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Starke County K9 Officers Graduate from Training

Rob Olejniczak and "Terror"

Rob Olejniczak and “Terror”

Starke County’s new K9 officers have graduated from training at the Von Liche Kennels in Denver, Ind.

Officer Rob Olejniczak and K9 “Terror” have spent the past five weeks learning how to perform traffic stops, building searches, open area searches for drugs, and searches of a suspect. Olejniczak also learned how to detect the dog’s change of behavior when the dog alerts to the presence of drugs. Filing proper paperwork and how to condition the K9 outside of school were other educational topics.

When Olejniczak and “Terror” go into service at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, they will be available to aid other departments in the county and outside the county for drug searches.

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Police Reports

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

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

12/10/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 39 north of Toto Road.

12/10/14 – A resident in the 10000 block of East State Road 8 reported his residence was broken into and ransacked. Items taken include a television, several video gaming systems and games and guns.

12/10/14 – A resident in the 5600 block of east 650 South in Knox reported his Playstation 3 missing from his residence and said it appeared the door may have been kicked in.

12/11/14 – A North Judson resident reported receiving several telephone calls from 874-454-4386 claiming to be “Mr. Johnson with Publisher’s Clearinghouse” and believes it is a scam.

12/11/14 – A resident in the 2100 block of Garba Drive North in Grovertown reported his house was broken into.

12/11/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of north 1100 East in Walkerton reported a garbage can stolen.

12/13/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies and Starke County EMS responded to a vehicle versus tree crash at 500 North and 900 East in Grovertown.

12/13/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two-vehicle, property damage accident on U.S. 30 eastbound at 1150 East in Knox.

12/13/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash in the 11700 BLK OF SR 10 in Culver.

12/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a man inside the car lot in the 300 block of north U.S. 35 in Knox trying to take wipers off vehicles.

12/14/14 – The owner of a vacant house in the 5700 block of south 250 West in North Judson filed a vandalism report.

12/14/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department First Responders all responded to a pickup truck versus utility pole crash in the 500 block of north State Road 23 in Knox.

12/14/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash that occurred on U.S. 35 in front of the Bass Lake Fire Department station in Knox.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

12/2/14 – A brown Buick Century is reported stolen from a gas station.

12/3/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a fire-related incident in the middle of a road.

12/4/14 – A gas station employee reports the theft of fuel.

12/5/14 – Winamac Police take a report of a soda pop machine break-in.

12/9/14 – A Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy takes a theft report. An iPad and some change were reported stolen.

12/9/14 – Winamac Police are called to a store in connection with a shoplifting incident.

12/11/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to a failure to pay incident. The amount of money in question is $47.59.

12/12/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of a television stolen from a vehicle.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
12/07/14 – A citizen in the 300 block of Garden Street reported a subject was selling him a stolen CD game from Netflix. The case was referred to Jasper County where the item was reportedly taken.

12/08/14 – A citizen reported a loose dog in the 3500 block of 635 South.

12/08/14 – North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop resulting in the arrest of Stephen Wood, 24, of North Judson on a warrant for violation of a Starke Circuit Court Order. The stop was made near 250 west and State Road 10.

12/11/14 – Police and medics were called to 100 Block of Vine Street in reference to a possible drug overdose. A 45-year-old male was transported to IU Health Starke Hospital by Starke County EMS. This remains under investigation.

12/12/14 – North Judson Police responded to a property damage accident near 100 West and State Road 10. Officer Frank Thomas located an intoxicated driver. William Goff, 40, of North Judson was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and was transported to the Starke County Jail.

12/13/14 – An intoxicated person was asked to leave a residence in the 100 block Arlington Avenue. North Judson Police assisted in removing the subject.

Arrests:

12/08/14 – Stephen M. Wood, 24, 1970 West 450 South, North Judson, IN was arrested on a Violation of a Court Order through the Starke Circuit Court.

12/12/14 – William L. Goff, 40, 1019 West 800 South, North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle dangerously while intoxicated.

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

12/3/14 – Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 500 South east of 150 East in Knox.

12/4/14 – A Knox resident reported the theft of checks that were cashed on her account.

12/4/14 – Deputies took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 23 between 300 and 400 North in Knox.

12/4/14 – Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 750 East at State Road 10 in Knox.

12/5/14 – The Bass Lake Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a structure fire on 700 South west of 300 East in North Judson.

12/5/14 – A caller reported possible meth lab remnants in the area of 200 South east of 450 East in Knox on the south side of the road.

12/6/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a rollover wreck with no injuries on 25 North at 600 East in Knox.

12/6/14 – A Knox resident reported receiving numerous harassing telephone calls from someone claiming to be with Publisher’s Clearinghouse.

12/6/14 – A resident in the 3800 block of East Debby Drive in Knox reported trespassers on his property.

12/6/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 625 South east of 100 West in Knox.

12/7/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on U.S. 421 at State Road 10 in San Pierre.

12/8/14 – A resident in the 5200 block of South Detroiter Lane in North Judson reported the theft of items from a vehicle.

12/8/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of East 840 South in Monterey reported his garage was broken into.

12/9/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on Range Road between 100 and 150 South in North Judson.

12/9/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of South 100 East in Knox reported a theft.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incident Reports:

12/3/14 – An iPhone was reported stolen from O’S Tap in Knox.

12/7/14 – A resident in the 300 block of West Riverside Drive in Knox reported the theft of a dog.

12/7/14 – Police respond to a hit-and-run incident on North Shield Street in Knox.

Arrests:

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

12/2/14 – Willie Ray Sturgeon Jr. 31, Knox – Operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator.

12/4/14 – Derek Andrew Allen, 27, , Knox – Disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

12/4/14 – Tracie Lee Clemons, 23, Knox – Theft.

North Judson Police Department

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

Incidents:

12/1/14 – A concerned citizen contacted the North Judson Police Department in reference to a dog being out on a leash in the cold. The dog had water, food and shelter.

12/3/14 – North Judson Police are investigating the theft of money from a student’s locker at North Judson-San Pierre High School. A parent notified North Judson Police that her child and money stolen from his locker at the high school. This incident is still being investigated.

12/3/14 – North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely responded to a property damage accident in the Dollar General parking lot. He estimates damages are over $1,000.

12/3/14 – North Judson Police assisted the Starke County Sheriff Department on a battery complaint.

12/05/14 – North Judson Police are investigating the theft of unspecified items from a resident. A

New Information Released About Knox Fire Victims

A neighbor took this photo at 7:50 a.m. Friday.

A neighbor took this photo at 7:50 a.m. Friday.

A second victim of a Friday fire at a rural Knox home has died. A representative from the Allen County Coroner’s Office in Fort Wayne tells WKVI news Linda Manns, 51, died at 10:50 p.m. Saturday from complications due to that fire. She suffered extensive thermal burns, and her death was ruled accidental. Continue reading

Knox Fire Victim Dies at Fort Wayne Hospital

A neighbor took this photo at 7:50 a.m. Friday.

A neighbor took this photo at 7:50 a.m. Friday.

A second victim of a Friday fire at a rural Knox home has died. Officials with the Starke County Sheriff’s Department advise WKVI News Linda Manns, 51, died Saturday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Continue reading

House Fire Claims Child’s Life

A two-year-old child is dead as a result of a Friday morning fire at a rural Starke County home. The Bass Lake Fire Department responded to a residence in the area of 700 South and 300 East just before 7:30 a.m. yesterday They pulled two adults from the blaze but were unable to find a two-year-old child in time. Continue reading

Knox House Fire Claims a Child’s Life

A two-year-old child is dead as a result of an early morning fire at a rural Starke County home. The Bass Lake Fire Department responded to a residence in the area of 700 South and 300 East just before 7:30 a.m. They pulled two adults from the blaze but were unable to find a two-year-old child in time. Continue reading

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

11/24/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident involving two trucks at the Grovertown Truck Stop.

11/24/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, EMS and Bass Lake Fire Department First Responders responded to two-vehicle accident at the intersection of State Road 10 and U.S. 35 in Knox. No injuries were reported.

11/24/14 – A motorist reported he was westbound on U.S. 30 in front of the Grovertown Truck Stop in a truck pulling a horse trailer and was run off the road by a wrecker pulling a semi. Neither the driver nor the horse were injured.

11/24/14 – A resident in the 2000 block of East State Road 10 in Knox who filed a burglary report last week notified the sheriff’s department she’s discovered more items were stolen.

11/24/14 – A North Judson resident reported being battered by her boyfriend. Sheriff’s deputies and Starke County EMS responded.

11/24/14 – A Knox resident reported receiving strange telephone calls from someone purporting to be from a federal agency threatening to serve papers to someone at that address who does not even live there.

11/26/14 – Starke County Highway officials notified the sheriff’s department stop signs are being shot up on 100 East between 50 South and 250 South and on 600 and 700 East between Bass Lake and 250 North.

11/26/14 – The owner of property in the 5500 block of North 1200 East in Grovertown reported the theft of items from a building site on the property.

11/26/14 – The owner of property in the 8800 block of North State Road 23 in Walkerton reported the theft of items from the residence by a renter who moved out.

11/26/14 – An official with U.S. Aggregates in Monticello called the sheriff’s department after receiving a telephone call stating someone has cut the lock on the gate at the gravel pit on 700 East and State Road 10 in Knox. He said the last time he was there it appeared someone had been back there cooking meth and had stolen copper wire.

11/26/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of South State Road 10 in Knox reported her license plates were either lost or stolen.

11/26/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash in the 6000 block of South Range Road in North Judson.

11/27/14 – A driver lost control of his vehicle in the 5000 block of south State Road 10 in Knox and hit another vehicle and a fence.

11/27/14 – A property damage accident was reported on State Road 8 east of the Yellow River.

11/27/14 – A resident in the 3200 block of south 550 East in Knox reported the theft of firearms and money from a safe inside the residence.

11/27/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of State Road 10 and 100 East in North Judson.

11/27/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on English Lake Road at 400 South.

11/27/14 – Officers responded to a report of a pickup truck on its side in the 1300 block of East Washington St. in Knox. The owner, Earl Richard Leonard, 32, of Knox, was arrested for operating while intoxicated.

11/28/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department got a report of a car that knocked down a fence on State Road 10 between the Bass Lake Pub and the beach in front of the log cabin homes.

11/28/14 – Officers responded to a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on 250 North east of U.S. 35.

11/29/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Walkerton Police Department, Starke County EMS and Koontz Lake Fire Department all responded to a single-vehicle accident with injuries on 850 East north of 800 North in Hamlet.

11/29/14 – A caller reported automatic gun shots have been occurring all day in the 7200 block of south State Road 1100 East in Culver.

11/29/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of property damage on 500 South at 750 West in San Pierre.

11/30/14 – A resident in the 7200 block of West 250 South in North Judson reported his residence was broken into and several guns were stolen.

11/30/14 – A resident in the 4100 block of east 150 North in Knox reported the theft of money and other items from his residence by a known suspect.

Arrests:

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

11/27/14 – Earl Richard Leonard, 32, Knox – Operating while intoxicated.

11/30/14 – Devin Richard Gast, no age listed, Culver – Intimidation, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement x 2.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

11/29/14 – A debit/credit card was reported stolen from the 1400 block of South Heaton Street in Knox.

12/2/14 – Officers responded to a report of vandalism in the 400 block of South Heaton Street in Knox.

Arrests:

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

11/29/14 – Curtis Allen Reutebuch, 38, Knox – Operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving with a controlled substance.

11/30/14 – Ryan Michael Perry, no age given, Valparaiso – Illegal possession of alcohol.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

11/17/14 – North Judson Police responded to a loud music complaint in the 200 block of West Talmer Avenue. The resident was advised to turn down the music.

11/18/14 – A driver of a vehicle reported that he struck a dog in the 200 block of Schricker Avenue. The dog was okay and the vehicle sustained minor damage.

11/19/14 – North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop in the area of Sate Road 39 North and State Road 10. After a brief investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Rickie Clemons Jr., 19, of Leiters Ford, was arrested on a preliminary charge of never obtaining a Driver’s License. Clemons was transported to the Starke County Jail without incident.

11/20/14 – A resident reported that someone was breaking into her vehicle in the 300 block of Leslie Street. North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas responded to the call and located the suspect. After a brief investigation, Austin Dale Bailey, 24, of Knox, was arrested on preliminary charges of theft, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief. Bailey was transported to the Starke County Jail without incident.

11/21/14 – A resident reported to North Judson Police that her daughter was being harassed at school. The resident was advised to contact the school.

11/21/14 – North Judson Police responded to a property damage accident on West Talmer Avenue West of Garfield Street. A driver of a vehicle stopped to avoid hitting a dog and was rear-ended by another vehicle. Chief Deputy Joe Budner estimated the damage at over $5,000.00.

11/21/14 – North Judson Police responded to a property damage accident in the area of State Road 10 and County Road 250 West. A vehicle struck a deer. North Judson Officer Nick Vanni estimated the damage at over $2,500.00.

11/22/14 – A resident reported two suspicious people in the 400 block of Lane Street.

11/22/14 – A vehicle pulling into a parking lot turned in front of a eastbound vehicle on State Road 10, near Ono Drive, causing heavy damage and sending one driver to the hospital. Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the incident and estimated damages at over $12,000.00. The person transported to IU Health Starke Hospital was released.

11/22/14 – Officer Nick Vanni covered a car deer accident on State Road 10 just west of 500 West.

11/22/14 – A suspicious vehicle was reported by a resident on Grand Street. North Judson Police arrived and the vehicle was gone upon arrival.

11/22/14 – Extra patrols were requested in the CVS/Dollar Store parking lot due to a prior suspicious vehicle.

11/23/14 – A downtown business requested the assistance of the police to remove two unwanted guests. Police issued two criminal trespassing warnings if they return.

11/24/14 – A report of a mental subject was investigated in the area of Keller and Central Avenues.

11/24/14 – A dog was taken to the Humane Society after officers responded to an animal running at large in the area of Second Street and Walnut. The animal was returned after proper paperwork was secured.

11/24/14 – Another car vs. deer accident occurred on 500 West south of St. Jacob’s cemetery. Chief Doug Vessely investigated. The animal had to be put down.

11/25/14 – The North Judson Police conducted a welfare check on Hancock Street.

11/28/14 – Another car vs. deer accident between 500 and 600 West on State Road 10 was investigated by North Judson Officer Frank Thomas.

Arrests:
11/19/14 – Rickie Clemons Jr., 19, of Leiters Ford, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of never obtaining a Driver’s License.

11/20/14 – Austin Dale Bailey, 24, of Knox, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of theft, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief.

North Judson Police Department November Monthly Report

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

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

Police Reports

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents

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

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

Arrests

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

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

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

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrests

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

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

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Looks into Hacker Shack Fire

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

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

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

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

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

Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

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

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

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

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

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

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

Pulaski County Police Department

Incidents:

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

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

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

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

Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

North Judson Monthly Report – October

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three Injured in U.S. 30 Accident

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

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

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Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

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

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

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

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

Two People Injured in Monday Afternoon Accident

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

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

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Motorist Taken to Hospital After Striking House

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

MedfFight Called to Crash at 8 and 23

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

Peddler’s Permits Required to Sell Items

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

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

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