Police Recover Stolen Vehicle; Driver Arrested

Brandon King

A Knox man was arrested this week after police found him driving a stolen vehicle.

According to the police report, on March 24th, Rolland McVey, of Knox, reported his truck stolen. He was sitting at his kitchen table when two male subjects came walking into his kitchen from his back room. He asked them how they got in and they said their daughter had been bitten by a dog. McVey said he doesn’t own a dog and he got up from the table and started walking toward them. They turned around and took off running out the back door. He later he looked out and saw his truck missing. His keys were missing from the key hook that hangs next to the back door.  The vehicle is a 1997 teal-colored Ford pick-up truck.

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New Football Sectional Alignments

Here are the new sectional alignments for our area football teams for 2011-12 and 2012-13:

Sectional 17

Culver Academies
Gary Wallace
Hammond Gavit
Mishawaka Marian
South Bend St. Joseph’s

Sectional 26

North Judson
Prairie Heights

Sectional 33

Culver Community
Hammond Noll
South Central
South Newton
West Central

WKVI All-Area Girls Basketball Teams

Here is the list of our first ever WKVI All-Area Girls Basketball teams. We chose ten players from our nine area schools to comprise a 1st and a 2nd team. The decisions were based off of statistics, team success, and overall importance to the individual’s team.

1st Team:

Patrice McBee 6’3 Sr. Forward (Culver)

Gwen Zehner 6’1 Sr. Forward (Culver)

Stephanie Balon 5’10 Sr. Guard (South Central)

Marissa Hamilton 5’7 Jr. Guard (West Central)

Sarah Redweik 5’6 Jr. Guard (Winamac)

2nd Team:

Ali Zehner 5’5 Sr. Guard (Culver)

Brittany Tetzloff 5’7 Sr. Guard (Knox)

Jordann Frasure 5’6 So. Guard (North Judson)

Jesse Averone 5’7 Fr. Guard (Oregon-Davis)

Justine Kruger 5’7 Jr. Guard (West Central)

Congratulations to these 10 individuals on outstanding seasons!

Starke County Police Arrest Monon Man on Burglary Charges after Traffic Stop

John Grigsby

A White County man was arrested Thursday night after police found alleged stolen property in his car.

According to a police report, officers were dispatched to intercept a vehicle that was being driven by a male subject that was reported to be harassing a Knox woman into selling a vehicle. The officer intercepted the vehicle at U.S. 35 and Toto Road and found the vehicle to have false and fictitious plates. A traffic stop was conducted where the driver, John Grigsby, was found to have a suspended license.

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Manhunt in Pulaski County Nets Arrest

An Idaville, Indiana man was arrested after a two day manhunt in Pulaski County.

On Monday, March 28th at 10:09 p.m. ET, Pulaski County Deputy Ryan Austin stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of County Roads 700 West and County Road 500 South. The passenger immediately exited and fled on foot into the darkness. The driver, Jacqueline S. Mayhill, 31, of Monticello, was taken into custody and arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine. The passenger was identified as Charles Douglas Warren, age 47, of Idaville, and was not immediately captured. A manhunt using K-9s was eventually called off at 1:30 a.m.

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Cock Fighting Attendees Handed Sentences in Knox City Court

Thirty-three cock fight enthusiasts were sentenced in Knox City Court Thursday. The men were charged with a misdemeanor count of Attending an Animal Fighting Contest. They attended a cock fight in Starke County in February.

Judge Charles Hasnerl fined the men $200 apiece, plus $180 in restitution to the Starke County Humane Society for putting the roosters down, and $164 in court costs.  Each individual was also given a 12 month suspended sentence.

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Piano Players Needed for Summer Production of ‘Nunsense-The Mega Musical’

The Maxinkuckee Players are looking for more than singers and dancers for their 2011 summer production of Nunsense-The Mega Musical. Director Becky Liechty says the group is looking for two piano players as well. Call her at (574) 941-2343 for information.

Auditions for roles are scheduled for Saturday, May 7th in the choir room at the Culver High School. There are acting and singing roles for about half-a-dozen adults and roles for many chorus members. Ms. Liechty says a lot of singing and “reasonable” dancing is required by the entire cast. Unfortunately, the show does not have parts for younger children.

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Starke County Drug Free Double Dare Event this Sunday

Knox, North Judson-San Pierre and Oreon-Davis students in grades 6-12 will be competing in the annual Drug Free Double Dare event Sunday, April 3rd at 1:30 p.m. CT at the Knox Middle School.

“Drug Free Double Dare is based on the concept of the Nickelodeon Double Dare,” explained Knox Middle School Guidance Counselor, Chris Ross. “We give it an anti-drug twist. The students received a study guide with information about different types of drugs. On Sunday, the students will then answer questions based on what they’ve studied.”

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Bremen Troopers Honored with Awards

Keith Bikowski and ISP Superintendent Paul Whitesell

The Indiana State Police held its annual awards and recognition ceremony Tuesday in Indianapolis.  The ceremony honored and recognized individuals from around the State for their dedication to service, bravery and devotion to the department and the citizens of Indiana.

Robert Murray

Trooper Keith Bikowski received the “Trooper of the District Award” for the Bremen Post for his outstanding service to North Central Indiana.  Bikowski has been an officer with the State Police since 2007.  Robert Murray received the Life Award for the Bremen District for his commitment in removing impaired drivers from Indiana roadways.  This is the third year that Murray has earned the distinction.  Murray has served the State since his appointment in 1996.

Starke Circuit Court Judge Rejects Plea Agreement for Kimberly Hitchens; Trial Set for April 8th

Kimberly Hitchens

Kimberly Hitchens appeared in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday morning for a plea hearing. Hitchens was reportedly involved in events surrounding the Bass Lake shooting incident with Starke County police that also involved Michael Drogosz and John Brooke. She has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, two counts of Possession/Manufacturing of a Destructive Device (aiding), and Assisting a Criminal.

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Starke County Food Inspector Reports Several Infractions after Inspections

Dave Kesvormas

David Kesvormas, the Starke County Contract Food Inspector, issued a report covering the first few weeks of his job. As of March 17th, Kesvormas had completed 26 inspections.

Infractions found included: Refrigeration doors not closing properly or not sealing due to defective seals, labeling and dating, cross contamination (meaning raw meat stored over items that are ready to eat), missing thermometers, inaccurate chemical sanitizer test equipment, and general cleaning and sanitizing.

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IU Health LaPorte Hospital Birthing Suites Open

The baby is placed in this unit and doesn't leave the mother's room after its born.

It’s official. The new IU Health LaPorte Hospital’s Birthing Suites are open for patients as of March 31st. IU Health LaPorte Physicians offer local maternal care to Starke County area women. OB/GYN physicians Lyjia Strachan, MD, and John Taylor, MD, offer routine office appointments in Knox. They work in conjunction with IU Health Starke Hospital to ensure expectant mothers receive their laboratory and diagnostic imaging needs close to home. Patients of Strachan and Taylor may conveniently deliver their babies at IU Health LaPorte Hospital Family Birthing Suites. Continue reading