Friday, May 18th, 2018
A Lawrence County woman complained of neck pain and required immediate medical attention following a two-vehicle accident Thursday. According to An accident report by the Bedford Police Department at around 7:37 a.m, 59 year old Rhonda Guy, of Mitchellwas northbound on M Street, driving a 2013 Ford FSE and was beginning to cross when the light turned green. 18 year old Chad Baxter, of Bedford was traveling east on U.S. 50, driving a 1994 Ford F150 pickup. Baxter disregarded the red light and entered the intersection, striking Guy’s vehicle on the front driver side. Guy was transported by ambulance to a local Bedford hospital.
Lawrence County Police arrested a boy Thursday evening after he was accused of theft and firing a gun. According to a police report, at 5:49 p.m., police responded to a report of burglary in the 8900 block of Williams Road. Shortly before, a person had reported a male juvenile fired a gun to prove he had one in the Williams area, then told police the boy’s girlfriend said he shot himself in the foot. The juvenile then ran away and a Indiana State Police helicopter was called to the scene. Later, a woman reported to police that the boy fired a gunshot in the 1100 block of Ridge Road. Police also said he was armed with a knife. The boy eventually returned to his home in the 400 block of Williams-Silverville Road. Police then went to the home and arrested him. No other details were available
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has issued a cease and desist to H Auto in Bloomington for selling cars without a license and illegally issuing interim license plates. Consumers should not do business with H Auto. They are not licensed to sell cars or do business in the state of Indiana. The Secretary of State's office was first alerted to the situation through consumer complaints. H Auto has been advertising in English and Chinese. It is alleged that they may be targeting Chinese students at Indiana University. The advertisements encourage potential clients to make an appointment because H Auto does business by appointment only. They will not do walk-in business as is typical with most dealerships. The consumers who have notified the Secretary of State's office of issues with H Auto allege they were sold cars with fake New Jersey license plates. Other complainants allege H Auto took their money but they never got a title for the vehicle they purchased.They Secretary of State's office and the Bloomington Police are currently investigating the matter. Any consumers who believe they have been victimized by H Auto are urged to contact the Secretary of State's office at 317-234-7190.
Thursday, May 17th, 2018
A Lawrence County man was arrested on a methamphetamine charge Tuesday night. According to police reports, At 11:51 p.m., Mitchell Police Department officers responded to State Road 60 East and State Road 37 for a report of man walking back and forth between McDonald’s and Wendy’s. Police then located a man fitting his description and identified him as 30 year old Justin Bowden of Mitchell. They noticed he threw something into the grass, then placed him in handcuffs, and then located a small plastic baggie. The baggie contained 2.85 grams of meth. Bowden was booked into the Lawrence County jail with no bond set.
A western Indiana man has been sentenced to 90 years in prison after being convicted of setting fires that destroyed one covered bridge and damaged another. Jesse Payne was sentenced Monday, a month after a Parke County jury found him guilty but mentally ill on three counts of arson. Authorities say Payne set fires that burned down the Jeffries Ford Bridge in 2002 and damaged the Bridgeton Covered Bridge in 2005. He also tried to set fire to the Mansfield Covered Bridge in 2005. Payne was found incompetent to stand trial after he was arrested following the Bridgeton Covered Bridge fire. He was found competent to stand trial last year after receiving several years of treatment at the Logansport State Hospital.
A train collided with a Cave Quarry dump truck on County Road 400W in Dubois County this/Thursday afternoon. Indiana State Police are investigating the incident that resulted in the male driver of the dump truck being injured. He was taken to Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville by helicopter. Police did not have information regarding the extent of his injuries. The City of Huntingburg announced the following road closures while the investigation was being conducted by state police; Styline Drive, Chestnut Street and CR 400W.
Monday, May 14th, 2018
A Louisville, KY. man died in a crash Sunday in Washington County. According to Indiana State Police, the accident happened on US Highway 150 and Sinking Creek Lane in Hardinsburg.The Indiana State Police is still investigating the afternoon crash that claimed the life of a 35-year-old Jon Donlon and sent three others to area hospitals for treatment. Donlon was pronounced dead at the scene. At approximately 2:50 p.m., Washington County police were alerted to the accident. Police say a 2003 Ford Explorer, being driven by 33-year-old Randy Tussey, of Hardinsburg, was travelling south on Sinking Creek Lane and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of US Highway 150. He then crashed into the driver's side door of an eastbound 2010 Mazda on US Highway 150 being driven by Donlon. Tussey suffered serious injuries and was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital. A female passenger in Tussey's Ford Explorer also suffered serious injuries and was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital by ground ambulance. A female passenger in Donlon's car was also seriously injured an transported by ground ambulance to the Floyd County Hospital. Master Trooper Kevin Bowling of the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg is investigating this crash with the assistance of the Indiana State Police Crash Reconstruction Team. Assisting Agencies included the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Indiana Conservation Officers, Washington County Coroner's Office, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Washington County E.M.S.
Two pole barns were destroyed in a fire on Sunday afternoon in the 5300 block of East State Road 45 near Bloomington. More than 30 firefighters from Northern Monroe Fire Territory, Bloomington Fire Department, Benton Township and Perry Clear Creek firefighters responded just after 2 p.m. and were one the scene for several hours. Firefighters had to attack the blaze from a distance because of several explosions that went off inside the garages. Power lines were also sparking causing a danger to firefighters. Firefighters had to cut holes into the metal buildings to reach the blaze after the roof collapsed and walls began to buckle. Crews later cut holes in the metal to reach fires that were hidden by debris after the roof collapsed and walls buckled.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Friday, May 11th, 2018
A Lawrence County man was arrested Thursday morning after police alleged he was carrying methamphetamine. According to police reports, At 3:52 a.m., a Mitchell Police Department officer was traveling north on Rabbitsville Road when he noticed a red Pontiac Grand Am pull into a driveway, with the driver immediately turning off the car’s lights, according to MPD Chief Mike Johnson. Police said the car sat at the end of the driveway, without pulling all the way in. An officer noticed a man, who was later identified as 27 year old Collin Flynn of Mitchell , and a woman walking away from the car. When police ran a check on Flynn, they found he was wanted on a warrant. In addition, police spoke with the owner of the driveway the car pulled into, and the owner said he wanted the car removed because it didn’t belong there. When police went next door to speak with Flynn, he walked out and was “being belligerent” with police. When placed under arrest, a bag fell to the ground. Police say meth was in the bag. Flynn was then booked into the Lawrence County jail.
One person was airlifted to a hospital after a crash on U.S. 50 West and Stumphole Bridge Road Wednesday afternoon. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff's department accident report, At 3:25 p.m., 60 year old Lisa Morse of Mitchell was driving a blue 2013 Volkswagen Eos south on Stumphole Bridge Road. 47 year old Shawn Horock of Mitchell was driving west on U.S. 50 West in his white 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer. Witnesses, who were traveling behind Horock, said Morse did not stop at the stop sign at Stumphole Bridge Road, and drove through the intersection. Morse’s car then collided with Horock’s SUV. Morse, suffered a fracture to her upper leg area, and was airlifted to a hospital. Horock, complained of neck pain and was also taken to a local hospital.
Thursday, May 10th, 2018
A 2 car accident in Washington County resulted in a fatality earlier this morning. According to a Washington County Sheriffs Accident report, at approximately 4:22 a.m. deputies of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the intersection of State Road 56 West and State Road 337 in Livonia. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies discovered 43 year old Bret Freed, of Orleans, dead of injuries sustained in the accident. Evidence at the scene and witnesses statements indicated that Freed was operating a 2012 Toyota Corolla and was south bound on State Road 337 when it came to the intersection of State Road 56 West. Free continued through the intersection and failed to stop for unknown reasons. Freed’s vehicle was then struck by a semi tractor trailer that was west bound on State Road 56, driven by Kenneth Cupp of Salem. Cupp was not injured in the crash. The crash remains under investigation at this time.
A three-vehicle accident on US 50 at Brickyard Road, west of the Martin County 4-H fairgrounds, closed the highway Wednesday night. US 50 was closed for a few hours during the investigation and clean-up. Martin County dispatch said this morning that currently no information has been released on the crash.
Two drivers were sent to hospitals with neck pain following a collision at R Street and John Williams Boulevard in Bedford Wednesday. According to a Bedford Police Accident report, at around 4:30PM, 21 year old Mikaela Lawrence, of Bedford was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze west on John Williams Boulevard at 4:30 p.m. when she had stopped at the intersection at R Street. 46 year old Verma Sundeep, of Greenwood, was stopped at the intersection facing north on R Street. Sundeep said he didn’t see Lawrence and pulled his 2013 Toyota Corolla out in front of her. Both vehicles were towed by Mikels Wrecker Service.
Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
Springs Valley Junior-Senior High School has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. SV Band Director Luke Aylsworth, reports there were 135 schools nationwide selected for the distinction. Only six schools in Indiana received the Merit Award. Springs Valley also achieved the distinction in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017. The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Springs Valley answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. The Springs Valley Band Department won the 2016 and 2017 Indiana State School Music Association Class D state marching band championship. The Blackhawk Brigade was the ISSMA Class D state marching band champion runner-up from 2012 – 2015. This year, the band was awarded the ISSMA All Music Award for participating and achieving gold ratings in every ISSMA event available to high school ensembles. The band maintains a robust instrument inventory and rents instruments to students for only $35 a year.
A Lawrence County man was sentenced to house arrest in Lawrence Superior Court I Wednesday morning for dealing methamphetamine. Judge John Plummer III sentenced 20 Year Old 20 year old Paul Mills Jr., to house arrest for three years for dealing in meth, a Level 5 felony, as part of a plea agreement. According to court documents, Mills was accused of selling meth twice in August. During one of the buys, police said Mills sold about 2.11 grams to an informant for the Lawrence County Drug Task Force.
The Martin County Sheriff's Department arrested two Shoals residents on drug charges on Tuesday night following a traffic stop on US 50 in Shoals. Police arrested 59-year-old Kurt Faust on charges of possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance, and unlawful possession of a syringe and 21-year-old Cheyenne Sullivan on charges of possession of meth, visiting a common nuisance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Wednesdday, May 2nd, 2018
A Lawrence County man was injured after being involved in a traffic accident Friday. According to a police report, 21 year old Taylor Gerkin of Bedford said he was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger north on Hoosier Avenue and that he was behind a pickup truck that he described as weaving within its lane of travel. Gerkin said the driver of the truck suddenly applied the brake in the area of 234 Hoosier Ave. Taylor, in order to avoid hitting the truck, swerved to the right and struck a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix that was legally parked on the side of the road. The impact resulted in heavy rear-end damage to the Pontiac, which was registered to Sharlyn K. Redman of Mitchell. When the Oldsmobile was struck, it moved forward and struck a limestone retaining wall. Sections of limestone then separated from the wall and hit a 2012 Chrysler 200 series passenger car parked in the driveway at 230 Hoosier Ave registered to Sean Brown. The rear passenger side of the Chrysler and a rear tire were damaged. Gerkin’s vehicle sustained heavy damage to the front passenger side. Gerkin complained of pain to his elbow and lower arm declined an ambulance and told the investigating officer his father would take him to the emergency room by private vehicle. The driver of the vehicle that was weaving fled the scene at the time the crash occurred.
A Lawrence County man was arrested on a warrant Saturday after being accused of injuring a pregnant woman in November. Lawrence County Police arrested 29-year-old David Erdmann, of Bedford on felony charges of domestic battery resulting in bodily injury to a pregnant woman, strangulation and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. According to a Superior Court I probable cause affidavit, Lawrence County Sheriff deputies were called to the home on Nov. 17, after a report of a domestic fight. When police arrived a woman told them she and Erdmann were arguing and he had become violent. Erdmann allegedly kicked a bouncy seat over her six-month-old son, who was lying on the floor. When she went to pick up her son, Erdmann knocked her down into a chair, then put one hand on her face and one hand on her throat choking her.The woman was eventually able to get to her son and sat with him on a couch. That is when Erdmann dragged her off the couch while she was holding the child, she told police. She also accused Erdmann of breaking her phone by throwing it against the wall when she attempted to call for help. Erdmann is being held in the Lawrence County jail on a $20,000 surety and $2,005 cash bond.
Monday, April 30th, 2018
A Jackson County man was arrested on a charge of attempted murder after police say he fired shots at a woman at a home near Freeman Field Recreational Facility Saturday morning. Police arrested 50-year-old Steven Kirschbaum of Seymour on charges of intimidation, pointing a firearm and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. He was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 5:44 a.m. where he is being held without bond pending his initial hearing. According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Carothers, deputies were called to the 2600 block of North State Road 11 after a report of shots fired. Kirschbaum and a woman had been in an argument when Kirschbaum went outside and fired a .40-caliber handgun through a wall into the house. Sheriff Carothers says at least six bullets entered the home where the woman was sitting in a chair and struck a television near where the woman was sitting. Police say alcohol is believe to have played a role in the incident.
A Lawrence County man was arrested early Sunday morning after he crashed his car into mailboxes and utility poles on Heltonville Road. Bedford Police arrested 24-year-old Devon Young of Norman on charges of operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or greater, OWI endangerment, OWI per se and leaving the scene of an accident. According to the police report, Young was traveling east in the 110 block of Heltonville Road when his 2006 Pontiac Torrent went off the side of the road breaking two telephone poles and a mailbox owned by James Pentezer. He then fled the scene. Police located Young and his car just east of the accident scene. Young was taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation and a blood draw. AT&T was notified and replaced the broken poles.
Fridy, April 28th, 2018
A Dubois County driver was charged with operating while intoxicated after his truck ran into a home in near Mentor Thursday night. According to police reports, police were called to the report of a pickup that had crashed into a home on the 9600 block of State Road 64 at about 10:23 p.m. Police determined that 47 year old Woodie Edwards, of Huntingburg, was westbound on State Road 64 when the 1996 Ford F-150 he was operating went off the south side of the road. The truck struck the residence causing damage to the foundation of the home as well as an 2011 Chevrolet Impala parked in the garage. Edwards was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for medical clearance where he tested a .09 percent blood alcohol content. He was then charged with operating while intoxicated and booked into the Dubois County Jail. Edwards posted bond and is awaiting a court appearance on May 2, 2018, in Dubois County Superior Court. A Sternberg’s wrecker assisted at the scene.
Four individuals face drug dealing accusations following a Thursday search at a Jasper apartment. The Dubois Superior Court probation department had requested help locating 20 year old Taylor K. Frick, who does not have a current address, regarding a probation matter related to a February methamphetamine conviction, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. At 10:01 a.m., Thursday the search for Frick took deputies and Jasper Police Department officers, including that agency’s narcotics officer, to the Geoplex Apartments in Jasper. Police sought the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office’s assistance in obtaining a search warrant for the apartment of 46-year-old Gabriel Bobu after officers reported spotting drugs and paraphernalia on a coffee table when the unit’s door was opened. Bobu; 25 year old Jeremy Bryant, 20 year old Taylor Frick; and 31 year old Zachary Hamilton, all of Jasper were at the apartment. A search allegedly revealed the presence of methamphetamine and heroin bagged for resale. Scales and marijuana were also found.All four individuals are being preliminarily charged with Level 4 felony counts of dealing narcotics and dealing methamphetamine, Level 6 felony counts of methamphetamine possession and possession of narcotic drugs and misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia. Bryant, Frick and Hamilton were additionally charged with misdemeanor counts of visiting a common nuisance, while Bobu was preliminarily charged with a Level 6 felony count of maintaining a common nuisance. Authorities booked Bryant, Frick and Hamilton into the Dubois County Security Center.
Police ticketed a motorist after a three-vehicle collision last Saturday afternoon in Jasper.
According to police, at around 12:20PM, 80 year old Edward Eckert, of Jasper, was northbound on Newton Street in a 2008 Ford Edge at the time when police say Eckert was stopped in traffic when his SUV was rear-ended by a 2006 Hyundai Tucson driven by 18 year old Samantha Jarboe of Ferdinand. The impact then pushed the Eckert Ford into the rear of a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox driven by 57 year old Marcella Stevens, of Jasper. Jarboe allegedly told officers she had briefly looked away from the roadway and, when she looked back, she discovered traffic stopped too late to avoid a collision.Damage was estimated at $6,000 to the Jarboe Hyundai and $2,000 to the Eckert Ford. The Stevens Chevrolet did not show visible damage. A passenger in the Eckert Ford, 77-year-old Nancy Eckert, complained of neck pain but declined to be transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital, according to police. An officer cited Jarboe for following too closely.
Thursday, April 26th, 2018
An accident on State Road 59 between Linton and Jasonville left a motorcyclist dead. The accident happened around 12 a.m. this morning. According to the Greene County Sheriff's Department, 55-year-old Richard Cash, of Linton, was traveling south on North State Road 5, south of County ROad 400 North when his 1989 Honda VF700 struck a cow. Cash was thrown from the motorcycle. When officers arrived on scene the man had no pulse and was not breathing he had suffered fatal injuries.
The search for a Crothersville man led to the arrest of 10 people on drug-related charges late Tuesday. Crothersville Police Chief Brent Turner says officer obtained a search warrant for two address looking for 34-year-old Daniel Weisan who was wanted on charges of intimidation. At 6:45 p.m. police arrived at the first home at 107 North East Street and detected the odor of marijuana. There were seven people in the home. Police seized marijuana, meth, syringes and other drug paraphernalia. Arrested were 49 year old Gary Rutherford, 34 year old Charles Hickman, 43 Year Old Herman Curtis Eldridge, 40 year old Sabrina Jensen, 44 year old Carl Perkins, and 56 year old Rose Victorino, all of Crothersville, on various charges and 37 year old Jolene Robinson,of Austin, was also arrested. Police entered the second home at 306 West Walnut Street around 9:30 p.m. and found marijuana, a marijuana plant, meth, scales, bags and other paraphernalia used in the distribution of meth. Police arrested: 39 year old James Cecil Parnell, of Seymour, 40 year old Shannon Parnell, and 45 year old Scott Staley, both of Crothersville, on various drug charges. All ten are being held at the Jackson County Jail. The Crothersville Police Department was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and the Austin Police Department K-9 unit.
Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
A two vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Stars Boulevard and East Boyd Lane on Friday. According to an accident report filed by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department said that 17 year old Cadence Burkhart of 2640 U.S. 50 East was traveling south on Stars Boulevard in a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu. 44 year old Lori Snoddy of Heltonville was traveling north on Stars Boulevard, driving a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck. At the intersection, Burkhart turned left onto East Boyd Lane into Snoddy’s path and hit the pickup truck. Burkhart, complained of chest pain while Snoddy, experienced pain in her shoulder and upper arm. Each of the vehicles sustained front end damage. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and the airbags deployed in both vehicles.
A Bloomington resident was taken to a hospital Saturday after the van he was riding in crashed into a tree. At 3:34 p.m., 34-year-old James W. Hughes, 52 Meridian St., was driving a 2000 Dodge Caravan north on North Jackson Street, near Redbud Lane, the report stated. 24 year old David Ulshafer and a woman, Sarah Hughes, were passengers in the vehicle. The vehicle ran off the east side of the road, eventually crashing into a tree, the report stated. Hughes told police he had been suffering from migraines, which may have caused him to black out while driving. One of James Hughes’ co-workers, who came to pick him up after the crash, told police he also may have been fatigued from working extra hours. Ulshafer suffered abrasions and cuts to his knees, according to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department accident report. James and Sarah Hughes were not taken to a hospital. All three people were wearing seat belts. Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance, AMR/St. Vincent Dunn Hospital ambulance and Shawswick Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.
Monday, April 23rd, 2018
A Lawrence County woman suffered a head injury after she crashed her Blazer Sunday morning into a building at Stone City Products. According to a Bedford Police report, at around 10:25AM, when officers responded to the plant on Seventh Street they met an employee saying the injured woman was inside the plant. The woman 75-year-old Tommie McSoley, of Bedford couldn't tell police how she got injured or how she got to Stone City Products. Employees at the plant told police McSoley had told them earlier that she was in a vehicle but wasn't sure where the vehicle was and that it was possibly somewhere to the southeast of the factory. An IU Health Hospital ambulance crew responded and treated McSoley. Police then began searching for her vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer, they located it on the east side of one of Stone City Products buildings. The vehicle had been driven through the external wall and was still running. Officers turned off the vehicle and searched for anyone in the building and found none. McSoley suffered bleeding to the head. McSoley refused to be transported to a local hospital for treatment. Her grandson then responded to the factory and took her home.McSoley's vehicle was dislodged from the building and towed by Mikel's Wrecker Service.
A Lawrence County woman was arrested Saturday night after Bedford Police say she left her toddler in a running vehicle while she went tanning. Bedford Officers responded to Total Tan on M Street at 7:40 p.m. after a report of a toddler left unsupervised in a running vehicle. When officers arrived they found a sleeping toddler in a running white Ford with the doors locked. Officers then entered the business looking for the toddler's parent, identified as 20 year old Shelby McClung of Bedford. The employee told police there was only one person tanning and that person was called to the front to speak with officers. The McClung told police she didn't see a problem with leaving the child in the vehicle while she tanned. Police then arrested McClung, on a charge of neglect of a dependant. Officers then alerted the Department of Child Services who released the child to a family member.
Sunday afternoon shortly after 6:00 pm, A Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy was in his driveway located just off of U.S. 31 South of Scottsburg. He was just starting his work shift when a motorcycle passed his residence going South at an extremely high rate of speed. The deputy pulled out of his driveway and attempted to catch up to the motorcycle. As the motorcycle went into a curve approximately a quarter of a mile North of Edrington Road, it crossed the center line striking a 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the passenger side front. The driver of the motorcycle, 25 year old Dmytri Weddington, of Scottsburg, was thrown from the vehicle, a 1997 Yamaha. Weddington was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 42 year old David Cunningham, and his front seat passenger, 41 year old Kristine Cunningham, both from Scottsburg, IN, were slightly injured and transported to the Scott County Hospital by Scott County E.M.S. This investigation is continuing. Both occupants of the Jeep Grand Cherokee were wearing seat belts.
Friday, April 20th, 2018
A Springville man suffered minor bleeding to his head after crashing his Cadillac at Steak 'n Shake on Wednesday afternoon. According to a Bedford Police report, A worker in the drive thru at Steak 'n Shake noticed a man passed out in the driver's seat of a 2014 Cadillac ATS in the drive-thru. She knocked on the driver's window and the driver would not respond. She then opened the door and attempted to pull 48-year-old Scott McNeelan of Springville from the vehicle. While doing that the car accelerated forward and went over an embankment. Brown and another employee at Steak 'n Shake removed McNeelan, who was unconscious from the car and attended to him until emergency personnel arrived on the scene.
There will soon be a large vacancy in the Germantown Shopping Center on Jasper’s north side. The Carson’s store, which began as an Elder-Beerman store in 2000, will close its doors following the bankruptcy of its parent company, Bon-Ton. Liquidation sales will start soon at all stores owned by Bon-Ton — Carson’s, Bergner’s, Herberger’s, Elder-Beerman, Bon-Ton, Younkers and Boston Stores — Bon-Ton said in a press release Wednesday following the Bankruptcy Court’s approval of the sale of Bon-Ton’s assets to liquidators Great American Group LLC and Tiger Capital Group. The upcoming Carson’s closure comes at a time of change for the retail landscape in Jasper. J.C. Penney closed last summer; it was located in the Jasper Manor Shopping Center. Office retailer Staples, which was located on the city’s north side, also closed last year. However, some new retail is on the horizon for the Jasper area. JOANN Fabrics and Crafts will open in the Germantown Shopping Center in May and a Ross Dress for Less will open soon in Jasper’s North Ridge Shopping Center.
Thursday, April 17th, 2018
A Lawrence County woman suffered minor bleeding to her face after a two-vehicle accident at 16th Street and N street Wednesday night. According to a Bedford Police report, 29-year-old Alicia Steele of Royal Oak, MI was facing north in a 2018 GMC Yukon on N Street and was waved forward into traffic to make a left hand turn. At the same time, police say 22-year-old Kaitlyn Lewis of Bedford was traveling east on 16th Street, in a 2006 Chevrolet pickup when Steele pulled into the path of Lewis' pickup. Steele was not injured, Lewis suffered minor bleeding to her face.
A Dubois County man was arrested after allegedly making some disturbing statements at MasterBrand Cabinets in Ferdinand Wednesday. According to police, they were called to the incident at about 1:22 p.m. The 20-year-old man was located in the office waiting room when police arrived. Witnesses, employees at MasterBrand, told police that the man was acting as if he was under the influence of something. Police determined that the man had driven his car to the plant, it was found in the parking lot running, and he was allegedly in possession of marijuana, rolling papers and a small marijuana cigarette. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct. After being cleared by medical staff at Memorial Hospital he was booked into the Dubois County Jail. A tow truck from Berg’s Garage towed the man’s car. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Memorial Hospital security assisted with the incident.
Monday, April 16th, 2018
A Lawrence woman was sentenced to five years in prison with two and a half years suspended to supervised probation. 33-year-old Diana Terrell of Bedford plead guilty in a negotiated plea deal to charges of possession of meth. The charges of dealing a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia were dismissed. Lawrence County Superior Court Judge John Plummer III gave Terrell credit for 195 days served in jail. Terrell and her husband, 37-year-old Michael Terrell, were arrested in July 26, 2017 after a confidential informant told a Lawrence County Police Department officer heroin could be purchased from Michael Terrell. A police informant with Terrell and purchased heroin and fentanyl. In a police video of the purchase, Michael is seen weighing the drugs, while a female voice identified as Diana's can be heard. Lawrence County Drug Task Force officers then served a search warrant at the Terrell's home at 808 Smith Avenue. Both Terrells were found in a bedroom of the home where officers found used syringes, meth and drug paraphernalia. Michael Terrell also plead guilty to the charges in a negotiated plea deal. He was sentenced in December of last year to 9 years in jail and given credit for 140 days served.
Bedford police are telling motorists to lock their doors. Once again Bedford Police are receiving numerous calls of thefts from vehicle. This seems to be a common trend in most theft cases. In addition to locking your doors, motorist should remove firearms, valuables, and anything else someone with sticky fingers may want to steal. If residents do notice anyone snooping around vehicles or out of place, call police immediately. Be sure to get a description of the person and a vehicle if they are in one and direction of travel.
An investigation led police to accuse a Jasper woman of multiple felony drug offenses Friday. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Huntingburg Police Department went to an apartment in the 600 block of East Fifth Street in Jasper and allegedly located heroin, methamphetamine, hypodermic syringes and a firearm. Taken into custody was 39 year old Tommi Opel, of Jasper. Authorities booked Opel into the Dubois County Jail at 5:57 p.m. on preliminary charges that included Level 3 felony counts of dealing a narcotic drug and dealing methamphetamine, Level 5 felony counts of possessing a narcotic drug and possessing methamphetamine and 2 misdemeanor counts of illegal possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia
Friday, April 13th, 2018
A two car accident occurred early this afternoon in Jasper. According to Jasper Police reports, at around 2:18Pm, 60 year old Paula Eyman, of Jasper, was exiting the Azura Cafe & Grill restaurant’s north lot on Third Avenue in a 2004 Jaguar XK8. Eyman was preparing to go north on Third Avenue and there was backed up traffic at the scene. She pulled out of the lot without seeing a southbound 2000 Buick Century that was in Third Avenue’s turn lane preparing to go east on State Road 164, officers said. The Eyman Jaguar drove into the path of a Buick driven by 17 old Lydia Cantner, of Jasper and the vehicles collided. Damage was estimated at $5,000 to the Jaguar and $4,000 to the Buick. An officer cited Eyman for failing to yield the right of way.
Bloomington police put out an alert Thursday for a man accused of battering, strangling and stabbing a woman repeatedly over three days. The victim told police that on Monday, 34-year-old Brandon Michael Richardson began yelling and beating her over relationship problems. Doctors determined the woman suffered severe injuries during the attack – among them multiple fractures to her face and eye socket, a broken vertebrae in her back and broken ribs. Following the initial assault, the woman told police Richardson continued to strangle her and confined her in a room with a dog leash around her neck. He allegedly also stabbed her repeatedly.
An elderly couple has died after a fire in southeastern Indiana. Firefighters said it happened in Knox County Thursday morning and by the time they got there, the house was already being consumed. 86-year-old Bobbie Horrall and his wife, 84-year-old Marilyn Horral both died in that fire. Investigators have not yet said what may have caused it.
Thursday, April 12th, 2018
A Lawrence County teenager was sent to a Bedford hospital after suffering neck injuries from driving her vehicle into a utility pole. According to Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department reports, 18 year old Madison Kimmel, of Bedford, driving a 2008 Pontiac G5, was southbound on Peerless Road past Walnut Heights Road on Wednesday afternoon. Kimmel said she looked down for a moment, and realized when she looked back up that she was about to hit a utility pole. Kimmel then attempted to swerve her car to miss the pole, but struck it with the end of the car. The car spun and came to rest south of the pole, facing north on Peerless Road. The car was towed by Mikels Wrecker Service. The utility pole was not damaged.
A Princeton man and a Vincennes man were charged with 13 different counts after a car chase ended with them crashing and running from police Wednesday evening. The incident began when police received a report of a reckless driver eastbound on Interstate 64 at at the 58 mile-marker. The motorist reported the Dodge Charger was driving in excess of 100 mph. Indiana State Troop Kern observed the suspect vehicle passing the Ferdinand exit near the 63 mile-marker and was not able to catch up to the Dodge Charger until the 72 mile-marker near I-64 and State Road 145. According to Kern, the driver, later identified as 40 year old Zeberiah M. Stilwell, of Princeton, exited I-64 and traveled north on State Road 145 where he disregarded an INDOT barricade that was in place indicating a road closure. Stilwell continued northbound on State Road 145 before making an abrupt u-turn and driving back south. He was heading straight at Trooper Kern who was attempting to exit his patrol car. Stillwell swerved before striking Kern and drove through a field near Taylor Hollow Road ending up crashing into a ditch.Stilwell and his passenger, 22 year old William B. McCarter, of Vincennes, both exited the vehicle and attempted escape on foot. Kern apprehended McCarter near the crash location. Meanwhile, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a homeowner reporting a suspect was attempting to break into their residence which was located near the crash location. Moments later Trooper Blunk and Dubois County Deputy Gogel arrived and spotted Stilwell running through the woods away from the residence.Blunk and Gogel were able to chase down and apprehend Stilwell. Stilwell was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance for a medical evaluation before he was transported to the Dubois County Jail. Sergeant Mark Green, Senior Trooper Charlie Johnson, Troopers Blunk, Henning, Nolan, Griffith along with Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputies Monarrez and Gogel, Birdseye First Responders, Jasper Memorial Hospital EMS and KARS Towing.
The Knox County Prosecutor’s Office has filed two counts of driving while intoxicated causing death, a Level 5 Felony, against 34 year old Kyle Mason, of Oaktown. The criminal charges stem from an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of February 4th near Oaktown. Mason was issued a summons to appear in court for his initial hearing on May 21 at 10:00 a.m. in Knox County Circuit Court. The incident occurred on February 4. According to authorities, Kyle Mason, 34 of Oaktown, was driving a military-model Humvee with his wife Breezie, 33, and two friends, Cody Meeks, 33, and Meeks’ wife Meaghan, 32, four-wheeling in a field at about 1 a.m. The Humvee drove off an embankment and went into the river. Mr. Meeks and Mr. Mason were able to exit the Humvee and swim to the bank. The two women did not make it out. Meeks and Mason ran about a mile and a half back to Mason’s residence to get help but there was no phone at the residence and two men’s phones were in the river. Mr. Mason got another four-wheel vehicle and headed back to the river to attempt to locate the women while Mr. Meeks ran to a nearby residence to call for help.Emergency crews from numerous agencies responded. Divers located the vehicle but due to a strong current, they had a difficult time securing and removing it from the Wabash River. At approximately 10:30 a.m. that Sunday, crews located both women when they pulled the vehicle to the surface.During the investigation, it was determined that Mason had a blood alcohol content above the legal limit at the approximate time he drove off the embankment and into the Wabash River.
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
Late Monday evening, troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg received information that a possible wanted person was hiding out at 505 West Cherry Street in Austin. Troopers and officers from the Austin City Police arrived at the house and searched the house for Travis Lee McCleery, the wanted person. During the course of the search, pieces of drug paraphernalia were located in the home. After locating the drug paraphernalia troopers obtained a search warrant for the residence. During the search, several used syringes and other pieces of drug paraphernalia with Methamphetamine residue were located. The wanted person, Travis McCleery, was also located, hiding behind a panel in the insulation of the attic. Travis McCleery, Misty Collins and Charles McIntosh were all arrested out of the home and transported to the Scott County Jail. Approximately three grams of Methamphetamine was located on Misty Collins at the jail.
A Brown County man was sentenced Friday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to child solicitation in a negotiated plea deal. According to Brown County Circuit Court records, police began investigating 46-year-old Jody Jaggers, of 9814 Short Chute Road, in August 2015 after the victim filed a protective order against him in Vigo County. The victim told police Jaggers had abused her for several years starting when she was 12-years-old and that the crimes happened in Brown, Johnson, Lawrence and Monroe counties. He was arrested on Oct. 2, 2015 on a Vigo County warrant for identity deception and invasion of privacy after he created a fake Facebook account under a false name to contact the victim. He pleaded guilty to those crimes in July 2016 and was sentenced to serve 20 days in jail and was placed on two-and-half years probation. He violated his probation and a warrant was filed on Jan. 4, 2018. Jaggers was arrested again on March 21, 2017, on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation in Brown County. The charge of sexual misconduct with a minor was dropped in the plea deal. He plead guilty to the crime of child solicitation on March 26th.
A tractor-trailer carrying loaves of bread on North Ind. 37 struck a bridge overpass within the I-69 construction zone near North College Avenue Tuesday morning closed down the highway for more than three hours. According a Monroe County Sheriff's report, 27-year-old Brandon Nicholson, of East Chicago, the driver of the 2006 Freightliner told police he fell asleep while traveling north on State Road 37. Police say the semi drifted across the gravel median and into the southbound lanes hitting the bridge for the North College Avenue exit overpass. The semi stretched across both northbound lanes once it stopped. The roof of the trailer was partially ripped off and slices of bread were scattered across the four-lane highway. Nicholson was not injured, but his 37-year-old female passenger was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital with a serious head injury. Police closed the highway while crews swept away the debris. Traffic was detoured Sample Road until the lanes reopened around 8:35 a.m
Tuesday April 10th, 2018
The Knox County Prosecutor’s Office has filed two counts of Driving While Intoxicated Causing Death, a Level 5 Felony, against Kyle Mason, 34, of Oaktown. The criminal charges stem from an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of February 4th near Oaktown. Mason was issued a summons to appear in court for his initial hearing on May 21 at 10:00 a.m. in Knox County Circuit Court. On February 4 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Mason was four-wheeling in a field near his home when he inadvertently drove off an embankment and into the Wabash River. Mason and his front seat passenger, Cody Meeks, 33, were able to get out of the vehicle and swim to the embankment to get help. Kyle’s wife, Breezie Mason, 33, and Cody’s wife, Meaghan Meeks, 32, were not able to get out from the back seat area and drowned. During the investigation it was determined that Mason had a blood alcohol content above the legal limit at the approximate time he drove off the embankment and into the Wabash River.
A Bloomington man was arrested refusing to return a rental car and then, led officers on a vehicle and then foot pursuit Monday morning. 37-year-old Ardis Griffin III is in jail on charges of resisting law enforcement, aggressive driving, possession of cocaine, possession of a pipe and a warrant for failing to appear in court on charges of auto theft, reckless driving, resisting law enforcement and domestic battery. He is being held in the Monroe County Jail on a $30,500 bond A Bloomington Police officer attempted to pull over Griffin who was driving a silver Kia with no headlights at 3:04 a.m. at South Walnut Street and Winslow Road. Griffin refused to stop and blew through stop signs during a 5-mile chase with speeds reaching 70 miles per hour. After heading north on South Basswood Drive, the car turned on to South Mueller Parkway where officers flattened its tires with stop sticks. Despite its flattened tires, Griffin did not stop. The pursuit continued west on West Third Street, turning into the TNW Automotive parking lot. The car then struck a log. Griffin jumped from the car and ran from the scene and was captured after a brief foot pursuit. The pursuit lasted around six minutes. Inside the car, police found a glass smoking pipe and a small bag of white powder which police believe to be cocaine. Police discovered the Kia had been reported stolen Sunday after a woman reported Griffin had borrowed the car she had rented about three weeks ago. The woman told police she had asked Griffin repeatedly to return the car but he refused.
The Harrison County Police Department says a suspected runaway teenager may have been spotted in the Martinsville area recently. FOX59 News reports, 16-year-old Sky Leigh Goller was reported missing to Harrison County police on March 22. She is approximately 5'8″ and 120 lbs, with brown hair and green eyes. She is known to wear glasses. She was last seen wearing black leggings with gold polka dots with a red North Face jacket in her possession. Police say they believe she was in the Martinsville area recently, but did not provide specific information. They did not indicate she was in immediate danger. If you have any information that could help reunite Goller with her family, please contact Detective Carri Bowers with the Harrison County Police Department at (812) 738-2195. If you know Sky's current location please contact your local law enforcement agency.
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
A Lawrence County man was arrested Saturday after police found meth in his sport utility vehicle. According to police reports, At 7:09 p.m., a Mitchell Police Department officer pulled over a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer at Meridian and Warren streets for going 62 mph in a 45-mph zone. The driver was 21-year-old Dakota Norman of Bedford and his license was suspended. The officer asked if he could search the vehicle, and Norman agreed. As the officer opened the back door, he immediately noticed a syringe lying in the back driver’s seat. Later, police found a second syringe in the back seat. Both contained a substance that field-tested for meth. Norman is facing charges of possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance and was also ticketed for driving with a suspended license. He was then taken to the Lawrence County jail. As of this morning, he was at the jail with no bond set.
Arson may have been the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant house trailer on Brown Street Tuesday morning. According to a Mitchell Police report, a t 5:30 a.m., M itchell VFD and Marion Township Rural Fire Department firefighters went to the 3040 Brown Street for a report of a fire. “When firefighters arrived, the trailer was pretty well gone . The fire originated somewhere in the front living room. Fi refighters were at the home for about three hours and the property is owned by Leroy Brown.
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
A Martin county woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to causing the fatal accident that resulted in the death of her mother. 40-year-old Heather Christmas of Loogootee pleaded guilty Tuesday to one county o operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or greater causing death in a negotiated plea deal. She is facing a possible five years in jail and will be sentenced on June 11 at 2:30 p.m. Police say Heather Dawn Christmas, also known as Heather Carrico, was arrested after Daviess County Sheriff's Department received a call on February 16, 2017 around 8:30 p.m. reporting a vehicle was submerged in West Boggs Lake near County Road 1200 East, just south of St. Mary's Road. When police arrived they found one person still inside the 2005 Ford Taurus and immediately entered the water and pulled 62-year-old Joyce D. Christmas, of Loogootee, out of the vehicle. Joyce Christmas was rushed to Daviess Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Joyce was an employee of Buehler's Buy-Low grocery deli in Loogootee. Police say Heather Christmas was driving the Ford Taurus north on County Road 1200 East when the car left the roadway, striking multiple cable barriers before going down an embankment and into West Boggs Lake. Heather Christmas was able to get out of the vehicle. Police say Heather Christmas had a blood-alcohol level of 0.25 percent following the accident.
A failed computer system is one reason Muller true Value Hardware in Ferdinand is closing doors after 45 years. Monday, April 30th will be the last day of operation for the locally owned hardware store. The closing is due to several factors including a failed computer system that caused inventory issues and the lack of communication and support to fix the problems. Without an accurate inventory count, the team at Muller True Value Hardware found it difficult to completely help a customer and often, employees were able to help them halfway through the problem, but ultimately were forced to order the rest of it online or send the customer to shop with a competitor to complete the task at hand. Also, after running the Company as a cooperative since it’s establishment, True Value Company , headquarted in Chicago, has recently announced its possible sale of majority stocks to the private investment company, ACON Investments
A possible lightning strike in Dubois County results in home damage. Dubois County and Ireland firefighters were called to a fire in at 621 South Dubois County Road 400 West near Ireland late Monday evening . When firefighters arrived they found flames in the attic of the home and were able to knock them down with fire extinguishers. No one was injured. Seifert said the home was occupied and owned by James Corbin. The department was on scene for over an hour.
Tuesday, April 3d, 2018
A woman was injured Monday in a Bloomington house fire. Firefighters were called to the 1200 block of East Hillside Drive around 1:30 p.m.Heavy smoke was seen coming from the home. Police officers closed East Hillside Drive to traffic, between Woodlawn and Highland avenues, while firefighters extinguished the blaze. Officials say a 70-year-old woman inside called 911 to report the fire and let crews know she was trapped. Firefighters were able to find her and carry her out of the home. She was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital hospital in stable condition before being transported to Eskenazi Health via Lifeline.She was the only one in the home when the fire broke out. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the blaze
The Department of Natural Resources says the Free Fishing Days this year are scheduled for April 21, May 19 and June 2-3. Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state's public waters on Free Fishing Days. On all other days, only youth - age 17 and younger - and a few other special anglers are exempt from the license requirement. If you enjoyed the Free Fishing Days, consider purchasing a fishing license so you can fish throughout the entire year (license year is April 1 to March 31 of the following year). Fishing license cost $17. A trout stamp cost $11. License sales fund fisheries management, maintain public access sites, and provide free sport fishing educational programs.
Orleans Dogwood Festival organizers are excited to announce that this year's 50th Anniversary kick off weekend activities will include a special community event with celebrity guest Bluegrass Hall of Fame Legend and member of the "Darling Family" on The Andy Griffith Show - Rodney Dillard. The musical program is set for Sunday evening, April 22 beginning at 7 p.m. at Orleans Christian Church's Unity Hall. The Andy Griffith Show has captured the hearts of Americans since the 1960s. Its emphasis on family values, Christian principals and simply "doing the right thing" made it the most popular show in television history. Rodney Dillard was one of the beloved "Darling boys" on many episodes. Through the years, he, his brothers, paw and sister Charlene would roll into town on the old truck and fill Mayberry with their mountain bluegrass music and dead pan humor. Rodney Dillard and his wife Beverly are bringing their wonderfully acclaimed program to the opening weekend activities of the 50th Annual Orleans Dogwood Festival on Sunday, April 22, proclaiming those cherished Mayberry Values that are so rapidly disappearing in our society today. Using humor, stories, testimonies, scriptures, song and video presentations, the Dillards are able to touch and inspire families and individuals of all ages. As they say in Mayberry, lets get "all keyed up" - this time for the Lord. The program is free; however a free-will offering will be received and everyone is welcome to attend.
Monday, April 2nd, 2018
Indiana State Police and Orange County Sheriff's Department are warning business owners and residents in Orange and surrounding counties of counterfeit $100 dollar bills. Over the past several days, the Orange County Sheriff's Department has received reports from West Baden Springs, French Lick, Paoli, Mitchell and Orleans Police Departments of counterfeit $100 bills being passed at various businesses. Police have a list of four possible suspects who have passed a total of $900, all in $100 dollar bills. Business owners reported all of the bills passed an ink test, looked authentic in size, but did have a bleached smell and slightly distorted image quality. Anyone who discovers they are in possession of counterfeit bills, or are able to identify the suspects, are asked to contact Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Within 48 hours of snow falling the night of Easter Sunday across Indianapolis and central Indiana, the threat of severe weather returns to the area. The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says hail and strong winds near 30 miles an hour will be the biggest threat with the storms on Tuesday afternoon, which could move into central Indiana around 4 p.m. and leave the area around 8 p.m. with the bigger threat in the Q-100 listening area.
Notre Dame used a buzzer beater to its advantage again. The Fighting Irish defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs 61-58 to win their first championship in 17 years with a buzzer-beating three-pointer from junior guard Arike Ogunbowale. Ogunbowale also scored a buzzer-beater at the end of Notre Dame's game against UConn on Friday.
Friday, March 30th, 2018
A Lawrence County man escaped injuries Friday morning after being involved in a plane crash at the Virgil I. Grissom Municipal Airport. According to Lawrence County police reports, Indiana State Police dispatch received the initial call about the crash. Local police were told about the plane crash at 10:36 a.m. Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham said the man was piloting a 1964 Beechcraft Baron. The pilots name is unknown and the Indiana State Police is in charge of investigating the incident. Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department, Bedford Fire Department and AMR/St. Vincent Dunn Hospital ambulance also responded to the scene.
A 50-year-old Lawrence County woman was taken to a hospital Friday morning after a crash at Fifth and N streets. According to a police report, At 9:37 a.m., Tammi Strunk of Bedford was driving west on Fifth Street in her red 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. As she was approaching N Street, she was hit by a 2003 Chevrolet Impala driven by 51-year-old Suzanne Orr, of Bedford. Orr said she entered the Fifth Street intersection from N Street and didn't see Strunk's vehicle. A witness told police Orr did not fully stop at the intersection, and only looked one way before pulling into the intersection. Strunk, complained of pain to her hip and upper leg area. Orr complained of pain after the accident, but was not taken to a hospital.
A Dubois County man was arrested after he allegedly brandished a collapsible baton in the Jasper Walmart today. According to reports, Jasper officers were called to the store at about 10:56 a.m. for the report of a disorderly individual with the baton. When they arrived, they were directed to the suspect by Walmart employees. They stopped the man identified as 56 year old Michael McCracken, of Jasper, to speak to him about the incident. He was detained and officers allegedly found a collapsible baton on his person. According to Walmart employees, McCracken had allegedly been in the store’s electronics department and had gotten upset. He was allegedly yelling and cussing the clerk working in the department. It was disruptive enough that other customers were attempting to calm McCracken down and he began yelling at them as well. Store management went to the department and asked him to leave several times before he finally started towards the front of the store. Once they made it to the front, the employees said, McCracken suddenly turned on them and pulled out the baton. He allegedly yelled at them and swung the baton at an employee several times. He allegedly continued to yell at the store employees while in the parking lot until police arrived and then he began to walk away. Police charged McCracken with a Level 5 felony count of intimidation with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. He was booked into the Dubois County Jail.
Thursday, March 29th, 2018
A Dubois County man was arrested after he crashed his pickup truck into a utility pole Tuesday evening. According to police reports, just before 10 p.m. Huntingburg City Police responded to an accident that occurred along North Van Buren Street. A 2005 Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by 25-year-old Drake Neal of Huntingburg was traveling north in the 700 block of North Van Buren when his truck left the roadway, struck a utility pole, breaking the pole. Neal then traveled into an alleyway, sideswiped a second pole a and then an air conditioning unit. The truck continued eastbound in the alley finally stopping in a ditch. Neal was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, OWI endangerment, operating a vehicle while intoxicated on a controlled substance, criminal recklessness, reckless drive and leaving the scene of an accident.Huntingburg Police were assisted at the scene by the Indiana State Police, Huntingburg Fire Department, Memorial EMS, Huntingburg Utilities and KARS towing.
A Floyd County man has been sentenced to 30 years by the Dubois County Circuit Court. 58 year old Stephen Recker of New Albany Recker, was charged with fraud following a joint investigation by Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office and the Indiana State Police. Recker has pled guilty to five counts of securities fraud and two counts of theft. The investigation began in 2015 after family members of a victim had concerns about suspicious investments being made with Recker and contacted authorities. A joint investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Indiana Secretary of State, Securities Division discovered that Recker was selling securities to at least seven families in Dubois county, taking money from his clients and claiming to put the funds in investments. Instead, he used the money he collected to pay for his gambling habit. No profits were ever disbursed to clients. Recker was sentenced to 30 years, to be served as 20 years in the Department of Correction, followed by four years home detention and six years on probation. He was ordered to pay $553,298 in restitution to his victims.
Nearly every member of one Indiana University fraternity has fallen sick with a virus, according to Chuck Carney, spokesman for the university. Carney did not want to say which fraternity was affected by the virus but said it appears to be a "highly contagious" gastrointestinal virus. 50 of the fraternity's 52 members are currently ill and are experiencing the same symptoms. The virus first started making its rounds last week and Carney says as of Wednesday evening nearly every member had fallen ill. So far no one has had to be hospitalized.
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
An Orange County teenager was injured when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed on Sendelweck Curve Tuesday. 17 year old Jacie Brown, of French Lick was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2003 Saturn car at 2:45 p.m. and when the vehicle entered Sendelweck Curve, police say it lost traction on the wet roadway and the rear of the vehicle began to spin to the right. This forced the vehicle into the opposing lane of travel and Brown overcorrected causing the vehicle to go off the south side of the road.The car hit an embankment and then flipped over onto its top before sliding back onto the roadway and coming to a stop facing east. Brown was treated at the scene by Haysville Volunteer Fire Department First Responders before being transported by Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services to Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Police said she complained of back pain. The car was considered a total loss according to police.
Jasper police are investigating a break-in at a Jasper business and offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons involved.According to police, La Frontera, 221 S. U.S. 231, was broken into and vandalized sometime between 9:30 p.m. Monday and 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).
The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that $161.2 million in federal transportation funding is being awarded to 66 cities, towns, and counties in rural portions of Indiana to invest in local road and bridge improvements as well as sidewalk and trail projects. Combined with local funds, approximately $212 million is being invested in infrastructure in communities receiving funds. Types of projects receiving funds include 27 bridge rehabilitation/replacement projects; 31 resurfacing/reconstruction projects; 17 Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) projects that include work such as sidewalks, ADA ramps, and trails; and 6 traffic safety projects.
Monies received include: Lawrence County: for work in District 1 - $552,240., Daviess County: $4,528,000. and Salem: Sou - $1,585,975. Rural communities were invited to submit project applications to INDOT for potential funding during a call for projects announced in October 2017
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