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Winamac Man Arrested on Drug Possession Charges

Leston B.  Vaught II

Leston G. Vaught II

A Winamac man was arrested early Sunday morning after he was reportedly found in possession of methamphetamine.

A Winamac police officer saw a red vehicle in the parking lot by the Pulaski County Public Library with the driver present. The officer knew that vandalism was occurring to a structure by the library so he approached the car.

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Infant Death Under Investigation

Winamac Police Department detectives and officials with the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of a two-month-old boy.

Winamac Police Chief Michael Buchanan told WKVI News that the infant died Tuesday morning at a home in the 400 block of Main Street in Winamac. The child had previous medical issues and no foul play is suspected at this time.

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Police Reports

Police reports and arrests are merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and are in no way an indication of an individual’s guilt or innocence.

Starke County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Incidents
5/12/14 – An anonymous caller reported a truck pulled behind a residence that recently burned in the 4000 block of East 175 North in Knox, loaded two couches into the back of a pickup truck and left heading toward Knox.
5/12/14 – The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Hamlet Fire Department, Hamlet and Koontz Lake Fire Departments and Starke County EMS responded to a report of a vehicle fire on U.S. 30 at State Road 23.
5/12/14 – A North Judson resident asked to file a harassment report.
5/12/14 – A resident in the 5400 block of South 210 in Knox reported juveniles messing around on her boat and pier.
5/13/14 – A deputy from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a property damage accident at Knoll Brothers in Hamlet. Marvin Earl McDaniel, 30, of Knox, bumped a fuel pump with his semi, and the clerk requested a report.
5/14/14 – Multiple departments and Starke County EMS responded to a personal injury accident at the intersection of 700 East and 200 South. Brandon Ray Owens, 29, of North Judson, was thrown from his vehicle and laying in a field.
5/14/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a property damage accident on State Road 10 west of 250 west in North Judson.
5/14/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a report of a tractor-trailer on its side in a ditch on 300 East south of State Road 8. The driver was not injured.
5/14/14 – A sheriff’s deputy responded to a drug complaint at the Good to Go station on State Road 23 in Koontz Lake.
5/14/14 – A resident in the 5700 block of North State Road 23 in Grovertown reported items have been stolen from her farm during the day.
5/14/14 – A resident in the 3200 block of East 400 South in Knox reported a tall, thin, Hispanic man showed up in a red SUV, parked by their barn and tried to get into their house, but his wife scared him away.
5/14/14 – A resident in the 10000 block of East 700 North in Walkerton asked a deputy to check a nearby house for suspicious activity.
5/15/14 – A resident in the 6600 block of East Old U.S. 30 in Hamlet asked a deputy to check his back shed for a trespasser or other suspicious activity.
5/15/14 – A resident in the 3200 block of South Range Road in Knox reported the theft of items from her son’s gravesite at Fletcher Cemetery.
5/15/14 – A resident in the 6300 block of East 125 South in Knox found an abandoned Jeep stuck in a ditch on his property with nobody around and asked for a deputy to come check it out.
5/15/14 – A resident in the 3000 block of East 200 South in Knox asked to speak to an officer about loose dogs in her yard. She has small children and is concerned.
5/15/14 – Officers responded to a report of a suspicious truck at the Starke County Highway Garage.
5/15/14 – Michael David McCormack, 25, of Knox, hit a deer in the 1900 block of South State Road 23 in Knox.
5/15/14 – Leroy D. Gudeman, 87, of Knox, hit a deer on State Road 10 at 100 West in North Judson.
5/16/14 – Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle and possible property damage in the 4200 block of south 700 East in Knox.
5/16/14 – A resident in the 6900 block of East Homette Avenue in Knox reported loose dogs in the area that are getting into his trash and trying to attack him.
5/16/14 – A resident in the 7300 block of South 200 West in North Judson filed a report of identity theft.
5/16/14 – Officers took a report of a car versus deer crash on westbound U.S. 30 east of 600 East in Hamlet.
5/16/14 – A resident in the 6800 block of East 400 North in Knox reports his neighbor’s two dogs keep coming on to his property, even though he has previously spoken to the neighbors about the issue.
5/16/14 – A resident in the 400 block of Brazill Street in San Pierre reported she and her husband are both getting harassing telephone calls.
5/17/14 – A resident in the 4500 block of North 600 East in Hamlet asked a sheriff’s deputy to take a report of an unwanted man who came to his house.
5/17/14 – A resident in the 9600 block of East 700 North in Walkerton reported the theft of a trail camera from her property.
5/18/14 – A resident in the 7000 block of South 100 West in North Judson reported money missing from a money box at her residence.
5/18/14 – Officers responded to a property damaged accident in the 3100 block of South County Road 210 in Knox.
5/18/14 – Gregory Trusty, 49, of North Judson, hit a deer on 400 South near 700 West.
5/18/14 – Multiple agencies responded to a motorcycle versus deer crash on State Road 10 east of Bass Lake Pub and Ristorante. A male and female were both injured.
5/18/14 – Rebekah Anne Fagan, 21, of Lakeville, hit a deer in the 7900 block of North Frost Street in Koontz Lake.
5/19/14 – Terry W. Adkins, 65, reported the theft of 175 gallons of fuel from his semi at Grovertown Truck Stop during the night.
5/19/14 – Ronald M. Fairchild, 42, of Knox, was cited for driving 72/55 on U.S. 35 at 250 North.5/19/14 – A resident in the 6600 block of East Old U.S. 30 in Hamlet reported two men on her property looking in her windows. She thought they were wearing camo and might have guns.
5/19/14 – Several agencies responded to a two-vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of U.S. 35 and State Road 8 north of Knox.
5/19/14 – A two-vehicle property damage accident was reported at the intersection of 300 East and State Road 10 in Knox.
5/19/14 – A resident in the 200 block of West Howard Drive in North Judson asked to speak to an officer about a problem with the neighbor kids. A deputy told the youngsters to stay off the roadway or their quads would be impounded.
5/19/14 – A resident in the 1800 block of East 350 South in Knox reported the theft of her trash can.
5/20/14 – A resident in the 4900 block of South 260 West in North Judson asked to speak to an officer because she gave someone a ride home, he took a box of diapers and refused to give them back.
5/20/14 – A resident in the 1900 block of West 200 South in North Judson reported his neighbor keeps cutting across his property on his motorcycle, causing damage.
5/21/14 – A caller reported a vehicle versus deer accident on State Road 8 and said the driver brought the Jeep home.
5/21/14 – Multiple departments responded to a report of a vehicle fire on 500 North east of Howard’s in Grovertown.
5/21/14 – Douglas W. Kays, 57, of Rochester, was stopped on Toto Road west of 625 and cited for driving 64/45.
5/21/14 – Officers responded to a report of a property damage accident at Bass Lake Marina. An intoxicated driver reportedly hit several mailboxes.
5/21/14 – A resident in the 8000 block of North Tecumseh Road in Koontz Lake reported someone is busting the windows out of the house next door.
5/21/14 – Deputies took residential burglary report from a resident in the 4200 block of South 210 in Knox.
5/21/14 – A resident in the 8400 block of South Ash Street in Monterey reported that he and his roommate were just threatened by two men who live down the road. They reportedly have weapons at their residence.
5/22/14 – A resident in the 5700 block of East 200 South in Knox reported a neighbor’s dog keeps running loose and getting into his trash. Dispatchers have gotten several complaints about this dog.
5/22/14 – A resident in the 5600 block of North SR 23 in Grovertown called the sheriff’s department to file a theft report.
5/22/14 – A resident in the 2300 block of East 200 South reported someone has broken into her garage. She’s not sure if anything is missing.
5/22/14 – A resident in the 5600 block of North State Road 23 in Grovertown reports more property has been stolen.
5/22/14 – A deputy responded to a vehicle versus deer crash at the intersection of U.S. 421 and 400 South.
5/23/14 – A caller in the 8900 block of South Jefferson Street in Monterey reported the discovery of possible methamphetamine-related trash.
5/24/14 – A resident in the 7200 block of South 250 West in North Judson asked to file a criminal damage report stemming from an incident involving his neighbor and his mailbox the previous evening.
5/24/14 – A deputy responded to a property damage accident on 400 North west of U.S. 35 in Knox.
5/24/14 – A resident in the 8000 block of Wakew Lane in Walkerton reported the theft of several items from his residence.
5/24/14 – Extra patrol was requested in the area of Kramers Beach in Koontz Lake after juveniles reportedly had a party there the previous night, tore up a pier and used it for firewood and left a mess on the beach.
5/24/14 – Multiple agencies were called to a traffic accident at 200 North and 700 East in Grovertown.
5/24/14 – Martin G. Shell, 52, of North Judson, hit a deer on State Road 10 just east of State Road 39 in North Judson.
5/25/14 – A resident in the 4600 block of South 550 East in Knox asked officers to check the area behind her residence for people back there with flashlights.
5/25/14 – Officers responded to a property damage accident on U.S. 35 in front of Johnson’s Lumber in Knox.
5/25/14 – A caller on 50 North west of 1200 East in Knox asked to speak to an officer about criminal damage to equipment.
5/25/14 – A deputy responded to a property damage accident in the 11300 block of East Cline Avenue in Koontz Lake.
5/25/14 – A resident in the 5100 block of North 900 East in Grovertown reported two people fleeing on foot from her residence toward 600 North.

Arrests
5/18/14 – Michael G. Buschman, 23, Milwaukee, Wis.: O.V.W.I.
5/19/14 – Przemyslaw M. Kurkowski, 24, Knox: Disorderly conduct.
5/20/14 – Anthony Joseph Chasse, 20, Knox: Reckless driving.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department

Incidents

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

5/13/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a drive-off at a local gas station. The motorist failed to pay for $30.01 worth of gas.
5/14/14- Winamac Police were called to a home to remove an unwanted guest.
5/16/14- A pair of solar panels were reported stolen to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
5/16/14- Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of battery involving a mother and daughter.
5/17/14- A boat and trailer are reported stolen to the Winamac Police.
5/17/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies take a report of two stolen push mowers.
5/17/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to the reported theft of two push mowers.
5/18/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a report of workplace harassment.
5/18/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies respond to a trespassing report in Medaryville.
5/19/14 – A theft of narcotic medication is reported to the Winamac Police Department.
5/20/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies are called to a verbal dispute between neighbors.
5/20/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and Winamac Police respond to a landlord-tenant dispute.
5/20/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Dpeuties respond to a report of trespassing in Winamac.
5/21/14 – Winamac Police respond to a report of a drive-off from a gas station.

Winamac Man Arrested on Georgia Warrant

Jeffery Mack

Jeffery Mack

A Winamac man was arrested early Friday morning on a Georgia state warrant for rape.

The Winamac Police Department took 21-year-old Jeffery Mack into custody on the charge. He is being held without bond in the Pulaski County Jail.

The information into the nature of the alleged offense was not made immediately available.

Winamac Council Approves Police Car Purchase

The Winamac Police Department plans to add another Dodge Charger to its fleet.

Chief Mike Buchanan told the town council the car will replace a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. He adds the Charger offers the best value for the money. He has $25,000 in his budget to purchase a new car. The Winamac Police Department qualifies for the state’s negotiated law enforcement fleet price but will still be able to take delivery of the car through Braun Chrysler in Winamac.

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Officers Bust Winamac Meth Lab, Two Arrested

Meth BustA Winamac man who reportedly tried to flee from police Friday to avoid being arrested for making meth faces numerous drug charges after jail officers reportedly found more contraband in his pants. Officers from the Winamac Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office got a tip about drug activity and responded at 7:34 p.m. on Friday, May 9 to an apartment in the 400 block of West Main Street in Winamac. A deputy reportedly spotted David Wayne Gentry, 29, walking behind the apartment building and ordered him to stop. Gentry ran, according to the police report, and was apprehended after a brief foot chase. Both Gentry and his girlfriend, Shannon Lee Hardin, 30, were arrested after deputies reportedly found an active meth lab and other precursors inside the home. Continue reading

Winamac Officer Commended for Saving a Life

A Winamac police officer was commended during the Winamac Town Board meeting for saving the life of a resident.

Winamac Town Manager Jim Conner said Police Chief Michael Buchanan gave officer Mark Hoffman a Meritorious Service Award for his actions while on duty.

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Winamac Police Officer Rescues Unconscious Woman from Burning Car

Winamac Car Fire 1A Winamac woman is alive this morning thanks to the quick response from a Winamac Police Officer on patrol. Mark Hoffman was southbound on U.S. 35 just before midnight last night and saw a vehicle on fire near County Road 50 East. Hoffman called the Pulaski County Dispatch Center and requested fire and EMS assistance and approached the SUV, where he saw an unconscious woman inside. Continue reading

Officers Serve Forgery Warrant, Make Three Drug Arrests

A Winamac man who reportedly tried to hide in a closet in order to avoid a trip to jail is behind bars on a $35,000 bond. An officer from the Winamac Police Department responded to a tip that Keith L. Campbell, 44, of Winamac, was at an apartment on Franklin Street last night. Campbell was wanted on two counts of forgery as a C felony. Continue reading

Winamac Police Department Investigates Accident

The Winamac Police Department continues to investigate an accident that occurred just after midnight where a vehicle ran into a home at the intersection of State Road 14 west and State Road 35.

When police arrived at the scene two minutes later, officer found that the vehicle struck the home’s foundation at the intersection which caused considerable damage. The passenger car came to rest along a fence.

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Winamac Police Department Hires New Officer

The Winamac Police Department has hired a new full-time officer. The town council approved the hiring of Aaron Spanley of Winamac when they met Monday evening. Police Chief Mike Buchanan told the council during a previous meeting he wanted to go ahead and get someone hired and trained before longtime Winamac Police Sgt. Dwight Peterson retires next year. That training includes 13 weeks at the police academy.

Attorneys Meet in Case Involving Former Winamac Police Officer

Daymond Hartley’s defense attorney Tim Murray and Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Blair Todd met for a first pre-trial conference in his case and another pre-trial setting has been scheduled for Aug. 5 at 8 a.m. ET in Pulaski Circuit Court.

The former Winamac Police Department officer had pleaded not guilty to a charge of Theft as a Class D felony in an earlier court hearing. He allegedly admitted to Winamac Police Chief Michael Buchanan that he took $6,352 from an evidence locker at the police department on Feb. 25, but he returned the money on April 6. Hartley reportedly told Chief Buchanan that he took the money to help pay for a dental procedure for his mother.

The money was being held in an evidence locker during an investigation into a fatal accident involving Jamie Sheets.

Hartley has since resigned from his position at the police department.

Winamac PD Hires New Officer, Prepares To Interview Applicants

A former Winamac Police Chief has has rejoined the department as a patrol officer. Chief Mike Buchanan says Jeff Heims started June 1. He replaces Daymond Hartley, who resigned amid a controversy over money he reportedly admitted taking from a department evidence locker and is facing criminal charges. Buchanan says Heims is currently working the swing shift to cover for other members of the department when they have days off. The town’s salary ordinance provides a bump in pay of $550 for each five years of seniority, but Buchanan says the town council’s approval is still needed.

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Winamac Officer to Appear in Court on Theft Charge

A Winamac police officer who allegedly admitted to taking money from an evidence storage locker at the Winamac Police Department will have an initial hearing in Pulaski Circuit Court Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET.

Daymond Hartley, a Winamac officer on the night shift, allegedly admitted to Winamac Police Chief Michael Buchanan that he took $6,352 from the storage locker while working a shift during the last week of March. The money had been collected as evidence regarding a fatal accident involving Jamie Sheets of Winamac.

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Winamac Police Officer Charged with Theft

An investigation into money found missing from an evidence storage locker at the Winamac Police Department has unearthed a suspect.

Daymond Hartley, a Winamac officer on the night shift, allegedly admitted to Winamac Police Chief Michael Buchanan that he took $6,352 from the storage locker while working a shift during the last week of March. The money had been collected as evidence after a fatal accident involving Jamie Sheets of Winamac.

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Winamac Police Department to Add Part-Time Officers

The Winamac Police Department plans to hire a couple of part-time officers. Chief Mike Buchanan says longtime Sgt. Dwight Peterson is planning to retire later this year, and he wants to get some people on the force before then. Buchanan told the town council there’s money in his budget for the extra help. He plans to hire officers who have already been through the police academy in order to curb costs.

Winamac Police make four methamphetamine arrests

Sara Cox, Douglas Whiteman, Jayson Shaffer, Kelcie Miller

Sara Cox, Douglas Whiteman, Jayson Shaffer, Kelcie Miller

Formal charges are pending against four people arrested for possession of methamphetamine and syringes at a home in downtown Winamac Tuesday night. Jayson David Shaffer, 27, of Leiters Ford; Douglas Lane Whiteman, Jr., 27, of Winamac; Kelcie Miller, 21, of Winamac; and Sara Cox, 21, of Culver were all arrested by Winamac Police Officer Brian Gaillard. He received an anonymous tip of drug use at a residence on South Market Street residence and checked it out. The occupants gave him permission to search the house, and Gaillard said he found baggies of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Winamac Police Receive Best in State Award

The Winamac Police Department has been commended on their efforts in Operation Pull-Over.

Officer Mike Hoffman told the Winamac Town Board this week that the Winamac Police Department received the Best in State Police Department award and was given a $2,500 equipment grant. The department will be using that money to purchase a computer for a police car. A plaque was displayed to the board.

Rick Dilts, the town park manager, told the town board this week that the park is now closed for the season. More than 100 tables have been placed in storage, the bleachers are now stored and the restrooms have been closed. The volleyball and basketball courts will be winterized this week and a tractor will be set up for the snow season.

Illinois Man Arrested after Attempted Rape Incident in Winamac

An Illinois man was arrested in Pulaski County on Sunday after an alleged attempted rape incident.

The charging information indicates that Alexandros Kleronomos reportedly broke into the residence of the female victim in Winamac and stole items from the residence and while there, strangled the victim and attempted to rape her. He reportedly did this in the presence of a nine-year-old child. He also took the victim’s food stamps and keys in the incident. The Winamac Police Department responded to the call and arrested Kleronomos. He is currently in the Pulaski County Jail.

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Pulaski County Police Participate in Firearms Training

Officers from all Pulaski County Police Departments participated in firearms training last Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. The training took place at the shooting range near Medaryville.

Sheriff Michael Gayer told WKVI the training was a chance for the officers to get in their qualifications.

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