The Pulaski County Coroner’s Office continues to explore the possibility of charging for copies of certain reports. Coroner John Behny and Chief Deputy Jon Frain presented a few fee collection options to the county council and commissioners last week. “We’re talking about the autopsy report, the toxicology report, the coroner’s summary, or the coroner’s verdict,” Frain explained. Continue reading
The Pulaski County coroner will soon have a dedicated morgue and office. The county council and commissioners voted Monday to purchase the former Winamac Masonic Lodge at 108 North Franklin Street for $50,000.
A set of written guidelines on Pulaski County’s pay structure are expected to be approved during tonight’s county council meeting. An 11-page draft document was presented to council members last month, and department heads were given a chance to offer input. The guidelines are designed to clarify a number of issues, including the pay rate for part-time employees and the process of amending the pay structure going forward.
The investigation into the disappearance and death of 37-year-old Knox resident Barbara McCurdy continues.
Pulaski County Coroner John Behny reports that toxicology and autopsy tests have been conducted and the results are in. However, an official ruling for the cause and manner of death is pending the completion of the investigation. Continue reading
Ever since 37-year-old Knox resident, Barbara McCurdy was discovered deceased over a month ago in Winamac, the Pulaski County Coroner has continuously been coordinating with a number of law enforcement agencies to work on her death investigation.
Pulaski County Coroner John Behny mentioned that this is a top priority case. He said the Coroner’s Office continues to work in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, the Knox and Winamac Police Departments, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Starke County and Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Offices, collecting pertinent information related to the case.
According, to Coroner Behny the official cause and manner of death are still pending. Continue reading
Local officials continue to investigate the death of 37-year-old Knox resident Barbara McCurdy.
A missing person report was filed for McCurdy on January 20th. She was reportedly last seen in Knox on January 14th, driving a black 2006 Chevy Cobalt. She was found deceased in her vehicle at Braun Chevrolet in Winamac on Friday, February 2nd. Continue reading
The races are set for May’s primary elections. In Starke County, one hotly-contested office is county clerk. Current auditor Kay Chaffins is challenging incumbent Vicki Cooley for the Democratic party nomination. The winner would presumably face Republican Bernadette Welter-Manuel in November’s general election.
Pulaski County is joining hundreds of other government entities in a class action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors. Last week, the county commissioners approved a contract with Indianapolis law firm Cohen and Malad.
Information about the cause of Barb McCurdy’s death is pending with the Pulaski County Coroner’s office.
Coroner John Behny reports that the only preliminary information available at this time is that she has been positively identified and the next of kin has been notified. The length of time she has been deceased and the cause of her death will be established from toxicology and autopsy results. Continue reading
The number of contested races is starting to add up, heading into the May primary. Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin has filed to run for reelection this year. At this point, the incumbent Democrat faces a challenge from Republican Thomas Decola.
Pulaski County Coroner John Behny has released the name of the victim who died in an apparent stabbing and shooting incident in Medaryville on Tuesday afternoon.
Behny says 41-year-old Kenneth Ray Henry was pronounced dead at a home in the 200 block of S. Maldron. The coroner said the determination of a cause and manner of death is still pending. The results of the autopsy conducted on Wednesday and toxicology tests will assist in making a ruling in Henry’s death.
Pulaski County Coroner’s staff say they aren’t getting paid what they’re owed by the county. Under the county’s pay structure, Coroner John Behny and Chief Deputy Jon Frain each receive an annual salary, plus additional money for each call they respond to. But how much they’re supposed to get per call was a topic of debate during Monday’s county council meeting.
The Pulaski County Coroner could soon have an office more suitable to meeting with grieving family members. Continue reading