Turkey Tracks Event is Scheduled for April 29th-May 1st, 2011

Eric Corey

At the young age of 16, Eric Corey was diagnosed with ALS. An avid hunter his entire life, the Starke County resident has made it his mission to make sure other young adults with mobility challenges like him can experience the joy of hunting. That’s why he and his family have organized Turkey Tracks. The event allows hunters with physical challenges to use adaptive equipment and the help of a guide to experience a turkey hunt in Northern Indiana.

This is the third year for Turkey Tracks.

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Week in Review for April 11th-14th, 2011

John Brooke

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

A Starke County jury found John Brooke guilty of six of the seven counts against him: Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Intimidation, Possession and Manufacturing of a Destructive Device, Resisting Law Enforcement, Unlawful Use of Body Armor, and Assisting a Criminal. The jury found him not guilty of the count of Possession of a Destructive Device. Sentencing is scheduled for May 12th at 10:00 a.m. in Starke Circuit Court.

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Tuesday Night Men’s League 04/12/11

Tuesday Night Men’s League 04/12/11
Team Standings:
1. Quarter’s 152.0-51.0
2. Konrad Cabinets 129.0-74.0
3. Hensleys 120.0-83.0
4. 1st Choice Pawn 111.0-92.0
5. Bowlaway Lanes 105.0-98.0
6. WKVI 96.0-107.0
7. Mark’s Body Shop 95.0-108.0
8. Time Out 95.0-108.0
9. Sandbar 89.0-114.0
10. Half Track 80.0-123.0
11. Simonis 77.0-126.0
12. Fishers 69.0-134.0
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Friday Night Mixed League 04/08/11

Friday Night Mixed League 04/08/11
Team Standings:
1. Alley Aces 83.5-44.5
2. 4-Alarm Fire 80.0-48.0
3. Good Friends 72.0-56.0
4. Rollin’ Thunder 71.0-57.0
5. Mariah’s Hill 68.5-59.5
6. Undecided 63.5-64.5
7. Raiders 61.0-67.0
8. Hard Times 61.0-67.0
9. Dolezal Family 59.5-68.5
10. Baugh Construction 56.5-71.5
11. Feel the Power 53.5-74.5
12. O’s Tap 37.0-91.0
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Tuesday Night Men’s League 04/05/11

Tuesday Night Men’s League 04/05/11
Team Standings:
1. Quarter’s 147.0-49.0
2. Konrad Cabinets 122.0-74.0
3. Hensleys 116.0-80.0
4. 1st Choice Pawn 108.0-88.0
5. Bowlaway Lanes 100.0-96.0
6. WKVI 96.0-100.0
7. Mark’s Body Shop 93.0-103.0
8. Time Out 93.0-103.0
9. Sandbar 86.0-110.0
10. Half Track 75.0-121.0
11. Simonis 75.0-121.0
12. Fishers 65.0-131.0
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Friday Night Mixed League 04/01/11

Friday Night Mixed League 04/01/11
Team Standings:
1. Alley Aces 79.5-44.5
2. 4-Alarm Fire 78.0-46.0
3. Good Friends 69.0-55.0
4. Rollin’ Thunder 69.0-55.0
5. Mariah’s Hill 67.5-56.5
6. Raiders 61.0-63.0
7. Undecided 60.5-63.5
8. Dolezal Family 59.5-64.5
9. Hard Times 57.0-67.0
10. Baugh Construction 54.5-69.5
11. Feel the Power 51.5-72.5
12. O’s Tap 36.0-88.0
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Brooke Found Guilty on 6 of 7 Counts, Including Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery

John Brooke is escorted back to the Starke County jail after testimony is heard in his jury trial

The courtroom was full of family and friends of John Brooke as the jury returned to the courtroom with their verdict. The judge read their decision, his face calm, revealing nothing. As he began reading the verdict aloud, family members burst into tears while Brooke remained calm and collected, even in the face of the seriousness of the charges.

The jury found Brooke guilty of six of the seven counts against him: Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Intimidation, Possession and Manufacturing of a Destructive Device, Resisting Law Enforcement, Unlawful Use of Body Armor, and Assisting a Criminal. The jury found him not guilty of the count of Possession of a Destructive Device.

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Capital Assets Study on the Starke County Courthouse

Starke County Courthouse

This week we are presenting parts of a report given to Starke County officials assessing County buildings. The report was prepared by RQAW an Indianapolis Consulting and Architecture Firm. Today’s report covers the Starke County Courthouse.

The Courthouse has an issue of limits on space available for some of the offices, particularly the Probation Department, the Clerk and the Magistrate. These functions are located on the second and third floors of the Courthouse.

Some space limitations can be alleviated by more efficient layouts, more efficient record storage and furniture and/or computerization of records and off-site storage. The County has adequate space for off-site record storage at the Glove Factory.

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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Focuses on the Efforts of Dispatchers

Melissa Osburn

We have been recognizing emergency dispatchers this week for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Melissa Osburn, who has been at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department for two years, says they take a variety of emergency calls.

“It can be anything from a medical emergency, structure fire, grass fires, civil matters – it’s anything that anyone would have a problem with,” said Osburn.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board, Teacher’s Association Agree on Memorandum of Understanding

Dr. Robert Klitzman
Dr. Robert Klitzman

One of the items the General Assembly is tackling in this session is the funding formula for schools. With the preliminary school funding formula out, schools are figuring that they are going to take quite a hit when it comes to next year’s budget and Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent, Dr. Robert Klitzman, says that it will affect them as well.

“With the uncertainty and not knowing how it’s going to shake out, I did talk with our Teacher’s Association President, Kyle Johnson, and asked him if we could do a memorandum of understanding whereby I don’t have to follow the strict guidelines in the contract in letting teachers know that they’re going to be without a job due to budgetary constraints,” said Dr. Robert Klitzman. “He did agree. With that, we moved back the date that I would have to inform teachers from April to June. Certainly all the business would be done in Indianapolis by then. I hope that people would take the time to email, call, or write our Representatives and tell them to really think about public schools and not keep dividing the money that is available, which is not enough to begin with, and to let public money flow with public schools.”

City of Knox Workmans Comp Insurance Drops

Knox City Council (L to R) Linda Berndt, Jeff Berg, Ron Parker, Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston, Mayor Rick Chambers, Attorney David Matsey, Ed Blue and Greg Matt

The Knox City Council got good news this week from Clerk-Treasurer, Jeff Houston. The Worker’s Comp Insurance has dropped $6,000. Houston said the carrier explained the reduction was because the loss rate has dropped. Knox has been attempting to get out of the high risk pool, and as Houston said, “It looks like we’re becoming successful.”

In other news:
It appears that Knox City records are taking up a lot of space at City Hall.

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Relay for Life of Culver Steps off Friday

Kelly Cares Foundation donated $2,500 Wednesday to Culver Academies' Relay for Life. Pictured are Mike Wilcox, former Culver parent and Trustee, Paqui Kelly, and Kyle Blankenship, Relay Co-Chairman. Academies photo by Gary Mills

Walkers for the fourth annual Relay For Life of Culver will take their first steps toward a $130,000 goal at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Culver Academies Oliver Field, located on at the intersection of Indiana 10 and 117.

The all-night event will feature Indianapolis Colts placekicker Adam Vinatieri for the second consecutive year. Vinatieri will speak at the survivor dinner preceding the Relay, attend the opening ceremony, and walk the first lap. New this year will be a fireworks show after dusk provided by Mad Bomber Fireworks Productions, according to Co-chairman Kyle Blankenship, a Crown Point, Ind., senior.

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Louise Williams and the Late Alt Williams Discuss Bass Lake on Today’s ‘Ted Hayes Remembers’ Program

Louise Williams


Today on “Ted Hayes Remembers” Louise and the late Alt Williams will talk about those carefree days at Bass Lake.

Louise Williams was a Chicago girl, but dad wanted his kids out of the city in the summer. So he bought a place at Bass Lake and his wife and children ran the restaurant and resort during the week, and he came out on the weekend. Louise Williams tells us what it was like.

“It was a super place to be,” she said. “It was quiet. The only noise you would hear was the oars in the water from rowing boats, maybe sails in the wind. There were a lot of barrel rafts that we enjoyed just laying and lulling on and diving off of. It was the days of outside johns and kerosene cook stoves. I recall walking to Ruth Fishburn’s store to get kerosene for my mother in two gallon jugs and the trip back was always longer than the trip going there. There was always the joy when someone you knew would stop and offer a ride. The walk was enjoyable because you knew all the people within that mile and you stop and gab. I’d even goof off and play with a girlfriend for a while. It seems to me that those days were much slower and summers were longer.”

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Jury Returns Guilty Verdict on 6 of the 7 Charges Brooke Case

A jury of 8 men and four women has returned a guilty verdict on 6 of the seven charges against John Brooke in Starke Circuit


Court.  The trial was conducted in front of Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall.

A stoic John Brooke heard the guilty verdict given, while friends and family in the gallery wept.

He was convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Intimidation, Possession and Manufacturing Destructive Devices, Resisting Law Enforcement,

Unlawful Use of Body Armour, and Assisting a Criminal.

The only count he was found not guilty on was a seventh charge, possession of a destructive device.

Sentencing has been set by Judge Hall for May 12th. at 10:00.

Brooke was part of a potentially deadly situation at Bass Lake in February of 2010 in which an occupant in his home opened fire on Starke County Police officers who were trying to serve an Illinois warrant.  Michael Drogosz, the shooter in that incident was sentenced to a lengthy prison term in August.

We’ll have more information in the morning.

Brooke’s Trial Continues, Defense Calls Character Witnesses

John Brooke

The trial of John Brooke continued Wednesday morning in Starke Circuit Court. The Prosecution called its first witness of the day to the stand: Starke County Detective Ron Lawson. Lawson testified that he had been called to a shooting incident on Summerholme Drive at Bass Lake and received a briefing from officers on the scene. He also said that he had interviewed John Brooke on three separate interviews to correct or understand discrepancies between interviews with Brooke, Michael Drogosz, and Kimberly Hitchens, who were also involved in the incident.

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