One Vehicle Accident Injures Francesville Resident; Charges Pending

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department officers were called to a single-vehicle accident scene on County Road 500 South near 1600 West in Francesville on Sunday. Kenneth Nuest, 47, of Francesville told police that he was traveling on County Road 500 South when he fell asleep. His vehicle hit some gravel which caused him to wake up. He reportedly was traveling off the roadway on the north side of the road. He attempted to correct the vehicle and told police that he believes that he over-corrected. The vehicle then began to fishtail and the vehicle left the roadway and began to flip and slide.

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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Investigates Fatal Accident

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated a fatal accident yesterday.

Deputy Michelle Jackson told WKVI that Jody Young of Union Mills was driving southbound on State Road 39. She stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with State Road 14 in Pulaski County and continued into the intersection and was struck by a MAC dump truck, driven by Richard Biddle of Lafayette. The truck hit the passenger side of the vehicle as he was traveling eastbound on State Road 14. Sabrina Oberle, 15, a passenger in Young’s vehicle, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Young received minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

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Pulaski County Officers Arrest Winamac Woman on a Heroin Charge

Marla Freeman

Officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Winamac woman on Sunday after police reportedly found heroin in her vehicle on a routine traffic stop on State Road 39 near 600 North.

Pulaski County Prosecutor Stacey Mrak told WKVI that when officers questioned 39-year-old Marla Freeman she said she had allegedly bought the drug while she was in Merrillville. She is facing a preliminary charge of Possession of Heroin. Police initially pulled her over after observing a headlight out on the vehicle.

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Vandalism Reported at Monterey Elementary School

Monterey Elementary School

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department received a vandalism complaint at the Monterey Elementary School on Thursday, June 23rd.

A staff member told police that she noticed paint on the side of the school building. Words were painted on the brick wall and on a window. A small hole was made on the corner of the window but it is unknown if it had been shot or if a rock had hit it. When police investigated, the words were recognized as being associated with gang activity.

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Pulaski County Man Arrested on Intimidation Charges

Officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department were called to 5110 W. and 400 N. regarding an intimidation incident on Thursday.

Keith Powers told police that he was standing outside and he heard dogs barking near his residence and people talking through the woods. Powers said his dogs had begun to run toward the woods and Powers went inside his residence to retrieve a gun. He told police that he shot multiple rounds into the sky. Powers said his dogs return when he fires his weapon. He said he got into his truck and looked for the people in the woods. He found raccoon hunters and told him to stay off his property. Powers said that one of the hunters reached into his truck and Powers said he would defend himself if necessary.

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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Investigates Accidental Shooting

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was called to an accidental shooting on Sunday, June 19th.

Robert Avery, of Winamac, told police that he saw a chipmunk on a woodpile they have by the house and decided he was going to shoot at it. According to police, his girlfriend, Dawn Vanaman, knew he was going to shoot at it but she was trying to keep her kitten from running into the line of fire and instead, Dawn got into the line of fire. Avery reportedly told police that parts of the projectile shot from a rifle hit Dawn in the neck area. Vanaman was airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Vanaman told police that the shooting was an accident. Avery was reportedly drinking the day of the incident.

The reporting officer forwarded the case to the Detective’s Division for further review.

Passed Out Motorists Arrested

Finas Conley
Tyson Matthews

Two Pulaski County residents were arrested after police found them reportedly passed out at the Marathon gas station in Medaryville on Sunday.

Police pulled up to the vehicle that was parked at the pumps.  Officers woke up the occupants, Finas Conley, 43, of Francesville and Tyson Matthews, 21, of Medaryville, and both were incoherent.  Police found a plate with a white powdery substance in Conley’s lap and a silver pill container.  Also found was a straw with a white powdery substance on it and inside it.   The pair were allegedly in illegal possession of prescription medication at the time of the incident and they were in the act of snorting it.  They were detained and taken to the Pulaski County Jail.

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Pulaski County Police Department Investigates Theft

Stephanie Burton

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated a theft from Twice is Nice on Saturday.

The owner, Kristen Ledden, told police that Stephanie Burton, 31, of San Pierre, was in her store and caught Burton placing a pair of shorts into her purse.  Ledden confronted Burton and asked her to remove the item from her purse, give it back to her and leave the store.  Burton sat on a chair outside the store and Ledden called the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

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Thieves Hit Medaryville Marathon Station

A burglary occurred at the Marathon Station in Medaryville on Sunday, June 5th.

The power had gone out in the store late Saturday and the store was forced to close. At approximately 1:30 a.m. ET, an employee drove around the store to check on it and all doors were secured. The store manager arrived at the business about four hours later and discovered the west door had been kicked open. The suspect(s) went into the cash register area and forced open a change box, but no money was reported missing. After a preliminary inventory check, it was found that seven to eight cartons of cigarettes were stolen, seven or eight 24 pack cases of beer were stolen along with an unknown amount of alcohol.

The police continue to investigate this incident. An Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technician was called to investigate the scene. If you know anything about this incident, call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and leave an anonymous tip at (574) 946-6655. The case has been turned over to Pulaski County investigations and the Medaryville Police Department.

Star City Man Arrested on Methamphetamine Related Charges

Nathan VanDerAa

Nathan VanDerAa, 33, of Star City, was arrested in Monterey on Friday, June 3rd, on suspicion of Possession of Methamphetamine.

An officer from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department reportedly saw VanDerAa pass by him and noted that he was speeding on 700 North in the area of 450 East. As the officer was turning around to follow VanDerAa, the officer allegedly saw VanDerAa’s left hand reach out of the driver’s window and let go of a bright white bag. The officer retrieved the bag and it contained a white powdery substance that later field-tested to be positive for methamphetamine.

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Two Injured in Motorcycle Accident in Pulaski County

Officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated a single motorcycle accident on Tuesday, May 31st, near the intersection of 1000 South and 1400 West. The driver of the motorcycle, Kyle Anderson, 23, of Buffalo and his passenger, Joshua Anderson, 21, were traveling westbound on County Road 1000 South when the motorcycle collided with a deer. The motorcycle then struck a concrete culvert and a utility pole. The pair were located in the ditch on the north side of the roadway and were airlifted to South Bend Memorial for their injuries. The extent of their injuries is unknown. Alcohol is not suspected in this case.

Short Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Drug Arrest

A short vehicle pursuit on Sunday, June 5th, lead to the arrest of a suspect on drug charges.

A Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department officer recognized Jeffrey Jacobs, 24, of Winamac, traveling on State Road 14 headed west in his truck. The officer initiated a traffic stop and Jacobs did not stop. Jacobs turned onto Logan Street and continued until heavy traffic forced him to pull over. When Jacobs stopped, he unfastened his seat belt and exited the the door. The officer ordered him to stop. Jacobs did stop and he was placed into custody.

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Winamac Ace Hardware Burglar Arrested

Jeffery Adams

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and Winamac City Police officers have arrested a suspect in burglary incidents at Ace Hardware in Winamac. According to court documents, Jeffery Adams, 36, of Monon, was arrested on May 27th and has been charged with two counts of Burglary and two counts of Theft.

Adams is suspected to have broken into Ace Hardware on multiple occasions and stole XBox systems, 12 iPod devices, three XBox Kinect systems, two PS3 systems, a Wii game console, and a tool set. The stolen items totaled more than $4,000. Adams allegedly broke into the Ace Hardware on March 19th, March 21st and on May 12th. An anonymous tip led to his arrest.

Culver Woman Arrested after Star City Couple Finds her Sleeping on Couch

Kelly Patterson

A Culver woman was arrested on Thursday, May 26th after a Star City couple found an her sleeping on their couch without any pants.

According to the police report, Kelly Patterson told police that she was involved in an accident and started walking until she found a residence. She found that the residence on S. Judson Street in Star City was unlocked so she walked in and went to sleep. Patterson’s pants were found on the back porch of the residence where police found drug paraphernalia and several blister packs containing pseudoephedrine tablets which is a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Police also reportedly found a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine in the couch where she was reportedly sleeping. She was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia and Residential Entry.

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Sheriff’s Memorial Service Today in Pulaski County

The employees of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will be remembering their fallen comrades in a Sheriff’s Memorial service today at Noon ET at the Sheriff’s Department.

Honored will be Sheriff Charles Henry Oglesby, Sheriff Milo “Mike” Lewis and Deputy Sheriff Shadron Kiley “Shad” Bassett. These officers were killed in the line of duty while serving the citizens of Pulaski County.

All are invited to the service.

Two Arrested on Methamphetamine Charges in Pulaski County

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department officers arrested two people, Friday, May 13th, on methamphetamine related charges.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. ET, officers observed a vehicle pull up to a home near Beardstown on U.S. 35. Officers knew that the occupant of the home is in the nursing home and so they stopped and watched the occupants in the vehicle from a distance. After a while, the officers pulled into the driveway to check their story and one occupant fled into a building. At that time, Avery A. Mullins, 28, of Grovertown and Otis T. Young, 30, of Plymouth, were taken into custody. A wanted persons check found that both subjects were wanted on outstanding warrants in Marshall County.

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Pulaski County Dispatchers Recognized during Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Pulaski County dispatchers Back row: Helen Chamness, Lori Sturgell, Susie Hemphill, Patty-Jo Rausch, Carol Crist, Donnetta Conley. Front row: Sheri Gaillard, Connie Haschel, Sue Fox, Laura McIntosh, Michelle Twellman

This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators week and we have been hearing from dispatchers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. Today, Sue Fox, Chief Dispatcher at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, tells us about the dispatchers there.

“We have ten dispatchers and they are all EMD certified for Emergency Medical Dispatching and they will take care of all pre-arrival instructions for a person who calls in needing assistance from 9-1-1,” explained Sue Fox. “We also receive quite a bit of paperwork from the court, whether it be warrants or civil papers, and we process those papers and distribute them to the proper locations.”

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Manhunt in Pulaski County Nets Arrest

An Idaville, Indiana man was arrested after a two day manhunt in Pulaski County.

On Monday, March 28th at 10:09 p.m. ET, Pulaski County Deputy Ryan Austin stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of County Roads 700 West and County Road 500 South. The passenger immediately exited and fled on foot into the darkness. The driver, Jacqueline S. Mayhill, 31, of Monticello, was taken into custody and arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine. The passenger was identified as Charles Douglas Warren, age 47, of Idaville, and was not immediately captured. A manhunt using K-9s was eventually called off at 1:30 a.m.

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