Friday, October 2nd, 2015
A suspect wanted in connection to a burglary from the Jasper Youth Sports Complex was arrested in Evansville Wednesday evening. According to authorities, 29 year old Byron Moton, of Jasper, was arrested after an Evansville police officer stopped him for a traffic violation. During the stop, the officer learned that Moton was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Dubois County. According to Jasper police, Moton was found to be in possession of property that was taken from the Jasper Park and Rec building at the Youth Sports Complex. Police added that other physical evidence as well as testimonial evidence linked Moton to the burglary that occurred on August 31. Moton was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail but is being transferred to Dubois County to face a Level 5 felony count of burglary and a Class A misdemeanor count of theft.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Dubois County woman after she ran into a guardrail and then struck a vehicle Wednesday evening. According to police reports, Deputies were notified of the accident that occurred on State Road 545 just north of Dubois at about 5:27 p.m. According to authorities, a witness at the scene reported that she saw 38-year-old Tina Gould of Dubois traveling southbound driving a Buick Enclave on State Road 545 in the northbound lane. The witness stopped her vehicle to avoid a head-on collision with Gould. She reported that Gould continued across the lane, struck the guardrail on the east side of the road and bounced back into the southbound lane. 50 year old Jeffrey Harrison of Dubois, was southbound at the time and driving a Chevy Blazer and saw Gould’s vehicle as it reentered the southbound lane. He attempted to get off the road to avoid being rear-ended by Gould but was unable to do so in time. His Chevrolet Blazer was hit and pushed into a yard along the roadway. Gould’s Buick Enclave then came to rest back on the east side of the roadway. When officers met with Gould they determined she was severely intoxicated. She was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital where a certified chemical test determined her blood alcohol content was .41 percent. Gould was charged with operating while intoxicated endangerment and reckless driving, both misdemeanors. According to police, more charges could be pending for Gould. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, Dubois First Responders, Indiana State Police, and wreckers from Uebelhor and Sons and Dr. Auto’s Wrecker Service assisted.
Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Deer season opened today in Indiana and many hunters will take to the woods. Forest officials want you to have a successful and safe hunt and be aware of the rules while visiting the Hoosier National Forest. District Ranger Chris Zimmer reminds the public, "The Hoosier belongs to everyone and hunters are welcome to hunt on Forest land, with limited exceptions." He explains designated recreation areas such as Hardin Ridge or Tipsaw, and Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest south of Paoli are closed to hunting. Zimmer also wants to remind hunters to leave their ATVs and UTVs at home. Hunters are welcome to park vehicles at Forest trailheads or dispersed camping areas and walk to their hunting areas. Any deer that are shot must be carried out to the road, but ATV/UTVs are not an authorized use on the Hoosier.
A Birdseye man died after being involved in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 64 Tuesday evening. According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, they were called to an accident in the westbound lane of I-64 near the 72-mile marker (Siberia exit) at about 8:35 p.m. When first responders arrived, they located the victim identified as Brentley A. Workman, 27, of Birdseye, and the motorcycle he was operating. Both were in the median. Workman was transported to an Evansville Hospital where he died at 1:53 a.m. According to police, it appears that Workman lost control of the motorcycle and left the roadway before ending up in the median.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department arrested 38-year-old Tina Gould of Hickory Grove Road, Dubois, for drunken driving after she ran into a guardrail and then struck a vehicle Wednesday evening. Deputies were notified of the accident that occurred on State Road 545 just north of Dubois at about 5:27 p.m. According to authorities, a witness at the scene reported that she saw Gould traveling southbound on State Road 545 in the northbound lane. The witness stopped her vehicle to avoid a head-on collision with Gould. She reported that Gould continued across the lane, struck the guardrail on the east side of the road and bounced back into the southbound lane. Jeffrey Harrison, 50, of Dubois Road West, Dubois, was southbound at the time and saw Gould’s vehicle as it reentered the southbound lane. He attempted to get off the road to avoid being rear-ended by Gould but was unable to do so in time. His Chevrolet Blazer was hit and pushed into a yard along the roadway. Gould’s Buick Enclave then came to rest back on the east side of the roadway. When officers met with Gould they determined she was severely intoxicated and tested at She was taken to Memorial Hospital where a certified chemical test determined her blood alcohol content was .41 percent. Gould reckless driving, both misdemeanors. According to police, more charges could be pending for Gould
Monday, September25th, 2015
An early morning fire that destroyed a vacant home in Mitchell have led fire officials to seek assistance from the state fire marshal’s office in probing the cause of the blaze. A 911 caller reported the fire at 2:46 a.m at 407 N. Third St. Almost immediately after taking the call, Mitchell Assistant Fire Chief Fred Cassidy requested assistance from the Marion Township Rural Fire Department. The home, owned by Jill Keys, was not occupied. Most recently, her daughter had lived in the home. The home was was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived. With assistance from Marion Township, they were able to get it knocked down quickly. Firefighters were out abot 2 and a half hours.
The driver of the UTV that was struck by an SUV on State Road 162 last Thursday has succumbed to his injuries. 74-year old Edgar Ebert, of Ferdinand died Thursday evening at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville where he had been since the accident on September 17 th. The accident occurred along Indiana 162, near Dubois County Road East 815 South when the 325cc UTV was struck by a 2003 Ford Explorer. Also the passenger on the UTV, 71 year old Leroy Witte, of Ferdinand, died Tuesday also at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He had suffered injuries to his head and chest in the collision.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Three people, including a 21-month-old girl, were injured in a two-vehicle accident on State Road 37 Wednesday evening. According to a Mitchell Police Department accident report, 26-year-old Donald Hobson of Paoli was stopped on Teke Burton Drive facing west toward State Road 37 about 6:15 p.m. He drove forward attempting to turn south onto State Road 37 when 30 year old Stephanie Hill of Bedford, who was driving north on State Road 37, hit his truck with her 2002 Ford Mustang. A passenger in Hobsons truck, 26 year old Tina Hobson of Paoli complained of leg pain and was transported by Seals ambulance to Indiana University Health Paoli Hospital for treatment. Hill complained of lower leg pain, believing she may have broken a bone, and also suffered redness around her neck that appeared to have been caused by a seat belt. Her passenger, 21-month-old Breanna Evans, also had redness around her neck. Both were transported to IU Health Bedford Hospital, where the child was treated and later released. Both vehicles sustained significant damage in the crash, with the primary cause of the accident listed as Donald Hobson’s failure to yield. Seals ambulance and Mitchell First Responders assisted MPD officers at the scene.
A Lawrence County driver suffered incapacitating injuries after his truck hit a rock wall on State Road 37 South, trapping him inside. According to police reports, 51 year old Brett Sanders, of Mitchell, was driving south on State Road 37 in his 1999 General Motors pickup truck at 3:14 p.m just south of River Bluff Road in the rock cut. A witness told police Sanders was driving “at a high rate of speed passing vehicles while in the right lane, and that Sanders waited until the last moment to merge into the left lane where the road merges from two lanes to one. The truck then went off the left side of the highway when the road began to curve. The truck struck a rock wall, causing it to flip onto its top trapping Sanders inside. Bedford Fire Department’s extrication team responded to free Harding from the truck. A Seals ambulance then took Sanders to a helicopter landing pad so that he could be flown to another hospital.
One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon. According to a police report, 29 year old Tiffany Cruz of Bedford was driving a 2009 Hyundai Accent south on N Street near Fifth Street. At the same time, 79 year old David Bartlett, of Bedford was driving a 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer on Fifth Street, nearing N Street. Cruz told police that she tried to slow down at the stop sign, but couldn’t. She believes something was under the brake pedal, causing it to lodge and continued through the stop sign into Fifth Street traffic. Bartlett told officers he could not stop in time to avoid the accident, and the TrailBlazer struck the passenger side of the Accent. Bartlett was not injured. Cruz complained of pain to her back, and a Seals ambulance took her to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital for treatment. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
Wednesday, September 23d, 2015
A Ferdinand man who was a passenger in a UTV struck by an SUV on State Road 162 last Thursday has died from injuries. 71 year old Leroy Witte, 71, of County Road 300N, Ferdinand, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He suffered injuries to his head and chest in the collision. The driver of the UTV, Edgar V. Ebert, 74, of 660S, Ferdinand, remains in critical condition at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Witte was a passenger in a 2015 Polaris Ranger 325cc UTV when it was T-boned by a 2003 Ford Explorer. A dog in the UTV was killed as well.
The Indiana Conservation Officers Scuba Team located and recovered a 12-gauge shotgun near the intake of Lake Monroe Reservoir Dam Tuesday afternoon. The shotgun is believed to have been used in the attempted murder of 58-year-old David Sheese of Spencer on September 17. Police arrested 54-year-old Danny J. Howe of Bloomington on charges of attempted murder and obstruction of justice in that shooting. The weapon was found by divers at a depth of 40 feet, at the base of the old Salt Creek channel.
The Indiana Department of Transportation announces lane restrictions for a bridge on State Road 145 near Eckerty beginning Thursday. Depending upon weather conditions, contractors will restrict traffic to one lane between West County Road 1025 South and North Williams Ridge Road for a rehabilitation project on the bridge spanning the Patoka River. Restrictions will be limited to daytime hours. Flaggers will control traffic. During the project loads over 14 feet wide will need to seek an alternate route. Work is scheduled to last until Oct. 2. INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews
Tuesday, September 22d, 2015
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating after a Borden man fell from his tree stand while setting it up Saturday morning. Police say 44-year-old Stephen Welp suffered a broken femur after falling approximately 12 feet to the ground while on the Patoka Reservoir property. Just before 11am, Welp was attempting to erect a 12' ladder stand by himself for the upcoming deer hunting season. As he was affixing the stand to the tree, a strap loosened, and the stand fell as Welp clung to the platform. Welp was not wearing a safety harness at the time of the incident. Multiple responders transported Weldon from the woods to a conservation officer's boat, and he was subsequently transported by ambulance to the hospital. Assisting agencies at the scene included Orange County Rural District 1 and French Lick Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as IU Health Ambulance. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage hunters to routinely inspect all tree stands, straps and equipment, in addition to properly wearing a safety harness when hunting from or erecting an elevated stand
Late Friday afternoon, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced a substantial reward of up to $10,000 being offered for information in the case of the Lyons Post Office robbery earlier this month. On Tuesday, September 8 th, The U.S. Post Office in Lyons was robbed an a postal employee was assaulted. According to U.S. Postal Inspector Dan Taylor, the employee was approached as she was locking up, then assaulted. The 25-year-old employee, who has been employed at the post office for less than one year, was transported to Greene County General Hospital for medical treatment. The suspect is described as a stocky white male in his late 30s or early 40s, approximately 5' 8" or 5' 9" tall weighing approximately 200+ lbs. with dirty blond hair in a buzz cut. He may have had a mustache with a reddish tint. He was wearing a dark green t-shirt at the time of the incident. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a cash reward of up to $10,000. The announcement is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect but it cautions that citizens should take no action to apprehend this person. Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455 or Inspector Maxwell at (317) 328-2523. According to the announcement, all information will be kept strictly confidential.
Attorney General Greg Zoeller is encouraging Indiana residents who are still receiving unwanted calls on their cell phones to look at a new call-blocking reference sheet provided by his office. Zoeller says that while Indiana's Do Not Call list is effective in preventing legitimate telemarketers from contacting people, it doesn't stop illegal telemarketers and robocallers who disregard state and federal laws. Unwanted calls remain the top complaint received by his office, with 7,500 such complaints filed in 2015. Zoeller has been urging phone companies that don't provide comprehensive call-blocking service to make it available to customers as soon as possible.
Monday, September 21st, 2015
A Lawrence county woman suffered a serious leg injury in a scooter crash Friday morning on Rabbitsville Road. According to a Lawrence County Police Department report, at around 11AM 43 year old Scottie Crane of Mitchell, was driving a scooter on Rabbitsville Road near Woodville Road. Crane told police he hit some loose hay on the road and lost control of the scooter. Following the accident, Crane and his passenger 26 year old Jennifer Tumey, of Mitchell got back on the scooter rode it to a home in the 7200 block of State Road 60. Police were then notified and called to that location. Tumey suffered a compound fracture of her left femur and other injuries. She was taken by Seals ambulance to Mitchell High School and an Air Evac helicopter ambulance flew her from there to the University of Louisville Hospital.
A driver took his eyes off the road briefly and ended up flipping the pickup truck he was driving Saturday morning. 35 year old Harold LaRue, of Holland, was eastbound on State Route 64 in a 1996 Nissan truck at about 8:50 a.m. when, according to police, he looked away from the road briefly and the truck went off the edge of the highway. It struck several mailboxes and LaRue attempted to bring it back on the road but the truck began to slide. It went left of center and off the north side of the highway. It struck a large embankment and rolled on its top off the side of the highway. Both LaRue and his passenger, 36 year old Nathaniel McNabb, of Holland, refused treatment from Jasper Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services at the scene. McNabb was transported to Memorial by personal vehicle for a complaint of pain to his neck. LaRue was cited for speed to fast to avoid a collision. Deputies were assisted by Indiana State Police, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Uebelhor and Son’s tow truck.
The Girls Golf Sectional was held Saturday at Otis Park in Bedford. Six teams competed, with three advancing to Regionals. Advancing was Springs Valley, Mitchell and BNL. SV finished with a 416, Mitchell with a 418 and the Winner of the Sectional BNL carded a 362. Congrats to the SV Ladies Golf team. They now advance to the regional at Country Oaks in Montgomery this Saturday.
Friday, September 18th, 2015
Three people were injured following a accident on State Road 37 in Mitchell Thursday. According to police reports, at around 1:59PM, 62 year old Brenda Alexander of Leavenworth was heading south on State Road 37 near Teke Burton Drive and told police 66 year old Loretta Houtchings of Bedford turned in front of her from Teke Burton Drive. Houtchings suffered pain to her neck, and Alexander suffered pain to her lower leg area. A passenger in Houtchings’ car, Lucy Collins of Bedford was also injured, but her injuries were not listed in the accident report.
Wednesday afternoon, the Seymour City Police Department contacted the Indiana State Police at Sellersburg requesting troopers to be on the lookout for a Red Chevrolet Cavalier with a female driving. The driver was suspected of stealing items out of the Orscheln Farm and Home Store in Seymour and was heading to the Scott County area. At approximately 2:40 pm, trooper Tracy Spencer from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg saw a vehicle matching the description given by the Seymour City Police Department on Pearl in Austin. Trooper Spencer made a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver, identified as 36 year old Angela Couch, of Austin. During the traffic stop and resulting conversation trooper Spencer was able to recover a pair of Carhart pants and a hammock taken from the store. The stolen items were returned to the Orscheln Farm and Home Store and Couch was jailed at the Jackson County Jail on the charge of Theft.
Thursday, September 17th, 2015
Wednesday, officers with the Paoli Police Department observed a vehicle driven by Dennis Asbury traveling over the posted speed limit. While approaching the vehicle on a traffic stop an Officer observed Mr. Asbury stuffing bags of synthetic drug “Spice” under the driver’s seat. During the search of the vehicle 106 grams of synthetic drug “Spice”, and 13 pills identified as Benzonatate were located. Dennis Asbury was initially charged with Possession of synthetic drug, a Class A Misdemeanor, Possession of Legend drug, a Level 6 Felony and Maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 Felony
A motorcyclist was flown by helicopter to a hospital after his motorcycle struck a deer Wednesday. At around 12:58PM, 62 year old Paul M. Guthrie of Bedford, who was wearing a helmet, was riding a 2014 Suzuki south on Tunnelton Road when he struck a deer near Buddha Bypass. Guthrie suffered an ankle injury and cuts and bruises to his entire body, among other injuries. A helicopter responded to take him to a hospital for treatment.
A Dubois County man and his passenger were injured when an SUV collided with the utility vehicle (UTV) they were in Thursday afternoon. According to authorities, 74 year old Edgar Ebert, of Ferdinand was northbound on the shoulder of State Road 162 in a 2015 Polaris Ranger 325cc at about 12:35 p.m. When he attempted to turn west to cross the road, the Polaris was t-boned by a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by 29 year old Sally Jo Stout, of Jasper, that was also northbound on State Road 162. Investigators believe that Ebert was attempting to turn west onto County Road 815 South when he crossed the highway. Ebert was LifeFlighted to St. Mary’s Medical Center for injuries he received in the accident. His condition is unknown at this time. Leroy Witte, a passenger in the UTV, was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance for his injuries. His condition is also unknown at this time. Stout was not injured in the accident. Both vehicles were considered a total loss. Ferdinand Police Department, Ferdinand First Responders, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, and a Uebelhor and Sons wrecker assisted at the scene.
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
Cold Case Arrest after Fifteen Years: 15 years ago, On Tuesday October 26th of 1999, in the evening hours, Eric S. Jones, 42, from Alexander Avenue in Salem, allegedly broke into a home located on Commerce Drive in Salem. After breaking into the home he allegedly battered and sexually assaulted a twelve year old boy. The boy stated he had come home to what he thought was an empty home. When he entered the residence he was allegedly attacked by Eric S. Jones whom had broken into the home, while no one was there. Eric S. Jones allegedly asked if the boy’s mother was home. The victim replied no. Eric S. Jones then allegedly brutally battered and sexually assaulted the young boy. When Eric S. Jones heard someone coming to the home he fled on foot. At the time of this crime it was unknown whom Eric S. Jones was. Investigators from the Indiana State Police investigated the crime but were unable to find who had assaulted the young boy. Crime Scene Investigators from the Indiana State Police processed the crime and were able to locate items of evidence. The investigation was considered a “cold case”, until Friday July 24th, this year (fifteen years later). On this date Indiana State Police Detective Bill Wibbels, who had assumed responsibility for the case, was advised by the Indiana State Police Laboratory they had found a DNA match for a suspect in the case. The DNA match was to Eric S. Jones. Detective Wibbels sought an arrest warrant for the arrest of Eric S. Jones through the Washington County Courts.A warrant was issued Tuesday and Detective Wibbels served the arrest warrant on Eric S. Jones for Child Molesting, A Felony. Eric S. Jones was already incarcerated at the Scott County Jail on unrelated charges.
Two Kentucky men are behind bars after a morning traffic stop that found them in possession of drugs and weapons. At 8:17 A.M., Sergeant Kirby Stailey was conducting radar patrol on Interstate 64 near the 86 mile marker in Crawford County. Sergeant Stailey observed a white 2014 Mazda traveling eastbound at 80 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone. Sergeant Stailey pulled over the Mazda and began speaking with the driver, 30 year old Jeremiah Collins, ofOwensboro, KY and the passenger, 24 year old Christopher Raley, of, Greenville, KY.
As Sergeant Stailey continued his investigation, he learned that both Collins and Raley had suspended drivers licenses. The Mazda was a rental car, and neither Collins nor Raley were permitted to drive the vehicle per the rental agreement. After contacting the rental company, Stailey was asked by the rental company to impound the vehicle. While inventorying the contents of the vehicle, Stailey found a plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Stailey also found a loaded handgun in the vehicle; neither Collins nor Raley had a handgun permit. Both Collins and Raley were placed into custody on meth and weapons charges. They were lodged in the Crawford County Jail without incident.
On Sunday, just west of Brownstown , a 4-year-old child wandered into the woods alone in the Pleasant Grove area west of Brownstown but was found safe more than three hours later in an old hunting cabin a mile away.Jackson County Sheriff's Department say, the child's grandmother, Kimberly Reynolds, reported the boy missing from the 3400 block of North County Road 650W, better known as Thompson Road, around 4:23 p.m
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
A man being pursued by several law enforcement agencies ended his life own life after a more than 60-mile pursuit on Interstate 64 Monday evening . According to state police, the incident began at about 7 p.m. when the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department received a report of someone breaking into a shed in the Green Meadows Trailer Court in Corydon. The officers thought the suspect was also a suspect in a Floyd County investigation. A Harrison County deputy responded to the scene and when he arrived, the suspect was attempting to flee in a silver sedan. The deputy attempted to convince the suspect to stop, according to police, but he fled the area on State Road 135. He then entered the westbound lane of I-64. Harrison County deputies, along with an officer with the Corydon Police Department, Indiana Conservation Officers, and Indiana State Police, joined in an attempt to stop the vehicle. As the pursuit continued westbound at speeds reaching 115 miles per hour, a State Trooper attempted to deploy a tire deflation device at the 86-mile marker but was unsuccessful. The pursuit continued through Crawford and Perry counties into Dubois County where Ferdinand Police deployed tire deflation devices, flattening the front right tire. The suspect exited I-64 at the 63-mile marker (Ferdinand exit) and re-entered the interstate in the eastbound lane. A Harrison County deputy deployed his tire deflation device near the 72-mile marker in Perry County, flattening the remaining three tires. The suspect continued east to the 79-mile marker, the Tell City exit, where he slowed down to cross the median in a paved crossover. Officers believe at this point, the suspect fired a single self-inflicted gunshot. The vehicle coasted across the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 and stopped north of the roadway.The driver was pronounced deceased by the Perry County Coroner. The name of the driver will be released at a later time.
An Indiana University student is faces two felony counts of rape after he allegedly assaulted of two different women.
One incident happened in April during a fraternity party and the other in October 2013 before a fraternity-sorority dance. 21-year-old John Phillip Enochs of Downers Grove, Illinois turned himself in at the Monroe County Jail early Friday morning. He was released an hour later after posting a $20,000 surety, $500 cash bond. Enochs is scheduled to appear in court on November 10. Police say news of the April sexual assault prompted the second woman to come forward and report her assault.
State Police, arrested two individuals, after being contacted by the Washington County Department of Child Service s in February about an allegation of child molestation in Washington County. . 36-year-old Derek Medlock of Hardinsburg and 30-year-old Matthew Mattingly of Campbellsburg after being charged with molesting the same child in the Campbellsburg area. Both men are facing a Level 4 felony of child molesting. Mattingly was arrested on a warrant Monday. Medlock was served the warrant at the Washington County Jail were he is currently being held on an unrelated charge
Monday, September 14th, 2015
An Elnora woman was killed in an accident on County Road 900 East, just south of County Road 1400 North Thursday afternoon. According to a Daviess County Sheriff's Department police report, 73-year-old Patricia Pickett was southbound on 900 East when her car ran off the road, went down an embankment, and struck a tree. Pickett was pronounced dead at the scene by Daviess County Deputy Coroner Dean Guthrie. The accident remains under investigation. Assisting at the scene were Odon Volunteer Fire Department, Southwest Medical Ambulance Service and Indiana State Police.
A Bloomington man accused of breaking into an Ellettsville home and beating the homeowner to death is on trial this week in Monroe Circuit Court. A 12-member jury was selected on Friday, that heard testimony beginning today. 33-year-old Andrew Bryan Cooper is accused of killing 81-year-old Sid Cowden by beating him to death with a lantern-style flashlight. The incident happened nine years ago. Cooper was arrested January 2014 after DNA from cigarette butts, fingerprints and blood found at Cowden's Dewey Drive home and on his pickup truck helped identify Cooper as one of two suspects involved in the crime. He was charged with murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and burglary resulting in bodily injury.
Friday, September 11th, 2015
A Howard County motorcyclist was flown to a hospital Tuesday morning after suffering injuries in an accident. According to police reports, 20 year old Matthew Pinkham, of Kokomo, was driving a 1989 Suzuki motorcycle north on State Road 37 at 9:23 a.m. He was moving from the right lane into the left lane. At the same time, 40 year old James Imhausen, of Bloomington, was driving a 2006 Jeep Liberty on SR 37, facing the opposite direction, waiting to turn into McDonald's near State Road 60. Imhausen failed to notice the motorcycle switching lanes, and he turned into Pinkham's path. Pinkham, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle. The helmet came undone, and Pinkham landed in the shoulder of the right lane of State Road 37 North, next to the motorcycle suffering an arm injury. Imhausen complained of pain to his neck, but he declined medical treatment. An Air Evac helicopter flew Pinkham to a area hospital.
Indiana State Police found several narcotics in a vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 64 Wednesday afternoon. Trooper Brock Werne stopped a truck at the 61.5 mile-marker for speeding at about 12:48 p.m. During the stop, Werne and Trooper Brian LaRoche requested to search the vehicle according to police. They determined an occupant in the vehicle, 30 year old Bridget Vaughn, of Scipio, was in possession of several prescription medications. The troopers located Clonazepam (clone-azz-a-pam), Alprazolam (alp-ruh-zo-lam), which are both Schedule IV controlled substances, and Hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. Vaughn additionally possessed several burnt marijuana cigarettes and five syringes. Vaughn was arrested at the scene and charged with a Level 6 felony count of possession of a syringe and misdemeanor counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of possession of a Schedule IV substance and possession of marijuana. She was transported to the Dubois County Jail without incident. The driver of the vehicle was not charged.
No one was hurt when a semitrailer blew its engine, spilling oil on U.S. 50 East Thursday morning, but the highway was closed til later that evening. Four members of Guthrie Township VFD responded at 9:59 a.m., along with three members from Shawswick Township VFD, one volunteer from Pleasant Run Township VFD, eight staff members of the Indiana Department of Transportation, Midwest Environment, Lawrence County police, Indiana State Police, emergency management director Valerie Luchauer, along with others. U.S. 50 East was closed from State Road 446 to Back Creek Road from 10 a.m. to about 4 p.m., when one lane was re-opened. Emergency personnel didn’t leave until after 6 p.m. A 400-foot area where the oil spilled, just beyond the Plaza Motel to near a curve on U.S. 50 East. Crews spent the day putting down Oil-Dri and pushing it into the ground. The product then absorbs the oil and is swept away as a hazardous material.
Thursday, September 10th, 2015
A Lawrence County man was arrested after an accident on Tunnelton Road late Wednesday afternoon. According to a Bedford Police report, 21-year-old Christopher Weilbaker of Bedford was traveling south on Tunnelton Road and approaching Brookside Drive when his 2002 Dodge Neon slid sideways and spun 360 degrees before striking a utility pole. The vehicle then overturned and landed on its top. According to Weilbaker, he told Bedford Police that he was entering the curve when his car began sliding on the wet pavement. He then tried to correct the vehicle, but that caused the vehicle to spin out of control. Weilbaker suffered cuts to his right hand and was treated and released at IU Health Hospital. Upon his release he was arrested on charges of driving while his driver's license was suspended with prior convictions, DWS causing bodily injury, driving while on expired driver's license and cited for no financial responsibility.
Two Washington County residents have been sentenced for the death of a 8 month old infant. Judge Larry Medlock accepted the pre-sentencing report and the plea agreement of Casey Crain Thursday morning, sentencing her to 30 years, with five years suspended, and credit for time served following the death of her 8-month-old son, Leelan, in September 2013. With good behavior and credit for time served, she could feasibly be released in about 15 years for Class A felony of neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Also pleading guilty to the crime was Crain's then boyfriend 24-year-old Jamie Lykins, of Salem, he was sentenced in July 2014 by Judge Larry Medlock to serve 50 years for battery and 40 years for neglect in the death saying the crime was a deliberate act of rage against the child. Salem police say Lykins beat the child to death at the couple's home on Ridgeview Drive in Salem. Friends of the couple talked them into seeking treatment for Leelan after he was found bruised, not breathing well and semi-conscious. He was taken to St. Vincent Salem Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 8th, 2013. He was then transported by helicopter to Kosiar Children's Hospital where he died. According to an autopsy report, Leelan died from blunt force trauma to the head and had various levels of bruising and other signs of abuse.
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Over the last month, the Orange County Sheriff's Department has received numerous complaints about harassing phone calls with caller identification showing the calls are coming from Town of Paoli employees. Police say that if residents have received any of these calls they are prank calls. They are being made from a prank call app for smartphones. If you have received any of these calls you are asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Detectives are currently working with the cellular providers to track down and prosecute anyone using these apps in a malicious manner
Two men were arrested early this morning after they caused a disturbance at Denny's in Bedfor d. From a article on WBIW, Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley says officers rushed to the restaurant after officers received a call just before 3 a.m. reporting two men had threatened to "shoot up the place and kill everyone inside." Officers immediately placed 56-year-old Dennis Meadows, of Mitchell, and 24-year-old Bryan Meadows, of 122 Leatherwood Rd, in handcuffs for safety reasons. According to staff, the two men came into the restaurant being loud and smelling of alcohol. "They then began taunting two people who had gone to the restroom together," Parsley says. "They were being rude and threatening." When the staff asked the men to stop, that is when Dennis Meadows threatened to ""shoot up the place and kill everyone inside." Management at Denny's immediately evacuated the restaurant and called police. When police entered they smelled the alcohol, and the men were continuing to be belligerent. Officers handcuffed the men, found no gun, and arrested them. Dennis Meadows is facing charges of public intoxicated and intimidation after making the threats to "shoot up" the establishment. Bryan Meadows is facing a charge of public intoxication.
A Tell City woman is in jail after using her sister’s identity to deceive an Indiana State Trooper . On June 28, Trooper Jeremy Galloway conducted a traffic stop for an expired vehicle registration violation in Tell City. The driver, a female, identified herself as Crystal Pratt by using her name and date of birth. Trooper Galloway concluded the traffic stop by issuing a citation for the violation. On September 4, Trooper Galloway received a phone call from Pratt, who informed him that she had received notice that her license had been suspended for not paying the fine for a ticket that she did not receive. Pratt informed Galloway that she had never been pulled over by him, and that she believed her sister, Amanda Pennix, 29, Tell City, had stolen her identity. Through the course of an investigation, Trooper Galloway learned that Pennix had in fact falsely used Pratt’s name and date of birth during the June traffic stop. A warrant was issued for Pennix, which Galloway served Monday night. Pennix was arrested and lodged in the Perry County Security Center.
Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
The names of those involved in the Friday afternoon shooting in French Lick have been released.
At approximately 3:50 P.M. Friday, Indiana State Police Trooper Michael Allen, a three year veteran of the Department, and an officer with the West Baden Police Department responded to 8399 West Ohio Street in French Lick, for a report of a physical domestic situation. Officers were informed that Jose Ramon Damiani, Jr., 49, was strangling his wife. Officers arrived at the residence and attempted to speak with Damiani, who had fled from the house to a garage behind the residence. Officers again attempted to speak with Damiani, who would not converse with officers. Damiani picked up a large metal pipe from a pile of scrap materials in the garage, and begin approaching officers. Numerous commands to drop the pipe were given to Damiani; however, he failed to comply with their order. The West Baden officer fired his Taser at Damiani, but the device was ineffective. Damiani stepped directly up to the officer with the metal pipe, pulling the pipe back in a motion to strike the officer in the head with it. At that point, Trooper Allen fired his handgun at the male, striking him. The West Baden officer also fired his weapon. Damiani was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Jose Ramon Damiani, Jr., 49
8399 West Ohio Street, French Lick, IN
Martinsville resident Suzanne Hazel, 46, pled guilty in Morgan County Circuit Court to unemployment insurance fraud, a Class D Felony. Hazel purposefully defrauded the system by collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working for Monroe County Schools. The investigation began when Hazel’s ex-husband inquired as to why his Indiana state income tax return check was withheld. Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) personnel began to investigate and discovered Hazel used her ex-husband’s identity after the two were separated to file for unemployment benefits while she was employed at the Monroe County Community School System. Hazel was ordered to repay $32,538 in restitution to DWD for the benefits she fraudulently collected. She was also sentenced to 60 days jail time, 60 days home detention with two years of probation. DWD receives wage reports and new hire data from Hoosier employers documenting who is employed and receiving compensation. The agency uses this information to ensure people are not collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working.
Just before midnight Friday night , Linton Police Officer Logan Hobbs attempted to stop a Ford pickup truck in regards to an equipment violation. The truck was traveling northbound on State Road 59 north of Linton and failed to yield to Officer Hobbs and instead accelerated away. Officers were able to obtain the license plate number and information indicating the driver, Shane A. Hollingsworth, 40, of Greencastle, was wanted on a warrant regarding a Parole Violation for Serious Violent Felon in Possession of Firearm and for Felony Resisting Law Enforcement. As Hollingsworth continued to resist law enforcement with his vehicle, he drove off road through multiple farm fields causing thousands of dollars in crop damage. When Hollingsworth’s vehicle ultimately became disabled in a bean field, a perimeter was quickly established as he attempted to flee on foot. Officer’s located him in the field and ordered him to surrender to which he complied. Hollingsworth is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges including Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon when he swerved into the path of an ISP Trooper and forced him to leave the roadway to avoid impact. Hollingsworth was also found to be in possession of illegal narcotics. Hollingsworth is being held at the Greene County Jail without bond.
Friday, September 4th, 2015
A Washington County man was found dead in his car early Thurdsay morning. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, they were dispatched around 12:15 a.m. Thursday to the scene of a car crash on Sparksville Crossing, along with Washington County EMS and Jefferson Township first responders. They found the driver, 41 year old Douglas Gibbons, of Campbellsburg, dead inside the vehicle. Evidence at the scene suggests the vehicle Gibbons was driving came to the intersection of Sparksville Crossing and Sparksville Road and did not stop, plowing through the intersection and into an embankment. Investigators believe speed to be a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Jasper Police are investigating an attempted break-in at the Jasper Youth Sports Complex maintenance shed. According to the Jasper Police Department, sometime between 6 p.m. August 31 and 7 a.m. September 1, someone attempted to force the door open on a maintenance shed at the complex. Police believe that the person did not gain access to the shed. The department and Community Strike Force Against Crime is offering $750.00 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the attempted break-in. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).
Yesterday afternoon, Trooper Zachary J. Smith, along with other members of the Indiana State Police and Harrison County Probation Department followed up on a drug investigation at a residence located at 11614 Highway 135 NE in New Salisbury, Indiana. While at the residence, Trooper Smith deployed his K-9 Riggs for a search of the residence. K-9 Riggs provided positive alerts in different locations of the home. During the search, four plastic baggies containing suspected Crystal Methamphetamine and other Drug Paraphernalia was located. Arrested were 30 year old Cameron Flannery, charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Visiting a Common Nuisance; 25 year old Tousha Flannery and she was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Visiting a Common Nuisance; and 55 year old Stanley Flannery who was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. All three subjects were booked into the Harrison County Jail.
A local Paoli man has thrown his hat into the ring for the Indiana District 73 seat. Current Paoli Town Council President and Republican Mike Harkness signed the papers in Indianapolis this morning launching his committee to run for State Representative for Indiana District 73. Current Representative of District 73 is Republican Steve Davisson. Anyone interested in helping on the Harkness' campaign, can contact the campaign through their Facebook page at Vote Michael A Harkness District 73 State Representative.
Wednesday, September 2d, 2015
The Orange County Sheriff’s will have an awards ceremony today for one of it’s Deputys. Dustin Rosenbaum has only been working with the Sheriff Department for only a few months. He's just 23-years-old and was having a slow Sunday when he got a call at 6:40 p.m. for a car accident. Lyuckily only two minutes from the crash scene, upon arrival, he found a car in flames with a 5-month-old child tapped inside, buckled in a car seat. The doors on the vehicle would not open It took some effort using a rock to bring a window. By the time he got the window open, the fire was through the windshield and moving to the interior of the car. Rosenbaum reached into the window to unlatch the baby's car seat. Deputy Rosenbaum pulled the infant to safety just in time, minutes before the car was engulfed in flames.
The Martin County Prosecutor's Office filed 10 charges Tuesday against a man accused of fatally shooting two men north of Dover Hill. Indiana State police say 33-year-old Nathan Baker has been charged with the murders of 52-year-old Tom Tharp and 82-year-old Alan Sims, both of Shoals. He is also facing two counts of felony burglary, two counts of felony theft and a felony charge of auto theft. In a second document released by the Martin County Prosecutor's Office, Baker also faces two counts related to an incident that happened just days prior to the double homicide investigation. In that case, documents state that Baker broke into a cabin near State Route 450 and stole several items. For that case, he's charged with felony burglary and felony theft. A third document released by the Prosecutor's office charges Baker with felony auto theft. In that case, documents show that Baker stole a vehicle from the Loogootee IGA on August 23. Baker admitted while incarcerated for the previous charges to stealing the vehicle. Baker remains in the Martin County Jail. Because of his criminal history Baker is also facing two counts of being a habitual offender. He is also facing numerous charges in Lawrence County
Officers with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police confiscated about 269 marijuana plants the southwestern part of the county Tuesday morning. Officers had located three separate plots of marijuana growing inside cornfields near Holland. Both the Indiana State Police and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department frequently fly over Dubois County in an effort to attempt to locate any illegal marijuana grow operations in the area. However, due to the large quantity and size of the plants, law enforcement entered t corn fields and confiscated about 269 plants. The investigation into the individuals who planted and maintained these three plots is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information concerning these plots is asked to contact Narcotics Officer John Anderson at 812-639-9055 or 812-482-3522.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
Indiana is fighting back against drug abuse. Gov Pence plans to announce a new initiative today aimed at tackling a growing drug abuse problem in the state. Pence is also planning to lead a roundtable discussion with local experts in the fields of drug enforcement, treatment and prevention.
Gov Pence is seeking federal grants to help 19 counties hit by severe summer storms and flooding. The grants would pay 75 percent of eligible expenses for damage to infrastructure and equipment, debris removal and other cost. Those counties in the Q-100 listening area include Scott and Washington.
Hasenour Motor Company is closing its doors. The St. Anthony car dealership and garage in Dubois County has served the area since 1922. According to president John Welp, co-owner of the business with Woody Fischer, the closure is effective September 12th. General Motors announced it was winding down the Medium Duty Truck Parts and Service Program nationally with plans to end support in October. GM stopped producing medium-duty trucks in 2009 when it entered bankruptcy. Without the GM supported program, Hasenour Motors will not be able to meet the needs and expectations of its customers, according to a statement from the company. Welp and Fischer, who have spent a combined 98 years with the company, thanked their employees and customers for the many wonderful years.
Monday, August 31st, 2015
An infant’s life saved Sunday when an Orange County Sheriff’s Department Deputy pulled the child from a burning vehicle after the vehicle left the roadway. According to the Orange County Sheriff Josh Babcock, a call reporting the accident was made by a bystander at 6:42 p.m. with the caller reporting possible entrapment. The crash occurred at 9307 West County Road 175 South. When officials arrived, the car was on fire and inverted on its top and the driver, Bradley Garrison, was outside the vehicle. Two gentleman at the scene then pushed the car over on its wheels again. Babcock states that Deputy Darren Rosenbaum was the officer dispatched to the scene, and when he realized that there was a baby in a car seat inside the vehicle, he was able to bust the window and climb in and get the baby out. Bradley Garrison, according to Sheriff Babcock, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and aid other charges possibly will be filed. Garrison was booked into the Orange County Jail and his bond is set at $805 cash. No other details are available at this time.
A brake failure was blamed for a collision that sent two people to Jasper Memorial Hospital and totaled two pickup trucks Saturday afternoon. According to Dubois County Sheriffs deputies, 47 year old Leslie Rupple, of Stendal, was northbound on State Road 162 in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado approaching the Schnellville Road intersection at about 2:36 p.m. when according to Rupple, her brakes failed. She was unable to stop for the red light at the intersection. As her truck went through the intersection, it collided with the passenger side of an eastbound 2011 GMC Sierra driven by 54 year old Mark Lichlyter, of Jasper. The two vehicles came to rest facing east on Schnellville Road. Rupple and a passenger in her truck, 54 year old Milinda Sturgeon, of Ferdinand, were transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance for their injuries. Rupple was treated for a complaint of pain to her neck, back and head. Sturgeon was treated for pain to her neck and back as well as an abrasion near her right elbow. Lichlyter complained of pain to his neck and left shoulder at the scene but refused medical treatment. Both vehicles were considered a total loss. Neither a 2004 trailer nor the front-end loader it was carrying attached to Lichlyter’s truck were damaged in the accident.
Friday, August 28th, 2015
A driver was injured when he was thrown from his mo-ped at JayC Plaza Thursday. According to Bedford City Police reports, 22 year old Mason De Palma of Bedford was driving a 2012 VIP Future Champion mo-ped in the Jay-C Plaza parking lot at 3:53 p.m. At the same time, 67 year old Marilyn Goodman, of bedford, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and was turning left in the parking lot behind Jackson County Bank. Goodman told police she was out in the roadway when De Palma ran into Goodman, but De Palma said Goodman pulled out in front of his mo-ped. A witness, Rex Fender of Heltonville, reported that Goodman turned left in front of De Palma. De Palma was not wearing a helmet, and he was ejected from the mo-ped. He suffered injuries to his lower leg are and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Indiana Conservation Officers have arrested a Bartholomew County man for possession of Ginseng out of season and possession of drugs. 42 year old Quentin Starke of Columbus was arrested yesterday on charges of possession of methamphetamine, syringes, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, ginseng out of season and endangered species for having frozen parts of a Timber rattlesnake. He was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail. Indiana Conservation Officers received a call on the TIP (Turn in a Poacher) line that Mr. Starke was digging and collecting ginseng out of season. After several attempts to catch Mr. Starke in the woods, Officers decided to speak with him at his residence. Mr. Starke was not home, but after gaining consent to search the residence from the homeowner, officers found multiple contraband items. Mr. Starke was arrested when he returned home. Ginseng is a native herbaceous plant that grows in Indiana woodlands. It is collected and sold overseas for herbal remedies. The season for harvesting ginseng begins September 1.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
A Grand Rapids, Michigan man was arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old Jasper Middle School student through a series of online chats over a five-month timeframe. According to the Jasper Police Department, they obtained warrants for 44-year-old Michael Van Houten, of Grand Rapids, for Level 5 felony counts of child solicitation. On Wednesday, the Grand Rapids Police Department executed those warrants and arrested Van Houten at his place of business in Grand Rapids. The charges stem from a nearly 5-month long investigation in which Van Houten was having online chats with a girl he thought was 14 years old. During the chats, Van Houten solicited the girl for various sex acts and even made plans to meet her on two different occasions. Those plans were never acted upon, according to police. Van Houten will be extradited to Dubois County to face charges.The Huntingburg Police Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, and Dubois County Prosecuting Attorney’s office assisted in the investigation as well.
Jasper Police are seeking witnesses to a Saturday morning crash after both drivers claimed to have the green light at 15th Street and Newton. According to a Jasper Police report, 68 year old Russel Farris, of Jasper, was westbound on 15th St. approaching Newton in a 2003 Buick LeSabre at about 8:45 a.m. when the accident occurred. 47 year old Donna Weisman, of Huntingburg, was northbound on Newton St. in a 2012 Toyota Tundra approaching the 15th St. intersection at the same time. Both vehicles entered the intersection and collided. Both drivers stated they had the green light for their lane of travel. Jasper Police are asking for witnesses of the accident to contact them at 812-482-2255. No injuries were reported.
Orange County REMC members experienced large scale outages last evening due to a Hoosier Energy transmission switch being operated to an open state. As of this morning the cause is unknown but crews are investigating. Nearly 4000 members were without electricity for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. If members have any additional questions or concerns call the office at (812) 865-2229
Tuesday, August 26th, 2015
The US Forest Service has announced for the first time in 110 years , it’s spending more than 50 percent of it’s budget fighting 95 Western wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and California. In an article in the Bedford Times Mail, Judy Perez with the Hoosier National Forest office in Bedford says it does effect them. Any funds not tied to a contractor or used for salary can be taken away to fight wildfires. The heavy rains this spring heavy rains this spring and summer have delayed contractor work for the forest service in this area resulting in loss of those project funds for wildfire suppression.
A driver hauling a load of logs near Wegan was injured Tuesday after his truck left the road, struck a utility police and tipped onto its side. 52-year-old Terry Schepman, of Seymour, was able to crawl from the cab of the truck. When Jackson County Police arrived, , when police arrived at the scene they found Schepman lying near the truck. The driver told police that he had swerved to miss a deer causing the passenger side tires of the truck to leave the roadway then struck an REMC utility pole. The truck, owned by Schepman's father Wayne Schepman, then rolled onto its side. Schepman received a shoulder injury and cuts and bruises and was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.
Dubois County led the state in July with the lowest unemployment rate of 3.3 percent , down from 3.5 percent reported in June. According to the July report released by the Department of Workforce Development, the counties adjacent to Dubois County posted the following unemployment percentages for July.
Crawford: 5.4 percent.
Daviess: 3.8 percent.
Martin: 4.0 percent.
Orange: 5.7 percent.
Overall, Indiana is leading its neighboring states in lowest unemployment with 4.7 percent compared to Illinois with 5.8 percent, Kentucky with 5.2 percent, Michigan with 5.3 percent, and Ohio with 5.0 percent.
Monday, August 24th, 2015
A standard traffic stop Friday, netted methamphetamine and a arrest of a Lawrence County man. According to Lawrence County police reports, an officer of the Lawrence County Police stopped 30 year old Justin Terrell of Mitchell, at the intersection of Meridian Road and Doc Hamilton Boulevard in Mitchell because he was not wearing a seat belt. When approached by the officer, Terrell was unable to produce a driver's license. A police K-9 accompanied the officer, and an open-air sniff was conducted with the canine alerting about two areas of the truck. While Terrell was complying with instructions to exit the truck by the officer, he reached down and tried to shove something under the seat. Police then looked under the seat and found a black bag that contained clear plastic baggies. The container in the bag field-tested positive for meth as did one of the baggies, which contained residue. The black bag also contained two pill bottles with pills inside which were legend drugs. Terrell had a prescription for only one of the two drugs. Police also found a white capsule with a crystal substance in it and, under the driver's seat, found a scale with a crystal substance on it. Te rrell was arrested and remains in the Lawrence County jail. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and driving with a suspended license and a prior conviction. Terrell is in custody without bond because of the previous driving without a license charge.
Two men were arrested on drug-related charges early Monday after officers with the Lawrence County Police Department were called to the former Buddha store building in southeastern Lawrence County. 23 year old Lance Grimes of Bedford was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 12:59 a.m. his bond was set at $755.00 cash or $7500.00 surety. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. 35 year old Travis East of Bedford was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 1:14 a.m. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.
Four people were arrested after Jasper Police Department received a tip from Indiana State Police that a man wanted on a warrant for failing to appear was at a Jasper residence Saturday. When Jasper Police officers arrived at a Mill Street address in Jasper to arrest 19 year old Caleb Dubon Jr., of Jasper they noticed Dubon attempting to leave the home in a black passenger car. They stopped the car at 17th and Newton streets at about 6:42 p.m. and Dubon was arrested for the warrant. During the stop, officers were given consent to search the vehicle and located methamphetamine and used hypodermic needles. Occupants of the car — 21 year old Jade Jones, and 21 year old Shawna Campbell, both of Washington; and 21 year old Hayley Camplin, of Huntingburg were all charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. They were booked into the Dubois County Jail. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted.
Friday, August 21st, 2015
The Dubois County sheriff’s department intercepted 110 grams of marijuana being mailed to a Jasper residence Thursday. According to a Dubois county Sheriffs report, the investigation began Thursday when the Dubois County Sheriffs Department Narcotics Detective received an anonymous tip about possible drug activity at 228 W. 15th St., Jasper. During his investigation, the detective sought the assistance of the Dubois County Prosecuting Attorney’s office to seek a search warrant for that address. After the warrant was granted, the detective executed a search at the residence and found a small quantity of suspected marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. A resident of that address, 22-year-old Kyle Watkins, will be summoned to court at a later date. Watkins will likely face charges of Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance, Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and Class B misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. While searching the home, information was gathered that pointed officers in the direction of a package from out of state that may be in transit to the address. Deputies contacted the U.S. Postal Inspectors to assist and were able to intercept the package before it was delivered. The Dubois County Sheriffs Department K-9, Judge, was put to work and indicated the presence of narcotics in the package. Based on the dog’s indication, police sought a second search warrant with the help of the Dubois County Prosecutors Office. After the Dubois County Superior Court granted a search warrant, deputies found 110 grams of high-grade marijuana in the package. The sheriff’s department narcotics officer is investigating additional suspects in the Jasper and Dubois County area that have connections to this case. The Narcotics officer was assisted by a U.S. Postal Inspector, the Dubois County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and Dubois County Sheriffs Department K-9, Judge.
On June 4, 2015, Dubois County local law enforcement officers began serving arrest warrants for drug dealing offenses stemming from an investigation known as Operation Double Trouble. A total of 18 individuals in two rounds of arrests were served with arrest warrants for drug dealing charges in Dubois and Spencer counties. The first Operation Double Trouble defendant to enter into a plea agreement was sentenced Monday in the Dubois County Superior Court. 24 year old Bryce Sadler of Jasper entered into an agreement with the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office that called for him to plead guilty to dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony, and serve two years at the Indiana Department of Correction. The agreement called for this sentence to run consecutive to a 180 day sentence that Sadler is currently serving at the Dubois County Security Center for Possession of paraphernalia and carrying a handgun without a license, both Class A misdemeanors.
A traffic stop on Tuesday morning landed a North Vernon man in jail on numerous felony drug related charges and took methamphetamine, a controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia off the streets. At approximately 9:00 AM on Tuesday, Trooper Randel Miller stopped a 2000 Chevrolet SUV being driven by 38 year old Eric Easter, North Vernon, on SR 7 at Country Squire Boulevard for speeding. During the course of the stop, Trp. Miller became suspicious that criminal activity was taking place. Trp. Miller deployed K-9 Jinx who then alerted to the odor of an illegal drug coming from Easter’s vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, Trp. Miller located a controlled substance, methamphetamine residue, syringes, and drug paraphernalia. Easter was then arrested and incarcerated in the Jennings County Jail where he will face numerous drug related charges. Upon posting a bond, Easter will be given an initial court date to appear in the Jennings County Circuit Court. A mug photograph of Easter may be obtained by contacting the Jennings County Jail.
Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Paoli Police arrested three people Tuesday, following a traffic stop in front of Paoli Jr Sr High School. According to Paoli Police press release, Tuesdayat approx 3:30 pm, officers with the Paoli Police department observed Amanda Miller enter a black Chevy Blazer that they knew to have false and ficticious license plates. The vehicle was also occupied by two males later identified as Bruce Wininger and Larry Sizemore. Officers then ran the license plate number through Orange County dispatch and verified that the plates were in fact false. The officers then activated their emergency lights and the vehicle stopped in front of the Paoli Jr Sr High School. Upon arriving at the window of the vehicle, officers smelled and identified the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and during the search the following items were discovered: several containers containing methamphetamine total approx. weight 8 grams, a small caliber pistol, a set of digital scales, marijuana, multiple glass pipes used to smoke methamphetamine, several small used plastic baggies containing a white powdery residue, and a schedule 4 controlled substance. Miller, Sizemore and Wininger were then arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail.
The Monroe County Health Department has taken the first step in implementing a syringe exchange program by declaring a public emergency due to an epidemic of new hepatitis C cases primarily contracted through injection drug use. Following the HIV outbreak in Scott County, the Indiana General Assembly legalized programs that allow drug users to access clean needles in exchange for used sharps. The Indiana State Department of Health linked the 170 new cases of HIV in Scott County, as well as a spike in hepatitis C cases, to injection drug use. From 2009 to 2014, hepatitis C cases in Monroe County have increased 83 percent, according to data from the Indiana State Department of Health. Heroin poisonings resulting in trips to IU Health Bloomington Hospital have also increased by more than 50 percent every year for the past three years, according to hospital data. Before a local health department can move forward to establish a needle exchange, the county health department must declare an epidemic of hepatitis C or HIV to the legislative body of the county. Monroe County Health Officer Dr. Thomas Sharp submitted the declaration of a public health emergency to the Monroe County commissioners Wednesday morning, Caudill said. To continue the process of requesting a needle exchange program, the commissioners must next hold a hearing to allow public testimony in support or disapproval of utilizing a syringe exchange program, according to the law. The commissioners will allow for public discussion at their bi-weekly meeting at 9 a.m. Sept. 4 in the Monroe County Courthouse Nat U. Hill meeting room.
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
On Tuesday evening, Detective Brian Busick from the Sellersburg State Police Post interviewed James Collings in reference to serious and suspicious injuries to Colling’s three year old daughter. . The child had been taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY last Thursday suffering from suspicious injuries. The Indiana State Police was contacted after hospital officials and the Indiana Division of Family and Children suspected possible injuries from child abuse. While talking to James Collings it was learned that he became upset at the three year old child and allegedly tied her up on several occasions with zip ties. And on one Collings was arrested and taken to the Scott County Jail charged with Battery Causing Bodily Injury, a Level 6 felony.. the investigation is ongoing.
The first human case of West Nile virus infection in Indiana has been reported in Huntington County , State health officials announced today. Hoosiers are encouraged to take steps to protect themselves from West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. In addition, mosquitoes in 27 counties have tested positive for the virus so far in 2015. Those counties include in the Q-10-0 listening area : Orange, Crawford, Dubois, and Perry. You can prevent these diseases by taking precautions like using insect repellent and wearing pants and long sleeves if you’re walking in any wooded or marshy areas. State health officials recommend the following preventative measures:
According to the The Indiana Department of Education , high school graduation rates are one of the top benchmarks of success for schools. In recent data collected by the Indiana Department of Education, Orleans Community Schools Topped the list with a 98.6 percent. Bloomfield ranked third at 98.5 percent, and the Medora Community School Corporation ranked in the bottom 10 with a 66.7 percent. The sampling does not include students who received waivers because they failed their exams. The Indianapolis Star reports, the data displayed only reflects students who passed their state-mandated exams and earned a high school diploma for 2014.
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
More than 120 Republicans held a convention at Orleans High School Monday evening. The meeting was to choose the Republican candidates in the municipal election for the town of Orleans. In all but one ward the nominees will be the town council winners due to no opposition. Those chosen last evening were: Ward One, Mike McCracken, Ward 3 (Incumbent) Earnie Sluss, running unopposed for clerk treasurer, Robert F. Henderson, running unopposed for Ward 2, Steve Childers.. Childrens will face incumbent Democrat Mike Fields in the November election.
An Orleans man was arrested after he allegedly was uncooperative with police and swallowed a pill while being arrested . Jackie Harris was arrested after a Lawrence County Police officer witnessed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Meridian Road and Doc Hamilton Boulevard in Mitchell. LCPD Officer Riley Hitchcock stopped the vehicle at West Hancock Avenue. According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, the passenger of that vehicle, Jackie Harris, was wanted on a warrant and was asked to step out of the vehicle. When Harris got out of the vehicle a pill fell from his lap and onto the ground. Officer Hitchcock picked up the pill and placed it on the hood of his patrol car to identify, and placed Harris in handcuffs behind his back. While Officer Hitchcock was attempting to pat down Mr. Harris before placing him in his patrol car, Harris leaned over and placed his mouth over the pill on the hood of the car and attempted to swallow it. Officer Hitchcock attempted to prevent Harris from swallowing the pill and destroying evidence. "Mr. Harris then began resisting Officer Hitchcock's lawful commands and Mr. Harris bit the finger of Officer Hitchcock," says Sheriff Branham. "Mr. Harris swallowed the pill and was taken to the emergency room to be medically cleared prior to transport to jail. The pill that Mr. Harris swallowed was a schedule IV controlled substance for which he did not have a prescription" The driver, 65-year-old Timothy Love of Minot, was arrested on two warrants for failure to appear. He was arrested without incident. Harris is facing charges of battery, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest by force, and on a warrant for petition to revoke probation.
Indiana Lt. Gov Sue Ellspermann and Senator Joe Donnelly are touting Indiana’s agriculture industry. Both told a crowd at the Indiana State Fair that agriculture remains one of Indiana’s top money makers. This comes as the fair is celebrating “Year of the Farmer”. Ellspermann adds they are working on making Indiana the “Silicon Valley” for agricultural innovation
Monday, August 17th, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 53 counties in Indiana as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred during the period of May 1, 2015, and continues. Those counties in our listening area are: Orange, Lawrence, Martin, Crawford and Dubois counties. Also Jacksom, Monroe and Washington counties available for assistance. All counties and city listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Aug. 12, 2015, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.
Monroe County Council member Shelli Yoder today announced that she will run for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District. Yoder, a Democrat, successfully garnered the Democratic nomination for the seat in 2012 but lost to incumbent Rep. Todd Young in the general election. Young announced earlier this summer that he is vacating the seat to run for the U.S. Senate spot currently held by Dan Coats, a Republican who isn’t seeking re-election next year. Yoder is the first Democrat to announce her intention to run. Yoder, lives in Bloomington with her husband, Josh Perry, and their three children, has serves on the county council and teaches an award-winning business course to all undergraduates enrolled at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Based on numbers generated through AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, statewide gas prices, by average, have increased more in Indiana than in any other state during the last seven days. In fact, Hoosiers are now paying $2.96 for self-serve regular unleaded, a 59-cent increase since last week. Similar price surges have occurred in neighboring states too. Illinois up 56 cents, Michigan up 51 cents, Ohio up 44 cents and Wisconsin up 39 cents. Dramatic price increases throughout the Great Lakes Region are being attributed to a major refinery issue at BP's Whiting, IN facility where, according to BP, the largest of three crude oil distillation units was unexpectedly shut down Aug. 8 for unscheduled repair work. Reports indicate the Whiting refinery is capable of producing 430,000 barrels of refined product per day. At $2.96 per gallon, Hoosiers are now paying the 9th most expensive gas prices in the country. The current nationwide average for self-serve regular gas is $2.67.
Friday, August 14th, 2015
Two vehicles were totaled and two drivers were taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for their injuries when a minivan and pickup truck collided on State Road 545 north of Dubois, Thursday. According to authorities, 64 year old Diane Bair, of Dubois, was northbound on State Road 545 in a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country and was slowing to turn right into a county waste site. 17 year old Wyatt Servis, of 2nd Ave., Jasper, was following her but did not see she was slowing until it was too late. Servis applied his brakes but the 1994 Ford Ranger he was driving slid 119 feet and struck Bair’s vehicle. The collision pushed Bair’s vehicle 70 feet and both vehicles came to rest partially in the northbound lane. Servis was transported by ambulance to Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment of cuts to his head. Bair was transported by personal vehicle for her injuries. One lane of State Road 545 was closed for about 45 minutes while the scene was cleared. Dubois First Responders, Memorial EMS and a Uebelhor and Sons wrecker assisted at the scene. Authorities are still investigating the incident and charges may be pending for Servis.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has upheld the decision to throw out a civil lawsuit filed by Robert and Charlene Spierer in the hopes of uncovering information about their 20-year-old daughter's disappearance in downtown Bloomington. Despite national attention and years of investigation, Lauren has not been found and no arrests have been made in the case. The cause of her disappearance remains unknown. The Bloomington Police Department continues to investigating leads.
A Pike County man was sentenced after accepting a plea deal on charges of child solicitation and dissemination of matters harmful to minors - both Class D felonies. According to police between July 30, 2013 and August 9, 2013 57-year-old Ricky L. Shepard of Spurgeon was found driving near Race Street in Odon looking for a 14-year-old girl that lived in that area. Odon Town Marshal Bryan Noble spoke with the girl who allowed officer to contact Spurgeon with her phone via text message. Officers, while posing as the girl, asked Shepard a series of questions and he responded with sexually explicit answers and photos. Then on August 8, 2013, officers again posing as the girl made contact with Shepard, who again sent explicit text messages to the girl. He was sentenced to probation for 720 days on each count to be served concurrently, ordered to register as a sex offender and fined $200. He was given credit for one day served. Once he completes probation without violations, Shepard can file a sentence modification to have the felony status removed from his record.
Thusrday, August 13, 2015
An Orange County teenager was injured in an accident Tuesday afternoon. According to a Lawrence County Police report, 17 year old Kaitlin Hammond, of West Baden was driving a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee at 3:39 p.m Tuesday on Tolliver Cemetery Road near Georgia Road. She told police that she reached for something in her backseat and drove off the south side of the road, then over-corrected to return to the roadway, and the Jeep flipped over several times. The vehicle also struck a CSX pole near the railroad tracks, breaking the pole in half. Hammond suffered incapacitating injury to her head and was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital by a Seals ambulance. A passenger in Hammonds Jeep refused treatment, according to the police report
A Lawrence County man is facing a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to dealing heroin. 26 year old Ryan Dodds, appeared in Lawrence Superior Court I before Judge Michael Robbins Wednesday morning for a sentence hearing. He plead guilty to dealing in a narcotic drug, Heroin, a Level 5 felony. Interim public defender, Bruce Andis, asked Robbins for a sentence to be served on house arrest. Dodds already had a place where he could stay and had a job lined up, according to witnesses. Robbins sentenced Dodds to three years, according to a plea agreement, with two years to be served on house arrest and one year of supervised probation. Dodds received credit for 183 days already served, and was ordered to participate in ADAPT. Charges against Dodds dismissed according to the plea agreement were: dealing in a narcotic drug, Level 4 felony; possession of a narcotic drug, Level 6 felony; unlawful possession or use of a legend drug, Level 6 felony; maintaining a common nuisance, Level 6 felony; possession of paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor. Dodds was arrested February 10 th after Bedford police responded to a call about a GMC Sonoma pickup truck that was involved in a drug transaction. Dodds was driving the truck when police pulled it over. Found in the truck were several baggies containing heroin, along with pills Dodds did not have a prescription for, syringes and other paraphernalia. Dodds was arrested for dealing heroin because of the amount of it police found and because of the way it was packaged.
Shoals Elementary School was the recipient of $10,000 dollars courtesy of “Are You Smarter Than A 5 th Grader Tuesday night. According to Shoals Elementary principal Austin Malone it was the "icing on the cake" for Shoals Elementary School. Malone said the money was not what was important about the experience but mainly, the idea of us even being on the show is to give our kids a really cool learning experience. He described the airing, which was taped earlier this spring, as a "pseudo Hollywood" experience, which allowed students the opportunity to talk to host Jeff Foxworthy in real time. Shoals students appeared on television on Aug. 4, then again Tuesday night. Right now, Malone said he's still sketching out details about how to spend the money.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
The death of a Salem man has been ruled accidental. On Monday, an 86-year-old Salem man, Milton "Cap" Nichols died at his home from a single gunshot wound to the chest from a .22-caliber rifle. Police received a 911 call at 5:46 p.m. Monday reporting the incident and rushed to 1101 South Jackson Street. When rescue crews arrived a minute later, Nichols was dead. Police say Nichols was moving items around in an out building and when he moved the gun it discharged. Police have ruled out suicide because of where the wound was and that Nichols had staggered out of the building in an attempt to get help. Nichols was a long-time janitor at Salem Community Schools
Two people were arrested in Loogootee late Friday and are now facing drug charges . Loogootee police stopped a vehicle around just after 11pm when an officer noticed the vehicle make a turn without signaling and then driver left of the center line on U.S. 50. K-9 Roxy alerted police of possible drugs in the vehicle. Several baggies of both meth and marijuana along with drug paraphernalia. Arrested were 40-year-old James G. Sisco II of Loogootee, and the driver, 42-year-old Darbi K. Grannon of Washington. Both are charged with possession of marijuana, dealing and possession of meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia
The 20 year old son of rock star musician and Bloomington resident John Mellencamp will serve his four day jail sentence in 12 hour stints over eight days. Speck Mellencamp reportedly suffers from a panic disorder.. Mellencamp pleaded guilty In April to misdemeanor battery relating to a fight in July of 2013.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
A Jasper man was arrested after attempting to set a female victim on fire after he poured alcohol on her during a domestic dispute Sunday morning. The Jasper Police Department arrested 27 year old Kyle B. Holtrust, 27, of 349 W. Sixth St. on seven felony and misdemeanor charges after being called at 4:49 a.m The lady claimed he had been pulling her hair and yelling obscenities. Police were told Holtrust had poured a bottle of alcohol on the victim and attempted to set her on fire, allegedly stating he was going to kill her. While Holtrust was being treated at Memorial Hospital, he made threatening statements to the emergency medical personnel treating him. Authorities booked Holtrust into the Dubois County Security Center.
According to an article in the Dubois County Free Press, A Tennyson woman went to jail Monday afternoon after a state trooper arrested her for operating a car under the influence of methamphetamine. According to police, her 9-year-old son was in the car at the time. At 1:02 p.m., Trooper Brock Werne pulled over a maroon 1995 Buick LeSabre at Dorbett Street and 9th Street in Jasper for driving across the center line and not having a bumper. During the traffic stop, Trooper Werne determined the driver, Alicia K. McDaniel, 39, of Main St., Tennyson, was showing signs of impairment. Through the course of the investigation, Werne learned that McDaniel had been smoking methamphetamine earlier in the day. Child Protective Services was contacted to take custody of the boy at the scene. McDaniel tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana. Police booked her into the Dubois County Security Center.
Multiple endangered rattlesnakes have been found in forests in Southern Indiana. They are showing up in Brown County State Park and in Morgan-Monroe State Forest. The snakes tend to be passive and don’t attack unless provoked.
DNR officials say to give them a wide berth.
Monday, August 10th, 2015
Drowning has been ruled as the preliminary cause of death for 15-year-old Graden McFarlan, whose body was recovered from the White River near Williams on Saturday. The ruling was made available by Lawrence County Deputy Coroner John Sherrill after the autopsy was completed this (Monday) morning. McFarlan's death is being investigated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division. According to Jim Schreck, public information officer of DNR, there were no obvious signs of foul play associated with McFarlan's death. Authorities are expected to conclude more about what exactly happened after the cause of death was established.
Lawrence County Police responded Sunday night to a report that a skull had been found near a motorcycle in a wooded area on Meridian Road, there police found the remains of 57 year old Dennis Palmer. Officers determined that Palmer hadn’t been heard from since July 23 rd and established that as the time of the accident. Lawrence County Deputy Coroner John Sherrill determined during an autopsy Monday morning that Palmer died from blunt force trauma. The accident report states that police determined Palmer was traveling north on Meridian Road, operating a 2004 Harley Davidson. Palmer, for an unknown reason, traveled off the right side of the highway and drove across pieces of limestone that were reported to be the size of a bowling ball and were in a shallow ditch and officers determined Palmer then crossed over some small trees. Palmer was then pinned underneath the motorcycle. He had not been wearing a helmet. Although Palmer hadn’t been seen for nearly three weeks, Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham said he had not been reported to his office as a missing person. Nor did Branham find Palmer’s name listed as missing in the Indiana Data and Communications Center or the National Crime Information Center.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a Pike County ATV accident in which two teens were injured. Sunday at about 3:52 p.m., Indiana Conservation Officer Kenny Tincher and Conservation Officer Cpl. Eric Doane responded to an ATV accident with injuries in Pike County. According to authorities, 18 year old Jonathan Schum, of Huntingburg, was operating a Honda 400 EX ATV southbound on County Road 1075E in Velpen at a high rate of speed when 47 year old Marilyn Hanselman, of Velpen, pulled from a private driveway into the road. Schum’s ATV collided with the front drivers side of Hanselman’s SUV and flipped in the air, throwing Schum and a 16-year-old passenger, Paige Kluemper of Petersburg, from the ATV. Schum was trapped beneath the ATV. He was Air-Evaced to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where he was treated for a laceration to his head. Kluemper was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with minor injuries. Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted on-scene by Pike County EMS and Deaconess Air-Evac. Alcohol may be a contributing factor and the accident is still being investigated. Schum and Kluemper were not wearing a helmet or protective equipment which Conservation Officers strongly encourage while operating ATV’
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