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Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

A traffic accident that sent the driver to the hospital last night also closed down U.S. 50 in Bedford. According to police Taylor Greenlee was traveling westbound on U.S 50 East in a 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage when her vehicle ran off the south side of the road near a driveway in the 2400 block of U.S. 50 East. The vehicle went into a ditch and struck several large rocks.  The vehicle then flipped over and struck several small tree branches. The vehicle came to a rest overturned on its driver side. Greenlee was extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel. She was wearing her seat belt and the airbag did deploy in the vehicle. Greenlee was taken by ambulance to Bloomington Hospital with collarbone injuries and unknown internal injuries. She is believed to have had a seizure while driving. According to police there was no evidence that Greenlee was impaired and believe it was a medical event that led to the accident. Greenlee was treated and released from the hospital with no significant injuries. The Lawrence County Police Department, IU Health Ambulance Service, Shawswick Fire Department, Bedford Fire Department, and Gear Works Towing responded to the accident.

 

Police arrested a 12-year-old boy for allegedly hitting his mother Monday afternoon in Bedford. The incident occurred at a home in the 1300 block of 13th Street in Bedford. A woman requested officers to the home because of issues with her son. After police arrived at the home, she told police the boy allegedly punched her in the head with a closed fist. According to police they got into an argument because she believed he had been smoking. The woman also told police a similar incident happened the day before and she also told police there were other incidents between the boy and other siblings. She told police she didn’t feel safe. The boy was charged him with one count of domestic battery. The boy was taken to the Bartholomew County Juvenile Detention Center as recommended by Lawrence County’s probation department.

 

A report of someone passed out behind the wheel Sunday night resulted in an arrest in Jasper. Police were called at 8:13 p.m. to Second Street and U.S. 231 in Jasper. Police found 22 year old Maria Jaent of Jasper with her head back and eyes closed while behind the wheel of a 2003 Ford and at a red light. Police pulled a patrol car in front of the Ford for safety reasons since Jaents vehicle was still in gear. Once was awakened, Jaent took her foot off the brake causing the car to crash into the police vehicle. Jaent allegedly showed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety testing and she was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center where a blood draw showed her blood alcohol content at .367%. She was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 12:37 p.m. on Monday on a misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated. 

 

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Monday morning at 9:41 am, the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle accident on US 50 at Red School Road in Martin County that resulted in one of the drivers being seriously injured and flown to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. Initial investigation by police indicated that a 2011 Dodge Truck, driven by Adam Moon of Bruceville was traveling eastbound on US 50 when his vehicle went left of center and struck a Purple 2011 Kenworth, driven by David Rottet Jr. of Winslow.  Moon was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital by helicopter for injuries sustained in the accident. Rottet was uninjured. US 50 was closed for several hours in order to clear the accident scene. The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Martin County Sheriff’s Department, Shoals Fire Department and Martin County Ambulance Service.

 

A Celestine woman was injured after a Monday afternoon rollover crash east of Celestine. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 75 year old Frances Laduke of Celestine was driving eastbound on State Road 164 in a 2011 Buick Lucerne at 3:07 p.m. Police said the Buick traveled off the roadway a half mile east of the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department for an unknown reason and struck a previously downed tree off the highway and rolled over. The car came to a stop on its top on the south side of the roadway. Celestine Volunteer Fire Department first responders were able to retrieve Laduke from the vehicle. Laduke was wearing a seat belt and the air bags deployed. She suffered a cut hand and also complained of chest pain. She was transported by ambulance for treatment at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. The crash totaled the vehicle. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Bob Luegers Motors wrecker also assisted.

 

Police discovered drugs during an investigation of leaving-the-scene incident Monday afternoon in Jasper. Police were dispatched at 1 p.m. to a leaving-the-scene crash at Seventh and Newton streets in Jasper. The suspect in the 28 year old Taryn Ballard of Taswell was driving a 2010 Buick Enclave was located later at 36th Street and Leslie Drive. While police were inventorying the Buick so it could be towed they found a gram of a crystalline substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine. Also found was a Suboxone tablet, 12 Gabapentin tablets and a glass smoking pipe with a residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Police booked Ballard into the Dubois County Jail at 3:37 p.m. on felony charges possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a legend drug and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of paraphernalia. Jasper police K-9 Mack and a Ruxer Ford wrecker assisted at the scene.

 

Friday, October 11th, 2019

A Bedford man was airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis after his motorcycle crashed on Bartlettsville Road Monday night in Bedford. At 7:31 p.m., According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department crash report 24 year old James Norman of Bedford was traveling north on Bartlettsville Road near Dunn Bridge Road on his red 2002 Kawasaki ZR-1200. The motorcycle left the roadway and then hit a fence. The impact caused Norman to be thrown from the motorcycle. Norman was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Norman was unable to determine what led to the crash. Norman suffered broken ribs, a broken vertebra in his lower back and a hernia from the crash.

On Thursday, ISP units assisted the Dubois County Sheriff's Department and Jasper City Police Department with a suicidal subject that had a gun to his head in the middle of the roadway. Prior to officers' arrival the subject left the area in a vehicle. The vehicle was located and failed to stop for officers. Trooper Noah Ewing, was able to set up stop sticks, which the vehicle struck and continued on. The vehicle then struck another set of stop sticks possibly deployed by Orange County Sheriffs Department. The vehicle then crashed a short distance later and ended up on its side. Fire Departments were on scene and the roadway was closed at State Road 56 and County Road 1175 W. The driver was located at the scene and transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital and then flown to Ascension Saint Vincent Hospital in Evansville. Eraly Friday morning around 1:35AM, a bb gun was located inside the vehicle. Troopers are working the crash investigation while the Dubois County Sheriffs Department is handling the arrest. One lane of SR56 was closed for a time. The incident is still under investigation. At the scene were Indiana State Police Jasper, Orange County Sheriffs Department, Dubois County Sheriffs Department and Jasper City Police Department.

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Friday, October 4th, at approximately 6:05 AM, Martin County Community Corrections contacted the Martin County Sheriff’s Office to advise of an electronic home monitor tamper alarm in Shoals.  When a Sheriff’s Deputy arrived at the residence of the alarm, they found the tracking bracelet in the yard and James “Mike” Hert nowhere to be found. For the past six (6) days, deputies from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office have been on the lookout for Hert.  Martin County Reserve Deputies were also called in to assist with the search for Hert.  The Martin County Sheriff’s Office received multiple tips from concerned citizens regarding the possible whereabouts of Hert during his elusion from authorities.  These tips led deputies to search several square miles of local wooded-areas and terrain over the past six (6) days.  Wednesday, October 9th, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office received an additional tip from a concerned citizen advising of a possible location for Hert in the county.  Sheriff Travis Roush, Chief Deputy Josh Greene, and Deputy John Wright began a multiple-hour search of the (possible) wooded location by tracking footprints they believed belonged to Hert.  The search ended with the capture of James “Mike” Hert on a Martin County Warrant for Escape, a level 6 felony.  Hert was also found to be in possession of a substance suspected to be methamphetamine, and is subsequently facing additional charges for methamphetamine. Hert is being held at the Martin County Security Center without bond. 

A Lawrence County man was arrested after he allegedly sold meth to undercover police officers on three occasions. Bedford Police arrested 44-year-old Kevin Brooking of Bedford Wednesday afternoon after a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to Bedford Police, officers began their investigation on September 5th after learning Brooking was selling meth. With the cooperation of Lawrence County deputies, undercover officers made three purchases of meth from Brooking. He was then arrested on charges of dealing meth, corrupt business influence, possession of meth, and maintaining a common nuisance.

A Lawrence County man was arrested early this morning after police found two baggies of meth in his pockets. According to Bedford Police, an officer was patrolling the area of 24th and J streets in Bedford around 3:10 a.m., after a report from a resident who witnessed a man attempting to breaking into vehicles in the area. The officers then noticed a man in the area and stopped to speak to him. Police questioned 35-year-old David Thomas, of Bedford. Thomas gave officers consent to search his pockets. Officers found two baggies with a white crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. He was then arrested on a charge of possession of meth.

Wednesday, October, 9th, 2019

A Salem man was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation Saturday in Salem. On Friday just before midnight a woman reported her 15 year-old daughter had snuck out of her grandmother’s house in Salem and left with 21 year old Caleb Fleenor. The grandmother saw the girl get into the car with a man and leave. She called the mother of the girl who then called police. Her mother went through the teens cell phone that she left at her grandmothers and found conversations on Snapchat between her daughter and Fleenor. The mother then called Fleenor and told him to bring her daughter home. Fleener drove the girl to a location close to her grandmother’s and dropped her off. The teen told her parents and grandmother that she and Fleener had unprotected sex and that the two had been texting and speaking on Snapchat for two years. She also admitted that he took her to a church parking lot where they kissed and had sex and that they had met on more than one occasion. Police spoke to Fleenor and he admitted to police he had picked the girl up and the two had gone to the church parking lot and had sex with the girl. He also told police when the girl’s mother called and he took her back home.  Fleenor was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation.

A Mitchell man was arrested after police were called to a home Tuesday in the 1080 block of Bryantsville Road in Mitchell at 8:10 p.m. Police went to the home after a woman called police wanting them to check on her sister. When police arrived they found an adult female sitting outside of the home that had been injured.  According to police the female had been battered by a male earlier while they were returning to the home in a vehicle. Police said the argument turned physical and the woman was choked and hit and that when the couple got home the male pulled her hair out and bit her on the face and arm. Police could see the injuries and they were consistent with the victim’s allegations. Deputies found the male identified as 35 year old Brandon Dodds of Mitchell inside the home. He was arrested and charged with domestic battery and strangulation and was transported to jail.

Police responding to a Monday night a suspicious male report outside a business south of Jasper led to an arrest. Police were called to the 1200 block of South State Road 162 at 10:11 p.m in Jasper and found 40 year old Roger Hutchinson of Loogootee on a sidewalk in front of a business with a backpack and his phone charger plugged into a wall. A Ford passenger car with no visible registration was also at the scene. Hutchinson told police he had run out of gas. Police found Hutchinson in possession of a glass smoking pipe with white residue and a small plastic bag containing a white, crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine. Police booked Hutchinson into the Dubois County Jail at 11:24 p.m. on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted at the scene. 

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

A Bedford teen was arrested Friday after he was spotted driving the wrong way on a one way Street Friday in Bedford. Police attempted to stop the driver and activated their emergency lights at 17th and M streets at 1 a.m. The vehicle then took off at a high rate of speed for several blocks before losing control and spinning out next to an embankment. Officers removed the male from the vehicle and found out he did not have a driver’s license. Police found the registered vehicle owner who did not give permission for the male to drive it. The Owner also wanted to report the vehicle stolen. The male was transported to a medical facility for treatment of minor injuries and was charged with auto theft, resisting arrest, unlicensed driver, and issued a citation for speeding.

Two people were arrested after a domestic fight at Shawnee Apartments Saturday night in Bedford. Police were called to the apartments after a report of a domestic fight Saturday at 11:28 P.M. When officers arrived they spoke to both individuals involved. Both individuals, 38 year old Amy Emery of Bedford and 59 year old Michael Goss of Jasper appeared to be intoxicated. Police found several damaged items in the apartment consistent with a fight. Both of them complained of pain and wished to file charges against each other. Police arrested Emery and Goss on a charge of battery resulting in bodily injury.

Yesterday at 11:35 P.M. Indiana State Police were patrolling in the area of the Lloyd Expressway and St. Joseph Avenue in Vanderburgh County when he spotted a Jeep with expired registration. Police attempted to stop the vehicle on Ray Becker Parkway near Ohio Street. The vehicle stopped just south of Ohio Street, but when police exited his vehicle the driver started to travel southwest on Ray Becker Parkway at approximately 45 mph and refused to stop. The driver of the vehicle continued south on Barker Avenue after disregarding a red light and then turned east on Dennison Street before stopping at a dead-end and fleeing on foot. After a brief search, an Evansville Police K-9 unit located and arrested the driver without further incident. The driver was identified as 29 year old Kevin Washington of Evansville. Washington was taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where he is currently being held on bond. Washington was charged with a felony count of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, and misdemeanor counts of Resisting Law Enforcement, Driving While Suspended Prior, Driving a Motor Vehicle without ever receiving a Driver’s License, Driving While Intoxicated-Refusal. 

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Two people were detained after Bedford WalMart employees caught them stealing from the store on Sunday afternoon. According to Bedford Police, store employees detained 23-year-old Tyler Littrell and 21-year-old Josie Millard, both of Bedford until officers arrived. Store employee witnessed the two make several selections and proceed to the self check out register where they skip-scan and only paid for a selected few items and not all the merchandise. Both were stopped by employees when they passed all final points of sale. Littrell and Millard were issued summons to appear in court on a charge of theft and were issued no-trespass orders keeping them from returning to the store.
Friday, October 4th, 2019

Today at 6:05 AM, Martin County Sheriff’s Office were advised by Martin County Community Corrections of a GPS Tracking Device tamper alarm for the ankle monitor of James “Mike” Hert. Martin County Deputies arrived at Hert's residence, in the town of Shoals, a short time later to investigate and discovered Hert’s ankle monitor located in the yard and no one at the residence. Hert is currently on Community Corrections for methamphetamine charges. James “Mike” Hert is a 56-year-old white male, brown hair, green eyes, 6 ft. and 170 pounds. Clothing, vehicle description or traveling status is not known at this time. This is currently under investigation by Martin County Sheriff’s Office. If seen, do not attempt to approach or apprehend; call Martin County Sheriff's Office at 812-247-3726.

A Mitchell woman was hurt in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday night on 29th Street in Bedford. Police were alerted and responded to the accident at 5:42 p.m. According to police, 61 year old Kenneth Fahr of Bedford was pulling into his driveway in the on 29th Street in Bedford and was checking his rearview mirror when he drove his 2007 General Motors Acadia into the path of a 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by 62 year old Onalee Giggy of Mitchell. Giggy suffered an abrasion to her face and was treated at the scene.

On Tuesday night Indiana State Police attempted to stop a black Chevrolet Corvette for speeding while patrolling on SR 56 in eastern Washington County. As the trooper turned around to stop the car, The Corvette accelerated, then turned south on to Mount Road and fled at a high rate of speed. Mount Road is gravel and the Corvette left a cloud of thick gravel dust in its wake, which prevented the trooper from safely pursuing. After the dust settled, he continued down the road, but did not locate the vehicle. Just after midnight on Wednesday, a dispatcher reported a suspicious vehicle had pulled into a nearby residence on Mount Rd. The caller said it looked like the driver was trying to hide from someone and had parked by a barn. When Police arrived, they located 48 year old Jacquline Turner of Medora in the vehicle. Turner then exited the car and began to walk away when ordered her to stop. During his investigation, Police learned Turner was wanted out of Washington County and that a male subject fled from the scene prior to his arrival. Police searched a nearby wood line and found 42 year old Jeffrey Wilhoite of Bedford, Kentucky, inside the wood line. Police noticed Wilhoite had an ankle holster containing a pistol. Wilhoite was taken into custody without further incident. As a result of the investigation, over 10 grams of methamphetamine was located. Wilhoite and Turner were both arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail. Wilhoite was charged with felony counts of Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting Law Enforcement, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Hypodermic Needle and a misdemeanor count of Possession of a Handgun without License. Turner was charged with felony counts of Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana and also on a warrant out of Washington County for Operating While Intoxicated Prior and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

A Paoli woman was arrested after police were called to Wal-Mart Tuesday afternoon in Bedford. Police were called to the store at 2:25 p.m. after Wal-Mart employees stopped 38 year old Emily Lloyd of Paoli for theft. According to Police an employee witnessed Lloyd remove a tag from a pair of shoes and proceeded to the self-checkout. The employee watched Lloyd only pay for part of the merchandise in her cart. She was then stopped after leaving the store. She was issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of theft and a no-trespass order to stay out of Wal-Mart.

A Mitchell man was arrested Saturday after he was accused of defrauding a person of thousands of dollars during a water damage renovation project. According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit on August 26, a man contacted police to report 56 year old David Kennedy of Mitchell, who owns General Contractors Unlimited, allegedly accepted payment for a project that he did not complete. The man told police he contracted with Kennedy’s company on February 7th, and Kennedy allegedly accepted a $2,500 deposit for a water damage renovation project. Kennedy performed the initial demo but then abandoned the project. The accuser said he attempted to contact Kennedy numerous times but his calls were never returned by Kennedy. At that time police were already investigating another complaint against Kennedy in which he was accused of taking a deposit without doing the required work. In September another person contacted police to report Kennedy took a deposit without working on a project. Police interviewed Kennedy and he allegedly claimed he was in trouble for some things that he was trying to work out in other counties. Kennedy was booked into the Lawrence County jail. Kennedy was charged with three counts of corrupt business influence, two counts of home improvement fraud and one count of theft.

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of State Road 37 and Wesley Chapel Road Wednesday morning in Mitchell. According to a police report 82 year old John Ritchison of Mitchell was at the stop sign at the intersection of Wesley Chapel Road and State Road 37 and attempting to turn south onto State Road 37. He pulled his 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck into the path of a 2016 Kia Optima driven by 34 year old Brittany Lanham. Lanham was unable to avoid the collision. A witness at the scene told police the pickup truck pulled in front of the car causing the accident. Police responded to the scene of the crash at 7:50 a.m. Ritchison suffered minor bleeding to his head and Lanham suffered a contusion and bruising to her head.

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019


A crash Sunday may have been caused by a medical problem. A single vehicle crash happened at 5 p.m. on US 150/State Road 56 in French Lick about six miles west of Paoli. Police said a Chevrolet pickup driven by 41 year old Jason Newhouse of Paoli left the roadway in a curve and struck two signs. Police were told that Newhouse has multiple sclerosis and began having trouble driving when the truck entered the curve. Newhouse was given a misdemeanor citation for driving while suspended with a prior infraction. No one was injured in the crash.

A Ferdinand woman was arrested after police came to the modern campground at Patoka Lake in reference to a call about an intoxicated woman. Police were dispatched to the modern campground around 10:30 p.m. on Friday about an intoxicated woman attempting to leave in a vehicle. While police were on their way they became aware the woman was trying to choke her boyfriend. Once arriving, police were made aware by a DNR official that she had fled into the woods. Officers were made aware that the woman was back at the campsite. Police allegedly saw the woman, identified as 25 year old Mariah Kammerer of Ferdinand punch a man in the face. While trying to take Kammerer into custody an officer was then struck on the chin by her. She was then handcuffed and transported to the Orange County Jail without incident. A portable breath test she took registered a .15. Kammerer has been charged with a felony count of battery against a public safety official, and misdemeanor counts of battery resulting in bodily injury and public intoxication.

Around 12:30 Tuesday morning, Indiana State Trooper Tatum Rohlfing was patrolling on Lewis and Clark Parkway in Clarksville when he observed a pick-up truck make an unsafe lane movement. Trooper Rohlfing checked the vehicle's license plate when stopping the truck and learned the plate returned to a different vehicle. Trooper Rohlfing spoke with the driver, and sole occupant, 58 year old Jay Hart of Jeffersonville, and further learned that Hart's Driver's License was suspended. Also, as a result of his continued investigation, Trooper Rohlfing located over 40 grams of methamphetamine as well as paraphernalia. Hart was arrested at the scene and, in addition to the traffic offenses, is charged with felony counts of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and a misdemeanor count of Possession of Paraphernalia.

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

A drug tip and a woman wanted on a Kentucky warrant led to the arrest of four people west of Ferdinand on Saturday. Police made contact with 41 year old Robin Dixon of Ferdinand who was wanted on a warrant out of Hancock County, Kentucky regarding a petition to revoke probation in a possession of a controlled substance case. Police also located at the trailer where Dixon was were 34 year-old Matthew Martin and 24 year-old Ashlyn Gaynor both of Lewisport, Kentucky and 28 year old James Decker III of Hawesville, Kentucky. Police obtained a search warrant and allegedly located methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple items of drug paraphernalia. Police took Dixon into custody on the Kentucky warrant and also booked her into the Dubois County Jail at 12:45 p.m. on preliminary felony charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Martin, Gaynor and Decker were also arrested on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of visiting a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. The Ferdinand Police Department also assisted at the scene.

A Jasper woman was arrested after a traffic stop early Saturday morning in Jasper. Police initiated a traffic stop at 12:24 a.m. Saturday
after an officer observed a car fail to come to a complete stop at 15th and Jackson streets. During the traffic stop the officer alleged an object was thrown out the window by the front seat passenger. When questioned the passenger 38 year old Nichole Shelley of Jasper denied throwing anything out the window. Police searched the area and found the item. The item contained a green, leafy material that field tested positive as marijuana. Authorities booked Shelley into the Dubois County Jail at 1:02 a.m. on preliminary felony charges of obstruction of justice and a misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

A Bedford woman was arrested after police saw a vehicle traveling the wrong way down a one-way street Friday night in Bedford. Police then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver 20 year old Emily Banks of Bedford didn’t have a valid driver’s license and gave officers consent to search the vehicle. Officers located a purse belonging to her passenger 55 year old Julia Godsey of Bedford. Inside the purse police located a crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Police released Banks with a summons to appear in court for operating a vehicle while never licensed. Godsey was arrested on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Monday, September 30th, 2019

The quick actions of local citizens and firefighters helped save a home Saturday night in Needmore.
At about 7:15 p.m. firefighters with Marshall Township, Oolitic and Shawswick Fire Departments responded to a garage fire in Needmore. Robbie Roberts and two other unidentified individuals who were in the area used a garden hose to keep the flames from extending into the home until firefighters arrived. Uppon their arrival firefighters found the garage engulfed in flames. They were able to attack the blaze quickly from two locations to keep it from getting into the home. The home suffered water damage in the living room area and attic but there was no other damage to the home and it is still livable. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the homeowners were unknown at the time of the fire.

Police arrested a Seymour man Thursday after he ran from police and then stole a vehicle in Brownstown. Police conducted a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of County Roads 300 North and 225 West in Jackson County around 4:12 p.m. When the vehicle stopped the driver got out but the passenger, later identified as 24 year old Lakota Snyder, jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off. Officers pursued the vehicle north on County Road 225W for about a half-mile before the vehicle left the road and traveled through several fields and yards. Snyder then abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene on foot into a cornfield. He then forced his way into a house, told police he had a gun and then stole the homeowner’s car and fled. Police finally stopped the car and apprehended Snyder. Snyder is charged with two counts of auto theft, robbery, residential entry, two counts of resisting law enforcement, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while never receiving a driver’s license, refusal to submit to a chemical test, and he was wanted on a warrant out of Jackson County. Snyder is being held without bond in the Jackson County jail.

Friday, September 27th, 2019


Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that happened yesterday at 11:44 a.m in Bloomington. Officers and emergency crews were called to Walnut Street just south of the intersection of 3 rd Street regarding a crash involving a female pedestrian and a Bloomington Transit bus. When the first responders arrived they determined the pedestrian was dead. The bus involved had just departed from the downtown Bloomington Transit terminal. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. Investigators are trying to find any nearby cameras that captured any video of the crash. No foul play is suspected in the crash. Walnut Street was closed to traffic for almost an hour and a half. The name and age of the pedestrian will not be released until the next of kin can be notified. No further information will be released at this time.

Police arrested a man for allegedly promoting prostitution and possession of drugs Thursday Jasper.
Police were dispatched to the report of a verbal altercation on Wednesday involving 38 year old David Morris Jr. of Jasper and a female. Morris was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Georgia had fled the scene by the time officers showed up. Police received information Thursday that Morris was back at his house and that drugs were present there. After arresting Morris, police obtained a search warrant for the residence and allegedly found a glass bong, a grinder, a brass pipe and other drug paraphernalia, powder identified as the controlled substance Kratom; a syringe; and several types of prescription drugs. Police found information Morris had allegedly promoted prostitution. Police booked Morris into the Dubois County Jail at 7:10 p.m. on preliminary charges that included felony counts of promoting prostitution, unlawful possession of a syringe and unlawful possession of a legend (prescription) drug and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of a synthetic drug and possession of paraphernalia. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene.

One person was taken to the hospital after a motorcycle went down on its side Saturday afternoon at Haysville. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 56 year old Mark Humbert of Jasper was driving southbound on U.S. 231 on a 1994 Honda GL1500 motorcycle at 2:05 p.m. north of Charles Street in Haysville. After its front brake locked up the motorcycle turned over onto its side. Humbert suffered a scraped elbow and his passenger 58 year old Carol Humbert of Jasper complained of pain and was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center where she was treated and released. Damage to the motorcycle was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000. The Haysville Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted at the scene.

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

An incident at the Persimmon Festival led police to arrest an man on charges of disorderly conduct,
public intoxication, resisting arrest by force and battery with bodily injury on a police officer. The incident took place Tuesday evening during the Persimmon Festival. Mitchell Police were alerted to a suspicious male who asked a female if he could have one of her children. Officers made contact with that male who police identified as 39 year old Daniel Roberts and arrested him. According to police Roberts forcibly resisted officers. Daniels was arrested and taken to the Lawrence County Jail. Roberts was also issued a no-trespass order from the Persimmon Festival and officials say that there are no further safety risks to the public by this individual at this time.

A teen and a child suffered injury in a Wednesday morning crash south of Dubois. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 18 year old Hailee Foster of Jasper was southbound on Jasper-Dubois Road in a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser at 7:50 a.m. near Dubois. Foster told police she swerved to avoid an animal and her vehicle went off the east side of the roadway. She over corrected and came back on the road before the vehicle left the roadway again and flipped on its top. Foster suffered face and head cuts. She was treated at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and released. A 3 year old passenger from Jasper suffered scrapes on the shoulder. The Chrysler was totaled in the accident. The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

Holland Volunteer Fire Department and St. Henry water tanker and personnel responded to a combine fire east of Holland on Wednesday. Mel Menke was harvesting soybeans in a field near Holland Road East and County Road 500W when he was alerted by a person that smoke was coming from the rear discharge area of the 2007 New Holland combine at 4:57 p.m. The combine which had about 100 bushels of soybeans in it was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. According to firefighters a mechanical malfunction was likely the cause. The combine was valued at around $100,000 and insured. Firefighters were on the scene about two hours extinguishing the flames and putting out a fire that had spread to the field. The fire burned about an eighth of an acre. Holland responded with three trucks and eight firefighters. St. Henry sent a water tanker and six firefighters. There were no injuries.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019


A Pike County woman was arrested Tuesday after an investigation into a recovered wallet in Jasper.
Police were contacted Friday when a wallet was found inside a convenience store in Jasper. When the owner was contacted they indicated the wallet had been stolen at a Jasper restaurant back on Aug. 10. The owner also said the only things missing were three $100 bills. A video still of a female suspect with the wallet in the convenience store was released by police over the weekend, which led police to interview 51 year old Marilyn Hanselman of Velpen. Upon her questioning police alleged Hanselman admitted to taking the cash from the wallet after it was given to her by another worker at the restaurant where she was employed. Authorities booked Hanselman into the Dubois County Jail at 12:53 a.m. Tuesday on a preliminary misdemeanor count of theft.

A Bedford woman was arrested after police found drugs in her vehicle during a traffic stop Tuesday
in Bedford. Police conducted a traffic stop at 6:34 p.m and the officer could smell the odor of burnt marijuana. The driver of the vehicle 43 year old Kattie Johnson denied there was anything illegal inside his vehicle. The officer requested a K-9 unit to the scene and the dog alerted to possible drugs in the vehicle. Johnson later admitted that there was marijuana inside the vehicle. The Officer found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and several pills in the vehicle. Johnson was arrested and taken to the Lawrence County Jail, where staff found more drug paraphernalia and more drugs. Johnson is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking with an inmate.

A report of a man having made threats at a dentist’s office against an employee Tuesday afternoon ended with the man arrested.
Police were called at 2:03 p.m. regarding a patient who had become mad after his insurance was declined. According to police one of the threats allegedly involved the mention of a firearm. After the investigation by police, 56 year old Darryl Schepers of Huntingburg was arrested. Police booked Schepers into the Dubois County Jail at 4:15 p.m. on a preliminary felony count of intimidation.

Tuesday, September 24th,2019

A lengthy joint investigation between the Indiana State Police DES and Indiana State Police Bloomington District A.C.E.S. culminated on Friday night, with two Bedford residents being arrested for dealing methamphetamine. Information was obtained that 52 year old Tracy Sego of Bedford was allegedly dealing large quantities of methamphetamine in Lawrence County. The investigation included traffic stops and interviews. On Friday night, just after 9:15pm, Indiana State Police observed Sego driving a black, 2004 Dodge Dakota northbound on VFW Road, crossing State Road 60 East. As the troopers caught up to the Dodge, police observed an item being thrown from the passenger side door into the woods and a traffic stop was conducted. Sego was the driver and had a female passenger 25 year old Kenzie Cox of Bedford. Both Sego and Cox displayed indicators of criminal activity and both appeared extremely nervous. Troopers requested the assistance of the Lawrence County Highway Interdiction Team and a short time later, HIT team members, Mitchell Police Officers and a Lawrence County Prosecutor Investigator, arrived at the scene of the traffic stop. K-9 Jack was deployed and gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotics in the truck. Officers located a container with a small amount of methamphetamine along with a bottle of legend drug prescription pills, for which neither Sego, nor Cox had a prescription. Police went back to the area where they observed the item being thrown from the Dodge and located a make-up bag, which contained 107 grams of methamphetamine. Both Sego and Cox were arrested on felony charges of Dealing Methamphetamine, and Possession of Methamphetamine Over 28 Grams.

A Fayettville man was arrested after he was accused of choking a woman and kicking a police officer Sunday night. At 8:25 p.m., a 911 call was received about a fight in the 1200 block of Butterfly Lane in Fayettville., A woman told police when they arrived 53 year old Glenn Roll choked her and hit her face after an argument. According to police the woman had blood on her lips and a bruise on her neck. Police arrested Roll and according to police he kicked an officer's face when he was taken to a patrol car. Roll complained of chest pain and was taken to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. After he was medically cleared he was booked into the Lawrence County jail. Roll is facing preliminary charges of strangulation, domestic battery and battery against an officer.

Three men who reportedly were passed out in a vehicle were arrested Tuesday morning in Bedford. An officer was patrolling in the 2600 block of Sixth street in Bedford when he was flagged down by a resident in reference to three men who appeared passed out in a black Escort. More officers arrived and approached the vehicle. The three men showed signs of intoxication and officers could smell the odor of burnt marijuana. While speaking to the males officers located two loaded handguns, marijuana, meth, and digital scales. Police arrested 18 year old Christian Barrett of Bloomington on charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a handgun by a violent offender, possession of a handgun without a permit, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance. 18 year old Dakoda VanPatten of Bicknell was arrested on charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, visiting a common nuisance and 18 year old Braydden Kail of Bicknell was arrested on charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun without a permit, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, visiting a common nuisance.

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

A Vallonia Man has been charged with Attempted Murder after an early morning shooting sent one man to the University of Louisville Hospita
l with multiple gunshot wounds. Just before 5:00 a.m., Sunday Morning, the Washington County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to the residence at 10005 N. Hattabaugh Road, Vallonia in northern Washington County. When officers arrived, they learned that an overnight guest, 46 year old Richard Williams of Salem had just been transported by car to St. Vincent Hospital in Salem. Williams had allegedly been shot by 66 year odd Roger Root of Vallonia. According to the residents, Root was also an overnight guest at the house.The Indiana State Police (ISP) in Sellersburg was contacted to assist, and Detective Travis Baker responded to the scene along with ISP Crime Scene Technicians. As part of the investigation, Detective Baker interviewed Roger Root, who had been transported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. As a result of the investigation, Roger Root is charged with one felony count of Attempted Murder and is incarcerated at the Washington County Jail. This case is still under investigation. The victim Richard Williams was transported to UofL Hospital and was listed in stable condition.

A Bedford man was killed after a car crash occurred Saturday in Bedford. The crash happened around 2:08 p.m. at 1250 State Highway 446, north of Erie Church Road. 26 year old Richard Hattabaugh was driving a blue 2012 Honda Civic. 45 year old Gordon Whitehead of Petersburg was driving a 2019 Chevy Colorado pickup truck. Both men were traveling north on State Highway 446 when Hattabaugh attempted to pass the truck on the right while speeding. Whitehead moved to the left to avoid contact, but Hattabaug’s left front bumper hit the truck’s right rear fender. Hattabaugh then left the roadway and skidded through the grass about 243 feet until it hit a row of trees, went airborne for about 66 feet and struck the ground with the front bumper. The vehicle then flipped and slid for another 15 feet. The Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and an air ambulance was called. Hattabaugh died as a result of his injuries suffered from the accident. According to police Whitehead did not show signs of being impaired. But while looking through Hattabaugh’s vehicle police noticed a strong odor of alcohol and found open and unopened cans of Bud Light. Police are still waiting for a toxicology report from the Lawrence County Coroner’s Office.

Saturday night at 9:00 P.M, Indiana State Police Trooper Jordan Lee stopped the driver of a 1999 Pontiac for driving left of center on SR 168
near Church Street in Gibson County. The driver was identified 43 year old as Bradley Beadles of Princeton. During the traffic stop Trooper Lee observed signs of impairment. Beadles’ nine-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle. Further investigation revealed Beadles tested positive for marijuana and had a blood alcohol content of .10%. The nine-year-old was released to a family member. Beadles was arrested and taken to the Gibson County Jail where he posted bond and was later released. Beadles is charged with a felony count of Driving While Intoxicated with a Passenger less than 18, and 2 misdemeanor counts of Driving While Intoxicated Friday, September 20th, 2019

Police say a man who led them on a high-speed chase from Paoli into Washington County during the night of Sept. 2, and then eluded authorities for more than a week, has been found and is now in custody. 26 year old Dustin Joy, was arrested by Indiana State Police Saturday and booked into the Orange County Jail. He’s been charged in Orange Superior Court with resisting law enforcement, a level 6 felony; driving while license suspended with a prior conviction, a class A misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a class C misdemeanor.

Two Lawrence County residents were arrested after Bedford Police officers were called to an apartment in the 1300 block of K Street Thursday afternoon. According to Bedford Police, officers were dispatched to the apartment after a family member reported that 19 year old Amy Godsey of Bedford and 19 year old Noah Ford of Bedford had arrived at the home and Godsey was barely conscious. When police arrived they summoned an ambulance to check on her. Officers then spoke to Ford. He admitted to smoking marijuana around the baby and having a pipe inside a diaper bag. DCS was notified of the situation and agreed to let the other family members care for the baby. Godsey was cleared by hospital staff and she and Ford were arrested on charges of neglect of a dependent, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Lawrence County woman was injured after she was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of Jay C Foods Plus on Thursday afternoon in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police report, officers were called to the grocery store at 4:43 p.m. after a 911 call reporting a woman had been struck by a vehicle. Police say 51-year-old Robbin Carter, of Springville, was backing her 2018 GMC Acadia and struck 88-year-old Joyce Barnett, of Bedford. Barnett fell on her left hip and left elbow. She suffered a cut on her elbow and head. She also complained of hip and leg pain. She was transported by ambulance to IU Health Hospital in Bloomington for treatment.

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Approximately 1,400 band members from 20 schools across southern Indiana will participate in the 2019 Pride of Paoli Band Invitational.
The event will take place at Cook Field on the Paoli High School campus. Admission is $7.00 An estimated 1,000-2,000 fans will also be on hand to cheer on the bands. The bands will compete in one of four classes, based on band size starting at 4:15 p.m. Bands will compete for an overall placing and caption awards. Awards will be presented for Class A and AA at 6:15 p.m. before the Class AAA and Class AAAA begins at 6:45 p.m. Those awards will be presented at 9:50 p.m. The show will conclude with an exhibition performance by the Pride of Paoli at 9:30 p.m. The Pride will be judged by the same panel of judges and critiqued in the same fashion as the other bands, but will not be eligible for the placings and caption awards. Trophies will be given for first through third places in each class, as well as caption awards for each class. Overall awards for all classes include Grand Champion, Best Pit Crew and a People’s Choice award. Judges will be from Bands of America and Drum Corps International associations and all six have state finals judging experience. Orleans Bulldog Regiment to perform at 7:50 p.m.; and the Springs ValleyBlackhawk Brigade, to perform at 9:08 p.m.; and the Pride of Paoli in exhibition at at 9:34 p.m.

Police have identified the body that was found in Morgan County last week. Morgan County Sheriffs officials say the body of 23-year-old Alexander Jackson, of Indianapolis, was found on Friday, Sept. 13 on Mann Road. Deputies were alerted to the remains after a woman found the body while walking their dog. Mann Road is a busy road connecting northern Morgan County and the Indianapolis southwest side. According to reports, Jackson had been dead for about a week, and his body was badly decomposed.Police had appealed to the public for help identifying the body and released photos of a t-shirt and earrings Jackson was wearing.Now investigators are attempting to piece together what happened to Jackson. Anyone with information about the case or Jackson’s previous whereabouts are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477) or Morgan County 911 Dispatch at 765-342-5544.

Wednesday, September 18th 2019

On Saturday Troopers from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg arrested an Orleans man on a warrant for Child Molestation.  Trooper Tyler Matthew, working alongside Washington County Deputy Tory Hildreth, began the investigation on September 12 after learning of possible inappropriate or illegal conduct involving a minor at a Campbellsburg, Indiana address.  As a result of the investigation, Trooper Matthew requested an arrest warrant for 60 year old William Stinnett Orleans.  On Saturday, Trooper Kyle Taylor along with Deputy Hildreth arrested Stinnett as his Orleans residence.  Stinnett is currently charged with one felony count of Child Molestation. This case is still under investigation.  After his arrest, Stinnett was transported and remanded into the custody of the Washington County Jail without incident. 

On Tuesday Detective Travis Baker from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg arrested a Salem man for Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.   On Tuesday morning, Detective Travis Baker was contacted by the Indiana Department of Child Services and informed of possible inappropriate or illegal conduct involving a minor that allegedly occurred between the suspect and a younger female.  Detective Baker met with and interviewed the suspect, 19 year old Daniel Terrell Caleb Noonan of Salem later in the morning.  As a result of the investigation Daniel Noonan is charged with a felony Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.  This case is still under investigation.  After his arrest, Daniel Noonan was remanded into the custody of the Washington County Jail without incident. Detective Baker was assisted by the Indiana Department of Child Services. 

Just after midnight on September 11 th, Indiana State Police conducted a traffic stop along Avoca-Eureka Road in Lawrence county on a 2019 Dodge Journey for a speeding violation.  The driver was identified as 42 year old Zachary Wood of Williams. Wood’s license was found to be suspended. While inventorying the vehicle for impound, police discovered that Wood was in possession of approximately 6 grams of methamphetamine. Wood was not arrested at the time pending further investigation. On the morning of September 12 th, police traveled to Wood’s address. Evidence showed there were people inside the residence; however no one would answer the door. While awaiting a warrant for Wood’s arrest, police spoke to the occupant of an apartment on a detached garage on the same property. The overwhelming odor of raw marijuana could be detected coming from that garage.  Troopers asked for consent to search the garage and apartment, but were denied. Police then applied for and received a search warrant for that garage and apartment. Once troopers had the arrest warrant for Wood, they made entry into the residence and located Wood, along with two other occupants inside. While Wood was being placed into custody for the warrant, troopers detected the odor of burnt marijuana inside. A separate search warrant was applied for and obtained for Wood’s residence. During the search of the residence and interviews, evidence that Wood was dealing methamphetamine was obtained. In addition, marijuana, syringes, and drug paraphernalia was discovered. During the search of the separate garage and apartment, troopers located a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. They also located a marijuana grow operation. 15 marijuana plants were discovered, which had been grown in the garage, currently drying while hanging from the ceiling. Police arrested Wood on felony charges of Possession of Methamphetamine (Over 5 grams, Less than 10 grams and Dealing Methamphetamine and 40 year old David Henderson of Williams on misdemeanor charges of Cultivating Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

 A Cuzco area man was accused of operating an all-terrain vehicle on a roadway while intoxicated Sunday evening. A Department of Natural Resources conservation officer observed an ATV veer into the eastbound lane as it turned west onto Cuzco Road North from County Road 1050E at 6:35 p.m. The officer noticed that the machine did not have a registration number. The officer made contact with the driver of the ATV, identified as 48 year old Michael Troutt of French Lick and the officer noticed signs of impairment. The officer later reported Troutt’s blood alcohol content tested .13% on a portable breath test. In a certified test at the Jasper Police Station later on, Troutt’s blood alcohol content officially tested .11%. Troutt was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 8:14 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.

The Bartholmew County Coroner’s office has identified the Bedford woman that died in a crash in Columbus on Saturday.  25 year old Kayze Danielle Gilstrap of Bedford was identified as the person who died in a fatal crash on Saturday on I-65 near the State Road 46 interchange. The crash happened at 4:45 p.m. Saturday and police were dispatched to a wreck involving a vehicle that was on fire. Gilstrap’s vehicle was backing up in the left northbound lane and was struck by a 2019 Honda Pilot driven by 31 year old Vanessa Rosborough of Indianapolis who was northbound on I-65. Rosborogh was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment, while a passenger in her vehicle 28 year old Emily McNiff of Fishers, was life-lined to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment. Gilstrap was pronounced dead at the scene. The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed in the area of the accident for approximately three and a half hours. The accident is still under investigation by the Columbus Police Department. Assisting Columbus Police were Columbus Regional Hospital EMS, Columbus Fire Department, Indiana University Lifeline Helicopter, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s office and the coroner’s office, the release stated.

A Florida man was arrested after drugs and paraphernalia were found during a traffic stop Friday in Jasper.  Police stopped a 2015 Toyota passenger car at noon after observing the vehicle fail to signal a turn south onto Jackson Street from 14th Street. Police said the driver of the vehicle 26 year old Alejandro Alejo Lugones of Hialeah, Florida, appeared nervous and was found to have a suspended driver’s license out of Florida. A K-9 was utilized at the scene and indicated to the presence of narcotics in the car. Police discovered methamphetamine and multiple glass smoking pipes with burnt residue wrapped in washcloths in the car. Alejo Lugones was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 2:11 p.m. on preliminary charges that included a felony count of methamphetamine possession and a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia.

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Dubois County police served warrants today for drug dealing originating back August 2018.  Beginning in August of last year Dubois County police began conducting undercover drug buys. Jasper and Huntingburg police later joined in the investigation. 15 individuals in total are facing drug dealing charges in conjunction with these warrant arrests. Police used confidential informants to aid in making undercover drug buys of methamphetamine, LSD, marijuana, heroin, and other opiate-derivative drugs. The main drug purchased was methamphetamine. As a result of the covert investigations, felony arrest warrants for drug dealing charges were obtained by the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests may be made in the coming days. Those individuals arrested on warrants were: 47 year old Kelly Birkle of Velpen, 42 year old Robert Sowders of Huntingburg, 42 year old Christy Miller of Huntingburg, 25 year old Jessica Fulkerson of Huntingburg, 23 year old Lindsay Austin of Jasper, 26 year old Frederick Moon Jr of Jasper, 34 year old Brandon Bullock of Jasper, 36 year old Michael Norris of Jasper, 43 year old Nick Kreilein of Huntingburg, 29 year old Ira Peters of Jasper, 33 year old Amanda Peters of Jasper,  31 year old Brandon Jones of Huntingburg, 28 year old Devon Morton of Eckerty, and 30 year old Talicia Reynolds of Jasper were all charged with various drug related charges.

A Mitchell man was arrested after police stopped his vehicle at 13th and L streets Saturday afternoon in Bedford.  The officer noticed the vehicle didn’t have a property license plate light and pulled the vehicle over. Officer could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle when they approached the vehicle. According to police the driver 36 year old James Carrico of Mitchell showed signs of intoxication. Carrico agreed to perform field sobriety tests performed poorly.  He was then transported to Bedford Police Department for a chemical test and then to the hospital for a voluntary blood draw.  Police arrested Carrico on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also cited for an improper tail or license plate light and disregarding a traffic control device.

Two people were arrested Sunday morning in Bedford after meth was found in their vehicle by police.  An expired license plate prompted officers to stop a vehicle at O and 16th Street in Bedford at 2:15 a.m. Officers received consent to search the vehicle and they found a clear baggie that contained a crystal-like substance that tested positive for meth. The driver, 36 year old Mark Kessner, and his passenger, 28 year old Sarah Meyers both of Bloomington, claimed they didn’t know the meth was in the vehicle. Both were arrested on a charge of possession of meth and transported to the Lawrence County Jail.

Friday, September 13th, 2019

An Orange County man was arrested following a traffic stop Wednesday in Shoals.
According to police reports, a Martin County Sheriff deputy was patrolling in Shoals around 1:19 a.m. when he noticed a vehicle with a registration and equipment violation. The driver, later identified as 53-year-old James Montesano of Orleans. A K-9 was called to the scene and alerted officers to possible drugs in the vehicle. When searching the vehicle, police found a little less than a gram of meth. Montesano was arrested and transported to the Martin County Jail on a charge of possession of meth.

An Marion County man is dead after a single-vehicle crash on Tuesday afternoon in Martin County.
According to the Martin County sheriffs department report, sheriffs deputies received multiple calls reporting an accident on US 231, just south of Loogootee. According to reports, a 2011 Chevy Express Van was going southbound on US 231 and left the road for unknown reasons. The van then struck a utility pole and a tree before coming to a rest on the side of the road. The driver, identified as Robin Shaw, of Indianapolis, was pronounced dead at the scene. Martin County Sheriffs Deputies continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

An Monroe County man was arrested on three felony counts of child molestation. According to police reports, 41-year-old Bryan Keith of Elletsville, was arrested on Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to court records, Keith is charged with two Level 1 Felony charges of child molesting and a Level 4 felony charge of child molesting fondling or touching a child under the age of 12.Tuesday, Keith appeared in Monroe Circuit Court 2 and entered a not guilty plea. He was appointed a public defender to represent him and was also ordered to have no contact with the victim. He is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. He is currently being held in the Monroe County Correction Center without bond.

A Cosner’s Ice truck landed on its side on US 50 East, just east of the State Road 446 Intersection Tuesday morning.
According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report, at around 8:26 a.m.20-year-old Ethan Aubrey was driving the Cosner’s Ice truck east on US 50 when he struck the rear of a pickup truck driven by 64-year-old Dennis Campbell, of Heltonville. Police say Campbell had stopped to pick up a hitchhiker and the rear of his vehicle was partially in the roadway. Aubrey told police he was looking down at his GPS and did not see Campbell’s truck. After impact, the Cosner’s truck flipped on its side. Aubrey complained of knee and leg pain. Campbell suffered minor bleeding to his elbow. Both were checked out by medical personnel at the scene but refused to go to local hospitals for treatment. Assisting at the scene were first responders from Bedford and Shawswick Fire Departments, Indiana State Police, and AMR Ambulance Service.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

A Huntingburg man who crashed his vehicle and fled on foot in West Baden has been charged with an OWI.  The accident took place around 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 5 at the intersection of County Pike Road and Flood Road in West Baden. 21 year old Cameron Hall  drove his Chevrolet Captiva into the ditch there and struck an embankment. Hall then fled the scene on foot.  Police later located Hall about a mile away on Abbeydell road.  According to police Hall admitted that he had driven the vehicle into the ditch and also that he had sped through the stop sign. He also complained of back pain after the accident. Authorities administered alcohol and blood tests.  Hall has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Damages to his vehicle were estimated at $5,000 to $10,000.

A Salem man was arrested after police found methamphetamine in his car Sunday morning.  According to a Lawrence Superior Court II probable cause affidavit on Sunday police were on patrol in the area of State Road 60 East and Deer Run Road. Police clocked a vehicle traveling at 68 mph in a 55 mph zone. Police pulled the vehicle over on Doc Hamilton Boulevard. According to the officer they saw a large sporting-type rifle in the front passenger seat.  The driver of the vehicle 31 year old Sean Lozier allegedly refused to exit the vehicle multiple times telling officers he did nothing wrong. Lozier was finally removed from vehicle after the officer drew his pistol on Lozier. Lozier was searched by police and they found a folding pocket knife. Lozier also said he was carrying the rifle because an ex-girlfriend threatened him. A police dog also alerted to possible drugs in the vehicle. Officers allegedly found meth and other drug paraphernalia and they also found two gun magazines containing a total of 34 rounds. An additional 20 rounds were later found in a box. Lozier was booked into the Lawrence County jail. Lozier is facing charges of dealing in meth, possession of meth, resisting law enforcement and possession of paraphernalia.

On Monday Indiana State Police made a traffic stop for driving left of center, that stopped landed the driver in jail on drug and other charges in Clarksville.  At 3:45 p.m. on Monday, police observed a Ford Mustang drive left of center on Randolph Avenue and initiated a traffic stop for the violation. The driver 37 year old Rachel Wiggins of Sellersburg was found to be driving while suspended and was traveling with a young child in the car. Further investigation lead to the discovery of methamphetamine, numerous syringes, and drug paraphernalia. Wiggins was arrested and transported to the Clark County Jail. She is charged with felony counts of Neglect of a Dependent, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Syringe and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Paraphernalia, Unauthorized Possession, Display, Use of Suspended License. 

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Two Bedford teens were airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after a crash on Sunday in Bedford.  According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department crash report at 2:50 p.m.  19 year old Reese Ayers was driving west on State Road 58 East in a blue 2007 Pontiac Vibe with passenger 18 year old Jada Andrews riding in the passenger seat. The Vibe lost control west of Corrie Lane and began to skid. The rear of the car then hit an embankment causing the vehicle to roll. The vehicle went airborne for 45 feet and then landed on its driver’s side door. The vehicle rolled again, landing on the passenger’s side door. The Vibe then slid for 16 feet and came to a rest on its tires. Ayers suffered a head injury and Andrews complained of neck pain. StatFlight and Air Evac Lifeteam both responded with airlifts.

A Mitchell woman was taken into custody after she was caught shoplifting at WalMart in Bedford Monday.  According to Police at 4:03 p.m. a Walmart employee requested an officer after detaining 66 year old Phyllis Grissom of Mitchell. The employee witnessed Grissom pay for one shopping cart full of groceries. Grissom then retrieved a second cart full of items and didn’t pay for those items and left the store. Grissom was detained by the employee until police arrived. Grissom was also served a no-trespass order preventing her from returning to the store. Police issued Grissom a summons to appear in court on a charge of theft.

Indiana State Police arrested a 15 year old Scottsburg High School student after he allegedly called in a bomb threat to the school on Monday morning.  Yesterday at 9:45 a.m., Scottsburg High School authorities were alerted to a possible bomb threat when a student received a text stating a bomb had been placed in a school locker.  School officials immediately evacuated the building and alerted police.  Officers utilized bomb-sniffing dogs to search and clear the building.  Police eventually determined the threat to be a hoax.  Working alongside Scottsburg school resource officers, Police determined the threat was transmitted via a texting app which is sometimes used in an attempt to disguise the sender.  Police were later able to associate the text with a 15 year old Scottsburg student, who was then questioned.  As a result of the investigation, the student was arrested at 2 p.m. yesterday and transported to the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.  The student is charged with a felony of Intimidation.

Monday, September 9th, 2019

A Lawrence County woman arrested after police found her slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle in the area of 14th and L streets on Friday afternoon. According to Bedford Police, they responded to that area after a call requesting to do a welfare check on the woman at 3:29 p.m. When they arrived, they woke 40-year-old Jessica Ikerd of Bedford. Ikerd then allowed officers to search her vehicle. Located was several pill bottles identified as a Schedule III controlled substance, and also later more pills were found on her person. Ikerd is facing charges of public intoxication, trafficking with an inmate, and possession of a controlled substance.

Bloomington Police have arrested seven people after they broke into an apartment Friday morning through an unlocked door.
According to Bloomington Police, they went to the apartment located at 1890 South Walnut Street after receiving a call around 3 a.m. When police arrived, they looked in the window and saw people inside. Officers spoke with one of those people, Blake Cunningham, who spoke to police through the locked door. Cunningham was asked to unlock the door, and refused. Police broke the door open and found five people inside. Police arrested Jessica Bell, Vanenna Guy, Mary-Jo Neighbors, Stanley Staples and James Stewart on a charge of residential entry. Also found was a back window open. Cunningham and Albert Lavelle had fled the apartment. They were found and arrested on charges of residential entry. Cunningham is also facing a charge of resisting arrest.


Friday, September 6th, 2019

Two people were arrested on a charge of public intoxication after Bedford Police were requested to conduct a welfare check in the 1200 block of 13th Street, Thursday. When officers arrived at 4:26 p.m. they found two people in a blue vehicle that appeared to be sleeping. Found were 48-year-old Iva Chattan and 33-year-old Tony May. The officers verbally attempted to wake them up and eventually had to physically move them to get a response. Officers arrested both on a charge of public intoxication.

A Floyd County man was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for a collision between a bus and a minivan that killed three people. 48-year-old Brian Hodges of New Albany was driving a Miller Transportation bus in July 2017 when it slammed into a minivan stopped near Bloomington. The crash killed 54-year-old Rose Pettus, 30-year-old Shante Lewis, and 29-year-old Orlando Lewis Jr., all of Greenwood. After the crash, Hodges told deputies that he was looking down trying to kick away ice before he looked up and saw the minivan stopped for a lane closure on State Road 37, just north of Bloomington. Hodges had meth and amphetamine in his system at the time of the crash and plead guilty to drug-related charges. On Sept. 3rd , Hodges plead guilty to causing death when operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance, and causing injury when operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance. He was sentenced to a total of 14.5 years in prison with 2.5 years suspended to probation. His license was also suspended for 10 years.

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Indiana Conservation Officer search crews located the final victim of the capsized boat in White River, Morgan County this morning.The body of 32-year-old Antonio Sanchez-Maldonado, of Indianapolis, was located just downstream from where the boat capsized in the White River. Sanchez-Maldonado is the fifth and final victim of the capsized boat accident that occurred on Labor Day. Two of the boat’s seven occupants made it to shore Monday night, but the boy identified as 6-year-old Amisadai Elel Conchas and 73-year-old Emilia Villegas of Mexico were pulled from the White River near Martinsville by emergency responders that night and pronounced dead. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the bodies of 63-year-old Niseforo Sanchez, of Mexico and 40-year-old Rigoberto Conchas, of Indianapolis, were found Tuesday. The victims were members of a family celebrating the holiday with a cookout and fishing trip. It’s unclear what caused the flat-bottomed boat to capsize.

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies arrested one person in connection with vandalism at Old Dutch Community Church. They are seeking a second suspect. Police arrested 25-year-old Tyler Prince, of Bloomington, after tips poured in on social media after police released surveillance footage of two men spray-painting graffiti on the church.The incident happened between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday night. Deputies went to Prince’s home and saw an older model Ford Taurus matching the description of the one spotted on surveillance video. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and arrested Price; a search of his vehicle turned up 12 cans of spray paint. He was arrested on charges of criminal trespass and criminal mischief. Investigators believe they know the identity of the other man seen in the surveillance footage and are trying to locate him.

Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company has purchased the First Financial Bank, in Princeton.
First Financial Bank N.A. and Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of SVB&T Corporation, have signed a definitive agreement for the sale of the banking center located at 1501 West Broadway, Princeton, Indiana. This sale is real estate only. Springs Valley will open their full-service Banking Center late 2019 or early 2020. Springs Valley Bank is a $440 million financial institution with current locations in Dubois, Orange and Daviess Counties. Springs Valley’s Financial Advisory Group holds assets of $470 million and specializes in retirement planning, estate planning, tax planning and wealth management. The Princeton Banking Center will have retail, residential mortgage, commercial lending, and financial services. Springs Valley Bank is a member of FDIC and is an Equal Housing Lender.












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