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Carter trial begins: Prosecutor says charge is theft, defense says conversion

February 21, 2013

KNOX — Jennie Carter’s trial for theft, a Class D felony, began Wednesday in the Starke County Circuit Court with Judge Kim Hall presiding, and will continue at 1 p.m. Monday. The trial, originally slated as a jury trial, was changed to a bench trial during pretrial motions held Tuesday, Feb. 19. The charge is based on a $7,748.40 check from the Starke County Tourism account that allegedly was written by Carter, who was then a member of the tourism board, and used for her personal expenses.

Bond denied for woman accused of Knox murder

February 15, 2013

STARKE — Kathleen Holt, 51, of Knox, was officially charged Friday for the Feb. 13 murder of Ron Worker, 46. Appearing before Judge Kim Hall in Starke Circuit Court, Holt was unemotional as Judge Hall read the charges – “count one of murder by a handgun shot to the chest resulting in death,” which carries a 45- to 55-year sentence. She plead not guilty.

Man dead from gunshot, female in custody

February 13, 2013

STARKE — Police have jailed a Starke County woman, Kathleen Holt, 51, for the Feb. 13 shooting death of her boyfriend, Ron Worker, 46.
The incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at 1740 S. 550 E. in Knox.
Starke County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene after Holt reportedly phoned 911 to say that she had shot Worker.

Judge rules against BZA costs county more than 15k

February 13, 2013

STARKE — The issue of a structure, which has caused great controversy in rural Grovertown, owned by Walter and Julia Ford (AKA Julia Povalaitis) was ruled on by Patrick Blankenship, a special judge for Starke Circuit Court Jan. 22.

Counterfeit coats land 2 in Starke Jail

February 13, 2013

KNOX — Kent Schumm and Benjamin Schaab, of Fort Wayne, were arrested on a preliminary charge of forgery after pedaling design impostor coats at the Knox Beauty College Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Several women purchased the coats, which were said to be from The North Face Inc's product line, during the men's first trip into the shop.
The North Face Inc. is an outdoor product company that sells their products all over the world. North Face jackets can cost hundreds of dollars.

Knox school board discusses Palmer Wing resolution

February 6, 2013

KNOX — The Knox Community School Board met to discuss a resolution to place a question on the ballot regarding a proposed project on the Palmer Wing at the elementary school.

State health officials investigating case of Typhoid Fever

February 6, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS—State health officials announced today a positive case of typhoid fever in a food handler at Purdue University. Local health officials and Purdue University are working with the Indiana State Department of Health to investigate the case and assess the risk to the public. 

Indiana tax season opens

January 29, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Revenue (and the IRS) will open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns Jan. 30. The Indiana Department of Revenue encourages taxpayers to electronically file their federal and state return and take advantage of the new Automatic Tax Refund credit available to Hoosiers. The department also will extend its customer service hours to accommodate taxpayer needs. 

Candy manufacturer grows production in La Porte County

January 29, 2013

LAPORTE — American Licorice Company, a candy and licorice manufacturer, announced plans last week to expand its operations, creating up to 35 new jobs by 2015.
The Bend, Ore.-headquartered company will invest approximately $10 million to equip and renovate its 285,000 square-foot facility at 1900 Whirlpool Drive. The expansion, which will include the installation of a licorice production line and the addition of a rail spur to allow the company to receive ingredients by rail, is expected to be operational by 2015.

Knox inducts 5 into athletic hall of fame

January 29, 2013

Knox Community High School inducted five former students into the athletic Hall of Fame Saturday night.  
Hall of Fame's newest members are from left: John Kusturin (1985 graduate), Larry Dust (1967 graduate), Oris Fine's award was accepted by his two sons: Scott and Ralph (1960 graduate), Jeremy Crittendon (1992 graduate) and Nichol (Mann) Altman (2000 graduate).  
See this week's Leader for athletic profiles on each inductee.

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