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From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/20/11 The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum reported to North Judson Police that entry was made into one of the sheds on the property. No items were missing, however both police and railroad workers have increased security patrols.

05/1911 The North Judson Police Department investigated a runaway report involving a 15-year-old male. The boy was located later in the evening in Jasper County and was returned to a parent. A report was furnished to the Starke County Probation Department.

05/19/11 A North Judson Dollar General employee reported to police they had a shoplifter. North Judson Police located the suspect, a 16-year-old female, who was returned to her parents and a report was furnished to the Probation Department.

05/19/11 Two North Judson juvenile female neighbors took one of their parents’ vehicle out of the garage and drove the vehicle around the block. The vehicle did strike some items and sustained damage. Both girls were released to their parents as well as the vehicle. North Judson Police completed an accident report.

05/18/11 A resident called North Judson police to report entry being made into an abandoned home in the 100 block of Sycamore Street. No items were reported missing, however the home was ransacked.

05/18/11 Windows were reported broken out of a home in the 500 block of High Street. North Judson Police are investigating the incident. The home was empty at the time.

Arrests:
05/19/11 Rafael Pacheco, Jr, 18, 7340 S. 1075 W., San Pierre, IN, arrested for Conversion.

05/19/11 A 16-year-old female juvenile was arrested for Conversion from Dollar General.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/21/11 A Winamac resident reported that her ex-boyfriend will not return items that belong to her and wants to file a theft report.

05/20/11 A out-of-town resident called and said that he has property in Pulaski County and found that some unknown person(s) has stolen his lawnmower. His neighbor also reported his lawnmower stolen the day before.

05/20/11 A caller in the Winamac area reported that a car came off of a semi-hauler and crashed into his car. The caller was not injured in the accident.

05/20/11 A resident driving in the Pulaski area reported that a three-wheel tractor hit her car and continued to travel down the road.

05/20/11 A Francesville resident reported the theft of a vehicle.

05/18/11 A resident in the Monterey area reported the theft of power tools.

05/17/11 A Winamac resident found a Social Security card and took it to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department in an attempt to find the owner.

Arrests:
05/21/11 Joe Markley, 46, 2791 S. 175 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

05/21/11 Bradley W. Kough, 20, 317 S. West St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor Consumption. Discharged 05/22/11

05/20/11 McKenzie B. Ehrhardt, 20, 532 E. Main St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Consumption of Alcohol. Discharged 05/21/11

0520/11 Matthew Gould, 26, 2575 E. 550 S., Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Contributing to a Minor and Reckless Driving. Discharged 05/21/11

05/20/11 Raymond Bloch, 52, 8202 W. 200 S. Francesville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/20/11

05/18/11 Nicholas A. Burrell, 32, 10375 E. State Road 23, Walkerton, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Drug-Induced Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 05/19/11

05/17/11 Robert Clawson, 28, 5911 S. State Road 119, Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear and a Probation Violation.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/23/11 A juvenile at the Knox Middle School reported the theft of a bicycle.

05/20/11 Robert Bogivich reported that he was parked in front of the New Millenium downtown and he observed a white van back into his Corvetter that was parked in front of the building.

05/19/11 Officers were called to a factory where drugs were found.

05/18/11 Brian Sheperd reported the theft of an electric razor.

Several credit card and bank fraud cases are being investigated by the Knox City Police Department.

Arrests:
05/18/11 Justin A. McDaniel, 22, 185 S. 925 E., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Interference with Reporting a Crime.

05/18/11 Three juveniles were arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Consumption of Alcohol.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/21/11 Sherry Everage called to report kids breaking out windows on a house at the corner of 700 East and 200 North.

05/21/11 A Trooper was notified of a resident possibly stealing construction equipment in the Ober area.

05/21/11 A resident requested an officer to report theft of services.

05/20/11 A North Judson resident flagged down an officer to report two missing radar detectors.

05/20/11 A report was given to police that the barricades were moved in the area of Range Road and 500 S. Dirtbikes and four-wheelers were going through the area where work is being done on the bridge.

05/19/11 A resident in the 11900 block of E. 50 N. in Knox reported the theft of a snow blower.

05/19/11 A resident in then 9700 block of E. 150 N. in Grovertown reported the theft of electronic items.

05/18/11 Brian from the Bass Lake Beach and Campground reported the theft of a golf cart.

05/17/11 Linda reported that a golf cart has been stolen from a camper at the Bass Lake Campground. It was attached to a camper with a cable.

05/16/11 A resident in the 11500 block of E. State Road 8 in Knox reported the theft of a vehicle.

Arrests:
05/21/11 David Lewandowski, 35, 8260 E. CR 550 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated and Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle.

05/21/11 James Darren Daniel, 540 N. 800 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

05/20/11 Randy Freet, 46, 9585 E. 200 N., Grovertown, IN, arrested on two counts of Strangulation, Domestic Battery and Interference with Reporting a Crime.

05/17/11 Douglas Beem, of Knox, was arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substances, Possession of Legend Drugs and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Myrtle Beem, of Grovertown, was arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substances, Possession of Legend Drugs and Possession of Paraphernalia.
David P, Howard, of Knox, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Visiting a Common Nuisance.

05/17/11 Tony A. Glover, 46, 106 ½ W. Market St., Nappanee, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon.

Accidents:
05/22/11 Judith Rochracher of Knox told police that she was driving south on Range Road by 450 N. in Starke County when her purse fell over. While driving, she attempted to pick it up. She looked up and almost hit a pole. She swerved to the left and drove into a ditch. The ditch was filled with water and the vehicle was completely submerged in the water. Rochracher was not injured. She was cited for expired plates and no insurance.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:

05/16/11 Officers responded to 504 N. Starke St. for juvenile problems.

Arrests:

05/17/11 Joseph P. Spiewak was arrested on charges of Domestic Battery.

The Hamlet Police Department have their own webpage.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Receives Transfer for Pension Fund

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

The pension fund for the Starke County Sheriff’s Department has received its necessary fund transfer, thanks to Sheriff Oscar Cowen and the County Council. At their joint meeting with the Commissioners, Cowen asked for $108,514.32 to be transferred to the Sheriff’s Pension Fund. This transfer has been requested annually for several years.

“We call it the riverboat money. It comes in, it goes into an account. The only way it can come out of that account is the sheriff has to ask for it. And if the sheriff doesn’t ask for it, it can’t be taken out,” said Commissioner Dan Bridegroom.

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Man Arrested after Threatening Starke County Woman with Knife

Tony A. Glover

Tony A. Glover, of Nappanee, Indiana, was arrested by officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday, May 17th after he allegedly placed a knife against the throat of a Knox woman and threatened to harm her.

According to the police report, three witnesses told police that Glover had placed a knife against the victim’s throat and threatened her. Glover was in possession of knife at the time police questioned him about the incident. He told police that he never threatened the victim or the witnesses.

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Starke County Law Enforcement to Participate in Operation Pull Over Blitz

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Hamlet Police Department, Knox City Police Department and the North Judson Police Department will be participating in an Operation Pull Over Blitz that begins today and goes through June 5th. Officers will be on extra patrols to conduct a campaign on seat belt safety.

This enforcement period is designed to save lives and the officers encourage all occupants in a vehicle to wear their seat belts. Anyone not wearing their seat belt when stopped by police will receive a ticket. 250 other police agencies throughout the state will be focusing on this seat belt enforcement. Officers will also be watching for drivers who follow too closely, make unsafe lane changes, drive aggressively, fail to properly restrain children in child seats, and operate a vehicle while impaired.

Three Starke County Residents Arrested after Police Find Methamphetamine in Home

David P. Howard

Doug Beem

Myrtle Beem

Three Starke County residents were arrested Tuesday on methamphetamine related charges. Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department conducted a search warrant at Myrtle Beem’s residence at 9792 E. 150 N. in Grovertown where they allegedly found methamphetamine, precursors to manufacture methamphetamine, controlled substances, legend drugs and drug paraphernalia.

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Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/11/11 A report was made by the North Judson Police Department in regards to the theft of a wallet from an unlocked vehicle while it was parked in the alley of the 200 block of W . Sycamore. No cash was missing; however, credit cards and other items were taken.

05/09/11 The Incorporated Town of North Judson reported to police about the theft of water and water services in the 300 block of 625 South. A complete report was furnished to the Starke County Prosecutor requesting a warrant.

Arrests:
05/12/11 Carmen C. Clemons, 46, 6290 S. SR 10, Knox, IN, arrested on a Failure To Appear Warrant.

05/11/11 Joel L. Frederick, 20, 3724 E. 1300 North, Wheatfield, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

05/10/11 Nathan A. Suffridge, 30, 403 Lane Street, North Judson, IN arrested for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/10/11 Tina M Benton, 41, North Judson, IN, arrested on Starke County warrant.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/15/11 A resident in the Star City area reported that he has trespassers on his property. Two subjects were given citations for hunting on private property without permission.

05/15/11 A resident, who has recently been in the Pulaski County Jail, told police that some unknown person(s) attempted to break into her car.

05/14/11 A resident in the Pulaski area told police that he thinks someone put antifreeze in his dog’s food.

05/14/11 A Dollar General store employee called police to report a theft of items from the store.

05/13/11 A Winamac resident reported to police that a green van has been parked in a lot for 2-3 weeks. Upon further investigation, it was found that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Peru, Indiana.

05/13/11 A Winamac resident told police she saw someone tear up a bunch of mail and throw it into the river.

05/11/11 A resident in the Medaryville area reported the theft of saws.

Arrests:
05/13/11 Ricky A. McAbee, 29, 10251 E. 775 S., Monterey, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended.

05/13/11 Otis T. Young, 30, 1509 W. Harrison, Plymouth, IN, arrested on a Marshall County warrant and has additional charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Syringe, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

05/13/11 Avery A. Mullins, 28, of 477 N. 200 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on a Marshall County warrant and Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Syringe, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

05/13/11 Justin J. Olds, 22, 402 W. Main St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Disorderly Conduct. Discharged 05/13/11

05/13/11 Eric S. Wireman, 27, 1538 W. 160 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy. Discharged 05/14/11

05/13/11 Casey L. Carter, 20, 162 N. 325 W. Rensselaer, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor Consumption. Discharged 05/14/11

05/12/11 Chastity Morgan, 31, 6974 N. Center St., Monterey, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

05/12/11 Audrey Timm, 26, 203 W. Washington, Winamac, IN, arrested on a Starke County attachment. Discharged 05/12/11

05/11/11 Everette R. Price, 34, 16614 W. State Road 114 Lot 3B, Francesville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery. Discharged 05/13/11

05/11/11 Mark A. Minix, 49, 0140 W. Toto Rd., North Judson, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants for Failure to Appear. Discharged 05/12/11

05/10/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 865 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/12/11

05/10/11 Carl Larkin, 48, 1867 N. 1550 W., Medaryville, IN, Court Order.

05/10/11 Ross Alvarez, 25, 3387 Texas St., Lake Station, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/12/11

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/16/11 A female resident reported that she was involved in a domestic battery situation. She told police she was cut on her finger by a knife and she had been slapped in the face by her boyfriend. No arrests have been made at this time.

05/10/11 Rebecca Scott reported the theft of her purse from her vehicle.

Arrests:
05/14/11 Cory Minix, 32, 4295 E. 200 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Resisting Law Enforcement.
Police were called to 4355 East 200 South for a complaint of a man to appeared to be high on a narcotic drug. When police arrived, the complainant gave them the description of the man and officers went to search for the man. The officers walked into the backyard and saw a man holding a chain saw standing next to a garage. The officers announced their presence and the man turned and walked away. The officers followed the man and as the officers were approaching the man, they announced their presence and Cory Minix asked the officers to repeat themselves as he walked towards them. According to police, Minix was walking quickly toward the officers with a chain saw in his hand and began yelling and cursing at the officers. Minix was ordered to drop the chain saw and he did not. The officer drew his weapon because the officer thought Minix was going to strike him with the chain saw. Minix threw the chain saw on the ground toward the officer and was taken into custody. Minix was not the suspect the officers were originally were looking for; however, the suspect in question was later located by a Starke County Sheriff’s deputy.
05/13/11 Stephen Pearce, 19, Super Value Inn, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Consumption.

05/12/11 Matthew Stamper, 29, 550 E. Washington St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Intimidation (two counts) and Domestic Battery.

05/12/11 Samuel Smith, 47, 428 W. Elm Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Disorderly Conduct, Domestic Battery, Intimidation, and Criminal Confinement.

05/10/11 Mark Minix, 49, 0140 W. Toto Rd., North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant out of Pulaski County for Failure to Appear.

05/10/11 Tina Christ, 20, 14758 Oak Ct., Plymouth, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, False Informing, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Legend Drug.
Brian Coffin, 44, 504 N. Starke St., Lot #59, Hamlet, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery, False Informing, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Legend Drug.

05/10/11 Samuel Clemons, 18, 245 S. 800 E., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/15/11 A resident in the 8800 block of N. State Road 23 in Walkerton reported the theft of steel off the property.

05/15/11 James Henry reported the theft of 2 ATVs.

05/14/11 An employee at the Grovertown Truck Stop reported that a customer who said he forgot his wallet when trying to pay for gas has left and has not returned to pay for gas.

05/13/11 A resident in the 3000 block of E. 200 S. in Knox told police that some unknown person(s) blew up her mailbox.

05/13/11 Keith Vincent told police that his daughter was bitten in the face by the neighbor’s dog. The dog bite was not severe and the neighbor told the Vincent family that the dog was current on vaccinations.

05/11/11 A resident in the 10800 block of E. Kanney Ave., in Walkerton reported that his window was shot with a BB gun the night before and and unknown juvenile just hit the window and shattered it.

Arrests:
05/14/11 Delbert Porter, 50, of Walkerton, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Domestic Battery.

05/14/11 Michael Ernsberger, 35, of Walkerton, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Criminal Recklessness.

05/12/11 Terry Ashton, 35, Knox, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

05/12/11 John Wessely Rupert, 28, 45 W. Lake St., Apt. B, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

Accidents:
05/15/11 At 3:34 p.m., Don Ferguson from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department was driving a county squad car southbound on 100 West in the North Judson area when a vehicle driven by Linda Howell from North Judson entered the roadway and turned northbound from a driveway on the east side of the roadway and the front driver’s corner of Howell’s vehicle entered Ferguson’s lane of travel. Howell stated that she didn’t see Ferguson coming. Visibility was diminished due to vegetation. There were no injuries.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Investigates Fatal Accident

Starke County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to a one vehicle car accident Wednesday on 600 E. near 400 North in Hamlet. A red pickup truck was located in the ditch and was occupied by Don Paul, 74, of Grovertown. Paul was taken to IU Health Starke Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A medical condition is believed to have caused the accident. Assisting at the scene were the Hamlet and Knox Fire Departments.

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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/08/11 A Winamac resident called police to report a hit and run. He had his car parked by the movie theatre and while he was at the movie with his friends, some unknown person(s) did damage to his vehicle.

05/08/11 Dollar General reported a shoplifter.

05/08/11 A Francesville resident reported a male juvenile subject shooting a BB gun around the area and hitting the neighbors’ property.

05/07/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a handgun.

05/06/11 A vehicle fire was reported to police in the Winamac area. Vehicle was fully engulfed when emergency personnel arrived on scene.

05/06/11 A cock fighting incident was reported to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

05/03/11 A Winamac resident said he just got home and noticed his apartment had been broken into. A flat screen TV was taken.

05/02/11 A Winamac resident requested an officer for vandalism to a vehicle. A mirror was tampered with and the other was pried off and run over by another vehicle.

05/02/11 A stolen scooter was located and returned.

05/02/11 A Denham resident reported the theft of a license plate.

05/02/11 A resident in the Bruce Lake area reported to police that three sheds were broken into at his summer place. Three sheds had locks on them and they were cut off. Several items were reported stolen.

Arrests:
05/08/11 Tyson Matthews, 21, 15811 W. 200 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery and Interference in Reporting a Crime. Discharged 05/09/11

05/05/11 Dustin Brubaker, 23, 3087 W. 700 N. Rochester, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 05/05/11

05/05/11 Arthur Smith, 19, 335 W. Narrow St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/09/11

05/03/11 Lelia Zengri, 24, 3355 N. 300 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/03/11

05/03/11 Elyse N. Jackson, 26, 2604 W. 700 N., Rensselaer, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 05/08/11

05/02/11 Tracy Redelman, 44, 2577 S. 50 E., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 05/03/11

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
05/07/11 The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum again called police for juvenile subjects throwing rocks at the train as it passed by along English Lake Road, just north of North Judson. North Judson Police responded and spoke with three juveniles responsible for throwing the rocks. A report was made and the parents were notified of the incident. No injuries or damages were sustained.

Arrests:
05/06/11 Stephanie N. Stoll, 23, 1475 W. 400 South, North Judson, IN arrested on a Starke Circuit Court Warrant for Theft and Forgery.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/08/11 Mike Singleton reported damage to a lock at the Knox Moose Family Center. He had tried to use his key to unlock the front door and found that it had been tampered with. He told police that he would have to open up the lock manually and replace the two keys that are inside the lock that had been damaged. There are no suspects at this time.

Arrests:
05/08/11 Dusty Kasten, 40, 9720 E. 100 N., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/05/11 Matthew Foster, 55, 4355 E. 200 S., Knox IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/03/11 Floyd S. Earnest III, 28, 702 Williams St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

05/03/11 A juvenile was arrested on a charge of Possession of Marijuana.

Starke County Jail

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/07/11 A vehicle fire was reported in the 3900 block of South 200 E. in Knox.

05/07/11 A resident in the 200 block of N. 600 E. in Knox reported the theft of his daughter’s mailbox.

05/06/11 A Walkerton resident reported that some juveniles shot out his window with a BB gun and now they are coming to his residence and banging on his windows.

05/06/11 A vehicle fire was reported in the 6000 block of 500 S. in North Judson.

05/06/11 A resident in the 5800 block of E. 100 N. in Knox reported the theft of a wallet and purse.

05/06/11 A resident in the 2300 block of S. State Road 39 in North Judson reported to police that a window and screen were busted at the house.

05/04/11 A Grovertown resident reported the theft of a snow tire and rim from the residence. The suspect(s) also took the cover off a John Deere tractor.

05/04/11 A resident in the 5200 block of S. 800 E. in Knox reported the theft of a tractor.

05/02/11 Diana Hale of North Judson called to report her mailbox was damaged. Her brother’s mailbox was also damaged.

Arrests:
05/08/11 Stephen Manchen, 23, of Walkerton, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and Interference with the Reporting of a Crime.

05/08/11 Michael A. Casey, 40, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

05/07/11 Charles Richard Shelby, 19, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

05/02/11 Kurt Wallace, 47, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Trespass.
Matthew Salyer, 37, of North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Trespass.

05/02/11 Ioan Sirghi, 57, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Receiving Stolen Property and Trespass.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Arrests:
05/09/11 Laura M. Beem was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Open Container and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

05/06/11 Two juveniles from Hamlet were arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery and the case was turned over to the Starke County Probation Department.

05/06/11 David P. Howard was arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

05/05/11 Barbara Main of Hamlet was arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery.

Search Warrant Served at Scrap Yard May have Uncovered Stolen Items from Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum

North Judson Police Chief, Doug Vessely, told the North Judson Town Board this week that a recent search warrant conducted at the scrap yard in Knox by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Knox City Police Department and the North Judson Police Department may have uncovered stolen property from the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson. Museum staff had reported joint bars stolen plus other items worth thousands of dollars. The incident remains under investigation.

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Environmental Collection Event in Starke County a Success

A semi load of tires, similar to this load from last year, was hauled from the Highway Garage Saturday afternoon

The 2011 Environmental event at the Starke County Highway Garage was a big success. A record number of vehicles passed through during the four day event that occurred Wednesday, April 27th through Saturday, April 30th.

750 vehicles came through where residents were able to dispose of their materials. 450 of those vehicles came through on Saturday. 1,500 gallons of oil was disposed of, 6 semi trailers of tires were hauled away, and several semi loads of appliances and computers were taken from the Highway Garage. Two semi loads of hazardous waste was collected.

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Police Reports

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
04/3011 The North Judson Police Department investigated a battery complaint in the 400 Block of E. Talmer Avenue involving juveniles. After all the subjects were interviewed by Police, a complete report was furnished to both the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office and Juvenile Probation for charges. One young boy did sustain minor medical injuries.

04/28/11 North Judson Police responded to a found debit card in the Subway Parking lot. The card was returned to the owner without incident.

Arrests:
05/01/11 Nicholas Brad Harper, 27, Wheatfield, IN arrested preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Driving While Suspended.

04/27/11 Wade A. Fletcher, 18, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Illegal Possession of Alcohol by a Minor.

04/26/11 James R. Ringer, 39, Monterey, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

04/24/11 Mark A. Fata, 43, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Public Intoxication.

04/24/11 Sandra A. Berg, 50, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While a Habitual Traffic Violator.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
04/30/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that a NIPSCO service man pulled his gas meter. The meter was pulled because his home was surrounded by water and it was pulled for safety issues. Resident was notified that the gas will be turned on when the water recedes. Subject was verbally upset with the NIPSCO service man and with police when confronted about the meter.

04/30/11 A Winamac resident reported that his brother stole his vehicle while it was stored at his residence.

04/30/11 A Winamac resident reported that her mailbox was demolished as well as several others down the road in the area of Smeltzer’s Division.

04/30/11 A Winamac resident reported that he left his scooter at his aunt’s house and she may have sold it to his brother. It is a black Honda “Elite” with baby blue rims and there is a crack around the front reflector.

04/30/11 A resident in Franklin Township reported that kids playing football hit a lady’s vehicle and the lady is irate.

04/29/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of a camcorder.

04/28/11 A Winamac resident reported a break-in at a home. One of the owners called police to say he might know who took some items from the home.

04/28/11 A Winamac business called police to report a break-in. The action was caught on tape and the person responsible could be identified.

04/27/11 The owner of the mini storage unit across from the Monterey Elementary School reported a break-in. The door was ripped off and the items were gone. The owner of the rental unit called police to report the same incident a little while later.

Arrests:
05/02/11 Arthur Beam, 47, 8007 Corinne Ave., Star City, IN arrested on an active arrest warrant.

05/01/11 Devin E. Trusty, 28, 2935 W. 1300 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 05/01/11

05/01/11 Joseph Liebner, 57, 3425 N. 450 W. Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

04/29/11 Joseph McKeehan, 27, 3700 E. Debby Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on a small claims warrant. Discharged 04/29/11

04/28/11 William Warren, 53, 3066 N. 300 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Receiving Stolen Property. Discharged 04/28/11

Watch for Social Security Scam!

Recently, an elderly women reported to the North Judson Police that someone called her residence claiming to be from the Social Security Administration requesting her social security number for the purpose of issuing her a new card.  In order to process the claim, the caller requested her bank account numbers. In this case, the women was pressured into providing the numbers and after realizing what she had done contacted the police and the SSA, as well as her local bank, canceling her account.

“Never provide your social security number or any bank account information to anyone calling you, and be sure you are dealing with a legitimate company when you do business over the phone or internet,” said North Judson Police Chief, Doug Vessely.  “If someone claims to be from your bank, the SSA, IRS, or the cable company and requests your account numbers, never give them out. They should already know the number. Be on the alert at all times and when in doubt, don’t provide the information to be cautious. Always call police immediately if you believe any account has been compromised. Be safe.”

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
05/02/11 Sarah Pick and Steve Berndt were witness to soemone keying Pick’s vehicle on Main Street. Three scratches were made on the passenger door of her truck. There is a suspect in the case.

05/01/11 Glenden Wilke reported that some unknown person(s) entered her vehicle and took a telephone book with personal phone numbers in it and the garage door opener to her garage.

04/30/11 Renee Markovitz reported that some unknown person(s) entered her back yard and threw all her patio furniture chairs all around the yard. Damage was caused to one of the chairs. Panel boards on her panel wooded fence had been broken out on the east and west side of the fence areas. A plastic bird bath had also been destroyed.

04/27/11 An employee at Osborne’s Mini Mart reported a gas drive off in the amount of $25.91.

04/26/11 Sammy Smith reported an unsecured door at the old Backstage Music building on Washington Street in Knox. The reporting officer noted in his report that there was notable damage to the door and it was standing open. The keyholder could not be contacted at the time of the report.

04/26/11 It was reported by Mike Burns of Knox that several cars on the lot at Best Ford had keys in the doors and one car was running. When he and his wife were walking by and noticed that keys were in the driver’s side doors. The reporting officer gathered the keys and secured 14 vehicles and also secured four other vehicles that did not have keys. The owner was advised of the situation.

Arrests:
05/03/11 Jack Royce, 26, 8910 E. 25 N. Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Criminal Mischief and Public Intoxication. He was arrested after allegedly trying to break into vehicles by the Starke United building.

05/02/11 A juvenile was arrested for Possession of Marijuana.

05/01/11 James Watts, 33, 1695 W. 400 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/30/11 Jeffery Nelson, 42, 403 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

04/27/11 Tammora Shei, 45, 601 S. Heaton St., #3, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Trespassing.

04/27/11 Charlotte Rupert, 24, 3030 S. US 35 Lot 614, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication and Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor.
Bruce Wireman, 19, 624 Forest PL. #3D, Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Illegal Possession.

04/26/11 Clark Clemons, 59, 707 E. St. Louis St., Knox, IN arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
05/01/11 James, who lives in the 1900 block of W. 700 S., in North Judson, reported that his house and garage were broken into and items were taken.

05/01/11 A resident in the 5100 block of S. Elm Dr., in Knox reported the theft of a firearm.

04/30/11 A caller reported that the barricade on Range Road and 100 West was moved and 4-wheelers and 3-wheelers are running up and down on that road.

04/29/11 An employee at Next Door Foods reported the theft of $15 in gas.

04/29/11 A resident found a meth lab dump site while out hunting mushrooms in the 5500 block of S. 50 E. in Knox.

04/28/11 Casey Woods told police that some unknown person(s) broke out a window to his vehicle and stole items from the vehicle.

04/27/11 A resident was out hunting mushrooms in the area of 450 S. and Round Lake and found a meth lab dump site.

04/27/11 A Walkerton resident reported a fraudulent check from Chase Bank that was received in the mail.

04/27/11 a resident in the 700 block of S. 300 E. in Knox reported that a pole barn has been broken into.

04/27/11 A resident notified police that a suspicious vehicle was parked on the west side of 700 E. just past the monastery and the caller believes that subjects are taking items from the property and scrapping them.

04/26/11 A resident that lives across from the old Grovertown school on State Road 23 said that there is school bus that has been parked behind the locked gates all winter and now the lights on the bus are flashing on and off.

04/26/11 Steve Siddall from the Starke County Highway Department notified the County that 900 East between 550 South and 625 South will be closed due to high water.

Arrests:
04/30/11 Christopher Lamb, 20, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

04/27/11 Rustand Radkiewicz, 23, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

04/26/11 Christina Moore, 23, South Bend, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.
Allen Moore, 32, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Knox City Police Keeping Eye on Gas Prices

The national average of a gallon of regular gasoline is over the $4.00 mark and that hurts the pocketbook of all consumers in the United States. It also affects the fuel line item in County, City and Town budgets.

Starke County Sheriff, Oscar Cowen, told WKVI that the Sheriff’s Department staff is keeping an eye on the prices, but services to the citizens will not diminish because gas prices are high. He said that when we saw a spike in prices in 2008, the Sheriff’s Department made it through and hopes to come within the fuel budget this time around.

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Starke County Environmental Collection Event Begins Four Day Run

Workers prepare computers to be hauled away during last year's environmental collection event

The Starke County Environmental Management District’s Collection Event begins today at the Starke County Highway Garage. Household appliances, computers, televisions, fluorescent lamps and PCB ballasts, and tires will be accepted from 2:30-5:30 p.m. CT today through Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

On Saturday, April 30th, household hazardous waste will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. only. Flammable liquids, pesticides/herbicides, corrosive liquids/acids, non-conforming waste, paints, toxic solids, motor oil and antifreeze are some of the hazardous chemicals that will be accepted. For a complete list of acceptable products and limits, visit the ad on this website.

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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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