Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
No injuries were reported in a one vehicle accident on State Road 56 on June 9th in French Lick. According to the crash report, the driver, 32 year old Joshua Jones of French Lick was driving a 2003 Dodge pickup westbound at 4:38 p.m on June 9th when a blue vehicle traveling east ran him off the road on State Road 56. The truck hit a retaining wall on the passenger side and came to a stop down in a culvert. Total damage was estimated between $5,000-$10,000.
Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash on State Road 37 on June 11. According to the crash report 21 year old Malaki Rumsey of Paoli was driving a 2002 Chevrolet sedan and was stopped in traffic waiting to turn into a residence at 2:15 p.m. on June 11th. Rumsey’s vehicle was struck in the rear and shoved off the roadway. Rumsey told police that he did not know what happened and that he was sitting there waiting when he felt the impact from behind. Rumsey and passenger 22 year old Brandon Bundy also of Paoli were both transported to IU Health Paoli Hospital by ambulance with pain to their backs and necks. 46 year old Derrick Wilson was driving a 20016 Chevrolet pickup truck from the Orange County Highway Department when he saw the car stopped and waiting to turn left. Wilson told police he applied the brakes and the pedal went to the floor. He also said he pumped it a few times and the pedal went to the floor again and the truck barely slowed. Wilson struck Rumsey’s vehicle from behind. Wilson complained of pain to his chest and was treated at the scene. Total damages were estimated between $5,000-$10,000.
A Paoli man was arrested after police responded to a call of a domestic disturbance on June 11. Paoli Police were called to a home on Southeast Main Street shortly before 11 p.m on June 11. 35 year old Bobby Hill of Paoli told police he and a woman had gotten into an argument but that there hadn’t been any physical violence. Police reported telling both individuals to go back inside the home and calm down. According to officers, Hill then began saying he wanted to go to jail and continued to ask to go to jail. While police tried to walk Hill back into the home, he told them he had bongs and meth pipes inside the house. Police received permission from Hill to search the home. Officers found several of the items described by Hill as well as clear plastic bag with a white powdery substance inside that tested positive for methamphetamine. Hill is facing a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine. Hill was then transported to the Orange County Jail.
Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
A Monday evening crash resulted in the death of a Loogootee man. A call to Daviess County police around 8:30 p.m. on Monday from a residence in Loogootee reported a vehicle had struck a tree and the airbag was deployed. The driver was identified as 59 year old Donald Ray Harris of Loogootee. Harris was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital by Southwest Medical and was later pronounced dead. The investigation concluded that Harris was traveling northbound on CR 1125 E. when he left the roadway for an unknown reason and traveled nearly 400 feet before striking a tree. Police believe at this time that Harris had a medical emergency before the crash. The Daviess County Sheriff's Department was assisted by Southeast Fire Department, Dubois County EMS and Southwest Medical.
A Shoals man was arrested Friday on drug charges after a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to the Martin County Sheriff's Department Indiana State Police Trooper Jarrod Lents and Martin County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Seymour went to the home of 58 year old Thomas Holt of Shoals Friday afternoon after a judge issued a warrant for Holt's arrest for a probation violation. When police arrived, Holt was in his vehicle, attempting to leave. Lents blocked the driveway after activating his emergency lights so Holt could not leave. In a search of Holt's vehicle, the officers found a storage bag containing several smaller bags of marijuana, paraphernalia and a container of meth. Holt was taken to the Martin County Jail without incident on felony charges of possession of meth and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. Because of his probation violation he is being held without bond.
A Tennessee woman died after losing control of her car on Interstate 69 in Daviess County Saturday afternoon. According to The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department the vehicle was traveling northbound near the 57-mile marker at a high rate of speed when it hydroplaned, left the roadway, went down an embankment, hit a concrete structure, and caused the vehicle to go invered in a ditch . The driver 27 year old Chelsey Herrell of Clarksville, TN was taken by ambulance to Daviess Community Hospital where she later died from her injuries. The passenger in the vehicle, 30 year old Ron Trotter, also of Clarksville, TN, was taken to Daviess Community Hospital by personal vehicle to be treated for his injuries.
Friday, June 14th, 2019
A rural Paoli man was arrested after police say his neighbor shot at his dogs with a pellet gun. According to a report from the OC Sheriffs Department, deputies were called were called to the Wildwood area shortly before 1:30 p.m. June 6 by a man who said he’d chased his neighbor’s dogs off his property with a pellet gun and then heard gunshots. The caller’s family members reported seeing 79 year old Richard Pallozzi of Paoli shooting from his porch toward a boat located just north of their home. Deputies found 11 9mm shell casings on Pallozzi’s porch and driveway. Pallozzi’s wasn't home and investigators left a card. He then called in approximately two hours later, and investigators went back to his residence. Police said he showed them a poodle with injuries on its left side from his neighbor’s pellet gun. Pallozzi then admitted to getting angry and losing his temper and fired his gun in a safe manner from his porch. Pallozzi, is now facing a charge in Orange Circuit Court of criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon, a level 6 felony. He was then placed under arrest and transported to the Orange County Jail. An initial hearing has been set for July 15.
Paoli Junior-Senior High School will be welcoming a new assistant principal this fall as Ed Wagner joins the administration. Wagner begins July 1 and replaces Fred Unsicker, who left to become principal at Jac-Cen-Del Junior-Senior High School in Osgood. Wagner brings a variety of experience to the position including 13 years of teaching experience, as well as a former career in law enforcement. He is contracted through the 2020-2021 school year with 210 contractual days per year at a rate of $68,500. Before becoming a teacher Wagner was a police officer with the Indianapolis Police Department and worked with the District Attorney’s office
Thursday, June 13th, 2019
A Dubois County man sentenced to 91 years in prison, for a murder committed in January of this year. Dubois County Circuit Court Judge Nathan Verkamp sentenced Kyle Schneider to 85 years in prison for the murder of Chloie Lubbehusen in a St. Anthony home earlier this year. Schneider received a sentence of six years recently for a Level 4 felony count of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon bringing his total sentence in jail to 91 years. It took a jury less than an hour to find Schneider guilty of murder back in May after a week-long trial.
JASPER Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Jasper Engines and Transmissions has acquired Diesel USA Group, Inc. headquartered in Louisville. The Diesel USA Group will remain a separate company and brand as it becomes part of the JASPER ESOP. From their locations in Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; Indianapolis, IN; and their other4 locations across the country, Diesel USA Group is a distribution, service and repair company servicing air and fuel products for gas and diesel engines along with a variety of other complementary products. The transaction was completed on May 31, 2019, acquiring the company from the Bailey family which has owned the company since its inception in 1950 by Lloyd A. Bailey. The current leadership team at Diesel USA Group will continue to lead and operate the company. Diesel USA Group and JASPER will operate independently of each other as they work together as part of JASPER Holdings, Inc.
A Vanderburgh County man’s failure to appear at court hearings earlier this month resulted in him coming to the Dubois County Jail. 34 year old Jeffery Lawless, of Evansville, was scheduled to appear in Dubois Superior Court June 3rd for pretrial hearings related to ongoing felony theft and forgery cases. When he failed to appear, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Lawless turned himself in and was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 6:08 p.m. Monday on the active failure-to-appear warrant. During a court appearance Tuesday, his cases were continued to June 18 go give him time to hire an attorney.
Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
Earlier this week Indiana State Police Detective Shane Staggs arrested 37 year old Isral Qualkenbush of French Lick on a felony count of Obstruction of Justice. Qualkenbush's arrest stemmed from a previous investigation lead by Detective Staggs, where former Springs Valley School Teacher 42 year old Kari Buchanan of West Baden was arrested for Possession Of Child Pornography for allegedly having inappropriate communication/s with a juvenile Springs Valley High School student in December of 2018. Buchanan was also recently arrested again on June 5 th on a felony count of Obstruction of Justice and a misdemeanor count of Invasion of Privacy. Qualkenbush's arrest was the result of his involvement in aiding Buchanan in communicating with her original juvenile victim earlier this month via cellphone, at which point Buchanan attempted to persuade the victim to change their statement to the Orange County Prosecutors Office which obstructed the investigation. Qualkenbush was incarcerated at the Orange County Jail before being released on a $1,005.00 cash bond.
Two people were injured after a collision on Plaza Drive Friday in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police Department crash report at 4:03 p.m., 39 year old Stephanie Fleck of Mitchell was driving north on Plaza Drive in her 2008 Pontiac G6. She said an oncoming 2006 Chevrolet HHR driven by 19 year old Clayton Evers also of Mitchell entered her lane and struck her vehicle. As police arrived at the scene they found Evers to be unconscious initially and he regained slight consciousness before being taken to a hospital. Evers suffered an internal leg injury and while Fleck Mitchell complained of back pain. The crash resulted in around $10,001 to $25,000 in damages.
A Springville man was taken to the hospital after he was hit by a SUV Tuesday morning. According to a Bedford Police Department crash report at 7:44 a.m., 65 year old Ginger East of Bedford said she was traveling south on R Street and then turned her 2011 Ford Escape west onto John Williams Boulevard. She said she didn't realize she hit 81 year old Vernon Lawrence Hammersley of Springville, who fell into the street from the sidewalk until after she turned. A witness near the scene told police that Hammersley fell into the road which caused the SUV to run over him. Hammersley suffered minor head bleeding and was taken and was transported by ambulance to IU Health Bloomington for treatment.
Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
Several dogs were found in poor condition and removed from a Bedford house on Saturday. A Bedford animal control officer received a call about the dogs Saturday afternoon. Utility workers were working in the 700 block of 24th Street when they saw several dogs at the windows of the home barking. The workers were concerned and alerted Bedford police and animal control. Police investigated the report and an arrest warrant to charge the owner with animal neglect is pending. According to police the dogs’ owner left town about two weeks ago and asked a friend to stop by the house and check on the dogs and provide fresh food and water. A friend was supposed to check on the dogs and the friend got sick or hurt and a couple days went by. Police say the owner found out and got someone else to check on them. According to police that second person wasn’t able to continue checking on the dogs and a third friend was asked to help out, but by then two weeks had passed and the owner returned to town after the dogs were removed. Fourteen dogs including five puppies were found in the house and one dog was found dead in the home. The owner has spoken with police about the incident. The dogs are currently at the White River Humane Society’s animal shelter. All the dogs were covered in fleas according to a shelter employee. The animals will remain at the shelter pending on the outcome of the investigation.
Police were searching for a driver who ran from a crash scene Thursday after police say he drove his truck into a home west of Bedford. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department crash report at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday 36 year old Tyler Henderson of Fayetteville was allegedly traveling east on State Road 158 in a black 2013 Chevrolet Silverado. The truck drove through a yard in the 7400 block of State Road 158 and struck a tree. According to police after Henderson hit the tree he then hit a concrete pad attached to the front porch of a home. Henderson fled the scene on foot before police arrived. The owners of the home Robert and Lori Mollet identified Henderson through a photo lineup. The Mollets told police they thought Henderson intoxicated. Henderson is being charged of leaving the scene of a property damage accident. The damage was estimated between $10,000 and $25,000 worth of damage.
A Jasper man now faces new charges after he evaded Dubois County jail officers yesterday and took off on foot for nearly four blocks. After his hearing today, 19 year old Dylan Achbach of Japer attempted to escape police custody around 2 p.m. and ran on foot for about four blocks before a sheriff's office detective and an off-duty deputy who were nearby apprehended him. Achbach now faces a felony charge of escape. Achbach was originally arrested Friday for felony charges of aggravated battery,domestic battery with a deadly weapon and domestic battery causing serious bodily injury and strangulation and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Achbach’s escape attempt was the second from the Courthouse Square in three months. The sheriff’s office thwarted a previous escape attempt in March involving 43 year old Nick Kreilein of Huntingburg..
Monday, June 10th, 2019
As part of the State Road 37 construction, motorists traveling on Wesley Chapel Road will not have access to State Road 37 starting Tuesday afternoon. Lawrence County Highway Superintendent David Holmes says contractors are prepping the road for a long paving stretch. The road will be closed for about 3 weeks.
A Jackson County man received an 80-year prison sentence on three counts of child molesting. Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Richard Poynter sentenced 39-year-old Jason Bellamy of Norman on Thursday on two felony counts of child molesting and one felony count of sexual misconduct with a minor associated with child molesting. Bellamy was found guilty of the charges by a jury in April of this year. Bellamy was arrested in April of 2017 following an investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Division into allegations of child molestation reported by the Jackson County Department of Child Services..He received 35 years on each of the Level 1 felonies and 10 years on the sexual misconduct charge. The sentences will be served consecutively in the Indiana Department of Corrections.
The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy will attempt to set a world record for most people reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the same time on June 16 at 2 p.m. The event will take place at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center located adjacent to the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy on the Vincennes University campus.The executive director of the Skelton Museum Annie Pratt says they’re confident they’ll set the record since they are the first to attempt this, but they want to attract a large crowd so they can hold the record well into the future. The record-setting event is part of the Skelton Museum’s 50th-anniversary celebration of Red Skelton’s 1969 national television broadcast when he explained the meaning of each part of the Pledge of Allegiance. Skelton said he learned its meaning from an elementary school teacher in his hometown of Vincennes. This is a record-setting event and due to that, each person is required to register so there is an accurate count for the official record. Participants will receive a commemorative sticker that will provide access to the Skelton Museum on the day of the program. Register online at www.redskeltonmuseum.org.
Friday, June 7th, 2019
A driver reported for reckless and dangerous driving is behind bars in Scott County after leading officers through two counties and crashing just north of Austin. Thursday, just before 2 p.m., State Police in Sellersburg received multiple 911 phone calls about a pickup truck driving recklessly on I-65 northbound near Jeffersonville. Callers advised that the driver and passenger of a small black pickup with a silver camper shell were not only driving aggressively but were also hanging out the window and making obscene gestures towards other drivers. Trooper James Ferguson was northbound near the five mile-marker and observed the vehicle making lane changes without signaling; however, Trooper Ferguson was in a state-owned car without lights or siren and was not in uniform. Trooper Ferguson continued to observe the truck as it sped away. As Trooper Ferguson attempted to keep the truck in sight, other troopers and officers from nearby agencies attempted to locate and catch up the vehicle. Officers were able to catch up to the truck near Scottsburg, and a Scottsburg City Police unit initiated a pursuit; however, the truck soon entered the median near the 35 mile-marker where it overturned and crashed. The driver was identified as 27 year old Paul Barger Jr., of Westport. He was charged with Felony Resisting with a Vehicle – a Level 5 Felony, Resisting Law Enforcement – Misdemeanor, Possession of a Legend Drug – a Level 6 Felony, Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) – a Class C Misdemeanor, OWI Endangerment – Class A Misdemeanor, and Reckless Driving – Class A Misdemeanor. Barger was transported and remanded into the custody of the Scott County Jail. A female passenger was treated and released from the scene and not charged.
A Lawrence County woman was arrested Thursday morning after being found intoxicated in the lobby of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department. According to Bedford Police, an officer was called to the sheriff’s department after a report of a woman in the lobby making strange statements. According to police, 24-year-old Autumn Arnold of bedford, would not sit still and repeatedly asked for water. She admitted to using meth and suboxone earlier in the day. Arnold was asked several times to leave the jail lobby, but refused. She was then arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
A Lawrence County man was jailed Wednesday morning after he was accused of dealing methamphetamine. According to police reports, 43-year-old Jason S. Weaver was wanted by police on a warrant for petition to revoke probation. Police said they learned Weaver was staying at a location in the 6800 block of U.S. 50 East. When police responded, officers allege Weaver was in the passenger seat of a vehicle and he was arrested on the warrant. At the time Weaver was taken into custody, police allege he was also in possession of 8 grams of meth and $1,300 in cash. Weaver was booked into the Lawrence County jail with no bond set. Mitchell is facing preliminary charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia.
Thursday, June 6th, 2019
The town of Orleans still cleaning up after last nights storm. Town crews are working from street to street collecting debris i.e. limbs, brush etc. and then will be making another complete circuit. This may take a few days so we would ask for Orleans residents to just be patient while we work through the neighborhoods. Storm debris should be placed at curbside or next to the street for pick up. Those needing more information contact the Orleans Town Offices 865-2539
A Lawrence County man was arrested Wednesday after Bedford police responded to a local motel on a domestic battery complaint. According to Bedford Police, a woman came to the station to report she had been injured during a domestic fight at the Rosemount Motel. She told police that she and 33-year-old Jayce Shifflett of Bedford had started arguing that morning and the argument continued throughout the day. During the argument, Shifflett grabbed the female victim by the hair and slammed her head off the ground. Officers summoned an ambulance and the female was treated and transported to a local hospital for treatment. A battery affidavit was obtained and officers went looking for Shifflett. While speaking to him, officers noticed drug paraphernalia and meth. He was then arrested on charges of domestic battery, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Wednesday, June 5th,2019
Five people were arrested by police on drug charges on Monday in Mitchell. On Monday night officers went to the 200 block of Sixth Street in Mitchell to serve an arrest warrant on a person. Police found the suspect and located two syringes that tested positive for meth and another syringe was found in plain sight. Police later obtained a search warrant. After the search warrant was obtained police found 82 syringes in the home, more than 3 grams of meth, marijuana paraphernalia and digital scales. A large number of the syringes belonged to the homeowner 36 year old Nin Cocchiarrell along with some of the meth. The biggest portion of meth was located in a safe in a closet. Five people were arrested and booked into the Lawrence County Jail. Those charged were Cocchiarella for dealing methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a syringe, 24 year old Brianna Barlow of Mitchell for possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and visiting a common nuisance, 32 year old Brooke Henson of Mitchell for possession meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia, Devin Johnson of Bedford for possession of meth, visiting a common nuisance and unlawful possession of a syringe, He was also wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in court, and 35 year old Kristin Mills of Mitchell for possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and visiting a common nuisance.
A Jasper man is was arrested for allegedly embezzling from a Knox County nonprofit. According to the Information and Plea Agreement filed on May 31, 65 year old Mark Schmitt of Jasper served as an assistant director and accountant for ATTIC Incorporated. The nonprofit received federal funds for its programs that assist disabled individuals in the community. During his tenure from May 1, 2018, to Oct. 31, 2018, Schmitt allegedly transferred approximately $98,000 from the nonprofit to a personal account. Schmitt has been charged with Theft Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds. The investigation was conducted by the Evansville office of the FBI. Schmitt faces a possible sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Police arrested a Crawford County man after he threatened to shoot someone at the Walmart in Jasper. Police were called to Walmart at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night. When police arrived they found 19 year old Colin Thomas of Taswell had allegedly stolen $100 from another person and had threatened to shoot him. Thomas became agitated after being detained by police and was disorderly, yelling obscenities at officers. Thomas was charged with disorderly conduct, intimidation and theft. Thomas was transported to the Dubois County Jail. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the incident.
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department firefighters rescued a boy Monday afternoon at Spring Mill State Park after he climbed a tree and got stuck. According to firefighters the boy was riding his bike on a trail at Spring Mill State Park. He then got spooked by an animal and climbed a tree to escape. He was 30 feet up in the tree. A Squad 55 brush rig and an ATV were sent by the department. Five firefighters also used a 35 foot ladder to rescue the boy. A firefighter was sent up into the tree and brought down the young man. The boy was not injured.
A man was arrested on Friday for a warrant that charged him with felony domestic battery in Huntingburg. According to court documents 24 year old Luis Garcia Risquet of Huntingburg was charged in connection with an April 27 report of a battery that was investigated by the Huntingburg Police Department. A female complainant indicated a small child was present at the time the incident happened. Garcia Risquet was not immediately located by police at the time of the complaint. A warrant for his arrest was issued Thursday in Dubois Circuit Court. Garcia Risquet was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 11:21 a.m. Friday on the active warrant charging him with a felony count of domestic battery. He posted a bond of $750 and was released later that day. Garcia Risquet had his initial appearance Monday in Dubois Circuit Court and advised he requires the assistance of an interpreter. The court reassigned the initial hearing for June 10 to allow an interpreter can be present to assist.
A two vehicle Friday night crash occurred in the parking lot of a south-side retirement and assisted living facility in Ferdinand. According to the Ferdinand Police Department 47 year old Patricia Copeland of Santa Claus, was leaving Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinang in a 2016 Chevrolet Impala at 6:53 p.m. Copeland told police she looked down to adjust her seat belt and when she looked up her car was in the other lane. Copeland struck a 2006 Dodge Caravan driven by 62 year old Kevin Wess of Troy. Wess said he saw the car come into his lane and honked his horn but the vehicle still struck his minivan. Damage was estimated at around $5,000 for both vehicles. Both vehicles involved were able to be driven from the scene. No one was injured and no citations were issued.
Monday, June 33rd, 2019
Indiana State Police investigating the theft of copper wire near the Greene/Sullivan County line. Police say the theft happened between midnight and 8 a.m. Friday. A 1000 foot wooden spool of copper wire was taken from the railroad tracks at State Road 54 just west of the Greene/Sullivan line. The spool has the name "Okonite" on it and has a black coating with white wrap and measures an inch to one-and-a-half inches in diameter. It weighs around 2000 pounds and is valued at $8,000. The suspect is believed to have backed up to the railroad tracks, tied a chain to the spool and dragged it out onto the highway. There are gouge marks in the road to show the spool had been drug east and then loaded onto a trailer. Anyone with information can call the Indiana State Police Post at Putnamville at 1-800-742-0717. All information can remain anonymous.
A Dubois County man has been arrested on charges of rape and child molesting. According to State Police, on May 28th they were called to assist the Loogootee Police Department after a report of a reported rape. Arrested was 26-year-old Dakota Lee Browning of Jasper on a felony warrant on charges of rape and child molesting. According to Indiana State Police, Browning had met the juvenile victim at a graduation party and had gone to a residence in Loogootee with the victim following that party. In the early morning hours of May 26 police say Browning went into the bedroom the victim was sleeping in and had sexual intercourse with her against her will.
According to Washington County Sheriff Brent Miller a male inmate was found dead in the Washington County Jail Friday morning. Indiana State Police investigators said they haven't found evidence of foul play. An autopsy was performed Saturday morning and results are pending.
Friday, May 31st, 2019
A Dubois County crash closed US 231 Wednesday, the accident caused by road conditions. According to police, 18 year old Katrina Siberian, of Dale was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2007 Honda Civic when the vehicle hydroplaned on the wet roadway. Siberian lost control of the vehicle which went left of center striking a guardrail before going in the path of a 2010 Honda Odyssey driven by 42 year old Thomas Yeltin, of Indianapolis. The two vehicles collided and came to rest in the roadway. The drivers and other passengers — three in Peraza Siberian’s vehicle and two in Yelton’s van — refused treatment at the scene, police said. Siberian was cited for operating without financial responsibility. Indiana State Police, St Henry Fire Department first responders, Sternberg’s Wrecker Service, and KARS wrecker service responded to the crash.
A Dubois County teen driver avoided injury in a crash early Sunday on the north side of Ferdinand. 18 year old Kale Burke of Jasper told Police that he had fallen asleep while driving a 2000 Chevrolet northbound in the 2400 block of Main Street of Ferdinand at around 1248AM.Police said the Burke Chevrolet drove off the roadway in a ditch and went partially up the embankment at the location of the town’s new veterans memorial on the east side of Main Street/State Road 162. There was no damage to the vehicle and no injuries.Burke told police he returned and reported the incident because he did not want to be charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
Thursday, May 30th, 2019
A Lawrence County man complained of head pain following a two-vehicle accident on 16th Street Wednesday night in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police report, 55-year-old Charles Rittenhouse of Bedford gave police several different versions on what happened to cause the accident near Brian Lane Way. Rittenhouse first told them he was texting and driving and swerved into the oncoming traffic. Then stated he "must have passed out before the accident." According to officers, Rittenhouse had had signs of being impaired and consented to a blood-alcohol test. He was then transported to IU Health Hospital by ambulance for treatment of head pain and the blood-draw. According to a witness who was driving behind Rittenhouse, he watched as Rittenhouse's 2007 Dodge Dakota pickup which was traveling west on 16th Street, cross all lanes of traffic. He says it appeared Rittenhouse was attempting to make a u-turn into oncoming eastbound traffic striking a 2009 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by 64-year-old David Simmons, of Springfield, Ill. Simmons attempted to avoid the collision but was unable to. Simmons was not injured in the crash.
The sentencing of a former chief deputy in the Monroe County Auditor's Office was postponed until July. 47 year old James Huffman had worked for county government for more than 15 years and resigned from his position last year. He had also worked for the Monroe County's Youth Services Bureau and was a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. FBI agents began their investigation in November 2017, after sexually explicit pictures and videos depicting a man in his 40s were found on a 16-year-old boy's cellphone. Agents say that man was 47-year-old Huffman. He is scheduled to plead guilty after negotiating a plea deal and will be sentenced by federal court Judge Sarah Evans Barker, on July 16.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed more than 70 Walmart stores and 18 Rural King stores in the state have received rhododendron plants infected with sudden oak death (SOD), a fungal pathogen that kills oak trees. Shipments containing infested material were sent to nine other states as well. Workers from the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology have been visiting stores across Indiana to destroy any stock that has been found infested and quarantine any stock that is symptomatic. The division has made this its top priority. The DNR has destroyed approximately 1,500 infested rhododendron so far and pulled another 1,500 from stores. The DNR has also ordered these stores to stop selling rhododendron until further notice. Any quarantined material not infected will be released following testing at Purdue University. SOD has killed large tracts of oaks on the West Coast. SOD has not been established in the Midwest, to date. SOD can kill standing oak trees, which could happen if SOD-positive rhododendron were planted within about 6 feet of a standing oak. If you have purchased rhododendrons in the last four weeks from Walmart or Rural King, destroy them, or call 1-866-NO-EXOTIC (663-9684) or the local county extension office at 1-888-EXT-INFO (1-888-398-4636) for instructions.
Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
A West Baden man who caused a disturbance at the Circle K on L Street in Bedford was arrested on Sunday. Police were called at 6:46 p.m. after a report of an intoxicated male. When police arrived they found 21 year old Gavyn Batchelor of West Baden with poor balance, talking to himself and holding a large stack of drinking cups. According to police Batchelor told officers he had recentlly used meth. Batchelor was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
Police accused a man Friday night of public intoxication and resisting law enforcement after responding to a suspicious person report in Jasper. Jasper Police were dispatched to the Meridian Meadows area off Meridian Road, south of Second Avenue and State Road 164, at 8:05 p.m. A complainant of a male screaming and going into people’s garages was reported. When officers arrived they were summoned by a resident who pointed to a man laying in a front yard. The man 20 year old Lucas A. Wininger of Jasper allegedly ran toward officers. He was taken into custody after being subdued with the aid of a Taser. Wininger was taken to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for medical clearance. While there, his pupils were dilated and he was reported as being largely non-responsive to questions. He allegedly stated he had consumed magic mushrooms. He tested positive for having used marijuana. Police booked Wininger into the Dubois County Jail at 11:14 p.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of public intoxication and resisting law enforcement. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.
A Bedford woman who was found passed out in a vehicle at the city pool was arrested Monday afternoon. Bedford police were called to John Lowery Municipal Pool at 4:58 p.m. and when they arrived they located the vehicle and found 37 year old Alaina Chastain passed out in the vehicle with the vehicle running. Police woke Chastain and could smell the odor of alcoholic beverages on her breath. She told officers she had been drinking a mixed drink at the pool when she went to her car to smoke a cigarette and must have fallen asleep. Officers found that she had a child still in the pool. Officers arrested Chastain on charges of public intoxication and neglect of a dependent. She then became disorderly and was yelling profanities and continued to yell after being asked to stop. Charges of disorderly conduct and possession of a legend drug were later added after the drug was found later.
Monday, May 27th, 2019
Indiana Conservation Officers ended their search for an adult male in the area of Allen’s Creek Bay in Lake Monroe at around 10PM last night. Indiana Conservation Officers Dispatch received a call of an adult male that went under the water at approximately 3:30 p.m Sunday. He had been swimming from the back of a boat that had been anchored in the bay. Indiana Conservation Officers found the body of 31 year old William Snoddy, of Indianapolis, he was located in about 30 feet of water in the Allen’s Creek Bay area of Lake Monroe. He was not wearing a lifejacket. An autopsy will be scheduled through Monroe County coroner’s office to determine the cause of death. Also assisting in the search effort were Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, IU Health, Perry-Clear Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Monroe County Fire Department.
Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch was a special guest of The Town of Orleans and Orleans Chamber of Commerce last Thursday afternoon. The Lt. Governor was in town to see the recent downtown improvements and new businesses now situated in Orleans. Crouch visited several of the shops around the historic town square and chatted with business owners about their roles as business owners, including Simon and Wendy Sprigler, of Sprigler’s Market & Deli, Katie Tolbert of Barbed Bling, Brandi Terrell of Tele Health & Counseling and Greta Lewellyn, of Free Style. Orleans Town Clerk and Chamber Exec. Director Robert F. Henderson welcomed the Lt. Governor sharing briefly about on-going efforts to breathe new life in the business district and a number of other downtown enhancements completed to date. A number of other community leaders were also on hand for the Lt. Governor’s walking tour.
Friday, May 24th, 2019
Unreasonable speed was a cause in a Thursday morning accident east of Haysville according to police. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 22 year old Sonny White of Celestine was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 series pickup truck east of County Road 175E, in Sendelweck Curve at 8:30 a.m. Police said White was traveling at an unreasonable speed for the wet roadway conditions when his truck entered a curve and struck an embankment off the south side of the highway. The impact caused the vehicle to spin along the embankment before stopping partially in the highway’s eastbound lane. The accident totaled the truck. White was treated at the scene by Haysville Volunteer Fire Department first responders and a Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services ambulance crew. A Sternberg Automotive Group wrecker also assisted.
Investigation of a leaving the scene accident by police left a woman under arrest Thursday afternoon in Jasper. Police were called at 1:42 p.m.to investigate a rear-end collision at 36th and Newton streets. The driver 35 year old Tawna Knebel of Jasper who was alleged to have been driving the 2004 Nissan Altima was at fault in the collision and had left the scene. The car was located by police on Jasper’s south side and later police located Knebel on foot in an area east of U.S. 231 and south of Indiana Street. Authorities booked Knebel into the Dubois County Jail at 4:32 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident. She was also cited for driving with no insurance and following too closely. A Bob Luegers Motors wrecker assisted.
Police arrested a man after he crashed his car into a police vehicle early Wednesday morning in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police report Bedford Police Officer Toby Gerkin attempted a traffic stop on 46 year old Frank Thunderhawk of Bedford for a traffic violation. Thunderhawk refused to stop after Officer Gerkin turned his lights on and continued driving with the officer pursuing him. Police said Thunderhawk would not pull over the 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo he was driving. Officer Gerkin finally stopped the car after turning east on 34th Street from Washington Avenue. Officer Gerkin pulled his police car in front of Thunderhawk attempting to block him fleeing. Gerkin then stopped the car and that is when Thunderhawk accelerated striking the police vehicle. The incident happened at 1:23 a.m. on Wednesday. Thunderhawk was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, OWI endangerment, refusal to identify himself, being an unlicensed driver, two counts of resisting arrest, auto theft, reckless driving causing property damage. He was also issued a citation for driving left of center, driving the wrong way on a one-way street, having improper tail lights.
Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
A crash on State Road 56 Wednesday morning in Salem sent two people to the hospital. According to police, a Pontiac G6, driven by 28 year old Gavin Brewer was driving south on West Washington School Road around 7 .am. when he failed to stop at the intersection. The car traveled into the intersection and was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado driven by 46 year old Kristina Gill of Eckery who was traveling west on State Road 56. Brewer and his passenger 34 year old Shelby Bagshaw of Salem were flown to the University of Louisville by helicopter. Gill was transported to St. Vincent Salem Hospital. The crash remains under investigation.
On Wednesday while acting on a tip, the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section, the ISP Bloomington District ACES, and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department worked a joint investigation into methamphetamine dealing at 248 Carver Lane west of Bedford. The investigation led to probable cause for the issuance of a search warrant for the residence. While in the process of obtaining the search warrant, officers observed a Mazda passenger vehicle leave the residence. After observing multiple traffic violation, officers conducted a traffic stop on the car along Main Street in Oolitic. There were three occupants in the vehicle. The driver 40 year old Travis Stinson of Oolitic, was found to be operating on a suspended driver’s license. In addition, he was also observed attempting to hide drug paraphernalia. Stinson, was also in possession of methamphetamine. A female passenger, 40 year old Peggy Stinson of Oolitic, was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. A back seat passenger 22 year old Dillon Burton of Paoli was found to be wanted on an active arrest warrant out of Lawrence County. All three occupants of the Mazda were arrested and incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail. Upon the execution of the search warrant officers encountered 43 year old Robert Johnson of Bedford. They recovered methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and evidence of dealing. Johnson was arrested and incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail. Johnson, Peggy and Travis Stinson have all been charged with various drug related charges. Burton was wanted on Lawrence County Warrants for Failure to Appear for Auto Theft and Armed Robbery.
A five-vehicle crash claimed the lives of a driver and passenger and sent three others to the hospital. At 8:08 a.m. yesterday/Wednesday morning, eastbound traffic on I-265 was diverted off at the Charlestown Road exit due to a large sinkhole that had developed overnight in the roadway near the five mile-marker. Traffic was slowing and stopping due to that diversion and rush hour traffic. As traffic stopped, a 2011 International DuraStar work truck failed to stop and collided with the rear of a Chevrolet pickup truck, causing a chain reaction of crashes involving three additional vehicles. ISP Investigators believe that the 2011 International, driven by 22 year old Brady McAfee Depauw first collided with a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck, which in turn struck a maroon 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck. That vehicle then collided with a white 2012 Ford pickup truck hauling an equipment trailer loaded with a mini-excavator, which then struck a 2017 Ford Fiesta. McAfee was uninjured. The driver of the F-150, 42 year old Douglas Borders and the passenger 36 year old Christina Coy both of Scottsburg were both pronounced dead at the scene by the Floyd County Coroner's Office. The driver and passenger of the Red Chevrolet Pickup truck, 39 year old Robert Schultz and 40 year old Myra Schultz of Elizabeth were transported to the University of Louisville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the gray Ford Fiesta 28 year old Maria Bernabe of New Albany was transported to Baptist Floyd in New Albany, also with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the white 2012 Ford pickup truck, Nevin Saltsgaver, and his passenger, Jacob Saltsgaver, both of Leavenworth, were uninjured in the crash. This investigation is on-going. I-265 remained closed at the scene of the crash until approximately 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
A motorcyclist and his passenger who led police on a chase through several parking lots in French Lick and West Baden Springs was arrested after crashing. According to the report from the West Baden Springs Police Department police were on patrol on the Boulevard around 12:30 a.m. on May 19 when they recognized the motorcyclist as 29 year old Cory Turpin of Mitchell and knew his license was suspended and that he had an active warrant through Lawrence County. Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop but Turpin turned onto Sinclair Street and into the parking lot of CVS. When the motorcyclist encountered a car from police he drove over a curb and a grassy strip and into the parking lot of McDonald’s before proceeding into the lot of the French Lick Resort Annex. Police said Passenger 30 year old Latisha Underhill of Paoli jumped off the back of the motorcycle and was detained. The motorcycle continued through the parking lot of El Compadre, behind Finders Keepers and then crashed. According to Police Turpin told them he had drugs on him but didn’t know the name of the woman who’d been on the back of the motorcycle. Underhill told police she asked repeatedly to be let off the motorcycle because she wanted no part of what was happening. Underhill gave police permission to search her backpack and said all of the items in it belonged to Underhill. Police found several pills on Turpin and more pills plus methamphetamine in the backpack. Turpin was taken to IU Health Paoli and was medically cleared. He was then taken to the Orange County Jail. Underhill was also taken to jail. Turpin later told them all of the items in the backpack belonged to Underhill and not to him. Turpin is facing felonies charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of methamphetamine; misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and driving while suspended, possession of marijuana and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Underhill was charged with a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule V controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
On May 21st, the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section and the ISP Bloomington District ACES conducted an investigation into methamphetamine dealing in Lawrence County. After conducting traffic stops, surveillance, and interviews, troopers obtained probable cause that methamphetamine dealing was taking place at both 404 M Street in Bedford and 1199 East Oolitic Road in Bedford. Search warrants for both addresses were applied for and granted. During the execution of the search warrant on M Street, troopers located approximately 5 grams of methamphetamine, over 1 pound of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and other items of evidence of dealing. While arriving to execute the search warrant on East Oolitic Road, troopers observed two males take off running from the garage into the house. Upon entry into the house, officers discovered that the resident, 45 year old Mark Perry II of Bedford was flushing methamphetamine in the toilet. The males were detained. During the search, troopers located bags with methamphetamine residue that were not flushed, paraphernalia, scales, multiple firearms, and evidence of dealing. 47 year old John Staggs Jr. of Bedford was arrested away from the scene. Staggs Jr was is facing felony charges of Dealing Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. Perry is facing felony charges of Dealing Methamphetamine with Firearm Present, Possession of Methamphetamine, Obstruction of Justice, and amisdemeanor a count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were taken to the Lawrence County Jail were.
Indiana State Police investigated a two-vehicle personal injury crash at the intersection of US 41 at Bellemeade Avenue yesterday morning at 10:00 a.m. Preliminary investigation revealed 41 year old Misty Koons of Evansville was driving her 2002 Chevrolet S-10 southbound on US 41 when she disregarded the automatic signal at Bellemeade Avenue and collided into a 2011 Toyota SUV that was traveling west on Bellemeade Avenue. The female driver of the Toyota was transported to St. Vincent Hospital where she was treated and released. While investigating the crash, Koons displayed signs of impairment. Further investigation at St. Vincent Hospital revealed Koons was under the influence of cannabinoids, cocaine, benzodiazepine and buprenorphine. Koons was treated for minor injuries and then transported to the Vanderburgh County Jail. Koons is facing charges of Driving While Intoxicated with a Controlled Substance and Possession of Synthetic Marijuana.
Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
A driver suffered an injury when her SUV ran off a roadway and rolled Friday morning east of Jasper. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 58 year old Deborah Street of Celestine was westbound on State Road 164 in a 2000 Ford Explorer at 11:38 a.m. 3 miles east of Jasper. Street told police her SUV ran off the highway when she reached for an item. She tried to regain control of the vehicle but was unsuccessful as the Explorer traveled down a steep embankment off the north side of the road, rolled and stopped on its wheels. Street was able to get out of the vehicle and was assisted by a Celestine Volunteer Fire Department member who was in the area. She complained of right arm pain. Street was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. The SUV was totaled by the crash. Police also ticketed Street for operating a vehicle without financial responsibility. The Indiana State Police and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted.
Jasper Police took a woman into custody for allegedly shoplifting and illegally possessing drugs at Wal-Mart Supercenter Sunday night in Jasper. Police received a report of a shoplifter being detained at 5:48 p.m. The woman identified as 37 year old Jamie Beamon of Jasper was reportedly being difficult and uncooperative. Beamon is accused of switching price tags on several items reported being in the amount of $41.68. Police also said Beamon was in possession of marijuana, a smoking pipe and multiple pills. Police booked Beamon into the Dubois County Jail at 9 p.m. on preliminary charges that included a felony count of unlawful possession of a legend drug and misdemeanor counts of possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.
Over the past few weeks, the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg had received numerous calls for a motorcyclist speeding and driving recklessly, both around and between traffic. Yesterday as a result of those calls, that driver is in jail. Over several mornings, callers complained that a motorcycle was southbound on I-65 driving in and out of traffic, passing in-between vehicles while on the center line, and speeding well over 100 mph. All the callers were concerned due to the extreme recklessness with which the driver operated the bike. Yesterday morning, numerous Troopers once again patrolled the area in an attempt to locate and observe the motorcycle first-hand. Trooper Mark LaMaster saw a motorcycle matching the description given by the callers southbound on I-65 near the 16 mile marker. LaMaster then followed the bike in an attempt to stop the driver. While attempting to catch up to the motorcycle, he witnessed several reckless acts including weaving in and out of traffic and crossing multiple lanes of the interstate in an unsafe manner. As the motorcycle continued southbound, Trooper Paul Bailey also observed the motorcycle and obtained a speed of 89 mph; however. Police estimated that the bike reached speeds well over 120 mph on some portions of the roadway. The operator was eventually stopped where he was arrested for Reckless Driving, a class B misdemeanor, and cited for speeding. The driver was identified as 23 year old Gregory Conway of Aberdeen North Carolina. Conway is a temporary resident of the area while employed with a company working in Clarksville, IN.
Monday, May 20th, 2019
A Lawrence County teen was injured in an accident early Saturday morning on US 50 east in Lawrence County. According to the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department, deputies responded to the crash at 1:20 a.m. on US 50 East at Glenview Estates. When they arrived, they found a white Chevrolet pick-up driven by 18-year-old Stephen Arnold of Bedford, off the north side of the road and it had come to a stop and was inverted against a Duke Energy pole. Firefighters from Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department had to free Arnold from the wreckage. He complained of severe hip and pelvic pain. Speaking to emergency crews, Arnold admitted he had fallen asleep while driving. Arnold was transported by ambulance to the Shawswick Elementary School parking lot where he was transported by Statflight helicopter to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.
Bloomington Police say a domestic dispute Wednesday ended with one man taken to the Hospital after being stabbed in his chest with a pair of scissors. Police arrived at a North Illinois Street apartment after a report of two people stabbing each other. Police say that 44-year-old Angela Woods reported that she and a man had been arguing about her being evicted and he attempted to stab her with scissors. She told police she took the scissors and stabbed him in the chest. He was taken to IU Health Hospital for treatment of a minor stab wound to the chest. The man told police at first he had fallen down the stairs while holding the scissors, but later admitted that Woods had stabbed him. Woods was arrested on a charge of domestic battery. for domestic battery.
Nearly 600 soldiers with the National Guard's 38th Infantry Division, nicknamed "Cyclone," began training May 5 at Camp Atterbury in preparation for deployment to Kuwait. The citizen soldiers are part of Task Force Spartan, and will be in command and control of more than 9,000 U.S. service members stationed across the Middle East to foster partnerships and to increase security and self-reliance throughout the region. Training includes tasks such as physical fitness, weapons qualifications and resiliency training ensuring the soldiers are proficient, agile, adaptable and lethal, according to a National Guard news release about the deployment. Fifteen percent, or about 90 members of the unit, are women; 570 of the soldiers are from Indiana, with the rest coming from 10 surrounding states.
Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Yesterday at 6:57am, Martin County Sheriff's Office Corporal Reed was on patrol in Loogootee when he observed a vehicle commit a moving violation. Corporal Reed then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on West Broadway Street and requested Loogootee Police Chief Kelly Rayhill to assist. The driver was identified as 37 year old Candida Richie of Vincennes. Corporal Reed then utilized his narcotics-certified K9 Virka for a free air sniff of the exterior the vehicle. K9 Virka gave a positive indication for the odor of narcotics. A search of the vehicle resulted in Corporal Reed locating methamphetamine and paraphernalia. ISP Trooper Andrew Beaver and ISP Trooper Jarrod Lents also arrived to assist. Ms. Richie was placed under arrest and transported to the Martin County Jail and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia
Martin County Sheriff's Office Corporal Tyler Reed and Deputy Larry Gibson were on patrol in Loogootee.at 12:50am this morning, when Corporal Reed on foot patrol observed a vehicle commit a moving violation and notified Deputy Gibson. The vehicle committed a second moving violation observed by both Corporal Reed and Deputy Gibson. Deputy Gibson initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on Ackerman Drive. Corporal Reed arrived to assist. The driver was identified as 42 year old Abraham Wittmer of Loogootee. During the traffic stop, Wittmer appeared extremely nervous when speaking with officers and repeatedly put his hands in his pockets after being told several times not to do s0. Wittmer was found to have a suspended driver's license with a prior conviction. Wittmer was asked to exit the vehicle and he complied. Wittmer again put his hands in his pockets and Corporal Reed advised him to stop. A pat down for officer safety was performed. A glass smoking device that contained residue was found in his pocket and it field tested positive for methamphetamine. Also found was a plastic bag containing a white crystal substance and several pills. Corporal Reed utilized his narcotics-certified K9 Virka for a free air sniff of the exterior of the vehicle and he gave a positive a positive indication for the odor of narcotics. Wittmer was then arrested and taken to the Martin County Jail and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine - 5 grams - Level 5 Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance - Class A misdemeanor, Driving While Suspended (Prior) - Class A misdemeanor, Possession of Paraphernalia - Class C misdemeanor
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
The man alleged to have been the driver in a hit-and-run case in French Lick on April 24 was arrested and is now facing charges in Orange Superior Court. 28 year old Angel Luna French Lick was arrested Wednesday May 8 th after coming to the French Lick Police Department voluntarily after police asked to speak to him. The accident happened at the Anthony Galloway residence on Indiana Avenue and involved a vehicle crossing the yard and striking a truck belonging to, Springs Valley Regional Water District who was Galloway’s employer. A West Baden police received information that a vehicle with severe damage to the front consistent with the accident was at a residence on South Maple Street in French Lick. Police reported the car had matched the color of a piece of evidence found at the crash scene. Police contacted the person the car was registered to and said she told them she had purchased the car for her daughter and that she’d received a message that Luna had driven her daughter’s vehicle and wrecked it. Police asked for Luna to get in touch with police and he came to the French Lick Police Department the next day. Luna told police he went over a speed hump in the road, lost control on a section of wet pavement, crossed the yard and struck the truck. Police also said Luna admitted to not having a license or insurance and to leaving the scene. He was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving while suspended and leaving the scene of an accident.
Two people were jailed Saturday after police allegedly found heroin in their home. According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit On Saturday Mitchell Police and Indiana State Police officers went to the 300 block of Moffatt Road to serve a search warrant. Police had previously received information 21 year old Jacob Roach of Mitchell was dealing heroin at the home. When police searched the home, they found a bag containing heroin, digital scales, paraphernalia packaging materials and $1,500 in cash. Roach allegedly told police during an interview he used heroin and "helped people out." Police allege that Roach also admitted to using heroin while a 2-year-old child was in the home. Officers also spoke with 21 year old Carmyn Goodman also of Mitchell, who told police she used heroin Friday morning with Roach. Goodman said she knew Roach dealt heroin but "stayed out of that part of it." Roach is facing charges of dealing in a narcotic drug, possession of narcotic drug, neglect of a dependent and obstruction of justice. Goodman is charged with neglect of a dependent and possession of a narcotic drug. Roach and Goodman were booked into the Lawrence County jail. Goodman's bond is set at $2,005 cash, while Roach's bond is set at $5,005 cash.
Police arrested two people at Walmart Saturday in Bedford after they were accused of dealing methamphetamine and heroin. According to a Lawrence Superior Court II probable cause affidavit at 6:11 p.m. Bedford officers went to the store after a woman was caught shoplifting. When police arrived, 23 year old Brittany Cornett of Camby mentioned another man who was later identified as 29 year old Charles Wiley of Bloomington was also involved and that he was sitting in a gold car outside of the store. Police were able to stop the vehicle before it left the parking lot. Police allege Wiley gave them false birth dates and an incorrect spelling of his last name before police learned his true identity. They arrested Wiley when they learned his true identity because he was wanted on warrants from Monroe and Owen counties. A police dog sniffed outside the vehicle and alerted to possible drugs inside. A search resulted in police finding bags containing meth, bags containing heroin, a set of digital scales, two glass smoking pipes, empty bags with various labels, a wallet containing $1,050 in cash and four Quetiapine Fumarate pills. Many of the items were found in a box in the car. According to police the total amount of heroin and meth found was less than 5 grams each. Wiley is facing charges of dealing methamphetamine, dealing in a narcotic drug, possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug and synthetic identity deception. Cornett is being charged with dealing meth, dealing in a narcotic drug, possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug and theft. Wiley and Cornett were booked into the Lawrence County jail and their bond was set at $2,005 cash.
Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
Two people were arrested after police were called to the McDonald's in Bedford after a report of a female driver falling asleep in the drive-through line Monday night. Police were given a description of the vehicle and were told there were an adult male and several children inside the vehicle. Police located the vehicle traveling west on 16th Street with a small child standing up in the backseat unrestrained and Officers stopped the vehicle near 16th Street and James Avenue. The vehicle was being driven by 25 year old Samantha Phillips of Springville and 36 year old Kenneth Cahill of Bedford was the front seat passenger. As officers were approaching the vehicle they notice both Phillips and Cahill appear to be hiding something inside the vehicle. Both Phillips and Cahill were asked to step out of the vehicle and while speaking with officers they both continued to play with their pant pockets. Due to their unusual behavior officers performed a pat down and located a smoking device and baggie with a crystal substance on Cahill that later tested positive for Methamphetamine. Phillips told police she had methamphetamine in her pant pocket too. Officers found a baggie of a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana. Police arrested Cahill on charges of neglect of a dependent, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Phillips is facing charges of neglect of a dependent, possession of meth, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A 12 year old boy was injured after a two-vehicle crash at John Williams Boulevard and X Street Monday night in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police report 20 year old Adam Schultz of Bedford drove his 2005 Pontiac Sunfire into the path of a Hyundai Tucson driven by 46 year old Mary Skees of Bedford who was traveling west on John Williams Boulevard. Schultz told police he didn't see her vehicle when he pulled out of the parking lot of the Dollar General store. The accident was reported around 6 p.m. Skee and Schultz were not injured in the crash. A passenger in the vehicle 12 year old Benjamin Skees also of Bedford complained of knee and lower foot pain.
The Ferdinand Elementary School was put on lockdown after a suspicious man was found on the school’s playground this/Tuesday morning. The Ferdinand Police Department responded at 9:42 a.m to a call of a suspicious male on the school’s playground. School officials had approached the man that was described as Asian in appearance and had attempted to talk with him. As the attempted the man walked behind a utility building east of the school. When officers arrived at the school they entered the school and initiated a check and determined the school was safe. The suspicious man who was on the playground was located three blocks from the school and an interpreter was contacted to assist with the interview. Police were able to determine that no threat existed at anytime at the school. Police said the school staff responded appropriately to the situation and the school has returned to normal operations. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana Conservation Officers and Indiana State Police assisted with the incident.
Monday, May 13th, 2019
A Lawrence County teen was injured after crashing the vehicle he was driving on State Road 158 Sunday morning. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department report, 16-year-old Harrison Adkisson of Williams, was driving a 2005 Suzuki Forenza east on State Road 158 when he took a curve too fast for weather conditions, and lost control on the wet road. The vehicle hit a culvert on the north side of the highway, flipped and rolled on its top. Adkisson complained of shoulder and upper arm pain was treated at the scene by IU Health Hospital ambulance personnel. The accident resulted in property damage at a home in the 6120 block of State Road 158.
On Saturday at 5:30 pm, the Indiana State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on State Road 7 near Private Road 625 West in Jennings County that claimed the life of a North Vernon man and injured a female passenger. The initial investigation by Trooper Jacob Tolle, indicated that a white 1988 Ford truck, being driven by 51 year old Matthew Lonsberry of North Vernon, was traveling southbound on State Road 7 near Private Road 625 West. Lonsberry’s vehicle left the west side of the road before overturning and striking a utility pole. The vehicle came to rest on its top. Both Lonsberry and a passenger, 52 year old Mary Lonsberry also of North Vernon were trapped inside the vehicle. Emergency personnel extricated both occupants from the vehicle. Matthew Lonsberry died as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jennings County Coroner’s Office. Mary Lonsberry was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. State Road 7 was closed approximately one hour for crash investigation and cleanup. The investigation is ongoing. Toxicology results are pending on Matthew Lonsberry. The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Jennings County EMS, Scipio-Geneva Fire Department, Jennings County Coroner’s Office, and Clark’s Wrecker Service.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle accident in which one adult male and one juvenile female sustained injury. The accident occurred at 6:30 p.m., on Saturday near the 1300 block of Norton Drive in Greenwood. 31 year old Michael Landrum of Greenwood was operating an ORV on a roadway in a residential area with a juvenile passenger. For reasons not yet known, the ORV flipped over pinning Landrum underneath, while throwing the juvenile off. Both Landrum and the juvenile were transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital by ambulance. Landrum is being treated for head lacerations and the juvenile for hand and shoulder injuries. The cause of the accident is still being investigated, but alcohol appears to have been involved. Neither victim was wearing a helmet or proper safety equipment. Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by Greenwood Police Department and Greenwood Fire Department.
Thursday, May 9th, 2019
A Jackson County couple suffered severe injuries when their vehicle left the interstate and struck an overpass Tuesday night. According to an Indiana State Police report, a 2011 GMC Acadia driven by 37-year-old Daniel Stone of Seymour left the southbound lane of I 65 for an unknown reason at the 47-mile-marker between Seymour and Uniontown and struck the New Farmington Road overpass. The vehicle overturned and came to rest in the left southbound lane of the interstate beneath the overpass. Daniel Stone was taken to Scott Memorial Health in Scottsburg before being transferred to the University of Louisville Hospital. His passenger 35-year-old Tiffany Stone of Seymour was trapped in the vehicle and was extricated by first responders and flown by St. Vincent StatFlight helicopter from the scene to the University of Louisville Hospital. Southbound lanes of I 65 were shut down for about two hours as first responders cleared the scene and investigated the crash. The investigation is ongoing.
Final pretrial motions were heard Wednesday prior to this Monday’s scheduled start of the jury trial in the Jan.11 murder of 23 year old Chloie Lubbehusen, of Huntingburg. Dubois Circuit Court Judge Nathan Verkamp had ruled last month on a prosecution motion to push back the May 13 trial date, denying it along with a defense motion for a change of venue in the murder case against 27 year old Kyle Schneider of Huntingburg. Lubbehusen was found stabbed and bleeding on the porch of her residence near St. Anthony on Jan. 11. She later succumbed to her injuries at Jasper Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Police then located and arrested Schneider in a garage at the scene. Verkamp still must review videotaped interviews before making all necessary final rulings in the coming days on what can and cannot be presented at the trial. Monday’s trial, which could last two weeks, will now begin with efforts to seat a jury.
A Gibson County man is accused of stabbing a woman and her two-year-old daughter. The affidavit for Antuan McGhee of Princeton says the incident happened Monday in the 600 block of East Broadway Street. The victim says she was sitting on the couch with her daughter, when McGhee sat down beside her. She says he reached over, tilted the child’s head, and tried to slice her neck with a kitchen knife. The victim says she covered the child, and McGhee repeatedly stabbed both of them. During the struggle, the knife broke. The victim says she ran with her child as McGhee tried to find another knife. The victim and her daughter were found screaming in the street, covered in blood.
Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
A Bedford man was arrested after officers were called to an apartment in Bedford after a report of a battery. Police responded to the apartment at the 1300 block of K Street at 7:30 p.m. When officers arrived they spoke to the female victim who was very upset and crying saying she had been injured by 49 year old Gary Sergent of Bedford. The victim said Sergent was staying at the apartment to help her out after a recent surgery. The victim asked him to walk the dog and he became upset shoving the woman using both hands in the chest causing her to fall into a chair and table. The woman suffered bruising to her arm and hips. Sergent was arrested on a charge of domestic battery by Bedford police but denied pushing the woman and he said she had attacked him first scratching and punching him in the face before she fell to the ground. The woman signed a battery wanting to file battery charges.
The Jasper Police Department took a woman into custody late Tuesday afternoon for allegedly shoplifting at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Jasper. A report of a shoplifter was received by police at 5:54 p.m. Police allege 18 year old Kendra Brown of Jasper, did not pay for $137.06 worth of merchandise placed in a diaper bag. The Items she allegedly stole include a cactus, a T-shirt, shampoos, three deli sandwiches, a toothbrush, mouthwash, wart remover, supplements, two fingernail polishes, a pumice stone and two bottles of drinks. Brown was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 8:49 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of theft.
At approximately 6:15 pm on Tuesday, two Seymour residents were injured in a single vehicle crash on I-65 Southbound near the 47 mile marker in Jackson County. According to the initial investigation by Trooper Matt Holley, a 2011 GMC Acadia, being driven by 37 year old Daniel Stone of Seymour was traveling southbound on I-65 near the 47 mile marker. For an unknown reason, Stone’s vehicle left the right side of the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the vehicle struck the New Farmington Road overpass. The vehicle overturned and came to rest in the left lane of Southbound I-65. Daniel Stone sustained serious injuries in the crash. He was transported to Scott County Memorial Hospital before being transferred to the University of Louisville Hospital. A passenger in Stone’s vehicle, 35 year old Tiffany Stone also of Seymour was initially entrapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by emergency personnel. She was then flown from the scene to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. I-65 Southbound was shut down for approximately two hours for crash investigation and cleanup. The investigation is ongoing. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County EMS, Vernon Township Fire Department, and Stat Flight.
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
A man from Mitchell was arrested after he caused a disturbance at Steak N' Shake on Saturday night in Bedford. According to police Lawrence County deputies were dining at the restaurant when 20 year old Gage Gabhart of Mitchell began shouting and cursing at the officers saying they were staring at him. At the time there were several people in the business and the officers had Gabhart step outside where he continued to be loud. He was asked several times to calm down and be quiet. At one point Gabhart was released from custody after the officers explained to him that he could not exhibit this behavior. Gabhart told police he was acting this way to trying to impress his friends. Once he was released he began being loud and verbally abusive again. He was placed under arrest at that point and he tried to pull away and refused to get into the patrol car while shoving one of the officers. He was transported to jail without further incident.
Over the weekend, Indiana State Police Master Trooper Lytton and Trooper Giesler conducted a traffic stop on a silver, 2004, Chevrolet passenger car on US 231 near I-64 in Spencer for speeding. During the course of the traffic stop, troopers became suspicious of potential drug activity and requested Indiana State Police Trooper Kaitlyn Greene and K-9 Drogos for a drug sniff. K-9 Drogos alerted on the vehicle and a subsequent search reveled a large amount of suspected methamphetamine among other drug items. The driver 40 year old Janet Duran of Grandview and passenger 30 year old Corderro Sanders of Evansville were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Spencer County Jail. Duran was arrest on Felony counts of Dealing Methamphetamine, Common Nuisance, and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Methamphetamine Above 28 Grams, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. And a Vanderburgh County Warrants: Petition To Revoke: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Sanders was arreste on felony counts of Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine Above 28 Grams, Common Nuisance, and Misdemeanor counts of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and a Vanderburgh County Warrant: Petition To Revoke: Possession of Cocaine.
Monday, May 6th, 2019
This month, the Jasper Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies in the area will join law enforcement agencies across the nation to increase enforcement of seat-belt laws for Click It or Ticket. Multiple weeks of highly visible patrols will be watching for unrestrained passengers in cars and trucks, both children and adults, the front seat and back, both day and night. Click It or Ticket continues through the Memorial Day holiday and the start of the summer travel season. Overtime police patrols are paid with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). Police will be warning everyone before the seat-belt-crackdown begins because they respond to traffic crashes and we see the preventable deaths and painful injuries from motorists not buckling up. Indiana law requires the driver and all passengers to buckle up. Children under age eight must be properly restrained in a child car seat or booster seat.
Friday, May 3rd, 2019
After receiving a request from the family of Jesse Pease, the Paoli Police Department will be participating in an upcoming specialized traffic enforcement detail. The primary focus will be speeding motorists and those not wearing a seat belt. In partnering with Jesse’s family, we would like to stress the importance of making good decisions when getting behind the wheel. Traveling at reasonable speeds, increased following distance, and wearing a seatbelt are all ways you can help decrease the number of traffic crash related deaths. Paoli Police want you to know that: 3 out of 4 people who are ejected from a vehicle will die in that crash, Less than 1% of all crashes involve fire or water submersion, 3 out of 4 crashes occur within 25 miles of home, 80% of all crashes occur at speeds less than 40 mph, Unbelted occupants have been known to die at speeds as low as 12 mph and Seat Belts increase your chance of surviving a crash by 50%. Seatbelts should ALWAYS be worn low over the hips, with the shoulder belt worn over the shoulder. NEVER place a shoulder belt under the arm or behind the back. Improper belt placement can lead to serious internal injuries during a crash. The Paoli Police Department is committed to strictly enforcing the law in an effort to reduce injuries and save lives on our roadways. Increased seat belt use saves lives and we will do everything we can to ensure the safety of you and your family. It's not about the fine, it's about SAVING LIVES!
Indiana State Trooper along with trooper Kaitlyn Greene and her partner K-9 Drogos responded to a residence in Richland City in efforts to apprehend a suspect, who was wanted on several warrants. Once at the residence, troopers became suspicious that 45 year old Mark Modlin, was hiding after they located a hidden trap door leading to the crawl space. Trooper Greene then deployed K-9 Drogos and Modlin subsequently surrendered without a K-9 bite. Modlin was then booked into the Spencer County Jail for the following charges: Possession of Methamphetamine, 1 Count, Level 6 Felony, Operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life, 1 Count, Level 5 Felony, Operating as a Habitual Traffic Violator, Level 6 Felony, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Serious Bodily Injury Class A Misdemeanor, Disorderly Conduct, Class B Misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class C Misdemeanor.
The final of the 2019 Orange County Third House Sessions being sponsored by the three county chamber of commerce's, French Lick/West Baden, Paoli, and Orleans is set for Saturday, May 11th at the Orleans Town Hall from 10 to 11 a.m. State Representatives Steve Davisson, R, Salem, and State Senator Erin Houchin, R, Salem have agreed to participate and will be proving a "Wrap Up" of the 2019 Indiana General Assembly. Robert F. Henderson, Orleans Chamber Exec. Director will moderate.The public is welcome to attend.
Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
Police officers from several area police department responded to Medora Community Schools this morning following a report of a man with a gun in the area of Medora Christian Church on the southwest corner of George and Riley streets. The schools were placed on lockdown until the man was located. Officers responded to the area at 8:08 a.m. and found a man carrying a crossbow near the front entrance of the school. Jackson County Sheriff's Department Lt. Adam Nicholson says the man had picked up the crossbow at a friend's house and was walking back home. The crossbow featured a stock that resembled a gun stock. The man is not facing any criminal charges. Assisting at the scene was trooper with the Indiana State Police and Brownstown Police officers.
A Monticello man has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Linton and being a habitual offender. Vonny Craw plead guilty in Greene County Superior Court on April 30th to the August 18, 2017 robbery of BloomBank at 1450 A Street in Linton in a negotiated plea deal. Judge Dena Martin accepted the plea deal and sentenced Craw to four years in prison on the robbery charges and four years for being a habitual offender. The sentences will run consecutively. He was also credited with 291 days served and was also ordered to pay fines, court costs, and fees.
A trial date has been set in Crawford County for a Huntingburg dentist and his wife who is accused of criminal confinement and neglect of their daughter. The trial is scheduled for November 18, 2019. The trial was moved to Crawford County after Dubois County Circuit Court Judge Nathan Verkamp granted a change of venue last April. The final pretrial conference is set for June 4 and will take place at the Dubois County Circuit Court.
Wednesday May 1st 2019
On Monday, Paoli Police Department officers received an anonymous tip regarding a significant quantity of methamphetamine being trafficked into Orange County for distribution by two Washington County residents. Officers initiated an investigation and determined the suspects were driving a 2006 black Ford F150. On Tuesday at 3:54 a.m. Paoli Police 0fficers located that truck and initiated a traffic stop on US 150 East, near the Grease Gravy Road intersection. Officers obtained consent to search the vehicle and located 21.2 grams of meth under the driver's seat. These illegal drugs were seized and submitted into Paoli Police Department evidence. Police both the vehicle occupants at the conclusion of the investigation. Arrested were 59 year old Terry Baylor and 47 year old Ronda Baylor both of Salem on a felony charge of dealing meth. Both were transported to the Orange County Jail. Their vehicle was towed from the scene by Magner's Towing.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an Off Road Vehicle accident that occurred in Washington County early Sunday morning. 32 year old Mark Gumaelius of Salem and one of his two adult passengers suffered injuries as he was operating an Off Road Vehicle on Rooster Hill Road north of Salem. Shortly before 1 a.m., Gumaelius attempted to turn onto Rooster Hill Road and lost control and struck a tree. One passenger was transported by ambulance to Schneck Medical Center in Jackson County. Gumaelius was ejected and was knocked unconscious. He suffered head injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor, and as a result, Gumaelius is facing pending charges of Operating an Off Road Vehicle Under the Influence of an Alcoholic Beverage. None of the occupants was wearing a helmet or using safety equipment.
A man was taken to a hospital after a sport-utility vehicle hit the bicycle he was riding Tuesday. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department accident report At 5:23 p.m. 62-year-old Robert Pridemore of Mitchell was traveling south on Dixie Highway, near Tresselview Drive. A white 2016 Kia Sorento driven by 71yearold Janice Ramey of Mitchell was traveling behind Pridemore. An oncoming vehicle in the other lane caused Ramey to move close to the edge of the road to maintain space. According to the report a mirror on Ramey’s vehicle hit Pridemore’s bicycle causing him to lose control. The SUV’s tire also hit Pridemore’s bike which caused a flat tire. Pridemore, was severely bleeding from the face after the crash. Police estimate the crash resulted in $5,001 to $10,000 damage.
Tuesday April 30th 2019
This morning/Tuesday at 3:20, Trooper Jordan Lee was patrolling in the Vincennes area when he stopped the driver of a 2002 Ford Ranger on Hart Street near 12th Street for having a defective license plate light. When Trooper Lee approached the vehicle he detected an odor of marijuana. The driver was identified as 29 year old Demencio Canchola of Vincennes. A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 435 grams of marijuana, 10 morphine pills and over $3,600 cash. Canchola was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail where he is currently being held on bond. He was charged with felony counts of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Misdemeanor counts of Dealing Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana.
A motorcyclist fleeing at a high rate of speed faces a felony charge of resisting law enforcement. Around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday police were called to the Pebble Brooke subdivision off of U.S. south of Seymour 31 after a report of several motorcycles racing up and down the streets. When police arrived in the area they observed two motorcycles traveling north on U.S. 31 at a high rate of speed. Police turned around and activated their emergency lights and sirens. One of the motorcycles sped away traveling north, while the other motorcycle turned into the subdivision. Dispatch was notified that police were in a pursuit with a motorcycle. When the motorcycle approached the junction of U.S. 31 and U.S. 50, it turned east on U.S. 50 and quickly accelerated, reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph. The motorcycle eventually came to a stop in the 12000 block of East U.S. 50. The driver was identified as 28 year old Erick Omar Rodriguez-Vazquez of Columbus and a female passenger were detained. The woman was released from the scene. Rodriguez-Vazquez was arrested on a felony charge of resisting law enforcement along with misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while never having received a driver’s license and reckless driving. Rodriguez-Vazquez also received citations for expired license plates, speeding, disregarding a traffic control device and failure to use a turn signal.
Monday, April 29th, 2019
A Martin County man is dead after a tree fell on his truck in Martin County. According to the Martin County Sheriffs department report, at around 5PM Friday, 37 year old Dustin S. Taylor, of Shoals , was traveling along State Road 150 between Shoals and French Lick when an entire tree fell on his truck. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say this is the second accident like this in Martin County. The first occurred in November 2017 when 33-year-old Eric Gootee, was driving a 2008 Kenworth truck and trailer, owned by Hawkins Bailey Warehouse, eastbound on US 50 near Rama Dye Road or Buffalo Bottoms around 3:30 p.m. when a large tree on the south side of the highway uprooted and fell across the roadway onto the semi.The tree crashed through the windshield and passenger compartment, fatally injuring Gootee. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Two people injured Sunday afternoon in a rear-end collision at 16th Street near E Street in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police Department accident report, 20-year-old Elli Crosby, of Bedford, was traveling west on 16th Street in a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer, when she struck the rear of a 2014 Dodge Caravan driven by 62-year-old Timothy Taylor, of French Lick. Crosby told police she was distracted and struck the rear of Taylor's van. A witness told police Crosby's Trailblazer was traveling faster than the posted speed limit. Crosby was not injured. Taylor complained of neck and back pain. His passenger 71-year-old Barbara Irish, of Linton, complained of neck pain. Both were taken by an AMR ambulance to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment.
Many of Indiana's lawmakers are weighing in on the death of former Senator Richard Lugar. Lugar died in Virginia yesterday at the age of 87. Governor Eric Holcomb says Lugar was a "faithful servant to the highest ideals." Attorney General Curtis Hill says "Indiana and all America will miss his gentle wisdom." Lugar was first elected Senator from Indiana in 1976 and was re-elected six times until 2013. His career in politics began in the 60's when he was elected the Mayor of Indianapolis.
Friday, April 26th, 2019
A Jackson County man was arrested after he allegedly fired a handgun and fled from police. Seymour Police arrested 30-year-old Christopher Blum, on charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. According to Seymour Police, officers were called to Fountain Drive and 10th Street at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after police were told that Blum had taken his girlfriend's 2000 Ford Windstar without permission on Monday and had not returned the vehicle. The caller told police Blum was in the vehicle in the area and was intoxicated and had a handgun. According to Police, they found Blum, who got out of the vehicle and ran. Officers saw Blum reach for the weapon which was at his waist multiple times as he was running. Police found him and say he had the gun in his hand and fired one shot into the ground, then threw the weapon into the ditch and took off running again. Blum was found near a duplex and asked to stop, he then charged at the officers. He was then stopped and arrested. Blum was arrested and is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bond.
A Lawrence County man was injured following a Thursday afternoon crash.According to police reports, at around 5:41 p.m., 73-year-old Rene A. Foli of Bedford was traveling on State Road 37, near Wesley Chapel Road, in a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. Foli told police he could not remember what happened, but , a witness traveling behind Foli told police that his vehicle was weaving all over the road, then ran off the road completely, hitting a guardrail. He suffered minor facial bleeding and police estimate the crash resulted in $5,001 to $10,000 in damage.
A citizen complaint Thursday night of a possible impaired driver in Huntingburg resulted in an arrest. According to Huntingburg Police, at around 9:40 p.m. a tip was sent to a Huntingburg officer to go to Sixth and Main streets where he began observing a 2009 Toyota Matrix driven by 27 year old Rachel Atwood, of Jasper. Police allege Atwood drove left of center with all four tires at Fourth and Chestnut streets. Atwood’s blood alcohol content allegedly later tested .136% after a blood draw at Jasper Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Atwood was then booked into the Dubois County Jail at 1:53 a.m. this morning on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.
Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Bedford Police arrested a Lawrence County man after breaking into a residence Wednesday afternoon. According to police, 49 year old Kevin Williams of Bedford had entered a apartment without the residents permission. Williams eventually left, but came back naked and entered the residents apartment again. The resident called police after Williams left the apartment, where he collapsed outside. A search warrant for Williams apartment, and Williams was then transported to the hospital for treatment then to the Lawrence County jail. He is facing charges of residential entry, maintaining a common nuisance, public nudity, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief and possession of a Chinese throwing star.
A Monday afternoon accident injured a Lawrence county teen. According to a Lawrence County Sheriffs accident report, 16-year-old Maddilyn Donahue of Bedford was traveling west on South Leatherwood Road in a 2010 Toyota Corolla when she crested a hill. At the same time, 26-year-old John Craig of Bedford was traveling the opposite direction in a 2008 Buick Enclave and crossed the center line. Donahue attempted to avoid a collision and overcorrected, causing the car to run off the roadway and strike a tree. Donahue was treated at the scene by an ambulance crew for minor injuries to her chest and arm from the airbag deploying. Craig was not injured.
A Dubois County man and woman are facing drug accusations after being arrested after a Wednesday traffic stop. According to Jasper police, Officers patrolling Kellerville Road saw a dark blue van northbound on Kellerville Road just past Cathy Lane at 10:11 a.m. Officers knew the driver, 33 year old Brandon Bullock of Jasper had an active local warrant. Police then conducted a traffic stop in the area of County Road 300N and Kellerville Road. Officers then saw a female passenger, identified as 53 year old Mary Roettger, of Huntingburg, allegedly attempt to conceal paraphernalia. It was later discovered at the Dubois County Jail, that Roettger had concealed methamphetamine. Bullock and Roettger were each booked into the Dubois County Jail on preliminary Level 6 felony counts of methamphetamine possession and preliminary misdemeanor counts of possession of paraphernalia. Roettger is additionally facing a preliminary Level 6 felony count of obstruction of justice. Deputies with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office assisted.
Wednesday April 24th 2019
Police arrested a man Friday after video footage allegedly showed him smacking a woman in the face. According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit On Friday a man went to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department to report 40 year old Randy Shields of Bedford had hit his daughter. He told police he had gotten videos from a relative showing Shields smacking the left side of his daughter's face. According to police another video allegedly showed Shields chasing her through a house before throwing a plastic chair at her. Police later went to the home where the incident occurred after finding out Shields also had a Greene County warrant out for his arrest. After the arrest of Shields, police attempted to speak with the woman. However, she allegedly told police Shields did not hit her and that she wasn't going to tell officers anything else. Shields is facing a charge of battery in the presence of a minor. Shields was booked into the Lawrence County jail and was later taken to the Greene County jail.
A Springville woman was arrested Sunday after she was accused of hitting a man in front of children. According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable Cause affidavit at 10:27 p.m. on Sunday, a child called 911 to report his parents were fighting. Officers with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police then went to the 200 block of Hickory Heights Circle in Springville. When police arrived, a man sitting outside told them 30 year old Sarah Dorsett of Springville had battered him while inside a vehicle. The man told police he and the family had spent the day in Bloomington. While Dorsett was driving he said he asked Dorsett about a text message on her phone and after he asked her about it he alleged she reacted violently. He accused her of hitting him in the head while she was driving and he said two children were in the back seat during the altercation. The man suffered abrasions, cuts and redness to his face. Police then talked to Dorsett and she said the man had broken her purse strap during the altercation. A breath-alcohol test was given to Dorsett and it showed her intoxication level was twice the legal limit. Dorsett is charged with battery in the presence of a minor. She was booked into the Lawrence County jail with bond set at $755 cash.
A Springville woman was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $11,000 in payroll checks from Austin Memorial Arts in Bloomfield. The owner of the business told investigators that when he discovered the missing money he went over records and found payroll checks had been written that should not have been issued. The checks were written in varying amounts all to 28 year old Amber Ankney of Springville. Ankney who was the owner's niece was hired in May of 2018. In October of 2018 and was terminated due to being absent to much. While she was employed she had access to the business checking account. Police say Ankney admitted to writing checks, payable to herself claiming two male co-workers had threatened to do physical harm to her and to her family if she did not write the checks and give them the money. She told police the two co-workers were drug users and belonged to a gang. She also said she wrote the checks, deposited them into her own account than her debit card to withdraw the monies from the fraudulent checks to give to these co-workers. According to police bank records of Ankney's don't show her ever withdrawing the funds in the check amounts. Police also spoke to the co-workers and they knew nothing about the checks and had never threatened Ankney or her family and had never received any money from her. Ankney was questioned again On April 11 and she said she made up the story and admitted to stealing the money for herself. Police say the incident happened between June of 2018 and February of this year. Ankney was charged with six counts of theft and six counts of forgery. Ankney posted a $4,800 bond and was released from jail.
Tuesday, April 23rd 2019
In early April, Paoli Police Department Officers began an investigation into the distribution and sale of prescription narcotics within the Town of Paoli. A significant amount of information was gathered from an earlier case and an arrest of a Paoli man, who was charged with dealing meth. After an investigation, enough probable cause was developed to obtain search warrants for two separate residences. The locations of these residences were 534 North County Road 200 North Lot 9 and 112 Linden Street Apt 5, both located in Paoli. At 9:30 p.m. on April 16th, two teams of Paoli Police Officers executed the search warrants at the respective residences. As a result of the searches, Officers located and seized several controlled substances including morphine, methadone, hydrocodone, clonazepam, marijuana,$600 cash, smartphones, hypodermic needles, and other drug paraphernalia. Police arrested 54 year-old Donnie "Geno" Patton, of Paoli on felony charges of dealing in a Schedule II controlled substance, unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. Several more arrest may be forthcoming.
A Solsberry man was arrested after a drug investigation by Greene County authorities on Washboard Road in Solsberry. On Thursday, the Greene County Sheriff's Department and Bloomfield Police served a search warrant to look for stolen items from a burglary. Officers went to the home of Todd Bryant of Solsberry. Once officers arrived at the home they say Bryant came to the door, locked it and went upstairs in the home. Police entered the home and located the stolen items and drug paraphernalia that tested positive for meth and marijuana. Bryant was arrested for possession of marijuana, meth and drug paraphernalia, three counts of neglect of a dependent, maintaining a common nuisance. Police also arrested Tracy Taylor at the scene who was wanted on a Greene County warrant for failure to appear on a charge of driving while driver's license suspended.
The Paoli Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day for the first time which is set for Saturday April 27th. Officers will be stationed in the parking lot of Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy at 889 N. Gospel St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to taking back old or unused prescription medications, officers will be giving away food and will be available to answer citizens' questions. Residents can bring prescription pills, over-the-counter medications, liquid medication, vitamins, pet medications and needles. The police department will not accept mercury thermometers, chemotherapy or radioactive drugs, oxygen containers, inhalers, bloody or infectious waste or illicit drugs. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a local public safety and health issue: Unused or expired medications being stored in home cabinets, making them susceptible to misuse and abuse. The DEA reports many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Also, many people do not know how to properly dispose of unused medicine. They often throw it in the garbage or flush it down the toilet, which are potential safety and health hazards. Medication should only be disposed of using proper methods. By participating in this event, residents can be assured potentially harmful substances will be disposed of in a safe, responsible manner. Those who live in the town of Paoli who do not have transportation available or who aren't physically capable of making it to the event, officers will provide curbside pickup. To arrange pickup, call 812-653-4295. Do not use the regular police department phone number so as to not tie up emergency resources.
Monday, April 22nd, 2019
In early March, Paoli Police Department officers began receiving information regarding illicit drug activity at a residence in rural Paoli. With the assistance of Orange County Sheriff's Deputies, a criminal investigation was then initiated. As a result of that investigation, officers requested a search warrant request which was granted by Orange County Circuit Court Judge Steven Owen on April 18th for a home at 3612 South County Road 250 East, located near Grease Gravy and Poe roads. On April 18 at 10 p.m. Paoli Police officers executed that search warrant. Assisting at the scene were deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Department and an Indiana State Police trooper. During the search, officers located and seized marijuana, meth, buprenorphine/naloxone tablets, a used hypodermic needle, approximately $100 cash, including documented "buy money" used during a "controlled drug buy", three smartphones, several glass smoking devices, and other marijuana and meth paraphernalia. The seized currency will be requested for forfeiture. At the conclusion of the search, two Orange County women were arrested. Police arrested 34-year-old Elizabeth Moon, of Paoli on charges of dealing marijuana, Level 5 felony, possession of meth, Level 6 felony, possession of Schedule III controlled substance, Level 6 felony, unlawful possession of a syringe, Level 6 felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor and 32 year old Tiffany Wood, of Paoli, who is facing charges of possession of meth, Level 6 felony, possession of marijuana, Class B misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor. A third individual is being sought for questioning. Two minor children present were released to a family member who also resides at the residence.
Thursday a Jackson County jury convicted a man on child molesting charges. 33 year old Jason Bellamy of Norman, was found guilty of two felony counts of child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor. Bellamy to be sentenced on May 16 at 3 p.m. Indiana State Police arrested Bellamy in April of last year after a child told police Bellamy had sexual interaction including intercourse with Bellamy and it had become a "daily occurrence." Bellamy denied having any sexual contact or inappropriate interactions with the child and refused to provide a DNA sample or undergo a polygraph.
Jasper Police arrested a driver after SUVs collided Friday afternoon at Northwood Avenue and Leslie Drive in Jasper. According to police, at around 1:39PM, 21 year old Taylor Frick, of Vincennes, was northbound on Leslie Drive in a 2008 Saturn Vue. Frick proceeded onto Northwood Avenue, failing to yield the right of way to a westbound 2004 Ford Explorer driven by 53 year old Melinda Eckert, of Jasper. After the vehicles collided, the Frick Saturn exited the roadway and struck a City of Jasper stop sign and street sign. Numerous witnesses at the scene advised that Frick fled the scene on foot carrying a purse and said she returned to the scene a few minutes later without the purse, which police located a block away. Police allege methamphetamine, marijuana and a modified ink pen with white powdery residue were located in the purse. Authorities then booked Frick into the Dubois County Jail at 5:11 p.m. on preliminary charges that included a Level 6 felony count of methamphetamine possession and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and operator never licensed. She was also cited for failure to yield the right of way and she posted bond Saturday evening. Both drivers declined treatment at the scene.
Friday, April 19th, 2019
A Lawrence County man was arrested after a dispute with a woman this week and charged with battery. According to Bedford Police, the victim told police she was cooking for a family member of 33 year old Cory Kern of Mitchell, when he got upset and spit in her face. Kern then allegedly grabbed the woman by the neck and pinned her against the wall. The alleged incident occurred at a home in the 300 block of Windsor Court in Mitchell. The victim signed a battery affidavit wishing to pursue charges. Officers arrived at Kern's residence in Mitchell and found him hiding in a bedroom underneath a bed. Kern refused to cooperate with officers when asked and had to be forcibly removed and handcuffed, he was then arrested on charges of battery, resisting arrest, and criminal confinement.
Bedford Police officers saved a male juvenile from a storm drain pipe filling with water this week. Bedford Police dispatchers received a 911 call from a cellphone near 22nd and K streets. The female was in distress and took off running toward another male juvenile standing in the wooded area on the back side of Green Hill Cemetery. According to police, officers learned that the three juveniles had entered a storm drain pipe that ran underground and that one male juvenile was still inside the underground pipe which was filling up with water. Bedford Officers were then led to a manhole cover where two of the three had exited. Officers requested extra assistance from other agencies while attempting to get the third male free. Several officers were able to tie rope together and use an empty jug to float the end of the rope to the male and pull him to the manhole opening without any serious injuries.
The U.S. Forest Service invites the public to pitch in and help "un-litter" their public lands on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. until Noon at Youngs Creek Horse Camp just south of Paoli. The busy recreation season is gearing up, and staff is working on clearing trails and cleaning up litter for visitors. This is a great opportunity to meet the staff and volunteer to pick up trash. It is recommended to bring a water bottle, gloves, hat, sunscreen, closed-toe shoes, and long pants. Insect repellent and trash bags will be provided. Directions and site information are available at https://go.usa.gov/xmTZz. It's All Yours is a national campaign to connect every American to their national forests and grasslands through play, discovery, and stewardship. For more information visit https://itsallyours.us/.
Thursday, April 18th, 2019
A Bartholomew County man was arrested after he attempted to kidnap a woman outside of Hoosier Christian Village in Brownstown. According to police reports, 37-year-old Joseph McLaughlin, is accused of attempting to kidnap a female employee Wednesday night from the parking lot of Hoosier Christian Village, on South Sugar Street in Brownstown. The woman said McLaughlin followed her closely as she was going to her vehicle to get a scarf.. When she got close to her vehicle, McLaughlin put a hand on her shoulder and put something against her back, which she thought was a gun. McLaughlin then told the woman to get into her car, and she was going to give him a ride and she refused. McLaughlin then left in his truck and the woman then called police. McLaughlin was found Wednesday morning in Seymour after Seymour Police conducted a traffic stop and arrested McLaughlin. McLaughlin was charged with a felony charge of kidnapping, criminal confinement, and intimidation.
A Linton man was arrested after leaving the scene of a fatal hit and run Monday. Jasonville Police arrested 66-year-old Billy Schubla of Linton Tuesday night after police say he fled a fatal hit and run accident Monday night. Jasonville officers along with first responders were called to an accident in the area of the 400 block of West Main Street in Jasonville. When they arrived, they found an unresponsive 54-year-old male. A witness told police the driver of an older Ford truck fled westbound on Main Street. The injured man was flown by medical helicopter to Terre Haute Regional Hospital where he died from his injuries. On Tuesday, Jasonville Police used evidence from the crash scene and video from area businesses to the vehicle that fled the scene was a 1982 or 83 Ford F-150 XL pickup. Using BMV records for Greene, Sullivan and Clay counties, Jasonville officers hit the road tracking down every truck that matched the description of the vehicle. That search led officers to Schubla. Schubla is facing a felony charge of failure to stop after an accident resulting in death.
Wednesday April 17th 2019
A West Baden man suffered minor injuries when he crashed his pickup Monday on US 50 West at Watson Merry Road in Huron. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department report 30 year old Nathan Kellams and his 1-year-old son Emmett Kellams both of West Baden were traveling on US 50 West, west of Watson Merry Road. According to police Kellams came around a curve and it appears his 2012 Ford F-150 pickup ran off the roadway. The truck ran off the east side of US 50 west and went 271 feet along the ditch. The truck traveled back onto the roadway and uprooted and knocked down a highway sign. The truck went back into the ditch and came back onto the roadway sideways and rolled several times stopping in the middle of US 50 West facing northwest. Kellams suffered a laceration to the right side of his face near his eye and his son was not injured because he was correctly strapped in a car seat. Kellams' wife responded to the scene and transported both to the hospital. Assisting at the scene were an IU Health Hospital ambulance crew, Huron Volunteer Fire Department first responders and Knowles Wrecker Service.
A Mitchell man was arrested Friday after allegedly admitting to molesting a 6 year old girl. On According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit Feb. 21, a man contacted the Indiana State Police to report a possible molesting incident. The man said a relative told him there was possible sexual touching between 20-year-old Anthony Troxel and a young girl. The next day, the girl participated in a forensic interview at Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Bloomington. The girl said Troxel first touched her sexually in a “shed/trailer” Troxel was fixing up. When investigators asked if any other incidents occurred without clothes, she said Troxel threatened to spank her if she talked about them. Eventually, the girl said Troxel reached under her clothing to touch her in a separate incident while they were sitting on a couch, watching TV. In addition, the girl accused Troxel of making her touch him in a sexual manner. When police interviewed Troxel, he admitted to touching her sexually, in addition to her touching him,. Troxel also told police he didn’t understand what made him to do it and that he was willing to get help. Troxel was booked into the Lawrence County jail on two counts of child molesting. As of this morning, Troxel was at the jail with bond set at $5,005 cash.
A Bedford man was arrested on a warrant Saturday and charged with dealing methamphetamine in Bedford. According to a Lawrence Superior Court II probable cause affidavit In March, a confidential informant told an officer at the Bedford Police Department that 24 year old Tramoun Cowan wanted to sell him meth,. The police set up a buy, which resulted in an incident in which they allege Cowan dealt meth and committed theft. Saturday police were patrolling the area of 16th Street and Becky Skillman Way when they noticed Cowan in his rear-view mirror who was driving a car. The officer knew there was a warrant out for Cowan’s arrest and he was pulled over Cowan at 16th Street and Plaza Drive. The officer said he noticed Cowan put something between the front driver seat and center console. Police then searched the vehicle and they allegedly found a plastic bag containing meth residue and wrappers containing meth. Cowan was taken to the Lawrence County jail. On the way there he told police he had a bag of marijuana tucked inside his underwear in which he gave to an officer. The warrant charged Cowan with theft. Cowan received additional charges of possession of meth and possession of marijuana. As of this morning, Cowan was in jail with no bond set.
Tuesday April 16th 2019
A French Lick man was arrested and is now facing charges after police report he ran from them while being arrested and attempted to hide in a shed. Police initially began to question 21 year old Jareth Wininger of French Lick on Saturday in response to a report that he had possibly purchased a stolen handgun. Wininger denied having the gun and told police they could search his backpack. Police said they found a vial in the backpack which according to police Wininger denied knowing anything about. The vial was taken to the police station to test. The vial tested positive for methamphetamine. Officers then went back to find Wininger and said they saw him on the porch of a residence on Jefferson Street. While police were attempting to arrest Wininger took off on foot. Police lost sight of him but a neighbor alerted them a male matching Wininger’s description. The neighbor said the man had run into a shed off of Adams Street. Police ordered Wininger out of the shed and he was then handcuffed and taken to the Orange County Jail. Wininger’s has been charged with a felony count of possession of methamphetamine a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement.
A failure to yield was cited as the cause of a three-vehicle crash at 3:40 p.m. on State Road 56 on Wednesday. According to the crash report 72 year old Gerald Nelson of French Lick, was crossing State Road 56 onto County Road 1000 West from County Road 175 South in his 2008 Dodge Pickup truck. Nelson told police he did not see the 2006 Nissan driven by 22 year old Ashton Leonard of English and pulled in front of Leonard’s vehicle who was traveling south on State Road 56. Leonard’s SUV struck the side of Nelson’s pickup truck and pushed it into the front of 67 year old Donald Cox’s of French Lick who was driving a 2003 Chevrolet. Cox was stopped at the stop sign on County Road 1000 West. Nelson’s vehicle had extensive damage to the passenger side and Leonard’s vehicle had extensive damage to the front end. Cox’s vehicle had very minor front end damage. Total damages were estimated at $25,000-$50,000. No one was injured.
Monday, April 15th, 2019
A Lawrence County woman was injured following an accident on US 50 East near East Boyd Lane Friday morning. According to police reports, 51-year-old Julie Runyon was traveling west on US 50 East when her 2001 Ford Windstar went off the southside of the highway, and over an embankment. Runyon said she had been traveling west on US 50 East when another vehicle stopped suddenly in front of her causing her to swerve her vehicle to avoid rear ending the vehicle. She complained of head pain and was taken by an IU Health Hospital ambulance crew to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment.
A Monroe County mother and her boyfriend are facing neglect charges after Bloomington Police were called to an apartment in the 1400 block of West 12th Street. According to police officers were called to the Bloomington apartment after receiving a 911 call about a woman going in and out of the apartment screaming. When police arrived they noticed a baby swing moving in the living room and asked about the child. They also noticed a capped syringe and marijuana on a coffee table. According to Police the man and woman were both impaired. Arrested was 31-year-old Ashley Davis and 46-year-old William Bennett both of Bloomington on charges of neglect of a dependent, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of marijuana.
A Crawford County woman was arrested following a report of an altercation in progress Saturday. According to police reports, Jasper Police were called to the LA Nails on Third Avenue at 2:04 p.m. Before units arrived, police determined the female suspect, 31 year old Amber Olberding, of English, had left the location. Officers located and stopped her at Third Avenue and State Road 164. An investigation determined the altercation at LA Nails stemmed from a disagreement over services provided. Witnesses and staff at LA Nails advised police Olberding was not happy with a manicure given to her. Witnesses described Olberding’s behavior as belligerent and hostile. During the argument, Olberding supposedly picked up a glass jar of acetone and slammed it down on the counter, shattering it to pieces before leaving the business. It was determined no physical contact was made with any people inside the business.Authorities booked Olberding into the Dubois County Jail at 3:49 p.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief and she posted bond Saturday evening.
Friday, April 12th, 2019
On Thursday, the Martin County Sheriff's Office began a drug investigation involving the sale of narcotics in Loogootee. Corporal Reed and multiple plain clothed officers with the Martin County Sheriff's Office observed19 year old Zane Sanders of Loogootee sell narcotics to an individual. After the transaction was completed, officers converged on Sanders and he was arrested and drugs were recovered. Corporal Reed then applied for a search warrant through Martin County Prosecutors Office for Sanders's residence and it was granted by Judge Lynne Ellis. Martin County Deputies, Martin County Sheriff Travis Roush, Loogootee Police, and Corporal Reed then executed the search warrant at approximately 10:30 p.m. Officers recovered marijuana, cannabis edibles, THC vape cartridges, cocaine, and other controlled substances, alcohol, and paraphernalia during the search. The entire investigation resulted in the seizure of 67 THC vape cartridges, 200 grams of marijuana, 7 bags of cannabis edibles, a small amount of cocaine, paraphernalia, and two controlled substances. Sanders was then booked into the Martin County Jail.
A Lawrence County man was arrested after Indiana State Police say he intimidated public officials. According to Indiana State Police, Last July, Trooper Robert Whyte was contacted by a North Lawrence School Board member regarding an alleged threatening email received from a person who identified themselves as James White. White allegedly threatened the school board member to public ridicule if the board member ran for re-election and he would ruin the board member's life and reputation. Investigators found evidence that James White had communicated a threat to expose the school board member to contempt, disgrace, and ridicule to discourage an attempt for re-election which was against the board member's will. A second school board member then came forward and told investigators of multiple emails received from White threatening them if they ran for re-election or "face consequences." The emails dated back to 2016. The investigation continued over the next several months, and via many subpoenas and search warrants, investigators found that 40-year-old Jade Ritter of Bedford had sent the threatening emails. Ritter was arrested Thursday night on felony counts of intimidation of a public official and synthetic identity deception, and misdemeanor charges of harassment.
A Lawrence County woman was arrested after police were called to a home to a report of smashing car windows. According to police, they were called to the 300 block of Oolitic Road at 11:50 a.m. Thursday morning. There 30-year-old Jami Gray of Bedford was busting out the windows of a vehicle. Police say she was upset because she needed a ride to work and the caller refused to take her. Officers located Gray a short distance away and following a search, found a digital scale and crystal substance that tested positive for Methamphetamine inside her purse. She was arrested on charges of battery causing injury in the presence of a minor, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Thursday, April 11th, 2019
A report of a missing female was reported last Friday night in Washington County. According to police, Washington County Sheriff's Department Deputies Brad Naugle and Allen Taylor responded to the area of Old State Road 56 East, after a report of a missing elderly female with dementia. The 84-year-old female has been missing for about two hours. The deputies contacted Salem Police Department officer Eric Mills and his K-9 partner Prigo. The two then located the elderly woman after tracking her for about 10 minutes. The woman was found safe but wet from the rain, walking on a farm just east of her home.
A woman got lost in Jackson County along the White River over the weekend. According to reports, Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers received a call from the woman, reporting she was lost. The woman called 911 Saturday night, telling dispatchers that she had fallen in the river, but was able to get out on her own. She could not give police her location saying she was lost, officers were then able to ping the woman's phone and determine a general location on where to search. Jackson County Deputies Mitch Ray and J.L. McElfresh along with Conservation Officer Nate Berry found the woman on top of a log jam in the river. The woman had been lost for at least 2 and a half hours before being found in the 10,000 block of East County Road 100 South in Jackson County.
The murder trial of a Dubois County man will take place in May. 27 year old Kyle Schneiders trial will take place in May, after a change venue plea was denied. Dubois Circuit Court Judge Nathan Verkamp ruled Wednesday to proceed with the trial on May 13 despite a motion by the state to allow more time for evidence to be tested by the lab. The court will hear motions from the state and defense in a continuance scheduled for Wednesday, April 17. Schneider is charged with the murder of 23 year old Chloie Lubbehusen, of Huntingburg.
Wednesday April 10th 2019
An Orleans man was transported to the hospital after a crash on State Road 37 Monday afternoon. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department accident report at 3 p.m 48 year old Monte Moffatt of Orleans was traveling south on State Road 37 near State Road 54 West in his 2015 Dodge Ram. Moffatt’s truck crossed into the median and then his truck traveled into the northbound lanes on State Road 37. His truck struck a guardrail and then came to a stop. Moffatt told police he did not remember what happened during the crash. The report didn’t list Moffatt’s injury the he suffered. The crash estimated by police resulted in $10,000 to $25,000 worth of damage.
An investigation Tuesday morning into a pickup truck and scooter accident at Fifth and Main streets is ongoing. Police say the scooter’s operator 26 year old Charles Alstott of Jasper was injured and the scooter was returned as a being stolen. According to the Jasper Police Department 46 year old Carl Eckert of Jasper was northbound on Main Street in a 1999 Nissan Frontier at 8:30 am at the time of the collision. Eckert attempted a left turn onto Fifth Street but did not observe a southbound 2009 Honda scooter driven by Alstott. The crash totaled the Honda scooter and caused front-end damage to the Nissan. Police said Alstott suffered a broken arm and head trauma. He was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and his condition is unavailable at this time. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office assisted.
A big cleanup was coordinated by members of the St. Henry Volunteer Fire Department and Dubois County Sheriff’s Office when a fully loaded box truck crashed and spilled its load Tuesday night south of Huntingburg. The crash occurred at 7:30 p.m along U.S. 231 one-eighth mile south of County Road 1000S. Firefighters said a large Penske Rentals box truck driven by Regina Roser of Evansville crashed and turned over on its side in the northbound lane of U.S. 231. The box trailer and its load of salvaged home interior products and trash spilled all over the highway and the roadside. A Ruxer Ford wrecker retrieved the International truck chassis while Steckler Trenching brought a mini-excavator and a dump truck for the roadside cleanup. St. Henry responded with 11 firefighters and two trucks. They were on the scene two and a half hours.
Tuesday April 9th 2019
An Orleans teen suffered an injury after a two-vehicle collision on State Road 158 Sunday in Bedford. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department report 26 year old Alexander Pritchett was traveling west on State Road 158 on Sunday at 6:23 p.m. He was attempting to turn north onto Avoca Eureka Road when his 2013 Chevrolet Cruze was struck in the rear by a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by 31 year old Kimberly Pridemore, of Orleans. Neither Pritchett nor Pridemore were injured. According to police a passenger in Pridemore's vehicle 14 year old Benton Chenault of Orleans suffered a nose bleed and was treated at the scene. Pritchett was cited for driving with a suspended driver's license.
A Leopold man died in a crash Saturday night south of St. Croix. According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, Perry County dispatch received a call at 10:26 p.m reporting a single-vehicle accident on St. Croix Road. Emergency responders arrived on scene and they found an unconscious man in the vehicle. The victim 21 year old Clay Atkins of Leopold was pronounced dead at the scene. Atkins appeared to have been driving southbound on St. Croix Road when his vehicle left the roadway, colliding with a tree head-on before coming to rest down an embankment. Assisting agencies included Indiana State Police, Perry County Emergency Medical Services and Rescue, the Perry County Coroner’s Office, the Central Perry Volunteer Fire Department and Ohio Valley Towing, Tell City.
The driver involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 64 near Ferdinand on Thursday has been identified as 60 year old Terri Jo Kanter of Evansville. Preliminary investigation efforts reveled Kanter was eastbound on I-64 west of Ferdinand near the 60 mile-marker and drove her vehicle off the north side of the roadway, crossed over the median before colliding with a westbound 2016 Freightliner semi being driven by 32 year old Paul Reckner of Sweetwater, Texas. Reckner was not injured during the crash but he was transported to a local hospital for a certified chemical test which is standard protocol for persons involved in an injury accident. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor at this time. Kanter’s vehicle was removed from the crash scene and taken to the Carter Township Volunteer Fire Department where an autopsy was performed.
Monday, April 8th, 2019
Back on March 27th, a bill, State Bill 552, was authored by the Indiana House Public Policy Committee, which would dramatically take away revenue for Orange and surrounding counties. the bill deals with gaming matters and could potentially affect Orange County with revenues provided by gaming. The bill could eliminate 2.2 Million dollars that was allocated to Orange, Crawford, Dubois and other Counties. That money was provided by the Anderson and Shelbyville racetracks and the payment was started in 2015 to alleviate the negative impact of table games at those facilities which will be allowed in 2021 and will impact the gaming facilities in our area, especially the French Lick Casino. Other possible negative effects from the bill include another possible casino opening in Terre Haute and will compete with the French Lick Casino for market share and customers. Commissioner Marshall Noble be heading to the State House with several other Orange County officials. They will be speaking with legislators to voice their opposition of SB 552. The bill will soon be headed to the Indiana Ways and Means Committee for consideration.
This morning, Indiana State Trooper Andrew Beaver responded to US 231 near Abel Lane for a minor injury accident. According to reports, 30 year old Anthony McAtee, of Lynville fell asleep behind the wheel and drove his GMC pickup down an embankment and struck another embankment head-on resulting in extensive damage to his vehicle. McAtee was treated at the scene for minor injuries to his leg but refused additional medical treatment.
Indiana Conservation Officers arrested a Harrison County couple on the evening of April 4th after they were caught illegally digging for artifacts along the Ohio River. 56 year old James Schuppert, and 50 year old Diana Hutchinson, both of Central, face multiple charges, including DNR archaeological violations, methamphetamine manufacturing, illegal ginseng possession, and illegal wildlife possession. According to Officers, they ad received numerous reports of illegal archaeological digging and criminal trespass along the banks of the Ohio River in recent weeks and stepped up patrols. Thursday afternoon, An Officer observed a suspicious vehicle parked in a field outside of Mauckport, and began a foot search along the riverbank. During the search, the suspects returned to their vehicle and left the area. Shortly afterward, Indiana Conservation Officers Paul Crockett, Zac Howerton, Cpl. Mick Rutherford, and Officer Schreck located the vehicle at Schuppert’s residence, and investigated. After obtaining a search warrant, officers located a meth lab, drugs and paraphernalia, illegally possessed ginseng, box turtle parts, and a large amount of archaeological artifacts. The artifacts included arrowheads and stone tools/implements, some of which are suspected to have been illegally excavated and/or stolen from landowners. Schuppert and Hutchinson were arrested at their residence without incident. Members of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section assisted at the scene.
Friday April 5th 2019
Around noon yesterday Indiana State Troopers responded to a fatal accident on I-64 west of Ferdinand. Multiple Indiana State Police Accident Reconstructionists were on scene for over five hours piecing together the events that lead up to the fatal crash. Preliminary investigation efforts reveled an eastbound vehicle drove off the north side of the roadway, crossed over the median before colliding with a westbound 2016 Freightliner semi being driven by 32 year old Paul Reckner of Sweetwater Texas. Reckner was not injured during the crash but he was transported to a local hospital by a trooper for a certified chemical test which is standard protocol for persons involved in an injury accident. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor at this time. The deceased's vehicle was removed from the crash scene and taken to the Carter Township Volunteer Fire Department where an autopsy was performed. Due to the severity of the impact the Spencer County Coroner’s Office will not be able to make a positive identification for several days.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a Harrison County man that occurred at West Boggs Lake in Daviess County. 79 year old Herbert Stickler of Ramsey was fishing with a family member when his fishing lure got snagged on a log. While attempting to free his line Stickler fell in the water. An attempt to rescue him by his fishing partner was unsuccessful. An autopsy performed Thursday determined the cause of death to be related to a medical condition and not a drowning. Stickler was not wearing a life jacket when he entered the water. The incident occurred Wednesday April 3, 2019 around 1:30 pm. Responding agencies include the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, West Boggs Park Rangers, Daviess County Coroner’s Office, and Southwest Medical EMS. Indiana Conservation Officer strongly encourages wearing a life jacket while boating or near water.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the deaths of a father and daughter who died after what appears to be a kayaking accident at Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area. 33 year old Joshua Varner and 4 year old Vivian Varner of Newburgh were kayaking on Blue Grass Pit Thursday evening. A family member became concerned when they had not returned when expected. Emergency services were called around 7:15 pm. Around 9:45 pm both subjects were found floating in the water. Joshua was pronounced dead at the scene. Vivian was taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where she succumbed to her injuries. A kayak belonging to the victims was found capsized in the water 500 yards away. The water temperature was 55 degrees and the water depth where the victims were found was roughly 10 feet. It is unknown at this time what caused the kayak to capsize. Life jackets were not being worn by the victims when they were recovered. Responding agencies included the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Valley Search and Rescue, Elberfeld Fire Department, Chandler Fire Department, Booneville Fire Department, Scott Township Fire Department, Warrick County EMA, Warrick County EMS, Warrick County Dispatch, Warrick County Coroner’s Office and Indiana Conservation Officers.
Thursday April 4th 2019
On Tuesday the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section along with the ISP Bloomington District A.C.E.S were conducting an ongoing investigation regarding a methamphetamine dealing case. A DES Detective observed 47 year old Timothy Grubb of Bedford, drive away from a residence on 4th Street in Bedford. Officers knew Grubb did not have a driver’s license. At that same time, the detective observed a female drive away from the same residence in a separate vehicle. This female was recognized as 40 year old Cheryl Smith of Mitchell. Troopers knew Smith to be wanted on an active arrest warrant through Owen County and she also had a suspended driver’s license. Both vehicles traveled toward Lincoln Avenue. As Grubb and Smith pulled into a gas station parking lot a traffic stop on Grubb’s vehicle took place. During the encounter with Grubb, troopers observed indicators of criminal activity. An AR-15 rifle was observed laying in the vehicle and Grubb was also in possession of two handguns. In addition, Grubb was also found to be in possession of approximately 2 ounces of methamphetamine, along with marijuana, THC liquid, controlled substance pills, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. While troopers were taking Smith into custody on her active warrant, they discovered that she was in possession of approximately 3 grams of methamphetamine, Lortab pain killer pills, Xanax and other pills. Grubb and Smith were arrested and incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail.Grubb was charged with felony counts of Dealing Methamphetamine Over 10 grams, Possession of Methamphetamine Over 28 grams, and Misdemeanor counts of Possession of Handgun without a Permit, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Smith was charged with felony counts of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Narcotic Drug and Misdemeanor counts of Possession of Controlled Substance, Driving While Suspended with Prior Conviction and also on a Warrant out of Owen County.
A death investigation is being conducted by police after a Wednesday afternoon report of a drowning at West Boggs Lake. Around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a man who had drowned at West Boggs Lake just off Pine Tree Road. The callers reported to dispatch that the man had already been pulled from the water. Few details were available but the victim was reported by police as being a 79 year old man from Ramsey. It's believed he may have suffered a medical emergency before falling out of a boat. The Investigation is ongoing.
The Indiana State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday outside of the Brownstown Police Department in Jackson County. The initial evidence indicates that a male, identified as 53 year old Barry Rucker of Brownstown was with a female and they arrived at the Brownstown Police Department together shortly after 8:00 am. Rucker and the female were involved in an altercation outside of the police department which prompted a 911 call from a passerby. Two officers from the Brownstown Police Department soon arrived on scene. After the officers arrived, an altercation occurred between the officers and Rucker. During the altercation, Rucker produced a gun, prompting both officers to fire at least one round from their handguns. Rucker was struck by at least one of the bullets fired by the officers. Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department soon arrived on scene and assisted the Brownstown officers in administering immediate first aid to Rucker. Jackson County EMS arrived on scene and transported Rucker to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour where he was soon pronounced dead by the Jackson County Coroner’s Office. None of the officers or the female was injured. The Brownstown Community School Corporation briefly went on lockdown until it was determined that there was no threat. Streets located near the Brownstown Police Department were blocked off for nearly eight hours while the investigation was occurring. The investigation is ongoing.
Wednesday April 3rd 2019
Police arrested a man on Tuesday and accused him of felony theft in Huntingburg. 26 year old Travis Summers of Huntingburg was arrested after a complainant came to police about fraudulent activity on his bank account that totaled a loss of $1,668.35. The victim’s bank card had been used for alleged fraudulent purchases from multiple vendors that included Amazon, Rent-A-Center and Geico Auto. The victim was reported to have allowed Summers at one time to use his bank card but the card allegedly was used without his consent to make the purchases are at the center of the current criminal case. Authorities booked Summers into the Dubois County Jail at 3:37 p.m. on a felony count of theft. He posted bond a short time later.
On Monday Officers with the Washington Police Department, DEA Task Force, and the Indiana State Police served a narcotics search warrant at an apartment in Washington. Officers reported locating approximately 4.5 grams of Methamphetamine, items associated with distribution of Methamphetamine, and Paraphernalia. Washington’s Animal Control was also called out to remove 9 dogs from the apartment. Officers reported the apartment had excessive amounts of animal feces and urine inside of the apartment. Officers arrested 42 year old Betty Edmondson on charges of Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession Methamphetamine, Possession Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and on a warrant for Level 6 Felony Theft. 22 year old Keirsten Arp on charges of Possession Methamphetamine, Possession Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance and 21 year old Jordan Helderman for Possession Methamphetamine, Possession Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Officers with the Washington Police and the DEA Task Force continued the investigation to a local Motel later that night. Officers arrested 40 year old Shane Fellers and 40 year old Amanda Fellers of Evansville after locating approximately 34.5 grams of Methamphetamine during the investigation. Both were arrested in Washington on Dealing Methamphetamine related charges. Later that day, Officers with WPD, DEA Task Force, and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office assisted the IDOC Evansville Parole Office in conducting a search of the Fellers’ residence. Officers reported locating approximately 9.5 grams of Methamphetamine, items associated with distribution of Methamphetamine, and Paraphernalia.
On Tuesday at approximately 2:00 pm, the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on US 31 near County Road 900 South in southern Bartholomew County that claimed the lives of two Jackson County residents. The initial investigation by Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team indicated that a white 1999 Mercury Sable passenger car being driven by 18 year old Kelsey Lamaster of Seymour was traveling southbound on US 31 near the Bartholomew/Jackson County line. For an unknown reason, Lamaster lost control of the vehicle. Her vehicle went off the west side of the road. The vehicle then came back on the road and crossed the centerline. Lamaster’s vehicle was struck by a northbound black 2004 Ford F-250 pulling a flatbed trailer that was being driven by 59 year old Paul Luedeman of Crothersville. The vehicles collided in the northbound lane of US 31 before leaving the east side of the roadway and coming to a stop. The flatbed trailer disconnected from the truck and continued approximately 200 yards north before coming to a stop off the east side of the roadway. Lamaster, along with a front seat passenger in her vehicle 24 year old Brandon Freeman of Crothersville sustained fatal injuries in the crash. They were both pronounced dead at the scene by the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office. Luedeman sustained serious injuries in the crash. He was transported by ambulance to Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Indiana for treatment. The crash remains under investigation. Toxicology results on both drivers are pending at this time. US 31 was closed for approximately three hours for crash investigation and cleanup.
Monday, April 1st, 2019
Thursday, Loogootee Police were advised of a reckless driver on US 50 heading into Loogootee. The vehicle was described as a silver Jeep Cherokee. Police located the vehicle and the driver almost struck two vehicles while turning south onto US 231.Loogootee Police Captain Hennette activated his emergency lights and siren, and the driver failed to stop. The driver then proceeded to travel on US 231 south at speeds of 75 to 85 mph. Chief Rayhill of the Loogootee Police and State Trooper Beaver caught up to the pursuit just south of Whitfield on US 231. The Driv er then proceeded into Haysville. Dubois County Sheriffs deputies then laid out spike strips, but the driver eluded them. Once again the pursuit continued along State Road 56 and continued into Cuzco where the driver attempted to turn onto Cuzco Rd and failed to make the turn and crashed into a ditch. the driver exited the vehicle and placed a knife to his throat. Officers ordered the male to drop the knife, but he refused. A Dubois County deputy was able to get close enough to the male to deploy his taser. The male then dropped the knife and was then taken into custody. Arrested was 27 year old casey Skelton of Lynnvile. He was charged with DUI,possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving, possession of a legend drug, resisting arrest with a vehicle and resisting arrest with a deadly weapon. Loogootee Police were assisted by the ISP, Martin Co.Sheriffs Department, Dubois County Sheriff Department and Indiana Conservation. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Sunday morning Indiana State Police Detective/Accident Reconstructionist s Josh Greer and Trooper Ross Johnson assisted the Perry County Sheriffs Department with a fatal accident involving a motorists and a man who was walking on State Road 66 West of Tell City. Tell City Deputies assisted the trooper s with the lengthy and complex accident reconstruction process. They were assisted by local fire/ems units. No other details are known at news time
Friday, March 29th, 2019
Wednesday around 630PM, Indiana State Police observed a vehicle in Bloomington traveling east on 3rd Street commit numerous deliberate and dangerous traffic infractions. The vehicle, a white Kia passenger car, was then observed by a Trooper turning south on Muller Parkway from 3rd Street. The trooper initiated a traffic stop of the Kia and identified the driver as 35-year-old Jeremy Keith Blankenship of Indianapolis. Throughout the investigation, Trooper Garvin noticed several criminal activity indicators. While patting him down for weapons, Blankenship pulled away to resist a loud verbal command and began making quick and furtive movements around his waistband. Blankenship continued to ignore the commands to stop and began to resist physically. While continuing to fight Trooper Garvin and another trooper, Trooper Garvin was able to remove a folding knife from Blankenship that had been clipped to his waistband. Once officers had Blankenship in custody, a loaded handgun was located that had been in Blankenship's sweatpants. Officers also located a bag in Blankenship's jacket containing numerous clear plastic bags all containing a crystal substance, which field tested positive for methamphetamine. The approximate weight of the methamphetamine was 14 grams. Blankenship's passenger, 33-year-old Brandon Scales, of Bloomington was found to be wanted on an active arrest warrant through Monroe County. Troopers later discovered several white tablets and a clear plastic bag containing a white powdery substance. Both Scales and Blankenship were transported and booked into the Monroe County Jail.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating several fires that have happened in the past months in Washington County. The state fire marshal is seeking information on the following fires: March 18 at the Bodenbender Farms at 3766 West Mount Carmel Road in Salem; March 13 fire at 1169 South Liberty Church Road in Pekin; February 27 at 9446 South Stone Bridge Road in Salem. During the investigation, it was learned that a different structure on the same property was set on fire back on November 16, 2018. Officials believe all these fire were intentionally set. Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call the State Fire Marshal's office at 317-504-7148 or call the Arson Tip Line 1-800-382-4628. There is a $5,000 reward regarding information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible.
Monroe County police officers were called to a McDonald's Tuesday night after a report of an argument between workers just after 11 p.m. According to reports, a employee of the 3rd street McDonalds had picked up a cheeseburger and threw it at the other striking the coworker in the face. The argument began after a 21-year-old male employee complained to an 18-year-old female employee that she was working too slow. During the argument, the male threw the cheeseburger at the female. The female told police she was not injured but wanted to file charges against the male. Officers spoke to the manager, who confirmed the female was working slowly and her coworkers were upset cause she was not pulling her weight. The accused male had clocked out and left work and later told police he had gotten mad but should have controlled his anger and not thrown the burger. Police issued the male a summons to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge of battery.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness announced 189 Indiana cities, towns and counties will receive a combined 115 million and Orange County to get nearly a million dollars in state matching funds for roadwork. According to a story in the Times Mail, on Tuesday it was learned that the county will get $975,603.75 in state-matching funds for road projects through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative. The Community Crossings Initiative has provided more than $500 million in state matching funds for construction projects. The latest round garnered 229 applications — making the call for projects highly competitive. To qualify for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds, 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent for smaller communities, from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction. They must also submit an INDOT-approved asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges. State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. Other counties receivings were Martin and Jackson counties.
Police in Ferdinand took a man into custody Tuesday night after a report of a suspicious man was reported in a mobile home park. According to Ferdinad police, they were called to the report of a suspicious man in the area of a mobile home park on West Ninth Street in Ferdinand. Police made contact with 35 year old Jeffrey Deich, 35, who did not have a current address, and indicated he was waiting on a ride. Deich was allowed to go until complainants gave police additional information about Deich allegedly coming onto their property. Officers again made contact with Deich and, during a pat-down for officer safety, allegedly found him in possession of a small amount of a white crystalline powder that field tested positive as methamphetamine. They then booked Deich into the Dubois County Jail at 9:24 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of possession of methamphetamine.
Dubois County and three others, Hamilton, Gibson and Boone counties, tied for the lowest unemployment in the state in February, according to a new state report. Dubois and Gibson counties and Boone and Hamilton counties north of Indianapolis each posted 3.1 percent unemployment in February. For Dubois and Gibson counties, that was up one-tenth of a percent from the previous month when they alone were tied for the top spot, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The state’s highest February unemployment, 7.0 percent, remained in Vermillion County, which is north of Terre Haute along the Indiana-Illinois border. Rates in February for Dubois County’s other neighboring counties were a mixed bag. Those rates were Crawford, 6.3 percent, up from 6.0 percent; Martin, 3.4 percent, down from 3.5 percent; and Orange, 4.4 percent up from 4.3 percent; The overall state rate in February was unchanged at 3.5 percent. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported private sector employment has grown by 40,400 during the year, and 4,400 over the previous month, setting a new preliminary record.
Wednesday March 27 2019
A French Lick man was arrested on a failure-to-appear warrant this week. 27 year old Kyle Haley of French Lick was taken into custody Monday by the Huntingburg Police Department and Dubois County Sheriff’s Office on failure-to-appear warrants related to ongoing auto theft and suspended driving cases. The warrants were issued after Haley failed to appear for hearings on the cases in Dubois Superior Court on March 4. Haley was originally arrested in the auto theft case by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office after deputies were called on Jan. 17 to conduct a welfare check on a man reported to possibly be passed out in a Dodge flatbed truck parked at a Birdseye business location. Haley was awake when officers arrived but his license was suspended and he could not present a vehicle registration to the freshly painted black Dodge truck. The license plate was registered to a General Motors product. The sheriff’s department gave Haley a ride to a friend’s house in the Birdseye area. Police later said that an original VIN sticker was located in the truck and it showed the vehicle was a maroon 1996 Dodge 350 that had been reported stolen. According to police the VIN number that should have been on the vehicle’s engine block had been scratched off. Haley allegedly stated he knew the vehicle was stolen after being questioned by police.
Early Tuesday March 26, 2019, Indiana State Police Troopers Kyle Taylor and Brett Walters received information 31 year old Clay Ingram of Salem was possibly in the process of delivering methamphetamine to an address in Salem. As a result of the information and their later investigation, officers stopped Ingram on Anson Street near Parkview Drive which is located near Salem Community Park. Ingram was found to be in possession of approximately 1 gram of suspected methamphetamine and a syringe. Ingram was arrested and incarcerated at the Washington County Jail for the following felony counts: Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Possession of a Syringe. Troopers were assisted by officers from the Washington County Drug Team.
Three people were transported to the hospital after a crash Monday afternoon at Sieboldt Quarry and Gas Line roads in Springville. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department accident report At 3:39 p.m., 72 year old Mary Jerrells of Springville was traveling east on Sieboldt Quarry Road in her 2009 Jeep Liberty. Jerrells was approaching the intersection at Gas Line Road when a 1996 Ford F-250, driven by 44 year old Christopher Banks also of Springville, entered the intersection and hit the Jeep head on. According to the report Jerrells entered the intersection from the south side of Gas Line Road after leaving a stop sign and did not yield to Banks' vehicle. Jerrells turned into Banks’ path and that he tried to swerve to miss her. Mary Jerrells, and passengers in her vehicle 48 year old Belinda Jerrells and 51 year old Brenda Jerrells were all taken to the hospital after complaining of pain. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. The report estimated the crash damage was between $25,000 and $50,000.
Monday, March 25th, 2019
A Jackson County woman was arrested after admitting she had been hiding drugs in her body. According to police reports, the incident began about 12:40 a.m. Friday morning when Columbus police stopped a speeding vehicle at State Road 11 and Jonathan Moore Pike.A police dog alerted to the odor of drugs inside the vehicle and police determined that a passenger, 38-year-old Amanda Spencer of Crothersville was in violation of her parole and was suspected of hiding drugs. She was taken to Johnson County Jail to have a body scan done when she allegedly admitted she was carrying narcotics on her person. A search at Columbus Regional Hospital allegedly discovered she was carrying heroin, meth, and cocaine. In addition to the probation violation, she is being charged with dealing heroin and possessing heroin, meth, cocaine and a controlled substance.
A search is on for a missing Washington County man, who has been missing since January. 53-year-old Wesley Howard of Salem has not been seen or heard from since mid-January and was last seen driving away from McDonald's in Mitchell, in a 2004 blue Ford F-150 with Indiana License plate: AQE867. If you have any information about Wesley Howard, contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 812-883-5999 and speak to Deputy A. Powers.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of a silver 2000 Honda Passport that was taken from 11081E State Road 56 in Hillham. The vehicle has a Kentucky license plate, number 478YVC, and was last seen Friday at about 8 p.m. It was noticed missing at about 4 p.m. on Saturday.The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle. If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious around the Hillham Garage/Baker’s Pizza area, contact the department at 812-482-3522.
Friday, March 22nd, 2019
A Lawrence County man was arrested after a criminal investigation led officers to find probable cause to arrest him Thursday on possession of child pornography. According to a police report,after a search warrant was executed, police arrested 32-year-old Kevin MT Edwards, on 10 felony counts of possession of child pornography. He is currently being held in the Lawrence County Jail without bond. Indiana State Police's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit Task Force members executed the search warrant after initiating an investigation following a cyber tip report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.Assisting in the investigation were members of the Indiana State Police's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit; ISP's Cyber Crimes Unit; ICAC Task Force, which included Martinsville Police Department Deputy Chief Lachelle Maurer, Bloomington Police Department Detective Jacob Hunter, and Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office Investigator Greg Hagan.
State and local investigators are asking for community support in finding the person(s) responsible for starting six fires in the Lawrence County, in the areas of Bedford and Springville. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department received reports regarding multiple fires that occurred between 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 19. The fires involved two occupied houses, one vacant mobile home, the Highview Baptist Church and two wildland fires. Investigators with the Indiana State Fire Marshal and the Lawrence County Sheriff's detective division determined the fires were intentionally set. Anyone with information about these fires is encouraged to call the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department at 812-275-3316 and ask for Dispatch or the Indiana Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628. Callers may receive an award of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Indiana Arson Hotline callers are not required to provide their name. The Indiana State Fire Marshal oversees the IDHS Division of Fire and Building Safety.
A Bloomington man was arrested on charges of child molesting and criminal confinement. Police arrested 68-year-old Maurice Robinson one count of child molesting where the defendant is at least 21 year of age, three charges of child molesting or fondling a child under 14 years of age and one charge of criminal confinement where the victim was under 14 years of age.Robinson is being held at the Monroe County Jail.
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Counsel representing a Dubois County man charged in the January 2019 murder of Chloie E. Lubbehusen, filed this week to withdraw a previous notice to advance a defense of mental disease or defect. A Jasper attorney who represents suspect 27 year old Kyle Schneider, of Huntingburg, also filed a motion for a speedy trial. During a Monday hearing in Dubois Circuit Court, Judge Nathan Verkemp granted the withdrawal of the defense notice, approved the defendant’s motion for a speedy trial and set aside two weeks on the court’s calendar for a jury trial that is now slated to begin May 13. Schneider has been jailed at the Dubois County Jail since his Jan. 11 arrest.
State wildlife officials are investigating a southern Indiana family's report that a mountain lion killed their pet cat. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it received a report March 11 that an animal, possibly a mountain lion, attacked and killed a domestic cat in Brown County. DNR staffers collected the pet's carcass and are examining it. The agency says a search of the reported attack site found no tracks associated with a mountain lion. According to officials, the predator wasn't a bobcat but an "extremely fast, large brown cat, long tail" that was the size of a deer. The DNR says mountain lions vanished in Indiana by the late 1800s, but there have been confirmed sightings in 2009 in Clay County and 2010 in Greene County.
A jury has found a teenager guilty in a deadly shooting last July in Evansville. Sixteen-year-old Paris Cornell was found guilty of murder and attempted robbery in the death of 23-year-old Kevin Colon. Colon was shot and killed at Sam’s Food Mart on Washington Avenue. Sixteen-year-old Jahkei Mitchell has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to two years in prison. Cornell has been found guilty for a firearm enhancement charge that could add five to 20 years to his sentence. His sentencing is scheduled for April 15th of this year.
Wednesday March 20th 2019
A man suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run earlier this month appeared in court this week after being taken into custody. Jasper Police asked for the public’s help in identifying a driver who left the scene of an accident at 12:21 a.m. on Friday, March 1 in which a victim’s pickup truck was hit hard enough that it was pushed onto the sidewalk and into his yard. The truck involved was described as a large, dark-colored truck with clearance lights and loud exhaust. A tip led police to a damaged 2003 Ford F-250 with a Colorado license plate owned by 25 year old Linul Wagner of Jasper. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact Wagner the truck was towed by police. During the investigation police spoke with a man who said he was passenger with Wagner at the time of the accident. He said he had noticed Wagner’s driving behavior was poor and he had offered to drive but Wagner began driving at a high rate of speed. He also said he had told Wagner to let him out of the truck twice and stated he felt his life was in danger in the moments before Wagner’s truck hit the parked truck. Wagner continued on after the collision according to the passenger. The passenger also said he continued yelling at Wagner to let him out before he was finally able to exit the vehicle. Police talked to Wagner about the incident on March 5 at the Jasper Police Station. He reportedly admitted to the hit-and-run and said he did not stop because he was scared and stated he probably should have walked home because of drinking too much alcohol that evening. The investigation resulted in a warrant charging Wagner with a Level 5 felony count of criminal confinement, a Level 6 felony count of criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident. Wagner was booked into the Dubois County Jail on Friday. He posted a $2,500 bond that day and appeared in court Monday entering a preliminary plea of not guilty.
Police encountered a Birdseye man they say was driving impaired Tuesday evening just east of Ireland. A Dubois County Sheriff’s deputy reported that 46 year old Steven Bell of Birdseye was headed westbound on State Road 56 in an Isuzu Rodeo that was traveling at an extremely slow speed near County Road 450W at 6:19 P.M. The deputy made contact with Bell who indicated the Isuzu was out of gas and that he wanted to push the vehicle to an Ireland gas station that was a half mile away. After telling Bell he could not do that on a busy highway the deputy reported detecting the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and noticing signs of impairment. Bell failed field sobriety testing but refused to take a certified chemical test to establish his blood alcohol content. Authorities booked Bell into the Dubois County Jail at 7:06 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated. A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.
Tuesday March 19th 2019
The PLAC academic bowl was held last night at Crawford County High School and Orleans High School came away with their 10th straight PLAC academic bowl championship and the 14th overall. Orleans finished first with a score of 102. Second place was Perry Central with 90, Crawford County was third with 82, fourth place was Mitchell with 71 and finishing fifth was Paoli with 58. Springs Valley and West Washington could not field a team. North Harrison competed as a non-PLAC team and finished with 84. Orleans finished first in social studies with a perfect score, and also won first place in English, fine arts, and interdisciplinary. Perry Central finished first in science and math. Coaches for the team are Kristina Hole, Leah Morgan, and Natasha Guthrie. Team members at the competition were: Caty Carlisle, Nicholas Hester, Christian Holdcroft, Michael Holsapple, Annie Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Devyn Martin, Gavin Morgan, Hunter Morgan, Margaret Naumoff, Jace Roach, and Matthew Ross. Orleans is next in action for Area competition at Austin High School on April 16th.
A French Lick man hit a collided with a deer Wednesday morning west of Hillham. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 60 year old Steven Moffatt of French Lick, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2002 Ford Econoline when at 7 a.m. he collided with a deer 750 feet east of Cuzco Road North. A deputy said Moffatt’s van sustained between $1,000 and $2,500 in damage when it struck the deer standing in the roadway.A fire early Sunday destroyed a detached garage on the west side Jasper’s along with a car parked outside it. The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at 3:13 a.m. to the Fred and Gwen Sermersheim residence at 2152 W. Skyview Drive In Jasper. The Sermersheim’s were hosting a gathering when Gwen Sermersheim heard a loud noise. A neighbor called in the fire. The detached garage was engulfed in flames when the department arrived. The fire left the garage on the verge of collapse and so far the exact cause of the fire is undetermined. The building’s value was estimated at $50,000. A 2009 Chevrolet Malibu driven by the Sermersheim’s son was parked in front of the garage and was also totaled by the fire. Six trucks and 22 firefighters were on the scene 90 minutes. The Jasper Police Department assisted, as did a Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services ambulance that was there on standby.
Monday, March 18th, 2019
Two people were arrested on drug charges last week after Martin County Sheriff's deputies made a traffic stop in the Shoals High School parking lot. According to reports, deputies pulled over 38-year-old Jessica Gregory of Shoals for driving with a suspended driver's license. A passenger in the vehicle, 42-year-old Jeremiah Jackson, of Shoals, was arrested on charges of possession of meth, cocaine and marijuana and unlawful possession of a syringe and neglect of a dependent. Gregory was arrested and is facing preliminary charges of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of a controlled substance.She was also charged with neglect of a dependent, driving while her driver's license was suspended with a prior conviction and enhanced circumstances because the crimes were committed on school property. Both Gregory and Jackson face enhanced circumstances because the crimes were committed on school property.
An Vanderburgh County man has been arrested after police say they found his 15-year-old son drunk. Evansville police say 45-year-old Jeffery Wilson of Evansville is charged with Neglect of a Dependent, after someone reported his son was swinging on a light post and had fallen to the ground. Police say when they arrived, the boy was not able to speak properly and kept nodding off when being questioned. Wilson was arrested outside his home . Wilson admitted to drinking more than he should have, and that his son got drunk while he wasn't watching him.The boy was taken to Deaconess Hospital. The sons blood alcohol level was .28.
Friday, March 15th, 2019
Earlier this week, the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section, Mitchell Police Department, Lawrence County Sheriff's Department along with Bloomington District Troopers arrested 5 people on numerous charges in Lawrence County. The investigation provided officers reason to believe that drugs were being transported north on State Road 37. Officers were able to identify a suspect vehicle and perform a subsequent traffic stop on State Road 37, just north of Old State Road37 in northern Lawrence County, Wednesday of this week. After initially giving a false name, the driver was identified as 25-year-old Adam Starr, of Bloomington. Starr was found to be wanted on numerous warrants out of Monroe County. Troopers were also given a false name by a female in the vehicle who was later identified as 19-year-old Stacy Herrington, of Bloomington. Herrington was also wanted on warrants out of Monroe County. A third passenger, 38-year-old Robert Grubb, of Bloomington, was also wanted on felony warrants from Monroe County. Alexis Grubb and 43-year-old Carrie Sparks, of Spencer, were also located inside the vehicle and incarcerated. A search of the vehicle revealed over 5 grams of methamphetamine, paraphernalia and other items of evidence. All 5 occupants of the vehicle were booked into the Lawrence County Jail.
Jasper Police placed a man under arrest this/Friday morning after determining he was classified as a habitual traffic violator. According to police, the incident began at 8 a.m. when a Jasper Police Department officer observed a southbound 2004 Buick Rendezvous on Newton Street near 35th Street. The officer was behind the SUV when it abruptly turned eastbound on 35th Street. After the driver was identified as 38 year old Edward Goodman, of Jasper, who is classified as a habitual traffic violator, the officer turned around and located the Buick on 34th Street, where Goodman was waiting to turn south back onto Newton Street. Police said the Buick cut across Newton Street by failing to yield to northbound and southbound vehicles. The officer followed onto 33rd Street where the Buick abruptly stopped. Goodman exited the vehicle and began walking toward the residence. He initially failed to stop when ordered to do so but, after repeated commands, was taken into custody. Authorities booked Goodman into the Dubois County Jail at 9:38 a.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator and a preliminary misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement.
The U.S. Forest Service will soon be conducting prescribed burns to maintain, restore or improve early successional habitat, maintain wetlands, restore unique barrens ecosystems, and regenerate oak and hickory. Prescribed burns also reduce fuel loads, thereby lowering the risk of wildfire impacts. Due to the overly moist and cold conditions last fall, many planned burns had to be postponed until this spring. Approximately 20 prescribed burns are planned for the following counties: Jackson, Martin, Orange, Perry, and Crawford. The sizes of the areas to be burned vary, with the largest unit being 1,120 acres. Specific recreation sites that will be affected include: Fork Ridge Trails, Mogan Ridge Trails (both east and west), portions of Oriole Trail (east of Ind. 66), Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area (the access road to Indian Lake and the south section of Two Lakes Loop Trail). For questions on the prescribed burns, to request notification, or to report medical conditions please contact the Indiana Interagency Coordination Center Dispatcher at 812-547-9262. Georeferenced maps of the burn areas and additional details are available at the following website https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6246/ .
Thursday, March 14th, 2019
A Tornado Watch was issued earlier today around 1145AM for our listening area. A few hours later, the first Tornado warning was issued for Dubois County and several foolowed for Orange, Crawford, Martin and Lawrence Counties. The warnings were issued for Radar Possible rotations in the storms. A High wind Advisory remains in effect until 8PM for our listning area.
Birch Bayh, a farm boy from Terre Haute, Indiana, who would ascend to legislative titan during three terms in the US Senate as the author of two constitutional amendments and a bill that gave women equal opportunity in colleges and universities, died early this/Thursday morning of pneumonia, according to a statement from the family. He was 91. served four terms in the Indiana House of representatives beginning in 1954 before successfully running for U.S. Senate in 1962 at age 34.That year, the Democrat unseated 18-year incumbent Republican Homer Capehart. He would win re-election against William D. Ruckelshaus in 1968 and Richard Lugar in 1974. He lost his seat in 1980 to Dan Quayle. Bayh, the father of two-term senator and Indiana governor Evan Bayh, was remembered by his son, colleagues, and friends as a relentless champion of civil rights who left his imprint during the 1960s and 1970s on several pieces of landmark legislation.
Monday, March 11th, 2019
Two men were arrested early Friday morning after a Bedford Police officer stopped the driver for a traffic violation. According to reports, a t 1:29 a.m. a Bedford Police Officer stopped a vehicle being driven by 28-year-old Grant Walcott of Bloomington for a traffic violation. The Officer observed a powdery substance on the center console of the vehicle that he believed to be a narcotic drug. K-9 Ciro then conducted a free air sniff of the exterior of the vehicle and alerted officers to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle. Officers then searched the vehicle and located approximately 24 grams of meth and 14 grams of heroin. Police arrested Walcott on felony charges of dealing meth over 10 grams, dealing in a narcotic drug over 10 grams, possession of meth between 10 and 28 grams, possession of a narcotic drug, and he was cited for driving left of center and speeding. Police also arrested his passenger 29-year-old Ryan Zike of Martinsville on charges of felony charges of dealing meth over 10 grams, dealing in a narcotic drug over 10 grams, possession of meth between 10 and 28 grams, possession of a narcotic drug, and a Johnson County warrant for petition to revoke probation
Washington Police, on Friday, arrested four people on drug-related charges when members and officers of the DEA Task Force searched a residence on Jefferson Street. According to police reports, they seized 6.5 grams of crystal meth, syringes, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Arrested was 65-year-old Stevie Shamblin on charges of dealing meth over 5 grams with a prior conviction, possession of meth over 5 grams, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police also arrested 30-year-old Whitney Abbott, 51-year-old Michael Morgan and 49-year-old Percy Lyford on a charge of visiting a common nuisance. Abbott was also wanted on warrants for petition to revoke probation, possession of meth and leaving the scene of an accident.
Three Washington men on warrants were arrested by Indiana State Police for weapons and other charges on Friday. According to State Police reports, they arrested 38-year-old Edgar Paz-Mendoza on a charge of false informing to obtain a handgun and 24-year-old Udifido Serrano Miranda on charges of false informing and possession of a handgun by an alien and 24-year-old Wilber Hernandez Conlindres on charges of false informing and possession of a handgun without a license. All three posted bond and were released from the Daviess County Jail.
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Thursday, Troopers from the Sellersburg Post All Crimes Policing (A.C.P.) squad began an investigation after receiving information from a concerned citizen of possible drug dealing at an address in Marengo. Acting on that information, Troopers obtained probable cause and were granted a search warrant through the Crawford County Circuit Court for the residence located at 82 West Dogwood Drive. Officers subsequently located approximately 2.3 pounds of suspected marijuana and marijuana products including 64 THC-laced vape pens. As a result of the search, 20 year old Erica Laws was arrested on the following charges: Dealing in Marijuana – Class A Misdemeanor, Maintaining a Common Nuisance – Level 6 Felony, Possession of Marijuana – Class A Misdemeanor, Dealing in Paraphernalia – Class A Misdemeanor, and Neglect of a Dependent – Level 6 Felony.
Bloomington Police and the Monroe County Coroner's Officer are investigating the death of a man whose body was found on Thursday in a wooded area in the 1500 block of South Rogers Street in Bloomington. Police officers found the body that could be seen from the sidewalk at the edge of the woods at 1:30 p.m. across from the Community Kitchen of Monroe County. Monroe County Coroner Joani Shields says the body has been identified at 29-year-old Brett Wagner of Bloomington. An autopsy was conducted this morning in Terre Haute to determine the cause of death. Authorities do not suspect foul play.
Bedford Police arrested a Lawrence County man Thursday on a warrant issued by Lawrence Superior Court I for a crime commited in 2005. According to police reports, in July 2005 Officers with the Bedford Police Department responded to a residential burglary in the 1600 block of 14th St. The female homeowner reported that she awoke to sounds of someone walking in her home. She heard a male's voice make sexual comments to her, at which time she screamed and the male fled the home. In December 2018, Jamison Beedie of Heltonville was arrested in Lawrence County,and his DNA was then submitted into the Combined DNA Index System database. Earlier in February, Bedford Detectives learned of the DNA match to Beedie. He was then arrested February 8th by Bloomington police and was booked into the Monroe County Jail. Bedford Police then yesterday/Thursday went to the Monroe County Jail and arrested Beedie on the Lawrence County warrant.
Thursday, March 7th, 2019
A Dubois County woman faces theft, resisting and various drug charges following an incident this morning inside a Jasper convenience store. According to the Jasper Police they was contacted by an employee of Huck’s Food & Fuel, on Third Ave., around 11:30 a.m. and advised of a female shoplifter. Police then arrived and made contact with 38-year-old Tonya Gunn, of Jasper, and she allegedly pulled a knife from her pocket. Police then verbally commanded her to drop the weapon, she continued to refuse, and then was stunned with a Taser. Upon being handcuffed, Gunn attempted to flee out the door. She was then detained and was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for medical clearance and was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 2:24 p.m. She faces charges of theft, resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a legend drug, and escape. The Jasper Police Department was assisted by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department
A Monroe County woman arrested by police Tuesday night after driving the wrong way on South Rogers Street with no headlights on. According to Bloomington Police, an officer on the road said he saw the car strike a mailbox and would have struck the police car if the officer had not swerved. 54 year old Laura Jackson of Bloomington allegedly kept driving after the officer attempted to pull her over. Jackson finally stopped on South Walnut Street. Other officers then responded and ordered the woman out of the car. She admitted to having drank, smoked marijuana and taken four different drugs prescribed to her. Jackson told police they would find crack cocaine in her system after a blood test at the hospital. She was arrested on the preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
A home on Old Farm Road in Lawrence County was destroyed by a lantern fire early Wednesday morning. According to the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department, they were called at around At 12:14 a.m., to the report a lantern explosion in the 5300 block of Old Farm Road, according to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department. The lantern was on the front porch to keep the dog warm and it got knocked over. Smoke alarms alerted two parents and their daughter of the fire. The home was owned by David Smith. No injuries were reported. Marshall Township, Indian Creek Township and Oolitic volunteer fire departments also assisted at the scene
Wednesday March 6th 2019
Police arrested two people Tuesday following a chance encounter that occurred while officers were conducting a welfare check. A Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputy and an Indiana State Police trooper were in Dubois doing a welfare-check at 3:39 p.m. when 32 year old Hannah Fischer of Dubois drove up to the location in a vehicle that was also occupied by 31 year old Richard Looney also of Dubois. Police reported that Looney initially refused to roll down his passenger window and was confrontational as officers noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Looney was alleged to have tried to reach under the seat while exiting the vehicle and also to have attempted to run while being placed into custody. A search of the occupants and the vehicle allegedly resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine and marijuana, hypodermic syringes and drug paraphernalia. A small child was also reported to have been in the vehicle. Fischer and Looney were booked into the Dubois County Jail on preliminary charges that included Level 6 felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of syringes, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent and misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia. Fischer was also wanted on a body attachment warrant.
A joint investigation led to the arrest of two Martin County residents on dealing methamphetamine charges in Loogootee. On Monday at 9:15 p.m., officers with the Washington Police Department, Daviess County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, DEA Task Force and the Loogootee Police Department served a search warrant at 508 Butcher Blvd. in Loogootee across from the Loogootee Jr./Sr. High School. Officers reported locating approximately 133 grams of methamphetamine, paraphernalia associated with methamphetamine use and distribution, schedule IV controlled substance pills, marijuana, six handguns and 21 long guns. 60 year old James Cunningham and 58 year old Georgia Cunningham both were arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine over 10 grams, possession of methamphetamine over 28 grams, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.
Firefighters from Perry Township and Indian Creek Volunteer Fire Departments battled a fire in Springville this morning. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call at 12:14 a.m reporting a fire in the 5390 block of Old Farm Road. According to the police log, a lantern for a dog on the front porch exploded. When firefighters got there the fire was fully involved. Temperatures hovered around 17 degrees which added to the difficulty of putting out the fire. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Assisting at the scene was an IU Health Hospital ambulance crew.
Indiana Conservation Officers are reporting that a Dubois County man has been convicted of illegally taking what most hunters would consider a buck of a lifetime. 56 year old Mark Gill of Holland, harvested a non-typical 20 point buck with more than 200 inches of antler during the 2016 season after already taking a buck earlier that archery season. This violated the state of Indiana’s one-buck rule. It was determined that Gill caped out the second harvested buck of the 2016 season and froze it until the 2017 season before checking it in. By doing this he provided false information to Indiana’s deer harvest information system. As part of his plea agreement with the Dubois County Prosecutor’s office Gill’s hunting license privileges will be suspended for a period of two years, he will serve 100 hours of community service, be on probation for 540 days and pay $741 in fines and court costs including a $500 replacement fee. Because of his Indiana hunting license suspension, Gill will be entered into the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. This is an agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses in 48 member states. The only states not currently in the violator compact are Massachusetts and Hawaii. Gill pled guilty to unlawful taking of a white-tailed deer a Class B Misdemeanor and providing false information to a check station a Class C Misdemeanor.
Tuesday March 5th 2019
A fire on March 2nd south of French Lick destroyed a garage and three vehicles that were stored inside. A call came in shortly before 5 p.m. reporting a fire at 7610 West County Road 875 South in a large garage belonging to Dale Calvert. Firefighters fought the fire and were able to keep it from spreading across the driveway to a house. Crews were on the scene for four hours. No one was in the building at the time of the fire and it is still unknown what caused the fire. The garage and the vehicles were a total loss and there were no injuries. Assisting at the scene were French Lick Fire Department. Celestine had been called for tanker support, but that department wasn’t needed once fire crews were able to draw water from a nearby pond.
A man was taken to the emergency room Thursday for arm pain after his car ran off a roadway and flipped multiple times. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 16 year old Ethan Fromme of Jasper was westbound on County Road 300N at 6:05 p.m in a 1998 Buick LeSabre when the crash occurred east of County Road 175E. Fromme told police he lost control of the car after it went off the north side of the roadway and into gravel. Fromme struck a ditch and flipped multiple times before stopping in the ditch facing north. Fromme complained of arm pain and was taken to be evaluated at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center by private vehicle. He was treated and released. Damage was estimated over $2,500. A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker towed the car because of disabling damage and the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted.
Police arrested a man Friday on a felony drug-dealing warrant. Court records show the case against 27 year old Troy Sanders of Jasper was investigated by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. He is alleged to have delivered Oxycodone in December, 2017 which is a Schedule II drug. An arrest warrant charging Sanders with a Level 4 felony count of dealing in a narcotic drug was issued on Oct. 29, 2018, in Dubois Superior Court. Authorities booked Sanders into the Dubois County Jail at 3:25 p.m. on the active warrant Friday. At 9 a.m. on Monday, officers allegedly found Sanders in possession of cigarettes and a lighter in the Jail. He is now being preliminarily charged with a misdemeanor count of trafficking with an inmate.
Monday, March 4th, 2019
A Martin County mans death, has been ruled as officially caused from Hypothermia. 33 year old Brandon Lee Baker of Shoals was found laying on Old Vincennes Road in the early morning hours of January 11th. Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham said a forensic pathologist discovered Baker also had "some methamphetamine toxicity" in his system. A Lawrence County Sheriff's deputy found Baker's body after a person called 911 to report an "a man lying in the middle of the road" in the2300 block of Old Vincennes Road, south of Huron. When deputies arrived, they found Baker unresponsive and partially in the road. An AMR ambulance crew began life-saving measures at the scene and transported Baker to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An 18-year-old from Monroe County was arrested after allegedly stealing a Jeep Commander at gunpoint Friday afternoon after he attempted to purchase marijuana from a friend. According to Bloomington Police, they arrested 18-year-old Paul Mark of Bloomington, on charges of robbery and he's being held in the Monroe County Jail. On Friday Police responded to the 2300 block of South Windslow Court after a 17-year-old told police that Mark had taken him into a bedroom of the home where he told him a large group of individuals would "jump him" if he didn't give them all his money. The boy didn't have any money, so the group began hitting him. The teen was able to escape but was then held at gunpoint outside his vehicle by an unknown male who was with Mark. The group then took his Jeep, which police said had cash and several electronic items inside.Mark told police he met with the teen to sell him marijuana but denies knowing the other men who took the vehicle. Police have not recovered the white Jeep.
Friday, March 1st, 2019
A Lawrence County home on Mill Creek Road was destroyed Wednesday afternoon under questionable circumstances. According to the Lawrence County sheriffs department, at around 12:45 p.m., Marion Township Rural firefighters responded to 754 Mill Creek Road for a report of people trapped inside a burning home. The Roger and Gale Terrell home was involved when firefighters arrived. No one was inside the home and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Marion, Huron and Mitchell volunteer fire departments also assisted at the scene.
A Lawrence County man was arrested on Wednesday after troopers from the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section along with Troopers Chris Griggs and Chance Humphrey located 47-year-old Kristian Korthouse in Bloomington. Korthouse of Bedford was a target of a lengthy drug investigation in which DES personnel utilized confidential informants to purchase methamphetamine from him on numerous occasions in Lawrence County. Drug Enforcement Personnel received information as to the whereabouts of Korthouse, and when Trooper Humphrey and Griggs attempted to arrest him for the active felony warrants, Korthouse attempted to flee on foot. Korthouse was then apprehended a short time later by Trooper Humphrey. At the time of his arrest, Korthouse had more than 5 grams of meth. Korthouse was booked into the Monroe County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Lawrence County.
A 13-year-old Lawrence County teen was injured after she was struck by a truck on O Street on Wednesday afternoon. According to Bedford Police, 57-year-old Larry Hardman of Bloomington was traveling south on O Street at a low-rate of speed and when he saw Faith Callender, of Bedford, dart into the roadway. Hardman slammed on his brakes in an attempt not to hit her. He told police she did not look for traffic when she entered the street in front of his truck.Hardman stopped immediately to see if Callender was hurt. Callendar, who was not injured, was checked at the scene by an IU Health Hospital ambulance crew and refused to go to the hospital.
Thursday February 28th 2019
A Greene County man who failed to show up for court dates regarding a driving offense was brought to jail Wednesday. 32 year old Jeffery Wilson of Lyons was charged with a misdemeanor charge of driving while suspended on July 4, 2017 after Ferdinand Police stopped the 2002 Ford Mustang he was driving on South Industrial Park Road north of Third Street. He received a citation along with a summons for driving while suspended. Court records indicate Wilson didn’t show for his court date twice before an arrest warrant was issued Aug. 31, 2017. The warrant was reissued in March 2018 and, on Monday Wilson was brought by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department to Dubois County on the active warrant. Wilson was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 12:10 a.m. on the active warrant. He appeared in court and then posted a $200 bond.
A Marion County man escaped injury after his car hit a deer Friday morning in the Holland area. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 41 year old Olalekan Akinyele of Indianapolis, was northbound on State Road 161 in a 2015 Honda Accord when the accident occurred north of Meridian Street at 5:41 a.m. A deputy said Akinyele’s Honda hit the deer that came onto the highway from the west. Akinyele was able to drive from the scene but damage to the left front of his car was estimated at $4,000. Police reported that the deer was located dead at the scene.
Police arrested a man Monday on allegations of rape, criminal confinement and dissemination of matter harmful to minors. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Jasper Police Department started an investigation at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center after a report by a female juvenile of incidents of rape spanning a two-month period. Police obtained a search warrant for the apartment of 33 year old Juan Bo Guitz of Jasper. Juan Bo Guitz was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 11:43 p.m. on Monday. He was preliminarily charged with four Level 3 felony counts of rape and Level 6 felony counts of criminal confinement and dissemination of matter harmful to minors. During the investigation, it was also alleged another resident of the apartment 38 year old Jose Bo Guitz had struck the juvenile victim in the lower back with a belt Monday. Police took Jose Bo Guitz into custody at his place of employment and booked him into the Dubois County Jail at 12:34 a.m. Tuesday morning. He was preliminarily charged with a misdemeanor count of battery.
Wednesday February 27th 2019
An Orange County man’s truck was damaged after an encounter with black ice Thursday morning at Birdseye. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 56 year old Charles Cassidy of West Baden Springs was westbound on State Road 64 in a 2002 Ford F-150 when at 5:11 a.m. the accident occurred 600 feet east of Harts Gravel Road. Cassidy’s truck spun after hitting black ice and hit a guardrail on the north side of the highway. The collision caused the truck’s air bags to deploy. Damage was estimated to have exceeded $5,000. A Berg’s Garage wrecker assisted.
Police investigating an anonymous tip Tuesday of drug activity took a woman they contacted into custody on an another matter. Officers with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police were investigating the anonymous report in Jasper at 2:35 p.m. when they made contact with 41 year old Leslie Elliot of Jasper. While talking with Elliott, Police learned that she had allegedly entered a garage at a Huntingburg residence without permission earlier in the day and left items there. A Huntingburg Police Department officer was called to assist recovering the items inside the garage that were allegedly left by Elliott. Authorities booked Elliott into the Dubois County Jail at 5:59 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of residential entry.
A man is behind bars after a 911 call was received from a woman saying her boyfriend had pointed a handgun at her and fired it at a nearby home. Sullivan County police responded to the report at 8:30 a.m. The woman had told police 29 year old Joey Edmonson was inside the home. Police broke down the door but Edmonson had fled. Edmonson was later found in Greene County. Police arrested Edmonson, on charges of strangulation, battery resulting in bodily injury, stalking where he threatened sexual battery, serious injury or death and violation of a protective order. He was also arrested on two Greene County warrants.
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
A Lawrence County man was arrested after he crashed his vehicle on Logan Donica Road early Saturday morning. According to the Lawrence County Sheriff's accident report, when officers arrived at the scene at 3:16 a.m. they found a 2001 Ford Mustang driven by 28-year-old Corey Ferguson Jr, had gone off the west side of Logan Donica Road and was stuck in some thick mud and had collided with a fence owned by Danny Walls. Ferguson admitted to police he had been drinking prior to the accident and submitted to a field of sobriety tests which police say he failed. He was then arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and OWI endangerment.
The 2019 Orange County Publishing Great Spelling Bee was held on Sunday. This years winner was Braydon Crowder, a Paoli seventh grader. The event was held one again at the Ruth Farlow Uyesugi Auditorium at Paoli Junior-Senior High School. This year Twenty-four young men and women competed in the spelling bee. This May, Crwoder will represent Orange County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. and will receive a six-night stay for the national event, with all travel, lodging and incidental costs paid. He also received access to Britannica Online Premium and Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online and the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award with 2019 United States Mint proof set. Placing second was Cameron Apple and Jason Beavers took third place. Paoli Jr Sr High School seventh grade students.
Officials with Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center responded to an incident Thursday after Bloomington Police found a grenade-like device in a backpack. Bloomington Police responded to the White Castle on West Jacob Drive after a report of a man was unconscious and not believed to be breathing. Police found 36-year-old Andrew Truelock, who was taken IU Health Bloomington Hospital for treatment. He was arrested after police found 22 white pills, a marijuana smoking device and a checkbook belonging to someone else. Also found was a grenade-like device in his backpack. Truelock told police he had purchased the device from a friend and that it contained tear gas. Police sent a photo of the device to Crane officials who sent a unit to pick up and dispose of the device. Truelock tried to tell police the pills were Tylenol, but they were an antiviral medication he did not have a prescription for.He was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a legend drug. He was sent to jail on charges of possession of paraphernalia and possession or use of legend drug or precursor.
Monday, February 25, 2019
An Orange County man died in a crash early Saturday morning on County Road 640. According to Indiana State Police, 50-year-old Thomas Oldham, of Orleans, died when his vehicle left the roadway, traveled 20 yards and struck a tree. Officers were alerted after receiving a 911 call at the Orange County Sheriff's Department just after midnight about the accident on County Road 640, just south of County Road 100 West. Oldham died at the scene. Services for Oldham will be 2PM Tuesday at Ochs Tetrick Funeral home in Orleans with visitation 10AM til time of services.
On Friday morning, Indiana State Police All Crimes Policing (A.C.P.) Squad initiated a criminal investigation after receiving information that 33 Kayla Nation, was allegedly selling meth from her Evansville apartment. During the investigation troopers gathered information to obtain a search warrant.When troopers arrived at the apartment later in the afternoon they found Nation, two of her children and two Evansville women inside the apartment. Troopers searched the apartment and found a small amount of meth, a digital scale, a glass meth pipe with residue, and assorted Ziploc baggies with the corners ripped off, which is indicative of sale and distribution of illegal narcotics. Two more of Nation’s children arrived after school was dismissed. Department of Child Services released Nation’s four children to their grandmother. The two women were cited for visiting a common nuisance and were released. Nation was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where she is currently being held on $5,000 cash only bond.
Health officials say two Indiana University students have the mumps. The Monroe County Health Department says the students are roommates. The health department and the school are working to alert people who may have come into close contact with the students. Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after infection but can range from 12-25 days. Symptoms include fever, headache and muscle aches. Other students should check their vaccination records with their primary care provider. Health officials say the best way to prevent mumps is to be vaccinated with two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR. Anyone born after 1957 who has not had two doses of vaccine or can't find documentation is encouraged to consult a medical professional.
Friday, February 22nd, 2019
The attorney for a Huntingburg man accused of murdering 23-year-old Chloie Lubbehusen filed a defense of mental disease or defect for his client. 27 year old Kyle Schneider, is charged with stabbing to death Lubbehusen at a home at County Road 650E residence near St. Anthony on Friday, January 11.Schneider's attorney, Timothy Demotte also filed a motion for a change of venue telling the court he feels Schneider won't receive a fair trial due to the media coverage of the incident and arrest. Schneider has remained at the Dubois County Security Center without bond since being arrested.On Feb. 11, Dubois County deputies responded at 8:26 a.m. after neighbors found Lubbehusen bleeding from the face on the porch. She was transported to Memorial Hospital where she succumbed from her injuries. Preliminary autopsy results indicate she bled to death.
Thursday, February 21st, 2019
On February 15 th, State Troopers, after receiving information that a wanted person was staying at a residence in Oolitic, along with the Mitchell Police Department confirmed that 39 year old Travis East, of Bedford was wanted on five active criminal warrants through Bartholomew County. When officers arrived at the Oolitic residence, Trooper Richard Klun and other officers made contact with two occupants who told them Travis East was in a back bedroom. Law enforcement made loud verbal commands for East to exit the residence in which he failed to comply. After retrieving his K9 Partner “Loki”, Trooper Klun gave East multiple additional warnings that a K9 would be deployed if he did not exit. East again failed to follow law enforcement commands to exit the residence as instructed and K9 Loki was deployed to apprehend East. Loki was successful in locating East in a back bedroom and held him until Law Enforcement could take East into custody. East received medical treatment at the scene and was then transported to a hospital in accordance with department protocol. East was ultimately medically cleared and incarcerated at the Lawrence County jail on the five active warrants and a local charge of Resisting Law Enforcement.
Wednesday afternoon Indiana State Police All Crimes Policing (A.C.P.) Squad assisted Indiana State Parole Agents with executing warrants on several Evansville residents with parole violations. While tracking down one of the suspects, troopers and state parole agents found a stolen Ruger 9mm handgun inside a north side Evansville residence. Troopers also received information about a large amount of synthetic marijuana inside an Evansville residence located on the south side. Troopers and state parole agents responded to the residence, conducted an investigation and located 14 pounds of suspected synthetic marijuana. This is an ongoing investigation. A suspect has been identified and once the investigation is complete, a report will be forwarded to the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office for possible criminal charges.
Wednesday February 20th 2019
A Paoli woman was taken to a hospital after the vehicle she was a passenger in went over an embankment and hit farm equipment on Monday. At 9:26 a.m., a 2006 Chevrolet Trail Blazer driven by 21 year old Adrian Chastain of Mitchell with 19 year old Danyelle Lynd who was traveling as a passenger in the vehicle. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department accident report Chastain was driving north on State Road 37, north of the Orange County line, when the SUV moved into the opposite lane. Chastain over corrected, which caused the vehicle to travel off the west side of the road. The SUV traveled over an embankment before hitting farm equipment, a plow and a snow plow. Lynd had to be extricated from the vehicle. Lynd complained of pain to her entire body and was taken to the hospital. It is unknown what caused the crash. The crash resulted in $5,000 to $10,000 worth of damage.
Two drivers were hurt in a two vehicle crash on State Road 56 East and the bypass in Salem Monday morning. According to a Salem Police report 41-year-old Sarah Weston of Austin, was driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee on the bypass when her vehicle was struck by 63-year-old Johnny Cross who was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup and traveling west on State Road 56 East. Firefighters needed to use the jaws of life to extricate Cross from his pickup. Both Weston and Cross were taken to St. Vincent Salem Hospital. Cross, who was seriously injured was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. Assisting at the scene were reconstructionist from the Indiana State Police, deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Salem firefighters and Washington County EMS.
Bicknell Police arrested an Edwardsport woman following a traffic stop Tuesday night just off State Road 67 in Edwardsport. Officers stopped a vehicle driven by 53 year old Tammy Byrer after she was driving erratically. According to police Byrer refused to submit a blood-alcohol test. Police then searched her vehicle and seized at least ten grams of meth, cocaine, a controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia. Byer is facing preliminary charges of dealing in and possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle while intoxicated -refusal and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held on $50,000 bond in the Knox County Jail.
Tuesday February 19th 2019
Two people were injured Monday night in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of State Road 37 and John Williams Boulevard. According to a Bedford Police report 57 year old Marjorie Arnold of Bedford had stopped her 2015 Honda Civic at the red light in the southbound lane of State Road 37 at the intersection of John Williams Boulevard in the left lane. 61-year-old Connie Asberry of Bedford, was traveling south on State Road 37 at a high-rate of speeded At the same time and collided her 2008 Kia Spectra into the back of Arnold's Honda. Arnold was taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment after she complained of head pain and was drifting in and out of consciousness. Asberry complained of neck pain and was also taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment.
The Ferdinand Police Department arrested a Kentucky man Monday night after he allegedly stole cigarettes. Police located a white Chrysler Town & Country van in a ditch at 9:15 p.m. on South Industrial Park Road east of Scenic Industrial Road. The vehicle undamaged but was stuck in heavy mud in the ditch. Police located the driver 41 year old Kevin Funk of Louisville Kentucky at the McDonald’s restaurant at 25 Industrial Park Road. Funk said he was not paying attention and drove down into the ditch. The investigation determined the van’s plates had been revoked and the vehicle had no valid insurance. Funk was issued two tickets and had his van towed by a Berg’s Garage wrecker. Later Monday night at 10:35 p.m. police allege Funk went into the Circle A Food Mart at 460 Main St. near I-64, to get cigarettes. After the clerk carded Funk and returned his license Funk took off with the pack of Marlboro Special Select cigarettes worth $6.29 and ran outside. Ferdinand police who were in the parking lot took Funk into custody. Funk was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 11:07 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of criminal conversion.
Monday morning at approximately 7:50, Trooper Hunter Manning stopped the driver of a 2018 Ford Edge for speeding in the construction zone on US 41 near I-69. The vehicle was clocked by radar at 59 mph in a 45 mph zone. When Trooper Manning approached the vehicle he detected an odor of marijuana. The driver was identified as 25 year old Mackenzie Bryant of Evansville. She had her 6 month old child restrained in a forward facing child safety seat. Children under the age of one-year and 20 lbs. are required by law to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat. The seat belt was installed around the child safety seat, but the seat belt was not secured properly. A roadside field sobriety test indicated Bryant was impaired. Further investigation revealed she had smoked synthetic marijuana earlier that morning. Bryant refused to submit to a chemical test. She was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where she is currently being held on bond. The Department of Child Services took custody of the child. Bryant is facing a felony charge of Driving While Intoxicated with a Passenger under the age of 18, a misdemeanor county of Possession of Synthetic Marijuana or Synthetic Look-Alike Substance and a speeding and child restraint violation.
Monday, February 18th, 2019
A Jackson County man who attempted to flee from police by driving into floodwaters and swimming from his vehicle is now behind bars. Officers arrested 26-year-old Samuel Cornett of Vallonia at 12:29 a.m. Saturday, on charges of resisting arrest with a vehicle causing a substantial risk to another, resisting law enforcement and reckless driving. According to a news release, the incident began around 11 p.m. Friday when a Brownstown Police officer reported he was attempting to stop a 2013 Kia for an equipment violation in the 900 block of Bloomington Road. The driver, later identified as Cornett, accelerated with Cornett turning west on U.S. 50. The chase continued west to County Road 500 West, where Cornett turned south. He then briefly stopped, and two female passengers jumped from the vehicle. Cornett continued to drive south on County Road 500 West before entering floodwaters on County Road 125 South. The vehicle stalled in the floodwaters and he left the vehicle and attempted to swim away before being arrested by Hawn. Cornett was evaluated by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services before being taken to jail.
At approximately 1:50 a.m. this morning, Trooper Nathan Newton was patrolling in the area of State Road 64 and Spring Meadows Road in New Salisbury, when he observed a red 2006 Nissan Sentra disregard a stop sign and drive left of center. Trooper Newton stopped the vehicle for the violations and soon determined that further investigation would be needed, requesting the assistance of Harrison County Sheriff's Deputies as well as a Georgetown K9 Officer.K9 Felony alerted on the vehicle and a subsequent search uncovered just under a quarter pound of suspected methamphetamine, officers also found heroin, pills, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The driver and passenger were both arrested on the following charges, and remanded into the custody of the Harrison County Jail.Police arrested 40-year-old Christopher P. Welch, of Clarksville, and 39-year-old Jessica M. Staser, of New Albany, on felony charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Staser is also facing a felony charge of possession of a legend drug.
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Friday, February 15th, 2019
A Lawrence County man was arrested for dealing marijuana after he brought a stray dog to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department Tuesday. According to the Lawrence County sheriffs department, d eputies arrested 40-year-old Alan Level, of Bedford on charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance after finding more than 30 grams of the drug in his vehicle. According to a Lawrence County Superior Court II probable cause affidavit, at 1:48 p.m. Tuesday, Level went at the sheriff's department with a stray dog he found. Detective Tyler Trueblood said he smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from Level. A few minutes later, Trueblood and another officer went to Level's pickup truck to look at the dog. When Level got the dog out of the pickup, police could smell the odor of marijuana. Trueblood asked Level if he had smoked marijuana or was carrying the drug. Level than pulled out a cigarette package saying he had a marijuana roach. When police asked Level if there were any drugs in his vehicle, he replied there was a little more in the truck. Officers found 30 grams of marijuana, a book about growing the plant, a scale, and other drug paraphernalia. Level was arrested and posted a $755 cash bond and was released a short time later.
Bedford Police arrested Seven youths were on marijuana charges Wednesday afternoon at an apartment on I Street. According to police reports, at 4:53 p.m., officers went to the 1700 block of I Street after someone reported a fight in an apartment. Police say one of the girls opened the door when police arrived and police could smell burnt marijuana. A parent was contacted and they gave police consent to search the apartment. Other paraphernalia was found as well. The children, ages 12 to 16, all received charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. However, a 15-year-old boy also was accused by police of resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct. The boy and a 14-year-old girl also were issued a citation for tobacco possession.
Members of the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Cyber Crimes Unit, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant this morning at the residence at 1612 East Harrison Street in Martinsville. The execution of the search warrant resulted in the arrest of 40 year old Shandy C. Freeman, on four Leve 6 felony charges of possession of child pornography, a Level 6 felony count of possession of meth, one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. He is currently being held in the Morgan County Jail without bond. ICAC Task Force Members included lead investigator ISP Detective Kevin Getz, Martinsville Police Department Deputy Chief Lachelle Maurer, and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Detective Kurt Spivey. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to call the Indiana State Police at (812) 332-4411. Your tips can remain anonymous and could save a life.
Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Two were rescued in Washington County after driving into flood waters. According to Washington County deputies, they received a 911 call at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning about two individuals who drove into high water on Spurgeon School Road, east of Mt. Eden Road Tuesday evening. The incident occurred when 35-year-old Sara Smith and 34-year-old Holly Chastain, both of Salem, drove down Spurgeon School Road, east of Mt. Eden, to check on the high water in the area. Their vehicle became stuck in the high water and Smith and Chastain were trapped. They were without a cell phone and decided to stay in the vehicle overnight. The driver, Smith was able to make it to a nearby resident and make the 911 call on Wednesday morning. Rescue crews found the Chastain about a quarter mile away from the vehicle in waist-deep water in a field. Firefighters with Monroe Township and Driftwood Township Fire Departments were able to rescue Chastain from the field and she was treated on scene by Washington County EMS and then transported to U of L by Kentucky 11 air ambulance for severe hypothermia. Smith was treated on the scene by Washington County EMS and refused further treatment. Agencies assisting at the scene were Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies, Indiana Conservation Officer Neal Brewington, Monroe Township Fire Department., Jefferson Township Fire Department., Driftwood Township Fire Department and Washington County EMS.
On Monday, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of and sentencing of John Robert Carpenter, handed down in 2017 by the Orange Circuit Court. Carpenter was convicted of murder, voluntary manslaughter and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with the June 23rd, 2014 shooting just north of Paoli that left two men dead and a third man wounded. A jury in Orange Circuit Court found Carpenter guilty of the murder of Corey Harris, the lesser included offense of Voluntary manslaughter in the death of Nicky Fields and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury for the shooting of Daniel Smitson. The jury also found him to be a habitual offender. Special judge R. Michael Cloud imposed the maximum sentence of 195 years.
Wednesday February 13th 2019
A French Lick man was arrested Monday after police say he crashed a car and then took off on foot. According to the report from the West Baden Springs Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of Wells Avenue in French Lick to search for a driver who had crashed on New York Street and fled the scene. Police reported seeing someone matching the man’s description on Plum Street. Officers questioned the man, who they identified as 30 year old Robert Torres of French Lick. Torres reportedly denied being involved. Police said a witness that was at the scene told them the driver was Torres. Officers learned that the vehicle belonged did not belong to Torres but he had permission to drive it. During the investigation, police asked Torres if he had anything illegal on him and that he admitted to having a bag of marijuana. Torres was arrested by the West Baden Springs Police on outstanding warrants from Orange and Martin counties and is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.
On February 12, two subjects from Columbus, Indiana were arrested Tuesday on multiple drug-related charges following a traffic stop on I-65 in southern Jackson County. The stop occurred when Senior Trooper Mark LaMaster from the Sellersburg post All Crimes Policing Squad observed a white Ford Pick-up truck northbound near the 41 mile-marker with possible false or fictitious plates and also for following too closely. After stopping the truck, Trooper LaMaster continued his investigation and requested the assistance of Master Trooper Nathan Abbott and his assigned K9, Teague. Teague alerted on the vehicle, and a subsequent search revealed approximately one and one-quarter pounds of suspected methamphetamine hidden underneath the truck. Troopers also confiscated a small amount of marijuana, a syringe and over $4,500.00 in cash. Both occupants of the vehicle 53 year old Gregory Nasby and 46 year old Theresa Marie Burns were both arrested on several drug related charges and transported to the Jackson County Jail.
At approximately 1:10 this/Wednesday morning, Trooper Tyler Widner was patrolling in the area of Florida and 5 th Street in Evansville when he stopped the driver of a 1999 Toyota Sienna for an expired registration. The driver was identified as 56 year old Christopher May of Evansville. A female passenger in the vehicle was identified as 51 year old Dawn Wininger Evansville. Suspicious activity led to a search of the vehicle. Trooper Widner discovered a loaded .22 caliber handgun between the center console and front passenger seat. Further investigation revealed the handgun had been reported stolen and May did not have a license to possess the handgun. A search of a black suitcase located in the back seat area revealed numerous plastic bags and a digital scale that had a substantial amount of white powdery substance on it, which later tested positive for methamphetamine. A bag belonging to Wininger contained two small baggies containing approximately 2.5 grams of meth, two baggies containing approximately 1 gram of synthetic marijuana and one plastic baggie containing a marijuana joint. May and Wininger were arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where they are currently being held without bond. May was charged ith felony counts of possession of meth, Theft and Possession of a stolen handgun and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Handgun without a License, Wininger was charged with a felony count of Possesion of Meth and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Synthetic Drug and Possession of Marijuana.
Indiana State Police initiated a criminal investigation on Saturday January 9 after receiving information that a girl under the age of 13 had allegedly been molested. Indiana State Police Detective Tobias Odom revealed that 54 year old Gregory Walker of Evansville allegedly molested the girl during the summer of 2016. After reviewing the investigation the Warrick County Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant for Walker’s arrest. At approximately 9:30 this/Wednesday morning, Detective Odom arrested Walker at his place of employment without incident. He was taken to the Warrick County Jail where he is currently being held on bond. He is being charged with a felony count Child Molesting.
Tuesday February 12th 2019
On Sunday, February 10, at 5:10 a.m., Martin County Sheriff's Office Corporal Tyler Reed was on patrol in Shoals when he observed a vehicle commit two moving violations. Corporal Reed initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and Deputy Larry Gibson arrived to assist. Corporal Reed made contact with the driver 30 year old Joshua Schmitt of Commiskey Indiana and found him to have a suspended driver's license, with a prior conviction. A passenger 41 year old George Douglas also of Comminskey was also present. Corporal Reed asked Schmitt for consent to search the vehicle, which Mr. Schmitt granted. The search of the vehicle resulted in Corporal Reed locating methamphetamine, marijuana, and paraphernalia. Schmitt and Douglas were both arrested and transported to the Martin County Jail without incident. During a search at the jail, staff and Deputy Gibson located additional methamphetamine and paraphernalia on Mr. Douglas's person including a bag containing over 2 grams of methamphetamine.
Three people complained of pain following a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Bedford. The report states 24 year old Jalen Nierman of Brownstown was traveling east on 16th Street in his 2007 Chevrolet Silverado at 4:34 p.m. when 35 year old Joshua Woods of Bedford pulled out of a gas station at 401 16th St. in a 2004 Jeep Liberty and into Nierman’s path. Woods said he did not see Nierman’s vehicle and thought it was safe. Nierman said he was unable to avoid the collision. 26 year old Mariah Mills of Mitchell was a passenger in Woods’ truck. Nieman complained of back pain and was transported to the hospital. Woods complained of upper leg pain and Mills complained of head pain and both were treated for their injuries on the scene of the accident. Woods was issued a misdemeanor citation to appear in court for driving while his license is suspended with a prior conviction.
A semi that left the highway south of Huntingburg Monday evening took out a sign and communication lines and left ruts in its wake. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.55 year old Jeffery Sisk of Huntingburg, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2017 International semi tractor-trailer owned by Meyer Logistics in Jasper at 7:05 p.m. at County Road 900S. Sisk said he reached for a pack of gum, which caused the rig to go off the west side of the roadway at County Road 900S. According to the sheriff’s department the truck struck an Indiana Department of Transportation sign and a City of Huntingburg pole, taking down Frontier Communication lines and causing property damage in the 3100 block of County Road 900s. There were no injuries and the damage was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000. A Stork Service Center wrecker towed the semi and the St. Henry Volunteer Fire Department assisted.
Monday, February 11th, 2019
Thursday evening at approximately 10:00 pm, Indiana State Police responded to I-65 Northbound near the 43 mile marker to investigate a fatal crash involving a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle. According to the State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, a red 2005 Chevrolet Silverado being driven by 55 year old David Buchanan, of Stanwood, Michigan was traveling northbound on I-65. For an unknown reason, Buchanan’s vehicle left the roadway and entered the median where it became stuck. Buchanan left the vehicle and walked northbound on I-65. Buchanan entered into the northbound lanes of I-65 where he was then struck by a white 2018 Jeep being driven by 23 Franklin Reed, of Nashville, Tennessee. As a result of the collision, Buchanan sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County Coroner’s Office. Reed was not injured in the collision. The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed for approximately four hours for crash investigation and cleanup. Jackson County Animal Control responded to the scene and took possession of a dog that was left in Buchanan’s vehicle. Toxicology results are pending on both Buchanan and Reed at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
A Tell City man is in jail after Tell City Police arrested him for drug charges. Arrested was 68-year-old Danny Bolin of Tell City after investigators found 26-grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, and paraphernalia inside his home. The Tell City Police executed the search warrant at Bolin’s residence in the 1800 block of Main Street. Bolin was booked into the Perry County Jail on a $49,000 cash bond.
Indiana drivers with suspended drivers licenses due to unpaid fines could see a reduction in penalties. A house committee has endorsed a bill that would create an amnesty period during which penalties could be reduced by 50-80% depending on income. About 400,000 Hoosiers have had their drivers licenses suspended over unpaid fines and reinstatement fees. Drivers now face fees between $250-$1,000 for license reinstatement.
Friday, February 8th, 2019
A Washington bar owner was arrested on charges of conducting illegal gambling and bookmaking at his business. After a more than four-year-long investigation, officers from the Indiana Gaming Commission, Indiana Excise Police and State Police conducted a raid Wednesday at the Tuxedo Bar at 298 Southeast Fourth Street in Washington. Authorities arrested 59-year-old Roger Padgett of Washington on a warrant charging him with four counts of professional gambling.Padgett has posted a $5,000 bond and is now free.In a 16-page report, police outline the details of the investigation, which began in March 2014 that includes specific bets and wagers, surveillance, trash pulls and undercover officers.
A fire destroyed a mobile home early this/Friday morning at 160 Old Needmore School Road. According to Police reports, Firefighters from Marshall Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze at 12:25 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the scene smoke was billowing from the center of the home and Firefighters acted quickly and were able to knock down the blaze, but the fire caused extensive damage to the mobile home. One female resident suffered burns and was treated at the scene. Tim Albertson and Roni Reynolds were renting the home from Jerry Shedd and he did not have insurance on the home. Assisting at the scene were firefighters with Oolitic, Perry and Pleasant Run Volunteer Fire Departments, Pleasant Run Fire Department Auxiliary, and an IU Health Ambulance crew.
Thursday, February 7th, 2019
A Lawrence County woman was injured after crashing her car Wednesday morning on Old State Road 37 near Bennett Road According to Lawrence County police, at around 5:49 a.m. 33-year-old Jerrel Bennett of Bedford was traveling north, north-east on Old State Road 37 in a 2016 Ford Fusion, north of Bennett Road when her car hydroplaned on the wet roadway and ran off the east side. Bennett told police she attempted to correct the car by steering it back onto the road but was unsuccessful and the car collided with a tree and other vegetation before spinning around stopping facing west. Bennett suffered minor bleeding to her right hand and was treated at the scene. The vehicle suffered front-end damage and was towed by Mikels Wrecking Service.An IU Health Hospital ambulance and Marshall Township Volunteer Fire Department first responders assisted at the scene.
A Bloomington man was arrested after he broke into the home of singer-songwriter John Mellencamp's home. Monroe County Sheriff's deputies went to the home after a security alarm sounded around 6 a.m. This morning. When they arrived they found someone had rammed the security gate open and found a red Jeep Cherokee near the home. Deputies located 48-year-old Robert Carter in a building on the property. Police say Carter told them he was there to "arrest Mellencamp for supporting a government" which Carter doesn't support. He admitted he kicked in the door of the home.The home was empty at the time. Carter was arrested on charges of burglary, residential entry, and criminal trespass. He was arrested and released from the Monroe County Jail on Feb. 6 after a misdemeanor arrest for possessing a handgun without a license.Police say they had been keeping an eye on him due to things he posted on social media.
Greene County Sheriff deputies are searching for a missing teen. Police say 17-year-old Chaise Smith was last seen around 4 p.m. on Feb. 1 in the 1400 block of South State Street in Indianapolis. Smith was living in an Indianapolis juvenile facility, which he fled. Smith is described as 185 pounds approximately 5-feet 9-inches tall with brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact their local sheriff's department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department or Greene County Sheriff's Department. A family member told the Greene County Daily World, Smith was reportedly seen in Elizabethtown, Ky. on Monday.
Wednesday Febuary 5th 2019
French Lick Resort and West Baden Springs Hotel are among the nine hotels within AAA Hoosier Motor Club’s 50-county territory to have earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating for 2019. Only 6.3 percent of more than 27,000 AAA-inspected and approved hotels achieve the Four Diamond rating. Both of French Lick and West Baden hotel properties have received this elite hotel rating for the 12th consecutive year.
Two are in custody and a man is being treated for non-life threatening injuries after a shooting in Dive Christian Church’s parking lot Tuesday morning. According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department dispatch log At 6:38 a.m., Bedford Police Department notified Lawrence County police that a 18 year old Dakota Ferree of Bedford was in the emergency room and had been shot in the parking lot of Dive church. Police have not released any details on how the shooting occurred. 18 year old Jagger Casper of Spencer is being charged with aggravated battery with a firearm while 20 year old man Cadarrius Hoskins of Bloomington is facing a charge of assisting a criminal. Both men were booked into the Lawrence County jail. Casper has a bond of $5,005 cash and Hoskins has no bond set because of an additional Monroe County warrant. Ferree was taken to Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital after the incident.
Seymour Police arrested a Jennings County man Monday after he allegedly stabbed a Seymour woman during a domestic fight. According to Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott 19 year old Dalton Renoll drove to the home of his 18 year old former girlfriend on South Lynn Street and the two got into an argument. That argument escalated and Renoll pulled out a pocket knife and cut the woman on her upper left arm. The woman got in her vehicle and drove to work calling the police at 4:49 a.m from her work. She then went to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment. Renoll returned to North Vernon, but Jennings County Sheriff deputies stopped him at the Jackson/Jenning County line with the help of Seymour officers. He was returned to the Seymour Police Department and arrested. Renoll is facing felony charges of domestic battery with a weapon and criminal recklessness. He is currently being held without bond in the Jackson County Jail until his initial hearing.
Tuesday Febuary 5th 2019
A woman arrested a week ago in a Jasper hotel has 32 felonies added to her original list of charges with possibly more charges on the way. A tip about possible drug activity at the Super 8 hotel at 75 Indiana St. led to the arrest of 34 year old Tawna Knebel of Huntingburg on January. 28th. Officers with the Jasper Police Department and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department checked out the initial tip and alleged Knebel provided them with a small baggie containing a small amount of suspected methamphetamine that had been on her person. Law enforcement secured a search warrant for the search the rest of the hotel room. During the initial search, police found another person’s IDs and documents with their personal information. Police believe Knebel stole those documents. Also located, was an identification containing the stolen information but with Knebel’s photograph. At the time of her arrest, police alleged Knebel admitted to fraudulently using the identifiers of another person to obtain an ID. During a recorded interview, Knebel allegedly admitted to driving through town and, when she observed a mailbox with a flag up indicating there was mail in the box, she would stop and steal the mail looking for checks. She then allegedly created checks using the banking and routing numbers she had stolen. The investigation has so far led to Knebel being charged with 32 Level 6 felonies including one count of possession of methamphetamine, three counts of identity deception, three counts of synthetic identity deception, 13 counts of counterfeiting and 12 counts of forgery. Knebel has since been held in the Dubois County Jail since her Jan. 28 arrest.
A woman was arrested last week after police stopped her vehicle on a traffic violation. Indiana State police arrested 28 year old Chancla Hobson of Salem on several drug charges Thursday evening. ISP Trooper Kyle Taylor pulled Hobson over for not using a turn signal as she turned onto Tucker Street from Arthur Street. Hobson told the trooper she was running late to her job and needed to be at work by midnight. Salem Deputies and canine Leny arrived to assist. Leny alerted for possible narcotics in the vehicle. Officers seized four baggies of marijuana, a bottle with 30 Xanax pills in it, a set of digital scales and several empty baggies. Hobson was arrested on charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, dealing in a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
Monday, February 4th, 2018
Sunday, the Martin County Sheriff's Office received a report of a reckless driver northbound on US Highway 231, South of Loogootee at 11:24pm. Martin County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy Gibson responded to the area. Deputy Gibson located the vehicle and, after observing a moving violation, initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. Soon after, Deputy Reed and Sheriff Roush arrived to assist. The driver was identified as Paul Adkins and a passenger identified as Chelsea Dunbar. Deputy Reed asked Adkins if there were any narcotics in the vehicle and he advised that marijuana was present in the vehicle. Deputy Reed utilized his narcotics-certified K9 Virka for a free air sniff of the exterior of the vehicle. K9 Virka gave a positive indication for the odor of narcotics. Officers then searched the vehicle, resulting in the location of two grams of methamphetamine and half a gram of heroin, along with marijuana and additional drug paraphernalia. Adkins and Dunbar were arrested and transported to the Martin County Jail, without incident.
A man who may have details in the death of a woman who was found dead along I-65 in September is being sought by Columbus police. Police say Alejandro Espinoza Ocampo is wanted for questioning in the death of 21-year-old Araceli Jaimes Macedo. Her body was discovered along the shoulder of northbound I-65 near the 64.5-mile marker between Columbus and Walesboro in Bartholomew County on Sept. 17th of last year. It took several days for police to identify her body and the coroner's office said Macedo died from blunt force trauma to the chest and abdomen. Anyone with information about the case or Ocampo's whereabouts is urged to contact the Columbus Police Department at 812-376-2600. Tips and information can be left anonymously.
Energy giant BP says it doesn't have a timeline for repairs to a crude distillation unit that shut down after a fire at its Indiana refinery. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that a Saturday fire caused a malfunction to the unit at BP's Whiting Refinery along Lake Michigan in northwest Indiana. The unit helps transform crude oil into gasoline and other fuels. It operates at a rate of 75,000 barrels per day. BP still is operating two other crude distillation units at the 430,000-barrel-per-day refinery. BP didn't comment on how the temporary shutdown would affect production. The refinery is the largest in the Midwest and supplies gasoline to seven states. It produces 10 million gallons of gasoline, 3.5 million gallons of diesel and 1.7 million gallons of jet fuel a day.
Friday, February 1st, 2019
A Washington man is behind bars facing charges of aggravated battery and involuntary manslaughter after the death of 30-year-old Bambi Cannon. Police arrested 41-year-old Chad Harrington, of Washington at 2:26 p.m. Thursday. He is being held in the Daviess County Security Center on a $500,000 bond. On January 11, Washington Police officers were called to a home in the 1300 block of 1303 East Van Trees Street after a 911 call reporting Cannon was unresponsive. She was transported by ambulance to Daviess Community Hospital and then transferred to the University of Louisville Hospital, where she later died. The exact cause of death is still under investigation.
A Thursday afternoon traffic stop in Gibson County resulted in the arrest of a Huntingburg woman. According to reports, at 2:47 p.m, a Gibson County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by 29 year old Taylor Young, of Huntingburg,. at Mulberry and Hart streets in Princeton. Police allege a roadside investigation determined Young was driving while intoxicated and was driving on a suspended license with a previous conviction on her record for suspended driving. Young was booked into the Gibson County Jail on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of operating while intoxicated and a preliminary misdemeanor count of driving while suspended (prior). The impaired driving charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior conviction within the last five years.
The Dubois County Sheriffs Department has accused a current inmate at the Dubois County Jail of additional counts after an altercation inside the facility Thursday. The altercation involving 22 year old Austin Zehr, of Huntingburg, and another male inmate became physical at 10:32 p.m., according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. As a result of the incident, Zehr has been preliminarily charged with Level 5 felony counts of battery and intimidation, a Level 6 felony count of strangulation and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. Zehr has been in the Dubois County Jail since October after he allegedly used brass knuckles during an attack against a Huntingburg Police Department officer who was trying to take him into custody on active warrants out of Dubois County.
Thursday, January 31st, 2019
Indiana State Police conducted a traffic stop on I-65 in Jackson County that led to the arrests of two people. The investigation began at approximately 5:45 p.m. Tuesday when a Trooper stopped a car on I-65 Northbound near the 48 mile marker. During the course of the traffic stop, the Trooper believed the driver of the vehicle was providing false information about his identity. The Trooper eventually identified the driver as 25-year-old David K. Darnell, of Elkhart. Darnell was wanted on an outstanding warrant for Robbery out of Elkhart County. Darnell was arrested on the warrant. He is also facing charges of identity theft, false informing and driving while suspended with a prior conviction. His passenger, 28-year-old Ayla Granning, also of Elkhart, was wanted on a warrant for robbery out of Elkhart County.Darnell and Granning are awaiting extradition to Elkhart County.
A Gibson County Superior Court judge sentenced a Patoka woman to 21-years in prison Wednesday after driving drunk and causing the deaths of two men in a Gibson County crash on September 1, 2018 Ashley Sanders pleaded guilty earlier this month to two felony counts of operating while intoxicated causing death. In addition to the 21-years in prison, Sanders was ordered to serve three years on electronic home monitoring following her release from prison. According to court records, 25-year-old Sanders admitted to driving drunk when she crashed into a vehicle that killed 20-year-old James Gasaway of Haubstadt and 19-year-old Trevor Watt of Princeton. On September 1, Sanders was traveling north on US 41 north of Princeton when she didn't see a vehicle slowing down in front of her to turn left. Sanders hit the vehicle at a high rate of speed resulting in the deaths of the two men. Sanders was also injured.
Jasper police arrested a man Tuesday for allegedly throwing a burning object at a trailer. According to police, Tuesday at 12:11 a.m., the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department was called to Maple Grove Trailer Court for the report of a fire at Lot 62. The fire extinguished itself. Officers determined it had been caused when a burning object had been thrown under the trailer. After an investigation was conducted by the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office and the Jasper Police Department, they determined 24 year old Joseph Mastin, of Portersville, was allegedly responsible for the fire. According to police, as they were attempting to place Mastin into custody for a Level 4 felony count of arson, he resisted arrest, which led to an additional misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Mastin was booked into the Dubois County Jail.
Wednesday January 30th 2019
A Campbellsburg man was arrested after he threatened to shoot the city's water and sewer superintendent on Friday. According to Campbellsburg Marshall Claude Combs, 29 year old Corey Kommer was arrested on charges of intimidation with a deadly weapon after he had threatened to shoot the Water and Sewer Superintendent Christopher Boulet, Boulet went to Kommer's home on East Brown Street to disconnect the water service after Kommer didn’t to pay his bills. He said he was in the City of Campbellsburg truck and had laid on the ground by the meter pit to turn off the water and lock it when Kommer came out of the home yelling at him. Kommer was cursing and told Boulet to get off his property or he would get his gun and shoot him. He kept screaming he had the money to pay his bill and he would come to the office and drive his car through the front door. Boulet said he didn't reply to Kommer. By the time he got back to the Campbellsburg Town Hall Kommer was there talking to Marshall Combs. Kommer was arrested on charges of intimidation with a deadly weapon.
Late last week, Trooper Robert Whyte was contacted by administrators at a Greene County School in regards to a parent that wanted to report a possible sexual relationship between their 14 year old daughter and a 29 year old man. The Indiana Department of Child Services was contacted and a Susie’s Place interview was immediately scheduled. During the forensic interview the juvenile disclosed that she had recently been upset and depressed and sought council from family friend 29 year old Anthony Epeards, of Bloomington about her feelings. She alleged she would visit with Epeards and the conversations eventually turned to Epeards asking her about sex. She told investigators there were two instances from Christmas 2018 to January 14, 2019 where the two allegedly had sexual intercourse. She then alleged that Epeards told her not to tell anybody about their relationship. Trooper Whyte immediately went to the Greene County Prosecutor's Office and requested multiple arrest warrants for Epeards. Troopers Crozier and Wagner went to an apartment complex in Bloomington where troopers were informed Epeards stayed. Trooper Wagner located Epeards and arrested him without incident. Trooper Whyte escorted Epeards to the Greene County Jail where he was he was incarcerated on two felony counts of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor and one felony count of Child Solicitation.
Tuesday January 29th 2019
A tip about possible drug activity Monday at a Jasper hotel resulted in a woman’s arrest. Officers with the Jasper Police Department and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department began checking out the tip at the Super 8 hotel at 75 Indiana St in the early afternoon. According to Jasper police Jasper K-9 Ares indicated to the odor of narcotics coming from Room 100 during a free-air sniff of the first floor hallway. The room was occupied by 34 year old Tawna Knebel of Huntingburg. Knebel provided them with a small baggie containing a small amount of suspected methamphetamine that had been on her person after speaking with officers. Police then secured a search warrant allowing them to search the rest of the hotel room. During the search, another person’s IDs and documents with their personal information were found. Police believe Knebel stole those documents. Also located was an identification containing the stolen information but with Knebel’s photograph. Police allege Knebel admitted to fraudulently using the identifiers of another person to obtain an ID. The investigation is ongoing and other charges are possible. Knebel was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 8:04 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a preliminary misdemeanor count of identity deception.
A Bedford woman suffered a minor injury in a crash on 16th Street Thursday night. According to a Bedford Police Department crash report At 8:49 p.m., 58 year old Michael Dalton of Bedford was traveling east on 16th Street, near Windwood Drive, in a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. The truck was struck on the passenger side by a 1999 Ford Taurus driven by 55 year old Debra Flynn also of Bedford. Flynn told police she was leaving a gas station when her brakes failed, causing her car to enter onto 16th Street. She also said she tried to honk at oncoming vehicles but could not avoid striking Michael Dalton’s truck. Passenger in Michael Dalton’s truck 54 year old Lisa Dalton complained of chest pain. She signed a release form and was not taken to a hospital. An estimation of the crash showed around $5,000 to $10,000 in damage.
Five residents from Washington were arrested as part of a Washington City Police and Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force investigation. Nine search warrants were executed at 6:30 a.m. on Monday all related to the distribution of marijuana. Four of the warrants were served in Washington, where police confiscated four pounds of pot, a handgun, 190 pills of a Schedule 4 controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and more than $7,000 in cash. Police arrested 23 year old Ethan Emmons, 23 year old Elizabeth Myers, and 24 year old Jonathan Garcia on charges of dealing marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance were. Emmons and Myers were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested were 23 year old Heather Garcia and 22 year old Tyeesha Jones on charges of possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. The Daviess County Sheriff's Department, Petersburg Police, the Pike County Sheriff's Department, Police in Evansville Terre Haute and Bloomington and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police.
Monday, January 28th, 2019
Police arrested 33-year-old Amanda Elswick on Saturday after police say she sent threatening videos and messages to a female who had been battered by Elswick's daughter and another male juvenile in September 2018.The female and male juvenile were also in the videos making the threats. Jackson County Police say videos and messages said if the female continued to move forward with the allegations she would be beaten again and showed what tools they would use to batter her. After reviewing the messages and videos, Elswick and the two juveniles were located and arrestedElswick was arrested on a Level 6 felony charge of intimidating a witness, two Level 6 felony charges of neglect of a dependent and harassment, a Class B misdemeanor. She is being held without bond in the Jackson County Jail.The female and male juveniles both were arrested on Level 6 felony charges of intimidation, while the female also was arrested for being a runaway out of Tennessee.The juveniles are being held in a juvenile detention center.
Friday, January 25th, 2019
On Thursday, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a concerned citizen advising of an active “puppy mill” in Rutherford Township of Martin County. At approximately 4:30pm, Animal Control Officer Hughett, Deputy Wright and Reserve Deputy Gibson went to the address to investigate the complaint. Immediately after arriving, officers heard dogs barking from various structures on the property and observed several dogs looking outside the windows of the home located on the property. Animal Control Officer Hughett then approached the residence and observed several dogs running around inside and a deceased dog lying on the floor.After further investigation, the Officer contacted the Martin County Prosecutor, and requested a search warrant for the home and other property structures. The search warrant was then. That evening, additional deputies from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist with the execution of a search warrant on 2779 Rutherford Road in Loogootee. Inside the home, officers discovered several dozen dogs, many of which were locked in dirty cages with no food or water, and some of which had already died. In addition to the many dogs located on the property, officers also found other animals, such as horses, mules and donkeys, that were neglected. Approximately thirty (30) dogs were rescued during the execution of the search warrant, while several dozen animals remained on the property. Animal Control Officers arrested 73 year old Julia Arney of Loogootee. The investigation is ongoing as members of the Sheriff’s Office and Humane Society continue rescuing additional abused and neglected animals.
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