News from the WKVI Archive File

From the WKVI Archives:

Edith Gurrado

Edith Gurrado accepted a job at Starke Memorial Hospital on this date in 1952. She says her starting pay was 85 cents an hour. Beginning in the housekeeping department, Edith moved to Dietary after six months. Yesterday, she completed her 58th year on the job. Still going strong, Edith Gurrado of Starke Memorial Hospital.

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Week in Review for January 3rd-7th, 2011

Here is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:

Andy Howes

Several bones that were returned to the Army in 1988 have been positively identified. They belong to Andy Howes, the young soldier from Knox who was MIA for over four decades after the helicopter he was in went down in Vietnam. Howes’ MIA bracelet is displayed in a case in the Knox Community School Board meeting room.

Starke County Courthouse

The new year brought new appointments to government boards. Dan Bridegroom was retained as President of the Starke County Commissioners, Mark Smith was retained as Starke County Council President, and Dan Anderson was retained as the President of the North Judson Town Board. Bob Howard was replaced as a member of the Starke County Health Board. Howard had served for 10 years on the board, 8 of them as President.

Amy Singleton and Ireland

Amy Singleton of Knox gave birth to the first Starke County baby of 2011. Ireland Rose Furlong was born on Saturday, January 1st at 6:26 a.m. CT at the LaPorte Regional Health System, LaPorte Hospital. The first baby in Pulaski County, Katilyn Michelle Baker, arrived on Tuesday afternoon at Pulaski Memorial Hospital. Lisa Nicholson and Levi Baker of Star City are Katilyn’s parents.

The Indiana General Assembly began its legislative session this week. One of the issues that the legislators will focus on is the state’s rapidly increasing prison population.

The body of Robert L. Lemke, 82, of North Judson was found Wednesday morning in a wooded area by his home. Police believe he left home on foot sometime between the evening hours of Sunday, January 2nd and Tuesday, January 4th.

And that is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week.

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

police badge

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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