North Judson Clerk-Treasurer Addresses Un-Cashed Checks

At the North Judson Town Council meeting Monday night, Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe alerted members that there are several un-cashed checks on the books that go back several years.

Rowe mentioned that on all checks dispersed by the town, it states that they can be receipted back if they haven’t deposited after 2-years. Clerk-Treasurer Rowe said after speaking to the State Board of Accounts about the matter, the plan is to receipt all checks back into the town.

However, there was one check for Fire Captain Eric Wappel from 2015 that was apparently lost. Rowe was seeking to reimburse Wappel for the fire pay he never deposited. Continue reading

North Judson Town Council Establishes Fund for North Judson Police Department K9

Last night, North Judson Town Council members considered an ordinance that establishes a fund for the police department’s K9 donations. Town Attorney Justin Schramm said the ordinance also allows for the flexibility to make additional purchases related to the K9.

Town Council President Wendy Hoppe read the ordinance aloud and specified that the fund can be used by the K9 handler, Rico Simpson and other law enforcement officials for any purposes related to obtaining, training or maintaining the dog. Additionally, it was mentioned that any requests to utilize the funds must come before the town council in a meeting open to the public. Continue reading

North Judson San Pierre School Board Meets Tonight

The North Judson San Pierre School board will hold the final reading over proposed board polices when they meet at 7 p.m. tonight.

Additionally, members will act on the approval of a lease agreement, the 2018-2019 school calendar and a resolution regarding fund balance transfers. They will also discuss the approval of a memorandum of understanding with organization Jobs for American Graduates.

A board of finance meeting will be held immediately following the adjournment of the regular session. Continue reading

Sunday Carryout Bill to Come Before Full Senate For Second Reading Today

Hoosiers looking for the opportunity to buy alcohol 7 days a week will have to wait for a few more legislative steps to be taken before anything is finalized. According to the Indiana General Assembly Senate Calendar, the bill regarding Sunday alcohol carryout sales for will come before the full Senate on second reading today.

Senate Bill 1, authored by Republican State Senator Ron Alting, would allow package liquor, grocery, convenience and drug stores to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from noon until 8 p.m. It would also permit restaurants that satisfy the carryout requirements to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday. Continue reading

Nominations Now Open for Age of Excellence Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the REAL Services’ 22nd Annual Age of Excellence Awards.

Each year, REAL Services celebrates unsung heroes of several local counties including Marshall and La Porte. The organization seeks to acknowledge those members of our communities who go above and beyond to care for elderly and low-income individuals.

Nominations are being accepted for eight award categories including Business of the year, The Wyatt Mick Volunteer of the Year, the Les Fox Hoosier Lifetime Award, Caregiver of the Year, Professional of the Year, Agency/Program Serving Low-income Award, Change Agent of the Year and the Sergeant Shriver Lifetime Achievement Award. Continue reading

Winamac Town Manager to Look into Property Request More Before Making Recommendation

Winamac Town Manager Brad Zellers plans to look into a particular property request a little more before bringing any definitive recommendations before town council members.

Back in December, property owner Jason Potthoff requested sectioning off a portion of a road that carries onto his property. Potthoff explained that he owns the old Co-Op building at the end of Franklin Street. Continue reading

Mayor Estok Proposes Date for Public Hearing Over Park Plan Draft

Today marks the final day that the draft of the Knox Parks 5-Year Master Plan can be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources in order for the City of Knox to be eligible for funding assistance for the proposed park projects.

Knox Mayor Dennis Estok reports the draft plan is complete and will be submitted on time. He also mentioned that he’s been corresponding with Architect Mike Reese from the Troyer Group about the date for the next public hearing over the Knox Parks 5-Year Master Plan. Continue reading

North Judson Town Council Scheduled to Hold Special Session Prior to Regular Meeting

Before their regular meeting tonight, the North Judson Town Council members will meet in a special session to discuss the town’s 2018 salary ordinance.

Another topic up for discussion during the special session will be the approval of a bond counsel engagement letter. The special session will start at 6 p.m. tonight.

There is a light agenda for the regular session which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Time will be allotted for public presentations, department head reports and council items. Continue reading

National Weather Service Issues Winter Weather Advisory from 10 p.m. Tonight until 7 p.m. Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for portions of northern Indiana beginning at 10 p.m. tonight until 7 p.m. on Monday. Conditions will impact the counties of Pulaski, Starke and Marshall.

Approximately 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected. Plan on slippery road conditions, especially during the Monday morning commute. They report that additional lake effect accumulations are expected Monday night into early Tuesday, near Lake Michigan. Continue reading

Alleged Vehicle Theft Suspect Flees Resulting in 4-Vehicle Crash in Warsaw

Two fatalities and critical injuries have been reported after a vehicle allegedly fled from police and ran a red light Saturday night.

According to an ISP press release, around 9:20 p.m. on January 13th, an Indiana State Trooper was responding to a theft that apparently occurred at the Meijer located at 1200 Lake City Highway in Warsaw. The report indicates that the trooper saw a car that matched the description of the suspect vehicle, which was described as a white 2003 Pontiac Grand Am.

The suspect vehicle reportedly fled eastbound on US 30 and drove through a red light at the intersection of US 30 and Parker Street, crashing into three other vehicles. Continue reading

Knox Mayor Reports that Community Center Renovations Should be Wrapping Up Soon

When the Knox City Council convened on Tuesday, Mayor Dennis Estok alerted members that the community center renovation project is nearing completion.With the roof portion finished and the new HVAC system installed there’s one remaining renovation to that will be addressed in the near future.

Estok told members that next week, contractors will start working on the floors. He added,  “So hopefully, we can get that project wrapped up.” In a past meeting, it was stated that the proposed floor work is estimated to cost around $42,425. Continue reading

Questions Raised Over Particular Appointment at Winamac Town Council Meeting

During Monday Night’s Winamac Town Council meeting, while on the topic of appointments, the position of “Pulaski County Family Y Representative” was brought up. Councilwoman Judy Heater was previously appointed to this position. However, she said she had no absolutely no interest in serving on that board again.

Council President Tom Murray asked what they would need to do with this position since the organization now operates as the Community Wellness Center of Winamac and is no longer a Family YMCA. Continue reading

Two-Vehicle Accident on Indiana Toll Road Results in Fatality, Crash Remains Under Investigation

A crash between a semi and a passenger car on the Indiana Toll Road resulted in some life-threatening injuries and one fatality, according to an Indiana State Police report.

ISP Dispatch received a call of a collision between a semi and a passenger car around 7:13 a.m. on Friday,  January 12th. The accident occurred near the 50-mile marker in the westbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road, approximately one mile east of the LaPorte exit. Continue reading

Recent Narcan Training is Already Paying off in North Judson

North Judson Police Chief Kelly Fisher reported that merely two days after completing Narcan training, one officer with the North Judson Police department has already used the life-saving skills that he acquired.

Fisher said that earlier this week, the department received some Narcan kits and the training required to use them from Starke County Public Health Nurse Frank Lynch. They completed the training on Tuesday. Around 6 p.m. Thursday night, Officer Rico Simpson was dispatched on a call about non-responsive overdose victim. He utilized Narcan, also known as Naloxone, and the individual was resuscitated.  Continue reading

Tri-County Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Until This Afternoon

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the counties of Pulaski, Starke and Marshall. It will be in effect until 1 p.m. ET/ noon CT.

Officials are anticipating mixed precipitation of sleet, freezing rain and snow to transition to all snow this morning. Snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations up to one tenth of an inch are expected.

Local spots such as Knox, North Judson, Bass Lake, Winamac, Francesville, Medaryville, Plymouth, Bremen and Culver are listed as areas that will be impacted by these conditions. Continue reading

Winamac Deputy Marshal Tyler Campbell Recognized for Heroic Act

At this week’s Winamac Town Council meeting, Deputy Marshal Tyler Campbell was recognized for a call that he responded to on Christmas day.

Town Marshal Mike Buchanan explained that Officer Campbell was dispatched around 2:30 a.m. on December 25th for a call about an unresponsive infant. Campbell performed CPR at the residence and continued providing assistance while in the ambulance. Buchanan said by the time they reached the hospital, the infant was breathing and then the doctors and emergency staff took over.

The mother of the child was at the meeting and presented Campbell with a token of her gratitude. Continue reading

Knox City Council Members Approve Pay Raise for Dedicated Crossing Guard

Knox City Council members approved a resolution to amend the salary ordinance when they met Tuesday night.

The proposed amendment specifically addressed the pay of Crossing Guard Cody Williams. Mayor Dennis Estok explained that Williams works 180 days out of the year. The salary ordinance initially lists his pay as $24.62 day or about $ 9.25 per hour. A raise of $5 was proposed and Estok said the funds would come from the police department budget. Continue reading

Knox Man Found Guilty of Child Molesting

A Starke Circuit Court trial that began Monday morning has concluded with Starke County Prosecutor, Nicholas A. Bourff successfully prosecuting Jerry Leonard of child molesting.

According to a press release from the Starke County Prosecutor’s office, on Thursday, January 11th, a 12-person jury deliberated about one hour before returning guilty verdicts on two counts of child molesting as Class A Felonies and two counts of performing a sexual act in front of a child as Class D Felonies. Continue reading

Knox City Council Members Elect New President Pro Temp and Address Additional Appointments

Knox City Council members re-organized and addressed appointments when they met for the first time this year.

On Tuesday night, Councilwoman Bertha Blue nominated Ron Parker for the position of President Pro Temp and former council president. Parker’s nomination was unanimously approved. A “president pro tempore” serves as the representative for the council members and they would run the meeting if the mayor is ever absent. Continue reading

Town of Winamac Continues Contract with Umbaugh for Budget Assistance

Winamac town council members permitted Clerk-Treasurer Melanie Berger to move forward with a contract with Umbaugh and Associates for financial assistance with the 2019 budget.

Berger explained that the contract remained the same and the fee is still around $7,000. Last year, the majority of their efforts went toward helping them figure out issues with the Local Income Tax. Continue reading