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Domestic disturbance call results in K9 track


The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department received a call regarding verbal domestic disturbance in the area of CR 900E and SR 120. The subjects were in a vehicle and a passerby stopped and called 911.

According to the police report, while law enforcement officers were enroute to the scene, LaGrange County Communications advised that one of the subjects involved, Benjamin Hicks, 36, of Fremont was reported walking in the middle of the roadway and jumping in front of oncoming traffic. The reporting party stated that Hicks had been drinking and would resist law enforcement.

Hicks then left the scene northbound through a field. When officers arrived at the scene, a K9 track was started in the field. After a short track by K9 Tyson, Hicks was located in a wooded area, sitting in a tree stand.

Hicks was taken into custody and transported to the LaGrange County Jail on habitual traffic violator, operating while intoxicated refusal, and disorderly conduct.


On June 24, 2012 Patricia Patrick contacted the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department and reported that some time early morning, someone spray painted a stripe on her car and front door to her residence. Anyone with information is asked to contact the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department.

Stolen Property

On June 24, 2012 John Freistoffer went to his boat, docked on a lift, and found his stereo had been stolen. The stereo wired had been cut and the engine compartment had also been entered. The engine appeared to have not been disturbed. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call Deputy Randy Mellinger at the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department or Crime Stoppers.


On Saturday June 23, 2012 at about 10:20 a.m. Ed. Flowers was dispatched to a fight in progress between Judy Stahly of Kendallville and her niece Elizabeth Karr of Howe. The two had been in conflict with each other over the care of Ms. Stahly’s brother/ Ms. Karr’s father after he had several strokes. The two became involved in a verbal altercation that escalated into a physical confrontation during a birthday party for a juvenile relative. Neither subject wanted to press charges at the time of the incident, but both received minor injuries. This case is under investigation at this time.