No Charges Filed in Connection With Fatal Crash, Services Scheduled for Victims

Formal charges have not been filed against the driver of a pickup truck involved in Tuesday night’s fatal crash west of North Judson. Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff tells WKVI News blood tests done on 46-year-old Steven D. Cambe of Wheatfield were negative for alcohol. Additional tests for other controlled substances and prescription medication are pending, as is an Indiana State Police accident reconstruction report. Continue reading

No Charges Filed in Connection With Fatal Crash

Formal charges have not been filed against the driver of a pickup truck involved in Tuesday night’s fatal crash west of North Judson. Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff tells WKVI News blood tests done on 46-year-old Steven D. Cambe of Wheatfield were negative for alcohol. Additional tests for other controlled substances and prescription medication are pending, as is an Indiana State Police accident reconstruction report. Continue reading

Two Arrested on Drug Charges

Jasmyn Kotras

Jasmyn Kotras

Steven Finger

Steven Finger

Two Knox residents were arrested on Friday after police allegedly found items to manufacture methamphetamine and the finished product inside a residence.

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at a residence in the 2000 E. block of 400 S. in Knox. Inactive methamphetamine labs were found along with precursors, drug paraphernalia, and Schedule II controlled substances, according to a news release.

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911 Call Leads to Arrest of Starke County Fugitive

Sadie Wireman

Sadie Wireman

A Starke County fugitive is in jail after Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an open-line 911 call in rural Medaryville last night. The call from a home in the 15000 block of West 160 North came in just before 9:30 p.m., according to a news release. Dispatchers called back and were told a child was playing with the telephone, and there was not an emergency. Continue reading

Testimony Puts Salvage Yard Owner at Business Minutes Before Fire

Video evidence introduced in the arson trial of a Knox businessman indicates he was the last person to leave the property and did so minutes before the first smoke was visible. James Campbell owns Starke County Recycling, Campbell’s Tire Barn and C&C Salvage on U.S. 35 south of Toto Road in Knox. The businesses caught fire just after 5 p.m. on March 20, 2014. Then-Chief Investigator Kenny Pfost from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department testified Campbell left the business at 4:59 p.m. and pulled into his driveway next door. He left his house at 5:02 p.m., and the first smoke was spotted on the video 40-seconds later. Video also indicates two employees left just before Campbell did. Continue reading

Koontz Lake Man Arrested on Warrant, Drug Charges

Dorsie (DJ) Cooper

Dorsie (DJ) Cooper

A 20-year-old man was arrested Friday morning after police allegedly found him in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and K9 Terror went to a home in the 8000 N. Block of Tecumseh Road in Koontz Lake to serve an active arrest warrant. Police arrived and found the wanted individual, Dorsie (DJ) Cooper, at the residence.

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Arson Trial Set to Start in Starke Circuit Court

Almost a year after a set fire destroyed a Knox business the owner is scheduled to stand trial in Starke Circuit Court. James Campbell owns C&C Salvage on U.S. 35 just south of Toto Road. It caught fire on March 20. The Bass Lake, Knox-Center Township, Hamlet, Washington Township, Koontz Lake, North Judson-Wayne Township, San Pierre and Monterey Fire Departments all responded to the blaze and spent several hours getting it under control. One firefighter was injured. Black smoke was visible for miles, and a brigade of tanker trucks hauled water to the scene. Continue reading

Second Suspect Arrested in Burglary Investigation

Robert Manns

Another suspect has been arrested in a burglary investigation in Starke County.

On Feb. 16, a North Judson man called police to report that two men were coming out of his garage with his possessions and ran through the woods. Officers were able to track footprints to a neighboring pole barn to the north where the stolen items were found, according to a press release.

Rickie Clemons, 19, of Knox was arrested on site and has preliminary charges of burglary and theft.

Robert Manns, 40, of Knox had an active warrant for his arrest for his alleged involvement in this burglary. His information was featured on the Starke County’s Most Wanted list, and an anonymous tip led police to his location. On Thursday, March 12, deputies from the Stake County Sheriff’s Department, along with the K9 unit, arrived at a home in the 6200 south block of 250 W. in North Judson. Officers heard movement in the residence and after five minutes, a woman answered the door, according to police. They entered the residence with K9 Terror and located Manns hiding in a trap door and arrested him without incident.

Manns was booked into the Starke County Jail on charges of burglary and theft. Both suspects are being held in the Starke County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges in Starke Circuit Court on Friday morning and was appointed a public defender.

The Starke County Most Wanted list is available by clicking here.

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeIncidents

2/24/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 500 South east of 600 West.

2/26/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of 700 North and 500 East in Grovertown.

2/26/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and first responders all responded to a crash on State Road 10 between 50 and 100 East in Knox.

2/26/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a battery report at a residence in the 2700 block of east 400 North in Knox.

2/27/15 – A resident in the 8900 block of east 150 South in Knox reported a man with salt-and-pepper hair wearing a blue jean jacket tried to break into her residence, but her dogs scared him off. He left heading south on State Road 23 in a red newer extended cab pickup truck with a cab on the back.

2/27/15 – A San Pierre resident notified police her brother-in-law has had a vehicle since July and refuses to give it back.

2/28/15 – A property damage accident was reported in the 2100 block of east 150 South in Knox.

2/28/15 – A Walkerton man reported a vehicle versus deer property damage crash in the 8500 block of east 750 North in Knox.

3/1/15 – A North Judson resident hit a deer in the 4400 block of 800 West in North Judson.

3/1/15 – Dispatchers took a report of a vehicle off the road and in a ditch at 421 and 500 South in San Pierre.

3/1/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus utility pole crash in the 9800 block of east State Road 8 in Knox. No injuries were reported, but utility lines were across the roadway. The Washington Township Fire Department was notified so the can close the room.

3/1/15 – A resident in the 3700 block of East Toto Road reported a man driving a white SUV with a rack on top left the scene of an accident in her front yard. She advised the vehicle will have heavy front-end damage.

Knox Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents

2/25/15 – Knox Police took a report on station from a man who said his ex-wife took tools from his parents’ house without permission. Wrench sockets were reportedly taken.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

02/24/15 – A resident told officers about a harassment incident on a social media account. A complete report was made of the incident.

02/25/15 – Police responded to a criminal damage to property complaint at the NJ-SP Middle School. A report was made of the incident.

02/25/15 – A resident reported three loose dogs running through her yard in the area of Second Street.

02/25/15 – North Judson Police wrote a Town Ordinance Citation to a resident in the 200 block of Leslie Street for no town dog tags and for dogs running at large.

02/26/15 – A North Judson business reported to police of a loose dog running in the area of Lane Street and Main Street.

02/27/15 – An intimidation complaint was reported. The incident is still being investigated.

03/01/15 – North Judson Police responded to a vehicle slide-off in the area of State Road 10 and County Road 350 W.

North Judson Police Department Monthly Report-February

Knox Man Arrested after Alleged Domestic, Intimidation Incident

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Benny Giselbach

A Knox man is in the Starke County Jail after allegedly threatening harm to himself, his wife, and law enforcement.

The 911 Dispatch Center received an open 911 call from a woman Wednesday afternoon stating that her husband had a loaded weapon and made threats toward her and himself. He also threatened to harm law enforcement officers if they arrived at the home.

Dispatchers were able to use GPS from the 911 call to determine the caller’s location according to a press release. At one point, the call was disconnected, but the dispatchers utilized the TEXT 911 service to gather more information to relay to responding Starke County Sheriff’s Department officers.  Continue reading

Starke County K9 Performs Routine Sweep at Local School

K9 handler Rob Olejniczak and Terror perform a search

K9 handler Rob Olejniczak and Terror perform a search

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department K9 did a routine sweep at the Oregon-Davis School Corporation on Thursday morning.

Handler Rob Olejniczak took K9 Terror around the corporation to search for possible drugs in lockers and the parking lot. No evidence of any illegal drugs was found.

Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin and the officers are appreciative of the school’s effort to keep Starke County a safe environment. Principal Tim Pletcher and School Resource Officer Frank Lonigro were also recognized for their efforts.

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Police Find Meth Lab in Camper

Stacy Tramaine

Stacy Tremaine

Michael Meeks

Michael Meeks

A verification of a registered sex offender’s address in Starke County turned into a meth lab bust.

An officer from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department went to 1833 E. 350 S. in Knox. As he approached the residence, he saw an HCL generator, which is an item commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to a press release. The homeowner gave consent to the search their residence which happened to be a camper. The officer reportedly found methamphetamine, methamphetamine precursors, syringes, and other paraphernalia used to manufacture the drug.

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Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

02/09/15 – North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas investigated a suspicious incident in the 6100 block of South John Street. Howard Kenneth Webber Jr., 22, 2610 W. 700 S, North Judson, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

02/09/15 – A resident told police that there was a black and white pit bull walking east in the area of the 600 block of East Talmer Avenue. Chief Deputy Joe Budner responded to the area and was not able to locate the dog.

02/09/15 – North Judson Police Officer Brack Rowe responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 5000 block of S. Woodland Drive. The female subject needed a ride to a location in English Lake and was transported there without incident.

02/10/15 – A resident reported to North Judson Police a property damage accident in the area of County Road 625 S. and County Road 250 W. Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the car vs. deer accident and estimated the damages over $1,000. No injuries were reported.

02/11/15 – North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely responded to a vehicle slide-off, in the area of State Road 10 just East of State Road 39 North. There was no damage or injuries reported and the vehicle was pulled out without incident.

02/11/15 – North Judson-San Pierre High School officials reported to police, that a blue Chevy Blazer was doing donuts in the parking lot. The vehicle was never located.

02/12/15 – Residents in the 400 block of Keller Avenue reported an unwanted guest at their residence. The subject was advised to leave.

02/13/15 – North Judson Police responded to an unwanted guest at a residence in the 500 block of High Street. The subject was advised to leave and issued a verbal criminal trespass warning.

02/18/15 – Officers responded to an animal complaint near the entrance to the Highland Cemetery. Officer Joe Budner located two dogs. One was injured. They were returned to their owner.

02/18/15 – A report of a reckless driver was investigated by officers in the 400 Block of Vine Street. The vehicle was gone upon arrival.

02/19/15 – A report was generated of a theft of a Indiana State ID Card. The card was located.

02/19/15 – The intersection of Collins and Main Streets was the scene of a property damage accident that North Judson Officer Brack Rowe investigated. He set damages at over $2,000. No injuries were reported or tickets given.

02/20/14- A wallet was located near the high school that was later returned to the owner. Another wallet was lost along State Road 10, and a third female wallet was taken out of an unlocked vehicle in the Good to Go parking lot. Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Judson Police. The lost or stolen wallets did not have cash in them, however the owners would like to have personal papers, pictures, etc. returned.

02/20/15 – A minor property damage accident was reported. A car hit a dog on the road in the 600 East Block of Talmer Avenue.

02/21/15- North Judson Officer Frank Thomas conducted an early morning traffic stop that resulted in an arrest.

02/22/15 – Stephen R. Allen, 32, of North Judson was stopped by police on a traffic stop and had a suspended Driver’s License. He was arrested for the same by North Judson Officer Frank Thomas.

Arrests:
Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt. It is merely an acknowledgment an arrest was made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

02/09/15 – Howard Kenneth Webber Jr., 22, 2610 W. 700 S, of North Judson, IN was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

02/21/15 – Jessica E. Settle, 25, 2215 E. State Road 10, of Knox, IN arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

02/22/2015- Stephen R. Allen, 32. 5640 W. State Road 10, of North Judson, IN was arrested for driving while suspended prior.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents

2/13/15 – A resident in the 1000 block of West Pacific Ave. reported the theft of tools, including an air compressor, generator and hammer drill, from a work truck.

2/13/15 – Officers took a theft report at Wintersong Village. The victim advised more than $500 had been taken from a locked money box.

2/18/15 – A camera and an Android tablet were reported stolen in the 600 block of East Culver Road. The camera was recovered, but the tablet is still missing

2/21/15 – Officers took a report of a hit-and-run accident involving a vehicle parked at Knox Elementary School.

2/21/15 – The owner of a car parked on Lake Street notified police that the vehicle was swiped and filed a police report to make note of the damage.

Arrests

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt. It is merely an acknowledgment an arrest was made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

2/12/15 – Knox Officers responded to an incident involving two students at Knox High School. Teachers advised the students were allegedly smoking cannabis in the bathroom. A stainless steel pocket knife was found during a search of a backpack, and a 15-year-old was arrested.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeIncidents

2/9/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on 550 East north of Hickory Cam in Knox.

2/10/15 – A North Judson resident filed a harassment report involving text messages and Facebook contact.

2/11/15 – Officers from the Hamlet Police Department, Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police found an inactive meth lab at 200 South Main St., Apt. 14 in Hamlet and arrested two people.

2/11/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer property damage accident on U.S. 35 at 850 South in Monterey.

2/12/15 – An employee at Kem-Co in Knox notified the Starke County Sheriff’s Department of a break-in at the business the previous night. Someone broke a window and stole money from the register.

2/12/15 0 The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Knox Fire Department responded to a rollover accident on State Road 8 at 550 East.

2/12/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle rollover on U.S. 35 north of U.S. 30 in Knox. The caller advised there was nobody in the vicinity.

2/12/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on 1100 East north of U.S. 30 in Grovertown.

2/12/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a rollover accident on U.S. 35 south of U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

2/12/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of State Road 10 and U.S. 421 in San Pierre.
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2/13/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash in the 8300 block of South U.S. 421 in San Pierre.

2/13/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus fence property damage slide-off accident at the intersection of Toto Road and State Road 39.

2/13/15 – An employee at Knoll Brothers in Hamlet advised a semi driver is refusing to pay for fuel, saying he did not pump as much as the computer says he did.

2/14/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on the U.S. 35 overpass just south of U.S. 30. The driver ran into the guardrail.

2/14/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Bass Lake Fire Department responded to a rollover accident on State Road 10 near 100 East. Neither the driver nor the passenger were injured.

2/14/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Hamlet Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 30 westbound at 500 East in Hamlet.

2/14/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 35 north of Toto Road.

2/14/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 35 north of U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

2/14/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and San Pierre Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 421 south of 550 East in San Pierre.

2/14/15 – Officers responded to a three-vehicle property damage accident in the westbound lane of U.S. 30 east of U.S. 35 in Knox.

2/14/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Hamlet Fire Department responded to an accident on U.S. 35 south of 500 North in Knox.

2/14/15 – Officers responded to numerous slide-off accidents without property damage due to the ice and white-out conditions.

2/15/15 – Officers took a report of a two-vehicle property damage crash in the 6300 block of East 250 North in Grovertown.

2/16/15 – A resident in the 6500 block of South 250 West in North Judson notified the sheriff’s department of the theft of items from his garage. Rickie Clemons, Jr., 19, of Knox, was arrested.

2/16/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 800 South between 150 and 200 West in North Judson.

2/16/15 – A resident in the 3900 block of East Mae Delano Dr. in Knox reported a vehicle was egged the previous night.

2/16/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a property damage accident in the 6800 block of east 200 South in Knox.

2/17/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 10 at 100 East in Knox.

2/17/15 – A motorist traveling eastbound on State Road 8 at 1100 East in Knox found a small child, approximately 4 years old, walking down the road.

2/17/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 9500 block of east 750 S. in Monterey.

2/17/15 – A resident in the 7000 block of south 250 West in North Judson reported the theft of a chainsaw.

2/18/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 30 westbound east of State Road 23 in Grovertown.

2/19/15 – A maroon 1999 Grand Marquis was reported stolen from an address in the 300 block of South 1025 East in Knox by a known suspect.

2/19/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 8 at 600 East in Knox.

2/20/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 800 South at Range Road in North Judson.

2/21/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash in the 200 block of east 250 South in Knox.

2/21/15 – A resident in the 7200 block of south 300 East in Knox reported someone spray painted the exterior of her building.

2/21/15 – A resident in the 11700 block of east South Avenue in Koontz Lake reported an attempted break-in. He advised there are pry marks on his outbuilding and on his neighbor’s outbuilding.

2/21/15 – A Starke County Humane Society donation box place at J&K Deli on U.S. 35 in Knox was reported stolen.

2/21/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on U.S. 35 south of Toto Road.

2/22/15 – Three packs of cigarettes were reported stolen from an address in the 8600 block of Bryan Street in Ora.

Arrests

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt. It is merely an acknowledgment an arrest was made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

2/9/15 0 Raye Frazier, 35, Grovertown – Warrant.

2/10/15 – Derek Andrew Allen, 27, Knox – Driving while suspended prior.

2/11/15 – Jeffery Alan Dickson, 51, Hamlet – Dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.

2/11/15 – Tiffany M. Frazier, 25, Walkerton – Dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and trafficking with an inmate.

2/16/15 – Rickie Clemons, Jr., 19, Knox – Burglary and theft.

2/17/15 – Joseph A. Hensley, 34, Knox – Operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, possession of marijuana with a prior conviction.

2/22/15 – Donnie Lloyd Keaton, 28, Knox – Suspended prior.

Murder Defendant’s Trial Remains On Schedule

The trial for a Knox man accused of beating his wife to death at their rural California Township home, kidnapping an employee from the Mark Bailey’s parking lot, stealing a second car in English Lake and leading authorities on a high-speed chase through four counties last June is still on schedule to start in April. Continue reading

Child Found Walking along State Road 8

A report will be filed with the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office after a four-year-old child was found walking alone down State Road 8 in the area of County Road 1100 East.

The person who made the call picked up the child and waited until an officer arrived at the scene. The officer attempted to locate the child’s home but was unsuccessful. The officer also could not find the child’s parents, so the child’s custody was turned over to the Department of Child Services, according to a press release.

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Teen Arrested on Burglary, Theft Charges

A Knox teen is being held in the Starke County Jail in connection with a Sunday morning  burglary incident.

Officials in the Starke County Dispatch Center fielded a call from a victim in the 7000 South block of 250 West in North Judson. The victim told police that he was outside and saw two men coming out of his garage with arms full of his tools, according to a press release. Chainsaws, a portable welder, hand tools and other power tools were reportedly taken.

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K9 Assisted Drug Investigation Leads to Two Arrests

Rob Olejniczak and "Terror"

Rob Olejniczak and “Terror”

A man and a woman face numerous drug charges after officers from the Hamlet Police Department and Starke County Sheriff’s Department reportedly found a one-pot meth lab and more inside their residence Wednesday afternoon. They were investigating a report of drug activity at the Hamlet Apartments at 205 South Main Street, according to officials with the Hamlet P.D. They say the residents agreed to a search of the apartment, and Starke County Sheriff’s Department K9 Terror indicated narcotics were present. The officers reportedly found a one-pot meth lab, methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, drug precursors and paraphernalia. Continue reading