Knox PD Investigation Leads to 10 Drug Arrests


A Tuesday afternoon raid on a home in the 200 block of West Bender Street by Knox City Police and the Starke County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of 10 residents on various drug charges.

Knox Police Chief Harold Smith says investigators got several tips about possible drug use at the Tony and Deborah Clemons residence. They face charges of dealing in methamphetamine. Continue reading

Knox City Police Make Heroin Arrest


A Stevensville, Mich. man is jailed on a charge of dealing heroin following a Saturday afternoon arrest by officers from the Knox City Police Department. Chad Elem, 40, was reportedly in possession of nearly a gram of heroin divided into individual packages and an undisclosed amount of cash when he was taken into custody. Law enforcement officials say the arrest is part of an ongoing investigation into the trafficking of heroin into the area. The Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Knox City Police Departments assisted with the arrest.


State Excise Officers Bust Underage Drinking Party


Officers from the Indiana State Excise Police cited 17 people for underage drinking after responding to an anonymous complaint about an underage drinking party at a Knox home early Monday morning. When they arrived at the home in the 1100 block of East John Street in Knox they reportedly found 20 or so vehicles parked there and saw a young woman standing outside a pole barn holding a bottle of beer. She reportedly tried to hide the beer bottle and walked back into the barn, according to a news release from the state. When she opened the door, the responding officers heard loud music and saw people who appeared to be underage consuming possible alcoholic beverages. The three juveniles cited were released to their parents. Resident James A. Hudgens, 19, faces charges of illegal consumption of alcohol and furnishing alcohol to a minor. All of those cited will appear in Knox City Court to answer charges. Officers from the Knox Police and Starke County Sheriff’s Departments assisted with the investigation.


Knox Police Investigating Crash Involving Head Start Bus and Truck

These two vehicles were involved in the crash at Heaton and Lake Streets.
These two vehicles were involved in the crash at Heaton and Lake Streets.

Passengers on Marshall-Starke Head Start Bus 37 are getting checked out at IU Health Starke Memorial Hospital after their bus was struck by a truck this morning at the intersection of Heaton and Lake Streets in downtown Knox. There’s no word yet on the extent of their injuries, and the crash remains under investigation. The bus was crossing Lake Street and was struck by the truck, which is registered to Standard Pallet, Inc. of Knox. A witness told investigators the bus had the right-of-way.

One Fatality Reported In Yesterday’s Crash

Knox City Police and first responders tend to an accident at U.S. 35 and John Street in Knox

Knox City Police responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 35 and John Street Monday morning. An investigation revealed that a northbound Ford passenger car had crossed the center line, striking a southbound minivan.

Police say the passenger car was occupied by a male and female, and one male was traveling in the minivan. The driver of the passenger car was pronounced dead at the scene and the passenger was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend in serious condition.

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Knox Man Arrested On Methamphetamine-Related Charges

Knox City Police officers arrested a Knox man Thursday on methamphetamine-related charges after executing an arrest warrant.

Police learned of the whereabouts of Anthony Clemons and confirmed that he had an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear on narcotics-related charges in Starke Circuit Court. Police arrived at the residence and asked the homeowner if Clemons was there. He was seen on a bed in the home and was ordered to surrender to police before being taken into custody without incident.

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David Heineman Senior Arrested on Meth Charges

David Heineman, Sr.

Knox City Police were called to a fight and ended up arresting a man for an active meth lab.

Police were called to a residence on Lake Street and found two men fighting in an upstairs room. When police attempted to detain the men, David Heineman, Sr. resisted demands by the police officer to stop resisting. The other subject complied and told police that the argument started because he thought meth labs were in the room. The officer did observe items that were commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine in the room.

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Knox Gym Teacher Arrested on Child Seduction Charges

The Knox City Police Department continues to investigate an alleged improper internet contact incident between a Knox High School gym teacher and a student.

Police investigated a complaint last week where a parent reported the act. Robert “Ryan” Corbin, 27, of Knox, was arrested Sunday as a result of the preliminary investigation. He faces preliminary charges of Child Seduction and Attempted Child Seduction, both Class D Felonies. He is being held in the Starke County Jail under no bond.

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Knox Man Arrested for Alleged Sandal Theft

A Knox man was arrested after allegedly stealing sandals from Dollar General in Knox.

A Knox City Police officer was dispatched to Dollar General where an employee reported that a man, later identified as Lolus Johnson, had stolen a pair of shoes. He had left his old shoes in the store.

When police were enroute to the store, Johnson was spotted in the alley between Heaton Street and Pearl Street. The officer approached Johnson and Johnson reportedly stepped out of his sandals he was wearing and started walking barefoot. The officer asked about the shoes and Johnson allegedly admitted to police that he did take the shoes because he didn’t have any money.

Lolus Johnson, 51, was detained and while police conducted a routine pat-down they allegedly found a marijuana cigarette and controlled substances. He was arrested on preliminary charges of Theft, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Two Arrested in Knox on Theft Charges

Two residents were recently arrested by Knox City Police officers after the pair allegedly stole items from four different stores in Knox.

On Saturday, February 18th, Hiram Noble called police to report his cell phone was stolen and gave the names of Jeffery Levi Knoebel and Jeremiah Johnson as suspects. The next day, police received a call from an employee at the Next Door Food Store that Knoebel and Johnson just left the establishment without paying for items. Police caught up with them at Dollar General in downtown Knox.

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Knox Man Arrested after Police Receive Calls about Man Carrying Gun

Robert Wisilinski

A Knox man was arrested Friday after police received calls about a man carrying a gun.

A witness told police that he was letting his truck warm up when Robert Wisilinski approached his property on Pearl Street, stopped and stared at him. The witness said he saw a hand gun in his hand and then Wisilinski walked away. He reportedly saw Wisilinski tuck the gun in his pants behind his back. Police caught up to Wisilinski who reportedly said it was only a BB gun. He was taken to jail.

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Knox CVS Robbed

Knox CVS

The identity of a suspect arrested in connection with the robbery at CVS in Knox last night is still being withheld by Knox City Police.

Knox City Police responded to an armed robbery call at CVS at 9:18 p.m. An officer saw a vehicle leaving the scene at a high rate of speed and a traffic stop was initiated. The driver stopped, then backed into the police cruiser in an attempt to disable the vehicle. A pursuit began which lead into Marshall County. Both suspects abandoned the vehicle on Upas Road in Marshall County and one suspect was arrested. No further information was released by the Knox City Police Department and the robbery remains under investigation.

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Shop with a Cop Event Held Yesterday in Knox

Left to right: Starke County Conservation Officer Keith Wildeman, Jeremiah Patrick, Monica Collins, Harold Smith, James Upsall, Rob Olejniczack, Rich Gast, Caitlyn Hinshaw, Melissa Osburn, Sandy Binkley, Hugo Reese, Chris Kisela, and Bob Leffert.

Officers from the Kankakee Valley Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #129 participated in a Shop with a Cop event yesterday at ALCO in Knox. Chris Kisela, Knox City Police Officer and FOP President, talked about yesterday’s event:

“We’ve been doing fundraisers over the summer. We’ve raised over $2000 so far. We’ll take that $2000 and spend it on school clothes. The kids will have $100 each to buy school clothes for the upcoming school year,” said Kisela.

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Attorney Status Hearing Set for Hobart Givens

Hobart Givens, Jr.

An attorney status hearing is scheduled in the Starke Circuit Court this afternoon for Hobart Givens, Jr., 21, of Knox. Givens is charged with one count of Stalking, a Class D Felony, and Possession of Marijuana after being apprehended by police following a complaint.

On June 13th, police received a complaint from a resident who said that their 11-year old daughter was harassed by a male subject driving an older maroon Ford Taurus with lightning bolts on both sides. The girl told police that she had been walking her dog on Potter Street when the subject pulled up next to her and asked her how old she was. When she didn’t respond, he asked her if she needed a ride, at which point she immediately picked up her dog and ran home. When police arrived on scene, the victim was “very scared and upset.”

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Police Continue to Investigate Alleged Attempted Abduction

A week after a Parkview Heights woman reported an attempted abduction of a child, Knox City Police still are investigating. Officer Harold Smith said yesterday that they have few leads outside of those given by the woman.

The incident was reported to have occurred Thursday afternoon, June 9th. At that time, the woman said a man entered her fenced-in backyard and attempted to grab her one-year-old toddler. Amber Howard said the possible abduction began with the man knocking her seven-year-old daughter off of a swing and onto the ground.

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Rolling Prairie Man Arrested in Knox

James Childress III

James Childress III, of Rolling Prairie, was arrested by Knox City Police Wednesday after an accident and a brief foot pursuit from police.

According to the police report, Childress was reportedly driving his vehicle in the Giles Court area and went off the road a hit a tree. Childress fled on foot. The vehicle caught fire in the engine area after the incident and the fire was extinguished by the Knox-Center Township Fire Department. The vehicle displayed false and fictitious plates.

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Two Knox Residents Arrested on Burglary, Theft

Patrick Sobieck
Richard Selva

Several thousands of dollars worth of railroad metals were retrieved from the Starke County Recycling Company this morning after Knox City Police and the Norfolk Southern Railroad Police officers executed a search warrant at that location. This is part of an ongoing investigation of a theft report that was filed Saturday night and led to the arrest of Patrick Sobieck and Richard Selva.

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