Many area K-9 officers and their four legged partners were busy this week in LaGrange County.
On Friday November 15th, the 4th Annual Sheriff’s Reserve and K9 fundraiser at the LaGrange County Fairgrounds hosted a K-9 demonstration for approximately two-hundred adults and children. In attendance at this demonstration were Corporal Emelander and his partner “Tyson”, Deputy Knisley and his partner “Kayla”, and Marshal Ryan Kauffman and his partner “Titan”. The master of ceremonies for the demonstration was K-9 handler Michael Carroll of the Indiana State Police. The fundraiser helped to raise nearly $5,000 dollars for the Sheriff’s Reserves and K9.
On Thursday November 21st at approximately 1:00 p.m. at the request of the school, K-9 Handlers Emelander and Knisley and their K9 partners were assisted by K-9 handlers from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, Noble County Sheriff’s Department, the Angola Police Department, Ligonier Police Department, and the Millersburg Police Department for a drug sniff of lockers and vehicles at the Prairie Heights High School.
As a result of this event one adult student, Kirby Joe Osborn, 18, of Stroh, was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Also on Thursday November 21st at approximately 3:30 p.m. Deputy Knisley and K-9 “Kayla” were special guests for the Prairie Heights Elementary School after school program that is sponsored by LaGrange County Youth Center (LCYC). Approximately seventeen students were treated to a K-9 demonstration, talked to about illegal drugs, and were able to spend time with K-9 “Kayla”.
On Friday November 22nd at approximately 2:00 p.m. at the request of the school, Deputy Knisley and his K9 partner “Kayla” were assisted by K-9 handlers from the Topeka Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, Ligonier Police Department, and the Angola City Police Department for a drug sniff of lockers and vehicles at Westview High School.
As a result of this event one adult student, Steven James Bussie, 18, of Topeka, was arrested for possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.
Also on Friday November 21st at approximately 2:00 p.m. Corporal Emelander of the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department and his K-9 partner Tyson were at the Prairie Heights Elementary School for the 2013 Health and Safety Day sponsored by Parkview Hospital, Red Cross of LaGrange, and the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department. While at this event Corporal Emelander and his partner gave a K-9 demonstration to approximately 80 4th grade students and talked to them about illegal drugs.
The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department remains committed to working with LaGrange County Schools to help deter drug use and possession in our schools. We would also like to thank all of the agencies that assisted us with this busy week for K-9’s in our county.
Any area group or school that would like to request a visit from our K-9’s is asked to contact Sheriff Terry Martin or Chief Deputy Jeff Campos at 260-463-7491.