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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

11/14/14 – A resident reported a generator and power washer stolen from a home. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department took the report.

11/14/14 – A purse, cell phone and cash card were reported stolen.

11/17/14 – A gas station attendant reported a drive-off.

11/20/14 – Firefighters responded to a brush fire just north of Star City on U.S. 35.

11/20/14 – A resident reported the theft of a mp3 player from inside a home.

11/20/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a drive-off. Fuel valued at $40.01 was stolen.

11/20/14 – A resident reported the theft of 10 to 12 unspecified items from a home.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

11/17/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on U.S. 30 near the Grovertown Truck Stop.

11/17/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a residential burglary in the 2000 block of East State Road 10 in Knox.

11/17/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on U.S. 35 near Wheeler Airport.

11/17/14 – A Knox man reported receiving harassing telephone calls and text messages.

11/17/14 – A Knox man notified the sheriff’s department he struck a deer on State Road 10 near 100 West in Knox.

11/17/14 – Deputies responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 421 north of State Road 10 caused when debris fell from a truck and damaged a car.

11/18/14 – A Knox resident reported a forcible rape of a minor.

11/18/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on 400 South near State Road 39 in North Judson.

11/19/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on 700 East near State Road 10.

11/19/14 – A vehicle versus deer crash was reported on State Road 8 west of 600 East in Knox.

11/20/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on 400 South at 100 East in Knox.

11/21/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a vehicle versus deer accident in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 at 1100 East in Grovertown.

11/21/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took an accident report from a driver who hit debris in the roadway in the 8000 block of North State Road 23 in Walkerton and damaged her vehicle.

11/21/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on U.S. 35 north at 500 North in Hamlet.

11/22/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a single vehicle rollover accident on 800 South east of 200 West in North Judson. No injuries were reported.

11/22/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a property damage accident in the 6300 block of South Rannells East Road in Knox.

11/22/14 – A Knox woman reported an adult male talking to her 13-year-old daughter on Facebook about inappropriate things.

11/22/14 – Dispatchers received a report of loud music coming from a residence at the corner of State Road 10 and Beach Street in Knox. The caller also advised they are shooting handguns in the air.

11/22/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked at Rice’s Woods in the 6500 block of north 1100 East in Walkerton with headlights pointed into the woods. The caller advised a man went into the woods and possibly fired a gun. The vehicle was gone when the officer arrived.

11/22/14 – Dispatchers received another report of loud music coming from a residence at Bass Lake. The caller advised this is an ongoing problem.

11/23/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Starke County EMS responded to a multiple-vehicle accident at State Road 8 and 600 East in Knox. No injuries were reported.

11/23/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responding to a tractor-trailer versus utility pole property damage crash at the intersection of State Road 8 and State Road 23 in Knox.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

11/17/14 – A delivery driver reported the theft of two 25 pound cases of pepperoni from his truck, which was parked at the Pizza King restaurant on South Heaton Street.

11/24/14 – Officers took a report of a battery incident at the Knox Post Office.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt or innocence and is merely an acknowledgment an arrest has been made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

11/24/14 – Mark Randall Duvall, 46, Knox – Warrant.

11/25/14 – Casey R. Anthony, 28, South Bend – Theft.

Police Reports

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents

11/13/14 – Two Redbox movies were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 900 block of East Lake Street.

11/14/14 – Officers responded to a vehicle versus deer accident. It occurred on U.S. 35 south between Knox and Bass Lake.

Arrests

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt or innocence and is merely an acknowledgment an arrest has been made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

11/11/14 – Kenneth R. Lain, 35, Knox – Warrant x 2.

11/16/14 – Sharon L. Neeley, 66, Medaryville – entering a resident’s home as an unwanted subject.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Grovertown Truck Stop for a report of a vehicle that was sugared.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 8 at 550 East in Knox.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on U.S. 30 west of the truck stop.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 35 between 400 and 500 South in Knox.

11/10/14 – A resident in the 6200 block of East 250 North in Grovertown reported someone cut the electric line from the pole to the house the previous night. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded.

11/10/14 – The owner of a rental home in the 8600 block of South Sycamore Street in Monterey reported someone broke in and posted photos on Facebook.

11/10/14 – A deer hunter in North Judson reported the ratchet straps on his blind were cut and thrown into the field.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of U.S. 421 and State Road 10 in North Judson.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and EMS responded to a residence in the 5200 block of South A Street in North Judson for a report of a possible concussion and bite to the ear resulting from a battery incident.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on State Road 39 north of State Road 8 in Knox.

11/10/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of East State Road 23 in Walkerton reported suspicious activity at a vacant residence next door.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on State Road 8 by the railroad tracks in Knox.

11/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a suspicious fire at the former Bass Lake Golf Course. An investigation is pending.

11/11/14 – A resident in the 5500 block of East 100 North in Knox reported the theft of her credit card numbers.

11/11/14 – A clerk at KP Korner in the 7000 block of South State Road 10 in Knox reported $500 in fuel missing for the second time.

11/11/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy found the burnt remains of a one-pot meth lab on County Road 775 North east of 700 East in Hamlet. The Indiana State Police was notified.

11/11/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on U.S. 35 one mile north of State Road 10 in Knox.

11/11/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident at the intersection of Toto Road and U.S. 35 in Knox.

11/11/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in the 11100 block of East 125 North in Knox.

11/11/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident at the intersection of Toto Road and U.S. 35 in Knox.

11/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on State Road 39 north of 50 South.

11/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Hamlet Police Department, Starke County EMS, Hamlet Fire Department and Koontz Lake Fire Department responded to single vehicle rollover accident in the 4300 block of north 900 East in Grovertown.

11/13/14 – The Bass Lake Fire Department and Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle fire on U.S. 35 north of the Melody Drive In at Bass Lake. No injuries were reported. Fire investigators determined the fire started in the car’s battery compartment.

11/13/14 – A resident in the 6100 block of south 250 West in North Judson reported a man in a purple Nissan has parked in front of her neighbor’s house, got his son out of the vehicle, put an orange hat and vest on and is trying to hunt deer in the neighbor’s yard.

11/14/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of South State Road 10 in Knox reported the theft of a stereo from her vehicle the previous night.

11/14/14 – A San Pierre resident reported credit card fraud.

11/14/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of South State Road 10 in Knox reported the theft of medication from her residence.

11/14/14 – A man discovered evidence of drug activity in the Grovertown Game Preserve between State Road 23 and 1100 East in Knox.

11/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on U.S. 421 north of 400 South in North Judson.

11/14/14 – A motorist hit a deer on U.S. 35 in front of the Astoria Inn in Knox.

11/14/14 – A resident in the 1100 block of East State Road 10 in Knox reported someone broke into his vehicle and stole the radio and dash controls sometime between Nov. 10 and today.

11/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on Toto Road east of Range Road in Knox.

11/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Knox City Police Department investigated a report of a large truck with loud exhaust that went around the barricade on 800 East south of 25 North in Knox, possibly to try to steal something.

11/14/14 – The Koontz Lake Fire Department and Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle fire the 11000 block of East Circle Ave. in Walkerton.

11/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department received a report of vandalism to a house in the 300 block of west 625 South in North Judson.

11/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on 500 North west of U.S. 35 in Grovertown.

11/15/14 – Officers responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Save A Lot in Knox.

11/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on State Road 10 east of U.S. 421 in North Judson.

11/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on U.S. 35 at State Road 10 in Bass Lake.

11/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident in the yard of a residence in the 8300 block of North State Road 23 in Walkerton. The driver appeared to be intoxicated and passed out with the vehicle in gear.

11/16/14 – Police and the Hamlet Volunteer Fire Department responded to a slide-off in the westbound lanes of U.S. 30 just east of the U.S. 35 exit. No injuries were reported.

11/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Hamlet Volunteer Fire Department responded to a rollover accident in the median of U.S. 30 west of U.S. 35.

11/16/14 – A resident in the 1700 block of west 450 South in North Judson reported her registration sticker was peeled from the license plate of her vehicle.

11/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident on State Road 10 west of U.S. 35 in Knox. The driver was not injured.

11/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle crash on State Road 39 south of State Road 8. The driver hit a guardrail over the river hard enough for the airbags to deploy, but no injuries were reported.

Arrests

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt or innocence and is merely an acknowledgment an arrest has been made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

11/16/14 – Chip Michael Kenny, 35, Kingsford Heights – Public Intoxication.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Looks into Hacker Shack Fire

Firefighters extinguished a fire at the location of the old Hacker Shack building.

Firefighters extinguished a fire at the location of the old Hacker Shack building.

Officials from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department went to the scene of a Monday night fire at the former Hacker Shack building located on the grounds of the Bass Lake Golf Course.

The building had been torn down and it appeared that the rubble was set on fire like a controlled burn, according to officials.

Bass Lake firefighters were called to the location on 500 South on Monday at 5:30 p.m. and they remained there for a few hours. No injuries were reported.

Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
11/03/14 – The North Judson Police Department responded to a theft complaint at the NJ-SP Middle School. A completed report was turned over to the Juvenile Probation Department.

11/03/14 – A resident reported to police that her vehicle was stolen. The vehicle was located down the street where the resident left it earlier in the day.

11/04/14 – Officers had a request to do a welfare check on a male subject in the 700 block of Laurel Street. The male subject was fine and was just sleeping.

11/04/14 – The North Judson Police Department assisted the Indiana State Police on a traffic stop in the area of State Road 10 and U Road.

11/05/14 – A resident reported to police that a battery occurred earlier in the day. A complete report was filed with the Juvenile Probation Department.

11/06/14 – North Judson Police Officer Nick Vanni responded to a suspicious incident call in the 200 block of West Talmer Avenue. After a brief investigation, Maxine Grigsby, 36, of Monticello, was arrested for criminal damage to property, public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance.

11/07/14 – An employee at Dollar General requested a police officer for a shoplifter. North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner responded and met with the manager and suspect in the parking lot. After a brief investigation Maxi I. Schultz, 34, of Medaryville, was arrested for theft.

11/07/14 – A resident told police that someone was in their back yard with a flashlight. North Judson police officers responded and located someone who had been in the resident’s shed. Nothing was taken.

11/08/14 – Police responded to an animal complaint in the 500 block of North George Street. The dog and the owner were not located.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt or innocence and is merely an acknowledgment an arrest has been made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

11/06/14 – Maxine Grigsby, 36, of Monticello, was arrested on preliminary charges of criminal damage to property, public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance.

11/07/14 – Maxi I. Schultz, 34, of Medaryville, was arrested on a preliminary charge of theft.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

11/1/14 – A purse was reported stolen from a vehicle at the Family Dollar in the 1000 block of South Heaton Street in Knox.

11/3/14 – A wallet and several other items were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 1200 block of South 300 East in Knox.

11/4/14 – Police respond to the report of a drive off of $24.01 at One Stop on Heaton Street Knox.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt or innocence and is merely an acknowledgment an arrest has been made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

11/7/14 – Phillip W. Centers, 31, Knox – Conversion.

11/8/14 Scott J. Brashear, 28, Knox – Leaving the scene of a traffic accident.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

11/3/14 – A resident in the 8000 block of South Forest Ave. in Knox reported the theft of a lawn mower and a 40 piece horse corral from his property.

11/3/14 – A resident in the 6100 block of west 700 South in North Judson reported a tree trimming company came onto his property and cut a tree of his down. He told the officer he never contacted this tree trimming company and never requested this tree be cut down, but a member of the crew said he did.

11/3/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on 600 West north of State Road 10.

11/3/14 – A resident in the 7300 block of West Toto Road Way in North Judson reported suspicious activity behind her house possibly indicative of deer poaching.

11/4/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on 600 West at State Road 10.

11/4/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Koontz Lake and Hamlet Fire Departments responded to a tractor-trailer rollover accident on U.S. 30 at 500 East, west of State Road 23.

11/4/14 – The owner of property at 1025 East and Division Road reported people putting hunting blinds on his property without permission.

11/4/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on 700 East north of 200 South in Knox.

11/5/14 – A resident in the 4200 block of Lakeshore Drive in Bass Lake reported receiving threatening telephone calls.

11/5/14 – A resident in the 8800 block of East 850 S. in Monterey reported the theft of a box trailer.

11/5/14 – A resident in the 7100 block of Pine Tree Lane in Walkerton advised his neighbor is playing his music extremely loud again.

11/5/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Fire Department First Responders all responded to a report of a vehicle that went into a ditch on State Road 10 at 750 West in North Judson but were unable to find the driver.

11/6/14 – A man who rents a pole barn in the 3000 block of South 200 East reported the lock was cut off with bolt cutters or some other type of tool.

11/6/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of East 200 South in Knox reported her identity was stolen in August.

11/6/14 – Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident on U.s. 30 at 1150 East in Knox.

11/6/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident on South Avenue at Techuseh in Walkerton.

11/7/14 – A resident in the 3400 block of west 400 South in North Judson reported being harassed by a neighbor.

11/7/14 – An employee of Shaw’s Fertilizer in Knox reported his cell phone was stolen sometime yesterday while he was at work.

11/7/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer accident in the 2300 block of East State Road 10 in Knox.

11/7/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus turkey property damage accident on Toto Road east of U.S. 35 in Knox.

11/7/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on U.S. 35 at 200 South in Knox.

11/7/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 23 at 150 North in Knox.

11/8/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 8 at 800 East in Knox.

11/8/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on U.S. 30 East 1100 East.

11/8/14 – A resident in the 4000 block of East 150 North in Knox reported his mailbox and a telephone junction box at his residence were damaged.

11/8/14 – A resident in the 3400 block of west 400 South in North Judson advised she is being harassed by her neighbor.

11/8/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash in the 7000 block of South State Road 10 in Knox in front of KP’s Korner.

11/8/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash at the Grovertown Truckstop.

11/8/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash in the 8300 block of U.S. 421 in San Pierre, about a mile south of the Kankakee River.

11/9/14 – The Morland Hunt Club trailer at English Lake and Toto Roads in North Judson burned down the previous night, and the owner would like to speak to an officer.

11/9/14 – A resident in the 4000 block of South 300 East in Knox reported someone did donuts in her yard the previous night and tore up the yard.

11/9/14 – An anonymous caller advised he found a small meth lab by the side of the road in the 3000 block of south 210 in Knox.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt or innocence and is merely an acknowledgment an arrest has been made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

11/5/14 – Robert Adam Allen, 26, North Judson – Warrant.

Pulaski County Police Department

Incidents:

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

11/5/14 – Winamac Police take a report of an iPhone from a residence.

11/7/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to the theft of scrap metal from resident’s home.

11/8/14 – Winamac Police respond to a burglary at resident’s home.

Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
10/19/14 – A resident in the 100 Block of Sycamore wanted to report a theft of medication. The North Judson Police Department does not file those types of reports. The homeowner was advised and the information was reported.

10/20/14 – Police responded to an unwanted subject in the 100 block of Vine Street. The male was ordered to leave the property and he complied.

10/20/14 – North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely investigated an intimidation threat via text message involving a male juvenile. After an investigation, a detention hearing was held and the boy was detained. Starke County Officer Robert Manning assisted in picking up the boy from his home.

10/20/14 – A window was broken out of a parked SUV in the 100 block of Sycamore Street.

10/20/14 – Officers were informed of an incident that started at a birthday party in Knox, moved to a local North Judson restaurant and bar and then escalated with a drive to Porter County involving unlawful detaining, battery and intimidation. The case remains under investigation along with Portage Police Department. Portage did make an arrest on the suspect.

10/20/14 – Police filed a domestic argument report on the roadway near 300 west and State Road 10. No subjects were located.

10/20/14 – The same resident in the 100 Block of Sycamore reported the same theft of medications and harassment complaints.

10/22/14 – North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely accompanied a family case manager from CPS to a home in the 500 Block of High Street in reference to random drug testing. While at the residence, a syringe was located in plain sight and the occupants were arrested. Lacy C. Miller, 38, and Kimberly S, Miller, 30, both of 510 High Street were arrested for possession of a syringe and transported to the Starke County Jail.

10/23/14 – A report of a possible prowler in the 300 Block of Leslie was handled by police. No subject[s] were located.

10/23/14 – A report of a family dispute that occurred in the past, in the 300 Block of George Street, resulting in reports being furnished to the Starke County Prosecutor for review.

10/23/14 – A vehicle going south on Garfield Avenue in North Judson was struck by another vehicle turning left onto Garfield off of Campbell Street. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely estimated damages between $1500 and $2000. No injuries were reported. The driver of vehicle two thought the other car was turning onto Campbell and pulled out striking it.

10/23/14 – A report of a dog attacking another dog in the 400 Block of High Street resulted in the aggressive dog’s owner getting an ordinance violation for running at large and ordered to pay any vet bills for the injured animal. Officer Nick Vanni investigated.

10/24/14 – A mid-morning drug deal was witnessed by an off-duty police officer in a local parking lot and the North Judson Police responded to assist and to investigate. North Judson Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop near 625 South and 300 West. After an extensive investigation, Markus D. Hensley , 51, of Knox, was arrested on two preliminary counts of dealing in a schedule I, II, III controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance. Officer Thomas continued his investigation into the other party involved with the drug transaction and on the following day he arrested Steven A. Zengri on preliminary charges of dealing in a scheduled I, II, III, controlled substance and possession of the same. All of the charges are felonies. North Judson Police Chief praised the outstanding efforts of the officers involved.

10/24/14 – A report was taken of two loose dogs near Carpenter’s Marathon Station. They were rounded up and returned to their owners.

10/24/14 – Officers received a report of a late evening reckless driver in the Arlington Street area. North Judson Chief Doug Vessely located the vehicle parked at a residence and issued warnings to the driver.

10/26/14 – North Judson Police assisted in a car vs.deer accident near County Road 750 West and State Road 10.

10/26/14 – North Judson Police had a reckless driver complaint on Lane and Central Streets. The vehicle was located and a traffic stop was conducted. The driver was having some medical problems and another family member came to get him.

10/26/14 – A welfare check on an elderly lady was done by the North Judson Police on Weninger Street. All was fine.

10/27/14 – A report of three stolen trash cans was taken by officers in the 500 block of Railroad Street. The cans belong to Richard’s Disposal.

10/28/14 – Officers reported to a report of an ordinance violation on Walnut Street in reference to a home owner burning leaves on the roadway. All yard waste must be burned in a container and watched by an adult and not on the pavement.

10/28/14 – An employee at the Dollar General store requested police for a shoplifter. North Judson Chief Doug Vessely responded and met with the manager and suspect in the parking lot. After a brief investigation, Shantelle E. Vierke, 21, of Winamac was arrested on preliminary charges of theft and conversion and transported to the Starke County Jail.

10/29/14 – Police investigated a pickup truck parked in the back yard of a residence in the 100 block of Silver Street. The home owner was compensated for any damages.

10/29/14 – Officers were advised of an animal complaint in the 700 block of Cherry Street. The owners of the animal were advised that if any animal leaves their property they will be cited for running at large.

10/29/14 – Police were notified of a report of threats being received via the telephone in the 200 Block of Silver Street.

10/29/14 – A reckless driver was not located in the area of State Road 10 and State Road 39. Pulaski County was notified to look as well.

10/30/14 – North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated a very minor property damage accident on Lane Street. The owners exchanged information and no report done with damages under $1000.

10/30/14 – A lady reported receiving a large dollar amount check from a company asking them to cash it and send a money order to another company. This was a scam and no monies were exchanged. Just remember do not send anyone any money without having legitimate business with that company. Never send money orders, money grams, green dot cards, gift cards, or any other type of bearer instrument with no recourse action. Those types of payments should be a clue that it is a scam. Be careful and when in doubt call police.

10/30/14 – A home repair man in the 3900 block of Third Street reported an intoxicated person harassing him. North Judson police told the man to leave the area and a warning for trespassing was issued.

10/31/14 – Family Express employees reported to North Judson Police that a man was sitting on the floor and appeared to be intoxicated. Police responded within minutes and the suspect had left as soon as police were called. This remains under investigation as the person was later identified.

10/31/14 – A report of loud fireworks was received by the North Judson Police around 11:00 p.m. The suspects were located in the 3900 W. block of 625 South and advised to stop them. They complied.

10/30/14 – A man was intimidated earlier in the evening and threatened in reference to him seeing his daughter. A report was made to the North Judson Police Department for information only at this time

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt or innocence and is merely an acknowledgment an arrest has been made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.
10/18/14 – Aaron L. Muffley, 4687 N. U.S. 35, Winamac, IN was arrested on a preliminary charge of driving while suspended – prior.

10/20/14 – A male juvenile was arrested for a felony charge of intimidation.

10/23/14 – Lacy C, Miller, 38, of 510 High Street, North Judson, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of a syringe.

10/23/14 – Kimberly S. Miller, 30, 510 High Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of a syringe.

10/24/14 – Markus D. Hensley, 51, of 2382 E. Toto Road, Knox, IN, arrested preliminary charges of dealing in a schedule I, II, III controlled substance, possession of a schedule I, II, III or IV controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

10/25/14 – Steven A. Zengri, 25, of 112 Lane Street B, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of dealing in a schedule I, II, III controlled substance and possession of a schedule I, II, III, or IV controlled substance.

10/28/14 – Shantelle E. Vierke, 21, 5885 N 575 West, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of theft.

North Judson Monthly Report – October

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

10/31/14 – A resident in the 1500 block of south 300 East in Knox reported identity theft.

10/31/14 – A resident advised she found items she had not reported stolen at Hines Salvage Yard.

10/27/14 – A resident in the 3700 block of south 150 East in Knox reported her dog was attacked by another dog the previous night.

10/27/14 – A resident in the 4800 block of east 150 North in Knox reported a car title stolen.

10/27/14 – A vehicle versus deer accident was reported in the 4100 block of south 350 West in North Judson.

10/28/14 – The Knox and Hamlet Fire Departments, Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Starke County EMS responded to a brush fire in the 4200 block of east 150 North in Knox that spread to a shed.

10/28/14 – The owner of the EZ Camp Campground in Grovertown said he is involved in litigation with a vendor who is there destroying property.

10/28/14 – The sheriff’s department was notified of a possible trespasser at a vacant home on 100 East north of State Road 10 in Knox.

10/28/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy found evidence of a meth lab under the U.S. 35 bridge south of U.S. 30.

10/28/14 – A resident in the 8700 block of East Long Lane Drive in Knox asked to file a fraud report after finding a suspicious credit card.

10/28/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson-Wayne Township First Responders responded to an accident with injuries at 100 west and Toto Road in Knox.

10/29/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson-Wayne Township First Responders responded to single-vehicle accident on 100 West north of 400 South in Knox.

10/29/14 – A motorist advised his pickup truck was run off the road by a red semi in the eastbound lane of U.S. 30 at 1100 East in Grovertown.

10/29/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident on State Road 10 at Kirby’s Corner in Bass Lake.

10/29/14 – A Walkerton resident advised they have an active court case in Marshall County and are being harassed by the other party in Starke County.

10/29/14 – A resident in the 6400 block of east 125 South in Knox reported damage to the telephone junction box located in front of her residence.

10/29/14 – Police responded to a pickup truck versus deer accident in front of Miller’s Auto in Knox.

10/29/14 – A vehicle versus deer accident was reported on 600 West at 500 South.
10/29/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of North Tecumseh Road in Walkerton reported the theft of a puppy.

10/30/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy found drugs in the trash outside the jail.

10/30/14 – A resident in the 1100 block of East State Road 10 in Knox reported someone is damaging her Halloween decorations and taking out her porch lights.

10/30/14 – A resident in the 2500 block of East State Road 10 in Knox reported the theft of his rifle from his residence.

10/30/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Knox Police Department responded to a car versus deer accident on 1100 East north of 900 South.

10/31/14 – Officers responded to a property damage only rollover wreck on 50 South east of 100 East in Knox.

10/31/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, North Judson Police Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson-Wayne Township First Responders responded to a rollover accident with injuries on State Road 39 north of 400 South in North

10/31/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of 500 South and Range Road in Knox.

10/31/14 – A single-vehicle property damage accident was reported at the intersection of 750 South and 1150 East in Culver.

10/31/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 100 North two miles east of U.S. 35.

10/31/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Walkerton Police Department responded to a fight at the Time Out Bar in Walkerton.

11/01/14 – A property damage accident was reported in the parking lot of Knoll Brothers.

11/01/14 – A Knox resident was involved in a vehicle versus deer accident in the 6100 block of East 100 North in Knox.

11/01/14 – A San Pierre resident was involved in a vehicle versus deer accident on Toto Road west of State Road 39 in North Judson.

11/02/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Koontz Lake and Hamlet First Responders and Starke County EMS responded to a two-vehicle accident on 750 East at U.S. 30 in Knox.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt or innocence and is merely an acknowledgment an arrest has been made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

10/30/14 – Charlie Marie Estok, 26, Knox – Warrant.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

10/24/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a fire-related incident at a resident’s home.

10/24/14 – Winamac Police took a theft report after a purse was stolen from the trunk of a vehicle.

10/24/14 – A house fire was reported in Winamac.

10/25/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a stolen wallet at Fort Knox Paintball.

10/27/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a stolen credit card.

10/27/14 – Winamac Police took a report of a stolen vehicle.

10/28/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a motorcycle stolen from in front of a home.

10/28/14 – Winamac Police took a theft report. A cross bow, arrows and lens for a welding hood were all reported stolen.

10/31/14 – Medaryville Police took a report of a stolen green truck.

11/1/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a stolen leaf blower.

11/2/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a theft report for a red 1999 Bayou 300 Kawasaki four-wheeler.

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

10/20/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle rollover wreck at the intersection of U.S. 421 and Fisher Street in San Pierre. No injuries were reported.

10/20/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, North Judson Police Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department First Responders all responded to a two-vehicle accident on State Road 10 by the cemetery.

10/20/14 – A resident in the 3500 block of English Lake Road reported riders on four-wheelers trespassing on his property.

10/20/14 – Police responded to a report of a car versus deer crash on U.S. 35 north of Knox.

10/21/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a car versus deer crash that occurred the previous evening on U.S. 35 south of 450 South in Knox.

10/21/14 – A Knox resident reported receiving a threatening telephone call from a known suspect.

10/21/14 – A resident in the 9800 block of East State Road 8 in Knox reported her brother destroyed some of her things.

10/21/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a semi truck versus deer crash on U.S. 30 east of Knoll Brothers.

10/21/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a car versus deer crash on 700 East south of 200 South in Knox.

10/22/14 – Hamlet Police, Starke County EMS, Hamlet Fire Department and the Starke County Sheriff’s Department all responded to an accident with injuries and entrapment on U.S. 30 in front of Knoll Brothers.

10/22/14 – A resident in the 11500 block of East South Avenue in Walkerton reported people trespassing on his property.

10/22/14 – A resident in the 6300 block of South 500 West in North Judson reported multiple people on four-wheelers driving and doing tricks on his property at the southwest corner of State Road 10 and 500 West.

10/23/14 – The owner of a property in the 3200 block of South 750 East in Knox advised the Starke County Sheriff’s Department his residence had been broken into.

10/23/14 – A resident in the 500 block of North Roosevelt Road in Knox reported people in a red four-door passenger car just threw pumpkins at her house. She said this is the second time it has happened.

10/24/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of East 150 South in Knox reported his mailbox was vandalized by pumpkins.

10/24/14 – A resident in the 4100 block of South 350 West in North Judson reported his mailbox was destroyed.

10/24/14 – The owner of property in the 1200 block of east 700 South in Knox reported someone hunting there despite posted no trespassing signs.

10/24/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 35 north of 250 North in Knox.

10/24/14 – A burglary-in-progress was reported in the 4400 block of South Dawn Drive West in North Judson.

10/24/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on U.S. 30 east of Grovertown Truck Stop.

10/25/14 – A purse with keys and credit cards was reported stolen from the Shriner’s Club in the 7000 block of South State Road 10 in Knox.

10/25/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of State Roads 10 and 39 involving a vehicle in a ditch.

10/25/14 – A resident in the 1400 block of North U.S. 35 in Knox reported the theft of his six-month-old German Shepherd.

10/25/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of Fernwood Drive reported four our five people coon hunting on his property without permission the previous night.

10/25/14 – A man said he was driving on U.S. 30 at the U.S. 35 exit when something fell off a trailer and damaged his vehicle.

10/26/14 – A resident in the 3100 block of South 900 Way in San Pierre advised someone just lit his lawn mower on fire.

10/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Hamlet Fire Department responded to a crash in the southbound lanes of 500 East south of 700 North in Hamlet.

10/26/14 – Trespassers were reported in the area of Hensler’s Nursery in the 5700 block of North 750 East in Hamlet. The caller advised two men and a child were hunting mushrooms on the west side of the property and were told to leave. They were driving a gold four-door car with Illinois license plates.

10/26/14 – A man reported the theft of a HTC One cell phone with a laser green case from a home on 250 West the previous night.

10/26/14 – A resident in the area of 400 South and 650 West in North Judson reported shots being fired in the area.

10/26/14 – A resident in the 6900 block of East Toto Road reported the theft of her “Bill Dulin for Sheriff” sign.

10/26/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy issued a trespass warning to a man in the 3100 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox.

10/26/14 – A resident in the 8000 block of North Bush Street in Walkerton reported someone tried to kick her door in but said she does not believe anyone got into her 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.

10/24/14 – Jeffrey A. Japkowski, 37, North Judson: Criminal trespass to land.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

10/17/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take report of theft of property from a residence.

10/20/14 – A Medaryville resident reports a bicycle stolen from the front porch of a residence. The Medaryville Police Department takes the report.

10/21/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of a stolen television.

10/22/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of a residential burglary during which tools were stolen.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

10/22/14 – $100 worth of alcohol was reported stolen from the CVS in the 900 block of South Heaton Street in Knox.

10/25/14 – A resident in the 1200 block of South 300 East in Knox reported the theft of several items from his garage.

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.

10/22/14 – Joshua James Whitfield, 29, Knox: Battery by strangulation.

10/22/14 – Dennis B. Wilson Jr. 29, Winamac,: Public intoxication and theft of alcohol.

10/22/14 – Sammie Lee Marshall Jr., 20, Knox: Public intoxication, disorderly conduct and theft of alcohol.

10/23/14 – Alan P. Craft, 27, North Judson: Warrant.

10/23/14 – Brittani Rhy-Anna Fisher, 20, Knox,Possession of a syringe, possession of methamphetamine and a warrant.

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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