Thursday, February 27th, 2020
A Crawford County man walking on a highway east of Huntingburg late Tuesday night was accused of public intoxication by police. Police were westbound on State Road 64 at 11:34 p.m. Police had to swerve into the eastbound lane because 25 year old Lance Persinger of Taswell was walking in the middle of the westbound lane. According to police Persinger was not wearing reflective clothing and was clad in jeans and a hoodie in the rainy, cold weather. Persinger showed signs of intoxication and he indicated he was in the process of walking from a Huntingburg bar to his home in Taswell. Persinger was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 12:21 a.m. Wednesday on a misdemeanor count of public intoxication.
Wednesday night at 8:30 PM (CST) Spencer County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a 911 call of shots fired in the area of Seminary and South 9 th Street in Rockport. Officers from the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, Rockport City Police and Indiana State Police arrived on scene and discovered one subject shot. Police gave on scene life saving measures until Spencer County EMS arrived on scene and took over the care of the patient. During the course of the investigation it was determined that there was probable cause to arrest 19 year old Joseph Allen Petry of Rockport for the murder of 18 year old Zane Lee also of Rockport. Petry is being held at the Spencer County Detention Center on a charge of Murder. An autopsy has been scheduled for Lee later today. Assisting at the scene were Detectives and Troopers from the Jasper Post, Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, Rockport City Police Department, Spencer County EMS, Ohio Township Fire Department, Spencer County Coroner and Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators.
Over the past week, Indiana State Police arrested two Floyd County residents on child pornography charges after separate investigations led by the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes against Children task force. On Tuesday a New Albany man was arrested in a case that began in November of 2019. Indiana State Police Investigators received a tip from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, leading officers from the Sellersburg ICAC Task Force to interview 37 year old David Hilliker of New Albany. Officers also requested and were granted a search warrant for his residence based on information gathered. As a result of the investigation, Hilliker is charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Dissemination of Child Pornography. Both charges are felonies. On February 19, ISP Sellersburg ICAC investigators served a search warrant at a New Albany residence on a separate and unrelated case. This case began in July of 2019 after investigators obtained information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A juvenile male was taken into custody in this case for charges that would equate to Possession of Child Pornography if charged as an adult. Hilliker was taken to the Floyd County Jail without incident. Both investigations are ongoing.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Police have identified the driver in the accident that took place on Saturday February 15 th at State Road 164. The driver has been identified as 18 year old Alec Hostetter of Celestine. A caller reported the crash and said the yellow 2003 Chevrolet ZR5 S10 Hostetter was driving rolled multiple times, ejecting him. Hostetter was treated at the scene by first responders before he was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and then airlifted to an Evansville hospital. Hostetter suffered a concussion, a skull fracture and other minor injuries. He is now home and doing well, according to police. Alcohol was initially thought to have been a factor by police but blood testing was negative for alcohol and drugs. Indiana State Police, a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.
A Huntingburg man was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with possessing methamphetamine and paraphernalia and for unauthorized entry of a vehicle. 53 year old Peter Lemond Jr of Huntingburg is accused of entering a 2006 Nissan Maxima at Hermanos Auto Sales in Huntingburg without permission on September 30th and was found to possess methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Huntingburg Police investigated the case and a warrant was issued on Friday for his arrest. Police booked Lemond into the Dubois County Jail at 4:33 p.m. Monday on the active warrant charging him with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle. Lemond’s bond was set at $750.
Three people were hurt in a two vehicle crash Monday night on State Road 54 at Old Farm Road in Springville. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report 15-year old Deven Sproull of Springville was driving a 1991 GM pickup at 7:06 p.m. eastbound on State Road 54 when he turned into the path of 2016 Dodge Journey driven by 30 year old Jill Myers of Bloomfield who was traveling westbound on State Road 54. The two vehicles then collided. A passenger in Sproull’s vehicle 38 year old Jodi Sproull complained of chest pain and a cut to her right leg. She was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital for treatment by private vehcile. 7 year old Tynsleigh Myers and 8 year old Kayn Stephens, both of Bloomfield, were passengers in Jill Myers’ vehicle and suffered minor cuts and bleeding to their faces. Both were taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment. Jill Myers and Deven Sproull were uninjured. Both vehicles were towed from the scene due to damage from the collision.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
A Shoals driver was arrested after police stopped him in West Baden on Thursday. Indiana State Police stopped a 2005 Volkswagen at 4:45 p.m. for displaying a false and fictitious plate at State Road 150 and Orange County Road 240N in West Baden. Police believed Thomas Moffitt of Shoals who was driving the vehicle was impaired. He was tested at IU Health Hospital and he showed impairment from the consumption of cannabis. Paraphernalia with marijuana residue was found in Moffitt’s right shoe and a plastic bag containing marijuana was located down his pants during a search by police. He was booked into the Orange County Jail and charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and operating while intoxicated with a controlled substance. Moffitt posted bond and was given an initial hearing of March 23rd.
A Bedford woman was arrested in connection to a fight in the Hardees parking lot on February 13 th that involved two Juveniles. Police arrested 34 year old Heather Brown, of Bedford at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday on charges of aiding, inducing or causing battery resulting in serious bodily injury, aiding, inducing or causing battery resulting in moderate bodily injury. According to police Brown is accused of driving the two accused juveniles to Hardee’s for the purpose of fighting and once the fight started not stopping it which resulted in a battery with bodily injuries on two victims. Police arrested the two 14 year old Bedford boys after they struck two people with wooden boards and they are facing charges of battery with a deadly weapon and battery resulting in bodily injury. According to police they were called to Hardee’s at 3:53 p.m. on Thursday, February 13th after a report of a fight in the parking lot. Two 15 year olds were hit multiple times by the teens with wooden boards and both victims suffered injuries. Police were able to identify the teens involved from video footage. According to police Brown brought the two teens to the restaurant. The video shows her getting out of the vehicle and that she wasn’t really trying to stop it or encourage it either.
On Saturday at 11:23 am, Washington County Deputies were dispatched to East Karnes Court in Pekin, in reference to a battery complaint between two males. Police arrived and were met by 38 year old Jacob Crady, of Pekin. Crady advised the deputies that he had been involved in an altercation with another male subject earlier, who lives in a separate apartment complex on East Karnes Court. Crady said the other male subject, who he identified as Dustin aggressively advanced on Crady with a hammer and Crady stabbed him with a pocket knife, in self defense. Crady further advised the deputies that Dustin got into his vehicle and left the scene. While deputies were taking a statement from Crady, the deputies received information that 32 year old Dustin Brading of Pekin had arrived at St. Vincent Salem Hospital, where he was treated for a non-life threatening injury. Salem City Police Major Eric Mills responded to St. Vincent Hospital to speak with Brading, who refused to give a statement regarding the altercation with Crady. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.
Monday. February 24th, 2020
The Jasper Police Department is seeking information to a crash that occurred Thursday that sent one person to the hospital for injuries and totaled two vehicles. According to police 31 year old Bradley Epple of Jasper was westbound on Sixth Street waiting at the stop signal to turn his 2007 Mercury Mountaineer left onto Truman Road when the light changed to red. Epple said that since his vehicle was in the intersection he decided to proceed with the left turn to clear the intersection. 24 year old Brooke Scheeter also of Jasper who was driving eastbound on Sixth Street, ran the red light and crashed her 2015 Lexus CT2 into his vehicle. Scheeter said the light turned from green to yellow as she was traveling through the intersection and Epple pulled his vehicle into her path. Epple was taken to Memorial Hospital for undisclosed injuries. Both vehicles were considered total loses. The Jasper Police Department is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact them at 482-2255 and ask for Sgt. Bower or leave a voicemail for him.
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident and one person was arrested at State Road 37 and 29th Street on Sunday in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police report 33 year old Jerrika Miller of Hope was traveling south on State Road 37 in a 2008 Mazda 6. Miller was checking her phone and did not see the vehicle in front of her and failed to stop in time. She told police she hit the brakes but was unable to stop before colliding with a 2015 Dodge Dart driven by 24 year old Aaron Walton of Hardinsburg. Walton told police he had stopped at the stoplight when he heard tires squealing behind him. Walton and his passenger 19 year old Justine Johnson of Orleans complained of back pain following the collision. Johnson was taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment. Walton told police he would go to the hospital following the investigation of the crash. According to police Miller showed signs of intoxication and failed standard field sobriety tests. Miller told police she had used meth earlier in the day but her being distracted by her cell phone caused the crash. Miller was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while being intoxicated on drugs, OWI endangerment, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of meth. Walton was issued a citation for failure to have insurance.
On Sunday Indiana State Police Trooper Bowling conducted a traffic stop on Main Street in Grandview on a vehicle that had one defective headlight. The driver was identified as 41 year old Patricia Sandage and her passenger 44 year old Forrest Sandage both of Grandview. An Indiana State Police K9 unit alerted to narcotics being present inside the vehicle. A smoking device and a small amount of methamphetamine was found on Forrest Sandage’s person. Patricia Sandage failed field sobriety tests and was then transported to the Perry County Hospital for further evaluation and testing. The driver was charged with Operating While Intoxicated with a Controlled Substance. Forrest Sandage was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a lookalike drug, Possession of paraphernalia. Patricia Sandage was charged with Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated, Misdemeanor and Operating a vehicle Endangerment, Driving while Suspended.
Friday, February 21st, 2020
A Lawrence County man was sentenced in Lawrence County Superior Court II Thursday to five years in the Department of Correction on a felony charge of possession of meth. Jones plead guilty to possession of meth in a negotiated plea deal.Judge Williams Sleva gave Michael Jones of Bedford credit for 104 days served. Jones was arrested on November 8th after a Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputy went with a Department of Child Service caseworker to do a home visit in the 7380 block of Leatherwood Road. Jones was arrested on charges of possession of meth with an enhancing circumstance, unlawful possession of a syringe, neglect of a dependent, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office, Indiana State Police, and Mitchell Police officers were on the scene of a death investigation in the 100 block of Dale Street in Mitchell Thursday . Officials say one male was found deceased. No other details are available.
Two people were arrested on drug charges outside the CVS Pharmacy Wednesday. According to police reports, At 2:24 p.m., Bedford Police Department officers went to CVS for a report of theft. Upon arrival, , the store manager told officers a woman, as 27 year old Morgan Chilton of Bedford, was concealing jewelry in her purse. When police made contact with Chilton, she gave an officer multiple jewelry items. As police searched her purse, a man, identified as 29 year old Tyler Speer of Springville, got out of a vehicle and yelled at Chilton. When questioned, police allege Speer gave them a fake name, was uncooperative and reached inside a pocket where an officer could see a knife. Speer was then searched and found was five separate baggies containing meth totaling 2.66 grams. The Department of Child Services was notified because a child was in the vehicle.Speer and Chilton were booked into the Lawrence County jail.
Thursday, February 20th, 2020
No one was injured during a Friday crash that occurred at 4:18 p.m. on State Road 37 near West Murphy road in Paoli. According to the crash report, 47 year old Tammy Herd of Paoli who was driving a 2003 Pontiac and 50 year old Sandra Freedman of Paoli who was driving a 2014 Toyota were traveling south on State Road 37. Two vehicles in front of Freedman slowed down to make a stop and turn left into a driveway. Freedman told police that she looked up and saw Herd’s vehicle approaching quickly. Herd said that she tried to move over as far as she could without leaving the road, but was unable to avoid the collision with Freedman’s vehicle. T here was significant damage to the driver’s side of Herd’s vehicle and the passenger side of Freedman’s vehicle and total damages was estimated between $10,000 and $25,000.
A pair of 14 year-old boys were taken into custody on Sunday after they were accused of striking people with wooden boards at the Hardee’s parking lot in Bedford. At 3:53 p.m. last Thursday, police received information that a fight was happening in the Hardee’s parking lot. Police learned two 15-year olds were struck by people with wooden boards multiple times. The alleged victims suffered injuries and received treatment at a hospital. Neither person was willing to tell police who struck them. Police later learned of the video footage of the incident. Police were then able to get enough information to identity the two people who allegedly hit the victims. Police also learned a woman brought the two 14-year-olds and police requested a warrant for her arrest for child neglect and contributing to juvenile delinquency. The two juveniles were arrested Sunday. The two boys, who are from Bedford, were both charged with battery committed with a deadly weapon and battery resulting in bodily injury.
A Bedford man was arrested after police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at 29th and Illinois streets Tuesday night in Bedford. Police stopped the vehicle driven by 28 year old Felicia Shirley after she threw a burning cigarette out the window. Shirley told police she did not have a valid license which was confirmed by police through the BMV. Shirley and the passenger 36 year old David Thomas of Bedford gave police consent to search their persons and the vehicle. Police located what later tested positive for methamphetamine on Thomas. Thomas was arrested on a charge of possession of meth. Shirley was issued a citation for throwing burning material from a vehicle and a summons to appear in court on a charge of driving while driver’s license suspended with a prior conviction.
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
A probation visit at a French Lick residence on February 10th ended with four people in jail on drug charges and a dog rescued. Police accompanied probation officers on the visit which was prompted by information alleging several people were at the at South Washington street residence doing drugs. When police arrived they found four people outside burying a dog. Police conducted a search of the home and found several smoking devices, a mirror with a residue testing positive for methamphetamine, two small plastic bags containing a crystal substance, a syringe and marijuana. As police were going to transport everyone to jail 55 year old Kenny Schuley said there may be a dead dog inside the house. In Schuley’s bedroom police found a small dog inside a cage covered with a blanket. According to police the dog was extremely thin, the cage was soaked in urine and feces, the dog had no food and its water bowl was full of a dirty orange liquid. The dog was taken to a veterinary clinic and placed on IVs. Police arrested Schuley, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a common nuisance with a controlled substances. The other people in the home 47 year old Kelly Johnson of French Lick, 23 year old Zachory Tedrow of Orleans and 22 year old Adrenne Karnes of West Baden were all charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance with a controlled substances, and possession of marijuana.
Two people were hurt and a horse was killed in a buggy accident last Thursday at Old Buddha Road and Starr Lane in Bedford. According to police 18 year old James Lone of Springville was traveling north on Old Buddha Road at 8:28 a.m when he approached a horse and buggy traveling southbound on Old Buddha Road. Lone told police h drove his 2001 Chrysler around the curve and the horse and buggy was slightly in the middle of the road. Lone said he panicked and applied the brakes and attempted to swerved to avoid hitting the horse and buggy. Lone’s vehicle crossed the center line and hit the horse. His car came to a stop in the field and all four people were thrown from the buggy. The horse was killed instantly. The occupants of the buggy told police that the buggy was at the edge of the road and not in the middle and police say wheel tracks at the scene confirmed that. The owner of the buggy Gideon Hershberger told police that the horse did not become scared and also that Lone was driving faster than 30 miles per hour. Injured in the buggy was 21 year old Susan Hershberger, who complained of stomach and leg pain, 7 year old Joe Schrock, who suffered a bump on his head and was dizzy and vomiting and had blood coming from his mouth and nose and pain to his arms. Gideon Hershberger and 14 year old Andrew Hershberger who was also in the buggy was not injured. Lone wasn’t injured during the incident.
A Bedford woman was arrested Sunday after she allegedly injured a juvenile during a domestic fight. Police were notified to the crime after a female juvenile came to the police department to report the incident. According to police the juvenile had visible injuries. The teen said 34 year old Lydia Wigley of Bedford had punched her several times with a closed fist and the child was able to get away from Lydia and ran to a friend’s house. A Department of Child Services caseworker was notified and came to the station. Police went to a home in the 3300 block of Washington Avenue in Bedford to speak with Wigley. Police said that she was not home at the time but at a nearby trailer instead. When police came to the trailer they located Wigley and she was arrested on charges of domestic battery causing injury on a person under the age of 16.
Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
An 18 year old male was airlifted to an Evansville hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a Saturday night crash in Celestine. Police received a 911 call notifying them of an accident near the 6900 block of State Road 164 just after 10 p.m. The caller said a vehicle had rolled multiple times with the driver being ejected. Police, paramedics and first responders arrived, treated an 18 year old male at the scene and took him to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. The male was then airlifted to an Evansville facility. According to police alcohol and a high rate of speed may have factored into the accident, which is still under investigation. Assisting at the scene were the Indiana State Police, Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker.
A Bedford teen was taken to a Louisville hospital after a crash that occurred on US 50 near Kings Ridge Road Monday in Mitchell. Police arrived to the accident that was reported at 11:34 a.m and they found a 2013 White Ford F-150 with heavy damage to the front end off the north side of US 50 West. Police said that the driver 19-year-old Ezra Sullivan, was trapped inside the vehicle. Emergency crews then proceeded to free Sullivan from the wreckage. Sullivan told rescue crews that he had fallen asleep while driving. According to police the truck traveled east, drove across the westbound lane and then left the roadway, collided with several trees along the roadside and traveled 314 feet before stopping. Sullivan suffered a laceration to the side of his head and possible internal injuries. Sullivan was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment by a Stat Flight medical helicopter that flew to the scene. Assisting at the scene were two AMR ambulance crews, and firefighters and first responders from Bedford Fire Department, Huron, and Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department.
A 12 year old girl was hurt in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon at the intersection of 16th and Beech streets in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police Department report 18 year old Kayleen Millard of Bedford, was driving a 2011 Nissan Rogue and was attempting to turn left turn from the Burger King parking lot onto 16th Street. 44 year old Robert Davis also of Bedford was driving a 2006 Ford Expedition and was traveling east on 16th Street approaching the stoplight at 16th and Beech streets. Millard said that she looked both ways before pulling out of the parking lot. Davis told police he saw the car pull out in front of his vehicle and tried to move out of the way but was unable to and the two cars collided. Millard and Davis were uninjured but a passenger in Davis’s vehicle 12 year old Lilyana Childrens of Bedford, was in the backseat and complained of hip pain and was taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment.
Monday, February 17th, 2020
Five people were injured Sunday morning after a 2nd-floor balcony collapsed in Judah. The incident happened in the 400 block of Briarwood Lane near Poplar View Drive. Around 9:10 a.m. on Sunday Lawrence County Central Dispatch received a report of multiple people falling from a balcony. Two IU Health ambulances, Marshall Township, and Lawrence County Police responded to the scene. The five people were transported to IU Bloomington Hospital and all were conscious at the scene and talking to the emergency personnel. At this time it is not clear on what caused the balcony to give way.
A call to 911 on Saturday about a possible overdose in the Salem Walmart Parking lot resulted in the arrests of three Pekin residents on numerous drug charges. Around 3:45 on Saturday afternoon, Trooper Kyle Taylor, Washington County Deputy Nathan Maudlin, and Salem Police Officer Tyler Gregory responded to the report of a possible overdose in a vehicle in the Salem Walmart parking lot. After identifying the vehicle's three occupants, officers began an investigation, which eventually resulted in a search of the car. The search uncovered over 10 grams of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, syringes, and paraphernalia. As a result of the investigation and search, all three occupants were arrested on drug charges. Police arrested 39 year old Darik Voyles and Lisa M. Voyles both of Pekin on charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Syringe, and Possession of Paraphernalia. 30 year old Amanda Dickerson of Pekin was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Paraphernalia.
A commercial driving team traveling through Clark County on I-65 was arrested on Friday after 911 callers reported their erratic driving to authorities. Around 7am, Friday morning, Trooper Jonathan Cain responded to reports of a semi-truck driving all over the road and even stopping in the roadway on I-65 southbound near the 23 mile marker. Trooper Cain located the truck and was able to pull the driver over near the southbound rest park at the 22 mile marker. As Trooper Cain interviewed the driver, he observed suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain sight within the cab of the truck. Cain also encountered a female co-driver in the sleeper berth who was initially unresponsive to his questions and did not respond until he and other responding units attempted to administer Narcan. Further investigation uncovered two handguns in the driver's possession along with alcohol and marijuana. Police arrested the driver 56 year old James Robert Whitlock of Temple Georgia on charges of Operating While Intoxicated, OWI Controlled Substance, Possession of Handgun with
Friday, February 14th, 2020
Firefighters from Mitchell and Marion Volunteer Fire Departments battled a fire at a rooming house at Fourth and Warren streets in Mitchell. Firefighters arrived at the scene around 1:15 a.m. this morning. Also responding was a AMR ambulance and Mitchell Police. One wall of the building collapsed and firefighters had to fight strong winds causing embers to blow across the street. The building was unoccupied at the time. No other details are available.
A Monroe County man was sentenced to five years to the Department of Corrections Thursday on a charge of possession of a narcotic drug. 32 year old Richard Chandler, of Bloomington, was sentenced Thursday by Superior Court II Judge William Sleva. Judge Sleva gave Chandler credit for 116 days served. According to a probable cause affidavit, Chandler was arrested on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at 1:18 p.m. after his vehicle was spotted by another Indiana State trooper at the Speedway Gas Station at the intersection of State Road 37 and US 50. Chandler’s vehicle was then stopped. While a Trooper spoke with Chandler, he noticed drug paraphernalia, and a later search turned up Meth and Heroin.
On Tuesday night Bedford Stars basketball player #22, Brayton Bailey, scored his 1,487 th point to become the second highest scoring BNL player in history, right behind his legendary father, Damon Bailey. Damon Bailey wore the #22 jersey as the BNL player who led the team to a state championship in 1990. Damon is now BNL varsity assistant coach, and was right there to see his son Brayton makethe historical shot. Damon and his wife, Stacey, have raised a family of Star basketball players.Brayton’s two sisters, Alexa and Loren, are Star players for the Bedford North Lawrence Girls team.
Thursday, February 13th, 2020
23 year old Tyler Wayne Harris of West Baden was convicted of Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death Tuesday after a five day jury trial in Orange County Circuit Court. The jury, consisting of six men and six women was out for over seven hours after the case was concluded. The charge and conviction stem from an incident that occurred on December 3 rd 2018. The crime was investigated by Indiana State Police Detective Shane Staggs upon learning the cause of death. Harris was charged for placing his son in a situation that contributed to his death. Evidence was presented that proved 3 year old Colton Harris died shortly after ingesting a lethal dose of Methadone. The sentencing is set by Judge Owen on March 3 rd at 1:30 p.pm.
The Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section, the ISP Bloomington District A.C.E.S, and the Mitchell Police Department concluded a lengthy investigation Tuesday into a methamphetamine and heroin dealing operation in Mitchell. ISP had received information that 46 year old Joshua Clevenger was allegedly dealing both methamphetamine and heroin in Lawrence County. The investigation led troopers to apply for and receive a search warrant for Clevenger’s residence in the 1000 block of Warren Street in Mitchell. Upon execution of the search warrant, troopers located over 200 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 7 grams of heroin/fentanyl, a small amount of marijuana, digital scales, drug paraphernalia, and over $1,300 in cash. Clevenger was arrested for Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Dealing Heroin and Possession of Heroin. He was incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail.
The Indiana State Police All Crimes Policing squad arrested a New Albany man Wednesday on drug dealing charges for the second time in 18 months. 44 year old Michael Wayne Baxter of New Albany was arrested around 8:25 am on Wednesday when officers from the Indiana State Police, the New Albany Police Department, and the Floyd County Sheriff's Department arrived with a search warrant. The investigation began in early February when Trooper Andrew Taylor of the ACP squad learned of possible drug activity at Baxter’s' residence. As a result of the investigation and search warrant, multiple drug types, including suspected methamphetamine, LSD, marijuana, and controlled prescriptions, were located. A motorcycle stolen out of Louisville, Kentucky, was also discovered. Baxter was arrested and transported to the Floyd County Jail. Baxter was arrested back in Auigust of 2018 on drug possession and dealing charges as well. Baxter was charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Auto Theft, Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
A pickup truck running into a telephone pole Friday morning resulted in damage and the driver getting tickets in Huntingburg. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 35 year old Oscar Dubon of Huntingburg, was northbound on County Road 400W in a 2000 Toyota Tundra at 6:15 a.m. Dubon’s truck slid off the west side of the road and struck a Frontier Communications telephone pole and stopped in a ditch. According to police Dubon took the license plate off the truck and left the scene. He returned later with a license plate to a vehicle he had previously owned. An investigation stated the truck had not been covered by insurance at the time of the wreck. Total damage was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000. Police cited Dubon for no proof of insurance and false or fictitious plate.
A Bedford man was arrested by police on multiple drug-related charges Monday in Bedford. At 6:37 p.m police received a call asking them to check on a possible broken-down vehicle at Fifth Street and State Road 37. While police were speaking with 32 year old Jordan Butcher of Bedford, a firearm was found in plain view in the vehicle. Police also noticed he was really nervous and sweating profusely. According to Police Butcher said there was “some marijuana stuff” in the vehicle and police found two bags containing meth, totaling at 3.5 grams. In addition, police allegedly found two different types of pills that Butcher didn’t have a prescription for, some scales and other types of paraphernalia. Butcher was also carrying additional pills and meth on his person that was found while he was being booked into the Lawrence County jail. Butcher was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
A random registration check lead to the arrest of the vehicle's owner for methamphetamine and heroin charges on Monday in Jeffersonville. Around 12:30 pm Monday, Trooper Andrew Taylor and probationary Trooper Clay Boley were patrolling in Jeffersonville. As the two stopped at a traffic light on 10th Street, Trooper Taylor ran the license plate on the vehicle stopped in front of him. The plate advised that the registered owner 51 year old Myron Conley of Jeffersonville, was wanted out of Clark County due to a prior methamphetamine offense. Troopers Taylor and Boley initiated a traffic stop. After confirming Conley's identity and wanted status, the officers continued the investigation, leading to the discovery of suspected methamphetamine and heroin in his possession. Conley was arrested and transported to the Clark County Jail. He is charged with felony counts of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Narcotic Drug, Possession of Syringe, and a Warrant for Violation of Pre-Trial Placement.
Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
Two people were injured in a collision Sunday morning at 16th and M streets in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police report 31 year old Brittani Adams of Orleans was driving south on M Street in a 2017 Dodge Journey. 16 year old Trista Stigall of Bedford was heading east on 16th Street in a 2010 Chevrolet Colorado at the same time. Adams told police she didn’t remember if the stoplight was red or green when she traveled through it. Stigall told police the light was green for her. She told police she thought the other driver would stop, but by the time she realized it was too late and she couldn’t avoid the crash. Adams was not hurt but was concerned about her passengers in her vehicle, 6 year old son Leighton Rooks and 25year old Gracee Harden of Stinesville. Rooks suffered a laceration to his face and Harden complained of elbow and lower arm pain. Stigall was uninjured during the incident. Rooks and Harden were taken by IU Health Hospital ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
Two men were arrested after police made a traffic stop Saturday afternoon at Mitchell Road and Able Avenue in Bedford. According to police they were on patrol when they observed a vehicle driven by 26 year old Steven Knepp of Cannelburg traveling at a high rate of speed. Police also noticed the vehicle it had an expired license plate. While police were speaking with Knepp and the passenger, 24 year old Clark Cornelius of Loogootee, they detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. While searching the vehicle police located two types of medication that Knepp stated belonged to him but he didn’t have a prescription for. Marijuana was also found along with two marijuana ‘blunts’ found on Cornelius. Cornelius was issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of possession of marijuana. Knepp was taken to jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
Sunday night, a Michigan man was arrested after he was found to be in possession of a large amount of marijuana and marijuana extract during a traffic stop on I-65 in Jackson County. At 8:00 pm, Trooper Stephen Stoneking conducted a traffic stop on a 2018 Jeep Cherokee for multiple traffic violations on I-65 Southbound near Seymour. During the course of the traffic stop, Trp. Stoneking smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment of the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, Trp. Stoneking and Trp. Paul Waller located numerous plastic bags containing in excess of 11 pounds of marijuana along with boxes containing nearly 300 jars of marijuana extract. Drug paraphernalia was also located in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle 29 year old Jesse Brescia of Lansing, Michigan, was arrested on charges of Dealing over 10 pounds of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported to the Jackson County Jail where he was incarcerated pending his initial appearance in the Jackson County Circuit Court.
Monday, February 10th, 2020
Health officials say five new deaths related to the flu have been reported in Indiana, bringing the total number to 50 for the season. The state’s activity is widespread and half of the deaths have been in people 65 years old and over, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. The number of long-term care facility outbreaks this season is at 11 and the number of school-wide outbreaks this season is at 5.
The Orange County Historical Society is hosting “The Faces of Lincoln,” an Indiana Historical Society traveling exhibit at the Orleans Public Library. This is a two-part exhibit. The first part is on display now through March 2 and the second part will be open from March 3-March 31. The exhibit is taken from IHS’s Lincoln collection, acquired in 2003 with the help of the Lilly Endowment Inc. “The Faces of Lincoln” explores the public perception of the former president in three parts: “Developing the Image,” “Creating the Image” and “Idealizing the Image.”
Trooper Jeremy Galloway has resigned from his position with the Indiana State Police. He resigned the day after the service of the arrest warrant on February 4th. Galloways home and outbuildings in Tell City caught fire on October 13th. Investigators discovered the fire was caused by arson and a criminal investigation was initiated by the Indiana State Police in Jasper. Also, another charge of animal cruelty has been added. T wo dogs were killed in the fire as well.
Friday, February 7th, 2020
School leaders Dubois County are petitioning their local government to buy cameras for school buses with the hope to catch and prosecute people who ignore stop-arms. According to NE Dubois’ Superintendent Bill Hochgesang says some drivers are distracted texting while driving as they run stop-arms. He says school leaders have had enough. bus drivers in Dubois County say this situation happens way too often. Hochgesang says their goal is to get 12 bus cameras for the county schools, he and other school leaders are working on a plan right now on how they’ll pay for the cameras.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Department deputies captured 36-year-old Jeremy S. Dillman, of Medora on a felony warrant Thursday afternoon. Deputies received information that Dillman was in the 1600 block of East County Road 300 North in the Shieldstown area. On arrival, all deouties found was Dillmans vehicle. Sheriff Rick Meyer, Chief Deputy Dustin Steward, Lieutenant Adam Nicholson, Sergeant Ben Rudolph, and Deputy Brad Barker went to the location and found the vehicle Dillman had been driving. Dillman, however, was not there. Following footprints that lead west from the residence along the bank of the White River, where Dillman was found hiding. Trying to apprehend Dillman, he jumped into the White River. Boat rescue was requested from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers, and Brownstown Fire Department. Dillman swam approximately 15-20 feet into the River and held onto a log. Dillman was eventaually rescued, and after a medical checkup was arrested on a warrant domestic battery in the presence of a child, a Level 6 Felony and charged with resisting law enforcement, a Class A Misdemeanor and taken to the Jackson County Jail.
Two Lawrence County men were arrested on auto theft charges Wednesday night. According Bedford Police, officers stopped a vehicle near 22nd and F streets, in Bedford. While running the vehicle registration through the BMV, officers were notified that the vehicle was reported stolen from Floyd County. Identified was 21-year-old Devin Sullivan who was driving and and 24-year-old Dakota Sullivan who was a passenger, both were from Bedford. Both men were arrested and transported to the Lawrence County Jail.
Thursday, February, 6th, 2020
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled the sentence for convicted murderer Evan Schaffer is appropriate. Schaffer, was sentenced by Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge John Plummer III to 63 ½ years in prison for the April 2017 shooting death of 25-year-old Justin Lampkins at the McDonald’s drive-through in Bedford. In regard to his sentence, when reviewing the nature of the offense, the Indiana Court Appeals ruled the details and circumstances of Schaffer’s offenses illuminate the senselessness of Lampkins’s death. The nature of the offenses does not persuade us that a sentence reduction is warranted.
The Orleans Chamber of Commerce is still accepting general theme suggestions for the upcoming 2020 Dogwood Festival. This year’s festival will be on April 18-25. The individual submitting the winning theme will receive a $100 cash price, a t-shirt with this year’s festival artwork/theme highlighted and a write up in the Orleans Progress Examiner. They will also earn a mention in community-wide publicity posts and press releases related to the festival. They're looking for some fun, original ideas that capture the energy of the festival and celebrating our community. The Dogwood Festival is one of Orange County’s and the state’s first annual festivals of the calendar year. Those wishing to submit suggestion are asked to email their ideas along with their contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for all submissions is February 15th. For more information on the 52nd Annual Orleans Dogwood Festival, including vendor forms, queen and parade entries visit www.orleansdogwoodfestival.com
The first of the scheduled 2020 Orange County Third House Sessions sponsored by Paoli, French Lick/West Baden and Orleans chamber of commerce office’s, is set for Saturday at the Orleans Town Hall from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. State Representatives Steve Davisson, R, Salem, and Steve Bartels, R, Eckerty are expected to be in attendance to participate in dialogues regarding the current Indiana General Assembly. Robert F. Henderson, Orleans Chamber Exec. Director, will moderate. The public is welcome to attend.
Wednesday, February 5th, 2020
Wednesday, February 5th, 2020
A call about a domestic disturbance brought police to a French Lick home Saturday afternoon. According a police, a call came in shortly before 3 p.m. reporting 41 year old Nicholas Conrad of Huron was possibly on drugs and was yelling at family members and throwing things at them in a home French Lick. Police arrived on the scene and reported Conrad would not let them inside the home at first. Police said they had to push their way in while Conrad attempted to hold the door shut. Conrad was removed from the home and placed into a patrol car. Police reported that he kicked a deputy, beat his head against the plexiglass inside the vehicle and threatened to beat up a nearby officer and went on to say he would hurt the officer’s wife and children. A vest was removed from Conrad during the process of arresting him and police found a syringe that tested positive for methamphetamine. He was then taken to IU Health Paoli Hospital for medical clearance and then to the Orange County Jail. Police came back to the residence and family members said Conrad was punching the counter, throwing things and yelling at people before striking the counter with a gun that was pointed at a woman in the home. Another family member said she took and hid the gun when Conrad became distracted she showed police where the .40-caliber handgun was. Conrad is facing four felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of syringe, resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official. Bond was set at $2,000.
Salem Police arrested a 19 year old man Tuesday as a suspect in the Sunoco robbery in Salem. Salem Police made a positive ID on a suspect in the Monday morning robbery of the Sunoco gas station in Salem and executed an arrest warrant Tuesday afternoon of a suspect living on South Main Street in Salem. Police arrested 19 year old Demonte Whitfield of Salem while they were serving that search warrant. Whitfield was also a suspect in a burglary in Crawford County. Whitfield was later interviewed and cleared of any involvement in the Salem Sunoco robbery. He has since been booked into the Crawford County Jail on the following charges from Crawford County, Burglary, Robbery While Armed with a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Confinement, Theft of at least $750 but less than $50,000, Interference with reporting a crime. Another suspect from Northern Indiana has been positively identified in the Sunoco robbery. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time. Police were assisted by the Indiana State Police, Washington County Drug Task Force, ATF, DEA, and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
A family in Mitchell was displaced from their home Monday afternoon after a fire destroyed their house in the 4000 block of Stonington Road. The fire was reported at 2:45 p.m. and the first firefighters arrived on the scene at 3:04 p.m. and remained until 4:58 p.m. Firefighters believe the fire started near a wood stove in the residence. The cause of the fire however is still under investigation. A person in the home noticed smoke coming from around the wood stove. All the residents were able to make it out of the house safely with no injuries reported. Firefighters noted high winds made the fire harder to fight. Firefighters also put out a two acre field that caught fire from the home.. Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department’s squad truck and personnel took care of combating the field fire while Marion Township focused on the structure fire. The name of the family is not being released at this time. Marion Township RFD responded with four trucks and nine firefighters. Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department responded with the squad truck and three personnel. Huron Volunteer Fire Department also responded with a tanker and three personnel.
Tuesday, February 4th, 2020
A Mitchell man and woman were arrested Saturday night on drug charges. Police knocked on an apartment door in the 500 block of South 5th Street at 10:27 p.m in Mitchell. The two people in the apartment were identified them as 34 year old Dana Baker and 46 year old Josh Wigley. Baker gave consent to police to search the apartment. During that search police found a small brown wooden box containing empty small clear plastic bags and two locked boxes. Wigley unlocked the boxes for police that contained syringes, two small digital scales, and a black tourniquet. Another search of the apartment turned up more syringes and other drug paraphernalia including two glass smoking devices, two bent spoons and two syringes that contained heroin. Several syringes containing Narcan and several Fentanyl test kits were also found by police. Police seized a total of 140 syringes. Both Wigley and Baker were arrested and during a search of Baker’s jacket pockets police found more syringes. Wigley and Baker were arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Multiple arrests were made after a report of a theft in progress at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in Loogootee which lead to seizure of methamphetamine and a search warrant. On January 25 th at 10:04 AM, Police responded to a possible theft in progress at O’Reilly Auto Parts in Loogootee. Employees at O’Reilly’s reported that a male and female had just stolen items from their store. Officers located 21 year old Cecorra Holt in Family Dollar and 26 year old Dylan Bruner both of Loogootee in the parking lot. While investigating the theft, police located stolen items from O’Reilly’s and Family Dollar as well as methamphetamine, a controlled substance, marijuana, and paraphernalia in the vehicle that was being used for the theft. Holt and Bruner were arrested and were both charged with theft and various drug related charges. Police applied for a search warrant for Holt’s residence, which was granted. During the search, officers detained 31 year old Mark Payne and 42 year old Jody Williams both of Loogootee who were inside the residence. Officers located additional methamphetamine, hypodermic needles, marijuana, and paraphernalia inside the residence. Payne and Williams were arrested and taken to the Martin County Security Center. Shortly after, officers located 40 year old Devaughn Mesarosh who also lived at the residence and she was arrested and taken to the Martin County Jail. Payne, Williams and Mesarosh were all charged with various drug related charges.
A Bedford man suffered injuries after crashing his motorcycle Monday at J and 17th streets in Bedford. Bedford Police were alerted to the scene of the crash at 2:14 p.m. According to a police report 61 year old Charles Mullinax of Bedford was traveling south on J Street on his 2007 Honda VT600 series. He was not traveling at a high rate of speed. His front tire got stuck in the old railroad tracks causing him to crash. Due to Mullinax’s injuries, he was unable to speak to police about the accident. Mullinax suffered several broken ribs and most likely internal bleeding. He was taken by ambulance to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital and then flown by medical helicopter to a Louisville Hospital for critical care treatment.
Monday, February 3rd, 2020
Salem Police are investigating an armed robbery at that took place at the Sonoco gas station in Salem Monday morning at 4:21a.m. According to Salem Police, video footage obtained shows two adult black males entering the stores. One male was armed and held the cashier at gunpoint while the other grabbed all the money from the register. The suspects then fled the scene on foot. No one was injured during the robbery. The Suspects are still at large and believed to be driving a dark-colored Chevy HHR. If anyone has any information regarding the robbery, please contact the Salem Police Department at 812-883-5100.
A Bedford man was arrested Thursday night after police were called to a home in the 2550 block of Ramsey Ridge Road at 11:31 p.m. When police arrived they found 21 year old Nathan Kimbrel outside of the home in a vehicle. When police talked to the adult female and an 11 year old male, they learned that an argument between Kimbrel and adult female turned physical when he kicked the victim on her leg causing her to fall and hit her head. At one point during the fight, Kimbrel allegedly entered the bedroom of the 11 year old male and exposed himself. Kimbrel was arrested on charges of battery against a family member, and public indecency and transported to the Lawrence County Jail.
The Indiana State Police is investigating a fatal car versus train crash that occurred Saturday afternoon on CR450 North in northern Scott County. The preliminary investigation reveals police were alerted to the crash shortly after 5 pm. The collision involved a northbound CSX train and a 2005 Nissan passenger car traveling westbound on Christie Road. The Nissan was occupied by two adult females and a juvenile female. The driver 22 year old Stephanie Trabue of Scottsburg, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Scott County Coroner. Both passengers were airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital for possible life-threatening injuries. The crash is still under investigation and toxicology reports are pending. Units from the Indiana State Police were assisted by officers from the Austin Police Department, the Scott County Sheriff's Department, and the Crothersville Police Department.
Friday. January 31st, 2020
A Lawrence County woman was sentenced to five years in prison on a charge of possession of meth in Lawrence County Superior Court 2 on Thursday afternoon. 38 year old Angela Bridgewater, of Mitchell was arrested by Bedford Police officers in November 2018 on two counts of possession of meth, and unlawful possession of a syringe. In April 2019, Bridgewater pleaded guilty in a negotiated plea deal to a Level 5 felony charge of possession of meth. Judge Larry Blanton sentenced Bridgewater to 5 years in prison and was given credit for 430 days served and fined $385.00
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has released the December unemployment figures which show Orange County’s jobless rate is down to 3.1%, a reduction from 3.5% in the previous report. The latest 3.1% Orange County unemployment rate is below the Indiana rate of 3.2% and the national rate of 3.5%. Indiana employment stands at 3.38 million which includes those employed and those seeking employment. Other unemployment rates in the Q-100 listening area include Crawford County at 4.2%, which is the highest in the area; Dubois Co. just 2 % which is the lowest in the state; Lawrence County at 3.4%; Martin County just 2.1%; and Washington County 2.9% unemployment. Orange County has a population of about 19,500 with over 8,400 employees. Occupations in manufacturing, accommodation and food services, and construction accounts for just over half of the jobs in Orange County, where 77% of households have a computer and 65% now have broadband access to the internet. 23% of Orange Countians are under 18 and almost 1/5 of the population is over 65. Orange County has about 1275 veterans or about 6-1/2% of the population.
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari officials expect to receive a record number of job applications as they prepare to fill 2,000 seasonal positions in the coming weeks. Most of the park’s seasonal positions are available to applicants who will be 16 years and older by April. A limited number of jobs require a minimum age of 14 years on the date of application. Retirees, educators, and other adults seeking seasonal employment are highly encouraged to apply. Job seekers should visit HolidayWorldJobs.com to fill out an online application. Starting pay for those 18 and older is $10 per hour and all employees are eligible for two free uniforms.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Two people arrested Tuesday after a Bedford Police officer stopped their vehicle at 16th Street and Plaza Drive in Bedford. According to police reports, the stopped a vehicle after making several unsafe lane movements. After making the stop, officers identified the driver as 36-year-old Joseph Gentry, of Mitchell. In the vehicle was a passenger, 40-year-old Tara Flavin, of Highland. While officers were speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, Bedford K-9 Maximus alerted police to possible drugs in the vehicle. Also after a check, the registration plate did not return back to the proper vehicle. Gentry was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while never licensed, driving while driver’s license suspended with a prior conviction, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth. He was cited for unsafe lane movement and fictitious registration. Flavin is facing charges of resisting arrest, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstruction of justice. Both were then booked into the Lawrence County Jail.
Three public meetings are scheduled for February for the Mid-States Corridor Project, which examines the concept of an improved highway connection in southern Indiana. The meetings will provide an update on the Tier 1 environmental study underway. Meetings are planned for Loogootee, Bedford, and Jasper for the following dates and locations: Tuesday, Feb. 18: Loogootee High School, Wednesday, Feb. 19: Bedford Middle School in Bedford, and Thursday, Feb. 20: Jasper Middle School in Jasper The public meetings are scheduled 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. ET and will feature an open house format. A presentation is planned for 6 p.m. each night. Project team members will be at multiple stations to answer questions and questionnaires will be available to gather public input. The Mid-States Corridor is anticipated to begin at SR 66 near the William H. Natcher Bridge crossing the Ohio River at Rockport, continue generally through the Huntingburg and Jasper area and extend north to connect to Interstate 69.
A Seymour man was arrested on a warrant Thursday on charges of child molesting and battery. Seymour Police officers arrested 62-year-old Mark Hurley for felony charges of fondling or touching a child under the age of 14 and battery on the same child.Police began their investigation on December 13th after a report of an incident between Hurley and a 10-year-old girl in Hurley’s apartment in the 1300 block of West Second Street in Seymour.Immediately after the incident, the girl told her family who contacted the police. Police forwarded their report to the prosecutor’s office and a warrant was issued for Hurley’s arrest.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
A French Lick woman was arrested Sunday After she allegedly drove drunk and then kicked an officer in French Lick. Police were called to Mount Airie Road, near the Pete Dye Golf Course where they encountered 42 year old Brandi Kaiser standing in the middle of the road across from a vehicle that was stuck in the mud. According to police Kaiser smelled of alcohol; had red, watery eyes; slurred her speech; displayed unsteady balance; and was wearing wet, muddy pants. Kaiser denied driving the car and said she had walked there and found the vehicle that she also claimed had been stolen. Police attempted to administer field sobriety tests but Kaiser refused. Police handcuffed Kaiser and at that point she then agreed to a portable breath test. The test resulted in a reading of .21. Kaiser then berated the officer and kicked him in the leg when he tried to take her to IU Health Paoli Hospital for medical clearance. Kaiser was taken to the Orange County Jail and charged with battery against a public safety official, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, and public intoxication.
A Federal Grand Jury found an Indiana State trooper was justified when he fatally shot a suspect back in 2015. On Monday, the jury found that the defendant, Indiana State Trooper Michael Allen, did not use excessive force in violation of the U.S. Constitution when he fired his weapon at Jose Damiani Jr. to stop a threat to West Baden Police Officer Bobby Troutman. The incident occurred on Sept. 4, 2015, after Trooper Allen and Officer Troutman responded to a call in French Lick about a domestic dispute. Damiani had allegedly strangled his wife and he directed police to the back yard, at which time Damiani came out of his shed wielding a 4 foot long pole. The officers were unsuccessful in convincing Damiani to drop the pole. He charged at Officer Troutman while wielding the pole in a threatening manner. When Trooper Allen observed Damiani swinging the pole at Officer Troutman’s head, he responded by firing fatal shots. After the evidence was heard from several witnesses, the jury rendered its verdict in favor of Trooper Allen, who was represented by the Office of the Attorney General.
A Huntingburg man was arrested by police on Saturday after he allegedly used counterfeit money to purchase an all-terrain vehicle. The investigation started with the French Lick Police Department after they were contacted about the incident. Police concluded $20 bills and $5 bills accounting for $170 of the $180 purchase were fake. The suspect 27 year old James Welp of Huntingburg had already left the scene when the seller became suspicious. The seller texted Welp about the money but he said the bills were real. Police arrived at Welp’s residence to investigate. After police questioned him, they placed him under arrest and took him to the Orange County Jail. Welp said originally he got the money from a bank in Dubois County but later said he had lied and that he had received the money from someone who owed him a debt. According to police Welp admitted he realized when he got home the money was fake and he just wanted to get rid of it. Welp was charged with felony counterfeiting and misdemeanor theft.
Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
A Friday afternoon altercation between two men in Jasper lead to an arrest. The Police were called to the location at Sixth and St. John streets at 5 p.m. When police arrived, a man later identified as 47 year old Virgil Gilpatrick of Jasper exited a residence with a bicycle and began fleeing the scene. Police pursued Gilpatrick on foot and later apprehended him a short distance away. An investigation determined the altercation was verbal only. Gilpatrick was arrested for resisting law enforcement, and during a search of his person 6 grams of methamphetamine and 1 gram of marijuana was located by police. Gilpatrick was booked into the Dubois County Jail on felony charges of methamphetamine possession, resisting law enforcement and misdemeanor marijuana possession. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.
A traffic stop early Monday resulted in a passenger’s drug arrest in Huntingburg. Police observed a Lincoln Navigator with a headlight out on the driver’s side in the area of 12th and Main streets at 1:44 a.m. A traffic stop was conducted on 19th Street, during which a Police K-9 alerted on the vehicle. Police found a crystalline substance located in a scale on the passenger-side floorboard that field tested positive as methamphetamine. The passenger 49 year old Kristopher Erwin of Huntingburg was arrested on a felony charge of methamphetamine possession. Erwin was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 4:51 a.m.
Troopers arrested a Georgetown man early Tuesday on numerous felony charges after first observing a simple equipment violation in Harrison County. Trooper Zachary Lavey and Probationary Trooper Dakota Novak, were patrolling SR 135 in Harrison County around 2:30 Tuesday morning when they spotted a white Hyundai Sonata displaying green lights. Indiana law only allows for white or amber lights to be displayed to the front of a car. When the officers attempted to catch up with the Sonata, they realized the driver had greatly increased speed and was traveling 100 mph as they continued south into Corydon. The driver, later identified as 46 year old Damon Michael Arnold, 46 of Georgetown eventually stopped in Corydon and pulled in to a local hotel parking lot. As Lavey and Novak continued the stop and investigation, they discovered over 24 grams of suspected methamphetamine as well as marijuana and drug-related paraphernalia. Police also found Arnold was a Habitual Traffic Violator. Arnold was arrested and charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Habitual Traffic Violator, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Reckless Driving. Arnold was also wanted on a warrant out of Floyd County for being a Habitual Traffic Violator. Arnold was taken to the Harrison County Jail without incident.
Monday, January 27th, 2020
A Dubois County man is facing multiple charges after trespassing. According to Jasper Police, at approximately 7:38 AM Saturday, officers were dispatched on complaints of a suspect trespassing on a property at 257 Brucke Strasse. When officers arrived they found, 26-year-old, Grant Kimmel of Jasper on the property.Officers found that Kimmel had trespassed on the same property on an earlier date and was asked to leave and not return to the property.Kimmel refused a sobriety and chemical test but was tested to have a PBT level of .11. Officers then searched Kimmels vehicle, and found two undisclosed types of controlled substances and a marijuana. Kimmel was then arrested and booked into the Dubois County Jail.
Friday, January 24th, 2020
On Wednesday around 3pm, ISP Bloomington District ACES Trooper Caleb Garvin was conducting routine patrols in Bedford. After observing a traffic infraction, Garvin stopped a black Chrysler near 7 th and “I” Street for a turn signal violation. The driver 36 year old James Tincher of Bedford, was found to be wanted on an active "Failure to Appear" Warrant through Lawrence County. Garvin then placed Tincher into custody. A K9 search gave a positive alert for the presence of controlled substances and officers then found that Tincher was in possession of small amounts of both methamphetamine and marijuana. Garvin arrested Tincher for the active warrant, plus additional offenses of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana Tincher was incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail.
A Martinsville man was arrested Thursday afternoon on battery and drug charges on in Bedford. Police were patrolling in the 600 block of R Street around 2:30 p.m. Thursday when they recognized 32 year old Jacob Lane walking in the alleyway. Police knew Lane was wanted on an active warrant on charges of battery and strangulation and they arrested Lane and he was taken to jail. While police booked him into jail they found a crystal substance inside of Lane’s wallet that tested positive for meth. Lane was charged additionally with possession of meth and trafficking with an inmate for bringing the substance inside the jail. The battery and strangulation charges stem from Jan. 17th. A woman came to the Bedford Police Department and said Lane had injured her during a domestic fight. The woman told police she was at Lane’s house to visit their children when Lane got into an argument with another woman on the phone. The victim told police she intervened and in retaliation Lane grabbed her by the throat and choked her while pushing her against a wall.
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
The French Lick and West Baden police departments were called to Comfort Suites in French Lick at 1 a.m. on Sunday after a call from a guest reporting a battery. When police arrived they said three people came out of the room and said they’d been hiding in the bathroom after the battery. One of the alleged victims told police that 31 year old Keenan Smith of Bloomington was the perpetrator. Police were told that Smith had choked one of the victims until the man’s lips turned blue. Police also noted Smith appeared to be intoxicated and that the results of a portable breath test showed a blood alcohol concentration of .201. Smith was arrested and placed into a patrol vehicle. Once there police said he kept banging his head into the cage in the car. He was transported to IU Health Paoli hospital for medical clearance and then to the Orange County Jail.
A three vehicle crash on at the stoplight on State Road 56 at the intersection with State Road 145 resulted in no injuries in French Lick. According to the crash report On Thursday at 3:38 p.m 34 year old Chelsea Best of French Lick was stopped at the light in her 2006 Dodge. 44 year old Laura Aylsworth also of French Lick was stopped behind best in a 2010 Chevrolet. At that time 34 year old Melissa Wilson of French Lick was stopped behind Aylsworth vehicle in a 2001 Pontiac. Wilson said her foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator, causing her vehicle to hit the back of Aylsworth’s vehicle. The collision then pushed Aylsworth’s vehicle into the rear of Best’s vehicle. Best and Wilson’s vehicle had no apparent damage to them. Aylsworth’s vehicle had damage to the front where it struck Best’s vehicle. A ll of the vehicles were able to be driven away from the scene and total damages were estimated at $1,000 and $2,500.
Police arrested a 20 year old Salem man on Saturday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to a Superior Court probable cause affidavit, on April 30th around 6:16 p.m. Police were called to the storage units in the 3100 block of P Street in Bedford after a report of multiple dogs being locked inside of a storage unit. When police arrived they spoke with the person who called and they said they could hear dogs barking from the storage unit. Animal control was alerted and police opened the unit. While police were waiting for animal control opened the door and found multiple adult dogs, puppies and blood all over the floor of the storage unit. According to police the storage unit did not have any form of ventilation, windows or any AC unit. Police and animal control removed 8 adult dogs and 9 puppies from the unit and one of the dogs was injured and bleeding. According to police each dog appeared to be malnourished and you could see their rib bones and the hip bones of each canine. Police were unable to locate any source of food or water. Police also located a metal smoking device, and a small container covered in black duct tape the container contained meth. Police later determined the storage unit was being rented by 20 year old Noah Dotts of Salem formerly of Bedford. Police contacted him and requested he come to the department. Dotts told police he was in Evansville and would come to the station when he was back in town. A warrant was then issued for his arrest on charges of cruelty to animals and torturing/mutilating an animal, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
An investigation into a leaving-the-scene accident resulted in the arrest of a man Saturday in Dubois County. Police were notified at 12:30 a.m. after a car that rear-ended another vehicle left eastbound on State Road 64 from the Huntingburg area. As police approached Pine Ridge Road they saw a 2003 Hyundai Elantra with heavy front-end damage, a headlight out and its bumper dragging on the ground. The car turned onto Kyana Road and refused to stop until it pulled into a drive in the 5800 block of Kyana Road. Police said the driver 33 year old Jacob Hannah had a blood alcohol content that later tested .22% at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Hannah was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:30 a.m. on felony charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and misdemeanor operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
A Bedford man was arrested after attempting to swallow meth while speaking to police. Police were looking for a missing female in the 500 block of 15th Street Friday in Bedford when they noticed a male walking out of an apartment. Police were informed earlier there was no one in that apartment and an officer stopped the male identified as 38 year old Viking Wright of Bedford. While police were speaking with Wright he tried to remove a plastic bag from his pocket with a green and white substance inside it. After shoving it back into his pocket and then pulled the baggie out of his pocket again and tried to put it in his mouth and swallow it. Wright then pulled away from police and had to be restrained until backup could arrive. The substance later tested positive for methamphetamine. Wright was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and possession of meth.
An Indianapolis man was arrested after leading police on a 20 mile pursuit in Scott and Jackson Counties Monday evening. Shortly before 7 pm Monday, the driver of a white, 1994 Chevrolet log truck pulled into the Taco Bell in Scottsburg. The driver left the vehicle running with the keys still in the ignition. A few minutes later, the owner realized the truck was missing from the parking lot and spotted the vehicle northbound on I-65. Police soon located the vehicle and attempted to stop the truck near the Austin exit. The driver failed to pull over and continued northbound. The truck stopped at the bottom of the Seymour ramp at Exit 50 when Seymour police assisted. The driver 29 year old Robert Lee Coffee of Indianapolis was arrested and charged with Auto Theft, Theft Above $750, Resisting Law Enforcement, and Reckless Driving. Information gathered by police lead them to believe Coffee was hitchhiking from Bowling Green, Kentucky, and stole the vehicle when he was unable to obtain a ride to Indianapolis. The log truck was returned to the owner without damage.
Monday, January 20th, 2020
A man wanted in connection with an armed robbery, is being sought by the Crawford County Sheriffs department. 22-year-old Austin Wilson is wanted for questioning in connection with armed robbery. He is believed to be driving a Ford F-Series truck and is believed to be armed and dangerous. Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputies says that if you see this man, do not approach him. Instead, call the Crawford County Dispatch at 812-338-3616.
A Dubois County man was arrested Saturday night following a traffic stop. According to police reports, 50-year-old Ariel Mirabal of Jasper going northbound on Newton Street and was pulled over after not being able to stay in his lane and driving left of center multiple times. Mirabal submitted to a chemical test and his blood alcohol content tested at .179. Mirabal was booked into the Dubois County Jail and charged with misdemeanor counts of OWI endangerment and OWI over .15.
A Warrick County girl has died of injuries following a tree falling on her. According to Warrick County Sheriff deputies, they responded to reports about a tree falling on a child in the 1300 block of Maple Grove Road at around 2:38 Saturday afternoon. Deputies say the girl, identified as 6-year-old Elliana Cobb of Boonville, died at the scene, despite rescue efforts. The incident is still under investigation by the Warrick County Coroner’s Office.
Friday, January 17th, 2020
Two Paoli High School teachers are in the news this week. Paoli history teacher Chris Lindley has been named the Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year by the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution. The state award will be presented by the DAR at their Indianapolis conference on May 17th. Paoli physical education teacher and Rams football coach Brian Glesing has resigned as coach and will leave his teaching job next month to take a position in Louisville with the Jefferson County Public Schools. Glesing was hired at Paoli last March and led the Rams football team to a winning season with 6 wins and 5 losses. Paoli is accepting applications for a replacement until February 21 st. Kevin Mills has been given a temporary contract for the physical education teaching position.
A Lawrence County man was sentenced to more than five years in prison Thursday. Lawrence County Superior Court II Judge William Sleva sentenced 28-year-old Chase Curtis to 547 days in the Indiana Department of Corrections on a felony charge of possession of meth and 1,460 days for being a habitual offender for a total of five years and six months in jail. He was given credit for 60 days for time served and fined $385.00. Curtis was arrested in November after Bedford Police were requested to Priceless IGA at Fifth and N streets after a report of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle. When police arrived they found Curtis in the driver’s seat of a Chevrolet Silverado slumped over the steering wheel. Beside him, officers found drug paraphernalia. Curtis was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of heroin, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication.
A Lawrence County man was arrested Wednesday after a Bedford Police officer stopped his vehicle at 12th and L streets at 6:56 p.m. According to police reports, The officer stopped the truck that 47 year old Matt Terrell of Heltonville was driving for a violation and checked the driving status of Terrell . After a check, it was found that he had a suspended license. Officers requested a wrecker and during a search of Terrells vehicle, they found paraphernalia, methamphetamine, marijuana, and a pill identified as a schedule II controlled substance that Terrell did not have a prescription for. Terrell was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and driving while his driver’s license was suspended with a prior conviction , h e was also issued a citation for false registration.
Thursday, January 16th, 2020
Human remains found last year in Lawrence county have been positively identified. According to reports, the remains found in October of last year in Bedford are those of 49 year old Brian Blomquist of Bedford. A team from the University of Indianapolis, Human Identification Center recovered the remains from a wooded area after they were discovered by a person walking their dog in the area of 22nd and F streets in Bedford. A bone fragment was given to the Indiana State Police lab for development for a DNA profile and the profile confirmed the remains were those of Blomquist. Foul play is not suspected. Blomquist was reported missing to the Bedford Police Department on August 13th and last seen on August 6, in the area of 24th Street near G Street.
Bedford Mayor Sam Craig, the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council, and Work One are preparing to assist Manchester Tank employees. On Monday employees were notified the plant will be closing by June 30th.Manchester tank will provide assistance to the employees in transitioning from the company. Work One also has a Rapid Response – a pro-active, business-focused, and flexible strategy designed to respond to layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers.
A Lawrence County man was arrested after a police stop of stopped his vehicle at 14th and L streets Wednesday. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Dallas Knight of Mitchell, was stopped early Wednesday morning by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department. A LCPD K9 was utilized and alerted police to the possible presence of drugs in the vehicle. Officers located 41.1 grams of synthetic THC wax, 111.85 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and a 9mm handgun that was determined to be stolen from a Mitchell Police Department case. Knight was arrested without incident on charges of possession of a handgun without a license, possession of marijuana, possession of a synthetic drug and theft and booked into the Lawrence County Jail.
Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
The driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a tree west of Celestine was arrested early Saturday. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 24 year old Cody Carlton of Taswell was southbound on Steinbottom Road north of State Road 164 at 2:07 a.m. Carlton came to a curve with a downed tree in the roadway and struck it with his 2002 Ford F-150. Police detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Carlton and his blood alcohol content later tested .13% in a certified test at the Jasper Police Station. Carlton was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:56 a.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated. Damage was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000 and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.
An early morning bus crash Monday morning resulted in no injuries in Washington County. On Monday at 6:47 am, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a vehicle crash, at the intersection of Franklin School Road and Conway Church Road. The crash involved a pickup truck and a school bus from the East Washington School Corporation. Evidence at the scene and driver statements indicated a Ford F-350 was being driven south bound on Franklin School Road when the driver c ame to the three way stop, at the intersection of Conway Church Road. At that time, the school bus was east bound on Conway Church Road. The driver of the Ford pickup failed to yield the right of way and proceeded into the intersection, where the pickup was struck by the school bus. There were no injuries reported and there were no children on board the school bus, at the time of the crash. Police were assisted by the Pekin Town Marshal, Washington County EMS and members of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department.
A Switz City man was arrested after police were called to St. Vincent Thrift Store about a theft Saturday night in Bedford. When police arrived on the scene they spoke with 53 year old William Meek Jr of Switz City. Police reviewed the video footage from the store which showed Meek loading up donated items and placing them in his truck. Meek however denied taking any of the items in his truck and trailer. Police arrested Meek and his truck was inventoried. During a search of the truck police located drug paraphernalia, over 7 grams methamphetamine, over 7 grams of marijuana, and eleven pills identified as a schedule II controlled substance that he did not have a prescription for. Meek was arrested on charges of theft, possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Monday, January 13th, 2020
The Paoli Town Council is interested in bringing back a town manager, but decided to table the matter until the next meeting on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in order to review information from town attorney Lyn Fullen and consider the duties of the position. Council member Bobbie Bostock confirmed with town attorney Fullen that an ordinance would be needed to re-establish the town manager position. The Jan. 21 meeting was cancelled in order for the new council members to attend training for newly elected officials at the Aim, formerly Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Boot Camp in Indianapolis
Friday, January 10th, 2020
A Lawrence County man was sentenced to 8 years in the Department of Corrections after he plead guilty to a Level 3 felony charge of possession of meth. Superior Court II Judge William Sleva sentenced Chad Alan Grissom of Mitchell Thursday. Grissom will serve all 8 years. He was given credit for 315 days served and was fined $585. Grissom was arrested in March 2019 after Bedford Police officers found more than 80 grams of meth while serving an arrest warrant.
A Lawrence County man was sentenced for being a habitual traffic violator. Thursday, Lawrence County Superior Court II Judge William Sleva sentenced David Coleman of Bedford to three years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. All three years to be served. Coleman was also fined $185.50 Coleman was arrested in June 2017 after being stopped by a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy after making a traffic violation and they discovered Coleman was a habitual traffic offender – a felony offense.
Indiana State Police, and Mitchell Police officers are investigating a death in Mitchell. According to reports, the incident happened at a boarding house at the corner of Warren and 4th streets and one man is dead. No suspects are currently in custody and is still an active investigation
Thursday, January 9th, 2020
Judge John Plummer III did not accept a plea agreement during a sentencing hearing Thursday in Lawrence County Superior Court I. The case will now move to a jury trial scheduled for April 15, 2020. 26 year old Johnathan Stemann, of Fort Huachuca, Arizona, is facing three felony counts of child molesting. According to the police, the girl said she was sharing a bed with Stemann while he was visiting Indiana in May 2017. She told police that Stemann sexually assaulted her twice that night
A Lawrence County man was sentenced for dealing a narcotic drug. 42 year old Juston Sears of Bedford, was sentenced to 10 years for dealing a narcotic drug, a Level 4 felony. Three years of the sentence was suspended, and he will receive credit for 245 days for time already served. Also fined $385 and will be on probation for three years upon his release. The charges stem from an Indiana State Police traffic stop in March of 2019; Sears was a passenger. The driver was wanted on a warrant, and when police stopped the vehicle, they reported syringes and other drug paraphernalia were observed in “plain sight.” Sears was reported to have had 2 grams of heroin, 1 gram a methamphetamine and four morphine pills on him at the time of his arrest. The heroin was reportedly packaged in a way that was consistent with dealing the drug.
Indiana University researchers have found a Gulf Coast tick in Southern Indiana. As the name suggests, this species of arachnid is primarily found in states that border the Gulf of Mexico. Its presence in Indiana could signify an expanded range, and for Hoosiers that would mean an increased risk of contracting a nasty disease. Tidewater fever, is a form of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Both illnesses can result in fever, headache, rash and muscle aches. Ticks and mosquitoes are collected during the growing season — roughly April through October — at 10 sites scattered across Southern Indiana. Researchers regularly perform what’s known in the tick world as dragging or flagging at each site during the growing season.
Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
A juvenile was arrested after he allegedly ran away from home, fled a police vehicle, stole a car and failed to pay for gas at a local filling station. According to the French Lick Police Department, the events began around 1 p.m. on December 26th when police were called to a residence on New York Street in reference to a 13 year old male who had run away from home. While on their way, police were notified that the juvenile was dropped off at the West Baden Police Department. Police picked him up and then transported him to the French Lick Police Department to contact Orange County Probation. Probation advised police to return him to his home. The Juvenile then fled from the police as soon as they arrived back at the address. Later on police were notified that a car had been stolen nearby and had been spotted at Valley Marathon, where it reportedly struck a concrete barricade and failed to pay for fuel. The youth was detained by police. Police found a box cutter after patting him down. The Juvenile said he had taken the box cutter from a store in case anyone tried to take him back home. Police then took the subject to the Department of Child Services office in Paoli. The Juvenile was charged with a felony auto theft and misdemeanor theft. No further information is available due to his age.
A Crawford County woman was taken into custody after police she allegedly crashed her car while intoxicated. The crash occurred on Saturday around 10:30 p.m. on State Road 56 near New York Street in French Lick. According to a French Lick Police Department report, 28 year old Brittany Beals of Eckerty was heading south in a Chevrolet Malibu and went off the right side of the roadway, striking a wall. When police arrived they noticed the vehicle making a hissing noise and officers believed meant it might catch on fire. Beals was removed from the car and an ambulance and the fire department were requested. Beals told police she was going too fast. Beals denied using any illegal drugs that might have impaired her. Police did notice that she was slurring her words. Beals refused medical treatment and police then performed a field sobriety test. After showing multiple clues to being intoxicated, she was taken to IU Health Paoli Hospital for further testing. Beals at first consented to a blood draw but refused other tests and would not sign for the blood test. She went on to tell police she knew she would test positive for methamphetamine and that she didn’t want the judge to know. Beals was medically cleared and taken to the Orange County Jail. Beals was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The damage caused by the accident is estimated between $10,000 to $25,000.
A Jeffersonville juvenile was arrested Monday and charged with attempted murder in connection to the shootout in the parking lot of the Paoli Walmart on December 17. Also arrested was 23 year old Javon Patterson of Bloomington. Patterson was arrested two days after the shootout on December 19 th on charges of criminal recklessness, dealing marijuana and carrying a handgun without a license. The incident occurred back on December 17 th when Paoli Police were called to the Walmart on North Gospel Street at 7:15 p.m. after a report of several shots fired from two vehicles speeding through the parking lot. Witnesses told police there were two cars involved and the people inside were shooting at each other. The vehicles then sped off. No one was injured during the incident.
Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
Two Mitchell women were arrested after police were called to a parking lot in the 600 block of X Street on Friday in Bedford. According to Police they were requested to the parking lot after a report that 43 year old Rachel Merry o Mitchell was harassing people. Police arrived and found her in a vehicle with a female passenger identified as 24 year old Harmony Pemberton also of Mitchell. Police found that Pemberton was wanted on an active warrant and when police asked her to step out of the vehicle she refused. Pemberton resisted arrest and she had to forcibly remove her from the vehicle by police. Police also were notified that the driver had a protective order against Merry. Merry was arrested for violating the order. Merry is facing a charge of invasion of privacy and Pemberton was arrested on the warrant and a charge of resisting arrest.
A two vehicle collision on Sunday resulted in one injury at 6:27 p.m. at the intersection of State Road 37 and Main Street in Oolitic. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report 21 year old Keelie Fleetwood, of Springville was traveling north on State Road 37 in a 2007 Ford Edge. She had a blue light bar activated because she is a volunteer firefighter and she was responding to a call. Fleetwood was approaching the intersection of State Road 37 and Main Street in Oolitic when she drove through the intersection and ran through the stop light which was red at the time. 46 year old Robert Hurley of Oolitic was traveling east through the intersection at the same time in a 2001 Jeep Cherokee. He told police he didn’t see Fleetwood’s vehicle and the Jeep hit the driver’s side of Fleetwood’s vehicle. Fleetwood had two passengers in her vehicle and none of them were hurt. Hurley was not injured but a passenger in his vehicle, 48 year old Julia Cantrell of Oolitic complained of neck pain and was taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment.
A Jasper man was arrested on multiple drug charges after a traffic stop early Sunday morning in Huntingburg. Police executed a traffic stop at Sixth and Jackson streets at 2:11 a.m. on a a vehicle driven by 43 year old John Clevidence of Jasper. During the traffic stop police K-9 Ester allegedly alerted on Clevidence. Clevidence allegedly gave an incorrect spelling of his name and was found to unlawfully possess legend drugs, a used syringe and drug paraphernalia that included smoking devices. Police also found Clevidence was classified as a habitual traffic violator. Clevidence was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 4:41 a.m. on felony charges of driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator for life, unlawful possession of a syringe and a legend drug and misdemeanor counts of false informing and possession of paraphernalia. The Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a KARS wrecker assisted.
Monday, January 6th, 2020
A mobile home was destroyed by fire Saturday evening near Millersburg. According to the Orange County Sheriffs Department report, a 911 call was received that a mobile home was on fire on SR 56 just west of Millersburg at around 6:45PM. Firefighters from Livonia and Southeast Twp. Fire Department were dispatched to the fire. At 12:35 a.m. Sunday morning the Livonia Fire Department returned to the scene after the fire rekindled. The home was a total loss and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department canine officer Finn was awarded a Healthcare for K9 Heroes Grant. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) nationwide charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit is pleased to continue their “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” medical insurance program for 2020 which covers annual policy premiums. Since 2016, the charity has donated more than $100,000 towards medical reimbursement programs for self-funded K9 units.
Friday, January 3rd, 2020
Traffic stops lead to several arrests Tuesday in Washington County. Early Tuesday morning, Trooper Kyle Taylor was patrolling SR39 in Washington County along with Officer Ginkins and K9 Lenny from the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Trooper Taylor stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction, however, he soon observed indications of possible criminal activity. The investigation continued when K9 Lenny alerted on the vehicle. The search located suspected methamphetamine as well as a stolen handgun. The primary suspect did not have a handgun permit but was also a convicted felon. As a result 49 year old Thomas Seebold of Louisville, KY was arrested on felony counts of Possession of Stolen Handgun, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and misdemeanor Carrying a Handgun without License and 24 year old Brianna Robertson of Salem was arrested on a felony count of Possession of Methamphetamine and misdemeanor Visiting a Common Nuisance. Later that same day, Trooper Andrew Taylor was patrolling in Clark County on I-65 and stopped a vehicle for an expired license plate. The traffic stop evolved into a criminal investigation when the driver was found to be wanted on five warrants out of Clark and Floyd Counties. Neither occupant had a valid driver's license. The passenger was later found to possess more than 21 grams of suspected methamphetamine as well as marijuana. Arrested was 26 year old Victoria LaMaster of New Albany was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Trafficking with an Inmate, Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Marijuana and 30 year old Trevor Money also of New Albany was charged with Driving While Suspended Prior, Five separate Warrants out of Floyd and Clark Counties, including Possession of Methamphetamine and Driving While Suspended Prior.
A Jasper man was arrested Thursday morning charging him with voyeurism, child exploitation, possession of child pornography and obstruction of justice. Police began an investigation late Wednesday when they received a complaint alleging 57 year old John Schneider of Jasper had taken photographs of a juvenile while she was showering. Schneider told police during the investigation that he had washed his cellphone in a washing machine. Police then sought and secured a search warrant and took a cellphone into evidence. Schneider was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 3:17 a.m. He is charged with felony counts of child exploitation, attempted child exploitation, possession of child pornography, obstruction of justice and voyeurism. Schneider’s initial hearing was Thursday and his next court date is scheduled for January 27.
Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
Memorial Hospital in Jasper in response to the increase in influenza cases nationwide and in the Tri-State area, are implementing unified hospital visitation restrictions effective immediately. The restrictions include: No visitors with influenza-like symptoms in the hospitals. Symptoms include cough, sore throat, fever, chills, aches, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting or diarrhea; No visitors under the age of 15; No visitors other than immediate family or other significant persons as defined by the patient. Exceptions to these restrictions may be made for cases involving critically ill patients and end-of-life situations. Some restrictions may be modified to accommodate healthy siblings of newborn babies. Visitors are encouraged to wash their hands frequently while in the hospital and wear protective face masks when instructed. The flu can cause serious complications and even death, especially in the very young, the elderly, and those with certain existing medical conditions. These measures are being taken in an effort to protect patients, families, and hospital staff. We appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
Indiana Conservation Officers continue to request information regarding the shooting of a bald eagle in Lawrence County on or around Dec. 20. A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of a suspect. A Lawrence County animal control officer and employees of Brown County Indiana Raptor Center were notified of an injured eagle in the area of the White River near Dixie Highway and took possession on Dec. 20. The eagle, which was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, was treated, but died shortly thereafter. ICO Ryan Jahn took possession of the carcass on Dec. 21 and is investigating. Anyone with information should call DNR Law Enforcement Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536 or the Turn in a Poacher, Inc. (TIP) hotline at 1-800-847-4367 (TIP-IDNR). TIP is a non-profit conservation organization that protects fish and wildlife resources by increasing public support and involvement in bringing violators to justice.
A Mitchell man was arrested Monday morning after police were requested to do a welfare check on a male in a vehicle at Revere’s Food & Fuel in Bedford. Police showed up at at 12:42 a.m. on Monday and found 20 year old Mason Turpin of Mitchell in the driver’s seat with the vehicle running. Turpin appeared to be passed out in his vehicle. Police tried to wake Turpin several times but were unsuccessful. Police then opened the vehicle door and finally woke him. While police were speaking with Turpin he showed signs of intoxication and seemed confused. The odor of burnt marijuana was picked up by police. Police searched the vehicle and they located 10 grams of marijuana hidden in the dash. Also found was several pills later identified as a Schedule IV controlled substance in which Turpin told officers he did not have a prescription for the medication. Turpin was arrested on charges of public intoxication by drugs, and possession of a controlled substance.
A Bedford man was arrested on a domestic battery charge after a warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday in Bedford. On November 14th, police were called to a home in the 2200 block of South Leatherwood Road in Bedford after a report of a domestic dispute. When Police arrived they found an adult female suffering from multiple injuries to her face and head that the victim reported was inflicted by 61 year old Kennith Alcorn of Bedford. The victim also said Alcorn had choked her. Alcorn left the scene before police arrived at the scene. The victim was taken to St. Vincent Dunn for treatment of her injuries. A warrant was requested by police for Alcorn’s arrest. Alcorn was arrested on Monday and transported to jail without incident on a charge of domestic battery.
Monday, December 30th, 2019
Four people were arrested Saturday after police were requested to a Bedford residence after a report of a domestic fight. Police arrived and spoke with 26 year old Tierra Mayhair of Bedford, who said there was no fight and that no one else was in the home in the 1500 block of 2nd Street in Bedford. During that conversation, another female, walked out identified as 24 year old Kaitlyn Tegarden also of Bedford and told police the people who had been fighting left out the back door. Tierra then changed her story and let police inside the house. Once inside police located several syringes in plain view and could hear footsteps in the attic. Once in the attic police found 18 year old Landyn Adcock o Williams and 23 year old Brady Terry of Bedford. Tierra gave police consent to search the house and 52 used syringes were located along with paraphernalia, heroin, methamphetamine, and a lookalike substance. Adcock was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, resisting law enforcement, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a synthetic drug. Tierra Mayhair was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a synthetic drug. Kaitlyn Tegarden was charged with possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, visiting a common nuisance, possession of drug paraphernalia. Terry was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, visiting a common nuisance, resisting law enforcement.
A Daviess County man was arrested Sunday for joy riding in a vehicle he stole from a Jasper dealership. Police were called to the report of a suspicious vehicle in the Sternberg Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep dealership parking lot in Jasper at 4:39 p.m. The suspicious vehicle in question was a black 2008 Chrysler van and had been seen by employees over the past several weeks. Employees said they noticed that vehicles had been messed with and moved during the same time frame, according to police. While law enforcement was on scene, a white International semi pulled into the parking lot driven by 52 year old Robert Warne of Washington. Warne was determined to not have permission to drive the truck. Warne allegedly admitted to receiving a stolen a key from Sternberg’s and to have driven several semis and dump trucks on joy rides over the last several week. Warne was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 8:12 p.m. on felony charges of auto theft, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor theft.
A Scottsburg City police officer was arrested by Indiana State Police detectives Sunday after receiving a complaint of alleged domestic battery. Shortly after noon on Sunday, Indiana State Police Detective Travis Baker and Detective Sergeant Dave Mitchell were contacted in reference to a possible battery that occurred during the early Sunday morning hours at a Lexington, Indiana residence. After interviewing the female victim, Detectives Baker and Mitchell met with, and interviewed the suspect, 33 year old Shane Gibson of Lexington, Indiana, at the Scottsburg City Police Department where Gibson is currently employed as a Patrol Officer. Shane Gibson was off duty and not in uniform at the time of the alleged incident and interview. As a result of the investigation, Gibson was arrested on felony charges of Criminal Confinement and Domestic Battery. Gibson was then transported and remanded into the custody of the Washington County Jail without incident.
Friday, December 27th, 2019
A Mitchell man died from his injuries after the car he was working on fell on top of him Wednesday night. Police were alerted to the accident around 9 p.m. in the 500 block of Fifth Street in Mitchell. 29 year old Cody Roberts of Mitchell was working on a vehicle when his girlfriend saw the vehicle fall from the jack and land on top of him. She then called 911 seeking emergency assistance. Emergency Personnel borrowed a jack from a neighbor and got the vehicle off Roberts. A medical helicopter was called and landed at Mitchell High School but Roberts died from his injuries before he could be transported. Mitchell police, the Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department and an ambulance all responded to the scene.
Police responded to a Thursday afternoon crash just west of Crystal arrested and the driver and accused him of impaired driving. Police were called at 3:20 p.m. to the crash along State Road 56 just west of Crystal. Police said the driver of the 1993 Ford 35 year old Nicholaus Brosmer of Hillham showed signs of intoxication. A blood draw at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center showed Brosmer’s blood alcohol content at .21%. Brosmer was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 6:12 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.
A Martin County man was injured in a single vehicle crash Saturday night near the Ireland. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 43 year old Jeremy Schneider of Loogootee was northbound on County Road 500W in a 1997 Dodge Dakota at 7:13 p.m. Schneider approached a curve at a high rate of speed and his truck left the north side of the intersection and stopped in a ditch. Schneider complained of ankle pain and was taken for treatment at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center by ambulance. Damage to the truck was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000. Police reported Schneider would be cited on a misdemeanor count of driving while suspended. The Ireland Volunteer Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.
Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
Indiana State Police Arrested a Lawrence County woman on Dealing and Possession of Meth Felony Charges in Bedford on Monday. Detectives with the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section and the Bloomington District A.C.E.S. executed a search warrant at 511 15 th Street, in Bedford Monday afternoon. Troopers found probable cause to believe Kassandra Young was dealing large amounts of methamphetamine in and around Lawrence County after working a lengthy investigation. The investigation lead troopers to the residence on 15 th Street where Young was arrested on a warrant for previous methamphetamine charges in Lawrence County. Troopers then executed a search warrant at the residence locating digital scales, paraphernalia and over 20 grams of alleged methamphetamine. Young was then incarcerated for the active warrant and also charged with felony counts of dealing Methamphetamine and possession of Methamphetamine.
The Indiana State Police concluded a lengthy investigation and arrested two individuals for methamphetamine related offenses in Green County. The Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section and the Indiana State Police Bloomington District ACES had information that 40 year old Brandy Shifflett of Bedford was possibly involved in dealing methamphetamine. Shifflett was also known to be wanted on two active arrest warrants – one from Lawrence County and one from Owen County. Probable cause was established and a search warrant was issued in the 5800 block of Taylor Ridge Road in Greene County. Police and K9 partner Axe executed the search warrant on Friday afternoon. Upon arrival, troopers encountered the homeowner 52 year old Garry Chaney of Bloomfield near the edge of the yard. Upon entry into the residence, Troopers located Shifflett and took her into custody. During the search, troopers located methamphetamine near the area where they first encountered Chaney after he had attempted to conceal it by throwing it into the weeds. They also located what was believed to be an illegally taken whitetail deer. The Indiana Conservation Officers were notified of the deer. Chaney was arrested and take to the Greene County Jail on felony counts of Possession of Methamphetamine and Obstruction of Justice. Shifflett was arrested on the two warrants and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. Once there, jail staff located methamphetamine and marijuana that Shifflett had concealed in a body cavity. Shifflett was then charged with counts of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana in addition to the warrants.
A Bloomington woman was arrested by police on a Felony Methamphetamine Possession on Thursday. On Thursday, while conducting a patrol in Lawrence County the Bloomington District ACES arrested 42 year old Jacqueline Hardy of Bloomington. Trp. Caleb Garvin and Sgt. Greg Day conducted a traffic stop along State Road 37, just south of Ingram Road, on a black Chevrolet Avalanche for a traffic violation. While at the vehicle speaking with the occupants, troopers detected indicators of criminal activity. The female passenger, later identified as Hardy, was unable to produce any identification. She gave troopers a name, date of birth, and social security number that were all found to be false. Troopers were able to eventually confirm her true identity and discovered that Hardy had two active arrest warrants – one from Monroe County and one from Owen County. Trp. Richard Klun arrived and deployed his canine, Loki, who gave a positive alert for the presence of drugs in the vehicle. As troopers arrested Hardy for her warrants, they located approximately 28 grams of methamphetamine in her possession. Hardy was arrested and then incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail for the following felony counts of Possession of Methamphetamine Over 10 Grams and Identity Deception as well as her two Arrest Warrants.
Monday, December 23rd, 2019
A Greenfield man was killed and a Bedford teen was hurt in an accident on Sunday at the intersection of State Road 37 and US 50 in Bedford. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department police report at 2:32 on Sunday 60 year old Curtis Eads, of Shelbyville, Kentucky was traveling southbound on State Road 37 near the intersection of US 50 West. 61 year old John Coyle of Greenfield was traveling southbound on State Road 37 at the same time and slowing to stop. 16 year old Cameron Hagan of Bedford was stopped on State Road 37 at the intersection of US 50 West. According to police Eads began aggressively braking his 2017 Orevist bus to the rear of Coyle’s 2017 Nissan. Eads was unable to stop completely and collided with Coyle’s car. The bus then deflected off the Nissan and straight into the left southbound lane and struck Hagan’s 2002 Dodge Ram pickup in the rear with enough force to move the truck into the intersection. The bus continued through the intersection into southbound traffic and came to a complete stop. According to Eads his foot had gotten stuck between the accelerator and the brake pedal and that prevented him from stopping the bus. He also said he was not properly trained by his employer on how to fix that problem. Coyle suffered severe head trauma and was unresponsive and had to be freed from the wreckage. He was taken to the hospital and then flown to a trauma center where he died from his injuries at 5:32 p.m. Hagan suffered head, neck and back pain and was taken to the hospital by his parents. Eads was uninjured. Eads was taken to IU Health Hospital for a blood draw due to the nature of the accident and was issued multiple traffic citations with criminal charges pending further investigation.
A Jasper man was flown to an Evansville hospital after crashing into an ambulance Friday in Dubois County. Friday afternoon at 1:20, Dubois County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police responded to a 911 call of a crash with injuries at US 231 just south of SR 162. Preliminary investigation revealed 37 year old Michael Cannon of Jasper was driving a 2000 Pontiac northbound on US 231 when for unknown reasons drove left of center and collided head on into an ambulance traveling southbound. The driver of the ambulance, 51 year old William Luebbehusen of Jasper and his passenger 42 year old Patrick Brown of Tell City were taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released. Cannon was flown to Saint Vincent Hospital in Evansville but was later flown to an Indianapolis Hospital for further treatment of his injuries. The ambulance was not transporting a patient or on an emergency run at the time of the crash. The investigation is ongoing. Assisting at the scene were Indiana State Police Lieutenant Jason Allen, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Dubois County EMS and Fire.
A Dubois man was arrested for impaired driving on Sunday after a traffic stop in Dubois. Police stopped a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 64 year old Marvin Schwartz Dubois at 8 p.m. after witnessing it traveling around 20 mph on State Road 545 near Dubois and maintaining its lane on the roadway. According to police say Schwartz’s blood alcohol content later tested .19% in a certified test at the Jasper Police Station. Schwartz was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 9:52 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.
Friday, December 20th, 2019
A Bedford man was arrested after police witnessed him throw drugs from the back of a moped on Wednesday afternoon in Bedford. Police were conducting surveillance at the home of 55 year old James Sykes of Bedford because they believed he was dealing meth and heroin. According to a probable cause affidavit Sykes was seen leaving his home on a moped police followed him and witnessed him commit two traffic violations. Police attempted to stop the moped, but Sykes attempted to flee. During the pursuit Sykes was seen throwing a dark-colored bag from the moped. As the moped attempted to make a left hand turn from 15th Street onto N Street he lost control and crashed. Sykes was arrested without incident. Police went back to where the item was thrown from the moped and found a bag which contained two clear baggies of a crystal substance which appeared to be meth. Police also discovered two additional baggies containing a peach-colored substance, four blue foil wrappers each containing a powder substance, a plastic bag containing four peach-colored tablets and one white tablet with marks printed on it. The powder substance in the foil wrappers was consistent with heroin. A search of Sykes was conducted and two cell phones and $840 in cash was found. Sykes said he was not injured in the crash and was to the Lawrence County Jail. In an interview, Sykes confessed to purchasing meth twice a week and purchasing 1/2 ounce quantities of heroin twice a week and confessed to selling both of the drugs. Field tests for the crystal substance returned as meth. The approximate weight of meth in Sykes possession was 7 grams. Another 3 grams of substance gave positive indications of meth. Approximately 3/4 grams of the substances tested as heroin. Sykes was arrested on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, and dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug.
Two Springville people were arrested on Thursday after police were called to the Dollar General on John Williams Boulevard in Bedford. A report of a suspicious male and a female who had possibly stolen items from the store came to police around 3 P.M. and they spoke to an employee who pointed out both suspects. Police found 44 year old David Bruhn at the checkout counter who police say was unsteady on his feet and making jerky motions and unable to stand still. Bruhn was with 39 year old Melissa Choate also of Springville, who was sitting outside of a vehicle in the parking lot. Police found Bruhn with several pills in an unmarked bottle that Bruhn did not have a prescription for. Police questioned Choate about walking out of the store without paying for items and she admitted to taking several items. While police were retrieving those items they noticed a syringe in plain view and the substance in the syringe tested positive for meth. A six year old boy was with the couple and was released to a grandmother and DCS was advised for follow up. All items were returned to the store and both Bruhn and Choate were arrested. Both Bruhn and Choate are facing charges of theft, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a syringe, neglect of a dependant, public intoxication on a drug.
A Martin County man booked into jail Tuesday on a warrant charging him with burglary and theft from a Jasper business. Court documents allege that on September 30th 41 year old Andy Holt took around $500 in cash from the Jasper Swap Shop in Jasper. The case was investigated by police and on September 24th, a warrant was issued out of Dubois Circuit Court charging Holt with a felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor count of theft. A notice has been filed with intent to seek habitual offender status in the case because Holt has prior convictions in Martin County for receiving stolen property and burglary. His bond was set at $5,000 cash only and he was returned to Knox County, where he had been in custody.
Thursday, December 19th, 2019
An arrest was made after two years for an attack of a young Amish woman in Mitchell. Mitchell Police were able to use DNA evidence to identify 53 year old Jeffrey Waggoner as the perpetrator of the crime. Waggoner was already incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail for attempting to rob Jackson County Bank in Bedford. He was arrested for the robbery and also a hatchet attack in Bedford on November 21st. The Amish robbery took place around 11:51 a.m. on August 23rd, 2017, at the intersection of Teke Burton Drive and Main Street. The crime was reported by an off-duty police officer after he stopped to buy produce from woman and she told him what had happened. The woman said the man came up to her, showed her a gun and said, “Give me the money”. He then reached over the table and took the money box that contained around $200-$300 dollars. The man then fled the scene and the woman was unable to provide much of a physical description to police. The victim told police the suspect was wearing a military style beanie hat and carrying a blue bag, which is where he had the gun. About an hour later police found the bag, a fake firearm and the cash box in an alley between Ninth and 10th streets, north of Warren Street. The evidence was collected and sent to the crime lab for DNA analysis. The analysis came back and it matched Waggoner and he was served with the warrant at the jail on Tuesday.
A Bedford man was arrested after police were notified to a traffic accident at State Road 37 and Fifth Street on Tuesday night in Bedford. When police arrived they found 31 year old George Cinamon, of Bedford stumbling through the intersection and nearly getting struck by several vehicles. Police were told by the individuals involved that Cinamon walked through the area yelling profanities, but was not involved in the crash. According to police he showed the usual signs of intoxication and was placed into handcuffs. While being booked he continued to cause a disturbance and would not cooperate with police. Cinamon was arrested on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.
A Bedford teen was arrested after he gave a 12 year old female a tattoo. Police were called to an apartment at Ted Jones Drive in Bedford after a parent of a 12 year old female discovered her child had a tattoo. The mother also wanted to pursue charges. The girl told police that a 17 year old male, who also lived in the apartment complex, had given her the tattoo. Police spoke with the mother of the male juvenile and the teen. Police were told that a total of four female juveniles received tattoos. Police arrested the 17 year old on four counts of tattooing a minor, and juvenile probation was contacted. The male juvenile was released back to his mother with a promise to appear date.
Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
Around 7:40 Wednesday morning, Indiana State Police Radio dispatched information on a blue, 2001 Chevrolet Blazer that had just been reported stolen to the Salem Police Department. The vehicle was reported stolen just minutes before the dispatch and was believed to still be in the area. A short time later, Trooper Kyle Taylor observed the vehicle headed eastbound on SR56 just east of Salem. Trooper Taylor attempted to stop the vehicle; however, the driver refused to stop and attempted to flee. Trooper Taylor gave pursuit, following the vehicle as it continued east on SR 56 before turning north on Elk Creek Road. The pursuit continued on county roads before the driver lost control turning north onto SR39 from Mill Road, driving off the east side of the roadway and into a muddy ditch. The driver later identified as 25 year old Austin Gayheart of Viper Kentucky fled on foot before being apprehended by Taylor. Once in custody, Gayheart, a convicted felon, was found in possession of a loaded pistol as well as suspected methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana. Gayheart is charged with Felony counts of, Possession of Firearm by Serious Violent Felon, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of Stolen Property, and Misdemeanor counts of Resisting Law Enforcement and Possession of Marijuana. Indiana State police were assisted by officers from the Salem Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff's Department, and the Scott County Sheriff's Department. Salem Police will also be charging Gayheart with Vehicle Theft and conducting that part of the investigation.
Early Tuesday, officers with the Washington County Drug Team, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police executed a controlled buy-bust at 425 S. Sycamore Street in Campbellsburg. The arrest lead officers to apply for a search warrant for an apartment at the complex. After receiving and executing a search warrant, at the complex, officers located and seized more Methamphetamine and other drug related items. 63 year old Deborah Matlock of Campbellsburg was arrested by police on dealing Methamphetamine and possession of Methamphetamine related charges.
A Saturday afternoon crash into a Bedford business resulted in no injuries. According Police Savannah Potter and her 14 year old daughter Lexis Potter had exited a 2009 Kia Rio that was parked in front of Crane’s Leather Shop in Bedford. Lexis returned to the car and entered the passenger seat and turned the car on from the passenger seat and the vehicle was in gear. She told police she turned the key on and the vehicle jumped forward. The car then hopped the curb in front of Crane’s Leather and Shoe Shop and crashed into the double-glass doors in front of the store. The car came to a stop after being lodged into the opening of the doors that led to the upper part of the shop. Nobody was injured in the incident. A Stone City wrecker was called to pull the car out and back onto J Street. The car was released back to Savannah Potter and she was able to drive the vehicle from the scene.
Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
A Dec. 10th single vehicle crash left a West Baden man dead near the Orange-Martin county line. 21 year old David R. Emmons of West Baden was found dead inside his Ford Focus that had gone off US 150. Police responded to the scene at 9:30 a.m. after receiving a call about a crashed vehicle. Police found a car off the south side of the highway, where it had traveled down an embankment and struck a tree. The impact bent the passenger side inward and the vehicle bounced away from the tree. Emmons was found lying face down between the seat and the floor board. Police don’t know for sure exactly when the accident took place. The vehicle was cold when police arrived and his phone showed the his family attempted to make contact with him at 2 a.m. Emmons wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Emmons was taken to Lawrence County for an external autopsy and results are pending from a toxicology screen. According to police alcohol was found on the floorboard.
Police are investigating an attempt to steal a vehicle in West Baden. Police were dispatched to a home across State Road 56 from Ames Chapel Church shortly before 4 a.m. Monday after a resident called to report a person in a ski mask and dark clothing had just attempted to steal his truck. The caller said that the man took off running toward the church, where another subject was waiting in a dark SUV. According to the case report, part of the back glass and driver’s window of the victim’s truck had been broken. Later on, another vehicle at the property was reported. The vehicle was reported as a Pontiac sedan that also suffered damage. According to police the ignition switch had visible damage the car had been jacked up and had an oil drain pan underneath it. Any information related to the case you can contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 812-723-2417.
A Mitchell woman was arrested Thursday after she allegedly of pointed a gun at a child. According to a probable cause affidavit on August 26th Police spoke to a child who said his mother got angry and pointed a gun at him. The child told police his mother became angry that his grandmother would not give his mom money because of something he had done. The alleged victim said he was cleaning his room when his mom 37 year old Carrie Tolbert of Mitchell broke a lamp. He then alleged she also broke a video game console and kicked him. The boy then alleged Tolbert pointed a handgun at herself, then at him. The boy then went to a neighbor's house to call his father. Police spoke to the father and he told them Tolbert called him from the boys phone to yell at him about the boy's behavior. The next day, Tolbert came to pick up the child early from school and Mitchell school personnel contacted the Department of Child Services. On August 28th police spoke with Tolbert who told police the boy borrowed a video from her mom and that she wanted it back. She also said he told him he needed to do his homework and then she alleged the boy started mouthing off to her. After she found an inappropriate magazine in his room and SD cards that he said he got from school. She then took his Xbox and sat it on a table in front of him. She also said she found gun shells in his room and she took the guns from him along with his phone. Tolbert then said the boy told her she was a bad parent and she said she picked up the video game console and slammed it on the ground. She told him if she was a bad parent, she wasn't going to put fun into his life. The boy said he wanted to leave and was going to live with his father, and she told him he wasn't going anywhere. After she cleaned his room, she said he was gone. Tolbert was arrested and then booked into the Lawrence County jail. She is facing charges of neglect of a dependent, pointing a firearm and criminal recklessness.
Monday, December 16th, 2019
Jasper Police arrested a Pike County man on Friday in relation to several complaints of a prowler peeping in windows. When police responded earlier in the week, the male was gone when units arrived. Then, when police received a complaint at 7:26 p.m. on Friday, police located 40 year old Michael Webb of Otwell trying to leave in a 2012 Chrysler Sebring. According to police, Webb was under the influence of marijuana and had been drinking. A blood draw returned positive for marijuana and Webb’s blood alcohol content also registered .04%. Webb was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 12:59 a.m. Saturday on felony charges of stalking and voyeurism and a misdemeanor charge of operating while intoxicated. He is being held without bond. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.
A Bedford man was arrested after police say he stole a handgun from a home on Sunday in Bedford. According to police 35 year old Michael Lipscomb of Bedford was identified as a possible suspect from the victim who reported a gun missing from her house. Police received information of a residence Michael was staying at. When police arrived they located two males walking in the area and one of those males was Lipscomb who also had an active warrant. In the same area that Lipscomb was standing police found a handgun on the ground. The victim identified the gun as the one missing from the house along with other items located in Lipscomb’s backpack. Police arrested Lipscomb, at 1:57 a.m. on charges of burglary, theft, possession of a handgun without a permit, theft of a firearm. He was also wanted on a warrant for petition to revoke.
A Seymour Elementary school teacher was arrested on Friday for theft. On Friday, police placed surveillance cameras in the office of Seymour-Jackson Elementary School. That same day money was marked by police and placed in a desk in the office. 46 year old Meredith Charlton was seen in the office going through the desk that contained the money. Charlton denied taking anything and police obtained a search warrant. A $20 bill was found on Charlton that matched the serial number for the cash that was missing. Charlton was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Jail. She was released on her own recognizance. Charlton is charged on a misdemeanor count of theft.
Friday, December 13th, 2019
A French Lick woman turned herself in to police on Wednesday to answer to theft charges. 31 year old Kayla Looney of French Lick was charged with allegedly taking a 2007 Arctic Cat four wheeler from a Dubois County farm on Sept. 30. A warrant charging Looney with a felony count of theft was issued Oct. 16. She turned herself in at the Dubois County Jail to answer to the warrant, and was booked 11:35 p.m. on Wednesday.
Paoli Junior Senior High School Band Director Cory Chapman has resigned. Chapman submitted his resignation on Wednesday and Superintendant Greg Walker accepted the resignation from Paoli Community School Corporation effective Thursday, December 12. Chapman was placed on paid administrative leave on Monday following his arrest in Greene County.
A Mitchell man was arrested after a report of an erratic driver on Washington Avenue Thursday morning in Bedford. Police witnessed the driver make several erratic lane movements and stopped the vehicle. The driver was identified at 19 year old Dakota Ferree. Police found that Ferree was driving the vehicle without a valid driver’s license. While police were speaking with Ferree they determined that his passenger, 19 year old James Banks of Mitchell was acting nervous. While police were speaking to Banks he admitted to police he had a loaded handgun in his waistband and the gun was stolen. Police confiscated the gun and confirmed it was stolen. Police arrested Banks on charges of possession of a stolen handgun and possession of a handgun without a permit. Ferree was issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of driving while never obtaining a driver’s license and was released.
Thursday, December 12th, 2019
A Bedford man was arrested after police responded to a physical domestic fight in the 600 block of 9th Street Wednesday in Oolitic. When police arrived they found the male involved had fled the area. The victim said that a verbal argument escalated into the suspect hitting her. Police described the victim as having a bloody nose and dried blood around her mouth. She victim signed a battery affidavit. At 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday 28 year old Bryce Gerkin of Bedford came to the department and was arrested on a charge of domestic battery.
A Bedford woman was arrested after she was accused of stealing from the person she was caring for. According to police, they began their investigation on Oct. 30th after receiving a report of theft. The victim told police that 31 year old Kayla Mesarosh of Bedford was her previous home health aide and she believed she was making unauthorized withdrawals from her bank account. Police investigated the incident and they found at least $225 was missing. Police completed their investigation and gathered evidence and forwarded the information to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s office for review and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Police then arrested Mesarosh on a warrant for fraud and theft.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
A driver was taken to the hospital after their car was in was struck by a passenger van Tuesday evening in Ferdinand. According to the Ferdinand Police Department 25 year old Riley Cloe of Petersburg was northbound on Main Street in a 2007 Chevrolet Impala at 6 p.m. Cloe stopped in traffic to turn west onto Industrial Park Road. When he stopped his car was rear ended by a 2011 Toyota Sienna driven by 42 year old Kerri Winkler of Ferdinand. Winkler and her two sons were not injured. Cloe complained of back pain and was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. He was treated and released. Both vehicles were total losses. They were taken from the scene by a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker. The Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.
A Springville man was arrested after police received a complaint about a man in the area of 17th and O streets Monday morning in Bedford. Police arrived and were unable to locate him until 45 minutes later at 11:15 a.m. they received another complaint about the same person near 16 th and K streets. Police located the male near the police department and identified him as 33 year old Joshua Flynn of Springville. While police were speaking with Flynn police noticed a hammer in his sweatshirt pocket and removed it for safety reasons. “Flynn had another hammer up his shirt sleeve and when police removed that they also performed a pat-down for any other weapons. During the pat-down a syringe was noticed sticking out of Flynn’s pocket by police. The syringe filled with a clear substance and was removed from Flynn’s pocket. Flynn was arrested and while trying to place handcuffs on Flynn he started resisting. After gaining control of Flynn police took him into the police station and tested the syringe and got a positive result for methamphetamine. Flynn was arrested on charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and resisting arrest.
Bloomington Police are looking for a 19 year after he allegedly broke into a Bloomington pawn shop and stole firearms and then gave those weapons to three juveniles. 19 year old Jaylen Beatty of Indianapolis is wanted on warrants of burglary, theft, carrying a handgun without a license and three counts of dangerous control of a firearm for giving the guns to juveniles. Police responded to an alarm at 1:55 a.m. on Nov. 22 at Ace Pawn Shop in Bloomington. A broken window and several handguns had had been found stolen from a display case. On Nov. 24, a woman and her 14 year old son went to Police after she found a gun in her son’s bedroom. The gun was determined to have been stolen from Ace Pawn Shop. Police then went to the woman’s home and when they arrived they found her 15 year old son with a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants. The 15 year old threatened police with the weapon saying he should have shot them and refused to speak with investigators. Three days later another 14 year old boy turned himself in telling police he played a role in the burglary. He was arrested on juvenile charges of burglary and theft of a firearm and transported to a juvenile detention center. Investigators posted surveillance at the home and witnessed 20 year old Nicholas Shufford jump a fence and bury items in the ground on a neighboring property. Police responded to the area and arrested Shufford. Police dug up the items which were the stolen handguns. Shufford is also facing gun and battery with bodily injuries to a police officer, carrying a handgun without a license and two counts of resisting arrest charges in Marion County.
Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
A senior at Springs Valley high school, Lucille Vaal has been named the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar from Orange County. As a Lilly Scholar winner, Lucy is the recipient of a four year, full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. The daughter of Robert and Donna Vaal, Lucy has plans to attend DePauw University to study psychology before pursuing her ultimate goal of earning a doctorate or furthering her education with a law degree. While attending high school, Lucy has been a member of Student Council, SADD, FCCLA and FFA. She is the secretary of her school’s chapter of National Honor Society and is a member of the Springs Valley High School Academic Team and the Orange County Community Foundation Youth Council. A Pre Requisite for the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship were required to have an SAT score above 1000, rank in the top 25 percent of their class and be on track to earn an academic honors diploma. The Orange County Community Foundation Lilly Scholarship Committee narrowed the field down to eight finalists from 33. The other seven Orange County finalists for the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship were Montana Sullivan of Orleans, Aron Busick, Elisabeth Kerby and Lauren Rutherford, all of Paoli High School; and Emma Denbo, Charleigh Land and Addison Stailey, all of Springs Valley High School.
A Paoli man was accused of crashing into another vehicle in French Lick and then fleeing the scene. The incident took place back on November 15th at the entrance to Huck’s on State Road 145 in French Lick. According to the report from the French Lick Police Department, a northbound GMC Terrain, driven by 52 year old Ronald Tanglao of Orleans was struck in the side by a small passenger car, possibly a Pontiac G6 while leaving the parking lot of the gas station. Tanglao and his passengers were not injured and damages from the crash were estimated between $10,000 and $25,000. Police received an anonymous tip about the identity of the driver involved and they investigated at the residence of 36 year old Jacob Young. Police reported finding a Pontiac G6 with severe damage. Police also spoke with a manager at Young’s employer and they said they were told Young had been sent home just a few minutes before the crash took place. Police requested an interview with the vehicle’s owner, who was a family member of Young’s, and said Young himself came to the French Lick Police Department and volunteered he had been the person driving. Young was arrested Sunday by the Indiana State Police and is facing a misdemeanor charge of failure to remain at the scene of an accident.
A Mitchell man was sentenced to 3.5 months in prison on one felony count of attempted burglary on Monday. Lawrence County Judge John Plummer III sentenced 31 year old Michael Jarvis of Mitchell. He was given credit for 97 days served. Jarvis was arrested back in March on two counts of burglary and he pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary in November in a plea deal. According to a probable cause affidavit, Police received a message via Facebook from a female reporting that she had a video showing three unknown people trespassing on her parents’ property during the early morning hours of March 6th. The woman told police that her mother went to the door and saw the three males flee to the back of the property. Two of the men in the video were identified as Michael Jarvis and Jimmie Schofield. Schofield was an inmate at the Lawrence County Jail and he was asked about the video. Schofield denied being in the video at first but later admitted it was him. Schofield told police he was the person in the video and that the others were Anthony Burns and Jarvis. Schofield told police that they went to the house to get marijuana because the resident was allegedly a former marijuana dealer. On August 28th, Schofield pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary and was sentenced on September 26th to four years and 182 days to the Department of Corrections. On June 13th Burns pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary and was sentenced to four years in the Department of Corrections.
Monday, December 9th, 2019
A 17-year-old Bedford male was arrested Sunday after police were called to a domestic fight in Bedford. At 5:49 p.m. police arrived at the home in the 200 block of Greenhill Addition and spoke to an adult victim who told police the juvenile had been making threats to “hit” family members. The incident transpired from his cell phone being taken from him on Saturday night. While investigating police learned that the suspect had asked to borrow the victim’s cell phone that night to make a call. At some point after that, the juvenile refused to hand the cell phone back to the victim and then threw the cell phone at the victim hitting the victim’s shoulder. Police arrested the teenager on a charge of domestic battery and he was transported to the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center.
Two men were arrested Saturday morning after police were requested to the Big Red Liquors parking lot in Bedford. The caller told police red Honda was parked in the lot for several hours. When police arrived they found two males in the vehicle. The driver was id entified as 38 year old Matthew Cook of Bloomington and the passenger as 44 year old Jason Kincaid. Cook stepped out of the vehicle to speak with police and kept reaching into his pockets after being asked to stop several times. Cook gave consent to police to search his pockets and police found two pills in his pocket. Kincaid exited the vehicle and gave officers consent to search his pockets. Police found pills, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana in Kincaid’s pockets. Police then noticed a syringe loaded with a brown substance on the driver seat. Police then searched the vehicle and located heroin, several syringes, and various amounts of pills. Kincaid was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, identity deception, possession of marijuana, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, visiting a common nuisance, and was wanted on a warrant for petition to revoke. Cook was arrested for dealing in a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a legend drug, possession of meth, possession of a controlled drug, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.
A Bloomington woman was arrested this morning after police on a routine patrol in the parking lot of Walmart found a vehicle parked in the fire zone in Bedford. According to police the driver appeared to be having mechanical problems and she appeared to be intoxicated when police spoke to her. Police then performed a field sobriety test on 34 year old Amanda Frye. Police saw a syringe in plain view inside the vehicle when she was conducting the test. Frye agreed to answer questions and let officers search the vehicle. While police searched the vehicle they located heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and 120 new and used syringes. Frye was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and trafficking with an inmate.
Friday, December 6th, 2019
The Huntingburg Police Department hired a West Baden man Thursday morning. 24 year old Chase Snider who is a native of West Baden was hired and sworn in at Thursday morning’s Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety meeting. His badge was pinned on him by his wife Emilee. Snider worked as a corrections officer at Branchville Correctional Facility for seven months before joining the U.S. Army to serve for three years. Snider will attend the law academy to complete his training. The police department still has one position to fill. Applications can be obtained by calling the city, 812-683-2211, or through the documents page on the city’s website, www.huntingburg-in.gov.
A Terre Haute man was arrested after a search warrant was executed for a home in the 500 block of South Meridian Road at 11:39 p.m. Wednesday in Mitchell. Police confirmed information that 37 year old Christopher Davis had a valid outstanding arrest warrant out of Vigo County. Once inside the home police located a white powder residue and a scale that tested positive for meth. Police also found a white crystal substance that was later determined to be a cutting agent for meth and used by meth dealers, which apparently was being sold as meth. Also located in the home was marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Davis was arrested without incident and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. Davis was arrested on charges of dealing in a counterfeit substance, and possession of meth, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and the warrant out of Vigo County.
A Bedford man was arrested after police were called to a local gas station in Bedford. Police arrived at Revere’s Food & Fuel Thursday morning to check on a man that appeared to be asleep. When they arrived they woke up 30 year-old Kip Thurston. According to police Thurston was disoriented. Police also learned Thurston was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Police searched Thurston’s pockets and found a syringe, marijuana, meth, and other drug paraphernalia. Thurston was arrested on charges public intoxication on a controlled substance, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a syringe and on a warrant for petition to revoke.
Thursday, December 5th, 2019
A Daviess County man was arrested Monday after he almost hit an Indiana State Police vehicle. According to a ISP police report, a t around 11:40 p.m, 59-year-old Jeffrey Rohrer, of Montgomery, was stopped after he failed to stop at a stop sign and almost struck the trooper’s vehicle at First and Sycamore streets in Terre Haute. The trooper says Rohrer was intoxicated and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.11 percent. Rohrer was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction and OWI endangerment and was transported to the Vigo County Jail.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
A year old baby suffered a head injury after the driver of the vehicle crashed into a bridge at Mount Horeb Creek bridge in Mitchell on Monday. The accident was reported at 12:59 p.m. by a bystander who found the 1997 Chevrolet Lumina partially in the roadway. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, when they arrived on the scene the driver 21 year old Hailey Brazzel of Mitchell and her adult passenger and the baby had left the scene. According to police Brazzel was traveling south on Fleenor Road, south of Shuler Road and was traveling around a slight curve when she lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle went off the west side of the road and collided into the bridge stopping the vehicle. Brazzel and the adult passenger were uninjured. One year-old Carson Brazzell was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Carson was holding a toy steering wheel at the time of the crash and hit his head on the toy and suffered a laceration. Police say Brazzell did not report the accident and a wrecker service came to tow the vehicle. Police went to the hospital to speak with the Brazzell, who told police she left the scene because she wanted to take her baby to the hospital and have him checked out.
A Mitchell man was arrested after he was accused of choking and pointing a gun at another man. According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit on Sunday, Police received a call reporting a fight between two people. When police arrived 29 year old Jeffrey Sebree was waving down police in the street and another man was inside the home. When police spoke to the alleged victim, he said Sebree was arguing with a woman at the home. The man also said he asked Sebree to step outside, but Sebree shoved him in response. He alleged Sebree threw a punch then both of them started to wrestle. While the two were wrestling inside the kitchen the man accused Sebree of choking him. As the man said got away he then went to the kitchen to get a knife. He said as he turned around Sebree pointed a gun at him causing him to put down the knife. Sebree requested police to file battery charges on the other man but police told him that would not happen since he was the instigator. Five children were present in the home at the time of the incident. Sebree is charged with pointing a firearm, strangulation and domestic battery in the presence of a minor and battery. As of Tuesday afternoon, Sebree was at the jail with bond set at $755.
A Washington man was arrested after starting a hoax that caused police to scramble for hours and had the city in distress on Monday. 23 year old Malik Waggoner of Washington called 911 stating that he was a woman being held at gunpoint in an aisle at the local Walmart. When police arrived at the supercenter, they found no one being held at gunpoint even after reviewing the store’s security footage. Police investigated the community and did research on the phone used. Police took several hours but eventually they were able to track it back to Waggoner. Waggoner was taken into custody without incident. Waggoner had an active warrant against him and police believe he called in the hoax to avoid being found on it. He was arrested on both the warrant and on the charge of false informing.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
A Lawrence County Police car caught fire this destroying the vehicle in Mitchell. For an unknown reason, one of the department’s cars used by the civil process server caught fire in the engine compartment at State Road 37 and Woodville Road and the car was a total loss. No one was hurt. The fire was extinguished by firefighters with the Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department. Traffic was diverted on the northbound side of State Road 37 for a short time while firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
Police arrested a man who was wanted on a warrant after receiving a tip he was in the area of 12th and Lincoln Avenue Monday night in Bedford. Police found the vehicle of 27 year-old Cody Combs and attempted to stop him after the vehicle entered the alley between 12th and 13th Street and K Street and Lincoln Avenue. When police attempted to stop Combs he refused and made several turns before losing control and striking a police vehicle. Police followed the vehicle through the alley and then Combs proceeded south on Lincoln Avenue. Combs then make a turn onto 13th Street traveling west. Combs attempted to make another right turn, but due to being out of control of the vehicle he collided into the side of another police vehicle. Combs was then removed from the vehicle. When Combs was removed from the vehicle police witnessed him drop a baggie with a substance inside, which was later identified as methamphetamine. Combs was arrested at 6:21 p.m. on charges of resisting arrest, possession of meth and on a warrant for domestic battery.
A Bedford man was arrested after police stopped him near 32nd Street and Mitchell Road Saturday night in Bedford. Police stopped 25 year old Jason Johnson of Bedford at 7:30 p.m. after a traffic violation and an expired plate. After police ran Johnson’s driving status, he returned with a suspended license and denied consent to search the vehicle. K-9 Maximus was used for an exterior sniff and gave a positive alert. Inside the vehicle police found a loaded handgun along with drug paraphernalia and meth. Johnson was arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a handgun without a license, operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, and was issued a citation for expired license plates and failure to signal.
Monday, December 2nd, 2019
A Crawford County man was arrested early this morning in a vehicle parked in a hotel’s parking lot on the north side of Huntingburg. Police were patrolling at 2:52 a.m. Monday morning and checked on a man who appeared to be sleeping in the front seat of a van. The van was parked in the Quality Inn parking lot at 406 E. 22nd St. Police allege the man 31 year old Anthony Sturgeon of Taswell gave a false name and birth date. Police allegedly found Sturgeon, in possession of a syringe, a pill that was controlled substance and drug paraphernalia that included a spoon filled with pieces of cotton. Sturgeon was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 5:08 a.m. on felony charges of unlawful possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor false informing, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.
A Bedford man was arrested after police received a call on Friday at 11:21 p.m. reporting a truck had been stolen from the Mundell Church Road area in Bedford. The owner of the black Dodge truck was following the stolen vehicle. The stolen vehicle was intercepted in the area of US 50 East and Back Creek Road by officers which prompted a pursuit. The pursuit lasted one mile and the suspect was taken into custody after a short struggle to handcuff and control him. Police arrested 31 year old David Young of Bedford. He was later taken to IU Health Hospital for a medical evaluation after he said he wasn’t feeling well. After being medically cleared, Young was transported to the Lawrence County Jail on charges of auto theft, two counts of resisting arrest, and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle in the commission of a crime.
Friday, November 29th, 2019
A two-vehicle crash Thursday morning claimed the life of one driver and sent several others to Louisville Hospitals. According to a Indiana State Police report, at approximately 12:49 a.m., Scott County Dispatch received the initial call of a two-vehicle crash on SR56 near SR39. Scott County Deputies were the first units to arrive and soon requested assistance from the Indiana State Police. Investigators believe that a black, 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by 50 year old Victor Colon, of Scottsburg, was southbound on SR39 approaching the stop sign at the intersection of SR56. At the same time, a 2017 Ford Escape, driven by 35 year old Stephanie Barnett, of Salem, was westbound on SR56 approaching the same intersection. Preliminary information reveals that the Cavalier likely pulled out onto SR56 in front of the Ford Escape, causing the Escape to collide with the Cavalier, knocking it off the roadway. Stephanie Barnett was transported to University Hospital in Louisville by ambulance, and her two juvenile passengers were transported by ambulance to Norton’s Children’s Hospital. Colon was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Coroner. The passenger of Colon’s vehicle, 55 year old Barbara Hall, Scottsburg, was airlifted to University Hospital. The Use of drugs or alcohol is unknown at this time; however, the investigation is ongoing.
An investigation into alleged illegal Steroid possession and distribution by a Scott County Deputy has resulted in his arrest as well as the arrest of a Scott County reserve officer on related charges in Scott County. On Monday, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin received information of possible illegal steroid use and distribution by Deputy Joe Baker. Acting on this information, Sheriff Goodin immediately contacted Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter and requested an investigation into the allegation. Undercover officers from the Sellersburg Post Drug Enforcement Section were assigned and began their investigation on Tuesday. In the early morning hours on Thursday and as a result of their investigation, Troopers arrested 39 year old Joe Don Baker of Salem. Baker is charged with felony counts of Conspiracy to Deal in Steroids, Official Misconduct, Possession of Hypodermic Needle, and a misdemeanor charge of Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance. Also charged is 32 year old Scott County Reserve Officer Phillip E. Thomas of Scottsburg. Thomas is charged with a misdemeanor charge of Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance. Both Baker and Thomas were taken to the Scott County Jail without incident.
On October 21, Dennis R. Burgdorf of Crawford County was sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence as a result of guilty plea to the crimes of Possession and Dealing in Illegal Drugs. Burgdorf was initially arrested after a lengthy investigation by the Indiana State Police on November 2018. Burgdorf was initially charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug and Dealing in Methamphetamine at least 5 grams but less than 10 Grams. Burgdorf plead guilty to two level 3 felonies and will serve 17 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
French Lick Police are seeking a driver who they say crashed into the side of another vehicle on State Road 145 back on November 15th and then fled the scene in French Lick. The collision took place at the entrance to Huck’s at approximately 9:40 p.m. According to the police report, a northbound GMC Terrain driven by 52 year old Ronald Tanglao of Orleans was struck in the side of his vehicle by a small, dark passenger car that was leaving the parking lot of the gas station on the east side of the roadway. The unknown vehicle was thought to be a Pontiac G6 or something similar. The GMC suffered severe damage to its side and rear axle. Tanglao and his passengers were not injured and damages from the crash were estimated at $10,000 to $25,000.
A late night, rural patrol and traffic stop ended with the arrest of four individuals on various charges in Washington County. On Monday at 10:27 PM, Trooper Kyle Taylor was patrolling on county roads in rural Washington County in the area of Little York. Trooper Taylor initiated a traffic stop on a purple 1997 Chevrolet Camaro for a stop sign violation. During the stop, the driver was found to be driving on a suspended driver's license, and Trooper Taylor continued the investigation, requesting assistance. As a result of the continued investigation, approximately 3 grams of heroin was located in the vehicle, along with several hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia. Police arrested 34 year old Daniel Abner of Madison on a misdemeanor count of Driving While Suspended Prior. 30 year old Travis Hill of Little York on felony charges of Dealing in Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Possession of a Syringe, and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Paraphernalia of Visiting a Common Nuisance. 20 year old Tayah Harris of Riverview, FL for felony couts of Possession of Syringe, and misdemeanor counts of Visiting a Common Nuisance and Possession of Paraphernalia. 23 year old Anna Smith of Scottsburg on a felony count of Possession of Syringe and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Paraphernalia and Visiting a Common Nuisance.
When Troopers assisted the Harrison County Probation Department with a home visit, the call quickly escalated into a separate drug investigation in Corydon. Yesterday morning, at 9:30, Master Trooper Jackie Smith assisted the Harrison County Probation Department with a home visit in Corydon. Shortly after arriving, Trooper Smith observed criminal indicators and sought and received a search warrant on the residence through the Harrison County Superior Court. As a result of the search and investigation, officers located over 36 grams of methamphetamine. The residents, 29 year old Eric Daniel Purvis, and 22 year old Kayla Dawn Simon, were arrested and taken to the Harrison County Jail. Purvis and Simon are both charged with felony counts of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and a misdemeanor count of Possession of Paraphernalia.
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