Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Two were injured in a three-vehicle accident that occurred Wednesday on U.S. 50 East at Woody Farm Road in Lawrence County. According to Lawrence County Police, at around 6:20PM, 30 year old Brigitte Gurden, of Greenwood was driving a 2015 Lincoln MKC and was stopped on U.S. 50 behind a vehicle that was pulling into a parking lot across from Woody Farm Road. Gurden said that, as she waited, her vehicle was struck in the rear by the 2006 Jeep Commander driven by 35 year old Sarah Enochs, of Bedford. Enochs said she struck the rear of the Lincoln as a result of her vehicle being struck in the rear by a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Jessica Bertsch of Seymour. Bertsch told police she didn’t see the stopped vehicles. Gurden was transported to a Bedford area hospital after suffering pain in unspecified parts of her body. Enochs complained of knee, lower leg and foot pain and transported to a Bedford area hospital for treatment. Bertsch was evaluated at the scene and refused treatment.
A 19-year-old Dubois County woman is in jail on multiple drug-related offenses following a routine traffic stop last night. According to Jasper Police , around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, an officer with the Department observed a vehicle traveling westbound on 6th Street, approaching the intersection with MacArthur Street, without its headlights illuminated. After initiating a traffic stop, police say they determined the driver, Maranda Sloan of Princeton, had an suspended infraction on her Indiana Identification Card. Police identified the passenger as 19-year-old Cassidy Engleman, of Jasper and determined that she had an active warrant out of Pike County for minor consuming. After placing Engleman under arrest for the warrant, police allegedly found a glass smoking pipe containing methamphetamine inside her pants. Police also allegedly located two dollar bills that were rolled into tubes and contained a white crystaline powder that allegedly tested positive for meth. A small, metal smoking pipe with burnt residue that tested positive for synthetic drugs was also allegedly found in the vehicle. After being medically cleared by Memorial Hospital for methamphetamine withdrawals, police say Engleman was transported to the Dubois County Jail.
While at intake at the Jail, police say they discovered two 8mg packages of Suboxone, a level III controlled substance, and 1.4g of synthetic drugs that were allegedly concealed inside of Engleman's undergarments. Police say Engleman was booked on preliminary counts of felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a synthetic drug, possession of paraphernalia and trafficking with an inmate.
Tuesday, September 20th, 2017
The Orange County Historical Society will host an Open House type event at the Museum in Paoli this Sunday, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. OCHS President Robert Henderson said the Museum which has been closed for the past several months for some much needed renovation efforts will be open for anyone interested in visiting and viewing some of the updated exhibit areas. The Museum will also be in open for the Paoli Merchants Christmas Open House on November 19th. Although the Museum is normally shuttered after that event for the winter months it will be still be open to visitors and/or small groups by appointment only through spring, 2018. For more information on the OCHS and its activities and/or the Museum contact Henderson at (812) 653-1212
Lawrence County and Conservation officers rescued a Bedford woman Monday morning after a resident in the 910 block of Peaceful Valley Road reported hearing a woman screaming. At 6 a.m. the resident reported hearing a woman screaming about God and repenting. When officers arrived they learned that a 31-year-old woman had used a boat to navigate the White River to the other side of the bank. "Once on the bank the boat floated away leaving the woman stranded," says Lawrence County Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults. Officers contacted Indiana Conservation officers who brought a boat to the scene and were able to get the woman on board and transport her to safety and an awaiting ambulance. The woman was taken to Bloomington Hospital for a medical evaluation. The boat that had floated downstream was later recovered by Conservation officers and returned to the owner
It's harvest season in Indiana, which is the busiest time of the year for the agriculture industry. With additional equipment, machinery and seasonal workers comes an increased risk of accidents and injuries. As farmers begin to harvest their crops, drivers can expect to see large farm equipment traveling on the roads. Studies show accidents between farm equipment and motor vehicles increase during this time of the year. Farm machines move at slower speeds than most vehicles, and often times need additional space on the roads. Motorists may need to slow down, be patient, move over, or even come to a stop to allow the equipment to pass. Farmers will be working hard this fall to provide us with food on our tables, and drivers need to work to stay out of harm's way.
Monday, September 18th, 2017
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a Spencer County Man who was found dead at the scene of an off-road vehicle crash Sunday evening. According to Conservation Officials, 60 year old Jerome Meunier, of Evanston, was ejected from the Honda SXS side-by-side type ORV he was operating after it left the roadway and flipped over. He was found by another person passing by the location. It is unknown how long Meunier was there before he was found. CPR was administered by first responders without success and Meunier was pronounced dead at the scene by the Spencer County Coroner’s Office. The accident happened on County Road 1025 North with the initial 911 call received at 6:56 pm. Responding agencies included the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, Spencer County EMS, New Boston Fire Department, Grandview Fire Department, St. Vincent Life Flight, Spencer County Coroner’s Office and Indiana Conservation Officers. Meunier was not found to be wearing safety gear and alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the accident.
Crawford County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested a woman Friday and accused her of drug-related offenses, including illegally possessing 81 syringes. The deputies who received a search warrant for a home on Speed Road in Milltown were following up on an earlier investigation. After several attempts to contact the occupants at the home, officers made forced entry around 11 p.m. Friday. Crawford County deputies and a department K9 were being assisted by Indiana State Police, the Milltown Police Department, Crawford Emergency Medical Services and Indiana Department of Child Services. Police said officers identified homeowner 37 year old Jennifer Thompson, of Milltown, and 44 year old David Mitchell, of Louisville inside the home, as well as Thompson’s two juvenile children who were sleeping. Once the home was secured and the search concluded, officers collected evidence and transported both Thompson and Mitchell to the Crawford County jail. The Department of Child Services placed the two children with their father, who arrived at the scene, police said.Authorities allegedly found 81 syringes, paraphernalia and other controlled substances during the home search. Thompson is currently facing preliminary charges in Crawford County. Mitchell was being held for an outstanding warrant in Kentucky.
Thursday, Sepember 14th, 2017
Two Washington county men died in a one car accident early this morning. According to the Washington County sheriffs department, at around 1:07am this morning a 2005 Chevy Impala driven by 25 year old Jacob Voyles of Salem was traveling north on Hardinsburg-Livonia Road, when the vehicle traveled over a hillcrest, left the roadway and struck several trees. Voyles and front seat passenger 19 year old Tyler Cook of Fredericksburg died as the result of injuries in the crash. 18 year old Devin Cordero of Salem, a backseat passenger, was treated at the scene and transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Salem with complaint of pain. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate the crash
A man and woman were arrested on drug charges at the Save-A-Lot parking lot in Paoli Wednesday. According to the Paoli Police Department, officers went to the store’s parking lot for a report of a man, later identified as Kyle Roberts, who appeared to be passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. When officers arrived, a woman, later identified as Elizabeth Kee, was walking out of the store with groceries. Police reported signs of impairment and indications of possible criminal activity. Following a search of the vehicle by officers, they located a significant amount of methamphetamine, some marijuana and some Schedule IV controlled substances. Roberts and Kee were charged with possession of methamphetamine between 5 and 10 grams, possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance. Their addresses and ages were not available.
The Martin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a rash of mailboxes being vandalized in the county. These acts are being committed during the hours schools are not in session. The mailboxes are being damaged/torn down by persons using rip rap rock. We are requesting that anyone that may have information about these crimes, please contact our the Martin County Sheriffs Department at 812-247-3726 and you can remain anonymous. The act of vandalizing mailboxes is criminal mischief and also against federal laws.
Wednesday, September 12th, 2017
Troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg arrested Paul Edward Raake, 65, of West Bradford Road North East in Palmyra. He was arrested on an arrest warrant for Voyeurism, a Level 6 Felony. The arrest came after an investigation by an Indiana State Police Detective that specializes in Cyber Crimes that began back in December of last year. The investigation was initiated at the request of the New Albany City Police Department. During the investigation, which was completed and given to the Floyd County Prosecutor’s Office in mid-August, detectives learned that Paul Edward Raake, a former employee of the Nathaniel Scribner Middle School, allegedly had placed a hidden camera in the junior high school boy’s locker room located at Scribner Middle School in New Albany. Indiana State Police Detectives with cooperation from the New Albany/Floyd County School System were given three computers in which Paul Edward Raake had access to while employed at the Nathaniel Scribner Middle School. During the examination of the computers, photographs were located on one of the computers which were of concern. One of the photographs appeared to depict a male school student who was in a state of either dressing or undressing inside of a locker room. It is unknown how long the camera was hidden inside of the locker room before it was located and reported by a student of the school in November of 2016. Paul Edward Raake was arrested and incarcerated at the Floyd County Jail awaiting his first court appearance
Bloomington High School South retired Jill Behrman's volleyball jersey Tuesday before the South-North volleyball game at South. The jersey will be hung permanently at Jill's House, an assisted living and memory care facility in Bloomington named after Behrman. Behrman graduated from South in 1999. She was a member of the 1996 sectional title Panther volleyball team. This is the last sectional title the Panthers have won. The Bloomington South coach, Eugene Kim, came upon the jersey when they were cleaning out the uniform closet, and decided it was time for the jersey to be retired. Behrman was 19, and a freshman at Indiana University when she disappeared during a bike ride in May 2000. Her remains were found in Morgan County three years later. She had been shot in the head. A jury deliberated for less than an hour before finding John Myers II of Ellettsville guilty of murder.
A Muncie man was sentenced Monday to serve 60 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor and distribution of child pornography. 45 year old Shawn Shannon, a traveling gospel singer, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Colin S. Bruce of the Central District of Illinois, who also ordered Shannon to pay $1,387 in restitution to the victim and serve a lifetime of supervised release following his release from prison. According to evidence presented at trial, Shannon lured a 13-year-old boy to a hotel in Decatur, Illinois, and directed him to pose for a series of sexually explicit photos which Shannon took with his phone. The evidence. Showed Shannon also engaged in sexual contact with another minor boy and took similar photos, according to trial evidence.
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Orange County Rural District 2 Volunteer Fire Department firefighters are leaving for Florida on Wednesday to assist with rescue and clean up after Hurricane Irma. The crew plans to leave Wednesday night and return next week. Any donations of food or assistance with fuel to make the trip possible would be greatly appreciated. You can contact Corbin Tye (812) 653-8567 or Ronnie Roach (812) 865-5616.
The Vincennes Police Department is investigating the disappearance of an adult from Vincennes, Indiana. Vincennes, Indiana is located approximately 127 miles southwest of Indianapolis, Indiana. James Merlin Jones is a 72 year old white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 192 pounds, grey hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt, khaki shorts, and tennis shoes. He was last seen Monday, September 11, 2017 at 9:00 am in Vincennes, IN and is believed to be in danger. James may be disoriented and require medical assistance. If you have any information on James Jones, contact the Vincennes Police Department at 812-882-1631 or 911.
Indiana University's overall enrollment is down slightly this fall semester, with fewer students at all but one of its seven campuses. IU officials say it enrolled 94,698 students statewide this fall, a decrease of 0.7 percent from last year. The main campus in Bloomington has 43,710 students. That's just a small drop from 2016 as the Bloomington campus has 2.3 percent fewer graduate and doctoral students. IU's regional campuses in South Bend and New Albany had the biggest enrollment declines at about 4 percent. The Kokomo campus is the only one with more students, going up 2.3 percent. The university says one reason for the regional campus enrollment decline is some potential students opting to go straight into the job market
Monday, September 11th, 2017
A Lawrence County man was arrested Sunday on drug-related charges. 39 year old John Tegarden, of Mitchell faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of syringes, and maintaining a common nuisance. He was wanted on warrants out of Monroe and Washington counties. According to Bedford Police, they noticed a vehicle in the 700 block of 21st Street and saw the brake lights were going off and on. Officers ran the plate number and learned that an active warrant was out for Tegarden. When police approached the vehicle, officers saw Tegarden inside it. While taking him into custody, police saw a baggy containing a white residue that tested positive for meth. Officers inventoried the vehicle and found syringes, as well. He was then booked into the Lawrence County Jail.
A traffic stop on Saturday led to the arrest of three people on drug-related charges. According to Bedford Police, an officer, at 3:25 p.m. Saturday, saw a vehicle being driven by a man they recognized as 36 year old Stephen Staggs of Orleans, who the officer knew to be driving with a suspended license. Police stopped the vehicle at Walgreen’s. Parsley said Staggs was the driver and his driver’s license was suspended. 37 year old Austin Smith of Bedford was the backseat passenger, and police said there was an active warrant out for Smith. Staggs consented to a search of the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle, police located plastic bags, all containing a white residue. Smoking pipes and other forms of paraphernalia also were found in the vehicle. Also another passenger 52 year old Kathleen Bundy of Oolitic was arrested. All three were then booked into the Lawrence County Jail.
Two people are in the hospital after a hydraulic bucket truck overturned at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium today/Monday. Jasper Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, Jasper Volunteer Fire Department First Responders and officers with the Jasper Police Department responded to the stadium at about 12:06 p.m this afternoon. for the report of the overturned equipment. Two individuals were transported from the scene to Memorial Hospital. Their names and condition are not being released at this time. Further details of this incident were not available at news time
Friday, September 8th, 2017
In advance of Hurricane Irma about to hit Florida, a crew consisting 64 line workers and 81 right-of-way employees in all around 150 men departed Paoli’s ElectriCom on Thursday morning headed for Florida, prepared to assist in restoring electricity in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. A crowd of well-wishers gathered at the ElectriCom property for a send-off before the trucks formed a convoy headed south. Sandra Goodpaster, an ElectriCom employee, led the group in prayer before the departure, offering thanks for the willingness the men had to leave their families, and asking for safety for the workers and for all who are in the path of Hurricane Irma. ElectriCom is an independently owned telecommunications and power construction company. It isn’t unusual for the company, as well as public energy utilities and cooperatives, to send crews to areas hit by natural disasters. The trip to assist in hurricane response is the second one the ElectriCom crews have made in less than a year. In October, more than 100 ElectriCom workers dispatched to the hurricane-ravaged regions of Florida and the Carolinas. At that time, they were countering the damage left behind by Hurricane Matthew.
Two people complained of injuries after their vehicle ran into a mobile home Thursday afternoon. According to a Lawrence County Police report, at around 12PM, 76 year old Shirley Terry was driving east on Stonington Road, near Granny Road, in her 2010 Cadillac CT6. Also in the car was Ralph Terry a passenger. She said a deer entered the road and she attempted to miss the deer, but drove off Stonington Road onto Granny Road. She was unable to stop and ran off the road, striking two mailboxes and a fence. The car then struck the mobile home owned by Jamie Thacker. The renter of the home said things were knocked out of the cabinet and refrigerator and also was damage to the outside of the mobile home and underneath it.Terry complained of arm pain and Ralph Terry complained of pain to his entire body. Both were taken to a hospital by a private vehicle.
A man who admitted to murdering a man in St. Henry was formally sentenced to 86 years today. Sentencing was held this afternoon in Dubois Circuit Court at which time Judge Nathan Verkamp accepted the plea agreement filed with the Court on August 9, 2017. 26 year old Kyle Popplewell was sentenced to 65 years on for the murder of Jeffrey Perry; six years for the Level 5 felony count of criminal confinement; and 15 years on the Level 3 felony count of aggravated battery. Those sentences run consecutively for a total sentence of 86 years at the Indiana Department of Corrections. The Prosecutor’s Office worked closely with the family of Jeff Perry and the two other surviving victims to reach an agreement that considered the victim’s input and brought closure without enduring a horrific trial. According to Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Quinn, the sentencing tends to bring a sense of closure to the family of the uncertainty and anguish of waiting for trial and the appeal process that would follow any conviction.
Thursday, September 7th, 2017
A Lawrence County man and woman were arrested on numerous drug charges Monday 34 year old Rosa Carcamo, 34, of Bedford, was charged with dealing in a narcotic drug, a Level 3 felony; possession of a narcotic drug, a Level 5 felony; three counts of neglect of a dependent, a Level 5 felony; maintaining a common nuisance with controlled substances, a Level 6 felony; and unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony. 35 year old Brandon Taylor, of Bedford was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony; three counts of neglect of a dependent, a Level 5 felony; maintaining a common nuisance with controlled substances, a Level 6 felony; and unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony. According to police reports, earlier this month, a confidential informant told police that Carcamo and Taylor wanted to sell heroin. After the deal, the informant told police it was purchased from Carcamo while children were in the home. Police already obtained an anticipatory search warrant before the deal, and the Bedford Police Department SWAT team searched the home. The three children were present, and the older child stated to officers that they knew we were there because of the drugs and needles. Carcamo told police she sold heroin in order to make ends meet and only sold heroin to a few people. In addition, she showed police the location of heroin that was inside a coat pocket. When Taylor was detained, police reported they found a baggie on him containing a crystal substance that Taylor said was meth. Police reported Taylor said he and Carcamo used it earlier in the day. When they were taken to the Lawrence County jail, officers found a white powder residue that field-tested positive for meth. Both were booked into the Lawrence County Jail.
The driver of a dump truck was airlifted after suffering injuries throughout her body when the truck overturned Tuesday. According to a Lawrence County Police Department accident report, at around 1:35PM 58 year old Sandra Harper, of Poland Indiana in Clay County, was driving a 2005 Mack CV Series dump truck west on State Road 54 and hauling gravel and went off the roadway. She is believed to have over-corrected, causing the vehicle to leave the road and roll over. Gravel from the truck spilled and covered a portion of the roadway. Harper was responsive but was unable to tell police what had caused the accident. Harper was then taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She had been trapped in the wreckage, requiring extrication by Bedford Fire Department personnel. Members of the Marshall Township and Perry Township volunteer fire departments were called to the scene. In addition, Indiana State Police personnel trained in commercial vehicle enforcement and inspections also were called to assist.
At 10:37 a.m. CDT, an Indiana State Police All Crimes Policing (ACP) team out of the Jasper post, augmented by state police K9 trooper Steve Sexton, Jasper Police Department K9 officer Adam Bower, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department K9 officer Jesus Monarrez and Spencer County Sheriff’s Department K9 officer David Hall conducted the operation at the Santa Claus warehouse property. While sweeping the parking lot, state police said, two K9 teams positively alerted for the possible presence of narcotics on a black 2007 Chrysler 300 sedan belonging to 37-year-old Isaac W. Stewart of Rockport. A third K9 team positively indicated on an article inside the warehouse that belonged to Stewart, police added. Master Trooper Trey Lytton and Senior Trooper Robbie Lambert applied for and received a search warrant through the Spencer County Circuit Court. During the search of the Chrysler, troopers allegedly located crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, two handguns, digital scales, marijuana, smoking pipes, and two types of legend (prescription)drugs.Stewart was arrested and transported to the Spencer County Jail on preliminary chages that include a Level 4 felony count of dealing methamphetamine, Level 6 felony counts of methamphetamine possession, possession of cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance and illegal possession of legend drugs (two counts), plus misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana (with a prior conviction) and possession of paraphernalia.
Tuesday, September 6th, 2017
Authorities have released the identities of the couple involved in the fatal crash south of Jasper on State Road 162 Tuesday afternoon. Accordng to the Dubois County Free Press, 66 year old Larry J. Fogleman, and his wife, 62 year old Nancy E. Fogleman, both of Greenwood, were northbound on State Road 162 at about 3:45 p.m. when Mr. Fogleman lost control of the couple’s 2005 Buick LaCrosse due to a medical condition south of Schnellville Road. The car veered off the east side of the road and went down an embankment rolling several times before coming to rest on its roof. The Foglemans were trapped in the overturned car. When deputies and Jasper Volunteer Fire Department First Responders arrived on scene a few moments after the crash, they found Mr. Fogleman unconscious in the vehicle and Mrs. Fogleman awake and alert. The couple was extricated from the vehicle and after being treated at the scene, taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital. According to authorities, Mr. Fogleman passed away due to the medical condition. Mrs. Fogleman suffered minor abrasions,
A dangerous family disturbance resulted in a Bloomington man put in jail on attempted murder charges after he allegedly stabbed his father-in-law . 19-year-old Evan McArdle was arrested on charges of attempted murder, criminal confinement, intimidation and domestic battery. On Saturday, police were called to South Winslow Court in Bloomington at 11:06 a.m. Saturday after a report of a domestic fight in the parking lot and two men with stab wounds. A 24-year-old woman told police she called her parents for help after McArdle allegedly slammed her head into a wall and was preventing her from leaving their apartment. She told police her husband put her in a chokehold and then threatened her with his pocket knife in front of her 48-year-old father who arrived to help. The woman's father, who was armed with a wrench, struck McArdle to protect his daughter, Bloomington Police Capt. Steve Kellams says. During the altercation the father-in-law suffered four stab wounds to upper body. Both men fell to the floor and McArdle began kicking his father-in-law in the head. The woman, in an attempt to save her father, picked up the pocket knife, that was discarded during the altercation, and stabbed her husband three times in his right shoulder. Police say both the woman and father-in-law were victims and acted in self-defense. Both men were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The 48-year-old father is in stable condition at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. McArdle was treated for his injuries and released. He was then transported to the Monroe County Jail.
In the past week Average retail gasoline prices in Indiana have risen 9.8 cents per gallon averaging $2.51 a gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,271 gas outlets in Indiana. This compares with the national average that has increased 23.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.64 a gallon. Including the change in gas prices in Indiana during the past week, prices Monday were 33.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are .20 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 29.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 44.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. "Thanks to Harvey shutting down an extensive amount of refining capacity, the national average gasoline price saw its largest weekly jump since Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005 when the national average jumped 49 cents in a week. Every state has seen average gas prices rise,
Monday, September 5th, 2017
Police in Bedford are searching for a man who attempted to rob the Jackson County Bank on 16th Street on Friday. Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley said officials were notified about the attempted robbery just after 11 a.m. Parsley says the man fled south on foot from the bank. Police have not released any other details at this time or specific details of what happened inside the bank. Any information call police at 275-3311
A Indiana State Police car car was involved in an accident at the intersection of State Road 37 and 16th Street. The crash occurred at 6:22 p.m. on Friday. According to ISP Bloomington Public Information Officer Curt Durnil, Trooper Sam Gillespie was enroute to assist another trooper, who was involved in a pursuit, when Trooper Gillespie's patrol car and another vehicle collided in the intersection. Indiana State Police are investigating the accident and no other information was available.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV accident that occurred in Harrison County over the weekend. 40 year old . John Roberts of Louisville, KY, suffered a serious head injury after crashing his ATV into a tree on private property near Laconia, Just before midnight on Saturday, Roberts was riding his Yahama ATV on a muddy trail when he lost control and struck a tree head-on. Roberts was ejected and struck the tree, knocking him unconscious. Another ATV rider behind Roberts was able to render aid and quickly call for help. Roberts, who was not wearing a helmet, was knocked unconscious, and was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage riders to always wear a helmet and necessary safety equipment when operating an ATV
Friday, September 1st, 2017
The Bedford Police Department is looking for a man who attempted to rob Jackson County Bank on 16th street earlier this morning. Police were called to the scene shortly after 11 a.m today. The robbers description was given as a male who fled on foot, but we very few details are known other than that. The suspect then fled south from the bank.
A Lawrence County woman was taken to jail on drug charges after police went to serve a warrant at a home on East Vine Street in Mitchell Tuesday. 34 year old Amber Marsh also known as Amber England, of Mitchell, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. She also was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court. According to police reports, at 11 p.m. Tuesday, two Mitchell Police Department officers went to a home in the 400 block of East Vine Street to arrest Marsh on the warrant. Police went to the home, and a resident said Marsh was in a bedroom. Police found Marsh in the bedroom and saw paraphernalia on the floor. In the bedroom, police found two containers, both containing residue that police said field-tested positive for meth. In addition, police reported they found two cigarettes containing a substance that field-tested positive for marijuana. During this time, police also learned 29-year-old Zachary Nolan of Mitchell was in the home. Nolan also was wanted on warrants for petition modify house arrest, failure to appear in court and escape. Marsh and Nolan were taken to the Lawrence County jail where they remain without bonds.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department arrested an English man believed to have been operating a vehicle while intoxicated Wednesday night after he allegedly had just left the scene of two accidents. Dispatchers were called at 9 p.m. by a Warrick County motorist who reported he had been crashed into on I-64 in Crawford County. Timothy Mosley of Elberfeld told authorities that, while traveling westbound near Carefree, a red Jeep Wrangler had run into the back of an enclosed trailer he was pulling. Mosley said he attempted to pull over and exchange information but the vehicle’s driver, later allegedly identified as 34 year old Joseph Lahue, 34, of English, kept running into him until he exited the interstate. Mosley, who estimated his enclosed trailer had been struck eight to 10 times while on the interstate, said the Lahue Wrangler continued north on State Road 66.Crawford County dispatchers received another 911 call 20 minutes later from a residence on Hubbard Lane in the Riddle area east of the Sulphur exit in Crawford County. That caller reported that a red Jeep Wrangler was driving recklessly past their house which was on a dead-end road. The female caller said the red Jeep was causing damage on their property and had run into her husband’s vehicle after he had gone to check on the driver of the Jeep. Officers from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and English Police Department arrived and observed the red Jeep coming back toward them. Lahue stopped in the roadway and was detained and identified. Officers had probable cause to believe that Lahue had been operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, according to the sheriff’s department. He was transported to the Crawford County Jail by Indiana State Police for a chemical breath test. Evidence from the scene at Carefree and from the damage on Hubbard Lane was consistent with Lahue’s Jeep being the suspected vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department. Police said Lahue will face charges in Crawford County and should be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. His bond was at $32,500.
Thursday, August 31st, 2017
The Monroe County Sheriff's Department and Indiana Department of Revenue closed a popular establishment on Lake Monroe near Bloomington Wednesday afternoon for non payment of unpaid employee income tax withholding and sales tax. Officials say that the closure of Eagle Pointe restaurant, pro shop and bar and dining facilities will remain in effect until payments are remedied. Sheriff Brad Swain and deputies were at the business near Lake Monroe at 11 a.m. Wednesday. An orange Indiana Department of Revenue warning sign was posted on the door, citing it was in violation of Indiana Code and that the business is committing a Class A Misdemeanor. Sheriff Swain says Eagle Pointe failed to comply with an agreed upon payment plan for unpaid employee payroll taxes and collected sales taxes.
AT&T* is now giving local customers in several southern Indiana areas faster mobile internet speeds. They have launched the 4G LTE in southern French Lick, Montgomery, Paragon, Popcorn, Springville, Waymansville, and Whitaker. AT&T claims customers will benefit from more reliability as well as faster service with 4G LTE.
Cummins has unveiled a new electric-powered semi tractor. Company officials say the "Class 7 Demonstration Urban Hauler Tractor" shows Cummins' commitment to compete, and win, in the field of new and future technologies. An unveiling ceremony was held Tuesday morning at the Cummins Tech Center on McKinley Avenue in Columbus, Indiana Cummins says that the Concept Class 7 Urban Hauler EV includes a state-of-the art battery pack offering, allowing the vehicle to hold a longer charge for improved range and faster charging, reducing down time. The concept truck design includes an Engine-Generator option for extended range capabilities. Company officials say that engine options offer 50 percent fuel savings compared to today's diesel hybrids, with zero emissions.
Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
...Periods of Heavy Rainfall Forecast Thursday Evening Through Friday...What remains of Tropical Storm Harvey is forecast to move into the Ohio Valley Friday. A few bands of moderate rainfall will precede the system...starting to impact southern Kentucky later tonight. The heaviest rainfall however should move into the region later Thursday evening and persist to Friday. These heavier showers and storms will bring a good soaking rain to southern Indiana. Areal average forecast rainfall totals are between 1 and 3 inches in southern Indiana. Remember that these are average rainfall totals...so there will be locally higher amounts. Area rivers and creeks generally are at lower levels at this time. Current river forecasts indicate we should be able to handle this much rain. The peak period of concern for potential quick rises and localized flooding looks to be from late Thursday night to Friday morning. Stay tuned for updates over the next couple of days.
According to Roger AXE, Director of Greene County Emergency Management Agency, "Scammers always take advantage of people's misfortune. Be very careful who you give money to over the telephone. If you get called and are unsure, hang up. Better yet donate to a charity you know. If you want to donate supplies to the Texas Hurricane Victims, please go through channels. Sending unsolicited supplies can create a bottle neck and become part of the problem. Transportation into the devastated areas is being prioritized and well meaning people can hinder the recovery effort, especially if they are on scene and in the way. Before sending supplies please check with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security before you go. Please call (800) 669-7362. It is advised to check with a national relief agency such as Red Cross or Salivation Army and work with them to better coordinate the relief effort.
The Monastery of Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand in Dubois County, is among the historic sites included in the state’s tourism commission’s contest of top historic locations. Known as the “Castle on the Hill,” the Monastery, founded in 1867, is home to one of the nation’s largest group of Benedictine women. The distinctive, Romanesque dome rises majestically over the town of Ferdinand, standing at 87 feet from the floor and 32 and a half feet in diameter. Throughout the church, 89 angels are present, 16 of which are depicted in stained glass windows surrounding the dome. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated an Official Project of Save America’s Treasures
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
On Monday , troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg executed a search warrant at 109 South 5th Street in Utica, (Clark County). During the search, troopers located Methamphetamine and Paraphernalia. Troopers placed James C. Wheatley, 43, from the above listed address in Utica was placed under arrest and incarcerated at the Clark County Jail on the charges of Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Syringe, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Crews worked until early this morning cleaning up a diesel fuel spill at the intersection of Sixth and Chestnut streets in Huntingburg. Police say around11 p.m. Monday night, a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Kaitlyn Kalb, of Oakland City, was northbound on Chestnut Street when she turned west onto State Road 64/Sixth Street and struck a semi-tractor's crashed into the side of a passing International semi-tractor driven by David Fletcher, of Washington rupturing the semi's diesel tank. No one was injured in the crash. Firefighter with the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene cleaning up the spill until 12:58 a.m. this morning.
A plan to log 299 acres of the Yellowwood State Forest in Brown County is causing concern among advocates and longtime residents who say removing the trees disturbs wildlife and fauna in the state's oldest forest. The Indiana Division of Forestry recently announced plans to log three adjacent backcountry tracts. The planned cut will impact the popular Tecumseh hiking trail. The logging plan includes cutting a remote hollow that contains tulip, poplars, sugar maples and northern red oaks between 150 and 200 years old. DNR spokesman Phil Bloom says trees to be felled have not yet been identified and marked, about five trees are removed per acre. If that number holds true in this instance, about 1,500 of the estimated 34,400 trees in the designated area would be cut down. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is accepting written public comment for and against the backwoods logging plan through Sept. 3. Comments can be submitted by writing to the office of the Governor, Statehouse, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2797
Monday, August 28th, 2017
Four people were arrested after Bedford Police say they broke into the old Monon Railroad depot and were living there. According to Bedford Police, officers were alerted to a possible break in at the depot at 1221 J Street at 2:25 p.m. They found three people inside and one outside of the depot. Arrested was 34 year old Jessica Douglas, of Bedford for criminal trespassing, 44 year old Brandy Baker, of Bedford for burglary, criminal trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of meth, 29 year old Hogan Abner, of Oolitic, for criminal trespassing, and 45 year old Dennis Ryan, of Oolitic, who was wanted on three warrants for criminal mischief, leaving the scene of a an accident and theft. Police say they found Douglas and Hogan in one room and Baker in another. Baker was found with syringes and spoon that all had meth residue on them. They had been, according to police, taking items from the depot. Officers also found mattresses on the floor and believe they had been living in the depot.
Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department firefighters battled a barn fire Sunday afternoon. Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze at 3130 Erie Church Road the home of Phil Hawkins at at 4:20 p.m. Firefighters were told there were animals trapped inside. Shawswick VFD responded with four trucks and 8 firefighters. The 20-foot by 20-foot barn was destroyed. Chickens and a donkey inside the barn were rescued. One firefighter did get over heated battling the blaze. She was treated at the scene by AMR ambulance personnel.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
A Dubois County man was arrested after his vehicle was found stuck on railroad tracks Friday afternoon and police located several narcotics, 23 grams of marijuana, scales and paraphernalia in the vehicle. According to police, 34 year old Justin Taylor, of Huntingburg was northbound on Styline Drive at about 3:59 p.m. attempting to make a right turn on 12th Street when he failed to complete the turn. The 1996 Chevrolet Blazer he was operating went over the curb, down an embankment and became stuck on the nearby railroad tracks. The responding officer detected an odor of burnt marijuana from the inside of Taylor’s SUV. Taylor was given a field sobriety test which he failed. Taylor then gave them consent to search his vehicle. During the search, police located Schedule I, II and III narcotics, 23 grams of marijuana, paraphernalia, digital scales and other legend drugs as well as drug packing materials. Police charged Taylor with operating while intoxicated, dealing Schedule I, II and III controlled substances, possession of legend drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. After receiving medical clearance at Memorial Hospital, Taylor was booked into the Dubois County Jail.
Thursday, August 24th, 2017
A Lawrence county man died Sunday as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash that occurred in Pekin. Monday, the wife of Eric Pask of Mitchell, reported to the Mitchell Police Department he had been missing. According to Mitchell Police, she reported he had been missing for more than 24 hours. Lawrence County police were able to ping the 49 year-old-man’s cellphone to a location in Pekin, where Johnson said Indiana State Police located Pask. He died as the result of a motorcycle crash.
A Lawrence County and Johnson County resident were arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop Tuesday. According to Lawrence County police reports, At 11:18 p.m. Tuesday, Bedford Police Department officers noticed a possible drug deal taking place in the 1100 block of 17th Street. A short time later, police stopped a silver 2003 Cadillac; driven by Brown with Eicle as a passenger. Police told Brown and Eicle they suspected a drug deal took place, then asked for consent to search the vehicle. They gave consent and in the vehicle, police located a Diet Coke can containing a plastic bag that had a substance that field-tested positive for meth. Eicle and Brown were arrested and taken to the Lawrence County jail. 57 year old David Eicle Sr., of Whiteland, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance. 51 year old Pamela Brown, of Bedford was charged with possession of meth, trafficking with an inmate and maintaining a common nuisance. While Brown was being processed, police discovered a baggie Brown placed in between a passenger seat and a door of the vehicle. The baggie contained a substance that field-tested positive for meth.
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
A Bedford Police Officer was honored for saving a woman who was not breathing. According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley, Officer Clint Swanson was called to a home of an apparent drug overdose. When he arrived he immediately began CPR on a woman not breathing without a pulse. Chief Parsley says because of Officer Swanson's actions the woman was revived and transported to IU Health Hospital where she was given a dose of Narcan used to reverse the effects of the drug overdose. Chief Parsley presented Officer Swanson with the Lifesaving Award from the American Police Hall of Fame during the Bedford Board of Works meeting on Monday.
In Loogootee, volunteers are raising money for Brittany Walker . Born in 2002, Brittany is the daughter of Melinda and Brian Walker. She was diagnosed with cirrhosis and the doctors at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis have recommended a lifesaving liver transplant. An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Loogootee volunteers but more volunteers are need to help with fundraising activities that will help with transplant-related expenses. Donations may be sent to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana 47403. Brittany’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. The organization’s priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds. One hundred percent of all funds raised are used for patients’ transplant-related expenses
A Bedford man was injured after he crashed his motorcycle near Mitchell Monday evening. Just after 7pm, 31-year-old Aaron Speelman was traveling north on Stumphole Bridge Road and was approaching a curve when he hit the brakes on his 2007 Honda VT750. The motorcycle began slid on the wet roadway and traveled about 100 feet. Speelman, wearing a helmet was ejected from the bike. He suffered a broken left foot, a laceration to his right hand and his backside right hip. He was transported by an AMR ambulance to IU Bedford Health Hospital for treatment.
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
According to the Indiana Workforce, the state's jobless rate inched slightly higher to 3.1 percent in July, still much lower than the national rate of 4.3 percent . Orange County’s unemployment rate came in at 3.5%, Washington County at 3.5 as well, Martin County’s was 3.1%, Lawrence County at 4.3%, while Dubois County had the lowest unemployment at 2.6%. The unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana's labor force decreased by 1,077 over the previous month due to a 4,008 decrease in employment and a 2,931 increase in unemployment. Indiana's total labor force continues to stand at more than 3.33 million, and the state's 64.3 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.9 percent.
On Monday, four Bloomington Schools were placed on lockdown. Police later searched an 18 year old boy who had threatened to stab a girl. Police began their investigation after a male called police saying he found his teenage daughter injured in the 2300 block of East Second Street and that an 18-year-old man reportedly had threatened to stab the girl over a $400 debt. Police then alerted Rogers, Binford, St. Charles and Pinnacle Elementary Schools which were placed on lockdown for about an hour while police investigated the incident. Police Sgt. Ryan Pedigo says officers arrested the 18-year-old male and seized the knife.
A Martin County man received injuries after flipping his 4-wheeler on Sunday morning . 35-year-old Norman Cole of Loogootee suffered bruises and contusions and was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment. Cole was traveling north on Main Street in Alfordsville when the 4-wheeler went off the east side of the road, hit a stone and went airborne and landed on Center Street and bounced. Cole was ejected from the vehicle. The 4-wheeler continued on and rolled over coming to a stop on its side on a front porch on South Main Street.
Monday, August 21st, 2017
A New York woman died in a crash on U.S. 150 Saturday morning. According to a police accident report, At 6:11 a.m., Martin County police received a call from Orange County Sheriff's Department dispatch reporting an accident occurred just inside the Martin County line. A vehicle was found on U.S. 150, just west of Panhandle Road. the driver 47 year old Lynette Lynch of Liverpool New York was unconscious when she was found. Police say the vehicle, was westbound, and appeared to have driven down an embankment and impacted a tree. An officer and an ambulance responded to the scene. When the officer arrived, Orange County police and medical personnel were at the scene. Martin County Deputy Coroner Mark Franklin pronounced Lynch dead at the scene. Lynch died from injuries she suffered during the accident. The investigation is ongoing, but early indications show Lynch may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Two people were injured after a motorcycle ran off State Road 158 west on Saturday.67 year old James Fleener, of Sugar Grove, Ill., was driving a 2007 Honda VT1100 westbound on State Road 158 near Tripleton Pike Road in a group of motorcycles. Fleener said he was entering a curve when the rear end of his motorcycle lost traction and struck a pole. Fleener and passenger 57 year old Terri Sisson, of Indianapolis, were thrown from the vehicle. Neither wore a helmet. Fleener and Sisson were transported to a Bedford hospital after complaining of head and face injuries, respectively.
The Dubois County Health Department is reminding residents to stay vigilant in protecting themselves from West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. Two samples of mosquitoes have recently tested positive for West Nile Virus in Dubois County. Residents are encouraged to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes by following these simple steps: apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothes and exposed skin; wear light-colored clothing; Avoid wet, highly vegetative areas where mosquitoes live; and avoid being outdoors during prime mosquito biting times, dusk to dawn, when possible.
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Orange County Circuit Court Special Judge Steven Owens sentenced 39-year-old James Davidson to 40 years in prison after two people were killed in June 2014. Davidson, of Marengo, pleaded guilty in a negotiated plea deal to a count of robbery with serious bodily injury, a Class A felony. The agreement says two counts of murder will be dismissed and that the prosecution will not pursue a habitual offender charge. The plea deal . At 1:05 p.m. on June 23, a passer-by alerted police to a man lying near the roadway in front of a home in the 2200 block of Sandy Hook Road. According to court documents, the day before he died, 56-year-old Nicky Fields expressed concern that Carpenter was out to hurt him. Those documents also indicate that what happened inside the mobile home was a robbery gone wrong. Fields' body was found inside the home. Police found 25-year-old Corey Michael Harris was outside, along with 29-year-old Daniel Smitson. Both Fields and Harris suffered gunshot wounds to the head and died at the scene. Smitson was shot underneath his neck; the bullet went above his mouth and it came out of his eye. Smitson was able to tell police that three men in a red and gray Dodge truck came to the home and began shooting with a small-caliber handgun. Police discovered a truck matching Smitson's description was registered to Carpenter. Also charged with the crimes were James Davidson of Marengo and Elbert Brooks of New Albany. Brooks admitted going to Field's home with Carpenter and Davidson to get meth and he stayed in the vehicle when Carpenter went into the home. Davidson stayed outside the residence. Brooks told police he heard yelling and two gunshots from inside the home, and Carpenter and Davidson left the home, carrying a blanket with items inside it. Brooks told police he saw a man walking toward the roadway, heard a gunshot and saw the man fall. All three men were arrested within days of the shooting. Brooks pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to 100 years in prison. Brooks was sentenced to 55 years in prison on one count of murder, 30 years for attempted murder and 15 years for robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. A second murder count was dismissed as part of the plea agreement. The actual shots were fired by 38-year-old John Carpenter of Marengo and he was convicted by a jury in July and was sentenced to 195 years in prison.
Police say they have additional audio and DNA evidence linked to the murders of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German. The girls were reported missing on February 13th and their bodies were found the next day in a rural area east of Delphi where they had gone hiking. "It takes a lot of time and we want to be very thorough and make sure that all i's dotted and t's crossed. This is a tough case," said ISP First Sgt. Jerry Holeman. Dozens of state, local and federal agencies are still working around the clock to track down the man they believe killed Abby and Libby while the girls were out on a walk on the Delphi Historic Trails. Police have conducted hundreds of interviews, followed up on thousands of leads and served dozens of search warrants to find clues that the killer may have left behind, including DNA. Along with DNA evidence, police also have the suspect's voice. Police say Libby recorded the killer's voice on her cell phone, telling the girls to go down the hill. Investigators say she hit record after he approached them near the Monon High Bridge. Police have only released a portion of the recording. Several witnesses have come forward saying they saw the killer walking on the trails the day the girls were killed. Those people helped develop a composite sketch that was released last month. As officials work to process the evidence, ISP has a group of detectives interviewing and re-interviewing people in connection to the case. Authorities have released a composite sketch of the man and a reward for information in the case now totals $230,000. If you have information on the case call 844-459-5786, your tip can remain anonymous
A Martin County teen suffered a minor injury after she lost control of the truck she was driving on Sendelweck Curve on State Road 56 Monday morning. 17 year old Kenadi Rumble, of Loogootee, was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado at about 7:42 a.m. when she lost control of the truck on the wet roadway about a half mile east of County Road 175E (about two miles east of Haysville). The truck went off the south side of the roadway into an embankment then overturned landing on its roof before rolling back onto its wheels. State Road 56 was down to one lane for about an hour while the scene was cleared. Rumble suffered a small bump to the head but declined to be transported from the scene by ambulance, according to authorities. the sheriff’s department. The Silverado was considered a total loss. State Road 56 was down to one lane for about an hour while the scene was cleared. The Haysville Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
A Paoli man was killed Friday night in an accident on VFW Road. According to a Lawrence County Police report, 54-year-old Willard D. Sneed was ejected from his 2008 Chevrolet HHR and died at the scene from closed chest injuries. Police say Sneed was traveling south near the 1100 block of VFW Road, south of Meridian Road when his car ran off the west side of the road and traveled 104 feet parallel with the roadway. The car came back onto the roadway and traveled southeast crossing the center line running off the east side of the roadway, traveled 45 feet striking a tree on the driver's side removing the front driver's side tire and rim. There was also heavy damage to the vehicle. The vehicle rolled two times, skidding south 70 feet. Then went off the roadway and skidded another 75 feet southwest. The vehicle then went off the west side of the road where Sneed was ejected from the vehicle, he was not wearing a seat belt. The vehicle then traveled another 36 feet stopping against a fence in the upright position. Police say the driver side air bags did not deploy on the recently purchased vehicle. Assisting at the scene were Mitchell Police officers, Marion Township Rural Fire Department first responders and AMR/St. Vincent Dunn Hospital ambulance personnel
Jasper Police made an arrest at Memorial Hospital as a result of a combative patient Friday afternoon. Officers were called to the hospital at about 4:52 p.m. When they arrived, staff members there reported that Josey Wales Shelton, 19, of Taswell, had allegedly punched a Memorial Hospital staff member in the chest and chin. Also, Shelton allegedly wrestled with a female staff member and held her against her will. Shelton was charged with battery and criminal confinement. Police booked him into the Dubois County Security Center
A fire in Seymour results in a death . Names have not been released but A Seymour man has died and a woman was hospitalized after a house fire Monday night . When police and firefighters arrived smoke and fire was bellowing out of the one-story house making it hard for firefighters to get inside. The man died after being pulled from inside the attached garage at the home on Kessler Boulevard. Seymour Cpl. Devin Cornwell and Officers Ben Miller and Devlin McMindes forced the garage door open enough for Miller to crawl inside and pulled the man out from the smoke filled garage. Police say the woman came out the front door of the home. The woman was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by medical personnel. It took firefighters more than 30 minute to extinguish the fire. The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire injury
Monday, August 14th, 2017
Two Lawrence County residents were injured in an accident at John Williams Boulevard and X Street on Thursday afternoon. According to a Bedford Police report, 65-year-old Nancy Davis of Heltonville was traveling east in the left lane of John Williams Boulevard and had slowed to make a left turn onto X Street when her 1998 Ford Crown Victoria was hit in the rear by a 2013 Chevrolet Impala driven by 23-year-old Emyrald Yeary of Bedford. Yeary told police she didn't see the Crown Victoria's turn signal and was unable to stop to avoid the collision. Davis complained of chest pains, due to a prior heart condition and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. Yeary was not injured, but her 9-year-old female passenger suffered a minor head injury but was not transported to the hospital.
Two Dubois County farms were honored among the 72 families presented with the Hoosier Homestead Award Friday at the Indiana State Fair in recognition of their commitment to Indiana agriculture. The Goeppner and Vonderheide families of Dubois County were honored with centennial awards. Robling Farms, Inc. of Pike County was awarded with the sesquicentennial award. To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years, and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions recognized are Centennial (100 years), Sesquicentennial (150 years) and Bicentennial (200 years). The families honored today join more than 5,000 Hoosier Homestead farms. Administered by ISDA and currently in its 41st year, semiannual recognition ceremonies are held in the spring at the Indiana Statehouse and in August at the Indiana State Fair.
The Indiana Finance Authority today completed the settlement transaction to terminate the contractual relationship between I-69 Development Partners and the State, reimburse the developer’s bond holders for $246 million, and return direct control of the I-69 Section 5 project to the Indiana Department of Transportation. According to Gov. Eric Holcomb, “The State is officially in charge of this important project,” “Our focus is to complete this crucial stretch of roadway that provides a promising path to economic growth for Hoosiers and businesses in southern Indiana.” The IFA announced the pending settlement agreement June 16, 2017. Since that time, the financing plan to complete the transaction was approved by the IFA Board and reviewed by the State Budget Committee. The 21-mile project between Bloomington and Martinsville is expected to be complete on or before August 2018. To ensure the project is completed within that timeframe, INDOT has worked closely over the past month with I-69 Development Partners and advisor Walsh Construction to conduct a thorough assessment of work that has been completed and to identify milestones to keep the project on track.
Wednesday August 2nd, 2017
BLOOMINGTON) - A horse was struck and killed on West State Road 45 on Tuesday morning. The accident was reported at 12:20 a.m. on West State Road 45 near West Airport Road. According Monroe County Sheriff's Department, the horse had escaped from a residence along West Airport Road, near the Monroe County Fairgrounds. The horse then got onto State Road 45 and was struck by an SUV near Airport Road.
(INDIANAPOLIS ) - An Indiana man who was sentenced as a juvenile to 25 years in prison for helping kill his friend's stepfather has been released after spending seven years behind bars. The Indianapolis Star reports that 19-year-old Paul Gingerich has been living with his mother in Fort Wayne since his release in March. Gingerich was 12 when he helped 15-year-old Colt Lundy fatally shoot Lundy's stepfather, Phil Danner. The boys were sentenced as adults to 25 years in prison. Gingerich was resentenced last year under a new law named after him. "Paul's Law" lets juveniles who commit serious crimes receive alternative sentences. Gingerich will be under 24-hour electronic monitoring until next year and court supervision until 2020. Afterward he'll begin 10 years of probation
(MITCHELL) - Spring Mill State Park will host Heritage Days in the Pioneer Village this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, guests can witness re-enactors go about their daily chores of quilting, spinning, weaving and blacksmithing. Guests can learn about village life by participating in hands-on programs. Schedules of programs will be available at the park office as well as the Grist Mill. The annual Quilt Show will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday in the village. Quilters working on a project are welcome to bring it to the village and demonstrate their art. To display a quilt, contact Coletta Prewitt (812) 849-3534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Al Franken (D-MN) announced the introduction of the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act (HOT CARS Act of 2017, S. 1666). This critical legislation addresses the tragic deaths of children unknowingly being left in vehicles. It requires the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to issue a final rule within 2 years requiring new vehicles to be equipped with a visual and auditory alert system to remind parents to check the rear seat. The Senate bill also requires a study on retrofitting cars with reminder systems.
A Bloomington man was killed after he drove his motorcycle across the center line and struck a truck on US 50 West near Kozy Fireplace Road. 59-year-old Roger Newhart of Bloomington died of internal head injuries. Police say that Newhart was traveling west on US 50 West when his 2007 Honda motorcycle crossed the center line and struck headon a 2012 Chevrolet truck driven by 33-year-old Anthony Armstrong of Orleans. Armstrong told police he was unable to avoid the crash. Armstrong complained of pain after suffering injuries to his knee and lower leg and foot. Assisting at the scene was an AMR ambulance, Bedford Fire Department extrication unity, Huron Volunteer Fire Department, the Lawrence County coroner and Mitchell Police Department
Fire Rescue One is set to take over the busy schedule that Squad One has held on the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department since 1995. The department received the new fire rescue truck last Friday to replace Squad One which with its Swiss-Army-Knife abilities, fulfilled several duties on emergency scenes. The new $577,796.07 truck, taking nine months to be built, was produced by by SVI (Super Vacuum Manufacturing Inc.) in Fort Collins, Colo. It features a vehicle strut system for stability in overturned vehicles, improved lighting, additional tools more storage and other new technology needed at emergency scenes.
Monday, July 31st, 2017
One person was killed in an accident this (Monday) morning on U.S. 50 West near Kozy Fireplace Road. According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, little information about the accident is available. The accident involved a truck and a motorcycle and police were dispatched at 9:36 a.m. U.S. 50 was closed until shortly after noon and no other details are available at news time.
A Lawrence County man was injured after the motorcycle he was operating was struck by another vehicle. According to a Lawrence County accident report, at around 6:47PM, 57 year old Chester Sykes of Springville was northbound on I Street on his 1996 Suzuki and was at the intersection with Sixth Street when a second driver, traveling east, failed to yield at the stop sign and struck the motorcycle. The second vehicle was a 1998 Pontiac Transport van driven by 19 year old Jacob Watson, of Bloomington. Sykes’ complained of pain throughout his body and he was transported by ambulance from the scene to a local hospital. He was not wearing a helmet. Watson was wearing seat belt.
Two Dubois County men turned themselves in after police posted security camera footage of them as suspects in a theft investigation on Thursday. 27 year old Caleb Graves, of St. Meinrad, and 27 year old Phillip Raetz, of Bristow, both reported to the Jasper Police Department at about 7 p.m. Thursday after police released images of the two men in relation to an investigation into a theft from the Jasper Swap Shop. Both men were charged with theft for allegedly taking $232.00 worth of video games from the store.
Friday, July 28th, 2017
A Pike County man is in jail on Class A Felony charges as a result of a lengthy investigation into child molesting allegations. In May 2017, Master Trooper Detective Tobias Odom began an investigation after a female reported allegations of child molestation to the Pike County Prosecutors Office. The female reported that as a young girl and through her teenage years, she was molested by 49-year-old Mickey Rowe of Evansville, formerly of Pike County. The female alleged that Rowe had molested her and had sexual relations with her dating back as early as 1997. The inappropriate contact and relations continued through 2014, beyond the female’s childhood years and into her adult life. The female also alleged that Rowe forcibly raped and injured her in early 2007. Rowe was arrested by Detective Odom this afternoon at his place of employment in Evansville. He was transported to the Pike County Jail, where he is being held on a $350,000 bond. Investigating Officer: Master Trooper Detective Tobias Odom
A Columbus man A may spend six years in prison for hurling chairs at a judge and courtroom staff in Bartholomew County. 21-year-old Jordan Rhoades accepted a plea bargain on Monday by admitting that he's guilty of battery resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer. A judge will decide whether to accept the plea agreement during an Aug. 22 sentencing hearing. On Feb. 9, when a judge sentenced him to a year in jail for probation violations. The judge added time for contempt of court after Rhoades was heard repeatedly saying a vulgar word. Rhoades then hurled a chair that hit a prosecutor on the leg and threw other chairs in an outburst that was recorded on surveillance video.
Rural and volunteer fire departments from 39 counties across Indiana have been awarded more than $250,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants . The grants, announced by DNR Director Cameron Clark, are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. DNR Forestry staff reviewed grant applications and selected recipients on the basis of population density, acres of public wildlands protected, and wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters. Grants may be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and gear to combat wildland fires. The awarded grants ranged from $721 to $5,000 and were given to 53 departments. Fire departments interested in applying for VFA grants should contact Crystal M. Hunt, program coordinator, Fire Control Headquarters, 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville, IN, Fire departments receiving grants in 2017, the amount of the grant, and the project category are: English VFD, Crawford County - $4,900 for Radios Celestine VFD, Dubois County - $4,845 for Safety Dubois VFD, Dubois County - $4,830 for Safety Haysville VFD, Dubois County - $1,410 for Safety Madison Twp. VFD Ireland, Dubois County - $2,085 for Foam Lost River Twp. VFD, Martin County - $4,700 for Safety Cannelton VFD, Perry County - $4,933 for Safety
Rome VFD, Perry County - $2,024 for Water Handling.
Thursday, July 27th, 2017
In Indiana late July and early August brings hot weather, the State Fair and also the start of a new school year. Every school year the Indiana State Police receives numerous complaints about school bus stop arm violations from school corporations around the state. There are just over 16,000 school buses on the road in Indiana, and according to the yearly statistics, as the number of school buses on the road has increased, so has the number of school bus stop arm violations. The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists of the Indiana law concerning school buses, flashing lights and stop arms. Remember, when approaching a school bus, from any direction, which is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and its stop arm extended, motorists are required to STOP, even on multiple lane highways. When approaching a school bus always be prepared to stop and watch for stopped traffic. Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious violation and one that school bus drivers are quick to report. Violation of this law is a Class “A” infraction and is punishable by a maximum fine of up to $10,000.
Indiana Conservation Officers are pleased to welcome Officer Kendrick Fuhrman to District 7. Officer Fuhrman is transferring to his assignment in Dubois and Pike Counties. Officer Fuhrman is a 2009 Graduate of Shoals High School in Martin County. He then pursued his Conservation Law Enforcement degree from Vincennes University, graduating in 2011. Officer Fuhrman began his career as an Indiana Conservation Officer in August of 2012. Officer Fuhrman served in Blackford and Morgan Counties prior to his current assignment. Officer Fuhrman is a member of the ICO dive team, defensive tactics instructor, venomous reptile handler, and background investigator. He has also served as an officer counselor at the ICO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp. Officer Fuhrman is enjoys waterfowl, dove, turkey, and deer hunting as well as camping. Officer Fuhrman and his wife are excitedly awaiting the arrival of their first child in September
The Dubois County Sheriff’s department is asking for help in locating a vehicle that lost a spare tire near the Bretzville Junction on Wednesday. According to police, a white pickup truck that was traveling either north on State Road 162 or east on State Road 64 lost a spare tire from its underside at about 2 p.m. The tire traveled east into the Commerical Truck Sales parking lot where it struck a parked 2006 Volvo semi-truck. According to police, the tire caused significant damage to the Volvo’s passenger side front fender. A witness told police the truck was white and possibly a Ford. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at -482-3255.
Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
Burglary of a liquor storein Pekin results in three juveniles facing criminal charges. On May 29th,, police were called to the J&R Liquor store, and the next called to a Pizza parlor, also in Pekin concerning a burglary. Police reviewed video surveillance and spoke with witnesses and as a result, they were able to identify three juvenile suspects. Washington County Deputy Brent Miller interviewed two of the juveniles who were cooperative and admitted to their involvement in the two burglaries. The juveniles also admitted to being involved in a burglary at the old Newlon's Grocery Store and being present when a window was broken at the East Washington Elementary School. A third juvenile, was cooperative and admitted to his involvement as well. The officers have forwarded their findings to the Washington County Probation Department and the juvenile court system.
The Orleans Police Department would like to remind area residents that it is a violation of Indiana state law to have a vehicle which is inoperable on private or public property. A vehicle which is inoperable is considered abandoned by definition according to Indiana law. The Orleans Police Department will be tagging all inoperable vehicle located on public and private property within the Town of Orleans. Once a vehicle is tagged the owner of the vehicle will have seventy-two (72) hours to remove the vehicle or the vehicle will be towed and the owner of the vehicle will be responsible for any and all towing and storage fees incurred. The Department would like to encourage anyone who has an inoperable vehicle to remove it from their property and avoid the cost of having the vehicle towed and stored.
Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company recently invested in a Fund with Cinnaire and the IBA Service Corporation. Cinnaire is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that offers equity and loan packages. Springs Valley was presented a photo collage commemorating residents of communities assisted by this Cinnaire Fund. Throughout the state of Indiana, this Fund will support six new apartment developments for a total of 475 safe, quality, and affordable housing units for lower income residents. These units will serve families, special needs residents, as well as seniors. Springs Valley is excited for the opportunity to continue serving our Indiana communities
Monday, July 24th, 2017
Staples, a store that specializes in office products, will close its doors on Jasper’s north side on Sept. 9, according to a store manager. The business has been open and located in the North Ridge Shopping Center since 1999. Staples isn't the first national retailer to announce its departure from Jasper this year. J.C. Penney, located in the Jasper Manor Shopping Center, is set to close at the end of this month.
One man was injured while driving his motorcycle Sunday in Lawrence County. According to police reports, at 1:44am Sunday, 20 year old Morgan Wray, of Mitchell, was traveling south on Clark Smith Road on a 2016 Yamaha YZF when he hit a small tree laying across the road. Wray said he was unable to stop before hitting the tree. He was ejected from the motorcycle and landed on the side of the road. Wray was wearing a helmet, and complained of pain to his lower arm and was transported to a Bedford hospital for treatment.
A Gibson County Deputy Sheriff is in jail this afternoon after being arrested on multiple child seduction charges. Earlier in 2017, the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint against a Deputy, 29 year old Daniel Greer, of Princeton. The information alleged that Greer had sexual relations with two male juveniles. The sheriff’s department requested the case be investigated by the Indiana State Police and detectives began their investigation in early June. Through the investigation, detectives learned that between January and March 2017, Greer is alleged to have had sexual relations with the two juveniles while off-duty, on two separate occasions. Greer was a school resource officer for the Sheriff’s Department; however, the incidents did not occur on school property. Greer was arrested at the Gibson County Jail at 1:30 P.M. without incident. He was transported to the Knox County Jail where he is being held without bond.
Friday, July 21st, 2017
Two Lawrence County residents were taken to a hospital after a crash on State Road 37 near Dixie Highway Tuesday. According to police reports, at 3:27 p.m., 89 year old Ralph Thomas of Bedford was driving a white 2013 Ford Focus, which was in the median across from the Bedford Ford Lincoln lot, on SR 37, waiting to turn south onto State Road 37 with 84 year old Norma Thomas as a passenger. While sitting idle, a metallic grey full-size, diesel pick-up truck entered into the median and struck Thomas' vehicle on the driver's side. Witnesses, who were traveling behind the truck, reported the truck continued into a grassy median and back onto the northbound portion of State Road 37. The truck drove away without stopping. Lawrence County Police Department detectives are currently reviewing security footage and plan to follow up on any leads. Ralph Thomas, suffered severe bleeding to the head, and his passenger Norma Thomas, complained of hip and upper leg pain. Ralph and Norma were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
A Lawrence County man was arrested Monday after he was accused of having meth in a parking lot on James Avenue. 27 year old Lordmeister Swift Eagle Powers of Williams, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of meth and resisting law enforcement. According to police reports, at 8:50 p.m. Monday, Bedford Police Department officers were flagged down by a citizen who told them about possible drug activity in a parking lot in the 1600 block of James Avenue. The person gave officers the description of the people and vehicle involved. Police watched a man and a woman matching the descriptions exiting a store. Powers was exhibiting signs of being intoxicated on something. When officers spoke to Powers, he kept reaching for his waistband and officers then conducted a pat down. As officers were patting him down, he grabbed an officer and Powers had to be physically restrained. Officers found a container and baggie containing a substance that tested positive for meth also Suboxone strips were found.Powers was booked into the Lawrence County jail with his bond set at $7,500 surety, or $755 cash.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an incident in Pike County in which someone dumped a large pile of car parts at a rural cemetery in Pike County. According to DNR officers, the suspect is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing 210 pounds with brownish red hair, blue eyes and is in his 30s. The suspect vehicle is a regular cab Chevy 2500 truck early 2000s model that is dark green or black. The suspect is also associated with demolition derby racing. Anyone with information please private message the Indiana DNR Law District 7 Facebook Page or call ICO dispatch at (812) 837-9536 and leave information for ICO Clark.
Thursday, July 20th, 2017
A Lawrence County man was found with meth after police arrested him on a warrant last week. According to police reports, at 1 p.m. last Wednesday, Bedford Police Department officers were given information about 23 year old David Lantz’s warrant and the location of a green Ford Explorer that he was in. Police were given a possible location that the vehicle was on U.S. 50 East, and officers observed the vehicle, then made a traffic stop. Lantz was taken into custody and police found paraphernalia in the form of a needle in his front pocket. He was also found in possession of a baggie with a white powdery substance that tested positive for meth. Another baggie was found containing a plant-like substance that tested positive for marijuana. Lantz , was then arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He also was wanted on a warrant for petition to revoke probation.
The Jasper Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in the investigation of an alleged assault that took place on the Riverwalk on Wednesday evening. The victim reported that he was assaulted by two male subjects on the Riverwalk south of the 15th Street entrance in the wooded area at about 9:30 p.m. The victim described the first male subject as being approximately 6 feet tall, average build and with black hair in a buzz cut. The victim stated this male subject was wearing a white tank top, dark blue basketball shorts, and also had some type of tattoo on his left arm. He appeared to be in his 20s. The second male subject was described as being approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 200 pounds, in early 20’s, wearing a black T-shirt, white striped shorts. The victim also stated that this subject’s hair was gelled and brown in color. The victim sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment. Anyone that may have witnessed this incident or has information that could assist police with the investigation is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or the department’s Anonymous Tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS). The Community Strike Force Against Violence is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons involved in this incident.
Police arrested a former carnival worker after he had just been let go from his job Wednesday at the Dubois County 4-H Fair and accused him of public intoxication. A Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputy working security at the fair who was given the report of a possibly intoxicated person near the carnival rides made contact with 48 year old James Vanderlinden, of Evansville, who was located sitting on a bench. Vanderlinden was wearing one of the fair midway company’s shirts but a supervisor reportedly told the deputy Vanderlinden had been fired for being intoxicated before he was able to operate any rides. The sheriff’s department, who alleged Vanderlinden’s blood alcohol content tested .29 percent, determined he was so highly intoxicated it was not deemed safe for him to be out in public so he was arrested.After he was medically cleared, authorities booked Vanderlinden into the Dubois County Jail at 10:59 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of public intoxication.
Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
U.S. hospitals are seeing a sharp rise in cases of sepsis. Sepsis is a condition in which the body's immune system attacks its own organs while fighting off an infection, and it's the top killer in American hospitals. A new government report out this week suggests that cases of sepsis tripled from 2005 to 2014, resulting in over a million hospital stays by 2014. Experts who study sepsis say the reported increase is a reflection of how doctors are getting better at identifying it. Other experts say the sepsis rates are rising because the population is aging, and that people with serious illnesses, who are more likely to get sepsis, are living longer thanks to better medicine.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an incident in which someone dumped a large pile of car parts at a rural cemetery in Pike County. According to DNR officers, the suspect is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing 210 pounds with brownish red hair, blue eyes and is in his 30s. The suspect vehicle is a regular cab Chevy 2500 truck early 2000s model that is dark green or black. The suspect is also associated with demolition derby racing. Anyone with information please private message the Indiana DNR Law District 7 Facebook Page or call ICO dispatch at (812) 837-9536 and leave information for ICO Clark.
56-year-old Eric Conn, a Social Security disability lawyer in Pikeville, Ky., was given a 12-year prison sentence for fraudulently obtaining more than $550 million in benefits for thousands of claimants, the Department of Justice said. Talk Media News reports, he was also ordered to pay more than $106 million in restitution to the Social Security Administration. DOJ said Conn paid $10,000 a month to an SSA administrative law judge who approved falsified medical applications for disability benefits. Conn pleaded guilty to the charges and was awaiting sentencing when he fled from federal custody and remains a fugitive. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has posted a $20,000 reward for information leading to Conn's arrest.
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