Two people were sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday morning on drug charges in two separate incidents.
Joshua Muzik, 20, of Monon, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced on that charge to 13 months in the Starke County Justice Center with seven months suspended to be served on probation. He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while suspended and was sentenced to six months in the Starke County Justice Center. Those two sentences will be served concurrently, or at the same time. Continue reading →
The Knox Water Department completed the Brown Circle water line replacement project.
Water Superintendent Todd Gardner told the Knox Board of Public Works last week that the total cost of the project was just under $84,000. This included the installation of 1,440 feet of new six-inch ductile pipe to replace the much smaller galvanized water main that serviced the entire neighborhood. Three fire hydrants were also installed so the entire area is now able to receive adequate fire protection.
The West Central School Board will have several items to discuss when they meet for their monthly meeting tonight.
The board members plan to discuss the 2018-2019 course description books, appoint a member to the West Central Building Corporation Board and consider classified employee salary and benefits. Students of the month will be recognized and building principals will give reports to the board. Continue reading →
Members of the Culver Middle School Student Council are collecting turkeys to help families in need this Thanksgiving.
Those wishing to donate a turkey can take it to the main middle school entrance following the school day until 4 p.m. ET. Donations can be taken to the high school main office any time during school hours.
Before you go to bed Saturday night, or at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, you will need to turn your clock back one hour. A modernized, digital clock may perform the task on its own, but manual clocks will need to be changed. Continue reading →
A family Thanksgiving celebration event is planned in Culver for Friday, Nov. 17 at the Culver Beach Lodge.
Those who register can bring their small children to the event and enjoy a Thanksgiving show at 5 p.m. Dinner and crafts begin at 6 p.m. followed by an old trunk magic show at 7 p.m. ET. Organizers say food and crafts will be available in between or after the shows. Pizza will be served along with fruit, vegetables, apple cider, and hot chocolate. Continue reading →
An investigation into numerous thefts in North Judson has resulted in several arrests.
Sean Wilson, 18, and Anthony Morales, 18, were arrested for their alleged involvement in several burglaries, unauthorized entry into motor vehicles, and theft. They are suspected of these acts over the past few months in the North Judson area. Many of the reported incidents occurred in the overnight hours.
Wilson was arrested on Sunday, Oct. 29 and is being held in the Starke County Jail. Morales was booked into the Starke County Jail on Friday, Oct. 27 and faces a preliminary felony charge of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of theft.
Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin said one juvenile faces charges in this case and one more arrest is expected.
The Starke County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation into numerous thefts from vehicles in the Bass Lake area has resulted in the arrest of four teenagers.
According to Sheriff Bill Dulin, 18-year-old Anthony Lucas and 18-year-old Michael Ford reportedly stole items from unlocked vehicles during the overnight hours that span several days. Sheriff Dulin said the term is “car hop” is being used as this profiles that type of behavior.
Lucas and Ford are both from the Bass Lake area.
They were taken into custody on Tuesday, Oct. 24 and booked into the Starke County Jail on preliminary misdemeanor charges of theft and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. They both remain in the Starke County Jail with a $5,000 bond.
Dulin said two other juveniles face prosecution in this investigation.
Knox Street Superintendent Jeff Borg told the Knox Board of Public Works last week that all of the paperwork has been submitted for the projects granted Community Crossings funds.
The grant agreement was signed and now the city is waiting for the funds to be deposited which could take four to six weeks. The city was awarded just over $455,000 in grant funds this year. Continue reading →
The Culver Town Council approved an ordinance amendment that increases the hourly wage for a new advanced paramedic to a range from $10.00 to $15.50 an hour beginning Nov. 1.
EMS Director Kathy Hart thanked the council and noted that the increase will help attract advanced paramedics to the department. She said several applicants have turned away from the position after learning that the wages aren’t comparable to other area departments. This will allow Culver EMS to be more competitive when seeking applications. Continue reading →
The Knox Board of Public Works learned that two property owners are working to update their unsafe structures with an attempt to eliminate demolition.
Lucia Valladares owns 6 N. Pearl Street and updated the board last week on her progress. She said she has hired a contractor to help her make the necessary upgrades as specified in the plans she gave the board a few months ago.
The Culver Town Council may soon address semi truck parking in the residential areas in town.
Culver Town Manager Jonathan Leist commented that the issue was brought before the Culver Planning Commission this week. Leist said he will meet with Utility Superintendent Bob Porter and Police Chief Wayne Bean about a recommendation to bring before the council.
The members of the Knox Board of Public Works discussed a stop order on a construction permit at 325 Carlson Drive.
According to City Attorney Leslie Baker, the Knox Planning Administrator and Director of Building and Code Compliance Kenny Pfost issued an order to stop work on Sept. 15 on a steel carport at that residence.
The Starke County Council held the county’s 2018 budget and the 2018 Starke County Solid Waste budget adoptions in a special meeting Thursday night.
The Starke County Solid Waste budget totals $205,244 while the county’s 2018 budget totals $11,647,011 with a General Fund just over $7 million. The highway’s budget is just over $3.4 million. The Cumulative Bridge Fund was approved at just over $260,000.
All four police agencies in Starke County will participate in the upcoming Operation Pull Over Campaign.
Chad Dulin is the coordinator for the Starke County effort. He told the Knox Board of Public Works members Wednesday morning that Starke County is getting 100 hours from the St. Joseph County’s Sheriff’s Department’s enforcement effort to participate in the campaign. Dulin said the county hasn’t been a part of an Operation Pullover campaign for some time and this is a way to get back into the program. Continue reading →
The Culver Town Council discussed a request from Southwest Conservancy District Representative Kathy Clark to expand the district in order to hook up two properties to that sewer system.
The agreement that the district has allows 175 hookups to the system and 168 are already connected. One family has petitioned to connect to the line as their septic system has failed. The property is contiguous to the district’s system that runs along West Shore Drive. The family plans to combine two lots with one house and request an easement on one parcel to allow a lateral line through the vacant lot on West Shore Circle. Continue reading →
The Knox Board of Public Works took action this week to enforce unsafe building violations on a downtown building.
The owner of 1 N. Main Street and 3 N. Main Street was previously told to replace glass from a broken window at the storefront at that location and it is currently boarded shut. Knox Mayor Dennis Estok said that the owner has had plenty of time to make the proper changes. He was given 45 days to make repairs on several violations within the buildings and Estok said nothing has been done with only a handful of days left on the time frame allowed for repairs. Continue reading →