Here is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week.
The Knox City Council is looking at city ordinances and zoning ordinances to make sure that all property is accounted for so the city can control building and other issues in the two mile jurisdiction.
The only department that got an increase in the 2012 Starke County budget was EMS. The County Council expects that when the EMS is upgraded to Advanced Life Service, the EMS can charge more for ambulance services.
The Starke County Council approved the Starke County Library Board’s proposed remodeling project to build an addition on to the northwest corner of the library that will be for the children’s department. Freed space in the library will be used for audio/visual purposes. The Library Board will soon be able to solicit bids to bond for the $1,785,000 remodeling project at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox.
Knox City Police Department detectives continue to investigate the death of 59-year-old Bertha Clabaugh of Knox. Detectives are waiting on the pathology report and toxicology report to make a determination in the case. Detectives still indicate that no foul play is suspected.
The Knox-Center Township Fire Department and the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department are swapping equipment. Knox will receive an air bag system that lifts vehicles and North Judson will receive a 1980 Ford pumper truck with a 750 gallon tank.
The Knox City Council recently discussed abolishing Knox City Court, but due to state statute, the Council can not act upon anything until 2014.
The bridge at Range Road and 400 North in Starke County is almost complete. Highway Superintendent Steve Siddall says the first vehicles will be able to cross the bridge by mid-October if the weather cooperates.
Kristy Jimerson of Plymouth was arrested Tuesday afternoon after leading police on a chase through Starke and Pulaski Counties. She was arrested on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement using a Vehicle, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and Driving While Suspended.
Algin Trent of North Judson was arrested early Wednesday morning after he allegedly stole items from scrap yard on Toto Road and U.S. 35 south of Knox. He has preliminary charges of Theft and Trespass.
Nathan Welter was named the 2011 Campaign Chairperson for the Starke United campaign during the organization’s kickoff breakfast held Wednesday.
The Marshall County Coroner said this week that an autopsy investigation of a 35-year-old Marshall County Jail inmate revealed that Georgina Onofre died of natural causes. Her death was not connected to her incarceration in the jail.
Casey Clark, who works as an interim employee in the Starke County Treasurer’s office, gave the 47TR report to the Starke County Commissioners this week. She said that the monthly figures are balancing but there are thousands of dollars unaccounted for in 2010 and part of 2011.
Nicholas Rudd and Joshua Muzik of North Judson were arrested Tuesday afternoon after they were allegedly involved in burglary incidents at the Grand Central Station and Rosa’s Resale Shop.
A fire at Judy Sinn’s residence in Knox was started in a recessed light fixture in the kitchen and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the fire was accidental. Over $75,000 in damage was done and no injuries were reported at the scene.
That is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week.