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Accident Victim’s Identity Not Yet Released

A woman involved in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Range Road and State Road 10 in Starke County on Monday morning died of massive blunt force trauma, according to St. Joseph County Deputy Coroner Chuck Hurleus.

The woman’s identity has not been released.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday where Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies police found semi tanker on its side and on fire. A passenger car was located on the side of the roadway, according to the accident report. The driver of the passenger car was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital where she later died of her injuries. The passenger of the vehicle and the semi driver were taken to IU Health Starke Hospital and later transferred to South Bend Memorial Hospital.

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Passenger Airlifted to South Bend Following Sunday Wreck

A passenger in a vehicle involved in a Sunday morning crash at the intersection of State Roads 10 and 39 east of North Judson was flown to a South Bend hospital. A news release from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department indicates multiple people were injured. The North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department had to cut one person from the wreckage. Continue reading

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents

9/22/14 – Charity Fisher, 29, of Knox, hit a deer on Toto Road about half a mile east of State Road 39.

9/22/14 – A resident in the 2700 block of South Range Road reported the theft of a utility trailer.

9/22/14 – The owner of a daycare center in the 8300 block of North State Road 23 in Walkerton reported her neighbor swore at and threatened a parent who was leaving after dropping her child off .

9/22/14 – A man who rents a unit at the U.S. 35 Storage Units near the Starke/Pulaski County Line reported being attacked by a pit bull and threatened by its owner while removing items from his unit.

9/22/14 – A resident in the 7600 block of South 125 East in Knox reported the theft of several items of jewelry from the residence.

9/22/14 – A resident in the 11000 block of East Circle Avenue in Walkerton reported a motorcycle stolen.

9/22/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department responded to an accident with injuries involving a motorcycle.

9/23/14 – A property damage accident involving an Oregon-Davis School Corporation bus was reported in the 9000 block of East 300 North in Walkerton. No injuries were reported. School officials advised the bus backed into a pickup truck.

9/23/14 – An Ober resident notified the Starke County Sheriff’s Department of three white men in a blue full-size pickup truck with a white freezer in the back attempting to sell meat. If the property owner says they don’t have money, the men offer to trade, possibly in an effort to get into the residence.

9/23/14 – A woman advised she was mowing grass in the 1800 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox and found a possible meth lab in a bag. The Indiana State Police were notified.

9/23/14 – A resident in the 7600 block of South 700 East in Monterey reported his 16-year-old son brought home marijuana and paraphernalia.

9/23/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of South 700 East in Monterey reported someone broke a window and entered her residence.

9/23/14 – Midwestern Contractors advised the Starke County 911 Center State Road 10 will be closed between 300 West and 250 West for 10 days beginning Monday, Sept. 29 in order to repair a pipeline.

9/25/14 – Starke County EMS and Koontz Lake First Responders were dispatched to the 11600 block of East 500 North in Grovertown for a report of a tree loader that fell on a man.

9/25/14 – A caller reported property damage at R.J. Auto on U.S. 35 at the Starke/Pulaski County Line and asked for an officer.

9/25/14 – A possible meth lab was discovered on 850 South east of 850 East. The Indiana State Police were notified.

9/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of State Road 8 and U.S. 35 in Knox.

9/27/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Bass Lake Fire Department responded to a report of a crash involving a motorcycle near the 11300 block of East 675 South in Culver.

9/27/14 – A resident in the 10800 block of East 900 South in Monterey called the Starke County Sheriff’s Department to file a theft report for unspecified items.

9/27/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of North Meadow Lane in Knox reportedly found drugs in his yard.

9/27/14 – A resident in the 5700 block of East 200 South in Knox reported a silver vehicle hit her mailbox, took out three trees in front of her residence and continued eastbound on 200 South toward 700 East.

9/27/14 – Authorities were notified by a man mowing near the cemetery in the 4000 block of 675 East that he found a bag of possible drugs.

9/27/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was advised of a dog left in a black Ford Explorer in the Mark Bailey’s Discount Center parking lot near Dairy Queen.

9/27/14 – A resident in the 2600 block of West Toto Road in North Judson advised she thought someone was trying to break in through her back door.

9/28/14 – Mariah Marie Adams, 20, of Plymouth, hit a deer at the intersection of 1200 East and 50 South in Knox.

9/28/14 – Justin K. Burns, 30, of Medaryville, hit a deer on U.S. 421 south of State Road 10 in San Pierre.

9/28/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson Fire Department First Responders all responded to an accident with injuries at the intersection of State Road 10 and State Road 39 in North Judson.

9/28/14 – A property damage accident was reported in the 5500 block of East 800 South in Monterey.

9/28/14 – A resident in the 8900 block of East Campbell Street in Ober reported a car was vandalized.

9/29/14 – The owner of a house in the 5700 block of south 250 East in North Judson reported kids are coming into the unoccupied residence and having parties. She advised there should not be anybody in there until a renter takes possession Oct. 3.

9/28/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Knox Police responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 30 west of U.S. 35 in the eastbound lane.

9/28/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Washington Township Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a vehicle versus telephone pole accident on State Road 8 East at the Yellow River bridge.

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.

9/22/14 – Melody Lee Heath, 33, North Judson – Probation Violation.

9/26/14 – Daniel Thomas Allison, 46, Gary – Theft, false informing.

9/26/14 – Kalvin Michael Berg, 22, Walkerton – Theft, false informing.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

9/26/14 – Multiple agencies respond to a truck fire.

9/22/14 – Multiple agencies respond to a possible burglary.

9/26/14 – Multiple agencies respond to a possible battery charge.

9-/26/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of theft of a rope to pull down trees.

9/26/14 – Medaryville Police take a report of a stolen DVD player.

9/26/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of possible trespassing.

9/26/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of theft of gasoline in the amount of $39.

Coroner Identifies U.S. 30 Crash Victim

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a Monday morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a Monday morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

A Hamlet man was killed instantly after the vehicle he was driving collided with a semi truck on U.S. 30 at Frontage Road in Hamlet late Monday morning. Starke County Coroner Kris Rannells says Lawrence Siegel, 72, died of massive blunt force trauma including head, neck, chest and internal injuries. Continue reading

One Driver Dies in Two Vehicle Accident in North Judson

Range Road wreckA semi vs. passenger car accident at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road just east of North Judson Monday morning resulted in fatal injuries.

Officers arrived at the scene shortly after 11 a.m. and found a semi tanker on its side engulfed in flames. The passenger car involved in the accident was located on the side of the roadway, according to the accident report. The driver was airlifted from the scene to South Bend Memorial Hospital where she later died of her injuries. The passenger and the semi driver were taken to IU Health Starke Hospital and later transferred to South Bend Memorial Hospital. Their medical conditions are unknown.

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Motorist Killed in Crash on U.S. 30

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a late morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a late morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

A tractor-trailer versus car crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet late this morning claimed a life. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and Hamlet Police Department are investigating the wreck. Continue reading

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Respond to Accidents

Crews work to investigate an accident that occurred between a car and a semi on U.S. 30  just east of Hamlet

Crews work to investigate an accident that occurred between a car and a semi on U.S. 30 just east of Hamlet

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department were called to two accidents Monday afternoon. One accident occurred at the intersection of Range Road and State Road 10 while another occurred on U.S. 30 and Frontage Road.

State Road 10 will be closed for some time while officers complete their investigation.

Additional information will be given once the investigations are complete.

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

9/15/14 – A resident in the 5000 block of East Grant Street in Bass Lake reported the windows of her car were shattered and the tires on her husband’s vehicle were flattened sometime overnight.

9/15/14 – Samuel H. Hulme, 32, of North Judson, hit a deer on 100 West south of State Road 10 in North Judson.

9/15/14 – A resident in the 1200 block of West 150 South in Knox reported the theft of her Allied Waste trash bin sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning.

9/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department responded to a report of a crash on 700 East at 50 South in Knox. A witness said a car went through the stop sign and into the woods.

9/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Koontz Lake Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a rollover wreck in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 west of 1200 East.

9/16/14 – A North Judson resident reported the theft of items from a home in the 5800 block of West 500 South in North Judson.

9/16/14 – A San Pierre woman reported her car window was busted out and the remote control mirror was ripped from her car sometime Saturday in the 10400 block of West State Road 10 in San Pierre.

9/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS, North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department and North Judson Police Department responded to a report of a slide-off accident in the 7800 block of South 1200 West in San Pierre.

9/16/14 – A resident in the 8200 block of North High Street in Walkerton reported her son was assaulted by another student at Oregon-Davis Schools today and has a slight concussion.

9/16/14 – A resident in the 10100 block of East 700 North in Walkerton reported the theft of $500 from the home.

9/16/14 – A resident in the 1500 block of South 300 East in Knox filed an identity theft report.

9/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at 200 South and 350 East.

9/17/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to an accident with injuries at 1100 East and 400 North in Grovertown.

9/17/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at 1025 East and 200 North in Grovertown.

9/17/14 – A resident in the 1600 block of East 250 South in Knox reported his house was broken into and a HP Think Pad was stolen.

9/17/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of 25 North and 600 East in Knox.

9/18/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer accident on 1150 East 2.5 miles south of State Road 10.

9/18/14 – A resident in the 8200 block of North Tippecanoe Drive in Knox reported the theft of items from a utility closet connected to the house.

9/19/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was advised the office buildings on State Road 8 east of 100 East in Knox have been broken into and several items have been taken.

9/19/14 – A plate compactor was reported stolen from Fletcher Cemetery on 400 North at 700 East in Grovertown.

9/19/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Hamlet Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 35 at 500 North in Hamlet.

9/19/14 – The Indiana State Police took a crash report from the victim of a vehicle versus deer accident on State Road 10 at Range Road.

9/20/14 – A resident in the 10500 block of East State Road 23 in Kootz Lake called the Starke County Sheriff’s Department to file a criminal mischief report.

9/20/14 – Officers were called to the Grovertown Truck Stop on U.S. 30 to take a report from a semi driver who said he was involved in a hit and run.

9/20/14 – A resident in the 7900 block of North Tippecanoe Drive North in Koontz Lake reported a tree fell on her vehicle and said she needs a report for insurance. She also reported power lines down.

9/20/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle in the south ditch on Toto Road near 550 East.

9/20/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson Fire Department First Responders were called to the intersection of State Road 10 and State Road 39 in North Judson for a three-vehicle accident with injuries.

9/21/14 – The owner of a property in the 900 block of North 1025 East in Knox reported the theft of an air conditioning unit.

9/21/14 – A resident reported his garage at the intersection of State Road 10 and Grant Street in Knox was broken into and several items were stolen.

9/21/14 – A resident in the 6300 block of South 375 West in North Judson reported the theft of several items from a vehicle overnight.

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.

9/17/14 – Tony Anderson Glover, 29, South Bend – Public Intoxication.

9/17/14 – William E. Nies, 57, LaCrosse – Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (misdemeanor), possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

9/20/14 – Timothy Joseph Curtis, 26, Knox – Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (felony) and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (misdemeanor).

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

9-16-14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of stolen property. Items include an X-Box, games and knives.

9-17-14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of a stolen moped. I t was later recovered in a cornfield.

9-18-14 – Winamac Police take a report of stolen cigarettes from a vehicle.

9-18-14 – The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is notified of a stolen picnic table and possible other items.

9-18-14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies take a report of stolen scrap metal.

9-18-14 – Winamac police respond to a report of a stolen rental vehicle.

9-20-14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies are notified of two chairs stolen from in front of a grocery store.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

09/15/14 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely conducted a traffic stop on Roberts Lane and State Road 39 South that resulted in charges being filed. Dustin A, Kanschat, 34, of Kewanna had preliminary charges of driving while suspended and operation with no valid license.

09/15/14 A report of a protection order violation was taken and furnished to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review of invasion of privacy charges. The incident occurred in the 100 block of S. Schricker Avenue.

09/16/14 A resident reported to police that he was battered and sustained no major injuries. The incident happened in the 100 Block of Talmer Avenue. Charges were requested through the Prosecutor’s Office.

09/16/14 Police investigated a battery that occurred near the Weninger Street Park. Two women were involved and both are requesting charges against each other. A report for review was filed with the Prosecutor.

09/17/14 A police report was taken in regards to illegal dumping of trash by putting personal garbage into a business dumpster, which is theft of services. The problem is believed to have been resolved.

09/17/14 Police received reports of roadside dumping of trash outside of the city limits. This was referred to the Indiana Conservation Department.

09/17/14 Police conducted a mini warrant round-up that resulted in the arrest of two male subjects. Matthew Blount, 27, of North Judson was arrested on a warrant for a probation violation on a manufacturing of methamphetamine charge and Matthew J. Diaz, 20, of Knox was arrested on a preliminary charge of illegal possession of alcoholic beverages.

09/18/14 A property damage only accident was investigated by officer Frank Thomas in the Subway parking lot. A vehicle backed into another parked vehicle. Officer Thomas set damages at over $1,000.

09/18/14 A telephone and text harassment complaint was taken in the 300 block of Dalhke Street.

09/19/14 A loose dog and cat report was received from residents in the 700 block of Cherry Street. North Judson Police returned the animals and spoke with the owners.

09/19/14 A simple battery report is pending and police took a complaint of an adult son and father arguing along the roadside of Talmer Avenue near Luken Street. No injuries were reported and all subjects went home.

09/19/14 A home owner in the 5800 block of 250 West called about a suspicious vehicle that had stopped in front of the home.

09/20/14 Officer Nick Vanni responded to a call in the 5100 block of 350 West for a criminal damage report for the destruction of property and for a battery report.. After a short investigation, the suspect, Corey A. McClung, 19, was arrested on preliminary charge of criminal mischief and battery.

09/20/14 A serious personal injury accident occurred at State Road 10 and State Road 39 North around 7:25 p.m. Saturday. North Judson Officer Nick Vanni was the first to arrive. Three vehicles were involved in the accident. Starke County EMS requested Med Flight, however no helicopter could take off due to the poor weather conditions. Alcohol was a factor and toxicology screens are pending. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident and Officer Vanni is assisting. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, North Judson Police Department, North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department, and Starke County EMS all responded to the scene. Additional information is not being released at this time.

Arrests:

09/16/14 Dustin A. Kanchat, 34, 6865 E. Engle Dr. Kewanna, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle without a license.

09/17/14 Matthew S. Blount, 27, 1417 W. 400 South, North Judson, IN, was arrested on a probation violation in regards to a methamphetamine charge.

09/17/14 Matthew J. Diaz, 20, of 303 Mound Street, Knox, IN, was arrested for a warrant for illegal possession of alcohol.

09/20/14 Corey A. McClung, 19, of 5180 S. 350 West, North Judson, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of battery and criminal mischief.

Starke County Coroner Releases Autopsy Results

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

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

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

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Starke County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Fatal Hit and Run

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

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Warns of Scam

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

Police Reports

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

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department


Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judge Sets Bond for Suspect in High-Speed Chase

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

High-Speed Pursuit Still Under Investigation

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

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

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

High-Speed Pursuit Ends in Crash

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