W. Jenkins, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. Discharged 06/25/12

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
07/02/12 An employee at the Next Door Food Store convenience store told police that a vehicle drove away from the facility without paying for the fuel. $49.00 worth of gas was pumped at the station.

06/29/12 A runaway report was taken.

06/28/12 Sharon Mitchell reported a battery.

06/27/12 Patricia Singleton told police that her wedding ring was missing.

06/26/12 Jamie Hemminger reported two bicycles stolen from her residence.

Arrests:
07/01/12 Wade Berg, 36, 3275 E. 400 N., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated and Possession of Marijuana.

06/30/12 Tricia Jackson, 24, 509 S. 26th St., South Bend, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Possession of Marijuana.

06/30/12 Coty Wagner, 21, 205 W. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

06/28/12 Tyler Limberhand, 18, 1630 E. 400 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Illegal Possession of Alcohol.

06/26/12 Daniel Konter, 42, 408 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

One Arrested After Man Flings Chemical At Police

Two people were arrested Friday after a traffic stop that almost injured an officer.

A vehicle driven by Dana Candlish of Kokomo was stopped by an officer from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department because she was following a car too closely. As the officer approached the car, he reportedly saw the passenger, Paul Burke of Royal Center, open the door, bend over in his seat, sit back upright and close the door. The officer asked for identification and Burke told the officer he didn’t know if he had his ID.

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Pulaski County Man Arrested Following Traffic Accident

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated two personal injury accidents Sunday night, one of which resulted in an arrest.

A Wheatfield woman was injured in a single vehicle accident at 6:52 p.m. ET on State Road 39 near County Road 400 North. Shannon Conley’s vehicle reportedly left the right side of the roadway and she lost control of the vehicle when it came back onto the paved surface. The vehicle slid sideways, back off the roadway, before traveling through a barbed wire fence, down into a ditch, and into the water. She climbed out of the vehicle and waved down passing motorists for assistance. Conley sustained a head injury in the accident.

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Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
06/24/12 A juvenile called police to report that a man came up to the house and was turning the doorknob trying to get in the residence. The juvenile said there was a man outside the home in Monterey and was pacing back and forth with a flashlight. The porch light was on. A parent arrived home and advised that all the children were ok.

06/24/12 A Star City resident called police after seeing three subjects attempting to steel copper wire.

06/24/12 Police were called to a location in Winamac where a fight was reported between a man and woman.

06/24/12 The Francesville Fire Department was called to a fire on 1050 W. The caller stated that a fire was started in a burn barrel and reportedly left it unattended. The next time the caller checked, a fence and a shed were on fire.

06/24/12 A personal injury accident was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department in the vicinity of State Road 39 just north of 400 North. Caller advised that a person was out by the roadway and the vehicle was in the ditch.

06/24/12 A two vehicle accident was reported on U.S. 35 by the Broken Arrow Campground north of Winamac. Several occupants sustained injuries in the accident. The Good Samaritan helicopter was called to the scene and arrests were made.

06/23/12 A Francesville resident called police to report some unknown person(s) kicked in the door to his garage. Nothing was stolen.

06/23/12 The Winamac Police Department took a report of two stolen bicycles taken from a residence.

06/21/12 The Winamac Police Department was notified of a person sleeping under the trees and bushes on the west side of the Courthouse. The officer talked to the subject who said he was getting married there at 10:00 a.m. morning and wanted to spend the night there. The officer told the subject to get his business taken care of and move along.

06/21/12 A Denham resident asked police to file a theft report of items taken from an old truck stored on his property.

06/21/12 A Winamac resident reported the theft of scrap metal from his property.

06/21/12 The Winamac Police Department was notified of children throwing rocks at another kid.

06/21/12 Officers from the Winamac Police Department were notified by a Winamac resident who told them that a padlock was cut off a storage unit and items were stolen.

06/21/12 An Indian artifact was reported stolen.

06/21/12 A warning was given to Winamac residents in regards to the discharge of fireworks.

06/21/12 A caller advised police that a man was sitting in a lawn chair by the side of a road on U.S. 35 and 700 North with what looked to be a gun. Police talked to the subject who said he was waiting for a groundhog that was damaging his agricultural property. The man was advised to take care of the problem in a different manner.

06/21/12 Vandalism was reported in the Medaryville Cemetery.

06/20/12 The White County Sheriff’s Department called upon the Star City Fire Department for aid in fighting a fire.

06/20/12 Police were called to a car vs. deer accident on US 421. The driver stated that he was in a great deal of pain.

06/20/12 A Francesville police officer was flagged down by a resident who stated there was a break-in a his residence.

06/20/12 The Francesville Police Department was notified of a stolen vehicle.

06/20/12 An employee of a Winamac business advised the Winamac Police Department that a subject was on scene and stole items.

06/20/12 The Monterey Fire Department was called to help Starke County fire units with a silage pile on fire.

06/18/12 A Medaryville resident told police that some unknown subject(s) shot her van with a BB gun.

06/18/12 A resident in Harris Township reported the theft of scrap metal.

Arrests:
06/24/12 Steven P. Taylor, 43, 4675 S. 350 E., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

06/24/12 Mary F. Nevil, 45, 209 Maryland Apt. L., North J udson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Endangerment. Discharged 06/24/12

06/23/12 Dana L. Candlish, 34, 3507 E. 250 N., Kokomo, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Improper Transportation of Anhydrous Ammonia and Assisting a Criminal. Discharged 06/24/12

06/23/12 Paul A. Burke, 36, 7925 N. 1050 W., Royal Center, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Attempted Aggravated Battery, Improper Storage of Anhydrous Ammonia, Theft, Resisting Law Enforcement and Battery on Law Enforcement.

06/22/12 Ricky A. Mcabee, 30, 2138 W. 49th Place, Gary, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

06/21/12 Christopher Herald, 21, 52015, Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor and Possession. Discharged 06/22/12

06/21/12 Brent Hughes, 21, 101 S. Monon, Francesville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 06/21/12

06/19/12 Jeffrey Joseph, 44, 339 N. 100 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Resisting Law Enforcement. Discharged 06/20/12

06/19/12 Brenda Becher, 42, 7570 W. State Road 14, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Body. Discharged 06/20/12

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
06/24/12 A juvenile female was visiting the 300 block of Franklin Street, when her 2001 white Buick Century vehicle was stolen while parked in the street. She had left the keys in the vehicle. North Judson Police continue the investigation.

06/23/12 A resident in the 200 block of State Street reported to North Judson police that she had 10 of her family’s bicycles stolen sometime during the night. The estimated value for all 10 bicycles was $585.00. This incident is still being investigated. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely is asking you to please call police if they observe any suspicious activities in your neighborhood. “This is the third bicycle theft incident at night this month, and we need your help when you see possible suspects roaming the streets and alleys in the middle of the night. Just call the police department and let us check them out. It’s better to be safe than sorry,” Vessely stated.

06/23/12 Three residents of Cherry Street reported to the North Judson Police Department that they had flowers stolen sometime in the night. The residents requested extra patrols in the area.

06/23/12 The North Judson Police Department was called to the 500 block of Magnolia Street in reference to an unwanted male subject. North Judson Deputy Police Chief Joe Budner responded to the call. The male subject, a family member, left prior to the North Judson Police arriving. The male subject was later found at a North Judson Town Park. The male subject was advised to not to return to the property or he will be arrested for Criminal Trespass.

06/22/12 The North Judson Police Department responded to a theft complaint in the 300 block of Dahlke Street. The resident advised that a skate board was stolen off her front porch. She estimated the value of the skate board was $70.00. This incident is still being investigated.

06/22/12 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Central Avenue and N. George Street. After a brief investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Jeremy Frederick, 24, of Wheatfield, was found to be intoxicated. Officer Thomas arrested Frederick for a felony charge of Operating A Vehicle While Intoxicated. Frederick was transported to the Starke County Sheriff’s Department without incident.

06/20/12 The North Judson Police Department received a call from the North Judson Library in reference to an unwanted male subject. North Judson Police Officer Darren Conley arrived at the library. After a brief investigation, Officer Conley found out that the male subject was harassing some females on the computers and asked the male subject to leave. The male subject complied with the request and left the library.

06/17/12 A fight was reported at a local business. This incident is still being investigated.

06/17/12 The North Judson Police Department received a call about an intoxicated male at the intersection of Main and Keller. North Judson Officer Kelly Fisher arrested Cary P. Dolembo, 36, of Westville for Public Intoxication and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Officer Fisher was assisted by Starke County Posse Member, Jim Coldiron.

06/15/12 A resident found a bike in the wooded trail area of the Town Park. The bike was taken to the North Judson Police Department for safe keeping.

06/15/12 A resident in the 600 Block of Garden Street reported a blue Mongoose bike stolen. The estimated value is $80.00.

06/15/12 A North Judson Park Board member contacted the North Judson Police in reference to some vandalism done to shelter #1 at the North Judson Town Park. This incident is still being investigated.

06/14/12 A resident in the 500 block of Vine Street reported to North Judson police that he had some items stolen out of his storage locker on Talmer Avenue. Two items were taken approximately three weeks ago. An antique diver’s helmet with an estimated value of $400.00 and a set of golf clubs with an estimated value of $100.00 were stolen. This incident is still being investigated.

06/12/12 Family Express contacted the North Judson Police Department in reference to a wallet found on a shelf in the store. North Judson Police picked up the wallet and returned it to the resident who it belonged to. The resident stated that he lost it while walking with his son the night before. The owner asked four juvenile males to help look for the wallet. Missing from the wallet was approximately $190.00. This incident is still being investigated.

Arrests:
06/22/12 Jeremy M. Frederick, 24, Wheatfield, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (three counts).

06/17/12 Cary P. Dolembo, 36, Westville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

06/11/12 Samuel MJ. Bradley, 36, North Judson, arrested on a Starke County Circuit Court Warrant for Failure to Appear.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
06/26/12 Matthew Zink reported the theft of construction materials.

06/24/12 Robert Meadows called police to report that he was in an accident on U.S. 35 and hit a railroad crossing arm and caused damage. The crossing arm caused damage to his windshield and hood and the vehicle did damage to the crossing arm. Meadows was issued a citation for disregarding a railroad gate.

06/22/12 Richard June reported the theft of three bicycles.

06/22/12 Joe Short told police that two black CD visor cases and several CDs were stolen from his vehicle. He was having the vehicle repaired at the time of this incident.

06/21/12 An employee at Zingo Express reported theft of gasoline in the amount of $75.

06/21/12 Mary Mueller reported the theft of the license plate off her vehicle.

06/20/12 Knox City Police officers were notified of graffiti spray-painted on the walls at the back of the Key Bank building.

06/20/12 A 17-year-old driver called police to report that she was involved in an accident with another vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 35 and Clabaugh Drive and the other vehicle left the scene.

Arrests:
06/25/12 Carl Schrum, 32, 2560 S. Union St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Possession of a Legend Drug.

06/24/12 Jesse Campbell, 22, 402 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Criminal Confinement, Battery and Intimidation.

06/23/12 Frank Wireman, 25, 2215 S. 100 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear in Knox City Court.

06/22/12 Maxine Grigsby, 34, 309 Ruthie Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

06/20/12 Angela May, 41, 207 W. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia and Driving While Suspended.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents

06/18/12 Linda Chorba of Knox told police that someone left a baby horse and its mother in the hay field behind their home.

06/18/12 Jen Czarnecki of Knox told police that a male subject had stolen her wallet with their children’s birth certificates, social security cards, and insurance cards in it.

06/18/12 A fight was reported in the 5200 block of South A Street in North Judson.

06/18/12 An employee of the Grovertown Truck Stop told police that three men and a woman were possibly soliciting prostitution in their parking lot.

06/19/12 Fraud was reported in the 7300 block of South 700 West in North Judson.

06/19/12 A resident of the 8900 block of East Long Lane Drive in Knox told police that he had been receiving fraudulent checks in the mail.

06/19/12 A caller from the 6700 block of South Lombardy Lane in Knox told police that a female subject had come into his residence and stole all of his food.

06/20/12 An 18-foot trailer was reported stolen in the 6600 block of South 300 East in Knox.

06/20/12 A lawnmower was reportedly stolen from the 1100 block of East 150 South in Knox.

06/20/12 A theft was reported in the 7800 block of East Tecumseh Road in Koontz Lake.

06/21/12 A fire was reported in the 8100 block of South U.S. 421 in San Pierre.

06/21/12 A car was reportedly stolen from the 8900 block of South Main Street in Monterey.

06/21/12 A blue Allied Waste garbage can was stolen from the 11400 block of East Circle in Walkerton.

06/21/12 A resident of the 2700 block of South 200 East in Knox told police that someone had stolen her camera.

06/22/12 A resident of the 2200 block of South 100 West in Knox told police that a male subject had stolen a ring from her vehicle.

06/23/12 Thomas Campbell of North Judson told police that someone attempted to break into his vehicle and damaged the ignition.

06/24/12 Shirley Messer of Knox told police that someone had pulled the hose out of her pool and ripped up
her garden.

06/24/12 It was reported that someone had stolen all of the military grave markers from Oak Grove Cemetery.

06/24/12 Joe Spiewak of Knox told police that someone had stolen his business documents.

Arrests

06/19/12 Steven R. Bodine, 31, of La Porte: Public Intoxication.

06/21/12 Khatrina Ann Lindsey, 21, of Knox, 32-year-old Monica L. Hunt of Knox, and Edward A. Dudek, 30, of Knox were arrested on charges of Manufacturing or Financing a Controlled Substance following a meth lab investigation.

06/22/12 Dusten Wayne Clary, 29, of North Judson: Reckless Driving.

06/23/12 Joanne M. Drews, 31, of Walkerton: Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication.

Pulaski County Police Investigate Drowning Incident

A drowning incident is being investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Officers were called to 4242 W. 400 N. in Winamac about a possible drowning. Andrew Jackson informed officers that his mother, Cynthia Jackson, had gone swimming in a pond located on the property and had drowned. She reportedly had permission to be on the property.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
06/17/12 A battery incident was reported in the Francesville area. No arrests were made and the two intoxicated subjects involved were separated and all has calmed down.

06/17/12 A Winamac woman called the Winamac Police Department to report a battery. She told police that she was walking down the street and got beat up. She said the assailant took her money and her prescription medication. The assailant called police later to report that her wallet was stolen by the previous caller.

06/17/12 A caller in the community of Pulaski called to report that several pedestal box tops were found alongside the road and in field in the area. The United Telephone System was called to notify them of the situation.

06/17/12 The Francesville Fire Department was called to a fire at State Road 39 and 550 South. Fire department personnel told dispatch that it was a controlled burn and the homeowners are burning an old swimming pool.

06/16/12 A Star City man told Pulaski County police that someone spread ketchup and syrup all over the side of his shop. The substances also got in the air conditioner and on a vehicle.

06/16/12 An employee at a Winamac gas station reported a drive-off .

06/16/12 The Buffalo Township Fire Department was called to a structure fire in Monon. The owner said it is an abandoned structure but there are valuable items inside.

06/15/12 The Winamac Town Police were called to a Winamac residence to take a report on a break-in at a home.

06/15/12 A Medaryville resident reported a stolen pistol.

06/14/12 A Monterey resident called police to report that someone was breaking into her neighbor’s house. The caller said the unknown person(s) broke in the front door and are loading items into a white pickup with a topper. One subject told police that he was allowed to take items from the home and was given permission by the former owner. The property is now owned by the county and the commissioners have the final say as to if he can take things from the property. Until then, he is not allowed back on the property.

06/14/12 A Cass Township resident called police to report theft and criminal mischief at his farm.

06/14/12 A theft incident was called in by a person living in the Franklin Township area. An X-Box, GPS, a tool box and a computer monitor were stolen.

06/14/12 A personal injury accident was reported around 7790 N. 600 E. in the Monterey area. A small child had facial cuts and a cut upper lip, but no fractures were found. The driver was later airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

06/13/12 A tractor and grass fire was reported in the Monon area.

06/13/12 A report was made to the Sheriff’s Department of a subject who used a fake ID to purchase tobacco.

06/13/12 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a small woods fire.

06/13/12 The Medaryville Fire Department was notified of a complaint of trash burning in the area.

06/12/12 A window was broken out of a car door in Medaryville.

06/12/12 A battery incident was reported in the Monterey area.

06/11/12 The Winamac Police Department was called to take a report on theft of services.

06/11/12 A Winamac caller reported the theft of lumber from his property.

06/11/12 A Franklin Township resident reported the theft of two weed eaters.

06/11/12 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of prescription medication and a debit card from a vehicle.

06/11/12 A caller in the Medaryville area told police that a known subject broke the windshield out of his van and the subject is threatening more damage.

Arrests:

06/18/12 Dominic Ricci, 32, 7920 Country Breeze, Culver, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

06/15/12 Mark A. Minix, 50, 200 Franklin St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended – Prior. Discharged 06/16/12

06/15/12 Dustin Hughes, 21, 14816 W. 300 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

06/15/12 Roger Frinkel, 30, 3356 N. 1400 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

06/12/12 Melvon Doty, 38, 3414 E. 600 N., Monterey, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
06/18/12 George Ison reported a stolen vehicle. Ison told police that a pickup was parked in the garage on Locust Street and it does not run. He had last seen the vehicle in November.

06/17/12 Police were called to the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church where Kimberly Derby’s vehicle was damaged due to a large tree limb falling on it.

06/16/12 Peggy Arquette reported her purse stolen from the bathroom at the BP station.

06/16/12 Knox police took a call from Mike Risner who reported a stolen chain saw from his truck.

06/16/12 Suly N. Hayman reported the theft of her purse.

06/15/12 Knox police were notified of a possible theft case. The complaintant reported that he thought a resident was stealing water from the City of Knox.

06/15/12 A case of animal cruelty was reported. A puppy had not been fed or had any water for several days in the heat. Animal control was notified.

06/12/12 Christina Yacconi told police that the passenger side rear tire to her vehicle was flat. It was determined that some unknown suspect cut her tire.

Arrests:
06/17/12 Michael Kajawski, 63, 880 N. U.S. 35, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

06/14/12 Todd Kring, 39, 7920 Country Breeze East Dr., Culver, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants through Marshall County.

06/11/12 Gary Frazo, Jr., 35, 11945 E. State Road 8, Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
06/17/12 A report of a fight at a local business was reported to North Judson police. This incident is still being investigated.

06/17/12 The North Judson Police Department received a call about an intoxicated male at the intersection of Main and Keller. North Judson Officer Kelly Fisher arrested Cary P. Dolembo, 36, of Westville for Public Intoxication and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Officer Fisher was assisted by Starke County Posse Member Jim Coldiron.

06/15/12 A resident found a bike in the wooded trail area. The bike was taken to the North Judson Police Department for safe keeping.

06/15/12 A resident in the 600 Block of Garden Street reported a blue Mongoose bike stolen. The estimated value is $80.00.

06/15/12 A North Judson Park Board member contacted the North Judson police in reference to some vandalism done to shelter #1 at the North Judson Town Park. This incident is still being investigated.

06/14/12 A resident in the 500 block of Vine street reported to North Judson Police that he had some items stolen out of his storage locker on Talmer Avenue. Two items were taken approximately three weeks ago. An antique diver’s helmet with an estimated value of $400.00 and a set of golf clubs with an estimated value of $100.00. This incident is still being investigated.

06/12/12 Family Express contacted the North Judson Police Department in reference to a wallet found on a shelf in the store. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely picked up the wallet and went to return it to the resident who it belonged to. The resident stated, that he lost it while walking with his son the night before. The owner asked four juvenile males to help look for the wallet. Missing from the wallet was approximately $190.00. This incident is still being investigated.

Arrests:
06/17/12 Cary P. Dolembo, 36, Westville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

06/11/12 Samuel MJ. Bradley, 36, North Judson, IN, arrested on a Starke County Circuit Court Warrant for Failure to Appear.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
06/11/12 A resident of the 4300 block of South 250 East in Knox told police that items had been taken from her yard for the last two nights.
06/11/12 A resident of the 10800 block of East 900 South in Monterey reported a theft of items from a trailer.
06/11/12 A canoe was reportedly stolen in the 6200 block of East Donald Road in Knox.
06/11/12 Shelly Kemble told police that go-carts were racing at the old Washington Township school.
06/11/12 A resident of the 3400 block of East 500 South in Knox told police that his sister had just been battered by her boyfriend.
06/12/12 Two chainsaws were reported stolen in the 3400 block of West 400 South in North Judson.
06/12/12 Vandalism was reported at the Living Water Christian Church.
06/13/12 A caller from the 1700 block of East 250 South in Knox told police that her vehicle had been vandalized.
06/13/12 A dog was allegedly shot while on its chain in the 1800 block of South 200 East in Knox.
06/14/12 A fight was reportedly on Range Road, north of Toto Road, in Knox.
06/14/12 A theft was reported in the 1100 block of East 150 South in Knox.
06/14/12 Copper wiring was reportedly stolen from a garage being built near Seneca Lane and Topinabee in Walkerton.
06/15/12 Sandra Richie told police that someone had stolen jewelry and an air compressor from the residence.
06/15/12 Marsha Allen told police that there was an old rusted van parked at the Eagle Creek Church with several people outside running around the gazebo.
06/15/12 A caller told police that she had been battered by a woman in the 300 block of North Clark Street in Knox.
06/17/12 A caller from the 6300 block of East 800 South in Knox told police that she was attacked by two males and two females in Pulaski County.
Incidents:
06/12/12 Robert Donald Moe, 18, of Culver by SCSD: Theft, Receiving Stolen Property.
06/13/12 Travis Owen Davis, 28, of Argos by SCSD: Possession of Chemical Agents or Precursors after a woman found a backpack containing items used to manufacture methamphetamine in the 10900 block of East 500 North in Grovertown.
06/16/12 Bob H. Howard, 25, of Winamac by SCSD: Theft, Trespass
06/16/12 Alton Lee Allen, 28, of Winamac by SCSD: Trespass.
06/17/12 Charles Jedlicka, 36, by SCSD: Disorderly Conduct.

Man Arrested Following Pulaski County Burglary

One suspect was arrested Thursday, June 7 after a burglary incident in Pulaski County.

Police were called to 7102 W. 100 N. in response to a burglary in progress. Thomas Parker was caught inside the home, but he told police that he was at his uncle’s house and he was there to check on the mail. He said he had just taken his uncle to Indianapolis. Police contacted Parker’s uncle, who said that Parker was to check on the mail but he didn’t give Parker permission to be in the residence and he wanted to press charges.

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North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
06/09/2012 North Judson police responded to a property damage accident in the parking lot of The Feed Barn. The vehicle that struck the concrete pole left the scene. North Judson Chief Deputy, Joe Budner, located the vehicle on State Road 39 south of Leslie Street. During the investigation of the accident, the female driver of the vehicle had a outstanding warrant from Knox City Court. The female was arrested on the warrant. A report will be completed and sent to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for charges to be filed for leaving the scene of a non-vehicle property damage accident. Budner estimated damages over $1,000.

06/09/2012 North Judson police responded to a animal complaint in the 300 block of N. George Street. The North Judson officer found that the three dogs outside in the back yard had no water. The officer spoke with a male subject that was there and informed him of animal cruelty laws. The male subject gave the dogs some water. The officer also advised the male that the owner of the dogs needs to purchase two more Town of North Judson dog tags within the next week.

06/08/2012 A resident in the 800 block of Clinton St. reported to the North Judson police that she is being harassed by her ex-husband. The female advised that he continues to text and call her. A North Judson officer spoke with the ex-husband and he stated that he would stop.

06/07/2012 A resident in the 400 block of Main Street filed a harassment complaint on a family member over a personal matter.

06/07/2012 A female left her vehicle parked at the Town Park on Weninger Street and when she returned her vehicle had pizza smeared all over it. The female stated before she left to go to the gas station with other friends, three unknown males came to the park with a pizza box. There was no damage to the vehicle.

06/07/2012 A resident in the 300 block of Dahlke Street reported that she thought she heard a gun shot in the woods next to her property. It may have been a firework. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely arrived and checked the area. He waited approximately 15 minutes in the area and was not able to hear any additional gun shots, however did hear fireworks. Vessely reminds you that any consumer fireworks, meaning any small or large firework that is designed primarily to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, is illegal to discharge in the corporate limits of the Inc. Town of North Judson, except 5 days before the 4th of July and 5 days after July 4th. Fireworks may also be discharged on July 4th and New Years Eve. The hours are between 5:00 p.m. and until hour hours after sunset with the exception of July 4th and New Year’s Eve when it is permitted between 10:00 a.m. and midnight Vessely added, “This doesn’t include smoke devices, sparklers, glow worms, and snappers. Please be extremely careful when using any fireworks, and remember the law states you must be over 18 years of age to use the fireworks.”

06/05/2012 North Judson police received a 911 call in reference to a verbal argument between a male and female at the intersection of Luken and Sycamore. The female left south on Luken in a white pick-up truck. A North Judson officer checked the area and was unable to locate anyone.

06/04/2012 A resident on John Street reported a reckless driving incident. The caller said two vehicles were involved. A North Judson Police officer checked the area and was unable to locate the vehicles.

Arrests:
06/09/012 Kimberly M. Tolson, 38, North Judson, IN was arrested on a Knox City Warrant for Failure to Appear and was long-formed for Leaving the Scene of a Non-Vehicle Property Damage Accident.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
06/10/12 The Francesville Fire Department was called out due to a call of smoke coming from under the building at Family Express. Everyone was safely evacuated from the building and no cause of the smoke was determined.

06/10/12 A Pulaski resident reported a car vs. deer accident. The driver told police he swerved to miss the deer and went into a ditch, but he sustained no injuries.

06/10/12 A Winamac man told police that his neighbor cut down too many trees on his property.

06/10/12 A Winamac resident reported a fight in progress by the basketball courts in the Winamac Town Park.

06/09/12 A Medaryville man reported his wallet stolen. Police found that the subject was wanted and he was taken to the Pulaski County Jail.

06/08/12 A Medaryville resident called police to report that some unknown person(s) entered her trailer while she was there. The caller said she told the subjects to leave and the intruders asked her for pills. They reportedly stole “cheap” jewelry and ransacked another trailer and her car.

06/08/12 The Winamac Fire Department was called to a fire that was out of control on 450 West. The caller said trees were on fire next to his house. The neighbor reportedly called police to report that his house was on fire. The roof had caught fire due to the out-of-control fire and Winamac Fire Department called for backup.

06/08/12 The Winamac Police Department took a report of a conversion incident from the Family Dollar store.

06/08/12 A Monterey resident reported the theft of a saddle and bridle.

06/07/12 A Monterey resident advised that his shed was broken into for the third time.

06/07/12 Firefighters were called to a grass fire in the Monterey area. The caller said the fire was spreading quickly and moving into the pine trees. The caller was trying to keep the fire away from the house.

06/07/12 The possible theft of four 4-H sheep was reported out of the Winamac area.

06/07/12 Winamac police received notice of a stolen bike.

06/07/12 Pulaski County police responded to a burglary in progress.

06/06/12 A domestic battery incident was reported. No arrests were made and the parties were separated.

06/06/12 A Denham resident reported a vehicle on fire.

06/06/12 A local bank reported receiving counterfeit $20 bills.

06/04/12 A small brush fire was reported in Monterey.

Arrests:
06/11/12 Deborah Trusty, 40, 3811 Bronson Lane, Evansville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

06/10/12 Janet D. Griggs, 27, 4330 S. Rivercrest Dr., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Minor.

06/10/12 Timothy Zwieler, 20, 2500 Riverside Dr., Lake Shore, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Illegal Consumption.

06/09/12 Ricky D. Hinman, 58, 604 S. Monroe, Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Fireman by a Known Felon. Discharged 06/09/12

06/08/12 Thomas Parker, 26, 2948 Christy Street, Portage, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Burglary, Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

06/06/12 Cynthia Howard, 48, 755 E. 250 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Posession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon. Discharged 06/08/12

06/06/12 Hollis Howard, 42, 755 E. 250 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon.

06/05/12 Daronn Bass, 30, 1035 N. 8th St., Burlington, IA, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 06/06/12

06/05/12 Robert E. Armstrong, 48, 88265 Co. Rd. 1000 E., Galveston, IN, arrested on three active arrest warrants out of Florida.

06/04/12 Gobel Fletcher, 26, 443 N. U.S. 35 Apt. D., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 06/05/12

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
06/01/12 Alberta Lovell of Knox reported a license plate stolen in the 600 block of South 200 East.

06/01/12 Clifford Cole of North Judson told police that someone recently stole hedge clippers from his garage, and when he woke up this morning he found a threatening note.

06/01/12 A customer at Tony’s Gas Station on Ind. 10 in North Judson told police that someone attempted to break into his vehicle.

06/01/12 A caller told police that he and a friend found old bottles with tubes coming out of the tops containing a white substance floating in the Yellow River.

06/02/12 A caller from Osborn’s Mini Mart in Knox told police that a driver drove off after pumping fuel without paying.

06/02/12 A caller from the 4800 block of East Toto Road in Knox told police that someone stole several items from their home.

06/02/12 A caller from the 4000 block of South Dawn Drive in North Judson told police that someone stole a number of items.

06/03/12 A caller from the 600 block of East 625 South in Knox told police that her neighbor’s dogs regularly torment her horse.

06/04/12 Phil Banasiak of Knox told police that a woman knocked him out of his wheelchair and broke his cell phones so he could not call for help.

06/04/12 A caller from the 9500 block of East 750 North in Walkerton told police that someone stole $6000 from her.

06/04/12 Kit Matthies of North Judson told police that his truck was recently broken into and he found more damage done to the vehicle.

06/04/12 Anne Tate of Knox told police that someone ripped the license plate off her vehicle, ripped it up, and also scratched off her expiration sticker.

06/04/12 A caller from the 4500 block of South 550 East in Knox told police that someone broke into the house he was building and spray-painted walls.

06/04/12 A caller from the 8800 block of East 75 North in Knox told police that someone TP’d their house.

06/04/12 An attempted break-in was reported in the 7100 block of North 300 East in Knox.

06/04/12 A theft was reported in the 7800 block of North Topinabee road In Walkerton.

06/04/12 A caller from the 11100 block of East 500 North in Grovertown reported a check deception.

06/06/12 A caller from the 8800 block of East 75 North in Grovertown told police that someone had just shot her dog in the eye.

06/07/12 Police learned of a broken window at the Shore Club at Bass Lake.

06/07/12 A caller from the 1100 block of East 150 South in Knox told police that a Fujifilm camera was stolen from her house.

06/07/12 A resident of the 7800 block of East 25 North in Knox told police that she was being harassed by a male subject.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
06/11/12 Shauna Kidder told police she was attacked by one of her male cats. The cat was reportedly not vaccinated for rabies. The Animal Control Officer advised that the cat would be euthanized and tested due to the nature of Kidder’s injuries.

06/08/12 Knox City Police Department investigated a fire incident at a home at 505 S. Heaton Street. The home was vacant at the time of the incident and by the time emergency personnel arrived at the scene, the fire was out.

06/06/12 A battery incident was reported and possible charges are pending.

06/05/12 Larry Combs told police that some unknown person(s) removed a fuel cap from his tractor. No fuel was reported missing.

06/04/12 Todd Fisher called police to report a vandalism incident. Some unknown person(s) keyed his vehicle and the driver’s side tires were flat.

06/04/12 A battery report was taken. Charges are pending.

Arrests:
06/11/12 Gary Frazo, Jr., 35, 11945 E. State Road 8, Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

06/10/12 Michael James Hardel, 18, 2695 S. 250 E., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Illegal Consumption.

06/09/12 Michelle Marie Riley, 27, 11531 E. State Road 8, Culver, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear through Knox City Court.

06/05/12 Jamie R. Miller, 2706 W. Julia Dr., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

06/04/12 Angela McDougal, 35, 4380 S. 250 E., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia and Theft.
Anna Marie Geller, 41, 5895 W. 500 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors, Possession of Paraphernalia and Theft.
Aaron Armes, 38, 7780 E. 50 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia and Theft.
Matthew Stamper, 31, 2450 S. State Road 39, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia and Theft.

06/04/12 Kit Matthes, 25, 2979 N. 800 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear and a preliminary charge of Habitual Traffic Violator.

Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
06/02/12 North Judson Police responded to a vandalism call in the 400 Block of Lane Street. The tenant had taken in a roommate recently and it is believed that he left the resident and the resident broke a mirror, glass in the front door and ransacked the apartment. This incident remains under investigation.

06/02/12 A good samaritan who was helping clean the park with her children located a white Standard Cycle Company, Ranger Ultra, men’s bicycle along the treeline. North Judson Police recovered the bike. Anyone with information concerning this incident may contact the police department.

06/02/12 A property damage accident occurred in the CVS parking lot Saturday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. Lisa Beverly of Asheville, North Carolina, was exiting the parking lot through the center section in a 1999 Chrysler Searing, as Angela Minix, of Winamac, was circling the lot looking for a parking spot in her 2004 Chevy Trailblazer, and the two vehicles collided. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely set the damages at over $2,500. No injuries were reported.

06/01/12 For the second night in a row, the North Judson Police received a complaint of a prowler in the neighborhood of the 3000 Block of 625 South. The subject was located and the issue was resolved.

05/31/12 A domestic battery between a mother and adult daughter was reported to North Judson police from the 200 Block of W. Weninger Street. The incident was investigated by Chief Deputy Joe Budner and was furnished to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

05/29/12 North Judson Police were notified of a small tent that was blowing down the Street on Magnolia. It was found sitting in the 700 block and was disassembled and put into storage. Anyone missing a tent and who can identify the item may retrieve it from the Police Department. Please call 772-5914.

05/29/12 The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and North Judson police were informed of the theft of a road closed sign that was near the intersection of 400 South and 250 West. The caller gave the make and model of the suspect vehicle. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely located the sign in the truck of a similar vehicle in the high school parking lot later in the day with the help of school officials. A complete report has been furnished to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office requesting formal charges. The sign was valued at over $130.00. Police warn that dangers heighten when traffic signs are taken or rearranged.

Arrests:
05/30/12 Sandra A. Taylor, 47, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and a felony charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated within 5 years.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
06/02/12 A Winamac resident told police that he woke up and found that two of his car’s tires had been slashed.

06/02/12 An armed bank robbery incident occurred at the Lake City Bank in Medaryville.

06/01/12 A church member told police that every time gravel is laid down in the church’s parking lot some unknown person(s) tears through the parking lot. A security camera will be installed to capture the incidents on camera.

06/01/12 Pulaski County deputies were called to a fight in progress in the jail. The jailer was reportedly trying to lock down the cell block but the inmates were not cooperating.

06/01/12 A Cass Township resident called police to report stolen medications, but officers told the caller that police do not take those reports.

06/01/12 A Winamac resident told police that a theft occurred from his property.

06/01/12 A Cass Township resident requested an officer to investigate a break-in at one of this rentals.

06/01/12 A Winamac homeowner saw the FedEx delivery person drop off a large package at his neighbor’s office and he was concerned that the package might be stolen since he hasn’t seen his neighbor for a few days. Police took possession of the package until the homeowner returns.

05/31/12 Police responded to a call about a vehicle off the road in a field in Franklin Township. The caller said it appeared that the driver lost control, and went off into the field and blew two tires. Police found the car’s owner and he said his daughter had been driving the car and didn’t know anything of the incident.

05/30/12 A Medaryville resident called police to report the theft of medications. Dispatch told the caller that officers do not take stolen medication reports. The caller said that he needed a report for someone breaking into his car.

05/30/12 A Winamac caller told police that some unknown person(s) broke out the side window on his fiberglass camper top.

Arrests:
06/02/12 Gavin K. Wireman, 27, 802 E. Pearl St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Robbery.

06/02/12 Dennis K. Murphy, 35, 3659 N. 250 E., Rensselaer, IN, arrested on a body attachment. Discharged 06/02/12

06/02/12 Steven M. Derdzinski, 26, 1325 Hampshire Dr., South Bend, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Visiting a Nuisance. Discharged 06/02/12

06/02/12 Joshua L. Ault, 27, 238 Murray St., Roseland, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Visiting a Nuisance. Discharged 06/02/12

06/02/12 Robert A. Ullery, 28, 7948 Austvian Pine Rd., Indianapolis, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Visiting a Nuisance. Discharged 06/02/12

06/02/12 Heather A. Stephens, 26, 1225 Blossom Dr., Mishawaka, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 06/02/12

06/01/12 Robert L. Howard, 26, 220 W. Jefferson, Apt. 3, Winamac, IN, arrested on a body attachment. Discharged 06/01/12

06/01/12 Justin E. Back, 24, 2835 E. Toto Road., Knox, IN, arrested on a court order and Possession of Marijuana.

05/31/12 Tyler Reed, 20, 537 W. 11th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

05/29/12 Darrell L. Gabbard, Jr., 23, 303 N. Clark St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Schedule II and IV Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 05/30/12

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
06/03/12 Police were called to IU Health Starke Hospital after a report was made of a child being bitten by a dog. The dog reportedly bit the child in the chin and lower lip area.

06/01/12 Police responded to an alleged battery incident at 301 S. Shield Street in Knox.

Arrests:
06/03/12 David S. Ward, 45, 779 Parkway Ln., Rochester, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

06/03/12 Chad L. Allen, 22, 3675 E. Debby Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated-Refusal-Prior Conviction and Possession of Marijuana.

06/03/12 Geoffry Madison, 23, 503 E. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor (three counts). Three juveniles were also arrested on Illegal Consumption of Alcohol in this case.

06/03/12 Dewayne W. Saklaczynski, 22, 8055 S. 900 W., San Pierre, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear.

06/01/12 Ellis Clemons, 44, 202 W. Locust, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Public Intoxication.

05/31/12 Shannon L. Watts, 31, 1946 W. U.S. 40, Greencastle, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Reckless Driving.

05/31/12 Anthony Clemons, 207 W. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant, Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Habitual Substance Offender.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents
06/01/12 – Alberta Lovell of Knox reported a license plate stolen in the 600 block of South 200 East.

06/01/12 – Clifford Cole of North Judson told police that someone recently stole hedge clippers from his garage, and when he woke up this morning he found a threatening note.

06/01/12 – A customer at Tony’s Gas Station on Ind. 10 in North Judson told police that someone attempted to break into his vehicle.

06/01/12 – A caller told police that he and a friend found old bottles with tubes coming out of the tops containing a white substance floating in the Yellow River.

06/02/12 – A caller from Osborn’s Mini Mart in Knox told police that a driver drove off after pumping fuel without paying.

06/02/12 – A caller from the 4800 block of East Toto Road in Knox told police that someone stole several items from their home.

06/02/12 – A caller from the 4000 block of South Dawn Drive in North Judson told police that someone stole a number of items.

06/03/12 – A caller from the 600 block of East 625 South in Knox told police that her neighbor’s dogs regularly torment her horse.

06/04/12 – Phil Banasiak of Knox told police that a woman knocked him out of his wheelchair and broke his cell phones so he could not call for help.

06/04/12 – A caller from the 9500 block of East 750 North in Walkerton told police that someone stole $6000 from her.

06/04/12 – Kit Matthies of North Judson told police that his truck was recently broken into and he found more damage done to the vehicle.

06/04/12 – Anne Tate of Knox told police that someone ripped the license plate off her vehicle, ripped it up, and also scratched off her expiration sticker.

06/04/12 – A caller from the 4500 block of South 550 East in Knox told police that someone broke into the house he was building and spray-painted walls.

06/04/12 – A caller from the 8800 block of East 75 North in Knox told police that someone TP’d their house.

06/04/12 – An attempted break-in was reported in the 7100 block of North 300 East in Knox.

06/04/12 – A theft was reported in the 7800 block of North Topinabee road In Walkerton.

06/04/12 – A caller from the 11100 block of East 500 North in Grovertown reported a check deception.

06/06/12 – A caller from the 8800 block of East 75 North in Grovertown told police that someone had just shot her dog in the eye.

06/07/12 – Police learned of a broken window at the Shore Club at Bass Lake.

06/07/12 – A caller from the 1100 block of East 150 South in Knox told police that a Fujifilm camera was stolen from her house.

06/07/12 – A resident of the 7800 block of East 25 North in Knox told police that she was being harassed by a male subject.

Memorial Service for Fallen Pulaski County Officers Held Yesterday

Sheriff Michael Gayer talks of the fallen officers

A memorial service for the fallen officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was held yesterday at noon ET in front of the Pulaski County Justice Center. The service was held to commemorate the lives of Sheriff Charles Oglesby, Sheriff Milo “Mike” Lewis and Deputy Shad Bassett who were killed in the line of duty. Sheriff Michael Gayer said it’s important to hold this service once a year. Continue reading

Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/27/2012 On Sunday morning, North Judson Police discovered a very disrespectful criminal damage incident. The American Legion Post #92 displayed numerous American Flags on the sidewalks throughout town for Memorial Day and other holidays and police found four of the American flags and poles were damaged. Police recovered two American flags and all four of the bent poles. This incident is still being investigated. The North Judson Police Department would like to thank all Veterans, and there families, living and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives for our freedom that we, as Americans, enjoy today. The North Judson Police Department would like to ask any town residents if they have any information pertaining to any of these incidents or any other crimes to contact the North Judson Police Department at (574) 772-3771. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-7867.

05/27/2012 North Judson police responded to a stabbing complaint in the 500 block of Magnolia Street in the early morning hours. When the officer arrived, he observed the male victim sitting on the front porch of a residence bleeding from his right thigh. The male victim did not provide molice with much information. Police believe that this an isolated incident directed towards the male victim. The male victim was transported to IU Starke Hospital by Starke County EMS for a non-life threatening stab wound. The North Judson Police were assisted by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Starke County EMS. This incident remains under investigation.

05/26/2012 North Judson police responded to a loud music complaint in the 500 block of Laurel Street. When the North Judson Officer arrived, he did not hear any music.

05/26/2012 North Judson police responded to two dogs locked in a vehicle in the 100 block of Main Street. The vehicle left prior to police arriving at the scene.

05/26/2012 North Judson police received a report of a reckless driving complaint of a black and white older pickup in the area of the North Judson Town Park on Weninger Street. The officer was unable to locate the vehicle.

05/24/2012 Police were dispatched to a property damage accident at the intersection of West Talmer Avenue and Sheridan Street in North Judson. A female was turning into Judson Express and struck the stop sign. She stated that there was a vehicle following her too closely and she cut the corner too sharp and struck the sign. North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated and listed the total damage at over $2,500.00.

05/23/2012 North Judson police received a theft complaint at the North Judson Middle School. A parent advised North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely that her daughter’s Apple iPhone was stolen when she was at school. The phone is valued at approximately $400.00. This incident is still being investigated.

05/22/12 North Judson police responded to a loud music complaint in the 300 block of Franklin Street. When North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas arrived, he did not hear any music. Officer Thomas did speak to a resident at a location that we had complaints before and advised them to keep it down.

Arrests:
05/25/2012 William B. J. Trent, 30, 114 Lane Street Apt. A, North Judson, IN, arrested on a bench warrant through Starke Circuit Court for Forgery and Theft.

Pulaski County SHeriff'

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/28/12 A Winamac resident called police to report that a tree is down all the way across the river. He was told to contact the Department of Natural Resources.

05/28/12 A Winamac caller reported a window broken out of a house and there is a shovel sitting there that was taken out of his shed.

05/28/12 A Denham resident called police to report that some unknown person(s) burned their mailbox.

05/27/12 Pulaski County police were called to assist Starke County police on a call of an irrigation cable cut.

05/27/12 A caller told police that his vehicle was vandalized while he was out canoeing in the Monterey area.

05/27/12 Winamac police were advised that some items were stolen from a property in Winamac. Some rubber rafts and tents were stolen from a shed.

05/27/12 A resident in Monterey called police to complain about fireworks being discharged by the neighbor and the debris was getting onto the property.

05/27/12 A Winamac woman reported her vehicle was keyed.

05/26/12 The Buffalo Township Fire Department was called to a wood pallet fire in the Monon area. The fire was spreading to the buildings. The fire rekindled the next day.

05/26/12 The Winamac police were notified of a theft of an irrigator stop.

05/26/12 The Winamac Fire Department was called to a mulch fire.

05/24/12 Pulaski County police were notified that a tree came down and knocked out power in the Denham area and live wires are in the roadway. REMC came to clear the lines and fix the power.

05/24/12 A Francesville resident called police to report that live power lines were hanging over the resident’s carport. NIPSCO was called to fix the problem.

05/24/12 Pulaski County police were called to an accident at 800 South and 1200 West. Two people were arrested on drunk driving charges. Minor injuries were reported.

05/23/12 A resident called police after she smelled a strong odor of ammonia. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene and EMA was notified.

Arrests:
05/27/12 Roger Frinkel, 30, 3356 N. 1400 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Trafficking.

05/27/12 Angelo Kennedy, no address given, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. Discharged 05/27/12

05/27/12 Danny Cicale, 60, 22745 Frederick Ave., Steger, IL, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Refusal. Discharged 05/28/12

05/26/12 Gerald Purevich, 73, 2702 W. 431 S. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 05/27/12

05/26/12 Kenneth Ambre, 20, 5530 W. 84th St., Burbank, IL, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Minor in Possession. Discharged 05/27/12

05/26/12 Kurtis Papineau, 19, 7720 McVicker Ave., Burbank, IL, arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor in Possession. Discharged 05/27/12

05/26/12 Rebecca L. Sikora, 18, 906 Appaloosa Tr., Plano, IL, arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor in Possession. Discharged 05/27/12

05/25/12 Cesar Guerra, 37, 8 W. Pearl St., Hamlet, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/25/12

05/25/12 James Larvick, 44, 301 NE St. Lot 17, Winamac, IN, arrested on a CPCC violation.

05/24/12 Christine M. Pennell, 18, 5943 N. W. Shaffer Dr. Lot 11, Monticello, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Public Intoxication and Illegal Consumption. Discharged 05/26/12

05/24/12 Nathan Harrington, 18, 4385 E. Cherry Dr., Monticello, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Consumption and Public Intoxication. Discharged 05/25/12

05/24/12 Astor Chambers, 35, 3375 S. Range Road, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/23/12 Crystal McCarty, 26, no address given, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Prior. Discharged 05/24/12

05/23/12 James R. Cappis Jr., 46, 518 Viking Ln, Monon, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/23/12

05/23/12 Alan T. Balchonas, 30, 8947 S. Jefferson St., Monterey, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/23/12

05/23/12 Justin Eric Back, 24, 2835 E. Toto Rd., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/29/12

05/23/12 Sally Miller, E. Maple St., Goodland, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. Discharged 05/23/12

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/29/12 Tammy Cowger reported damage to her property and lawn furniture.

05/29/12 Geoffrey Madison was given two ordinance violations for not registering his dog with the City of Knox for dog tags and his dog not being inoculated with a rabies vaccination. His dog was reportedly being kept at his mother’s house and it was not being properly taken care of.

05/28/12 Charles Kehoe reported damage done to his vehicle while parked at Alco. He saw paint transfer from another vehicle on the passenger side of his vehicle.

05/25/12 The owner of Zip Thru Mart on South Heaton Street in Knox reported an alleged theft incident. A written report has been submitted to the Starke County Prosecutor’s office for further review.

Arrests:
05/29/12 Derek Sallee, 22, 0080 S. 700 E., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Resisting Law Enforcement.
Joshua Johnson, 22, 701 S. East St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

05/28/12 Floyd Earnest, 29, 702 Williams St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active warrant arrest for Failure to Appear and a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.

05/28/12 Mathew Stamper, 31, 2450 S. State Road 39, North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/27/12 Corey D. Bailey, 40, 1620 N. U.S. 35, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Habitual Traffic Violator – Lifetime.

05/27/12 Anthony B. Trezak, 37, 244 N. Pennsylvania St., Hobart, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Dangerously While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction.

05/25/12 Todd Kring, 9859 State Road 119, Culver, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear.

05/23/12 James Langdon, 63, 306 Star Court, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Click It Or Ticket Blitz To Continue Through June 3

Several police agencies in the state, including the Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, are participating in the Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement blitz until June 3.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer says his department will be out in full force.

“Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend is a busy weekend for motorists,” explained Gayer. “It is a law in Indiana to wear your seat belt. The officers get paid by the federal government on their days off to go out and try to enforce the seat belt law more rigorously than they would normally do during the normal course of their duties just because it is a busy holiday.”

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Memorial Service To Be Held Commemorating Fallen Pulaski County Officers

Sheriff Michael Gayer

A memorial service to commemorate the lives of the three fallen officers in the line of duty while on staff at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will be held Tuesday, May 29th, at Noon ET in front of the Sheriff’s Department. Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer says the memorial service is an annual event.

“Each year we get the whole department together, all 42 of us, and we stand in front of the Sheriff’s Office and I conduct a service and we have the traditional Taps and a 21-gun salute,” said Gayer. “We then have lunch for the members here at the Sheriff’s Department and the families of the slain officers.”

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Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/20/12 A Star City resident asked police to search her rental house for a meth lab. The person she is renting the home to was reportedly arrested in Fulton County for a mobile meth lab.

05/20/12 A Winamac resident called police to report that someone is trespassing on her property. The person, whom she identified to police, is pushing up some trees and left some trash and other items on the property.

05/20/12 A truck driver requested the fire department as his brakes caught on fire. The driver tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher but it was not helping.

05/20/12 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a woods fire on by the road. No buildings were in the way.

05/20/12 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a brush fire.

05/19/12 A Medaryville resident reported a break-in and theft. The complaintant said the unknown person(s) broke into the house while he and his girlfriend were sleeping and stole his girlfriend’s wallet and credit card.

05/19/12 Winamac police were called to the Winamac Town Park on a report of teenaged kids cussing at younger-aged children and throwing things into the river.

05/19/12 A fire was reported in the Medaryville area. The Medaryville Fire Department went to the location and found that the property owners were doing a controlled burn and it was being contained.

05/18/12 A Medaryville resident called to report a vicious dog. She said the dog was trying to attack a man and she yelled at it and the man got away but now the dog is intimidating someone else.

05/18/12 Francesville Police were notified of a graffiti incident.

05/18/12 A Medaryville resident called police to report that two subjects have trashed two trailers and stolen property.

05/18/12 A trailer fire was reported in an area near the State Park woods. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene along with the Bass Lake Fire Department.

05/18/12 A suspicious man was reported to Francesville police. One man appeared to have been carrying a sword.

05/16/12 A Winamac resident reported the theft of jewelry.

05/16/12 A Denham resident called police to report the theft of scrap metal.

05/16/12 A Winamac woman called police to report that someone left her daughter a box of chocolates on her daughter’s porch.

05/16/12 A resident in Franklin Township reported items stolen from his residence.

05/15/12 A Francesville resident reported the theft of a steel block out of one of their pieces of equipment.

05/15/12 A Medaryville resident told police that someone just drove through the garage and into the side of the house next door. No injuries were reported.

05/15/12 The Winamac Fire Department was called to a large grass fire by the saw mill.

05/15/12 The owner of a trailer in Medaryville reported that her son came in and stripped the copper and about half the siding off of the trailer.

05/14/12 An accident occurred in the Medaryville area where the vehicle had gone down an embankment. The driver was injured in the accident and was taken to Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

05/14/12 Firefighters from the Francesville Fire Department responded to a field fire.

05/14/12 Francesville Police Department officers were called to a rollover accident where two people were injured. The driver was injured along with a juvenile who reportedly had severe head, back and abdominal injuries. Lifeline was called to the scene.

05/14/12 Pulaski County police were called to the scene of an accident in a field near Medaryville.

Arrests:
05/22/12 Robert L. Beliles, 30, 612 ½ South Market, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

05/20/12 Sara Jackson, 28, 9511 W. 300 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/18/12 Jeffrey L. Green, 49, 7736 S. 325 W., Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Prior. Discharged 05/19/12

05/18/12 Angel Lockridge, 24, 1235 W. 250 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/18/12 Travis W. Owens, 24, 15811 W. 200 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/17/12 Charlene Herald, 44, 420 E. Washington, Dunkirk, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/21/12

05/17/12 Christopher Miller, 28, 1600 S. 100 E., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/18/12

05/17/12 Keith Fritz, 27, 5222 S. 325 E., Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Controlled Substance in the Body and Possession of Methamphetamine. Discharged 05/18/12

05/16/12 Andrew Isajczuk, 18, 109 W. 600 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Discharged 05/16/12

05/16/12 Richard E. Hull, Jr., 41, 2872 N. 1300 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/15/12 Donald W. Judau, 28, Rice St., Elkhart, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/16/12

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/20/12 Around 4:30 a.m., North Judson police received a dispatch call to the 600 block of Arlington Avenue in reference to a possible female driver driving under the influence and crossing into front yards. North Judson Police checked the area and were unable to locate the suspect. Around 5:45 a.m., the vehicle was located and stopped on U.S. 421. The woman driver, Chrystal Brown of Portage, IN, was arrested for Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated. Starke County Sheriff, Indiana State Police , and the North Judson Police investigated.

05/18/12 A woman leaving the ATM from the First Farmers Bank on Lane Street in North Judson struck the utility pole in the alley. She stated she did not see the pole. North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated and listed the total damages at over $2,500.

05/15/12 The North Judson–San Pierre Schools reported a driver had gone around a school bus arm while it was out. Police located the driver and issued a stern warning. This took place in the loading zone in front of the high school. Police and school officials want to remind you that you cannot pass a school bus arm when it is in use at any time, whether on a driveway, private road, one, two or four lane roads.

05/15/12 The Wooden Nickel Restaurant reported to North Judson police that a male had just left the restaurant and took a custom-made type pool cue stick and a case. The suspect was located and identified as Clayton N. Conley. He was placed under arrest for theft of the item and transported to the Starke County Jail. The cue stick was located and taken into evidence. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely investigated the incident.

05/14/12 The Family Express reported an Illinois driver left a debit card and an Illinois ID card while they pumped $80.00 worth of gasoline. The debit card was declined and the driver left the business without paying.

Arrests:
05/15/2012 Clayton N. Conley, 39, 7255 S. 300 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/20/12 Crystal Pfledderer told police that she had her Nook notebook on top of her car and she forgot that it was there and drove off with it on top of her car. She turned the corner and it fell off the car. When she turned around to go back and pick up the Nook, she saw a man pick up the Nook and leave the area.

05/20/12 Susan Allen reported her purse stolen.

05/20/12 Officers found graffiti on the J.W. Hicks building and on the Toll Brothers building. Graffiti was also found on a white 2005 box truck parked at M.P.I.

05/20/12 Jerry Wilson told police that some unknown person(s) had spray painted graffiti on the passenger side of a pickup parked at his residence.

05/20/12 Rachael Osbourne reported the theft of a Playstation 3 with a power cord, AV cord and seven games.

05/19/12 Knox City police responded to two incidents where a person with a BB gun shot out windows at two different locations.

05/19/12 James Mueller reported the theft of a GPS unit from the glove box in his vehicle.

05/18/12 Police were advised that Judith Holtz was bitten by her neighbor’s visitor’s dog.

Arrests:
05/23/12 James Langdon, 63, 306 Star Ct., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/22/12 Austin Pike, 20, 304 E. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

05/22/12 Adam Fisher, 342 Spruce Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Burglary, Theft, Trespass, and Criminal Mischief.

05/17/12 Kelsie Miller, 20, 601 S. Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Possession and Public Intoxication.

05/14/12 Michael Derby, 18, 1553 Jade Blvd, Valparaiso, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Identity Deception, Public Intoxication and Illegal Possession.

Incidents

May 21

A vandalism was reported in the 10000 block of East 500 North in Grovertown.

A caller from the 100 block of South 1025 East in Knox told police that someone stole her mailbox.

A battery was reported near the intersection of 500 North and 1075 East in Grovertown.

A resident of the 8900 block of South Main Street in Ora told police that someone stole items from her home.

May 22

A burglary was reported in the 4200 block of South 700 East in Knox.

A caller from the 5700 block of South 250 West in North Judson told police that someone stole a bike from their yard.

A battery incident was reported in the 5300 block of South Detroiter Lane in North Judson.

Jewelry and other items were reportedly stolen from a bedroom in the 7100 block of South 250 West in North Judson.

May 23

A theft was reported in the 4400 block of South 350 West in North Judson.

May 24

Vandalism was reported at Toto Treasures in Knox.

May 25

A trash can was reportedly stolen from the 8500 block of North Tippecanoe Drive in Walkerton.

Bob Coffin of Knox told police that someone stole his calf.

May 26

A caller from the 100 block of West Howard Drive in North Judson told police that someone stole his mailbox and pole.

A resident of the 6500 block of South Ind. 39 in North Judson told police that someone drove through her yard and damaged her apple tree.

A caller told police that she was almost carjacked by a subject in a gorilla suit and another subject in a pointed hat on 700 South near 700 West in San Pierre.

May 27

A theft of a boat was reported at the Bass Lake Beach in Knox.

Arrests

May 21

James P. Langdon, 62, of Knox by SCSD after he was reportedly impaired at a business in Knox.

May 22

Zachary Allen Tomerlin, 18, of Knox by SCSD as a result of a follow-up investigation.

May 23

Alan T. Balchunas, 30, of Monterey by SCSD following a report of a domestic complaint.

May 26

Shawn Michael Hoogerhyde, 42, of Plymouth by SCSD: Public Intoxication.

Preston L. Smith, 32, of Grovertown by SCSD: Battery.

May 27

Elliott Keenan Ray, 22, of Valparaiso by SCSD: Invasion of Privacy.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents
May 21
A vandalism was reported in the 10000 block of East 500 North in Grovertown.
A caller from the 100 block of South 1025 East in Knox told police that someone stole her mailbox.
A battery was reported near the intersection of 500 North and 1075 East in Grovertown.
A resident of the 8900 block of South Main Street in Ora told police that someone stole items from her home.
May 22
A burglary was reported in the 4200 block of South 700 East in Knox.
A caller from the 5700 block of South 250 West in North Judson told police that someone stole a bike from their yard.
A battery incident was reported in the 5300 block of South Detroiter Lane in North Judson.
Jewelry and other items were reportedly stolen from a bedroom in the 7100 block of South 250 West in North Judson.
May 23
A theft was reported in the 4400 block of South 350 West in North Judson.
May 24
Vandalism was reported at Toto Treasures in Knox.
May 25
A trash can was reportedly stolen from the 8500 block of North Tippecanoe Drive in Walkerton.
Bob Coffin of Knox told police that someone stole his calf.
May 26
A caller from the 100 block of West Howard Drive in North Judson told police that someone stole his mailbox and pole.
A resident of the 6500 block of South Ind. 39 in North Judson told police that someone drove through her yard and damaged her apple tree.
A caller told police that she was almost carjacked by a subject in a gorilla suit and another subject in a pointed hat on 700 South near 700 West in San Pierre.
May 27
A theft of a boat was reported at the Bass Lake Beach in Knox.

Arrests
May 21
James P. Langdon, 62, of Knox by SCSD after he was reportedly impaired at a business in Knox.
May 22
Zachary Allen Tomerlin, 18, of Knox by SCSD as a result of a follow-up investigation.
May 23
Alan T. Balchunas, 30, of Monterey by SCSD following a report of a domestic complaint.
May 26
Shawn Michael Hoogerhyde, 42, of Plymouth by SCSD: Public Intoxication.
Preston L. Smith, 32, of Grovertown by SCSD: Battery.
May 27
Elliott Keenan Ray, 22, of Valparaiso by SCSD: Invasion of Privacy.

Graffiti Investigation Leads to Juvenile Vandal

A juvenile was questioned after a vandalism incident in the Francesville area.

On May 7, Pulaski County deputies were contacted about graffiti on several businesses in Francesville. The word “DOSOS” was written on several buildings in the area and deputies spoke to several business owners and citizens regarding the vandalism.

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Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/12/12 A vehicle parked overnight in the 600 Block of E. Talmer Avenue reported to North Judson Police that it had two slashed tires.

05/10/12 North Judson Police investigated a single vehicle roll-over accident just north of North Judson on English Lake Road around 7:00 AM. An underage driver was coming to school when an animal came onto the roadway. The driver veered to the left to avoid striking the animal and the 1995 Jeep wagon went off the roadway and rolled onto the driver’s side. She believed the animal was a deer or a large dog. The driver was transported by EMS to IU Health Starke Hospital to be checked on. The driver had a minor complaint of pain, and was later released. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely estimated the damages at over $6,000.

05/09/12 A theft of a Kindle Fire was reported to the North Judson Police from the Apartments in the 100 Block of High Street. Three vehicle were also gone through in the back driveway. A set of wrenches was reported missing. This incident remains under investigation.

05/09/12 North Judson Police were dispatched to the North Judson–San Pierre Elementary School in reference to a child custody dispute.

05/08/12 North Judson Police responded to a child custody dispute in the 400 Block of Lincoln Avenue.

Arrests:
04/18/2012 Delmar E. Caldwell, 53, 4835 South SR 39, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating Vehicle while Intoxicated.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/13/12 Pulaski County officers were called to an accident in the Medaryville area. The vehicle in question was in the ditch on 150 North on the west side of the Legion. The man driving the vehicle said he wasn’t injured but was taken to Pulaski Memorial Hospital for injuries. He was later released.

05/13/12 A Pulaski resident called police to report that a hawk flew into the garage and took out a headlight and left scratches on the resident’s vehicle. Police advised there was not enough damage for a police report.

05/13/12 A Winamac resident told police that her wallet was stolen while at the bar. Two women entered the bar asking if the bartender could cash a check made out to BP and the request was denied. They grabbed the woman’s purse before exiting the bar.

05/13/12 A Winamac gas station reported a drive-off of $10.03. Police found the suspect vehicle and learned that the owner’s sister-in-law had the car and didn’t pay for the gas. Effort was being made to pay for the gas.

05/13/12 A Winamac resident found a woman’s purse and police returned it to the owner. Only one card was missing from the wallet.

05/12/12 A Monterey resident reported the theft of a horse trailer from a summer home within the last two weeks.

05/12/12 A Medaryville resident called police to report that two people were fighting on 175 North and one of the subjects threw a rock at her vehicle breaking out the headlight.

05/11/12 Police were called after a Winamac resident found a hole in the front bay window of his home. He told officers it was a little bigger than a BB pellet.

05/11/12 A woman in the Franklin Township area reported being slapped in the face.

05/11/12 A Cass Township caller reported that the neighbor children keep coming onto her property, aggravating the dog and getting into her shed. The caller said she has spoken to the parents but the kids keep coming back.

05/10/12 A Winamac resident reported the theft of an Apple iPad.

05/10/12 The Winamac Fire Department was called to a fire at the intersection of State Road 14 and 700 West. Pine trees were burning south of the Bethel Bible Church.

05/10/12 A Denham resident reported the theft of an air conditioning unit from a foreclosure property.

05/10/12 Two vehicles were damaged by baseballs while parked just inside the park entrance.

05/10/12 A car vs. deer accident was called in from the Denham area. The driver went into the ditch to miss the deer. No injuries were reported.

05/09/12 A contractor reported the theft of material while doing construction for the Town of Medaryville.

05/09/12 A Denham resident reported her son’s cell phone and wallet missing.

05/09/12 A woman in the Franklin Township area reported that her daughter battered her.

05/08/12 A Star City resident reported theft of items from his gun cabinet.

05/08/12 A hit and run accident occurred in the Denham area. The caller said she was rear-ended really hard and the suspect vehicle took off.

05/07/12 A Francesville resident called police to report that some unknown person(s) spray-painted their building.

05/07/12 An official from Pulaski Memorial Hospital called to report that a woman jumped the curb at the hospital and hit the building.

05/07/12 A Winamac woman called police to report that someone broke into her home and has gone through all of her dresser drawers in her house.

Arrests:
05/14/12 Kenneth J. Hopkins, 23, 15489 W. 450 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

05/13/12 Ralph L. Williams, 40, 621½ S. Monticello St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a Jasper County warrant.

05/12/12 Wendy Miller, 21, 6760 E. 125 N., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangerment. Discharged 05/13/12

05/12/12 Karen Lee Bishop, 41, 454 N. Market St., Apt. 2, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

05/12/12 LaRue B. Powers, 60, 8479 S. Ash St., Monterey, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Paraphernalia and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/11/12 Joshua Hunnicutt, 30, 116½ E. Madison St. Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/08/12 Michael Mendez, 31, 2374 W. 700 S., Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Child Molestation.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/13/12 An officer was called to the William Kennedy residence for an unwanted person on the property.

05/12/12 Sandra Brooke reported to police that a dog that was supposed to be inside a fenced yard on Ruthie Drive got out and killed a cat.

05/12/12 Felix Powell told officers that some unknown person(s) stole a roll of copper wire from the back of his truck while parked at the Astoria Inn in Knox.

05/10/12 A man reported being battered by a Knox man. Charges are pending and the case remains under investigation.

05/10/12 Police notified the owner of Smith Farm Store of an unsecured vehicle

05/10/12 Lidiia Rohatinovici reported to police that several of her windows were broken when she returned home from a vacation. Her neighbors also had damage to their homes as well.

Arrests:
05/14/12 Michael Derby, 18, 1553 Jade Blvd, Valparaiso, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Identity Deception, Public Intoxication and Illegal Possession.

05/11/12 Brittany Rudd, 20, 4460 E. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Consumption and Public Intoxication.
Michael Merriman, 19, 6055 E. 100 N., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Consumption and Public Intoxication.
Jimmie Piper, 22, 4195 S. 300 E., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication, Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Natasha Bradley, 22, 1240 W. 150 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor and Public Intoxication.

05/10/12 Jennifer Tawney, 31, 8950 Main Street, Ora, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

05/10/12 Brittani Fisher, 18, no address given, arrested on preliminary charges of Operator Never Licensed, Reckless Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Methamphetamine.

05/09/12 Lolus Johnson, 51, 301 E. Danker #114, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery with Bodily Injury.

05/09/12 Darryl Allen, 45, 10059 W. 600 N. Rochester, IN, arrested on two arrest warrants out of Marion and Hendricks County.

05/09/12 Jennifer Williams, 25, 406 W. John Quill Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents
May 14
A theft of 39 computer chargers was reported at the Oregon-Davis School System.
A license plate was reportedly stolen from a trailer in the 11500 block of East 900 South in Culver.
A gate was reportedly stolen near the intersection of Ind. 8 and Range Road.
May 15
Officers were called to the 600 block of North 700 East in Knox in reference to a battery incident.
A caller from the 8700 block of South Sycamore Street in Monterey told police that subjects were taking items from nearby residences and vehicles.
May 16
A theft was reported in the 6300 block of East 250 North in Grovertown.
A possible identity theft was reported in the 10400 block of East 600 North.
May 17
A theft of a moped was reported in the 1800 block of West Dawn Drive in North Judson.
A caller from the 2700 block of West Toto Road in North Judson told police that someone shot out two truck windows.
A cash box was reportedly stolen from the Bass Lake Lions building.
Amber Hargrove of Walkerton told police that someone stole her Allied Waste trash can.
A resident of the 11400 block of East State Road 8 in Knox told police that someone stole items from his boat.
A hit-and-run was reported on US 35 near Save a Lot.
May 18
A caller from the 600 block of South 500 East in Knox told police that she received a fraudulent phone call from a man who identified himself as a government official.
May 19
Jade Draper of Knox told police that someone stole her gray Mercury Sable from her driveway.
A theft was reported from the Koontz Lake Fire Station garage.
A caller from the 3300 block of East South Country Lane in Knox told police that someone tried breaking into his vehicle.
May 20
A caller from the 7900 block of Tippecanoe Drive in Walkerton told police that someone stole her garbage can.
A theft was reported in the 2300 block of West U Road in North Judson.

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