Medaryville Man Arrested For Alleged Domestic Battery

A Medaryville man was arrested Saturday after an alleged domestic dispute.

Larry Minarik, Jr. reportedly got into an argument with a 26-year-old woman over a cell phone. During the argument, Minarik allegedly pushed the woman down in their home and pressed his hand over and into her mouth and yelled at her to be quiet. The woman told police she couldn’t breathe and struck Minarik in the face to get him to stop. The woman’s eight-year-old son reportedly heard his mother scream.

The woman called her father who then called police. By that time, Minarik left the residence. The officers learned that the woman had filed a protective order against Minarik but it had not yet been served.  Minarik reportedly called the woman later and asked to get some things from the residence and officers were able to come back to the home to arrest him.

Minarik reportedly told police that he put his hands in front of her mouth but did not actually touch her. He said she was screaming for no apparent reason.

Minarik was arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery with a Minor Present. He was served with the protective order while being booked into the Pulaski County Jail.

Woman Arrested For Allegedly Neglecting Her Autistic Child

A Pulaski County Deputy went above and beyond the call of duty concerning the well-being of an eight-year-old autistic boy who had wandered from home after midnight.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a driver early Thursday morning who said a boy was walking in between county roads 300 and 400 South on U.S. 421. The officer saw the boy and introduced himself, and the boy told the officer his name and that he was autistic. The boy then continued walking north on U.S. 421. The officer walked beside the boy and attempted to speak to the boy who didn’t reply. In the meantime, dispatch was attempting to get a hold of the child’s mother but wasn’t having any success. A relative was contacted and picked up the child, who was now with the officer north of the West Central schools.

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Work Release Escapee Returned To Jail

After two days fleeing from police, 24-year-old Travis Owens was arrested and returned to the custody of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Owen had walked away from his work release assignment at S & S Precast in Winamac on Tuesday, July 10, just a short time after he had reportedly told a coworker that he “couldn’t handle the time anymore” and he was leaving.

Owens had been working at S & S Precast since June 20 as part of a work release program.

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Two Arrested In Pulaski County For Possession, False Informing

Two Pulaski County residents were arrested on Friday after they stopped at a gas station and a Pulaski County officer recognized the passenger as having a warrant out for her arrest.

Two officers followed the vehicle in Medaryville and a traffic stop was initiated on Main Street, west of U.S. 421. Deputy Mat Anderson asked the passenger her name and she gave the name of “Marcie Klemp.” Anderson ran the information and asked her several other questions which she was unable to answer. Deputy Ryan Austin asked the driver, Billy Crowe, who the passenger was and he confirmed her name was Jackie Sizemore.

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Man Arrested For Driving Under Influence of Alcohol, Controlled Substance

After cutting off a police cruiser on State Road 14, Rodney E. Wolford of Winamac was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering and Operating a Vehicle While under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.

Wolford was allegedly traveling on Keller Street in Winamac when he pulled into the roadway in front of Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Austin, forcing him to hit his brakes to avoid striking the vehicle. When the officer pulled up behind Wolford, he reportedly slowed to a stop in the middle of the road for several seconds before finally moving out of the roadway.

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No Fires Reported Over Holiday For Starke, Pulaski Counties

Despite the controversy regarding Pulaski and Starke counties’ recent decisions to rescind their burn bans, no fires were reported on Fourth of July in either county.

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department reports that while they had no fire calls on the holiday, they did receive a number of noise complaints because of the fireworks. Overall, it was a safe Fourth of July for the county. No fires and no serious injuries were reported, and the Starke County fireworks celebration went off without a hitch.

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Two Arrested After Police Find Them Kayaking While Drunk

Two Lake County residents were arrested by Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday, June 26 after a call came in about a suspicious man in a kayak on the Tippecanoe River.

A man yelled at police for help, and he told them that he was kayaking with his girlfriend and she was ahead of him and disappeared around a bend in the river. When he came around the bend, he saw her kayak up against the river bank and she was nowhere to be found. Pulaski County EMS, Fire, Sheriff’s boats and Indiana Conservation Officers were called to the scene.

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One Arrested After Man Flings Chemical At Police

Two people were arrested Friday after a traffic stop that almost injured an officer.

A vehicle driven by Dana Candlish of Kokomo was stopped by an officer from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department because she was following a car too closely. As the officer approached the car, he reportedly saw the passenger, Paul Burke of Royal Center, open the door, bend over in his seat, sit back upright and close the door. The officer asked for identification and Burke told the officer he didn’t know if he had his ID.

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Pulaski County Man Arrested Following Traffic Accident

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated two personal injury accidents Sunday night, one of which resulted in an arrest.

A Wheatfield woman was injured in a single vehicle accident at 6:52 p.m. ET on State Road 39 near County Road 400 North. Shannon Conley’s vehicle reportedly left the right side of the roadway and she lost control of the vehicle when it came back onto the paved surface. The vehicle slid sideways, back off the roadway, before traveling through a barbed wire fence, down into a ditch, and into the water. She climbed out of the vehicle and waved down passing motorists for assistance. Conley sustained a head injury in the accident.

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Pulaski County Police Investigate Drowning Incident

A drowning incident is being investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Officers were called to 4242 W. 400 N. in Winamac about a possible drowning. Andrew Jackson informed officers that his mother, Cynthia Jackson, had gone swimming in a pond located on the property and had drowned. She reportedly had permission to be on the property.

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Man Arrested Following Pulaski County Burglary

One suspect was arrested Thursday, June 7 after a burglary incident in Pulaski County.

Police were called to 7102 W. 100 N. in response to a burglary in progress. Thomas Parker was caught inside the home, but he told police that he was at his uncle’s house and he was there to check on the mail. He said he had just taken his uncle to Indianapolis. Police contacted Parker’s uncle, who said that Parker was to check on the mail but he didn’t give Parker permission to be in the residence and he wanted to press charges.

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Memorial Service for Fallen Pulaski County Officers Held Yesterday

Sheriff Michael Gayer talks of the fallen officers

A memorial service for the fallen officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was held yesterday at noon ET in front of the Pulaski County Justice Center. The service was held to commemorate the lives of Sheriff Charles Oglesby, Sheriff Milo “Mike” Lewis and Deputy Shad Bassett who were killed in the line of duty. Sheriff Michael Gayer said it’s important to hold this service once a year. Continue reading

Click It Or Ticket Blitz To Continue Through June 3

Several police agencies in the state, including the Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, are participating in the Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement blitz until June 3.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer says his department will be out in full force.

“Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend is a busy weekend for motorists,” explained Gayer. “It is a law in Indiana to wear your seat belt. The officers get paid by the federal government on their days off to go out and try to enforce the seat belt law more rigorously than they would normally do during the normal course of their duties just because it is a busy holiday.”

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Memorial Service To Be Held Commemorating Fallen Pulaski County Officers

Sheriff Michael Gayer

A memorial service to commemorate the lives of the three fallen officers in the line of duty while on staff at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will be held Tuesday, May 29th, at Noon ET in front of the Sheriff’s Department. Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer says the memorial service is an annual event.

“Each year we get the whole department together, all 42 of us, and we stand in front of the Sheriff’s Office and I conduct a service and we have the traditional Taps and a 21-gun salute,” said Gayer. “We then have lunch for the members here at the Sheriff’s Department and the families of the slain officers.”

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Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive To Take Place May 30

The staff at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department encourages you to participate in the Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Winamac.

The Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive campaign was founded by Janice Starnes whose husband, Sgt. Daniel Starnes, was killed in the line of duty in 2001. She says this blood drive ensures that our fallen officers are not forgotten and it raises awareness of the dangers officers face every day and the need for blood.

To schedule a blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or log onto

Winamac Man Arrested on Domestic Battery Charges

A Winamac man was arrested Sunday after a report of domestic abuse.

37-year-old Gregory Billingsley allegedly battered his wife. Police reportedly found that she had bruising around her left eye and her upper lip was swollen with a laceration.  Pulaski County officers also noted in the police report that her nose appeared to be broken. She complained of pain to the back of her head and neck.

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Winamac Man Accused of Theft from Ace Hardware

A Winamac man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly stole items from Ace Hardware in Winamac.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was advised of a shoplifter in the store. The officer was told by a female employee that the suspect was believed to have been involved in a prior theft incident. Store employees said Duane Altman walked out of the store with three wrenches in his hand.

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Monterey Man Arrested for Theft of Scrap Metal

A Monterey man was arrested Tuesday after the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department received a report of stolen scrap metal.

Larry Leohmer told police that he had a scrap pile of metal near the old grain elevator in Monterey and he said on Monday night, he observed a 375 gallon fuel tank, an old washer and a metal threader on the scrap pile. Those items were missing Tuesday and he had not given permission to anyone to remove those items. He later saw a man driving a red pickup truck with those items in the back.

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