It’s time to take action to be prepared when it comes to severe weather.
September is National Preparedness Month and officials urge you to put together a kit of emergency supplies that is geared to sustain family life for at least three days in the event of a severe weather event. It is suggested that one gallon of water per day per person could be included in the kit along with non-perishable food, battery-powered radio, flashlight, a first aid kit, extra medicine, cash, pet food, and seasonal clothing.
The Starke County Commissioners have several items up for discussion when they meet tonight.
The three board members will discuss the coroner’s pay for 2018. Coroner Dannie Hoffer appeared before the board in August asking for a pay raise, stating that he’s the lowest paid coroner in the state.
The commissioners will also get an update on how the ambulance repairs are coming along and how the budget is faring for the Starke County EMS Department. Director Travis Clary and Clerk Mary Lynn Ritchie will present a monthly report.
Two Knox residents were arrested on Friday evening after allegedly possessing heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Officers from the Knox City Police Department conducted a traffic stop on John Street just east of Main Street. The officer reportedly recognized the driver of the vehicle and found that he was driving while suspended.
Winamac’s Carnegie Library is recognizing its centennial and a new sign to commemorate the event now sits in front of the library.
A time capsule is included in the brick sign that will be opened in 50 years. The time capsule includes memorabilia from Indiana’s bicentennial, a letter to the library board’s future trustees, and technology currently being used by the library patrons and staff. Continue reading →
The Knights of Columbus pancake and sausage breakfast and the town-wide garage sales open up today’s festival at 8 a.m. ET with the craft and food booths serving visitors beginning at 9a.m. The Miss Tippy Teen pageant is at 1 p.m. with the Monterey Days Festival parade at 4:30 p.m. The auction begins at 5:45 p.m. and entertainment featuring the Nightshift Band and live pro wrestling will round out the evening of activities.
The defendant in a trial in Starke Circuit Court pleaded guilty during the final witness’s testimony Thursday afternoon.
Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff said Rodney Slusser pleaded guilty to charges of attempted battery with a deadly weapon as a Level 5 felony and criminal mischief as a Class B misdemeanor. With his guilty plea, Bourff moved to dismiss the other counts in the case which include another felony count of attempted battery with a deadly weapon, two counts of resisting law enforcement, and a misdemeanor count of reckless driving.
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 30 and State Road 23 that happened just after 7 a.m. Thursday.
Starke County police say heavy damage was sustained to a passenger vehicle and an SUV when emergency responders arrived at the scene. The driver of the SUV was on the ground outside of her vehicle when responders attended to her. She was transported to the hospital for treatment, the DFW Car Accident Lawyers are still trying to figure out who’s fault is it.
Officials with the Indiana State Department of Health are keeping an eye on the West Nile Virus activity in the state.
As of Aug. 18, 261 pools of water tested positive for the West Nile Virus in 58 counties this year. According to statistics compiled by the Indiana State Department of Health, three mosquito infections were separately reported in Starke County, La Porte County and Fulton County. One mosquito infection was reported in Porter County while there were no reports in Marshall County or Pulaski County.
A two-day trial is scheduled to begin today in Starke Circuit Court.
Rodney Slusser is charged with two counts of attempted battery by means of a deadly weapon as a Level 5 felony, two counts of resisting law enforcement as a Level 6 felony and as a Class A misdemeanor, and misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and reckless driving.
Several counterfeit $100 bills are being analyzed after they were used to pay for items at different businesses in North Judson.
North Judson Town Marshal Kelly Fisher was called to a bank in town where several businesses reportedly deposited the counterfeit money from daily transactions. According to police, the bills were tested with markers no sign of deception. Police say they were still found to be counterfeit.
Crews from the Knox Street Department will begin the 2017 asphalt overlay project this week, weather permitting.
Paving will take place on Washington Street from Sellers Avenue to the intersection at Lake Street. All of Danker Street, Pine Street, Jackson Street, and Brown Circle Drive will be paved. Fisher Street from Adams Street to Brown Circle Drive will also receive new asphalt.
Knox Police Chief Harold Smith updated the Knox Board of Public Works last week on a fundraiser to aid in the purchases of tasers for the officers.
According to the GoFundMe page created for this crowdfunding effort, $1,700 has been raised toward the $6,000 goal. Chief Smith told the board of works members that a personal injury law firm in South Bend has offered to match donations to a certain denomination and has done so thus far.
Trial dates were set for several defendants in Starke Circuit Court on Thursday morning.
Jerry Leonard, of Knox, is charged with four felony counts of child molesting. Two counts are Class A felonies and the remaining counts are Class C felonies. His trial with a 12-member jury is expected to start Jan. 8, 2018. There is a plea agreement deadline date in this case of Dec. 15.
The Knox Board of Public Works and Safety heard from homeowner Lucia Valladares on the progress on renovation efforts on the home at 6 N. Pearl Street.
Valladares said she was involved in a motor vehicle accident and hasn’t been able to get any work done on the property. She plans to focus on the exterior part of the building yet this year. Her plan is to demolish two side additions and the back porch, reinforce the foundation, put up siding, replace the roof, and construct a new addition.
Road work is planned in La Porte County next week to increase safety on U.S. 20.
Indiana Department of Transportation crews will install rumble strips on U.S. 20 between U.S. 35 and the U.S. 20 and State Road 2 intersection. Officials say engineers found a way to use equipment and resources from a nearby project on State Road 39 to install this safety enhancement on the heavily traveled highway.
Officers from the La Porte City Police Department are attempting to find a man who allegedly attempted to lure three children into his car in the 400 block of Fox Street Wednesday afternoon. The children are ages 12, 4 and 3.
The children’s mother reportedly told police that the trio was playing in a neighbor’s yard when a man called the children over to his silver-colored Honda Pilot. When he called their attention, he began taking off his seatbelt, according to police. The report indicates that the 12-year-old child told her mother and the mother approached the SUV yelling at the man. The man then fled the area.