Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Three people were injured in a crash Tuesday on Heltonville Road in Lawrence County. According to a police report, at 5:50 p.m., 52 year old Elizabeth Herold of Bedford, was driving west on Heltonville Road, near Mount Pleasant Road, in her teal 2006 Pontiac Torrent. Herold told police her SUV began to slide because of snow on the road. The SUV then slid into a red 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by 67 year old Teddy Meadows of Heltonville, which was heading east in the opposite lane. Elizabeth Herold, complained of chest pain, a passenger in Herolds vehicle, 16 year old Madeleine Herold, also complained of chest pain. Both were taken to a hospital. Meadows, complained of chest pain but was not taken to a hospital.
The annual Orange County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner is set for April 2 at the Paoli High School Cafeteria. The event will get underway at 6:15 p.m. when carryout meals will be available, with dinner at 7 p.m. The main program will start immediately after the dinner, which will be served by Sanders Catering, with desserts by the Orange County Republican Women’s Club and ladies of the Orange County offices. Tickets for the event are available from any Republican precinct committeemen, vice committeemen, and elected officials. The ticket cost is $15. In attendance will be various GOP local and state elected officials, along with candidates for the 2018 Primary Election. The keynote speaker will be the Hon. Steve Bartels who represents Indiana House District 74, which is comprised of Perry and Crawford counties and portions of Spencer, Dubois and Orange counties. He lives in Eckerty in Crawford County.
Jasper Police are reporting an IRS scam that is making its rounds again. According to police, a subject portraying themselves as an IRS employee will advise the potential victim that they owe money. The scammer may threaten that the police have been notified and they will coming to arrest them if they don’t pay. These scammers use sophisticated methods and may have the caller’s name, phone number, and address.Another tactic they will use is aggression and try to bully the victim into a payment. They can “spoof” or change the phone number that the call is coming in on and make it look like the number is coming from the IRS. The Jasper Police Department would like to remind citizens to never give out confidential information over the phone. The IRS does NOT make threatening phone calls; they do not make phone calls unless they have notified a person by mail first, they do not demand immediate payment, and do not ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.If you receive a call from the IRS scam it is NOT necessary to contact your local law enforcement. Ignore the phone call or hang up if you answer the phone. Only contact law enforcement if you have paid money to the scammers.
Tuesday March 20th 2018
Jasper law enforcement arrested a man at the Jasper Lofts on 1300 Dewey St. for criminal trespassing and possession of methamphetamine Friday afternoon. Police responded to the apartment complex at 3:20 p.m. for a drug complaint. A K-9 indicated on apartment No. 419 and officers located 27 year old Christopher D. Barrett, of Jasper sleeping on the couch. According to police, Barrett had previously been advised he was not welcome at the property. Officers located two baggies of methamphetamine on Barrett during a search. Barrett was booked into the Dubois County Security Center for a Level 6 felony count of methamphetamine possession and a misdemeanor count of criminal trespassing.
Allison Jones, an Orleans seventh grader, emerged from a field of 21 spellers to take championship honors at the Orange County Publishing Company's Great Spelling Bee on March 18. After the sixth round of the contest, only three spellers remained: Jones, Orleans fifth grader Ayla Steele and Throop Elementary fourth grader Dakota Mousty. All three competitors spelled their work correctly in the seventh round. Then in the the eight round, Jones successfully spelled her word correctly as the other two did not. Jones went on to seal her victory by correctly spelling "carnivore," which was the 69th word of the contest. The entire contest lasted just about an hour. Jones now has several weeks to prepare to represent Orange County in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. which begins May 31st.
Monday, March 19th, 2018
A vehicle explosion that shook Nashville, Friday night remains under investigation. According to the Brown County Sheriff's Office, the explosion was reported just before 10 p.m. Friday at the Green Valley Motor Lodge, in Nashville. Police said propane tanks in the back of a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser exploded in the parking lot. After the explosion, the driver left the scene. Police found the vehicle and driver near the west entrance of Brown County State Park. Investigators said the man responsible for the explosion was not injured. He was later taken to the Columbus Regional Health Street Center. Photos of the aftermath showed the explosion blew out the PT Cruiser's windows and windshield. The blast also destroyed the windows of a pickup truck parked near the vehicle and broke some windows at the lodge.The explosion didn't appear to be accidental, police said. A criminal investigation into the matter is underway.
A Seymour man died late Thursday after he was struck by a vehicle in the 1200 block of East Tipton Street. According to Jackson County Coroner Mike Bobb, 37-year-old Claudio Antele-Pelayo was pronounced dead at the scene from brunt force trauma. Police Chief Bill Abbott said Antele-Pelayo, who worked at a restaurant in Jackson Park Shopping Center, was struck as he and a co-worker were crossing north on Tipton Street after leaving work around 10 p.m. Thursday. According to police, 65-year-old George Douglas of Seymour was traveling in a 2008 Chevrolet 1500 pickup when he saw the first man "dart" across the street, but did not see the second man and hit him. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in the accident. The accident remains under investigation.
A Bloomfield man lost his life Friday afternoon in a coal mining accident in a Sunrise Coal mine near Oaktown. According to the Knox County Coroner's Office, 34 year-old Jason Williams was found deceased inside the mine. The representative from the mine says the accident happened while Williams was driving a "mantrip" underground in Oaktown Mine 1. No information about the cause of death has been released at this time. An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday and those results are pending. The case is being investigated by the Knox County Coroner's office, Indiana State Police, Indiana Bureau of Mines, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Released the following statement: Sunrise and its employees are deeply saddened by the loss of our co-worker and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jason's family."
Friday, March 16th, 2018
On March 14th, 2016, Indiana State Police Detective Troy Fischer initiated a murder investigation into the death of 47 year old Phillip Chase, of Cannelton. ISP Detectives believed 49 year old Stacy Matheny,of Cannelton, had come to 4346 Bell Hollow Road, in Cannelton, where he engaged in a verbal argument with Chase. During the course of the argument Matheny brandished a handgun, and shot Chase in the head resulting in his death. Later that same day, Matheny was located and arrested in Hawesville Kentucky. On March 24th, 2016, Matheny was transported to the Perry County Jail, where he was held until the trial date. March 15th 2018, a Perry County Circuit Court jury of 12 convicted Matheny for the murder of Chase. Matheny will be incarcerated at the Perry County Jail until the sentencing hearing on April 6th, 2018.
Two people were injured in an accident Thursday after being struck by a car whose driver failed to yield at an intersection. According to an accident report completed by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, 86 year old Mary Maddox was driving a 2017 Buick Enclave southbound on Tunnelton Road. 21 year old Brooke Smith, of Williams, was driving eastbound in a Chevrolet Cavalier on Vinegar Hill Road with a passenger. Smith, who was stopped at the Vinegar Hill Road intersection with Tunnelton Road, said she did not see a vehicle coming and proceeded through the intersection. Maddox was coming through the intersection at the same timeand the vehicles collided. Smith failed to yield to the Maddox vehicle according to the report. Smith and her passenger refused medical treatment at the accident scene. Maddox,and her passenger 87 year old William Maddox, both of 6183 Tunnelton Road, were taken to a hospital for complaints of chest pain.
A Bedford man was sentenced for his role in a murder in a Greene Superior Court Thursday. William “Billy” Abel was sentenced to 80-years for the murder of Bedford man Chase Aliano. Thursday morning in Greene Superior Court, Judge Erik Allen handed down Abel’s sentence for shooting and murdering the 21-year-old man on the Abel family farm at 58 N. State Road 45. Abel received 60 years for murder, two years for theft of a firearm, two years for obstruction of justice and 16 years as an enhancement for using a gun during the crime.
Wednesday, March 14th, 2014
Seven people received injuries in a 3-vehicle-accident at the intersection of State Road 37 and Old State Road 37 North in Lawrence county Tuesday afternoon. 24-year-old Lij Hacker of Bloomington was traveling north on State Road 37, just south of Old State Road 37 North intersection when he told police that he took his eyes off the road when the light was green, but when he looked back up the light apparently changed and two vehicles were crossing northwest on State Road 37. Hacker's 2015 Chevrolet Cruze traveled through the red light and t-boned a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by 40-year-old Godson Wright of Bedford. The collision pushed Wright's pickup into a 2017 Buick Envision driven by 26-year-old Erica Daughtery of Springville. Hacker complained of stomach and pelvis pain and was treated at the scene. Wright, who suffered internal chest injuries including a possible collapsed lung, was trapped inside of his vehicle. He was flown from the scene by StatFlight Medical helicopter and taken to the University of Louisville Hospital. Also injured in Wright's pickup were 40-year-old Kristen Smith of Mitchell, 39-year-old Lora Kirkman of Bedford and a 10-year-old boy from Bedford. They complained of abdominal pain, head, knee and lower leg pain, a cut near the eye, respectively. All three were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Daughtery complained of head pain. Her passenger, 87-year-old Judith Miller of Harrodsburg, complained of chest pain. Both were taken by ambulance to IU Bloomington Hospital for treatment. Hacker refused to submit to a chemical test. A search warrant was obtained granting officer to obtain a blood sample for Hacker.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department released the identity and more details regarding the nvestigation into a single-vehicle crash that seriously injured a Jasper man Monday morning. According to police, they responded to the report of a vehicle accident on Jasper-Dubois Road south of Beaver Lake at about 8:26 a.m. when they arrived deputies located a 2015 Dodge Charger off the road in a cornfield. The car had flipped several times after going off the road in a curve while southbound on Jasper-Dubois Road. Police said that car driven by 21 year old Devin Haas, of 460W, Jasper, went off the right side of the road for an unknown reason and then continued off the road into an embankment. When the car hit the embankment, it went airborne and began flipping end over end. It landed and then flipped several more times before coming to a stop facing southwest on its wheels. Police estimated the Charger traveled 430 feet after it exited the roadway before it stopped. Deputies located Haas south of the vehicle and he was somewhat responsive. Authorities think he was unrestrained at the time of the crash and was thrown from the vehicle. Haas was taken to Memorial Hospital and then transferred by helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville for internal and head injuries. Police said unsafe speed is considered to be a factor in the crash.
Two people were arrested last Tuesday after Orleans Police stopped a vehicle with a partially blocked license plate. According to Town Marshal Richard Dixon, as the officer was walking up to the vehicle he noticed the distinct odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. After removing the passengers from the vehicle, the officer was joined by two officers with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The vehicle was searched and officers found a small bag and a pipe that both tested positive for meth. Police also found a Suboxone strip in the sock of one of the individuals. Police arrested 43-year-old Trevor Spreen of Bedford and 26-year-old Michael Holiday of Springville. Spreen is facing a charge of possession of meth. Holiday is facing charges of possession of meth, possession of a Schedule III controlled substance. Both were transported to the Orange County Jail without incident.
Tuesday March 13th 2018
According to a post made Saturday by Paoli Police on their web site, A credit card skimmer was located in Paoli. During the course of a recent debit/credit card fraud investigation, Paoli Police found a card skimmer located at Colletts Gas Station. That is the BP station located on State Road 37 in Downtown Paoli. Paoli Police are advising people to look for skimmers on pumps near the seams to ensure there is a security seal or to use cash or pay inside to protect your information. The skimmer was removed and all their pumps checked. They are asking everyone who has used a credit or debit card for gas recently, to check their accounts to ensure their information has not been compromised.
On Monday, the founder of a New Albany Women's Halfway House, 52 year old Lisa Livingston was sentenced to 30 years prison in an Orange County courtroom. According to WHAS 11, at least 60 people crowded into the courtroom, many having to stand, in order to support the recovering addict, turned business woman and treatment center executive. After a hearing that lasted three hous, Orange County Circuit Court judge Steve Owen handed down a 30 year sentence. Livingston pleaded guilty to drug charges she committed five years ago. Judge Owen said because her chargers included dealing and possession of drugs and the ingredients to make them, he believed her crimes were too serious for home-incarceration. WHAS 11 News reported Livingston's story last fall when she opened New Albany's only halfway house for women. The mission is to help those in recovery break away from their addictions. She could have received a max of 120 year sentence.
Monday, March 12th, 2018
Loogootee Police conducted a traffic stop Saturday on Broadway Street at Chuckles gas station on a yellow Jeep Wrangler. A K9 was requested to conduct an open-air sniff. A search of the vehicle was then conducted when the driver Christopher Villanueva handed the officer a bag containing marijuana. The search resulted in numerous drugs and drug paraphernalia being found. Arrested was 20 year old Christopher Villanueva of Jasper. Villanueva was charged with maintaining a common nuisance, dealing in a schedule four controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, minor possession of alcohol. 19 year old Bryce Mathena of Jasper and was charged with maintaining a common nuisance, dealing in a schedule four controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, minor possession of alcohol and 18 year old Evelin Aleman, of French Lick Aleman was charged with visiting a common nuisance and possession of marijuana. All three were booked into the Martin County Jail. Loogootee Police were assisted by K9 Roxy.
A 64-year-old Jackson County man was arrested last Tuesday on accusations he was dealing methamphetamine. According to police reports, 64 year old Robert England of Medora was arrested after an undercover operation. During the arrest, police reported he possessed meth, controlled substances, a firearm and paraphernalia. When police searched his home, they reported the discovery of 95 grams of meth and $8,770 in cash. Also, police reported that marijuana was found growing in England’s garage. England is being charged with dealing meth, and facing charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Department press release. He was then arrested and booked into the Jackson County jail.
Jasper police charged an Oaktown man with felony counts of dealing and possessing methamphetamine after a traffic stop Sunday night. According to police reports, Jasper police stopped a 2002 Ford Focus at 10:59 p.m. at Second Street and U.S. 231 due to the car allegedly having an expired license plate. The plate also belonged to a different vehicle. Police said the driver, 21 year old Alan Kleysteuber, had drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine in the vehicle. Additionally, his driver’s license was suspended. Authorities charged Kleysteuber with felony counts of dealing methamphetamine and methamphetamine possession as well as a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center.
Friday, March 9th, 2018
A Monroe County woman was arrested Wednesday evening on dealing and possession charges. According to police, At about 7:30 p.m., a Mitchell Police Department officer pulled over a vehicle on State Road 37, near Arby’s and Chicago’s Pizza, for not being able to maintain its lane and not signaling 300 feet before making a lane change. Before the traffic stop, the officer who conducted the stop, reported the woman, identified as 24 year old Christina Burns of Bloomington, was acting suspicious at the Speedway gas station at the intersection of U.S. 50 West and State Road 37. Police say she walked over to the front windows, noticed the police vehicle, then went back farther into the store. After she left and police made the traffic stop, officers reported Burns, had shaking hands and appeared to be nervous and she didn’t have a valid driver’s license. During the stop, police dog Ido performed a sniff outside the vehicle, then alerted police to the presence of possible drugs. When officers asked if anything illegal was in the vehicle, she said there was medication in the center console and said that they were her husband’s brother’s medication, not hers. ... Officers searched the vehicle, then located 198 oxycodone pills and syringes in the vehicle. Burns was then arrested and booked into the Lawrence County Jail.
Thursday, March 8th, 2018
A Lawrence County man has been arrested on a meth charge during a traffic stop Monday. According to the Mitchell Police department, at 10:44 p.m., a Mitchell police officer pulled over a silver Oldsmobile passenger car for not having a license plate at State Road 37 and Woodville Road. 39 year old Troy George of Mitchell was a passenger in the vehicle. During the stop, officers reported George was acting nervous by not making eye contact and fidgeting. Eventually, a Mitchell officer reported he noticed a baggie in the front seat containing a possible drug substance. The substance field tested positive for meth. The driver said she didn’t know anything about George having drugs in the vehicle. A prescription pill bottle also was found in the vehicle. It contained 800mg ibuprofen tablets and Suboxone. George was arrested and then booked into the Lawrence County jail.
Officers with the Jasper Police Department and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department were forced to shoot an aggressive dog Thursday afternoon. According to authorities, the department received a call regarding an aggressive black and white pit bull-type dog running at large near Wooden Keg Liquors on Third Avenue. According to witnesses, the dog was acting aggressively towards customers and employees of the business. When the Jasper police officer and Dubois County deputy responded to the area, they learned the dog had returned to its owner’s home on Hilary Drive. The officer went to the residence to attempt to make contact with the owner. When officers knocked on the door, the door was opened and a large black and white pit bull-type dog ran out the door, police said. The door was then slammed shut. Police then said the dog ran at one of the officers in an aggressive manner; snarling, barking and then lunging at the officers. The officers shot the dog to stop its aggressive advance and threat towards them. The dog subsequently died from the injuries it received. No other individual was injured during the encounter. The homeowner was issued a citation for the animal running at large.
Authorities who had been looking for a missing Perry County kayaker located his body Tuesday. The Perry County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a missing person on the afternoon of March 1 and located the victim’s truck parked near the floodwaters of Poison Creek, south of Derby. Shortly afterward, according to Indiana Conservation Officers, the victim’s partially submerged kayak was located in the water. Authorities initially responded with scuba divers, sonar, and a remote operated vehicle with a submersible camera. Multiple agencies searched by boat, kayak, and foot; however, their efforts were hampered by flood debris and thick vegetation.
Conservation officers and sheriff’s deputies resumed their search for the missing kayaker Tuesday morning. A conservation officer located the body of a male in approximately 3 feet of water in the vicinity of the capsized kayak just before 9:30 a.m.The male was later identified by the Perry County Coroner’s Office as missing kayaker Scott Whitehead, according to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department.An autopsy is planned to determine cause of death.
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
Annual fishing and hunting licenses are now available for purchase. Remember that 2017 annual fishing and hunting licenses expire on March 31. If you purchased your license online last year, just log into your account, confirm your information, and purchase your new licenses. Indiana residents can purchase a Hunt/Fish Combo license for just $8 more. Not only can you hunt AND fish for just a few dollars more, but the DNR receives $58 in federal funds that go directly back into conservation to help us continue to provide opportunities for hunting, fishing and other wildlife recreation activities. Helpful tip: Snap a photo of your license on your phone and carry your phone with the license on it with you while hunting and/or fishing. No need to print out your license to keep with you.
The Indiana House of Representatives supported legislation sponsored by State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) today that would require coroners to further investigate overdose deaths. The legislation would require a coroner to obtain information about the deceased from INSPECT, Indiana's prescription monitoring program, if they reasonably suspect the cause of death to be an accidental or intentional overdose of a controlled substance. "To be successful in curbing the statewide opioid epidemic, Indiana needs to understand the scope of the problem," Davisson said. "This legislation would apply consistency to coroner toxicology tests performed across the state. Indiana needs more specific, accurate and timely data about the opioid crisis, and this moves toward that goal." Coroners would also have to forward test results from the deceased to the Indiana State Department of Health with their notice of death and information about the controlled substance that may have been involved. According to Davisson, detailed and geographic-specific information like this is essential to saving future lives in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Senate Enrolled Act 139 can now be considered by the governor
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
Over the weekend, Indiana State Troopers Andrew Beaver and Ross Johnson arrested former Martin County Sheriff's Deputy 33 year old Danny Salmon of Shoals. Salmon was arrested on Drug related warrants. Late last year, Martin County Sheriff Travis Rouch contacted the Indiana State Police Jasper Post and requested a special investigation after receiving information that Salmon was possibly involved in illegal drug activity. The investigation determined Salmon dealt Hydrocodone and Tramadol on multiple occasions in 2017. Salmon was arrested on several drug related charges and bonded himself out of the Martin County Jail with $2,500 cash.
Three vehicles were involved in a crash near Southridge which disabled two vehicles and caused about $20,000 in damages Monday morning. According to police, Phil Englert of Jasper was northbound on U.S. 231 stopped at the Sunset Drive light when his pickup was struck from behind by vehicle driven by Kyle James of Tell City. The impact sent Englert's truck into a SUV driven by Leah Lubbehusen of Dale. Lubbehusen's SUV was the only vehicle able to drive away from the crash while Englert's and Jame's vehicles both needed to be towed from the scene. Damage was estimated over $20,000 for all three vehicles and no citations or injuries were reported from the crash.
Friday, March 2nd, 2018
The Kroger Company has decided to close the local Jay-C store in Mitchell. According to Tim McGurk, Regional Director of Corporate Affairs at Kroger, the store has lost more than $1 million during the last 5 years. The Mitchell Jay C store located on Main Street in Mitchell will permanently close on March 31st at 6 p.m. The 70 employees of the Mitchell Jay C will be offered similar employment opportunities at other area Jay C or Ruler stores. There will be full-time opportunites made available at Kroger locations in southern Indiana and Louisville, specifically New Albany and Jeffersonville. According to McGurk, despite the news, our company remains committed to the Mitchell community and are excited to announce that after the closing, our Ruler team will immediately begin a $600,000 remodel that will transform the current Jay C facility into a new and modern Ruler grocery store. When the remodel is complete, Ruler will move from their current location across the street into the updated facility."
A man and a woman were found dead after firefighters put out a house fire west of Chrisney Thursday morning. According to the Spencer County Coroner’s Office, the two bodies were found on opposite sides of the home after firefighters were able to knock down the fire. The incident began when the Chrisney Volunteer Fire Department was called to the fire involving a double-wide manufactured home on County Road 900N at about 5:02 a.m. Officials are waiting to release the identities of the individuals until after the autopsies are completed. That is expected to occur sometime tonight. According to Spencer County Coroner Robert Fuller, the autopsy will determine if the two individuals died prior to the fire or succumbed to the fire. Fuller added that officials have not determined the cause of the fire and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office is conducting an investigation.
Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Marshall Township VFD was dispatched to a mobile home fire Wednesday where one was injured. According to police reports, the call reporting the fire came in at 5:46 a.m., to Lawrence County dispatch. When firefighters arrived, the home, two vehicles and a camper were ablaze. One of the occupants of the home was hurt. Firefighters were on scene for five hours. The cause and exact location for the fire’s origin are unknown as of now. Perry Township and Oolitic volunteer fire departments and Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance also responded.
Ferdinand police arrested a woman after she was allegedly found passing counterfeit money Tuesday afternoon. According to police, they were notified of a counterfeit $20 bill that had been used at the Circle A, in Ferdinand at about 2:49 p.m. Police located the suspect, identified as 40 year old Christina Willbanks, of Independence, Mo., at the McDonald’s, on 25 Industrial Park Road. During the investigation, police allege they found six more counterfeit bills on Willbanks’ person as well as a small amount of marijuana. Police said she had no legal currency on her at the time of the arrest. She was charged with a Level 6 felony count of counterfeiting and misdemeanor counts of theft and possession of marijuana. Police also cited her for driving while suspended and possession of paraphernalia and she was booked into the Dubois County Jail.
A Southridge student will be charged with a Level 6 felony count of intimidation after allegedly making a verbal threat of violence towards the high school Monday evening. According to Huntingburg Police, the department was notified of the threat and began an investigation at about 7:20 p.m. The juvenile was located and detained before being turned over to the Southwest Juvenile Facility in Knox County. Police declined to comment on the nature of the threat other than that the student made it verbally and a witness reported it to officials. In a response to the threat, the school corporation decided to postpone ISTEP testing at the Southridge Middle and High schools. The elementary school testing proceeded as planned. The investigation is ongoing by both the Huntingburg Police and the Southridge High School administration. While that student has been detained, extra precautions are being taken by having a police presence at all Southwest Dubois County School buildings on Tuesday
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
At the direction of President Donald Trump, Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor Rev. Billy Graham. Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of his funeral, Friday, March 2, 2018. Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff on Friday to honor Graham.
Three people received injuries were injured in a two-vehicle accident on State Road 60 East, near Kelso Road, in Lawrence County on Tuesday afternoon. Police say 25-year-old Logan Kline of Mitchell was eastbound on State Road 60 East in a 2002 Ford Windstar just after 3pm, when he went to make a left turn into the drive at 1813 State Road 60 East. Kline told police he was distracted and turned into the path of a 2009 Ford Flex driven by 60-year-old Norman Terrell, of Mitchell. After the crash, Kline's vehicle went off the northside of the roadway and came to a stop in a yard facing west. Terrell's vehicle went off the northside of the roadway and stopped facing east. Terrell told police he was traveling west on State Road 60 East when the Windstar pulled into his path. He told police he couldn't avoid the collision. Terrell suffered face pain. His passenger 82-year-old Joan Terrell, of Mitchell, complained of chest pain. Kline suffered contusions and bruises to his chest. Police say there was some damage to decorations and the yard.
Proposed changes by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources would require animal control professionals to euthanize all raccoons, opossums and coyotes that they catch instead of releasing them into the wild. DNR cites an increasing population, the ability to carry disease and nuisance to poultry owners among the reasons for their new regulation. Right now, permit holders are allowed to release animals within the county they were captured in - if they have permission. The Natural Resources Commission is accepting public comments on this and other rule proposals through March 23. They will also be holding two public meetings: March 14, 2018, starting at 5:30 p.m., at Spring Mill Inn at Spring Mill State Park, Lakeview Room in Mitchell. and March 22, 2018 starting at 5:30 p.m., at Mounds State Park, Pavilion in Anderson. The commission will vote on the proposed changes in May. If approved, those changes will go into effect this fall.
Tuesdday, February 27th, 2018
Three workers were injured when a truss fell at a construction site in Shoals. Martin County Chief Deputy Josh Greene says at about 9:50 a.m. Monday, emergency crews were called to Bailey Brothers Used Cars in Shoals after a report of a truss falling injuring workers. A work crew was working on the construction of a new building. The former building had been consumed in a fire last year. Chief Deputy Greene says for an unknown reason, a truss fell while three workers were on it. One of the men was flown from the scene by medical helicopter, another was transported to Daviess County and then flown out. A third went to a hospital by private vehicle. The injured men's names were not released.
A Daviess County man died Monday in a farming accident. Daviess County Sheriff’s Department Authorities were called to the scene of the accident at 5529 East 200 South Monday about 4:30 p.m. A Montgomery man, 45-year-old Clint Webster , was killed when he was pinned between a boom and the tire of a payloader. The Sheriff's Department says Webster had been working on the Volvo BM L120C payloader's hydraulic boom when the cylinder pin fell out, causing the boom and bucket to fall. The boom struck Webster on the left shoulder, pinning him between the boom and tire.
On February 7th of this year, detective Brian Busick from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg was contacted by the Scott County Department of Child Services and informed of an alleged encounter and sexual misconduct between a 15 year old female from Scott County and a 19 year old male, identified as Jon Wesley Anthony, from North Vernon, (Jennings County). The alleged misconduct occurred at the residence of the victim in Scott County when Jon Wesley Anthony agreed to meet the 15 year old at her home to do beautician work on her hair. When Jon arrived, he stated he had forgot the materials needed to work on her hair, but he stayed at the residence and while there, he allegedly forced himself onto the 15 year old girl. The two had originally met and became friends on a social media website. After detective Busick completed his investigation he turned it into the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office who filed charges. An arrest warrant was issued out of the Scott County Circuit Court and detective Busick arrested Jon Wesley Anthony various charges
Monday, February 26th, 2018
A Perry County man died in a single-vehicle crash on State Road 145 in Perry County over the weekend. Perry County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the crash located between the 5- and 6-mile marker on State Road 145 Saturday at 4:38 a.m. A Perry County Sheriff’s Deputy, along with Perry County EMS and the Perry County Rescue Squad was dispatched to the scene. According to police, 22 year old Zachary Wright of Bristow, was operating a 2001 Chevrolet Caviler northbound on State Road 145 when the car crossed the center line and left the roadway. It stopped after striking a tree. Wright died from the injuries sustained in the accident. Assisting the Perry County Sheriff’s Office with this incident was Perry County EMS, Perry County Rescue Squad and the Perry County Coroner’s Office.
A male juvenile was arrested Friday afternoon after threats were made and directed toward the Perry Central Junior-Senior High School. On Thursday, February 22, Indiana State Police Detective Josh Greer and Perry County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Perry Central High School after a student had made an alleged threat to harm others. With complete cooperation from the Perry County School Corporation, law enforcement officials were able to develop a suspect. Friday, Greer and the deputies completed their investigation and presented it to the Perry County Juvenile Probation Department. A Juvenile Pickup Order was granted and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. At the request of the Perry County Juvenile Judge, the incarceration location of the suspect will not be released. The juvenile is facing a preliminary Level 5 felony count of intimidation and a preliminary Level 6 felony count of false reporting.
The Indiana State Police say law-enforcement agencies across Indiana will increase patrols looking for dangerous and impaired driving during the NCAA basketball tournament and St. Patrick's Day. Police will be conducting random patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. Police say the weekend beginning St. Patrick's Day last year had the highest number of crashes involving impaired drivers. This year, March 17 falls on a Saturday. State Police Superintendent Doug Carter says Hoosiers like to celebrate March Madness and basketball, but if they drink their plans should include a designated driver, a ride- sharing program or a taxi to get home safely. He says state troopers will be out looking for drivers who fail to heed that advice.
Friday, February 23rd, 2018
A Lawrence County man was arrested on drug charges Thursday evening. According to police reports, at 10:31 p.m., a Mitchell Police Department officer pulled over a truck at TV Tower Road and TV Tower Lane for not having license plate lights. 25 year old Charles Newby, who was the driver, and a female passenger both had suspended licenses. Police say Newby and his passenger both acted nervous and another MPD officer also responded to the scene. Newby was patted down the male and when his pockets were patted, they located a syringe in a pocket. Also a sock was pulled out of a pocket that had five syringes. A field kit test was used, and one of the syringes tested positive for meth. Police then searched the truck and found a container with possible drug residue. An officer talked to the female passenger who advised the residue was meth. Newby is facing preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe and was booked into the Lawrence County jail with no bond set because he was on probation at the time of his arrest.
Jasper Police were forced to break a window to assist a driver involved in a medical emergency Thursday afternoon. According to Jasper Police reports, officers responded to a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Division Road and Kuper Lane involving a 2012 GMC pickup truck. The driver was having a medical issue related to diabetes and was unable to remove his foot from the accelerator with the truck still in gear. Officers broke a window to be able to access the truck and get it out of gear.Damages to the truck were estimated to be between $2,500 and $5,000
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Orange County Publishing’s Great Spelling Bee will return for the fourth year this Sunday at 2 p.m. Twenty-four young men and women will face off on stage at the Ruth Farlow Uyesugi Auditorium at Paoli Junior-Senior High School to determine the county’s top speller and who will be moving on to be one of the approximately 300 contestants in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.“Admission is free, and there will be plenty of seats for everyone who’d like to come cheer on their favorite students or school,” said Orange County Publishing Co. managing editor and the county bee’s organizer, Miles Flynn. Flynn will be the reader for the event, and judges will be Sarann Weeks of Paoli, Robert Henderson of Orleans and Todd Marshall of the Springs Valley community. The winner will follow in the footsteps of the 2015 Orange County champion, Orleans eighth-grader Matthew Ross; the 2016 champion, Orleans seventh-grader Dylan Reid; and the 2017 champion, Throop Elementary School fifth-grader Cameron Apple.Schoolwide bees determine who’s in the countywide contest. The event is also open to homeschoolers if they or their association pay the same enrollment fee schools must pay, but no homeschoolers have taken part.
A father and son were arrested after allegedly ramming another car and
then assaulting the driver with wooden and metal clubs early Thursday
morning. The Jasper Police Department received notification of a vehicle chasing another vehicle near the Hucks located at the Y in Jasper at about 1:53 a.m. Police determined a 2006 Ford F250 driven by 46 year old Travis Karns, of Loogootee, rammed another vehicle several times near 2nd Street and U.S. 231. The victim’s vehicle became disabled near the O’Reilly’s Auto Store on the side of U.S. 231.There, Karns and his son 21 year old Brandon Karns, of Odon, allegedly exited the truck brandishing metal and wooden clubs and proceeded to assault the male driver of the other vehicle. The victim received minor injuries but refused emergency medical services, police said. During the investigation, police allegedly located marijuana, methamphetamine, several pills which were determined to be Schedule IV substances as well as paraphernalia. Both men were charged with Level 3 felony counts of aggravated battery, Level 6 felony counts of criminal recklessness, Level 6 felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of a crash, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. They were booked into the Dubois County Jail. The Indiana State Police and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the incident.
A female juvenile was arrested this afternoon after threats made at Austin High School yesterday and on social media yesterday evening. Yesterday afternoon, detective Matt Busick from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg was called to the Austin High School after a student had made an alleged threat to harm others. Detective Busick with complete cooperation from the school system and the Austin City Police, began his investigation based on that incident at the school. As he was investigating that alleged threat, the female juvenile began posting other alleged threats on a popular social media page. Detective Busick completed his investigation and presented it to the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office this morning, requesting a pick up order on the female juvenile. An order was granted by the Scott County Circuit Court and the female was arrested and transported to the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center in Jeffersonville. She was charged with Juvenile Delinquency/Intimidation, (Three Counts). The Indiana State Police want school kids and their parents to know that any and all real or perceived threats towards a school and/or school kids will be dealt with the utmost urgency and thoroughness to make an arrest and stop the threat. It is also to be noted that no threat will be considered funny or cute and will not be tolerated.
Monroe County lost its last covered bridge to a 1976 fire but now the county is rebuilding one beginning in March. Crews will begin rebuilding the dismantled 1885 Cedar Ford bridge across Bean Blossom Creek in northern Monroe County. The single-span bridge, 127 feet long and 15 feet, 4 inches wide will span Bean Blossom Creek in Washington Township and connect North and Old Maple Grove roads. The project will also include the realignment of approximately 1,400 feet of roadway. The bridge had been in storage since county officials acquired it in 1975 from Shelby County. Monroe County public works director Lisa Ridge says the bridge's siding and roof will be replaced during the estimated $1.6 million project because they were damaged during their decades in storage. Federal funds will pay for 80 percent of the cost, with Monroe County to pay the remaining 20 percent with funding from the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program. The county once had as many as 14 covered bridges, but the last of them was destroyed in a 1976 fire that was likely arson.
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
On Friday morning, A woman called police after she says she was attacked while walking home from work in the 1800 block of West Third Street in Bloomington . The attack occurred between 2:30 and 2:45 a.m. while walking home after work. The woman says a man approached her on the railroad tracks, north of the American Legion on West Third Street. She told police that the man hit her on the back of the head, shoved her to the ground and attempted to rip her pants off, but got spooked and ran. The woman then ran home. She later went to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for treatment for a head injury. A detective was alerted about the attack by hospital staff. Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Bloomington Police at (812) 339-4477.
A Salem man was sentenced to 1,095 days after a fatal hit and run accident during the early morning hours of Jan. 10, 2016 on State Road 56, near Quaker Lane. The accident killed 70-year-old Mitchell Lovins of Scottsburg. He died of massive trauma to his body after being hit by Derek Deaton's 1995 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. Deaton was sentenced to 1,095 days in jail and was given credit for 179 days served.
Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter, is promoting Senior Trooper Robbie Lambert to the rank of Sergeant to serve as the Public Information Officer for the Jasper Post.Lambert is a native of Paoli and a 1999 graduate of Paoli High School. After graduating high school, he attended Vincennes University for two years where he received an Associates Degree in Conservation Law Enforcement. He then transferred to Indiana State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology. Lambert started his career with the Indiana State Police on April 9, 2006 when he graduated from the 65th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. In 2007 Lambert transferred to the Jasper Post and was assigned to Orange County. Robbie resides in Orange County with his family
Monday, February 19th, 2018
Classes began without incident at schools in Mitchell and Orleans today after threats targeting both school systems were investigated. Orleans Police Chief Richard Dixon said today an arrest was made in one of two separate incidents that occurred in Orleans. The person arrested is a juvenile and was charged with intimidation, a Level 6 felony. The name of the juvenile is not being released. In the case involving Mitchell schools, Mitchell Police Chief Mike Johnson said his department was notified by Superintendent Steve Phillips that a threat occurred. Police investigated and determined it to be unfounded. Police presence was heightened at both campuses this morning as students and staff reported to school. In each instance, parents received text alerts notifying them of the investigations.
A Lawrence County mans has died of injuries suffered during a chainsaw incident Sunday afternoon. According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s radio log, an Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance was dispatched to a home in the 100 block of Rockwood Drive at 3:50 p.m. after a caller reported a man was injured while using a chainsaw. He later died of his injuries. No other details are known at newstime
A semi sideswiped a tri-axle truck and ended up going off U.S. 231 after it swerved to avoid a stopped vehicle Monday morning. According to police reports, 28 year old Jonathan Haskins, of Louisville, Kentucky, was northbound on U.S. 231 in a 2013 Freightliner Cascadia at about 7:10 a.m. pulling a fully-loaded trailer. As he approached the Old Road 45 intersection, Haskins failed to notice a vehicle in front of him slowing to make a left turn. When Haskins did notice, deputies said he braked and veered left of the roadway’s center where his Freightliner sideswiped a southbound 2003 Kenworth T800 tri-axle driven by 67 year old Brian Leinenbach, of Velpen. After the impact, the Freightliner traveled off the east side of U.S. 231, going over a private drive where it struck a telephone pole and pedestal box before stopping. U.S. 231 was shut down for about 30 minutes while heavy-duty wreckers from Ruxer Ford and Stork Service Center removed the semi and trailer from the ditch. The tractor-trailer had to be towed from the scene while Leinenbach’s Kenworth was able to be driven from the scene. No injuries were reported. Also assisting was the Jasper Police Department
Friday, February 16th, 2018
Five people were arrested last week for methamphetamine-related charges following a traffic stop. On Feb. 9, an officer from the Bedford Police Department pulled over a vehicle that was driving left of center. According to the probable cause affidavit, driver 27 year old Airon Lagle of Williams and passengers 22 year old Haylee Huff of Heltonville and 25 year old Stacia Kern of Bedford were all in the vehicle. 46 year old John Grimes, of Oolitic, also was a passenger in the vehicle, but identified himself as Jonathan McKinney. Officers did not get any information on Grimes under the McKinney last name, and they asked him to step out of the vehicle. They also instructed him to put his hands behind his back. Instead, Grimes pushed officers and attempted to flee on foot. Officers caught him and conducted a body search, finding a small black container and white pouch, both full of white baggies with crystal-like and gray powdery substances that field-tested positive for meth and heroin. Six hundred dollars in cash also was found in the containers. Grimes was charged with possession of meth, dealing meth, possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, maintaining a common nuisance, synthetic identity deception, resisting law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Kern, was arrested for possession of marijuana, resisting law enforcement and visiting a common nuisance. Lagle was arrested for maintaining a common nuisance. Huff, was arrested for visiting a common nuisance. 39 year old Michael Pemberton, of Mitchell, also was arrested for possession of meth and resisting law enforcement. He is listed as a co-defendant in Grimes’ probable cause affidavit, but there is no description of how he was involved. All were booked into the Lawrence County jail.
A traffic stop in the Brownstown Tuesday night landed two Seymour residents in jail. Police arrested 28-year-old Crystal Howard on three counts of dealing meth, operating a vehicle while never licensed, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of a legend drug. Police also arrested 43-year-old Delbert Allman, of Seymour, on charges of unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police stopped Howard's vehicle in the 3600 block of East County Road 400 South in Brownstown after the driver Allman made several traffic violations. After the vehicle stopped police saw Howard get out of the driver's seat and switch places with Allman. Both were booked into Jackson County Jail in Brownstown and are being held without bond.
Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Jasper police arrested a Dubois County man after he crashed his pickup truck into a stopped car Tuesday afternoon. According to police, 59 year old Stanley Vonderheide, of Jasper, was southbound on Newton Street in a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 approaching the intersection with 36th Street at about 3:30 p.m. He didn’t see that traffic was stopped in front of him and he ran into the rear of a stopped 2013 Dodge Avenger driven by 49 year old Michelle Neukam, of Celestine. A juvenile passenger in Neukam’s vehicle was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police determined Vonderheide’s truck was not insured and was towed from the scene. During the inventory of the truck, police allegedly located a small amount of methamphetamine inside the truck. Vonderheide was taken into custody and charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance. He was also cited for following too closely and no insurance. Vonderheide was also taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital to be treated for his injuries before being transported to the Dubois County Jail. Damages to the pickup truck amounted to about $200 and the Dodge had about $1,500 in damages according to police. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Luegers wrecker assisted at the scene.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has directing flags to be lowered to half-staff across the state in honor of the Florida school shooting victims. The order is in effect through sunset Monday. At least 17 people were killed when investigators say a 19-year-old who had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida got into the building and started shooting Wednesday afternoon. The suspect is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder.
The dog food you have in your pantry could contain a drug used to euthanize animals. Smucker's is recalling cans of Kibbles 'N Bits, Gravy Train and Ol' Roy after some of them tested positive for pentobarbital. The company has apologized and says the food is not up to their standards. What it hasn't done is explain how the drugs wound up in the food in the first place -- federal law prohibits pet food companies from using meat from euthanized animals in their products.
Monday, February 12th, 2018
A Paoli man was injured in a Saturday afternoon accident in Lawrence County. According to police reports, at around 1:25PM, 47 year old Charles Wilson of Paoli, was traveling northwest on Indian Creek road in a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee when the vehicle left the east side of the road. The vehicle then came back on the roadway and continued west before leaving the west side of the road and striking a tree. Wilson of Paoli experienced bleeding from his head and was taken to a area hospital. He was wearing a seat belt.
A semi driver was killed in a crash on southbound I-65 Sunday morning. At around 1:30 a.m., Indiana State Police arrived to find a vehicle that was fully engulfed in flames at mile marker 53 near Seymour. Police said the driver, 54-year-old John Gaskin of Michigan, died after he hit the back of the semi driven by 33-year-old Abdulahi Afrah. The investigation has determined that Afrah's vehicle may not have had working tail lights, which was a contributing factor in the crash. Northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate were closed for multiple hours, but have since reopened. Bagged charcoal in Afrah's semi was released from the trailer during the crash. The load in Gaskin's trailer was a total loss. Toxicology results on Afrah are pending at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
A Seymour man is facing additional charges after jail staff discovered he smuggled drugs into the jail on Thursday morning. 22-year-old Joshua Riley was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on a theft charge at 8:48 p.m. Wednesday. Jail staff then received information that Riley was in possession of drugs in his cell block around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. According to a press release, Jail Commander Charlie Murphy and Jackson County Police Sgt. Josh Clark went to Riley's cell and discovered a bag containing a gram of meth. During an investigation where officers interviewed Riley and other inmates and reviewed surveillance video officers learned Riley swallowed the bag of drugs prior to his arrest. He passed the drugs after being booked into his cell. During a recorded phone visit with his girlfriend, Riley discussed having the drugs, and his girlfriend told him to flush them before he got caught. Jail officials believe Riley used part of the meth before it was seized by officers. Riley is now facing additional charges of felony charge of trafficking.
Friday, February 8th, 2018
At approximately 9:00 p.m. last night a traffic stop on I-69 near the 61 mile marker ended with an Evansville man in jail on drug related charges. Trooper Ross Johnson was conducting traffic patrols on I-69 when he stopped a 2010 Dodge Caliber traveling 80 mph in a 70 mph zone. While speaking with the driver, 30 year old Christopher Ness, of Evansville, Trooper Johnson noticed signs of impairment and a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Trooper Johnson conducted Standardized Field Sobriety tests and determined that Ness was impaired. Ness was detained so a certified chemical test could be conducted. A search of the vehicle revealed a book that had been modified to conceal illegal narcotics. The book contained marijuana, a marijuana grinder and a lighter. Also located in the vehicle glass pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana. Ness was transported to Daviess County Community Hospital for the certified chemical test and while the certified results will not be known for some time as the samples are sent to the Indiana Department of Toxicology for analysis the preliminary results indicated the presence of THC, the chemical in marijuana, in Ness’ blood. Ness was then transported to and booked into the Daviess County Jail.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. last night, a Kentucky man found himself being arrested after being stopped for speeding and having a headlight out. Trooper Steve Nolan was conducting traffic patrols on State Road 66 near the Warrick/Spencer County line when he stopped a vehicle for traveling 73 mph in a 60 mph zone and for having a headlamp out. As Trooper Nolan was speaking with the driver he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Trooper Nolan also noticed that the driver, 23 year old Robert Newton, of Philpot KY showed signs of being impaired. After conducting Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Trooper Nolan determined that Newton was impaired and detained him so a chemical test could be conducted. A search of the vehicle revealed a large plastic bag containing marijuana, over $1,500 in cash and other items commonly associated with the use and sales of illegal drugs. A chemical test was conducted, however, the results will not be known for some time as they are sent to the Indiana Department of Toxicology for analysis. Newton was transported to the Spencer County Jail and remanded to the custody of the jail staff without incident. Assisting at the scene: Trooper Nathaniel Kern and the Spencer County Sheriff's Office
Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Last Saturday, police arrested a Orange County man on charges of dealing meth. According to police reports, During the early evening hours of Saturday, Martin County Deputy Shinn and Shoals Town Marshal Todd Eckert conducted a controlled narcotics buy at a gas station in Shoals. After the deal was completed, Deputy Shinn made a traffic stop on 55 year old Kelly Johnson of French Lick. When the deputy approached the vehicle, the narcotics were in plain sight. Johnson was then arrested. Officers seized more than 8 grams of meth during the arrest. Johnson was arrested on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.
A Washington County man was taken to a hospital after a crash on State Road 60 East early Wednesday morning. According to a police report, At 3:13 a.m., 26 year old Patrick M. Burks,
of Campbellsburg was traveling east on State Road 60 East, near the entrance to Spring Mill State Park, in a maroon 2002 Toyota Tacoma. With icy road conditions, he said he was traveling 60 to 65 mph and that he knew he was going too fast. The truck then slid and went off the road t up an embankment, spun, and then hit several small tress. Burks was not wearing a seat belt and that he was in the passenger seat after the truck stopped. Burks suffered minor bleeding to his arm. The Lawrence County Sheriffs department investigated the accident
A Martin County man was arrested after police received a call of two suspicious males at the First Assembly Church of God at 27th and Illinois streets early Tuesday morning in Bedford. The caller reported that two males were running around the east side of the church. When officers arrived they found 37-year-old Thomas Robbins hiding behind an air conditioning unit and another male hiding behind another unit. Robbins was arrested after police found that he had a cigarette package that contained crystal meth and a baggie with marijuana that he dropped by the air conditioning unit. Inside the baggie of marijuana, officers found a piece of paper with a suboxone strip on it that Robbins did not have a prescription for. The second male, who did not have drugs on his person, was released and told not to return to the church. Robbins was arrested on charges of possession of meth, marijuana and a narcotic drug.
Monday, February 5th, 2018
A Lawrence County woman suffered a broken leg after being struck by a vehicle while helping another driver on Dixie Highway Sunday night in Bedford. According to a Lawrence County Police report, Kari Clowers, of Mitchell, had pulled her 2005 Ford Freestar over to help Nathaniel Hill, whose 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche had a flat tire. Police say Jodi McCain was northbound on Dixie Highway when she saw the two vehicles pulled over. McCain told police Clower's vehicle was parked diagonally and blocking the road and told police she was unable to drive around the vehicles and her vehicle began to slide on the icy road, colliding with the front of Hill's Avalanche. Clowers was at the driver's door talking to Hill, who was sitting in the vehicle, when she was struck by McCain's vehicle.
A Lawrence County woman suffered bruises and contusions to her head and knee after she crashed her car the intersection of North Jackson Street and Dive Road early this morning. According to a Lawrence County Police report, 20-year-old Faith Hickman, of Bedford was traveling to her parents house at 1:09 a.m. Police say Hickman was traveling north on North Jackson Street and was approaching the intersection of Dive Road when she applied her brakes and her 2009 Audi began to slide on the snow-covered roadway. Police say the snow-covered road was "extremely hazardous". The car went through the intersection and hit a rock embankment on the north side of the roadway. Hickman was treated at the scene by IU Health Hospital ambulance crew. She refused to be transported to the hospital.
Two Jackson County residents were arrested on various drug-related charges after a home visit from an officer with the Jackson Jennings Community Corrections. Police arrested 39-year-old Daniel James Hoene and 39-year-old Freedom Dawn Stidham, both of Seymour, on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and visiting and maintaining a common nuisance. Stidham also faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance. According to a press release, the two were arrested after police found almost 36 grams of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, in the home. Hoene and Stidham were booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown the evening of Jan. 29th and are being held without bond. On Thursday, police filed additional charges on both Hoene and Stidham of dealing in meth on a separate investigation.
Friday, February 2nd, 2018
A Knox County woman was jailed on drug-related charges Tuesday evening. According to police reports, Tuesday at 7:50 a.m., the Martin County Sheriff's Department received a complaint from a man who said a truck was stuck in his field on Scenic HIll Road. Deputies from Martin County and Loogootee Police Department officers went to the scene. When officers arrived, a Martin County deputy recognized the truck as one that eluded him earlier in the night when he attempted to stop the vehicle near U.S. 50 and Brickyard Road. A woman was in the vehicle and police identified her as 37 year old Stephanie Howder, of Vincennes. A police dog sniffed around the outside of the vehicle and alerted officers to possible drugs. When police searched the truck, they reported they found a plastic bag containing a crystal substance that field tested positive for meth. In addition, police found a glass bottle containing a substance that tested positive for marijuana. Police also found a smoking device containing meth and a rubber tube containing meth residue.Howder, is facing charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance and was taken to the Martin County jail.
Dubois County Circuit Court Judge Mark McConnell sentenced a man today convicted of intimidating a church near Birdseye. Judge McConnell sentenced 41 year old Josh McBride, of Birdseye to four years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with one year of house arrest and three years of supervised probation. McBride’s first year includes his wearing a GPS device. The judge added the extra stipulation that McBride not be outside the house during church service times of the nearby Anderson Valley Church. McBride’s charges stem from a February 2016 incident in which he and his late son were involved in a conflict with the adjacent church. That day, deputies responded to a call of shots fired and explosions near the church in the southeastern portion of the county.
Prices just went up at your local post office. In fact prices of Stamps went up one cent beginning January 21 st of this year. The latest USPS price hike increases the price of Forever stamps on first-class mail by one cent, bumping it up to 50 cents. This is the second year in a row the cost of Forever stamps has gone up, jumping two cents last year from 47 cents to 49 cents. Postcard stamps and metered letters also got a one-cent increase, but the cost to mail a 1-ounce letter internationally is staying at $1.15. The reason for upping prices? The Postal Service said it has to periodically raise its rates to adjust for U.S. inflation. That also means the U.S. Postal Service can continuing functioning even amid a government shutdown because it has an independent revenue stream.
Thursday, February 1st, 2018
At 3:55 Wednesday afternoon, Dubois Volunteer Firefighters were called to the report of a field fire near the Pat Merkel residence, north of Dubois. The call came to dispatch from Dubois Fire Chief, Steve Kalb, who lives in the area to dispatch the department for a field fire with power lines down. Upon investigation, firefighters found that a tree fell on the power lines and caused an arc, which ignited the fire that burned about 3 acres of field and wooded area. The fire spread across property that is owned by Pat Merkel and onto property owned by Jerome Schnell. There was no loss of personal property in the incident. Four trucks with 15 firemen responded to the scene and were there for about two hours. No one was injured in the incident.
Wednesday at approximately 4:36 p.m. emergency personnel responded to the Singing Hill area of US 150 , which is just north of Roland, for the report of a semi-tractor trailer on its side blocking the roadway. Preliminary investigation reveals that the 2016 Peterbilt semi pulling a box trailer loaded with skids of bricks, was traveling south on US 150. The skids of bricks were not secured inside of the trailer. As the semi traveled around the curves on US 150 the load shifted which caused the semi-tractor trailer roll onto its driver's side and come to rest blocking both lanes of the roadway. The driver, 56 year old Jeffrey Laine, of Louisville KY was transported from the scene by IU Health Ambulance Service. He was then airlifted to U of L for treatment of his injuries, which are unknown at this time. US 150 was closed for four hours while Storks Service Center of Jasper up righted the semi and cleared the debris from the road. Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division is investigating the crash and conducting a post-crash inspection. The investigation is continuing and at the time of the release no charges or citations have been filed. The semi-tractor is owned by NRW, Inc from Louisville, KY and was being operated by Tom Wantye Trucking LLC, Mt. Washington, KY. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Orange and Martin County Sheriff’s Departments, Lost River Fire, Shoals Fire, Orange County Rural District 1 Fire, IU Health and Martin County Alert 1 Ambulance.
A Monroe County man emerged unscatched from a frightening crash Wednesday on State Road 37. At 7:27 a.m., 50 year old Bill Morgan of Bloomington, was driving his 2005 Honda Civic south on State Road 37, near Washboard Road, when he said a deer ran in front of his car. He said he swerved to avoid the deer but overcorrected and lost control of the car and his vehicle ran off the road, then rolled three times. Morgan was able to free himself from the car and refused to be taken to a hospital.
Monday, January 29th, 2018
A much loved Orange County veterinarian died early today at a Louisville hospital as the result of injuries suffered Friday in an outdoor furnace explosion. Emergency responders were dispatched to the Bill McDonald property in Rego at 4:30 p.m Friday, and he was airlifted to Louisville to U of L hospital where he died early Monday morning. Orange Counties other veterinarians, Dr Kelly Kirk and Dr Brad Cooper, had high praise for their fellow veterinarian colleague. All three were just a few years apart at veterinary school. Cooper said he is seeing some of McDonald's clients now on an as-needed basis. Dr McDonald was also a Paoli School Board member.
A Lawrence County man was injured after he lost control of his 2009 Ford F250 at the intersection of M and 18th streets Saturday afternoon. According to a Bedford Police report, 32-year-old Cory Rayhill of Mitchell, couldn't remember what happened at the time of the crash. Police say two witnesses who were traveling south on M Street passed Rayhill at the intersection of 18th Street driving in the opposite direction at a high-rate of speed. The truck crossed over into the southbound lane, left the roadway, striking an electric pole, then a 2013 Hyundai Elantra owned by Ashley Bailey that was parked in a driveway at 1811 M Street. The impact pushed the car into an air conditioning unit and house. The witnesses told police it looked like Rayhill was attempting to turn into the alley but was traveling too fast to do so. Rayhill complained of shoulder pain and may have suffered a broken collar bone. He was taken by an IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance to the hospital for treatment.
The Jasper police department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the driver of a vehicle that left the scene of an accident at 8th and Jackson streets Friday. The suspect vehicle struck a gray 2011 Toyota 4Runner parked on the west side of Jackson street sometime between 7:15 a.m. and 4:10 p.m.If anyone witnessed the accident or can identify the driver contact the police department at 812-482-2255 or anonymously at 812-481-2677 (COPS).
Friday, January 26th, 2018
The Hoosier National Forest will reopen its caves this summer. In 2009, the forest closed the caves in an effort to combat the spread of white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that threatens the bat population in the U.S. and Canada. According to a press release, biologists have determined that since the fungus has now spread throughout Indiana, neighboring states and beyond, a year-round closure of caves is not an effective means for protecting the forest’s bat population. Caves will still be closed from Sept. 1 to April 30. However the public can enter and explore the caves from May 1 through Aug. 31. Anyone who enters the caves when they are closed may be fined $5,000 or face imprisonment of no more than six months. Explorers are asked to remember proper cave etiquette and safety. The public is reminded to never go caving alone and to tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Carry appropriate equipment including multiple light sources and a first aid kit. Also don’t forget to take food and water. More information on caving safety can be found online at https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/cave-safety.
A man who was shot outside a home in November by the homeowner has now been arrested for attempted robbery. 21 year old Dillon Burton, of State Road 37, was wanted on a warrant for attempted robbery, a Level 3 felony. When he was arrested Thursday, he was also dealt on-site charges of dealing a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of Schedule IV controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance. According to a previous Times-Mail story, Bedford Police said a man, who lived at home in the 2400 block of M Street, heard noises outside on Nov 26. DeWees said the man grabbed a gun and checked the back door. The man told police found another man who frightened him, so he shot him. The man, who police have identified as Burton, was shot in the head and taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for treatment. Burton has now been booked into the Lawrence County Jail.
Thursday, January 25th, 2018
The man arrested after allegedly firing a gun at a county highway employee near Pine Ridge Elementary was formally charged in Dubois County Circuit Court Wednesday. 76 year old Virgil L. Crews, 76, of Pine Ridge Road, is facing five counts from the incident that involved a seven-hour standoff at his rural home. According to Indiana State Police, the incident began when a county highway employee was plowing State Road 64 near Pine Ridge Road and had turned north onto Pine Ridge Road. He allegedly noticed a man standing outside Pine Ridge Road motioning at him. The county employee told police he thought the man wanted him to plow snow from in front of a set of mailboxes so he positioned the plow in front of the mailboxes to remove the snow. As he drove forward and passed the man, the driver said the man gestured at him and grabbed his crotch. A moment later, the driver heard something hit the grader and when he realized he had been shot at, he drove to the elementary school and called 911. According to police, the driver suffered abrasions to his left cheek and ear from glass that sprayed from the breaking window. Police said they did not find any evidence indicating the grader had been shot more than one time. When police arrived, it was determined Crews was still in the residence and they began to attempt to contact him to surrender. Police brought family members to the scene to talk with Crews to get him to come out but when that did not work, they decided to breach the home. When the emergency response team entered the home at about 11:13 p.m., they found Crews sitting on his couch. He complied with orders to come to the door and surrendered without further incident. Crews allegedly told police he had never seen the grader and had not been outside except to feed the cats and had never left his porch. During today’s appearance, Judge Nathan Verkamp set bond at $10,000 cash only. Crews’ next court appearance is scheduled for March 5.
Police in Bedford have arrested two Orange County women at the Super 8 Motel after they were found passed out in a vehicle. 52-year-old Deidra Shuler of Orleans is facing charges of public intoxication, possession of meth and marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and 37-year-old Melissa Terry of Paoli is chaged with public intoxication. Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley says that when officers arrived at the motel they found Shuler slumped over inside a vehicle in front of the motel and Terry inside the motel at a computer station. Both women were impaired. When officers were speaking with Shuler she attempted to hide an item in her waistband. The item was a container with burnt marijuana cigarettes inside. Inside the vehicle police found a smoking device that tested positive for meth.
A Huntingburg couple who were arrested after police discovered the couple's child was held in a wooden cage containing a mattress and pan for the child to use to go to the restroom when she was kept there overnight is seeking a change of venue. Police arrested 57-year-old Alan Friz and his wife, 36-year-old Aimee Friz, in October. Alan Friz is a dentist in Huntingburg. Police found the cage, labeled with the child's name, during a search of the couple's home at County Road 700 South. Jasper Attorney Tim Demotte is representing Alan Friz - as well as the Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Quinn agreed that options for a change of venue needed to be explored. One possibility is to select a jury from another county to hear the case. The judge scheduled a hearing for March 9 at 1 p.m. to consider the motion for a change of venue.
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Police in Washington Indiana have made a third arrest in connection with an armed robbery that took place outside Griffith Elementary School. On the 3d of January. 19-year-old Laking Clay turned himself into police Sunday. He is facing charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and Conspiracy to commit armed robbery resulting in bodily injury. He is being held in the Daviess County Security Center on $250,000 cash bond. Another suspect, 19-year-old David Redmond of Washington, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery with bodily injury. A juvenile was apprehended shortly after the robbery occurred. Police say two individuals reported they had been assaulted and that $250 and a cellphone were taken.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Tuesday that the state's unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point from the November rate. The state's nemployment rate remained below the national rate of 4.1 percent. With the exception of October 2014, when it was equal to the national rate, the state's unemployment rate has been below the U.S. rate for more than four years. Indiana's labor force had a net decrease of about 14,200 over the previous month, which was a result of about 10,700 unemployed residents no longer seeking employment and a roughly 3,500 decrease in residents employed. Indiana's total labor force is 3.3 million.
It is with very heavy heart that the DNR Law Enforcement Division Director, Lloyd Arnold, his staff, and all Indiana Conservation Officers, report the untimely passing of Major Michael Portteus. "Our agency is shocked from the loss of one of our leaders. I thank all of our citizens, friends, fellow law enforcement agencies and DNR colleagues for their thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We continue to pray for the peace of his family, the entire DNR family and for our family of officers", stated Arnold. Major Michael Portteus died after working for the DNR for nearly 35 years. The DNR said Portteus' passing was "untimely," but didn't offer details about what happened. It's not clear if his death occurred while he was working. Portteus was hired as an Indiana Conservation Officer on August 14th, 1983 assigned to Dearborn County. He was transferred to Jefferson County on September 1, 1992 and again to Greene County in 1992. On September 16, 2001 he was promoted to Lieutenant of records and communication for the DNR Law Enforcement Division. He was promoted to Captain on August 16, 2004 and promoted again to the rank of Major on June 5, 2011. Major Portteus was the recipient of the Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Law Commendation and Medal in 1998, the Director's Leadership Award in 2003 and 2007 and the Governor's Award for Excellence in Service in 2007. Major Portteus received a Letter of Appreciation for Exemplary Performance for his lifesaving efforts while assisting a motorcycle accident victim in 2015. Indiana Conservation Officers will never forget the 34 years of faithful and exemplary service of Major Michael L. Portteus, and he will be sorely missed. Major Portteus's obituary and funeral arrangements can be found here.
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
A 14-year-old Orleans student died from an accidental shooting at a home on East County Road 800 North in Campbellsburg. Rex "Rexie" William Pruett is the son of Rex Pruett and Jessica Hubbard. According to an Indiana State Police report, Rex Sr. and his two children were planning to go outside and do some target practice when the father received a phone call. While he was on the phone, Rexie's sister unintentionally shot Rexie with a .22-caliber handgun. Rex put his son in his vehicle and drove to St. Vincent Salem Hospital where Rexie died from his injury
A Jasper resident was charged a trio of battery-related counts after police responded to a report Saturday morning. The Jasper Police Department sent officers to an apartment at 880 Conrad Avenue at about 4:30 a.m. after getting a report of a battery that had taken place there. Upon arrival, police determined three people had allegedly been battered by 35 year old Wilfredo H. Gonzalez, of the same address. Gonzalez was later located at a nearby residence and taken into custody. Authorities booked Gonzalez into the Dubois County Security Center on a Level 3 felony count of aggravated battery, a Level 5 felony count of domestic battery and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and battery.
The Martin County Board of Commissioners have issued a 10 ton road limit on all county roadways until further notice. Businesses on permitted routes should begin thinking about the permits that they will need and any route modifications that need to be made to comply with the load limit. Contact the Highway Department at (812) 444-5798 with any questions or permit needs. A list of permitted routes can be found here at daviess.org under the Highway Department tab.
Monday, January 22nd, 2018
A Dubois County man was charged with operating while intoxicated after he veered into oncoming traffic and struck two vehicles, including one with four children, Saturday evening. According to police, 74 year old Donald Stewart, of Jasper, was northbound on Newton Street in a 2003 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck at about 7:09 p.m. when he veered left crossing the left-hand turn lane near the 17th Street intersection. He crossed into the opposing traffic lane and sideswiped a 1971 GMC C1500 pickup driven by 34 year old Allan Poe, of Huntingburg. Stewart’s pickup continued in the southbound lane and then struck a 2014 GMC Acadia driven by 33 year old Violet Miller, of Jasper, head on. Miller suffered injuries to her arm and wrist in the head-on collision and was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Passengers in her vehicle including her husband, David, and four juveniles were treated a Memorial Hospital for various minor injuries. Stewart was also taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance for complaints of pain to his chest, head and leg. Police noted Stewart had obvious signs of intoxication at the scene and a subsequent blood draw determined his blood alcohol content was .129 percent. He is facing charges of operating while intoxicated, driving while suspended and driving left of center. Police estimated the S10 had about $5,000 in damages, the GMC C1500 had about $1,000 and the GMC Acadia had about $5,000.
A Pike County man was shot and killed Sunday evening during domestic dispute. According to state police, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call regarding a shooting that had occurred at 306 North 10th Street on Sunday at 11:05 p.m. When officers arrived at the residence they discovered 46 year old Brian White, of Petersburg, had been shot and was killed. Preliminary investigation revealed White and his wife were engaged in a physical confrontation when White allegedly reached for a nearby handgun. His wife also grabbed the handgun and after a brief struggle, she was able to take control of the handgun and shot her husband in self-defense.She then left the residence and ran to a nearby location for help. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. The investigation into the incident is continuing.Petersburg Police and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department are assisting the Indiana State Police in the investigation.
Friday, January 19th, 2018
Mitchell police arrested a woman Thursday after she accused of keeping meth in a vehicle while children were inside. According to Mitchell Police reports, shortly after midnight, a Mitchell Police Department officer assisted an Indiana State Police trooper with a traffic stop on State Road 37, near Arby's. 31 year old Joni Knight of Mitchell was driving the vehicle with two children inside. Troopers found there was a violation of driving conditions on Knight's license. The officers noticed Knight was acting "fidgety, and when police asked Knight to get out the car, police reported she was unable to stand in one spot. When asked if anything illegal was in the car, police reported Knight gave them consent to search. On top of the middle console, in plain sight, was a clear plastic bag with a white rock-like substance inside which field tested positive for meth. Upon a further search of the vehicle, a syringe was found in her purse. Knight is facing charges of possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance, unlawful possession of a syringe, neglect of a dependent, possession of marijuana and violation of driving conditions. While Knight was being booked into the Lawrence County jail, a small baggie was found containing a leafy substance that field-tested positive for marijuana.
A Lawrence County man was arrested Wednesday on multiple drug-related charges. According to Bedford Police reports, At 1:38 p.m., Bedford Police Department officers went to the 1700 block of 14th Street for a report of a domestic issue. When police arrived, they spoke with a woman who accused 40 year old William Edison, of Bedford of taking money and her car keys. The woman accused Edison of becoming violent toward her because she wouldn’t take him to Bloomington and showed police a pill bottle containing a plant substance, which belonged to Edison, and it field-tested positive for marijuana.When police spoke to Edison, he said he got mad and threatened the woman. He also advised he was in possession of syringes, meth and marijuana and showed where they were located. Some of the substances tested for meth. Edison is facing charges of possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana less than 30 grams and unlawful possession of a syringe. Edison was then booked into the Lawrence County jail.
Friday morning at approximately 12:48, Warrick County Sheriff’s Department 911 Dispatch received a call regarding an individual with two knives that was threatening people at Governor Boon Square Apartments in Boonville. Two Boonville City Police officers arrived within two minutes and observed a male subject with two knives on the south side of the apartment complex. The individual was told to drop the knives, but he refused and kept walking toward the officers. One officer discharged his Taser several times, but it was ineffective. The individual continued to approach the officers and refused to drop the knives. The second officer discharged his firearm striking the suspect. Officers immediately contacted an ambulance and started to treat the individual for his injuries. He was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville where he died from his injuries. The subject has now been identified as 58 year old Marshall Coleman of Booneville.
Thursday, January 18th, 2018
An early Wednesday fire destroyed an rural Orleans residence. At 6:42 a.m. firefighters from Orange County Rural District I and II were called to a house fire in the 7600 block of County Road 750 North .When firefighters arrived there were flames shooting from the second story of the home. With the brutal temperatures West Banden and Marion Township Volunteer Fire Departments were called to the scene to assist with water supply. Firefighters say there were no injures, but the home was destroyed. Firefighters were on the scene just past 9am. Assisting at the scene was Orange County EMA as well as the American Red Cross.
During the week of January 22th through the 26th, Indiana State Police officers will join their colleagues with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Illinois State Police and Michigan State Police, along with the organization Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) to educate motorists about the signs of human trafficking and to enforce laws that crack down on traffickers. “The Indiana State Police Department has been working with Truckers Against Trafficking since 2015. The goal of this week-long, multi-state human trafficking initiative is to raise awareness and educate individuals in positions to observe human trafficking taking place. Individuals such as commercial motor vehicle drivers, public transportation company employees, rest area attendants and truck stop employees are a force multiplier that can act as the eyes and ears on Indiana’s highways,” said Major Jon Smithers, Commander of the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. To report human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733.
Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
Shortly after 6:30 pm Tuesday evening. the Washington County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a domestic situation with weapons at 102 Lapping Road, Hardinsburg, in Washington County. When deputies and troopers arrived on the scene they made contact with a male subject who stated he was the one who called 911. He stated he and his ex-wife, 49 year old 49 year old Katrina E. Heath, had been arguing earlier in the evening and he left the residence to run errands. He stated when he returned home his ex-wife threatened him with a firearm and allegedly fired a round from the gun. He stated he left the home and called 911. The female was allegedly in the home by herself. A perimeter was set up around the home and shortly after this Indiana State Police Negotiators and SWAT members arrived. At 9:18 pm, Katrina Heath was taken into custody last night by officers and incarcerated at the Washington County Jail on the charges of Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm, Intimidation, Pointing a Firearm, Resisting Law Enforcement and Attempted Murder. .
Police in Seymour are requesting the public's help in locating 28-year-old Jathon Donavan Phillips who is wanted on charges of intimidation with a deadly weapon and battery after injuring a woman. Phillips, of Seymour, is also facing charges maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police were alerted to the incident after a woman went to Schneck Medical Center for treatment of her injuries Thursday afternoon. The woman told police she was attacked by Phillips at the Knights Inn on North Sandy Creek Drive. Police say Phillips is also wanted for questioning for his possible his involvement in multiple additional criminal investigations. Any information on Phillps, contact the Seymour Police Department at 812-522-1234 or call 911.
Health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in Indiana this season has doubled to 50 as of the first week of 2018. The Indiana State Department of Health says in its weekly influenza report for the period ending Dec. 6 that 36 of the deaths occurred among people age 65 or older, compared with 16 deaths in that age group being reported through Dec. 30. Ten other deaths have occurred in the 50-64 age group, three in the 25-49 age group and one in the 5-24 age group. The report says flu activity is widespread across the state. Several Indiana hospitals have taken precautions to prevent the spread of the flu. Those precautions include barring visitors showing flu symptoms and those other than immediate family or other significant persons.
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
West Baden Police Chief Dave Atchison lost his battle to cancer on Thursday Jan. 11.Atchison, 56, of Orleans, passed away surrounded by family and friends at his home.He was born on July 17th, 1961 in Bedford, Indiana to Eugene Atchison and Alma "Melton" Owens. He married Donna Roach on May 4th, 2001 and she survives.Dave was a 1981 graduate of Mitchell High School and following high school, he served our country in the United States Marine Corps from 1980-1989 in the Granada and Bruit conflicts. After being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps, he served in the United States Army Reserves from 1991-1996 and then the United States Army National Guard from 2001-2003. Dave was a member of the American Legion Post 250 in Mitchell, Indiana. Dave was not afraid to work and through the years was employed with the Bedford Parks Department, Orange County Sheriff's Department as Jail Commander and Road Deputy, the French Lick Springs Hotel in Surveillance and the West Baden Police Department, where his most recent position was Chief of Police. He was a former member of the Blue Knights, Legion Riders and an avid motorcycle rider. He was part of the Scuba Team, was a guest instructor at ILEA for Defense Tactics and a certified instructor for Taser and Defense Tactics. He trained with the Evansville Police Department SWAT Team to assist in perfecting his skills as an Active Shooter Instructor.Dave has been practicing Mixed Martial Arts for over 30 years and established Atchison Martial Arts in Orleans, where he taught and mentored both students and at-risk youth on discipline and leadership. He always had high expectations for his students and even higher of his children. He held several black belts in martial arts, they include - Kempo, Kenpo, Issin Ryu, Hapkido, 2nd Degree Tae Kwon Do, blue belt under Royce Gracie, purple belt under Rickson Gracie and a black belt under Carlson Gracie Jr. Dave was a Professor of Carlson Gracie Jr. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Dave is survived by his wife, Donna Atchison, of Orleans; two sons Tyler Atchison and his wife Emily, of Orleans,
Hunter Atchison and his wife Chelsie, of Orleans; one daughter Amanda Blanton and husband Nick, of Orleans; one brother Roland "Bub" Atchison and wife Linda, of Mitchell; two sisters Darlene Irwin and husband Kenny, of Mitchell and Glenda Duncan and husband Larry, of Mitchell; seven grandchildren Payton Blanton, Carter Allen, Payton Atchison, Hanlea Atchison, Linley Atchison, Easton Blanton, and Hadlea Atchison.A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be conducted by Kirby Stailey at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 20th, at Unity Hall Orleans Christian Church in Orleans. Friends may call Friday, January 19th, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Unity Hall Orleans Christian Church in Orleans, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Atchison Martial Arts for existing and continuing costs in memory of Dave's legacy as a teacher of discipline and leadership to the youth of his community, as well as the at-risk youth of the community. Donations can be sent to: Atchison Martial Arts, 360 North Second Street, Orleans, IN 47452. Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Homes, 9640 W. State Road 56, French Lick, Indiana 47432.
A Washington woman is accused of striking a Jasper Police Officer after she was accused of shoplifting. Saturday morning, 34-year-old Mistee Starr Hayes was detained by Walmart security for taking some clothing and reading glasses valued at $88. When Jasper Police arrived to arrest her, Hayes struck the officer while attempting to resist arrest. Hayes is facing preliminary charges of theft, resisting law enforcement, and battery. She was also arrested on a Dubois County warrant for contempt of court. She is being held on $5,500 bond in the Dubois County Security Center.
Longtime Orleans firefighter Norman "Red" Cundiff and Chief Brent Elliot were recently honored for their many years of service. Cundiff most recently served as safety officer and assistant fire administrator for the department. Longtime firefighter and Chief Brent Elliott recently retired after 34 years of outstanding service to the Town of Orleans and its citizens. Both men were honored by town officials with a special resolution and plaque. Elliott was also given a badge.
Thursday, January 11th, 2018
SALEM (Jan. 10, 2018) – Sen. Erin Houchin has filed with the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office for re-election to the State Senate. Houchin is currently serving in her first term, and represents District 47, which includes Crawford, Orange, Harrison, Perry and Washington counties, and eastern Dubois County. Houchin helped to create balanced budgets for Indiana every year of her term and voted to support a Balanced Budget Amendment to Indiana’s State Constitution. For her work on expanding access to affordable and efficient broadband services to underserved areas, she was named ‘Legislator of the Year’ in 2015 by the Indiana Broadband and Technology Association. Houchin currently serves on the Commerce & Technology, Elections, Family & Children Services, Tax & Fiscal Policy, and Utilities Committees, and is a former Chairman of the Indiana Commission for Improving the Status of Children. She also serves as the Assistant Majority Whip for the Republican Caucus. She lives in Salem with her husband, Dustin, and their three children.
Monday, January 8th, 2018
State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) announced the filing of Senate Bill 221, aimed at combatting the increasing drug epidemic in Indiana by reforming usage practices for Indiana’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (INSPECT). This legislation has been included on the Senate Majority Caucus’ 2018 Agenda and Gov. Eric Holcomb’s 2018 Next Level Agenda. INSPECT allows a prescriber of opioids or benzodiazepines to search a patient’s previous prescription history to determine if they are “doctor shopping” for multiple prescriptions, are using their prescriptions at a rate higher than prescribed, or are at risk for an overdose. Currently, registration and regular searches of the INSPECT system are voluntary.SB 221 would require practitioners who wish to prescribe opioids or benzodiazepines to register with INSPECT and perform mandatory searches, which will be phased in over a three-year period.Prescribers in emergency rooms and pain management clinics would be required to register and search by Jan. 1, 2019, all prescribers in hospital settings would be required to participate by Jan. 1, 2020, and all other prescribers would be required by Jan. 1, 2021. Houchin represents Crawford, Orange, Harrison, Perry and Washington counties as well eastern Dubois County.
The Gibson County Sheriff’s Department took a St. Anthony couple into custody late Friday night and accused them of attempted burglary and criminal trespass. According to a police report, a deputy performing extra patrol of a residence in the 4000 block of South Gibson County Road 550W in the Owensville area at 11:35 p.m. observed a maroon 1998 GMC pickup parked on the property that did not belong there. The deputy had been patrolling and watching the area because of several thefts that had occurred in recent weeks. Upon entering the property, the deputy located 36-year-old Humberto Palma and 31-year-old Tosha Sisk, both of St. Anthony, inside one of the buildings. The deputy held them there at gunpoint until back-up officers could arrive. After an investigation, both Palma and Sisk were transported to the Gibson County Jail. Both were preliminarily charged with felony attempted burglary and misdemeanor criminal trespass.
A traffic stop early Saturday morning resulted in a Spencer County man being accused of impaired driving. The Huntingburg Police Department stopped a Honda CR-V driven by 30 year old Sean Muldoon, of Dale, at 4:27 a.m. at Fourth and Chestnut streets after allegedly observing Muldoon fail to yield the right of way at a highway. Police allege Muldoon’s blood alcohol content tested .15 percent.Authorities booked Muldoon into the Dubois County Jail at 5:53 a.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of drunken driving. Muldoon posted bond that afternoon.
Thursday, January 4th, 2017
A dump truck accident caused damage to utility poles and phone lines on Mill Creek Road Wednesday near Mitchell. According to police reports, at 9:56 a.m., 61-year-old Carl W. Duncan, of Bedford, was pulling out from the back entrance of Lehigh Cement Co. onto Mill Creek Road in a white 1991 Mack registered to Turner Heavy Haul. He forgot to lower his dump bed, which caused the truck to get caught on phone lines. The truck broke two poles, tore down phone lines and damaged a fiber optic cable. The accident caused an estimated $25,001 to $50,000 worth of damage.
Friday, December 29th, 2017
A Lawrence County teen was taken to a hospital after a crash on State Road 158 West early this morning. At 12:04 a.m., 18 year old Hailey Miller of Bedford was driving east on State Road 158 West, just east of Lavender Lane, in a green 2005 Ford Escape. She said she looked down at her cellphone, which caused her to cross over the center line. The car eventually ran off the road, struck a utility pole, then hit a fence. Miller suffered a laceration, abrasions and contusions to her face. She was taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital by ambulance
Police say 275 syringes were found during a traffic stop Wednesday that resulted in the arrests of two people. According to police reports, at 10:56 p.m., a Mitchell Police Department officer was on patrol when he noticed a vehicle run through a stop sign at the intersection of Teke Burton Drive and Main Street. After the officer turned on his lights, Johnson said the vehicle continued on for another block, then stopped at Camelot Court. 39 year old Thomas Moffitt, of Boonville Moffitt was the driver and his passenger was 40 year old Piper Brown of Evansville. Police reported that Moffitt said he lost his wallet and didn’t have his license on him. Moffitt was wanted on a warrant from Vanderburgh County. In addition police noticed a digital scale in the middle console which contained residue that tested positive for meth. Brown also hid two baggies containing a drug substance in a body cavity and the substance tested positive for meth.In addition, police reported they found 275 syringes in the vehicle. More than 7 grams of meth was found during the stop.Moffitt and Brown were then booked into the Lawrence County jail.
Thursday, December 28th, 2017
A Dubois County resident wanted on numerous felony and misdemeanor warrants is facing additional charges after he allegedly resisted arrest and was found in possession of methamphetamine. A Jasper officer recognized 24 year old Jacob Hundley, of Jasper at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when he saw him sitting in a vehicle at the Circle A gas station at 1402 Newton Street. The officer knew Hundley had several warrants for his arrest and made contact with him. However, Hundley allegedly jumped out of the vehicle and took off running, but officers were able to catch him in the middle of Newton Street. During the arrest, officers allegedly found Hundley in possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia and he was belligerent and disorderly at the scene. According to police, after Hundley was placed in the police vehicle, he took off his seatbelt and attempted to escape while the officer was walking around to get into the driver’s seat. Hundley continued to be belligerent and disorderly at the Dubois County Jail where he was resisting and refusing to comply with jail staff. Hundley was wanted on warrants for three felony counts of intimidation, as well as criminal recklessness, reckless driving, a second petition to revoke work release and failure to appear for possession of marijuana. He was charged with two counts of resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, escape and disorderly conduct.
A “seamless transition” is what Mike Elliott, from the Jasper Group, said is planned as it assumes operations at the Paoli Inc. production plant that had appeared to be on its way to standing empty on the south side of Orleans.A formal announcement was made Thursday that the Paoli Inc. building has new owners and has what an Orange County Economic Development Partnership news release referred to as “a revitalized purpose.” The Jasper Group plans to expand its furniture production operations at the 1.2 million-square-foot facility early next year.
Wednesday, December 27th, 2017
Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham issued the following statement regarding an officer involved shooting on Christmas Eve. At approximately 1:49 a.m. Sunday, Lawrence County Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 559 Old Buddha Road. The caller told dispatchers that her daughter, Anita Keller, left the house to go outside. When the caller noticed her daughter had not returned, she searched for her daughter without success and heard a gunshot. She returned to the house and called 911. The caller told the dispatcher she feared her daughter had shot herself. Three officers from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene along with an AMR ambulance crew, which was directed to stage nearby. Based on the report to the dispatcher, the officers anticipated they were searching for an individual with a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound. During a search behind the residence, officers heard movement in a field and located Keller on the ground and armed with a handgun. Officers immediately found cover and ordered Keller to abandon the weapon and surrender to the officers. These demands occurred multiple times during an encounter exceeding nine minutes in duration. Keller repeatedly refused to drop the weapon, threatened to shoot officers and bystanders, and pointed the gun at officers. Keller then left her original position and approached the officers while armed. When Keller approached closely enough that officers' cover was ineffective, She again refused to drop the weapon. Officers fired at Keller and she fell to the ground. Officers provided immediate assistance and summoned the ambulance crew from the staging area to the seen of the shooting. A small semi-automatic handgun was found beside Keller. Another weapon was found in the vicinity of Keller's position. Keller was transported by air ambulance to a Louisville hospital. Based on reports from medical personnel, Keller remains hospitalized and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Two officers who discharged weapons at the scene have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an incident investigation. Additional details will be released upon conclusion of the investigation. A report will be filed with the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office to determine if criminal charges should be filed against Keller for pointing a firearm at the officers.
Two Indianapolis residents were arrested in Williams after they stole a vehicle out of Marion County. According to Lawrence County Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults, deputies were alerted about the stolen 2003 Chevrolet Suburban after Bedford Police received information that the vehicle's GPS said the vehicle was on State Road 450 near Williams. A deputy spotted the vehicle near WIlliams Dam and stopped the driver a short time later. 37-year-old Larry Thompson and his passenger as 38-year-old Nichole Thompson, both of Indianapolis. Both were arrested and taken to the Lawrence County Jail on auto theft charges. Larry was also wanted on a warrant out of Marion County for petition to revoke probation. Nichole was also charges with false informing after she gave police a fake name and trafficking with an inmate after she was found to be hiding a glass smoking device inside her body. The stolen vehicle was towed from the scene and is being held pending Marion County's investigation.
Indiana was added to the list of states with widespread flu activity. The Centers for Disease Control on Friday said that Indiana is among 23 states which have been hit hard by the flu this season. Doctors say a flu shot can still help, even if the vaccine this year is a little less effective than in years past. Meanwhile, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky are also reporting widespread flu activity
Friday, December 22nd, 2017
A Lawrence County woman was taken to a hospital after a crash on Tunnelton Road Thursday morning. According to police reports, At 11:51 a.m 39-year-old Samantha East of Bedford was driving south on Tunnelton Road, between Buddha Bypass Road and Vinegar Hill Road, on a white 2013 Honda mo-ped. She said she hit a pothole, which cause her mo-ped to crash and hit the pavement during the crash. East complained of pain to her upper leg. A witness, who was traveling behind East, said the pothole caused East to crash.
A Lawrence County man was taken to the hospital after an accident on State Road 158 West Wednesday night. According to the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department report, at around 10:49 p.m., 73-year-old James Patton of Springville, was traveling west on State Road 158, near the Salt Creek bridge, in his silver 2005 Buick Century. A witness, who was traveling behind Patton, said Patton’s car crossed back and forth across the center line, then eventually hit a guard rail. The vehicle bounced off the guardrail, then crossed to the other side of the road until it hit another guard rail. The witness reported the tires were still spinning, even after the car hit the rail. In addition, the witness reported it looked like Patton was having a seizure. Patton suffered a possible heart attack. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and he was wearing a seat belt.
Thursday, December 21st 2017
The Jasper Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash at approximately 3:44 p.m. Wednesday. The suspect vehicle is a red Ford F-150 that should have significant damage to the right front passenger side of the truck. The accident occurred at the corner of Tealwood Drive and Leawood Drive. The suspect vehicle was last seen eastbound on Tealwood Drive.Anyone with information regarding this accident is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or the tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS). All calls can remain anonymous.
Two men involved in stealing the credit card information of hundreds of victims by planting skimming devices at gas stations were sentenced in federal court recently. 30 year old Roberto Moner, of Louisville, was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess counterfeit or unauthorized access devices, possession of counterfeited or unauthorized access devices, conspiracy to produce, use, and traffic in one or more counterfeit access devices, possession of device-making equipment, and aggravated identity theft. In November 2017, Moner’s co-defendant, 45 year old Adianez Herrera, of Louisville, was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment by Judge Young for the same charges. In December 2015, the Jasper Indiana Police Department received information that a victim had her credit card information compromised. Law enforcement later learned that Moner installed card-skimming machines at gas stations in the Jasper Indiana vicinity. Using the skimming devices, he was able to obtain information from the credit card and download the information onto other stolen or counterfeit cards to make illegal purchases. Moner and Herrera used the counterfeit and stolen cards to make purchases worth thousands of dollars in the Jasper area .This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, FBI and Jasper Indiana Police Department
Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
Paoli Town officials are planning a grand re-opening of a historic Paoli Bridge. The bridge has been closed since Christmas Day in 2015 when Mary Lambright drove a tractor-trailer across the historic bridge, causing it to collapse. Lambright entered a blind plea of guilty to the reckless operation of a tractor-trailer; operating a vehicle over a bridge, causeway or viaduct while weighing more than maximum weight; disregarding an official traffic control device; and operating a motor vehicle in violation of restriction in March. She apologized to everyone in Orange County saying that it was "a terrible mistake" and she never intended to cause the damage. Lambright said when she crossed the bridge that connects Lick Creek in downtown Paoli, she didn't realize her semi was too tall and too heavy for the bridge to support it. Orange County Commissioner Richard Dixon says the restoration project is nearly complete. Crews are currently installing reinforced entryways on both sides of the bridge that will prevent damage from any over-sized vehicles in the future. Weather is going to play a factor on the completion but it’s hopeful for an opening of the bridge in January. Estimates put the cost of the repairs at about three-quarters of a million dollars
The Washington County Sheriff's Department is looking for a missing teen. 17-year-old Savannah's Franke’s family told police she was last seen on Tuesday in Washington County. Savannah's family has reason to believe she has ran away. Savannah may also be in the Scott County area. Anyone with information about Savannah is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at (812) 883-5999..
On Tuesday afternoon, Indiana Conservation officers recovered the body of 85-year-old Robert Waters in Richards Lake Tuesday afternoon. Conservation officers utilized Side Scan Sonar and SCUBA divers to determine a vehicle was in fact in the water. The search ended at approximately 8 p.m. on Monday night and resumed early Tuesday morning. Due to the rocky underwater high wall and the vehicle at a depth of 55 feet, the extraction was dangerous and technical in nature. At approximately 3 p.m. a recovery was made. The body of Mr. Waters was recovered by ICO divers. Waters had been the subject of a Silver Alert that was issued on Friday, December 15th. Other Agencies on the scene included the Greene County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, Dugger Police Department, Greene County Coroner, UDWI REMC, and Ken's Westside Wrecker Service
Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Authorities in Orange County arrested five individuals early Sunday morning after being called to a home on Marshall Road concerning someone shooting a gun in the area. When Orange County Deputies and Indiana State Police arrived, multiple individuals ran into a wooded area behind the residence. The Orange County Sheriff's Department, State Police and Paoli Police searched the woods with the assistance of Paoli's K-9 Unit and apprehended Chandra Brown, Larry Warren, Jeffrey Brooking Jr and two men named David Bennett. All five are facing drug related charges after police found drugs inside the home.
Indiana Conservation officer will continue searching a body of water at the Greene-Sullivan State Forest this morning . Conservation Officer Nathan Lutz cannot say if the search is in related to the silver alert for Robert G. Waters, of Linton. Conservation Officers Mike Gregg and Matt Landis were patrolling the area around 3:30 p.m. Monday when they found evidence that a vehicle may have driven off the road into a body of water in Greene-Sullivan State Forest. Conservation officers, as well as State Police and Greene County Sheriff's Department personnel, were on site while a boat scanned for objects beneath the water on Monday. Officers in a boat used side scan sonar technology, to look for the vehicle. After finding what they believed to be the vehicle about 65 feet below the surface around 7 p.m. divers were sent into the water. Officers dragged the lake bottom until search efforts concluded around 7:50 p.m.
A Ferdinand man was arrested on charges of child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, child seduction and dissemination of matter harmful to a minor. Police arrested 50-year-old Rudy Wayne Riley, at 2 p.m. Thursday after a complaint regarding the alleged activities was reported to the Division of Family and Child Services. Ferdinand Police Department say the case remains under investigation.
Monday, December 18th, 2017
Bedford Fire Fighters responded to a house fire Friday. According to reports, Bedford Fire Department responded to 1920 J St in Bedford after dispatchers from the Bedford Police Department received a call at 7:23 p.m. A neighbor had called and reported flames bursting out of the house. Residents of the house were not at home at the time. Firefighters though rescued a dog from the structure. No information was released on who lived in the home but the property is believed to be owned by Tim Fleenor.
Jasper Police arrested a man on six counts connected to domestic battery incidents that occurred between October and December. According to police reports, on Sunday, Jasper Police were contacted about a female victim that had been allegedly beaten and strangled multiple occasions during that time frame. After an investigation into the allegations was completed, officers took 24 year old Michael Fryou, of Baden Strasse, into custody. Police charged Fryou with three Level 6 felony counts of domestic battery, two Level 6 felony counts of strangulation and one Level 6 felony count of intimidation. He was booked into the Dubois County Jail. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the incident.
A Dubois County grass fire spread to and consumed an Oldsmobile on Saturday afternoon. Units of the St. Henry Volunteer Fire Department were called at 5:26 p.m. to the Bill Beier residence at 854 W. 1100S in St. Henry. According to a police report, a controlled burn at the location had not been called into dispatch. The homeowner burning the brush went inside at one point and the fire spread into grass and under a 2000 Oldsmobile, catching it on fire. Two St. Henry firefighters driving by the residence spotted the fire and reported it using a cellphone. The Oldsmobile that had been engulfed in flames was destroyed and was being used as a salvaged parts car. Firefighters extinguished the car fire and the blaze that burned a 50-by-100 area in the grass. Four trucks and 13 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.
Friday, December 15th, 2017
An investigation into the forgery of a prescription resulted in the service of arrest warrants on two women Thursday. On September 29, Master Trooper Brian LaRoche received a complaint of a prescription being altered and passed. LaRoche learned that 53-year-old Kimberly Feltner of Holland had received a prescription for medication, and had allowed her sister, 59-year-old Pamela Hoffman of Loogootee, to alter the number of pills Feltner was supposed to receive. LaRoche found that after changing the quantity of the prescription, Feltner passed the prescription, received the additional medication, and split the quantity with Hoffman.LaRoche received arrest warrants from the Dubois County Superior Court on both Feltner and Hoffman and they were arrested and charged with Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, Level 6 Felony. Feltner and Hoffman were arrested without incident and booked into the Dubois County Jail.
Earlier this morning, the Indiana State Police DES and ISP Bloomington District A.C.E.S. (Aggresive Criminal Enforcement Section) led a criminal patrol in Monroe County. Just after 1:30 AM Sgt. Greg Day and Trp. Matt Harris conducted a traffic stop of a 2011 Ford F150 truck for a speeding violation. The violation occurred on SR 46, just east of SR 446. During the course of the stop, indicators of criminal activity were observed. Upon Trp. Allen Deel’s arrival, his canine Drogos was deployed. A positive alert was given for the presence of narcotics in the truck. Troopers then located almost ¼ pound of methamphetamine. The drugs were found hidden, wrapped in plastic inside an opened but full five gallon bucket of drywall mud. Arrested was 47 year old Michael Tucker, of Bloomington - Dealing Methamphetamine (Level 2 Felony) and Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 3 Felony). Anyone with illegal drug information is encouraged to contact the Bloomington Indiana State Police Post at 812-332-4411. Your tip can remain anonymous and could save lives!
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
A man was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Lawrence County on Saturday night. , 45-year-old Mitchell Nusbaum, of Williams was traveling east on Pumphouse Road and approaching Redman Drive in his 2011 Ford F-250 when he ran his truck off the left side of the road striking a Duke Energy electric pole . Police say Nusbaum had the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and person and his eyes were blood shot and he was unsteady on his feet. He was given a protable breath test at the scene what was positive for alcohol. Nusabaum complained of back pain was taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment and a blood alcohol test. That blood sample was sent to the IU Department of Toxicology and those results are pending. A warrant was requested for Nuasbaum's arrest pending the results of that test.
A sleepy driver caused a crash on U.S. 231 north of Jasper Monday afternoon. According to the Dubois County Free Press, 51 year old Mark L. Bailey, of , Bloomfield, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2008 Ford F-250 at about 4:25 p.m. when he nodded off. According to police, his truck traveled over the centerline about a 1000 feet north of Old Road 45 and sideswiped an oncoming 2016 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Steven L. Arvin, 56, of Loogootee. After the collision, Bailey’s truck stopped off the west side of the highway facing south and Arvin’s Chevrolet stopped off the east side of U.S. 231 facing north. Deputies estimated both trucks had about $5,000 in damages. Bailey’s Ford was towed from the scene by a Uebelhor and Sons wrecker. There were no injuries, .
A Lost River Township saturation patrol resulted in the arrest of a French Lick man. During the early morning hours Thursday, Martin County Sheriff Travis Roush and Martin County Deputies Tyler Reed and John Wright conducted a saturation patrol in Lost River Township. At 12:55 a.m., Deputy Reed saw a vehicle commit a moving violation near the intersection of Emmons Ridge Road and Hillham Road. Deputy Reed conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, 31-year-old Robert "Bobby" G. Roach II. Sheriff Roush and Deputy Wright arrived, shortly thereafter, to assist. Deputy Reed utilized his narcotics-certified K9 Virka for a free air sniff of the exterior of the vehicle. K9 Virka, who gave a positive indication at the front driver's side door for the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and found a pill bottle containing a white residue. The residue field tested positive for meth. A hand-rolled cigarette was also located which contained a green leafy plant-like substance that field tested positive for marijuana. Roach was arrested and taken to the Martin County Jail. During the book-in process, a jailer found Roach had on his person a cellophane wrapper which contained meth. Roach is facing charges of possession of meth, trafficking with an inmate, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.
Monday, December 11th, 2017
Dubois County deputies are investigating a hit-and-run that occurred in the parking lot of Happy Hour, 6679 E. State Road 164, Celestine, Sunday, December 10, 2017. Deputies responded to the incident at about 6:45 p.m. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 812-482-3522.
Deputies made an arrest Saturday after a vehicle left the scene of a crash that occurred on U.S. 231 south of Huntingburg. According to authorities, 22 year old Hector Velasquez, of Indianapolis, was northbound on U.S. 231 in a 2005 Nissan Altima in the southbound lane at about 10:22 p.m. He later told police he did not realize the four-lane highway reduced to two lanes as it entered the county and thought he was still driving on a one-way. 17 year old Jacob Masterson, of Santa Claus, was southbound in a 2011 Hyundai Sonata and noticed Velasquez oncoming car in his lane. Masterson swerved into the northbound lane to avoid colliding with Velasquez’s oncoming car but Velasquez’s car struck the rear passenger side causing Masterson’s car to go into a ditch. Velasquez then continued northbound on U.S. 231. Officers responding to the scene reported a vehicle with heavy damage was heading toward Huntingburg and a Huntingburg officer and deputy was able to stop Velasquez a short time later. During the stop, the officers noted a strong odor of burnt marijuana and allegedly Velasquez admitted to smoking marijuana and having a pipe in the car. Officers searched the vehicle and located a pipe and marijuana. During the stop, police also determined Velasquez only had a driver’s permit, not a license. Officers charged Velasquez with operating while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a crash, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and cited him for the permit violation. He was booked into the Dubois County Jail.No injuries were reported from the crash. Deputies estimated both vehicles had about $2,500 in damages.
Friday, December 8th, 2017
Wednesday, officers from the Orange County Sheriffs and French Lick Police Departments, investigated a suspicious vehicle and possible drug activity. When arriving on scene the front seat passenger David martin and passenger side rear occupant Adam James both of Louisville had handguns in their possession. Neither had a license to carry and a safety sweep was performed. During the sweep, two more handguns and drugs were found in the seat pouch. A full vehicle search then was performed and while searcging the vehicle, more drugs, scales, ammunition, and syringes were found. More than 40 grams of methamphetamine and 1.2 grams of heroin along with several prescription pills were found. David Martin, Adam James and other passengers Shatanna Silva all from Louisville and Justin Trueslove of Shoals were arrested on multiple charges including dealing methamphetamine, dealing in a schedule 2 controlled substance and unlawful possession of a syringe
A man arrested in 2016 for intimidating a small church south of Birdseye by fire guns and hanging a dog on a stone cross in view of the church congregation was found guilty of two counts of Level 5 felony intimidation and two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct in court today. Josh McBride, of Birdseye, was originally charged with the two counts of intimidation, a Level 6 felony count of criminal recklessness and four misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct. During the conviction, Superior Court Judge Mark McConnell stated that McBride would only face sentencing on a single charge of intimidation which carries a penalty of one to six years in jail. The state attempted to have McBride taken into custody today after the trial but Judge McConnell denied the request stating McBride had not demonstrated he was flight risk and would not hear testimony that he may be a danger to the public. Sentencing was set for January 4, 2018, at 3 p.m.
Thursday, Dec 7th, 2017
Two Lawrence County women were injured Wednesday in a crash on Mitchell Road. Accordibg to police reports, at 7:46 a.m., 24-year-old Brandy Behymer of Bedford was traveling south on Mitchell Road in her red 2001 Honda Civic. As she slowed and was preparing to turn into the parking lot at Animal Care Clinic, she was hit in the rear by a white 2015 Toyota Prius driven 61 year old Leslie Downey of Bedford. Downey said she was traveling south on Mitchell Road, came around a curve and didn’t see Behymer’s vehicle stopped in the road. Witnesses, who were traveling behind Downey, stated Downey never showed signs of slowing down before the impact. Downey complained of chest pain and was taken to a area hospital. Behymer complained of back pain. Behymer was treated at the scene of the crash. Both people were wearing seat belts.
Police say proper child restraints prevented three children from suffering serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash that shut down State Road 162 for about half an hour Wednesday morning. Officers responded to the crash near the intersection of County Road 700 South at about 6:43 a.m. According to authorities, 49 year old Steven Duncan, of English, was driving northbound on State Road 162 when he failed to notice a 2010 GMC Acadia stopped waiting to turn left onto County Road 700 South. Duncan was unable to stop the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier he was driving in time to avoid colliding with the SUV. After the collision, both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane of State Road 162. Duncan was transported from the scene by an ambulance for a report of knee pain. The driver of the Acadia, 30 year old Allison Schneiders, of Troy, and her three children ages 4 years, 3 years and 5 months were all transported from the scene by an ambulance. Schneiders complained of neck and shoulder pain. The children were taken for precautionary reasons but they had no visible injuries, according to police. The highway was shut down for about 30 minutes while police cleared the scene. The Cavalier was considered a total loss while damages to the Acadia were estimated to be about $7,500. Members of the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Ferdinand Police Department, Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department, Dubois County Emergency Medical Services and a Sternberg’s wrecker all responded.
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
On Saturday, at 2:34 PM, while traveling on I-265 westbound, State Trooper Paul Bailey observed a disabled mini-van on I-265 eastbound partially in the fast lane near the 3.5 Mile Marker in Floyd County. Positioned directly behind the van was a plain white Ford Crown Victoria with flashing red and white emergency lights on the rear of the vehicle, and flashing white and amber emergency lights on the front. The white Ford Crown Victoria was completely stationary in the fast lane of Interstate #265 causing a traffic problem. Trooper Bailey made contact with the driver of the Ford Crown Victoria, John William-Michael Ulmer, 23 years old, from Georgetown-Greenville Road in Greenville. During the contact and subsequent investigation Trooper Bailey discovered an alleged police radio in Ulmer’s vehicle. John William-Michael Ulmer was taken into custody and transported to the Floyd County Jail where he is awaiting his first court appearance. He was charged with: Illegal Possession of Police Radio, Class B Misdemeanor; Unlawful Display of Emergency Lights, Class C Misdemeanor; Reckless Driving-Blocking Flow of Traffic, Class C Misdemeanor and Light Restriction Violation, Infraction.
A traffic stop ended with two people in jail after officers determined the passenger was wanted on several warrants in Orange County and the driver had methamphetamine in his hotel room. A Jasper police officer stopped a Dodge Spirit near the intersection of 25th Street and Cathy Lane for allegedly driving 34 mph in a 25 mph speed zone and false and fictitious plates at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. During the stop, officers noted indicators from the driver, Darryl C. Russell, 47, of Jasper, that he was under the influence of methamphetamine. The passenger, 27-year-old Nicole Beavers, of Paoli, was wanted on three warrants out of Orange County. While officers were taking her into custody, officers found about 1.3 grams of methamphetamine and she admitted to concealing a syringe in her pants, police said. Officers also learned that the driver was staying in the Camelot Inn. Police said he admitted to having more methamphetamine in his room and gave consent to officers to search it. During the search, officers found another half a gram of methamphetamine, more syringes, marijuana and paraphernalia.Both subjects were taken to Jasper Police Department and then booked into the Dubois County Security Center
The special Santa Claus holiday postmark is now available at the Santa Claus Post Office. This famous small-town post office is the only one in the world with the Santa Claus name and receives over 400,000 pieces of mail in December. The Santa Claus Post Office has offered the special postmark every holiday season since 1983. Each year, a local high school student designs the special picture postmark for use on Christmas cards and other mail from the Santa Claus Post Office during the holiday season. The 2017 postmark is available only in Santa Claus, Indiana, on working days between now and December 23. Those interested in getting the special cancellation on their holiday mail can find the guidelines here. For more information about the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration and holiday packages, call (888) 444-9252 or visit SantaClausInd.org/Christmas.
Monday, Decemver 4th, 2017
On Saturday at approximately 2:34 PM, while traveling on I-265 westbound, Trooper Paul Bailey observed a disabled mini-van on I-265 eastbound partially in the fast lane near the 3.5 Mile Marker in Floyd County. Positioned directly behind the van was a plain white Ford Crown Victoria with flashing red and white emergency lights on the rear of the vehicle, and flashing white and amber emergency lights on the front. The white Ford Crown Victoria was completely stationary in the fast lane of Interstate 265 causing a traffic problem. Trooper Bailey made contact with the driver of the Ford Crown Victoria, , 23 year old John William-Michael Ulmer, from Greenville. During the contact and subsequent investigation Trooper Bailey discovered an alleged police radio in Ulmer’s vehicle. John William-Michael Ulmer was taken into custody and transported to the Floyd County Jail where he is awaiting his first court appearance.He was charged with: Illegal Possession of Police Radio, Class B Misdemeanor; Unlawful Display of Emergency Lights, Class C Misdemeanor; Reckless Driving-Blocking Flow of Traffic, Class C Misdemeanor and Light Restriction violation, Infraction.
A Lawrence County teen was injured in a on car crash Sunday. According to police reports, 18 year old Kayln Tincher of Bedford was traveling south on Rivervale Road driving a 2004 Pontiac Vibe when a deer came into her path. Tincher swerved left to avoid hitting the deer but went off the left side of the road and struck a tree. Tincher complained of pain to her abdomen and pelvis. Tincher was wearing a seat belt and the vehicle’s airbag deployed. Tincher was cited for operating a vehicle without ever having been licensed.
An off-road vehicle crash Sunday injured an 11-year-old boy in Morgan County. The boy was riding a Monster Moto mini bike and following his grandfather, who was on a lawn mower. The boy attempted to turn around in the roadway when he reportedly pulled in front of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle being operated by 62 year old Wayne Luther, of Indianapolis. The crash occurred on Whetstine Road, just north of Railroad Road, west of Morgantown.Injuries were reported to the 11-year-old’s wrist, torso and leg and was transported to IU Health Morgan County before being transferred to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where he was listed in stable condition. The motorcyclist was not injured. Neither drugs nor alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor in the crash. Neither individual was wearing safety gear at the time it occurred.
Friday, December 1st, 2017
Hunters killed 52 deer during four days of hunting at Spring Mill State Park and its sister property, Cave River Valley, during the Department of Natural Resources' annual controlled deer culls last month. The number falls as an average of the past five deer culls held at the two properties. The hunts were conducted Nov. 13, 14, 27 and 28 at designated parks throughout the state of Indiana. The first two days of the hunts took place before the official start of firearms season. At Spring Mill, 26 deer were killed the first two days of hunting while 20 were taken at Cave River Valley. Two weeks later, the numbers dropped significantly with four deer taken at CRV and only two taken at Spring Mill. Hunters are usually situated every 20 acres with 16 to 18 as the maximum at CRV and 65 the maximum at Spring Mill. The hunts are scheduled, as needed based on research by the Department of Natural Resources, as a way to control the deer population in state parks. Having an overpopulation of deer can be detrimental to the wildlife within the state-owned properties.
A Lawrence County man was arrested on multiple drug charges as the result of a traffic stop Thursday. According to police reports, At 9:34 p.m., a Mitchell Police Department officer pulled over a vehicle at State Road 37 and Stevens Lane for an expired license plate. Another officer also responded to the scene. When police asked if the driver, identified as 32 year old Shane Mathies, of Bedford, had anything in the vehicle, Mathies told them he had a handgun that he didn’t have a permit for. Police also discovered a second gun. In addition, police reported they found pills in a tube in a coat pocket. The pills were only identified as a Schedule II controlled substance. Mathies was preliminarily charged with possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, carrying a handgun without a permit and trafficking with an inmate. He was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 10:15 p.m. While being processed on the jail, officers found meth on Mathies. Hhis bond set at $7,500 surety or $755 cash.
Thursday, November 30th, 2017
A Dubois County resident was arrested Thursday morning on preliminary charges of rape and child molestation after an investigation by Indiana State Police detectives. The department in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Child Services opened the investigation on October 25, 2017, after receiving a complaint of inappropriate contact with a minor that occurred between 2011 and 2015. The complaint alleged that 20-year-old Anthony Neukam of Jasper had sexually forced himself upon a minor female routinely during that timeframe. After a lengthy investigation by ISP and DCS, an arrest warrant was issued for a Level 3 felony count of rape and four Level 3 felony counts of child molestation. Neukam was arrested this/Thursday morning by State Police and Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputies. Neukam is being held in the Dubois County Jail.
A homeowner’s report Wednesday night about someone who appeared to be extremely intoxicated showing up on his front porch resulted in a felony arrest. Jasper Police was called to the 300 block of West 14th Street at 8:55 p.m. after the homeowner reported the unknown male was stumbling around on his porch. The suspect had left on foot by the time officers arrived but police report finding a brown paper bag and a bottle of soda on the porch. The bag contained hypodermic needles, including one bloody, uncapped syringe, and other paraphernalia. Officers then made contact nearby with a male matching the suspect’s description and identified him as 26 year old Jordan Cochran, of Jasper. Cochran had been walking eastbound and had reportedly stepped out into the street as an officer approached. He was allegedly slurring his words and had an abusive attitude. Authorities booked Cochran into the Dubois County Jail at 9:30 p.m. and preliminarily charged him with nine Level 6 felony counts of illegal possession of hypodermic needles and a misdemeanor count of public intoxication.
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
Health officials in Indiana are urging Hoosiers to get their flu shots before the peak flu season which starts in January. 103 people died from influenza between October 2016 and May of this year. According to the Indiana State Health Department's Weekly Influenza Report, 64 Indiana residents experienced influenza-like illnesses during the second week of November. Health officials say anyone over six months old should get a flu shot every year to increase their chances of preventing the flu. Flu shots take at least two weeks to become effective
A Jasper man was charged with child molesting and criminal confinement Tuesday. The Jasper Police Department arrested Alejandro Hernandez, 52, of Reese Street, at 4 p.m. on a Level 1 felony charge of child molestation, a Level 4 felony charge of child molestation and a Level 5 felony count of criminal confinement. Police allege Hernandez was involved in sexual activity with a juvenile over an extended period of time. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 7:35 p.m.
The pretty lit Christmas tree in your home may usher the holidays,, but it also maybe ushering something else. Pest control company Safer Brand says as many as 25,000 bugs can live in one tree. The company says most of the bugs aren't dangerous and will eventually die. But aphids, spiders, mites, praying mantises, bark beetles and sawflies are among the list of bugs that can survive in your home. Safer Brand says it's important to examine your tree for bug nests before buying it and bringing it into your home. They also recommend leaving the tree in your garage for a few days and shaking it out to dislodge any bugs
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be conducting a sobriety check point at an undisclosed location in Dubois County on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Those drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers, and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary. The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol and/or drug impaired and poses a danger to all who use the roadways. Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death annually.
A new program in Martin County is designed to improve access to local law enforcement services. Martin County Sheriff Travis Roush has assigned deputies to each of the county's six townships and Crane Village in order to better address community needs. Benefits derived from this program will include: improved security, increased communication, and safety education. Most importantly, it will promote unity between the community and law enforcement. "This will send a clear message to criminal elements that we stand together to ensure Martin County continues to be a great place to live and raise families," says Sheriff Travis Roush.The approach is designed to better address community needs of law enforcement services. "Our intention is to host brief meetings, twice a year, in respective townships, in a "town hall" informal setting. The length of the gatherings will be as long, or as short as needed," says Sheriff Roush. The sheriff, key staff, the respective township deputy, and other law enforcement officers will attend each town hall meeting with hopes of engaging the public in conversation on how law enforcement services can better serve the community.
Hoosier Uplands through its Community Development and Improvement Program (CDIP) continues to strive to make improvements to local communities. This years grants have been awarded to the Bedford North Lawrence Career Center, Washington County Economic Growth Partnership, the West Baden Colored Church Restoration Project, the Town of Orleans, Orange County Humane Society, Shawswick Township Trustee, YMCA of Washington County, the Town of Shoals, Spring Mill State Park and several sidewalk and other improvements for the Town of Mitchell. "We are currently in the process of the demolition of two more blighted home in Mitchell on Main Street, which will further enhance the look of downtown," says David Miller, Hoosier Uplands Chief Executive Officer. "We already have applications for 2018 which will continue to improve our area in a wide range of ways. The CDIP funds are limited but we try to make the most impact we can with those funds." The CDIP program was created by Hoosier Uplands in 2012 and is funded by non-federal or state tax dollars generated by Hoosier Uplands.
Monday, November 27th, 2017
One man was shot in the head during an incident early Sunday morning in Bedford. According to police reports, a caller reported a male fired a handgun in a house in the 2400 block of M Street at 4:30 a.m. No subsequent threats had been made prior to the shooting, and the victim was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. No one has been arrested in relation to the shooting and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Bedford Police Department at (812) 275-3311.
Bedford Police are investigating a shooting Friday at Kindred Spirits at 1702 L Street. Officers were called to the liquor store around 5 p.m. after a disturbance in the parking lot. Police were unable to provide many details about the incident. Only that a 71-year-old man suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his left bicep and was transport to a local hospital for treatment. The shooter was a 34-year-old man. Police have forwarded their findings to the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office for review. The incident remains under investigation.
Officers with Jasper Police Department working overtime as part of Operation Pull Over arrested two men on drug charges over the weekend. Saturday afternoon, Sgt. Adam Bower and his K-9 partner, Aries, observed a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle in the area of 15th Street and Meridian Road allegedly traveling 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. The operator, 59 year old Stanley Vonderheide, of Jasper, was pulled over in the Kimball Electronics parking lot. During the stop, Bower reported he located methamphetamine in Vonderheide’s possession as well as $805. The money and individual baggies of a white crystal-like substance that tested positive as meth led officers to believe Vonderheide was dealing meth. Authorities booked Vonderheide into the Dubois County Jail on preliminary charges of Level 4 felony dealing methamphetamine and a Level 6 felony count of methamphetamine possession. Later Saturday night, an officer stopped a 2010 Ford Fusion for an inoperable headlight and for allegedly failing to signal a turn. The officer observed the car on U.S. 231 near Hoffman Road at 9:03 p.m. and stopped the vehicle in the Huck’s parking lot. The officer made contact with the driver, 39 year old Dustin Cooper, of Huntingburg, and a 17-year-old passenger. The officer also noted there was a very strong odor of burnt and raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Police searched the vehicle and allegedly found Cooper and the juvenile to be in possession of marijuana. Police said Cooper admitted to smoking marijuana while driving from Huntingburg to Jasper. A certified test at Memorial Hospital determined Cooper had THC, opiates, amphetamines and oxycodone in his system. Cooper was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 1:49 a.m. Sunday preliminary charges of Level 6 felony operating under the influence of a controlled substance with a person under the age of 18 in the vehicle as well as a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession. Police said the 17-year-old passenger was referred to juvenile court and was released to a guardian.
Friday, November 24th, 2017
A Lawrence County teen suffered injuries, after he crashed his car Tuesday. According to police reports, at around 7:10AM, 18 year old Logan Furnace, was traveling on Old State Road 37 in a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze when the car left the roadway on the east side and struck several trees. Furnace suffered a fractured arm. Furnace was wearing a seat belt and was cited for operating a vehicle while never having been licensed.
Jasper police charged a Dubois County man after he was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash and drunken driving Thanksgiving day. Officers responded to the report of a white Ford Bronco that struck a mailbox on Skyview Drive in Jasper and left the scene at about 4:57 p.m. Officers located the Bronco at the Sternberg’s parking lot on U.S. 231 a short time later. They saw the Bronco leave the parking lot heading southbound on U.S. 231. When they attempted to stop the SUV, police say the driver didn’t stop and attempted to flee. A short pursuit ensued until the Bronco crashed into a parked car in the area of McCrillus and Seventh Street in Jasper. The driver, 56 year old Jonathan Eckstein, of Huntingburg, then left the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot however he was taken into custody in a yard in the area. Eckstein was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for medical clearance and a blood draw which determined his blood alcohol content was .15 percent.He was charged with Level 6 felony counts of operating while intoxicated and resisting law enforcement as well as misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of a crash, criminal recklessness and reckless driving. Police booked Eckstein into the Dubois County Jail.
A juvenile is in custody today after a vehicle pursuit ended with his crashing into equipment at a Jasper business Friday morning. The Jasper Police Department was called about a male juvenile taking a 2003 Toyota Matrix from the Baden Strasse area. Police located the vehicle north of Jasper on County Road 500N east of U.S. 231 but the driver attempted to elude them and a pursuit ensued. The vehicle headed south back into Jasper city limits and the pursuit continued until the driver lost control of the car at the 2800 block of Newton Street. The vehicle crashed into all-terrain vehicles at Motorsports by Batteries Now, police said. Authorities then took the juvenile into custody. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
On Tuesday, State troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg went to 1114 Springhouse Lane near Salem to attempt to locate 31 year old Crystal Bryant. She had active arrest warrants for her arrest through Clark and Washington Counties for drug related charges and Resisting Law Enforcement. When officers made contact with Crystal Bryant at her address they also discovered an alleged controlled substance and petitioned the Washington County Superior Court for a search warrant. The search warrant was granted and while searching the residence troopers located approximately five grams of Crystal Methamphetamine, five guns and Paraphernalia in the residence. Crystal Bryant was arrested on the active arrest warrants and also charged with the new charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia. She was incarcerated at the Washington County Jail awaiting her first court appearance. This investigation is continuing.
Indiana State Parks is offering a Black Friday discount unlike any other sale you'd find at big-box retailers. Hoosiers can #optoutside to enjoy the outdoors with discounts and opportunities to win 2018 state park passes and other prizes. Three Black Friday discounts are available to everyone, although two require downloading a coupon. The discounts only apply to Black Friday, Nov. 24. They are: Free admission to any state park or reservoir that charges gate admission on that day. Download a coupon from the Indiana State Parks Facebook page beginning Nov15. Twenty percent off a meal at an Indiana State Park Inn. Download a coupon from the Indiana State Parks Facebook page beginning Nov. 15.A discount on toboggan rental at Pokagon State Park. Rental will be $13 for 90 minutes instead of the usual $13 per hour. Learn more at tobogganrun.com.
People who visit a state park, state reservoir or state forest recreation area on Black Friday can engage in social media and participate in a scavenger hunt to be entered in drawings for prizes. The drawings are: Post a photo to the Indiana State Parks Facebook page from your Black Friday visit to be entered into a drawing for annual passes, lake permits and more. Include the hashtag #optoutside or #optoutsideIN. Post a photo to the Indiana State Parks Facebook page of you and your friends or family camping or staying at an Indiana State Park Inn on Black Friday to be entered into a drawing for camping or inns gift cards. Include the hashtag #optoutside, #optoutsideINN or #optoutsideCAMP with your post. Complete an #optoutside scavenger hunt at stateparks.IN.gov/3282.htm and return it to the email or address on the page to be entered in a separate drawing for 2018 annual passes. Everyone who posts a photo or participates in the scavenger hunt will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a gift pack from the outdoor gear retailer REI in Castleton. The local REI store is a supporter of the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation and Indiana State Parks.Hit the outdoors after you are finished shopping to decompress or just go straight outdoors.Outdoor gear retailer REI started the #optoutside initiative in 2015, announcing it would close its stores on Black Friday to encourage people to experience nature instead of waiting in long lines at cash registers. For more information, visit rei.com/opt-outside.
The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds Hoosiers to travel safely and plan more driving time during the busy Thanksgiving travel holiday. AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving from November 22 through November 26, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. Hoosier Helpers sponsored by State Farm will patrol urban interstates in Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana and Southern Indiana near Louisville during heavy travel periods this holiday. Most highway maintenance activities and construction projects will halt work this holiday weekend to increase roadway mobility and safety. INDOT directs its contractors to pull back barriers and barricades to the safest extent possible to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic. Some restrictions will remain in place due to ongoing road construction
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
The Orleans Town Water Department will be flushing hydrants through Wednesday. This may cause a temporary discoloration of the water. The water is safe for drinking but may discolor clothes washed in it. Residents should flush their systems by running fixtures, including the washing machine etc. until the water clears. The town regrets any inconvenience these process may cause, and thanks residents for their patience and cooperation. Questions may be directed to the Orleans Town Offices at (812) 865-2539.
This Thanksgiving will usher in the highest volume of travelers for the week of Nov. 23 in the past five years, according to figures from American Automobile associated. AAA has projected 51 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home for the holiday. With this rise in traffic, travel times in some U.S. cities could be as much as three times longer than a normal trip.
If you're looking to buy a live Christmas tree, you may want to do it sooner rather than later. There's a shortage of Christmas trees all over the country, but it's really hitting one Evansville business hard. WFIE TV says the owner of Goebel Farms told them all types of live trees are running low, but especially the Fraser Fir trees. Larry Goebel says his supplier boosted the cost of their tree shipments for the first time in 15 years. He also says this is the first year they've had to raise the price of the Fraser Fir's out in the field since their supply can't keep up with the demand. Goebel says everybody wants to go natural, and it takes probably 10 to 15 years to grow the trees. He says people don't realize that it doesn't just happen overnight.
Monday, November 20th, 2017
A Lawrence County man was arrested early this morning by Bedford police on drug charges.38 year old Lucan McPherson, Mitchell, was arrested at 12:35 a.m. today on two counts of possession of dealing methamphetamine and two counts of possession of methamphetamine. He was also charged on site with possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe. He is listed in the Bedford Police Department log as living at 4923 State Road 37, but is listed as homeless in the Lawrence County Police Department jail bookings. He was arrested by Bedford Police Department officers at home at 2017 G St.According to Bedford Police, officers attempted to locate McPherson because he was wanted on warrants for the dealing and possession charges and took him into custody after finding him hiding in a closet.For his two dealing and possession of methamphetamine charges, McPherson has a $50,000 surety or $5,000 cash bond. His secondary bond is $755 for his on site charges.
A Dubois County man received the maximum fine allowable for illegally dumping 32 bags of trash into a Dubois County waterway. The Dubois County Commissioners decided to fine Blake Merter of St. Anthony the maximum fine of $1,000 for the dumping and added $375.22 to cover the cost of the county resources used to clean it up. According to Carla Striegel-Winner, director of the Dubois County Solid Waste District, Merter would have had to pay $32 to the waste district to dispose of the trash bags. Since a portion of the trash was recyclable, the cost could have been less since the county doesn’t charge for recyclables. The $32 disposal fee was included in the total Merter was fined.The incident began on August 6 when a resident reported a trash dump along Huntingburg’s First Street near Bruner Creek. When Deputy Tim Lampert responded to the area, he noted it was a large dump and the trash was in the creek. With the recent rain though, Bruner Creek’s water level was up and the trash had been pushed downstream. Conservation officers were able to determine the bags belonged to Merter due to his name being found on pieces of mail inside all the bags dumped. According to Lampert, when he spoke with Merter, the St. Anthony man admitted to dumping the trash. In trash court Monday, Merter apologized for his actions.
Strong wind gusts were reported to be a factor in a Saturday morning crash that injured an Ireland man and totaled his car. 55 year old James A. Michl, of Ireland Indiana, was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix at around 7:55 a.m.when Michl told deputies, a gust of wind caused him to lose control of his vehicle. The National Weather Service in Louisville is reporting that wind gusts reached 39 mph Saturday in Dubois County and hit 50 mph and higher in five Kentucky counties in the office’s coverage area. Deputies said Michl’s car traveled off the northwest corner at the intersection and struck a ditch line. That impact caused the car to roll multiple times before it stopped upright facing south. Michl complained of head and shoulder pain. He was transported by ambulance for treatment at Memorial Hospital. The Ireland Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.
Friday, November 17th, 2017
A routine traffic stop led to a drug arrest in Salem Monday. According to police reports,Salem City Police initiated a traffic stop on Monday night and was assisted by Washington Police Department Deputy Paul Ginkins and his K-9, Leny. As a result of the investigation, police arrested 37-year-old Elisha R. Rainbolt of Salem on charges of possession of meth, unlawful manufacture distribution or possession with the intent to manufacture a substance represented to be a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Indiana State Police arrested a 25-year-old Bloomington man Tuesday afternoon after he was spotted by police selling drugs. Jacob Tarter was taken into custody on three active felony warrants plus additional charges of dealing heroin, possession of heroin and cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance.Troopers located Tarter in his vehicle at the Ferguson Dog Park on Stone Mill Rd., just north of Bloomington. Police said they viewed him selling drugs and arrested him. Tarter was allegedly found with 9 grams of heroin and a gram of cocaine. He was arrested on charges of dealing heroin, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance. Police also learned he was wanted on warrants for a probation violation of original charge of resisting law enforcement, probation violation of original charge of battery and a pretrial release on an original charge of false informing.
The passenger killed in a two vehicle crash Wednesday morning on US231 near Boggs Lake has been identified. 35-year-old John Brett of Shoals was the passenger in the 2008 Dodge Avenger that was struck on US231 near County Road 700 North. Brett was transported from the scene to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, and later transferred to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, where he died as a result of his injuries.
Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Two people suffered injuries in a crash on U.S. 50 West Tuesday afternoon. According To police reports, at around 4:07 p.m., 26 year old Brittany Davis of Shoals said she was driving west on U.S. 50 West, near Clark Cemetery Road, in her tan 1990 Oldsmobile Regency. Using her turn signal, she said she was slowing to turn left into Indian Creek Stone Products when another vehicle, a white 2007 Buick LaCrosse driven by 75 year old Harold Cooper of Shoals, struck the fender on the driver’s side of the vehicle. A witness, who was driving behind Davis, said Davis was slowing down and that Cooper’s vehicle struck hers as she was turning. Cooper told police the vehicle in front of him, which the witness was driving, started slowing down and didn’t have a turn signal on. He said he started to pass the witness’ vehicle, then struck Davis’ car because he didn’t see it. Injured was Brenda Cooper, a passenger in the Buick LaCrosse, she complained of back pain and Davis complained of head pain. Police listed improper passing as the cause of the crash. Davis was cited for not having insurance for her car.
Locks to the doors at Eagle Pointe Golf Resort were changed Monday as the golf course, restaurant and pro shop are now closed until further notice. A U.S. trustee, who now manages the 131-acre property, directed Pointe Service Association to oversee the winterizing of the golf course and facilities, as well as the lock changes. The homeowners association represents 19 villages with about 900 total residents near the golf resort on Lake Monroe. The business declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September less than a year after purchasing Eagle Pointe Golf Resort for $1.4 million in December 2016. A judge converted the bankruptcy to Chapter 7 or liquidation bankruptcy on Nov. 2. A court trustee, Indianapolis lawyer Deborah Caruso, was appointed by the Southern District of Indiana’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court following the hearing in the bankruptcy case of Eagle Pointe’s owner Pointe Properties. A meeting to discuss the next legal steps in the bankruptcy case with the trustee, business and creditor representatives is set for December 19 in Indianapolis.
A vehicle reported stolen Monday morning in Jasper, has been located in a neighboring county. It had been abandoned and police have no suspects in the case. The black 1999 GMC Jimmy SUV was stolen from the area of 7th and Anderson streets in Jasper between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m on Monday. This is the most recent of several vehicle thefts the Jasper Police Department has investigated. According to Chief Nathan Schmitt, the keys had been left in the vehicles in all these cases. The department issued a reminder to the public to remove keys and lock the doors of their vehicles when parked.
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
A Paoli man led Martin County Police in a chase, in a vehicle and on foot. On Tuesday, At 10:40 a.m. police received a call from a concerned citizen regarding the department's Facebook post about a theft in their area. The post contained the description of the suspect and the vehicle involved The citizen told police there was a truck matching the description in the Facebook post on Hickory Ridge Road. A short time later Sergeant Keith Keller, Captain Tony Dant, and Sheriff Travis Roush arrived in the area. Sergeant Keller observed the truck on Hickory Ridge Road approaching McBride's Bluff Road. Captain Dant and Sergeant Keller proceeded in the direction of the truck. The driver pulled into a driveway and began to drive in the opposite direction. Captain Dant and Sergeant Keller attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop. The driver proceeded to County Farm Road where Sheriff Roush was blocking the intersection. The driver was able to steer the truck around Sheriff Roush's police car and continued southwest on Hickory Ridge Road. Then turned south on State Road 450 towards Shoals.Sergeant Keller and Captain Dant attempted to get the driver to stop before approaching US 50, but were unable to do so. At the intersection of State Road 450 and US 50, the truck turned east on US 50 and entered Shoals. In Shoals Town limits, the truck attempted to pass an eastbound semi in a no passing zone. The driver saw a westbound semi and darted the truck in between them. The truck struck the left front of the eastbound semi and continued into the RJ's parking lot. The crash caused the right rear tire of the truck to go flat. The driver drove through pump area, and turned southeast onto US 150. As the truck passed east of Boyd Hollow Road on US 150, Sergeant Keller and Captain Dant were able to box the truck in and slow it down. The driver swerved to the left in an attempt to get around the police trucks causing the driver to lose control of the truck and spin out. The driver got out of the truck and fled on foot, through a creek, into and around a residence. Sheriff Roush, Sergeant Keller, and Captain Dant caught up to the individual and he was arrested.The driver was identified as 24-year-old Devan K. Nelson of Paoli. He was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, possession of meth, resisting law enforcement, theft and leaving the scene of an accident.
As efforts are made to increase the area’s population, an already stretched Jasper Police Department is seeking ways to add officers to respond to the increasing number of calls for service. The drive for increasing housing options in the area was deemed as necessary to increase the population to support Dubois County’s burgeoning corporations and their employee needs. However, those rising population numbers will require more officers and first responders. In Jasper, the need is apparent now, according to Chief Nathan Schmitt and Mayor Terry Seitz. According to Seitz, the police department’s 22-officer force is lower than police departments in comparable cities in the state. In addition to the expected population growth, Jasper is also a micropolitan city—an urban labor market that draws workers in from the surrounding areas. This increases the normal population of the city to about 20,000. With a department that on a given 12-hour shift fields four road officers, or one for every 4,000 city residents, increasing the population by 5,000 during the days can stretch them even thinner.
National Gypsum Shoals plant received a world class award in Krakow, Poland last month when it was named Global Gypsum “Plant of the year”. The Shoals plant tied with the Mr. Holly, North Carolina Gupsum Plant in the award presented the last week of October at the Global Gypsum Conference. The Shoals plant opened in 1955 and employs 76 people.
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
Two Daviess County residents were killed in an accident Monday night at US 50 and State Road 57, south of Washington. According to Daviess County Police, a semi tractor-trailer t-boned a passenger car at the intersection. Police say Brett Ramsey, of Wheatland, was traveling eastbound on US 50 in a 2006 Freightliner and struck a 2012 Toyota Prius driven by Marilyn Mattes who was traveling southbound on State Road 57. Marilyn Mattes and her granddaughter Katilyn Mattes, both of Washington were pronounced dead at the scene. Ramsey who was also injured and was taken by ambulance to Daviess Community Hospital for treatment. The accident remains under investigation.
A Dubois County man who is serving a 36 year sentence in the Indiana Department of Corrections on a Gibson County case is now facing similar charges of molestation and incest in Dubois County. 47-year-old Timothy Schieve was brought back to Dubois County on Wednesday on a warrant on two felony counts of child molesting and two felony counts of incest. Schieve is accused of molesting a young girl at his home in Huntingburg and Oakland City between January of 2010 and March of 2014. The female told her mother about the incidents and she reported it to the Huntingburg Police in July 2016.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is directing flags in Daviess County to be flown at half-staff to honor Kendall Murphy, a volunteer firefighter with the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department. Murphy died in the line of duty while responding to a vehicle accident. Murphy, a member of the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department, was killed Friday night at the scene of a crash along Old Highway 50, just west of County Road 100 South. Murphy was struck and killed by a pick-up truck driven by 26-year-old Colby Blake of Cannelburg. Blake, a fellow volunteer firefighter, has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Simon J. Graber Complex. Burial will follow in Providence Mennonite Cemetery.
Monday, November 13th, 2017
A man was found dead in his vehicle in the 3800 block of Tunnelton Road Saturday morning. According to Lawrence County Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults, officers were called by the home owner at 5:47 a.m. after a report of a suspicious white Pontiac Grand Am parked in their driveway with an unresponsive person inside the vehicle. When police arrived they found someone had attempted to change a damaged tire on the vehicle and also found damage to the front passenger side. Inside was found a 24-year-old male dead in the driver's seat of the vehicle. According to Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults, Preliminary investigation shows that the male died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot. Officers did locate damage to a utility pole and concrete culvert in the 3700 block of Tunnelton Road and believe for some unknown reason the man had ran off the road there and then stopped to fix the damaged tire. At this time a Detective has been assigned to the case and is following up information and there will be no other information released until this report is complete.
The Martin County Sheriff's Department is investigating a recent theft and needs the public's help. At approximately 8:03 am this/Monday morning, a theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. A short male, with a scruffy beard and short red hair, was found taking articles out of a disabled vehicle on West River Road. He was approached by the owner of the vehicle, and words were exchanged. The suspect fled South on West River Road towards Shoals. He was driving an older model blue Chevy S10 pickup. The vehicle has flaking paint on it. The vehicle is a late 80's to mid 90's model. Anyone with any information, or sees this vehicle is asked to contact the Martin County Sheriff's Department at 812-247-3726.
The Orleans High School Spell Bowl Bulldogs finished among the top six statewide in their class earning a spot in the state finals at West Lafayette this Saturday. The 33rd annual contest will begin at 11 a.m. in the Loeb Playhouse on the Purdue University campus. Members of the team include Hunter Morgan, Jailynne Radcliff, Caty Carlisle, Makenna Purlee, Makenna Hall, Mackenzie Freed, Michael Reid, Jace Roach, Dylan Reid, John McFarland and Nicholas Hester. Coaches are Kristina Hole and Leah Morgan.
Friday, November 10th, 2017
Two people were injured in a two-car accident Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of State Road 37 and State Road 60 West in Mitchell. According to a report from the Mitchell Police Department, 56 year old Deirdre Wyman, of Hardinsburg, was southbound on State Road 37 in a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander. As she was crossing the intersection with a green light at State Road 60 West, 62 year old James Russell, of Mitchell, crossed in front of her in his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, disregarding the red light. Wyman said she applied the brakes but could not avoid a collision. Both were transported to a local hospital, with Wyman suffering chest pain and Russell suffering neck pain.
A driver suffered head injuries after her vehicle was struck from behind at the intersection of State Road 37 and Patton Hill Road Thursday evening. According to a report from the Lawrence County Police Department, Sgt. Andy Blackburn of the department was blocking the intersection with a police vehicle at 6:18 p.m. for a funeral escort. 56 year old Donna Carson, of Heltonville, was southbound on State Road 37 when she saw Blackburn activate his emergency lights. She quickly applied the brakes to the 2008 Chrysler Sebring she was driving. 51 year old David Morgan, of English, was driving behind Carson in his 2001 Peterbilt 385 truck when Carson abruptly stopped. Morgan was unable to apply his brakes in time and collided with Carson’s vehicle. Carson was taken to IU Health Hospital with complaints of head pain. Morgan suffered no injuries.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
The French Lick Resort will host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute and the Traveling Vietnam Wall starting today through Sunday. The wall is an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Every name that is on the original wall is also on the traveling wall. It’s the same wall that visited Mitchell in September 2016. The wall can be seen on the front lawn of the French Lick casino. The memorial includes names of soldiers from Lawrence County, which includes people from Bedford, Mitchell, Heltonville and other locations in the county. The tribute began in 1998, so people who want to see the memorial don’t have to make a trip all the way to D.C.
The driver charged in a wreck that claimed the lives of three members of a Newburgh family was sentenced to a 15-year prison term Wednesday. 20-year-old Mason Hartke of Jasper appeared in Greene County Superior Court and pleaded guilty to three counts of causing death while operating a motor vehicle intoxicated. Judge Dena Martin sentenced Hartke to five years on each count, ordering 1.5 years of each sentence suspended to probation. Hartke also was recommended for the Indiana Department of Correction's purposeful incarceration program, an intensive therapeutic regimen to address addiction issues and prepare inmates for re-entry into society. The guilty plea came during a lengthy court hearing nearly a year after the crash on Interstate 69 in Greene County that killed 46-year-old David Rinehart, 74-year-old Ruth Rinehart, and 17-year-old Sophie Rinehart.
The state is moving ahead with logging in Yellowwood State Forest. A logging company bought the rights to 1,700 trees Thursday for just over $100,000. The Department of Natural Resources says crews will target trees that have been damaged by disease and insects. There's no word yet on when the trees will be removed.
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
The French Lick Resort will host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Traveling Vietnam Wall from Thursday, November 9 to Sunday, November 12 for Veteran’s Day weekend. The traveling wall tours the country to pay tribute to men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. Every name on the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C. is etched on the traveling wall, which spans the length of a football field and is an 80 percent scale of the original. Rubbings may be taken with provided wall rubbing sheets. The wall will be lit at night and open 24 hours for display. A special ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 9 that will include a wreath laying, 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps
A Bedford man was killed Monday afternoon in a single vehicle crash on US 50 near Shoals. At 3:30 PM Monday, 33-year-old Eric Gootee was driving a 2008 Kenworth truck eastbound on US 50 near Rama Dye Road (two miles west of Shoals) when a large tree on the south side of the highway fell across the roadway and into the path of Gootee’s truck. The tree hit the truck in the windshield and passenger compartment, impacting Gootee. Gootee was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Martin County Coroner. US 50 was closed for over two hours while the crash was investigated and the scene was cleared.
It’s Fall,, and the time for warnings of more deer activity on Highways and County Roads. The Washington County Sheriff's Department has investigated twenty automobile accidents in the past five days and twelve of those accidents were car/deer accidents. Five of those car/deer accidents occurred between Thursday morning and Friday morning.
According to the insurance industry and recent studies: There are about 1.6 million reported car/deer accidents a year and the majority of car/deer accidents occur between October and December and between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Monday, November 6th, 2017
Billie Deel, Orange County Treasurer, reminds residents that property taxes are due on Monday, November 13th. The office will be closed on Friday, November 10th. There is a drop box located on the west side of the Orange County Complex for your convenience of dropping off your payment.
Storms were prevailent in our area yesterday as a cold front approached the area. A tornado touched down around 1:45pm in the Springville are of Lawrence County, turning over a couple of mobile homes, taking out trees and power lines and damaging some homes. A radar tornado was issued as well for an area north of Paoli near Orleans and reports of a touchdown in Salem as well last night. Damage was done to cars at Eddie Gilstrap motors, as well as downed trees and wind damage to the town.
The trial for a Salem man accused of a double murder is set to begin today.Joe Hambel is accused of killing 37-year-old Valerie Dicus and 36-year-old Joseph Hobson in August 2016. Alleged murderer Joe Hamble told police that he killed 36-year-old Joseph Hobson and 37-year-old Valerie Dicus with a .32 caliber handgun saying that 'he just took care of one of Washington County's biggest drug problems.According to a probable cause affidavit, Hambel, of Salem, drove to a home at 304 West Small Street, Apartment 13 during the early morning hours of Aug. 19, 2016 because he believed Hobson and Dicus, who is related to Hambel, were dealing drugs. Dicus died of a single gunshot wound and Hobson died of multiple gunshot wounds. Hambel told police he accidentally shot Dicus. Hambel was arrested by the Indiana State Police the evening of August 20th and charged with two counts of murder. The trial is set to begin today.. If convicted Hambel could face up to 65 years in jail on each murder charge.
Friday, November 3rd, 2017
Dubois County Deputies are asking for witnesses to a crash that occurred near Bretzville Junction this morning at about 5:10 a.m. to come forward. According to police reports, 58 year old Vickie Wirthein, of Huntingburg, was eastbound on State Road 64 in a 2000 Chrysler Town & Country van attempting to turn north on State Road 162 when her van was struck by a 2002 Toyota Tacoma driven by 52 year old Kent Sillings, of Marengo. There were about $5000 to $10,000 in damages and the incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 812-482-3522.
A Dubois County man apparently passed out while driving and ran into a light pole near German American Bank in Jasper Thursday afternoon. Jasper officers were called to the intersection of 8th and Newton streets at about 1 p.m. for the report of a vehicle crash. Witnesses at the scene told officers that 24 year old Darrin Dupont, of Jasper, appeared to be passed out at the wheel of a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero as it went through the four lanes of traffic on Newton Street at a slow rate of speed before stopping on the sidewalk against a light post in the German American Bank parking lot. When officers arrived, they found Dupont awake and alert. He consented to a search of his vehicle. During the search, officers located a can of compressed air under the driver’s seat and police said it was still cold from being recently discharged. According to police, Dupont admitted to huffing just prior to the crash. Dupont was charged with operating while intoxicated, inhaling toxic vapors and driving while suspended and was booked into the Dubois County Security Jail. Police reported there were very minimal damages as a result of the crash.
A report early Tuesday of a truck with substantial damage left parked behind a gas station and convenience store on Ferdinand’s south side led police to make an arrest. Ferdinand Police responded to the location in the 400 block of South Main Street at 2 a.m. and found a damaged 2009 GMC pickup truck that had collected weeds and barbed wire in an apparent accident that had even flattened tires. While investigating, police received a report that there had been a male who had appeared intoxicated who was spotted going to the hotel next door. Police made contact with 46 year old Jeremy Hart, of Tennyson, in his hotel room and reported that Hart initially supplied a false name and date of birth. He then failed field sobriety testing and had a blood alcohol content that tested .126 percent. Police also said Hart’s driver’s license was found to be suspended with a status of habitual traffic violator. Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputies who arrived to assist Ferdinand police reported finding damage at a solar farm along I-64 that may have been caused by the truck.
After being treated for intoxication at Jasper Memorial Hospital, Hart was booked into the Dubois County Jail. His charges include a Level 5 felony count of driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator for life and misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated and false informing. Hart had just posted a $1,500 bond last Friday after being arrested on identical habitual traffic violator and impaired driving charges in Dubois County. That previous arrest by the Huntingburg Police Department occurred Wednesday, Oct. 25, after authorities received a report of an impaired and/or reckless driver. The 2005 Dodge Durango driven by Hart at that time was stopped at Sunset Drive and Main Street.
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
A tractor-trailer hauling hogs lost its load as it rolled over at a livestock market east of Huntingburg Thursday morning. According to police reports, 53 year old Leonard Gogel, of Birdseye, was driving a 2008 Kenworth Semi-Tractor pulling a load of hogs to the Wilson Market at about 7:26 a.m. As he turned north from State Road 64 into the Market’s drive, the trailer went off the gravel area into the soft shoulder and turned over onto its side. Dubois County Deputies estimated the damages were about $25,000. Dubois County Sheriff Department was assisted by Indiana State Police, Huntingburg Fire Department and Storks Wrecker Service.
Jasper Police arrested a Dubois County man on several drug charges after they received reports of a vehicle driving recklessly through the city Tuesday afternoon. Officers were notified by a concerned citizen that a vehicle was speeding and swerving while driving through the city at about 2:30 p.m. A short time later, police located the vehicle at Sternberg’s. During the investigation, police determined the driver, 38 year old Michael Burnette, 38, of Jasper had several controlled substances. Officers located narcotics, marijuana, methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Burnette was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of paraphernalia. He was booked into the Dubois County Jail and the vehicle was towed by a Sternberg’s wrecker. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.
Multiple suspects are being charged with felony burglary and theft in connection with a burglary last month at the Circle A Fast Break in St. Anthony. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department received a report of an overnight burglary at the 2759 S. St. Anthony Road North convenience store at 5:13 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. Video surveillance footage showed someone unlocking the front door of the business with a key just after midnight, according to court documents. The person then entered and punched in a pass code to deactivate the alarm system. Court documents indicate the burglar also had a pass code to a safe. Cash in the amount of $1,097.81 and 11 packs of Camel cigarettes were reported stolen. On Oct. 16, the sheriff’s department’s investigation ultimately led to 38 year old Frank Frye, of Eckerty and his girlfriend, 29 year old Brittany Schepers, Schepers was an employee at the Fast Break. On Oct. 24, a summons was issued in Dubois Circuit Court notifying Schepers that she needed to be in court Nov. 6 to answer to a Level 5 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary and a Level 6 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary. A warrant was also issued Oct. 24 in Circuit Court charging Frye with those same two charges: a Level 5 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary and a Level 6 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department developed information that Frye could be located in Jasper County, Indiana, so, after the Dubois County warrant was issued, a call was placed to the Rensselaer Police Department. Rensselaer officers who executed the warrant and took Frye into custody charged him with a misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement in Jasper County. Dubois County jail staff brought Frye to the Dubois County Jail Wednesday. Police expect to make an additional arrest in the case.
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
On Friday, November 17, 2017 the Indiana Association of School Principals
(IASP) will recognize William (Jeff ) Scalf, former Assistant Principal at Orleans Jr/Sr High School in Orleans, Indiana, as the 2017 Assistant Principal from IASP District 12. District 12 is located in southwest Indiana and is made up of Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Ohio, Orange, Scott, Switzerland and Washington Counties. The recognition ceremony is a part of the 2017 Assistant Principals of the Year Recognition Celebration, a part of IASP’s annual Assistant Principal’s Conference. The award will be presented at a luncheon at the Indianapolis Marriott IASP with Executive Director, Todd Bess and IASP Vice President, Elizabeth Walters presiding. District Assistant Principals of the Year are elected by their peers. One principal is honored from each of the 12 districts. From these 12 District Assistant Principal winners, one will be announced as the 2017 State Assistant Principal of the Year at the luncheon. The Indiana Association of School Principals is a not-for-profit, professional association serving over 2700 building level administrators in the state of Indiana. William Scalf passed away this past spring, but Christopher Stevens, principal at Orleans, can be contacted at his school, at (812) 865-2688.
BEDFORD) - Lawrence County inmates currently can only eat items purchased out of the vending machines in the commissary area, because several inmates have been flushing the wrappers from items they purchase and take back to the cell block down the toilets clogging the city's sewer lines. Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham told the Commissioners on Tuesday morning that "For the next couple of weeks inmates will not be able to take any items that have wrappers on them back to the cell blocks because of this on-going problem.” Sheriff Branham is looking into installing grinders in their sewer systems to address the problem. Sheriff Branham says the blockage has occurred several times this year and many times the blockage has been found blocks away from the jail. As of Tuesday morning there were 193 inmates in the jail. Of those 45 were females, 21, Level 6 felons and there were no Department of Correction holds.
On Saturday, October 28, 2017 the Indiana State Police participated in the fourteenth nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA.) The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft. Collection sites were set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to be turned in for destruction. This program is intended for liquid and pill medications. The Indiana State Police set up collections sites at every post (except the Toll Road.) The Indianapolis post collected 253 pounds of medications between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. 1,038 pounds were collected statewide.
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