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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:
10/07/14 An animal complaint was received by officers in the area of County Road 500 W. and State Road 10. The loose horse was not located.

10/07/14 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop on a moped at the intersection of Oakwood Street and Arlington Avenue. The driver of the moped, Brandon Nicholas Nevil, 20 of Gary, was arrested for a warrant out of LaPorte County.

10/08/14 Police took a property damage accident west of town. Chief Doug Vessely set the damages at over $1000.00.

10/09/14 Police took a report of stolen magnetic signs off of two vehicles in the 300 block of Keller Avenue.

10/09/14 Pulaski County requested assistance from the North Judson Police Department in locating a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle left prior to the officer’s arrival.

10/10/14 A resident reported to police of a scam phone call she received. The caller advised her that she won some money or a car. All she had to do was go to the store and buy a Green Dot card for $350.00 and scratch the back off and give him the number. The caller stated that he was from Winners International.

The North Judson Police would like to warn residents if they receive a call stating that they won a car, money or a loved one is in jail and they have to go to the store to buy a Green Dot card that it is a scam. Please notify your local police department.

10/10/14 Police received a call of an intoxicated driver coming east into town on State Road 10. The vehicle was not located.

10/11/14 A resident in the 200 block of Garden Street reported that she received a harassing phone call.

10/11/14 An employee of a business in the 700 block of Talmer avenue reported to police that she was being harassed by some customers. The case is under investigation.

10/11/14 Officer Frank Thomas conducted a traffic stop in the area of County Road 350 W. and County Road 400 S. for a speeding vehicle. A passenger in that vehicle, Dennis Matthew Howard, 23 of North Judson, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

10/12/14 North Judson Police took a report of a stolen trailer in the 800 block of E. Talmer Avenue.

Arrest:
10/07/14 Brandon Nicholas Nevil, 20 of Gary, IN was arrested for a warrant out of LaPorte County.

10/11/14 Dennis Matthew Howard, 23, of North Judson, IN, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

10/6/14 – Irrigation equipment was reported stolen from a property in the 7200 block of south State Road 39 in Knox.

10/6/14 – A North Judson resident filed an identity theft report.

10/6/14 – A man reported criminal damage to a vehicle in the 2000 block of South 450 East in Knox.

10/6/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of South State Road 39 reported receiving threatening text messages.

10/6/14 – A deputy responded to a pickup truck versus deer accident on 700 South at 200 West in North Judson.

10/7/14 – A North Judson resident reported her children are being harassed at school.

10/7/14 – A large real-estate sign on 2×4’s was reported stolen from Bass Lake Marina in Knox.

10/7/14 – A resident in the 4900 block of South 260 West in North Judson reported being harassed.

10/7/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of East Watson Street in Walkerton reported a neighbor is playing loud music.

10/8/14 – A motorist reported being run off the road in the 1600 block of West State Road 10 in North Judson by a blue Ford pickup truck which continued west on 10. Her vehicle is fine, but there is damage to the yard she went into.

10/8/14 – Fuel and a battery were reported stolen from an irrigation system in the 8800 block of east 850 South in Knox.

10/8/14 – A resident in the 200 block of West Howard Drive in Knox reported being harassed.

10/7/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of East Watson Street in Walkerton reported a neighbor is playing loud music again even though the police were at his residence last night.

10/8/14 – A tablet was reported stolen in the 5200 block of West State Road 10 in North Judson.

10/8/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and North Judson Police Department responded to a property damage accident on 500 South at 250 West in North Judson.

10/9/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a vehicle versus deer crash on 700 East north of 50 South. The driver said he hit a deer, lost control and his car went into the woods. He is not injured, but his vehicle is not visible from the roadway.

10/9/14 – An engine was reported stolen from an irrigation system at the intersection of 875 South and 1100 East in Monterey.

10/10/14 – A female driver hit a deer on U.S. 35 north of State Road 10 in Knox.

10/10/14 – A Boa Drive resident reported a telepohone scam and suspicious activities on his bank account.

10/10/14 – A female driver reported hitting a dog that ran out in front of her car in the 100 block of South 700 East in Grovertown, possibly totaling the front end of her vehicle.

10/11/14 – A North Judson resident reported receiving a telephone call requesting personal information from someone claiming to be from the Social Security office for Medicare. The caller did not give the person any information.

10/11/14 – A resident in the 6400 block of East 200 North in Grovertown reported four-wheelers riding on their property.

10/11/14 – A resident in the 5700 block of south 350 East in Knox reported her garage was broken into and several items were taken.

10/11/14 – Starke County Sheriff’s Deputies and EMS responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident on State Road 23.

10/11/14 – A resident in the 5000 block of South Wesley Street in North Judson reported the keys to his vehicle stolen.

10/11/14 – A man notified dispatchers he was deer hunting in the 2200 block of south 200 East in Knox and found two men possibly cooking methamphetamine. He said they left in a smaller pickup truck. The caller also found several precursors.

10/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Washington Township Fire Department First Responders and Starke County EMS responded to a single vehicle rollover accident with injuries on State Road 8 west of State Road 23 in Knox.

10/12/14 – A resident in the 2800 block of west 625 South in North Judson reported the theft of a large lawn decoration from her yard.

10/12/14 0 A resident in the 3600 block of south 550 East in Knox reported a four-wheeler driving up and down the roads on her property.

10/12/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident at the intersection of 450 East and U.S. 35.

Police Eradicate Marijuana Plants

Starke County Deputy Bill Dulin and Detective Rob Olejniczak (not pictured) removed 60 marijuana plants from a property in Starke County

Starke County Deputy Bill Dulin and Detective Rob Olejniczak (not pictured) removed 60 marijuana plants from a property in Starke County

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department eradicated marijuana plants in the area last week.

Deputies received information from the Indiana State Police Marijuana Eradication Team of an outdoor marijuana grow in the 5000 S. block of 300 E. in Knox.

Approximately 60 marijuana plants were found growing in a garden behind the residence. Officers removed the plants from the property.

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Starke County Sheriff’s Department Gets New K9

K9 Terror

K9 Terror

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has sold one of its K9s to Starke County.

Sheriff Michael Gayer told WKVI News that the K9 officer resigned abruptly and no other officer in the department wanted to resume the responsibility of K9 “Terror”. He reached out to other departments to see if a K9 could help them. One department that expressed interest was the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. The K9 and a kennel were sold to Starke County for $8,500 about two weeks ago.

The Pulaski County commissioners discussed the K9 situation Monday night during their meeting where Commissioner Terry Young was not pleased with the amount of money for which the K9 was sold. Commission President Larry Brady gave the sheriff the option of including the vehicle with the K9 and the kennel at a price of $17,000 or leave the vehicle for use by a department head. The vehicle stayed with the county.

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Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents:

9/30/14 – A resident in the 9300 block of East 200 South in Knox reported vandalism to his daughter’s car tires.

9/30/14 – A man reported the theft of medication from his vehicle parked at Bass Lake Pub and Ristorante and advised the restaurant owner has the theft on video and a witness saw it occur.

9/30/14 – A resident in the 1900 block of North 410 East in Knox reported problems with a neighbor.

9/30/14 – A motorist called the Starke County Sheriff’s Department to file a property damage accident report after hitting a boulder at State Road 8 and Range Road.

9/30/14 – A resident in the 2900 block of South Hilltop Drive in Knox reported being harassed by neighbors.

10/1/14 – A property damage accident involving a vehicle in a ditch was reported in the 8800 block of South Main Street in Ora.

10/1/14 – A resident in the 10900 block of East 875 North in Koontz Lake reported an ongoing problem with neighbors playing loud music late at night and early in the morning.

10/1/14 – A NIPSCO employee advised his work truck was pulled off to the side of the road in the 8600 block of East 200 South and was sideswiped by a green or blue pickup truck that continued westbound on 200 South.

10/1/14 – A female advised she was riding her moped on 700 South at 250 West in North Judson and was hit by a white Ford Ranger that continued eastbound on 700 South.

10/1/14 – A resident in the 3800 block of South State Road 39 reported her neighbors are shooting off a loud gun.

10/2/14 – Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a property damage accident on State Road 8 east of State Road 39.

10/2/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Starke County EMS and Knox-Center Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a truck versus semi accident on U.S. 35 north of State Road 8 in Knox.

10/2/14 – A man reported his vehicle was struck by a black Pontiac at the intersection of State Road 8 and 700 East in Knox. The car left southbound on 700 East.

10/3/14 – A San Pierre man reported the theft of an irrigation pipe from the 9400 block of West 500 South.

10/3/14 – A resident in the 8700 block of east 75 North in Knox reported the theft of tree stands from her property.

10/3/14 – A resident in the 10700 block of east 50 North in Knox reported hearing an argument at a nearby residence and shots being fired.

10/3/14 – A resident in the 5300 block of south 250 East in Knox reported hearing gunshots coming from her neighbor’s residence to the south.

10/4/14 – A resident in the 1000 block of west 700 South reported her shed was broken into last night.

10/5/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy took a report of a vehicle versus deer crash on Toto Road east of Range Road.

10/5/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a report of a vehicle versus pole crash in the 1000 block of west 200 South in North Judson. No injuries were reported.

10/5/14 – A resident in the 11200 block of east Division Road in Knox reported his house was broken into while he was gone.

Arrests:

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

10/2/14 – Jerry L. Bradley, 54, Knox – Operating a vehicle while intoxicated Class A Misdemeanor and operating a vehicle while intoxicated Class C misdemeanor.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Incidents:

9/30/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of a garage break-in and take a report of stolen motorcycle parts, a tackle box and other items.

10/2/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of a stolen rented pickup truck.

10/2/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of shots fired at a house.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Incidents:

10/08/14 A resident in the Wintersong Village Nursing Home reported the theft of money.

10/08/14 Police responded to a call in reference of a minor in possession of alcohol. The case remains under investigation.

10/07/14 A resident in the 600 block of S. Main Street reported damage to her privacy fence.

10/03/14 Officers responded to a verbal dispute on John Street.

10/02/14 A resident told police that two tires on his vehicle were slashed.

Arrests:

10/05/14 Brian Hall, 39, of 204 W. Locust Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a warrant through Knox City Court.

10/03/14 John Brewer, 59, 6450 Hagen, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of disorderly conduct and intimidation.

10/02/14 Crystal Singleton, 29, 7821 E. 25 N., Knox, IN, arrested on a Marshall County warrant. She was transported to the Marshall County Jail by an Indiana State Police trooper.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

10/04/14 A minor property damage accident occurred in the Family Express parking lot. North Judson Officer Nick Vanni set the damages at near $1000. Chief Doug Vessely wants to remind all drivers that several of the accidents our department investigates take place in a parking lot. “Please use extra care vehicle moving in a parking lot, watch for the other guy, especially when pulling into or backing out of a parking space,” he said.

10/04/14 Police received a complaint of yelling coming from the area of Garden Street and Wilson Street. The subjects were either quiet or gone when the North Judson Police arrived.

10/03/14 A landlord reported someone had entered a empty home in the 400 block of High Stree, and moved some items. He requested extra patrols and that anyone trespassing be arrested. Nothing was missing or damaged.

10/03/14 A woman in the 400 Block of Keller Avenue reported to police that a neighbor allegedly came onto her property and battered her. No injuries were sustained, however battery charges are being requested through the Starke County Prosecutors Office.

10/03/14 A vehicle pulling out of the CVS parking lot sustained a front tie rod break which disrupted traffic for a short period. Police controlled the incident and called for a wrecker service.

10/03/14 A caller reported a possible drunk driver heading west on State Road 10 from U.S. 35. The vehicle was never located.

10/02/14 An animal complaint was received by police involving several newborn kittens. The matter was resolved.

10/02/14 Police received a request for a welfare check at the Oakview Motel. Police did the check and everything was fine.

10/01/14 Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute in the 300 Block of George Street.

10/01/14 Officers took a report of a property damage accident near Lane Street and Main Street. Chief Deputy Joe Budner set damages at under $1,000.

10/01/14 Officer Frank Thomas participated in a short pursuit after trying to conduct a traffic stop on 625 South. The suspect vehicle pulled into a driveway near 300 West and both the driver and passenger fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, officer Thomas captured the passenger, Brandon Minix. Thomas conducted an interview and investigation and arrested Minix on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of a controlled substance.

09/30/14 Police responded to a domestic complaint in the 300 block of George Street.

09/29/14 A woman reported that her wallet was taken from the front seat of her unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of Family Express. North Judson Police are investigating.

09/29/14 Employees from the First Farmers Bank and Trust reported to police that a former customer was writing large dollar amount checks to car dealers outside of the Starke County area. The local authorities are covering each area.

Arrests:

10/01/14 Brandon Minix , 32, of 5545 S. 750 East, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of a controlled substance.

09/28/14 Max Stills, 25, Bradyville, TN, arrested on a felony Starke County Bench Warrant.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Releases Name of Crash Victim

The Starke County Sheriff's Department is still investigating Monday morning's fatal crash at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating Monday morning’s fatal crash at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road

A North Judson resident was killed in Monday’s car versus tanker truck accident at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department released the crash victim’s name this afternoon. Continue reading

Starke County Crash Vicitm ID Still Pending

The Starke County Sheriff's Department hopes to release the name of the person killed in this Monday crash at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road later today.

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department hopes to release the name of the person killed in this Monday crash at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road later today.

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department has yet to release the name of the woman killed in a Monday crash at the intersection of Range Road and State Road 10. That crash involved a tanker truck and a vehicle. When officers arrived they found the tanker truck on its side in flames and a passenger car on the side of the roadway. Continue reading

Hit and Run Case Remains under Investigation

Detectives with the Starke County Sheriff’s Department continue to investigate a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of a Grovertown man.

Christopher Howard, 33, was last seen leaving a friend’s house at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the area of 1025 E. and 50 N. in Starke County. He was reported missing that afternoon and officers found his vehicle in the area of 900 East and 500 North two hours later. Police noted in a press release that the car was involved in a collision and footprints were observed leaving the scene.

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Accident Victim’s Identity Not Yet Released

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

The woman’s identity has not been released.

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

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Passenger Airlifted to South Bend Following Sunday Wreck

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

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrests

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

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

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

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

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer


Incidents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coroner Identifies U.S. 30 Crash Victim

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

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

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

One Driver Dies in Two Vehicle Accident in North Judson

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

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

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Motorist Killed in Crash on U.S. 30

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

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

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

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Respond to Accidents

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

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

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

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

Additional information will be given once the investigations are complete.

Police Reports

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

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

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

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrests:

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

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

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

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

Starke County Coroner Releases Autopsy Results

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

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

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

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Starke County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Fatal Hit and Run

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