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Starke County Coroner Releases Autopsy Results

Results of a forensic autopsy conducted in the case of 33-year-old Christopher Howard of Grovertown have been released by Starke County Coroner Kris Rannells.

He stated that Howard died instantly of multiple systems blunt force trauma, including massive head, chest and abdominal injuries.

An investigation by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department found that Howard was last seen leaving friend’s house at 2 a.m. on Tuesday in the area of 1025 E. and 50 N. in Starke County. He was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon. His vehicle was found in the area of 900 East and 500 North at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and it appeared to have been involved in a collision.

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Starke County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Fatal Hit and Run

Detectives with the Starke County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an apparent hit and run crash that claimed the life of a white man in his 30s. Dispatchers advise WKVI news the wreck occurred early yesterday morning on U.S. 30 near State Road 23. Continue reading

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Warns of Scam

If you get a call from a relative requesting bail money, make sure the person is really in jail before you rush to their aid. Officials with the Starke County Sheriff’s Department say scammers are preying on local residents in an attempt to swindle money from them. The caller tells the potential victim they need money to get out of jail and will pay them back when they go to court. Continue reading

Police Reports

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.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

9/8/14 – A resident in the 3300 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported his garbage bin was stolen overnight. It belongs to A&W from Culver.

9/8/14 – Deputies responded to a property damage accident in the 3100 block of East 400 South in Knox.

9/9/14 – A resident in the 200 block of East 625 South in Knox said his neighbor’s dog attacked his dog, and he shot it.

9/9/14 – Officials with Child Protective Services advised the Starke County Sheriff’s Department of sexual misconduct with a minor allegations at a Knox residence.

9/9/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy and Starke County EMS responded to an accident with injuries in the 5000 block of East 200 South in Knox.

9/9/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer accident on San Pierre Road.

9/10/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of Toto Road and 350 East in Knox.

9/12/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer accident on 625 South west of 900 East in Monterey.

9/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident in the westbound lane of U.S. 30 by the west entrance to the Grovertown Truck Stop.

9/12/14 – A resident in the 2600 block of South 700 East in Knox reported the safe was stolen from her residence.

9/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a theft from a bank-owned property in the 8800 block of East 150 North in Knox.

9/12/14 – Starke County EMS, Knox Police, the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Knox Fire Department First Responders were called to an accident with injuries in the 2300 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox.

9/13/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Koontz Lake Fire Department First Responders were called to a traffic accident on U.S. 30 in the westbound lane in front of the Grovertown Truck Stop.

9/13/14 – A resident in the 3400 block of South Range Road advised someone struck her mailbox and garbage cans, and car parts are scattered in front of her home. She did not see or hear the accident happen.

9/14/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies, Starke County EMS and Knox and Bass Lake Fire Department First Responders responded to an accident with injuries on Toto Road west of U.S. 35 in Knox.

9/14/14 – A resident in the 800 block of South Pearl Street in Knox filed a theft report.

9/14/14 – A Knox resident hit a dead deer on U.S. 35 just north of State Road 8 and said his car is now overheating.

9/14/14 – A resident in the 5600 BLK OF S 500 West in North Judson reported her son’s window was broken out the previous night by some other boys.

Arrests:

9/8/14 – Zachary Anthony Howisen,41, North Judson – Warrant.

9/11/14 – David F. Mowbray, 18, Knox – Illegal possession or consumption of alcohol, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
9/08/14 – Police responded to a property damage accident on State Road 10 East of State Road 39 North. North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner estimated the damage at over $1,000.00.

9/08/14 – An employee at the Dollar General store called police in reference to a suspicious person. North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas located the male subject and conducted a traffic stop. The male subject explained what he did and was released from the scene.

9/09/14 – A resident reported a neighbor dispute in the 200 block of East Leslie Street. North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner spoke with the subjects and they advised that there were no problems.

9/10/14 – Officers responded to an alarm call in the 5200 block of West State Road 10. It was found to be a false alarm.

9/12/14 – A property damage accident was reported to police in a parking lot in the 300 block of West Talmer Avenue. The damage was under $1,000.00. Both parties exchanged information. No report was taken.

9/12/14 – Police responded to a verbal argument in the 600 block of Keller Avenue. Both parties were separated for the evening.

9/13/14 – Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner located a package containing medical devices in the 6100 block of South Oakwood Avenue. The items were returned to the rightful owner.

9/13/14 – A driver of a vehicle reported to North Judson Police that her windshield was struck by an unknown object that left a circular mark on the windshield. This incident occurred in the area of 500 to 600 West State Road 10. Officers checked the area and were unable to find the source of the incident.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

9/2/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of possible death threats.

9/2/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of harassing text messages.

9/2/14 – Medaryville Police take a harassment report.

9/3/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond when a woman reports the possible theft of her children’s Social Security cards and birth certificates.

9/3/14 – Winamac Police take a report of theft of credit, ID and library cards.

9/5/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to a domestic dispute.

9/7/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report from a man who says he his neighbors are threatening him.

9/7/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a domestic dispute.

9/7/14 – Winamac Police respond when a man reports that his son had been battered.

9/8/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond when a man reports that he is receiving threatening letters.

9/9/14 – Deputies respond to a report of a possible stolen wallet.

9/9/14 – Winamac Police respond to a domestic dispute.

9/10/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to an unauthorized controlled burn and gave the subject a warning.

9/12/14 – Multiple agencies respond to a report of battery.

9/12/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a possible death threats.

9/12/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond the a report of a stolen vehicle.

9/13/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to a possible break-in.

9/13/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of possible battery.

9/13/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of possible stolen items.

9/13/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of battery.

9/13/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to the possible theft of someone’s pets.

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department


Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents

9/1/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of West 500 South in North Judson reported items stolen. 

9/1/14 – A resident in the 1700 block of North 500 East in Knox reported credit card fraud. 

9/2/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of North 700 East in Grovertown reported a moped stolen. 

9/2/14 – A resident in the 11200 block of East Pottawotomie Trail North in Walkerton reported someone cut his swing rope and stole a scooter. 

9/2/14 – The Starke County Sheriff's Department and North Judson Police Department responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 421 at State Road 10. 

9/2/14 – A resident in the 6400 block of South Rannells East Road in Knox reported the theft of items from her residence by a known suspect. 

9/3/14 – A resident in the 9600 block of East 225 South in Knox filed a fraud report. 

9/4/14 – Starke County Sheriff's Deputies took a report of a vehicle versus deer property damage accident on Range Road south of U.S. 30. 

9/4/14 – A Knox resident reported her 14-year-old daughter is being threatened by other girls at school. 

9/5/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a single-vehicle injury accident in front of the Grovertown Truck Stop on U.S. 30.  

9/5/14 – A resident in the 114000 block of Oak Street in Walkerton reported people trespassing and dumping trash on his property. 

9/5/14 – A resident in the 6000 block of South 200 East in Knox reported two men working in the field behind her house keep dropping their pants and exposing themselves. The caller has grandchildren who can see this. 

9/5/14 – A woman reported her storage unit at 900 South and U.S. 35 was broken into and completely cleaned out. 

9/5/14 – A North Judson resident advised she was involved in a property damage accident on Toto Road at 200 East in front of Howard's Carpet and the driver of the other vehicle left northbound on 200 East driving a small, tan, four-door car. 

9/6/14 – A resident in the 11600 block of East 400 North reported a family member has taken several items of value. 

9/6/14 – Damage was reported to an irrigation system on 100 East between Toto Road and 250 South. 

9/6/14 – Starke County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home in the 300 block of South 1025 East in Knox for a report of a large fight. 

9/7/14 – A caller reported vandalism to a port-a-potty in the 7000 block of South State Road 10. 

9/7/14 – A resident in the 8700 block of East Long Lane Drive in Knox reported damage to his girlfriend's car and gave the officer the name of a suspect. 

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

08/24/14 A traffic Stop conducted by North Judson Officer Nick Vanni resulted in a driving while suspended-prior charge for Diane E. Allen.

08/25/14 Officers received a report of reckless driving in the area of Liberty School. The vehicle was gone upon arrival.

08/25/14 Officials with Pop Warner football reported a small vandalism incident. Cameras were to be installed reference future problems.

08/25/14 A motorcycle property damage only crash was reported on State Road 39 north of State Road 10. North Judson Officer Frank Thomas investigated the incident which resulted in no damage. Rhe driver, Delmar E. Caldwell, 56, of North Judson was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

08/26/14 A scam and fraud report was taken at the North Judson CVS. An elderly woman received a phone call from someone acting as her grandson stating he needed money to get out of jail. She was instructed to purchase “green Dot” cards and call in the numbers. Deputy Chief Joe Budner investigated. Chief Doug Vessely continues to remind all Citizens, “Never send cash or green dot cards to anyone unless you know who they are. Never give bank account account or personal information to anyone over the phone. If you are in doubt, it’s always safe to call the police department.

08/26/14 A resident reported to North Judson police that unknown subjects were charging a NIPSCO account to someone’s bank account. This investigation remains open.

08/26/14 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop near Talmer and Sheridan resulting in the arrest of Robert F. Martin, 36, of North Judson.

08/27/14 A resident reported the theft of a window air conditioning unit to North Judson police. The unit was recovered as a scrapper had thought it was trash.

08/27/14 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely provided a complete report to the Starke County Prosecutor in reference to bank fraud and theft case. Improper banking procedures were being conducted by a customer. The North Judson branch of the First National Bank of Monterey reported the incident. Vessely requested felony warrants.

08/29/14 An employee at the North Judson Dollar General called in reference to a shoplifter in the store. After an investigation, North Judson Officer F. Thomas, requested a warrant for theft.

08/30/14 Police responded to a report of a possible drunk driver coming into town on State Road 10 from the east. The driver was not located.

09/02/14 A landlord told police that a tenant was refusing to leave after a lease agreement was over. She was referred to a legal eviction process.

09/02/14 A juvenile female was arrested and charged with theft after an investigation into the theft of mail out of a mailbox in the 300 block of W. Weninger Street. The postal inspector was notified of the same. Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated.

09/02/14 North Judson Police responded to an intimidation and harassment complaint in the 500 Block of High Street. Officer N. Vanni requested formal charges after an investigation.

09/03/14 North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated a minor property damage in the CVS/Dollar Store parking lot. He estimated damages just over $1,000.

09/04/14 – North Judson Officers F. Thomas and S. Beishuzen conducted a traffic stop near Vine and Hancock Streets resulting in a driving while suspended prior arrest on Dustin W. Large, 29, of North Judson

Arrests:
08/24/14 – Diane E. Allen, 37, of North Judson, IN was arrested on a preliminary charge of driving while suspended prior.

08/24/14 Delmar E. Caldwell, 55, 4835 S. State Road 39, of North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated prior.

08/26/14 Robert F. Martin, 36, 3842 W Third St., of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.

09/04/14 Dustin W. Large, 29, 502 Vine Street, of North Judson, IN was arrested for driving while suspended prior.

Judge Sets Bond for Suspect in High-Speed Chase

The Grovertown man accused of backing into a Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy during an attempted traffic stop before leading officers on a high-speed chase through two counties last week is jailed on a $250,000 surety bond. Paul Thomas Coffin, 34, of Grovertown, pleaded not guilty to the charges during his initial hearing in Starke Circuit Court. Continue reading

High-Speed Pursuit Still Under Investigation

The investigation into Wednesday’s high-speed pursuit through Grovertown and into Marshall County is continuing. A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy initially tried to stop a car driven by Paul Coffin on U.S. 30 at 1200 East. Coffin drove for another mile before pulling over, according to information released by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. As the deputy was getting out of his car, Coffin reportedly backed into it, causing the patrol car to strike the deputy. Continue reading

Sheriff’s Department Releases More Information About High-Speed Pursuit

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department has released more information about a high-speed pursuit that started near Grovertown and ended in Marshall County. A sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a vehicle on U.S. 30 west of 1200 East, but the driver kept going. He finally stopped at 1100 East but put his car into reverse when the officer got out of his patrol vehicle. The suspect backed into the police car, causing the vehicle to strike the deputy. Continue reading

High-Speed Pursuit Ends in Crash

An attempted traffic stop in Starke County last evening ended with a crash in Marshall County after the driver fled from police. Dispatchers at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department tell WKVI News the chase began on U.S. 30 at 1100 East at 6:15 p.m. CDT last night and ended on 7th Road east of Union Road in Marshall County. Continue reading

Police Reports

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.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

08/25/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the Time Out Sports Bar in Walkerton for a report of damage to a vehicle parked there overnight.

8/25/14 – A resident of the 8800 block of South Elm St. in Monterey reported a break-in.

8/26/14 – A resident of the 6800 block of East Skyline Avenue in Knox reported her truck was taken overnight and said she left the keys in it.

8/26/14 – A Knox man reported his landlord pulled a gun on him in front of witnesses as he was trying to move out of his rental home.

08/26/14 – Sheriff’s deputies responded to a property damage accident in the parking lot at Grovertown Truck Stop on U.S. 30.

8/27/14 – A Knox resident reported receiving a call from a woman with a foreign accent who claimed to be from the IRS and said she owed money. The call came from telephone number 202-506-9570. The woman advised she did not call back because she believed the call was a scam.

8/27/14 – A resident in the 1900 block of East 250 South in Knox reported suspicious activity on a neighbor’s property.

8/28/14 – Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 7600 block of Kickapoo Road in Walkerton for a report a man and woman had been battered by a known suspect who left the area on foot.

8/28/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a property damage crash on 400 North at U.S. 35 in Knox.

8/28/14 – A man reported being attacked by a dog while walking in the 700 block of South 500 East in Knox.

8/28/14 – A resident in the 4900 block of East 150 North in Knox reported seeing two people in her yard by the water pump and said they fled into the woods on the side of her property.

8/29/14 – A Knox resident came to the Starke County Sheriff’s Department to file a fraud report.

8/29/14 – The caretaker of a rental home in the 1600 block of South 150 West in Knox reported possible squatters.

8/29/14 – A business in the 2800 block of South County Road 210 reported a possible drunk driver in the parking lot who struck three cars and was still trying to drive.

8/30/14 – A caller resident in the 2000 block of South SR 23 in Knox reported someone drove through her yard last night and left deep ruts.

8/30/14 – A Koontz Lake resident reported small children are driving other children around in the Iroquois/Tippecanoe/Kramer area.

8/30/14 – A resident in the 5400 block of South County Road 210 advised her tiki hut was broken int.
08/30/14 – A resident in the 4900 block of South 300 East in Knox reported his car’s windshield was busted with a hammer the previous night.

8/30/14 – A resident in the 4400 block of East 250 South in Knox reported the theft of unspecified items.

8/30/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy cited a 22-year-old Wheatfield man for operating a golf cart on a state road on State Road 10 at 550 South.

8/30/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a property damage accident in the 3800 block of South 750 West in North Judson. A man on a moped told the deputy a woman driving a white SUV and talking on a cell phone hit him, threw him from the moped and left the scene. He told the deputy he did not need medical attention.

8/31/14 – A resident living in the 6900 block of North 1100 East reported a car drove through her fenceline, damaging the vehicle and the fence. No injuries were reported.

8/31/14 – A multiple residents in the 2900 block of South County Road 210 in Knox reported neighbors on Ayers Road have been blaring music for the past four hours.

8/31/14 – A resident in the 9400 block of East 150 North in Grovertown reported juveniles just toilet papered their house and sprayed something on their house and car. Her husband chased their vehicle and was able to get a plate number.

Arrests:

8/31/14 – Timothy Santford Rudd, 41, North Judson: Driving under the influence of drugs, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Drug Paraphernalia Act: Possession of Drug Equipment and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

 

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

8/27/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of possible stolen medication.

8/27/14 – The Winamac Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene of a possible unattended fire.

8/27/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a reports of threats exchanged between neighbors.

8/27/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to possible battery.

8/30/14 – Multiple departments respond to a shed fire.

8/31/14 – Winamac Police and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a verbal domestic dispute.

8/31/14 – Winamac Police and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a domestic dispute.

9/1/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a possible harassment incident.

9/1/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of a possible break-in and theft of property.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Set to Hire Deputies

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department is set to make offers of employment to two deputies. The county commissioners reviewed the merit board’s prioritized recommendations of the five applicants during an executive session meeting. Continue reading

Police Reports

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

8/18/14 – A resident in the 8800 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox reported receiving harassing telephone calls.

8/18/14 – Sheriff’s deputies took a theft report from a woman who said her medication was stolen from her truck at Save a Lot in Knox on Friday, Aug. 15.

8/18/14 – A resident in the 5900 block of East 200 South in Knox reported damage to her mailbox sometime Saturday night

8/19/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle property damage accident at 200 North and U.S. 35 in Knox.

8/19/14 – A residential break-in was reported in the 4500 block of South 300 East in Knox.

8/19/14 – A caller advised a tractor-trailer stopped in front of the Stay For Less Motel in the westbound lane of U.S. 30 in Hamlet, the driver got out and took a speed limit sign that was on the ground.

8/19/14 – A resident in the 5200 block of South 250 West in North Judson reported a four-wheeler was stolen.

8/19/14 – A resident in the 7500 block of South 750 East in Monterey reported her truck was stolen from her residence recently. She gave deputies the name of the suspect.

8/19/14 – A resident in the 1000 block of East 150 South in Knox reported a protective order violation.

8/19/14 – A resident in the 1300 block of South 250 East in Knox reported a protective order violation.

8/20/14 – A resident in the 5900 block of U Road in North Judson reported the theft of items from the back seat of a vehicle.

8/21/14 – A resident in the 1000 block of East 150 South reported a protective order violation.

8/21/14 – A resident in the 800 block of West 400 South in North Judson reported a property damage hit and run accident.

8/21/14 – Officers responded to a property damage accident in the 300 block of East U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

8/21/14 – The manager at Koontz Lake Market in the 7800 block of North State Road 23 reported the theft of lottery tickets.

8/22/14 – A Hamlet resident reported the theft of items from her yard.

8/23/14 – A Grovertown resident reported her husband’s debit card was used without his authorization in Avon, Ind.

8/23/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of U.S. 35 and Toto Road.

8/23/14 – A resident in the 4300 block of East Orchard Drive in Knox reported the theft of several items from the residence.

8/23/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson Police Department responded to an accident with injuries in the 1200 block of East 150 South in North Judson.

8/23/14 – A resident in the 800 block of North 600 East in Knox reported the theft of medications from her residence and was told she would need to contact her doctor, as the sheriff’s department no longer takes reports for stolen prescription drugs.

8/23/14 – A resident in the 3300 block of South 500 West in North Judson reported a 2006 Ford F 350 stolen.

8/23/14 – Dispatchers received a report of people in a Ford pickup truck with lighted mirrors and lights on the roof shooting at stop signs in the area of 700 East and 200 South in Knox with a 12-gauge shotgun.

8/24/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to an accident with injuries in the 2700 block of East Toto Road.

8/24/14 – A resident in the 4300 block of East Orchard Drive in Knox reported her residence was broken into.

8/24/14 – A Walkerton resident reported he and a friend were chased down 600 North past State Road 23 the previous night, run off the road and accosted with baseball bats.

8/24/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of North State Road 23 requested an officer for a crash report for an accident that occurred in the driveway of the residence.

8/24/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Knox Police Department responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot in the 2800 block of South County Road 210 in Knox.

Arrests

8/20/14 – Laura L. Kensinger, 29, Hamlet – Warrant.

8/23/14 – Zachary S. Puckett, 29. Knox – Operating a vehicle while intoxicated x 3.

8/23/14 – Jason P. Hounshell, 36, Knox – False reporting, contributing to delinquency.

8/23/14 – Curtis Evan Rowe, 20, Knox – False reporting, illegal possession

8/23/14 – Bradley Scott Rowe, 22, Knox – False reporting.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

8/21/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and officers from the Winamac Police Department respond to a possible break-in.

8/22/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Winamac Fire Department responded to an electrical pole that was struck by lightning and caught fire.

8/22/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a garage break-in.

8/22/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a property to investigate possible trespassing when the owner noticed people cutting wood without his permission.

8/2314 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies were contacted by a man who received threatening messages on his telephone and requested a protective order.

8/23/14 – Winamac Police took a report of stolen tools.

8/23/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to a possible break-in.

8/24/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a stolen and damaged golf cart.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
08/18/14 A call from a resident in the 100 block of Silver Street involved the North Judson Police locating a dog running at large. The dog was returned to the owner along with a $50.00 ordinance violation citation.

08/18/014 North Judson Police investigated a report of a hit and run accident in the 600 Block of Laurel Street resulting in around $2,000 in damages. The owner could not pinpoint the exact time or place where the accident may have taken place. Officer Nick Vanni investigated.

08/18/14 An harassment complaint was fielded by the North Judson police in the 400 Block of High Street.

08/19/14 Officers and an ambulance were summoned to the 500 Block of Mulberry and a person was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital.

08/19/14 An employee at the Oak View Motel called North Judson police in reference to a disturbance in a room. After an investigation, no parties involved wanted to press formal charges. They were asked to leave the room.

08/21/14 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop on 250 West resulting in an arrest of Jason D. Hanson, 33, of North Judson for resisting law enforcement and operating a vehicle while intoxicateed. He was transported to the Starke County Jail.

08/21/14 A property damage accident occurred on Lane Street near the intersection of Talmer Avenue. A vehicle exiting the Napa Parking lot pulled out into traffic on Lane Street and was hit by another vehicle. North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the incident setting damages at near $2,500. No tickets were issued and no injuries reported.

08/21/14 A vehicle traveling north on County Road 250 West, just south of County Road 700 South swerved off the roadway to avoid hitting a few chickens in the roadway. The vehicle than struck a fence and a tree. North Judson officers responded to the accident and Officer Scott Beishuizen investigated the incident setting damages just under $5,000. No injuries were reported. Chief Deputy Joe Budner assisted in the investigation.

08/21/14 A storm caused a tree to lose some big limbs that hit electric lines. North Judson police responded to the traffic hazard and notified the street department who came out and cleared the debris.

08/22/14 Police responded to the 200 Block of Garden Street in reference to a dog complaint. Police spoke to both neighbors involved.

08/23/14 Another dog complaint was reported in the 200 Block of Leslie Street. Police gave a verbal warning to the owners.

Arrests:

08/17/14 John Bochnicka, Jr., 44, 311 N. George Street, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on a warrant and on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement.

08/17/14 Erin M. Schrader, 24, 6175 S. John Street, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear.

08/19/14 – Michael A. Nickelson, 38, 402 Lincoln Street, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on warrant for failure to appear.

08/21/14 Janson D. Hansen, 33, 2335 W. Total Road, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Police Reports

Police reports are not an indication of guilt. They are merely a record that an incident was reported to the authorities. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

8/11/14 – A Knox resident came to the Starke County Sheriff’s Department to file a harassment report.

8/11/14 – A caller in the 10200 block of East Watson Street in Walkerton called to complain about loud music and said a resident at the corner of Watson and Pine Tree Lane blasts music seven days a week.

8/12/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of U.S. 35 and Toto Road.

8/12/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of North 300 East in Knox called the sheriff’s department to report the theft of a water heater, furnace, copper and other items from a residence.

8/12/14 – A Walkerton resident reported a domestic battery and intimidation incident at a residence there.

8/12/14 – A resident in the 12200 block of East Watson Street called the sheriff’s department to complain about his neighbor’s loud music.

8/13/14 – A resident in the 3900 block of South 200 East in Knox reported receiving harassing telephone calls from a family member and his girlfriend.

8/13/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of South 275 West in North Judson reported a pit bull running loose in the area and said it attacked her dog.

8/13/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Hamlet Fire Department responded to a rollover wreck on U.S. 35 south of 500 North.

8/13/14 – A sheriff’s deputy took a report of a battery incident that occurred at 250 North and U.S. 35 in Knox.

8/13/14 – Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of animal neglect in the 10700 block of East 900 South in Monterey.

8/14/14 – A resident in the 2100 block of North Range Road in Knox reported a vehicle sitting in their driveway/field with nobody around.

8/14/14 – A resident in the 6500 block of South 700 East in Knox reported a residential break-in.

8/14/14 – A resident in the 2700 block of Tribue Drive in Knox reported receiving a possible scam telephone call.

8/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Bass Lake Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle accident on 700 East south of 800 South in Knox.

8/15/14 – Sheriff’s deputies responded to a property damage accident at State Road 8 and 200 East in Knox.

8/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, EMS and first responders were dispatched to the walking trail 2.5 miles west of U.S. 35 for a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

8/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of U.S. 30 and 35.

8/15/14 – A phone was reported stolen from a car parked in the 5100 block of South A Street in North Judson.

8/15/14 – A tan and peach Ford F 150 4×4 extended cab truck was stolen from a residence in the 8800 block of South U.S. 35.

8/15/14 – A resident in the 7700 block of North 1200 East in Koontz Lake reported extremely loud, explicit music coming from the area of South Avenue/South Street.

8/15/14 – A farmer reported vandalism to a house at 200 East and 250 South in Knox.

8/16/14 – A vehicle versus deer accident was reported at the intersection of State Road 8 and State Road 23 in Knox.

8/16/14 – The owner of a home in the 2000 block of East 250 South in Knox reported the rental home has been broken into and someone may be living there.

8/17/14 – A resident in the 10700 block of East 50 North in Knox reported the tire on his vehicle has been slashed.

8/17/14 – A resident in the 6000 block of South 700 East in Knox reported several mailboxes in that area were smashed the previous night.

8/17/14 – A resident in the 3100 block of West 400 South in North Judson reported a break-in.

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8/17/14 – A female came to the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and advised someone pulled a gun on her on Debby Drive in Knox.

8/17/14 – Dispatchers received a complaint of a child between the ages of 10 and 14 driving a small motorcycle up and down the road in Born’s Trailer Park speeding and not stopping for stop signs.

8/17/14 – A resident in the 8200 block of North High Street in Walkerton reported the theft of her tablet by a known suspect.

8/17/14 – A resident in the 7500 block of South U.S. 421 in San Pierre reported being battered.

8/17/14 – A resident in the 2600 block of East 525 South in Knox reported the windows in his semi truck have been busted out.

8/17/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of South Wesley Street in North Judson reported her 13-year-old son was riding his bicycle and was struck by an older, green Monte Carlo, which fled the scene. She said he suffered minor injuries and does not require an ambulance. Officers were unable to locate the driver.

8/17/14 – A resident in the 11900 block of East State Road 8 in Culver reported her television set was stolen.

Arrests:

8/14/14 – Kristie M. Thielmann, 33, Walkerton: Resisting law enforcement, leaving the scene of an accident – property damage.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

8/13/14 – Winamac Police respond to a reported vehicle break-in and possible stolen property.

8/13/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a possible fight between two male subjects.

8/14/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police responded to a possible burglary.

Police Reports

Police reports are not an indication of guilt. They are merely a record that an incident was reported to the authorities. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

8/4/14 – A Knox woman reported being intimidated and threatened by her soon-to-be ex-husband.

8/4/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Bass Lake Fire Department First Responders responded to a multiple-vehicle rollover accident in front of the Bass Lake Fire Station on U.S. 35.

8/5/14 – A Walkerton resident reported his storage shed on State Road 23 has been broken into.

8/5/14 – Deputies took a report of a property damage accident at the Bass Lake Community Center. A female driver backed a Dodge Caliber into a pole.

8/5/14 – A resident reported receiving a telephone message from the IRS. Dispatchers told him not to respond, as it is a telephone scam.

8/7/14 – A resident in the 2200 block of South 450 East in Knox reported the theft of a diamond ring from her jewelry box.

8/7/14 – A caller reported finding a duffel bag full of apparent meth lab trash on 700 East north of State Road 10.

8/7/14 – A man reported his son’s moped was stolen from a residence across from the Marathon station in Koontz Lake earlier today.

8/7/14 – Anna Malgorzata, 38, of Donaldson, was northbound on 50 East east of 1100 East, swerved to avoid hitting a deer and struck a tree. She was not injured.

8/8/14 – A resident in the 8800 block of East Long Lane Drive in Knox reported the theft of a concrete statue from the yard.

8/8/14 – Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on 500 West between 800 and 700 South. No injuries were reported.

8/8/14 – A resident in the 10200 block of East 775 South in Monterey reported the theft of an Xbox.

8/8/14 – A resident in the 2600 block of South 700 East reported the theft of a bicycle.

8/8/14 – A resident in the 1900 block of East 600 North in Grovertown reported a barn was broken into and several items were taken.

8/8/14 – The Stakre County Sheriff’s Department, Knox Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to an accident with injuries and a vehicle on fire on Toto Road at 200 East.

8/8/14 – Deputies responded to a roll-over accident on U.S. 35 across from the Melody Drive-In at Bass Lake.

8/9/14 – Shelby Loree Gilbert, 20, of Knox, hit a deer in the 5900 block of East 200 South in Knox.

8/9/14 – Deputies responded to a multiple-vehicle property damage only accident at the intersection of State Road 8 and U.S. 35 in Knox.

8/10/14 – A resident in the 1200 block of West 150 South in North Judson reported receiving a threatening telephone call from a LaPorte man.

8/14/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a property damage crash at the intersection of U.S. 30 and State Road 23 in Knox.

8/10/14 – A resident in the 8500 block of East 150 South in Knox reported the theft of cement lawn ornaments from her residence.

Arrests:

8/9/14 – Larry D. Scutchfield, 69, Plymouth: Driving while suspended prior.

8/10/14 – Bryan Nathaniel Williams, 35, Walkerton: Domestic battery in the presence of a child x4, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

8/8/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a stolen truck.

8/8/14 – Medaryville Police respond to a domestic dispute.

8/9/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of threats and harassment.

8/9/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of harassing phone calls.

8/10/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of trespassing.

Fiery Toto Road Crash Under Investigation

The Indiana State Police Crash Reconstruction Division is still investigating a fiery crash on Toto Road that sent a North Judson man to a South Bend Hospital. It happened Friday, Aug. 8 at 8:45 p.m. on Toto Road at 200 East, according to a news release from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. Continue reading

Starke County Sheriff Warns about Scam

Several local residents have been getting phone calls that their grandson or granddaughter is in jail and they need bail money but Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen said this is a scam.

The caller will tell the victim that the person is in jail and explains ways to send money to get them out of jail. Cowen warns that this is a way to scam you out of money and to not give out any personal information.

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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Possible Homicide

Paul Katschke MUG

Paul Katschke

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies are questioning a Denham man in the death of his live-in girlfriend. The county’s 911 dispatch center was notified just before 8 a.m. of a deceased 30-something-year-old woman at a Denham-area home. Continue reading

Police Reports

Police reports are not an indication of guilt. They are merely a record that an incident was reported to the authorities. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

7/29/14 – A Winamac man called the police to report a residential burglary. He heard a noise in his basement and discovered it had been ransacked.

7/29/14 – Winamac Police were notified of a residential burglary.

7/29/14 – Winamac Police took a report of money stolen from the console of an automobile.

7/31/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of theft in Medaryville.

7/31/14 – Winamac E.M.S and Winamac Fire Department respondeded to a trailer fire.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

7/28/14 – A resident in the 300 block of East 625 South in North Judson reported three aggressive dogs came after her when she went out her front door. This has happened previously. The Starke County Humane Society advised they have tried in the past to catch the dogs but have not been successful, as they are wild. They urged the sheriff’s department to attempt to trap them. The prosecutor’s office was also contacted. They advised the victims could have the right to protect themselves in this instance.

7/28/14 – A North Judson resident reported a telephone scam and was advised not to respond to it.

7/29/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of North Tippecanoe Drive North in Walkerton reported damage to a garage, apparently caused sometime today when a vehicle ran into it.

7/29/14 – A resident in the 3200 block of East 300 North in Knox reported a possibly intoxicated person is refusing to leave her residence and just set something on fire in her back yard. She called back to report he kicked her door in and entered her house.

7/29/14 – A resident in the 8100 block of North State Road 23 in Koontz Lake reported his neighbor is burning copper.

7/30/14 – A resident in the 2800 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported receiving a threat.

7/30/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a burn complaint at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Old U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

7/30/14 – A 13-year-old in the 7400 block of South 250 West in North Judson was bitten by the neighbor’s dog.

7/30/14 – A resident in the 6600 block of Old U.S. 30 in Grovertown reported items stolen from an outbuilding on the property.

7/31/14 – Deputies were advised of a two-vehicle property damage accident on State Road 10 east of 700 East in Culver. One vehicle left the scene, possibly en route to Culver.

8/1/14 – A Knox resident reported receiving a telephone message advising she had one hour to contact the city court before a warrant was issued for her. She called the court and was advised to contact the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

8/1/14 – A resident in the 3200 block of West 400 South in North Judson reported a residential break-in.

8/1/14 – A resident in the 8600 block of South Bryan Street in Ora reported the theft of a new prescription.

8/2/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Bass Lake Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a traffic accident a the intersection of State Road 10 and U.S. 35.

8/2/14 – A property damage traffic accident was reported at the intersection of State Roads 39 and 10 in North Judson.

8/2/14 – A resident in the 5000 block of East 200 South in Knox reported receiving threatening telephone calls.

8/2/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Koontz Lake Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a vehicle versus motorcycle or moped accident in the 10000 block of East 600 North in Grovertown.

8/3/14 – A caller reported vandalism in the 5300 block of South County Road 210 in Bass Lake.

8/3/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Washington Township Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a single-vehicle accident in the 2900 block of South State Road 23 in Knox.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
07/28/14 A report was called in about two male subjects acting suspicious at the town park. An officer checked the area but was not able to locate the subjects.

07/28/14 A resident in the 3800 block of Second Street reported to North Judson Police that calls are coming in in reference to a credit card. The calls were not coming from the credit card company. The calls are believed to be scam calls.

07/28/14 Police responded to a report of a possible intoxicated driver in the 200 block of Lane Street. The officer checked the area but was not able to locate the vehicle.

07/30/14 A domestic complaint was reported in the 300 block of Arlington Avenue. A report was filed with the appropriate agency.

08/01/14 A resident reported to police that there was a loose dog chasing joggers. The officer checked the area but was not able to locate the dog.

08/01/14 Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop on Talmer Avenue in front of Liberty Elementary resulting in the criminal arrest of Andrew C. McCarty for Driving While Suspended Infraction.

08/02/14 A resident reported to police that there is a giant raccoon on her roof. The officer checked but was not able to locate the giant raccoon.

08/02/14 Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated a property damage accident at the intersection of Main Street and Lane Street. Two pickup trucks collided in the intersection. Budner estimated the damage at over $1,000.00.

08/02/14 Officer Frank Thomas responded to a vehicle off the roadway on County Road 500 South just east of Born’s Trailer Park. After a brief investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Christina P. Hensley, 42, of Kouts, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated refusal.

Arrests:
08/01/14 Andrew C. McCarty, 24, of LaPorte, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of driving while suspended infraction.

08/02/14 Christina P. Hensley, 42, of Kouts, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated refusal.

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