Mayor Chambers Voices Concerns over SWAT Mutual Aid Agreement

City_of_Knox_LogoKnox Mayor Rick Chambers told the Knox City Council members last week about some concerns he has with a proposed SWAT mutual aid agreement between Knox City Police Department officer Chad Dulin and Pulaski County.

Chambers noted that SWAT is a worthwhile program and would be great training for the rest of the city officers. It would also benefit to the community when there is a need. However, Mayor Chambers does have concerns with personnel availability and shift coverage if Dulin is called to active assignment.  He’s working on those issues before an agreement is brought before the council for final approval.

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Hanley “Warren” Chapman to be Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Hanley Warren Chapman
Hanley Warren Chapman
A North Judson man who prompted a call to the SWAT team in August will be sentenced in Starke Circuit Court this morning.

Hanley “Warren” Chapman was arrested in August on charges of Criminal Recklessness as a Class C Felony and Resisting Law Enforcement as a Class D Felony. Chapman’s stepson called police after Chapman reportedly fired three shots into the floor in his home in his brother-in-law’s presence. The Pulaski County SWAT Team was called to respond to the home and attempted to get him out of the home to no avail.

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SWAT Team Called Into Action For Pulaski County Arrest

A Pulaski County man was arrested Sunday after being sought on charges in an arrest warrant.

An anonymous tip was called into the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department that Joshua Thomas Wolfe, 27, was at a residence in Ripley. Tips had also been called into the Sheriff’s Department reporting Wolfe was armed with a pistol.

Four members of the sheriff’s SWAT team surrounded the house and, after numerous attempts to get Wolfe out of the home by using the public address system, the officers began to move toward the home with the intent to enter and take Wolfe into custody. Wolfe then exited the home and surrendered without incident.

Wolfe was being sought on charges of Revocation of Probation for Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, Dealing in Methamphetamine and other charges in surrounding counties. He remains in the Pulaski County Jail.

Brooke’s Trial Continues, Defense Calls Character Witnesses

John Brooke

The trial of John Brooke continued Wednesday morning in Starke Circuit Court. The Prosecution called its first witness of the day to the stand: Starke County Detective Ron Lawson. Lawson testified that he had been called to a shooting incident on Summerholme Drive at Bass Lake and received a briefing from officers on the scene. He also said that he had interviewed John Brooke on three separate interviews to correct or understand discrepancies between interviews with Brooke, Michael Drogosz, and Kimberly Hitchens, who were also involved in the incident.

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Top 10 Stories of 2010; Story #1

Michael Drogosz

For the past two weeks, we have been scrolling down the top 10 stories of the year 2010. Here is the top story of 2010:

It was like a shootout from the wild-west. On February 15th, two Starke County officers tried to serve a felony warrant on Michael Drogosz at Bass Lake.

After he failed to come out, officers called for a SWAT team. Before those officers could arrive, officers Don Ferguson and Bill Dulin took fire from inside the residence. With bullets whizzing too close for comfort, the officers fired back in self defense.

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Two Arrested on Methamphetamine Charges

North Judson Police Department

Police responded to an anonymous drug tip on Saturday afternoon that resulted in several felony arrests. Police arrived at 5880 W. 500 S. in North Judson where the home owner refused to allow police into the residence. After police left, a vehicle left the residence and passed the police. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and Mat Anderson from the North Judson Police Department attempted to perform a traffic stop but a short pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, items were thrown out of the vehicle. The items were located and taken into custody. The driver, Stephen Adrian Braasch, 28, of Argos, was arrested.

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