Friday, October 24th, 2014
A Lawrence County woman was hurt in a car accident early Thursday morning near Mitchell. According to police reports, 42 year old Teesa S. Pastors of Mitchell was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue car on Sportsman Club Road near State Road 60 East at 4:04 a.m. When police arrived, Pastors was unable to talk because of her injury. She suffered a fractured or dislocated jaw, according to a Lawrence County Police Department accident report. An officer detected the smell of alcohol coming from her breath, and a blood test is pending. Pastors was taken to Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital for treatment. The case is still under investigation, according to the report.
Three Huntingburg teens are facing charges after a one-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning northeast of Huntingburg. Accoring to the police report, 18-year old Austin Zehr of Huntingburg was driving a vehicle eastbound on CR West 400 South in Dubois County when the vehicle left the southside of the roadway after a railroad crossing. The car continued on into a ditch where the front of the car struck an embankment. The car then spun 180 degrees before the rear of the vehicle struck the embankment facing north. The car was totaled. Zehrs passengers were 18-year old Christian Mattingly of Huntingburg along with a female passenger. Mattingly left the scene prior to the deputies’arriving on the scene and was located at home a short time later and was charged with minor consuming. His blood alcohol content tested .03% according to police. The third passenger, a female juvenile, had also been drinking. She was released to a parent but will also likely be charged with minor consuming. Zehr the driver was driving at an unsafe speed and will likely be charged with that offense once its investigation is completed.
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
A Mitchell teen was arrested Wednesday night in connectionwith a rash of vehicle thefts and thefts from vehicles. The Lawrence County Sheriffs department arrested 19 year old Jason Jones of Mitchell on two counts of auto theft and two counts of unauthorized entry of motor vehicles. The case is still under investigation and more arrests are pending. Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department.
The Lawrence County Sheriffs department is investigating several burglaries that were reported Wednesday night at residences located along US 50 east of Bedford. Police got the first call at 5:35PM, reporting a burglary in the 2600 block of US 50. Police received a call at 7:20PM, reporting a burglary in the 8100 block of US 50 east. According to the sheriffs department, someone had forced their way into an out building on the property and stole an ATV, firearms and knives. Lawrence County Police are also investigating a burglary that was reported at 6:19PM Wednesday in Tunnelton. Also on Wednesday, a resident on Sunset Street in Bedford, reported that someone had broke into an outbuilding and stole a chainsaw. The cases are under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department at 275-3316.
A Lawrence County man who was co-owner of two Bedford businesses was found dead at his home Wednesday. According to Bedford Police foul play is not suspected. 29 year old Will Fortner of Bedford was found unresponsive at his home by family members. Police were notified at 2:56 p.m. Deputy Coroner John Sherrill was called to the scene, and the case has been turned over to the coroner’s office. The cause of death is not known. Fortner managed the Olde Downtown Tavern located on 16th St., and the New World Famous Hideaway, on J St and was co-owner of both businesses.
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Secretary of State Connie Lawson. Of Danville, was guest speaker at the Orange County Lincoln Day Dinner at Paoli High School Monday evening. She talked about the Indiana Voter’s Act and a new smart phone app for registration. Other Republican Candidates facing opposition spoke briefly at the meeting. A rally will be held for the public to meet the candidates, Saturday morning, November 1st at the Republican campaign officer,, north side of the Paoli square from 8:30 to 10am.
Candidates and citizens are invited to a Democrat forum and Ice Cream Social, today from 4;40 to 6:30pm at Paoli Senior Citizens Center. The social will feature Attorney doug Leatherbury of Salem, the Democrat candidate for State Representative, District 73, which includes the northern half of Orange County.
Hoosier National Forest staff have nine possible prescribed burns planned for this fall. These areas total 1,736 acres. . Only a few of the areas are likely to be burned this fall, the others will hopefully be burned during the winter or spring. Additional areas are planned for prescribed burning this spring. Prescribed burning achieves a variety of objectives in restoring forest communities. Some areas are burned to improve oak and hickory regeneration, while others are burned to increase native grasses and keep the areas open for wildlife, while also reducing hazardous fuels. The prescribed burns could occur between late October and mid May as weather and conditions are favorable. The possible prescribed burn program for Orange County includes:
· Antioch – 17 acre opening north of US 150 near Antioch Church.
· Bonds – 125 acres to restore an opening north of Bonds Chapel.
· Roland– 250 acre bottomland field in a wetland area near Roland
Monday, October 20th, 2014
A Dubois county woman died in a single-vehicle accident Sunday. According to the Warrick County Sheriff’s Department, at around 8:16AM, 31 year old Abbey Schurz, of Huntingburg was eastbound on I-64 in a 2012 Kia Optima when the car veered off the south side of the interstate near mile-marker 39. Schurz was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled several times. According to state police, Schurz vehicle was at least 100 feet off the interstate when it came to a stop. Indiana State Police are assisting the Warrick County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation.
A Marion County driver complained of head pain after crashing her all-terrain vehicle Saturday.
According to police reports, at around 9:26PM, 29 year old Emily Day, of Indianapolis was operating a 2002 Polaris Sportsman 700 on Leatherwood Road and turned left onto Gunsmith School Road. After making the turn, Day left the roadway and flipped the four-wheeler. Following the accident, Smith required immediate medical attention.
Two people were injured in a single-vehicle accident that resulted in the driver being arrested. According to police reports, 26 year old Christopher Dietrick Jr. of Indianapolis was driving a 2012 Equinox south on Old State Road 37 North near Kentucky Hollow Road. Dietrick told police he was not familiar with the roads, and he intended to turn west onto Kentucky Hollow Road. He missed the turn and continued on Old State Road 37 North, which dead-ends about 100 feet south of the intersection with Kentucky Hollow Road. The road stops at the entrance to Indiana Limestone Co.'s property, and the company has a gate across the property at the road’s dead end. The accident report also states that when Dietrick saw the gate at the dead end, he turned to the right and ran off the west side of the road. The vehicle struck a large piece of limestone on the west side of the gate. The report also notes that, after hitting the limestone, Dietrick appears to have hit a tree before coming to a stop. Dietrick Jr. suffered scratches to his face and a passenger 23 year old Emily Boyce also of Indianapolis complained of neck pain following the crash and required immediate medical attention. She was taken by a Seals ambulance to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital and was not wearing a seat belt and was lying in the back seat when the accident occurred. Following the accident, Dietrick was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated with alcohol at 0.15 percent or greater and with operating a vehicle while intoxicated with endangerment.
Friday, October 17th, 2014
Orange County: State Police investigators have an additional break in a case regarding a missing Orange County woman. Back on October 2, while following information into a search for missing person Michelle Fulton of Paoli, State Police investigators, crime scene technicians and anthropologists from the University of Indianapolis uncovered burnt human remains behind a residence at 6226 South County Road 250 East, Paoli. As a result, 48 year old Jeffrey Fulton of Paoli was charged with Murder. Today, after receiving additional information, investigators searched an area in an open field near the residence. Human remains were found, which investigators believe to be Michelle Fulton. The evidence will be sent to the State Police forensic laboratory for DNA testing to officially confirm the identity. Additional information will be provided once the remains are property identified.
A Lawrence County man was arrested on a warrant Thursday and is accused of dealing methamphetamine following a 2013 investigation by Indiana State Police. According to police reorts, In November 2013, Indiana State Police Trooper Justin Butler was conducting surveillance at Wal-Mart for the ISP Meth Suppression Task Force, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Lawrence Superior Court I. While Butler was at Wal-Mart, he observed 30 year old William Blackwell of Bedford purchase medicine containing pseudoephedrine, an ingredient for methamphetamine, the report states. Officers looked at his purchase records and found out he had a lengthy purchase record for pseudoephedrine. Officers then followed Blackwell to a home in the 9700 block of U.S. 50 West. One resident of the home also had a lengthy record of purchasing pseudoephedrine, and police received a tip that the resident, Blackwell and a third person were involved in methamphetamine activity at that address. Blackwell was booked into the Lawrence County Jail at 8:25 a.m. on a warrant for dealing meth, Class B felony; possession of meth, Class D felony; possession of a precursor, Class D felony; and maintaining a common nuisance, Class D felony.
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Lawrence County police officers and a Crane Naval explosives detection dog were called to the Bedford North Lawrence High School Wednesday evening after school authorities learned of a bomb threat. After receiving the call they were dispatched around 8:33 p.m.to the school. After the school was swept, no bombs or other threats were found. BNL Principal Dan Dyke notified parents with a School Reach message this morning of the events of Wednesday night. Lawrence County Sheriff Sam Craig is encouraging anyone with information about the incident to notify policy by calling the Lawrence County Police Department at 275-3316 or the tipline at 277-2020.
The driver whose actions killed a Tell City woman and seriously injured a Ferdinand woman was arrested Tuesday morning. According to the Indiana State Police traffic accident investigation, the crash reconstruction conducted by Sgt. Philip Hensley determined that on Wednesday September 24 th when 24 year old Brandon Chamberlain, of Huntingburg, struck the Buick Century driven by 60 year old Donna Evans of Cannelton and subsequently killed her, Chamberlain was northbound on State Road 162 near Ferdinand in the southbound lane and was traveling 74 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. Additionally, it was learned that Chamberlain was operating under the influence of alcoholic beverages. Chamberlain was charged with two Level 4 felony counts of Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death — one count for the OWI with a prior conviction and one count for OWI with a blood alcohol content higher than 0.15% — and a Level 6 felony count of Operating While Intoxicated Causing Serious Bodily Injury. Chamberlain was booked into the Dubois County Security Center this morning. Level 4 felonies carry a penalty upon conviction of a fixed term between 2 and 12 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Level 6 felonies carry a penalty upon conviction of a fixed term between 6 months and 2 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Two Orleans teachers have been honored for going above and beyond” in coaching high school academic teams to 28 trips to the state finals, grabbing seven state championship titles along the way.Orleans teachers Kristina Hole and Leah Morganwere selected and honored bythe Indiana Association of School Principals to receive the 2014 Dick Ramey Above and Beyond Award for their efforts as Orleans High School academic coaches.The pair began their coaching careers in 1994 with teams in the Elementary Spell Bowl and Math Bowl. They later moved their coaching duties to the junior high and high school level. The Bulldogs have won the PLAC Academic Bowl nine of the past 11 years.In addition to academic coaching, Hole is the French teacher at OHS and serves as the elementary high ability teacher. Morgan, who holds a doctorate degree, teaches art in grades 1-12. She serves as the high ability coordinator for the Orleans School Corp. The high school Spell Bowl team is currently preparing for the area competition on Nov. 3 at Austin High School. Teams will soon begin forming for the 2015 Academic Super Bowl theme, “The Grandeur that was Rome.”
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Annual Orange County Republican Fall Dinner is set for Oct. 20th at Paoli High School Cafetorium. The event begins at 6:15pm with carryout meals and dinner at 7plm. The main program will follow immediately after the dinner. Tickets for the event are available from any Republican precintst committeement, vice committeemen, candidates and elected officials. Tickets are $12.00
A furnace in a Worthington, Indiana home filled the home with Carbon monoxide killing a man and leaving his wife in serious condition. According to Greene County Sheriff's Department Detective Jim O'Mallery, .77-year-old John Davis was found dead by his son when he went to the residence about 9:30 Friday evening. Davis' wife, Peggy Davis, was taken to Greene County General Hospital, then transferred to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas. Too much carbon monoxide in the air you breathe can greatly diminish your ability to absorb oxygen, leading to serious tissue damage and death. The deadly gas is produced by appliances and other devices that generate combustion fumes, such as those that burn gas or other petroleum products, wood and other fuels. The danger occurs when too much carbon monoxide accumulates in a contained, poorly ventilated space.
In Indianapolis woman is being accused of burning chickens at an apartment complex. 49 year old Erika Grentz was arrested for torturing and murilating a vertebrate animal. She told police she had burned just one chicken, however several more dead chickens were found.
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Storms ravaged the area last night. In Huron, 60 mph wind gust were reported, in Bedford, thunderstorm wind damage, reported by law enforcement with numerous power lines down . The storms dropped about 2.08” of rain with a two day rain total this morning of 2.46” at Q-100.
A rash of stolen vehicles in Dubois County. The fifth stolen since September 22d, taken Monday in Jasper. It was found later wrecked in a ditch northeast of Jasper.. All five vehicles had keys left in the ignition when stolen. Anyone with information is ask to call Jasper Police at 812-481-2677.
A homeless woman is facing several charges of false informing , saying she was raped multiple times. Tiffany McGinnis accused two of raping her in Lawrence County , one in Bloomington and two in Martinsville. She will face court appearances in Lawrence and Morgan counties.. Those involved claim the relationship was consensual.
Monday, October 13th, 2014
A Lawrence County woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident on John Williams Boulevard near John Willliams Crossing in Bedford Saturday. According to police reports, 54 year old Charles Simmons of Williams was driving a 1992 Ford F150 on John Williams Crossing and following a Ford LXE driven by 50 year old Kelly Lessig of Bedford. Simmons was behind Lessig's vehicle, and was waiting to turn right onto John Williams Boulevard. Simmons said he was rolling forward and looked away for a second and then bumped into the rear of Lessig's vehicle. Lessig said she was waiting to turn right on John Williams Boulevard. She said the light was red and she was slowly pulling forward to see whether it was clear for her turn and the Simmons vehicle struck her vehicle. Police found no damage on either vehicle. 35 year old Amanda Cormican of Bedford, a passenger in Lessigs vehicle complained of pain to her shoulder and upper arm, following the crash. A Seals ambulance responded but Cormican declined medical treatment at the scene.
A rash of stolen vehicles is continuing in Dubois County. The fifth vehicle stolen since September 22 nd was stolen Monday morning in Jasper. According to police reports, the most recent stolen vehicle, a green 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix, was taken early Monday morning from from 21 Arlington Court in Jasper. The Pontiac was found wrecked in a ditch on County Road 175E northeast of Jasper. All five have had the keys in the vehicle when they were stolen. Police have enough evidence from the investigations for a successful prosecution but are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects in the cases. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-481-2677 (COPS). Also, the Community Strike Force Against Crime and the Jasper Police Department is offering a $1,500 award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the auto thefts in Jasper.
A homeless woman is facing several charges of false informing after she allegedly lied about being raped multiple times. Court records indicate Tiffany McGinnis is charged in Morgan and Lawrence Counties. McGinnis reported being raped twice in Bedford, once in Bloomington and two more times in Martinsville. All interviewed suspects denied raping McGinnis, saying the sex was consensual. She is due for court appearances in Morgan County Dec. 4 and in Lawrence County Oct. 29.
Friday, October 10th, 2014
A house fire in Williams is under investigation. According to police reports, a one-story home owned by David Stidam in the 10,000 block of State Road 450 caught fire this morning. Officials say no one was hurt. Dispatched to the scene was the Indian Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department with around 10 firefighters and four trucks responding. Minor damage was reported specifically in the kitchen area. Also responding were the Marion Township Rural Fire Department, Tabernacle of Praise Emergency Services and Seals ambulance service.
A driver will face a stiffer charge following the death of a passenger who jumped from his vehicle. 22 year old Jeylyn Staggs, of Birdseye, was pronounced dead at 11:55 a.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Medical Center, according to the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office. She was a passenger in a a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by 22 year old Tyler O’Keefe, of Birdseye, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. O’Keefe was preliminarily charged with Level 6 felony counts of failure to return to the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury, causing serious bodily injury when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and causing serious bodily injury when operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a Schedule I or II substance, plus misdemeanor counts related to allegedly operating while intoxicated. Dubois County Deputy Prosecutor Beth Sermersheim said Thursday that the prosecutor’s office has reviewed the case and decided to amend the charges to two Level 5 felony counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death. A formal filing of those formal charges is expected in the next few days.
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Police arrested two motorists who involved them in a high speed motor chase Tuesday. According to police reports, 40 year old Keith Warnock and his wife were at the Dollar General store on West Tipton Street in Seymour and allegedly stole clothing, boots and other items. Witnesses told police the Warnocks were in a gray Ford Taurus. After spotting the subjects, the pursuit began about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on South O'Brien Street in Seymour, continued on various county roads in Brownstown, Jackson and Hamilton townships and ended at a residence at County Road 150N near County Road 400E in Jackson County. Police arrested 40-year-old Keith Warnock and his wife 39-year-old Jill Warnock, both of Seymour. They are being held in the Jackson County Jail without bond.
Officials at the Lawrence County Sheriffs department were notified by a St. Vincent Dunn Hospital emergency room worker that they were treating a Bedford man with a gunshot wound. Police investigated and determined the man had accidentally shot himself with a rifle. Lawrence County Sheriff Sam Craig says the man was getting ready to go shooting when his rifle discharged wounding his thumb. According to the sheriff, the man was treated and released.
Indiana State Police are receiving more than $500,000 in federal grant money to fight the state's methamphetamine problem. The funds will enable state law enforcement to investigate activities related to the manufacturing and distribution of meth. The $567,000 grant will be provided by the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Anti-Methamphetamine Program. Indiana is one of ten states receiving the grant.
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
The rain and thunderstorms that passed through yesterday dropped about 27 one hundreds of an inch of rain at Q-100. However, in Lawrence County, the storms were more destructive. In Williams, around 1:23pm, 3/4 inch inch size hail was reported with wind gust of 30 mph.
A Paoli woman was injured in a Lawrence County after a rear-end collision Tuesday evening at Ind 37 and U.S. 50 West. Police reports indicate that 61-year-old Lisa Brock of Paoli, was traveling south on Hwy 37 and had her slowed her 2005 Saturn for a yellow light at the intersection with Hwy 50 West when her vehicle was struck in the rear by a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 26-year-old Whitney Norman of Bedford. Norman told police the driver of the Saturn had suddenly slammed on her brakes to stop for the light and she couldn't get stopped. Norman was not injured. Brock complained of left shoulder and head pain. She was taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital.
Walmart”s “Fight Hunger, Spark Change” campaign has awarded Hoosier Hills Food Bank a $60,000 grant. Out of the 50 food banks in the country winning the grant, Hoosier Hills tied for 44th. When voting ends at midnight Sunday, the food bank was just 28 more votes ahead of the food bank that placed 50th. HHFB will use the grant to provide a year's supply of peanut butter, jelly and bread to at least six food pantries in the region, including Area 10 Agency on Aging and Mother's Cupboard and mobile food pantries in Bedford, Mitchell, Shoals and Orleans.
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
49 year old Jeffrey Fulton of Paoli, pleased not guilty in Orange Circuit Court to murdering his wife, 34 year old Michelle Fulton. A two day search by police at the Fulton Home on Valeene Road netted human remains.. Michelle was reported missing in June. Fulton had hit his wife in the head with a frying pan, then burned her body. He is being held under a $1 million cash bond.
Not much information, but Scott County Sheriff Dan McClain says a tragic accident has claimed the life of a 4-year-old boy. At 1:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon on Liberty Knobb Road the boy and his grandfather were out doing some yard work when the two came across a swarm of bees. The grandfather set the boy down on the ground and went to use the bulldozer to take care of the bees. The next thing he knew he had accidentally ran over the boy. The child was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Birdseye woman who jumped from a moving SUV near Birdseye Friday evening has died. Jeylyn Staggs died Sunday at. St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. Staggs had jumped from a 1999 Jeep Cherokee allegedly driven by 22-year-old Tyler O’Keefe, of West 2nd Street. The Cherokee was found parked nearby but O’Keefe was missing.O’Keefe was located a short time later in the garage of his home and taken into custody but refused to submit to tests to check his level of intoxication and/or drug use. Staggs was transported to Memorial Hospital and transferred to St. Mary’s Medical Center for an injury to her head. She was listed in a critical condition. O’Keefe was jailed on charges of operating while intoxicated, Class A misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, a Level 3
Monday, October 6th, 2014
More details are emerging on how a Orange County woman died after being reported missing in June. According to reports, 49 year old Jeffrey Fulton hit his wife, Michelle Fulton, in the head with a frying pan and killed her and then burned her body, that according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Orange Circuit Court. Fulton of Paoli, was scheduled for an initial hearing in Orange Circuit Court this/Monday afternoon. He was arrested last week and charged with murder in Michelle Fulton’s death.
Two Dubois County men were arrested Saturday night after the two of them were allegedly involved in a physical altercation that started while they were in a moving truck south of Haysville. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, a witness reported a pickup driven by 54-year old Gregory Barr of Ireland and with a passenger 40-year old David Hanes, Jr., traveling south on U. S. 231 shortly after 6pm Saturday that was seen swerving off and on the highway. The truck was also seen striking a guardrail but continued on toward Jasper. Dubois County Sheriffs deputies eventually stopped the truck at 41st and Wilhelm Street after trying to the pull the truck over for several blocks through side streets after it left U. S. 231. Barr was driving the truck. DSCD says both men were handcuffed immediately after the truck they were in was pulled over. Hanes the passenger admitted to having grabbed the steering wheel of the pickup truck causing the truck to swerve and strike the guardrail. He also told police he was attempting to crash the truck so he could beat up Barr. Dubois County sheriffs deputies say they do not know what the two men were fighting or arguing over. Barr the driver of the pickup is charged with a Level 6 felony count of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle and misdemeanor counts of Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage accident, illegal possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated. Hanes is charged with misdemeanor counts of Battery, Criminal Recklessness with a Vehicle and Inhaling Toxic Vapors.
Friday, October 3rd, 2014
A Dubois County man has been arrested after a woman was found severely injured laying in the middle of County Road 1175E southeast of Birdseye early Friday morning. According to the Dubois County Sheriffs Department, deputies were called to the area to the report of the injured woman later identified as 22-year-old Jeylyn Staggs, of Birdseye. Deputies then learned that Staggs had jumped from a 1999 Jeep Cherokee allegedly driven by 22-year-old Tyler O’Keefe, of West 2nd Street. The Cherokee was found parked nearby but O’Keefe was missing.O’Keefe was located a short time later in the garage of his home and taken into custody but refused to submit to tests to check his level of intoxication and/or drug use. Staggs was transported to Memorial Hospital and transferred to St. Mary’s Medical Center for an injury to her head. She was listed in a critical condition. O’Keefe was jailed on charges of operating while intoxicated, Class A misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, a Level 3 felony. The Dubois County Sheriff Department was assisted by Birdseye First Responders and Memorial Emergency Medical Services.
A Lawrence County driver suffered back pain in a two-vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon. According to police reports, 27 year old Amanda Southern of Bedford was driving a 2014 Dodge Caravan and was merging from 16th Street onto State Road 37. She was waiting for northbound traffic to clear before merging onto State Road 37. 24 year old Scott Collins of Bedford , was also merging from 16th Street onto State Road 37 in the same location. The front of Collins’ 1994 Ford Escort struck the back of the Southerns Caravan. Southern suffered pain to her back and was treated at the scene by an ambulance crew. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
A Monroe County man has been after police discovered that he was sending knives, razor blades, cell phones and chargers, plastic handcuff keys, super glue and five feet of pliable metal to two state prisons and a jail. According to police reports, 28-year-old Michael Shelton of Bloomington had been hiding the items in secret compartments in books and sent them to 'violent and high-risk" inmates at two state prisons and to the Lake County Jail in Gary. Shelton was arrested on five felony counts of trafficking with an inmate. He was released later Tuesday after posting $1,000 bond.
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department 49 year old Jerry Fulton, of Paoli was arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail at 8:31pm last evening. Nearly four and a half months ago, State Police Detective Shane Staggs, with Orange County Sheriff’s Department Detective Dennis Lanham, began an investigation into the disappearance of Michelle Fulton, 34, Paoli. Investigators exhausted all leads and angles into the case, and the investigation became stalled.
Last week, investigators received new information into a possible location of Fulton, leading them to obtain a search warrant on Wednesday for property at 6226 South County Road 250 East, Paoli. During the search yesterday and into today, investigators found bones and remains in a wooded area of the property. It is currently unknown if the remains are, in fact, human remains. Anthropologists are actively excavating the area to attempt to exhume additional remains and hope to be able to identify the source of the remains within the coming days.. Due to having no further information regarding the whereabouts of Fulton, investigators are assuming she is still alive unless these remains are verified through DNA testing. The scene remains active and further information regarding the investigation will be forthcoming. Jerry Fulton was arrested on a preliminary charge of murder.. .
During this time of year farmers are out harvesting their crops which means large farm equipment will be on the roadways. As the farmers move their equipment from field to field motorists are reminded to exercise caution on the roadways particularly on county roads. Remember, some farm implements are much wider than the normal vehicle using the roadways and motorists may need to slow down, move over, and perhaps even come to a stop to allow these large pieces of machinery to pass. The Indiana State Police offers the below safety tip reminders. •Be patient when traveling behind farm equipment; farmers have the same rights as automobile drivers to operate their equipment on the roads. •When approaching farm equipment from the opposite direction, pull to the right of the traveled portion of the road and allow the equipment to pass.
A Lawtrence Co. man suffered serious injuries after crashing his motorcycle on Vinegar Hill Road Wednesday evening. Police reports indicate that 60-year-old Dale Anderson, pf Bedfprd. was traveling westbound in the 2400 block of Vinegar Hill Road when lost control of his 2014 Honda and ran off the roadway. Anderson, who was wearing a helmet, suffered fractures and a possible punctured lung. He was flown by helicopter to Methodist Hospital for treatment.
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2014Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal ATV accident that occurred on private property near Paoli Monday evening. 16 year old Bailey Carty of Paoli was pronounced dead by the Orange County Coroner’s Office after being found underneath an overturned ATV that she had been riding in the 2700 block of East County Road 100N. Carty had been riding her grandmother’s ATV on a remote wooded section of a neighbor’s property for approximately an hour when she failed to return home. Shortly before 5:00 p.m., her grandmother found her unconscious underneath the overturned ATV. Despite CPR efforts at the scene, Carty was unable to be resuscitated. Assisting agencies at the scene included the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Paoli Fire Department, IU Health Ambulance Service, and the Orange County Coroner’s Office. Carty was not wearing a helmet or any safety equipment. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage riders to always wear a helmet and necessary safety equipment when operating an ATV. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow in Bedford. The incident remains under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers
The entrance to the West Baden Twon Hall Complex is open, along with the road access to the French Lick-West Baden Indoor Karting. However, beyond that point, motorist are reminded that the front portion of Veteran’s Way is closed due to the Orange County Pumpkin Festival Festival . The area will re-open Monday evening.
Monday, September 29th, 2014
An organic seed coating company plans to locate a facility in Salem. Summit Seed Coatings Indiana LLC will invest over $2 million in the 60,000 square foot facility. They hope to create up to 20 new jobs by 2017.
Indiana State Excise Police arrested 34 people on 48 charges in Bloomington over the weekend. 34 minors were arrested for illegal possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages. The also issued 14 tickets for false ID-related charges, including possession of false ID and making a false statement of age to an employee at a licensed establishment.
Vincennes Police have identifed a man killed by a train Friday night. Detectives say alcohol may have played a factor in the death of 58-year old Michael Smith of Vincennes. Police continue to investigate the accident.
Thursday, September 25th, 2014
A near head-on crash Wednesay afternoon north of Ferdinand claimed the life of a Cannelton, IN woman. At approximately 3:02 this afternoon, Brandon W. Chamberlain, 23, Huntingburg, was traveling northbound on State Road 162 in a white 2012 Ford F-350 SuperCrew pick-up truck. For an unknown reason, Chamberlain traveled left of center, striking a southbound tan 2001 Buick Century, driven by Donna Marie Evans, 60, Cannelton. The impact pushed Evans’s vehicle backwards and off of the east side of the roadway. As Chamberlain’s Ford continued north, Chamberlain could not maintain control of the vehicle. Due to the violent dynamics of the crash, an ATV in the bed of Chamberlain’s truck became airborne and bounced through the windshield and roofline of a red 2013 Mazda CX-5 SUV, driven by Donna R. Trafton, 58, Ferdinand. Impact by the ATV shattered the windshield and peeled the roof back off of the vehicle before coming dislodged and landing in a driveway on the west side of the roadway. Trafton’s SUV came to rest on a hillside, also on the west side of the roadway. After losing the ATV and sideswiping Trafton’s vehicle, Chamberlain’s Ford rolled onto the driver’s side and slid northbound in the northbound lane. The vehicle came to rest without rolling over any additional times. Chamberlain was extricated from the vehicle by first responders and was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville for treatment of a broken tibia.
Evans was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead by the Dubois County Coroner. Trafton was also taken to Memorial Hospital and is in stable condition after suffering two fractured vertebrae. State Road 162 was closed for nearly three and a half hours while investigators processed the scene
The Indiana State Department of Health today released the 2013 Indiana Medical Error Reporting System annual report. Reports of stage three or four pressure ulcers acquired after admission increased from 30 in 2012 to 45 in 2013. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, have been the most reported incident seven of the eight years the report has been compiled and average approximately 32 incidents a year. A total of 293 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, abortion clinics, and birthing centers were surveyed. A total of 111 incidents were reported in 2013. The most reported incidents in 2013 were: 45 stage three or four pressure ulcers acquired after admission to the hospital, 27 incidents of a foreign object retained in a patient after surgery, 18 surgeries performed on the wrong body part, 12 falls resulting in a death or serious disability
Indiana Department of Transportation will close U.S. 231 in Martin County for a couple of days to replace a drainage pipe under the highway approximately 3.5 miles north of the S.R. 56 junction in Haysville. Weather permitting, U.S. 231 will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. Local traffic will have access up to the work zone where all lanes will be closed and no through traffic will be allowed. The detour for heavy highway traffic follows S.R. 56, I-69 and U.S. 50/150
Wednesday, September 24th, 2014In 1903, the “Trolley” began operation in French Lick as the world’s shortest trolley ride: one mile. In 1916, the trolley carried more than 250,000 people. The Trolley is back again, thanks to the combined efforts of the French Lick Springs Resort and Indiana Railway Museum. The Indiana Department of Transportation drew plans to restore the original track and secured a $200,000 grant. Dan Ping spent over 2600 hours restoring the old electric trolley. The undercarriage is now powered by diesel and controlled by hydro-static transmission. The Trolley service will debut after Thanksgiving, running seven days a week from 6am to 10pm. No charge for the service.
Indiana Department of Transportation will close U.S. 231 in Martin County for a couple of days to replace a drainage pipe under the highway approximately 3.5 miles north of the S.R. 56 junction in Haysville. Weather permitting, U.S. 231 will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. Local traffic will have access up to the work zone where all lanes will be closed and no through traffic will be allowed. The detour for heavy highway traffic follows S.R. 56, I-69 and U.S. 50/150
Indiana Pacers president and basketball legend and French Lick native Larry Bird will be honored at The Masquerade at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, October 25th celebration which will feature the outstanding musical group Sawyer Brown. The 13th annual Masquerade, a premier date on the city’s fall social scene, is the signature fundraising event of Simon Youth Foundation and Pacers Foundation and has raised nearly $8.5 million for the two organizations. Bird, former college player of the year at Indiana State University, three-time NBA most valuable player, three-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics, 2000 NBA Coach of the Year and 2012 NBA Executive of the Year with the Pacers, also will be recognized for his many behind-the-scenes charitable endeavors, especially those impacting youth.
The Board of Trustees of Orange County Rural Electric Community Fund, Inc. announced the next round of grants following their recent board meeting. Seven grants totaling $11,334.50 were approved for distribution. Operation Round Up grants were awarded to Hoosier Hills PACT, Huron Volunteer Fire Department, Orleans Community Schools, Paoli Youth Football, Prevent Child Abuse Orange County Springs Valley Blackhawk Brigade and Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living. This round of awards brings the total amount disbursed by Operation Round Up to $348,824 since the inception of the program in 2003. Orange County REMC members who participate in the program allow the REMC to round their monthly electric bill up to the next highest dollar. These small monthly donations are then combined together in a separate fund to support worthwhile causes inside the Orange County REMC service territory. At present nearly 68% of Orange County REMC's members participate in the Operation Round Up program. The Board of Trustees oversees all Operation Round Up funds. Grant applications are available at the Orange County REMC headquarters building located at 7133 North State Road 337, Orleans, Indiana. Any individual, group, or organization is eligible to apply for a grant as long as they are located within Orange County REMC's service territory consisting of Orange County and parts of Lawrence, Washington, Crawford, and Martin Counties.
Tuesday, September 23d, 2014
The Orange County Conservation Tour will take place at 3pm this Saturday at the Jim Daugherty Farm. Mr. Daugherty will discuss his livestock conservation practices.. A free meal will be served. Various speakers will provide information as well. Contact the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District office at 723-3311 or the Extension Office at 723-7107 if you are planning on attending. The Daugherty Farm is located at 1726 NCR 160 East, Paoli.
A Terre Haute man has been arrested in connection with homemade explosive devices found last week in a city park. Police conducted a search warrant Monday afternoon, on a home located across from Collett Park. 28 year old Anthony Tillotson is preliminary charged with creating a destructive device.
Farmers are facing a case of Good Crop Bad Crop this year, with fields so full of good corn, it is hurting crop prices. Don Vilwok with the Indiana Farm Bureau says this is going to be a tough year for corn farmers, because demand with so much corn available is low, driving prices down quite a bit
Monday, September 22d, 2014
A Springville man was killed in a two vehicle crash Sunday evening on Hwy 37 North near Trogden Lane, 62 year old William Flynn of Springville, died at the scene after being ejected from his 1996 GEO Tracker. According to the Lawrence Co Sheriff Department, 17 year old Brandon Meadway of Sieboldt quarry road in Bedford, was driving a 99 Chevy pickup north on Hwy 37 when Flynn drove the GEO into his path. The collision resulted in massive internal injuries to Flynn. Meadway suffered minor bleeding to his lower leg
A Saturday morning fire destroyed the Tumbleweed Restaurant in Salem. Salem Fire Chief Tom Day reported the fire was through the fire when firemen arrived. They were able to contain and extinguish the fire with 90 minutes. The damage was extensive, no cause has been established. Electrical work had recently been completed at the restaurant.
The Centers for Disease Control is urging all eligible Americans to get fly shots now. Infectious disease Specialist William Schaffner says fly season generally begins in November and runs through February. However, he says it can begin earlier and run past April. He says the four-strain vaccine prevents a “broader spectrum of influenza” but adds the three-strain vaccine is fine.
Friday, September 19th, 2014
A nearly one month long investigation has culminated in the arrest of two parents on a total of three dozen charges. On August 27 2014, Trooper Craig Starr began an investigation on a complaint of two parties in Orange County in which minors were served and provided alcoholic beverages by the parents of one of the teenagers. Through his investigation, Trooper Starr, with the assistance of Orleans Chief of Police Roy McFarland, learned that on August 8 and August 15, 38 year old Rachel Davis and 39 year old Andrew Davis, both of Orleans, had purchased and provided alcoholic beverages for parties hosted at their house by their daughter. Trooper Starr learned that during the parties, Rachel and Andrew Davis had gone so far as to mix drinks for the teenagers, as well as set up tables for drinking games. Information obtained also showed that Rachel Davis had encouraged the teenagers to deny that the drinking had occurred. After conducting interviews and taking numerous statements, the case and information was turned over to the Orange County Prosecutor’s Office, who filed through the Orange County Circuit Court nine counts of Providing or Furnishing Minors with Alcoholic Beverages and nine counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor against both Rachel and Andrew Davis. Trooper Starr served both with the warrants on Thursday, September 18.
The 2014 Marching season is underway. The SV Blackhawk Brigade began their season last Saturday at the Salem Invitational, they won Class 3A and won 5 of the 6 Auxiliary awards. The Pride of Paoli and Orleans also competed in Class 3A and the Orleans Bulldog Brigade finished 3 rd and the Pride of Paoli finished 4 th. Tomorrow the Pride of Paoli travels to travels to Ramsey to the North Harrison Invitational to compete at 11:30AM before coming home to host their annual Pride of Paoli invitational. Springs Valley and Orleans will compete there and the Pride will march in exhibition. Orleans will take the field at 8:03PM and the Blackhawk Brigade at 9:08PM. Good luck to all of our area bands tomorrow.
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Jasper residents are being warned not to drink tap water because of safety concerns. Any water used for drinking or cooking should first be boiled at least five minutes. Officials say the water’s higher-than-normal amounts of manganese are having an adverse effect on the chlorine level.
Mitchell police received a call Wednesday morning reporting a 1991 Ford Ranger stolen. As well as a chrome tool box, a chainsaw, weed eater and several air hand tools and boots which were in the pickup. The Ranger was taken on West Warren Street. Later, a resident reported the maroon and silver truck was parked in his yard on Frank Street.. All the items were still in the pickup..
A woman who was killed, mutilated and organ parts consumed by her killer had posted bond two months prior for the man accused of the murder. 46 year old Tammy Blanton posted the $500 bond on July 31st for then-boyfriend Joseph Oberhansley of Jeffersonville. He was released on charges of criminal recklessness and resisting arrest. He was charged Monday with murder and abuse of a corpse.
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
A Morristown man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine with six years suspended to house arrest. 41 year old James Inman pleaded guilty to dealing meth, Class B felony. Lawrence Superior Court I Judge Michael Robbins expressed concern in ordering Inman to a lengthy house arrest term, saying it starts out well for most people, but then they consider it as home instead of an alternative to prison. Inman was arrested in June 2013, and was facing the following charges: dealing in meth, Class B felony; possession of chemical reagents or precursors with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, Class D felony; possession of meth, Class D felony; possession of paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor; and maintaining a common nuisance, Class D felony. He was sentenced according to a plea agreement, and all other charges besides dealing in meth were dropped. Inman received credit for 221 days already served.
Mitchell Police are seeking the publics help to find a suspect who took $1,800 worth of pageant entry fees for the Mini, Little and Junior Miss Persimmon contests from a vehicle in the Mitchell area. The call was made to police dispatchers at 5:43 a.m. Tuesday, but it's believed the cash and checks were taken from the vehicle in the 600 block of West Frank Street sometime during the night. All of the money was in envelopes in a bag, according to the police log. Some festival paperwork and a jump drive with information from past festival pageants also were missing. Mitchell police received reports of three vehicles being broken into Monday night to Tuesday morning, Hardman said. Two of them were in the same area, and one was a few blocks away. Hardman believes the same person broke into all three. If anyone has any information regarding the missing money, call the Mitchell Police Department at 849-2151.
A Lawrence County man was arrested arrested on charges of possession of meth and heroin after Bedford Police officers were called to the intersection of 25th and I streets Tuesday afternoon. According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley, officers were called to the intersection after a report of a man, 34-year-old Alan Bushard and a woman involved in a domestic fight. When officers arrived, Bushard was holding the woman. Police had Bushard release the woman and that is when he told police the two had been in an argument. While officers were questioning Bushard they discovered that he had several baggies in his pocket that contained a white substance and some that contained a rock-like substance. The substances field tested positive for meth and heroin. Bushard was arrested on charges of possession of meth and heroin and possession of meth and heroin with the intent to deal.
Monday, September 15th, 2014
Two were injured following a one-vehicle accident Saturday on Mitchell Road, south of T Street.According to a police report, at around 3:18PM, 35 year old Timothy Childers, of Bedford was driving north on Mitchell Road in a 1997 Ford F250. He said he remembered coughing when he was at Sandpit Road, but that he passed out and didn’t remember anything about the accident. The vehicle struck a rock cut on the east side of the road and then continued north. The vehicle came to a stop, facing north, on the east side of the highway. Childers required immediate medical attention at the scene and a female passenger, whose name was not included in the report, complained of pain. Four other passengers in Childers vehicle, all juveniles whose names were not listed, were taken by Seals Ambulance Service to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. The accident report listed driver illness as a circumstance contributing to the crash.
A Lawrence County woman was injured in a one car accident Sunday. According to the crash report, at around 12:46PM, 42 year old Jodi Terry, of Bedford was driving a 2002 Jeep Liberty east on U.S. 50 East in Lawrence County and was attempting to turn on Leatherwood Circle when the steering malfunctioned on her vehicle. The vehicle, then crossed Leatherwood Circle and went off the east side of the roadway before then going northeasterly across U.S. 50 and coming to rest on the north side of the highway. Terry complained of pain in her abdomen and pelvis following the accident. Terry was wearing a seat belt.
A Mitchell man was arrested after he fled from police in a vehicle Saturday afternoon. According to Bedford City Police, they received a call about a man who had a suspended driver's license for life operating a vehicle near the Parkview track. Police did not find 28-year-old Raymond Marshall at that location, but he was spotted a short time later. Police say Marshall drive by the accident scene. Police followed him that is when Marshall sped up. He then turned on Sand Pit Road and was pulled over, but then he reportedly refused to get out of the vehicle. Officers had to forcibly remove Marshall from the vehicle.Marshall was arrested on charges of driving a vehicle while having a lifetime suspension, resisting arrest by fleeing in a vehicle, resisting arrest by force and cited for reckless driving, unsafe lane movement, false registration, driving left of center and failure to use a turn signal.
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg along with United States Postal Inspectors, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agents, executed a search warrant at 5420 North Terry Road in rural Scott County yesterday. The search warrant was the result of an investigation that began yesterday morning after reports of alleged illegal drug activity going on at the residence. During the search, officers located approximately three ounces of Methamphetamine, with a street value of approximately $9,000.00. After the execution of the warrant, Bonnie Y. Wicker, 31, from Deputy, IN, was arrested on a preliminary charge of Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 2 Felony. Bonnie Wicker is currently being held in the Scott County Jail. This investigation is continuing.
Two people were injured in a one-vehicle wreck that happened during Wednesday night's heavy rainfall near Bedford. According to police reports, at around 11:27PM, 29 year old Ashley Boyd of Bedford told police she was driving west on State Road 158 in her 1997 Honda Civic when she slowed down because of the severe amount of rain. She estimated she was driving about 40 mph when the Civic hit a utility pole next to the highway, near Old Farm Road. She told officers she was unaware she was driving off the road until she hit the pole. Passengers in her vehicle 18 year old Chris McCarty and 8 year old Cody McCarty of Bedford suffered leg injuries in the crash. The Lawrence County Police Department investigated the accident.
A building that had previously housed Armstrong Furniture in Bedford, partially collapsed following last nights rain storm in Bedford. Crews today began cleaning up the debris from the building located on the northwest corner of 13th and I streets in Bedford. The structure, at 1229 I St., was vacant, dilapidated and already was scheduled to be razed.
Wednesday, Septembr 10th, 2014
Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities statewide be flown at half-staff Thursday, September 11 in honor of Patriot Day. Flags should be lowered at sunrise and remain at half-staff until sunset on Thursday, September 11.Governor Pence also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff to pay tribute to the men and women who were injured or lost their lives on September 11, 2001
The 4-year-old boy Huntingburg , Indiana boy is recovering after being attacked by the family pit bull. The dog, which belongs to the boy's father, attacked and bit the boy multiple times in the head. The boy suffered numerous lacerations to his face and was taken to Jasper Hospital for treatment.According to his mother Danielle Wigodinski, Terrance is recovering after having surgery but will have to spend the next few days in the hospital. The pit bull, is currently in isolation at the Animal Control Holding Facility. Police had not made any decision on euthanizing the dog until after they see and verify the animal's vaccination chart. The owner told police he doesn't think he will keep the dog and Danielle has stated the dog will be euthanized.Police say no charges have been filed, but attack remains under investigation.