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Starke County Sheriff’s Department

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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.

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.

Photo provided.

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

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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

Police Reports

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

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.

2/4/15 – Sierra Starkey, 20, address not listed – Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Incidents:

2/3/15 – Victim complained that phone was stolen from Knox High School boys’ locker room and stated there had been other incidents.

2/4/15 – Victim reported that son’s iPhone was stolen from men’s locker room of Knox high school.

2/6/15 – Officers responded to Knox Middle School, where a student is accused of bringing pot brownies to class. Officers interviewed a teacher who overheard the discussion and are conducting an investigation.

2/7/15 – Officers responded to IU Health Starke Hospital for a report of a male with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He told officers the weapon was in the car when it went off. He was taken to the hospital right away and transported to South Bend for surgery.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeIncidents:

2/2/15 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of 350 South and 700 East in Knox.

2/2/15 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 30 east of U.S. 35.

2/2/15 – A resident in the 3100 block of east 900 North in Hamlet reported the theft of a PS3 from his residence and advised it was taken Wednesday or Thursday.

2/2/15 – A resident in the 4700 block of north 1200 East in Grovertown filed a theft report and gave officers the name of a suspect.

2/2/15 – Officers responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of State Road 10 and 100 West in North Judson.

2/2/15 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident on 100 North near 500 East in Knox.

2/3/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Bass Lake Fire Department and North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department First Responders all responded to a two-vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of Range Road and 400 South in North Judson.

2/3/15 – A cell phone was reported stolen from a home in the 5000 block of east 200 South in Knox.

2/3/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 10 at 700 East.

2/4/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 700 East north of 25 North in Knox.

2/4/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a property damage accident at the intersection of State Road 8 and 300 East in Knox.

2/4/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 421 south of 400 South in San Pierre.

2/4/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 35 in front of Badell Dental Clinic in Knox.

2/4/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 35 at 25 North in Knox.

2/4/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus pole accident on State Road 8 at 800 East in Knox.

2/5/15 – A resident in the 5900 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported the theft of a log splitter.

2/5/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and First responders responded to an accident with possible injuries in the 1400 block of west Toto Road.

2/5/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on 800 South west of State Road 39 in North Judson.

2/5/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on State Road 10 west of U.S. 35 in Knox.

2/5/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle property damage accident in the 2500 block of West Southside Parkway in North Judson.

2/6/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus mailbox property damage accident in the 5700 block of east 800 South in Knox.

2/6/15 – A man filed a battery report stemming from an incident with another motorist the previous afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 35 and U.S. 30. He stated he was following a tractor-trailer driver who was driving recklessly, they both pulled over, and the truck driver punched him in the nose.

2/7/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of 150 South and 700 East in Knox.

2/7/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident on Range Road south of Toto Road.

2/7/15 – Officers responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 10 west of Bailey’s.

2/8/15 – A resident in the 4300 block of south 650 West in North Judson advised his garage was broken into the previous night and items were taken.

2/8/15 – A vehicle versus deer crash was reported near 1000 East and State Road 8 in Knox.

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.

2/2/15 – Edward Duane Smith, 35, North Judson – Habitual traffic violator.

2/7/15 – Connie S. Snyder, 45, Knox – Possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle while intoxicated (misdemeanor).

Starke County Burglary Suspects Arrested

A pair of suspects in a Knox break-in face charges in connection with the incident. Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department arrested Kyle Scheib and Curtis Rowe on Friday, Feb. 6 in connection with a Jan. 14 burglary in the 400 east block of 250 South. Continue reading

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

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1/26/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on 600 East just south of 400 North in Hamlet.

1/26/15 – Jason Cooke was placed on lock-down in an isolation cell at the Starke County Jail after he allegedly became combative with jail personnel and Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies, who used a taser on him twice. The incident is under investigation.

1/26/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 600 North east of 800 East in Knox.

1/26/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash that occurred on English Lake Road.

1/27/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on Division Road east of State Road 23 in Knox.

1/28/15 – A Monterey resident reported receiving a scam telephone call from 281-791-0111 advising his loan for $1,500 was approved and said he did not apply for a loan.

1/28/15 – A Knox resident reported beings scammed out of $285 and an additional $310 from a company in North Carolina.

1/28/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Toto and Range Roads. One person complained of back and neck pain but did not want an ambulance.

1/28/15 – A resident in the 8800 block of North 1175 East in Walkerton reported the theft of his son’s Adderall medication.

1/28/15 – Officers responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident on State Road 23 in front of the Koontz Lake Grocery Store.

1/29/15 – An official from Wells Fargo Bank reported the theft of items from a foreclosed home in the 1800 block of east 250 South in Knox.

1/29/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on 600 North at 750 East in Knox.

1/29/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department First Responders responded to a traffic accident in the 11400 block of East State Road 8 in Knox.

1/30/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a single-vehicle property damage accident on 1000 East at State Road 8.

1/31/15 – A North Judson resident reported a vehicle theft.

1/31/15 – A resident in the 1900 block of west 200 South Sq. in North Judson caught two men trying to steal a 4-wheeler and said they took off westbound on 200 South in a red 1993 Chevrolet truck.

1/31/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 35 near Economy Auto in Knox.

2/1/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle slide off on State Road 10 two miles west of North Judson.

2/1/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a slide off on State Road 39 south of County Road 50 South.

2/1/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 35 north of Stelrema.

2/1/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a slide off on U.S. 35 south of 350 South in Knox.

2/1/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 35 at 500 South.

2/1/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident in the westbound lanes of of U.S. 30 at U.S. 35.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department January 2015 Statistics

Knox Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents

1/20/15 – Several items were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of South Heaton Street in Knox, including a television, Xbox One, handgun, magazines and ammunition.

1/20/15 – A Knox woman reported her 1995 Ford Mustang was stolen and sold to a man in Hamlet. She advised her name was forged on the title before the car was sold for $300.

1/26/15 – A Knox woman reported criminal trespass and damage to her property and told officers she has video of a known suspect damaging her vehicle on Jan. 22.

1/29/15 – A man reported the security light on shelter 6 at Wythogan Park in Knox was broken. The officer who took the report noted this damage is in addition to incidents where suspects broke a plexiglass display located on the south side of the concession stand.

1/29/15 – A television, laptop computer and a pool stick bag are among the items reported missing from a residence in the 100 block of North East Street.

North Judson Girl Injured in Starke County Accident

An eight-year-old North Judson girl was airlifted from the scene of a crash at the intersection of County Road 400 South and Range Road Tuesday afternoon.

According to an investigation by the Indiana State Police, Jana N. Sirb, 40, of North Judson was driving east on County Road 400 South when she lost control of her vehicle on the slushy roadway while attempting to stop at the intersection. Robert F. Hajek, 73, of North Judson was unable to avoid Sirb’s car when traveling south on Range Road.

Sirb complained of pain but refused medical treatment, according to the news release. Her daughter, Linora Sirb, 8, was airlifted from the scene to South Bend Memorial Hospital after suffering a severe leg injury. Continue reading

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

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1/19/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident in the Grovertown Truck Stop parking lot.

1/20/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 39 north of State Road 8.

1/21/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash in the 3100 block of north 900 East in Grovertown.

1/21/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Hamlet Fire Department First Responders all responded to a rollover accident on U.S. 30 eastbound east of Old School Road.

1/21/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Hamlet Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 30 west of U.S. 35 involving a tractor-trailer.

1/21/15 – A resident reported the theft of tools from an unlocked shed in the 5100 block of east 500 South in Knox.

1/21/15 – The owner of a home in the 4800 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported it was broken into.

1/21/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a hit-and-run accident in the Grovertown Truck Stop parking lot.

1/22/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash in the 10500 block of East Iroquois Road in Walkerton.

1/23/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department First Responders all responded to a single-vehicle wreck at the intersection of 600 East and 200 North in Knox.

1/24/15 – Officers took a battery report from a patron at the Country Roads Bar in Walkerton. She told them she was sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot and said a woman pulled her out and started to beat her up.

1/24/15 – Officers responded to a property damage accident in the 4900 block of south Cranberry Lane in Knox.

1/24/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the State Road 23 Marathon Station in Walkerton.

1/24/2015 – Officers and Starke County EMS responded to a property damage accident at the bowling alley on U.S. 35 in Knox.

1/24/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a vandalism report in the 800 block of east State Road 10 in Knox.

1/24/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a vandalism report in the 7200 block of south 300 East in Knox.

1/25/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS, North Judson Fire Department and North Judson Police Department responded to a rollover accident at State Road 10 and 300 West.

1/25/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident in the 4400 block of south U.S. 421 in San Pierre.

1/25/15- The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident in the eastbound lane of U.S. 30 east of 600 East.

1/25/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 421 south of State Road 10 in San Pierre.

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.

1/21/15 – David P. Howard, 31, Knox – Dealing in methamphetamine, illegal drug lab; possession or sale of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

1/14/15 – A man came to the Knox City Police Station stating he got a letter from Verizon Wireless that his plan was successfully changed on his account and told officers he never had a Verizon Wireless account.

1/14/15 – The owner of a vacant lot at the corner of Ellis and East Streets reported the theft of metal signs. He says this is the second time they have been stolen.

1/16/15 – Officers responded to an alarm at Wallsmith Law Offices at 54 East Washington Street and found a window slightly open. An arrest was made.

1/19/15 – Hit-and-run charges were filed after a woman came to the police station to report her vehicle had been struck by another car in the Super Value Inn parking lot.

1/22/15 – A resident in the 1300 block of east Washington Street reported the theft of a refrigerator, table and grill from the garage.

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.

1/16/15 – Jack Balje, 57, no address listed – Attempted Theft, Burglary and Theft.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

01/19/15 – Police received a burn complaint in the 200 block of Leslie Street. The fire was distinguished.

01/21/15 – A report was taken about a telephone harassment complaint in the 200 Block of Maryland Street.

01/22/15 – A report of a scam was made to police involving a telephone caller posing as a Social Security Worker, looking for information and requesting account numbers. Luckily no information exchanged hands. Do not give any caller information over the phone. Other scams reported this week were calls with people posing as out-of-county police asking for bail money for a loved one, a police detective looking for information about a warrant for a loved one and than wanting the bail money up front as not to have the loved one arrested, and another involved a person acting as an IRS agent looking for account numbers and wanting money. Chief Doug Vessely urges you to not give out any information as the scams continue.

01/22/15 – Officers responded to an unwanted guest complaints in the 500 block of W. Talmer Avenue. The subject left and was given a no trespassing warning.

01/22/15 – Officer Brack Rowe conducted a traffic stop in the the area of Garden and Luken Streets. After a brief investigation the driver, Travis Jack Allen, 27, was arrested for driving while suspended-prior.

01/22/15 – A call of two females yelling in the area of the 400 Block of Keller Avenue was investigated. The women were disbursed as they arrived.

01/23/15 – A driver reported a car all over the road on 500 South near the 3000 West block. The caller obtained a plate number and followed the vehicle into the North Judson area. Police were unable to locate the suspect vehicle, however took a report from the victim.

01/23/15 – A woman in the apartments on Main Street reported harassing telephone calls, which is believed to be part of yet another scam. The resident was advised to get caller ID and not to answer the phone when that number or a blocked number calls.

01/23/15 – North Judson officers conducted a traffic stop in the Wilson and Weninger Street area and learned the driver was suspended prior. Kendra K. Kelly, 27, of North Judson was arrested and issued a citation to appear in court.

01/23/15 – North Judson Police Officer Scott Beishuizen made a traffic stop in the area of State Road 10 and 250 West which resulted in a passenger having a Knox City Court warrant. Ricky A. McAbee, 33, of Monterey was arrested and transported to the Starke County Jail.

01/24/15 – After a traffic stop, officers learned a wanted subject was staying at a local motel. North Judson police went to the motel and arrested Mary C. Gembara, 42, of North Judson on a Knox City Court Warrant for public intoxication and possession of marijuana. She was transported to the Starke County Jail.

Arrests:
01/22/15 – Travis Jack Allen, 27, of 5460 W. State Road 10, North Judson, IN was arrested for driving while suspended prior.

01/23/15 – Kendra K. Kelly, 27, of 6700 S. State Road 39, North Judson, IN was arrested for driving while suspended prior.

01/23/15 – Ricky A, McAbee, 33, of 10251 E. 775 S., of Monterey, IN was arrested on a Knox City Court warrant for failure to appear.

01/24/15 – Mary C. Gembara, 42, of 205 Leslie Street, of North Judson, IN was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear.

K-9 Assisted Traffic Stop Leads to Two Arrests

A Wednesday traffic stop at the intersection of Lake and McGill Streets in downtown Knox ended with a trip to jail thanks to assistance from Starke County’s new K-9. A deputy pulled over a vehicle driven by David P. Howard, 31, because he was known not to have a valid driver’s license. The vehicle was registered to the passenger, Brandy Gayheart, 22, of Walkerton. Continue reading

Disturbance Call Leads to Meth Lab Raid, Arrests

Crystal Singleton

Crystal Singleton

Alexis Houston

Alexis Houston

A disturbance call to the Stay 4 Less Motel on U.S. 30 in Hamlet last night led to the arrests of two Knox women. According to a news release, deputies from the Starke County Sheriff’s and Knox Police Departments found items reported stolen from a Knox residence on Monday. Continue reading

Police Reports

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

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

01/12/15 – Police responded to numerous slide-offs in the county. There was no damage done to any of the vehicles and the drivers were not injured.

01/12/15 – A resident contacted officers in reference to a child custody matter. The resident was advised that it was a civil matter.

01/12/15 – Police responded to an alarm call in the area of 5000 block of West State Road 10.

01/13/15 – A resident in the 300 block of East Weninger Street told police that their vehicle windows were shot out by a BB gun. This incident is still under investigation.

01/13/15 – Police responded to a vandalism complaint in the 3900 block of West Third Street. The front windows on a rental house were shot out by a BB gun. This incident is still under investigation.

01/14/15 – A resident reported to officers of a dog running loose in the 6500 block of South Walnut Street.

01/14/15 – Officers responded to an animal complaint in the 6100 block of South John Street.

01/15/15 – An unwanted guest was reported to North Judson Police. The subject was advised not to be on the property unless he is asked to come there.

01/15/15 – A property owner reported to police that his tenant forged his name on some documents.

01/15/15 – North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop in the 600 block of Oakwood Street. After a brief investigation, the passenger of the vehicle, Bradley Alan White, 26, of LaCrosse was arrested for outstanding warrants.

01/16/15 – A resident in the 700 block Laurel Street told police that the hood of her vehicle was damaged.

01/17/15 – Police responded to the 5800 block of U Road West to a burglary complaint with the assistance of the Indiana State Police. A resident locked his keys in the house and he was trying to gain entry through a window.

Arrests:

01/15/15 – Bradley Alan White, 26, of La Crosse, IN, was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

IncidentsStarke County Sheriff's Department Badge:

1/12/15 – A resident in the 11000 block of East Mohawk Road, Koontz Lake reported the theft of a go-kart.

1/12/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch at the intersection of U.S. 421 and State Road 10 in San Pierre.

1/12/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on 700 East between Toto Road and 200 South.

1/12/15 – A resident in the 4000 block of south 700 South in Knox reported a tool box was stolen from a vehicle and the windows were broken.

1/12/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a slide off in the 1900 block of north 300 East in Knox.

1/12/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a possible residential break-in in the 8800 block of East Long Lane Drive in Knox.

1/13/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a slide off in the 3000 block of south 100 Way in North Judson.

1/14/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, North Judson Police Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department First Responders all responded to an accident on State Road 10 at 100 West.

1/15/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 10 at 700 East in Knox.

1/16/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash in the 6700 block of North State Road 23 in Knox.

1/17/15 – A resident in the 10600 block of west State Road 10 in San Pierre reported the theft of his 2015 burgundy Ford Focus from his residence.

1/17/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on U.S. 421 south of State Road 10 in San Pierre.

1/17/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 500 South at Elm Street in Bass Lake.

10/18/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was asked to assist the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department with a vehicle versus house crash in the 7800 block of north 625 East in Monterey.

Former Prisoner Transport Van Deemed Suitable for Coroner

starke-county-courthouseThe former Starke County Sheriff’s Department prisoner transport van will soon be converted for use by coroner Adam Gray. President of the Starke County Commissioners Kent Danford tells WKVI news he’s checked the vehicle out and deemed it road-worthy for the coroner. Continue reading