***Q-100 News***

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Five people suffered injuries when a truck struck a tree on Mill Creek Road in Lawrence County Saturday night. According to police reports, at 8:19 p.m., 19-year-old Ashlan C. King, of Huron, was driving west near the 2500 block of Mill Creek Road in her green 1995 Dodge Dakota. There was one passenger in the vehicle and three passengers riding in the truck’s bed. As the truck went downhill around a curve, King hit the brakes, but they didn’t work and the truck ran off the road and struck a tree head on. King complained of internal chest pain and was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital. Passengers 17 year old Josh Sims, of Mitchell, was thrown from the truck bed and possibly broke a bone in his left leg and was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital. 14 year old Kalib Riley, of Mitchell, and 20 year old Jason Jones, of Vincennes, were also in the bed of the truck. Riley suffered a possible broken bone to his left ankle and Jones complained of pain to his ribs and abdomen. Riley was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital and Jones was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. 16 year old Zach Riley, of Mitchell, was the lone passenger inside the truck and suffered abrasions and contusions to the left side of his head and was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. A Seals ambulance, IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance, Marion Township Rural Fire Department, Bedford Fire Department extrication and Air Evac responded to the scene.

The Huntingburg Police Department arrested three people during a weekend home search and accused them of drug-related offenses.
Officers were assisting Dubois County Corrections Center staff with a home detention search early Saturday morning at the 311 E. First Ave. residence of 35-year-old Josh R. Leckie and 33-year-old Natasha L. Leckie. Huntingburg police allege the search revealed the presence of 8.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine, seven syringes, several spoons with burnt residue and a Hi-Point Firearms .45 cal. pistol. The Huntingburg Police Department’s K-9 Ester also allegedly alerted on a vehicle belonging to one of the residents. A subsequent search revealed a syringe and additional paraphernalia, police reported. Josh and Natasha Leckie of Huntingburg were booked into the Dubois County Jail around 10 a.m. on preliminary felony counts of methamphetamine possession. Josh Leckie was also preliminarily charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia. 30 year old Matthew Webber, of Evansville, who was at the residence, was arrested on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of illegal possession of syringes and a preliminary misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession. The Dubois County Department of Child Services and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted during the arrests.

The third and final suspect in connection to the fatal shooting of a Bloomington woman has been arrested. Robbing the woman for drugs and money is why police believe Brittany Sater was shot and killed over the weekend. Police arrested Billie Jean Edison and Johnny Moore Sunday. Edison told police she was there when the shooting happened, while Moore told police he was the driver of the car and Monday morning Dennis Webb was arrested too. Police believe Webb is responsible for shooting Sater in the chest. All suspects are behind bars.

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Monroe County man was arrested after he threatened to skin a female security guard at the Monroe County Public Library.
Police were called to the Monroe County Public Library by security officials Tuesday around 2:40 p.m. for a disturbance. According to security, two men got into a fight and when a security guard asked one man to leave, he became very upset, threw his backpack down, and started lunging at her. The man told the woman he was going to skin her and children. He also made threats about assaulting the woman. At that time, another employee came out to assist the security guard, and eventually the man causing the problems left the premises. The security guard described the man to police and told them she wanted to pursue charges. After hearing a description of the man, police knew they were looking for Chase Williams of Bloomington because he had made threats in the past about skinning people.While police were speaking to the guard, they received a call about a man who they believed was Williams screaming and cursing near the Wonderlab. When police arrived at the Wonderlab on 4th Street, they found Williams.The security guard identified the man at the Wonderlab to be the same man who threatened her at the library. Williams was then arrested on a felony charge of intimidation and booked into the Monroe County Jail.

Monroe County police are searching for a man who entered a home and attempted to sexually abuse a woman in Highland Village in Bloomington.
The home invasion and attempted sexual assault was reported Thursday around 4 p.m. in the 4100 block of West Third Street. Police say the man, who was wearing a mask, broke in through a window and assaulted her. The woman then fought off her attacker. She was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital to be checked out as sheriff's deputies searched the west side - near Curry Pike and Profile Parkway - looking for a white male wearing a black mask covering his face. He ran from the house; no vehicle was seen. This is the third sexual assault in the Bloomington area in the past few weeks. On August 16, a man wearing a dark-colored mask grabbed a woman on the running trail near the south side YMCA around noon and dragged her into a wooded area. He tried to sexually assault her before she kicked him in the groin and he ran off. On August 4, a woman jogging on the Clear Creek Trail between Tapp and Rockport roads in the early evening was abducted and raped nearby. No arrests have been made in either incident.

DNR Director Cameron Clark announced Thursday that 60 rural and volunteer fire departments from 36 Indiana counties have been awarded more than $250,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants. Those fire departments include Marion Township, Shoals VFD in Martin County among others getting grants. The DNR Division of Forestry administers the grants that are available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The awarded grants ranged $575 to $5,000 and were given to 60 departments. Fire departments interested in applying for VFA grants should write Crystal M. Hunt, Program Coordinator, Fire Control Headquarters, 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville, IN, 46151, or call (765) 342-4701.

Fire departments receiving grants in 2016, county where located (in parentheses), amount of the grant, and the project category are:

Celestine VFD (Dubois) - $2,613 - Wildland; Dubois VFD (Dubois) - $3,940 - Safety; Haysville Community VFD (Dubois) - $2,462 - Radios; Madison Twp. VFD (Dubois) - $3,097 - Water handling; Schnellville VFD (Dubois) - $3,275 - Radios; St. Anthony VFD (Dubois) - $3,219 - Water handling; Marion Twp RFD (Lawrence) - $5,000 - Safety; Shoals VFD (Martin) - $575 - Wildland; Gibson Twp-Little York VFC (Washington) - $3,977 - Wildland

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Wednesday afternoon, at approximately 1:00 p.m., a traffic stop by the Indiana State Police led to the discovery of heroin and drug paraphernalia. 
Two Seymour, Indiana residents were arrested during the investigation. The investigation began when Trooper Randel Miller stopped a Chevrolet Malibu on I-65 southbound near the 51 mile marker for a traffic violation, just north of the Seymour exit.  During the traffic stop, Trp. Miller observed indicators of criminal activity.  Trp. Miller’s K-9 Jinx made a positive alert to the odor of an illegal substance coming from the vehicle.  During a search of the vehicle, Trp. Miller and Trp. Jimmy Wells located a syringe and other items of drug paraphernalia.  The driver of the vehicle, 26 year old Clinton Johnson, and passenger, 24 year old Sara Biggs, age both of Seymour were arrested on various charges. While at the jail, jail officers discovered that Biggs was concealing two bags of suspected heroin on her person.  Trp. Miller also learned that Johnson had originally provided a false name during the traffic stop.  Both Johnson and Biggs were charged with felony charges of possession of heroin and possession of syringe along with a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Johnson was additionally arrested on charges of identity theft, false informing, and driving while suspended.  Both were incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail. These arrests come after numerous heroin drug overdoses occurred in the Seymour area on Tuesday evening.  The Indiana State Police are committed to patrolling Indiana roadways and preventing dangerous drugs from entering the Indiana communities we serve. Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post at (812)689-5000 or a local law enforcement agency.

A Lawrence County woman was injured in a crash on X Street Wednesday morning. At 11:32 a.m., 22 year old Morgan Harrison of Bedford, was driving north on X Street, near John Williams Boulevard, in a blue 2006 Ford Fusion. Her car veered off the road and struck trees, then entered a ditch line. The car then hit a concrete culvert and struck an embankment where it came to a stop. Harrison complained of pain to the ribs and was transported by IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, according to a Bedford Police Department accident report. Harrison was wearing a seat belt.

Orleans Medical Clinic reports it recently was the victim of a hacking incident that resulted in inappropriate access to certain information about the clinic’s patients. A news release from the clinic reports that on or about April 17, the clinic became aware of suspicious activity involving one of its computer servers. The clinic initiated an investigation and learned that its computer server that contained electronic health record data had been left unsecured after the server was upgraded.As a result, computer hackers gained access to the server over a period of a time from April 5 until April 17. On July 21, the clinic received confirmation of the individuals and information potentially affected by the breach. While the clinic’s investigation was not able to definitively conclude whether the hackers actually accessed or obtained a particular individual’s information, it would have been possible for the hackers to access and obtain patient information about all of the clinic’s current and former patients, including medical records and demographic information such as date of birth and Social Security number.This incident did not involve or affect the security of the clinic’s patient portal in any manner, and at no point was the clinic unable to access the information needed to provide high-quality health care services to patients. Upon learning of the incident, the clinic immediately secured the server so that this type of attack could not occur again. The clinic sent letters to each of its patients to inform them of this incident and to identify the steps that patients can take to protect themselves from the potential misuse of this information. In order to help patients prevent possible misuses of their information, the clinic has arranged with Equifax Personal Solutions to offer identity theft protection for one year at no cost to patients. The news release further reads, “Orleans Medical Clinic deeply regrets that this incident occurred. The clinic is committed to providing quality care and protecting personal health information.” The clinic has established a call center to answer any questions that patients might have about the incident. Patients can call the center at (888) 522-8801 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Police in Bloomington are investigating an incident where a woman was stabbed in the chest with a pair of scissors while lying on a couch Monday evening.  29-year-old Crystal Afanador was arrested later during a traffic stop at Ketcham Road and Old Ind. 37 South.   The 28-year-old female victim called 911 at 10:47 p.m. to report she had been stabbed in the chest with a pair of scissors and was having trouble breathing.  Emergency crews found the woman lying on the ground at a mobile home on Gordon Pike.   Police say the victim's boyfriend and Afanador's husband were in a back bedroom, playing darts, at the time of the incident.  Investigators found the scissors they say were used in the attack between a couch and a foot stool in the living room. Afanador told police she stabbed the woman in self defense, after she alleges the victim had struck her in the head.  Afanador was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated battery and booked into the Monroe County Jail. Her bond was set at $15,000 surety, $500 cash

A Seymor woman was arrested on felony fraud charges after receiving over $4,000 in food stamps she was not entitled to receive.  Police arrested 51-year-old Sandra Ashcraft early Saturday morning. If convicted, she could face a sentence of six months to 2.5 years in jail.  State investigators say her arrests stems from an investigation that began on July 28.  Scott Davis, with Indiana Family and Social Services Administration's compliance division, says that Ashcraft began receiving food stamps in 2009 and continued to receive them through July 1, 2016.  According to investigators, Ashcraft failed on two separate occasions to provide the Jackson County Division of Family Resources her correct address and did not list all sources of income or information about household members on her application for public assistance.   Investigators says, Ashcraft received $4,253 in food stamp benefits that she was not entitled to between August 2015 and July of this year.

Specially trained dogs will provide comforting benefits for students at Jasper High School this fall.  Jasper High School’s Assistant Principal Glenn Buechlein and social worker Holly Hughes presented the school board with the idea of introducing comfort dogs to be used by the counseling department.  Comfort dogs are specially trained to help calm students who have or are going through traumatic situations. These situations can inhibit learning and cause other issues at schools.  Buechlein explained that he and four other school employees paid to have dogs trained as comfort dogs over the summer. Those dogs will still need some acclimation to the school before they make regular visits and since they are privately owned, won’t cost the school anything .A golden retriever is being used in a similar way at Cedar Crest Intermediate School in the Southeast Dubois School Corporation.  The board approved the use of the dogs in the school. 

Tuesday, August 23d, 2016

An Orleans man received injuries after a raccoon or opossum ran out in front of his motorcycle Sunday afternoon in Lawrence County.    49-year-old Daniel Blackman suffered minor bleeding to his face but refused medical treatment at the scene. Police say Blackman was traveling on VFW Road near South Meridian Road on his 2009 Yamaha motorcycle when he says the animal darted into the road in front of his motorcycle. Blackman lost control of the bike and wrecked on the roadway.   Police say Blackman had been drinking at the time of the accident. His blood-alcohol level tested at .16 percent on a portable breathalyzer. He was taken to a local hospital for a blood-alcohol test and those results are pending

Quick action by a Ferdinand Elementary staff member mitigated any possible damages to the elementary school
when a recently repaired laptop overheated.  In an article in the Dubois County Free Press, The Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded to the school at 11:54 a.m. after an automated alarm in the server room housing the computers was activated by the smoking Samsung Chromebook.  The laptop had just been repaired and was waiting to be tested before being returned to service. According to authorities, the Chromebook’s lithium battery malfunctioned causing it to overheat, melting the laptop and causing it to smoke. Fortunately, it was in a box next to technology specialist Tami Hochgesang’s desk and she was able to pick it up with the other computers stacked there to take it outside the school.However, the smoke detector in the server room triggered the fire alarm and the students were evacuated.   Responding firefighters ventilated the room but no other damages were reported. Sixteen firefighters were on scene for about 35 minutes.

Two men were injured after the pickup they were in rolled Monday night on Vinegar Hill Road in Lawrence County.   Police say just after 7pm,  23-year-old Billy Mills of Bedford was driving his 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck east on Vinegar Hill Road, crested the hill and lost control of the truck. The truck went off the north side of the roadway and struck a hidden drive sign which caused the truck to roll on its top. Mills was trapped in the truck, but was able to kick out the windshield to get out. His passenger 24-year-old Joshua Todd of Bloomington was able to crawl out the passenger side window.   Mills suffered several cuts from the broken glass and a deep laceration to his left arm near his arm pit that would require stitches. Todd suffered a cut to his elbow and complained of a headache.   Both men refused medical attention at the scene,  Police noted on the accident report that the truck had a bald driver's side rear tire. 

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Denny Kellems Jr., who escaped from the Orange County Jail on Aug. 3, was found
hanging by a bed sheet tied to a vent inside his Indiana Department of Correction cell. Investigators believe the 33 year old Kellems, of French Lick, committed suicide, according to a news release from Putnamville Correctional Facility. A medical emergency was called, and staff attempted CPR to no avail.  An emergency medical ambulance was called, and Kellems was pronounced dead by the Putnam County Coroner at 3:40 p.m. Sunday. Kellems was serving a six-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Following his escape from the Orange County Jail, he confronted a woman in Paoli, battered her and stole her vehicle, according to an earlier press release from Indiana State Police Jasper post. Paoli police found the stolen vehicle in French Lick and contacted state police for assistance. As officers were patrolling the area for Kellems, Paoli Officer Brandon Mesarosh found Kellems near the Edgewood Apartments in French Lick. Kellems approached Mesarosh and began stabbing himself in the throat. Kellems was taken to IU Health Paoli Hospital for treatment. Following the incident, Kellems was taken to the Putnamville Correction Facility on Aug. 17 for safekeeping. His earliest release date was Jan. 12, according to the DOC news release. The cause of death is under investigation by the Putnam County Coroners Office.

A Clarksville man was injured after crashing his motorcycle while attempting to evade local police. Early Saturday morning, French Lick Police observed a Black 2007 Suzuki motorcycle on State Road 145 in French Lick traveling at a high rate of speed, driving left of center, and passing in a no passing zone. Officers pursued the motorcycle for seven miles before it crashed into a guardrail on SR 145 south of County Road 700 South. French Lick officers provided medical attention before emergency personnel arrived. The driver, 36 year old Dustin Fischer, was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY. Fischer was treated for non-life threatening head injuries and broken ribs. The crash remains under investigation by Indiana State Police, while the pursuit is being investigated by the French Lick Police Department.

A methamphetamine lab was removed from the truck of a car after officers followed up on two suspicious Spencer County men. While inside the CVS Pharmacy in Tell City, Tell City Officer Daymion Marsh observed a man acting suspicious. Marsh contacted Master Trooper Trey Lytton and informed him that the man had been driving a white Chevrolet Cavalier. Lytton drove through the parking lot and located the vehicle, but did not get a computer return on the vehicle registration until after it had left the parking lot. Lytton continued checking information and found that the possible identity of the male was 37 year old Jason Tuley of Dale. Tuley was actively wanted through Spencer County. Marsh confirmed with Lytton after seeing a picture that Tuley was the male he observed in CVS. A short time later, Lytton observed the Chevrolet pull into the Walmart parking lot on State Road 66 in Tell City. Lytton observed the Chevrolet pull up to the front of the store where 19 year old Shawn Payne of Evanston got into the car. Lytton observed the Chevrolet pull onto State Road 66, when Tell City Officer Bryce Hammack initiated the traffic stop.Officers learned that both Tuley and Payne were wanted on warrants through Spencer County. As officers were checking the Chevrolet, they opened the trunk and immediately smelled a strong chemical odor. After observing numerous items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Section was contacted to dismantle and dispose of the meth lab. During a search of the vehicle, officers found smoking pipes, hypodermic needles, synthetic marijuana, pills that were identified as legend drugs, and burnt aluminum foil that field tested positive for methamphetamine.Both Tuley and Payne were arrested without incident and lodged in the Perry County Jail.

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Brenda Cummins, registered environmental health specialist with the Lawrence County Health Department, received confirmation Thursday
that a pool of mosquitoes collected in Bedford tested positive for the West Nile virus. The sample was collected on Aug. 5 near the Bedford Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Indiana State Department of Health, which tests samples, confirmed that it was positive for the virus. According to a press release from the state, there has been only one confirmed case of human West Nile virus in the state and that was in Marion County. Mosquitoes from Marion, Hamilton, Jennings, Benton and Lawrence counties now have tested positive for West Nile. More information on West Nile can be found on the ISDH website: www.in.gov/isdh/23592.htm.

A Lawrence County man was injured after his motorcycle was struck by a car Thursday. At 4:50 p.m. Thursday, 58 year old Ernest Hall of Williams was traveling south on Becky Skillman Way, approaching 16th Street, on his black 2009 Harley-Davidson. He said a vehicle pulled out from the parking lot exit, just before 16th Street, causing a collision. The vehicle was a black 2016 Chevrolet Impala driven by 54 year old Craig Jones, of Bedford. Jones said he was stopped at the parking lot exit’s stop sign and did not see any approaching traffic. He said he entered the southbound lane of Becky Skillman Way and struck the motorcycle. Hall suffered an abrasion to his upper arm and was transported to a Bedford hospital, Jones was wearing a seat belt, but Hall was not wearing a helmet.

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

An Orange County man was arrested after he was found passed out in his truck with a can of air duster on his chest. According to Bedford Assistant Police Chief Joe DeWees, officers were called to the Walmart parking lot in Bedford at 8:24 a.m Wednesday, after a report of a man passed out in a pickup truck. When officers arrived the found 38-year-old Thomas Moore Jr. of Paoli laying in the seat with a can of air duster on his chest. Officers knocked on the windows several times to get Moore to respond and he wouldn't. Police then found that the passenger side door was unlocked and were able to rouse Moore and help him out of the truck.Officers discovered more than 8 cans of air duster in the floor board of the truck. He was then arrested and booked into the Lawrence County jail at 9:16 a.m. He has no bond set because he was on probation.

Two people were hurt in a crash at Hancock Avenue and State Road 37 Monday. According to police reports, at around 8AM, 48 year old John R. Harrison of West Baden was on State Road 37 approaching Hancock Avenue in his red 2012 Ford. He said he was in the right lane when a green 2002 Dodge Durango, driven by 41 year old Melanie Sanders of Mitchell, pulled out from Hancock Avenue onto State Road 37, causing the vehicles to collide. Sanders said she did not see Harrison’s vehicle because a car beside her blocked her view. Harrison complained of neck pain and Sanders complained of chest pain. One driver was transported to a hospital by ambulance and another was taken by a private vehicle. Mitchell Fire Department, Marion Township Rural Fire Department, Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance and Seals ambulance responded. Mitchell Police say the road was wet from rain at the time of the crash and both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Jasper police are seeking help from the public to identify the vehicle that struck an SUV parked on Mill Street in Jasper Wednesday morning. According to police, Christine Brinkman parked her 2011 Ford Explorer south of the 13th Street intersection on Mill Street at 7:07 a.m. When she came back to the SUV at about 11:30 a.m., she discovered it had been struck on the passenger side. The rear passenger door, front passenger door, passenger front fender and passenger side of the hood were damaged by an unknown vehicle. Damages were estimated to be about $3,000.Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Charges have been formally filed against a Jasper doctor for alleged offenses involving the narcotic drug oxycodone.  In an article in the Dubois County Free Press ,  49 year old Dr. Michael S. Love, Gun Club Road, was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 4:34 p.m. Monday on a Dubois Superior Court warrant charging him with a Level 2 felony count of dealing in a narcotic drug and a Level 5 felony count of illegal possession of a narcotic drug.  Love has an orthopedics and sports practice in Jasper.   Charging information from the Indiana State Police alleges that, on April 18, Love financed the delivery of at least 10 grams of the narcotic drug oxycodone hydrochloride and, on April 20, illegally possessed at least 5 grams but less than 10 grams of the drug.   Love posted bond soon after his booking. He made a brief initial court appearance this morning with his Jasper attorney, William Kaiser, who entered a preliminary plea of not guilty on his client’s behalf.  The court scheduled Love’s next appearance — a pre-trial conference — for Sept. 6.   If found guilty, the maximum penalty for a Level 2 felony is a term of incarceration of 10 to 30 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The maximum penalty for a Level 5 felony is a term of incarceration for one to six years and, once again, a fine of up to $10,000.

Two parents are in the Jackson County Detention Center in Indiana after authorities say their 18-month-old child was found in a home with trash, roaches and feces.  WBRD TV says authorities were called to the home of 58-year-old Johnny Tucker and 25-year-old Christina Tucker recently, after someone reported that an 18-month-old child had been living "in horrible living conditions" with "a strong smell" .  The home was on W. 2nd Street, in Sparksville in Jackson county.    When officers came and enter the home,  the stench was so bad, "it was hard to breathe," and trash and dishes were stacked up. Police say Johnny Tucker was lying on a mattress on the floor. Both Johnny and Christina Tucker admitted to being parents of the boy -- and Johnny Tucker gave them permission to look around and take pictures.  The officer then describes what he saw:  “While taking photographs of the inside and out of the residence, I noticed the floor falling through, several bugs and roaches, trash that was piled, dirty dishes with food and bugs in them, and their only toilet full of feces, and just in front of the toilet was toilet paper with feces all over it, stacked several feet high. There was also toilet paper with feces on it being walked on in the bathroom and hallway.”   According to the officer's report, the child did indeed have a diaper rash.  Child Protective Services arrived and took the child.   On Aug. 10, the officer requested that both Johnny and Christine Tucker be charged with neglect of a dependent. They were arrested on Monday. Both suspects are currently being held in the Jackson County Detention Center, according to online records

Yellowwood State Forest in Nashville is closing off some trails temporarily because logging operations are underway.   The property manager says the trails will be closed six to eight weeks because of the logging.  Officials are hopeful the trails will reopen by the time the leaves begin to turn this fall.   The trails where the logging is happening should not be affected by the operation. But conservation director of the Indiana Forest Alliance, a non-profit environmental group, says the trails won't be as good a place to hike as before.   Yellowwood State Forest in Brown County is in the heart of what the Indiana Forest Alliance hopes will become one of 13 areas across Indiana to be protected from logging 

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

According to the Times Mail on-Line,  Mitchell area firefighters were called out at 8:30am to the building that houses the 2d Chance Closet at 706 West Main in Mitchell, the former NAPA building.  NO other details are available. 

State Police continue to investigate a police-action shooting early this morning in Seymour.  Just after 1 a.m. this morning, Indiana State Police detectives were requested by the Seymour Police Department, to conduct an investigation into a police-action shooting that occurred at a home in the blockof Westgate Road.  Police were called to the home after a report of a man acting erratically and he had fired shots inside of the home.  When several Seymour police officers arrived they heard additional gun fire from inside the home.  80-year-old Alvin Otte was inside the home alone armed with a rifle and knife.  He then  exited the home and raised the rifle toward officers. Officer Michael Payne, a five year veteran of the Seymour Police Department, fired at least one shot at Otte, striking him in the arm and causing him to put the weapon down. Officers immediately began administering first aid and EMS personnel were called to the scene. Otte was taken to Schneck Medical Center i for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He was treated and released and then held for a mental evaluation.

Indiana's corn and soybeans could be headed to a record year.  A U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Friday predicts the second-largest corn crop in Indiana history, with the largest soybean crop. Still, Purdue corn specialist Bob Nielsen preaches caution - he says there's still 30 to 45 days left this season. Nielsen says warmer than normal conditions persist, it might take a little bit of the frosting off the top on some of these yields.  Purdue economist Chris Hurt adds that unlike much of the U.S., revenue for Indiana farmers should be strong - mostly because last year's was so poor, due to flooding across the state

Monday, August 15th, 2016

A Solsberry woman was arrested after allegedly lying about the events leading to the death of her 14-year-old daughter last year.
Police arrested 40-year-old Shannon James, on a warrant Friday afternoon on a Level 3 felony charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, and Class A misdemeanor false informing. According to a probable cause affidavit, the charges stem from an incident in the early hours of Oct. 27, 2015, after a single-vehicle accident on Sharkey Curve claimed the life of Eastern Greene Student 14-year-old Bailey Miller, and injured 18-year-old Shelsey Proctor of Worthington. The driver of the vehicle, Joshua Wells, of Springville, fled the scene of the accident, but was arrested the next day after allegedly turning himself in to police. Since the accident, Wells pleaded guilty in a negotiated plea deal to causing the accident and was sentenced to 15 years in prison with three years suspended.

Two women were injured Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Ind. 37 and Wesley Chapel Road. According to a Lawrence County Police report, 41-year-old Autum Baughman of Mitchell was traveling westbound on Wesley Chapel Road when she drove her 2004 Chevrolet Tracker into the path of a 2010 Impala driven by 71-year-old Dolores Mundy of Mitchell. Baughman told police she was crossing the median and didn't see the southbound vehicle on Ind. 37.After the collision, Baughman's vehicle struck the guard rail.Baughman complained of face pain. Mundy complained of hip and stomach pain. Assisting at the scene was a Seals ambulance and Marion Volunteer Fire Department first responders.

A one-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Stars Boulevard in Bedford left one person complaining of pain to the abdomen and pelvic region. According to a Lawrence County Police Department accident report, 30 year old Vangage McIntosh, of Dayton, Ohio, was southbound on Stars Boulevard in his 2007 Porsche when he lost control of the vehicle. The Porsche went off the east side of the road, struck a culvert, traveled across a driveway at 938 Stars Boulevard and traveled another 100 feet through a yard where it came to rest. McIntosh was not injured, but a passenger 24 year old Katherine Kettering, of Xenia, Ohio, complained of pain to her abdomen and pelvic region. The accident was investigated by Lawrence County Police

Friday, August 12th, 2016

A Harrison County man was arrested on Kight Road in Washington County after police discovered methamphetamine, pills and loaded firearms in his truck Thursday.
According to a police report, At 5:43 a.m. Thursday, a Washington County Sheriff’s Department officer went to Kight Road for a suspicious blue Chevy truck sitting in a driveway. The officer, along with an Indiana Conversation officer, found 46 year old Clinton Branham, of New Salisbury, sitting in the truck with a bag. He was asked why he had stopped in the driveway at the back of a dead end road by a no trespassing sign, which wasn’t anywhere near where he said he was going. Officers had Branham step out of his truck and they patted him down. He had a knife and silver capsule in his right pocket that contained pills for which he didn’t have a prescription. Officers also found a loaded double-barrel shotgun and a muzzleloader in the back of his truck. Also found was meth, paraphernalia and more pills in his truck when an inventory was conducted. Branham was charged with possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and criminal trespassing and was booked into the Washington County jail.

Indiana Conservation Officers arrested a Marengo man yesterday/Thursday after
receiving a report of a burglary.  According to DNR reports, While off duty, Indiana Conservation Officer Dennis Talley received a phone call from a distraught citizen who had just returned home from vacation to discover her house near Leavenworth had been burglarized.  She had discovered that her safe had been breached, and that some heirloom and recently purchased jewelry, food, and fireworks had been stolen. Officer Talley gained additional information, and went to 27 year old James Richard Raines residence in Marengo yesterday to investigate.  During an interview, Raines admitted to the burglary, but stated that he had already sold the jewelry. During a subsequent search of Raines’ residence, crystal methamphetamine and fireworks were located. Due to his strong community ties, Officer Talley was able to track down where the jewelry had been sold, and within hours, had located the stolen property and returned it to the homeowner. Raines, was booked into the Crawford County Jail on charges of Burglary, Theft, and Possession of Methamphetamine. The incident remains under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers.   

Rex Knight of the Southern Indiana Development Commission conducted a hearing Tuesday morning at the Lawrence County Courthouse seeking to apply for a grant to raze the old Huron School. SIDC is a voluntary economic development agency serving Daviess, Greene, Knox, Lawrence and Martin counties. The group has aspired to identify an inventory of regional Brownfields and provide assistance with remediation efforts.Knight said the proposed demolition project includes any necessary abatement of any potential hazards associated with the building. Once the structure is razed, the lot will be returned to green space.The estimated cost of the project is $389,000. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant request is for $350,000 with a local match of $39,000 of which $36,200 comes from the general fund and $2,800 from an EPA Brownfield grant. Huron High School was built in 1924. Additions were made over the years and it was used until 1959 when it was consumed by a fire. It was rebuilt and utilized as a high school until 1963 when Huron students were transferred to Mitchell. It remained an elementary school for many years thereafter. The commissioners approved Knight's request to apply for the grant.

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

A Lawrence County man said a truck ran him off the road, which resulted in a crash Wednesday.
According to police reports at around 2:35 p.m., 28 year old Levi Brazzel, of Springville said he was driving east on Indian Creek Road, east of Boone Hollow Road, in a tan 2000 Nissan Frontier when a black dually truck ran him off the road, which caused his truck to hit a tree and an embankment. The driver of the black truck did not stop. Brazzel complained of pain to his upper arm and was transported to a Bedford area hospital for treatment. IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance, Indian Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department and Bedford Fire Department extrication responded.

Chief Public Defender David Shircliff is seeking the release of 34-year-old Lincoln Pickett, who has been in jail since his arrest on February 1 for the murder of 29-year-old Kamie Ratcliff. Shircliff is asking Lawrence Superior Court I Judge Michael Robbins to release Pickett from jail, citing an Indiana criminal rule about Pickett's right to a speedy trial.Pickett is facing charges of murder, obstruction of justice, abuse of a corpse, two counts of false informing and failure to report a dead body. He is accused of shooting and killing Ratcliff and then burning her body behind his home in the 3400 block of U.S.50 West in late January and lying to police about what happened. On July 26, Robbins scheduled the trial to start October 3. Then, prosecutor Michelle Woodward filed to start the trial on September 8.But because six months passed as of August 3, Shircliff says Pickett's rights to a speedy trail are being violated according to Indiana Criminal Rule 4(A).If the state doesn't bring a defendant to trial within six months, the court has to release them.

The Huntingburg Police Department used a license plate number shared by a complainant concerned about a possible intoxicated driver to make a methamphetamine arrest Tuesday night. Police were notified at 9:05 p.m. that a possible intoxicated driver was northbound on U.S. 231 from the area of the Huntingburg Airport. When it was reported the vehicle had turned on East Second Avenue, police ran the plate number that had been supplied and learned the vehicle was registered to someone with a 601 E. First St. address. Officers located the vehicle at that address with driver 39 year old Osvaldo Gonzales, of Owensboro, Ky., still inside. When police made contact with Gonzales, they allegedly viewed an orange and yellow glass methamphetamine pipe sticking out of his boot. Police had Gonzales exit the vehicle. He was detained and, in a front pocket inside a folded napkin, police found a white crystalline substance alleged to be methamphetamine. Additional methamphetamine was allegedly located in Gonzales’ wallet and, inside the vehicle, police also allegedly located marijuana. Also a alcoholic beverage was in the vehicle’s cup holder. Gonzales’ blood alcohol content allegedly tested .04 percent on a portable breath tester. Authorities booked Gonzales into the Dubois County Jail at 11:52 p.m. on preliminary charges of methamphetamine possession, a Level 6 felony; and possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

A painting by Paoli art teacher Chris Jones will be unveiled at 3:30pm today during a ceremony at the Orange County Courthouse in the circuit courtroom.  The painting of the county courthouse will be Orange County’s contribution to an art exhibit of Indiana Coursehouses in celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial.  The courthouse will first be displayed at Conner Prarie, then become property of the Indiana Bar Association.

The Orleans and Syria “Slices of Orange” event will take place on Sunday, August 21st at Syria Christian Church.  It will celebrate the communities in and around Orleand and the Syria communities.  And the last “Slices of Orange” event will be celebrating Paoli and that event will be held on Thursday, Sept 8th at Paoli Friends Church. 

In Daviess County, the Cannelburg Fire Department was called to a fire at the Gary Mathies farm on County Road 1250 East. The Saturday evening fire was located in a barn that contained more than 230 head of cattle.  Cannelburg Fire Chief Jordan Graber says the farmer was able to get all of the cattle out of the barn.  Flames from the fire could be seen three miles away and were shooting more than 100 feet into the air when firefighters arrived. More than 60 firefighters battled the blaze.  Flames were fueled by both an old wooden barn and the 125 bales of straw inside.  Fire Chief Graber says they believe the fire was electrical in nature.   The barn suffered extensive damage, but firefighters were able to save a small portion of the building that housed farm equipment and managed to keep the blaze from spreading to near by grain bins. 

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

A bee in a vehicle resulted to injuries to two children.    According to a Bedford Police report, police were alerted to the accident after one of the driver told police she had been involved in an accident and wasn't sure where but had exchanged information with the other driver and they left the scene. The woman told police she had two small children in the vehicle at the time of the accident and after leaving they began crying and she was afraid they may of suffered possible injuries.  Police located 44-year-old Candi Miller of Mitchell abd told police she became distracted after a bee landed on her leg and when she looked down to swat it off her leg she did not see a car had stopped in front of her. Miller also noted that she was "highly allergic" to bees.  Miller's 2003 Hyndai Elantra collided into the rear of the 2001 Mazda driven by 29-year-old Casey Albright of Springville.  Miller and Albright were not injured. But Albright's passengers, a 4-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy, complained of head pain following the incident.

A Seymour egg producing busness since 1939 has announced construction of a new 5 million dollar office comples..  Rose Acre Farms chief operating officer Tony Wesner says the new building in Seymour is needed because the company has outgrown its current office space a few miles outside the city.  80 employees will move into the new headquarters when it opens by early next year. Company officials say no new jobs are immediately planned but the new building is designed to be easily expanded in the future.  Rose Acre Farms is now among the country's largest egg producers, with 17 facilities and about 1,900 employees in six states

An  Anderson prosecutor plans to buy a holster after accidentally firing a handgun in his pocket, sending a round into the floor of a restaurant.  No one was injured when Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings discharged the weapon inside the Texas Roadhouse in Anderson late Saturday evening.   Cummings told The Indianapolis Star he believes the safety on the 9mm gun disengaged when he placed the weapon inside a pocket of his shorts. The gun discharged as Cummings walked out the door.   He says he's had the gun for only a couple of weeks but has carried a firearm for 36 years as both a prosecutor and a police officer and plans to have the gun examined to ensure there are no mechanical problems.

Monday, August 8th, 2016

A Lawrence County teen driver was injured after a one-vehicle accident Saturday night.
According to police reports, at around 11:32 p.m., 16 year old Michael Sanders, of Springville, was driving a white 2004 Honda Accord northeast on Guthrie Road at Lemon Quarry Road. The car started to swerve in the roadway and Sanders lost control of the car. It went off the road and crashed into a tree. He told police he was wearing a seat belt and driving at about 40 mph. Skid marks were on the roadway indicating the driver had taken the lefthand curve at the south intersection of Lemon Quarry (Road) at a speed too high to negotiate the curve with control, causing the vehicle to slide. The car spun mid-air and stopped in the opposite direction on a rock embankment. Sanders sustained injuries to his foot which was pinned under the dash. An IU Health Bedford Hospital ambulance responded, but Sanders declined to take it. Instead, his parents drove him to the emergency room.

A Dubois County man was arrested after attempting to drive on a closed street during the Strassenfest Parade on Sunday. According to authorities, 31 year old Jason Racicot of Jasper attempted to turn east on 15th Street from Main Street and was flagged down by an officer at the intersection. The officer had planned on explaining that 15th was closed due to the parade but while the officer was speaking to Racicot, he noted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. After Racicot failed field sobriety tests, he was transported to the Jasper Police Department for a chemical test. The test indicated Racicot’s blood alcohol content was .20 percent. He was charged with operating while intoxicated with a minor passenger, a level 6 felony. And he was booked into the Dubois County Jail.

If you haven’t already noticed, what we commonly think of as Sweat Bees, has increased many fold this summer.
What they are, according to officials, are Hover Flies. Hover flies love to feed on the pollen that collects where the leaf meets the stem on a corn plant. Hover flies also love the salt and moisture that collects on human skin. So on especially humid days, sweaty people become quite the hover fly hangout. The population spikes of the Hover Flie, are generally climate-driven, but officially there is no answer as to why there are sudden upticks in hover fly presence. Hover flies are often mistaken for sweat bees or yellow jackets. Purdue University offers a reminder of an old adage about telling the creatures apart: "Two wings, fun; four wings, run." Hover flies have only a single pair of wings, while bees and wasps have two pairs.

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Washington County Sheriff Roger Newlon says the two Washington County youth who had reported being kidnapped yesterday was a made up story.
According to Sheriff Newlon, "Boys will be boys, the boys, who are 8 and 10 years old, got away from the house and went exploring and ended up in a place they probably shouldn't have been and lost track of time." The boys mother and father had been looking for them for quite awhile when they emerged from the woods with the story of being abducted. Newlon spent most of the morning talking to the two boys who admitted to making up the story so they wouldn't get in trouble for being away from home for so long. The boys reported that a male in a red, white and blue pickup abducted them and took them to an abandoned house. Officers had been working to verify and investigate the case since the incident was reported on Thursday.

A Bloomington man was injured Wednesday night after he fell asleep while driving to visit his girlfriend. According to a Lawrence County Police report, at around 11:48 p.m, 46-year-old Jeremy Levi, was traveling south on Gasline Road when he "nodded off" causing his 2001 Lincoln Navigator to travel off the east side of the road. Levi turned the steering wheel to get the vehicle back on the roadway when the vehicle flipped and overturned in the roadway. The vehicle then slid off the west side of the road and stopped up against some trees and a barbed wire fence.Levi suffered minor abrasions to his hands and refused medical attention

The City of Mitchell has temporarily suspended its bus service, due to a seat belt issue.Officials say all of the seat belts inside of the buses must be made functional before the bus service can begin operating again. Officials hope to have repairs made within a few days.

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Two Lawrence County teenagers were arrested for inhaling canned air duster after they were found passed out behind the Dollar Tree store Tuesday.
And according to police, this is the second time one of the suspects has been arrested in the past two weeks. Bedford Police say at 10:53 a.m. Tuesday, an employee at a business on John Williams Boulevard noticed two people, 19 year old Michael Selby and 19 year old Autumn Borders of Bedford, passed out behind Dollar Tree, 3132 John Williams Blvd., by the trash receptacle and reported it to the Bedford Police Department. Police recognized Borders and Selby, and found seven cans of Ultra Duster near the two suspects. Both were arrested and charged with inhaling toxic vapors and booked into the Lawrence County jail Tuesday.

A probation search Wednesday morning uncovered drugs and alleged drug activity that resulted in three arrests. 20 year old Cole Morrison, of Jasper, came to Superior Court’s probation department Wednesday morning for a drug screen that allegedly came back positive for marijuana and methamphetamine. That prompted a 10 a.m. call to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department to assist with a probation search at the Morrison residence. Deputies who located a smoking device and a straw with white powdery residue after starting the search brought in the department’s K-9, Judge, and also requested assistance from the Jasper Police Department. Also at the residence was Morrison’s sister, 19 year old Cassidey Morrison, of Jasper and her boyfriend, 21 year old Garett Hale, of Santa Claus. Police said five hydrocodone tablets were in Cassidey Morrison’s purse and Hale admitted that 17 ecstasy pills found under a mattress were his. Also located was marijuana, scales and other items of paraphernalia. Dubois County sheriff’s department reported that Hale allegedly admitting to dealing the amphetamine-based drug ecstasy and marijuana. The sheriff’s department seized $525 that Hale had at the scene. Authorities booked Hale into the Dubois County Jail on a preliminary Level 5 felony count of dealing a controlled substance, a preliminary Level 6 felony count of maintaining a common nuisance and a preliminary misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession. Cole Morrison was preliminarily charged with a Level 6 felony count of maintaining a common nuisance and a misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession when he was booked into the security center Authorities lodged Cassidey Morrison in the Jail on a preliminary misdemeanor count of illegal possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. She posted bond later in the day, as did Hale.

A man wielding a samurai sword caused more than $1,000 in damages to the inventory in a storage room at a Seymour convenience store, police report. Seymour Police arrested 28-year-old Nicholas Davers of Brownstown on a Level 6 felony charge of theft and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident reported at 12:12 a.m. Sunday at the Circle K in the 300 block of East Tipton Street.No one was injured in the incident initially reported as a suspicious person in a room at the store. Police say Davers cut up, punctured and destroyed many items in the storage room. Police say Davers, who was not an employee of the store, was under the influence of a narcotic at the time. He is being held at the Jackson County Jail without bond pending his initial hearing.

Wednesday, August 3d, 2016

From an article in the Dubois  County Free Press, A complaint of a monkey being taken into the Save-A-Lot and Walmart on Jasper’s north side prompted county health officials to clarify what animals are allowed in retail food establishments.  According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, only dogs trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability are classified as service animals.   A service animal is not a pet. Pets, such as monkeys, are considered to be wild animals and not service animals, according to the health department’s press release.   The Indiana Food Code states that “live animals may not be allowed in the operational areas of a retail food establishment.” A retail food establishment is defined as an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends or otherwise provides food for human consumption.

A 63-year-old Seymour man faces charges related to an incident Monday in which a gun was fired while one of his vehicles was being repossessed.   According to Seymour Police, 63 year old Jerald Lee Bruce was arrested under Level 5 felony charges of intimidation and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and a Level 6 felony charge of pointing a loaded firearm at another person.   Police say no one was hurt,  in the incident, reported at 10:12 a.m. on U.S. 50 in Seymour,  on the city's far west side

The lawyer for a Bloomington man charged with killing an Indiana University student says her client is the innocent victim of an incomplete police investigation.  Messel is charged in the April 2015 killing of Hannah Wilson. The 22-year-old suburban Indianapolis woman's beaten body was found in a vacant lot about 10 miles northwest of IU's Bloomington campus.  Defense attorney Dorie Maryan said in her opening statement on Tuesday that investigators quickly arrested their first suspect and ignored other possible suspects.  Messel is charged in the April 2015 killing of Hannah Wilson. The 22-year-old suburban Indianapolis woman's beaten body was found in a vacant lot about 10 miles northwest of IU's Bloomington campus.   Brown County Prosecutor Ted Adams said evidence pointed toward Messel's guilt: The defendant's cellphone was found near Wilson's body, her blood was found in his car, and Messel was carrying a bag of his clothes spotted with Wilson's blood when he was arrested.  The jury is made up of eight women and four men. The trial is expected to last two weeks. 

Tuesday August 2d, 2016

A Mitchell man was arrested Friday on a warrant charging him with battery of a child under the age of 14.   \31-year-old John Hattabaugh was arrested after he allegedly struck a female child in the face at a home on West Frank Street , that happened on July 2d.  .   Police say the female suffered swelling and redness to her face.  Hattabaugh posted a $505 bond on Saturday and was released from jail.

A Springville man has allegedly attacked his brother with a weedeater. When officers arrived on Sunday,   the 66-year-old victim told police he went outside after hearing someone using a grass trimmer.   "He went outside with a camera to record his brother Raymond Blake cutting grass on the victim's property," Branham says.   That is when Blake lifted the weedeater causing suffered lacerations to his brother's left hand and wrist and damaging the camera.  "The investigation revealed that the alleged battery occurred as a result of an ongoing property line dispute between neighboring brothers," Branham added.  Police arrested 62-year-old Raymond Blake on charges of domestic battery and criminal mischief.

The city of Evansville paid $60,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman whose home was damaged during a SWAT raid in 2012 as police investigated online threats against officers.  The Evansville Courier & Press reports the settlement with Louise Milan was announced in May, but terms were not disclosed. The agreement does not identify any "liability, guilt, fault, or wrongdoing" by police or Milan. It also releases the city, police department, individual officers and Milan from further legal claims.  The lawsuit alleged police violated Milan's constitutional rights when the SWAT team tossed two flash-bang grenades into her home and forced their way in to serve a search warrant. Police were looking for evidence of anonymous internet posts threatening police. No evidence was found in the home. 

Monday, August 1st, 2016

A Morgan County man was transported to a hospital Saturday after a motorcycle crash on State Road 450.
According to police reports, At 5:52 p.m., 56 year old David Ridgeway of Martinsville was traveling north on State Road 450, near Fayetteville-Williams Road, on his 2005 Kawasaki ZX1200. When he entered a curve, his motorcycle went across the center line, then ran off the road over an embankment. Ridgeway, suffered an internal chest injury, and taken to a local area hospital for treatment. Ridgeway was wearing a helmet.

A Clay County man was airlifted to a hospital Friday after a motorcycle crash on U.S. 50 East. At 9:56 p.m., 23 year old Nathaniel Duregger, of Brazil Indiana was traveling west on U.S. 50 East, west of Back Creek Road, on his 2009 Kawasaki EX650. While entering an uphill curve, he lost control of his motorcycle, then struck a guardrail. Duregger was thrown 133 feet from the point of impact. Duregger, suffered multiple injuries, including a severe laceration to his right leg, fractures to his left arm and a possible punctured lung. He was flown by StatFlight to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. Seals ambulance and Pleasant Run Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Duregger was wearing a helmet.

A Lawrence County man was arrested Sunday night after he refused to stop for a Lawrence County Police officer attempting to stop him for an equipment violation. According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham around 9:28 p.m. on off-duty officer in a marked patrol car noticed a motorcycle traveling westbound on State Road 58, turn around and go back east on State Road 58 when he noticed the approaching police car. The officer noticed that the motorcycle did not have a working taillight and attempted a traffic stop. The rider intitially refused to stop and the officer pursued the driver for approxiimately 8 minutes across multiple county roads. The pursuit continued through Springville into Red Hill Addition, south west on Rueter Lane, where the driver threw away a beer can on South Peters Lane. The pursuit continued pass Maul Ridge Road, then south passing Fayetteville School, pass the intersection at Fayetteville Coxton Road where the driver failed to stop at the intersection. The pursuit ended with the driver finally stopped at the Old Union Church cemetery. Police arrested 28-year-old Mark Caraway, of Bedford1902 13th St., on charges of resisting law enforcement and being a habitual traffic violator. He was also cited for numerous traffic violations.

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

A man wanted for allegedly raping a 17-year-old in Huntingburg was arrested in the State of Washington Tuesday and will be extradited back to the area to face charges.
43 year old Roger Salinas, also known as Jose Ramon Aponte-Rolon, of Huntingburg, is facing 17 charges including seven counts of rape of a minor, two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, four counts of criminal confinement, one count of kidnapping, one count of battery and one count of auto theft. On June 6, the Huntingburg Police Department, Huntingburg Detective Sgt. Christian Gogel and the Dubois County Department of Child and Family Services launched an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and rape of a minor. According to police, the incidents occurred from November of 2013 to June of 2016. Child Services initiated the investigation. According to police, they determined the Salinas had fled the area shortly before the incidents were reported. Gogel forwarded his findings from the investigation to the Dubois County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and applied for a warrant through the Dubois County Circuit Courts. After receiving the warrants for Salinas’ arrest, Gogel narrowed down the location of Salinas to a couple states. He worked with Dubois County deputy John Anderson and the U.S. Department of Justice to ensure Salinas was located. On Tuesday at about 1:30 p.m. the Department of Justice contacted Gogel and advised him that Roger Salinas was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal Service in Spokane, Wash. Currently he is being held in Spokane awaiting extradition.

A former Meyer Truck Equipment employee was taken into custody during the weekend on a warrant charging him with five felony and five misdemeanor counts of theft. 34 year old Richard Porter, of Jasper was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 12:20 p.m. Saturday. He made an initial appearance Monday in Dubois Superior Court, at which time the court denied his request for pauper counsel, entered an initial not-guilty plea on his behalf and set his next court appearance for Sept. 22. Court documents state an investigation was launched by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department in August 2015, after Porter was terminated at Meyer Truck Equipment, 196 W. State Road 56. It was at that time that it came to the company’s attention that thefts of tires and money dating to the spring of 2015 had allegedly been committed by Porter. Court documents indicate the sheriff’s department interviewed Porter in August 2015 and he allegedly admitted to a theft of a couple of tires and some money from a desk drawer at that time. Between September 2015 and May 2016, court documents indicate an internal company investigation allegedly discovered additional thefts that were reflected in this month’s 10-count arrest warrant. After Monday’s court appearance, Porter posted a $750 bond and was released from Dubois County Jail.

Monday, July 25th, 2016

BEDFORD) - Camping is not allowed in the Hemlock Cliffs area. This prohibition includes anywhere along or adjacent to the trail system.   An earlier closure order banned camping at the trailhead and parking area, as well as within the large rock shelter at Hemlock Cliffs.   "We continue to hear that this is the most beautiful place in southern Indiana," said District Ranger Chris Zimmer. "We want to keep it that way, and the area is suffering from overuse, the vegetation is being trampled, and vandalism has occurred." Zimmer went on to explain that the Hoosier has an obligation to protect the special biological communities located adjacent to the trail system. He emphasizes that they want to make this area accessible to people to visit while still ensuring the sensitive plant life living in the micro-habitat of the cliffs and ravine are protected from damage. Zimmer said sadly, "People need to stay on the trail. The beauty of the area was being marred with trash and trampled campsites and we had to do something. We were getting complaints from hikers at the number of campers who were ruining the experience of this pristine place."   Parking space at the Hemlock Cliffs Trailhead has always been limited as well, and on busy weekends, vehicles lined the road into Hemlock Cliffs. "This is a day use site," said Zimmer, "no one needs to be staying overnight."    Patrols will be increased to ensure compliance with the new policy. Violators are subject to a citation and $100 fine.   There are other nearby camping opportunities on the Hoosier for peope.

MARTIN CO- Two people were arrested on drug charges after Martin County Sheriff deputies found cocaine.    On Thursday at 4:50 a.m. Martin County Sheriff Deputy Danny Salmon was patrolling county roads in the eastern part of the county, when a blue 2002 Chrysler 4-door passenger car nearly side swiped his patrol car on Deep Cut Lake Road. Deputy Salmon turned around to follow the car. The car accelerated at a high rate of speed.   The deputy caught up with the car, but the driver refused to stop. The deputy pursued the car at speeds in excess of 80 mph on narrow gravel roads. The pursuit ended on a dead end lane.   The driver, 31-year-old Jemimah Benge of Loogootee, and a back seat passenger were both immediately detained.   During a search of the car, police found more than 10 grams of cocaine, syringes and other drug paraphernalia.    Benge was arrested and taken to the Martin County Jail on charges of dealing cocaine over 10 grams Level 2 felony, possession of cocaine over 10 grams Level 3 felony, maintaining a common nuisance Level 6 felony, possession of a syringe Level 6 felony, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle Level 6 felony, possession of drug paraphernalia Class A misdemeanor, reckless driving Class A misdemeanor. She is being held without bond. After further investigation, the Martin County Sheriff's Office coordinated with Lawrence County Sheriff's Department's Narcotics Unit and found that there was an active warrant for a third person in the vehicle. On Friday, Martin County Sheriff Travis Roush, Chief Deputy Josh Greene, Deputy Danny Salmon, Lawrence County Sheriff's Department Detective Chris Roberts, Detective Tyler Trueblood, Captain Andrew Phillips, Officer Andrew Tillette, and Officer Caleb Merriman went to the home of 35-year-old Dale Jones Jr. of Huron.   Jones Jr. was arrested without incident at the home and transported to the Martin County Jail. He is facing charges of dealing cocaine over 10 grams Level 2 felony, possession of cocaine over 10 grams Level 4 felony, possession of a syringe Level 6 felony, possession of drug paraphernalia Class A misdemeanor, visiting a common nuisance Class B misdemeanor, reckless driving Class B misdemeanor and Lawrence County warrants

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

A Lawrence County woman was taken to a hospital after her vehicle struck a utility pole Wednesday
. According to police reports, at 1:24 p.m., 29 year old Brandy Colgan of Bedford was traveling east on Pinhook Road, near Old Buddha Road, in her blue 1999 Ford Explorer. Colgan said she lost control of the sport utility vehicle as she rounded a corner, slid off the road, then struck a utility pole with the vehicle coming to a rest on its side. She complained of pain to her entire body according to a Lawrence County Police Department accident report. Colgan was wearing a seat belt.

A Lawrence County woman was taken to a hospital Wednesday after a crash at State Road 37 and 29th Street.
According to police reports, At 7:25 a.m., 61 year old Brenda Painter, was stopped at the traffic light at State Road 37 and 29th Street in a white 2011 Jeep Wrangler. 37 year old Brandy Cundiff, of Bedford approached behind Painter in a white 2016 Chevrolet Cruz. Cundiff did not stop and struck Painter's vehicle. Painter, complained of pain to the neck, and an IU Bedford Health Hospital ambulance took her to a local area hospital to be treated for her injuries. Both vehicles suffered damage, and both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Washington County- Late Wednesday evening, trooper Zach Smith stopped a vehicle on East Bethel Road near East Blue River Road in Washington County for a traffic violation. During the course of the traffic stop reasonable suspicion was developed that criminal activity was afoot. Trooper Smith's   K-9 partner "Riggs" was deployed and provided a positive alert on the vehicle for possible drug activity. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed that the driver,  39 year old Nathan Blake, of Pekin,  was in possession of Methamphetamine. Blake was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance and was booked into the Washington County Jail without incident.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

There is potentially dangerous heat and humidity heading in by the weekend.  This will be the first real heat wave of the summer season.  Temperatures will reach the mid 90’s with the humidity high as well.  Friday will be the hottest day with heat index values from 1-5 to 110 degree range.  Drink plenty of water and check on the elderly, pets and friends.  Pop up thunderstorms are possibility as well with these conditions

Lawrence County dispatch received a call just after 8am this morning (Tuesday) of a 7 year old boy being kicked by a horse at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds.   The call requested an ambulance for the boy who was kicked in the chest, according to the Lawrence County Sheriff, Mike Branham. An officer from the Sheriff's Department was the first on the scene, followed soon by Seals Ambulance.   "An air ambulance was started per dispatch protocols, and EMS on scene asked that the air ambulance continue to the IU Health helipad at the request of the family."  The child was conscious and alert and was transported to IU Health Hospital Emergency Department.

Indiana Conservation Officers were called to Brown County State Park Saturday evening when a camper reported being bitten by a snake.  35-year-old Nan Zhang of Carmel and his family were camping in Taylor Ridge Campground in Brown County State Park this weekend.  The family was headed to the shower house Saturday night when Mr. Zhang was bitten on the foot by a snake. Zhang was wearing flip flops and the snake bit him on the toe. Other campers in the area killed the snake and it was identified by Indiana Conservation Officer Brent Bohbrink as a Copperhead Snake. Zhang was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital in stable condition.  While Copperheads and Timber Rattlesnakes are present in Brown County State Park, bites to humans are rare. these snakes are present throughout southern Indiana and as long as visitors use the same precautions they would use anywhere else, most snake/human encounters can be avoided. These precautions include staying on trails while hiking in the woods, be sure to look on the back side of fallen logs before stepping over them, wearing closed toe, sturdy footwear while hiking and using a good flashlight while walking in the woods after dark. If you encounter a snake in the woods, simply back away and leave the area. These snakes are not aggressive by nature and rarely, if ever, attack a person. 

Monday, July 18th, 2016

A Lawrence County woman complained of neck pain caused by possible whiplash after a crash on State Road 37 Friday.
At 12:31 p.m., 38 year old Lora Kirkman, of Bedford was traveling north on State Road 37 near 16th Street in a black 2014 Jeep Cherokee. As Kirkman approached 16th Street, she stopped at the traffic light behind 61 year old Denise Turner of Williams, who was driving a maroon 1992 Cadillac DeVille. When the traffic turned green, Kirkman started to go and struck the back of Turner’s car. The front of Kirkman’s vehicle and the back of Turner’s were damaged. Turner transported herself to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment of her injuries, according to a Bedford Police Department accident report. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

A Dubois County man was badly injured after the 2002 Harley Davidson he was operating struck a deer Friday afternoon. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, 62 year old Richard Dooley of Birdseye, was northbound on Mentor Road about a quarter mile south of State Road 64 at about 1:40 p.m. when he encountered the deer. The motorcycle struck the deer nearly head-on and he was thrown from the motorcycle. He was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance for several broken bones, road rash and a head injury. He was not wearing a helmet. He was then flown from Memorial to Evansville for treatment of his injuries. Dooley was in fair condition Monday morning, according to a hospital spokesperson. Birdseye First Responders and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources today confirmed the presence of a black bear in and around Corydon in southern Indiana. The bear was first reported around 9 p.m. Sunday. Indiana Conservation Officers received a call from a Harrison County homeowner of a bear going through the caller’s garbage. Conservation officers, sheriff’s deputies and local animal control officers responded but did not locate a bear. On Monday morning, the bear was observed by several people, including conservation officers, in areas near State Road 62 and later in Corydon. The sighting comes roughly a year after a black bear wandered into northwest Indiana from Michigan. That bear was the first verified presences of a bear in Indiana in more than 140 years. After spending several weeks in Indiana, the bear returned to Michigan. Young black bears are known to disperse in the springtime as they seek new territory in which to settle. The bear is most likely wild and swam across the Ohio River from Kentucky. Kentucky has an expanding bear population. “We’ve anticipated this possibility and our staff has been preparing,” said Linnea Petercheff staff operations specialist with the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. Black bears are shy by nature and tend to avoid human contact. Attacks are rare. Black bears are non-aggressive in most instances and prefer fleeing from humans when given the chance. DNR wildlife biologists offer the following bear awareness tips:

– Don’t intentionally feed bears. If a bear becomes accustomed to finding food near your home, it may become a “problem” bear.
– Eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed.
– Clean and store grills away after use.
– Don’t leave pet food outside overnight.
– Remove bird feeders and bird food from late March through November.
– Don’t add meat or sweets to a compost pile.
– If encountering a bear, don’t run. Shout, wave your arms and back away slowly.
– Collect and remove low-hanging or fallen fruit from fruit trees.
– Eliminate meat, cooking oil, fish or fruit odors from near your home. This includes fish-meal fertilizers.
– Collect and remove any ripened vegetables from your garden.
Indiana DNR encourages citizens to report bear sightings to dfwinput@dnr.IN.gov or by calling (812) 334-1137 during regular business hours. Photos or videos can be sent to the same email address. The maximum file size is 15 MB.

Friday, July 15th, 2016

A Monroe County man was arrested during a traffic stop Tuesday for dealing methamphetamine and other drug-related charges
. 48 year old William C. Hughes of Bloomington, was arrested and charged with dealing meth, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. 36 year old Kristie J. Deckard, of Bedford was also in the vehicle and arrested for visiting a common nuisance. On Tuesday, Bedford Police Department officers pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation, according to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit. While officers were running a check on Hughes and Deckard, Captain Jeremy Bridges arrived and told Hughes a drug dog was going to sniff around the vehicle. Hughes then handed the officer a cigarette, which later tested positive for marijuana. During a personal search on Hughes, police found a metal container in his pocket, which contained additional marijuana. As officers searched the vehicle, they discovered two sets of scales with white residue, two glass smoking pipes with burnt residue and a pill bottle containing white crystal powder, which later tested positive for meth and weighed 7.6 grams, the affidavit stated. Seven pills were in the bottle, too. The pills were alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance. Hughes did not have a prescription for the pills.Police also located a note in the vehicle containing names and money amounts, according to the affidavit. Hughes was booked into the Lawrence County jail at 10:02 p.m. Tuesday.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence withdrew from his re-election bid Today/Friday shortly after Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he'd chosen the Republican as his vice presidential candidate. The twitter statement read: “ I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.”. The move set off a domino effect across various congressional and state races in Indiana as Republicans jockeyed to replace Pence on the November ballot. Indiana law bars a candidate from seeking multiple state and federal offices at the same time, so Pence had to file paperwork before noon Friday with state election officials to take his name off the gubernatorial ballot so state Republican leaders can pick a new candidate for governor. Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita withdrew from their own re-election races shortly after Pence's form, which was signed and dated Thursday, was submitted to state election officials. All faced the same deadline to exit their current races, although GOP officials could later restore any of them to a vacancy. The state Republican committee would pick the candidate to oppose Democratic nominee John Gregg, the former Indiana House speaker who Pence narrowly beat in 2012. The 22-member Republican committee would have 30 days to select a new nominee for governor, but former state Republican Chairman Mike McDaniel said he expects a decision will be sooner.

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Gov. Mike Pence is dropping his re-election bid in Indiana to become Donald Trump’s running mate.
The Indy Star has confirmed that Trump plans to announce Pence as his selection for vice president, ending a weeks-long vice presidential casting call during which Trump vetted a handful of high-profile Republicans. A formal announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in Manhattan. The long-awaited decision upends the political landscape in Indiana and at least partially remakes the Trump campaign in Pence’s image. In Pence, Trump has added a social conservative who GOP strategists say will reassure rank-and-file Republicans that Trump can be trusted to pursue their interests. Veteran political observers say Pence, a former U.S. House member and chairman of the House Republican Conference, will provide a disciplined counter to Trump’s improvisational campaign style. Pence also brings fundraising power and credibility on a wide range of policy issues that are important to conservatives. Pence is set to officially become the vice presidential nominee during the Republican National Convention, which starts July 18 in Cleveland. He could become the first vice president from Indiana since Dan Quayle took office in 1989 under George H.W. Bush.

Two people complained of minor injuries after a crash on Sandpit Road Wednesday. At 6:32 p.m., 61 year old Delena Hendrickson of Heltonville, was traveling was near County Complex Road in her red 2001 Lincoln Navigator. While driving, she said her vehicle went over the center line. She said 22 year old Nicholas Kaufman of Bedford, who was approaching her from the opposite direction in his black 2007 Kia Spectra with Taylor as his passenger, also was over the center line. Hendrickson said she got back into her lane, then passed by Kaufman's vehicle. She said she heard a loud crash, then turned around and saw Kaufman's vehicle had struck a utility pole. Kaufman said he was coming down a hill and saw Hendrickson's vehicle about three or four feet on his side of the road. He said he swerved to miss her vehicle, which caused him to veer off the road. Then, he said he hit a utility pole. Taylor relayed the same story as Kaufman. There were also skid marks present from where his vehicle ran off the road. Kaufman, suffered a possible fracture to his elbow and lower arm. A passenger in Kaufmanns vehicle, 18 year old William Taylor of Bedford, complained of pain to his elbow and lower arm. Neither person required immediate medical attention and were not transported to a hospital. Hendrickson did not suffer any injuries. All three people were wearing seat belts.

A Lawrence County man suffered an ankle injury in a crash on Judah-Logan Road Wednesday. At 4:59 p.m., 22 year old Gavin Holler of Mitchell was traveling on Judah-Logan Road near Logan Bottoms Road in a white 1999 Ford F-150. Holler said another vehicle approaching in the opposite direction crossed into in his lane, which caused his truck to run off the road. The truck went over a guardrail and into embankment to avoid a collision. Holler, was treated and transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for the injury. Holler was wearing a seat belt.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Three people were injured, with one being flown from the scene of a two-vehicle accident on Ind. 37 at Art Gallery Road Tuesday night.   Police say 16-year-old Robert Fleetwood was traveling east on Art Gallery Road and crossing the median when the Chevrolet Blazer he was driving crashed into a northbound car driven by 71-year-old Trudy Dunaway Brown.   Fleetwood tosaid he didn't see the car when he crossed the median. A witness at the scene told police Fleetwood was traveling at a high-rate of speed when crossing the median.   Fleetwood was not injured. His passengers, 14-year-old Christina Lessig complained of back pain and 17-year-old Dylan Allman complained of head pain. And taken to a local hospital.   Brown suffered internal injuries and was flown from the scene to a hospital for treatment.

Motorcycles will  be coming to Lawrence County for the 36th ABATE Boogie slated for Thursday - Sunday at the Lawrence County Recreational Park in Springville.  Motorcyclist travel from around the US for the event.    Gates open Thursday at 8 a.m.  Featured will be legendary performances by Blackberry Smoke with special guest Henry Lee Summer on Friday, night and Lita Ford on Saturday.

Other events will include:

·         A motorcycle rodeo

·         The slow drag race

·         The weenie bite

·         Road Kill pickup

·         Arm Wrestling and Tattoo Contests

·         Motorcycle Swap meet

·         Ride-In Bike show

·         Hoosier Honey Contest

There will also be an opportunity to win a new Harley on Saturday night.Admission: $40 per person (you must be a member of a recognized state motorcyclists rights organization, and show proof, to attend. Admission includes primitive camping, motorcycle parking, and entry to all events. ABATE of Indiana membership available at the gate: $35 single, $55 couple.  No one under 18 allowed, EVERYONE must show ID.

The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive at the Orleans High School, Wednesday, July 20th, from 2-7pm.  Blood donations are needed nationwide..  Summer is a slow time for Red Cross Donations., Plan to give the gift of life, give blood.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

A rural Orleans man was arrested Saturday night late after police pulled his vehicle over for  safety violation.  52 year old Kevin D. Clipp’s vehicle had no working tail lights.  Orleans Police John McCoy and Reserve officer Jeff Tillet noticed Clipp was acting nervous  Clipp gave the officers consent to search the vehicle after their request .  Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a digintal scale.  He was transported to IU Health Paoli Hospital for testing and then booked into the Orange County Jail 

A Lawence County man  man suffered internal head injuries after being hit by a car Saturday morning.   72-year-old Elery Kirkman was injured after a driver lost control of her vehicle and struck him while he was sealcoating a driveway in the 2110 block of Ind. 60 West.   Police say 83-year-old Dorothy Seville of New Albany was traveling west on Ind. 60 West, west of Springhaven Road, however was two feet off the white fog line of the roadway. That is where her 2001 Buick Lucerne struck a F-550 flatbed-style Ford Econoline carrying a cargo tank of asphalt sealant parked on the side of the road. No one was in the truck.   Seville's car struck the front of the bed of the truck and the right rear dually tires in an opposite direction sideswipe. The truck was pushed from where it was parked, completely off the roadway.   Seville's car then spun around and entered the driveway where it struck Kirkman who was working sealing the driveway.  Kirkman was taken by ambulance to IU Bloomington Hospital for treatment.  Seville, who suffered minor bleeding to her elbow and lower arm, told police she couldn't remember anything about the accident.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is looking for hunters to participate in managed deer reduction hunts at 18 locations later this year.   The deer reduction hunts are scheduled for Nov. 14 and 15 and Nov. 28 and 29 at the following state parks: Brown County, Chain O'Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Indiana Dunes, McCormick's Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles, Whitewater Memorial and at the Cave River Valley Natural Area.  For more than 20 years, hunters have assisted in managing deer populations on those properties to ensure balanced and healthy natural communities for plants and wildlife within park boundaries.    Volunteers can apply online at wildlife.IN.gov/5834.htm, where additional guidelines can be found under State Park Deer Reduction Draw Hunt.

Monday, July 11th, 2016

A Huntingburg Police Department officer who reported having to avoid a head-on collision with a speeding SUV making an illegal pass early Sunday arrested the allegedly impaired driver.
The officer was patrolling on U.S. 231 north of Phoenix Drive at 3:51 a.m. when a white Jeep Cherokee allegedly made an illegal pass while going 73 mph in the 55 mph zone. The Jeep was passing another vehicle on a hill when the southbound officer was forced to apply his patrol car’s brakes to avoid a head-on collision. The officer activated his car’s emergency lights and siren, completed a U turn and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Police said the SUV failed to stop and continued northbound on U.S. 231. The pursuit continued into the LeClere Lumber parking lot on U.S. 231. It was there that police allege the driver, 21 year old Daniel Lopez, of Huntingburg turned off the SUV’s headlights as he continued to flee on a gravel road behind the business. Once the Cherokee reached a dead end, Lopez allegedly parked it between two log stacks, exited and began to walk away. Police said the officer gave multiple commands to Lopez instructing him to present his hands and to stop. Lopez eventually complied and was safely taken into custody without further incident. An investigation allegedly determined Lopez’s blood alcohol content registered .14 percent. Authorities booked Lopez into the Dubois County Jail at 7:09 a.m. Sunday on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and a preliminary misdemeanor count of drunken driving. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted.

The Republican National Convention begins a week from Monday, which means presumptive nominee Donald Trump could be just days, or even hours, from naming his running mate.  Speculation continues to grow that his choice could be a Hoosier. A new report from the Washington Times states that Indiana Governor Mike Pence will almost certainly be chosen to join Trump on the Republican ticket. The conservative newspaper puts the odds of that happening at 95 percent, citing sources close to the campaign and the governor. Pence met with Trump last week in New Jersey, but says no offer had been made. Trump is scheduled to hold a rally Tuesday night in Westerfield following a fundraiser with Pence in Indianapolis. An announcement “could” come at that time.

Jessica Hilsmeyer, a 2016 Southridge High School graduate is this year’s Dubois County 4H Fair Queen.  She was crowned during Sunday’s pageant held at Jasper High School. Meanwhile, 15-year old Jaylyn Giesler, also of Huntingburg, was crowned this year’s Teen Miss 4H Fair. The Queen’s court for 2016 includes 1st Runner-Up Kelly Vonderheide, 2nd Runner-Up Brianna Lammers and 3rd Runner-Up Nicole Epple.  Melanie Roberts is this year’s Miss Congenialty.  Elizabeth Huebner was named Miss Photogenic.

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Two Lawrence County teens were injured in a crash on North Sandstone Road Thursday morning.
According to police reports, At 1:01 a.m. Thursday, 16 year old Jake Ketcham of Bedford was northbound on North Sandstone Road, just south of Alias Craig Road, in his black 2000 Chevrolet S-10 with 16 year old Kaigen Vincent of Bedford as his passenger. Ketcham said he was traveling about 35 to 40 mph when he lost control of the truck. The truck fishtailed and spun around two times, before the truck’s tires were caught by some rocks in the road. Then, the truck rolled over onto the driver’s side, resting against several trees and a fence. Part of the fence, which is owned by Lester Mitchell, became wrapped around the vehicle, the report stated. Several strands of barbed wire had to be cut to free the truck. Ketcham suffered minor bleeding to his head, and Vincent suffered minor bleeding to his knee. Both refused medical treatment at the scene.

A husband and wife have died as a result of what State Police detectives believe was a murder and suicide Tuesday night. At 10:52 p.m. Tuesday, concerned acquaintances of a Dale couple asked the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department to check on the welfare of 74-year-old William Lamar and his wife, 68-year-old Martha Lamar. After numerous attempts to get Mr. and Mrs. Lamar to answer the door of their home, deputies forced their way into the residence. They found Mr. Lamar deceased in the living room and Mrs. Lamar deceased in the kitchen. State Police detectives and crime scene investigators were contacted to lead the investigation. Investigators believe both had died of apparent gunshot wounds, and a handgun was found lying next to Mrs. Lamar. Detectives believe that given the state in which the scene was found, both had died on or around June 29. Further information gathered at the scene lead detectives to believe that Mrs. Lamar had shot and killed Mr. Lamar before taking her own life. According to authorities, both died from a gunshot to the head. Investigators are considering this case closed. The Indiana State Police was assisted at the scene by the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, the Dale Police Department, and the Spencer County Coroner’s Office.

State parks officials are set to reopen the Wyandotte Caves complex in southern Indiana that's been closed to visitors since 2009 because of a deadly bat disease. The Department of Natural Resources plans a Saturday ceremony tomorrow with State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) and other state officials reopening the caves after a $1.7 million project that included demolition of a deteriorating visitor center and better underground lighting. The department says free cave tours will be available Saturday and Sunday, with fees charged for tours on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from July 15 through Labor Day weekend. Many of southern Indiana's caves were closed to curb the spread of white-nose syndrome, a fungus blamed for killing millions of bats around the country.The Wyandotte caves near the Ohio River town of Leavenworth have been a tourist attraction since the mid-1800s.

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Wendy's Restaurant spokesman says hackers were able to steal customer's credit and debit card information at 1,025 of its U.S. restaurants,
far more than it originally thought. The hamburger chain said Thursday hackers were able to obtain card numbers, names, expiration dates and codes on the card, beginning in late fall. Some customer's cards were used to make fraudulent purchases at other stores. Wendy's Co. urged customers to check their accounts for any fraudulent purchases. There are more than 5,700 Wendy's restaurants in the U.S. Wendy's said Thursday it would post a list of affected restaurants on its website. As of Thursday afternoon, the list wasn't posted because of "technical difficulties." According to Paoli Police, Wendy's Corporate has informed them if anyone has questions or concerns related to the recent frauds to contact them at 1-888-846-9467 or paymentcardupdate@wendys.com

A Lawrence County woman was arrested early this morning after a Lawrence County Police officer stopped her for a traffic violation. According to Lawrence County Major Gregg Taylor, the officer was traveling southbound on Ind. 37 just north of Mitchell and stopped 39-year-old Raelyne Steenhoek, of Mitchell on a traffic and equipment violation at Ind. 60. Police say Steenhoek who was driving appeared nervous. The officer then determined that her driver's license was suspended and while speaking with her, officers noticed a white pill lying on the floorboard of the car. A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of a pill bottle containing several types of pills and found about 16 grams of marijuana and a glass smoking device in her purse. Police then arrested Steenhoek, on charges of possession of legend drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and cited for driving while her driver's license was suspended.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

A Semi-truck rollover north of Paoli on Hwy 37 caused delay in traffic.  The trash truck was northbound at the pond curve.   The accident occurred around 5:15am and by 7am, traffic was allowed to proceed in one lane.  No injuries were reported and the Sheriff’s Departmebnt says more details will be available on Thursday. 

A Bedford man received head injuries when a deer ran in front of of his motorcycle early Sunday morning.   According to a Bedford Police report, 54-year-old John Jenkins of Bedford was driving his 2013 Honda south on Washington Avenue, near 25th Street when the deer darted into the road.   Jenkins was found unconscious and suffered severe bleeding to his head and was then transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The robbery of a Family Dollar Store have Seymour police investigating the incident.  The robbery happened on Saturday aftrernoon .    The holdup was reported at 4:17 p.m. at the Family Dollar Store at 780 W. Tipton St. by the manager.  The robber was described by store personnel as a male wearing a blue ski mask and carrying a gun.  He then left on foot after the robbery.   Anyone with information should call Seymour Police at (812) 522-1234. 

Friday, July 1st, 2016

A Huntingburg man was thrown from the truck he was driving when it crashed on U.S. 231 just north of the Huntingburg Airport Thursday afternoon.  In an article in the Dubois County Free Press,   Jason A. Thacker, of Pinewood Court, was northbound in a 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab when it ran off the side of the road. The truck continued about 75 yards until it cross a private drive and struck a mailbox before continuing off the road and eventually rolling over before stopping.   Thacker was ejected from the truck and came to rest at the edge of a cornfield just north of where the truck stopped. He complained of back pain and was taken by helicopter from the scene to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville.  It is unknown whether or not Thacker was wearing his seatbelt at the time the crash, according to deputies.A passenger in the truck, Nathan Bromm, of 350S, Huntingburg, was able to exit the truck on his own. He refused medical treatment at the scene but deputies observed a cut on his cheek.

State Police have given the all clear after an unattended backpack caused the evacuation of a portion of Holiday World in Santa Clause on Thursday.  The ISP bomb squad and K-9 unit were called in.  Evacuation occurred around 9pm last evening.  Visitors to the park were moved outside the front gates and many had to stay until after the scene was cleared in order to get belongings our of the park’s lockers.

If you are planning on traveling this July 4th weekend, Indiana’s average gas price is $2.19 a gallon, down just three cents since yesterday.  The state’s average is also nine cents a gallon cheaper then the national average.. Triple A says gas prices nationwide are the lowest in five years and a lot of people will be traveling this weekend.
Thursday, June 30th, 2016

An Indiana K-9 has died from heat exhaustion after the search and arrest of three armed robbery suspects early this week.  Fountain County Sheriff’s Department announced the death of .  “Tyson”,  a K-9 with the department on Monday.  The canine helped with a search for three men suspected of robbing a Walgreen in Danville, Illinois by gunpoint.  After becoming overheated,  Tyson was taken to a vet for treatment, but died.  

An accused killer from Mississippi was captured in Indiana.  21 year old Afernee Brent, was arrested by US Marshalls Wednesday morning at a relative’s home in Fort Wayne.  He was wanted for murder in Yazoo County, in Mississippi.  Brent was in the Allen County Jail. 

A new law has hit Indiana roadways.  As of July 1st,  If a vehicle operator is involved in an accident which occurs in the traveled portion of a roadway, the operator shall as soon as safely possible, move the vehicle (if possible) to a location as close as possible to the accident scene off the traveled roadway.  However, the vehicle may not be moved if moving involves the transportation of hazardous materials or could result in the injury of death of a person or entrapment of a person in the vehicle.  The purpose of the law is to remove traffic hazards off the roadway as quickly as possible to reduce secondary crashes

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

A law that had been on the Indiana books as a misdemeanor, and was inadvertently removed, has been reinstated as a class “C” infraction.
Beginning July 1st,   IC 9-26-1-1.2 is added to the Indiana Code as a new section and states,    “If, after an operator of a motor vehicle is involved in an accident, the operator’s motor vehicle comes to a stop in the traveled portion of the highway, the operator shall, as soon as safely possible, move the motor vehicle off the traveled portion of the highway and to a location as close to the accident as possible. However, the operator of the motor vehicle shall not move the motor vehicle if the accident involves the transportation of hazardous materials or results in the injury or death of a person or the entrapment of a person in a vehicle.” The previous law only applied to interstate highways. The reinstated law applies to all government maintained roadways.   The intent of the law is to safely remove traffic hazards from the roadway so as to reduce secondary crashes, especially on multi lane highways, that are often more severe and result in more injuries than the original crash. Also, this law ensures that motorists have statutory backing when they move their vehicles. Many times insurance companies tell their clients not to move their vehicle after it has been involved in a crash, even if it’s only a property damage crash, until law enforcement arrives.  Statistics show that 18% of secondary crashes result in fatal injuries.

A Seymour Middle School teacher has been sentenced Tuesday to 27 years after pleading guilty to molesting a 12-year-old student.   41-year-old Aaron Murray of Seymour was arrested last July after the victim's father contacted police. The father told investigators his daughter's friend called him and told him of his daughter's relationship with Murray.  In court, , Murray admitted to kissing and fondling the girl.  Murray was the girl's math teacher and tutored her outside of school. Murray's teaching contract with Seymour Community Schools was terminated a week after his arrest.   He had pleaded guilty to three felonies of molesting a child under the age of 14.

A Jasper man is facing two felony theft charges for allegedly embezzling nearly $33,000 from American Federation of Government Employees Local 2150. According to an article in the Dubois County Free Press,  56 year 0ld Carlton C. Woodcox, 56, of  Clay St., Jasper, was arrested Friday afternoon.    Woodcox served as the AFGE Local 2150 secretary-treasurer from 2006 to June of 2015. The local represents food inspectors for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. It has about 21 members working in 36 plants in southern Indiana. Those union members pay biweekly dues of $12.50.   According to court documents based on an investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, Woodcox made used ATMs to make unauthorized withdrawals from the union’s account 117 times; 113 of those withdrawals occurred in Dubois County.   After his initial appearance in Dubois County Superior Court on Monday, Woodcox posted a $750 bond and was released from jail. 

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

About 135 people attended the Northwest and Orangeville “Slices of Orange” Bicentennial event Sunday afternoon at the Orangeville Community Center.  Jim Cassady, former Orleans HS principal,, talked about his days at the Community Center when it was still a schoolhouse before closing in 1964.  Dr. George Sorrels, a pediatrician in Bedford, attended the old school in the 1940’s, during WWII, and said the first Orangeville school bus was horse drawn and mentioned that the school was unusual in the fact that 18 had graduated from the school and became medical doctors. 

A 12 year old Seymour boy is still in the hospital following an ATV accident Sunday in Brown County.  He missed a turn and the vehicle flipped over on him.  He is in serious but stable condition.  No helmet and no safety equipment were worn.  The DNA urges all operators of ATVS to always wear helmets and safety equipment.

A scary moment for students in Lafayette around 8:30 this morning.  They were in PE class at Jefferson High when a man drove his truck through the tennis court fence.  Officers say one student was hit by debris and treated for minor injuries.  The driver was not injured and police are looking into the possibility if he was impaired while driving.

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Fire Marshal issues warning about firework-related injuries
Each year, more firework-related injuries are reported on Independence Day than any other day. In 2015, 47 percent (85 cases) of the total number of reported cases occurred on Independence Day.  Last year, 181 firework-related injuries were reported to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the highest number of firework-related injuries since 2006. According to media reports, two Indiana residents died in 2015 due to firework-related injuries.   Children should never be allowed to handle, play with or light any types of fireworks. He also suggested that glow sticks are a safer alternative to traditional sparklers, especially for younger children. Sparklers can burn at about 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to melt glass.

Human remains that were found in Daviess County in 2015 have been positively identified as a missing person from 1981. Police are now investigating this case as a homicide.   The remains found in a drainage culvert in Odon on April 7, 2015 have been identified as those of Ira Freeman Kemp.  Daviess County Sheriff’s Detective Kevin Eaton says:  "35 years have gone by, but we're going to work it just the same as if it happened yesterday or last week.”   "If anyone knows something they need to speak up. Someone knows or saw something."   Kemp was reported missing on or about January 25, 1981. His remains were found by two young men playing in the drainage culvert off of Grove Street. A gun was found alongside the remains.   The Freeman's remains were identified through DNA testing by the University of Northern Texas.

A South Bend mother was arrested for leaving her four month hold in her car whlile she was inside a store with her older son.  34 year old Heather Hudson, was inside Ross on the Ireland Road when police showed up.   An announce was made over the building’s loud speaker asking the owner of a certain car to come to the desk.  Police discovered she had been in the store for 20 minutes while her child was left in the hot car.  She was arrested for child neglect.  The baby was taken in an ambulance to receive medical attention and is doing fine.

Friday, June 24th, 2016

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Thursday on heroin charges.
According to police reports, a probable cause affidavit filed in Lawrence Superior Court I states a confidential informant told police Kern could sell heroin. Then on June 9, the informant then went to Kern’s residence where she was with an infant and an adult male. After leaving the house, the informant gave officers a cellophane wrapper that contained a substance that field- positive as heroin. The informant told police that, while inside the residence, Kern had injected herself with heroin and did it in the presence of a child. On June 14, the informant returned to Kern’s residence and later gave police a substance that field-tested positive for heroin. 23 year old Stacia Kern, of Bedford, is charged with two counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, a Level 4 felony; two counts of possession of a narcotic drug, a Level 5 felony, and one count of maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony and remains without bond in the Lawrence County Jail. She was booked in at 3:09 p.m

ABC's 20/20 will air "Looking for Lauren," featuring investigative correspondent Brian Ross and former FBI agent Brad Garrett, at 10 p.m. on RTV6 Indianapolis and WHAS 11 Louisville tonight. Spierer, a 20-year-old sophomore from New York, vanished from downtown Bloomington after a night of partying as she was walking home to her Smallwood Plaza apartment around 4:30 in the morning on June 3, 2011 and has been missing for more than five years. Anyone with information on the Lauren Spierer case should contact the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477 or by email at policetips@bloomington.in.gov The website www.findlauren.com is dedicated to search efforts and offers an email address, helpfindlauren@gmail.com. A post office box for tips in the case has been established at Find Lauren, P.O. Box 1226, Bloomington, IN 47402. The Spierers have also hired private investigators from New York City's Beau Dietl & Associates to assist in the search. They can be reached at 800-777-9366 or through the website www.investigations.com

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly injured a person at 60's Eastside gas station. According to a Lawrence County Superior Court I probable cause affidavit, on May 28, Mitchell Police Department received a panic alarm at 60's Eastside. Shortly after, a clerk from the gas station reported two women were involved in a fight. When officers arrived, a woman claimed 34-year-old Paula Ely of Mitchell, put her in a headlock while she was standing in the checkout line. Ely began screaming profanities at her while she was being choked, then Ely pushed her to the floor. The victim complained of trouble breathing from being choked and pain to her neck and back. She also suffered scratches to her arms and a wrist.Police reviewed video footage from a security camera at the store, that video showed Ely putting the woman in a headlock and trying to push her onto the floor. Ely was arrested on a warrant for battery resulting in bodily injury and strangulation.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Bedford Police Department arrested a Lawrence County woman Monday on accusations she was dealing methamphetamine.
According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit, 32 year old Melissa Phillips of Bedford met with a BPD confidential informant on two separate occasions in June. Over the course of the meetings, Phillips sold the informant nearly 3 grams of meth.On Monday, officers stopped Phillips’ vehicle near Ruler Food Store, on 16th St. Phillips consented to a search of her vehicle, where police located two pipes with drug residue, a scale and $413. She admitted to officers she had sold meth. Phillips also told officers she had more meth hidden in her clothing. A female jail officer retrieved more than 16 grams of meth from Phillips’ clothing. Phillips was arrested and charged with three counts of dealing methamphetamine and two counts of maintaining a common nuisance. She was booked into the Lawrence County jail Monday. Her bond set at $200,000 surety and $20,005 cash.

A Lawrence County man was arrested on drug charges after officers served a warrant on him Tuesday. On Tuesday, Bedford Police Department officers went to a residence to serve a warrant on 34 year old Viking Wright, of Bedford. When officers knocked on the door, Wright ran to the back of the house and he was later found hiding in a bedroom closet. Police found narcotics in Wright’s possession, the release stated. Police discovered a substance that tested positive for meth, according to a Lawrence Superior Court II affidavit. Officers also found marijuana.Wright was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. In addition, he was wanted on a Monroe County warrant for failure to appear in court. He was booked into the Lawrence County jail Tuesday and being held at the jail with his bond set at $7,500 and $755 cash.

The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office reports remains that were found back in 2015 have been positively identified as a missing person from 1981. They are now investigating this case as a homicide. Officials report the remains were found on April 7, 2015 in Odon. The remains have been identified as Ira Freeman Kemp, who was reported missing on or about Jan. 25, 1981. The remains had to be sent to the University of Northern Texas for extensive DNA testing. It was on April 8, 2015 when we originally reported remains were discovered in a drainage culvert in Odon. At the time officials reported that two young men playing in the drainage culvert off of Grove Street when they found the remains. A source close to the investigation explained a gun was found alongside the remains. At that time in the investigation, officials did not believe foul play was involved. But now, this is a homicide investigation.

Wednesday, June 22d, 2016

Police in Bloomington were called to the apartment in the 1000 block of South Basswood Circle at 10:20 p.m. Tueday evening, after two maintenance men told police they were confronted by a 1-year-old with a 9mm Glock handgun.   Police reports say  the men were at the apartment to fix a pipe when the toddler climbed on a dining room counter, tucked an item under his arm and climbed down.  The boy then reportedly pointed the handgun at one of the men. The men took the gun away from the toddler and called police.  The boy's father, who was home with the boy, told police he keeps the gun in a bedroom dresser, and he accused the men of removing the baby gate that keeps the child away from the room, however the maintenance men died it.   Bloomington police sent case reports to the Monroe County Prosecutor's Office for review. Officials from Indiana's Department of Child Services were also contacted.

Someone is sitting hay bales on fire in Lawrence County,  Hay was sit on at Springville Judah Road and Cobb Lane Sunday.   At 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department firefighters were called to a hay bale fire, . Firefighters were at the scene until 5 a.m. to control the fire and move hay bales with a tractor.  A large drink bottle that had been filled with gas was found.    Then at 1 p.m. Sunday, Perry Township VFD were called back to the field again to extinguish the burning bales which firefighters say was purposely relit.   At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Perry Township responded to more hay bales on fire in the same field, according to the release.    More than 40 firefighters and 15 trucks from multiple fire departments -- battled the blaze. Firefighters didn't leave the scene until about 2 a.m. Monday.   Firefighters say someone poured gasoline onto five of the bales.  At 4:30 a.m. Monday, Perry Township VFD responded to a fourth hay bale fire,and were on the scene until 10 a.m.  Anyone with information regarding the fires is urged to call Lawrence County Police Department's tip line at (812) 277-2020

Just in time for the forecast of severe weather, it’s national lightning awareness week.  Much of Indiana should see plenty of lightning today and the first sogn of a storm is when you should get inside..  There have been four lightning deaths in Indiana between 2006 and 2015. 

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

A Bedford man received  serious injuries after a head-on collision on State Road 60 Sunday morning.  According to Washington County Sheriff Roger Newton,  the accident occurred at 1:52am on Ind. 60 West, just east of Campbellsburg .   Both vehicles were destroyed and it took crews more than an hour to free 48-year-old Pouya Rezvani, of Bedford, from the wreckage.  Police say Rezvani, was traveling east in a 2001 Volvo, when 22-year-old Chelsey Hicks, of Springville, was westbound in a 2016 Chevy Cruze and crossed the centerline and crashing into Rezvani's car.  Both drivers were flown from the scene by air ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital. Rezvani ws critically injured. 

Two separate motorcycle crashes over the weekend near Salem resulted both drivers being flown to hospitals.  On Sunday, 34 year old Jorge Pangle of French Lick lost control of his 1982 Honda and crashed.  He was flown from the scene. A  crash on Saturday  occurred on Walnut Ridge Road, just off State Road 135 South.   According to police 47-year-old Thomas Schocke, of Salem, lost control of his 1981 Harley Davidson, ran off the roadway and crashed.

The Paoli school board last week approved hiring Chad Johnson as principal at Paoli High.  His first official day will be July 1, but he will begin now familiarizing himself with the school and staff.   Johnson succeeds Todd Hitchcock, who accepted a job as assistant superintendent at Greater Jasper Schools after having served three years as PHS principal and three years as assistant principal before that.  Kyle Neukam will serve as assistant principal.   Wes Whitfield was named principal at Paoli's Throop Elementary School, succeeding Jan Van Emon, who retired. Whitfield also will be transportation director for Paoli schools. Amanda Crews will continue in her role as assistant principal at Throop.

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Indiana Department of Conservation divers recovered the body of 36-year-old Lloyd Wilson from Salt Creek, south of Oolitic this morning.
An autopsy is being conducted at this time to determine a cause of death and Lawrence County police are assisting with the investigation. According to the Lawrence County police, they received a call of a person struggling in the water of Salt Creek behind a residence located near the 1100 block of Lafayette Avenue in Oolitic just after 10 a.m. The caller reported hearing a splash and someone yelling that the victim couldn’t swim. A resident at that home tried to go out to the creek to rescue the man, but wasn't able to reach him. Conservation officers recovered Wilson's body 10:58 a.m. in approximately 4 feet of water. Officer Jet Quillen, DNR Law Enforcement, says officers are investigating the reasoning for the victim to be in the water at this location and what events could have caused him to go under the surface of the water. Lawrence County police, Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance, Coroner Rob Herr, conservation officers and Oolitic Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the recovery.

A Dubois County man has been charged with aggravated battery after an incident Friday night at a local tavern.
Jasper police say 42-year old Jason Bohnert of Jasper, has been charged with a Level 3 felony count of aggravated battery after he allegedly struck another man in the face with a glass beer mug. When police arrived at “Snaps” in the 1100 block of Main Street, officers say they found a male victim bleeding from a cut lip. Police say they made contact with Bohnert at his home a short time later after he was positively identified as the suspect in the assault by the victim and two witnesses. In addition to the aggravated battery charge, Bohnert is also charged with a Class A misdemeanor count of Disorderly Conduct.

Sunday at approximately 4:40 pm, Trooper Randel Miller conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on I-65 near Seymour which led to the seizure of drugs, guns, and money and resulted in the two occupants being arrested on numerous charges. The investigation began when Trp. Miller stopped a Dodge Ram truck traveling southbound on I-65 near the Seymour exit for having expired registration plates.  During the course of the investigation, Trp. Miller witnessed numerous indicators of criminal activity and obtained probable cause to search the vehicle.  During a search of the vehicle, Trp. Miller located over 10 grams of cocaine, nearly 300 grams of marijuana, two handguns, and nearly $1,500 in US currency. The driver of the vehicle, 55 year old John Foree Jr, of Frankfort, Kentucky was arrested on felony charges of dealing in cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon, and maintaining a common nuisance as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The passenger in the vehicle, 67 year old Kenneth Satterly, of Bethlehem, Kentucky was arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of a handgun without a permit and possession of marijuana. Both Foree and Satterly were transported to the Jackson County Jail. Trp. Miller was assisted by Trp. Zachariah Ruble, Indiana State Police, and Corporal Jason Alberring and Officer Gilbert Carpenter with the Seymour Police Department.

Friday, June 17th, 2016

While investigating an unrelated case at the Eldorado Motel in Loogootee,
Martin County Deputies smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage on an underage male, which resulted in an arrest. This past Tuesday at 11:54 PM, Martin County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Reed was conducting a follow-up investigation at the Eldorado Motel in Loogootee. In passing, Officer Reed detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from a male subject who he recognize d as Logan Kelsey.Martin County Sheriff’s Sergeant Keith Keller was assisting Deputy Reed and also detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Kelsey’s person. Sergeant Keller advised Loogootee Police Officer Jim Floyd that Kelsey drove away in a gold Pontiac passenger vehicle. Officer Floyd located the vehicle, traveling southbound on US Highway 231, and observed that the license plate light was not functioning properly. Officer Floyd turned around on the Pontiac and proceeded to follow the vehicle where a traffic stop was conducted at the intersection of South Kentucky Avenue and East Washington Street. Sergeant Keller arrived moments later to assist Officer Floyd. Sergeant Keller requested the assistance of Daviess County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Luke Harmon and K9 Focus.Deputy Luke Harmon and K9 Focus arrived a short time later and began the free air sniff. K9 Focus indicated positively on the vehicle by showing a distinct change in behavior.Officers located two plastic baggies containing a total of 106 pills that were identified as Xanax. An additional plastic baggie was found that contained a substance that field tested positive for Methamphetamine.Kelsey was taken into custody and transported to the Martin County Jail without incident.

A phone charger is being investigated as a possible cause for the fire that killed one person at a home on West Brook Street in Mitchell early Saturday morning, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. 27-year-old Jarrod Randolph died last Saturday when his home caught fire. His wife and children escaped. IDHS investigators say they have determined the fire originated in the southeast corner of the living room, where there was a phone and charger that could not be ruled out as the cause of the fire, that according to an email from the IDHS public information office. Still not figured out is why Randolph did not wake up, that according to Mitchell Assistant Fire Chief Fred Cassidy.

An intoxicated man was transported to a hospital Thursday after his mo-ped crashed on Rabbitsville Road in Mitchell. According to Police reports, At 6:45 p.m., 54 year old Sean Hawk of Mitchell, was traveling north near the 2400 block of Rabbitsville Road on his mo-ped. A witness said Hawk was looking west as he traveled, then drove off the side of the road in that direction and laid the scooter on its side after traveling off the road. Hawk, suffered a head injury and was bleeding from his face. Hawk was not wearing a helmet. Police say he also had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.17 and a breathalyzer test found Hawk to be under the influence of alcohol. A StatFlight helicopter crew was called to the scene, but Hawk became combative and refused to be airlifted to a hospital. The helicopter crew also refused to transport Hawk because of his combative behavior. Hawk was transported by Seals ambulance to St. Vincent Dunn Memorial Hospital. Hawk was not immediately charged with a crime.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

After being determined by two doctors that he is competent to stand trial, 34 year old Nathan Baker of Shoals will have a third psychological evaluation at the public's expense before standing trial for multiple charges
, including two counts of murder. He is accused of killing 82 year old Allan Sims, and 52 year old Tom Tharp, whose bodies were found Aug. 26 in the area of Dover Hill and Trinity Springs. He is represented by David A. Smith and Patrick J. Smith, both of Bedford. David Smith filed a request for a third evaluation. At a hearing about the matter on May 10, Steiner agreed that further testing is necessary to determine if he can pursue a life without parole sentence. Judge Lynne Ellis approved the request on May 25.

Two people suffered injuries in a crash Wednesday on Breckenridge Road in Lawrence County.According to police reports, at about 7:52 p.m., 17 year old Madison Bex, of Avoca, was driving on Breckenridge Road near N Street in a blue 2007 Pontiac Vibe, according to a Bedford Police Department accident report. She said she was nearing a curve when her vehicle began to slide. She was unable to steer the car straight, then she struck a red 2015 Volkswagen Jetta driven by 32year old Kayla Philpott of Oolitic. Philpott, complained of head pain, and a passenger in her vehicle 29 year old Karmin Shutters, of Bedford, complained of pain in her elbow and lower arm. An ambulance arrived at the scene, but both refused medical treatment.

A woman was transported to a hospital after her vehicle was struck in a head-on collision Tuesday in Oolitic. According to police reports, at 4:33 p.m., 53 year old Randy Turner, of Bedford, was driving on Main Street in Oolitic near State Road 37 in his white 1998 Mercury Mountaineer. Turner said he was traveling east on the road when he either looked down or fell asleep and when he looked up, he had crossed over the center line, then hit a vehicle in the westbound lane. 58 year old Marsha Gardner, who was driving a red 2000 Dodge Ram, said she watched Turner cross the center line, then hit her truck head-on. Gardner, of Bedford suffered pain to the head and neck and was taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Turner did not report any injuries, according to the report.

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Nancy Stewart and Donna Wininger were reelected to the French Lick-West Baden Chamber of Commerce Board at the annual meeting held at the Legendz Sports Bar and Grill  Monday night. About 50 business people attended the event and elected Legendz owner Larry Kalb as a new director to replace retiring director Sandi Woodward. Chamber president Steve Stewart, of Big Splash Adventure, introduced the board and announced that the winners of the Alan Barnett Scholarships are Valley seniors Carson Stailey and Sydney Livingston. President Stewart introduced the featured speaker, Lloyd Arnold, Executive Director of the Orange Co. Economic Development Partnership. Arnold, who is also District 74 State Representative, explained how the Economic Development Partnership can help new businesses in Orange County.:   “We have a revolving loan program that can help People here in Orange County to start up a new business or help an existing business, to help get them on the ground or just to continue to move forward.  One thing I wanted to talk about…you know 7 or 8 years ago if you wanted to get an SBA loan it could take months. It was an arduous process to get that done, but nowadays, even people who may not have the greatest credit or the exact amount of capital down, SBA loans have become so much easier. Sometimes you can get those approved in as little as 24 hours. That’s a great case scenario, but even a week for an SBA loan is a great thing. So anybody who wants a $100,000 or less, or even a $200,000 or smaller loan, it goes well. But if you’re talking larger million dollar loans you’re talking weeks or maybe months to get those approved. But there are so many programs available through the state that we can guide people in that direction to help them out

According to the Dubois County Emergency Management Agency, the report of a possible funnel cloud aloft was reported to the Dubois County Communications Center at approximately 3:45 p.m. by Zach Eichmiller, a member of the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department.    According to the Dubois County Free Press,  he funnel cloud was located near 2777 N. State Road 545 near Dubois and at the time of the report Dubois County was under a thunderstorm warning issued by the Louisville National Weather Service.   The area that the funnel cloud was reported did have downed trees, power lines and tree limb debris. Photos and reports were sent to the National Weather Service for review.   No major damages were reported to the Emergency Management Agency.

Five arrest Sunday on drug charges after a Mitchell police officer police spotted some suspicious activity on Lawrence Street.    Around 6:30 p.m. the officer noticed a person sitting in a vehicle. When the officer stopped to see what was going on 34-year-old Travis Barlow came out of a home at 916 Lawrence Street. During a conversation with Barlow, he gave the officer permission to search his home and garage.  The officer searched and found baggies, marijuana cigarettes, white pills, a grinder and marijuana, a zipper pouch that contained eight syringes, a tie off, spoon and a baggie meth with residue, Suboxone, a scale with meth residue and a weight counter.   Barlow was charged for dealing meth and marijuana, possession of meth and marijuana, possession of legend drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.  Four others facing charges are:  Shanon N. Hardin, 30, Mitchell,·   Christine L. Riggs, 42, Mitchell,·  Trent E. Grissom, 37, Orleans, and   Ethan R. Terrell, 24, of Bedford.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

The Bedford Police Department was asking for help Monday evening in the search for a 14 year old missing girl.   Anjel Rose Snyder was last seen Sunday in Bedford.  She has brown hair and eyes and is possibly wearing a red tank top with denim shorts and carrying a white bag with zebras on it.  Any information about Snyder’s whereabouts, contact Bedford Police at 275-3311

Santa Monica, California police still are not sure why a man from New Albany had three assault rifles and a bucket of material that could have been used to make bombs.  James Howell had that in his car when he arrived for the LA gay pride festival.  Police say there’s no connection to the mass murder in Orlando.

Today is Flag Day, a day for displaying of the flag .  Q-100 will broadcast sponsored salutes throughout the day with interesting facts on the American Flag.  The French Lick American Legion will have a flag disposal ceremony today .  Anyone can bring in worn and tattered flags for correct proper disposal up to 4pm.  The Public is welcome to attend the ceremony. 

Monday, June 13th, 2016

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Sunday after her 8-year-old daughter wandered into St. Vincent Dunn Hospital looking for her.
According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley officers were called to the hospital emergency room at 6:44 p.m. after the child walked to the hospital from her home at 1718 24th Street looking for her mother. Officers went to the hospital and then to the home looking for 43-year-old April Edwards. When officers arrived at the home they found the door and all the windows open in the house. Officers entered and didn't find Edwards, but did find the house in disarray. Police were able to locate the child's grandparents who then went to the hospital to pick her up. At 8:05 p.m. officers found Edwards at a neighbor's home and she was arrested on a charge of child neglect.

A Lawrence County woman was arrested Sunday morning after Bedford Police found her with heroin,
a syringe and other drug paraphernalia. At 11:45 a.m Sunday, police were called to a home in the 100 block of Quail Ridge Road after a report of a woman's mother voiced concern about drugs in her home. Police arrested 32-year-old Sara Gilstrap on charges of possession of a narcotic drug, heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance and other unlisted charges. According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley officers found a syringe and foil both with heroin inside and alprazolam pills which Gilstrap did not have a prescription for.

A Jackson County man was arrested Saturday after his 3-year-old son wandered from his home while he was sleeping.
Jackson County Sheriff's Department and Crothersville Police officers were called to the 6000 block of County Road 1025 East, just outside of Crothersville after a report of a toddler wearing only a t-shirt was spotted wandering along the roadway. The boy was about 1/10 of a mile from his home. Officers took the child back to his home but could not get anyone to answer the door. The child ran back inside the residence. At that point, officer believed the child was home alone. Officers entered the home and found poor living conditions throughout the house as they continued to look for anyone who was caring for the toddler. Police found the toddler's 11-year-old brother in a bedroom on the second floor. The brother told police that both of them were home alone and he didn't realize his younger brother had left the home. The older boy also told police the family had no phone so he couldn't call any adults who lived there. As officers continued to check the home they found the children's father 49-year-old Raymond Davis II, of Crothersville asleep in a room on the third floor. He had to be awakened by the officers. He told police he didn't know he had been left to watch his sons after the grandparents had left. Officers arrested Davis for neglect of a dependent. He is being held without bond in the Jackson County Jail.

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded at 10:24 a.m. today to a fire at Sunset Apartments, 675 Giesler Road in Jasper.
The occupants of Apartment 208 were temporarily displaced by a stove fire but there were no injuries. Jasper Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said smoke detectors were found to be disconnected in the unit occupied by Arbella Ramirez and Guillermo Perez. The fire could have been avoided had detectors been operational. An Indiana State Police trooper was among the first authorities on the scene scrambling to ensure no additional complex occupants were in danger. A language barrier involving the fire victims was also reported to have existed. The fire vented into a hallway between units, but it didn’t spread to the other units and a hole had to be cut in the roof to allow the fire to vent. Damage to the apartment estimated at $10,000. Personnel from Jasper Municipal Utilities, the Jasper Police Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Indiana State Police were reported to be assisting during the fire. Five fire trucks and 32 firefighters responded to the fire. The fire department was on the scene for about 50 minutes.

New York Police are investigating the death of an IU student who was found dead by his roommate.
The student, 20-year-old Robert Liu, was living in the Greenwich Village dorm in New York while working at a summer internship in the city, according IU Spokesman Mark Land. A roommate found him hanging from a closet door with a belt looped around his neck inside their Lafayette Street dorm about 10:30 p.m. Monday. No note was found, and Liu didn't have a history of depression, according to police. Liu was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say they are investigating the death, though they do not suspect foul play. Liu, from Columbus, Indiana, who was a finance major was slated to start his senior year at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Bloomington Police seized almost 40 grams of heroin, cocaine and a stolen handgun after they served a search warrant at an apartment in the 3300 block of East Longview Avenue late Wednesday night. According to a press release, the departments Critical Incident Response Team arrested 27-year-old Marvin Clark on felony charges of dealing narcotic drugs and receiving stolen property. His bond is set at $60,000 surety, $500 cash. According to Capt. Steve Kellams, police had been investigating Clark since March. Police used confidential informants to purchase heroin from Clark. During their investigation police learned Clark had firearms. During their search officers found a stolen 9mm handgun that was loaded.

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

A Crawford County woman was jailed after she was medically evaluated and cleared at Jasper Memorial Hospital Thursday. According to Jasper Police Department reports, officers were advised at 3:30 a.m. today that 35 year old Jennifer Froman, of English, had been brought to Memorial Hospital from Crawford County in reference to a suspected bath salts overdose. Prior to the officers’ arrival, authorities located what was suspected to be methamphetamine and two pipes for smoking in Froman’s purse. Police arrived and spoke with Froman, who allegedly admitted to smoking the synthetic drug known as bath salts and spice, which is synthetic marijuana. She also allegedly advised officers that the other substance in her possession was methamphetamine. Froman after being released from the hospital was booked into the Dubois County Jail on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of methamphetamine possession and preliminary misdemeanor counts of paraphernalia.

A Dubois County man was arrested Wednesday evening and accused of possessing a synthetic cannabinoid.
According to Dubois County Sheriffs Department, Authorities at the Dubois County Community Corrections Center received a tip at 7:10 p.m. that 22 year old Elmis Lopez, of Huntingburg, a participant in the center’s work release program, was smoking a synthetic cannabinoid in the dorm bathroom. A subsequent investigation allegedly found Lopez to be hiding three small baggies of a presumed synthetic cannabinoid; a hand-rolled, previously burned cigarette; rolling papers and a lighter in a body cavity. Lopez was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 8:38 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of possession of a synthetic cannabinoid. He was also charged with violating the terms of his work release agreement.

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

A Northern Indiana photographer’s chance decision to capture a sunset over a cornfield is now featured on a Forever Stamp commemorating Indiana’s Bicentennial.  According to the U.S. Postal Service, the state’s fertile soil has long made it ideal for crops like corn, which remains a staple of Indiana’s agricultural economy. It is therefore fitting that the Indiana Statehood stamp features a  photograph of the expansive cornfields near Milford, Indiana.   The photographer, Michael Matti, grew up in Milford and had driven past that view hundreds of times until one day he decided to pull over, stand on top of his car, and take in the beautiful sunset.   The Indiana Statehood stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

A Campbellsburg man was injured after he crashed his pickup on Ind. 60 near Lawrenceport Road.  According to a Lawrence County Police report, on Tuesday morning,  56-year-old Jeff Jenkins was traveling eastbound on Hwy 60 near the Lawrenceport Road when his 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup cut across the westbound lane, ran off the roadway and down an embankment into a tree line. A witness told police they stopped and helped Jenkins get out of the vehicle because they thought the vehicle was on fire, but according to police it was steam being released from the vehicle.  Jenkins suffered an abrasion to his elbow and lower arm and was taken by a Seals ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment.   Jenkins told police he was suffering from high-blood sugar and may have fallen asleep while driving.   Assisting at the scene was Marion Volunteer Fire Department and Mitchell Police Department.

The Oolitic Festival begins Thursday evening running through Saturday.  At 6pm Thursday.   The Crowning of the festival princesses and queen at the Oolitic Middle School gym.  Rides and food venders will open.  A 3-point shootout at Oolitic Community Center.  Idol duets on Main St.  A parade on Saaturday at noon, starting on Main St.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

The former manager of the now closed Hub restaurant in Mitchell - Tammy G. Mann - has plead guilty to stealing more than $100,000 in cash, gift cards and equipment from the restaurant.   Mann pleaded guilty in a negotiated plea agreement. Under the terms of that agreement Mann will be sentenced to two and a half years with the Indiana Department of Correction. That sentence was suspended with one year to be served on supervised probation and the remaining one and a half years on unsupervised probation.  Mann was hired by Hub owner Howard Hinman to manage the restaurant in December 2013. She and her husband   Rodney Mann took over the restaurant's operations. They previously operated the Maple Street Restaurant in Orleans, but shut it down a few months before they came to the Hub.  Mann then discovered that Tammy had been stealing from the restaurant and reported the crime to the Indiana State Police.  Police estimated $67,000 was stolen in the form of equipment and gift cards.   Hinman has since sold the Hub building . 

Monroe Lake is hosting the second leg of the International Bowhunting Organization's (IBO) National Championship Triple Crown tournament on June 10 to 12 at Fairfax State Recreation Area.  
The Triple Crown of Bowhunting consists of three tournaments hosted in separate states. National championships are awarded for various age, gender and equipment classes. Around 1,200 bowhunters are expected to participate at Fairfax SRA.   Participants will shoot at 3D targets in woods and fields in ways that simulate hunting.

A driver who fell asleep behind the wheel early Monday morning crashed into a home near Ireland.   29-year-old Bond Weissmann of Washington was traveling eastbound on State Road 56 near County Road 600 West around 5a.m. when he fell asleep. His 2010 Toyota crossed the centerline, ran off the north side of the highway, struck a mailbox and continued through a yard before colliding with a house in the 6100 block of State Road 56.  Weissmann was able to safely exited the vehicle. He declined to be transported by an ambulance for treatment.  No one in the home was injured, according to authorities.  Total damage to the property and to Weissmann's car was estimated at $30,000.

Monday, June 6th, 2016

A Lawrence County man was arrested Friday after he allegedly raped, choked and hit a woman. According to a Lawrence County Superior Court I probable cause affidavit, on Friday a woman reported at 3 a.m. Friday, that 19-year-old Zachary Thompson, came to her house and she told him to leave. She then claims Thompson grabbed her and pulled her down to the ground in her front yard. She struggled to get away and continually told Thompson to stop. Thompson then smacked her in the face, knocking her back to the ground and forced her to have sex. Police say during the incident Thompson choked her with both hands until she could not breathe. Bedford Police arrested 19-year-old Zachary R. Thompson, of Bedford on charges of rape, strangulation, battery resulting in bodily injury, criminal confinement and illegal consumption of alcohol. He’s being held in Lawrence County Jail on a $50,000 surety or $5,005 cash bond.

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an ATV crash that killed a Camby woman Sunday night. According to police, 44-year-old Paula Boyden was operating a Polaris Sportsman 450 ATV on a county road near her home in Camby around 9 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle in a curve. The vehicle left the roadway, causing the ATV to flip and roll over on her. Boyden was not wearing a helmet or any other protective gear. She was pronounced dead after being transported to St. Francis Hospital in Mooresville. Indiana Conservation Officer Kendrick Fuhrman is investigating the crash. Alcohol and speed are suspected to have played a role in the crash. An autopsy was scheduled today. Assisting agencies include Morgan County Sheriff Department, Madison Township Fire Dept and Morgan County Coroners Offic

Friday, June 3d, 2016

A former Hispanic minister in Washington , Indiana has been sentenced to 80 years  for child molesting.  56 year old Armando Morales Bruno lived with a family whose male child was the victim.  The crimes occurred in the boys home from 2007-2008 and from 2010-2013.  Daviess County Judge Dean Sobecki said the child’s age of 12 and damaging and harming the victim and violating the family’s trust resulted in his decision. 

Indiana will celebrate out state park system’s centennial year this weekend by charging park visitors only ten cents to enter any of the state parks.  Admission is normally $7 for in-state vehicles.  Ten cents was the admission price in 1916.   Also,, free fishing this weekend in the Hoosier state.  Those 18 and over required to have a fishing license can fish free this weekend.   Local lakes included are Patoka and Monroe Lake. 

The third event In the “Slices of Orange County” is open to all in Orange County, will be on Sunday at 2pm at the Leiesic Community Center.  Sponsored by the Orange County Bicentennial Committee,   the “Slices Sessions” encourage people with ties to a given location to return, reunite and reminise.  Those attending are encouraged to bring along memorabilia from Northeast Township.  Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Scott County-Yesterday, shortly before noon, a trooper saw Anthony Craig Fortner near Lake Iola in Scottsburg
. Anthony Craig Fortner was wanted on a warrant out of Scott County for removing the home incarceration bracelet he was on.  When Fortner saw the trooper, Fortner took off running trying to elude the trooper. The trooper called for assistance and a perimeter was set up with other troopers. During a search of the area, Fortner was located in a creek and wooded area south of Lake Iola.  Before Fortner was taken into custody a taser was used on him due to him resisting troopers.Anthony Craig Fortner, 44, from Scottsburg, IN, was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail for Escape and Resisting/Fleeing Law Enforcement. 

Over the past five years, more than 5,000 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the "100 Deadliest Days," the period starting at Memorial Day when teen crash deaths historically climb. As the summer driving season begins, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is releasing a follow-up study confirming that nearly 60 percent of teen crashes involve distractions behind the wheel. The research also finds a disturbing trend showing that texting and social media use are on the rise amongst teen drivers. An average of 1,022 people died each year in crashes involving teen drivers. The average number of deaths from crashes involving teen drivers ages 16-19 increased by 16 percent per day compared to other days of the year. The AAA Foundation analyzed the moments leading up to a crash in more than 2,200 videos captured from in-car dash cameras. Talking or attending to other passengers in the vehicle: 15 percent of crashes; Talking, texting or operating a cell phone: 12 percent of crashes; Attending to or looking at something inside the vehicle: 11 percent of crashes. Researchers found that how teens use their cell phone when behind the wheel changed significantly over the course of the study. In the moments leading up to a crash, teens were more likely to be texting or looking down at the phone than talking on it. Fifty-five percent of teens spend time every day texting, sending an estimated 80 text messages per day.   Research by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.   Keeping cell phones out of the hands of teen drivers is a top priority for AAA

Loogootee police arrested two people Sunday on drug charges.  49-year-old Candace L. Hawkins and 25-year-old Lacy Hawkins both of Shoals were charged after an investigation involving a k9 unit, the Martin County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and the Department of Child Services. Candace Hawkins was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana, visiting a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.Lacey Hawkins faces charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possess of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and neglect of a dependent. Both are being held in the Martin County Jail.

Monday, May 30th, 2016

A Sunday drug tip and an indication on a vehicle by a Jasper Police Department K-9 resulted in a heroin-dealing arrest.
According to police, it was an off-duty Huntingburg Police Department officer’s tip that resulted in the 12:15 p.m. in the arrest of a Jasper man. The Huntingburg officer said a hand-to-hand drug transaction had possibly taken place at the Wendy’s restaurant in Huntingburg and the officer advised one of the vehicles involved was a silver Nissan with a Texas license place and it was northbound on U.S. 231. A Jasper officer located the 2016 Nissan Versa, driven by 24 year old Matthew Stephens, of Jasper in the 1100 block of Bartley street and conducted a traffic stop near 13th and Maute streets after the car allegedly went left of center on 13th Street. During the stop, Jasper K-9 Aries did a free-air sniff around the exterior of the Nissan and allegedly indicated to the presence of an odor of a controlled substance near the driver’s door and the open window where Stephens, the driver, was sitting. Police asked the vehicle occupants to exit the car. A search then located two white pills identified as hydromorphone and methadone hydrocloride, both Schedule II controlled substances. Also, tucked between the driver’s seat and the center console, was a set of finger scales. After the search, during an interview with Stephens, police said it was learned he had concealed heroin on his person. Police said Stephens recovered the items and gave them to officers. Allegedly recovered were two baggie that contained about 6 grams of heroin. Authorities booked Stephens into the Dubois County Jail at 3:55 p.m. on preliminary charges of heroin possession, a Level 5 felony; dealing in a Schedule I controlled substance (heroin), two counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance, all Level 6 felonies; and possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor

A bobcat kitten is back in the wild after a long recovery from being hit by a car. It was put back into the wild in a forest near Lake Monroe by Wildcare Inc. staff. The kitten was hit last November as she tried to cross a Bloomington-area highway. The kitten then underwent surgery for a fractured pelvis at the University of Illinois' College of Veterinary Medicine.

Over 200 tickets were donated to Indianapolis Public Schools for students to attend the Indy 500 race Sunday. Lacey Johnson purchased the tickets out of his own pocket so the kids could go, with hopes of creating more racing fans. The IPS principal let students with perfect or near perfect attendance go to the race.

Friday, May 27th, 2016

A tip from the public about a possible intoxicated driver has resulted in the arrests of two people early Friday morning
. Jasper police say the caller described driver as being  all over the road at varying speeds; almost striking curbs. Police then located and stopped the car in the 1900 block of Newton Street. A subsequent search of the car found marijuana and a controlled substance belonging to the passenger in the car, 25-year old Mark Irons of Jasonville. Police also learned of and confirmed an active arrest warrant for Irons out of Greene County for battery, residential entry and criminal trespass. Irons is charged in Dubois County with misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of a controlled substance and police did not release any details about the driver of the car or of any charges filed. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, including the department’s K-9 Karma, assisted with the traffic stop and is being credited with discovering the found drugs in the car.

Police say a Nashville woman stole almost $300 using three ATMs in Bartholomew and Brown counties. Police arrested 29-year-old Kenya Roberts on a warrant charging her with a Level 6 felony charge of fraud. Brown County Sheriff's officials say officers began their investigation on April 6 after meeting with a woman who said she had her entire paycheck -- and then some -- stolen from her bank account. The theft caused her account to go into the negative. The victim told police that Roberts and a man had stayed with her for about a week before the theft. The caller says Roberts knew her pin number, but did not have permission to use her debit card. Police secured gas station security video which showed Roberts using the ATM with the stolen debit card. The victim was able to identify Roberts in the video.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Two people were arrested Monday by the Lawrence County Drug Task Force on multiple drug charges.
According to Lawrence county Police reports, At about 5 p.m. Monday, the task force and a Bedford Police Department SWAT team served a search warrant at an apartment in the 1700 block of M Street that was being rented by 39 year old Timothy J. Ortiz Jr. and 51 year old Kellie Phillips. The drug task force received information the apartment contained meth, pills, marijuana and paraphernalia. During the search, officers found 2.4 grams of crystal meth, marijuana, multiple prescription medications, needles, glass smoking devices and other paraphernalia, Branham said. Ortiz Jr and Phillips were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. Ortiz was booked into the Lawrence County Jail at 5:36 p.m. and Phillips was booked into the jail at 5:52 p.m. She has no bond set because she was on probation at the time of her arrest.

Wednesday evening, Indiana State Troopers arrested a Washington County man after police found drugs in his vehicle. Troopers stopped 46-year-old Robert Nunley of Salem, on a traffic violation on State Road 60 near State Road 335 in Washington County. Troopers search the vehicle after K-9 Riggs alerted officer to possible drugs inside. Troopers found heroin, meth and several items of drug paraphernalia. Nunley is facing charges of maintaining a common nuisance, dealing in a controlled substance,possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle. He is being held in the Washington County Jail.

A man riding a stolen motorcycle led police on a chase that began Monday afternoon in Seymour and ended with his arrest near the Jackson/Jennings County line.
Police arrested 45-year-old Jamie Jon Mantel of Brookfield, Wisconsin on Level 6 felony charges of theft and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle after the incident that began when Seymour police were called to On the Rox at 214 S. Broadway Street to investigate a report of a stolen motorcycle.At the time of the call at 12:45 p.m., Capt. Carl Lamb reported seeing a motorcycle matching the silver Harley Fatboy that had been reported stolen leaving the city eastbound on Tipton Street near U.S. 31. Mantel was arrested a short time later.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Memorial Day weekend traditionally starts off the summer travel season, and this weekend is shaping up to be the busiest in the Hoosier State in years. With the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Race this weekend, along with lower fuel prices, travelers can expect a record number of motorists on the roadways.   Law enforcement throughout the state, including the Indiana State Police, will be participating in the Click it or Ticket Campaign and Operation CARE, or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Troopers will be looking for aggressive drivers, impaired drivers, and those that don’t buckle up. According to NHTSA, (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) seatbelts reduce your risk of injury and death in a crash by 50%.
With the expected increase in traffic, it’s important that motorists follow the safety tips below:
•Obey all speed limits and always use your turn signals.
•Never drink and drive. Always have a designated driver.
•Make sure everyone is buckled up and children are properly restrained in child seats.
•Watch for and expect slowed or stopped traffic when approaching construction zones.
•Make sure you are well rested. A fatigued driver is as dangerous as an impaired driver.
•Avoid following too close. Use the two-second rule. Maintain following distance in construction zones.
•Don’t text and drive.
•SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER for emergency, utility and highway service vehicles.
Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.

WHITE RIVER) - Two men stranded on a sandbar in the East Fork White River in the northeastern part of Jackson County were rescued early Monday morning.   The two Seymour men, 36-year-old Jeremy Howard and 19-year-old Devin Ball, told police they became stranded after their boat lost power and they lost their oars, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. The men told dispatchers they were wet and cold, but they did start a fire.  County officers Rick Meyer and Jesse Hutchinson walked about a half-mile before finding the two men on the sandbar just south of the Bartholomew County line.

A Paoli man was arrested after a semen sample connected him to a voyeurism crime.  Paoli Police arrested 30-year-old Joseph Biondi on May 18th on a charge of voyeurism with a prior conviction,  According to a Paoli Police Department press release, on February 1 police received a call from a man who said he witnessed someone looking into his daughter's window while she was getting dressed. Officers went to the home, and they were able to collect a sample of what appeared to be semen from beneath window.  That sample was sent to the Indiana State Police lab for analysis.  On May 12, police received new information from ISP lab and applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Biondi, in addition to a search warrant for his DNA. 

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

A young bobcat, hit by a car around Thanksgiving, recovered from surgery to her pelvis and was released near Lake Monroe by WildCare Inc.  Saturday.  She required months of physical therapy and care before she was ready for release.  Wildlife Inc. treats an average of 2,000 patients a year, from eagles to bobcats, and everything in between.

A stabbing during the early morning hours Saturday at Shorty's Bar & Grill in Bedford.   Just after 1am Saturday, police were called and found Keith McVicker in a vehicle suffering from a knife wound to the head. He told police he had been jumped by three men.  According to Chief Parsley, McVicker says he was outside talking to a man he told police he did not know.  That man then punched McVicker in the face knocking him to the ground.  Another man jumped on him and began punching him," "Mr. McVicker attempted to block those punches and that is when the man pulled out a knife and slashed Mr. McVicker on the head."   The men then fled in a white car. He is is pain from cuts and broken bones.   The case is still under investigation and any one with information is asked to call the Bedford Police Department at 812-275-3311

A Vincennes school teacher injured after being attacked by a student is recovering.  Cheryl Clemens suffered a broken nose, swollen eyes and head injuries after she was assaulted after school on May 11th by a 16 year old.  The juvenile is facing various charges. 

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

A drug investigation Sunday morning ended with the recovery of numerous types of narcotics, firearms, and a Washington resident arrested on 10 different criminal charges. Early Sunday morning, Trooper Mitch Wier began an investigation into possible drug activity at 1776 Maxwell Avenue in Washington. Trooper Wier, after obtaining enough information and probable cause, applied for a search warrant through the Daviess County Circuit Court. After receiving the warrant, Wier, with members of the Washington Police Department and Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, searched the residence owned by 38 year old Steven W. Lyford. During the search, officers were able to find an estimated 14 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 17 grams of marijuana, small amounts of heroin and morphine, and 31 firearms. Of the guns seized, one handgun was entered into computers as stolen through Knox County, Indiana. Officers later learned that Lyford had in fact been dealing methamphetamine. Lyford was transported to the Daviess County Jail without incident.

A Lawrence County man was injured in a one-vehicle accident Sunday. According to police reports, at around 5:18Pm, 74 year old Lee Schmidt of Mitchell was traveling north on State Road 37 in his 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis when he went off the east side of the road into an embankment. The vehicle jumped the embankment and continued airborne in a northeasterly direction of Wesley Chapel Road. The vehicle came down in the embankment and overturned on the driver’s side. Shmidt suffered cuts and bruises to his chest and was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital.

Friday, May 20, 2016

David Carrender of Martinsville plead guilty Wednesday morning to killing his son Wyatt Carrender. Carrender admitted to killing 19-year-old Wyatt during an argument.
The incident happened on October 13, 2013 with the the argument beginning over a football game. Carreneder agreed to plead guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon, a class A felony. Carrender's plea agreement calls for a cap of 25 years to serve, the time to be determined by the judge. Carrender will be formally sentenced 8 a.m. June 14. A juror's misconduct resulted in a mistrial in the case of a Morgan County man who was accused of shooting his 19-year-old son to death. David Carrender had been convicted in the October 2013 death of his son in April but the verdict was overturned after one of the jurors admitted that she violated the judge's orders by reading news stories about the case in the middle of the trial. The verdict was rendered invalid.

Plans remain in the works for the restoration of the once-endangered First Baptist Church building in West Baden Springs. The building will be the site for gospel music beginning at 2 p.m. tomorrow. The event will feature a cappella singing by the Spiritual Wonders. The church is known historically as the West Baden Springs Colored Church or the Negro Baptist Church. In May 2014, it was named by the nonprofit preservation organization, Indiana Landmarks, as one of the state's 10 Most Endangered places. The building was acquired by the Indiana Missionary Baptist Convention’s Southeastern District Association and Anthon Toran, moderator for the association saw an opportunity to restore and reopen the church. According to Toran the have gutted the building and the next project is to straighten the walls. Toran said the association is fortunate to have carpenters, electricians and those with other relevant skills who are part the various congregations and they have put a lot of hard work into the project. Once the church has been restored Toran says, we will place a minister there and the church will be functional and operating on a weekly basis for people of all races, creeds, colors and walks of life. The building was acquired by the town of West Baden who acquired it from the West Baden Historical Society after the church dwindled to one member and they sold the building for One Dollar to the society.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lawrence County Superior Court Judge Michael Robbins sentenced a Lawrence County man to 16 years in prison for dealing meth and a narcotic drug.
54 year old Bradley Bundy, of Bedford plead guilty to two Level 3 felony counts of dealing meth and one Level 3 felony count of a narcotic drug. On the two charges of dealing in meth, Judge Robbins ordered Bundy to spend 10 years at the Indiana Department of Correction with two years to be served on electronic monitoring, two years to supervised probation and two years on unsupervised probation. On the dealing narcotic drug, a different case. Bundy was ordered to six years in prison with no time suspended, and received credit for 333 days already served. Judge Robbins ordered the two sentences be served consecutively. Several charges were dropped in the negotiated plea agreement.

The investigation of a domestic dispute and battery charges led officers to arrest seven people Tuesday on a total of 29 criminal charges. At 1:55 p.m. Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents, Loogootee Police Chief Kelly Rayhill and Officer Keith Kelly went to a home at a home at 502 South Kentucky Avenue in Loogootee after receiving a call about a domestic dispute that had become physical. The homeowners, James and Deborah Stewart, with their children were in the yard when police arrived. Officers spoke to the family and then left. No one was arrested at that time. A short time later, Trooper Lents received a message to contact Deborah Stewart, because she wanted to file battery charges against her husband. So Trooper Lents and Officer Keller returned to a home, but no one would answer the door. They knew from being on scene earlier that a family member had come out of 422 South Kentucky Avenue, so officers went to that address and knocked on the door. James Stewart hastily exited the residence and attempted to immediately close the door. In the process of his stepping outside, Lents could smell the odor of burnt marijuana from inside the home. Lents opened the door and ordered all of the occupants out of the residence. Six additional adults exited, along with two small children and a 17-year-old juvenile. Lents quickly checked the residence to make sure no one else was inside. When he did he found marijuana on a table and a glass smoking pipe on a sofa in the living room. Lents contacted the Martin County Prosecutor's Office and applied for and obtained a search warrant through the Martin County Circuit Court.While searching the home, officers found numerous items of drug paraphernalia in a bedroom and in a safe in the same room, more drug paraphernalia with white powder that field tested positive for meth. Police arrested: James Stewart, 48, Loogootee, domestic battery, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, visiting a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent; Brittany M. Staats, 19, Loogootee, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, possession of meth; Christian Williams, 21, Loogootee, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, possession of meth; Joanna M. Hurst, 41, Loogootee, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, resisting law enforcement; Jordan T. Brown, 23, Loogootee, on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance; A 17-year-old juvenile, of Loogootee, on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance; A 17-year-old juvenile, of Loogootee, on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance. The five adults were arrested and taken to the Martin County Jail. Two juveniles were summonsed in appear in court. The State Police was assisted by the Martin County Sheriff's Department, Loogootee and Shoals Police Departments, and the Department of Child Services.

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be conducting a sobriety check point at an undisclosed location in Dubois County on Friday, May 20, 2016. Those drivers passing through the check point area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers, and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary. The purpose of the sobriety check point is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol and/or drug impaired and poses a danger to all who use the roadways.  Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death annually.Reminders so motorists do not find themselves “Over the Limit and Under Arrest”:

•        Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before consuming alcohol.
•        Don’t drive your vehicle if you’ve been drinking alcohol.  Call a taxi or sober friend.
•        Take care of your friends.  Never let a friend drive while impaired.
•        If you are hosting a party, always offer non-alcoholic beverages.  Make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.
•        Never provide alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21.

Motorists encountering another vehicle being operated erratically are encouraged to dial 911 or call the Jasper Indiana State Police Post at (812) 482-1441 or (800) 742-7475.  Be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, location, and direction of travel.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces lane closures for the State Road 37 Bridge spanning the Lost River near Paoli.  Beginning on or around Monday, May 23, contractors will begin work on a pavement overlay project that will reduce traffic on the bridge to one 17-foot lane. Work will begin in the southbound lane and switch over to the northbound lane at a later date. Traffic will be controlled by a temporary signal.  During construction, the restrictions will be in place around the clock. Work is expected to take until mid-August depending upon weather conditions. INDOT urges the motoring public to slow down and stay alert near crews.  

Almost five years and checking out the more than 3,500 tips, the Bloomington Police Department says it is still working "diligently" to determine what happened to Lauren Spierer.  The 20-year-old Indiana University sophomore has not been seen since the early morning hours of June 3, 2011.   Despite national attention and years of investigation, no arrests have been made in the case, and the cause of her disappearance remains unknown, but Bloomington Police have never considered or labeled the Spierer case as a "cold case" and investigators still want to hear from anyone with information about the case.

Indiana Department of Transportation officials strongly urge motorists to avoid traveling southbound State Road 37 Thursday between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. between Martinsville and Bloomington.  A giant transformer weighing 200 tons is scheduled for delivery from rail yards at Martinsville to Hoosier Energy's Bloomington Transmission Substation. Alternative routes are suggested as it will occupy both southbound lanes on Hwy 37, traveling slow at about 10mph and take about 31/2 hours to complete

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will be conducting a sobriety check point at an undisclosed location in Dubois County on Friday, May 20, 2016 . Those drivers passing through the check point area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers, and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary.   The purpose of the sobriety check point is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol and/or drug impaired and poses a danger to all who use the roadways. Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury, and death annually.

In Bedford, the Milwaukee depot will be moved on Wednesday, rain or shine.   The public can watch the proceedings.   The depot project is part of the city of Bedford's Stellar Communities grant. The limestone building, which opened in 1900, is 130 feet long and weighs 350 tons. A Wolfe employee will direct the moving using a wireless, radio remote control system.  Crews will move the depot to the edge of the street on Tuesday in preparation of the move on Wednesday. The depot will be moved d to a lot at 14th and J streets that is about 1,200 feet south of its current site.   Kirk says it will take a couple of days to move the depot. On the third day they will place it on its foundation at the new location. Once the depot is placed on its new foundation, Tri-County Builders will resume work on the interior. The project will be completed by November.

Police have arrested a Salem man on a charge of attempted murder.
According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, 37-year-old Ken Ross Anderson was arrested after he allegedly fired shots at a vehicle on Saturday morning in Washington County.  The shooting happened on Voyles Road, just south of State Road 60.around 5:45am.  Authorities say the alleged victim was traveling north on Voyles Road and came up behind Anderson's vehicle and stopped.  when both vehicles were stopped, Anderson allegedly fired several shots at the victim. No one was injured during the incident.   Investigators say Anderson and the alleged victim did not know each other, and the shooting does not appear to have been provoked.  If anyone has any information about the incident or the third vehicle, please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at (812) 883-5999 

Monday, May 16th, 2016

A Dubois County man was arrested Sunday evening after police responded to a domestic disturbance involving a gun.
According to Huntingburg police, they responded to 617 E. Fourth St. at about 8:44 p.m. for the domestic disturbance report. When they arrived, they made contact with 49 year old Carl Young,of Huntingburg, and an adult female. During the course of the investigation, Young was placed under arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a Level 4 Felony. He was transported to and booked into the Duboi s County Jail .The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Child Services also responded to the scene.

Dubois County Police arrested a man after he was extricated from the SUV he crashed on County Road 1100S in Dubois County Sunday afternoon. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, they were responding to several calls about a red Ford Explorer being driven recklessly on U.S. 231 at about 3:25 p.m. While they were searching for the SUV, deputies received a call about a crashed Ford Explorer on County Road 1100S between U.S. 231 and County Road 200W. When deputies arrived on scene they found the SUV on its side with the driver trapped. Saint Henry Volunteer Firefighters had to extricate the driver, identified as 49 year old Andrade Mora Prisco, of Robards, Ky., from the vehicle and he was transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital by ambulance. The SUV was recovered by a Sternberg’s wrecker. It was totaled in the crash. After being treated, Prisco was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .32 percent and operator never licensed and was booked into the Dubois County Jail.

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a boating accident that occurred on a private lake at the Land and Forest Club in Jackson County Friday night.  24 year old Joshua Smith of Greenwood, was severely injured after crashing a personal watercraft while his passenger, 23 year old Bridget Smith of Clayton, IN suffered non-life threatening injuries. Just before 8:30 p.m., witnesses observed Joshua Smith traveling at a high rate of speed on a Honda PWC with Bridget seated at the rear.  The PWC struck a dock, and both occupants were ejected, while Joshua was knocked unconscious.  Neighbors who heard or witnessed the collision, including a medical doctor, quickly rushed to the scene and rendered aid to Joshua, who was found floating face-down and unresponsive in the water.  Both were airlifted to local hospitals for multiple injuries. Alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor; the incident remains under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers.  Assisting agencies at the scene included Jackson County EMS, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, and Brownstow

Friday, May 13th, 2016

This morning, at approximately 12:40 a.m., the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on US 31 near County Road 500 South in Jackson County that claimed the life of a three-year-old Seymour girl.
The initial investigation by Trooper Jacob Tolle indicated that a 2006 Jeep Liberty being operated by 21-year-old Brent A. Sawyer, of Crothersville, was traveling southbound on US 31 when he lost control of the vehicle. Sawyer's vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a 2003 Ford Windstar being driven by 30-year-old Devin P. Bevers, also of Crothersville,that was traveling northbound on US 31. The vehicles collided nearly head on in the center of the roadway. As a result of the collision, Bevers' daughter, 3-year-old Tavaya A. Bevers, who was a back seat passenger in Bevers' vehicle, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was transported by ambulance to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana where she died from injuries sustained in the crash. Tavaya Bevers was believed to be have been properly restrained in a child restraint when the crash occurred. Both drivers were checked out at the scene by medical personnel after sustaining minor injuries in the crash.The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Toxicology tests on both drivers are pending.

An 18-year-old Medora High School student faces an intimidation charge in connection with an incident Thursday in which he threatened to shoot students and turn the gun on himself.
Police arrested Willis Abell of Medora in a parking lot near his home, just a few blocks away from the school on George Street. Jackson County Police were called to the school at 3:20 p.m. According to police, seven minutes before school was dismissed Abell became upset and told a teacher he was going to go get an AK-47 and come back and shoot students and then himself. The teacher reported the incident to the principal, who then called police and the school went on lockdown. Police found Abell a short time later in a parking lot near his home. No weapon was found. As soon as Abell was located, the buses and students were allowed to leave. Abell was booked into the Jackson County Jail at 4:53 p.m Thursday and is being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

All three of the people arrested in the robbery and slaying of a Seymour man in April 2015 have now been sentenced to prison.
22-year-old Jessica L. Jarrell of North Vernon recently received a 20-year-prison term from Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter after she agreed to plead guilty to robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with the death of 42-year-old Gilbert Engle. 26-year-old Andrea M. Hollin, also of North Vernon, received a nine-year prison term from Poynter after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the incident that led to Engle's death. Judge Poynter sentenced 33-year-old Daniel Combs to 16 years in prison for a Level 3 felony conviction on a possession of meth charge in connection to the incident that led to the death of Engle.Combs was ordered to spend four additional years in prison for a second conviction on a Level 5 felony charge of assisting a criminal. The sentences will be served consecutively, and state law requires Combs to spend at least 15 years in prison before becoming eligible for release. Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott says investigators believe Combs shot and killed Engle during an incident at Engle's second-floor apartment in the 200 block of North Chestnut Street after a night of using heroin and other drugs. Engle's body was found by his roommate.

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

A Lawrence County man was taken to a local hospital after he suffered a neck injury in a multi-car collision Wednesday in Bedford.
According to police reports, at about 2:48 p.m., 18 year old Makayla Ruland, of Bedford was facing south and was stopped at the intersection of Fifth and W streets in her 2005 BMW. Meanwhile, 92 year old William Arthur, of Bedford was traveling west and approaching the intersection in his silver 2013 Buick. Arthur said Ruland’s vehicle pulled out in front of him and struck his vehicle in the front passenger side. Ruland said she was attempting to turn east onto Fifth Street, and she did not see Arthur’s vehicle before the collision. Arthur complained of pain in his neck and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Earlier this morning, Worthington Town Marshall Randy Raney requested Troopers with the Indiana State Police to assist him with a narcotics investigation.
During the investigation a traffic stop was conducted on 35 year old Eric Word, of Switz City who was operating a red Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.  During the course of the traffic stop, Trooper Klun deployed his Narcotics K9 “Loki” who gave a positive indication for the odor of a controlled substance inside of the vehicle. Discovered inside the truck were numerous items of drug paraphernalia, marijuana, LSD, methamphetamine and items indicating the distribution of narcotics.  Word was also discovered to be in possession of a loaded firearm during the traffic stop. Word was booked into the Greene County Jail on the following charges: Dealing Methamphetamine while in Possession of a Firearm – Level 4 Felony, Possession of Methamphetamine while in Possession of a Firearm – Level 5 Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance while in Possession of a Firearm – Level 6 Felony, Possession of Marijuana – B-Misdemeanor, Possession of Paraphernalia – C-Misdemeanor. Units assisting were Indiana State Police Troopers Caleb Garvin and Nicholas Bartalone along with Worthington Police Officer Russell Walls.

As the crossroads of America, Indiana relies on first-class roads and bridges to continue to grow our economy and keep drivers safe. This year, the General Assembly worked with Gov. Pence to pass $1 billion in new road funding without raising taxes or acquiring new debt. This money is in addition to the $2.6 billion the state already projected to spend on roads over the next two years. Each local government has an account that the state uses to distribute local income taxes. Since the economy has grown following the Great Recession, and because of the way the state distributes this money to the local governments, extra funds have accumulated in many of these reserve accounts over the past few years. In communities in and around Senate District 47, over $8.3 million was distributed to our local governments. The figures below, listed by county, reflect the total funding that city, town and county governments received in our area: Crawford County: $159,135, Dubois County: $4,437,591, Orange County: $404,727, Washington County: $1,741,970

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

A Bloomington man charged in February with robbing two banks in Columbus is now accused of robbing three more - two in Bloomington and one in Terre Haute.   The Herald Times reports a federal grand jury has indicted 49-year-old Stephen M. Lee, 49, of 6717 S. Harmony Road, on five federal bank robbery charges.   He had jailed at the Bartholomew County Jail on $300,000 bond in connection with the two Columbus robberies since his arrest during a traffic stop in Bloomington around 2 a.m. Feb. 17.   Bloomington Police arrested Lee about 12 hours after the Main Source Bank at 529 Washington Street in Columbus was robbed.   Columbus police arrived at the bank around 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 after a man with gun walked in and handed a note to the teller demanding money.   The Lee got away with some cash, and police released surveillance images of the crime.   Police say Lee may also be responsible for a second robbery in Columbus at the Jackson County Bank on November 2, 2015

Jasper police are asking the public for assistance in locating Walter Salgado Lopez, 27, of 112 E. 35th Street, Jasper.   According to an article in the Dubois County Free Press,   Lopez is being sought on three counts of battery and one count of interfering with a crime for allegedly battering a woman in Jasper on Sunday, May 8. Police were called to the incident but when they arrived, Lopez had fled the scene.   The victim was taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment. She was released.  An arrest warrant has been issued by the Dubois County Superior Court.Police ask that anyone with information contact the department at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).

An elderly Petersburg woman died as a result of a  a single-vehicle accident on State Road 56 Monday morning.       Indiana State Police say that 89 year old  Carolyn Bennett  was a passenger ina car which ran off the highway at about 8:20 a.m. near County Road 1100E in Pike County.   Sharon L. Cannon, 54, of Petersburg, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet east on State Road 56 approaching CR 1100E when, for unknown reasons, Cannon’s vehicle left the roadway on the right side. The car entered a ditch and struck an embankment before stopping.   Cannon was not injured but Mrs. Bennett and her husband Edward Bennett, 93, were taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where Mrs. Bennett died from her injuries. Mr. Bennett was treated for a head injury.  The Bennetts are the parents of Kyle Bennett, CEO of Memorial Hospital in Jasper. 

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

A suspended Washington School employee has been arrested on multiple counts of child seduction.    Washington City Police officers arrested 25-year-old William A. Breeden, of Washington Friday on four counts of child seduction.   According to a probable cause affidavit, police say Breeden is accused of four incidents involving a 17-year-old female student at Washington High School where Breeden was employed and had supervision over the girl.  Police began investigation the allegations on April 11, 2016, after a student reported an improper student-teacher relationship to High School Principal Leanne Kelley and Assistant Principal Troy Zollars.  A detective interviewed Breeden, who was working as a non-certified school employee dealing with credit recovery in the school's Resource Department, when the alleged events happened.   .The student reported she would meet Breeden at the top lake boat dock at the Eastside Park. The girl says the two engaged in sex acts on at least four occasions between Feb. 1 and April 11 of this year.  Breeden is free on $7,500 bond. No trial date has been set.   Breeden was placed on administrative leave following an internal school investigation on April 12 and he has been barred from school grounds since that time

Taxpayers are reminded that the Spring installment of property taxes are due today. Payments postmarked or made in person after today will automatically incur a penalty.

Background checks for gun purchases are soaring in Indiana.   The South Bend Tribune reports that for the first four months of this year, more than 730,000 background checks were conducted.  That’s more than twice the number from a year ago..  

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