***Q-100 News***

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Orleans Town Employees are working to repair a major water line break located at or near the intersection of West Vincennes and North 6th streets.
Residential water customers living in those areas may be without water service during this time.  Customers living on or along Karen Street may also be affected by the line break.  And while there is no estimated time for the completion of the work at this time, crews are on the scene and working to make the necessary repairs

Powerful thunderstorms with strong winds and heavy rains hit Lawrence County area Wednesday afternoon.  Tornado warnings were issued for the area around 5:33 p.m. thru 6pm.  Tornado alert sirens in Bedford  sounded after a cloud rotation was detected over the county moving east at 40 miles per hour.  Winds took down trees, power lines and damaged a barn on Shawswick Station Road and other areas throughout the county. Heavy rainfall flooded area roads.  Lawrence County Volunteer Fire Departments and highway crews spent hours clearing debris from roadways and stood by while REMC employees repaired down power lines

The Greene County Sheriff's Department, in Switz City says 73-year-old female operating a 2011 Kia Sedona has been interviewed in a hit and run case.  The woman was passing through the construction zone on State Road 54 when she struck what she believed to be an orange barrel.   The woman, who is not being named at this time, told police she traveled further down the roadway and then pulled over to examine the damage to her vehicle. The operator then continued westward.  Vehicle debris located at the scene positively identified the suspect vehicle. Video from local schools and residents provided a vehicle description.  The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles provided a list of vehicles matching the description located in Greene and surrounding counties.  A worker had just been dropped off for her shift and was hit," Greene County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chris Anderson says. "She suffered possible broken bones and was flown by helicopter from the scene to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis."  A black SUV traveling west hit a construction worker and then left the scene of the accident.  The accident happened around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning on State road 54 in Switz City

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

A driver’s inattention caused a two vehicle crash Tuesday morning that sent both driver’s to the hospital.  At 7:43 A.M. 36 year old Lesley Smith of Dale was stopped in northbound traffic along US 231 just north of Interstate 64, waiting for a vehicle in front of her to turn into a private drive.  As the truck turned and had cleared the roadway, Smith let her foot off the brake of her blue 2009 Ford Fusion to continue traveling north when she was rear ended by a white 2000 Ford Ranger pick-up truck, driven by 51 year old Karrie Eckert of Huntingburg.  Eckert, at the last moment, noticed traffic was stopped but was unable to stop or avoid the collision.  Both drivers were transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The Ford Fusion and Ford Ranger were considered total losses.  The use of seatbelts and airbag deployment helped to reduce further injuries to both Smith and Eckert.  US 231 was closed for nearly 45 minutes while the crash was investigated and crews cleaned up the scene

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a Salem man killed while logging in the Jackson-Washington State Forest on Monday afternoon. 44-year-old Thomas Sidwell died at the scene after suffering head trauma from a fallen limb.  Emergency personnel responded to the forest shortly after 12:30 p.m., near the Mail Route, outside of Salem. Sidwell, a contracted logger, was found unresponsive by a fellow employee.  Preliminary investigation indicates that Sidwell was attempting to fell a tree that was entangled with a dead tree. A large limb from the dead tree was dislodged, striking Sidwell, who was wearing a safety helmet. Assisting agencies at the scene included the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Washington County EMS, and the Washington County Coroner's Office. The incident remains under investigation.

The quick action of an 8-year-old boy saved his family.  Huntingburg firefighters responded to a house fire at 103 N. Washington at about 12:34 a.m. Tuesday morning.  According to Chief Scott Patberg, if it weren't for the boy waking up to odor of smoke, things could have been worse. There were no smoke detectors in the home, owned by Frank Altmeyer, who was renting it to the Brandon Lauer family.  The boy woke his parents and the family of three and their puppy were able to escape the home safely.  Chief Patberg says the fire was ignited by a discarded cigarettes in a bucket outside of the home.The bucket was near a crawl space opening covered with a sheet of plywood. From there the fire climbed the walls of the home and into the furnace, melting wiring. The fire also damaged a bathroom and closet area.  Firefighters were able to douse the blaze and then used thermal imaging to locate any remaining hotspots. They had to cut sections of the exterior wall away to access and extinguish those hot spots.  More than 20 firefighters were on the scene for about an hour.  Chief Patberg says the city's code enforcement officer will receive a report detailing there were no smoke detectors and Altmeyer will have to provide proof that smoke detectors are installed in the home prior to renting it.  The Huntingburg Police Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene. 

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

This reminder of Hydrant Flushing in the Springs Valley Water District.  Personnel in West Baden and French Lick will be flushing on Tuesday, October 18th beginning at 8am in the West Baden and French Lick Business District. 
Also at 8am on Wednesday, October 19th, south of French Lick and all Hill areas.  Flushing will be done in a manner to minimize discoloration.. It is suggested that water be checked for discoloration before use. 

Owen County – (Coal City) Just after midnight this past Saturday morning, Indiana State Police Detectives were called to the scene of a homicide near Coal City. Investigators believe that a guest at the home, Tammy Stuard, 52 of Indianapolis shot and killed Bradley Jones, 53 of Coal City at his home on Lampher Farm Road. Detectives gathered evidence that led them to believe a verbal argument had taken place prior to the shooting. According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, Stuard told detectives she shot Jones with her own handgun, because she believed he was going to attempt to hurt others in the home at that time.  Tammy Lynn Stuard was formally charged with Murder Monday afternoon in the Owen County Circuit Court in Spencer. There is no Felony Level for Murder in the State of Indiana. In Indiana, Murder is considered to be the highest felony with which one can be charged.

President Obama commuted the federal prison sentences of 102 inmates last week.  Three were from Indiana including Charles M. Woosley of West Baden.  He had been serving time on various drug charges.  He sentence was 300 months imprisonment, 10 years supervised release (Oct 27th, 2006), amended to life imprisonment on (Oct 21, 2008) ,   The Commutation Grant commuted his prison sentence to a term of 300 months. 

Friday, October 14th, 2016

A Lawrence County man was arrested after police found methamphetamine and marijuana inside his truck Thursday.
According to police reports, at 3:11 p.m., police were called about a road-rage incident at State Road 37 and 29th Street in Bedford with the caller giving descriptions of the vehicles and told police where they were heading. Police found both vehicles at 28th Street and Mitchell Road. One of the vehicles, a maroon 2000 Ford Ranger, turned onto 28th Street immediately, so police stopped the truck at 28th Street and Washington Avenue. The driver 48 year old Kristopher E. Ingle, of Bedford was acting very nervous. Officers received permission from Ingle to search the truck. Police found a bag with a white, powdery substance that field-tested positive for meth, a glass smoking device with burnt residue that tested positive for marijuana and a prescription bottle containing a small amount of marijuana. He was taken into custody, and police found another glass smoking device in one of his pockets. Ingle was charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance and was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 3:43 p.m.

A Jackson County man was arrested for dealing methamphetamine after an eighth-month investigation. On Tuesday, Jackson County Sheriffs Department and Brownstown Police Department officers served a search warrant at the residence of 33 year old William Burrell of Medora. Police found Burrell at the home and took him into custody after he attempted to flee the scene. During a search of Burrell and his home, officers found 3.5 ounces of crystal meth, three firearms, more than $4,000 in cash and other items related to dealing meth. He was charged with dealing meth and maintaining a common nuisance and was taken to the Jackson County jail

A Monroe County woman has plead guilty to manslaughter in husband's shooting death.
24-year-old Taylor Kirby of Bloomington admitted she shot her husband four times during an argument the afternoon of September 26, 2015 at the couple's home on San Juan Drive. The couple's two toddlers witnessed the shooting. Kirby told police she ran to a bedroom, locked the door, retrieved a .380 Ruger, chambered a bullet and placed the gun in her pants pocket.When she emerged, Taylor claims that during that argument her husband approached her with clenched fists. She was afraid and shot him four times. Police were suspicious of Kirby's version of events, because one of the bullets was fired into 26-year-old Justin Kirby's back.When rescue crews arrived they found Justin Kirby dead on a front patio. On Thursday the charge against 24-year-old Taylor Kirby was amended from murder to voluntary manslaughter, the killing of another person under the sudden heat of anger. In a negotiated plea agreement, she will face a maximum 17-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter and another five years for a sentence enhancement because a handgun was used in the crime. She has been held without bond at the Monroe County Jail since her arrest the day of the murder. Monroe Circuit Judge Marc Kellams will sentence her on December 1.

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

A burning cigar left near a home ignited a house fire on N Street Wednesday, which resulted in a minor injury.
According to reports, at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday, all three of Bedford Fire Department’s stations responded to a call for a fire at 1309 N St., to a two- story home owned by David Maldonado and built in the late 1800s. When firefighters arrived they observed a fire that was at the rear of the house and according to firefighters, started by a cigar that had rolled up against the house. The fire went up the side of the house, then into the wall itself, across the ceiling on the first floor and then proceeded to go upstairs and into the attic. Firefighters eventually extinguished the fire, but there was considerable water damage. Maldonado, the owner of the home, suffered burns to his hand from trying to extinguish the fire himself and was treated at the scene and refused to be transported to a hospital.

A Lawrence County woman was arrested after police discovered meth and heroin at a home Monday. According to police reports, At 11:30 a.m., the Bedford Police Department received information that drugs were in a home in the 600 block of S Street. The homeowner said 33 year old Billie Jean Hatcher of Bedford, previously lived at the home with her children, ages 15 and 11, but recently moved out and left some of her items there. The homeowner gave police permission to search and they went to the room Hatcher was occupying. There officers found a syringe and spoon, with residue, under the mattress that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Hatcher was arrested after they found her sleeping in a co-worker’s vehicle. After her arrest, her purse was searched and police found a tube with residue that also field-tested positive for meth. She was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 11:50 a.m. Monday and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. She posted a $755 cash bond later that day.

The suspect of a two week old theft case was arrested after allegedly attempting the same crime from the same location. On September 28, a male suspect stole a Honda generator from Rural King in Jasper.  Surveillance cameras captured the picture of the suspect and the act, and those images were shared and distributed across social media in the following days.  State Police investigators remained hopeful to generate leads and information into the identity of the suspect. On October 11, a Rural King employee believed he observed a customer, later identified as 38 year old Virgil Ross of Evansville, attempting to steal an identical Honda generator as what was stolen on September 28.  The employee recognized Ross from the surveillance picture and contacted the Jasper Police Department.  Jasper officers detained Ross and contacted the State Police so that investigators could continue the investigation.Officers agreed that the photograph was that of Ross.  Ross was placed into custody and transported, without incident, to the Dubois County Jail.

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

A registered sex offender was arrested Tuesday afternoon for the beating death of 66-year-old Donald Gentry.   According to Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain, police arrested 63-year-old John Henry Griffin on a preliminary charge of murder. Griffin is currently on parole and is homeless. He was arrested Tuesday at Shalom Community Center. Police questioned Griffin, obtained a search warrant for his possessions and booked him into the Monroe County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder.

Former Monroe County Auditor Steve Saulter was charged Tuesday with felony fraud and official misconduct for using his county-issued credit card 15 times in the fall of 2015 to purchase food and medicine.  The Herald Times reports, Saulter admitted making the $620 in purchases at Wal-Mart, Kroger and Marsh, but told a police detective he "accidentally" used the office credit card instead of his personal debit card because he was under a lot of personal stress at the time and the cards were similar in appearance.  Saulter had been the county auditor for 71/2 years, then resigned in July as a special prosecutor's investigation continued.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Traffic  was blocked by Black Lives Matter protesters in Bloomington last evening.  Protesters blocked the intersection of Third and Lincoln streets, stopping traffic for about 30 minutes.  The demonstration started with speakers and a balloon release at IU's Sample Gates before hundreds of people stopped traffic by marching through downtown streets. The group started on East Kirkwood Avenue, turned onto College Avenue and moved to Third Street before blocking Third and Lincoln streets for about 30 minutes.  The Herald Times reports, the tensest moments of demonstration happened in front of the Bloomington police station on East Third Street, where frustrated motorists clashed with human blockades. Several vehicles attempted to drive around the protesters by cutting through a restaurant parking lot on the northeast corner of the intersection. Protesters flung themselves in front of the cars, banged on hoods and yelled at drivers.  One male driver, trying to travel east on Third Street, started to slowly drive into the crowd of people blocking his sport utility vehicle. Protesters shattered a portion of his windshield.  The demonstrators are unsatisfied with the city police department's investigation into the October 2015 death of Joseph Smedley, a 20-year-old from Indianapolis who was a former Indiana University student. He was missing for about a week before his body was discovered in Griffy Lake.

Lawrence County has been added to a list of counties under investigation for alleged voter fraud.  According to a press release from Indiana State Police Headquarters, the investigation began in late August and now includes a total of 56 counties throughout the state, including Lawrence County.  County Clerk Myron Rainey says those with concerns can call the voter registration office. "You can also check your information on www.IndianaVoters.com," Rainey says. Rainey notes that there are checks and balances to ensure voter registration is correct and accurate in place at the Voter Registration Office.

Facing charges of murder, rape and other felonies, Kyle N. Popplewell, 25, made a brief appearance in the Dubois County Circuit Court Monday morning.   The Ferdinand man is charged with murder and Level 1 felony counts of rape (two counts) and burglary, plus a Level 2 felony count of criminal confinement and a Level 5 felony count of battery causing serious bodily injury. Those charges stem from an incident January 10 in which he allegedly entered the home of Jeffrey D. Perry, 37, located east of St. Henry. Popplewell allegedly stabbed him before raping a woman staying there. 

Friday, October 7th, 2016

HNI Corp., the parent company of Paoli Inc., announced this morning it would begin phasing out its manufacturing operations at the Orleans factory.
About 350 employees will be affected by the plant closure. According to Gary Carlson, vice president of community relations for HNI Corp, the plan is to begin phasing out the manufacturing operations in January. Some departments may leave the facility early in the year while others won’t be phased out until next fall. The company told employees Thursday that there would be a meeting this morning. That meeting, which happened about 8:30 a.m., explained the closure process to the employees. Carlson said the company will likely move the Orleans manufacturing processes to HNI companies in Iowa, North Carolina and New York. Some portions of the business, such as administration and sales and marketing, will stay in southern Indiana, just not likely at the Orleans facility. HNI has owned Paoli Inc. for about 10 years. The corporation announced in September that its revenue and earnings for the third quarter and fiscal year 2016 are expected to be below the corporation’s previous outlook because demand in the office furniture and hearth segments is expected to be lower than previously forecasted. The plant is to officially be closed in October 2017.

Mitchell police arrested a Lawrence County woman early this morning after she was found in a car with methamphetamine. According to police reports, 48 year old Rebecca Lake, of Bedford, was a passenger in a car parked on Warren Street in Mitchell at a dental office, according to Mitchell police. Mitchell officer Shaun Cabrall noticed a car parked at a dentist office and knew it was closed, so he went to investigate it. At that point, the car drove away, and Cabrall followed. The driver parked the car in an alley way near the 1200 block of Main Street and then ran, but Lake the passenger remained at the car. Cabrall approached her and the car, and he noticed a syringe with a substance in the back seat. He asked Lake if there were drugs in the car, and she said no. However, Cabrall pointed out the syringe, and it tested positive for containing meth.Also found was a Schedule II controlled substance when searching Lake. She was booked into the Lawrence County Jail at 2:30 a.m. and charged with possession of meth and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

Police are asking for help identifying a suspect involved in an alleged battery that took place Monday night in a grocery store parking lot in Jasper. Jasper Police says they are a looking for a male, possibly in his 30s, who was wearing a camouflage hat and flannel shirt during the altercation in the IGA parking lot at 750 W. Second Street sometime between 4 and 4:30 p.m. They also report the suspect has a bushy beard. The vehicle he was driving was described as a red, 2-door Dodge pickup truck with several bumper stickers and at least one sticker in the back window. Also, the side of the truck has a political name spray painted on it and the passenger window had a clip-on United States flag attached and the rear bumper was bent. Anyone with information is asked to contact JPD at 812-482-2255 or through the anonymouse tip line at 812-481-COPS (2677).

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Police at Indiana University in Bloomington foundrecovered 34 grams of marijuana and a stolen handgun during a search of a vehicle in a parking lot near Forest Quad on Tuesday .   Around 11pm, Officers on foot patrol noticed the odor of marijuana emanating from inside a parked vehicle. Occupants of the vehicle were identified and a search of the vehicle was conducted. The loaded handgun was located in the center console of the vehicle. Evidence obtained indicated that the suspect was dealing marijuana.   The handgun, a 9mm Smith & Wesson, had been reported stolen in 2014, and is believed to be one of several firearms stolen during the robbery of a gun store in North Vernon, Indiana, in which the owner of the store was shot and killed. Those responsible for the robbery and murder were identified and arrested.  IU student Jason Nguyen was arrested on charges of possession of the stolen firearm (level 6 felony), carrying a handgun without a license (A misdemeanor), dealing in marijuana (A misdemeanor), possession of marijuana

The Indiana Department of Transportation, the Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources remind drivers to stay alert as deer become more active in fall months on Indiana’s roadways.   Nearly 50 percent of all vehicle crashes involving deer occur between October and December.  Deer are generally more active during mating season in late October into early November. And with many farmers harvesting crops, deer could be on the move at any time, encountering roads more frequently and increasing the potential for collisions.  Across the state in 2015, there were more than 15,000 deer-related collisions, including vehicles crashing attempting to avoid striking a deer.  With the increased number of deer heading toward the roadways, deer-vehicle crashes will happen, but drivers can take measures to keep collisions to a minimum. Knowing when deer are most active and practicing defensive driving will help reduce your chances of becoming a statistic:

Studies have shown that novelties like deer whistles are ineffective in deterring deer. The best way to avoid an accident is to be alert

LEBANON) - A central Indiana jail that was sued by a Muslim inmate now is providing a diet that follows Islamic dietary laws.  The Boone County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday its jail has adopted a halal meal plan for Muslim inmates. The development came days after a federal judge granted the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana's request to drop a lawsuit it filed in August.  The ACLU had accused the jail of violating the First Amendment rights of inmate Gannon Thomas and his rights under Indiana's Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. The law signed by Gov. Mike Pence last year states government entities cannot pose a substantial burden to a person's exercise of religion.  The 27-year-old Thomas objected to being served pork and other meat not slaughtered according to Islamic laws. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Lawrence County woman suffered internal head injuries in a one-vehicle accident that occurred Sunday at 5:13 a.m.
According to a Lawrence County police report, Lawrence County sheriffs dispatchers received a call that a woman, later identified as 45 year old Iva Chatten, of Bedford, was standing in the road on U.S. 50 about a mile east of State Road 446. The caller said the woman was waving her arms, but the caller didn’t stop. An officer responded to the area. At 5:31 a.m., dispatchers received a call from the Brownstown Police Department saying a man had given the woman a ride and he was taking her to an ambulance station in Brownstown. Lawrence County police later learned that Chatten was going to be airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Officers later located the vehicle, a 2005 Toyota RAV4, and determined it had traveled off the north side of the road and had gone about 450 feet before coming to rest on its side against a tree.

A motorcyclist suffered incapacitating injuries and was transported to a hospital following a Sunday accident. According to a Lawrence County Police report, the accident happened on State R o ad 58 East, west of Fairview Mundell Road at 4:23 p.m. Police say, 26-year-old Zachary Bird, of Spencer was driving a 2000 Honda westbound on State Road 58 when he came over a hill and started to slow down. He told police his rear wheel locked, causing him to slide off the road. Bird complained of pain of shoulder and upper arm.

The Lawrence County Police Department arrested a man on a meth charge Friday. 33 year old Andrew S. Rankin of Mitchell, was wanted on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine. According to a Lawrence Superior Court II probable cause affidavit, an Lawrence County Police Department officer came into contact with Rankin in August and learned he possessed a drug substance. The drug field-tested positive for meth. Rankin was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 10:18 a.m. Friday and he posted a $755 cash bond the same day.

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Three volunteer fire departments battled a corn field fire Thursday on Ind. 37 and County Road 800 North. When firefighters from Orange County Rural District 2 arrived just before 3 p.m. they found a half picked corn field on fire. The fire grew bigger and spread quickly. Marion Township VFD and Orleans VFD were call to the scene to assist. Marion firefighters brought ATV and brush support, while Orleans firefighters protected a nearby barn. Firefighters were able to quickly get the fire under control. There were no injuries, but a couple of firefighters were checked out by emergency crews after suffering smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. Crews were on the scene for about two hours.

A Monroe County woman was arrested Tuesday after police found methamphetamine in her vehicle. According to Police Reports, Tuesday, an Indiana State Police trooper pulled 30 year old Heather Cox of Bloomington over and learned she was driving with a suspended license. According to Troopers, Her and her passenger revealed behavior that was consistent with criminal activity being afoot. A Bedford Police Department officer and his police dog were then called to the scene. An open-air sniff alerted the dog to drugs in the vehicle and a smoking device was found inside the vehicle and it field-tested positive for meth. Cox was charged with possession of meth and possession of paraphernalia and booked into the Lawrence County jail at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday and posted a $755 cash bond the same day.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Brown County Circuit Judge Judith Stewart sentenced 51-year-old Daniel Messel Thursday afternoon to 80 years in prison for the murder of 22-year-old Hannah Wilson. Last month, after about 5 hours of deliberating, a Brown County jury found Daniel Messel guilty of murdering the IU senior. The jury also determined Messel, a print shop worker from Bloomington, was guilty of being a habitual offender. That offense added an additional 20 year to his sentence. Judge Stewart sentenced Messel to 60 years for the murder and an additional enhancement of 20 years for being a habitual offender. A passerby found Wilson's body on April 24, 2015 in a parking lot face down at State Road 45 and Plum Creek Road near Helmsburg and Messell's cell phone was found next to her body. An autopsy determined that Wilson had died from blunt force injuries to the back of her head.

A house and a barn were destroyed in a fire Tuesday morning on Springville-Judah Road. According to Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Max Peters, no one lived in the home. The cause for the fire has not been determined and remains under investigation. Firefighters from Perry and Marshall, Oolitic and Indian Creek VFD were alerted to the blaze at 2:18 a.m., after a resident who lived in a home at 3159 Springville-Judah Road reported the house nearby was on fire. When firefighters arrived, the entire backside of the home was engulfed in flames. No one had lived in the older home for about 2 years. The fire spread to a metal pole barn about 10 to 15 feet from the home. Both the home and barn were destroyed. Firefighters were able to save a larger home next door.Assisting at the scene was an IU Health Hospital ambulance crew and TOPES.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Lawrence County man was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital after a crash at the intersection of Mitchell Road and 30th Street Tuesday.
At 3:22 p.m., 48-year-old Kimberly Porter, of Mitchell, was driving south on Mitchell Road in her white 2013 Chevrolet Sonic. She said she saw 67 year old David Feiner of bedford, who was driving a white 2000 Toyota Tundra, stop at the stop sign on 30th Street then pull directly into her path on Mitchell Road. After the crash, Porter said Feiner turned around his truck and drove back toward 30th Street. He ran off the road, went across a ditch and up an embankment before striking a utility pole. When Bedford Police officers arrived, Feiner was conscious but not responding. Because of this, Feiner was not able to provide his own account of the events. Feiner suffered internal head injuries and was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Porter complained of pain to her head and neck was taken to a hospital. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

A head-on collision at Bretzville Junction sent two people to the hospital Monday evening. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, 84-year-old Walter Vaal of Ferdinand was westbound on State Road 64 in a 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix waiting to turn left onto State Road 162 at about 6:54 p.m. Because of the time of evening and the location of the sun, Walter failed to notice a 1995 Chevrolet S10 operated by Angela Hopf, 51, of Birdseye, in the eastbound lane of State Road 64. When the light at the intersection turned green, Vaal proceeded into the intersection to turn south on State Road 162 and drove into the path of Hopf’s truck. Vaal’s front driver’s side struck the front driver’s side of her vehicle. Both drivers were safely able to exit their vehicles. Vall complained of injuries to his face and arm and Hopf had injuries to her arms, legs and chest. Both were transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital. According to deputies, both vehicles were considered total losses. St Anthony Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, Indiana State Police, Bergs Wrecker Service and KARS Wrecker Service assisted at the scene.

A Dubois County Highway Department employee was airlifted this morning after he fell about 15 feet from a bridge construction site south of Holland. An ambulance and Holland Volunteer Fire Department first responders were called to the site along County Road 1200S, a mile and a half west of State Road 161, at 8:31 a.m. Assistant Chief John Hemmer declined to identify the man but said he was conscous and alert with injuries after the fall. County Highway Superintendent Steve Berg said the county employee was moving his extremities. Berg and Hemmer said the victim was flown to a hospital to be checked out as a precaution.  The bridge deck on the bridge crossing Sugar Creek on County Road 1200S/South County Line Road was poured this week. An Air Evac helicopter landed at the scene and flew the injured man to an Evansville hospital. One truck and seven first responders were on the scene 90 minutes.

Tuesday, September 2th, 2016

Conservation Officers were alerted to a tense situation in Nashville Monday evening at Brown County State Park.  77-year-old Larry Stearley, of Gulf Shores, Alabama was arrested after he pointed a gun at officers who were attempting to check on his welfare.  Police were called to the park after Stearley's daughter called police after receiving disturbing texts from him.   According to a press release when officers arrived, Stearley came to the cabin door and pointed a gun at the officers. One shot was fired by an officer as the officers left the porch and took cover in the woods.   Conservation officers maintained communications with Stearley while waiting for backup from Brown County Sheriff's Department and Nashville Police Department. At one point during their communications Stearley left the cabin and it was clear he no longer had the gun, officers took him into custody,    Stearley was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for a medical evaluation.

Indianapolis, IN - Sept. 20, 2016 - According to new AAA research, American drivers wasted more than $2.1 billion dollars in the last year by using premium-grade gasoline in vehicles designed to run on regular fuel.   "AAA's tests reveal that there is no benefit to using premium gasoline in a vehicle that requires regular fuel," said Megan McKernan, manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center. "Premium gasoline is specifically formulated to be compatible with specific types of engine designs and most vehicles cannot take advantage of the higher octane rating."   this study, AAA did not evaluate the effects of using regular fuel in an engine that requires premium gasoline.

Indiana Conservation Officers are offering safety tips to keep Hoosier deer hunters safe during the 2016 season which began with archery season on October 1.   More than 300,000 people will participate in deer hunting activities in the state extending through January 3, 2017.   On average, 33 people will be injured in hunting related accidents in Indiana during the hunting seasons with 18 of those injuries occurring as a result of falls from elevated platforms (data dating from 2006 through 2015).   "Although the number of accidents are low across the state, it is always a tragedy when the accident is preventable", said Lt. Larry Morrison, Outdoor Education Commander. "Application of simple safety steps can greatly reduce the risk of injury when hunting from an elevated stand or participating in hunting activities."
Indiana Conservation Officers offer these safety tips when hunting from elevated platforms:

Before the Hunt

·         Read and understand tree stand manufacturer's instructions

·         Check stands for wear, fatigue, cracks or loose nuts/bolts

·         Practice at ground level

·         Learn how to properly wear your Full Body Harness.

During the Hunt

·         Wear your Full Body Harness

·         Make certain that you attach your harness to the tree before leaving the ground

·         When using a ladder stand or fixed stand always maintain three points of contact during the ascent/descent. Install and utilize a life-line system. Immediately attach your Full Body Harness to the tree when arriving on the platform.

·         Use boots with non-slip soles to avoid slipping.

·         Use a haul line to raise and lower firearms, bows and hunting gear.

·         Make certain that firearms are unloaded before attaching the haul line.

·         Never attach a haul line to the trigger or trigger guard.

"The percentage of our hunters who are injured each year is .0001 when compared to the amount of participants", said Captain Gary Whitaker, North Region Commander. "As first responders and advocates of public safety and welfare, we appreciate the extra effort our citizens give to maintain their safety when involved in hunting activities."

Additional hunting safety tips:

·         Carry emergency equipment, such as a cell phone, flashlight or whistle.

·         Carry a survival kit with items, such as fire building materials, food items, bandages and gauze.

·         Make a plan before you hunt and stay with your plan.

·         Tell someone where you are and what time you plan to return.

·         Identify game before pointing a firearm.

·         Know your target and what is beyond it.

·         Mark all ground blinds with 144 inches of solid hunter orange, as required by law.

"Keeping our citizens safe is a top priority for Indiana Conservation Officers", said Danny L. East, DNR Law Enforcement Director. "We will continue to promote hunter safety practices throughout the state with hope that we can further reduce the number of injuries experienced in the field."

To learn more: http://www.eregulations.com/indiana/hunting 

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Eight people suffered injuries in a two-vehicle accident at State Road 37 and Main Street in Mitchell Saturday night.
According to police reports, 20 year old Kelcee Shepherd, of Salem was driving a 2012 Ford Focus east on State Road 60 West. She told police that she and her passengers, 19 year old Ashton Soliday, of Salem 18 year old Savanah Thixton, of Campbellsburg and 20 year old Jordan Toan, of Borden were students at Vincennes University. The passengers had all been drinking, and alcohol found in the car belonged to the passengers. Shepherd was the designated driver and had not been drinking, but she was talking with her passengers and didn’t realize the light at the intersection of State Road 37 changed to red. She drove through the intersection and struck another vehicle on the front driver’s side on State Road 37. That vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, was driven by 45 year old Travis Jerke, of Bloomington. He was driving north on State Road 37 and went through the intersection at State Road 60 West because he had a green light, and the two vehicles collided. Shepherd was trapped in the vehicle and was extricated by the Bedford Fire Department. Her passengers Toan and Soliday suffered injuries to the head and Thixton complained of pain to her entire body. Travis Jerke complained of pain to his entire body and his passengers 45 year old Kathy Jerke, of Bloomington, complained of pain to her entire body, 66 year old Linda Jerke and 70 year old Harlen Jerke, both of Great Bend, Kansas who both complained of pain to their entire body. A Seals and IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance responded. Shepherd, Soliday and Thixton were taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital. Harlen and Linda Jerke were taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital for treatment.

A Bedford couple were arrested after the Lawrence County Drug Task Force found meth, marijuana and cash in their home. According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley, the SWAT Team, detectives and drug officers served a search warrant at a home in the 400 block of L Street Friday night. When officers arrived at 8:47 p.m. they found meth, marijuana, prescription drugs and cash in the home. Police arrested 51-year-old David Dodds and 49-year-old Shelley Dodds, both of 418 L St., on charges of possession of meth and marijuana and drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

A nursing home employee was arrested early Sunday morning on multiple drug charges after police say she was found to be sleeping in her car outside of her place of employment. Jasper police say they were contacted about an employee asleep in her car for two hours in the parking lot outside of Northwood Retirement Community at 12:26 a.m. Sunday morning. Jasper Police after arriving at Northwood Retirement Center made contact with 19 year old Brittany Nichole Woody, of Loogootee, who allegedly admitted to officers that there was methamphetamine in her vehicle and gave them consent to search. Police say a search allegedly turned up methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia inside the vehicle. After being medically cleared at Jasper Memorial Hospital, Woody was booked into the Dubois County Jail on a preliminary Level 6 felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A 3-year-old boy was injured after he was struck by a vehicle Thursday evening in the Hamilton Courts apartment complex. According to Lawrence County police reports, At 6:22 p.m., 24 year old Ole Christensen, of Bedford, said he was parked near apartments on Day Court in his 2012 Toyota Corolla. He said he began to back out of his sparking space and said he looked around both sides and behind his vehicle and did not see anyone behind him. While backing out of the space, he said several people jumped off a porch and ran toward his car, so he stopped. Then, he saw a child come out from behind his car. 3 year old Drew Miller, of Bedford complained of pain to his lower arm and was transported to IU Health Bedford Hospital, according to a Bedford Police Department accident report. Since Christensen could not see the child and no witnesses were present, police state the child was probably standing next to the car or was leaning against it, the report stated.

A supervisor reviewing processes last week discovered empty containers missing from the Monroe Water Treatment Plant. These containers should have been declared surplus and dispensed according to Bloomington City policy. The City is investigating the approximately 166 food-grade chemical containers found missing from the MWTP. The 268-gallon plastic containers with a metal cage-style framework were periodically delivered to the MWTP containing polymer used in the water treatment process. The containers were included in the purchase of the chemical from supplier Brenntag AG, just as an egg carton is included with the purchase of a dozen eggs. The estimated value of the missing containers is between $8,300 and $12,500 on the salvage market. The loss is still under investigation by the Bloomington Police Department Detective Division. An MWTP employee has admitted to taking the empty containers for personal use or to sell. Effective immediately, Plant Service Mechanic Barry Milbourn has been terminated and Plant Superintendent Tim Gholson has resigned his position. Both employee's job duties will be handled by cross-trained Utility employees in the short term. Results from the BPD investigation, when completed, will be turned over to the Prosecutor's Office as is required by law. The State Board of Accounts has also been notified.

A Brown County teen is facing 41 counts of criminal mischief after he allegedly slashed tires on multiple vehicles in Nashville
is set to go to trial on September 28. Police arrested 18-year-old Lavelle Albert and he is still in jail being held on a $2,500 bond. Police say 27 vehicles had their tires slashed on July 29 on Artist and Wells drives in downtown Nashville starting around 5 a.m. Wreckers hauling vehicles traveled back and forth constantly for several hours that morning. Albert was arrested the next day. Albert's trial will begin at 9 a.m. September 28 in Brown Circuit Court.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Lawrence County man was arrested after police found him slumped over in his vehicle early Saturday morning. According to Lawrence County police reports, at 12:23 a.m. Saturday, Bedford Police Department officers went to the corner of Eighth and T streets for a call about a pickup sitting in a parking lot with its lights on. There they found 28 year old Cory Stinson of Oolitic, slumped over the console in his truck. Officers were finally able to wake him up, but Stinson didn’t know where he was and his speech was incoherent. Police found Stinson had a container with a powdery substance that tested positive for meth, also found was several Schedule IV pills, which he didn’t have a prescription for and a smoking device. Stinson was charged with possession of meth, possession of legend drugs, possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance and public intoxication and booked into the Lawrence County jail Saturday.

A Lawrence County man was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of breaking into a Mitchell nursing home in June. According to a Lawrence County police report, on June 11 at 5:26 a.m., Mitchell Manor requested a Mitchell Police Department officer to the building, according to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit. When the officer arrived, he found 32 year old Joseph Lagle of Bedford inside the building. The staff told the officer that Lagle had asked for medication for his father, but his father did not live at the nursing home. The officer also noticed a door was bent at the bottom and glass was broken and according to personnel at Mitchell Manor, an alarm sounded after Lagle had broken in a secured service door at the nursing home. Lagle admitted to her he broke the door. He was arrested on a warrant Wednesday for residential entry and criminal mischief by Bedford police and was booked into the Lawrence County jail.

A 29-year-old Dubois County woman was charged Tuesday in connection to the theft of multiple items from a locker at the Jasper Municipal Swimming Pool. According to a Jasper Police Department report, they were contacted August 3 to investigate the theft of two iPhones, two wallets, a debit card and a small amount of cash from a locker at the pool at 1405 Bartley Street in Jasper. As a result of the investigation, police charged 29 year old Angelina Allen, of Jasper and preliminarily charged her with Level 6 felony theft. Allen was already in custody at the Dubois County Jail on unrelated charges.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

The United Way has released its ALICE report, which stands for "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed" – an apt description of many Hoosiers. It says 36-percent of households in Indiana could not afford basic needs – such as housing, child care, food, health care and transportation – in 2014. That means almost a million people live in households below the Federal Poverty Level – or live above it but still struggle to afford necessities. Maureen Noe, who heads the Indiana Association of United Ways, says the poverty numbers held steady since the last ALICE report two years ago, but working families haven't caught up with where they were before the recession.  In Indiana, the report says more than 550-thousand households live above the official poverty level, but below the ALICE threshold for the basic cost of living.  Single female-headed households are 48 percent poverty. Male single-headed households are also much higher than married households.   The report found the cost of living increased in every county in Indiana between 2007 and 2014. It says nearly 70 percent of all jobs in the state pay less than 20-dollars an hour, and low-wage jobs are expected to grow faster than high-wage jobs in the next decade.   

Indiana University-Bloomington is rated in the top 100 colleges and universities at # 86 in an annual assessment of more than 1,800 four-year colleges and universities in the country.  The 2017 edition of the best national universities across the country was released Tuesday.  Schools are ranked on a 100 point scale which is based on academic excellence, student outcomes and graduation and retention rates. This year’s rankings had The University of Kentucky at #133 and the University of Louisville was rated #171 among about 1,800 four-year colleges and universities in the US.

A  Bloomington man was found was beat to death.  According to an autopsy report by Forensic Pathologist Roland Kohr, 66-year-old Donald Gentry suffered several blows to his face and head.  Meyer says there was not one blow - but multiple strikes - that caused Gentry's death, so many that an exact number of injuries could not be determined during the autopsy. Meyers did not know what object or weapons was used to cause the injuries.  Gentry's death has been ruled a homicide. Gentry's body was found Monday in his mobile home at 4537 S. Old Ind. 37, south of Allen Funeral Home 

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch will enter Orange and Lawrence counties on Wednesday.   The relay is designed to inspire and unify Hoosiers as one of the major commemorative events of the 2016 Bicentennial celebration.  The torch will be primarily transported by people, passing the flame from torch bearer to torch bearer. The relay will also employ other modes of conveyance that are symbolic of the history and heritage of Indiana, including watercraft, farm equipment, a racecar, horse and wagon, antique automobile, and others.  Patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay, Indiana's version will pass through all 92 of the state's counties, cover 3200 miles over a five week period, averaging 97 miles per day before ending at the State Fairgrounds on October 15.

A woman was tried to take a snake into Upstairs Pub Saturday night in Bloomington.   Officers were called to the pub at 430 East Kirkwood Avenue just after 9pm.    21-year-old Liberty Flora of Knox was attempting to enter the pub with a snake in her purse and began fighting with security staff when they wouldn't let her enter with the reptile. Police were called after Flora refused to leave.  When police arrived Flora would not cooperate and officers placed her in handcuffs. That is when she spit on one of the officers.  Flora was arrested on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement and a felony battery charge.   Flora was booked into Monroe County Jail and is being held on a $2,000 surety, $500 cash bond.  Animal control was called and took possession of the snake.

Deputies responded to an ATV crash east of Celestine that injured two teens on Sunday evening.  According to the Dubois County Free Press,  a 14-year-old male was operating the ATV with a 16-year-old female passenger. He was driving southbound on County Road 820E when he attempted to turn left on County Road 75N. While turning, he hit a patch of loose gravel in the intersection and the ATV continued southbound off the south side of the road. It went through a ditch before striking a metal fence. Both teens were thrown from the ATV.  Neither occupant was wearing a helmet or appropriate personal protective equipment, according to police. The operator sustained an abrasion to his leg and refused to be transported to Memorial Hospital. The passenger complained of pain to her left side and was taken to Memorial by ambulance.Celestine Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene.

Monday, September 12th, 2016

A Lawrence County man was arrested after police stopped his vehicle after he failed to stop at several stop signs Friday night.
According to Bedford Police an officer was on routine patrols when he witnessed a vehicle fail to stop at the stop sign at 5th and L streets. The officer then turned around his police vehicle and activated his lights to stop the vehicle. That is when the officer witnessed the driver fail to stop at the intersection of 5th and R streets. The officer was finally able to stop the vehicle a short distance from the intersection and a K-9 was called to the scene to search the vehicle. The dog alerted to possible drugs inside. Officers found the driver, 51-year-old Troy Howe of Bedford, with two containers in his pockets that contained a white crystal substance that field tested positive for meth. They also located several containers inside the vehicle that contained various pills. Howe was arrested on charges of possession and dealing in meth, possession of a schedule IV and II controlled substances and possession of a legend drug.

Police arrested a Dubois County man on felony charges accusing him of rape, aggravated battery and strangulation. The Jasper Police Department arrested 23 year old Jacob Hundley of Jasper on a Dubois County warrant on preliminary charges of Level 1 felony rape, Level 3 aggravated battery and Level 6 strangulation. Police say the warrant was issued after a recent investigation by Jasper Police and that Hundley was located at approximately 7 p.m Saturday at his Jasper home. He was bokked into the Dubois County Jail . Jasper PoliceD was assisted by the Dubois County Sheriff's Department.

Two Jackson County men were arrested in Seymour after police found 135 grams of methamphetamine inside a vehicle Sunday morning. 23 year old Gerardo Jimenez, and 32 year old Bernardo Jimenez, of Edinburgh were both charged with dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a handgun without a permit, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Department press release. At 4 a.m. Sunday, a Jackson County sheriffs Deputy officer conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 Ford Expedition after he noticed the vehicle traveling recklessly near the 4000 block of U.S. 50. During the stop, the officer asked the driver, Gerardo, to step out of the vehicle. When Gerardo did, the officer noticed he was carrying a loaded handgun, which he did not have a permit. Gerardo also was carrying meth and a large amount of money. During a search of the vehicle, police found about 135 grams of meth inside the SUV and also found another loaded handgun, paraphernalia and scales inside the vehicle. Both were booked into the Jackson County jail.

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

A Lawrence County teen was taken to a Bedford area hospital after a crash on Judah-Logan Road Wednesday morning. According to police reports, 17 year old Colt Turner of Bedford, was driving east near the 2900 block of Judah-Logan Road in a silver 2000 Chevrolet Silverado. Turner said he came upon a hill and was going a little faster than the speed limit. His truck was in the middle of the road when another vehicle came over the hill, which caused him to swerve to the right and Turner’s truck struck a fence, then a tree. Turner complained of pain to his abdomen and pelvic area and was taken to a Bedford area hospital for treatment of his injuries.IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance, Marshall Township Volunteer Fire Department and Bedford Fire Department extrication responded.

Around 12:45 am Wednesday morning, a maroon 2000 Ford Ranger was west bound on Interstate 64 at the 107 Mile Marker in Harrison County. As the Ford Ranger was travelling west bound being driven by, 41 year old Diana Sue Watson, of English,it veered off of the roadway into the median. Police say Watson over-corrected the Ford Ranger, travelling back across I-64 and going off the west side of the roadway striking a rock wall. The Ford Ranger rolled over, ejecting Watson.The Ford Ranger came to a stop partially in the right lane. A white 2003 GMC Sonoma, driven by 65 year old Joseph Gilley, of Washington was also traveling west on I 64. The GMC , hit crashed Ford Ranger. The driver of the GMC Sonoma, Gilley, was not injured. Watson was pronounced dead at the scene. Interstate 64 west bound was closed for a short period of time while the crash was being investigated. Assisting agencies; Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Harrison County Fire and E.M.S., Corydon Town Police and the Harrison County Coroner’s Office.

Monday, September 5th, 2016

A fatal shooting in Sullivan county kills a 14 year old Monday afternoon.  Police investigated the shooting in the woods in back of a home on Hwy 154 around noon.. An autopsy on  14 year old Jacob Setter from Graysville will be performed today in Terre Haute.. No other information is available. 

A 70 year old man from Hancock County died Monday night while cutting a tree.  A branch fell while he was cutting wood and hit him in the head.  His wife was concerned when he did not return home and found him deceased.   Also,  An 8 yesr old Layfayette boy is hospitalized after being burned in a bon-fire Sunday evening.  Police believe several children were playing with gas around the fire.  The fire also damaged a nearby home. 

The 2016 Paoli Fall Festival kicks off Friday.  The 3-day event will feature a talent show, entertainment, car show, carnival rides, baby contest and vendor booths all around the Courthouse Square in Paoli.   The parade will step off on Sunday at 2 p.m. Parade route begins at Paoli High School onto Elm Street, along West Main Street to the Paoli Square. It will turn North onto the square and exit off on South Gospel Street.   The judges stand will be located on the balcony at Reflection's Flowers & Gifts.  In case of rain the musical events will be held at the Orange County 4-H Commercial Building.

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

A Jackson County resident died in an accident early this morning on North Jackson Street and Dive Road in Lawrence County.
According to Police reports, at 1:31 a.m., a woman who lives on Dive Road reported she heard a crash but didn’t see anything. After arriving at the crash scene, Lawrence County police identified the car involved in the accident as an orange 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe with a Tennessee license plate driven by as 36-year-old Shawn Brown of Seymour. The vehicle crashed into a stone embankment, that according to Bedford Fire Department Chief Jon Wagner. Brown died at the scene. A Seals ambulance, Shawswick Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bedford Fire Department extrication and the Lawrence Countycoroner responded to the scene.

Two Lawrence County teens suffered minor injuries in a crash on Little Salt Creek Run Thursday morning. According to Police reports, at 8:17 a.m., 16 year old Josie Fisher of Bedford was driving south on Little Salt Creek Run near Ozee Farm Road in a black 2008 Hyundai Elantra with 15 year old Katie Fisher of Bedford as a passenger. Josie said she was trying to kill an insect inside her of vehicle, which caused the car to veer off the road. She tried to steer back onto the road and overcorrected and the car went toward the opposite side of the road, until it veered off completely. The car eventually struck an embankment. Josie L. Fisher complained of pain to her leg and foot and Katie Fisher, suffered a head contusion. Both teens refused treatment at the scene, but the mother of the two girls said she would take them to a hospital. Both girls were wearing seat belts.

FIRST RESPONDERS APPRECIATION DAY will be held, Saturday September 3, 2016 at Jay-C Park. Starting at 1pm an obstacle course, bouncy house, and a water slide will be available free of charge to the public. At 2pm Air Evac will be on sight for the public to view; At 6pm the Annual Police Vs Fire Softball game will begin. Throughout the day the following events will take place: Adopt a Pet Rock; Vehicles from Orange County EMS, Orange County EMA, Paoli Fire Department and Paoli Police Department will be on scene for the public to view.Music and Food will be provided

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

The Jasper Police Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two people suspected of breaking into a car at Memorial Hospital Thursday, August 25.
According to police, the vehicle was parked in the Medical Arts parking lot between 8 and 9 a.m. when the suspects smashed the front passenger side window and grabbed a purse. Police said the individuals pictured in the story are suspects in the case. They were believed to have been driving a white Kia Soul. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous tip line at 812-481- 2677 (COPS).

An overnight report of an altercation at the Super 8 hotel resulted in two arrests. The Jasper Police Department was called to the hotel at 75 Indiana St. at 12:53 a.m. today. Officers said 20 year old Chelsea Pate, of Dale, and 30 year old Damion Pryor, of Jasper, were found to be impaired. Police said Pate and Pryor became belligerent with officers, who sought and obtained a search warrant for the motel room occupied by the pair. Officers allegedly found marijuana, methamphetamine and at least one syringe during the subsequent search. Police also alleged an estimated $500 in damage was done to the hotel room. Pate and Pryor were booked into the Dubois County Jail on preliminary charges that included Level 6 felony counts of methamphetamine possession and illegal possession of hypodermic syringes. The preliminary charges also included misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

An intoxicated man was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of causing a disturbance at a Loogootee home. 33 year old Derek J. Worland, of Washington, was charged with intimidation, operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction and public intoxication, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police Jasper post. At 3:52 p.m. Wednesday, Martin County Sheriff's Office dispatchers received a call from a woman who said a man, Worland, was banging on her front door and refusing to leave, the release stated. She said she feared for her safety and exited the back door of the home with her child. They went to a neighbor's home without Worland knowing. Indiana State Police Trooper Ross Johnson and Loogootee Police Chief Kelly Rayhill arrived at the home shortly after the call, according to the release. Worland appeared to be extremely intoxicated and the officers learned he drove from Washington to Loogootee and had been at the home for about 15 minutes until police arrived. Worland's blood-alcohol content was at 0.32 percent, which is four times the legal limit, the release stated. He was arrested and taken to Martin County jail.

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Five people suffered injuries when a truck struck a tree on Mill Creek Road in Lawrence County Saturday night. According to police reports, at 8:19 p.m., 19-year-old Ashlan C. King, of Huron, was driving west near the 2500 block of Mill Creek Road in her green 1995 Dodge Dakota. There was one passenger in the vehicle and three passengers riding in the truck’s bed. As the truck went downhill around a curve, King hit the brakes, but they didn’t work and the truck ran off the road and struck a tree head on. King complained of internal chest pain and was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. Passengers 17 year old Josh Sims, of Mitchell, was thrown from the truck bed and possibly broke a bone in his left leg and was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. 14 year old Kalib Riley, of Mitchell, and 20 year old Jason Jones, of Vincennes, were also in the bed of the truck. Riley suffered a possible broken bone to his left ankle and Jones complained of pain to his ribs and abdomen. Riley was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital and Jones was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. 16 year old Zach Riley, of Mitchell, was the lone passenger inside the truck and suffered abrasions and contusions to the left side of his head and was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. A Seals ambulance, IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance, Marion Township Rural Fire Department, Bedford Fire Department extrication and Air Evac responded to the scene.

The Huntingburg Police Department arrested three people during a weekend home search and accused them of drug-related offenses.
Officers were assisting Dubois County Corrections Center staff with a home detention search early Saturday morning at the 311 E. First Ave. residence of 35-year-old Josh R. Leckie and 33-year-old Natasha L. Leckie. Huntingburg police allege the search revealed the presence of 8.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine, seven syringes, several spoons with burnt residue and a Hi-Point Firearms .45 cal. pistol. The Huntingburg Police Department’s K-9 Ester also allegedly alerted on a vehicle belonging to one of the residents. A subsequent search revealed a syringe and additional paraphernalia, police reported. Josh and Natasha Leckie of Huntingburg were booked into the Dubois County Jail around 10 a.m. on preliminary felony counts of methamphetamine possession. Josh Leckie was also preliminarily charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia. 30 year old Matthew Webber, of Evansville, who was at the residence, was arrested on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of illegal possession of syringes and a preliminary misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession. The Dubois County Department of Child Services and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted during the arrests.

The third and final suspect in connection to the fatal shooting of a Bloomington woman has been arrested. Robbing the woman for drugs and money is why police believe Brittany Sater was shot and killed over the weekend. Police arrested Billie Jean Edison and Johnny Moore Sunday. Edison told police she was there when the shooting happened, while Moore told police he was the driver of the car and Monday morning Dennis Webb was arrested too. Police believe Webb is responsible for shooting Sater in the chest. All suspects are behind bars.

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Monroe County man was arrested after he threatened to skin a female security guard at the Monroe County Public Library.
Police were called to the Monroe County Public Library by security officials Tuesday around 2:40 p.m. for a disturbance. According to security, two men got into a fight and when a security guard asked one man to leave, he became very upset, threw his backpack down, and started lunging at her. The man told the woman he was going to skin her and children. He also made threats about assaulting the woman. At that time, another employee came out to assist the security guard, and eventually the man causing the problems left the premises. The security guard described the man to police and told them she wanted to pursue charges. After hearing a description of the man, police knew they were looking for Chase Williams of Bloomington because he had made threats in the past about skinning people.While police were speaking to the guard, they received a call about a man who they believed was Williams screaming and cursing near the Wonderlab. When police arrived at the Wonderlab on 4th Street, they found Williams.The security guard identified the man at the Wonderlab to be the same man who threatened her at the library. Williams was then arrested on a felony charge of intimidation and booked into the Monroe County Jail.

Monroe County police are searching for a man who entered a home and attempted to sexually abuse a woman in Highland Village in Bloomington.
The home invasion and attempted sexual assault was reported Thursday around 4 p.m. in the 4100 block of West Third Street. Police say the man, who was wearing a mask, broke in through a window and assaulted her. The woman then fought off her attacker. She was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital to be checked out as sheriff's deputies searched the west side - near Curry Pike and Profile Parkway - looking for a white male wearing a black mask covering his face. He ran from the house; no vehicle was seen. This is the third sexual assault in the Bloomington area in the past few weeks. On August 16, a man wearing a dark-colored mask grabbed a woman on the running trail near the south side YMCA around noon and dragged her into a wooded area. He tried to sexually assault her before she kicked him in the groin and he ran off. On August 4, a woman jogging on the Clear Creek Trail between Tapp and Rockport roads in the early evening was abducted and raped nearby. No arrests have been made in either incident.

DNR Director Cameron Clark announced Thursday that 60 rural and volunteer fire departments from 36 Indiana counties have been awarded more than $250,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants. Those fire departments include Marion Township, Shoals VFD in Martin County among others getting grants. The DNR Division of Forestry administers the grants that are available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The awarded grants ranged $575 to $5,000 and were given to 60 departments. Fire departments interested in applying for VFA grants should write Crystal M. Hunt, Program Coordinator, Fire Control Headquarters, 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville, IN, 46151, or call (765) 342-4701.

Fire departments receiving grants in 2016, county where located (in parentheses), amount of the grant, and the project category are:

Celestine VFD (Dubois) - $2,613 - Wildland; Dubois VFD (Dubois) - $3,940 - Safety; Haysville Community VFD (Dubois) - $2,462 - Radios; Madison Twp. VFD (Dubois) - $3,097 - Water handling; Schnellville VFD (Dubois) - $3,275 - Radios; St. Anthony VFD (Dubois) - $3,219 - Water handling; Marion Twp RFD (Lawrence) - $5,000 - Safety; Shoals VFD (Martin) - $575 - Wildland; Gibson Twp-Little York VFC (Washington) - $3,977 - Wildland

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Wednesday afternoon, at approximately 1:00 p.m., a traffic stop by the Indiana State Police led to the discovery of heroin and drug paraphernalia. 
Two Seymour, Indiana residents were arrested during the investigation. The investigation began when Trooper Randel Miller stopped a Chevrolet Malibu on I-65 southbound near the 51 mile marker for a traffic violation, just north of the Seymour exit.  During the traffic stop, Trp. Miller observed indicators of criminal activity.  Trp. Miller’s K-9 Jinx made a positive alert to the odor of an illegal substance coming from the vehicle.  During a search of the vehicle, Trp. Miller and Trp. Jimmy Wells located a syringe and other items of drug paraphernalia.  The driver of the vehicle, 26 year old Clinton Johnson, and passenger, 24 year old Sara Biggs, age both of Seymour were arrested on various charges. While at the jail, jail officers discovered that Biggs was concealing two bags of suspected heroin on her person.  Trp. Miller also learned that Johnson had originally provided a false name during the traffic stop.  Both Johnson and Biggs were charged with felony charges of possession of heroin and possession of syringe along with a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Johnson was additionally arrested on charges of identity theft, false informing, and driving while suspended.  Both were incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. These arrests come after numerous heroin drug overdoses occurred in the Seymour area on Tuesday evening.  The Indiana State Police are committed to patrolling Indiana roadways and preventing dangerous drugs from entering the Indiana communities we serve. Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post at (812)689-5000 or a local law enforcement agency.

A Lawrence County woman was injured in a crash on X Street Wednesday morning. At 11:32 a.m., 22 year old Morgan Harrison of Bedford, was driving north on X Street, near John Williams Boulevard, in a blue 2006 Ford Fusion. Her car veered off the road and struck trees, then entered a ditch line. The car then hit a concrete culvert and struck an embankment where it came to a stop. Harrison complained of pain to the ribs and was transported by IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, according to a Bedford Police Department accident report. Harrison was wearing a seat belt.

Orleans Medical Clinic reports it recently was the victim of a hacking incident that resulted in inappropriate access to certain information about the clinic’s patients. A news release from the clinic reports that on or about April 17, the clinic became aware of suspicious activity involving one of its computer servers. The clinic initiated an investigation and learned that its computer server that contained electronic health record data had been left unsecured after the server was upgraded.As a result, computer hackers gained access to the server over a period of a time from April 5 until April 17. On July 21, the clinic received confirmation of the individuals and information potentially affected by the breach. While the clinic’s investigation was not able to definitively conclude whether the hackers actually accessed or obtained a particular individual’s information, it would have been possible for the hackers to access and obtain patient information about all of the clinic’s current and former patients, including medical records and demographic information such as date of birth and Social Security number.This incident did not involve or affect the security of the clinic’s patient portal in any manner, and at no point was the clinic unable to access the information needed to provide high-quality health care services to patients. Upon learning of the incident, the clinic immediately secured the server so that this type of attack could not occur again. The clinic sent letters to each of its patients to inform them of this incident and to identify the steps that patients can take to protect themselves from the potential misuse of this information. In order to help patients prevent possible misuses of their information, the clinic has arranged with Equifax Personal Solutions to offer identity theft protection for one year at no cost to patients. The news release further reads, “Orleans Medical Clinic deeply regrets that this incident occurred. The clinic is committed to providing quality care and protecting personal health information.” The clinic has established a call center to answer any questions that patients might have about the incident. Patients can call the center at (888) 522-8801 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Police in Bloomington are investigating an incident where a woman was stabbed in the chest with a pair of scissors while lying on a couch Monday evening.  29-year-old Crystal Afanador was arrested later during a traffic stop at Ketcham Road and Old Ind. 37 South.   The 28-year-old female victim called 911 at 10:47 p.m. to report she had been stabbed in the chest with a pair of scissors and was having trouble breathing.  Emergency crews found the woman lying on the ground at a mobile home on Gordon Pike.   Police say the victim's boyfriend and Afanador's husband were in a back bedroom, playing darts, at the time of the incident.  Investigators found the scissors they say were used in the attack between a couch and a foot stool in the living room. Afanador told police she stabbed the woman in self defense, after she alleges the victim had struck her in the head.  Afanador was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated battery and booked into the Monroe County Jail. Her bond was set at $15,000 surety, $500 cash

A Seymor woman was arrested on felony fraud charges after receiving over $4,000 in food stamps she was not entitled to receive.  Police arrested 51-year-old Sandra Ashcraft early Saturday morning. If convicted, she could face a sentence of six months to 2.5 years in jail.  State investigators say her arrests stems from an investigation that began on July 28.  Scott Davis, with Indiana Family and Social Services Administration's compliance division, says that Ashcraft began receiving food stamps in 2009 and continued to receive them through July 1, 2016.  According to investigators, Ashcraft failed on two separate occasions to provide the Jackson County Division of Family Resources her correct address and did not list all sources of income or information about household members on her application for public assistance.   Investigators says, Ashcraft received $4,253 in food stamp benefits that she was not entitled to between August 2015 and July of this year.

Specially trained dogs will provide comforting benefits for students at Jasper High School this fall.  Jasper High School’s Assistant Principal Glenn Buechlein and social worker Holly Hughes presented the school board with the idea of introducing comfort dogs to be used by the counseling department.  Comfort dogs are specially trained to help calm students who have or are going through traumatic situations. These situations can inhibit learning and cause other issues at schools.  Buechlein explained that he and four other school employees paid to have dogs trained as comfort dogs over the summer. Those dogs will still need some acclimation to the school before they make regular visits and since they are privately owned, won’t cost the school anything .A golden retriever is being used in a similar way at Cedar Crest Intermediate School in the Southeast Dubois School Corporation.  The board approved the use of the dogs in the school. 

Tuesday, August 23d, 2016

An Orleans man received injuries after a raccoon or opossum ran out in front of his motorcycle Sunday afternoon in Lawrence County.    49-year-old Daniel Blackman suffered minor bleeding to his face but refused medical treatment at the scene. Police say Blackman was traveling on VFW Road near South Meridian Road on his 2009 Yamaha motorcycle when he says the animal darted into the road in front of his motorcycle. Blackman lost control of the bike and wrecked on the roadway.   Police say Blackman had been drinking at the time of the accident. His blood-alcohol level tested at .16 percent on a portable breathalyzer. He was taken to a local hospital for a blood-alcohol test and those results are pending

Quick action by a Ferdinand Elementary staff member mitigated any possible damages to the elementary school
when a recently repaired laptop overheated.  In an article in the Dubois County Free Press, The Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded to the school at 11:54 a.m. after an automated alarm in the server room housing the computers was activated by the smoking Samsung Chromebook.  The laptop had just been repaired and was waiting to be tested before being returned to service. According to authorities, the Chromebook’s lithium battery malfunctioned causing it to overheat, melting the laptop and causing it to smoke. Fortunately, it was in a box next to technology specialist Tami Hochgesang’s desk and she was able to pick it up with the other computers stacked there to take it outside the school.However, the smoke detector in the server room triggered the fire alarm and the students were evacuated.   Responding firefighters ventilated the room but no other damages were reported. Sixteen firefighters were on scene for about 35 minutes.

Two men were injured after the pickup they were in rolled Monday night on Vinegar Hill Road in Lawrence County.   Police say just after 7pm,  23-year-old Billy Mills of Bedford was driving his 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck east on Vinegar Hill Road, crested the hill and lost control of the truck. The truck went off the north side of the roadway and struck a hidden drive sign which caused the truck to roll on its top. Mills was trapped in the truck, but was able to kick out the windshield to get out. His passenger 24-year-old Joshua Todd of Bloomington was able to crawl out the passenger side window.   Mills suffered several cuts from the broken glass and a deep laceration to his left arm near his arm pit that would require stitches. Todd suffered a cut to his elbow and complained of a headache.   Both men refused medical attention at the scene,  Police noted on the accident report that the truck had a bald driver's side rear tire. 

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Denny Kellems Jr., who escaped from the Orange County Jail on Aug. 3, was found
hanging by a bed sheet tied to a vent inside his Indiana Department of Correction cell. Investigators believe the 33 year old Kellems, of French Lick, committed suicide, according to a news release from Putnamville Correctional Facility. A medical emergency was called, and staff attempted CPR to no avail.  An emergency medical ambulance was called, and Kellems was pronounced dead by the Putnam County Coroner at 3:40 p.m. Sunday. Kellems was serving a six-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Following his escape from the Orange County Jail, he confronted a woman in Paoli, battered her and stole her vehicle, according to an earlier press release from Indiana State Police Jasper post. Paoli police found the stolen vehicle in French Lick and contacted state police for assistance. As officers were patrolling the area for Kellems, Paoli Officer Brandon Mesarosh found Kellems near the Edgewood Apartments in French Lick. Kellems approached Mesarosh and began stabbing himself in the throat. Kellems was taken to IU Health Paoli Hospital for treatment. Following the incident, Kellems was taken to the Putnamville Correction Facility on Aug. 17 for safekeeping. His earliest release date was Jan. 12, according to the DOC news release. The cause of death is under investigation by the Putnam County Coroners Office.

A Clarksville man was injured after crashing his motorcycle while attempting to evade local police. Early Saturday morning, French Lick Police observed a Black 2007 Suzuki motorcycle on State Road 145 in French Lick traveling at a high rate of speed, driving left of center, and passing in a no passing zone. Officers pursued the motorcycle for seven miles before it crashed into a guardrail on SR 145 south of County Road 700 South. French Lick officers provided medical attention before emergency personnel arrived. The driver, 36 year old Dustin Fischer, was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY. Fischer was treated for non-life threatening head injuries and broken ribs. The crash remains under investigation by Indiana State Police, while the pursuit is being investigated by the French Lick Police Department.

A methamphetamine lab was removed from the truck of a car after officers followed up on two suspicious Spencer County men. While inside the CVS Pharmacy in Tell City, Tell City Officer Daymion Marsh observed a man acting suspicious. Marsh contacted Master Trooper Trey Lytton and informed him that the man had been driving a white Chevrolet Cavalier. Lytton drove through the parking lot and located the vehicle, but did not get a computer return on the vehicle registration until after it had left the parking lot. Lytton continued checking information and found that the possible identity of the male was 37 year old Jason Tuley of Dale. Tuley was actively wanted through Spencer County. Marsh confirmed with Lytton after seeing a picture that Tuley was the male he observed in CVS. A short time later, Lytton observed the Chevrolet pull into the Walmart parking lot on State Road 66 in Tell City. Lytton observed the Chevrolet pull up to the front of the store where 19 year old Shawn Payne of Evanston got into the car. Lytton observed the Chevrolet pull onto State Road 66, when Tell City Officer Bryce Hammack initiated the traffic stop.Officers learned that both Tuley and Payne were wanted on warrants through Spencer County. As officers were checking the Chevrolet, they opened the trunk and immediately smelled a strong chemical odor. After observing numerous items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Section was contacted to dismantle and dispose of the meth lab. During a search of the vehicle, officers found smoking pipes, hypodermic needles, synthetic marijuana, pills that were identified as legend drugs, and burnt aluminum foil that field tested positive for methamphetamine.Both Tuley and Payne were arrested without incident and lodged in the Perry County Jail.

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Brenda Cummins, registered environmental health specialist with the Lawrence County Health Department, received confirmation Thursday
that a pool of mosquitoes collected in Bedford tested positive for the West Nile virus. The sample was collected on Aug. 5 near the Bedford Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Indiana State Department of Health, which tests samples, confirmed that it was positive for the virus. According to a press release from the state, there has been only one confirmed case of human West Nile virus in the state and that was in Marion County. Mosquitoes from Marion, Hamilton, Jennings, Benton and Lawrence counties now have tested positive for West Nile. More information on West Nile can be found on the ISDH website: www.in.gov/isdh/23592.htm.

A Lawrence County man was injured after his motorcycle was struck by a car Thursday. At 4:50 p.m. Thursday, 58 year old Ernest Hall of Williams was traveling south on Becky Skillman Way, approaching 16th Street, on his black 2009 Harley-Davidson. He said a vehicle pulled out from the parking lot exit, just before 16th Street, causing a collision. The vehicle was a black 2016 Chevrolet Impala driven by 54 year old Craig Jones, of Bedford. Jones said he was stopped at the parking lot exit’s stop sign and did not see any approaching traffic. He said he entered the southbound lane of Becky Skillman Way and struck the motorcycle. Hall suffered an abrasion to his upper arm and was transported to a Bedford hospital, Jones was wearing a seat belt, but Hall was not wearing a helmet.

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