More Than 25 People Arrested in Multi-Agency Enforcement on Tippecanoe River

Nearly thirty individuals were taken into the custody after concerns from Pulaski County residents prompted a multi-officer patrol on the Tippecanoe River on Saturday.

Authorities report that Indiana DNR Conservation Officers conducted a patrol on the river on August 31st in response to citizen complaints that included excessive littering and other suspected criminal activity. Some of those issues were addressed during a previous Winamac Town Council meeting.

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Pulaski County Council Takes Steps to Make Donation Funds Available for EMS Department’s Use

After a couple left almost $30,000 to the Pulaski County EMS Department in their will, county officials are now taking steps to allow that money to be used. EMS Director Bryan Corn asked the county council this month to formally incorporate that money into his budget. “Just a little over a month ago, I believe, we received a check,” he explained. “It was a donation from the estate of a Henry and Alice Mooi. That total comes out to $29,901.71. That is strictly to be used for the EMS Department only, and that is strictly to be used for equipment for the EMS Department.”

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Winamac Town Council Establishes Fund for Mooi Family’s Police Department Donation

The Winamac Town Council was tasked with creating a fund for the generous posthumous donation from Hank and Alice Mooi when members met Monday night.

Clerk-Treasurer Melanie Berger reminded the council that the police department received approximately $29,900 from the Mooi Trust and explained that since it was a bequest from a trust, a new fund has to be created.

Berger noted that one of the stipulations is that the money can only be spent on equipment.
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Winamac Police Officer Commended, Town Council Weighs in on Decal Decision

A Winamac Police Officer was commended during Monday night’s town council meeting.

During Town Marshal Mark Hoffman’s report, he noted that since school is back in session, they’ve increased patrols around there, specifically when students are getting on and off the busses. Councilwoman Judy Heater commented on the performance of Officer Brian Gaillard. Continue reading

Investigation into the Death of Missing Knox Woman Continues

The six-month long investigation into the death of 37-year-old Knox resident Barbara McCurdy continues.

As previously reported, McCurdy was initially reported missing on January 20th. The report indicated she was last seen last in Knox on January 14th, driving her black 2006 Chevy Cobalt. A missing person investigation ensued and McCurdy was eventually found deceased in her vehicle at a Winamac car dealership on February 2nd.

The Pulaski County Coroner’s ruling for the cause of death will be kept confidential while the death investigation remains ongoing. Continue reading

Winamac Town Marshall Mark Hoffman Addresses Recent Projects at the Department

Winamac Town Marshal Mark Hoffman has been quite busy since he took over for Mike Buchanan, whose retirement officially went into effect on July 1st.

Hoffman has been shadowing Buchanan over the last few months since his retirement was announced in February. Marshal Hoffman told town council members on Monday that there were a few projects that he wanted to get taken care of that have been completed. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Considers Adding More Reserve Officers to Police Force

First Sergeant Mark Hoffman with the Winamac Police Department submitted a request to add more officers to the Reserve Program during last Monday’s town council meeting.

Sergeant Hoffman explained that a few people who work for the Police Department are looking to switch positions.

“We recently had three jailers express interest in being reserves.” Hoffman went on, “I would like the board’s permission to move forward with them. It will cost the town $100 per person for insurance and probably another $100 [each] to get them outfitted.” Continue reading