2010 Kankakee Valley All-Area Football Team Announced

Here is WKVI’s first ever Kankakee Valley All-Area Football Team. The selections were made based off of statistics, the player’s overall impact on his team, and area coach’s recommendations. The team is made up of 5 offensive linemen, 1 tight end, 1 quarterback, 2 wide receivers, 2 running backs, 4 defensive linemen, 4 linebackers, and 3 defensive backs from our 7 area football teams.

Offensive Line

Max Burgess (Culver)

Jordan Culp (West Central)

Gavun Henry (Winamac)

Bobby Ponda (South Central)

Tyler Singleton (Knox)

Tight End

Micah Budzinski (Culver)


Collin Stevens (Culver)

Wide Receivers

Dalton Tunis (North Judson/San Pierre)

Matt Walker (South Central)

Running Backs

Josh Anderson (John Glenn)

Ethan Biggs (South Central)

Defensive Line

Charles Dreesen (John Glenn)

Aaron Everage (Knox)

Jeremiah Harvey (Culver)

Bryce Tanner (West Central)


Spencer Dobson (West Central)

Evan Howard (North Judson/San Pierre)

Sean Liedtky (John Glenn)

Brennan Morning (Winamac)

Defensive Backs

Johnny Anderson (Culver)

Bryant Hoover (South Central)

Jake Smidler (West Central)

Amtrak Train Collides with Semi in Jasper County

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Police investigated an accident between an Amtrak train and a semi in Jasper County Friday morning.

It happened on County Road 1200 West near the small town of Fair Oaks.

According to a published report, the semi failed to yield at the crossing and the Amtrak Train from Indianapolis slammed into the semi’s trailer splitting it into two pieces.

The semi was carrying methanol bottles which are highly flammable. Hazmat crews were called to the scene to clean up the spillage. No injuries were reported.

Two Illinois Residents Killed after a Vehicle Accident in Jasper County

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The Indiana State Police responded to an early morning crash this morning on I-65 in Jasper County where two people died at the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed, at approximately 5:33 a.m., Michael D Ward, 47 of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was driving a semi, going north bound, when he stated that another semi that was up ahead in the left lane changed lanes quickly to go into the right lane in front of him. That semi immediately swerved to go back to the left lane again. Ward’s semi then hit the vehicle in the right lane.

Both the driver, John Miroballi, 68 of Wood Dale, Illinois and front seat passenger, Jeannie Miroballi, 46, of Wood Dale, Illinois were pronounced dead at the scene by the Jasper County Coroner of massive blunt force trauma.

The Starke United Auction is Today; Listen Live on WKVI

The annual Starke United Auction will be held today at the CenturyLink warehouse. The auction will be broadcast on both WKVI AM and FM and kicks off at 10:00 a.m. CT. WKVI’s Tom Berg and Ted Hayes are the hosts. This year we will be assisted by auctioneer, Ben Osinski, who will describe the items and give you bidding rules.

Father Spanley gets ready for the auction

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Gerald Broude Found Guilty on Four Counts of Child Molestation

Gerald Broude
Gerald Broude

A verdict has been declared in the Gerald Broude trial in Starke Circuit Court.

A jury of seven men and five women deliberated for 30 minutes and found Broude guilty on all four counts of child molestation.  Broude’s bond was revoked and Broude was ordered to be held without bond until his sentencing hearing on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. CT in Starke Circuit Court.

North Judson Holiday Activities Begin Tonight

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Don’t miss the Christmas light ceremony tonight at 6:00 p.m. CT at Norwayne Field in North Judson. Cookies and hot chocolate will be available at the old firehouse following the event.

Santa Claus will be arriving in North Judson on Saturday, by train, at 12:30 p.m. The Christmas parade will start at the Depot and end at the new firehouse on Luken Street. Santa will be greeting children at the firehouse where cookies and hot chocolate will be available.

North Judson-San Pierre Madrigal Dinner Tonight

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The North Judson-San Pierre Madrigal Dinner and musical performance will be tonight at Grand Central Station in North Judson at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Under the direction of Donna Ness, the singers will be performing two other times, 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m. Sunday.  This is the 20th year for the performances.

Three Starke County Community Corrections Employees Honored at Annual Conference

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Robert Hinojosa, Robert Shawn Mattraw and Kimberly Kennedy

Three Starke County government employees were recently honored at the Indiana Association of Community Corrections Annual Conference for outstanding achievement in community corrections for 2010. The Conference was held in Indianapolis.

Kimberly Kennedy was selected as the Program Supervisor for 2010 for her exceptional work in overseeing the Starke County Community Corrections Community Service Component and Robert Shawn Mattraw was selected as the Electronic Monitoring Home Detention Employee of the Year. Director, Robert Hinojosa, also received recognition for his 25 years of service to the Association.

Love Inc. Helps Meet the Needs of Starke County

Wendy Medborn
Wendy Medborn

The Love Inc. organization is fulfilling many needs of people experiencing crisis situations in Starke County. The Executive Director of Love Inc. is Wendy Medborn.  She’s been “on the job” since August and is already realizing what a big job it is.

Ted Hayes talked with Wendy Medborn Wednesday and asked if needs have increased since so many people are out of work.

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Knox City Police Department Statistics for November

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem
Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief, Clint Norem, has released the Department’s statistics for the month of November.

The Department had 443 calls, 11 accident reports and 44 incident reports. There were 5 Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Reports, 18 people arrested on 21 traffic charges, 36 people arrested on 58 criminal charges, 8 juveniles arrested on various charges and 4 people cited for 4 ordinance violations. 5 battery arrests and 4 warrant arrests were made and 17 drug charges were filed.

Newly Elected Starke County Officials to go through Orientation

Starke County Courthouse

Orientation for newly elected officials in Starke County will be held Tuesday, December 21st, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. A tentative agenda will be emailed to all existing department heads who are invited to attend.

New Council members are David Pearman, Mitchell Semans, Anthony Radkiewicz, and Marvin McLaughlin.  They will be going into office after January 1st.  Also invited to attend is newly elected Prosecutor, Nicholas Bourff.