Week in Review for February 28th-March 4th, 2011

Here is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:

76 individuals were arrested last Saturday after police received an anonymous tip of an illegal cock fighting operation at a residence in North Judson. Eleven face felony charges of Animal Fighting Contest, while others face a misdemeanor charge of Attending an Animal Fight Contest. Four of those charged with felonies remain on hold in the Starke County Jail as they have been identified as illegal immigrants.

24-year-old Erica Richie of Logansport was shot after she entered the home of Pulaski County resident, Carl Williams, at 2am Monday. She was breaking into Williams home when Williams grabbed his handgun and shot her in the head. She and 19-year-old Kayla McCord fled the scene and went to Logansport Memorial seeking medical attention. She was later transferred to a Fort Wayne Hospital. Police arrested McCord on two counts of Burglary, a Class B Felony.

Plymouth and Argos Police Departments, NIPSCO and the Plymouth Fire Department responded to a report of a gas leak at Pennsylvania and Liberty Streets in Plymouth at about 2:00 a.m. ET Tuesday morning. Plymouth Fire Chief, Andy Metsker, told said that the gas leak occurred after a roof collapsed on an old storage building at that intersection.

A boil water order was lifted in the Town of Hamlet after an unknown suspect or suspects opened fire hydrants along 500 East which drained all 300,000 gallons of water in the Town’s the water tower.

Fifth District Senator Ed Charbonneau said that in the second half of the legislature, lawmakers are hoping to make a fiscally sound budget and possibly pass a state-wide smoking ban.

21 individuals were arrested in Marshall County, Monday, after dozens of police officers executed search warrants stemming from numerous drug investigations recently conducted by the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section and Meth Suppression Unit.

David Lambert, of North Judson, won $2,500 in the America’s Farmers Grow Commuities Program. He will give the money to the St. Peter Lutheran School.

Knox City Police officers are looking for a suspect that has stolen a 1999 beige Lincoln four door vehicle. The vehicle was stolen Tuesday from the Starke County Abstract office on Washington Street in Knox. Call 772-4122 with any information.

Johnathan Chambers

Johnathan Chambers, an 18-year-old San Pierre resident, was arrested Wednesday on charges of Armed Robbery and Felony Intimidation.

Knox Federation of Teachers President, Dick Wagner, gave the teacher’s view of school vouchers, collective bargaining and teacher tenure.

Johnathan Chambers, 18, of San Pierre was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly attempted to steal cash from the Carpenter’s Oil gas station in North Judson. He reportedly threatened the clerk with a knife.