Police Reports

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:

12/06/10  Hank Minix, owner of 1st Choice Pawn, reported the southeast window of the overhead garage door at the business to be broken and the southwest window broken near the front of the store.  No inventory was reported stolen.  A large rock was found near the cash register.

12/04/10  Police pulled over Amber Louise Nies Rhodes, 22, for driving the wrong way on US 35.  She was driving north in the southbound lane by the bridge.  The reporting officer could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle.  An open container was found in the car by police.  Police noticed she had vomited on herself and in the interior of the vehicle.  When asked to step out of the vehicle, she had trouble opening the car door and getting out of the vehicle.  She was taken to the Starke County jail where a female dispatcher had to help the officer get her out of the vehicle.  She refused to take a chemical test when asked by the offier.  Due to the nature of her health, as she vomited in the police car, she was taken to Starke Memorial Hospital.  Preliminary blood results showed her BAC at .210%.  She has charges pending.

12/03/10  Trinidad Resendez told police that when we was dropped off at her residence by friends, she found the back door to be open and the door jam broken.  She called her friends and they came back to help check out the house and see if anyone was in the residence.  No one was in the residence.  Trinidad then looked around the residence and found nothing missing.  Joseph Hoffer told police that he found a person jumping the privacy fence in the back yard.  He chased him but was unable to catch him.

12/02/10  Diana Soto reported to police the theft of a flat panel TV and an XBox 360 arcade system.

12/01/10  Galen Howard reported two firearms stolen from his room at the Super Value Inn.  Howard later found out who stole the firearms.  He bought one rifle back from a different subject.  The investigation into this case continues by the Knox City Police Department.

Arrests:

12/05/10 Steven Soto, 20, 1005 E. Culver Rd., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with aPrior Conviction, Illegal Possession of Alcohol, Possession of Marijuana with a Prior Conviction, False Informing, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

Zachariah Minix, 19, 3380 E. Country Lane, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Possession of Alcohol and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

Brian Derby, 19, 2548 Laurel Ct., Dyer, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Illegal Possession of Alcohol and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.  Steven Soto allegedly ran into a mailbox and a tree at 2560 E. 150 S. in Knox.  Raquel Anderson told police that a car matching the description of Soto’s vehicle hit the mailbox and tree on her property.

12/04/10 Kevin Ketchum, 38, 2403 US 31 Lot #2, Plymouth, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.

Elijah McDaniel, 37, no address given, arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.

12/03/10 Herman Hopkins, 30, 308 Main St. #4, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Criminal Mischief.  Hopkins told police that he jumped through a storm door at 305 Ruthie Dr. in Knox and slammed his head on the concrete.

12/02/10 Angela Binion, 39, 503 S. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on two arrest warrants through Pulaski County.

Stephen Williams, 27, 914 S. Michigan St. #1, Plymouth, IN, arrested on a warrant through Knox City Court.

11/30/10 Josh Estok, 37, 1307 Evelyn Ave. Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of  two Theft (x2) and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Robert Singleton Jr., 51, 505 S. Bower St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Assisting a Criminal.  Estok allegedly stole a Makita 65 pc. bit set drill.  He also reportedly stole items from Family Dollar and ALCO.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

12/05/10 Tricia Wortman reported her car was broken into and a window was broken.

12/04/10 Maria Zerbee asked to speak to an officer about a deer head that was left in her mailbox.

12/04/10 Police were called to a bus barn across from the fire house in Washington Township after a break-in was reported to the Sheriff’s Department.

12/04/10 Brian Soales found his vehicle up on wood blocks and the tires and rims stolen.

12/02/10 A resident in the 9300 block of E. 150 N. in Grovertown reported that two male subjects were at her mother’s residence and carrying guns and firing shots.  Nobody is allowed on the property.

12/01/10 Police received a call of a possible mobile meth lab in a red Chrysler Sebring.

11/30/10 A resident in the 5600 block of W. 800 S. in North Judson reported tools and cat carriers stolen from her residence.

Arrests:

12/05/10 Allen Krock, 39, of North Judson, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

12/04/10 Robert Jennings, 32, of Walkerton, IN, arrested a preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Marijuana and Driving While Suspended-Prior.

12/03/10 Jason Watson, 34, of Culver, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:

12/06/10 Sara Scutchfield reported speakers stolen from her vehicle.

12/05/10 David Watts, 55, of Knox was cited for crossing the roadway without yielding to traffic.

12/02/10 Michael Falbo reported his cell phone stolen from his truck.

11/30/10 Melissa Morrow reported the theft of a laptop.

Arrests:

12/04/10 Chantell Sitek, 23, of Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

North Judson Police also gave out five seatbelt violation tickets to drivers and/or passengers who were found to not be wearing their seatbelt while in a motor vehicle.

From the Hamlet Police Department:

Incidents:

12/05/2010 Trisha Lehiy reported her purse was stolen from her vehicle in front of 301 W Pearl St. in Hamlet.

Arrests:

12/04/2010 Patrick Lisak, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

12/04/2010 Steve D. Masterson, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Police Reports

Knox Police Chief Clint Norem
Knox Police Chief Clint Norem

From the Knox City Police Department:
Incidents:
11/28/10 Alex Locke of Knox reported the theft of a Kenwood car stereo out of his car. There is a suspect in this case.

11/27/10 Amy Cooke reported that her laptop computer and a camera was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at 201 N. Main Street.

11/26/10 Justin Miller, 26, 703 E. Culver Rd. Knox, IN, cited for Operator Never Licensed.

11/25/10 Becky Richie reported her air conditioning unit was stolen from her home.

11/24/10 Kathleen Eckert reported her purse stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at the Knox Middle School.

11/24/10 John Fawley reported that some unknown male knocked on his front door, the man accused him of stealing a yellow bicycle and punched him in the face. Fawley told police that he had never seen him before.

11/23/10 Tammy Small reported that she was shopping at Five Star and put her bags into her car. She pulled away from the parking lot and realized she forgot her purse in the cart. She returned to retrieve her purse but it was gone.

11/23/10 Tricia Jackson reported her cell phone and $20 in cash stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at the Next Door Food Store in Knox.

11/22/10 Knox Community School Transportation Director, Mark Jensen, reported that some unknown person(s) knocked down a portion of split rail fence along the bus garage road, just outside of the chain link fence area. The unknown person(s) then went back to the area where a 1991 Ford F350 school van was parked and they reportedly broke out a passenger side window. Police noted that it appeared that rocks were thrown at this van and broke the window. The action also put dents in the vehicle and chipped the paint.

Arrests:
11/29/10 Dana Boyd, 20, 7840 E. 50 S., Knox, IN arrested on an active arrest warrant.

11/28/10 Alyssa Wireman, 18, 102 Front St., LaCrosse, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Auto Theft, Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Law Enforcement by Fleeing.

11/27/10 Samuel Singleton, 36, 0345 N. State Road 23, Knox, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant for Forgery, a Class C Felony, out of Starke Circuit Court.

11/27/10 Meagan Girard, 28, Ora, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operator Never Licensed.

11/26/10 Carl Daughtery, 31, 503 S. Prettyman St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of an Illegal Drug Lab and Possession of Methamphetamine.
Stephanie Daughtery, 30, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of an Illegal Drug Lab and Resisting Law Enforcement.

11/26/10 Fred Brewer, 426 E. Maple Dr., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Conversion and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

11/25/10 Linda Wireman, 26, 308 E. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Schedule 3 Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule 4 Controlled Substance (x3), Possession of a Legend Drug and Theft.

11/25/10 Przemyslaw Marian Kurkowski, 21, 6520 S. Lakewinds, Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

11/24/10 Ricky D. Hoffer, 43, 2334 W. U Road, North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Habitual Traffic Violator and Failure to Surrender Driver’s License.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen
Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:
Incidents:
11/29/10 Brian Soaler of North Judson reported that some unknown person(s) pried open his front door. He told police that he didn’t think anything was taken.

11/29/10 John Jeffers of Hamlet reported that a person is in his backyard in a white hoodie was messing with the electrical box.

11/28/10 Officers were called to the Grovertown Truck Stop to investigate an allegation that parents might be under the influence and yelling at the kids.

11/28/10 Rodney Jagnecki on Fisher Street in Knox told police that he heard gunshots north of his residence.

11/27/10 Osborne’s Mini Mart called police regarding a possible shoplifter in the store. Upon investigating, the person did not steal anything and was asked to leave.

11/26/10 Elizabeth Beauchamp called police to report a license plate stolen from her vehicle while she was in Bailey’s Discount Center.

11/24/10 A caller advised police that a possible meth lab dump site was located on 100 North, west of 800 East on the north side of the road. The contents were in white garbage bags.

11/23/10 Jason Maroules reported that his two dogs were stolen from his residence and taken to the Starke County Humane Society. He also reported that this was not the first time this had happened.

11/23/10 Kenneth Peverelle reported that some unknown person(s) blew up his mailbox.

Accidents:
11/28/10 Joseph Palm of Knox hit a deer while driving north on US 35 by 810 South in Starke County. As a result, his vehicle went off the road and into a pond. He and his passenger exited the vehicle before it sank into the pond.

Arrests:

11/26/10 Michael Davis, 42, Hobart, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.

11/24/10 Curtis Luedtke, 36, of North Judson, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Driving While Suspended.

Doug Vessely
North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:
Incidents:
11/28/10 Subway Restaurant reported to North Judson Police of a shoplifter. Police identified a juvenile male who was released to a parent.

Arrests:
11/16/10 Kayla Jo Belue, 20, 5855 South U Road East ,North Judson, IN, arrested for Operator Never Licensed, Knox City Court Warrant for Resisting Law Enforcement and Possession of Marijuana.

Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick
Hamlet Police Chief Jeremiah Patrick

From the Hamlet Police Department:
Arrests:
11/27/10 Christina F. Moore of Hamlet, IN, arrested on a warrant through Pulaski County.

11/29/10 Derrick B. Little of Ora, IN, arrested and charged with Driving While Suspended.

11/29/10 Nathan D. Hummel of Culver, IN, arrested and charged with Operator Never Licensed.

Police Reports

From the Knox City Police Department:

Incidents:
11/18/10  An employee at Cambe Chevrolet reported a vehicle missing from the parking lot.  Knox police talked with Greg Rudd who stated that the 2010 Chevy 1500 Silverado, two door, red pickup was parked in the south parking lot and was last observed on the property on November 17th.  The vehicle had no license plate and the truck had 900 miles on it.  It was listed in new condition.

11/17/10  David and Traci Frazier reported vandalism to their vehicle.  The front passenger window was broken and Traci’s wallet was missing from the glove box.

11/16/10  Keith Berndt reported a hit and run.  Berndt told police that he was cutting hair at his shop and heard a loud bang.  He saw that a vehicle just backed into his parked vehicle.  A tail light and lens from the unknown vehicle was spotted in the roadway.  The vehicle was gold in color.

Arrests:
11/18/10 Christy Garrison, 37, 301 Danker St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Conversion, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance.
Melody Heath, 29, 2706 Julia Dr., North Judson, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Conversion, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance (x2)
Michael S. Mann, 36, 301 E. Danker St. #121, Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (x2)
Garrison and Heath were arrested after a Walgreens employee saw them in the store and have allegedly stole items from the store in the past.  The police were called and the pair were questioned by police outside of the business and a search on their vehicle allegedly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine and controlled substances.  Michael Mann was arrested after it was said that the pseudoephedrine that was purchased at the store was to be used in the alleged manufacture of methamphetamine by Mann.

11/14/10 Tammora M. Shei, 45, 601 S. Heaton St., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Conversion.

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:
Incidents:
11/22/10  Don with Chesapeake Railroad in LaCrosse reported that the railroad building was broken into and the case was referred to the LaCrosse Police Department.

11/22/10  Gary Pancek reported a cell phone and wallet stolen from his truck while it was parked at the Roundup.

11/22/10  Michelle Romine reported the theft of a dirtbike from her residence in North Judson.

11/22/10  A U-Haul trailer was reported stolen from a business in the 3800 block of E. 275 S. in Knox.

11/22/10  A resident reported the break in of her pole barn and tools were stolen.  The incident occurred in the 4900 block of E. 150 N. in Knox.

11/21/10  A resident in the 300 block of Star Court in Knox reported the theft of a winning lottery ticket worth $20.

11/21/10  A resident in the 3200 block of W. 800 S in North Judson reported the front door kicked in at the residence.

11/20/10  A resident in the 4600 block of S. US 35 in Knox reported that she was going to get her outside dogs in the house and a person driving a pickup truck stopped and took a dog.  The dog is a black and white Corgi with a black collar.

11/19/10  A resident called police to report that two male subjects were reportedly stealing copper wire from an electrical box at the southwest corner of State Road 23 and US 30.

11/18/10  A resident in the 3100 block of S. 100 W. in North Judson reported the theft of rings and other jewelry.

11/17/10  A resident in the 5200 block of W. 100 N. in Knox reported unknown person(s) stole a 30 gallon garbage can.

11/16/10  A resident in the 200 block of S. 1025 E. in Knox reported some unknown persons shooting at his shed.

Arrests:
11/16/10  Kayla Jo Belue, 20 of Winamac, IN, was cited on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed and Speeding.

Accidents:
The Starke County Sheriff’s Department reported nine car vs deer accidents from 11/16/10-11/23/10

From the Hamlet Police Department:
11/15/10 Amy Scott of Hamlet was charged with Driving While Suspended.

11/20/10 Dawn Ferch reported identity theft.

11/21/10 Two car vs deer accidents were reported.

Police Reports

Knox City Police Incident Reports

  • 11/15/10 At 4.54Pm Mondaya vehicle driven by James P. Langdon, 306 Star Court, Knox was driving south bound on US 35 in front of the Zingo gas station and turned left in front of a vehicle driven by by Shawna K. Ard of 5406 S. A. Street, No. Judson.  Langdon stated to police that he was looking ahead to see what pumps were available and did not see the Ard vehicle.  A 14 month old infant in the back seat of the Ard vehicle was transported to Starke Memorial Hospital for observation.  Estimate of damages were five to ten thousand dollars.
  • 11/14/10 Justin Lee Joseph, 6 No. Prettyman St., Knox reported an attempted breaking and entering at his residence.
  • 11/10/10 Next Door Foods US 35, Knox reported an unknown person drove off without paying for gasoline.  Suspect was not located.
  • 11/09/10 Tom Raderstorff reported to KCP that he was watching Tom Belcher’s house on Main St. in Knox while Mr. Belcher was out of town  and discovered that a back door to the home had been kicked in and a television, alcoholic beverages and money had been removed from the residence.  No arrests have been made.
  • 11/09/10 John and Clayton Poindexter reported to KCP that a brown rottweiler dog had damaged the exterior of a vehicle owned by them.  The owner of the dog has not been identified.
  • 11/09/10 Howard Phillip 904 East Washington St., Knox reported receiving a harassment type phone call.  He has given the caller ID information to the police.
  • 11/09/10 Mitchell G. Dowd 1378 So. 550, Knox reported a fraudulent transaction on his 1st Source debit card.  The fraudulent charge was initiated in Norway and involve a $426.00 dollar transaction.

Knox City Police Arrests

  • 11/14/10 Tammora M. Shei, 601 So. Heaton St., Knox arrested on a charge of conversion.
  • 11/13/10 Mark A. Delen, 4143 So. Grover Avenue, Hammond was arrested for driving while suspended.
  • 11/13/10 Darrick Park Smelser, 424 E. Marion St. Mishawaka was arrested for illegal possession, possession of marijuana, and driving while suspended.
  • 11/13/10 Richard Patrick Selva Jr., PO Box, Knox was arrested on trespass charges.
  • 11/12/10 Matthew M. Lamarr 5220 So. Detroiter St.,No. Judson was arrested for driving while suspended.

Starke County Police News

  • Starke County Police report there have been over 20 deer and car accidents since the 1st of November and would like to remind drivers to be especially careful while driving at night.
  • 11/15/10 Thomas Skibbe, Knox has been arrested on attempted auto theft and attempted burglary charges
  • 11/14/10 Maulik Shah 603 Anchor Ct., Monticello lost control of his 2006 Toyota passenger vehicle striking a guard rail on SR #23.  Shah admitted to traveling at a high rate of speed causing him to lose control of his vehicle.  Damage estimate $2,500.00 to $5,000.00.
  • 11/13/10 Starke County Police responded to the intersection of SR#23 and US 30 based on a 911 call reporting a male running in and out of traffic screaming at motorists as they drove by.  Shortly thereafter a crashed vehicle was discovered wrecked at the intersection of 500NO. and SR#23.  A vehicle check was issued and the registration came back to a Wade Karl Berg.  A witness nearby reported that as police cars came upon the scene they saw a man running from the crash scene into a nearby woods.  The man has not been located.  The vehicle has been impounded and held for further investigation.
  • 11/10/10 Judy Singleton 3155 No. 900 East, Grovertown reported hearing gunshots being fired near her home and the Starke Co. Police Department  responded arresting Eric Scott of 504 No. Starke St. Hamlet for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana with a prior.

Hamlet Police Department News

  • 11/8/2010 Anthony Cilek, 34, 501 E Oak St Hamlet, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery and Resisting Law Enforcement.
  • 11/9/2010 Joanna Elder, 27, 305 W Pearl St. Hamlet, IN arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a syringe and Possession of Methamphetamines.