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From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

06/18/11  A home in the 300 Block of W. Weninger Street was broken into with a few items missing and some copper stolen as well. The North Judson Police are investigating this incident.

06/16/11  A report was made with the North Judson Police for an IPOD Touch, with a blue back, lost and believed stolen from the Town Park. Anyone with information or who may have found the IPOD is asked to contact the police at (574) 896-5914.

Arrests:

06/19/11  Jason D. Hansen, 30, 2335 W. Toto Road, North Judson, IN, arrested for a Failure to Appear Check Deception Warrant through Pulaski County.

06/18/11 Juan Martinez, 22, 6551 N 1150 West, North Judson, IN, arrested for Operator Never Licensed and False and Fictitious Plates.

06/16/11  David P. Howard, 28, 5406 S. A Street, North Judson, IN, arrested for a Probation Violation through Starke Circuit.

06/13/11 Jame H. Hayes, 41, 606 Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear aarrant through Starke County Circuit Court.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

06/19/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of a water heater.

06/19/11 An accidental shooting occurred in Beaver Township. Caller said his girlfriend got shot with a .22 in her upper left collar bone. A witness advised that that a male was shooting chipmunks and the victim was going to get a kitten she was playing with and didn’t realize he was getting ready to shoot the gun and he fired the weapon. It was reported and handled as a freak accident.

06/18/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of farm equipment, metal off of buildings and rolls of wire.

06/17/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of copper wire from one of his properties.

06/17/11 A Winamac resident told police that she was outside working in her yard when some unknown person(s) got into her car and purse and took all of her pain medication.

06/17/11 A Medaryville resident requested an officer. Some unknown person(s) stole two freezers from her property.

06/17/11 A resident on old State Road 14 called police to report that someone just ran their car into his yard. The driver stated she wasn’t paying attention and went around the corner and crashed into a parked car. No injuries were reported.

06/17/11 Caller reported the theft of scrap metal from a residence in Winamac.

06/17/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that some unknown subject(s) have let all the water out of her pool again.

06/16/11 Arby’s reported money stolen from the business.  The business is conducting an internal investigation.

06/16/11 A Francesville resident reported the theft of medications from a vehicle while parked at IGA in Francesville.

06/16/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of medications from his vehicle that was parked at the gas station.

06/13/11 A Medaryville resident told police that he is on pain medication and his pills were stolen out of his vehicle.

Arrests:

06/19/11 Jason Hansen, 30, 2335 W. Toto Rd, North Judson, IN, arrested on a body attachment. Discharged 06/20/11

06/17/11 Michael Kasten, 55, 1195 S. State Road 119, Winamac, IN, arrested on a Probation Violation.

06/17/11 Danielle L. Primmer, 18, 210 S. Market St., Apt. 2, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

06/17/11 Nicholas Burrell, 32, 1611 E. 700 N., Walkerton, IN, arrested on-site. Discharged 06/19/11

06/17/11 Melissa Land, 45, 104 Spring St., Winamac, IN, arrested on-site. Discharged 06/19/11

06/17/11 Rachel Wolfe (Rearick), 23, 2963 W. 325 N. Winamac, IN, arrested on-site. Discharged 06/19/11

06/16/11 Nathan Goble, 23, 4600 S. County Rd. 210, Knox, IN, arrested on-site. Discharged 06/16/11

06/16/11 James Schwartz, 21, 5492 W. 700 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on-site. Discharged 06/17/11

06/13/11 William Herrick, 53, 253 E. 150 S. Apt. 5, Winamac IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. Discharged 06/14/11

06/13/11 Kenneth Hopkins, 22, 15489 W. 450 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
06/16/11 Officers were dispatched to a possible intoxicated subject that was not wanted at the Hamlet Trailer Park.

06/15/11 Officers were dispatched to a property dispute between two neighbors.

06/12/11 Officers were called to a domestic complaint in regards to an intoxicated individual.

If you know of anyone doing anything suspicious or illegal and wish to report it and remain anonymous, you can now send an anonymous tip to the Hamlet Police Department. Log on to this website and click on the anonymous tip link found on the home page. This page is powered by a third party therefore it is 100 percent anonymous. You do not have to enter your email address or name. Just type in your tip and press submit.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
06/19/11 Linda Sweet and William Spencer reported that some unknown person(s) broke into their home, ransacked it and stole items. According to William, the back door was forced open and Snap-on tools were stolen along with a flat screen tv, clothes, and jewelry.

06/15/11 Mary Shepherd reported her purse stolen from her vehicle.

06/15/11 Bob Cole reported the theft of a portable fire radio from his vehicle. The unknown suspect(s) attempted to remove this GPS system but failed.

06/15/11 Zachary Craig reported that a GPS unit, two cell phone chargers and a pair of Under Armor football gloves were stolen from his vehicle.

06/15/11 Vonda Butler called police to report that satellite radios were stolen from her husband’s vehicle and her vehicle.

–Four vehicles were broken into the night of June 14th. If anyone knows anything about these incidents, call the Knox City Police Department and leave an anonymous tip. Call (574) 772-4122 and select option 3.

06/14/11 Scott Ward, who works for NIPSCO, reported a meter missing off the side of a residence. Ward told police that he was at the residence on Locust Drive on June 1st and had shut off the electric to the residence. He put a lock on the meter and now the lock and the meter are gone.

06/13/11 Crystal Fisher reported the theft of a moped and a push lawnmower.

Arrests:
06/19/11 David Warren, 26, 10775 E. 50 N., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle with at least a .15% BAC.

06/19/11 Dwayne T. Roe, 44, 7295 N. 700 E., Hamlet, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

06/18/11 Anthony Clemons, 49, 2240 N. US 35, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Intimidation.

06/18/11 Jason Sands, 35, 507 S. East St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. He also had an active arrest warrant.
Kathy McFarland, 19, 8944 S. Sycamore St., Monterey, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Minor in Tavern and Illegal Possession.
Jennifer Kajer, 1497 Short Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Minor in Tavern and Illegal Possession.
Sarah George, 20, Union Mills, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Minor in Tavern and Illegal Possession.

06/14/11 Jerry Cappis, 53, 303 N. Clark, St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
06/19/11 A resident in the 6300 block of E. Lake Street in Knox reported that his summer cottage has been broken into. The caller did not see anything missing.

06/19/11 Jollie Howard told police that someone broke into the trailer he was working on in North Judson and stole all of his tools.

06/18/11 A resident in the 2100 block of W. Country Lanes S. in Knox reported the theft of items from his residence.

06/18/11 A resident in the 7600 block of S. 700 E. in Monterey reported the theft of a license plate.

06/17/11 A resident in the 4000 block of S. Woodland Rd. in Knox reported that some unknown person(s) slashed the screen on her porch and then stole a 30 or 40 pound cement duck.

06/14/11 A Monterey resident reported the theft of a horse.

06/14/11 A resident in the 3400 block of E. Country Lane S. in Knox reported that some unknown subject(s) siphoned gas out of her vehicle.

06/14/11 Brandon Breammer reported the theft of two weapons and two computers from his father’s house. A large flat screen TV, a computer printer and some external stereo speakers were displaced. They were sitting near a door in the garage.

06/13/11 Doug Klausen of Knox told police that two of his brother-in-law’s axles are missing from his pole barn. He also reported that 200+ feet of copper wire was missing.

Arrests:
06/19/11 Dustin Hodges, 20, Crown Point, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Reckless Driving.

06/18/11 Thomas Wayne Norem, 53, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

06/17/11 John Minix, 48, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

06/15/11 Mindy Hendricks, 43, of Walkerton, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Public Intoxication.

06/14/11 Allen Krock, 37, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery with Serious Bodily Injury.

Accidents:
06/13/11 Richard Fritz of Elwood, Illinois, told police that he was traveling eastbound on US 30 near 900 East when a deer ran out from the south to the north in front of him. Fritz stated that he swerved to avoid striking the deer and when he did, the trailer that he was pulling started to slide, causing him to lose control. Fritz went off the roadway on the south side of the road and the trailer flipped over, coming loose from his vehicle. The boat that was on the trailer flipped off the trailer landing on its top.

Passed Out Motorists Arrested

Finas Conley

Tyson Matthews

Two Pulaski County residents were arrested after police found them reportedly passed out at the Marathon gas station in Medaryville on Sunday.

Police pulled up to the vehicle that was parked at the pumps.  Officers woke up the occupants, Finas Conley, 43, of Francesville and Tyson Matthews, 21, of Medaryville, and both were incoherent.  Police found a plate with a white powdery substance in Conley’s lap and a silver pill container.  Also found was a straw with a white powdery substance on it and inside it.   The pair were allegedly in illegal possession of prescription medication at the time of the incident and they were in the act of snorting it.  They were detained and taken to the Pulaski County Jail.

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Pulaski County Police Department Investigates Theft

Stephanie Burton

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated a theft from Twice is Nice on Saturday.

The owner, Kristen Ledden, told police that Stephanie Burton, 31, of San Pierre, was in her store and caught Burton placing a pair of shorts into her purse.  Ledden confronted Burton and asked her to remove the item from her purse, give it back to her and leave the store.  Burton sat on a chair outside the store and Ledden called the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

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Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
06/11/11 Unknown subject(s) broke a window out of a van while it was parked at a home in the 200 Block of W. Weninger Street. North Judson Police are investigating the incident.

06/06/11 A parent in the 700 Block of East Talmer Avenue reported his 15 year old son as a runaway to the North Judson Police. The boy was later located in the area and returned to his parent.

Watch Where You’re Skateboarding! The Norwayne Park Skateboarding area is open for anyone to skateboard on. You must skateboard in this designated area or on your own private property. North Judson Police are reminding citizens that skateboarding must be done on your own private property, on private property that the skateboarder has written permission to be on, or in the Norwayne Park Skateboard area. No skateboarding is allowed on town sidewalks, state or city roads, schools, churches, business parking lots, or other areas except on private property or the Norwayne Skate Park area. Police have been issuing town ordinance tickets to violators. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely advised that the first-time fine for a skateboarding ordinance ticket is $15.00.

Arrests:
06/06/11 Jeri N. Chapman, 30, 516 College Ave. Rensselaer, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Conversion for shoplifting at North Judson Dollar General and arrested for a Failure to Appear Warrant through Jasper County.

06/06/11 Heather L. Rowe, 22, 11791 W. 275 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Conversion for Shoplifting at North Judson Dollar General.

06/04/11 Bradley D. Morgan, 28, 601 E. Talmer Avenue, North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Driving while Suspended and Reckless Driving.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

06/12/11 A Winamac resident reported a break-in at his residence. The door was kicked in and the event occurred in broad daylight.

06/11/11 A Star City resident reported the theft of strap-on steps to his deer stand.

06/11/11 A Winamac resident notified police that he snagged a power line and it is down and on his anhydrous applicator. He was told to stay in the tractor until NIPSCO clears the scene.

06/11/11 A resident in Winamac reported that someone was at her brother’s residence and stole scrap metal.

06/09/11 A Francesville resident told police that some unknown person(s) is trying to break into the house.

06/09/11 An officer was called to a hazardous material spill. Caller reported that a tank was upside down in the Monon Ditch and the caller could smell the fumes from the chemicals.

06/09/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of air conditioners.

Arrests:

06/12/11 Finas Conley, 43, 11021 W. 300 S.. Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Discharged 06/12/11

06/12/11 Tyson Matthews, 21, 11264 W. 200 S., Francesville, IN,arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Discharged 06/12/11

06/11/11 Stephanie Burton, 32, 7473 N US 421, San Pierre, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

06/08/11 Nathan VanDerAa, 33, 4838 S. 500 E., Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Precursors.

06/07/11 Thomas Braun, 25, 325 N. 450 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 06/07/11

06/06/11 Shane Owens, 39, 101 W.. Monon St., Francesville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 06/07/11

06/06/11 Brandon John Hines, 23, 1A Sering, Logansport, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 06/07/11

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
6/11/11 Officers responded to a report of a dispute between a group of juveniles at the Town Park.

6/09/11 Shannon Griffith reported theft of pain medication.

6/08/11 Larry Clemons reported he was being harassed.

6/08/11 Officers responded to a domestic compliant.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
06/13/11 James Mueller reported the theft of an air nail gun and an air compressor. The items were taken from his vehicle. There is a possible suspect in this case.

06/12/11 Kim Schlink reported the theft of her son’s NEXT bike. It is a 26” bike, red, with balloon sized tires.

06/10/11 Shauna Kidder reported the theft of two Mountaineer 15 speed bikes from outside her residence. One is an olive green and gray colored bike and the other is a girls purple/black colored bike.

06/09/11 A small child was attacked by a dog while both were chasing after a baseball. The child sustained injuries to his chest, right shoulder, and right side rib cage. The owner was contacted and he told police that the dog, a Saint Bernard/Lab mix, would be put down.

06/09/11 Raymond Beedle called police to report that some unknown person(s) ran into the driver’s side rear cab area of his truck.

06/09/11 Pam Wakefield reported that some unknown person(s) ran into her car and damaged her car’s front drivers side panel while parked at CVS.

06/07/11 Kayla Thompson told police that a suspect threw a brick threw her home’s window with a note attached to it. Both back doors and the windows on the north side of her home were broken. She later reported her food stamp card missing.

06/05/11 Keith Brettin reported his wallet missing.

Arrests:
06/14/11 Heather Carpenter, 37, 508 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Disorderly Conduct.

06/13/11 Hobart Givens, Jr., 21, 601 E. Culver Rd., Knox, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Stalking and Possession of Marijuana. Givens, Jr. reportedly asked an 11-year-old girl for a ride and she told him no and told her parents about the situation and he was subsequently arrested.

06/12/11 Kristopher Rogers, 26, 604 E. St. Louis, St., 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:
06/11/11 A break-in was reported in the 3800 block of Woodland Dr. in Knox.

06/11/11 A resident in the 1500 block of 775 South in Knox told police that someone keeps taking her dog from her residence and taking the dog to the Humane Society.

06/11/11 A resident in the 4200 block of S. 250 W. in North Judson reported the theft of items from her yard sale. The suspect is Stephanie Burton who was arrested the same day in Pulaski County for theft.
06/10/11 Tans R Us requested an officer to the store in reference to a female that stole a bottle of lotion. The subject gave back the lotion, but the employee was concerned that the female may be intoxicated.

06/09/11 A resident in the 2000 block of S. State Road 39 in North Judson reported the theft of her lawn mower and pool supplies.

06/09/11 A resident in the 11000 block of E. Nicole Dr. in Culver requested an officer to report items stolen from his home.

06/09/11 A resident on Toto Road and 200 East reported the theft of a trailer stolen from the storage units.

06/09/11 Police were notified that Michael Vincz was arrested by Demotte Police for theft of cardboard bales and two of the bales belonged to Save-a-Lot in Knox. The manager of the store said five bales were stolen on May 25th and two others were stolen on June 2nd. The recycling company that Vincz works for is not the recycling company that picks up the recycling. The bales were to be returned to the store.

06/08/11 A resident advised that his daughter was driving her car and it died on State Road 8 by the Yellow River bridge. A friend came by the next day and noticed that the windshield had been busted out.

06/07/11 A resident in the 3400 block of E. Island View Dr., in Knox requested an officer for an attempted theft incident.

06/06/11 A resident in the 2200 block of E. Toto Rd. in Knox told police that when she came home after a few days, she found that some unknown person(s) broke a window out of her home.

Arrests:
06/09/11 Rodger Griffin, 48, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon, Resisting Law Enforcement.

06/09/11 Raymond Risner, 40, of Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

06/07/11 Paul Edward Minix, 48, of Winamac, IN, arrested on a Possession of Marijuana and Driving While Suspended.

Accidents:
06/11/11 Curtis Reutebuch of Knox was traveling on US 35 and turning eastbound on 175 North and he didn’t see a Hamlet police car coming at him. Jeremiah Patrick, the Hamlet Police Chief, was driving the police car and had to drive off the road to avoid the collision. The Hamlet police car sustained damage to the under carriage due to large rocks on the curbside.

Thieves Hit Medaryville Marathon Station

A burglary occurred at the Marathon Station in Medaryville on Sunday, June 5th.

The power had gone out in the store late Saturday and the store was forced to close. At approximately 1:30 a.m. ET, an employee drove around the store to check on it and all doors were secured. The store manager arrived at the business about four hours later and discovered the west door had been kicked open. The suspect(s) went into the cash register area and forced open a change box, but no money was reported missing. After a preliminary inventory check, it was found that seven to eight cartons of cigarettes were stolen, seven or eight 24 pack cases of beer were stolen along with an unknown amount of alcohol.

The police continue to investigate this incident. An Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technician was called to investigate the scene. If you know anything about this incident, call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and leave an anonymous tip at (574) 946-6655. The case has been turned over to Pulaski County investigations and the Medaryville Police Department.

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.

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