Storms Wreak Havoc in Kankakee Valley Area

Melody Drive In damage

Winds demolish Screen One at the Melody Drive-In

Fierce storms whipped through the Kankakee Valley area Friday night causing damage.

The storm caused flooding in Pulaski County where over three inches of rain fell in a half-hour period. A Pulaski County officer noted to dispatch that the water was up over the hood of his squad car while in the town of Winamac. The drains couldn’t keep up with the amount of water that fell in that short amount of time. Several cars were stranded in the road during the storm, several trees fell, a power outage was reported, and several roads washed out as a result of the rushing water.

The Pulaski County Highway Department was out Saturday patching up the roads and cutting up the many trees that fell in the road.

Luckily, no injuries were reported.

The Melody Drive-In theater at Bass Lake suffered damage as well with the demolition of Screen One. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department received a couple of other notices of trees down but no other damage.

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery said there is ponding in fields in the Marshall County area and he’s monitoring river levels after the storms. Trees were reported down in the area, but no injuries were reported.

Photos by Denice Daggett and William Boldt

Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents

05/21/13 – Ronald Desabatine of the Bass Lake Golf Course reported that a billboard sign and seven engraved granite hole markers had been stolen from the golf course sometime between May 10 and May 12.

05/22/13 – Beverly McDaniel of North Judson told police that a 2003 Harley Davidson Sportster and a moped had been stolen from her home.

05/22/13 – Lloyd Shirley of Knox reported someone had stolen a trash barrel from his home.

05/22/13 – Francis Moore of Knox said he had been contacted by someone claiming to be his son and asking for money and said it was a scam.

05/22/13 – A resident of the 8900 block of East Long Lane Drive in Knox told police that a woman refused to leave his residence and damaged his property.

05/23/13 – Elizabeth Adamik reported someone had tried to apply for a Target gift card in her name several weeks ago.

05/24/13 – A resident of the 7800 block of North Tippecanoe Drive in Walkerton told police that her 2009 black Jetta had been stolen.

05/24/13 – Samantha Williams of Walkerton reported her 2004 Grand Prix had been stolen as well as coins and a stereo from other vehicles.

05/24/13 – Two residents in Walkerton reported their vehicles had been ransacked; one was in the 7900 block of North Kramar Lane in Walkerton, the other in the 7700 block of North Kickapoo Road.

05/24/13 – A resident of the 8200 block of North Tippecanoe Drive in Walkerton reported items had been stolen from her vehicle inside her garage.

05/24/13 – A resident of the 11000 block of East Mohawk Road in Walkerton reported someone had ransacked his vehicle.

05/25/13 – A resident of the 7900 block of North Kramer Lane in Walkerton reported his vehicle had been broken into and items stolen.

05/24/13 – A resident of the 10900 block of East 100 North Street in Plymoth reported someone had broken into her shed and stolen items.

05/24/13 – Cliff Graham of Walkerton reported someone had attempted to break into his car but nothing was taken.

05/25/13 – A 2005 blue Mercury Mountaineer was reported stolen from the 8600 block of North 1200 East in Walkerton.

05/25/13 – A garage was reportedly broken into in the 8300 block of North Tippecanoe Drive in Walkerton but no items were reported stolen.

05/27/13 – Stacy Dickson of Knox told police that someone had broken the back window to her home.

Arrests

05/21/13 – John Hinds, 75 of Culver, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated near the intersection of State Road 8 and Nicole Drive in Knox.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/27/13 A caller reported a fire on top of a big pole located south of the paint ball field north of Winamac on U.S. 35. Other reports came in from travelers that the pole had burst into flames. The Winamac Fire Department and NIPSCO were called to the scene.

05/27/13 A Winamac woman reported her car stolen.

05/27/13 Another pole fire was reported on U.S. 35 south the Tippecanoe River State Park entrance. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene as well as Fulton County REMC.

05/27/13 A Winamac resident told police that she saw a person get into her neighbor’s car. The alarm was going off.

05/27/13 A Winamac woman reported her purse stolen from her vehicle while it was parked in her driveway.

05/27/13 A deputy with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department requested to speak with a Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputy in reference to a stabbing. Charges were not expected to be filed.

05/26/13 An official with the Panhandle Pathway reported that three of the four barricades on the pathway were broken in half.

05/26/13 A Winamac man informed police that his wife’s purse was stolen, but it was later found. Cash was taken from the purse before the suspect(s) threw it into the river.

05/25/13 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of items out of her shed.

05/24/13 A Winamac woman reported the theft of medications. Dispatchers advised that the Sheriff’s Department doesn’t process paperwork for stolen medications.

05/24/13 A Winamac woman reported her wallet stolen while at Dollar General.

05/23/13 Deputies were asked to investigate a criminal mischief incident that occurred to a vehicle.

05/22/13 A Francesville resident reported the theft of several computers.

05/22/13 The Winamac Police Department was called to investigate an incident of theft at a home on Meridian Street.

05/21/13 A Winamac farmer reported the theft of irrigation, three chain saws and guns.

05/21/13 A Francesville resident reported the theft of anhydrous ammonia.

05/21/13 A suspicious vehicle was reported in the Winamac area. According to the caller, a woman was jogging and a man in a vehicle acted like he was going to hit her. He drove by her slowly flashing a $100 bill. The man reportedly did it twice. The same incident was reported in another part of town.

05/21/13 A Medaryville man told police that he’s watching a home for a friend and there was an act of criminal mischief at the residence.

05/20/13 A Winamac resident told police that someone spray-painted her garage in the alley. Two other residents reported the same type of criminal mischief.

Arrests:
05/26/13 Kimberly Samons, 34, of Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active bench warrant.

05/23/13 Ronald Clark, 65, of Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Probation Violation.

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/25/13 A resident in the 100 block of Silver Street reported to police that someone stole a set of keys from his residence.

05/24/13 Police responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of State Road 39 and State Road 10 East junction. A vehicle driven by Coletta D. Ford of Knox struck a deer north of the intersection. Chief Deputy Joe Budner estimated the damages over $2,500.00.

05/24/13 Police responded to a burn complaint in the 300 block of Jones Street. The resident on Keller Avenue was asked to put the fire out and advised that he can only burn non man-made items such as grass, wood and brush.

05/23/13 A resident in the 200 block of Maryland Street reported to police that she has been receiving text messages from an ex-boyfriend that she has an Order of Protection against. Officers forwarded an Invasion of Privacy report to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office requesting charges against the male subject.

05/23/13 A resident in the 6300 block of State Road 39 told police that someone stole his garbage can. The can was located by the resident a half-mile south of his residence.

05/23/13 Police responded to a 911 hang up call in the 500 block of Vine Street. The resident wanted to report that an electrical wire in the alley was sparking. The North Judson Fire Department was dispatched and stayed until NIPSCO arrived to take care of the problem.

05/22/13 Officers were called to a unwanted guest complaint in the 500 block of High Street. The male subject was advised not to return to the residence or he would be arrested for criminal trespass.

05/22/13 A verbal argument was reported in the 600 block of Oakwood Street. The female subject involved left for the night.

05/22/13 North Judson Police assisted the Indiana State Police in the arrest of two people at a residence in the 5900 block of U Road East.

05/21/13 A resident reported a pallet of wood stolen from her property. She did not want charges filed she just wanted the pallet back. North Judson Police located the subject that took the wood and he returned it.

05/21/13 North Judson Police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of Garden Street. A female subject and a male subject were arrested on outstanding warrants.

05/21/13 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas arrested Brad Allen on a Pulaski County warrant for Child Support.

Cut the Grass:
The North Judson Police have issued several warnings this week to home owners who have neglected mowing the lawn. A Town Ordinance dictates that the grass must be cut that grows to four inches high. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely advised that the home owners will be receiving an ordinance violation citation if the grass is not cut when needed.

Arrests:
05/21/13 Sara N. Scutchfield, 21, 204 Garden Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on a Marshall County Warrant for Failure to Appear.

05/21/13 Casey Jo White, 20, Kingsford Heights, IN, arrested on a Porter County for Failure to Appear.

05/21/13 Brad Allen, 32, 5118 S. Driftwood Lane, North Judson, IN, arrested on a Pulaski County warrant for Child Support.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/27/13 David Arndt told police that a roto tiller was stolen out of the bed of his pickup while parked at Richard’s of Toto.

05/24/13 A battery incident was reported at O’s Tap.

Arrests:
05/28/13 Levi Lakes, 28, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing a Narcotic Drug, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
Samantha Mullins, 22, of Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

05/27/13 Aaron Brewer, 22, 303 N. Clark St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Narcotic (heroin) and Possession of a Syringe.

05/24/13 Linda Sobieck, 29, 308 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/17/13 A red 26″ men’s Roadmaster bicycle was discovered in the south ball field at the North Judson Park. It was repainted black. Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Judson Police at (574)772-5914.

05/17/13 North Judson Police assisted parole officers in the arrest of Dennis M. Howard, 22, of North Judson for a parole violation in the 200 block of Maryland Street.

05/17/13 A family domestic dispute was reported in the 6400 block of State Road 39.

05/16/13 A loud noise complaint was checked out in the 500 block of Laurel Street.

05/15/13 Employees at Dollar General reported to police that a male subject took a pair of sunglasses and ran from the store. He was not located.

05/15/13 A domestic complaint was investigated by North Judson police in the 200 Block of Leslie Street.

05/15/13 A barking dog call was received by residents living in the 600 block of Cherry Street. A verbal warning was issued.

05/15/13 Theft of gasoline from a motor vehicle and a lawn mover was reported by residents in the 600 block of Railroad Street.

05/15/13 Police responded to a neighbor dispute in the 700 block of Laurel Street.

05/14/13 A report was made of an ATV was traveling on the street near the intersection of Leslie and Luken. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely reminds you that ATVs and gator-type 4-wheelers are not allowed to travel on the streets in North Judson. You may obtain a permit to operate gas or electric golf carts.

05/14/13 North Judson police investigated a report of domestic battery in the parking lot in the 600 block of W. Talmer Avenue.

05/14/13 Police received a report of a black male subject panhandling in the Family Express parking lot. The man moved on.

05/13/13 A report of an intoxicated person at the Dollar General store was handled by the North Judson Police. Chief Doug Vessely reportedly observed the man open a merchandise package and put it back on the shelf. After a brief investigation, the shopper, David C. Considine, 27, of San Pierre was arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

Arrests:
05/17/13 Dennis Matthew Howard, 22, 7479 W. 750 N., North Judson, IN arrested on a Parole Violation.

05/13/13 David C. Considine, 27, 4455 S. 700 W., San Pierre, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

Residents are to be reminded of grass ordinance:
North Judson police have issued several warnings this week to home owners who have neglected mowing the lawn. A town ordinance states the grass must not reach 4” tall. If it does, you are in violation of this ordinance. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely advised that the home owners who violate the ordinance will receive an ordinance violation citation if the grass is not being cut when needed.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/19/13 The Winamac Fire Department conducted training at the Tippecanoe River State Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They burned a building on the property.

05/19/13 The North Judson-Wayne Township burned down a building in the Denham area.

05/19/13 A North Judson resident reported vandalism to an irrigation system on county property.

05/19/13 The Star City Fire Department was asked to assist White County in fighting a large woods fire.

05/19/13 A drive-off $50.09 was reported from a gas station in Winamac.

05/19/13 A Winamac resident complained about a vehicle driving through their yard.

05/18/13 One person was taken into custody after Ace Hardware reported a suspect loading up flowers in the back of a vehicle and fled the area.

05/18/13 A Winamac resident told police that a window in their residence and a window in a van were broken when some unknown person(s) threw rocks through the glass. Graffiti was also spray painted on the residence. The Winamac Police Department was called out to investigate.

05/18/13 A complaint of a strong chemical was reported at the corner of 750 S. and State Road 119.

05/18/13 Officers conducted several traffic stops as part of Operating Pull Over.

05/18/13 An agent for a bank owned property found a door kicked in at one of their properties. The home was vacant.

05/17/13 A Winamac resident reported to police that her wallet was stolen from her unlocked truck parked outside of her workplace.

05/17/13 Local business owners are concerned about people who park in front of their businesses all day.

05/16/13 A Winamac gas station reported a drive off of $61.78.

05/16/13 A Winamac resident told police that some unknown person(s) cut the fence on their property.

05/16/13 A Francesville resident complained that a black lab was dumped off and tied in their yard.

05/16/13 Winamac and Star City Fire Departments were called to a house fire on 400 S. west of 150 W.

05/15/13 The North Judson Fire Department requested the help of the Medaryville Fire Department in battling a grass fire that spread to the woods.

Arrests:
05/201/3 Jesse Caldwell, Sr., 30, of Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

05/17/13 Dustin Hughes, 22, of Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

05/15/13 Brooke Billingsley, 34, of Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Legend Drug.

05/15/13 Brian Haddix, 33, of Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Legend Drug.

05/15/13 Frances Werb, 54, of Plymouth, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Legend Drug.

05/14/13 Jeffrey Joseph, 44, of Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

05/13/13 – A man was reportedly trying to break in to cars at Save-a-Lot in Knox.

05/15/13 – A resident of the 5200 block of South A Street in Knox told police that someone had battered her on her property.

05/16/13 – A Bass Lake Neighborhood Watch member reported garbage cans on Boa Drive had been thrown in the roadway.

05/16/13 – Carrie Dietrich of North Judson reported someone had harassed her and threatened her life in the 5200 block of South A Street in North Judson.

05/17/13 – Norma Jean Griffard of Knox told police that someone had stolen medication from her purse.

05/17/13 – A resident of the 7000 block of South 975 East in Monterey reported someone had fraudulently used his debit card.

05/18/13 – A resident of the 6600 block of East Old U.S. 30 in Hamlet reported medication and a GPS had been stolen from her vehicle.

05/18/13 – A resident of the 700 block of South 300 East in Knox told police he had lent a male subject from Crown Point his son’s ATV but now he is refusing to return it.

05/19/13 – A resident of the 2400 block of West 900 South in North Judson reported someone had vandalized his vehicle.

05/19/13 – A resident of the 100 block of West Howard Drive in North Judson told police her neighbor tried to run her over with his van.

05/19/13 – Garbage cans were reportedly stolen from a resident in the 8900 block of South Long Lane Drive in Knox.

05/19/13 – Vandals reportedly destroyed a mailbox in the 4500 block of South 100 East in Knox.

05/19/13 – Rudy Desabatine reported a theft at the Bass Lake Golf Course.

Arrests:

05/13/13 – Keith Landin Dalton, 20 of Knox, was arrested on charges of Battery and Residential Entry.

05/15/13 – Michael Campbell, 57 of Knox, was arrested following a methamphetamine lab investigation in the 2300 block of U.S. 30.

05/17/13 – Kurtis W. Singleton, 21 of Knox and Ashley Jones, 17 of Knox, were arrested on charge of Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug.

05/18/13 – Shone Michael Alle, 32 of North Judson, was arrested on charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated following an accident on State Road 10 just east of the Jasper County line in San Pierre.

05/19/13 – Heath M. McCauley, 39 of Walkerton, was arrested on charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Possession of Marijuana.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/20/13 Officers were dispatched to the Woods Apartments on a call that a woman was there causing property damage.

05/19/13 Police were notified of a possible drug lab.

05/18/13 Donna Joseph told police that someone stole her wallet.

05/16/13 Kyle Schieb found that all four tires on his vehicle were flattened. Police found that they were slashed with a knife.

05/15/13 Norfolk Southern staff reported that a red semi loaded with bricks traveling southbound on U.S. 35 crossed the railroad tracks and damaged the crossing arms as they were coming down.

Arrests:
05/18/13 Sarah Drabik, 21, 420 Star Ct., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant and a preliminary charge of Reckless Possession of Paraphernalia.

05/17/13 Tammi Levy, 35, 211 Lambert St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active Starke Circuit Court warrant.

05/17/13 Dustin Shivley, 23, 309 W. Riverside Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed and Possession of Marijuana.

05/16/13 Charlie Sennert, 24, 2260 U.S. 35, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

05/16/13 Michael Howard, 24, 231 Camelot, Portage, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Visiting a Common Nuisance.

05/14/13 Clinton Wilcox, 20, 305 Ruthie Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession.

05/14/13 Amanda Johanan, 25, arrested on a preliminary charge of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor.

Two Arrested after Traffic Stop in Pulaski County

Dustin Hughes

Dustin Hughes

One adult and one juvenile were taken into custody after Pulaski County police allegedly found drugs in a car after a traffic stop Friday morning.

A Pulaski County deputy was patrolling on U.S. 421 when he saw a vehicle operating without a working passenger side headlight or a license plate light. The officer pulled over the vehicle just south of Medaryville and found a 17-year-old male operating the vehicle. As the driver was attempting to locate the requested license and registration, the officer reportedly saw a marijuana cigarette in the vehicle.

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Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/11/13 North Judson Officer Frank Thomas performed a traffic stop on a vehicle east of North Judson on State Road 10. The passenger in the vehicle, Jessica Schroeder, 34, was arrested on a Pulaski County warrant for Failure to Appear for a sentencing hearing. Schroeder was transported to the county line and turned over to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

05/11/13 Police conducted a traffic stop on Oakwood Avenue due to a speeding violation. Two arrests were made.

05/11/13 A theft was reported to the North Judson police in the 500 Block of W. Talmer Avenue. It remains under investigation.

05/10/13 North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner responded to a property damage accident in the Family Express parking lot. Gregory J. Brown was backing up in his pick up truck and stated he did not see a white station wagon behind him and backed into it. The station wagon was driven by Kenneth A. Kozecar. No injuries were reported. Chief Deputy Budner estimated the damages were over $1,000.00.

05/10/13 Officer Frank Thomas responded to a property damage accident in the gravel parking area at the North Judson Town Park on South George Street. A vehicle driven by Louis J. Baker Jr. struck a parked vehicle on the passenger side door and rear quarter panel. Officer Thomas estimated the damages at over $2,500.00. No injuries were reported.

05/09/13 A resident in the 200 block of Garden Street reported to North Judson Police that her debit card was used fraudulently. This incident is still under investigation.

05/09/13 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely responded to a property damage accident on West Talmer Avenue just East of the First Bank of Monterey. Driver, Kent F. McDaniel, Knox, pulled out onto SR #10 and was struck by a vehicle driven by Ogelean Owens, North Judson. No injuries were reported. Chief Vessely estimated the damage as over $2,500.00.

05/09/13 North Judson Chief Doug Vessely responded to a semi that struck a stop sign at the intersection of Luken Street and E. Talmer Avenue. The semi left the scene west on Talmer Avenue. Chief Vessely located the semi. The driver of the semi, Christopher John Hudson, stated he did not realize he hit the stop sign. Chief Vessely gathered information for an incident report for the state highway department.

05/08/13 A resident reported a possible intoxicated driver. The officer checked the area and was unable to locate the vehicle.

05/07/13 North Judson Police responded to a property damage accident in the CVS parking lot. Serena Marie Mueller struck a parked vehicle. The damages were estimated at under $1,000.00.

05/07/13 A male subject requested assistance from police in the 500 block of High Street to retrieve his belongings from an ex-girlfriend.

05/06/13 A North Judson police officer located a beige leather purse in the 100 block of Lane Street. The purse was empty and it was taken to the police department for safekeeping.

05/06/13 North Judson Police Department officers issued three-day warning notices to residents whose grass was higher than four inches.

Arrests:
05/11/13 Jessica Schroeder, 34, of San Pierre, IN, arrested on a Pulaski County warrant for Failure to Appear for a sentencing hearing.

05/11/13 Daniel R. Zimmerman, 114 Lane Street, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

05/11/13 Haley R. Fox, 19, summoned for Minor in Possession and Transporting Alcohol.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/13/13 Deputies responded to a personal injury accident on 800 S. in Star City.

05/13/13 Police were called to investigate a report of unauthorized use of a vehicle in the Winamac area.

05/12/13 A Winamac man advised that while he was at church his wife called him and said some unknown person tried to break into his house and van.

05/12/13 The Star City Fire Department was called out to a field fire.

05/11/13 A resident in Francesville told police of a man peeking in windows.

05/11/13 A resident called police to report that he was just run off the road by a person driving a Valparaiso Community school bus. The man followed the bus back to Porter County where local police pulled over the bus. The man asked that a Pulaski County officer meet him in Medaryville to file a report. The officer noted that there was no damage to the vehicle.

05/11/13 Francesville residents were complaining that illegal fireworks were being discharged.

05/11/13 A Winamac resident complained that several subjects were driving around egging cars.

05/10/13 Police were notified of a road hazard in the Winamac Town Park.

05/09/13 A criminal mischief report was filed in the Francesville area.

05/09/13 A battery complaint was filed with police.

Arrests:
05/12/13 Michael Watson, 46, of Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

05/13/13 Shannon Conley, 33, of Wheatfield, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/11/13 Jessica Sturgell, 34, of San Pierre, IN, arrested on an active bench warrant and a warrant with a body attachment.

05/09/13 Richard Rugg, 33, of Michigan City, IN, arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear.

05/08/13 Joey Frinkel, 28, of Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle Without Ever Obtaining a License.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/13/13 Officers were called to a home on a report of a juvenile who was just bitten by a stray dog.

05/11/13 Terra Strickland reported damage to her son’s car while it was parked at McDonald’s.

05/10/13 The McDonald’s Store Manager called police to report a broken table. Juveniles reportedly caused the damage while misbehaving.

Arrests:
05/13/13 Todd Dalton, 23, 3980 E. Mae Delano Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/13/13 Sierra Thompson, 18, 1135 E. 150 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Possession and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
A juvenile was detained in this incident.

05/11/13 Mechell Bachner, 28, 5 N. Harrison St., Batavia, IL, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. He was also cited for disregarding a stop sign.

05/10/13 William J. Baker, 59, 0315 W. 250 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana. He was also cited for an infraction of driving while suspended.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

05/06/13 – Mike Bauer told police someone had stolen his briefcase.

05/06/13 – Tim Becich of Knox reported someone had tried to pull the door off his nursery.

05/06/13 – Craig Rose with CenturyLink reported someone had damaged 15 of their pedestals on 500 South and 700 South.

05/06/13 – A resident of the 1000 block of West 250 South in North Judson reported someone had scammed him out of money.

05/07/13 – A shoplifter was caught at a business located at 2580 S. Heaton St. in Knox.

05/07/13 – A hit and run accident was reported at U.S. 30 and Oak Road.

05/08/13 – A female caller from the 2400 block of East Toto Road in Knox told police she had been battered by a male subject.

05/06/13 – A woman reported someone had stolen items from a grave in the Highland Cemetery.

05/09/13 – A bank card was reportedly stolen from the 11000 block of Iroquois Road in Walkerton.

05/10/13 – A resident of the 800 block of South 200 East in Knox told police that someone had stolen her identity.

05/10/13 – A female caller from the 8100 block of North Street in Walkerton reported someone had stolen her medication.

05/11/13 – A resident of the 7800 block of North Tecumseh Road in Koontz Lake told police someone had broken into his residence while he was out of town.

05/11/13 – A mailbox was reportedly blown up with an explosive in the 500 block of West 450 South in North Judson.

05/11/13 – A mailbox was reportedly blown up with an explosive in the 2500 block of South Range Road in Knox.

05/12/13 – A riding lawn mower was reported stolen in the 4300 block of South 100 West in North Judson.

Arrests:

05/08/13 – Philip Edward Myers, 49 of Knox, was arrested on charges of Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug and Possession of Paraphernalia.

05/08/13 – Joshua Phillip Coffelt, 27 of Hamlet, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia.

05/08/13 – Larranie Lee Hayes, 24 of North Judson, was arrested for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated after crashing a vehicle into a yard.

05/09/13 – Michael A. Zylstra, 23 of Wheatfield, was arrested for Public Intoxicated after he was reportedly found slumped over the wheel of his vehicle in a woman’s driveway.

05/12/13 – Leonard Salyer, 19 of Knox, was arrested on charges of Illegal Possession, Consumption of Alcohol.

Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/05/13 A break-in was reported in the Winamac area.

05/05/13 Two theft calls were made to the sheriff’s department.

05/05/13 Officers were called out to investigate a reported theft.

05/04/13 Deputies investigated a report of a possible intoxicated driver.

05/03/13 A report of trash dumping at the old sewage plant was called into the sheriff’s department.

05/02/13 Deputies and emergency responders were called to a personal injury accident. An arrest was made the next day. The driver who allegedly caused the accident had left the scene and checked into the ER at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth. Joey Frinkel faces preliminary charges of Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Crash and Operating a Vehicle While Never Receiving a License.

05/02/13 The Winamac Fire Department was called out to a location on U.S. 35 for a large brush fire. The fire was in a field.

05/02/13 A Winamac resident told police that his neighbor took a “no trespassing” sign from his yard and placed it in his own yard.

05/01/13 A Star City man told police that he hit a turkey or peacock which caved in his windshield.

05/01/13 A man was arrested after leaving a bar in Monterey and operated a moped while intoxicated. The owner later told police that he got his moped back but a second key and his dentures were missing.

04/30/13 Two theft calls were made to the sheriff’s department.

Arrests:
05/03/13 Joey Allen Frinkel, 28, of Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Crash and Operating a Vehicle While Never Receiving a License.

05/01/13 James Hunt, 21, of Star City, IN, arrested on a bench warrant.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/03/13 North Judson police responded to a vehicle that had slid off on Mulberry Street onto the railroad tracks and was unable to drive off of the tracks. Bau’s wrecker service was utilized and the vehicle was safely removed.

05/03/13 Starke County Police advised the North Judson police of a black S-10 driving recklessly near 500 South and 600 West that was also damaging telephone boxes. The vehicle was heading toward State Road 10.

05/02/13 North Judson police officers forwarded a shoplifting report to the Starke County Prosecutor in reference to an incident at Ray’s Super Foods.

05/02/13 A report was given to police of a reckless driver in a two-door silver Pontiac in the 600 Block of Cherry Street. The vehicle was gone upon arrival.

05/01/13 Dollar General employees reported that a shoplifter left the building without paying for an item. Chief Deputy Joe Budner responded and after an investigation he arrested 28-year-old Brandon R. Owens of North Judson.

05/01/13 A minor property damage vehicle accident occurred in the Dollar General parking lot when Angie Blount, of North Judson, pulled into a parking space and struck a parked vehicle. North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the accident and set damages at over $2,500.

05/01/13 North Judson police received a report of an older man who was asking for directions near Lane and Sycamore Streets. He reportedly asked a younger girl to get into his vehicle and help him get to the place he wanted to go. The girl left and told an adult who stated the vehicle left the scene.

04/30/13 A theft and trespassing report was made in reference to an incident on Mint Road.

04/30/13 Police responded to a female person having unknown problems. She was checked and medics were advised.

04/28/13 A shoplifter was reported at Ray’s Super Foods. North Judson police officers investigated and turned a complete report into the Starke County Probation Department on a 15-year-old female juvenile. The items were later returned.

Arrests:
05/01/13 Brandon Ray Owens, 28, 4740 South 100 West, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Conversion.

North Judson Police Department April Report

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents

04/29/13 – A resident of the 5900 block of West Sherwood Street in North Judson reported that someone had stolen her identity.

04/29/13 – A trail camera was reportedly stolen from the backyard of Deloris Smith’s residence.

04/30/13 – A resident of the 3100 block of East 400 South in Knox told police that someone had attempted to obtain a credit card in her name at Target and made a fraudulent withdrawal from her account.

05/01/13 – Police conducted a methamphetamine lab investigation in the 8300 block of East 150 South.

05/01/13 – A caller reported a male subject was stealing irrigation parts near the intersecction of county roads 400 East and 700 South near Knox.

05/01/13 – A residential burglary was reported in the 4700 block of East County Road 210 in Knox.

05/02/13 – The stop sign at the intersection of county roads 200 East and 900 South in Knox were reported missing.

05/02/13 – A woman reported someone had stolen items from a residence in the 2200 block of East 200 South in Knox.

05/02/13 – Snowmobiles were reported stolen from the 1800 block of Indiana Avenue in LaPorte.

05/03/13 – An iron gate was reportedly stolen from a residence in the 10300 block of West State Road 10 in San Pierre.

05/04/13 – Ruddy Desabatine told police the Chesapeake Run Golf Course had been broken into.

05/05/13 – A theft was reported in the 9800 block of South Birch Street in Monterey.

Arrests

05/03/13 – William Leon Edwards, 37 of Walkerton, was arrested for driving while suspended with a prior conviction.

05/04/13 – Gayle L. Ambrosini, 50 of North Judson, was arrested on charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and False Reporting.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/07/13 Devin Fry reported the theft of a video game console, controller and two games.

05/03/13 Dawn Hurt told police that money and other items were stolen from her hosue.

05/0213 Bob Smith called police to report that his son’s moped was moved while parked at the high school. The handlebar lock and the ignition had been damaged.

Arrests:
05/07/13 Ashleigh Brewer, 25, Riverside Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Narcotic Drugs (Heroin).

05/05/13 Dewayne Bacon, 18, 409 High St., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Possession, Public Intoxication and Criminal Mischief.

05/05/13 Kelly R. McCarty, 37, E. Danker St., Knox, IN, arrested of preliminary charges of Battery and an active arrest warrant.

05/03/13 Carla Jaskowiak, 20530 State Road 8, Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

Knox City Police Department April Report

Pulaski County Police, Coroner Investigate Hanging

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the Pulaski County Coroner are investigating an apparent suicide in the Medaryville community.

The Pulaski County 911 Dispatch Center received a call Saturday afternoon that a man was hanging in a garage in Medaryville. The dispatchers, who are trained as emergency medical dispatchers, gave information over the phone on how to prolong the victim’s life until emergency responders could arrive at the scene. Richard Scott Reid, 46, was then airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He later died of the injuries he received in the hanging.

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Pulaski County Police Investigate Head-on Crash

A Winamac man was arrested Friday after reportedly causing an injury accident in Pulaski County.

At 7:45 p.m. ET Thursday night, a head-on crash was reported to Pulaski County dispatch on County Road 300 West south of County Road 250 North. Witnesses and forensic evidence proved that 39-year-old Jennifer Keller was struck head-on after a vehicle driven by Joey Allen Frinkel, 28, was traveling sideways and in Keller’s path of travel. Keller and her 16-year-old son were taken to Pulaski Memorial Hospital after receiving minor injuries in the accident. A passenger in Frinkel’s vehicle was taken to Pulaski Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne and is listed in critical condition.

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Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Starke County Sheriff's Department

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

04/22/13 – A resident of the 11500 block of East 900 South in Culver reported her identity had been stolen.

04/22/13 – An officer spoke with Jenny Hinney at the marina in Knox regarding identity theft.

04/22/13 – James Melton of Walkerton told police that several subjects got out of a vehicle at his neighbor’s home and busted out windows before fleeing.

04/23/13 – A caller from the 9300 block of West State Road 10 in San Pierre reported someone in an older green Dodge truck struck a fence on State Road 10 just west of Wapples Farm on the north side, then left the scene.

04/24/13 – A man in the 9600 block of East 150 North in Knox told police he had been abused by his wife.

04/25/13 – A resident of the 2400 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported someone had hit a mailbox and left the scene in a light brown Buick.

04/27/13 – James Wright of North Judson told police that two male subjects were in his garage that he did not reconize, so he locked them in until police could arrive.

04/27/13 – A caller reportedly found a methamphetamine lab made from a pop bottle, freezer bag and surgical tubing around the 6700 block of South Shewski Road in Knox.

04/27/13 – A resident of the 7500 block of East 350 South in Knox reported someone had stolen a riding law mower, car ramps and other items from his home.

04/27/13 – Keith Patrick told police someone had broken into his home and stolen several items in North Judson.

04/28/13 – A driver reported someone had shot his windshield out o nState Road 23 north of State Road 8.

04/28/13 – A theft was reported in the 2400 block of East 50 South in Knox.

Arrests:

04/22/13 – Ryan P. Linscott, 24 of Grovertown, was arrested on charges of Harrassment and Reckless Driving.

04/26/13 – Michael Rea Keller, 30 of North Judson, was arrested following a traffic stop at the intersection of State Road 10 and U Road in North Judson.

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/27/13 Police responded to a property damage accident in the 700 block of W. Talmer Avenue. A vehicle backed into the storage locker building and caused extensive damage to the building. This incident is still being investigated.

04/26/13 North Judson police were stationed at the high school all day during classes for security purposes.

04/25/13 – North Judson Police responded to a property damage accident on S.R. 10 and C.R. 850 West. The driver of the vehicle stated, that a deer struck his vehicle. The driver did not want a crash report.

04/25/13 The North Judson Police Department responded to a bomb threat at the North Judson-San Pierre High School. The high School and middle school were searched by police, members of the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department, School Administrators and two bomb sniffing K9 units. The buildings were cleared of any bombs after a long, extensive search. This incident is still being investigated and person(s) involved will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

The North Judson Police Department would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance with this incident: North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department, Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office. The two other agencies also assisting were the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District(NICTD) for sending their K9 units.

They would also like to thank the North Judson-San Pierre school administrators, clerical staff, teachers, custodians, parents and students for their cooperation during this incident.

04/24/13 A resident in the 600 block of Keller Avenue reported that her food stamp card was missing from her mailbox.

04/23/13 North Judson officer, Frank Thomas, was on patrol in 200 block of Maryland Street and observed a suspicious vehicle with two male subjects in it. Officer Thomas approached the driver’s side of the vehicle. Officer Thomas observed in plain view the driver, Andrew John Harrison, 21, of Plymouth with marijuana in his lap. After a brief investigation, Harrison advised that the marijuana and paraphernalia was his not the passenger’s. The passenger, Damon Ray Howard, 19, was released from the scene and Harrison was arrested.

04/23/13 Officers assisted the Indiana State Police on a traffic stop in 500 block of English Lake Road.

04/22/13 North Judson Police responded to an unwanted guest call in the 5200 block of County Road 250 West. Both parties involved were advised to stay away from each other.

04/22/13 – North Judson Police responded to an town ordinance complaint in the 400 block of Schricker Avenue. A tree cutting company did not have a town permit and they were advised to get a permit.

–The North Judson Police Department would like to remind contractors that they need to obtain a contractor’s permit from the North Judson Town Clerk’s Office before they begin any work in the town of North Judson.

Arrests:
04/23/13 Andrew John Harrison, 21, of Plymouth, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/28/13 A complaintant told police that his wife was intoxicated and he and his wife were arguing. He said his wife then got out a shotgun, loaded it and went into the bedroom. He didn’t think that she would actually hurt anyone, but police went to investigate the situation.

04/27/13 A driver was pulled over on U.S. 35 and Spring Street due to an unreadable temporary tag.

04/27/13 A Winamac resident reported hearing gunfire around Riverside Drive. Winamac officers investigated and the officer did not hear any gunfire.

04/27/13 Firefighters from the Monterey-Tippecanoe Township Fire Department were called to an out-of-control brush fire in the Culver area.

04/27/13 Officers were called to investigate a domestic issue. The victim did not want to press charges and while her injuries were visible, she would not let officers photograph them.

04/26/13 Officers were called to a home in Medaryville on a call that someone shot at a garage and hit a vehicle.

04/25/13 Medaryville officers were called to investigate a theft.

04/22/13 A caller complained that she has gotten five calls in the past three days from people claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House. They tell her that she’s won $3.5 million and she will be receiving some boxes in the mail. She was instructed to go to CVS and get the green card worth $90. When the boxes arrive in the mail, she will see a number on the bottom of those boxes. She was told that she would need to call the number on the boxes once she obtains the card from CVS. Police indicated that this is a scam. If you encounter a similar situation, call the police department.

Arrests:
04/29/13 Samantha Davis, 25, of Monticello, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

04/26/3 Joseph Matthews, 30, of Michigan City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

04/25/13 Jamie Elkins, 36, of Logansport, IN, arrested on a violation of home detention.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/29/13 Knox police assisted an Indiana State Police Trooper in a moped accident. Jack Parker was subsequently arrested after failing field sobriety tests. He was traveling northbound on U.S. 35 just south of the city limits when he lost control of the moped and wrecked. He reportedly told police that he had been drinking at an establishment at Bass Lake. He was booked into the Starke County Jail on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

04/27/13 An alleged battery was reported to police. The incident involved a juvenile and an adult. No charges were filed but the report has been forwarded to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for further review.

04/27/13 Brian Houston reported the theft of a handgun from his home.

04/27/13 Clinton Wilcox, 20, was cited for operating a motor vehicle without receiving a license.

04/23/13 A harassment report was filed but no arrests were made.

Arrests:
04/29/13 Terry Wilgus, 61, 201 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

04/28/13 Plaze Campbell, 28, 204 Arrowhead Trail, Porter, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

04/28/13 Lonnie Morgan, 50, 5397 W. 650 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and cited for driving left of center.

04/26/13 Scott Brashear, 27, 2180 E. State Road 10, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

04/25/13 Gregory Krischano, 61, 1307 Wood St., Valparaiso, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Habitual Traffic Violator.

04/23/13 Alfred Higdon, 40, 302 E. Delaware St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Illegal Drug Lab-Possession of Precursors.
Shari Melton, 39, 302 E. Delaware St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Illegal Drug Lab-Possession of Precursors.

Winamac Man Arrested on Possession Charges

A Winamac man was arrested after he was found to be in possession of drugs near the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation.

A Pulaski County deputy was patrolling just south of Winamac when he noticed that the vehicle in front of him did not have a properly working license plate light. The driver also failed to activate his turn signal when turning onto a Winamac street.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/19/13 Several complaints of flooding were made to the dispatch center.

04/19/13 Police were notified of a possible animal abuse and neglect situation.

04/19/13 Deputies were called out to investigate a theft incident.

04/17/13 The Winamac Fire Department was called to a structure fire.

04/17/13 Deputies were called out to investigate a shooting complaint.

04/17/13 The Winamac Fire Department was called out to a report of smoke coming out of a nearby building. Officials believed it was just chimney smoke.

04/16/13 A complaintant told police that a man in a white van stopped in front of the courthouse, got out and started taking pictures. When the caller started walking toward the man to talk to him, the man ran back to the van and drove away.

04/16/13 A Medaryville resident complained that the neighbors are shooting guns before daylight. Police spoke to the neighbors.

04/15/13 Pulaski County deputies were involved in an incident where the driver of a car allegedly hit another person twice in the nose at the Family Express in North Judson and fled. The driver then reportedly entered Pulaski County and the county deputies engaged in a pursuit with the driver. The driver then returned into Starke County where county officers continued looking for the suspect.

04/15/13 The Winamac Police Department responded to a call of a suspicious substance that was found in a resident’s a pill bottle.

04/15/13 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a fire in a recycling bin across from City Hall.

Arrests:
04/21/13 Gavin Miller, 22, of Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

04/19/13 Mark Barber, 50, of Flinton, MI, arrested on a valid arrest warrant for check fraud.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/20/13 Police responded to a domestic dispute in the 600 block of Keller Avenue. Police discovered one of the persons involved had broken a door and the other had broken a window. The parties were in the process of moving. Both were separated.

04/19/13 Police responded to a car deer accident near 600 West on State Road #10 around 8:00 p.m. Rita McBride of North Judson was westbound on State Road #10 when several deer entered the roadway. Her vehicle struck one of the deer. Officer Daren Conley estimated damages at over $2,500.

04/18/13 North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated a property damage accident at the intersection of Lane and Main Streets. Anna Maupin of North Judson stopped her 2012 Impala and said she did not see any other vehicle and continued North on Lane Street. She struck a 1995 Ford that was driving in the intersection being driven by Mary Wilson, also of North Judson. Budner estimated damages at over $2,500 and no injuries or citations were reported.

04/18/13 Throughout the day, North Judson police received several calls of trees and limbs in the roadway, due to the weather, and all were cleared by the Street Department. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely thanks the citizens for reporting such things. “Any road hazard should be reported so the proper authority can correct the situation,” Vessely stated.

04/18/13 A neighbor dispute report was taken by police in the 400 Block of Keller Avenue. The dispute was over a parking space on the street.

04/17/13 A drive-off was reported to police, however within a few minutes the driver returned to pay. He realized his credit card did not work properly at the pump.

04/16/13 Police assisted the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department near the 7400 block of 750 North in reference to several unwanted subjects at a home with a knife.

04/15/13 An ordinance violation was issued at a foreclosed home in the 700 block of E. Talmer Avenue for a nuisance trash violation. The citation was sent to the property manager.

04/15/13 A report was made to police in reference to road rage near the intersection of Leslie and Luken Streets. The complainant told police the driver in front of him got out of his vehicle and walked back to his and hit him through the window. The incident is under investigation.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

04/15/13 – A female told police that she found a burn pile with foils and coffee filters on 800 East south of 25 North in Knox and she suspected drug activity.

04/15/13 – Illegal dumping was reported in the 5100 block of West State Road 10 in North Judson.

04/15/13 – A physical assault was reported on Donalds Drive near 625 East in Knox.

04/15/13 – A man told police that someone threw a rock at his vehicle and pointed a shotgun at him in the 2000 block of North Garba Drive in Grovertown.

04/15/13 – A vehicle stolen from Kevin Zieters in Starke County was located in Pulaski County.

04/15/13 – A man appeared at the sheriff’s department to report a fraud incident in the 100 block of South 800 East.

04/16/13 – An elderly man reported a theft in the 8900 block of North 1050 East in Walkerton.

04/17/13 – A female called to report a scam through the mail in the 6800 block of South 600 West in North Judson.

04/17/13 – John Cole from Community Corrections requested an officer at Zach Tomerlin’s residence in the 2200 block of South 700 East in Knox, stating the man is in possession of a controlled substance.

04/17/13 – A resident of the 7100 block of East 200 North in Knox told police that someone has been driving by their house shooting at their home and family with a BB gun.

04/18/13 – A theft was reported in the 3200 block of West 800 South in North Judson.

04/21/13 – A female reported a harassment in the 100 block of West Howard Drive in North Judson.

04/21/13 – Shawn Mattraw with Community Corrections told police that they apprehended Thomas Skibbe in the 1000 block of West 250 South in North Judson and he believes there are narcotics and meth labs in the home.

04/21/13 – A resident of the 4600 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox told police that his son stole his guns.

Arrests:

04/17/13 – William J. Baker, 59 of Knox, was arrested on charges of Intimidation, Possession of Marijuana, and Resisting Law Enforcement after he was reportedly harassing a cashier in the 10700 block of East U.S. 30 in Grovertown.

04/17/13 – Joseph Wayne Dawson, 43 of North Judson, was arrested on charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated near the intersection of U.S. 35 and State Road 8.

04/19/13 – Wendy Christine Miller, 22 of Knox, was arrested on charges of Public Intoxication.

04/19/13 – Vicki Jean Geruska, 52 of Knox, was 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:
04/22/13 Police were called to investigate an unattended death.

04/22/13 Kyle Bailey told police that his car was hit by another vehicle while parked at the pawn shop.

04/22/13 Dennis Qualls reported being involved in an accident in the McDonald’s parking lot. He struck a block wall causing damage.

04/18/13 Michael Deziadke told police that the padlocks on the exterior door to his house were cut, along with electrical lines to the garage, furnace and residence. The water pump outside was missing and entry was made into his basement. He also reported that a radiator was stolen from his mother’s vehicle.

Arrests:
04/20/13 Nicholas Smith, 1241 S. 600 E. Knox, IN, arrested on a valid arrest warrant.

04/20/13 Vicki Geruska, 52, 6905 E. 250 S., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/19/13 James Hurt, 40, 430 W. Elm Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Marijuana and Driving While Suspended.
Jennifer Zellers, 45, 3061 N. 300 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana.

04/19/13 Timothy Miller, 21, 502 S. Pearl St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/19/13 Kane Wilson, 28, 1540 S. 300 E., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Legend Drug X2, Possession of a Synthetic Cannabinoid and Possession of Paraphernalia.

04/17/13 Andrew Morgan, 40, 208 W. Lafayette St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of battery.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Investigates Accidental Shooting

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an accidental shooting.

Dispatchers received a 911 call shortly after 10:00 p.m. ET Wednesday night from a man who stated his brother-in-law, 60-year-old John W. Heck, shot himself in the head.

When emergency personnel arrived at 335 E. 100 S. in Winamac, they found Heck on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. He was breathing and unresponsive when he was transported to Pulaski Memorial Hospital . He was subsequently taken to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He later died of his injuries at the hospital.

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North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/13/13 It was reported that unknown subject(s) attempted to gain entry into a vehicle on Collins Street sometime overnight. No entry was made. This remains under investigation.

04/12/13 A report was made in reference to some boxes of papers missing that contained personal information. The boxes were left outside of a storage unit.

04/12/13 North Judson Police assisted an arrest warrant sweep team and located a wanted subject in the 400 Block of Wilson Street. While serving the Porter County Warrant for Failure to Appear, the suspect, Jason Schaefer, was in possession of marijuana under 30 grams. North Judson Officer Frank Thomas charged him with the misdemeanor.

04/10/13 A vehicle was reported passing a school bus with the cross-arm out and stop lights flashing. This incident occurred in front of the North Judson-San Pierre Schools on Campbell Drive. The driver was located and informed. “It is illegal to pass a school bus from either direction when the stop arm is out and the stop lights are flashing,” said Town Marshal Doug Vessely.

04/10/13 A vehicle backed into a post in the Burger King Parking lot. Police determined damage was under $1,000 and no official report was generated.

04/09/13 A resident made a complaint concerning burning in the 600 block of Keller Avenue. The small open fire was extinguished. Only yard waste-type material and natural wood may be burned within the town limits and an adult must be present while material is burning. The fire must be contained in a hole, burn container or retaining wall.

04/09/2013 Police responded to a juvenile incident in the 100 block of State Street involving two young males in a confrontation. A battery report was forwarded to the Starke County Probation Department for review.

04/08/13 A telephone harassment complaint was taken by the North Judson Police from a resident in the 200 block of Maryland Street.

Arrests:
04/12/13 Jason E. Schaefer, 37, 401 Wilson Street, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on an active Failure to Appear warrant in Porter County and for Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/13/13 Park Superintendent George Byer reported damage to a picnic table located in the Diamond 3 ball field.

04/13/13 Esther Lockridge reported her purse stolen.

04/11/13 A battery incident was reported at Pathfinder in Knox.

Arrests:
04/12/13 Darrell Gabbard, 47, 303 W. Clark St., Knox, IN, arrested on a valid arrest warrant.

04/11/13 Jenine Pugh, 41, 405 S. East St., Knox, IN, arrested on a valid arrest warrant.

04/09/13 Bobby Reed, 39, 6295 N. State Road 23, Walkerton, IN, arrested on a valid arrest warrant.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/17/13 The Winamac Fire Department was called out to a report of smoke coming out of a nearby building. Officials believed it was just chimney smoke.

04/16/13 A complaintant told police that a man in a white van stopped in front of the courthouse, got out and started taking pictures. When the caller started walking toward the man to talk to him, the man ran back to the van and drove away.

04/16/13 A Medaryville resident complained that the neighbors are shooting guns before daylight. Police spoke to the neighbors.

04/15/13 Pulaski County deputies were involved in an incident where the driver of a car allegedly hit another person twice in the nose at the Family Express in North Judson and fled. The driver then reportedly entered Pulaski County and the county deputies engaged in a pursuit with the driver. The driver then returned into Starke County where county officers continued looking for the suspect.

04/15/13 The Winamac Police Department responded to a call of a suspicious substance that was found in a resident’s a pill bottle.

04/15/13 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a fire in a recycling bin across from City Hall.

04/14/13 The Winamac Police Department gave notice to a resident to remove three inoperable vehicles from the property.

04/13/13 A Winamac resident asked for extra patrol as unknown person(s) were breaking bottles in his driveway.

04/13/13 Police were called to Diamond Lil’s on a report of an alleged stabbing.

04/13/13 The Winamac Police Department was called out on a report of an open door at a residence. Police found the house to be in disarray and couldn’t properly secure the residence.

04/13/13 A caller told Pulaski County dispatchers that he heard a large crash noise and now he doesn’t have electricity. Officers from the Winamac Police Department responded to to the area.

04/12/13 A Winamac man reported that his neighbor was threatening to destroy his property.

04/11/13 A Winamac man reportedly several items were dumped on his property.

04/10/13 A fire was reported to the dispatch center.

04/10/13 A theft incident was reported to police.

04/09/13 Star City and Winamac Fire Departments were called to a large fire that involved seven or eight cars. The incident remains under investigation.

04/09/13 The Star City Fire Department was called out to a report of a tree limb that was glowing red.

Arrests:
04/16/13 Emily Allen, 21, of Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Precursors with the Intent to Manufacture.

04/15/13 Tina Gould, 46, of Star City, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

04/14/13 Michael Kasnick, Jr., 41, of Rensselaer, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

04/14/13 Brandon Hitt, 36, of Rensselaer, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. Discharged.

Starke County Sheriff's Department

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

04/08/13 – Irrigation wire was reportedly stolen from the 600 block of East 100 North.

04/08/13 – Items were reportedly stolen from a residence in the 3400 block of Island View Drive in Knox and the homeowner told police there was also an inactive meth lab in the garage.

04/09/13 – A resident of the 10700 block of East Division Road in Knox told police they received fraudulent IRS information with his refund.

04/09/13 – A resident of the 4200 block of South State Road 39 in North Judson told police that someone took his vehicle without permission.

04/09/13 – A hit and run was reported at the Bailey’s Discount Center in North Judson.

04/10/13 – A break in was reported in the 11000 block of East Iroquois Road in Walkerton.

04/10/13 – A man told police that someone threw a cinderblock through his window and stole items from his vehicle while it was parked at the Bass Lake boat launch.

04/10/13 – A resident of the 11900 block of East 400 North in Grovertown told police that someone had frauded her and her mother.

04/12/13 – Jennifer Allen of North Judson told police a male subject had broken her phone, threw her on the couch, and choked her

04/13/13 – A purse was reportedly stolen from a resident in the 11100 block of East Kanney Avenue in Walkerton.

04/13/13 – A resident of the 1900 block of West 450 South in North Judson told police that someone has been stealing medication from a trailer.

04/14/13 – Billy Coldiron of North Judson told police that someone stole his vehicle, wallet, and laptop from his residence.

Arrests:

04/11/13 – Teresa Scutchfield, 43, was arrested on charges of Receiving Stolen Property.

04/12/13 – Anthony Esparza, 25 of Knox; Frank Esparza, 20 of Knox; and Maria Hernandez Esparza, 59 of Knox, were arrested on charges related to controlled substances following the execution of a search warrant in the 8800 block of Long Lane Drive.

04/12/13 – Jason Edward Schaefer, 37 of Medaryville, was arrested following a warrant check in the 400 block of Wilson Street in North Judson.

04/13/13 – Tyler James Soplanda, 20 of North Judson, was arrested on charges of Operating a Vehile While Intxicated and Illegal Possession or Consumption of Alcohol.

Pulaski County Deputies Arrest Two for Theft of Anydrous Ammonia

Brandon-Hitt

Brandon Hitt

Michael-Kasnick

Michael Kasnick, Jr.

Two Rensselaer men have been arrested for stealing anhydrous ammonia at a property in Pulaski County.

The owner of a farming operation reportedly spotted 36-year-old Brandon Scott Hitt and 41-year-old Michael Kasnick, Jr. stealing anhydrous ammonia from a tank on the property. Two Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the scene and were told that the suspect’s vehicle was traveling with its headlights off on a county road near the scene.

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Members of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, Emergency Management Office and the Pulaski County Health Department are presenting several information sessions in order to help you prepare for a disaster in your area.

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Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

04/01/13 – A resident of the 8000 block of North State Road 23 in Walkerton told police that someone stole his trash hopper.

04/01/13 – A license plate was reported stolen from the 500 block of East 450 South in Knox.

04/01/13 – A woman told police she had been battered by a male subject in the 8800 block of East 25 North in Knox.

04/02/13 – David Travis of North Judson told police that someone may have broken into his home.

04/03/13 – A battery incident was reported in the 8800 block of South Elm Street in Monterey.

04/03/13 – A resident of the 3900 block of South Woodland Road in Knoxtold police that she had stumbled upon a possible meth lab in the woods nearby.

04/04/13 – Sharon Flagg of North Judson told police that a female had fallen out of the back of a moving pickup truck and sustained injuries.

04/04/13 – Ronald Arnett of Knox reported he had been battered by two male subjects.

04/05/13 – A resident of the 5200 block of West State Road 10 in North Judson told police that someone had stolen an air compressor and parts from a vehicle.

04/05/13 – A resident of the 8200 block of North High Street in Walkerton told police that a four-wheeler had been stolen from his garage.

04/06/13 – Melvin Zeiters of Monterey told police that someone had shattered the driver’s side window of his vehicle.

04/06/13 – Larry Kaminski of Monterey told police someone had stolen a boat and trailer from his residence on 625 South.

04/06/13 – A fight was reported behind the Main Street apartments in Knox.

04/06/13 – A resident of the 100 bock of East 500 South in Knox reported someone had stolen an Xbox from her residence.

04/07/13 – A resident of the 300 block of West 200 South in Knox told police that someone had vandalized her mailbox and items in her driveway.

Arrests:

04/02/13 – Amy Lynn Hawk, 32 of Huntingburg was arrested on charges of Driving While Suspended.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/07/13 Five fire calls were reported to the Pulaski County Dispatch Center.

04/07/13 Emergency personnel were called to a personal injury accident.

04/07/13 A Winamac resident called in a report of a battery.

04/06/13 Officers were called to investigate a theft incident.

04/06/13 A break-in was reported. Officers were dispatched to the scene to conduct an investigation.

04/05/13 Pulaski County dispatch received two calls of trash dumping in the county.

04/05/13 Two fires were called into dispatch.

04/05/13 A theft incident was reported to Pulaski County police.

04/05/13 A mailbox incident was reported in the Francesville area.

04/04/13 Winamac police were called out to investigate a report of theft.

04/04/13 Deputies were called to a theft case on U.S 35 in Winamac.

04/04/13 A scam was reported to police by a resident in Medaryville.

04/03/13 Firefighters from the Winamac Fire Department were called out to two fires.

04/02/13 Two reports of theft were called into the dispatch center.

Arrests:
04/08/13 Crystal McCarty, 27, of Hamlet, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear.

04/08/13 Heather Shell, 31 of Warsaw, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Check Deception.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/05/13 A North Judson-San Pierre school bus driver reported to police that two vehicles passed the stop arm of his bus while children were unloading on Talmer Avenue near Garfield Avenue. Extra patrols were requested.

04/05/13 Two young men reported to North Judson police that the driver of a silver vehicle was honking the car’s horn and was yelling at them as if to be displaying road rage. The incident happened near Garfield and Talmer Avenues. The male suspect exited his vehicle and slapped the passenger in the face and shoulder. This incident remains under investigation.

04/04/13 A family dispute in the 300 block of Franklin Street resulted in police arresting a juvenile for battery against his mother. The male juvenile was detained. His case was taken to Starke County Circuit Court where probable cause was established and the juvenile was transported to the Juvenile Detection Center in Muncie, Indiana.

04/03/13 A loose dog was reported in the 600 block of Simmons Street. The officer was unable to secure the animal and it left the area.

04/02/13 Police responded to a fraud complaint by a resident residing in the 6100 block of Mint Road. A credit card number was compromised and unauthorized items were charged to the card.

04/01/13 A vandalism report was filed with police regarding tenants that had vacated a residence in the 800 block of Clinton Street.

04/01/13 A North Judson citizen reported to the police that he had a rifle stolen from his vehicle sometime between January 19 and this date.

Arrests:
04/04/13 A juvenile male was arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery. He was later transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Muncie.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/09/13 Greg Matt reported vandalism to his privacy fence.

04/08/13 Shirleen Berndt reported her purse stolen.

04/05/13 Dawn Wilson told police that $200 was stolen from her.

04/07/13 Penny Back told police that the retaining wall at Wythogan Park was damaged. The wall is located at the entrance to the park. Park Superintendent George Byer also reported that someone painted the one-way sign in the park white.

Several intimidation and harassment reports have been filed.

Arrests:
04/09/13 Bobby Reed, 39, 6295 N. State Road 23, Walkerton, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/07/13 Sherry Wireman, 50, no address given, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/06/13 Jacquelin Rubio, 28, 1535 E. 9th St., Trlr 38, Rochester, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Body.

04/04/13 William Pierce, 26, of Kewanna, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Driving While Suspended-Prior.

04/04/13 Allen Moore, 34, 706 S. East St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/31/13 A fire was reported at a home on 550 N. in Winamac. Just as the fire department was en route, the homeowner told dispatch that the fire wasn’t big and it was already extinguished.

03/31/13 A Star City resident notified police of a theft incident.

03/31/13 The Star City Fire Department was called to a fire at a property on 100 W. The Winamac Fire Department was also called to the scene.

03/30/13 A Winamac resident reported a break-in at a residence on 50 W.

03/30/13 A break-in was reported at a home in Winamac.

03/29/13 A theft incident was called in by a resident on Indiana Hill Road in Winamac.

03/29/13 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a fire on 1300 W.

03/28/13 Officers were called out to investigate battery incident.

03/28/13 A Winamac resident reported a theft incident.

03/27/13 Several animal complaints were called into the Justice Center.

03/26/13 Police were notified of a possible battery incident.

03/26/13 A person called the dispatch center and asked for a police officer to come to their place of business. A truck and trailer drove by and a tire was lost. That tire went through the glass door.

Arrests:
04/01/13 Jacqueline Sizemore, 39, of Demotte, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of False Informing.

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
03/31/13 – A property damage accident occurred around 12:20 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Luken Streets in North Judson. A 2000 Dodge Caravan, driven by Susan Robbins of Medaryville, was stopped on Luken Street and observed another vehicle traveling west on Main Street. Robbins thought it was a four-way stop and pulled into the path of the vehicle, driven by Gene Godsey, of North Judson. North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated and set damages at over $3,000. No injuries were reported.

03/30/13 Police responded to a dispute call in the 600 block of West Talmer Avenue. Both parties involved were advised that it was a civil matter.

03/29/13 Police responded to a drunk driving complaint. North Judson Officer Kelly Fisher located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. After a brief investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Michael R. Meiss, 49, of 203 High Street in North Judson, was arrested for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

03/27/13 North Judson Officer Todd Keen conducted a traffic stop around 12:48 p.m. for a license plate light violation. The driver, Jacquelin K. Knapp of LaCrosse, was ticketed for driving while suspended.

03/27/13 North Judson Officer Darren Conley clocked a vehicle traveling 75 mph in a 55 mph zone. Officer Conley turned around in order to follow the vehicle. The vehicle started to speed up and tried to outrun Officer Conley. The vehicle traveled through a yard and around a building on the west side of State Road 39. The vehicle then made it back on the roadway. The vehicle then pulled into a driveway on the east side of State Road 39. Officer Conley pulled in behind the vehicle and heard branches breaking in a nearby wooded area. After a brief search of the area, the driver was not located. Later in the evening, the driver of the vehicle, Brian K. Gates Jr. 27, of South Bend, tried to report the vehicle stolen. Gates was then arrested for Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement on Foot, Criminal Mischief, False Reporting, Reckless Driving, and Auto Theft-Unauthorized Control. He was also issued three state citations. The Starke County Sheriffs Department and Department of Natural Resources assisted with this incident and search.

03/25/13 Police responded to an ordinance violation in the 300 block of Main Street. The resident was issued two ordinance citations for no animal tags. The resident and the property owner were also given an official 30-day notice in reference to a nuisance violation.

Arrests:
03/29/13 Michael R. Meiss, 49, 203 High Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

03/27/13 Brian K. Gates, Jr., 27, of South Bend, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement by vehicle and on foot, Criminal Mischief, False Reporting, Reckless Driving and Auto Theft-Unauthorized Control.

 From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents

03/24/13 – A caller from the 7100 block of East 50 South in Knox told police that a vehicle drove through his yard and damaged his property.

03/24/13 – A resident of the 3000 block of West 625 South in North Judson reported someone had been running through his fence and breaking it at night.

03/24/13 – Sylvester Witkowski of Knox told police someone had slashed his tires.

03/24/13 – A man was reportedly battered at the Time Out Pub near Koontz Lake.

03/25/13 – A woman from the 3900 block of West Third Street in North Judson reported someone had fraudulently used her bank card.

03/25/13 – A resident of the 1700 block of South 350 East in Knox told police she had been harassed by a male subject.

03/26/13 – A harassment incident was reported in the 900 block of North State Road 23 in Knox.

03/26/13 – Danny Traylor of Knox told police that someone had hacked his computer and stole financial records.

03/26/13 – A laptop was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 100 block of West Toto Road in North Judson.

03/27/13 – A theft was reported at a foreclosed home in the 11500 block of State Road 8 in Knox.

03/27/13 – A man told police he found bags possibly containing a discarded meth lab near the intersection of county roads 100 West and 400 South in North Judson.

03/29/13 – A driver for Allied Waste reportedly found a possible meth lab along the road near the intersection of county roads 200 East and 50 South in Knox.

03/30/13 – A caller told police that people were possibly manufacturing methamphetamine in the dunes area near Koontz Lake.

03/30/13 – A resident of the 8700 block of South Elm Avenue in Monterey told police that his motor home was vandalized.

Arrests

03/26/13 – Matthew Douglas Schutz, 27 of Knox and Shannon May Rupert, 33 of Knox were arrested on charges of Batttery following an incident in the 4400 block of Dawn Drive in North Judson.

03/29/13 – David W. Campbell, 45, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/01/13 Park Superintendent George Byer reported vandalism in Wythogan Park. Vandals had spray painted graffiti on the new curly slide and a brick building inside the park.

03/30/13 Peggy Awald told officers that a vehicle sideswiped her car while it was parked at Five Star.

03/29/13 Bud McLaughlin reported wall damage to the first and second wash bays at the Knox Superwash.

03/27/13 Homer Salyer reported damage to his vehicle. Police believe that it was hit by a passing car and did not report the damage.

03/25/13 Crystal Martinez reported the theft of her purse and criminal activity on her credit card.

03/19/13 Marcella McCormick reported a broken window on the front porch to a residence.

03/19/13 Jackie Parker reported the theft of a lawn ornament.

Arrests:
04/04/13 Elsadig Arabi, 42, of Fort Wayne, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Failure to Stop after an Accident Causing Property Damage.

03/31/13 Mason Paxson, 54, 732 W. 350 N., LaPorte, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

03/30/13 Angela Clemons, 30, 301 S. Portland St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Controlled Substance.

03/29/13 Dominic Sheets, 22, 19949 Upas Rd., Culver, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of Marshall County.

03/28/13 Milan Rasic, 68, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated-Refusal.

03/28/13 Lavotis French, 47, 305 W. Bender St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance and Possession of a Legend Drug.

Knox City Police Department March report

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/25/13 Medaryville police, EMS and Pulaski County police responded to a rollover accident at 500 North and State Road 39 where one woman was injured.

03/25/13 A resident on 500 North in Winamac reported hearing shots being fired from the east side of her residence.

03/24/13 Emergency responders were called to a personal injury accident at the intersection of State Road 14 and 800 West.

03/24/13 Several accidents were called into the dispatch center due to weather.

03/23/13 A Winamac resident told police that a stray dog just viciously attacked his dog and the resident’s dog had to be put down. The caller wants something done as kids in the neighborhood could be attacked by the dog as well.

03/23/13 The Medaryville Police Department was called out to a grass fire that was moving toward a house.

03/23/13 Emergency crews were called to a Winamac residence after a 60-year-old man fell 12 feet out of a tree. The man sustained an injury to his leg. The victim was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

03/22/13 Police were called to a domestic verbal altercation that escalated.

03/22/13 Detectives are reviewing information received in an abuse case.

03/22/13 A resident was upset that a sign was placed in her yard and demanded a stop to this type of harassment.

03/22/13 The Monterey Fire Department was called to assist the Bass Lake Fire Department with an unruly controlled burn.

03/22/13 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a field fire at 15397 W. 160 N. in Medaryville that was moving close to a home.

03/22/13 A caller advised that a vehicle that didn’t display a handicap placard or license plate was parked in a handicapped parking spot. An officer from the Winamac Police Department was called to the scene.

03/21/13 Animal control responded to a report of a starving dog. The owner was advised to get the dog to a vet or it would be confiscated.

03/20/13 A complaintant told police that unknown subjects were on his mother’s property cutting up scrap metal.

03/19/13 The theft of a gun was reported to police. After an investigation, officers found that nothing was missing.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
03/23/13 A hit and run accident was reported at the Phillips 66 gas station.

03/22/13 Eduardo Decerra, 50, 715 Loon Ct., Plymouth, IN was given a citation for never being licensed.

03/19/13 David Harris reported a phone scam.

03/19/13 Marcella McCormick, stated her stated her home had been broken into.

03/19/13 A NIPSCO pole on the southeast corner of Lake Street and Bower Street was snapped at the bottom.

03/18/13 Donald Schuld told police that a vehicle parked in the back yard of his property had damage. The windshield appeared that someone had thrown a rock at it.

03/16/13 Donald Harradon reported a stolen license plate.

03/15/13 Harriett Huth reported the theft of a license plate.

03/15/13 Jackie Parker reported the theft of a lawn ornament.

03/14/13 Julie Manns alerted police of a starved  young dog at 202 N. Clark Street. When the officer arrived at the scene, he saw a very skinny dog with bones showing through the fur. Two other dogs at the residence appeared healthy. Animal Control was called but there was no answer. Suzanne Crider from the Starke County Humane Society was called and took custody of the dog due to it being malnourished.

03/14/13 Andrew Nice reported a hit and run accident. Nice was on Main Street approaching Potter Street when another vehicle entered his path of travel. The vehicle hit his car and caused damage to the front right bumper and passenger door. The suspect vehicle left the scene.

Arrests:
03/24/13 Jody McCoige, 48, 20504 8th Rd., Plymouth, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Driving While Suspended-Prior.

03/22/13 Thomas Ostrega, 38, 1880 E. 350 S., Knox, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants out of Knox City Court.

03/21/13 Aaron Brewer, 22, 303 N. Clark St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active Starke County Circuit Court warrant.

03/21/13 Aarron Lucy, 35, 5485 S. 250 E., Star City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Nudity.

03/17/13 Two juveniles were cited for Illegal Possession of Alcohol.

03/15/13 Ronald Clary, 43, 5265 S. 275 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
03/24/13 North Judson Officer Darren Conley conducted a traffic stop around 5:07 a.m. after observing a vehicle cross the center line and continue to travel in that lane. The driver, Michael Carpenter, 47, living at 206 W. Weninger street, was arrested for Driving while Suspended-Prior.

03/23/13 After observing erratic driving behavior, North Judson Police Officer Darren Conley conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of 625 South and County Road 300 West, resulting in the arrest of the driver, Roy McDanile, 62, of Knox for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. McDanile’s passenger, Cammy Janis, 46, of Lake Station was also arrested for Public Intoxication.

03/20/13 A minor property damage accident was reported to police in the parking lot of the Napa Auto Store on Talmer Avenue around 9:10 a.m. A vehicle was driving east on Talmer and turned into the parking lot and it was rear-ended by another vehicle. North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner estimated damages at near $2,000 and placed the second vehicle at fault for following too closely.

A second single vehicle property damage accident occurred around 10:48 a.m. in the parking lot of Connie’s Salon on Lane Street. An elderly gentleman was parking his vehicle in the south lot when he hit the gas instead of the brakes, striking the building. Chief Deputy Joe Budner set damages at near $5,000. No injuries were reported in either accident.

03/20/13 North Judson Police responded to an ordinance violation incident in the 200 Block of W. Weninger Street. A construction company from Brookston was demolishing a burned-out home. The company did not have a local Contractors Permit and the work was stopped. The company was given a notice the day before to obtain the permit. A violation and fine will be sent to the company.

03/19/13 Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Leslie and Wilson Streets in North Judson on Tuesday evening. As a result of the incident, Shane Reed, 26, of Winamac was arrested for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and transported to the Starke County Jail. Additional charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Trafficking with Inmates were filed.

Arrests:
03/24/13 Michael W. Carpenter, 47, 206 W. Weninger Street, North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving while Suspended-Prior.

03/23/13 Cammy J. Janis, 46, Lake Station, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

03/23/13 Roy D. McDaniel, 62, 2220 E. 500 South, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxication.

03/19/13 Shane Michael Reed, 26, 5631 W. 660 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Trafficking with Inmates.

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

03/18/13 – A caller told police that someone had broken into the storage units on U.S. 35 just north of the Pulaski/Starke county line.

03/18/13 – Zachary Bau of Knox told police that someone had stolen the title from his vehicle.

03/18/13 – Rick McCan of Hamlet told police that someone had broken into the vacant house on the Sisco property.

03/19/13 – A fistfight was reported near the intersection of 750 East and U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

03/19/13 – A North Judson resident told police that she received a scam phone call telling her she had won money.

03/20/13 – A resident of the 7600 block of East 25 North in Knox reported that someone was stripping out the power lines and meter boxes near a home undergoing foreclosure.

03/20/13 – Carolyn Trusty of Knox told police that someone had gone into her residence and stolen her belongings.

03/20/13 – A mailbox was reportedly stolen in the 8500 block of East 400 North in Grovertown.

03/20/13 – A resident of the 10100 block of East Francis Street in Grovertown reported someone had kicked in her door.

03/20/13 – A resident of the 2400 block of East Toto Road in Knox told police that someone had stolen her daughter’s tablet and some movies.

03/22/13 – A theft was reported in the 6600 block of East Toto Road in Knox.

03/23/13 – A resident of the 2500 block of East 100 South in Knox reported someone had tried to break into his garage.

03/23/13 – A resident of the 8900 block of North 1050 East in Walkerton told police that someone had stolen his checks.

Arrests:

03/19/13 – Adam Goliver, 25 of Walkerton, was arrested on charges of Intimidation and Criminal Recklessness.

03/20/13 – Adam M. Koske, 30 of Winamac, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Syringe, Possession of a Controlled Substance, False or Fictitiuous Registration, and Driving While Suspended.

03/21/13 – Sarah Ann Mills, 20 of North Judson, was arrested for Criminal Mischief.

03/21/13 – Henry E. Wood, 33 of Knox, was arrested on charges of Manufacturing or Financing a Controlled Substance.

03/21/13 – Terry L. White, 56 of Knox, was arrested on charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Habitual Traffic Violator.

03/23/13 – Lawrence Joseph Minarik, 31 of San Pierre, was arrested on charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

03/23/13 – Kristina Lynn Warner, 25 of Plymouth, was arrested on charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana, Disorderly Conduct, and Battery.

03/23/13 – Cammy J. Janis, 46 of Lake Station, was arrested on charges of Public Intoxication and Open Alcohol Container.

Police Reports

Police reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

03/12/13 – A check was reported stolen fro a vehicle in the 8800 block of South U.S. 35 in Monterey.

03/12/13 – A resident of the 2200 block of South State Road 23 in Knox told police that someone fraudulently used her credit card.

03/13/13 – A battery incident was reported in the 8800 block of South Lincoln in Monterey; the caller told dispatch she had been battered by a male subject with a hammer.

03/13/13 – A resident of the 4100 block of South 350 West in North Judson reported he had been the victim of a scam..

03/13/13 – A resident of the 1800 block of East 625 South inn Knox told police someone had filed taxes in his name in Ohio.

03/14/13 – A caller from the Down and Under Bar near Hamlet told police that someone had placed a camera in the men’s bathroom.

03/14/13 – A resident of the 5700 block of South 250 West in North Judson reported someone had pretended to be her grandson and told her he had been in an accident; he requested $1800, but she did not give him any personal information or money.

03/14/13 – Dave and Shelly Fretz of Hamlet tol police that they received a text message from Demotte State Bank informing them their account had been deactivated, but they do not use that bank.

03/15/13 – A resident of the 7300 block of East State Road 8 in Knox told police that he had been the victim of fraud.

03/15/13 – A resident of the 6700 block of South Shewski Road in Knox told police that while cleaning along the ditch north of 650 South, he foud zip-lock bags with pop bottles and some bags with cold pill containers.

03/15/13 – A resident of the 1300 block of West 200 South in North Judson reported two males in a white van were travelin the area selling Kirby vacuum cleaners door-to-door.

03/17/13 – A resident of the 100 block of North McCormick Street in Hamet told police that someone had broken into her van the night before.

Arrests:

03/13/13 – Jason Robert Bazemore, 41 of Winamac, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated as a Class C misdemeanor.

03/16/13 – Robert C. Howard, 24 of Knox, was arrested on charges of Criminal Recklessness, Intimidation, and Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

03/16/13 – Paula M. Gilson, 44 of Hamlet, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance following a traffic stop.

03/16/13 – Troy Alan Fisher, 30 of Knox, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated as a Class A misdemeanor.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/17/13 A trespass warning was given to a subject after intimidation threats were made.

03/17/13 A Star City man reported the theft of music equipment.

03/16/13 A man called to report that he swerved to miss a deer and ended up in the ditch. The driver was not injured.

03/16/13 A Star City resident told police that some unknown persons spray-painted a tree in her front yard and the back of one of her buildings.

03/15/13 A farmer told deputies that some unknown person attempted to break into his barn. The barn doors were open but no one was injured.

03/15/13 Deputies spoke to a property owner in the area of 200 N. and 300 W. about burning tires.

03/14/13 Police responded to a call of a car in a ditch. The driver reportedly sustained injuries.

03/14/13 A Francesville resident on 550 S. reported items missing from tanks and porperty damage.

03/14/13 DNR was called to help a patron as two aggressive dogs were preventing him from leaving the Natural Resources dump. He man was in the bed of his truck and the dogs were growling as he was attempting to get back into the truck. The dogs were reportedly trying to protect a deer carcass that they had been eating.

03/14/13 A Winamac resident told police that an attempted break-in occurred at her horse barn.

03/13/13 Medaryville police responded to a battery incident.

03/13/13 A complaintant advised that her neighbor continues to feed a pack of wild dogs. There are 15-20 wild dogs that come into the neighbor’s yard. Police spoke to the man who stated that he doesn’t own any of the dogs and that he just feels bad for them. Animal Control will attempt to begin trapping the dogs to remove them from the area.

03/13/13 A caller believes that his soon-to-be ex-wife is stealing his mail.

03/11/13 The Star City Fire Department was called to a trailer or woods fire on 450 West.

03/11/13 Pulaski County SWAT were called to the Oregon-Davis Schools in reference to an alleged threat.

Arrests:
03/17/13 Thomas Ortman, 22, of Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended with a Previous Conviction and Possession of Marijuana.

03/14/13 Noble Shelton, 24, of Rensselaer, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear.

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
03/17/13 A call was dispatched in reference to a man driving around town recklessly. North Judson Police located the suspect, Frank Horky. After an investigation, facts unfolded that Horky had discharged a firearm at his residence. He was arrested for OVWI., Criminal Recklessness, Felony Intimidation, and Neglect of a Dependent. North Judson Officer Frank Tomas and Chief Doug Vessely investigated the incident. Starke County Sheriffs Department assisted as well.

03/16/13 Police responded to the Mint Valley apartments in response to a subject not breathing. Upon arrival, a 28-year-old male was found non-responsive. The Starke County Coroner’s office was advised. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The male was visiting the area from Nevada. After an investigation, Nicole Troike, 30, of Las Vegas, Nevada was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and transported to the Starke County jail. North Judson Officer Frank Thomas and Chief Doug Vessely investigated. Several Departments assisted in this investigation.

03/15/13 Good To Go reported a drive off of $75.01. This incident is still being investigated.

03/14/13 A resident in the 400 block of Main Street received a text message from Demotte State Bank. The resident was advised that it was a scam and not to respond to the text messages.

03/14/13 A resident in the 200 block of Silver Street reported that there was a dog barking on Maryland Street.

03/13/13 Police located a disabled vehicle at State Road 10 and State Road 39. The driver stated that her son was on his way to help her.

03/12/13 The North Judson Police Department assisted the Knox Police Department serving a search warrant in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue. A search warrant was later severed which resulted in two arrests for possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance. Two juveniles were also charged with the same charges and a report was sent to the Probation Department.

03/11/13 Police responded to a animal complaint in the 700 block of Laurel Street.

Arrests:
03/17/13 Frank A. Horky, 47, 109 Sycamore Street, North Judson, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Criminal Recklessness and felony Intimidation.

03/16/13 Nicole Troike, 30, 4003 Weybridge Dr., Las Vegas, Nevada, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Police Reports

Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/10/13 A Winamac resident called to say a stray dog appeared to have been shot, but it had actually been hit by a car.

03/10/13 Medaryville Police were called to investigate a minor personal injury rollover accident south of State Road 14 on U.S. 421.

03/10/13 A person told police that the basement windows were broken out at a home in the county.

03/09/13 Winamac Police Department officers were called to a home where a window had been shot out.

03/09/13 Winamac officers were called to a home where the homeowner complained about individuals knocking on the door and not identifying themselves when asked to do so.

03/09/13 A complaintant called 911 after seeing a suspicous vehicle. The suspicious vehicle was acutally a police vehicle and the caller was thankful for the police presence in the neighborhood.

03/09/13 A stolen bicycle was reported to Winamac police officers.

03/09/13 A caller told police that someone threw something through the window and broke it.

03/08/13 The owner of a Winamac business notified Winamac police that a subject of a theft at the business is being held in the store.

03/08/13 Medaryville responded to a call of a person who stated that the walls of a rental property were blackened with soot and a strong odor was present.

03/07/13 A slid off was reported off old State Road 14. No injuries were reported.

03/07/13 Winamac residents complained that their neighbors were burning trash and furniture off to the property line.

03/05/13 Several accidents were reported due to a snowstorm in the area.

Arrests:
03/11/13 Gregory Billingsley, 38, of Winamac, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
03/10/13 Police responded to a property damage accident on State Road 39 and County Road 400 South. A vehicle driven by Haley M. Clary struck a deer. North Judson Police Officer Darren Conley estimated the damage to the vehicle over $1000.

03/09/13 Police responded to a property damage accident on State Road 10 west of Range Road. The driver of the vehicle, John L. Darnell, 51, of Knox, advised Officer Darren Conley that he was eastbound on State Road 10 when a deer jumped in front of his vehicle. Darnell stated that he was not able to avoid hitting the deer. Officer Conley estimated the damages to the vehicle over $5000.

03/09/13 Residents in the 6100 block of South Hubeny Street reported that they lost their Beagle/Basset Hound pet. The dog is white with brown spots and has a blue/green dog collar. If the dog is located, contact the North Judson Police Department at 574-772-5914.

03/08/13 Police responded to a vandalism complaint at the North Judson-San Pierre High School. A 2003 red Ford Mustang was scratched while in the parking lot. This incident is still being investigated.

03/08/13 Police responded to a complaint of 10-12 male juveniles throwing snowballs at vehicles in the area of the new firehouse. Chief Doug Vessely arrived and the juveniles stated to him, that they were having a snowball fight across Main Street. Chief Vessely advised the juveniles to stay on the same side of the street.

03/07/13 A resident in the 800 block of Clinton Street reported that his temporary license plate was stolen of his vehicle.

03/06/13 – North Judson Police responded to a property damage accident in the North Judson Industrial Park. The mailbox owned by Johnny On The Spot was backed over by a semi. When North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely arrived, the driver of the semi stated that his company would pay to have the mailbox replaced. The owner of Johnny On The Spot was advised to call the North Judson Police Department if payment for the mailbox was not made.

03/04/13 A resident in the 400 block of Keller Avenue reported that her ex-husband is harassing her and her new boyfriend by calling and texting them.

03/04/13 A resident from Plymouth came to the North Judson Police Department to report her husband and her were involved in a verbal argument in Plymouth. The husband came to stay with family and gave them some items to payoff a debt. The female was advised that it was a civil matter.

03/04/13 North Judson Police Officer Darren Conley performed a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. After a brief investigation, the passenger of the vehicle Robert Lee VanDrunen III, 24, of Boone Grove was arrested on a Marshall County Warrant for Failure to Appear.

Arrests:
03/07/13 Arthur Marion Campbell, 48, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Neglect of a Dependent.

03/04/13 Robert Lee VanDrunen III, 24, of Boone Grove, IN, was arrested on a Marshall County Warrant for Failure to Appear.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

 

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

03/05/13 – A woman told police she had been punched in the back of the head by a male subject in the 300 West block of White Street in San Pierre.

03/05/13 – Police learned that a female subject had reportedly been attacked by a male subject in the 1800 block of East 250 South in Knox.

03/05/13 – Reedie Jordan Shepherd, 23 of Michigan City, told police that he had been run off the road by an unknown subject.

03/05/13 – A woman told police her juvenile daughter said she had been raped several weeks ago by a 17-year-old boy that had been staying with them.

03/07/13 – Rose Stephani of Walkerton told police that someone had stolen medication from her home.

03/07/13 – A resident of the 3500 South block of English Lake Road in North Judson reported that two male subjects claiming to be from American Publishers Clearinghouse have been constantly calling his home phone and his wife’s cell phone.

03/10/13 – A resident of the 2300 block of South 700 East in Knox told police that he had been firing a gun at his parent’s home and the neighbor began firing at him.

03/11/13 – A theft was reported at the storage units on U.S. 35 in Knox.

03/12/13 – A domestic battery was reported in the 2500 block of East Toto Road in Knox.

03/12/13 – A woman in the 2100 block of North State Road 23 in Grovertown told police that she had been contacted by a man claiming to be with her insurance who wanted to discuss her Medicare.

03/12/13 – Joe Short of Knox reported that someone had stole the stereo from his 1988 Chevrolet pickup truck.

Arrests:

03/05/13 – Nichole Ranee Willford-Stroobandt, 20, of North Judson was found in possession of clonazepam, a narcotic drug, while being searched for jail intake.

03/07/13 – Christopher J.Madsen, 39 of North Judson, was arrested on charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated in the area of 400 South and U.S. 421.

Joseph Lee Fletcher, 46 of Knox, was arrested on charges of Driving While Suspended.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
03/13/13 The owner of the Next Door Food Store filed a theft complaint.

03/11/13 Sally Morin reported suspicious activity outside her home.

03/09/13 Kimmala Shepherd told police she accidentally left her wallet in a shopping cart at Five Star. When she returned to retrieve her wallet, it was gone.

Arrests:
03/12/13 Samuel Bottorff, 19, 3040 E. State Road 10, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Visiting a Common Nuisance.
Andrew Minix, 18, 6584 N. 575 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Visiting a Common Nuisance.

03/09/13 Gerald Boyd, 20, 307 W. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession of Alcohol.

03/07/13 Bradley Austin, 22, 308 Lincoln St., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor and Possession of Methamphetamine.