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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. 

Monday, April 11th, 2016

One person was injured in Saturday morning accident in Lawrence County.
According to a police report, at around 8:28AM, 42 year old Robert Thomas of Springville, was driving a 1996 Subaru Legacy south on Cobb Lane. He told police he suffered a seizure and went straight through a curve, striking an abutment and becoming airborne. The vehicle came to rest in the middle of State Road 54. Thomas fled the scene on foot and was located a short time later at his residence. Thomas suffered facial bleeding and was taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

A Lawrence County man was arrested Saturday on two warrants, including one for methamphetamine. 24 year old Cody Combs of heltonville, was arrested on a warrant for possession of meth and a warrant for petition to revoke probation. According to police reports, On Feb. 22, a Lawrence County Police Department officer came into contact with Combs, according to a Lawrence Superior Court II affidavit for probable cause. During the interaction, the officer observed Combs was in possession of a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine. The substance tested positive for meth. Combs was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 7:14 p.m. Saturday. Combs was still at the jail this morning without bond.

Friday, April 8th, 2016

A driver and her passenger were transported by ambulance from the scene of a two-vehicle accident Thursday.
According to police reports, at 1:19PM, 48 year old Rose L. Cogburn of Mitchell was traveling north on M Street in Bedford in the left lane. She told police she attempted to stop for the red light but the brakes failed on her 1999 Kia. 69 year old Reynaldo Solis, of Bedford was traveling east through the light. He told police he realized the Kia wasn’t going to stop, so he stopped as quickly as he could but still was struck by Cogburn’s vehicle. Cogburn complained of back pain and her passenger 45-year-old Angela Bogel suffered neck pain. Both were taken to the IU Health Bedford Hospital to be treated for their injuries.

A Bloomington man was arrested at an Oolitic residence on a methamphetamine charge Thursday.
According to police reports, Lawrence County Community Corrections personnel were making a home visit to 209 Hoosier Ave. for a man on house arrest, according to Oolitic Police. At the home was 29 year old Jacob Mathis. Personnel from corrections located a camouflage bag in a bathroom that contained cooking spoons and a syringe with a liquid inside, and they alerted Oolitic Police Department. The liquid tested positive for meth, and Mathis admitted the bag, spoons and syringe were his. Mathis was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 9:17 p.m. for possession of meth and possession of paraphernalia.

Jasper officers arrested one woman and summoned another to court after receiving a tip about a vehicle possibly transporting drugs Thursday afternoon.
According to police, the tip they received said the van was last seen on Leopold Street in Jasper. They located the vehicle, a 2002 Dodge Caravan, speeding southbound on U.S. 231 at about 2:32 p.m. They stopped the van near 12th St. and during the investigation located drugs and paraphernalia. 45 year old Tina Somers, of Dale, was charged with possession of synthetic cannabinoid, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a legend drug and was booked into the Dubois County Jail. 30 year old Leigha Gentry, of Dale, was also cited into court for possession of a cannabinoid and possession of paraphernalia.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

A Lawrence County man is facing a charge of possession of heroin after a jailer found a bottle containing heroin in his sock.
Bedford Police arrested 24-year-old Justin Hoskins of Williams early this morning when they discovered he was wanted on a warrant in Jennings County. According to Bedford Police, around 3:45 a.m. an officer noticed a vehicle pulled into a parking space at the shelter on Bell Back Road near Fifth Street and went to investigate. Police found Hoskins and a woman inside the vehicle. After running a check for warrants the officer discovered Hoskins was wanted on a warrant for driving while his driver's license was suspended with a prior conviction. Police arrested Hoskins and while being booked into the Lawrence County Jail a jailer discovered Hoskins had a bottle which contained a tar-like substance hidden in his socks. Police say the substance tested positive for heroin.

A Lawrence County woman was arrested after she loaded the bed of her truck with a dozen maple tree and various flowers from Bloomington's Kmart without paying for them Monday night. Bloomington police arrested 36-year-old Jessica Abner of Bedford on charges of theft, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving while her driver's license was suspended, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held in the Monroe County Jail on a $4,000 surety, $500 cash bond.

A Daviess Superior Court jury began hearing testimony Wednesday in the trial of a former Washington church minister accused of molesting a boy over several years. Washington City Police arrested 56-year-old Armando Bruno Morales of Washington in January 2015 on one Class A felony and two Class C felonies of child molesting. All of them involving a boy whose family had attended a Hispanic church on Main Street where he had been the minister. A probable cause affidavit filed with the court at the time of his arrest stated the victim claimed the abuse began in 2008 when he was 8 years old and continued over a six-year period. The boy told police that included a time when Morales was living with the family. He said that the abuse happened on at least 15 occasions and at one time Morales threatened additional abuse if the boy tried to tell. Morales has denied the allegations.He has been held in the Daviess County Jail since his arrest on $50,000

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

State police arrested Bedford man after a multi-county pursuit ended with him crashing into a bridge in Gibson County Tuesday aftrernoon.   At 12:15 p.m., Indiana State Police Regional Dispatch in Bloomington released a broadcast for any troopers in the area of Interstate 69 to observe for a gray 2000 Buick sedan driven by 24-year-old Bradley F. Barger of Bedford.    Barger was wanted on two active warrants through Lawrence County for domestic violence charges. According to Lawrence County, Barger was seen southbound on I-69, passing State Road 58.  Master Trooper Gary Wier located Barger at 12:17 p.m. southbound on I-69 three and a half miles north of Washington and began following him. He requested that additional officers follow before attempting to pull Barger over.  At the 59 mile marker, after having additional troopers with him, Wier attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Barger. Barger failed to stop, accelerating from speeds of about 80 mph in excess of 100 mph.  The pursuit continued southbound through Pike County and into Gibson County. Troopers were positioned north of the 33-mile marker at the State Road 64/Huntingburg, Princeton exit to attempt to deploy tire deflation devices.   As Barger approached the stop sticks, he swerved and crashed into the Patoka River bridge, then exited his vehicle and attempted to jump off of the bridge and into the Patoka River, Troopers John Davis and Mitchell Wier grabbed Barger to prevent him from jumping, however the physical restraint ended in a fight in which Barger struck Trooper Davis in an effort to continue trying to jump.
Barger was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville for treatment of lacerations incurred during the crash. He was released from hospital care and transported to the Gibson County Jail for a Level 6 felony count of resisting law enforcement and a class A misdemeanor count of battery on a police officer in addition to the warrants from Lawrence county.

A Marengo man suffered  chest pain after he was involved in a two-vehicle accident in Bedford .    Michael Jones of Bedford was traveling east on River Bluff Road and told police he saw a car going south in the right lane of Ind. 37 .  After the car passed he attempted to cross the southbound lanes of Ind. 37 to get to the median so that he could continue north on Ind. 37. Jones told police that a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by 55-year-old Crecelius Perry of Marengo was in the left lane but didn't see the car because an unknown vehicle in the right lane was blocking his view. Jones' 2000 Toyota Corolla then collided with Perry's car causing Jones' vehicle to stop in the median, south of the intersection.  Jones did not complaint of an injury, but both drivers were treated at the scene by an IU Health Hospital ambulance crew

A Bedford woman was taken to jail  after she loaded the bed of her truck with a dozen maple tree and various flowers from Bloomington's Kmart without paying for them Monday night.  Bloomington police arrested 36-year-old Jessica Abner on charges of theft, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving while her driver's license was suspended, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  She is being held in the Monroe County Jail on a $4,000 surety, $500 cash bond.  

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

With the passing of House Bill 1231 deer hunters can now use the following high-powered rifles on private land statewide beginning after June 30 and ending before January 1, 2020.   It allows the following high-powered rifles on private land only statewide, with a limit of no more than 10 cartridges (possessed in the field): .243, .30-30, .300, .30-06, and .308.   All the cartridges presently legal are still legal on public and private land.   All of these need to have a minimum case length of 1.16" and no full metal jacketed bullets can be used.   These additional new cartridges are for private land only and all of the " in between" cartridges (270,etc.) are not legal anywhere. The bill requires the Department of Natural Resources to report on the impact of the use of rifles to hunt deer. The bill authorizes the use of a handgun that fires a commercially available bullet of 10 millimeters in diameter to hunt deer.

A missing St. Anthony man has been found in Louisville.  According to the Dubois County Sheriff's 54-year-old Mark Leisman was reported missing by his sister on December 12. They had last had contact with him on December 2d.  Police says a family member reported he was living in Louisville.  The sheriff's department thanked the public for its assistance in attempting to locate Leisman.

Columbus firefighters have saved the life of a man believed to have been overdosed on heroin .  The man was unconscious when he was brought to a fire station Sunday evening.  Firefighters gave the man the antidote Narcan and he began breathing on his own.  He was then taken to a local hospital.  His condition is unknown.

Monday, April 4th, 2016

A Lawrence County man has been arrested by police on rape charges. Police have arrested 28-year-old Joshua Love of Bedford on charges of Level 1 felony charge of rape, a Level 3 felony of criminal confinement and a Level 5 felony charge of battery causing serious bodily injury. According to Sheriff Mike Branham, a 25-year-old woman went to IU Health Bedford Hospital on March 4 to report that she had been raped and detectives have worked diligently over the following month to identify a suspect. Police were able to connect Love to the rape. The victim identified Love as her attacker and police were able to secure a warrant to collect his DNA. A probable cause affidavit is forthcoming.

Lawrence County police are investigating an incident where a gun was displayed and a stolen vehicle recovered. According to Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults of the Lawrence County Police, officers were called to a home in Sugar Hill Addition after receiving a call from a man saying two men entered his brother's home and one was armed with a pistol. Officers then spoke to the caller and discovered that he was intoxicated and they then spoke to the homeowner. Officers while at the residence noticed a white Ford truck parked in the driveway. The homeowner told officers it was there when he got home and he knew nothing about it. Officers ran the vehicle identification number and learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Marion County. The vehicle was towed and secured and the officers are following up on the original call and the stolen vehicle.

A Monroe County woman was injured after a deer ran in front of the vehicle she was in, causing the driver to crash. According to a Lawrence County Police report, 33-year-old Jason Nelk of Freetown was traveling south on Guthrie Road when a deer ran in front of his 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck. Nelk swerved to miss the deer and crashed into a tree. Nelk was not injured, but his passenger, 30-year-old Sarah Eads of Bloomington, complained of knee and leg pain. A family member took Eads to IU Bloomington Health Hospital for treatment.

Friday, April 1st, 2016

During a short court hearing Thursday in Lawrence Superior Court II, 33 year old Michael Parsley of Springville pleaded guilty to dealing methamphetamine and was sentenced to prison. He admitted to a Level 5 felony charge of dealing meth and Judge William Sleva ordered Parsley to serve four years at the Indiana Department of Correction. Of that sentence, 90 days were suspended to supervised probation. He was also recommended for the therapeutic community. Parsley also was facing the charges: maintaining a common nuisance, Level 6 felony; possession of chemical reagents or precursors with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, Level 6 felony; and possession of paraphernalia, Level 6 felony. Those charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Parsley was arrested in June alongside three other people when Bedford city police found two active meth labs in an apartment on Ted Jones Drive in Bedford.

A Bloomfield woman was hurt after flipping a vehicle Tuesday. According to police reports, 52 year old Tamara Hollers, of Bloomfield was traveling north on State Road 54 near Hillview Lane in a silver 2006 Buick Lacrosse. Hollers said the car ran off the road into a ditch, then flipped over into an embankment. She said she could not remember anything else from the accident. Hollers was taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital to be treated for back pain.

Owen County Prosecutor Don VanDerMoere says he could make a decision on whether to pursue the death penalty in the Shaylyn Ammerman case within the next two months. The case could go to trial as early as August. Kyle Parker is charged with the 1-year-old's murder and is currently in solitary confinement and on a suicide watch at the Owen County Jail.

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Dubois County Deputies have arrested a Loogootee man for allegedly stalking a woman after they located him across from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post armed with a 9mm and an AR-15 Wednesday. According to authorities, a woman came to the sheriff’s department to report a possible harassment, stalking and violation of a protective order that had been issued through Martin County where she resides. After the female left, Deputies began to look into the allegations but received a notification that the suspect, 38 year old Jonathon Tayler, of Loogootee, was in the area near the female’s place of employment located on Jasper’s north side. The female, fearing for her safety, reported to the Indiana State Police Jasper post. According to police, a few moments after the female arrived at the state police post, Taylor parked his vehicle across the street in a business parking lot. A Jasper police officer made contact with him and found he was armed with a 9mm handgun on his person. During a search of the vehicle, officers found an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Both firearms were loaded. Taylor was arrested for stalking while armed with a deadly weapon, a Level 4 Felony and invasion of privacy a Class A Misdemeanor.

Jasper Police have solved a break in that occurred earlier in March.
Jasper Police say the break-in occurred at the concession stand and press box at the Jasper Middle School sometime between March 11 and March 14. Three juveniles age 14 and the other two 15, have now been referred probation due to the investigation. Jasper Police thank the public for their assistance in the investigation.

Pole testing for Orange County REMC members served by the French Lick substation is scheduled to begin April 1st and will continue through April 30th. Orange County REMC has contracted American Energy Services from Richmond, Michigan to perform inspections and maintenance on REMC poles and member owned poles. Following the inspection, REMC crews will replace all defective REMC poles and will notify members if a service pole they own represents a hazard to themselves, their property, or electric lines.  For your safety, American Energy Services vehicles will display a magnetic door logo to indicate they represent Orange County REMC. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. At 812-865-2229 or toll free at 888-337-5900

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Indiana Department of Workforce Development says Greene County had Indiana's highest unemployment rate in February at 8.8 percent. Lawrence County was at 5th place with 7.7 percent in February. Orange County was 19 at 6.6 percent. Monroe ranked 45 with 5.5 percent. Martin County's unemployment rate stood at 5.1 percent followed by Daviess County at 4.5 percent.
Dubois County had the state's second lowest unemployment rate in February at 3.9 percent.

A Bedford man suffered facial injuries Monday after blacking out and crashing his vehicle into the Bedford Little Theatre .  60 year old Kent Robbins was in his 2004 GMC pickup driving south on Brian Lane Way when the vehicle crossed the center line striking a parked 2012 Chrysler.  The truck continued on striking the front of the theatre building.  An overhead sign post was also struck which aided in stopping the vehicle.  Robbings told police he could not remember any events in the incident.

Jasper police charged a Jasper woman with three misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of an accident.  According to the Dubois County Free Press, Police had been investigating three separate crashes that have occurred in the past two weeks in the area north of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in which the suspect vehicle left the scene. Those accidents involved two vehicles and a fence post.  The investigation led police to Victoria L. Jennings, 38, of a W. 14th Street apartment. When officers made contact with her, they discovered a white 2004 Pontiac Vibe with damages consistent with the damages at the three hit-and-run accidents. Jennings admitted to police she had been involved in all three crashes, according to authorities.  Total damages in all three accidents amounted to about $1,500.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2015

A Virginia man was jailed on reckless driving charges after traveling 44 miles per hour over the posted interstate speed limit .   At 5:41 P.M. Monday evening, Trooper Ross Johnson was patrolling Interstate 69 north of the Washington , Indiana exit, when he clocked a blue 2007 Mazda SUV traveling southbound at 114 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone. As Johnson turned around and attempted to pull over the Mazda, he radioed ahead to Trooper T.J. Henning, who was southbound on Interstate 69 just south of Johnson. Henning observed the Mazda still southbound, and at 85 miles per hour, passed Henning in his fully marked State Police patrol car.   Johnson and Henning stopped the Mazda and spoke with the driver, 19 year old Gregory A. Kellman of Newport News, Virginia. Given the excessive speed and the volume of traffic on the roadway, Johnson placed Kellman into custody and charged him with Reckless Driving. Kellman was transported to and lodged in the Daviess County Security Center.

Spencer (Owen County) – Kyle Parker, 22 of Spencer was arraigned  Monday in Owen County on criminal charges relating to the murder of Baby Shaylyn Ammerman. Those charges were;

1)       Murder IC 35-42-1-1 (1) Level 1 Felony
2)      Rape IC 35-42-4-1 (a) (1) and IC 35-42-4-1 (b) Level 1 Felony
3)      Child Molesting IC 35-42-4-3 (a) and IC 35-42-4-3 (a) (1) Level 1 Felony
4)      Kidnapping IC 35-42-3-2 (a) and IC 35-42-3-2 (ab)(2)(B) Level 3 Felony
5)      Aggravated Battery IC 35-42-2-1.5 Level 1 Felony
6)      Strangulation IC 35-42-2-9 (b) Level 6 Felony
7)      Obstruction of Justice IC 35-44.1-2-2 (a) (3) Level 6 Felony
8)      Failure to Report a Dead Body IC 35-45-19-3 Class A Misdemeanor The charges were read to Parker via a video conferencing feed from the Owen County Jail .  An attorney was appointed by Owen Circuit Judge Lori Thatcher Quillen. A plea of not guilty was entered into court’s evidence and a date was set for a future hearing.  Investigators continue to follow up with interviews, re-interviews, video documentation and evidence collection. Again, the investigative side to this case could take several days or even weeks to complete.  ANYONE with any information regarding the murder of Baby Shaylyn Ammerman is encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police at the Bloomington Post at (812) 332-4411.

Columbus City Councilman Dascal Bunch, 61, has been arrested and charged with indecent exposure .  Police say they had been investigating into Bunch since January and that the case stemmed from three separate incidents in which Bunch apparently exposed himself through uncovered windows to the people who lived in the neighborhood.  He will be in court April 4 th. 

Monday, March 28th, 2016

A motorcycle operator evaded police Saturday night after leading an officer from the French Lick Police Department on a high-speed chase. The chase began after an officer attempted a traffic stop. The motorcycle then proceeded east on U.S. 150/State Road 56 with the officer in pursuit. Orange County Sheriff Josh Babcock said speeds reached in excess of 100 mph before the officer lost sight of the motorcycle near Castle Knoll Farm. The Lawrence County Police Department, at 10:41 p.m., was advised of the incident and asked to be on the lookout for the motorcycle.

22 year old Kyle Parker, the accused killer of Shaylyn Ammerman was arraigned today in Owen County on criminal charges relating to the murder of Baby Shaylyn Ammerman.
Charges were; Murder, Level 1 Felony, Rape, Level 1 Felony, Child Molesting Level 1 Felony, Kidnapping, Level 3 Felony, Aggravated Battery, Level 1 Felony, Strangulation Level 6 Felony, Obstruction of Justice Level 6 Felony and Failure to Report a Dead Body, Class A Misdemeanor. The charges were read to Parker via a video conferencing feed from the Owen County Jail. An attorney was appointed by Owen Circuit Judge Lori Thatcher Quillen. A plea of not guilty was entered into court’s evidence and a date was set for a future hearing. Parker in a confession to his stepfather at the Owen County Jail Sunday night, Parker said he acted alone and that he is the one who brutally raped and then killed the baby, using bleach to try to destroy DNA evidence on the baby’s body. An autopsy showed the baby sustained injuries sustained in a sexual assault, the probable cause affidavit in the case said. Kentucky Medical Examiner Donna Stewart reported that the injuries were “the worst case of sexual trauma she had seen in her career.”

Four drivers were hurt in a four-vehicle accident Friday. According to reports, 38 year old Kyle R. Kent, of Mitchell, was driving south in a 1996 Honda Accord on State Road 37 nearing the light at Old State Road 37 at 5:44 p.m. His vehicle rear-ended a 2003 Mazda MX-5 driven by 65 year old Carolyn Nikirk. The force of the collision caused her car to hit a 2008 Pontiac G6 being driven by 40 year old Bridget Porter of Springville in front of her. Porters Pontiac G6 then struck a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville driven by 49 year old Susan Conner of Avoca. Conner complained of pain to her entire body, Porter driver of the G6 complained of pain to her entire body and Nikirk complained of pain to her back. An IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance responded and took Nikirk to a hospital for treatment. Porter and Conner both refused any treatment. Kent suffered minor bleeding to his lower leg area. Kent, allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana shortly before the accident happened was treated at the scene, and a blood draw test is pending.

Friday, March 25th, 2016

A Jasper man was placed under arrest Thursday evening after he was accused of battering two children on two separate occasions. Around 6PM Thursday night, officers with the Jasper Police Department were notified by the Dubois County Department of Child Services on a report of possible battery to a child. Officers arrived at the location and spoke with Child Services employees and the mother of the child. At that time police determined that there were 2 children that had sustained injuries on a pair of separate occasions. On Tuesday of last week Child Services received a report that a 6-year old child had gone to school with a black eye. Now due to a suspicious story given by the child, the injury was reported to child services who launched an investigation at that time. Yesterday the family had returned to child services for a follow up welfare check for the children. It was at this time that an employee noticed a different 4-year old child that had an injury on his forehead. After further investigation it was determined that the mother’s boyfriend 25-year old Kaleb Hall of Jasper had caused the injury to the children while attempting to discipline them. Due to the injuries sustained by the children it was learned that the discipline was excessive. Hall was taken into custody and charged with two counts of Battery. Police say the charges will be level 6 felonies due to the children being less than 14 years of age. Hall was taken and booked into the Dubois County Jail.

State troopers and FBI agents Thursday evening discovered the body of an infant girl matching the description of 15-month-old Shaylyn Ammerman, whose family says they awoke Wednesday morning to find the child missing from her crib at their Jefferson Street home in Spencer. Indiana State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil said information obtained during interviews with persons of interest and witnesses on Thursday led investigators and searchers to a rural private property on Lingle Road, northeast of Gosport. There, the body was discovered near the water’s edge where the White River meets Indian Creek in an area that is prone to flooding. A Spencer man 22 year old Kyle Parker has been arrested in connection with the missing toddler case. He is facing preliminary charges of obstruction of justice, unlawful disposal of a dead body and failure to report a dead body. His bond at the Owen County Jail was set at $100,000 cash. An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine cause and manner of death. While Shaylyn’s family has been notified of the discovery, positive identification still needs to be made.

An intoxicated driver was arrested after injuring a woman in a head-on collision Thursday. According to police, at around 3:02Pm, 55 year old Yvonne Clapham, of Mitchell, was traveling east on Mill Creek Road near Sams Road in a red 1995 Pontiac Trans Port. A witness driving behind Clapham said her car was weaving before she veered into oncoming traffic and struck a black 2006 Chevrolet HHR head on, the report stated. The Chevy was driven by 58 year old Terri Donica of Bedford. Donica was trapped in her vehicle and was freed by the Shawswick Township Volunteer Fire Department. Seals ambulance took her to the St. Vincent Dunn Hospital to treat pain in her head and neck, as well as bruises on both legs and her right hand. Clapham was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated .

Thursday March 24th, 2016

On Tuesday the Paoli Police Department conducted a traffic stop for speeding and expired registration near the intersection of North Sandy Hook Road and Longest Street in Paoli. The vehicle was occupied by Stacey Atkins, Larry Atkins, and their minor child. During a search of the vehicle, the following items were discovered; Digital scales containing a white residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine, approximately 2 1/2 grams of crystal methamphetamine, p rescription bottle belonging to another party containing a controlled substance, and multiple items of methamphetamine paraphernalia. The minor child was released to a grandparent and Child Protective Services were notified of the incident. Arrested was Stacey Atkins and Larry Atkins and they were charged with the following: Dealing in methamphetamine over 1 gram, a level 4 Felony, Possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 Felony, Neglect of a dependent, a level 5 Felony, Maintaining a common nuisance, a level 6 Felony, Possession of a controlled substance, a Class A Misdemeanor, Possession of paraphernalia, a class C Misdemeanor, Both were booked into the Orange County Jail

A Lawrence County man was jailed for having methamphetamine and heroin when police went to arrest him on a warrant Sunday.
According to police reports, the Lawrence County Drug Task Force had received a tip where 22 year old Dillon Shaw of Mitchell could be located. He was wanted on two separate warrants, one for possession of meth and one for petition to revoke probation. After the tip, officers saw Shaw at 215 Dean St. in Mitchell and at 9:48 p.m., officers served a warrant at the residence but Shaw was not there. After a phone call Shaw returned to the home and he was taken into custody when he arrived. He consented to a search of his vehicle, where police found multiple baggies. One baggy tested positive for meth and another tested positive for heroin. Shaw is facing on-site charges of possession of meth, possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance in addition to the warrants and was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 11:25 p.m. on Sunday. He has no bond set for his previous two warrants, but he has a bond set at $755 cash and $7,500 surety for the new charges.

Wednesday, March 23d, 2016

A man was arrested Friday after he allegedly stole eight guitars from his deceased friend's home.    Police in Bloomington say they arrested 45-year-old Gabriel Rivera on charges of theft, dealing marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and failing to report a dead body.  Rivera's friend, 62-year-old Rickey Kinser, died of natural causes in his own home February 29. That same day, a neighbor told police that they saw Rivera at Kinser's house before the death was reported.  Rivera allegedly called the Monroe County Coroner's Office later that day to report the death, but not before police say he took 8 guitars - Fenders, Gibson and Taylor and a bass amplifier.  On March 4, Kinser's family called police to report several items were missing, including the guitars.  Police obtained a search warrant for Rivera's home on Corry Lane and found the missing guitars the amplifier and 10 live marijuana plants. Rivera told police he took the items because Kinser told him before he died he wanted Rivera he wanted him to have them.   Rivera is scheduled to appear in court for an initial hearing Friday.

The Holiday Drive-In on Hwy 37 north of Mitchell will open for the season Friday showing "Batman vs. Superman" and "How to be Single." The last of the 35mm film to be shown,, because the new digital projector has arrived. Owner Steve Wilson of Paoli purchased the projector from a Hazard, Kentucky outdoor theatre that closed due to lack of business. The projector has arrived and is being installed this week. "If all the parts and pieces work, we will have about $20,000 invested,"  "We have taken in about $10,000 in generous donations."  Regular ticket prices are going up to fund the extra $1,000 per month in digital upkeep - Adults: $9, Kids 6-12 $5, Sunday Night Carload $25.  More donations are needed because Wilson is concerned if there will be enough money for the project.  If you would like to help the Holiday Drive-In stay open donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/rpf65w.

Tuesday, March 22d, 2016

Bloomington – Early Friday morning, Indiana State Police Troopers Riley Nungester and Allen Deel served an arrest warrant on Riley H. Allen, 21 of Bloomington. Troopers had been informed that Allen had allegedly made threats to hurt himself via “suicide by cop” and others regarding his active arrest warrant earlier that day.   ISP Troopers located Allen at a residence in the 3000 block of South Garrison Chapel Road. Allen was barricaded and refused to surrender to troopers, telling Trooper Nungester and Trooper Deel he would “shoot them both”.
Additional officers were called to the scene including ISP Troopers and Monroe County Deputies. A perimeter was established and ISP Negotiators and SWAT members were activated.
After several hours, Indiana State Police Hostage Negotiator Todd Wix and Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Jeff Feiner negotiated the peaceful surrender of Riley Allen. He was taken into custody without further incident.After receiving the proper medical attention, Riley Allen was transported to and incarcerated in the Monroe County Jail

A Bloomington woman seeking drug money was arrested after she pretended to have a weapon and robbed the Dollar General store Sunday afternoon.  Bloomington police arrested 25-year-old April Hendricks of Bloomington on felony charges of robbery and intimidation.  She was booked into the Monroe County Jail at 6:23 p.m. She is being held on a $15,000 surety, $500 cash bond.

A Columbus man died in a rollover accident Sunday afternoon .
According to a Bartholomew County Sheriff's report, 45-year-old Thomas Young was found dead at about 6:27 p.m. Sunday in the 12000 block west of Bellsville Pike. Deputies say that his SUV was found upright on the road but it had clearly rolled over several times. Young was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.   

Friday, March 18th, 2016

A Lawrence County man was killed in a car accident in eastern Greene County Thursday morning. According to police reports, 25 year old Joshua Fiscus, Fiscus was traveling southwest on State Road 45 in a 2004 Pontiac Vibe at 7:30 a.m. near the Greene-Monroe county line and entered a curve in the road, according to an accident report filed by Indiana State Police Master Trooper John Yung. At the same time, Aaron A. Miller, 39, Bloomfield, was exiting the curve on State Road 45. He was driving a 1994 Ford F-150 northeast. Yung’s report states Fiscus’ vehicle traveled left of the center line for unknown reasons, and the Pontiac struck the Ford head-on. The impact forced Miller’s vehicle off the roadway. Fiscus’ vehicle spun counterclockwise and came to a rest in the southbound lane. Fiscus was trapped inside the Pontiac, and emergency personnel worked to extricate him. He suffered internal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Greene County Coroner’s Office. Miller, who did not suffer life-threatening injuries, was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. State Road 45 was closed in both directions for nearly 2 1/2 hours, with the roadway reopening around 10 a.m.

Two men were arrested Wednesday in connection to a stabbing in Mitchell. According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, officers armed with arrest warrants went to a home at Lakeside Estates to arrest 27-year-old Richard "Dickie" Jamison and 35-year-old Chad Grissom. As police were pulling up to the home they saw Dickie Jamison pulling away in a red GMC pickup. Officers stopped the truck. Grissom was a passenger in the truck. Both were arrested.Jamison is facing a Level 6 felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and two warrants of petition to revoke probation. Grissom is facing a Level 3 felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of marijuana, visiting a common nuisance. According to Sheriff Branham, Lawrence County Detectives took over the investigation after Mitchell Police Chief Steve Blair asked because his department is understaffed. Police received the call about the stabbing on March 9 at 3:36 p.m. after a woman called 911 and reported a stabbing at 150 Dale Street. A Seals ambulance and Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department rushed to the scene. However the incident happened at 160 Dale Street. There they found 22-year-old Skyler Smith injured. Air Evac was requested, but due to weather conditions they were unable to fly. Smith was then taken by ambulance to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for treatment. Smith suffered a punctured lung and underwent surgery and is recovering.

A Hanover man was arrested after an Indiana State Police K-9 located crack cocaine and more than 60 grams of marijuana. Police arrested 19-year-old Trevone Sneed after an Indiana State trooper stopped his 1988 Oldsmobile on Interstate 65 near Seymour for a traffic violation. After stopping the vehicle, Trooper Randel Miller deployed his K-9 partner Jinx. The dog alerted the trooper to possible drugs in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle resulted in an estimated .5 gram of Crack Cocaine and 60 grams of Marijuana being seized. Sneed was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance and operating a vehicle while never licensed. He was booked into the Jackson County Jail.

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be conducting a sobriety check point at an undisclosed location in Dubois County on Wednesday, March 16, 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.

On Thursday the Scott County Sheriff’s Office had deputies out conducting Operation Pull Over.Scottsburg Deputy Joe Johnson conducted a traffic stop on a Red Pontiac G-6 for a headlight violation, then made contact and identified the driver as 39 year old Ricky Mullins and a passenger, 46 year old Loretta Turner. While conducting driver’s license checks and completing citations, K-9 Deputy Shawn Mayer and his drug detecting dog, Arina, arrived on scene and assisted. Deputy Mayer had Arina conduct an exterior sniff of the vehicle. Arina indicated to the presence of a narcotic odor. A search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine, digital scales and US currency. Mullins and Turner were both arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine.

A typical day of driving to school ended in near-tragedy for a 17-year-old Eastern High School student as she was driving on Shorts Corner Road in Washington County this morning. According to Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Blevins, 17 year old Rachel Owens, of Washington County, was driving a 2002 Ford Windstar van to school when the vehicle left the road at a sharp curve. Her vehicle then went airborne about 40 feet and hit a tree, which kept it from going into the creek. The Wyndstar eventually caught fire and became fully engulfed. Owens complained of pain in her lower stomach and hips, but was treated and released from St. Vincent Salem Hospital. Pierce Polk Volunteer Fire Department was called in to put out the fire and the Washington County EMS was called to transport the victim.

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

A Paoli man withdrew his Plea during his trial today at Orange Circuit Court this afternoon.
50 year old Jeffrey Fulton withdrew his not guilty murder plea and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter, a Class A felony, Thursday in Orange Circuit Court. Fulton, was arrested in the fall of 2014 and charged with killing his 34-year-old wife, Michele. His arrest came after human remains were found in a burn pit near the couple’s residence on the Valeene Road, south of Paoli. Orange Circuit Court Judge Larry Blanton took the plea agreement under advisement pending a pre-sentence report that will be prepared by the Orange County Probation Department. A sentencing date was not set. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Fulton will be sentenced to 28 years with the Department of Correction but will receive credit for time already served.

Two people were taken into custody in connection with a stabbing in Mitchell Wednesday.
Two people were in a vehicle that was seen leaving the crime scene, according to Lawrence County Police. They were taken into custody for questioning about 5:57 p.m. by county police, but no arrests have been made. 22 year old Skyler Smith, of Mitchell, was stabbed at 150 Dale St., according to police. His father said his son is in stable condition after surgery Wednesday. Police in Mitchell say, a woman called 911 around 3:36 p.m. to report the stabbing, according to the Lawrence County Police Department log. Mitchell officers were called to the scene soon after. An Air Evac helicopter was requested to transport Smith because of the severity of his injuries. However, because of the inclement weather, Air Evac was unable to fly in, according to scanner traffic and Smith was taken by ambulance to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. The stabbing is still under investigation and no information regarding a motive is available.

Former IU football player Darius Latham was arrested early Wednesday morning for operating a vehicle while intoxicated
after police observed a vehicle traveling without its headlights activated near the intersection of East 10th Street and Indiana Avenue. According to a report by Officer Mat Lewis of the Indiana University Police Department, Latham was identified as the driver of the vehicle.  Latham failed a preliminary breath test and field sobriety tests and was transported to the Indiana University Police Department, where he failed to provide a sufficient breath sample during a chemical test. As a result, a warrant was obtained for a sample of Latham's blood, and Latham was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital, where the sample was obtained. The results are pending.At approximately 5:40 a.m. Wednesday Latham was booked into the Monroe County Jail on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a class A misdemeanor. 

Wednesday March 9th, 2016

A 14-year-old girl using Facebook for prostitution has been arrested in Bloomington
.  In January,  a woman called police saying she had found sexual text messages from the girl on her husband's cell phone.  Police obtained search warrants for the girl's Facebook page and cell phone records and discovered several incidents were the girl, who told people she was 17, offered sex in exchange for money.  The teen has a history of family problems and her guardian are having a difficult time controlling her.  The girl  was arrested on one charge of prostitution after police discovered she did have sex with one male she solicited on Facebook. She was referred to juvenile court. Police say this is not the same man whose wife found text messages on his phone.

Attorneys for Lincoln Pickett have asked that his murder trial to be moved out of Lawrence County .  34-year-old Pickett of Mitchell is accused of shooting and killing 29-year-old Kami Ratcliff and then burning her body behind his home in late January.  Chief Public Defender David Shircliff, public defenders Daniel Dixon and Jim Spangler say Picket is unable to receive a fair trial because of public hostility against him, public outrage over the alleged offenses, prejudicial news reporting or editorializing which castigates him, speculative opinions as to his personality and character, disclosure of inadmissible evidence, or the existence of prior criminal records.  They filed their motion on March 4. Ratcliff, of Mitchell, was reported missing in January.  Police say Lincoln Pickett and his wife Jasmine were the last to see Ratcliff.  On January 28, Indiana State Police found a body in a bon fire at the couple's home at 3414 U.S. 50 while serving a search warrant looking for evidence linked to Ratcliff's disappearance.  Lincoln admitted to police that he placed Ratcliff's body in the fire but originally denied that he had anything to do with her death. He has since been charged with her murder.  Jasmine appeared in court on February 11 on charges of charges of aiding, inducing or causing abuse of a corpse, obstruction of justice, false informing and failure to report a dead body. Lawrence County Superior Court I Judges Michael Robbins entered a not guilty plea on her behalf and appointed her a public defender. She is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on March 30.

A year-long investigation into a New Albany, Indiana Massage Parlor resulted in the arrest of two southern Indiana women on prostitution charge s.  The investigation into the Evergreen Spa, located at 1222 State Street, New Albany, Indiana began in March 2015 when Indiana State Police Detectives received information that prostitution was taking place at the business.  During the course of the investigation by Detective Tim Denby, detectives went undercover into the business where they were allegedly offered sexual favors in exchange for extra payment.  At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was filed with the Floyd County Prosecutor’s Office which led to arrest warrants being issued for two employees of the business.  Today, Mimi Kim Grech, age 61, Clarksville, Indiana was arrested on two counts of prostitution and Yang Sun Hall, age 61, New Albany, Indiana was arrested on one count of prostitution.  Both women were transported to the Floyd County Jail where they will both be given a bond and an initial court appearance

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Orleans Town crews are working at this hour to repair a sizeable water line break on the north west side of town .  Water customers in the area of W. Hall to Oak, Ed Moffatt Way and Morris Streets may experience low to no water service throughout the morning and into the afternoon hours.  The break in the line is substantial and may require several hours to repair.   Orleans Water apologies for any inconvenience this may cause to any of its customers.

Several copunterfeit $50 bill shave been reported by Salem police circulating in the last day.  .  Salem Police Major Scott Ratts is warning employees to check money received carefully.  Police say two young white females in a grey Chevy Cavalier are passing the fake bills.  Police found counterfeit bills at the Family Dollar and Circle K.  Anyone with information about the two women or the vehicle is asked to call the Salem Police Department

The average price of gasoline has jumped by 7 cents over the past two weeks, to $1.84 a gallon.   Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that despite the increase, the price is 70 cents per gallon cheaper than a year ago.  Lundberg says the moderate price hike is due to growing demand for gasoline across the nation and higher crude oil prices.  In the Lower 48 states, the highest average price of regular gasoline was $2.51 per gallon in Los Angeles. The lowest was $1.33 in Tucson, Arizona.   

Monday, March 7th, 2016

One person was hurt in an accident Friday afternoon near Mitchell.
According to police reports, at around 3:38PM, 27 year old Josi Wolfenbarger of Bedford was driving a 2005 Jeep Wrangler south on Rivervale Road. The Jeep went off the west side of the roadway in a curve near Buddha Bypass and the Jeep struck a tree and overturned. Wolfenbarger stated that she was driving at about 40 mph. When she entered the curve, she applied her brakes, and they didn’t work. She suffered a cut to her chin and some bleeding to her nose, uninjured was a backseat passenger one year old Leo Besle, who was in a child’s car seat. A Seals ambulance responded to examine Wolfenbarger and Besle at the scene, and Wolfenbarger said she would go to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital on her own for treatment.

Bedford police were called to Ruler Food Store, on 16th St., to investigate a fire after firefighters found children setting a gas canister on fire at 6:28 p.m. Sunday. The gas canister, which is used to fuel a leaf blower outside the store, was next to a concrete loading dock, according to fire officials. An employee of Ruler put the fire out with a garden hose before firefighters arrived, and no damage was done to the grocery store. However, security footage from the store showed little girl and a little boy lighting the gas canister. An employee also witnessed the juveniles running away from the area after the fire started. Bedford police are investigating the fire.
Friday, March 4th, 2016

A tip from the public led police to a suspect in a string of burglaries in Huntingburg. Shortly before 7AM Wednesday Huntingburg police officer Paul Lehr and Assistant Chief Ronnie Bowman were called to B&P Rentals Mini-Storage located at the corner of 8th & Van Buren Street. Huntingburg Police sayss the caller observed several people going into a building and felt the activity needed checked. Upon arrival, officers could hear people moving around inside the storage building, however, they would not open the door. Officers then sat back for approximately 15 minutes until three of the occupants exited the building. Officers stopped them and were advised that 27-year old Joshua Cummins of Huntingburg, was still inside. Huntingburg Police has been trying to locate Cummins for questioning in recent thefts throughout town. With the assistance of deputies from the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, entry was made into the building where Cummins was found on the floor. An immediate check of the area next to him showed several hunting items Cummins said did not belong to him. He was placed into custody and transported to HPD for questioning. Cummins spoke with officers briefly before he stopped answering questions. During this time officers made contact with a theft victim from this past weekend and he was able to positively identify an item that had been located with Cummins this morning along with a crossbow that is believed to have sold, which officers recovered earlier in the week with the assistance of the Indiana State Police. Cummins was charged with two counts of Theft, a Class A Misdemeanor, and then transported to the Dubois County Security Center.

Three Martin County women were arrested Tuesday night after they allegedly stole items from the Jasper Walmart. Jasper Police officers were called to the Walmart Super Center after the store's loss prevention officer stopped the women and called police around 8 p.m. Police arrested 40-year-old Gretchen Haribson, 49-year-old Juily Peterson, both of Loogootee and 40-year-old Shawn Brown of Shoals. Police say all three attempted to hide stolen items and leave the store without paying for them. Police found Brown with more than $112 dollars worth of clothing, undergarments and a beach tote. Harbison had more than $11 worth of items including a mop, cleaning supplies, clothing, undergarments and soft drinks. Petterson was found with a $14.47 electrical receptacle adapter. All three women are facing a misdemeanor charge of theft and were taken to the Dubois County Jail.

Police report in Jackson County report that the search of a residence early Tuesday morning on Seymour's east side yielded evidence of a drug operation that included the sale of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana. That evidence led to police requesting a dozen criminal charges, including dealing in methamphetamine and marijuana, against 36-year-old William Richard McCasland and 11 charges against 43-year-old Peggy Ann Leturgez. The two Seymour residents were initially arrested Monday night on charges of maintaining a common nuisance. The new charges were added after Seymour Officer Jim Handley obtained a search warrant for the home the pair share in the 700 block of Euclid Avenue.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Eric Holcomb was sworn in today as the 51 st Lieutenant Governor of Indiana in a ceremony in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse. Holcomb was sworn in by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa, and both Holcomb and Governor Pence offered remarks. Lieutenant Governor Holcomb took his oath on President Benjamin Harrison’s personal bible that he used to be sworn in as president. On February 9, Governor Pence announced his intention to nominate Holcomb as Lieutenant Governor. He formally nominated Holcomb on March 2, and on March 3, Holcomb was confirmed by majority vote in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Eric Holcomb has spent his career in public service.  Most recently, he has served as State Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Dan Coats. Prior to that role from 2003 to 2011, Holcomb served as Governor Mitch Daniels’ deputy chief of staff and managed the Governor’s 2008 re-election campaign. Holcomb has also served as chairman of the Indiana Republican Party and as a member of the Republican National Committee. Eric and his wife, Janet, live in Traders Point, Indiana. Under Indiana law, the lieutenant governor serves as President of the Indiana Senate and Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. The lieutenant governor also manages six state agencies including the State Department of Agriculture, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Office of Tourism Development, Office of Defense Development, Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Additionally, the lieutenant governor chairs the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council.

Huntingburg officers arrested a Huntingburg man for theft after responding to a complaint of unusual activities at a storage rental business Wednesday morning. A ccording to Huntingburg police, they were called to B&P Rentals at the corner of 8th and Van Buren streets at about 6:45 a.m. The caller said they observed several people going into a building and felt the activity needed checked.Upon arrival, Officer Paul Lehr and Asst. Chief Ronnie Bowman heard people moving around inside the storage building, however, they would not open the door to the unit. The two then sat back on the location for about 15 minutes until three of the occupants exited the building.Officers stopped them and were advised that Joshua R. Cummins, 27, of Huntingburg, was still inside. According to police, they had been trying to locate Cummins for questioning about recent thefts throughout the town. Bowman said that the Huntingburg Police Department has fielded about six reports of thefts of items from residents since last week. Police took Cummins into custody and transported him to the police station for questioning. Cummins was charged with two counts of Class A misdemeanor theft. He was lodged in th e Dubois County Security Jail.

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Orleans Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Robert F. Henderson has announced that the Orleans High School. Girls Varsity Basketball Team have been named as the Grand Marshals for the 2016 Orleans Dogwood Festival Parade. Also, this year’s general theme was chosen and it will be “ORLEANS: Little Town - Big Heart,” which was submitted by Tom Bostic.  2016 will mark the 48th anniversary of the celebration of the blooming dogwood . Chairmen are still being sought for some of the festival events as well as volunteers to help with the staging of various festival related activities. According to Robert Henderson, a very, very small core group has been working to the put festival on each year. In addition through the years, a number of community partners, civic groups, clubs, organizations etc. who once helped sponsored and/or assisted with various events have aged and their numbers of active members have dwindled significantly. The Orleans American Legion will once again provide the midway, Brady’s Amusement, which will set up and operate the entire week as in the past. Other festival favorite highlights include the Community Vesper Service,  Photo Contest, Euchre Tourney, Student Art Show, Gospel sing, Pet Parade, Arts & Crafts in the Park, Kiwanis Breakfast, and Talent Contest. Ashley Cowan will again chair the Dogwood Queen Contest, which will be held on the evening of  April 23 rd.  Entries for the contest are now being accepted through April 1 st. More details, entry forms, event chairmen contacts are available on the festival’s website,
www.orleansdogwoodfestival.com The Orleans Dogwood Face Book page is also being updated with new information for 2016. The next festival planning meeting will be Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Orleans Town Hall. All event chairmen and anyone interested in helping with this year’s festival is urged to attend. Supporting organizations are also asked to have a representative present at this meeting.

An accused murderer and rapist 25 year old Kyle Popplewell, appeared in Dubois County Circuit Court today/Monday. At the request of Popplewell’s attorney Steven Ripstra, the omnibus hearing originally scheduled for today/Monday was moved to March 28 at 9 a.m. Ripstra requested the move to give his office more time to work out details on the case. Popplewell is charged with felony murder, two counts of Level 1 felony rape, Level 1 felony burglary, Level 2 felony criminal confinement, Level 5 felony battery resulting in bodily harm and Level 6 felony intimidation. He allegedly broke into a home at 10778 S. 50W, near St. Henry, rented by Jeff Perry. After breaking in, Popplewell is alleged to have stabbed Perry to death and slashed another woman before confining a girl and raping her multiple times during a police standoff. Ripstra Law Office was assigned as Popplewell’s pauper counsel in the case. In addition to moving the omnibus hearing, the court scheduled a pretrial hearing for May 5 at 9 a.m. They also scheduled the criminal trial to begin Monday, June 6 at 8 a.m. Circuit Court Judge Nathan Verkamp set aside the entire week for the trial. Ripstra stated he would likely file for a change of venue or request the court seek jury members from outside the county to maintain the impartiality of the jury and trial.

A house fire temporarily displaced a Dubois family Sunday afternoon. Dubois Volunteer firefighters were called to the report of a house fire at 4660 Zehr Road south of Dubois at about 12:06 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke in the home and heavy smoke coming from the eaves at the rear of the 30 by 70 modular home. There were also flames coming through the roof over the top of the dining room area. Firefighters tore out half the ceiling on the north side of the house and extinguished the flames. Firefighters reported that a 10-by-10 foot area did burn through the ceiling above the dining room. The home is owned by Skeeterville LLC out of Dubois and was being rented out to Jennifer Caffrey and Anthony Beckham. The couple told firefighters they had just moved into the home about six days ago and had been living in an apartment in Dubois. The fire appears to have started in the ceiling but it is undetermined how. The house will not be habitable for some time until repairs are made. The couple will be staying in a hotel room furnished by the American Red Cross.

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

A historic home built in the 1800’s was destroyed by fire early this morning.
According to the Orange County Sheriffs Departments, Orleans VFD was dispatched out at 2:28AM to a fire at 220 W Jefferson Street in Orleans. The home known as the Miracle house was built in the late 1800’s and was recently bought and being remodeled by Sam and Nancy Walker of Limon, Colorado. Firefighters from the Orleans Municipal Fire Department received assistance from 33 firefighters and 10 trucks responded from five other departments to battle the blaze. A representative of the State Fire Marshal’s office was expected to arrive at the scene this morning to assist in the investigation.

Two drivers were hurt in an accident on State Road 37 South Wednesday. According to police reports, 20 year old Rachel Brock of Bedford was driving a 2003 Mercury Sable south on State Road 37 in the right lane near Patton Hill Road at 8:26 p.m. She told police that when she entered the intersection, a vehicle driven by 60 year old Bernard Doane, of Oolitic came across the intersection from the east and struck her car. Brock claimed to have a green light. Doane, who was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado, said he was driving on State Road 37 North at the intersection. He was stopped and preparing to turn west onto Patton Hill Road. Doane said the traffic light had a green arrow, indicating he could turn. Brock complained of pain to her abdomen and Doane complained of back pain. Both were taken by ambulances to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Friday, February 19th, 2016

A Lawrence County man was arrested Thursday on a warrant after police say he sold meth to a confidential informant twice in late January. Bedford Police arrested 43-year-old Michael Russell Jr., of Bedford on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance. According to a probable cause affidavit police say Russell sold crystal meth to a confidential informant. The informant was at a home, when two men in a pickup parked in front of that home. Two men got out of the truck and went inside. A short time later, the two men left the home and the informant left after them after purchasing .92 grams of crystal meth from Russell. Later in the month, the informant contacted police to say Russell had an eight ball of meth he wanted to sell for $400. Officers scheduled the deal through the informant. The informant entered a vehicle with Russell, and after a short time, exited the vehicle with more than 3.73 grams of meth he had purchased from Russell.

Indiana University is investigating five confirmed cases of mumps on two campuses and is taking precautions to protect students, faculty and staff from contracting the illness. Four cases of mumps have been confirmed at IU Bloomington, including two cases that the university reported in a Feb. 10 news release; the cases were identified several weeks apart, and no connection between them has been identified. Additionally, one case of mumps has been confirmed at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The university is working with the Monroe County Health Department, the Marion County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health to identify and directly notify anyone who may have been in close contact with these cases and to implement measures to help prevent the additional transmission of mumps. Also, Butler University is now facing its ninth case of mumps.

Jasper Police Department was called to the report of two subjects shooting at streetlights at about 4:30 a.m. Friday. According to police, they made contact with two juveniles in the area of 13th and Mill streets who had BB guns in their possession and had shot out two streetlights. The juveniles’ guns closely resembled authentic firearms. The department warned that the public should be careful when rendering articles that so authentically resemble actual firearms. Charges are pending against the two juveniles and the investigation is ongoing.

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

A man who told police he was driving recklessly due to a passenger having a medical emergency was arrested after a Jasper canine indicated there were drugs in the car. According to police, they received notification of a vehicle with its hazard lights activated passing other vehicles in a reckless manner while northbound on U.S. 231 at about 1:53 p.m. Monday. Officers stopped the vehicle, identified as a 2016 Hyundai Accent, at 6th and Dorbett streets in Jasper. The driver, 37 year old Shane Fellers, of Loogootee, told police the passenger was having a medical emergency. Officers allowed the vehicle to continue to Jasper Memorial Hospital. Once at the hospital, officers determined that Fellers’ license was suspended. Canine Ares also indicated on a controlled substance being in the Hyundai. Officers searched the vehicle and located three grams of crystal meth, used syringes, drug paraphernalia, and Carixotrodol, a Schedule IV controlled substance. Fellers was charged with dealing meth, possession of meth, possesssion of hypodermic needles, possession of controlled substance, and possession of paraphernalia. He was cited for driving while suspended also. Police booked Fellers into the Dubois County Jail. According to police, a female passenger was admitted to the hospital.

The Mitchell Water Department has lifted the boil orders for Mitchell residents. One was for residents west of 14th Street, south Hancock Avenue to the Marathon Station and north to the Old Sprint Station. The other was issued after a water main for residents on West Warren, West Brook, West Oak between North 5th and North 14th streets.

Two people were arrested after the loss prevention at WalMart in Bedford caught them walking out of the store without paying for some of their items. According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley, officers were called to the store at 10 p.m. after the loss prevention officer reported they had stopped two people with stolen merchandise. Police arrested 38-year-old Travis Collins and 39-year-old Sharon Morris, both of Bedford on a charge of theft. According to police, both Collins and Morris had placed several items in their cart and were checking out at the self-checkout counter, but failed to scan several of the items that totaled more than $170.00 and then attempted to walk out of the store when they were stopped by a loss prevention officer.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

A fire destroyed the Schwenk Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning shop in Ireland, Tuesday morning.   According to Ireland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Stan Siefert, the 42-by-70 building is owned by Roger Schwenk.  Roger had been in the shop about an hour and then left to run errands. A business partner discovered the fire about an hour later and called police at 11:24 a.m.  When firefighters arrived the building was engulfed in flames. Firefighters say the fire started in the southeast portion of the building and spread. The State Fire Marshal is investigating what ignited the blaze.  Firefighters were able contain the fire from spreading into the office area and to Schwenk's home which is located about 15 feet from the shop.  The building and the inventory were destroyed along with a John Deere tractor with front-end loader, an older tractor and another trencher backhoe.  Firefighters were on scene for three and a half hours.

A Meth lab explosions injures a Huntingburg man who was then arrested. On Friday, 23-year-old Justin Morris on felony charges of dealing meth, possession precursors with the intent to manufacture meth and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a probable cause affidavit, on Jan 12 Morris went to Memorial Hospital emergency room after he suffered burns to his face. He told emergency room employees he was attempting to make a homemade bottle rocket when he was injured.  The emergency room staff became suspicious and called police. Morris then told police he was making meth using a 2-liter bottle when it exploded in his face.  Officials secured a search warrant on Morris apartment, and found a one-pot meth lab and chemicals used to manufacture meth.  A warrant was issued for Morris' arrest Friday. He was arrested just after 6 p.m. and booked him into the Dubois County Security Center.

Retailers that accept food stamps would have to start stocking a wider variety of healthy foods or face the loss of consumers under proposed rules by the Agriculture Department.  The proposed rules are designed to ensure that the more than 46 million Americans who use food stamps have better access to healthy foods although they don't dictate what people buy or eat. A person using food stamp dollars could still purchase as much junk food as they wanted, but they would at least have more options in the store to buy fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats and bread 

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating an inmate who escaped custody Monday night after being taken to a Washington hospital.  Daviess Community Hospital contacted the sheriff’s department at 10:54 p.m. to report that Shane Michael Allen Cates, 23, of Washington, had escaped through a second story window at the hospital.  Officers canvassed the area but were unable to locate the county jail inmate. 
Cates was booked into the jail Dec. 22 on a felony assault with injury charge. 
Cates is 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone with information on Cates’ whereabouts is asked to call the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department at -812-254-1060. Callers may remain anonymous

A man who told police he was driving recklessly due to a passenger having a medical emergency was arrested after a Jasper canine indicated there were drugs in the car.  Fro, an article in the Dubois County Press, police received notification of a vehicle with its hazard lights activated passing other vehicles in a reckless manner while northbound on U.S. 231 at about 1:53 p.m. Monday.  Officers stopped the vehicle, identified as a 2016 Hyundai Accent, at 6th and Dorbett streets in Jasper. The driver, Shane Fellers, 37, of Church Street, Loogootee, told police the passenger was having a medical emergency, according to police. Officers allowed the vehicle to continue to Memorial Hospital.  Once at the hospital, officers determined that Fellers’ license was suspended. Canine Ares also indicated on a controlled substance being in the Hyundai.  Officers searched the vehicle and located three grams of crystal meth, used syringes, drug paraphernalia, and Carixotrodol, a Schedule IV controlled substance.Police booked Fellers into the Dubois County Security Center.  According to police, a female passenger was admitted to the hospital

After he returned home to find a bullet hole in his wall and a bullet round on top of his microwave, the homeowner called police.  According to Bloomington Police, officers were called to North Woodburn Ave. at 6:11 p.m. Saturday.   The man told police he returned home and discovered damage to his home.  The man found a 9 mm round on a paper plate on top of his microwave and damage to drywall in his kitchen and bedroom.  Investigators followed the trajectory of the bullet to a neighbor's residence.
The neighbor told police he had been unloading his gun when it accidentally discharged.

Friday, February 12th, 2016

A Dubois County man was uninjured after he crashed his car Tuesday afternoon. According to Dubois County police, at around 3:50PM, 22 year old Alan Friz of Jasper was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Tracker east on Clay Street in Jasper, when he lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason while going around a curve. According to police, the small SUV began to slide and then ran off the south side of the road where it struck a fence belonging to Jasper Salvage. The impact caused the vehicle to flip onto the driver’s side. Friz was uninjured and damages to the vehicle and fence were estimated to be about $5,000.

Jasper City Police report an unoccupied Sterling dump truck rolled through a gravel lot around 11:30AM Thursday morning, causing an estimated $10,000 in damages before coming to a stop. The driver of the vehicle told police he set the parking brake before going into Dubois County Block and Brick. While he was inside the vehicle suddenly rolled down the gravel lot, struck a telephone pole and gas meter and then plowed into the building at 2218 Newton Street before coming to a stop. Damage to the truck, owned by Ewing Properties,was estimated at only $1,000, but the combined damage to the telephone pole, gas meter, building, and truck was estimated at $10,000. No charges were filed and there were no injuries.

Thursday, January 11th, 2016

Icy Roads resulted in a Springs Valley Schools bus to slide off the road Wednesday morning.  The slideoff occurred at South Chalet Drive near Text Eastern Pipeline station.   Springs Valley Superintendent Tony Whitaker told the Springs Valley Herald that there are a few bumps and bruises among the passengers, but no serious injuries were reported.  Whitaker stated personnel and students were outstanding during the situation.   The bus was back in service by the afternoon after passing an inspection by the Indiana State Police.

A crash in Bedford at Mitchell Road and 28th Street Wednesday morning resulted in injuries to a Paoli man.   44-year-old Robert Murphy suffered pain to his elbow and lower arm.  Police say Murphy was in the left lane on Mitchell Road and was approaching 28th Street when he saw another vehicle in the right lane beside him. The driver of the other vehicle, 50-year-old David Bauer, attempted to turn left onto 28th Street. Murphy then attempted to turn out of Bauer's path and struck Bauer's 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck in the front driver's side. Murphy then lost control of his 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck and struck a lighted sign .Bauer told police that he was traveling north on Mitchell Road in the left lane and was approaching 28th Street in the left lane. Bauer told police that he saw Murphy's truck traveling at a high-rate of speed then lost control of his pickup and struck Bauer's vehicle in the front driver's side and then struck the sign.  Bauer was not injured in the crash.

On Wednesday, The Indiana Democratic Party filed a formal challenge alleging Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Young was two signatures short on his petition to file for the U.S. Senate race To earn a spot on the primary election ballot, a Senate candidate must gather the signatures of at least 500 certified registered voters in each of Indiana's nine congressional districts - Officials say the county clerk could only certify 501 signatures in the First District for Young. Democrats then requested the signature sheets and counted them multiple times - coming up with only 498.  Five media outlets including The Journal Gazette -- joined together to conduct separate counts Wednesday morning of Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties certified signature sheets. They were compared with each other and matched, with 355 signatures in Lake; 120 in Porter and 22 in LaPorte, bringing the total to 497 - below the required amount needed to file.  The Indiana Election Commission will consider the challenge at its February 19 meeting. The Indiana Election Commission - two Democrats and two Republicans - will decide whether to consider and rule on such a challenge. In the past these challenges generally always result in a tie, and candidates are rarely removed from the ballot.  If Young is disqualified, that would leave U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman as the only Republican candidate for U.S. Senate following the withdrawal of Eric Holcomb on Monday to become lieutenant governor.   Young and Stutzma are contending for the Republican nomination for the seat from which GOP Sen. Dan Coats is retiring

 Wednesday, January 10th, 2016

Indiana State Police arrested 33-year-old Jessie Grimes of Palmyra on Tuesday after police say he allegedly had sex with a family member.  Trooper Chris Tucker from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg conducted his investigation while working with the Harrison County Department of Family and Children.  ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin says during the investigation Trooper Tucker discovered that Grimes allegedly had sex with an underage family member and also allegedly had shown at least one child, pornographic material. This activity had allegedly occurred between August of 2015 and February 1 of this year in Harrison County.  Jessie Grimes was arrested on 20 counts of incest, 20 counts of sexual misconduct with a minor 2 counts of dissemination of matter harmful to minors.  Grimes was incarcerated at the Harrison County Jail without bond awaiting his first court appearance.

The Sierra Club is targeting a southern Indiana power plant in its campaign to close aging coal-fired power stations. The environmental group says it has collected more than 1,000 signatures from Indiana Michigan Power customers urging the utility to replace half of the power generation at its Rockport plant with renewable energy sources.  A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report shows the Ohio River plant about 25 miles east of Evansville released more than 5.9 million pounds of toxic pollution in 2014.  Indiana Michigan spokeswoman Melissa McHenry tells the Evansville Courier and Press that report is misleading because more than half of the 5.9 million pounds were from ash generated by burning coal.  She says the company plans to install new technology to control sulfur dioxide from the plant.

He tried to pick up a teenager in Indiana.   Now a man from Kentucky is facing a slew of charges.  Joseph Tindle allegedly sent explicit pictures and text to a 15 year old girl from Harrison County after meeting her at a party.  Tindle is 38.  He’s said to have known that the girl was 15 when he met her.

Winter is here,, maybe to stay a period.   A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued until 10am tomorrow morning (Wednesday).  Intermittent snow showers, expected this afternoon and evening.   Roads could become even more slick and hazardous with whats there already.  About an inch is expected.  Gusty winds will complicate the weather situation reducing visibility at times.  Lingering moisture has created a layer of ice covered with snow on many county roads.  Research has shown that more traffic accidents occur with an inch or less of snow , before drivers realize traction is reduced. 

Icy conditions contributed to a 3-vehicle accident that took a Huntingburg man’s life Monday evening on U.S. 231 in WITZ Bottoms.  According to an article in the Dubois County Free Press, Deputies and Huntingburg officers were dispatched to the accident around 7 p.m. Witnesses told police that a 2001 Chevrolet Tracker driven by Sameer C. Metha, 39, of Huntingburg, was southbound on U.S. 231 south of Witz Road when it hit a patch of ice on the bridge and lost control. The Tracker slid into the oncoming lane of traffic and collided head-on with a 2014 Toyota Tundra driven by Jeremy Brewer, 36, of Jasper.  After the initial collision, a 2008 Chevrolet Impala driven by Michale Carie collided with the rear of the Toyota.  The Jasper Fire Department had to extricate all three drivers from their vehicles.   Metha died at the scene. Brewer’s leg was injured, and he was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Carie did not complain of any injuries.  All three vehicles were totaled in the accident.

(MARTINSVILLE) - A man wanted on rape charges in Lebanon shot himself Thursday evening after a police pursuit in Morgan County.      Police say 49-year-old Todd Richardson fatally shot himself after deputies and U.S. Marshals tried to serve an arrest warrant issued by Johnson County. Richardson was then flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital where he died. The Indiana State Police are investigating the incident.  Richardson, of Franklin, was arrested January 28 by the Lebanon Police Department after new DNA testing techniques led officials to suspect him in the attempted rape of a woman in her Lebanon home in June 1990

Monday, February 8th, 2016

While on routine patrol in Orleans on February 7,2016 at approximately 4:18 PM an officer with the Orleans Police Dept. spotted an individual he believed was wanted on warrant from Lawrence County. The officer initiated a traffic stop on Jordon T. Karnes 27, of 357 W Jackson street Orleans. After approaching the vehicle the officer noticed an odor emitting from the vehicle that smelled like burning Marijuana. Mr. Karnes was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car while the officer inventoried the vehicle. Located inside the vehicle was additional illegal items. Mr. Karnes was arrested for Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams, possession of Methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, and neglect of a dependant. A further search of Mr. Karnes’s belongings at the jail turned up additional Methamphetamine and he was charged with trafficking with an inmate for taking contraband into the jail.

An Orleans woman and a Bedford man were arrested Friday morning on a warrant charging her with dealing heroin. According to a Bedford Police department report, they arrested 26-year-old Kayla Hawk of Orleans and 29-year-old Brandon Hancock of Bedford just after 6 a.m. Bedford Police Department Detective Justin Dodd arranged two controlled buys using a confidential informant in January to purchase heroin from Hawk, who was living with Hancock at the time. The informant went to Hancock's home, twice. The informant purchased a total of 1.66 grams of powder heroin in the two combined buys. Hawk's child was also in the home.Hawk is facing two counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, two counts of possession of a narcotic drug, two counts of neglect of a dependent and two counts of maintaining a common nuisance. Hancock is charged with dealing in a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug and maintaining a common nuisance.

Jasmine Pickett is now facing new charges in the death of 29-year-old Kamie Ratcliff. The new charge added is aiding, inducing or causing abuse of a corpse, a Level 6 felony added to her other charges of obstruction of justice, false informing and failure to report a dead body. 30-year-old Jasmine Picket posted a $755 cash bond on January 31 and was released from jail and is due to make her first appearance in court February 10 th

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

A Mitchell man has been charged with the murder a missing woman .  of 29-year-old Kami Ratcliff.  , 34-year-old Lincoln Pickett told police he burned 29 year old Kamie Ratcliff's body in a fire behind his home on U.S. 50 West after he says she shot herself. He told police he, his wife Jasmine and Ratcliff were all in the vehicle at the home when on January 21 Ratcliff "freaked out" and shot herself.  After the shooting, Lincoln parked his vehicle in his garage with Ratcliff's body still inside. Then on January 28, seven day later,  he put Kamie's body in a fire burning behind his house.   Jasmine backed up Lincoln's story.  However the remains found in the fire at the Pickett home have not been identified. Indiana State Police are waiting on dental records and DNA test to positively confirm the identity of the victim.  On January 28 police armed with a search warrant returned to the home to search for Ratcliff's belongings.  When officers arrive there was a fire burning behind the home and within the fire, officers located what appeared to be bones   Officers then secured a search warrant for Pickett's home. Inside they found a loaded handgun under a mattress and three long guns.  Now Pickett is being charged with Ratcliff's murder, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent offender; obstruction of justice, abuse of a corpse, two counts of false informing and failure to report a dead body.   Because of the additional charge of murder,Lincoln Pickett is being held without bond.   Jasmine Picket posted a $755 cash bond on Sunday and was released from jail.

Two state troopers were injured Wednesday when a tractor-trailer struck their car while they were diverting traffic on Interstate 69 in Vanderburgh County.  At about 9:10 a.m. CST, Troopers Kylen Compton and Taylor Fox were assisting the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department at a property damage crash involving a semi and a passenger vehicle on I-69 southbound near the 17-mile marker.  Troopers Compton and Fox were in a 2011 Dodge Charger parked in the passing lane diverting traffic into the driving lane. The vehicle’s emergency red and blue lights were activated, and southbound traffic had been moving over to the driving lane without any problems.  Gary Pride, 67, of Otwell, was driving his 2007 Peterbilt tractor-trailer southbound on I-69 and for unknown reasons failed to move over. The tractor crashed into the rear of the patrol car.  After the initial impact, the patrol car was pushed across both lanes and into the guardrail on the west side of I-69. The tractor-trailer drove into the driving lane striking a 2013 Volvo that was traveling south in the driving lane. The Volvo came to a final rest on the shoulder.   The tractor-trailer then struck the guardrail and the concrete bridge wall on the west side before rolling onto its driver’s side and partially onto the 2013 Volvo.   The tractor-trailer was hauling a load of soybeans which spilled over both southbound lanes. The truck driver and the driver of the Volvo, JoAnna Cochren, 45, of Petersburg, were not injured.  Both troopers were transported to Deaconess Gateway Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and later released.

Hoosier Uplands is continuing to accept new applications for the Energy Assistance Program in Lawrence, Orange, Martin and Washington counties.   Households must have a confirmed income at or below 150% of the Office of Management and Budget Poveerty Guidelines.   For more information:
Orange County, call:  723-5368 or 800-893-4191
Lawrence County, call:   279-0412 or 849-4457
Martin County, call 247-3303
Washington County, call 883-5368 or 800-487-8890 

Wednesday, February 3d, 2016

According to an Indiana State Police report, officers with the Huntingburg Police Department received a message at 2 p.m. through social media from a male requesting they meet at League Stadium League Stadium on the south side of town. Concerned by the nature of the message, and knowing that the Department had been to recent calls for service with this person, the officer requested that a supervisor go with him to meet him. After arriving in a parking lot on the east side of League Stadium, officers found the male standing in the middle of the parking lot, holding what appeared to be a revolver. Multiple commands were given by officers for the male to place the weapon on the ground - he refused to do. The male then raised the gun, pointing it directly at an officer. Two officers fired on the subject, striking him multiple times. Officers immediately requested emergency medical services to tend to the male. He was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper and was transferred to St. Mary's in Evansville, where he remains in serious condition.    Officers on scene were unharmed.  This incident remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police. Names of those involved will be released later pending family notification.

The missing Lawrence County woman, has been found .   Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, 33-year-old Jennifer Coulter has been located and is safe.  She was last seen in January 12 th in Heltonville and was reported missing on Tuesday.  The sheriff wants to thank the community for their assistance. 

Firefighters in Seymour Monday had to cope with the smell of chicken manure , while battling a blaze at a Fertilizer plant.   Seymour Fire Chief Brad Lucas told the Seymour Tribune the fire at United Granulated Services LLC most likely started when embers created by overheating in the manure-drying process traveled through the building's duct work into a hopper outside, sparking the fire. No one was hurt, but there was an estimated $30,000 in damages at the Seymour facility.  

Tuesday, February 2d, 2016

The Paoli WorkOne Express Career Center, located at 1075 North Sandy Hook Road in Paoli , will be temporarily closed due to air quality issues. Until further notice, clients should visit the Bedford WorkOne Career Center, located at 918 16 th Street in Bedford for job seeking and career assistance. Bedford WorkOne Career Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information regarding WorkOne Career Center services and locations can be found at www.workoneworks.com.

A Bedford woman was found driving intoxicated while driving then, broke a and mirror off a patrol car Monday evening.   Police were told by an employee at Casa Brava that a woman who was intoxicated was getting into a vehicle and leaving the parking lot.  The vehicle was located on 16 th Street.   Officers talked to 33-year-old Julie Essick, of  Q St., who had an open container of an alcoholic beverage in the front seat.  Essick failed several field sobriety tests and was uncooperative with officers.  There she continued to resist officers both to and from the hospital and then broke the mirror off one of the police vehicles  Essick was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting arrest by force, criminal mischief, driving while her driver's license was suspended and open container.

The Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill authored by State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth), which would create a new deer hunting season for a wider range of rifle specifications and offer more protections for private property owners.  House Bill (HB) 1231 would task the Department of Natural Resources with establishing a new deer hunting season for the use of more accessible hunting rifles, which are currently not permitted. These firearms are already legal to use for hunting other species.  The bill would also authorize the use of purple paint marks to indicate a landowner does not allow outside hunting and to delineate their property boundaries.  “Trespassing is a real concern in our area and the purple marks are a great way to address the problem in a cost conscious manner for landowners,” Arnold said.  HB 1231 will now head to the Senate for further consideration. 

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