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Coroner Scheduling Autopsy for Apparent Homicide Victim

Published: June 7th, 2014

Starke County Coroner Kris Rannells is scheduling a forensic autopsy for the victim of an apparent homicide at a California Township home. Investigators from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department found the woman late Friday afternoon after a high-speed chase that began with a carjacking at Mark Bailey’s Discount Center on State Road 10at 3:41 p.m.  and ended on Interstate 65 in Lake County when the suspect apparently shot himself after police deployed stop sticks to end the pursuit. He is in critical condition at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. Authorities have not released his name and will not do so until proper next of kin notifications are made. Read the rest of this entry »

Carjacker Critical at Chicagoland Hospital, Homicide Under Investigation

Published: June 6th, 2014
Officers from the Crown Point Police Department used stop sticks to end a four-county high-speed chase.

Officers from the Crown Point Police Department used stop sticks to end a four-county high-speed chase.

The Starke County man police say carjacked three vehicles and led police from multiple agencies on a four-county high-speed chase this afternoon is in critical condition at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. after shooting himself while trying to flee. Information released by the Indiana State Police, Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Starke County Prosecutor’s Office indicates the 57-year-old man was involved in a homicide at a home in Knox. Afterward, he drove his personal vehicle to Mark Bailey’s Discount Center and carjacked a motorist at gunpoint at 3:41 p.m. He then drove to English Lake, dumped his passenger and stole a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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Carjackings End With Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Published: June 6th, 2014
Starke County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Dulin and Prosecutor Nick Bourff speak to the media about the June 8, 2014 carjacking and ensuing pursuit.

Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Dulin and Prosecutor Nick Bourff speak to the media about the June 6, 2014 carjacking and ensuing pursuit.

A Starke County man police say carjacked a motorist at gunpoint at Mark Bailey’s Discount Center Friday afternoon led officers from multiple agencies on a high-speed chase through four counties before turning his gun on himself. Officials from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department will only say the man is 57-years-old. He took the car from the store at 3:41 p.m., according to authorities, and drove it to English Lake, where he left the owner of the first vehicle, stole a second car and fled. Read the rest of this entry »

Starke County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Scams

Published: June 6th, 2014

Telephone scammers are at it again. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department has received numerous reports from local residents of a variety of suspicious calls from people seeking to have money wired to them for various reasons. These include winning a Publisher’s Clearinghouse sweepstakes or other prize and having a grandchild in jail. Most of the calls seem to be targeting elderly people. Sheriff’s department officials urge anyone who gets such a call not to send money, no matter how persuasive the person on the other end of the phone is. Read the rest of this entry »

Police Reports

Published: June 3rd, 2014

Police reports and arrests are merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and are in no way an indication of an individual’s guilt or innocence.

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/31/14 An employee of Carpenter’s Oil reported a drive off. The suspect was located and returned to the station,where it was learned he attempted to pay with a credit card and the pump did not accept it. No charges are being considered.

05/30/14 In the early morning hours, officers assisted Starke County Community Corrections officers when they detained John P. Bochnicka, 44, of 311 N. George Street for violating home detention.

05/30/14 Officer Nick Vanni conducted a traffic stop near Oakwood and State Road 10 which resulted in the arrest of Paul K. Forney, 55, of Knox. He had warrants from Marshal County and Porter County.

05/29/14 Officers responded to a juvenile family dispute in the 800 block of North Street.

05/29/14 While conducting a traffic stop near Lane and Main Streets in North Judson, officer Frank Thomas arrested Sammy Bottorff, 20, of Knox on a warrant. Bottorff had a Failure to Appear Warrant through the Knox City Court.

05/27/14 Officers issued over 25 mowing ordinance tickets during the week. Town Marshal Doug Vessely reminds residents to keep yards mowed with no weeds or grass over 8″ tall. Failure to correct the problem after an ordinance is issued will result in the town mowing the property and filing a $250.00 lien on property taxes per mowing.

05/26/14 Officers took a report of a home being egged in the 500 block of Keller Avenue. It appears over a dozen eggs had hit the front of the house.

05/26/14 A fallen tree blocked the intersection of Jones and Sycamore and officers assisted with traffic during the clean up.

Arrests:
05/30/14 John P. Bochnicka, Jr, 44, of 311 George Street, North Judson, IN, was detained for Home Detention Violation.

05/30/14 Paul Kevin Forney, 55, of 1492 Short Drive, Knox, IN, was arrested on two warrants – one through Porter County and the other through Marshal County.

05/29/14 Sammy D. Borttorff, 30, of Knox, IN, was arrested on a warrant through Knox City Court for Failure to Appear.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

5/26/14 – Starke County EMS, the Bass Lake Fire Department, Starke County Sheriff’s Department and DNR responded to a jet ski accident with injuries at Bass Lake.
5/26/14 – Brad L. Crowder, 52, of Richmond, hit a deer in the 7500 block of South U.S. 421 in San Pierre.
5/26/14 – A vehicle driven by Jose Federico Garcia, 33, of Plymouth, hit a cement post at the intersection of 850 East and 625 South in Knox.
5/26/14 – Deputies took a battery report from a woman in the 5100 block of North 900 East.
5/27/14 – A resident in the 500 block of north State Road 23 in Knox reported a theft.
5/27/14 – The new owner of a trailer in the 5300 block of South Detroiter Lane in North Judson advised she was cleaning it up and found items possibly related to meth manufacture. The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team came in to clean it up.
5/27/14 – The owner of property in the 6900 block of East 300 North in Knox reported his renter stole his lawn mower and his grill.
5/27/14 – Deputies responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at 50 South and 800 East in Knox.
5/27/14 – Dakota Ray Manns, 19, of Knox was cited for 73/55 on U.S. 35 at 400 South.
5/27/14 – Vandalism was reported to the slide at the old Washington Township School on State Road 23 and Division in Knox.
5/28/14 – A resident in the 5800 block of South 250 West in North Judson reported damage to the siding of her residence and said her grandson’s bike was stolen the previous night and recovered at the neighbor’s house.
5/28/14 – Dispatchers got a call regarding a blue and back bag that may have been used to transport a meth lab on the dirt pile on 700 East near where the bridge over the Yellow River is out. No meth lab was found in the bag. The Indiana State Police were advised.
5/29/14 – Emily Kathleen Michel, 18, of Knox, was involved in an accident on State Road 8 west of 700 East.
5/29/14 – A resident in the 8600 block of Bryan Street in Ora reported the theft of a check.
5/29/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, EMS and San Pierre Fire Department responded to a wreck with injuries on San Pierre Road.
5/29/14 – Deputies responded to a report of a residential break-in at a home in the 4700 block of West State Road 10 in North Judson.
5/30/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of West State Road 10 in San Pierre reported identity theft.
5/30/14 – Dispatchers took a call about two men in a black pickup truck selling meat from the back of the vehicle in the 6700 block of East 250 North in Knox. A check with the Starke County Auditor’s Office found that they do not have a permit for such activity. A deputy was notified.
05/30/14 – Mary Barber, 43, of Knox, reported the theft of her wallet from her cart at Save-a-Lot in Knox.
05/30/14 – A resident in the 9400 block of East 700 North in Koontz Lake reported a car has been driven through his fence.
05/30/14 – A resident who lives across from the EZ Campground complained of campground patrons lighting fireworks and making noise.
5/30/14 – A man reported he was raccoon hunting on 600 North east of 1100 East in Grovertown when two men dressed in camo pointed their guns at him. He took off running.
5/31/14 – A resident in the area of 400 South and 250 West reported damage to the metal phone boxes and a mailbox the previous night.
5/31/14 – A resident in the 5700 block of North SR 23 reported a pump was taken from her yard last night.
5/31/14 – A resident in the 1700 block of North 1035 East reported property damage caused by Amerigas.
5/31/14 – A resident in the 4700 block of East 800 North in Hamlet reported the theft of her pain medication.
5/31/14 – A vehicle driven by David Lee Combs, 38, of Knox, hit a deer on U.S. 35 at 200 South in Knox.
6/1/14 – A resident in the 2500 block of West Southside Parkway in Knox reported her fence and the stop sign at 250 West and Southside Parkway were damaged.
6/1/14 – A caller in the 400 block of North U.S. 35 in Knox advised a neighbor is shooting his gun behind his residence, and there are several people at the flea market on U.S. 35 that are scared.
06/1/14 – A resident in the 10600 BLK OF East 150 South in Culver reported the theft of a red Snapper lawn mower the previous day between 4:30 and 6 p.m. from her residence.
6/1/14 – Deputies took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash that happened at the intersection of U.S. 35 and Toto Road in Knox.
6/1/14 – A caller notified the sheriff’s department of two skulls he believed were human found on 100 West just south of 50 South near a creek. Investigators with the Starke County Sheriff’s Department advise they were deer skulls.

Arrests:
5/27/14 – Heather Mae Dean-Ferch, 27, No address listed: Intimidation.
5/27/14 – Bryan M. Albertson, 31, Hamlet: Habitual traffic violator and leaving the scene of an accident.
5/29/14 – William Fencik, 58, Knox: Battery.

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

5/29/14 – Deputies responded to a report of a man who came to another man’s house, assaulted him and refused to leave.
5/30/14 – Winamac Police take a report of theft of cable television.
5/31/14 – Winamac Police and the Winamac Fire Department respond to a possible fire in Winamac.
5/31/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of trespassing and possible property damage with 4-wheelers, ATV’s and dirt bikes.
5/31/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of theft.
5/31/14- Pulaski County Deputies respond to a report of harassment from the caller’s neighbors.

 

Passengers Injured in Crash at SR 8 and U.S. 35

Published: May 19th, 2014
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Firefighters from the Knox-Center Township Fire Department work to free the passenger from the wreckage.

At least two people were injured in a late morning crash on State Road 8 at U.S. 35. The driver of a red Chevrolet Cavailer was eastbound on 8 and ran the stop sign, according to witnesses and officials from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. A northbound Chrysler minivan was unable to avoid hitting the car, which came to rest on the northeast corner of the intersection. Firefighters from the Knox-Center Township Fire Department had to cut the female passenger from the wreckage. She complained of neck and back pain but was alert and conscious. She was taken to IU Health Starke Hospital for treatment. Neither driver was injured, but two passengers in the van were hurt.

Driver Airlifted to South Bend After Wednesday Morning Wreck

Published: May 15th, 2014

The driver of a car that ran off the road, struck an embankment and rolled over east of Knox early Wednesday morning is in serious condition at Memorial Hospital of South Bend this morning.

Brandon Owens, 29, was thrown from the car as it was rolling over, according to information released by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle rolled on top of Owens and back off of him, landing on its top. Owens was apparently in the field for several hours before a passerby noticed the accident and called for help. Starke County EMS and first responders from the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department assisted a deputy from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

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Police Reports

Published: May 13th, 2014
Police and arrest reports are merely a report of an arrest or incident and are not indicative of guilt or innocence.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:
4/28/12 – Several departments responded to a structure fire in the 4000 block of 175 North in Knox.
4/28/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of East 850 S. in Monterey reported the theft of items from his garage.
4/28/14 – Doug Cassell reported the theft of several items from his shed in the 5500 block of East 800 South in Monterey within the past month.
4/28/14- Deputies responded to a report of a car in a ditch at U Road and State Road 10 in North Judson. Elmyra Schacht, 72, of North Judson, was not injured. The car was on all four wheels when deputies arrived.
4/28/14 – Deputies took a report involving online harassment from a 12-year-old female in San Pierre. The incident remains under investigation.
4/29/14 – Pamela A Sawyer of Knox came to the Starke County Sheriff’s Office to file a theft report.
4/29/14 – A resident in the 5400 block of South 50 East reported he is being harassed on the Internet.
4/29/14 – A resident in the area of 50 East and 70 North in Hamlet reported explosions are going off, shaking his house.
4/29/14 – A Culver resident reported the theft of a license plate from a vehicle.
4/29/14 – Deputies responded to a vehicle vs. dog property damage accident in the 5400 block of North 750 East.
4/29/14 – A resident in the 3900 block of East Mae Delano Drive in Knox reported a vicious dog in her back yard attacking her cats. Dispatchers told her to stay inside and notified a deputy.
4/30/14 – A deputy conducted field tests on what appeared to be two burnt marijuana cigarettes found by Starke County Community Corrections Coordinator Shawn Mattraw during a compliance check  at a home in the 6800 block of SR 23 in Walkerton. Neither tested positive for marijuana. Both were submitted to the Indiana State Police Laboratory for additional testing.
4/30/14 – A resident in the 7700 block of SR 23 in Koontz Lake called to report illegal dumping in his dumpster and said he has the names of the people who are doing it.
4/30/14 – John R. Cook, 63, of Merrillville, was involved in a single-vehicle accident on SR 39 south of Third Street in North Judson. No injuries were reported.
4/30/14 – A resident in the 2600 block of South 675 East reported her dog was attacked by a neighbor’s animal.
4/30/14 – A resident on U Road in North Judson reported dogs in the neighborhood are constantly loose and will not let people walk by without a problem. This is an ongoing problem.
5/1/14 – Officers were called to the Starke County Annex Building to remove an extremely irate man from the assessor’s office.
5/1/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of West 200 South in North Judson called to report her neighbor’s dogs attacked her dogs and tried to attack her while she was on her lawn mower.
5/1/14 – Deputies took a report of intimidation stemming from an act that allegedly occurred on Range Road south of SR 10.
5/1/14 – A woman called the police to report her 13-year-old daughter was raped by a 19-year-old male.
5/1/14 – Robert M. Kiner, 77, of Michigan City, was involved in a property damage accident at SR 8 and U.S. 35.
5/1/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of East 250 S. in Knox filed a report of telephone harassment.
5/2/14 – A resident in the 1900 block of South SR 23 reported someone dug on his property.
5/2/14 – A resident in the 9600 block of East 700 North in Walkerton reported the theft of a chainsaw from his property.
5/2/14 – A resident in the 9800 block of East 100 N. in Knox advised a logging company cut down some trees on the property next door and they fell on some dead trees on her father’s property.
5/2/14 – A resident in the 5800 block of North 1075 East in Grovertown reported his residence was broken into.
5/2/14 – A resident in the 2100 block of West 800 South in North Judson reported she is being harassed by her daughter’s father’s family.
5/3/14 – Several agencies responded to a personal injury accident on SR 10 and Range Road in Knox involving Kenneth L. Brown, 51, and Jonathan Mark McWhirter, 48, of North Judson.
5/3/14 – A resident in the 5800 block of U Road West in North Judson reported vandalism to her car and house.
5/3/14 – Danton Joseph Bensh, 21, of Medaryville, was cited for disregarding a stop sign at CR 50 S. east of SR 39.
5/3/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of Tecumseh Road in Koontz Lake asked to speak to an officer regarding telephone harassment.
5/3/14 – Several agencies responded to a property damange accident on County Road 1100 East north of U.S. 30 in Koontz Lake. A vehicle owned by Brian M. Baker, 39, of Grovertown, went off the road and down an embankment.
5/4/14 – Tara L. Fulk, 45, of Albion, was cited for disregarding an automatic traffic control signal at the intersection of U.S. 35 and Potter Street in Knox.
5/4/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of East SR 8 called to report damage to his garage caused about two weeks ago when his neighbor fired a shot at the structure. He told the officer he was in the garage at the time but just noticed the damage.
5/4/14 – Matthew T. Harger, 33, was cited for speeding 67/45 at the intersection of Toto Road and U.S. 35 in Knox.
5/5/14 – Cody Lee Clary, 22, of North Judson, was cited for speeding 67/45 on Toto Road east of CR 625 East.
5/5/14 – Tony R. Bradly, 54, of Knox, came to the sheriff’s department to file an accident report after hitting the guardrail on U.S. 35 by the overpass.
5/5/14 – A resident in the 6600 block of South SR 39 asked to speak to an officer about telephone harassment.
5/5/14 – A resident in the 6500 block of South 100 East reported a neighbor is dumping tiles on his property.
5/6/14 – Officers were called to the Bass Lake Property Owners Association Building by a candidate who said he is being harassed by someone who is pulling his campaign signs out of the ground in the area.
5/6/14 – Multiple agencies responded to an accident with injuries at the intersection of U.S. 35 and U.S. 30.
5/6/14 – A caller found a backpack of drug paraphernalia in Fletcher’s Cemetery in Knox and notified the sheriff’s office.
5/6/14 – A shopper at Mark Bailey’s Discount Center reported items she paid for were stolen from her shopping cart.
5/7/14 – A car driven by Cristi Marshall, 28, no address given, struck a pole in the 5900 block of South State Road 10 in Knox.
5/7/14 – A resident in the 6300 block of South 375 West in North Judson reported someone shot out the window of her front door.
5/7/14 – A resident in the 3900 block of 50 North in Knox reported the theft of a computer from the residence.
5/7/14 – Officers responded to a residence in the 3800 block of South English Lake Road in North Judson and took a report involving harassment.
5/7/14 – A resident in the 1500 block of West Toto Road reported the theft of a nail gun.
5/8/14 – A caller reported juveniles jumping off the bridge into Koontz Lake.
5/8/14 – A caller in the 3700 block of East 400 North reported more harassment from a known subject.
5/8/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a report of an overturned vehicle in a ditch at 25 North and U.S. 35 in front of Bennett’s Feed Store.
5/8/14 – Deputies were called to IU Health Starke Hospital regarding an unruly subject brought in by Starke County EMS.
5/8/14 – A resident in the 10300 block of West SR 10 in San Pierre asked to speak to an officer because he believes his neighbor shot his cat.
5/8/14 – Elisabeth Leigh Smith, 30, of Knox, hit something in the roadway on U.S. 35 near 250 North.
5/9/14 – James A. Hudgens, 49, of Knox, hit a deer on U.S. 35 at 300 North in Knox.
5/9/14 – A semi driven by David Harris rear-ended a parked semi occupied by Thomas Todd in the back of the Grovertown Truck Stop, and now the two trucks are hooked together.
5/9/14 – A caller in the 400 block of North 650 East in Knox called to report someone wiped out her brick mailbox the previous night.
5/9/14 – A resident in the 4700 block of South 750 West in North Judson reported receiving a suspicious telephone call that was possibly a scam.
5/9/14 – A resident in the 11500 block of East 900 South reported receiving a suspicious telephone call that he believes may be a scam.
5/9/14 – ADT notified dispatchers of a residential alarm in the 500 block of south 500 East in Knox.
5/9/14 – A resident in the 10800 block of East 700 North in Koontz Lake called to report he was battered at his residence an hour before by another man.
5/9/14 – A vehicle driven by James G. Rich, 48, of Knox, struck a tree on SR 39 north of SR 8.
5/10/14 – A resident in the 4000 block of South 210 in Knox reported the theft of his rowboat overnight.
5/10/14 – A resident in the 10400 block of East 500 North in Grovertown reported her 17-year-old son was shot in the back with a BB gun by the neighbor’s child, and she’s not sure if it was accidental. The BB broke the skin, but her son does not need an ambulance.
5/10/14 – A resident in the 7000 block of South 250 West in North Judson reported his neighbors are target shooting and rabbit hunting towards his property, and he has children playing in his yard.
5/10/14 – A resident in the 7600 block of North State Road 23 reported people down by the water possibly smoking pot.
5/10/14 – Deputies were called to the Stay For Less Motel in Hamlet by a man who said a drunk woman in the room was getting violent with him. They found both patrons to be drunk and unable to go elsewhere, as neither has friends, family or money for help. They were told to do their best to stay separate for the night.
5/11/14 – A caller in the 3400 block of South 800 East in Knox reported someone dumped trash down the road.
5/11/14 – A caller in the 3300 block of West 400 South in North Judson advised two men on a 4-wheeler are driving up and down the road recording people.
5/11/14 – A deputy was dispatched to a residence in the 9300 block of East 750 North in Walkerton after a caller reported someone behind him was shooting and a bullet came flying through his yard.
5/11/14 – A resident in the 9500 block of East 750 South reported the theft of power tools and other items from his garage.

Arrests:
4/29/14 – Janelle Smoot, 35, Knox: Possession of a controlled substance (x2) and possession of paraphernalia.
4/30/14 – Julie A. Laymon, 55, Knox: Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, open alcohol container.
5/3/14 – Skylar Anthony Daniels, 22, LaPaz: Operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
5/7/14 – Amy Lynn Hawk, 33, Knox: Possession of a syringe.
5/8/14 – Shawn Matthew Gentry, 24, Knox: Warrant.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

4/27- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report from a woman who received threatening messages on Facebook.
5/2- A local man filed a harassment report on a neighbor.
5/3- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a homeless man trespassing on residential property.
5/3- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a former resident trespassing.
5/3- The Winamac Fire Deptartment responded to a report of a large fire. Further investigation determined it was a controlled burn.
5/3- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of harassment.
5/4- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police responded a verbal and physical altercation between the complainant and a co-worker.
5/4- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of the theft of several items.
5/4- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of firearm discharges next door to the complainant.
5/4- Winamac Police responded to a property dispute that got out of hand.
5/4- The Medaryville Fire Deptartment responded to a trash fire.
5/4 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took theft and vandalism report.
5/5- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of items stolen out of a vehicle.
5/5- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded when a complainant reports that her son had been battered.
5/6- Multiple agencies respond to a fire related incident.
5/6- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a domestic dispute.
5/6-The Medaryville Fire Deptartment responded to a tree fire.
5/7- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police responded when a woman reports the theft of $500 from her purse.
5/7- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a stolen television.
5/7- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a domestic dispute.
5/7- Multiple agencies respond to a field fire.
5/7- Francesville E.M.S and the Medaryville Fire Deptartment responded to a grass fire that got out of hand.
5/7- Winamac Police responded to a domestic dispute.
5/8- Multiple agencies responded to a reported fire.
5/8- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a theft report.
5/8- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported fight.
5/8- Winamac Police responded to a reported theft.
5/9- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of the theft of a firearm.
5/12- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the reported theft of a few items from a truck.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/17/14 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely responded to a report of a known mental subject who was hearing voices. Upon arrival at 200 Block of Lane Street, everything appeared fine. Officers had to return to the location and completed a 24-hour emergency commitment to IU Health Starke hospital. The female was transported to the hospital and the doctor later released her. She was later arrested by Knox City Police Department officers.

05/16/14 Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop near 600 west and State Road 10 after observing a vehicle on Talmer Avenue exceeding the speed limit. After a short investigation, Joshua M. Viar, 26, of North Judson, was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operator Never Licensed. Viar was transported to the Starke County Jail.

05/15/14 Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated a three vehicle accident on State Road 10 and 500 West. A southbound vehicle entered onto the highway without stopping, causing his vehicle to strike two other vehicles. The damages were estimated at over $20,000. One injury was reported and Starke County EMS transported the subject to IU Health Starke Hospital. One citation for disregarding stop sign was issued. The North Judson Police, Starke County Sheriff, Starke County EMS, and the North Judson Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department all assisted in the investigation.

05/14/14 An unwanted subject was reported in the 100 Block of Schricker Avenue.

05/14/14 A domestic complaint was investigated in the 300 Block of High Street. Neither party requested charges to be filed.

05/14/14 An unwanted subject was reported in the 200 Block of Lane Street.

05/14/14 Police investigated a family dispute in the 100 block of Arlington Avenue.

05/13/14 Police responded to a domestic complaint in the 800 block of North Street.

05/13/14 Officer Nick Vanni conducted a traffic stop near Central and Keller Avenue which resulted in the arrest of Nicholas G. Lozzi, 29, of North Judson, for Driving while Suspended-Prior.

05/13/14 A resident reported suspicious activity in the 100 block of George.

05/13/14 A caller reported an unwanted in the 100 Block of Schricker Avenue.

05/10/14 Officer Frank Thomas performed a traffic stop at the intersection of U Road and State Road 10. After a brief investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Jackie A.J. Minix, 29, of North Judson, was arrested on a Failure to Appear Warrant from Pulaski County. Chief Deputy Budner assisted on the traffic stop. Jackie was transported to the county line and turned over to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

05/09/14 Officer Frank Thomas was at a business in the 400 block of East Talmer Avenue when a male subject came running in to inform Officer Thomas of a battery that was taking place in a vehicle in the parking lot. After a brief investigation, Officer Thomas arrested James D. Henderson, 30, of Valparaiso. Henderson was transported to the Starke County Jail without incident.

05/09/14 Officer Frank Thomas performed a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 400 Block of East Talmer Avenue. After a brief investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Charity Lynn McDaniel, 35, of Winamac, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia and Driving While Suspended-Prior. McDaniel was transported to the Starke county Jail without incident.

05/08/14 Officer Nick Vanni responded to a domestic complaint in the 200 block of Arlington Avenue. Both parties were separated for the day. There were no signs of a physical altercation.

05/07/14 Officer Nick Vanni responded to a minor property damage accident in the Liberty Elementary School parking lot. Both parties exchanged information. The damages were under $1000.00.

05/06/14 Chief Deputy Joe Budner responded to a battery complaint. Chief Deputy Budner filed a completed a report and sent it to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for charges to be filed against the suspect.

5/03/14 Chief Doug Vessely located a dog running loose on Adair Street near Lane Street. The animal was taken back home and Vessely issued two $50.00 fines. The fines were for ordinance violations – one for an animal running at large and the other for an unlicensed animal.

05/03/14 Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Keller Avenue in reference to a broken window. It appears as if unknown subject[s] had broken a window, however did not enter the home. Extra security matters were put into place with extra patrols.

05/03/14 The North Judson Park grounds keeper, Bill Hemphill, reported told officers that the speed bump strips on Weninger Street were missing. After speaking with several little league attendees, the stripes were taken sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight. Anyone with information is asked to call the North Judson Police Department. Police are offering a $50.00 reward for the arrest of the subject[s] involved and the items returned. Call 574-772-5914

05/03/14 An employee of Good to Go reported a drive off. The driver left without paying for $30 in gasoline. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely reviewed the video and the investigation continues.

05/03/14 Police responded to the 800 block of North Street in reference to a family dispute.

05/02/14 A verbal dispute at the Family Express was settled by police.

05/01/14 A call about an early morning barking dog in the 300 block of Garden Street was investigated. A verbal warning was issued to the home owner.

05/01/14 An employee at Dollar General called officers in reference to a shoplifter. After an investigation, Chief Deputy Joe Budner arrested Richard J. Benwell, 27, of Knox. He was charged with Conversion and Driving While Suspended.

04/30/14 A complete report was taken by Chief Deputy Joe Budner in reference to a harassment and intimidation case. The formal report was filed with the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office requesting charges.

04/30/14 Early morning vandals damaged two vehicles in the 3800 Block of Third Street. Chief Deputy Joe Budner found a broken rear window on one vehicle and a bed cover on the other pickup truck was pried partially open causing damage.

04/29/14 A landlord/tenant dispute was reported.

04/28/14 Police responded to an animal complaint in the 200 block of Maryland Street. A dog had gotten into the homeowner’s back yard. The animal was impounded and taken to the Starke County Humane Society.

Arrests:
05/16/14 Joshua M. Viar, 26, of 8515 S. 700 West, North Judson, IN was arrested on preliminary charges of Operator Never Licensed and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/13/14 Nicholas G. Lozzi, 29, of 105 Arlington Avenue, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving while Suspended-Prior.

05/10/14 Jackie A.J. Minix, 29, of North Judson, IN was arrested on a Failure to Appear Warrant from Pulaski County.

05/09/14 James D. Henderson, 30, of Valparaiso, IN was arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery with Injury.

05/09/14 Charity Lynn McDaniel, 35, of Winamac, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia and Driving While Suspended Prior. Charity was transported to the Starke county Jail without incident

05/01/14 Richard J. Benwell, 27 of Knox, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Conversion and Driving While Suspended.

Wreck Sends Driver to IU Health Starke Hospital

Published: May 6th, 2014

A two-vehicle wreck just before 11 a.m. on U.S. 35 just south of U.S. 30 sent the driver of one of the cars to the hospital. According to witnesses, the driver of the green Pontiac Sunfire did not stop when she came off the ramp from U.S. 30 onto U.S. 35. Her car hit the left side of a Chrysler Town and Country minivan owned by Braman and Son Memorial Chapel. It was northbound on 35 when the crash occurred. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Hamlet Police Department and Indiana State Police all responded. The driver of the Pontiac was taken to IU Health Starke Hospital by ambulance. There’s no word yet on the extent of her injuries or her name.

The Pontiac struck the left side of the minivan, which was northbound on U.S. 35.

The Pontiac struck the left side of the minivan, which was northbound on U.S. 35.

Witnesses say the driver of the Pontiac made no attempt to stop when she came off the eastbound exit ramp from U.S. 30 onto U.S. 35.

Witnesses say the driver of the Pontiac did not stop or yield.

 

Police Reports

Published: April 28th, 2014

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

From the North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

Incidents:

4/14/14 – North Judson Police responded to the 200 block of West Weninger Street to investigate a missing vehicle and found that it was a civil matter involving late payments.

4/15/14 – North Judson Police took a report of a violation of a protection order from a resident in the 200 block of Garden Street and forwarded a copy of the report to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration of charges.

4/17/14 – A caller reported juveniles on dirt bikes riding recklessly on the roadway near Arlington Avenue, but nobody matching their description was located when the officer arrived.

4/18/14 – A parent reported her daughter and friends are being harassed via text messaging and Facebook. The matter remains under investigation.

04/18/14 – Officers were called to the area of Wilson and Garden Streets for a report of loud and vulgar music. It was off when they checked the area.

04/19/14 – A resident in the 300 block of Garden Street reported a debit card was compromised and used in the Washington, D.C. area. The cards have been deactivated, and an officer took a fraud report.

04/19/14 – An officer took an informational report involving a suspicious circumstance.

04/20/14 – North Judson Police responded to a custody dispute.

04/20/14 – North Judson Police responded to a verbal argument in the 500 block of Laurel Street. The parties were separated for the night.

04/20/14 -North Judson Police responded to a 911 call in the 300 block of North George Street. The resident advised that there was not a problem.

04/22/14 – North Judson Police responded to a juvenile complaint in the 300 block of North George Street.

04/23/14 – North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely stopped a vehicle at Luken Street and East Talmer Avenue. The driver, Jennifer L. Allen, 28, of North Judson, was found to be driving while suspended prior and issued a summons to appear in Knox City Court on Monday, April 28.

04/25/14 – North Judson Police assisted the Hamlet Police Department in locating a missing person from Hamlet. The female subject was located in North Judson with her boyfriend.

04/25/14 – North Judson Police responded to a property damage accident at West Talmer Avenue and High Street with damages greater than $1,000 estimated.

04/26/14 – North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas responded to a domestic complaint in the 200 block of West Weninger Street. He sent a report to the Starke County Prosecutors Office and Starke County Probation Department for review and possible charges.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

4/21/14 – A female caller in the 3100 block of South 900 West in San Pierre asked to speak to an officer regarding problems with her sister.
4/21/14 – A caller advised there is a cow in the middle of the the roadway in the 500 block of 500 South in Knox, and it will not move.
4/21/14 – Jerry Russell reported the theft of two trash cans from his yard in the 300 block of West Eliza Street in San Pierre.
4/21/14 – Deputies responded to a report of juvenile problems at Hickory Hills on 550 East in Knox.
4/21/14 – A female called and advised the driver of a bluish colored Chevrolet Cavalier is flying down 400 North in the 3100 block and said she is concerned someone is going to get hurt.
4/21/14 – A resident in the 11000 block of East Iroquois Road in Walkerton asked to speak to an officer about a threatening message he received on Facebook.
4/21/14 – A resident in the 6700 block of East 200 South asked to speak to an officer about harassment involving her daughter.
4/21/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of East 350 South reported someone was trying to break in to her house. When she called the sheriff’s department, she said she was outside and did not see anyone or a vehicle.
4/22/14 – A caller reported a suspicious-looking man wearing a dark blue jacket up on his head without his arms in the sleeves, sweatpants and a baseball cap walking south on State Road 23 south of Toto Road.
4/22/14 – A NIPSCO serviceman reported a security light was shot out in the 3800 block of South CR 210 in Knox. The property owner told the deputy his security light was also shot out on April 13 and April 20 and advised he just wants the damage to stop. He did tell the deputy if it is shot out again, he will ask for an investigation.
4/22/14 – A resident in the 2200 block of South 800 East in Knox reported a man wearing a black jacket, black pants and a baseball cap was walking around the area for the past 15 to 20 minutes.
4/22/14 – A female who lives in the 1700 block of West 450 South in North Judson asked to speak to an officer about someone using her Social Security number.
4/22/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy hit a goose with his patrol car on Toto Road east of U.S. 35 in Knox, causing minor damage.
4/22/14 – The owner of a home in the 200 block of West Davis Street in Hamlet reported someone tried to kick in the door of his rental property and said his tenant is there waiting for an officer to take a report.
4/22/14 – A resident in the 3000 block of West 800 South in North Judson reported someone broke into his home while he was at work. He’s not sure if anything is missing.
4/22/14 – An officer took a report of a vehicle sitting at the intersection of U.S. 35 and 200 South in Knox without any lights on. It’s not in the roadway, but it is difficult for other vehicles to see when pulling onto the highway.
4/22/14 – A resident in the 11000 block of East Toto Road in Culver called because she believed someone was in her attic, which she said is accessible from the garage overhang. Officers checked and did not find anyone in the attic.
4/23/14 – A caller reported chickens loose on 700 East north of 200 North.
4/23 – A caller in the 500 block of North State Road 23 reported criminal damage to her vehicle.
4/23/14 – A resident in the 6900 block of East Toto Road reported she is being harassed by her boyfriend.
4/23/14 – A caller advised a donkey was running loose near the intersection of SR 10 and U.S. 421 in San Pierre. The animal was captured before officers arrived.
4/23/14 – A deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash in the 100 block of West 625 South in Knox.
4/23/14 – A female came to the sheriff’s office and asked to speak to an officer about text messages and harassment on her daughter’s phone.
4/24/14 – Pamela I Warmbein, 53, of Knox, hit a deer on 200 North between 600 and 700 East. A crash report was taken.
04/24/14 – Officers took a report of a property damage crash on U.S. 35 north of the tracks by DC Garage Doors. No injuries were reported.
4/24/14 – An officer stopped Cameron John Pressel, 20, of Valparaiso, on Toto Road east of Range Road and gave him a speeding ticket for 64/45.
4/24/14 – A resident in the 2000 block of South 450 East in Knox asked to speak to an officer because her 13-year-old son has not be home in eight days.
4/24/14 – A resident in the 1100 block of North 1025 East in Knox reported a light colored, four-door passenger car drove through her yard and did damage before leaving northbound on 1025 East.
4/24/14 – Extra patrol was requested in the area of State Road 23 and 100 North in Knox regarding suspicious activity in the church parking lot.
4/25/14 – Brad Binkley called the sheriff’s department after hitting a deer on U.S. 35 in Knox and asked to file a report.
4/25/14 – A caller in the 1900 block of East State Road 10, Knox, reported an unoccupied car has been parked in his driveway since the previous night.
4/25/14 – A caller reported a horse loose in the 3800 block of South 250 West in North Judson.
4/25/14 – An officer pulled a car driven by Shane Arthur Smith, 20, of Knox, over for speeding on U.S. 35 and 500 North and cited him for 74/55.
4/25/14 – A caller in the 1900 block of West 200 South, North Judson, reported a motorcycle keeps driving on his property.
4/25/14 – Starke County officers were asked to assist Pulaski County Deputies with a domestic complaint in the 100 block of West 500 South in Pulaski County.
4/26/14 – A caller reported a Dodge Dakota pickup truck in the ditch on 1100 East north of 500 North.
4/26/14 – A caller in the 8800 block of West 900 South in San Pierre reported that her picture window was shot out.
4/26/14 – A female caller advised she hit a deer on State Road 10 west of U.S. 421 in San Pierre.
4/26/14 – A female caller on 450 S near Dawn Drive in North Judson called to report loud music from a nearby residence, and said it goes on every weekend. A sheriff’s deputy spoke to the person playing the music, who said he would turn it down.
4/26/14 – A caller requested extra patrols in the 10000 block of East 100 North in Knox due to reckless driving in the area.
4/26/14 – A resident in the 8900 block of North 1050 East in Walkerton reported another dog came onto his property and attacked and injured his dog.
4/26/14 – A resident in the 10600 block of East 825 North in Walkerton asked to speak to an officer about a protective order violation.
4/22/14 – An deputy spoke to the people shooting a .22 in the 8300 block of Kaney in Walkerton and said they have a proper back stop.
4/25/14 – Officers pulled a white Pontiac Grand Prix over on U.S. 35 near U.S. 30 and reportedly found synthetic drugs in the vehicle. Michael E. Hoekman, 22, of Knox and Gordon Carl Scheib, 21, of Knox were both arrested.
4/25/14 – An officer stopped a silver Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Brittany Nicole Casbon, 28, of Wabash, on U.S. 30 westbound between Grovertown and Hamlet after receiving a report that it was all over the roadway. She was arrested for possession of marijuana.
4/26/14 – Dispatchers received a report of reckless driving on 400 North west of U.S. 35 in Knox.
4/26/14 – A resident in the 1400 block of West 250 South in North Judson called to report a truck hit her horse fence. The vehicle occupants are not injured.
4/26/14 – Officers responded to the area of U.S. 30 westbound east of U.S. 35 after a woman reported a woman wearing a red coat and glasses jumped out in front of her. They arrested Belinda Leigh Grammel, 52, of Valparaiso on charges of resisting law enforcement, obstruction of traffic, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
4/26/14 – Deputies responded to a noise complaint in the 5100 block of South State Road 10 in Knox. The complainant told them she thinks her neighbors are letting off bombs, as she does not see areal displays consistent with fireworks. She told them this had been going on for 45 minutes.
4/27/14 – A caller advised five cows are loose on 100 West near 400 South in Knox. They ran across the road into a cornfield.
4/27/14 – A property damage accident was reported in the 1300 block of West State Road 10 in North Judson.
4/27/14 – A resident in the 7800 block of Tecumseh Road in Walkerton called the sheriff’s office after finding another bullet hole, possibly from January. This one is on the south side of her house on the bottom of the window.
4/27/14 – Deputies responded to a traffic accident on North Robbins Road west of 850 East in Walkerton.
4/27/14 – Emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle accident at U.S. 35 and State Road 10. No injuries were reported.
4/27/14 – A caller in the 100 block of West U.S. 30 in Hamlet advised there is a private range behind Knoll Brothers. He says people have been shooting all day, but they’ve also been blowing things up. He said the last explosion knocked his satellite out. Officers were unable to locate anyone on the property.

Arrests

4/23/14 – Brandi L. Shidler, no age given, Winamac: Reckless driving.
4/25/14 – Michael E. Hoekman, 22, Knox: Possession of a synthetic drug, false reporting, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended.
4/25/14 – Gordon Carl Scheib, 21, Knox: False reporting, possession of a synthetic drug, possession of paraphernalia.
4/25/14 – Brittany Nicole Casbon, 28, Wabash: Possession of marijuana.
4/26/14 – Belinda Leigh Grammel, 52, Valparaiso: Resisting law enforcement, obstruction of traffic, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department
Incidents:

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

4/22/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report from a local resident who rentend out a room and had items disappear. Deputies respond when a local resident rents a room out and items go missing.
4/22- Several departments responded to a residential fire in near Winamac.
4/23- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded when a man was allegedly kicked by someone driving by in a van.
4/23- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported fire, found it was of no threat and called off the fire department.
4/24- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report from a man of missing items belonging to his girlfriend.
4/24- Winamac Police took a report of a stolen cell phone.
4/24- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the reported theft of a vehicle.
4/24- Winamac Police took a report of the theft of a fiber-optic device from a home.
4/24- Winamac Police responded to a verbal altercation.
4/24- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the theft of a firearm.

Starke County Emergency Responders Called to Two Accidents Sunday

Published: April 22nd, 2014

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department investigated two accidents on Sunday.

At 11:20 a.m., officers responded to a call of a vehicle in a water-filled ditch on State Road 8 and Range Road. The car landed on its roof in the ditch. The driver, Kaitlyn Vukelich of Schererville, and her four-year-old daughter were pulled from the vehicle by a passerby.

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Police Reports

Published: April 15th, 2014

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

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/07/14 Officers engaged in a high speed pursuit on U.S. 30 from Pioneer in Marshall County. They were in pursuit of a black Impala with temporary tags.

04/07/14 A resident in the 2900 block of W. 625 S. in North Judson reported mailbox damage.

04/08/14 North Judson firefighters and support were called to a brush fire in the 4000 block of W. Roberts Lane in North Judson.

04/09/14 James Royce took off from custody of the jail staff when walking from the Starke County Courthouse.

04/09/14 A resident in the 8000 block of N. Tecumseh Rd. in Walkerton called police when he saw the door kicked in at his neighbor’s residence.

04/09/14 Officers took a report from an alleged victim of battery from an incident at Bowlaway Lanes.

04/10/14 A victim of theft notified police that his possessions that were stolen were at the pawn shop.

04/10/14 A resident in the 1100 block of S. 1025 E. in Knox told police that some unknown person(s) cut down a tree on her property. Another resident in the 2100 block of E. 200 E. in Knox came home and found a tree cut up on the property without permission

04/11/14 A shopper at Save-a-Lot called police to report a theft from her vehicle.

04/11/14 A homeowner in the 7900 block of E. 50 S. in Knox told police that a pickup truck hit her fence and left the scene.

04/12/14 A report of an alleged sexual assault was taken.

04/12/14 A Walkerton man reported the theft of his trailer.

04/12/14 Meth trash was found in the 1200 block of S. 300 E. in Knox. Empty packages of pseudoephedrine and batteries were found amongst the trash.

04/12/14 Property vandalism was reported in the 5300 block of S. Elm Street in Knox.

04/12/14 A San Pierre resident reported the theft of a license plate from a fishing boat.

04/13/14 A report of a stolen lawn mower was taken from a residence in the 8900 block of E. Long Lane Dr. in Knox.

04/13/14 A burning complaint was made in the 800 block of S. 1025 E. in Knox.

04/13/14 A Knox resident told police that his truck tire was slashed.

04/13/14 A North Judson resident told police that some unknown person(s) were digging holes in the yard.

04/13/14 A man in the 8100 block of E. 550 S. in Knox told police that someone broke into his home.

04/13/14 Police were called to a home in the 11500 block of E. 900 S. in Culver in reference to a possible burglary. The home owner told police that she just returned home and found the back doors open. No one was authorized to be in the home.

Arrests:
04/09/14 Spenser Overton, 25, of Knox was arrested on a preliminary charge of Conversion.

04/09/14 Dorsie Cooper, 19, of Walkerton was arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.

04/09/14 Benjamin Cooper, 21, of Walkerton was arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication and Resisting Law Enforcement.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/06/14 A driver of a vehicle reported to North Judson police, that juveniles were throwing eggs at vehicles in the area of Franklin Street and Main Street. The officer checked the area and was unable to locate the juveniles.

04/07/14 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely was dispatched to check on a possible intoxicated driver in a four-door green Chevy Impala traveling east on West Talmer Avenue from the Good To Go gas station. Chief Vessely performed a traffic stop on the vehicle on State Road 10 by the railroad tracks east of North Judson. After a brief investigation by Chief Vessely, the driver of the vehicle, Lonzo Lee Jackson, 43, Knox, was arrested on preliminary misdemeanor charges of Driving While Suspended and Operating Vehicle While Intoxicated. Jackson was transported to the Starke County Jail and turned over to the jail staff without incident.

04/07/14 Burglary and theft reports were taken by North Judson police at North Judson U Lock Storage on Oakwood Street. North Judson Police are still investigating this incident.

04/08/14 A criminal trespass report was taken by police in the 6000 block of County Road 500 West. A male subject previously warned for criminal trespass was on the property again. North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas provided a completed report to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for charges of Criminal Trespass against the subject. North Judson Police will not release the name of the subject until formal charges are filed on the subject.

04/10/14 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas located a wanted subject in the 6000 block of C.R. 375 West. Ivan Sandlin, 30, North Judson, was arrested on a warrant out of Jasper County. Thomas was transported to the Starke/Jasper County Line and turned over to the Jasper County Sheriff Department without incident.

04/11/14 Police investigated a property damage accident just north of North Judson on English Lake Road. The driver of the vehicle reported to Officer Frank Thomas that he struck a deer. Officer Thomas estimated the damages at over $1,000.

04/11/14 Police responded to a fight complaint in the 500 block of Laurel Street. Before Officers arrived, the subjects were separated. A complete report was filed with the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office.

04/12/14 Police located a wanted subject in the 6100 block of south John Street. Taylor S. Patton, 27, of Winamac was arrested for two Pulaski County Warrants. Patton was transported to the Starke/Pulaski County Line and turned over to the Pulaski County Sheriff Department without incident.

Arrests:
04/07/14 Lonzo Lee Jackson, 43, of Knox, IN, was arrested on preliminary misdemeanor charges of Driving While Suspended and Operating Vehicle While Intoxicated.

04/10/14 Ivan Sandlin, 30, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on a Jasper County Warrant.

04/12/14 Taylor S. Patton, 27, of Winamac, IN, was arrested on two Pulaski County warrants.

North Judson Police Department Monthly Report – March

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/08/14 A resident reported a stolen company fuel card.

04/09/14 Firefighters from the Winamac Fire Department responded to a field fire.

04/10/14 Winamac police responded to a harassment call.

04/11/14 Medaryville Fire Department firefighters responded to a railroad tie fire.

04/13/14 Pulaski deputies responded to a report of missing items.

04/14/14 An employee at a local business told police that a local man drove off without paying for kerosene.

04/14/14 A woman notified police that some of her property is missing from her garage.

04/14/14 Deputies responded to a harassment incident.

Arrests:
04/15/14 Douglas Whiteman, Jr., 28 of Winamac, IN, arrested on a probation violation.

04/14/14 Lawrence Minarik, Jr., 32, of San Pierre, IN, arrested on a probation violation.

04/12/14 Christopher Sypulski, 33, of Lowell, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).

04/10/14 Robert Kurich, 40, of Chicago, IL arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear.

04/08/14 Ryan Loehmer, 25, of Culver, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Fraud.

04/07/14 Devin Trusty, 28, of Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

James Campbell Pleads Not Guilty to Arson Charge

Published: April 3rd, 2014
James Campbell

James Campbell

James Campbell pleaded not guilty to a charge of Arson as a Class A felony in an initial hearing in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon.

Campbell is accused of intentionally setting a fire on March 20 at his business known as Starke County Recycling at the corner of U.S. 35 and Toto Road south of Knox. A Bass Lake fireman was injured while battling the blaze at the business. Eight fire departments were called to the scene to contain the fire.

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Missing Knox Man Found

Published: March 28th, 2014
Joshua Simpkins

Joshua Simpkins

A Knox man who was reported missing early Friday evening was located a few hours later.

Joshua Simpkins, 32, was reported missing around 5:30 p.m. Friday evening.  He was last seen by his home in Knox.

Officials from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department told WKVI News that he was safely located several hours later.

 

Knox Man Reported Missing

Published: March 28th, 2014
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Joshua Simpkins

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department are looking for a 32-year-old Knox man with Down Syndrome who was reported missing Friday night.

Joshua Simpkins was last seen on John Street and 500 East in Knox just east of the cemetery around 5:30 p.m. or 5:45 p.m. CT.  He was wearing blue jeans, a black and gray t-shirt, a neon yellow and green coat with a white and red baseball  cap.  He is just over five feet tall and weighs 120 pounds.

If you see him, call 9-1-1 or the Starke County Sheriff’s Department at (574) 772-3771.

C&C Salvage Owner Jailed Without Bond on Arson, Insurance Fraud Charges

Published: March 28th, 2014
The owner of C&C Salvage/Starke County Recycling, James Campbell, 46, is charged with arson and insurance fraud in connection with the March 20 fire that destroyed his business.

The owner of C&C Salvage/Starke County Recycling, James Campbell, 46, is charged with arson and insurance fraud in connection with the March 20 fire that destroyed his business.

The owner of a Knox business that was destroyed by fire last week is jailed without bond, charged with arson and insurance fraud. James L. Campbell, 46, of Knox, was arrested this afternoon by officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Fire Investigation Division. Campbell owns Starke County Recycling, also known as C&C Salvage. The business, located on U.S. 35 just south of Toto Road, caught fire on Thursday, March 20. Starke County dispatchers were notified at 5:17 p.m. The Bass Lake, Knox-Center Township, Hamlet, Washington Township, Koontz Lake, North Judson-Wayne Township, San Pierre and Monterey Fire Departments all responded to the blaze and spent several hours getting it under control. One firefighter was injured. Black smoke was visible for miles, and a brigade of tanker trucks hauled water to the scene. Read the rest of this entry »

Drop Boxes Available to Discard Prescription Medications

Published: March 28th, 2014

It was recently reported that one of the biggest issues in Starke County is prescription drug abuse. A program sponsored by Moving Starke County Forward will be held in the next couple of months that will give information to community members on how to combat this pressing issue.

If you have unwanted, unused or expired prescription medication, you may take that medication to drop off locations at the Knox City Police Department and at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

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C&C Salvage Fire Investigation Continues

Published: March 25th, 2014

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department is working with the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office in an investigation into the Thursday evening fire at the C&C Salvage.

Bass Lake Fire Chief Les Jensen told WKVI News that the investigation into the cause and origin continues. Some preliminary information may be available this week. As of now, he said, there is nothing new to report.

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Police Reports

Published: March 17th, 2014
Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
03/14/14 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas responded to a possible intoxicated driver call east of North Judson on State Road 10. Officer Thomas checked the area but was unable to locate the vehicle.

03/13/14 A North Judson resident reported to North Judson Officer Nick Vanni, that she was contacted on Facebook by a subject claiming to be in the military stationed in Afghanistan. The subject requested the residents bank information so he could mail some money back home. The residents bank caught the transaction and was able to stop it before money could be taken out. This is one of the new scams out there.

The North Judson Police Department would like to warn residents to avoid giving out any bank, credit card or debit card and Social Security information over the phone or on the internet. If the resident does not know the person contacting them. Do not give anyone your account numbers and never send cash or money up front for anything. Scam artists use western union money gram, green dot money packs, and paid up money packs or gift cards, because these items are not traceable and you cannot stop payment and get your money back. North Judson Chief Vessely said call police first if you are not sure or call the Better Business Bureau.

03/12/14 – North Judson Police Chief Deputy Joe Budner responded to a slide off on State Road 10 East of Oakwood Street. There was no damage to the vehicle.

03/11/14 A resident from San Pierre found an item belonging to a male subject that was arrested previously by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

03/11/14 North Judson Police Officer Nick Vanni responded to a slide off on State Road 10 East of U.S. Highway 421. There was no damage to the vehicle.

03/09/14 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely was dispatched to a welfare check in the 400 block of E. Talmer Avenue reference to a woman almost hit by a vehicle on the roadway. Chief Vessely did not locate the female subject. The officer was then dispatched to Dollar General in reference to a female subject matching the description from the previous call and the woman was acting suspicious and possibly shoplifting. Chief Vessely arrived and after a brief investigation arrested Lisa K. Fields, 44, of Rensselaer, for Public Intoxication and Conversion.

03/09/14 North Judson Police Officer Chris Kisela was dispatched to the 400 block of Keller Ave. After a brief investigation, Officer Kisela arrested Julie M. Serrano, 21, of 404 Keller Ave. for Battery, Battery on Law Enforcement, Battery by Bodily Waste, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief. Deputy Sheriff Skip Tomasko assisted with the arrest.

03/09/14 A citizen reported to North Judson police that a woman was walking in the highway on State Road 10. Chief Vessely responded and after an investigation the woman was located inside of the Dollar General store and arrested for Public Intoxication and Conversion. Arrested was 44-year-old Lisa Field of Rensselaer.

03/08/14 North Judson police were advised of an unwanted guest in the 400 block of Keller Avenue. When officers arrived, the subject had already fled the residence on foot. Nothing further was needed.

03/07/14 A mother told police she is concerned about her daughter’s Facebook account activity being text to another family member, from a non-related person.

03/07/14 North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely responded to a property damage accident at the Family Express parking lot. A vehicle pulling out of the lot traveling west through the lot was struck by another vehicle pulling away from the gas pump island. No injuries were reported and Vessely estimated damages at over $2,000.

03/06/14 North Judson Police and the Starke County Coroner continue to investigate a death in the 100 block of Sycamore Street. Chief Deputy Joe Budner responded to a call along with Starke County EMS and discovered a deceased person. North Judson Chief Doug Vessely assisted in the investigation and stated, “At this time, we believe no foul play has been involved and are awaiting the final reports from the Coroner’s Office. It appears to be a natural death.”

03/05/14 Shortly after noon, police investigated a traffic accident at the intersection of Collins Street and Main Street. A 1997 Chevy pickup truck, being driven by Kaylee Lovas of North Judson, was heading north on Collins Street. The driver stated she went to apply her brakes and the truck started to slide on the snow-covered roadway. The truck slid into the intersection of Main Street and struck a 1995 Oldsmobile four-door sedan. The driver of the car, William Unruh also of North Judson, stated he observed the truck sliding into the intersection and accelerated to avoid being struck. His car was struck in the drivers side door area. North Judson Chief Deputy Joe Budner investigated the accident and estimated damages at over $7,000. Two subjects were transported to IU Health Starke Hospital by Starke County EMS. The North Judson Wayne Township Fire Department firefighters assisted at the accident scene. It was snowing at the time of the accident.

03/05/14 Police were called in reference to a fraud case where a family member had cashed an insufficient fund check and the dollar amount was taken from their checking account. The parties involved were advised it is a civil claim and not a criminal complaint as long as both parties were on the same checking account.

03/04/13 Officers took a report of telephone harassment. Both parties admitted to calling and/or texting each other several times. Both were advised to stop responding to each other’s messages.

03/03/14 A minor property damage accident occurred in the North Judson-San Pierre High School parking lot after school. A vehicle was leaving the lot when they had to back up to go around another parked vehicle, and backed into the car behind them. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely estimated damages at near $2,000 and no injuries were reported.

03/03/14 A damage only accident occurred in the North Judson-San Pierre High School parking lot around 6 p.m. when a vehicle pulled out of a parked space and struck another car that was going straight in the lot. North Judson Officer Nick Vanni estimated damage at over $2,500. No injuries were reported nor citations issued.

Drive Carefully:
Police responded to and have investigated four traffic accidents this past week, within a four day period making a total of 13 for the year-to-date in 2014. The total accidents reported to the Indiana State Police Crash Report site in 2013 for the North Judson Police was 58.

“The number of accidents puts us about average for the year, however four in four days is a little concerning,” North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely commented. “I think as the weather clears and it starts to warm up, we all have cabin fever, and might tend to drive somewhat faster. Just remember, we still have many slick spots and ice patches. This past week and throughout the year we cover many accidents from parking lots in town. Try to use extra caution when moving in and out of a lot, or in and out of a parking space and you may avoid an unnecessary fender bender. Be aware of your surroundings, slow down, watch, listen, and don’t try to guess what the other vehicle might do.”

Arrests:
03/09/14 Julie M. Serrano, 21, 404 Keller Ave., North Judson, IN, arrested for Battery, Battery on Law Enforcement, Battery by Bodily Waste, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief.

03/09/14 Lisa K. Field, of Rensselaer, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Conversion.

North Judson Police Department Monthly Report – February

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

03/12/14 – A hit and run was reported near the intersection of U.S. 421 and State Road 10.

03/12/14 – A hit and run was reported on U.S. 30 near Grovertown.

03/14/14 – A resident of the 5400 block of South 250 West in North Judson reported two men broke into her residence, punched her and began battering her husband.

03/15/14 – A resident of the 8900 block of South Main Street in Ora reported items stolen from his shed.

Arrests:

03/13/14 – Eric Dwight Taylor, 36 of Walkerton, was arrested on charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Precursor by a Methamphetamine Offender, Common Nuisance, Possession of Chemical Agents or Precursors, Possession of a Syringe, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

03/12/14 – Winamac Fire Dept. responds to smoke coming out of an air conditioner on a rooftop.

03/12/14 – Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department respond when two girls are caught allegedly stealing some items.

03/12/14 – Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department respond to a claim of someone stealing the gas out of their car and and lawn mower.

03/12/14 – Buffalo Fire Dept., Francesville Fire Dept., and Star City Fire Dept. were called out to assist with a fire in White County.

03/12/14 – Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department respond when a woman came to the station and requested to file assault charges against the suspect who allegedly attacked her.

03/12/14 – Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department get involved when $1,000 goes missing from a Superintendent’s office.

03/12/14 – Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department insisted a man leave a residence when he was no longer welcomed there.

Arrests:

03/10/14 – Caleb Andrew Neeley, 20 of Francesville, was arrested on charges of Minor Consumption.

03/10/14 – Marla Marie Freeman, 42 of Winamac, was arrested on a warrant for probation revocation.

03/18/14 – Kelcie Carlean Miller, 22 of Valparaiso, was arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

03/20/14 – Steven Craig Decker, 27 of Winamac, was arrested on charges of Neglect of a Dependent.

Police Reports

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: March 11th, 2014
Starke County Sheriff's Department

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

03/03/14 – A burglary was reported in the 3500 block of East 250 North in Knox.

03/03/14 – A resident of the 7200 block of East 50 South in Knox reported receiving fraudulent phone calls regarding refinancing her home.

03/03/14 – A prowler was reportedly spotted in the 5400 block of South 250 East in Knox.

03/04/14 – A resident of the 3700 block of East 400 North in Knox told police her daughter had been receiving threatening phone calls.

03/04/14 – A hit and run was reported near the intersection of Toto Road and U.S. 39.

03/05/14 – A theft was reported in the 4100 block of South Range Road in North Judson.

03/05/14 – A hit and run was reported near the Grovertown Truck Stop.

03/06/14 – A resident of the 2800 block of South 1150 East in Culver reported a possible phone scam.

03/07/14 – A resident of the 2400 block of South 100 West in North Judson told police that someone had stolen many items from her home over the last several months.

03/07/14 – A resident of the 2500 block of West 700 South in North Judson reported someone had been using his information to file their taxes.

03/08/14 – A vehicle was reportedly broken into in the 3200 block of East 200 South in Knox.

03/08/14 – A resident of the 1400 block of East 250 South in Knox reported a subject trespassing with a gun.

03/09/14 – A man reportedly drew a gun on a male subject in the 1900 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox.

03/09/14 – A vehicle was reported stolen from a residence in the 7200 block of South 250 West in North Judson.

Arrests:

03/09/14 – Jan M. Craig, 33 of Knox, was arrested on charges of Public Intoxication and Criminal Trespass.