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Monday, July 28th, 2014

A Marengo man was arrested in connection with the Tuesday morning robbery of Hardinsburg Branch of First Harrison Bank. Orville James Morris was arrested and charged with bank robbery. He is being held at the Washington County Jail His bond was set at $25,000. According to Washington County Sheriffs Department, Morris entered the bank wearing a disguise, including a white wig and zippered hoodie and demanded money from the teller after telling her he was armed with a weapon.Police say Morris never displayed a weapon. After receiving the cash, Morris then fled. According to police after gathering evidence at the scene and from witnesses, police were able to secure a search warrant and arrested Morris at his home in Marengo.

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of an Ohio man that occurred July 27th at approximately 4:10 p.m. at Cataract Falls State Recreation Area in Owen County. Indiana Conservation Officers advise that 67 year old Paul Domonic DiBlasis, of Galloway, Ohio died as a result of his injuries. DiBlasis was visiting the falls with his girlfriend at the time of the accident. According to witness accounts, he had stumbled and fallen over a cliff near the falls and fell approximately 26 feet and landed partially in the water. DiBlasis was removed from the water and assisted by other visitors at the falls until medical units responded. Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted at the scene by Owen County Rescue, Cataract Fire Department and the Owen County Sheriff’s Department.

Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contractors Crider & Crider Inc. this week restricted State Road 37 to one lane in each direction between Fullerton Pike and Dillman Road. Southbound S.R. 37 traffic is shifted across the median to share the northbound lanes for construction of a new interchange that will connect the new Interstate 69 alignment with the existing S.R. 37 corridor. As a result of the restrictions, no left turn movements are allowed at the Rockport Road and That Road intersections. Traffic may still turn right into or out of S.R. 37 at these intersections. S.R. 37 traffic will continue to be shifted and restricted until new interchange ramps open to traffic. A "trumpet" interchange design will give priority to I-69 through traffic while providing high-speed ramps for merging and diverging through traffic on S.R. 37.

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Children playing on a sandbar on the West Fork of White River found a human skull Sunday evening in Daviess County
The children's parents notifed the Sheriff's Department.  An investigation by the Sheriff and Coroner's Office found the skull to be very old, possibly native American.  The IU Anthropology Department is assisting in the case.   A Jeffersonville man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on child pornography charges.  32 year old George Thornton was arrested in 2011 after peeping in the windows of a home occupied by a young boy.  Police later searched his home and found pictures on the computer of child pornographic images. 

The Indiana State Fair says elephant rides will be offered to fairgoers, despite protest from animal rights activistFair officials say the rides are heavy regulated and the elephants will be treated well. 

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Orange County Sheriffs Department is investigating a string of church burglaries that have occurred since July 18th. According to Chief deputy Josh Babcock, churches that have been burglarized include Old Union, Liberty, Valeene Christian and Stampers Creek Churches. The most recent burglary occurred at Stampers Creek and the suspects said they would not be caught and signed it the Church Bandis. Babcock is urging everyone to keep an eye on their surroundings and the churches and anyone who see something suspicious is urged to call the Sheriffs Department at 723-2417.

The First Harrison Bank in Hardinsburg was robbed Tuesday morning at approximately 9AM. According to a Washington County Sheriffs Report, one white adult male entered the bank at approximately 9AM and asked the teller for money and allegedly told the teller he had a weapon but no gun was displayed. Officers recovered items at the scene that could have belonged to the suspect. The description of the suspect from from witnesses describe him as a white male wearing a zippered hoodie with a scruffy goatee. and appeared to be in his early 20s. Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call the Washington County Sheriffs Department.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A West Baden man died as a result of his injuries sustained this morning during a rollover crash on State Road 56.
At approximately 7:20 A.M., 28 year old Gared Blake Allen, of West Baden, was traveling eastbound on State Road 56 in a red 2000 Sterling dump truck when for an unknown reason, Allen drove off the south edge of the roadway on French Lick Hill and was unable to steer the truck back onto the road. This caused the vehicle to slide down a ditch line, overturn, and strike a tree. Allen was pronounced dead at the scene by the Orange County Coroner’s Office. The truck was partially loaded with soil, which spilled into the ditch line. Allen was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. State Road 56 was closed for a while following the crash. Indiana State Police were assisted on scene by the French Lick Police and Fire Departments, Orange County Coroner, Orange County Rural Fire Department, and IU Health EMS.

Just after 2:00 PM Saturday afternoon, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call reporting David Lamm, age 54 of Solsberry had been murdered at his residence.
ISP Detectives located the body of David Lamm at his home in the 8700 block of Ingram Road near Newark. ISP were looking for Jason and Kevin Caldwell, as suspects in the case. Both have now been apprehended. Sunday Evening 41 year old Kevin Caldwell was apprehended and earlier this morning, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department took Jason Lee Caldwell into custody. Both men were wanted on warrant out of Greene County on unrelated charges.

Friday, July 18th, 2014

A Lawrence County man was injured after he crashed his Go Kart on his property in the 200 block of Stevens Lane Wednesday.According to the Lawrence County Police Department they received a call at 5:13 p.m. reporting that 53-year-old William Schulz was being treated at a local hospital. According to a DNR Conservation report, Schultz was operating a go-cart with ATV tires on his property when he made a hard turn and the go-cart flipped. Schulz suffered head, neck and injuries to his left arm and leg, was found unconscious in his yard. Police say alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the accident.

A head-on crash just outside of Hatfield sent both drivers to an Evansville hospital in critical condition. Indiana State Police report that at approximately 7:30 A.M., 19 year old Colton Claspell, of Newburgh, was traveling eastbound on State Road 66, just east of Hatfield. After passing County Road 800 West, for reasons unknown at this time, Claspell drove his tan 2001 Chevrolet Blazer across the westbound lane, struck two mailboxes, and drove along a corn field before driving head-on into a silver 2012 Dodge Caravan, driven by 66 year old William Boehman, of Maceo, KY. Impact from the crash pushed Boehman’s Dodge into a driveway on the south side of the roadway and caused Claspell’s Chevrolet to come to rest on its driver’s side. Claspell and Boehman were both airlifted from the scene and taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville with critical injuries. Both vehicles were total losses. This crash remains under investigation. The Indiana State Police was assisted at the scene by the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, Luce Township Fire Department, Spencer County EMS, and St. Mary’s Hospital.

A former Indiana University student was among the victims on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 that was shot down in Eastern Ukraine Thursday, killing everyone on board. Steve Peterson, head coach for the Indiana University rowing team in Bloomington, says 25-year-old Karlijn Keijzer rowed for the university for one year in 2010. After she finished Graduate school, she reportedly stayed at IU working in the chemistry department.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Two were injured in a two vehicle crash Wednesday morning on US 150 west of paoli near Ames Chapel Church.
According to police reports, 19 year old Landis Gutrie of Campbellsburg was driving a 1997 Buick when he fell asleep and the vehicle struck a 2006 Ford SUV driven by 60 year old Wanda Anderson of French Lick causing both vehicles to impact at the left front end. Landis suffered knee and wrist injuries and was flown to U of L Hospital. Anderson suffered pain to her left side and was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment.

A Lawrence County man has been arrested after Bedford Police were called to an apartment in the 2900 block of Ted Jones Drive about a domestic fight. When Bedford Police arrived, they arrested 27-year-old Thomas Myers on charges of domestic battery, battery in the presence of a minor and strangulation. The two women involved suffered minor injuries, also a 4-year-old child was present during the incident.

A Jackson County man was flown to Methodist Hospital after he was struck by a sport utility vehicle at the JayC Plus gas station on 16th Street in Bedford Tuesday. According to a Bedford Police report, 55-year-old Bradley W. Lucas of Seymour, who is an employee of JayC Plus, suffered internal injuries. According to police reports, they say 34-year-old Marcy R. Tincher of Williams was driving a 2007 GMC in the JayC Plus lot and didn't see Lucas on his knees at the gas tank cover north of the fuel pumps. Lucas was performing a regular task at the underground tank after fuel is added to the tanks when he was struck. Tincher was pulling into the gas station to get fuel and struck Lucas. Witnesses told police that she helped to get Lucas out from underneath the vehicle. An Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance and Bedford Fire Department rescue workers assisted. Air Evac helicopter responded and flew Lucas to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Police in Lawrence County are investigating several incidents were rocks or bricks were thrown through windows of homes or vehicles this weekend. According the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department, it is unclear if the incidents are connected and each case is being investigated. Early this morning at 1:19 a.m. Lawrence County police received a report of a rock being thrown through a living room window in the 800 block of Patriot Lane in Pride Estates and at 1:15AM, a resident in the 700 block of Glendale Way had a rock thrown through a window. Yesterday,  a resident in the 700 block of Glendale Way reported their windshield was smashed. And at 1:28 a.m. Sunday a resident on Ridgedale Road reported they woke after someone threw a rock in their bedroom window. Anyone with information, on any of the incidents, is asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

Joe Hogsett has announced his resignation as U.S. attorney for the southern district of Indiana. Hogsett made his plans known in a press release Monday. His resignation is effective July 31. The move is fueling speculation about a possible run for Indianapolis mayor, even though in March, Hogsett said had no plans to run for Mayor in 2015.

Friday, July 11th, 2014

A Bedford woman was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred around 12:12PM Thursday on the Maple Leaf Road in the Shawswick Township of Lwrence County.
According to the Lwrence County Sheriffs Departmen, 76 year old Sandra Young of Bedford was driving a 1999 Buick Regal 4 door south on Maple Leaf Road. A witness told police the Buick was left of center and almost hit the witnesses car. The Buick then ran off the west side of the road and hit a concrete bridge rail. The Buick then flipped over on its top. Following the crash, Young was trapped in the vehicle and had to be removed from the car. She had a possible broken arm and was taken to Bedford area hospital. Police believe that driver illness could have been the cause of the crash. Property damage was estimated at over 10,000 dollars.

Investigators suspected foul play after finding a gun near the bodies of two people in a burning Ellettsville home Thursday morning. Monroe County Firefighters responded to the home in the 7300 block of North Red Hill Road around 8:40AM Thursday. Monroe County Sheriff's Department investigators recovered a gun within close proximity of the two bodies. Neighbors reported the woman who lived in the home had made comments about harming her 16-year-old son and herself. Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer says foul play is suspected. The victims were not identified autopsies were scheduled for today.

A Lawrence County man has been arrested for making and being in possession of meth. According to police reports, 29-year-old John Luttrell, of Bedford was arrested on a warrant was arrested on a warrant for making and possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent. The reports states that according to a probable cause affidavit, Bedford police witnessed Luttrell and a woman purchasing pseudoephedrine from Walgreen's and CVS Pharmacy to make meth. They then drove to a home on R Street and when officers entered they saw the drug and rubber gloves on a table in the living room. Luttrell's son who was in a baby walker was also in the room. After Luttrell consented to a search, Officers found two plastic bottles, numerous coffee filters and empty pseudoephedrine boxes and rubber gloves in an outside trash can and two grinders with a white powdery substance and coffee filters in a bedroom and computer room that all tested positive for meth. They also found plastic bags that contained meth and a straw to ingest the drug in Luttrell's pocket.

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The State’s monthly Casino revenue decreased in June.  The Indiana Gaming Commission is reporting adjusted gross revenue of nearly 176 million, compared to more than 182 million the same time a year ago. 

Mosquitoes in two Indiana counties have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The Indiana State Health Department reported cases in Marshall and Pike counties..  No cases of humans contracting it have been reported this year.

The Governor’s office is telling state agencies that the gay marriages performed during three days in June will not be recognized.  A memo from the Governor’s chief counsel told executive branch encies to act as if the June 25th court order had not been issued.  The Governor’s office did tell agencies to recognize the out of state marriage of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney of Munster, which is in line with an appellate court order

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

A Lawrence County man was injured in a one vehicle crash around 7:30pm Tuesday evening.  54 year old John K. Albertson of Heltonville was driving a 2002 Toyota pickup south on Coveyville Road.  The vehicle traveled off the right side roadway, struck a tree, then traveled back across the road stopping in thick brush.  When police arrived, Albertson was in and out of consciousness.  He suffered a possible head injury and was treated at the scene, then transported to a Bedford area hospital.  Propery damage estimated at over $10,000.

In Lebanon, an inmate is facing new charges after trying to take a gun away from a correctional officer during an emergency room visit.  The Boone County Sheriff’s office confirms that Bradford Boyers was found in his cell unconscious, and despite waking in the ER partially restrained, reached for the gun.  Several nurses ran to help and pried the gun from Boyers.  

A Richmond teen faces charges in connection with a fatal beating. The 16 year old was taken into custody Tuesday.  17 year old Caleb Woosley was found dead in an alley in May.  No other details were released, but more arrest are expected 

Friday, July 7th, 2014

Two 18-year-old men were arrested early Sunday on drug and alcohol charges after police officers drove by their parked vehicle and smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the truck. According to Mitchell Police, at 12:28 a.m. Sunday, officer Cain Gilstrap and reserve officer Richard Collins were patrolling near Sixth Street and Grissom Avenue when the two noticed a truck parked near the curb on Sixth Street with two occupants inside. The officers then circled to see if the men needed help. When they drove by the truck, the officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming out of the vehicle. The men 18 year old John Blake of Mitchell and 18 year old Taylor Carwile of Heltonville were detained for arrest, and a wrecker was called to tow the vehicle. While officers were taking inventory of the truck, they found a pipe containing drug residue. The residue field-tested positive for methamphetamine, which led to additional drug charges against Blake. Both men were taken and booked into the Lawrence County Jail.

Bloomington Police arrested an Oolitic woman after she allegedly slashed the father of her child with a steak knife during an altercation last Thursday afternoon. According to police reports, the incident happened in front of the couple's 2-month old child. Police arrested 20-year-old Vesta Lorraine Ralph on a charge of felony battery. The male victim was not seriously hurt and did not require medical treatment.

Thursday July 3rd, 2014

A rollover crash on Interstate 64 just west of Ferdinand injured a Henderson, Kentucky woman and totaled her vehicle
. Indiana State Police say that at approximately 12:10 P.M. this afternon, 27 year old Tiffany Hagan, of Henderson, KY, was traveling westbound on I-64, just west of the 63 mile marker, the Ferdinand Exit, when her dog jumped into her lap, causing her to lose control of her 2000 Ford Explorer. Hagan rolled the SUV three times over into the median where it came to rest. Hagan was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper after suffering bruising and cuts. Hagan was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash, which greatly reduced the severity of her injuries. No charges were filed. Troopers were assisted on scene by Ferdinand Police and Fire, and Dubois County EMS. The Indiana State Police wants to remind motorists to use extra care while traveling throughout the Fourth of July weekend. Slow down, buckle up, and focus on safe driving.

Wednesday, July 2d, 2014

A Federal Appeals Court says Indian must continue to recognize one same-sex marriage in which one spouse is terminally ill.
  Lambda Legal, the gay rights group representing Niki Quansey and Amy Sandler, says the Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay in their particular case.  That means Quasney and Sandlet retain all the rights of married couples in the state even as other same-sex marriages in Indiana remain on hold.  

Indiana Department of Natural Resourses says the state’s Health River Initiative is going well four years after implementation.  The program includes over 3 thousand acres along three state waterways now under permanent conservation protection.  The areas are Sugar Creek, Austin Bottoms and Wabash River.  

The Shoals Catfish Festival is full swing this week.  Softball, Volleyball, Basketball tourneys.  Antique Tractor and Car displays.  The Big Catfish Contest.  Amusement rides, Cooking Contest, Fireworks,, Catfish Festival Queen Contest, and the big parade Saturday morning at 10:30am

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The third and final at-large suspect wanted for Monday’s double slaying north of Paoli is now in custody
. Sunday morning at approximately 9:00 A.M., Indiana State Police arrested 35 year old John R. Carpenter, of Marengo, on Heidelberg Road, north of Fairview Church Road, in Harrison County, Indiana. After setting up and maintaining a perimeter overnight of the area, Troopers, investigators searched a barn, where he was ultimately located. Carpenter was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Orange County Jail in Paoli. Carpenter will join the other two suspects believed to be involved in the Monday shooting that killed Nicholas Fields and Corey Michael Harris and injured Daniel Smitson. Elbert Brooks was arrested Tuesday evening while James Davidson was arrested Friday Evening.

Another defendant is facing more charges in the beating death of 43-year-old Lawrence County resident Rodney Allender. Lawrence County Prosecutor Michelle Woodward asked to amend the list of charges against 20 year old Taylor Flynn. He had previously had been charged with murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. During a hearing Today in Lawrence Superior Court II, Judge William Sleva granted Woodward's request to add a third count, conspiracy to commit burglary, and a fourth count, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Flynn, along with 16 year old Dillon Hicks, and 18 year old Austin Curtis, originally were charged with murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with the death of Allender. He was found slain in late February and an autopsy determined Allender died from head injuries caused by blunt force trauma.

A Santa Claus Indiana man has been arrested for allegedly molesting a Pike County girl. State Police report they received information that 32-year old Brandon Lester had molested the girl on several occasions between January ‘09 to February of this year. A grand jury indicted Lester last week and he was arrested this morning at his home.








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