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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.

Two Arrested after Short Pursuit with Hamlet Police

Larry Catt

Two people were arrested by the Hamlet Police Department, Wednesday, after a police pursuit.

Hamlet Police Chief, Jeremiah Patrick, told WKVI that at 10:30 p.m. CT, Wednesday, Larry Catt, 21, of Hamlet, failed to stop after police initiated a traffic stop. A vehicle pursuit ensued and ended at Catt’s residence at 607 W. Davis Street in Hamlet. While police officers were taking Catt into custody, Lonzo Jackson came out of the residence with a large knife on his belt and in a rage, demanded that police leave his driveway and release Larry from custody. Jackson was told to go back inside the residence and he did not comply. When police attempted to take Jackson into custody, he ran into his residence and locked the door. Hamlet Police and Starke County Sheriff’s Department officers made their way into the house and Jackson was taken into custody after a struggle.

Lonzo Jackson

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Missing North Judson Man Found; Case Turned over to Starke County Coroner

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The body of an 82-year-old North Judson man was found Wednesday morning after a Silver Alert was issued by the North Judson Police Department. Robert L. Lemke was found after he was reported missing when a family member went to check on him on Tuesday evening. Lemke was believed to have left home on foot sometime between the evening hours Sunday, January 2nd and Tuesday evening.

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December Statistics Released from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen has released the December 2010 statistics for the Sheriff’s Department.

There were 20 theft reports, 4 burglary reports, 12 Possession of a Controlled Substance reports, 4 DUI reports, 1 arson report, 25 domestic complaints and 160 accident reports.

Police Reports

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
01/03/11 Robert Stevenson reported a possible fraud to the City Police. A creditor claimed he owed on an electric bill in Forest Park, Illinois from 2007 until the early part of 2008 and he hasn’t lived in Illinois since 2006. If anyone else experiences this type of fraud, or any other non-approved financial discrepancies, call local law enforcement.

12/31/10 Whitney Minix reported the theft of her purse. The purse was reportedly taken from her vehicle. The purse was later found on the ground by the railroad tracks just east of Bower Street. Her debit card and nursing license were stolen from her purse.

12/31/10 The owner of 1st Choice Pawn and Loan Shop found a broken window on the north side of the business. Some unknown suspect(s) threw a railroad rock through the window.

12/29/10 Ricky Sanders reported that his Craftsman air compressor was stolen out of his garage. Jeff Nelson reported that his Mr. Heater forced air propane heater was stolen from his garage.

12/29/10 A Next Door Food Store employee reported the theft of gasoline in the amount of $56.03.

12/28/10 Don Harridon reported two windows broken out of a home at 410 E. New York Street in Knox.

Arrests:
01/01/11 Jonathan M. Kreischer, 30, no address given, arrested on two warrants through Starke Circuit Court.

01/01/11 Scottie Clark, 37, 3013 Gerry St., Gary, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of OVWI refusal, Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended-Prior.

01/01/11 Brandon King, 19, 601 S. Bower St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Illegal Possession of Alcohol.

01/04/11 Lenny Danekas, 38, 305 E. John St. #1, Knox, IN, arrested on a Body Attachment warrant.

12/31/10 James Watts, 32, 1695 W. 400 S., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Marijuana, Public Intoxication and Habitual Substance Offender.

12/28/10 Keith Brettin, 21, 407 S. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/02/11 A resident in the 3900 block of E. Mae Delano Dr. in Knox reported the theft of money and medication from his wife’s purse.

01/01/11 A resident reported that two males came to her residence, broke out windows and stole a freezer, microwave and TV. The incident was turned over to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

01/02/11 Kenneth Kaemerer of North Judson reported his 2004 gold-colored F250 stolen. The vehicle had Best Choice Builders signs on it.

12/31/10 A resident in the 1900 block of W. 250 S. in North Judson reported that her children were walking their dog when a reckless driver drove by and hit the dog, killing it. The driver also reportedly hit the neighbor’s garage and left the scene.

12/31/10 A resident in the 1500 block of W. 450 S. in North Judson reported the theft of a guitar.

12/31/10 Josh Cook reported that rims, tires, a stereo and seats were stolen from a van parked behind the Grovertown Truck Stop.

12/29/10 David Stanley in the 11200 block of E. Circle Avenue in Walkerton reported hearing automatic weapons being fired in the area.

12/28/10 Mike Singleton reported that some unknown suspect(s) broke into his brother’s semi trailer.

Arrests:
01/02/11 Eric Lovely, 30, arrested on preliminary charges of Criminal Confinement, a Class D Felony; Domestic Battery, a Class A Misdemeanor and Strangulation, a Class D Felony.

12/31/10 Kevin Johnson, 53, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
12/31/10 North Judson Police were requested to assist the Starke County Community Corrections team on New Years Eve while they were conducting a home inspection. After checking on a detainee in the 5900 block of U-road, officers made a discovery of an active Methamphetamine Lab. North Judson Officer, Mat Anderson, requested the Indiana State Police Clandestine Team to assist in the investigation. Starke County Community Corrections Officers, North Judson Police, Starke County Sheriff’s Department, and the Indiana State Police conducted the investigation. Officer Anderson arrested Joseph Giselbach, 31, of Ora, Indiana and charged him with Possession of Methamphetamine and Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, both felonies. He also arrested Amber Rae Bottorff, 21, 5907 S. U-Road, for Manufacturing of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Community Corrections charged Cheyenne Tolson, 20, of the U-road address, with violation of terms with Community Corrections. All three were transported to the Starke County Jail pending formal charges through the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office. North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely stated this was the second meth lab taken down by our Department in the past five weeks and the fourth for the year. He commended the officers involved.

Arrests:
12/31/10 Cheyenne Tolson, 20, 5907 S. U-Road, North Judson arrested for Violation of Community Correction Terms.

12/31/10 Joseph E. Giselbach, 31, 8553 S. Main Street, Ora, arrested for Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

12/31/10 Amber Rae Bottorff, 21, 5907 S. U-Road, North Judson arrested Maintaining a Common Nusiance and Manufacturing of Methamphetamine.

12/28/10 Stephen L. Lorencz, 32, 10255 W. SR # 10, San Pierre, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Possession of Controlled Substance.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
1/3/2011 Angelic Davis reported her cell phone taken out of he vehicle.

Arrests:
12/31/2010 Larry Catt arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended.

12/31/2010 Kevin Johnson arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:
01/02/11 A resident reported that a possible fire is smoldering south of Thornhope by the elevator in the fence row close to the walking trail. It could be a control burn.

01/02/11 An officer was called to a property in reference to a trespassing complaint. The person in question told police he was trying to retrieve his dog from the property.

01/01/11 A resident called police to complain that someone was shooting guns and it sounds like a shotgun. Police determined that fireworks were being discharged from the other end of Main Street.

12/31/10 A resident reported a stolen license plate from a semi trailer.

12/31/10 A resident reported an attempted break-in in a co-worker’s vehicle. Nothing was reported stolen. A window in the vehicle had been broken out and a piece of plastic was in its place. The suspect had torn the plastic to gain entry into the vehicle.

12/31/10 A resident reported that two subjects broke out the windows in her daughter’s trailer.

12/30/10 A resident called police to report a theft. The resident was in his vehicle and he had $1,500 in cash on his lap. The passenger grabbed the money and took off. The man ran into a field behind his house. He later reported that the man was threatening his life. The man was later apprehended in a corn field.

12/29/10 An officer investigated a possible break in at a residence in Harris Township.

12/29/10 A resident reported snowmobilers had damaged the flag pole in the park.

12/29/10 An officer was flagged down to report a suspicious person in a vehicle. Upon investigation, the man told police he is a private investigator and became irate that the officer was asking about his presence at that location.

12/28/10 A resident in Cass Township reported several mailboxes destroyed along her road.

Arrests:
01/04/11 Jamie Elkins, 34, 706 E. Milton St., Rensselaer, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Dealing Methamphetamine, Theft, Possession of Precursors and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

01/04/11 Michael Watson, 44, 4076 S. Port Edward Division, Winamac, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Dealing in Methamphetamine and Theft.

01/03/11 Donald Fisher ,Jr., 57, 4721 W. 750 N., Winamac, IN, arrested on a Court Warrant. Discharged on 01/04/11 and transported to Michigan.

01/03/11 Kurt Morrow, 42, 2622 N. Dearborn St., Indianapolis, IN, arrested on a Court Order.

01/03/11 Robert Greenboam, Jr., 24, 9438 N. 400 W., Monon, IN, arrested on a Court Order.

01/03/11 Ryan Watts, 32, 301 W. Jefferson, Medaryville, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery and Resisting Law Enforcement.

01/01/11 Joel Theiss, 24, 383 Rivera Ct., Valparaiso, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged on 01/02/11.

01/01/11 Daniel Troxel, 24, 10 Venetian Village, Culver, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Public Intoxication. Discharged 01/02/11.

12/31/10 Adam Makowski, 23, 308 S. Main St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charges of False Reporting and Operator Never Licensed.

12/31/10 Brittany Shepherd, 24, 3315 S. Range Road, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

12/29/10 Taylor Joseph Fox, 20, 400 S. Burson St. Apt 2, Winamac, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Minor Consuming. Discharged 12/30/10.

Walkerton Man Arrested on Theft Charge; Sheriff’s Deputies Recover Stolen Property in Unrelated Case

Robert Packer

Starke County Police deputies arrested Robert Packer, 40, of Walkerton, on Monday, January 3rd, in connection with the theft of auto parts from the Grovertown Truckstop on December 31st, 2010.

Packer is being held at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department on preliminary charges of Theft, Driving While Suspended and Possession of a Syringe.

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New Starke County Prosecutor Talks about Upcoming Cases

Nicholas Bourff

Nicholas Bourff is the new Starke County Prosecutor, taking over from Julianne Havens. Ted Hayes sat down with Bourff last week and talked to him about a number of topics. In the interview, Bourff announced his staff including his First Deputy, Todd Wallsmith.

One of the questions Ted asked Bourff was what he will do with cases that are active, been filed by the former prosecutor, but have not been adjudicated.

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Police Officers to Patrol Indiana Roadways for Impaired Drivers during the New Year’s Day Holiday

Police officers will be out during the New Year’s Day holiday weekend and they will be on the lookout for drunk drivers. Jeremiah Patrick, Coordinator of the Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership, reports that officers from the organization will be out in force this weekend. The Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership includes officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Knox City Police Department and the North Judson Police Department. Officers from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department will also be out in force to help detect drunk drivers.

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Police Reports

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
12/28/10 Police were called to the Family Dollar parking lot in reference to a minor vehicle accident. Witnesses told police that Glenna Smith of Knox was attempting to enter a parking space. The right side of Smith’s vehicle reportedly struck the rear bumper of a parked vehicle on the left side and damaged the vehicle. Witnesses stated that Smith backed from the space and drove to the north end of the parking lot and parked. She then exited the vehicle and walked into the store. Smith has pending charges of Driving While Suspended and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

12/27/10 Police were called to Wythogan Park. Two people were walking on the walking path in Wythogan Park and when they stopped under the walking bridge, they discovered several pinkish colored pills over the wall and near the water. The officer investigated and found approximately 400 to 500 pink colored pills laying in the snow and ice near the river. The officer secured the medication, which was classified as a Schedule 4 Drug.

Arrests:
12/27/10 Michael Greenfield, 51, 312 S. Main St., Apt. A, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft. He allegedly drove away from the Marathon Gas Station in without paying for gas worth $38.50.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

12/26/10 A resident in the 8000 block of S. 50 W in North Judson reported to police that automatic gunfire is coming from the north of her residence. She knows hunters are in the area but she said it didn’t sound like a rifle.

12/23/10 A resident in the 7500 block of S. 200 W. in North Judson reported a possible break in.

12/23/10 A resident in the 8800 block of E. 850 S. in Knox reported wiring was stolen from his irrigation system.

12/22/10 A resident in the 200 block of N. Broadway Street in San Pierre reported the theft of a washer and a 4-wheeler.

Arrests:
12/23/10 Aimee Zimmerman, 37, 6342 E. Bass Ave., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
12/23/10 – North Judson Police responded to a welfare check in the 200 Block of West Weninger Street around 9:30 am. Police located the estranged wife of Stephen Lewis, 36, of 206 W. Weninger Street. The woman had been battered by her husband and after a short investigation Stephen B. Lewis was arrested and taken to the Starke County Jail and charges with Domestic Battery, Battery wife serious Bodily Injury, and Invasion of Privacy for Violation of a Protective Order. North Judson Officer, Mathew Anderson, and Starke County Sheriff Deputy, Don Ferguson, responded to the incident as well as North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely.

12/27/10 – Shortly after 2:00 a.m., North Judson Police were called to the 600 Block of Arlington Avenue to investigate a Battery. It is believed a stepson came to the residence and battered his stepfather. North Judson Officer Joe Budner investigated and provided a complete report to the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office requesting Battery charges on the stepson.

Arrests:
12/23/10 Stephen B. Lewis, 36, 206 W. Weninger Street, North Judson arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery, Battery with serious Bodily Injury, and Invasion of Privacy.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
12/27 Jim Hudgens reported a traffic accident at the intersection of Old US 30 and US 30. No injuries involved.

12/26 Dawn Wilson of Hamlet reported an unwanted subject in her home. Officers arrived and Jody Spicer voluntarily left.

12/25/10 Jamin Keeton of Hamlet reported his wife’s ex-husband, Randy Rowe, had pulled a han gun on his wife and him in LaPorte County and attempted to fire the weapon several times but the weapon would not fire. Jamin stated that he was on his way home to Hamlet and he believed Randy may come there. Hamlet Officers waited for Randy at Jamin’s residence but Randy did not show up. Laporte County was also looking for Randy.

12/23/10 Bruce Johnson reported a reckless driver westbound from Starke Street.

Arrests:
12/28 Virgil Noble of Knox was arrested at his home on a Starke County Circuit Court warrant. The warrant included Count 1: Rape, Count 2: Rape, Count 3: Sexual Battery, Count 4: Sexual Battery.

Tragic Accident Claims Life of Illinois Woman

A tragic auto accident occurred Sunday afternoon at the intersection of State Road 10 and State Road 35 in Starke County. Police found that Megan Smithson, 19, of Illinois, stopped at the intersection and pulled out onto US 35 and into the path of a vehicle driven by Tony Wagner, 37, of Winamac.  Smithson was pronounced dead at the scene by Starke County Coroner, Kris Rannells.

Wagner was transported to Starke Memorial Hospital and airlifted to South Bend Memorial for leg injuries sustained in the accident.  An 18-year-old passenger in Smithson’s vehicle was also airlifted to South Bend Memorial due to injuries suffered in the accident.  The Bass Lake Fire Department and Starke County EMS assisted the Starke County Sheriff’s Department at the scene.

James Strong Named Commander of the Indiana State Police Post in Bremen

Commander James Strong

Indiana State Police Superintendent, Paul Whitesell, recently announced the promotion of First Sergeant, James Strong, to the rank of Lieutenant to serve as the Commander of the Indiana State Police Post in Bremen. The Bremen Post covers Marshall, St. Joseph, Kosciusko, and Elkhart Counties. Strong earned this promotion through written testing and a competitive interview process.

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Police Reports

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:

12/12/10 Angela Spiller, 54, 10095 E. State Road 8, Knox, IN cited for Driving While Suspended-Prior.

12/18/10 Virginia Clemons told police that when she arrived home that day, she noticed the front door open and she knew she locked the door before she left for the day. Nothing was found missing until the day after the incident. She told police money was stolen from her wallet.

12/16/10 Cody Foust reported his bank card was stolen and charges were made to his account.

Arrests:
12/18/10 Donald Humphrey, 46, 407 S. Pearl St. Knox, IN, arrested on an active Starke Circuit Court warrant for Intimidation (x2) and Harassment (Class B Misdemeanor).

From the Starke County Department:

Arrests:
12/15/10 Jeffrey Price, 49, 6135 E. 100 N., Knox, IN, arrested on an active warrant arrest through Marshall County and a preliminary charge of Possession of Chemical Agents or Precursors.
Edward A. Dudek III, 29, 6135 E. 100 N., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Chemical Agents or Precursors.
Police pulled over Dudek III after police found he was driving his vehicle at a slow rate of speed and he was turning his flashers on and off. Police searched the vehicle and found several containers of cold medicine that contain pseudoephedrine and a red gas can with a hose clamped to it.

Accidents:
12/15/10 Corey Stacy was driving on State Road 39 and entered the northbound traffic lane when his vehicle began to slide on the ice. He was in the path of travel of a vehicle driven by Brandi Pitts and could not avoid a collision. Pitts was transported to Starke Memorial Hospital with leg and chest pains.

12/17/10 Elena Daneska advised police she was driving her car on State Road 39, south of State Road 8, when her car began to slide. She lost control and went into a ditch filled with water. Her car was filling with water and she was unable to get either door open in order for her to exit the vehicle. She said she finally got the window open and got out onto the top of the vehicle. She was taken to Starke Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. When police talked to Daneska, they reportedly smelled alcohol on her breath. Her blood was drawn at the hospital where her blood alcohol content registered at .71%.

Several vehicle slide-off reports were taken by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department during the recent snow events, and luckily, there were no serious injuries reported.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:
12/15/2010 Miller residence request lift assist for elderly female who fell outside at 108 S. Starke Street.

12/18/2010 An employee at the Hamlet gas station reported that a male subject was out of control. He was detained and transported for mental evaluation.

Additional Charges Filed Against Walkerton Man Involved in Police Standoff

Donald Smith

Additional charges have been filed against a Walkerton man who told Starke County police officers to leave him alone or he would kill them or himself. Donald Smith, 33, engaged in a 45 minute standoff with officers before he was taken into custody on December 15th, from a camper he was occupying.

Smith has been charged with Dealing Methamphetamine, a Class B Felony; Possession of Precursors with a Firearm, a Class C Felony; Intimidation, a Class D Felony; and Theft, a Class D Felony. He has a bond of $75,000 through Starke Circuit Court.

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Police Reports

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:

12/11/10  David Griffith reported his 200 pound steel anvil stolen from his front porch.

12/11/10  Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston requested an officer at the Knox Community Center to make a police report about damage done to the Community Center after a Saturday event.  Approximately 25 tables were damaged, and 112 chairs were damaged.  The chairs were bent with the covers torn.  Several areas of carpeting were observed to have stains or a strong odor of alcoholic beverages.  The door leading to the storage area had a large dent and a black scuff mark.

12/10/10  An employee at the Marathon gas station reported a drive-off of $19.48.

12/09/10  Estella Perez, 29, 4895 E. 150 N., Knox, IN, cited for Operator Never Licensed.

Arrests:
12/11/10 Danny B. Traylor, 50, 9800 E. Toto Road, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of .15% or greater, Operating a Vehicle with Controlled Substances in the Body, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Legend Drug.

12/09/10  Michael Greenfield, 51, 312 S. Main St. Apt. A, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Theft (x2) and Trespassing.  He allegedly stole an item from Walgreens and an item from Advanced Auto Parts.  He was also reportedly harassing customers for a ride home from Walgreens.  He was told before to not be at that store.

12/08/10 Matthew Blount, 23, 12501 N. State Road 49, Wheatfield, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Illegal Drug Lab-Possession of Precursors.

Erica Bailey, 21, 2420 E. 400, Knox, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Dumping Controlled Substance Waste and Illegal Drug Lab-Possession of Precursors.

12/08/10 Terri Hamilton, 301 E. Danker St. #101, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

12/09/10 Penny Wagers told police that when a renter, Steven Meeks, left the residence she and her husband was renting to him, he allegedly took items that belonged to them.  He also reportedly did damage inside the residence.

Arrests:

12/11/10 Joseph McKeehan, 23, 3700 E Debbie Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Trespassing and Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams.

12/05/10 Allen Krock, 37, 107 Garden St., North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:

12/06/10 The Hamlet Police responded to a Domestic at the Main St apartments. No arrest was made.

12/08/10 Don Wringer of Hamlet reported a fraud.

12/13/10 Vicki Boyle of Hamlet reported a water main brake.

12/13/10 The Hamlet Police responded to 3 Vehicle accidents that were all weather related.

Two Arrested in Knox on Methamphetamine Charges

Matthew Blount

Knox City Police Department officers arrested Matthew Blount, 23, of Wheatfield and Erica Bailey, 21, of Knox on methamphetamine related charges Wednesday night.

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