Week in Review for June 6th-10th, 2011

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

Herman Hopkins

Herman Hopkins, of Knox, was arrested Saturday, June 4th, after he allegedly broke into the residence of Virginia Neace and battered her son. He was also reportedly in possession of stolen goods from the residence and the residence of Tony and Nina Radkiewicz.

The Starke County Election Board continues to look into the consolidation of several polling places.

The Starke County Youth Club will be offering summer school for Knox Middle School and North Judson-San Pierre and Oregon-Davis Elementary students beginning Monday, June 20th.

Cigarettes and alcohol were stolen out of the Marathon gas station in Medaryville early Sunday morning. Suspects broke into the store after it closed due to a power outage caused by fierce storms in the Pulaski County area Saturday.

County bridge #156 over the Robbins Ditch

Bridge #156 over the Robbins Ditch in Starke County is expected to be in operating order in time for our local farmers to use the road during the busy harvest season this fall.

The Pulaski County Commissioners approved the Pulaski County Health Department’s purchase request of $3,000 for mosquito wipes. Pulaski County is the only county to offer mosquito to its citizens during the fair and outdoor festival activities.

Jeffrey Jacobs of Winamac was arrested Sunday after he lead police on a brief vehicle chase. Jacobs has preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Carrying a Handgun without a permit, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia.

County Attorney, Martin Lucas, will be looking into the possibility of increasing fees for some of the services the Sheriff’s Department provides, specifically out-of-state paper processing and background checks.

Knox City Police Department Hummer

The Knox City Police Department recently acquired a 1985 Hummer from the Federal Surplus Property Acquisition Program at no cost to the department.

A single car accident occurred at US 421 and State Road 10, Wednesday night, which caused a gas leak and an evacuation of residents in the area. The vehicle left the road, struck a telephone pole and ran over a gas main. The road was closed while NIPSCO crews worked on the leak. The accident remains under investigation.

Nathan VanDerAa

Nathan VanDerAa of Star City was arrested at his home Wednesday on six felony charges including Possession of Methamphetamine and Child Endangerment.

A car fire was extinguished Thursday morning at McDonald’s. The engine area on Bill Wallace’s care caught fire and it was put out by the Knox-Center Township Fire Department. No injuries were reported.

The Starke County Commissioners denied a claim submitted by Starke County Treasurer Linda Belork for stamps for delinquent bill notices. The Commissioners also questioned the Treasurer’s report where the numbers don’t match and the budget is not balanced.

Concerned citizens offered a slide show to The Pulaski County Commissioners that details many issues and potentially false figures with the proposed expansion project.

And that is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley.