Police Reports

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt. It is merely an acknowledgment an arrest was made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

2/4/15 – Sierra Starkey, 20, address not listed – Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Incidents:

2/3/15 – Victim complained that phone was stolen from Knox High School boys’ locker room and stated there had been other incidents.

2/4/15 – Victim reported that son’s iPhone was stolen from men’s locker room of Knox high school.

2/6/15 – Officers responded to Knox Middle School, where a student is accused of bringing pot brownies to class. Officers interviewed a teacher who overheard the discussion and are conducting an investigation.

2/7/15 – Officers responded to IU Health Starke Hospital for a report of a male with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He told officers the weapon was in the car when it went off. He was taken to the hospital right away and transported to South Bend for surgery.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeIncidents:

2/2/15 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of 350 South and 700 East in Knox.

2/2/15 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 30 east of U.S. 35.

2/2/15 – A resident in the 3100 block of east 900 North in Hamlet reported the theft of a PS3 from his residence and advised it was taken Wednesday or Thursday.

2/2/15 – A resident in the 4700 block of north 1200 East in Grovertown filed a theft report and gave officers the name of a suspect.

2/2/15 – Officers responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of State Road 10 and 100 West in North Judson.

2/2/15 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident on 100 North near 500 East in Knox.

2/3/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Bass Lake Fire Department and North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department First Responders all responded to a two-vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of Range Road and 400 South in North Judson.

2/3/15 – A cell phone was reported stolen from a home in the 5000 block of east 200 South in Knox.

2/3/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 10 at 700 East.

2/4/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 700 East north of 25 North in Knox.

2/4/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a property damage accident at the intersection of State Road 8 and 300 East in Knox.

2/4/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 421 south of 400 South in San Pierre.

2/4/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 35 in front of Badell Dental Clinic in Knox.

2/4/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 35 at 25 North in Knox.

2/4/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus pole accident on State Road 8 at 800 East in Knox.

2/5/15 – A resident in the 5900 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported the theft of a log splitter.

2/5/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and First responders responded to an accident with possible injuries in the 1400 block of west Toto Road.

2/5/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on 800 South west of State Road 39 in North Judson.

2/5/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer accident on State Road 10 west of U.S. 35 in Knox.

2/5/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle property damage accident in the 2500 block of West Southside Parkway in North Judson.

2/6/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus mailbox property damage accident in the 5700 block of east 800 South in Knox.

2/6/15 – A man filed a battery report stemming from an incident with another motorist the previous afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 35 and U.S. 30. He stated he was following a tractor-trailer driver who was driving recklessly, they both pulled over, and the truck driver punched him in the nose.

2/7/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of 150 South and 700 East in Knox.

2/7/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident on Range Road south of Toto Road.

2/7/15 – Officers responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 10 west of Bailey’s.

2/8/15 – A resident in the 4300 block of south 650 West in North Judson advised his garage was broken into the previous night and items were taken.

2/8/15 – A vehicle versus deer crash was reported near 1000 East and State Road 8 in Knox.

Arrests

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt. It is merely an acknowledgment an arrest was made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

2/2/15 – Edward Duane Smith, 35, North Judson – Habitual traffic violator.

2/7/15 – Connie S. Snyder, 45, Knox – Possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle while intoxicated (misdemeanor).

Starke County Burglary Suspects Arrested

A pair of suspects in a Knox break-in face charges in connection with the incident. Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department arrested Kyle Scheib and Curtis Rowe on Friday, Feb. 6 in connection with a Jan. 14 burglary in the 400 east block of 250 South. Continue reading

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeIncidents

1/26/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on 600 East just south of 400 North in Hamlet.

1/26/15 – Jason Cooke was placed on lock-down in an isolation cell at the Starke County Jail after he allegedly became combative with jail personnel and Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies, who used a taser on him twice. The incident is under investigation.

1/26/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 600 North east of 800 East in Knox.

1/26/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash that occurred on English Lake Road.

1/27/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on Division Road east of State Road 23 in Knox.

1/28/15 – A Monterey resident reported receiving a scam telephone call from 281-791-0111 advising his loan for $1,500 was approved and said he did not apply for a loan.

1/28/15 – A Knox resident reported beings scammed out of $285 and an additional $310 from a company in North Carolina.

1/28/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Toto and Range Roads. One person complained of back and neck pain but did not want an ambulance.

1/28/15 – A resident in the 8800 block of North 1175 East in Walkerton reported the theft of his son’s Adderall medication.

1/28/15 – Officers responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident on State Road 23 in front of the Koontz Lake Grocery Store.

1/29/15 – An official from Wells Fargo Bank reported the theft of items from a foreclosed home in the 1800 block of east 250 South in Knox.

1/29/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on 600 North at 750 East in Knox.

1/29/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department First Responders responded to a traffic accident in the 11400 block of East State Road 8 in Knox.

1/30/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a single-vehicle property damage accident on 1000 East at State Road 8.

1/31/15 – A North Judson resident reported a vehicle theft.

1/31/15 – A resident in the 1900 block of west 200 South Sq. in North Judson caught two men trying to steal a 4-wheeler and said they took off westbound on 200 South in a red 1993 Chevrolet truck.

1/31/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 35 near Economy Auto in Knox.

2/1/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle slide off on State Road 10 two miles west of North Judson.

2/1/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a slide off on State Road 39 south of County Road 50 South.

2/1/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 35 north of Stelrema.

2/1/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a slide off on U.S. 35 south of 350 South in Knox.

2/1/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 35 at 500 South.

2/1/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident in the westbound lanes of of U.S. 30 at U.S. 35.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department January 2015 Statistics

Knox Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents

1/20/15 – Several items were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of South Heaton Street in Knox, including a television, Xbox One, handgun, magazines and ammunition.

1/20/15 – A Knox woman reported her 1995 Ford Mustang was stolen and sold to a man in Hamlet. She advised her name was forged on the title before the car was sold for $300.

1/26/15 – A Knox woman reported criminal trespass and damage to her property and told officers she has video of a known suspect damaging her vehicle on Jan. 22.

1/29/15 – A man reported the security light on shelter 6 at Wythogan Park in Knox was broken. The officer who took the report noted this damage is in addition to incidents where suspects broke a plexiglass display located on the south side of the concession stand.

1/29/15 – A television, laptop computer and a pool stick bag are among the items reported missing from a residence in the 100 block of North East Street.

North Judson Girl Injured in Starke County Accident

An eight-year-old North Judson girl was airlifted from the scene of a crash at the intersection of County Road 400 South and Range Road Tuesday afternoon.

According to an investigation by the Indiana State Police, Jana N. Sirb, 40, of North Judson was driving east on County Road 400 South when she lost control of her vehicle on the slushy roadway while attempting to stop at the intersection. Robert F. Hajek, 73, of North Judson was unable to avoid Sirb’s car when traveling south on Range Road.

Sirb complained of pain but refused medical treatment, according to the news release. Her daughter, Linora Sirb, 8, was airlifted from the scene to South Bend Memorial Hospital after suffering a severe leg injury. Continue reading

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeIncidents:

1/19/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident in the Grovertown Truck Stop parking lot.

1/20/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 39 north of State Road 8.

1/21/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash in the 3100 block of north 900 East in Grovertown.

1/21/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Hamlet Fire Department First Responders all responded to a rollover accident on U.S. 30 eastbound east of Old School Road.

1/21/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Hamlet Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 30 west of U.S. 35 involving a tractor-trailer.

1/21/15 – A resident reported the theft of tools from an unlocked shed in the 5100 block of east 500 South in Knox.

1/21/15 – The owner of a home in the 4800 block of East Toto Road in Knox reported it was broken into.

1/21/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a hit-and-run accident in the Grovertown Truck Stop parking lot.

1/22/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash in the 10500 block of East Iroquois Road in Walkerton.

1/23/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department First Responders all responded to a single-vehicle wreck at the intersection of 600 East and 200 North in Knox.

1/24/15 – Officers took a battery report from a patron at the Country Roads Bar in Walkerton. She told them she was sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot and said a woman pulled her out and started to beat her up.

1/24/15 – Officers responded to a property damage accident in the 4900 block of south Cranberry Lane in Knox.

1/24/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the State Road 23 Marathon Station in Walkerton.

1/24/2015 – Officers and Starke County EMS responded to a property damage accident at the bowling alley on U.S. 35 in Knox.

1/24/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a vandalism report in the 800 block of east State Road 10 in Knox.

1/24/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a vandalism report in the 7200 block of south 300 East in Knox.

1/25/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS, North Judson Fire Department and North Judson Police Department responded to a rollover accident at State Road 10 and 300 West.

1/25/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident in the 4400 block of south U.S. 421 in San Pierre.

1/25/15- The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident in the eastbound lane of U.S. 30 east of 600 East.

1/25/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident on U.S. 421 south of State Road 10 in San Pierre.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt. It is merely an acknowledgment an arrest was made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

1/21/15 – David P. Howard, 31, Knox – Dealing in methamphetamine, illegal drug lab; possession or sale of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

1/14/15 – A man came to the Knox City Police Station stating he got a letter from Verizon Wireless that his plan was successfully changed on his account and told officers he never had a Verizon Wireless account.

1/14/15 – The owner of a vacant lot at the corner of Ellis and East Streets reported the theft of metal signs. He says this is the second time they have been stolen.

1/16/15 – Officers responded to an alarm at Wallsmith Law Offices at 54 East Washington Street and found a window slightly open. An arrest was made.

1/19/15 – Hit-and-run charges were filed after a woman came to the police station to report her vehicle had been struck by another car in the Super Value Inn parking lot.

1/22/15 – A resident in the 1300 block of east Washington Street reported the theft of a refrigerator, table and grill from the garage.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is not indicative of guilt. It is merely an acknowledgment an arrest was made. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

1/16/15 – Jack Balje, 57, no address listed – Attempted Theft, Burglary and Theft.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

01/19/15 – Police received a burn complaint in the 200 block of Leslie Street. The fire was distinguished.

01/21/15 – A report was taken about a telephone harassment complaint in the 200 Block of Maryland Street.

01/22/15 – A report of a scam was made to police involving a telephone caller posing as a Social Security Worker, looking for information and requesting account numbers. Luckily no information exchanged hands. Do not give any caller information over the phone. Other scams reported this week were calls with people posing as out-of-county police asking for bail money for a loved one, a police detective looking for information about a warrant for a loved one and than wanting the bail money up front as not to have the loved one arrested, and another involved a person acting as an IRS agent looking for account numbers and wanting money. Chief Doug Vessely urges you to not give out any information as the scams continue.

01/22/15 – Officers responded to an unwanted guest complaints in the 500 block of W. Talmer Avenue. The subject left and was given a no trespassing warning.

01/22/15 – Officer Brack Rowe conducted a traffic stop in the the area of Garden and Luken Streets. After a brief investigation the driver, Travis Jack Allen, 27, was arrested for driving while suspended-prior.

01/22/15 – A call of two females yelling in the area of the 400 Block of Keller Avenue was investigated. The women were disbursed as they arrived.

01/23/15 – A driver reported a car all over the road on 500 South near the 3000 West block. The caller obtained a plate number and followed the vehicle into the North Judson area. Police were unable to locate the suspect vehicle, however took a report from the victim.

01/23/15 – A woman in the apartments on Main Street reported harassing telephone calls, which is believed to be part of yet another scam. The resident was advised to get caller ID and not to answer the phone when that number or a blocked number calls.

01/23/15 – North Judson officers conducted a traffic stop in the Wilson and Weninger Street area and learned the driver was suspended prior. Kendra K. Kelly, 27, of North Judson was arrested and issued a citation to appear in court.

01/23/15 – North Judson Police Officer Scott Beishuizen made a traffic stop in the area of State Road 10 and 250 West which resulted in a passenger having a Knox City Court warrant. Ricky A. McAbee, 33, of Monterey was arrested and transported to the Starke County Jail.

01/24/15 – After a traffic stop, officers learned a wanted subject was staying at a local motel. North Judson police went to the motel and arrested Mary C. Gembara, 42, of North Judson on a Knox City Court Warrant for public intoxication and possession of marijuana. She was transported to the Starke County Jail.

Arrests:
01/22/15 – Travis Jack Allen, 27, of 5460 W. State Road 10, North Judson, IN was arrested for driving while suspended prior.

01/23/15 – Kendra K. Kelly, 27, of 6700 S. State Road 39, North Judson, IN was arrested for driving while suspended prior.

01/23/15 – Ricky A, McAbee, 33, of 10251 E. 775 S., of Monterey, IN was arrested on a Knox City Court warrant for failure to appear.

01/24/15 – Mary C. Gembara, 42, of 205 Leslie Street, of North Judson, IN was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear.

K-9 Assisted Traffic Stop Leads to Two Arrests

A Wednesday traffic stop at the intersection of Lake and McGill Streets in downtown Knox ended with a trip to jail thanks to assistance from Starke County’s new K-9. A deputy pulled over a vehicle driven by David P. Howard, 31, because he was known not to have a valid driver’s license. The vehicle was registered to the passenger, Brandy Gayheart, 22, of Walkerton. Continue reading

Disturbance Call Leads to Meth Lab Raid, Arrests

Crystal Singleton

Crystal Singleton

Alexis Houston

Alexis Houston

A disturbance call to the Stay 4 Less Motel on U.S. 30 in Hamlet last night led to the arrests of two Knox women. According to a news release, deputies from the Starke County Sheriff’s and Knox Police Departments found items reported stolen from a Knox residence on Monday. Continue reading

Police Reports

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

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

01/12/15 – Police responded to numerous slide-offs in the county. There was no damage done to any of the vehicles and the drivers were not injured.

01/12/15 – A resident contacted officers in reference to a child custody matter. The resident was advised that it was a civil matter.

01/12/15 – Police responded to an alarm call in the area of 5000 block of West State Road 10.

01/13/15 – A resident in the 300 block of East Weninger Street told police that their vehicle windows were shot out by a BB gun. This incident is still under investigation.

01/13/15 – Police responded to a vandalism complaint in the 3900 block of West Third Street. The front windows on a rental house were shot out by a BB gun. This incident is still under investigation.

01/14/15 – A resident reported to officers of a dog running loose in the 6500 block of South Walnut Street.

01/14/15 – Officers responded to an animal complaint in the 6100 block of South John Street.

01/15/15 – An unwanted guest was reported to North Judson Police. The subject was advised not to be on the property unless he is asked to come there.

01/15/15 – A property owner reported to police that his tenant forged his name on some documents.

01/15/15 – North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop in the 600 block of Oakwood Street. After a brief investigation, the passenger of the vehicle, Bradley Alan White, 26, of LaCrosse was arrested for outstanding warrants.

01/16/15 – A resident in the 700 block Laurel Street told police that the hood of her vehicle was damaged.

01/17/15 – Police responded to the 5800 block of U Road West to a burglary complaint with the assistance of the Indiana State Police. A resident locked his keys in the house and he was trying to gain entry through a window.

Arrests:

01/15/15 – Bradley Alan White, 26, of La Crosse, IN, was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

IncidentsStarke County Sheriff's Department Badge:

1/12/15 – A resident in the 11000 block of East Mohawk Road, Koontz Lake reported the theft of a go-kart.

1/12/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch at the intersection of U.S. 421 and State Road 10 in San Pierre.

1/12/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on 700 East between Toto Road and 200 South.

1/12/15 – A resident in the 4000 block of south 700 South in Knox reported a tool box was stolen from a vehicle and the windows were broken.

1/12/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a slide off in the 1900 block of north 300 East in Knox.

1/12/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a possible residential break-in in the 8800 block of East Long Lane Drive in Knox.

1/13/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a slide off in the 3000 block of south 100 Way in North Judson.

1/14/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, North Judson Police Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department First Responders all responded to an accident on State Road 10 at 100 West.

1/15/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 10 at 700 East in Knox.

1/16/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash in the 6700 block of North State Road 23 in Knox.

1/17/15 – A resident in the 10600 block of west State Road 10 in San Pierre reported the theft of his 2015 burgundy Ford Focus from his residence.

1/17/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on U.S. 421 south of State Road 10 in San Pierre.

1/17/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 500 South at Elm Street in Bass Lake.

10/18/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was asked to assist the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department with a vehicle versus house crash in the 7800 block of north 625 East in Monterey.

Former Prisoner Transport Van Deemed Suitable for Coroner

starke-county-courthouseThe former Starke County Sheriff’s Department prisoner transport van will soon be converted for use by coroner Adam Gray. President of the Starke County Commissioners Kent Danford tells WKVI news he’s checked the vehicle out and deemed it road-worthy for the coroner. Continue reading

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

  Incidents:

1/7/2015 – A slide-off was reported on 50 South east of Range Road in Knox.

1/7/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson Fire Department First Responders all responded to a vehicle in a ditch on State Road 39 north of Toto Road.

1/7/2015 – A slide-off was reported on State Road 39 north of State Road 8. The owner arranged to have the truck pulled out of a ditch.

1/7/2015 – A slide-off was reported on 600 East between 100 and 200 North in Knox.

1/7/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a crash on U.S. 30 at 750 East in Hamlet.

1/7/2015 – A slide-off was reported at the intersection of State Road 39 and 200 South.

1/7/2015 – A slide-off was reported at the intersection of U.S. 30 and 1100 East in Grovertown.

1/7/2015 – A slide-off was reported on U.S. 35 and 400 South in Knox.

1/7/2015 – A slide-off was reported on the eastbound ramp from U.S. 35 to U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

1/7/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a jackknifed semi in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 at U.S. 35.

1/7/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 39 north of State Road 8 in North Judson.

1/8/2015 0 The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 421 south of the Kankakee River bridge.

1/8/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of 700 South and 1100 East in Knox.

1/8/2015 – Kankakee Valley REMC filed a report of an electrical pole in the 1300 block of south 100 West in Knox that was broken by a snow plow the previous night.

1/8/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of State Road 8 and Range Road in Knox.

1/8/2015 – A tow truck driver with Collision Auto reported he pulled a female driver in a SUV out of a snow bank at the intersection of 800 South and 800 West, and she left without paying him. He has her telephone number and knows she is from Lake County.

1/8/2015 – A tractor-trailer slide-off was reported on U.S. 30 east of U.S. 35 in Hamlet.

1/9/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department First Responders responded to a vehicle versus pole accident on 200 South east of 550 East in Knox.

1/9/2015 – A slide-off was reported on 500 North west of State Road 23 in Knox.

1/9/2015 – A resident in the 8600 block of north State Road 23 in Walkerton advised a black SUV went through her fence and is driving through the property in an attempt to get out.

1/9/2015 – A resident in the 3100 block of east 200 South in Knox reported finding possible meth trash next to her mailbox.

1/9/2015 – A Knox resident reported receiving a scam telephone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and threatening to arrest her unless she sends them money via Green Dot card.

1/9/2015 – 1/9/2015 – A slide-off was reported in the 2000 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox near Kemco.

1/9/2015 – A slide-off was reported at the intersection of 250 West and 250 South in Knox.

1/10/2015 – A two-vehicle property damage accident was reported at the intersection of State Road 10 and 100 West in North Judson.

1/10/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Starke County EMS responded to a rollover accident on U.S. 35 just south of the LaPorte County line.

1/10/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson Fire Department First Responders all responded to a report of a dog that bit a child in the 5200 block of South A Street in North Judson. The victim was taken to the hospital via private vehicle.

1/11/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Knox Police Department, Starke County EMS and first responders all responded to a single-vehicle accident on 250 South at 300 East in Knox.

1/11/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township First Responders all responded to a medical call in the 8800 block of East Long Lane Drive in Knox. The property owner consented to a search of the premises, and Starke County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Terror detected the presence of drugs.

1/11/15 – Starke County EMS, Bass Lake Fire Department First Responders and the Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a snowmobile accident in the 4100 block of south CR 210 in Knox.

1/11/2015 – A resident in the 2900 block of south 200 East in Knox reported her outbuilding has been broken into twice in the last three days and says the suspects have damaged her overhead door in the process.

1/11/2015 – A Valparaiso man reported someone broke out the windows of his truck while it was parked at Bass Lake Marina and went through his vehicle. He advised other vehicles were damaged also.

1/11/2015 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 1100 East at the curve in Walkerton.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1/8/2015 – Matthew B. Barber, 43, Hamlet – Failure to appear.

1/11/2015 – Anthony Esparza, 26, Knox – Maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a synthetic drug or a synthetic drug lookalike substance.

1/11/2015 – Justin Jack Olds, 26, Knox – Possession of methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a synthetic drug or a synthetic drug lookalike substance.

North Judson Police Department

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
1/05/15 – A resident reported to North Judson police that a suspicious Nebraska vehicle was parked in the street on Leslie Street. It was a visitor to the neighboring residents. The vehicle was removed from the roadway.

01/06/15 – Police responded to the 500 block of Magnolia Street in reference to a welfare check.

01/06/15 – North Judson police were notified of a reckless driver in the area of the walking trails on 250 West. Police were unable to locate the vehicle as it was gone upon arrival.

01/07/15 – Police assisted in a one vehicle slid-off on State Road #10 near the 5500 block.

PHONE SCAMS AGAIN GOING AROUND NORTH JUDSON!

01/07/15 – North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely reminds citizens of a variety of phone scams going on in the area. Do not give anyone any information and hang up on the caller. If you have caller ID, do not answer unknown calls. One of the scams includes telling the person who answers the phone that the IRS has problems with them, their payments, and that they may have a possible warrant for their arrest. For a set amount of money, they can help make everything go away. It’s a scam. Another scam caller included using a police case number where you either owe money or are going to be arrested, or have a warrant. These are scams. Do not give them any information. Tell them nothing, hang up, and don’t answer continuing calls. Never send anyone who you don’t know money, credit card numbers, green dots, prepaid cards, or anything of any value including Western Union.

The IRS deals by mail for any original contacts. Other police departments do not call and offer you a way out of trouble. Be careful, smart, and save time and embarrassment.

01/09/15 – North Judson Police assisted in the recovery of a vehicle from a resident’s ex-girlfriend.

01/09/15 – A neighbor in the 200 block of Talmer Avenue called police. North Judson Officer Brack Rowe responded and after an investigation arrested a husband and wife for Battery. CPS was called for a minor child. Rowe transported Michelle Bryner, 37, and John C. Bryner, 36, to the Starke County Jail. They were booked into the jail on preliminary charges of battery.

01/09/15 – A beagle dog was impounded in the area of Vine and George Streets. It was running at large and had no collar nor local dog tags. It was taken to the Starke County Humane Society.

01/09/15 – Officers responded and met with a caller in the area of Cherry and Sheridan Streets. The subject originally stated he was suicidal. After police spoke with him and got him home, everything was fine.

Arrests:
01/09/15 – Michelle N. Bryner, 37, of 201 W. Talmer Avenue Apt. 2E, North Judson, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of battery.

01/09/15 – John C. Bryner Jr. 36, of 201 W. Talmer Avenue Apt. 2E, North Judson, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of battery.

North Judson Monthly Report – December

Starke County Creates Sheriff’s Department Receptionist Position

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department will soon have a receptionist in addition to the full-time matron after action last week by the Starke County Council and Commissioners. Sheriff Bill Dulin sought permission to add an employee to process civil papers, answer the telephone, greet visitors and provide general clerical support to the department. Some of that work has been done by dispatchers in the past, but Dulin advised the council and commissioners the state jail inspector could cut funds to the 911 center if they are caught doing work not that’s not part of their statutory job description. The county council discussed the issue and decided it’s not worth the risk, especially since funds for the new position are already in the sheriff’s budget. Dulin also noted the floor plan for the new jail is different, and 911 center and main entrance are in separate parts of the building. The matron will continue handling sheriff’s sales and processing payroll and claims for the sheriff’s department. Continue reading

Police Reports

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

01/04/2015 – A property damage incident was reported in the 400 block of south Portland Street after beer bottles were allegedly used to break a car window and puncture tires.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

01/02/2015 – Tayia Chesterman, 21, no address listed – Huntington County Warrant and harassment.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
12/29/14 – A resident reported to police the smell of natural gas in the area of Mulberry and Lincoln. NIPSCO was at the scene when the officer arrived.

12/29/14 – The North Judson Police Department assisted Department of Natural Resource Conservation Officers in serving a search warrant in the 4700 block of C.R. 450 West.

12/29/14 – A driver reported a possible intoxicated driver in the 400 block of East Talmer Avenue. The officer checked the area and was not able to locate the vehicle.

12/29/14 – North Judson Police assisted the Starke County Sheriff’s Department in a domestic complaint in the 5200 block of South A Street.

12/30/14 – The Dyer Police Department requested assistance from the North Judson Police Department in reference to a robbery suspect. The subject was not located.

12/30/14 – Police responded to a property damage accident at the corner of Keller Avenue and Main Street. Officer Brack Rowe investigated and estimated the damages at over $1,000.

01/01/15 – An owner of a local business reported topolice of an intoxicated male subject that was causing problems. Officer Frank Thomas conducted a brief investigation and arrested Damian Alexander Clark, 21, of Peru for intimidation, public intoxication and public nudity.

01/01/15 – North Judson Police responded to an injured deer call in the 6100 block of Division Street. The deer had what appeared to be a broken front leg disappeared behind some houses.

01/02/15 – North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop in the area of County Road 275 West and County Road 500 South. After a brief investigation, Julia Ann Joseph, 42, of North Judson was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

01/02/15 – A resident reported two loose German Shepherds in Norwayne Field. One of the dogs had an injured rear leg and was placed in the squad car. The other dog followed the squad car and was not able to be captured until it arrived at the Starke County Humane Society.

01/02/15 – North Judson Police responded to a loud noise complaint in the 7000 block of C.R. 590 West. A resident lit off a firework. They advised the officer that they were done for the evening.

Arrests:
12/29/14 – Christopher M. Gross, 29, of Knox, arrested on a Starke Circuit Court Warrant.

01/01/15 – Damian Alexander Clark, 21, of Peru, arrested on preliminary charges of intimidation, public intoxication and public nudity.

01/02/15 – Julia Ann Joseph, 42, of North Judson, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

12/31/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two vehcile property damage accident on U.S. 35 at 200 South in Knox. No injuries were reported.

01/01/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash in the 700 block of south 1200 East in Knox.

01/01/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on State Road 10 east of 200 East.

01/02/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of State Road 39 and State Road 8 in Knox. The driver hit a large animal, possibly a raccoon, and his vehicle sustained significant front-end damage.

01/02/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a break-in at Dragon Industries in the 2011 block of East State Road 10 in Knox.

01/02/15 – The Stakre County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Hamlet Fire Department responded to a traffic accident on U.S. 35 at 500 North in Hamlet.

01/02/15 – A Knox man filed a theft report for a vehicle taken from the 2300 block of south 100 East in Knox. a vehicle stolen.

01/02/15 – A resident in the 100 block of north Webster Street in San Pierre reported her trash can was stolen.

01/02/15 – A resident in the 7200 block of west 700 South in North Judson reported trash was dumped on his property.

01/02/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 35 at 400 North in Hamlet.

01/02/15 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies and Knox City Police officers were involved in a low-speed pursuit on U.S. 35 at the overpass in Hamlet.

01/03/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident in the 7100 block of east 25 North.

01/03/15 – A resident in the 7600 block of south 700 East in Knox reported someone did burn outs in his front yard.

01/03/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Washington Township Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle injury crash at the intersection of 700 East and 50 South in Knox.

01/04/15 – A resident in the 7100 block of east 900 South in Knox reported the windows were busted out of his car the previous night while it was parked in front of his house.

01/04/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle accident on 900 East south of Yellowstone and found a vehicle in a ditch. The driver was not injured.

01/04/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on State Road 10 west of State Road 39 North.

01/04/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on State Road 39 at 50 South in Knox. The driver was not injured.

01/04/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch in the 8600 block of South 600 East in Monterey.

01/04/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle accident in the 8800 block of south 1100 East in Monterey.

01/05/15 – Damage to a mailbox as a result of a slide-off was reported in the 8200 block of east 850 South in Monterey.

01/05/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and San Pierre Fire Department responded to an accident at the intersection of State Road 10 and U.S. 421.

01/05/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle crash on Toto Road at State Road 23 in Knox.

01/05/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of 650 West and 400 South in North Judson.

01/05/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of Range and Toto Roads.

01/05/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a car versus deer crash.

01/05/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident in the 4300 block of east County Road 210 in Knox. A Mediacom van got rear-ended.

01/05/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residential break-in at a home in the 3200 block of 400 North in Knox.

01/06/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a property damage accident at the intersection of State Roads 39 and 8 with a vehicle in the ditch.

01/06/15 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus pole accident on State Road 8 near 11180 East.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

12/31/14 – Derrick Brett Little, 28, Michigan City – Warrant.

01/02/15 – Jeffery A. Dickson, 51, Knox – Possession of paraphernalia, driving while suspended.

01/02/15 – Geoffrey L. Fulton, 62, Rochester – Resisting law enforcement – uses vehicle of draws or uses deadly weapon, resisting law enforcement.

Police Reports

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

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
12/20/14 – A citizen reported a couple fighting in a vehicle driving around North Judson. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

12/21/14 – A domestic dispute and family argument was reported in the 6100 block of Hubeny Street. North Judson Police responded and the parties were separated for the evening.

12/21/14 – Parts of a stolen motorcycle were recovered in the 6100 block of Hubeny Street after the North Judson Police received a tip. The cycle was stolen out of Pulaski County and the investigation continues.

12/22/14 – North Judson police responded to a report of a dog bite in the 200 block of Garden Street. The animal involved has all of the proper shots and has been quarantined for the 10-day period. The neighbor boy who was bitten is recovering.

12/23/14 – A drunken shoving match in the 100 block of Sycamore Street started around 1:00 a.m. with one of the males being put on the street. He made it back to Plymouth and some of his personal property was returned the next evening.

12/23/14 – A report was made involving extra trash being thrown out on Leslie Street just east of Luken Street.

12/24/14 – Officers stood by for a custody exchange in the Burger King parking lot.

12/25/14 – The two parties involving in a Christmas Eve dispute have been calling and texting each other and are both reporting harassment. Police advised the parties to stop answering each other’s calls.

12/25/14 – Unknown subject[s] entered the D&K Elevator on Keller Avenue sometime during the night and took some loose cash. Police are investigating this incidents. Police are asking anyone with information concerning this break-in to call 574-772-5914 or Crime Stoppers.

12/25/14 – Forced entry was made into the Garage Sale Store in the 400 Block of Lane Street. The back door was compromised. The only item reported stolen was cash which was recovered.

12/25/14 – North Judson Police responded to a battery incident reported in the 100 block of Maryland Street. No injuries were reported.

12/25/14 – A domestic dispute that resulted in a battery was reported to police in the 6000 block of Mint Road.

12/25/14 – A resident in the 300 Block of Franklin Street called police in reference to an unknown and unwanted guest who had just walked into the home and sat down. After a brief investigation, the male subject was found to have a medical condition and was returned home.

12/26/14 – Police responded to 6100 S. John Street in reference to an unwanted guest. The male was removed and issued a no trespass warning.

12/27/14 An early morning alarm from the North Judson CVS summed Police to the facility. Officers found that entry had been made by way of the back storage room area. North Judson police arrived within one minute of the alarm notification, however any or all suspect[s] had fled the area. The building was cleared and after a complete inventory nothing was reported missing. Anyone with information concerning this break-in and/or knowledge of someone in the woods behind the property and between Luken, Leslie and Oakwood Streets are asked to call the North Judson Police immediately at 574-772-5914. Anyone with information resulting in an arrest may get an award by calling Crime Stoppers at 219-288-STOP.

Arrests:

12/27/14 – Dena M. Myers, 31, 502 Magnolia Street, North Judson, IN arrested on a aarrant for possession of a syringe.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

12/22/14 – A resident in the 9800 block of East Yellowstone Trail in Grovertown reported a theft from a building.

12/22/14 – A resident in the 8800 block of East Long Lane Drive in Knox reported he was awakened by someone beating on his door. He says the person tried to get in through his windows before he locked them.

12/22/14 – A contractor reported the theft of a welder from the new jail site in the 5400 block of East State Road 8 in Knox.

12/22/14 – The North Judson Police Department, Starke County EMS and North Judson Fire Department First Responders responded to a single-vehicle accident in the 5100 block of south State Road 39 in North Judson.

12/22/14 – Officers responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch on 200 South west of 100 East in Knox.

12/23/14 – A resident in the 4000 block of south 700 East in Knox reported a residential break-in.

12/23/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Hamlet Fire Department, Koontz Lake Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a traffic accident involving a semi on U.S. 30 east of 600 East.

12/23/14 – A person taking pictures in the area of 1100 East and 750 South in Knox found a meth lab and notified the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

12/23/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 30 and U.S. 35 in the westbound lanes.

12/24/14 – A North Judson resident reportedly received a check in the mail, cashed it and was told by the bank it was a bad check.

12/24/14 – A residential break-in was reported in the 6400 block of South Rannells East Road in Knox.

12/25/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of east 350 South in Knox called the Starke County Sheriff’s Department to report a battery.

12/25/14 – The owners of the property at the ead of Oak Avenue in the Koontz Lake area reported finding meth lab trash in the area.

12/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 35 at 700 North in Hamlet.

12/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle accident on State Road 10 at Beach Street in Knox. The driver said he hit a patch of black ice and slid off the road into a yard.

12/26/14 – A realtor reported an active meth lab on a property at the end of Oak Street in Walkerton.

12/26/14 – The owner of the shooting range on 200 South just east of State Road 39 in North Judson reported graffiti on the range after someone gained entry through the locked gates.
12/26/14 – A resident in the 3100 block of south 350 East in Knox reported graffiti on the garage wall. She discovered it on Christmas Eve but waited until after the holiday to report it.

12/26/14 – The owner of a hunting property in the 400 block of north State Road 23 in Knox reported someone has stolen the bottom portion of his deer stands.

12/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department to a report of a car versus deer crash on Range Road near Joey’s Wallpaper.

12/26/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Knox Police responded to a report of a fight on 250 East and 100 South in Knox.

12/27/14 – A resident in the 7500 block of east 25 North in Knox came home and found items missing.

12/27/14 – A man called from the bowling alley in Knox and advised someone flattened his and his friend’s tires in the parking lot.

12/27/14 – A caller reported a driver in a tan Buick pulled up to the highway department gravel pile on U.S. 30 and 900 East in Grovertown and began loading gravel into the trunk.

12/28/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Starke County EMS responded to a bar fight in the 300 block of South Broadway Street in San Pierre.

12/28/14 – A resident in the 11000 block of East Cherokee Road in Koontz Lake reported the theft of railroad ties from his property.

12/28/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch in the area of State Road 8 and 700 East in Knox.

12/28/14 – A resident in the 3300 block of south 750 Way in North Judson came home and found items missing from the residence.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

12/28/14 – John M. Tincau, 58, Knox – Public intoxication.

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

12/27/14 – A resident in the 300 block of Ruthie Drive found a window broken and called the police. The incident follows a previous slashing of tires.

Arrest:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

12/19/14 – Kelly Galloway, 49, no address listed – Theft.

 

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

12/17/14 – A license plate was reported stolen.

12/17/14 – Winamac Police took a report of a theft of food stamps.

12/20/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a stolen UPS shipment.

12/27/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of money stolen from a store.

12/27/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residential battery report.

12/28/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a drive-off from a gas station.

12/29/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of a residential burglary.

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

12/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 750 East south of State Road 10 in Knox.

12/15/14 – A resident in the 1100 block of east 100 South in Knox reported property damage.

12/15/14 – An employee at Mark Bailey’s Discount Center in North Judson reported the theft of an air compressor and a power impact driver.

12/15/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Range Road and State Road 10 in Knox. A crash report was not taken since total damage was less than $1,000.

12/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on 500 North at the EZ Campground in Grovertown.

12/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash on U.S. 35 north of 900 South in Knox.

12/16/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department responded to a vehicle versus deer crash in the 2200 block of East 350 South in Knox.

12/16/14 – A resident in the 9900 block of east 750 North in Walkerton reported the theft of Christmas lights from his fence.

12/16/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy and a North Judson Police Officer responded to a domestic abuse complaint in the 3700 block of South 800 West in San Pierre and made an arrest.

12/17/14 – A resident in the 3700 block of South 800 West in San Pierre contacted the sheriff’s department when the person accused of beating her the previous night returned to her residence. A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded and made an arrest.

12/17/14 – A Walkerton resident reported a single-vehicle property damage accident on the bridge at Koontz Lake Dam. The vehicle was able to be driven home.

12/17/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Hamlet Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a wrecked semi on U.S. 30 one mile west of U.S. 35 in Hamlet.

12/19/14 – A resident in the 5400 block of south 250 East in Knox reported a storage trailer parked outside the residence was broken into.

12/19/14 – A resident in the 8700 block of east 150 South in Knox reported someone shot the patio doors out of the home.

12/19/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on 700 East at State Road 10.

12/19/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash in the 2200 block of South 450 East in Knox.

12/20/14 – The North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to a structure fire in the 2600 block of West First Street in North Judson. The resident advised the fire started in the furnace.

12/20/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a tractor-trailer versus deer crash on U.S. 35 at U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

12/21/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash in the 700 block of east U.S. 421 in San Pierre.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

12/16/14 – Michael T. Knapp, 57, San Pierre – Batterty.

12/17/14 – Michael T. Knapp, 57, San Pierre – Invasion of privacy.

Knox Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

12/14/14 – An Xbox and games were reported stolen from a residence in the 700 block of East Danker Street.

12/17/14 – A resident in the 100 block of Binkley Drive in Knox reported the theft of a gas cap for the third time in the past week.

12/19/14 – A called in the 600 block of South Pearl Street in Knox reported her vehicle was egged.

12/19/14 – A resident at the Super Value Inn in Knox reported the theft of his grill from outside his room.

Arrests:

Inclusion in the arrest reports is simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

12/10/14 – Rudolpho A. Sandoval, age not given, Knox, – Battery.

North Judson Police Department

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

Incidents:

12/18/14 – A Sycamore Street resident reported the theft of her ATM card.

12/19/14 – A resident in the 3900 block of West Third Ave. reported someone shot a window out at his residence with a BB gun.

Starke County K9 Officers Graduate from Training

Rob Olejniczak and "Terror"

Rob Olejniczak and “Terror”

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

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

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

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Police Reports

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

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knox City Police Department

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incident Reports:

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

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

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

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

North Judson Police Department

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

New Information Released About Knox Fire Victims

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

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

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