The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the sentence issued by Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall in the case of Jan Dollahan, Jr.Continue reading
Three people were sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Tuesday morning per the terms of their plea agreements negotiated between the State and Defense Attorney Richard Ballard.Continue reading
Ten Starke County representatives attended a training session at Indiana University’s South Bend campus this week on how to respond to mental health disorders, and substance abuse in the effort to combat opioid addiction.Continue reading
The Indiana Court of Appeals upholds the sentence imposed during a hearing in the case of North Judson resident Matthew Schutz.Continue reading
The third floor of the Starke County Courthouse may get a new look if funds can be provided for remodeling efforts.Continue reading
Several defendants were sentenced in court in Starke County last week.Continue reading
The Starke County Election Board has issued a revision of its early voting hours ahead of next month’s municipal primary. In-person absentee voting will take place this afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00. Early voting continues next week, Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.Continue reading
The Starke County Park Board welcomed two new members Tuesday. Attorney Richard Ballard was appointed to the board by Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall, following the resignation of Roger Chaffins. Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler had been appointed by the county council back in January, replacing Debbie Mix. Ballard and Ritzler both took their seats on the park board for the first time Tuesday, during the board’s first official meeting since last September.Continue reading
A man accused of rape in an incident at a Culver residence on July 3, 2017 was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Wednesday morning.Continue reading
A North Judson man was sentenced in three different felony cases in Starke Circuit Court Thursday morning.Continue reading
In an unprecedented ceremony, Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall invited all elected officials, regardless of party, to be sworn into office Wednesday evening.
Judge Hall mentioned that while serving in his position at the Starke County Courthouse for more than three decades, he’s never witnessed a swearing-in ceremony where democrats and republicans were recognized simultaneously. Continue reading
The sentencing hearing for child molesting suspect 34-year-old Adam Fritz was delayed in Starke Circuit Court after a proposed plea agreement was filed the day of the hearing.
Edward Blackburn has been given the maximum allowable sentence of 65 years in prison for the murder of Cord Colgrove. During Friday’s sentencing hearing, Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall noted a number of aggravating factors, including a criminal history with multiple felonies and misdemeanors. Hall also pointed out that Blackburn was on probation for a felony count of wire fraud, and as part of that, was legally barred from owning a firearm, when he shot and killed Colgrove in March of 2017.
A Walkerton woman was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court on Tuesday morning on a Level 5 Felony charge of attempted trafficking with an inmate.
A North Judson man was sentenced Wednesday morning after being found guilty on a charge of murder in a jury trial in Starke Circuit Court.
A Starke County man found guilty of domestic battery has had his prison sentence affirmed by an appellate court. David Spohn had appealed the two-and-a-half-year sentence given by Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall, arguing that it was “inappropriate in light of his character and the nature of the offense.”
A pre-trial motions and instructions hearing was held in Starke Circuit Court on Friday ahead of a murder trial set to begin on Monday morning.
Combating Indiana’s opioid crisis was the goal of a summit this week in Indianapolis. Hundreds of criminal justice leaders from around the state took part in the event, including Starke County Court Services Director Shawn Mattraw. Continue reading
A plea agreement accepted by Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall will send a drug dealer to prison.
A sentencing hearing held Wednesday morning for a man found guilty by a jury on charges of criminal recklessness and invasion of privacy was continued in Starke Circuit Court.