Friday, June 18th, 2021
Volunteers put on the finishing touches to the PLAYoli Playground. All that is left to do is pour a rubberized ground covering for the surface, but the work of the volunteers is complete. According to James Johnston, one of the general coordinators for the project, said it took longer than expected for it to come together. The project began in 2019 and was expected to be completed last summer, but then the pandemic hit. The project has had community involvement throughout. In November 2019, architect Jim Houghton of Leathers & Associates was taken on a tour of Paoli to see some of its highlights like the Orange County Courthouse, the Lindley House and the James M. Tucker Sol Strauss Memorial Bridge. Houghton then spent the next morning with Throop Elementary students hearing their wish list for the perfect playground. He spent the afternoon putting all of those ideas together in a 10,000-square foot playground and presented it that night to the community.
As part of the Ivy+ rollout, Ivy Tech will cover the cost of textbooks for students in the 2021-2022 academic year through the federal government’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Ivy Tech became one of the first schools in Indiana and the first community colleges in the country to adopt this new tuition model. “Research shows that 65 percent of college students forego buying a textbook for the biggest reason that they cannot afford them. Often financial aid and scholarships do not cover course materials. According to Ivy Tech President. Our goal is to ensure every student has their textbooks the first day of class . Ivy Tech is currently the only state institution that is not only freezing the cost of tuition but radically reducing the cost.
Starting July 1, motor carriers can begin hauling heavier loads of certain goods, but they must first apply for permits and adhere to restrictions designed to minimize the damage to Indiana’s highways and interstates. Indiana HEA 1190, which takes effect July 1, contained several changes to Indiana’s oversize/overweight (OSW) motor carrier laws, including expanding Indiana’s Overweight Commodity Permit to include materials other than metal and agricultural products. Under the new law, carriers can apply for a single-trip Overweight Commodity permits An ESAL, or equivalent single axle load, is a unit designed by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) to measure the damage done to roadways. Previously, motor carriers not hauling metal or agricultural products were ineligible for an Overweight Commodity Permit and would need to make multiple trips or use multiple vehicles to meet the lower weight threshold. Most Indiana OSW permits are issued by the Indiana Department of Revenue’s Motor Carrier Services (MCS) department, under the guidance and rules set by INDOT and in accordance with Indiana law. Also, MCS issues and collects civil penalties for OSW violations issued by Indiana State Police.
Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
A domestic violence shelter in Orange County has received the funds needed to be able to provide more emergency shelter and service expansion. Hoosier Hills Prisoner and Community Together Domestic Violence Shelter was given a $16,000 grant through the state’s Social Services Block Grant Program. The grant will be used to help offset the costs of certain operational expenses, including housing, food, and other basic necessities, and will give more flexibility to expanded services in other areas such as case management, legal advocacy, and referral to other community resources if needed. The Hoosier Hills PACT Domestic Violence Shelter provides free emergency shelter to individuals who are victims of domestic violence and their children. The shelter is staffed 24/7 to offer supportive services and crisis intervention to victims and has six satellite locations and is one of 28 domestic shelters to receive $500,000 in grants.
Tuesday, June 15th, 2021
A Northern Indiana man was injured after a motorcycle crash occurred in Mitchell. According to Police, 51 year old Glenn Smith of North Judson was traveling at a high rate of speed on his Suzuki GSXR 750W motorcycle. He then entered a right curve on Lawrenceport Road when he attempted to brake which caused him to lose control. Smith crossed the center line, left the roadway and was ejected from the motorcycle. When emergency personnel arrived they found Smith was alert and orientated. Smith complained of body pain to his entire body and was taken to IU Health Hospital Bloomington for treatment.
Friday, June 11th, 2021
A Virginia man is facing OWI charges after being arrested in Jasper. According to Jasper Police reports, they responded to a report of an intoxicated male at the CVS on 6 th Street in Jasper Wednesday afternoon. Officers determined the man, identified as 19-year-old Rolando Mejia of Arlington Virginia, had operated his vehicle while intoxicated. A chemical test at Jasper Memorial Hospital revealed that Mejia was under the influence of a controlled subject. Police also found an illegal substance inside his car. Meija was arrested for operating while intoxicated, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance, and was booked into the Dubois County Jail.
Smoke inhalation is being given as the preliminary cause of death of the a 18-year-old killed in a Memorial Day Fire in Birdseye.The blaze started at a home at the corner of Cherry and 2 nd Street in Birdseye around 9 pm May 31 st. 18-year-old Austyn Walburn of Petersburg was sleeping at the home at the time the fire started. Firefighters arrived within minutes and found the south wall of the home fully engulfed in flames. No other injuries were reported.The fire was ruled as “accidental electrical.
A Monroe County woman was arrested Tuesday night after a Mitchell Police officer stopped her vehicle on State Road 37 at the Sinclair Station. According to police reports, Mitchell Police stopped a black Chevrolet Cobalt driven by 30-year-old Tiffany Purtlebaugh of Bloomington. Purtlebaugh was stopped because the vehicle’s tail light and license plate light were not working. Purtlebaugh exited the vehicle to check the lights and officers detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.Spotted was an ammo box, and officers asked if she had any weapons. Once opening the ammo box, officers discovered a large plastic bag containing two smaller bags that contained 22.65 grams of marijuana and a grinder. In a cigarette pack they found a smoking device with meth residue, also found was other drug paraphernalia. Purtlebaugh was arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia and was issued a warning for the non-working lights on her vehicle.
Thursday, June 10th, 2021
An 18 year old Paoli man has been arrested on a warrant from a February accident that killed two people in Orange County. On Wednesday Indiana State Police took 18 year old Keeghan Chandler Preston Jones of Paoli into custody on a warrant issued by the Orange County Circuit Court. The charges stem from a vehicle crash, which occurred on February 14th near Orleans. Jones was booked into the Orange County Jail and has been charged with a count of Causing Death While Operating a Vehicle with a Schedule 1 or II Controlled Substance in the body, Causing Death While Operating a Vehicle with a Schedule 1 or II Controlled Substance in the body, Reckless Homicide, Reckless Homicide. The charges stem from a February 14 th accident when at 8:20 P.M, the Indiana State Police investigated a fatal crash on County Road 500 North. A westbound 2006 Pontiac on County Road 500 North lost control and left the south side of the roadway. The vehicle flipped multiple times before landing on its roof in a field. There were four juvenile occupants in the vehicle and two were declared dead at the scene. Those two were identified as 15 year old Kyndell Bailey of Orleans, and 16 year old Jocelyn Phillips of Paoli. A 15 year old passenger and Jones were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
A young Paoli man was arrested Tuesday on a warrant charging him with criminal mischief, corrupt business influence, theft, and an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. He was arrested after several law enforcement agencies began an investigation into the theft of numerous catalytic converters in the Lawrence County area. Police arrested 23-year-old Austin Conn. According to a probable cause affidavit, between January 1, 2021, through March 31, 2021, Conn is accused of stealing two catalytic converters off of two motor homes at Roots RV. He is also accused of stealing a catalytic converter from a 2021 Ford F-250 at the US Forestry Service Office. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Conn’s arrest.
Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
French Lick’s Donald Ross Golf Course recently ranked in Golf.com top 100 public golf courses in North America along with IU’s Pfau Golf Course and Warren Course at Notre Dame. The Donald Ross Golf Course in French Lick ranked number 57 on the list with the site saying you will be blown out of the water with the golf course. The Course was designed in 1917 and hosted the 1924 PGA Championship. The Pfau Course in Bloomington opened last year and was ranked 87th on the list to “rave reviews that quickly followed for a design that features tree-lined fairways on the more secluded front side and a wide-open feel on the back. The Warren Course at Notre Dame was ranked 70th on the list. The Golf Course was built by Coore & Crenshaw in 1999 hosted the 2019 U.S. Senior Open. Golf.com also named also added Warren Course and Pfau Course to their 11 most affordable courses under $100.
An Orleans man was arrested after police responded to a home in the 160 block of Dale Street in Mitchell on Monday. On Monday at 6:30 a.m. Police located 40 year old Joe Porter of Orleans inside the home. According to police, while attempting to arrest Porter, he began resisting and grabbed a box cutter style knife.. Police deployed tasers which were ineffective and Porter ran into a bedroom and barricaded himself inside. There were two people sleeping in the bedroom and after some time had passed, Porter let the occupants leave, but he stayed in the bedroom. Porter eventually threw the box cutter out of the window and then surrendered to police. Porter was medically cleared by an IU Health Hospital ambulance crew. He was transported to the Lawrence County Jail. Porter was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear and is now facing new charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, two counts of criminal confinement with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, and intimidation.
A Jasper man is facing criminal charges after a firearm he was showing off to another man "accidentally discharged" and shot the other man in the leg. Around 7:22 a.m. on Tuesday, Police received a call for assistance at 1715 Greene Street #8 for a male with a gunshot wound to the leg. The victim was identified as 44 year old Douglas Hernandez of Jasper. According to Police Another male at the residence who was identified as 21 year old Bereket Cox also of Jasper was showing Hernandez his 9mm pistol when it accidentally discharged. Hernandez was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper with sustained leg injuries. Cox was charged with criminal recklessness with a firearm, and was released to appear in Dubois Circuit Court.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
The Mitchell Police Department is investigating the disappearance of 24-year-old Shaen Lawrence, a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 350 pounds, brown hair with blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a McDonald’s employee uniform. Shaen is missing from Mitchell and was last seen on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at 9:30 am. He is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance. If you have any information on Shaen Lawrence, contact the Mitchell Police Department at 812-277-2002 or 911.
An Indiana family is desperate for leads after they say 32-year-old Todd Allen disappeared nearly two weeks ago in Pasco County in Florida. Todd’s mother and brother spoke with ABC Action News on Sunday from their home in Indiana. They say this is completely unlike Todd to just disappear. His family says he had gotten into an argument with a co-worker on his way to work on Monday, May 24. That morning, his car and keys were found near his apartment, not far from the Grove at Wesley Chapel. Todd’s family has already been down to Florida to search for Todd once, the week he went missing. His family is saving money and making plans to travel back to Florida to search for Todd this week. His brother Troy made a statement telling his brother that nobody is mad at you and everybody just wants you to come home safe. You have a family that loves you and cares about you very much.Anyone with information is asked to call the Pasco Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-706-2488.
Friday, June 4th, 2021
The Indiana State Fire Marshal is investigating a Memorial Day house fire in Birdseye in which an 18-year-old man was found inside. Birdseye volunteer firefighters retrieved Austyn Walburn from the house while it was still on fire. He was pronounced dead at Jasper Memorial Hospital. The cause of death has not yet been determined. The Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at the Melissa Welp residence, in Birdseye. Firefighters went into the house while the fire was still going and found Walburn, who was then transferred to the hospital. A total of 17 firefighters and four trucks were at the scene until 12:34 a.m.
A large catalytic converter theft ring has come to an end in Sothern Indiana. On January 14, of this year, State Troopers began an investigation into the theft of a dump trailer from a utility company. The trailer had been stolen from along River Road, near Ft. Ritner, where the company had equipment parked. In addition, one of the company’s trucks had a catalytic converter cut and removed. During the course of this trailer theft investigation, ISP began to receive information that several departments were taking reports of stolen catalytic converters. These thefts were occurring not only in Lawrence County, but also in Monroe, Orange, Washington, Martin, and Dubois Counties. Locally, the Lawrence County Police Department, the Bedford Police Department, and the Mitchell Police Department had taken dozens of theft reports. Additionally, Indiana Conservation Law Officers and others were investigating the theft of catalytic converters from state properties in the area. Once all of the evidence was compiled, State Police talked with officials at both Bedford Police Department and the Lawrence County Police Department. It was decided that ISP would write all of the local probable cause affidavits and request warrants on the appropriate suspects. The affidavits were submitted to the court, and warrants were issued on all suspects. Arrested were Adam Brewer, Uriah Stickney, Nicholas Arthur, and Jeffrey Deckard. In addition to the local charges, ISP and ICO provided evidence to police departments in Monroe, Orange, Washington, Martin, and Dubois Counties. Charges are expected to be filed on suspects in those counties as well.
A Washington County man was arrested on multiple charges after a brief pursuit early Thursday morning. According to State police reports, shortly after 2 a.m., a State trooper observed a green Honda Civic driving left of center on State Road 135 in Palmyra. The trooper ran the license plate and the vehicle returned as a stolen vehicle from Washington County. When the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle after it turned on to Keeling Avenue, the driver of the Honda refused to stop. The car continued to a dead end on the north end of Keeling Avenue and then turned around, driving through a yard. The Honda then entered a second yard and became stuck after crashing into a wooded area. Police then took the driver 30-year-old Levi Smith of Salem into custody without further incident. Following his arrest, Troopers found Smith was wanted on a warrant out of Washington County on a charge of invasion of privacy.
Thursday, June 3rd, 2021
Complaints of drug activity put a Dubois County woman in jail this week. Police began investigating 52-year-old Julie Keusch of Huntingburg Tuesday after receiving information that she may be dealing methamphetamine. Detectives then executed a search warrant for Keusch’s Huntingburg home and found approximately 21.4 grams of methamphetamine, six different types of pills that were controlled substances, two different types of pills that were legend drugs, a small amount of marijuana, a digital weighing scale, and several drug paraphernalia items. Keusch admitted that she had no prescriptions for any pills located during the search. She was arrested and booked into the Dubois County Jail.
An Indiana State Trooper is facing charges after allegedly hitting his K-9. 29-year-old Trooper Dustan Rubenacker was summoned to appear in Dubois Circuit Court on Wednesday for striking a Law Enforcement Animal, which is considered a Class A Misdemeanor. State Police initiated a criminal investigation after Trooper Rubenacker allegedly struck his police K-9, Odin, during a training session in Jasper in March. Several other ISP K-9 teams were present when the trooper allegedly used “unreasonable discipline” towards Odin for not properly focusing on the correct target. Odin suffered a serious fracture to his right rear leg. He underwent surgery to repair the leg but it is not known if he will return to work. Rubenacker is currently on administrative leave with pay. An internal investigation is ongoing.
Walmart will increase their store hours for the first time since November after drastically cutting them in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Saturday, June 5th, stores will open an hour earlier – at 6 a.m. each day – except for Tuesday mornings, when Walmart will continue to hold its weekly senior hours for those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Most pharmacies and vision centers will resume pre-COVID hours beginning July 3. The increase in hours comes weeks after Walmart dropped mask requirements for fully vaccinated customers and employees after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance. Masks are still required at stores where a state or local mask mandate is in effect.
Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
Troopers from the Indiana State Police are investigating a fatal car versus motorcycle crash that occurred Monday evening on a rural county road in northwestern Washington County. Around 8:49 Monday evening, ISP along with units from the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Washington County EMS, and the Campbellsburg Fire Department, responded to a crash in the 7000 block of North White River Road. When units arrived, they found two vehicles, a green 2000 Suzuki motorcycle and a 2001 Mercury Mountaineer SUV, off the east side of the roadway. The driver of the motorcycle, 31 year old Jacob Lengel of Salem was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Mountaineer, a 17 year old male from Campbellsburg was not injured. An Indiana State Police crash reconstruction team was called to assist. After a preliminary investigation, officers believe the motorcycle was southbound on White River Road and traveling at a high rate of speed. Investigators say the bike went left-of-center after rounding a corner and cresting a hill. Evidence at the scene indicates the driver of the SUV attempted to avoid striking the motorcycle; however, both vehicles hit head-on on the east side of the roadway. Investigators were on the scene until 1 a.m. on Tuesday and alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash. This crash is still under investigation.
A Huntingburg woman was arrested on Friday after she caused a crash in Jasper. Police responded to the crash at the 1 st Avenue and US 231 intersection on Friday afternoon. Police identified 35 year old Sara Brown of Huntingburg as the one driving one the vehicles involved in the crash. During the investigation of the crash, Brown was given field sobriety testing and then transported to Memorial Hospital for a chemical test. The results of the test revealed that Brown’s BAC at the time of the crash was .16%. Brown had a juvenile in the vehicle with her at the time of the crash and because of that she was charged with an enhanced felony charge. Brown was arrested for OWI with a passenger under 18 old, OWI endangerment, OWI over .15, and OWI. She was booked into the Dubois County Jail and has since been released.
A traffic stop by Bedford police led to the arrest of a Bedford woman after officers found over 10 grams of meth in her vehicle. Police stopped a blue Ford Focus at 4th Street and GM Drive Thursday night in Bedford after the driver failed to use their turn signal. The driver identified as 30-year-old Lacey Barlow of Bedford stopped at GM Drive and Breckenridge Road where police said she appeared extremely nervous. Police asked permission to search Barlow's vehicle in which she refused. A Canine Zazu arrived on the scene and alerted police to possible drugs in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle by police found a marijuana vape pen, a plastic baggie that contained meth, syringes, a zip pouch that contained marijuana, a metal spoon and cotton ball, and a baggie that contained pills and a digital scale. A total of 13.34 grams of meth was seized by police in the search. According to Barlow, the items belonged to her friend. Barlow was arrested on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of syringes, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tuesday, May 25th, 2021
A Paoli teen was arrested on Saturday after police stopped the vehicle after the driver failed to use a turn signal. Police stopped the driver of a black Dodge Journey on Plaza Drive near Michael Avenue in Bedford. Police spoke with the driver who was identified as 19 year old Gabriel Conn of Paoli and his passenger. Officers learned Conn didn't have a valid driver’s license and a registration for the vehicle because he had just bought it. During the conversation with police Conn became confrontational and disorderly. Canine Dusty was called to the scene and alerted officers to possible drugs in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle officers found a half empty bottle of Crown Royal and marijuana. Conn was arrested and while police were escorting Conn to the patrol car he continued to be belligerent and had to be forcibly placed inside. Conn is facing charges of disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, illegal consumption, minor in possession of alcohol, possession of marijuana, and was issued a citation for operating a vehicle while never licensed.
On May 18th, the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section and the ISP Bloomington District A.C.E.S. obtained information that 35 year old Harold Leatherman of Mitchell was involved in dealing methamphetamine and also in possession of several grams of methamphetamine at that time. At 12:45 pm, police met Leatherman driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse northbound on 3rd Street, near Warren Street, in Mitchell. Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop and Leatherman accelerated and fled. Leatherman continued to refuse to stop, driving at high speeds. Police then terminated the pursuit to prevent it from escalating further into a dangerous situation for the public. The Mitsubishi was later found abandoned and inside the vehicle, troopers located marijuana and 10 grams of methamphetamine. On Monday, ISP discovered that Leatherman was at the 6000 block of SR 60 West. Police went to the residence where Leatherman was found to be hiding in a nearby wood line. Troopers located a baggie of approximately 20 grams of marijuana and another baggie of approximately 1 gram of methamphetamine in the weeds where Leatherman had been hiding. Leatherman was arrested and incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail on charges of Dealing Methamphetamine, Attempted Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana.
Monday, May 24th, 2021
Early Saturday morning Crawford county dispatch was advised of a pursuit originating out of Orange County and entering into Crawford County. Milltown Police proceeded to the 4 way outside of Milltown to assist when the suspect vehicle passed at speeds in excess of 100 mph. They proceeded to the area of Mudd Lane where both suspects exited the vehicle and fled to a nearby field. A K9 Team arrived to assist and the driver was apprehended in a hay field nearby Branchville Correctional Facility. Shortly thereafter the passenger was also apprehended. Both have been lodged in the Orange County Jail, facing multiple charges related to the incident. The vehicle was reported stolen from the State of Ohio. Assisting agencies include, Paoli Police Department, Crawford County Sheriff's Department, Orange County Sheriff's Department, Branchville Correctional Facility, Marengo Police Department and Indiana State Police.
A two vehicle crash in Crawford County left a Bedford man dead and his wife in critical condition. On Saturday at 4:13pm, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to an accident at the intersection of State Road 164 and Dillard Road. Deputy's were called to the scene of the accident that involving a motor vehicle and a motorcycle. The vehicle, a white Chevy Cavalier, was traveling East bound on State Road 164 prior to turning North onto Dillard Road. The motorcycle driver identified as Michael Parker and a passenger identified as Charity Parker both of Bedford were traveling West bound on State Road 164. The driver of the Chevy reportedly did not see the motorcycle approaching prior to making the turn until the moment of the accident and both vehicles sustained heavy damage. Witnesses reported the driver of the white Chevy Cavalier turned into the traffic lane directly in front of the motorcycle. Two juveniles were in the Chevy at the time of the accident and one suffered minor injuries. Michael and Charity Parker were both ejected from the motorcycle with Michael pronounced dead at the scene. Charity sustained serious injuries and was flown by helicopter to University of Louisville Hospital after being treated at the scene by EMS. Other departments assisting were the Indiana State Police, English Police Department, the English Fire Department; Crawford County EMS; and IU Health Paoli EMS. The crash is still under investigation.
Friday, May 21st 2021
A Huntingburg man was found dead by police after an ORV accident in Dubois County. Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle accident in which a Huntingburg man was found dead at the scene. At 12:23 p.m. on Thursday, officers responded to the area of County Road 660 S just east of C.R. 75 W in Dubois County. 68 year old Ronald Meyer of Huntingburg was found inside of a side-by-side ORV that appeared to have struck a tree. This incident is still under investigation, and an exact cause of death is pending autopsy results. Other responding agencies included the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Dubois County Coroner, Memorial Ambulance, Ferdinand Police Department, St. Anthony Fire Department, and Sternberg’s Wrecker Service.
Thursday, May 20th, 2021
Indiana State Fire Marshal investigators are offering a reward of $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for starting a residential fire in Crawford County. On Tuesday morning, witnesses saw a white male in a black hoodie and dark pants enter the house at 399 Depot Street in Marengo. When witnesses saw the male leave the home they observed a fire had started and called 911. Anyone with information about the fire is encouraged to call the Indiana Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628. Callers can remain anonymous. The Indiana State Fire Marshal functions as a section of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
A Mitchell man was arrested Monday morning after an officer pulled the vehicle over on State Road 37 in Bedford because of an obstructed license plate. The officer stopped the driver of a teal Ford Ranger on State Road 37, south of Patrick Robbins Way in Bedford after noticing the vehicle had an obstructed license plate. The driver was identified as 34 year old Billy Kinser of Mitchell. Kinser told police he had suspended drivers license because he was not paying his child support. Police then asked to search the vehicle in which Kinser gave permission. The search resulted in police finding a box that contained crystal meth and additional empty baggies. Police also found additional plastic baggie that contained crystal meth, a bag that contained a digital scale, metallic grinder containing marijuana, a glass smoking device and another plastic bag containing marijuana. Police seized 2.95 grams of meth in total. Kinser was arrested on charges of possession of meth, obstruction of justice, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Nine in ten people choose to wear their seat belts, but state police say the other small percentage of people who don't wear their seat belt make up "a disproportionate amount of the fatalities that occur every year on Indiana roads. " That's why state police are participating in the national "Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign." That runs from May 17 through June 6. Police say they'll be out in "greater numbers" to educate people about the importance of wearing a seat belt.
Tuesday, May 18th, 2021
Indiana State Police Superintendent, Douglas Carter, announced that Jasper District Trooper Tyler Matthew has been promoted to the position of Detective at the Jasper Post. Matthew, a 5-year member of the Indiana State Police, was chosen for his new position based upon a competitive selection process that included written testing, oral interview, seniority, education, and past job performance. Matthew, who is from Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 2010 and then attended Indiana University Southeast. He then graduated from the Indiana State Police Academy in 2016, and was assigned to the Sellersburg District. In 2021 Matthew transferred to the Jasper District, where he has served as a road trooper assigned to Orange County. Matthew is an Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionist. Detective Matthew and his family reside in Orange County.
A Mitchell man was arrested on Saturday night after a traffic stop occured on Plaza Drive in Bedford. Police pulled over a white Jeep Cherokee for failing to use a turn signal to make a lane change on Plaza Drive into the turn lane before turning into the Mitchell McDonald’s. The driver who was identified as 61 year old Jerry Tanksley of Mitchell appeared extremely nervous to police. Police were given permission by Tanksley to search his person and vehicle. A search of Tansksley person resulted in police finding a multiple plastic baggies which contained crystal meth, and a cut drinking straw containing meth residue. A search of the vehicle yielded two additional baggies containing crystal meth and a cigarette pack that contained a like substance. Total amount of meth resulted in 9.17 grams. Tanksley was arrested on charges of possession of meth between 5 and 10 grams, dealing meth between 5 to 10 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Thursday, May 13th, 2021
A person was taken to the hospital after the vehicle she was a passenger in struck a utility pole in Orange County. According to the crash report a 1998 pickup truck struck a utility pole on County Road 760 South near County Road 500 West on Saturday at 10:19 p.m. 59 year old Harold Smith of New Salisbury was driving the truck. Smith told police he had been drinking and decided to drive home. According to Smith, he came into a slight left curve, did not slow down enough and ran off the road and hit the pole. A passenger in the vehicle, 60 year old Rith Smith of English, was taken to the hospital due to complaint of pain to his abdomen/pelvis area. Harold Smith also complained of pain to his abdomen/pelvis area, but refused transport. According to police, Harold Smith showed signs of impairment and had open containers in the vehicle. He was given a certified breath test and the results showed a .127 blood alcohol concentration. He is facing preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
After a month long investigation Indiana State Police arrested a Loogootee woman on numerous charges. On March 29th Troopers received a report regarding possible child neglect from a mother who resided in Loogootee. The suspect, 32 year old Sierra Hudson of Loogootee was reported to have traveled to South Carolina on spring break with her three children and a friend. Hudson allegedly left her residence in Loogootee and placed her 7 year old daughter in the trunk of the vehicle and was not let out of the trunk until they reached Tennessee. On the way back from South Carolina, Hudson allegedly placed her 12 year old son in the trunk where he remained until they returned home in Loogootee. Indiana State Police and Department of Child Services began an investigation on the allegations. On April 28th, Martin County received a report requesting a welfare check on Hudson’s three children. In the early morning hours and while the children were sleeping, Hudson left the residence to go to the store. The children woke up while she was gone and became scared and contacted another family member. The next day Troopers arrived at Hudson’s residence and took her into custody. While at the jail, a glass pipe which field tested positive for methamphetamine was located on Hudson. Hudson is charged with 5 Counts of Neglect of a Dependent, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Paraphernalia
Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
A lengthy investigation by the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section and the ISP Bloomington District A.C.E.S. into heroin dealing concluded with the arrest of a Louisville man. ISP had obtained information that 29 year old Tyler Cross of Louisville, KY, was allegedly dealing heroin in and around Lawrence County. On Tuesday afternoon troopers learned that Cross was going to be delivering a large quantity of heroin to Bedford. Troopers located Cross operating a vehicle near the Holiday Inn along SR 37 in Bedford and they conducted a traffic stop on Cross. During the traffic stop, Officers deployed canine, ZaZu, who gave a positive alert to the presence of controlled substances in Cross’s vehicle. As officers were conducting a search of the vehicle, they observed Cross attempt to swallow a plastic baggie that contained a powder-like substance. Officers retrieved the bag and discovered it contained 17 grams of suspected heroin. Cross was transported to IU Health Bedford because it was feared that Cross had ingested some of the suspected drugs. After Cross was medically cleared, he was arrested and incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail on the following charges of Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Obstruction of Justice.
Two people were arrested after they led police on a chase through Dubois County on Tuesday. On Tuesday, Police in Huntingburg attempted a traffic stop on a red 4 door passenger car for not having a license plate. The vehicle would not stop and continued going south from Huntingburg before going east on Interstate 64. After the vehicle ran over stop sticks that were set by police, the vehicle then crashed on the south side of I-64, near the 70 mile marker. The driver identified as Dalton Gray of Lebanon, Kentucky, and passenger Amy Smith of Louisville, Kentucky, then fled on foot before both were arrested. The vehicle Gray was driving was reported as stolen by Louisville Police. A search of the vehicle by police yielded a loaded 9 mm handgun, syringes, and 14 grams of methamphetamine. Gray and Smith were both arrested for dealing and possession of methamphetamine, dealing of a controlled substance, resisting law enforcement, possession of a syringe, theft of a motor vehicle, criminal recklessness, possession of synthetic substances, resisting law enforcement on foot, failure to stop after an accident, and reckless driving.
Two people from southern Indiana, were arrested on numerous charges Wednesday morning after the driver led officers from two states and multiple counties on a high-speed pursuit. Around 3 am Wednesday morning, Louisville Police were in pursuit of a blue 2019 GMC Sierra that was reported as stolen. The vehicle was occupied by two people and was westbound on I-64. Kentucky authorities terminated the pursuit as the GMC crossed into Indiana. After the car crossed into Indiana, Troopers observed the vehicle speeding westbound in Harrison County and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver did not stop, and the pursuit continued on I-64 through Harrison, Crawford and Perry Counties with speeds over 100 mph. The truck entered Spencer County, near Chrisney where they were able to shut down the vehicle remotely by the On-Star security service. The driver, identified as 25 year old Nelson Jacob Emery of New Albany was taken into custody. The passenger, 25 year old Kaelin Maire Brian of Jeffersonville was also taken into custody. A search of the vehicle, police found a revolver with the serial number removed and a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol, five grams of methamphetamine and one gram of marijuana. Both subjects were transported back to the Harrison County Jail. Emory was charged with Possession of Handgun with obliterated serial number, Possession of handgun by Felon, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Possession of Methamphetamine, Reckless Driving and several warrants out of Floyd County. Brian was charged with Possession of marijuana.
Tuesday, May 11th, 2021
A teen was arrested after police received a report of a stolen vehicle and trailer in Washington. At 12:45 AM, on Saturday the Washington Police Department received a report of an abandoned trailer with mowing equipment at the intersection of NW 16th and McCormick Avenue. Officers observed the trailer had struck the guide wire on a utility pole and had flipped over. After further investigation, the owner was located and confirmed the trailer had been stolen. It was also discovered that the vehicle that the trailer had been attached to was also stolen. While assisting with the investigation, a Daviess County Sheriff’s Office Deputy located the stolen vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle fled from the stop and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit ultimately ended as the driver attempted to maneuver at a high rate of speed, causing the vehicle to roll over. A 15 year old was taken into custody without further incident and no injuries were reported.
Thursday, May 6th, 2021
A high speed pursuit on Wednesday in English ended with one man behind bars. On Wednesday around 9 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff's Department were called to a possible burglary in progress at 4924 South State Road 37 in English. When police arrived at the home, they found a Blue 2007 Chevrolet at the scene that was reported stolen from Floyd County. When police approached the vehicle, the driver drove off, struck an Indiana State Police car, and fled the scene. Crawford County Deputies then began pursuing the vehicle, which fled onto Interstate 64 at the 94-mile marker eastbound. The pursuit continued eastbound on I-64, at times reaching speeds of 104 miles per hour. The pursuit continued to the 100-mile marker eastbound, where the vehicle ran over stop sticks that officers had set out. The vehicle continued to flee for a short distance until it crashed off the roadway. 29 year old Anthony Rainbolt, the vehicle's driver was then taken to the University of Louisville for treatment of injuries he sustained in the crash. Further investigation revealed that Rainbolt had an active warrant from Floyd County for failure to appear on the original charge of illegally carrying a handgun.
Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
Two people were arrested after police were dispatched Tuesday afternoon to do a Welfare check after a 911 call. Police received a report from a woman of an unresponsive male who then changed her mind and said she did not need help. Police decided to do a welfare check at the house in the 1700 block of 25th Street in Bedford. When officers arrived at the home they spoke with 35 year old Heather Brown who through a reverse search, found the number belonged to her. Officers also recognized a vehicle at the home that belonged to 26 year old Billy Young who was known to use drugs and thought to have overdosed. Police asked to enter the home and he was found in the basement. Police called for backup to do a search of the house and requested canine Maximus. Brown then admitted to police that contraband was in the home and wanted to show officers where it was. Brown gave officers a plastic bag that contained two used Narcan containers, a bag with crystal meth residue, three used syringes, one containing of a crystal-like substance, a spoon with meth residue and cotton swabs that tested positive for fentanyl and heroin. In the basement police found a bag that contained used syringes and a spoon with meth residue on it. Police also found 26 full and 5 partial prescription pills and two digital scales. Brown later admitted that Young had overdosed and she used narcan to revive him. Young and Brown were charged with possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown is also charged with false informing.
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
A Springville man was arrested on a plethora of charges after police found him hiding out in a Monroe County residence. The Indiana State Police received information from the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office that 32 year old Robert Collins of Springville was wanted for 7 felony offenses in Lawrence County and an additional warrant through Monroe County. Troopers began an investigation into his whereabouts. He was reportedly hiding away from his residence to avoid apprehension. On Monday, ISP determined that Collins was at a residence in the 3000 block of Knightsridge Road in Monroe County. At that residence, police made contact with a female who admitted that Collins was, in fact, inside the residence. Troopers obtained consent to enter the home where they located Collins and he was taken into custody without incident. Collins was arrested and incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail on charges of Probation Violation of the Original Charge of Burglary, Domestic Battery Resulting in Injury to a Person Less than 14 Years of Age, Criminal Confinement, Criminal Confinement, 2 counts of Strangulation, 2 counts of Domestic Battery, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Controlled Substance and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with Endangerment.
Monday, May 3rd, 2021
Two people were injured after a two vehicle accident occurred Sunday at 16th and I streets in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police Department report, around 5:23 p.m 78 year old David Lipscomb of Heltonville was driving east on 16th Street in his 2007 Buick Lacrosse. He told police that he must have looked down at the wrong time and did not see that the stoplight had turned to red. Lipscomb’s vehicle then struck the rear of a 2012 Nissan Sentra that was driven by 61 year old Timothy Brittain of Norman. A passenger in Brittain’s vehicle identified as 61 year old Delema Brittain of Norman complained of abdomen and pelvis pain. Lipscomb also suffered a contusion and bruises to his elbow and lower arm. Both were treated at the scene by an IU Health Hospital ambulance crew.
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