Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Two people were arrested Monday by the Lawrence County Drug Task Force on multiple drug charges. According to Lawrence county Police reports, At about 5 p.m. Monday, the task force and a Bedford Police Department SWAT team served a search warrant at an apartment in the 1700 block of M Street that was being rented by 39 year old Timothy J. Ortiz Jr. and 51 year old Kellie Phillips. The drug task force received information the apartment contained meth, pills, marijuana and paraphernalia. During the search, officers found 2.4 grams of crystal meth, marijuana, multiple prescription medications, needles, glass smoking devices and other paraphernalia, Branham said. Ortiz Jr and Phillips were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. Ortiz was booked into the Lawrence County Jail at 5:36 p.m. and Phillips was booked into the jail at 5:52 p.m. She has no bond set because she was on probation at the time of her arrest.
Wednesday evening, Indiana State Troopers arrested a Washington County man after police found drugs in his vehicle. Troopers stopped 46-year-old Robert Nunley of Salem, on a traffic violation on State Road 60 near State Road 335 in Washington County. Troopers search the vehicle after K-9 Riggs alerted officer to possible drugs inside. Troopers found heroin, meth and several items of drug paraphernalia. Nunley is facing charges of maintaining a common nuisance, dealing in a controlled substance,possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle. He is being held in the Washington County Jail.
A man riding a stolen motorcycle led police on a chase that began Monday afternoon in Seymour and ended with his arrest near the Jackson/Jennings County line. Police arrested 45-year-old Jamie Jon Mantel of Brookfield, Wisconsin on Level 6 felony charges of theft and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle after the incident that began when Seymour police were called to On the Rox at 214 S. Broadway Street to investigate a report of a stolen motorcycle.At the time of the call at 12:45 p.m., Capt. Carl Lamb reported seeing a motorcycle matching the silver Harley Fatboy that had been reported stolen leaving the city eastbound on Tipton Street near U.S. 31. Mantel was arrested a short time later.
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Memorial Day weekend traditionally starts off the summer travel season, and this weekend is shaping up to be the busiest in the Hoosier State in years. With the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Race this weekend, along with lower fuel prices, travelers can expect a record number of motorists on the roadways. Law enforcement throughout the state, including the Indiana State Police, will be participating in the Click it or Ticket Campaign and Operation CARE, or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Troopers will be looking for aggressive drivers, impaired drivers, and those that don’t buckle up. According to NHTSA, (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) seatbelts reduce your risk of injury and death in a crash by 50%.
With the expected increase in traffic, it’s important that motorists follow the safety tips below:
•Obey all speed limits and always use your turn signals.
•Never drink and drive. Always have a designated driver.
•Make sure everyone is buckled up and children are properly restrained in child seats.
•Watch for and expect slowed or stopped traffic when approaching construction zones.
•Make sure you are well rested. A fatigued driver is as dangerous as an impaired driver.
•Avoid following too close. Use the two-second rule. Maintain following distance in construction zones.
•Don’t text and drive.
•SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER for emergency, utility and highway service vehicles.
Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.
WHITE RIVER) - Two men stranded on a sandbar in the East Fork White River in the northeastern part of Jackson County were rescued early Monday morning. The two Seymour men, 36-year-old Jeremy Howard and 19-year-old Devin Ball, told police they became stranded after their boat lost power and they lost their oars, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. The men told dispatchers they were wet and cold, but they did start a fire. County officers Rick Meyer and Jesse Hutchinson walked about a half-mile before finding the two men on the sandbar just south of the Bartholomew County line.
A Paoli man was arrested after a semen sample connected him to a voyeurism crime. Paoli Police arrested 30-year-old Joseph Biondi on May 18th on a charge of voyeurism with a prior conviction, According to a Paoli Police Department press release, on February 1 police received a call from a man who said he witnessed someone looking into his daughter's window while she was getting dressed. Officers went to the home, and they were able to collect a sample of what appeared to be semen from beneath window. That sample was sent to the Indiana State Police lab for analysis. On May 12, police received new information from ISP lab and applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Biondi, in addition to a search warrant for his DNA.
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
A young bobcat, hit by a car around Thanksgiving, recovered from surgery to her pelvis and was released near Lake Monroe by WildCare Inc. Saturday. She required months of physical therapy and care before she was ready for release. Wildlife Inc. treats an average of 2,000 patients a year, from eagles to bobcats, and everything in between.
A stabbing during the early morning hours Saturday at Shorty's Bar & Grill in Bedford. Just after 1am Saturday, police were called and found Keith McVicker in a vehicle suffering from a knife wound to the head. He told police he had been jumped by three men. According to Chief Parsley, McVicker says he was outside talking to a man he told police he did not know. That man then punched McVicker in the face knocking him to the ground. Another man jumped on him and began punching him," "Mr. McVicker attempted to block those punches and that is when the man pulled out a knife and slashed Mr. McVicker on the head." The men then fled in a white car. He is is pain from cuts and broken bones. The case is still under investigation and any one with information is asked to call the Bedford Police Department at 812-275-3311
A Vincennes school teacher injured after being attacked by a student is recovering. Cheryl Clemens suffered a broken nose, swollen eyes and head injuries after she was assaulted after school on May 11th by a 16 year old. The juvenile is facing various charges.
Monday, May 23rd, 2016
A drug investigation Sunday morning ended with the recovery of numerous types of narcotics, firearms, and a Washington resident arrested on 10 different criminal charges. Early Sunday morning, Trooper Mitch Wier began an investigation into possible drug activity at 1776 Maxwell Avenue in Washington. Trooper Wier, after obtaining enough information and probable cause, applied for a search warrant through the Daviess County Circuit Court. After receiving the warrant, Wier, with members of the Washington Police Department and Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, searched the residence owned by 38 year old Steven W. Lyford.
During the search, officers were able to find an estimated 14 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 17 grams of marijuana, small amounts of heroin and morphine, and 31 firearms. Of the guns seized, one handgun was entered into computers as stolen through Knox County, Indiana. Officers later learned that Lyford had in fact been dealing methamphetamine.
Lyford was transported to the Daviess County Jail without incident.
A Lawrence County man was injured in a one-vehicle accident Sunday. According to police reports, at around 5:18Pm, 74 year old Lee Schmidt of Mitchell was traveling north on State Road 37 in his 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis when he went off the east side of the road into an embankment. The vehicle jumped the embankment and continued airborne in a northeasterly direction of Wesley Chapel Road. The vehicle came down in the embankment and overturned on the driver’s side. Shmidt suffered cuts and bruises to his chest and was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital.
Friday, May 20, 2016
David Carrender of Martinsville plead guilty Wednesday morning to killing his son Wyatt Carrender. Carrender admitted to killing 19-year-old Wyatt during an argument. The incident happened on October 13, 2013 with the the argument beginning over a football game. Carreneder agreed to plead guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon, a class A felony. Carrender's plea agreement calls for a cap of 25 years to serve, the time to be determined by the judge. Carrender will be formally sentenced 8 a.m. June 14. A juror's misconduct resulted in a mistrial in the case of a Morgan County man who was accused of shooting his 19-year-old son to death. David Carrender had been convicted in the October 2013 death of his son in April but the verdict was overturned after one of the jurors admitted that she violated the judge's orders by reading news stories about the case in the middle of the trial. The verdict was rendered invalid.
Plans remain in the works for the restoration of the once-endangered First Baptist Church building in West Baden Springs. The building will be the site for gospel music beginning at 2 p.m. tomorrow. The event will feature a cappella singing by the Spiritual Wonders. The church is known historically as the West Baden Springs Colored Church or the Negro Baptist Church. In May 2014, it was named by the nonprofit preservation organization, Indiana Landmarks, as one of the state's 10 Most Endangered places. The building was acquired by the Indiana Missionary Baptist Convention’s Southeastern District Association and Anthon Toran, moderator for the association saw an opportunity to restore and reopen the church. According to Toran the have gutted the building and the next project is to straighten the walls. Toran said the association is fortunate to have carpenters, electricians and those with other relevant skills who are part the various congregations and they have put a lot of hard work into the project. Once the church has been restored Toran says, we will place a minister there and the church will be functional and operating on a weekly basis for people of all races, creeds, colors and walks of life. The building was acquired by the town of West Baden who acquired it from the West Baden Historical Society after the church dwindled to one member and they sold the building for One Dollar to the society.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Lawrence County Superior Court Judge Michael Robbins sentenced a Lawrence County man to 16 years in prison for dealing meth and a narcotic drug. 54 year old Bradley Bundy, of Bedford plead guilty to two Level 3 felony counts of dealing meth and one Level 3 felony count of a narcotic drug. On the two charges of dealing in meth, Judge Robbins ordered Bundy to spend 10 years at the Indiana Department of Correction with two years to be served on electronic monitoring, two years to supervised probation and two years on unsupervised probation. On the dealing narcotic drug, a different case. Bundy was ordered to six years in prison with no time suspended, and received credit for 333 days already served. Judge Robbins ordered the two sentences be served consecutively. Several charges were dropped in the negotiated plea agreement.
The investigation of a domestic dispute and battery charges led officers to arrest seven people Tuesday on a total of 29 criminal charges. At 1:55 p.m. Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents, Loogootee Police Chief Kelly Rayhill and Officer Keith Kelly went to a home at a home at 502 South Kentucky Avenue in Loogootee after receiving a call about a domestic dispute that had become physical. The homeowners, James and Deborah Stewart, with their children were in the yard when police arrived. Officers spoke to the family and then left. No one was arrested at that time. A short time later, Trooper Lents received a message to contact Deborah Stewart, because she wanted to file battery charges against her husband. So Trooper Lents and Officer Keller returned to a home, but no one would answer the door. They knew from being on scene earlier that a family member had come out of 422 South Kentucky Avenue, so officers went to that address and knocked on the door. James Stewart hastily exited the residence and attempted to immediately close the door. In the process of his stepping outside, Lents could smell the odor of burnt marijuana from inside the home. Lents opened the door and ordered all of the occupants out of the residence. Six additional adults exited, along with two small children and a 17-year-old juvenile. Lents quickly checked the residence to make sure no one else was inside. When he did he found marijuana on a table and a glass smoking pipe on a sofa in the living room. Lents contacted the Martin County Prosecutor's Office and applied for and obtained a search warrant through the Martin County Circuit Court.While searching the home, officers found numerous items of drug paraphernalia in a bedroom and in a safe in the same room, more drug paraphernalia with white powder that field tested positive for meth. Police arrested: James Stewart, 48, Loogootee, domestic battery, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, visiting a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent; Brittany M. Staats, 19, Loogootee, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, possession of meth; Christian Williams, 21, Loogootee, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, possession of meth; Joanna M. Hurst, 41, Loogootee, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, resisting law enforcement; Jordan T. Brown, 23, Loogootee, on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance; A 17-year-old juvenile, of Loogootee, on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance; A 17-year-old juvenile, of Loogootee, on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance. The five adults were arrested and taken to the Martin County Jail. Two juveniles were summonsed in appear in court. The State Police was assisted by the Martin County Sheriff's Department, Loogootee and Shoals Police Departments, and the Department of Child Services.
Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be conducting a sobriety check point at an undisclosed location in Dubois County on Friday, May 20, 2016. Those drivers passing through the check point area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers, and will only be
detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary. The purpose of the sobriety check point is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol and/or drug impaired and poses a danger to all who use the roadways. Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death annually.Reminders so motorists do not find themselves “Over the Limit and Under Arrest”:
• Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before consuming alcohol.
• Don’t drive your vehicle if you’ve been drinking alcohol. Call a taxi or sober friend.
• Take care of your friends. Never let a friend drive while impaired.
• If you are hosting a party, always offer non-alcoholic beverages. Make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.
• Never provide alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21.
Motorists encountering another vehicle being operated erratically are encouraged to dial 911 or call the Jasper Indiana State Police Post at (812) 482-1441 or (800) 742-7475. Be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, location, and direction of travel.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
The Indiana Department of Transportation announces lane closures for the State Road 37 Bridge spanning the Lost River near Paoli. Beginning on or around Monday, May 23, contractors will begin work on a pavement overlay project that will reduce traffic on the bridge to one 17-foot lane. Work will begin in the southbound lane and switch over to the northbound lane at a later date. Traffic will be controlled by a temporary signal. During construction, the restrictions will be in place around the clock. Work is expected to take until mid-August depending upon weather conditions. INDOT urges the motoring public to slow down and stay alert near crews.
Almost five years and checking out the more than 3,500 tips, the Bloomington Police Department says it is still working "diligently" to determine what happened to Lauren Spierer. The 20-year-old Indiana University sophomore has not been seen since the early morning hours of June 3, 2011. Despite national attention and years of investigation, no arrests have been made in the case, and the cause of her disappearance remains unknown, but Bloomington Police have never considered or labeled the Spierer case as a "cold case" and investigators still want to hear from anyone with information about the case.
Indiana Department of Transportation officials strongly urge motorists to avoid traveling southbound State Road 37 Thursday between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. between Martinsville and Bloomington. A giant transformer weighing 200 tons is scheduled for delivery from rail yards at Martinsville to Hoosier Energy's Bloomington Transmission Substation. Alternative routes are suggested as it will occupy both southbound lanes on Hwy 37, traveling slow at about 10mph and take about 31/2 hours to complete
Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be conducting a sobriety check point at an undisclosed location in Dubois County on Friday, May 20, 2016 . Those drivers passing through the check point area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers, and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary. The purpose of the sobriety check point is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol and/or drug impaired and poses a danger to all who use the roadways. Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death annually.
In Bedford, the Milwaukee depot will be moved on Wednesday, rain or shine. The public can watch the proceedings. The depot project is part of the city of Bedford's Stellar Communities grant. The limestone building, which opened in 1900, is 130 feet long and weighs 350 tons. A Wolfe employee will direct the moving using a wireless, radio remote control system. Crews will move the depot to the edge of the street on Tuesday in preparation of the move on Wednesday. The depot will be moved d to a lot at 14th and J streets that is about 1,200 feet south of its current site. Kirk says it will take a couple of days to move the depot. On the third day they will place it on its foundation at the new location. Once the depot is placed on its new foundation, Tri-County Builders will resume work on the interior. The project will be completed by November.
Police have arrested a Salem man on a charge of attempted murder.
According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, 37-year-old Ken Ross Anderson was arrested after he allegedly fired shots at a vehicle on Saturday morning in Washington County. The shooting happened on Voyles Road, just south of State Road 60.around 5:45am. Authorities say the alleged victim was traveling north on Voyles Road and came up behind Anderson's vehicle and stopped. when both vehicles were stopped, Anderson allegedly fired several shots at the victim. No one was injured during the incident. Investigators say Anderson and the alleged victim did not know each other, and the shooting does not appear to have been provoked. If anyone has any information about the incident or the third vehicle, please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at (812) 883-5999
Monday, May 16th, 2016
A Dubois County man was arrested Sunday evening after police responded to a domestic disturbance involving a gun. According to Huntingburg police, they responded to 617 E. Fourth St. at about 8:44 p.m. for the domestic disturbance report. When they arrived, they made contact with 49 year old Carl Young,of Huntingburg, and an adult female. During the course of the investigation, Young was placed under arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a Level 4 Felony. He was transported to and booked into the Duboi s County Jail .The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Child Services also responded to the scene.
Dubois County Police arrested a man after he was extricated from the SUV he crashed on County Road 1100S in Dubois County Sunday afternoon. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, they were responding to several calls about a red Ford Explorer being driven recklessly on U.S. 231 at about 3:25 p.m. While they were searching for the SUV, deputies received a call about a crashed Ford Explorer on County Road 1100S between U.S. 231 and County Road 200W. When deputies arrived on scene they found the SUV on its side with the driver trapped. Saint Henry Volunteer Firefighters had to extricate the driver, identified as 49 year old Andrade Mora Prisco, of Robards, Ky., from the vehicle and he was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance. The SUV was recovered by a Sternberg’s wrecker. It was totaled in the crash. After being treated, Prisco was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .32 percent and operator never licensed and was booked into the Dubois County Jail.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a boating accident that occurred on a private lake at the Land and Forest Club in Jackson County Friday night. 24 year old Joshua Smith of Greenwood, was severely injured after crashing a personal watercraft while his passenger, 23 year old Bridget Smith of Clayton, IN suffered non-life threatening injuries. Just before 8:30 p.m., witnesses observed Joshua Smith traveling at a high rate of speed on a Honda PWC with Bridget seated at the rear. The PWC struck a dock, and both occupants were ejected, while Joshua was knocked unconscious. Neighbors who heard or witnessed the collision, including a medical doctor, quickly rushed to the scene and rendered aid to Joshua, who was found floating face-down and unresponsive in the water. Both were airlifted to local hospitals for multiple injuries. Alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor; the incident remains under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers. Assisting agencies at the scene included Jackson County EMS, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, and Brownstow
Friday, May 13th, 2016
This morning, at approximately 12:40 a.m., the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on US 31 near County Road 500 South in Jackson County that claimed the life of a three-year-old Seymour girl. The initial investigation by Trooper Jacob Tolle indicated that a 2006 Jeep Liberty being operated by 21-year-old Brent A. Sawyer, of Crothersville, was traveling southbound on US 31 when he lost control of the vehicle. Sawyer's vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a 2003 Ford Windstar being driven by 30-year-old Devin P. Bevers, also of Crothersville,that was traveling northbound on US 31. The vehicles collided nearly head on in the center of the roadway. As a result of the collision, Bevers' daughter, 3-year-old Tavaya A. Bevers, who was a back seat passenger in Bevers' vehicle, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was transported by ambulance to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana where she died from injuries sustained in the crash. Tavaya Bevers was believed to be have been properly restrained in a child restraint when the crash occurred. Both drivers were checked out at the scene by medical personnel after sustaining minor injuries in the crash.The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Toxicology tests on both drivers are pending.
An 18-year-old Medora High School student faces an intimidation charge in connection with an incident Thursday in which he threatened to shoot students and turn the gun on himself. Police arrested Willis Abell of Medora in a parking lot near his home, just a few blocks away from the school on George Street. Jackson County Police were called to the school at 3:20 p.m. According to police, seven minutes before school was dismissed Abell became upset and told a teacher he was going to go get an AK-47 and come back and shoot students and then himself. The teacher reported the incident to the principal, who then called police and the school went on lockdown. Police found Abell a short time later in a parking lot near his home. No weapon was found. As soon as Abell was located, the buses and students were allowed to leave. Abell was booked into the Jackson County Jail at 4:53 p.m Thursday and is being held without bond pending his initial hearing.
All three of the people arrested in the robbery and slaying of a Seymour man in April 2015 have now been sentenced to prison. 22-year-old Jessica L. Jarrell of North Vernon recently received a 20-year-prison term from Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter after she agreed to plead guilty to robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with the death of 42-year-old Gilbert Engle. 26-year-old Andrea M. Hollin, also of North Vernon, received a nine-year prison term from Poynter after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the incident that led to Engle's death. Judge Poynter sentenced 33-year-old Daniel Combs to 16 years in prison for a Level 3 felony conviction on a possession of meth charge in connection to the incident that led to the death of Engle.Combs was ordered to spend four additional years in prison for a second conviction on a Level 5 felony charge of assisting a criminal.
The sentences will be served consecutively, and state law requires Combs to spend at least 15 years in prison before becoming eligible for release. Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott says investigators believe Combs shot and killed Engle during an incident at Engle's second-floor apartment in the 200 block of North Chestnut Street after a night of using heroin and other drugs.
Engle's body was found by his roommate.
Thursday, May 12th, 2016
A Lawrence County man was taken to a local hospital after he suffered a neck injury in a multi-car collision Wednesday in Bedford. According to police reports, at about 2:48 p.m., 18 year old Makayla Ruland, of Bedford was facing south and was stopped at the intersection of Fifth and W streets in her 2005 BMW. Meanwhile, 92 year old William Arthur, of Bedford was traveling west and approaching the intersection in his silver 2013 Buick. Arthur said Ruland’s vehicle pulled out in front of him and struck his vehicle in the front passenger side. Ruland said she was attempting to turn east onto Fifth Street, and she did not see Arthur’s vehicle before the collision. Arthur complained of pain in his neck and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
Earlier this morning, Worthington Town Marshall Randy Raney requested Troopers with the Indiana State Police to assist him with a narcotics investigation. During the investigation a traffic stop was conducted on 35 year old Eric Word, of Switz City who was operating a red Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. During the course of the traffic stop, Trooper Klun deployed his Narcotics K9 “Loki” who gave a positive indication for the odor of a controlled substance inside of the vehicle. Discovered inside the truck were numerous items of drug paraphernalia, marijuana, LSD, methamphetamine and items indicating the distribution of narcotics. Word was also discovered to be in possession of a loaded firearm during the traffic stop. Word was booked into the Greene County Jail on the following charges: Dealing Methamphetamine while in Possession of a Firearm – Level 4 Felony, Possession of Methamphetamine while in Possession of a Firearm – Level 5 Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance while in Possession of a Firearm – Level 6 Felony, Possession of Marijuana – B-Misdemeanor, Possession of Paraphernalia – C-Misdemeanor. Units assisting were Indiana State Police Troopers Caleb Garvin and Nicholas Bartalone along with Worthington Police Officer Russell Walls.
As the crossroads of America, Indiana relies on first-class roads and bridges to continue to grow our economy and keep drivers safe. This year, the General Assembly worked with Gov. Pence to pass $1 billion in new road funding without raising taxes or acquiring new debt. This money is in addition to the $2.6 billion the state already projected to spend on roads over the next two years. Each local government has an account that the state uses to distribute local income taxes. Since the economy has grown following the Great Recession, and because of the way the state distributes this money to the local governments, extra funds have accumulated in many of these reserve accounts over the past few years. In communities in and around Senate District 47, over $8.3 million was distributed to our local governments. The figures below, listed by county, reflect the total funding that city, town and county governments received in our area: Crawford County: $159,135, Dubois County: $4,437,591, Orange County: $404,727, Washington County: $1,741,970
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
A Bloomington man charged in February with robbing two banks in Columbus is now accused of robbing three more - two in Bloomington and one in Terre Haute. The Herald Times reports a federal grand jury has indicted 49-year-old Stephen M. Lee, 49, of 6717 S. Harmony Road, on five federal bank robbery charges. He had jailed at the Bartholomew County Jail on $300,000 bond in connection with the two Columbus robberies since his arrest during a traffic stop in Bloomington around 2 a.m. Feb. 17. Bloomington Police arrested Lee about 12 hours after the Main Source Bank at 529 Washington Street in Columbus was robbed. Columbus police arrived at the bank around 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 after a man with gun walked in and handed a note to the teller demanding money. The Lee got away with some cash, and police released surveillance images of the crime. Police say Lee may also be responsible for a second robbery in Columbus at the Jackson County Bank on November 2, 2015
Jasper police are asking the public for assistance in locating Walter Salgado Lopez, 27, of 112 E. 35th Street, Jasper. According to an article in the Dubois County Free Press, Lopez is being sought on three counts of battery and one count of interfering with a crime for allegedly battering a woman in Jasper on Sunday, May 8. Police were called to the incident but when they arrived, Lopez had fled the scene. The victim was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment. She was released. An arrest warrant has been issued by the Dubois County Superior Court.Police ask that anyone with information contact the department at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).
An elderly Petersburg woman died as a result of a a single-vehicle accident on State Road 56 Monday morning. Indiana State Police say that 89 year old Carolyn Bennett was a passenger ina car which ran off the highway at about 8:20 a.m. near County Road 1100E in Pike County. Sharon L. Cannon, 54, of Petersburg, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet east on State Road 56 approaching CR 1100E when, for unknown reasons, Cannon’s vehicle left the roadway on the right side. The car entered a ditch and struck an embankment before stopping. Cannon was not injured but Mrs. Bennett and her husband Edward Bennett, 93, were taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where Mrs. Bennett died from her injuries. Mr. Bennett was treated for a head injury. The Bennetts are the parents of Kyle Bennett, CEO of Memorial Hospital in Jasper.
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
A suspended Washington School employee has been arrested on multiple counts of child seduction. Washington City Police officers arrested 25-year-old William A. Breeden, of Washington Friday on four counts of child seduction. According to a probable cause affidavit, police say Breeden is accused of four incidents involving a 17-year-old female student at Washington High School where Breeden was employed and had supervision over the girl. Police began investigation the allegations on April 11, 2016, after a student reported an improper student-teacher relationship to High School Principal Leanne Kelley and Assistant Principal Troy Zollars. A detective interviewed Breeden, who was working as a non-certified school employee dealing with credit recovery in the school's Resource Department, when the alleged events happened. .The student reported she would meet Breeden at the top lake boat dock at the Eastside Park. The girl says the two engaged in sex acts on at least four occasions between Feb. 1 and April 11 of this year. Breeden is free on $7,500 bond. No trial date has been set. Breeden was placed on administrative leave following an internal school investigation on April 12 and he has been barred from school grounds since that time
Taxpayers are reminded that the Spring installment of property taxes are due today. Payments postmarked or made in person after today will automatically incur a penalty.
Background checks for gun purchases are soaring in Indiana. The South Bend Tribune reports that for the first four months of this year, more than 730,000 background checks were conducted. That’s more than twice the number from a year ago..
Monday, May 9th, 2016
Two Lawrence County residents were jailed on multiple charges after fleeing from a Trooper. At 1:33 P.M. Sunday, Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents was patrolling US 50 west of Shoals when he observed a red Plymouth Neon traveling at a high rate of speed and without a license plate. After Lents turned on his emergency lights and attempted to pull the Plymouth over, the driver accelerated out of sight of Lents. Lents, after not immediately locating the vehicle, believed that the driver had turned onto Peeks Road off of US 50. Lents drove down Peeks Road to Sanders Lane, both of which are dead end roads, and waited to see if the Plymouth would return towards US 50. Moments later, the Plymouth approached Lents on Sanders Lane. Lents activated his emergency lights again and blocked the Plymouth from driving around him. The driver, 24 year old Jeremiah Zollman of Bedford, was immediately placed into custody without incident. Lent s learned through his investigation that Zollman was in fact attempting to flee from him because the car did not have a license plate. While searching the Plymouth, Lents found drug paraphernalia and marijuana tucked between the seat of the car in a location that both Zollman and his passenger, 23 year old Miranda Houston of Mitchell, could have accessed it. Zollman was charged with Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle; Zollman and Houston were both charged on multiple drug charges. They were booked into the Martin County Jail without incident and held on no bond. Lents was assisted by the Martin County Sheriff’s Department
Four people were hurt when the driver of a van swerved, causing the vehicle to crash into a gate Sunday morning. According to police reports, at around 9:28AM, 29 year old Yvonne L. Haste, of Mitchell, was driving a 2003 Pontiac Montana west on State Road 60 West near Mounce Road. She told police she tried to avoid a large bird in the roadway. The van began skidding sideways, left the north side of the road, went into a ditch and slid into a gate and fence, causing the van to flip and land on its top. Haste, along with a passenger sitting behind her, 14-year-old Tallon Haste also of Mitchell, were thrown from the vehicle. Yvonne Haste suffered a fracture or dislocation to her abdomen and Tallon Haste suffered pain to his entire body and was incapacitated. Neither of them were wearing seat belts. Other passengers, 11 year old Alonzo Moreno, and 9 year old Alyviah Moreno, both of Mitchell, were also in the van and were injured. Both were wearing seat belts. Alonzo suffered a bruise to his head, and Alyviah complained of pain to her entire body. A IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance, Seals ambulance and the Huron Volunteer Fire Department responded.
Friday, May 6th, 2016
Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge Michael Robbins is denying Lincoln Pickett's public defender's request for a change of venue in the Lincoln Pickett case. Pickett is charged with the murder of 29-year-old Kamie Ratcliff and is is accused of shooting and killing Ratcliff and then burning her body behind his home in the 3400 block of U.S.50 West in late January. Judge Robbins ruled that the 'excitement' about these cases has already begun to subside and will have significantly subsided by the time of any trial.
A judge accepted a plea agreement in the case of 61 year old John Tow, who earlier admitted to killing his son. Tow, of Shoals, originally was charged with murder in the stabbing death of 32 year old Jonathan Tow, following a day-long dispute over a weed trimmer, mo-ped and push mower June 8, 2014. He plead guilty to an amended charge of voluntary manslaughter in the heat of the moment, Class A felony, in Martin Circuit Court with Judge Lynn Ellis presiding on April 1. Ellis accepted the negotiated plea agreement Monday and sentenced Tow to 20 years at the Indiana Department of Correction and an additional 10 years to supervised probation in Martin County. And because it happened in June 2014, before Indiana’s sentencing restructure, Tow will receive day-for-day good time credit.
A pregnant woman who was involved in a car accident Monday afternoon was flown to Indianapolis to be treated for possible complications to her pregnancy. According to police reports, 28 year old Brittany N. Lewis, of Bedford was driving a 2015 GMC Yukon east on Wesley Chapel Road at 2:47 p.m. At the same time, 25 year old Nathan Kimmel, of Bloomington, was driving west on the same road. He told police he was unfamiliar with the road and went left of center as he reached a hilltop, and applied the brakes of his 2005 Pontiac Sunfire, and the car continued to skid left. Kimmel tried to avoid crashing into Lewis’s Yukon but was unable to avoid the accident. Lewis was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital by an ambulance and she was later flown by a Stat Flight helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital. Kimmel complained of pain to his entire body, but refused any medical treatment. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
Monday, May 2nd, 2016
Indiana State Troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg arrested a Dubois County man on drug related charges after a traffic stop Thursday. According to police reports, Thursday, at South Green Mill Road near US 150 in Hardinsburg, K-9 “Riggs” alerted on a vehicle being driven by, 46 year old Franklin Banks, of Dubois. After a search of the vehicle, Banks, was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail on the charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
Two people were arrested Sunday after they pulled into the path of a Bedford Police officer at 16th and H streets Sunday night. According to Bedford Police, an officer was traveling on 16th Street when a vehicle shot into his path of travel causing the officer to slam on his brakes. The officer then followed the vehicle into the Circle K parking lot. The driver, a male, raced to the back of the lot. As the officer then pulled behind them, the male was switching places with a female passenger. The officers discovered 31-year-old David Cobb, of Mitchell, was driving on a suspended driver's license with a prior conviction. The officer then received consent to search the vehicle and found a zipper bag that contained meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Officers arrested Cobb on charges of driving while his driver's license was suspended with a prior conviction, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance and was cited for failing to yield the right of way. His passenger 41-year-old Angela McAuley, of Bedford., was arrested on charges of possession of meth and marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., has announced that he has extended the public health emergency declaration for Scott County until May 24, 2017. The decision allows the county to continue to operate a syringe exchange program as part of a comprehensive effort to stop the spread of HIV and hepatitis C until that date. A total of 191 people have tested positive for HIV in Scott County since an outbreak tied to sharing of needles among injection drug users was identified in early 2015. Indiana law allows counties experiencing epidemics of HIV or hepatitis C as a result of injection drug use to request a public health emergency declaration allowing for syringe exchange under certain conditions. The Scott County Health Department submitted its request for a renewal on April 26, 2015, and received approval on April 29. The declaration had previously been scheduled to expire on May 24, 2016.
Friday, April 29th, 2016
A car rolled over and injured two people during a crash on Todd Lane Wednesday. According to police reports, at about 5:35 p.m., 21 year old Mary Card of heltonville was traveling west on Todd Lane in a white 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The vehicle ran off the road when Card tried to avoid a brown object in the road. The car then went up an embankment and hit a tree. After hitting the tree, the vehicle rolled onto its top side before coming to rest in the middle of Todd Lane. Card suffered injuries to her chest, abdomen, right ankle and left leg. Passengers 23 year old Harold Card, of Heltonvillle, suffered an injury to his right shoulder and an infant also in the vehicle was injured as well. All three occupants were transported to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. Mary and Harold Card were not wearing seat belts. Seals ambulance and Pleasant Run Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.
Huntingburg Police have arrested a Dubois County man for allegedly using a business’s account at a local home improvement store to make purchases. 31 year old Shaun Brosmer of Bristow was arrested after police say he was using a account made at Steinkamp Home Center for the Waters at Huntingburg. Bristow is a former employee of Steinkamps. The purchases amounted to over $2500.00. On Thursday, Huntingburg Police Department was contacted about Brosmer being in the store. Police responded and observed Brosmer standing at the counter waiting Nad he was then taken into custody and charged with five counts of Class A misdemeanor theft and a count of level 6 felony attempted theft.
A Monroe County teen suffered a head injury after a crash during rainy conditions on Springville-Judah Road Tuesday. Around 11:39 p.m., 18 year old Rebecca Nicholson, of Bloomington, was traveling southwest on Springville-Judah Road in a gray 1995 BMW when her vehicle started to fishtail. Nicholson said she hit her brakes too hard and the car went left of the center line, off the road and struck a tree. A IU Bedford Health ambulance and Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Nicholson was taken to Monroe Hospital because paramedics found a bump on the back of her head. Nicholson was wearing her seat belt.
Thursday, April 28th, 2016
A top state Republican official has told NewsNow Dubois County that presidential candidate Ted Cruz will not be visiting Jasper tomorrow as first planned. Earlier, a local GOP official close to the Cruz campaign said a venue was being sought for Cruz’s planned visit. Now, that is not the case. Cruz campaign officials say the Texas senator is wanting to come to Dubois County, but NNDC that the trip is not possible as the Huntingburg airport is not able to accommodate the candidate’s jet. Dubois County Republican Chairman Don Hayes says national campaigns are constantly making changes to itineraries and schedules. Hayes was looking forward to having Cruz make a visit locally and would have been the first active presidential candidate to visit Jasper and Dubois County since Robert Kennedy was here in April of 1968.
A Lawrence County teen was arrested after another man caught him breaking into his home Tuesday. According to police reports, at about 7:48 p.m., the Lawrence County Police Department received a call from a man who said he was lying in bed when he heard the door open in his home in the 100 block of Graves Addition and during the call, police say he detained the intruder 19 year old Garrett Hostetter of Bedford. When officers arrived at the residence, the homeowner told them someone had also broke into his trailer earlier in the day and stole some medication. Hostetter was placed under arrest for residential entry and after searching Hostetter, police found a case for eyeglasses that contained a pipe with drug residue, which later tested positive for meth. In addition, officers found Synthroid pills, a thyroid medication, and phentermine hydrochloride pills, a Schedule IV controlled substance. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, residential entry and burglary. Hostetter was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 8:55 p.m. He has no bond set because he was on probation for maintaining a common nuisance.
A truck was destroyed after a fire engulfed it Tuesday evening in the parking lot at McDonald’s, in Bedford. According to police, At 9:02 p.m., the Bedford Fire Department responded to a call that the engine area of a truck was on fire in the parking lot of McDonalds. While en route to the scene, Bedford police notified firefighters the entire truck was on fire. Firefighters arrived at the scene at about 9:07 p.m., then fought the fire until about 9:45 p.m. No one was injured and no other vehicles were damaged.
Monday, April 25th, 2016
ORLEANS - Halle Minton was crowned queen of the 48th Annual Dogwood Festival Saturday. Minton was also named Miss Congeniality . First runner up was Olivia Jenkins and second runner up Gracie Hughes. Montana Sullivan, was crowned Jr. Miss Queen. First runner up and named Miss Congeniality and Miss Fundraiser was MacKenzie Freed
In Saturday evening Six people were injured in a three-vehicle accident on Ind. 60 West in Lawrence County . 73-year-old Sandra Williams of Mitchell was traveling west on Ind. 60 and was attempting to slow to make a left turn into a drive in the 6066 block of Ind. 60 when a 2008 Pontiac driven by 19-year-old Madelyn Slaubaugh of Orleans struck the rear of Williams' 1997 Buick. Upon impact, Williams' car traveled 260 feet and stopped in the front yard in the 6030 block of Ind. 60. Slaubaugh's car began to spin and the rear of the vehicle traveled into the eastbound lane of Ind. 60 and make impact with a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup driven by 65-year-old Samuel Alton, of Loogootee. After striking Alton's truck, Slaubaugh's car spun three to four times and stopped in the eastbound lane of Ind. 60. Slaubaugh complained of chest pain, but refused treatment. Sandra Williams had minor bleeding to her head. Her passengers, Olivia William and MaKayla Tincher, complained of pain. All three refused medical treatment. Samuel Alton complained of abdomen and pelvis pain and his passenger Joyce Spears, also of Loogootee, complained of leg and foot pain. Both were taken by a Seals ambulance to IU Bloomington Hospital.
A Kmart is closing it’s doors. The Kmart store at 3216 E. Third St. in Bloomington will close this summer, the end o f July. according to a statement from Sears Holdings, the parent corporation of both Sears and Kmart. The Herald Times reports that the Bloomington store was among 65 Kmarts, two Super Kmarts and 10 Sears stores whose imminent closing was reported Thursday by the company. The only other Indiana store on the list was a Kmart in New Albany. The Sears store in College Mall, which was not part of Thursday's announcement, is already in the process of closing.
Friday, April 22nd, 2016
A woman suffered pain to her face and shoulder in an accident on the State Road 37/U.S. 50 overpass Thursday morning. According to police reports, 61 year old Terri Stearns, of Mitchell, was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck north on the overpass when she lost control of the vehicle, which left the travel lane, striking a concrete barrier to the west. The truck then went across both lanes on the overpass, striking a guard rail to the east, with the airbag deploying in the truck. She was treated at the scene by an IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance crew. A witness was driving behind the truck, and told police it seemed like one of the truck's tires blew out, causing the accident.
A Lawrence County teen was rescued after he crashed and his car ended up in a creek on Peerless Road Thursday. According to a Lawrence County Police report, 18-year-old Bransyn Henson of Bedford was traveling west on Peerless Road bottoms when he lost control of the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta he was driving on the wet roadway in a curve. The vehicle went off the north side of the road, down a steep embankment and into the flowing water of the creek. Police say the vehicle was partially immersed in the creek trapping Henson inside. Lawrence County deputies, Bedford Fire Department, Oolitic Volunteer Fire Department and an IU Health Hospital ambulance responded. Emergency crews rescued Henson from the vehicle. He was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation.
A Seymour man turned himself at the Jackson County Sheriff's Department Wednesday after learning a warrant was issued for his arrest. 30-year-old Evan Huntsinger is accused of injuring his 7-month-old infant earlier this year. The child suffered severe injuries. Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard W. Poynter issued the warrant for Huntsinger's arrest Monday after the result of a two-month investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
Thursday, April 21st, 2016
An Indiana State trooper was bitten by a dog while he was investigating a meth lab in Birdseye. According to the Dubois County Sheriff's Department, went to the home in the 100 block of Ingle Street to arrest Stephen Clapp, who was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a previous meth charge and driving while his driver's license was suspended. While at the home, deputies discovered ingredients and items used to make meth in the front yard. Authorities contacted Karen Clapp, who owns the home and she gave police permission to search the property. The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team responded. As a member of the team was processing the scene, one of the Clapps' dogs bit him. The dog was not immunized. Police then secured a search warrant to search the home and to remove five dogs from the property. They were taken to the Dubois County Humane Society. During the search, police found a one-pot meth lab, meth paraphernalia and an HCL generator. Karen Clapp was also arrested on felony charges of dealing meth, possessing precursors with the intent to manufacture meth and maintaining a common nuisance, and misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals, harbor in a non-immuninized dog that injures a person and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Nashville man died when his minivan struck a box truck in a head-on collision on Ind. 45 on Wednesday afternoon. According to a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, 33-year-old Kenneth Harden died at the scene of the crash in the 7000 block of East Ind. 45. The accident happened around 3 p.m. Investigators say Harden was traveling eastbound in a 2002 Chevrolet Venture and crossed the center line into westbound traffic. Harden's vehicle hit a 2015 International 4000 Series box truck head on. The driver of the box truck reported no injuries and was not transported to the hospital.The crash remains under investigation.
A Dubois County man was arrested on a warrant for molesting a 7-year-old girl. On Friday, April 19, Huntingburg Police received information about the molestation that happened from April 1 to April 14. The Department of Child Services was contacted and a joint investigation began. On Wednesday, police arrested 37-year-old Bill Saileau of Huntingburgon a Level 4 felony charge of child molestation. He was taken to the Dubois County Jail where he is being held on a $5,000 cash bond
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
A Seymour man was killed in a two-vehicle crash early this morning. (Wed). around 3am on I-65 in the southbound lane near the 57.5 mile marker. According to State Police, a 2002 Ford Explorer, driven by 19-year-old Nikson Cribs, of Seymour, was traveling southbound in the left lane of I-65 and at an extremely slow speed, possibly due to vehicle trouble. Police say a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado being driven by 21-year-old Coleden Hoeltke, of Columbus, was also traveling southbound on I-65 when Hoeltke's vehicle struck the rear of Cribs' vehicle. As a result of the collision, Cribs died from his injuries at the scene.
Police in Bloomington are searching for three men who broke into Smokin' Jack's Rib Shack Monday, held the employees at gunpoint and took the money from the safe. Police were alerted to the armed robbery just after 10 p.m. Employees told police the men were wearing masks, dark-hooded clothing when they entered the restaurant through the back door. At least one of the men had a gun. There were three employees inside the store preparing to close for the night. The men forced the employee into an office and demanded the money from the safe. After getting the cash the men fled. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Bloomington Police Department.
Just before 1 p.m Tuesday, . Indiana State Trooper Nathan Abbott stopped a white Toyota Camry traveling east on I-64 just before the Sherman Minton Bridge in New Albany . As Trooper Abbott began investigating, he found out there was a problem with the woman's driver's license. He placed the driver in handcuffs and was preparing to put her in the front seat of his vehicle when she put one leg over the guard rail and started fleeing from Trooper Abbott. While fleeing, she stumbled down the wooded/grassy area just south of the interstate, rolling over a concrete retaining wall for I-64 falling about 17 feet onto the pavement of Lafayette Street below. Emergency services was called and transported the woman to the University Hospital in Louisville with life threatening injuries. During a search of the vehicle, police found heroin and syringes. The name of the woman is not being released at this time due to the pending and continuing investigation
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Hydrants will be flushed by Springs Valley Water District personnel in West Baden and French Lick Wednesday. Also on Thursday south of French Lick and all hill areas. Flushing will be done in a manner to minimize discoloration. It is suggested that water be checked before starting laundry or taking baths for discoloration.
Donald Trump is coming to Indiana on Wednesday. Trump is getting ready for the New York Primary today. Trump will be at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for a rally Wednesday at 3pm. Gates open at noon. Tickets are at donalttrump.com. Thursday, Cruz comes to Indianapolis for the spring Republican fundraiser.
Police in Seymour have a clear picture of what happened the morning of March 10 when 37-year-old Qing Chen of Seymour shot and killed his supervisor at Cummins Seymour Technical Center and then turned the gun on himself - but they still don't know why. According to Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott, Chen showed up for work and 16 minutes later shot and killed 49-year-Ward R. Edwards II of Columbus. Police say Chen shot Edwards with a 9mm Glock handgun and then turned the gun on himself. The gun was recovered at the scene. Edwards was Chen's direct supervisor. Chief Abbott says a team of four officers went upstairs to a small meeting room and found Edwards and Chen dead. There they found the handgun and five shell casings. Chen had 45 bullets left over after shooting himself, but police found no proof Chen intended to shoot anyone else.
Monday, April 18th, 2016
A Lawrence County woman was airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Saturday after crashing her three-wheel motorcycle in front of Smith’s Western Wear and Tack, 1348 Washboard Road. According to police reports, 66 year old Regina Haverly of Springville, was operating the white 2009 Suzuki Burgman south on Old State Road 37 and was turning west onto Washboard Road, according to witnesses. Haverly’s vehicle ran off the road, striking the sign at Smith’s Western Wear and Tack. She was ejected from the motorcycle and landed in the driveway entrance to the business. She suffered a chest injury. Lawrence County Police assisted at the accident
A Lawrence County man was arrested Thursday on a warrant claiming he was selling Suboxone. Suboxone is a prescription medicine used for treatment of opioid dependence. The Lawrence County Drug Task Force says 40-year-old Matthew Gater of Bedford was dealing the Schedule III controlled substance out of his home. Gater is facing charges of dealing a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance. According to police on December 18 of last year, a confidential informant went to Gater's home in the 1500 block of 16th Street near the Bedford Middle School and purchased the drug from Gater. Then on January 4, the same informant told police Gater was wanting to sell more Suboxone strips for $30. Police provided the informant with cash and a recording device for both drug buys.
Seymour Police say they seeking Two young males as suspects after they attempted an armed robbery at Walgreens in Seymour on Sunday morning. Seymour police responded to the call from a Walgreens employee at 11:23 a.m. and searched the area north of the store looking for the two men, who fled on foot. According to police, the men later reportedly got into a silver Cadillac, driven by a woman, that had been parked nearby.
Friday, April 15th, 2016
Fire destroyed a home on Farmer Street in East Oolitic early this morning. The home located a at 307 Farmer St. in Oolitic was fully engulfed by fire and smoke, according to officials with the Shawswick Township Volunteer Fire Department. No one was in the home at the time of the fire and no one was injured. Fire officials say the fire was reported at about 12:09 a.m. and took about three hours to fight. Three departments, Shawswick, Oolitic and Marshall Township VFD’s assisted. The home was destroyed. Around a dozen firefighters responded and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
A Columbus City Councilman charged with public indecency will go to trial early next year. 61 year old Dascal Bunch, is accused of exposing himself to a neighbor from inside his house through uncovered windows. His court date is set for Jan. 30 in Jennings County. Both the Bartholomew County prosecutor and the judge in the case have decided not to be involved with the case due to their political connections with Bunch.
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
A Lawrence County man and woman are both facing multiple drug charges, including possession of methamphetamine and possession of more than 5 grams of psilocybin (Sillo-sybin) mushrooms. 32 year old Joshua Woods, and 23 year old Shandan Woods, of Bedford, were arrested and remain in jail with no bonds set because they were both on probation at the time of their arrest. Their latest charges include possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance. According to police reports, the couple was at home Tuesday afternoon when probation officials came to do a random home check as a part of their probation requirements. While at the home, probation officials found drug paraphernalia and marijuana in the bedroom. When the items were found, the probation officials called the Lawrence County Police Department for assistance.
A woman was injured when she was struck by a pickup truck as she was crossing 16th Street at N Street. According to police reports, at around 4:10 p.m, 25 year old Katherine LeSesne of Noblesville, was walking south across 16th Street in Bedford and was about halfway across the road when she was hit by a 2015 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by 68-year-old David Haley. LeSesne said the impact caused her to be flung in the air, and she hit the ground, injuring her head. Haley, of Bedford, told police he was turning left to head west from N Street onto 16th Street and didn’t see LeSesne crossing the street until he hit her and she was being knocked to the ground. Haley said the traffic was heavy at the time, and the traffic cleared for him to turn. LeSesne suffered incapacitating injuries to her entire body. An ambulance responded and took LeSesne to a hospital.
Shortly before 1:00PM today/Thursday, Indiana State Troopers received information that 26 year old Anthony Michael Atkinson, of Jeffersonville, IN, was hiding out at a residence on Jefferson Street in Scottsburg. Anthony Michael Atkinson was on the run from police because he was wanted out of Clark County, IN and Jefferson County, KY on warrants. When troopers pulled up to the residence they saw Anthony Michael Atkinson playing basketball at the residence. When Atkinson saw the troopers he ran into the residence. Troopers entered the home after him but he was able to escape out of a side door with trooper’s right behind him. Troopers and officers from the Scottsburg City Police and county deputies chased Atkinson on foot to South First Street in Scottsburg where he entered a residence uninvited. When officers went into the home after him he fled upstairs in the home and climbed out of an upstairs window where he then jumped off the roof of the home. When he did this, an officer that had helped surrounded the home, took him into custody. Anthony Michael Atkinson was wanted in Clark County, IN for two counts of Battery and Criminal Mischief. He was wanted out of Jefferson County, KY for Manufacturing Methamphetamine. Anthony Michael Atkinson now faces the new charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Residential Entry in Scott County.
Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a fisherman found unresponsive in the water on Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver. Marshall County Dispatch received a 911 call about a man overboard at approximately 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. A construction worker on shore made the 911 call after seeing the man go overboard. The fisherman, 86-year-old Richard Corl,was fishing on Lake Maxinkuckee when, for an unknown reason, he entered the water. Firefighters Tim McCarthy and Taylor Simpson with Culver Fire Department recovered Corl from the water and got him to an awaiting ambulance on shore. Culver EMS transported him to Plymouth Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Dozens of vehicles had their tires flattened on an Indianapolis highway after police say pieces of scrap metal fell from a semitrailer. The debris slowed Tuesday morning's commuter traffic as highway crews needed more than an hour to clean up the mess on a ramp from Interstate 70 to Interstate 465 on the city's southwest side. State Police Sgt. John Perrine says the debris caused about 50 flat tires. He says officers found the truck but he didn't immediately give a cause for the spill. No injuries were reported.
A black bear was seen in northern Indiana and southern Michigan was caught and put to sleep. It was the first wild bear sighting in 140 years. There was a plan to capture and relocate the bear by the DNR last year, but wildlife authorities believe the bear may have become a danger to people.
Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
A Bedford man is behind bars after he failed to stop for an officer and lead police on a pursuit on numerous county roads early this morning. According to an article from WBIW, Bedford Police arrested 29-year-old Jerad Tincher, of 408 18th St., on felony charges of aggressive driving, reckless driving and cited him on 10 counts of disregarding stop signs and failure to yield the right of way. Tincher ran from police after a Beford Police officer attempted to stop him for disregarding a stop sign at 22nd and I Street at 1:40 a.m. Tincher, who was driving a 1993 Ford Escort, failed to stop and lead police on a chase through the eastern part of the county. "The chase went on several city street with him disregarding at least 5 stops signs along the way," says Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley. "The pursuit continued on U.S. 50 East and then onto several county roads with two Lawrence County officer helping in the pursuit." Officers pursued Tincher on Shawswick School Road, Leatherwood Road, Standish Steel Road, Brown Station Road. Jackson County police were alerted thinking Tincher might cross county lines. "Lawrence County officer deployed stop sticks in two locations and Tincher was able to avoid them," Chief Parsley added. In the meantime, a Jackson County officer who was headed in the direction of the pursuit lost control of his police vehicle on West Powerline Road and crashed. "We heard that extrication was called, but the officer was able to get out of the vehicle," Parsley says. it is unclear if that officer was injured. "He finally stopped at the gas company on Erie Church Road," Chief Parsley added. After stopping, police ordered Tincher out of the vehicle and he was arrested without incident. "This incident could have been avoided," Chief Parsley says. "There was no alcohol or drugs involved, there was no reason for Mr. Tincher to run. He would have gotten off with maybe a $100 ticket or even a warning, but instead fled and why - we just don't know. We are lucky no one was seriously injured or killed."
A doctor who operates multiple practices across central Indiana including Bloomington is accused of using pain medications to get his patients to perform sexual acts on him. Dr. Tristan Stonger began treating a female patient in 2013 and developed a sexual relationship with her sometime in late 2014, according to court documents acquired by WXIN. The patient told investigators she complied with the sexual demands because she feared Dr. Stonger would stop writing her prescriptions. During a March 28 visit, she decided to secretly record the encounter. Within minutes of the appointment, the doctor can allegedly be heard asking her to perform a sex act on him. Court documents reveal that Dr. Stonger allegedly wrote three prescriptions for controlled substances at the end of the visit.
On February 25, a former employee filed a complaint raising concerns about Dr. Stonger possibly engaging in sexual activity with his patients. The female employee told investigators that Dr. Stonger had "special patients," with whom he would spend unusually long periods of time. When Dr. Stonger was with these "special patients" he would allegedly tell his staff to knock before entering the exam room. The complaint also pointed out that it appeared these "special patients" were receiving more prescriptions than other patients. In February, the DEA raided Dr. Stonger's offices in Indianapolis, Peru and Bloomington in a separate investigation based on claims Stonger had over-prescribed pills, leading to the deaths of several patients. Sources confirm that case is still pending and charges could be filed. The Indiana Attorney General has filed a motion to suspend Dr. Stonger's license. The medical licensing board will hear that motion during a meeting on April 14.
17 people died from work-zone crashes last year on Indiana’s roadways. And all could be alive if drivers slowed down and paid attention while driving through construction zones. This is National Work Zone Awareness Week and INDOT officials say over 800 projects are underway on Indiana’s roads,, and they are asking drivers to slow down and stay focused.