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Star City Man Arrested on Methamphetamine Related Charges

Nathan VanDerAa

Nathan VanDerAa, 33, of Star City, was arrested in Monterey on Friday, June 3rd, on suspicion of Possession of Methamphetamine.

An officer from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department reportedly saw VanDerAa pass by him and noted that he was speeding on 700 North in the area of 450 East. As the officer was turning around to follow VanDerAa, the officer allegedly saw VanDerAa’s left hand reach out of the driver’s window and let go of a bright white bag. The officer retrieved the bag and it contained a white powdery substance that later field-tested to be positive for methamphetamine.

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Two Injured in Motorcycle Accident in Pulaski County

Officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated a single motorcycle accident on Tuesday, May 31st, near the intersection of 1000 South and 1400 West. The driver of the motorcycle, Kyle Anderson, 23, of Buffalo and his passenger, Joshua Anderson, 21, were traveling westbound on County Road 1000 South when the motorcycle collided with a deer. The motorcycle then struck a concrete culvert and a utility pole. The pair were located in the ditch on the north side of the roadway and were airlifted to South Bend Memorial for their injuries. The extent of their injuries is unknown. Alcohol is not suspected in this case.

Short Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Drug Arrest

A short vehicle pursuit on Sunday, June 5th, lead to the arrest of a suspect on drug charges.

A Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department officer recognized Jeffrey Jacobs, 24, of Winamac, traveling on State Road 14 headed west in his truck. The officer initiated a traffic stop and Jacobs did not stop. Jacobs turned onto Logan Street and continued until heavy traffic forced him to pull over. When Jacobs stopped, he unfastened his seat belt and exited the the door. The officer ordered him to stop. Jacobs did stop and he was placed into custody.

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Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
06/05/11 The manager at the Marathon gas station in Medaryville reported a break in. The back door was kicked in and the safe was pried open. The only money in the safe was change. There was no power at the business. A crime scene technician was called to the scene.

06/05/11 A resident called to report a fertilizer tank in the ditch by Francesville. The tank was nearly submerged under water. When police arrived on scene, it was determined that it was a large storage tank of some sort with a large crack in it and it is full of water. The situation was not deemed hazardous.

06/05/11 A Winamac resident told police that two pickup trucks were tearing through his grass and field tearing up everything.

06/04/11 A Winamac man reported the theft of his son’s cell phone.

06/04/11 Larry Hoover, EMA Director of Pulaski County, requested the activation of weather spotters in the area due to tornado warnings.

06/04/11 Officers responded to an accident where a resident drove a car into a fallen tree just north of 200 North in Pulaski County. No injuries were reported.

06/04/11 Large bones were dug up while NIPSCO was repairing a gas leak. A veterinarian came on scene and determined the bones came from an animal. The project had to stop until the bones could be identified.

06/03/11 A blue mini van was reported in a ditch west of 300 W in Winamac. No one was inside the vehicle at the time of the incident was reported.

06/02/11 A resident reported that a recliner, mower and big metal can were in the roadway by the Alliance Bank in Francesville. The caller said it looked like somebody deliberately placed those items there.

06/02/11 A resident in the Monterey area reported bullet holes in their house. No injuries were reported.

06/01/11 A Francesville resident told police that some unknown person(s) broke out a back car window.

06/01/11 An employee at Casey’s reported a drive-off of $57.19.

Arrests:
06/06/11 Benjamin King, 26, 9300 Liverpool Rd. Hobart, IN, arrested on a probation violation.

06/06/11 Daniel Lewark, 28, 611 N. Keller, Winamac, IN, arrested on a probation violation.

06/04/11 Jeffrey L. Jacobs, 24, 5884 S. 600 N. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle. Discharged 06/03/11

06/04/11 Jeffrey Lin Green, 43, 7739 S. 325 W. Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated x2. Discharged 06/04/11

06/03/11 Nathan VanderAa, 33, 4838 S. 500 E., Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. Discharged 06/03/11

06/02/11 Eric Wireman, 27, 15385 W. 160 N. Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

06/02/11 Joshua Wielochowski, 21, 4839 N. 300 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. Discharged 06/02/11

06/02/11 Joshua Sprinkle, 28, 7920 Blue Jay Ln., Indianapolis, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. Discharged 06/02/11

06/01/11 Brandon Bulthuis, 30, 9200 W. 1200 N., DeMotte, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

Accidents:
05/31/11 Officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated a single motorcycle accident near the intersection of 1000 South and 1400 West. The driver of the motorcycle, Kyle Anderson, 23, of Buffalo and his passenger, Joshua Anderson, 21, were traveling westbound on County Road 1000 South when the motorcycle collided with a deer. The motorcycle then struck a concrete culvert and a utility pole. The pair were located in the ditch on the north side of the roadway and were airlifted to South Bend Memorial for their injuries. The extent of their injuries is unknown. Alcohol is NOT suspected in this case.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
06/03/11 A parent reported her 15-year-old son as a runaway to the North Judson Police. The boy was later located in the Wheatfield area and returned to his parent.

06/01/11 The Brantwood Restaurant reported to North Judson Police that a suspect had cashed four checks on a closed account. North Judson Office Joe Budner is investigating.

05/30/11 North Judson Police located two juvenile males in the area of Jones and Central around 12:45 a.m. When police approached the juveniles fled on foot and after a short foot pursuit, the two were apprehended in the Pioneer Cemetery. Both were released to their parents and a full report was provided to the Starke County Probation.

05/28/11 Two residents in North Judson were reported to police that their homes had been vandalized with toilet paper over night. One other home was also vandalized on June 2nd.

Arrests:
05/19/11 David H. Roe, North Judson, IN, arrested for Public Intoxication and Resisting Law Enforcement.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
06/05/11 Katherine Lindsey called police to report a theft. She observed her vehicle to be ransacked. Several CDs and loose change were reported stolen.

06/04/11 The Knox City Police Department was notified that two Bourbon Day Care facilities in Bourbon, Indiana reported attempted child abductions. The man, who was described to be short and in his 60s, said he lived in Knox. The Bourbon Police Department has a complete report on file.

06/03/11 Jeffrey Vinall reported the theft of items from a trailer located behind his home.

06/01/11 The manager at Taco Bell reported vandalism to the building. Some unknown person(s) had thrown a bench weight at the building leaving marks on the walls on the south, west, and east sides near the front doors.

Arrests:
06/05/11 Herman Hopkins, 30, 207 W. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, two counts of Residential Entry, two counts of Theft, two counts of Burglary, two counts of Unlawful Entry into a Vehicle, and Resisting Law Enforcement.

06/04/11 Rickey Timm, 53, 1010 Denney St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Trespassing.

06/02/11 Matthew Stamper, 30, 550 E. Washington St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

Accidents:
06/03/11 Jeffrey Reynolds admitted to hitting the back of a vehicle owned by Ann Upp. She was placing items into her car when she heard a loud vehicle start up. She then heard another loud noise and saw her vehicle move forward.  Reynolds had hit the back of her vehicle with his and caused damage to her vehicle.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
06/04/11 A Knox resident reported the theft of $600 from her purse.

06/04/11 A resident in Knox reported that her purse was stolen at Save-a-Lot and the suspect was reportedly caught on security camera using her card at Walgreens.

06/04/11 A Koontz Lake resident told police that some unknown suspect(s) shot the window out of Mike’s Bait Shop with a pellet or BB gun.

06/03/11 Leroy Hanselman reported locks broken and items taken from a North Judson location.

06/03/11 A Knox resident notified police that his bike was stolen and now the bike is at pawn shop. He had not filed a report and the pawn shop will not give it back to him without a report.

06/02/11 A resident in the 100 block of N. Webster in San Pierre reported the theft of a riding lawn mower.

06/01/11 A resident in the 9600 block of E. 150 N. in Grovertown reported the theft of a vehicle.  It was a 1994 Dodge Caravan.

05/31/11 A resident in the 6800 block of E. Skyline Ave. reported the theft of a picnic table.

05/31/11 A resident in North Judson called police to report that six males attempted to sell cleaning products to her and they seemed suspicious.

05/31/11 A North Judson man reported his push mower stolen. He said a neighbor saw a black car pull up to his residence.  A tall man got out of the vehicle and put the mower in the trunk.

Arrests:
06/01/11 Shayne Beem, 18, of Walkerton, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

Winamac Ace Hardware Burglar Arrested

Jeffery Adams

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and Winamac City Police officers have arrested a suspect in burglary incidents at Ace Hardware in Winamac. According to court documents, Jeffery Adams, 36, of Monon, was arrested on May 27th and has been charged with two counts of Burglary and two counts of Theft.

Adams is suspected to have broken into Ace Hardware on multiple occasions and stole XBox systems, 12 iPod devices, three XBox Kinect systems, two PS3 systems, a Wii game console, and a tool set. The stolen items totaled more than $4,000. Adams allegedly broke into the Ace Hardware on March 19th, March 21st and on May 12th. An anonymous tip led to his arrest.

Culver Woman Arrested after Star City Couple Finds her Sleeping on Couch

Kelly Patterson

A Culver woman was arrested on Thursday, May 26th after a Star City couple found an her sleeping on their couch without any pants.

According to the police report, Kelly Patterson told police that she was involved in an accident and started walking until she found a residence. She found that the residence on S. Judson Street in Star City was unlocked so she walked in and went to sleep. Patterson’s pants were found on the back porch of the residence where police found drug paraphernalia and several blister packs containing pseudoephedrine tablets which is a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Police also reportedly found a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine in the couch where she was reportedly sleeping. She was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia and Residential Entry.

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Sheriff’s Memorial Service held at Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

The staff at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the public attended a Memorial Service yesterday to remember and honor the three officers who were killed in the line of duty while employed at the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Michael Gayer presided over the service. Continue reading

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/30/11 A resident reported that some unknown suspect(s) scratched his truck while parked overnight at the Broken Arrow Campground.

05/30/11 A resident in Cass Township told police that she had a load of sand delivered and the driver hit the front of her trailer. She needs an accident or police report.

05/30/11 A Medaryville resident called police to report broken beer bottles all over the road. The resident is picking up the glass but he feels an officer should speak to the owner.

05/29/11 The northbound lane on U.S. 35 was reportedly submerged under water just north of 600 North in Pulaski County. Six inches of water was reported in this area.

05/29/11 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a structure fire.

05/29/11 Storm damage was reported from the storms that came through the area. Tornado spotters were activated in Medaryville, Francesville and Star City. Spotters indicated strong rotation at 200 North and 1700 West but it was not on the ground. Rotation was also indicated between 1600 West and Highway 421. Trees were reportedly blown over at the West Central Schools.

05/29/11 A resident called police complaining of kids on 4-wheelers.

05/28/11 A Star City resident called police to report the theft of LP tanks off his campers.

05/27/11 A resident called to tell police that a person was notified by her neighbors that a person is in her residence that does not have authority to be there.

05/26/11 A Star City resident reported that some unknown person broke into the house and the person is laying on the couch.

05/26/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of a generator.

05/26/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that a couple of kids were spray painting the neighbor’s house.

05/25/11 A Francesville resident called police to report that lightning may have caused a fire at the office. Smoke has been detected.

05/25/11 The Francesville Fire Department requested the activation of weather spotters as a tornado was spotted just south of Rensselaer. A tornado was later confirmed in Francesville.

05/25/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of checks from the bank that were cashed in excess of $44,000. The checks were stolen in Newton County.

05/24/11 A Winamac business reported the theft of gas.

05/23/11 A caller in Winamac told police that he got a call from his neighbor who told him that someone in a pickup truck was taking things from his farm. A scaffold and a planter are missing.

Arrests:
05/30/11 David Combs, 506 West St., Medcalf, IL, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/30/11 Dalton Minix, 2150 W. 800 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Minor Consuming and Public Intoxication.

05/28/11 Jose Aramirez Ortez, 39, 1020 Pink St., Logansport, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving with No License. Discharged 05/28/11

05/27/11 John Huetten, 30, 4651 W. 200 N. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery. Discharged 05/29/11

05/27/11 Suzanne L. Roach, 31, 318 W. Washington St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. Discharged 05/28/11

05/27/11 Jeffery Adams, 36, 5473 S. State Road 10, Monon, IN,arrested on a preliminary charge of Burglary.

5/26/11 Steven Fisher, 31, 310 Indiana Ave., Hamlet, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant. Discharged 05/30/11

05/26/11 Tracy M. Redelman, 44, 2577 S. 50 E. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Residential Entry. Discharged 05/26/11

05/26/11 Kelly Patterson, 32, 515 W. Jefferson, Culver, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Residential Entry and Possession of Paraphernalia.

05/25/11 Hector Ramirez, 40, 7719 Hendricks, Merrillville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Habitual Traffic Offender and Public Intoxication.

Accidents:
05/25/11 Hector Ramirez , 39, of Merrillville, Indiana, was operating his vehicle northbound on County Road 50 East, north of County 300 South, when he swerved to miss a squirrel causing him to travel off the roadway and “clip” a mailbox. The mailbox at 2817 S. CR 50 E. was damaged and there was extensive damage done to the front of the vehicle. According to the report, while the reporting officer was talking to Ramirez, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and Ramirez’s eyes appeared bloodshot and glassy. Ramirez submitted to standard Field Sobriety Tests and a certified breathalyzer that resulted in a .12% BAC. He was subsequently arrested on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated and Habitual Traffic Violator.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/27/11 A City officer was called to the Knox Skate Park for a report of theft. Chris McLaughlin told police that he was building new ramps for the skate park and was charging his cordless tool batteries across the parking lot at the pavilion. When McLaughlin asked Frank Lynch to retrieve a new battery from the charger, Lynch said the battery and the charger were missing. A witness saw a male take the items from the pavilion but did could not positively identify him.

05/26/11 Ashley Arnett reported her purse missing. The last time she saw her purse was in a cart at Five Star.

05/19/11 Kimmala Schlink reported her wallet stolen. It was reportedly found in the wastebasket at the Knox Subway store on May 26th.

Arrests:
05/30/11 Jerry Lain III, 20, 2154 N. State Road 39, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/29/11 Sarah Coffin, 29, no address given, arrested on an active warrant for her arrest out of LaPorte County for Battery.

05/29/11 Kathy Redlark, 57, 309 Ruthie Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.
Roger Grigsby, 54, 403 W. Bender St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Harassment.

05/27/11 Gloria Rae Myers Phillips, 62, 2340 S. 550 E., Knox, IN, arrested for Resisting Law Enforcement.

05/25/11 Carl Balaszek, 21, 1486 Olson Drive, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Reckless Driving. Balaszek was also cited for disregarding a stop sign and no registration.

05/25/11 James Childress III, 27, 200 W. Division St., Rolling Prairie, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication, Resisting Law Enforcement and an active arrest warrant out of LaPorte County.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/29/11 An officer was requested at the old drapery store in Toto as some unknown person(s) spray painted graffiti on the back of the store.

05/29/11 Weather spotters were activated. Strong rotation was spotted over Highway 421 near Radioville.

05/28/11 A resident called police to report that a male and female were walking westbound on 200 South from his residence and the subjects are going door to door wanting a ride. Subjects are acting suspicious.

05/28/11 A Grovertown resident told police that he was out jogging when a suspicious vehicle pulled up to him and asked if he was having a good run and then he took off. They pulled up to him again and asked if he had a cell phone and he said no. The male subject in the car then pointed a black pistol at him and then took off.

05/27/11 A resident in the 2800 block of S. Lart Lane in Knox reported a bike stolen from her residence.

05/25/11 A resident in the 3000 block of S. Range Road in Knox reported spray painting on several buildings.

05/24/11 Debra Fuehring of Knox requested police to file a report. She said that her truck was shot.

05/23/11 Raymond Higdon, 31, turned himself in on an active arrest warrant.

05/23/11 Wanda Bundy reported a break-in at her residence.

05/23/11 A North Judson resident reported the theft of his pickup truck. The truck was parked by the house with the keys in it.

Arrests:
05/28/11 Sebastin G. Bobak, of Chicago, IL, was arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Public Intoxication.

05/24/11 Hobart Givens, 21, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft.
Luther Nies, 21, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

Accidents:
05/24/11 Jasmine Johnson, 35, of Rochester, IN, was driving east on State Road 10 near State Road 35 when she saw a deer on the side of the road. She didn’t know which way the deer would travel and she applied the brakes and the bike started to skid and caused the bike to fall. It continued to skid until it came to rest. She sustained injuries to her legs in the accident.

Sheriff’s Memorial Service Today in Pulaski County

The employees of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will be remembering their fallen comrades in a Sheriff’s Memorial service today at Noon ET at the Sheriff’s Department.

Honored will be Sheriff Charles Henry Oglesby, Sheriff Milo “Mike” Lewis and Deputy Sheriff Shadron Kiley “Shad” Bassett. These officers were killed in the line of duty while serving the citizens of Pulaski County.

All are invited to the service.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Memorial Service Scheduled for Tuesday, May 31st

The employees of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will be remembering their fallen comrades in a Sheriff’s Memorial service on Tuesday, May 31st, at Noon ET at the Sheriff’s Department. Continue reading

Police Reports

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/20/11 The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum reported to North Judson Police that entry was made into one of the sheds on the property. No items were missing, however both police and railroad workers have increased security patrols.

05/1911 The North Judson Police Department investigated a runaway report involving a 15-year-old male. The boy was located later in the evening in Jasper County and was returned to a parent. A report was furnished to the Starke County Probation Department.

05/19/11 A North Judson Dollar General employee reported to police they had a shoplifter. North Judson Police located the suspect, a 16-year-old female, who was returned to her parents and a report was furnished to the Probation Department.

05/19/11 Two North Judson juvenile female neighbors took one of their parents’ vehicle out of the garage and drove the vehicle around the block. The vehicle did strike some items and sustained damage. Both girls were released to their parents as well as the vehicle. North Judson Police completed an accident report.

05/18/11 A resident called North Judson police to report entry being made into an abandoned home in the 100 block of Sycamore Street. No items were reported missing, however the home was ransacked.

05/18/11 Windows were reported broken out of a home in the 500 block of High Street. North Judson Police are investigating the incident. The home was empty at the time.

Arrests:
05/19/11 Rafael Pacheco, Jr, 18, 7340 S. 1075 W., San Pierre, IN, arrested for Conversion.

05/19/11 A 16-year-old female juvenile was arrested for Conversion from Dollar General.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/21/11 A Winamac resident reported that her ex-boyfriend will not return items that belong to her and wants to file a theft report.

05/20/11 A out-of-town resident called and said that he has property in Pulaski County and found that some unknown person(s) has stolen his lawnmower. His neighbor also reported his lawnmower stolen the day before.

05/20/11 A caller in the Winamac area reported that a car came off of a semi-hauler and crashed into his car. The caller was not injured in the accident.

05/20/11 A resident driving in the Pulaski area reported that a three-wheel tractor hit her car and continued to travel down the road.

05/20/11 A Francesville resident reported the theft of a vehicle.

05/18/11 A resident in the Monterey area reported the theft of power tools.

05/17/11 A Winamac resident found a Social Security card and took it to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department in an attempt to find the owner.

Arrests:
05/21/11 Joe Markley, 46, 2791 S. 175 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

05/21/11 Bradley W. Kough, 20, 317 S. West St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor Consumption. Discharged 05/22/11

05/20/11 McKenzie B. Ehrhardt, 20, 532 E. Main St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Consumption of Alcohol. Discharged 05/21/11

0520/11 Matthew Gould, 26, 2575 E. 550 S., Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Contributing to a Minor and Reckless Driving. Discharged 05/21/11

05/20/11 Raymond Bloch, 52, 8202 W. 200 S. Francesville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/20/11

05/18/11 Nicholas A. Burrell, 32, 10375 E. State Road 23, Walkerton, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Drug-Induced Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 05/19/11

05/17/11 Robert Clawson, 28, 5911 S. State Road 119, Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear and a Probation Violation.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/23/11 A juvenile at the Knox Middle School reported the theft of a bicycle.

05/20/11 Robert Bogivich reported that he was parked in front of the New Millenium downtown and he observed a white van back into his Corvetter that was parked in front of the building.

05/19/11 Officers were called to a factory where drugs were found.

05/18/11 Brian Sheperd reported the theft of an electric razor.

Several credit card and bank fraud cases are being investigated by the Knox City Police Department.

Arrests:
05/18/11 Justin A. McDaniel, 22, 185 S. 925 E., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Interference with Reporting a Crime.

05/18/11 Three juveniles were arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Consumption of Alcohol.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/21/11 Sherry Everage called to report kids breaking out windows on a house at the corner of 700 East and 200 North.

05/21/11 A Trooper was notified of a resident possibly stealing construction equipment in the Ober area.

05/21/11 A resident requested an officer to report theft of services.

05/20/11 A North Judson resident flagged down an officer to report two missing radar detectors.

05/20/11 A report was given to police that the barricades were moved in the area of Range Road and 500 S. Dirtbikes and four-wheelers were going through the area where work is being done on the bridge.

05/19/11 A resident in the 11900 block of E. 50 N. in Knox reported the theft of a snow blower.

05/19/11 A resident in then 9700 block of E. 150 N. in Grovertown reported the theft of electronic items.

05/18/11 Brian from the Bass Lake Beach and Campground reported the theft of a golf cart.

05/17/11 Linda reported that a golf cart has been stolen from a camper at the Bass Lake Campground. It was attached to a camper with a cable.

05/16/11 A resident in the 11500 block of E. State Road 8 in Knox reported the theft of a vehicle.

Arrests:
05/21/11 David Lewandowski, 35, 8260 E. CR 550 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated and Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle.

05/21/11 James Darren Daniel, 540 N. 800 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

05/20/11 Randy Freet, 46, 9585 E. 200 N., Grovertown, IN, arrested on two counts of Strangulation, Domestic Battery and Interference with Reporting a Crime.

05/17/11 Douglas Beem, of Knox, was arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substances, Possession of Legend Drugs and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Myrtle Beem, of Grovertown, was arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substances, Possession of Legend Drugs and Possession of Paraphernalia.
David P, Howard, of Knox, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Visiting a Common Nuisance.

05/17/11 Tony A. Glover, 46, 106 ½ W. Market St., Nappanee, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon.

Accidents:
05/22/11 Judith Rochracher of Knox told police that she was driving south on Range Road by 450 N. in Starke County when her purse fell over. While driving, she attempted to pick it up. She looked up and almost hit a pole. She swerved to the left and drove into a ditch. The ditch was filled with water and the vehicle was completely submerged in the water. Rochracher was not injured. She was cited for expired plates and no insurance.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:

05/16/11 Officers responded to 504 N. Starke St. for juvenile problems.

Arrests:

05/17/11 Joseph P. Spiewak was arrested on charges of Domestic Battery.

The Hamlet Police Department have their own webpage.

Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/11/11 A report was made by the North Judson Police Department in regards to the theft of a wallet from an unlocked vehicle while it was parked in the alley of the 200 block of W . Sycamore. No cash was missing; however, credit cards and other items were taken.

05/09/11 The Incorporated Town of North Judson reported to police about the theft of water and water services in the 300 block of 625 South. A complete report was furnished to the Starke County Prosecutor requesting a warrant.

Arrests:
05/12/11 Carmen C. Clemons, 46, 6290 S. SR 10, Knox, IN, arrested on a Failure To Appear Warrant.

05/11/11 Joel L. Frederick, 20, 3724 E. 1300 North, Wheatfield, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

05/10/11 Nathan A. Suffridge, 30, 403 Lane Street, North Judson, IN arrested for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/10/11 Tina M Benton, 41, North Judson, IN, arrested on Starke County warrant.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/15/11 A resident in the Star City area reported that he has trespassers on his property. Two subjects were given citations for hunting on private property without permission.

05/15/11 A resident, who has recently been in the Pulaski County Jail, told police that some unknown person(s) attempted to break into her car.

05/14/11 A resident in the Pulaski area told police that he thinks someone put antifreeze in his dog’s food.

05/14/11 A Dollar General store employee called police to report a theft of items from the store.

05/13/11 A Winamac resident reported to police that a green van has been parked in a lot for 2-3 weeks. Upon further investigation, it was found that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Peru, Indiana.

05/13/11 A Winamac resident told police she saw someone tear up a bunch of mail and throw it into the river.

05/11/11 A resident in the Medaryville area reported the theft of saws.

Arrests:
05/13/11 Ricky A. McAbee, 29, 10251 E. 775 S., Monterey, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended.

05/13/11 Otis T. Young, 30, 1509 W. Harrison, Plymouth, IN, arrested on a Marshall County warrant and has additional charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Syringe, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

05/13/11 Avery A. Mullins, 28, of 477 N. 200 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on a Marshall County warrant and Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Syringe, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

05/13/11 Justin J. Olds, 22, 402 W. Main St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 05/13/11

05/13/11 Eric S. Wireman, 27, 1538 W. 160 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy. Discharged 05/14/11

05/13/11 Casey L. Carter, 20, 162 N. 325 W. Rensselaer, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor Consumption. Discharged 05/14/11

05/12/11 Chastity Morgan, 31, 6974 N. Center St., Monterey, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

05/12/11 Audrey Timm, 26, 203 W. Washington, Winamac, IN, arrested on a Starke County attachment. Discharged 05/12/11

05/11/11 Everette R. Price, 34, 16614 W. State Road 114 Lot 3B, Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery. Discharged 05/13/11

05/11/11 Mark A. Minix, 49, 0140 W. Toto Rd., North Judson, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants for Failure to Appear. Discharged 05/12/11

05/10/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 865 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/12/11

05/10/11 Carl Larkin, 48, 1867 N. 1550 W., Medaryville, IN, Court Order.

05/10/11 Ross Alvarez, 25, 3387 Texas St., Lake Station, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/12/11

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/16/11 A female resident reported that she was involved in a domestic battery situation. She told police she was cut on her finger by a knife and she had been slapped in the face by her boyfriend. No arrests have been made at this time.

05/10/11 Rebecca Scott reported the theft of her purse from her vehicle.

Arrests:
05/14/11 Cory Minix, 32, 4295 E. 200 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Resisting Law Enforcement.
Police were called to 4355 East 200 South for a complaint of a man to appeared to be high on a narcotic drug. When police arrived, the complainant gave them the description of the man and officers went to search for the man. The officers walked into the backyard and saw a man holding a chain saw standing next to a garage. The officers announced their presence and the man turned and walked away. The officers followed the man and as the officers were approaching the man, they announced their presence and Cory Minix asked the officers to repeat themselves as he walked towards them. According to police, Minix was walking quickly toward the officers with a chain saw in his hand and began yelling and cursing at the officers. Minix was ordered to drop the chain saw and he did not. The officer drew his weapon because the officer thought Minix was going to strike him with the chain saw. Minix threw the chain saw on the ground toward the officer and was taken into custody. Minix was not the suspect the officers were originally were looking for; however, the suspect in question was later located by a Starke County Sheriff’s deputy.
05/13/11 Stephen Pearce, 19, Super Value Inn, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Consumption.

05/12/11 Matthew Stamper, 29, 550 E. Washington St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Intimidation (two counts) and Domestic Battery.

05/12/11 Samuel Smith, 47, 428 W. Elm Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Disorderly Conduct, Domestic Battery, Intimidation, and Criminal Confinement.

05/10/11 Mark Minix, 49, 0140 W. Toto Rd., North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of Pulaski County for Failure to Appear.

05/10/11 Tina Christ, 20, 14758 Oak Ct., Plymouth, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, False Informing, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Legend Drug.
Brian Coffin, 44, 504 N. Starke St., Lot #59, Hamlet, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, False Informing, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Legend Drug.

05/10/11 Samuel Clemons, 18, 245 S. 800 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/15/11 A resident in the 8800 block of N. State Road 23 in Walkerton reported the theft of steel off the property.

05/15/11 James Henry reported the theft of 2 ATVs.

05/14/11 An employee at the Grovertown Truck Stop reported that a customer who said he forgot his wallet when trying to pay for gas has left and has not returned to pay for gas.

05/13/11 A resident in the 3000 block of E. 200 S. in Knox told police that some unknown person(s) blew up her mailbox.

05/13/11 Keith Vincent told police that his daughter was bitten in the face by the neighbor’s dog. The dog bite was not severe and the neighbor told the Vincent family that the dog was current on vaccinations.

05/11/11 A resident in the 10800 block of E. Kanney Ave., in Walkerton reported that his window was shot with a BB gun the night before and and unknown juvenile just hit the window and shattered it.

Arrests:
05/14/11 Delbert Porter, 50, of Walkerton, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

05/14/11 Michael Ernsberger, 35, of Walkerton, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Criminal Recklessness.

05/12/11 Terry Ashton, 35, Knox, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

05/12/11 John Wessely Rupert, 28, 45 W. Lake St., Apt. B, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

Accidents:
05/15/11 At 3:34 p.m., Don Ferguson from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department was driving a county squad car southbound on 100 West in the North Judson area when a vehicle driven by Linda Howell from North Judson entered the roadway and turned northbound from a driveway on the east side of the roadway and the front driver’s corner of Howell’s vehicle entered Ferguson’s lane of travel. Howell stated that she didn’t see Ferguson coming. Visibility was diminished due to vegetation. There were no injuries.

Two Arrested on Methamphetamine Charges in Pulaski County

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department officers arrested two people, Friday, May 13th, on methamphetamine related charges.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. ET, officers observed a vehicle pull up to a home near Beardstown on U.S. 35. Officers knew that the occupant of the home is in the nursing home and so they stopped and watched the occupants in the vehicle from a distance. After a while, the officers pulled into the driveway to check their story and one occupant fled into a building. At that time, Avery A. Mullins, 28, of Grovertown and Otis T. Young, 30, of Plymouth, were taken into custody. A wanted persons check found that both subjects were wanted on outstanding warrants in Marshall County.

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Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/08/11 A Winamac resident called police to report a hit and run. He had his car parked by the movie theatre and while he was at the movie with his friends, some unknown person(s) did damage to his vehicle.

05/08/11 Dollar General reported a shoplifter.

05/08/11 A Francesville resident reported a male juvenile subject shooting a BB gun around the area and hitting the neighbors’ property.

05/07/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a handgun.

05/06/11 A vehicle fire was reported to police in the Winamac area. Vehicle was fully engulfed when emergency personnel arrived on scene.

05/06/11 A cock fighting incident was reported to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

05/03/11 A Winamac resident said he just got home and noticed his apartment had been broken into. A flat screen TV was taken.

05/02/11 A Winamac resident requested an officer for vandalism to a vehicle. A mirror was tampered with and the other was pried off and run over by another vehicle.

05/02/11 A stolen scooter was located and returned.

05/02/11 A Denham resident reported the theft of a license plate.

05/02/11 A resident in the Bruce Lake area reported to police that three sheds were broken into at his summer place. Three sheds had locks on them and they were cut off. Several items were reported stolen.

Arrests:
05/08/11 Tyson Matthews, 21, 15811 W. 200 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery and Interference in Reporting a Crime. Discharged 05/09/11

05/05/11 Dustin Brubaker, 23, 3087 W. 700 N. Rochester, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 05/05/11

05/05/11 Arthur Smith, 19, 335 W. Narrow St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/09/11

05/03/11 Lelia Zengri, 24, 3355 N. 300 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/03/11

05/03/11 Elyse N. Jackson, 26, 2604 W. 700 N., Rensselaer, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 05/08/11

05/02/11 Tracy Redelman, 44, 2577 S. 50 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 05/03/11

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/07/11 The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum again called police for juvenile subjects throwing rocks at the train as it passed by along English Lake Road, just north of North Judson. North Judson Police responded and spoke with three juveniles responsible for throwing the rocks. A report was made and the parents were notified of the incident. No injuries or damages were sustained.

Arrests:
05/06/11 Stephanie N. Stoll, 23, 1475 W. 400 South, North Judson, IN arrested on a Starke Circuit Court Warrant for Theft and Forgery.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/08/11 Mike Singleton reported damage to a lock at the Knox Moose Family Center. He had tried to use his key to unlock the front door and found that it had been tampered with. He told police that he would have to open up the lock manually and replace the two keys that are inside the lock that had been damaged. There are no suspects at this time.

Arrests:
05/08/11 Dusty Kasten, 40, 9720 E. 100 N., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/05/11 Matthew Foster, 55, 4355 E. 200 S., Knox IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/03/11 Floyd S. Earnest III, 28, 702 Williams St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

05/03/11 A juvenile was arrested on a charge of Possession of Marijuana.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/07/11 A vehicle fire was reported in the 3900 block of South 200 E. in Knox.

05/07/11 A resident in the 200 block of N. 600 E. in Knox reported the theft of his daughter’s mailbox.

05/06/11 A Walkerton resident reported that some juveniles shot out his window with a BB gun and now they are coming to his residence and banging on his windows.

05/06/11 A vehicle fire was reported in the 6000 block of 500 S. in North Judson.

05/06/11 A resident in the 5800 block of E. 100 N. in Knox reported the theft of a wallet and purse.

05/06/11 A resident in the 2300 block of S. State Road 39 in North Judson reported to police that a window and screen were busted at the house.

05/04/11 A Grovertown resident reported the theft of a snow tire and rim from the residence. The suspect(s) also took the cover off a John Deere tractor.

05/04/11 A resident in the 5200 block of S. 800 E. in Knox reported the theft of a tractor.

05/02/11 Diana Hale of North Judson called to report her mailbox was damaged. Her brother’s mailbox was also damaged.

Arrests:
05/08/11 Stephen Manchen, 23, of Walkerton, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Interference with the Reporting of a Crime.

05/08/11 Michael A. Casey, 40, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/07/11 Charles Richard Shelby, 19, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

05/02/11 Kurt Wallace, 47, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Trespass.
Matthew Salyer, 37, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Trespass.

05/02/11 Ioan Sirghi, 57, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Receiving Stolen Property and Trespass.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Arrests:
05/09/11 Laura M. Beem was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Open Container and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

05/06/11 Two juveniles from Hamlet were arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery and the case was turned over to the Starke County Probation Department.

05/06/11 David P. Howard was arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

05/05/11 Barbara Main of Hamlet was arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/3011 The North Judson Police Department investigated a battery complaint in the 400 Block of E. Talmer Avenue involving juveniles. After all the subjects were interviewed by Police, a complete report was furnished to both the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office and Juvenile Probation for charges. One young boy did sustain minor medical injuries.

04/28/11 North Judson Police responded to a found debit card in the Subway Parking lot. The card was returned to the owner without incident.

Arrests:
05/01/11 Nicholas Brad Harper, 27, Wheatfield, IN arrested preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Driving While Suspended.

04/27/11 Wade A. Fletcher, 18, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Illegal Possession of Alcohol by a Minor.

04/26/11 James R. Ringer, 39, Monterey, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

04/24/11 Mark A. Fata, 43, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Public Intoxication.

04/24/11 Sandra A. Berg, 50, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While a Habitual Traffic Violator.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/30/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that a NIPSCO service man pulled his gas meter. The meter was pulled because his home was surrounded by water and it was pulled for safety issues. Resident was notified that the gas will be turned on when the water recedes. Subject was verbally upset with the NIPSCO service man and with police when confronted about the meter.

04/30/11 A Winamac resident reported that his brother stole his vehicle while it was stored at his residence.

04/30/11 A Winamac resident reported that her mailbox was demolished as well as several others down the road in the area of Smeltzer’s Division.

04/30/11 A Winamac resident reported that he left his scooter at his aunt’s house and she may have sold it to his brother. It is a black Honda “Elite” with baby blue rims and there is a crack around the front reflector.

04/30/11 A resident in Franklin Township reported that kids playing football hit a lady’s vehicle and the lady is irate.

04/29/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a camcorder.

04/28/11 A Winamac resident reported a break-in at a home. One of the owners called police to say he might know who took some items from the home.

04/28/11 A Winamac business called police to report a break-in. The action was caught on tape and the person responsible could be identified.

04/27/11 The owner of the mini storage unit across from the Monterey Elementary School reported a break-in. The door was ripped off and the items were gone. The owner of the rental unit called police to report the same incident a little while later.

Arrests:
05/02/11 Arthur Beam, 47, 8007 Corinne Ave., Star City, IN arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/01/11 Devin E. Trusty, 28, 2935 W. 1300 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/01/11

05/01/11 Joseph Liebner, 57, 3425 N. 450 W. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

04/29/11 Joseph McKeehan, 27, 3700 E. Debby Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 04/29/11

04/28/11 William Warren, 53, 3066 N. 300 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Receiving Stolen Property. Discharged 04/28/11

Watch for Social Security Scam!

Recently, an elderly women reported to the North Judson Police that someone called her residence claiming to be from the Social Security Administration requesting her social security number for the purpose of issuing her a new card.  In order to process the claim, the caller requested her bank account numbers. In this case, the women was pressured into providing the numbers and after realizing what she had done contacted the police and the SSA, as well as her local bank, canceling her account.

“Never provide your social security number or any bank account information to anyone calling you, and be sure you are dealing with a legitimate company when you do business over the phone or internet,” said North Judson Police Chief, Doug Vessely.  “If someone claims to be from your bank, the SSA, IRS, or the cable company and requests your account numbers, never give them out. They should already know the number. Be on the alert at all times and when in doubt, don’t provide the information to be cautious. Always call police immediately if you believe any account has been compromised. Be safe.”

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/02/11 Sarah Pick and Steve Berndt were witness to soemone keying Pick’s vehicle on Main Street. Three scratches were made on the passenger door of her truck. There is a suspect in the case.

05/01/11 Glenden Wilke reported that some unknown person(s) entered her vehicle and took a telephone book with personal phone numbers in it and the garage door opener to her garage.

04/30/11 Renee Markovitz reported that some unknown person(s) entered her back yard and threw all her patio furniture chairs all around the yard. Damage was caused to one of the chairs. Panel boards on her panel wooded fence had been broken out on the east and west side of the fence areas. A plastic bird bath had also been destroyed.

04/27/11 An employee at Osborne’s Mini Mart reported a gas drive off in the amount of $25.91.

04/26/11 Sammy Smith reported an unsecured door at the old Backstage Music building on Washington Street in Knox. The reporting officer noted in his report that there was notable damage to the door and it was standing open. The keyholder could not be contacted at the time of the report.

04/26/11 It was reported by Mike Burns of Knox that several cars on the lot at Best Ford had keys in the doors and one car was running. When he and his wife were walking by and noticed that keys were in the driver’s side doors. The reporting officer gathered the keys and secured 14 vehicles and also secured four other vehicles that did not have keys. The owner was advised of the situation.

Arrests:
05/03/11 Jack Royce, 26, 8910 E. 25 N. Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Criminal Mischief and Public Intoxication. He was arrested after allegedly trying to break into vehicles by the Starke United building.

05/02/11 A juvenile was arrested for Possession of Marijuana.

05/01/11 James Watts, 33, 1695 W. 400 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/30/11 Jeffery Nelson, 42, 403 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/27/11 Tammora Shei, 45, 601 S. Heaton St., #3, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Trespassing.

04/27/11 Charlotte Rupert, 24, 3030 S. US 35 Lot 614, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor.
Bruce Wireman, 19, 624 Forest PL. #3D, Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession.

04/26/11 Clark Clemons, 59, 707 E. St. Louis St., Knox, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/01/11 James, who lives in the 1900 block of W. 700 S., in North Judson, reported that his house and garage were broken into and items were taken.

05/01/11 A resident in the 5100 block of S. Elm Dr., in Knox reported the theft of a firearm.

04/30/11 A caller reported that the barricade on Range Road and 100 West was moved and 4-wheelers and 3-wheelers are running up and down on that road.

04/29/11 An employee at Next Door Foods reported the theft of $15 in gas.

04/29/11 A resident found a meth lab dump site while out hunting mushrooms in the 5500 block of S. 50 E. in Knox.

04/28/11 Casey Woods told police that some unknown person(s) broke out a window to his vehicle and stole items from the vehicle.

04/27/11 A resident was out hunting mushrooms in the area of 450 S. and Round Lake and found a meth lab dump site.

04/27/11 A Walkerton resident reported a fraudulent check from Chase Bank that was received in the mail.

04/27/11 a resident in the 700 block of S. 300 E. in Knox reported that a pole barn has been broken into.

04/27/11 A resident notified police that a suspicious vehicle was parked on the west side of 700 E. just past the monastery and the caller believes that subjects are taking items from the property and scrapping them.

04/26/11 A resident that lives across from the old Grovertown school on State Road 23 said that there is school bus that has been parked behind the locked gates all winter and now the lights on the bus are flashing on and off.

04/26/11 Steve Siddall from the Starke County Highway Department notified the County that 900 East between 550 South and 625 South will be closed due to high water.

Arrests:
04/30/11 Christopher Lamb, 20, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

04/27/11 Rustand Radkiewicz, 23, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

04/26/11 Christina Moore, 23, South Bend, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.
Allen Moore, 32, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

Police Reports

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/22/11 Linda Matkovich reported to police that while she was at home, someone opened the door on the passenger side of her vehicle and left it open. She did not find anything missing from her vehicle but she did observe a large scratch across the hood, stretching from the passenger side of the car to the driver’s side of the car.

04/20/11 Lydia Bradley reported money stolen from her purse while she was at Dollar General. She told police that she walked away from her purse for a brief moment and when she returned, she saw that the wallet inside her purse was open. Approximately $100 was stolen.

04/20/11 An employee at Next Door Foods reported the drive off of $30.01 in gasoline.

04/19/11 Knatasha Justice reported the damage done to the passenger side of her vehicle. It appeared that her vehicle had been struck by another vehicle. Approximately $1,000 in damage was done to the vehicle.

04/18/11 Richard McVicker reported the theft of a 20 pound propane bottle from a BBQ grill.

Arrests:
04/24/11 Jason Sims, 36, 604 S. Portland St., Knox, IN, arrested on two active Marshall County warrants.

04/23/11 Patrick Sobieck, 26, 308 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.
Richard Selva, 33, 308 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

04/22/11 John Rupert, 27, 903 S. Prettyman St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended-Prior. He was cited for false and fictitious registration and no insurance.

04/21/11 Lori Gregg, 29, 1705 E. State Road 10, Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/19/11 Darrell Gabbard, 45, 303 N. Clark St., Knox, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/22/11 A resident in the 4600 block of S. 550 E. reported the theft of a 4 wheeler.

04/22/11 A resident called police to report that a man was taking items from the dumpster parked on private property at 500 S. near the golf course.

04/22/11 A resident found a white plastic bag with a pink powdery substance and several empty Prestone cans around it in the 1200 block of E. S. of 700 N., south of the fence in Walkerton.

04/21/11 A resident in the 10600 block of E. 825 N. in Walkerton reported that some unknown subject(s) vandalized his boat and stole gas from the boat. The boat was not in the water at the time of the incident.

04/20/11 Bryan Tunis of North Judson reported the theft of the tailgate from his truck.

04/20/11 A resident in the 5700 block of S. 250 W in North Judson reported a break-in at the residence.

04/20/11 A San Pierre resident reported the theft of a credit card.

04/19/11 A resident in the 3000 block of S. US 35 reported the theft of air conditioners out of her apartment building.

Arrests:
04/23/11 David Vermilyer Jr., 29, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

04/22/11 Jamie Jones, 32, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Controlled Substance, Prescription Fraud and False Informing.

04/21/11 Evert Rudd was arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a 11% BAC.

04/20/11 Brian Standiford, 45, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Harboring a Fugitive, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a School, and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Heather Manns, 33, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant through Starke County. She was also wanted out of Pulaski County.

04/20/11 Brian Standiford, of Knox, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Amy Ahlenius, of Monterey, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Rose Martin, of Knox, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Visiting a Common Nuisance.
David Scarberry, of Donaldson, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Visiting a Common Nuisance.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/23/11 Scrap thieves once again struck the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson. It is not sure exactly when, but it was discovered that around 40 to 60 iron joint bars were missing from the property. The bars hold the rails together and weigh about 60 pounds each. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely commented, “It’s a real shame as these bars cost around $90.00 each to replace as new bars and for the scrap value, all 60 of them would be about $600 making each bar about $10.” Vessely is asking anyone with information concerning this scrap theft from the Museum or any other theft to please call the North Judson Police at (574) 772-5914.

04/20/11 The North Judson Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at Hoppe’s Hardware in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 21st. Unknown subject(s) entered the building through a back window they had broken. Several store items were reported taken as well as some copper electrical wire. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the North Judson Police or Crime Stoppers at (574) 288-STOP or 1-800-342-STOP.

04/18/11 A woman in the 300 Block of Garden Street reported to North Judson Police that her purse had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle while it was in her driveway.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/24/11 The Monterey Fire Department was called to a house fire on 800 N. At the time of the call, a neighbor told police that flames were coming from out the front door. The Bass Lake Fire Department was called as mutual aid to the scene. The Monterey Fire Chief reported to WKVI that the home was not a total loss but it is under investigation.

04/24/11 An accident was reported on US 421 where a pickup truck had rolled several times. The driver was out of the vehicle and walking around.

04/23/11 A resident reported a telephone scam. The caller advised the resident that a $7,000 grant would be awarded if she goes to a Western Union and donate $99. When the resident would get to Western Union, she would need call the caller back and say she was at Western Union and then the caller would advise who to make the donation to. The resident did apply for a grant but no personal information was exchanged. The resident was advised that this is a scam and she should report her number to the Do Not Call list.

04/23/11 Dollar General reported two shoplifters in the store. One suspect was detained and the other fled the store on foot. The second suspect was apprehended after a brief search.

04/23/11 A caller in Medaryville said kids by the Funeral Home are threatening to stab someone. When police arrived, one subject did have a knife. After an investigation, police found the suspect is already on probation for a weapons violation. No injuries were reported.

04/22/11 An employee at a Winamac gas station reported that a female subject has been there twice to fill up with gas and has driven off without paying for it.

04/21/11 A Pulaski resident reported to police that her mailbox was destroyed.

04/21/11 A caller in the Bruce Lake area told police that an LP tank has a pipe threaded into it with a cap on it. It is located off the roadway in his field. Dispatch called the Indiana State Police to clean up the area.

04/21/11 A Francesville resident reported the theft of hogs.

04/18/11 A telephone scam was reported. A resident said someone called her and said her husband was won a large amount of money and needs to send $700 and meet an agent at Wal-Mart. That agent would direct the caller to Las Vegas to verify his winnings and make payment arrangements. Dispatch advised caller to register the number on the Do Not Call list.

04/18/11 A Winamac resident reported that someone had stolen his parents’ truck.

Arrests:
04/26/11 John Rupert, 27, 6220 W. 750 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants.

04/24/11 Travis Wright, 22, 310 N. Logan St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery. Discharged 04/25/11

04/23/11 Anthony R. Massey, 20, 855 W. 49th Place, Chicago, IL, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Bribery and Resisting Law Enforcement. Discharged 04/25/11

04/23/11 Leroy Edwards, 24, 8485 N. 100 E., Lake Village, IN, arrested on site. Discharged 04/23/11

04/22/11 Steven Fairchild, 39, 167 Circle Dr., Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy. Discharged 04/22/11

04/21/11 Gary Ballard, 43, 106 1/2 Main St., Edinbergh, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/20/11 Michelle Parlett, 41, 512 Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 04/21/11

04/20/11 Larry Samons, 36, 319 N. Boone, Reynolds, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. 04/21/11

04/18/11 Samuel Baugh, 35, 303 S. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. Discharged 04/18/11

04/22/11 Benjamin Fitch, 30, 100 E. 700 N. Wheatfield, IN, arrested on Possession of a Controlled Substance. Discharged 04/24/11

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
04/25/11 Officers responded to 113 Division Street for three males in the back of the residence with flashlights. Upon arrival it was found to be officials from NIPSCO looking for a gas leak.

04/21/11 Officers responded to 504 N. Starke Street for a neighbor dispute. The situation was resolved.

Arrests:
04/19/11 Officers responded to 501 E. Oak Street in Hamlet for a domestic dispute. The subjects were separated and preliminary charges have been filed on Jenny Keeton for Battery.

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/17/11 A Winamac resident reported that someone tried to break into her home,. The screen was out of the window and the thermometer was moved. They didn’t enter the residence as the inside window was locked.

04/17/11 A Star City resident called police to report that a garden hose is hanging from an anhydrous ammonia tank at 625 E. and 450 S. The tanks were not leaking. A similar call was reported in Indian Township.

04/16/11 A caller in Cass Township reported that there was a domestic dispute in front of CPS involving a mam and woman. The woman was reportedly trying to hit the man with her van while the man was walking down the street. The woman left and then came back and tried to hit the man again with her car.

04/15/11 A Winamac business reported the theft of $69.75 in gas. The suspect was contacted and she will be back to the business to pay the money.

04/15/11 A Monterey resident reported that his car door swung open and hit another vehicle. The caller believes that there is more than $1,000 in damage.

04/14/11 The Monterey Tippecanoe Township Fire Department was called to assist the Bass Lake Fire Department in battling a grass fire headed toward a residence.

04/14/11 A structure fire was called in from a home in Winamac. Everyone was out of the house at the time of the call and no one was injured. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene.

04/13/11 A North Judson caller reported that someone broke into a barn on the property. The front door to the residence was kicked in also.

04/13/11 A minor jail fight was reported.

04/12/11 A Winamac resident told police that her prescription medication was stolen out of her vehicle.

04/12/11 A Denham resident told police that her backyard is on fire. The fire department was called to the scene.

04/12/11 A resident in Beardstown resident reported that someone has burned down his pine trees.

Arrests:
04/17/11 Gary Marshall, 56, 6941 N. 800 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active Federal ATF warrant. Discharged 04/18/11

04/15/11 Howard Mitchell, 38, 6055 Woodharst, Conway, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 04/15/11

04/13/11 Guy Harlan, 21, 317 E. 13th St. Apt. 8, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 04/14/11

04/13/11 Michael J. Campbell, 27, Chesterton, IN, arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear.

04/12/11 Brandon Williams, 27, 6582 S. 1400 W., Francesville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. 04/12/11

04/11/11 Ashley Whitaker, 24, 821 E. 250 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 04/11/11

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/15/11 The North Judson Police were informed of a theft of a 2009 Black Yamaha Moped from the 300 block of Main Street. The moped was taken sometime between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. from the apartment complex. Anyone with information of the the theft or the whereabouts of the moped is asked to call the North Judson Police Department at (574) 772-5914.

04/11/11 North Judson Police and the North Judson Wayne Township Fire Department responded to a truck that had struck live wires from a utility pole on Talmer Avenue near Ufkes Drive. The wire was hanging low due to an earlier storm and a branch striking the wire. A semi truck went through the area and pulled the wire down. Starke EMS was on scene as well. No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about the recent break-in at Ray’s Super Foods in North Judson is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers. Rays had offered a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. You may call the North Judson Police at (574) 772-5914 or Crime Stoppers at (574) 288- STOP or 1-800-342-STOP.

Arrests:
04/12/11 – Clayton E. Hale, 24, 601 Keller Ave., North Judson, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

04/11/11 – Roy E. Anderson, 39, Mishawaka, IN, arrested on Starke County Body Attachment for Child Support.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
04/14/11 The Starke County Sheriffs Department received a 911 call of three males in a white car circling the Hamlet gas station. The caller had heard one of the male subjects say something about a gun and a possible robbery. Officers responded and arrived just after the male subjects had left the gas station. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle. The vehicle described was located two days later and was occupied by one of the male subjects from the night in question. No charges have been filed at this time.

04/13/11 Marilyn Cunningham reported continuous problems with her neighbor’s dog. Officers responded and spoke with both subjects.

04/13/11 Dean Goble reported the theft of a bicycle from 109 Madison Street. Officers have recovered his bike and returned it to him.

04/13/11 Joshua Baugh reported a bike that had been stolen the night of the 12th from 504 N. Starke St. An investigation is still pending.

Arrests:
04/16/11 Jenny Keeton of Hamlet was arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

04/15/11 Freeman Spelts and Tracy Gaideski were arrested at the Holloway Motel and have preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Endangering a child.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/15/11 Cameron Clark reported the theft of a weed eater and a hedge trimmer from his shed. Some unknown person(s) unlocked his shed and stole the items. The told police that this is the third time that someone has taken things from his residence.

04/15/11 Rosie Rose reported her truck stolen from her workplace on Lake Street. It is a tan 1993 Chevy pickup truck.

04/14/11 Przemyslaw Gruszczwnski of Knox reported the theft of gasoline from his vehicles. About five gallons have been stolen. The thefts have occurred over a months time.

04/14/11 Greg Hatfield reported the theft of a baseball cap. He was reportedly battered by the accused later that evening.

04/14/11 Arron Trotter reportedly stepped in front of a vehicle driven by Brittany Rudd in Wythogan Park and she stopped. He attempted to talk to her and she reportedly stepped on the gas and in order to avoid getting hit, he jumped on the roof of her car. He had a minor knee injury.

04/13/11 Heaven Cain reported the theft of her wedding ring.

Arrests:
04/17/11 Michael T. Dalton, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. He was cited for expired license plate and no insurance.
Denise Dalton, 45, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant out of Marshall County.

04/15/11 Erik Draper, 33, 1000 E. Washington St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident and an active arrest warrant.

04/14/11 James Smyers, 44, 412 W. Madison St., Culver, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana under 30 Grams and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

04/14/11 Aaron Armes, 37, 7780 E. 50 S., Knox, IN, arrested on two Failure to Appear warrants out of Marshall County.

04/14/11 Danielle Lardino, 704 S. Portland St., Knox, IN, arrested on an arrest warrant for Receiving Stolen Property, a D Felony and Conversion, a Class A Misdemeanor.

4/14/11 Linda Wireman, 27, 308 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on Failure to Appear warrants through Starke County Circuit Court on five counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, D Felonies.

04/13/11 Dennis Bunch, 22, 201 N. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Amy Cooke, 29, 2065 N. 1200 E., Plymouth, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Christopher Lamb, 20, 311 Ruthie Dr. #B4, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Three juveniles were also taken into custody for Disorderly Conduct.
Police were called to the intersection of Culver Road and Main Street for a confrontation involving several people and it was getting out of hand.

04/13/11 Francisco Esparza, 23, 3860 S. 300 E. #B, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Battery.

04/13/11 Michael Daulton, 50, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. He allegedly stole electric from NIPSCO and the Knox Water Department by turning on the meters after they were shut off. He allegedly bypassed the electric meter.

04/14/11 Edward Smith, Jr, 18,.2120 E. 400 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana over 30 Grams and Reckless Driving. He was cited for no seat belt. The K9 helped recover a glass mason jar full of what tested positive as marijuana.

04/13/11 Seth Draper, 30, 1000 E. Washington St., Knox, IN, arrested on active arrest warrants for Non-Support of a Dependent.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/17/11 Lillian from North Judson reported that some unknown person(s) broke into her residence and told items including an ATV from her garage.

04/17/11 A resident in the 2200 block of E. Toto Rd. in Knox reported items stolen from the residence.

04/17/11 A resident in the 5100 block of S. 100 W. in North Judson reported the theft of power cables.

04/16/11 A resident reported her vehicle stolen from US 30 and US 35.

04/16/11 Mike Childers reported vandalism to his mailbox.

04/15/11 A resident in the 1200 block of N. 1025 E. in Knox reported that someone broke into his garage while he was on vacation.

04/14/11 A resident in the 3500 block of W. 800 S. in North Judson reported that batteries were stolen out of equipment.

04/14/11 Elaine Bruhn reported the theft of items from a rental home.

04/14/11 A resident in the 3900 block of S. Boa Dr. in Knox reported the theft of a wallet and jacket from a vehicle.

04/13/11 Harry Tolson requested an officer for a theft report. Some items were stolen off his truck.

04/13/11 Ashley Jacobs told police that someone broke into her minivan and stole an Xbox, and PS3.

04/13/11 Vurtice Albright reported the theft of a firearm from his vehicle.

04/13/11 A resident in the 100 block of N. Pearl St. in Knox reported the theft of a firearm.

04/12/11 Estella Perez told police that someone used a screwdriver to open her car window and stole her purse out of her vehicle.

Arrests:
04/17/11 Michael Handley, Jr., 26, 2569 S. State Road 39, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

04/15/11 Six individuals were arrested after police found illegal meth labs in the Holloway Motel in Starke County. Mathew Schoff, Cheryl Paschen and Kimberly Hurley face preliminary charges ranging from Manufacturing Methamphetamine to Possession of Paraphernalia. Freeman Spelts and Tracey Gaideski have preliminary charges ranging from Neglect of a Dependent and Possession of Methamphetamine to Possession of Precursors and Paraphernalia. Timothy Clark has a preliminary charge of Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

Accidents:
04/19/11 Victor Puntus, 56, of Blue Island, Illinois was traveling in his semi going north on US 421 He moved in his lane and checked on oncoming traffic. He came back over to his driving lane and started to slide. He went off the road and down into the ditch, laying the semi on its side. He wasn’t injured in the incident. The total estimate of all damage in the crash was $10,000-$25,000.

Pulaski County Dispatchers Recognized during Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Pulaski County dispatchers Back row: Helen Chamness, Lori Sturgell, Susie Hemphill, Patty-Jo Rausch, Carol Crist, Donnetta Conley. Front row: Sheri Gaillard, Connie Haschel, Sue Fox, Laura McIntosh, Michelle Twellman

This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators week and we have been hearing from dispatchers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. Today, Sue Fox, Chief Dispatcher at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, tells us about the dispatchers there.

“We have ten dispatchers and they are all EMD certified for Emergency Medical Dispatching and they will take care of all pre-arrival instructions for a person who calls in needing assistance from 9-1-1,” explained Sue Fox. “We also receive quite a bit of paperwork from the court, whether it be warrants or civil papers, and we process those papers and distribute them to the proper locations.”

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Police Reports

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/07/11 North Judson Police investigated a report of the theft of utilities in the 500 Block of Laurel Street. The North Judson Water Department reported a meter, which was turned off, had been turned back on and had water consumed. An investigation was conducted and a report with pending charges was provided to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

04/06/11 Officer Dennis Fornelli located three juvenile males on the grounds of the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, in and around the train cars. After a short time, the three were picked up and transported to their respective parents. The following morning, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum reported to Officer Joe Budner that several train cars, the building, and equipment had been vandalized and damaged. Many windows were broken out as well. Police returned and conducted interviews with the three juveniles and learned they had done the damage. A complete investigative report was furnished to the Starke County Probation Department and the Prosecutor’s Office requesting charges and restitution from the juveniles.

On another unrelated incident at the museum, Police were again called on Friday afternoon in reference to 2 juvenile males throwing rocks and beating on a train car with a board. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely and Officer Fornelli detained the two and had their parents come and pick them up. This report was also furnished to the Probation Department for review. Remember the Museum grounds and all Railroad properties are closed to off road vehicle traffic and the buildings and train cars are not to be entered, tampered, or damaged at any time.

Arrests:
04/08/11 Juarez Hermenegilda, 32, 4035 W. 800 South, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

04/08/11 Scott E. Cambern, 19, 5267 S. Holiday Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

04/06/11 Jonathan Cortez, 18, 4230 South 250 West, North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/09/11 A Winamac resident reported that someone tampered with the back door of his residence. The lock was broken and the key won’t work. Nothing was reported stolen.

04/09/11 A Cass Township resident reported the theft of wiring off an irrigation system.

04/08/11 Four juveniles were kicked out of the Winamac Town Park for the remainder of the year after residents complained that they were fighting by the 4-H building. They had been warned before this incident and were given a no trespassing warning in the Park.

04/08/11 A Pulaski resident reported that someone came onto his property and stole his boat and part of his boat trailer.

04/07/11 A Beardstown resident reported that he was watching a pile of leaves burning and a person came flying up on him in a pickup truck. The person hit the neighbor’s fence and was sitting sideways in the road. After an investigation, the suspect was intoxicated and was tazed due to his aggressive nature. He was taken home for the evening.

04/06/11 A Cass Township resident reported $700 worth of copper wire removed from a trailer and several trees cut on the property.

04/06/11 A Bruce Lake resident called to report a stolen license plate.

04/04/11 A Pulaski resident called to report that his ex-girlfriend stole his car.

04/04/11 A caller advised that a telephone pedestal cover was found off the pedestal with bullet holes in it. The rest of the box was hanging by the wires. Another pedestal was located and it was also damaged.

Arrests:
04/09/11 Valerie Bolen, 48, 1100 S. 250 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance. Discharged 04/10/11

04/09/11 Douglas Manns, 41, 6355 S. 250 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 04/09/11

04/09/11 Jeanne Rubalcava, 52, 6508 421 N. Medaryville, IN, arrested on a body attachment warrant.

04/08/11 Roseann Welda, 25, 5032 S. 400 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 04/08/11

04/08/11 Keith Fritz, 26, 237 S. 200 W., Winamac, IN, Court Order 12 months.

04/07/11 Tyler Shepperd, 21, 12650 W. 175 N. Medaryville, IN, arrested on active arrest warrants.

04/07/11 Tylor Hughes, 19, 14898 W. 300 N., Medaryville, IN, Court Order 6 months.

04/05/11 Thomas J. Knudson, 60, 6519 E. 750 N., Culver, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Domestic Battery. Discharged 04/06/11.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/11/11 Greg May reported that someone stole a well pump from the well at 0995 S. and 250 E. in Knox.

04/10/11 Connie Clark requested the fire department for a woods fire behind her residence on 600 North.

04/10/11 Heather Clemons reported her IPhone stolen.

04/10/11 Chuck Mueller requested to speak to an officer. He believes that someone tried to break into his shop. Some unknown subject(s) messed with his fuel tank.

04/10/11 Shannon Kietzman advised of a fire in the 4800 block of E. 250 S. in Knox.

04/10/11 Carol Whitley reported her purse stolen from the Bass Lake Pub.

04/09/11 Shelby Clemons reported that someone stole his two pugs from his residence. He called the Humane Society and they were there.

04/08/11 Katherine Gergley called police to report that a male subject in an older pickup truck broke into her shed and came out with her husband’s log splitter on the back of the trailer. She passed him coming from the residence. After further investigation, the reporting officer discovered that the log splitter had fallen off the trailer and skidded down the road.

04/08/11 Garry McIntosh reported that a man was jumping out into the roadway in front of vehicles. Police gave the subject a ride home.

04/08/11 Holly Kell reported the theft of a laptop.

04/07/11 A brush fire was called in on Toto Road and 650 W. in North Judson.

04/06/11 A caller reported vehicles in and around an abandoned house across from the access point at English Lake. The caller said that the unknown subjects have guns as he can hear shooting.

04/06/11 Sherry McDaniel of Knox reported that three windows were broken out of her car including the sunroof.

04/06/11 James Hough reported the theft of his German Shepherd puppy.

04/06/11 An employees at Knoll Brothers reported a semi tipped over on US 30. The driver was pulling out of the parking lot of the facility when it tipped.

Arrests:
04/10/11 Victoria Farkas, 26, of Walkerton, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. The Walkerton Police Department advised that she was driving her car and hit a pole in the 8900 block of N. State Road 23 in Walkerton.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/13/11 Jennie Carter from Drug and Tobacco Free Starke County reported to police that 500 yellow stadium caps, 12 boxes of pencils and 500 key chains were stolen from her office.

04/12/11 Andrea Donnelly reported that two men in their 30s approached her at her home and questioned her about a trailer parked out in front of her home. She them that it was not for sale but she’d write down their names in case she does decide to sell it. As she was walking into her home to get a pen, the two men attacked her. They picked up a knife, held it to her throat, and asked if she had any money or pills. She said she had some money in her pocket but not any pills. She gave them what was in her pocket and they locked her in her bathroom. After she called police, she noticed that they stole a cell phone and some pills that she had.

04/09/11 Officers were called to 300 E. and 100 S. in reference to a traffic accident. The reporting officer observed a 2009 black passenger car and it appeared that it traveled through a yard on the northwest corner of the intersection before traveling west on 100 South where it crashed into a tree. The car belongs to Jennifer Miller and she told police that she had been at the bar and she left the keys with her boyfriend Anthony Davis. She left the bar on foot with a friend. Anthony said he had left the bar and put the keys in the vehicle for Jennifer in the event she returned. The vehicle crash occurred a half mile west of their residence.

Arrests:
04/12/11 Frankln Harrodon, 20, 802 E. New York St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Resisting Law Enforcement.

04/11/11 Paul Higdon was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
Traci Jacobs was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

04/08/11 Katelin Allen, 23, 103 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Trespass.

04/06/11 Curtis Bradley, 24, 322 W. Spruce Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Neglect of a Dependent (x2), Resisting Law Enforcement, Disorderly Conduct, Reckless Driving and Public Intoxication.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
4/12/2011 Officers responded to 504 N Starke St for juveniles shooting BB guns.

4/12/2011 Officers responded to 504 N Starke St for a harassment case involving two Juveniles at the bus stop.

4/11/2011 Officers responded to the Hamlet apartments for a loud noise complaint.

4/9/2011 Officers responded to 504 N Starke St. for a verbal argument between juveniles.

Arrests:
4/8/2011 Officers were called to 301 Pearl St for a 911 caller who advised her son had battered her. Officers arrived and spoke with Phyllis Summery. Summey said that her son, Corbin Gayheart, had hit her in the chest after an argument over money. Corbin was located in the home, arrested and transported to the Starke County Jail. He has a preliminary charge of Battery Causing Injury.

4/5/2011 20-year-old Jaime Sanchez of Mexico was arrested for Driving Without a License. Upon further investigation, Sanchez was found to be an illegal immigrant. Sanchez posted bond on the charges and was deported back to Mexico.

From the Plymouth Police Department:

Arrests:
04/14/11 The Plymouth Police Department was called to the Prairie View Group Home after receiving a complaint that a court committed subject escaped from the facility. Officers located 18-year-old Shayne Hammer of Plymouth when officers confronted him, he resisted. Officers had to use force and a taser to gain control before he was transported to the Marshall County jail on preliminary charges of Escape and Resisting Law Enforcement.

04/13/11 A Knox man was arrested after leaving Wal-Mart with unpaid merchandise. The Plymouth Police Department was called to Wal-Mart after Jacob Scott, 24, of Knox stole merchandise and fled the store. Scott lead police on a foot pursuit through the Pioneer Seed wetlands area where he was eventually apprehended. He was taken to the Marshall County Jail on preliminary charges of Theft and Resisting Law Enforcement.

Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/01/11 A resident in the 500 Block of W. Talmer Avenue reported some tools taken from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway. Reported missing to the North Judson Police was a cordless drill and an Milwaukee hammer drill. This remains under investigation.

03/30/11 North Judson Police investigated a report of a shoplifter at the Dollar General Store. Chief Doug Vessely investigated the incident and arrested Jeannie B. Rubalcava for Theft and Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

03-28-11 North Judson Police responded to the 600 block of Lane Street in reference to a theft from a vehicle. A payroll check was taken from the glove box and the bank was notified to stop payment on the check. Also involved with this same incident was locating several credit cards and driver’s license, which were recovered and returned to the owner.

Arrests:
04/02/11 – Shane C. Howard, 20, 7580 S. 200 West, Winamac, IN, arrested Illegal Possession of Alcohol by Minor.

04/01/11 – Patrick Arnett, 20, North Judson, IN, arrested Illegal Possession Alcohol by Minor.

03/31/11 – Cutis M. Batey, 50, 705 E. Talmer Ave., North Judson, IN, arrested for Failure to Appear on a Starke County Warrant.

03/30/11 – Jeannie B. Rubalcava, 52, 6408 US #421, Medaryville, IN, arrested for Theft, Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams, and a Body Attachment from Pulaski County.

03/29/11 – Donald Ray Dennison, Jr., 21, 5344 Independence Ave., Portage, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear Warrant through Porter County.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
04/02/11 Betty Barnett reported damage to her fence at 504 N Starke St. Lot:41

04/01/11 Hamlet Police responded to a noise complaint and verbal argument at the Down and Under Pub.

03/31/11 Patrick Newell Reported damage to his mailbox at 11 W. Indiana Ave. in Hamlet.

03/28/11 An unwanted subject removed from Wayne Apartments.

Arrests:
04/02/11 Richard Lavery was arrested and has preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Open Container.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/03/11 A Winamac resident told police that he was driving down the road and a tree fell on his truck. He wasn’t injured but his truck was damaged.

04/03/11 A caller in the Denham area reported that the woods were on fire near his residence. The North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.

04/03/11 A Winamac resident reported his bike stolen.

04/03/11 An officer was approached by a Pulaski resident who said that some unknown suspect(s) untied his pontoon boat. He believes someone tried to steal it but it got caught up.

04/03/11 A large field fire was reported in the Beardstown area. State Park employees were asked to check and see if it reached the campground. They reported that it hadn’t.

04/02/11 A Star City resident reported the theft of a horse trailer.

04/01/11 An accident involving a pickup truck and an ATV was reported to the Sheriff’s Department. No injuries were reported.

04/01/11 A caller called in a possible dog fight in Monterey. Police could not find any evidence of the event.

03/31/11 A Denham resident reported a grass fire and it was spreading fast. The North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/31/11 A woods fire was reported in the Ripley area. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/31/11 A possible woods fire was reported in the Starke City area. The Star City Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/31/11 A caller in the Bruce Lake area reported the theft of anhydrous tanks.

03/30/11 A caller reported a subject went up to a residence in Winamac and started loading up a bunch of stuff. After police investigated the call, the subject returned the property that was taken.

03/30/11 A woods fire was reported in the Medaryville area and it was spreading fast. The Medaryville Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/28/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a tailgate.

03/28/11 A caller reported a corn field on fire in the Pulaski area.

03/28/11 A caller reported that two male subjects came out of his barn and left on foot from his property. Nothing was reported stolen.

Arrests:
04/04/11 Arnold Neely, 47, 6286 N. US 421, Medaryville, IN, Court Order.

04/04/11 Allen Moore, 32, 308 Arlington St., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. Discharged 04/04/11

04/03/11 Billy Bates, 53, 17346 Tomahawk, Plymouth, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 04/03/11

04/02/11 Robert Howard, 25, 3201 W. 250 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 04/02/11

04/02/11 James Watts, 33, 527 W. Madison, Winamac, IN, arrested on a Starke County warrant. Discharged 04/02/11

04/02/11 Miranda Steele, 20, Culver, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/01/11 Melissa Slavens, 34, 236 W. Norway Rd., Monticello, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. Discharged 04/01/11

03/31/11 Richard E. Gossett, 59, 741 E. Chouinard, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charge of Child Molestation.

03/30/11 Chad Weaver, 23, 2690 N. 175 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine and an active arrest warrant.

03/31/11 Michael Smith, 43, 612 Parkside, Valparaiso, IN, arrested on a LaPorte County warrant. Discharged 03/31/11

03/29/11 Sherrie L. Braasch, 43, 301 E. St. Lot 25, Winamac, IN, Court Order.

03/29/11 Jacqueline Mayhill, 31, 109 N. George Ct., Monticello, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. Discharged 03/29/11

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/04/11 Alcie Mercer reported the theft of $100 from her kitchen table. There is a suspect in this case.

04/01/11 Eunice Cleveland told police that some unknown person(s) had thrown a large rock through the driver’s side window of her 1998 Ford Ranger truck that was parked by Washington Street.

03/31/11 Hobart Givens reported that three of his tires on his 2001 Ford Taurus had been slashed and deflated. There is a possible suspect in the case.

03/30/11 The Water Superintendent advised that he shut off the water at 510 S. Shield Street on March 25th and his crews returned on March 28th to find the meter had been tampered with. They found that the resident had turned the water back on.

03/30/11 Dawn Stamper reported that someone stole her 15-month-old Pit Bull dog named Cooper. The dog was fenced in and she observed the entrance gate closed but it was not secured with the bungee cords that usually secure the gate. The cords were loosened and hanging off the gate.

Arrests:
04/03/11 Billy Bates, 53, 17346 Tomahawk, Plymouth, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant through Pulaski County.

04/02/11 Richard Kozecar, 21, 4015 S. 300 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

03/31/11 Justin Kleist, 28, 0575 N. 650 E. Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

03/27/11 Michael Furlong, 57, 408 E. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/03/11 Residents were walking on 150 S. and 800 E. and found was looked to be a mobile meth lab or a dumpsite.

04/03/11 Dale Shannon found a license plate and took it to the Sheriff’s Department.

04/02/11 A resident in the 1100 block of E. 400 N. in Knox reported that some unknown person(s) kicked in a basement door and window.

04/02/11 A resident in the 7200 block of W. 700 S. in North Judson reported finding a wallet.

04/01/11 A resident in the 4700 block of S. 450 W. in North Judson reported that his residence has been broken into and his guns and medications were taken.

04/01/11 Jason Crane called police report the theft of a kayak and two paddles.

04/01/11 Ida in the 5800 block of S. U Road E. in North Judson reported the theft of a security camera.

Arrests:
04/04/11 Lisa Napierkowski, 3595 N. 950 E., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Trafficking with an Inmate and Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance.

03/31/11 John Grigsby, 42, Monon, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended-Prior, Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property.

03/29/11 Omas Fletcher, 45, of Grovertown, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (two counts).

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