Knox Board of Works Approves Hiring Recommendation from City Police Chief

The Knox Board of Works considered a hiring recommendation from City Police Chief Harold Smith when they met Wednesday morning.

Chief Smith reminded the board that Knox PD had to fill a position that came open when Officer Daniel Byrd resigned from the force to pursue a different job opportunity. Smith said they looked over the applications that were submitted during their most recent hiring process and found a suitable candidate. Continue reading

Investigation into the Death of Missing Knox Woman Continues

The six-month long investigation into the death of 37-year-old Knox resident Barbara McCurdy continues.

As previously reported, McCurdy was initially reported missing on January 20th. The report indicated she was last seen last in Knox on January 14th, driving her black 2006 Chevy Cobalt. A missing person investigation ensued and McCurdy was eventually found deceased in her vehicle at a Winamac car dealership on February 2nd.

The Pulaski County Coroner’s ruling for the cause of death will be kept confidential while the death investigation remains ongoing. Continue reading

Knox Police Department Responds to Reported Theft at Zingo Express on Monday

Both Nichole and Adam Hardy face multiple charges after being linked to a theft at Zingo Express that was reported earlier this week.

On Monday, June 18th, Knox PD received a dispatch call from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office, requesting that an officer respond to the Zingo Express on Heaton Street in regards to an employee wanting to file a report about a stolen bank bag. Continue reading

Knox Man Reportedly Spotted Defacing Campaign Sign Faces 10 Counts of Criminal Mischief

A Knox Man has been charged with 10 counts of criminal mischief and one count of reckless driving after he was reportedly spotted vandalizing a campaign sign Saturday afternoon.

According to a press release issued by the Knox City Police Department, shortly before 1:50 p.m. on April 14th, Knox Police Chief Harold Smith was traveling north bound in his personal  vehicle on Highway 35 just north of 200 S. As he was coming into Knox, he observed a vehicle parked on the west side of the highway. Continue reading

Police, Fire and Medical Units Respond to a Two-Vehicle Accident on U.S. 35 and 400 N

The Starke County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center confirmed that they received a call about a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 35 and 400 N at 6:17 p.m.

Officers from the Hamlet and Knox Police Departments also responded to the accident, along with members of the Knox and Hamlet Fire Departments. Dispatch reported that all medical units and two helicopters were also sent to the scene. Injuries were reported, however, the number of individuals involved and the severity of said injuries are not currently known.  Continue reading

Starke County Law-Enforcement Agencies Join State-Wide Initiative

For the first time in awhile, the law-enforcement agencies of Starke County are joining the state-wide Operation Pull Over campaign. The initiative started on Friday and will run through December 3rd. During this time, there will be increased patrols where officers will be on the look out for motorists violating the seat belt and impaired driving laws.

North Judson Town Marshall Kelly Fisher said her officers will be joining members of the Hamlet and Knox Police Departments as well as the Starke County Sheriff’s Office with the operation. She said it’s important to have this blitz at this time of the year since more people are out on the road visiting friends and family for the holidays.

One bit of advice she had for motorists was to have a designated driver if they plan to be attending a party where they’ll be drinking. She explained the procedure of what happens when an officer has probable cause to pull a vehicle over for driving under the influence. Continue reading

Knox Police Department Taser Fundraiser Less Than $400 Away from Goal

The Knox Police Department has been seeking funds for taser replacement. At the Knox City Council meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Dennis Estok announced that the goal of $6,000 has nearly been reached.

Police Chief Harold Smith has said in the past that the tasers that are currently available to the department are more than 14 years old and in a state beyond repair. Due to budget restrictions, the Knox PD asked for community assistance to replace the tasers. They had a crowd-funding account where people could donate online and they also received check and cash donations. Continue reading