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Strong storms moving into area and surrounding counties

August 25, 2014

STARKE Co. — Strong thunderstorms moving toward Cass, extreme northwestern St. Joseph, southern Berrien, northwestern Marshall, La Porte, St. Joseph northwestern Elkhart and northern Starke counties.
At 3:20 p.m. EDT, the National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a line of strong thunderstorms from near Dowagiac Mich to La Porte moving east at 20 mph.

Murder suspect appears in Starke Court

August 25, 2014

STARKE Co. — A man accused of bludgeoning his estranged wife to death, kidnapping, carjacking and leading police on a high-speed chase across several counties was in Starke County Circuit Court Monday, Aug. 25. Gary W. Chavez, 57, of Knox, is charged with one count of murder for the death of Kimberly Chavez, of Portage, one count of kidnapping, as a Class A felony, and one count of carjacking, as a Class B Felony.

Governor declares Aug. 24-30 rail safety week

August 24, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Mike Pence declared Aug. 24 through Aug. 30 as Indiana Rail Safety Week. Indiana Operation Lifesaver, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Transportation, local law enforcement and railroad companies have partnered together to raise public awareness about the dangers of disregarding railroad crossings laws and trespassing on railroad property.

County firefighters respond to needs in New Carlisle

August 21, 2014

STARKE COUNTY — When a fellow firefighter is killed or injured in the line of duty, all firefighters are affected and they immediately respond. Such was the case when New Carlisle Assistant Chief Jamie Middlebrook was killed when a roof fell in as he was fighting a fire.
Members of the Starke County Association of Firefighters assisted before, during and after the funeral on Aug. 11. Knox-Center Township Fire Chief Kenny Pfost spoke of the experience at the recent Knox City Council meeting.

Fundraisers still allowed in parking lots

August 20, 2014

KNOX — Rumors have been floating around Knox that fundraisers, such as port-a-pit barbecues, are no longer allowed in parking lots in the City. “We’ve received some calls about it, but that is not true,” said Mayor Rick Chambers.
The rumors are supposedly based upon a recently passed City ordinance on outdoor sales, displays and storage, however the ordinance includes business operations only. The restrictions and regulations apply only to activities associated with the principal business operating on the property.

Free hearing screening

August 20, 2014

LA PORTE — The IU Health La Porte Hospital mobile health clinic will offer a free hearing screening from 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 21 in La Porte.
The screening is for individuals ages 5 and older who would like to identify if they have hearing loss. It involves listening to a series of tones and sounds through comfortable headphones, and responding to the sounds when prompted. Screening takes about five minutes, and information will be available to those who need additional diagnostic follow-up for a potential hearing problem. Pre-registration is required by calling 219-325-7648.

Low-income consumers in CenturyLink service areas may qualify for telephone and high-speed Internet assistance programs

August 15, 2014

WARSAW – CenturyLink, Inc. is spreading the word about low-income assistance programs that help qualifying consumers obtain reduced-price voice and high-speed Internet services.

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