At the request of Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors, ISP Detective Brent Ingram launched an investigation into the death of 29-year-old jail inmate Nicholas Clevenger, of Rochester.Continue reading
The Starke County Council members recently received a Notice of Claim from Tom DeCola who was expelled from his seat on the Starke County Council on Feb. 18.
DeCola claims that he was not given the full 30 days to respond to allegations of disorderly conduct and public intoxication during a “social event hosted by the Indiana Association of Counties” in Indianapolis. He stated that the deadline was technically Feb. 21 and he was asked to provide an explanation during the council’s meeting on Feb. 18. During that meeting DeCola had this comment, “After reviewing the paperwork that was handed to me, I read it and decided that it was my in persona civil cause of action and that it wasn’t an authoritative official cause of action. So, I decided it’s not even worthy to respond to it.”
DeCola also claims the Starke County Council wrongfully expelled him for allegations that were outside his term. He took office on Jan. 1, 2019 and the allegations occurred on Dec. 12, 2018. He said he wasn’t acting under any type of official duty and has not been criminally charged. He also claims the witnesses who gave statements were unreliable.
DeCola’s oath of office was filed on Dec. 7. Witnesses at the conference in Indianapolis stated he introduced himself as a Starke County Councilman.
Starke County Attorney Marty Lucas said the claim is currently under review.
In a press release, Starke County Council President Dave Pearman said the fiscal body may, by state statute, “(1) expel any member for violation of an official duty; (2) declare the seat of any member vacant if the member is unable or fails to perform the duties of the member’s office; and (3) adopt its own rules to govern proceedings under this section, but a two-thirds ( 2/3 ) vote is required to expel a member or vacate a member’s seat.”
Pearman stated that DeCola’s Notice of Claim will be discussed during the council’s next meeting on Monday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. CT in the meeting room in the Starke County Annex Building No. 1 at 53 E. Mound Street in Knox.
The Ordinance regulating snow emergency procedures in the City of Knox was officially amended last Tuesday. Continue reading
Knox officials took action last week to get on board with the county-wide switch to a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system.Continue reading
The Culver Town Council members were updated on the trailer court property on West Jefferson Street last week.Continue reading
The Starke County Election Board members are expected to talk to the commissioners tonight about an early voting location for the May Primary Municipal Election. Early voting is usually held on the second floor of the courthouse, but with the courthouse elevator replacement project underway, the room on the first floor of the courthouse that would be used to hold early voting in this case is said to be in use by the contractors for the storage of tools and other equipment. The Election Board members believe the contractors can store their items in another location. That discussion will continue tonight.Continue reading
A couple Pulaski County government officials will discuss the need for additional help with the county commissioners tonight. Building Inspector Doug Hoover is once again expected to request a full-time deputy.Continue reading
North Judson officials will continue talks over the potential new designs for the town water towers when they meet tonight.Continue reading
The National Weather Service recently issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for much of Northern Indiana, including Starke and Pulaski Counties.Continue reading
The Knox Mayor’s Office recently sent out a few important reminders that citizens should be aware of in order to stay in compliance with city policies.Continue reading
The Starke County Election Board members took action this week to set absentee voting hours for the May Primary Municipal Election.Continue reading
Recently, the Indiana State Police Bremen Post has been contacted on an almost daily basis by concerned citizens that have almost become victims of scams or individuals who had loved ones that were scammed.
In response to the frequent calls, ISP Bremen Post Public Information Officer Ted Bohner issued a press release stating that is important for everyone to talk to their family about these phone scams and to have a plan in place if a scammer calls you or someone you love.Continue reading
Firefighters from the Culver-Union Township Fire Department made a couple of water rescues in the past two weeks and the purchase of equipment to aid in those rescues has successfully helped firefighters, according to Fire Chief Terry Wakefield.Continue reading
Knox Wastewater employees recently attended some training related to underground digging safety.
When the Board of Works members met Wednesday morning, Wastewater Superintendent Kelly Clemons provided some details about the course that’s hosted by Indiana 811.Continue reading
A service agreement between the Town of Hamlet and the Kankakee Iroquois Planning Commission was signed Wednesday night.
Hamlet Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts said the agreement was related to the Town’s comprehensive plan project.Continue reading
The Starke County Environmental Office is open and accepting recyclables on-site.Continue reading
Some changes to the parking policy in the City of Knox were made official this week.
One of the major differences that citizens will notice is the new fee associated with parking violations.Continue reading
The bridge on U.S. 35 in downtown La Porte will be under construction beginning on Monday, March 4.Continue reading
The Koontz Lake-Oregon Township Fire Department will be getting a newer vehicle as a fleet vehicle for medical calls and to assist firefighters at the scene.Continue reading
Culver Town Manager Jonathan Leist updated the town council members this week on the upcoming Culver Beach Lodge project.Continue reading