Culver Winterfest Event Continues Today

Culver WinterFest

The Town of Culver’s Winterfest in Culver continues today in the Culver Town Park.

Enjoy sledding, igloos and fun in the snow all day today with a survivor car giveaway, additional outdoor activities for the kids, the Cupid’s Crawl shopping event at 3 p.m., the ice sculpture fights from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a light up the park event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Jerry Leonard Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Jerry Leonard

A Knox man was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court on Thursday morning on two counts of child molesting as a Class A felony.

Jerry Leonard, 37, was sentenced on one count of child molesting to 30 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with 10 years of the sentence suspended. On the second count of child molesting, Leonard was sentenced to 30 years in the DOC with 10 years of the sentence suspended. The sentences will run concurrently, or at the same time. After he serves his time in the DOC, he will serve his suspended sentence on probation.

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Starke County EMS Director Interviewing Paramedics, Issuing Recertifications

Paramedics are needed everywhere in the state and nationwide. Starke County EMS Director Travis Clary told the commissioners this week that they are interviewing paramedics for two full-time opportunities.

“We implemented a new standard of hiring which requires a written test, skills test and oral interview to get the best candidate possible,” said Clary. “If nothing else, we can get more part-time paramedics, but really no luck so far. It seems like there’s a shortage nationwide. I know Pulaski County and LaPorte County are kinda hurting. So, that’s where we’re at with that.”

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West Central School Board Approves Policy Revisions

The West Central School Board members approved the first reading of policy manual revisions. Superintendent Don Street said there were a few included in the discussion.

“The board approved student suicide prevention and the required plan for seclusions and restraints in schools as well as the military recruiter’s parent opt-out provisions under ESSA,” said Street.

Additional readings will be considered during their meeting in March.

Starke County Commissioners Review Job Description for Jail Employee

Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin presented the county commissioners with a proposed job description for an employee at the Starke County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff previously explained that he hired Ron Lawson as a part-time jailer but he doesn’t necessarily do the duties of a jailer. He hired him in that position because the wage was at a higher rate. Lawson has 34 years of law enforcement experience and the sheriff believed that Lawson should be paid a higher wage because of his experience.

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Starke County Commissioners to Meet Tonight

The Starke County Commissioners will meet tonight where Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin will discuss a job description for a part-time employee and request approval of a third K9 for the department. The job description was discussed with the Starke County Council members in January after they learned an employee was doing duties outside of the position for which he was hired. The job description should resolve the issue.

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Nominations Needed for Winamac Distinguished Alumni Class

The Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation is accepting nominations for the Winamac Distinguished Alumni Class of 2018.

According to Superintendent Dan Foster, nominations may include graduates from Winamac High School, Pulaski High School or Star City High School, living or deceased, who have led successful lives while substantially contributing to their work, communities, state, or country. The people chosen will be honored in a ceremony in September and will be asked to share their experiences with Winamac High School students.

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Department of Homeland Security Encourages Workplace Security

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages all Indiana employers to share the responsibility of securing their facilities and have trained staff to deal with weather and workplace emergencies.

Threats such as fires and severe weather can happen at any time. Employees should be properly trained on what to do in case of a fire emergency or severe weather emergency such as storms, tornadoes, lightning and flooding.

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Sentencing Hearing for Convicted Child Molester Postponed

Jerry Leonard

A sentencing hearing for a Knox man convicted of child molesting is postponed to Thursday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. in Starke Circuit Court.

On Jan. 11, a 12-member jury convicted 37-year-old Jerry Leonard of two counts of child molesting as a Class A Felony and two counts of performing a sexual act in front of a child as a Class D Felony. The jury deliberated for about one hour before returning guilty verdicts.

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