Friday, September 21st, 2018
A jury found Travis Wall guilty of operating a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance and causing an accident that killed 50-year-old Russell Stephens of Martinsville Wednesday. Stephen, was killed on Oct. 19 in a crash on North Walnut Street between North Old State Road 37 and East Blue Ridge Drive. Wall was traveling southbound when he drove his car across the center line and collided head-on with a northbound 1990 Harley Davidson Motorcycle driven by Stephen. Stephen was ejected from his motorcycle and died at the scene. Police say 37-year-old Wall, of Bloomington, failed dexterity tests at the scene, and he submitted to a blood draw. Police believe he was under the influence of methamphetamines. At the conclusion of Wall's jury trial Wednesday, he also had a charge of causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated dismissed. Walls will be sentenced at 11 a.m. on November 19th. A video sentencing hearing was set for 11 a.m. Nov. 19 in Monroe Circuit Court 9. Online jail and prison records did not list Wall as being in custody.
Martinsville city officials are considering a plan to fight the spread of bed bugs by requiring discarded mattresses be wrapped in sealed plastic bags. Martinsville Mayor, Shannon Kohl, says she has heard from police officers, firefighter, and EMTs about frequent encounters with bed bugs when responding to homes. The idea was brought to the council after talking with someone in the medical field. The plan would also include a requirement that any resident setting out a mattress to be picked up on bulk trash pickup day must first wrap the mattress in a sealed plastic bag.City leaders are consulting with the city attorney to draft language for an ordinance. It could be January before an official proposal goes before the city council.
The U.S. Census Bureau is starting to recruit people to help with preparations for the 2020 Census. Currently, Census officials are looking for people to be recruiting assistants in Dubois and a few other counties in Indiana. Recruiting assistants meet with government officials, business leaders, employment agencies, media outlets, community centers, faith-based groups, and other groups to promote census employment opportunities. They also get local organizations to donate space for census assessment and training sessions; recruit local residents for census projects and positions; review recruiting reports and maps; and give impromptu presentations to diverse audiences. Along with Dubois County, assistants are being sought for Clark and Monroe counties. Those applying for Census positions must be at least 18, be a U.S. citizen; have a valid Social Security number and email address; and pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting. Males born in 1960 or after must be registered with selective service or have a qualifying exemption. Candidates must complete an application and answer assessment questions, commit to training and have access to a computer, and be available to work flexible hours, have a valid driver’s license, and have access to a vehicle if no public transportation is available. If hired, workers cannot engage in any partisan political activity while on duty. Additional information about the jobs can be found at www.2020census.gov/jobs Questions can be directed to the Chicago Regional Census Center Recruiting Team at 312-579-1585, 855-562-2020 or email@example.com.
Thursday, September 20th, 2018
A Lawrence County man who was arrested Tuesday for aggravated battery causing the death of an 18-month-old boy remains in jail on a $200,000 bond. According to a press release from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, Lawrence County Central Dispatch received a 911 call at 8:57 a.m. Saturday regarding an unconscious 18-month-old male in the 1900 block of Old Vincennes Road. Deputies from the sheriff's department, Huron Volunteer Fire Department and AMR/St. Vincent Dunn Hospital responded to the incident. Detectives, the Lawrence County Coroner and Indiana State Police officers began the death investigation. Following the examination the next day, they found the cause of death to be from an acute subdural hemorrhage to the brain, and ruled the death a homicide. 29 year old Jessie Phillips, of Mitchell was arrested following a post-mortem examination of the child Sunday. Phillips was the boyfriend of the child's mother. Phillips was charged with aggravated battery. Phillips remains in the Lawrence County Security Center on a $200,000 bond. The investigation remains active. Anyone with information about the case is advised to call detective Sgt. Phillips at (812) 275-3316.
Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter and Jasper District Commander Lieutenant Jason Allen have selected Trooper Kaitlyn Greene to serve as the next Jasper District K-9 Handler. Greene was selected as the district’s new K-9 handler after an arduous selection process that involved a written examination, performance assessment and oral interview. Greene is currently attending the Indiana State Police K-9 Academy. This is an 11-14 week process where numerous K-9 Master Trainers instill their years of training and expertise into Green and her K-9 partner Drogos. K-9 Drogos is a 5-year-old German Shepherd from Poland. Trp. Greene and K-9 Drogos will be certified in narcotics (heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, crack, cocaine, ecstasy) detection, tracking, aggression, area search, article search and more. Trp. Greene and K-9 Drogos are expected to complete their training in approximately three months.
The prospect of constructing the long-discussed Midstate Corridor project took a leap forward Wednesday night when the Jasper Common Council authorized the commitment of more than $1 million in funds to a necessary environmental impact study for the potential highway. The city agreed to contribute approximately $1.4 million to the regional development authority organizing the project — an amount that will be paid out over a three-year span and could change in the future. Local government sources have been tasked with raising $3.5 million of that number, and private contributors are responsible for the other half of the funds. The private portion of the $7 million has been contractually pledged and the RDA currently has more than $700,000 in hand for the study, with more private dollars coming in later this year. Though the precise route of the potential corridor will depend on the environmental study, Kaiser stressed that an RDA agreement with INDOT says the group has a “desire to cooperate and review an existing four-lane, divided U.S. 231 facility from the Ohio River to the I-64 Dale interchange, and develop a high-level rural highway through Dubois County, originating at the I-64 Dale interchange and connecting with I-69, possibly via State Road 37.” The exact cost of the study won’t be known until later this year or early next year when the state goes through its request-for-proposal process and the study portion of the project is bid out and awarded.
Wednesday September 19th 2018
This past Monday, officers from the Indiana State Police, Salem Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Department executed arrest warrants and search warrants across Washington County. The first location, at 410 Baird Blvd., yielded two arrested on arrest warrants out of Washington County. 28 year old Jennifer Baker of Salem was arrested on six drug charges resulting from arrest warrants from Washington County. A male located in the residence, 32 year old Sean Thompson also of Salem was arrested on two outstanding arrest warrants out of Washington County for Aiding in the Dealing of Heroin. Along with the charges from the warrants both subjects were also charged with several more drug charges. The second location investigated was 521 East Charles Street in Pekin. Three individuals, 59 year old Gregory Tweedy,57 year old, Kathy Tweedy, and 28 year old Evan Tweedy, . All three subjects lived at the residence in Pekin. All three of the residents had arrest warrants for the charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and Cultivating Marijuana. All three subjects were charged with the additional charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and Cultivating Marijuana, Evan Tweedy was charged with the additional charges of Possession of a Schedule One Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Kathy Tweedy and Evan Tweedy were arrested at the scene but Gregory Tweedy who was not home turned himself into the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. The third location was 109 Allen Court in Salem, at this location five people were arrested, 48 year old Tim Root from Salem, was charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. 63 year old Karen Sue Lashbrooks of Salem, was charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. 37 year old Daniel Crady of Salem, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Visiting a Common Nuisance. 56 year old Deborah Morgan of Salem, was charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance. 39 year old Joshua Lee Burnett of Borden was charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance. Along with the arrests Methamphetamine, Heroin, A Schedule One Controlled Substance, Marijuana and Paraphernalia were located. All of the arrested subjects were incarcerated at the Washington County Jail.
Authorities believe two people were transported for treatment this morning/Wednesday due to being sickened by carbon monoxide escaping in their home. According to Jasper Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kenny Hochgesang An ambulance was called just after 6 a.m. today to assist a woman in the 900 block of Hasenour Avenue who reported experiencing vertigo-like symptoms. Once at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center carbon monoxide was reportedly found in the woman’s system. Firefighters and the Jasper Police Department responded at 6:45 a.m after the woman told them her juvenile son was still at the home. The juvenile was not alert and had to be carried outside by an officer and a firefighter and then transported for treatment. The fire department confirmed the house contained a high amount of carbon monoxide. The Gas was shut off to the house until a contractor and authorities could track down the source of the carbon monoxide. Two trucks and five firefighters were on the scene for approximately 75 minutes. Jasper Municipal Utilities and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted.
Tuesday September 18th 2018
French Lick Resort is launching a $17 million construction project that will add 56 guestrooms and a new sports bar. Both are being built in the vicinity of the Event Center and French Lick Casino. The first phases of construction are underway, with both the six-story guestroom addition and sports bar set for completion in the fall of 2019. The sports bar and additional guestrooms are the latest major investment the resort has made over the past 12 years. The following include the opening of French Lick Casino in 2006; the adjacent Event Center that underwent a $20 million expansion in 2015; the nearby Exhibition Hall that is nearing completion of an extensive renovation; and the current renovation of the former Billiards and Bowling Pavilion into an upscale venue for weddings and other special functions. The additional rooms will add to the existing 686 guestrooms at French Lick Resort’s two historic hotels. Currently they have 443 at French Lick Springs Hotel and 243 at West Baden Springs Hotel and this project will bring the resort’s overall capacity to 742 rooms. The new rooms and sports bar are both going up near French Lick Casino, with the sports bar and Handicap accessible guestrooms on the ground level in an area that currently exists as casino shell space and outside parking on the northwestern side of the casino. In total, the sports bar and new guestrooms will encompass 54,450 additional square feet. Construction of the rooms has been contracted to Krempp Construction, Inc located out of Jasper that. Krempp Construction was heavily involved in the resort’s extensive renovations in the mid-2000s, Krempp Construction will this time oversee the formation of a brand-new facility with work beginning promptly on the new room structure. The room additions and sports bar are expected to bring even more growth when it comes to the local workforce. The Resort anticipates hiring more than 100 new associates to staff the new facilities and the resort as a whole with the expected increase of guests looking for things to do all across the property.
Three Dubois County people are behind bars after a multi-agency investigation led police to more than $30,000 of methamphetamine. According to Indiana State Police, Trooper Connor Giesler stopped a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox at the 74.5 mile-marker on Interstate 64 Thursday, September 13, 2018, for speeding in a posted construction zone. The driver was identified as 27 year old Jakob Batchelor of Jasper. Two passengers in the vehicle were identified as 62 year old Barbara Kelly of Huntingburg and 32 year old Jeremy Siddons of Jasper. During the traffic stop, officers became suspicious of potential drug activity. Trooper Giesler requested a K-9 officer to respond. A Georgetown Police Officer Charlie Morgan and his K-9 Partner, Felony, responded to Giesler’s request. Officer Morgan’s K-9 Felony conducted a free air sniff of Batchelor’s vehicle and gave a positive indicating the presence of illegal narcotics. Officers searched Batchelor’s vehicle and located nearly 316 grams of methamphetamine, numerous drug paraphernalia items and an undisclosed amount of cash. Kelly, Batchelor and Siddons were all arrested without incident and incarcerated at the Perry County Jail on several drug related charges.
Monday, September, 19th, 2018
Jasper Police pulled a passenger from a burning car early Sunday morning after it crashed near the 15th Street bridge in Jasper. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, at around 2:50 a.m 28 year old Milagro Funes, of Jasper, was eastbound on 15th Street in Jasper, when for an unknown reason the 2007 Nissan Rogue she was driving went off the south side of the street just east of the Patoka River bridge. The Nissan struck a tree, continued eastbound before rolling on its side resting against a chain link fence. The vehicle caught fire and Funes was able to crawl from the vehicle despite having a broken leg. A passenger, Rene Antonio Vanegas, was pulled from the vehicle by Jasper police officers.The Nissan was fully engulfed in flames when Jasper Volunteer Firefighters arrived.Funes suffered multiple injuries and Vanegas suffered facial injuries. The Nissan was totaled. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Jasper Police Department, Jasper Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker.
The body of a missing Indiana canoeist was found Sunday morning, state conservation officers said. At 10:56 a.m., conservation officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources recovered the body of 27 year old Siddharth Panicker, of Columbus, in the Driftwood River near where he was last seen. His cause of death was ruled an accidental drowning, according to a news release Sunday from the Bartholomew County coroner's office. Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted in the search and recovery by Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department, Columbus Fire Department, Franklin Fire Department, German Township Fire Department, Bargersville Fire Department, Indianapolis Fire Department, and Indiana State Police.
Only minor injuries were reported when a tree limb fell onto the top of a Linton/Stockton High school bus loaded with cheerleaders headed to a football game Friday. Greene County authorities say the bus was going to a Cardinal/Ritter game at 4:22 p.m. The bus was traveling on West State Road 54 near Greene County 230 North when a tree limb fell and punctured through the roof of the bus driven by Chelsea Hawkins. Hawkins along with 13 teens, some suffering minor injuries were evaluated at the scene. The juveniles were released to family members and the bus was able to be driven back to Linton/Stockton High School.
Friday, September 14th, 2018
A Saturday evening crash, claimed the life of a Spencer County man. According to a Spencer County Police report, they have finally identified the victim as 25-year-old Jakob Lester of Spencer County. At around 8:25PM, Lester was fatally injured when his vehicle, which was westbound on Eureka Road, ran the stop sign at the highway and a northbound vehicle on State Road 161 was unable to avoid hitting it. A female who was in the northbound vehicle was transported to be checked and was treated and released. The Spencer County sheriff’s department is investigating the crash is with the Indiana State Police assisting.
Thursday, September 13th, 2018
Orange County’s three bands will perform this Saturday at the Pride of Paoli Invitational. In all, 19 bands will take part. The day starts at 4:25 p.m. with a performance of the national anthem. Then, beginning at 4:35 p.m., the first two classes of bands will perform for 13 minutes each. On the schedule are West Washington, Borden, Crawford County, Madison, Northeast Dubois and Salem, all in Class A, and in Class AA, North Harrison, Washington, Charlestown, Eastern and Owen Valley. Awards for those two classes will follow at 7 p.m. Bands in the next two classes will start performing at 7:37 p.m. The order there is South Spencer, Tell City, Forest Park, Orleans and Springs Valley, all in Class AAA, and finally in Class AAAA, Silver Creek, Bloomington South and Jasper. The Pride of Paoli will perform in exhibition at 9:21 p.m., and awards for the last two classes will be presented at 9:30 p.m. The community will get another chance to see the Pride of Paoli in its new uniforms during the Paoli Fall Festival parade, which was rained out last week. The parade is Sunday at 2 p.m. Grand marshals are the band’s former directors, Bill and Gayle Laughlin. The Orleans Bulldog Regiment’s annual ice cream social and preview performance also was rained out. That event will now take place Friday at 6 p.m.
A Winslow man was taken to the hospital with a broken leg and a head injury after being involved in a scooter crash Wednesday afternoon in Huntingburg. 30 year old David Gray Jr., was driving a 2015 Kymco Scooter southbound on U.S. 231 when he went left of center to turn into the Huck’s Convenience Store parking lot on North Main Street at about 4:15 p.m. Gray realized he was going to hit an oncoming SUV so he laid his scooter down to avoid being struck by the 2006 Mercury SUV driven by 25 year old David Weddle, of Dale. According to police, Weddle was able to stop the SUV before hitting Gray but the scooter slid under the SUV. Gray was injured when he put the scooter down and was subsequently taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Weddle’s SUV had minor damages to it estimated to be around $200 and the scooter sustained about $1,000 in damages. The scooter was taken from the scene by a KARS tow truck. Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene.
The annual Orange County Republican Fall Dinner is set for Oct. 1 at the Paoli High School Cafeteria. The event will get underway at 6:15 p.m. when carryout meals will be available, with dinner at 7 p.m. The main program will start immediately after the dinner, which will be served by Sanders Catering, with desserts by the Orange County Republican Women’s Club and ladies of the Orange County offices. Tickets for the event are available from any Republican precinct committeemen, vice committeemen, candidates and elected officials. The ticket cost is $15. In attendance will be various GOP local and state elected officials, along with candidates for the 2018 General Election. The keynote speaker will be the Indiana Republican nominee for U.S. Senate Mike Braun. Other officials invited to attend are 9 th District Congressman Trey Hollingsworth , Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Auditor of Indiana Tera Klutz, Treasurer of Indiana Kelly Mitchell, Indiana Senator of District #47, Erin Houchin, Indiana Representative District #73 Steve Davisson and Indiana Representative District #74 Stephen Bartels, along with all local Republican candidates and incumbent officials. For info, contact Jack Hinkle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-797-3814
Wednesday September 12th 2018
An Orange County man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor. 32 year old David Gill of French Lick, entered into a blind plea, leaving the sentence up to Orange Circuit Court Judge Steven Owen. Gill was arrested after Indiana State Police received a request to assist the Orange County Child Services to investigate the possible rape of a 15-year-old girl. The girl told police she would sneak out of her house, ride with Gill and drink alcohol. But during the last time she saw Gill, she woke feeling she had been violated. She told police later that she found out she was pregnant. After the baby was born, DNA test proved Gill was the father. He was arrested on September 5, 2017, on felony charges of rape and sexual misconduct with a minor.
Two people were taken to a hospital after a crash on Knob Creek Road Sunday afternoon in Heltonville. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department accident report at 2:17 p.m. 29 year old Cory Staggs of Bloomington was traveling east on Knob Creek Road, near Bartlettsville Road, in a white 2001 Ford Taurus, The car ran off the road and then hit a tree. Staggs suffered an abrasion to the head,. 43 year old Amy Osborne of Smithville, was in the passenger seat and she complained of abdominal pain. Both were taken to Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital. Both were wearing seat belts. Police ticketed Staggs for not having a valid driver’s license. Staggs appeared to have been drinking, and a blood test was conducted. The results of the test are pending.
A Tuesday night hit and run accident resulted in an arrest. The Huntingburg Police Department was called to an accident in the 1000 block of Friendship Drive at 10:04 p.m. A caller reported the suspect had fled the scene in a light tan pickup truck that would have front end damage and a flat front tire. Authorities allege the suspect struck a concrete block barrier wall and a 1996 trailer belonging to Donald and Mary Jenkins. The damage was estimated at $500 the their vehicle. Officers searched the area for a truck matching the description and reported that they found it at Ninth and Shelby streets. The 2000 Chevrolet Silverado had damage to its front bumper and a flat passenger-side front tire. The driver, 19 year old Reid Toby was located in the vicinity and allegedly admitted to driving the vehicle involved in the accident. An officer speaking with Toby reported noticing that he had been drinking alcohol. After further investigation Toby was taken to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for medical clearance. He was lodged in the Dubois County Security Jail on preliminary misdemeanor counts of minor consuming and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. He was also ticketed for operating a vehicle without financial responsibility.
Tuesday September 11th 2018
A two vehicle crash injured a driver at 14th and L streets in Bedford Friday afternoon. According to a Bedford Police Department accident report, 42 year old Kenna Allender was eastbound on 14th Street at its intersection with L Street in a 2013 GMC Terrain. She stopped at the stop sign, then proceeded east across L, and into the path of 29 year old Christian Jones who was in a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup. He was traveling north on L Street. Allender said she did not see Jones approaching and Jones said he could not avoid the collision and struck the passenger side of Allender’s vehicle. Allender was transported from the scene to IU Health Bedford Hospital. She complained of chest and back pain. Jones did not complain of pain or injuries.
A Huntingburg man is accused of stealing two vehicles. A female contacted the Huntingburg Police Department at 12:30 p.m. Monday to report that her 2007 Ford Escape had been stolen by 31 year old Steven Coble. After police attempted to locate the SUV, officers were contacted again by the same woman who reported her Escape had been returned and her beige 1997 Pontiac Sunfire had now been taken. Police agencies were asked to be on the lookout for the car and Huntingburg police went to social media asking for the public’s assistance in locating the vehicle. At 4:30 p.m. Monday, an individual reported spotting the stolen car. The Jasper Police Department secured the vehicle and Coble until a Huntingburg officer could respond. Police say the Sunfire was released back to the victim and Coble was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 5:46 p.m. on two preliminary Level 6 felony counts of auto theft.
Monday, September 10th, 2018
The number of hepatitis A cases in Lawrence County increased by one to 51, according to a report from the Indiana State Department of Health. Statewide, there have been 450 confirmed cases of hepatitis A resulting in one death and 196 hospitalizations. Wayne County has the highest number of cases with 97 followed by Clark County with 74. Lawrence County is ranked third followed by Floyd County with 45. Other counties reporting cases include Allen County with 26, Washington County with 19, Orange County with 15, Harrison County with 14, Marion County with 11, Fayette County with 9, Elkhart and Jackson counties both with 8, Vanderburgh and Crawford counties each with 7, Grant and Kosciusko counties each with 6 and Monroe County with 5. To control the outbreak, 66,165 vaccines have been issued in the state, with 2,956 given in Lawrence County. Anyone concerned about exposure to the hepatitis A virus is encouraged to receive the vaccine. Additionally, the public is encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom, after changing diapers and before preparing meals. Symptoms of hepatitis A include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, tiredness, stomach ache, fever, dark-colored urine, light-colored stool and jaundice. Symptoms may take as many as 50 days to appear. Anyone experiencing symptoms should not attend work or school and contact their health care provider.
Authorities say they rescued a man in southwestern Indiana after flood waters swept his car off a rural road. Indiana conservation officers and two fire departments plucked 44-year-old Eric D. Blevens of Dugger from the top of his Chevrolet Cavalier after he tried to drive down a Greene County road covered by water Saturday night after heavy rains had soaked the area. Conservation Officer Max Winchell says the water was waist deep and moving swiftly at the time of the rescue. Winchell says Blevens was treated and released at the scene near Linton, about 75 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
The change of plea hearing for former Bedford Police officer Eddie Allen has been postponed. A change of plea hearing that was set for this/Monday afternoon, is now scheduled for Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. in Superior Court I with Judge John Plummer II presiding. It was originally scheduled for September 10th at 1 p.m. in Lawrence County Superior Court I. Allen is facing felony charges of theft and official misconduct. Allen is accused of stealing $20 from a suspect's wallet while processing him for arrest at the Bedford police station.
Friday, September 7th, 2018
Bloomington Police arrested an 18-year-old male after he dropped his wallet in the parking lot of America's Best Value Inn while fleeing from the scene. Police arrested 18-year-old Ernest C. Brewster III on charges of burglary and theft. Police say as the clerk chased Brewster from the motel on North Walnut Street, Brewster tripped and fell in the parking lot, dropping most of the cash he had taken and his wallet. The teen told police that he robbed the establishment because he needed money to pay his rent.
Admission to Indiana’s State Parks and State Forest recreation areas will be free September 22 in recognition of National Public Lands Day. The only exception is Spring Mill State Park, which will be free Sept. 23. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says National Public Lands Day is a reminder that public lands are places for outdoor recreation, conservation and making memories with families and friends.
Thursday September 6th 2018
A Shoals man was sentenced to 133 years in prison last week in a 2015 double homicide that occurred in Dover Hill, north of Shoals. 36 year old Nathan Baker of Shoals was convicted in June of the Aug. 26, 2015, shooting deaths of 82 year old Alan Sims and 52 year old Tom Tharp both of Shoals. He was found guilty of two Level 1 felony murder counts, two Level 4 felony burglary counts and a Level 6 felony count of auto theft. Last week, in Martin Circuit Court, he received 60 years each for the murder counts, six years each for the burglary counts and one year for the auto theft charge. All those charges are set to run consecutively. The murders were discovered two years ago as law enforcement officers in Martin County searched for Tharp who had been reported missing. The bodies of Tharp and Sims were found on the property of Sim’s. Investigators learned that Baker had previously lived on Sims’ property. He was said to have been asked to leave but had come back multiple times in the previous days before the homicides. Baker was arrested after crashing Tharp’s 1997 Pontiac Sunfire during a pursuit in Lawrence County. Martin County Prosecutor Mike Steiner and Indiana State Police from the Jasper Post worked to ensure closure and justice for the families of the deceased, state police posted on social media this week. Baker has advised authorities he wishes to appeal. The Martin County court found him to be indigent last week and appointed a law firm to represent him.
A Pike County woman was transported to the hospital after her car ran into a train Wednesday afternoon at the County Road 600W crossing by County Road 400S near Duff. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department the accident happened at 1:57 p.m. and closed the roadway for about an hour. Deputies say 64 year old Shelly Schwenk of Velpen was northbound on County Road 600W in a 2015 BMW X4 passenger car at the time of the crash. A Norfolk Southern train with 85 cars and three engines was eastbound and traveling about 35 to 40 mph. Police say the train was 5,323 feet long, consisting mostly of empty coal hopper cars. The sheriff’s department said the crossing signals were working at the time of the accident. Schwenk entered the crossing just after the lead engine passed and her BMW struck the side of the lead engine. She had no apparent injuries but was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center as a precautionary measure. The crash totaled the car and caused minor damage to the locomotive. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Sternberg Automotive Group wrecker assisted.
A Parole search puts two behind bars in Scott County . Troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg and agents from the Indiana State Parole performed a search at a residence located at 251 South Lake Road, Lot #32, in Scottsburg on Wednesday afternoon. A Parolee from state of Indiana was living at the residence. After the search was concluded, two people were arrested out of the residence. 42 year old Robert Campbell, was arrested on a parole violation after drug paraphernalia was located at the residence. 27 year old Timothy Ebertshauser, from Scottsburg, was also arrested out of the residence for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of a Syringe. Both of the arrested were placed in the Scott County Jail.
Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
State Road 60 East, near Voyles Road in Washington County, was closed for a short period of time this morning while emergency personnel worked a one vehicle crash. According to Police reports, The driver was traveling eastbound and left the south side of the road and overturned in a creek. The vehicle was over an embankment and well hidden in the trees and it took police and first responders a few extra minutes to locate the vehicle. The driver was transported to St. Vincent Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Indiana State Police Trooper Kevin Bowling is investigating the crash and was assisted by the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Pekin Town Marshal, members of the Pierce/Polk Volunteer Fire Department and the Washington County Ambulance Service.
Yesterday, shortly before noon Tuesday, trooper Andrew Taylor made a traffic stop on a 2005 Nissan Altima in Jeffersonville on 11th Street near Howard Avenue. The driver, 35 year old Shane Guthrie, from Jeffersonville was stopped for the vehicle displaying a temporary license plate with an obstructed expiration date.During the traffic stop, officers located approximately 62.37 grams of suspected Methamphetamine and approximately 7.8 grams of suspected Marijuana. Guthrie was arrested for Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Trafficking with an Inmate and Possession of Marijuana. During the traffic stop a white male passenger in the front seat fled the scene and was not located. Guthrie was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail.
A 58-year-old Gibson County man was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit for possessing child pornography. Police say At approximately 8:30 Tuesday morning, a search warrant was executed at Robert Eugene Young’s in Princeton. During the search of his residence, over 300 images and more than 65 videos containing child pornography were discovered. Many of the images were of children under the age of 12. Young was arrested and taken to the Gibson County Jail where he is currently being held without bond. The investigation is continuing.
Tuesday, September 4th, 2018
Two people were killed and one was seriously injured in an accident Saturday evening. Indiana State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash at Old US 41 and County Road 225 North at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Indiana State Troopers reported 19 year old Trevor Watt of Princeton was driving a 2018 Chevrolet Cruze northbound on Old US 41, just north of Princeton. As he was preparing to turn left onto County Road 225 North 25 year old Ashley Sanders of Patoka, who was driving a 2013 Chrysler 2000 at a high rate of speed northbound on Old US 41 behind Watt's vehicle. Sanders failed to notice Watt's vehicle slowing and collided into the rear of the Chevrolet Cruze. Watt and the passenger in his car, 20-year-old James Gasaway, of Haubstadt were pronounced dead at the scene. They were wearing seatbelts according to the report. Sanders was not wearing a seat belt and was flown by a medical helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville with serious injuries. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the collision. The crash remains under investigation. Old US 41 was closed for approximately 2 and a half hours while troopers investigated.
A woman was accused by Police of impaired driving after an accident early Sunday east of Ferdinand. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says at 12:36 a.m. a 2007 Jeep Wrangler drove into a ditch at Convent Road and County Road 350E. The driver 55 year old Rachel Welp of Ferdinand allegedly had a blood alcohol content that tested .20 percent at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Authorities booked Welp into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:55 a.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated. She posted bond early Sunday evening. The Ferdinand Police Department, Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Berg’s Garage wrecker assisted.
Friday, August 31st, 2018
Two Martin County residents and were arrested after it was revealed they had stolen over $4000.00 from their employer. According to the Martin County Sheriffs Department, an investigation in conjunction with Kroger’s loss prevention representatives on Wednesday, it was discovered that two Shoals Jay C employees had stolen over $4000.00 by making fraudulent Western Union transactions and keeping the money from these transactions. Arrested was 35 year old Melissa Gibson of Shoals and 44 year old Patty Tolbert of Loogootee. The thefts occurred between July 23rd and August 26th, 2018.
A report of a verbal and physical dispute without injury eventually led to a man’s arrest. According to the Ferdinand Police Department, they responded to a report involving an intoxicated man at a 23rd Street residence at 7:45 p.m Thursday. The suspect, 28 year old Adam Mehling, of Ferdinand was known to the complainants, according to authorities. After resolving the first incident, another call was received involving Mehling, this time at a 20th Street residence. Later Mehling was found in a yard on 23rd Street. Police spoke with Mehling after the 2nd incident and following the 3rd, at 10:30 p.m.he was placed into custody, taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and then booked into the Dubois County Jail at 5:29 a.m. today on preliminary misdemeanor counts of public intoxication, trespassing and disorderly conduct.Police said Mehling’s blood alcohol content tested .25 percent.
Thursday, August 30th, 2018
Beginning this Saturday, the Orange County Farmer Marker in Orleans will start fall hours, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Saturday at the market.
A Greene County woman is accused of stealing funds from the Richland Township Fire Department. Bloomfield Police arrested Jamie Sherer of Bloomfield on a Level 6 felony charge of theft where the value of the property between $50,000 and $750,000. Police began their investigation after officials at the fire department reportedly realized their account only had $33 left in it. Shere posted a $400 cash bond today and was released from the Greene County Jail.
Wednesday August 29th 2018
Late yesterday evening, troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg received a tip that a man wanted on a warrant out of Clark County, was hiding at a residence located at 1110 York Road in Austin. Police made entry into the residence of 38 year old Robert Wolfe who was living in Austin was located and apprehended. While apprehending Robert Wolfe, troopers noticed items commonly associated with drug use and applied for and received a search warrant for the residence. During a search of the residence multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia and approximately 13 Grams of suspected Methamphetamine were located. Robert Wolfe was incarcerated on his Clark County warrant and he was also charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Possession of Paraphernalia. 41 year old Carla Bray of Austin was also at the residence and was charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance.
A driver complained of pain after a four-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon at 28th and Newton streets in Jasper. 56 year old Scott Koterman of Sun City Arizona was northbound on Newton Street in a 2010 Ford SUV at 4:55 p.m. when he stopped for traffic at the 28th Street intersection. While his SUV was stopped he was rear-ended by a 2007 Nissan SUV driven by 37 year old Melinda Cook-Gray of Birdseye. The impact sent the Koterman Ford into the rear of a 2015 Chevrolet SUV driven by 51 year old Keith Dorsam of Dubois which then struck the rear of a 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 52 year old Todd Hopf of Jasper. According to police Koterman complained of chest and shoulder pain after the crash. He was treated on the scene and was not transported to the hospital. Damage was estimated at $10,000 to the Koterman Ford, $7,500 to the Cook-Gray Nissan, $5,000 to the Dorsam Chevrolet SUV and $1,500 to the Hopf Chevrolet truck. Cook-Gray was cited by an officer for following too closely.
Tuesday August 28th 2018
The Jasper Police Department arrested woman Monday after a three-month-long investigation of theft of $10,000 in jewelry from a local jewelry store. On June 12, the Jasper Police Department reports that they started an investigation at Olinger Diamond Center in the Southgate Shopping Center in Jasper in response to missing jewelry. Between the dates of May 31 and June 12, police say that the store had more than $10,000 in jewelry taken. An arrest warrant from Dubois Superior Court was issued Monday and 22-year year old Chloe Sibrel of Jasper was taken into custody on six counts of Level 6 felony theft. Sibrel was transported to the Dubois County Security Center where she is currently lodged.
A couple was taken to the Hospital Monday afternoon after the driver passed out behind the wheel. 77 year old Albert Collins and 78 year old Judith Collins of Heltonville complained of back and chest pain after sliding off the roadway and hitting a tree. According to a report from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Albert Collins was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox north on Bartlettsville Road near Dunn Bridge Road around 3:30 p.m. when he ran off the south side of the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle came to a stop after the collision. Both were wearing seat belts and airbags did not deploy. When asked about the incident, Judith said Albert passed out while driving. An IU Health ambulance and members of the Pleasant Run Township Fire Department responded to the incident.
Monday, August 27th, 2018
Four teens were killed after a two-vehicle accident that happened about 11 PM Saturday near the 4400 block of State Road 258 near Cortland. According to the Jackson County Sheriffs Department , a 1992 Chevrolet Suburban driven by 37-year-old Cara Selby, of rural Seymour, had broken down on State Road 258. Several teenagers, who were at a slumber birthday party, came out to push the vehicle to the house when they were struck from behind by a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse driven by 24-year-old Elizabeth M. Watson, of Seymour. The four teens were killed - 14-year-old Nevaeh Law and 16-year-old Brittany Watson, both of Brownstown and 14-year-old Jenna Helton and 16-year-old Martin Martinez, both of Seymour. According to Jackson County Coroner Helton, Law and Watson died at the scene. Martinez was flown to an Indianapolis hospital where he later died. Four other teens were struck by the vehicle and injured - 15-year-old Victoria Valdivia was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and is expected to recover; 14-year-old Courtney Arthur was taken to Riley Hospital for Children; 15 year-old Allerika Henline, of Brownstown, was flown to Norton Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky.; 15-year-old Victoria Burchard, of Medora, was treated at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour and released and 12-year-old Starlit Watson, of Brownstown, who was riding in the Suburban with Selby, was also treated and released at Schneck Medical Center. Elizabeth Watson, was not injured. The two vehicles skidded about 200 feet after the collision before they came to a rest. Also assisting at the scene were officers with Brownstown and Seymour police departments, and medical personnel and firefighters with Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department and Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel.
On Saturday afternoon, Orleans Police searched an Orleans home landing a resident in jail. At approximately 4:40 p.m. officers arrested 53-year-old Brian Lynch of Orleans after Lynch allowed officers to search his home. Lynch is facing charges of possession of meth and marijuana. He was then arrested and transported to the Orange County jail without incident
With a record-breaking 201 volunteers and 37 helping with the 12 th annual event, 2220 pounds of trash, 8 tires, and over 600 pounds of recyclable plastic, aluminum and other metals were removed from around Patoka Lake during the annual Cleanup Day on August 25, for a grand total of over 3000 pounds! Volunteers picked up litter to help ensure clean drinking water for more than 100,000 Southern Indiana residents and beautify the shoreline.
Friday, August 24th, 2018
Bedford Police arrested a 17-year-old male Tuesday on accusations he dealt methamphetamine to a confidential informant. The Bedford teen is facing charges of dealing meth and disorderly conduct. According to Bedford Police, they were contacted by a confidential informant who said the boy wanted to sell meth., A buy was set up and the boy sold meth to the informant. When he was arrested police said the boy began “yelling and cursing,” which led to his disorderly conduct charge.
The Jasper Police Department arrested a man on preliminary felony marijuana counts Thursday afternoon while assisting Child Protective Services. Police were assisting CPS at the 1021 Third Ave. apartment where 29 year old Johnathan Rottet, is a resident. While there, police obtained consent to search the residence from the apartment leasee after detecting the smell of raw marijuana. During the search, officers report locating approximately 70 grams of marijuana and various items of paraphernalia that included multi-chambered bongs and a gas-mask smoking apparatus. Police say the marijuana was bagged individually as if prepared for sale. The items were together with a BB gun with a taped pistol grip, closely resembling a Glock handgun. Authorities booked Rottet into the Dubois County Security Jail at 8:39 p.m. on preliminary charges that included a Level 5 felony count of dealing marijuana, a Level 6 felony count of marijuana possession and a misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession. Police said the preliminary charges were elevated because of the quantity involved and because of Rottet’s past convictions within the last four years.
Indiana Conservation Officer Tony Mann was presented with DNR Law Enforcement's Pitzer Award at a statewide meeting on Aug. 17. The award is given annually to the top field officer in the state, as selected from 10 District Officer of the Year award winners. Since 1997, Mann has served in District 7, where he is assigned to Martin and Dubois counties and began his career as a conservation officer in 1990, when he was assigned to Boone County. During his 26 years of service as an Indiana conservation officer, Mann previously had received recognition as District 7 Officer of the Year, District 7 Boating Officer of the Year, and the District Hunter Education Officer of the Year.
Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
Fire destroyed a home on Rabbitsville Road in Mitchell this morning. According to Lawrence County fire officials, no one was in the home at the time of the fire. Firefighters were called out at 10:10 a.m., and responded to 2510 Rabbitsville Road for a home on fire. Marion Township Rural Fire Department firefighters responded and an official with the department said the home was completely engulfed in flames when they arrived. The cause of the fire has not been determined and is under investigation. Shawswick Township and Mitchell volunteer fire departments also responded to the scene.
A Monroe County man was found shot multiple times in the 1400 block of North Jackson Street this morning in Bloomington. Bloomington Police were called to the scene at 7 a.m. and emergency personnel found the man near the apartment complex's mailboxes. He had suffered several gunshot wounds and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Police say the shooting was not random and was a directed attack and theincident remains under investigation.
Wednesday August 22nd 2018
Jasper police arrested a Jasper man after he allegedly led them on a chase Tuesday night. An officer clocked a black motorcycle northbound going around 108 mph in a 55 mph zone on U.S. 231 near County Road 100S at 11:53 p.m. The officer attempted a traffic stop on the bike’s operator 33 year old Adam J. Pfau of Portersville Road. He turned east on State Road 162 and passed Lube Way. Instead of stopping, Pfau allegedly turned the bike around at the railroad tracks crossing State Road 162 and headed westbound back to U.S. 231. Pfau proceeded at a high rate of speed before turning south onto U.S. 231 where he was nearly struck by a vehicle. He continued southbound on U.S. 231 reaching 127 mph before being stopped near U.S. 231 and County Road 250S. While being placed into custody, Pfau allegedly admitted to officers that he had consumed alcohol, he then refused certified chemical tests. Authorities booked Pfau into the Dubois County Security Center on Level 6 felony counts of resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, operating while classified as a habitual traffic violator and operating while intoxicated with a prior and misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated and reckless driving. He also received several tickets for traffic violations. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Huntingburg Police Department and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.
Police have accused a driver with felony impaired driving after his pickup truck went left of center twice early today/Wednesday on the city’s north side. A Huntingburg Police Department officer reported observing a white 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck cross the centerline while turning onto Phoenix Drive from U.S. 231 at 12:16 a.m. Officers who followed the driver 55 year old Roger Schwenk of Jasper, reported observing the truck cross the centerline a second time before a traffic stop near Phoenix Drive and Chestnut Street. According to Police Schwenk showed signs of impairment and allegedly admitted to having several drinks 30 minutes prior to the traffic stop. Scwenk failed a field sobriety test and his blood alcohol content tested .223 percent during a certified chemical test at the Huntingburg Police Station. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 1:47 a.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of operating while intoxicated. Police said the impaired driving charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior conviction within the last five years.
Bloomington Police arrested a man after he allegedly threatened people with a sword Monday night at the Crawford II apartment complex on South Henderson Street. The Bloomington Police Department received several calls about the man swinging a sword. When officers arrived around 7:54 p.m. they found the man brandishing a sword. He was ordered to drop the sword which he did and then he took off running. Once caught the man gave police several fake names, telling police he had been in an argument with another man about stolen property and the other man had cut him on the neck with a kitchen knife. The man had no visible injuries. Police were finally able to identify 24-year-old Christopher Moen and arrested him on charges of resisting arrest and using false identification. He also had a warrant in Lawrence County.
Tuesday August 21st 2018
The Paoli Community School Corp. board hired Greg Walker to be the next superintendent of schools on Monday. Walker was approved by board members unanimously and will begin on Oct. 1. Walker is currently the superintendent at Brownstown Central Community Schools. On Oct. 1 he will be allowed wrap things up at Brownstown as well as give the school board time to select an interim superintendent. Walker moved to Indiana from Kentucky 25 years ago and is beginning his 26th year in education. He started at the North Lawrence Career Center in 1993 and taught there 11 years as an agriculture teacher. Walker then went to Brownstown and was assistant high school principal from 2004-2011. He was then the middle school principal for 31/2 years and spent the last 3 1/2 years as superintendent. He is a 1992 graduate of Western Kentucky University and received a master’s degree in agriculture education from WKU in 1995. In 2004, he received an administrator license from Indiana University and graduated from Indiana State University’s educational leadership program in 2014. Walker said his priority is getting to know everyone and seeing how the school works, as well as meeting with principals to see what they need to be successful. A goal of the school board is to raise Paoli schools from a C grade to an A grade.
A motorcyclist was injured Monday in a one-vehicle crash on Plaza Drive and Michael Avenue. According to a Bedford Police Department accident report 70 year old Verlin Keith of 514 I St., was northbound on Plaza Drive on his 2014 Honda Forza motorcycle at 6:02 a.m.. As he neared the intersection with Michael Avenue, he slowed and lost control of his motorcycle. The motorcycle then fell over and pinned his right ankle beneath it. He was transported from the scene by an ambulance with incapacitating injuries to his ankle.
A Bedford man was arrested after putting a woman in a choke hold on Saturday. According to Bedford Police Chief Terry Moore officers were alerted to the attack after the female victim came to the police station to report the incident. Police say 47-year-old Bradley Goss was upset because of a Facebook post he found and when he returned to the victim's home he confronted her. According to Chief Moore the victim and a small child attempted to leave, and that is when he put the victim in a choke hold nearly making the victim pass out. Mr. Goss let go of the choke hold and the victim left and went to a relatives' house. The relative brought the victim to the police department. The victim also had an active protective order against Bradley which he violated. Goss was arrested on charges of invasion of privacy, domestic battery in the presence of a minor and strangulation.
Monday, August 20th, 2018
Two people were injured when the motorcycle they were on struck a deer on County Road 900E about a half mile north of State Road 56 near Crystal Sunday. According to police reports, 54 year old Timothy Lagenour, of Dubois, was operating a 1995 Kawasaki motorcycle with a passenger, Shawn Fox, traveling northbound on the county road when the deer entered the road. The motorcycle then hit the deer. Lagenour and Fox were transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Lagenour was then transferred to St. Vincent’s in Evansville due to his injuries. Fox was treated for her injuries at Memorial Hospital’s emergency room. According to police, the extent of their injuries and their status is unknown at this time. Dubois First Responders, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Uebelhor Towing Service assisted at the scene.
Efforts to preserve the Gus Grissom Boyhood Home are getting a boost from the Indiana Historical Society's (IHS's) statewide Heritage Support Grant program. IHS is proud to award $10,000 to Mitchell-based Virgil I. Grissom Memorial, Inc. The funding comes from the fifth round of IHS's Heritage Support Grant program, made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Since the program's launch in 2016, grant funds from the Endowment have allowed IHS to award an average of $500,000 per grant cycle to organizations in 53 of Indiana's 92 counties. Virgil I. Grissom Memorial, Inc. is the first Lawrence County organization to receive a Heritage Support Grant. The organization says the funds will be used to help stabilize the home of hometown hero and astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom and protect the collection inside for years to come. The renovations are part of an ongoing process to turn the home, located at 715 W. Grissom Ave. in Mitchell, into a museum. Period storm windows are being made and installed, and in 2017, the home was repainted and made handicap accessible. To keep up with progress or to find out how you can help, look for @gusgrissomboyhoodhome on Facebook. For more information about IHS or the Heritage Support Grant program, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org/grants
A missing Marion County squirrel hunter was found safe after approximately 24 hours of searching. Emergency crews located 71-year-old George Kuntz, of Indianapolis, after he went squirrel hunting and got lost in the Hoosier National Forest. Police say Kuntz was thirsty but in good health when he was reunited with his family around 11 a.m. this morning. Indiana Conservation Officers, Hoosier National Forest Personnel and Perry-Clear Creek Firemen began looking for Kuntz after he went squirrel hunting on Sunday morning and didn't return back to his campsite. Concerned family members contacted DNR Law Enforcement, and a search was started. The search was focused near Brook's Cabin, where Kuntz's truck was located. The area was searched overnight by emergency personnel on foot, by Indiana State Police helicopter and Wayne Township Fire Department drone.
Friday August 17th 2018
Bloomington police are investigating a shooting that damaged two cars on Monday afternoon. Bloomington Police Capt. Steve Kellams says the department received several 911 calls around 5:30p.m. reporting gunfire near North Lindburgh Drive and West 14th Street. Police responded and found two vehicles parked on 14th street to be damaged. A maroon 1999 Mercedes- Benz had shattered window and a bullet hole in the driver's side door and a white 2011 Ford Fusion had a shattered rear windshield. Police also recovered a .45- caliber shell casing on the ground near the damaged vehicles. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Bloomington Police Department at (812) 339-4477
Thursday August 16th 2018
A Salem man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he was accused of assaulting a woman and pointed a loaded gun at her. Washington County Sheriff Deputies responded to a home on West Arrow Road just after 3 p.m. Sunday after 56-year-old Kevin Worley reported a woman had left his home taking items that belonged to him. A few minutes later the woman called police reporting she was at a home on Henderson Park Road and Worley had attacked her. Worley told deputies the woman had stolen seven knives from his knife collection and the two got into a verbal argument. He told the woman he wanted the knives back and for her to get out of his house. Worley says the woman refused to leave and that she was going to call 911. Deputies told Worley the woman had called police claiming Worley had attacked her in which he denied the allegations. Deputies then spoke to the woman, who claimed Worley attacked her by grabbing her by the throat after telling Worley she wanted to leave. She says Worley rushed at her knocking her down onto a couch and then grabbed her by the neck choking her. Deputies say the woman suffered several red marks and scratches to the front and sides of her neck. As the woman went to leave, Worley allegedly pointed a handgun at her and threatened to shoot her. The woman was able to get out of the house, but not before Worley allegedly threw a bag at her hitting her in the back. The woman got into her truck and left. The woman denied knowing anything about a knife collection. The woman said Worley was upset because he was behind in child support and was ordered by the court to sell his guns, guitars and knife collection to pay the debt. She told police Worley had been taking the items to a friend's house to hide them and threatened to "bust the woman in the mouth" if she told anyone. Deputies returned to Worley's home and arrested him on charges of battery, intimidation and pointing a loaded firearm at another person. Deputies took the handgun into evidence after it was found next to a recliner. As he was being booked into the Washington County Detention Center, Worley admitted to getting verbally abusive with the woman, threatening to kill her and throwing her belongings out his front door.
Three people were treated on scene after a rear-end collision Wednesday afternoon at State Road 56 and Kluemper Road. According to the Jasper Police Department 41 year old Chastini Davis of Jasper was westbound on State Road 56 and waiting to turn south onto Kluemper Road in a 2018 Toyota 4Runner at 3 p.m. According to police the SUV of Davis was rear-ended by a 2004 Toyota Camry driven by 16 year old Marissa Bradley of Jasper. Davis, complained of neck pain, and the two passengers who were minors also complained of pain were treated at the scene by Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services. An officer cited Bradley for following too closely. A Sternberg Automotive Group wrecker and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted.
Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
The City of Jasper has filed a lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of opioids, kicking off what could be a yearslong process that at least one city official hopes leads to a plan to attack the epidemic in the area. The city’s Board of Public Works and Safety approved an agreement Thursday morning with Taft Stettinius & Hollister, an Indianapolis law firm that will represent the city moving forward. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and more. According to the Associated Press, about 100 people in Indiana die from drug overdoses every month. Many of those deaths stem from opioids. Suits have been filed across the country against both manufacturers and distributors of opioids, and Jasper is joining in. Jasper is not joining a class-action lawsuit, but filed its own with Taft Stettinius & Hollister.Next, the city will meet with Taft Stettinius & Hollister to discuss data that will be used to calculate damages and develop the long-term plan of attack.
A wo man leaving a Jasper bar early Tuesday resulted in a traffic stop and an arrest for erratic driving behavior. According to Jasper Police, a department officer first observed a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 55 year old Kimberly Armstrong, of Jasper , leaving a Clay Street bar and reported the truck soon came to a complete stop in the middle of the roadway on Newton Street. After her vehicle was stopped, a chemical test registered her blood alcohol content at .233 percent. Authorities booked Armstrong into the Dubois County Jail at 3:57 a.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.
Huntingburg Police took a woman into custody Monday in connection with the Aug. 5 theft of a 2007 Dodge Durango. 42 year old Brandy Reed of Huntingburg is preliminarily charged with a Level 6 felony count of auto theft and a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass. Reed was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 6:59 p.m. and additional details were not immediately
Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
The American Red Cross was called to assist a Jasper couple after a fire discovered this morning extensively damaged their home. A passerby saw smoke and reported the fire at 8:36 a.m. from the home of Dylan Anderson and Kendall Neukam on 891 Giesler Road. Anderson and Neukam were at work at the time of the fire and were summoned home. Firefighters carried two cats outside to safety but a Dalmatian puppy that was administered oxygen did not make it, according to Jasper Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kenny Hochgesang. It appears the fire started in the home’s kitchen and burned through to the upstairs. Hochgesang and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate. The coupleare preparing to marry next month and the items for their wedding were upstairs. The fire chief said the house, which was insured, may be a total loss. He estimated the damage to have exceeded $75,000. Four trucks and 31 firefighters were on the scene in excess of an hour and a half. The Jasper Police Department and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department provided traffic control at the scene. Jasper Municipal Utilities and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted.
A Jasper man who was arrested in November on child molestation charges was sentenced Monday to 50 years in prison. Deputy Prosectuing Attorney Brian Lucchi says 53 year old Alejandro Hernandez, of 1438 Reese St was sentenced by plea agreement to 50 total years at the Indiana Department of Corrections. The Jasper Police Department arrested Hernandez back on Nov. 28, 2017 and accused him of felony child molesting and confinement after receiving a report of a juvenile having been molested for an extended period of time. After the investigation, police alleged Hernandez was involved in sexual activity with a juvenile. In November, authorities booked Hernandez into the Dubois County Security Center on preliminary felony counts of child molesting and a felony count of criminal confinement. Hernandez pled guilty to two felony counts of child molesting and received 25 years for each count.
An alleged drunken driver was sent to the hospital he wrecked his car on Saturday. 45 year old James Cobb of Springville was westbound on Sieboldt Quarry Road, and approached the three-way intersection with Harrodsburg Road. He did not stop, and struck a large tree. His 2008 Chevrolet Silverado had significant damage to the front. Fog also may have been a factor in the crash, according to the report. Cobb was treated at the scene by Indiana University Health Bedford personnel and Perry Township firefighters around 12:53 a.m. According to a report from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, a blood test was ordered to be taken at IU Health Bedford Hospital to measure his BAC level. At the scene, Cobb was reportedly unable to keep his balance, had glassy and bloodshot eyes and had breath smelling of alcohol. Weaver’s Wrecker Service towed the vehicle.
Monday, August 13th, 2018
Loogootee Police arrested 71-year-old Timothy Guy, of Loogootee, Friday, on a charge of possession of child pornography. The arrest followed an investigation into a complaint about a man inside the Wendy's Restaurant who was viewing what appeared to be child pornography. During the investigation, Guy gave police permission to search the content of the computer and an external hard drive. That search turned up several images of nude girls ranging in age from 5 and 6 years old to about 13 to 14 years old. A search warrant was obtained for Guy's residence at 13499 Mt. Calvary Rd., on Saturday, where police say they found multiple media storage devices, two cameras, two tablet computers and an external hard drive. Police did not say what, if anything, was found on the devices. Martin County Prosecutor Michael Steiner says he is considering seeking cooperation from federal authorities in the case. Assisting with the investigation and arrest were the Indiana State Police, Martin County Sheriff's Department, and the Daviess County Sheriff's Department.
A Dubois county man turned himself in Friday at the Dubois County Jail to answer to a warrant charging him with felony child molesting, battery and child solicitation. Indiana State Police investigated the case against 23 year old Clayton Nordhoff, of Jasper, according to court documents. The alleged crimes involving a victim under the age of 14 reportedly occurred in June, with authorities being made aware of a possible child molestation June 27. A warrant charging Nordhoff with Level 1 and Level 4 felony child molesting, Level 5 felony battery resulting in bodily injury to a person less than 14 years of age and Level 5 felony child solicitation was issued Thursday in Dubois Circuit Court. Nordhoff turned himself in Friday morning and made an initial court appearance, during which the court entered a preliminary plea of not guilty on his behalf. Nordhoff then posted a $20,000 bond.
The Dubois County Sheriff's Department is warning the public about a phone scam where the caller claims to be from the sheriff's department and informs the intended victim there is a warrant for their arrest. The sheriff's department says it does sometimes call in reference to warrants, but does not ask for personal information or money. If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the sheriff's department and have concerns, hang up and call the Dubois County Sheriff's Department at (812) 482-3522.
Friday, August 10th, 2018
A Bloomington man died Thursday morning after police say he jumped from the top level of the Monroe County employee parking garage on Eighth Street. Police say 29-year-old Christopher Polston was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses told police they had seen Polston in the area "acting erratically." A woman entering the parking garage around 6:30 a.m. and discovered his body on Eighth Street between College Avenue and Morton Street and called police.Police believe Polston jumped from the seven-story building.
No one was injured after a pickup truck-versus-passenger car collision Monday afternoon at Newton Street and Reyling drive in Jasper. According to police reports, at around 4:16PM, 27 year old Cash Pollard, of Midland, Texas, was in a 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 series pickup truck in a private drive on the east side of Newton Street. Pollard wanted to go south and an unknown driver in the northbound lane motioned for him to proceed with his left turn. When Pollard proceeded, his truck struck the passenger front of a northbound car in the center, left-turn-only lane. The driver of that 2010 Chevrolet Impala, 79 year old William Breidenbaugh, of Otwell, was in the center turn-only lane of Newton passing traffic to get to the 36th Street intersection. Damage was estimated at $3,000 to the Breidenbaugh car and $1,500 to the Pollard truck. Police cited Pollard for failing to yield the right of way and ticketed Breidenbaugh for improper lane usage.
A psychiatrist says an Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body is mentally competent for trial, but his attorneys want to talk to him first. The News and Tribune of New Albany reports a psychiatrist at Logansport State Hospital said in a letter filed with Clark County Circuit Court that Joseph Oberhansley's competency has been restored since he was committed there last October. Prosecutors allege Oberhansley broke into the Jeffersonville home of 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton in September 2014, and that he raped her, fatally stabbed her and ate parts of her body. During a hearing Thursday, Oberhansley's attorneys requested a month to talk with him and form an opinion on his competency. Judge Vicki Carmichael scheduled a Sept. 21 trial to discuss the matter.
Thursday, August 9th, 2018
The Ninth District Democratic Party, in conjunction with the 138th Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (I.D.E.A.) convention, has announced it will host its annual Lee H. Hamilton Dinner as the finale event of the conference on Saturday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the French Lick Springs Resort Hotel, 8670 West Highway 56, in French Lick, Indiana. As a centerpiece of the event, former Indiana State Senator Vi Simpson will be honored as the recipient of the 2018 Lee H. Hamilton Public Service Award. Named in honor of former Ninth District Congressman Lee H. Hamilton, this award recognizes individuals who have made a significant and lasting contribution to public service and the Democratic Party. Simpson was the first woman to lead the State Budget Committee and to be elected as the leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Simpson currently serves on several civic and community boards. The District Party will also welcome former U.S. Congressman Lee Hamilton to present remarks at this year’s event.
Yesterday and today, seven people were arrested by Indiana State Police in Scott County. The first case started as a follow-up investigation that began two months ago when troopers opened a drug investigation against the occupants at the home located at 1349 South Prewitt Lane in Scottsburg. Yesterday morning, troopers visited the home and found five people at the home. Along with the people at the home, troopers also located Methamphetamine and Paraphernalia. Arrested were 51 year old Richard Hickman, 42 year old Barbie Hernandez, and 24 year old Krystal Hardin, all of Scottsburg , along with 39 year old Jason Morrow, of Jeffersonville, and 49 year old Gregory Ritchey, of Georgetown. The other two arrested came from a case that began back in November of 2017, when two females were found parked in a rural Scott County graveyard by a trooper and were found to be in possession of Methamphetamine. Arrest warrants were issued out of the Scott County Circuit Court for their arrest. Arrested was 36 year old Lisa Cooley, and 45 year old Brandy Chennault, both of Scottsburg
All arrested were booked into the Scott County Jail awaiting their court appearances.
Beware, State Road 37 in Bedford, heading into town has a new Speed Limit. In July, the Bedford City Council approved lowering the speed limit along the southern portion of Mitchell Road. The change came about after Bedford Police Chief Terry Moore received a letter from the Lawrence County Solid Waste Department expressing concern about the speed limit. The district’s recycling center is on Mitchell Road and averages about 170 customers a day turning in and out of the center. Moore also pointed out that the Dollar General Store on Mitchell Road also is drawing more traffic to the area. The city said once the new speed limit signs are posted, motorists will have 30 days to adjust before law enforcement officers will begin issuing tickets to violators. The new signs were posted this week.
Wednesday August 8th 2018
The identity of the driver who fled from authorities after crashing west of Haysville on Sunday afternoon has been released by Police. The crash occurred a mile west of Haysville on Haysville Road West at 1:02 p.m. The sheriff’s department reported a yellow Ford Ranger driven by Ryan Fields was eastbound on Haysville Road West when the truck went left of center and off the north side of the road. Police said the Ranger lost its tire and flipped, stopping on its side,. Deputies arrived to find Fields with a cut to his head who said he had been the driver. Police told the man, who was believed to have been ejected, to walk over to another vehicle at the scene. According to deputies Fields ran from the scene into the woods on the south side of the road. The sheriff’s department, with the assistance of Indiana State Police, Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, the Huntingburg Police Department, the Martin County Sheriff’s Department, and three K-9 units searched the area for about two and a half hours. Fields last known address was in Alfordsville and that he might be seeking assistance from friends in Daviess County to leave the area. A warrant charging Fields with resisting law enforcement, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and driving while suspended has been issued out of Dubois Superior Court. Anyone with information about Fields' whereabouts is asked to contact the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 812-482-3522 or any other local law enforcement agency. All calls can be kept confidential.
A vehicle striking an REMC support wiring on Harrodsburg Road is responsible for causing a power outage Monday at 4:15 a.m. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department report, 52-year-old Jerry Hearth Jr., of 227 Tarry Park Lane, was traveling on Harrodsburg Lane, north of Airy Hills Lane, when his 1998 Dodge Ram pickup left the roadway after failing to negotiate the curve. The pickup struck several bushes, tree saplings and an REMC support wiring causing the power to go out. The truck continued west 300 feet through a field at 2831 Harrodsburg Road, entered a wooded area traveled another 130 feet, before going down an embankment, striking several small trees. The vehicle could not be seen from the roadway. Police say Hearth, who suffered multiple scrapes and cuts, waited five hours before he walked to a home in the 2720 block of Harrodsburg road to report the accident. He was transported from the scene by St. Vincent Ambulance to Bloomington for treatment.
A Bedford man was arrested Sunday after he was accused hitting a pregnant woman. 23 year old Robert Foddrill, of 607 Lincoln Ave Bedford, is a facing a felony charge of domestic battery resulting in bodily injury to a pregnant woman. According to Bedford Police Department Chief Terry Moore at 11 a.m., a woman called 911 to report Foddrill hit her after he had been drinking. When police arrived, they found Foddrill and the woman arguing outside a home in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. The woman told police Foddrill was out drinking the night before, and they got into an argument around 6 in the morning. During the argument, the woman said Foddrill, who was her boyfriend, hit her in the face with a open hand, causing bruising to an eye and cut on the side of her mouth. Then there were several hours of verbal abuse. Foddrill was arrested, then booked into the Lawrence County jail. His bond set is set at $2,005 cash.
Tuesday August 7th 2018
31 year old, William Grey of Hardinsburg was accused of inappropriately touching a 13 year old girl in a home near Orangeville. Police were called out to the residence just before 2 in the morning on July 20th for a fight in progress. Grey and father of the girl were involved in the disturbance. The girl later told the officer; Grey was a guest and inappropriately touched her when near his location. Grey was then handcuffed. Once handcuffed and once put into the patrol car, Grey then escaped. Then he began walking on Sandy Hook Road towards Paoli. A deputy found Grey later that morning around 9:25. Grey stated he didn’t know why he was arrested, but was taken back into custody. Grey had a hearing before Judge Steven Owen on Tuesday July 24. He was charged with felony counts child molestation and escape. His bond has been set at $200,000. His trial is set for Tuesday Dec. 11.
A pickup truck colliding with a coal truck closed State Road 56 Monday morning just west of Jasper for about 90 minutes. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department 45 year old Jeffrey Thornburg of Depauw, was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2016 Peterbilt truck pulling a load coal when around 10:55 a.m. the accident occurred at County Road 350W. Thornburg stopped for traffic and when he did, his rig was rear-ended by a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 20 year old Brandon Bayer of Jasper. According to the sheriff’s department Bayer was conscious and alert on the scene but was trapped inside his pickup. Jasper Volunteer Fire Department first responders extricated Bayer, who was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center to be treated for left arm and right upper leg pain. A 12-year-old male who was a front-seat passenger in the Bayer truck had successfully exited the wrecked pickup truck prior to emergency personnel arriving on the scene. That juvenile was also transported to the hospital to be treated for cuts, scrapes and pain to the left knee area, according to the sheriff’s department. Thornburg escaped injury unharmed. The crash totaled the Silverado and caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to the Peterbilt trailer. The Jasper Police Department, Indiana State Police and wreckers from Uebelhor & Sons and the Stork Service Center also assisted.
Monday, August 6th, 2018
A Bedford woman was arrested after she crashed her car on State Road 37 near Old State Road 37 Sunday night. According to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, d eputies arrested 28-year-old Amanda Brock, of Bedford, on three counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and child endangerment. According to police, Brock was traveling north on State Road 37 when her 2002 Buick LeSabre drifted over the fogline and struck the guardrail. The vehicle continued traveling down the guardrail before returning to the roadway. The car then traveled across the grass median onto the southbound lanes of State Road 37. The car then went off the west side of the highway into a ditch. Police say there was damage to the entire passenger side of the vehicle, fenders, both doors and both passenger side tires were flattened. Brock told police her phone rang and she was reaching for it when the vehicle left the roadway and struck the guardrail. Brock had three minor children in the vehicle with her when the accident occurred. Brock and the children were not injured.
A woman who was trapped in her car for what may have been days, was rescued by a passer-by Sunday morning. According to officials, around 9 a.m. Sunday, a woman walking her dog in the 2700 block of North Kinser Pike heard the honking of a car horn somewhere in the woods. When she investigated, she found a woman in her late 60s trapped in a vehicle, just past the ridge of a hill that made her invisible from the road.
Officials say she had been there since Friday and then rescued Sunday morning, She had been blowing her horn since then. One side of the woman’s car was damaged and the door would not open. The other was jammed against vegetation, trapping the driver inside. The woman who had been walking her dog tried to free the driver from the vehicle but couldn’t, and called 911 at 9:06 a.m. First responders from the Bloomington Fire Department arrived at 9:13 a.m. and used chainsaws to cut away vegetation. Initially, the driver said she had been trapped and honking for help since 6 o’clock that morning. But later, she said she had been trapped in her vehicle since about 2 p.m. Friday. The woman was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital to be treated for dehydration, but otherwise reported no injuries.
As of Friday, Indiana has had 334 confirmed cases of hepatitis A related to the outbreak with one reported death, according to a weekly report by the Indiana State Department of Health. There have been 149 people hospitalized. In Lawrence County, there have been 46 confirmed cases, up one from last week, and 2,485 vaccines administered. In nearby counties, there have been 13 cases reported in Orange County and five reported in Monroe County. This is the first time Monroe County has been included in the list. Of the 13 counties reporting five or more cases, Lawrence County is ranked second in the state for the number of confirmed cases. The most cases are reported in Clark County with 68. In Floyd County there have been 44 confirmed cases followed by Wayne County with 45, Washington with 16, Harrison with 14, Allen with 10, Elkhart with eight and Kosciusko, Grant and Marion counties reporting six each. The state has been tracking hepatitis A cases since November 2017. Typically, the state sees an average of 20 cases of hepatitis A each year.
Friday, August 3rd, 2018
A Lawrence County woman was arrested Wednesday evening on accusations she hit and scratched police officers. According to police reports, officers went to a home in the 1700 block of 23rd Street to arrest 38 year old Jessica Abner of Bedford on a Monroe County warrant. When police went to the home, they said they were given permission to enter and found her hiding in the basement. Abner was then placed under arrest for the warrant, then she got combative. Abner is charged with battery against a public safety official, a Level 6 felony; resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor and was booked into the Lawrence County jail
The Huntingburg Police Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Jasper Police Department worked together this week to arrest six people on warrants in connection to an investigation that was launched by the Huntingburg Police Department July 12th.The initial call was on July 11th 2018 when Huntingburg Police were dispatched to a location in Huntingburg reference a welfare check on a 14-year-old juvenile who was possibly under the influence of methamphetamine. Huntingburg Police located the juvenile and the juvenile was transported to the hospital due to her condition.On July 12, 2018 the detective with the Huntingburg Police Department along with the Huntingburg Police Department Narcotic Officer, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department Narcotic Officer, and the Jasper Police Department Narcotic Officer, started an investigation to look into the incident from July 11.Through their investigation police learned that several adults were contributing drugs to the 14-year-old. Police say that two adult males allegedly had a sexual relationship with the juvenile.Police say that Leonel Hernandez had sexual relations with a juvenile in July of 2018. Police learned that Leonel was also allegedly contributing drugs to the juvenile. Police say that in 2017 they learned that Austin Elliot had sexual relations with a juvenile. Six people were arrested in relation to the investigation. 24 year old Austin Elliott,26 year old Leonel Hernandez, 39 year old Cassandra Cole, 24 year old Trisha Kendall, 18 year old Chelsey Mattingly, and 22 year old Jessica Adams, all of Huntingburg, were arrested and booked into the Dubois County Jail.
Jasper police arrested two people in the death of a three-month-old infant. According to the Dubois County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, a three-month-old was brought to Jasper Memorial Hospital emergency room on July 30, 2018. The infant was non-responsive and was flown to Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville and then on August 1, the infant was pronounced dead at about 7:54 p.m. Police then arrested the parents of the infant, 28 year old Jordan Leinenbach, and 24 year old Cassandra Potts, both of Jasper, on preliminary felony charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death and reckless homicide. The investigation is ongoing and further updates will be made available according to the prosecuting attorney’s office.
Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
Jury selection for the Lincoln Ray Pickett murder trial has now been set for Sept. 10, that according to Lawrence County Judge William Sleva. The trial date was reset after a mistrial was declared July 25. Sleva, who is presiding over the Lawrence Superior Court I case after Judge John Plummer III recused himself, told the Times-Mail last week the mistrial was because Kamie Ratcliff's family showed up at the court and spoke to prospective jurors. Ratcliff was allegedly shot and killed by Pickett in January 2016. Pickett originally told police Ratcliff killed herself, while a relative of Pickett's claims the accused admitted he shot her. He also is accused of burning her body after her death. Pickett, of Bedford, is charged with murder; obstruction of justice, Level 6 felony; abuse of a corpse, a Level 6 felony; two counts of false informing, Class A misdemeanors; and failure to report a dead body, a Class A misdemeanor.
Washington Indiana Police had to use a taser to subdue a woman holding a firearm. Officers were called at 4:22 p.m. Wednesday to the 100 block of Southwest 10th street after a report of a woman standing with a gun, yelling and cocking the weapon.When police arrived Kelly Spaulding refused to put the gun down.Police tased Spaulding and took the gun away.After being medically cleared at a local hospital. Spaulding was transported to jail on a charge of criminal recklessness with a firearm, intimidation and neglect of a dependent.
Indiana State Police are investigating a domestic incident that left a man stabbed and a woman dead in Freedom Indiana. Monday, Richard "Dana" Boyd called police at 4:59 p.m. to report he had been stabbed by a woman and that he shot her and told the dispatcher he was performing CPR. 48-year-old Johanna Boyd died at the scene. Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Curt Durnil says no arrests have been made at this time and the case remains under investigation. On June 6th Dana Boyd filed divorce in Monroe County.
Wednesday August 1st 2018
The Hoosier Times Inc. and Orange County Publishing have completed dealings for the Hoosier Times to acquire Orange County Publishing. Orange County Publishing owns The Paoli News Republican, Springs Valley Herald and Orange Countian and they will continue to be printed at Hoosier Times print facilities. During the next several months, Orange County Publishing newspapers will transition into the central systems of the Hoosier Times Inc.'s parent company, Schurz Communications. Both Hoosier Times and Orange County Publishing will collaborate content between them, and all journalists from the Orange County team were retained and will continue to cover Orange County. New advertising packages will be added in November to give the Orange County publications greater appeal with other Hoosier Times publications. Schurz central advertising systems are being built for Orange County Publishing. They have not set a timeline for those services to transition over. The Hoosier Times includes newspapers include The Herald-Times in Bloomington, The Reporter-Times in Martinsville, The Mooresville-Decatur Times in Mooresville, The Times-Mail in Bedford, Spencer Evening World in Spencer, Clay City Times in Clay City and Ellettsville Journal in Ellettsville. Orange County Publishing had been owned by Art Hampton since 1997. The newspapers’ histories date back to the first publication of The Paoli Republican in 1875 and the Springs Valley’s Herald’s founding in 1902.
Two individuals were arrested by Indiana State Police Tuesday evening during an investigation related to an alleged drug transaction. 19 year old Kaylin McKinney, of Dubois, was taken into custody on a preliminary Level 5 felony count of conspiracy to deal methamphetamine and a preliminary misdemeanor count of theft related to the alleged illegal taking of $100 in cash. 19 year old Ezra Butler of French Lick, was taken into custody on a preliminary misdemeanor count of possessing a firearm without a license. Police allege he illegally possessed a handgun located in a Jasper residence. Butler and McKinney were arrested in Jasper and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.
A woman and a child were taken to a hospital Tuesday after a two-vehicle crash at State Road 37 and Main Street in Oolitic. At 1:29 p.m., 30 year old Madison Christman was traveling south on State Road 37 in her 2011 Buick Enclave, the report stated, with 9 year old Taylor Schmeichel and another person riding as passengers. When Christman turned left onto Main Street, a 2015 GMC Acadia hit her vehicle. 60 year old Frank Wintin, was driving east through the intersection and did not stop for a red light. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department accident report Christman suffered minor head bleeding, and Schmeichel complained of arm pain. Both were taken to a hospital. Wintin complained of arm pain but refused treatment. Everyone was wearing a seat belt.
Tuesday July 31st 2018
State Police from the Jasper Post responded to a 2 vehicle fatal crash that occurred around 7 a.m this morning on State Road 56 west of Crystal in Dubois County. A preliminary report indicates that 29 year old Steven Charles Arnold of Paoli was killed when the 1998 Oldsmobile passenger car he was driving collided with a 2008 Lexus SUV driven by 40 year old Kimberly M. Robbins also of Paoli. Robbins suffered non-life threatening injuries. Road Closures were in place and traffic was rerouted. State Road 56 was reopened around 2:40 Tuesday afternoon. State Police were assisted by the Dubois County Sheriff's Department along with members of local fire departments and EMS. The Crash is still under investigation.Tuesday morning shortly around 7:30 am, a blue 2007 Honda, driven by 36 year old Lisa Hodges of Owensboro, KY, was driving East on Interstate #64 near the 98 Mile Marker near Corydon, when the Honda left the roadway and went over the embankment on the South side of Interstate #64. After leaving the roadway, the vehicle struck a tree with the passenger’s side of the car. It is unknown why the vehicle left the roadway. The Hodges, was pronounced dead at the scene. Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionist investigated the scene. The driver’s seat belt was in use. The Harrison County Sheriff's Office and the Harrison County Coroner assisted in this investigation.
A jury trial has been set for a Lawrence County man who was accused of shooting and injuring another man in March. 20 year old Wyatt Blackwell, of Heltonville is set to face a jury trial Sept. 26. He is facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a Level 3 felony; battery by means of a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony; and two counts of criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon, Level 6 felonies. Blackwell
is accused of shooting Ben Ooley, as he was helping a woman's 9-year-old daughter round up horses at the time. Lawrence Superior Court I Judge John M. Plummer III is presiding over the case.
Washington County Circuit Court Judge Larry Medlock entered a not guilty plea in behalf of 34-year-old Michael Joseph Sanders of Little York. Sanders is charged with the murder of Skylar Naugle and is being held without bond in the Washington County Jail. Both Sanders' and Naugle's families were in the courtroom. Sanders refused to answer any questions in the death of Naugle, who died from a shotgun wound to the head. Sanders was appointed a public defender and will appear in court for a pretrial conference on August 30th at 9 a.m. An tentative trial date was set for December 4th at 8:30 a.m. Sanders was arrested after police went to his home at 7707 East New Cut Road in Little York to ask him about the disappearance of Skyler Naugle. A body was found 50-100 feet from the home. An autopsy completed on Wednesday, ruled that Naugle had died from a gunshot wound to the head. Although there has been no official confirmation of the body's identity, the body was identified by tattoos found on the chest, arm and ankle. Those tattoos, matched pictures of Naugle's tattoos
At 2:46 a.m. this morning, officers from the Bloomington Police Department responded to the 2400 block of West 3rd Street after receiving a 911 call reporting a fight in progress and a male lying on the ground. When officer arrived they found a Hispanic male in his 20s had suffered multiple stab wounds. The male was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officers later located a second victim, also a Hispanic male in his 20's, in the 500 block of Basswood Drive. This second victim was also suffering from multiple stab wounds, and was transported to the IU Health Bloomington Hospital in critical condition and uncooperative with investigators. Based on the preliminary investigation it appears that the victims along with several other Hispanic males were in the 2500 block of West 3rd Street where the fight originated. Investigators believe that the victims and the suspects knew each other. The investigation is ongoing
Thursday, July 26th, 2018
Washington County - Around 12:30 pm today/Thursday, a report of a stolen gold, 2007 Ford Focus, was made on East New Cut Road near the location where 34 year old Michael Joseph Sanders of Little York was last seen on Monday. A hunt for the stolen vehicle resulted in Michael Joseph Sanders being stopped on Boatman Road and York Road in Austin, near I 65, by an Austin City Police Officer.While the hunt for the stolen vehicle was taking place, the Washington County Prosecutor, Dustin Houchin, was in the process of seeking an arrest warrant on Michael Joseph Sanders in the Washington County Circuit Court for Murder. Indiana State Police Detectives had briefed the prosecutor earlier after obtaining enough information during their investigation to seek an arrest warrant. Sanders was taken into custody by Austin City Police Officers and detectives from the Indiana State Police and was booked into the Washington County Jail. Sanders, is charged with the Murder of Skyler Naugle. Other charges are pending.This investigation is continuing.
The Paoli School Board has narrowed the search for a new School Superintendent from 12 candidates down to three. Executive search meetings have been scheduled for July 30 th to interview the remaining candidates. Interim Superintendent of Paoli Schools Gerald Jackson said the plan is to be able to hire somebody during the August 13 th meeting.
Paoli students will have a chance to meet their teachers and classrooms during the Throop Elementary and Paoli High School Open Houses on Thursday August 2nd. The Throop meet & greet will be 5PM-630PM & the High School Open House will be 530PM-7PM. During the meet and greet, students will be able to bring their school supplies. Paoli Schools begin on Friday August 3rd.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
Monday at approximately 5:55 p.m., troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg responded to a crash involving a semi-tractor and trailer on Interstate 65 South at the 19 Mile Marker, near Henryville. When officers arrived they found the semi-tractor and trailer fully engulfed in fire with the driver trapped inside. The Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene and extinguished the vehicle and trailer fire. The preliminary investigation revealed for an unknown reason the driver left the roadway on the West side of the road. The semi-tractor and trailer then struck a tree and caught fire. It is unknown if the driver died before, during or after the crash. At this time, it is unknown what caused the crash and the driver is unidentified. The semi was a 2012 Freightliner hauling a load of dairy products. This investigation is continuing.
A Seymour man was flown to Indianapolis after he was hit by a train in Seymour late Thursday night. 27 year old Daniel Champ, who has special needs, sustained injuries to his arm and head, according to Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott. Police were called to the n the 100 block of East Tipton Street on the east-west CSX track that separates the new Crossroads Community Park and Circle Street near CVS Pharmacy. The park has a stretch of landscape fencing and more than a dozen trees as a barrier in the area where Champ crossed. He was hit near the track close to where the black fencing ends, Abbott says. Crossroads Community Park hosted Seymour CityJam, there earlier in the evening. The show ended around 8:15 p.m. Champ was transported to Schneck Medical Center and later flown to IU Methodist in Indianapolis. Police say the train's horn sounded multiple times and the lights at the Tipton Street intersection were flashing when Champ was struck by the train. Witnesses told police Champ walked in front of the train, bounced off and didn't get sucked under the train. The train was able to get stopped for about 15 minutes after Champ was struck.
State health officials are urging Hoosiers to protect themselves from ticks as cases of tick-borne disease continue to rise in the state. More than 100 cases of tick-borne disease have been reported so far in 2018, including one death due to ehrlichiosis in an elderly patient. Deaths from ehrlichiosis are rare in Indiana, with only four deaths reported in the last five years. Ticks are small, insect-like creatures that are found throughout Indiana in grassy and wooded areas. They tend to be most active during the late spring and early summer. Ticks can transmit a variety of diseases, such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. In 2017, Indiana reported more than 250 cases of tick-borne illness. Symptoms of tick-borne disease can include a rash near the bite site and flu-like illness, including headache, muscle or joint pain and fever.
Hoosiers can reduce their risk of tick bites by:
Prompt removal of ticks can help prevent disease transmission. Once indoors, people should thoroughly check for ticks on clothing, gear, pets and skin and then shower to help remove any unattached ticks. Tumbling clothes in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes will kill any ticks on clothing
Monday, July 23rd, 2018
Back to school time is here and the first school to go back is the Crawford County School system and they start Thursday August 2nd, followed by Paoli, Mitchell and Shoals schools on Friday Aug 3rd. Monday Aug 6th, Springs Valley and Oleans students return to the classroom, followed by West Washington on Tuesday, Loogootee on Wednesday and then Northeast Dubois on Thursday August 9th. The first Springs Valley Football game is at Eastern Greene on Friday August 17th
Thursday, Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents completed an investigation into statements made by 39 year old Ryan Bell, of Loogootee, to a Department of Child Services Family Case Manager assigned to Martin County. The investigation revealed that Bell had made a phone call to the Case Manager and left one voicemail with an intimidating statement. The voicemail stemmed from a recent interaction Bell had with the DCS Office on July 18th. Under the advisement of the Martin County Prosecutors Office, Bell was arrested and booked into the Martin County Jail without incident and charged with Intimidation, 1 Count, a Level 6 Felony
A sheriff's department in southern Indiana has reached a tentative settlement with the father of a woman who died in detention. An order was issued June 22 to file documents and authorize dismissal within 60 days of a civil case Mark Robb filed against Floyd County Sheriff Frank Loop, the sheriff's department and eight other employees, the News and Tribune reported . Robb is the father of Hanna Robb, who died in the jail March 20, 2016. The order was based on U.S. District of Indiana Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch being advised of the settlement. The settlement isn't final and the terms would be confidential, Mark Robb's attorney Brandon Smith said Thursday. An attorney for Loop and the department declined to comment.
Friday, July 20th, 2018
In an announcement today, Bedford Mayor Shawna Girgis says she will not seek re-election in 2019. In a press release issued to the Times Mail Bedford newspaper, according to Girgis “Serving as the mayor of Bedford has been the greatest honor of my life. It has been my sincerest privilege to serve our citizens and to advocate on behalf of our community. I have never desired to be a career politician. My passion is being a citizen servant. I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished and look forward to serving the serving the citizens of Bedford through the end of 2019 with intentional focus and unwavering commitment to progress. But, after a great deal of thought, discussion and prayerful consideration, I have decided not to seek a fourth term as mayor,” In 2013, Bedford was selected as an Indiana Stellar Community. In addition, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce chose Bedford as its Community of the Year. Bedford became the the smallest and most rural city to ever receive such a distinguished honor.
This morning at approximately 11:42, Trooper John Davis attempted to stop a male driver of a black 1996 Ford Mustang on SR 57 in Petersburg for not wearing his seatbelt. The driver failed to stop and continued south on SR 61 and then east on SR 56 at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then turned south onto SR 257 toward Velpen and continued to drive at a high rate of speed. The driver of the Ford Mustang attempted to pass a silver 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck that was also traveling southbound approximately 300 feet south of CR 200 South. As the Mustang was in the process of passing, the driver of the pickup truck attempted to turn left into a private drive. The Ford Mustang collided into the side of the Chevrolet pickup truck causing it to flip onto its top. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck, 68 year old Frank Rode, of Velpen, was transported to Jasper Memorial where he was being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Both vehicles were totaled. SR 257 was closed for approximately two hours. The driver of the Mustang was identified as 25 year old Aaron Sanders, of Petersburg. Further investigation revealed he had an active felony warrant out of Daviess County for failing to register as a sex offender. Sanders was transported to Deaconess Mid-Town Hospital in Evansville where he was being treated for a facial injury. This morning at approximately 11:42, Trooper John Davis attempted to stop a male driver of a black 1996 Ford Mustang on SR 57 in Petersburg for not wearing his seatbelt.
Thursday, July 19th, 2018
A Lawrence County man was arrested on multiple drug and battery charges Tuesday morning.According to police reports, at 8:20 a.m., Bedford Police Department officers went to a home in the area of 16th and N streets because a person reported a man was found living in a camper on the property without permission. After a scuffle between the man, who was later identified as 20 year old Tanner Hurt, of Bedford, and the homeowner, he ran from the scene. Police eventually located him. Hurt had a backpack containing meth and drug paraphernalia. Also Hurt was intoxicated. Hurt was then booked into the Lawrence County jail and is facing charges of battery, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and public intoxication.
A Lamar Indiana man was killed when his vehicle collided head-on with a dump truck driven by a Celestine man Tuesday around noon. According to Indiana State Police, troopers from the Jasper and Sellersburg posts responded to State Road 37 near Governors Trace Road for a two-vehicle crash. They determined the 2018 Kenworth dump truck driven by 58 year old Randall Thewes, of Celestine, collided with the 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by 41 year old Eric Allen, of Lamar. Crawford County Coroner Christopher Brown pronounced Allen deceased at the scene. Thewes was transported via ambulance to the Perry County Hospital where he was treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries. Troopers quickly implemented a traffic pattern to keep traffic flowing but did stop all traffic momentarily out of respect for the deceased and his family when he was moved. An autopsy was completed on Allen and results are expected within two weeks. The crash is still under investigation by Indiana State Police Detective/ Accident Reconstructionists.
K9 Diesel who has worked with Senior Trooper Robbie Lambert for 8 years is retiring. Lambert who has worked with Diesel these past 8 years, calls Diesel the best partner he could have asked for all those 8 years. Diesel has worked with Trooper Lambert for the past 8 years will live out his retirement at home.
Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
A Kentucky man plead guilty to putting glass shards in Styrofoam cups, then shipping them to Indiana fast food restaurants. 44 year old Waylon Horton will be sentenced in federal court in October. He put glass in cups on two separate occasions in 2016. The glass pieces were found in cups in Ohio, Kentucky as well as Indiana. Sentencing is set for October 11.
PaoliFest is a free community music, art and film festival that will take place on August 11, 2018 at the Tomato Products Company, 295 W Thornton St., Paoli, IN. A one-day event, PaoliFest will feature national headlining music acts, local musicians, artists and films curated by local youth. Food and craft vendors will be on site. Music headliners include Appalatin (Louisville, KY), Harpeth Rising (Ohio and New York) and Dawg Yawp (Cincinnati, OH). Designed to create community, PaoliFest will be a family-friendly event. The schedule includes children's programming, instrument workshops, jam sessions and an open mic. PaoliFest grounds will be the Tomato Products Company, a 1910 factory being renovated into a community arts center by Kara Schmidt, Andy Gerber and Tim Schmidt. Kara, Andy and Tim are building an artist-in-residency program called Black Vulture Project, which has already brought numerous artists and musicians into the community. For more information, please contact Jordana Greenberg by email at email@example.com or by (812) 320-1541. Or go to their website at this link: www.paolifest.com
Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
Indiana Conservation Officers responded to a call of theft and battery after Willis R. Martindale III, 18, Dugger, was found injured on the side of a rural road at or about 10:00 p.m. on July 14, 2018. 18-year-old William E. Jeffrey, of Dugger, 25-year-old Kristine L. Nichols and 25-year-old William C. Edmondson III, both of Linton, were arrested and are facing multiple felony drug, theft, and battery related charges. The investigation stemmed from a passerby who found Martindale battered along County Road 400 South near T Lake in Dugger. Martindale had sustained a broken nose, several bruises and lacerations to his face. He informed officers he was driven from Dugger to the area by two men and a woman, where he was then allegedly strangled and beaten over the head multiple times with a handgun. Martindale reported that the suspects stole $1000 in cash from him and a backpack valued at $790 before leaving him alongside the road. Indiana Conservation Officers checked several houses in Greene, Sullivan, and Knox counties while attempting to locate the vehicle and three suspects. All three were located and arrested in a residence in Bicknell. Nearly $600 in cash and 4.3 ounces of marijuana divided into several individual bags were also recovered at the residence.
Orleans Municipal Fire Department is now actively seeking applicants for the department. Openings include active firefighters, and emergency medical. Please contact Orleans Fire, 161 E. Price Ave., Orleans, IN, (812) 865-2887 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org Applications may be obtained from the Orleans Town Offices Monday through Friday during regular business hours.
Former three-time First Team All-American athlete for UCLA, Stephanie Kono (Honolulu, Hawaii), placed No. 18 at the Donald Ross Course at 11-under par overall, good enough for a one shot win. This is her first professional victory. Coming in just behind Kono was Dottie Ardina (Laguna, Philippines) and Karen Chung (Livingston, New Jersey). The duo tied for second at 10-under par overall and earned $18,258 apiece.
Monday, July 16th, 2018
A Dubois County man was eventually arrested in Pike County after he allegedly ran when a Huntingburg officer attempted to pull him over Saturday. According to police, officers observed a silver SUV driving recklessly on Main Street at about 4 p.m. Officers attempted to catch up to the vehicle but lost sight of it near 12th Street. A short time later an officer found the vehicle and the driver attempted to evade police. The officer pursued the vehicle. Police said the SUV left city limits and eventually made it into Pike County. The SUV continued and more officers pursued it into Pike County. The driver pulled into a driveway and he was arrested. The driver, Troy Young of Huntingburg, was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital by Pike County Emergency Medical Services for evaluation. Young was charged with a Level 5 felony count of attempted battery, Level 6 felony counts of resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle, criminal recklessness as well as misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, aggressive driving, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a crash and disorderly conduct. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Oakland City Police Department, Petersburg Police Department, Winslow Town Marshal, Indiana State Police, Indiana Conservation officers as well as Pike County Emergency Medical Services assisted.
A meal break at a local fast food restaurant Friday night resulted in three arrests before the officer could even order his tacos. The Ferdinand Police Department reports that the officer who pulled into the Taco Bell in Ferdinand around 10 p.m. noticed the strong order of burnt marijuana as he exited his patrol vehicle. The officer then made contact with the subjects sitting in a vehicle three parking spots away. After an investigation, the officer arrested the three men, identified as Blake Egler, David Bates and Kirbi McCandless, all of Ferdinand, on Class A misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. The men were transported and booked into the Dubois County Jail.
The Orange County Senior Citizens Day is set for July 17th at the Paoli Community building, in Paoli on Sandyhook Road. The event will last from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Attendees can get excited for a free lunch, but must register for lunch by calling (812) 849 - 4457. Hoosier Uplands Area 15 Agency on Aging is sponsoring the event where there will be Bingo, Crazy Hat Contest and, anyone 60 and over, that meet the eligibility guidelines may apply for Farmers Market Vouchers. Those interested in signing up for Farmers Market Vouchers must bring proof of income and I.D. Proof of income can be Social Security statement.
Friday, July 13th, 2018
A 22-year-old man was arrested last Friday for dealing methamphetamine after a vehicle was pulled over for speeding. According to a Orleans Police report, At 11:35 p.m., an Orleans Police officer pulled over a vehicle at State Road 37 and Middleton Drive. 20 year old Kassandra Young of Seymour was the driver, and in the vehicle was passenger 22 year old Jason Jones of Mitchell, also a 17-year-old was also in the vehicle. The officer alleged the vehicle smelled like burnt marijuana. Young admitted that she’s never had a license. When a police searched the vehicle, they found meth, marijuana, syringes, scales and baggies. Arrested was Jones who is facing charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of a controlled substance and false informing. Also arrested was Young, who is facing charges of possession of marijuana, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operator never licensed. Jones and Young were then both taken to the Orange County jail.
The Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney has released more details regarding the shooting that occurred last Sunday afternoon in Sulphur. According to Prosecuting Attorney Nicholas Haverstock, 29 year old Gregory Peals, of Louisville, shot 28 year old Ricky Phipps, of Magnet, with a gun belonging to the homeowner of the home where they were located at on Easy Street south of Sulphur. Phipps ran into Terry L. Olives’ residence and told Olives he had been shot by Peals. Olives then allegedly took another gun, walked out of the home and shot Peals subsequently killing him. Police were notified of the shooting at about 2 p.m last Sunday. According to Haverstock, who expressed dissatisfaction with the media during a video on Facebook, the investigation is still underway and more details may be released later. Indiana State Police were agency handling the shooting investigation; Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was not handling the investigation.
A Dubois County woman was hospitalized with a leg injury after a near head-on crash Wednesday afternoon west of Birdseye. According to police reports, 23 year old Dakota Madden, of Birdseye, was eastbound on Schnellville Road in a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck at about 4:40 p.m. when he dozed off and his vehicle crossed the center line. The vehicle drove into the path of a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 driven by 57 year old Margie Cooper, of Birdseye. The two vehicles struck and Cooper’s S-10 was pushed off the road into a ditch. Madden’s vehicle continued east a short distance before running off the road where it crossed a ditch and ended up in a yard. Cooper was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated by the Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department. She was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance for a leg injury. Madden was treated at the scene and declined transport to a hospital, police said. Both vehicles were considered total losses. Madden was cited for driving while suspended. A Department of Natural Resources conservation officer, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a wrecker from Berg’s Garage assisted at the scene.
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