Two Arrested after Short Pursuit with Hamlet Police

Larry Catt

Two people were arrested by the Hamlet Police Department, Wednesday, after a police pursuit.

Hamlet Police Chief, Jeremiah Patrick, told WKVI that at 10:30 p.m. CT, Wednesday, Larry Catt, 21, of Hamlet, failed to stop after police initiated a traffic stop. A vehicle pursuit ensued and ended at Catt’s residence at 607 W. Davis Street in Hamlet. While police officers were taking Catt into custody, Lonzo Jackson came out of the residence with a large knife on his belt and in a rage, demanded that police leave his driveway and release Larry from custody. Jackson was told to go back inside the residence and he did not comply. When police attempted to take Jackson into custody, he ran into his residence and locked the door. Hamlet Police and Starke County Sheriff’s Department officers made their way into the house and Jackson was taken into custody after a struggle.

Lonzo Jackson

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50 Offenders are Part of Starke County’s Community Corrections Program

Shawn Mattraw

The Community Corrections program in Starke County is providing an alternative for jail time for some prisoners who qualify. Shawn Mattraw, Case Manager, talked with Ted Hayes recently about the programs available.

Ted asked about the number of clients Community Corrections has.

“We currently have 50 under our supervision,” Mattraw replied. “We have been the mid-60s and we were probably in the mid-60s for about two consecutive months.”

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State Legislature to Focus on Prison Sentences in this Year’s Session

State Representative Nancy Denbowski

Even though the State Legislature is overwhelmingly Republican, there still aren’t some issues that can by worked on in a bipartisan manner, according to 17th District State Representative Nancy Dembowski (D-Knox). One of those issues focuses on the state’s rapidly increasing prison population. Both Dembowski and State Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) have gone on record as saying this is an issue that needs attention.

Dembowski blamed the General Assembly for causing some of the problems.

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Knox Community School Board Members are Sworn into Office; Board Honors 5th Grade Students

Knox City Court Judge Charlie Hasnerl swears Gary Dulin, Mary Lynn Ritchie and Mike Yankauskas into office

Knox Community School Board members Gary Dulin, Mary Lynn Ritchie and Mike Yankauskas were sworn into office by Knox City Court Judge Charlie Hasnerl on Monday night. The three candidates were reelected into office in the November 2010 General Election.

During the Spotlight on Success portion School Board meeting, the Board commended 5th grade students, Haley Wilkinson and Cheyenne Arrendondo. They submitted Christmas ornaments and a story about their ornaments to Indiana’s First Lady, Cheri Daniels, and their submissions were selected to be hung on the Statehouse Christmas tree. Continue reading

Starke County Police Respond to Two Vehicle Accident

A two vehicle accident occurred this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Starke County police responded to the accident at 250 South and US 35 and minor injuries were reported. The intersection was blocked during the time of the investigation and is open now. Again, only minor injuries were sustained by the parties involved.

Special Weather Statement

Statement as of 10:59 am CST on January 6, 2011/

Special Weather Statement
Light snow will continue to affect far Southern Lower
Michigan… portions of northern Indiana and Northwest Ohio.
Accumulations will be light… on the order of a few tenths to
locally a half inch. However… the smaller flakes may melt on well
traveled roads and then refreeze… causing some slick spots.
Motorists should exercise caution when encountering snow covered
roads into this afternoon.

Missing North Judson Man Found; Case Turned over to Starke County Coroner

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The body of an 82-year-old North Judson man was found Wednesday morning after a Silver Alert was issued by the North Judson Police Department. Robert L. Lemke was found after he was reported missing when a family member went to check on him on Tuesday evening. Lemke was believed to have left home on foot sometime between the evening hours Sunday, January 2nd and Tuesday evening.

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Starke County Council Reorganizes

Mark Smith

The Starke County Council has re-organized for the new year. Mark Smith was retained as the President and Mitchell Semans was elected Vice President.

Marty Lucas was retained as Council Attorney, Dave Pearman was named to the Kankakee Iroquois Regional Planning Commission, Mark Smith will stay on the Starke County Economic Development Board, Judy Benninghoff is a hold-over on the Starke County Planning Commission Board, Tony Radkiewicz, Sr. was selected for the Starke County Environmental Management board. Judy Zerniak was retained on the P.T.A.B.O.A. Board and Katie Dedloff was again selected for the Starke County Library Board. Kenny Wallace was named to the Alcohol Beverage Commission Board.

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First Baby of 2011 Arrives at Pulaski Memorial Hospital

Pulaski Memorial Hospital

The first baby in Pulaski County arrived Tuesday afternoon at Pulaski Memorial Hospital. Katilyn Michelle Baker arrived at 3:56 p.m. ET. Katilyn’s parents are Lisa Nicholson, and Levi Baker of Star City. There are plenty of relatives awaiting little Katilyn’s arrival home, including a “big” sister Madison Elizabeth who is 18 months old.

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Sam Frain to Serve on the National Funeral Directors Association’s Member Resources Advisory Group

Sam Frain

Sam Frain, of Frain Mortuary in Winamac, Francesville and Medaryville has committed to serve as a member of the National Funeral Directors Association’s Member Resources Advisory Group for the 2010-2011 term.

That group is called upon to assist the national organization in a number of ways, including recommending new programs, products and services, reviewing and providing feedback on new resources, and assisting with the recruitment and retention of members from around the world for the betterment of the profession and the families it serves.

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Knox Community School Board Approves Network and Telecommunication Projects

Gary Dulin, Jerry Fletcher, Harold Welter, Mary Lynn Ritchie, Kirk Bennett, Nathan Marcum, Mike Yankauskas, Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox Community School Board approved upcoming network and telecommunications projects at its meeting Monday night. The School Board and Technology Director, Jim Landrum, are hoping to secure federal funding for the projects approved.

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Indiana DNR Unveils New Package of Deer Hunting Rules

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has unveiled a new package of recommended changes to deer hunting rules that will be presented to the Natural Resources Commission at its January 11th meeting at Ft. Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.

The Natural Resources Commission withdrew its preliminary approval of an earlier plan because overwhelming public comment opposed shortening some segments of the deer hunting seasons.

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Pulaski County Community Foundation Taking Applications for Lilly Endowment Scholarships

The Pulaski County Community Foundation is participating in the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program. The program provides scholarships for full college tuition for four years, required fees and book stipends. Applications are available now through the Foundation’s website. The deadline to submit an application is January 10th, 2011.

For more information, contact your local school guidance department or the Pulaski County Community Foundation at (574) 946-0906.

Starke County Ministerial Alliance Reorganizes

Charles Bachelder

The Starke County Ministerial Alliance met Wednesday and selected Reverend Charles Bachelder, of the First Christian Church in Knox, to be the President, and James Pradke, of Victory Christian Church, to be the Secretary.  Retired Father Richard Zollinger has been selected to be the Treasurer.

Discussed at the meeting was the Right to Life Rally to be held in Starke County the end of the month.

North Judson Town Board Approves Reallocation of Funds, Mint Festival Special Event Permit

North Judson Town Board
North Judson Town Board: (L to R) Dan Anderson, Jane Ellen Felchuk, Wendy Hoppe, Connie Miller (Clerk-Treasurer)

The North Judson Town Board approved the reallocation of funds in the 2011 budget to allow a three percent increase for full-time Town employees for this year. The employees have not had a raise in three years. The reallocation did not effect the budget’s bottom line. The Town’s approved budget total is $767,964 for 2011.

The Board also approved a special event permit for the North Judson Mint Festival Committee. The Mint Festival will be held June 17th-19th, 2011.