Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office and officials with the Drug and Tobacco Free Starke County organization took in several pounds of unwanted, unused or expired medication as part of the recent Drug Take Back Event.
Tomorrow begins the week-long recognition and celebration of the efforts of Public Safety Telecommunicators, or emergency dispatchers.
A Winamac man was arrested late Saturday night after officers allegedly found several one-pot meth labs inside the residence.
Autopsy results in a double homicide investigation in Pulaski County have been released.
Three people were arrested on drug charges that stemmed from a traffic stop in Pulaski County on Saturday.
A Winamac Police officer pulled over a vehicle for speeding and the K9 officer was called to the location of the traffic stop. The K9 reportedly alerted to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle. In a subsequent search of the vehicle, methamphetamine and marijuana were found along with drug paraphernalia. Kim Baker, 60, of Winamac, was placed into custody and taken to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department for questioning.
One man was arrested in an alleged stabbing incident that occurred at a Winamac home on Sunday evening.
According to Pulaski County Sheriff Jeff Richwine, Robert Rowe reportedly stabbed the male victim while the victim was laying down in a bedroom at a home in the 2500 block of N. 175 E. The pair was allegedly arguing prior to the incident. Police say the victim was stabbed with a kitchen knife and sustained lacerations to his chest and left side. He was taken to the hospital and later airlifted to another facility. The depth of the cuts is not known.
A Westville, Indiana man was arrested late Sunday night after leading Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit that ended in Fulton County.
Pulaski County Sheriff Jeff Richwine told WKVI News that 32-year-old Johnny Mullens was on a resident’s property when shots were heard. As Pulaski County officers responded, they found Mullens driving in the vehicle that was described as the one being at the residence on 400 East in Winamac.
On Friday, Indiana State Police were called to Pulaski County to investigate a suspected double homicide.
According to ISP representatives, evidence from the investigation lead to the arrest of 32-year-old Ross Stacy, of Winamac, the morning of Saturday, March 10th. Ross Stacy is being held in the Pulaski County Jail and has been formally charged with Murder. Continue reading
Though the rain has stopped for now, there are still several roads in Starke and Pulaski Counties that are closed due to flooding and high water.
Starke County High Way Superintendent Rik Ritzler warns drivers that it is imperative to refrain from driving down the flooded area of a roadway. He said those roads are closed for a reason, and if you get stuck your rescue could divert resources that may be needed elsewhere.
He added that Starke County is on an orange “Watch” level travel alert due to flooding. He explained that a “Watch” means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. Continue reading
In the wake of last week’s school shooting in Florida, local school superintendents are taking steps to reassure parents and students. West Central Superintendent Don Street issued a letter to the local community Monday.
Detectives and officers with the Knox City Police Department are still investigating the disappearance of 37-year-old Barbara McCurdy, of Knox.
Barb McCurdy was reportedly last seen Sunday, January 14th wearing a pink Carhartt-style jacket and blue jeans. Police believe she was driving a black 2006 Chevy Cobalt with an Indiana license plate number of CK3142.
Knox Police Chief Harold Smith she’s been missing for about two weeks and, as far as they know, no family or friends have had any contact with her. He reported that during their investigation, the Knox Police Department has been coordinating with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Indiana State Police. Continue reading
Four people were arrested on drug related charges after a traffic stop on Friday afternoon in the area of State Road 14 and County Road 100 W. in Pulaski County.
According to the arrest information, Ray Clemans, 60, of San Pierre, was arrested on a preliminary felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance, and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Opioid-antidote Narcan is having an impact on the number of overdose deaths. According to the Indiana State Department of Health’s winter newsletter, the rate of unintentional drug poisoning deaths increased by nearly 900 percent from 1999 to 2015. In 2016, over 1,800 Hoosiers died from drug poisoning, mainly from opioids.
Pulaski County is moving ahead with upgrades to its data backup system. The county commissioners voted Monday to buy a new Unitrends backup device. That involves an up-front cost of $25,000 for the device itself, plus $6,900 a year for support.
Pulaski County has fired its emergency medical services director, over concerns that she used county money on personal expenses. The county commissioners voted unanimously Monday to terminate the employment of Nikki Lowry, effective immediately.
The employment of Winamac High School Basketball Coach Kyle Johnson is expected to be discussed when the Eastern Pulaski School Board meets in special session tonight. The board has been investigating Johnson, following an alleged altercation with Pulaski County Police last month.
Overtime costs continue to add up for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Last week, the county council approved the transfer of $11,200 into the Chief Sergeant and Deputy Overtime budget from various line items, at the request of Sheriff Jeff Richwine. Continue reading
The Winamac Police Department will be welcoming a new reserve officer onto their force following a decision made by the Winamac Town Council on Wednesday night. Town Marshal Michael Buchanan came before the council requesting permission to add Alec Berger to the Winamac Police Department as a non-paid reserve officer. Buchanan explained that Berger currently works as a reserve officer for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office but he recently expressed interest in working for the Winamac Police Department.
Buchanan provided a nice recommendation for Berger, and though he said he wouldn’t be going out on calls by himself, he feels adding him would benefit the force. Continue reading
The Pulaski County Council met in special session Wednesday to cut $338,000 from its 2018 budget proposal. As part of that effort, county employees who were set to get a two-percent raise would now only get a one-percent increase, based on Wednesday’s discussion. That’s expected to save the county about $45,000 in next year’s budget.