John Brooke to be Sentenced Today in Starke Circuit Court

John Brooke

John Brooke, who was found guilty by a jury in his actions surrounding a police shootout at Bass Lake in February 2010, will be sentenced this morning in Starke Circuit Court.

Brooke was found guilty by a jury of six of the seven counts against him on April 15th. Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Intimidation, Possession and Manufacturing of a Destructive Device, Resisting Law Enforcement, Unlawful Use of Body Armor, and Assisting a Criminal were among these counts. The jury found him not guilty of the count of Possession of a Destructive Device.

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Kevin Eggert Pleads Guilty to Intimidation

Kevin Eggert

After his first plea agreement was denied by Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall on April 20th, another plea agreement was reached in the case of Kevin Eggert who has plead guilty to one count of Intimidation, a Class C Felony. Eggert has been incarcerated for 148 days since his arrest, and the victim, Misty Ross, was present to give her approval of the plea agreement.

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Knox Resident Injured in Motorcycle Accident

Corey Czarnecki, of Knox, is resting in a Chicago Hospital today after a Tuesday night motorcycle accident that occurred in LaPorte County.

Czarnecki was riding his motorcycle on County Road 600 North when a dog suddenly darted in front of him. The police report stated that when Czarnecki hit the brakes, he left a 13 foot rubber skid mark and the bike traveled 120 feet before coming to rest. The owner of the dog, Dawn Scott, said she saw the dog run toward the road. When she ran to the site of the accident, she found Czarnecki laying on the side of the road.

Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Summer School Class

The Eastern Pulaski School Board approved one summer school class at its meeting this week.

“We’re going to offer summer PE,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman. “Right now, we have 55 students signed up. It’s a three-and-a-half hour block of PE and they’re able to do so many things that you can not do during the school year because of time constraints. They’ll do activities like canoeing, biking and fishing.”

Random Act of Kindness Event Scheduled for June 12th

The annual Random Act of Kindness event will be held June 12th. Do you know of someone who should be recognized for a single event or continued kindness efforts? If you do, submit them to Darla Cook at the Knox Mayor’s office. The sooner she gets your nomination, the sooner she can invite your nominee to the June 12th celebration. A non-partisan committee will judge the entries.

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Starke Circuit Court Judge Denies Donald Smith’s Plea, Returns to Jail

Donald Smith

After being released from jail on his own recognizance on April 20th, Donald Smith was given a plea and sentencing hearing Wednesday in Starke Circuit Court. His plea was not only denied, but in an unexpected turn of events, he was immediately returned to jail.

Smith is charged with Intimidation, a Class D Felony; Dealing Methamphetamine, a Class B Felony; Possession of Precursors with a Firearm, a Class C Felony; and Theft, a Class D Felony. His bond was originally set at $75,000 before he was released.

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Former Starke County Man Dies after Fall from Building

Tom Bridegroom

A young man who left home to follow his dreams of a career in Hollywood is dead after falling from a roof while taking photos of a model. Tom Bridegroom was a talented musician and actor who had appeared briefly in a T.V. series.

The fall was from the fourth story of the building.

Bridegroom was originally from Starke County, but had graduated from Culver Academy in 2000. After graduation from Vassar College, he headed west.

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Knox High School Class of 1961 to be Featured on “Ted Hayes Remembers”

Carl Lotter, Pres.; Jan Johnson, Vice Pres.; Thad Pryce, Student Council; Linda Lock, Student Council. Seated: Bob Goode, Secretary; Ronnie Fletcher, Treasurer. Sandbur Yearbook picture

If you are of a certain age and attended Knox High School in the early 60’s you will probably be able to answer this question.

Who were the class officers of the KHS Class of 1961?

If you said Carl Lotter, Jan Johnson, Thad Pryce, Linda Lock, Bob Goode, and Ron Fletcher, you’d get an A.

Those students were just part of the graduating class of 1961, and Ted Hayes will honor this 50 year class Friday at 12:20 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. CT during his “Ted Hayes Remembers” program.

The Shore Club to Reopen under New Management

Jane Sheets

After being closed for several years, the famous Shore Club restaurant and bar will be reopened under new management.

Jane Sheets, from Culver, is the new owner, and Ted Hayes stopped out at the Shore Club yesterday to take a tour. The carpenters and painters were working hard to get the place open by May 23rd.

“We’re really excited about banquets and opening the restaurant,” said Sheets. “We have a chef that started at Disney World and was there for eight years and he’s been on both coasts. I found him teaching culinary school at Ivy Tech. He will be our head chef in here. We have an excellent group that we pulled together to get everything ready to go.”

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Starke County Commissioners Move Ahead with Bridge Repairs

County bridge #156 over the Robbins Ditch

The Starke County Commissioners made a decision to move forward with repairs to Bridge #156 over the Robbins Ditch at 400 North and Range Road. The heavily traveled bridge was recently closed by an emergency order.

The State had approved a plan to rebuild the bridge but that would have meant two years of the structure being down.

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Culver Town Board Addresses Residential Water Issues

The Culver Town Council has received several letters from residents of the town notifying them of water issues, and they plan to attach these letters to a grant application to get these problems fixed. Recently, the review committee met with three different engineers in regards to a grant to conduct a water study. Commonwealth Engineers, DLZ, and GAI Consultants were reviewed, and Commonwealth was approved as the engineer if the water study grant is received.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Discusses Budget Cuts

Dr. Robert Klitzman
Dr. Robert Klitzman

Schools are facing tough times with the changes in the state’s funding formula, including Eastern Pulaski Schools.

“From the funding we got in 2011, we are going to be cut the restoration grant of $618,000, a small school grant of $107,000, a primetime grant of $80,000, allowances to help with our special needs program $28,000, vocational allowance to help with that program $11,000, and we’re anticipating our Title One program to be cut about $8,000,” said Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent, Dr. Robert Klitzman.

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News from the Winamac Town Board

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

The Winamac Town Board heard from Park Superintendent, Don Thompson, about damage done to the park due to flooding and vandalism.

He reported that the park was under water again this year when the Tippecanoe River swelled and drifted into the park. The Pulaski County Extension Office had removed items from the 4-H buildings to avoid further water damage. Beaver damage was also reported during the flood. Thompson also told the Board that several unknown person(s) caused damage to the playground equipment during a so-called party at the park. Glass was broken around the equipment and clean-up was extensive.

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Henry F. Schricker Public Library Staff to Celebrate 100 Years of the Indy 500

Nancy Pimm

The staff at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox is celebrating 100 years of the Indy 500.

Nancy Pimm, who worked in the pits at the Indy 500 from 1984-1989, will be at the Library on Thursday, May 12th to discuss her book Indy 500: The Inside Track, and show racing gear that she and her husband have collected. They will show fire suits, visors, racing shoes and gloves, plus a front wing and rear wing mount from Danica Patrick’s car, a custom driver seat from Kenny Brack, racing tires, and more.

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From the WKVI Archives: Culver Community Schools Construction Project

Dr. Suellen Reed (second from L) visited the schools to kick of the construction projects in 2001. Also pictured: Superintendent Brad Schuldt (L), Mrs. Bonine (R) and Chuck Kitchell. Picture by Gloria Reed for the newspaper

What a difference 10 years makes. On May 15th, 2001, Dr. Suellen Reed kicked off the construction of three schools in the Culver Community District. Sod was turned at Culver Community Junior-Senior. High School to mark the beginning of construction. In the $18 million dollar project, Monterey Elementary was remodeled, 16 classrooms were added to Culver Elementary and classrooms and a gymnasium were added at Culver Community Junior-Senior High School.

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Monterey Elementary to be Closed at the end of the School Year


Culver School Board
Culver Community School Board Members (from left to right) Jack Jones, Ryan Seiber, Ken Vandeputte, Brad Schuldt, Eugene Baker, Marilyn Swanson, and Ed Behnke.

A tough and controversial decision was made last night by the Culver Community School Board, as they ultimately voted 5-2 to discontinue operation of Monterey Elementary School. The closure of the school was due to a need to meet budget cuts in the amount of $855,928 over two years from the state. While this decision may not have been the most popular one, the Board felt it was the best decision for the school, as well as the teachers, the students, and even the parents.

“The vote ended up being five members voted for the motion, two members voted against the motion, and the motion was to discontinue operation of Monterey Elementary school effective at the end of this current school year,” said Superintendent Brad Schuldt, “and that the students beginning next year would be a part of the Culver Elementary School body.”

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West Central vs. Winamac

Courtney Nelson gets a base hit for West Central.
Bethany Brogdon faces a West Central batter.
Justine Krueger attempts to catch a fly ball against Winamac.
Whitney Hook hits a double for Winamac.

The Winamac Lady Warriors emerged victorious over MWC rival West Central on Friday 15-6. The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the 3rd inning before the Warriors got their bats going en route to a big conference win. Rachael Tetzloff jump started Winamac by hitting a 2-run homer in the bottom of the third inning to cut the Trojans lead to three. Bethany Brogdon got the win for Winamac.

Starke County Commissioners Discuss Fuel Prices with the Highway Superintendent

Steve Siddall

At the most recent Starke County Commissioner’s meeting, Highway Superintendent, Steve Siddall, was quizzed on the situation with rising fuel prices. Commission President, Dan Bridegroom, made the observation that some counties were cutting back on their mowing of county roadways to conserve fuel. He said that he understood that at least two counties were going to only be mowing the intersections.

Siddall talked with Ted Hayes after the meeting about the plans here.

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