Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
No injuries were reported from a crash that involved three vehicles on May 29. The collision occurred on State Road 56 at the intersection with County Road 1025 West at 2:30 p.m. According to the crash report 37 year old Jeremy Ball of French Lick was driving a 1990 Chevrolet and told police he was turning left onto the county road when his vehicle was hit from behind. 31 year old Jacob Vanhooser of Nashville who was behind Ball in a 2008 BMW said that he was stopped, waiting for Ball to turn. Vanhooser said he saw a truck approaching in his rear view mirror. 64 year old Donald Popp of Salem who was driving a 2003 International told police it was raining and as he approached the vehicles did not see any brake lights or turn signals. He also said he tried to stop, but slid on the wet pavement. Total damages were estimated between $5,000 to $10,000.
Police arrested two people after investigating a drug trafficking case on Monday in Jasper. Police began the investigation on May 25th after a controlled substance was located in an envelope for a work release participant identified as 22 year old Savion Frye of Jasper. During the investigation, police interviewed 25 year old Brittany Waters of Jasper. After the interview police were told Frye failed to return to work release and was unable to be located. A warrant charging Frye with failure to return to lawful detention was then issued. Police continued the investigation by heading to the Jasper Holiday Inn Express to speak with Waters on Monday morning. According to police Frye and Waters were in a room at the hotel. Frye attempted to flee by exiting through a window. A Taser was used by police to take Frye into custody and two officers suffered injury while struggling to detain Frye. Police also found marijuana in the hotel room. Waters also admitted to her role in the case and allegedly said Frye was in on the scheme to smuggle the controlled substance into the community corrections center. Frye and Waters were both booked into the Dubois County Jail. Frye was charged on the active warrant, trafficking with an inmate, resisting law enforcement causing injury, possession of marijuana and criminal mischief. Waters was charged with trafficking with an inmate, dealing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, assisting a criminal and possession of marijuana.
An impaired driver was arrested early this/Wednesday morning after police responded to an area northeast of Jasper. Police were dispatched at 1 a.m. to the report of a suspicious truck in the area of the 6600 block of Kellerville Road in Jasper. Police encountered a truck southbound with an inoperable headlight in the vicinity of Kellerville Road and north of County Road 420N. Police stopped the 2006 Dodge Ram after it had gone into the wrong lane. According to police the driver 38 year old David Hollis of Velpen admitted to drinking. He also failed a field sobriety testing and had a blood alcohol content that tested .18% in a certified test. Hollis was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 2:18 a.m. on a charge of operating while intoxicated.
Monday, June 1st, 2020
A Huntingburg man was arrested after repeated calls of an ongoing incident Sunday night in Huntingburg. Police were called to a report of a domestic in progress in Huntingburg at 10:52 p.m. Police arrived at the scene and had to separate the parties involved. Police determined there had been a fight instigated by 30 year old David Bates of Huntingburg. Bates allegedly grabbed a female’s hair during a gathering which led to the fight. No charges were filed at the time and Bates was checked out by Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services. Bates and his girlfriend were no longer welcome at the home any longer and police told him he could not return. Police were called back to the home at 11:42 p.m. because Bates and his girlfriend were said to have returned. Bates was at the property making racial slurs when police showed up. Bates was told to leave and if he returned again would be arrested for trespassing. At 1:42 a.m. today/Monday, police were notified that Bates threatened one of the original victims over the phone. Police arrested Bates at his home and after securing a search warrant, found a handgun that had allegedly been involved in the threat incident. Bates was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:49 a.m. on a charge of intimidation.
A Bedford woman was taken into custody on Sunday after police were called to a home at Oak Hill West in Bedford. The homeowner said that 36 year old Sara Anderson was at the residence to remove property from the home that she had stored there. At some point, Anderson became verbally abusive toward the homeowner who then called police. When police arrived the scene Anderson was standing outside of the home. Police told her several times to lower her voice, stop screaming, and not to use profanity due to children being in the immediate area. The homeowner let Anderson remove her property if police could stand by. After getting her stuff and leaving the house, she then began yelling and screaming and was then placed under arrest. While under arrest, Anderson attempted to run and resisted. While on her way to the Lawrence County Jail, Anderson made threats to kill the arresting officer and jail staff upon her release. Anderson is facing charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and intimidation.
A Bedford man taken into custody Saturday morning after police in the area found him intoxicated in Bedford. According to Police 28 year old Dustin Pemberton of Bedford told police he was out running and trying to get to his girlfriend’s house. Police said that during that conversation he showed the usual signs of intoxication, but because of an urgent call that police received they told Pemberton to go home and stay inside. After finishing with the urgent call, police returned to the area of 20th and O Streets where Pemberton was last seen. Police found Pemberton on a front porch going through a homeowners items. According to police he could not explain what he was doing or who the homeowners was. He was arrested and then started resisting while he was placed into the police car. Pemberton was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest.
Friday, May 29th, 2020
A woman complained of pain after she was hit by a vehicle Wednesday in the Dollar Tree parking lot in Jasper. The Jasper Police Department were called at 4:47 p.m.to the Jasper Dollar Tree at 3601 Newton St. According to police a 2018 GMC Terrain driven by 85 year old Benjamin Drabing of French Lick, pulled forward from a parking spot and struck 28 year old Araceli Beltran of Jasper. Beltran was then trapped against a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe in the parking lot. She complained of hip pain, but she declined to be transported for treatment. Damage to the Drabings vehicle was estimated at $3,500 and $1,000 to the Hyundai. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene.
A driver was taken to the hospital after his SUV crashed into a tree along east of Celestine on Saturday. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 17 year old Jayden Felker of Celestine was southbound on County Road 900E in a 1994 Chevrolet TrailBlazer at 3:29 p.m. Police said Felker lost control of the vehicle on gravel and the SUV he was driving exited the roadway and struck a tree. Felker was sent to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for treatment. He was later treated and released and the crash totaled the SUV. The Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted at the scene.
A Wednesday night overdose resulted in a woman’s arrest in Jasper. Police were called at 10:02 p.m. on Wednesday to a residence in the 300 block of West Fourth Street about a male overdosing. While the man was taken for treatment, police who smelled the odor of marijuana in the home. Police spoke with 46 year old Eugenia Neukam of Jasper who was described as being intoxicated. After obtaining a search warrant, police found marijuana, a glass smoking pipe with burnt marijuana in it, methamphetamine, a prescription pill, a syringe and additional items of paraphernalia. Neukam was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:29 a.m. Thursday on charges of possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe, illegal possession of a legend (prescription) drug and maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, Jasper Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
On January 21st Chief Randall Sanders, of the Paoli Police Department, requested the Indiana State Police conduct an investigation into Paoli Police Officer Tyler Phillips. It was alleged that Phillips had taken several items of evidence to his residence and had not placed them into evidence at the Paoli Police Department. It was also alleged that Phillips had conducted a controlled buy of methamphetamine and had kept the methamphetamine in his possession instead of placing it into evidence. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Phillips had several cases in which evidence went missing from the evidence room at the Paoli Police Department. It was also discovered that Phillips had several items of evidence in his possession that had not been placed into evidence at the Paoli Police Department. On Tuesday Special Prosecutor Dustin Houchin charged Phillips with one count of Conversion. Phillips pled guilty to the charge in the Orange County Superior Court.
A Bedford man taken into custody on Friday after he allegedly pointed a firearm at another person. According to a probable cause affidavit, on March 12th an ISP trooper responded to a Bedford home in 2590 block of South Leatherwood Road. Police were informed that 72 year old Edward Pruett had fired three shots into the ground and then pointed a firearm at his neighbor. The victim stated that he was in his home when he heard the shots fired outside. The victim stuck his head out of a window and yelled at Pruett. Pruett stepped out from behind a shed holding a black revolver. Pruett then fired several more shots into the ground and then pointed the gun at the victim. The victim also stated that Pruett continued to point the gun at him around thirty to forty seconds. The victim then closed the window and the incident ended. The victim explained that this had been an ongoing issue with Pruett shooting toward his house and this incident is the result from Pruett disliking the victim’s barking dogs. Pruett is also accused of leaving numerous voice messages to the victim saying if they didn’t take care of the barking dogs he would. Pruett is charged with intimidation and pointing a firearm.
On Tuesday at 12:58pm, the Indiana State Police received a report of a theft that had occurred in Jasper at the Home Depot store. The suspects' vehicle left the store with three male occupants, northbound on U.S. 231. Police observed the vehicle a short time later on U.S. 50 near Rama Dye Road in Martin County. A traffic stop was conducted and all three male occupants were detained and identified. Upon further investigation by police, it was discovered that two generators, stolen from the Jasper Home Depot were inside the vehicle. The three men were identified as 50 year old Ramone Stroud of Louisville Kentucky, 18 year old Jordan Armstrong, and 37 year old Howard Stiltz both of Winamac. All three men were arrested and lodged at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. Stroud was also found to be operating the vehicle without a driver’s license and Armstrong was found to be in possession of an illegal substance. The investigating revealed the generators have a value of nearly $1,200. Stiltz was charged with theft, Armstrong was charged with Theft and Possession of Cannabinoid and Stroud was charged with theft and Operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license. The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Loogootee Police Department and Martin County EMS.
Monday, May 25th, 2020
Indiana Conservation Officers and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department likely saved a man’s life on Sunday. An intoxicated man identified as 54 year old Morris Ferguson of Pekin passed out in a raft with a bottle of rum in his lap and floated over 7 miles down the flooded Blue River. After receiving multiple calls, ICOs Neal Brewington and Jim Schreck responded and were unable to reach him with throw bags or awaken him despite shouting and blowing a whistle from the bank. ICOs Dennis Talley and Logan Hodges launched a boat while Brewington and Schreck set up a tag line across the river and a rescue swimmer in hopes of preventing Ferguson from going over the boiling Milltown Dam. Fortunately, a Crawford County Deputy spotted the man who washed ashore a couple of miles above the dam, and was able to reach him. After medical evaluation, ICO Hodges arrested the Ferguson without incident. He was charged with Public Intoxication. Multiple fire departments and EMS personnel assisted
A call Wednesday night about a suspicious vehicle in the Birdseye area resulted in the arrest of a Vanderburgh County woman. Police were called to Birdseye Loop Road at 11:23 and they encounted 36 year old Mary Lochmann of Evansville driving a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta. Police who had been advised about a possible prowler by a resident said Lochmann exhibited signs of impairment, refused field sobriety testing and had a child with her. Police alledged Lochmann pulled away from police and attempted to get away before being taken into custody. A blood draw at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center placed Lochmann’s blood alcohol content at .19%. Marijuana and a smoking device was also located by police in the vehicle. Lochmann was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:40 a.m. on Thursday on charges of operating while intoxicated with a minor passenger, neglect of a dependent, disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Haysville Volunteer Firefighters were requested by Martin County dispatch Wednesday when a fire was reported in Rutherford Township. Firefighters were dispatched at 6:58 p.m. to the property of Anthony and Teneka Arvin at 13454 E. Martin County Road 550S, west of U.S. 231. Smoke was noticed by family members and that is when they found a pole barn on fire. Repair work had taken place earlier on a tractor in the building. Thecause of the fire is unknown at this time. The building which included a tractor, an air compressor and other such tools, were destroyed and the loss was estimated at $30,000. Three trucks and 15 firefighters were on the scene for just over an hour.
Friday, May 22nd, 2020
On Wednesday two Salem residents were arrested on multiple drug charges after officers served unrelated arrest warrants at their residence. Police arrived at 5276 West Beeline Road in Salem with an arrest warrant for 37 year old Travis Hollen of Salem. Police made several attempts to contact Hollen, but he did not come to the door. After police entered the residence, Hollen and 27 year old Victoria Fauber also of Salem were inside. Drug paraphernalia and other indicators of drug possession were observed, as well as three loaded rifles. As a result of the investigation, both Hollen and Fauber were arrested. Hollen was charged with Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cocaine or narcotic drug, Unlawful Possession of Syringe, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. Hollen was also wanted for Habitual Traffic Violator for Life and Habitual Traffic Offender. Fauber was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cocaine or narcotic, Unlawful Possession of Syringe, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia.
A southern Indiana father was arrested on Wednesday after police allegedly found him passed out behind the wheel with his infant child in the vehicle. Around 9:50 Wednesday night police were patrolling I-65 northbound near Scottsburg when they observed a vehicle stopped along the right side of the road with its flashers on. When police approached the vehicle they found the male driver either asleep or passed out behind the wheel. The driver's nine-month-old son was standing on his lap, crying and banging on the window. Police were able to wake the driver after several attempts who was later identified as 34 year old Derek Ribelin, of Vallonia. Ribelin appeared to be intoxicated, and police also found an open alcoholic beverage container sitting on the passenger's seat. A Standard Field Sobriety Test and a preliminary breath test gave a result of .136 BAC. Police also found at the scene a loaded pistol in the driver's side door pocket. The child was taken by ambulance to Scott Memorial Hospital for observation and released to the biological mother. Ribelin was charged with Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) Impairment with Passenger Less than 18, Neglect of a Dependent, OWI, Possession of a Handgun without a Permit and Possession of Marijuana.
Thursday, May 21st, 2020
A Bedford man will be spending the next 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a single charge of dealing methamphetamine. 55 year old James Sykes was sentenced in Lawrence Superior Court One Wednesday while receiving 234 days credit for time previously served. The case stems back to August when police, serving a search warrant, found 16 grams of meth and one gram of heroin at his home. Sykes was also arrested in December by Indiana State Police for dealing meth, but that charge was later dropped.
Two people were arrested on Wednesday after running from their vehicle following a crash on John Williams Boulevard. Police say witnesseses gave them a description of a male and female and the direction they headed. The driver of the car, 22 year old Miles Holler was found near Williams Carpenter Realty a short time later, while the passenger, 26 year old McKenzie Pruett, was found inside a nearby liquor store. Both individuals were uncooperative with officers while being detained. Pruett was charged with public intoxication and two counts of resisting arrest.
A Bedford man was arrested earlier this week on a number of charges after police found him passed out in a vehicle. Officers responded to a home in the 200 block of Ingram Road where they encountered 30 year old Dennis Mundy slumped over the console. Mundy stated he believed he was at his parents’ house but did not recall how he had arrived there. The man refused an ambulance to the hospital and also did not consent to field sobriety tests. A deputy took Mundy to IU Health Bedford where he became uncooperative while staff attempted a blood draw. After a struggle, Mundy was eventually subdued and taken to the Lawrence County jail. He has been charged with resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, and being an habitual traffic offender.
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
A French Lick woman was injured during a two vehicle crash on Sunday night at the intersection of State Road 56 and College Street in French Lick. According to a French Lick Police Department accident report, 42 year old Justin Dye of Greenville who was driving a 2003 Chevrolet pickup was driving north on State Road 56 at 6:46. At that time a 2013 GMC SUV driven by 42 year old Elizabeth Wininger of French Lick pulled out in front of him. Dye said he was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision. Wininger was transported to IU Health Paoli Hospital by ambulance for her injuries. A witness at the scene and evidence was able to collaborate Dye’s account of the collision. Total damages were estimated at $25,000 to $50,000.
A Paoli man was taken into custody after a high speed chased ended in a crash Thursday in Bedford. According to a probable cause affidavit at 5:57 p.m. on Thursday, police were patrolling U.S. 50 East when a man on a motorcycle turned onto Tunnelton Road without using a turn signal. Police attempted a traffic stop, but the driver, later identified as 26 year old Aric Riley of Paoli did not stop. During the chase Riley allegedly reached speeds exceeding 100 mph. Police lost sight of the motorcycle at Buddha Bypass Road, but later located Riley turning onto Pumphouse Road. The motorcycle crashed while trying to take a curve at a high rate of speed. After the crash Riley stood up and attempted to flee from the scene on foot. Police took Riley to the ground and during the struggle, Riley allegedly elbowed an officer in the head. Police then found a gun on the ground near Riley. Riley allegedly told police he was just “out joy riding” and he didn’t notice police behind him. Riley was taken to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital and was later booked into the Lawrence County jail. He was released later after posting bond. Riley is facing charges of battery against a public safety official, resisting law enforcement by fleeing, resisting law enforcement by force, reckless driving and resisting law enforcement with a deadly weapon.
A Huntingburg man of was arrested on impaired driving charges after an early morning traffic stop on Tuesday. Police stopped a pickup truck at U.S. 231 and County Road 900S in Huntingburg after clocking the vehicle traveling 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. According to police the driver, 35 year old Cory Brown of Huntingburg, smelled of alcohol and had a blood alcohol content of .098% after a being tested at the Huntingburg Police Station. A search of Brown’s truck by police resulted in the discovery of a small amount of marijuana. Brown was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 4:58 a.m. on charges of operating while intoxicated with a prior and marijuana possession.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
An Oakland City man was arrested after a Monday night crash in the Cuzco area. Police were notified at 6:50 p.m. about a car in the woods with air bag deployment in the Cuzco area. Police located 22 year old Ryan McRoberts of Oakland City, walking in the area. McRoberts said he had been drinking but said originally that he didn’t drive to the area. He told police he had been dropped off by another person when they had an accident. McRoberts’ blood alcohol content tested .215% on a portable breath test. He was cited for public intoxication, taken to a family member’s house that lived in Birdseye. Less than an hour later, police were called to a domestic problem in Birdseye involving McRoberts. McRoberts left before police arrived but was later found and detained. According to police McRoberts admitted at that time that he had been driving and had wrecked the vehicle found in the Cuzco area. McRoberts was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 1:11 a.m. this/Tuesday morning on counts of failure to stop after an accident, false informing and public intoxication.
A Mitchell woman was taken into custody Saturday on a warrant served by police. According to a probable cause affidavit, the incident happened on April 28 when police were on a routine patrol. They noticed a silver Lincoln fail to use their turn signal while making a turn. Police ran the license plate and discovered the driver 20 year old Jameelia Grimes of Mitchell had a suspended driver’s license. Police noticed Grimes seemed nervous and was visibly shaking. Police asked for consent to search the vehicle in which she denied that request. Police told Grimes they were going to tow the vehicle and would be conducting an inventory on the vehicle. Grimes then admitted to police a friend had left some stuff in the vehicle. She told police meth was in the center console. Police also found two glass smoking pipes with meth residue and located a burnt marijuana substance in Grimes’ purse. Police also seized 1.09 grams of meth during the investigation. Grimes was arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while her driver’s license was suspended.
Monday, May 18th, 2020
Police conducted a traffic stop in Shoals that lead to charges for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. On Friday at 7:40 AM, an off duty police officer, called the Martin County Sheriff’s Office to report a vehicle that committed two moving violations and one equipment violation. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle near Poplar Street and Hedge Street in Shoals. A K9, Spike was called in for a free air sniff around the vehicle. K9 Spike gave a positive indication of illegal substances inside the vehicle. A search of the driver, 32 year old Joseph Miller of Washington resulted in police locating alleged methamphetamine, marijuana, and paraphernalia. Miller was taken into custody and transported to the Martin County Jail without incident. Miller is currently being held without bond on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine,. Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia
On Sunday at 3:35 P.M. police were dispatched to a residence on US Highway 231 S. in reference to a 911 hang up call. When police arrived on the scene, they observed a male subject that was trying to leave the residence. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 42 year old Damon Dant of Montgomery. Dant failed Standard Field Sobriety Tests and refused to submit to a Chemical Test. Police then searched the vehicle and located Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Paraphernalia. Dant was transported to the Martin County Jail without further incident and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.
A Bedford man was arrested after police were called to the Bedford Speedway early Monday morning on a report of a suspicious vehicle. According to police the driver almost struck one of the gas pumps. When police arrived on the scene at 3:35 a.m. they found the vehicle on the lot with a male driver inside. The driver then drove off through the lot southbound and turned back north and stopped. Police then approached the vehicle and identified the driver as 36 year old Jonathon Herald of Bedford. When police investigated further, they located four marijuana joints and 0.013 grams of meth. Herald was then arrested and taken to jail. Herald was charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana, operating a vehicle while intoxicated by controlled substance and OWI endangerment.
Friday, May 15th, 2020
Six COVID-19 testing sites are opening this week in Walmart parking lots across Indiana. Locally, a testing site has opened at the Paoli Walmart at 735 North Gospel Street and will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., weather permitting. The sites will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow you to swab your own nose while inside your vehicle, observed by a trained medical volunteer. eTruenorth will handle the processing of test samples and will send the results to those tested and the Orange County Health Department. If you’re interested in being tested, visit. DoINeedaCOVID19Test.com to see if you’re eligible and set up an appointment.
A southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body in 2014 is headed to a state mental hospital months after being found incompetent to stand trial. A transport order was issued Tuesday directing the Clark County Sheriff’s Office to transport Joseph Oberhansley to Logansport State Mental Hospital by Monday morning, the News and Tribune reported. The order was delayed by two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Oberhansley is charged with killing and dismembering 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton at her home in Jeffersonville in September 2014. Oberhansley was found incompetent in January,
Holiday World officials plan to open to the public June 17 and as part of the phased reopening plan, officials plan to open Splashin’ Safari no later than July 4. with 50% capacity, with reserved days earlier for season passholders. In place of reservations, the park will sell date-specific tickets online and officials ask that all guests come with a ticket in hand to make sure they can enter. This summer, guests will also be asked to use inLine Reservation System, Holiday World’s new virtual queuing system. To keep queue areas from getting overly crowded, guests enter the queue from their smartphone, then return and wait just 5-15 minutes in a physical queue. Those who don’t have smartphones, or choose not to use their smartphones will be able to use a barcoded wristband. The park will also be making other smaller changes to its operations, including 90 Hand “Santatizer” Stations, increasing sanitation procedure frequency and adding sanitation processes for high-touch point areas, including attractions. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari have also added three operating days in August. For more information about seasonal job opportunities, visit HolidayWorldJobs.com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-937-5252 with employment questions.
Thursday, May 14th, 2020
In March of this year, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office filed a civil lawsuit against a former Guthrie Township Trustee. Robert Awbrey had been arrested and charged with official misconduct in July of 2019. The State is seeking $85,104.19 which includes some of the damages caused by Awbrey and the cost of the investigation.
The Orleans American Legion Warren Brock Post #69 announced it has canceled its annual Memorial Day services. Post Commander Ron Taylor said he regrets the decision, but he assures the community hey will be honoring local veterans. The Post will still proudly decorate the cemetery in honor of all our lost veterans.
Grab your friends, family, fishing pole, tackle and bait, and head over to Patoka Lake on Saturday, June 6th from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby. Park at Osborn Ramp, off Highway 145. This event is for children 12 years of age, and under, an adult must accompany. Prizes will be awarded. The award ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Advance registration is required this year to enhance the safety of participants due to COVID 19. Register by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 685-2447. Plan to bring lawn chairs, sunscreen, and refreshments, and join in the fun!. For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, call the Nature Center at 812-685-2447.
Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
An inmate from the Lawrence County jail is facing new charges after being involved in a fight Tuesday night while in Jail. Police were called to the jail after a report that 19 year old Taylor Storms threw water on another inmate. Storms then returned to the other inmate’s cell and hit him in the head. The victim told police that everything went black for a few seconds and he suffered ringing in his ear after being hit. According to police the incident stemmed from a disagreement over trading food. Storms was interviewed and admitted to the incident. He was then charged on a new count of battery causing bodily injury.
A Bedford man was arrested on Tuesday police pulled him over after the man almost struck the side of a concrete bridge twice in Bedford. Police attempted to stop 36 year old Nicholas Beverstock of Bedford on Stumphole Bridge Road. Beverstock refused to stop and began throwing items out the window. Beverstock finally stopped later in the 100 block of Twin Ponds Road and he was arrested. Police found Beverstock was driving on a suspended driver’s license and he was in possession of syringes. Police also found he was wanted on a warrant out of Jackson County for petition to revoke on a charge of possession of meth. Police also found the baggie that Beverstock had thrown from the window which contained 2.5 grams of meth. Beverstock is charged with possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A driver was cited after a three-vehicle accident Friday in Jasper. According to the Jasper Police Department 62 year old John Divine of Loogootee was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 2009 Dodge truck at 8:27 a.m.. According to witnesses the traffic light had turned red and a 2006 Ford Econoline E-250 driven by 58 year old Terry Gobert of Jasper, proceeded into the intersection on a green traffic signal. The van was struck by Divine, which continued into the intersection. Gobert then slid across the intersection and struck a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 40 year old Nathan Hawkins of Jasper. Damage was estimated at $12,500 to the Ford, $1,000 to the Dodge and $500 to the Chevrolet. No one was injured during the incident. Police cited Divine for disregarding a traffic signal. A Ruxer Ford wrecker assisted at the scene.
Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
Two Paoli people were arrested Monday morning on drug charges at a Motel in Bedford. According to Police the incident began when Paoli Police sent out information on two suspects who were wanted for questioning in regards to an armed robbery. A description of the suspects and the vehicle they were driving was given. Police found the vehicle at a motel on Mitchell Road in Bedford a short time later. Police sat on the hotel and noticed a man and woman came out of one of the rooms. Police identified the pair as the subjects wanted for questioning in Paoli. While talking to the two suspects identified as 26 year old Austin Slayton and 19 year old Alexis Tisdel both of Paoli, police noticed a smell of marijuana coming from the room. Police requested a search warrant and it was granted. When police searched the room they discovered more than 64 grams of marijuana and other paraphernalia in the room. The two were arrested by Bedford police and handed over to Paoli police for questioning. Once police completed interviews, the suspects were taken to the Lawrence County Jail. Both subjects were charged with dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Bond was set for Slayton at $2,005 cash. Tisdel does not have a bond set at this time.
Police arrested a Bedford man on Monday on a warrant after he was involved in a domestic fight last week in Bedford. According to a probable cause affidavit, on May 5 at 1:52 a.m. police were called to an apartment in the 640 block of Riley Boulevard in Bedford after a report of a domestic fight. When police arrived a female told police that her boyfriend had injured her during a fight at the apartment. The female told police she was at 36 year old Todd Beikman of Bedford’s apartment with two other people when Beikman went to bed. The female said when she joined him that is when he became violent and grabbed her by the throat, restricting her airway. He then allegedly punched her multiple times in the nose and also kicked her. The female suffered redness and swelling following the incident. A female witness told police Beikman kicked and hit his girlfriend. She told police she left the bedroom and got out of the apartment. Beikman continued to come after her and once outside he kicked the female in the face. An ambulance was called and she was treated at the scene but refused to go to the hospital. Information was then forwarded to the Lawrence County Probation Department and a warrant was issued for Beikman’s arrest. Beikman is facing charges of strangulation and domestic battery.
Monday, May 11th, 2020
A Saturday night domestic dispute involving a moving vehicle on I-64 ended in a crash and an arrest in Ferndinand. Police responded at 7:53 p.m. to westbound I-64 in Dubois County to a crash that occurred at the Ferdinand exit. Police learned the incident involving 23 year old Isiah Stokes o Birdseye began with a child exchange in Birdseye that allegedly turned physical before both sides left the scene in vehicles. Witnesses to crash told police a vehicle driven by Stokes was driving recklessly and at one point attempted to cut off a female’s vehicle and brake-checking it. The woman, who had a child in the car tried to exit the Interstate but was unable to stopp and crashed with another vehicle. No injuries were reported. After investigating the incident police booked Stokes into the Dubois County Jail at 9:41 p.m. Saturday on charges of domestic battery and battery with a deadly weapon, neglect of a dependent and criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon and reckless driving.
A Mitchell man was arrested while police were investigating a property damage accident on Saturday. At 6:10 p.m. 73 year old Ronald Pridemore of Mitchell approached police and demanded that the vehicle involved in the accident not be allowed to leave the scene. Police assured him the vehicle would remain at the scene until the accident investigation was complete. A vehicle passed by the home and Pridemore became irate and he started screaming at the officer to arrest the driver whom he had a protective order against. Pridemore believed the driver of that vehicle had stopped to assist at the accident scene and entered onto his property in which police assured him they did not enter his property and was not there to assist. Pridemore began screaming at the person and approached him aggressively. Police stepped in to avoid a physical confrontation. Pridemore then hit the officer on the shoulder while trying to push him out of his way. Pridemore was then arrested and pulled away from the officer. Pridemore was arrested on charges of battery against a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, tampering or obstruction of justice, and refusal to identify himself.
A crash on Sieboldt Quarry Road in Springville Friday morning left two teens injured. Police responded to the scene of the crash at 6:53 a.m. According to a police report, 16 year old Race Elliott of Springville was traveling east on Sieboldt Quarry Road near Old State Road 37 in Springville. He was traveling around a curve on wet roadway when he lost control of his 2000 General Motors Jimmy. Elliot lost control of the vehicle and he tried to overcorrect which caused the vehicle to travel off the roadway and travel down an embankment. He then collided into a large stone at a Marathon station which then caused the vehicle to flip and land back on its wheels. Elliott and his passenger 16 year old Jace Elliott also of Springville suffered minor cuts and bleeding to their arms. Both were treated at the scene and picked up by family members. According to police the cause of the crash was Elliott traveling too fast for the wet road conditions.
Friday, May 8th, 2020
Two Kentucky men were arrested for theft in Jasper after stealing from Walmart. According to police reports, Yesterday, Indiana State Police was contacted by Walmart security in Jasper, and given a description of a male subject that had just stolen items from Walmart, as well as the vehicle the subject used to escape. An Indiana State Police Detective was able to locate the suspect’s vehicle in the Jasper Rural King parking lot. Jasper City Police eventually were able to locate and detain Bunch and Manion. 33-year-old Artis Bunch of Utika, Kentucky, and 61-year-old James Manion of Henderson, Kentucky were both arrested on charges of Felony Theft. Manion was the driver of the vehicle used to transport the pair from one crime scene to the next. Manion had also altered the license plate on the vehicle in an attempt to deceive authorities. Indiana State Police is investigating the possibility that the two have committed similar crimes in the area. Both subjects were arrested and booked into the Dubois County Jail.
CHANGE OF DATE: The Catfish Festival and activities have been moved to Friday, July 31st and August 1st and 2nd. More details to follow soon!
Thursday, May 7th, 2020
A Jackson County woman jumped to safety after her home caught fire Wednesday morning in near Seymour. According to a Jackson County sheriffs department report, Officer Aaron Wilkins responded to a call from Kayla Dishman of Seymour who told dispatchers her home at 8190 block of North County Road 925 East was on fire and she was stuck inside. When Officer Wilkins arrived, he found Dishman had made her way out a second-floor window and was on the roof. Flames were shooting out the first floor below her. Officer Wilkins coaxed Dishman to the edge of the roof, where she was able to jump into Officer Wilkins’ arms. Wolkins then made his way into the home and also saved her dog which was trapped inside the burning house. Redding Township Volunteer Fire Department firefighters were assisted by firefighters from Jackson-Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department and Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department in Jackson County and Elizabethtown Volunteer Fire/Rescue from Bartholomew County. It took firefighters around 15 minutes to get the fire under control. The cause of the fire remains under investigation with the assistance of the state fire marshal’s office.
With Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari set to open up come June 14th, this proves that summer isn’t canceled. Rather, it will be a little different than normal. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Fourth Generation Owner Leah Koch says that Holiday World is doing everything that they can to make sure as many attractions are open as possible that first day back. Holiday World has said that that the park will have hand sanitizer readily available as well as rides being sanitized on opening day, but attendance restrictions may be put in place to keep park attendants safe. Koch mentioned that a new ride reservation system may be put in place to make sure riders stay socially distanced. Koch continues by saying that their departmental training has been taken online as well. Also, Koch says that anyone currently being brought into the park is being medically screened and questioned to make sure that the park staff is safe at this time. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is set to open on June 14th this summer.
The Lawrence County Cattleman’s Association (LCCA) is pleased to share that their 2020 scholarship application is available to qualified applicants. This year LCCA will award up to two $500 scholarships to two qualified high school graduates from Lawrence County. Scholarship applications can be made for any type of college, junior college, short course or trade schools. For further scholarship guidelines and requirements, please view the scholarship application that is posted on the Purdue Extension-Lawrence County website https://extension.purdue.edu/Lawrence/article/36426 or contact the Extension Office Ophelia Davis, ANR Educator for further assistance. Any questions, please feel welcome to call the Extension Office at (812) 275-4632 or email: email@example.com Eligible graduates are encouraged to apply! Applications must be postmarked or delivered in person on or before Monday, June 1, 2020 to: Lawrence County Extension Office, 924 16th Street, Bedford, IN 47421.
Monday, May 4th, 2020
The Washington County Fair, scheduled for June 13 – June 20 with a kick-off parade scheduled for June 7, has been canceled. This will make it the first time in 81 years the fair has been canceled. The decision comes following Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s order that no county fair can be held before July 4 of this year. On Friday, Holcomb outlined his Back On Track Plan to open the state to regular business in five stages. The fifth stage is expected to take place in early July and would allow conventions, sporting events, fairs, festivals, the state fair, and like events to resume after that date if certain guidelines are met. There are a total of 17 fairs in Indiana that are in jeopardy of being canceled or moved due to the limitations to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The Indiana Department of Transportation announces an emergency road closure on State Road 164 in Dubois County. Beginning immediately, INDOT crews have closed State Road 164 between 3rd Avenue in Jasper and the intersection of State Road 545. This closure follows a pipe failure Sunday afternoon at the 3.8 mile marker.Crews are on-site to replace the structure and expect to be finished by later this afternoon depending upon weather conditions. Until the pipe is replaced, the road will remain closed around the clock. Local traffic will have access up to the point of closure. All other traffic should use the official detour following S.R. 545, S.R. 56, and U.S. 231. INDOT urges motorists to slow down and stay alert near crews.
Friday, May 1st, 2020
A Lawrence County woman has been arrested after being accused of drugging and then sexually assaulting a 40-year-old man with mental disabilities whom she cared for in his Bloomington home. Police say 47 year old April Deanne Edwards of Mitchell, told them initially that the man had raped her, but later said she was so high on prescription drugs that she didn’t know what had happened. Investigators went to Edwards’ home Wednesday with a search warrant and arrested her. Edwards is charged with two counts of rape and was jailed on a $50,000 bond, She is scheduled for an initial court hearing on today.
State Troopers are investigating a fatal crash involving two vehicles that occurred on US 231 at Deerfield Drive near Odon. According to police reports, emergency personnel were notified at 8:12 a.m. Wednesday morning of the crash involving a semi-tractor trailer and a passenger car. Deputies with the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police responded to the scene. The driver of the passenger car 64 year old Brenda Fields, of Loogootee. was unresponsive upon arrival and pronounced dead by the Daviess County Coroner. The driver of the Freightliner semi was identified as 45 year old Hector Fajardo, of Indianapolis and he was uninjured. Police say the vehicle driven by Fields struck the Freightliner and proceeded to go off the roadway, flip over and land on it’s roof. The roadway was closed for a short period of time.
On Sunday, May 3, all Indiana residents, regardless of age, may fish without a license in any of the state’s public waters. Fishing is a great way to relax, and you might even catch your dinner. DNR officials are encouraging you to use this opportunity to introduce your significant other or child to a new hobby. Other free fishing days scheduled this year are:, June 6th, June 7th, and Sept. 26th. All other fishing rules and regulations still apply.
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