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Posted on Sat, Jun 18, 2011 : 10:18 a.m.

Man charged with murder of Dawn Fital is ordered held without bond

By Lee Higgins


A Pittsfield Township man accused of killing his girlfriend Monday at their apartment and then disposing of her body in an Indiana pond is being held without bond after being arraigned this morning at the Washtenaw County Jail.

Gregory Noack, 44, is charged with murder in the death of 45-year-old Dawn Fital.


Noack is accused of killing Fital early Monday at the Arbor Knoll apartment complex on Plum Hollow Drive, where he lived with her and her ex-husband. Investigators say Fital was bound, put in a suitcase and thrown into a retention pond in Indiana.

Noack was arrested Tuesday in Merrillville, Ind. behind a bank, where he was reportedly acting suspiciously. After interviewing Noack, investigators say they found Fital's body at 9:13 a.m. Thursday in the pond behind a Toys ‘R’ Us store off Route 30 between Hobart and Merrillville.


Dawn Fital

At today's arraignment, Noack answered routine questions from Magistrate M. Colleen Currie, saying he understood the charges against him and that he was facing up to life in prison, if convicted.

Noack told Currie that he pays $400 each month in rent. Noack said he has worked at a Wal-Mart since September and is paid every two weeks, taking home $500 after taxes.

He also said he needs an attorney. Currie said she would appoint a public defender to represent him. She denied bond.

An autopsy on Fital was scheduled for this morning at the Lake County morgue in Indiana. Officials from the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner's Office were expected to attend.

Fital, a mother of four, was a championship pool player, her obituary says. She used to work as a school bus driver in Milan and was recently working at Wal-Mart.

A funeral is planned for Wednesday in Milan.

Noack is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on July 1.



Mon, Jun 20, 2011 : 4:07 p.m.

In the death of Dawn Marie Fital, the issue that concerns me is not that of the presumption of innocence or guilt in respect of Gregory Noack. What I know and understand is that this man whose identity is shared with us has lived with Dawn, and may have worked with her in the same Walmart. This man is arrested in Indiana and has arrived in Washtenaw County under Police escort and he now remains in the jail without bond and is facing a trial. While the Legal system investigates criminal acts and prosecutes people for their involvement in such acts, I study issues that pertain to life and death and its implications in respect of human nature. While the Law is based upon the presumption of innocence until proved guilty, I study and define human nature and share my "ASSUMPTIONS" with the rest of the readers. It is my assumption that man is a moral being. Man has the ability to discern right from wrong, he knows the difference between good and evil, and man understands the nature of truth and untruth or lie. What interests me is about Gregory Noack's ability to understand the difference between truth and lying. The news media that are reporting this story have been telling us that Greogry Noack under interrogation has provided some valid, and truthful information about Dawn Marie Fital. The Police have acted upon that information, have investigated using that information, and have verified the validity of that information and have arrested him and produced him before a Judge in Washtenaw County. So far, the story indicates that Gregory Noack has shared some truthful information and may not have lied under Police interrogation. If he is not lying, if he knows truth as truth, then my assumption about man as a moral being is correct.

John B.

Sat, Jun 18, 2011 : 10:36 p.m.

I double-checked, and as of now I think I count 12 stories in total. Please think about that for a moment.


Wed, Jul 6, 2011 : 4:40 a.m.

I try to understand how you fell irritated or annoyed that there have been so many reports of this victim and her killer however I don't think that you've taken into consideration that DAWN was someones mother, grandmother, daughter, sister. She had a lot of family and friends who are heartbroken and disgusted about what happened to her. If you don't like reading all of the coverage about what has happened to her and what is going to happen to horrible man who murdered her then DON'T READ the articles!!! You may not want to know all the details, but others do!!

Macabre Sunset

Sat, Jun 18, 2011 : 9:42 p.m.

I'm beginning to wonder if the new police photographer is gnome-sized.


Tue, Jun 21, 2011 : 10:46 p.m.

Or the suspects are really, really tall.

John B.

Sat, Jun 18, 2011 : 4:59 p.m.

Please, enough already. What is this, about story #8 in three days?