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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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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.

Investiation Continues into Cock Fighting Ring Case in Starke County

The investigation of the cock fighting case that came to light on Saturday is still ongoing, according to Starke County Police. One piece of information that was released yesterday was that the house where the rooster contests were being held was being rented by John Mathews, Jr and Connie Clemans.

The home is owned by an unidentified couple who reside in Wanatah.

Over the Limit, Under Arrest Patrols to Begin Friday

Beginning Friday, March 4th, troopers from the Indiana State Police will join more than 250 other Indiana law enforcement agencies across the Hoosier State in the Over the Limit, Under Arrest March crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving.

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Police Reports

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

02/22/11 – The North Judson Police investigated a Battery complaint in the 300 Block of Garden Street. A male juvenile was hit in the head area by an adult female. The reports have been filed with the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office and Probation.

Arrests:
02/21/11 Jessica M. Manson, 25, 45 Lake Street, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

02/22-11 Franklin D. Mowbray, Jr., 21, 5361 S. Detroiter Lane, North Judson, IN, arrested on a Starke Circuit Body Attachment.

02/27/11 Joshua J. Morrow, 28, 610 Arlington Avenue, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/28/11 Carl Williams called police to report a shooting. He had shot 24-year-old Erica Richie in the head as she was attempting to break into his home. She was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital due to her injuries. Kayla McCord, 19, of Logansport, who was also involved was arrested on two counts of Burglary, a Class B Felony.

02/26/11 A caller in Francesville reported that a small person climbed through the soffit on his porch and cut the wire to his outside speakers. The person then stole all of the outside wire. The caller had reported a theft at the home three weeks prior to this incident.

02/26/11 A resident in Monterey notified police that his handgun is missing.

02/26/11 A caller in the Bruce Lake area advised police that he just got home and intruders had been in his home. There were footprints and tire tracks all around the residence. He said his coon dog is missing.

02/25/11 A caller in Monterey said that two boys are racing on 4 wheelers or motorcycles and they have been doing that for four or five days. The caller said they were going 80 mph.

02/24/11 A resident reported her vehicle stolen in the Medaryville area. She couldn’t remember if she had left the keys in it or not. She wasn’t able to find her keys that morning.

02/24/11 A Medaryville resident told police that he caught someone trying to break into his vehicle and that person broke his windshield. The person left when the caller went outside to confront the suspect.

02/24/11 Superior Court requested an officer for the removal of a subject believed to be intoxicated.

02/24/11 Caller advised police that he wasn’t home at the time but he was told that someone was on his property loading up scrap metal. He did not give permission to any person to be on his property.

02/24/11 A kitchen fire at a Winamac residence was called in. The Winamac Fire Department and EMS were called to the scene.

02/23/11 A car that appeared to be in an accident was located in the woods in the northwest part of the County. Police arrived and saw that the driver’s side had extensive damage from hitting a tree at that location. The windshield was smashed and there was a little bit of blood on the driver’s side of the vehicle. While police were on scene, the owner showed up and told police that he was fine. He got out of the vehicle on his own power.

02/23/11 A Winamac resident reported that her children arrived home from school and there is an unfamiliar car in the driveway with someone sleeping in it. After he moved his head, the person was identified as the oldest daughter’s boyfriend.

02/22/11 A Winamac resident advised that two boys were in his truck making “shake and bake” (a type of meth). After police were notified, they left the area.

02/22/11 A woman in the Denham area reported that someone attempted to break into her home. The door was damaged and a basement window was broken. No one made it into the house.

02/22/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of items from his vehicle. There is a suspect in this case.

02/22/11 An officer was out in the Monterey area with two intoxicated subjects that crashed into a ditch. No one was injured.

02/21/11 A resident in Medaryville requested an officer to report stolen articles. His girlfriend’s couch and a bunch of jewelry was stolen. After an investigation, it was discovered that the landlord took the couch and got rid of it.

02/21/11 A caller in Francesville called to report a vehicle rollover. No one was injured. Another rollover was reported an hour later with no injuries. A third rollover was reported and a female was injured. She complained of head pain. The vehicle had rolled several times. All the rollovers occurred in different areas of the county.

Arrests:
02/28/11 Kayla McCord, 19, 1801 Market St., Logansport, IN, arrested on two counts of Burglary.

02/26/11 Dustin Lee Trusty, 31, 5911 S. 400 E., Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Neglect of a Dependent and Possession of Marijuana.

02/26/11 Brandi Lynn Greiner, 24, 5911 S. 400 E., Star City, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Neglect of a Dependent, and Possession of Marijuana. Discharged 02/27/11

02/26/11 Roxann Saltsman, 44, 103 E. Ridge, Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

02/26/11 Angela Strickland, 39, 3651 N. 250 E., Rensselaer, IN, arrested on active warrants.

02/26/11 Joey Stiltz, 34, 504 W. 4th St., Monon, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Invasion of Privacy. Discharged 02/27/11

02/26/11 Donna Stiltz, 35, 504 W. 4th St., Monon, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Invasion of Privacy and Battery. Discharged 02/27/11

02/25/11 Steven Decker, 24, 3066 N. 300 W., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 02/26/11

02/25/11 Ronald Clark, 63, 7270 W. 100 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Failure to Register. Discharged on 02/26/11

02/25/11 Jeffery Dunn, 39, 103 Michael Lane, Royal Center, IN, arrested on a warrant and probation violation.

02/24/11 Jeffery Dunn, 39, 103 Michael Lane, Royal Center, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 02/25/11

02/24/11 Joshua West, 23, 604 Monroe St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Auto Theft.

02/24/11 Tylor Hughes, 19, 14848 W. 300 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Unauthorized Entry-Vehicle.

02/24/11 Ruby Dennis, 24, 1008 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

02/23/11 Stephen Hammonds, 19, 15025 W. 450 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery and Minor Consuming.

02/22/11 Lee Grigsby, 44, 113 E. Main St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Battery. Discharged 02/26/11

02/22/11 Alexander Hall, 19, 3123, N. 1300 W., Medaryville, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor Consuming. Discharged 02/25/11

02/22/11 Christine Bradley, 22, 1255 Porter St., Michigan City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 02/22/11

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
02/28/11 Best Ford reported the theft of a vehicle. The theft occurred between Saturday and Monday morning. The truck, used by Best Ford for plowing snow in the parking lot, was parked in the north parking lot. Unknown persons disengaged the snow blade from the truck and left it in the parking lot. The truck only moves 10 mph.

02/27/11 Tiffany Grienank reported the theft of a black lap top computer. There is a suspect in this case.

02/27/11 Timothy Sexton of Knox reported the theft of a license plate from a Dodge Durango. Sexton said that the plate was owned by he and Rhonda Gayheart. The license plate was registered to only Rhonda Gayheart and was listed as false and fictitious.

02/25/11 A employee from Best Ford called police to report that one vehicle parked at the facility was forcibly entered. The officer was directed to the east side of the facility where two vehicles had been entered and unknown suspects had attempted to remove the ignition switches. Neither vehicle was moved from their parked location. One vehicle had an after market stereo removed. One vehicle was a 1995 4 door Lincoln that was owned by a private citizen and the other was a 1999 Chevrolet suburban owned by Best Ford. Both vehicles had paper towels draped over the ignition switches.

02/24/11 Leslie Schroeder, 38, 1607 L. St. LaPorte, IN, cited for Driving While Suspended-Prior and speeding. She was traveling 55 mph in a 35 mph zone.

02/23/11 Christopher Roloff reported the theft of $1,535. There is a suspect in the case.

Arrests:
02/23/11 Richard Kozecar, 20, 2255 S. 650 W., North Judson, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants.

02/22/11 Vincent Rosetti, 31, no address given, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/26/11 A caller advised that the house across from Knoll Brothers on US 30 was smoking heavily but the caller could not see any flames.

02/26/11 A Knox Post Office employee was bitten by a dog at 195 S. 800 E. in Knox.

02/26/11 Kevin Hall reported the theft of an electric meter.

02/25/11 Knox Water Superintendent James Eads reported that two fire hydrants were opened. Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick said this incident is not related to the incident in Hamlet.

02/24/11 Caller advised that she was driving past a residence at 3320 E. State Road 10 and she noticed smoke and flames coming from a chimney. When she drove by again, only smoke was coming from the chimney. Bass Lake Fire Department was called to the scene.

02/24/11 Pastor Squibb of the Knox United Methodist Church called to report a suspicious vehicle. A younger man in a pickup truck was continually circling the church parking lot.

02/24/11 A person at the Victory Christian church reported that some unknown person(s) broke a fence.

02/24/11 Frank Ballotti reported to police that he was robbed.

02/23/11 A San Pierre resident called to report that he bought a stove from 2 subjects and they then took the stove back because they said it was stolen. They refuse to give back his money.

02/23/11 Jeff Singleton reported the theft of tattoo items.

02/22/11 A caller from the Grovertown truck stop reported that someone was beating on the back of a van parked in the parking lot.

Arrests:
02/27/11 Ralph Settle, 54, no address given, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

02/2711 Hercules Harmon, 23, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

02/23/11 Lonzo Jackson, 40, of Hamlet, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Police Arrest 76 Involved in Cock Fighting

Two of the 145 fighting cocks are rounded up to be euthanized

It was a scene reminiscent of an old time western movie. Police from throughout the County and State rounded up 76 individuals involved in “cock fighting”. The arrests were made on Saturday morning at 0480 North 100 West in Starke County.

Law enforcement officers were responding to an anonymous tip.

“The Sheriff’s Department received an anonymous tip of animal fighting contests out at a residence on 100 West,” stated Starke County Chief Deputy, Bill Dulin. “Along with the Sheriff’s Department, we responded with the Indiana Conservation Units, State Police, Knox City Police, and North Judson units. When we got there, we noticed 10 or 15 vehicles and when we approached, 50 to 60 people took off running toward a river in an open field.”

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Accident Claims Life of North Judson Man

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department investigated a fatal accident late Friday afternoon.

According to the accident report, Edward O’Boyle was traveling eastbound on State Road 10 when 93-year-old William Lemke pulled into the roadway from the Highland Cemetery, attempting to go westbound on State Road 10. O’Boyle told police he was unable to avoid striking Lemke’s vehicle on the driver’s side. Lemke was pronounced dead at the scene. O’Boyle sustained minor injuries. Both O’Boyle and Lemke are from North Judson.

A witness told police that she saw Lemke stopped at the stop sign at the entrance of Highland Cemetery. She said that the sun was about to set and that it was hard to see oncoming traffic.

30 Meth Labs Dismantled in Starke County by the Indiana State Police in 2010

The Indiana State Police-Lowell and Bremen Districts released methamphetamine lab statistics from the counties they serve. 6 meth labs have been seized by the Department in LaPorte County and in Pulaski County, 6 in Jasper County, 7 in White County, 16 in Fulton County, 15 in Cass County, and 53 in Marshall County.

30 meth labs were seized by Indiana State Police in Starke County.

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Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/13/11 A Medaryville resident reported that his garbage can was stolen.

02/13/11 A resident in Winamac called police to report a truck stuck on his property. The occupants of the vehicle placed garbage underneath the tires for traction and got the truck out, but they left the garbage on the property and has caused a giant mess. The homeowner found a piece of mail with names on it and police were dispatched to the address and spoke to the occupants of the vehicle. They cleaned up the mess and were given a warning about littering.

02/13/11 Police investigated a call that a semi-trailer with a tank containing a yellow liquid was leaking all over the highway. The truck was traveling was westbound on State Road 14 from State Road 17. Police determined that the yellow liquid was corn syrup and was not hazardous to the public. It appeared that the bottom of the trailer was torn off. After investigating further, police found that 1,000 gallons of corn syrup had leaked from the tank.

02/13/11 A store owner in Winamac called police to report that four subjects were in the store looking at items used to manufacture meth. The subjects were at the store for an hour and a half. Police arrived at the scene and warrant checks were done on the subjects. One subject had a valid warrant.

02/12/11 The Medaryville and Francesville Fire Departments were called to a barn fire at 3:40 a.m. The fire department left at 6:00 a.m. and were called back to the scene later that morning for a flare up.

02/12/11 A Francesville resident reported two TVs stolen from her home.

02/11/11 Officers arrived at a location in Cass Township were officers were given a tip of a possible meth lab. Two were taken into custody as the result of an investigation. (see arrest reports)

02/11/11 A Winamac resident called police to report that the door to his house was kicked in.

02/11/11 A Winamac resident reported a break-in. The only thing the resident reported missing was a jar of money.

02/08/11 A Winamac resident told police that when she got home, she left her purse outside and took her son indoors. When she went to retrieve her purse, it was gone.

02/07/11 A Winamac resident reported the theft of gas from the gas tank on her vehicle.

Arrests:
02/14/11 David Travis, 39, 7080 W. 250 S., North Judson, IN, arrested on a Warrant and Court Order.

02/13/11 Robert Parrish, 49, 909 Market St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 02/13/11

02/13/11 Joseph Pastorcik, 29, 50 S. Range Road, Knox, IN arrested on four active arrest warrants. Discharged 02/13/11

02/12/11 Shawn Allen, 31, 406 High St., North Judson, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 02/12/11

02/12/11 Nathen Wilson, 25, 6515 S. State Road 39, North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. Discharged 02/13/11

02/11/11 Thomas Lane, 30, 5109 S. 600 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors and Possession of Paraphernalia.

02/11/11 Wendy Voiceman, 36, 14254 W. 600 N., Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Neglect of a Dependent.

02/11/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 867 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, Weekender.

02/11/11 Nicholas Burrell, 32, 10011 E. 700 N., Walkerton, IN, Court Order.

02/11/11 Brandon Davis, 23, 104 W. Spring St., Winamac, IN, Weekender. Discharged 02/13/11

02/11/11 Anthony Barnett, 35, 303 Market St., Winamac, IN, Weekender. Discharged 02/13/11

02/10/11 Amy Corneil, 35, 701 N. Franklin, Valparaiso, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants. Discharged 02/10/11

02/09/11 Jon Heck, 57, 224 W. 12th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended. 02/09/11

02/09/11 David Stachurski, 64, 3246 N. Rose., Franklin, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 02/09/11

02/09/11 Keith Fritz, 26, 5222 S. 325 E., Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant and Court Order.

02/08/11 John Schwartz, 39, 4693 N. US 35, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Habitual Traffic Violator. Discharged 02/11/11

02/08/11 Irvin Hudson, 27, 508 Bates St., Logansport, IN, Court Order. Discharged 02/10/11

02/08/11 Thomas Williams, 34, 1720 S. 225 E., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

02/07/1 Tina Gould, 44, 2238 E. 575 S., Star City, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

02/07/11 Keith Thompson, 19, 384 N. 200 W., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

02/07/11 Francis Fox, 64, 3291 W. 400 S., Winamac, IN, Court Order. Discharged 02/11/11.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
02/07/11 A juvenile female reported to North Judson Police of being harassed by another adult man via texting and her Facebook page. She was directed to get a protection order issued, which she did.

02/10/11 The North Judson Police investigated a theft of jewelry in the 400 Block of Arlington Avenue. North Judson Police Officer Joe Budner learned the items were pawned at a local pawn shop. Of the items, two watches were recovered while three rings were already sent off to be melted down. Police Chief Doug Vessely stated that charges were requested through the Starke County Prosecutor’s office for the theft on the person who pawned the items while the investigation continues into the matter for any additional suspects.

02/10/11 North Judson Police investigated a rare 4 vehicle accident on Laurel Street around 5:15 pm. “It isn’t very often four vehicles are involved in a single accident within the town limits,” stated Chief Doug Vessely. He added, “We’re very grateful that this doesn’t happen very often.”

The crash was investigated by Officer Kelly Fisher, who set the total damages at near $2,500.00 No injuries were reported. A vehicle being driven by Tim Wireman, of Medaryville, was backing out of a driveway on Laurel Street while a second vehicle, driven by Darren Eberhart of North Judson, was westbound on Laurel Street near the driveway. Meanwhile, a third vehicle, being driven by Adrienne Barton, of North Judson, was eastbound and stopped, waiting to pull into a driveway on Laurel. The Wireman vehicle backed into vehicle two causing it to cross over and strike vehicle three, which was stopped in traffic, and pushed vehicle three off the south side of the street and into a driveway where it struck vehicle four that was parked in the driveway.

“This goes to show how quickly things can happen during a traffic crash and how a chain reaction can be very dangerous,” said Vessely. “In this particular accident, no one was hurt and none of the vehicle involved were going very fast, but it gives you cause to think of how serious it could be if driving on a highway at 55 miles per hour,” Drive carefully and Buckle up!

Arrests:
02/12/11 Shawn D. Allen, 31, 406 High Street, North Judson, IN, arrested for a Pulaski County Warrant.

02/09/11 Robert P. Buck, 47, 10405 S Moody, Chicago Ridge, IL, arrested for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
02/09/11 Jennifer Berg of Hamlet reported that a male driving a large black truck attempted to get her 15 year old daughter in the vehicle at the bus stop. Hamlet police responded and was unable to locate the vehicle.

02/09/11 Darrall Griffith of Hamlet reported a stolen license plate. Hamlet Police later recovered the plate.

Arrests:
02/07/11 David Howard of Hamlet was charged on one count of Intimidation and one count of Harassment.

02/11/11 Arden E. Webb of Hamlet was arrested on preliminary charges of Intimidation, Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
02/12/11 Stephen Miller of Knox told police that he was parked in the McDonald’s parking lot and as he was backing up, an older model Ford Explorer came by and ran into the front driver’s side panel of his vehicle. After the accident, the vehicle drove up on the curb and drove away.

02/09/11 Officers responded to a hit and run accident at 300 East and Pacific Avenue. Connie Jordan stated that her vehicle had damage  to the bumper and hood.

02/8/11 A vehicle driven by Matthew Day allegedly hit and damaged the ATM at DeMotte State Bank.

Arrests:
02/11/11 Timothy Lovell, 27, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft and False Informing.

02/09/11 Travis S. Wintczak, 18, 495 N. State Road 23, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Jesse D. White, 18, 0560 S. 800 E., Knox, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Wintczak and White were reportedly in the Knox High School parking lot while in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

02/04/11 Joshua Godinez, 29, 7 1/2 Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
02/13/11 Russell White reported the theft of a log splitter.

02/13/11 Rados Antonijevic of Knox reported that some unknown person(s) broke out his vehicle’s window.

02/12/11 Dayle Smith called to report that some unknown person(s) shot wildlife on her property.

02/11/11 Robert Ochoa reported the theft of NASCAR items.

02/11/11 Leonard Wasilewski and his caregiver called to report the theft of a John Deere mower.

02/10/11 Cody Hopkins reported that some unknown person(s) stole a gun.

02/11/11 Herbert Foust reported a stolen 1994 green Ford Explorer.

02/10/11 Joan Haugh from Community Services of Starke County called police to report a minor property damage vehicle accident involving one of her bus drivers.

02/09/11 Ellissa Bailey of North Judson reported money and a laptop stolen.

02/09/11 Matthew Johnson called police to report a stolen vehicle. He had left his disabled car on 1100 W. near San Pierre and when he returned to retrieve it, it was gone.

02/09/11 Firefighters were called to a car fire in the 3500 block of E. Debby Drive in Knox.

02/08/11 Destiny Snyder asked to speak to police regarding stolen checks and forgery.

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:
Incidents:
01/30/11 A resident in Winamac reported his TV stolen. He came home and found his door frame cracked and his TV missing.

01/30/11 A caller in Indian Township reported a radio stolen from an old car parked at that location. He followed the footsteps in the snow and has an idea where the suspect went.

01/29/11 A resident in Franklin Township told police that a vehicle drove into his driveway, left a couple of times and then drove toward the barn. The vehicle got caught up on a piece of concrete. Police gave the woman driving the vehicle a no trespassing warning and is to leave as soon she she gets her vehicle dislodged.

01/29/11 A Winamac woman found tire tracks in the snow in a parking lot that looks like a truck was spinning its tires. She found a guy in the truck slumped over the steering wheel. The caller’s husband attempted many times to wake the man and when he finally woke up, he stated that he was taking a nap while waiting for a friend.

01/29/11 A man in Medaryville advised police that his truck had been stolen.

01/28/11 A man in Beaver Township reported that some unknown person(s) broke into his farmhouse. He said the door had been kicked in and a water pump was missing.

01/28/11 A business owner reported the theft of a DVD the day before and the caller was advised on that day to call an officer if the suspect returned. The suspect had returned to store and is requesting an officer.

01/28/11 The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department responded to a fatal accident. According to witnesses, a semi-truck and a car collided head-on which caused the car to explode. The semi caught also caught fire, but not much damage was reported and the driver was not injured. The accident happened two miles south of Thornhope on US 35. The accident was turned over to the Royal Center Town Marshal.

01/27/11 A caller reported that his garage was broken into and the front of the garage was destroyed.

01/27/11 A Star City resident reported 4-wheeler tracks by his door.

01/26/11 A woman called police to report her husband’s vehicle stolen. Her husband’s cell phone was in the vehicle and now someone is calling her from that phone.

Arrests:
01/28/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 865 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, Court order, Weekender.

01/28/11 Brandon Davis, 23, 104 W. Spring St., Winamac, IN, Court Order, Weekender. Discharged 01/30/11

01/28/11 Ruby Dennis, 1008 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, Court Order. Discharged 01/30/11

01/28/11 William Brettin, 60, 3432 N. 1400 W., Medaryville, IN, Court Order.

01/28/11 William Olson, 51, 7194 N. US 421, San Pierre, IN, Court Order.

01/28/11 Anthony Barnett, 37, 716 N. Plymouth, Winamac, IN, Court Order, Weekender. Discharged 01/29/11

01/26/11 Glenn Sewell, 50, 615 E. Pearl St., Medaryville, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 01/27/11

01/26/11 Matthew Watson, 40, 484 E. 1300 W., Wheatfield, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 01/26/11

01/24/11 Gene Wilkerson, 24, 15294 W. 450 N., Medaryville, IN, Court Order. Discharged 01/26/11

01/24/11 Irvin Hudson, 27, 503 Bates St., Logansport, IN, Court Order. Discharged 01/24/11

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
01/26/11 Mark Matthews reported that some unknown person(s) got into his parked vehicle and removed his GPS navigator.

Arrests:
01/30/11 Jana Lynn Scott, 1204 Corey Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle Dangerously While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of at least .15%. She was arrested after a traffic stop.

01/28/11 Brittany Shepherd, 24, 712 S. Cherry St., North Judson, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Auto Theft and Theft. Shepherd reportedly took a truck that belonged to Jerry Sons. Sons told police he couldn’t remember giving Shepherd permission to take the truck. Shepherd claims she had Sons’ permission to take the truck. After a while, he stated that he even though he couldn’t remember, he would not have given Shepherd permission to take the truck. She also reportedly took several WWII medals from Son’s residence.

01/28/11 Robert Sobieck, 42, 1 S. McGill St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active warrant.

01/27/11 Roberta Clemons, 36, 400 N. Clark St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. According to police records, Clemons was in Dollar General and reportedly put merchandise in her purse.

01/26/11 Korey Draper, 36, 1000 E. Washington, Knox, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

01/21/11 Michael Ford, 24, 3260 S. Range Road, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating a Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Body. Ford reportedly hit a tree in the 300 block of Main Street in Knox. He stated that an oncoming vehicle was coming at him head-on which caused him to swerve and hit the tree.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/30/11 Henry Paschen of Walkerton called police to report that his mailbox was shot up.

01/29/11 A North Judson resident reported a lost driver’s license.

01/29/11 Jennifer Byrne called police to report that someone broke her mailbox off at the base.

01/28/11 Ed Lambert reported the theft of copper cables from the augers on his property. Unknown person(s) also stole power cables from the irrigation pumps.

01/28/11 A resident in the 4900 block of E. 800 S. in Knox reported a lap top and Wii game console stolen from the residence.

01/28/11 Dr. Subbaro reported the theft of a garbage can.

01/27/11 Mary Beaver reported the theft of items from her mother’s property.

01/26/11 Dale Hamand called to report that two of his vehicles had been broken into.

01/25/11 A Hamlet resident reported the theft of a handgun.

01/25/11 A resident called police to report that her neighbor shot one of her cats and threw it in a dumpster. The man threatened to kill more of her cats.

01/25/11 A Monterey resident reported the theft of a credit card.

01/25/11 A resident in the 8900 block of S. 1175 E. in Culver reported the house was broken into.

01/25/11 A resident reported a dumpster fire.

Arrests:
01/29/11 William J. Walley, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

01/28/11 Eight were arrested for Illegal Possession of Alcohol after police responded to an underage drinking party in the 5700 block of S. 250 W. in North Judson.

01/28/11 Arron Holland, 18, 4240 N. 100 E., Knox, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

01/26/11 Franciso Esparza, 23, 713 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
01/29/11 North Judson Police assisted the Starke County Sheriff’s Department on report of a teenage drinking party on County Road 250 West. The investigation resulted in several Minor in Possession of Alcohol charges.

01/28/11 – North Judson Police investigated a theft from a vehicle while parked in the 300 block of Lane Street. The complainant advised she ran into a store for less than 15 minutes and when she returned her IPod Touch, valued at over $400, and a plastic cup of lose change was missing from her 1999 Dodge Pickup truck. The truck was left unlocked and again North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely encourages everyone to lock your vehicle when not attended, even just for few moments.

01/25/11 Two times in the past week North Judson Police were called to the North Judson Middle School for juvenile boys being in a physical altercation.

Arrests:
01/29/11 Donald W. Fletcher, 42, 114 Lane Street, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Public Intoxication.

01/28/11 Kyle E. Neeley, 18, 7230 W. 88 North, Winamac, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operator Never Licensed and Failure to Prove Financial Responsibility.

01/27/11 Dustin R. Campbell, 23, 8740 South 700 North, North Judson, IN, arrested on Body Attachment through Starke Circuit Court for Failure to Appear.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
01/29/2011 Shelly Fritz reported an animal complaint.

01/25/2011 Shauna Ard reported an intimidation.

01/25/2011 Missy Hanes requested an officer for juvenile problems.

01/24/2011 Shauna Ard of Hamlet reported telephone harassment.

Arrests:
01/26/2011 Jody Shay Cusick of Hamlet was arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery with a Child Present and Confinement Using a Vehicle.

Police Arrest Knox Man after Brief Foot Pursuit

Michael Smith

A Knox man was arrested, Thursday, after Plymouth and Starke County police officers searched for him as a suspect in an auto theft incident.

Officers went to 1175 E. 850 S. in Starke County where a stolen car was reported as abandoned in a field at that intersection. Police located the vehicle and found that it had been stolen from Goshen. Officers went to a nearby residence to attempt to locate the suspect and when they first approached the residence, officers spoke to the homeowner, who identified himself as Terry Jordan, who denied the suspect was there. Officers left the residence and were able to obtain a BMV photo of the male at the residence and found that it was not Terry Jordan, but another male whose name is not being released at this time due to an ongoing investigation. The male who was there has an outstanding warrant out of Marshall County.

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Starke County Police Arrest Two on Meth Charges after Traffic Stop

Starke County Sheriff’s Department officers arrested two citizens on meth related charges after a traffic stop, Monday.

Randall Appleton

Police saw a car slide through a red light and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, driven by Randall Appleton, of North Judson. While investigating the incident, police found methamphetamine and items allegedly used to make methamphetamine. Appleton was arrested and has preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Visiting a Common Nuisance, Possession of Precursors, and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver. Continue reading

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/16/11 Officers responded to a call of possible shots fired. Police reported the status was ok and no one was around the area.

01/16/11 Police pulled over a car in front of the Marathon Station in Winamac. The driver was cited for no license and had a child restraint violation.

01/16/11 A caller reported two tires on the passenger side of her vehicle have been slashed. Police later met with two people who witnessed the incident.

01/15/11 A caller reported that renters had moved out of the house and when the caller went to the house, the caller found that someone had broken into the home and stole items.

01/14/11 A couple in White Township is requesting extra patrol. The wife reported hearing a noise outside the residence that night. When the husband got up today, there were fresh tracks in the snow that led up to the house.

01/14/11 A resident in Indian Township called police to report that a black car had pulled up to his residence and sat there with parking lights on for over an hour. When the resident went to see what what going on, the driver left.

01/14/11 A caller in Rich Grove Township reported to police that people are hunting on his property without permission.

01/14/11 A resident in Winamac reported people riding four wheelers through his back yard.

01/14/11 A resident in White Township reported finding a gun.

01/11/11 A resident reported the theft of a jacket. The caller reported she had worn the jacket to a basketball game. Cameras caught the act and a follow up investigation will take place.

01/11/11 A vehicle fire was reported in Jefferson Township. The owner reported the fire had started in the garage and the vehicle was pulled out of the garage and there isn’t anyone around it.

01/11/11 A resident in Salem Township reported the theft of a snow shovel.

01/11/11 A business owner in Cass Township reported items stolen from his shop.

01/11/11 A woman in Medaryville told police that two subjects held her at knifepoint and broke the window out of her vehicle.

01/11/11 A resident called police to report the cell phone she bought off of E-Bay was stolen.

01/10/11 A resident in Rich Grove Township advised just returned home and found the front door kicked in.

Arrests:
01/14/11 Scott Freeman, 31, 865 N. 150 E., Winamac, IN, Weekender.

01/14/11 Charles Weaver, 24, 631 N. Riverside Dr., Winamac, IN, Court Order.

01/14/11 Ruby Dennis, 24, 1008 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, Court Order.

01/14/11 Anthony R. Barnett, 37, 716 N. Plymouth Rd., Winamac, IN, Weekender.

01/13/11 Kevin Scott Minix, 48, 315 S. Franklin, Winamac, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants.

01/12/11 Kelly D. Rowe, 42, Monterey, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Burglary and Theft. Discharged 01/16/11

01/12/11 Justin Aldrich, 22, 1027 N. Monticello, Winamac, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

01/12/11 Andrew Tillema, 36, 14313 W. 800 N., San Pierre, IN, arrested on active arrest warrants. Discharged 01/12/11

01/11/11 Cory Lowry, 29, 9049 W. Olson Rd. Apt. B, Delong, IN, arrested on two active arrest warrants.

01/11/11 Rodney Craft, 400 N. Clark St., Knox, IN, transported from the Starke County Jail for a court order. Transported back to Starke County 01/12/11.

01/11/11 Virginia Elam, 53, 317 E. 13th St., Winamac, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 01/12/11

01/11/11 Brett T. Nieman, 26, 504 Foster St. Apt. A, Monticello, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. Discharged 01/12/11

01/10/11 Sabino Hernando, 54, 3505 N. 600 W., Demotte, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Habitual Traffic Violator.

01/10/11 Angela R. Gmurk, 27, 1655 N. 300 E., Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant.

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
01/17/11 Malinda Majchrzak reported her son’s IPod stolen. The IPod was stolen while he attended middle school wrestling practice.

01/12/11 Cindy Parkison reported the theft of a lawn mower.

01/12/11 Linda Holland reported damage to her gate on her property. The suspect used a cutting device to cut the board nearly completely through and forced the gate partially open. Evidence showed that a suspect attempted to open two windows of the residence.

01/12/11 Ronald Lovejoy reported damage to the upper hinge fixture on a door at the apartment complex at 309 Ruthie Dr.

Arrests:
01/14/11 Michael Byer, Jr., 22, 7520 W. 200, Grovertown, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication.

01/14/11 Jeffrey Singleton, Sr., 156 W. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Neglect of a Dependent.
Sandra Singleton, 43, 156 W. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and Neglect of a Dependent.
Jeffrey Singleton, Jr., 24, 156 W. St. Louis St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Disorderly Conduct.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/15/11 A resident in the 3500 block of State Road 23 called police to report a recovered gun. It was taken to the Sheriff’s Department.

01/15/11 Patricia Pearl told police she was driving down Toto Road and a passing vehicle threw a bottle of the window and it struck her vehicle and caused damage.

01/15/11 Rodney Sanders called police to report that his brother’s residence had been broken into. There was an ax located outside the door.

01/15/11 A Monterey resident called police to report his dog was shot by the neighbors.

01/15/11 Ed Reiss reported that some unknown suspect(s) hit his chain link fence and damaged a telephone box.

01/15/11 Connie Snyder called to report her gold 1998 Ford Windstar van was missing.

01/12/11 A resident in the 400 S. and 200 E. area in Knox reported a stolen motorcycle.

01/11/11 Tami Linback called to report that her mailbox was hit.

01/11/11 A Knox Community School bus was involved in a minor accident with another vehicle. The two vehicles hit mirrors and suffered no other damage and no injuries were reported.

01/11/11 A caller reported a window broken at an old garage store in English Lake.

01/11/11 An alleged battery occurred at the Starke County jail in a cell block. Four inmates were reportedly involved and one suffered injuries. Eight inmates were in the block at the time of the alleged incident.

01/10/11 Todd Meloy reported his mailbox destroyed for the seventh straight day.

Arrests:
01/14/11 Richard Hamm, 26, of North Judson, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

01/10/11 Ryan Nissen, 30, of Griffith, IN was arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Law Enforcement.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
01/11/10 North Judson Police investigated a property damage only accident in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy. One vehicle was backing out of a parking spot and hit another vehicle in the side. North Judson Chief Doug Vessely estimated the damage at less than $1,000 and no injuries were reported. Driver of the first vehicle was Cathy Calhoun of Knox in a 2004 Jeep, who backed into a 1999 Toyota being driven by Carolyn Haskins of North Judson.

01/13/10 The Dollar General requested the North Judson Police for a shoplifter in the store. North Judson Officer Joe Budner responded and arrested Michelle M. Riley of Culver for Conversion.

Arrests:
01/13/10 – Michelle Marie Riley, 26, 11531 E. SR 8, Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Conversion.

Police Reports

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/09/11 A caller reported that a 1990’s Chevy pickup with a broken tail light hit his fence and outbuilding. The driver reportedly tore up Kersting’s fields and left.

01/09/11 A man reported that his home was broken into and his ex-wife’s things missing.

01/09/11 A resident reported an X-Box and games stolen.

01/08/11 A resident in Salem Township called police to report that someone banged on his door and then ran from the residence. The resident saw someone running down the alley and tried to follow the suspect but did not see anyone. The resident requested extra patrol.

01/07/11 A resident in Cass Township reported the theft of metal, copper, windows, and electric motors.

01/06/11 A caller in Rich Grove Township called police to report three people were banging on the side of his trailer. The suspects moved out by his car while he was on the phone with dispatch. The caller requested extra patrol.

01/06/11 A resident reported a vehicle fire across from the Wems Station.

01/06/11 A resident in Indian Township called the Sheriff’s Department to say that she had slid off the road into a field. She said a car was coming at her and was across the yellow line. She had to move over which caused her to crash. She complained of pain in her knees and she thought she felt and heard her neck snap.

01/06/11 A caller in Rich Grove Township reported damage to her mailbox. This is the second incident in a week. She had just put up a new mailbox and vandals damaged it.

01/05/11 A resident in Monroe Township reported the theft of $280 while staying over at someone else’s home.

Arrests:
01/07/11 Keith McField, 31, 110 S. 4th St., Centerville, IN, arrested on a body attachment.

01/07/11 Yvonne Long, 39, 810 Jefferson, Rochester, IN, arrested on an active warrant – Failure to Appear. Discharged 01/10/11

01/07/11 Beverly Granger, 46, 908 S. State St., North Vernon, IN, arrested on an active warrant – Failure to Appear. Discharged 01/10/11

01/07/11 Gustave F. Salyer, 6117 E. Main St., Monterey, IN, arrested on an active warrant. Cash Bond. Discharged 01/07/11

01/07/11 Ruby Dennis, 23, 1008 N. Agnew, Winamac, IN, Weekender. Court Order. Discharged 01/09/11

01/07/11 Anthony Barnett, 37, 716 N. Plymouth Rd., Winamac, IN, Weekender. Court Order. Discharged 01/09/11

01/07/11 Rodney Craft, 37, 400 N. Clark St., Knox, IN, Court Hearing. Transported back to Starke County 01/07/11

01/06/11 Johnny Mullens, 25, 203 W. Washington, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active warrant (x2). Discharged 01/10/11

01/05/11 Sally I. Anderson, 57, Holloway Hotel Rm 10, Hamlet, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant – Failure to Appear.

01/05/11 Marcus Reed, 23, 321 Crestwood Dr., Michigan City, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended-Prior.

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
01/09/11 Victoria Clemons reported the theft of her wallet and food items from her refrigerator.

01/08/11 Two people were involved in a verbal altercation in front of the bike shop on Main Street. Shane Thomas allegedly broke out a window at the bike shop after threatening to fight with another individual. After he allegedly broke the window, he ran into Mikey’s Pizza Pit Stop. He was later questioned by police. He suffered a laceration on his hand.

01/08/11 Tonya Stacy called police to report that the rear window of a vehicle shattered as she was at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library. The vehicle belonged to Malvanie Clemons.

01/05/11 Dawn Hurt reported the theft of a camera, gloves, a stereo, cell phone, recorder, CDs, jeans and t-shirts. There is a possible suspect in this case.

01/04/11 Teresa Smith reported that the dollar change machine at Knox Garden Courts had been broken into. Police found pry marks on the machine near the key hole. An unknown amount of cash was stolen.

01/04/11 Annetta Hale reported that someone was opening and closing her screen door. She requested extra patrol.

Arrests:
01/08/11 David Delosantos Jr., 410 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on an active warrant.

01/05/11 Edward Zubay Jr., 1843 Redwood CT., Crown Point, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (three counts).
Steven Douglas, 3061 Evelyn St., Portage, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct and three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/08/11 A resident in the 200 block of S. Main Street in Hamlet reported a friend’s apartment was broken into.

01/08/11 Darrell Griffith reported two subjects breaking into his trailer.

01/08/11 William Sauer reported that a 2000 Chevy Venture Van was stolen.

01/08/11 Jason Combs called police to report a stolen log splitter.

01/08/11 A resident in the 7500 block of 800 S. in North Judson reported that the resident’s mailbox was smashed. The mail had been taken out of the box and opened.

01/08/11 A vehicle was reported in a ditch and damage done to the field owned by James Beron.

01/07/11 Lisa Branson reported her Allied Waste garbage can stolen.

01/06/11 Margaret Johnson in San Pierre reported her mailbox was damaged.

01/06/11 Mike Hayes of Grovertown told police that an air compressor was taken from his property.

01/05/11 Tammy Barbknect reported a break-in at her residence. She said nothing was taken from the property, but damage was done to both doors.

01/05/11 A citizen reported a possible portable meth lab on 1150 East on the west side of the road.

Arrests:
01/09/11 Michael Murphy, 36, of Knox was arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery (three counts), Interference with the Reporting of a Crime and Resisting Law Enforcement.

01/07/11 Brian Hurt, 32, was arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Public Intoxication. He was also wanted on an active warrant.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
01/07/10 The North Judson Dollar General requested the police for a shoplifter in the store. North Judson police conducted an investigation and determined a 42 year old female was being charged with Conversion. Due to the suspect caring for a sick relative at home, Officer Joe Budner long formed the suspect and requests that the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office summons her to court.

01/06/10 North Judson Police investigated a property damage only accident in the parking lot of the Family Express. Sean M Walls of North Judson was pulling into the lot and slid on some snow and ice causing his vehicle to strike another vehicle being driven by Ellen Berg also of North Judson. Police Chief Doug Vessely estimated the damages at over $1,000 and no injuries were reported.

01/06/10 North Judson Police conducted a traffic stop on State Road 10 near 300 West and had the driver flee the vehicle on foot. North Judson Office Mat Anderson and Starke County K9 Officer James Upsall and his dog, Fritz, searched the area. It was determined another vehicle picked up the driver. A full report has been filed with the Starke County Prosecutors Office requesting charges on the 21 year old male driver.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
1/5/2011 Diane Hardesty reported a domestic dispute.

1/4/2011 Lisa Shei reported harassment.

Arrests:
1/5/2011 Larry Catt of Hamlet was arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle and Driving While Suspended.

1/5/2011 Lonzo Jackson of Hamlet was arrested on preliminary charges of Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Law Enforcement and Battery on a Police Officer.

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