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 Wednesday, January 10th, 2016

Indiana State Police arrested 33-year-old Jessie Grimes of Palmyra on Tuesday after police say he allegedly had sex with a family member.  Trooper Chris Tucker from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg conducted his investigation while working with the Harrison County Department of Family and Children.  ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin says during the investigation Trooper Tucker discovered that Grimes allegedly had sex with an underage family member and also allegedly had shown at least one child, pornographic material. This activity had allegedly occurred between August of 2015 and February 1 of this year in Harrison County.  Jessie Grimes was arrested on 20 counts of incest, 20 counts of sexual misconduct with a minor 2 counts of dissemination of matter harmful to minors.  Grimes was incarcerated at the Harrison County Jail without bond awaiting his first court appearance.

The Sierra Club is targeting a southern Indiana power plant in its campaign to close aging coal-fired power stations. The environmental group says it has collected more than 1,000 signatures from Indiana Michigan Power customers urging the utility to replace half of the power generation at its Rockport plant with renewable energy sources.  A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report shows the Ohio River plant about 25 miles east of Evansville released more than 5.9 million pounds of toxic pollution in 2014.  Indiana Michigan spokeswoman Melissa McHenry tells the Evansville Courier and Press that report is misleading because more than half of the 5.9 million pounds were from ash generated by burning coal.  She says the company plans to install new technology to control sulfur dioxide from the plant.

He tried to pick up a teenager in Indiana.  Now a man from Kentucky is facing a slew of charges.  Joseph Tindle allegedly sent explicit pictures and text to a 15 year old girl from Harrison County after meeting her at a party.  Tindle is 38.  He’s said to have known that the girl was 15 when he met her.

Winter is here,, maybe to stay a period.  A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued until 10am tomorrow morning (Wednesday).  Intermittent snow showers, expected this afternoon and evening.   Roads could become even more slick and hazardous with whats there already.  About an inch is expected.  Gusty winds will complicate the weather situation reducing visibility at times.  Lingering moisture has created a layer of ice covered with snow on many county roads.  Research has shown that more traffic accidents occur with an inch or less of snow , before drivers realize traction is reduced. 

Icy conditions contributed to a 3-vehicle accident that took a Huntingburg man’s life Monday evening on U.S. 231 in WITZ Bottoms.  According to an article in the Dubois County Free Press, Deputies and Huntingburg officers were dispatched to the accident around 7 p.m. Witnesses told police that a 2001 Chevrolet Tracker driven by Sameer C. Metha, 39, of Huntingburg, was southbound on U.S. 231 south of Witz Road when it hit a patch of ice on the bridge and lost control. The Tracker slid into the oncoming lane of traffic and collided head-on with a 2014 Toyota Tundra driven by Jeremy Brewer, 36, of Jasper.  After the initial collision, a 2008 Chevrolet Impala driven by Michale Carie collided with the rear of the Toyota.  The Jasper Fire Department had to extricate all three drivers from their vehicles.   Metha died at the scene. Brewer’s leg was injured, and he was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Carie did not complain of any injuries.  All three vehicles were totaled in the accident.

(MARTINSVILLE) - A man wanted on rape charges in Lebanon shot himself Thursday evening after a police pursuit in Morgan County.     Police say 49-year-old Todd Richardson fatally shot himself after deputies and U.S. Marshals tried to serve an arrest warrant issued by Johnson County. Richardson was then flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital where he died. The Indiana State Police are investigating the incident.  Richardson, of Franklin, was arrested January 28 by the Lebanon Police Department after new DNA testing techniques led officials to suspect him in the attempted rape of a woman in her Lebanon home in June 1990

 

 

Monday, February 8th, 2016

While on routine patrol in Orleans on February 7,2016 at approximately 4:18 PM an officer with the Orleans Police Dept. spotted an individual he believed was wanted on warrant from Lawrence County. The officer initiated a traffic stop on Jordon T. Karnes 27, of 357 W Jackson street Orleans. After approaching the vehicle the officer noticed an odor emitting from the vehicle that smelled like burning Marijuana. Mr. Karnes was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car while the officer inventoried the vehicle. Located inside the vehicle was additional illegal items. Mr. Karnes was arrested for Possession of Marijuana under 30 grams, possession of Methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, and neglect of a dependant. A further search of Mr. Karnes’s belongings at the jail turned up additional Methamphetamine and he was charged with trafficking with an inmate for taking contraband into the jail.

An Orleans woman and a Bedford man were arrested Friday morning on a warrant charging her with dealing heroin. According to a Bedford Police department report, they arrested 26-year-old Kayla Hawk of Orleans and 29-year-old Brandon Hancock of Bedford just after 6 a.m. Bedford Police Department Detective Justin Dodd arranged two controlled buys using a confidential informant in January to purchase heroin from Hawk, who was living with Hancock at the time. The informant went to Hancock's home, twice. The informant purchased a total of 1.66 grams of powder heroin in the two combined buys. Hawk's child was also in the home.Hawk is facing two counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, two counts of possession of a narcotic drug, two counts of neglect of a dependent and two counts of maintaining a common nuisance. Hancock is charged with dealing in a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug and maintaining a common nuisance.

Jasmine Pickett is now facing new charges in the death of 29-year-old Kamie Ratcliff. The new charge added is aiding, inducing or causing abuse of a corpse, a Level 6 felony added to her other charges of obstruction of justice, false informing and failure to report a dead body. 30-year-old Jasmine Picket posted a $755 cash bond on January 31 and was released from jail and is due to make her first appearance in court February 10 th

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

A Mitchell man has been charged with the murder a missing woman .  of 29-year-old Kami Ratcliff.  , 34-year-old Lincoln Pickett told police he burned 29 year old Kamie Ratcliff's body in a fire behind his home on U.S. 50 West after he says she shot herself. He told police he, his wife Jasmine and Ratcliff were all in the vehicle at the home when on January 21 Ratcliff "freaked out" and shot herself.  After the shooting, Lincoln parked his vehicle in his garage with Ratcliff's body still inside. Then on January 28, seven day later,  he put Kamie's body in a fire burning behind his house.   Jasmine backed up Lincoln's story.  However the remains found in the fire at the Pickett home have not been identified. Indiana State Police are waiting on dental records and DNA test to positively confirm the identity of the victim.  On January 28 police armed with a search warrant returned to the home to search for Ratcliff's belongings.  When officers arrive there was a fire burning behind the home and within the fire, officers located what appeared to be bones   Officers then secured a search warrant for Pickett's home. Inside they found a loaded handgun under a mattress and three long guns.  Now Pickett is being charged with Ratcliff's murder, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent offender; obstruction of justice, abuse of a corpse, two counts of false informing and failure to report a dead body.   Because of the additional charge of murder,Lincoln Pickett is being held without bond.   Jasmine Picket posted a $755 cash bond on Sunday and was released from jail.

Two state troopers were injured Wednesday when a tractor-trailer struck their car while they were diverting traffic on Interstate 69 in Vanderburgh County.  At about 9:10 a.m. CST, Troopers Kylen Compton and Taylor Fox were assisting the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department at a property damage crash involving a semi and a passenger vehicle on I-69 southbound near the 17-mile marker.  Troopers Compton and Fox were in a 2011 Dodge Charger parked in the passing lane diverting traffic into the driving lane. The vehicle’s emergency red and blue lights were activated, and southbound traffic had been moving over to the driving lane without any problems.  Gary Pride, 67, of Otwell, was driving his 2007 Peterbilt tractor-trailer southbound on I-69 and for unknown reasons failed to move over. The tractor crashed into the rear of the patrol car.  After the initial impact, the patrol car was pushed across both lanes and into the guardrail on the west side of I-69. The tractor-trailer drove into the driving lane striking a 2013 Volvo that was traveling south in the driving lane. The Volvo came to a final rest on the shoulder.   The tractor-trailer then struck the guardrail and the concrete bridge wall on the west side before rolling onto its driver’s side and partially onto the 2013 Volvo.   The tractor-trailer was hauling a load of soybeans which spilled over both southbound lanes. The truck driver and the driver of the Volvo, JoAnna Cochren, 45, of Petersburg, were not injured.  Both troopers were transported to Deaconess Gateway Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and later released.

Hoosier Uplands is continuing to accept new applications for the Energy Assistance Program in Lawrence, Orange, Martin and Washington counties.   Households must have a confirmed income at or below 150% of the Office of Management and Budget Poveerty Guidelines.   For more information:
Orange County, call:  723-5368 or 800-893-4191
Lawrence County, call:   279-0412 or 849-4457
Martin County, call 247-3303
Washington County, call 883-5368 or 800-487-8890 

Wednesday, February 3d, 2016

According to an Indiana State Police report, officers with the Huntingburg Police Department received a message at 2 p.m. through social media from a male requesting they meet at League Stadium League Stadium on the south side of town. Concerned by the nature of the message, and knowing that the Department had been to recent calls for service with this person, the officer requested that a supervisor go with him to meet him. After arriving in a parking lot on the east side of League Stadium, officers found the male standing in the middle of the parking lot, holding what appeared to be a revolver. Multiple commands were given by officers for the male to place the weapon on the ground - he refused to do. The male then raised the gun, pointing it directly at an officer. Two officers fired on the subject, striking him multiple times. Officers immediately requested emergency medical services to tend to the male. He was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper and was transferred to St. Mary's in Evansville, where he remains in serious condition.    Officers on scene were unharmed.  This incident remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police. Names of those involved will be released later pending family notification.

The missing Lawrence County woman, has been found .   Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, 33-year-old Jennifer Coulter has been located and is safe.  She was last seen in January 12 th in Heltonville and was reported missing on Tuesday.  The sheriff wants to thank the community for their assistance. 

Firefighters in Seymour Monday had to cope with the smell of chicken manure , while battling a blaze at a Fertilizer plant.   Seymour Fire Chief Brad Lucas told the Seymour Tribune the fire at United Granulated Services LLC most likely started when embers created by overheating in the manure-drying process traveled through the building's duct work into a hopper outside, sparking the fire. No one was hurt, but there was an estimated $30,000 in damages at the Seymour facility.  

Tuesday, February 2d, 2016

The Paoli WorkOne Express Career Center, located at 1075 North Sandy Hook Road in Paoli , will be temporarily closed due to air quality issues. Until further notice, clients should visit the Bedford WorkOne Career Center, located at 918 16 th Street in Bedford for job seeking and career assistance. Bedford WorkOne Career Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information regarding WorkOne Career Center services and locations can be found at www.workoneworks.com.

A Bedford woman was found driving intoxicated while driving then, broke a and mirror off a patrol car Monday evening.   Police were told by an employee at Casa Brava that a woman who was intoxicated was getting into a vehicle and leaving the parking lot.  The vehicle was located on 16 th Street.   Officers talked to 33-year-old Julie Essick, of  Q St., who had an open container of an alcoholic beverage in the front seat.  Essick failed several field sobriety tests and was uncooperative with officers.  There she continued to resist officers both to and from the hospital and then broke the mirror off one of the police vehicles  Essick was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting arrest by force, criminal mischief, driving while her driver's license was suspended and open container.

The Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill authored by State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth), which would create a new deer hunting season for a wider range of rifle specifications and offer more protections for private property owners.  House Bill (HB) 1231 would task the Department of Natural Resources with establishing a new deer hunting season for the use of more accessible hunting rifles, which are currently not permitted. These firearms are already legal to use for hunting other species.  The bill would also authorize the use of purple paint marks to indicate a landowner does not allow outside hunting and to delineate their property boundaries.  “Trespassing is a real concern in our area and the purple marks are a great way to address the problem in a cost conscious manner for landowners,” Arnold said.  HB 1231 will now head to the Senate for further consideration. 

Monday, February 1st, 2016

A Lawrence County man was injured after he hit a mailbox this morning on State Road 37 North.
According to a Orange County Sheriffs department report, at around 10:03AM 44 year old Robin Drake of Mitchell was driving a 2008 Pontiac G6 south on State Road 37 near Orleans, when the Pontiac veered onto the right hand shoulder and struck a mailbox. Drake then swerved hard to the left and left the road on the east side. The vehicle then went into a ditch and struck an embankment and then overturned onto its roof. According to police, Drake said he was distracted and when he hit the mailbox, he swerved hard and lost control. Drake suffered minor bleeding to his head. Assisting the Orange County Sheriffs department at the scene was the Orleans Police Department.


A Lawrence County man was arrested Saturday on charges of driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction, and possession of meth.
According to Lawrence County police report,
Lawrence County police were called to the scene of an accident at Harrodsburg Road near Camelot Lane. 32 year old Jeremy Hall of Springville had wrecked his truck and struck a utility pole, which was broken and blocked the roadway. After a check, officers found out Hall had a suspended driver’s license and the license plate was registered to a different vehicle. Also, an officer saw drug paraphernalia “in plain view” in the passenger side floorboard and asked Hall for the OK to search the truck. Officers then found more drug paraphernalia as well as a baggie-end containing a white powdery substance. The residue on the paraphernalia and the substance field-tested positive for meth. Hall was arrested Saturday on charges of driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. He also was cited for operating vehicle without proof of financial responsibility. Hall posted a cash bond of $755 and was released from jail.


Sunday at around 2:45 pm, when trooper Mark Lamaster made a traffic stop for a traffic infraction on Interstate 65 North at the 14 Mile Marker, he suspected something just was not right.
He called for Indiana State Police K-9 “Teague” and his handler, to come to his location. "Teague" alerted on the vehicle for possible narcotics and a search of the vehicle lead to Methamphetamine and guns. The driver of the vehicle, 37 year old Dwayne Loney, 37, of New Pekin, IN was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with a Firearm, Felony; Trafficking with an Inmate, Felony; Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Felony; Possession of a Handgun without a License, Misdemeanor and Driving While Suspended with a Prior, Misdemeanor. A back seat passenger, 46 year old George Hershey, of Louisville, KY, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Firearm, Felony; Visiting a Common Nuisance, Misdemeanor and Possession of a Handgun without a License, Misdemeanor. A front seat passenger, 34 year old John Munk, of Pekin, IN, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with a Firearm, Felony; Visiting a Common Nuisance, Misdemeanor and Possession of a Handgun without a License, Misdemeanor. All three of the arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail awaiting their first court appearance.

Friday, January 29th, 2016

The FBI and Bloomington Police conducted a raid of Martinsville home connected to a man suspected of flashing himself to numerous women.
Sources at the scene and Bloomington Police confirm the search is connected to the disappearance of an Indiana University student Lauren Spierer. The FBI and other police agencies converged on the home in the 2900 block of Old Morgantown Rd. the home of 35 year old Justin Wagers Thursday morning and on the scene were cadaver dogs as well. The cadaver dogs indicated there was potential evidence at the scene. Anthropologists went to the property after the cadaver dogs' discovery. Officials were digging and sifting dirt near a barn. No body was found. However, some evidence was removed from the scene. The property was released back to the owner Thursday night.Also, a white pickup was towed from the scene Thursday morning. In surveillance video released shortly after Spierer's disappearance, investigators were looking for a white truck recorded by security cameras. Bloomington Police confirmed they were at the home with the FBI in connection with the Spierer case. According to police records, 35-year-old Justin Wagers, who lived at the home, has criminal convictions in five counties - Bartholomew, Brown, Johnson, Monroe and Morgan - dating back to 2000. He pleaded guilty in all of those convictions, which included pleas to 10 public indecency charges, four battery charges, two vicarious sexual gratification charges, and one charge each of intimidation and invasion of privacy. Law enforcement say Wagers may be connected to the disappearances of two other people as well.

An anonymous tip received Thursday led Troopers to a meth lab and later the arrest of the two suspects who made it. Around 5:24 P.M. Thursday, Troopers with the Indiana State Police received an anonymous tip that two men were manufacturing methamphetamine along the river bank near the boat ramp parking lot in Troy. Troopers, along with members of the Perry County Sheriff’s Department and the Tell City Police Department entered the wooded area and began to search for the location of the meth lab and suspects. Officers observed 26 year old Joshua Robbins of Tell City kneeling down and working with something on the ground. As officers announced their presence and identity, Robbins began throwing items into the Ohio River. Officers observed Robbins throw the reaction vessel used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine into the water, which once coming into contact with the water, caught on fire and began emitting strong chemical fumes. Shortly thereafter, Robbins complied with instructions given by the officers and was placed into custody without incident. Officers found two hydrogen chloride (HCl) generators, a “one-pot” meth lab, sulfuric acid, lithium, and salt at the scene with Robbins, all of which are chemicals and precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine. The second male, 45 year old Gordon Poehlein, of Tell City, who was seen by officers but had left the area before he could be taken into custody, was later located at his Tell City residence. He was wearing the same clothing at the time of his arrest as when he was visually identified by officers earlier in the evening. Officers later learned that Poehlein had purchased pseudoephedrine earlier in the day to be used in the meth lab. Poehlein was jailed without incident.

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

A Paoli mobile home was destroyed by fireTuesday night.   More than 20 firefighters battled the blaze.  Firefighters from Orange County Rural District II and from Paoli Volunteer Fire Departments were called to the mobile home fire at Crowder's trailer court around 9pm.   Dale Applegate, his mother and another sibling lived in the home.  The home and its contents were destroyed.   The cause of the fire remains under investigation.    Firefighters returned to the mobile home this morning when the family returned to sift through their belongings and saw items still smouldering in the living room and bedroom areas.

Overall recent I-STEP scores were down from last year’s.   The number of Indiana students that passed both English Language and Math portions was at 53.5%.  In Orange County, 58.6% of Springs Valley students passed both portions of the test.  That followed by Orleans Schools t 49.3% and Paoli’s at 43.8% of the students passing both portions.    

Mitchell resident 27-year-old Kamie Michael Ratcliff is missing and Mitchell police are asking help .  She is 5 foot 3 inches tall and 100 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a maroon sweatshirt, black sweatpants and boots.   According to Mitchell Police Officer Matt England, Ratcliff was reported missing on January 24 at 11:35 a.m.    According to her sister Bridget Roach, Kami's mother talked to her daughter the morning of Jan. 18.   Kamie is the mother of four children.  Anyone with information is to call the Mitchell Police Department at (812) 849- 2151 or any police department

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

A Columbus man missing for two weeks has been found.   was found in Gnaw Bone Monday, two weeks after his family reported him missing .  Brown County Sheriff's Department officers found the body of 37-year-old Jesse King on a friend's property.  .According to Public Information Officer Deputy Greg Pittman, King's stepfather contacted the property owner reporting the last time he had seen King was on January 9 after King had told his stepfather he was going to Brown County to cut firewood.  Family members looked for King, who was wearing camouflage clothing, around an unoccupied cabin and the area where the truck was parked, but had to give up the search because of darkness and the dense area of trees.  Officers discovered King's body Monday morning.  Deputy Pittman says King had been cutting a tree when it fell pinning him underneath.

On Friday, January 29 th,  the Paoli Police Department will hold a sealed bid auction on seven vehicles .  Incuding:  a 1997 Honda Accord- Ran when towed, 2002 Dodge Durango- Ran when towed, 1 985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera- Ran when towed, 2001 Suzuki Motorcycle- Ran when towed, 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier- Ran when towed, 2000 Ford Van- No keys, 1999 Ford Taurus- No keys. All vehicles will be sold as is where the purchaser will assume all responsibility for the removal and transportation of the vehicles. Bids will be accepted on January 29th between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The vehicles will be available for inspection during these hours. Bids will be opened at 5 p.m. on January 29th when the vehicles will be awarded to the highest bidder. The outbreak of the bird fly at a turkey and chicken farm in Dubois County has prevented farmers from selling their stock.  A random person as a result decided to help one of the farmers by starting a G-Fund-Me page.  The goal is to raise $5000 for farmer Steve Kalb and family, who have lost many of their turkeys and chickens to the disease.  Around $2500 has been raised on the page. 

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

23 year old Mary Lambright, the woman who drove a semi across the historical bridge in Paoli, apologized for her actions .  Lambright told WDRB that she was really tired and was on her way to celebrate Christmas with her family when the accident happened.  Lambright says when she crossed the bridge in downtown Paoli, she didn't realize her semi was too tall and too heavy to cross. The bridge collapsed under the weight of her semi.   "I made the mistake and I'm so very sorry it happened," she said.  Officials say the semi, leased to Penske for Louisville, was carrying 43,000 pounds of bottled water. Police say Lambright couldn't comprehend how much six tons was - the weight limit posted on the bridge. The tractor-trailer and load weighted more than 30 tons.   Lambright was arraigned in court Monday on a class B misdemeanor of reckless operation of a tractor-trailer, and was cited for disregarding a traffic control device, the signage on the bridge and traveling with an overweight load on a posted bridge. Lambright could face fines and 180 days in jail.  The trucking company's insurance and the Orange County Commissioners are now trying to figure out who will cover the more $1 million in damages to the historic iron bridge

A Lawrence County woman was injured as result of hitting a Deer Saturday .  39 year old Susan Furnace of Springvile, was in a 2010 Chevy Malibu on Hwy 54 near Reuter Lane when the Deer crossed the road.  She swerved, then overcorrected going off the south side of the road down an embankment and against a large culvert.  She complained of back pain and was taken to IU Bedford Hospital by ambulance.

Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.4 percent in December , marking a 1.5 percent decrease over the past year. The Hoosier labor force also maintained a positive trend, gaining more than 10,000 individuals in December, which brings the total labor force growth for the year to 37,762, and 109,037 added since January 2013.   “Indiana’s unemployment rate continues to be at its lowest level in more than a decade,” said Steven J. Braun, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “Additionally, claims for unemployment insurance are at their lowest point since 1998 

Monday , January 25th, 2016

A Nashville man met a bizaare ending Thursday from hypothermia inside his home because he had no heat.  72  -year-old Ronald Rice was found inside his home on State Road 135 North just after 9 a.m. when a friend went to the home to pick Rice up Thursday to run errands.   The friend called Police were called and  found Rice on the floor a bathroom hallway.  There was no heat on in the home and the carpet was soaked in water from a leaky water heater.  Officials believe Rice was putting down towels to soak up the water when became tired and lay down on the floor and just didn't wake up

On Sunday, January 17, Troopers Brock Werne and Josh McBeth responded to a report of a vehicle found over a steep embankment north of the Haysville Bridge on US 231.
Troopers found nobody around the crashed 1992 Ford Explorer, and additionally found that the license plate and vehicle identification number (VIN) plate had been removed from the vehicle.  Troopers continued their investigation on Wednesday by speaking with the registered owner of the vehicle. They learned that the owner had loaned the vehicle to 35 year old David Siguenza Contreras of Jasper. Contreras allegedly lost control of the vehicle Sunday morning, crashed over the embankment, and left the scene because it was cold outside. Troopers also learned Contreras removed the VIN and registration plates.  Contreras was placed into custody and lodged in the Martin County Jail without incident.

Officials have released the name of the man killed in a fire Saturday morning on the east side of Dale.  Spencer County Coroner Robert Fuller say 21-year-old Dylan Somers, was a guest in the home, did not make it out of the burning home. The single-story, brick home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene at 2:33 a.m. A neighbor reported the blaze.  Andy Cantner, one of two males residing at the residence, had been smoking inside the home and had gone outside early this morning to tend to a bonfire, according to Reinke.  Reinke believes a discarded cigarette ignited a mattress on the living room floor.  According to Reinke, Canter went back inside to find the mattress on fire and dragged the mattress outside, but not before portions of that burning mattress ignited other areas of the home. Canter then returned to the home, but was unable to save Somers.   Canter suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.Firefighters found Somer's body in a utility room off the living room.

Friday, January 22-2016

A Bedford man taken to IU Health Hospital in Bedford, then flown to IU Health in Indianapolis after being struck by a vehicle Thursday evening.  56-year-old Bradley Klumpp was crossing the street at 16th and O streets and had just stepped off the curb when he was struck by by 29-year-old Shonda Arnold of Bedford driving a 2003 Saturn.  Police say Arnold had the green light at the time of the accident and Klumpp was wearing dark clothing and was difficult for the driver to see. He had also exited from the Circle K parking lot to enter the crosswalk because the sidewalks were snow covered.  Klumpp suffered leg and head injuries . 

A box truck damaged Jasper’s 3rd Avenue bridge when the driver swerved to avoid striking a car Thursday afternoon.   According an article in the Dubois County Free Press, Christopher B. Bowe, 52, of Lakeview Drive, Floyd Knobs, was northbound on 3rd Avenue in a 2005 Hino box truck at when traffic stopped in front of him. Traffic was forced to stop as a van required to stop for railroad crossings stopped at the railroad just north of the bridge.  Bowe said he realized he couldn’t stop in time so he swerved to the right to avoid the vehicles ahead of his truck. This caused the truck to jump the curb on the bridge and strike the concrete pier and steel railing. One of the piers was sheared off and fell to the ground below the bridge.  The impact pushed the truck’s axle into its fuel tank area.  Bowe was treated at the scene for a laceration on his left elbow.  Police estimated damages to the truck to be about $20,000

On January 15, it was announced that confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza were found in Dubois County .  State, local and federal agencies began working together on containment and depopulation operations.  A 10 kilometer control area has been established, primarily in Dubois County. An extension of an extra 10-kilomenter “surveillance zone,” beyond the 10-km control zone, has been put in place as a precaution. The surveillance zone includes parts of Crawford, Daviess, Martin and Orange counties. All infected sites are in Dubois County.   Birds have been humanely depopulated on all ten premises.. and are being composted in the buildings in which they were euthanized which takes about three weeks.   All 10 original infection sites involved in the avian flu response have had their flocks depopulated, according to the State Board of Animal Health.   In the last 24 hours, 114 commercial farms have tested negative for influenza; 62 in the control area and 52 in the added surveillance zone. All commercial poultry farms located in the control area and the surveillance zone have completed at least one round of negative tests

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

With outbreaks of the Alvian flu effecting poultry productions locally,     The United States Department of Agriculture has approximately 50 representatives, along with private contractors, in Dubois County assisting with state and local efforts.  Confirmed cases of Avian Flu have been found in Dubois County. State, local and federal agencies are working together on containment and depopulation operations. A National Incident Management Team will join them this weekend to assist.   Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are safe to eat. Officials are not aware of any public health significance with this virus. Human infection from an H7 virus is uncommon, but can cause some conjunctivitis and/or upper respiratory tract symptoms. Human health agencies will be monitoring workers and others in contact with birds to monitor for illness.  An estimated 119,500 birds have been humanely euthanized on four premises, with another six premises containing approximately 121,400 birds currently underway. The control area is primarily in Dubois County, and has expanded to include parts of Crawford, Daviess, Martin and Orange counties. All infected sites are in Dubois County.

A Lawrence County man was arrested Tuesday on a warrant after he allegedly admitted to police he molested a six-year-old girl.  According to a probable cause affidavit, 50-year-old Roger D. Terrell of Mitchell  was arrested on one felony count of child molesting.  The child's mother filed the complaint against Terrell on January 3. The mother says the incident happened while she and her daughter were visiting the child's grandmother

A  Princeton man was killed due to a farming accident in Gibson County at a site near U.S. Highway 41 . The Gibson County Sheriff's Office says an unresponsive male was found pinned beneath a tree shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The department says no foul play is suspected and alcohol isn't believed to be a factor in the man's death. An autopsy is scheduled Wednesday morning in Terre Haute. The county coroner plans to release the man's name when the death investigation is complete

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Cold again tonight followed by accumulating snow Wednesday...
Low temperatures will drop down into the single digits and lower teens tonight. These temperatures combined with a light wind will cause wind chill values around zero in many spots Tuesday morning. A weather system will track across the area late Tuesday night through Wednesday...and with arctic air remaining in place...light to moderate snow is expected to develop. At this time...accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are forecast across the entire area. The highest amounts look likely to fall across Central Kentucky. The current forecast of snowfall accumulations...rates...and timing would result in hazardous road conditions and negative impacts to travel. Those with interests should continue to follow the latest forecast information over the next few days.

Charges are pending for a Jasper teen who was injured in a single-vehicle traffic accident early Sunday morning, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. Dubois County Sheriffs deputies responded to State Road 164 east of Greener Road at about 12:40 a.m. for the report of a 2008 Chevrolet Impala that had ran off the road and ended up in a yard. According to the accident report, 17 year old Joshua Kiefer, of Jasper, was eastbound on State Road 164 in the car when he hit a patch of ice just east of Greener Road. According to authorities, the vehicle had begun to spin left as it went off the north side of the road. After the car had left the road, it continued sliding and according to deputies, may have overturned before glancing off a tree in the yard. The car continued in the yard until it hit another tree. Kiefer was treated for facial injuries at that scene and then transported by ambulance to Jasper Memorial Hospital. Authorities say charges are pending for Kiefer. Memorial Hospital, Celestine Volunteer Fire Department and a Uebelhor and Sons wrecker assisted at the scene.

Laboratory tests completed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa have determined eight of the nine samples have been found to be low-pathogenic H7N8. The original virus located on the Kalb farm was the high-pathogenic form of the H7N8 virus which is typically fatal for infected poultry. The low-pathogenic is not normally fatal, according to the USDA. While all nine were announced as H7 influenza-positive yesterday, the specific strain was undetermined. Testing continues on the remaining sample. Indiana State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh, DVM calls this good news, and evidence that Indiana’s aggressive surveillance and response efforts in Dubois County are working. Priority response by the state of Indiana and USDA continues on all the infected farms. Turkeys are being humanely euthanized on infected sites within 24 hours of diagnosis. Depopulation eliminates the source of infection to prevent the disease from spreading. Disposal of the turkeys, primarily via indoor composting, will be followed by thorough cleaning and disinfection of all barns. Officials are in the process of depopulating 240,900 turkeys so far. Also aggressive testing of other poultry farms in the area continues. During the last 24 hours, commercial farms have yielded 100 negative flu tests, beyond the nine new positives. In addition, state and federal teams have visited 503 residences in the area to identify any small flocks for testing. Tests are pending on 17 small flocks. Residential visits will continue in the 10-km area.

 



Friday, January 15th, 2016

Dubois County is home to the first U.S. outbreak of bird flu since June. According to Denise Derrer with the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, so far, only a single farm in Dubois was found to have the avian flu virus. The farm has over 60,000 turkeys housed in 10 barns on the site but only one barn was found to have the virus present. Derrer said that since many of the turkeys are exported out of the country, the farm and state have to honor international trade agreements that require that all the birds be euthanized. State officials are also contacting other turkey operations in the area to test their populations for the virus. So, far those tests have not turned up any other signs of the infection. Derrer added that they will be completing an epidemiological study of the infection to potentially learn how it spread to the turkeys.

A Dubois County man was arrested early Friday Morning. According to Jasper Police, at around 12:43am, 33 year old Zachary Jones of Jasper was southbound on the 1900 block of Newton Street in a 1996 Isuzu when the vehicle left the road near the KlubHaus 61 entrance. Jones overcorrected and the vehicle crossed both lanes of traffic until it struck the curb in front of Anytime Fitness. The Isuzu then rolled an unknown number of times before coming to a stop on top of an air unit at the Marathon gas station. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services treated Jones for a minor abrasion to his hand. He was charged with operating while intoxicated and booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

A morning traffic stop ended with the recovery of a stolen vehicle and two Martinsville men behind bars.At 10:48 A.M. Thursday, Senior Trooper Josh Livingston was patrolling State Road 37 in Crawford County when he observed a bronze 2000 Buick LeSabre traveling at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. Livingston pulled over the Buick on SR 37 near Governor’s Trace Road after his radar indicated that the Buick was traveling 71 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. During the traffic stop, Livingston learned that the Buick was entered as a stolen vehicle from the Martinsville area by the Martinsville Police Department, and that the driver, 35 year old John K. Hendrickson of Martinsville, was driving with a suspended driver’s license through Indiana, and had a prior conviction for the same offense. Livingston also learned that Hendrickson’s passenger, 34 year old Ronald E. Burress III of Martinsville, was wanted on a warrant through the Indiana Department of Corrections for Escape. Hendrickson and Burress were taken into custody, without incident, and lodged in the Crawford County Jail. Hendrickson was charged with Theft / Receiving Stolen Property, and Driving While Suspended with a Prior Conviction, while Burress was served with his felony escape warrant.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Bloomington man arrested early Wednesday morning in connection with a drug investigation told police he sold heroin to support his own addiction say.
While serving a search warrant, police seized an estimated 12.5 grams of heroin from the residence of 27-year-old Charles Beason. The heroin has a street value of up to $12,000. Bloomington police received a tip last fall about Beason, and investigators used a confidential informant to purchase heroin from him three times. Investigators on Tuesday learned Beason was scheduled to travel to Indianapolis to purchase heroin and police conducted surveillance at Beason’s residence and served a search warrant when he returned. He was then booked into the Monroe County Jail at 4:37 a.m. Wednesday on three felony charges of dealing in a narcotic drug. His bond was set at $60,000 surety, $500 cash, but is on a hold for probation.

The Jasper Police Department arrested a Dubois County man Wednesday on six felony counts of child molesting.
According to authorities, 35-year-old Juan Trujillo, of Jasper molested an 8-year-old victim multiple times between 2010 and this year. Trujillo was booked into the Dubois County Jail.

A Dubois County home was destroyed by fire Wednesday. The fire was reported by a Volunteer firefighter with the Huntingburg Fire Department, when he was in the area. Jasper, Ireland and Otwell VFD’s responded to the scene at 1230 Sapphire Drive in Jasper. The home belonged to Chip and Kathy Kugler. No injuries were reported and the home is considered a total loss and is listed as accidental in nature. A representative from the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office is expected to be on scene Friday for the investigation..

Wednesday, January 13th, 2015

Jasper: A Jasper man was jailed Tuesday evening on drug and neglect charges after he drove through a yard to avoid nearly striking a State Trooper at the scene of a weather-related slide off.  
Around 5:01 P.M. today, Trooper Brock Werne was assisting with a truck that had slid off of the roadway on Portersville Road south of County Road 500 North, approximately one mile north of Jasper. Trooper Werne had closed down the road by parking his police car in the middle of the road and turning on his emergency lighting. A Ford Exploer, driven by 24 year old Caleb M. Peltier of Jasper, drove around the police car and through a yard in an attempt to drive around the scene. After not being able to drive past the slide-off, Peltier turned around and drove back towards Werne, who stopped him.  
Werne, while speaking to Peltier, smelled what he believed to be the odor of burnt marijuana. Through the course of his investigation, Werne learned that Peltier had smoked marijuana around noon today, and had marijuana and paraphernalia in his possession. Werne also found that Peltier had his two year old and 9 month old children in the vehicle.  Peltier was arrested and charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, two counts of Neglect of a Dependent, as well as Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia. He was lodged without incident in the Dubois County Security Center. The children were unharmed and picked up at the scene by their mother.   
The Indiana State Police reminds motorists who witness reckless and dangerous drivers to immediately contact law enforcement, especially when road conditions are poor. Call 9-1-1 with a location, description of the vehicle, and specifically what reckless actions are happening to help police take dangerous drivers off of Indiana’s roadways.
Arrested and Charged: 24 year old Caleb M. Peltier, of Jasper. Charged with, - Neglect of a Dependent (two counts), Level 6 Felony, Operating While Intoxicated (Endangering), Class A Misdemeanor
Operating While Intoxicated (w/ Schedule I and II Controlled Substance), Class C Misdemeanor, Possession of Paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor, Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor and

With the arrival of single-digit temperatures throughout Indiana, AAA Hoosier Motor Club reminds motorists to prepare their automobiles accordingly. Extreme temperatures can adversely affect automobiles in many ways. Tire pressure can drop significantly, batteries are likely to be weakened, engine belts can lose a certain amount of flexibility and hoses can be put under a lot of stress. Before a big chill, make sure your gas tank is filled up at least half way to avoid fuel line freeze-up issues. Check your tires to ensure they're properly inflated. Spray WD-40 or another general purpose lubricant into key holes to help prevent frozen locks. Fight the urge to wash your automobile--lingering water will freeze in your car's locking mechanism and may even make it difficult to open doors. Pack your vehicle with an emergency kit that includes things such as non-perishable food items, blankets and extra clothing, a first-aid kit, abrasive material such as sand, salt or cat litter, windshield washer deicer fluid and a snow brush/ice scraper. For a complete list of recommended items, please click here.
If you encounter frozen locks...Spray WD-40 or another deicing fluid from a warm can directly into the lock.

A Bedford man was arrested Tuesday after he called police requesting an ambulance because his arms were swelling and his veins were busting.   According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley, 22-year-old Samuel Mynatt, of 2217 H St., called police requesting an ambulance just after 5 p.m.  Both an IU Health Hospital ambulance and police responded to the call.  When emergency crews arrived they discovered Mynatt was imagining the symptoms.   "He admitted to doing meth," Parsley says. "And he still had some left."   Police found a baggie with a small amount of a white powdery substance that tested positive for meth. They also discovered a smoking device.  after finding no medical issue, Mynatt was arrested on charges of possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia and taken to the Lawrence County Jail.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2015

More details were released on what happened during a three-hour hostage situation IN St. Henry in Dubois County Sunday morning leading to a man dead and two women injured early . 25-year-old Kyle Popplewell entered the home in St. Henry in Ferdinand Township on County Road 50 West, around 2:30 a.m. Sunday through a back door.  Police say three people were in the home, 37-year-old Jeffrey Perry and two adult women, Perry's girlfriend and his foster daughter. When Dubois County deputies arrived they were met at the back door by Perry's girlfriend. They entered the home and found Perry injured and the other woman being held hostage. They then called Huntingburg and Jasper officers and Indiana State Police raid entry team members and negotiators came to the scene. When Poppelwell entered the home all three people were sleeping. The women were in their bedrooms and Perry was sleeping on the couch. One woman woke to screams coming from the living room. When she went to see what was wrong, she found a man, who police say was Poppelwell, on top of Perry. The woman then yelled for the second woman to call police as she attempted to pull the man off Perry.  That is when police say Popplewell turned and swung a knife at the woman cutting her right breast area. After calling police the second woman returned to the living room and then attempted to return to her bedroom, but Poppelwell followed and forced his way into the bedroom. He made her pull a mattress in front of the window blocking the view and push a dresser up against the bedroom door. He then raped the woman several times threatening to break the woman's neck if she screamed. Meanwhile, the woman who had been slashed, dialed 911. She then returned to the living room, rolled Perry over and discovered he had suffered several stab wounds and was not breathing.  The women then yelled for the other woman, but Poppelwell told her to "stay back."   Police arrived to find the woman being held hostage. During the three hours of negotiations Poppelwell continued to rape the woman. He finally released her. Popplewell came out of the room and the waiting officers were able to arrest him after subduing him with a Taser   Both women were taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper where they were treated and released. Police also took Popplewell to the hospital for a blood-draw, but say they don't believe he was intoxicated or using drugs. Popplewell appeared in Dubois Circuit Court Monday afternoon to face charges of felony murder, two counts of Level 1 felony rape, Level 1 felony burglary, Level 2 felony criminal confinement, Level 5 felony battery resulting in bodily harm and Level 6 felony intimidation. Judge Nathan Verkamp entered a preliminary not-guilty plea on Popplewell's behalf and appointed Public Defender Scott Blazey to represent him. If found guilty, Popplewell could face life in prison without parole, but Dubois County Prosecutor Anthony Quinn is considering seeking the death penalty

A Taswell man was jailed Saturday after leading police on a chase through parts of Daviess, Martin and Greene counties. 34-year-old Dewayne I. Bays is facing charges of resisting law enforcement in a vehicle and on foot, reckless driving causing property damage and being a habitual traffic offender. He is being held without bond. According to police logs, the pursuit started at 2:20 p.m. at the Coffee Haus in Odon where Bays reportedly passed out in a vehicle that was in gear.  Shortly after the vehicle was on the move. The police reports say there was a point where Bays allegedly struck an EMT with the driver's side door of his vehicle knocking the EMT to the ground.  The chase went from County Road 900 East into Martin County to State Road 231 to Greene County and into Newberry and some county roads where Bays eventually stopped and was captured.  

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Indiana State Police have arrested a Washington County man accused of hitting a 70-year-old man with his truck on State Road 56, then fleeing the scene. The victim, Mitchell Lovins of Scottsburg, died as a result of the accident. Acting on a tip from the public, troopers from the Sellersburg post and deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Department spoke with 22-year-old Derek A. Deaton of Salem, then placed him under arrest Monday. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, a Level 5 felony. Officers believe Deaton was driving a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck on State Road 56, east of Salem, about 3 a.m. Sunday. Lovins crashed the minivan he was driving and slid off the roadway. Lovins left the vehicle to get help and began walking east on State Road 56 when officers believe he was struck by Deaton. Lovins' body was found about 3:30 a.m. in the middle of the highway. An autopsy ruled he died as a result of massive trauma to his entire body, according to an ISP press release. Deaton was taken to the Washington County Jail where he will be held awaiting his first court appearance.

Schools that were out today/Monday in the North Lawrence Community, Mitchell and SV Paoli and Orleans Community schools will make up the missed day on Monday January 18th, which initially had been scheduled as a day off for the observance of Martin Luther King Day.

A man and woman on a 1 a.m. Taco Bell run ended up in jail for drunken driving after crashing in front of the restaurant Sunday morning in Jasper. Jasper Police say both 30 year old Benjamin Wagner, and 27 year old Christine Ziegler, both of Jasper, had a .17 percent blood alcohol content. According to Jasper police, an employee at the restaurant called them after Wagner crashed the 1999 Ford Ranger in front of the restaurant. After crashing, Ziegler got into the driver’s seat as Wagner attempted to push the truck away from the scene. Jasper officers arrested both for operating while intoxicated and booked them into the Dubois County Security Jail.

Friday, January 8th, 2015

An Orange County resident has pled guilty to Unemployment Insurance Fraud. 30 year old Tyler Judy, recently pled guilty in Orange County Circuit Court to unemployment insurance fraud, a Class D Felony. Judy knowingly defrauded the system by collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working full-time. Through the use of agency records, an Indiana Department of Workforce Development employee began an investigation and determined that Judy was working and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits. Judy was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to repay DWD $36,535 for the benefits he fraudulently collected.

The Dubois County Circuit Court will make a decision on a proposed plea agreement with the man accused in the death of 17-month old in 2014.
22 year old Charles Hopf, of Jasper agreed to plead guilty to a Level 1 felony charge of aggravated battery that resulted in the death of child under 14. If the state will agree to drop the murder charge that was added in October of 2015,  Hopf will serve a 40-year sentence with the Indiana Department of Corrections for the Level 1 felony. A 40-year sentence is the maximum sentence for a Level 1 felony whereas murder is punishable with a sentence up to 65 years. If the plea is accepted, Hopf would be required to serve 75 percent of the 40-year sentence in the IDOC. Jasper Police arrested Hopf in December of 2014 after 17-month-old Xavier Miller was brought to the emergency room at Memorial Hospital at about 12:30 a.m. According to police, Xavier suffered from severe burns to his face, cuts to his upper lip, bite marks on his arm, and a severe brain injury and eventually died later that day. The death was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma by the Jefferson County, Ky. medical examiner who conducted the autopsy. Hopf has been in the Dubois County Jail since his arrest in December of 2014.

Two drivers were taken by ambulance to Jasper Memorial Hospital for injuries after a collision on State Road 56 Tuesday evening. According to police reports, at around 7:43PM, 44 year old Dana McDonald, of French Lick, was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2000 Chevrolet S-10 when her vehicle struck the rear of a 2008 Ford Ranger driven by 75 year old George Lagenour, of Dubois. McDonald suffered minor injuries in the accident and the extent of Lagenour’s injuries was unknown. Jasper Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, Dubois Volunteer Fire Department and a Uebelhor and Sons wrecker responded to the scene.


Wednesday, January 6th, 2015

Orange County officials say it's unclear whether a historic iron bridge in Paol i can be saved after a truck driver ignored weight limit signs and drove over the bridge, causing it to collapse.  The Cleveland Bridge and Iron Company built the bridge on South Gospel Street in 1880 and the county had hopes of preserving the old structure by putting up signs prohibiting vehicles weighing more than six tons from crossing it.   However on Christmas day, 23-year-old Mary Lambright was driving a semi carrying more than 43,000 pounds of water and attempted to drive over the bridge, causing it to collapse. It took crews armed with cutting torches more than 9 hours to clear the wreckage.  Orange County Commissioner Don Crockett says it's unclear how much repairs could cost - or if the structure is even salvageable.  Engineers are due in Paoli this week to look at the damage and determine what can be done.

Both drivers were taken by ambulance to Jasper Memorial Hospital for injuries after a collision on State Road 56 in Crystal  Tuesday evening.   From an article in the Dubois County Free Press, Witnesses to the accident told police Dana McDonald, 44, of County Road 10S, French Lick, was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 2000 Chevrolet S-10 when her vehicle struck the rear of a 2008 Ford Ranger driven by George E. Lagenour, 75, of 990N, Dubois.  nThe accident occurred near 8214 E. State Road 56 at about 7:43 p.m.  According to police, McDonald suffered minor injuries in the accident and the extent of Lagenour’s injuries is unknown.Deputies said charges are pending for McDonald.  McDonald’s S-10 had about $5,000 in damages and Lagenour’s Ranger had about $7,000,

BEDFORD) - Hoosier National Forest staff is working with a program called VetsWork to hire three seasonal interns for the Forest. The program was developed by the non-profit Mt. Adams Institute, as a career training program for military veterans.  "The VetsWork program is 45 weeks of hands-on training  intended to support military veterans as they transition back into civilian life by providing them with this opportunity to explore careers in service to public lands and the natural resources that abound in the region.  .
On the Hoosier National Forest two positions will be located at Bedford and one at Tell City. The participants will work in a variety of programs including recreation, wildlife habitat and forest management projects, will help layout and mark timber sales and help with prescribed burns. The jobs are open to any prior member of the armed forces with an honorable discharge who is at least 21 and can pass the physical requirements. For more information or to apply, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/hoosier and click on employment opportunities under Quick links.   The program begins on February 22, 2016. Participants receive a modest living stipend, basic health insurance, an AmeriCorps education award of $5,730 and other benefits.  

Monday, January 4th, 2016

A Orleans teen was arrested Friday for providing marijuana to underage children.
According to Orleans Police, they arrested 18 year old Andy Wells of Orleans. It had been reported that Wells had juveniles in his car and was providing them with Marijuana. Police spotted Wells’ car at the intersection of Second and Monroe streets at approximately 8: 10PM and was pulled over to check out the report. Inside the vehicle was Wells and two juveniles. Police noted that the car smelled of burnt marijuana. After a consensual search of the vehicle officers found Marijuana, and Paraphernalia. Wells was arrested for possession of marijuana, Possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance and was transported and booked into the Orange County Jail without incident.

A Sunday afternoon traffic stop landed a Shoals man behind bars on numerous drug charges. According to State Police, at 12:45 P.M., Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents was patrolling US 50 in Loogootee when he observed a black Nissan Maxima stopped at a stop light. Lents noticed that neither the driver nor the front seat passenger was wearing a seatbelt. After pulling over the vehicle, Lents observed that a three year old boy in the back seat was not properly restrained and was not seated in a booster seat. Trooper Lents began speaking with the driver, 29 year old Robert A. Osborne of Shoals. Lents learned that Osborne did not have a drivers license with him, his driving privileges were suspended indefinitely through Indiana, and Osborne had prior convictions for driving while suspended. Osborne was placed into custody. Trooper Lents searched the Nissan as a search incident to an arrest and located a pill bottle containing Hydrocodone and Clonazepam on the rear floorboard in front of Osborne’s seven year old daughter. Lents also found marijuana and paraphernalia under the driver’s seat. Osborne was arrested and charged Maintaining a Common Nuisance and two counts of Neglect of a Dependent, all felony charges. Osborne was also charged with misdemeanor counts of Possession of a Schedule II and Schedule IV controlled substance, Driving while Suspended with a Prior Conviction, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. Osborne was lodged without incident in the Martin County Jail. The children were released to the front seat passenger.

A Paoli woman was arrested on a warrant Saturday on charges of battery and intimidation following an incident in Mitchell that occurred in September of last year. According to police reports, documents filed in Lawrence Superior Court I state Moon’s former boyfriend reported to the Mitchell Police Department that 31 year old Elizabeth Moon had battered her former boyfriend. Documents state the man was waiting on Moon to pick up their children, who were waiting in a car with him. The man said that when Moon arrived, she got out of her vehicle and the two began arguing. The man got into a vehicle, preparing to leave for work and Moon pulled the door open and stood inside it so it couldn’t be closed. Moon then slapped the man on the face and doubled her fist to punch him. The man told police that while Moon was yelling at him and slapping him, he heard something fall to the ground and that Moon then picked a gun up from the ground. A witness told the investigating officer that Moon had slapped the former boyfriend in the face and that he had seen Moon with a gun. Police spoke with Moon, who told police she punched the man and that she had a gun with her and had threatened him. She said she hadn’t actually pointed the gun at the man. Moon was arrested by Lawrence County Police Department officers and was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 8:15 a.m. She later was released after posting a $2,005 cash bond.

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

A Dubois County teen collided with a tree down across U.S. 231 near Witz Road at about 8:30 p.m. Monday night. According to authorities, 18 year old Brevin Sternberg, of Huntingburg, was southbound on U.S. 231 in a 1998 Ford Mustang when he failed to notice a large tree blocking both lanes of traffic. The car crashed through the tree. The crash and tree blocked both lanes of the highway for about 45 minutes while crews from the Jasper fire and police departments joined the sheriff’s department in removing the tree and car. Sternberg was not injured and the car, which was driven from the scene, had about $4,000 in damages, according to police.

On February 15, 2015, at approximately 3:17pm, officers from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg responded to a single vehicle, roll over crash on I-265 near the 7.6 mile marker. The driver, 18 year old Austin W. Porter and the front seat passenger 18 year old Taylor N. Johnson were both ejected from the vehicle. An eleven month old toddler was also a passenger in the vehicle but was restrained in a child restraint and had no visible injuries. Austin Porter was transported to U of L Hospital and later recovered from his injuries, however, Taylor Johnson died as a result of the accident. In October of 2015 Officers received the Drug Analysis report from the Indiana Department of Toxicology and found that Austin Porter tested positive for Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Clonazepam and Alprazolam at the time of the crash. An arrest Warrant was then sought for Mr. Porter. On December 22, 2015 an arrest warrant was issued and Austin Porter was arrested for the following charges: Reckless Homicide, Level 5 Felony; Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death, Level 5 Felony; Operating While Intoxicated - Endangering a Person, Class A Misdemeanor; Operating While Intoxicated, Class C Misdemeanor. Operating Whle Intoxicated – Passenger Less Than 18 years of Age, Level 6 Felony.Austin Porter was incarcerated at the Clark County Jail with bail set at $10,000 cash.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

The People’s State Bank in Bloomington was robbed Tuesday morning.  - Bloomington police are looking for a man who robbed the Peoples State Bank at Kirkwood Avenue and Washington Street Tuesday morning.  According to Bloomington Police, , the white man in his 40s, who was wearing jeans, white tennis shoes and a dark-colored jacket with a hood, entered the bank on Kirkwood Avenue about 10:10 a.m. and then handed a teller a note demanding money. The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money.  No weapon was seen and no one was hurt.  The man was last seen leaving the bank on foot. Police say he is 5-foot-7, and weighing about 140 pounds.  Anyone with information on the case is asked to call BPD Detective Jeff Rodgers at (812) 349-3318.

Jasper Police are seeking a white sedan involved in a head-on collision in the Jasper IGA parking lot Sunday at 5:50 p.m.  The car, possibly a Mercury originally reported as a 2-door sedan, left the scene after the collision with a lime-green parked 2012 Ford Fiesta and was last seen heading south on U.S. 231 towards Huntingburg. According to witnesses, the car’s front bumper was dragging on the ground.  Huntingburg police were notified of the possibly approaching car but neither department was able to locate it.   Anyone with information about the suspect vehicle can contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS

Lawrence County Raccoon hunter 52-year-old Darren Allgood says a half-dozen people ranging from grade-school kids to retired men helped him train T.R. Big Daddy Rip to win the Original Mountain Cur Breeders Association's championship in Jamestown, Tennessee, earlier this month.  The Buddha resident  says the dog was in the woods six nights a week training for the competition. Allgood says he bought the dog with the goal of winning the world coon hunting title championship, calling it a bucket list type of thing.   Allgood had two other dogs in the competition, but neither made it out of the first eliminations round.

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Flooding continues to be a big problem around the state.  Law enforcement is warning about the dangers of driving over flooded roads … In Johnson County, police had to rescue a man that had tried to cross the road and got stuck in deep water.  In this case the water was stagnant do to flooding off adjacent farmland. 

Three people were injured in a one-vehicle crash that happened on Sunday on Hwy 56 near Haysvill e, west of County Road 325 East.  According to Dubois County Sheriff's Department, 27-year-old Lindsay Quinn of Dubois was driving a 2006 Ford Focus west on State Road 56 when she over-corrected around a curve.   Police says Quinn was on her cellphone and going too fast for the weather conditions which contributed to the accident.   Quinn lost control of the car causing it to slide off of the south side of the road. The car went airborne down an embankment and hit the ground in a cornfield. The car then rolled several times before coming to a stop on the passenger side. Three people in the vehicle were taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. Quinn suffered minor head pain. A passenger, Shannon Evans, complained of back and neck pain and an unnamed juvenile passenger also complained of minor back pain. All three were taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment.  Police say none of the occupants were wearing seatbelts, which contributed to their injuries

Scott Wayman, owner of the Little Nashville Opry, in Nashville, Indiana ,  hopes to bring country music back to Brown County in the coming year.   Wayman has received state approval to install a sewage treatment plant on the Ind. 46 site, just west of Nashville.  The property where the Opry burned down in a 2009 arson fire sits in a flood plain, so a septic system cannot be built. Plans to attach the proposed building to Nashville's sewer system were complicated and would have cost too much.  Wayman was negotiating with Hamilton to buy the Opry when the September 19, 2009, fire broke out after a Saturday night show. Hamilton's companion and Opry manager, James Bowyer, was charged with arson but found not guilty of starting the fire.  

Monday, December 28, 2015

John "JD" England will take office Friday as the next mayor of Mitchell. Meanwhile, the court case challenging his election is scheduled for trial Monday before Special Judge E. Michael Hoff in Lawrence Circuit Court. England won a four-way race Nov. 3. An independent and a political newcomer, he beat Dan Terrell, a Republican and former mayor, 499-495. Democrat Eugene "Pud" Terrell garnered 229 votes, and William H. "Bill the Truck Driver" Conley received eight. But Terrell asked for a recount — a request he later dropped. He also filed paperwork to challenge the results and seek a new election. Among other things, Terrell asserts that votes were illegally counted or set aside during the process. Last week David Brooks, an attorney for Terrell, filed a request for a preliminary injunction. It asked Hoff to stop England from taking office until the judge has a chance to rule that a special election is or is not warranted and until that possible special election is resolved. England's attorneys submitted a response late last week. On Monday, Hoff rejected Terrell's request. In effect, it means England can officially take office on New Year's Day.

A Lawrence County man and his passenger was injured when his vehicle left the road after striking a deer. According to police reports, at around 7:47Pm, 26 year old Robert Lee, of Bedford was driving a 1997 Jeep Cherokee south on Avoca Eureka Road when a deer jumped in front of him. In swerving to miss the deer, Lee went off the road and struck a tree. He and his passenger Shyann Nicole Lee, were wearing seat belts. The passenger-side airbag deployed, but Lee’s did not. Lee suffered incapacitating injuries and his passenger Shyann Lee complained of leg pain and went by private vehicle to a hospital.

The last of the three suspects that were in involved in the murder of 43-year-old Rodney Allender, was sentenced in Lawrence Superior Court II this/Monday morning to 65 years in prison.
Dillon Hicks, was the last of the three suspects to plead guilty to the murder of Allender. In keeping with the terms of a plea agreement filed on Nov. 24, Hicks will serve 55 years of the total sentence for the murder count and the additional 10 years on a conspiracy to commit burglary count. The sentences will run consecutively. Sixty years will be served at the Indiana Department of Correction with five years suspended to supervised probation. Hicks, upon release from the DOC, will be required to register for life as a violent offender. Judge William Sleva said Hicks would receive credit for 668 actual days served and Sleva said he would calculate the amount of further credit for days served and will communicate that information to the DOC.

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

A lineman working for the Paoli City Utilities was critically injured this morning after being struck by a passing vehicle.
Around 5:55 A.M., Thursday, 45 year old Jeff. Longest, of Paoli, was working with his partner on a utility pole along the north side US 150, just east of Willowcreek Drive. The service truck was parked partially in the westbound lane with its amber caution lights activated. While the other member of Longest’s crew was in the service bucket elevating towards the pole, Longest was on the ground at the rear of the truck, operating a spot light. As the utility crew was preparing to work, 73 year old James Risk, Jr., of Salem, was traveling westbound on US 150 in a 2004 Jeep Wrangler. Risk failed to recognize the roadway obstruction of the utility service truck, and swerved into the eastbound lane. As he swerved, Risk struck Longest with the passenger side of the Jeep, and ran over the outrigger stabilizer extended from the utility truck, flattening both passenger side tires of the Jeep. The impact pushed Longest over the outrigger, throwing him to the ground. Risk lost control of the jeep after impacting the truck and Longest, and crashed into a ditch approximately 120 feet west of the truck. Longest was transported to IU Health of Paoli, where he was flown by helicopter to the University of Louisville Hospital. He is currently listed in stable condition, with the full extent of his injuries unknown. US 150 was closed for approximately five hours while the crash was investigated. The crash remains under investigation.

A Fort Knox, KY resident faces reckless driving charges after a trip along I-69 through Daviess County.Thursday at 1:19 P.M., Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents observed a silver 2005 Pontiac G6 traveling northbound on Interstate 69 at the 74.5 mile marker, 12 miles north of Washington at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. Trooper Lents activated his radar, determining that the Pontiac was traveling 116 miles per hour. Trooper Lents turned around and followed the Pontiac for nearly four miles at speeds between 110 and 116 miles per hour before the vehicle pulled over. The driver, 18 year old Sean Bronaugh, of Fort Knox, KY, was charged with Reckless Driving, a class B Misdemeanor.  

Tuesday, December 22d, 2015

Jasper police arrested a Jasper man for attempted murder overnight. In an article in the Dubois County Free Press,  Police say a call for help was received at about 9 p.m. Monday night from 412 E. 7th Street.  Responding police found a 28-year-old female victim — later determined to be the ex-wife of Casey A. Myer, 34, of the same address — who had been strangled and had her throat cut.  She was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment and transferred to St. Mary’s Medical Center.   Police arrested Meyer for felony charges of attempted murder and strangulation. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center.  Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police assisted.

District 65 State Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford) announced today he is seeking the State Senate Seat in District 44 which is currently held by Brent Steele, who is retiring at the end of his term in 2016.   Former Lt. Governor and State Senator Becky Skillman is serving as Honorary Chair of his campaign.

A 37-foot Executive motorhome reported stolen from Muncie was recovered near Carefree in Crawford County, Friday morni ng.  According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, a resident located on State Road 66 north of Carefree reported a motorhome parked in his driveway without any occupant or driver in it.  When a deputy arrived, he was able to determine Daniel Coomer, 36, of New Albany, had parked the motorhome. Coomer told authorities he was in the county to visit his daughter who allegedly lived nearby.  Deputies determined the motorhome was registered to a Muncie resident. Coomer told them that he was given the motorhome after he met the registered owner at Ball State University. During the interaction with Coomer, the deputy noted he made several suspicious statements.  The deputy made contact with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department to contact the owner of the motorhome to determine if he knew where it was. A Muncie police officer working a stolen vehicle case in Muncie determined the motorhome had been stored near the location of his ca

Monday, December 21st, 2015

A one-story vacant house was destroyed by fire Sunday night.
According to police reports, the fire, at 6122 U.S. Highway 50 West, owned by Jennifer Loy of Bloomington was reported to the Lawrence County Police Department dispatch by multiple callers. The first of the calls was received at 9:14 p.m. The Huron Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, and assistance provided by the Marion Township Rural Fire Department. According to Mark Jones, Huron VFD fire chief, said the fire was fully involved when firefighters arrived. The Huron VFD responded with eight firefighters and three trucks, while nine firefighters came from the Marion Township RFD and brought two trucks. A representative from the State Fire Marshal’s Office was expected today at the scene this to investigate.

A Dubois County resident who was airlifted to St. Mary’s for injuries she received after crashing her car early Monday morning. According to police reports, 30 year old Melissa Wheatley, of Huntingburg, swas driving a 2004 Ford Focus when it went off the road, struck a fence belonging to William Giesler at 2668 S. Meridian Road and then stopped against a tree. Wheatley fled the scene as a passenger in a vehicle that had been following her, but a Dubois County Sheriff’s deputy was able to stop that vehicle shortly after it left the scene. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services was called to the vehicle stop and then transported Wheatley to the hospital due to the extent of her injuries. She was then LifeFlighted to St. Mary’s Medical Center. Police say she had a blood alcohol content of .23 percent. Wheatley is facing charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident and the accident is still under investigation. Jasper Police Department, Huntingburg Police Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor and Sons wrecker assisted.

Jasper Mayoral candidate Wayne Schuetter called on Mayor Terry Seitz to agree to a special election in the Jasper mayoral race. Four hours later Seitz declined. Schuetter, the Democratic candidate who ran for mayor, issued the call to Seitz, the Republican candidate, this morning at a press conference at the Jasper train depot. At a press conference this/Monday afternoon, Seitz denied the request saying there is no legal basis for a special election. On Friday, a recount commission decided 2-1 that a vote for Schuetter cast by paper ballot in the Nov. 3 would be disqualified because the ballot had not be initialed by two clerks as required by Indiana Code. That decision swung the tied mayoral election to Seitz. The change left the final vote total 1,856 to 1,855 in Seitz’ favor. Following the statement, Schuetter said that he will confer with his attorney and will decide his next plan of action by next Tuesday.

Friday, December 18th, 2015

The appointed recount commission to help determine a winner in the Jasper Mayoral Election last month has determined that Republican incumbent Terry Seitz has won a second term in office. The recount commission voted 2-1 to disqualify an early voting paper ballot cast for Democratic incumbent Wayne Schuetter.  The disqualified vote makes the final vote total 1856 for Seitz, 1855 for Schuetter. The discarded vote did not have the required two signatures required before it was mailed out to the voter requesting it verifying the ballot’s authenticity. The ballot and its votes were included in the final vote totals certified by Dubois County Clerk Bridgette Jarboe on November 4th, the day after the election. After the commission hearing, Schuetter says he was disappointed the outcome but proud of the campaign he ran. He says he will consult with his legal counsel, Bill Groth of Indianapolis and his local party officials as to any possible appeal. Scheutter says he plans to hold a news conference on Monday.

Three Washington County residents are in jail after police searched a room at the Cobblestone Hotel early Monday morning in Salem.
According to police reports, Washington County officers were called to a home in the 100 block of South Fair Street on Sunday night, after a report that two 13-year-old boys were found unresponsive. The boys were taken to St. Vincent Salem hospital. Washington County Sheriff Roger Newlon says the cause was suspected drug use which lead to police obtaining a warrant for the home of the boys. Salem Police Detective Scott Ratts says that incident is still under investigation, but it lead police to Logan Miller, who was wanted on a warrant. Police arrived at the Cobblestone Hotel about 12:30 a.m. Monday. Logan Miller saw police pull in and slipped upstairs to hide. Police found him and he was arrested. Police then spotted Lauren Miller coming out of a room. In that room police discovered items used to make meth and other drugs. Police arrested 24-year-old Logan Miller; his sister, 26-year-old Lauren Miller and 20-year-old Ethan Abell, all of Salem all early Monday morning. All three were taken to the Washington County Jail on a variety of drug-related charges. Logan Miller was also wanted on a warrant for probation violations. Assisting in the arrests were Pekin Town Marshall Jeff Thomas and officer with the Salem Police Department.

Duke Energy is once again assisting customers who may struggle to pay their winter energy bills. The company is contributing $700,000 for low-income customer energy assistance through its Helping Hand program. In addition, Duke Energy Indiana customers are contributing more than $86,000, raising this year's total to approximately $800,000.Customers who need help paying their electricity bills can receive up to $300 toward their bill if their local Energy Assistance Program agency determines they are eligible based on need and other criteria. Duke Energy Indiana partners with the Indiana Community Action Association and the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority's Energy Assistance Program, which distributes the company's assistance funds.

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

It is unclear when Paoli Peaks will open this year. The unseasonably warm weather is a repeat of last year events and didn't open till after the new year. By this time officials hoped they could announce an opening day, but now they are just hoping temperatures get cold enough to start making snow."There are a few things that need to align for ideal snowmaking conditions like cold temperatures but not just for an hour or 2 on a few select nights," Lauren Grenier, Director of Marketing and Administrations says. "We need sustained cold temps to achieve an opening base." Paoli Peaks has more than 100 snow guns on the slopes. When the cold temps do drop the staff will be able to lay down a decent amount of snow in a short amount of time. While crews are waiting for the weather to change, they are finishing up preparations for the season: training staff, testing equipment, and readying the snow guns. When opening day does arrive, Grenier says they will be ready.

Indiana has the seventh-highest high school graduation rate in the country. The Education Department announced this week that the rate for the 2013-14 school year was 87.9 percent. White students in Indiana graduated at a 90.4 percent rate. Among black students the graduation rate was 75 percent, and 83.2 percent of Hispanic students graduated. Nationally, the Education Department says 82.3 percent of students graduated high school. That was the highest rate since the department started using a new, uniform measure in 2010

You still can't buy alcohol on Sundays, but the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) announced you can buy alcohol on Christmas. Although many businesses are closed on Christmas, restaurants, bars, liquor stores and grocery stores that are open will be allowed to sell alcohol to you. Governor Mike Pence previously signed a bill that removed a provision prohibiting the sale of alcohol from 3 a.m. December 25 to 7 a.m. December 26. That bill took effect in July. This is the first Christmas Day that Hoosiers will be able to buy alcohol on since Prohibition,

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Mitchell mayoral candidate Dan Terrell has asked to dismiss the recount portion of his court case contesting the mayoral race and according to Lawrence County Clerk Myron Rainey, Special Judge E. Michael Hoff granted that request.   Independent candidate John "JD" England defeated former Republican Mayor Dan Terrell 499-495. Democrat Eugene "Pud" Terrell received 229 votes with William H. "Bill the Truck Driver" Conley received 8 votes.   However Rainey says this doesn't mean there is a clear winner.  "Mr. Terrell has filed paperwork contesting the entire election so there is still parts of the case that need to be settled," Rainey says. Terrell's claim that some of those votes were cast by residents that did not live within the Mitchell city limits. Terrell's petition also states:

*A mistake was made in the printing or distributing of ballot;
*A mistake in the programming of an electronic voting system occurred;
*An electronic voting system malfunctioned and /or
*A deliberate act or series of actions occurred in one or more of the following precincts: Marion 1, Marion 2, Marion 3 and/or Marion 4 making it impossible to determine the candidate who receive the highest number of votes cast in the election

Jared Fogle is appealing his sentence following his conviction on child pornography charges.  He filed his notice of appeal for the first hearing in January.  His total sentence comes to more than 15 years.  Fogle is curringly in the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center. 

The Hoosier National Forest has received an award for recreation through outreach efforts from the US Forest Service.  The Forest has over 203,000 acres of public land in the hills of south central and southern Indiana.  The forest provides a wide mix of opportunities and resourses for people to enjoy. 

Monday, December 14th, 2015

A Jasper native died in a traffic accident that occurred early Sunday morning on the northeast side of Indianapolis.
According to a State Police report , at approximately 2:35 a.m., troopers were dispatched to Shadeland Avenue just south of Fall Creek Road for the report of a personal injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed that 37 year old Henry Pierce Jr, of Indianapolis, was northbound in a 2016 Cadillac on the collector ramp from the northbound lane of I-465  to Shadeland Avenue NB and struck the guardrail on the east side of the roadway. Police say it is not clear at this time if the vehicle reentered the roadway and perhaps was a factor in causing a subsequent accident involving 25 year old Reanna McCormick, of Indianapolis. According to police, McCormick was northbound in a 2006 Chevrolet Impala on the collector ramp from I-465 NB to Shadeland Avenue NB when for an unknown reason, her vehicle left the roadway and went up on a small embankment. It traveled over and through a guardrail before landing on a southbound 2002 Hyundai Sonata being driven on Shadeland Avenue by 39 year old Steven Mann, of Jasper. After striking the Sonata, the Impala continued to roll and came to rest inverted on top of a guard rail on the west side of the roadway. McCormick and Mann were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marion County Coroner’s Office. The accident is under investigation.

A Ferdinand man and Jasper woman were shot while rabbit hunting Sunday morning southwest of Ferdinand. According to Indiana Conservation Officers, they were called to the shooting incident at about 9:15 a.m. They determined that 34 year old Kevin Luebbehusen, of Ferdinand and 26 year old Stacey McBride, of Jasper, were with a hunting party watching a rabbit hunt when a rabbit ran between them and another hunter, 55 year old Glen Vonderheide, of Huntingburg. Vonderheide swung his firearm in the direction of Luebbehusen and Mcbride following the rabbit and shot three times. Luebbehusen and McBride both were hit with pellets from the shotgun and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Thick brush and an incline were contributing factors in obstructing the view of Vonderheide. Responding agencies included the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Ferdinand EMS, Saint Henry Fire Department and Indiana Conservation Officers. All subjects were wearing hunting orange.

Friday, December 11th, 2015

A Jasper man arrested in May after striking and spitting into a Jasper police officer’s face was sentenced in Dubois County Circuit Court today. 31 year old Michael Arteaga, of Jasper entered into a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to a level five felony count of battery against a public safety official, level six felony counts of battery by bodily waste and intimidation, and two each of Class A misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury and resisting law enforcement. Arteaga was sentenced to six years in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

The Mitchell Mayoral Race recount is underway in Lawrence County Circuit Court.   Republican candidate Dan Terrell and his attorney, David M. Brooks, and independent candidate John "JD" England and his attorney, Dave Smith, along with along with three members of the recount commission - Democrat Phil Tincher, Republican Paul Ford and Voting Machine Mechanic Aaron Staggs will review the absentee ballots. Monroe Circuit Court Judge E. Michael Hoff will oversee the proceedings.  The recount is in response to Terrell's claim that some of those votes were cast by residents that did not live within the Mitchell city limits.   The ballots that are deemed challengeable, if any, will then go in front of the recount commission on Dec. 16 for final review.  England defeated former Republican Mayor Dan Terrell 499-495. Democrat Eugene "Pud" Terrell received 229 votes with William H. "Bill the Truck Driver" Conley receiving 8 votes.  Terrell also claims a voting system malfunctioned, and that a deliberate act or series of actions occurred in one or all of the following precincts: Marion 1, Marion 2, Marion 3 and/or Marion 4.

From schools to movie theaters to corporate offices, the number of tragic active shooter event s has increased across the United States at an alarming rate. For several years the Indiana State Police has been devoted to giving presentations and information in Indiana schools to educate school administrators and teachers on ways they can protect our children and themselves, should the unthinkable happen.  In recent months, the ISP has updated and evolved the training program. The program, Unarmed Response to Active Shooter Events, now includes specific information aimed at educating individuals and businesses to better prepare them for an active shooter event. Presentation materials and learning aids, as well as videos, have been specifically developed for corporate environments, schools, school buses, and individuals. The resources are free and available online at www.in.gov/isp/3191.htm.   Businesses, corporations, civic organizations, or schools wishing to have materials presented to them in their facilities can also schedule that with the State Police. Troopers throughout the state are trained in the program and materials, and are willing to present the program to your group. For more information on scheduling a program in Southern Indiana, you can contact Sergeant Philip Hensley with the Jasper Post by calling 812-634-5520. The hope of the Indiana State Police is that none of us are ever faced with testing our preparedness during an active shooter event. Having knowledge of how to protect yourself or someone around you will give a better chance of getting through the event. We stand committed to giving you that knowledge

There is a new solar farm in Harrison County.  The 4300 panel array sits on about 15 acres of land near I-64 in Georgetown and will generate enough electicity to power about 150 homes yearly.  The project cost is $2.7 million.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Patoka Water had a water line break southwest of Paoli.   Paoli water customers are under a boil water order until further notice.  Water should be boiled before consuming.

A Daviess County man is in jail after burning down his own home. 32-year-old Brendan Dillon of Odon  is also facing charges of theft, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and two counts of arson is on jail on a $26,500 cash bond only. Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit says his officers went to Odon to talk with Dillon concerning a theft from the Dollar General Store. While there officers recovered some of the missing merchandise and also found marijuana. Dillon was advised he was under arrest and that is when he began to fight with police.   Firefighters were then called to Dillon's home on South Spring St. at 6:26 p.m. Sunday.  The fire keep firefighters busy most of the night. After putting out the fire, an investigator from the Indiana Fire Marshal's Office was called to investigate the cause. It was determined the fire had been set. Dillon was then charged with two counts of arson and arrested Sunday night.

A Hymera Indiana  town board meeting ended up in a fight Tuesday night. Former marshal of 15 years Darrick Cullison says he was wrongly fired in October and has legal action against the board. He's asking for his job back and back pay he says he's owed for overtime hours. The board has reported that Cullison was fired for working less hours than what he was paid for. The town board came in with plans to replace Cullison with Daryl McCullough.
The meeting quickly escalated as tempers flared. A motion passed with a 2-to-1 vote to hire McCullough, then more words were exchanged -- and that led to the fight.  Eventually the fight was broken up. Then police from the surrounding areas showed up.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

The French Lick-West Baden Lions Club, now celebrating 65 year s of service to the community is selling bags and cases of citrus fruit.  Florida grapefruit, Texas oranges and tangelos are $32 a case or $16 a bag and available from Ron’s Auto Sales or Ray’s Barber Shop in French Lick.  Or see a Lions member, or call Ron Woolsey at 936-0855. 

A bobcat kitten hit by a car last month as she crossed a Bloomington road with her mother and a sibling is on the mend following surgery at the University of Illinois. Surgeons at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, Illinois, repaired the bobcat's fractured pelvis during a three-hour surgery last week. The native wildcat was struck November 24 along a road near Bloomington and turned over to the care of WildCare Inc., a local wildlife rehabilitation center. WildCare Inc. board Vice President Amanda Wrigley says the female cat is doing well following her surgery.  University wildlife clinic medical director Julia Whittington says there's a good chance the kitten can be reunited with her mother and sister once she recovers.

CNN’s list of “15 of the best places to spend Christmas” includes the festive, famous small town of Santa Claus, Indiana.  America’s Christmas Hometown hosts a celebration of family fun on the first three weekends of December. With two Christmas Celebration weekends remaining, visitors can enjoy events December 11-13 and 18-20, 2015. Special events include a Traditional Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa’s Lodge, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire at Santa’s Candy Castle, the Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph, the Festival of Lights inside Christmas Lake Village, and much more.

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The recount of ballots cast in the Mitchell mayoral race begins at 9 a.m. Thursday in Lawrence Circuit Court.
Four people selected by Republican candidate Dan Terrell and his attorney, David M. Brooks, and four people selected by independent candidate John "JD" England and his attorney, Dave Smith, will convene for the recount. According to Lawrence County Clerk Myron Rainey, the eight individuals will pair off with a member from each petitioner to go over the absentee ballots. Those ballots that are deemed challengeable by the pair, if any, will then go in front of the recount commission on Dec. 16 for final review. The recount commission consists of Democrat Phil Tincher, Republican Paul Ford and Microvote mechanic and representative Aaron Staggs. The recounts are open to the public, Rainey said, for those who want to sit through the process. In the Nov. 3 election, England beat Terrell, 499-495. Ten days later, Terrell filed a request for a recount as well as formal paperwork to contest the entire election. Among the issues, Terrell claimed some of the people who voted in the election do not live in the city limits.

Two people escaped from a burning mobile home in Lawrence County over the weekend. Firefighters from Marion township were dispatched to the fire around 5:20PM Sunday at 111 Ely Lane. When firefighters arrived, there was fire coming from a couple of the windows, but wasn’t fully involved. Both unnamed residents escaped, but one was transported to a area hospital for evaluation. Two pets were unable to be saved, a dog and a cat and they perished in the fire. Nine firefighters and three trucks responded from Marion Township. An additional three firefighters and one truck responded from Guthrie Township. According to Josh Blackwell, a lieutenant with Marion Township, they believe the fire started in the kitchen, but were unable to determine specifically what caused it.


Friday is the deadline to enter the Orleans Chamber of Commerce Christmas Lighting Contest.The contest is open to all Orleans residents within a five-mile radius and business owners; entries will be judged Monday. This year’s theme is “Home for the Holidays.” Prizes will be awarded for best overall decorating. Nominations can be mailed to the Orleans Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 9, Orleans, IN, 47452, or can be dropped off at the Orleans Town Hall. Entries can be faxed to (812) 865-3413. Entries must include the owner’s name, address and telephone number, along with detailed driving directions. For more information, call the chamber office at (812) 865-9930.Also, The Orleans Chamber of Commerce again is sponsoring a special mailbox for Santa Claus. It is located just outside the Chamber office on the north side of the town square. Special “Postcards for Santa” are available free of charge for children to write their Christmas wishes. The postcards may be picked up at Orleans Town Hall, Fifth Third Bank, J & S Sportswear, Paradise Pizza, Orleans Antiques, Sprigler Market & Deli and Mid-Southern Bank. The postcards require no postage and must be dropped directly back into the “Santa” box at the chamber office (not in the regular post office boxes).All cards will be forwarded to Santa at the North Pole.

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Orange County has been chosen as one of three Indiana counties to participate in the next round of the Hometown Collaboration Initiative.
Chosen was The City of Auburn, also Orange, Spencer and Vermillion Countys as finalists in the program. According to Sue Ellsperman, Indianas Lieutenant Governor “I’m a strong advocate for economic growth in our rural communities. We know that our rural communities, in fact, play a vital role in Indiana’s economy and I commend each of the selected teams for your working together to develop a strong local vision for the future. It is through programs like HCI that we are able to foster a culture that supports capacity building, collaborative partnerships, business growth, and provides a quality of place where people want to invest, live, work and raise a family. I am confident that participating in HCI will further assist in developing the next generation of leaders and to strengthen the fabric of our hometowns to ensure Hoosier communities are relevant and thriving in the 21st century. I look forward to witnessing your local progress throughout the process and I hope to join you in celebrating your successes in the near future.”

A Washington County woman was arrested after police say she battered two of her children.
According to Indiana State Trooper Brett Walters from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg, Salem Police Department received a complaint that 24-year-old Kendra Beswick allegedly had injured her children. Trooper Walters spoke to the children's father. The father told police he felt two of his children were being abused by Beswick. He told police he had filmed an incident with a hidden camera and posted it on Facebook. Trooper Walters watched the video and began an investigation into the alleged crime. Upon completion of the investigation, the case was turned over to the Washington County Prosecutor's Office for review. On Wednesday, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Beswick charging her with two Level 5 felony counts of battery on a child under the age of fourteen. Beswick was arrested the same day and taken to jail. The case remains under investigation. Assisting agencies are the Washington County Division of Family and Children and the Salem City Police Department.

Six people were injured this morning in a house fire in Washington.
Firefighters were called to the home at 1215 W. Walnut Street just after 5 a.m. Some of the residents who were inside the two-story house, which had been divided into an upstairs and downstairs apartments, had to be rescued off the roof. Three adults and two children were injured during the fire, but their names have not yet been released. Washington Police say some of the residents were treated at the scene from smoke inhalation Washington City Police officers rushed inside to wake other occupants and help them get out of the house.The Indiana State Fire Marshal's office has been called to investigate the cause of the fire.


Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Two 16-year-old boys were arrested in connection with a weekend vandalism at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.
Their names are not being released yet, according to Lawrence County Chief Deputy Aaron Shoults. The teens were apprehended around 9 p.m. Tuesday. Each teenager is facing a charge of cemetery mischief, and Lawrence County police thanks the community for tips. Sometime between Saturday and Monday morning, flower vases inside the mausoleum were broken, an entry door was busted and damage was done to the building at Cresthaven. Staff reported the vandalism to police Monday at 8:45 a.m. More information was not available this morning.

A Lawrence County man was injured after the vehicle he was driving left the roadway and rolled into the bottom of a culvert.
According to police reports, at around 10:15 p.m. 21 year old Brady Lantz, Of Bedford was northbound on Pumphouse Road, driving a 1999 Ford Explorer. He was traveling through an S curve on wet pavement when he lost traction and went off the west side of the road. Lantz complained of chest pain and was transported to a hospital by private vehicle. Lantz was cited for not having a registration or license plate when required.

Lawrence County Police have arrested a man on multiple drug charges after he sold bath salts to police under the presumption he was selling methamphetamine.
Officers from the Lawrence County Drug Task Force had information that 31 year old John Beyers, of Mitchell, had methamphetamine and attempted to conduct a controlled buy shortly before 9:49 p.m. Monday.
Beyers then sold them Epsom salt in place of meth. Beyers then left in a vehicle near Cresthaven. Beyers was then arrested aft Police pulled over his vehicle at 9:49 p.m. He was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 10:28 p.m. and faces charges of conspiracy to deal more than 3 grams of meth, dealing in a lookalike substance, possession of a legend drug, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

In Bedford, tips to law enforcement have led to charges against two 16 year olds.  On Monday, Cresthaven Memory Gardens reported damage to one of their mausoleum buildings.  Flower bases were busted and letters removed from headstones and a busted glass at the entry door.  The two teens are facing charges of cemetery mischief .

Time of the year for hunters to be out.  Last Saturday morning,. Indiana Conservation Officers were dispatched to Winamac Fish and Wildlife Area where two pheasant hunters were shot by a person from another group of pheasant hunters approximately 50 yards away. The victims, a father and his 13-year-old son, were both struck by birdshot (pellets) with one pellet penetrating the youth hunter's neck. The father reported he was struck in the back of the head but did not immediately show any visible injury. The youth hunter was transported by his father to the Pulaski County Hospital and will require minor surgery to remove the pellet. Both victims were wearing hunter orange as required and all parties names are being withheld as the investigation is still ongoing at this time.  Indiana Conservation Officers urge all hunters to be aware of their safe zone of fire and what is beyond their intended target.

The FBI is increasing the penalty against animal abusers in 2016, starting January 1 st.  The agency says all police departments must report animal cruelty cases separate from other crimes.  Law Enforcement officers hope the information will help them keep better tabs on offenders.  Those who abuse animals will be held just as accountable as someone who abuses a human

Wednesday, December 2d, 2015

Good news for the home town business.  While holiday retail seasons have long been dominated by big-box retailers, small businesses and one-of-a-kind goods are in big demand this year in Indiana and nationwide.   This weekend's Small Business Saturday attracted its biggest crowds and sales. Shoppers spent $16.2 billion at local retailers and restaurants across the country. That's nearly $2 billion more than $14.3 billion spent in 2014, or a gain of more than 13 percent compared to last year, according to data from American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business' Consumer Insights Survey.

Indiana Conservation Officers (ICO’s) are seeking qualified applicants.  Any person who is interested in a career as an ICO should visit the website http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/2760.htm  and complete the pre-screening test to be entered into the hiring process.  The deadline for successful completion is December 15, 2015 to be considered for the 2016 hiring process beginning in January.

A Jackson County man , 54 year old David Painter, 54, of Freetown, died on Friday at Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, where he was taken after the furnace in the basement of his one-story, wood-framed home at 4807 West Columbus Pike exploded. Pershing Township Fire Chief Ben Rudolph says an investigation by himself and Josh Kreigh with the State Fire Marshal's Office showed the explosion was accidental and caused by the way the furnace was being operated or attempting to be operated by Painter.  Painter was saved from the burning home by his neighbor 39-year-old Joe Francis.  Painter was treated by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services before being flown from a field across from his home to the burn unit in Indianapolis.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Bedford North Lawrence basketball star Damon Bailey is a 2016 induction to the Indiana Basketball Hal l. He will be honored on March 23, 2016.  Bailey is the ninth player to be inducted into the Hall in their first year of eligibility and joins basketball greats Steve Alford, Kent Benson, Larry Bird, Dave Colescott, Kyle Macy, George McGinnis, Rick Mount and Oscar Robertson.  Bailey's basketball record is impressive: He remains the all-time leading scorer in Indiana high school basketball history 26 years after he graduated from BNL with 3,134 points. The 1990 Indiana Mr. Basketball led the Stars to three state finals appearances, including the 1990 state championship in which BNL won in front of 41,046 spectators. Bailey was the head boys basketball coach at BNL from 2005-2007 before becoming an assistant coach and eventually head coach of the BNL girls program, leading the Lady Stars to a Class 4A state championship in 2014.   Bailey is currently in his second season as an assistant coach with the Butler University women's basketball program.

A truck struck a utility pole along Dubois-Cuzco Road and knocked out power for Dubois-area residents early Sunday mornin g.   According to the sheriff’s department, Cheri Pieper, 41, of Vine Street, Dubois, was eastbound on Dubois-Cuzco Road at about 1:15 a.m. in a 1997 Chevrolet truck when the truck went off the right side of the road. The truck struck the utility pole, snapping it off, before continuing through a yard and then returning to the roadway. The truck crossed the road and continued off road into a field before stopping.  Pieper was not injured in the accident and the truck was considered a total loss. The cost to replace the utility pole was not known.  Deputies were assisted by Dubois Rural Electric Co-op and a Dubois Volunteer Fire Department unit.

A Shoals man was arrested after police found a stolen vehicle on his propert y.  According to Martin County Sheriff Travis Roush, on the afternoon of November 23 police arrested 28-year-old Justin Truelove on charges of auto theft and possession of meth.  Sheriff Roush was following up a lead on several theft cases at 13279 West River Road and was looking for Roush.  Sheriff Roush then went to the neighbor's home to confirm Truelove lived in the home. As the sheriff was leaving the neighbor's home he noticed a white, small-sized pickup in the woods.  As Roush entered the woods he was able to confirm it was a stolen Ford Ranger.  A short time later, Truelove came out of the home and he was arrested and taken to the Martin County Security Center.  Chief Deputy Greene, Loogootee Police Department Captain Jason Hennette and K9 Roxy arrived at the home to execute the warrant. K-9 Roxy alerted police to narcotics in a bedroom. Chief Deputy Green located a Sprite bottle with a substance inside that tested positive for meth.

Monday, November 30th, 2015

A  single car accident Friday on U.S. 150 on Friday has claimed the life of a North Vernon Man .   According to the Martin County Sheriff's Department, 58-year-old Biff Guenthenspberger's car lost control on the slick roadway around 2:30 p.m. Officials say his vehicle struck a guardrail and then when careened into a rock filled ditch. Two nurses who at the scene attempted first aid but Guenthenspberger, who suffered upper body and head injuries, died at the scene

A Brownstown man, 41 year old Keith Warnock, is facing 13 years in prison after he accepted a plea deal on three separate cas es, including one related to a meth lab explosion that left his wife with severe burns.  The most serious charge Warnock faced involved the meth lab explosion September 7, 2014, at a home he shared with his wife and other family members. On that day, firefighters were called to a house fire at 500 West Spring Street in Brownstown. The home was engulfed in flames. Officials determined the fire was caused because someone was cooking meth.
Warnock's wife, 39-year-old Jill Warnock, was asleep at the time of the fire but woke up to smoke and flames. She attempted to put the fire out with what she thought was water, but was actually a chemical to make the drug, which caused an explosion. She was treated for burn at an Indianapolis hospital. 

The American Red Cross is conducting a blood drive today at Orleans Christain Church .  Doners can give blod in the Fellowship Hall of the church from 1-6pm.  This is a time of year when blood donations are needed much.. The busy Holiday  season tends to lower blood contributions.. Give the gift of life, give blood. 

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Police are seeking a person of interest in connection with a fire in Springville on Thanksgiving Day.
No one was living in the mobile home located at 1360 Popcorn Road, according to Chief Max Peters of the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department. The structure had no electricity, heat or running water. Citing the pending investigation, Peters declined to release the owner’s name. The fire was reported by a neighbor, who called Lawrence County police at 5:53 p.m. Perry Township and Marshall Township VFDs responded. Sixteen firefighters responded and had the fire under control in 10 minutes. The Indiana State fire marshal will determine the cause of the blaze

A Springville teen was injured after the 2004 Jeep Liberty she was driving rolled on Ind. 37 near Oolitic Tuesday night.
According to a Lawrence County Police report, 17-year-old Keelie Sims was traveling north on Ind. 37 when the vehicle in front of her hit their brakes. She swerved to the left to miss the vehicle and then over corrected causing the vehicle to go off the right side of the road, struck a guardrail and rolled, with the vehicle stopping on the driver's side in the roadway. Witnesses say Sims was traveling at a high-rate of speed and passing several vehicles. Sims complained of pain to her knee and lower leg. Her passenger 2-year-old Lillie Holmes was not injured but was take to IU Health Hospital for a medical evaluation. Assisting at the scene was an Seals ambulance crew and Oolitic and Shawswick Volunteer Fire Departments

Indiana Conservation Officers say 38-year-old Jason Overholtx of Martinsville was injured after a shotgun barrel blew up.
According to police Overholtz was sighting in his Mossberg 20-gauge shotgun at his home Saturday afternoon when he fired the gun, and the barrel of the shotgun blew out, causing damage to his left hand. Police say it has not been determined why he barrel was compromised. Conservation Officer Kendrick Fuhrman did rule out no obstruction was in the barrel and Overholtz was not using the wrong size shells, both common reasons for guns to malfunction. The investigation is continuing.






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