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Three Injured in U.S. 30 Accident

Three people were injured in a traffic accident on U.S. 30 at Knoll Brothers in Starke County this morning.

Starke County deputies conducted an investigation and found that a semi truck pulled out of the truck stop headed west on U.S. 30 when a driver in an SUV traveling in the same direction rear-ended the semi, according to witness accounts released in a news release by the sheriff’s department. The SUV rolled on its side. The SUV was pulling a wood chipper at the time of the accident. The semi was stopped four-tenths of a mile west of the scene on U.S. 30.

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Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

10/13/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Bass Lake Fire Department First Responders were dispatched to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on U.S. 35 at 800 South by the Seventh Day Church.

10/13/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was called to a home in the 3800 block of South 625 East in Knox for a report of a residential burglary.

10/13/14 0 A resident in the 2500 block of east 150 South in Knox reported a young black man going from door to door asking for monetary donations to pay for college.

10/13/14 – A resident in the 400 block of West Eliza Street in San Pierre reported someone keeps dropping off parts to vehicles at his residence and he does not know who they belong to.

10/13/14 – A resident in the 3200 block of East 200 South in Knox reported a suspicious man knocked on her door, asked for her vote and told her he would win $10,000 if he won the vote. He showed her a paper stating his name was John Garcia. The woman told him she wasn’t interested and asked him to leave. As he was walking away, he yelled at her that she was the only person not cool on this road.

10/13/14 – A resident in the 5900 block of south 600 West in North Judson reported a black man wearing a striped shirt came to her house and asked for votes. She did not open the door and asked him to leave a pamphlet.

10/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was advised of a vehicle versus deer crash on Range Road by Joey’s Wallpaper.

10/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of Toto and Range Roads.

10/14/14 – Dispatchers were advised of possible illegal burning of mattresses and other items in the 3400 block of South 200 East in Knox.

10/15/14 – Sheriff’s deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on SR 39 south of 200 North.

10/15/14 – A license plate was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 200 block of South 800 East in Knox.

10/15/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of east 900 South in Knox reported a john boat, trailer and paddle boat have been stolen from the property.

10/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department First Responders were called to the intersection of State Road 8 and State Road 23 for an accident with injuries.

10/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Koontz Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle versus house accident in the 7600 block of North State Road 23.

10/16/14 – A resident in the 2500 block of west 700 South in North Judson reported her 16-year-old son got alcohol from someone at school and is now intoxicated, out of control and punching holes in the walls.

10/16/14 – A Knox resident reported someone took his good battery and switched it out with a dead one. He’s not sure when the theft occurred.

10/17/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident at the south junction of State Road 10 and U.S. 421.

10/17/14 – A resident in the 5800 block of south U Road in North Judson reported the neighbor kids are throwing rocks and taking things out of the yard.

10/17/14 – A Knox resident notified the Starke County Sheriff’s Department of a vehicle versus telephone pole property damage accident on State Road 8 by the new jail.

10/17/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on Range Road north of 900 South in North Judson.

10/18/14 – Officers responded to a two vehicle property damage accident in the parking lot of Mark Bailey’s Discount Center in North Judson.

10/18/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident in the 7500 block of south 750 East in Knox.

10/19/14 – A resident in the 4500 block of east CR 210 in Knox reported his summer home at Bass Lake was broken into an some items were stolen.

10/19/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on Range Road south of Toto Road.

10/19/14 – The owner of the old Stelrema building north of Knox on U.S. 35 reported suspicious activity there possibly involving the hauling of scrap from the site.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

10/11/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a reported domestic battery.

10/11/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to the theft of a gun.

10/11/14 – Winamac Police respond to a fire incident at residence.

10/12/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of items stolen from a store.

10/13/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies are advised of the theft of two large stacks of pallets.

10/13/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to the theft of items from a residence.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

10/13/14 – Police officers started an investigation into a possible rape that occurred the night before in North Judson. The investigation and any possible charges remain under investigation.

10/13/14 – North Judson Police provided extra patrol in the area of the high school in reference to a possible unwanted subject.

10/13/14 – Reports of a door-to-door salesperson were received from the 4700 block of Mary Street. The female salesperson did not have a permit and was asked to stop going door-to-door and to leave the area.

10/14/14 – An early morning altercation in the 700 block of Bender Street, involving a domestic dispute, resulted in the arrest of 34-year-old Gary L. Buis.

10/14/14 – Around 10:20 a.m., an employee from the Dollar General store summoned police in reference to a shoplifter. The suspect and fled after exiting the front door and pulled away in a vehicle.

10/14/14 – A North Judson couple was driving east on Talmer Avenue around 3:45 p.m. in a red Chevy pickup when a smaller coupe-style black Ford passenger vehicle turned in front of the truck on Talmer Avenue and headed south on State Road 39 at a high rate of speed. Two witnesses provided a plate number that was registered to a woman from Monon. Monon police were contacted as well and the vehicle never returned to that address. The suspect vehicle was never located. The vehicle would have heavy front end damage including the hood. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police concerning this incident. Call the North Judson Police Department at 574-772-5914 with any details.

10/16/14 – After receiving several complaints concerning parking on Lane Street in downtown North Judson, a few cars relocated their parking places. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely reminds residents of the Lane Street area, that Lane Street from Talmer to Sycamore Street has no parking from 2:30 a.m. till 6:00 a.m. Daily. Any vehicles parked on the street between those hours will receive a $50.00 fine.

10/16/14 – A report was taken involving a scrapper removing a drain cover in the 600 block of Lane Street. Scrappers are reminded that if the items are not clearly being discarded, you may face theft charges for taking the item[s]. Also residents should be careful not to store or place wanted items near the alley or garbage location place.

10/16/14 – Officers assisted the Child Protection Services in investigating accusations and in removing children from a local home.

10/17/14 – A teenage drinking party was discovered in the 100 Block of Vine Street. Several juveniles were released to their parents and three 18-year-olds were arrested for illegal possession and minor consuming alcohol. Complete reports were furnished to the Starke County Prosecutor and to Juvenile Probation Department.

10/18/14 – A resident in the 300 Block of Franklin Street reported that two windows were busted out of his vehicle.

10/18/14 – A resident in a home on State Road 39 south reported two pellet or BB holes in a window on their home. Police are continuing in their investigation.

10/18/14 – A 2008 black Ford F350 with a dirt bike in the back of it was stolen from Lane Street near the intersection of Central Avenue. The vehicle was unlocked and running. Anyone with information is asked to call the North Judson Police at 772-5914.

10/18/14 – An unwanted guest in the 6100 block of John Street was removed from the residence. The male subject was taken to IU Health Starke Hospital and an emergency detention order was issued.

Arrests:

Arrest reports are merely a record that an arrest has been made and are not indicative of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

10/14/14 – Garl L. Buis, 34, 705 Bender Street, of North Judson, IN, was arrested for OVWI and possession of marijuana.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

10/8/14 – Police respond to the theft of $57 from resident’s home.

10/8/14 – Police respond to a traffic accident on Main Street south of the railroad tracks.

10/15/14 – Police respond to the theft of a trailer that was taken the previous night from a residence.

Arrests:

Arrest reports are merely a record that an arrest has been made and are not indicative of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

10/10/14 – Paris Gray Dunn, 51, No address provided – Domestic battery.

10/10/14 – Tiffany Woodard, 24, No address provided – Disorderly conduct.

10/10/14 – Charles Potthoff, 40, No address provided – Possession of marijuana.

Two People Injured in Monday Afternoon Accident

Two people were injured in an accident in North Judson on Monday afternoon.

Starke County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the intersection of County Road 625 South and County Road 300 West where they found that a vehicle had failed to yield to the right of way. The other vehicle was struck as it was traveling north through the intersection.

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Motorist Taken to Hospital After Striking House

The driver of a car that hit a house in Koontz Lake late last night was taken to IU Health Starke Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. It happened at 11:10 p.m. in the 7000 block of State Road 23, according to a news release from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. Continue reading

MedfFight Called to Crash at 8 and 23

Starke County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a crash at the intersection of State Roads 8 and 23 that sent one person to the hospital via MedFlight. The wreck happened around 6 last evening. The officers found one person pinned in a vehicle, according to a sheriff’s department news release. Continue reading

Peddler’s Permits Required to Sell Items

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department has received several calls about two men going door-to-door selling magazines.

Officials told WKVI News that the individuals were asked to go to the county auditor’s office to obtain a peddler’s permit to sell the items. A resident has the right to ask a salesman for a peddler’s permit before any sales pitch is made or before any transaction is final.

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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.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
10/07/14 An animal complaint was received by officers in the area of County Road 500 W. and State Road 10. The loose horse was not located.

10/07/14 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop on a moped at the intersection of Oakwood Street and Arlington Avenue. The driver of the moped, Brandon Nicholas Nevil, 20 of Gary, was arrested for a warrant out of LaPorte County.

10/08/14 Police took a property damage accident west of town. Chief Doug Vessely set the damages at over $1000.00.

10/09/14 Police took a report of stolen magnetic signs off of two vehicles in the 300 block of Keller Avenue.

10/09/14 Pulaski County requested assistance from the North Judson Police Department in locating a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle left prior to the officer’s arrival.

10/10/14 A resident reported to police of a scam phone call she received. The caller advised her that she won some money or a car. All she had to do was go to the store and buy a Green Dot card for $350.00 and scratch the back off and give him the number. The caller stated that he was from Winners International.

The North Judson Police would like to warn residents if they receive a call stating that they won a car, money or a loved one is in jail and they have to go to the store to buy a Green Dot card that it is a scam. Please notify your local police department.

10/10/14 Police received a call of an intoxicated driver coming east into town on State Road 10. The vehicle was not located.

10/11/14 A resident in the 200 block of Garden Street reported that she received a harassing phone call.

10/11/14 An employee of a business in the 700 block of Talmer avenue reported to police that she was being harassed by some customers. The case is under investigation.

10/11/14 Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop in the area of County Road 350 W. and County Road 400 S. for a speeding vehicle. A passenger in that vehicle, Dennis Matthew Howard, 23 of North Judson, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

10/12/14 North Judson Police took a report of a stolen trailer in the 800 block of E. Talmer Avenue.

Arrest:
10/07/14 Brandon Nicholas Nevil, 20 of Gary, IN was arrested for a warrant out of LaPorte County.

10/11/14 Dennis Matthew Howard, 23, of North Judson, IN, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

10/6/14 – Irrigation equipment was reported stolen from a property in the 7200 block of south State Road 39 in Knox.

10/6/14 – A North Judson resident filed an identity theft report.

10/6/14 – A man reported criminal damage to a vehicle in the 2000 block of South 450 East in Knox.

10/6/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of South State Road 39 reported receiving threatening text messages.

10/6/14 – A deputy responded to a pickup truck versus deer accident on 700 South at 200 West in North Judson.

10/7/14 – A North Judson resident reported her children are being harassed at school.

10/7/14 – A large real-estate sign on 2×4’s was reported stolen from Bass Lake Marina in Knox.

10/7/14 – A resident in the 4900 block of South 260 West in North Judson reported being harassed.

10/7/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of East Watson Street in Walkerton reported a neighbor is playing loud music.

10/8/14 – A motorist reported being run off the road in the 1600 block of West State Road 10 in North Judson by a blue Ford pickup truck which continued west on 10. Her vehicle is fine, but there is damage to the yard she went into.

10/8/14 – Fuel and a battery were reported stolen from an irrigation system in the 8800 block of east 850 South in Knox.

10/8/14 – A resident in the 200 block of West Howard Drive in Knox reported being harassed.

10/7/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of East Watson Street in Walkerton reported a neighbor is playing loud music again even though the police were at his residence last night.

10/8/14 – A tablet was reported stolen in the 5200 block of West State Road 10 in North Judson.

10/8/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and North Judson Police Department responded to a property damage accident on 500 South at 250 West in North Judson.

10/9/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a vehicle versus deer crash on 700 East north of 50 South. The driver said he hit a deer, lost control and his car went into the woods. He is not injured, but his vehicle is not visible from the roadway.

10/9/14 – An engine was reported stolen from an irrigation system at the intersection of 875 South and 1100 East in Monterey.

10/10/14 – A female driver hit a deer on U.S. 35 north of State Road 10 in Knox.

10/10/14 – A Boa Drive resident reported a telepohone scam and suspicious activities on his bank account.

10/10/14 – A female driver reported hitting a dog that ran out in front of her car in the 100 block of South 700 East in Grovertown, possibly totaling the front end of her vehicle.

10/11/14 – A North Judson resident reported receiving a telephone call requesting personal information from someone claiming to be from the Social Security office for Medicare. The caller did not give the person any information.

10/11/14 – A resident in the 6400 block of East 200 North in Grovertown reported four-wheelers riding on their property.

10/11/14 – A resident in the 5700 block of south 350 East in Knox reported her garage was broken into and several items were taken.

10/11/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies and EMS responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident on State Road 23.

10/11/14 – A resident in the 5000 block of South Wesley Street in North Judson reported the keys to his vehicle stolen.

10/11/14 – A man notified dispatchers he was deer hunting in the 2200 block of south 200 East in Knox and found two men possibly cooking methamphetamine. He said they left in a smaller pickup truck. The caller also found several precursors.

10/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Washington Township Fire Department First Responders and Starke County EMS responded to a single vehicle rollover accident with injuries on State Road 8 west of State Road 23 in Knox.

10/12/14 – A resident in the 2800 block of west 625 South in North Judson reported the theft of a large lawn decoration from her yard.

10/12/14 0 A resident in the 3600 block of south 550 East in Knox reported a four-wheeler driving up and down the roads on her property.

10/12/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of 450 East and U.S. 35.

Police Eradicate Marijuana Plants

Starke County Deputy Bill Dulin and Detective Rob Olejniczak (not pictured) removed 60 marijuana plants from a property in Starke County

Starke County Deputy Bill Dulin and Detective Rob Olejniczak (not pictured) removed 60 marijuana plants from a property in Starke County

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department eradicated marijuana plants in the area last week.

Deputies received information from the Indiana State Police Marijuana Eradication Team of an outdoor marijuana grow in the 5000 S. block of 300 E. in Knox.

Approximately 60 marijuana plants were found growing in a garden behind the residence. Officers removed the plants from the property.

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Starke County Sheriff’s Department Gets New K9

K9 Terror

K9 Terror

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has sold one of its K9s to Starke County.

Sheriff Michael Gayer told WKVI News that the K9 officer resigned abruptly and no other officer in the department wanted to resume the responsibility of K9 “Terror”. He reached out to other departments to see if a K9 could help them. One department that expressed interest was the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. The K9 and a kennel were sold to Starke County for $8,500 about two weeks ago.

The Pulaski County commissioners discussed the K9 situation Monday night during their meeting where Commissioner Terry Young was not pleased with the amount of money for which the K9 was sold. Commission President Larry Brady gave the sheriff the option of including the vehicle with the K9 and the kennel at a price of $17,000 or leave the vehicle for use by a department head. The vehicle stayed with the county.

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Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

9/30/14 – A resident in the 9300 block of East 200 South in Knox reported vandalism to his daughter’s car tires.

9/30/14 – A man reported the theft of medication from his vehicle parked at Bass Lake Pub and Ristorante and advised the restaurant owner has the theft on video and a witness saw it occur.

9/30/14 – A resident in the 1900 block of North 410 East in Knox reported problems with a neighbor.

9/30/14 – A motorist called the Starke County Sheriff’s Department to file a property damage accident report after hitting a boulder at State Road 8 and Range Road.

9/30/14 – A resident in the 2900 block of South Hilltop Drive in Knox reported being harassed by neighbors.

10/1/14 – A property damage accident involving a vehicle in a ditch was reported in the 8800 block of South Main Street in Ora.

10/1/14 – A resident in the 10900 block of East 875 North in Koontz Lake reported an ongoing problem with neighbors playing loud music late at night and early in the morning.

10/1/14 – A NIPSCO employee advised his work truck was pulled off to the side of the road in the 8600 block of East 200 South and was sideswiped by a green or blue pickup truck that continued westbound on 200 South.

10/1/14 – A female advised she was riding her moped on 700 South at 250 West in North Judson and was hit by a white Ford Ranger that continued eastbound on 700 South.

10/1/14 – A resident in the 3800 block of South State Road 39 reported her neighbors are shooting off a loud gun.

10/2/14 – Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident on State Road 8 east of State Road 39.

10/2/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Knox-Center Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a truck versus semi accident on U.S. 35 north of State Road 8 in Knox.

10/2/14 – A man reported his vehicle was struck by a black Pontiac at the intersection of State Road 8 and 700 East in Knox. The car left southbound on 700 East.

10/3/14 – A San Pierre man reported the theft of an irrigation pipe from the 9400 block of West 500 South.

10/3/14 – A resident in the 8700 block of east 75 North in Knox reported the theft of tree stands from her property.

10/3/14 – A resident in the 10700 block of east 50 North in Knox reported hearing an argument at a nearby residence and shots being fired.

10/3/14 – A resident in the 5300 block of south 250 East in Knox reported hearing gunshots coming from her neighbor’s residence to the south.

10/4/14 – A resident in the 1000 block of west 700 South reported her shed was broken into last night.

10/5/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on Toto Road east of Range Road.

10/5/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a report of a vehicle versus pole crash in the 1000 block of west 200 South in North Judson. No injuries were reported.

10/5/14 – A resident in the 11200 block of east Division Road in Knox reported his house was broken into while he was gone.

Arrests:

Arrest reports are merely a record that an arrest has been made and are not indicative of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

10/2/14 – Jerry L. Bradley, 54, Knox – Operating a vehicle while intoxicated Class A Misdemeanor and operating a vehicle while intoxicated Class C misdemeanor.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

9/30/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of a garage break-in and take a report of stolen motorcycle parts, a tackle box and other items.

10/2/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of a stolen rented pickup truck.

10/2/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of shots fired at a house.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

10/08/14 A resident in the Wintersong Village Nursing Home reported the theft of money.

10/08/14 Police responded to a call in reference of a minor in possession of alcohol. The case remains under investigation.

10/07/14 A resident in the 600 block of S. Main Street reported damage to her privacy fence.

10/03/14 Officers responded to a verbal dispute on John Street.

10/02/14 A resident told police that two tires on his vehicle were slashed.

Arrests:

10/05/14 Brian Hall, 39, of 204 W. Locust Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a warrant through Knox City Court.

10/03/14 John Brewer, 59, 6450 Hagen, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of disorderly conduct and intimidation.

10/02/14 Crystal Singleton, 29, 7821 E. 25 N., Knox, IN, arrested on a Marshall County warrant. She was transported to the Marshall County Jail by an Indiana State Police trooper.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

10/04/14 A minor property damage accident occurred in the Family Express parking lot. North Judson Officer Nick Vanni set the damages at near $1000. Chief Doug Vessely wants to remind all drivers that several of the accidents our department investigates take place in a parking lot. “Please use extra care vehicle moving in a parking lot, watch for the other guy, especially when pulling into or backing out of a parking space,” he said.

10/04/14 Police received a complaint of yelling coming from the area of Garden Street and Wilson Street. The subjects were either quiet or gone when the North Judson Police arrived.

10/03/14 A landlord reported someone had entered a empty home in the 400 block of High Stree, and moved some items. He requested extra patrols and that anyone trespassing be arrested. Nothing was missing or damaged.

10/03/14 A woman in the 400 Block of Keller Avenue reported to police that a neighbor allegedly came onto her property and battered her. No injuries were sustained, however battery charges are being requested through the Starke County Prosecutors Office.

10/03/14 A vehicle pulling out of the CVS parking lot sustained a front tie rod break which disrupted traffic for a short period. Police controlled the incident and called for a wrecker service.

10/03/14 A caller reported a possible drunk driver heading west on State Road 10 from U.S. 35. The vehicle was never located.

10/02/14 An animal complaint was received by police involving several newborn kittens. The matter was resolved.

10/02/14 Police received a request for a welfare check at the Oakview Motel. Police did the check and everything was fine.

10/01/14 Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute in the 300 Block of George Street.

10/01/14 Officers took a report of a property damage accident near Lane Street and Main Street. Chief Deputy Joe Budner set damages at under $1,000.

10/01/14 Officer Frank Thomas participated in a short pursuit after trying to conduct a traffic stop on 625 South. The suspect vehicle pulled into a driveway near 300 West and both the driver and passenger fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, officer Thomas captured the passenger, Brandon Minix. Thomas conducted an interview and investigation and arrested Minix on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of a controlled substance.

09/30/14 Police responded to a domestic complaint in the 300 block of George Street.

09/29/14 A woman reported that her wallet was taken from the front seat of her unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of Family Express. North Judson Police are investigating.

09/29/14 Employees from the First Farmers Bank and Trust reported to police that a former customer was writing large dollar amount checks to car dealers outside of the Starke County area. The local authorities are covering each area.

Arrests:

10/01/14 Brandon Minix , 32, of 5545 S. 750 East, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of a controlled substance.

09/28/14 Max Stills, 25, Bradyville, TN, arrested on a felony Starke County Bench Warrant.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Releases Name of Crash Victim

The Starke County Sheriff's Department is still investigating Monday morning's fatal crash at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating Monday morning’s fatal crash at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road

A North Judson resident was killed in Monday’s car versus tanker truck accident at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department released the crash victim’s name this afternoon. Continue reading

Starke County Crash Vicitm ID Still Pending

The Starke County Sheriff's Department hopes to release the name of the person killed in this Monday crash at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road later today.

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department hopes to release the name of the person killed in this Monday crash at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road later today.

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department has yet to release the name of the woman killed in a Monday crash at the intersection of Range Road and State Road 10. That crash involved a tanker truck and a vehicle. When officers arrived they found the tanker truck on its side in flames and a passenger car on the side of the roadway. Continue reading

Hit and Run Case Remains under Investigation

Detectives with the Starke County Sheriff’s Department continue to investigate a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of a Grovertown man.

Christopher Howard, 33, was last seen leaving a friend’s house at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the area of 1025 E. and 50 N. in Starke County. He was reported missing that afternoon and officers found his vehicle in the area of 900 East and 500 North two hours later. Police noted in a press release that the car was involved in a collision and footprints were observed leaving the scene.

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Accident Victim’s Identity Not Yet Released

A woman involved in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Range Road and State Road 10 in Starke County on Monday morning died of massive blunt force trauma, according to St. Joseph County Deputy Coroner Chuck Hurleus.

The woman’s identity has not been released.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday where Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies police found semi tanker on its side and on fire. A passenger car was located on the side of the roadway, according to the accident report. The driver of the passenger car was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital where she later died of her injuries. The passenger of the vehicle and the semi driver were taken to IU Health Starke Hospital and later transferred to South Bend Memorial Hospital.

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Passenger Airlifted to South Bend Following Sunday Wreck

A passenger in a vehicle involved in a Sunday morning crash at the intersection of State Roads 10 and 39 east of North Judson was flown to a South Bend hospital. A news release from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department indicates multiple people were injured. The North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department had to cut one person from the wreckage. Continue reading

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents

9/22/14 – Charity Fisher, 29, of Knox, hit a deer on Toto Road about half a mile east of State Road 39.

9/22/14 – A resident in the 2700 block of South Range Road reported the theft of a utility trailer.

9/22/14 – The owner of a daycare center in the 8300 block of North State Road 23 in Walkerton reported her neighbor swore at and threatened a parent who was leaving after dropping her child off .

9/22/14 – A man who rents a unit at the U.S. 35 Storage Units near the Starke/Pulaski County Line reported being attacked by a pit bull and threatened by its owner while removing items from his unit.

9/22/14 – A resident in the 7600 block of South 125 East in Knox reported the theft of several items of jewelry from the residence.

9/22/14 – A resident in the 11000 block of East Circle Avenue in Walkerton reported a motorcycle stolen.

9/22/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department responded to an accident with injuries involving a motorcycle.

9/23/14 – A property damage accident involving an Oregon-Davis School Corporation bus was reported in the 9000 block of East 300 North in Walkerton. No injuries were reported. School officials advised the bus backed into a pickup truck.

9/23/14 – An Ober resident notified the Starke County Sheriff’s Department of three white men in a blue full-size pickup truck with a white freezer in the back attempting to sell meat. If the property owner says they don’t have money, the men offer to trade, possibly in an effort to get into the residence.

9/23/14 – A woman advised she was mowing grass in the 1800 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox and found a possible meth lab in a bag. The Indiana State Police were notified.

9/23/14 – A resident in the 7600 block of South 700 East in Monterey reported his 16-year-old son brought home marijuana and paraphernalia.

9/23/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of South 700 East in Monterey reported someone broke a window and entered her residence.

9/23/14 – Midwestern Contractors advised the Starke County 911 Center State Road 10 will be closed between 300 West and 250 West for 10 days beginning Monday, Sept. 29 in order to repair a pipeline.

9/25/14 – Starke County EMS and Koontz Lake First Responders were dispatched to the 11600 block of East 500 North in Grovertown for a report of a tree loader that fell on a man.

9/25/14 – A caller reported property damage at R.J. Auto on U.S. 35 at the Starke/Pulaski County Line and asked for an officer.

9/25/14 – A possible meth lab was discovered on 850 South east of 850 East. The Indiana State Police were notified.

9/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of State Road 8 and U.S. 35 in Knox.

9/27/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Bass Lake Fire Department responded to a report of a crash involving a motorcycle near the 11300 block of East 675 South in Culver.

9/27/14 – A resident in the 10800 block of East 900 South in Monterey called the Starke County Sheriff’s Department to file a theft report for unspecified items.

9/27/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of North Meadow Lane in Knox reportedly found drugs in his yard.

9/27/14 – A resident in the 5700 block of East 200 South in Knox reported a silver vehicle hit her mailbox, took out three trees in front of her residence and continued eastbound on 200 South toward 700 East.

9/27/14 – Authorities were notified by a man mowing near the cemetery in the 4000 block of 675 East that he found a bag of possible drugs.

9/27/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was advised of a dog left in a black Ford Explorer in the Mark Bailey’s Discount Center parking lot near Dairy Queen.

9/27/14 – A resident in the 2600 block of West Toto Road in North Judson advised she thought someone was trying to break in through her back door.

9/28/14 – Mariah Marie Adams, 20, of Plymouth, hit a deer at the intersection of 1200 East and 50 South in Knox.

9/28/14 – Justin K. Burns, 30, of Medaryville, hit a deer on U.S. 421 south of State Road 10 in San Pierre.

9/28/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson Fire Department First Responders all responded to an accident with injuries at the intersection of State Road 10 and State Road 39 in North Judson.

9/28/14 – A property damage accident was reported in the 5500 block of East 800 South in Monterey.

9/28/14 – A resident in the 8900 block of East Campbell Street in Ober reported a car was vandalized.

9/29/14 – The owner of a house in the 5700 block of south 250 East in North Judson reported kids are coming into the unoccupied residence and having parties. She advised there should not be anybody in there until a renter takes possession Oct. 3.

9/28/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Knox Police responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 30 west of U.S. 35 in the eastbound lane.

9/28/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Washington Township Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a vehicle versus telephone pole accident on State Road 8 East at the Yellow River bridge.

Arrests

Arrest reports are merely a record that an arrest has been made and are not indicative of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

9/22/14 – Melody Lee Heath, 33, North Judson – Probation Violation.

9/26/14 – Daniel Thomas Allison, 46, Gary – Theft, false informing.

9/26/14 – Kalvin Michael Berg, 22, Walkerton – Theft, false informing.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer


Incidents

9/26/14 – Multiple agencies respond to a truck fire.

9/22/14 – Multiple agencies respond to a possible burglary.

9/26/14 – Multiple agencies respond to a possible battery charge.

9-/26/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of theft of a rope to pull down trees.

9/26/14 – Medaryville Police take a report of a stolen DVD player.

9/26/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of possible trespassing.

9/26/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of theft of gasoline in the amount of $39.

Coroner Identifies U.S. 30 Crash Victim

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a Monday morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a Monday morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

A Hamlet man was killed instantly after the vehicle he was driving collided with a semi truck on U.S. 30 at Frontage Road in Hamlet late Monday morning. Starke County Coroner Kris Rannells says Lawrence Siegel, 72, died of massive blunt force trauma including head, neck, chest and internal injuries. Continue reading

One Driver Dies in Two Vehicle Accident in North Judson

Range Road wreckA semi vs. passenger car accident at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road just east of North Judson Monday morning resulted in fatal injuries.

Officers arrived at the scene shortly after 11 a.m. and found a semi tanker on its side engulfed in flames. The passenger car involved in the accident was located on the side of the roadway, according to the accident report. The driver was airlifted from the scene to South Bend Memorial Hospital where she later died of her injuries. The passenger and the semi driver were taken to IU Health Starke Hospital and later transferred to South Bend Memorial Hospital. Their medical conditions are unknown.

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Motorist Killed in Crash on U.S. 30

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a late morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a late morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

A tractor-trailer versus car crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet late this morning claimed a life. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and Hamlet Police Department are investigating the wreck. Continue reading

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Respond to Accidents

Crews work to investigate an accident that occurred between a car and a semi on U.S. 30  just east of Hamlet

Crews work to investigate an accident that occurred between a car and a semi on U.S. 30 just east of Hamlet

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department were called to two accidents Monday afternoon. One accident occurred at the intersection of Range Road and State Road 10 while another occurred on U.S. 30 and Frontage Road.

State Road 10 will be closed for some time while officers complete their investigation.

Additional information will be given once the investigations are complete.