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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.

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

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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.

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

Incidents:

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

7/21/14 – Starke Circuit Court officials requested security at 8:20 a.m. in the large courtroom.

7/21/14 – Starke County EMS, The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, and Bass Lake First Responders were dispatched to an accident with injuries at 1150 East and 750 South in Monterey.

7/21/14 – A Grovertown man reported being harassed by his landlord’s son.

7/21/14 – Deputies responded to a property damage accident on State Road 23 and Cherokee.

7/21/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of South 350 West in North Judson requested deputies remove an unknown man who is taking pictures of her family and home from her residence.

7/22/14 – Multiple agencies responded to an accident with injuries on State Road 10 west of State Road 39.

7/22/14 – A resident in the 61– block of South State Road 10 in Knox reported someone broke into his garage and stole items.

7/23/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 10 in Knox.

7/23/14 – A resident in the 3100 block of South 900 West in San Pierre reported continual damage caused by people driving across his property.

7/23/14 – A resident in the 2400 block of South 450 East in Knox reported a possible scam.

7/23/14 – A resident in the 8600 block of East 75 North in Knox reported shots being fired in the area southeast of his location.

7/24/14 – A resident in the 8900 block of North 1050 East in Walkerton called the police and asked to have several people removed from his home.

7/24/14 – Deputies responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of 700 North and 600 East in Hamlet.

7/24/14 – A resident in the 500 block of South 250 East in Knox reported his dog was attacked by another dog.

7/24/14 – Multiple agencies responded to an accident with injuries on 1150 East and Toto Road in Knox.

7/24/14 – Deputies responded to a residential break-in in the 4000 block of North 900 East in Knox.

7/24/14 – A Bass Lake resident reported someone dumping brush on his property on State Road 10.

7/24/14 – A caller reported someone was beating up his 9-year-old niece on U Road in North Judson.

7/24/14 – A deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on 400 South at U.S. 35.

7/24/14 – The Knox-Center Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residential fire in the 2200 block of East 200 South in Knox.

7/24/14 – The owner of buildings in the 9000 block of East State Road 8 in Knox reported they have been broken into.

7/25/14 – Multiple agencies responded to single-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. 35 north of Knox. The driver advised his tire blew and he flipped the vehicle. He said he was not hurt, just shaken up.

7/25/14 – The Bass Lake Fire Department and other agencies responded to a trailer fire on Lincoln Street in Monterey.

7/25/14 – Deputies took a report of vandalism at a job site on 25 North and 800 East in Knox.

7/25/14 – Deputies took a report of the theft of sweet corn from the area of State Road 8 near the Yellow River.

7/25/14 – A resident in the 11700 block of East U.S. 30 in Knox reported the theft of a cooker from his residence.

7/25/14 – A resident in the 3200 block of East 400 North in Knox reported vandalism.

7/25/14 – Ralph A. Tscchida, 38, of Valparaiso, hit a deer on U.S. 35 at State Road 10 in Knox.

7/26/14 – A resident in the 7600 block of North Topinabee Road reported someone is stealing his firewood.

7/26/14 – A Monterey resident reported credit card fraud.

7/26/14 – Deputies responded to a single-vehicle accident on 700 East at State Road 10 in Knox.

7/26/14 – Deputies were called to Bass Lake Beach by a patron who said someone at the campground was setting off bottle rockets and caught his pickup truck camper on fire. He advised he put the fire out, but said the subjects were belligerent and threatened him.

7/26/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of North Tecumseh Road in Walkerton reported someone standing outside her house in the dark. She said someone slashed her tires last week.

7/27/14 – A resident in the area of 650 South and Eastern in Knox reported loud fireworks.

7/27/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a vehicle versus train accident on 700 East and 150 South in Knox.

7/27/14 – A Koontz Lake resident reported being beaten by her child’s father, who violated a protective order, and took their child.

7/27/14 – A resident in the 1200 block of East 150 South in Knox reported receiving harassing telephone calls and text messages.

7/27/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a motorcycle versus deer accident on State Road 10 west of 100 West in North Judson.

7/27/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of East 150 North in Knox reported the theft of a Dewalt drill from the residence.

7/27/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 421 and 400 South.

7/27/14 – A bartender at Chesapeake Run Golf Course in the 6400 block of South 250 West in North Judson said he cut off service to an intoxicated male subject who pulled a gun on him and demanded more beer. The man left when an off-duty officer came in.

7/27/14 – Multiple agencies responded to an accident with injuries at the intersection of State Road 10 and U.S. 35 in Knox.

7/27/14 – Deputies responded to a report of a motorist who put a scooter in a ditch on 400 South west of Range Road.

7/28/14 – A business owner in the 1100 block of East State Road 8 in Knox detained two people he claimed were breaking in.

Arrests:

7/21/14 – Williard Thatcher, 56, Knox – Disorderly conduct.

7/27/14 – Hannah J. Fawley, 25, Knox – Assisting a criminal.

7/27/14 – Johnny Ray Rawley, 32, Knox – Burglary.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

 

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

7/21/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a break-in.

7/25/14 – The Monterey Volunteer Fire Department responded to a trailer fire.

7/25/14 – The Winamac Police Department took a report of theft of items from a semi truck.

7/26/14 – Winamac Police took a report of threatening text messages.

7/26/14 – The Francesville Police Department was called by a woman who said she was being harassed by a man and a woman.

7/26/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Star City Volunteer Fire Department responded to a brush fire.

7/2714 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of the theft of a generator welder.

Teen Charged with Arson

Dakota Roush

Dakota Roush

A  house fire in Knox on Thursday turned out to be the act of arson and a suspect is in custody.

Firefighters from the Knox-Center Township Fire Department were called to a house fire in the 2000 East block of County Road 200 South at 8 p.m. on July 24. When they arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

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Missing Knox Man Found

Joshua Simpkins

Joshua Simpkins

Starke County Sheriff’s deputies have found Joshua Simpkins, 32, of Knox.

Simpkins went missing from a residence on 500 East and State Road 8 in Knox.

Community members and personnel from the sheriff’s department searched the area and he was safely located, according to officials from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

 

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.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

7/14/14 – A farmer reported vandalism to an irrigation system at 200 North and 600 East in Knox. This is a recurring problem.

7/14/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of East 625 South reported the theft of several collectible coins from the home.

7/14/14 – Guns were reported stolen from a residence in the 6300 block of South Rannells Road West in Knox. An occupant of the home claimed two guys wearing black masks broke in, took the guns and threatened to kill him if he told anyone. The property owner then called the sheriff’s department and advised his cousin had stolen the guns and pawned them.

7/14/14 – Deputies responded to a report of shoplifting at the Grovertown Truck Stop.

7/14/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of South 1100 West in San Pierre reported someone shot a hole through her bedroom window. She said she heard someone shooting in the woods behind her property around noon and advised her family was at home at the time.

7/15/14 – A farmer reported a truck has been backing into his field at U.S. 421 and County Road 650 South in San Pierre, damaging his crop.

7/15/14 – Fuel and a battery were reported stolen from a farm field on north of U.S. 30 on 900 East in Grovertown.

7/16/14 – A resident in the 5000 block of South 275 West in North Judson reported the license plate was stolen from her truck a few weeks ago.

7/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and California Township Volunteer Fire Department First Responders respond to a report of a vehicle in a ditch ¼ mile east of Bailey’s on State Road 10.

7/16/14 – A resident in the 6300 block of South Rannells Road West in Knox reported the theft of items.

7/16/14 – Deputies responded to a report of a white BMW that wrecked into a median on U.S. 30 ¼ mile east of U.S. 35. Before that dispatchers in LaPorte County said the car hit a semi and took off. The driver was treated and released at IU Health Starke Hospital and advised of possible pending charges when results arrive.

7/17/14 – A sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a vehicle versus deer accident on 25 North west of 600 East in Knox.

7/17/14 – A San Pierre resident reported a scam.

7/17/14 – A resident in the 3200 block of West 400 South in North Judson reported the theft of items from his garage.

7/17/14 – A trail camera and $100 worth of fuel were reported stolen from a farm field ¼ mile north of 900 East and 500 North.

7/17/14 – Deputies were advised an unoccupied home in the 4400 block of South Dawn Drive in North Judson was broken into.

7/18/14 – Items were reported stolen from a home in the 1600 block of North U.S. 35 in Knox.

7/18/14 – Deputies responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of Toto Road and U.S. 35 in Knox.

7/18/14 – A resident in the 6800 block of East Oakwood Ave. in Knox reported being harassed by a neighbor.

7/19/14 – Multiple agencies responded to an accident with injuries at the intersection of 500 East and 250 North in Grovertown.

7/19/14 – A property damage accident was reported at the intersection of 300 West and 800 South in North Judson.

7/19/14 – North Judson Police, Starke County EMS, First Responders and the Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle versus tree accident in the 5100 block of South 350 West in North Judson. The driver, Blake James Jurcik, 20, of North Judson, was pronounced dead at the scene.

7/20/14 – A resident in the 8200 block of North Blackhawk Avenue in Walkerton reported someone let the air out of her tires and wrote “eat me” on the side of her car.

7/20/14 – Angela D. Valdez, 34, of North Judson, hit a deer on State Road 10 just east of State Road 39.

7/20/14 – The brakes on a vehicle driven by Ethan M.J. Jesuit, 24, of Rensselaer, failed, and he hit a tree at the intersection of 100 East and 150 South.

Arrests:

7/14/14 – Shawn A. Bumbalough, 36, Knox – Theft and false reporting.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

7/15/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to a civil disturbance.

7/15/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond when a man requests a protective order after noticing some threatening acts from a few subjects.

7/15/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond when a woman receives threatening text messages after selling a hot tub on Craiglist.

7/15/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of an altercation between a caregiver and the wife of her patient.

7/15/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to a domestic dispute.

7/16/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Medaryville Police respond when a woman reports that she believes that her sister-in-law is being abused.

7/16/14 – Winamac Police respond when a woman reports that her bike had been stolen from her porch.

7/17/14 – Medaryville Police and Francesville Police respond to the report of a break-in at an unoccupied house.

7/17/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a domestic dispute.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

07/15/14 A resident in the 600 block of Rail Road Avenue reported that she had gas stolen out of two vehicles.

07/15/14 Police responded to a trash complaint in the alley between Laurel Street and Cherry Street.

07/15/14 A resident reported to police that she was intimidated on a Facebook.

07/16/14 Police responded to an an alarm call in the 300 block of Lane Street.

07/17/14 A resident in the 500 block of High Street told police that his wallet was stolen out of his residence. There were two people in the residence when he left and when he came back the wallet was missing.

07/19/14 North Judson Police responded to a fire call on Franklin Street. The fire was found to be a bonfire.

07/19/14 A resident on Garden Street reported a dog barking constantly. The owners of the dogs were verbally warned.

07/19/14 North Judson Police responded to a suspicious person complaint on West Talmer Avenue by Norwayne Field. The person was not located.

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:

7/11/14 – Winamac Police take a report of a lost or stolen debit card.

7/12/14- Winamac Police respond when a woman reported that a door at her work was open and was supposed to be shut and locked overnight.

7/12/14 – A man contacted sheriff’s deputies in order to file a harassment report and obtain a protective order against someone he says is harassing his family.

7/12/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a fight.

7/12- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a domestic dispute.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

7/7/14 – Deputies took a report of a break-in at the Starke substation at U.S. 421 and State Road 10.

7/7/14 – A resident in the 6900 block of Homette Ave. in Knox reported their vehicles and steps were egged sometime overnight or this morning.

7/7/14 – A resident in the 8900 block of South Main St. in Ora reported someone she does not know is texting her 13-year-old daughter’s phone and asking her to meet them.

7/7/14 – A man told deputies another man in a blue Grand Prix with the driver’s window busted out stopped him on on the bridge on SR 23 over Koontz Lake and threatened him. He said the man keeps driving by.

7/7/14 – Deputies were called to a store on U.S. 30 to remove a possibly intoxicated patron who has been inside the establishment for nearly three hours and is making the female clerk very nervous.

7/8/14 – A resident in the 10500 block of East 900 North in Walkerton filed a theft report.

7/8/14 – A Monterey resident reported receiving a telephone call from a man with an Asian accent who told her about paperwork she had received from the court. When she told him she had not gotten any paperwork, he demanded she call him back at 844-244-4492. When she did, she got a busy signal. A deputy advised her not to answer any more calls from that number, as it is probably some sort of scam.

7/8/14 – A resident in the 1700 block of north 1025 East in Grovertown reported the side door of the garage was kicked in last night and items are missing.

7/8/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of east 250 South in Knox said he was walking when his neighbor’s dog tried to attack him. He and the neighbor got into a verbal argument over the situation.

7/8/14 – A deputy responded to a home in the 5800 block of east 450 South in Knox to settle a dispute between neighbors that reportedly turned physical.

7/8/14 – Nicholus Benjamin Ingram, 19, of North Judson, hit a deer on State Road 10.

7/9/14 – A Knox resident reported a telephone scam.

7/9/14 – A resident in the 6600 block of east Old U.S. 30 in Hamlet reported the theft of a stove and washer from the home.

7/9/14 – A Knox resident reported receiving a scam telephone call stating he had won the Publisher’s Clearinghouse sweepstakes and needed to send $500 to claim his prize. He did not send anything or give them any information.

7/9/14 – A resident in the 5000 block of south 275 West in North Judson reported someone stole the plate from her vehicle.

7/9/14 – A resident in the 1900 block of south 300 East reported the theft of a lawn tractor out of the yard the previous evening.

7/10/14 – The owner of a property in the 1400 block of West 400 South called from out of town to report someone possibly staying at her home without her permission.

7/10/14 – A pilot who landed his plane at the Starke County Airport reported an intimidation incident involving another person at the airport. The FAA has also been contacted, and copies of the police report have been forwarded to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office.

7/10/14 – Reckless driving was reported in the area of 400 South and 200 East in Knox. The vehicle’s two occupants are reportedly hitting things by the side of the road.

7/11/14 – The owner of a property in the Lomax Station area of San Pierre reported someone cutting down trees on his property and parking a truck there without permission.

7/11/14 – Kathleen Gayle Riley, 52, of Medaryville, and Olga A. Matzat, 86, of Culver, were involved in a traffic accident at an unspecified location in Knox. Police, EMS and Bass Lake First Responders were all called to the scene. It’s unclear whether anybody was injured.

7/11/14 – The Bass Lake Fire Department was dispatched to The Pocket at Bass Lake where a golf cart burst into flames in the road while a man was riding it. No injuries were reported.

7/12 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Bass Lake Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch in the 1400 block of State Road 10 in front of Konrad Cabinets.

7/12/14 – A Monterey resident reported receiving harassing telephone calls from people in Florida. She said the number is a Magic Jack number that cannot be blocked.

7/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department received a report of people on dirtbikes speeding, doing wheelies and burn outs on the slick pavement near the Koontz Lake Park.

7/12/14 – The owner of Russ’s Tire on State Road 10 in North Judson reported a white Ford Escort just went off the road into his parking lot and through his neighbor’s trees and yard before continuing south onto Range Road.

7/12/14 – Nicholas A. Radtke, 34, of North Judson hit a deer on State Road 39 at 500 South.

7/12/14 – A resident in the 1100 block of east 700 South in Knox reported a man came to her residence wanting to trim her trees.

7/13/14 – Guests at the Stay For Less Motel in Hamlet reported an intoxicated man is there trying to start fights with everyone.

7/13/14 – A Washington Township Volunteer Firefighter stopped at a home in the 400 block of south 800 East in Knox and extinguished a small fire under the home’s porch.

7/13/14 – The owner of a property in the 2500 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox reported someone spun around in his parking lot, flung rocks up, and they damaged his air conditioner. He will pull the tapes and try to get a vehicle description.

7/13/14 – Deputies were notified of a fight between two women in the 8800 block of North State Road 23 in Walkerton.

7/13/14 – A North Judson resident reported quite a few marijuana plants growing across the road from his residence.

Arrests:

7/8/14 – Jason E. Bloomfield, 36, Knox: Resisting law enforcement, O.V.W.I. (felony), possession of paraphernalia.

7/9/14 – Skylar Anthony Dewayne Daniels, 22, North Liberty: Possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia.

7/12/14 – Haily Michelle Nickerson, 21, South Bend: Possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

07/07/14 A resident in the 100 block of E. Talmer reported to North Judson Police that the two rear tires of her vehicle were cut or punctured.

07/07/14 Police issued several tall grass ordinance violations this week and three violations for no swimming pool permit. An additional four violation were issues for no animal tag[s]. The grass and animal violations are $50.00 each and the pool permit violations are $100.00 each.

“It’s very simple to avoid any fines,” said Town Marshall Doug Vessely. “Mow your lawn before the grass or weeds are eight inches tall, purchase animal tag[s] if you harbor a dog or a cat, and get any proper building, pool, or zoning permits. We don’t like writing ordinances violations, however it is necessary for those who refuse to follow the town’s rules.”

07/09/14 Several vandal calls were made to police. Several calls of vandalism, minor thefts, and destroyed property were made. A resident in the 600 block of Keller Avenue observed three to four juveniles running in the alley after hearing some noises. The calls ranged from a house number sign being taken and thrown into a neighbor’s yard, broken garage window, an American Flag taken down, an inflatable swimming pool being cut, small pool overturned, flower pots and solar lights being removed and relocated. Others included twigs in a mailbox, for sale signs being rearranged, a port-a-potty being overturned, and a bicycle being taken and located few blocks down the street. Most of the devious conduct was between 9:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. Almost all items were returned. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the North Judson Police at 574-896-5914. A cash reward leading to the arrest of any individuals will be offered.

07/09/14 Police responded to a call of trespassing and intimidation in the 600 block of Laurel. All parties were separated and criminal trespass warnings were issued.

07/09/14 An employee at the Dollar General Store informed officers of a shoplifter with Deputy Chief Joe Budner responding. After an initial investigation, Victoria Ann Goetz was arrested and charged with the new misdemeanor theft charge.

07/09/14 North Judson Police Officer Rico Simpson conducted a traffic stop on Talmer Avenue near George Street resulting in the arrest of the driver, Donald L. Peretti, for a Failure to Appear warrant through Pulaski County. He was also issued a uniform traffic ticket for no motorcycle endorsement.

07/09/14 A vehicle owner reported to police that her vehicle sustained a broken windshield while parked at the CVS parking lot.

07/09/14 A report of a family/domestic dispute was made in the 6100 block of Hubeny. No physical injures or touching was reported. The parties were separated for the evening.

07/09/14 Police responded to an unwanted guest in a family dispute on Woodlawn Drive. Officer Rico Simpson arrived and arrested Crystal Leeann Johnson-Coty on a preliminary charge of possession of a controlled substance.

07-10-14 Just before 8 a.m., a Gary, Indiana woman, driving a USPS-leased delivery truck was exiting the North Judson Post Office when she went east out of the old Farmer’s Bank and Trust drive-thru. The North Judson Police were summoned and considerable damage was sustained by the truck and the drive-thru structure. North Judson Deputy Chief, Joe Budner investigated the incident and estimated damages at over $15,000.

07/11/14 A report of a suspicious circumstance was made in the area of Keller and Central Avenues in reference to a lady throwing her shoes at passing vehicles. The woman was calmed down and returned home. No damages were reported.

07/12/14 An early morning dog walk upset a resident who called the North Judson Police in reference to a large pit bull running loose in the 200 block of Park Avenue. The animal was returned to his owner on Park Avenue. The owner was issued a $50.00 ticket for no dog tag, and a verbal warning for running at large. The caller was walking her dog and felt unsafe with the pit bull freely roaming. All animals must have a license, remain on your own property unless on a leash, and you must clean up after the animal.

07/12/14 A bicycle was reported damaged in the 200 block of Franklin Street. An unknown subject put a pitch fork prong through the front tire. The pitch fork was taken into evidence. It is older with a broken handle.

07/12/14 Another domestic/family dispute was reported in the 400 block of High Street. Police advised all parties to move along and a verbal criminal trespass warning was issued.

07/13/14 Officer Nick Vanni conducted a traffic stop in the early morning hours, and after an investigation arrested Joseph P. Danti of North Judson for operating a vehicle dangerously while intoxicated and for over .15 BAC.

Arrests:
06/30/14 Donald E. Husband, 32, 4315 S. 800 W, of San Pierre, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

07/02/1 Denzil Fletcher, 62, 101 Main Street, #3, of North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of trespassing.

07/04/12 Mickey lee Loney, 25, 37 Colonial Ave., of Valparaiso, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of driving while suspended prior.

07/09/14 Victoria Ann Goetz, 18, of Hamlet, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of theft.

07/09/14 – Donald L. Peretti, 31, 5206 S. A Street, of North Judson, IN arrested for FTA warrant from Pulaski County reference to small claims.

07/10/14 Crystal Leeann Johnson-Coty, 28, 5875 W. Woodland Dr., of North Judson, IN, arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

07/13/14 Joseph P. Danti, 22, 3387 W. Tulip Ct., of North Judson, IN arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle dangerously while intoxicated and operating a vehicle while intoxicated over .15 BAC.

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.

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
07/04/14 Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of State Road 10 and County Road 250 West. After a brief investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Mickey Lee Lonely, 25 of Valparaiso, was issued a Summons to Appear in Court for Driving While Suspended – Prior. The vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

07/04/14 Officers responded to a fireworks complaint in the 6100 block of Oakwood Street.

07/01/14 Police responded to numerous calls in reference to trees being down and power being lost in town do to a strong storm that came through the area on Monday night.

07/01/14 Officers responded to a complaint of theft from a vehicle in the 400 block of Main Street.

06/30/14 Police responded to a fireworks complaint in the 6100 block of Oakwood Street.

06/30/14 A scam was reported to police. The scammer advised the victim that he was with the IRS and wanted to collect on an outstanding tax debt. Police warn you that the IRS will not call you to collect on a tax debt. Do not give out any personal information and or send any money.

North Judson Police Department Monthly Report – June

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

7/1/14 – Deputies advised Winamac Fire Department that a substation or transfer station exploded.

7/1/14 – Deputies respond when a local resident reports that a few wires in a tree were sparking.

7/1/14 – Sheriff’s deputies take a theft report of air conditioner parts and copper pipes from an empty house.

7/1/14 – Deputies respond to a report of neighbors shooting guns in an unsafe manner.

7/1/14 – Winamac Police respond when a woman reports that a suspect had just came and stole $100 from her.

7/2/14 – Medaryville Police responded to a domestic battery.

7/2/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of mail tampering.

7/2/14 – Sheriff’s deputies and Winamac Police respond to a report of a man harassing young girls.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

06/30/14 – An employee at Grovertown Truck Stop reported the theft of her cell phone while she was at work.

6/30/14 – Dispatchers received several reports of trees down and other storm damage. Sheriff’s deputies, volunteer firefighters and Starke County Highway Department employees took care of the problems.

7/1/14 – Diana Kay Duffee, 45, of North Judson hit a tree on 450 South at 100 East and sustained minor injuries.

7/1/14 – Russell C. Dulin, 60, of Knox hit some lines down on State Road 10 at the Marshall County line.

7/1/14 – Dispatchers received several reports of downed trees and power lines and other storm damage. Sheriff’s deputies, volunteer firefighters and Starke County Highway Department employees took care of the problems.

7/1/14 – A property owner in the 1800 block of east 250 South in Knox reported trespassers.

7/1/14 – A San Pierre resident reported all of the money was taken from her banking account.

7/1/14 – A resident in the 5400 block of East 800 South in Monterey reported the theft of his generator and his car.

7/1/14 – A resident in the 5300 block of south 250 East in Knox reported her neighbor is at her home with a gun and is upset because she and her family drove through his yard last night because trees were down. She said he pointed a gun at her father-in-law.

7/2/14 – A resident in the 4000 block of north 900 East in Grovertown reported the theft of her wallet and medication from inside her truck.

7/2/14 – A truck driver who parked at Grovertown Truck Stop overnight reported the theft of fuel from his semi.

7/2/14 – Deputies responded to an accident on U.S. 421 in the S curve in San Pierre. No injuries were reported.

7/2/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of south 275 West in North Judson reported the theft of a red-nosed pit bull the previous day.

7/2/14 – Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle versus deer accident in the 3700 block of South U.S. 421 in San Pierre.

7/2/14 – Joanna L. Deller, 32, of Winamac, was involved in a single-vehicle accident with injuries in the 6600 block of south 300 West in North Judson.

7/2/14 – A resident in the 3500 block of East 400 South reported the theft of his wood.

7/2/14 – A resident in the 4300 block of south 650 West in North Judson filed a report of telephone harassment.

7/3/14 – Joshua Cabe Sprinkle, 31, of Knox, hit a tree on 50 North east of 300 East in Knox. He told deputies something ran out into the road in front of his vehicle.

7/3/14 – A resident in the 5300 block of South Elm Street in Knox reported a possible telephone scam.

7/3/14 – A woman reported four men trying to beat her 17-year-old son at Koontz Lake Park. Later a witness called and said he saw the fight.

7/4/14 – A resident in the 4100 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox reported an intoxicated family member shot a 45-caliber revolver at her husband and her children. They fled the residence and waited for deputies at a nearby store.

7/4/14 – Michelle Lynn Fornelli, 37, of North Judson, was involved in a single-vehicle wreck with injuries at the intersection of U.S. 421 and State Road 10.

7/4/14 – A resident in the 3400 block of North 900 East in Grovertown said a man in a black Jeep-style four-door vehicle accused him of nearly causing an accident, backed into his driveway, got out and punched him before leaving northbound on 900 East. The victim said his glasses and dentures both got broken and requested medical attention.

7/4/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of east 700 North in Koontz Lake reported kids riding golf carts up and down the roads in the area. He said none of them are old enough to be driving, and he and several neighbors have complained on numerous occasions.

7/4/14 – A resident in the Koontz Lake area reported kids on golf carts throwing firecrackers at dogs in yards.

7/4/14 – Deputies received a report of two drunk men physically fighting in the 100 block of south 1025 East.

7/5/14 – A resident in the 8900 block of East Long Lane Drive in Knox reported her neighbors are very drunk and setting off fireworks after curfew.

7/5/14 – Dispatchers received a report of a dog locked inside a car at Bailey’s Discount Center in North Judson for over an hour.

7/5/14 – An employee of a Grovertown business asked to speak to an officer about a counterfeit bill.

7/5/14 – A resident in the 4700 block of south 750 West in North Judson reported his mailbox has been blown up.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of south 700 East in Monterey reported is ex-girlfriend stole his dog.

7/6/14 – A contractor working on a foreclosed house in the 1700 block of west 450 South in North Judson reported the theft of a water heater.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 5600 block of south 210 in Knox filed a theft of jewelry report.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 5400 block of east 800 South in Monterey came to the sheriff’s department to file a vehicle theft report.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 2100 block of south State Road 39 in North Judson said someone took her vehicle from her house while she and her husband were gone overnight and wrecked it.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 8100 block of North Street in Walkerton reported the theft of $7,000 from her house while she was gone over the weekend.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of west 850 South in San Pierre reported the theft of an air compressor from her yard.

7/6/14 – A resident in the 4300 block of south 800 West in San Pierre reported a vehicle versus tree accident near his house.

Arrests

7/5/14 – Ricky S. Lewis, 55, Walkerton – Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (Class D felony)

7/6/14 0 Jerry Brzezinski, 52, No address listed – Public intoxication, disorderly conduct and trespass.

7/2/14 – Deputies respond to a report of a fight between neighbors.

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.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

6/23/14 – A resident in the 1500 block of East 100 South in Knox reported vandalism to his property.

6/23/14 – A gas station on U.S. 30 in Hamlet reported a drive-off in the amount of $47.28. The suspect’s vehicle is a maroon, two-door Pontiac.

6/23/14- Deputies responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 1700 block of South 350 East in Knox.

6/23/14 – A Volvo semi was involved in a minor accident at the Grovertown Truck Stop. No injuries were reported.

6/23/14 – A caller reported a couple of marijuana plants growing east of the Koontz Lake Dam past the Slip Away Bay along the empty concrete pad.

6/24/14 – Deputies were asked to remove a female from a residence in the 3200 block of south 1000 East in Knox.

6/24/14 – A resident in the 2000 block of North 700 East in Grovertown reported his Social Security number is being used.

6/24/14 – A resident in the 4200 block of South 700 East in Knox reported receiving a telephone call from 786-275-5076 and being told by a man that there was a virus on his computer. He said Skype kept trying to load something, so he shut down the computer and ended the call.

6/24/14 – A resident in the 9200 block of South 50 East in Knox said he was having computer problems and was told by his maintenance company that his IP address had been hijacked, possibly compromising his personal information.

6/25/14 – A resident in the 5400 block of East 800 South in Monterey said he thinks his girlfriend took his white Escalade without his permission when she moved out of his house 7 or 10 days ago. If not, he needs to report the vehicle stolen.

6/25/14 – Melissa Anderson of Grovertown advised someone tried to steal the radio out of her car the previous night. The vehicle was parked in the 9600 block of East 150 North in Knox at the time.

6/25/14 – A caller reported two dogs in a Chevrolet Suburban with the windows up in the Mark Bailey’s Discount Center parking lot and said they’ve been out there for about 30 minutes.

6/25/14 – Steve Ahlenius was involved in a vehicle versus deer accident at 10 East and 400 South in Knox.

6/25/14 – Deputies responded to the 7200 block of East 200 North in Grovertown after a report of verbal threats between the Waldrop families during a bankruptcy property auction.

6/25/14 – A resident in the 2800 block of East 100 South in Knox reported a pickup truck with a boat has either crashed or been abandoned in his yard.

6/25/14 – A resident in the 5700 block of South 250 West in North Judson asked deputies to remove two men from his property. He told police they were smoking marijuana in his garage with a family member, however officers found no evidence of drug activity. The men left without incident.

6/26/14 – A Knox resident who is staying in an RV on State Road 8 in Knox reported hearing two men talking outside her door around 11:30 p.m. the previous night. She said they said something about shooting her two dogs, and then they left.

6/26/14 – Dispatchers were notified of a residential holdup alarm coming from a home in the 10300 block of East 600 North and were unable to contact the keyholder.

6/26/14 – A caller in the 1200 block of South 1100 East in Knox reported a white SUV with Illinois license plates going back and forth in the area and stopping at mailboxes.

6/26/14 – A resident in the 4800 block of East 150 North in Knox told deputies she noticed the door of her camper was open yesterday and found white powder in both of the sinks.

6/26/14 – A resident in the 4300 block of North 1100 East in Grovertown reported someone put an M150 in her mailbox and set it off.

6/27/14 – Thomas D. Burlington of Hamlet struck a deer on State Road 10 just east of U.S. 421 in San Pierre.

6/27/14 – A Rockford resident said she lost her platinum white 1.5 carat gold emerald cut engagement ring with 16 small princess cut diamonds around it inside the residence at 11952 East South Ave. in Walkerton.

6/27/14 – The owner of a rental home in the 6100 clock of South State Road 10 in Knox told a deputy she believes someone has been inside the residence without her permission.

6/27/14 – A possible fight between two men was reported at a residence in the 10100 block of East State Road 8 in Knox.

6/27/14 – Multiple vehicles were involved in an accident at the intersection of U.S. 35 and Toto Road in Knox.

6/27/14 – Two vehicles were involved in a crash in front of the Grovertown Truck Stop.

6/27/14 – Deputies received a report of a teenage boy with a club walking toward an abandoned house in the 1100 block of East 150 South in Knox. An investigation found he tried unsuccessfully to kick the back garage door in before fleeing into the woods across the street. Deputies were unable to locate him.

6/27/14 – A resident in the 8100 block of South 600 East in Monterey reported his wife damaged his vehicle with a shovel.

6/28/14 – A property damage accident was reported in the 7200 block of East 400 North in Grovertown.

6/28/14 – A property damage accident was reported at the intersection of Toto Road and 250 West in North Judson.

6/28/14 – An inmate in the Starke County Jail told a jailer she believed there were three people inside her home, and nobody should be at her residence. She asked a jailer to check.

6/28/14 – A resident in the 4800 block of East 150 North in Knox reported someone taking gas from her vehicle.

6/28/14 – A resident in the 2800 block of East State Road 10 in Knox asked a deputy to remove people from her yard who are setting off fireworks.

6/28/14 – A resident in the 2900 block of South County Road 210 at Bass Lake reported loud music coming from her neighbor’s house. She said a deputy asked them earlier to quiet down, but the party has not gotten any quieter.

6/28/14 – A resident in the 2600 block of South 700 East in Knox said her 13-year-old son is getting harassing telephone calls from his father and is very upset. She said the father will not stop calling.

6/29/14 – Deputies responded to a possible fight behind Bielava Resort at Bass Lake.

6/29/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies and Walkerton Police responded to a residence in the 8200 block of North Oak Ave. in Koontz Lake for a domestic complaint. A woman reported her boyfriend has been beating her and trying to leave with their three-month-old child.

6/29/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of West Toto Road reported a woman is trying to enter her residence through the back door. Officers responded and arrested the suspect.

6/29/14 – Deputies were notified of a vehicle flipped over on 700 South west of 100 West in North Judson with its airbags deployed. However, nobody is in or near the vehicle.

6/29/14 – Deputies took a report of a vehicle versus deer report. The resident drove home and contacted authorities. It’s unclear where the crash occurred.

6/29/14 – Deputies responded to a vacant house on U.S. 35 south of U.S. 30 for a report that a padlock appears to have been cut.

Arrests

6/23/14 – Shelly Renee Day, 31, North Judson: Public intoxication.

6/26/14 – Stephen Louie Danti, 34, Grovertown: Possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and possession of paraphernalia.

6/27/14 – Steven L. Gott, 29, Mishawaka: Habitual Traffic Violator.

6/27/14 – Steve Clemons, no age or address given: Driving while suspended prior.

6/29/14 – Shayna Howard, no age or address given: residential entry, criminal mischief and public intoxication.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

6/23/14 – Deputies respond to a report of a fight between family members.

6/23/14 – Deputies took a report of a stolen motorized scooter.

6/23/14 – Deputies take a report of a stolen wallet.

6/27/14 – Deputies are called to remove an unwanted guest from a residence.

6/27/14 – Winamac Police are called to a gas station for a report of a drive-off. The man returned later and paid in full for his fuel purchase.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

06/23/14 A parent reported a case of intimidation. The suspect reportedly threatened a juvenile and her family over the internet.

06/23/14 A written response was requested in reference to a follow-up on a battery case from last week. Police forwarded the information.

06/24/14 A garbage truck backed into a utility pole on Luken Street while attempting to empty a dumpster. The pole was broken causing a short electric outage for the area. Officers investigated the incident.

06/24/14 Police responded to a theft of a purse from an unlocked vehicle in the Dollar General Store parking lot. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely continues to encourage all citizens to keep your vehicles locked whenever unattended.

06/24/14 An employee at Carpenter’s Oil Company reported a $20.00 drive-off. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle.

06/27/14 After a brief investigation, officers requested charges of invasion of privacy after a suspect allegedly violated a no contact order.

06/27/14 A loud noise complaint was filed by a residence in the 300 block of Main Street. Officer Rico Simpson believed the issue to involve fireworks, however no one was found to be in possession of fireworks.

06/28/14 A hit and run property damage accident occurred in the CVS Parking lot early afternoon causing damage to a 2004 four-door, silver Chevy. Anyone who may have seen something or knows who could have backed into this vehicle is asked to call the North Judson Police Department (574) 772-5914.

06/28/14 Police responded to a neighbor dispute where someone was yelling across the yards in the 6500 Block of Walnut Street.

Walkerton Man Arrested after Alleged Battery Incident

A Walkerton man was arrested Sunday after an allegedly battering his girlfriend.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Walkerton police officers arrived at a home in the 8200 block of N. Oak Avenue in Koontz Lake after receiving word that a man was battering his girlfriend and a child was present.

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Suspect Arrested in Grovertown Break-In

A Grovertown man faces multiple charges after detectives from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department served a warrant at his home late last week. Detective Rob Olejniczak says items reported stolen from the Grovertown home of Hope Grounds on June 15 were recovered at Stephen Danti’s residence in the 4000 North block of 1100 East. Continue reading

Starke County Deputy Arrests Habitual Traffic Violator

A habitual traffic violator faces new charges in Starke County after his arrest on Friday by a Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy. A vehicle driven by Steven Gott was pulled over on 350 East after running a stop sign, according to information from the sheriff’s department. Gott’s license is suspended, and he was also consuming alcohol while driving, according to the arrest report.

Starke County Program Encourages Youngsters to “Think Before You Act”

starke-county-jail-outsideYoungsters between the ages of 12 and 17 and their parents will have a chance to see firsthand the consequences of continued delinquent behavior as part of an upcoming program offered by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. Participants in the two-hour “Think Before You Act” program will get a guided tour of Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall’s courtroom and have a chance to talk to him about the problems they are experiencing.

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