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Mint farmers pleads guilty to dumping pollutants

June 15, 2011

SOUTH BEND — The owner of a Hamlet mint farming operation has pled guilty in federal court to discharging hot water and mint oil into ditches.
The case resulted from the charges of a Koontz Lake man who claimed his dog was burned to death in a ditch near County Road 850 East and Robbins Ditch Road in August, 2010.
Last week, Michael Materna, 56, of Hamlet, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Neuchterlein to charges he knowingly discharged pollutants without a permit, in violation of the Clean Water Act.

Death Notices

June 15, 2011

Mary A. Rubio
May 29, 2011
KNOX — Mary A. Rubio, 80, of Knox, died Sunday, May 29 at IU Health LaPorte Hospital.
She is survived by a large and loving family.
Graveside services were held Thursday, June 2 at 1 p.m. at Eagle Creek Cemetery, Knox. Friends gathered with the family one hour prior to the service. Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel is handling arrangements.
To leave online condolences go to rannellsfuneralhome.com.

Violet C. Bartgen
June 2, 2011
KNOX — Violet C. Bargen, 92, of Knox, died Thursday, June 2 at home.

Police news

June 15, 2011

STAR CITY — Nathan VanDerAa, on probation from Starke County, was arrested Wednesday, June 8 at his home in Star City and faces six felony charges.

Child scares off abductor

June 14, 2011

KNOX — Knox Police are asking the public's help in locating a man who attempted to kidnap a one-year-old toddler on Thursday afternoon June 2.
Amber Howard, of Knox, told Sgt. Harold Smith that her children, a seven-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy, were playing in their back yard on Roosevelt Road when a man jumped the fence and grabbed the toddler out of his stroller.

Ancilla hosts new student orientation

June 8, 2011

Ancilla College to host new student orientation
DONALDSON – Ancilla College will be hosting a new student orientation Tuesday, June 7.
The orientation will begin at noon (EDT) on the Ancilla College campus grounds and is open to all new Ancilla College students and their families.
Students and parents will be able to learn about student activities, athletics, financial aid and safety and security. They can also register for classes and receive new student identification cards and parking passes.

Geisler returns home to perform free concert

June 8, 2011

KNOX — Adrienne Geisler will be performing a stirring, sparkling, and free concert at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Knox on Sunday, July 10 at 3 p.m. She will be ably accompanied on selected pieces by her piano-playing mother Charlene. 
Geisler received her Masters in violin performance in 2009 from the Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, where she also completed her undergraduate work.

Death Notices

June 6, 2011

Anna F. Krick   
May 25, 2011
WALKERTON — Anna Francis Krick, 80, of Walkerton, died Wednesday, May 25 at home, following an illness.
She is survived by her husband, Delbert G. Krick; two daughters: Elizabeth (Daniel) Drotar of Walkerton and Cynthia (Kevin) Stock of Fort Wayne; one son, Frederick (Ana) Krick of Royal Oaks, Mich.; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 28 at 4 p.m., with visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. EDT, at the Walkerton United Methodist Church.
Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Walkerton.
Memorial contributions may be given to the church.

3 people jailed in meth bust

June 3, 2011

KNOX — Three people were booked into the Starke County Jail after police discovered an active meth lab in their hotel room at the Super Value Inn on Ind. 35 in Knox on Thursday night. In custody are Michael Dalton, 50, Denise Dalton, 45, and Todd Dalton, 21.
The Daltons are all being held under the same charges: Manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemical reagents, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.
Officer Dave Combs said this is the second meth related bust in the last week.
(See next week's edition of The Leader for the full story).

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend

May 27, 2011

The Leader would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday weekend.
And during the course of your festivities and fun, take a moment to thank a vet, remember a family who has lost a loved one to war; and offer up a prayer of safety for all of our young men and women who are currently fighting for our right to observe holidays such as this one.

Dog tax approved by Council

May 27, 2011

The Starke County Council has approved the County Option Dog Tax, which requires all dog owners to pay a $5 tax to get a permit for their dog. This tax was put in place to cut down on the number of stray dogs running around, as well as to help cover costs of the dog catcher and pay bills to the Humane Society that are currently outstanding.

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PLYMOUTH – Plymouth Post 27’s appearance in the regional was short-lived. On Thursday, Bristol...
PLYMOUTH — It’s a theme that’s become all too familiar for Plymouth Post 27. The Diamond Spyders’...
PLYMOUTH — Due to the early holiday deadline, Plymouth Post 27’s Patriot Tournament opener with...

 

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