Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Jasper Police are investigating an attempted break-in at the Jasper Youth Sports Complex maintenance shed. According to the Jasper Police Department, sometime between 6 p.m. August 31 and 7 a.m. September 1, someone attempted to force the door open on a maintenance shed at the complex. Police believe that the person did not gain access to the shed. The department and Community Strike Force Against Crime is offering $750.00 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the attempted break-in. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).
Yesterday afternoon, Trooper Zachary J. Smith, along with other members of the Indiana State Police and Harrison County Probation Department followed up on a drug investigation at a residence located at 11614 Highway 135 NE in New Salisbury, Indiana. While at the residence, Trooper Smith deployed his K-9 Riggs for a search of the residence. K-9 Riggs provided positive alerts in different locations of the home. During the search, four plastic baggies containing suspected Crystal Methamphetamine and other Drug Paraphernalia was located. Arrested were 30 year old Cameron Flannery, charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Visiting a Common Nuisance; 25 year old Tousha Flannery and she was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Visiting a Common Nuisance; and 55 year old Stanley Flannery who was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. All three subjects were booked into the Harrison County Jail.
A local Paoli man has thrown his hat into the ring for the Indiana District 73 seat. Current Paoli Town Council President and Republican Mike Harkness signed the papers in Indianapolis this morning launching his committee to run for State Representative for Indiana District 73. Current Representative of District 73 is Republican Steve Davisson. Anyone interested in helping on the Harkness' campaign, can contact the campaign through their Facebook page at Vote Michael A Harkness District 73 State Representative.
Wednesday, September 2d, 2015
The Orange County Sheriff’s will have an awards ceremony today for one of it’s Deputys. Dustin Rosenbaum has only been working with the Sheriff Department for only a few months. He's just 23-years-old and was having a slow Sunday when he got a call at 6:40 p.m. for a car accident. Lyuckily only two minutes from the crash scene, upon arrival, he found a car in flames with a 5-month-old child tapped inside, buckled in a car seat. The doors on the vehicle would not open It took some effort using a rock to bring a window. By the time he got the window open, the fire was through the windshield and moving to the interior of the car. Rosenbaum reached into the window to unlatch the baby's car seat. Deputy Rosenbaum pulled the infant to safety just in time, minutes before the car was engulfed in flames.
The Martin County Prosecutor's Office filed 10 charges Tuesday against a man accused of fatally shooting two men north of Dover Hill. Indiana State police say 33-year-old Nathan Baker has been charged with the murders of 52-year-old Tom Tharp and 82-year-old Alan Sims, both of Shoals. He is also facing two counts of felony burglary, two counts of felony theft and a felony charge of auto theft. In a second document released by the Martin County Prosecutor's Office, Baker also faces two counts related to an incident that happened just days prior to the double homicide investigation. In that case, documents state that Baker broke into a cabin near State Route 450 and stole several items. For that case, he's charged with felony burglary and felony theft. A third document released by the Prosecutor's office charges Baker with felony auto theft. In that case, documents show that Baker stole a vehicle from the Loogootee IGA on August 23. Baker admitted while incarcerated for the previous charges to stealing the vehicle. Baker remains in the Martin County Jail. Because of his criminal history Baker is also facing two counts of being a habitual offender. He is also facing numerous charges in Lawrence County
Officers with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police confiscated about 269 marijuana plants the southwestern part of the county Tuesday morning. Officers had located three separate plots of marijuana growing inside cornfields near Holland. Both the Indiana State Police and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department frequently fly over Dubois County in an effort to attempt to locate any illegal marijuana grow operations in the area. However, due to the large quantity and size of the plants, law enforcement entered t corn fields and confiscated about 269 plants. The investigation into the individuals who planted and maintained these three plots is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information concerning these plots is asked to contact Narcotics Officer John Anderson at 812-639-9055 or 812-482-3522.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
Indiana is fighting back against drug abuse. Gov Pence plans to announce a new initiative today aimed at tackling a growing drug abuse problem in the state. Pence is also planning to lead a roundtable discussion with local experts in the fields of drug enforcement, treatment and prevention.
Gov Pence is seeking federal grants to help 19 counties hit by severe summer storms and flooding. The grants would pay 75 percent of eligible expenses for damage to infrastructure and equipment, debris removal and other cost. Those counties in the Q-100 listening area include Scott and Washington.
Hasenour Motor Company is closing its doors. The St. Anthony car dealership and garage in Dubois County has served the area since 1922. According to president John Welp, co-owner of the business with Woody Fischer, the closure is effective September 12th. General Motors announced it was winding down the Medium Duty Truck Parts and Service Program nationally with plans to end support in October. GM stopped producing medium-duty trucks in 2009 when it entered bankruptcy. Without the GM supported program, Hasenour Motors will not be able to meet the needs and expectations of its customers, according to a statement from the company. Welp and Fischer, who have spent a combined 98 years with the company, thanked their employees and customers for the many wonderful years.
Monday, August 31st, 2015
An infant’s life saved Sunday when an Orange County Sheriff’s Department Deputy pulled the child from a burning vehicle after the vehicle left the roadway. According to the Orange County Sheriff Josh Babcock, a call reporting the accident was made by a bystander at 6:42 p.m. with the caller reporting possible entrapment. The crash occurred at 9307 West County Road 175 South. When officials arrived, the car was on fire and inverted on its top and the driver, Bradley Garrison, was outside the vehicle. Two gentleman at the scene then pushed the car over on its wheels again. Babcock states that Deputy Darren Rosenbaum was the officer dispatched to the scene, and when he realized that there was a baby in a car seat inside the vehicle, he was able to bust the window and climb in and get the baby out. Bradley Garrison, according to Sheriff Babcock, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and aid other charges possibly will be filed. Garrison was booked into the Orange County Jail and his bond is set at $805 cash. No other details are available at this time.
A brake failure was blamed for a collision that sent two people to Jasper Memorial Hospital and totaled two pickup trucks Saturday afternoon. According to Dubois County Sheriffs deputies, 47 year old Leslie Rupple, of Stendal, was northbound on State Road 162 in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado approaching the Schnellville Road intersection at about 2:36 p.m. when according to Rupple, her brakes failed. She was unable to stop for the red light at the intersection. As her truck went through the intersection, it collided with the passenger side of an eastbound 2011 GMC Sierra driven by 54 year old Mark Lichlyter, of Jasper. The two vehicles came to rest facing east on Schnellville Road. Rupple and a passenger in her truck, 54 year old Milinda Sturgeon, of Ferdinand, were transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance for their injuries. Rupple was treated for a complaint of pain to her neck, back and head. Sturgeon was treated for pain to her neck and back as well as an abrasion near her right elbow. Lichlyter complained of pain to his neck and left shoulder at the scene but refused medical treatment. Both vehicles were considered a total loss. Neither a 2004 trailer nor the front-end loader it was carrying attached to Lichlyter’s truck were damaged in the accident.
Friday, August 28th, 2015
A driver was injured when he was thrown from his mo-ped at JayC Plaza Thursday. According to Bedford City Police reports, 22 year old Mason De Palma of Bedford was driving a 2012 VIP Future Champion mo-ped in the Jay-C Plaza parking lot at 3:53 p.m. At the same time, 67 year old Marilyn Goodman, of bedford, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and was turning left in the parking lot behind Jackson County Bank. Goodman told police she was out in the roadway when De Palma ran into Goodman, but De Palma said Goodman pulled out in front of his mo-ped. A witness, Rex Fender of Heltonville, reported that Goodman turned left in front of De Palma. De Palma was not wearing a helmet, and he was ejected from the mo-ped. He suffered injuries to his lower leg are and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Indiana Conservation Officers have arrested a Bartholomew County man for possession of Ginseng out of season and possession of drugs. 42 year old Quentin Starke of Columbus was arrested yesterday on charges of possession of methamphetamine, syringes, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, ginseng out of season and endangered species for having frozen parts of a Timber rattlesnake. He was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail. Indiana Conservation Officers received a call on the TIP (Turn in a Poacher) line that Mr. Starke was digging and collecting ginseng out of season. After several attempts to catch Mr. Starke in the woods, Officers decided to speak with him at his residence. Mr. Starke was not home, but after gaining consent to search the residence from the homeowner, officers found multiple contraband items. Mr. Starke was arrested when he returned home. Ginseng is a native herbaceous plant that grows in Indiana woodlands. It is collected and sold overseas for herbal remedies. The season for harvesting ginseng begins September 1.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
A Grand Rapids, Michigan man was arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old Jasper Middle School student through a series of online chats over a five-month timeframe. According to the Jasper Police Department, they obtained warrants for 44-year-old Michael Van Houten, of Grand Rapids, for Level 5 felony counts of child solicitation. On Wednesday, the Grand Rapids Police Department executed those warrants and arrested Van Houten at his place of business in Grand Rapids. The charges stem from a nearly 5-month long investigation in which Van Houten was having online chats with a girl he thought was 14 years old. During the chats, Van Houten solicited the girl for various sex acts and even made plans to meet her on two different occasions. Those plans were never acted upon, according to police. Van Houten will be extradited to Dubois County to face charges.The Huntingburg Police Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, and Dubois County Prosecuting Attorney’s office assisted in the investigation as well.
Jasper Police are seeking witnesses to a Saturday morning crash after both drivers claimed to have the green light at 15th Street and Newton. According to a Jasper Police report, 68 year old Russel Farris, of Jasper, was westbound on 15th St. approaching Newton in a 2003 Buick LeSabre at about 8:45 a.m. when the accident occurred. 47 year old Donna Weisman, of Huntingburg, was northbound on Newton St. in a 2012 Toyota Tundra approaching the 15th St. intersection at the same time. Both vehicles entered the intersection and collided. Both drivers stated they had the green light for their lane of travel. Jasper Police are asking for witnesses of the accident to contact them at 812-482-2255. No injuries were reported.
Orange County REMC members experienced large scale outages last evening due to a Hoosier Energy transmission switch being operated to an open state. As of this morning the cause is unknown but crews are investigating. Nearly 4000 members were without electricity for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. If members have any additional questions or concerns call the office at (812) 865-2229
Tuesday, August 26th, 2015
The US Forest Service has announced for the first time in 110 years , it’s spending more than 50 percent of it’s budget fighting 95 Western wildfires in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and California. In an article in the Bedford Times Mail, Judy Perez with the Hoosier National Forest office in Bedford says it does effect them. Any funds not tied to a contractor or used for salary can be taken away to fight wildfires. The heavy rains this spring heavy rains this spring and summer have delayed contractor work for the forest service in this area resulting in loss of those project funds for wildfire suppression.
A driver hauling a load of logs near Wegan was injured Tuesday after his truck left the road, struck a utility police and tipped onto its side. 52-year-old Terry Schepman, of Seymour, was able to crawl from the cab of the truck. When Jackson County Police arrived, , when police arrived at the scene they found Schepman lying near the truck. The driver told police that he had swerved to miss a deer causing the passenger side tires of the truck to leave the roadway then struck an REMC utility pole. The truck, owned by Schepman's father Wayne Schepman, then rolled onto its side. Schepman received a shoulder injury and cuts and bruises and was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.
Dubois County led the state in July with the lowest unemployment rate of 3.3 percent , down from 3.5 percent reported in June. According to the July report released by the Department of Workforce Development, the counties adjacent to Dubois County posted the following unemployment percentages for July.
Crawford: 5.4 percent.
Daviess: 3.8 percent.
Martin: 4.0 percent.
Orange: 5.7 percent.
Overall, Indiana is leading its neighboring states in lowest unemployment with 4.7 percent compared to Illinois with 5.8 percent, Kentucky with 5.2 percent, Michigan with 5.3 percent, and Ohio with 5.0 percent.
Monday, August 24th, 2015
A standard traffic stop Friday, netted methamphetamine and a arrest of a Lawrence County man. According to Lawrence County police reports, an officer of the Lawrence County Police stopped 30 year old Justin Terrell of Mitchell, at the intersection of Meridian Road and Doc Hamilton Boulevard in Mitchell because he was not wearing a seat belt. When approached by the officer, Terrell was unable to produce a driver's license. A police K-9 accompanied the officer, and an open-air sniff was conducted with the canine alerting about two areas of the truck. While Terrell was complying with instructions to exit the truck by the officer, he reached down and tried to shove something under the seat. Police then looked under the seat and found a black bag that contained clear plastic baggies. The container in the bag field-tested positive for meth as did one of the baggies, which contained residue. The black bag also contained two pill bottles with pills inside which were legend drugs. Terrell had a prescription for only one of the two drugs. Police also found a white capsule with a crystal substance in it and, under the driver's seat, found a scale with a crystal substance on it. Te rrell was arrested and remains in the Lawrence County jail. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and driving with a suspended license and a prior conviction. Terrell is in custody without bond because of the previous driving without a license charge.
Two men were arrested on drug-related charges early Monday after officers with the Lawrence County Police Department were called to the former Buddha store building in southeastern Lawrence County. 23 year old Lance Grimes of Bedford was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 12:59 a.m. his bond was set at $755.00 cash or $7500.00 surety. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. 35 year old Travis East of Bedford was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 1:14 a.m. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.
Four people were arrested after Jasper Police Department received a tip from Indiana State Police that a man wanted on a warrant for failing to appear was at a Jasper residence Saturday. When Jasper Police officers arrived at a Mill Street address in Jasper to arrest 19 year old Caleb Dubon Jr., of Jasper they noticed Dubon attempting to leave the home in a black passenger car. They stopped the car at 17th and Newton streets at about 6:42 p.m. and Dubon was arrested for the warrant. During the stop, officers were given consent to search the vehicle and located methamphetamine and used hypodermic needles. Occupants of the car — 21 year old Jade Jones, and 21 year old Shawna Campbell, both of Washington; and 21 year old Hayley Camplin, of Huntingburg were all charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. They were booked into the Dubois County Jail. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted.
Friday, August 21st, 2015
The Dubois County sheriff’s department intercepted 110 grams of marijuana being mailed to a Jasper residence Thursday. According to a Dubois county Sheriffs report, the investigation began Thursday when the Dubois County Sheriffs Department Narcotics Detective received an anonymous tip about possible drug activity at 228 W. 15th St., Jasper. During his investigation, the detective sought the assistance of the Dubois County Prosecuting Attorney’s office to seek a search warrant for that address. After the warrant was granted, the detective executed a search at the residence and found a small quantity of suspected marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. A resident of that address, 22-year-old Kyle Watkins, will be summoned to court at a later date. Watkins will likely face charges of Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance, Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and Class B misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. While searching the home, information was gathered that pointed officers in the direction of a package from out of state that may be in transit to the address. Deputies contacted the U.S. Postal Inspectors to assist and were able to intercept the package before it was delivered. The Dubois County Sheriffs Department K-9, Judge, was put to work and indicated the presence of narcotics in the package. Based on the dog’s indication, police sought a second search warrant with the help of the Dubois County Prosecutors Office. After the Dubois County Superior Court granted a search warrant, deputies found 110 grams of high-grade marijuana in the package. The sheriff’s department narcotics officer is investigating additional suspects in the Jasper and Dubois County area that have connections to this case. The Narcotics officer was assisted by a U.S. Postal Inspector, the Dubois County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and Dubois County Sheriffs Department K-9, Judge.
On June 4, 2015, Dubois County local law enforcement officers began serving arrest warrants for drug dealing offenses stemming from an investigation known as Operation Double Trouble. A total of 18 individuals in two rounds of arrests were served with arrest warrants for drug dealing charges in Dubois and Spencer counties. The first Operation Double Trouble defendant to enter into a plea agreement was sentenced Monday in the Dubois County Superior Court. 24 year old Bryce Sadler of Jasper entered into an agreement with the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office that called for him to plead guilty to dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony, and serve two years at the Indiana Department of Correction. The agreement called for this sentence to run consecutive to a 180 day sentence that Sadler is currently serving at the Dubois County Security Center for Possession of paraphernalia and carrying a handgun without a license, both Class A misdemeanors.
A traffic stop on Tuesday morning landed a North Vernon man in jail on numerous felony drug related charges and took methamphetamine, a controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia off the streets. At approximately 9:00 AM on Tuesday, Trooper Randel Miller stopped a 2000 Chevrolet SUV being driven by 38 year old Eric Easter, North Vernon, on SR 7 at Country Squire Boulevard for speeding. During the course of the stop, Trp. Miller became suspicious that criminal activity was taking place. Trp. Miller deployed K-9 Jinx who then alerted to the odor of an illegal drug coming from Easter’s vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, Trp. Miller located a controlled substance, methamphetamine residue, syringes, and drug paraphernalia. Easter was then arrested and incarcerated in the Jennings County Jail where he will face numerous drug related charges. Upon posting a bond, Easter will be given an initial court date to appear in the Jennings County Circuit Court. A mug photograph of Easter may be obtained by contacting the Jennings County Jail.
Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Paoli Police arrested three people Tuesday, following a traffic stop in front of Paoli Jr Sr High School. According to Paoli Police press release, Tuesdayat approx 3:30 pm, officers with the Paoli Police department observed Amanda Miller enter a black Chevy Blazer that they knew to have false and ficticious license plates. The vehicle was also occupied by two males later identified as Bruce Wininger and Larry Sizemore. Officers then ran the license plate number through Orange County dispatch and verified that the plates were in fact false. The officers then activated their emergency lights and the vehicle stopped in front of the Paoli Jr Sr High School. Upon arriving at the window of the vehicle, officers smelled and identified the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and during the search the following items were discovered: several containers containing methamphetamine total approx. weight 8 grams, a small caliber pistol, a set of digital scales, marijuana, multiple glass pipes used to smoke methamphetamine, several small used plastic baggies containing a white powdery residue, and a schedule 4 controlled substance. Miller, Sizemore and Wininger were then arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail.
The Monroe County Health Department has taken the first step in implementing a syringe exchange program by declaring a public emergency due to an epidemic of new hepatitis C cases primarily contracted through injection drug use. Following the HIV outbreak in Scott County, the Indiana General Assembly legalized programs that allow drug users to access clean needles in exchange for used sharps. The Indiana State Department of Health linked the 170 new cases of HIV in Scott County, as well as a spike in hepatitis C cases, to injection drug use. From 2009 to 2014, hepatitis C cases in Monroe County have increased 83 percent, according to data from the Indiana State Department of Health. Heroin poisonings resulting in trips to IU Health Bloomington Hospital have also increased by more than 50 percent every year for the past three years, according to hospital data. Before a local health department can move forward to establish a needle exchange, the county health department must declare an epidemic of hepatitis C or HIV to the legislative body of the county. Monroe County Health Officer Dr. Thomas Sharp submitted the declaration of a public health emergency to the Monroe County commissioners Wednesday morning, Caudill said. To continue the process of requesting a needle exchange program, the commissioners must next hold a hearing to allow public testimony in support or disapproval of utilizing a syringe exchange program, according to the law. The commissioners will allow for public discussion at their bi-weekly meeting at 9 a.m. Sept. 4 in the Monroe County Courthouse Nat U. Hill meeting room.
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
On Tuesday evening, Detective Brian Busick from the Sellersburg State Police Post interviewed James Collings in reference to serious and suspicious injuries to Colling’s three year old daughter. . The child had been taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY last Thursday suffering from suspicious injuries. The Indiana State Police was contacted after hospital officials and the Indiana Division of Family and Children suspected possible injuries from child abuse. While talking to James Collings it was learned that he became upset at the three year old child and allegedly tied her up on several occasions with zip ties. And on one Collings was arrested and taken to the Scott County Jail charged with Battery Causing Bodily Injury, a Level 6 felony.. the investigation is ongoing.
The first human case of West Nile virus infection in Indiana has been reported in Huntington County , State health officials announced today. Hoosiers are encouraged to take steps to protect themselves from West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. In addition, mosquitoes in 27 counties have tested positive for the virus so far in 2015. Those counties include in the Q-10-0 listening area : Orange, Crawford, Dubois, and Perry. You can prevent these diseases by taking precautions like using insect repellent and wearing pants and long sleeves if you’re walking in any wooded or marshy areas. State health officials recommend the following preventative measures:
According to the The Indiana Department of Education , high school graduation rates are one of the top benchmarks of success for schools. In recent data collected by the Indiana Department of Education, Orleans Community Schools Topped the list with a 98.6 percent. Bloomfield ranked third at 98.5 percent, and the Medora Community School Corporation ranked in the bottom 10 with a 66.7 percent. The sampling does not include students who received waivers because they failed their exams. The Indianapolis Star reports, the data displayed only reflects students who passed their state-mandated exams and earned a high school diploma for 2014.
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
More than 120 Republicans held a convention at Orleans High School Monday evening. The meeting was to choose the Republican candidates in the municipal election for the town of Orleans. In all but one ward the nominees will be the town council winners due to no opposition. Those chosen last evening were: Ward One, Mike McCracken, Ward 3 (Incumbent) Earnie Sluss, running unopposed for clerk treasurer, Robert F. Henderson, running unopposed for Ward 2, Steve Childers.. Childrens will face incumbent Democrat Mike Fields in the November election.
An Orleans man was arrested after he allegedly was uncooperative with police and swallowed a pill while being arrested . Jackie Harris was arrested after a Lawrence County Police officer witnessed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Meridian Road and Doc Hamilton Boulevard in Mitchell. LCPD Officer Riley Hitchcock stopped the vehicle at West Hancock Avenue. According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, the passenger of that vehicle, Jackie Harris, was wanted on a warrant and was asked to step out of the vehicle. When Harris got out of the vehicle a pill fell from his lap and onto the ground. Officer Hitchcock picked up the pill and placed it on the hood of his patrol car to identify, and placed Harris in handcuffs behind his back. While Officer Hitchcock was attempting to pat down Mr. Harris before placing him in his patrol car, Harris leaned over and placed his mouth over the pill on the hood of the car and attempted to swallow it. Officer Hitchcock attempted to prevent Harris from swallowing the pill and destroying evidence. "Mr. Harris then began resisting Officer Hitchcock's lawful commands and Mr. Harris bit the finger of Officer Hitchcock," says Sheriff Branham. "Mr. Harris swallowed the pill and was taken to the emergency room to be medically cleared prior to transport to jail. The pill that Mr. Harris swallowed was a schedule IV controlled substance for which he did not have a prescription" The driver, 65-year-old Timothy Love of Minot, was arrested on two warrants for failure to appear. He was arrested without incident. Harris is facing charges of battery, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest by force, and on a warrant for petition to revoke probation.
Indiana Lt. Gov Sue Ellspermann and Senator Joe Donnelly are touting Indiana’s agriculture industry. Both told a crowd at the Indiana State Fair that agriculture remains one of Indiana’s top money makers. This comes as the fair is celebrating “Year of the Farmer”. Ellspermann adds they are working on making Indiana the “Silicon Valley” for agricultural innovation
Monday, August 17th, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 53 counties in Indiana as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred during the period of May 1, 2015, and continues. Those counties in our listening area are: Orange, Lawrence, Martin, Crawford and Dubois counties. Also Jacksom, Monroe and Washington counties available for assistance. All counties and city listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Aug. 12, 2015, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.
Monroe County Council member Shelli Yoder today announced that she will run for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District. Yoder, a Democrat, successfully garnered the Democratic nomination for the seat in 2012 but lost to incumbent Rep. Todd Young in the general election. Young announced earlier this summer that he is vacating the seat to run for the U.S. Senate spot currently held by Dan Coats, a Republican who isn’t seeking re-election next year. Yoder is the first Democrat to announce her intention to run. Yoder, lives in Bloomington with her husband, Josh Perry, and their three children, has serves on the county council and teaches an award-winning business course to all undergraduates enrolled at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Based on numbers generated through AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, statewide gas prices, by average, have increased more in Indiana than in any other state during the last seven days. In fact, Hoosiers are now paying $2.96 for self-serve regular unleaded, a 59-cent increase since last week. Similar price surges have occurred in neighboring states too. Illinois up 56 cents, Michigan up 51 cents, Ohio up 44 cents and Wisconsin up 39 cents. Dramatic price increases throughout the Great Lakes Region are being attributed to a major refinery issue at BP's Whiting, IN facility where, according to BP, the largest of three crude oil distillation units was unexpectedly shut down Aug. 8 for unscheduled repair work. Reports indicate the Whiting refinery is capable of producing 430,000 barrels of refined product per day. At $2.96 per gallon, Hoosiers are now paying the 9th most expensive gas prices in the country. The current nationwide average for self-serve regular gas is $2.67.
Friday, August 14th, 2015
Two vehicles were totaled and two drivers were taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for their injuries when a minivan and pickup truck collided on State Road 545 north of Dubois, Thursday. According to authorities, 64 year old Diane Bair, of Dubois, was northbound on State Road 545 in a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country and was slowing to turn right into a county waste site. 17 year old Wyatt Servis, of 2nd Ave., Jasper, was following her but did not see she was slowing until it was too late. Servis applied his brakes but the 1994 Ford Ranger he was driving slid 119 feet and struck Bair’s vehicle. The collision pushed Bair’s vehicle 70 feet and both vehicles came to rest partially in the northbound lane. Servis was transported by ambulance to Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment of cuts to his head. Bair was transported by personal vehicle for her injuries. One lane of State Road 545 was closed for about 45 minutes while the scene was cleared. Dubois First Responders, Memorial EMS and a Uebelhor and Sons wrecker assisted at the scene. Authorities are still investigating the incident and charges may be pending for Servis.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has upheld the decision to throw out a civil lawsuit filed by Robert and Charlene Spierer in the hopes of uncovering information about their 20-year-old daughter's disappearance in downtown Bloomington. Despite national attention and years of investigation, Lauren has not been found and no arrests have been made in the case. The cause of her disappearance remains unknown. The Bloomington Police Department continues to investigating leads.
A Pike County man was sentenced after accepting a plea deal on charges of child solicitation and dissemination of matters harmful to minors - both Class D felonies. According to police between July 30, 2013 and August 9, 2013 57-year-old Ricky L. Shepard of Spurgeon was found driving near Race Street in Odon looking for a 14-year-old girl that lived in that area. Odon Town Marshal Bryan Noble spoke with the girl who allowed officer to contact Spurgeon with her phone via text message. Officers, while posing as the girl, asked Shepard a series of questions and he responded with sexually explicit answers and photos. Then on August 8, 2013, officers again posing as the girl made contact with Shepard, who again sent explicit text messages to the girl. He was sentenced to probation for 720 days on each count to be served concurrently, ordered to register as a sex offender and fined $200. He was given credit for one day served. Once he completes probation without violations, Shepard can file a sentence modification to have the felony status removed from his record.
Thusrday, August 13, 2015
An Orange County teenager was injured in an accident Tuesday afternoon. According to a Lawrence County Police report, 17 year old Kaitlin Hammond, of West Baden was driving a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee at 3:39 p.m Tuesday on Tolliver Cemetery Road near Georgia Road. She told police that she reached for something in her backseat and drove off the south side of the road, then over-corrected to return to the roadway, and the Jeep flipped over several times. The vehicle also struck a CSX pole near the railroad tracks, breaking the pole in half. Hammond suffered incapacitating injury to her head and was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital by a Seals ambulance. A passenger in Hammonds Jeep refused treatment, according to the police report
A Lawrence County man is facing a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to dealing heroin. 26 year old Ryan Dodds, appeared in Lawrence Superior Court I before Judge Michael Robbins Wednesday morning for a sentence hearing. He plead guilty to dealing in a narcotic drug, Heroin, a Level 5 felony. Interim public defender, Bruce Andis, asked Robbins for a sentence to be served on house arrest. Dodds already had a place where he could stay and had a job lined up, according to witnesses. Robbins sentenced Dodds to three years, according to a plea agreement, with two years to be served on house arrest and one year of supervised probation. Dodds received credit for 183 days already served, and was ordered to participate in ADAPT. Charges against Dodds dismissed according to the plea agreement were: dealing in a narcotic drug, Level 4 felony; possession of a narcotic drug, Level 6 felony; unlawful possession or use of a legend drug, Level 6 felony; maintaining a common nuisance, Level 6 felony; possession of paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor. Dodds was arrested February 10 th after Bedford police responded to a call about a GMC Sonoma pickup truck that was involved in a drug transaction. Dodds was driving the truck when police pulled it over. Found in the truck were several baggies containing heroin, along with pills Dodds did not have a prescription for, syringes and other paraphernalia. Dodds was arrested for dealing heroin because of the amount of it police found and because of the way it was packaged.
Shoals Elementary School was the recipient of $10,000 dollars courtesy of “Are You Smarter Than A 5 th Grader Tuesday night. According to Shoals Elementary principal Austin Malone it was the "icing on the cake" for Shoals Elementary School. Malone said the money was not what was important about the experience but mainly, the idea of us even being on the show is to give our kids a really cool learning experience. He described the airing, which was taped earlier this spring, as a "pseudo Hollywood" experience, which allowed students the opportunity to talk to host Jeff Foxworthy in real time. Shoals students appeared on television on Aug. 4, then again Tuesday night. Right now, Malone said he's still sketching out details about how to spend the money.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
The death of a Salem man has been ruled accidental. On Monday, an 86-year-old Salem man, Milton "Cap" Nichols died at his home from a single gunshot wound to the chest from a .22-caliber rifle. Police received a 911 call at 5:46 p.m. Monday reporting the incident and rushed to 1101 South Jackson Street. When rescue crews arrived a minute later, Nichols was dead. Police say Nichols was moving items around in an out building and when he moved the gun it discharged. Police have ruled out suicide because of where the wound was and that Nichols had staggered out of the building in an attempt to get help. Nichols was a long-time janitor at Salem Community Schools
Two people were arrested in Loogootee late Friday and are now facing drug charges . Loogootee police stopped a vehicle around just after 11pm when an officer noticed the vehicle make a turn without signaling and then driver left of the center line on U.S. 50. K-9 Roxy alerted police of possible drugs in the vehicle. Several baggies of both meth and marijuana along with drug paraphernalia. Arrested were 40-year-old James G. Sisco II of Loogootee, and the driver, 42-year-old Darbi K. Grannon of Washington. Both are charged with possession of marijuana, dealing and possession of meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia
The 20 year old son of rock star musician and Bloomington resident John Mellencamp will serve his four day jail sentence in 12 hour stints over eight days. Speck Mellencamp reportedly suffers from a panic disorder.. Mellencamp pleaded guilty In April to misdemeanor battery relating to a fight in July of 2013.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
A Jasper man was arrested after attempting to set a female victim on fire after he poured alcohol on her during a domestic dispute Sunday morning. The Jasper Police Department arrested 27 year old Kyle B. Holtrust, 27, of 349 W. Sixth St. on seven felony and misdemeanor charges after being called at 4:49 a.m The lady claimed he had been pulling her hair and yelling obscenities. Police were told Holtrust had poured a bottle of alcohol on the victim and attempted to set her on fire, allegedly stating he was going to kill her. While Holtrust was being treated at Memorial Hospital, he made threatening statements to the emergency medical personnel treating him. Authorities booked Holtrust into the Dubois County Security Center.
According to an article in the Dubois County Free Press, A Tennyson woman went to jail Monday afternoon after a state trooper arrested her for operating a car under the influence of methamphetamine. According to police, her 9-year-old son was in the car at the time. At 1:02 p.m., Trooper Brock Werne pulled over a maroon 1995 Buick LeSabre at Dorbett Street and 9th Street in Jasper for driving across the center line and not having a bumper. During the traffic stop, Trooper Werne determined the driver, Alicia K. McDaniel, 39, of Main St., Tennyson, was showing signs of impairment. Through the course of the investigation, Werne learned that McDaniel had been smoking methamphetamine earlier in the day. Child Protective Services was contacted to take custody of the boy at the scene. McDaniel tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana. Police booked her into the Dubois County Security Center.
Multiple endangered rattlesnakes have been found in forests in Southern Indiana. They are showing up in Brown County State Park and in Morgan-Monroe State Forest. The snakes tend to be passive and don’t attack unless provoked.
DNR officials say to give them a wide berth.
Monday, August 10th, 2015
Drowning has been ruled as the preliminary cause of death for 15-year-old Graden McFarlan, whose body was recovered from the White River near Williams on Saturday. The ruling was made available by Lawrence County Deputy Coroner John Sherrill after the autopsy was completed this (Monday) morning. McFarlan's death is being investigated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division. According to Jim Schreck, public information officer of DNR, there were no obvious signs of foul play associated with McFarlan's death. Authorities are expected to conclude more about what exactly happened after the cause of death was established.
Lawrence County Police responded Sunday night to a report that a skull had been found near a motorcycle in a wooded area on Meridian Road, there police found the remains of 57 year old Dennis Palmer. Officers determined that Palmer hadn’t been heard from since July 23 rd and established that as the time of the accident. Lawrence County Deputy Coroner John Sherrill determined during an autopsy Monday morning that Palmer died from blunt force trauma. The accident report states that police determined Palmer was traveling north on Meridian Road, operating a 2004 Harley Davidson. Palmer, for an unknown reason, traveled off the right side of the highway and drove across pieces of limestone that were reported to be the size of a bowling ball and were in a shallow ditch and officers determined Palmer then crossed over some small trees. Palmer was then pinned underneath the motorcycle. He had not been wearing a helmet. Although Palmer hadn’t been seen for nearly three weeks, Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham said he had not been reported to his office as a missing person. Nor did Branham find Palmer’s name listed as missing in the Indiana Data and Communications Center or the National Crime Information Center.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a Pike County ATV accident in which two teens were injured. Sunday at about 3:52 p.m., Indiana Conservation Officer Kenny Tincher and Conservation Officer Cpl. Eric Doane responded to an ATV accident with injuries in Pike County. According to authorities, 18 year old Jonathan Schum, of Huntingburg, was operating a Honda 400 EX ATV southbound on County Road 1075E in Velpen at a high rate of speed when 47 year old Marilyn Hanselman, of Velpen, pulled from a private driveway into the road. Schum’s ATV collided with the front drivers side of Hanselman’s SUV and flipped in the air, throwing Schum and a 16-year-old passenger, Paige Kluemper of Petersburg, from the ATV. Schum was trapped beneath the ATV. He was Air-Evaced to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where he was treated for a laceration to his head. Kluemper was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with minor injuries. Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted on-scene by Pike County EMS and Deaconess Air-Evac. Alcohol may be a contributing factor and the accident is still being investigated. Schum and Kluemper were not wearing a helmet or protective equipment which Conservation Officers strongly encourage while operating ATV’
Friday, August 7th, 2015
Three members of an Owen County family who were injured in a house fire earlier this week have died. Dan Reynolds, his wife Joy and their son Bailey were injured a fire that occurred at 6AM Wednesday morning in Freedom. 41 year old Joy Reynolds died this morning and her husband Dan and 11 year old son Bailey Little died yesterday. The Owen County family had just moved into the house at 2609 Firecrest Lane on last Saturday. An account for the family — the Owen Valley Sports Complex Bailey Little Fund — has been established at Owen County State Bank. Donations can be made at any of the bank’s locations in Owen and Monroe counties. Funds that would have gone for medical expenses now will likely be used for funeral costs
A Lawrence County woman and her passenger both suffered injuries in an accident Thursday afternoon. According to police reports, at around 4:55PM 55 year old Yvonne M. Clapham of Mitchell was driving a 2000 Ford Econoline van south on Buddha Bypass and drove off the west side of the road. She then tried to go back onto the road, and over-corrected the steering. The van rolled over onto its passenger side and slid south, striking a bridge and guardrail. The vehicle traveled down an embankment into a creek and stopped against a tree. Both Clapham and her passenger 53 year old Michael McCoy, of Mitchell were trapped inside the vehicle. Mitchell, was taken by an Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance to a hospital for treatment for pain she suffered throughout her entire body, specifically to her head, neck and chest. A Seals ambulance was called to transport McCoy who complained of back pain and had cuts on his face. Marion Township Rural Fire Department and the Bedford Fire Department were sent to the wreck scene.
Washington County-Yesterday afternoon, Trooper Tracy Spencer from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg arrested Tammy Weidner, 36, from Pekin, IN. She was arrested after an arrest warrant was issued through the Washington County court system on August 4th for her arrest. The arrest was the result of an investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. During the investigation officers were able to find out that Tammy Weidner had allegedly taken fraudulent controlled and non-controlled substance prescriptions to a Salem, IN pharmacy and had them filled. Tammy Weidner was incarcerated at the Washington County Jail on the charges of Obtaining a Legend Drug by Fraud or Deceit, Felony; Unlawfully Acquiring a Controlled Substance, Felony; Possession of a Schedule 1, 2, 3 or 4 Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor and Possession of a Legend Drug, Felony. This investigation is continuing.
Thursday, August 6th, 2015
The Flash Flood Watch has been extended into late tonight. This includes portions of Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky. Several bands of heavy rainfall are forecast today.. some from 1 to 3 inches are possible. This combined with recent rainfall could produce localized flash flood conditions, especially in low lying areas.
Clark County- This morning around 9:33 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg as well as Clark County Deputies and officers from the Sellersburg Town Police responded to a possible burglary in process at 7005 County Road 311 in Sellersburg. The caller stated it appeared someone was attempting to gain entry into the residence via a back door.When officers arrived on the scene witnesses stated a male subject had fled on foot from the residence. Trooper Nathan Abbott with his new K-9 partner, “Teague” was one of the police officers that responded. Trooper Abbott deployed “Teague” and “Teague” was able to track the subject from the residence to the rear of the Dollar General store located on County Road 31, a distance of about a quarter mile. . When “Teague” located the subject, identified as Stephen M. Caffee, 29, from Paradise Lane in Louisville, KY, he was attempting to change his clothing beside of a dumpster. Stephen M. Caffee was taken into custody and charged with Residential Entry, Level 6 Felony; Criminal Mischief, B Misdemeanor and Invasion of Privacy, A Misdemeanor. He was also wanted on an arrest warrant out of Clark County, IN. He was incarcerated at the Clark County Jail. K-9 “Teague” is a four year old shepherd who recently graduated from the Indiana State Police K-9 Academy and is assigned to Trooper Abbott.
The state has launched an investigation in Henry County after multiple residents were diagnosed with a rare brain cancer, Glioblastoma. At least 8 people have been diagnosed with the disease two living next to each other and another about a mile away.
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for this afternoon through early Friday morning. Including Orange, Washington, Scott, Jefferson, Dubois, Crawford, Perry and Harrison. A slow moving system with plenty of moisture to work with will move across the Ohio River Valley this afternoon through early Friday. Heavy rain is expected with many areas receiving 1.5 to 2 inches of rainfall. Low lying areas could be prone to flash flooding.
Indiana is one of 15 states planning to ask the courts to block the Obama Administration’s new “Clean Power Plan” for electric utilities. Electric utilities will have to take action immediately to begin compliance with the rule’s 15 year deadline.
A new training center is planned for the Indianapolis Airport. The $3.9 million project would serve pilots, maintenance technitions and flight and ground crews. Indianapolis based Republic Airways Holdings is teaming up with Exploration Center on the project. Republic will go before the Metropolitan Development Commission today for tax abatement approval.
Monday, July 20th, 2015
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV accident that led to a Dubois County woman being hospitalized Sunday night. 29 year old Zachery Linne, of Dubois, was driving a Polaris Razor side by side ATV with 26 year old Amanda Jones, of Dubois riding as a passenger. While headed eastbound on Dubois Cuzco Road, the ATV left the roadway and then re-entered the roadway rolling on its side. The passenger Amanda Jones was ejected onto the pavement and suffered facial injuries, abrasions and road rash. She was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment. The only safety gear being worn by either subject was a seatbelt by the driver. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the cause of the accident. Responding agencies included the Dubois County Sheriffs Department, Indiana State Police, Dubois EMS, Dubois Fire Department and Indiana Conservation Officers. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage the use of protective equipment such as helmets, gloves and riding boots while operating an ATV.
A second suspect has been arrested in a June 28th kidnapping. 31 year old Jacob Bunch of Bedford, has been charged in connection with a kidnapping that occurred on June 28. He is the second man to be arrested in the case. Bunch, of Bedford previously had not been identified in the case and has been referred to in earlier Times-Mail stories only as the driver of the vehicle that was used in the incident. The other suspect 31 year old Michael Montgomery remains without bond in the Lawrence County jail. Bunch was booked into jail at 2:16 p.m. on Friday and remains in custody. His bond is set at $2,005 cash or $20,000 surety. He is charged with aiding, inducing or causing a kidnapping, a Level 5 felony; aiding, inducing or causing criminal confinement, a Level 5 felony, and driving with a suspended license, a Class A misdemeanor.
A Lawrence County driver escaped injury Sunday when the brakes on his Jeep failed and the vehicle crashed into the Jim Day building. 36 year old James Byrd, of Springville told police he was driving west on State Road 158 and was attempting to turn in to Revere’s Food and Fuel convenience store. He said that, when he applied his brakes, the vehicle didn’t stop. He angled the vehicle into the parking lot and drove through the southernmost bay at the JimDay car wash. After going through the car wash, Byrd made a U-turn to avoid going onto State Road 450. The 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee then struck the building’s northwest corner. Byrd was wearing a seat belt, police said. He was cited for operating a vehicle without proof of financial responsibility.
Friday, July 17th, 2015
One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday in Bedford. According to Lawrence County police reports, at around 5:01PM, 41 year old David Brown of Bedford, was driving south on L Street near 13th Street. At the same time, 28 year old Eric Lamar, of Williams, was driving a 2003 Subaru Legacy Outback station wagon west on 13th Street. He told police he was stopped at a stop sign and did not see the Chrysler approaching the intersection. His passenger 40 year old Kristy Brown of Bedford, was leaning forward, blocking his sight of the minivan. Brown then told police that the station wagon pulled out into the middle of the intersection, and Brown was unable to avoid the accident. Kristy Brown complained of pain to her hip area and a Seals ambulance took her to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is joining the race for Rep. Todd Young's seat in Congress, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Those filings show the Republican candidate will make a run for Indiana's 9th District House of Representatives seat. Zoeller has not yet publicly announced his candidacy. In a statement, Zoller says it is only appropriate to announce his public announcement after Young makes his. State Sen. Erin Houchin has announced her candidacy for Young's house seat on Wednesday.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture report says roughly one-quarter of Indiana's corn and soybean crops are in poor shape following the state's wettest June on record. Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says the federal agency's latest report rates 25 percent of Indiana corn as being "very poor" or "poor." The report says 26 percent of Indiana soybeans are in similar conditions. Purdue has estimated losses for corn and soybean crops are nearly $500 million. The State Climate Office has said Indiana's average June rainfall of 9.03 inches was a new record for the month. Many fields that had begun to dry out were again drenched last week.
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Two boaters were found safe after they had boat trouble on White River early Thursday morning. According to the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department, they received a call at 1:15 a.m. reporting that 22-year-old James Bales and 20-year-old Chad Phillips, both of Orleans, had launched their boat at the Rivervale boat ramp. But at 11:30 p.m. one of the men contacted a family member saying they were having motor trouble and were going to attempt to paddle back to the dock. But after two hours, family had not heard from them. Family members then began their own search and told police they were driving up and down the roadways near the river looking for the missing boaters but couldn't find them and reported they were still attempting to contact the men, but cell service in the area was spotty. The sheriffs department then says the men were unable to paddle the boat to shore, so they jumped out and swam to shore. Department of Natural Resource officers, Marion Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and a Seals ambulance team were called to the area to assist in the search. At 2:05 a.m. the family member reported they had heard from the men and the two had made it out of the water near the Buddha bridge. A Lawrence County officer found the men walking along the Buddha Bypass.
A Lawrence County man was flown to an Indianapolis hospital after being hurt in a two-car crash Wednesday at the junction of State Road 54 and State Road 58 in Lawrence county. According to a Lawrence County Police Department report, at 11:42AM, 66 year old Janet H. Leighty of Springville, was driving a 2007 Dodge Caravan east on State Road 54. Meanwhile, 72 year old Larry Williams, of Bedford was driving a 2011 Chevrolet LTS sedan west on State Road 54. Williams told police he did not see the Leighty’s Dodge and tried to turn left onto State Road 58. The Chevrolet turned into the path of the Dodge, and the two vehicles collided. Williams suffered internal and head injuries. A Seals ambulance was called to the scene to take Williams to a local hospital. He was then flown by a helicopter ambulance to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis.
Lane restrictions are in effect on the bridges spanning Spider Creek on State Road 37. The closings are part of a pavement overlay project. The Indiana Department of Transportation reports contractors will begin paving both bridges on the divided highway and performing maintenance on the bridges’ substructure. During the work, both bridges will be restricted to one lane around the clock and will have a 14-foot maximum width restriction. Arrow boards and a barrier wall will be in place to control traffic. Depending on weather conditions, the work is expected to last until mid-September.
Friday, July 10th, 2015
Three juveniles have been charged with burglarizing a local youth sports concession stand. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, three teenagers are facing Level 5 felony counts of burglary and misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal mischief after they allegedly burglarized the Ireland Youth Sports concession. The break-in was discovered Monday morning. Two of the teenagers are from Jasper, the other is from Huntingburg. A window air conditioning unit was destroyed when it was pushed through a window to gain entry to the building. The building, which is located east of Ireland Elementary school was also ransacked and some concessions including candy and sodas were taken. A witness helped police locate the three teenagers who were found walking along County Road West 300 North a short time later. The three were released to the custody of their parents.
Thursday, July 9th, 2015
A rural Dubois man has been arrested for child molesting. Indiana State Police say 48 year old Michael Hobbs was arrested Tuesday charged with a Level 4 Felony count of Child Molesting with a Minor Under the Age of 14. ISP says during what is called a forensic interview that took place earlier in the day on Tuesday, a female juvenile victim told officers she had been sexually abused by Hobbs for years. Police says the victim was younger than 14 when the alleged abuse began. If found guilty, a Level 4 felony count of child molesting carries a prison term of two to 12 years. The Dubois County Department of Child Services assisted in the investigation.
The Jasper Police Department says it is looking for anyone who witnessed a two-car accident that happened early Wednesday morning. Jasper Police say 41-year old Maria Duncan of rural Jasper was driving southbound on Clay Street shortly before 6:00AM when her car was struck by a car that was westbound on Second Street. Police say the driver of the westbound car, 33-year old Lena Alton of Petersburg, told officers she was stopped at the intersection and then proceeded. She told police Duncan’s car did not stop and drove into her path and the two vehicles collided. Duncan told police she did stop before proceeding westbound and she thinks Alton disregarded the stop sign and drove into the side of her car. Duncan complained of left leg pain and refused to be transported to the hospital. Jasper Police is asking for anyone who witnessed the accident to 812-482-2255 or you can call the anonymous tip line at 812-481-COPS (2677).
Jasper police say 26-year old Rogelio Lopez-Luria of Washington was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a federal warrant charging him with possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.The Jasper Police Department say they assisted U. S. Homeland Security agents in taking Lopez-Luria into custody at his place of employment in Jasper. Lopez-Luria was taken to the Dubois County Security Center. Custody was later transferred to U. S. Federal agents.
Monday, July 6th, 2015
A Lawrence County man was injured after his motorcycle went down on its side Saturday on Breckenridge Road in Lawrence County. According to a Lawrence county Police report, at around 3:07PM, 28 year old Joshua Ingram of Springville, was operating a 2002 Honda Shadow and was traveling west on Breckenridge Road. Ingram told police the motorcycle went down on its side and skidded on the roadway. He also said he had just left work and believed he had debris from his workplace on his boot, which caused his boot to slip off the foot peg and then caused the rear wheel of the motorcycle to slide. Ingram complained of shoulder and arm pain. He was treated at the scene by a Seals ambulance crew and declined ambulance transport to a hospital
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV accident that occurred late Friday night in Jackson County. Police say 27-year-old Zachary Bowers of Medora was unconscious and was flown by helicopter to St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis with multiple injuries after apparently striking a dog in the roadway. Just before 11:30 p.m. a motorist found Bowers face-down on County Road 825 West near Curry Road. An Indiana Conservation Officer arrived shortly afterward and discovered Bowers' ATV over an embankment. Police say Bowers struck and killed a dog in the roadway before flipping his ATV multiple times. Alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor; toxicology results are pending. Bowers was not wearing a helmet or any safety equipment.Assisting agencies at the scene included the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Jackson County Medic 6, and Carr Township Fire Department. The incident remains under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage riders to always wear a helmet and necessary safety equipment when operating an ATV.
Indiana and 16 others states have reached settlement with Dollar Tree. They believe the move ensure marketplace competition following word of Dollar Tree‘s merger with Family Dollar stores. The settlement requires Dollar Tree to sell more than 300 Family Dollar stores to a new competitor as part of the acquisition deal. The stores will be sold and re-branded as DollarExpress locations. One store in Fort Wayne, two in Gary, and two in Indianapolis will be sold to Sycamore Holdings and rebranded as DollarExpress in Indiana. Dollar Tree is also required to report or notify the Indiana Attorney General‘s Office of future store acquisitions, relocations or closings. Family Dollar has stores in Paoli, Mitchell, Bedford, Salem and one being built in Birdseye.
Friday, July 3rd, 2015
Two were injured in a motorcycle accident early this morning on Oolitic Road, and one was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. According to police reports, 54 year old Mark Allam, of Ellettsville, was driving a 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle northwest on Oolitic Road near the Salt Creek Bridge at 12:19 a.m. He went off the north side of the road, and the motorcycle struck a guardrail. The motorcycle continued down the length of the guardrail and eventually flipped over the guardrail. Allam suffered a cut to his face and was bleeding, and a passenger, 42-year-old Billie Ellis of Mitchell suffered pain to her back and was incapacitated. The police report indicated Allam and Ellis were thrown off the motorcycle. Neither of them was wearing a helmet. Assisting Lawrence County Police at the scene were an IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance, along with the Shawswick Township and Oolitic volunteer fire departments. An IU Health medical helicopter also was called to fly Ellis from IU Health Bedford Hospital to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. At the scene Allam was given a portable breath test, and it gave a positive result for alcohol. Police also then obtained a blood sample from Allam and sent it to the Indiana State Department of Toxicology for analysis. Results are pending.
A carnival employee has been arrested in Otwell after police identified the man in surveillance video showing he had stolen money from a Jasper business. According to Jasper Police Thursday, police were called to a Jasper business about the theft of $140 from a cash register that had happened on Tuesday. Police after reviewing the video surveillance, which showed a patron later identified as 39 year old Bernard Johnson, of Louisville, accessing a cash register when an employee stepped away. Police then learned Johnson may be part of the traveling amusement ride company in the area for Otwell’s 4th of July celebration. A Jasper police officer and Indiana State trooper went to the celebration and located Johnson working as an attendant on a ride. Police arrested Johnson and charged him with theft. He was then booked into the Dubois County Jail.
A Dubois County driver said she lost control of her vehicle when it crashed and ended up blocking part of the railroad tracks south of Huntingburg Wednesday afternoon. Police say 18 year old Allison Ash, 18, of Huntingburg, was eastbound on Ferdinand Road NW when according to Ash, the 1990 Buick Century she was driving slid on the wet pavement. Ash overcorrected and went off the right side of the road where the vehicle struck a railroad crossing sign post and electrical transformer. The Buick stopped partially on the railroad tracks. Train traffic was held until it was removed. Ash complained of pain to her lower leg and was taken by personal vehicle to Jasper Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released. The Buick had about $500 in damages; the electrical transformer belonging to the City of Huntingburg had about $1,500 in damages; and the railroad sign belonging to Norfolk Southern had about $250 in damage. Norfolk Southern Railroad, Huntingburg utilities and a KARS wrecker assisted at the scene.
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
On June 30th, 2015 the Orange County Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at 2515 South County Road 500 East in Paoli which was occupied by Eric Osborn and Courtney Mcclure. The search warrant also included the business of “Magnificent Mushrooms” which was owned by Eric Osborn and was located on the property near the residence. Upon execution of the search warrant officers located approximately 5 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms and approximately 7 pounds of marijuana “butter”. Officers also located several items used to facilitate the manufacturing of psilocybin mushrooms. Eric Osborn is facing charges of manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and maintaining a common nuisance. Courtney Mcclure is facing charges of manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and maintaining a common nuisance. These operations would not be possible without the tips and information received from the citizens of Orange County. We would again like to thanks the citizens for assisting us in our efforts to keep Orange County a safe and healthy community to live. As always, please contact your local Police or Sheriff’s Department if you suspect illegal activity in your area
A Lawrence County woman was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for dealing methamphetamine, along with other charges. 32 year old Tricia Terrell, of Bedford had met with a confidential informant twice during May at prearranged locations to sell the informant meth, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Lawrence Superior Court II. The informant first met with Terrell to give her money. Then, the two met in the parking lot of Englewood Baptist Church, where Terrell gave the informant the drug. After that first purchase, the informant turned over 0.17 grams of crystal meth to Lawrence County police officers. A 2-year-old was in Terrell’s vehicle when the exchange took place. During the second controlled buy, the informant met with Terrell at a prearranged location, and the informant again gave Terrell money. The informant told police “that Terrell was supposed to take the money and then return a short time later with methamphetamine. The informant received text messages from Terrell asking questions, which the informant answered, but then the informant was not contacted by Terrell again. Terrell is charged with two counts of dealing meth, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance and a motion to revoke bond. No bond was set because Terrell was out on bond at the time after she was arrested Oct. 3 on warrants for forgery and theft.
The 18th and Final Suspect in Operation Double Trouble has been Taken into Custody. On June 4, 2015, local law enforcement officers began serving arrest warrants for drug dealing offenses stemming from an investigation known as Operation Double Trouble. Ten warrants were served as part of Round 1 of Operation Double Trouble. Seven warrants were served during Round 2 of Operation Double Trouble on June 24, 2015. One warrant from the operation remained outstanding after the second round until today. 29 year old Charity Bratcher, of, Owensboro, is facing four Level 6 felony counts of dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance. She is also charged with one Level 6 felony count of unlawful sale of a legend drug in the Spencer County Circuit Court. Also, another Operation Big Brother defendant, Joseph W. Christmon, 42, Birdseye, entered into a plea agreement this morning in the Dubois Superior Court. Mr. Christmon pled guilty to Dealing in Cocaine as a Class B felony. He is set to receive a 16-year prison sentence at the Indiana Department of Correction. He will also be responsible for paying a fine and court costs, as well as for the payment of $240.00 in restitution to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Community Strike Fund. Christmon is set for sentencing on July 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
The Governor’s office has announced that Gov Pence is expected to visit downtown Orleans this Saturday, July 4th. The Governor is expected to make brief remarks at around 10:15am on the main stage in conjunction wit the “Orleans 200 Homecoming” events taking place in historic Congress Square. Indiana ranked first in the nation for cost of doing business, as well as eighth for its economy, in the recent CNBC “America’s Top States for Business 2015” scorecard. “In a world where competition for job creation is tougher than ever, Indiana stands as the number one state for business affordability,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Businesses choose Indiana because growing here means focusing on job creation and investment, not taxes, regulation or other job-killing expenses. Today Indiana is on the cusp of reaching a historic peak employment level because companies grow here with confidence, making the Hoosier economy one of the strongest in the nation.” According to CNBC, cost of doing business scores are based on each state’s tax climate, state-sponsored incentives and utility and rental costs. Economy rankings consider economic growth, job creation, consumer spending, major corporation headquarters and the residential real estate market. In addition, the economic ranking serves as a measure of each state’s fiscal health based on credit ratings and outlook, state revenues and budget projections.
While responding to a domestic call for assistance last Thursday afternoon, a Spencer Police Officer encountered a male and female fighting inside a vehicle near the intersection of Main and Morgan Streets. As the officer approached the vehicle and asked the driver to exit, the vehicle was placed into gear and the driver attempted to flee.The officer attempted to shut the vehicle off by removing the keys; however the officer’s arm became entangled in the door and steering wheel. The driver refused to stop and drug the officer for approximately 100 feet before he could break free. The officer was not injured. The Spencer Police Department would like to ask your assistance in locating two persons of interest in this case.; Any information, please contact the Spencer Police Department at (812) 829-3932
Monday, June 29th, 2015
A Dubois County man was arrested after car sale disagreement allegedly led to intimidation with a knife Saturday afternoon. According to police reports, Huntingburg officers responded to 511 N. Washington St. at 3:58 p.m. in reference to an act of intimidation with a deadly weapon. 45 year old Ramon Segura, of Birdseye, told Huntingburg Police that 20 year old Tony Laws, of Birdseye, had come at him with a knife then tossed it in the back yard prior to officers’ arrival. Officers then located the knife in the yard during the investigation. Police said that Laws admitted to having it but denied Segura’s claims. Police arrested Laws on a Level 5 felony count of intimidation with a deadly weapon. A witness at the scene told police Laws had been operating the motor vehicle involved in the incident. Based on this, police charged him with an additional count of misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle while never having been licensed since records indicated Laws had never been issued a drivers license. Police booked Laws into the Dubois County Jail.
Investigators reported alcohol was believed to be a factor in a head-on collision between an ATV and pickup truck that severely injured a Birdseye man Sunday evening. According to Indiana Conservation officers, 19 year old Aaron Huff, of Birdseye, was operating an ATV shortly before 6 p.m. near the Chapin Road and October Road intersection in Perry County when he ran head-on into a pickup truck. Huff was not wearing a helmet or any safety equipment at the time of the accident. Huff was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital with severe head trauma and broken bones. The driver of the pickup, Richard Lawrence of Ferdinand, received minor injuries. Assisting agencies at the scene included the Perry County Sheriff’s Department and Perry County Emergency Medical Services. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor; the crash remains under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers and Indiana State Police. Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage wearing a helmet and necessary safety equipment when operating an ATV.
Jasper police are asking for assistance from the public in identifying the vehicle that struck a parked white 2001 Buick Park Avenue sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. Saturday. The Buick was parked at Walmart, on North Newton Street and sustained damage to the right rear. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous ti line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).
Friday, June 26th, 2015
Winning a big lottery amount is one thing , but winning twice is awesome. Orleans resident John "Philip" Kaiser walked into Hoosier Lottery headquarters and presented a winning Scratch-off ticket . This time around, Kaiser claimed one of six $500,000 prizes on the Wild $10 game after purchasing the ticket at Smoker Friendly, 201 Gospel St. in Paoli. In 2011, Kaiser claimed one of eight $1 million top prizes available on the $80 Million Spectacular game. He had bought the winning ticket at Casey's General Store,.. in Salem. Another hoosier had dipped the lottery twice. Robert Hamilton of Indianapolis claimed two $1 million prizes.
Hoosiers can cut firewood in designated areas of Indiana State Forests to help heat their home and reduce utility bills. Starting July 1, permit holders will pay a fee of $10 per rick of firewood. The increase of $7 per rick is the first fee increase in more than 30 years for firewood permits. "State Forests have a long tradition of offering economical firewood opportunities for home heating," assistant state forester Dan Ernst said. "The fee increase helps us continue the program and cover part of the program costs." A rick is about the size of a standard pickup truck load. A volume discount that costs $25 for three ricks is also available. A rick of cut firewood in parts of southern Indiana costs about $45 to $55, and about $10 more for delivery.
The designated cutting areas are on portions of forest where managed timber harvests have been completed. No standing trees may be cut. Wood available includes oak, maple, yellow poplar, hickory and other woods
Thursday, June 25th, 2015
Someone broke into the Bedford Free Methodist Church in Bedford and the police are looking for them. Sometime during the early morning hours of Tuesday the vandals entered the building at 402 Bellback Road and destroyed tables, chairs, ceiling panels and broke a water line. They then set fire to the inside in an apparent attempt to burn down the shelter house. Police are asking for the public's help. If you know who caused this damage to submit an anonymous tip by calling 275-3311
A Mitchell man was injured after falling asleep at the wheel and striking a utility pole early Wednesday morning after he allegedly fell asleep while driving early Wednesday morning. 31-year-old Christopher Bockting was traveling south on Meridian Road near Yockey Road and told police he must of dozed off. His Plymouth Voyager veered over the center line striking a utility pole. The impact broke the pole off at the base causing electrical lines to fall into the roadway. Bockting, who only lived a short distance from the crash scene, then drove the vehicle home and called police. Later He returned to the crash site, but driving another vehicle. He complained of neck and right shoulder pain and was treated at the scene by Seals Ambulance and Marion Volunteer Fire Department first responders.Duke Energy was called to replace the pole and remove the utility line from the roadway
In Daviess County, Gosport resident , 42-year-old Denise M. Smith pled guilty in Daviess County Superior Court to unemployment insurance fraud, a Class D felony. She is accused of bilking the Indiana Department of Workforce by drawing unemployment checks while working full time. The investigation began when an Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) employee confirmed Smith was working and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits. Smith was ordered to repay $27,805 in restitution to DWD for the benefits she fraudulently collected. She was also sentenced to one year probation. DWD receives wage reports and new hire data from Hoosier employers documenting who is employed and receiving compensation. The agency uses this information to ensure people are not collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Madison County has been declared a public health emergency. The move allows the county health department to establish a syringe exchange program to help reduce the spread of Hepatitis C. Madison County is the second Indiana county declared a public health emergency after Scott county was declared in May due to an HIV breakout.
Some Indiana guard members will respond to a devastating earthquake without waiting for one to take place. Today’s earthquake exercise is training with a unit from Israel. The quake drill was expanded this year to include fire departments from Bloomington, Columbus and other cities. US Marines and rescue units from Colorado, Illinois and West Virginia will participate.
Maxim Healthcare is having a job fair at Work One in Jasper today from 9am to 4:30pm. They are looking for nurses and home health aides. For an appointment call 475-8466
Tuesday, June 23d 2015
A Petersburg man was arrested by troopers Sunday morning after an investigation into the burglary of a residence and the battery of one of the home’s occupants. Around 8:43 am Sunday, , Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents responded to Memorial Hospital in Jasper on the report of a male who had been battered earlier in the morning. Lents learned that Brent T. Miller, 39, Petersburg, had been staying with a friend, Sarah N. Thomas, 35, Winslow, at her Winslow home. Around 7:00 this morning, Thomas’s estranged husband, Billy D. Thomas, 40, Petersburg, forced his way into the home, went to the bedroom, and began striking Miller numerous times in the face before fleeing the residence. Lents, along with Master Trooper Scott Miller and officers from the Petersburg Police and Pike County Sheriff’s Departments, located Mr. Thomas at 111 7th Street, Apartment 202, and placed him into custody. He was taken to and lodged in the Pike County Jail without incident. Miller sustained nasal and facial fractures as a result of the battery. Under Indiana Code, a burglary takes place when a person enters a residence with the intent to commit a felony, which in this case was battery resulting in bodily injury
Stealing soybean plants puts three Seymour residents in jail. Three Seymour residents were arrested after a report of people stealing soybean plants from a farm field in Hamilton Township. The three, 35-year-old Amy Rivera, 30-year-old Mark Sanchez and 25-year-old Cynthia Gonzalez, face charges of theft and criminal trespassing after police found them with trash bags containing soybean plants. The plants reportedly were taken from a field in Hamilton Township . According to police, officers were called to the field Friday after a report from a woman saying there were people in the field picking what she thought was corn. The caller told police the three people were in a black car, had loaded three trash bags full of the plants into the car and left. Reserve Deputy Scott Davis was patrolling that area and stopped the car on County Road 700 North. . Police also found the trash bags were filled with soybean plants. The farmer had not given the three permission to take the plants or be in his field. One of the women told police they were going to use the plants to make soap. The three were arrested on misdemeanor charges of theft and criminal trespassing. Reviera was also charged with operating a vehicle without ever receiving a driver's license. All three were released from the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown over the weekend after posting $705 bonds.
Police in Bloomington are looking for a man that entered the Marathon on North Kinser Pike, with a gun and robbed the business. The robberty occurred early Sunday morning just past 1:30am. The man was armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun. He ordered the clerk to place all the money from the business into a black backpack and then fled. He was last seen going around the north side of the building. Police are looking for a black man, 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 4 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a white cloth over his face, had on an orange-hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and a black toboggan hat, black-and-white tennis shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bloomington Police Department at (812) 339-4477.
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