LaPorte Traffic Enforcement Effort Results in Six Arrests, 115 Citations

LaPorte City Police issued 115 tickets and made six arrests during a traffic enforcement blitz this month. They joined about 230 other law enforcement agencies in Indiana in the 24-day enforcement effort aimed at aggressive and impaired driving. The overtime patrols were funded by grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

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Starke County Democrats to Choose New County Treasurer, Party Chairperson Tonight

A new Starke County treasurer will be selected during a Democratic Party caucus tonight. Kay Chaffins, Debbie Keiper and Tammie Taulbee are vying to fill the seat, according to the Starke County Clerk’s Office. The winner will replace Kasey Clark. She stepped down to take over as treasurer for the Knox Community School Corporation.

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Pulaski County Commissioners Agree to Let One Insurance Company Submit Proposal

The Pulaski County Commissioners have agreed to get a second opinion on insurance coverage, but some officials were concerned that could create extra work for department heads. Representatives from ONI Risk Partners met with the commissioners last week, offering to analyze the county’s insurance needs, look for potential areas for improvement, and present some options.

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Pulaski County Council Suggests Ways to Streamline Building Department Operations

Pulaski County Council: back row: Mike Tiede, Kathi Thompson, Brian Young; front row: Scott Hinkle, Rudy DeSabatine, Jay Sullivan (not pictured: Ken Boswell)

As the Pulaski County building inspector continues asking for a full-time deputy, some county council members are wondering if there are ways the building department could streamline its operations. The topic came up when Building Inspector Doug Hoover asked to have part-time assistant Karla Kreamer moved to full-time status earlier this month. “If you look at it, man, we have increased a lot, and we’re really working hard,” Hoover said. “And we could do a lot more. I don’t know what to tell you guys.”

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Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Charged in Connection with Bribery Scheme Involving Knox Business

A Lake County Sheriff’s Police deputy has been arrested, amid allegations that he accepted money to fill out salvage vehicle inspection forms for a Knox business. Louis Vasquez is accused of accepting cash for completing at least 42 of the documents for Fast Import Cars, LLC between September 2017 and November 2018, according to Indiana State Police. Officers say that’s against Lake County Police Department policy and Indiana Code.

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Good Oil, Kersting’s Cycle Center, Winamac Coil Spring Get Governor’s Half Century Business Award

Indiana Economic Development Corporation Photo

Three local companies were recognized for more than 50 years in business by Governor Eric Holcomb last week. The Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards were presented during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse Thursday, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Looking to Charge Fee for Body Camera Footage

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department may soon start charging for the release of body camera footage. Sheriff Jeff Richwine brought the idea to the county council earlier this month. “You know, we’ve got the new body cameras going and now, we’ve got our first requests for video, and I think we’re allowed, by law, to charge a fee for those videos,” Richwine said. “And I didn’t know if that was set or if the council sets that fee. I’m sure I just can’t say, as the sheriff, I want to charge $100.”

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Pulaski County Board of Finance Votes to Keep Cash Management at First National Bank of Monterey

Pulaski County is sticking with First National Bank of Monterey for its cash management. The county’s board of finance officially approved the bank’s bid Monday, at the recommendation of Treasurer Teresa Bryant. “As usual with First National, they never charge us any fees for anything and give us the best interest rate,” she explained. “1st Source really stepped up their game, as far as offering more services as far as security, but unfortunately, they’d still charge us fees.”

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