Monday, January 27th, 2020
O Wilson was arrested on charges of burglary while armed with a deadly weapon, Criminal Confinement, Theft, and Interference with the reporting of a crime.
A man was arrested Sunday after fleeing from police Huntingburg. The incident began at 1:46 a.m. on Main Street when police attempted a traffic stop on a northbound Toyota that had failed to dim its headlights. A pursuit ensued when the vehicle didn’t stop. The chase began on the northeast portion of the city with the driver 20 year old Austin Williams of Huntingburg allegedly disregarding signage, going left of center as the car swerved all over the road and driving the wrong way down Church Avenue. While southbound on Van Buren Street, the vehicle went airborne at railroad tracks, landing about 90 feet from the crossing. The vehicle portion of the pursuit ended on Bretz Street with Williams fleeing the scene on foot. A female passenger in the vehicle was checked by EMS and transported to hospital for treatment of her injuries suffered during the pursuit. Information obtained by police from several sources identified Williams as the driver and he was arrested 12 hours later. Williams was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 1:07 p.m. on felony charges of resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness and misdemeanor reckless driving and aggressive driving. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department and a KARS wrecker assisted.
Bedford Police arrested a 23 year old Bedford man was arrested after allegedly pointing a firearm at a woman. According to a probable cause affidavit, on January 20th police were called to a home in the 1910 block of 14th Street in Bedford after a report of a domestic fight that occurred at another residence. Police were informed the female involved in the fight had left the scene where the fight occurred and was her sister’s home. When police arrived, a female victim told them she had been in a fight with her ex-boyfriend 23 year old Jesse Prince of Bedford. Another female said Prince had pushed her. Both females told police that Prince had pointed a firearm at them. Princes ex-girlfriend who is pregnant with his child said Prince had been “messed up” all day and woke up around 10 p.m. and they began arguing. She said he took her cell phone and attempted to leave the home. She attempted to get her phone back and that is when Prince pushed her. Her younger sister attempted to intervene and Prince pushed her as well. When one of the females tried to call police, Prince knocked the phone out of her hand and told them if they call the police he would kill them both. He then pulled a gun and pointed it at them repeated his last statement. Both females filed battery affidavits. Prince was arrested on charges of battery causing bodily injury to a pregnant woman, battery, pointing a firearm, and interfering with reporting a crime.
Friday, January 24th, 2020
On Wednesday around 3pm, ISP Bloomington District ACES Trooper Caleb Garvin was conducting routine patrols in Bedford. After observing a traffic infraction, Garvin stopped a black Chrysler near 7th and “I” Street for a turn signal violation. The driver 36 year old James Tincher of Bedford, was found to be wanted on an active "Failure to Appear" Warrant through Lawrence County. Garvin then placed Tincher into custody. A K9 search gave a positive alert for the presence of controlled substances and officers then found that Tincher was in possession of small amounts of both methamphetamine and marijuana. Garvin arrested Tincher for the active warrant, plus additional offenses of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana Tincher was incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail.
A Martinsville man was arrested Thursday afternoon on battery and drug charges on in Bedford. Police were patrolling in the 600 block of R Street around 2:30 p.m. Thursday when they recognized 32 year old Jacob Lane walking in the alleyway. Police knew Lane was wanted on an active warrant on charges of battery and strangulation and they arrested Lane and he was taken to jail. While police booked him into jail they found a crystal substance inside of Lane’s wallet that tested positive for meth. Lane was charged additionally with possession of meth and trafficking with an inmate for bringing the substance inside the jail. The battery and strangulation charges stem from Jan. 17th. A woman came to the Bedford Police Department and said Lane had injured her during a domestic fight. The woman told police she was at Lane’s house to visit their children when Lane got into an argument with another woman on the phone. The victim told police she intervened and in retaliation Lane grabbed her by the throat and choked her while pushing her against a wall.
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
The French Lick and West Baden police departments were called to Comfort Suites in French Lick at 1 a.m. on Sunday after a call from a guest reporting a battery. When police arrived they said three people came out of the room and said they’d been hiding in the bathroom after the battery. One of the alleged victims told police that 31 year old Keenan Smith of Bloomington was the perpetrator. Police were told that Smith had choked one of the victims until the man’s lips turned blue. Police also noted Smith appeared to be intoxicated and that the results of a portable breath test showed a blood alcohol concentration of .201. Smith was arrested and placed into a patrol vehicle. Once there police said he kept banging his head into the cage in the car. He was transported to IU Health Paoli hospital for medical clearance and then to the Orange County Jail.
A three vehicle crash on at the stoplight on State Road 56 at the intersection with State Road 145 resulted in no injuries in French Lick. According to the crash report On Thursday at 3:38 p.m 34 year old Chelsea Best of French Lick was stopped at the light in her 2006 Dodge. 44 year old Laura Aylsworth also of French Lick was stopped behind best in a 2010 Chevrolet. At that time 34 year old Melissa Wilson of French Lick was stopped behind Aylsworth vehicle in a 2001 Pontiac. Wilson said her foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator, causing her vehicle to hit the back of Aylsworth’s vehicle. The collision then pushed Aylsworth’s vehicle into the rear of Best’s vehicle. Best and Wilson’s vehicle had no apparent damage to them. Aylsworth’s vehicle had damage to the front where it struck Best’s vehicle. All of the vehicles were able to be driven away from the scene and total damages were estimated at $1,000 and $2,500.
Police arrested a 20 year old Salem man on Saturday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to a Superior Court probable cause affidavit, on April 30th around 6:16 p.m. Police were called to the storage units in the 3100 block of P Street in Bedford after a report of multiple dogs being locked inside of a storage unit. When police arrived they spoke with the person who called and they said they could hear dogs barking from the storage unit. Animal control was alerted and police opened the unit. While police were waiting for animal control opened the door and found multiple adult dogs, puppies and blood all over the floor of the storage unit. According to police the storage unit did not have any form of ventilation, windows or any AC unit. Police and animal control removed 8 adult dogs and 9 puppies from the unit and one of the dogs was injured and bleeding. According to police each dog appeared to be malnourished and you could see their rib bones and the hip bones of each canine. Police were unable to locate any source of food or water. Police also located a metal smoking device, and a small container covered in black duct tape the container contained meth. Police later determined the storage unit was being rented by 20 year old Noah Dotts of Salem formerly of Bedford. Police contacted him and requested he come to the department. Dotts told police he was in Evansville and would come to the station when he was back in town. A warrant was then issued for his arrest on charges of cruelty to animals and torturing/mutilating an animal, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
An investigation into a leaving-the-scene accident resulted in the arrest of a man Saturday in Dubois County. Police were notified at 12:30 a.m. after a car that rear-ended another vehicle left eastbound on State Road 64 from the Huntingburg area. As police approached Pine Ridge Road they saw a 2003 Hyundai Elantra with heavy front-end damage, a headlight out and its bumper dragging on the ground. The car turned onto Kyana Road and refused to stop until it pulled into a drive in the 5800 block of Kyana Road. Police said the driver 33 year old Jacob Hannah had a blood alcohol content that later tested .22% at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Hannah was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:30 a.m. on felony charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and misdemeanor operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
A Bedford man was arrested after attempting to swallow meth while speaking to police. Police were looking for a missing female in the 500 block of 15th Street Friday in Bedford when they noticed a male walking out of an apartment. Police were informed earlier there was no one in that apartment and an officer stopped the male identified as 38 year old Viking Wright of Bedford. While police were speaking with Wright he tried to remove a plastic bag from his pocket with a green and white substance inside it. After shoving it back into his pocket and then pulled the baggie out of his pocket again and tried to put it in his mouth and swallow it. Wright then pulled away from police and had to be restrained until backup could arrive. The substance later tested positive for methamphetamine. Wright was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and possession of meth.
An Indianapolis man was arrested after leading police on a 20 mile pursuit in Scott and Jackson Counties Monday evening. Shortly before 7 pm Monday, the driver of a white, 1994 Chevrolet log truck pulled into the Taco Bell in Scottsburg. The driver left the vehicle running with the keys still in the ignition. A few minutes later, the owner realized the truck was missing from the parking lot and spotted the vehicle northbound on I-65. Police soon located the vehicle and attempted to stop the truck near the Austin exit. The driver failed to pull over and continued northbound. The truck stopped at the bottom of the Seymour ramp at Exit 50 when Seymour police assisted. The driver 29 year old Robert Lee Coffee of Indianapolis was arrested and charged with Auto Theft, Theft Above $750, Resisting Law Enforcement, and Reckless Driving. Information gathered by police lead them to believe Coffee was hitchhiking from Bowling Green, Kentucky, and stole the vehicle when he was unable to obtain a ride to Indianapolis. The log truck was returned to the owner without damage.
Monday, January 20th, 2020
A man wanted in connection with an armed robbery, is being sought by the Crawford County Sheriffs department. 22-year-old Austin Wilson is wanted for questioning in connection with armed robbery. He is believed to be driving a Ford F-Series truck and is believed to be armed and dangerous. Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputies says that if you see this man, do not approach him. Instead, call the Crawford County Dispatch at 812-338-3616.
A Dubois County man was arrested Saturday night following a traffic stop. According to police reports, 50-year-old Ariel Mirabal of Jasper going northbound on Newton Street and was pulled over after not being able to stay in his lane and driving left of center multiple times. Mirabal submitted to a chemical test and his blood alcohol content tested at .179. Mirabal was booked into the Dubois County Jail and charged with misdemeanor counts of OWI endangerment and OWI over .15.
A Warrick County girl has died of injuries following a tree falling on her. According to Warrick County Sheriff deputies, they responded to reports about a tree falling on a child in the 1300 block of Maple Grove Road at around 2:38 Saturday afternoon. Deputies say the girl, identified as 6-year-old Elliana Cobb of Boonville, died at the scene, despite rescue efforts. The incident is still under investigation by the Warrick County Coroner’s Office.
Friday, January 17th, 2020
Two Paoli High School teachers are in the news this week. Paoli history teacher Chris Lindley has been named the Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year by the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution. The state award will be presented by the DAR at their Indianapolis conference on May 17th. Paoli physical education teacher and Rams football coach Brian Glesing has resigned as coach and will leave his teaching job next month to take a position in Louisville with the Jefferson County Public Schools. Glesing was hired at Paoli last March and led the Rams football team to a winning season with 6 wins and 5 losses. Paoli is accepting applications for a replacement until February 21 st. Kevin Mills has been given a temporary contract for the physical education teaching position.
A Lawrence County man was sentenced to more than five years in prison Thursday. Lawrence County Superior Court II Judge William Sleva sentenced 28-year-old Chase Curtis to 547 days in the Indiana Department of Corrections on a felony charge of possession of meth and 1,460 days for being a habitual offender for a total of five years and six months in jail. He was given credit for 60 days for time served and fined $385.00. Curtis was arrested in November after Bedford Police were requested to Priceless IGA at Fifth and N streets after a report of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle. When police arrived they found Curtis in the driver’s seat of a Chevrolet Silverado slumped over the steering wheel. Beside him, officers found drug paraphernalia. Curtis was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of heroin, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication.
A Lawrence County man was arrested Wednesday after a Bedford Police officer stopped his vehicle at 12th and L streets at 6:56 p.m. According to police reports, The officer stopped the truck that 47 year old Matt Terrell of Heltonville was driving for a violation and checked the driving status of Terrell . After a check, it was found that he had a suspended license. Officers requested a wrecker and during a search of Terrells vehicle, they found paraphernalia, methamphetamine, marijuana, and a pill identified as a schedule II controlled substance that Terrell did not have a prescription for. Terrell was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and driving while his driver’s license was suspended with a prior conviction , h e was also issued a citation for false registration.
Thursday, January 16th, 2020
Human remains found last year in Lawrence county have been positively identified. According to reports, the remains found in October of last year in Bedford are those of 49 year old Brian Blomquist of Bedford. A team from the University of Indianapolis, Human Identification Center recovered the remains from a wooded area after they were discovered by a person walking their dog in the area of 22nd and F streets in Bedford. A bone fragment was given to the Indiana State Police lab for development for a DNA profile and the profile confirmed the remains were those of Blomquist. Foul play is not suspected. Blomquist was reported missing to the Bedford Police Department on August 13th and last seen on August 6, in the area of 24th Street near G Street.
Bedford Mayor Sam Craig, the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council, and Work One are preparing to assist Manchester Tank employees. On Monday employees were notified the plant will be closing by June 30th.Manchester tank will provide assistance to the employees in transitioning from the company. Work One also has a Rapid Response – a pro-active, business-focused, and flexible strategy designed to respond to layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers.
A Lawrence County man was arrested after a police stop of stopped his vehicle at 14th and L streets Wednesday. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Dallas Knight of Mitchell, was stopped early Wednesday morning by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department. A LCPD K9 was utilized and alerted police to the possible presence of drugs in the vehicle. Officers located 41.1 grams of synthetic THC wax, 111.85 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and a 9mm handgun that was determined to be stolen from a Mitchell Police Department case. Knight was arrested without incident on charges of possession of a handgun without a license, possession of marijuana, possession of a synthetic drug and theft and booked into the Lawrence County Jail.
Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
The driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a tree west of Celestine was arrested early Saturday. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 24 year old Cody Carlton of Taswell was southbound on Steinbottom Road north of State Road 164 at 2:07 a.m. Carlton came to a curve with a downed tree in the roadway and struck it with his 2002 Ford F-150. Police detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Carlton and his blood alcohol content later tested .13% in a certified test at the Jasper Police Station. Carlton was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:56 a.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated. Damage was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000 and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.
An early morning bus crash Monday morning resulted in no injuries in Washington County. On Monday at 6:47 am, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle crash, at the intersection of Franklin School Road and Conway Church Road. The crash involved a pickup truck and a school bus from the East Washington School Corporation. Evidence at the scene and driver statements indicated a Ford F-350 was being driven south bound on Franklin School Road when the driver c ame to the three way stop, at the intersection of Conway Church Road. At that time, the school bus was east bound on Conway Church Road. The driver of the Ford pickup failed to yield the right of way and proceeded into the intersection, where the pickup was struck by the school bus. There were no injuries reported and there were no children on board the school bus, at the time of the crash. Police were assisted by the Pekin Town Marshal, Washington County EMS and members of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department.
A Switz City man was arrested after police were called to St. Vincent Thrift Store about a theft Saturday night in Bedford. When police arrived on the scene they spoke with 53 year old William Meek Jr of Switz City. Police reviewed the video footage from the store which showed Meek loading up donated items and placing them in his truck. Meek however denied taking any of the items in his truck and trailer. Police arrested Meek and his truck was inventoried. During a search of the truck police located drug paraphernalia, over 7 grams methamphetamine, over 7 grams of marijuana, and eleven pills identified as a schedule II controlled substance that he did not have a prescription for. Meek was arrested on charges of theft, possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Monday, January 13th, 2020
The Paoli Town Council is interested in bringing back a town manager, but decided to table the matter until the next meeting on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in order to review information from town attorney Lyn Fullen and consider the duties of the position. Council member Bobbie Bostock confirmed with town attorney Fullen that an ordinance would be needed to re-establish the town manager position. The Jan. 21 meeting was cancelled in order for the new council members to attend training for newly elected officials at the Aim, formerly Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Boot Camp in Indianapolis
Friday, January 10th, 2020
A Lawrence County man was sentenced to 8 years in the Department of Corrections after he plead guilty to a Level 3 felony charge of possession of meth. Superior Court II Judge William Sleva sentenced Chad Alan Grissom of Mitchell Thursday. Grissom will serve all 8 years. He was given credit for 315 days served and was fined $585. Grissom was arrested in March 2019 after Bedford Police officers found more than 80 grams of meth while serving an arrest warrant.
A Lawrence County man was sentenced for being a habitual traffic violator. Thursday, Lawrence County Superior Court II Judge William Sleva sentenced David Coleman of Bedford to three years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. All three years to be served. Coleman was also fined $185.50 Coleman was arrested in June 2017 after being stopped by a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy after making a traffic violation and they discovered Coleman was a habitual traffic offender – a felony offense.
Indiana State Police, and Mitchell Police officers are investigating a death in Mitchell. According to reports, the incident happened at a boarding house at the corner of Warren and 4th streets and one man is dead. No suspects are currently in custody and is still an active investigation
Thursday, January 9th, 2020
Judge John Plummer III did not accept a plea agreement during a sentencing hearing Thursday in Lawrence County Superior Court I. The case will now move to a jury trial scheduled for April 15, 2020. 26 year old Johnathan Stemann, of Fort Huachuca, Arizona, is facing three felony counts of child molesting. According to the police, the girl said she was sharing a bed with Stemann while he was visiting Indiana in May 2017. She told police that Stemann sexually assaulted her twice that night
A Lawrence County man was sentenced for dealing a narcotic drug. 42 year old Juston Sears of Bedford, was sentenced to 10 years for dealing a narcotic drug, a Level 4 felony. Three years of the sentence was suspended, and he will receive credit for 245 days for time already served. Also fined $385 and will be on probation for three years upon his release. The charges stem from an Indiana State Police traffic stop in March of 2019; Sears was a passenger. The driver was wanted on a warrant, and when police stopped the vehicle, they reported syringes and other drug paraphernalia were observed in “plain sight.” Sears was reported to have had 2 grams of heroin, 1 gram a methamphetamine and four morphine pills on him at the time of his arrest. The heroin was reportedly packaged in a way that was consistent with dealing the drug.
Indiana University researchers have found a Gulf Coast tick in Southern Indiana. As the name suggests, this species of arachnid is primarily found in states that border the Gulf of Mexico. Its presence in Indiana could signify an expanded range, and for Hoosiers that would mean an increased risk of contracting a nasty disease. Tidewater fever, is a form of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Both illnesses can result in fever, headache, rash and muscle aches. Ticks and mosquitoes are collected during the growing season — roughly April through October — at 10 sites scattered across Southern Indiana. Researchers regularly perform what’s known in the tick world as dragging or flagging at each site during the growing season.
Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
A juvenile was arrested after he allegedly ran away from home, fled a police vehicle, stole a car and failed to pay for gas at a local filling station. According to the French Lick Police Department, the events began around 1 p.m. on December 26th when police were called to a residence on New York Street in reference to a 13 year old male who had run away from home. While on their way, police were notified that the juvenile was dropped off at the West Baden Police Department. Police picked him up and then transported him to the French Lick Police Department to contact Orange County Probation. Probation advised police to return him to his home. The Juvenile then fled from the police as soon as they arrived back at the address. Later on police were notified that a car had been stolen nearby and had been spotted at Valley Marathon, where it reportedly struck a concrete barricade and failed to pay for fuel. The youth was detained by police. Police found a box cutter after patting him down. The Juvenile said he had taken the box cutter from a store in case anyone tried to take him back home. Police then took the subject to the Department of Child Services office in Paoli. The Juvenile was charged with a felony auto theft and misdemeanor theft. No further information is available due to his age.
A Crawford County woman was taken into custody after police she allegedly crashed her car while intoxicated. The crash occurred on Saturday around 10:30 p.m. on State Road 56 near New York Street in French Lick. According to a French Lick Police Department report, 28 year old Brittany Beals of Eckerty was heading south in a Chevrolet Malibu and went off the right side of the roadway, striking a wall. When police arrived they noticed the vehicle making a hissing noise and officers believed meant it might catch on fire. Beals was removed from the car and an ambulance and the fire department were requested. Beals told police she was going too fast. Beals denied using any illegal drugs that might have impaired her. Police did notice that she was slurring her words. Beals refused medical treatment and police then performed a field sobriety test. After showing multiple clues to being intoxicated, she was taken to IU Health Paoli Hospital for further testing. Beals at first consented to a blood draw but refused other tests and would not sign for the blood test. She went on to tell police she knew she would test positive for methamphetamine and that she didn’t want the judge to know. Beals was medically cleared and taken to the Orange County Jail. Beals was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The damage caused by the accident is estimated between $10,000 to $25,000.
A Jeffersonville juvenile was arrested Monday and charged with attempted murder in connection to the shootout in the parking lot of the Paoli Walmart on December 17. Also arrested was 23 year old Javon Patterson of Bloomington. Patterson was arrested two days after the shootout on December 19 th on charges of criminal recklessness, dealing marijuana and carrying a handgun without a license. The incident occurred back on December 17 th when Paoli Police were called to the Walmart on North Gospel Street at 7:15 p.m. after a report of several shots fired from two vehicles speeding through the parking lot. Witnesses told police there were two cars involved and the people inside were shooting at each other. The vehicles then sped off. No one was injured during the incident.
Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
Two Mitchell women were arrested after police were called to a parking lot in the 600 block of X Street on Friday in Bedford. According to Police they were requested to the parking lot after a report that 43 year old Rachel Merry o Mitchell was harassing people. Police arrived and found her in a vehicle with a female passenger identified as 24 year old Harmony Pemberton also of Mitchell. Police found that Pemberton was wanted on an active warrant and when police asked her to step out of the vehicle she refused. Pemberton resisted arrest and she had to forcibly remove her from the vehicle by police. Police also were notified that the driver had a protective order against Merry. Merry was arrested for violating the order. Merry is facing a charge of invasion of privacy and Pemberton was arrested on the warrant and a charge of resisting arrest.
A two vehicle collision on Sunday resulted in one injury at 6:27 p.m. at the intersection of State Road 37 and Main Street in Oolitic. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report 21 year old Keelie Fleetwood, of Springville was traveling north on State Road 37 in a 2007 Ford Edge. She had a blue light bar activated because she is a volunteer firefighter and she was responding to a call. Fleetwood was approaching the intersection of State Road 37 and Main Street in Oolitic when she drove through the intersection and ran through the stop light which was red at the time. 46 year old Robert Hurley of Oolitic was traveling east through the intersection at the same time in a 2001 Jeep Cherokee. He told police he didn’t see Fleetwood’s vehicle and the Jeep hit the driver’s side of Fleetwood’s vehicle. Fleetwood had two passengers in her vehicle and none of them were hurt. Hurley was not injured but a passenger in his vehicle, 48 year old Julia Cantrell of Oolitic complained of neck pain and was taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment.
A Jasper man was arrested on multiple drug charges after a traffic stop early Sunday morning in Huntingburg. Police executed a traffic stop at Sixth and Jackson streets at 2:11 a.m. on a a vehicle driven by 43 year old John Clevidence of Jasper. During the traffic stop police K-9 Ester allegedly alerted on Clevidence. Clevidence allegedly gave an incorrect spelling of his name and was found to unlawfully possess legend drugs, a used syringe and drug paraphernalia that included smoking devices. Police also found Clevidence was classified as a habitual traffic violator. Clevidence was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 4:41 a.m. on felony charges of driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator for life, unlawful possession of a syringe and a legend drug and misdemeanor counts of false informing and possession of paraphernalia. The Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a KARS wrecker assisted.
Monday, January 6th, 2020
A mobile home was destroyed by fire Saturday evening near Millersburg. According to the Orange County Sheriffs Department report, a 911 call was received that a mobile home was on fire on SR 56 just west of Millersburg at around 6:45PM. Firefighters from Livonia and Southeast Twp. Fire Department were dispatched to the fire. At 12:35 a.m. Sunday morning the Livonia Fire Department returned to the scene after the fire rekindled. The home was a total loss and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department canine officer Finn was awarded a Healthcare for K9 Heroes Grant. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) nationwide charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit is pleased to continue their “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” medical insurance program for 2020 which covers annual policy premiums. Since 2016, the charity has donated more than $100,000 towards medical reimbursement programs for self-funded K9 units.
Friday, January 3rd, 2020
Traffic stops lead to several arrests Tuesday in Washington County. Early Tuesday morning, Trooper Kyle Taylor was patrolling SR39 in Washington County along with Officer Ginkins and K9 Lenny from the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Trooper Taylor stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction, however, he soon observed indications of possible criminal activity. The investigation continued when K9 Lenny alerted on the vehicle. The search located suspected methamphetamine as well as a stolen handgun. The primary suspect did not have a handgun permit but was also a convicted felon. As a result 49 year old Thomas Seebold of Louisville, KY was arrested on felony counts of Possession of Stolen Handgun, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and misdemeanor Carrying a Handgun without License and 24 year old Brianna Robertson of Salem was arrested on a felony count of Possession of Methamphetamine and misdemeanor Visiting a Common Nuisance. Later that same day, Trooper Andrew Taylor was patrolling in Clark County on I-65 and stopped a vehicle for an expired license plate. The traffic stop evolved into a criminal investigation when the driver was found to be wanted on five warrants out of Clark and Floyd Counties. Neither occupant had a valid driver's license. The passenger was later found to possess more than 21 grams of suspected methamphetamine as well as marijuana. Arrested was 26 year old Victoria LaMaster of New Albany was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Trafficking with an Inmate, Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Marijuana and 30 year old Trevor Money also of New Albany was charged with Driving While Suspended Prior, Five separate Warrants out of Floyd and Clark Counties, including Possession of Methamphetamine and Driving While Suspended Prior.
A Jasper man was arrested Thursday morning charging him with voyeurism, child exploitation, possession of child pornography and obstruction of justice. Police began an investigation late Wednesday when they received a complaint alleging 57 year old John Schneider of Jasper had taken photographs of a juvenile while she was showering. Schneider told police during the investigation that he had washed his cellphone in a washing machine. Police then sought and secured a search warrant and took a cellphone into evidence. Schneider was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:17 a.m. He is charged with felony counts of child exploitation, attempted child exploitation, possession of child pornography, obstruction of justice and voyeurism. Schneider’s initial hearing was Thursday and his next court date is scheduled for January 27.
Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
Memorial Hospital in Jasper in response to the increase in influenza cases nationwide and in the Tri-State area, are implementing unified hospital visitation restrictions effective immediately. The restrictions include: No visitors with influenza-like symptoms in the hospitals. Symptoms include cough, sore throat, fever, chills, aches, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting or diarrhea; No visitors under the age of 15; No visitors other than immediate family or other significant persons as defined by the patient. Exceptions to these restrictions may be made for cases involving critically ill patients and end-of-life situations. Some restrictions may be modified to accommodate healthy siblings of newborn babies. Visitors are encouraged to wash their hands frequently while in the hospital and wear protective face masks when instructed. The flu can cause serious complications and even death, especially in the very young, the elderly, and those with certain existing medical conditions. These measures are being taken in an effort to protect patients, families, and hospital staff. We appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
Indiana Conservation Officers continue to request information regarding the shooting of a bald eagle in Lawrence County on or around Dec. 20. A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of a suspect. A Lawrence County animal control officer and employees of Brown County Indiana Raptor Center were notified of an injured eagle in the area of the White River near Dixie Highway and took possession on Dec. 20. The eagle, which was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, was treated, but died shortly thereafter. ICO Ryan Jahn took possession of the carcass on Dec. 21 and is investigating. Anyone with information should call DNR Law Enforcement Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536 or the Turn in a Poacher, Inc. (TIP) hotline at 1-800-847-4367 (TIP-IDNR). TIP is a non-profit conservation organization that protects fish and wildlife resources by increasing public support and involvement in bringing violators to justice.
A Mitchell man was arrested Monday morning after police were requested to do a welfare check on a male in a vehicle at Revere’s Food & Fuel in Bedford. Police showed up at at 12:42 a.m. on Monday and found 20 year old Mason Turpin of Mitchell in the driver’s seat with the vehicle running. Turpin appeared to be passed out in his vehicle. Police tried to wake Turpin several times but were unsuccessful. Police then opened the vehicle door and finally woke him. While police were speaking with Turpin he showed signs of intoxication and seemed confused. The odor of burnt marijuana was picked up by police. Police searched the vehicle and they located 10 grams of marijuana hidden in the dash. Also found was several pills later identified as a Schedule IV controlled substance in which Turpin told officers he did not have a prescription for the medication. Turpin was arrested on charges of public intoxication by drugs, and possession of a controlled substance.
A Bedford man was arrested on a domestic battery charge after a warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday in Bedford. On November 14th, police were called to a home in the 2200 block of South Leatherwood Road in Bedford after a report of a domestic dispute. When Police arrived they found an adult female suffering from multiple injuries to her face and head that the victim reported was inflicted by 61 year old Kennith Alcorn of Bedford. The victim also said Alcorn had choked her. Alcorn left the scene before police arrived at the scene. The victim was taken to St. Vincent Dunn for treatment of her injuries. A warrant was requested by police for Alcorn’s arrest. Alcorn was arrested on Monday and transported to jail without incident on a charge of domestic battery.
Monday, December 30th, 2019
Four people were arrested Saturday after police were requested to a Bedford residence after a report of a domestic fight. Police arrived and spoke with 26 year old Tierra Mayhair of Bedford, who said there was no fight and that no one else was in the home in the 1500 block of 2nd Street in Bedford. During that conversation, another female, walked out identified as 24 year old Kaitlyn Tegarden also of Bedford and told police the people who had been fighting left out the back door. Tierra then changed her story and let police inside the house. Once inside police located several syringes in plain view and could hear footsteps in the attic. Once in the attic police found 18 year old Landyn Adcock o Williams and 23 year old Brady Terry of Bedford. Tierra gave police consent to search the house and 52 used syringes were located along with paraphernalia, heroin, methamphetamine, and a lookalike substance. Adcock was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, resisting law enforcement, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a synthetic drug. Tierra Mayhair was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a synthetic drug. Kaitlyn Tegarden was charged with possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, visiting a common nuisance, possession of drug paraphernalia. Terry was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, visiting a common nuisance, resisting law enforcement.
A Daviess County man was arrested Sunday for joy riding in a vehicle he stole from a Jasper dealership. Police were called to the report of a suspicious vehicle in the Sternberg Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep dealership parking lot in Jasper at 4:39 p.m. The suspicious vehicle in question was a black 2008 Chrysler van and had been seen by employees over the past several weeks. Employees said they noticed that vehicles had been messed with and moved during the same time frame, according to police. While law enforcement was on scene, a white International semi pulled into the parking lot driven by 52 year old Robert Warne of Washington. Warne was determined to not have permission to drive the truck. Warne allegedly admitted to receiving a stolen a key from Sternberg’s and to have driven several semis and dump trucks on joy rides over the last several week. Warne was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 8:12 p.m. on felony charges of auto theft, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor theft.
A Scottsburg City police officer was arrested by Indiana State Police detectives Sunday after receiving a complaint of alleged domestic battery. Shortly after noon on Sunday, Indiana State Police Detective Travis Baker and Detective Sergeant Dave Mitchell were contacted in reference to a possible battery that occurred during the early Sunday morning hours at a Lexington, Indiana residence. After interviewing the female victim, Detectives Baker and Mitchell met with, and interviewed the suspect, 33 year old Shane Gibson of Lexington, Indiana, at the Scottsburg City Police Department where Gibson is currently employed as a Patrol Officer. Shane Gibson was off duty and not in uniform at the time of the alleged incident and interview. As a result of the investigation, Gibson was arrested on felony charges of Criminal Confinement and Domestic Battery. Gibson was then transported and remanded into the custody of the Washington County Jail without incident.
Friday, December 27th, 2019
A Mitchell man died from his injuries after the car he was working on fell on top of him Wednesday night. Police were alerted to the accident around 9 p.m. in the 500 block of Fifth Street in Mitchell. 29 year old Cody Roberts of Mitchell was working on a vehicle when his girlfriend saw the vehicle fall from the jack and land on top of him. She then called 911 seeking emergency assistance. Emergency Personnel borrowed a jack from a neighbor and got the vehicle off Roberts. A medical helicopter was called and landed at Mitchell High School but Roberts died from his injuries before he could be transported. Mitchell police, the Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department and an ambulance all responded to the scene.
Police responded to a Thursday afternoon crash just west of Crystal arrested and the driver and accused him of impaired driving. Police were called at 3:20 p.m. to the crash along State Road 56 just west of Crystal. Police said the driver of the 1993 Ford 35 year old Nicholaus Brosmer of Hillham showed signs of intoxication. A blood draw at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center showed Brosmer’s blood alcohol content at .21%. Brosmer was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 6:12 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.
A Martin County man was injured in a single vehicle crash Saturday night near the Ireland. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 43 year old Jeremy Schneider of Loogootee was northbound on County Road 500W in a 1997 Dodge Dakota at 7:13 p.m. Schneider approached a curve at a high rate of speed and his truck left the north side of the intersection and stopped in a ditch. Schneider complained of ankle pain and was taken for treatment at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center by ambulance. Damage to the truck was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000. Police reported Schneider would be cited on a misdemeanor count of driving while suspended. The Ireland Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.
Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
Indiana State Police Arrested a Lawrence County woman on Dealing and Possession of Meth Felony Charges in Bedford on Monday. Detectives with the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section and the Bloomington District A.C.E.S. executed a search warrant at 511 15 th Street, in Bedford Monday afternoon. Troopers found probable cause to believe Kassandra Young was dealing large amounts of methamphetamine in and around Lawrence County after working a lengthy investigation. The investigation lead troopers to the residence on 15 th Street where Young was arrested on a warrant for previous methamphetamine charges in Lawrence County. Troopers then executed a search warrant at the residence locating digital scales, paraphernalia and over 20 grams of alleged methamphetamine. Young was then incarcerated for the active warrant and also charged with felony counts of dealing Methamphetamine and possession of Methamphetamine.
The Indiana State Police concluded a lengthy investigation and arrested two individuals for methamphetamine related offenses in Green County. The Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section and the Indiana State Police Bloomington District ACES had information that 40 year old Brandy Shifflett of Bedford was possibly involved in dealing methamphetamine. Shifflett was also known to be wanted on two active arrest warrants – one from Lawrence County and one from Owen County. Probable cause was established and a search warrant was issued in the 5800 block of Taylor Ridge Road in Greene County. Police and K9 partner Axe executed the search warrant on Friday afternoon. Upon arrival, troopers encountered the homeowner 52 year old Garry Chaney of Bloomfield near the edge of the yard. Upon entry into the residence, Troopers located Shifflett and took her into custody. During the search, troopers located methamphetamine near the area where they first encountered Chaney after he had attempted to conceal it by throwing it into the weeds. They also located what was believed to be an illegally taken whitetail deer. The Indiana Conservation Officers were notified of the deer. Chaney was arrested and take to the Greene County Jail on felony counts of Possession of Methamphetamine and Obstruction of Justice. Shifflett was arrested on the two warrants and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. Once there, jail staff located methamphetamine and marijuana that Shifflett had concealed in a body cavity. Shifflett was then charged with counts of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana in addition to the warrants.
A Bloomington woman was arrested by police on a Felony Methamphetamine Possession on Thursday. On Thursday, while conducting a patrol in Lawrence County the Bloomington District ACES arrested 42 year old Jacqueline Hardy of Bloomington. Trp. Caleb Garvin and Sgt. Greg Day conducted a traffic stop along State Road 37, just south of Ingram Road, on a black Chevrolet Avalanche for a traffic violation. While at the vehicle speaking with the occupants, troopers detected indicators of criminal activity. The female passenger, later identified as Hardy, was unable to produce any identification. She gave troopers a name, date of birth, and social security number that were all found to be false. Troopers were able to eventually confirm her true identity and discovered that Hardy had two active arrest warrants – one from Monroe County and one from Owen County. Trp. Richard Klun arrived and deployed his canine, Loki, who gave a positive alert for the presence of drugs in the vehicle. As troopers arrested Hardy for her warrants, they located approximately 28 grams of methamphetamine in her possession. Hardy was arrested and then incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail for the following felony counts of Possession of Methamphetamine Over 10 Grams and Identity Deception as well as her two Arrest Warrants.
Monday, December 23rd, 2019
A Greenfield man was killed and a Bedford teen was hurt in an accident on Sunday at the intersection of State Road 37 and US 50 in Bedford. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department police report at 2:32 on Sunday 60 year old Curtis Eads, of Shelbyville, Kentucky was traveling southbound on State Road 37 near the intersection of US 50 West. 61 year old John Coyle of Greenfield was traveling southbound on State Road 37 at the same time and slowing to stop. 16 year old Cameron Hagan of Bedford was stopped on State Road 37 at the intersection of US 50 West. According to police Eads began aggressively braking his 2017 Orevist bus to the rear of Coyle’s 2017 Nissan. Eads was unable to stop completely and collided with Coyle’s car. The bus then deflected off the Nissan and straight into the left southbound lane and struck Hagan’s 2002 Dodge Ram pickup in the rear with enough force to move the truck into the intersection. The bus continued through the intersection into southbound traffic and came to a complete stop. According to Eads his foot had gotten stuck between the accelerator and the brake pedal and that prevented him from stopping the bus. He also said he was not properly trained by his employer on how to fix that problem. Coyle suffered severe head trauma and was unresponsive and had to be freed from the wreckage. He was taken to the hospital and then flown to a trauma center where he died from his injuries at 5:32 p.m. Hagan suffered head, neck and back pain and was taken to the hospital by his parents. Eads was uninjured. Eads was taken to IU Health Hospital for a blood draw due to the nature of the accident and was issued multiple traffic citations with criminal charges pending further investigation.
A Jasper man was flown to an Evansville hospital after crashing into an ambulance Friday in Dubois County. Friday afternoon at 1:20, Dubois County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police responded to a 911 call of a crash with injuries at US 231 just south of SR 162. Preliminary investigation revealed 37 year old Michael Cannon of Jasper was driving a 2000 Pontiac northbound on US 231 when for unknown reasons drove left of center and collided head on into an ambulance traveling southbound. The driver of the ambulance, 51 year old William Luebbehusen of Jasper and his passenger 42 year old Patrick Brown of Tell City were taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released. Cannon was flown to Saint Vincent Hospital in Evansville but was later flown to an Indianapolis Hospital for further treatment of his injuries. The ambulance was not transporting a patient or on an emergency run at the time of the crash. The investigation is ongoing. Assisting at the scene were Indiana State Police Lieutenant Jason Allen, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Dubois County EMS and Fire.
A Dubois man was arrested for impaired driving on Sunday after a traffic stop in Dubois. Police stopped a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 64 year old Marvin Schwartz Dubois at 8 p.m. after witnessing it traveling around 20 mph on State Road 545 near Dubois and maintaining its lane on the roadway. According to police say Schwartz’s blood alcohol content later tested .19% in a certified test at the Jasper Police Station. Schwartz was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 9:52 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.
Friday, December 20th, 2019
A Bedford man was arrested after police witnessed him throw drugs from the back of a moped on Wednesday afternoon in Bedford. Police were conducting surveillance at the home of 55 year old James Sykes of Bedford because they believed he was dealing meth and heroin. According to a probable cause affidavit Sykes was seen leaving his home on a moped police followed him and witnessed him commit two traffic violations. Police attempted to stop the moped, but Sykes attempted to flee. During the pursuit Sykes was seen throwing a dark-colored bag from the moped. As the moped attempted to make a left hand turn from 15th Street onto N Street he lost control and crashed. Sykes was arrested without incident. Police went back to where the item was thrown from the moped and found a bag which contained two clear baggies of a crystal substance which appeared to be meth. Police also discovered two additional baggies containing a peach-colored substance, four blue foil wrappers each containing a powder substance, a plastic bag containing four peach-colored tablets and one white tablet with marks printed on it. The powder substance in the foil wrappers was consistent with heroin. A search of Sykes was conducted and two cell phones and $840 in cash was found. Sykes said he was not injured in the crash and was to the Lawrence County Jail. In an interview, Sykes confessed to purchasing meth twice a week and purchasing 1/2 ounce quantities of heroin twice a week and confessed to selling both of the drugs. Field tests for the crystal substance returned as meth. The approximate weight of meth in Sykes possession was 7 grams. Another 3 grams of substance gave positive indications of meth. Approximately 3/4 grams of the substances tested as heroin. Sykes was arrested on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, and dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug.
Two Springville people were arrested on Thursday after police were called to the Dollar General on John Williams Boulevard in Bedford. A report of a suspicious male and a female who had possibly stolen items from the store came to police around 3 P.M. and they spoke to an employee who pointed out both suspects. Police found 44 year old David Bruhn at the checkout counter who police say was unsteady on his feet and making jerky motions and unable to stand still. Bruhn was with 39 year old Melissa Choate also of Springville, who was sitting outside of a vehicle in the parking lot. Police found Bruhn with several pills in an unmarked bottle that Bruhn did not have a prescription for. Police questioned Choate about walking out of the store without paying for items and she admitted to taking several items. While police were retrieving those items they noticed a syringe in plain view and the substance in the syringe tested positive for meth. A six year old boy was with the couple and was released to a grandmother and DCS was advised for follow up. All items were returned to the store and both Bruhn and Choate were arrested. Both Bruhn and Choate are facing charges of theft, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a syringe, neglect of a dependant, public intoxication on a drug.
A Martin County man booked into jail Tuesday on a warrant charging him with burglary and theft from a Jasper business. Court documents allege that on September 30th 41 year old Andy Holt took around $500 in cash from the Jasper Swap Shop in Jasper. The case was investigated by police and on September 24th, a warrant was issued out of Dubois Circuit Court charging Holt with a felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor count of theft. A notice has been filed with intent to seek habitual offender status in the case because Holt has prior convictions in Martin County for receiving stolen property and burglary. His bond was set at $5,000 cash only and he was returned to Knox County, where he had been in custody.
Thursday, December 19th, 2019
An arrest was made after two years for an attack of a young Amish woman in Mitchell. Mitchell Police were able to use DNA evidence to identify 53 year old Jeffrey Waggoner as the perpetrator of the crime. Waggoner was already incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail for attempting to rob Jackson County Bank in Bedford. He was arrested for the robbery and also a hatchet attack in Bedford on November 21st. The Amish robbery took place around 11:51 a.m. on August 23rd, 2017, at the intersection of Teke Burton Drive and Main Street. The crime was reported by an off-duty police officer after he stopped to buy produce from woman and she told him what had happened. The woman said the man came up to her, showed her a gun and said, “Give me the money”. He then reached over the table and took the money box that contained around $200-$300 dollars. The man then fled the scene and the woman was unable to provide much of a physical description to police. The victim told police the suspect was wearing a military style beanie hat and carrying a blue bag, which is where he had the gun. About an hour later police found the bag, a fake firearm and the cash box in an alley between Ninth and 10th streets, north of Warren Street. The evidence was collected and sent to the crime lab for DNA analysis. The analysis came back and it matched Waggoner and he was served with the warrant at the jail on Tuesday.
A Bedford man was arrested after police were notified to a traffic accident at State Road 37 and Fifth Street on Tuesday night in Bedford. When police arrived they found 31 year old George Cinamon, of Bedford stumbling through the intersection and nearly getting struck by several vehicles. Police were told by the individuals involved that Cinamon walked through the area yelling profanities, but was not involved in the crash. According to police he showed the usual signs of intoxication and was placed into handcuffs. While being booked he continued to cause a disturbance and would not cooperate with police. Cinamon was arrested on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.
A Bedford teen was arrested after he gave a 12 year old female a tattoo. Police were called to an apartment at Ted Jones Drive in Bedford after a parent of a 12 year old female discovered her child had a tattoo. The mother also wanted to pursue charges. The girl told police that a 17 year old male, who also lived in the apartment complex, had given her the tattoo. Police spoke with the mother of the male juvenile and the teen. Police were told that a total of four female juveniles received tattoos. Police arrested the 17 year old on four counts of tattooing a minor, and juvenile probation was contacted. The male juvenile was released back to his mother with a promise to appear date.
Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
Around 7:40 Wednesday morning, Indiana State Police Radio dispatched information on a blue, 2001 Chevrolet Blazer that had just been reported stolen to the Salem Police Department. The vehicle was reported stolen just minutes before the dispatch and was believed to still be in the area. A short time later, Trooper Kyle Taylor observed the vehicle headed eastbound on SR56 just east of Salem. Trooper Taylor attempted to stop the vehicle; however, the driver refused to stop and attempted to flee. Trooper Taylor gave pursuit, following the vehicle as it continued east on SR 56 before turning north on Elk Creek Road. The pursuit continued on county roads before the driver lost control turning north onto SR39 from Mill Road, driving off the east side of the roadway and into a muddy ditch. The driver later identified as 25 year old Austin Gayheart of Viper Kentucky fled on foot before being apprehended by Taylor. Once in custody, Gayheart, a convicted felon, was found in possession of a loaded pistol as well as suspected methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana. Gayheart is charged with Felony counts of, Possession of Firearm by Serious Violent Felon, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Stolen Property, and Misdemeanor counts of Resisting Law Enforcement and Possession of Marijuana. Indiana State police were assisted by officers from the Salem Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff's Department, and the Scott County Sheriff's Department. Salem Police will also be charging Gayheart with Vehicle Theft and conducting that part of the investigation.
Early Tuesday, officers with the Washington County Drug Team, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police executed a controlled buy-bust at 425 S. Sycamore Street in Campbellsburg. The arrest lead officers to apply for a search warrant for an apartment at the complex. After receiving and executing a search warrant, at the complex, officers located and seized more Methamphetamine and other drug related items. 63 year old Deborah Matlock of Campbellsburg was arrested by police on dealing Methamphetamine and possession of Methamphetamine related charges.
A Saturday afternoon crash into a Bedford business resulted in no injuries. According Police Savannah Potter and her 14 year old daughter Lexis Potter had exited a 2009 Kia Rio that was parked in front of Crane’s Leather Shop in Bedford. Lexis returned to the car and entered the passenger seat and turned the car on from the passenger seat and the vehicle was in gear. She told police she turned the key on and the vehicle jumped forward. The car then hopped the curb in front of Crane’s Leather and Shoe Shop and crashed into the double-glass doors in front of the store. The car came to a stop after being lodged into the opening of the doors that led to the upper part of the shop. Nobody was injured in the incident. A Stone City wrecker was called to pull the car out and back onto J Street. The car was released back to Savannah Potter and she was able to drive the vehicle from the scene.
Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
A Dec. 10th single vehicle crash left a West Baden man dead near the Orange-Martin county line. 21 year old David R. Emmons of West Baden was found dead inside his Ford Focus that had gone off US 150. Police responded to the scene at 9:30 a.m. after receiving a call about a crashed vehicle. Police found a car off the south side of the highway, where it had traveled down an embankment and struck a tree. The impact bent the passenger side inward and the vehicle bounced away from the tree. Emmons was found lying face down between the seat and the floor board. Police don’t know for sure exactly when the accident took place. The vehicle was cold when police arrived and his phone showed the his family attempted to make contact with him at 2 a.m. Emmons wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Emmons was taken to Lawrence County for an external autopsy and results are pending from a toxicology screen. According to police alcohol was found on the floorboard.
Police are investigating an attempt to steal a vehicle in West Baden. Police were dispatched to a home across State Road 56 from Ames Chapel Church shortly before 4 a.m. Monday after a resident called to report a person in a ski mask and dark clothing had just attempted to steal his truck. The caller said that the man took off running toward the church, where another subject was waiting in a dark SUV. According to the case report, part of the back glass and driver’s window of the victim’s truck had been broken. Later on, another vehicle at the property was reported. The vehicle was reported as a Pontiac sedan that also suffered damage. According to police the ignition switch had visible damage the car had been jacked up and had an oil drain pan underneath it. Any information related to the case you can contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 812-723-2417.
A Mitchell woman was arrested Thursday after she allegedly of pointed a gun at a child. According to a probable cause affidavit on August 26th Police spoke to a child who said his mother got angry and pointed a gun at him. The child told police his mother became angry that his grandmother would not give his mom money because of something he had done. The alleged victim said he was cleaning his room when his mom 37 year old Carrie Tolbert of Mitchell broke a lamp. He then alleged she also broke a video game console and kicked him. The boy then alleged Tolbert pointed a handgun at herself, then at him. The boy then went to a neighbor's house to call his father. Police spoke to the father and he told them Tolbert called him from the boys phone to yell at him about the boy's behavior. The next day, Tolbert came to pick up the child early from school and Mitchell school personnel contacted the Department of Child Services. On August 28th police spoke with Tolbert who told police the boy borrowed a video from her mom and that she wanted it back. She also said he told him he needed to do his homework and then she alleged the boy started mouthing off to her. After she found an inappropriate magazine in his room and SD cards that he said he got from school. She then took his Xbox and sat it on a table in front of him. She also said she found gun shells in his room and she took the guns from him along with his phone. Tolbert then said the boy told her she was a bad parent and she said she picked up the video game console and slammed it on the ground. She told him if she was a bad parent, she wasn't going to put fun into his life. The boy said he wanted to leave and was going to live with his father, and she told him he wasn't going anywhere. After she cleaned his room, she said he was gone. Tolbert was arrested and then booked into the Lawrence County jail. She is facing charges of neglect of a dependent, pointing a firearm and criminal recklessness.
Monday, December 16th, 2019
Jasper Police arrested a Pike County man on Friday in relation to several complaints of a prowler peeping in windows. When police responded earlier in the week, the male was gone when units arrived. Then, when police received a complaint at 7:26 p.m. on Friday, police located 40 year old Michael Webb of Otwell trying to leave in a 2012 Chrysler Sebring. According to police, Webb was under the influence of marijuana and had been drinking. A blood draw returned positive for marijuana and Webb’s blood alcohol content also registered .04%. Webb was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 12:59 a.m. Saturday on felony charges of stalking and voyeurism and a misdemeanor charge of operating while intoxicated. He is being held without bond. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.
A Bedford man was arrested after police say he stole a handgun from a home on Sunday in Bedford. According to police 35 year old Michael Lipscomb of Bedford was identified as a possible suspect from the victim who reported a gun missing from her house. Police received information of a residence Michael was staying at. When police arrived they located two males walking in the area and one of those males was Lipscomb who also had an active warrant. In the same area that Lipscomb was standing police found a handgun on the ground. The victim identified the gun as the one missing from the house along with other items located in Lipscomb’s backpack. Police arrested Lipscomb, at 1:57 a.m. on charges of burglary, theft, possession of a handgun without a permit, theft of a firearm. He was also wanted on a warrant for petition to revoke.
A Seymour Elementary school teacher was arrested on Friday for theft. On Friday, police placed surveillance cameras in the office of Seymour-Jackson Elementary School. That same day money was marked by police and placed in a desk in the office. 46 year old Meredith Charlton was seen in the office going through the desk that contained the money. Charlton denied taking anything and police obtained a search warrant. A $20 bill was found on Charlton that matched the serial number for the cash that was missing. Charlton was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Jail. She was released on her own recognizance. Charlton is charged on a misdemeanor count of theft.
Friday, December 13th, 2019
A French Lick woman turned herself in to police on Wednesday to answer to theft charges. 31 year old Kayla Looney of French Lick was charged with allegedly taking a 2007 Arctic Cat four wheeler from a Dubois County farm on Sept. 30. A warrant charging Looney with a felony count of theft was issued Oct. 16. She turned herself in at the Dubois County Jail to answer to the warrant, and was booked 11:35 p.m. on Wednesday.
Paoli Junior Senior High School Band Director Cory Chapman has resigned. Chapman submitted his resignation on Wednesday and Superintendant Greg Walker accepted the resignation from Paoli Community School Corporation effective Thursday, December 12. Chapman was placed on paid administrative leave on Monday following his arrest in Greene County.
A Mitchell man was arrested after a report of an erratic driver on Washington Avenue Thursday morning in Bedford. Police witnessed the driver make several erratic lane movements and stopped the vehicle. The driver was identified at 19 year old Dakota Ferree. Police found that Ferree was driving the vehicle without a valid driver’s license. While police were speaking with Ferree they determined that his passenger, 19 year old James Banks of Mitchell was acting nervous. While police were speaking to Banks he admitted to police he had a loaded handgun in his waistband and the gun was stolen. Police confiscated the gun and confirmed it was stolen. Police arrested Banks on charges of possession of a stolen handgun and possession of a handgun without a permit. Ferree was issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of driving while never obtaining a driver’s license and was released.
Thursday, December 12th, 2019
A Bedford man was arrested after police responded to a physical domestic fight in the 600 block of 9th Street Wednesday in Oolitic. When police arrived they found the male involved had fled the area. The victim said that a verbal argument escalated into the suspect hitting her. Police described the victim as having a bloody nose and dried blood around her mouth. She victim signed a battery affidavit. At 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday 28 year old Bryce Gerkin of Bedford came to the department and was arrested on a charge of domestic battery.
A Bedford woman was arrested after she was accused of stealing from the person she was caring for. According to police, they began their investigation on Oct. 30th after receiving a report of theft. The victim told police that 31 year old Kayla Mesarosh of Bedford was her previous home health aide and she believed she was making unauthorized withdrawals from her bank account. Police investigated the incident and they found at least $225 was missing. Police completed their investigation and gathered evidence and forwarded the information to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s office for review and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Police then arrested Mesarosh on a warrant for fraud and theft.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
A driver was taken to the hospital after their car was in was struck by a passenger van Tuesday evening in Ferdinand. According to the Ferdinand Police Department 25 year old Riley Cloe of Petersburg was northbound on Main Street in a 2007 Chevrolet Impala at 6 p.m. Cloe stopped in traffic to turn west onto Industrial Park Road. When he stopped his car was rear ended by a 2011 Toyota Sienna driven by 42 year old Kerri Winkler of Ferdinand. Winkler and her two sons were not injured. Cloe complained of back pain and was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. He was treated and released. Both vehicles were total losses. They were taken from the scene by a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker. The Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.
A Springville man was arrested after police received a complaint about a man in the area of 17th and O streets Monday morning in Bedford. Police arrived and were unable to locate him until 45 minutes later at 11:15 a.m. they received another complaint about the same person near 16 th and K streets. Police located the male near the police department and identified him as 33 year old Joshua Flynn of Springville. While police were speaking with Flynn police noticed a hammer in his sweatshirt pocket and removed it for safety reasons. “Flynn had another hammer up his shirt sleeve and when police removed that they also performed a pat-down for any other weapons. During the pat-down a syringe was noticed sticking out of Flynn’s pocket by police. The syringe filled with a clear substance and was removed from Flynn’s pocket. Flynn was arrested and while trying to place handcuffs on Flynn he started resisting. After gaining control of Flynn police took him into the police station and tested the syringe and got a positive result for methamphetamine. Flynn was arrested on charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and resisting arrest.
Bloomington Police are looking for a 19 year after he allegedly broke into a Bloomington pawn shop and stole firearms and then gave those weapons to three juveniles. 19 year old Jaylen Beatty of Indianapolis is wanted on warrants of burglary, theft, carrying a handgun without a license and three counts of dangerous control of a firearm for giving the guns to juveniles. Police responded to an alarm at 1:55 a.m. on Nov. 22 at Ace Pawn Shop in Bloomington. A broken window and several handguns had had been found stolen from a display case. On Nov. 24, a woman and her 14 year old son went to Police after she found a gun in her son’s bedroom. The gun was determined to have been stolen from Ace Pawn Shop. Police then went to the woman’s home and when they arrived they found her 15 year old son with a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants. The 15 year old threatened police with the weapon saying he should have shot them and refused to speak with investigators. Three days later another 14 year old boy turned himself in telling police he played a role in the burglary. He was arrested on juvenile charges of burglary and theft of a firearm and transported to a juvenile detention center. Investigators posted surveillance at the home and witnessed 20 year old Nicholas Shufford jump a fence and bury items in the ground on a neighboring property. Police responded to the area and arrested Shufford. Police dug up the items which were the stolen handguns. Shufford is also facing gun and battery with bodily injuries to a police officer, carrying a handgun without a license and two counts of resisting arrest charges in Marion County.
Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
A senior at Springs Valley high school, Lucille Vaal has been named the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar from Orange County. As a Lilly Scholar winner, Lucy is the recipient of a four year, full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. The daughter of Robert and Donna Vaal, Lucy has plans to attend DePauw University to study psychology before pursuing her ultimate goal of earning a doctorate or furthering her education with a law degree. While attending high school, Lucy has been a member of Student Council, SADD, FCCLA and FFA. She is the secretary of her school’s chapter of National Honor Society and is a member of the Springs Valley High School Academic Team and the Orange County Community Foundation Youth Council. A Pre Requisite for the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship were required to have an SAT score above 1000, rank in the top 25 percent of their class and be on track to earn an academic honors diploma. The Orange County Community Foundation Lilly Scholarship Committee narrowed the field down to eight finalists from 33. The other seven Orange County finalists for the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship were Montana Sullivan of Orleans, Aron Busick, Elisabeth Kerby and Lauren Rutherford, all of Paoli High School; and Emma Denbo, Charleigh Land and Addison Stailey, all of Springs Valley High School.
A Paoli man was accused of crashing into another vehicle in French Lick and then fleeing the scene. The incident took place back on November 15th at the entrance to Huck’s on State Road 145 in French Lick. According to the report from the French Lick Police Department, a northbound GMC Terrain, driven by 52 year old Ronald Tanglao of Orleans was struck in the side by a small passenger car, possibly a Pontiac G6 while leaving the parking lot of the gas station. Tanglao and his passengers were not injured and damages from the crash were estimated between $10,000 and $25,000. Police received an anonymous tip about the identity of the driver involved and they investigated at the residence of 36 year old Jacob Young. Police reported finding a Pontiac G6 with severe damage. Police also spoke with a manager at Young’s employer and they said they were told Young had been sent home just a few minutes before the crash took place. Police requested an interview with the vehicle’s owner, who was a family member of Young’s, and said Young himself came to the French Lick Police Department and volunteered he had been the person driving. Young was arrested Sunday by the Indiana State Police and is facing a misdemeanor charge of failure to remain at the scene of an accident.
A Mitchell man was sentenced to 3.5 months in prison on one felony count of attempted burglary on Monday. Lawrence County Judge John Plummer III sentenced 31 year old Michael Jarvis of Mitchell. He was given credit for 97 days served. Jarvis was arrested back in March on two counts of burglary and he pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary in November in a plea deal. According to a probable cause affidavit, Police received a message via Facebook from a female reporting that she had a video showing three unknown people trespassing on her parents’ property during the early morning hours of March 6th. The woman told police that her mother went to the door and saw the three males flee to the back of the property. Two of the men in the video were identified as Michael Jarvis and Jimmie Schofield. Schofield was an inmate at the Lawrence County Jail and he was asked about the video. Schofield denied being in the video at first but later admitted it was him. Schofield told police he was the person in the video and that the others were Anthony Burns and Jarvis. Schofield told police that they went to the house to get marijuana because the resident was allegedly a former marijuana dealer. On August 28th, Schofield pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary and was sentenced on September 26th to four years and 182 days to the Department of Corrections. On June 13th Burns pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary and was sentenced to four years in the Department of Corrections.
Monday, December 9th, 2019
A 17-year-old Bedford male was arrested Sunday after police were called to a domestic fight in Bedford. At 5:49 p.m. police arrived at the home in the 200 block of Greenhill Addition and spoke to an adult victim who told police the juvenile had been making threats to “hit” family members. The incident transpired from his cell phone being taken from him on Saturday night. While investigating police learned that the suspect had asked to borrow the victim’s cell phone that night to make a call. At some point after that, the juvenile refused to hand the cell phone back to the victim and then threw the cell phone at the victim hitting the victim’s shoulder. Police arrested the teenager on a charge of domestic battery and he was transported to the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center.
Two men were arrested Saturday morning after police were requested to the Big Red Liquors parking lot in Bedford. The caller told police red Honda was parked in the lot for several hours. When police arrived they found two males in the vehicle. The driver was id entified as 38 year old Matthew Cook of Bloomington and the passenger as 44 year old Jason Kincaid. Cook stepped out of the vehicle to speak with police and kept reaching into his pockets after being asked to stop several times. Cook gave consent to police to search his pockets and police found two pills in his pocket. Kincaid exited the vehicle and gave officers consent to search his pockets. Police found pills, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana in Kincaid’s pockets. Police then noticed a syringe loaded with a brown substance on the driver seat. Police then searched the vehicle and located heroin, several syringes, and various amounts of pills. Kincaid was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, identity deception, possession of marijuana, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, visiting a common nuisance, and was wanted on a warrant for petition to revoke. Cook was arrested for dealing in a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a legend drug, possession of meth, possession of a controlled drug, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.
A Bloomington woman was arrested this morning after police on a routine patrol in the parking lot of Walmart found a vehicle parked in the fire zone in Bedford. According to police the driver appeared to be having mechanical problems and she appeared to be intoxicated when police spoke to her. Police then performed a field sobriety test on 34 year old Amanda Frye. Police saw a syringe in plain view inside the vehicle when she was conducting the test. Frye agreed to answer questions and let officers search the vehicle. While police searched the vehicle they located heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and 120 new and used syringes. Frye was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and trafficking with an inmate.
Friday, December 6th, 2019
The Huntingburg Police Department hired a West Baden man Thursday morning. 24 year old Chase Snider who is a native of West Baden was hired and sworn in at Thursday morning’s Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety meeting. His badge was pinned on him by his wife Emilee. Snider worked as a corrections officer at Branchville Correctional Facility for seven months before joining the U.S. Army to serve for three years. Snider will attend the law academy to complete his training. The police department still has one position to fill. Applications can be obtained by calling the city, 812-683-2211, or through the documents page on the city’s website, www.huntingburg-in.gov.
A Terre Haute man was arrested after a search warrant was executed for a home in the 500 block of South Meridian Road at 11:39 p.m. Wednesday in Mitchell. Police confirmed information that 37 year old Christopher Davis had a valid outstanding arrest warrant out of Vigo County. Once inside the home police located a white powder residue and a scale that tested positive for meth. Police also found a white crystal substance that was later determined to be a cutting agent for meth and used by meth dealers, which apparently was being sold as meth. Also located in the home was marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Davis was arrested without incident and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. Davis was arrested on charges of dealing in a counterfeit substance, and possession of meth, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and the warrant out of Vigo County.
A Bedford man was arrested after police were called to a local gas station in Bedford. Police arrived at Revere’s Food & Fuel Thursday morning to check on a man that appeared to be asleep. When they arrived they woke up 30 year-old Kip Thurston. According to police Thurston was disoriented. Police also learned Thurston was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Police searched Thurston’s pockets and found a syringe, marijuana, meth, and other drug paraphernalia. Thurston was arrested on charges public intoxication on a controlled substance, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a syringe and on a warrant for petition to revoke.
Thursday, December 5th, 2019
A Daviess County man was arrested Monday after he almost hit an Indiana State Police vehicle. According to a ISP police report, a t around 11:40 p.m, 59-year-old Jeffrey Rohrer, of Montgomery, was stopped after he failed to stop at a stop sign and almost struck the trooper’s vehicle at First and Sycamore streets in Terre Haute. The trooper says Rohrer was intoxicated and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.11 percent. Rohrer was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction and OWI endangerment and was transported to the Vigo County Jail.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
A year old baby suffered a head injury after the driver of the vehicle crashed into a bridge at Mount Horeb Creek bridge in Mitchell on Monday. The accident was reported at 12:59 p.m. by a bystander who found the 1997 Chevrolet Lumina partially in the roadway. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, when they arrived on the scene the driver 21 year old Hailey Brazzel of Mitchell and her adult passenger and the baby had left the scene. According to police Brazzel was traveling south on Fleenor Road, south of Shuler Road and was traveling around a slight curve when she lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle went off the west side of the road and collided into the bridge stopping the vehicle. Brazzel and the adult passenger were uninjured. One year-old Carson Brazzell was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Carson was holding a toy steering wheel at the time of the crash and hit his head on the toy and suffered a laceration. Police say Brazzell did not report the accident and a wrecker service came to tow the vehicle. Police went to the hospital to speak with the Brazzell, who told police she left the scene because she wanted to take her baby to the hospital and have him checked out.
A Mitchell man was arrested after he was accused of choking and pointing a gun at another man. According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit on Sunday, Police received a call reporting a fight between two people. When police arrived 29 year old Jeffrey Sebree was waving down police in the street and another man was inside the home. When police spoke to the alleged victim, he said Sebree was arguing with a woman at the home. The man also said he asked Sebree to step outside, but Sebree shoved him in response. He alleged Sebree threw a punch then both of them started to wrestle. While the two were wrestling inside the kitchen the man accused Sebree of choking him. As the man said got away he then went to the kitchen to get a knife. He said as he turned around Sebree pointed a gun at him causing him to put down the knife. Sebree requested police to file battery charges on the other man but police told him that would not happen since he was the instigator. Five children were present in the home at the time of the incident. Sebree is charged with pointing a firearm, strangulation and domestic battery in the presence of a minor and battery. As of Tuesday afternoon, Sebree was at the jail with bond set at $755.
A Washington man was arrested after starting a hoax that caused police to scramble for hours and had the city in distress on Monday. 23 year old Malik Waggoner of Washington called 911 stating that he was a woman being held at gunpoint in an aisle at the local Walmart. When police arrived at the supercenter, they found no one being held at gunpoint even after reviewing the store’s security footage. Police investigated the community and did research on the phone used. Police took several hours but eventually they were able to track it back to Waggoner. Waggoner was taken into custody without incident. Waggoner had an active warrant against him and police believe he called in the hoax to avoid being found on it. He was arrested on both the warrant and on the charge of false informing.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
A Lawrence County Police car caught fire this destroying the vehicle in Mitchell. For an unknown reason, one of the department’s cars used by the civil process server caught fire in the engine compartment at State Road 37 and Woodville Road and the car was a total loss. No one was hurt. The fire was extinguished by firefighters with the Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department. Traffic was diverted on the northbound side of State Road 37 for a short time while firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
Police arrested a man who was wanted on a warrant after receiving a tip he was in the area of 12th and Lincoln Avenue Monday night in Bedford. Police found the vehicle of 27 year-old Cody Combs and attempted to stop him after the vehicle entered the alley between 12th and 13th Street and K Street and Lincoln Avenue. When police attempted to stop Combs he refused and made several turns before losing control and striking a police vehicle. Police followed the vehicle through the alley and then Combs proceeded south on Lincoln Avenue. Combs then make a turn onto 13th Street traveling west. Combs attempted to make another right turn, but due to being out of control of the vehicle he collided into the side of another police vehicle. Combs was then removed from the vehicle. When Combs was removed from the vehicle police witnessed him drop a baggie with a substance inside, which was later identified as methamphetamine. Combs was arrested at 6:21 p.m. on charges of resisting arrest, possession of meth and on a warrant for domestic battery.
A Bedford man was arrested after police stopped him near 32nd Street and Mitchell Road Saturday night in Bedford. Police stopped 25 year old Jason Johnson of Bedford at 7:30 p.m. after a traffic violation and an expired plate. After police ran Johnson’s driving status, he returned with a suspended license and denied consent to search the vehicle. K-9 Maximus was used for an exterior sniff and gave a positive alert. Inside the vehicle police found a loaded handgun along with drug paraphernalia and meth. Johnson was arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a handgun without a license, operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, and was issued a citation for expired license plates and failure to signal.
Monday, December 2nd, 2019
A Crawford County man was arrested early this morning in a vehicle parked in a hotel’s parking lot on the north side of Huntingburg. Police were patrolling at 2:52 a.m. Monday morning and checked on a man who appeared to be sleeping in the front seat of a van. The van was parked in the Quality Inn parking lot at 406 E. 22nd St. Police allege the man 31 year old Anthony Sturgeon of Taswell gave a false name and birth date. Police allegedly found Sturgeon, in possession of a syringe, a pill that was controlled substance and drug paraphernalia that included a spoon filled with pieces of cotton. Sturgeon was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 5:08 a.m. on felony charges of unlawful possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor false informing, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.
A Bedford man was arrested after police received a call on Friday at 11:21 p.m. reporting a truck had been stolen from the Mundell Church Road area in Bedford. The owner of the black Dodge truck was following the stolen vehicle. The stolen vehicle was intercepted in the area of US 50 East and Back Creek Road by officers which prompted a pursuit. The pursuit lasted one mile and the suspect was taken into custody after a short struggle to handcuff and control him. Police arrested 31 year old David Young of Bedford. He was later taken to IU Health Hospital for a medical evaluation after he said he wasn’t feeling well. After being medically cleared, Young was transported to the Lawrence County Jail on charges of auto theft, two counts of resisting arrest, and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle in the commission of a crime.
Friday, November 29th, 2019
A two-vehicle crash Thursday morning claimed the life of one driver and sent several others to Louisville Hospitals. According to a Indiana State Police report, at approximately 12:49 a.m., Scott County Dispatch received the initial call of a two-vehicle crash on SR56 near SR39. Scott County Deputies were the first units to arrive and soon requested assistance from the Indiana State Police. Investigators believe that a black, 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by 50 year old Victor Colon, of Scottsburg, was southbound on SR39 approaching the stop sign at the intersection of SR56. At the same time, a 2017 Ford Escape, driven by 35 year old Stephanie Barnett, of Salem, was westbound on SR56 approaching the same intersection. Preliminary information reveals that the Cavalier likely pulled out onto SR56 in front of the Ford Escape, causing the Escape to collide with the Cavalier, knocking it off the roadway. Stephanie Barnett was transported to University Hospital in Louisville by ambulance, and her two juvenile passengers were transported by ambulance to Norton’s Children’s Hospital. Colon was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Coroner. The passenger of Colon’s vehicle, 55 year old Barbara Hall, Scottsburg, was airlifted to University Hospital. The Use of drugs or alcohol is unknown at this time; however, the investigation is ongoing.
An investigation into alleged illegal Steroid possession and distribution by a Scott County Deputy has resulted in his arrest as well as the arrest of a Scott County reserve officer on related charges in Scott County. On Monday, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin received information of possible illegal steroid use and distribution by Deputy Joe Baker. Acting on this information, Sheriff Goodin immediately contacted Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter and requested an investigation into the allegation. Undercover officers from the Sellersburg Post Drug Enforcement Section were assigned and began their investigation on Tuesday. In the early morning hours on Thursday and as a result of their investigation, Troopers arrested 39 year old Joe Don Baker of Salem. Baker is charged with felony counts of Conspiracy to Deal in Steroids, Official Misconduct, Possession of Hypodermic Needle, and a misdemeanor charge of Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance. Also charged is 32 year old Scott County Reserve Officer Phillip E. Thomas of Scottsburg. Thomas is charged with a misdemeanor charge of Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance. Both Baker and Thomas were taken to the Scott County Jail without incident.
On October 21, Dennis R. Burgdorf of Crawford County was sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence as a result of guilty plea to the crimes of Possession and Dealing in Illegal Drugs. Burgdorf was initially arrested after a lengthy investigation by the Indiana State Police on November 2018. Burgdorf was initially charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug and Dealing in Methamphetamine at least 5 grams but less than 10 Grams. Burgdorf plead guilty to two level 3 felonies and will serve 17 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
French Lick Police are seeking a driver who they say crashed into the side of another vehicle on State Road 145 back on November 15th and then fled the scene in French Lick. The collision took place at the entrance to Huck’s at approximately 9:40 p.m. According to the police report, a northbound GMC Terrain driven by 52 year old Ronald Tanglao of Orleans was struck in the side of his vehicle by a small, dark passenger car that was leaving the parking lot of the gas station on the east side of the roadway. The unknown vehicle was thought to be a Pontiac G6 or something similar. The GMC suffered severe damage to its side and rear axle. Tanglao and his passengers were not injured and damages from the crash were estimated at $10,000 to $25,000.
A late night, rural patrol and traffic stop ended with the arrest of four individuals on various charges in Washington County. On Monday at 10:27 PM, Trooper Kyle Taylor was patrolling on county roads in rural Washington County in the area of Little York. Trooper Taylor initiated a traffic stop on a purple 1997 Chevrolet Camaro for a stop sign violation. During the stop, the driver was found to be driving on a suspended driver's license, and Trooper Taylor continued the investigation, requesting assistance. As a result of the continued investigation, approximately 3 grams of heroin was located in the vehicle, along with several hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia. Police arrested 34 year old Daniel Abner of Madison on a misdemeanor count of Driving While Suspended Prior. 30 year old Travis Hill of Little York on felony charges of Dealing in Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Syringe, and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Paraphernalia of Visiting a Common Nuisance. 20 year old Tayah Harris of Riverview, FL for felony couts of Possession of Syringe, and misdemeanor counts of Visiting a Common Nuisance and Possession of Paraphernalia. 23 year old Anna Smith of Scottsburg on a felony count of Possession of Syringe and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Paraphernalia and Visiting a Common Nuisance.
When Troopers assisted the Harrison County Probation Department with a home visit, the call quickly escalated into a separate drug investigation in Corydon. Yesterday morning, at 9:30, Master Trooper Jackie Smith assisted the Harrison County Probation Department with a home visit in Corydon. Shortly after arriving, Trooper Smith observed criminal indicators and sought and received a search warrant on the residence through the Harrison County Superior Court. As a result of the search and investigation, officers located over 36 grams of methamphetamine. The residents, 29 year old Eric Daniel Purvis, and 22 year old Kayla Dawn Simon, were arrested and taken to the Harrison County Jail. Purvis and Simon are both charged with felony counts of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and a misdemeanor count of Possession of Paraphernalia.
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