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Parents and other adults should not be a party to underage drinking

July 2, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The new social host law went into effect Tuesday, July 1. It is illegal to provide alcohol to minors and now it is illegal to provide a place for them to drink it. During the 2014 legislative session, the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking worked with legislators to pass the social host law, which was part of SB 236, makes it a Class B misdemeanor for adults who knowingly and intentionally provide a place for minors to drink. The offense becomes a Class A misdemeanor if the person has a prior unrelated conviction; and a level six felony if the consumption, ingestion,

Discounted circus tickets still available

June 13, 2014

C&M Circus has become internationally known for quality family entertainment. This authentic one-ring, big top circus has been featured on National Geographic’s Explorer TV series, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Arizona Highways Magazine. It has also been featured on the A&E Special: Under the Big Top and most recently, On the Road with Circus Kids, a Nickelodeon special featured on the Nick News Program.

Details released in Starke murder, carjacking case

June 11, 2014

STARKE Co. — Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff released the details of the case surrounding Gary Chavez and the murder of his estranged wife Kimberly Chavez today (Wednesday, June 11.)
According to the probable cause affidavit, the Starke County Sheriff Department's 911 Dispatch center received a call at approximately 4 p.m. Friday, June 6 from Bryant Wagner, a man who claimed to have been kidnapped in the parking lot at Bailey's Discount Center in North Judson.

Knox man charged with murder, more

June 11, 2014

KNOX — Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff filed a formal charge of murder against Gary W. Chavez, 57, of Knox, for his alleged involvement in the Friday, June 6 slaying of his estranged wife, Kimberly S. Chavez, 50, of Portage, who was discovered dead in Chavez's Knox home last Friday, after an alleged crime spree that involved three carjackings, a hostage situation, and led multiple police departments across four counties ended with Chavez shooting himself after he lost control of the vehicle he was traveling in on I-65 S. in Lake County.

Melody Drive-In hosts Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band live at the drive-in

June 11, 2014

BASS LAKE – Fins up, Parrotheads! Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band are taking to the screen of the Melody Drive-In Theater in Bass Lake Thursday, June 19. Buffett is performing that night at the Coyote Drive-In (Panther Island, Fort Worth, Texas), and the performance will be simultaneously broadcast exclusively to drive-in movie theaters across the country.
Melody Drive-In owner Fred Heise jumped at the chance to offer this first-of-its-kind performance to his loyal customers from Starke and Pulaski Counties and Parrotheads who flock in from other regions as well.

Scheme targeting job seekers claims Indiana address

June 11, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – A company claiming to be located in Greenfield, Ind. gives its potential victims a fictitious address that leads to an empty field and empty promises. The job search scheme targets individuals seeking jobs who have posted their resumes online and then asks for money to be wired to “vendors” for the purchase of work materials. 

Starke prosecutor anticipates handing down charges in Chavez case today

June 10, 2014

KNOX — Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff said he anticipates filing formal charges against Gary Chavez today.
Chavez began a crime spree Friday, June 6, when he drove his personal vehicle to Bailey's Discount Center in North Judson. At Bailey's, he allegedly hijacked a car and its driver at gunpoint, then traveled to English Lake where he allegedly left his hostage and took a vehicle belonging to an English Lake resident.

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