Indiana State Police troopers, including a K-9 unit from the ISP’s Bremen
post, assisted the Starke County Sheriff’s Police on Thursday in
apprehending a fugitive, the ISP said.
According to the ISP, around 9 a.m., a SCSP deputy recognized Jeff Knoebel,
40, of Grovertown—as Knoebel was traveling on U.S. Highway 30—as a person
wanted on warrants charging him with possession of methamphetamine and
maintaining a common nuisance. Knoebel pulled into a Grovertown truck stop,
exited his vehicle, then entered the store and left through a back door “to
elude police,” the ISP said.
An ISP K-9 unit and members of the ISP’s Emergency Response Section were in
the area already, finishing the execution of a search warrant in Plymouth,
and were dispatched to the scene, the ISP said. Trooper Ryan McNamara and
his K-9 partner, Zane, succeeded in tracking Knoebel from the back of the
truck stop for nearly half a mile and 40 minutes later caught up with him as
Knoebel was trying to hide in a tree line, the ISP said.
Knoebel was taken into custody on the two warrants and an additional charge
of resisting law enforcement was filed against him by the SCSP, the ISP
The two warrants originally stem from an investigation led by members of the
ISP Meth Suppression units tasked to the Lowell and Bremen posts, the ISP