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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 16th 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 identified 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 wrecker was required for a French Lick woman after her car hydroplaned and crashed Saturday morning at Dubois. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 25 year old Mackenna Gromer of French Lick was driving eastbound on Vine Street in a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt at 10:35 a.m.  Police said Gromer’s car hydroplaned on water that covered the roadway. The vehicle ran off the south side of the street, struck a tree lying on the ground and continued eastbound until it stopped in a ditch facing east. Damage to the vehicle was estimated to have exceeded $5,000. A Sternberg Automotive Group wrecker assisted.

 

Police arrested a Martin County man Tuesday after a report of a stolen computer tablet in Jasper. The ASUS ZenPad tablet in question is used by staff at Huck’s Food & Fuel on 230 Third Ave in Jasper and it is valued at over $130. Police were called to the convenience store at 10:40 a.m. The tablet was placed on the counter next to soda machines by an employee. The tablet was later discovered to had been taken. The video surveillance footage allegedly showed a man taking the tablet and placing it in his camouflage backpack. The man then left the store. The man was later identified 38 year old Andrew Lyon of Loogootee. Police located him holding the tablet at a restaurant on the south side at 11:44 a.m. Police also alleged Lyon admitted to the theft while they were questioning him. Lyon was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 2:25 p.m. on a preliminary felony count of theft. According to police the theft charge was elevated to a felony because Lyon was previously convicted of a theft in Dubois County on Oct. 29.

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.

Tuesday, November 26th 2019

The Thanksgiving holiday period is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year.  Indiana State Police want to remind every motorist the importance of driving responsibly during this holiday period, which officially starts tomorrow. Troopers will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), which is a federally funded project and will allow additional troopers to patrol area highways through Sunday. Troopers will be aggressively observing for moving violations, dangerous and impaired drivers, and drivers and passengers not buckling up. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday period, 12 fatal crashes occurred on Indiana roadways. The Indiana State Police encourage everyone to do their part to help reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities over this holiday period. Please drive responsibly! Troopers are encouraging all motorists to obey these simple safety tips:

A Bedford teen was arrested on Tuesday after police were called to the area near Revere’s Food & Fuel just before 4 p.m in Bedford.  Police received information that a female was hitting another female inside a vehicle. When police arrived they found a female standing beside an Indiana State Police trooper’s vehicle with blood on her face. The victim informed police that while she was driving a female juvenile passenger began hitting her in the face. The victim pulled over while still getting hit by the accused until another female opened the door and told her to stop. The accused then got out of the vehicle and started walking away from the vehicle. Police got a description of the 14 year old female a short time later and picked her up a short time later. The victim complained of pain to her head and had visible signs of injuries to her right arm. Blood was also coming from her nose and mouth. Juvenile probation was alerted and the teen was taken to the Johnson County Juvenile Center on charges of battery causing bodily injury and criminal mischief.

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Classes canceled today and tomorrow for students at West Washington High School. It's because the high school's athletic director and head football coach Phillip Bowsman is in the hospital suffering complications from a stroke and is not expected to survive. West Washington superintendent Keith Nance says he'll be taken off a ventilator today and is expected to pass peacefully soon after. Bowsman led the Senators to their best record in 15 years this season at 12-and-2 and a trip to the Single-A semi-state round where they lost to Indianapolis Lutheran this past Friday.

Saturday, at approximately 6:40 pm, Troopers Patrick Stinson and Trooper Teresa Bowling, went to 610 Saint Louis Avenue in Cannelton, in hopes of tracking down and arresting Pete Paris III,
who was wanted on 3 different warrants from 3 different counties.  While at the 610 Saint Louis Avenue residence, the trooper's were told that Paris was not at the home but possibly next door at 611 Saint Louis Avenue.Stinson and Bowling then went to 611 Saint Louis Avenue, Cannelton, where they were able to locate Paris. Paris was then taken into custody. Upon further investigation, Paris was found to have a syringe on his person, which is an additional charge. Paris was then transported to the Perry County Jail where he was housed.

Friday at approximately 3:00 PM, Indiana State Police Sergeant Stephen Wheeles, was assisting another trooper on I-65 with the reconstruction of an accident that had happened two days earlier. Wheeles then heard a call of an accident with possible injuries on SR 11, north of Seymour, and started toward the accident.  The dispatch stated that a vehicle was in water and that a woman was entrapped inside the vehicle. When Sergeant Wheeles arrived at the accident, at SR 11 near County Road 800 East in Jackson County, he found a car partially submerged in water and sinking.  Sergeant Wheeles immediately went to the aid of the driver, 23 year old Megan Fleetwood  who was trapped in the vehicle. Sergeant Wheeles immediately went into the water to rescue Fleetwood. Once in the water, Wheeles, given a hammer from another person at the scene, used the hammer to bust out the back window of the car  pulling Fleetwood out of the vehicle to safety. During the rescue Sergeant Wheeles suffered injuries to his hand and arm.  Sergeant Wheeles and Fleetwood were transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment. Indiana State Police were assisted at the scene by Seymour Police and Fire Departments and EMS.

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

An additional $1.3 million has been announced for a project through Jackson County Rural Electric Membership Corporation. Combined with a local match of nearly $4 million, this funding will go toward establishing broadband internet for unserved households and businesses in several southern Indiana counties, including Washington County. According to Erin Houchin, State Senator of District 47, “Improving broadband access in rural communities is one of my top priorities as a lawmaker, and I am thrilled to see this additional funding. “During the 2020 legislative session, I will continue to introduce and support legislation to improve access to affordable and efficient broadband services, as I have each year since my election to the Indiana Senate.”

On Wednesday, troopers with the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post arrested two men after a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine was located during a traffic stop on I-65 in Jackson County, Indiana. According to police reports, at approximately 10:30 am when Trooper Randel Miller conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Impala on I-65 Northbound near the 39 mile marker, just north of Crothersville.  During the traffic stop, Trp. Miller became suspicious that criminal activity was taking place.  Trp. Miller’s Indiana State Police K-9 Jinx conducted a sweep of the exterior of the vehicle.  Jinx alerted to the odor of illegal drugs coming from the vehicle.  During a search of the vehicle, troopers located a plastic bag containing over 500 grams,over 1 pound of suspected crystal methamphetamine. The driver of the vehicle, 37 year old Zachary Williams, of Lafayette provided Trooper Miller with a false name. The passenger in the vehicle, 39 year old Mark Sneed, of Louisville, Kentucky was also found to be in possession of suspected marijuana.  Both men were arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail where they were incarcerated on numerous charges pending their initial appearances in the Jackson County Circuit Court. Williams was arrested on charges of Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, False Informing, and Identity Theft.  Sneed was charged with Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Marijuana.


Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter has recently announced the promotion of Detective Mike Allen to the rank of Sergeant.   Sergeant Allen will serve as a District Squad Leader for Troopers assigned to the Jasper Post. Allen graduated from Springs Valley High School in 1997. He is a United States Marine Corps Veteran and began his career in Law Enforcement in November of 2001 in Orange County. In July of 2012 He was invited to the 72 nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. After six months of training he graduated and was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award from DR Paul Whitesell. Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter named Allen the District Trooper of the Year in 2014 and 2017. He was also named Indiana Trooper of the Year in 2017. He is a recipient of the Combat Action Award and the Bronze Star. In 2018 Allen was Promoted to Detective and transferred to investigations where he specialized in Crimes against Children. Allen and his wife, Rosie, still live in Orange County and have three children, Meagan, Emily and Blake.

A Mitchell man was taken into custody for auto theft and drug charges this morning.  Police stopped 41 year old Troy Tillette after the saw him making a traffic violation near 16th and O streets in Bedford. While police were speaking with Tillette, police received information that the vehicle had been reported as stolen on October 3rd and that the VIN number and plate had been altered. Tillette gave officers consent to search the vehicle and a syringe with methamphetamine was located. Tillette was arrested on charges of auto theft, possession of meth and unlawful possession of a syringe and the vehicle was released to the owner.

Two Bedford men were arrested after a traffic stop at Reveres Food & Fuel Thursday morning in Bedford. According to Bedford police an officer noticed 21 year old Brady Terry sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle in the parking lot and police knew Terry was wanted on a warrant. Police confirmed Terry’s identity and he was arrested. While police were speaking with Terry, they located several syringes and a spoon that tested positive for heroin. Police then identified the driver of the vehicle as 24 year old Chadwick Lessig. Lessig gave consent to a search and the police found marijuana in the vehicle. Terry was arrested on charges of possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of syringes, and a warrant for petition to revoke. Lessig was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

An Indianapolis couple was arrested by police after receiving a report of a fight behind the French Lick Resort on Saturday.  According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and French Lick Police, a witness on Monon Street in French Lick told police that the two subjects were stumbling around and the man then struck the woman in the face with his fist. Police reported that while speaking to 49 year old Jason Moss of Indianapolis he became belligerent and had to be taken down to the ground and held there until backup could arrive. At that point, 48 year old Stacey Moss also of Indianapolis became loud, and interrupted officers and being uncooperative. Police took her into custody as well. Stacey Moss was taken to the Orange County Jail where she blew a .301 on a breath test. Police said Jason Moss refused to submit to a breath test and was transported to IU Health Paoli Hospital for a blood draw. The report showed a level of .338. Jason Moss was then medically cleared and transported to the Orange County Jail. Jason Moss was charged with domestic battery, resisting law enforcement and public intoxication. Stacey Moss was charged with public intoxication.

A Dubois County woman was arrested after being accused of impaired driving in Martin County.  The Martin County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about a possible impaired driver weaving all over the roadway at 9:55 p.m. on Friday. Police reported seeing a vehicle driven by 25 year old Ashley Luegers of Jasper. Police allege the vehicle ran over the center lane when making a turn, weaved in its lane of travel and went 58 mph in a 50 mph zone. Police allege Luegers showed signs of impairment after the traffic stop. She then failed field a sobriety test and was also found to have opiates in her system when she was given a chemical test at the Daviess County Hospital. Luegers was booked into the Martin County Jail at 1:40 a.m. Saturday and then was formally charged in Martin Circuit Court on Tuesday on a felony charge of operating while intoxicated and a misdemeanor operating while intoxicated with endangerment. The impaired driving charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior conviction within the last five years.

A Springville man was arrested after police were called to Arby’s about a possibly intoxicated driver in the drive-through lane in Bedford.  Officers arrived just before 8 p.m.  and they found 28 year old Marc Korvela Jr. of Springville in the driver seat of a vehicle parked in the parking lot. While police were speaking with Korvela they had reason to believe he had been drinking. Police asked him to step out of the vehicle and he refused. He was physically removed from the vehicle by police. Korvela told police that he was wanted on an active warrant for failure to appear in Monroe County. Korvela was taken to the Bedford Police Department where he agreed to field sobriety test but refused to do a breath test. Police then located drug paraphernalia, meth, marijuana, and two pills identified as a Schedule IV controlled substance that he did not have a prescription for on his person. Korvela was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, OWI refusal, possession of a controlled substance, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and on a warrant for failure to appear.

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

On Sunday, at 4:00 p.m., Martin County police were on patrol in Loogootee when they observed a vehicle commit multiple traffic violations.  A traffic stop on the vehicle was initiated. The driver was identified as 39 year old Joshua Phillips of Crane and a passenger that was identified as 22 year old Joselyn Souerdike of Loogootee.  K9 Virka gave a free air sniff of Phillips’ vehicle a positive indication for the odor of narcotics was found. It was also discovered that Phillips and Souerdike had an active no contact order between the two of them. They were then placed into custody. During the search of Souerdike at the scene, she was discovered to have a Scheduled II Controlled Substance located inside her pocket.  Souerdike and Philips were transported to the Martin County Security without incident.  When Souerdike was searched inside the Jail, a bag containing a white crystal-like substance, that field tested positive for Methamphetamine, was found with a syringe containing residue that also field tested positive for Methamphetamine.   Souerdike was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Syringe, Trafficking, Possession of Scheduled II controlled substance, Possession of Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Invasion of Privacy. Phillips was arrested for Invasion of Privacy.

A Heltonville woman was arrested Monday night after police were called to a domestic fight in Bedford.  The caller reported that they could hear yelling and screaming in the area of 30th Street and Washington Avenue on. When officers showed up around 9:26 p.m. they found 43 year old Dara Hagemier of Heltonville walking in the middle of the road. Police also noted she showed the usual signs of being intoxicated. While police were speaking to Hagemier she mentioned she left a trailer in the area where the screaming was heard. Police went to the trailer and spoke to several intoxicated people who said Hagemier just left but not before she caused problems. Police attempted to contact a ride for Hagemier but after several unsuccessful attempts she was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.

Police arrested a man and a woman Sunday morning after being notified about a trespassing and a shoplifting incident at Walmart in Jasper.  Police were called at 6 a.m. and when they arrived store employees said a woman ran from the store attempting to steal items. Police were told the woman got into a vehicle that attempted to leave the scene. Police stopped the 1999 Suzuki Esteem driven by 31 year old Matthew Cronin of Tell City at Baden Strasse and Newton Street. During the stop the woman 23 year old Jessica Adams of Huntingburg fled after police gave several commands to stop. Police arrested Adams after a short foot pursuit. Adams was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 7:05 a.m. on preliminary felony charges of theft and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement. She was also arrested on warrants related to six local court cases. Cronin was named in an active no trespass order from Walmart properties and booked at 10:11 a.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and driving while suspended. Staff at the Jail found five fake $100 bills in Cronin’s wallet. Cronin told police he bought the fake bills online but according to police attempts had been made to conceal some markings on the fake bills and they had been crinkled up, allegedly to make them appear to have been circulated.

Friday, November 15th, 2019

A Bloomington man was arrested on felony charges of child molesting on Thursday in Bedford.  Police began their investigation after receiving a report on October 25th about a possible child molesting case. A 17-year old male who was interviewed at Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Bloomington said that his uncle 49 year old Larry Leonard Jr. of Bloomington had touched him inappropriately and sexually assaulted him for years. The boy’s mother discovered this information when she found him crying while speaking to close friends on FaceTime. He then told his mother about the incident. He said he didn’t want to tell his mother after the incidents happened because it was a family member that had touched him. The mother told the police that this is not the first time Leonard has been accused of something like this. On October 21, the boy and his mother went to Bedford North Lawrence High School to report the incidents to school officials. Leonard who served as a Joint Services deaf or hard of hearing consultant for BNL schools and taught sign language was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 31 st. Leonard Jr is facing two charges of child molesting, sexual misconduct of a minor, and child seduction.

A 16 year old Mitchell student was arrested Wednesday after allegedly making a hit list and threatening other students.  Around 11 a.m. Wednesday school officials were alerted of a possible hit list and rocket launcher threat after several parents contacted the school. Officials spoke to the teen who admitted to telling other students he was going to bring a rocket launcher to the school to shoot people. The student said he didn’t make a hit list but was aware of the rumor being spread and that he was being accused of making it. Other students were spoken to and officials learned that the teen was telling other students about the list and if they were on it or not. After the investigation was completed, juvenile probation was contacted and the teen was taken to the Lawrence County Circuit Court for a detention hearing. The teen was then taken to the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center.

One person was killed and one person was arrested in a hit-and-run Thursday in Dale.  According to police 82 year old Eugene Hufnagel of Dale, was driving a motorized, three-wheeled mobility scooter at Cherry and Washington streets at 2:42 p.m. in Dale. A green Chevrolet Blazer heading southbound struck the scooter and then left the scene. The Blazer was later located by police and they allege 48 year old Amanda Huff of Dale was the driver. Huff was arrested and booked into the Spencer County Jail on a preliminary felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Toxicology results on Huff are pending. The investigation is currently ongoing. The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, Spencer County Emergency Medical Services, the Santa Claus Police Department and the Spencer County Coroner’s Office also assisted.

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter has recently announced the promotion of Detective Mike Allen to the rank of Sergeant.   Sergeant Allen will serve as a District Squad Leader for Troopers assigned to the Jasper Post. Allen graduated from Springs Valley High School in 1997. He is a United States Marine Corps Veteran and began his career in Law Enforcement in November of 2001 in Orange County. In July of 2012 He was invited to the 72 nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. After six months of training he graduated and was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award from DR Paul Whitesell. Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter named Allen the District Trooper of the Year in 2014 and 2017. He was also named Indiana Trooper of the Year in 2017. He is a recipient of the Combat Action Award and the Bronze Star. In 2018 Allen was Promoted to Detective and transferred to investigations where he specialized in Crimes against Children. Allen and his wife, Rosie, still live in Orange County and have three children, Meagan, Emily and Blake.

A Mitchell man was taken into custody for auto theft and drug charges this morning.  Police stopped 41 year old Troy Tillette after the saw him making a traffic violation near 16th and O streets in Bedford. While police were speaking with Tillette, police received information that the vehicle had been reported as stolen on October 3rd and that the VIN number and plate had been altered. Tillette gave officers consent to search the vehicle and a syringe with methamphetamine was located. Tillette was arrested on charges of auto theft, possession of meth and unlawful possession of a syringe and the vehicle was released to the owner.

Two Bedford men were arrested after a traffic stop at Reveres Food & Fuel Thursday morning in Bedford.  According to Bedford police an officer noticed 21 year old Brady Terry sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle in the parking lot and police knew Terry was wanted on a warrant. Police confirmed Terry’s identity and he was arrested. While police were speaking with Terry, they located several syringes and a spoon that tested positive for heroin. Police then identified the driver of the vehicle as 24 year old Chadwick Lessig. Lessig gave consent to a search and the police found marijuana in the vehicle. Terry was arrested on charges of possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of syringes, and a warrant for petition to revoke. Lessig was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019


An Indianapolis couple was arrested by police after receiving a report of a fight behind the French Lick Resort on Saturday.
 According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and French Lick Police, a witness on Monon Street in French Lick told police that the two subjects were stumbling around and the man then struck the woman in the face with his fist. Police reported that while speaking to 49 year old Jason Moss of Indianapolis he became belligerent and had to be taken down to the ground and held there until backup could arrive. At that point, 48 year old Stacey Moss also of Indianapolis became loud, and interrupted officers and being uncooperative. Police took her into custody as well. Stacey Moss was taken to the Orange County Jail where she blew a .301 on a breath test. Police said Jason Moss refused to submit to a breath test and was transported to IU Health Paoli Hospital for a blood draw. The report showed a level of .338. Jason Moss was then medically cleared and transported to the Orange County Jail. Jason Moss was charged with domestic battery, resisting law enforcement and public intoxication. Stacey Moss was charged with public intoxication.

A Dubois County woman was arrested after being accused of impaired driving in Martin County.  The Martin County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about a possible impaired driver weaving all over the roadway at 9:55 p.m. on Friday. Police reported seeing a vehicle driven by 25 year old Ashley Luegers of Jasper. Police allege the vehicle ran over the center lane when making a turn, weaved in its lane of travel and went 58 mph in a 50 mph zone. Police allege Luegers showed signs of impairment after the traffic stop. She then failed field a sobriety test and was also found to have opiates in her system when she was given a chemical test at the Daviess County Hospital. Luegers was booked into the Martin County Jail at 1:40 a.m. Saturday and then was formally charged in Martin Circuit Court on Tuesday on a felony charge of operating while intoxicated and a misdemeanor operating while intoxicated with endangerment. The impaired driving charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior conviction within the last five years.

A Springville man was arrested after police were called to Arby’s about a possibly intoxicated driver in the drive-through lane in Bedford.  Officers arrived just before 8 p.m.  and they found 28 year old Marc Korvela Jr. of Springville in the driver seat of a vehicle parked in the parking lot. While police were speaking with Korvela they had reason to believe he had been drinking. Police asked him to step out of the vehicle and he refused. He was physically removed from the vehicle by police. Korvela told police that he was wanted on an active warrant for failure to appear in Monroe County. Korvela was taken to the Bedford Police Department where he agreed to field sobriety test but refused to do a breath test. Police then located drug paraphernalia, meth, marijuana, and two pills identified as a Schedule IV controlled substance that he did not have a prescription for on his person. Korvela was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, OWI refusal, possession of a controlled substance, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and on a warrant for failure to appear.

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

On Sunday, at 4:00 p.m., Martin County police were on patrol in Loogootee when they observed a vehicle commit multiple traffic violations.  A traffic stop on the vehicle was initiated. The driver was identified as 39 year old Joshua Phillips of Crane and a passenger that was identified as 22 year old Joselyn Souerdike of Loogootee.  K9 Virka gave a free air sniff of Phillips’ vehicle a positive indication for the odor of narcotics was found. It was also discovered that Phillips and Souerdike had an active no contact order between the two of them. They were then placed into custody. During the search of Souerdike at the scene, she was discovered to have a Scheduled II Controlled Substance located inside her pocket.  Souerdike and Philips were transported to the Martin County Security without incident.  When Souerdike was searched inside the Jail, a bag containing a white crystal-like substance, that field tested positive for Methamphetamine, was found with a syringe containing residue that also field tested positive for Methamphetamine.   Souerdike was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Syringe, Trafficking, Possession of Scheduled II controlled substance, Possession of Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Invasion of Privacy. Phillips was arrested for Invasion of Privacy.

A Heltonville woman was arrested Monday night after police were called to a domestic fight in Bedford.  The caller reported that they could hear yelling and screaming in the area of 30th Street and Washington Avenue on. When officers showed up around 9:26 p.m. they found 43 year old Dara Hagemier of Heltonville walking in the middle of the road. Police also noted she showed the usual signs of being intoxicated. While police were speaking to Hagemier she mentioned she left a trailer in the area where the screaming was heard. Police went to the trailer and spoke to several intoxicated people who said Hagemier just left but not before she caused problems. Police attempted to contact a ride for Hagemier but after several unsuccessful attempts she was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.

Police arrested a man and a woman Sunday morning after being notified about a trespassing and a shoplifting incident at Walmart in Jasper.  Police were called at 6 a.m. and when they arrived store employees said a woman ran from the store attempting to steal items. Police were told the woman got into a vehicle that attempted to leave the scene. Police stopped the 1999 Suzuki Esteem driven by 31 year old Matthew Cronin of Tell City at Baden Strasse and Newton Street. During the stop the woman 23 year old Jessica Adams of Huntingburg fled after police gave several commands to stop. Police arrested Adams after a short foot pursuit. Adams was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 7:05 a.m. on preliminary felony charges of theft and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement. She was also arrested on warrants related to six local court cases. Cronin was named in an active no trespass order from Walmart properties and booked at 10:11 a.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and driving while suspended. Staff at the Jail found five fake $100 bills in Cronin’s wallet. Cronin told police he bought the fake bills online but according to police attempts had been made to conceal some markings on the fake bills and they had been crinkled up, allegedly to make them appear to have been circulated.

Friday, November 15th, 2019

A Bloomington man was arrested on felony charges of child molesting on Thursday in Bedford.  Police began their investigation after receiving a report on October 25th about a possible child molesting case. A 17-year old male who was interviewed at Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Bloomington said that his uncle 49 year old Larry Leonard Jr. of Bloomington had touched him inappropriately and sexually assaulted him for years. The boy’s mother discovered this information when she found him crying while speaking to close friends on FaceTime. He then told his mother about the incident. He said he didn’t want to tell his mother after the incidents happened because it was a family member that had touched him. The mother told the police that this is not the first time Leonard has been accused of something like this. On October 21, the boy and his mother went to Bedford North Lawrence High School to report the incidents to school officials. Leonard who served as a Joint Services deaf or hard of hearing consultant for BNL schools and taught sign language was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 31 st. Leonard Jr is facing two charges of child molesting, sexual misconduct of a minor, and child seduction.

A 16 year old Mitchell student was arrested Wednesday after allegedly making a hit list and threatening other students.  Around 11 a.m. Wednesday school officials were alerted of a possible hit list and rocket launcher threat after several parents contacted the school. Officials spoke to the teen who admitted to telling other students he was going to bring a rocket launcher to the school to shoot people. The student said he didn’t make a hit list but was aware of the rumor being spread and that he was being accused of making it. Other students were spoken to and officials learned that the teen was telling other students about the list and if they were on it or not. After the investigation was completed, juvenile probation was contacted and the teen was taken to the Lawrence County Circuit Court for a detention hearing. The teen was then taken to the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center.

One person was killed and one person was arrested in a hit-and-run Thursday in Dale.  According to police 82 year old Eugene Hufnagel of Dale, was driving a motorized, three-wheeled mobility scooter at Cherry and Washington streets at 2:42 p.m. in Dale. A green Chevrolet Blazer heading southbound struck the scooter and then left the scene. The Blazer was later located by police and they allege 48 year old Amanda Huff of Dale was the driver. Huff was arrested and booked into the Spencer County Jail on a preliminary felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Toxicology results on Huff are pending. The investigation is currently ongoing. The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department, Spencer County Emergency Medical Services, the Santa Claus Police Department and the Spencer County Coroner’s Office also assisted.

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

The Orange County Highway department will close County Rd 175 S, known as Grapevine Hollow Rd beginning on Monday November 18th. This is due to some much needed repairs. The closure will be from the intersection of Old State Road 145 going east on 175 S for ½ of a mile. The road will be closed starting 8am on Monday and should reopen before Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

On November the 6 th just after 11 o’clock, Indiana State Police observed a Blue Chevrolet Colorado traveling southbound on State Road 37 approaching Main Street in Mitchell.  Police conducted a traffic stop on the driver identified as 28 year old Kaden Williams of Mitchell. He displayed several indicators of criminal activity and Mitchell Police arrived to assist with the traffic stop. A search of Williams’ vehicle revealed a light bulb, with the bottom cut out, containing a burnt crystal residue. The residue in the light bulb field tested positive for methamphetamine. Kaden was then transported to the Lawrence County Jail. Willams was charged with a felony count of Possession of Methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of Possession of Paraphernalia.

A Williams man was arrested Monday morning after he allegedly broke into a home in Williams while on methamphetamine.  According to police at 12:03 a.m. Monday, a man, who lived in the 2100 block of Williams-Silverville Road in Williams called police to report 49 year old Aaron Roberts who was a neighbor came into his home.  According to the resident Roberts pushed his way inside the home when he opened the door and seemed to be suffering from some type of drug-induced hallucination.  Police arrived on the scene and found Roberts walking down the road in just pajama pants, a t-shirt and sandals in 37 degree temperature.  Police reported that Roberts was sweating and hallucinating about people being on his property. According to police he admitted to meth use and he was taken to a hospital. He was later taken to the Lawrence County jail. Roberts is facing charges of residential entry and public intoxication.

Two people were arrested Friday night after a Department of Child Service caseworker requested help from police with a home visit in the in Bedford.  When officers entered the home on 7380 block of South Leatherwood Road in Bedford at 9:54 p.m. they found in multiple syringes, a digital scale with a white powdery substance on it, glass smoking devices, marijuana and several other items of drug paraphernalia in plain view. The white substance tested positive for meth. According to police several other items of paraphernalia tested positive for fentanyl and meth.  Police then arrested 23 year-old Michael Jones and 26 year old Leah Gerkins on charges of possession of meth more than five grams, neglect of a dependent, possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

A three car accident sent two to the hospital in Jasper. Around 5:15pm yesterday 69 year old Shirley Holsworth of Jasper was driving north in her 2013 Buick Enclave on US Highway 231.  At that point 48 year old Michael Lemond of Birdseye was in the southbound lane of US Highway 231 in their 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid waiting to make a left turn.  As Holsworth crossed the intersection, Lemond made a left turn in front of Holsworth. Holsworth’s vehicle hit C-Max Hybrid on the passenger side. The Enclave was move into another lane of traffic. The vehicle hit a 2012 Toyota Camry driven by 35-year-old Stephanie Brown of Jasper. Brown was stopped in traffic facing west on State Road 162.  Lemond complained of neck and hip pain and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Holsworth refused treatment at the scene and was taken to Memorial Hospital by a family member.  

Jasper Volunteer Fire Department Units responded to a fire Monday morning that was reported in a machine at Peak Tool Works in Jasper.  The company makes carbide-tipped saw blades and one machine that uses oil during operations is hooked to a blower system that collects residue. According to firefighters that machine’s metal filters caught fire because of a malfunction. Plant personnel deployed dry chemical extinguishers and when firefighters arrived they used more dry-chemical units until power was cut to the machine. The filters were then carried outside and hosed down. Firefighters opened the garage bay doors to set up several exhaust fans to ventilate the plant’s production area. Five trucks and 29 firefighters were on the scene 45 minutes. The Jasper Police Department also assisted at the scene.

Monday, November 11th, 2019

A trucker was not seriously injured when the tanker hauling egg yolks overturned Sunday morning east of Haysville.  According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 60 year old Michael Eck Jasper, was driving westbound on State Road 56 in a 2002 International semi at 11:34. Eck thought a gust of wind may have pushed his rig off the north side of the roadway but he wasn’t sure. According to police the semi came back onto the roadway, and then exited on the south side of the highway, causing the tanker trailer to jackknife. The tractor-trailer rig stopped facing eastbound in a ditch. Eck exited the semi with minor injuries. He was treated and released at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Total damage was estimated between $10,000 and $25,000. The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, Indiana State Police, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Stork Service Center wrecker assisted.

Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash Saturday night on Jasper’s west side. According to the Jasper Police Department 17 year old Kyle Allen of Jasper was eastbound on State Road 56 in a 1999 Oldsmobile at 8 p.m.  Allen attempted to turn north onto St. Charles Street but failed to yield the right away to a westbound 2016 Dodge Ram driven by 78 year old Jerry Watson of Sumner, Illinois. The head on collision occurred in the middle of the intersection totaled both vehicles. Allen was treated at the scene for a cut to his hand and chest pain. Watson and a passenger were transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. The passenger was treated for shoulder and abdominal pain. Allen was cited for failure to yield the right of way. The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

Friday, November 8th, 2019

The Orleans Town Water Department will be flushing hydrants beginning or around November 12th.  This may cause a temporary discoloration of the water. The water is safe for drinking but may discolor clothes washed in it. Residents should flush their systems by running fixtures, including the washing machine etc. until the water clears.The town regrets any inconvenience this process may cause, and thanks residents for their patience and cooperation. Questions may be directed to the Orleans Town Offices 865-2539.

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

On Thursday October 31st, Indiana State Police Troopers were asked to assist the Indiana Department of Child Services with a report of physical abuse of juveniles within a home in Springville. ISP Trooper Julie Deel responded to a residence on Armstrong Station Road and initiated an investigation into the alleged report of physical abuse of juveniles. Upon Trooper Deel’s arrival, it was learned that Scott and Cherry Blattert have 9 children. As a result of an initial investigation, the Indiana State Police arrested 42 year old Scott Allen Blattert Jr., of Springville. Blattert was initially jailed in the Lawrence County Jail on October 31st, for the charges of Domestic Battery, Level 6 Felony, and Neglect of a Dependent, Level 5 Felony. ISP Detective Zack Robbins continued the investigation of physical abuse of the juveniles within the Blattert home. Interviews were conducted, then a search warrant was obtained and executed at the residence on Armstrong Station Road on November 1st. As a result of the continuing investigation, arrest warrants were obtained by Detective Robbins for 38 year old Cherry Lynn Blattert, and again for Scott Allen Blattert Jr. on November 6th. Cherry Blattert was jailed in the Lawrence County Jail. Information was then obtained that Scott Blattert was at his place of employment on NSA Crane Naval Base in Greene County. Trooper Richard Klun of the ISP A.C.E.S. and K9 Loki, with assistance from the NSA Crane Police Department, located Scott Blattert and executed his Arrest Warrant without incident. Scott Blattert was transported to the Greene County Jail.


Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

The execution of a search warrant by police at a French Lick home on Oct. 30th led to the arrest of seven people in French Lick.  Police served the warrant at a home on South Michigan Street in French Lick at 9:30 p.m. According to police, they witnessed 45 Andrew Kendall arrive at the house and ordered him to the ground and arrested him first. They then announced their presence at the door gained entry by using a hammer after hearing no response. Police noted six suspects located inside the home. Police found syringes and multiple smoking devices inside the residence. Police also found a plastic bag on a bicycle just outside the home, and just above a set of keys for the vehicle Kendall had been driving. The bag contained a set of scales that tested positive for methamphetamine, and a false air can that held multiple plastic baggies of methamphetamine. Kendall facing felony charges including dealing in methamphetamine 10 or more grams, possession of methamphetamine between 10 and 28 grams and a misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance — controlled substances. The other six suspects arrested were 27 year old Cory Lee of Mitchell, 20 year old Mackenzie Henderson, of Bedford, 52 year old Jerry Lee of French Lick, 51 year old Lori A. Stalker of French Lick, 43 year old Christopher Glass of  French Lick, and 32 year old Jordan Spencer of French Lick. They were all charged with various drug related charges.

One person was charged in the murder of 49-year-old Darin Atkins in Birdseye back on July 2017 after having pleaded guilty to the crime.  41 year old Jason Atkins of Birdseye pleaded guilty Oct. 14 to murder in Dubois Circuit Court. On Monday, Atkins was sentenced to 45 years in the Indiana Department of Correction and given a jail credit of 512 days. The court also ruled the last five years of Atkins’ executed sentence can be served on home detention with electronic monitoring. 43 year old Sarah Andry of Eckerty was also charged with murder and felony aggravated battery in the case. Police found Darin Atkins dead at his Birdseye mobile home after a 911 call was receive from Andry at 1:59 p.m. that Wednesday reporting a dead male at the location. She stated then that the victim was her fiancé. Early on in the investigation police said it became apparent to investigators that the crime scene had been tampered with and the body had been moved post-mortem. The investigation indicated there had been a considerable time delay between the time Atkins’ body was discovered and when the 911 call was placed. Warrants for Andry and Jason Atkins were issued in June 2018 and they were arrested on June 11, 2018. In October 2017, as the murder investigation was unfolding 21 year old Quentin McMickle of Eckerty, was arrested and charged with felony burglary and obstruction of justice for allegedly tampering with the scene. McMickle’s case is currently scheduled for a Jan. 21, 2020, jury trial.

Two Lawrence County people were arrested Tuesday after police several grams of methamphetamine in a vehicle Friday night.  According to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department dispatch log at 8 p.m., police pulled over a vehicle at Fortner Lane and State Road 37 in Bedford. A police dog alerted to possible drugs in the vehicle which resulted in a search. According to police they found 47 grams of meth in the vehicle, as well paraphernalia.35 year old Demetrious Coleman of Mitchell and 21 year old Savannah Huff of Bedford were arrested and taken to the Lawrence County jail. Huff and Coleman are facing charges of dealing meth and possession of meth.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

On Thursday the Indiana State Police Bloomington District A.C.E.S. and the Indiana State Police DES conducted a patrol in the Fort Ritner and Tunnelton areas in Lawrence county after having received multiple tips from concerned citizens of drug activity in those areas.  While there police observed a white, 2013 Ford Focus travelling with a license plate that returned as BMV status “inactive”. A traffic stop was conducted near Leesville Road. While speaking with the driver 41 year old Michael Jason Chastain of Salem, IN, police observed indicators of criminal activity. The canine Loki was deployed and gave a positive alert to illegal controlled substances in the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 14 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a loaded handgun.  The handgun was later found to be stolen out of Shelby County. Chastain was arrested and incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail. He was charged with felony counts of Dealing Methamphetamine Over 10 Grams, ossession of Methamphetamine Over 10 Grams with a Handgun, Possession of a Stolen Firearm and a misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

A Loogootee Traffic Stop led to Methamphetamine Dealing Charges for a Shoals Woman.  On Thursday evening Martin County police were on patrol in Loogootee when they observed a vehicle commit a moving traffic violation. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 36 year old Melissa Wininger of Shoals. During the investigation, deputies located approximately 12 grams of a white crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. The alleged methamphetamine was packaged into multiple small baggies; syringes were also located. Additionally, there were minor children in the vehicle. Wininger was arrested and transported to the Martin County Security Center without incident. She was charged with Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Syringes, Possession of Paraphernalia, Neglect of a Dependant, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Property taxes are due Tuesday November 12th.  The office will be closed tomorrow, November 5th for Election Day and also Monday, November 11th for Veterans Day.   Office hours are 8:00 – 4:00.  There is a drop box on the west side of the complex for your convenience. Billie Deel - Orange County Treasurer - 723-7102

On Thursday, Mary Ann McRoberts of Jasper turned herself in to the Dubois County Jail on a warrant issued for Weapon/Instrument Of Violence while Provide False Statement In Purchase On ATF 4473, Level 6 Felony. Accordibg to police, on September 30th, McRoberts went to a local business and tried to buy two handguns. The purchase was denied on a background check. McRoberts had a prior conviction on her criminal history that prevented her from possessing firearms. McRoberts provided false information on the 4473 form, which is a felony. A warrant was issued for her and she turned herself into the Dubois County Jail.

Friday, November 1st, 2019

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will host a public hearing on Thursday, November 7th at Springs Valley Jr. / Sr. High School, 326 South Larry Bird Blvd., French Lick, IN 47432, at 6 p.m. The purpose of the public hearing is to offer all interested persons an opportunity to comment on preliminary design plans and environmental documentation for the proposed New Airport Road / County Road 300 South road realignment from State Road 145 to County Road 375, (the entrance to the Orange County French Lick Municipal Airport) in Orange County. The purpose of the project is to provide a safe roadway meeting current roadway design standards, enhancing travel to and from the French Lick Municipal Airport in Orange County. The environmental documentation and preliminary design plans are available to view prior to the public hearing at the following locations: Melton Public Library, 8496 West College Street, French Lick, IN Public comments will be accepted through Friday, November 15, 2019. INDOT respectfully requests comments be submitted by this time. Verbal statements for the public record will be accepted during a public comment session offered during the public hearing immediately following the formal presentation.  Written comments may be submitted prior to the public hearing and during the comment period to: INDOT Office of Public Involvement, attention Rickie Clark, IGCN Room N642, 100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204, email:  rclark@indot.in.gov.

Don’t forget that daylight saving time  ends on Sunday, November 3, beginning at 2 a.m.  So before you go to bed Saturday night, move your clocks back an hour. And when you change your clocks, check your fire alarms as well, to see if they need fresh batteries.

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Tuesday, at approximately 4PM, Indiana State Police arrested two people on drug charges during a traffic stop on I-65 in Jackson County. According to a State Police report, the investigation began when Trooper Randel Miller conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Impala on I-65 Northbound near the 43 mile marker south of Seymour.  During the stop, Trp. Miller became suspicious of criminal activity and deployed his Indiana State Police K-9 Jinx, who alerted to the odor of illegal drugs in the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle, yielded drug paraphernalia and a container of suspected urine in the vehicle.  A passenger in the vehicle, 38 year Autumn Officer,of North Vernon, was found to have approximately 170 grams of suspected methamphetamine concealed on her person.  The driver 38 year old Charles Williams, of Seymour, and Officer were both arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail.

The Paoli Police Department’s second "Drug-Take-Back" event was a huge success this past Saturday, despite the rain .
Paoli Officers collected 63 pounds of unwanted medication for safe and proper disposal. Paoli Police are planning their next "Drug-Take-Back" event, which will be held in April of 2020.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Department is hiring qualified candidates to fill full- and part-time dispatcher positions. Full-time dispatchers work 40 hours per week and are eligible for benefits; including health, dental, vision, and life insurance. Part-time dispatchers start out at $12 per hour. Paid training is provided and advancement opportunities are available. To be considered for an open position, interested candidates are encouraged to pick-up an application at the Martin County Sheriff’s Department at 318 Capital Avenue, in Shoals or call 247-3726. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.


Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

A man arrested last month in connection to a multi-agency investigation involving several burglaries and ATV thefts was charged with additional crimes.  26 year old Curtis Rodgers of French Lick was arrested on a felony theft back on September 20th after police went to the area of Tucker Lake in Orange County. According to police Rodgers attempted to escape while in handcuffs. He was tazed and taken back into custody as police recovered several items that were stolen including a side-by-side ATV. The case was still under investigation and back on October  18 th Rodgers was charged additionally with felony charges of dealing methamphetamine and operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life. The new charges relate to an incident alleged to have occurred April 4th in Dubois County. Rodgers made an initial appearance on the latest charges Thursday and his bond was set at $5,000. His next court appearance was set for Nov. 21.

The Bedford Police Department is conducting a death investigation of a 29 year old female found unresponsive at a residence in the 1600 block of E St yesterday morning.  At 6:02AM, Bedford Police Dispatch received a 911 call requesting medical attention for a female at the residence. Officers and IU Health Ambulance Services administered first aid, but the female was later pronounced dead at the residence.   An autopsy was performed by Dr. James Jacobi yesterday afternoon, and no immediate cause of death could be determined. Toxicology results are pending, and should be returned in 6-8 weeks.

A Bedford woman was arrested Monday afternoon in Bedford after officers were called Walgreens after a report of a woman who left without paying for items.  While collecting information police officer noticed the woman in the passenger seat of a red SUV. Police attempted to flag down the driver as they were leaving the parking lot. The driver left the parking lot after refusing to stop for police. The vehicle was located a few blocks away and police identified the passenger as 34 year old Megan Terrell of Bedford. According to police she was in possession of a controlled substance that was not prescribed to her. Police also believed that she threw the stolen items from the vehicle prior to the traffic stop. Terrell was arrested on charges of theft, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Four people were injured in an accident that involved a school bus and a Semi Monday at John Williams Boulevard and X Street in Bedford.  According to a Bedford Police report 51 year old Ronald Hollars of Bedford was traveling east on John Williams Boulevard in a 2015 Western Star semi and was behind the school bus at 3:33 p.m. on Monday. Hollars says the driver a blue car in front of the school bus suddenly turned into the right lane. He also said that when this happened he noticed the school bus was stopped in the left lane waiting to turn onto X Street. He then swerved around the left side of the bus and crossed the center line to avoid colliding with the rear of the bus. Hollars then hit the rear of the bus and swerved back into the right side of the center line in front of the school bus. The driver of the bus 53 year old Rhonda Miller of Bedford suffered an asthma attack after the incident and also suffered contusions and bruises to her chest during the accident. Two students on the bus 12 year old Brandy Wall and 13 year old Bryanna Walls were injured and both complained of shoulder and upper arm pain both also suffered a panic attack.  Miller and the two children were taken by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for medical treatment. Hollars suffered minor bleeding to his shoulder and upper arm. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.

A one vehicle accident at 12:29 a.m. on Monday at the corner of 20th and F streets sent the driver to the hospital.  According to a Bedford Police Department accident report a witness at the scene saw 30 year old Robert McGaha of Bedford who was driving a 2006 Toyota Prius was driving at a high rate of speed through the Lincoln Elementary School parking lot. The witness also saw the vehicle strike the curb on the southeast intersection of 20th and F streets and flip onto its passenger side.  McGaha who was inside the vehicle was reported to have been drinking. He was taken to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital for treatment of his injuries and while he was at the hospital he was given a portable breath test. That test was positive for alcohol.

On Monday Trooper Brandon Farias was patrolling in downtown New Albany when he was alerted to a possible stolen vehicle located at 521 E. 8th Street in New Albany.  When Trooper Farias stopped at the residence, he encountered 44 year old Valchas Doss who resides at the home. During his investigation, Trooper Farias located a White, 2008 Chrysler 300 in Doss's possession; the car was reported stolen out of Louisville, KY. As the investigation continued, Doss was found to possess suspected methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana in addition to illegally possessing a handgun. Doss also violated several protective orders which prohibited him from staying at the residence.   was arrested and transported to the Floyd County Jail on felony charges of  Auto Theft (Prior), Dealing in Methamphetamine, Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of a Handgun without Permit, Invasion of Privacy and a misdemeanor count of Possession of Marijuana. 

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Indiana Conservation Officers are conducting a death investigation after recovering a body from the Ohio River near New Albany. 
Indiana Conservation Officers responded to the Ohio River upstream of New Albany just after 4 p.m. yesterday to a report of a body floating in the river.  Recovery of a female victim was made around 5 p.m. The Floyd County coroner took possession of the body and an autopsy to scheduled.

A Bloomington woman was arrested Friday after a police stopped her vehicle for a traffic violation at in Oolitic.  Police stopped the vehicle of 40 year old Stephanie Shelton of Bloomington at  5:26 p.m. on Friday. A K-9 unit alerted police there were possible drugs in the vehicle. 9 grams of methamphetamine in multiple baggies and seven different types of legend drugs (pills) were found inside the vehicle by police. She was arrested on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth and possession of a legend drug. The Oolitic Police Department also assisted at the scene.

Police arrested a man after responding to a Friday night request for a welfare check in Huntingburg.  Police were called to the report of a man running and yelling for help in the northeast part of the city at 7 p.m with a duffel bag and a dog. Police made contact with the man identified as 39 year old Douglas Cantner of Huntingburg. Police allegedly found him in possession of a throwing star and a cannabis oil vape cartridge. Police booked Cantner into the Dubois County Jail at 11:15 p.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, public intoxication and possession of a throwing star. The Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene.

Friday, October 25th, 2019

A Bedford man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly injured a pregnant woman. At 2:20 p.m. Thursday, police went to the 700 block of S Street in Bedford for a report of a fight. A woman told police that 26 year old Joshua Hill of Bedford shoved her multiple times. The dispute allegedly started because she refused to go with Hill to retrieve a mattress. She told police she was asleep in the bedroom and he walked in and woke her up, asking if she wanted to pick up a mattress and when she told him no they got into an argument. The woman said Hill shoved her onto a bed when she tried to leave the bedroom. The argument took them into the kitchen and she said he shoved her again. The shove caused her to suffer a twisted knee, which resulted in pain and discomfort. Hill told police the incident that happened was him defending himself. Hill was booked into the Lawrence County jail on charges of domestic battery and domestic battery committed in the presence of a child.

A Bloomington woman was arrested Thursday morning after police found drugs in her bag in Bedford. Police stopped a white Chevrolet Impala at 24th and M street at 1:05 a.m. in Bedford for an expired license plate. Police learned that the driver 39 year old Jeremie True of Bloomington was driving with a suspended driver’s license as well. Jeremie True gave permission to search the vehicle.  Police located a bag that belonged to a passenger in the vehicle 40 year old Crystal True. Inside the bag police found methamphetamine, paraphernalia, marijuana, and medication identified as a legend drug. Crystal True was arrested on charges of possession of meth, possession of a legend drug, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.. Jeremie True received three citations for expired license plates, driving while driver’s license suspended and false and fictitious registration and was released.

On Thursday Indiana State Troopers arrested a Pekin woman on a charge of Reckless Homicide following an investigation into a fatal crash that occurred in Ripley County in June o 2019. The crash occurred on June 24, 2019, when a Kia Soul being driven by 50 year old Shannon M. Hubbard of Pekin collided head on with a Mitsubishi Mirage being driven by 21 year old Henry Finney of Madison on US 421 in southern Ripley County.  As a result of the collision, Finney died at a nearby hospital.  Hubbard was injured in the collision but survived. The investigation by police determined that Hubbard had been traveling at a speed above the posted speed limit while traveling southbound on US 421.  Hubbard then pulled out to pass another vehicle that was traveling southbound.  Hubbard’s vehicle collided head on with Finney’s vehicle that was traveling northbound. Further evidence indicated that Hubbard was traveling approximately 79 miles per hour a few seconds prior to the collision.  Toxicology tests determined that Hubbard had THC in her system when the crash occurred. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Hubbard on one felony count of Reckless Homicide.  She was arrested and incarcerated in the Washington County Jail pending her extradition back to the Ripley County Jail where she will have an initial appearance in the Ripley County Circuit Court.

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Two people were injured in a collision Wednesday on Jasper’s south side. According to the Jasper Police Department 36 year old Kayla Dooley of Jasper was driving southbound on Third Avenue in a 2017 Dodge Durango at 5:23 p.m. Dooley stopped to turn onto Gun Club Road and was waiting for traffic to clear when her vehicle was rear ended by a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 27 year old Taylor Cox of Hawesville, Kentucky. Police said Cox suffered a head injury and Dooley complained of leg and arm pain. Both were treated and released from the hospital. Damage was estimated at $20,000 to Dooley’s Dodge and $10,000 to Cox’s Chevrolet. Cox was cited for following too closely. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and wreckers from Uebelhor & Sons and Ruxer Ford assisted at the scene.

Yesterday Detectives with the Indiana State Police, Crimes Against Children and Cyber Crimes Units arrested a Seymour, man on possession of child pornography charges after two search warrants were served at Jackson County residences.  The investigation began when the Indiana State Police received a cyber tip from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.  As a result of the tip, Indiana State Police Detectives served search warrants at 10992 North County Road 525 East, Seymour and 832 South Pine Street, Seymour. As a result of the investigation, 18 year old Dylan James Hatfield who had lived at both residences was arrested on ten felony counts of Possession of Child Pornography.  Hatfield was transported to the Jackson County Jail where he was incarcerated pending his initial appearance in the Jackson County Circuit Court.

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

A Loogootee Man was Arrested for Dealing Methamphetamine Saturday night in Loogootee. On Saturday night a Martin County Sheriff’s Office investigation led to a narcotics arrest in Loogootee. Plain clothed deputies observed 35 year old Adam Salmon of Loogootee allegedly selling suspected methamphetamine in a parking lot. Police arrived on scene and detained Salmon and seized methamphetamine that field tested positive.  Salmon was arrested and transported to the Martin County Jail without incident. The following day, a search warrant was requested through the Martin County Prosecutor and granted. Police served the search warrant at Salmon’s residence. An additional small amount of methamphetamine and paraphernalia was found and seized. Salmon is currently being held at the Martin County Jail on felony charges of Dealing in methamphetamine and Possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of Possession of paraphernalia.

A former Mitchell Community Schools nurse pleaded guilty to theft and neglect of a dependent charge as part of a negotiated plea agreement Tuesday. Carol Sanders was arrested on March 12th on felony charges of official misconduct and neglect of a dependent and five misdemeanor counts of neglect of a dependent. She pleaded guilty to all those counts except the official misconduct charge which was dismissed. Back on March 8 Police began an investigation in reference to a complaint of medication belonging to students that had gone missing. According to a probable cause affidavit, Sanders had the care of elementary school students between February 25th and March 7 th. She endangered the children’s health and lives by substituting the child’s prescription medication for non-prescription medication. Police began their investigation after a pill count at Burris Elementary resulted in missing medication. Sanders admitted to knowing the count would be off and admitted to ingesting five pills from two Burris Elementary students, and seven pills from two students at Hatfield Elementary. Sanders admitted to replacing one of the Hatfield Elementary student’ medication with baby aspirin. Sanders provided a written statement and admitted in that confession of stealing 12 pills and tendered her resignation with the Mitchell Community School system. She will be sentenced on November 14th at 9 am. The Indiana State Nursing Board also voted to extend the suspension of Sanders’ nursing license for at least another 90 days saying they may take additional action once the criminal case is concluded.

A Pekin man was arrested Sunday after allegedly getting into a physical and verbal altercation with a woman in Pekin. Police were called to a home on Daily Road in Pekin. When police arrived they found 57 year old John Connell bleeding from his lip. He told police that he and a woman had gotten into a verbal altercation over the temperature in the bedroom and her being on her phone. The woman told police he went to use the restroom and complained about the temperature in the bedroom. He also got mad because she was on her phone. As the argument continued Connell got back into bed, turned his back to her and then allegedly elbowed her in the throat. She then hit him back and then Connell told her to get her stuff and leave. She got out of bed and went to the closet to get some of her stuff and she picked up a pair of Connell’s pants to get her car keys. Connell then grabbed the pants from her hands and pulled her toward him causing them to both fall on the bed. He then put his legs around her neck and squeezed and put his thumb under her chin pushing her head back, asking her if she was done. Connell allegedly let her get up once she said yes. She grabbed her phone and called 911. As she went outside to talk to police Connell unplugged the Wifi and she only has wifi calling because the signal is so bad. When police arrived to arrest Connell he admitted the argument had turned physical and admitted to unplugging the wireless router while she was on the phone. Connell was arrested on charges of domestic battery, strangulation, interfering with a police investigation.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Police are continuing to investigate the death of a West Baden man who was found dead on Sunday while working with a tractor. The cause of 88 year old Joseph Weikert’s death is still unknown pending an autopsy. Police were called to a home on County Road 50 North in West Baden around 10:30 p.m. when a neighbor of Weikert’s called to report a tractor accident. He also reported Weikert was not moving or breathing. The neighbor had gone to investigate after Weikert’s wife called to ask him to check on him. Police noted that Weikert was found partially under the tractor and a tree stump that was chained to the front of the tractor. Police determined the tractor appeared to have traveled some distance before encountering a brush pile and spinning its wheels until it ran out of fuel.

A Ferdinand man who was in jail for charges of child molestation and child seduction is now being charged with possession of child pornography. According to a news release from the Dubois County Sheriff's Office 27 year old Nathan Albrecht of Ferdinand is facing additional charges after a cellphone and other digital storage items were seized and examined after a search warrant was granted. Those devices seized had around 15,000 videos or photographs of child pornography on them. Police opened an investigation on August 20th after receiving an initial report of child abuse. After an investigation, Albrecht was arrested on three felony counts of child molestation and three felony counts of child seduction. He now faces a new felony charge of possession of child pornography. The Dubois County Sheriff's Office has been assisted by the Jasper City Police Department, Ferdinand Police Department, the Huntingburg Police Department, the Dubois County Prosecutor's Office, the Indiana Department of Family and Children Services and the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition during the investigation.

A Greene County woman was arrested after she was found passed out on her kitchen floor with her three children in the house. The investigation began on September 30 when police were called to a home in Sandborn after a family member reported 40 year old Lorie Cullison was passed out with her three children in the home. A family member made the call after being contacted by one of the children who called a grandparent to come to pick them up. The caller said they found food cooking on the stove that had almost caught fire while Cullison was passed out. When police arrived they found Cullison lying on the floor in the kitchen and had all the signs of being intoxicated. According to police she was belligerent and verbally abusive and her speech was slurred. Police said this was not the first time she did this as they had responded to a similar situation in late July. Cullison took a breath test and had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.188 on a portable breathalyzer. The children were left in the care of a family member Cullison was not arrested that night and the Department of Child Services was notified. A criminal case was filed on Thursday against Cullison and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was arrested on Friday on a charge of child neglect.

Monday, October 21st, 2019

On Friday Indiana State Police Detective Shane Staggs submitted charges to the Orange County Prosecutors Office in relation to a murder investigation that began on December 27th, 2016.  An arrest warrant was issued today/Monday for 24 year old Cody Gabrel of French Lick for the murder of 66 year old James Bryson also of French Lick. Charges include Felony Murder, Murder, and Burglary Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. Back on December 27th, 2016 James Bryson was found dead inside his home that he shared with his sister in French Lick. Bryson had last been seen December 24th, 2016. The investigation is currently ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Shane Staggs at 812-482-1441.

A Mitchell man was arrested after a domestic fight turned physical Saturday night in Bedford. Police were called at 8 p.m to a home in the 1000 block of 17th Street in Bedford after a report of a domestic dispute. Police, they arrived and spoke with the victim who had visible redness to her neck and chest. The woman told police that 27 year old Carl Reynolds of Mitchell was upset about getting woke up from sleeping. The woman said that she let him use her phone to call for a ride and when he asked again she told him no. That’s when Reynolds became angry and struck her on the head and in the chest with a closed fist. Reynolds was arrested on charges of battery resulting in injury, resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, and strangulation.

A call to police on Friday reporting a possibly impaired driver on State Road 56 resulted in an arrest in Hillham. A call to police at 5:03 p.m. resulted in a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer stopping a 2009 Honda Accord. According to police the driver, 45 year old Aaron Smith of Jasper allegedly turned off State Road 56 onto a random driveway in the vicinity of Cuzco Road North and drove halfway up the lane and stopped. Police reported Smith’s blood alcohol content later tested at .215% at the Jasper Police Station in a certified test. Smith was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 7:13 p.m. on a felony count of operating while intoxicated. The impaired driving charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior conviction within the last five years.

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Five people suffered injuries in a traffic accident at State Road 37 and Patrick Robbins Way Thursday in Bedford. According to Police Sharon Lake of Shoals was turning left onto State Road 37 from Patrick Robbins Way in a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. after she disregarded the stop light there she collided with a 2003 Buick Century driven by Joe Shaffer of Orleans who was traveling northbound on State Road 37. Witnesses stated that Shaffer had the green light. Both drivers and three passengers complained of injuries in the crash with four of the victims transported to the hospital. Traffic from State Road 37 was diverted onto Patrick Robbins Way while the accident was being investigated. Bedford Police, Bedford Fire, IU Health Ambulance Services, Mikels Towing, and Stone City Collision responded to the accident.

A Paoli woman was arrested Wednesday evening on a warrant charging her with attempted theft in Jasper. According to Court documents on July 21 30 year old Danielle Burton of Paoli attempted to take lottery tickets at a Jasper gas station convenience store. Police investigated the incident which resulted in a warrant for her arrest issued on Aug. 12 in Dubois Superior Court. Police booked Burton into the Dubois County Jail at 6:44 p.m. Wednesday on the warrant. The attempted theft charge was elevated to a felony because of a prior theft conviction in Dubois County.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate a skimmer, which was found inside of a gas pump in Washington County. The skimmer was discovered at the Marathon gas station in Hardinsburg, Indiana. If you use a credit or debit card to purchase gas, you should check your account on a regular basis and report any unauthorized charges immediately to your bank and local law enforcement. If you have any information regarding this investigation, you are urges to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Department at (812)883-5999.

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Earlier this morning, at 1:27 a.m, the Bedford Fire Department dispatched to a confirmed structure fire at 402 16th Street in Bedford. Nine firefighters from three stations responded and on arrival found heavy fire and smoke coming through the roof of a two-story single-family dwelling. The occupants, of the residence Sean Prewitt and Amanda Donahue were unaware of the fire and were alerted by an individual driving down 16 th street. They evacuated safely without injury. The residence sustained heavy damage and is determined to be a total loss. T he cause of the fire at this time is still under investigation

The Walk-In Clinic located on Mitchell Road is now closed. The Ascension Health Group has provided the following statement for the closing St. Vincent Immediate Care Center in Bedford. According to Ascension health, the closed the walk in clinic, effective October 15th. Patients now have the option to make an appointment with their primary care provider or can be treated in the St. Vincent Dunn emergency department. We also offer 24/7 virtual care appointments at  stvincent.org and Immediate Care Access is available at the office of Dr. Kim Scherschel and Lisa Kleindorfer, NP, located in Bedford..

Jasper Police booked a man into custody Wednesday afternoon after responding to the report of a terminated employee making threats.
According police reports, at 12:11 p.m. police received a call and the ensuing investigation resulted in the arrest of 31 year old Edwin Pitre, of Washington. Police then booked Vega Pitre into the Dubois County Jail at 4:31 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of intimidation.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

A traffic accident that sent the driver to the hospital last night also closed down U.S. 50 in Bedford.  According to police Taylor Greenlee was traveling westbound on U.S 50 East in a 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage when her vehicle ran off the south side of the road near a driveway in the 2400 block of U.S. 50 East.  The vehicle went into a ditch and struck several large rocks.  The vehicle then flipped over and struck several small tree branches. The vehicle came to a rest overturned on its driver side. Greenlee was extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel. She was wearing her seat belt and the airbag did deploy in the vehicle. Greenlee was taken by ambulance to Bloomington Hospital with collarbone injuries and unknown internal injuries. She is believed to have had a seizure while driving. According to police there was no evidence that Greenlee was impaired and believe it was a medical event that led to the accident. Greenlee was treated and released from the hospital with no significant injuries. The Lawrence County Police Department, IU Health Ambulance Service, Shawswick Fire Department, Bedford Fire Department, and Gear Works Towing responded to the accident.

Police arrested a 12-year-old boy for allegedly hitting his mother Monday afternoon in Bedford.  The incident occurred at a home in the 1300 block of 13th Street in Bedford. A woman requested officers to the home because of issues with her son. After police arrived at the home, she told police the boy allegedly punched her in the head with a closed fist. According to police they got into an argument because she believed he had been smoking. The woman also told police a similar incident happened the day before and she also told police there were other incidents between the boy and other siblings. She told police she didn’t feel safe. The boy was charged him with one count of domestic battery. The boy was taken to the Bartholomew County Juvenile Detention Center as recommended by Lawrence County’s probation department.

A report of someone passed out behind the wheel Sunday night resulted in an arrest in Jasper.  Police were called at 8:13 p.m. to Second Street and U.S. 231 in Jasper. Police found 22 year old Maria Jaent of Jasper with her head back and eyes closed while behind the wheel of a 2003 Ford and at a red light. Police pulled a patrol car in front of the Ford for safety reasons since Jaents vehicle was still in gear. Once was awakened, Jaent took her foot off the brake causing the car to crash into the police vehicle. Jaent allegedly showed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety testing and she was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center where a blood draw showed her blood alcohol content at .367%. She was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 12:37 p.m. on Monday on a misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated. 

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Monday morning at 9:41 am, the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle accident on US 50 at Red School Road in Martin County that resulted in one of the drivers being seriously injured and flown to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.  Initial investigation by police indicated that a 2011 Dodge Truck, driven by Adam Moon of Bruceville was traveling eastbound on US 50 when his vehicle went left of center and struck a Purple 2011 Kenworth, driven by David Rottet Jr. of Winslow.  Moon was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital by helicopter for injuries sustained in the accident. Rottet was uninjured. US 50 was closed for several hours in order to clear the accident scene. The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Martin County Sheriff’s Department, Shoals Fire Department and Martin County Ambulance Service.

A Celestine woman was injured after a Monday afternoon rollover crash east of Celestine.  According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 75 year old Frances Laduke of Celestine was driving eastbound on State Road 164 in a 2011 Buick Lucerne at 3:07 p.m. Police said the Buick traveled off the roadway a half mile east of the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department for an unknown reason and struck a previously downed tree off the highway and rolled over. The car came to a stop on its top on the south side of the roadway. Celestine Volunteer Fire Department first responders were able to retrieve Laduke from the vehicle. Laduke was wearing a seat belt and the air bags deployed. She suffered a cut hand and also complained of chest pain. She was transported by ambulance for treatment at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. The crash totaled the vehicle. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Bob Luegers Motors wrecker also assisted.

Police discovered drugs during an investigation of leaving-the-scene incident Monday afternoon in Jasper.  Police were dispatched at 1 p.m. to a leaving-the-scene crash at Seventh and Newton streets in Jasper. The suspect in the 28 year old Taryn Ballard of Taswell was driving a 2010 Buick Enclave was located later at 36th Street and Leslie Drive. While police were inventorying the Buick so it could be towed they found a gram of a crystalline substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine. Also found was a Suboxone tablet, 12 Gabapentin tablets and a glass smoking pipe with a residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Police booked Ballard into the Dubois County Jail at 3:37 p.m. on felony charges possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a legend drug and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of paraphernalia. Jasper police K-9 Mack and a Ruxer Ford wrecker assisted at the scene.

Friday, October 11th, 2019

A Bedford man was airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis after his motorcycle crashed on Bartlettsville Road Monday night in Bedford. At 7:31 p.m., According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department crash report 24 year old James Norman of Bedford was traveling north on Bartlettsville Road near Dunn Bridge Road on his red 2002 Kawasaki ZR-1200. The motorcycle left the roadway and then hit a fence. The impact caused Norman to be thrown from the motorcycle. Norman was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Norman was unable to determine what led to the crash. Norman suffered broken ribs, a broken vertebra in his lower back and a hernia from the crash.

On Thursday, ISP units assisted the Dubois County Sheriff's Department and Jasper City Police Department with a suicidal subject that had a gun to his head in the middle of the roadway. Prior to officers' arrival the subject left the area in a vehicle. The vehicle was located and failed to stop for officers. Trooper Noah Ewing, was able to set up stop sticks, which the vehicle struck and continued on. The vehicle then struck another set of stop sticks possibly deployed by Orange County Sheriffs Department. The vehicle then crashed a short distance later and ended up on its side. Fire Departments were on scene and the roadway was closed at State Road 56 and County Road 1175 W. The driver was located at the scene and transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital and then flown to Ascension Saint Vincent Hospital in Evansville. Eraly Friday morning around 1:35AM, a bb gun was located inside the vehicle. Troopers are working the crash investigation while the Dubois County Sheriffs Department is handling the arrest. One lane of SR56 was closed for a time. The incident is still under investigation. At the scene were Indiana State Police Jasper, Orange County Sheriffs Department, Dubois County Sheriffs Department and Jasper City Police Department.

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Friday, October 4th, at approximately 6:05 AM, Martin County Community Corrections contacted the Martin County Sheriff’s Office to advise of an electronic home monitor tamper alarm in Shoals.  When a Sheriff’s Deputy arrived at the residence of the alarm, they found the tracking bracelet in the yard and James “Mike” Hert nowhere to be found. For the past six (6) days, deputies from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office have been on the lookout for Hert.  Martin County Reserve Deputies were also called in to assist with the search for Hert.  The Martin County Sheriff’s Office received multiple tips from concerned citizens regarding the possible whereabouts of Hert during his elusion from authorities.  These tips led deputies to search several square miles of local wooded-areas and terrain over the past six (6) days.  Wednesday, October 9th, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office received an additional tip from a concerned citizen advising of a possible location for Hert in the county.  Sheriff Travis Roush, Chief Deputy Josh Greene, and Deputy John Wright began a multiple-hour search of the (possible) wooded location by tracking footprints they believed belonged to Hert.  The search ended with the capture of James “Mike” Hert on a Martin County Warrant for Escape, a level 6 felony.  Hert was also found to be in possession of a substance suspected to be methamphetamine, and is subsequently facing additional charges for methamphetamine. Hert is being held at the Martin County Security Center without bond. 

A Lawrence County man was arrested after he allegedly sold meth to undercover police officers on three occasions. Bedford Police arrested 44-year-old Kevin Brooking of Bedford Wednesday afternoon after a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to Bedford Police, officers began their investigation on September 5th after learning Brooking was selling meth. With the cooperation of Lawrence County deputies, undercover officers made three purchases of meth from Brooking. He was then arrested on charges of dealing meth, corrupt business influence, possession of meth, and maintaining a common nuisance.

A Lawrence County man was arrested early this morning after police found two baggies of meth in his pockets. According to Bedford Police, an officer was patrolling the area of 24th and J streets in Bedford around 3:10 a.m., after a report from a resident who witnessed a man attempting to breaking into vehicles in the area. The officers then noticed a man in the area and stopped to speak to him. Police questioned 35-year-old David Thomas, of Bedford. Thomas gave officers consent to search his pockets. Officers found two baggies with a white crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. He was then arrested on a charge of possession of meth.

Wednesday, October, 9th, 2019

A Salem man was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation Saturday in Salem. On Friday just before midnight a woman reported her 15 year-old daughter had snuck out of her grandmother’s house in Salem and left with 21 year old Caleb Fleenor. The grandmother saw the girl get into the car with a man and leave. She called the mother of the girl who then called police. Her mother went through the teens cell phone that she left at her grandmothers and found conversations on Snapchat between her daughter and Fleenor. The mother then called Fleenor and told him to bring her daughter home. Fleener drove the girl to a location close to her grandmother’s and dropped her off. The teen told her parents and grandmother that she and Fleener had unprotected sex and that the two had been texting and speaking on Snapchat for two years. She also admitted that he took her to a church parking lot where they kissed and had sex and that they had met on more than one occasion. Police spoke to Fleenor and he admitted to police he had picked the girl up and the two had gone to the church parking lot and had sex with the girl. He also told police when the girl’s mother called and he took her back home.  Fleenor was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation.

A Mitchell man was arrested after police were called to a home Tuesday in the 1080 block of Bryantsville Road in Mitchell at 8:10 p.m. Police went to the home after a woman called police wanting them to check on her sister. When police arrived they found an adult female sitting outside of the home that had been injured.  According to police the female had been battered by a male earlier while they were returning to the home in a vehicle. Police said the argument turned physical and the woman was choked and hit and that when the couple got home the male pulled her hair out and bit her on the face and arm. Police could see the injuries and they were consistent with the victim’s allegations. Deputies found the male identified as 35 year old Brandon Dodds of Mitchell inside the home. He was arrested and charged with domestic battery and strangulation and was transported to jail.

Police responding to a Monday night a suspicious male report outside a business south of Jasper led to an arrest. Police were called to the 1200 block of South State Road 162 at 10:11 p.m in Jasper and found 40 year old Roger Hutchinson of Loogootee on a sidewalk in front of a business with a backpack and his phone charger plugged into a wall. A Ford passenger car with no visible registration was also at the scene. Hutchinson told police he had run out of gas. Police found Hutchinson in possession of a glass smoking pipe with white residue and a small plastic bag containing a white, crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine. Police booked Hutchinson into the Dubois County Jail at 11:24 p.m. on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted at the scene. 

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

A Bedford teen was arrested Friday after he was spotted driving the wrong way on a one way Street Friday in Bedford. Police attempted to stop the driver and activated their emergency lights at 17th and M streets at 1 a.m. The vehicle then took off at a high rate of speed for several blocks before losing control and spinning out next to an embankment. Officers removed the male from the vehicle and found out he did not have a driver’s license. Police found the registered vehicle owner who did not give permission for the male to drive it. The Owner also wanted to report the vehicle stolen. The male was transported to a medical facility for treatment of minor injuries and was charged with auto theft, resisting arrest, unlicensed driver, and issued a citation for speeding.

Two people were arrested after a domestic fight at Shawnee Apartments Saturday night in Bedford. Police were called to the apartments after a report of a domestic fight Saturday at 11:28 P.M. When officers arrived they spoke to both individuals involved. Both individuals, 38 year old Amy Emery of Bedford and 59 year old Michael Goss of Jasper appeared to be intoxicated. Police found several damaged items in the apartment consistent with a fight. Both of them complained of pain and wished to file charges against each other. Police arrested Emery and Goss on a charge of battery resulting in bodily injury.

Yesterday at 11:35 P.M. Indiana State Police were patrolling in the area of the Lloyd Expressway and St. Joseph Avenue in Vanderburgh County when he spotted a Jeep with expired registration. Police attempted to stop the vehicle on Ray Becker Parkway near Ohio Street. The vehicle stopped just south of Ohio Street, but when police exited his vehicle the driver started to travel southwest on Ray Becker Parkway at approximately 45 mph and refused to stop. The driver of the vehicle continued south on Barker Avenue after disregarding a red light and then turned east on Dennison Street before stopping at a dead-end and fleeing on foot. After a brief search, an Evansville Police K-9 unit located and arrested the driver without further incident. The driver was identified as 29 year old Kevin Washington of Evansville. Washington was taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where he is currently being held on bond. Washington was charged with a felony count of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, and misdemeanor counts of Resisting Law Enforcement, Driving While Suspended Prior, Driving a Motor Vehicle without ever receiving a Driver’s License, Driving While Intoxicated-Refusal. 

Thursday, October 7th, 2019

Earlier this morning, at 1:27 a.m, the Bedford Fire Department dispatched to a confirmed structure fire at 402 16th Street in Bedford. Nine firefighters from three stations responded and on arrival found heavy fire and smoke coming through the roof of a two-story single-family dwelling. The occupants, of the residence Sean Prewitt and Amanda Donahue were unaware of the fire and were alerted by an individual driving down 16 th street. They evacuated safely without injury. The residence sustained heavy damage and is determined to be a total loss. T he cause of the fire at this time is still under investigation

The Walk-In Clinic located on Mitchell Road is now closed. The Ascension Health Group has provided the following statement for the closing St. Vincent Immediate Care Center in Bedford. According to Ascension health, the closed the walk in clinic, effective October 15th. Patients now have the option to make an appointment with their primary care provider or can be treated in the St. Vincent Dunn emergency department. We also offer 24/7 virtual care appointments at  stvincent.org and Immediate Care Access is available at the office of Dr. Kim Scherschel and Lisa Kleindorfer, NP, located in Bedford..

Jasper Police booked a man into custody Wednesday afternoon after responding to the report of a terminated employee making threats.
According police reports, at 12:11 p.m. police received a call and the ensuing investigation resulted in the arrest of 31 year old Edwin Pitre, of Washington. Police then booked Vega Pitre into the Dubois County Jail at 4:31 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of intimidation.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

A traffic accident that sent the driver to the hospital last night also closed down U.S. 50 in Bedford.  According to police Taylor Greenlee was traveling westbound on U.S 50 East in a 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage when her vehicle ran off the south side of the road near a driveway in the 2400 block of U.S. 50 East.  The vehicle went into a ditch and struck several large rocks.  The vehicle then flipped over and struck several small tree branches. The vehicle came to a rest overturned on its driver side. Greenlee was extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel. She was wearing her seat belt and the airbag did deploy in the vehicle. Greenlee was taken by ambulance to Bloomington Hospital with collarbone injuries and unknown internal injuries. She is believed to have had a seizure while driving. According to police there was no evidence that Greenlee was impaired and believe it was a medical event that led to the accident. Greenlee was treated and released from the hospital with no significant injuries. The Lawrence County Police Department, IU Health Ambulance Service, Shawswick Fire Department, Bedford Fire Department, and Gear Works Towing responded to the accident.

Police arrested a 12-year-old boy for allegedly hitting his mother Monday afternoon in Bedford.  The incident occurred at a home in the 1300 block of 13th Street in Bedford. A woman requested officers to the home because of issues with her son. After police arrived at the home, she told police the boy allegedly punched her in the head with a closed fist. According to police they got into an argument because she believed he had been smoking. The woman also told police a similar incident happened the day before and she also told police there were other incidents between the boy and other siblings. She told police she didn’t feel safe. The boy was charged him with one count of domestic battery. The boy was taken to the Bartholomew County Juvenile Detention Center as recommended by Lawrence County’s probation department.

A report of someone passed out behind the wheel Sunday night resulted in an arrest in Jasper.  Police were called at 8:13 p.m. to Second Street and U.S. 231 in Jasper. Police found 22 year old Maria Jaent of Jasper with her head back and eyes closed while behind the wheel of a 2003 Ford and at a red light. Police pulled a patrol car in front of the Ford for safety reasons since Jaents vehicle was still in gear. Once was awakened, Jaent took her foot off the brake causing the car to crash into the police vehicle. Jaent allegedly showed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety testing and she was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center where a blood draw showed her blood alcohol content at .367%. She was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 12:37 p.m. on Monday on a misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated. 

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Monday morning at 9:41 am, the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle accident on US 50 at Red School Road in Martin County that resulted in one of the drivers being seriously injured and flown to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.  Initial investigation by police indicated that a 2011 Dodge Truck, driven by Adam Moon of Bruceville was traveling eastbound on US 50 when his vehicle went left of center and struck a Purple 2011 Kenworth, driven by David Rottet Jr. of Winslow.  Moon was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital by helicopter for injuries sustained in the accident. Rottet was uninjured. US 50 was closed for several hours in order to clear the accident scene. The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Martin County Sheriff’s Department, Shoals Fire Department and Martin County Ambulance Service.

A Celestine woman was injured after a Monday afternoon rollover crash east of Celestine.  According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 75 year old Frances Laduke of Celestine was driving eastbound on State Road 164 in a 2011 Buick Lucerne at 3:07 p.m. Police said the Buick traveled off the roadway a half mile east of the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department for an unknown reason and struck a previously downed tree off the highway and rolled over. The car came to a stop on its top on the south side of the roadway. Celestine Volunteer Fire Department first responders were able to retrieve Laduke from the vehicle. Laduke was wearing a seat belt and the air bags deployed. She suffered a cut hand and also complained of chest pain. She was transported by ambulance for treatment at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. The crash totaled the vehicle. Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Bob Luegers Motors wrecker also assisted.

Police discovered drugs during an investigation of leaving-the-scene incident Monday afternoon in Jasper.  Police were dispatched at 1 p.m. to a leaving-the-scene crash at Seventh and Newton streets in Jasper. The suspect in the 28 year old Taryn Ballard of Taswell was driving a 2010 Buick Enclave was located later at 36th Street and Leslie Drive. While police were inventorying the Buick so it could be towed they found a gram of a crystalline substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine. Also found was a Suboxone tablet, 12 Gabapentin tablets and a glass smoking pipe with a residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Police booked Ballard into the Dubois County Jail at 3:37 p.m. on felony charges possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a legend drug and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of paraphernalia. Jasper police K-9 Mack and a Ruxer Ford wrecker assisted at the scene.

Friday, October 11th, 2019

A Bedford man was airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis after his motorcycle crashed on Bartlettsville Road Monday night in Bedford. At 7:31 p.m., According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department crash report 24 year old James Norman of Bedford was traveling north on Bartlettsville Road near Dunn Bridge Road on his red 2002 Kawasaki ZR-1200. The motorcycle left the roadway and then hit a fence. The impact caused Norman to be thrown from the motorcycle. Norman was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Norman was unable to determine what led to the crash. Norman suffered broken ribs, a broken vertebra in his lower back and a hernia from the crash.

On Thursday, ISP units assisted the Dubois County Sheriff's Department and Jasper City Police Department with a suicidal subject that had a gun to his head in the middle of the roadway. Prior to officers' arrival the subject left the area in a vehicle. The vehicle was located and failed to stop for officers. Trooper Noah Ewing, was able to set up stop sticks, which the vehicle struck and continued on. The vehicle then struck another set of stop sticks possibly deployed by Orange County Sheriffs Department. The vehicle then crashed a short distance later and ended up on its side. Fire Departments were on scene and the roadway was closed at State Road 56 and County Road 1175 W. The driver was located at the scene and transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital and then flown to Ascension Saint Vincent Hospital in Evansville. Eraly Friday morning around 1:35AM, a bb gun was located inside the vehicle. Troopers are working the crash investigation while the Dubois County Sheriffs Department is handling the arrest. One lane of SR56 was closed for a time. The incident is still under investigation. At the scene were Indiana State Police Jasper, Orange County Sheriffs Department, Dubois County Sheriffs Department and Jasper City Police Department.

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Friday, October 4th, at approximately 6:05 AM, Martin County Community Corrections contacted the Martin County Sheriff’s Office to advise of an electronic home monitor tamper alarm in Shoals.  When a Sheriff’s Deputy arrived at the residence of the alarm, they found the tracking bracelet in the yard and James “Mike” Hert nowhere to be found. For the past six (6) days, deputies from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office have been on the lookout for Hert.  Martin County Reserve Deputies were also called in to assist with the search for Hert.  The Martin County Sheriff’s Office received multiple tips from concerned citizens regarding the possible whereabouts of Hert during his elusion from authorities.  These tips led deputies to search several square miles of local wooded-areas and terrain over the past six (6) days.  Wednesday, October 9th, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office received an additional tip from a concerned citizen advising of a possible location for Hert in the county.  Sheriff Travis Roush, Chief Deputy Josh Greene, and Deputy John Wright began a multiple-hour search of the (possible) wooded location by tracking footprints they believed belonged to Hert.  The search ended with the capture of James “Mike” Hert on a Martin County Warrant for Escape, a level 6 felony.  Hert was also found to be in possession of a substance suspected to be methamphetamine, and is subsequently facing additional charges for methamphetamine. Hert is being held at the Martin County Security Center without bond. 

A Lawrence County man was arrested after he allegedly sold meth to undercover police officers on three occasions. Bedford Police arrested 44-year-old Kevin Brooking of Bedford Wednesday afternoon after a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to Bedford Police, officers began their investigation on September 5th after learning Brooking was selling meth. With the cooperation of Lawrence County deputies, undercover officers made three purchases of meth from Brooking. He was then arrested on charges of dealing meth, corrupt business influence, possession of meth, and maintaining a common nuisance.

A Lawrence County man was arrested early this morning after police found two baggies of meth in his pockets. According to Bedford Police, an officer was patrolling the area of 24th and J streets in Bedford around 3:10 a.m., after a report from a resident who witnessed a man attempting to breaking into vehicles in the area. The officers then noticed a man in the area and stopped to speak to him. Police questioned 35-year-old David Thomas, of Bedford. Thomas gave officers consent to search his pockets. Officers found two baggies with a white crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. He was then arrested on a charge of possession of meth.

Wednesday, October, 9th, 2019

A Salem man was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation Saturday in Salem. On Friday just before midnight a woman reported her 15 year-old daughter had snuck out of her grandmother’s house in Salem and left with 21 year old Caleb Fleenor. The grandmother saw the girl get into the car with a man and leave. She called the mother of the girl who then called police. Her mother went through the teens cell phone that she left at her grandmothers and found conversations on Snapchat between her daughter and Fleenor. The mother then called Fleenor and told him to bring her daughter home. Fleener drove the girl to a location close to her grandmother’s and dropped her off. The teen told her parents and grandmother that she and Fleener had unprotected sex and that the two had been texting and speaking on Snapchat for two years. She also admitted that he took her to a church parking lot where they kissed and had sex and that they had met on more than one occasion. Police spoke to Fleenor and he admitted to police he had picked the girl up and the two had gone to the church parking lot and had sex with the girl. He also told police when the girl’s mother called and he took her back home.  Fleenor was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation.

A Mitchell man was arrested after police were called to a home Tuesday in the 1080 block of Bryantsville Road in Mitchell at 8:10 p.m. Police went to the home after a woman called police wanting them to check on her sister. When police arrived they found an adult female sitting outside of the home that had been injured.  According to police the female had been battered by a male earlier while they were returning to the home in a vehicle. Police said the argument turned physical and the woman was choked and hit and that when the couple got home the male pulled her hair out and bit her on the face and arm. Police could see the injuries and they were consistent with the victim’s allegations. Deputies found the male identified as 35 year old Brandon Dodds of Mitchell inside the home. He was arrested and charged with domestic battery and strangulation and was transported to jail.

Police responding to a Monday night a suspicious male report outside a business south of Jasper led to an arrest. Police were called to the 1200 block of South State Road 162 at 10:11 p.m in Jasper and found 40 year old Roger Hutchinson of Loogootee on a sidewalk in front of a business with a backpack and his phone charger plugged into a wall. A Ford passenger car with no visible registration was also at the scene. Hutchinson told police he had run out of gas. Police found Hutchinson in possession of a glass smoking pipe with white residue and a small plastic bag containing a white, crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine. Police booked Hutchinson into the Dubois County Jail at 11:24 p.m. on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. A Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted at the scene. 

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

A Bedford teen was arrested Friday after he was spotted driving the wrong way on a one way Street Friday in Bedford. Police attempted to stop the driver and activated their emergency lights at 17th and M streets at 1 a.m. The vehicle then took off at a high rate of speed for several blocks before losing control and spinning out next to an embankment. Officers removed the male from the vehicle and found out he did not have a driver’s license. Police found the registered vehicle owner who did not give permission for the male to drive it. The Owner also wanted to report the vehicle stolen. The male was transported to a medical facility for treatment of minor injuries and was charged with auto theft, resisting arrest, unlicensed driver, and issued a citation for speeding.

Two people were arrested after a domestic fight at Shawnee Apartments Saturday night in Bedford. Police were called to the apartments after a report of a domestic fight Saturday at 11:28 P.M. When officers arrived they spoke to both individuals involved. Both individuals, 38 year old Amy Emery of Bedford and 59 year old Michael Goss of Jasper appeared to be intoxicated. Police found several damaged items in the apartment consistent with a fight. Both of them complained of pain and wished to file charges against each other. Police arrested Emery and Goss on a charge of battery resulting in bodily injury.

Yesterday at 11:35 P.M. Indiana State Police were patrolling in the area of the Lloyd Expressway and St. Joseph Avenue in Vanderburgh County when he spotted a Jeep with expired registration. Police attempted to stop the vehicle on Ray Becker Parkway near Ohio Street. The vehicle stopped just south of Ohio Street, but when police exited his vehicle the driver started to travel southwest on Ray Becker Parkway at approximately 45 mph and refused to stop. The driver of the vehicle continued south on Barker Avenue after disregarding a red light and then turned east on Dennison Street before stopping at a dead-end and fleeing on foot. After a brief search, an Evansville Police K-9 unit located and arrested the driver without further incident. The driver was identified as 29 year old Kevin Washington of Evansville. Washington was taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where he is currently being held on bond. Washington was charged with a felony count of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, and misdemeanor counts of Resisting Law Enforcement, Driving While Suspended Prior, Driving a Motor Vehicle without ever receiving a Driver’s License, Driving While Intoxicated-Refusal. 

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Today at 6:05 AM, Martin County Sheriff’s Office were advised by Martin County Community Corrections of a GPS Tracking Device tamper alarm for the ankle monitor of James “Mike” Hert. Martin County Deputies arrived at Hert's residence, in the town of Shoals, a short time later to investigate and discovered Hert’s ankle monitor located in the yard and no one at the residence. Hert is currently on Community Corrections for methamphetamine charges. James “Mike” Hert is a 56-year-old white male, brown hair, green eyes, 6 ft. and 170 pounds. Clothing, vehicle description or traveling status is not known at this time. This is currently under investigation by Martin County Sheriff’s Office. If seen, do not attempt to approach or apprehend; call Martin County Sheriff's Office at 812-247-3726.

A Mitchell woman was hurt in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday night on 29th Street in Bedford. Police were alerted and responded to the accident at 5:42 p.m. According to police, 61 year old Kenneth Fahr of Bedford was pulling into his driveway in the on 29th Street in Bedford and was checking his rearview mirror when he drove his 2007 General Motors Acadia into the path of a 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by 62 year old Onalee Giggy of Mitchell. Giggy suffered an abrasion to her face and was treated at the scene.

On Tuesday night Indiana State Police attempted to stop a black Chevrolet Corvette for speeding while patrolling on SR 56 in eastern Washington County.   As the trooper turned around to stop the car, The Corvette accelerated, then turned south on to Mount Road and fled at a high rate of speed.   Mount Road is gravel and the Corvette left a cloud of thick gravel dust in its wake, which prevented the trooper from safely pursuing. After the dust settled, he continued down the road, but did not locate the vehicle.  Just after midnight on Wednesday, a dispatcher reported a suspicious vehicle had pulled into a nearby residence on Mount Rd.  The caller said it looked like the driver was trying to hide from someone and had parked by a barn.  When Police arrived, they located 48 year old Jacquline Turner of Medora in the vehicle.  Turner then exited the car and began to walk away when ordered her to stop. During his investigation, Police learned Turner was wanted out of Washington County and that a male subject fled from the scene prior to his arrival.  Police searched a nearby wood line and found 42 year old Jeffrey Wilhoite of Bedford, Kentucky, inside the wood line.  Police noticed Wilhoite had an ankle holster containing a pistol. Wilhoite was taken into custody without further incident. As a result of the investigation, over 10 grams of methamphetamine was located. Wilhoite and Turner were both arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail.  Wilhoite was charged with felony counts of Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting Law Enforcement, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Hypodermic Needle and a misdemeanor count of Possession of a Handgun without License.  Turner was charged with felony counts of Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana and also on a warrant out of Washington County for Operating While Intoxicated Prior and Possession of Paraphernalia. 

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

A Paoli woman was arrested after police were called to Wal-Mart Tuesday afternoon in Bedford. Police were called to the store at 2:25 p.m. after Wal-Mart employees stopped 38 year old Emily Lloyd of Paoli for theft. According to Police an employee witnessed Lloyd remove a tag from a pair of shoes and proceeded to the self-checkout. The employee watched Lloyd only pay for part of the merchandise in her cart. She was then stopped after leaving the store. She was issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of theft and a no-trespass order to stay out of Wal-Mart.

A Mitchell man was arrested Saturday after he was accused of defrauding a person of thousands of dollars during a water damage renovation project. According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit on August 26, a man contacted police to report 56 year old David Kennedy of Mitchell, who owns General Contractors Unlimited, allegedly accepted payment for a project that he did not complete. The man told police he contracted with Kennedy’s company on February 7th, and Kennedy allegedly accepted a $2,500 deposit for a water damage renovation project. Kennedy performed the initial demo but then abandoned the project. The accuser said he attempted to contact Kennedy numerous times but his calls were never returned by Kennedy. At that time police were already investigating another complaint against Kennedy in which he was accused of taking a deposit without doing the required work. In September another person contacted police to report Kennedy took a deposit without working on a project. Police interviewed Kennedy and he allegedly claimed he was in trouble for some things that he was trying to work out in other counties. Kennedy was booked into the Lawrence County jail. Kennedy was charged with three counts of corrupt business influence, two counts of home improvement fraud and one count of theft.

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of State Road 37 and Wesley Chapel Road Wednesday morning in Mitchell. According to a police report 82 year old John Ritchison of Mitchell was at the stop sign at the intersection of Wesley Chapel Road and State Road 37 and attempting to turn south onto State Road 37. He pulled his 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck into the path of a 2016 Kia Optima driven by 34 year old Brittany Lanham. Lanham was unable to avoid the collision. A witness at the scene told police the pickup truck pulled in front of the car causing the accident. Police responded to the scene of the crash at 7:50 a.m. Ritchison suffered minor bleeding to his head and Lanham suffered a contusion and bruising to her head.

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019


A crash Sunday may have been caused by a medical problem.
A single vehicle crash happened at 5 p.m. on US 150/State Road 56 in French Lick about six miles west of Paoli. Police said a Chevrolet pickup driven by 41 year old Jason Newhouse of Paoli left the roadway in a curve and struck two signs. Police were told that Newhouse has multiple sclerosis and began having trouble driving when the truck entered the curve. Newhouse was given a misdemeanor citation for driving while suspended with a prior infraction. No one was injured in the crash.

A Ferdinand woman was arrested after police came to the modern campground at Patoka Lake in reference to a call about an intoxicated woman. Police were dispatched to the modern campground around 10:30 p.m. on Friday about an intoxicated woman attempting to leave in a vehicle. While police were on their way they became aware the woman was trying to choke her boyfriend. Once arriving, police were made aware by a DNR official that she had fled into the woods. Officers were made aware that the woman was back at the campsite. Police allegedly saw the woman, identified as 25 year old Mariah Kammerer of Ferdinand punch a man in the face. While trying to take Kammerer into custody an officer was then struck on the chin by her. She was then handcuffed and transported to the Orange County Jail without incident. A portable breath test she took registered a .15. Kammerer has been charged with a felony count of battery against a public safety official, and misdemeanor counts of battery resulting in bodily injury and public intoxication.

Around 12:30 Tuesday morning, Indiana State Trooper Tatum Rohlfing was patrolling on Lewis and Clark Parkway in Clarksville when he observed a pick-up truck make an unsafe lane movement.   Trooper Rohlfing checked the vehicle's license plate when stopping the truck and learned the plate returned to a different vehicle. Trooper Rohlfing spoke with the driver, and sole occupant, 58 year old Jay Hart of Jeffersonville, and further learned that Hart's Driver's License was suspended. Also, as a result of his continued investigation, Trooper Rohlfing located over 40 grams of methamphetamine as well as paraphernalia.  Hart was arrested at the scene and, in addition to the traffic offenses, is charged with felony counts of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and a misdemeanor count of Possession of Paraphernalia.

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

A drug tip and a woman wanted on a Kentucky warrant led to the arrest of four people west of Ferdinand on Saturday. Police made contact with 41 year old Robin Dixon of Ferdinand who was wanted on a warrant out of Hancock County, Kentucky regarding a petition to revoke probation in a possession of a controlled substance case. Police also located at the trailer where Dixon was were 34 year-old Matthew Martin and 24 year-old Ashlyn Gaynor both of Lewisport, Kentucky and 28 year old James Decker III of Hawesville, Kentucky. Police obtained a search warrant and allegedly located methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple items of drug paraphernalia. Police took Dixon into custody on the Kentucky warrant and also booked her into the Dubois County Jail at 12:45 p.m. on preliminary felony charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Martin, Gaynor and Decker were also arrested on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of visiting a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. The Ferdinand Police Department also assisted at the scene.

A Jasper woman was arrested after a traffic stop early Saturday morning in Jasper. Police initiated a traffic stop at 12:24 a.m. Saturday after an officer observed a car fail to come to a complete stop at 15th and Jackson streets. During the traffic stop the officer alleged an object was thrown out the window by the front seat passenger. When questioned the passenger 38 year old Nichole Shelley of Jasper denied throwing anything out the window. Police searched the area and found the item. The item contained a green, leafy material that field tested positive as marijuana. Authorities booked Shelley into the Dubois County Jail at 1:02 a.m. on preliminary felony charges of obstruction of justice and a misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

A Bedford woman was arrested after police saw a vehicle traveling the wrong way down a one-way street Friday night in Bedford.  Police then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver 20 year old Emily Banks of Bedford didn’t have a valid driver’s license and gave officers consent to search the vehicle. Officers located a purse belonging to her passenger 55 year old Julia Godsey of Bedford. Inside the purse police located a crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Police released Banks with a summons to appear in court for operating a vehicle while never licensed.  Godsey was arrested on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. 

Monday, September 30th, 2019

The quick actions of local citizens and firefighters helped save a home Saturday night in Needmore. At about 7:15 p.m. firefighters with Marshall Township, Oolitic and Shawswick Fire Departments responded to a garage fire in Needmore.  Robbie Roberts and two other unidentified individuals who were in the area used a garden hose to keep the flames from extending into the home until firefighters arrived. Uppon their arrival firefighters found the garage engulfed in flames. They were able to attack the blaze quickly from two locations to keep it from getting into the home. The home suffered water damage in the living room area and attic but there was no other damage to the home and it is still livable. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the homeowners were unknown at the time of the fire.

Police arrested a Seymour man Thursday after he ran from police and then stole a vehicle in Brownstown. Police conducted a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of County Roads 300 North and 225 West in Jackson County around 4:12 p.m. When the vehicle stopped the driver got out but the passenger, later identified as 24 year old Lakota Snyder, jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off. Officers pursued the vehicle north on County Road 225W for about a half-mile before the vehicle left the road and traveled through several fields and yards. Snyder then abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene on foot into a cornfield. He then forced his way into a house, told police he had a gun and then stole the homeowner’s car and fled. Police finally stopped the car and apprehended Snyder. Snyder is charged with two counts of auto theft, robbery, residential entry, two counts of resisting law enforcement, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while never receiving a driver’s license, refusal to submit to a chemical test, and he was wanted on a warrant out of Jackson County. Snyder is being held without bond in the Jackson County jail.

Friday, September 27th, 2019

Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that happened yesterday at 11:44 a.m in Bloomington. Officers and emergency crews were called to Walnut Street just south of the intersection of 3 rd Street regarding a crash involving a female pedestrian and a Bloomington Transit bus. When the first responders arrived they determined the pedestrian was dead. The bus involved had just departed from the downtown Bloomington Transit terminal. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. Investigators are trying to find any nearby cameras that captured any video of the crash. No foul play is suspected in the crash. Walnut Street was closed to traffic for almost an hour and a half. The name and age of the pedestrian will not be released until the next of kin can be notified. No further information will be released at this time. 

Police arrested a man for allegedly promoting prostitution and possession of drugs Thursday Jasper. Police were dispatched to the report of a verbal altercation on Wednesday involving 38 year old David Morris Jr. of Jasper and a female. Morris was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Georgia had fled the scene by the time officers showed up. Police received information Thursday that Morris was back at his house and that drugs were present there. After arresting Morris, police obtained a search warrant for the residence and allegedly found a glass bong, a grinder, a brass pipe and other drug paraphernalia, powder identified as the controlled substance Kratom; a syringe; and several types of prescription drugs. Police found information Morris had allegedly promoted prostitution. Police booked Morris into the Dubois County Jail at 7:10 p.m. on preliminary charges that included felony counts of promoting prostitution, unlawful possession of a syringe and unlawful possession of a legend (prescription) drug and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of a synthetic drug and possession of paraphernalia. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene.

One person was taken to the hospital after a motorcycle went down on its side Saturday afternoon at Haysville. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 56 year old Mark Humbert of Jasper was driving southbound on U.S. 231 on a 1994 Honda GL1500 motorcycle at 2:05 p.m. north of Charles Street in Haysville. After its front brake locked up the motorcycle turned over onto its side. Humbert suffered a scraped elbow and his passenger 58 year old Carol Humbert of Jasper complained of pain and was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center where she was treated and released. Damage to the motorcycle was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000. The Haysville Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted at the scene.

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

An incident at the Persimmon Festival led police to arrest an man on charges of disorderly conduct, public intoxication, resisting arrest by force and battery with bodily injury on a police officer.
The incident took place Tuesday evening during the Persimmon Festival. Mitchell Police were alerted to a suspicious male who asked a female if he could have one of her children. Officers made contact with that male who police identified as 39 year old Daniel Roberts and arrested him. According to police Roberts forcibly resisted officers. Daniels was arrested and taken to the Lawrence County Jail. Roberts was also issued a no-trespass order from the Persimmon Festival and officials say that there are no further safety risks to the public by this individual at this time.

A teen and a child suffered injury in a Wednesday morning crash south of Dubois. According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office 18 year old Hailee Foster of Jasper was southbound on Jasper-Dubois Road in a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser at 7:50 a.m. near Dubois. Foster told police she swerved to avoid an animal and her vehicle went off the east side of the roadway. She over corrected and came back on the road before the vehicle left the roadway again and flipped on its top. Foster suffered face and head cuts.  She was treated at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and released. A 3 year old passenger from Jasper suffered scrapes on the shoulder. The Chrysler was totaled in the accident. The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted.

Holland Volunteer Fire Department and St. Henry water tanker and personnel responded to a combine fire east of Holland on Wednesday. Mel Menke was harvesting soybeans in a field near Holland Road East and County Road 500W when he was alerted by a person that smoke was coming from the rear discharge area of the 2007 New Holland combine at 4:57 p.m. The combine which had about 100 bushels of soybeans in it was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. According to firefighters a mechanical malfunction was likely the cause. The combine was valued at around $100,000 and insured. Firefighters were on the scene about two hours extinguishing the flames and putting out a fire that had spread to the field. The fire burned about an eighth of an acre. Holland responded with three trucks and eight firefighters. St. Henry sent a water tanker and six firefighters. There were no injuries.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

A Pike County woman was arrested Tuesday after an investigation into a recovered wallet in Jasper. Police were contacted Friday when a wallet was found inside a convenience store in Jasper. When the owner was contacted they indicated the wallet had been stolen at a Jasper restaurant back on Aug. 10. The owner also said the only things missing were three $100 bills. A video still of a female suspect with the wallet in the convenience store was released by police over the weekend, which led police to interview 51 year old Marilyn Hanselman of Velpen. Upon her questioning police alleged Hanselman admitted to taking the cash from the wallet after it was given to her by another worker at the restaurant where she was employed. Authorities booked Hanselman into the Dubois County Jail at 12:53 a.m. Tuesday on a preliminary misdemeanor count of theft.

A Bedford woman was arrested after police found drugs in her vehicle during a traffic stop Tuesday in Bedford. Police conducted a traffic stop at 6:34 p.m and the officer could smell the odor of burnt marijuana. The driver of the vehicle 43 year old Kattie Johnson denied there was anything illegal inside his vehicle. The officer requested a K-9 unit to the scene and the dog alerted to possible drugs in the vehicle. Johnson later admitted that there was marijuana inside the vehicle. The Officer found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and several pills in the vehicle. Johnson was arrested and taken to the Lawrence County Jail, where staff found more drug paraphernalia and more drugs. Johnson is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking with an inmate.

 A report of a man having made threats at a dentist’s office against an employee Tuesday afternoon ended with the man arrested. Police were called at 2:03 p.m. regarding a patient who had become mad after his insurance was declined. According to police one of the threats allegedly involved the mention of a firearm. After the investigation by police, 56 year old Darryl Schepers of Huntingburg was arrested. Police booked Schepers into the Dubois County Jail at 4:15 p.m. on a preliminary felony count of intimidation.

Tuesday, September 24th,2019

A lengthy joint investigation between the Indiana State Police DES and Indiana State Police Bloomington District A.C.E.S. culminated on Friday night, with two Bedford residents being arrested for dealing methamphetamine. Information was obtained that 52 year old Tracy Sego of Bedford was allegedly dealing large quantities of methamphetamine in Lawrence County. The investigation included traffic stops and interviews. On Friday night, just after 9:15pm, Indiana State Police observed Sego driving a black, 2004 Dodge Dakota northbound on VFW Road, crossing State Road 60 East. As the troopers caught up to the Dodge, police observed an item being thrown from the passenger side door into the woods and a traffic stop was conducted. Sego was the driver and had a female passenger 25 year old Kenzie Cox of Bedford. Both Sego and Cox displayed indicators of criminal activity and both appeared extremely nervous. Troopers requested the assistance of the Lawrence County Highway Interdiction Team and a short time later, HIT team members, Mitchell Police Officers and a Lawrence County Prosecutor Investigator, arrived at the scene of the traffic stop. K-9 Jack was deployed and gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotics in the truck. Officers located a container with a small amount of methamphetamine along with a bottle of legend drug prescription pills, for which neither Sego, nor Cox had a prescription. Police went back to the area where they observed the item being thrown from the Dodge and located a make-up bag, which contained 107 grams of methamphetamine. Both Sego and Cox were arrested on felony charges of Dealing Methamphetamine, and Possession of Methamphetamine Over 28 Grams.

A Fayettville man was arrested after he was accused of choking a woman and kicking a police officer Sunday night. At 8:25 p.m., a 911 call was received about a fight in the 1200 block of Butterfly Lane in Fayettville., A woman told police when they arrived 53 year old Glenn Roll choked her and hit her face after an argument. According to police the woman had blood on her lips and a bruise on her neck. Police arrested Roll and according to police he kicked an officer's face when he was taken to a patrol car. Roll complained of chest pain and was taken to Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. After he was medically cleared he was booked into the Lawrence County jail.  Roll is facing preliminary charges of strangulation, domestic battery and battery against an officer.

Three men who reportedly were passed out in a vehicle were arrested Tuesday morning in Bedford. An officer was patrolling in the 2600 block of Sixth street in Bedford when he was flagged down by a resident in reference to three men who appeared passed out in a black Escort. More officers arrived and approached the vehicle. The three men showed signs of intoxication and officers could smell the odor of burnt marijuana. While speaking to the males officers located two loaded handguns, marijuana, meth, and digital scales. Police arrested 18 year old Christian Barrett of Bloomington on charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a handgun by a violent offender, possession of a handgun without a permit, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance. 18 year old Dakoda VanPatten of Bicknell was arrested on charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, visiting a common nuisance and 18 year old Braydden Kail of Bicknell was arrested on charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun without a permit, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, visiting a common nuisance.

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

A Vallonia Man has been charged with Attempted Murder after an early morning shooting sent one man to the University of Louisville Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.   Just before 5:00 a.m., Sunday Morning, the Washington County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to the residence at 10005 N. Hattabaugh Road, Vallonia in northern Washington County.  When officers arrived, they learned that an overnight guest, 46 year old Richard Williams of Salem had just been transported by car to St. Vincent Hospital in Salem.  Williams had allegedly been shot by 66 year odd Roger Root of Vallonia.  According to the residents, Root was also an overnight guest at the house.The Indiana State Police (ISP) in Sellersburg was contacted to assist, and Detective Travis Baker responded to the scene along with ISP Crime Scene Technicians.  As part of the investigation, Detective Baker interviewed Roger Root, who had been transported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. As a result of the investigation, Roger Root is charged with one felony count of Attempted Murder and is incarcerated at the Washington County Jail. This case is still under investigation.  The victim Richard Williams was transported to UofL Hospital and was listed in stable condition. 

A Bedford man was killed after a car crash occurred Saturday in Bedford. The crash happened around 2:08 p.m. at 1250 State Highway 446, north of Erie Church Road. 26 year old Richard Hattabaugh was driving a blue 2012 Honda Civic. 45 year old Gordon Whitehead of Petersburg was driving a 2019 Chevy Colorado pickup truck. Both men were traveling north on State Highway 446 when Hattabaugh attempted to pass the truck on the right while speeding. Whitehead moved to the left to avoid contact, but Hattabaug’s left front bumper hit the truck’s right rear fender. Hattabaugh then left the roadway and skidded through the grass about 243 feet until it hit a row of trees, went airborne for about 66 feet and struck the ground with the front bumper. The vehicle then flipped and slid for another 15 feet. The Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and an air ambulance was called. Hattabaugh died as a result of his injuries suffered from the accident. According to police Whitehead did not show signs of being impaired. But while looking through Hattabaugh’s vehicle police noticed a strong odor of alcohol and found open and unopened cans of Bud Light. Police are still waiting for a toxicology report from the Lawrence County Coroner’s Office.

Saturday night at 9:00 P.M, Indiana State Police Trooper Jordan Lee stopped the driver of a 1999 Pontiac for driving left of center on SR 168 near Church Street in Gibson County. The driver was identified 43 year old as Bradley Beadles of Princeton. During the traffic stop Trooper Lee observed signs of impairment. Beadles’ nine-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle. Further investigation revealed Beadles tested positive for marijuana and had a blood alcohol content of .10%. The nine-year-old was released to a family member. Beadles was arrested and taken to the Gibson County Jail where he posted bond and was later released. Beadles is charged with a felony count of Driving While Intoxicated with a Passenger less than 18, and 2 misdemeanor counts of Driving While Intoxicated

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Police say a man who led them on a high-speed chase from Paoli into Washington County during the night of Sept. 2, and then eluded authorities for more than a week, has been found and is now in custody. 26 year old Dustin Joy, was arrested by Indiana State Police Saturday and booked into the Orange County Jail. He’s been charged in Orange Superior Court with resisting law enforcement, a level 6 felony; driving while license suspended with a prior conviction, a class A misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a class C misdemeanor.

Two Lawrence County residents were arrested after Bedford Police officers were called to an apartment in the 1300 block of K Street Thursday afternoon.
According to Bedford Police, officers were dispatched to the apartment after a family member reported that 19 year old Amy Godsey of Bedford and 19 year old Noah Ford of Bedford had arrived at the home and Godsey was barely conscious. When police arrived they summoned an ambulance to check on her. Officers then spoke to Ford. He admitted to smoking marijuana around the baby and having a pipe inside a diaper bag. DCS was notified of the situation and agreed to let the other family members care for the baby. Godsey was cleared by hospital staff and she and Ford were arrested on charges of neglect of a dependent, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Lawrence County woman was injured after she was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of Jay C Foods Plus on Thursday afternoon in Bedford. According to a Bedford Police report, officers were called to the grocery store at 4:43 p.m. after a 911 call reporting a woman had been struck by a vehicle. Police say 51-year-old Robbin Carter, of Springville, was backing her 2018 GMC Acadia and struck 88-year-old Joyce Barnett, of Bedford. Barnett fell on her left hip and left elbow. She suffered a cut on her elbow and head. She also complained of hip and leg pain. She was transported by ambulance to IU Health Hospital in Bloomington for treatment.

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Approximately 1,400 band members from 20 schools across southern Indiana will participate in the 2019 Pride of Paoli Band Invitational. The event will take place at Cook Field on the Paoli High School campus. Admission is $7.00 An estimated 1,000-2,000 fans will also be on hand to cheer on the bands. The bands will compete in one of four classes, based on band size starting at 4:15 p.m. Bands will compete for an overall placing and caption awards. Awards will be presented for Class A and AA at 6:15 p.m. before the Class AAA and Class AAAA begins at 6:45 p.m. Those awards will be presented at 9:50 p.m. The show will conclude with an exhibition performance by the Pride of Paoli at 9:30 p.m. The Pride will be judged by the same panel of judges and critiqued in the same fashion as the other bands, but will not be eligible for the placings and caption awards. Trophies will be given for first through third places in each class, as well as caption awards for each class. Overall awards for all classes include Grand Champion, Best Pit Crew and a People’s Choice award. Judges will be from Bands of America and Drum Corps International associations and all six have state finals judging experience. Orleans Bulldog Regiment to perform at 7:50 p.m.; and the Springs ValleyBlackhawk Brigade, to perform at 9:08 p.m.; and the Pride of Paoli in exhibition at at 9:34 p.m.

Police have identified the body that was found in Morgan County last week. Morgan County Sheriffs officials say the body of 23-year-old Alexander Jackson, of Indianapolis, was found on Friday, Sept. 13 on Mann Road. Deputies were alerted to the remains after a woman found the body while walking their dog. Mann Road is a busy road connecting northern Morgan County and the Indianapolis southwest side. According to reports, Jackson had been dead for about a week, and his body was badly decomposed.Police had appealed to the public for help identifying the body and released photos of a t-shirt and earrings Jackson was wearing.Now investigators are attempting to piece together what happened to Jackson. Anyone with information about the case or Jackson’s previous whereabouts are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477) or Morgan County 911 Dispatch at 765-342-5544.

Wednesday, September 18th 2019

On Saturday Troopers from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg arrested an Orleans man on a warrant for Child Molestation.  Trooper Tyler Matthew, working alongside Washington County Deputy Tory Hildreth, began the investigation on September 12 after learning of possible inappropriate or illegal conduct involving a minor at a Campbellsburg, Indiana address.  As a result of the investigation, Trooper Matthew requested an arrest warrant for 60 year old William Stinnett Orleans.  On Saturday, Trooper Kyle Taylor along with Deputy Hildreth arrested Stinnett as his Orleans residence.  Stinnett is currently charged with one felony count of Child Molestation. This case is still under investigation.  After his arrest, Stinnett was transported and remanded into the custody of the Washington County Jail without incident. 

On Tuesday Detective Travis Baker from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg arrested a Salem man for Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.   On Tuesday morning, Detective Travis Baker was contacted by the Indiana Department of Child Services and informed of possible inappropriate or illegal conduct involving a minor that allegedly occurred between the suspect and a younger female.  Detective Baker met with and interviewed the suspect, 19 year old Daniel Terrell Caleb Noonan of Salem later in the morning.  As a result of the investigation Daniel Noonan is charged with a felony Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.  This case is still under investigation.  After his arrest, Daniel Noonan was remanded into the custody of the Washington County Jail without incident. Detective Baker was assisted by the Indiana Department of Child Services. 

Just after midnight on September 11 th, Indiana State Police conducted a traffic stop along Avoca-Eureka Road in Lawrence county on a 2019 Dodge Journey for a speeding violation.  The driver was identified as 42 year old Zachary Wood of Williams. Wood’s license was found to be suspended. While inventorying the vehicle for impound, police discovered that Wood was in possession of approximately 6 grams of methamphetamine. Wood was not arrested at the time pending further investigation. On the morning of September 12 th, police traveled to Wood’s address. Evidence showed there were people inside the residence; however no one would answer the door. While awaiting a warrant for Wood’s arrest, police spoke to the occupant of an apartment on a detached garage on the same property. The overwhelming odor of raw marijuana could be detected coming from that garage.  Troopers asked for consent to search the garage and apartment, but were denied. Police then applied for and received a search warrant for that garage and apartment. Once troopers had the arrest warrant for Wood, they made entry into the residence and located Wood, along with two other occupants inside. While Wood was being placed into custody for the warrant, troopers detected the odor of burnt marijuana inside. A separate search warrant was applied for and obtained for Wood’s residence. During the search of the residence and interviews, evidence that Wood was dealing methamphetamine was obtained. In addition, marijuana, syringes, and drug paraphernalia was discovered. During the search of the separate garage and apartment, troopers located a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. They also located a marijuana grow operation. 15 marijuana plants were discovered, which had been grown in the garage, currently drying while hanging from the ceiling. Police arrested Wood on felony charges of Possession of Methamphetamine (Over 5 grams, Less than 10 grams and Dealing Methamphetamine and 40 year old David Henderson of Williams on misdemeanor charges of Cultivating Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

 A Cuzco area man was accused of operating an all-terrain vehicle on a roadway while intoxicated Sunday evening. A Department of Natural Resources conservation officer observed an ATV veer into the eastbound lane as it turned west onto Cuzco Road North from County Road 1050E at 6:35 p.m. The officer noticed that the machine did not have a registration number. The officer made contact with the driver of the ATV, identified as 48 year old Michael Troutt of French Lick and the officer noticed signs of impairment. The officer later reported Troutt’s blood alcohol content tested .13% on a portable breath test. In a certified test at the Jasper Police Station later on, Troutt’s blood alcohol content officially tested .11%. Troutt was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 8:14 p.m. on a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated.

The Bartholmew County Coroner’s office has identified the Bedford woman that died in a crash in Columbus on Saturday.  25 year old Kayze Danielle Gilstrap of Bedford was identified as the person who died in a fatal crash on Saturday on I-65 near the State Road 46 interchange. The crash happened at 4:45 p.m. Saturday and police were dispatched to a wreck involving a vehicle that was on fire. Gilstrap’s vehicle was backing up in the left northbound lane and was struck by a 2019 Honda Pilot driven by 31 year old Vanessa Rosborough of Indianapolis who was northbound on I-65. Rosborogh was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment, while a passenger in her vehicle 28 year old Emily McNiff of Fishers, was life-lined to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment. Gilstrap was pronounced dead at the scene. The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed in the area of the accident for approximately three and a half hours. The accident is still under investigation by the Columbus Police Department. Assisting Columbus Police were Columbus Regional Hospital EMS, Columbus Fire Department, Indiana University Lifeline Helicopter, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s office and the coroner’s office, the release stated.

A Florida man was arrested after drugs and paraphernalia were found during a traffic stop Friday in Jasper.  Police stopped a 2015 Toyota passenger car at noon after observing the vehicle fail to signal a turn south onto Jackson Street from 14th Street. Police said the driver of the vehicle 26 year old Alejandro Alejo Lugones of Hialeah, Florida, appeared nervous and was found to have a suspended driver’s license out of Florida. A K-9 was utilized at the scene and indicated to the presence of narcotics in the car. Police discovered methamphetamine and multiple glass smoking pipes with burnt residue wrapped in washcloths in the car. Alejo Lugones was booked into the Dubois County Jail at 2:11 p.m. on preliminary charges that included a felony count of methamphetamine possession and a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia.

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Dubois County police served warrants today for drug dealing originating back August 2018.  Beginning in August of last year Dubois County police began conducting undercover drug buys. Jasper and Huntingburg police later joined in the investigation. 15 individuals in total are facing drug dealing charges in conjunction with these warrant arrests. Police used confidential informants to aid in making undercover drug buys of methamphetamine, LSD, marijuana, heroin, and other opiate-derivative drugs. The main drug purchased was methamphetamine. As a result of the covert investigations, felony arrest warrants for drug dealing charges were obtained by the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests may be made in the coming days. Those individuals arrested on warrants were: 47 year old Kelly Birkle of Velpen, 42 year old Robert Sowders of Huntingburg, 42 year old Christy Miller of Huntingburg, 25 year old Jessica Fulkerson of Huntingburg, 23 year old Lindsay Austin of Jasper, 26 year old Frederick Moon Jr of Jasper, 34 year old Brandon Bullock of Jasper, 36 year old Michael Norris of Jasper, 43 year old Nick Kreilein of Huntingburg, 29 year old Ira Peters of Jasper, 33 year old Amanda Peters of Jasper,  31 year old Brandon Jones of Huntingburg, 28 year old Devon Morton of Eckerty, and 30 year old Talicia Reynolds of Jasper were all charged with various drug related charges.

A Mitchell man was arrested after police stopped his vehicle at 13th and L streets Saturday afternoon in Bedford.  The officer noticed the vehicle didn’t have a property license plate light and pulled the vehicle over. Officer could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle when they approached the vehicle. According to police the driver 36 year old James Carrico of Mitchell showed signs of intoxication. Carrico agreed to perform field sobriety tests performed poorly.  He was then transported to Bedford Police Department for a chemical test and then to the hospital for a voluntary blood draw.  Police arrested Carrico on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also cited for an improper tail or license plate light and disregarding a traffic control device.

Two people were arrested Sunday morning in Bedford after meth was found in their vehicle by police.  An expired license plate prompted officers to stop a vehicle at O and 16th Street in Bedford at 2:15 a.m. Officers received consent to search the vehicle and they found a clear baggie that contained a crystal-like substance that tested positive for meth. The driver, 36 year old Mark Kessner, and his passenger, 28 year old Sarah Meyers both of Bloomington, claimed they didn’t know the meth was in the vehicle. Both were arrested on a charge of possession of meth and transported to the Lawrence County Jail.

Friday, September 13th, 2019

An Orange County man was arrested following a traffic stop Wednesday in Shoals.
According to police reports, a Martin County Sheriff deputy was patrolling in Shoals around 1:19 a.m. when he noticed a vehicle with a registration and equipment violation. The driver, later identified as 53-year-old James Montesano of Orleans. A K-9 was called to the scene and alerted officers to possible drugs in the vehicle. When searching the vehicle, police found a little less than a gram of meth. Montesano was arrested and transported to the Martin County Jail on a charge of possession of meth.

An Marion County man is dead after a single-vehicle crash on Tuesday afternoon in Martin County.
According to the Martin County sheriffs department report, sheriffs deputies received multiple calls reporting an accident on US 231, just south of Loogootee. According to reports, a 2011 Chevy Express Van was going southbound on US 231 and left the road for unknown reasons. The van then struck a utility pole and a tree before coming to a rest on the side of the road. The driver, identified as Robin Shaw, of Indianapolis, was pronounced dead at the scene. Martin County Sheriffs Deputies continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

An Monroe County man was arrested on three felony counts of child molestation. According to police reports, 41-year-old Bryan Keith of Elletsville, was arrested on Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to court records, Keith is charged with two Level 1 Felony charges of child molesting and a Level 4 felony charge of child molesting fondling or touching a child under the age of 12.Tuesday, Keith appeared in Monroe Circuit Court 2 and entered a not guilty plea. He was appointed a public defender to represent him and was also ordered to have no contact with the victim. He is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. He is currently being held in the Monroe County Correction Center without bond.

A Cosner’s Ice truck landed on its side on US 50 East, just east of the State Road 446 Intersection Tuesday morning.
According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department report, at around 8:26 a.m.20-year-old Ethan Aubrey was driving the Cosner’s Ice truck east on US 50 when he struck the rear of a pickup truck driven by 64-year-old Dennis Campbell, of Heltonville. Police say Campbell had stopped to pick up a hitchhiker and the rear of his vehicle was partially in the roadway. Aubrey told police he was looking down at his GPS and did not see Campbell’s truck. After impact, the Cosner’s truck flipped on its side. Aubrey complained of knee and leg pain. Campbell suffered minor bleeding to his elbow. Both were checked out by medical personnel at the scene but refused to go to local hospitals for treatment. Assisting at the scene were first responders from Bedford and Shawswick Fire Departments, Indiana State Police, and AMR Ambulance Service.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

A Huntingburg man who crashed his vehicle and fled on foot in West Baden has been charged with an OWI.  The accident took place around 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 5 at the intersection of County Pike Road and Flood Road in West Baden. 21 year old Cameron Hall  drove his Chevrolet Captiva into the ditch there and struck an embankment. Hall then fled the scene on foot.  Police later located Hall about a mile away on Abbeydell road.  According to police Hall admitted that he had driven the vehicle into the ditch and also that he had sped through the stop sign. He also complained of back pain after the accident. Authorities administered alcohol and blood tests.  Hall has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Damages to his vehicle were estimated at $5,000 to $10,000.

A Salem man was arrested after police found methamphetamine in his car Sunday morning.  According to a Lawrence Superior Court II probable cause affidavit on Sunday police were on patrol in the area of State Road 60 East and Deer Run Road. Police clocked a vehicle traveling at 68 mph in a 55 mph zone. Police pulled the vehicle over on Doc Hamilton Boulevard. According to the officer they saw a large sporting-type rifle in the front passenger seat.  The driver of the vehicle 31 year old Sean Lozier allegedly refused to exit the vehicle multiple times telling officers he did nothing wrong. Lozier was finally removed from vehicle after the officer drew his pistol on Lozier. Lozier was searched by police and they found a folding pocket knife. Lozier also said he was carrying the rifle because an ex-girlfriend threatened him. A police dog also alerted to possible drugs in the vehicle. Officers allegedly found meth and other drug paraphernalia and they also found two gun magazines containing a total of 34 rounds. An additional 20 rounds were later found in a box. Lozier was booked into the Lawrence County jail. Lozier is facing charges of dealing in meth, possession of meth, resisting law enforcement and possession of paraphernalia.

On Monday Indiana State Police made a traffic stop for driving left of center, that stopped landed the driver in jail on drug and other charges in Clarksville.  At 3:45 p.m. on Monday, police observed a Ford Mustang drive left of center on Randolph Avenue and initiated a traffic stop for the violation. The driver 37 year old Rachel Wiggins of Sellersburg was found to be driving while suspended and was traveling with a young child in the car. Further investigation lead to the discovery of methamphetamine, numerous syringes, and drug paraphernalia. Wiggins was arrested and transported to the Clark County Jail. She is charged with felony counts of Neglect of a Dependent, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Syringe and misdemeanor counts of Possession of Paraphernalia, Unauthorized Possession, Display, Use of Suspended License. 

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Two Bedford teens were airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after a crash on Sunday in Bedford.  According to a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department crash report at 2:50 p.m.  19 year old Reese Ayers was driving west on State Road 58 East in a blue 2007 Pontiac Vibe with passenger 18 year old Jada Andrews riding in the passenger seat. The Vibe lost control west of Corrie Lane and began to skid. The rear of the car then hit an embankment causing the vehicle to roll. The vehicle went airborne for 45 feet and then landed on its driver’s side door. The vehicle rolled again, landing on the passenger’s side door. The Vibe then slid for 16 feet and came to a rest on its tires. Ayers suffered a head injury and Andrews complained of neck pain. StatFlight and Air Evac Lifeteam both responded with airlifts.

A Mitchell woman was taken into custody after she was caught shoplifting at WalMart in Bedford Monday.  According to Police at 4:03 p.m. a Walmart employee requested an officer after detaining 66 year old Phyllis Grissom of Mitchell. The employee witnessed Grissom pay for one shopping cart full of groceries. Grissom then retrieved a second cart full of items and didn’t pay for those items and left the store. Grissom was detained by the employee until police arrived. Grissom was also served a no-trespass order preventing her from returning to the store. Police issued Grissom a summons to appear in court on a charge of theft.

Indiana State Police arrested a 15 year old Scottsburg High School student after he allegedly called in a bomb threat to the school on Monday morning.  Yesterday at 9:45 a.m., Scottsburg High School authorities were alerted to a possible bomb threat when a student received a text stating a bomb had been placed in a school locker.  School officials immediately evacuated the building and alerted police.  Officers utilized bomb-sniffing dogs to search and clear the building.  Police eventually determined the threat to be a hoax.  Working alongside Scottsburg school resource officers, Police determined the threat was transmitted via a texting app which is sometimes used in an attempt to disguise the sender.  Police were later able to associate the text with a 15 year old Scottsburg student, who was then questioned.  As a result of the investigation, the student was arrested at 2 p.m. yesterday and transported to the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.  The student is charged with a felony of Intimidation.

Monday, September 9th, 2019

A Lawrence County woman arrested after police found her slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle in the area of 14th and L streets on Friday afternoon. According to Bedford Police, they responded to that area after a call requesting to do a welfare check on the woman at 3:29 p.m. When they arrived, they woke 40-year-old Jessica Ikerd of Bedford. Ikerd then allowed officers to search her vehicle. Located was several pill bottles identified as a Schedule III controlled substance, and also later more pills were found on her person. Ikerd is facing charges of public intoxication, trafficking with an inmate, and possession of a controlled substance.

Bloomington Police have arrested seven people after they broke into an apartment Friday morning through an unlocked door.
According to Bloomington Police, they went to the apartment located at 1890 South Walnut Street after receiving a call around 3 a.m. When police arrived, they looked in the window and saw people inside. Officers spoke with one of those people, Blake Cunningham, who spoke to police through the locked door. Cunningham was asked to unlock the door, and refused. Police broke the door open and found five people inside. Police arrested Jessica Bell, Vanenna Guy, Mary-Jo Neighbors, Stanley Staples and James Stewart on a charge of residential entry. Also found was a back window open. Cunningham and Albert Lavelle had fled the apartment. They were found and arrested on charges of residential entry. Cunningham is also facing a charge of resisting arrest.








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