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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Mitchell - Just before 9:30 am, an Indiana State Police Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a green Chevrolet S10 pickup truck for a traffic violation
. After initially refusing to stop, the driver led the Trooper to the Lehigh Cement Plant near Mitchell. Once the pickup stopped, the driver waited for the Trooper to walk up, when without warning, the driver attempted to run over the Trooper. The Trooper was not hit and proceeded to give chase to the pickup. The pickup truck was located shortly thereafter, unoccupied near the Lehigh Plant, off of Meridian Street just north of US60. Currently, the Indiana State Police along with local law enforcement are looking for two unidentified white males that had occupied the S10. The only description available is two white males, unkempt and unshaven. The Mitchell Schools were put on lockdown along with Lehigh, Contech and Steel-Tech.  The Indiana State Police at the Bloomington Post is asking for any information regarding this case. Please call (812) 332-4411. All tips will remain anonymous

PAOLI) - More details have been released in the attempted murder case of a West Baden Springs couples
. 20-year-old Tanner Stickney and 21-year-old Cody Lake, both of Bedford, have been charged with the crime that happened at the home of Robert and Donna Meehan on Dec. 4. 20-year-old Kenzi Cox, also of Bedford, stayed in the car while the men entered the home and robbed and stabbed the couple. The two men approached the couple and demanded their medications and money. During the altercation, 54-year-old Robert Meehan was stabbed in the abdomen and leg and 62-year-old Donna, who is Stickney's grandmother, was stabbed in the neck. The three were arrested after police attempted to stop their vehicle around 5 p.m. on Interstate 65, north of Columbus.  Lake told police he and Stickney planned the robbery and Stickney had taken knives "just in case." The two cut the phone lines and screen to the bathroom window. After entering the home they encountered Robert Meehan near the bathroom. Lake told police he saw blood and that Meehan kicked Stickney in the groin before running toward the back of the house. That is when Lake saw Donna attempting to call police. Lake told police he went toward her and made a swiping motion with his knife at Donna. The two men then fled. The three remained in the Shelby County jail as of Wednesday morning. It isn't known when they will be brought to Orange County for initial hearings

Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company to Purchase Mid-Southern Savings Bank, FSB Building in Paoli, Indiana. Mid-Southern Savings Bank, FSB and Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SVB&T  Corporation, have signed a definitive agreement (subject to regulatory approval) for the sale of Mid-Southern’s Paoli branch facility located at 867 N. Gospel Street. The sale is real estate only with no customer relationships, loans or deposits included. The sale is expected to be completed in early 2015 and all customers of Mid-Southern’s Paoli branch will receive advance notice of the closure of the Paoli branch per regulatory guidelines.  Mid-Southern Savings Bank President and CEO Kermit Lamb noted that after the sale is completed in early 2015, all current Mid-Southern Savings Bank customers who have been serviced out of Mid-Southern’s Paoli branch location will be serviced at Mid-Southern’s branch office located at 870 S. Maple Street in Orleans, Indiana.

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

A two vehicle crash around 12:37pm Tuesday claimed the life of an Orleans woman
. 51 year old Amy Stevens of Orleans was driving a 2003 Ford Focus north on Hwy 56 down French Lick Hill, near South Hancock Street, when the vehicle crossed the center line colliding witha Ford Ranger driven by Jack Wetzel of Louisville, Kentucky. Wetzel was treated and released from the IU Health Paoli Hospital. Amy Stevens was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jasper: Indiana State Police arrested a woman caught stealing prescription medications from three Jasper residences. On December 4, Trooper Brock Werne began an investigation after receiving a complaint from the homeowner at 1305 West 15th Street, Jasper. The homeowner said that, on two occasions, he had returned home to find that prescription medications had been taken. Both incidents had occurred after the housekeeper had cleaned the residence. After gathering information and evidence in the case, officers met today with Erica J. Vancleave, 38, Jasper, and found that she had a quantity of the stolen pills in her purse. Vancleave was arrested and charged with Theft. Further investigation by officers after her arrest unveiled that Vancleave had taken medications from two additional Jasper homes that she performed cleaning services in. The Indiana State Police would like to remind and encourage homeowners who have prescription medications that they no longer need or use to safely dispose of those medications.

Local Law Enforcement Officers and volunteers helped 142 Orange County Children shop for warm clothing during the Rick Magill Memorial Cloth-A-Child shopping event held last Friday at Paoli Walmart. About 12 thousand dollars of donated money was used to buy the needed items and spread Christmas Spirit. The Cloth-A-Child accepts donations year round so a donation now can be used for next year. Call Garland or Josh at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department 723-2417 for more information.  

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The body found in the apartment fire at Parkview Apartments in Salem last Tuesday
has been identified as 71-year-old Patty Knight . Officials believe the fire started in the living room area of Knight's apartment where her body was found. Ronnie Gray, who lives nearby, was one of the first to notice flames and smoke coming from his neighbor's apartment. He did not know Knight, but attempted to save her. Gray made it just past the front door and called for the woman, but there was no response. Overcome by heat and smoke he attempted to enter the apartment though a window, but the smoke was so thick he couldn't see or breathe and was forced to give up and wait for firefighters to arrive.  That apartment was a total loss with an adjacent apartment receiving some smoke and water damage. Two other apartments in the building also had minor smoke damage.

The son of rock musician John Mellencamp, Hud Hellencamp, plans to plead guilty in a felony battery case
in which he is charged with causing serious injury to man during a fight in the summer of 2013. His brother, 19-year-old Speck Mellencamp, faces the same charge and has pleaded not guilty. According to police reports, Speck Mellencamp punched 19-year-old Alexander Bucy in the face on the porch of Bucy's Bloomington home because he thought Bucy had hit him earlier that evening. Bucy suffered facial fractures and other injuries.  . The crime carries a possible jail term of 2 to 8 years and a $10,000 fine.

Indiana Health officials say the first flu-related death of the season has occurred. The victim was over 65 and not vaccinated. The Health Department warns Hoosiers to be prepared for what could be a severe flu season.

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Two suspects wanted for questioning for their involvement in an early morning home invasion and stabbing in West Baden are now in custody after a vehicle pursuit on Interstate 65.
Around 5:00PM Thursday evening, officers attempted to stop 20 year old Tanner Stickney, and 21 year old Cody Lake, on Interstate 65 north of Columbus. The pursuit traveled north on I-65, exited at the 80 mile marker, and traveled east on State Road 252. The suspects stopped near Flat Rock along State Road 252 in Shelby County, and were taken into custody without incident at 5:17. A female in the vehicle was additionally taken into custody.

Just after 7:30 AM this morning, a 1989 International Tractor Trailer combination driven by 53 year old Eugene Brown, of Noblesville, was southbound on State Road 37 south of Bloomington in the construction zone approaching the intersection of Victor Pike.
A 2008 Pontiac G6, driven by 27 year old Jessica Riley, of Bloomington, was traveling northbound on SR37 approaching Victor Pike. A third vehicle, a 2014 Ford truck, driven by Nathan Rotett, 27 of Oolitic, was traveling south on SR37 ahead of the tractor trailer. Rotett’s Ford truck had slowed due to a vehicle that was stopped in both the left turn lane and the southbound lane on SR37. As Brown's semi attempted to slow down behind the pickup truck, it began to slide on the wet roadway, ultimately jack-knifing and striking the door of the northbound Pontiac. The semi then struck the rear of the Ford truck with its passenger side fuel tank. Traffic was shut down for nearly 20 minutes as crews worked the scene. The Indiana State Police would like to remind drivers to slow down and increase their following distance in construction zones, especially in wet road conditions. Senior Trooper Ryan Miller, the Perry Clear Creek Fire Department and IU Health Bloomington EMS all assisted at the scene.

Bloomington Police have arrested a transient man for an attempted murder earlier today. Police say 43-year-old James Charles Connell was arrested and charged with attempted murder and robbery. On Thursday at 11 a.m. officers and an ambulance were requested to 923 South Rogers Street, after a report of a with serious injuries. When officers arrived at the apartment the man told police he had been robbed.The 55-year-old victim had suffered serious head, face, chest and throat injuries. The victim also suffered an injury to his neck, which police say was caused by some type of knife or other cutting instrument and was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital then transferred to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment. Despite the serious nature of the injuries, the victim is expected to recover. Connell was found at a residence in the 100 block of Kennedy Court after police discovered he had communicated with someone there through his Facebook page. Connell was arrested without incident on an outstanding warrant in Ripley County.

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The Indiana State Police is asking for your assistance in locating two suspects wanted for questioning for their possible involvement during an early morning home invasion and subsequent attempted murder in West Baden Springs.
 Investigators are looking for 20 year old Tanner Stickney, and 21 year old Cody Lake, both of Lawrence County. Both were last seen this morning at the Wal-Mart in Bloomington and were driving a silver 2002 Pontiac with Indiana registration SDR225. The back glass of the Pontiac has a decal or sticker saying either “Grand Am” or “Grand Prix”.  At this time, the State Police is considering Stickney and Lake as armed and dangerous. If the individuals or vehicle are located, citizens are asked to contact the Jasper Post of the State Police by calling 812-482-1441, or by simply dialing 911 and informing the dispatch operator of the information. Do not approach the two individuals.  Earlier this morning, around 2:45 AM Orange County dispatch received a 911 call from 54 year old Robert Meehan, West Baden requesting medical assistance after being stabbed in his home at 942 Main Street. Upon arrival, French Lick Police observed Robert and 62 year old Donna Meehan, both suffering from stab wounds.  Investigators believe that Stickney and Lake, wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks, entered the residence through a bathroom window on the north side of the home, and confronted the Meehan’s, demanding money and medications. After Robert Meehan refused to comply with the suspect’s requests, he was stabbed in the abdomen and leg. Donna Meehan was then stabbed in the neck. The Meehans were transported to Indiana University Health of Paoli, and were subsequently taken to the University of Louisville for treatment. Robert Meehan is listed in stable condition, while Donna Meehan was released this morning after treatment.  

A mobile home fire on Bartlettsville Road caused damage to a kitchen Wednesday afternoon.
According to police reports, Firefighters from Marshall, Shawswick, Indian Creek and Oolitic were alerted to the blaze at 1:44 p.m at the home of Jeremy and Ashley Brooks. The fire started when the kitchen stove was left on. The fire spread to the kitchen counter and up a wall. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze quickly, containing it to the kitchen and ventilated the home. The home suffered minor fire damage. One woman was treated at the scene by a Seals ambulance crew for smoke inhalation.

A Dubois County man was arrested last Thursday on a Dubois Superior Court warrant for two felony counts associated with methamphetamine. 47 year old Carl Young, 47, of Huntingburg was arrested for a Level 3 felony charge of dealing methamphetamine and a Level 5 charge of possession of methamphetamine and also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of paraphernalia. Young was originally arrested on September 30 after police received a tip from another law enforcement agency that he was coming to Huntingburg with narcotics in his possession. A Huntingburg officer and Jasper K-9 unit met Young in the Farbest Foods parking lot and found 8.3 grams of methamphetamine in multiple plastic bags and paraphernalia. Young was then extradited by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department last Thursday from Floyd County where he faced separate charges.

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

The Rick Magill Memorial Clothe-A-Child will be held this Friday from 5-9pm at Paoli Walmart. Area law enforcement officers and volunteers will be shopping with an estimated 142 children who have signed up for this years event. Each year Clothe-A-Child provides warm clothing and Christmas Cheer for those who participate and accepts donations year round. If you would like to help out, call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 723-2417.

A fire at Parkview Apartments in Salem Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of a resident. Identification is coming form the Washington County Coroner’s Office. Firement believe the blaze begin in the living room area of apartment 2. Firefighters had the massive blaze under contorl by 6pm. The apartment was a total loss with an adjacent apartment receiving minor smoke and water damage.

Property Owners with an intested in the elimination of wild pits are invited to a public meeting and presentation from 6:30 to 8:30p.m. Dec. 8 at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in Bedford.  Representatives with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Indiana State Board of Animal Health plan to speak.  For information, contact the Jackson County Purdue Extension office at 812-358-6101 or Travis Buckel with the USDA at 812-329-9649.

Tuesday, December 2d, 2014

The body of accused murderer Jorrel Houldson was discovered in a shallow creek bed near Linton on Saturday afternoon. According the results of an autopsy, 22-year-old Houldson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Houldson, of Linton, was suspected of killing his mother, Ruby Moon Houldson, on the morning of October 1 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. At 2:30 p.m. Monday, Greene County Coroner Sherri Wilson confirmed the body was Houldson. Toxicology results are pending and will take some time to be completed. Greene County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. George Dallaire also confirmed Monday afternoon that Jorrell Houldson's death appeared to be a suicide and there was no indication of foul play. On Saturday afternoon, Tyler Lewellyn was walking along a creek bed searching for aquarium rocks when he discovered Houldson’s body in a small creek with approximately 18 inches of water at a location in a ditch along Bolton Road near Linton.

Indiana’s Farmland values tripled over the past ten years to nearly $7,500 per acre, but those record-setting highs could drop in the couple of years.  Michael Langemeier, associate director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture at Purdue University, says he blames plummeting crop prices saying farmers had record yields, but with lower prices making net returns low - an example was corn was over $100 an acre decline.  A downturn isn't significant cause for alarm, but Lagemeier expects farmers to see a softening in their cash rental rates by as much as ten percent.  He says when crop prices strengthen, land values will likely follow

Hoosier Hills Food Bank has distributed more food in 11 months of 2014 thann it did in all of 2013.
Hoosier Hills Food Bank has provided 3,701,809 pounds of food, topping last year’s total of 3,699,658 pounds. November marked the food bank's 32nd anniversary. And, with 442,511 pounds of food, November also marked the highest distribution month in the organization's history, with record numbers for three of the food bank's four mobile pantry sites and a record number of senior citizens who received food boxes.  Commodity food boxes, supplemented with fresh produce, were taken to more than 850 low-income seniors. The Families First Mobile Pantry served nearly 700 households in Bedford, Mitchell, Orleans and Shoals.

Monday, December 1st, 2014

A barn was destroyed after a juvenile had been playing with fire in the barn near Cuzco Sunday night.
Dubois firefighters were called to the property of Ralph Brosmer on North Cuzco Road South at about 9:45 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, firefighters found a 40'x 60′, 2-story barn already burned to the point it had collapsed. Dubois Volunteer Firefight Zach Eichmiller says the old barn was a beam-type structure, built with very dry wood which caused the fire to spread quickly. A tanker was called in from Celestine to assist in shuttling water to extinguish the flames. Firefighters battled the blaze just over two hours. The barn, which was not insured, was destroyed, but according to the owner contained only minimal contents.

A Jackson County man is now behind bars after being arrested on a charge of molesting a 6-year-old girl. According to a Police Report, 33-year-old Revas Spencer of Seymour faces charges of child molestation, a Class A felony; battery resulting in bodily injury, a Class D felony; and intimidation, a Class D felony. Spencer arrested Tuesday and was being held without bond Wednesday, pending his initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court. The incidents with the young girl took place between March 30 and April 7, according to the probable cause affidavit. It was signed by Detective Corporal Brian Moore with Seymour Police Department.

A Greene County man walking along a creek discovered a body Saturday. According to reports, Tyler Lewellyn was walking along a creek bed searching for aquarium rocks when he discovered the body. Lewellyn called 911 and the Greene County Sheriff's Department responded. The Greene County Coroner confirmed late Saturday afternoon that the body of a deceased individual had been found and an autopsy has been scheduled to take place at earlier today at Terre Haute Regional Hospital. An investigation is underway and more information will be released as it becomes available. The deceased is a white male, but a positive identification of the body could take some time due to its deterioration. The cause of death is undetermined at this time.

Friday, November 28th, 2014

No charges are expected to be filed in connection with the death of 23 year old Jacob Grimes, of Paoli who died as the result of a gunshot wound during a home invasion early Tuesday morning in Orange County. Indiana State Police say 61 year old Terah Frost, shot Grimes, who had a knife and was fighting with Frost’s brother, 59-year-old Barry Frost, in the house where the two brothers live near Hardinsburg. Orange County Prosecutor Kelly Minton, in saying no charges are likely, said he has spoken with Det. Craig Starr, from the ISP Jasper Post, and has reviewed Indiana Code as it relates to the use of deadly force in the protection of a person or property. A section of Indiana Code stipulates that a person “is justified in using reasonable force, including deadly force against any other person ... if the person reasonably believes that the force is necessary to prevent or terminate the other person’s unlawful entry of or attack on the person’s dwelling, curtilage or occupied motor vehicle.

Drivers on Ind. 37 were greeted with a not-so-cheery signs Friday morning as they passed by Martinsville. Two signs, loaded with "f-bombs" appeared on the stretch of Ind. 37 between Ohio Road and Turkey Track Road in Martinsville. The signs were hacked by an unknown suspect, a call center employee said. The INDOT emergency call center received reports from several area police agencies early today before it was shut down. It's certainly not the first time a roadway sign has been altered. One hack in Austin, Texas made national headlines when a sign was changed to read" Zombies Ahead," according to Fox News. One of the more recent incidents was in May, when a sign in San Francisco warned drivers of a Godzilla attack.

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Jasper police announced the arrest of 35-year-old Eric Baldwin for the theft of the donation jar at the Sternberg Citgo. According to police, they received a felony warrant for Baldwin’s arrest for theft after an anonymous tip was called into the police department naming him as a suspect. Baldwin stole a jar containing donations meant to help a family with funeral expenses. It was taken November 1. Baldwin is currently being jailed in the Trail County Jail in North Dakota for charges of escape and is awaiting extradition to Warrick County for felony charges of theft there as well. Through the book-in photos of Baldwin, Jasper detectives were able to determine he was the individual in the surveillance video taken at Sternberg’s Citgo on November 1. Baldwin is from Princeton and was in the Jasper area at the time of the theft. Jasper Police thanked the public for providing tips and leads that assisted in identifying Baldwin as the individual in the video.

A lengthy investigation by the Indiana State Police at the Bloomington Post lead to the arrest of two Monroe County men on several felony charges. 19 year old Isaiah Lee Jackson, 19 of Stinesville was arrested and charged with the following; 2 Counts of Stalking “A” Felony, Theft “A” Felony, 2 Counts of Intimidation “A” Misdemeanor, Criminal Mischief “B” Misdemeanor ,Criminal Trespass “A” Misdemeanor. Jackson allegedly stalked a Monroe County family, while depriving them of and destroying their personal property. Jackson is also accused of intimidation by way of placing dead animals in the family’s driveway with the intent they be placed in fear of retaliation for a prior lawful act. Also arrested was 18 year old Derek Richardson, of Ellettsville he was arrested and charged with the following; 2 counts of Stalking “A” Felony, Theft “A” Felony, Criminal Mischief “B” Misdemeanor, Criminal Trespass “A” Misdemeanor. Richardson also allegedly stalked the same Monroe County family while depriving them of and destroying their personal property. Richardson is also accused of intentionally interfering with the possession or use of their property.
In Indiana, a Class “A” felony is punishable by 20 to 50 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

Thursday, November 20th, 2014


Jasper police are seeking a vehicle that struck a parked SUV at the Jasper Library Thursday. The owner had parked the red Geo Tracker on 12th Street on the north side of the Jasper Public Libary at about 10 a.m this morning. When the owner returned to the vehicle at 11 a.m., they found it had been hit by an unknown vehicle that left the scene.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or at the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).

On November 12th, the Orange County Board of Commisioners approved OC Assessor Linda reynolds proposal to bring in an outside firm to audit the personeal propert tax returns filed by many local businesses and farmers. The county is planning on entering into a contract with (TMA) Tax Management Associates turning over the job to them. The county is not going to be billed and TMA will be paid a fee from the money recovered from any errors found. The audits will apply to all businesses and enterprises with more than $35,000 in property used to produce revenue. The audits will only cover the 2014 assessments. The OC Assesors office will then take over the task.

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Two Lawrence County were arrested following a traffic stop in Bedford Monday morning. According to Lawrence County police reports, officers had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on the west end of John Williams Boulevard and a drug-sniffing dog detected the presence of drugs in the vehicle. Occupants 45 year old Raymond Sykes and 42 year old Marcy Garland of Bedford were then arrested. Sykes was charged with with possession of marijuana under 30 grams and maintaining a common nuisance and Garland was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance. Bond for each was set at $755 cash.

A Lawrence County woman was arrested on drug-related charges after the Lawrence County Probation Department requested that officers from the Lawrence County Police Department investigate suspected drug activity. Police went to a home located on Old U.S. 50. According to Lawrence County Sheriff Sam Craig a dog was taken to the residence to assist in detecting the presence of drugs. As a result of the investigation, pills were located at the residence, along with digital scales. After field testing, one came back with a result of marijuana, one for methamphetamine. Arrested 27 year old Sarah Brazzel, of Bedford. She was charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Police also arrested the following in connection with the investigation and charged them with visiting a common nuisance: 19 year old Destiny Smith, of Bloomington, 23 year old Bradyn Deckard, and 40 year old Joseph Blake, both of Bedford. No bond was set for Brazzel. She remains in the Lawrence County jail.

From the Dubois County Free Press: The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department has responded to several accidents since the snow hit Dubois County overnight. According to the department, deputies have responded to 15 reported accidents or slide offs between 1:45 a..m. and 9:07 a.m.They report that the majority of the snow was in the southern section of the county but the roadways are rapidly freezing over and becoming slick and dangerous all over the area. They recommend that motorists give themselves extra time to get to their destinations. Also, clean snow and ice from windows and mirrors of their vehicle and maintain extra distance between other vehicles when driving. Motorists should also keep an emergency kit with water, flashlight, blankets, gloves, lighter, candle, traffic cone, change of clothes, and dry food in their vehicles in case they would be stranded for a long period of time.Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Two drivers and five passengers were injured in Wednesday morning accident in Lawrence County.
According to police reports, 70 year old, of Bedford, was driving a 2010 Dodge Journey car southeast on Middle Leesville Road at 7:53 a.m. 31 year old Natalie Cody of Bedford was traveling northwest on Middle Leesville Road in a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck at that same time. McIlvaine was left of center, the report states, when she went around a curve and the two vehicles crashed head-on. Injured was the driver of the Dodge Journey  Lyla McIlvainewho complained of back pain; a passenger in her vehicle 73 year old Richard McIlvaine, suffered chest pain. Natalie Cody the driver of the F150 complained of head pain; passengers in her vehicle 13 year old Peyton Jones; 8 year old Zane Jaceccko; 3 year old Dixie M. Jones and 6 year old Buddy Jones all complained of head pain. An ambulance responded to treat everyone involved, but everyone declined to go to a hospital, according to the report. McIlvaine was cited for driving left of center, and Cody was cited for a child restraint violation.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The Orange County REMC Board of Directors has authorized paying a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for an act of vandalism at the REMC headquarters building, located on Highway 337, a mile east of Orleans.  On Sunday, someone used a large caliber firearm to shoot a window near the main entrance of the REMC headquarters.   Cooperative management considers this a very serious situation, as it could have resulted in the death or injury of an Orange County REMC member or employee.  "REMC will not tolerate senseless and dangerous acts of vandalism such as this," says REMC CEO Dan Arnold. "It is not uncommon for cooperative employees or custodial contractors to be in the headquarters building outside normal business hours. Also, REMC members and civic organizations frequently use the building's community/training room for evening and weekend functions."  REMC management will continue to work with law enforcement to find those responsible If you have any information about the incident, please contact the Orleans Police Department at 812-865-2222.

Some Indiana Schools are marking Veteran’s Day today, by reminding students of the document those soldiers fought for
. Liberty Day Indiana Chairman Bill Willis says the Indiana Lions Club began “Liberty Day” presentations 14 years ago,, after a survey found more people could name the Three Stooges then the three branches of government. The programs were originally timed around James Madison’s birthday in March , to avoid conflicts with ISTEP, they’ve expanded to Veteran’s Day week and the September anniversary of the signing of the constitution.

The French Lick Resort is thanking our military veterans with a buy one, get one
free meal for any veteran showing proof of ID of past or active service (including reserve service- today at all Resort Food and Beverage outlets at the Resort.Also, Porkie’s BBQ in Paoli is offering a free lunch to all veterans from 11am to 6pm today.

The summer provided nearly perfect weather for farmers in Indiana,, but maybe too good. Purdue Economist are now warning farmers to keep a close eye on their bottom line as they project prices will fall. Grain supplies have driven down prices to the lowest level since 2010, which results in less farmer income. They are predicting a downward spiral in prices for about 5 years.. 

 

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The SV Blackhawk Brigade placed 2nd in Class D at the ISSMA State Band Competion at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Saturday.
The champion of Class D was the Forest Park Marching Rangers.

A 54 year old Bedford man suffered incapacitating injuries in an accident that happened around 8:39PM Sunday on Peerless Road about 200 feet south of Bud Ikerd Road in Lawrence County.
According to lawrence County Sheriffs Department, 54 year old Timothy Kelley suffered bruises . He was transported by ambulance to a Bedford area hospital. According to a police report, Timothy Kelly was operating a 2001 Ford Ranger that was towing a 1998 Dodge Durango driven by 18 year old Justin Kelly, also of rural Bedford. The younger Kelly said that as the Durango was going down a hill, the brakes failed. The vehicles engine was not on at the time. Justin Kelly swerved to the left to avoid hitting the Ranger. But when the Durango went around the Ranger, it caused the tow strap to tighten. The tow strap broke and the Ranger went up onto a guardrail before overturning. The two vehicles didn't make contact. Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash

Friday, November 7th, 2014


A Dubois County man has been arrested after he allegedly battered, strangled and threatened to kill a woman that he had held hostage in a hotel room. According to Jasper City Police, they responded to the Econo Lodge at about 8:36 a.m. Thursday for the report of a man holding a woman hostage. When they arrived, they made contact with 19 year old Brent Deich of Jasper, as he was walking from the hotel. According to authorities, Deich and a juvenile female had been involved in a domestic altercation. The female victim told police that Deich wouldn’t let her leave the hotel room and during the fight he threatened to kill her. The victim complained of pain but declined to be transported to the hospital for treatment. Deich was arrested for Level 5 felony criminal confinement, Level 6 felony strangulation and intimidation and a misdemeanor count of domestic battery. Officers booked Deich into the Dubois County Jail at 10:45 a.m.

A third suspect wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Louisville teenager a year ago July has finally been captured. 22-year old Leonel Hernandez of Huntingburg was arrested Tuesday without incident in Louisville and is now charged with murder and complicity to commit robbery. He is one of three suspects accused of gunning down 17-year-old Darius Miller Jr. of Louisville. Miller was shot and killed in the parking lot of a Walgreens at 35th Street and West Broadway in Louisville July of 2013. Kyle Chambers and Destiny Trusty were arrested soon after in Huntingburg.  Both are charged with murder, robbery, and tampering with evidence. All three suspects in his slaying are scheduled to be in court next week. Hernandez is currently being held on a $500,000 cash bond.

Kimball International, Inc. has announced plans to consolidate its metal fabrication production from Post Falls, Idaho, into existing production facilities in Indiana. The consolidation is expected to bring 160 jobs to the Jasper and Salem facilities by 2016. As 80 percent of the company’s installed base of customers is located east of Denver, the move is designed to improve customer delivery, supply chain dynamics, and transportation costs. A breakdown of number of jobs for Dubois County has not been determined. Employees at the Post Falls facilities have been invited to relocate, but the company expects most of the 160 jobs to be filled by area residents. The consolidation activities will begin immediately and the company is actively marketing for sale the Post Falls, Idaho facility.

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Lawrence County police are asking for helping in finding a man wanted for his role in area auto thefts. 18 year old Dalton Burton, is wanted on warrants for auto theft and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. Police believe he was involved in stealing three vehicles from the Mitchell area, the vehicles belonged to three different people, and were stolen during the early morning hours of Oct. 20, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Lawrence Superior Court. Burtons last known address was at Persimmon Park Apartments in Mitchell. Burton is a white man, 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, has blue eyes and red hair. Police don’t know what kind of vehicle he drives. Sheriff Sam Craig asks anyone with information about Burton to call the Lawrence County Police Department tipline at 277-2020 or 275-3316.

Arkansas State Police say five people from Indiana were killed when their van crashed into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 30 in southwest Arkansas. State police say the collision happened just before 7 p.m Tuesday night near Hope Arkansas on I-30 East and involved an 18-wheeler and a minivan. According to a preliminary report, the van veered into the tractor-trailer, causing the van to crash into the median. All five occupants of the van were killed. State police identified the victims as 77-year-old Ronald Pate, 81-year-old Phillip Pate, 75-year-old Donna Pate, 69-year-old Connie Richards and 70-year-old Gloria Bryant. State police say the three members of the Pate family were from Bloomington, while Richards was from Fishers and Bryant was from Solsberry. Hempstead County Coroner Ben Brazzel tells the Hope Star that the victims were all traveling back to Indiana after visiting Houston, Texas. The driver of the 18-wheeler, 32-year-old Sheldon Schultz of Wisconsin, was not injured.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Election Coverage on Q-100 last evening, go to our website at http://www.wflq.com/OrangeCountyb.htm for all the results

In Yorktown, Indiana the campaign was a little interesting on election day.
Richard Yender Jr. Is accused of stealing his opponents signs at a polling place and tearing them up. Delaware County officials say two witnesses saw him tearing up a sign in his car, running over another. He was charged with theft and leaving the scene of an accident.

A report from IU says wealthy public school districts are often wealthy because of the fund-raising ability of private groups, including PTA’s and booster clubs. The number of non-profit groups organized by parents and others to raise money for something related to a public school district more than tripled between 1995 and 2010.

Friday, October 31st, 2014

A Washington County woman was injured Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at the corner of High and Walnut streets in Salem. According to a Salem Police report, 75-year-old Betty Nicholson of Salem either didn't see the on-coming vehicle or failed to stop at the stop sign. Nicholson's Ford Focus collided with an on-coming Honda Accord driven by 23-year-old Tamara Hurst of Salem. The Accord struck the Focus in the driver's door, which left Nicholson trapped in her vehicle. Washington County Ambulance Service EMTs and Salem firefighters freed Nicholson from the vehicle. Nicholson, who suffered a head injury, was transported to Floyd Memorial Hospital for treatment. Hurst was not injured.

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

A contractor working on a gas line in Holland today/Thursday was injured when an explosion occurred.
According to a Dubois County Free Press report, Charlie Adams, an employee with Kieffer Bros Construction Company out of Mt. Carmel,  Ill., and another employee were working on the gas line running behind a home on 107 South Second Avenue and were completing upgrades to the town’s gas lines. Adams was in the trench while another employee operated the backhoe at the time of the incident. In the resulting explosion, Adams suffered burns and was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance. The hospital has not released details of his condition at this time but he was conscious and alert when he left the scene. Adams was then transferred to the University of Louisville Hospital burn unit.

A Lawrence County animal control officer had to put down a dog after it attempted to bite him.According to the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department, at around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, the officer was driving on U.S. 50 West near Grandma Brown Road. The dog was in the road creating a traffic hazard. The officer, who wasn’t identified, stopped to pick up the dog, which was described as a medium-sized mix breed. As the officer was getting equipment ready, the dog approached him and bit a glove off the officer’s hand. The officer was able to get the glove out of the dog’s mouth but as he was trying to back away, the dog lunged at him in an aggressive manner. To protect himself, he shot the dog and after trying to get medical attention for the dog, the dog died. The dog’s owner was found, and the officer explained what happened.

A car stolen from Enterprise Monday in Jasper is being investigated. According to Jasper Police, a silver 2014 Hyundai with an Illinois license plate numbered V561700 was last seen in the Enterprise Rent-a-Car lot rental lot at 3790 N. Newton Street late Monday evening. Anyone with information about this stolen vehicle is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or 812-481-2677 (COPS).

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Marion Volunteer Fire Department and members of the Huron Fire Departments responded to a house fire just before 7pm Monday evening. The 3 trucks and 10 fire fighters fought a blaze at the 900 block of Moto-Cross road north in Mitchell, owned by Roger Davis. The fire was started near the electric meter base. There was some water damage and a portion of the roof was removed to put out the fire.

The three candidates for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District will appear at a
“meet the candidates forum Thursday evening in Salem from 6-8pm at Salem city hall. Candidates will give a brief introduction and answer questions from the public. Republican incumbent Todd Young, Democratic candidate Bill Bailey and libertarian candidate Mike Frey are expected to attend.

The unemployment rate in Dubois County was 3.4% in September, in August it was 3.7%. This however creates a problem in filling some job positions in the county. Other rates dropped as well in Davis at 3.9, Martin at 4.1 , Orange at 5.3. Green at 6 and Lawrence County at 6.2. Lake County had the highest unemployment in the state at  7.2%.

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

US representative of Indiana’s 9th District, Republican Todd Young will host a job fair at College Hill Apartments in Paoli Thursday, November 6th . The Job Fait is open to the public and will take place from 1-5pm. (1-2pm slot reserved for veterans). There is no cost. Job seekers are advised to come ready and bring multiple copies of their resumes. Employers with job openings can register through the 9th District Constituent Service Center in Jeffersonville by calling 812-288-3999.

A Tractor Trailer carrying thousands of gallons of human waste overturned Monday afternoon on I-465 to 10th St in Indianapolis. Fire crews say about 4000 gallons of waste spilled into a ditch. The driver of the tanker was taken to a hospital.

Trick and Treat this coming Halloween Friday night. However, due to sports schedules Paoli will have trick or treating Saturday evening from 6-9pm. Bedford and Mitchell Trick or Treating Halloween night from 6-9pm. French Lick and West Baden Halloween evening from 6-9 and Orleans Friday evening also from 6-8pm.

Monday, October 27th, 2014

A Lawrence County man was flown by helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Saturday after his motorcycle was struck by a truck at the intersection of Mitchell and Sandpit Road Saturday.
According to Lawrence County Police, at around 5:06 p.m. say 73-year-old William Rush, of Bedford, was traveling south on Mitchell Road in a 2014 Chevrolet and was stopped in the left travel lane waiting to turn left onto Sandpit Road. Rush told police there was a glare from the sun, and he thought the path was clear and proceeded to make the turn. He then collided with a 2000 Suzuki motorcycle driven by 62-year-old Stephen Cole, of Bedford who was traveling north on Mitchell Road in the right lane. The motorcycle was knocked to the ground and Cole was partially ejected. Cole was conscious at the scene and was taken to the IU Health Bedford Hospital emergency room for treatment of internal head injuries and then flown to Indianapolis for treatment. Rush was not injured.

A Lawrence County man was injured when the moped he was operating left the roadway.According to a Lawrence County Police report, at around 5:22PM 45 year old Benjamin Thomas, of Bedford was operating a 2012 Taotao moped east on 16th Street at 5:22 p.m. Saturday. He told police he hit a piece of metal, which police found at the scene, and that it caused him to veer off the road and strike a curb. Upon hitting the curb, Thomas was thrown from the scooter. Thomas suffered minor bleeding from his head and was treated at the scene.

Two were injured in a car-deer collision on I-64 Saturday. According to Dubois County Police, at around 10:54PM, 38 year old Jennifer A. Ford, 38, of Indianapolis, was westbound in a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse when the deer ran into the roadway. The deer caused heavy damages to the windshield and roof of the Mitsubishi. Ford had cuts to her legs and a 15-year-old juvenile passenger had minor cuts to the face due to the glass fragments from the windshield. Jasper Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, Ferdinand Fire Department, and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the scene.

Friday, October 24th, 2014

A Lawrence County woman was hurt in a car accident early Thursday morning near Mitchell.
According to police reports, 42 year old Teesa S. Pastors of Mitchell was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue car on Sportsman Club Road near State Road 60 East at 4:04 a.m. When police arrived, Pastors was unable to talk because of her injury. She suffered a fractured or dislocated jaw, according to a Lawrence County Police Department accident report. An officer detected the smell of alcohol coming from her breath, and a blood test is pending. Pastors was taken to Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital for treatment. The case is still under investigation, according to the report.

Three Huntingburg teens are facing charges after a one-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning northeast of Huntingburg. Accoring to the police report, 18-year old Austin Zehr of Huntingburg was driving a vehicle eastbound on CR West 400 South in Dubois County when the vehicle left the southside of the roadway after a railroad crossing.  The car continued on into a ditch where the front of the car struck an embankment.  The car then spun 180 degrees before the rear of the vehicle struck the embankment facing north. The car was totaled. Zehrs passengers were 18-year old  Christian Mattingly of Huntingburg along with a female passenger. Mattingly left the scene prior to the deputies’arriving on the scene and was located at home a short time later and was charged with minor consuming. His blood alcohol content tested .03% according to police. The third passenger, a female juvenile, had also been drinking.  She was released to a parent but will also likely be charged with minor consuming. Zehr the driver was driving at an unsafe speed and will likely be charged with that offense once its investigation is completed.

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

A Mitchell teen was arrested Wednesday night in connectionwith a rash of vehicle thefts and thefts from vehicles.
The Lawrence County Sheriffs department arrested 19 year old Jason Jones of Mitchell on two counts of auto theft and two counts of unauthorized entry of motor vehicles. The case is still under investigation and more arrests are pending. Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department.

The Lawrence County Sheriffs department is investigating several burglaries that were reported Wednesday night at residences located along US 50 east of Bedford.
Police got the first call at 5:35PM, reporting a burglary in the 2600 block of US 50. Police received a call at 7:20PM, reporting a burglary in the 8100 block of US 50 east. According to the sheriffs department, someone had forced their way into an out building on the property and stole an ATV, firearms and knives. Lawrence County Police are also investigating a burglary that was reported at 6:19PM Wednesday in Tunnelton. Also on Wednesday, a resident on Sunset Street in Bedford, reported that someone had broke into an outbuilding and stole a chainsaw. The cases are under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department at 275-3316.

A Lawrence County man who was co-owner of two Bedford businesses was found dead at his home Wednesday. According to Bedford Police foul play is not suspected. 29 year old Will Fortner of Bedford was found unresponsive at his home by family members. Police were notified at 2:56 p.m. Deputy Coroner John Sherrill was called to the scene, and the case has been turned over to the coroner’s office. The cause of death is not known. Fortner managed the Olde Downtown Tavern located on 16th St., and the New World Famous Hideaway, on J St and was co-owner of both businesses.

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Secretary of State Connie Lawson. Of Danville, was guest speaker at the Orange County Lincoln Day Dinner at Paoli High School Monday evening. She talked about the Indiana Voter’s Act and a new smart phone app for registration. Other Republican Candidates facing opposition spoke briefly at the meeting. A rally will be held for the public to meet the candidates, Saturday morning, November 1st at the Republican campaign officer,, north side of the Paoli square from 8:30 to 10am.

Candidates and citizens are invited to a Democrat forum and Ice Cream Social, today from 4;40 to 6:30pm at Paoli Senior Citizens Center. The social will feature Attorney doug Leatherbury of Salem, the Democrat candidate for State Representative, District 73, which includes the northern half of Orange County.

Hoosier National Forest staff have nine possible prescribed burns planned for this fall. These areas total 1,736 acres. . Only a few of the areas are likely to be burned this fall, the others will hopefully be burned during the winter or spring. Additional areas are planned for prescribed burning this spring.  Prescribed burning achieves a variety of objectives in restoring forest communities. Some areas are burned to improve oak and hickory regeneration, while others are burned to increase native grasses and keep the areas open for wildlife, while also reducing hazardous fuels.  The prescribed burns could occur between late October and mid May as weather and conditions are favorable.  The possible prescribed burn program for Orange County includes: 
· Antioch – 17 acre opening north of US 150 near Antioch Church.
· Bonds – 125 acres to restore an opening north of Bonds Chapel.
· Roland– 250 acre bottomland field in a wetland area near Roland 

Monday, October 20th, 2014

A Dubois county woman died in a single-vehicle accident Sunday. According to the Warrick County Sheriff’s Department, at around 8:16AM, 31 year old Abbey Schurz, of Huntingburg was eastbound on I-64 in a 2012 Kia Optima when the car veered off the south side of the interstate near mile-marker 39. Schurz was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled several times. According to state police, Schurz vehicle was at least 100 feet off the interstate when it came to a stop. Indiana State Police are assisting the Warrick County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation.

A Marion County driver complained of head pain after crashing her all-terrain vehicle Saturday. According to police reports, at around 9:26PM, 29 year old Emily Day, of Indianapolis was operating a 2002 Polaris Sportsman 700 on Leatherwood Road and turned left onto Gunsmith School Road. After making the turn, Day left the roadway and flipped the four-wheeler. Following the accident, Smith required immediate medical attention.

Two people were injured in a single-vehicle accident that resulted in the driver being arrested. According to police reports, 26 year old Christopher Dietrick Jr. of Indianapolis was driving a 2012 Equinox south on Old State Road 37 North near Kentucky Hollow Road. Dietrick told police he was not familiar with the roads, and he intended to turn west onto Kentucky Hollow Road. He missed the turn and continued on Old State Road 37 North, which dead-ends about 100 feet south of the intersection with Kentucky Hollow Road. The road stops at the entrance to Indiana Limestone Co.'s property, and the company has a gate across the property at the road’s dead end. The accident report also states that when Dietrick saw the gate at the dead end, he turned to the right and ran off the west side of the road. The vehicle struck a large piece of limestone on the west side of the gate. The report also notes that, after hitting the limestone, Dietrick appears to have hit a tree before coming to a stop. Dietrick Jr. suffered scratches to his face and a passenger 23 year old Emily Boyce also of Indianapolis complained of neck pain following the crash and required immediate medical attention. She was taken by a Seals ambulance to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital and was not wearing a seat belt and was lying in the back seat when the accident occurred. Following the accident, Dietrick was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated with alcohol at 0.15 percent or greater and with operating a vehicle while intoxicated with endangerment.







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