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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The driver of a dump truck died Tuesday after crashing into a building south of Orleans, Indiana.  The name of the driver isn't being released by Orange County Coroner Aaron Kemple until the next of kin is notified.   Orange County Sheriff Josh Babcock said the truck, loaded with gravel, was headed north, left the side of the road and hit the front of the building about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday along State Road 37.  No one was in the building, which houses a tire shop.  Emergency crews worked late to remove the truck. Those efforts were complicated by the weight of the gravel load, the loss of the truck's front axle in the crash and ensuring that the building would not collapse.  .

Quick reaction of firefighters from both Huron and Marion Volunteer Fire Departments allowed them to save a garage from being consumed by fire Monday night.  Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 74 Huron Williams Road at 10:46 p.m. after a neighbor noticed the blaze.   The garage is located about 75 feet from the house."  Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the blaze.  Firefighters were able to save the garage and contents including a deep freezer that the family had just stocked, mowers, chain saws and other equipment.  Damages estimated between $1500 and $2000.   Penny Jones, a resident,   suffers from COPD and is on oxygen, was having trouble breathing when firefighters arrived.  She suffered some smoke inhalation. Medical first responders got her on oxygen right away and had her breathing under control before the ambulance crew arrived.  Jones was transported by an AMR ambulance crew to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.

Just after 5pm  Tuesday afternoon,  Indiana State Police, Posey County Sheriff’s Department and Poseyville Fire Department responded to an incident on I-64 near the 14 mile-marker that claimed the life of a 31-year-old Hispanic male .  Preliminary investigation revealed the operator was driving a John Deere mowing tractor westbound in the median near the 14 mile-marker when he failed to see a large sink hole. When the tractor struck the sink hole the operator was thrown from the tractor and onto the ground. The tractor continued and the bush hog that was being pulled behind the tractor ran over the operator. The tractor crossed the eastbound lanes and came to a final rest in a wooded area south of I-64. The operator of the tractor was pronounced dead at the scene by the Posey County Coroner’s Office. The tractor operator was employed by OLCO Inc., Batesville, IN.  I-64 eastbound was closed for approximately two hours while troopers investigated this crash  The victim has been identified as Alvaro Garcia Guzman, 31, of Mexico, Indiana. 

 

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued an Air Quality Action Day and is forecasting high ozone levels today (Tuesday)  for counties including Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Brown, Monroe, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick.  Children, the elderly and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors.  IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone by making simple changes to their daily habits.

The Army Corps of Engineers is concerned about a large debris field and log jam that has formed on the Patoka River northwest of Jasper.  It is one of several that have formed on the Patoka River as it runs through Dubois County, but this one has the corps worried due to how it is impacting the water flow.  The  jam has created a debris field that extends about a city block upstream from where the initial tree fell. With the build up of other brush, logs and debris, water has backed up. According to Adam Connelly, Patoka Lake Water Management Team Lead with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the logjam is restricting the amount of water that can move downstream. And is inhibiting the operation of the Patoka Lake Dam, to let water out.   If there is a heavy rainstorm, the areas upstream could be impacted by water backing up and flooding due to its inability to drain.  Additionally, with the high amount of water already in the reservoir, it is difficult to drain the lake to bring those levels down to summer pool.   Normally 300 to 400 cubic feet per second of water per second could be discharged, but that has dropped to  150 cubic feet per second  due to the logjam.

Last Friday, a Huntingburg man came into the Huntingburg Police Department and himself in for molesting a girl. The incidents allegedly occurred six years ago.  According to police, 63 year old Claude D. Taylor, 63, of 212 E. First St., reported to the police department at about noon and told police about several inappropriate incidents that occurred when the victim was about nine years old.  Taylor allegedly told police about some recent interactions with the victim that may have prompted him to turn himself in for the incidents, According to Det. Sgt. Christian Gogel,  Gogel and the Department of Child Services contacted the family of the child regarding the incidents and subsequently placed Taylor under arrest for a Class A felony count of child molesting.  Taylor was booked into the Dubois County Security Center on a $20,000 cash bond. 

 

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Two drivers were transported for treatment after a passenger car-versus-SUV collision at the U.S. 231 bridge construction site south of Jasper Saturday afternoon.
According to a police report, 34 year old Sara Boswell, of Indianapolis, was northbound on the highway in a 2011 Ford Edge when the 1:23 p.m. accident occurred north of WITZ Road, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. Boswell had been stopped for a red traffic signal. Traffic had started moving ahead of Boswell after the light changed when a northbound 2006 Honda Civic driven by 19 year old Olivia Dubon Serrano, of Jasper, came upon the scene. A deputy said Dubon Serrano did not see traffic stopped in front of her when her Civic rear-ended the Boswell Ford. Dubon Serrano complained of left arm pain and Boswell complained of neck and head pain after the accident. Both drivers were transported by ambulance for treatment at Memorial Hospital in Jasper.The accident totaled the Dubon Serrano Civic and caused $5,000 in damage to the Boswell Edge. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, the Jasper Police Department, and wreckers from Sternberg Automotive Group and Uebelhor & Sons assisted.

A Lawrence County teen was arrested Saturday on multiple charges following a one- vehicle accident that left two people injured.19 year old Jaylin Burgess of Williams was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 4:20 a.m. Saturday and was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in serious bodily injury, operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Burgess remains in jail with his bond set at $755 cash, or $7,500 surety. According to the police report by the Lawrence County Police, at around 1:30AM dispatchers received a call reporting a traffic accident with injuries at State Road 450 East, about 4,500 feet west of Fayetteville-Williams Road. Upon arrival, officers learned there were four occupants in the vehicle that Burgess was driving. 20-year-old Cherilyn Reynolds of Mitchell and 19-year-old Nathan Lester of Springville were in the back seat while a fourth person, Alexis Boruff, who was not injured, was in the front passenger seat. Burgess and Boruff signed paperwork refusing medical treatment at the scene. The report states the vehicle was headed east on State Road 450 and that Burgess lost control and struck a large tree. Officers found tire marks in the grass, which suggested the initial impact being closer to the passenger side front of the vehicle. A fence on private property was damaged in the crash. Officers administered a field sobriety test on Burgess, and a blood draw was conducted at IU Health Bedford Hospital. Burgess then was arrested.

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

A man jumped into the White River after police were called about him being intoxicated on the Milwaukee Trail Tuesday afternoon
. According to a Lawrence County police report, Lawrence County officers were called at 3 p.m. Tuesday. A caller said a white man in a hoodie was intoxicated and acting suspicious on the trail near Coxton Road. When the caller confronted the suspicious man, he threw a bag and ran east toward the city limits. County officers then went to the portion of the trail near Coxton Road to look for the suspect while Bedford Police Department officers went to the U Street entrance of the trail in Bedford. At 3:25 p.m., city police were told by county police dispatchers the man jumped in the White River, and police found him hanging on to a log at 3:26 p.m. They talked him out of the river, got him out of the river and an ambulance was called. The man was taken by Bedford Police to the U Street entrance of the trail, and an AMR/St. Vincent Dunn ambulance took him to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. County police recovered the bag that the man threw, but additional information was not available this morning.

A Lawrence County man sentenced to a Dubois County Community Corrections work release program was booked into the Dubois County Jail Wednesday after failing to return to the center six months ago. 25 year old Tyler Smith, of Avoca, failed to return to the community corrections center Nov. 8, according to court documents. A warrant for his arrest on a Level 6 felony count of failing to return to lawful detention was issued Nov. 14 in Dubois Circuit Court. On Wednesday, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department went to Orange County and brought Smith to the Dubois County Jail on the active warrant. A petition has also been filed in Dubois County to revoke Smith’s work release status.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Washington County- Tuesday,  in the early afternoon hours, John Levi Bird, 16, from Pekin, IN, was shot by another juvenile. The shooting took place in a barn located near 10825 Honey Run Road in Washington County near Pekin.  The preliminary investigation has revealed the two juveniles were in a barn near the above mentioned location when one of the juveniles picked up a weapon that was located in the barn. When the juvenile picked up the weapon, he pulled the trigger, firing the weapon while it was pointed towards the victim, John Levi Bird. After John Levi Bird was shot he was transported by personal vehicle to the St. Vincent Hospital in Salem, IN. He was later transported by air ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY with life threatening injuries from the gunshot wound.  The shooter, a teen age male from the Pekin, IN area, was taken into custody by a detective from the Indiana State Police and transported to the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center on the charge of Juvenile Delinquency.  Officers from the New Pekin Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department assisted Indiana State Police Detectives and Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technicians

A  Lawrence County  woman was arrested after police found her in a home high on drugs and hallucinating.  Just after 1pm Sunday , 24-year-old Elizabeth Austin reported to police  that she was being held hostage by her boyfriend and had barricaded herself in the bathroom of a home on South 8th Street in Mitchell.  Police had to force their way into the home when Austin would not answer the door.  Austin told police she had been up for three days and had taken meth, heroin and also smoked marijuana.  At the time , Austin was hallucinating, thinking people were out to get her.  Two glass pipes with meth residue and marijuana in the bathroom.   Austin was taken for a medical evaluation and then to jail on charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.   She is being held on a $20,000 cash bond or 10 percent surety

Hoosier homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations that sustained uninsured damage caused by severe storms and flooding starting on or after April 26 can report damage online.  A link to the form is also available on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) website at dhs.in.gov. In the middle of the page under "Featured Topics," click on "Report Damage from Severe Storms and Flooding - April 26 and continuing".Individuals will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number and type of damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property.  For questions, contact your county emergency management agency. Contact information is available at http://dhs.in.gov/2797.htm. Individuals without Internet access are encouraged to contact a friend, family member or neighbor for assistance. Web access is also available at many libraries, religious institutions, community centers or other public facilities 

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Indiana Conservation Officers arrested a New Salisbury man this evening in Washington County.  Stanley Flannery (55) was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, False Informing, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Carrying a Handgun without a License.   Shortly after 7:00 p.m., Indiana Conservation Officer Matt Pearcy was on patrol when he observed Flannery acting suspiciously near a secluded lake.  When asked for identification, Flannery initially provided a false name.  Flannery led Officer Pearcy to the woods to his makeshift campsite, where he continued acting very suspiciously.  During a pat-down of Flannery, Officer Pearcy ultimately discovered a loaded handgun, suspected methamphetamine, and paraphernalia.  Flannery was taken into custody, and it was discovered that he had multiple outstanding arrest warrants for drug dealing offenses.  The Washington County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

A woman died after an apartment fire in Columbus Monday afternoon.  A neighbor at Canterbury House Apartments reported smelling smoke and then saw it coming from the apartment around 2:45 p.m.  When Columbus firefighters arrived at in the 3500 block of Nicholas Lane they found 59-year-old Deborah Volland, unconscious in the hallway of her apartment.  As crews were extinguishing the fire, firefighters removed Volland from the apartment and attempted to resuscitate her. Those efforts proved unsuccessful, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.  Volland likely died from smoke inhalation, according to the Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting, but the cause and manner of death won't be finalized until the investigation is complete.  Fire Inspector Matt Noblitt says the fire was located in the southwest side of the bedroom. The cause appeared to be "inappropriately discarded smoking materials." He believe Volland fell asleep while smoking in bed

 Indiana State Police arrested a Bloomington man after he stabbed another man in the chest during an argument.  48-year-old Robert K. Bryant of Bloomington is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.  The stabbing happened Saturday in the 2400 block of South Broadview Drive. Police found the 22-year-old victim at another home near Graham Drive.  The male was transported to IU Healthy Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he is listed in stable condition.  The owner of the home where the victim was stabbed told police that a man named Bob committed the crime.  Police located Bryant's home about a block away from where the stabbing occurred, and he was arrested. Police found a knife with a large blade at his home.  Police say Bryant told them the victim is an acquaintance of his and they got into a verbal argument that turned physical.  Bryant is currently being held at the Monroe County Jail without bond. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Orange County man was booked into Orange County jail this morning on sex charges involving multiple teenage co-workers.
27 year old Duran Dent, of West Baden was arrested on warrant for rape, a Level 3 felony, and sexual misconduct with a minor, a Level 4 felony. According to a Police report, on Feb. 11, Indiana State Police Master Trooper David Henderson was contacted by Orange County Department of Child Services saying two girls reported they were raped by the same man, according to a police report included in Orange County Circuit Court. Then on Feb. 15, Henderson interviewed Dent at the French Lick Police Department. After Henderson advised Dent of his Miranda rights and the reasons for speaking with him, the report stated, Dent denied the allegations and said he would take a polygraph test to prove it. Henderson was then contacted by Dent shortly before the polygraph date and was advised by him that his attorney advised him not to take to the polygraph. Dent has been arrested and convicted on numerous charges in the past, including battery resulting in bodily injury, resisting law enforcement and residential entry. A representative of Big Splash Adventure declined to comment on the arrest. Dent's rape charge is based on the alleged incident involving a 17-year-old girl, ,and the sexual misconduct charge is based on the alleged incident involving a 15-year-old girl.

Mitchell Police Department have arrested a Mitchell man after police accused him of keeping methamphetamine in his vehicle. 29-year-old Nathan J. Sizemore, Mitchell who also has an address listed in Hollywood, Fla., was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. At 10:17 p.m. Tuesday, a Mitchell Police officer pulled over Sizemore’s vehicle for a broken taillight. When the officer spoke to Sizemore, he reported he could smell burnt marijuana. The officer asked the man to step out of his vehicle, then police searched through the vehicle. In a console by the driver’s seat, police found a pipe and five straws with white powdery residue that field-tested positive for meth, Blair said. In addition, the police found a spoon white residue, which field-tested positive for meth, and a bottle containing marijuana seeds. Sizemore was booked into the Lawrence County jail. He posted a $755 cash bond Wednesday.

A Dubois County man was arrested Wednesday after police opened an investigation into two Jasper High School students receiving lewd images via FaceTime on their cellphones. 26 year old Weston Rust, of Jasper was taken in on a warrant for two Level 6 felony counts of dissemination of harmful matter to a minor. According to court documents, 0n April 19, 2017, the Jasper police officer who serves as the school’s resource officer was notified that two female students were receiving inappropriate images on their cellphones at Jasper High School. The victims, 14- and 15-year-old girls, had received multiple calls from the same number via FaceTime — a video phone call application — on their phones. During the FaceTime calls, the man later identified as Rust was naked. One of the victims said she was receiving calls from Rust about every five minutes and the other stated she received about 34 calls before blocking his number. The Jasper officer tracked the number down to a Trac Phone belonging to Rust. However, Rust reported to the Jasper Police Department the same day to turn himself in, according to the court document. During a subsequent interview conducted on April 26, Rust told police he had snorted about 5 grams of methamphetamine outside his girlfriend’s house the day of the incident. He told police he didn’t remember anything that happened that day and had lost his cellphone and shoes. He also stated he didn’t remember FaceTiming anyone and he didn’t know the female victims nor how he got their numbers. When police showed him screenshots of the FaceTime calls, Rust positively identified himself in the images, according to court documents. Rust was booked into the Dubois County Jail.

Wednesday, May 3d, 2017

The Annual Indiana State Police Memorial Service, is today at 11am at the Jasper State Police post.
  The ceremony is to honor those employees who have given their lives in service to the citizens of Indiana.     A total of 46 members of the Indiana State Police have died in the line of duty since the department’s inception in 1933.  For a complete listing of Indiana Troopers killed in the line of duty and a summary of their deaths, visit the Indiana State Police website at www.in.gov/isp and click on the “In Memoriam” link on the left side of the page.
The memorial service at the Jasper Post is the only service in the state that takes place in an “Old Post”.  The Jasper Post, opened in 1938, is the oldest home to a State Police district in Indiana.

Indiana Conservation Officers were contacted Sunday in regards to a bulldozer being stolen and submerged in a body of water within Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area near Linton.  The bulldozer belonged to the property and was being used in the construction of multiple new dams.  On Tuesday, the Indiana Conservation Officer Dive Team retrieved the bulldozer with the assistance of multiple heavy-duty wrecker trucks.  Indiana Conservation Officers are currently investigating the incident.   Forensic evidence was recovered at the scene.Anyone with any additional information on the case is encouraged to contact Indiana Conservation Officer's Central Dispatch at (812) 837-9536

 
A new law in Indiana will provide protections to anyone who rescues a pet trapped in a hot car. But good Samaritans may have to pay a hefty fee for their assistance.  Fox59 News reports that Governor Holcomb signed House Enrolled Act 1085 into law on Monday. This means that anyone who breaks into a hot car to rescue a domestic animal will have criminal immunity starting on July 1.  However, several conditions must first be met.  The good Samaritans must reasonably believe the animal is in imminent danger; they are required to notify law enforcement before breaking into the car; they can only use a reasonable amount of force to remove the animal; and they must stay with the animal at the scene until police arrive.  One thing rescuers aren't immune to is civil liability for vehicle damage. The law requires the rescuer to pay half of the cost to repair the car unless the vehicle owner agrees to pay for it all.. 

Tuesday, May 2d, 2017

The Indiana State Police investigation into the recovery of a body from Tipsaw Lake in Perry County Saturday evening continues.    An autopsy was conducted late Sunday evening .  The Perry County Coroner's Office could not confirm the identity of the deceased without DNA, dental, or fingerprint records, which means that no information would go out from us regarding any aspects of the identity.  Since Saturday though  State Police  investigators believe they have identified the deceased, and believe there was no foul play, as this is believed to be a suicide.    As is the long standing policy The Indiana State Police   do not provide details into a case of a suicide with no other additional crimes or circumstances.  This is such a case.

Last Thursday was the beginning of a two day counter-narcotics operation that led to the arrests of four Martin County residents.   With the assistance of the Loogootee Police Department and the Indiana State Police, surveillance was conducted during a series of controlled buys of methamphetamine.  As a result of the investigation, Martin County Prosecutor Mike Steiner requested, and by Judge Lynne Ellis of the Martin County Circuit Court, was granted two search warrants.   The warrants were executed, simultaneously, in Loogootee and Dover Hill, by the Sheriff's Office. As a result of the searches, meth and other evidence was collected to further substantiate the probable cause for their arrests.  The following are those arrested and their charges: ·         Karl Young Jr, 47, Loogootee, dealing meth, Level 5 felony; possession of meth, Level 6 felony ·         Mark Stone, 48, Loogootee, dealing meth, Level 5 felony; possession of meth, Level 6 felony ·         Timothy Witt, 48, Shoals, dealing meth, Level 5 felony, possession of meth, Level 6 felony ·         Angie Killion, 49, Loogootee, visiting a common nuisance, Class B misdemeanor

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 the Indiana State Police participated in the thirteenth nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA.) The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft.  Collection sites were set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to be turned in for destruction.  This program is intended for liquid and pill medications.  The Indiana State Police set up collections sites at every post (except the Toll Road.)  The Indianapolis post collected 88 pounds of medications between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.  Statewide the Indiana State Police collected a total of 1,245 pounds of unused or expired medication. Below is a list of each locations results for Friday and Saturday

Monday, May 1st, 2017

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Friday on a warrant after police searched her home.
According to Bedford Police Department report, on March 29, Bedford Police Department officers went to 512 M Street to assist Department of Child Services in a case. They then conducted a sweep of the home. In one room, officers found buspirone, gabapentin and naproxen, all legend drugs, and two spoons, with residue field-testing positive for meth on one spoon and the other testing positive for heroin, the affidavit stated. Police also found syringes and other paraphernalia. Arrested was 24 year old Britney Mikel who was wanted on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a legend drug, neglect of a dependent, maintaining a common nuisance and unlawful possession of a syringe. Also arrested was 49 year old Kristopher E. Ingle, who had police previously arrested. He was charged with possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. Officers accused Ingle of keeping digital scales, smoking device and a snort tube that field-tested positive for meth. Mikel was booked into the Lawrence County jail and posted a $755 cash bond. Ingle is at the jail with no bond set.

Four were injured in a one car accident Saturday in Lawrence County. According to a Lawrence County Police report, at around 12:01PM, 17 year old Damon Norman of Bedford was traveling west on Vinegar Hill Road and driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt on Vinegar Hill Road about 1,400 feet east of Tunnelton Road.. He told police that as he entered a curve, his brakes failed, causing him to run off the road and strike a tree on the south side of the road. Norman did not have a valid driver’s license. He left the scene, but was found later. Norman suffered scratches to his lower arm, but refused medical treatment. 15 year old Jazlynn Vanmeter of Bedford was a front-seat passenger suffered facial scratches and was taken to a hospital by private vehicle. Two other passengers in the vehicle also declined medical treatment. The airbag deployed during the crash. Vanmeter was wearing a seat belt, but Norman was unrestrained when the accident occurred.

Anyone that has experienced damage due to the flooding and storms that occurred over the weekend in Dubois County is asked to report it by calling 211 beginning Tuesday morning. According to D ubois County Emergency Management Director Tammy Humbert, they are conducting a preliminary damage assessment to determine the degree of damage which occurred to local homes and dwellings as a result of the heavy rains which occurred over the weekend. If your home suffered significant water damage as a result of those storms please contact 211 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EDT beginning Tuesday to report your damage. The information being gathered will be used to identify local areas in need, and will help determine whether assistance might become available from the State or Federal government.The Dubois County Emergency Management Agency also reminded the public that the county is still operating under a local disaster declaration. It is imperative that you do not drive through flooded roadways or drive through barricades. Please do not put yourselves or our local emergency responders at risk, department officials said. Jasper Police Department also reminded motorists that if they pass barricades, they will be cited.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

At approximately 9:26 pm yesterday evening, a 911 call came into the Washington County 911 center of two men injured on the side of the road on the Salem Bypass just west of State Road 60.
Officers from the Salem City Police along with deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to the location. When they arrived they discovered two male subjects on the side of the roadway that had been shot. There was no vehicle at the scene. Washington County E.M.S. arrived at the scene and one of the victims, 18 year old Marty Jay Patterson, III, from Louisville, KY. was transported to the St. Vincent Hospital in Salem, IN where he was pronounced dead. The other victim, 19 year old Delquan Edward Standard, from Louisville, KY was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY by air ambulance with life threatening injuries.Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators along with Indiana State Police Detectives processed the crime scene and know that at least one shooter left the crime scene. There are no suspects, but officers do not think the general public’s safety is at risk. Detectives are asking if anyone was on the Salem Bypass between State Road 60 and State Road 135 from 9:15 pm to 9:30 pm yesterday evening and saw any vehicles or people stopped along the roadside, to contact the Indiana State Police Post at 1-800-872-6743 or 812-246-5424. Callers can remain anonymous.

A Salem man was killed in a motorcycle crash Wednesday night.
According to a Washington County Sheriff's Department, the accident was reported after police received a 911 call at approximately 11:17 p.m. saying that a possible motor vehicle accident took place on Franklin School Road near the intersection of Garrison Hollow Road. At the scene, deputies located a Harley Davidson motorcycle upside down in a ditch off the east side of Franklin School Road. The driver of the motorcycle, 60-year-old Joseph Lackey of Salem, was pronounced dead at the scene. Evidence at the scene indicated that Lackey was traveling southbound on Franklin School Road when he failed to negotiate a curve. This failure caused his motorcycle to leave the east (left) side of the roadway and travel into a ditch, where the motorcycle then flipped.Other agencies responding included Washington County EMS, Franklin Twsp Fire Dept., and the Washington County Coroners Office. Deputy Lucas Gray is the investigating officer.


A man who fled the Dubois County Drug Court Office Tuesday morning was arrested after attempting to escape by entering the Patoka River. According to police, an employee from the Dubois County Drug Court office notified them of a subject who had fled the office on Brucke Strasse at about 11 a.m. The suspect was identified as 37-year-old Brett Gehlhausen, of Jasper. A deputy who responded to the area observed Gehlhausen on a riverbank of the Patoka River near South Newton Street in the area of part of Riverwalk Park. Gehlhausen continued to flee in the river. The water was about 3 to 4 feet deep. According to police, Gehlhausen hid for a short time in a large culvert under Clay Street. He eventually came out of the culvert and went back into the river. Another responding deputy entered the river and took Gehlhausen into custody as he continued to attempt to flee. Gehlhausen was arrested for resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemenor, and a hold for his drug court violation.

Monday, April 24th, 2017

An Orleans man is facing a charge of murder after a shooting at Bedford McDonald's. According to Bedford Police Department report, Around 1:19 a.m. Sunday, Bedford Police officers were called to the parking lot after a report of a physical fight. But before they arrived, they were notified that one male had been shot and the shooter had fled the scene. Officer arrived and found 25-year-old Justin Lampkins on the pavement outside of the drive-through. A witness standing at the corner of Plaza Drive South and 16th Street pointed in the direction of the fleeing vehicle that contained the shooter. Officers stopped the truck at Patrick Robbins Way and State Road 37 and there were five people in the vehicle. Four cooperated while, 22-year-old Evan Schaffer of Orleans resisted arrest.Police say the gun used in the shooting had been thrown into some weeds near where the truck pulled over. Lampkins, was taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital where he later died from his injuries. Schaffer is currently being held in the Lawrence County Jail on the charge of murder. The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released at a later time.

The 49 th Annual Dogwood Festival in Orleans has crowned their Royalty for the festival. They were crowned Saturday night as one of the opening events of the festival. Claire Hester was crowned 2017 Dogwood Queen Saturday in Orleans. 2017 Princesses are Victoria Albertson and Lexi Patterson. Crowned 2017 Jr. Miss Queen is Mackenzie Freed. 2017 Jr. Miss Princesses include Ella Marie McClellan and Allison McCabe. McClellan also took the titles of 2017 Crowd Favorite, Jr. Miss. Congeniality and 2017 Miss Fundraiser also went to Ella Marie McClellan.

Indiana University Police are investigating two attempted abductions on the Indiana University campus. The first abduction attempt took place around 12:10 a.m. on Sunday near Bart Kaufman Field and gate 11 of Memorial Stadium. Police say the female student was walking along State Road 45/46 Bypass near Bart Kaufman Field at 1873 N Fee Lane. The 20-year-old woman reported that a black male attempted to force her into his vehicle. He was reported to be approximately 6 feet tall wearing a dark gray T-shirt and dark pants while driving a black Toyota sedan.According to police, the vehicle pulled up behind her and the male asked her if she needed help. That's when he attempted to grab her. She was able to roll into a ditch and escape with a minor injury. The vehicle was last seen going eastbound on the bypass.The second abduction happened around 1 a.m. near gate 7 of Memorial Stadium.A 19-year-old female student reported that she was walking along the side path of Dunn Street when three men in an older black Jeep Cherokee pulled up to her and one of the men asked if she needed a ride. Police say she told the man 'no' and that is when one of the men got out of the car, hit her in the face, knocking her to the ground. The female was able to escape, but lost a tooth during the assault. The student told police one of the men, who was in his 20s, had dark hair and was wearing a purple sports jersey. No descriptions of the other two suspects were available.

Friday, April 21st, 2017

A man and a woman were arrested on State Road 37 after they were accused of keeping methamphetamine and syringes in a Jeep Wednesday morning.
According to a Lawrence County Police report, At 1:59 am., a Lawrence County Police Department officer was patrolling the Oolitic area. The officer noticed a maroon Jeep that didn’t use a signal while turning north on State Road 37. In addition, the officer reported the vehicle was weaving and had an expired license plate. The officer pulled over the vehicle at State Road 37 and Trogden Lane. Driving was 32 year old Demetrious Coleman, of Evansville and he had as a passenger 27 year old Andrea Brazzell, of Bedford. While talking to the driver, the officer observed Brazzell pull a jacket over her lap as if she were trying to hide something. The officer became concerned and suspicious, and asked Brazzell to remove the jacket so he could see her hands. The officer could see a clear baggie that contained some type of substance. As Coleman and Brazzell exited the vehicle, officers reported a clear baggie fell onto the ground. It contained a substance that tested positive for meth. Police also found Coleman had marijuana. After they were taken into custody, two more baggies of meth were found on Brazzell’s person. She then gave them to the officers. More drugs and paraphernalia were found in the Jeep during a search. Officers also discovered a loaded .45-caliber handgun tucked between the front passenger seat and console. Brazzell and Coleman were booked into the Lawrence County jail.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police teamed together to head up a drug investigation that put two Shoals residents behind bars this week. On Monday, Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents and Martin County Sheriff Travis Roush began a drug investigation in which they attempted to catch a Shoals man dealing methamphetamine.   Roush and Lents organized a controlled buy in which they utilized resources to attempt to purchase drugs from 32-year-old Brandon S. Stone of Shoals.During the attempting drug deal, police said, Stone did not complete the transaction but it was established he would have methamphetamine to finish the deal later in the evening.   With the recorded conversations, preliminary charges were filed against Stone for conspiring to deal methamphetamine. Since Stone was actively on probation for possessing methamphetamine, a probation search order was issued by the Martin County Circuit Court.   Roush, Lents, and other Martin County deputies arrested Stone and searched his home. Police allege marijuana, a Schedule IV controlled substance and Stone’s two small children were found in the residence. 41 year old Stacy Stone, was additionally placed into custody and charged with multiple preliminary drug charges and for allegedly neglecting the children.   The children were placed into the care of the Department of Child Services. Both subjects were transported to the Martin County Jail without incident.

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Monday after police accused her of keeping methamphetamine and marijuana in her vehicle. According to a Bedford Police Department report, on Monday night at 11:11 p.m., Bedford Police Department officers were patrolling 16th Street near Brian Lane Way. Police then noticed a Nissan with expired plates. Officers pulled over the vehicle, and 22 year old Keely M. Keefe of Bedford, was identified as the driver. A police dog was outside the vehicle, and alerted to possible drugs inside. Police found multiple items on the passenger side floorboard and inside a compartment on the passenger side. A substance inside a clear, plastic baggie field-tested positive for meth. In addition, a smoking pipe was found with residue that field-tested positive for marijuana. Keefe was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction and booked into the Lawrence County jail.

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Indiana. They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout the region in June 2017. American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. American Pickers is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST or on facebook @GotAPick.

Police in Jasper have arrested Dubois County man for allegedly using a Texas man’s identity to gain employment. Police arrested Juan Manuel Soni Mendoza, of Jasper Wednesday. Police received the information about the man using the Texas man’s name, birthday and social security number to gain employment. Police identified and located Mendoza at his place of employment and took him into custody at about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. They located numerous forms of identification determined to be false and two bank credit cards issued to the fraudulent name on Mendoza when he was taken into custody. Mendoza faces preliminary Level 6 felony charges of identity deception, synthetic identity deception and fraud and was booked into the Dubois County Jail.

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Orange County property tax statements have been mailed, with a Spring  Installment due on  May 10th and  Fall Installment due November 13th this year.  Properties that owe three or more installments will be certified for the annual Deliquent Property Tax Sale.  Following  the Delinquent certification,  a property’s taxes must be paid up to date, to remove the property from the Tax Sale List.  Any questions should be directected to the County Assessor’s Office.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police teamed together to head up a drug investigation that put two Shoals residents behind bars.  On Monday, April 17th, Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents and Martin County Sheriff Travis Roush began a drug investigation in which they attempted to catch a Shoals man dealing methamphetamine.  Roush and Lents organized a controlled buy in which they utilized resources to attempt to purchase drugs from 32 year old Brandon Stone of Shoals.   During the drug deal, Stone was not able to complete the transaction but would have methamphetamine to finish the deal  later in the evening.  With the recorded conversations, charges were filed against Stone for conspiring to deal methamphetamine.  Since Stone was actively on probation for possessing methamphetamine, a probation search order was issued by the Martin County Circuit Court.  Roush, Lents, and other Martin County deputies arrested Stone and searched the home.  Marijuana, a Schedule IV controlled substance, and Stone’s two small children were found in the residence.  Stacy Stone, 41, was additionally placed into custody and charged with multiple drug charges and for neglecting the children.  The children were placed into the care of the Department of Child Services.   Both Brandon and Stacy were transported to the Martin County Jail without incident.   Sheriff Roush and Senior Trooper Lents ask that Martin County residents with information about drug or suspicious activity continue to help law enforcement. 

The best place to live in the US is Carmel, Indiana.  Ranked number one on Niche.com’s 2017 best places to live in America list.  The list compiled of ratings of crime, public schools, cost of living, job chances, and local amenities.  With 85,000 residents, a median household income of $106, 443, and 88% of residents with a college degree.  Carmel received an A+

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

A Bedford woman was killed in a house fire early this morning.   Firefighters with the Bedford Fire Department were called to a home on R Street at 2:19 a.m. to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the home.   Firefighters from all three departments responded after a report of someone trapped inside. The individual that reported the fire was inside the home at the time of the call but was able to get out unharmed.  Firefighters quickly extinghished the blaze and entering the burning home within minutes in order to attempt to rescue the elderly woman that was still trapped inside. Two dogs were also found dead in the home.  Firefighters discovered that the elderly woman was expired .  Her name is not being released pending notification of other family members.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A sleepy driver drove  into the side of a residence in Ferdinand in Dubois County this morning.   36 year old Shaun Gentry,  of Ferdinand, was driving a 94 GMC Sonoma just past midnight Main Street when the vehicle left the roadway  at the 18th Street intersection striking  the Ferdinand Community Center sign, a stop sign, street sign and then the side of the house at 1730 Main Street before stopping.   Police said Gentry received significant injuries and was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center after being taken to Memorial Hospital.  The home sustained considerable damage to the foundation and a gas meter was struck causing a gas leak.  The crash closed Main Street for about two hours.

A Huntingburg resident was arrested after allegedly making threats to blow up the county courthouse Monday.  According to an article in the Dubois County Free Press, On Monday,   Jasper Police received a report that 38 year old Kieth E. Markle Jr was on the front lawn of the Dubois County Courthouse acting aggressively towards people and threatening to blow up the courthouse.  At about 10:58 p.m., officers observed Markle driving a vehicle and took him into custody.  Markle was charged with a level 6 felony count of intimidation and a class A misdemeanor count of driving while suspended with a prior. Police booked Markle into the Dubois County Security Center.

Monday, April 17th, 2017

A two-vehicle accident Sunday in Beford injured one.
According to a Bedford Police Department report, at around 12:19PM, 72 year old Larry Martin of Mitchell was traveling south on State Road 37 at Patrick Robbins Way intersection and in the right lane driving a 2006 Nissan Titan. He was traveling behind a 2007 Dodge Nitro driven by 63 year old Robert Meehan, of French Lick. The report states the light turned green, and Meehan started to move forward. Martin said he looked down for a second and then struck Meehan’s vehicle. Martin complained of neck pain and he was treated at the scene. Both Martin and Meehan were wearing seat belts.

Five people were arrested on drug charges at Holiday Inn Express after Bedford Police Department officers conducted a search warrant Saturday. According to a Bedford Police Department report, at 10:28 p.m. Saturday, Bedford Police received information that a group of people in a room at Holiday Inn Express, 2800 Express Lane, appeared to be involved in drug activity. When officers arrived, 21 year old Shanice McIntosh, of Bedford answered the door and allowed police into the room. Police then discovered that 29 year old Richard Jamison of Bedford had meth. Officers located a zipper pouch containing digital scales and a baggie containing a white crystal substance. The substance field tested positive for meth and a police dog also alerted officers to the possibility of drugs in vehicles in the parking lot. Police were able to obtain a search warrant for a maroon Buick Century, black Ford Focus and a silver Suzuki.During a search of the vehicles and the people, police found meth, syringes and paraphernalia with residue that tested positive for meth. All five people 26 year old Matthew Johnson,of Mitchell, 33 year old Andrew Rankin, of Mitchell, 27 year old Joshua Davis, of East Oolitic and Johnson and Jamison were booked into the Lawrence County jail.

A Dubois County man is now facing several charges including a felony count of possessing methamphetamine after he was found passed out and slumped over a bench at the Hometown IGA store early Saturday morning. According to a Huntingburg Police report, Police found 33 year old Lance Camplin of Huntingburg, passed out on a bench at Hometown IGA and tried several times waking him by shouting his name and shaking him. An open bill bottle was found on the bench and a small plastic bag with what police describe was a white crystal substance was found in the palm of Camplin’s hand. The substance later field tested postitive for methamphetamine. Police say Camplin appeared confused when he finally woke up and he was advised several times to stand up and place his hands behind his back. While handcuffing Camplin, several small red pills fell to the ground and a marijuana smoking pipe was found in Camplin’s pocket during a pat-down. Officers also found Camplin with a small jewelry box  and it was later learned that the several rings found inside the box were stolen. Camplin was charged with a preliminary Level 6 felony count of Possession of Methamphetamine, along with misdemeanor counts of Illegal possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia and Theft.

Friday, April 14th, 2018

Two Lawrence County residents were arrested at Hoosier Hills Credit Union last week after they were accused of attempting to cash money orders that didn’t belong to them. According to a Bedford Police Department report, At 2:33 p.m. last Wednesday April 5, Bedford Police Department dispatchers received a call from Hoosier Hills Credit Union, at 630 Lincoln Ave., stating 25 year old Tieann Cain of Bedford was trying to cash two money orders that were not hers. When officers arrived, they asked to speak with her in an office, along with bank officials. At the time, she was speaking on a phone with a man who was outside the bank. Officers then escorted that gentleman inside, he was identified as 30 year old Roger King of Williams. Cain and King said they found the money orders and tried to cash them. However, another call to the woman who purchased the orders revealed a different story. It was determined that the money orders were taken out of an office area, in the 2600 block of Sanders Lane, where the victim lived. She determined Mr. King, allegedly, entered that office area and took the money orders. Cain is charged with forgery and theft and Williams, is charged with burglary and theft. King and Cain were then booked into the Lawrence County jail.

The Patoka River bridge construction was the scene of a four-vehicle crash Thursday that sent one person to the hospital and destroyed three vehicles. According to police, Victoria Ridener, of Dale, was southbound on U.S. 231 at about 10:20 a.m. when her attention was diverted from the roadway for a short time. She failed to notice traffic was stopped for the temporary traffic signal in place at the sight of the construction. She was unable to stop in time and the 2017 Ford Escape she was driving crashed into a stopped 2005 Chevrolet Express operated by Whitney Kuhn, of Huntingburg. The impact caused a chain reaction of impacts when the Chevrolet was pushed into a 2004 Suzuki XL7 driven by Dustin Cooper of Huntingburg and it was subsequently pushed into a 2007 Jeep Liberty Sport driven by Dorothy Johnson of Dubois. Ridener was taken to Memorial Hospital for complaint of pain to her left arm and side. Kuhn received treatment at the scene for complaint of pain to her left side and arm as well but was not transported to the hospital. The other drivers did not complain of any injuries at the time. Police estimated that Ridener’s, Kuhn’s and Cooper’s vehicles were total losses and were towed from the scene by Uebelhor and Sons. Johnson’s vehicle received minimal damage according to police and was driven from the scene. Jasper Police Department, Huntingburg Police Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Uebelhor & Sons assisted at the scene and with traffic control. Work on U.S. 231 is estimated to be ongoing until mid-October.

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

A Lawrence County man and woman were arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop on State Road 37 last week.
According to a Mitchell Police Report, At 8:30 p.m. last Thursday, a Mitchell Police Department officer pulled over a vehicle for driving left of the center line and seat belt violations. The occupants were 38 year old Elizabeth Kean, also known as Beth Holt of Bedford, who was the driver, and 43 year old William Scherschel of Mitchell. Police found a crystal substance in a plastic baggie under Scherschel’s seat, as well as a leafy substance. The substances field-tested positive as meth and marijuana. A glass pipe and a syringe were also found. In addition, a search of Kean’s purse revealed used syringes. Also found was a loaded needle on her person. Scherschel is charged with possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Kean was charged with unlawful possession of a syringe. Scherschel and Kean were booked into the Lawrence County Jail

A Lawrence County woman was arrested after she wandered into another person’s home while carrying methamphetamine Wednesday morning. According to a Mitchell Police Report, At 2:13 a.m., a woman reported an intoxicated woman, whom she did not know, came into her home in the 200 block of North Sixth Street. A Mitchell Police Department officer responded. When the officer talked to the woman, identified as 27 year old Kyle Laws of Mitchell, she appeared to be intoxicated and thought she was at a different person’s home. Police found drugs on Laws, including meth, during a search. Laws was charged with possession of meth, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule V controlled substance and residential entry and was booked into the Lawrence County Jail.

A Crawford County woman is facing local charges connected to thefts that saw a rural Birdseye man taken into custody last week in Texas. 22 year old Amber Tucker, of Taswell, was charged in a Dubois Circuit Court warrant issued Thursday with a Level 5 felony count of burglary and Level 6 felony counts of theft and attempted auto theft. She turned herself in to Dubois County authorities Monday morning, made an initial court appearance and posted bond that morning. According to court documents, the case against Tucker dates to March 28 when the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department received a report that a man the witness would later identify as 34 year old Dennis “Denny” Burgdorf, whose last known address was in Birdseye, was attempting to steal a classic car from a farm in the Celestine area. The witness said a woman was with Burgdorf. Authorities allege that woman was Tucker.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

On Sunday, March 26, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter promoted Detective Craig Starr as a Trooper Detective to serve the Special Investigations Section, Organized Crime and Corruption Unit.  Starr is a native of Orange County and a 2003 graduate of Paoli High School.  After high school, Starr attended Indiana University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs in 2006. Starr graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy as a member of the 67th Academy in 2007.  He was assigned to the Jasper District, where he patrolled Crawford and Orange Counties.  In November 2014, Starr was promoted to district detective, investigating cases in Daviess, Martin, and Orange Counties.  As a member of the Indiana State Police, Starr has served as a Field Training Officer, is certified to perform truck inspections under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) and is a School Safety Specialist, serving the department as an Unarmed Response to an Active Shooter Event (URASE) presenter.  Starr has also completed the basic and advanced Reid Interrogation Courses.  Detective Starr and his wife Jessica reside in Orange County

A 17-year-old boy is facing attempted murder charges after he pulled a gun on a Monroe County Sheriff's deputy and pulled the trigger.  Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain says that the magazine of bullets had fallen out of the gun during the foot chase so the gun did not fire.  Monday night's incident started during a traffic stop of a moped just before 9 p.m. on South Walnut Street and Winslow Road. The officer stopped the vehicle because the driver didn't have his lights turned on.   Deputy Landon Reynolds noticed the moped had been hot-wired and that he told the juvenile driver and passenger that they would be detained while he investigated the possibility the moped had been stolen.   The teenage driver then fled on foot through woods and along the B-Line Trail. Several sheriff's deputies and Bloomington Police Department officers searched for the teen. Deputy Jeff Brown found the teen leaning against a tree and ordered him to stop. He ran again, and was seen running into an area of tall weeds near the old CSX rail corridor.  Brown saw a silver handgun in the teen's hand, and he alerted the other officers involved in the pursuit, Sheriff Swain says.  Officers formed a skirmish line and found the teen lying in the tall weeds. He did not respond to commands and was dragged out and handcuffed.  The teen was wearing body armor and had ammunition in his pockets. He told police he threw the handgun in the woods during the chase. Officers recovered the weapon a short time later.  The teen told police that during the chase he aimed the gun at the chest of the deputy who found him in the woods (Deputy Brown) and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not go off. The teen told police the magazine had fallen out of the gun during the chase and says that is why it didn't fire.  The teenager, who was possibly on drugs, was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for a blood draw and then transported to a juvenile detention Center.  The Monroe County Prosecutor's office officials reported they are waiting on a probable cause affidavit to be filed before deciding on if the teen will be charged as an adult. 

Monday, April 10th, 2017

A motorcyclist was ejected from his vehicle and hurt in an accident Sunday at 16th and N streets.
According to Bedford Police Department report, at around 10:17 p.m., 36 year old Ryan Baker, of Bedford was driving a 2011 Tao class B motorcycle east on 16th Street. At the same time, 45 year old Joshua Moore, of Bedford was driving a 2017 Honda Accord west on 16th Street. He was making a left turn onto N Street and turned in front of Baker. Moore told police he didn’t see the headlight on Baker’s motorcycle until it was too late. Baker, who was not wearing a helmet, complained of pain to his hip area and was taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

A Washington County man is in jail after a two-hour standoff with police surrounding his house after he fled a traffic stop earlier in the morning. According to police 34-year-old Russell Vickers of Salem fled the traffic stop and evaded officers to his home in Salem. Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team, and the Indiana State Police hostage negotiator, arrived on scene at   04:20 am. At   06:54 am, Vickers exited his residence and was taken in to custody by Indiana State Police ERT. 

Police arrested a Crawford County man after he allegedly threatened to blow up a local company over the weekend. According to the Jasper Police Department, they received a report from Klem Hospitality, 305 E. 12th St., Jasper, that 24 year old Cody Smith, of English, had made threats to blow up the building where he worked. Police spoke to employees at the plant during the investigation and were told that on Saturday, April 8, Smith allegedly said he was going to “blow the place up.” The employees told police they perceived the statements as threatening and caused them to fear for their safety. They also told police they believed Smith was capable of carrying out the act he threatened. Smith was arrested at 10:45 a.m. Monday on a count of intimidation and booked into the Dubois County Jail. He is being held on a cash bond.

Friday, April 7th, 2017

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for dealing heroin.
25 year old Alexis Henry, of Bedford, was charged with dealing a narcotic drug and possession of a narcotic drug. According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit, Bedford Police Department and Lawrence County Police Department officers learned from a confidential informant that Henry was going to acquire heroin in February. On multiple occasions, the confidential informant met with Henry to purchase heroin. Each time, the informant received a rock substance that field-tested positive for the drug. More than 5 grams of heroin was purchased altogether. Henry was booked into the Lawrence County jail Wednesday at 11:21 a.m. with her bond set at $50,000 surety or $5,005 cash.

A rural Birdseye man wanted for questioning in a series of recent thefts, including the taking of multiple vehicles, was captured Wednesday in a southern Texas county bordering Mexico. 34 year old Dennis “Denny” Burgdorf, whose last known address was 8420 W. Sinclair Road, Birdseye, was taken into custody about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hidalgo County, Texas, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. Burgdorf was located and apprehended with the assistance of the Indiana State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service. He was taken to the Hidalgo County Jail and is awaiting extradition proceedings, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. During the weekend, the sheriff’s department reported that Burgdorf is currently wanted for failing to appear March 27 in Dubois Superior Court for a pending narcotics case. He is also wanted for questioning in reference to multiple thefts and vehicle thefts that have occurred in Dubois County — particularly eastern Dubois County and other surrounding counties over the course of the last week. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies are reportedly working multiple cases in which Burgdorf is a suspect, according to authorities. Those agencies report recovering multiple vehicles that had been stolen; however, the sheriff’s department said today that still missing is a red 2004 Ford F-450 dually truck with a utility bed and a license place bearing the number TK973LGT. Local law enforcement had been asking anyone with information as to Burgdorf’s current whereabouts to contact them. Details on how law enforcement located Burgdorf in Texas were not immediately released.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department has released the results of the 2017 dangerous and impaired driving enforcement campaign held in March. During the 24-day enforcement blitz, 10 tickets were written, 57 warnings with 40 for speeding, and 4 arrests — on for operating while intoxicated, two for possession of marijuana and one for driving while suspended — were made in the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department’s area of coverage. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on alcohol-related driving fatality occurred every 53 minutes in 2015. Annually, more than 10,000 people die on U.S. roadways due to intoxicated driving. The increased enforcement during March is a statewide effort supported by federal highway safety funding. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute distributes funding to more than 250 participating Indiana law enforcement agencies.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

A Lawrence County man has been arrested after police executed a search warrant at a home on Dale Street Friday. According to a Police Report, On Friday at 7:45 p.m., Mitchell Police Department officers served a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Dale Street. During the search, pipes and syringes were found. In addition, police found a baggie containing meth. Drug residue was found on the pipes. The residue and the substance in the baggie field-tested positive for meth. Arrested was 53 year old Malcolm Linton of Mitchell. He was booked into the Lawrence County jail. As of this morning, he was still at the jail with his bond set at $7,500 surety and $755 cash.

Four people complained of pain after a two-vehicle accident Monday. According to a Police Report, at around 11:53PM, 20 year old Tyler Mathews of Tunnelton was driving a 1999 Chevrolet and was traveling east on U.S. 50 East at a slow rate. 39 year old Matthew Crane of Bedford was also traveling east on U.S. 50 East behind Mathews and was driving a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup truck. Crane said he came over a hill just west of the scene and noticed that Mathews was moving at a low speed. Crane said Mathews’ brake lights were not activated and that it was a passing zone and he decided to pass the Mathews vehicle. As Crane was passing he saw Mathews’ brake lights come on and Mathews began turning left. Crane’s vehicle then struck the driver’s side of the Mathews vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest in a ditch. Mathews suffered pain in his hip and upper leg and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. His front-seat passenger, 19-year-old Bailey Bugh of Bedford complained of head pain and also was transported from the scene by ambulance. 25 year old 25 year old James Bugh, of Tunnelton, a passenger in the backseat, complained of pain in his shoulder and upper arm. Another backseat passenger, 18 year old Makatelynn Webb, complained of pain throughout her entire body. The two were taken to a hospital by private vehicle. Crane the 2 nd driver was not injured. Mathews was cited for driving with a suspended license, an infraction and false and fictitious registration. He consented to a chemical blood draw and results were pending at the time the accident report was prepared. All of those involved in the crash were wearing seat belts.

A Spencer County man was arrested for child exploitation after an FBI investigation. 40 year old Randall Allen, Jr., of Santa Claus was arrested on March 29, 2017, on one count of Level 5 felony child exploitation. Task Force Officer Bryan R. Brown of the FBI began an investigation of Allen in August 2015 concerning a report that Allen had transmitted images of child pornography to another individual through a website called Adult Friend Finder. The Indiana State Police later assisted the FBI with analyzing computer evidence and locating the alleged images of child pornography. The Spencer County Prosecutor’s Office filed one criminal count of child exploitation against Allen with a request for an arrest warrant on March 27 alleging that Allen knowingly or intentionally disseminated ten images of child pornography to another person. Allen was served with the warrant and taken into custody on March 29. Allen is presently being held in the Spencer County Law Enforcement Center on bond of $40,000 surety or $4,000 cash. According to Prosecuting Attorney, Dan Wilkinson, Allen faces anywhere from one to six years at the Indiana Department of Correction on the charge, if convicted. Allen appeared by closed-circuit video for an initial hearing in the Spencer Circuit Court on Thursday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. where he was appointed a public defender and his next court appearance was set for May 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Scattered to numerous storms are likely this afternoon and evening as a cold front approaches the region.
Some of these storms will become quite vigorous with severe weather likely between 4 to 11 PM EDT.  Damaging winds, large to very large hail, and a few tornadoes are all possible.   Cold onditions will return to the area behind the strong cold front. As a result, light snow may mix in with rain showers Friday morning. Temperatures will fall close to the freezing mark Saturday morning with frost or a freeze possible

51 year old David R. Deel, of rural Orange County was sentenced Monday by Orange Circuit Court Judge Own to a total of 50 years in the Indiana Dept of Corrections.  30 years for dealing in methamphetamine, and 20 years for being a habitual offender.  Even if Deel earns good-time credit, he would have to serve 75% of the sentence or 37 ½ years.  Deel was convicted in March by a three day Jury trial. 

Ron Logan admitted to a Carroll County judge that he violated probation by driving to a county dumpsite on the day two young Delphi girls were murdered on his land.  Investigators told FOX59 that Logan's unauthorized road trip on February 13, the day Liberty Germany and Abigail Williams disappeared, happened hours before the two girls were dropped off at a hiking trail east of town.  Logan is not considered a suspect in the killings 

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is attempting to locate a person suspected to have been involved in multiple thefts, including vehicle thefts, that have occurred in Dubois County and surrounding counties.    Police are seeking 34-year-old Dennis “Denny” A Burgdorf, last known address of 8420 W Sinclair Rd., Birdseye. He is described as being about five feet ten inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds with black hair normally cut short. He has numerous tattoos including one that says “Kelsey” on the right side of his neck.He is currently wanted for failing to appear in Dubois Superior County on March 27 for a pending narcotics arrest. He is also wanted for questioning about multiple thefts and vehicle thefts that have occurred in Dubois County, particularly eastern Dubois County and other surrounding counties over the course of the past week.  The Dubois County Sheriffs Department, Indiana State Police, Crawford County Sheriffs Department and other agencies have been working multiple cases in which Burgdorf is a suspect.  They have recovered multiple vehicles that have been stolen. However, a Red 2004 Ford F-450 dually truck with a utility bed and a with Indiana truck plate  TK973LGT is still missing.  Anyone with information as to Burgdorf’s current whereabouts should contact their local law enforcement agency.  All callers can be kept confidential

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) receives wage reports and new hire data from Hoosier employers documenting who is employed and receiving compensation.   The agency's unemployment insurance fraud investigation taskforce examines claims of individuals who intentionally provide false, misreported or unreported information in order to fraudulently claim benefits. As a result of the taskforce's investigations, local courts found these individuals guilty of unemployment insurance fraud across Indiana.  As a result,  38 have been convicted recenty of unemployment insurance fraud.  Since last June, more than $750,000 must be repaid to DWD as restitution for fraudulently claiming unemployment insurance benefits.  Throughout the past three years, DWD has increased its efforts to identify and prosecute individuals who committed unemployment insurance fraud.

The Daviess County Commissioners have agreed to buy five sets of rubber horseshoes as an experiment.   Officials are looking for ways to deter road damage caused by traditional horseshoes in the county's Amish traffic areas.  Daviess County Highway Supervisor Phil Cornelius says the idea did not get a ringing endorsement from the Amish Community at an annual safety meeting. He told the Washington Times Herald that the response to the idea felt vague and some felt only two sets would be needed and not five.  Because they are on back order, Daviess County officials say the rubber shoes won't be arriving until August. Still, they believe correcting the problem of the horses damaging the roads is preferable to raising the cost of buggy licenses. Officials say last year the licenses generated $122,000. That amount is not considered nearly enough to cover the road repairs for horse damage

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

According to a Times Mail newspaper article, a Perry Township firefighter has filed a lawsuit against the department. Duane Connaughton has filed a complaint that was filed by attorneys Brett E. Nelson and Fernando L. Diaz of Indianapolis, seeking damages for arson, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, negligence, gross negligence, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligence per se and other violations of state law. The lawsuit is against Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department; Max Peters, the chief of the fire department; Adam Selbee, who is charged with burning Connaughton's home and who is Peters' grandson; and the township trustee. The damages that Connaughton is seeking relief for total $44,612 and continue to accrue because of ongoing emotional distress and because Connaughton now has to rent a home. Bob Phillips, Perry Township trustee, said he plans to get in touch with the township's attorney. Connaughton was in the process of remodeling his modular home at 263 Cobb Lane and living in Bedford when it was set on fire on September 6 th of last year. Adam Selbee, who is facing four counts of arson and three counts of criminal mischief, is set to appear in court for a change of plea hearing at 1 p.m. April 20. He will be in Lawrence Superior Court II with Judge William Sleva presiding.

Dubois County Sheriffs deputies arrested a Dubois County man Saturday and who allegedly stole a motorcycle and a pair of chaps from a Birdseye property. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department was called at 4:41 p.m. Saturday to the report of a door kicked in in the 3300 block of South Harts Gravel Road. Deputies were then told a 1982 Kawasaki 440CC motorcycle and the chaps had been taken from a building on the property. The property owner had a video camera that allegedly showed a suspect identified as 30 year old Dustin Cunningham, of Sulphur, opening a building. The theft was alleged to have occurred Friday morning. When the sheriff’s department made contact with Cunningham later Saturday in Sulphur, he was allegedly wearing the chaps that had been reported stolen. Authorities booked Cunningham into the Dubois County Jail at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on a preliminary Level 5 felony count of burglary and a preliminary Level 6 felony count of theft.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

A Mitchell woman has died after an accident near Spring Mill State Park.  The accident occurred around 11 a.m., Tuesday on Hwy 60 near the Dairy Bell and VFW Road.    74-year-old Helen Houser, of 2449 Stonington Rd., was traveling west on 60 East, while 60-year-old Kirk Kalb, of Salem was traveling east on 60.  Kalb told police that Houser's 2014 Jeep Compass began drifting left of center.   Kalb told police he pulled his 1999 International tractor-trailer to the edge of the road as far as he could. But Houser's vehicle continued to cross left of center directly into the path of Kalb's semi resulting in a head- on crash   Firefighters from Marion Volunteer Fire Department and Bedford Extrication Unit used 2 air bags to lift the vehicle and remove Houser from the vehicle, however she died at the scene   The semi driver, Kalb,  refused medical attention.  Officials said the semi had leaked a substantial amount of diesel fuel.  Two AMR ambulances, Mitchell Volunteer Fire Departments and Bedford Police Department and Lawrence County Emergency Management and Coroner Rob Herr also responded to the scene

Indiana Conservation Officers and other rescue personnel on Tuesday afternoon recovered the body of a  juvenile who died at Clifty Falls State Park Tuesday.  The victim had apparently slipped over one of the park's steep waterfalls.  The body was recovered near Hoffman Falls, where the accident occurred.   Police have not identified the juvenile.   Indiana Conservation Officers responded to the emergency call at noon Tuesday. Police say two juveniles were hiking off the designated trail near Hoffman Falls when one slipped into the moving water and went over the edge.  No foul play is suspected at this time.   Clifty Falls State Park is a unique DNR property on the Ohio River near Madison. Its notable rugged features include steep canyon walls, ravines, and several waterfalls.  The DNR encourages park visitors to adhere to park trails for the protection of the park and their own safety.

How healthy is your county?  County Health Rankings.org has ranked all of Indiana’s 92 counties based on overall health, which includes factors like birth rate, death rate, obesity, health behaviors and physical environment among other things.  Hamilton county tops the list as being healtiest.  At the bottom , listed as most unhealthy is Scott County with a high rate of STD’s and a high premature death rate

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

During the early morning hours of Friday, Martin County Sheriff's Office investigation lead to the arrest of 8 individuals and more than 13 grams of meth taken off the streets.  With the assistance of the Martin County Prosecutor's office, Loogootee and Shoals Police Department and Indiana State Police two separate search warrants were served.  Police arrested:  Timothy E. Ervin, 40, Breanna L. Ervin, 18, Jackie Edmondson, 41, Johnathan W. Dant, 38, all of Loogootee, and 25 year old Jordan Spires of Odon , all arrested on various drug charges
A subsequent investigation led the Sheriff's Office to a Emmons Ridge Road where officers served a search warrant. 
Police arrested:  Richard Bolen, 48, of French Lick, on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. He was also wanted on a warrant out of Clark County on meth charges.  Kimberly K. Dobson, 34, of French Lick, on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance and Steve L. Lewis, 57, of French Lick on charges of visiting a common nuisance.

With one in three Hoosiers at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is encouraging residents to take a prediabetes risk assessment as part of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Alert Day, today,  on March 28,   People with prediabetes have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. An estimated 86 million adults nationwide have prediabetes, including a third of Indiana adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 90 percent of these individuals don’t know their status.  People who are overweight or obese, have a family history of diabetes or are physically inactive, as well as individuals with certain racial and ethnic backgrounds, are at a greater risk. The risk increases with age. Individuals with prediabetes can lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by:
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Eating a healthy diet
• Becoming more physically active
• Seeing a physician and checking blood glucose levels regularly
• Joining a Diabetes Prevention Program

On Sunday, April 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the American Red Cross, Indiana University Health-Paoli and the Paoli Fire Department will partner once again for the Home Fire Campaign to create resilient communities.  The Home Fire Campaign aims to install free smoke alarms with a long-term goal of the Home Fire Campaign is to reduce death and injury caused by home fires by 25 percent by 2019. Home fires are a reminder of how important having a working smoke alarm in your home can do to save a life.   Red Cross volunteers will canvass the community of Paoli installing smoke alarms and providing emergency escape plans and fire safety information.  
If you are looking to volunteer, please contact Maria Carrasquillo at 812- 447-5055.  The Red Cross responds to over 60,000 disasters every year and the vast majority of those are home fires. On an average day, seven people die from home fires. The Red Cross recommends checking your smoke alarm monthly and practice how to escape your home in less than two minutes in the event of a fire.

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The Martin County Sheriff’s Department made eight arrests and seized more than 13 grams of methamphetamine during an early-morning warrant service in Loogootee last Friday. In the early morning hours of Friday, the Martin County Sheriff’s Department and officers with the Loogootee Police Department, Shoals Town Marshal, and Indiana State Police, served two separate search warrants requested by the Martin County Prosecutor’s Office and issued by the Martin County Circuit Court. The warrants resulted in the following arrests: 40 year old Timothy E. Ervin, of Loogootee, was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and neglect of a dependent. 18 year old Breanna L. Ervin, of Loogootee, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. 41 year old Jackie Edmondson, of Loogootee, was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a common nuisance. 38 year old Jonathan W. Dant, of Loogootee, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance. 25 year old Jordan E. Sipes, of Odon, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana.

A Lawrence County man was arrested for having methamphetamine by the Mitchell Police Department Sunday. 30 year old Andrew Lawler, of Mitchell, was arrested and charged with possession of meth. He also was issued citations for disregarding a stop sign and driving with a suspended license. The incident occurred just before 7:08 p.m. when an officer noticed Lawler run a stop sign on Dixie Highway. The officer pulled him over and found out he had a suspended license. When the officer took inventory of the vehicle, he found a baggie with a crystal substance that tested positive for meth. Lawler was transported to the Lawrence County Jail a short time later.

A Lawrence County man was injured in a one-vehicle accident and taken to a Bedford area hospital Sunday night. According to police reports, at around 9:23PM 54 year old Thomas Bertolino, of Bedford was driving a 2004 GMC Sierra north on State Road 37 near Art Gallery Road about. He drove off the right side of the road, through a grassy area and into a wooded area. The pickup truck then continued about 300 feet through a wooded area before it came to a stop against a tree. Bertolino, suffered an abrasion to his face and was taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment.

Dubois County Sheriffs deputies arrested a Dubois County man Saturday and who allegedly stole a motorcycle and a pair of chaps from a Birdseye property. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department was called at 4:41 p.m. Saturday to the report of a door kicked in in the 3300 block of South Harts Gravel Road. Deputies were then told a 1982 Kawasaki 440CC motorcycle and the chaps had been taken from a building on the property. The property owner had a video camera that allegedly showed a suspect identified as 30 year old Dustin Cunningham, of Sulphur, opening a building. The theft was alleged to have occurred Friday morning. When the sheriff’s department made contact with Cunningham later Saturday in Sulphur, he was allegedly wearing the chaps that had been reported stolen. Authorities booked Cunningham into the Dubois County Jail at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on a preliminary Level 5 felony count of burglary and a preliminary Level 6 felony count of theft.

Friday, March 24th, 2017

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft after police were called to JayC Plus in Bedford. According to police reports, Bedford Police received a call at 5:39 p.m. Wednesday from the store’s loss and prevention personnel who said they wanted to file charges against an employee. When police arrived, store personnel provided paperwork showing that 51 year old employee Angie Conn of Bedford , had apparently been taking money from the register, wadding it up, dropping it in the trash can and then when she emptied the trash can, taking the money and pocketing it. Conn was arrested by the Bedford Police Department and was booked into the Lawrence County Jail at 6:57 p.m and was released from jail later on Wednesday after posting bond of $505.

Indiana conservation officers are reporting that a 14-year-old boy has died as a result of injuries sustained in an ATV accident Tuesday. Officers report 14 year old Caleb Poehlein, , of Winslow lost control of his ATV and hit a small ditch Tuesday afternoon. They say his ATV went airborne, hit a tree and landed upside down. Police say Poehlein had just passed another ATV operated by a 15-year-old Winslow boy when he lost control. The other boy was a witness to the accident, but was not involved or injured, police report. Multiple 911 calls were received, police say, with the first recorded at 2:41 pm. Poehlein was taken from the scene by ambulance to Jasper Memorial Hospital. The accident occurred on County Road 800 East about one mile north of the County Road 175 South intersection.  Police say Poehlein was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Responding agencies included Jefferson Township Fire Department, Pike County Sheriff's Department, Pike County EMS, and Indiana Conservation Officers.

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

At 12:50 A.M. this/Thursday morning, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of shots being fired inside and outside of the residence at 1328 North Depot Hill Road in Marengo. 
A Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived at the home and was met with shotgun rounds being fired directly at a tree he was using for cover.  64 year old Bruce Byerly, had fired shotgun rounds inside his home and at his own vehicle, and after firing at the deputy was refusing to come outside. Troopers with the Indiana State Police, as well as ISP SWAT units and Hostage Crisis Negotiators arrived shortly after.  For the next four hours, negotiators tried speaking with Byerly, asking him to come outside peacefully.  At 5:48 A.M., Byerly walked out the front door and was taken into custody by SWAT officers. Byerly was arrested on preliminary charges of Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm and was booked into the Crawford County Jail.  The case remains under investigation by Indiana State Police detectives.

On Tuesday March 21, at approximately 3:15pm Trooper Mark LaMaster stopped a commercial semi-tractor and trailer traveling I-65 northbound near the 13 mile marker for a traffic violation and conducted a commercial motor vehicle inspection.  While speaking with the driver and passenger Trooper LaMaster observed indicators and behaviors which lead him to call for Sellersburg’s   K9 Hander, Trooper Nathan Abbot, and K9 “Teague” to assist in the traffic stop.   Trooper Abbott deployed his Narcotics certified K9 which alerted on the vehicle. Following a search of both occupants and the truck, the passenger, 51 year old Antoinette Willman, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. The driver, 60 year old Louis Thacker, of Greensburg, Kentucky, did not possess a valid commercial driver’s license or medical certificate allowing operation of a commercial motor vehicle. Willman was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 felony; Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Class B Misdemeanor; and Visiting a Common Nuisance, Class B Misdemeanor. Willman was transported to the Clark County Jail and is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.  Thacker was cited for No Valid Commercial Driver’s License.  The truck was loaded with over 30,000 pounds of freight at the time of the stop.  Both the truck and trailer were impounded until a qualified driver could be obtained.  

A Washington County man was arrested on a warrant Monday stemming from a vehicle pursuit earlier this month. 45 year old Frankie E. Batchelor, of Campbellsburg, was wanted on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness and maintaining a common nuisance. He also was wanted on a warrant for motion to revoke probation. According to police, on March 8 at 3:35 p.m., three Lawrence County Police Department detectives went to a home in the 2700 block of R Street in Bedford to talk to Batchelor about an investigation. When police arrived, they noticed a white four-door car parked in front of the home. One of the detectives walked to the passenger side door to see who was inside. The detective observed a driver holding up a hypodermic needle,. Also noticed was a spoon on his lap, and there was white powdery residue on the spoon that appeared to be meth. The man, who the officer identified as Batchelor, immediately put the vehicle in gear after the detective identified himself. He accelerated forward and made an immediate turn toward the detective with the vehicle, causing him to jump out of the way. Batchelor drove away recklessly at a high rate of speed. A short vehicle pursuit ensued, but police lost sight of the car on R Street near Washington Avenue. A few minutes later, they found the vehicle abandoned behind the old Pappa’s building. During inventory of the vehicle, police located a spoon with a white powdery substance and small metal box containing a white crystal substance. Both substances field tested positive for methamphetamine. Police also found a digital scale. Batchelor was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 2:43 p.m. Monday.

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Indiana has endured 32 tornadoes since August of last year. As a part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging Hoosiers to take steps to prepare for tornadoes and participate in the statewide tornado drill today.   The drills will be at 10:10 a.m. and 7:35 p.m. A test of the Emergency Alert System will sound both in the morning and evening on commercial radio, television networks and all-hazard radios.  Although Indiana has experienced a rash of tornadoes in the last nine months, the statewide tornado drill brings to attention that March, April and May are Indiana's most severe tornado months. The statewide drills provide an excellent opportunity for families, schools and businesses to practice their weather safety action plan.

Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana (SNSI) announced it has received funding from the ASPCA to cover the cost of 80 spay/neuter surgeries in eight communities across the state including Springs Valley Pet Services in French Lick. "In 2016, the Indiana Legislature unanimously passed a new law to require shelters and rescues to spay/neuter animals prior to adoption, but many of Indiana's municipal shelters and non-profit rescue groups simply cannot pay for all of these surgeries, so additional funding is needed   This funding will save these organizations hundreds of dollars, allowing them to care for more animals than they could otherwise afford.  Eight Indiana animal welfare organizations will benefit from these life-saving certificates that will ensure cats and dogs are fixed prior to adoption. Spaying/neutering before adoption ensures no unwanted litters and reduces shelter overpopulation.

According to the Dubois County Free Press, Jasper’s JCPenney store located in the Jasper Manor Shopping Center is one of 138 slated to close in the United States and one of five closing in Indiana.  Approximately 5,000 positions nationwide will be impacted by the store closures, most of which will occur in June. JCPenney is in the process of identifying relocation opportunities within the Company for esteemed leaders. Additionally, JCPenney will provide outplacement support services for those eligible associates who will be leaving the Company. Most affected stores will begin the liquidation process on April 17.   Company officials say the decision to close stores will allow us to raise the overall brand standard of the Company and allocate capital more efficiently. 

Monday, March 20th, 2017

An Orange County man had to be extricated from his vehicle after it left the road Saturday and struck a garage at 2007 Dixie Highway. According to a Lawrence County Police Department accident report states at round 7:25 p.m.54 year old Norman Holt of Orleans was southbound on State Road 37 in a 2007 Kia Sportage. The vehicle left the highway about 500 feet north of Wesley Chapel Road, crossing the northbound lanes of State Road 37 before crashing through an Indiana Department of Transportation barrier fence, then crossing a large culvert and onto the Dixie Highway property where the vehicle hit the west wall of a garage owned by John Nolan. Holt suffered bruises to his head and was transported by ambulance to a Bloomington hospital.Holt was wearing a seat belt, and the airbag deployed during the accident.

A Lawrence County man suffered what a Bedford Police Department report described as incapacitating injuries in a traffic accident Sunday. According to Lawrence County Police report, at 5:05 p.m. 44 year old Glenn Catlett of Bedford was traveling south on X Street near John Williams Boulevard in Bedford. He told police he didn’t know what happened. His 2004 Ford Ranger pickup truck ended up crossing all four travel lanes of John Williams Boulevard and going over an embankment. Catlett suffered severe bleeding from his head. Catlett was wearing a seat belt.

A Monday morning warrant service on an Evansville woman in Huntingburg turned up a little more than just the wanted female. At 9:40 A.M. this morning, Trooper Brock Werne attempted to serve a Vanderburgh County warrant on 43 year old Barbara Lankford of Evansville.  Werne’s information was that Lankford worked at Farbest Foods in Huntingburg.  After arriving at Farbest and speaking with staff members, it was found that Lankford was in possession of methamphetamine while at work. Lankford was placed into custody on the Vanderburgh County warrant as well as the methamphetamine charges t hrough Dubois County.  She was booked in to t he Dubois County Jail .

Friday, March 16th, 2017

A Jasper woman suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning when an Indianapolis-area man ran a stop sign on 7th St. and struck a passing SUV pushing it onto its side.
According to police, 55 year old Timothy Lowe, of Carmel, was eastbound on 7th St. in a 2012 Ford Edge when he ran the stop sign at the intersection with Mill St at about 8:45 a.m. Lowe’s Ford crashed into the driver’s side of a passing 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 51 year old Anita Ackerman, of Jasper. Lowe told police he did not see the stop sign at the intersection. Ackerman’s Tahoe spun around and came to rest on its passenger side on Mill St. just north of the intersection. Once crews removed Ackerman from the Tahoe, she was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for complaints of head and neck pain. Lowe told police he did not see the stop sign at the intersection. He was cited for disregarding the stop sign. Lowe’s Ford had about $15,000 in damages and the Tahoe was considered a total loss according to police.

A Monday morning warrant service on an Evansville woman in Huntingburg turned up a little more than just the wanted female. At 9:40 A.M. this morning, Trooper Brock Werne (Were-Knee) attempted to serve a Vanderburgh County warrant on 43 year old Barbara Lankford of Evansville.  Werne’s information was that Lankford worked at Farbest Foods in Huntingburg.  After arriving at Farbest and speaking with staff members, it was found that Lankford was in possession of methamphetamine while at work.
 
Lankford was placed into custody on the Vanderburgh County warrant as well as the methamphetamine charges t hrough Dubois County.  She was booked in to t he Dubois County Jail .


An autopsy conducted Wednesday morning was unable to identify the burned body found inside a burned mobile home on South Teresa Street in Salem Tuesday night. In addition, the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville could not determine the cause of death, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police Sellersburg post. Further tests will be conducted to determine the victim’s identity and cause of death. 28 year old Joshua Risinger, was charged with murder and arson in connection with the case. Risinger, owner of the mobile home at 221 S. Teresa St., was found at the scene and interviewed by ISP detectives and is being held at the Washington County jail.

According to David Byers, owner of Applacres orchard and farm market south of Bedford, he remains unsure about the amount of damage his fruit crop took on Tuesday night when temperatures dipped below freezing, but is fairly confident that they will still have peaches and apples from his orchard to sell later this year. “I don’t know the extent of the damage just yet,” Byers said Wednesday morning, and “I’m not as worried about the apples at this stage as I am the peaches. The peaches are a little further along in the bud/blooming process. The apples are still in tight buds.” Byers said he recorded a low temperature of 16 in the orchard and 18 at the market early Wednesday morning. Byers said peach blossoms have begun showing some color, either red, meaning still tight, to full pink, meaning the buds are open. He said there were a few open blooms in the orchard, but not many. Byers said the up and down temperatures the area is experiencing has helped to keep the buds from progressing.

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Late Tuesday evening, around 7pm,  a fire was reported to the Salem City Fire Department. The fire was located at 221 Teresa Street in Salem. After the fire was extinguished, a burned human body was located inside of the mobile home. The Salem City Police Department was at the scene and requested Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators and Indiana State Police Detectives to assist at the scene. The owner of the residence, Joshua B. Risinger, was located at the scene and was interviewed by Indiana State Police Detectives.  The resulting information gathered from Joshua B. Risinger resulted in his arrest for Murder and Arson.   The victim that was located inside of the mobile home has not yet been identified. An autopsy will be performed by the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, KY this morning to determine the cause of death and the identity of the victim.   28 year old Joshua Brandon Risinger,  of South Teresa Street in Salem was incarcerated at the Washington County Jail awaiting his first court  appearance.   Police believe foul play is involved.   
                      
The week of March 19th – 25th is designted Severe Weather Preparedness Week throughout the state of Indiana
.  A statewide tornado exercise will be held on Tuesday, March 21st. There will be two tornado exercises.  The first between 10am and 10:30am (EDT), the second between 7:30 and 8pm (EDT).  Both exercises will be initiated kby a “Test-Tornado Warning” announcement. 

A Columbus man is in custody for walking down a busy highway completely naked,  after trying to break into a random garage.  26 year old Sterling Wessel was arrested last Friday while naked and yelling gibberish in front of Kroger on US 31.  Wessel resisted arrest and was taken to a hospital and checked out before being jailed.  

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

At 9:52 a.m. Monday, the Daviess County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call from a resident in rural Odon. The caller reported that a man had entered her home through the basement, and that she and her eight children had locked themselves into a bedroom.  Master Trooper Gaven Wilson heard the call being dispatched and responded immediately.   Within five minutes, Wilson arrived at the home and was told by two individuals outside that the intruder was in the house.  As Wilson approached the front door, 27-year-old Nicholas Whetstine of Newburgh was walking out of the home. Wilson ordered Whetstine to the ground at gunpoint and placed him in handcuffs on the front porch without incident.  This was the second home on the property that Whetstine had entered Monday morning.   Police say Whetstone had a blood-alcohol level of 0.255 percent.   The woman and eight children inside the home were not hurt.
Whetstine was arrested and taken to the Daviess County Security Center on two felony counts of residential entry and a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He is being held without bond until his initial court appearance.

Tourism is thriving in Dubois County according to a newly released study by market research firm Rockport Analytics. The study shows visitor spending totaling $82 million, making an 11.7 percent increase from the previous year.  The study compared tourism data from the previous three years. Dubois County grew from $65 million to $73.2 million, a 12.7 percent increase over the previous year.  Dubois County growth is outpacing the overall state data. The data shows that 73 cents of every one dollar spent on tourism stayed in the local economy.  Dubois County ranks the following out of 92 counties: 14th in tourism sales per capita; 24th in regional spending by visitors and 29th in regional spending growth

A teen was slightly injured on Friday when the golf cart he was in was hit by a Jeep.  The accident happened around 3 p.m. Friday on the Odon/Cannelburg Road.   The 13-year-old was driving north in the buggy lane and attempted to turn left onto County Road 550 North. The teen told police that he looked in his mirror, but the sun was glaring and he did not see the Jeep approaching from the north.   The Golf cart was hit by The 2008 Jeep Cherokee , driven by 50-year-old Mary Knepp. As it turned into the path of the Jeep.  The teen suffered shoulder and ankle pain in addition to a cut to the face. He was taken to the hospital by private vehicle. Knepp was not injured during the incident. 

Monday, March 13th, 2017

At least one person was hurt in an accident in Mitchell on Saturday. According to police reports, 66 year old Barbara Abel, of Fishers was driving a 2012 Toyota on State Road 37, about to turn left into McDonald’s. At the same time, 44 year old Ronald Daughtery, of Orleans, was driving north on State Road 37. Daughtery told police Abel turned in front of him, and his 2013 GMC pickup truck struck the Toyota. Abel said she turned left from State Road 37 to go to McDonald’s and then couldn’t remember what happened. Abel suffered incapacitating injuries and complained of pain to her entire body. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. The Mitchell Police report indicated two people were injured but no information was provided about a second injured person.

A Lawrence County man was arrested after he knocked down a woman blocking her door and entered her house Friday afternoon. Reports say, Lawrence County Police arrested 30 year-old Jeffery Ketchem of Springville on charges of residential entry, possession of meth and battery and he was booked into the jail a 3:54 p.m. According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, police received a 911 call at 2:53 p.m. from a woman in the 1880 block of Pleasant Run Road, who said a male she did not know had forced his way into her home. The male left before police arrived and officers got a second call saying Ketchem was in the 1920 block of Pleasant Run Road and was knocking on doors and windows wanting residents to let him in. Officers then found him hiding behind a gas tank. Police determined Ketchem was wanted on a warrant out of Monroe County and arrested him. After a search, they located needles, alcohol swab, spoons and a clear baggie that contained a white-crystal substance that tested positive for Methamphetamine. Ketchem told police he had been at a friend's house down the road and had gotten into an argument with his friend's father or uncle.He was charged with residential entry, and battery after knocking the woman down with the door when he forced his way into her home. The woman did not suffer any serious injuries during the incident. Upon arrival at the jail, jail officers found a second baggie that contained a white-powdery substance which also tested positive for meth. Total of the two baggies contained 1 gram of meth.

The remaining debris removal locations in Dubois County at the Mike Dick Residence, 7251 W 200 N, Jasper, IN and Scott Vollmer Farm, 8483 W 150 N, Jasper, IN will close March 15 th. They were made available as temporary locations for residents affected by the tornado that passed through portions of Dubois County on March 1.

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Orange County REMC lineworker Robert E. White will join a crew of 15 other Indiana electric cooperative linemen traveling to Guatemala in mid-March as part of an international initiative to bring electricity to a developing area in Guatemala. “Project Indiana: Empowering Global Communities for a Better Tomorrow” will bring electricity to a part of the Central American country where none is available. The crew will spend the second half of March electrifying the village of El Zapotillo (in Cuilco, Huehuetenango). When completed, approximately 50 homes, a school, a clinic and a church will have electricity for the first time. White joined Orange County REMC in August of 2006 as an Groundman. He became a Journeyman Lineman in 2012. This is the Indiana electric cooperatives’ third trip to Guatemala. In August 2012, 28 Hoosier lineworkers from 17 of Indiana’s electric cooperatives, including two from Orange County REMC, spent four weeks working across the mountainous terrain to construct more than 20 miles of power lines and bring electricity to three villages. In April 2015, 14 lineworkers battled extreme heat and the rugged land to string 11 miles of wire to connect 76 poles across 2,500 feet of mountains. 

A jury convicted a Bloomington man in the death of two-month-old Kenya Roase Smith-Barton. The baby died Sunday, May 29, 2016 after medical personnel attempted for more than 45 minutes to revive the baby in the emergency room at IU Health Hospital Bloomington .According to a forensic pathologist, the baby suffered two fractures to the back of her skull and subdural hemorrhaging of the brain caused from blunt force trauma to her head. On Wednesday, the jury convicted 34-year-old Robierre Jomo Kenya McNiel on felony charges of aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent in the death of his infant daughter. Both charges carry a sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison. McNiel will be sentenced on April 10th. McNeil testified that he did not hurt the baby, but that he fell down while holding the baby. McNeil told police that he blamed himself for his daughter's death, but told police that he did not kill her. Police say McNeil failed to physically check on Kenya, did not get her medical care when he thought she was having trouble breathing and left her in a swing without feeding her for more than 7 hours.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources restocked Spring Mill Lake with 751 rainbow trout on Monday, March 6th.   The trout were raised from fingerlings at Curtis Creek Trout Station, near Howe in northern Indiana. They were then transferred to DNR's East Fork Hatchery near Montgomery in Daviess County before being brought to Spring Mill.  The trout are about two years old and between 9.1 to 12.9 inches in length and between 1 to 1.5 pounds.  Fisherman will have to purchase a trout stamp - an extra $11 - over the cost of a regular Indiana fishing license. They will also have to report how many fish they caught and released as well as any they harvest. This will allow DNR officials to determine how well the fish are doing and to determine if continued stocking is worthwhile.  The lake at Spring Mill State Park has not been stocked with trout since 2006 because the lake accumulated years of soil, organic material and debris that washed into the lake from its three tributaries and 9,600-acre watershed. Over time, the accumulated material has reduced the capacity of the lake to support recreational activities and aquatic wildlife. In April 2015 officials began dredging the lake. Now the average depth is 8-10 feet.  Officials are working on a boat ramp and hope in the near future to offer boat rental which will include johnboats for fishing, paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. There will also be fishing docks and fishing education programs offered at the park.  Spring Mill will host a free fishing day on April 15 at the Lakeview Activity Center. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

An Ireland resident was struck and killed by a vehicle in Ireland Tuesday afternoon.  83 year old Morris Weidenbenner, 83, was found by police lying in the roadway at the intersection of State Road 56 and County Road 550W  just before 3pm.   He had been struck by a Chevrolet Silverado C1500 truck driven by 59 year old David W. Hill, of Petersburg, that was traveling west on State Road 56,   Hill told police he saw the Weidenbenner and attempted to avoid striking him but was unable to miss him.  After speaking with witnesses, police determined that the crash appeared to have occurred with no fault to Hill, the driver of the truck. Police said Weidenbenner appeared to be crossing the road when he was struck .

Police believe a medical issue caused a four-vehicle crash and sent one driver to the hospital Tuesday evening in Dubois County.  According to police, Allison D. Deno, 34, of Huntingburg, was northbound in a 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette on U.S. 231 approaching the 12th Ave. when she struck the rear bumper of a 2017 Toyota Rav4 driven by Kristine Harbison, 57, of Huntingburg. Harbison told police, Deno then passed her vehicle using the shoulder of the road.   Deno’s vehicle then traveled about 2,100 feet before it crossed the centerline and struck the front driver’s side door of a southbound 2013 Volkswagon Passat driven by Jerry M. Crow, 70, of Evansville. Crow’s vehicle spun into the northbound lane coming to rest facing north near the shoulder.  Deno’s vehicle then struck the driver’s side door of a 2017 Subaru Outback driven by Connie J. Bennet, 69, of Huntingburg, that was traveling southbound behind Crow’s Passat. The Subaru spun out of control and ended up in a ditch on the west side of U.S. 231 also facing north.  Deno’s vehicle continued off the west side of the highway into a grass field near Jasper Electric Motors before coming to a stop.  Bennet was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance for a complaint of shoulder pain.  Police reported Deno suffered a medical issue causing the incident to occur. She was cited for following too closely to avoid an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.

Lawrence County Police are warning residents of an increase in residential burglaries in situations  where the homeowner has passed away.  According to Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults, over the last few weeks detectives have worked at least five such burglaries.  "Within days of the homeowners passing and while the families are focused on funeral arrangements and other family matters the homes are being burglarized by someone who is obviously monitoring local obituary notices, according to  Chief Deputy Shoults  Families can take steps to help prevent these burglaries:  Give the home the appearance that someone is staying there by parking unused vehicles in the drive.  :Leaving lights on inside/outside the residence,   Collect mail from mailboxes. Ask a trusted neighbor to watch the home and report any unusual activity, persons, or vehicles , hat may be in the area, or at the home., and If possible have a family member actually stay at the residence.  If you have information concerning any criminal activity in Lawrence County you can call the TIP LINE at 812-277- 2020 and leave that information anonymously 

Monday, February 27th, 2017

This past Saturday shortly after 12:30 pm, Trooper Nathan Abbott with his K-9 partner, Teague, initiated a traffic stop for a traffic infraction at State Road 62 and Main Street in New Washington. As the Trooper approached the vehicle, a gold Ford, he saw the driver with his right hand shoved down the back of his pants. As trooper Abbott spoke to the male driver 45 year old DeWayne Smith, Louisville, KY, he could smell an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the passenger compartment of the vehicle.  Trooper Abbott deployed K-9 Teague around the vehicle and obtained a positive alert for the odor of narcotics. A computer check also showed that DeWayne Smith had a protective order against him and the protected person was in the car with him. A search of the vehicle was negative for drugs and/or paraphernalia.  However, once DeWayne Smith was transported to the Clark County Jail where he was being booked for Invasion of Privacy due to the violation of the protective order, approximately 10 Grams of suspected “Crack” Cocaine and suspected Marijuana was located on his person. DeWayne L. Smith was incarcerated on the charges of; Possession of Cocaine Five-Ten Grams, Felony; Trafficking a Controlled Substance with an Inmate, Felony; Invasion of Privacy with a Prior, Felony; Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Felony and Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor.

An Dubois County resident was arrested after she flipped the minivan she was driving on State Road 56 Sunday morning. Dubois County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the crash on State Road 56 that occurred about 500 feet west of County Road 500W west of Ireland at 10:10 a.m. Arriving deputies found a 2005 Dodge Caravan overturned in a field off the north side of the highway. The driver, 41-year-old Crickett Grubb, of Otwell, had a minor injury to her leg that did not require medical treatment but she was exhibiting signs of intoxication on the scene. Grubb was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital where a blood test revealed a .18 percent blood alcohol content. She was charged with operating while intoxicated and booked into the Dubois County Jail. The van was considered a total loss. The Dubois County Sheriffs Department was assisted by Ireland First Responders, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, Indiana State Police and a Uebelhor and Sons wrecker.

A two car accident injured one in Bedford Saturday afternoon. According to a Bedford Police Department reports at around 2:40PM Saturday, 20 year old Ariel Weddle of Coal City was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am SE south on Mitchell Road. She told police 25 year old Alexis Flynn of Mitchell driving a 2004 Hyundai Sonata changed lanes but that she didn’t see the Flynn vehicle until it was too late. Flynn was stopped in the left lane waiting to turn left near Charlie’s Fireworks when Weddle’s vehicle struck hers in the rear. Flynn, complained of head pain and was transported by private vehicle to a hospital. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Friday, February 24th, 2017

A Lawrence County woman was injured after she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a Duke Energy utility pole on Thursday afternoon. According to a Lawrence County Police report, 67-year-old Cora Spires of Bedford was driving north on Tunnelton Road, north of South Leatherwood Rd., when her 2008 Pontiac G6 went off the east side of the road, striking mailboxes and then a utility pole snapping it in half. Spires complained of chest pain, but refused medical treatment at the scene, saying she would seek medical treatment on her own.

A 1-year-old girl is dead after her mother backed up her vehicle into her in a Greenwood driveway Thursday afternoon. The Johnson County Sheriff's Department was called to a house near the intersection of Smith Valley and Morgantown Roads around 5:25. The toddler's mother told police she was moving her Dodge Durango SUV so the mechanic working on another vehicle could leave. She put the vehicle in reverse and let it idle down the driveway, hitting the child. Other witnesses told police they thought all the children were in the house.

A woman was taken to the hospital after rollover crash in Evansville this morning.
It happened around 9:30 on Waterworks Road. Police said the woman was driving when she veered off the road and over-corrected, causing her van to rollover. The driver was ejected from the vehicle, and at one point the vehicle was on top of her. Police said it was Good Samaritans who pulled over to help her and rolled the van back on its side to get the woman out. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital, but her condition is unknown.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Indiana Pastors came before the politicians Monday to ask for help in a wide variety of social ill, including poverty, drug use, suicide and school violence, teen pregnancy and Hib, crumbling families, weakened churches.. ,, and claiming more prayer in schools would help these troubles.  The ministers ask the Indiana House Education Committee to support House Bill 1024, which seeks to prevent public schools from discriminating against students for their religious beliefs and how they express them.  It calls for allowing students to pray aloud and engage in religious activities during school including the creation of a public forum for religion and allowing students to wear clothing and jewelry and other accessories that bear religious messages.  Similar bills have been adopted in Texas, Tennessee and Mississippi. 

Coronary Heart Disease is the most common type of heart disease in the United States.  It's the leading cause of death for both men and women.  And in Indiana, it also tops the list.  In fact, Indiana ranks as one of the top 10 states for heart disease.  Dr. David Goff, Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, says the Hoosier State is ranked at number 5 across all states. He says it's West Virginia that takes the top spot.  Goff says there's a reason for that and it's because people in those states tend to smoke cigarettes more often and tend to have lifestyles that are less healthy - pertaining to diet and the level of physical activity.

A change in the sports schedule:  Due to the Eastern Pekin Girls participating In the girls State Basketball Tournament Saturday,  the Valley – Pekin boy’s game has been moved to Thursday from Friday..  Pre-game at 7:15, Tip-off at 7:30pm on Q-100

Monday, February 20th, 2017

A Celestine teen was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Dubois early Sunday morning.  According to an article in the Dubois County Free press, Police were called to the crash on Purdue Farm Road near County Road 475N — near Patoka Lake — at 3:13 a.m.  Officers and first responders arrived on scene and found a male driver deceased.   According to police, the driver, identified as Chad Knies, 17, of 9647 E. State Road 164, Celestine, was operating a 1998 Chevrolet truck westbound on Purdue Farm Road when his vehicle left the roadway to the right in a curve. The vehicle struck an embankment and overturned coming to rest on its top in a field about 50 feet off the roadway.Knies was not wearing his seatbelt and was partially ejected during the crash. There were no other occupants in the vehicle, police said.  It is unknown at this time if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the crash. Toxicology results are pending, police said.  The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department was assisted on scene by Indiana State Police, Dubois First Responders, Memorial Emergency Medical Services, the Dubois County Coroner’s Office and Uebelhor and Sons wrecker service.

Indiana Conservation officers are investigating a boat accident that happened Sunday in Seymour on the White River at the Rockford Dam .  Officers were alerted to the accident just after 2pm. after a report of a boat about to go over the dam with two people inside.  Deputies Joey Francis and Dustin Steward were able to utilize a throw bag to reach the boat and pull it close enough to shore for the two people to get out. The boat then washed over the dam.  According to Indiana Conservation Officer Robert Klakamp, the two occupants were fishing just above the dam when for an unknown reason, they lost power to their trolling motor. The subjects then tried to start their main engine,  bit of failed to run.  Life jackets were in the boat, but were not being worn.   Both occupants were transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour in good condition and treated for mild hypothermia.  Indiana Conservation Officers would like to encourage everyone to wear their life jackets and always be mindful of the dangers when operating near or around any type of dam in Indiana waters.

Thousands of people gathered Saturday night to say goodbye to the two Delphi teens who were murdered this past week.  The crowd remembered 13 year old Abigail Williams and 14 year old Liberty German at Delphi High School as police still comb leads in search of the killer.  The two were dropped off to hike in the area of Monon High Bridge and never returned home… The bodys were found the next day. 

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Jasper police recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested a Jasper woman today. According to authorities, they received a report of a red Chevrolet Lumina that had been stolen from a residence on Jasper’s northside on Feb. 15. Today, officers located a similar car parked in the front lot of the Super 8 Motel, in Jasper at 7:45 a.m. They determined the car was the stolen vehicle they were looking for and 31 year old Vicki Strotman, of Jasper was the person associated with it, and staying in Room 212 of the motel. Officers located and spoke with Strotman, and she allegedly admitted to possessing the vehicle. However, she denied knowing the car was reported stolen. In search of the hotel room, Officers located a hypodermic syringe, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. Strotman was taken into custody and lodged at the Dubois County Jail on the charges of auto theft, possession of methamphetamines, possession of a hypodermic syringe, all Level 6 felonies. Ms. Strotman was also charged with possession of paraphernalia a Class A Misdemeanor. Dubois County Child Protective Services also assisted.

Police placed a daughter under arrest after her mother died after a Thursday night accident in which the vehicle they had occupied became submerged in West Boggs Lake. The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department was contacted at 8:30 p.m. with the report of a vehicle accident on Daviess County Road 1200E, south of Daviess County Road 500N, on the west side of West Boggs Lake. Police said the report was that a vehicle was submerged in the lake. Deputies arrived and noticed a subject still inside the vehicle. Deputies immediately went into the water and extracted the passenger, 63 year old Joyce Christmas, of Loogootee. Christmas was transported to Daviess County Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead by the Daviess County Coroner.Her daughter, 39 year old Heather Christmas, of Loogootee, who was out of the vehicle when deputies arrived on the scene, was transported to Daviess County Community Hospital for treatment of injuries. She was placed under arrest by deputies upon her release.The sheriff’s department said Heather Christmas had a blood alcohol content of .25 percent and she was booked into the Daviess County Jail on preliminary charges that include a Level 5 felony count of involuntary manslaughter and counts of operating while intoxicated with a BAC greater that .15 percent and operating under the influence of a controlled substance.An initial investigation found the Christmas vehicle was northbound on Daviess County Road 1200E when, for an unknown reason, it left the roadway and struck several cable barriers. The vehicle did not stop until it was submerged in the lake.The sheriff’s department was assisted by Indiana State Police, the Loogootee Police Department, Southwest Medical, Martin   County Emergency Medical Services, the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department, the Cannelburg Volunteer Fire Department, the Loogootee Volunteer Fire Department and the Odon/Madison Volunteer Fire Department. The crash is still being investigated with the assistance of state police accident reconstructionists.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Lawrence County and Indiana State Police have released few details about a man who was struck and killed by a vehicle on Wesley Chapel Road and U.S. 50 West Wednesday night. The identity of the victim is not available as of news time. Police say at 11:40 p.m., a motorist reported to Lawrence County Police Department dispatch his vehicle hit a man who was walking in the road. The accident is under investigation. More information will be released later. Indiana State Police, Mitchell Police Department, Lawrence County Police Department, AMR ambulance and Marion Township Rural Fire Department responded.

A possible gun on campus prompted a safety alert at Indiana State University. Reports say a Snapchat video was circulated that showed a college aged female student displaying a handgun. ISU Police said it's believed the background in the video was of a lounge area in one of the residence halls. A check of this area was conducted, but nothing was found.Jasper police recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested a Jasper woman today. According to authorities, they received a report of a red Chevrolet Lumina that had been stolen from a residence on Jasper’s northside on Feb. 15. Today, officers located a similar car parked in the front lot of the Super 8 Motel, in Jasper at 7:45 a.m. They determined the car was the stolen vehicle they were looking for and 31 year old Vicki Strotman, of Jasper was the person associated with it, and staying in Room 212 of the motel. Officers located and spoke with Strotman, and she allegedly admitted to possessing the vehicle. However, she denied knowing the car was reported stolen. In search of the hotel room, Officers located a hypodermic syringe, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. Strotman was taken into custody and lodged at the Dubois County Jail on the charges of auto theft, possession of methamphetamines, possession of a hypodermic syringe, all Level 6 felonies. Ms. Strotman was also charged with possession of paraphernalia a Class A Misdemeanor. Dubois County Child Protective Services also assisted.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, the award-winning golf destination in Southern Indiana, has been named the 2017 Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). This marks the first time a Pete Dye designed course has received this honor.  The announcement was made this past week at the NGCOA 2017 Golf Business Conference, held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, FL.
The NGCOA selected its finalists based on four criteria; quality of golf course, quality of ownership and management, outstanding contributions to the local community, and significant contributions to the game of golf.  The course was also a major factor in the $600 million restoration and casino development project lead by its founder and chief visionary, Bill Cook. The development of the Pete Dye course and the reclamation of French Lick Resort continue to have an enormous economic impact on the town of French Lick. Cook's generosity and vision still provides jobs for nearly 1,700 of the counties 3,000 residents. 

This past Monday evening, Bloomington Police recovered several counterfeit $100 bills on Bloomington's west side.  The first report of possible counterfeit money was reported at 9:20 p.m. At Bucceto's Smiling Teeth, at 350 South Liberty Drive.  Bloomington Police Capt. Steve Kellams says a black man, around 5 foot 9 inches tall in his mid 20's with a teardrop face tattoo purchased around $5 worth of food and paid with a counterfeit $100. The restaurant made change for that bill. The man then told the employee they had just got paid and wanted to know if they could make change for three more $100. The employee did not realize the other three $100 were counterfeit.  About 35 minutes, later police received a call from Mother Bear's Pizza, at 2980 West Whitehall Crossing Boulevard reported they had a similar situation. Police recovered four counterfeit $100 bills which had been changed out for real cash.  Capt. Kellams say police are reviewing security video and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information about the man is asked to call the Bloomington Police Department at (812) 339-4477 

The first of three scheduled Orange County Third House Sessions being sponsored by the three county chambers of commerce, French Lick/West Baden, Paoli and Orleans is set for Saturday, February 18 at the Orleans Town Hall from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.  The public is welcome to attend.  State Representatives Steve Davisson, Republican, Salem, Lloyd Arnold, Republican, Leavenworth as well as State Senator Erin Houchin, Republican, Salem have been invited to participate in dialogues regarding the current Indiana General Assembly.   Robert F. Henderson, Orleans Chamber Executive Director, will moderate.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

A trash fire that went out of control resulted in over 8 acres being burned on Monday.   Firefighters were called to 1558 Motocross Road near Mitchell  at 12:42 p.m. after a report that a control burn was spreading out of control.  Marion Volunteer Fire Department responded with 3 trucks: Squad 55, Squad 54 and Engine 51 and 5 firefighters.  Lt. Dan Horton could see the smoke as firefighters were leaving the station and immediately called for the next closest department's brush apparatus. Shawswick VFD responded with 1 firefighter and 1 tanker.  When firefighters arrived they found the fire had spread to a nearby field.  Lt. Horton determined more help was needed and summoned Orange County Rural District II, who responded with their brush truck, an ATV and six firefighters.  "Wind was a contributing factor in the rapid spread of the fire," Lt. Horton says.  Firefighters were on the scene until 2:47 p.m. 

An Orleans man suffered minor injuries in a rear-end collision on Ind. 37, near Clover Lane.  The accident was reported at 5:18 p.m. Friday.  According to a Lawrence County Police report, 18-year-old Kalin Goller of Orleans was traveling south on Ind. 37 when the engine began to fail in his 1982 Honda CM450, causing the vehicle to suddenly slow down. Police say Goller's car was hit from the rear by a 1999 Ford Explorer driven by 37-year-old Samuel Laster of Williams.  Police say the bumper of Laster's vehicle became wedges between the wheel and fender of Goller's car. The two vehicles came to a complete stop further down the highway.  Goller suffered scrapes to his left elbow and swelling to his right knuckles. He refused medical treatment.   Laster was not injured. 

A Seymour man died Friday night from smoke inhalation after a fire smoldered in his home for hours..  , 68-year-old Patrick Warinner Jr. was found unresponsive in his home on Harrison Drive by a family member who went to check on him and discovered the house on fire.  The fire was electrical in nature and likely started in or beneath a wall  It had smoldered for several hours, there were not a lot of flames because the house was all shut up causing a lack of oxygen to fuel the fire.   Firefighters arrived around 6:45 p.m. were able to extinguish the fire within minutes.  There was no smoke detector in the house and Warinner lived alone. 

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Methamphetamine and hypodermic needles were found during a Sunday afternoon traffic stop on Interstate 64 at the Ferdinand exit.At 3:55 P.M. Sunday,
Trooper Brock Werne was patrolling the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near the 63 mile marker the Ferdinand exit, when he observed a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck commit numerous traffic violations.  Werne followed the vehicle off of the interstate and onto State Road 162, where he conducted a traffic stop.  While speaking with the driver, 37 year old Bradley Heichelbech of Fort Branch, Werne asked Senior Trooper Robbie Lambert to bring his K-9 partner Diesel to the scene for an open air search.  Diesel gave an indication of narcotics being present inside the vehicle.  While searching the vehicle, Werne located what was believed to be over two ounces of methamphetamine and three hypodermic needles.  Werne also learned that Heichelbech had just used methamphetamine an hour prior to being pulled over. Heichelbech was arrested and lodged, without incident, in the Dubois County Security Center.

The I-69 project that stretches from Bloomington to Martinsville has been delayed and is not expected to be complete until May 2018, said INDOT Monday.
The delay will allow four-lane traffic flow to continue through the Bloomington area, starting in August. INDOT said that the delay will allow the project to be completed with the standard of quality needed.






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