Week in Review for February 20th-24th, 2012

Here is a look at some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:

Robert Singleton, Samuel Singleton, Amber Rose and Matthew Baker were arrested on Friday after officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and the Knox City Police Department executed an arrest warrant at 415 N. State Road 23 in Knox.

Bridge #62, #9 and #51 that are now closed in Starke County are expected to see repairs early this spring and summer. 19 bridges are on a priority schedule in the county.

Knox City Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston received the budget order from the Department of Local Government Finance and found that $165,000 had to be cut from the budget. Between Houston, Knox Mayor Rick Chambers and all of the department heads, the cuts were made.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department investigated a second armed robbery call this week at the Bottle Stop Liquor Store in LaPaz.

The West Central School Board is moving closer to its goal of having the wind turbine fully operational by March 1st.

The SCILL Center in Knox will be offering a comprehensive 16-week welding class in April or May. The classes will be taught at the Knox Middle School. For more information, call SCILL Center Director Jerry Gurrado at 772-8001.

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

The Starke County Council discussed the general fund referendum the Oregon-Davis School Board will have on the May Primary ballot. The Council is concerned that the increase in the tax levy will have an adverse effect on the County.

The Pulaski County Commissioners learned this week that the Monterey Bridge project will be delayed two months due to a delayed agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation. Bids for the project will now be let in September.

Mike Pence

Indiana Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Mike Pence, spoke at the Pulaski County Lincoln Day Dinner Tuesday night in Star City.

The budget for the town of North Judson was approved as presented and no cuts will need to be made.

Phillip Brunton, of Demotte, was injured Friday, February 17th, after he was hit with, what police believe, to be a bullet from a BB or pellet gun. He was picking up trash for Allied Waste Service in Medaryville when the incident occurred.

Jennie Carter

Drug and Tobacco Free Starke County Board voted this week to keep Jennie Carter as the Coalition Coordinator for the organization.

The Starke County Council voted Monday to freeze the Innkeepers Tax and Drug and Tobacco Free Starke County funds until the Council members feel that the accounts are being handled properly.

Six people from Pulaski County were charged after an investigation found that tens of thousands of dollars in scrap metal was stolen and found in scrap yards.

Police surround Albright's vehicle after he stopped and fled on foot

A police pursuit in Marshall County ended with police firing a gun at the suspect when he reportedly fired a gun at them. Mark Albright, 62, of Plymouth fled from police Thursday night after officers attempted a traffic stop after he committed a traffic infraction. Albright was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen is suing the Merit Board for violation of rules and regulations within the organization. Former Judge and current County Council member, Marvin McLaughlin, will meet with the two entities to mediate the situation.

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