Officers from Starke County Community Corrections received information that Ms. Manns, who had been court ordered to home detention had removed her ankle tether and failed to appear at a court hearing last Friday. Officers learned that she was in the Queen Road Trailer Park. They observed her as a passenger in a vehicle and after the driver fled Manns moved to the driver’s seat and fled in the vehicle.
Starke Community Corrections officers contacted Marshall and Starke county dispatch requesting assistance and kept visual contact with the vehicle. At one point they lost site but located the vehicle off the roadway at the corner of Spruce and 6th Road. The suspect, Heather Manns was not in the vehicle and officers determined she had fled into the woods. After several orders to come out of the woods she appeared and was taken into custody.
Manns asked to be transported to Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center and released. She was lodged in the Starke County Jail on two felony warrants and held with no bond.
Listeners and readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to a trial by jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.