Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
An Eckerty man has pled guilty to charges in the Orange County Circuit Court after he was arrested in 2018 after an English area bombing incident. On January 12th, in the Orange County Circuit Court 44 year old Robert Wilkerson pled guilty to the charges of Attempted Aggravated Battery, and Attempted Escape. Wilkerson was sentenced to a total of 12 years, with five suspended to be served on supervised probation. Under the plea agreement, Wilkerson will not be eligible to appeal the conviction. He has been incarcerated at the Orange County jail since his initial arrest and will serve the remainder of his sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction. The case began on October 21st of 2018, when two homeowners were awakened by a loud noise outside their home. The residents found what they believed to be the remnants of a homemade bomb that had been detonated. Wilkerson was identified as a possible suspect due to statements made on social media. Several witnesses also told police they saw Wilkerson make a pipe bomb. While Wilkerson was incarcerated and pending trial for the charges, he was charged with Attempted Escape for trying to break out of the Orange County jail.
An accident in Jasper on Monday left a driver with injuries and pending charges. On Monday 33 year old Yordany Salvador of Jasper was driving south on Mill Street in Jasper. Salvador then ran off the roadway south of 25th and Mill street and struck a utility pole. When police arrived at the scene they found Salvador slumped over in the car. He was then taken to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for his injuries. Salvador has pending charges for OWI with a BAC over .15, OWI endangerment and driving without a license.
A Bedford woman was arrested after police were called to a Bedford Subway because of a passed out woman in the restaurant. A caller reported the possibility of an intoxicated woman to police after she had spilled her food and water in the restaurant. When police arrived on the scene they found 40 year old Lisa Roeser of Bedford passed out at a table. She woke when officers approached her and police noticed her slurred speech and glassy eyes. Police asked her to step outside for the other restaurant goers safety and that is when her behavior became disorderly. Roeser was arrested on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Friday, January 15th, 2021
On Thursday, Indiana State Police troopers from the Bloomington District concluded a lengthy investigation into reports of child solicitation. The investigation culminated in the arrest of five people, who were residing in four different counties across the state. The investigation began in December when police received information that multiple adult males in Lawrence County had allegedly solicited a girl believed to be 15 years old, to commit sexual acts with them. Five separate investigations were launched by police and they worked closely with the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office throughout the investigation. Once the investigations were completed, arrest warrants were issued for each individual and search warrants for the residences and electronic devices of the suspects were also issued. On Thursday, police served the five arrest and search warrants across the area. The evidence seized during these search warrants are being analyzed for the possibility of other offenses. Police arrested 58 year old Roger Keith of Coal City, 25 year old Thomas Pinnick of Mitchell, 35 year old Brandon Dipasquale of Bloomington, 47 year old Travis Henry of Bloomington, and 24 year old James Wheeler of Paoli on a charge of Child Solicitation and all are being held at the Lawrence County Jail. Additional charges are also possible as the investigation concludes.
Bedford Police were called to the Bedford Wal-mart Wednesday night after police received a call about a possible gunman holding a woman hostage. Police were called to Wal-Mart after they received a report from a manager of a man who had a gun held on a woman in aisle 14 around 5:30 p.m. When police arrived at the scene they cleared the store and searched the area while store surveillance was reviewed. After police watched the video, they determined no one was in the area at the time. Upon further investigation, law enforcement determined the threat to be a hoax. Police thought that someone other than an employee had Wal-mart’s radio frequency and made the comment. Wal-mart is currently working with law enforcement in their investigation and plan to pursue charges if the perpetrator is identified. An all clear was given at 7 p.m. and business returned to normal.
A Tuesday afternoon head-on collision on State Road 158 West near Lavender Lane resulted in a Mitchell woman's arrest. According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report, around 2 p.m. 17 year old Jaxon Howell of Bedford was heading east on State Road 158 in a 2014 Chrysler Town & Country. At that time 39 year old Penny Duncan of Mitchell, was traveling west on State Road 158 in her 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander. Duncan then went left of center and crossed into the path of Howell’s vehicle. Howell attempted to slow down and move over but Duncan’s vehicle struck Howell’s vehicle head on. The impact caused Duncan’s vehicle to flip on its side. According to Police, Duncan was intoxicated and she submitted to a portable breath test. She blew a .214 on the breath test and was then taken to IU Health Hospital for a blood-draw. Neither Howell nor Duncan suffered injuries and were cleared by medical personnel at the scene. Duncan was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with endangerment. IU Health Hospital ambulance crew and first responders with Indian Creek Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
A Clark County man who was found unresponsive in a car west of Paoli on Sunday was arrested on drug charges. An Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped to investigate after seeing a Chevrolet passenger car not moving on US 150/State Road 56, near Log Creek Road at 7:25 p.m. Police reported finding 33 year old Casey Ellis of Memphis drooped over the steering wheel of the car that was still running. Police reported that after ordering him to exit the vehicle, Ellis was very confused, slurred his words and had trouble staying awake. According to police, Ellis admitted to being impaired and was taken to IU Health Paoli Hospital for chemical tests and then to the Orange County Jail. During the encounter police found Ellis was in possession of 12 grams of meth. Ellis is facing charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of meth between 10 and 28 grams and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
A Mitchell man was arrested on a warrant Tuesday after police say he stole a vehicle from a Bedford home. According to a probable cause affidavit on October 21st at 8:28 a.m. police received a report that a 2011 blue Chevrolet Cruze had been stolen from a residence. An officer located a black moped along the roadway close to the victim’s house that was abandoned and they knew belonged to 20 year old Austin Sullivan o Mitchell. The next day 7:32 p.m. police interviewed Sullivan who told police a male friend and he approached the car and opened the driver’s door and found the keys inside. He also said they drove the car out of the driveway and wanted to take the vehicle to Louisville for trade. On October 28th the stolen vehicle was recovered by the Louisville Police Department in Louisville. Sullivan is facing charges of auto theft, unlawful entry to a motor vehicle, operating a vehicle while never licensed and criminal trespassing.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
Police were called to the Paoli Square Tuesday night after a report of a "suspicious item." Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, The Paoli Police Department received a call of a "suspicious item" on the south side of the town square. Police shut down the area as a precaution while they investigated item. The Indiana State Police were called to the scene after Paoli police were unable to determine if the object could pose a threat to the public. The area was evacuated until police could find out what the object was. Police were finally able to determine that the object was not dangerous to the area and it was removed from the area by law enforcement.
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
On Saturday at 9:25 pm, police were sitting in a parking lot near the intersection of US 150 and SE 4thStreet in Paoli when they observed a white Honda traveling eastbound on US 150 with no license plate visible. Police then conducted a traffic stop and the vehicle then came to a stop near the intersection of US 150 and S Ridgecrest Lane. As police approached the rear driver's side door, the vehicle accelerated away quickly Trooper then began to pursue the vehicle as it continued eastbound on US 150 traveling at speeds ranging from 70-95mph. The vehicle was traveling all over the roadway. The pursuit continued into Washington County, until it reached SW Washington School Road where it turned north. The vehicle then turned east onto W Bullington Road and then onto Nally Court. The vehicle then turned into a wooded area. Police lost lost sight of the vehicle and they got out on foot to follow the tire tracks. The vehicle was located inside the woods where it had struck a tree. 20 year old Mallory Kennedy was located in the passenger seat and she was taken into custody. Kennedy told police the driver of the vehicle was 37 year old James Humprey and she confirmed it when shown a photo. A K9 was deployed to search for Humphry but were unable to located him at the time. A search of the vehicle located a container and plastic bag which contained residue which field tested for methamphetamine. A syringe was also located. Kennedy was transported to IU Health for medical clearance and then to the Orange County Jail. Kennedy is facing charges of possession of meth. Humprey is wanted on charges of resisting arrest with a vehicle, possession of meth, possession of a hypodermic syringe, aggressive driving and reckless driving.
A Mitchell man was arrested Friday after police was called to a home in the 570 block of Yockey Road in Mitchell. Troopers arrived at 11:29 a.m. on Friday after a report of a man on the property of a Mitchell couple yelling for help. According to police the man had a bloody right eye and was also shivering uncontrollably in the 36 degree weather. When police asked the man identified as 53 year old Edward Bundy how long he had been outside, what he was doing there or what happened to his eye he told them he didn’t know. Police then conducted a search of Bundy for safety reasons and they found a pill container containing two pills identified as suboxone, a syringe and a wooden rod. Bundy was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital for treatment. A blood test there revealed meth, amphetamines, opiates and marijuana in Bundy’s system. Once Bundy was medically cleared from the hospital he was taken to jail. Bundy is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of a syringe.
Monday, January 11th, 2021
An Orange County man was sentenced to seven years in prison on three counts of possession of child pornography Monday. Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge John Plummer III sentenced Devin Main of West Baden, to seven years in the Department of Corrections. Main was given credit for four days served. According to court documents, Main was arrested after a Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator went to the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in April of 2019, to speak to Main about a child pornography investigation. Main requested his lawyer be present before answering any questioning.Main admitted to downloading over 200 videos of child pornography on his phone. He denied having any photos of children. He told police he downloaded the videos for a girl he knew, but refused to provide the investigator with the girl’s name. A warrant was issued for Main’s arrest in July of 2019. Main was charged with 13 counts of possession of child pornography with an aggravating factor and five counts of possession of child pornography. On August 13, 2020, Main pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of child pornography in a negotiated plea deal and all other charges were dropped.
The Indiana Department of Health today announced that a new strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been identified in Indiana. The strain, which was identified through testing at the Department of Health laboratory and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the same one identified in the UK last fall. It does not cause more severe infections, but it is much more easily spread. Nearly 194,000 Hoosiers have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 24,000 have received both doses and are fully vaccinated. To find Covid testing sites around the state, visit and click on the COVID-19 testing information link. Hoosiers age 80 and older, along with healthcare workers and first responders, are now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. To find an appointment, go to .
Rumpke Waste & Recycling customers can now fill their recycling carts with even more material. Starting this month, customers can toss yogurt containers, fruit cups, butter, sour cream, cottage cheeses and whipped topping tubs in recycling carts with other bottles, cans, cardboard, cartons and paper. Like with other items accepted in Rumpke’s recycling programs, Rumpke has secured long-term contracts with stable, regional end users for this material that will convert the material into new plastic containers. Currently, 95% of Rumpke’s collected recyclables go to domestic end users, with the vast majority destined for end users in the Midwest. Also driving the change is a grant from The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition that is aiding Rumpke with installation of additional recycling equipment to help better sort tubs from other recyclables and with educating customers about the new acceptable items.All items should be clean, empty and placed in recycling containers loose to ensure they can be properly sorted and recycled. For more information on recycling, visit .
Friday, January 8th, 2021
This week, the Indiana State Department of Health has updated its Covid-19 vaccination schedule and starting today anyone 80 years of age or older can register to get vaccinated. There is no charge for the vaccination, and you will need to bring a photo ID and wear a mask during your appointment. You can regiser online or by phone. Online, you can go to the website Ourshot.IN.Gov and fill out the questionnaire to register based on your zip code. Answering a series of questions will easily get you set up, and you will select your time, date, and location. Or by Phone, you can call 211 to register. People have actually been able to schedule this way already but you will wait 20-30 + minutes to talk with someone. Be Patient, put phone on speaker and keep it close to listen when they answer your call. If you have any questions about the process or need help you are welcome to contact PrimeLife Enrichment (317) 815-7000
A Dubois County man has been arrested while police investigated a suspicious package.Wednesday night, Detectives with the Huntingburg Police Department were investigating Market Street when they received an anonymous tip about a man fitting the description of a picture put out by the police department on social media. The social media post asked the public for information regarding suspicious packages being found around Huntingburg and a man being seen in the area. The anonymous tipper believed the man in the picture was 35-year-old Jordan Brown of Huntingburg. Police found Brown and made contact with him. Through their investigation, police discovered that Brown had detonated a homemade explosive device back in December 2020. Brown was taken to the Dubois County Jail and was charged with a Level 5 Felony Count of Possession of a Destructive Device. The Huntingburg Police Department is still investigating the suspicious package that was in the 300 block of East Fourth Street on January 6, 2021. If you have information in regard to the investigation, please contact Det. Sgt. Stivers at 812-683-3003 or you may remain anonymous by calling the anonymous tip line at 812-684-2992.
Mitchell now has ambulance station in town. Seals ambulance, thanks to a lease agreement, now has a ambulance stationed in Mitchell. The lease agreement approved by the city of Mitchell’s Board of Public Works and Safety Tuesday afternoon. The lease agreement, allows Seals Ambulance to use the Mitchell fire station, on Doc Hamilton Blvd., to station an ambulance and provide the crew with quarters, where they can work when they’re not out on medical calls.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident involving a Southeast Dubois County School bus. The accident occurring on County Road 400 South between Bretzville and Huntingburg. Sheriff’s Department deputies say there were students on the bus, but none were injured. Deputies attempting to find the driver of a blue older model Chevrolet regular cab pickup that is reported to have been left of center and forced the bus into a ditch. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 812-482-3522.
Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
Two people were arrested Tuesday night after police found nearly 400 grams of meth in their vehicle. According to a probable cause affidavit, on Tuesday, an undercover officer received information that 34 year old Heather Blessing of Ellettsville and 39 year old Eric Flaherty were traveling to Louisville, Kentucky to pick up a large amount of meth. On Tuesday, a trooper spotted Flaherty’s white Dodge Durango traveling northbound on State Road 37 from Orleans and attempted a traffic stop. Blessing who was driving the vehicle refused to stop and accelerated and passed an unmarked ISP vehicle on the right shoulder. ISP troopers placed stop sticks in the roadway and got the vehicle to stop because of its four deflated tires at State Road 37 and Woodville Road. Flaherty jumped from the moving vehicle and was later taken into custody. Blessing remained behind the wheel when she was arrested. Blessing was found in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and a loaded firearm. In vehicle police found a large amount of a crystal substance that in total weighed 84 grams. During the chase police more than 300 grams of meth that was thrown from the car in a field. Both were transported to the Lawrence County Jail on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, and resisting arrest.
Firefighters from several Lawrence County departments responded to a fire that engulfed a barn Tuesday night in Mitchell. At 6:29 p.m. Marion Township Fire Department and the Huron Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the 1600 block of Georgia Road in Mitchell because of a barn on fire. While on the way firefighters received word from Lawrence County Central dispatch that a total of three barns were on fire. Additional assistance from Mitchell Fire Department and Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department were then requested. A barn that was 30 X 60 feet was well involved in fire and firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to other locations. The fire ultimately demanded the response from six engines and 15 firefighters from the Marion Township Fire Department, two engines and seven firefighters from the Huron Department and two engines from the Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department. The Mitchell Fire Department also responded with one truck and four firefighters. At this time the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Applications are now open for an extended period: until Jan. 22nd at 5 p.m. for the Indiana Small Business Restart Grants. In May, Gov. Holcomb approved funding to support Indiana Small Business Restart Grants. Through the program, eligible Indiana small businesses can seek reimbursement for qualified business expenses, such as payroll, insurance premiums, rent/mortgage payments, utilities, lease payments for real or personal property, and safety investments, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and infrastructure improvements. Small businesses that meet the eligibility requirements can apply for reimbursement of up to 80% of qualified business expenses incurred between March-December 2020. Reimbursements for expenses may be awarded up to $10,000 for each month during that time period in which the business demonstrates a revenue loss of at least 30%. Grants will be issued to reimburse qualified expenses up to $50,000 per company and will be issued in the order in which applications are received until funding is exhausted or until the program expires.
To apply you can go to backontrack.in.gov/2377.
Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
A Mitchell man was arrested after police were called to a home for a report of a domestic fight in Mitchell. According to a probable cause affidavit, on Sunday police were called to a home at 224 West Main Street in Mitchell after they received a report of a domestic fight. When police arrived a woman said 44 year old Chad Ley of Mitchell was inside beating on her husband and would not let him go.When police entered the home they found Ley on top of another man. Officers had to pull Ley off the other man. Ley then resisted police and officers had to take him to the floor. The woman who met police suffered a small laceration to her upper lip and had redness to her left cheek with dried blood around her chin and cheek. The male victim suffered a swollen right eye with dark red bruising to his face and redness to his neck. According to the woman Ley got upset because the male was in Ley’s bedroom and then pushed the woman. After the male asked him to leave, Ley then hit the male in the face twice and pushed him into a bookcase and Ley then punched the woman in the face. Ley was charged with battery, two counts of battery resulting in injury, and resisting arrest.
Two people were arrested after the vehicle they were in was pulled over on Saturday in Bedford. According to a probable cause affidavit, police were patrolling in the area of 29th Street and Mitchell Road in Bedford when they noticed a maroon Ford F-150 fail to use his turn signal. Police stopped the driver and during the stop they noticed a passenger 43 year old Michael Huff moving around in the back seat. Police were granted permission to search his vehicle. A search of the vehicle resulted in two loaded syringes where Huff was sitting. They also found two plastic baggies containing a crystal-like substance found in another passengers purse who was identified as 32 year old Jennifer East. Police later found a plastic bag with a large quantity of crystal meth containing 20.97 grams on East's person that belonged to Huff. Both East and Huff were taken to jail and the driver was released. East and Huff are facing charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, and unlawful possession of syringes. East facing an additional charge of resisting arrest.
Thursday, December 31st, 2020
An investigation into a shooting in Paoli that injured a man has resulted in the arrest of another man. On Tuesday night the Paoli Police Department responded to a call of possible shots being fired on Monon Drive. Once on scene, officers spoke to the residence of 122 Monon Drive and were told that 26 year old Thomas Zachary Pemberton of Bedford had came to the residence and was asked to leave. It was reported that while at the residence, 22 year old Damion Young and Pemberton spoke briefly. Young then asked Pemberton to leave the residence. Pemberton then reportedly left the residence in his vehicle, striking a parked car as he left and continued to drive by the residence several times. Witnesses then reported that they heard what seemed to be gunshots. Pemberton then went to a residence in Bedford and was taken to a local hospital where he was found to have suffered a gunshot to his neck. Pemberton was then flown to a Louisville Hospital for further treatment. Indiana State Police located and spoke with Young. During the investigation, it was found that Young had shot Pemberton and he was taken into custody and lodged in the Orange County Jail. Young is facing charges of Attempted Murder and Aggravated Battery. Assisting at the scene was the Paoli Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's Department.
A Paoli man has been sentenced to seven years with the Indiana Department of Correction to be fully executed after a guilty plea in Orange Circuit Court to charges of criminal confinement as part of a plea agreement in his rape case. 46 year old Conan Raney entered a guilty plea and received his sentence from Judge Steven Owen. Raney was arrested by Indiana State Police on March 26th and was charged with rape and burglary. The investigation began on March 21st when police were called to Memorial Hospital in Jasper and interviewed a Palmyra woman who reported being the victim of a sexual assault. The woman told police she and several other people, including Raney were had been at a friend’s cabin on March 20th. A few hour later, she woke up to find Raney was raping her. She said Raney then left the house and drove away in his truck. After the hearing, Raney was remanded to the Indiana Department of Correction to begin serving his sentence.
One person was injured in the parking lot of the Germantown Shopping Center after a two vehicle accident on Monday in Jasper. At 6:25 p.m on Monday, 32 year old Joseph Chambers of St. Anthony was driving a 2017 Dodge Charger south in the parking lot of the Germantown Shopping Center. He then stopped at the north entrance and attempted to continue south when at that time 50 year old Larry Jeffries of Jasper was driving across Newton Street and entered the parking lot at the same entrance. Jeffries told police that as he was entering, his 2019 Dodge Journey was struck by Chamber’s. A passenger in the vehicle, 48 year old Joy Jeffries also of Jasper complained of pain on her right side. Vehicle damages included $8,000 to the Dodge Journey and $5,000 to the Dodge Charger. No tickets were issued to either driver.
Wednesday, December 30th, 2020
Two wanted subjects out of Dubois County were arrested after a 36 hour Manhunt ended in Orleans. On December 4th, the Dubois County Sheriff's Office completed an investigation into two separate burglaries involving a deadly weapon in Dubois County. As a result of that investigation, warrants were issued by the Dubois County Prosecutors Office for the two suspects. On Monday the Indiana State Police began an investigation into the whereabouts of the two suspects identified as 27 year old Robert Knox and 18 year old Lili Robinette. During the investigation, it was determined both subjects were a high risk to public safety and Indiana State Police, United States Marshal Service, and Orleans Police were tasked with apprehending the individuals. On Tuesday at 7:12 pm Knox was located hiding in an outbuilding in Orleans. Knox was apprehended with the help of an Indiana State Police K-9. One hour later Robinette surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody by the State Police. Both subjects were transported and booked into the Dubois County Jail. Knox was charged with Two counts of Burglary with a Deadly Weapon and Two counts of Burglary of a Dwelling. Robinette was charged with Residential Entry.
A two vehicle accident in Jasper on Monday left the two drivers uninjured and damaged one of the vehicles. On Monday 24 year old Joshua Underwood of Jasper and 49 year old Thomas Wehinger of Paoli were both driving south on Newton Street in Jasper. Wehinger was stopped at the light at 36th and Newton when the 2010 Chrysler Town and Country Underwood was driving failed to stop and crashed into a stump grinder that was being pulled by Wehinger’s vehicle. Underwood’s vehicle was estimated to have $6,000 in damages and Underwood was cited with following too closely. No one was reported to be hurt from the collision.
Thursday, December 24th, 2020
An Orleans woman was injured in a two vehicle traffic accident that occurred on Tuesday afternoon in Bedford. According to the Police, 51 year old Michelle Fleener of Bedford was driving a 2004 Honda Civic at 28th and Mitchell Road in Bedford. She then pulled into the path of a 2004 GMC Envoy driven by 55 year old Cynthia Parks of Orleans. Fleener told police that she was turning north onto Mitchell Road from 28th Street and did not see the other vehicle. Parks was complaining of neck pain and was transported to a local hospital by Seals Ambulance Service.
A 10 year old Oolitic boy died after his bicycle was hit by a vehicle on Wednesday in Oolitic. On Wednesday at 5:43 p.m., Police, Firefighters and medical personnel responded to Vista Drive near Meadow Lane in Oolitic for a traffic accident. Upon arriving, emergency personnel found a 10 year old male child unresponsive. The child was then transported by ambulance to IU Health in Bedford where he succumbed to his injuries. The investigation revealed that a 2016 Jeep, driven by 45 year old Matthew Nikirk of Bedford was traveling northbound on Vista Drive when his vehicle struck the child who was riding a bicycle. The child has been identified as 10 year old Camden Moore Oolitic. Family has been notified and an autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday. Indiana State Police investigators are currently investigating the incident. Assisting Agencies included the Lawrence County Coroner’s Office, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Oolitic Police Department, Oolitic Fire Department, Seals Ambulance Service.
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020
An English man is facing charges after a crash that prompted the close of the historic James M. Tucker Sol Strauss Memorial Bridge in Paoli. According to the accident and case reports, police arrived on the scene after midnight on Sunday and found a Dodge pickup had crashed at the bridge. They pickup was determined to hit south approach of the bridge, striking a concrete pillar that supports one of the protective archways. Police located the driver 35 year old Westley Austin of English walking around when they arrived on the scene. According to police Westley told them he’d been texting while driving and they said he smelled of alcohol and that he was swaying and slurring his words. Police asked Austin if he would consent to a blood draw. Austin than reportedly became uncooperative. He was arrested and taken to IU Health Paoli Hospital for a blood draw. While at the hospital police reported Austin had to be held down and was screaming and cursing at police and hospital staff. He’s been charged with operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent to .15 or more, resisting law enforcement, and disorderly conduct. The bridge was not damaged and local officials decided to keep it closed until the protective archway could be repaired.
Tuesday night, Indiana State Police arrested a Bloomington man in connection with a shooting that occurred in Solsberry. On Tuesday at 12:00 p.m., Greene County Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a gunshot victim at 13775 North Ivan Court in Solsberry. When officers arrived at the residence, they discovered that Steven Taylor, had been shot and immediate medical care was provided and he was transported to a local hospital. Preliminary investigation revealed that the son 21 year old Steven Taylor II of Bloomington and his father, Steven Taylor, were involved in an altercation inside the residence, which resulted in the father being shot. Following the shooting, Steven Taylor II fled on foot from the residence. An intense search by law enforcement officers located Taylor at 4002 North Legion Road in Greene County. Once located, he was taken into custody charged with Battery With Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery, Residential Entry.
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
A Jasper woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after a report of an intoxicated driver in Jasper. After police received a report of an intoxicated driver, they found the vehicle that matched the description given as a maroon Nissan. The vehicle was found in the Dollar General parking lot off of Manheim Road in Jasper. Police waited for the vehicle to leave and while following it observed the car cross the center line several times. Police conducted the traffic stop near 43rd and Covington Lane. The driver was identified as 39 year old Patricia Mahan of Jasper, who appeared to be under the influence. Mahan failed a field sobriety test and was taken to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, where she tested positive for two controlled substances. She was charged with OWI, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana and was taken to the Dubois County Jail.
A Jasper woman was arrested Saturday morning after she walked to a local shopping center while intoxicated while caring for a child in Jasper. At 1:18 a.m., on Saturday Police were notified of someone leaving their house on foot with a juvenile while intoxicated. Police located 20 year old Andrea Torres of Jasper in the Germantown Shopping Center parking lot with the juvenile. Torres was then arrested and the juvenile was released to the family. Torres was taken to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for a chemical test. She was charged with neglect of a dependent, minor consumption, and public intoxication.
A person reported missing late Sunday has been found. 69 year old Samuel Woodard was located early Monday morning at 7:40am by Blueriver road in Pekin. Volunteers from the area aided in search efforts by driving roads, searching fields on foot, and using All-Terrain Vehicles. The Indiana State Police conducted an aerial search via helicopter and thermal imaging cameras. In addition, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department coordinated a door-to-door effort to alert others in the area to be on the lookout for Woodard. The search continued until 1:30am and was set to resume this morning when Woodard was found walking on a bridge near a home on Blueriver road. The homeowner identified as Dale Nunn immediately took Woodard back to his home and contacted police. Washington County EMS was called out to the scene and transported Woodard to St. Vincent Hospital for evaluation. Woodard was wet, muddy, cold and exhausted, but otherwise appeared to be in good condition.
A Bedford man was arrested after a woman told police he had injured her on more than one occasion. According to a probable cause affidavit, on November 29th at 7:30 p.m. a woman requested to speak to an officer. The woman told police she had been injured during an incident and wanted to file charges. The woman told police 26 year old Jacob Mitchell of Bedford, had entered her home uninvited on November 28th, shoved her and then got into a physical altercation with another male inside her home. She told police on four different occasions Mitchell had been physical with her in her apartment. She told police on October 12, 2020 Mitchell had slapped her, grabbed her by the back of the head, and threw her to the ground and then began choking her. On October 18th Mitchell allegedly picked her up and threw her into a closet and choked her. He then threw her across a table. Then on October 21st she said Mitchell struck her on the back of the head and grabbed her by the throat and choked her. Then on November 4th, Mitchell came to her apartment uninvited and threw the woman against the wall and began choking her. The information was forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Mitchell has been charged with four counts of criminal confinement, four counts of strangulation, four counts of domestic battery causing injury, battery, and residential entry.
Friday, December 18th, 2020
A Lawrence County man was sentenced to five years in prison in Lawrence County Superior Court I, Thursday morning. Judge John Plummer sentencing Christopher Sower of Williams on felony charges of invasion of privacy and intimidation with prior convictions. Sower arrested in January earlier this year. He plead guilty in a negotiated plea deal on December 14th. According to police, Sowers threatened to burn down a woman’s house while she and her male friend were inside she also received two letters from Sower which contained more threats. The letters were written while he was in the Monroe County Jail. Sower also called the victim while he was in the Lawrence County Jail, Sower called the woman. During those taped conversations, Sower again threatens the woman and threatened her
A Lawrence County man arrested Wednesday morning after Bedford Police called to McDonald’s in Mitchell, after a report of a man with a bag of marijuana. When Bedford police arrived, 29-year-old Cole Reynolds Mitchell, was sitting in a booth with another male. Officers approached the men and told them about the complaint. Reynolds became confrontational with officers and refusing to step outside. The other male cooperated. Reynolds finally complied and both men were escorted from the building. Officers noticed a blue substance, in his nose, officers, then did a pat down of Reynolds, and a bag of marijuana was found. Also found was a small .22 caliber North American Arms handgun in his pocket. He was then arrested and booked into the Lawrence County Jail. While being booked also found on Reynolds was additional pills identified as Alprazolam layered in Reynolds’ clothing. Reynolds is facing charges of possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, dealing in a controlled substance in possession of a firearm, trafficking with an inmate, obstruction of justice.
Thursday, December 17th, 2020
An Orleans woman was sentenced to prison on after an incident in March in which she struck an officer at the jail. Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge John Plummer sentenced 43 year old Dana Hagemier to three years in prison. Plummer also suspended one year which will be served on supervised probation when she is released. Hagemier plead guilty on November 24th to the felony charge of battery resulting in bodily injury to a jail officer in a negotiated plea deal. A habitual offender charge was dropped. The charges stem from the night of March 5th when Hagemier was booked into jail on charges of public intoxication and residential entry. During the booking process she was changing from her street clothes into a jail uniform and Hagemier became combative. According to police a jail officer attempted to restrain her at which time Hagemier used her knee to strike the jail officer in the stomach. With the assistance of other officers, she was brought under control and the officer was not injured.
Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
A Carmel man was injured during a single vehicle crash last Wednesday on County Road 825 West near Upper Sandhill Road in West Baden. According to the crash report, at 11:45 a.m. 23 year old Stephen Watts Jr. of Carmel was going around a curve in his 2016 Chevrolet truck with an enclosed box on its driver side registered to Northern Indiana Oil of Wawaka when his wheel started hopping. The vehicle then went off the east side of the road and the box was damaged with barrels of canola oil inside and outside the truck. There driver side cab was damaged and there was blood on the passenger door. Unsafe speed was determined to be the primary factor for the crash. Watts was taken to IU Health Paoli Hospital by ambulance where he was treated for a fracture or dislocation of his elbow or lower arm and released. The vehicle was towed from the scene and a local business came in to collect the oil barrels. Total damages were estimated at $5,000-$10,000.
Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
A Bedford man was arrested on Friday night after he was accused of stealing two women’s purses at a Bedford business. According to a probable cause affidavit, a woman contacted police to report a theft of her purse from PRD Manufacturing on Washboard Road in Bedford. The woman told police her purse contained phone chargers, earbuds, $600 cash, prescription pills and her car keys. Later that day, the woman called police again saying she recovered her purse but the money was missing. She said that 34 year old Christopher Dearner of Bedford returned her purse saying he found it in the ceiling tiles of the men’s bathroom at PRD. While police were still investigating the incident, another woman reported her purse was stolen from the property. Police arrived at the business and asked Dearner to search his bag and his two vehicles parked in the lot. Police found the second purse in one of his vehicles in which the woman identified but said money and a Visa card were missing from it. The stolen visa card was found in Dearner’s wallet and he was arrested. According to police he admitted he stole the purse and officers also found a used syringe in the center console of the vehicle. Dearner if facing charges of theft and unlawful possession of a syringe.
A Bedford man was arrested on Friday after police pulled over a Ford Mustang for speeding Bedford. According to a probable cause affidavit, police observed a black Ford Mustang speeding and they pulled the vehicle over near Old State Road 37 and Old Needmore School Road in Bedford. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 30 year old Matthew Miller of Bedford and he gave permission for police to search the vehicle. A K-9 was called in and alerted to possible drugs in the vehicle. Officers found two prescription pills inside a cigarette pack and another 28 prescription capsules in a ziplock baggy in which Miller did not have a prescription for. Police also found a crystal rock substance that tested positive of Ecstasy. While at the jail, police found two marijuana dab pens on Miller’s person. Miller is facing charges of possession of a legend drug, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and trafficking with an inmate.
On Monday at 2:30 pm, police were patrolling U.S. 50 in Daviess County near the White River when they measured the speed of an approaching vehicle at 93 miles per hour in the 60 mile per hour zone. Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver fled. The vehicle continued east on U.S. 50 at a high rate of speed. The driver then turned onto South County Road 300 West and police then continued the pursuit until the driver stopped a short distance later near Old U.S. 50. Police were able to take both the driver and the passenger into custody without incident. The Driver was identified as Christian Jose Del Valle Maldonado and the passenger was identified as Josue Rodriguez. They were both found to be in the process of consuming suspected marijuana at the time of their arrest. They were both taken to the Daviess County Jail. Maldonao was charged with Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana, Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a License and Reckless Driving. Rodriguez was charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance and Possession of Marijuana.
Monday, December 14th, 2020
A Springville man was arrested Sunday night after police were notified of an intoxicated man walking in Bedford. A caller reported to police a male who appeared intoxicated in the area of Tripleton Pike Road south of the intersection of Indian Creek Camp Road in Bedford. Police responded to the scene and found 36 year old Cheyenne Starr of Springville. When Starr saw police, he ran from a field on the east side of the roadway to the edge of the road near the police vehicle. Police say Starr acted took a stance like he was shooting and police thought he had a firearm on him. According to Police, Starr’s movements were quick, exaggerated, and uncontrolled, as if he was intoxicated or on drugs. A police dog was called in and Starr was arrested. No gun was found in Starr's possession as police identified the item in his pocket as a set of keys with a large metal object that pointed at officers. Starr is facing charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Wednesday, December 9th, 2020
A Bedford man was arrested after he allegedly broke into a Bedford home and stole money and a TV. Lawrence County police began their investigation on November 4th after a woman reported someone had broken into her home in the 2970 block of Old State Road 37. The woman reported that when she returned to her home, she found the door to her home open. She also noticed her 55 inch Samsung flat screen television and $200 were gone from the home. The woman told police she thought the burglar entered her house through a window that was unlocked and she suspected the person was her brother-in-law. Two days later on November 6th, the stolen television turned up at Ace Pawn Shop in Bedford. Employees at Ace Pawn told police that 22 year old Miles Holler of Bedford pawned the flat-screen for $100. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Holler’s arrest on charges of burglary and theft.
A Mitchell man was arrested on a warrant after allegedly injuring a pregnant woman from an incident that took place on November 9th. According to a probable cause affidavit, police were called to a room at the Mark III motel in Bedford after a report of a pregnant woman who was injured during a domestic fight. The woman told police she was asleep when she woke to 22 year old Joshua Jones of Mitchell yelling on the phone. She said she then started to walk to the door when Jones grabbed her left arm and pushed her against the door and then punched her in the stomach. She then told Jones to leave which he did. She told police she wanted to file battery charges. Police interviewed Jones and he said that at no time did he touch the woman. The information was brought to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Jones’ arrest. He was taken into custody at 11:05 p.m. on Tuesday on a warrant charging him with battery with bodily injury to a pregnant woman.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
Three people were arrested on Thursday after Indiana State Police served a search warrant at an Orleans trailer. Police received information that 23 year old Shannon Edwards had numerous weapons in the home and was dealing large quantities of meth. Edwards was also wanted on a warrant for dealing meth in Orange County. When police arrived at the trailer located at 25 Copperhead Valley Lane in Orleans, they found Edwards and 37 year old Emily Pavey in the trailer along with two children. Pavey was also wanted on a warrant out of Floyd County. Police also located in the trailer was 54 year old Kyle Faulconer. While searching the bedroom belonging to Edwards and Pavey, police found 8 grams of crystal meth, digital scales, glass smoking devices, numerous firearms, and more than $10,000 in cash. In Faulconer’s room police found 14 grams of crystal meth, digital scales, a glass smoking device, and a handgun. Police also found in the rear bathroom a large plastic bag containing 5 grams of crystal meth. All three were arrested and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. Faulconer is charged with possession of meth over 10 grams. Pavey is charged with dealing meth in the presence of a minor, possession of meth with a minor, and two counts of neglect of a dependent. Edwards is facing charges of dealing meth over 10 grams with a prior conviction, and possession of meth over 10 grams with a prior conviction.
A Bedford man was arrested on Monday on a warrant after an incident that took place from late August. According to a probable cause affidavit, on August 27th police were on patrol in the area of 16th and M streets when they noticed a white Jeep Patriot without its headlights on turn west on 16th Street. Police then initiated a traffic stop at 16th and N streets. According to police The driver who was identified as 20 year old Toby Garrison Bedford smelled of alcohol and he was asked to exit the vehicle. The vehicle was then impounded and during a search police found a revolver in the center console and Garrison was arrested. He then began to resist arrest and spit in the face of one of the officers. Garrison is facing charges of possession of a handgun without a license with a prior conviction, battery by bodily waste, resisting arrest, illegal consumption of alcohol, intimidation, and he was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear.
A high-speed chase on Monday resulted in a Huntingburg man being arrested after he crashed his vehicle into a ditch. Police were patrolling in the area of First and Main streets in Huntingburg when a check of a license plate of a Jeep Commander in the area came back as being registered to another vehicle. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver who was later identified as 34 year old Jason Cooper sped off eastbound on First Street. According to police the vehicle went off the roadway twice and Cooper failed to navigate a turn and ran off of the road, striking an embankment and coming to a rest in a ditch. When police approached the vehicle they found Cooper unconscious and slumped over the wheel, with his foot still on the gas pedal. Cooper later regained consciousness and was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. Testing was done and Cooper’s blood-alcohol content was at .217%. After he was released from the hospital, Cooper was lodged in the Dubois County Jail on charges of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content greater than .15% and operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person.
Monday, December 7th, 2020
Two Indiana State parks, in Mitchell and in Wickliffe, have been voted as one of Indianas Top 10 state parks. Each year, readers of VisitIndiana.com vote for the Best of Indiana. With 32 Indiana State Parks and Lakes on the ballot, it was a tough choice, but voters narrowed the list down to the 10 best. Patoka Lake came in at #9 and Spring Mill State Park came in at #5. Voters voted Turkey Run State Park as the #1 Indiana State Park. Also on the list was Brown County at #2. Visit Indiana.com also has other categories, that readers voted their Top 10 on. For Indianas Best Burger, voted #6 was the Southwest Burger from 33 Brick Street in French Lick and #9 was the Newk from Superburger in Paoli. For Indianas best Donut #3 was H & R Bakery in Salem. For Best Lake, at #4 was Patoka Lake. For Best Sleep at #1 was the French Lick Resort. Best BBQ, coming in at #9 was Porkys in Paoli. Best Sandwiches at #1 was the Bratwurst at the Schnitzelbank in Jasper. In Signature Food items, at #7 was Persimmon Pudding as part of the Mitchell Persimmon Fest.
A Pennsylvania man was arrested Wednesday night after investigators say he drove to Indiana early Tuesday morning and kidnapped a 13-year-old girl after pursuing her online. According to a Lancaster County Pennsylvania District Attorney Officer press release, 38-year-old Andrew E. Howland, of Lancaster, PA, allegedly drove through several states to pick up the girl early Tuesday morning and then drove back to Lancaster County, taking the girl to two area hotels. The investigation uncovered online communication between Howland and the girl, which revealed Howland’s plan to bring the girl to Lancaster County and sexually assault her. Howland is facing felony charges of kidnapping, unlawful contact with a minor, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and indecent assault on a person less than 16 years old. Howland was arraigned early Friday morning and taken to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of over a $1 million dollars bail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for December 16. The girl was placed in the custody of social services.
Friday, December 4th, 2020
Springs Valley schools will be going to Virtual learning beginning Monday December 7th. According to SV School Superintendent, Trevor Apple, this is due to an excessive number of staff on quarantine due to being close contacts. On Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 8, students will have assignments from their teachers posted on Google Classroom. Every day after that, students will receive Google Meet invitations from their teachers. On day 3, Wednesday and after, elementary students will join their classes from 8- 11 daily. On day 3 and after, junior & senior high students will be on a two-hour delay schedule, with classes starting at 10:10 daily. They will meet with each teacher at the normal class time for that schedule. This schedule will be followed every day. Students are expected to be on time to class. Log in early. Attendance will be taken. Attendance will be based on participation and completion of class assignments. Student meals, breakfast and lunch, will be distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30-5:30 PM in front of the high school entry. There will be enough meals for each day of the week. All athletics will continue as scheduled. This is because we are going virtual for staffing reasons, not COVID cases in the school. This includes practices and games at all levels. Please continue to report all positive COVID tests and close contact situations to the school. This is important for record-keeping and for making sure our athletes remains safe
A Lawrence County Superior Court I jury found a Monroe County man guilty of dealing meth. 43 year old Scott Afanador of Bloomington was found guilty of dealing meth over 10 grams, possession of meth over 28 grams, and unlawful possession of a syringe and will be sentenced on January 5, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Judge John Plummer III presided over the trial.
Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
An Investigation Led to the Arrest of Two Orleans residents for Dealing Methamphetamine in the Mitchell and Orleans area. On Wednesday the Indiana State Police concluded a lengthy drug investigation after they arrested 36 year old Jacob Bachman and 48 year old Erica Hopper both of Orleans. The Indiana State Police had received information that both Bachman and Hopper were dealing methamphetamine in and around Orleans, and Mitchell. The Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section initiated an investigation which led to information that Bachman and Hopper were indeed distributing methamphetamine in the Orleans and Mitchell areas. Both Bachman and Hopper were arrested Thursday/today on an active warrant issued out of Orange Circuit Court, for Dealing Methamphetamine. Indiana State Police Trooper Chance Humphrey, with the assistance of Officer Drew Henderson of the Orleans Police Department and Officer Shaun Cabral of the Mitchell Police Department, located both individuals at the West Gate Manor apartment complex in Orleans. They were taken into custody without incident and were transported to the Orange County Jail, where both are currently being detained.
On the Wednesday police learned the location of a wanted subject in Loogootee identified as 32 year old Howard Phillips of Jasper. Phillips was wanted on a Dubois County warrant for Neglect of a Dependent. Throughout the night, officers conducted surveillance of the residence in which Phillips was believed to be. Police then entered the residence and took Phillips into custody. Officers also located another wanted subject, 43 year old Jason Grow of Washington, in the residence. Grow had a Martin County warrant and was also taken into custody.. During a search of Grow's person, a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine was located as well as controlled substances. Phillips was arrested on the Dubois County warrant and Grow was arrested on the Martin County warrant as well as charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020
An investigation is underway after skeletal remains were found near in Orange County. The discovery was made Sunday by a man who was walking in the area of 173 West Quarry Road in Orleans and came upon what he thought to be skeletal remains. Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators were notified and collected the remains. Indiana State Police and the Orange County Sheriffs Department are currently investigating the discovery. The identity of the remains has not been determined at the time. This is an ongoing investigation and information will be released as it becomes available. Assisting at the scene were Orleans Police Department and the Orange County Coroner.
On Tuesday, Indiana State Police concluded a lengthy drug investigation by arresting a Mitchell man. Indiana State Police had received information that 45 year old Robbie Leatherman of Mitchell was dealing methamphetamine in and around Mitchell. The Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section initiated an investigation which led to information that Leatherman was indeed distributing methamphetamine in the Mitchell area. Leatherman was arrested Tuesday on an active warrant issued out of Lawrence Superior Court II, for dealing methamphetamine. Indiana State Police located Leatherman during a routine traffic stop at 5 th Street and Railroad Street in Mitchell. He was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Lawrence County Jail, where he is currently being detained.
A Heltonville teen was arrested on Thursday after a report of a stolen vehicle in Mitchell. According to a probable cause affidavit, on Thursday, police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle. Police spotted the vehicle at the intersection of 5th and Oak streets in Mitchell with two males inside. The two males then got out of the vehicle and entered the an apartment at 504 West Oak Street. Police knocked on their door and they were met by a 17 year old and 19 year old Clayton McKinney of Heltonville. Police searched the vehicle and found a bag that contained marijuana and the stolen vehicle was returned to its owner. Mckinney was taken to jail and juvenile probation was contacted and the teen was released to his mother. McKinney was charged with possession of marijuana, theft, and receiving stolen property.
Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
An Orleans man was arrested on a warrant after a report of a man leaving an apartment with a weapon in Oolitic. According to a probable cause affidavit, on April 8th at 4:58 p.m. police were called to an apartment on 9th Street in Oolitic after a female reported that her boyfriend 34 year old Cody Akin of Orleans had left their apartment on foot and was armed with a gun. When police arrived at the scene they found Akin walking. Akin was carrying a backpack and when police search it they found a Kel-tec PMR-30, .22 Magnum pistol with a full magazine and one round in the chamber, a box of .22 Magnum rounds, a clear container with marijuana and a small package inside that contained meth. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and Akin was charged with possession of meth, possession of a handgun without a permit, possession of marijuana, residential entry, and criminal mischief.
An Orleans man was arrested early this/Tuesday morning on a warrant after he was accused of stealing items from a Bedford home. According to a probable cause affidavit, on August 18th at 3:25 p.m. police received information that a home in the 8530 block of State Road 54 in Avoca had been burglarized. Several items were reported missing including a black gun safe containing guns, a Hobart flux core welder, and a safe containing the title to a blue 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck and a second title to a silver 2001 Chevy Tracker. The homeowner told police he thought 28 year old Justin Lacey of Orleans and his girlfriend were the ones who stole the items after all three had gotten into an argument over Lacey fixing one of the vehicles. After an investigation, Lacey was found with the black safe and police then requested a warrant for his arrest. Lacey was charged with burglary, theft, and residential entry.
A Mitchell man was arrested Friday morning after police were called to a report of a man trying to break into a Mitchell home. Police responded to a home in the 1200 block of West Brook Street in Mitchell at 5:51 a.m. after the caller said 36 year old John Spilmon was trying to force his way into the home. When police arrived on the scene Spilmon took off on foot and the officers followed. When Police caught up with Spilmon they noted he appeared to be upset and incoherent. Spilmon then looked at an officers and said “lets fight” and then asked for the handcuffs to be taken off so he could fight them. As police attempted to escort him to a police vehicle he again yelled at and fought with officers. Spilmon was then placed in a police vehicle and he continued his erratic behavior on the way back to the jail. Once at the jail, Spilmon refused to exit the police vehicle and attempted to kick and bite the officer. Spilmon was removed from the vehicle by force and he continued to struggle with the officer while walking into the jail. Spilmon is facing charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest by fleeing, resisting arrest by force, battery against a police officer, and intimidation.
Monday, November 30th, 2020
Two people were arrested by police after they allegedly resisted arrest and possessed drugs. While police were patrolling near 24th and G streets in Bedford when they located 28 year old Ricky Terrell who was wanted on an active warrant in Monroe county. Once Terrell saw the officers he took off running. Police followed on foot and they later caught up with Terrell. Police located three syringes in his coat pocket. Terrell later evaded police while they were doing a pat down. He was caught a short distance away and while police were walking him back, a female later identified as 25 year old Constance Gonzales ran up to the police car and picked up the three syringes and took off running. She was caught by police and the three syringes were located near a shed she ran past. Gonzales was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice, possession of meth, unlawful possession of syringes, two counts of resisting arrest, and possession of meth. Terrell is facing charges of resisting arrest, unlawful possession of syringes, possession of meth, and the Monroe County warrant.
Friday, November 27th, 2020
On Wednesday Stephen Durham, a former Greene County Center Township Trustee, was arrested for official misconduct and theft after a lengthy criminal investigation. In August 2018, Indiana State Police were assigned to investigate, after requests to look into possible misuse or misappropriation by former Greene County Center Township Trustee, Stephen C. Durham, that took place from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2018. After a complete audit and an execution of four search warrants, the findings revealed that over $58,557.02 of funds had been misappropriated for purchases that did not come to or have any benefit to Greene County Center Township or its citizens. After a complete review of the investigation, a warrant was issued for Durham’s arrest. Durham was arrested on the active warrant by the Indiana State Police on Wednesday without incident and transported to the Marion County Jail. He is currently being held on a $24,000 bond. Durham is facing charges of Official Misconduct of a Public Servant and Theft.
Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
An Oolitic woman was arrested on Monday on a warrant after she was accused of breaking into a home and stealing items. Lawrence County detectives began an investigation on August 18th after a report by a man who discovered his home had been broken into. Numerous items were reported to have been stolen from the home including a gun safe containing several guns, a Hobart flux core welder, and the titles to a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup and a silver 2001 Chevrolet Tracker. The homeowner also told police all the kitchen drawers had been rummaged through. The homeowner told police he didn’t believed he knew the burglar who he believed was 25 year old Dashia Deel of Oolitic and her boyfriend 28 year old Justin Lacey. After police completed their investigation, they requested warrants for Deel and Lacey. Deel was arrested on Monday on charges of burglary, residential entry, and theft.
Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
A motorist running a red light on M and 18th streets led to a two vehicle crash in Bedford. When police arrived at the scene of the crash at 3:14 p.m. they found two vehicle’s in the northbound lane of M Street in Bedford. A silver 2020 General Motors Terrain that was driven by 66 year-old Edward Gates and a 2018 Kia Rio driven by 58 year-old Dianne Callaway of Seymour both had heavy damage to their vehicles. According to Gates he was traveling west on 18th Street through the intersection and had the green light when he was struck by Callaway’s car. Callaway told police she was traveling north on M Street and thought she had the green light. A witness at the scene of the accident told police the driver of the Kia Rio ran the red light. A Seals ambulance crew treated both Gates and Callaway and both refused to be transported to the hospital.
A Bedford man was sentenced to jail time Monday morning in Lawrence County Superior Court after he pleaded guilty to possession of meth in a negotiated plea deal. Paul Diehl was sentenced to six years in prison by Judge John Plummer and he was given credit for 222 days for time served. Deihl was arrested on December 13, 2019 when the Indiana State Police concluded a lengthy dealing methamphetamine investigation in Lawrence County which resulted in his arrest and another man. Police obtained information that Diehl was dealing large quantities of meth and that he was wanted on two warrants. Diehl was found sitting in the passenger seat of a 2018 Kia Sorento in the Hardee’s parking lot in Bedford. The driver was identified as 30 year old Chadwick Hayes of Salem. When Hayes got out of the car officers saw a loaded 9mm handgun in his waistband that he did not have a permit. Hayes’ pockets also contained drug paraphernalia and a baggie of methamphetamine. During a search of Diehl, troopers located paraphernalia, marijuana, and more than 10 grams of meth. More meth and paraphernalia was found in the vehicle and both Diehl and Hayes were arrested. On February 2nd Hayes pleaded guilty to a Level 6 felony of possession of meth and was sentenced to 1 years and 182 days in prison by Judge Plummer who then suspended 365 days of the sentence to supervised probation.
A Sunday morning crash on County Road 700E north of County Road 400S in St. Anthony resulted in a Huntingburg man being arrested for driving drunk. 911 dispatch received a call about an accident Sunday on County Road 700E at 3:28 a.m. Police arrived at the scene and found a damaged white pickup truck. Three men were there and two suffered lacerations but denied medical treatment. According to police the men identified 20 year old Jeovany Dubon of Huntingburg as the driver. Police noticed the smell of alcohol and conducted field sobriety tests. Police then arrested Dubon after his BAC tested at .137%. Dubon was booked into the Dubois County Jail on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle while intoxicated with endangerment.
Monday, November 23rd, 2020
Two Lawrence county residents were injured and one was arrested after an accident Saturday on John Williams Boulevard at Williams Park Drive in Bedford. Police were called to the scene of the accident at 11:56 a.m. on Saturday. According to the report, the accident happened in the westbound lane of John Williams Boulevard, west of Beech Street in Bedford. When police arrived on the scene they learned 20 year old Michael Roach, of Mitchell had fled the scene on foot and was headed toward Beech Street. He was found a short distance from the accident scene and arrested. According to police Roach was intoxicated and taken to a hospital for a blood-draw and medical treatment for his head injury. The driver of the other car involved identified as 34 year old Jamie Jones of Bedford was trapped inside her vehicle and had to be freed from the wreckage by the Bedford Fire Department’s extrication team. Jones suffered broken ribs, a skull fracture, and possible internal injuries during the crash. Both Jones and Roach were then flown for treatment of their injuries to other hospitals.
A Jasper man was taken into custody on several drug charges over the weekend after his vehicle was stopped by police in Huntingburg. On Saturday night, Huntingburg Police pulled over a vehicle after it failed to stop at a stop sign. Police identified the driver as 28 year old T Hai Duong of Jasper During the traffic stop police deployed a K9 to conduct an open air sniff of the vehicle and the K9 indicated a positive alert on the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle police located 5 pounds of marijuana, 17 grams of cocaine, a scale, and an undisclosed amount of money. Duong was taken to the Dubois County Security Center where he was booked in and lodged without further incident. Duong was charged with a Count of Dealing in Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic, Dealing in Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia.
Friday, November 20th, 2020
A Seymour man was arrested early this/Friday morning after Mitchell Police were called to a report of an unwanted male at a Mitchell residence. Police arrived at 1:18 a.m. to the home in the 820 block of West Brooke Street in Mitchell and they spoke to the caller who said 53 year old Edward Bundy of Seymour was attempting to break in to the house. Officers had received a call about Bundy the night before when someone reported a suspicious male behind the laundry mat. When police arrived at Bundy's home on West Brook Street they found Bundy in the back yard. Police patted down Bundy and they found two syringes in his jacket pocket. Police also found a small yellow container bearing the letters “DOPE” on it containing two white pills and a white and blue paper that contained crystal meth. Bundy was arrested on charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, and possession of a controlled substance.
On Wednesday an investigation led by the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes against Children task force (ICAC) resulted in the arrest of a Charlestown man. The investigation began in October when Indiana State Police Investigators received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. That investigation led investigators from the Sellersburg ICAC Task Force to interview 36 year old Justin Allen Freytag of Charlestown. Officers also requested and were granted a search warrant for his residence. As a result of the interview and investigation, Freytag was arrested and charged with Possession of Child Pornography, and Dissemination of Child Pornography. Officers then requested a second search warrant based on information gathered during the search. On Thursday, , acting on new information gathered during the search warrants, officers charged Freytag with one count of Child Molestation, and one count of Child Molestation. Freytag was remanded into the Clark County Jail and bail has been set at $100,000 full cash.
Thursday, November 19th, 2020
An Orleans woman was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after police stopped her vehicle for a traffic violation at Mitchell Road and 30th Street in Bedford. Police were on patrol at 3:10 p.m. when a gray Mitsubishi Eclipse came to a stop at the stop sign located at 28th Street and Mitchell Road. The driver then failed to signal before turning right and the officer than conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The drive was identified as 35 year old Melissa Phillips of Orleans. Phillips could not provide any identification, police also noticed her hands shaking. Police asked Phillips for consent to search the vehicle in which she denied them. K-9 Maximus was brought to the scene and did a free-air sniff around of the vehicle and alerted police to possible drugs in the vehicle. She then threw a bag of crystal meth onto the driver’s seat. While Phillips was in custody, she continued to pull away and had to forcibly be placed in the back of the vehicle. Police later learned Phillips had a suspended driver’s license. While at the jail, Phillips was seen grabbing a plastic bag from her waistband and tossing it away. The bag contained crystal meth. Phillips is facing charges of possession of meth, resisting arrest by force, trafficking with an inmate, driving while driver’s license suspended with a prior conviction, and was issued a citation for failure to use turn signal when changing lanes.
A Jasper woman was arrested Tuesday night after a single-car crash that occurred on North Hickory Grove Road in Dubois. Police responded at 8:36 p.m. to a call that a car on North Hickory Grove Road in Dubois had flipped and was stopped near a residence. When police arrived at the scene they found the driver, identified as 32 year old Brandi Sorrells of Jasper. According to police Sorrells was not hurt from the crash. Police could smell the odor of alcohol in the air and they ran a BAC test on Sorrells in which it came out to .15%. She was arrested and lodged in the Dubois County Jail on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license.
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