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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).

Manhunt in Pulaski County Nets Arrest

An Idaville, Indiana man was arrested after a two day manhunt in Pulaski County.

On Monday, March 28th at 10:09 p.m. ET, Pulaski County Deputy Ryan Austin stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of County Roads 700 West and County Road 500 South. The passenger immediately exited and fled on foot into the darkness. The driver, Jacqueline S. Mayhill, 31, of Monticello, was taken into custody and arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine. The passenger was identified as Charles Douglas Warren, age 47, of Idaville, and was not immediately captured. A manhunt using K-9s was eventually called off at 1:30 a.m.

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Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
03/24/11 A guardian reported a 13-year-old female juvenile as a runaway to the North Judson Police. After a short investigation, North Judson Officer Dennis Fornelli located the female and returned her home.

03/21/11 North Judson Police responded to the 500 Block of Talmer Avenue in reference to a reported dog bite. An incident report was taken by police and a dog bite form was filed by the Starke County Humane Society. The animal owner was issued an ordinance ticket for an unlicensed dog which carries a $50.00 fine.

Arrests:
03/27/11 Marsha R. Davis, 26, 6466 W. 600 North, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

03/21/11 Randy L. Bishop, 33, 607 Lane Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on an active Child Support Warrant.

Hamlet Police Department

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
03/24/11 Todd Ferch reported that scrap had been stolen from his residence on Davis Street in Hamlet.

Arrests:
03/23/11 Johnathon Hummel was arrested on a preliminary charge of Criminal Trespass.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/27/11 A break-in was reported at a barn in Winamac. The owner did not know if anything was stolen at the time the call was placed.

03/27/11 Jasper County requested the Medaryville Fire Department to assist in investigating a call. An officer said there is a cloud of smoke and a weird smell. It could be an active meth lab.

03/26/11 Officers were called to an accident in Winamac where injuries were reported after a car was reported in a deep ditch. A person was reportedly airlifted out due to the extent of injuries sustained in the accident.

03/26/11 A caller in the Town of Pulaski reported that someone broke into his cabin on the river and stole all of his tools, a furnace, windows – everything he had to rehab the home.

03/25/11 A caller from the Town of Pulaski reported a stolen motorcycle. The bike was taken from his barn. It was last seen at the property one month ago.

03/25/11 Pulaski County Jail Division requested an officer in reference to found contraband.

03/25/11 A Winamac resident called to report that her daughter was in Valparaiso and the license plate was stolen off of her car.

03/24/11 A Monterey resident called police to report the theft of four kayaks from his residence.

03/23/11 An EMT called to report that she hit a deer and then she hit a cement guard rail. The airbags deployed and she is bleeding from the head. She is walking around but needs to be checked.

03/22/11 A caller in Francesville called to report that someone went completely through his fence and continued into his field. The caller said that there was no way the driver could get out of the car because the wire and post is wrapped around the car. The driver was not hurt in the accident.

03/21/11 A caller said her neighbor’s trailer was on fire. The suspect who was moving out allegedly stated that he was going to burn it down when he was done moving out.

03/21/11 A resident in the Town of Pulaski reported that his barn was broken into.

03/21/11 A man from North Judson called police to say that he may be following a green Ford Explorer he reported stolen over a year ago. After a VIN check, it turned out that the car was not the one reported stolen.

03/21/11 A caller reported an accident in Francesville. The driver had wrecked in the caller’s yard. The driver had hit a utility pole and the lines were on top of the vehicle. Power was reported out and utility crews were called to the scene. The driver was not injured.

03/21/11 Two people were injured after a tire flew off another vehicle. The incident happened in Winamac.

03/21/11 A driver called police to report a possible drunk driver ahead of him on the road in Medaryville. Police stopped the vehicle where they learned the driver had been talking on his cell phone and texting while driving. The driver was issued a citation.

Arrests:
03/26/11 Tracey Poor, 48, 480 13th St., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

03/26/11 Nicholas Burnell, 32, 1011 E. 700 N., Walkerton, IN, Court Order, Weekender. Discharged 03/27/11

03/23/11 Michelle Henson, 44, 124 N. Wisconsin, Lake Station, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear.

03/22/11 Judy Hagerman, 36, 1250 S. State Road 119, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 03/23/11

03/22/11 Timothy E. Hampton, 35, 313 W. Cool Spring, Michigan City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

03/21/11 Jason Alan Wilkerson, 35, 313 S. Maple Ave., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 03/22/11

03/21/11 Lyle Homer Rankin, 73, 183 W. 600 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/21/11

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
03/28/11 Kayla Thompson reported vandalism to a bedroom that was being rented at a residence in Knox. Items were also reported stolen from the residence. There is a possible suspect in the case.

03/28/11 Al Noble reported the theft of a Billy Goat leaf blower.

03/27/11 An employee at the Next Door Food Store reported the theft of $38 in gas.

03/26/11 Penny Back told police that some unknown people backed into the front bumper of her vehicle. The vehicle was parked on Main Street at the time of the incident.

03/24/11 Rolland McVey reported his truck stolen. He was sitting at his kitchen table when two male subjects came walking into his kitchen from his back room. He asked them how they got in and they said their daughter had been bitten by a dog. McVey said he doesn’t own a dog and he got up from the table and started walking toward them. They turned around and took off running out the back door. He later he looked out and saw his truck missing. His keys were missing from the key hook that hangs next to the back door. The males appeared to be in their late teens. The truck is a teal 1997 Ford truck.

03/23/11 Jeannie Brewer reported that she was out of her home for a few hours and when she returned, she found that her front door had been forced open. Her rented TV and surround sound system were stolen.

03/22/11 Matthew Zink reported that the two juvenile suspects who admitted stealing cash from him and promised restitution have not followed through with the agreement.

Arrests:
03/26/11 Michael Dalton, 50, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

03/26/11 Cathy Kidd, 218 1/2 Washington St., Alexandria, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Body.

03/25/11 Joshua Sprinkle, 28, 7920 Blue Jay Ln. Apt B, Indianapolis, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .15%, Operating a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Body, and Possession of Marijuana.

03/25/11 Daniel Pastorcik, 310 N. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on two counts of Neglect of a Dependent, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Reckless Possession of Paraphernalia.
Tiffany Pastorcik, 309 Ruthie Dr. #A-4, Knox, IN, arrested on two counts of Neglect of a Dependent.

03/24/11 Samuel Smith, 47, 428 W. Elm Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Trespassing.

03/23/11 Daniel Jones Sr., 38, 4673 Garfield St., Gary, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/28/11 A Knox resident reported the theft of a 2000 GMC Sierra. The vehicle was not plated.

03/27/11 A North Judson resident called police to report some unknown person(s) pranking her by banging on the windows and ringing the door bell. This type of behavior has happened in the past.

03/27/11 Frank Mowbray reported his tools stolen.

03/27/11 Garrel Cole told police that he was down at Wythogan Park and backed into a cable by the river and broke it.

03/27/11 Police were dispatched to Hickory Hills Campground in reference to a theft that occurred there. Witnesses saw a purple pickup pull up to the property in question and a male subject got out, took something, put it into the truck and then drove away. Police caught up with the suspect who said he was given permission by an old man to take a battery from the residence. The witnesses stated that there wasn’t an old man there during the day. The suspect was subsequently arrested for theft.

03/26/11 Rodney Cooper reported his four wheeler stolen.

03/24/11 Shawn Allen reported the theft of his debit card.

03/24/11 A Knox resident residing in the 110 block of N. 1200 E. reported someone blew up his mailbox.

03/23/11 A gray Ford pickup was reported stolen from San Pierre Auto.

03/23/11 An unknown suspect damaged 10 bushes and broke beer bottles against the side of the Little Dove Baptist Church that caused cracks and holes.

Arrests:
03/27/11 Dale Chlebek, 45, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

03/27/11 Lisa Napierkowski, 29, of Knox, arrested on preliminary charges of False Reporting, Possession of Methamphetamine and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.

Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

03/19/11 The North Judson Police responded to the Bank of Indiana in regards to counterfeit United States currency. Police investigated the incident and took possession of the counterfeit bills. An investigation continues as charges are pending. The Secret Service was notified of the incident.

Arrests:
03/14/11 Omas E. Fletcher, 45, 2070 N Garba Dr., Grovertown, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended Prior and Possession of Methamphetamine.

03/14/11 Nicole D. Moss, 38, 504 N. Starke St., Hamlet, IN, arrested for a Body Attachment Warrant.

03/15/11 Bryan S. Dollahan, 36, 302 Jones Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication and False Informing.

03/15/11 John P. Trent, 43, 302 Jones St. North Judson, IN, arrested for Battery Class A Misdemeanor.

03/18/11 Shanna M. Risner, 32, 0655 E. 500 South, North Judson, IN, arrested for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/18/11 A caller in Pulaski reported that her home and the neighbor’s home have been broken into. The lock on the gate was tampered with.

03/18/11 A resident in Denham reported the theft of a license plate.

03/18/11 A camper was seen on fire in the woods. The Medaryville Fire Department was called to the scene. No one was in the camper and the camper is was reported as a total loss.

03/18/11 A caller reported his vehicles stolen and now he believes someone is living in his home that he’s moving out of. Baby toys and rattles are in the house there weren’t there two days ago.

03/18/11 A resident told police that he is out of town and his neighbor called him to say that he saw someone standing by his garage. The caller said there shouldn’t be anyone at his residence.

03/17/11 A caller requested to speak to an officer to talk about items stolen from the house he is moving out of.

03/17/11 A caller reported shots fired behind his home. Police located subjects shooting a .22 into a safe backstop. No safety issues were noted.

03/17/11 A field fire was reported in Medaryville and it was spreading fast. The Medaryville Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/17/11 White County advised Pulaski County that Monon police were trying to catch up to a speeding car now headed into Pulaski County. The Monon unit stopped the driver in Francesville. Driver was cited for driving 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. The driver told police she was running late from a tanning appointment.

03/16/11 A caller told police that a vehicle has been left in a parking lot for a few days now and the caller fears that it may be stolen. A 72 hour tag was placed on the vehicle.

03/16/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of a 1953 Jeep, 4-5 propane tanks, torch set, 3 wheeler and possible more from a residence. Caller told police that the whole house was trashed. Caller said he had moved and went to check on the Jeep and it was gone. A 1981 Pontiac Firebird was also stolen.

03/16/11 A caller in Winamac reported being bit by a dog. The dog was being walked on a leash. The dog tore the caller’s pants and punctured the skin. The caller wanted to know if the dog has had all of its shots.

Arrests:
03/20/11 Todd Fischer, 43, 104 Maple Dr., Medaryville, IN, Court Order for 14 days.

03/20/11 Cheyenne Allen, 34, 6077 N. 575 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of LaPorte County.

03/20/11 Diane Allen, 33, 5218 S. Driftwood, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of Starke County. Discharged 03/20/11.

03/19/11 Paul Burgess, 43, 504 117th St., Hammond, IN, Weekender.

03/19/11 Russell Antrim, 55, 6355 W. State Road 14, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 031/9/11.

03/19/11 Gregory Perkins, 50, 405 E. 13th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 03/19/11.

03/18/11 Arthur Smith, 19 335 W. Narrow St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication, Resisting Law Enforcement, Minor Consuming, and Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 03/19/11.

03/18/11 Kelsie Gainer, 19, 2554 S. 1000 W., Kewanna, IN, Court Order, Weekender. Discharged 03/20/11.

03/18/11 Johnny Green, 42, 419 W. Maple Dr., Knox, IN, Court Order 27 days.

03/18/11 Jacob Carter, 28, 715 E. Washington, Rensselaer, IN, Court Order 120 days.

03/17/11 Mogan Malek, 26, 315 S. Slate, Culver, IN, arrested on an active warrant. Discharged 03/18/11.

03/17/11 Michael Dennis, 36, 2901 S. Goyer Rd. Apt. 9, Kokomo, IN, Court Order.

03/17/11 Erica Oquendo, 35, 3934 Evergreen Rd. Apt #4, East Chicago, IN, Court Order.

03/16/11 Gene Wilkerson, 24, 285 Node Rd., Center, KY, Court Order. Discharged 03/17/11.

03/15/11 Mindy Gross, 31, 104 E. Rensselaer St., Mt. Ayr, Indiana, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/17/11.

03/15/11 Michael Smith, 30, 8676 E. Van Buren, Culver, IN, Court Order. Discharged 03/15/11.

03/15/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 867 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active warrant. Discharged 03/15/11.

03/14/11 Glenn Scott, 19, 114 S. Smith, Kewanna, IN, Court Order.

03/14/11 Trent A Deardorff, 25, 3436 E. 250 S. Star City, IN, Weekender.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Arrests:
3/20/2011 Jody Spicer was arrested on a warrant for two counts of Burglary, two counts Theft, Criminal Trespassing, Criminal Mischief, and Battery resulting in bodily injury.

3/17/2011 Adam Makowski was arrested and charged with Theft Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of Marijuana.

3/17/2011 Steven Sandoval was arrested and charged with Theft Receiving Stolen Property and False Informing.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
03/21/11 A Knox woman told police that she was in and out of her house moving boxes all day and as she was walking out of her house and she was hit by someone in the face. The police noticed that the left side of her face and eye were red and swollen. There are no suspects at this time.

03/18/11 The cashier at Next Door Food Store called police to report that she found a clear bag containing a white powder in the parking lot. The powder was field tested and it was positive for methamphetamine.

03/16/11 Dawn Allen reported that while she was at work, she saw someone parked in her driveway and she yelled at them to leave. Upon leaving, the suspect backed up into her fence and left.

Arrests:
03/21/11 Kelly Robinson, 20, 701 E. Danker St., #18, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery, Strangulation and Interfering with Reporting a Crime.

03/20/11 Clark Clemons, 707 E. St. Louis St., Knox, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

03/18/11 John O’Malley Jr., 72, 6355 E. 25 N., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .08%.

03/18/11 Samuel Singleton, 36, 0345 N. State Road 23, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Prescription Forgery.

03/17/11 Terry Wheeler, 15 1/2 Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

Accidents:
03/20/11 The Knox City Police Department investigated a two car accident on State Road 8 and County Road 500 East. According to the accident report, Austin Tessner of Knox was traveling westbound on State Road 8, just past County Road 500 East, when he observed the vehicle in front of him slow quickly. He applied his brakes but was unable to avoid a collision with Rosalind Romenzak of Knox who told police she was slowing quickly because the car in front of her stopped quickly to turn into a driveway on State Road 8. When Romanzak’s car was hit, she lost control of her vehicle and she hit a NIPSCO pole, breaking it in half. She sustained a minor injury in the crash. A portion of the City lost power as a result of the accident.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/19/11 A Monterey man told police that he and his wife had been out of town and when they returned home, the lock on the REMC electric box had been cut.

03/19/11 A resident requested an officer to report her license stolen.

03/19/11 Mike Childers reported his mailbox stolen. In a later conversation with the suspect in the incident, the suspect agreed to reimburse Childers for the mailbox.

03/19/11 A caller notified police that his friend’s car was damaged. The car’s ignition switch had been tampered with while the vehicle was parked in the 700 block of N. 1025 E. in Knox.

03/18/11 Julie Bailey reported finding a small black Sony camera case with an ATM card and other identification in it. Police took possession of the item.

03/18/11 A caller from the 2300 block of S. US 35 in Knox reported the theft of all the copper from her air conditioner.

03/18/11 Phyllis Shepherd told police that a piece of firewood from the back of the truck traveling in front of her flew out and went through her windshield. She needs an officer for a report.

03/18/11 A Knox resident reported the theft of a furnace.

03/17/11 A Knox resident called police to report that two windows have been kicked in at her residence.

03/17/11 A caller reported a stop sign down at 100 West and Toto Road.

03/16/11 Linda Fort of North Judson reported the theft of a safe, guns and several other items from her residence.

03/15/11 A caller told police that a man in a green Pontiac was running down a male subject on foot in Borne’s Trailer Park. Officers did not locate anyone at the scene.

Arrests:
03/19/11 Christopher Keiper, 20, of Grovertown, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Illegal Possession.

03/19/11 Lisa Napierkowski, 29, of Knox, IN, arrested on a probation violation.

03/15/11 Michael Reimbold, 40, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Intimidation on Law Enforcement and Disorderly Conduct.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department to Offer Registry for Alzheimers, Dementia and Autism Patients Prone to Wandering

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer told WKVI that the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has had many calls concerning missing people; specifically those with Alzheimers, Dementia and Autism. The Sheriff would like to start a registry and have individual profiles on file at the Sheriff’s Department so if your loved one is missing, he/she can be located easily.

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Police Reports

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
03/11/11 The North Judson Police Department responded to a break-in at Ray’s Super Foods on Lane Street on Friday around 4:50 a.m. A back entry door appeared to have been pried open and a front window was broken out. Unknown subject(s) entered the business taking both cash and merchandise with several tobacco products being taken as well. It is believed the burglar(s) made entry between 3:00 and 4:20 a.m. Police have few leads and are asking for the public’s help by encouraging people who might have any information regarding this incident to call the North Judson Police at (574)772-5914 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-STOP or 1-574-288-STOP. Chief Doug Vessely reminds people if you call Crime Stoppers you don’t have to leave your name and they do not have caller ID. “Any tips would be greatly appreciated,” Vessely added.

Arrests:
03/08/11 Samuel M. J. Bradley, 35, 5202 S. Detroiter Lane, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
03/10/11 James Demis reported the attempted theft of gas from his vehicle from 111 S. Jefferson St., in Hamlet.

03/11/11 Richard Main reported that his vehicle had been vandalized overnight at 504 N. Starke St., Lot #59, in Hamlet.

03/13/11 An unwanted subject was removed from 603 E. Plymouth in Hamlet.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/13/11 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a fire in the Medaryville area. The person calling in the fire told dispatch that a van just burst into flames. After investigating the fire, it was learned that the van could have been stolen.

03/12/11 A Winamac resident reported that someone just backed up into her brand new car.

03/12/11 A caller in Winamac reported the theft of mail from the mailbox.

03/12/11 A Winamac resident complained that three males with metal detectors were at a residence and digging up the yard. The three told police they were looking for coins. Police asked them to leave the premises as they didn’t have permission to be on the property.

03/12/11 A Francesville caller reported a stolen truck. The caller believes the babysitter stole the truck. The babysitter often runs errands in the truck but now she has taken off with the truck and will not give it back.

03/12/11 A caller in the Denham area reported a crimper and wagon stolen from the property.

03/12/11 A caller in the Monon area reported that some unknown person with a chemical is going door to door and it seemed suspicious.

03/12/11 A caller in the northwestern part of the county told dispatch that he had permission to leave his broke-down truck in front of a residence and he would have it towed. He left the area and when he returned, the truck was there but the truck’s license plate was gone.

03/11/11 A caller in the Pulaski area called to report that a summer home had been broken into. The garage door was open and a John Deere Gator was missing.

03/11/11 A Winamac resident advised police that a girl threw his bike in the river. After confronted by police, the girl retrieved the bicycle.

03/10/11 Jasper County dispatch advised that a suspicious male is going door to door asking residents for gas money. They believe the subject may be headed into Pulaski County.

03/10/11 The action of property damage vehicle accident in White County caused a pole to snap in half that affected residents in Pulaski County. No serious injuries were reported.

03/10/11 An officer was requested for a belligerent customer at a local gas station who doesn’t want to pay for gas.

03/10/11 A theft was reported from Ace Hardware.

03/10/11 A caller in the Denham area called police to report 20-23 roosters tethered to barrels. The caller thought the police should look into this in case it’s for cock fighting purposes.

03/09/11 A Medaryville caller told police that some unknown person tried to break into his garage again. The suspect was wearing all black and took off after the homeowner shot at the subject with his BB gun.

03/08/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of a car stereo.

Arrests:
03/14/11 Trent Deardorff, 25, 5436 E. 250 S., Star City, IN, Court Order.

03/12/11 Justin Back, 23, 2835 E. Toto Rd., Knox, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 03/12/11

03/11/11 Marie Collins, 42, 2702 Paoli Pl., New Albany, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

03/10/11 Michael McGovern, 42, 706 N. Riverside Dr., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and a Court Order.

03/10/11 Jennifer Summers, 30, 6341 N. US 231, Rensselaer, IN, Bond Revoked.

03/10/11 Jon Heck, 57, 224 W. 12th, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Public Intoxication.

03/10/11 Jonathan Wulitich, 34, 207 S. Cray St., San Pierre, IN, Court Order. Discharged 3/10/11

03/09/11 Angela Spiller, 57, 10005 E. State Road 8, Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/11/11

03/08/11 Dennis Williams, 36, 3420 W. 200 N., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

03/08/11 Craig Cranmar, 48, 7920 Country Breeze, Culver, IN, Court Order.

03/08/11 James Fox, 42, 2730 Fairbanks St., Gary, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/08/11

03/07/11 Thomas F. Warren, 56, 7653 Crist Ln., Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/07/11

03/07/11 Dalena Kretchmer, 43, 1022 Warehouse St., Lafayette, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/07/11

03/07/11 Ozzy J. Blameuser, 20, 303 N. Smith St., Kewanna, IN, Court Order. Discharged 03/13/11.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
03/13/11 Jose Gorge told police that a black and white dog was chasing the chickens in his chicken house and the dog killed one of them. Gorge told police that he is missing about 11 chickens and he believes the dog has killed all of them.

03/13/11 An officer was called to Wythogan Park where two women reported being harassed by a man in a red truck. He reportedly approached the women demanding money.

03/12/11 Rhonda Zitt, 404 E. New York St., Knox, IN, cited for Driving While Suspended-Prior.

03/11/11 Natalie Scott reported damage to her vehicle while it was parked at Five Star. There is a possible suspect.

03/11/11 Brad Lovely reported his 1997 S10 pickup stolen from 53 W. Lake St. There is a suspect in this case.

03/09/11 Knox City police were called to the Astoria Inn. An employee reportedly found drug paraphernalia in a motel room.

03/09/11 Crystal Reed reported finding a debit card at the Keybank ATM along with the receipt.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/13/11 A structure fire was reported in the 8700 block of E. 25 N. Washington Township Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/13/11 Kyle Nissen reported the theft of trailer axles in the 500 block of S. 275 W. in North Judson.

03/12/11 Kyle Nissen reported the theft of two mobile home axles.

03/12/11 Craig McEndarfer reported the theft of a Yamaha Zuma.

03/12/11 Clyde Singleton reported an attempted break-in. Some unknown person(s) attempted to break into his shed. He fired a gun in the direction of the people running from his residence.

03/11 Marsha with A.L. Olson Real Estate requested to speak with an officer. An air conditioning unit was stolen from a house that is up for foreclosure and needs a report.

03/10/11 Cathy Brown called 9-1-1 to report her house was on fire. She said it started in the chimney. The San Pierre Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/10/11 Roberta Williams requested an officer. Checks were written on a closed account.

03/10/11 Ashley Jones of Monticello reported her cell phone stolen from the Sand Bar.

03/09/11 Jake Lovely reported a stolen cell phone.

03/08/11 A caller reported a neighbor’s truck stolen.

Arrests:
03/13/11 Colton Romenzak, 21, Knox, IN arrested on charges of Domestic Battery and Criminal Mischief. After appearing in Knox City Court, he was given an added charge of Contempt of Court.

03/13/11 Frank Solberg, 41, arrested on a Violation of a Protective Order-Invasion of Privacy.

03/13/11 Jerry Sanchez, 40, South Bend, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Conversion.

03/12/11 Donald Fletcher, 42, of North Judson, IN, arrested on an active body attachment warrant.

03/12/11 Craig Coad, 29, of Monterey, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Arrests:
03/02/11 Austin R. Steger, 18, 2735 South 650 West, North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

03/02/11 Richard L. Carter, 27, 504 Mulberry Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on 2 Pulaski County Warrants.

03/02/11 Johnathan R. Chambers, 18, 6920 S. 5747 West, San Pierre, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Armed Robbery and Felony Intimidation.

03/03/11 Cheryl L. Hodges, 35, 109 E. Vine Street, North Judson, IN arrested on Deceptions warrants from Brown and Bartholomew Counties.

03/04/11 A 17 Year old juvenile male arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession of Alcohol.

03/04/11 Christopher J. Caudill, 18, 3082 S. Angela Drive, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession of Alcohol.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/06/11 A tow truck driver was getting ready to tow a car in the Francesville area when another car came by, hit the car he was towing and then hit him. The tow truck driver had a cut on his head and ended up being transported to the hospital.

03/06/11 A Star City resident called to report the theft of a car trailer.

03/06/11 A Winamac caller reported that a Windstar van drove through her yard, hit the phone box and took off.

03/05/11 Police were called to a location in the northwestern part of the county where an officer found a stopped car. Upon investigation, the driver had passed out and was slumped over the steering wheel. An open beer bottle was found in the console.

03/05/11 A police officer told dispatch that he is out with a disabled vehicle. It’s off the road with nobody around. The keys were on the seat and the vehicle appears to have been damaged from an accident. The officer noted that it appeared that the vehicle had been sitting there for a while.

03/04/11 A Pulaski resident told police that he is at a summer home and the gate is open and the chain is off. The garage door was open as well as the door going from the garage into the house. Nothing was reported stolen.

03/04/11 A resident in the Beardstown area reported the theft of deer statues.

03/04/11 A caller told police that a 1982 Chevy truck was stolen from his property. The truck was not drivable. It was for scrap only.

03/04/11 A Winamac resident told police that a suspicious male tampered with the mail in her mailbox.

03/03/11 A Winamac resident reported that a Pepsi machine had been broken into.

03/03/11 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a fire at a wood shed and the shed is located close to the house. The caller told dispatch that the fire wasn’t as bad as originally thought and the fire was put out before the Fire Department arrived.

03/02/11 A caller in the Denham area told police that when she arrived home, the front door was kicked in and her dogs were outside.

03/01/11 A person in Monterey reported a mailbox and post stolen from the residence.

03/01/11 A caller reported a grain truck on fire at a neighbor’s house.

03/01/11 A Monterey resident reported his AK-47 stolen.

02/28/11 A Medaryville resident moved into a residence a week and a half ago and reported things missing from the residence. She believes the people who helped her move stole her items.

02/28/11 A caller in Medaryville reported that some unknown person(s) tried to break into the house and storage shed.

Arrests:
03/07/11 Lonnie Howard, 24, 454 N. Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

03/06/11 Tracy Lee Manns, 37, 7676 N. 575 W. Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/06/11

03/06/11 Bernard Tidey, 67, 15852 W. 200 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

03/05/11 Brent Smith, 32, 2002 N. Chippeaw, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 03/05/11

03/05/11 Brad Burling, 37, 809 E. Prairie St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 03/05/11

03/04/11 Stephen Ritter, 40, 3112 Barrett Rd., Rochester, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/05/11

03/04/11 Tammy Taulbee, 43, 93 Ross Rd., Ashtabula, OH, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/06/11

03/04/11 Sara Jackson, 27, 9511 W. 300 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

03/04/11 Melissa Lamb, 45, 104 Spring St., Winamac, IN, Weekender. Discharged 03/06/11

03/03/11 Adam Hunt, 31, 5996 S. Juason St., Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. Discharged 03/03/11

03/03/11 Charles Oliver, 35, 21529 Dunbar Rd., Sheridan, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/04/11

03/03/11 Alan Balchunas, 29, 8947 Jefferson St., Monterey, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant and Possession of Marijuana.

03/03/11 Glenn Scott, 20, 1145 Smith St., Kewanna, IN, Court Order. Discharged 03/03/11

03/03/11 Shawn M. Borden, 39, 800 E. Hoffer Apt. 11, Kokomo, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

03/02/11 Nichelle M. Touteris, 42, 7681 N. 595 W., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

03/02/011 Richard Carter, 27, 504 Mulberry St., North Judson, IN, arrested on two active warrants. Discharged 03/03/11

02/28/11 Robert Kevin Rentfrow, 49, 300 SE Railroad St., Idaville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
03/06/11 Danielle Pavey reported the theft of her purse from her locked car while it was parked at the Phillips 66 gas station.

03/05/11 Sharon Allen reported that her vehicle was damaged. The paint was scuffed and one of the car handles was broken. She believed that someone attempted to gain entry into the vehicle.

03/05/11 Jessica Harper reported criminal damage to her vehicle. She observed grease smeared on her driver’s side window. It was parked outside Mikey’s Pizza. The window also had a crack in it.

03/04/11 Patrick Guthrie reported that a suspect broke the window in his room at the Super Value Inn.

03/01/11 Sandy Hansen of Knox reported the theft of her purse and vehicle from the Starke County Abstract Office on Washington Street in Knox.

02/28/11 The Next Door Food Store Clerk reported the theft of gas.

Arrests:
03/07/11 Ryan Kretchmer, 37, 5272 S. Holiday St., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

03/06/11 David E. Shidler, 45, 509 Railroad St., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Resisting Law Enforcement.
Wade G. Stacy, 32, 5239 W. State Road 10, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

03/02/11 Linda King, 45, 306 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Disorderly Conduct.
William King, 42, 601 S. Bower St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

03/01/11 Eric Richardson, 32, 3030 S. 200 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance x2.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/06/11 A caller reported a possible trailer fire in the area of 10950 E. South Ave. The Koontz Lake Fire Department was called to investigate.

03/05/11 A truck driver from the Grovertown Truck Stop called to report that he had fuel siphoned from his gas tank.

03/04/11 Jason Browler told police that some kids were on a roof tearing shingles off a house in the 10800 block of Kanney in Walkerton.

03/04/11 A kitchen fire was reported in a trailer at Born’s Trailer Park.

03/04/11 A caller from the Grovertown Truck stop reported the theft of fuel worth $500.

03/03/11 A woods fire was reported on Toto Rd, East of 1000 E. The Washington Township Fire Department was called to investigate.

03/03/11 A field fire was reported in the Lakewinds Subdivision near a house. The Bass Lake Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/02/11 A caller reported a male subject came to her door wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans, and a ski mask. The suspect entered the residence, displayed a gun and then left on foot.

03/02/11 A caller reported seeing suspects trying to take old pumps located at the northeast corner of State Road 8 and 39. Caller believes the pumps are being taken for scrap.

03/02/11 A caller reported the theft of a lawn mower from the 1800 block of E. 625 S. in Knox.

03/02/11 Property damage was reported in the 8100 block of N. State Road 23 in Walkerton.

03/01/11 Pastor Pradtke requested an officer at the Victory Christian Church on Range Road in reference to criminal damage.

03/01/11 It was reported to police that people were trying to break into a trailer in the 5800 block of S. U Road W. in North Judson.

Arrests:
03/06/11 Peter Schmaltz, 50, no address given, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possesssion of Marijuana.

03/06/11 Monica Krol, 58, of Walkerton, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Accidents:
03/06/11 Richard Wilson, 66, of Walkerton was traveling southbound on State Road 23 when he hit a patch of ice. He lost control and struck a telephone box, utility pole, fence post and a well in the front yard at 8855 N. State Road 23. The pole was snapped at ground level. He was not injured.

02/28/11 Ronnie Lawson of North Judson was traveling west on State Road 10 near 100 East when four deer jumped into the roadway. Lawson hit one of the four deer, damaging his 2005 black Ford vehicle that is owned by the County. He was not injured.

Police Reports

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

02/22/11 – The North Judson Police investigated a Battery complaint in the 300 Block of Garden Street. A male juvenile was hit in the head area by an adult female. The reports have been filed with the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office and Probation.

Arrests:
02/21/11 Jessica M. Manson, 25, 45 Lake Street, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

02/22-11 Franklin D. Mowbray, Jr., 21, 5361 S. Detroiter Lane, North Judson, IN, arrested on a Starke Circuit Body Attachment.

02/27/11 Joshua J. Morrow, 28, 610 Arlington Avenue, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/28/11 Carl Williams called police to report a shooting. He had shot 24-year-old Erica Richie in the head as she was attempting to break into his home. She was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital due to her injuries. Kayla McCord, 19, of Logansport, who was also involved was arrested on two counts of Burglary, a Class B Felony.

02/26/11 A caller in Francesville reported that a small person climbed through the soffit on his porch and cut the wire to his outside speakers. The person then stole all of the outside wire. The caller had reported a theft at the home three weeks prior to this incident.

02/26/11 A resident in Monterey notified police that his handgun is missing.

02/26/11 A caller in the Bruce Lake area advised police that he just got home and intruders had been in his home. There were footprints and tire tracks all around the residence. He said his coon dog is missing.

02/25/11 A caller in Monterey said that two boys are racing on 4 wheelers or motorcycles and they have been doing that for four or five days. The caller said they were going 80 mph.

02/24/11 A resident reported her vehicle stolen in the Medaryville area. She couldn’t remember if she had left the keys in it or not. She wasn’t able to find her keys that morning.

02/24/11 A Medaryville resident told police that he caught someone trying to break into his vehicle and that person broke his windshield. The person left when the caller went outside to confront the suspect.

02/24/11 Superior Court requested an officer for the removal of a subject believed to be intoxicated.

02/24/11 Caller advised police that he wasn’t home at the time but he was told that someone was on his property loading up scrap metal. He did not give permission to any person to be on his property.

02/24/11 A kitchen fire at a Winamac residence was called in. The Winamac Fire Department and EMS were called to the scene.

02/23/11 A car that appeared to be in an accident was located in the woods in the northwest part of the County. Police arrived and saw that the driver’s side had extensive damage from hitting a tree at that location. The windshield was smashed and there was a little bit of blood on the driver’s side of the vehicle. While police were on scene, the owner showed up and told police that he was fine. He got out of the vehicle on his own power.

02/23/11 A Winamac resident reported that her children arrived home from school and there is an unfamiliar car in the driveway with someone sleeping in it. After he moved his head, the person was identified as the oldest daughter’s boyfriend.

02/22/11 A Winamac resident advised that two boys were in his truck making “shake and bake” (a type of meth). After police were notified, they left the area.

02/22/11 A woman in the Denham area reported that someone attempted to break into her home. The door was damaged and a basement window was broken. No one made it into the house.

02/22/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of items from his vehicle. There is a suspect in this case.

02/22/11 An officer was out in the Monterey area with two intoxicated subjects that crashed into a ditch. No one was injured.

02/21/11 A resident in Medaryville requested an officer to report stolen articles. His girlfriend’s couch and a bunch of jewelry was stolen. After an investigation, it was discovered that the landlord took the couch and got rid of it.

02/21/11 A caller in Francesville called to report a vehicle rollover. No one was injured. Another rollover was reported an hour later with no injuries. A third rollover was reported and a female was injured. She complained of head pain. The vehicle had rolled several times. All the rollovers occurred in different areas of the county.

Arrests:
02/28/11 Kayla McCord, 19, 1801 Market St., Logansport, IN, arrested on two counts of Burglary.

02/26/11 Dustin Lee Trusty, 31, 5911 S. 400 E., Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Neglect of a Dependent and Possession of Marijuana.

02/26/11 Brandi Lynn Greiner, 24, 5911 S. 400 E., Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Neglect of a Dependent, and Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 02/27/11

02/26/11 Roxann Saltsman, 44, 103 E. Ridge, Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

02/26/11 Angela Strickland, 39, 3651 N. 250 E., Rensselaer, IN, arrested on active warrants.

02/26/11 Joey Stiltz, 34, 504 W. 4th St., Monon, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy. Discharged 02/27/11

02/26/11 Donna Stiltz, 35, 504 W. 4th St., Monon, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Invasion of Privacy and Battery. Discharged 02/27/11

02/25/11 Steven Decker, 24, 3066 N. 300 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 02/26/11

02/25/11 Ronald Clark, 63, 7270 W. 100 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Failure to Register. Discharged on 02/26/11

02/25/11 Jeffery Dunn, 39, 103 Michael Lane, Royal Center, IN, arrested on a warrant and probation violation.

02/24/11 Jeffery Dunn, 39, 103 Michael Lane, Royal Center, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 02/25/11

02/24/11 Joshua West, 23, 604 Monroe St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Auto Theft.

02/24/11 Tylor Hughes, 19, 14848 W. 300 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Unauthorized Entry-Vehicle.

02/24/11 Ruby Dennis, 24, 1008 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

02/23/11 Stephen Hammonds, 19, 15025 W. 450 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Minor Consuming.

02/22/11 Lee Grigsby, 44, 113 E. Main St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery. Discharged 02/26/11

02/22/11 Alexander Hall, 19, 3123, N. 1300 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor Consuming. Discharged 02/25/11

02/22/11 Christine Bradley, 22, 1255 Porter St., Michigan City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 02/22/11

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
02/28/11 Best Ford reported the theft of a vehicle. The theft occurred between Saturday and Monday morning. The truck, used by Best Ford for plowing snow in the parking lot, was parked in the north parking lot. Unknown persons disengaged the snow blade from the truck and left it in the parking lot. The truck only moves 10 mph.

02/27/11 Tiffany Grienank reported the theft of a black lap top computer. There is a suspect in this case.

02/27/11 Timothy Sexton of Knox reported the theft of a license plate from a Dodge Durango. Sexton said that the plate was owned by he and Rhonda Gayheart. The license plate was registered to only Rhonda Gayheart and was listed as false and fictitious.

02/25/11 A employee from Best Ford called police to report that one vehicle parked at the facility was forcibly entered. The officer was directed to the east side of the facility where two vehicles had been entered and unknown suspects had attempted to remove the ignition switches. Neither vehicle was moved from their parked location. One vehicle had an after market stereo removed. One vehicle was a 1995 4 door Lincoln that was owned by a private citizen and the other was a 1999 Chevrolet suburban owned by Best Ford. Both vehicles had paper towels draped over the ignition switches.

02/24/11 Leslie Schroeder, 38, 1607 L. St. LaPorte, IN, cited for Driving While Suspended-Prior and speeding. She was traveling 55 mph in a 35 mph zone.

02/23/11 Christopher Roloff reported the theft of $1,535. There is a suspect in the case.

Arrests:
02/23/11 Richard Kozecar, 20, 2255 S. 650 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants.

02/22/11 Vincent Rosetti, 31, no address given, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/26/11 A caller advised that the house across from Knoll Brothers on US 30 was smoking heavily but the caller could not see any flames.

02/26/11 A Knox Post Office employee was bitten by a dog at 195 S. 800 E. in Knox.

02/26/11 Kevin Hall reported the theft of an electric meter.

02/25/11 Knox Water Superintendent James Eads reported that two fire hydrants were opened. Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick said this incident is not related to the incident in Hamlet.

02/24/11 Caller advised that she was driving past a residence at 3320 E. State Road 10 and she noticed smoke and flames coming from a chimney. When she drove by again, only smoke was coming from the chimney. Bass Lake Fire Department was called to the scene.

02/24/11 Pastor Squibb of the Knox United Methodist Church called to report a suspicious vehicle. A younger man in a pickup truck was continually circling the church parking lot.

02/24/11 A person at the Victory Christian church reported that some unknown person(s) broke a fence.

02/24/11 Frank Ballotti reported to police that he was robbed.

02/23/11 A San Pierre resident called to report that he bought a stove from 2 subjects and they then took the stove back because they said it was stolen. They refuse to give back his money.

02/23/11 Jeff Singleton reported the theft of tattoo items.

02/22/11 A caller from the Grovertown truck stop reported that someone was beating on the back of a van parked in the parking lot.

Arrests:
02/27/11 Ralph Settle, 54, no address given, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

02/2711 Hercules Harmon, 23, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

02/23/11 Lonzo Jackson, 40, of Hamlet, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Pulaski County Officer Named Indiana Department of Homeland Security Task Force Commander

Ron Patrick (L) and IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has announced that 10 commanders are now in place to continue development of the regional emergency response task forces evolving into a statewide network of emergency support.

Ron Patrick, Chief Deputy of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, has been named as the Task Force Commander for District 2. The commanders are responsible for overseeing daily administrative operations, and recruiting resources to establish and expand the capabilities of the task force they oversee.

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Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/13/11 A Medaryville resident reported that his garbage can was stolen.

02/13/11 A resident in Winamac called police to report a truck stuck on his property. The occupants of the vehicle placed garbage underneath the tires for traction and got the truck out, but they left the garbage on the property and has caused a giant mess. The homeowner found a piece of mail with names on it and police were dispatched to the address and spoke to the occupants of the vehicle. They cleaned up the mess and were given a warning about littering.

02/13/11 Police investigated a call that a semi-trailer with a tank containing a yellow liquid was leaking all over the highway. The truck was traveling was westbound on State Road 14 from State Road 17. Police determined that the yellow liquid was corn syrup and was not hazardous to the public. It appeared that the bottom of the trailer was torn off. After investigating further, police found that 1,000 gallons of corn syrup had leaked from the tank.

02/13/11 A store owner in Winamac called police to report that four subjects were in the store looking at items used to manufacture meth. The subjects were at the store for an hour and a half. Police arrived at the scene and warrant checks were done on the subjects. One subject had a valid warrant.

02/12/11 The Medaryville and Francesville Fire Departments were called to a barn fire at 3:40 a.m. The fire department left at 6:00 a.m. and were called back to the scene later that morning for a flare up.

02/12/11 A Francesville resident reported two TVs stolen from her home.

02/11/11 Officers arrived at a location in Cass Township were officers were given a tip of a possible meth lab. Two were taken into custody as the result of an investigation. (see arrest reports)

02/11/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that the door to his house was kicked in.

02/11/11 A Winamac resident reported a break-in. The only thing the resident reported missing was a jar of money.

02/08/11 A Winamac resident told police that when she got home, she left her purse outside and took her son indoors. When she went to retrieve her purse, it was gone.

02/07/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of gas from the gas tank on her vehicle.

Arrests:
02/14/11 David Travis, 39, 7080 W. 250 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on a Warrant and Court Order.

02/13/11 Robert Parrish, 49, 909 Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 02/13/11

02/13/11 Joseph Pastorcik, 29, 50 S. Range Road, Knox, IN arrested on four active arrest warrants. Discharged 02/13/11

02/12/11 Shawn Allen, 31, 406 High St., North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 02/12/11

02/12/11 Nathen Wilson, 25, 6515 S. State Road 39, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 02/13/11

02/11/11 Thomas Lane, 30, 5109 S. 600 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors and Possession of Paraphernalia.

02/11/11 Wendy Voiceman, 36, 14254 W. 600 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Neglect of a Dependent.

02/11/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 867 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, Weekender.

02/11/11 Nicholas Burrell, 32, 10011 E. 700 N., Walkerton, IN, Court Order.

02/11/11 Brandon Davis, 23, 104 W. Spring St., Winamac, IN, Weekender. Discharged 02/13/11

02/11/11 Anthony Barnett, 35, 303 Market St., Winamac, IN, Weekender. Discharged 02/13/11

02/10/11 Amy Corneil, 35, 701 N. Franklin, Valparaiso, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants. Discharged 02/10/11

02/09/11 Jon Heck, 57, 224 W. 12th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. 02/09/11

02/09/11 David Stachurski, 64, 3246 N. Rose., Franklin, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 02/09/11

02/09/11 Keith Fritz, 26, 5222 S. 325 E., Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant and Court Order.

02/08/11 John Schwartz, 39, 4693 N. US 35, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Habitual Traffic Violator. Discharged 02/11/11

02/08/11 Irvin Hudson, 27, 508 Bates St., Logansport, IN, Court Order. Discharged 02/10/11

02/08/11 Thomas Williams, 34, 1720 S. 225 E., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

02/07/1 Tina Gould, 44, 2238 E. 575 S., Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

02/07/11 Keith Thompson, 19, 384 N. 200 W., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

02/07/11 Francis Fox, 64, 3291 W. 400 S., Winamac, IN, Court Order. Discharged 02/11/11.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
02/07/11 A juvenile female reported to North Judson Police of being harassed by another adult man via texting and her Facebook page. She was directed to get a protection order issued, which she did.

02/10/11 The North Judson Police investigated a theft of jewelry in the 400 Block of Arlington Avenue. North Judson Police Officer Joe Budner learned the items were pawned at a local pawn shop. Of the items, two watches were recovered while three rings were already sent off to be melted down. Police Chief Doug Vessely stated that charges were requested through the Starke County Prosecutor’s office for the theft on the person who pawned the items while the investigation continues into the matter for any additional suspects.

02/10/11 North Judson Police investigated a rare 4 vehicle accident on Laurel Street around 5:15 pm. “It isn’t very often four vehicles are involved in a single accident within the town limits,” stated Chief Doug Vessely. He added, “We’re very grateful that this doesn’t happen very often.”

The crash was investigated by Officer Kelly Fisher, who set the total damages at near $2,500.00 No injuries were reported. A vehicle being driven by Tim Wireman, of Medaryville, was backing out of a driveway on Laurel Street while a second vehicle, driven by Darren Eberhart of North Judson, was westbound on Laurel Street near the driveway. Meanwhile, a third vehicle, being driven by Adrienne Barton, of North Judson, was eastbound and stopped, waiting to pull into a driveway on Laurel. The Wireman vehicle backed into vehicle two causing it to cross over and strike vehicle three, which was stopped in traffic, and pushed vehicle three off the south side of the street and into a driveway where it struck vehicle four that was parked in the driveway.

“This goes to show how quickly things can happen during a traffic crash and how a chain reaction can be very dangerous,” said Vessely. “In this particular accident, no one was hurt and none of the vehicle involved were going very fast, but it gives you cause to think of how serious it could be if driving on a highway at 55 miles per hour,” Drive carefully and Buckle up!

Arrests:
02/12/11 Shawn D. Allen, 31, 406 High Street, North Judson, IN, arrested for a Pulaski County Warrant.

02/09/11 Robert P. Buck, 47, 10405 S Moody, Chicago Ridge, IL, arrested for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
02/09/11 Jennifer Berg of Hamlet reported that a male driving a large black truck attempted to get her 15 year old daughter in the vehicle at the bus stop. Hamlet police responded and was unable to locate the vehicle.

02/09/11 Darrall Griffith of Hamlet reported a stolen license plate. Hamlet Police later recovered the plate.

Arrests:
02/07/11 David Howard of Hamlet was charged on one count of Intimidation and one count of Harassment.

02/11/11 Arden E. Webb of Hamlet was arrested on preliminary charges of Intimidation, Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
02/12/11 Stephen Miller of Knox told police that he was parked in the McDonald’s parking lot and as he was backing up, an older model Ford Explorer came by and ran into the front driver’s side panel of his vehicle. After the accident, the vehicle drove up on the curb and drove away.

02/09/11 Officers responded to a hit and run accident at 300 East and Pacific Avenue. Connie Jordan stated that her vehicle had damage  to the bumper and hood.

02/8/11 A vehicle driven by Matthew Day allegedly hit and damaged the ATM at DeMotte State Bank.

Arrests:
02/11/11 Timothy Lovell, 27, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and False Informing.

02/09/11 Travis S. Wintczak, 18, 495 N. State Road 23, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Jesse D. White, 18, 0560 S. 800 E., Knox, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Wintczak and White were reportedly in the Knox High School parking lot while in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

02/04/11 Joshua Godinez, 29, 7 1/2 Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/13/11 Russell White reported the theft of a log splitter.

02/13/11 Rados Antonijevic of Knox reported that some unknown person(s) broke out his vehicle’s window.

02/12/11 Dayle Smith called to report that some unknown person(s) shot wildlife on her property.

02/11/11 Robert Ochoa reported the theft of NASCAR items.

02/11/11 Leonard Wasilewski and his caregiver called to report the theft of a John Deere mower.

02/10/11 Cody Hopkins reported that some unknown person(s) stole a gun.

02/11/11 Herbert Foust reported a stolen 1994 green Ford Explorer.

02/10/11 Joan Haugh from Community Services of Starke County called police to report a minor property damage vehicle accident involving one of her bus drivers.

02/09/11 Ellissa Bailey of North Judson reported money and a laptop stolen.

02/09/11 Matthew Johnson called police to report a stolen vehicle. He had left his disabled car on 1100 W. near San Pierre and when he returned to retrieve it, it was gone.

02/09/11 Firefighters were called to a car fire in the 3500 block of E. Debby Drive in Knox.

02/08/11 Destiny Snyder asked to speak to police regarding stolen checks and forgery.

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/06/11 A caller in the Denham area to report gun shots fired in the area. Police reported finding nothing and didn’t see anybody in the area.

02/05/11 The Sheriff’s Department was notified of an accident in Francesville. A semi went into the ditch. The driver was shook up and had a bloody nose. No other injuries were reported. NIPSCO was called due to a downed power line.

02/05/11 A caller reported the theft of coin books.

02/05/11 A caller in the Bruce Lake area reported a trespasser. After investigating, police determined that coon hunters were on the property to retrieve their coon dogs.

02/04/11 A man in Monterey reported his vehicle stolen. An officer called him later to report that the vehicle was involved in an accident in Marshall County. The driver hit a utility pole. Marshall County advised the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department that alcohol was a factor in the accident.

02/04/11 A man in Franklin Township advised he was cooking brownies and set his stove on fire. He thinks he got the fire out but is requested the Fire Department just to be sure.

02/03/11 A fully engulfed house fire was reported in Jasper County. The Medaryville and Francesville Fire Departments were called for mutual aid. The fire rekindled the next day.

02/03/11 A caller told police that Glen Sommers was at his home and attempted to stab him. The caller defended himself but his thumb was cut. Sommers left the home and the caller was able to call 9-1-1 twenty minutes later. The caller alleges that Sommers cut the phone wires and it took a while to fix the lines to call police. The caller also said Sommers reportedly took a guitar.

02/03/11 A Winamac resident reported that some unknown person(s) broke out her car’s back window.

02/01/11 A Medaryville resident reported a wood burning stove on fire.

01/31/11 A caller reported the theft of checks.

Arrests:
02/07/11 Richard Iverson, 54, 1882 N. Owens Ln., Medaryville, IN, Court Order.

02/06/11 Robert Barton, 29, 1088 E. 1250 N., Wheatfield, IN, Court Date. Discharged 02/07/11 to Jasper County.

02/06/11 Lawrence Campbell, 39, 113 Northeast St., Winamac, IN, arrested on four active arrest warrants.

02/04/11 Ruby Dennis, 24, 1008 N. Agnew St., Winamac, IN, Court Order Weekender. Discharged 2/6/11

02/04/11 Johnny Green, 42, 419 W. Maple Dr., Knox, IN, Court Order to serve 54 days.

02/04/11 Brandon Davis, 23, 104 W. Spring St., Winamac, IN, Court Order Weekender. Discharged 2/6/11

02/04/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 865 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, Court Order Weekender. Discharged 2/6/11

02/04/11 Joseph Watwood, 29, 7953 N. 250 E., Arora, IN, Court Order Weekender. Discharged 2/6/11

02/04/11 Daniel Lewark, 27, 611 N. Keller, Winamac, IN, Court Order.

02/04/11 Anthony Barnett, 716 N. Plymouth Rd., Winamac, IN, Court Order Weekender. Discharged 2/6/11

02/04/11 Gomer Minix, 51, Hamlet, IN, Court Order.

02/04/11 Christopher Earnhardt, 32, 355 S. Locust St., Valparaiso, IN, Court Order.

02/03/11 Omas Fletcher, 47, 2070 Garba Dr., Grovertown, IN, Court Order.

02/03/11 Glen Sommers, 210 S. Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Attempted Murder and Armed Robbery.

02/01/11 Francis Fox, 64, 3291 W. 400 S., Winamac, IN, Court Order. Discharged 2/4/11

02/01/11 Rodney Noel, 44, 17695 700 W., Winamac, IN Court Order.

02/01/11 James Wagner, 20, 9437 N. 200 W., Wheatfield, IN, Court Order. Discharged 2/3/11

02/01/11 Wanda Luedtke, 47, 604 W. 500 N. Court Order.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
02/03/11 A theft report from the 600 Block of Arlington Avenue included miscellaneous tools and several blank checks. North Judson Police investigated the incident.

02/03/11 A lady in the 400 block of Main Street reported to North Judson Police that her home was egged by juveniles.

02/02/11 A runaway juvenile female from Pulaski County was located in North Judson and picked up by the North Judson Police and returned to her mother in Pulaski County.

01/31/11 North Judson Police responded to a theft call in the 400 East Block of Talmer Avenue. A truck driver reported the theft of 2 tarps and 8 pieces of wood from his trailer.

Arrests:
01/31/11 Cristian A. Veron, 28, Knox arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
02/05/11 Dawn Wilson of Hamlet Reported telephone harassment.

Arrests:
02/04/11 Brandon White of Hamlet was Arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Chemical Agents or Precursors, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
02/01/11 Police were called to Demotte State Bank where a vehicle had run into the ATM machine. The vehicle, driven by Karen Gregory of Knox, pulled up to the north side of the ATM and had to turn around to line the driver’s side of the vehicle up to the ATM. As the vehicle was turning around to get lined up to pull up next to the ATM, the front driver’s side of the vehicle struck the front side of the ATM causing damage. The police report stated the damage appeared to be minimal.

Arrests:
02/05/11 Robert Probus, 22, 1825 E. 400 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

02/05/11 Katelin Allen, 103 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Criminal Mischief and Interference with the Reporting of a Crime.

02/05/11 Zachary Gamble, 19, 9802 Redwood Rd., Plymouth, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.
Geoffry Madison, 21, Onward, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.
Jeffrey Reynnolds, 20, 5 N. East St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

02/03/11 Eric Draper, 33, 305 E. John St., #2, Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of Marshall County.

02/02/11 William King, 42, 406 E. Bower St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Residential Entry.
Linda King, 45, 306 E. John St., Knox, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Residential Entry.

02/02/11 Michael Dalton, 50, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/06/11 A caller reported that some unknown person(s) in a black truck threw garbage in the ditch on State Road 23 and 900 East.

02/05/11 A caller reported a red pickup hit all of the mailboxes in the 8600 block of E. 25 N. in Knox.

02/05/11 A caller told police that she bought furniture from a store in Toto and ended up giving her old furniture back to her. The store reportedly gave the purchased furniture to another customer and is refusing to give her money back.

02/04/11 An employee at Knoll Brothers on US 30 advised that a truck driver just hit a gas pump and is trying to leave. He is refusing to pay for damages.

02/03/11 A resident came to the Sheriff’s Office to report a stolen license plate.

Arrests:
02/04/11 Carl Schrum, 30, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Accidents:
02/06/11 Dennis Olp of North Judson was traveling south on US 35 near 400 S. when he lost control on the ice and went off the roadway and turned over in the ditch. No injuries were reported.

Several slide off accidents were reported this week to the Sheriff’s Department during the recent winter storm activity. No serious injuries were reported. Several car vs. deer accidents were also reported with no serious injuries reported.

Winamac Man Arrested on Charges of Attempted Murder and Armed Robbery

Glen Sommers

A Winamac man was arrested, Thursday, February 3rd, on preliminary charges of Attempted Murder and Armed Robbery.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department log, an unidentified male complainant called police to report that Glen Sommers was at his home and allegedly tried to stab him. The victim defended himself and was cut on the underside of his thumb. Sommers left the residence and it took the victim 20 minutes to call police because his phone lines were reportedly cut and he could not call out. Sommers also allegedly stole the complainant’s guitar.

Sommers is currently in the Pulaski County Jail.

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:
Incidents:
01/30/11 A resident in Winamac reported his TV stolen. He came home and found his door frame cracked and his TV missing.

01/30/11 A caller in Indian Township reported a radio stolen from an old car parked at that location. He followed the footsteps in the snow and has an idea where the suspect went.

01/29/11 A resident in Franklin Township told police that a vehicle drove into his driveway, left a couple of times and then drove toward the barn. The vehicle got caught up on a piece of concrete. Police gave the woman driving the vehicle a no trespassing warning and is to leave as soon she she gets her vehicle dislodged.

01/29/11 A Winamac woman found tire tracks in the snow in a parking lot that looks like a truck was spinning its tires. She found a guy in the truck slumped over the steering wheel. The caller’s husband attempted many times to wake the man and when he finally woke up, he stated that he was taking a nap while waiting for a friend.

01/29/11 A man in Medaryville advised police that his truck had been stolen.

01/28/11 A man in Beaver Township reported that some unknown person(s) broke into his farmhouse. He said the door had been kicked in and a water pump was missing.

01/28/11 A business owner reported the theft of a DVD the day before and the caller was advised on that day to call an officer if the suspect returned. The suspect had returned to store and is requesting an officer.

01/28/11 The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department responded to a fatal accident. According to witnesses, a semi-truck and a car collided head-on which caused the car to explode. The semi caught also caught fire, but not much damage was reported and the driver was not injured. The accident happened two miles south of Thornhope on US 35. The accident was turned over to the Royal Center Town Marshal.

01/27/11 A caller reported that his garage was broken into and the front of the garage was destroyed.

01/27/11 A Star City resident reported 4-wheeler tracks by his door.

01/26/11 A woman called police to report her husband’s vehicle stolen. Her husband’s cell phone was in the vehicle and now someone is calling her from that phone.

Arrests:
01/28/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 865 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, Court order, Weekender.

01/28/11 Brandon Davis, 23, 104 W. Spring St., Winamac, IN, Court Order, Weekender. Discharged 01/30/11

01/28/11 Ruby Dennis, 1008 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, Court Order. Discharged 01/30/11

01/28/11 William Brettin, 60, 3432 N. 1400 W., Medaryville, IN, Court Order.

01/28/11 William Olson, 51, 7194 N. US 421, San Pierre, IN, Court Order.

01/28/11 Anthony Barnett, 37, 716 N. Plymouth, Winamac, IN, Court Order, Weekender. Discharged 01/29/11

01/26/11 Glenn Sewell, 50, 615 E. Pearl St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 01/27/11

01/26/11 Matthew Watson, 40, 484 E. 1300 W., Wheatfield, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 01/26/11

01/24/11 Gene Wilkerson, 24, 15294 W. 450 N., Medaryville, IN, Court Order. Discharged 01/26/11

01/24/11 Irvin Hudson, 27, 503 Bates St., Logansport, IN, Court Order. Discharged 01/24/11

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
01/26/11 Mark Matthews reported that some unknown person(s) got into his parked vehicle and removed his GPS navigator.

Arrests:
01/30/11 Jana Lynn Scott, 1204 Corey Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .15%. She was arrested after a traffic stop.

01/28/11 Brittany Shepherd, 24, 712 S. Cherry St., North Judson, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Auto Theft and Theft. Shepherd reportedly took a truck that belonged to Jerry Sons. Sons told police he couldn’t remember giving Shepherd permission to take the truck. Shepherd claims she had Sons’ permission to take the truck. After a while, he stated that he even though he couldn’t remember, he would not have given Shepherd permission to take the truck. She also reportedly took several WWII medals from Son’s residence.

01/28/11 Robert Sobieck, 42, 1 S. McGill St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active warrant.

01/27/11 Roberta Clemons, 36, 400 N. Clark St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. According to police records, Clemons was in Dollar General and reportedly put merchandise in her purse.

01/26/11 Korey Draper, 36, 1000 E. Washington, Knox, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

01/21/11 Michael Ford, 24, 3260 S. Range Road, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Body. Ford reportedly hit a tree in the 300 block of Main Street in Knox. He stated that an oncoming vehicle was coming at him head-on which caused him to swerve and hit the tree.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/30/11 Henry Paschen of Walkerton called police to report that his mailbox was shot up.

01/29/11 A North Judson resident reported a lost driver’s license.

01/29/11 Jennifer Byrne called police to report that someone broke her mailbox off at the base.

01/28/11 Ed Lambert reported the theft of copper cables from the augers on his property. Unknown person(s) also stole power cables from the irrigation pumps.

01/28/11 A resident in the 4900 block of E. 800 S. in Knox reported a lap top and Wii game console stolen from the residence.

01/28/11 Dr. Subbaro reported the theft of a garbage can.

01/27/11 Mary Beaver reported the theft of items from her mother’s property.

01/26/11 Dale Hamand called to report that two of his vehicles had been broken into.

01/25/11 A Hamlet resident reported the theft of a handgun.

01/25/11 A resident called police to report that her neighbor shot one of her cats and threw it in a dumpster. The man threatened to kill more of her cats.

01/25/11 A Monterey resident reported the theft of a credit card.

01/25/11 A resident in the 8900 block of S. 1175 E. in Culver reported the house was broken into.

01/25/11 A resident reported a dumpster fire.

Arrests:
01/29/11 William J. Walley, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

01/28/11 Eight were arrested for Illegal Possession of Alcohol after police responded to an underage drinking party in the 5700 block of S. 250 W. in North Judson.

01/28/11 Arron Holland, 18, 4240 N. 100 E., Knox, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

01/26/11 Franciso Esparza, 23, 713 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
01/29/11 North Judson Police assisted the Starke County Sheriff’s Department on report of a teenage drinking party on County Road 250 West. The investigation resulted in several Minor in Possession of Alcohol charges.

01/28/11 – North Judson Police investigated a theft from a vehicle while parked in the 300 block of Lane Street. The complainant advised she ran into a store for less than 15 minutes and when she returned her IPod Touch, valued at over $400, and a plastic cup of lose change was missing from her 1999 Dodge Pickup truck. The truck was left unlocked and again North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely encourages everyone to lock your vehicle when not attended, even just for few moments.

01/25/11 Two times in the past week North Judson Police were called to the North Judson Middle School for juvenile boys being in a physical altercation.

Arrests:
01/29/11 Donald W. Fletcher, 42, 114 Lane Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Public Intoxication.

01/28/11 Kyle E. Neeley, 18, 7230 W. 88 North, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operator Never Licensed and Failure to Prove Financial Responsibility.

01/27/11 Dustin R. Campbell, 23, 8740 South 700 North, North Judson, IN, arrested on Body Attachment through Starke Circuit Court for Failure to Appear.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
01/29/2011 Shelly Fritz reported an animal complaint.

01/25/2011 Shauna Ard reported an intimidation.

01/25/2011 Missy Hanes requested an officer for juvenile problems.

01/24/2011 Shauna Ard of Hamlet reported telephone harassment.

Arrests:
01/26/2011 Jody Shay Cusick of Hamlet was arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery with a Child Present and Confinement Using a Vehicle.

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/23/11 A woman in Denham reported to police that a young man wearing a plaid coat knocked on her door saying his vehicle was broke down on 575 West. The woman let him use her phone and couldn’t reach anyone. He then asked if he could crash there. The woman said no and then he left the residence. She said he smelled like he had been drinking.

01/22/11 A man called police and said he fell asleep while driving and hit an REMC utility police in Winamac. He was not injured.

01/22/11 A man residing in Rich Grove Township called police to reported that when he went to his father’s residence, he found evidence that someone broke in. His father had recently passed away and the home was unoccupied.

01/22/11 A caller told police that he hit a tree with his car and has minor injuries.

01/21/11 Police believe they found a vehicle involved in a hit and run accident two days prior. The vehicle was impounded.

01/21/11 A woman called police to report incessant phone calls from Jamaica claiming she’s won a million dollars. She wants to block the number.

01/21/11 Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a vehicle on its top. One person was out of the vehicle and one person was still in the vehicle. The two were taken to IU Health-Starke Hospital.

01/21/11 A caller reported a station wagon on fire in Winamac and it was fully engulfed. The car was held for investigation.

01/20/11 A woman called police to report a residential break in.

01/20/11 A caller reported a stolen vehicle in Winamac.

01/19/11 A woman called police and reported that a person may have broken into her business. Shattered glass was all over the floor.

01/19/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a license plate.

01/19/11 A man called to report that someone had broken into his home and stole his girlfriend’s cell phone.

01/18/11 The theft of scrap metal was reported in Winamac. The metal was worth approximately $800.

01/18/11 A caller advised that someone is going around hitting mailboxes.

Arrests:
01/24/11 Irving Hudson, 27, 508 Bates St., Logansport, IN, court order. Discharged 1/24/11

01/23/11 Donald Nies, 1776 N. 675 E. Kewanna, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Discharged 01/23/11

01/21/11 Gavin Miller, 20, Market St., Winamac, IN, Weekender. Discharged 01/23/11

01/21/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 865 N. 150 Winamac, IN, Weekender. Discharged 01/23/11

01/21/11 Brandon Davis, 23, 104 W. Spring St., Winamac, IN, Weekender. Discharged 01/23/11

01/21/11 James Hunt, 19, 2674 E. 600 S., Star City, IN, on site.

01/21/11 Ruby Dennis, 24, 1008 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, Weekender. Discharged 01/23/11

01/21/11 Anthony Barnett, 37, 716 N. Plymouth, Winamac, IN, Weekender. Discharged 01/23/11

01/20/11 Ashley Jennings, 19, 402 S. Toner St., Kewanna, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Residential Entry and Battery. Discharged 01/21/11.

01/20/11 Kelsie N. Grainer, 19, 2554 S. 1000 W., Kewanna, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Residential Entry and Theft. Discharged 01/21/11.

01/18/11 Courtney Anglim, 42, 4657 W. 400 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Disorderly Conduct.

01/18/11 Stephen Hammonds, 19, 15025 W. 450 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant and Minor Consuming.

01/17/11 Nicholas Bouldin, 21, 2360 E. State Road 10, Knox, IN, court order. Discharged 01/18/11

01/17/11 Brandy Garbison, 18, 5640 E. 650 S., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

01/17/11 Joan A. Donald, 65, 1685 N. 1075 W. Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
01/23/11 Jeffery Singleton reported the theft of a cell phone.

01/19/11 Margaret Yarck reported the theft of a registration plate from her vehicle.

01/19/11 Jeffrey Osborne of Knox was cited for Driving While Suspended.

01/18/11 An employee at Next Door Food Store reported that a patron came into the store and asked if a $50 he received from someone was fake. It was determined the bill was fake and the man left the store.

01/18/11 The maintenance man at 1st Source Bank reported finding a brick and a piece of paper in an outside light. The cryptic writing on the paper appeared to belong to Social Youth Chaos. The light had been reported being out for approximately two weeks.

01/18 Jason Bazemore reported a minor vehicle accident. He parked his vehicle in the Walgreens parking lot and went into the store. When he came out, someone had hit the driver’s side of the truck bed in front of the rear tire.

Arrests:
01/23/11 Ronald G. Biddle, 7500 E. 25N., Knox IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

01/23/11 Dennis M. Bunch, 22, 201 N. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

01/21/11 Joshua Estok, 301 E. Danker St., Knox, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Residential Entry and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/23/11 The theft of a pool stick from the Round up Bar was reported to police. An incident report was requested.

01/22/11 Two loud explosions were reported in the 6300 block of W. 400 S., in North Judson. Officers investigated and reported no findings.

01/22/11 A resident in the 2500 block of S. 100 W. in North Judson reported that the resident’s house was paint balled.

01/22/11 A caller reported some unknown person(s) pulled up to a black car, went into the vehicle, took some clothing and left.

01/21/11 A caller reported seeing six kids trying to break into his truck.

01/21/11 A caller requested to speak with an officer in reference to a break in at a residence in San Pierre. The incident happened at his grandmother’s house and she is missing money.

01/20/11 Police were notified of a possible scam. A woman called police and said that she received a call from a girl claiming to be her granddaughter and she was asking for bail money.

01/18/11 Debra Milton reported the tires on her daughter’s car were slashed.

01/15/11 A woman in the Monterey area reported a break-in. Two gun lockers were pried open, but no firearms were taken. 3D glasses and 15 video games were stolen.

Arrests:
01/24/11 Randall Appelton, 510 W. Talmer Ave., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Visiting a Common Nuisance, Possession of Precursors, and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver.
Kenneth Haddix, 43, 402 S. Roosevelt Rd., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Precursors, Visiting a Common Nuisance, and Possession of a Pistol Without a Permit.

01/22/11 Nick Fletcher, 22, 2070 N. Garba Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Strangulation (two counts).

01/21/11 Kevin Ghormley, 48, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Habitual Traffic Violator.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

01/24/11 Two Traffic accidents where reported. They were weather related.

01/19/11 Nancy Celik of Hamlet Reported theft of mail.

01/19/11 Hamlet Police Initiated traffic stop which resulted in short pursuit of male suspects. Driver-Paul Coffin arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement x2, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Driving while Suspended/Misdemeanor. Passenger-Michael M. Fagin Of Hamlet Arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

01/17/11 Tricia Lehiy of Hamlet reported harassment.

01/10/11 Officers were sent to 409 W Davis St. for a verbal altercation.

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/16/11 Officers responded to a call of possible shots fired. Police reported the status was ok and no one was around the area.

01/16/11 Police pulled over a car in front of the Marathon Station in Winamac. The driver was cited for no license and had a child restraint violation.

01/16/11 A caller reported two tires on the passenger side of her vehicle have been slashed. Police later met with two people who witnessed the incident.

01/15/11 A caller reported that renters had moved out of the house and when the caller went to the house, the caller found that someone had broken into the home and stole items.

01/14/11 A couple in White Township is requesting extra patrol. The wife reported hearing a noise outside the residence that night. When the husband got up today, there were fresh tracks in the snow that led up to the house.

01/14/11 A resident in Indian Township called police to report that a black car had pulled up to his residence and sat there with parking lights on for over an hour. When the resident went to see what what going on, the driver left.

01/14/11 A caller in Rich Grove Township reported to police that people are hunting on his property without permission.

01/14/11 A resident in Winamac reported people riding four wheelers through his back yard.

01/14/11 A resident in White Township reported finding a gun.

01/11/11 A resident reported the theft of a jacket. The caller reported she had worn the jacket to a basketball game. Cameras caught the act and a follow up investigation will take place.

01/11/11 A vehicle fire was reported in Jefferson Township. The owner reported the fire had started in the garage and the vehicle was pulled out of the garage and there isn’t anyone around it.

01/11/11 A resident in Salem Township reported the theft of a snow shovel.

01/11/11 A business owner in Cass Township reported items stolen from his shop.

01/11/11 A woman in Medaryville told police that two subjects held her at knifepoint and broke the window out of her vehicle.

01/11/11 A resident called police to report the cell phone she bought off of E-Bay was stolen.

01/10/11 A resident in Rich Grove Township advised just returned home and found the front door kicked in.

Arrests:
01/14/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 865 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, Weekender.

01/14/11 Charles Weaver, 24, 631 N. Riverside Dr., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

01/14/11 Ruby Dennis, 24, 1008 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, Court Order.

01/14/11 Anthony R. Barnett, 37, 716 N. Plymouth Rd., Winamac, IN, Weekender.

01/13/11 Kevin Scott Minix, 48, 315 S. Franklin, Winamac, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants.

01/12/11 Kelly D. Rowe, 42, Monterey, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Burglary and Theft. Discharged 01/16/11

01/12/11 Justin Aldrich, 22, 1027 N. Monticello, Winamac, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

01/12/11 Andrew Tillema, 36, 14313 W. 800 N., San Pierre, IN, arrested on active arrest warrants. Discharged 01/12/11

01/11/11 Cory Lowry, 29, 9049 W. Olson Rd. Apt. B, Delong, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants.

01/11/11 Rodney Craft, 400 N. Clark St., Knox, IN, transported from the Starke County Jail for a court order. Transported back to Starke County 01/12/11.

01/11/11 Virginia Elam, 53, 317 E. 13th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 01/12/11

01/11/11 Brett T. Nieman, 26, 504 Foster St. Apt. A, Monticello, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. Discharged 01/12/11

01/10/11 Sabino Hernando, 54, 3505 N. 600 W., Demotte, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Habitual Traffic Violator.

01/10/11 Angela R. Gmurk, 27, 1655 N. 300 E., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
01/17/11 Malinda Majchrzak reported her son’s IPod stolen. The IPod was stolen while he attended middle school wrestling practice.

01/12/11 Cindy Parkison reported the theft of a lawn mower.

01/12/11 Linda Holland reported damage to her gate on her property. The suspect used a cutting device to cut the board nearly completely through and forced the gate partially open. Evidence showed that a suspect attempted to open two windows of the residence.

01/12/11 Ronald Lovejoy reported damage to the upper hinge fixture on a door at the apartment complex at 309 Ruthie Dr.

Arrests:
01/14/11 Michael Byer, Jr., 22, 7520 W. 200, Grovertown, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

01/14/11 Jeffrey Singleton, Sr., 156 W. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Neglect of a Dependent.
Sandra Singleton, 43, 156 W. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and Neglect of a Dependent.
Jeffrey Singleton, Jr., 24, 156 W. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Disorderly Conduct.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/15/11 A resident in the 3500 block of State Road 23 called police to report a recovered gun. It was taken to the Sheriff’s Department.

01/15/11 Patricia Pearl told police she was driving down Toto Road and a passing vehicle threw a bottle of the window and it struck her vehicle and caused damage.

01/15/11 Rodney Sanders called police to report that his brother’s residence had been broken into. There was an ax located outside the door.

01/15/11 A Monterey resident called police to report his dog was shot by the neighbors.

01/15/11 Ed Reiss reported that some unknown suspect(s) hit his chain link fence and damaged a telephone box.

01/15/11 Connie Snyder called to report her gold 1998 Ford Windstar van was missing.

01/12/11 A resident in the 400 S. and 200 E. area in Knox reported a stolen motorcycle.

01/11/11 Tami Linback called to report that her mailbox was hit.

01/11/11 A Knox Community School bus was involved in a minor accident with another vehicle. The two vehicles hit mirrors and suffered no other damage and no injuries were reported.

01/11/11 A caller reported a window broken at an old garage store in English Lake.

01/11/11 An alleged battery occurred at the Starke County jail in a cell block. Four inmates were reportedly involved and one suffered injuries. Eight inmates were in the block at the time of the alleged incident.

01/10/11 Todd Meloy reported his mailbox destroyed for the seventh straight day.

Arrests:
01/14/11 Richard Hamm, 26, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

01/10/11 Ryan Nissen, 30, of Griffith, IN was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Law Enforcement.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
01/11/10 North Judson Police investigated a property damage only accident in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy. One vehicle was backing out of a parking spot and hit another vehicle in the side. North Judson Chief Doug Vessely estimated the damage at less than $1,000 and no injuries were reported. Driver of the first vehicle was Cathy Calhoun of Knox in a 2004 Jeep, who backed into a 1999 Toyota being driven by Carolyn Haskins of North Judson.

01/13/10 The Dollar General requested the North Judson Police for a shoplifter in the store. North Judson Officer Joe Budner responded and arrested Michelle M. Riley of Culver for Conversion.

Arrests:
01/13/10 – Michelle Marie Riley, 26, 11531 E. SR 8, Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Conversion.

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/09/11 A caller reported that a 1990’s Chevy pickup with a broken tail light hit his fence and outbuilding. The driver reportedly tore up Kersting’s fields and left.

01/09/11 A man reported that his home was broken into and his ex-wife’s things missing.

01/09/11 A resident reported an X-Box and games stolen.

01/08/11 A resident in Salem Township called police to report that someone banged on his door and then ran from the residence. The resident saw someone running down the alley and tried to follow the suspect but did not see anyone. The resident requested extra patrol.

01/07/11 A resident in Cass Township reported the theft of metal, copper, windows, and electric motors.

01/06/11 A caller in Rich Grove Township called police to report three people were banging on the side of his trailer. The suspects moved out by his car while he was on the phone with dispatch. The caller requested extra patrol.

01/06/11 A resident reported a vehicle fire across from the Wems Station.

01/06/11 A resident in Indian Township called the Sheriff’s Department to say that she had slid off the road into a field. She said a car was coming at her and was across the yellow line. She had to move over which caused her to crash. She complained of pain in her knees and she thought she felt and heard her neck snap.

01/06/11 A caller in Rich Grove Township reported damage to her mailbox. This is the second incident in a week. She had just put up a new mailbox and vandals damaged it.

01/05/11 A resident in Monroe Township reported the theft of $280 while staying over at someone else’s home.

Arrests:
01/07/11 Keith McField, 31, 110 S. 4th St., Centerville, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

01/07/11 Yvonne Long, 39, 810 Jefferson, Rochester, IN, arrested on an active warrant – Failure to Appear. Discharged 01/10/11

01/07/11 Beverly Granger, 46, 908 S. State St., North Vernon, IN, arrested on an active warrant – Failure to Appear. Discharged 01/10/11

01/07/11 Gustave F. Salyer, 6117 E. Main St., Monterey, IN, arrested on an active warrant. Cash Bond. Discharged 01/07/11

01/07/11 Ruby Dennis, 23, 1008 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, Weekender. Court Order. Discharged 01/09/11

01/07/11 Anthony Barnett, 37, 716 N. Plymouth Rd., Winamac, IN, Weekender. Court Order. Discharged 01/09/11

01/07/11 Rodney Craft, 37, 400 N. Clark St., Knox, IN, Court Hearing. Transported back to Starke County 01/07/11

01/06/11 Johnny Mullens, 25, 203 W. Washington, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active warrant (x2). Discharged 01/10/11

01/05/11 Sally I. Anderson, 57, Holloway Hotel Rm 10, Hamlet, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant – Failure to Appear.

01/05/11 Marcus Reed, 23, 321 Crestwood Dr., Michigan City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
01/09/11 Victoria Clemons reported the theft of her wallet and food items from her refrigerator.

01/08/11 Two people were involved in a verbal altercation in front of the bike shop on Main Street. Shane Thomas allegedly broke out a window at the bike shop after threatening to fight with another individual. After he allegedly broke the window, he ran into Mikey’s Pizza Pit Stop. He was later questioned by police. He suffered a laceration on his hand.

01/08/11 Tonya Stacy called police to report that the rear window of a vehicle shattered as she was at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library. The vehicle belonged to Malvanie Clemons.

01/05/11 Dawn Hurt reported the theft of a camera, gloves, a stereo, cell phone, recorder, CDs, jeans and t-shirts. There is a possible suspect in this case.

01/04/11 Teresa Smith reported that the dollar change machine at Knox Garden Courts had been broken into. Police found pry marks on the machine near the key hole. An unknown amount of cash was stolen.

01/04/11 Annetta Hale reported that someone was opening and closing her screen door. She requested extra patrol.

Arrests:
01/08/11 David Delosantos Jr., 410 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active warrant.

01/05/11 Edward Zubay Jr., 1843 Redwood CT., Crown Point, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (three counts).
Steven Douglas, 3061 Evelyn St., Portage, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/08/11 A resident in the 200 block of S. Main Street in Hamlet reported a friend’s apartment was broken into.

01/08/11 Darrell Griffith reported two subjects breaking into his trailer.

01/08/11 William Sauer reported that a 2000 Chevy Venture Van was stolen.

01/08/11 Jason Combs called police to report a stolen log splitter.

01/08/11 A resident in the 7500 block of 800 S. in North Judson reported that the resident’s mailbox was smashed. The mail had been taken out of the box and opened.

01/08/11 A vehicle was reported in a ditch and damage done to the field owned by James Beron.

01/07/11 Lisa Branson reported her Allied Waste garbage can stolen.

01/06/11 Margaret Johnson in San Pierre reported her mailbox was damaged.

01/06/11 Mike Hayes of Grovertown told police that an air compressor was taken from his property.

01/05/11 Tammy Barbknect reported a break-in at her residence. She said nothing was taken from the property, but damage was done to both doors.

01/05/11 A citizen reported a possible portable meth lab on 1150 East on the west side of the road.

Arrests:
01/09/11 Michael Murphy, 36, of Knox was arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery (three counts), Interference with the Reporting of a Crime and Resisting Law Enforcement.

01/07/11 Brian Hurt, 32, was arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Public Intoxication. He was also wanted on an active warrant.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
01/07/10 The North Judson Dollar General requested the police for a shoplifter in the store. North Judson police conducted an investigation and determined a 42 year old female was being charged with Conversion. Due to the suspect caring for a sick relative at home, Officer Joe Budner long formed the suspect and requests that the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office summons her to court.

01/06/10 North Judson Police investigated a property damage only accident in the parking lot of the Family Express. Sean M Walls of North Judson was pulling into the lot and slid on some snow and ice causing his vehicle to strike another vehicle being driven by Ellen Berg also of North Judson. Police Chief Doug Vessely estimated the damages at over $1,000 and no injuries were reported.

01/06/10 North Judson Police conducted a traffic stop on State Road 10 near 300 West and had the driver flee the vehicle on foot. North Judson Office Mat Anderson and Starke County K9 Officer James Upsall and his dog, Fritz, searched the area. It was determined another vehicle picked up the driver. A full report has been filed with the Starke County Prosecutors Office requesting charges on the 21 year old male driver.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
1/5/2011 Diane Hardesty reported a domestic dispute.

1/4/2011 Lisa Shei reported harassment.

Arrests:
1/5/2011 Larry Catt of Hamlet was arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle and Driving While Suspended.

1/5/2011 Lonzo Jackson of Hamlet was arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Law Enforcement and Battery on a Police Officer.

Week in Review for December 20th-24th, 2010

Here is a look at some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:

Pulaski County Officers elected into office in the General Election were sworn into office Tuesday afternoon. Officers were sworn in by Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Michael Shurn and Superior Court Judge Patrick Blankenship.

Starke United

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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Investigates Theft from Monterey Elementary School

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a theft from the Monterey Elementary School. The incident occurred Thanksgiving weekend, November 28th or 29th.

According to Detective Scott Taylor, some unknown person(s) broke into the Monterey Elementary School and stole 11 iPod touch devices and 2 laptop computers. The items were property of the Monterey Elementary School. The thieves did minimal damage when they broke into the building but took over $5,000 in electronics from the school.

If anyone knows anything about this case, you can provide an anonymous tip to Detective Scott Taylor of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department by calling (574) 946-6655 ext 239.