Brutal Battery Under Investigation In Pulaski County

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a brutal battery incident that occurred Saturday night.

Officers and the Pulaski County EMS were called to a residence on State Road 14 in Winamac after a woman had called requesting medical attention. She said her ex-boyfriend, James Penicaro, held her against her will for two hours. When emergency personnel arrived on scene, they found the woman severely beaten with injuries to her face and head and other minor injuries to the rest of her body.

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Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/30/12 The Monterey Fire Department was called to assist in putting out a fire in a corn field in Fulton County.

09/29/12 Pulaski officers and detectives were called to a domestic battery incident in Winamac.

09/29/12 Police were called to the Tippecanoe campground in reference to an intoxicated person.

09/29/12 Medaryville police were called to the Marathon gas station on a call of a minor property damage accident.

09/29/12 Winamac police investigated an accident where a motorcyclist flipped his motorcycle in the Winamac Town Park.

09/29/12 A Kewanna man called police saying that his wife brought him out dinner when he was farming in the field and when they returned to the house, one of their pigs was dead in their driveway. He stated that there is no way the pig could have gotten out on its own as all fences are secure.

09/28/12 A Pulaski County deputy was passed by a vehicle going 93 mph and was in pursuit with the vehicle. The officer lost sight of the vehicle when it turned onto U.S. 421.

09/27/12 A Winamac police officer was called to a residence on Market Street on a report that two little children were running out in front of cars.

09/26/12 A Winamac woman called police to report several horses in the roadway.

09/26/12 A Kewanna man called police to report the theft of his credit card and someone is charging things on it.

09/26/12 A farmer in Medaryville reported his seed tender, motor and battery stolen.

09/26/12 The Winamac Fire Department was called to a fire after a piece of farm machinery malfunctioned. The field also started on fire.

09/26/12 A Winamac resident complained about a scam. The caller said that her grandmother received a phone call from a man claiming her grandson. The caller kept saying that he wrecked his car and was in Quebec, Canada and needs money immediately. The caller was asked several questions that could not be answered so the man hung up. The Sheriff’s Department confirmed that this is a scam. Do not give out any money unless you know who it is going to. If you receive a similar call, ask the caller for a number to call back to confirm the incident.

09/26/12 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to an unattended fire.

09/24/12 An employee at a gas station in Medaryville told police that four males in a pickup came inside the store and one stole a candy bar. The employee told the suspect that the police would be called to the scene if the candy car was not returned. The candy car was returned and then the suspects started yelling at the employee. One was waving a lock stick at the complaintant. They soon took off in the truck. The employee noted that it is unknown if anything else was taken.

09/24/12 Winamac police were notified of a break-in. The caller stated that someone broke in and took his X-Box 360, the controller and all of the cords. The games were left at the residence.

09/24/12 The Winamac Fire Department was called to a small fire along a ditch line. It was determined to be an illegal burn and this case remains under investigation.

Arrests:
09/28/12 Terry Lee Iverson, Jr., 26, of Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior Suspension within 10 Years.

09/26/12 Clifford J. Cole, 29, North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

09/25/12 Franklin P. Nielson, 51, of Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended-Conviction of Criminal Offense and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Prior.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
10/02/12 Police were called to the Zingo gas station on a report that a driver left without paying for $51.00 in gas.

09/30/12 Brandi Miller reported the theft of two bikes; one was a purple girls mountain bike and a 20” black boys bike with red lettering. The purple one has since been recovered.

09/29/12 Jamie Messer told police that a 42” flat screen TV stolen, along with a Sony Playstation PS3 and video games. The TV has since been recovered, but the other items are still missing.

09/28/12 Valerie Cooke called police to report damage to the hubcaps on her car.

09/27/12 Michael Campbell reported the theft of a rifle from his home.

09/27/12 Knox High School Assistant Principal Michael Bendicsen called police after he found what he believed to be marijuana near a door of the high school.

09/27/12 Bobbie Barnett reported the theft of her purse and authorized use of a card.

09/26/12 A bicycle was stolen from Deborah Scott’s residence.

09/26/12 Loren Hillier called police for a theft report. A push mower was stolen from the property.

09/26/12 Minia Jones found that two windows had been broken out of her house and a baby swing stolen from a swing set.

09/26/12 Shauna Kidder-Haas reported the theft of her bicycle.

09/26/12 Kristin Sanders called police after she had found several items missing from her unlocked car.

09/25/12 Sadie Timm found someone had been rummaging through her vehicle overnight and a bag of welding materials were stolen.

09/24/12 Alecia Bradley told police that she walked out to her car and the driver’s side door was wide open. Some unknown person(s) had moved the items from her trunk to the back seat and her purse was sitting on the driver’s side door. The suspects caused damage to the ignition switch as they tried to place something into the ignition switch to start the car. She did not have her car locked. Nothing was missing from the vehicle.

Arrests:
09/30/12 Michael Bundy, 22, 11508 E. 150 S., Culver, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Theft.

09/30/12 Fred Didden, 37, 1003 E. Culver Rd., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

09/30/2012 Janelle Watkins, 24, 260 Henry Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

09/28/12 A juvenile was arrested on a Disorderly Conduct charge.
Deanne Kuknyo, 40, 704 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.

09/26/12 Brenda J. Patrick, 314 Railroad St., Hamlet, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
09/30/12 North Judson police responded to a domestic dispute on Laurel Street. The parties were separated and each were given an opportunity to retrieve personal belongings.

09/29/12 A friend of a resident in the 300 block of Franklin Street reported to North Judson Police that her show dog, an English Bulldog, was attacked by a neighbor’s dog. The Bulldog had two puncture wounds on its back and scratch marks on its face. After a brief investigation, the owner whose dog was the aggressor was issued a Town of North Judson Ordinance Citation for an unlicensed animal within the town. The incident is still under investigation.

09/28/12 A resident in the 400 block of Main Street reported that a relative of his is harassing his wife. The North Judson Police Officer was not able to locate the relative.

09/26/12 North Judson Police Officer Darren Conley located a wanted subject at a residence in the 3000 block of 625 South. Clifford J. Cole, 29, of North Judson, was arrested for two outstanding warrants for Failure to Appear out of Pulaski County. He was transported to the Pulaski County line and turned over to Pulaski County deputies.

09/24/12 The North Judson Police Department responded to a hit and run property damage accident in the parking lot of CVS around 11:00 a.m. A 2003 Chevy Tahoe, that was parked in the lot, was struck by another unknown vehicle that fled the scene. North Judson Officer Todd Keen checked the area and could not locate the suspect vehicle. Officer Keen estimated the damage over $1,000. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the North Judson Police Department at (574) 772-5914.

Arrests:
09/26/12 Clifford J. Cole, 29, 2340 S. 250 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on two Pulaski County warrants for Failure to Appear.

Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Dept. To Upgrade Jail Technology, Website

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The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has improved its technology in the jail. Jail Commander Phil Cherry talks about the upgrade.

“We just implemented a new jail management system and it’s called JailTracker,” explained Cherry. “It provides us here in the jail with a lot more detailed information with regards to the movement of our inmates. That includes med passing, programming and head counts. We do a head count at lock-down and it gives us an actual physical count of the inmates in the jail. It’s enabled us to almost go paper-free.”

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Two Arrested For Possession in Pulaski County

Pulaski County police arrested two people after police found them to be in possession of drugs.

A call had been placed to police about an alleged harassment in the area of Maple and National streets in Medaryville and a vehicle description was given of the suspects involved. Police found the vehicle at the Family Express parking lot. The officer approached the vehicle and immediately noticed the odor of burnt marijuana.

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Morocco Man Arrested For OVWI in Pulaski County

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A Morocco man was arrested in Pulaski County on Friday after a two-vehicle accident.

Charles Cranmer was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed when approaching the intersection of U.S. 421 and State Road 14. The officer who was in the area observed Cranmer hit a vehicle in front of him. As the officer pulled over to investigate the scene, he saw Cranmer leave his vehicle and stumble toward the officer. He told the officer that his brakes went out.

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Police Reports

Doug Vessely
North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
09/23/12 In the early morning hours, officers responded to call that a woman needed assistance in the area of the 400 Block of East Talmer Avenue. A woman and her child had driven to town for help. After an investigation by North Judson Police Officer Darren Conley and Starke County Deputy Sheriff Rob Gray, a domestic battery arrest was made.

09/20/12 A property damage accident took place in the North Judson Elementary School parking lot after school. North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the incident and estimated damages close to $1,500. While pulling out of the parking lot, Elizabeth Trent of North Judson, backed into a parked car. No injuries were reported.

09/20/12 A traffic stop in the area of 625 South and 300 West led to the arrest of Ivan J. Sandlin, 29, of Demotte. He was arrested for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Driving while Suspended. He also had two Jasper County warrants.

09/19/12 Criminal mischief activity was reported in the 300 Block of Schricker Avenue when two tires were noticed slashed sometime between 2:00 and 5:00 a.m. North Judson Police continue the investigation.

09/19/12 A minor property damage accident occurred in the North Judson Middle School parking lot around 6:30 p.m. Kerri Bailey of Knox was backing out of a parking space and backed into another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was Aleshia Hubbard of Culver. North Judson Officer Frank Thomas investigated the incident and he estimated damages at over $1,000. No injuries were reported.

09/18/12 – A gas grill was taken from a home in the 100 Block of Lane Street. At around 4:30 a.m., the homeowner heard noises and then discovered the grill missing later that morning.

09/17/12 Two people were arrested following a traffic stop in North Judson Monday night when North Judson officers observed a vehicle being driven by a known driver with a suspended driver’s license. A traffic stop was conducted and Randy Stone was arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. During the course of the traffic stop, a search was performed and drugs were allegedly found inside the vehicle. Stone, 43, of Wheatfield, was additionally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. A passenger in the vehicle, Patricia Vega, 48, of North Judson, was also arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Legend Drug. The vehicle was impounded for false and fictitious plates.

09/17/12 Police took a theft report in the 300 Block of George Street involving the theft of some rims and tires. The homeowner believes he knows where the rims and tires are. This remains under investigation.

Arrests:
09/23/12 Rickey H. Waldrop , Jr., 37, 5088 S. U Road, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

09/21/12 Ivan J. Sandlin, 29, 2649 Bermuda Dr., Demotte, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Driving while Suspended, Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated and two Jasper County warrants.

09/17/12 Randall S. Stone, 43, 6066 N. 250 E., Wheatfield , IN arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Driving While Suspended Prior.

09/17/12 Patricia A. Vega, 48, 5371 South A Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Legend Drug.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/23/12 A gas leak occurred in downtown Winamac. NIPSCO was called and officials from the 1st Source Bank were called to help get into the building as the leak originated from there.

09/23/12 Pulaski County police were called to an altercation at a bar in Medaryville. A man and his fiance were in an argument and she allegedly pushed him. That resulted in him being told to leave the establishment. He told police that he was stranded outside the bar. When police investigated the incident further, they found that the complaintant was in violation of his probation or parole and was arrested.

09/22/12 A car vs deer accident occurred on State Road 39 north of the White County line. No injuries were reported.

09/22/12 The postmaster called police to report a vehicle parked in the tow zone and blocking access to the post office for the mail truck. Owner could not be found right away and the postmaster said that she will work around the vehicle for now. A note was left on the vehicle that it needs to be moved and failure to move the truck will result in a tow.

09/22/12 A Winamac resident told police that some unknown person(s) broke his door and gained entry into his home.

09/22/12 A Winamac man reportedly fell down a well and was stuck. There is no water in the well, but he is injured. The man was rescued from the well with no other complications.

09/22/12 Pulaski County police were called out to a report that four kids were breaking out windows in an empty story block house.

09/21/12 A Winamac resident told police that some old farm equipment on his property has been cut up and taken away. Some unknown person(s) are scrapping the material without consent.

09/21/12 A resident of 575 W. complained that someone bought the 40 acres next to him and is building a firing range. He said he is afraid for he and his family’s safety.

09/17/12 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of a garbage can.

09/17/12 Winamac police were called to the scene of a break-in where the homeowner reported the theft of a TV and other items.

Arrests:
09/22/12 Shannon Marie Conley, 32, of Wheatfield, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear.

09/21/12 Charles Cranmer, 19, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended-Prior, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Endangerment.

09/20/12 James Aubry McWhorter, 18, of Wheatfield, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.

09/20/12 Joshua A. Messinio, 18, of Wheatfield, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.

09/19/12 Scott Alan Campbell, 41, of Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

09/19/12 Steven Bryan Ford, Jr., 22, of Rochester, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

09/17/12 Kimberly Whited, 41, of Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Prior and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
09/23/12 Joanne Deming called police to report that she found a bicycle in her yard.

09/23/12 Orlean Janasz found her son’s residence had been broken into. The back window was open and two packages that had been left outside were now inside the residence and opened. The contents were stolen. A witness reportedly saw a man climb into the window and a description was given to police.

09/23/12 Knox police were called to a home on Lake St. The owners found a girls bike in their yard that did not belong to them.

09/19/12 Garrel Cole advised police of a vandalism. Words in red paint were visible on a wooden privacy fence that faced the alley on 203 S. Heaton Street.

09/18/12 Carlin Manns and Todd Fisher reported damage to a vehicle. The passenger outside mirror was broken off and there were several scratches made beneath the driver’s outside mirror.

09/17/12 An employee at the Next Door Food Store on U.S. 35 and Lake Street reported a drive-off of $100 in gas.

Arrests:
09/22/12 Nathan White, 33, 311 S. Ruthie Dr. #2, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Driving While Suspended-Prior.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen
Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents

09/18/12 – A resident of the 1600 block of Fernwood Drive in Knox told police that a contractor had scammed him.

09/18/12 – A caller told police that he had found several empty blister packs of cold medication near county roads 700 East and 100 North.

09/19/12 – A resident of the 3600 block of East Debby Drive in Knox told police she was a victim of fraud.

09/19/12 – A resident of the 6900 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported his neighbor had seen kids had run out of his residence while he was on vacation.

09/19/12 – A gun was reportedly stolen from a residence in the 4600 block of North 500 East in Knox.

09/20/12- A woman from the 2100 lock of East 400 South in Knox told police that several items had been stolen from her home.

09/21/12 – Someone kicked in the door of a residence in the 2100 block of North Range Road in Knox.

09/22/12 – A resident of the 11600 block of East South Avenue in Walkerton told police that someone had slashed the tires on his car and truck.

09/22/12 – A caller from the 6900 block of East 25 North in Knox told police that someone had stolen her Craftsman powerwasher from her front deck.

09/22/12 – A 12-year-old was admitted to the emergency room for a gunshot wound to the hand that reportedly happened while target practicing

09/22/12 – Two limestone heads were reportedly stolen from a residence in the 8200 block of South U.S. 421 in San Pierre.

09/23/12 – The mailbox of a residence in the 7700 block of South 100 West in North Judson was reportedly smashed with a pumpkin.

09/23/12 – Jessica Waldrop of North Judson told police she had been battered by a male subject.

09/24/12 – A caller told police that someone had broken into buildings near the intersection of U.S. 30 and State Road 23 in Grovertown.

09/24/12 – A resident of the 7600 block of South 700 East in Knox told police that his neighbors were throwing human feces over the fence into her yard.

09/24/12 – Shermetta Gastineau of Rensselaer told police her vehicle had been hit in the parking lot of Dooley’s in San Pierre but the other vehicle had driven off.

09/25/12 – A man told police he had been chased down the street on South 300 East in Knox

09/25/12 – A resident of the 4900 block of North Ohio Street in Grovertown told police that someone had hit his building with a vehicle..

Arrests

09/18/2012 – Jack P. Stoddard, 27, of Knox: Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated after he reportedly drove into a ditch near county roads 25 North and 600 East near Knox.

09/19/12 – Stanley Kazimirz Dunkler, 70, of Knox: Domestic Battery.

09/20/12 – Joseph R. McKeehan, 28, of Walkerton.

09/20/12 – Police arrested Edith J. Cooper, 61, of San Pierre and Michael Scott Herma, 50, of San Pierre after they were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

09/20/12 – Steven Howard Dickerhodd, 28, of Peru: Possession of Marijuana Over 30 Grams.

09/20/12 – Jonathan Cortez, 22, of North Judson and Brandon Scot Zachary, 19 of North Judson were arrested after a woman advised her home had been broken into and she had seen them on the property.

09/25/12 – Jerry Alan Lempke, 42, of Walkerton: Domestic Battery.

Two Winamac Men Arrested After Threatening Police

Two Winamac residents were arrested after resisting law enforcement and threatening the police on Sunday.

Pulaski County police received a noise complaint at 310 North and 300 West and, when they arrived at the location, several people fled the area. One officer was approached by a man later identified as Mitchel Shidler and began talking to him about what was going on at that location. As the conversation went on, the officer noted in his report that Shidler became a little more agitated. It got to the point where he was reportedly combative and was tased by the officer to get him to comply to the command of putting his hands behind his back. He was taken into custody.

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Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
09/15/12 After responding to a reckless driving complaint in the 400 Block of High Street, the North Judson Police located the vehicle and a uniform traffic ticket was issued to the driver.

09/15/12 While on patrol in the 3000 block of Second Street, officers located subjects who admitted setting of fireworks earlier, resulting in a complaint. They were advised to halt or be issued an ordinance violation. No fireworks were ignited in the presence of the Officer. Fireworks may only be ignited five days prior to the Fourth of July, July 4th, five days after July 4th, and New Year’s Eve.

09/13/12 A resident in the 500 block of Keller Avenue reported to North Judson Police a Domestic complaint. The Officer checked the area and was not able to locate anyone.

09/13/12 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas performed a traffic stop on a vehicle without a license plate. The passenger of the vehicle, Beth Ann Fisher, 48, of North Judson, was found to have an outstanding warrant from Pulaski County. She was arrested and transported to the county line. Fisher was turned over to a Pulaski County Deputy at that time.

09/12/12 North Judson Police Officer Darren Conley performed a traffic stop on a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Seth Allen Terry, 34, of North Judson, was found to be driving on a Suspended Drivers License-Prior. Officer Conley issued Terry a summons to appear in Knox City Court and forwarded a report to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office.

09/11/12 Police responded to two people selling items door-to-door on Lane Street. The officer located the individuals and advised them that they had to obtain a Peddler’s Permit from the North Judson Town Clerk’s Office.

09/10/12 A resident in the 100 block of N. George Street reported that his steel garbage can was stolen from the alley.

09/10/12 North Judson police responded to a reckless driving complaint. The vehicle was heading East on State Road 10 from 700 West. The officer located the vehicle and preformed a traffic stop and issued a verbal warning to the driver.

Arrests:
09/13/12 Beth Ann Fisher, 48, of North Judson, IN, arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Pulaski County.

09/12/12 Seth Allen Terry, 34, of North Judson, IN, long form arrest for Driving While Suspended-Prior.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/16/12 Several car vs. deer accidents were called in to the Sheriff’s Department.

09/16/12 A Winamac woman reported the theft of $500 from her home.

09/16/12 Police received a complaint of a resident burning things that aren’t legal to burn. Police arrived on scene and found that the subject was burning yard waste and it was legal to burn.

09/15/12 The Star City Fire Department was called to a small brush fire in a resident’s yard on State Road 119.

09/14/12 Pulaski county police were in a pursuit incident on U.S. 35 in Winamac with a motorcycle.

09/14/12 The Pulaski County Jail staff had a medical emergency situation in the jail.

09/14/12 A Winamac man notified police that he flipped his bike and may have broken his shoulder.

09/13/12 A Medaryville resident called police as he thought people were stealing anhydrous ammonia from his tanks. Police found that the locks were broken off but believe nothing was stolen.

09/13/12 A Medaryville man reported the theft of his prescription medication and he was informed that the Sheriff’s Department does not file reports for stolen medication.

09/13/12 The Winamac Fire Department responded to a car fire at the Winamac Town Park.

09/12/12 A Winamac man notified police that he has some marijuana growing on his property and wants to know what to do with it. There were 12 plants on the property.

09/10/12 A Medaryville resident told police that someone just hit his car with a mailbox. It broke off the rearview mirror and scratched the side.

09/10/12 A Medaryville man reported a gun stolen from his vehicle.

Arrests:
09/17/12 Kimberly Whited, 41, 12002 W. 100 S., Francesville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Prior and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Discharged 09/17/12

09/16/12 Lawrence MacDougal 37, 601 E. Meric, Indianapolis, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants.

09/16/12 Billy Shidler, Jr. 19, 3314 N. 300 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Disorderly Conduct and Minor Consumption. Discharged 09/17/12

09/16/12 Mitchel Shidler, 27, 109 S. Logan St., Kewanna, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Law Enforcement. Discharged 09/16/12

09/15/12 Attla R. Dupree, 43, 4305 Cullerton, Chicago, IL arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. She was arrested again for the same charge 13 hours later. Discharged 09/15/12

09/15/12 Robert Campbell, 38, 309 W. 2nd St., Reynolds, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. Discharged 09/15/12

09/13/12 Beth A. Fisher, 48, 0160 W. 625 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants. Discharged 09/14/12

09/11/12 David S. Conley, 35, 14810 W. 450 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. Discharged 09/12/12

09/11/12 Roscoe A. Durflinger, 50, 105 Iroquois Dr., Kentland, IN, arrested on a body attachment. Discharged 09/13/12

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
09/15/12 Brandon Haddix reported the theft of a 20” bar Stihl model 391 brand chainsaw stolen from the back of his pickup truck.

09/13/12 Geraldine Minix told police that her neighbors were trespassing on her property. A part of her neighbor’s landscaping is on her property and they walk into her yard to tend to it.

Arrests:
09/13/12 Greg Schweisthal, 38, 454 E. Lake St., Knox, IN arrested on an arrest warrant for Domestic Battery in the Presence of a Minor Child x4.

09/12/12 Richard Freeman, 36, 309 Ruthie Dr. #A2, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charge of False Reporting and Residential Entry.

09/12/12 Dennis Hamilton, 305 Bender St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, Domestic Battery, Battery, Intimidation x2 and Invasion of Privacy.

09/11/12 Kurtis Singleton, 345 N. State Road 23, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.

09/11/12 Timothy Davis, 41, 221 E. 800 N., Monterey, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Controlled Substance.

Plea Hearing Set For Avery Mullins In Pulaski Circuit Court

A plea hearing has been set in Pulaski Circuit Court for Nov. 7 for a former Grovertown resident.

Avery Mullins, who now lists Winamac as his residence, was arrested in May 2011 after Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department officers found Mullins and another suspect in the driveway of a residence whose owner was no longer there. Officers found they had active arrest warrants and took them into custody.

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Bond Reduced For Pulaski County Felon

Pulaski County Courthouse

Bond was reduced for Joshua Thomas Wolfe in Pulaski Circuit Court during a hearing Monday afternoon. His bond was reduced from $50,000 cash to just $12,500 cash. He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Class B Felony.

The court imposed the conditions of bond that Wolfe report weekly to the Pulaski County Probation Department, cooperate with random urine screens as directed by a probation officer and obey a no contact order with a victim in a separate case. Another pretrial conference hearing was scheduled for Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m. ET in Pulaski Circuit Court.

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Rollover Accident In Pulaski County Injures Two

Two people were injured in a rollover accident in Pulaski County Sunday afternoon.

Orville Shelton of Burnham, Ill. told Pulaski County police that he was driving north on U.S. Highway 421 near the intersection at County Road 1500 West when he lost control of his vehicle on the curve. The vehicle left the roadway and went into a ditch, rolling an unknown number of times before coming to rest.

Shelton and a passenger, Shirley Shelton, were injured but the injuries were non-life threatening. They were transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.

Police Reports

Doug Vessely
North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
09/09/12 North Judson Police Officer Todd Keen performed a traffic stop on a vehicle for disregarding a stop sign. The driver of the vehicle, Sarah J. McDaniel, 30, of North Judson, did not have a valid driver license. Officer Keen issued a citation and completed a report charging her for Driving While Suspended-Prior. The report was forwarded to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office.

09/08/12 The North Judson Police Department investigated a report of a possible intoxicated driver near the intersection of Arlington Avenue and Railroad Street. Officer Darren Conley arrived and observed a motorcycle laying in the grass and the driver leaned up against a vehicle. After a brief investigation, Earl T. Leinbach, 50, of Hamlet, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated.

09/07/12 An employee at a gas station reported a drive-off of $50.00. This incident is still being investigated.

09/06/12 A resident in the 200 block of W. Weninger Street reported to the North Judson Police Department that she is receiving harassing phone calls. A report was taken.

09/05/12 The North Judson Police Department responded to a domestic complaint in the 200 block of Lane Street. After a brief investigation, it was found to be a verbal argument. Both parties involved went their separate ways.

09/05/12 A business in the 400 block of E. Talmer Avenue reported to the North Judson Police Department that there was a stray dog on the property. The officer checked the area, but was unable to locate the dog.

Arrests:
09/09/12 Sarah J. McDaniel, 30, of North Judson, IN, was long-formed for Driving While Suspended-Prior.

09/08/12 Earl T. Leinbach, 50, of Hamlet, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/09/12 A Winamac woman called police to report that a man stole her puppy after her other dog reportedly killed his dog. After a while, the puppy was returned to the owner.

09/09/12 An accident was reported on U.S 421 and State Road 114 in Winamac. Injuries did occur and all subjects were taken to the Jasper County Hospital.

09/09/12 A Medaryville woman called police and reported two suspicious men at her rental property. Two men were in a black van with a white cargo trailer and they told her they were hired to weatherize the house and they were allowed to take whatever was left inside the foreclosed property. They provided telephone numbers for the person(s) who gave them permission and when they were called, the person had no idea what she was talking about. The men returned the items taken from the home and left.

09/09/12 A Medaryville man called police to report that some kids in a smaller pickup bashed in his neighbor’s mailbox. Another report of the same activity was called in from another Medaryville resident 10 minutes later.

09/08/12 An employee with the Good Oil Company in Winamac reported a drive-off of $40.

09/08/12 A Winamac woman reported a hit-and-run accident. She told police that the vehicle swerved into her car, hit it and then left.

09/07/12 A Winamac man said he was being chased by a neighbor in a pickup. He told police that the person had tried to run him off the road a couple of times.

09/07/12 A Winamac man said his neighbor let his horses out .

09/07/12 An older man was reportedly dumping trash into a business dumpster and when he was told he couldn’t do that, the older man threatened the employee. The man was issued a no trespass warning.

09/07/12 A vehicle was reported stolen by a man living in Winamac. Police are investigating the issue.

09/06/12 A Medaryville woman reported mailbox damage.

09/06/12 A Medaryville man called police when he noticed damage to his car. Police arrived and noted that it appeared his vehicle was hit by a baseball bat.

09/06/12 The County Highway Superintendent told officers that some unknown person(s) broke out the window on the county oil truck.

09/06/12 Officers responded to a car vs dump truck accident at State Road 39 and State Road 14. The dump truck had rolled onto its side. All drivers and passengers were ok.

09/06/12 A Medaryville woman told police that things keep coming up missing from her residence. She wants to talk to an officer about putting up a wire around her property that will shock people who try and come onto her property. She has boxes missing from her closet and some medication has gone missing.

09/05/12 Police are investigating an incident where a car was damaged with a brick. The suspect(s) also spray-painted words in the complaintant’s grass.

09/05/12 Officers were called to a residence in Monterey where a landlord found drugs at a rental property.

09/04/12 A Winamac woman told police that she had items stolen from her in the past two weeks. Two crossbows, some Harley Davidson items and other things are missing from her residence.

09/04/12 A Winamac man reported the theft of scrap metal from his property.

09/04/12 A Winamac man called police to report that some unknown person(s) threw a brick at his vehicle.

Arrests:
09/09/12 Brandi Underwood, 18, 914 S. Sunflower Ln, Rochester, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery. Discharged 09/10/12

09/06/12 James Pappas, 55, 168 Moorland, Valparaiso, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 09/07/12

09/05/12 Lawrence Minarik, 30, no address given, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

09/04/12 Jennifer Risner Collins, 33, 4240 W. 400 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery. Discharged 09/06/12

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
09/09/12 Misty Masteron was parked in the east parking lot of the Knox High School while attending a Pop Warner football game and when she returned to her car, she noticed damage on the passenger side of the vehicle.

09/07/12 Tamara Trenner reported her purse stolen.

09/07/12 Joseph Romenzak called police to report a burglary and theft. Some unknown person(s) stole a checkbook, a DVD player and other items.

Arrests:
09/10/12 Robert Wislinski, 64, 254 W. Bender St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Indecent Exposure, Disorderly Conduct and Harassment.

09/09/12 Gerald Boyd, Jr., 20, 5-B N. Bower St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active Knox City Court warrant for Failure to Appear.

09/08/12 Matthew LaMarr, 33, 305 S. Pearl St., #4, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Habitual Substance Offender.

09/05/12 Dawn Vanna, 46, 208 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on two counts of Battery.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen
Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

09/03/12 – A resident of the 2500 block of North 1025 East in Knox told police that he shot two dogs that killed his animals.

09/03/12 – A resident of the 8900 block of South Sycamore Street in Monterey reported that he had heard his house was broken into and being used to manufacture methamphetamine.

09/03/12 – A resident of the 9800 block of East 700 North in Walkerton reported he was being harassed over the phone.

09/03/12 – Extra patrol was requested around Richard’s of Toto due to problems with juveniles.

09/03/12 – A resident of the 5100 block of East 500 South in Knox told police that an intoxicated man was outside in the area, yelling about killing his kids.

09/04/12 – A driver near the intersection of State Road 10 and U.S. 35 reported her vehicle had been hit by a bottle thrown from a tan Dodge 4×4.

09/04/12 – Julie Joseph of Knox told police that someone had entered her father’s residence and stole titles to vehicles and other items while he was in the hospital.

09/04/12 – A resident of the 2400 block of East 400 South in Knox told police that someone had stolen a safe from his home.

09/05/12 – Theresa Keckler of Grovertown reported she had been scammed by a fraudulent Craigslist ad.

09/05/12 – A hit and run was reported at the entrance of Save-a-Lot in Knox.

09/06/12 – The Sheriff’s Department’s speed sign was reportedly flipped upside down and both tires were flattened near the Bass Lake Beach.

09/06/12 – Ron Pippenger of Walkerton told police that a residence he had been renting out was destroyed by its occupants.

09/06/12 – Melissa Jordan of Knox told police that someone had stolen a dozen pills of her husband’s pain medication.

09/06/12 – A caller from the 8200 block of North Tippecanoe Drive in Walkerton told police that his renters had left the house trashed and he detects a strange odor throughout the home.

09/06/12 – A fight was reported in the 2600 block of East Tribue Drive in Knox.

09/07/12 – A resident of the 7300 block of South 250 West in North Judson reported someone had stolen his trash can and the trash within.

09/07/12 – A resident of the 7600 block of East 25 North in Knox told police that someone had stolen an Xbox from her residence.

09/07/12 – A Knox woman told police that she received a scam phone call from someone claiming to be with the FBI.

09/08/12 – Linda Howard of Monterey reported someone had busted out the windows on her vehicle.

09/08/12 – A resident of the 2600 block of South 350 East in Knox told police that someone had stolen items from his shed.

09/09/12 – A resident of the 5700 block of South 900 East in Monterey told police that someone had broken into his semi and stolen his credit cards and money.

09/09/12 – A caller reported Zrod and Customs Shop was broken into.

09/09/12 – A caller told police that juveniles in a brown Ford truck were trying to smash mailboxes in the area of 550 East and 250 South in Knox.

09/09/12 – A resident of the 900 block of South 1025 East in Knox told police that someone had called him and told him they were on their way to beat him and his wife up.

09/09/12 – A resident of the 900 block of South 1025 East in Knox reported his home had been broken into and his belongings were missing.

09/10/12 – A resident of the 300 block of West 600 North in Hamlet told police that her neighbor had run subjects off the property who had been attempting to take scrap metal from the property.

09/10/12 – A resident of the 10800 block of East Iroquois Road in Walkerton reported that someone had broken into their truck and stolen items.

Arrests:

09/03/12 – Willard Lawson, 28, of La Porte: Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

09/07/12 – David Anthony Pekofske, 35, of Walkerton following an accident near 875 North and 1150 East in Koontz Lake.

Ora Man Arrested on Possession Charges

An Ora man was arrested Saturday after a deputy from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department reportedly found drug paraphernalia in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

The officer found that Thomas L. James was driving at a high rate of speed on U.S. 35 near County Road 600 North. While speaking to James, the deputy saw a piece of drug paraphernalia under the seat. James was detained and the officer retrieved several pieces of drug paraphernalia as well as a bottle containing several prescription medications.

James was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana less than 30 grams and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
08/31/12 A resident in the 600 block of Magnolia Street reported a theft. Their son’s riding lawn mower fuel filter and spark plug were stolen. The fuel line was also cut. This incident remains under investigation.

08/31/12 North Judson Police Officer Todd Keen responded to a call of a male subject staggering in the roadway on County Road 600 West just North of State Road 10. Officer Keen located the subject and he was found to be intoxicated. Officer Keen arrested Benjamin N. Massey, 21, of Georgia, for Public Intoxication.

08/30/12 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely received an emergency call in reference to a young boy involved in a traffic accident in the 200 Block of Garden Street around 4:40 p.m. An eight-year-old boy was treated by Starke County EMS and transported to IU Health Starke Hospital where he was later released. The boy rode a bicycle onto the street and into a 2003 Nisson that was traveling east on Garden Street. The driver applied his brakes and stopped. He stated he was traveling around 10 mph prior to the incident. Vessely estimated damages under $500. Vessely added “ Any accident or trauma can be very dramatic for everyone involved in an accident, including the parent of a child. In this case, injuries could have been more severe and I am glad that they were not. This is a good reminder for both drivers and bicyclists to be more observant of each other. Drivers need to check all directions and be prepared for pedestrians or bicyclists to pull out from between vehicles, in the middle of the block, or dart out at an intersection. Be careful, drive slow and safe and be prepared for anything at all times. School is back in session. Children and bicyclists need to obey safety rules of the road as well. Be alert and cross safely at an intersection. Do not ride or walk out from between parked cars and look both ways before crossing any roadway.”

08/30/12 The North Judson Police Department received information in reference to a male subject that had a warrant. North Judson Officers Frank Thomas and Darren Conley went to a residence in the 2400 block of English Lake Road and located Bradley Allen White, 24, of North Judson. Bradley was arrested on two Starke County Circuit Court Warrants for Failure to Appear.

08/29/12 A resident in the 200 block of Vine Street reported that there was a strong smell of marijuana in the area. A North Judson Officer was dispatched and was unable to locate the source of the odor.

08/28/12 A resident reported that he saw a male subject laying in the grass under a tree in the 600 block of County Road 400 South. The North Judson Police officer located the male subject. The male advised that he was taking a long bike ride and was tired and decided to lay down for awhile. The male stated that he was fine and did not need medical attention.

08/27/12 A resident in the 600 block of Laurel Street reported to North Judson Police that he located a gas can and a piece of garden hose in his yard next to his house. The items were collected and taken to the police department.

Arrests:
08/30/11 Bradley Allen White, 24, of North Judson, IN arrested for two Starke County Circuit Court Warrants for Failure to Appear.

08/30/12 Benjamin N. Massey, 21, of Georgia, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
09/03/12 Winamac Fire Department was called to a vehicle fire. The vehicle was out in the middle of a field on 125 East in Winamac. Fire officials believe that the fire may have been intentionally set.

09/03/12 Winamac police were called to a home where the homeowner reported damage to his vinyl fence post.

09/03/12 A Winamac woman reported her husband’s vehicle stolen from their front yard. The keys were under the seat.

09/03/12 A Medaryville police officer notified dispatch that she found a door was open at an apartment complex and that items were destroyed in one of the apartments. The officer noted that it appeared that kids kicked open the door and trashed the apartment.

09/03/12 A woman called police to report that she was driving her car by the IGA in Francesville and lost control and got into an accident. Her husband sustained a few cuts on his arm that may need stitches.

09/03/12 A Winamac woman called police to report a weird smell coming from an apartment in her building. Police arrived at the scene and found that the smell came from a person in an apartment cooking dinner. No other smells were detected.

09/02/12 A Pulaski resident called police to report that two dog cages sitting in his front yard were stolen. The cages were listed for sale.

09/02/12 A Monterey resident told police that some unknown person(s) cut the head off her dog and left its body in her yard. When the officer took at look at the site, he noted that it appeared that another animal may have gotten to the dog.

09/01/12 A call came into the Sheriff’s Department that a woman was hit by a vehicle backing up in a residential area in Medaryville. The woman was complaining of right arm and leg pain. She was taken to the Jasper County Hospital for medical attention.

09/01/12 A Pulaski County deputy notified dispatch that a large limb fell on his squad car.

09/01/12 A Medaryville man complained of a neighbor shooting his gun. Police asked the subject’s mother about the shooting and she said he was shooting from the front porch into a tree in the front yard.

09/01/12 Pulaski County deputies were called to an accident on 100 East south of 400 North in Winamac where a teenage driver went off the road and hit a pole at that location. Power lines were down, but no injuries were reported.

09/01/12 A Medaryville resident complained that some unknown person(s) put diesel fuel in her vehicle’s gas tank.

09/01/12 A Winamac man called police to report that someone stopped in front of his residence and was going through his mail.

08/31/12 A Pulaski man called police to report that he just hit an electric pole and drove away. He is in his driveway. The pole and power lines were in the roadway.

08/29/12 A Medaryville woman told police that she woke up and found that her vehicle was stolen. She said the keys were in the vehicle when it was stolen.

08/29/12 An employee at the Good Oil Company reported the theft of $75 in gas.

08/29/12 A Monterey woman told police that some unknown person(s) broke into her house and stole some of her property, including two vehicles. One of the vehicles was later found.

08/28/12 A person was injured after falling out of the back of the truck. The driver told police that he was swerving to miss someone in the road and the action caused the person to fall out of the back of the truck. The passenger sustained a head injury and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

08/28/12 Police were notified that someone in the Denham area has been attempting to steal a gas pipe.

Arrests:
09/03/12 Kelly P. Fricke, 28, 215 Wood St., Crown Point, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating A Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 09/03/12

09/03/12 Dustin R. Kough, 18, 317 S. West St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor Consumption. Discharged 09/04/12

09/02/12 Jennifer L. Howard, 34, 511 S. Burson St. Apt. 2, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, False Informing and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Endangerment. Discharged 09/03/12

09/02/12 Scott A. Campbell, 41, 582 Summit St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended-Prior and Possession of Chinese Throwing Stars. Discharged 09/04/12

09/01/12 Paulette Clemons, 52, 222 W. Locust Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of Starke County. Discharged 09/02/12

09/01/12 Thomas L. James, 21, 8770 S. Main St., Ora, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 09/01/12

09/01/12 Randle Conley, 46, 3215 W. 625 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on a parole violation.

08/30/12 Laura Minnick, 47, no address given, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 09/01/12

Starke County Sheriff's Department

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents

08/28/12 – Shannon Scarborough of Knox reported a black male subject was at her home trying to sell cleaning products, but when she said no, he became belligerent and accused her of being racist.

08/28/12 – A man from the 6700 block of E. 650 S. in Knox told police that he was harassed at the Bass Lake Sandbar.

08/29/12 – A man at the Grovertown Truck Stop told police that someone had drained the diesel fuel from his tanks in his cab overnight.

08/29/12 – Paula Smith of North Judson reported someone had used her personal information to open a Sears account.

08/29/12 – A resident of the 9100 block of East 100 North in Knox reported she had been battered by a male subject.

08/30/12 – A resident of the 5400 block of South 250 East in Knox told police that someone was breaking into her garage wearing a black hoodie and black jeans.

08/30/12 – A resident of the 6200 block of South 600 East in Knox told police that she thinks she was scammed by an ad in the South Bend Tribune.

08/30/12 – A resident of the 6500 block of East 200 South in Knox told police that a lot of people have been speeding on County Road 200 South near 650 East; he requested extra patrol.

08/30/12 – A resident of the 1100 block of East 150 South in Knox reported she had been harassed.

08/30/12 – Justin Hoser of Walkerton reported someone had been breaking out his windows.

08/31/12 – A resident of the 8600 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox told police that someone had broken into her home.

08/31/12 – A hit and run occurred near the intersection of U.S. 30 and 1200 East.

09/02/12 – A caller advised there were two drunk males near his property yelling at screaming at each other.

09/02/12 – A resident of the 1900 block of East State Road 10 in Knox told police that someone had broken into her business.

09/03/12 – A resident of the 2500 block of North 1025 East in Knox told police that he had shot two dogs that killed his animals.

Arrests

08/29/12 – David B. Drangmeister, 40, of North Judson: Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License.

08/29/12 – Heather Wilson, 24, of Wheatfield: Drug possession.

08/31/12 – Jonnie V. Wheeler, 39: Criminal damage to vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement.

09/03/12 – Willard Lawson, 28, of LaPorte: Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
09/04/12 A fight was reported at Zingo Express. Sean Lynch was reportedly hit by another man while pumping gas.

08/31/12 April Cooke reported that her vehicle was sideswiped by another vehicle while parked on Lake Street. The mirror was broken off the driver’s side door.

08/31/12 Ashley Keen told police her wallet was stolen while visiting her aunt at the Oak Estates apartments.

08/31/12 Roman Jachim reported damage to his vehicle due to hot ash falling from the city’s controlled burn on County Road 450 East just north of County Road 250 East. The ashes reportedly burned down into the paint.

08/30/12 Ralph Scarborough reported the theft of an air compressor. The items were later located and returned.

08/27/12 Knox police responded to a dog bite call. A four-year-old child was reportedly bitten in the face by a friend’s dog. The dog was taken into custody by the animal control officer.

08/26/12 Zach Whitfield told police that he and his daughter were chased by a vicious dog. A pit bull came running from another residence on Locust Street and began fighting with the brown lab. Animal control removed the lab from the residence and deemed it a vicious dog. It was taken to the Starke County Humane Society.

Arrests:
09/04/12 Aaron Egger, 33, 627 Manchester Drive, Rochester, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

09/03/12 Jason E. Cooke, 1019 W. Jackson St., Plymouth, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Criminal Trespass.

09/02/12 Todd Kring, 7920 Country Breeze East Dr., Culver, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants for Failure to Appear in Knox City Court and Marshall County Superior Court.

09/01/12 James R. Borton, 47, 302 E. Delaware St., Knox, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana.
Richard G. Garrison, Jr., 34, 306 E. Danker, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana.
Lolus Johnson, 51, 301 E. Danker, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance.
Jeremiah Johnson, 25, 344 E. Spruce Dr. #1, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana.
Sheila Johnson, 49, 344 W. Spruce Dr. #1, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Legend Drug.
Deborah L. Clemons, 44, 344 W. Spruce Dr. #1, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana.

08/31/12 Amanda Tomerlin, 26, 908 S. Pearl St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant through Starke County Circuit Court.

08/30/12 Sarah Fletcher, 24, 422 Star Ct., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Neglect of a Dependent.

Crawfordsville Man Arrested in Pulaski County after Picking Marijuana

A Crawfordsville man was arrested in Pulaski County on Monday, August 20 after police found him picking marijuana near a cornfield.

The Pulaski County deputy was patrolling on State Road 39 near 600 North and found a man, later identified as Joshua Allen, reportedly picking marijuana from a plant in the field. After the officer detained Allen, Allen stated that he was working with a construction crew building a grain bin and was not feeling well. He left to go for a walk and saw a huge marijuana plant growing in the field. He stated that he knew the area was known for its marijuana plants.

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Police Reports

Doug Vessely
North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
08/24/12 A resident in the 300 block of West State Street reported his vehicle had been damaged by person carrying a stick. A suspect was identified and this incident remains under investigation by the North Judson Police Department.

08/24/12 Several juveniles were observed in the area of George and New York Streets playing on and about, and in and around several storage buildings. The officers warned those who were in the area not to return to the property or face criminal trespassing charges. Some damage was reported by Norwayne Lumber.

08/23/12 The North Judson Park Department reported to the police department that a few of the picnic tables in the park on Weninger Street were damaged. Police issued stern warning to several juveniles that were in the park.

08/21/12 A property damage accident took place in the North Judson–San Pierre High School parking lot Tuesday morning. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely investigated the incident where a student driving a S-10 Chevy pickup pulled out of a parking space and turned to the right too soon. The student struck the vehicle parked to it causing around $1,000 in damages.

08/20/12 North Judson police responded to a report of a fight in the 500 Block of Keller Avenue. When police arrived, two adult males had separated and one had left the area.

Arrests:
No date listed: Tommy A. Chocholek, 44, 305 W. 40th Lane, Griffith, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
08/26/12 A Winamac woman told police that she was out of town and her home was broken into and items were stolen.

08/26/12 A Winamac man called police for his friend who stated his friend just broke up with his girlfriend and she beat him up and is chasing him around the yard.

08/26/12 Winamac police were notified of a truck that had a refrigerator and a bike in the back that was driving up and down alleys on the north side of town.

08/25/12 Winamac police were called to a two vehicle accident in front of McDonald’s. No injuries were reported.

08/25/12 Pulaski County dispatch received an animal neglect call at a residence in Star City. The caller stated that the puppy had long hair and had been left outside for a few days without water or food. A deputy checked on the puppy and gave it water. It appeared that the dog was getting some food but it had no water or adequate shelter. Animal control was called.

08/25/12 One person was injured after a car flipped west of State Road 39 on 100 N. in Winamac.

08/25/12 A horse was struck by a vehicle south of 400 North on U.S. 421 in Winamac. The horse was injured but it later died after it was struck by a semi about a half hour later. The accident damaged both the vehicle and the semi. No injuries were reported.

08/24/12 A Winamac resident called police to file a theft report from a rental property. The landlord said she may have found meth related items while making an inventory list.

08/24/12 A Winamac man told Winamac Police that he bought a bike last week and somebody stole it

08/24/12 A Medaryville man reported the theft of his cell phone

08/23/12 Pulaski County dispatch was alerted that a home may have been broken into on 75 N. in Winamac. The home was a summer home and was empty but now there’s someone in it.

08/23/12 Good Oil Company reported a drive off.

08/23/12 A county highway employee was rear-ended on 500 W. just north of State Road 14 in Winamac while in a county vehicle. EMS was called to the scene.

08/22/12 A Winamac resident reported the theft of his garbage tote.

08/22/12 A Star City man who owns the storage units reported that all of the units on the south side of the building have been broken into. Five locks were cut off the units.

08/22/12 A gas can full of gas was reported stolen out of the back of a Winamac resident’s pickup.

08/22/12 Winamac police are investigating a threat on the Eastern Pulaski Schools.

08/21/12 A Medaryville man reported the theft of eight beehives.

08/21/12 Vandalism was reported to the bathrooms in the Winamac Town Park.

Arrests:
08/27/12 April Starr-Reed, 44, 6283 E. Nana Circle, Monticello, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

08/24/12 Robert Sobieck, 43, 210 S. Market St. Apt. 5, Winamac, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants. Discharged 08/25/12

08/24/12 Victor Bessard, 32, 2403 U.S. 31 Lot 32, Plymouth, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

08/23/12 Ronald R. Russell, 25, Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 08/24/12

08/20/12 Joshua S. Allen, 33, 1367 W. County Road 500 S. Crawfordsville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 08/21/12

08/20/12 Carrie Shidler, 26, 3179 W. 250 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 08/21/12

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
08/25/12 Jimmy Ellis told the police department ran into a concrete guard pillar located at Main Street and Bender Street

08/24/12 Meda Howard told police that she was parked in the Five Star parking lot and someone had hit her vehicle and left the scene.

08/22/12 Doug Densmore reported that someone broke into his shed.

08/21/12 A Next Door Food Store employee reported a drive off of $57.00 in gas.

08/20/12 John Desabatine told police that trash was being left in his employer’s dumpster.

Arrests:
08/23/12 A 16-year-old child was arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
A 16-year-old juvenile was arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing Marijuana, and Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.
A 15-year-old juvenile was arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

08/22/12 Forrest Back, 43, 333 Ruthie Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.

08/21/12 Dennis Wireman, 434560 S. 300 E. Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Syringe and Possession of a Controlled Substance X2.

08/21/12 Frank Sutkowski, 38, 2750 E. Tribue Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

08/21/12 – A fight was reported at the Burger King in Knox.

08/22/12 – A caller from the 10500 block of East 600 North in Grovertown told police that someone had stolen irrigation wire, an irrigation motor, and other items from buildings on 1100 North.

08/22/12 – A resident of the 11200 block of Pottawotomie Trail in Walkerton told police that someone had stolen items from her pier.

08/22/12 – An employee of T-Mobile called police and informed them that buss bars had been stolen from a cell tower on 125 East.

08/22/12 – A caller told police someone had tried to steal a laptop from Bailey’s in North Judson.

08/22/12 – A resident of the 5200 block of South A Street in North Judson told police that someone had vandalized her vehicle.

08/24/12 – A male subject reportedly threw a stick through a woman’s windshield near the 7600 block of East 300 North in Grovertown.

08/24/12 – A resident of the 3900 block of Boa Drive near Bass Lake told police a meter had been smashed at his residence.

08/25/12 – A resident on 600 East south of State Road 8 in Knox told police that someone has been destroying things on his property.

08/26/12 – A resident of the 7700 block of South 300 East told police that drug activity had been happening on her property over the past few months.

08/27/12 – A caller from the 3100 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox told police that someone had stolen from a storage unit.

Arrests:

08/22/12 – Amy Lowe of Walkerton: False Reporting.

08/22/12 – Nichole Leeann Dudek, 29: False Reporting.

08/23/12 – Aimee Carol Zimmerman, 39, of Knox.

08/26/12 – John Clemons, 40, of Knox: Battery

San Pierre Woman Arrested Following Battery Incident

Pulaski County officers were called to a Medaryville residence Saturday night in reference to a fight.

Stacy Conley, 26, of Medaryville told police that she and her sister had gotten into an argument because she would not provide her sister with a clean urine sample for a drug test. Her sister, 25-year-old Kimberly Wireman of San Pierre, reportedly became upset and started screaming at her. Conley stated that her sister was going to borrow her car and when she went out to the vehicle, Wireman was already in the driver’s seat and Conley took the keys out of the ignition. Wireman then reportedly grabbed Conley’s hair and began to hit her while dragging her into the van. Police saw that Conley had been hit in the face. Conley stated that she probably struck Wireman in the face as she was being pulled into the van.

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Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
08/14/12 North Judson Police Officer Todd Keen responded to a call of a vehicle dragging a gas pump hose. The other end of the hose was still in the gas fill lid. Officer Keen preformed a traffic stop on the vehicle on State Road 10. After a brief investigation. The driver of the vehicle, Michael Anthony Silanskis, 44, of Knox was arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving Under the Influence of a Narcotic.

08/14/12 Two juveniles told police that their bikes and backpacks were stolen from the alley behind Subway.

08/14/12 North Judson police responded to a call of a female driving recklessly around the North Judson-San Pierre Middle School. Officers located the vehicle parked in the parking lot unoccupied.

08/13/12 North Judson police responded to a single vehicle property damage accident in the area of English Lake Road and County Road 500 South. The driver, Brandon Lee Camp, told Officer Frank Thomas that his front tire slid off the roadway. Officer Thomas estimated the damages above $2,500 and no injuries were reported.

08/13/12 A resident in the 300 block of N. George Street reported that he had some friends over and someone stole some money out of his wallet. This remains under investigation.

08/13/12 North Judson police received a report of an older white truck tearing up the south ball field at the town park. When the Officer arrived the vehicle was gone.

08/10/12 A resident in the 600 block of Arlington Avenue reported that her mailbox was damaged.

08/07/12 A resident found two red flashing railroad signals in the alley in the 400 block of Keller Avenue.

08/07/12 A resident in the 700 block of Laurel Street requested extra patrol in reference to her being harassed by an ex-boyfriend.

Arrests:
08/14/12 Michael Anthony Silanskis, 44, of Knox, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving Under the Influence of a Narcotic.

08/07/12 Brad D. Allen, 31, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on a Failure to Appear Warrant for violation of a court order.

08/07/12 Plaze J. Campbell, 28, 204 Arrowhead, of Porter, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
08/19/12 A man was injured in a single motorcycle accident in the Francesville area. The caller stated that the victim was his father and he was pulling out of the driveway at a slow speed, but lost control in the gravel.

08/18/12 A resident in the Monterey area reported an alleged battery incident that occurred in Illinois.

08/18/12 A Medaryville resident told police that she sideswiped another vehicle.

08/18/12 The Winamac Police Department was called to a break-in where several items were reported stolen.

08/17/12 A Winamac woman requested to speak to an officer regarding a stolen check.

08/17/12 A Winamac man called police to report a break-in at his house. He reported some articles were stolen in the burglary.

08/17/12 A two vehicle accident occurred at 114 and Highway 421 but no injuries were reported.

08/16/12 A business owner called police to report that some unknown subject(s) threw rocks through his office windows.

08/16/12 A Monterey resident reported emaciated horses outside the fence on the neighbor’s property. One horse had a bad gash on its leg and its ribs were showing. The caller said the other horse also looked in bad shape. The homeowners were contacted and said the horses were fine. The owner said the neighbors are not horse people and don’t know what they’re talking about.

Arrests:
08/20/12 Carrie Shidler, 26, 3179 W. 250 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

08/20/12 Mary F. Marinello, 57, 5017 Elm St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Endangerment and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a BAC of .15 or greater. Discharged 08/20/12

08/18/12 Kimberly Wireman, 25, 106 S. Fisher St., San Pierre, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Battery.

08/18/12 Michael O’Donnell, 43, 619 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Law Enforcement. Discharged 08/19/12

08/17/12 Sean P. Allman, 42, Wheatfield, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

08/17/12 Mitchell Wolff, 18, 608 N. Hathaway St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Burglary and Theft. Discharged 08/17/12

08/16/12 Zachary Minix, 28, 414 W. Jefferson St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 08/20/12

08/16/12 Justin Burch, 28, 6855 W. U.S. 421, San Pierre, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 08/16/12

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
08/21/12 An employee of Next Door Food Store reported the drive-off of $57.00 in gas.

08/18/12 Denise Kujawa called police to report the theft of cash from her purse. She also noted that a payment was made to a cellular phone account that was not hers that was paid with her debit card.

08/18/12 Crystal Boggess reported the theft of her son’s laptop. She noticed it missing after she let Maxine Grigsby stay over at her house the night prior to the theft. Her son’s computer was gone the next day and so was Grigsby.

08/17/12 Lillie McCullough told police that some unknown person(s) stole her husband’s generator from the shed on their property. The pad lock securing the shed had been cut and was laying on the ground.

08/11/12 A woman riding her bicycle on County Road 500 East, approximately ¼ mile north of 200 South flagged down a city officer to advise him of a possible dumped meth lab. The officer found a grocery bag containing an empty can of Coleman fuel and a Coca Cola bottle containing a liquid substance plus lithium batteries. The Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Lab Team was called to clean up the scene.

08/09/12 Robert Atkinson told officers that Roy McCarty had been to his residence and was intoxicated. McCarty was told to leave the property and returned shortly after leaving and was told again to leave. Atkinson said McCarty reportedly attempted to hit him and Atkinson picked up a metal pipe from nearby and hit McCarty with it. McCarty then left the property.

08/09/12 Raymond Hummel, Jr. reported the theft of a mattress and box springs out of the back of his pickup truck.

Arrests:
08/16/12 Mary Linsner, 43, 1004 Virginia Lane #23, Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of Fulton County.

08/10/12 Phillip Centers, 206 W. Locust Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on an outstanding warrant.

08/10/12 Doreena Smith, 39, 409 W. Ellis St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.
Kelley D. Rowe, 43, Monterey, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Endangerment and cited for Driving While Suspended.

08/08/12 Forrest A. Back, 43, 70 ½ N. Layman Ave., Indianapolis, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents

08/15/12 – A resident of the 10000 block of West State Road 10 in San Pierre told police that her house was being broken into.

08/15/12 – A caller from the 7500 block of East 350 South in Knox told police that she returned home after being gone for a few days to find her home had been burglarized.

08/15/12 – A caller from the 4400 block of East Dawn Drive in Knox reported someone had been using their stepdaughter’s Medicaid card in Gary.

08/15/12 – A resident of the 1100 block of East 150 South in Knox told police that someone had ransacked her residence.

08/16/12 – A resident of the 9800 block of East 50 South told police that someone had rammed his vehicle and hit a building nearby.

08/16/12 – A caller told police that someone had stolen a bracelet and sold it at the pawn shop.

08/16/12 – Police received a call informing them that a man had been battered by a woman at the Bass Lake Sandbar.

08/16/12 – A resident of the 6000 block of South 900 East in Monterey told police that someone had stolen two guns from his home.

08/16/12 – A caller from the 5100 block of South 100 West in North Judson told police that someone was near her garage, possibly scrapping metal.

08/17/12 – A theft was reported in the 10400 block of East State Road 8 in Knox.

08/17/12 – A resident of the 4800 block of East 900 South in Knox told police that someone had stolen six guns from his home.

08/18/12 – A theft of a chainsaw and money was reported in the 5700 block of South 900 East in Knox.

08/19/12 – A caller from the 1100 block of East State Road 10 in Knox told police that she just chased off an intruder in her back yard.

08/20/12 – Greg Powell of Walkerton told police his car had been keyed while he was out of town.

08/20/12 – A caller from Stelrema in Knox told police someone had stolen a vehicle from the business.

Arrests

08/14/12 – Matthew S. Helsel, 28, of Kouts: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

08/14/12 – Bobby L. Jewell of Rochester: Resisting Law Enforcement, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of a Syringe.

08/17/12 – Gregory T. Moore, 44, of Winamac: Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Serious Bodily Injury.

08/19/12 – Jeremy Lowe, 33: Battery.

08/20/12 – Amy L. Cooke, 30, of Plymouth.

Two Arrested On Dealing In Methamphetamine Charges Near Medaryville

Two Medaryville men were arrested Wednesday night after Pulaski County police responded to a report of shots fired on County Road 1400 West, a half-mile north of 300 North. The caller told police that a vehicle was on private property without permission, and he believes he heard gunshots fired.

When Medaryville Assistant Police Chief Sheri Gaillard arrived on scene at roughly 9:12 p.m., she says she found the vehicle in question and recognized the subjects inside as James F. Richie, 38 of Medaryville, and Roger L. Frinkel, 31 of Medaryville. An active arrest warrant was out for Richie, and he was consequently arrested.

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