Week in Review for October 17th-21st, 2011

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

Shelby Thomas, of North Judson, was arrested Sunday after police found he allegedly held a knife up to a person’s throat and threatened death. Thomas has preliminary charges of Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon, Attempted Murder and Resisting with a Deadly Weapon.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you are needing help in an abusive situation, call the Starke County Coalition Against Domestic Abuse at 772-3331 or The Caring Place at 772-2222.

Paul Bottomley
Christopher Bradley
Natasha Piper
Brian Greene

Paul Bottomley, Christopher Bradley, Natasha Piper, and Brian Greene were arrested after an incident in front of O’s Tap on Saturday night. Paul Bottomley allegedly hit Piper in the head with a gun.

Three people were arrested at a Knox residence on Thursday after police executed a search warrant and found marijuana in the residence. Timothy Hampton, Amber Watts, and Joel DeValk have preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana over 30 Grams.

The Pulaski County Commissioners approved the Planning Commission’s zoning maps and land-use ordinances at their meeting Monday night.

IU Health Starke Hospital

IU Health Starke Hospital’s request for $2 million in capital spending was approved by the Starke County Council this week. Hospital administrators will need to provide a quarterly expenditure report to the Council.

Sandra Waibel of Francesville was injured after she was accidentally hit by a vehicle in Francesville last week. She was airlifted to South Bend Memorial, but she has since been released from the facility.

Starke County Commissioners

The 47TR report received by the Starke County Commissioners this week showed that the discrepancies in the Treasurer’s books and the bank’s books have been resolved to $.33. It is not known at this time where the discrepancies were that caused the books not to balance.

Trevor Forker and Sean Martinez were arrested in Medaryville on Monday afternoon on preliminary charges of Dealing in Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Possession of Paraphernalia. The pair are reportedly on the football roster at St. Joseph College’s in Rensselaer.

North Judson Town Board

The North Judson Town Board and the Board Attorney determined that no safety violation was found after a utility department employee was lowered four-and-a-half feet into a manhole to retrieve an obstruction from a sewer line at American Oak. The employee was strapped to a strap by his feet that was suspended by a backhoe.

The Starke County Council approved $50,000 to fund jailers for the Starke County Jail. The jailers will be part-time.

The Starke County Commissioners requested $25,000 to be used to secure Umbaugh and Associates and Ice Miller to help pursue special legislation to help in funding a jail project once a decision on the future of the jail is approved. The Starke County Council approved that request this week.

Tyson Matthews, Benjamin Fitch, and Kurt Timberlake of Medaryville were arrested on a preliminary charge of theft this week when detectives found they allegedly stole items from a farm and a business on U.S. 421 in Pulkski County and sold them for scrap.

Jason Creque

Jason Creque of Winamac was arrested Tuesday after police found stolen items inside his residence when we was being questioned for a different incident. A search warrant was executed and the items were recovered.

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