Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
A Mitchell man was arrested on Thursday after police pulled over a vehicle he was riding in. On Sept. 16th, the Indiana State Police received word that 44 year old Tony Cassidy of Mitchell was dealing meth in and around Lawrence County. Cassidy was also wanted on a warrant in Jackson County. Police found Cassidy in a vehicle near First Street in Bedford and they stopped the vehicle he was a passenger in at 10th and O streets in Bedford. Police found the vehicle to be stolen. During a search of the vehicle, police found over 28 grams of crystal methamphetamine and a loaded firearm. Cassidy allegedly confessed the methamphetamine belonged to him. Cassidy was arrested on a charge of possession of meth over 28 grams.
Two Bedford woman were arrested after police responded to an unresponsive male at a Bedford home on Saturday. Police arrived to a home in the 1300 block of U Street in Bedford were they were led upstairs by 61 year old Phyllis Padgett of Bedford and they found male who had overdosed. In the room where the male was lying officers could see various types of drug paraphernalia. The male regained consciousness and a search warrant was requested for the home. During the search officers located meth, legend drugs, syringes, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Police then arrested Padgett and 53 year old Julie Borden also of Bedford who was also inside the house. Padgett is facing charges of possession of meth and possession of a legend drug. Borden is facing charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of marijuana, possession of a legend drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Jasper woman was arrested on Saturday on several charges after a video of her online showed her intoxicated while holding a baby. Police were made aware of a video that was on Facebook Live from Sept. 12 in which 32 year old Britoney Fight of Jasper appeared to be intoxicated while holding a baby. According to police in the video, Fight admitted to being high and planning to use more narcotics. Police then began an investigated into the incident which led to Fight being taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment. Fight was then arrested on Saturday, following treatment. Fight was taken to the Dubois County Jail and charged with neglect of a dependent, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, malicious mischief, resisting law enforcement, battery on law enforcement, possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Monday, September 21st, 2020
A Mitchell man was injured after his motorcycle crashed on State Road 158 on Saturday near Highwater Road in Bedford. Police arrived on the scene of the crash at 4:49 p.m. Police say 33-year-old Kevin Wilcox was traveling west on State Road 158 when for an unknown reason his 1992 Yamaha TW 2000 motorcycle left the roadway and struck a guardrail and then stopped on the rocks. Wilcox suffered internal injuries and was flown by an AirEvac helicopter to the University of Louisville for treatment.
Two Lawrence county residents were arrested after police officer stopped their vehicle in Bedford. According to police they pulled over a vehicle that was driven by 28 year old Nicholas Atkins of Oolitic at 15th and M streets. 28 year old Evan Shoults of Bedford was a passenger in the vehicle. Atkins gave police consent to search the vehicle and K-9 ZaZu gave a positive alert to possible drugs in the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle police located marijuana, drug paraphernalia, syringes, and narcotic drugs. Shoults is facing charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Atkins was charged with unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Two people were arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine. While police were patrolling near 10th and O streets in Bedford they noticed a vehicle driven by 30 year old Audrianna Caudill. Police knew Caudill had an active warrant for her arrest and therefore stopped her vehicle and arrested her. Police did a pat down of the front seat passenger who was identified as 28 year old John Rogers of Norman and they located a used syringe in his pocket that tested positive for meth. Caudill was arrested on the warrant and on new charges of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe. Rogers is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe.
Friday, September 18th, 2020
The 11th annual Block Bash is set to take place this weekend in French Lick. After having its traditional downtown location barred by the French Lick Town Council due to concerns over COVID-19, the event will set up next to Best Western Plus French Lick, just off of State Road 145, with safety protocols in place. Festivities start at 10 a.m. each day on Fri, Saturday and Sunday with chainsaw carving and music.Organizers with Bear Hollow Wood Carvers report that the event is operating under guidance from the Orange County Health Department, which means its capacity has been “dramatically capped” compared to previous years. As a result, wristbands are required for entry. Wristbands for each of the three days can be purchased at bearhollowwoodcarvers.com/bash but are already sold out for Saturday.Face masks are also required, and visitors should maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and other attendees. Organizers noted that although this will be a scaled-down version of the Block Bash, it will not be reflected in the art created. They encourage everyone who did not get a bracelet to continue to support the local restaurants and shops this weekend.
An ambulance was summoned to the Lawrence County Jail early Thursday morning after a female inmate there was found unconscious. The 35-year-old female inmate was found during a routine cell check or walk through around 12:54 a.m. Thursday morning. The log noted the female was not breathing, but Sheriff Mike Branham said the woman was breathing on her own. She was then transported to a local hospital and after a few hours released and returned to the jail
A Spencer County jury found a Grandview man guilty of murder.The jury found Alan Lee Bennett guilty of the March 6, 2019, murder of Linda Bowman of the Grandview/Chrisney area. Sentencing is set for 1 p.m. Oct. 13. Police launched a death investigation after a call Wednesday, March 6, 2019, to the Spencer County 911 Dispatch Center reporting shots fired during an ongoing domestic dispute. 64 year old Linda Bowman, was found dead at the scene and 52-year-old Bennett was found injured.
Thursday, September 17th, 2020
A French Lick man was arrested on Saturday by police after he allegedly crashed a pickup truck on State Road 37 and left the scene. Police were dispatched at 7:50 p.m. on Saturday to a one vehicle crash on State Road 37 south of Paoli. While at the scene. police found an empty pickup truck on its top that was blocking the southbound lane. A witness at the scene told police the driver took a dog from the truck and ran into the woods when he saw the approaching lights from the police vehicle. Police went to speak to the owner of the truck and she told police she had let 42 year old Jeremy Mason of French Lick borrow the truck that morning. Mason was also at the home and according to police initially denied driving the truck when it crashed. When confronted by witness reports signifying he was at the scene, he then admitted he was the driver and had crashed as a result of looking over at his dog. During a search of Mason, police found a pill grinder and a small piece of straw that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Mason was booked at the Orange County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine and leaving the scene of an accident.
A French Lick man was taken to the hospital after his vehicle rear ended another vehicle on Sunday. According to the crash report, 70 year old Dale Calvert of French Lick was driving a 2017 GMC on State Road 145 near the Painter Creek Boat Ramp at 12:42 p.m. on Sunday. 23 year old Mikayla Campbell also of French Lick was driving a 2013 Toyota and was stopped and waiting to turn into the ramp area. Campbell and her passenger told police that Calvert did not attempt to slow down or stop before rear ending their vehicle. The force from the collision pushed Campbell’s vehicle into a guard rail and caused damage to the rear of the vehicle. After striking Campbell’s vehicle, Calvert’s SUV also hit a guard rail and came to a stop with disabling damage. Campbell had minor bleeding to her face and Calvert was airlifted by Air Evac Lifeteam to Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville.
Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
A Bedford woman was arrested on drug charges after a police K-9 alerted to drugs in a vehicle during a traffic stop on Tuesday in Bedford. Police pulled over the vehicle for an equipment violation on Tuesday at 1:10 a.m. During the traffic stop, the driver appeared nervous and denied consent to a search the vehicle. A K-9 alerted police to drugs in the vehicle. During the search police located methamphetamine in a black purse that belonged to the back seat passenger 33 year old Jessica George of Bedford. They also located a syringe stuffed in the seat where George was sitting. The driver was released and received a written warning for the equipment violation. George was arrested on charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
A man was injured on Sunday after a moped crashed into a car in front of Ace Hardware in Mitchell. The accident occurred at the intersection of 12th and Main Streets in Mitchell. Police found that 73 year old Ellen Williams was turning into 12th street and as she was leaving Ace Hardware did not see a moped being operated by 54 year old Scott Strange. Strange was transported by Seals ambulance to a nearby landing zone and transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for a possible femur fracture.
A Mitchell man was arrested after police were called to a Bedford gas station about an intoxicated driver on Saturday. According to police, when they arrived they found 24 year old Jesse Spicer of Mitchell leaving the Dairyland on Lincoln Avenue and drove off in a truck. Police stopped Spicer and during the conversation determined him to be intoxicated. Police requested K-9 Max and he gave a positive alert on the truck. During the search, police located a used syringe and foil with a residue that tested positive for Fentanyl. Spicer then agreed to a field sobriety test in which he performed poorly. Spicer was then taken to jail on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, OWI endangerment, possession of a narcotic drug, and unlawful possession of a syringe.
Monday, September 14th, 2020
An Indianapolis man was arrested on a warrant Sunday after an August 13th domestic battery incident in Mitchell. According to a probable cause affidavit, at 11:42 am. on August 17th a woman showed up to the Mitchell Police Department to report an incident of battery. The woman showed police a large bruise on her left hip and bruising on her arms and legs that she claimed was from an altercation with her boyfriend 31 year old Jamal Morgan on Indianapolis on the night of August 13th. The woman told police he got upset because she was going out with friends. She also told police Morgan came nose to nose with her and then threw her into some furniture and she landed on the ground. Morgan was arrested on Sunday on a charge of domestic battery.
A Mitchell man was arrested on a warrant Friday for the alleged theft of an antique rocking chair from a porch in Bedford. Police responded to a March 3rd report of a theft of an antique rocking chair from a porch on the 3340 block of Old Vincennes Road at 9:49 p.m. A neighbor told police they saw 48 year old Neil Tomson of Mitchell in a black truck back up the drive around 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. that day. Police went to speak to Tomson who originally told police he was at residence but did not take the chair. Police told Tomson they had a witness placing Tomson on the porch and he allegedly admitted to taking the chair. Tomson told police the chair was at a friend’s trailer on Old Vincennes Road in Bedford. Police went to the home and recovered the chair and returned to the family. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Tomson’s arrest on a charge of theft.
Friday, September 11th, 2020
May We Never Forget the Events of 9/11/01 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjXgbpkKnKo
After a lot of careful thought, the Orleans Chamber of Commerce have announced this week that it has canceled its upcoming “Fall Fun Fest in the Park,” as a precautionary measure due to COVID-19. The fall family fun event traditionally held the second weekend in October was set this year to take place on October 13th. Although canceling this year’s fall festival is a very difficult decision for the local Chamber and its community partners, it wasn’t the only tough call the group has had to make to date for 2020. Henderson explained they had already been forced to cancel the town’s signature event, the Dogwood Festival last spring and the popular Summer Concert in the Park series as well. The traditional “Orleans Christmas on the Square” event is also in jeopardy at this point. However, no official decision has been reached concerning that event yet. Chamber officials remain cautiously optimistic at this point to be able to still bring some limited and reduced activities at least that are linked with the event staged in the historic town square.
Also canceled is the paoli Fall Festival and allevents associated with including the Fall Car Show this Saturday on the Town Square.
A Bloomington home was destroyed by fire Thursday evening. Firefighters with the Bloomington Fire Department received the call at 6:08 p.m. The home was located in the 2300 block of Hickory Leaf Drive on Bloomington’s west side. There was no one home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Firefighters from Bloomington, Ellettsville, Monroe Fire Protection District, and Van Buren Fire Departments responding to the blaze. The homeowner did not have water or gas connected to the home at the time of the fire and the home was not insured. The cause of the blaze is under investigation and firefighters were assisted by the Bloomington Police Department and IU Bloomington Health Ambulance Service.
Thursday, September 10th, 2020
A Orange County man is facing multiple charges in Orange Circuit Court, including two felonies, after police were called to investigate a report of someone in a truck outside a rural Orleans residence honking his horn and then firing a shotgun. A deputy responded to a residence on County Road 650 East, just southwest of Leipsic, shortly before 5 a.m. Aug. 31, approached the truck with weapon drawn and ordered the man in the truck to show his hands. The subject was then handcuffed. He was identified as 49 year old Roy Rutherford, of Orleans. According to the case report, a shotgun was strapped to Rutherford’s chest. The deputy noted taking the gun and ejecting a spent shell, which was still smoking. The deputy also reported finding a glass smoking device with a smoky haze inside it. The officer noted Rutherford seemed confused and not mentally coherent. According to the officer, he showed great concern over a nearby tree, telling the officer it was on fire and about to explode. Rutherford was removed from the truck, and the deputy noted finding several large knives strapped to him, in his pockets and in his boots. The removal of one of the knives resulted in a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance falling out of Rutherford’s pocket. Police attempted to place Rutherford into a patrol vehicle but noted he became uncooperative When being checked by EMS he also became uncooperative again. Rutherford then transported to IU Health Paoli Hospital. There, according to the report, he made several unwanted advances on the attending nurses and was restrained. After being checked out, he was transported to the Orange County Jail and placed in a padded cell. Rutherford is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony; criminal recklessness, a Level 5 felony; resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana, both Class A misdemeanors; and public nudity, a Class B misdemeanor. He had his initial hearing before Judge Steven Owen Sept. 2. Rutherford entered a not-guilty plea and indicated he will be hiring counsel. Bond was set at $300,000. A jury trial has been scheduled for Feb. 16.
A Martin County man was arrested Saturday night after being stopped for a traffic violation by a Mitchell Police officer. According to a probable cause affidavit, a Mitchell Police officer stopped 35-year-old Travis Chastain of Shoals after the officer noticed his Jeep SUV had a cracked windshield and learned the driver had a suspended driver’s license. The officer stopped the vehicle at State Road 37 adjacent to Old State Road 37. The vehicle continued to drive without yielding. After approximately five to six seconds the officer activated his emergency siren. At this time, the vehicle began to yield to the shoulder of S.R. 37. Before coming to a complete stop the officer noticed the passenger moving around in the seats. The driver told police he was taking his brother, while pointing to the front passenger, to Bloomington to live on the streets. The passenger then stated he was homeless. The officer then asked the driver if he knew his license was suspended. The driver stated they weren’t. The passenger in the vehicle, then stated he was Chastain. The driver, Trenton Chastain, his license was also suspended. A K9 was then brought in and K-9 Jack alerted to possible drugs in the vehicle. Travis Chastain was arrested on charges of possession of meth and possession of marijuana.. Trenton Chastain was issued a citation for driving while his driver’s license was suspended.
The Martin County Commissioners have issued a burn ban. The ban goes is effect until further notice. The following statement was released from the Martin County Commissioners. Burn ban announcement: The following activities are prohibited in Martin County: Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring with dimensions of 23 inches in diameter x 6 inches high or larger; Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane; The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including debris that results from building construction activities and/or windstorm debris; and The use of burn barrels for any open burning at residential structures. Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.In addition, officials strongly encourage residents to limit their personal use of fireworks to those that do not leave the ground, and that they refrain from all aerial firework devices.
Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
A Paoli man was arrested on Thursday after police were called to a report of a domestic fight in Mitchell. According to a probable cause affidavit, 46 year old Jeremy Hardin of Paoli was arrested after he allegedly injured a woman during a domestic fight in Mitchell. According to police Hardin pushed the woman down on a bed and then held her down while kicking her causing bruising to her right leg. Hardin was arrested on charges of domestic battery, and interfering with reporting a crime.
A Montgomery man was taken into custody on Thursday after police got a tip he was bringing meth into Lawrence County. On Thursday police got word that 47 year old Eric Graber of Montgomery was transporting meth to Bedford. Police spotted Graber’s vehicle traveling east on US 50 neat Stumphole Bridge Road. Police pulled over Graber after they saw the vehicle cross the center line and him using a cell phone while driving. K-9 Rex was brought in and alerted police to drugs in the vehicle. Graber told police there was 10 grams of meth inside his backpack. Police also secured a search warrant for Graber’s home at 1149 County Road South 550 East in Montgomery where they located more than 50 grams of meth. Graber was arrested on charges of dealing meth over 10 grams, and possession of meth over 10 grams.
An early morning crash sent two Clark County juveniles to the hospital and a New Albany man to jail for on Sunday. Around 1:50 a.m., police received information of a two-vehicle collision on Charlestown Road near Sunset Drive in New Albany. Officers found a Black 2017 Buick Regal had collided head-on with a 2008 Honda Civic occupied by two juveniles. The driver of the Honda was taken to Norton's Children's Hospital with serious injuries. The passenger was also transported to Norton's Children's Hospital with minor injuries. The preliminary investigation reveals that the black Buick was headed northbound on Charlestown Road approaching Sunset Drive. For an unknown reason, it crossed over the center-line, colliding with the Honda head-on. Alcohol and drugs are believed to be a factor in this crash. The driver of the Buick, 29 year old Billy Wilson of New Albany received minor injuries but refused medical treatment at the scene. After being cleared by medical staff at the hospital, Wilson was incarcerated at the Floyd County Jail and charged with OWI Causing Serious Injury, Attempted Battery on a Law-Enforcement Officer, and Disorderly Conduct. The Indiana State Police were assisted by the Floyd County Sheriff's Department, New Chapel Fire and EMS, and Workman's towing.
Monday, September 7th, 2020
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a man that occurred at Patoka Lake Sunday evening. The body of 33 year old Travis Ray St. Martin, of Racine, Wisconsin, was recovered by conservation officer public safety divers last/Sunday night at approximately 7:34 p.m., after he went missing in the water. Yesterday/Sunday, at approximately 2:51 p.m., a conservation officer was on boat patrol on the lake when witnesses alerted him to a possible drowning, and he immediately responded. Multiple 911 calls came in shortly after, reporting that a man had disappeared in the water. Investigation revealed that two females were aboard a towable tube affixed to a stationary rental boat by a rope when they fell off the tube and struggled to stay afloat. Multiple people from the rental boat jumped into assist, and rescued one of the females. One of the people who jumped from the rental boat, St. Martin, disappeared under the water. The other female from the tube, 25 year old K’neisha Adams, of Burke, Virginia, was rescued by a group of people from a separate boat. Adams was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital and later released. The Crawford County coroner’s office ruled the preliminary cause of death as accidental drowning. No alcohol or drugs were suspected to be contributing factors. Although adequate life jackets were present on the rental boat, none were in use. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage wearing a life jacket when recreating on or around bodies of water.
Four members of a Bloomington family were found dead inside their Hyde Park home Sunday morning. Police say it appears that a 61-year-old man shot his 54-year-old wife, his 26-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son, killing all three before shooting himself. The shootings happened inside the family’s residence in the 2600 block of South Olcott Boulevard on the city’s southeast side. A woman who went to the home to pick up her friend around 10:15 a.m. Sunday said that when no one answered the door, she used a key to enter the residence. She found that her friend had been shot to death, went outside, then called 911. Bloomington Police Department officers entered the home and found four people dead with gunshot wounds. The names of the victims will not be released until next of kin have been notified. Autopsies have been scheduled for this week. No other details are available
A Colorado man was arrested Saturday after driving the wrong way on I-64 in Dubois County. Indiana State Police were patrolling I-64 in Dubois County when the trooper was dispatched to a wrong-way driver on I-64. The trooper found Justin Myers, of Dacono, Colorado, driving the wrong way on I-64 eastbound at the 66 mile marker. The wrong way driving had caused a crash. Further investigation lead to charges of operating while intoxicated-drugs; possession of marijuana, methamphetamine and paraphernalia; and habitual traffic offender.
Friday, September 4th, 2020
The federal government has told states to prepare for a coronavirus vaccine to be ready to distribute by Nov. 1. The timeline raised concern among public health experts about an “October surprise” — a vaccine approval driven by political considerations ahead of a presidential election, rather than science. In a letter to governors dated Aug. 27, Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said states “in the near future” will receive permit applications from McKesson Corp., which has contracted with CDC to distribute vaccines to places including state and local health departments and hospitals.
Two people were arrested for charges relating to the possession and dealing of methamphetamine Wednesday evening following an investigation by officers with the Drug Enforcement Section (DES) assigned to the Sellersburg Post. On Wednesday, Troopers with DES received information about possible drug activity at a Hardinsburg address just inside Orange County. Investigators also learned that their person of interest, 41 year old Todd Sieg, was wanted on a Clark County warrant. When officers arrived, they located Sieg and 42 year old, Sarah Wethington. Officers discovered Wethington was wanted on a warrant in Orange County. After locating Sieg, officers continued their investigation, which included a search of the residence. During the search, officers discovered more than 5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, three handguns, just under $3000 in cash, and numerous drug paraphernalia items. Officers also located a stolen wallet related to Sieg's theft warrant out of Clark County. Officers from the Drug Enforcement Section were assisted by officers from the Sellersburg Post All-Crimes Policing Squad and the Washington County Sheriff's Department Drug Team. Both Seig and Wethington were transported to the Orange County Jail without incident.
Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced Thursday that 50 broadband infrastructure expansion projects, including three underway through Orange County REMC, will receive a portion of $51 million earmarked through the second round of the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program. The $100 million Next Level Broadband Grant Program is the largest single state investment in broadband. In total, rounds one and two of the program have awarded more than $79 million for broadband infrastructure for more than 21,900 homes and commercial locations in 41 counties. This second round of funding will provide broadband infrastructure to more than 10,590 homes and commercial locations across 32 counties. In addition to the $51 million awarded Thursday, the 16 telecommunications providers and utility cooperatives contributed more than $53 million in matching funds, resulting in more than $104 million total investment for broadband. Locally: • Orange County REMC for Lawrence, Orange and Washington counties. This project will serve 84 households, 13 farms and two businesses in Lawrence, Orange and Washington counties. The requested grant amount is $809,441, with a local match of more than $1.07 million, for a total project cost of more than $1.88 million. • Orange County REMC for Lawrence and Orange counties. This project will serve 123 households, 18 farms and three businesses across two counties. The requested grant amount is $702,967, with a local match of more than $1.64 million, for a total project cost of more than $2.34 million.• Orange County REMC for Orange and Dubois counties. This project will connect seven households, six businesses and two anchor institutions in portions of Orange and Dubois counties. The requested grant amount is $680,993, with a local match of $417,382, for a total project cost of more than $1.09 million.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
Two Paoli men were arrested and one is still at large after a fight brought police to a French Lick bar on Saturday morning. Police responded to a 911 call about a fight outside Legendz Bar and Grill in French Lick around 3 a.m. on Saturday. When police arrived on the scene they were told that three men had been fighting outside the establishment and later came inside, ran at another man seated at the bar and began to assault him. An employee was also reportedly struck in the face while attempting to separate everyone. Police found 22 year old Zachary Best of Paoli still outside the bar and 21 year old Wyatt Wethington also of Paoli was discovered walking a short distance away on Adams Street and both were arrested at 4:30 a.m.. The third subject is still being sought after he fled from police. Wethington and Best are both charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
Two people were arrested after police stopped their vehicle after a traffic violation Tuesday afternoon in Bedford. Police pulled over the driver identified as 40 year-old Lori Brumage who acting very nervous while speaking to police at 15th and L streets. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as 47 year old Joseph Hignite. A K9 arrived on the scene and alerted on the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle police found methamphetamine, marijuana, and a Schedule I substance in the center console. Brumage is facing charges of possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and was issued a citation for driving left of center. Hignite is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and visiting a common nuisance. Brumage was already out on bail after an August 25th incident where police stopped her vehicle at 18th and M streets where drugs were also found in her possession.
Monday, August 31st, 2020
The Springs Valley Volleyball team won all four of their games played at their own tournament on Saturday. Valley took on Paoli in the first game of the Springs Valley invitational and defeated their in county rival in a best of 3 2 games to none, 25-9 and 25-16. In the second game of the tournament Valley rallied to beat Jeffersonville after losing the first set to win in 3 sets, 23-25, 25-17,19-17. The lady Blackhawks played North Davies in their 3rd game of the day and took the match 2 games to none, 25-18,25-14. In the Final game of the afternoon Valley played the Linton-Stockton Miners for 1st place in the Tournament. Valley lost the first game 23-25 but came back to win the next two 25-20,15-11 to win their own tournament. Valley improves to 7-0 on the season and will host PLAC foe West Washington on Tuesday.
A Hardinsburg man was killed and another seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on Saturday morning on US 150 in Hardinsburg. According to police they arrived at the scene at 10:23 a.m. and found a head on collision between a White Ford F350 driven by 72 year old Donald Mattox of Hardinsburg. The other vehicle involved in the crash was a black Chrysler 200 driven by 29 year old Shaylah Shepard, of Bedford. Shepherd was taken by Washington County Ambulance to U of L Hospital for treatment of her serious injuries. The crash is still under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police. ISP, Indiana Conservation, Washington County EMS, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department, Palmyra Fire Department, Ramsey Fire Department and the Washington County Coroner’s Office assisted in the accident.
A Bedford woman was killed after a Friday traffic accident in the 500 block of Sunny Acres Drive. Police received the call at 1:42 p.m. on Friday of an accident with a person unconscious. 56 year old Carolyn Gould of Bedford was traveling westbound on Sunny Acres Drive near Bright Lane in a 2001 Scion when she traveled off the road and ran into a tree. Members of the Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department had to extricate Gould from the vehicle. She suffered internal injuries from the crash and died at the scene. It is unknown at this time what caused her to run off the roadway. Lawrence County Police, Bedford Fire Department, IU Health Ambulance, Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department, and Mikels Wrecker Service responded to the accident.
Friday, August 28th, 2020
A Lawrence County woman has died, and her boyfriend jailed after a domestic dispute Wednesday afternoon. According to a press release from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, dispatch received a report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:56 p.m. at State Road 158 and Avoca-Eureka Road. The caller told dispatchers the other vehicle involved, a silver Ford Focus, left the scene as he was taking a woman to the hospital for a gunshot wound. It was soon confirmed, there was a woman at the IU Health Bedford Hospital emergency department being treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was being transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. A deputy got to the hospital and was able to talk to the victim, identified as 57 year old Charlene Silvers of Bedford, before she was placed in a helicopter and transported to Indianapolis. She told the officer she was shot by her boyfriend, 58 year old Phillip Deckard of Bedford, during an argument. She said the shooting was not accidental. At 7:43 p.m., dispatchers received a call from Methodist Hospital saying Silvers had died from her injuries. Deckard was then arrested and faces preliminary charges of domestic battery with a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony, involuntary manslaughter, a Level 5 felony, and reckless homicide, a Level 5 felony. Additional charges could be pending.
A Orange County man was sentenced to four years in the Department of Correction by Superior Court II Judge William Sleva after he was stopped for being a habitual traffic offender.40-year-old Garland R. Miller Jr. of Paoli will serve all four years and was given credit for 221 days served and fined $185.50.Miller was arrested by a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department last December when dispatchers received a call from a resident in the 3010 block of Old Vincennes Road reporting there was a vehicle in his driveway. The caller said the vehicle was not running but the lights were still on. The driver then drove away and was found up the road and possibly passed out in the vehicle. Police then learned the vehicle was not registered and didn’t have a current license plate and that Miller was a habitual traffic offender.
Current Executive Director of Orange County Economic Devolpment Partnership Zachary Brown will be stepping down from OCEDP as he has accepted a new position. A hiring process to replace Brown has taken place by the Board of Directors and Kristal Painter was selected to succeed Brown moving forward. Kristal has been a leader in the Orange County community during her ten-year career at Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit French Lick West Baden and has been apart of and watched the successful pattern of economic growth unfold. Painter began her tenure with OCCVB as the Finance Manager, eventually taking on the additional role of Group Engagement Manager and has served as Executive Director for the past three years. OCCVB is the Destination Marketing Organization for Orange County, providing Painter with extensive experience working to attract leisure and travel markets, as well as fostering and maintaining relationships with Orange County and state officials.
Thursday, August, 27th, 2020
On Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Indiana State Police were patrolling in Spencer County when they measured the speed of a white Dodge traveling at 95mph on US 231. Police attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle disregarded the patrol car and sped away. The vehicle stopped and sped off from police several times before heading north towards I-64. The vehicle then exited the interstate near the 57-mile marker and entered a rest park. At the rest park, the driver fled the vehicle and ran southbound into a field. Police gave chase, and apprehend the driver a short distance from the rest park. The suspect was then identified as 24 year old Isiah Stokes 24 of Jasper. Further investigation discovered that Stokes was wanted on warrants through Spencer County on Probation Violation, and Dubois County for Assault Domestic Battery. Stokes was then transported to the Spender County Jail where he is facing additional charges of Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement on foot, Possession of Marijuana and Reckless Driving.
Wednesday, August, 26th, 2020
A French Lick man was arrested on Tuesday after police pulled his vehicle over for a traffic violation in Bedford. Police pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation at 18th and M streets in Bedford. The driver was identified as 33 year old Sean Collier of French Lick. According to police Collier gave a confusing story about who the vehicle belonged to. After police ran the vehicle registration through the state BMV it returned stolen out of Crawford County. During a search of the vehicle, paraphernalia and methamphetamine was located. Collier was arrested and is facing charges of possession of meth, auto theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, and receiving stolen property.
A Mitchell woman was taken into custody after police stopped her vehicle on Tuesday in Mitchell. According to a probable cause affidavit, On Tuesday Police noticed a black Ford Escape traveling south on State Road 37 did not have a registration plate light. Police initiated a traffic stop at State Road 27 and Main Street. According to police the driver 40 year old Ivy Walther of Mitchell appeared very nervous and her hands were trembling. Police asked for her driver’s license and Walther told the officer she didn’t have one. Police then got K-9 Jack to search the vehicle and he indicated there was possible drugs in the vehicle. In the vehicle police found a container that contained marijuana, a plastic container that contained a bag with crystal meth, two cut straws, two other baggies that contained meth residue, a digital scale, and a black backpack in the back of the vehicle that contained several scales, glass smoking devices, and a bong associated with marijuana use. Walther was arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Kentucky woman was arrested Tuesday morning after her vehicle was stopped by an by police in Mitchell. Police stopped a vehicle on State Road 37 at US 50 East because the vehicle didn’t have a working license plate light. The driver of the blue 2007 Honda CRV was identified as 45 year old Christy Jackson of Lexington, Kentucky. As police approached the vehicle they smelled the odor of marijuana. Jackson admitted she a hand-rolled marijuana joint in her cigarette pack. A search of the vehicle yielded a black digital scale with meth residue and a bag that continued a glass smoking device and a syringe with meth residue. Jackson was arrested on charges of possession of meth and possession of marijuana.
Tuesday, August, 25th, 2020
A Shoals man was arrested on Friday after police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked at a Bedford church. A caller reported to police on Friday morning that a suspicious vehicle had been parked in the lot of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on Graded Road since Thursday at 5 p.m. Police arrived at the scene and found the white vehicle and also found 59 year old Vernon Chastain of Shoals asleep in the driver’s seat. Chastain told police he was tired and decided to pull over to sleep. Police noticed while talking to Chastain the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Chastain was asked to step out of the vehicle and as Chastain opened the car door, police noticed a glass smoking device with white residue in it. Police also found a partially burnt hand rolled marijuana cigarette, two small ziplock baggies containing a crystal-like substance that tested positive for meth and small amount of marijuana. Chastain was arrested by police and his vehicle was towed from the scene. Chastain is charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Mitchell man was arrested Saturday after police went to serve a felony warrant on a different person at a Mitchell home. Police arrived at a home in the 200 block of Kelly Street in Mitchell in order to sever an arrest warrant for a female thought to be at that address. As police approached the home they saw 25 year old Zane Payton of Mitchell who was also wanted on a warrant. Police ordered him to stop and Payton then took off around the corner to the front of the house. A pursuit on foot ensued across a small field toward Payton’s house in the 10 block of Plum Street. Police finally caught up with Payton and took him to the ground and he was placed him in handcuffs. A search of Payton revealed he had three syringes on his person which tested positive for meth. Payton was originally out on bond from a November of 2019 case for possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is now facing new charges of residential entry, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, and resisting arrest by fleeing. The woman police had originally went to the house for was not there.
Monday, August 24nd, 2020
A Mitchell man was arrested on Thursday after police accused him of injuring a woman during a domestic fight in at a Mitchell home. According to a probable cause affidavit, on Thursday at 1:04 p.m. police were called to a home in the 110 block of East Grissom Avenue after a report of a physical domestic fight. When police arrived they found a female with an injury to her right eye. The woman said 23 year old Matthew Hopkins of Mitchell had hit her in the face two times and then took her inside the home where he hit her more and placed a pillow over her face. She said he then dragged her back into the home where he continued hitting her and kneeing on her in the ribs and face. He then pulled out a knife and put it to her throat. The victim was able to escape and ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911. Hopkins was then arrested by police and taken to the Lawrence County Jail without further incident. The woman was transported to IU Health Paoli Hospital for treatment. Police found the knife and the pillow that was used to attempt to smother the woman According to police the pillowcase had blood on it. Hopkins is being charged on two counts of domestic battery causing injury, strangulation, and criminal confinement.
Police have identified the inmate that was found dead at the Lawrence County Jail on Thursday. According to the police log, jail staff called for an ambulance at 4:49 a.m. on Thursday after they found a male inmate unconscious in the Jail. Police have identified the inmate as 45 year old David Phillips of Monroe County. Phillips was booked into the jail back on January 2, on a charge of dealing meth. The investigation is currently ongoing.
A Bedford man was arrested after police found him passed out behind the wheel at a Bedford gas Station on Saturday. Police were called to the Circle K gas station at 16th and H streets on Saturday night to a man passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle parked at the gas pumps. The man behind the wheel later identified as 39 year old Jackie Russell of Bedford. Police woke Russell to check if he was okay and then determined he was too intoxicated to leave and was arrested. During a search of the vehicle, police found a used syringe and they found two baggies of methamphetamine and heroin in his sock. On the way to jail Russell became agitated and damaged a door in the police station. Russell is charged with criminal mischief, possession of meth, possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, and public intoxication.
Friday, August 21st, 2020
Firefighters in Orange and Washington Counties battled a fully involved house fire Thursday night. The fire was reported around 8:35 p.m. Firefighters from Southeast Township, and Livonia Fire Departments, were dispatched to the Richard Collier residence located on County Road 375 East near the Orange and Crawford County line . When they arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames. No injuries were reported. Also assisting at the scene was an IU Health Paoli ambulance, Orange County Sheriffs Department and a truck from REMC. All crews were off scene after 1AM
Just before 1:30 am Thursday, a 2014 red Chevrolet 4-door truck was seen driving southbound on State Road 37, south of Bedford approaching Riverview Add Road. Witnesses telling troopers the vehicle passed them, at what was estimated to be over 100 mph, on the right shoulder, drifting off the roadway and sliding sideways through grass for several hundred feet, before impacting the end of a guardrail near the Hubler Car Dealership. The investigation revealing the vehicle was airborne for approximately 130 feet, knocking over a large highway road sign and breaking tree limbs over 20 feet off the ground, before landing in a ditch where it sheared off several 10 foot trees, coming to rest in a deep ravine. The driver was found inside the vehicle, on the floorboards, partially entrapped and barely conscious. Marion Township Volunteer Firefighters utilized Jaws of Life to extract the driver, 30 year old Kyle Ollis of Bedford. He was then transported by Life Flight Helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. An OWI Investigation is ongoing, causing serious bodily injury, endangering and reckless driving.
Tonite its the return of exciting SV Blackhawks Football. SV opens the season on the road at Eastern Green. We'll have coverage beginning at around 640-645PM, with kickoff scheduled for 7PM here on Q-100. Other Games Tonit around the area; Paoli at Madison, Mitchell hosts Edgewood, BNL hosts Martinsville, Salem hosts North Harrison, West Washington hosts Eastern Pekin, Jasper hosts Evansville Memorial, Southridge hosts Linton-Stockton
Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
Springs Valley Community Schools announced on Monday that a student had tested positive for COVID-19. According to Superintendent Trevor Apple, 29 students that were in close contact with that person are now in quarantine for their safety. Apple did confirm it is a high school student and also said it will affect extracurricular activities in some way. He also said that they will be able to continue in-person classes. Apple does encourage people with questions to contact the school or the Orange County Health Department. Parents are encouraged to report positive COVID-19 tests in the event their child or someone in the family tests positive. The Orange County Health Department will notify the Springs Valley Schools if a student tests positive so they we can initiate contact tracing. Disinfecting protocols are also in place school wide and they will continue to provide a safe learning environment for the students and staff. Orleans Community Schools also made an announcement that a student was reported with Covid-19 during the weekend and the Paoli Community Schools report no cases so far.
Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization. Now through Labor Day, troopers will be conducting overtime patrols, seeking out drunk drivers and showing zero tolerance for anyone driving impaired. These patrols are supported with funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. According to ICJI, in 2018, there were just under 4,000 alcohol-impaired collisions in Indiana, resulting in 83 fatalities. Of those, 48 collisions and one fatality occurred during the Labor Day holiday weekend. In Indiana, it is illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Additionally, drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and having their license suspended for up to one year. To avoid getting arrested, the Indiana State Police recommends planning a safe and sober ride home before consuming alcohol. Even if only one drink is consumed, designate a sober driver or plan to use a ride-share service, public transportation or taxi to get home safely. Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.
A Bloomington woman was arrested on Tuesday after police stopped her vehicle for an expired license plate in Bedford. According to a probable cause affidavit, police pulled over a black Chevrolet Tahoe that was failing to stay within their lane and had an expired license plate at the intersection of 14th and L streets. The driver was identified as 49 year old Michelle Ball of Bloomington who told police she knew her license plate was expired. Police asked to search her vehicle and she consented. Located in the vehicle was a bag containing a glass smoking device with meth, a plastic wrapper containing marijuana and a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette. Also found was several empty alcohol containers. Police noticed the smell an alcoholic beverage on the breath of Bell who then admitted to drinking prior to driving. She failed field sobriety tests and was taken to IU Health Hospital for a blood-draw. Police also found two clear plastic baggies that contained meth and a glass smoking device that had meth residue in it on her person. They also found four more glass smoking devices, syringes, two cut straws with meth residue and two prescription drugs that were not in her name. Ball was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, two counts of legend drug deception, possession of a controlled substance, criminal conversion, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
A Washington County corrections officer was arrested Monday afternoon after investigators learned of possible inappropriate contact between Jail staff and a female inmate. On Monday morning, police learned of possible sexual contact between a female inmate housed at the Washington County Jail and 27 year old Jacob Silverthorn of Salem, who was employed as a corrections officer. The contact was alleged to have happened a few days prior, while Silverthorn was working at the jail and responsible for overseeing inmates in the facility. Salem police contacted the Indiana State Police and requested an independent investigation into the allegations. It was also alleged Silverthorn provided liquid nicotine to the inmate. As a result of the investigation, Silverthorn is charged with Sexual Misconduct with an Inmate and Trafficking with an Inmate. Silverthorne was arrested without incident and is being held at the Scott County Jail. There is no bond set for his release. This case is still under investigation.
Indiana Conservation Officers have identified those involved in Saturday night’s incident at Paynetown State Recreation Area at Monroe Lake. They are 67-year-old Estella Huerta, 31-year-old Alejandro Hernandez-Huerta, and an adolescent juvenile, all from Lawrence, Indiana. Investigation into the events that led up to the incident are still underway. More information will be released as it becomes available. The incident happened at 10:30 p.m., Saturday, witnesses reported seeing a vehicle drive down the Paynetown State Recreation Area boat ramp and enter the water. The driver called out for help and attempted to exit the vehicle. The witnesses were not able to rescue the occupants before the vehicle became to submerge. Monroe County Dive Team responded and were able to locate and remove three from the vehicle. The adults were pronounced dead at the scene. The child was transported to IU Health Bloomington and was declared deceased upon arrival.
Monday, August 17th, 2020
An Off Road Vehicle accident claimed the life of a Dubois County man on Saturday. Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal ORV accident that occurred on Saturday. Dubois County Dispatch received a 911 call at 10:36 p.m., Saturday night in reference to a serious ORV accident near SR 164 in Celestine. The Initial investigation revealed that a side by side ORV driven by 39 year old Isaac Frank of Celestine was operating on private property when it overturned. Frank was ejected and pinned beneath the vehicle. Frank was transported by Jasper Memorial Hospital EMS to Jasper Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is scheduled for today/Monday. The investigation is still ongoing. Helmets and protective riding gear were not being worn at the time of the accident. Assisting agencies included Dubois County Sheriff’s Dept., Dubois County Coroner, Celestine Fire Dept., Jasper Memorial Hospital EMS, and St. Vincent Stat Flight.
A Switz City man was arrested on Saturday after he was stopped for driving erratically on State Road 37 in Mitchell. On Saturday police received a report of an erratic driver in a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling west on State Road 60 East toward Mitchell. At 7:08 p.m. police located the vehicle on State Road 37 and observed the vehicle traveling well under the speed limit. The vehicle drifted from the center to the fog line several times. The pulled over the driver who was identified as 54 year old William Meek of Switz City. The officer asked Meek if he had been drinking in which Meek said he had a full unopened bottle of whiskey behind the passenger seat. Police later learned Meek has two pending cases with one out of Monroe County for dealing meth as well as one in Lawrence County. Police asked permission to search Meek’s vehicle and they found a glass smoking device that tested positive for meth residue, multiple torch lights, a legend drug, a plastic baggie containing 2.7 grams of a crystal-like substance that tested positive for meth, a rolled cigarette that tested positive for marijuana, black digital scales with a white residue that tested positive for meth, two smoking devices that tested positive for marijuana, and several adult paraphernalia. Meek was then arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of a legend drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Bedford man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he allegedly stole a truck from a Bandana’s Bar & Grill in Bedford on May 16th. According to a probable cause affidavit, On May 16th a man called police to report his red Dodge Ram 1500 truck it was missing near Bandana's Bar and Grill in Bedford. Police questioned several people at the business and learned 28 year old Zhenia Maksimov of Bedford was in the parking lot looking into vehicles. Police went by Maksimov’s home to check if the vehicle was there and when police drove by they saw a truck in the driveway but were unsure it was the stolen vehicle. Police went back to Maksimov's residence but the truck was gone. The stolen truck was later located at a home in the 1220 block of 9th Street in Bedford after Maksimov told an employee at Bandana’s where the truck was. The vehicle was recovered by police and DNA swabs were taken from the vehicle. On May 22nd, police spoke to Maksimov who told police he was intoxicated when the truck was stolen and could not remember what happened. An analysis from the Indiana State Police Lab confirmed Maksimov’s DNR was found inside the truck. The information was forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Maksimov’s arrest on charges of auto theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Friday, August 14th, 2020
On Wednesday Orleans superintendent Jimmy Ellis reported the administration of Orleans Community Schools learned a high school student has tested positive for COVID-19. Per the corporation’s COVID-19 re-entry plan, and guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health, once the school was informed of the positive test contact tracing began. The student who tested positive is in quarantine, as is any individual who was in close contact with that student. School officials say these students will not be counted absent and will be participating in eLearning while they are quarantined. Orleans Community Schools will continue to require students in grades 3-12 to wear masks when social distancing cannot be maintained. Custodial staff will also continue to disinfect each building, both during the school day and after hours when students and staff are not present. Bus drivers continue to require students to wear masks, have assigned seats for students, and disinfect after every trip. The school corporation appreciates the cooperation that took place during the contact tracing between the school nurse Shelly Jones, the Orange County Department of Health, Corporation staff members, administration, and the parents of the affected students.
On August 2 nd, Indiana State Police received a report of a possible burglary. The caller said their family that resided in Jasper, had just returned home from being out of town and noticed several things were missing. The investigation showed a red convertible had been in the driveway of the victims’ home on July 31st. During the course of the investigation, it was found that Cassandra Henke-Meyer of Haysville drove a car that matched that description. Police learned that the victim had Henke-Meyer who was the owner of Happy Paws Pals Village, watch their pet, and she had been given the code to enter their home in order to care for their pet. A search warrant granted for Henke-Meyer’s home. A search of the home turned up items from the victim’s home. Henke-Meyer was also found to be in possession of controlled substances which were not prescribed to her. Henke-Meyer was then booked into the Dubois County Jail on charges of Burglary, Theft, Residential Entry, Possession of a Legend Drug, and Trafficking.
A Mitchell man was arrested on Wednesday after police went to check on an abandoned vehicle and found drugs in Mitchell. Police made contact with 57-year-old Williams Brock who was the owner an abandoned vehicle found in the 110 block of State Road 60 East of Mitchell. Brock was given 72 hours to remove the vehicle from the roadway before it would be towed by police. Police received a tip that Brock was selling narcotics out of his home and vehicle and he told denied the allegation initially. Police than asked for permission to search his vehicle in which Brock agreed to. During the search, police found a plastic baggie that contained a powdery substance on the passenger seat that Brock admitted was meth. Police also found a black purse in the backseat that contained several other baggies with white residue that belonged to Brock. A search of Brock’s home resulted in police finding a spoon, digital scale, and several baggies that all contained a white powder residue and field-tested for meth. Brock was arrested on a charge of possession of meth.
Thursday, August 13th, 2020
A Wednesday traffic stop ended with a police chase and a Paoli man in Jail in Bedford . According to police a motorcycle that was driven by 47 year old Michael Elston of Paoli caught the attention of police on State Road 37 in Bedford because of an illegal blue light. Police ran the motorcycle plate which returned to an older model motorcycle and also showed the registered owner had an active warrant. Police then attempted a traffic stop on the motorcycle. After pulling over on the side of the road, Elston then took off at a high rate of speed traveling south on State Road 37 refusing to stop. The pursuit continued to US Highway 50 and then turned onto Bryantsville Road. Elston then lost control and crashed the motorcycle near Sherwood Road. After crashing the motorcycle Elston then took off running and was caught a short time later. After a search of Elston, police found marijuana on his person. Elston is charged with three counts of resisting arrest, reckless driving and possession of marijuana.
A Mitchell man was arrested on Tuesday after a July 29th incident in which he allegedly left the scene of an injury accident. According to a probable cause affidavit, Police began an investigation into an accident that took place at State Road 37 near Hancock Construction on July 29th in Mitchell. A female told police she was driving northbound on State Road 37 when a male in a silver Ford Fusion was acting aggressively. She also said the driver slowed down abruptly and then sped up for a considerable distance. She said she tried to pass the vehicle when the driver swerved into her lane causing her to lose control of the vehicle and head into oncoming traffic. Her vehicle then hit the curb and flew into the air before hitting a concrete barrier. The woman was flown by helicopter to Eskinazi hospital in Indianapolis where she suffered head trauma, a concussion, an ankle sprain, and a torn ligament in her knee. Police gathered security footage from gas across the street from the accident and the security camera showed the silver Ford Fusion swerving over into the lane. After observing the footage police went to visit the owner of the vehicle identified as 36 year old Brennan Winkler of Mitchell. Winkler told police the female driver was making him mad and he swerved at her to get her to back off. He said he slowed down and thought about stopping, but he decided to keep driving because he saw that other people were checking on her. Police forwarded their information to the Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for his arrest on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
A Bedford man who was arrested on a warrant is now facing more charges after running from police on Tuesday in Bedford . On Tuesday night a police were on patrol in the area of 23rd and G Street when they spotted 28 year old Derick Terrell of Bedford who was wanted on a warrant. Police witnessed him walk behind a camper and when police walked around the camper Terrell was gone. While searching for Terrell two different individuals told said they witnessed a male matching the description running through yards. Police and K-9 Max found Terrell hiding in the brush and tall grass in the area of 20th and J streets. Terrell refused to surrender to police and K-9 Max was released for a bite which resulted in him finally being handcuffed. The warrant Terrell was wanted for was theft after he was accused of stealing clay flower pots from a home on H Street on April 18th. He now faces additional charges of resisting arrest by fleeing and force.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
As the summer break comes to an end, students are returning to school. With that, motorists should expect an increased amount of school bus traffic during the mornings and afternoons, and therefore the need to plan commutes accordingly to allow for extended travel time. Troopers with the Indiana State Police will be hitting the roads to watch for school bus stop arm violations. High visibility enforcement will be used to encourage motorists to stop for school buses, and enforcement action will be taken against those that don’t. The Police would like to remind all motorists of the Indiana law concerning school buses, flashing lights, and stop arms. When approaching a school bus from any direction, which is stopped and has its red lights flashing and stop arm extended, motorists are required to STOP, even on multiple lane highways where there is no barrier or median separating lanes of traffic. Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier, such as cable barrier, concrete wall, or grassy median, are required to stop only if they are traveling in the same direction as the school bus. Always be prepared to stop for a school bus and watch for children. Children are unpredictable. Not only is disregarding a school bus stop arm dangerous, it is a serious offense.
Police arrested a Seymour man on Monday after he was accused of child molestation. While police were moving from its old office building to a new building they located a rape kit that they collected in April of 2006. According to police, the case had been assigned in 2006 to a now retired Brownstown Officer. The officer could not explain the details of the case. Police then began an interview with the victim who said she had been sexually assaulted by 52 year old Glenn Norris of Seymour 14 years ago while she was staying at a friend’s house. Police interviewed several more witnesses named by the victim and then sent the case to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office who issued a warrant for Norris’ arrest. Norris was arrested and booked into the Jackson County Jail at 11:40 a.m. on a charge of child molesting.
Four Indianapolis people were arrested on Monday after police received a call of an armed robbery in Seymour. On Monday, Police were called to an AT&T Store located at 1510 East Tipton Street in Seymour because of an armed robbery report. According to witnesses, three males entered the store with one man brandishing a handgun. They ordered a store employee and a customer in which the customer was not cooperative and chased the three men outside where they got into a silver vehicle and fled. A short time later, Police located a silver Chevy Malibu in the area of US 31 and County Road 600 South in Bartholomew County. The vehicle pulled into a gas station and the occupants matched the description of the men involved in the robbery and police arrested the men. Based on evidence from the scene and video evidence recovered from the store, police arrested 19-year-old Steven Reed, 19-year-old Jamaryvan Brewer, and the two 16-year-old males on charges of attempted armed robbery. Reed and Brewer were taken to the Jackson County Jail and the two juveniles were taken to a juvenile detention center. The incident remains under investigation.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
A Jasper woman was taken into custody by police Sunday morning after she allegedly struck a man with a bottle. Jasper Police were called to a home at 322 S. Meridian Rd. in Jasper around 2 a.m. There they located a male with a laceration to his upper lip. Once police spoke to the victim and a witness at the location, they determined that after causing a verbal disturbance, a female resident at the location allegedly struck the victim in the face with a full glass whiskey bottle, causing the injury to his face. Police later identified the female as 44 year old Laura Stallings of Jasper. The victim was taken to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center by private vehicle for treatment of his injuries. Stallings was charged with domestic battery with a deadly weapon and was booked in the Dubois County Jail.
A Mitchell man was arrested on Sunday after he was accused of striking his Grandmother. According to a probable cause affidavit, Police arrived at the home in the 40 block of Northside Village in Mitchell at 10:30 a.m. where they spoke to a female who told police she and her grandson 24 year old Quenton Hatfield of Mitchell got into an argument. She then asked him to leave the home and then Hatfield got angry and busted a bedroom light. The woman attempted to call 911 he allegedly came after her. According to the victim, Hatfield struck the right side of her face with his hand. She then grabbed one of the children and went to her sister’s home to call police. Police described the woman’s cheek as being red and she was complaining of pain and had a headache. The woman told police she thought Hatfield was on meth because of some of his mannerisms. Police went to the woman’s home and arrested Hatfield on a charge of domestic battery in the presence of a child.
A Bedford woman was arrested on Monday after she was accused of stealing items from the Wal-Mart in Bedford. Police were called to the Bedford Wal-Mart after an employee witnessed 45 year old Amanda Gerkin of Bedford leave the store without paying for items. According to employees, they saw Gerkin conceal numerous items over a three-hour time frame. When Gerkin finished shopping she walked to the self-checkout, acted like she was scanning the items then attempted to leave the store without paying. She was then stopped by employees and then taken to jail by police. During a search at the jail, staff located two pills concealed on her person. Gerkin was charged with theft, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and trafficking with an inmate.
Monday, August 10th, 2020
A two vehicle crash on US 50 West and State Road 60 West on Friday left three people injured at 5:30 p.m in Huron. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report 34 year old Erica Boone of Salem was driving west on State Road 60 West in a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. 36 year old Shayne Carlisle of Carlinville, Illinois was traveling east on US 50 West at the same time in a 2017 Hyundai Accent. Boone then pulled in front of Carlisle after she failed to stop at the intersection and he was unable to stop and collided into the Boone’s vehicle which caused the vehicle to roll onto its passenger side. Passengers in Boone’s car had to be freed by first responders. Boone and her passenger 45 year old Melissa Speckman of Salem both complained of hip, leg and stomach pain and were then flow by an Air-Evac helicopter to the University of Louisville Hospital. Carlisle complained of hip pain but refused to go to the hospital. According to Boone her brakes failed and that is why she failed to stop at the stop sign. Police tested the brakes and found them to be in working order. Carlisle was asked to get a blood-alcohol test which he consented to . Those tests are pending.
A Bedford woman was arrested on Saturday morning after police were called to a Bedford restaurant after a report of a domestic fight. Police arrived at 2:55 a.m. to the Bedford Steak ‘N Shake when they spoke with a male who said his ex-girlfriend slapped him in the face while he was waiting to order food at the drive-thru. The male victim told police that 46 year old Amber Cromwell of Mitchell pulled up to the vehicle that he was a passenger in and opened the door and slapped him. The victim also told police he wanted to file charges. Amber was loacated a short time later by police and she was arrested. Amber denied the allegations of battery before she was taken to jail. Cromwell was charged with domestic battery and interfering with reporting a crime.
Two Medora men were arrested after police found drugs on them and in their vehicle on Sunday night. According to a probable cause affidavit police were on patrol at 6:20 p.m. when they made a traffic stop on Leesville Road. Police pulled over a blue 1986 Ford Ranger for speeding. When police approached the vehicle the driver 22 year old John Newman of Medora was observed by police shoving something between his legs and his passengers appeared to be nervous. Newman told police the items he stuffed under the seat was dope and weed. Police also found a glass meth pipe with white residue and burn marks under the driver’s seat. Police conducted a search of passenger 26 year old Codey French. They located a baggie that contained marijuana seeds. Officers also found a bag of marijuana and a small plastic bag with a crystal substance that tested positive for meth, a .22-caliber rifle and two cordless tools in the vehicle. French and Newman were arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Thursday, August 6th, 2020
On Wednesday Martin County police were called to a residence at 14623 State Road 450 in Shoals in reference to a shooting that had occurred. After arriving at the residence, a male juvenile was discovered to have been killed inside the residence. Detectives with the Indiana State Police and Deputies with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the events that occurred. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that another juvenile male, who had been at the residence, had shot the deceased juvenile male. The juvenile was taken into custody and charged with Reckless Homicide. Assisting at the scene were Martin County EMS, Shoals Fire Department, Martin County Coroner's Office, and the Martin County Prosecutors Office. The investigation is currently ongoing.
Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
A Saturday night off-road vehicle accident killed a French Lick man and left the victim’s father-in-law in jail. French Lick and West Baden police responded to a 911 call at 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, south of State Road 56, near County Road 1050 West and County Road 300 South. According to police 32 year old Zachary Flick of French Lick had gotten off a side-by-side UTV to retrieve a hat when he was struck by a vehicle that was coming to pick him up. Flick hit his head on a rock after he fell off the UTV. Flick suffered a severe head wound and never regained consciousness. He was rushed by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper and then was transferred to Deaconness Midtown Hospital in Evansville where he later died from his injuries. The driver of the vehicle identified as 46 year old Jeremy Parks of French Lick told police as he was returning to pick up Flick the vehicle slid on the wet grass and was unable to stop. Witnesses said the vehicle was traveling around 20 to 25 miles per hour. Parks was arrested on charges of reckless homicide and operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death.
A Bedford man was taken into custody on Monday after he allegedly hurt his grandfather during a domestic fight in Bedford. Police responded to a home in the 820 block of Ramsey Road in Bedford after a woman reported her grandson was beating on her husband. According to the victim he was outside working with his grandsons in the barn when one of his grandsons identified as 24 year old Treston Sowders of Bedford got angry after he broke a hay elevator. The victim asked him to leave and Sowders went inside the home and was joined by his grandfather a short time later. Sowders then put his grandfather in a headlock. The other grandchildren were able to remove Sowders from their grandfather and they held Sowders while his grandmother called police. Sowders was let go by the grandsons and left the house before police arrived. Sowders was found at a home on Bartlettsville Road where he was arrested on a charge of battery.
Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
A Mitchell woman was arrested on a warrant Monday morning after a traffic stop by police on State Road 37 in Mitchell . According to a probable cause affidavit, on May 22 at 10:43 p.m. police were on patrol at the Mitchell Marathon gas station when they saw a maroon car with a woman sitting inside. Police ran the license plate and the driving status of the woman identified as 23 year old Felisha Webb of Mitchell. Police followed Webb northbound on State Road 37 and then stopped the vehicle after learning Webb did not have a driver’s license. A K-9 was called to the scene and alerted to possible drugs in the vehicle. A small burnt rolled up marijuana cigarette was found by police. Also found in the vehicle was a cut red straw that tested positive for meth. Police then found a backpack that had a small Altoids can with three small baggies and a cut clear plastic straw containing white residue that tested positive for meth. Webb’s information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was arrested on Monday on the warrant charging her with possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a vehicle while never licensed.
Monday, August 3rd, 2020
A 40 year old man was arrested by police on Thursday after he was accused of entering another person's yard while intoxicated. According to a probable cause affidavit, on Friday police were called to a home in the 300 block of Treslar Street in Bedford after a report that 40 year old David Johnson was at a man's house and refusing to leave. The caller told police he believed Johnson was under the influence of some type of drug. When police arrived on the scene they found Johnson walking circles inside of the garage. Police then questioned Johnson about what he was doing and Johnson told police the property was owned by him and smirked when officers asked him to leave. Police then placed Johnson into custody and as he was being placed into a patrol car he resisted officers. After Johnson was forcibly placed into the police car. A neighbor told police Johnson was taking batteries, energizing them and spraying them with bug spray, so they turn to powder snorting it. Once at the jail, Johnson began physically resisting again and had to forcibly removed from the car and place into the Jail. Johnson is charged with criminal trespass, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement.
A Santa Claus woman was taken into custody Saturday night after Police were called to a Bedford residence. Police arrived at 9:15 p.m. to a home in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue in Bedford for a female that was violating a protective order. Police identified the woman that was standing on the front porch of the home as 48 year old Amy Haley of Santa Clause. Police on the scene determined that the protective order was still active and they then arrested Haley for violating the signed order. Haley is facing a charge of invasion of privacy.
A Kentucky woman was arrested by police for allegedly driving recklessly Wednesday on Newton Street in Jasper. Police observed a southbound 2007 Ford passing other vehicles on Newton Street in the area of Reyling Drive at 12:51 p.m. on Wednesday. Police later observed the vehicle pass several more vehicles in the turn lane. Police attempted a traffic stop but the driver would not stop and continued on until finally stopping on Newton Street south of Second Street. The driver identified as 32 year old Lauren Gossom of Owensboro, Kentucky, was arrested and booked into the Dubois County Jail at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday. She is being charged with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and reckless driving. She was also cited for disregarding an automatic signal and disregarding a stop sign.
Friday. July 31st, 2020
A Bedford man was arrested on a warrant Thursday after a July 15th incident where he crashed his vehicle into a telephone pole in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police report, police arrived on the scene at the 2230 block of 33rd Street after a male driver struck a Duke Energy pole in front of a house in Bedford. After the 2008 Jeep Compass driven by 43 year old Kevin Shaw of Bedford struck the pole, he continued west on 33rd Street where the caller lost sight of the vehicle. Police found the vehicle in the 2320 block of 33rd Street and spoke with Shaw. Shaw admitted to driving the vehicle that struck the pole which had heavy damage on the front passenger side. Shaw was taken to the hospital for a blood-draw and he was determined to be intoxicated. A warrant was issued for Shaw's arrest on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment, OWI with a prior conviction and leaving the scene of an accident.
Two Bedford people were arrested after police pulled them over on 4th Street and Lincoln Avenue early Friday morning in Bedford. Police were patrolling in the area of 4th street and Lincoln avenue when they noticed a vehicle driven by 30 year old Samuel Harrison of Bedford. Police knew that Harrison did not have a valid driver’s license. Police confirmed Harrison’s driving status and then stopped the vehicle. During the traffic stop police obtained permission to search the vehicle from Harrison and his passenger 24 year old Shanice McIntosh of Bedford. During the search of the vehicle police located meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. According to police McIntosh informed them she had additional narcotics on her and she removed two baggies that contained meth and heroin. Both Harrison and McIntosh are facing charges of possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Thursday, July 30th, 2020
A Jasper man was arrested on Wednesday after police alleged he was part of a domestic dispute that led to a woman's death. Police were called at 6:03 p.m. on Wednesday to a home at 1323 Newton St. to the report of a vehicle that ran over a woman. As police arrived on the scene they determined a domestic dispute between 32 year old Joshua Rominger of Jasper and a female occupant broke out. Police alleged Rominger ran over the female as he was leaving the residence with the rear wheel of his 2006 Dodge Ram. The female has not been identified and was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center at 6:50 p.m Rominger refused to stop at the scene and was located and placed into custody at 8:21 p.m. in Paoli. Police later determined Rominger was under the influence of marijuana. Rominger was booked into the Dubois County jail on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident causing death while intoxicated.
Wednesday, July, 29th, 2020
After the departure of former head basketball coach Michael Leitzman, Springs Valley announced its new boys basketball hire. On Monday evening, a week after Leitzman announced he would leave French Lick for his alma mater, Brownstown Central. Leitzman had a 56-42 record in his four year stint with the Blackhawks and led them to a Sectional Championship. The Springs Valley school board approved the hiring of Jonathon Bowles as head boys basketball coach in a special session. Bowles comes to Springs Valley from Vincennes Lincoln, where he served as an assistant coach. He was a member of the Lincoln coaching staff under Josh Thompson, who took the Alices to back-to-back sectional title games and previously coached the Blackhawks. Bowles has some knowledge of the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference. He played for Crawford County on both the gridiron and the hardwood and later coached at Crawford County under Mike Brown.
According to a probable cause affidavit at 1:40 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2019, Police had observed a white passenger car drive past them. Police ran a license plate check which allegedly came back as an inactive plate. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and the driver identified as 42 year old Michael Chastain of Salem told police he had a loaded firearm on his side. A preliminary search around the vehicle by K-9 Loki gave a positive alert on the vehicle. Police began a search of the vehicle in which police found an amber colored medicine bottle that held four clear plastic bags, each containing a crystal substance determined to be meth. The search also resulted in police locating a glass smoking device with residue of meth. The serial number of the handgun was found to be stolen from Shelby County. Chastian was arrested Sunday on charges of Dealing methamphetamine over 10 grams, Possession of methamphetamine over 10 grams with a handgun and Possession of paraphernalia.
Tuesday, July, 28th, 2020
A Bloomington man was arrested on Monday after police were called to check on a disabled vehicle in Bedford. According to a probable cause affidavit, on February 10th police were asked to check on a disabled vehicle on Fifth Street near the intersection of State Road 37 in Bedford. When police arrived, they made contact with 33 year old Jordan Butcher of Bloomington who was driving the vehicle. Butcher told police he ran out of gas and someone was on the way to assist him. Police noticed multiple firearms in the vehicle. Police then were given permission to search the vehicle by Butcher. During a search police also found a black digital scale, five white capsule-shaped pills, a metal grinder containing marijuana, multiple clear plastic zip-top bags that contained meth, a container that contained marijuana and a container that contained a waxy-like substance and multiple cut straws. Also found was a multi-colored glass smoking device. Police also found a clear plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance that tested positive for meth on the person of Butcher. Butcher was taken to the Lawrence County Jail and while there police found four orange pills and a clear plastic bag which contained meth. Butcher is charged with dealing meth while in possession of a firearm, possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and trafficking with an inmate.
Monday, July, 27th, 2020
Firefighters were called to a house fire in West Baden on Sunday morning after a passing motorist saw the flames. Orange County Rural District 1 and French Lick firefighters responded to the fire at 3:13 a.m. on 1694 S CR 825 west, Sand Hill Road in West Baden. The house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene and the flames had also spread to trees surrounding the home. Firefighters were on the scene for several hours battling blaze and extinguishing any hot spots so the fire would not reignite. Duke Energy was also contacted to shut off the power to the home and from the grounded power lines. No injuries were reported while firefighters were fighting the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and no one was believed to be living at the residence when the blaze occurred.
A Bedford woman was taken into custody on Saturday after police found her vehicle parked the wrong way on the roundabout in Bedford. Police found the vehicle parked at Lincoln Avenue and John Williams Boulevard and the driver was identified as 30 year old Sarah Harris. During the conversation with Harris, police smelled the odor of burnt marijuana. According to police Harris admitted to smoking marijuana and having a few alcoholic beverages earlier in the day. Harris also handed the officer a bag of marijuana while exiting the vehicle and she then was arrested. During a search of the vehicle police located drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, and two needles. Harris was charged with possession of meth and marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a syringe.
A Jasper man was arrested after he was determined to be imparied following a traffic stop Friday night in Jasper. Police that were patrolling in the area of Ninth and Jackson streets in Jasper pulled over a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup truck for failing to stop at that intersection at 11:02 p.m. According to police the driver identified as 33 year old Justin Buechlein of Jasper was determined to be intoxicated during the traffic stop. Police gave a certified chemical test to Buechlein and his blood alcohol content tested .10%. Buechlein was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:45 a.m. Saturday on charges of operating while intoxicated and OWI with endangerment. He was given a conditional release from jail later Saturday morning.
Thursday, July, 23rd, 2020
The bodies of two men that were swept into the White River in Lawrence County on Tuesday have been recovered. At 12:14 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the body of 38 year old Cung Hu of Indianapolis was located a ½ mile south of the Williams Dam. Then at 6:47 p.m., Conservation Officers located the second body identified as 42 year old Hrang Mang also of Indianapolis. The incident occurred when Conservation Officers responded to a report at 10:00A.m. on Tuesday at East Fork of White River of two males being attempting to wade across the main river channel to an island, before being swept away by the current. This incident is still under investigation.
A Mitchell man was taken into custody on Tuesday night after a traffic stop by police. According to a probable cause affidavit police pulled over the vehicle of 33 year old Shawn East’s white Pontiac minivan for a seatbelt violation on Curry Street in Mitchell. East told the police he forgot to put his seatbelt on. Police then asked for his driver’s license and registration in which East couldn't provide either. East was asked to exit the vehicle. Police learned East had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on two warrants for auto theft and for driving while his driver’s license was suspended. Police did an inventory of the vehicle and found a multicolored fabric pouch that contained smoking devices. Inside those devices was a white powdery substance that tested positive for meth and $70 was also found in a small pouch. East was arrested on charges of driving while driver’s license suspended with a prior conviction, possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, and the two warrants.
A Bedford teen was arrested on Wednesday after he was accused of damaging a window and mailbox in Bedford. On July 1 police arrived on the scene at the 1800 block of 26th Street after a report of mischief done to a mailbox. Police spoke with the victim who also noticed damage to a front window. Police determined some kind of an explosive was used to cause the damage. The victim also said that she saw a white vehicle in the area at the time of the incident and believed that 18 year old Sean Deaton Jr. was inside the car. Police located the vehicle and found Deaton Jr. was driving. During the investigation police determined that Deaton Jr. was involved and a warrant was requested for his arrest. Deaton Jr. was arrested on Wednesday on charges of arson and criminal mischief.
Wednesday, July, 22, 2020
An Orleans man was taken into custody on Monday after he allegedly violated a no contact order in Bedford. Police pulled over the vehicle driven by 37 year old Robert Flach of Orleans for two traffic violations. While police were speaking with Flach, two other passengers handed over their identification information to police. While police were running all three individuals through the BMV they received information that the female passenger had a no-contact order against Flach. Both passengers were released and Flach was arrested for violating that order on a charge of invasion of privacy.
A 57 year old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after an incident in which he allegedly pointed a gun at a man and his son in Bedford. According to a probable cause affidavit, on June 6th a man called police to report threats that he had received at his home in the 50 block of Oak Hill West in Bedford. The man reported that his ex-girlfriend’s father, 57 year old Tony Rollins had pointed a loaded firearm at him and his 6-month-old son on June 5th. He also told police he was reluctant to call but with his son being involved he felt he had to report the incident. According to the victim on the morning of June 5th, he woke at 6 a.m. to find Rollins in his home and holding the baby in possession of a handgun. The man was able to take his son away and then walked toward the garage. At that moment Rollins pulled pointed the loaded gun at the man and baby and made the threat saying "I will blow you away with your boy in your arms.” Police arrested Rollins at 1 p.m. on Tuesday on charges of intimidation and pointing a firearm at another person.
A Pike County woman was arrested after the report of a leaving-the-scene accident Tuesday in Jasper. Police were notified of the hit-and-run accident at 12th and Mill streets at 3:08 p.m. on Tuesday. Police located the alleged vehicle involved at 13th and Vine streets. The 1998 Chevrolet Lumina involved was being driven by 43 year old Samantha McDaniel of Velpen. McDaniel was impaired and driving on a suspended license when the incident took place. McDaniel had a blood alcohol content that tested .13% in a certified chemical test. McDaniel was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 5:53 p.m. on counts of operating while intoxicated, operating while intoxicated with endangerment and driving while suspended (prior). She was given a conditional release early Wednesday. A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker also assisted at the scene.
Tuesday, July, 21st, 2020
A Bedford man was arrested on a drug charge on Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to a probable cause affidavit on June 12th at 7:10 a.m. police were dispatched to State Road 58 East and Tood Lane in Bedford after a report of an accident. Police arrived on the scene and located the vehicle. The driver was being treated by a first responder and he was identified as 36 year old Michael Frazier of Bedford. Frazier was transported by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment. While studying the crash scene police said it appeared Frazier was traveling towards Heltonville from Bedford at a high rate of speed and the vehicle ramped the guardrail, collided with a tree, and bounced back onto the roadway. Police inventoried the vehicle and its contents while waiting for the wrecke to tow the vehicle. During the search police located a black box inside the center console that had a white crystal-like residue that field-tested positive for meth. The box was collected and placed in evidence. A warrant was then requested for Frazier and he was arrested on Friday on a charge of possession of meth.
A Bedford man was taken into custody on Sunday after a report of a possible intoxicated driver near the Bedford McDonalds. Police arrived on the scene and found 29 year old Joshua Pickett of Bedford sitting inside his vehicle parked at McDonald’s. Police also noticed a handgun in between the seats of the vehicle. While police were speaking with Pickett he showed signs of being intoxicated and they witnessed him place a bottle of whiskey behind the passenger seat. Police also determined Pickett did not have a permit to carry the handgun. Police also found marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia inside Pickett's pockets. He was arrested on charges of public intoxication, carrying a gun without a permit, possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
A Jasper man who was pulled over for speeding was arrested after a Monday traffic stop in Jasper. Police pulled over a southbound 2020 Nissan at 8:57 a.m. on Meridian Road north of Second Avenue for traveling at 53 mph in the 35 mph zone. According to police, the driver 40 year old Cesar Santamaria of Jasper was determined to have been drinking. Santamaria’s blood alcohol content tested at .09% on a portable breath test. He also refused a chemical test. Police obtained a warrant for samples but Santamaria still refused. Santamaria was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 11:57 a.m. on charges that included obstruction of justice and operating while intoxicated with a prior.
Monday, July, 20th, 2020
An Indianapolis man was taken into custody after police responded to a domestic fight in the 1700 block of WPA Road Saturday night in Mitchell. When police arrived on the scene they spoke to a female who said that 49 year old Christopher Nolan of Indianapolis head butted her while at their home in the 300 block of East Grissom Avenue in Mitchell. The victim was also bleeding from a large cut on her forehead and had left the residence with another person and drove to the home on WPA Road. A male victim also told police that Nolan pulled a knife on him and threatened to kill him. Nolan was located at a residence on Grissom Avenue and he was arrested on charges of intimidation and two counts of domestic battery.
A Bedford child was injured after his bicycle was struck by a vechicle at M and 4th streets on Friday afternoon in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police report 67 year old LeRoy Harrell of Bedford was driving north on M Street in a 2020 Chrysler Pacifica. At that time 10 year old Colsyn Grubb also of Bedford riding his bicycle in the roadway on 4th Street and was crossing M Street. Both Grubb and Harrell told police they didn’t one another. Harrell’s vehicle then struck Grubb’s bicycle. Grubb was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment. Harrell was taken to IU Health Hospital for a blood-draw which is standard procedure.
Police arrested a Louisville woman after she was found intoxicated on the property of Bedford North Lawrence High School on Sunday. Police arrived at 8:29 a.m. and the security officer who reported the incident said the woman had walked across the road to the LARC building. When police checked the area, they found the female in the area of the cross country and soccer fields under a shelter house. Officers noticed that the female was intoxicated by means of a controlled substance. Police then arrested the woman identified as 26 year old Anna Webb of Louisville, Kentucky. Webb refused medical treatment and was charged with public intoxication and taken to jail.
Thursday, July, 16th, 2020
A two vehicle crash at State Road 37 and Patton Hill Road in Oolitic on Saturday sent three people to the hospital. According to Lawrence County Police Department 31 year old William Cinamon of Bloomington was driving a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck southbound at 8:00 p.m on State Road 37. Cinnamon said he tried to stop at the a red light, but his brakes failed and his vehicle struck a 2003 Buick driven by 27 year old Joshua Roberts of Bedford. Both Joshua Roberts and his passenger, Robbie Roberts also of Bedford had to be extricated from the vehicle. Both were taken by ambulance to IU Bloomington Hospital. Cinamon's passenger, Shawn Robertson, of Bloomington was taken to IU Hospital Bloomington by ambulance. Cinamon was treated at the scene but refused to go the hospital. Cinamon was determined to be at fault in the crash by police for unsafe speed, failure to yield, and disregarding a traffic signal. Assisting at the scene were the Oolitic Police Department, the Oolitic Fire Department, the Bedford Fire Department, and IU Health Ambulance Service.
A trailer that was hauling a tractor rolled off the road in a Friday night accident in Huntingburg. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 24 year old Matthew Pflug of Princeton was southbound on County Road 100W in Huntingburg. He was driving a 1988 Ford F-350 at 6:10 p.m. Police said Pflug’s truck was pulling a trailer and hauling a 2017 Red Mahindra tractor with a scoop bucket. The accident occurred near a hillcrest by the Huntingburg conservation club. As the vehicle climbed the hill, the vehicle ran out of power and the trailer with its cargo began to slide backward. The back end of the trailer then ran off the roadway and rolled, with its gooseneck hitch becoming loose from the truck. A KARS wrecker assisted at the scene.
A Grandview man was arrested on Wednesday after police were conducting a child solicitation case in Spencer County. On Wednesday police executed a search warrant at a residence on Highland Road in regards to a child pornography case. Police obtained a warrant for the suspect 23 year old Dalton Scott Clark of Grandview. Clark was not present at the residence at the time of the search warrant. Clark was later arrested at his place of employment and transported to Spencer County Jail. Once police finished the search and examination of items at the scene they charged Clark with child solicitation, sexual misconduct with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor and he is expected to be additionally charged with possession of child pornography.
Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
Firefighters responded to a mobile home fire on Monday in the 700 block of Washington Street in Orleans. The renter of the mobile home Megan Polaski of Orleans said that she woke up to a man pounding on her door and telling her the home was on fire. Orange County Rural District #2 firefighters responded at 7:24 a.m. Monday morning. The fire started in the kitchen and damaged several appliances and furniture. Polaski did not have renters insurance. Firefighters from Orleans and Orange County Rural District #2 responded to the blaze.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help locating the driver who ran into a building a left the scene Tuesday in Dubois. Police responded to the report of a truck leaving the scene after crashing into an apartment building at 4201 N. Second St., in Dubois at 3:50 p.m. No injuries were reported. According to police the suspect vehicle is a white, 1997 to 2003 Ford F-150 extended cab, stepside pickup with front end damage. Anyone with information about the driver or the vehicle is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 482-3522 and callers can stay anonymous.
Two trucks collided and one driver was ticketed on Thursday east of the Dubois Crossroads. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 64 year old Timothy Terwiske of Celestine was westbound on State Road 56 in a 2016 International at 1 p.m. Terwiske told police that he saw a 2015 Freightliner semi tractor with no trailer partially in his lane. He moved as far over as he could but the truck struck his driver side mirror and the side of his dump bed near the rear of the bed. The Freightliner traveled further until it was stopped by police in French Lick. The driver 58 year old Timothy Elliott of Jasper was issued a citation for driving left of center.
Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
A Knox County man was arrested by police for alledgedly boating while impaired while on Patoka Lake on Saturday. A Department of Natural Resources conservation officer was called to the Lick Fork Boat Ramp after the report of an accident at 7 p.m. There they made contact with 43 year old Jason Kocher of Vincennes. Conservation Officers said the accident occurred while Kocher was attempting to put the boat on a trailer. During the accident officers reported Kocher's wife had suffered injury. Officers alleged Kocher exhibited signs of being impaired and had a blood alcohol content that later tested .111% in testing done at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Kocher was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 10 p.m. Saturday on a count of operating a motorboat while intoxicated. Kocher was released from jail early on Sunday.
A Perry County man was arrested on a Dubois County child molesting warrant on Monday in Jasper. On Friday, July 10th, Police began an investigation into a report of child molesting involving victims in Dubois County. Several agency's assisted in the investigation including the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Tell City Police Department, Huntingburg Police Department, Indiana State Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force. The Suspect who was identified as 35 year old Jeffrey Fight of Bristow was found and taken into custody on Monday in Spencer County. Fight was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 8:15 p.m. on the active warrant charging him with five Felony counts of Child Molestation. He is currently in the Dubois County Security Center being held without bond pending an initial court hearing. Fight is being held without bond.
A rear end accident that involved two vans on Thursday in Ferdinand ended without any injuries. According to the Ferdinand Police Department, at 11:30 a.m. the crash occurred at West Third Street and Industrial Park Road in Ferdinand. The incident involved a 1999 Chevrolet van driven by 46 year old Dawn Kerstiens of Jasper and a 2018 Ford van driven by 39 year old John Stuttville of Newburgh. Both vehicles were making right turns from West Third Street on to Industrial Park Road. According to police another vehicle that was not involved caused Stuttville to brake which then resulted in Kerstiens running into the back of Stuttville. No injuries were reported and both drivers were wearing seat belts. Damage was estimated around 500.00 to each vehicle and both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.
Monday, July 13th, 2020
Police are offering a $300 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the individual who slashed the tires on the Orange County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle on Wednesday at 12:30 a.m. The suspect was a male dressed in jeans and a dark colored shirt. Any tips that would like to stay anonymous will have that opportunity. The Paoli Police Department are working the investigation, and you can contact them via Facebook messenger, call the police department at 723-2836, or email them at email@example.com.
A Jasper man was arrested on Sunday night after a traffic stop near Schnellville for. Police pulled over a 1996 Lexus passenger car on Schnellville Road at 10:11 p.m. after the vehicle went left of center three times. According to police the driver identified as 39 year old Christopher Gramelspacher of Jasper showed signs of impairment. He later tested positive for marijuana and amphetamines in his system while he was tested at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Police also reported that they located methamphetamine, marijuana and a glass smoking pipe after a K-9 called to the scene indicated on the vehicle. Gramelspacher was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 1:20 a.m. Monday on charges of possession of methamphetamine, operating while under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
A Huntingburg man was arrested on Friday after a Thursday night incident at a friend's house. An investigation by police found police locating 29 year old Weston Rust of Huntingburg at a friend’s house on Thursday night. Rust was found to be semi-conscious which resulted in an ambulance called to the scene. Police allegedly found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during the incident. Rust was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 9:49 a.m. on Friday on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
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