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Millford TX, Entire Town Evacuated Due to Gas Explosion

14 Nov

by Ken Davidson

 

The Gazette has just received breaking news of a major gas line explosion in Millford,Texas.  The entire town has been ordered evacuated.  The Gazette is obtaining more information and will update this report shortly.

Knox Man Faces Add'l Child Molestation Charges

21 Oct

Gazette Staff

child molestation charges filed

knox, indiana man faces additional child molestation charges

LaPorte/Pulaski Counties-On August 6th, 2013, Indiana State Police Detective Chris Campione received information concerning sexual misconduct involving a fifteen year old female.

During the investigation, state police detectives were able to determine that the sexual misconduct had been taking place since July 2012. The fifteen year old at the time was living in Michigan City when it began. Keith Thatcher, 36 of Knox, Indiana was arrested on September 3, 2013 and taken to Starke County Jail and charged with Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, Class B Felony. He was eventually extradited to LaPorte County.

Further investigation revealed when the victim’s family moved to Medaryville in Pulaski County in September 2012, Thatcher started molesting and had sexual misconduct with the eight year old sister of the fifteen year victim. This continued until July 2013.

Thatcher was served a warrant issued by the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office Wednesday, October 16, 2013, while incarcerated at the LaPorte County Jail.

Charges: Child Molestation, Class A Felony
Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, Class B Felony

Thatcher was a family acquaintance at the time.

Thatcher will eventually be extradited to Pulaski County.

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Indiana State Police Launch Public Website Displaying School Bus Inspection Records

22 Jul

 

Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana State Police, in accordance with state law, conduct inspections of all school buses used to transport children to public and private schools. All buses are inspected annually. Buses more than 12 model years old are inspected biannually. 

While school bus inspection reports are a public record, historically there was not a simple way for parents, school officials, or the public in general to view the thousands of inspection reports prepared by state police personnel each school year. To make school bus records more accessible the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, in collaboration with the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT), and Indiana Interactive, a subsidiary of e-government provider NIC USA, developed a public access portal website where school bus inspection records can be viewed from the comfort of a parents’ home computer. 

The all encompassing goal of this public access portal website is to provide parents, school officials, and the public in general, an easy to navigate website with up-to-date school bus inspection information. To that end, other website owners are invited to make a direct link to the Indiana State Police school bus inspection public access portal website. 

The public access portal website became operational on July 1, 2013. The website contains records from more than 30,000 inspections and will automatically update within days after future school bus inspections are conducted. 

Access to this new service can be made in several ways: 
Visit this Indiana State Police website link at http://www.in.gov/isp/2988.htm. Read the introduction information and then click this link:https://secure.in.gov/ISP/BusInspections/Public/Index

Front Porch Music Festival Aug 4 in Valparaiso

9 Jul

Front Porch Music Festival
Central Park Plaza
Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Sunday, August 4th
3:00 PM – 10:00 PM

CRAWPUPPIES
HEAD HONCHOS
FREEK JOHNSON
THE UNIT
CHRIS AND LOU BAND
SHADES OF GRAY
MAMI MATSUDA
JOHN DERADO
RONN BARANY
CAPT. AMBIVALENT
A DAY NINE
GARAGE BAND STUDENTS

SPECIAL GUESTS: MIKE FERRI, NICK BYRD, EJ KETCHEM, BETH NEWMAN and many more!!

ART, FOOD, BEER GARDEN, ICE CREAM, KIDS ACTIVITIES, GIVEAWAYS, GUITAR RAFFLES

ALL AGES

$10 Minimum Donation
$5 for Kids under 12

http://www.FrontPorchMusic.com

Advance Tickets on Sale at Front Porch Music 505 E. Lincolnway Valparaiso
#frontporch
#crawpuppies

Porter County Fair Features Hunter Hayes

8 Jul

The Porter County Fair begins from July 18 and provides non-stop family fun until July 27, 2013.  He apparently is Wanted because tickets for Hunter Hayes at the Porter County Fair are sold out. (Sources tell me they may be available online at a premium.) Hunter Hayes is the headliner to to this family fun fest but additional features include rides, 4-H exhibits and awards, family fun and music.  .  For more information you can go to The Porter County Fair website.