Marshall County Police Arrest Two in May Burglary Spree

Joshua D. Stone
Justin Whitt

An arrest has been made after Marshall County Police investigated seven daytime burglaries in the month of May.

Joshua D. Stone of Plymouth and Justin L. Whitt of North Liberty face multiple charges of Burglary, Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Stone faces more than 14 charges including a more severe charge of Burglary with Causing Bodily injury. The pair allegedly stole items from seven residences north of Plymouth. Stone and Whitt are in the Marshall County jail on $100,000 cash bond. Some of the stolen property has been recovered.

Police Hunt For Man in Attempted Kidnapping

Police in Knox are looking for a man who attempted to kidnap a child on Roosevelt Road near the Shannon Auto repair shop next to the Post Office in Knox around 4.00pm June 2nd.

The person the police are searching for  knocked a six year old girl off of a swingset  and then grabbed  a one year old toddler and started running away with the baby when the mother, Amber Stacy Howard,  gave chase  at which time the man dropped the child and ran, jumped a waist high fence and escaped.

This attempted kidnapping is not thought to be a custodial situation and the man police are searching for is unknown to the mother.

The man was wearing a red T-shirt and black jogging pants.  Police are asking for help in locating this individual and ask anyone who might have seen a person matching this description either earlier in the day or near the time of the attempted abduction to call the Knox City Police at 772-4122 or the Starke Co. Sheriff’s Department at 772-3771 with any information or tips regarding this incident.

Monterey Elementary School Closes

It was a sad day in Monterey yesterday as the elementary school closed for the last time. In a building that had students enrolled since 1934, there were hugs and tears on that final day.

“We had an awards program this morning and prior to that, we had a photographer come and he took a picture of all the staff and students out in front of the building,” said Principal Julie Berndt of the last day. “At the end of the program, we surprised the kids by loading them up in school buses and the fire department led us through town with the sirens screaming. We took two laps around town and the kids really enjoyed it as well as the staff.” Continue reading

Starke County High School Seniors to Graduate Tonight

High School Seniors from the three Starke County schools will be graduating tonight.

Graduation for Knox Community High School seniors will be tonight at 7:00 p.m. CT in the Weinberg Gymnasium. Oregon-Davis High School seniors will graduate at 6:30 p.m. in their High School gymnasium.

Graduation at the North Judson-San Pierre High School will be tonight at 7:00 p.m. CT in the Gymnasium. High School Principal, Annette Zupin, announced the Valedictorian and Salutatorian this week. The Valedictorian is Andrew Frasure and the Salutatorians are Henry Thoreson and Samantha Fisher.

Free Fishing Weekend

This weekend, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources invites you to fish for free! This Saturday and Sunday, you can fish without a state fishing license at all Indiana Lakes.

“Indiana residents that normally would be required to purchase a fishing license are exempt from buying that license for these two days only,” explained Conservation Officer, Keith Wildeman. “All other regulations, bag limits and size limits, do apply. If you continue from there, a resident fishing license is only $17.00. A license is required for anyone once they turn 18. Kids 17 and younger are exempt.”

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Gas Prices Jump

Gas prices jumped Wednesday. Gas prices that were in the $3.80 range Tuesday were up to $4.15 Wednesday. A leak in a major pipeline servicing the Midwest has forced the whole pipeline to shut down which has caused the spike in prices.

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Race Develops in City of Knox General Election

Thomas H. Morin, of Knox, filed his candidacy in the Starke County Clerk’s office last week. He is running as a Republican and will face Democrat Don Kring for a City Council seat. Both are running for the seat now occupied by Ed Blue who has decided not to run for another term.

“Now that we have a race going in Center One between Mr. Morin and Donald Kring, there will definitely be a General Election,” said Starke County Clerk, Evelyn Skronski. “The Election Board, the poll workers and the Absentee Board will all be in here in the Fall to have an election.”

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Spring Planting Behind Schedule

Starke County farmers, like those in neighboring counties, are up against a deadline for getting their corn crop in the ground. County Extension Director Alan Kurtz said yesterday that the corn crop ideally should have been in a month ago.

“It’s not so much a specific date, but we have a trend as you go over time, that the later the gets the lower your yield potential may be,” said Kurtz. “We’re getting into the time frame now as we come into early June where farmers are facing that decision of whether it’s worth continuing to plant corn or to consider other options.”

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Summer School, USDA Summer Food Program Begins Monday in Knox

The regular school year just ended and now officials at the Knox Community School Corporation are turning their attention to summer school. The Knox Elementary School staff will hold summer school from Monday, June 6th through Thursday, June 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day. The Knox High School staff will hold summer school from Monday, June 6th to Thursday, June 30th for the first session. The second session will be from Tuesday, July 5th to Thursday, July 28th. Classes will be held in the Knox Middle School due to renovations at the High School during the summer months. Students will be in school from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day. Summer school will not be in session on Fridays.

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Starke County Relay for Life to Begin June 10th

Starke County Relay for Life Event Chair, Megan Hamand, says the Starke County Relay for Life is right around the corner.

“The event this year is June 10th and 11th at the Starke County Fairgrounds,” explained Hamand. “The soft opening is at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10th. The official opening and the opening ceremony is going to be at 6:00 p.m. We’ve got events going all night: ceremonies, live entertainment, games, music, and the live auction again which is always a big event.”

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Monterey Elementary School to Close Doors Today

Monterey Elementary School

The Monterey Elementary School is in its final day as a location for learning in the Culver School District. Beginning next school year, the students will be transported to Culver as part of a cost cutting measure.

In 1968, Monterey was consolidated into the Culver Community School District and was turned into a stand-alone elementary school.

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Suspect in Pursuit Incident in San Pierre Arrested in LaPorte County

Robert Reed

LaPorte City Police Department officers arrested Robert Reed, 33, of LaPorte, after a police pursuit.  Reed is also suspected of being involved in a theft and pursuit incident in San Pierre on May 22nd.

According to Detective Andy Hynek of the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department, Reed was spotted in the LaPorte City limits on Friday, May 27th in a suspected stolen vehicle from Starke County. LaPorte City officers initiated a traffic stop and Reed would not pull over. A pursuit began and he was eventually taken into custody. He was arrested on charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement, and Habitual Traffic Violator. The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department has also filed charges on Reed which include four counts of Theft and one count of Burglary. The LaPorte County charges stem from a two month investigation in which Reed was allegedly involved in the act of stealing trailers, vehicles, RVs and tools.

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Winamac Ace Hardware Burglar Arrested

Jeffery Adams

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and Winamac City Police officers have arrested a suspect in burglary incidents at Ace Hardware in Winamac. According to court documents, Jeffery Adams, 36, of Monon, was arrested on May 27th and has been charged with two counts of Burglary and two counts of Theft.

Adams is suspected to have broken into Ace Hardware on multiple occasions and stole XBox systems, 12 iPod devices, three XBox Kinect systems, two PS3 systems, a Wii game console, and a tool set. The stolen items totaled more than $4,000. Adams allegedly broke into the Ace Hardware on March 19th, March 21st and on May 12th. An anonymous tip led to his arrest.