Week in Review for October 24th-28th, 2011

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

Shelby Thomas

Shelby Thomas plead not guilty in Starke Circuit court on Friday to three counts of Attempted Murder, four counts of Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon and three counts of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Deadly Weapon. He was arrested October 16th after an incident in Knox where he allegedly threatened a Knox man and three police officers.

IU Health Starke Hospital CEO Linda Satkoski said that the $2 million that will be used in a capital spending request approved by the Starke County Council will consist of making immediate needs of the hospital. Those needs include improving the overall look of the facility.

Nathan VanDerAa

Nathan VanDerAa, of Star City, plead guilty to a charge of Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance in Possession of a Firearm in federal court on Thursday, October 20th. Sentencing is set for January 27th, 2012.

Judy Benninghoff, who is a Starke County Council member, says the errors that were reported in the Treasurer’s office were actually committed in the Auditor’s office and the errors were about an issue with payroll withholdings.

The Eastern Pulaski School Corporation reported a net student increase of 42 students for this school year. Dr. Klitzman said that those students are coming into the Corporation by choice and most of those students are from Tippecanoe Township.

Parents of Knox Elementary School students were able to give their input on the Palmer Wing of at the Elementary School during the recent parent/teacher conferences. Superintendent A.J. Gappa said that the consensus of the parents was that something needs to be done.

A late evening fire Tuesday night destroyed a home owned by Elizabeth Sallee at 1520 E. 100 S. in Knox. Five county fire departments responded to the scene.

Taylor Wagers of Knox was sentenced in U.S. District Court in South Bend on a charge of a felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was sentenced to time served and three years of supervised release.

Larry Clemons

Larry Clemons of North Judson was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance on Monday evening when officers were taking him into custody on an active warrant.

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to coordinate the Christmas holiday donation effort in Starke County.

Kaley Deford
Paul Hudson

Kaley Deford of Kewanna and Paul Hudson of Logansport were arrested Thursday and have formal charges of Unlawful Use and Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia after a traffic stop in Pulaski County.

The Knox City Council approved the transfer of $70,500 from the EDIT fund to the General Fund to help pay for health insurance costs through the rest of the year.

Donald Humphrey was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday to six years on two counts of Intimidation as a Class C Felony, two years on one count of Intimidation as a Class D Felony and six months on a misdemeanor count of Harassment. These sentences will run concurrently for a total of six years in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Tara Tyron, 21, of Wanatah was arrested Thursday on 20 counts of Child Molestation as a Class B Felony. An Indiana State Police investigation revealed that she allegedly molested a three-year-old child.

The Indiana Department of Appeals has upheld the conviction of Gerald Broude. Broude was sentenced to 50 years on several counts of Child Molestation in Starke Circuit Court in 2010. One count was overturned.

A public hearing is set for November 2nd from 5:00-6:30 p.m. CT at the Knox Community Center to discuss the future of the old movie theatre and Everett’s Drug Store at the corner of Lake and Main Streets in Knox.

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