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Starke County Safety Partnership to Participate in Truck Seatbelt Enforcement

The Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership will be conducting a Rural Demonstration Project beginning Friday, April 29th through Sunday, May 15th. This is a special grant to be used for truck seatbelt enforcement.

During the Traffic Safety Partnership’s last enforcement blitz, 10 officers spent 41 hours on increased traffic patrol. 4 seat belt citations were given, 1 misdemeanor DUI arrest was made, 1 criminal misdemeanor arrest was made, 1 criminal felony arrest was made and 14 speed violations were recorded. 47 traffic warnings were issued with a total of 65 vehicles being stopped. The enforcement ran from February 26th through March 4th.

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Police Reports

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/22/11 Linda Matkovich reported to police that while she was at home, someone opened the door on the passenger side of her vehicle and left it open. She did not find anything missing from her vehicle but she did observe a large scratch across the hood, stretching from the passenger side of the car to the driver’s side of the car.

04/20/11 Lydia Bradley reported money stolen from her purse while she was at Dollar General. She told police that she walked away from her purse for a brief moment and when she returned, she saw that the wallet inside her purse was open. Approximately $100 was stolen.

04/20/11 An employee at Next Door Foods reported the drive off of $30.01 in gasoline.

04/19/11 Knatasha Justice reported the damage done to the passenger side of her vehicle. It appeared that her vehicle had been struck by another vehicle. Approximately $1,000 in damage was done to the vehicle.

04/18/11 Richard McVicker reported the theft of a 20 pound propane bottle from a BBQ grill.

Arrests:
04/24/11 Jason Sims, 36, 604 S. Portland St., Knox, IN, arrested on two active Marshall County warrants.

04/23/11 Patrick Sobieck, 26, 308 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.
Richard Selva, 33, 308 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

04/22/11 John Rupert, 27, 903 S. Prettyman St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended-Prior. He was cited for false and fictitious registration and no insurance.

04/21/11 Lori Gregg, 29, 1705 E. State Road 10, Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/19/11 Darrell Gabbard, 45, 303 N. Clark St., Knox, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/22/11 A resident in the 4600 block of S. 550 E. reported the theft of a 4 wheeler.

04/22/11 A resident called police to report that a man was taking items from the dumpster parked on private property at 500 S. near the golf course.

04/22/11 A resident found a white plastic bag with a pink powdery substance and several empty Prestone cans around it in the 1200 block of E. S. of 700 N., south of the fence in Walkerton.

04/21/11 A resident in the 10600 block of E. 825 N. in Walkerton reported that some unknown subject(s) vandalized his boat and stole gas from the boat. The boat was not in the water at the time of the incident.

04/20/11 Bryan Tunis of North Judson reported the theft of the tailgate from his truck.

04/20/11 A resident in the 5700 block of S. 250 W in North Judson reported a break-in at the residence.

04/20/11 A San Pierre resident reported the theft of a credit card.

04/19/11 A resident in the 3000 block of S. US 35 reported the theft of air conditioners out of her apartment building.

Arrests:
04/23/11 David Vermilyer Jr., 29, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

04/22/11 Jamie Jones, 32, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Controlled Substance, Prescription Fraud and False Informing.

04/21/11 Evert Rudd was arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a 11% BAC.

04/20/11 Brian Standiford, 45, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Harboring a Fugitive, Possession of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a School, and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Heather Manns, 33, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant through Starke County. She was also wanted out of Pulaski County.

04/20/11 Brian Standiford, of Knox, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Amy Ahlenius, of Monterey, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Illegal Drug Lab, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Rose Martin, of Knox, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Visiting a Common Nuisance.
David Scarberry, of Donaldson, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Visiting a Common Nuisance.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/23/11 Scrap thieves once again struck the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson. It is not sure exactly when, but it was discovered that around 40 to 60 iron joint bars were missing from the property. The bars hold the rails together and weigh about 60 pounds each. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely commented, “It’s a real shame as these bars cost around $90.00 each to replace as new bars and for the scrap value, all 60 of them would be about $600 making each bar about $10.” Vessely is asking anyone with information concerning this scrap theft from the Museum or any other theft to please call the North Judson Police at (574) 772-5914.

04/20/11 The North Judson Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at Hoppe’s Hardware in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 21st. Unknown subject(s) entered the building through a back window they had broken. Several store items were reported taken as well as some copper electrical wire. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the North Judson Police or Crime Stoppers at (574) 288-STOP or 1-800-342-STOP.

04/18/11 A woman in the 300 Block of Garden Street reported to North Judson Police that her purse had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle while it was in her driveway.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/24/11 The Monterey Fire Department was called to a house fire on 800 N. At the time of the call, a neighbor told police that flames were coming from out the front door. The Bass Lake Fire Department was called as mutual aid to the scene. The Monterey Fire Chief reported to WKVI that the home was not a total loss but it is under investigation.

04/24/11 An accident was reported on US 421 where a pickup truck had rolled several times. The driver was out of the vehicle and walking around.

04/23/11 A resident reported a telephone scam. The caller advised the resident that a $7,000 grant would be awarded if she goes to a Western Union and donate $99. When the resident would get to Western Union, she would need call the caller back and say she was at Western Union and then the caller would advise who to make the donation to. The resident did apply for a grant but no personal information was exchanged. The resident was advised that this is a scam and she should report her number to the Do Not Call list.

04/23/11 Dollar General reported two shoplifters in the store. One suspect was detained and the other fled the store on foot. The second suspect was apprehended after a brief search.

04/23/11 A caller in Medaryville said kids by the Funeral Home are threatening to stab someone. When police arrived, one subject did have a knife. After an investigation, police found the suspect is already on probation for a weapons violation. No injuries were reported.

04/22/11 An employee at a Winamac gas station reported that a female subject has been there twice to fill up with gas and has driven off without paying for it.

04/21/11 A Pulaski resident reported to police that her mailbox was destroyed.

04/21/11 A caller in the Bruce Lake area told police that an LP tank has a pipe threaded into it with a cap on it. It is located off the roadway in his field. Dispatch called the Indiana State Police to clean up the area.

04/21/11 A Francesville resident reported the theft of hogs.

04/18/11 A telephone scam was reported. A resident said someone called her and said her husband was won a large amount of money and needs to send $700 and meet an agent at Wal-Mart. That agent would direct the caller to Las Vegas to verify his winnings and make payment arrangements. Dispatch advised caller to register the number on the Do Not Call list.

04/18/11 A Winamac resident reported that someone had stolen his parents’ truck.

Arrests:
04/26/11 John Rupert, 27, 6220 W. 750 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants.

04/24/11 Travis Wright, 22, 310 N. Logan St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery. Discharged 04/25/11

04/23/11 Anthony R. Massey, 20, 855 W. 49th Place, Chicago, IL, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Bribery and Resisting Law Enforcement. Discharged 04/25/11

04/23/11 Leroy Edwards, 24, 8485 N. 100 E., Lake Village, IN, arrested on site. Discharged 04/23/11

04/22/11 Steven Fairchild, 39, 167 Circle Dr., Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy. Discharged 04/22/11

04/21/11 Gary Ballard, 43, 106 1/2 Main St., Edinbergh, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/20/11 Michelle Parlett, 41, 512 Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 04/21/11

04/20/11 Larry Samons, 36, 319 N. Boone, Reynolds, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. 04/21/11

04/18/11 Samuel Baugh, 35, 303 S. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. Discharged 04/18/11

04/22/11 Benjamin Fitch, 30, 100 E. 700 N. Wheatfield, IN, arrested on Possession of a Controlled Substance. Discharged 04/24/11

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
04/25/11 Officers responded to 113 Division Street for three males in the back of the residence with flashlights. Upon arrival it was found to be officials from NIPSCO looking for a gas leak.

04/21/11 Officers responded to 504 N. Starke Street for a neighbor dispute. The situation was resolved.

Arrests:
04/19/11 Officers responded to 501 E. Oak Street in Hamlet for a domestic dispute. The subjects were separated and preliminary charges have been filed on Jenny Keeton for Battery.

Two Starke County Residents Arrested after Traffic Stop

Two Starke County residents were arrested today on felony charges after a traffic stop by Starke County police.

Officers recognized Heather Manns, 33, of North Judson traveling as a passenger in a vehicle and police stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Culver Road and US 35 in Knox. Officers took her into custody on a Failure to Appear warrant through Starke County and she was also wanted out of Pulaski County.

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Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/17/11 A Winamac resident reported that someone tried to break into her home,. The screen was out of the window and the thermometer was moved. They didn’t enter the residence as the inside window was locked.

04/17/11 A Star City resident called police to report that a garden hose is hanging from an anhydrous ammonia tank at 625 E. and 450 S. The tanks were not leaking. A similar call was reported in Indian Township.

04/16/11 A caller in Cass Township reported that there was a domestic dispute in front of CPS involving a mam and woman. The woman was reportedly trying to hit the man with her van while the man was walking down the street. The woman left and then came back and tried to hit the man again with her car.

04/15/11 A Winamac business reported the theft of $69.75 in gas. The suspect was contacted and she will be back to the business to pay the money.

04/15/11 A Monterey resident reported that his car door swung open and hit another vehicle. The caller believes that there is more than $1,000 in damage.

04/14/11 The Monterey Tippecanoe Township Fire Department was called to assist the Bass Lake Fire Department in battling a grass fire headed toward a residence.

04/14/11 A structure fire was called in from a home in Winamac. Everyone was out of the house at the time of the call and no one was injured. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene.

04/13/11 A North Judson caller reported that someone broke into a barn on the property. The front door to the residence was kicked in also.

04/13/11 A minor jail fight was reported.

04/12/11 A Winamac resident told police that her prescription medication was stolen out of her vehicle.

04/12/11 A Denham resident told police that her backyard is on fire. The fire department was called to the scene.

04/12/11 A resident in Beardstown resident reported that someone has burned down his pine trees.

Arrests:
04/17/11 Gary Marshall, 56, 6941 N. 800 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active Federal ATF warrant. Discharged 04/18/11

04/15/11 Howard Mitchell, 38, 6055 Woodharst, Conway, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 04/15/11

04/13/11 Guy Harlan, 21, 317 E. 13th St. Apt. 8, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 04/14/11

04/13/11 Michael J. Campbell, 27, Chesterton, IN, arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear.

04/12/11 Brandon Williams, 27, 6582 S. 1400 W., Francesville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. 04/12/11

04/11/11 Ashley Whitaker, 24, 821 E. 250 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 04/11/11

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/15/11 The North Judson Police were informed of a theft of a 2009 Black Yamaha Moped from the 300 block of Main Street. The moped was taken sometime between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. from the apartment complex. Anyone with information of the the theft or the whereabouts of the moped is asked to call the North Judson Police Department at (574) 772-5914.

04/11/11 North Judson Police and the North Judson Wayne Township Fire Department responded to a truck that had struck live wires from a utility pole on Talmer Avenue near Ufkes Drive. The wire was hanging low due to an earlier storm and a branch striking the wire. A semi truck went through the area and pulled the wire down. Starke EMS was on scene as well. No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about the recent break-in at Ray’s Super Foods in North Judson is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers. Rays had offered a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. You may call the North Judson Police at (574) 772-5914 or Crime Stoppers at (574) 288- STOP or 1-800-342-STOP.

Arrests:
04/12/11 – Clayton E. Hale, 24, 601 Keller Ave., North Judson, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

04/11/11 – Roy E. Anderson, 39, Mishawaka, IN, arrested on Starke County Body Attachment for Child Support.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
04/14/11 The Starke County Sheriffs Department received a 911 call of three males in a white car circling the Hamlet gas station. The caller had heard one of the male subjects say something about a gun and a possible robbery. Officers responded and arrived just after the male subjects had left the gas station. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle. The vehicle described was located two days later and was occupied by one of the male subjects from the night in question. No charges have been filed at this time.

04/13/11 Marilyn Cunningham reported continuous problems with her neighbor’s dog. Officers responded and spoke with both subjects.

04/13/11 Dean Goble reported the theft of a bicycle from 109 Madison Street. Officers have recovered his bike and returned it to him.

04/13/11 Joshua Baugh reported a bike that had been stolen the night of the 12th from 504 N. Starke St. An investigation is still pending.

Arrests:
04/16/11 Jenny Keeton of Hamlet was arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

04/15/11 Freeman Spelts and Tracy Gaideski were arrested at the Holloway Motel and have preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Endangering a child.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/15/11 Cameron Clark reported the theft of a weed eater and a hedge trimmer from his shed. Some unknown person(s) unlocked his shed and stole the items. The told police that this is the third time that someone has taken things from his residence.

04/15/11 Rosie Rose reported her truck stolen from her workplace on Lake Street. It is a tan 1993 Chevy pickup truck.

04/14/11 Przemyslaw Gruszczwnski of Knox reported the theft of gasoline from his vehicles. About five gallons have been stolen. The thefts have occurred over a months time.

04/14/11 Greg Hatfield reported the theft of a baseball cap. He was reportedly battered by the accused later that evening.

04/14/11 Arron Trotter reportedly stepped in front of a vehicle driven by Brittany Rudd in Wythogan Park and she stopped. He attempted to talk to her and she reportedly stepped on the gas and in order to avoid getting hit, he jumped on the roof of her car. He had a minor knee injury.

04/13/11 Heaven Cain reported the theft of her wedding ring.

Arrests:
04/17/11 Michael T. Dalton, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. He was cited for expired license plate and no insurance.
Denise Dalton, 45, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant out of Marshall County.

04/15/11 Erik Draper, 33, 1000 E. Washington St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident and an active arrest warrant.

04/14/11 James Smyers, 44, 412 W. Madison St., Culver, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana under 30 Grams and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

04/14/11 Aaron Armes, 37, 7780 E. 50 S., Knox, IN, arrested on two Failure to Appear warrants out of Marshall County.

04/14/11 Danielle Lardino, 704 S. Portland St., Knox, IN, arrested on an arrest warrant for Receiving Stolen Property, a D Felony and Conversion, a Class A Misdemeanor.

4/14/11 Linda Wireman, 27, 308 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on Failure to Appear warrants through Starke County Circuit Court on five counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, D Felonies.

04/13/11 Dennis Bunch, 22, 201 N. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Amy Cooke, 29, 2065 N. 1200 E., Plymouth, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Christopher Lamb, 20, 311 Ruthie Dr. #B4, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Three juveniles were also taken into custody for Disorderly Conduct.
Police were called to the intersection of Culver Road and Main Street for a confrontation involving several people and it was getting out of hand.

04/13/11 Francisco Esparza, 23, 3860 S. 300 E. #B, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Battery.

04/13/11 Michael Daulton, 50, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. He allegedly stole electric from NIPSCO and the Knox Water Department by turning on the meters after they were shut off. He allegedly bypassed the electric meter.

04/14/11 Edward Smith, Jr, 18,.2120 E. 400 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana over 30 Grams and Reckless Driving. He was cited for no seat belt. The K9 helped recover a glass mason jar full of what tested positive as marijuana.

04/13/11 Seth Draper, 30, 1000 E. Washington St., Knox, IN, arrested on active arrest warrants for Non-Support of a Dependent.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/17/11 Lillian from North Judson reported that some unknown person(s) broke into her residence and told items including an ATV from her garage.

04/17/11 A resident in the 2200 block of E. Toto Rd. in Knox reported items stolen from the residence.

04/17/11 A resident in the 5100 block of S. 100 W. in North Judson reported the theft of power cables.

04/16/11 A resident reported her vehicle stolen from US 30 and US 35.

04/16/11 Mike Childers reported vandalism to his mailbox.

04/15/11 A resident in the 1200 block of N. 1025 E. in Knox reported that someone broke into his garage while he was on vacation.

04/14/11 A resident in the 3500 block of W. 800 S. in North Judson reported that batteries were stolen out of equipment.

04/14/11 Elaine Bruhn reported the theft of items from a rental home.

04/14/11 A resident in the 3900 block of S. Boa Dr. in Knox reported the theft of a wallet and jacket from a vehicle.

04/13/11 Harry Tolson requested an officer for a theft report. Some items were stolen off his truck.

04/13/11 Ashley Jacobs told police that someone broke into her minivan and stole an Xbox, and PS3.

04/13/11 Vurtice Albright reported the theft of a firearm from his vehicle.

04/13/11 A resident in the 100 block of N. Pearl St. in Knox reported the theft of a firearm.

04/12/11 Estella Perez told police that someone used a screwdriver to open her car window and stole her purse out of her vehicle.

Arrests:
04/17/11 Michael Handley, Jr., 26, 2569 S. State Road 39, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

04/15/11 Six individuals were arrested after police found illegal meth labs in the Holloway Motel in Starke County. Mathew Schoff, Cheryl Paschen and Kimberly Hurley face preliminary charges ranging from Manufacturing Methamphetamine to Possession of Paraphernalia. Freeman Spelts and Tracey Gaideski have preliminary charges ranging from Neglect of a Dependent and Possession of Methamphetamine to Possession of Precursors and Paraphernalia. Timothy Clark has a preliminary charge of Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

Accidents:
04/19/11 Victor Puntus, 56, of Blue Island, Illinois was traveling in his semi going north on US 421 He moved in his lane and checked on oncoming traffic. He came back over to his driving lane and started to slide. He went off the road and down into the ditch, laying the semi on its side. He wasn’t injured in the incident. The total estimate of all damage in the crash was $10,000-$25,000.

Manager of Holloway Motel US30 & Five Others Arrested In Meth Drug Bust

Holloway Motel

The Holloway Motel has been evacuated and condemned after a huge drug bust Friday. In the course of serving a warrant on a person at the motel, Starke County Police detected an odor commonly related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Focuses on the Efforts of Dispatchers

Melissa Osburn

We have been recognizing emergency dispatchers this week for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Melissa Osburn, who has been at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department for two years, says they take a variety of emergency calls.

“It can be anything from a medical emergency, structure fire, grass fires, civil matters – it’s anything that anyone would have a problem with,” said Osburn.

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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Recognizes Sheriff’s Department Dispatchers

Jana Manning

This week we are recognizing emergency services dispatchers during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

WKVI’s Anita Goodan stopped at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and had the chance to speak to dispatcher, Jana Manning who has been at the Sheriff’s Department for 23 years.

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Police Reports

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/07/11 North Judson Police investigated a report of the theft of utilities in the 500 Block of Laurel Street. The North Judson Water Department reported a meter, which was turned off, had been turned back on and had water consumed. An investigation was conducted and a report with pending charges was provided to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

04/06/11 Officer Dennis Fornelli located three juvenile males on the grounds of the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, in and around the train cars. After a short time, the three were picked up and transported to their respective parents. The following morning, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum reported to Officer Joe Budner that several train cars, the building, and equipment had been vandalized and damaged. Many windows were broken out as well. Police returned and conducted interviews with the three juveniles and learned they had done the damage. A complete investigative report was furnished to the Starke County Probation Department and the Prosecutor’s Office requesting charges and restitution from the juveniles.

On another unrelated incident at the museum, Police were again called on Friday afternoon in reference to 2 juvenile males throwing rocks and beating on a train car with a board. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely and Officer Fornelli detained the two and had their parents come and pick them up. This report was also furnished to the Probation Department for review. Remember the Museum grounds and all Railroad properties are closed to off road vehicle traffic and the buildings and train cars are not to be entered, tampered, or damaged at any time.

Arrests:
04/08/11 Juarez Hermenegilda, 32, 4035 W. 800 South, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

04/08/11 Scott E. Cambern, 19, 5267 S. Holiday Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

04/06/11 Jonathan Cortez, 18, 4230 South 250 West, North Judson, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/09/11 A Winamac resident reported that someone tampered with the back door of his residence. The lock was broken and the key won’t work. Nothing was reported stolen.

04/09/11 A Cass Township resident reported the theft of wiring off an irrigation system.

04/08/11 Four juveniles were kicked out of the Winamac Town Park for the remainder of the year after residents complained that they were fighting by the 4-H building. They had been warned before this incident and were given a no trespassing warning in the Park.

04/08/11 A Pulaski resident reported that someone came onto his property and stole his boat and part of his boat trailer.

04/07/11 A Beardstown resident reported that he was watching a pile of leaves burning and a person came flying up on him in a pickup truck. The person hit the neighbor’s fence and was sitting sideways in the road. After an investigation, the suspect was intoxicated and was tazed due to his aggressive nature. He was taken home for the evening.

04/06/11 A Cass Township resident reported $700 worth of copper wire removed from a trailer and several trees cut on the property.

04/06/11 A Bruce Lake resident called to report a stolen license plate.

04/04/11 A Pulaski resident called to report that his ex-girlfriend stole his car.

04/04/11 A caller advised that a telephone pedestal cover was found off the pedestal with bullet holes in it. The rest of the box was hanging by the wires. Another pedestal was located and it was also damaged.

Arrests:
04/09/11 Valerie Bolen, 48, 1100 S. 250 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance. Discharged 04/10/11

04/09/11 Douglas Manns, 41, 6355 S. 250 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 04/09/11

04/09/11 Jeanne Rubalcava, 52, 6508 421 N. Medaryville, IN, arrested on a body attachment warrant.

04/08/11 Roseann Welda, 25, 5032 S. 400 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 04/08/11

04/08/11 Keith Fritz, 26, 237 S. 200 W., Winamac, IN, Court Order 12 months.

04/07/11 Tyler Shepperd, 21, 12650 W. 175 N. Medaryville, IN, arrested on active arrest warrants.

04/07/11 Tylor Hughes, 19, 14898 W. 300 N., Medaryville, IN, Court Order 6 months.

04/05/11 Thomas J. Knudson, 60, 6519 E. 750 N., Culver, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Domestic Battery. Discharged 04/06/11.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/11/11 Greg May reported that someone stole a well pump from the well at 0995 S. and 250 E. in Knox.

04/10/11 Connie Clark requested the fire department for a woods fire behind her residence on 600 North.

04/10/11 Heather Clemons reported her IPhone stolen.

04/10/11 Chuck Mueller requested to speak to an officer. He believes that someone tried to break into his shop. Some unknown subject(s) messed with his fuel tank.

04/10/11 Shannon Kietzman advised of a fire in the 4800 block of E. 250 S. in Knox.

04/10/11 Carol Whitley reported her purse stolen from the Bass Lake Pub.

04/09/11 Shelby Clemons reported that someone stole his two pugs from his residence. He called the Humane Society and they were there.

04/08/11 Katherine Gergley called police to report that a male subject in an older pickup truck broke into her shed and came out with her husband’s log splitter on the back of the trailer. She passed him coming from the residence. After further investigation, the reporting officer discovered that the log splitter had fallen off the trailer and skidded down the road.

04/08/11 Garry McIntosh reported that a man was jumping out into the roadway in front of vehicles. Police gave the subject a ride home.

04/08/11 Holly Kell reported the theft of a laptop.

04/07/11 A brush fire was called in on Toto Road and 650 W. in North Judson.

04/06/11 A caller reported vehicles in and around an abandoned house across from the access point at English Lake. The caller said that the unknown subjects have guns as he can hear shooting.

04/06/11 Sherry McDaniel of Knox reported that three windows were broken out of her car including the sunroof.

04/06/11 James Hough reported the theft of his German Shepherd puppy.

04/06/11 An employees at Knoll Brothers reported a semi tipped over on US 30. The driver was pulling out of the parking lot of the facility when it tipped.

Arrests:
04/10/11 Victoria Farkas, 26, of Walkerton, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. The Walkerton Police Department advised that she was driving her car and hit a pole in the 8900 block of N. State Road 23 in Walkerton.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/13/11 Jennie Carter from Drug and Tobacco Free Starke County reported to police that 500 yellow stadium caps, 12 boxes of pencils and 500 key chains were stolen from her office.

04/12/11 Andrea Donnelly reported that two men in their 30s approached her at her home and questioned her about a trailer parked out in front of her home. She them that it was not for sale but she’d write down their names in case she does decide to sell it. As she was walking into her home to get a pen, the two men attacked her. They picked up a knife, held it to her throat, and asked if she had any money or pills. She said she had some money in her pocket but not any pills. She gave them what was in her pocket and they locked her in her bathroom. After she called police, she noticed that they stole a cell phone and some pills that she had.

04/09/11 Officers were called to 300 E. and 100 S. in reference to a traffic accident. The reporting officer observed a 2009 black passenger car and it appeared that it traveled through a yard on the northwest corner of the intersection before traveling west on 100 South where it crashed into a tree. The car belongs to Jennifer Miller and she told police that she had been at the bar and she left the keys with her boyfriend Anthony Davis. She left the bar on foot with a friend. Anthony said he had left the bar and put the keys in the vehicle for Jennifer in the event she returned. The vehicle crash occurred a half mile west of their residence.

Arrests:
04/12/11 Frankln Harrodon, 20, 802 E. New York St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Resisting Law Enforcement.

04/11/11 Paul Higdon was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
Traci Jacobs was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

04/08/11 Katelin Allen, 23, 103 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Trespass.

04/06/11 Curtis Bradley, 24, 322 W. Spruce Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Neglect of a Dependent (x2), Resisting Law Enforcement, Disorderly Conduct, Reckless Driving and Public Intoxication.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
4/12/2011 Officers responded to 504 N Starke St for juveniles shooting BB guns.

4/12/2011 Officers responded to 504 N Starke St for a harassment case involving two Juveniles at the bus stop.

4/11/2011 Officers responded to the Hamlet apartments for a loud noise complaint.

4/9/2011 Officers responded to 504 N Starke St. for a verbal argument between juveniles.

Arrests:
4/8/2011 Officers were called to 301 Pearl St for a 911 caller who advised her son had battered her. Officers arrived and spoke with Phyllis Summery. Summey said that her son, Corbin Gayheart, had hit her in the chest after an argument over money. Corbin was located in the home, arrested and transported to the Starke County Jail. He has a preliminary charge of Battery Causing Injury.

4/5/2011 20-year-old Jaime Sanchez of Mexico was arrested for Driving Without a License. Upon further investigation, Sanchez was found to be an illegal immigrant. Sanchez posted bond on the charges and was deported back to Mexico.

From the Plymouth Police Department:

Arrests:
04/14/11 The Plymouth Police Department was called to the Prairie View Group Home after receiving a complaint that a court committed subject escaped from the facility. Officers located 18-year-old Shayne Hammer of Plymouth when officers confronted him, he resisted. Officers had to use force and a taser to gain control before he was transported to the Marshall County jail on preliminary charges of Escape and Resisting Law Enforcement.

04/13/11 A Knox man was arrested after leaving Wal-Mart with unpaid merchandise. The Plymouth Police Department was called to Wal-Mart after Jacob Scott, 24, of Knox stole merchandise and fled the store. Scott lead police on a foot pursuit through the Pioneer Seed wetlands area where he was eventually apprehended. He was taken to the Marshall County Jail on preliminary charges of Theft and Resisting Law Enforcement.

Remember When to Call 9-1-1

Robin Banks

This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Emergency services dispatchers are the first to hear of your emergency and they are responsible for getting police, fire, and EMS out to help you in your time of need.

Robin Banks has been a dispatcher at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department for 19 years. She says it’s important to be sure to answer all questions so they can give emergency personnel the information they need.

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It’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Dawn Bau

They are the first person you talk to in an emergency. They are the calming voice in the time of extreme situations. They are emergency services dispatchers at your local law enforcement agency.

This is the week to thank those who have dispatched police, fire, or EMS as a result of your emergency call. This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

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Knox Man Arrested after Leaving Children Alone in a Home

Curtis Bradley

A Knox man was arrested Wednesday after police found he left his children unattended in a home.

According to the police report, the Starke County Sheriff’s Department received a call that a person in a red truck was doing donuts in the parking lot at the Oak Estates apartments. The Knox City Police Department officer called to the scene didn’t find anyone there at the time, but the officer did locate the suspect vehicle at 345 Ruthie Drive with one of the rear truck tires on fire. The reporting officer noted that there was a pile of melted rubber behind the tire and there was a large skid mark in the road. The officer approached the residence and found Curtis Bradley in the home and asked if the truck outside was his and Bradley confirmed it was his. The officer told him that the truck was on fire and they went outside to the truck. Bradley reportedly tried to touch the burning tire and the officer pulled him back so he wouldn’t injure himself. Bradley then started to swing his arms at the officer wanting to fight. The officer told him to put his hands behind his back and Bradley resisted. After some force, Bradley was taken into custody. The fire department was called to extinguish the fire.

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John Brooke and Kimberly Hitchens Combined Trial Begins Friday in Starke Circuit Court

John Brooke

Kimberly Hitchens

The combined trial of Kimberly Hitchens and John Brooke is expected to begin with jury selection on Friday, April 8th at 9:00 a.m. in Starke Circuit Court.

According to court documents, on February 15th, 2010, Starke County officers went to a home at Bass Lake to serve an arrest warrant to Michael Drogosz, who allegedly planned an ambush on police when they served him the warrant. Kimberly Hitchens told police that Drogosz was not at the residence when they appeared. Drogosz was at the residence and in possession of assault rifles and incendiary devices and he did open fire on police with an assault weapon. An accomplice, James Reed, reportedly called John Brooke to come to the residence. He appeared carrying an assault rifle and wearing body armor.

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Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/01/11 A resident in the 500 Block of W. Talmer Avenue reported some tools taken from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway. Reported missing to the North Judson Police was a cordless drill and an Milwaukee hammer drill. This remains under investigation.

03/30/11 North Judson Police investigated a report of a shoplifter at the Dollar General Store. Chief Doug Vessely investigated the incident and arrested Jeannie B. Rubalcava for Theft and Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

03-28-11 North Judson Police responded to the 600 block of Lane Street in reference to a theft from a vehicle. A payroll check was taken from the glove box and the bank was notified to stop payment on the check. Also involved with this same incident was locating several credit cards and driver’s license, which were recovered and returned to the owner.

Arrests:
04/02/11 – Shane C. Howard, 20, 7580 S. 200 West, Winamac, IN, arrested Illegal Possession of Alcohol by Minor.

04/01/11 – Patrick Arnett, 20, North Judson, IN, arrested Illegal Possession Alcohol by Minor.

03/31/11 – Cutis M. Batey, 50, 705 E. Talmer Ave., North Judson, IN, arrested for Failure to Appear on a Starke County Warrant.

03/30/11 – Jeannie B. Rubalcava, 52, 6408 US #421, Medaryville, IN, arrested for Theft, Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams, and a Body Attachment from Pulaski County.

03/29/11 – Donald Ray Dennison, Jr., 21, 5344 Independence Ave., Portage, IN, arrested on a Failure to Appear Warrant through Porter County.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
04/02/11 Betty Barnett reported damage to her fence at 504 N Starke St. Lot:41

04/01/11 Hamlet Police responded to a noise complaint and verbal argument at the Down and Under Pub.

03/31/11 Patrick Newell Reported damage to his mailbox at 11 W. Indiana Ave. in Hamlet.

03/28/11 An unwanted subject removed from Wayne Apartments.

Arrests:
04/02/11 Richard Lavery was arrested and has preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Open Container.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/03/11 A Winamac resident told police that he was driving down the road and a tree fell on his truck. He wasn’t injured but his truck was damaged.

04/03/11 A caller in the Denham area reported that the woods were on fire near his residence. The North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.

04/03/11 A Winamac resident reported his bike stolen.

04/03/11 An officer was approached by a Pulaski resident who said that some unknown suspect(s) untied his pontoon boat. He believes someone tried to steal it but it got caught up.

04/03/11 A large field fire was reported in the Beardstown area. State Park employees were asked to check and see if it reached the campground. They reported that it hadn’t.

04/02/11 A Star City resident reported the theft of a horse trailer.

04/01/11 An accident involving a pickup truck and an ATV was reported to the Sheriff’s Department. No injuries were reported.

04/01/11 A caller called in a possible dog fight in Monterey. Police could not find any evidence of the event.

03/31/11 A Denham resident reported a grass fire and it was spreading fast. The North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/31/11 A woods fire was reported in the Ripley area. The Winamac Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/31/11 A possible woods fire was reported in the Starke City area. The Star City Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/31/11 A caller in the Bruce Lake area reported the theft of anhydrous tanks.

03/30/11 A caller reported a subject went up to a residence in Winamac and started loading up a bunch of stuff. After police investigated the call, the subject returned the property that was taken.

03/30/11 A woods fire was reported in the Medaryville area and it was spreading fast. The Medaryville Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/28/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a tailgate.

03/28/11 A caller reported a corn field on fire in the Pulaski area.

03/28/11 A caller reported that two male subjects came out of his barn and left on foot from his property. Nothing was reported stolen.

Arrests:
04/04/11 Arnold Neely, 47, 6286 N. US 421, Medaryville, IN, Court Order.

04/04/11 Allen Moore, 32, 308 Arlington St., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. Discharged 04/04/11

04/03/11 Billy Bates, 53, 17346 Tomahawk, Plymouth, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 04/03/11

04/02/11 Robert Howard, 25, 3201 W. 250 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 04/02/11

04/02/11 James Watts, 33, 527 W. Madison, Winamac, IN, arrested on a Starke County warrant. Discharged 04/02/11

04/02/11 Miranda Steele, 20, Culver, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/01/11 Melissa Slavens, 34, 236 W. Norway Rd., Monticello, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior. Discharged 04/01/11

03/31/11 Richard E. Gossett, 59, 741 E. Chouinard, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charge of Child Molestation.

03/30/11 Chad Weaver, 23, 2690 N. 175 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine and an active arrest warrant.

03/31/11 Michael Smith, 43, 612 Parkside, Valparaiso, IN, arrested on a LaPorte County warrant. Discharged 03/31/11

03/29/11 Sherrie L. Braasch, 43, 301 E. St. Lot 25, Winamac, IN, Court Order.

03/29/11 Jacqueline Mayhill, 31, 109 N. George Ct., Monticello, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. Discharged 03/29/11

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
04/04/11 Alcie Mercer reported the theft of $100 from her kitchen table. There is a suspect in this case.

04/01/11 Eunice Cleveland told police that some unknown person(s) had thrown a large rock through the driver’s side window of her 1998 Ford Ranger truck that was parked by Washington Street.

03/31/11 Hobart Givens reported that three of his tires on his 2001 Ford Taurus had been slashed and deflated. There is a possible suspect in the case.

03/30/11 The Water Superintendent advised that he shut off the water at 510 S. Shield Street on March 25th and his crews returned on March 28th to find the meter had been tampered with. They found that the resident had turned the water back on.

03/30/11 Dawn Stamper reported that someone stole her 15-month-old Pit Bull dog named Cooper. The dog was fenced in and she observed the entrance gate closed but it was not secured with the bungee cords that usually secure the gate. The cords were loosened and hanging off the gate.

Arrests:
04/03/11 Billy Bates, 53, 17346 Tomahawk, Plymouth, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant through Pulaski County.

04/02/11 Richard Kozecar, 21, 4015 S. 300 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

03/31/11 Justin Kleist, 28, 0575 N. 650 E. Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

03/27/11 Michael Furlong, 57, 408 E. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/03/11 Residents were walking on 150 S. and 800 E. and found was looked to be a mobile meth lab or a dumpsite.

04/03/11 Dale Shannon found a license plate and took it to the Sheriff’s Department.

04/02/11 A resident in the 1100 block of E. 400 N. in Knox reported that some unknown person(s) kicked in a basement door and window.

04/02/11 A resident in the 7200 block of W. 700 S. in North Judson reported finding a wallet.

04/01/11 A resident in the 4700 block of S. 450 W. in North Judson reported that his residence has been broken into and his guns and medications were taken.

04/01/11 Jason Crane called police report the theft of a kayak and two paddles.

04/01/11 Ida in the 5800 block of S. U Road E. in North Judson reported the theft of a security camera.

Arrests:
04/04/11 Lisa Napierkowski, 3595 N. 950 E., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Trafficking with an Inmate and Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance.

03/31/11 John Grigsby, 42, Monon, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended-Prior, Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property.

03/29/11 Omas Fletcher, 45, of Grovertown, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (two counts).

Two injured in Three Car Accident in Front of Knoll Brothers Truck Stop

Three vehicles were involved in an accident in front of the Knoll Brothers Truck Stop in Starke County at about 7:23 p.m. CT Friday, April 1st.

According to Starke County police, Charles Peterson, of Dysart, Iowa, was crossing the median into the parking lot pulling an oversized load. His trailer was just short of clearing the westbound lanes when Virginia Doenges, of South Whitley, Indiana, crashed into the middle axle of the trailer. Peterson continued into the parking lot and stopped. Doenges was incapacitated and could not be questioned about the crash; However, a witness told police that she never slowed down and crashed into the axle of the trailer and then spun around, coming to rest with no lights on in the middle of both westbound lanes. A third driver, Jamshid Nazari, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, never saw Doenges’ vehicle and was unable to avoid striking the car in the front right fender. A witness told police that Nazari never slowed to avoid the crash.

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Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
03/24/11 A guardian reported a 13-year-old female juvenile as a runaway to the North Judson Police. After a short investigation, North Judson Officer Dennis Fornelli located the female and returned her home.

03/21/11 North Judson Police responded to the 500 Block of Talmer Avenue in reference to a reported dog bite. An incident report was taken by police and a dog bite form was filed by the Starke County Humane Society. The animal owner was issued an ordinance ticket for an unlicensed dog which carries a $50.00 fine.

Arrests:
03/27/11 Marsha R. Davis, 26, 6466 W. 600 North, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

03/21/11 Randy L. Bishop, 33, 607 Lane Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on an active Child Support Warrant.

Hamlet Police Department

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
03/24/11 Todd Ferch reported that scrap had been stolen from his residence on Davis Street in Hamlet.

Arrests:
03/23/11 Johnathon Hummel was arrested on a preliminary charge of Criminal Trespass.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/27/11 A break-in was reported at a barn in Winamac. The owner did not know if anything was stolen at the time the call was placed.

03/27/11 Jasper County requested the Medaryville Fire Department to assist in investigating a call. An officer said there is a cloud of smoke and a weird smell. It could be an active meth lab.

03/26/11 Officers were called to an accident in Winamac where injuries were reported after a car was reported in a deep ditch. A person was reportedly airlifted out due to the extent of injuries sustained in the accident.

03/26/11 A caller in the Town of Pulaski reported that someone broke into his cabin on the river and stole all of his tools, a furnace, windows – everything he had to rehab the home.

03/25/11 A caller from the Town of Pulaski reported a stolen motorcycle. The bike was taken from his barn. It was last seen at the property one month ago.

03/25/11 Pulaski County Jail Division requested an officer in reference to found contraband.

03/25/11 A Winamac resident called to report that her daughter was in Valparaiso and the license plate was stolen off of her car.

03/24/11 A Monterey resident called police to report the theft of four kayaks from his residence.

03/23/11 An EMT called to report that she hit a deer and then she hit a cement guard rail. The airbags deployed and she is bleeding from the head. She is walking around but needs to be checked.

03/22/11 A caller in Francesville called to report that someone went completely through his fence and continued into his field. The caller said that there was no way the driver could get out of the car because the wire and post is wrapped around the car. The driver was not hurt in the accident.

03/21/11 A caller said her neighbor’s trailer was on fire. The suspect who was moving out allegedly stated that he was going to burn it down when he was done moving out.

03/21/11 A resident in the Town of Pulaski reported that his barn was broken into.

03/21/11 A man from North Judson called police to say that he may be following a green Ford Explorer he reported stolen over a year ago. After a VIN check, it turned out that the car was not the one reported stolen.

03/21/11 A caller reported an accident in Francesville. The driver had wrecked in the caller’s yard. The driver had hit a utility pole and the lines were on top of the vehicle. Power was reported out and utility crews were called to the scene. The driver was not injured.

03/21/11 Two people were injured after a tire flew off another vehicle. The incident happened in Winamac.

03/21/11 A driver called police to report a possible drunk driver ahead of him on the road in Medaryville. Police stopped the vehicle where they learned the driver had been talking on his cell phone and texting while driving. The driver was issued a citation.

Arrests:
03/26/11 Tracey Poor, 48, 480 13th St., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

03/26/11 Nicholas Burnell, 32, 1011 E. 700 N., Walkerton, IN, Court Order, Weekender. Discharged 03/27/11

03/23/11 Michelle Henson, 44, 124 N. Wisconsin, Lake Station, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear.

03/22/11 Judy Hagerman, 36, 1250 S. State Road 119, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 03/23/11

03/22/11 Timothy E. Hampton, 35, 313 W. Cool Spring, Michigan City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

03/21/11 Jason Alan Wilkerson, 35, 313 S. Maple Ave., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 03/22/11

03/21/11 Lyle Homer Rankin, 73, 183 W. 600 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/21/11

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
03/28/11 Kayla Thompson reported vandalism to a bedroom that was being rented at a residence in Knox. Items were also reported stolen from the residence. There is a possible suspect in the case.

03/28/11 Al Noble reported the theft of a Billy Goat leaf blower.

03/27/11 An employee at the Next Door Food Store reported the theft of $38 in gas.

03/26/11 Penny Back told police that some unknown people backed into the front bumper of her vehicle. The vehicle was parked on Main Street at the time of the incident.

03/24/11 Rolland McVey reported his truck stolen. He was sitting at his kitchen table when two male subjects came walking into his kitchen from his back room. He asked them how they got in and they said their daughter had been bitten by a dog. McVey said he doesn’t own a dog and he got up from the table and started walking toward them. They turned around and took off running out the back door. He later he looked out and saw his truck missing. His keys were missing from the key hook that hangs next to the back door. The males appeared to be in their late teens. The truck is a teal 1997 Ford truck.

03/23/11 Jeannie Brewer reported that she was out of her home for a few hours and when she returned, she found that her front door had been forced open. Her rented TV and surround sound system were stolen.

03/22/11 Matthew Zink reported that the two juvenile suspects who admitted stealing cash from him and promised restitution have not followed through with the agreement.

Arrests:
03/26/11 Michael Dalton, 50, 510 S. Shield St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

03/26/11 Cathy Kidd, 218 1/2 Washington St., Alexandria, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Body.

03/25/11 Joshua Sprinkle, 28, 7920 Blue Jay Ln. Apt B, Indianapolis, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .15%, Operating a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Body, and Possession of Marijuana.

03/25/11 Daniel Pastorcik, 310 N. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on two counts of Neglect of a Dependent, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Reckless Possession of Paraphernalia.
Tiffany Pastorcik, 309 Ruthie Dr. #A-4, Knox, IN, arrested on two counts of Neglect of a Dependent.

03/24/11 Samuel Smith, 47, 428 W. Elm Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Trespassing.

03/23/11 Daniel Jones Sr., 38, 4673 Garfield St., Gary, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/28/11 A Knox resident reported the theft of a 2000 GMC Sierra. The vehicle was not plated.

03/27/11 A North Judson resident called police to report some unknown person(s) pranking her by banging on the windows and ringing the door bell. This type of behavior has happened in the past.

03/27/11 Frank Mowbray reported his tools stolen.

03/27/11 Garrel Cole told police that he was down at Wythogan Park and backed into a cable by the river and broke it.

03/27/11 Police were dispatched to Hickory Hills Campground in reference to a theft that occurred there. Witnesses saw a purple pickup pull up to the property in question and a male subject got out, took something, put it into the truck and then drove away. Police caught up with the suspect who said he was given permission by an old man to take a battery from the residence. The witnesses stated that there wasn’t an old man there during the day. The suspect was subsequently arrested for theft.

03/26/11 Rodney Cooper reported his four wheeler stolen.

03/24/11 Shawn Allen reported the theft of his debit card.

03/24/11 A Knox resident residing in the 110 block of N. 1200 E. reported someone blew up his mailbox.

03/23/11 A gray Ford pickup was reported stolen from San Pierre Auto.

03/23/11 An unknown suspect damaged 10 bushes and broke beer bottles against the side of the Little Dove Baptist Church that caused cracks and holes.

Arrests:
03/27/11 Dale Chlebek, 45, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

03/27/11 Lisa Napierkowski, 29, of Knox, arrested on preliminary charges of False Reporting, Possession of Methamphetamine and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Theft from San Pierre Auto

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information on a theft from the San Pierre Auto dealership.

On Tuesday, March 22nd, officers were called to San Pierre Auto in reference to a broken window in the building. The suspect or suspects broke out the front window of the building and it looked like they crawled through the window to enter the business. While inside, the suspect(s) went through the desk drawers and cabinets throughout the building. They took five vehicle titles from a desk drawer, key fobs for four vehicles from a cabinet, one new NAPA battery, a battery jump pack and one expired dealer plate from 2008. It also appeared the suspect(s) went into the garage and went through all the tools. A knife reportedly used to pry open a safe was taken into evidence by police.

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Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

03/19/11 The North Judson Police responded to the Bank of Indiana in regards to counterfeit United States currency. Police investigated the incident and took possession of the counterfeit bills. An investigation continues as charges are pending. The Secret Service was notified of the incident.

Arrests:
03/14/11 Omas E. Fletcher, 45, 2070 N Garba Dr., Grovertown, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended Prior and Possession of Methamphetamine.

03/14/11 Nicole D. Moss, 38, 504 N. Starke St., Hamlet, IN, arrested for a Body Attachment Warrant.

03/15/11 Bryan S. Dollahan, 36, 302 Jones Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication and False Informing.

03/15/11 John P. Trent, 43, 302 Jones St. North Judson, IN, arrested for Battery Class A Misdemeanor.

03/18/11 Shanna M. Risner, 32, 0655 E. 500 South, North Judson, IN, arrested for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/18/11 A caller in Pulaski reported that her home and the neighbor’s home have been broken into. The lock on the gate was tampered with.

03/18/11 A resident in Denham reported the theft of a license plate.

03/18/11 A camper was seen on fire in the woods. The Medaryville Fire Department was called to the scene. No one was in the camper and the camper is was reported as a total loss.

03/18/11 A caller reported his vehicles stolen and now he believes someone is living in his home that he’s moving out of. Baby toys and rattles are in the house there weren’t there two days ago.

03/18/11 A resident told police that he is out of town and his neighbor called him to say that he saw someone standing by his garage. The caller said there shouldn’t be anyone at his residence.

03/17/11 A caller requested to speak to an officer to talk about items stolen from the house he is moving out of.

03/17/11 A caller reported shots fired behind his home. Police located subjects shooting a .22 into a safe backstop. No safety issues were noted.

03/17/11 A field fire was reported in Medaryville and it was spreading fast. The Medaryville Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/17/11 White County advised Pulaski County that Monon police were trying to catch up to a speeding car now headed into Pulaski County. The Monon unit stopped the driver in Francesville. Driver was cited for driving 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. The driver told police she was running late from a tanning appointment.

03/16/11 A caller told police that a vehicle has been left in a parking lot for a few days now and the caller fears that it may be stolen. A 72 hour tag was placed on the vehicle.

03/16/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of a 1953 Jeep, 4-5 propane tanks, torch set, 3 wheeler and possible more from a residence. Caller told police that the whole house was trashed. Caller said he had moved and went to check on the Jeep and it was gone. A 1981 Pontiac Firebird was also stolen.

03/16/11 A caller in Winamac reported being bit by a dog. The dog was being walked on a leash. The dog tore the caller’s pants and punctured the skin. The caller wanted to know if the dog has had all of its shots.

Arrests:
03/20/11 Todd Fischer, 43, 104 Maple Dr., Medaryville, IN, Court Order for 14 days.

03/20/11 Cheyenne Allen, 34, 6077 N. 575 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of LaPorte County.

03/20/11 Diane Allen, 33, 5218 S. Driftwood, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of Starke County. Discharged 03/20/11.

03/19/11 Paul Burgess, 43, 504 117th St., Hammond, IN, Weekender.

03/19/11 Russell Antrim, 55, 6355 W. State Road 14, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 031/9/11.

03/19/11 Gregory Perkins, 50, 405 E. 13th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 03/19/11.

03/18/11 Arthur Smith, 19 335 W. Narrow St., Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication, Resisting Law Enforcement, Minor Consuming, and Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 03/19/11.

03/18/11 Kelsie Gainer, 19, 2554 S. 1000 W., Kewanna, IN, Court Order, Weekender. Discharged 03/20/11.

03/18/11 Johnny Green, 42, 419 W. Maple Dr., Knox, IN, Court Order 27 days.

03/18/11 Jacob Carter, 28, 715 E. Washington, Rensselaer, IN, Court Order 120 days.

03/17/11 Mogan Malek, 26, 315 S. Slate, Culver, IN, arrested on an active warrant. Discharged 03/18/11.

03/17/11 Michael Dennis, 36, 2901 S. Goyer Rd. Apt. 9, Kokomo, IN, Court Order.

03/17/11 Erica Oquendo, 35, 3934 Evergreen Rd. Apt #4, East Chicago, IN, Court Order.

03/16/11 Gene Wilkerson, 24, 285 Node Rd., Center, KY, Court Order. Discharged 03/17/11.

03/15/11 Mindy Gross, 31, 104 E. Rensselaer St., Mt. Ayr, Indiana, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/17/11.

03/15/11 Michael Smith, 30, 8676 E. Van Buren, Culver, IN, Court Order. Discharged 03/15/11.

03/15/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 867 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active warrant. Discharged 03/15/11.

03/14/11 Glenn Scott, 19, 114 S. Smith, Kewanna, IN, Court Order.

03/14/11 Trent A Deardorff, 25, 3436 E. 250 S. Star City, IN, Weekender.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Arrests:
3/20/2011 Jody Spicer was arrested on a warrant for two counts of Burglary, two counts Theft, Criminal Trespassing, Criminal Mischief, and Battery resulting in bodily injury.

3/17/2011 Adam Makowski was arrested and charged with Theft Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of Marijuana.

3/17/2011 Steven Sandoval was arrested and charged with Theft Receiving Stolen Property and False Informing.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
03/21/11 A Knox woman told police that she was in and out of her house moving boxes all day and as she was walking out of her house and she was hit by someone in the face. The police noticed that the left side of her face and eye were red and swollen. There are no suspects at this time.

03/18/11 The cashier at Next Door Food Store called police to report that she found a clear bag containing a white powder in the parking lot. The powder was field tested and it was positive for methamphetamine.

03/16/11 Dawn Allen reported that while she was at work, she saw someone parked in her driveway and she yelled at them to leave. Upon leaving, the suspect backed up into her fence and left.

Arrests:
03/21/11 Kelly Robinson, 20, 701 E. Danker St., #18, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery, Strangulation and Interfering with Reporting a Crime.

03/20/11 Clark Clemons, 707 E. St. Louis St., Knox, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

03/18/11 John O’Malley Jr., 72, 6355 E. 25 N., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .08%.

03/18/11 Samuel Singleton, 36, 0345 N. State Road 23, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Prescription Forgery.

03/17/11 Terry Wheeler, 15 1/2 Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

Accidents:
03/20/11 The Knox City Police Department investigated a two car accident on State Road 8 and County Road 500 East. According to the accident report, Austin Tessner of Knox was traveling westbound on State Road 8, just past County Road 500 East, when he observed the vehicle in front of him slow quickly. He applied his brakes but was unable to avoid a collision with Rosalind Romenzak of Knox who told police she was slowing quickly because the car in front of her stopped quickly to turn into a driveway on State Road 8. When Romanzak’s car was hit, she lost control of her vehicle and she hit a NIPSCO pole, breaking it in half. She sustained a minor injury in the crash. A portion of the City lost power as a result of the accident.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/19/11 A Monterey man told police that he and his wife had been out of town and when they returned home, the lock on the REMC electric box had been cut.

03/19/11 A resident requested an officer to report her license stolen.

03/19/11 Mike Childers reported his mailbox stolen. In a later conversation with the suspect in the incident, the suspect agreed to reimburse Childers for the mailbox.

03/19/11 A caller notified police that his friend’s car was damaged. The car’s ignition switch had been tampered with while the vehicle was parked in the 700 block of N. 1025 E. in Knox.

03/18/11 Julie Bailey reported finding a small black Sony camera case with an ATM card and other identification in it. Police took possession of the item.

03/18/11 A caller from the 2300 block of S. US 35 in Knox reported the theft of all the copper from her air conditioner.

03/18/11 Phyllis Shepherd told police that a piece of firewood from the back of the truck traveling in front of her flew out and went through her windshield. She needs an officer for a report.

03/18/11 A Knox resident reported the theft of a furnace.

03/17/11 A Knox resident called police to report that two windows have been kicked in at her residence.

03/17/11 A caller reported a stop sign down at 100 West and Toto Road.

03/16/11 Linda Fort of North Judson reported the theft of a safe, guns and several other items from her residence.

03/15/11 A caller told police that a man in a green Pontiac was running down a male subject on foot in Borne’s Trailer Park. Officers did not locate anyone at the scene.

Arrests:
03/19/11 Christopher Keiper, 20, of Grovertown, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Illegal Possession.

03/19/11 Lisa Napierkowski, 29, of Knox, IN, arrested on a probation violation.

03/15/11 Michael Reimbold, 40, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Intimidation on Law Enforcement and Disorderly Conduct.

Starke County Police Arrest Knox Man after Brief Police Chase

Tad Gentry

Tad Gentry, of Knox, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a brief police chase in Starke County.

According to Rob Olejniczak from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, he spotted a vehicle being driven by Gentry on State Road 8 and 1025 E. in Starke County. He had false and fictitious plates and no driver’s license. The officer initiated a traffic stop and Gentry did not stop and ran from police on 1025 E. After traveling for a mile-an-a-half, Gentry lost control of his vehicle, went off the road, into a field and hit a tree. He then fled on foot for a short distance when police apprehended him and took him into custody. Officers reportedly found methamphetamine and marijuana in his possession at the time of his arrest.

Gentry has preliminary charges of Habitual Traffic Violator for Life, Resisting Law Enforcement by Fleeing in a Vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement on foot, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana.

Police Reports

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
03/11/11 The North Judson Police Department responded to a break-in at Ray’s Super Foods on Lane Street on Friday around 4:50 a.m. A back entry door appeared to have been pried open and a front window was broken out. Unknown subject(s) entered the business taking both cash and merchandise with several tobacco products being taken as well. It is believed the burglar(s) made entry between 3:00 and 4:20 a.m. Police have few leads and are asking for the public’s help by encouraging people who might have any information regarding this incident to call the North Judson Police at (574)772-5914 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-STOP or 1-574-288-STOP. Chief Doug Vessely reminds people if you call Crime Stoppers you don’t have to leave your name and they do not have caller ID. “Any tips would be greatly appreciated,” Vessely added.

Arrests:
03/08/11 Samuel M. J. Bradley, 35, 5202 S. Detroiter Lane, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
03/10/11 James Demis reported the attempted theft of gas from his vehicle from 111 S. Jefferson St., in Hamlet.

03/11/11 Richard Main reported that his vehicle had been vandalized overnight at 504 N. Starke St., Lot #59, in Hamlet.

03/13/11 An unwanted subject was removed from 603 E. Plymouth in Hamlet.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/13/11 The Medaryville Fire Department was called to a fire in the Medaryville area. The person calling in the fire told dispatch that a van just burst into flames. After investigating the fire, it was learned that the van could have been stolen.

03/12/11 A Winamac resident reported that someone just backed up into her brand new car.

03/12/11 A caller in Winamac reported the theft of mail from the mailbox.

03/12/11 A Winamac resident complained that three males with metal detectors were at a residence and digging up the yard. The three told police they were looking for coins. Police asked them to leave the premises as they didn’t have permission to be on the property.

03/12/11 A Francesville caller reported a stolen truck. The caller believes the babysitter stole the truck. The babysitter often runs errands in the truck but now she has taken off with the truck and will not give it back.

03/12/11 A caller in the Denham area reported a crimper and wagon stolen from the property.

03/12/11 A caller in the Monon area reported that some unknown person with a chemical is going door to door and it seemed suspicious.

03/12/11 A caller in the northwestern part of the county told dispatch that he had permission to leave his broke-down truck in front of a residence and he would have it towed. He left the area and when he returned, the truck was there but the truck’s license plate was gone.

03/11/11 A caller in the Pulaski area called to report that a summer home had been broken into. The garage door was open and a John Deere Gator was missing.

03/11/11 A Winamac resident advised police that a girl threw his bike in the river. After confronted by police, the girl retrieved the bicycle.

03/10/11 Jasper County dispatch advised that a suspicious male is going door to door asking residents for gas money. They believe the subject may be headed into Pulaski County.

03/10/11 The action of property damage vehicle accident in White County caused a pole to snap in half that affected residents in Pulaski County. No serious injuries were reported.

03/10/11 An officer was requested for a belligerent customer at a local gas station who doesn’t want to pay for gas.

03/10/11 A theft was reported from Ace Hardware.

03/10/11 A caller in the Denham area called police to report 20-23 roosters tethered to barrels. The caller thought the police should look into this in case it’s for cock fighting purposes.

03/09/11 A Medaryville caller told police that some unknown person tried to break into his garage again. The suspect was wearing all black and took off after the homeowner shot at the subject with his BB gun.

03/08/11 A Medaryville resident reported the theft of a car stereo.

Arrests:
03/14/11 Trent Deardorff, 25, 5436 E. 250 S., Star City, IN, Court Order.

03/12/11 Justin Back, 23, 2835 E. Toto Rd., Knox, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 03/12/11

03/11/11 Marie Collins, 42, 2702 Paoli Pl., New Albany, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

03/10/11 Michael McGovern, 42, 706 N. Riverside Dr., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and a Court Order.

03/10/11 Jennifer Summers, 30, 6341 N. US 231, Rensselaer, IN, Bond Revoked.

03/10/11 Jon Heck, 57, 224 W. 12th, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Public Intoxication.

03/10/11 Jonathan Wulitich, 34, 207 S. Cray St., San Pierre, IN, Court Order. Discharged 3/10/11

03/09/11 Angela Spiller, 57, 10005 E. State Road 8, Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/11/11

03/08/11 Dennis Williams, 36, 3420 W. 200 N., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

03/08/11 Craig Cranmar, 48, 7920 Country Breeze, Culver, IN, Court Order.

03/08/11 James Fox, 42, 2730 Fairbanks St., Gary, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/08/11

03/07/11 Thomas F. Warren, 56, 7653 Crist Ln., Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/07/11

03/07/11 Dalena Kretchmer, 43, 1022 Warehouse St., Lafayette, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 03/07/11

03/07/11 Ozzy J. Blameuser, 20, 303 N. Smith St., Kewanna, IN, Court Order. Discharged 03/13/11.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
03/13/11 Jose Gorge told police that a black and white dog was chasing the chickens in his chicken house and the dog killed one of them. Gorge told police that he is missing about 11 chickens and he believes the dog has killed all of them.

03/13/11 An officer was called to Wythogan Park where two women reported being harassed by a man in a red truck. He reportedly approached the women demanding money.

03/12/11 Rhonda Zitt, 404 E. New York St., Knox, IN, cited for Driving While Suspended-Prior.

03/11/11 Natalie Scott reported damage to her vehicle while it was parked at Five Star. There is a possible suspect.

03/11/11 Brad Lovely reported his 1997 S10 pickup stolen from 53 W. Lake St. There is a suspect in this case.

03/09/11 Knox City police were called to the Astoria Inn. An employee reportedly found drug paraphernalia in a motel room.

03/09/11 Crystal Reed reported finding a debit card at the Keybank ATM along with the receipt.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
03/13/11 A structure fire was reported in the 8700 block of E. 25 N. Washington Township Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/13/11 Kyle Nissen reported the theft of trailer axles in the 500 block of S. 275 W. in North Judson.

03/12/11 Kyle Nissen reported the theft of two mobile home axles.

03/12/11 Craig McEndarfer reported the theft of a Yamaha Zuma.

03/12/11 Clyde Singleton reported an attempted break-in. Some unknown person(s) attempted to break into his shed. He fired a gun in the direction of the people running from his residence.

03/11 Marsha with A.L. Olson Real Estate requested to speak with an officer. An air conditioning unit was stolen from a house that is up for foreclosure and needs a report.

03/10/11 Cathy Brown called 9-1-1 to report her house was on fire. She said it started in the chimney. The San Pierre Fire Department was called to the scene.

03/10/11 Roberta Williams requested an officer. Checks were written on a closed account.

03/10/11 Ashley Jones of Monticello reported her cell phone stolen from the Sand Bar.

03/09/11 Jake Lovely reported a stolen cell phone.

03/08/11 A caller reported a neighbor’s truck stolen.

Arrests:
03/13/11 Colton Romenzak, 21, Knox, IN arrested on charges of Domestic Battery and Criminal Mischief. After appearing in Knox City Court, he was given an added charge of Contempt of Court.

03/13/11 Frank Solberg, 41, arrested on a Violation of a Protective Order-Invasion of Privacy.

03/13/11 Jerry Sanchez, 40, South Bend, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Conversion.

03/12/11 Donald Fletcher, 42, of North Judson, IN, arrested on an active body attachment warrant.

03/12/11 Craig Coad, 29, of Monterey, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.