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Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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

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

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



Monday, November 30th, 2015

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

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

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


Friday, November 27th, 2015

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

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

The family of 4-year-old Cohen Austin received the call they have been waiting on - there was a new heart available. According to a Facebook post, Cohen came out of surgery this morning and was doing well. The family received the call Tuesday afternoon that a heart was available and rushed to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Chris and Ashley Austin got the news that their son had a rare genetic disorder when Cohen was 2. He suffers from arthrogryposis Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome. The couple with their two other children learned to deal with the troubles and remained positive.

Tropicana Casino on the banks of the Ohio river in Evansville will stay in Evansville, but not on the river.  On Tuesday, the casino announced it would infest $50 million to move inland, following the state legislature legalizing land-based gaming.  It plans on moving between the Tropicana and Le Merigot hotels. 

Tuesday,, November 24th, 2015

Today State Rep. Steve Davisson R-Salem) unveiled the signage that will be used for the Orange County Veterans Memorial Highway.  The event was scheduled for 11:15 a.m. at the French Lick Springs Hotel . Davisson authored the resolution honoring Indiana's Vietnam veterans during the 2015 legislative session.  The bill co-authored by State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth), urged the Indiana Department of Transportation to establish the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway, located at State Road 56 and U.S. 150 between Paoli and French Lick.  "When many of these honorable individuals came home from Vietnam, they often did not receive the welcome they deserved," says Rep. Davisson. "I felt this was an opportunity to thank them not just once, but every day, for their bravery and dedication to our freedom."   The Vietnam War was one of the longest wars in our nation's history. Approximately 187,600 men and women from Indiana served in the war, and of those 1,625 resided in Orange County.   During the war, a total of 1,534 Hoosiers were killed in action. In their honor, HCR 23 would rename part of Indiana State Road 56 and U.S. 150 that converge as a single roadway as the Orange County Veterans Memorial Highway.  Secondly, the bridge spanning Lick Creek, at U.S. 150 and State Road 56, would be designated the Orange County Vietnam Veterans Bridge.  Rep. Davisson represents parts of Washington, Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison Counties. Rep. Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties

A Dubois man was arrested after Dubois County sheriff deputies found him face down in a driveway Sunday.  Police were called to a home on Sycamore Street at 7:30 p.m. after a report of an unwanted man at the home.  When deputies arrived they found 44-year-old Kent Eric Krodel laying face down in a gravel driveway. Police soon determined that Krodel was intoxicated. He was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment of a nose injury he received when he fell in the driveway.  During a pat down, police found a 9-millimeter handgun. Krodel did not have a permit to carry the weapon.  Krodel is facing charges of possession of a handgun without a permit and public intoxication after a blood alcohol test at the hospital revealed a blood-alcohol level of .28 percent.

Cummins Inc. employees in Columbus began receiving word late last week that their positions have been eliminated, a company spokesman said.  The layoffs are part of Columbus-based Cummins' plan to reduce its global workforce by about 2,000 salaried professionals. The engine maker made that announcement in October, citing declining sales in international markets -- particularly China and Brazil -- as a primary factor.  Cummins employs about 54,600 worldwide, and 2,000 layoffs would represent a 3.7 percent reduction of the workforce. About 8,500 workers are employed in southern Indiana

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Mitchell house burned Sunday as efforst were underway to correct a electrical problem, that had started a earlier fire that day.
Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department were called3040 Brown Street in Mitchell around 12:29PM on Sunday to the report of a fire at the Amanda Hamilton and Chris Odle residence. When firefighters from Mitchell and Marion VFDs arrived on the scene white smoke was coming from the roof area. The older home was being remodeled and there had been some electrical issues. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to a bedroom, but there was smoke and water damage throughout the house. Then at 9 p.m. firefighters were called back to the home after the fire had rekindled. The fire had rekindled and spread to the other part of the upstairs. Firefighters were on the scene until early this morning making sure all the hot spots were out.

A fire destroyed a home in Springville early Sunday morning. According to police reports, firefighters from Perry Volunteer, Marshall and Indian Creek Fire departments were dispatched to 379 Spencer Pike Road to the home of Ronnie and Phyllis Thompson at around midnight. The fire began in a mudroom at the back of the home where an electric space heater ignited some curtains. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the house saving the family's large barn and the show horses inside. A trailer used to transport the horses was saved also, but did have some minor damage. Firefighters were on scene until until 5:21 a.m.

A Bedford man was arrested after he crashed his 1995 Ford F-250 into a utility pole Sunday on Old Farm Road near Montana Lane. According to a Lawrence County Police report, 23-year-old Tyler Blackwell of Bedford was traveling south on Old Farm Road at a high-rate of speed when he drove his truck off the west side of the road into a ditch in the 3500 block of Old Farm Road. The truck struck a driveway culvert, a mailbox then a utility pole. Blackwell stayed with the truck, but his two passengers fled the scene and were found walking south on Old Farm Road a short distance from the accident scene. Both passengers refused medical attention as did Blackwell. The passengers did tell police that Blackwell was driving the truck at the time of the accident.Police determined Blackwell was intoxicated and was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and false reporting.

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Four people were hurt when two vehicles collided on State Road 37 in Mitchell Wednesday.
At around 4:16 p.m, 77 year old Peggy Wood, of Mitchell, was driving a 1998 Ford Ranger on State Road 37 and was attempting to turn left onto Hancock Avenue. At the same time, 53 year old Ronald Holt, of Carmel, was driving a 1999 Mercury Nautica Villager north on State Road 37 approaching Hancock Avenue. Wood turned without enough distance between her pickup truck and the minivan, and the two vehicles collided. Wood suffered bleeding to her face, and Holt suffered bleeding to his entire body. A passenger in Woods Ranger, 78 year old James Wood, of Mitchell suffered pain to his chest and a passenger in Holts Nautica 31 year old Jennifer Wininger, of French Lick suffered pain to her lower legs. All four were wearing seat belts, and were taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

A Dubois County man was airlifted to a Louisville hospital after a single-vehicle accident early this morning.
According to police, 21 year old Tyler Eckert, of St. Anthony was southbound on Kings Ridge Road at about 2:19 a.m. when the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado he was driving left the roadway. The truck ran into a ditch, struck a tree and then stopped in the roadway after striking a culvert. Eckert was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital by friends and family-members for non-life threatening injuries. From there he was taken to Louisville by helicopter for treatment. Charges are pending as police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. The truck had about $8,000 in damages and was towed from the scene by Berg’s Wrecker. The investigation is ongoing.

A Dubois County woman suffered head injuries late Thursday afternoon when struck by a car on North Newton Street.
Jasper City Police report 67 year old Lois Sewell, of Huntingburg, was driving north on Newton street in the right turn only lane near the entrance to Walmart. Northbound traffic in the lane to the left of Sewell was stopped due to a red light at the intersection of Baden Strasse and Newton Street. 27 year old Rachael Prior, of Jasper, was attempting to cross the highway. She told police that when an individual in one of the stopped vehicles waved her on to cross the road she ran into the path of Sewell’s vehicle. Neither Sewell nor Prior saw the other before Prior was struck on the right front of Sewell’s vehicle. She suffered an abrasion to the forehead and was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital. No charges were filed in the accident.

Thursday, November 19th, 201

One person was hurt in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday morning.
According to a Lawrence County Police report, 29 year old Brandon Hildum, of Springville, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet truck east on Arthur Road near Popcorn Church Road at 7:06 a.m. He told police he tried to slow down, but the brakes locked up, so the pickup truck slid off the roadway, striking a tree and a fence. Hildum complained of pain to his chest and required immediate medical attention. Assisting at the scene was an Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance and the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department. Hildum was wearing a seat belt.

One was injured in a two car accident at the Jasper “Y” this morning. According to Police reports, at around 8AM, 27-year old Amanda Braun of Evansville, was driving a SUV westbound and was reaching for something in her purse when her vehicle went left of center along 6th Street and collided with a car driven by 24-year old Laura Oxley of Jasper. She was stopped in the left turn lane getting ready to turn into the parking lot of Family Video. Following the collision, Braun’s vehicle rolled over onto its passenger side before coming to rest. Braun suffered minor injuries and was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment. Braun was cited by Jasper Police for Driving Left of Center causing an accident.

An attorney representing current Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz has filed for a recount for the 2015 municipal election results. Seitz and challenger Democrat Wayne Schuetter tied in the mayoral race with 1,856 votes each. The three-person election board comprised of Clerk Bridgette Jarboe, Republican representative Roger Messmer and Democrat representative Mike Fritch certified the results the Wednesday after election day. A recount commission appointed by the judge will oversee the recount. Attorney David Brooks with Indianapolis firm Brooks Koch & Sorg is representing Seitz. Additionally, the filing requested a changed of venue from the Dubois County Circuit Court. Seitz, Schuetter and independent candidate Joshua Budd will have to agree on a new judge in the filing. Seitz is responsible for the costs of the filing and recount. The unknown is how many days it would take to complete a recount as well as any legal fees Seitz incurs to file for the recount. If the recount shows there is still a tie, then the decision would go to the seven-member Jasper Common Council to make the final vote on who is to be the next mayor of Jasper.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Tie it down..   The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory until 4pm today.  Sustained winds of 15 to 30 mph with gust of 40 to 50 mph ahead of a band of rain late this morning.  Some minor tree damage and localized power outages may be possible. 

A Seymour woman was arrested on her birthday on multiple charges after she was accused of biting a Columbus police officer and a Columbus Post Office employee.  Police say 22-year-old Jessica D. Wetzel was arrested late Saturday evening on charges of criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, battery resulting in bodily injury, battery on a law enforcement officer resulting in bodily injury and resisting law enforcement.   According to jail officials, Wetzel was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting $28,000 bond.

Governor Mike Pence has joined at least 23 other governors
saying they will no longer accept Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.   The backlash comes after French authorities discovered one of the Paris attackers was a Syrian refugee.  Governor Pence said Monday he needs to be assured that the federal government is fully vetting the refugees.  Indiana has already accepted 40 Syrian refugee families. Muslims say the only way to combat misinformation is to get to know one another.  Some have questioned if the governors even have the power to close their borders to refugees.  According to the Refugee Act of 1980, the federal government has the power to place refugees anywhere they want, but the states can make it harder to place the individuals.  What Governor Pence is asking for is proof from the federal government that all the refugees have been thoroughly vetted

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

A man armed with a handgun sexually assaulted a female IU studen t near Brownstone Terrace Apartments this morning.  Officers were alerted to the attack at 3:30 a.m. and IU students were alerted about the attack asking them to remain inside and to lock their doors.  At 4:34 a.m., police had not located the black male who is in his 20s. He is described as wearing dark clothing and having facial hair. IU Police again cautioned students on or near the north side of the IU campus to stay inside and to lock all their doors...

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in an investigation of mailbox vandalisms in the Dubois area.   According to the department, on Sunday, they received a large number of reports of vandalized mailboxes. They are asking that anyone with information as to the identities of the vandals contact the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 812-482-3522. Anyone calling in with information can remain anonymous if they choose to do.

No Syrian refugees will be coming to Indiana.   Gov Pence has suspended any Syrian refugres.  The suspension will continue Pending assurances from the federal government that proper security measures have been achieved. 

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Three Lawrence County residents were arrested over the weekend for dealing in methamphetamine and other drug-related charges following an investigation by the Lawrence County Drug Task Force.
According to Sheriff Mike Branham, members of the Task Force purchased crystal meth from both 27-year-old Crystal Schofield and 28-year-old Amy Robinson both of Bedford on two different occasions. The total weight of the meth was 3.61 grams. Then on Saturday around 11p.m., Task force members observed a vehicle being driven by Robertson. A Bedford Police officer stopped the vehicle on 15th Street between I and J streets. Also in the vehicle was 21-year-old Timothy Kern of Bedford. During the traffic stop officers located 44.65 grams of marijuana, 3.03 grams of hydrocodone pills and numerous items of drug paraphernalia including pipes, cook spoons, and a scale used for measuring the weight of drugs. Police arrested all three. Kern, and Schofield, are facing charges of dealing meth over 1 gram, possession of meth over 1 gram, possession of marijuana over 30 grams, possession of marijuana with the intent to deal, visiting a common nuisance, possession of drug paraphernalia. Kern was also wanted on warrant for petition to revoke probation on a burglary charge. Robinson, is facing two counts of dealing over 1 gram, dealing meth, two counts of possession of meth, two counts of possession of marijuana over 30 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of maintaining a common nuisance.

A Lawrence County teen was injured after he crashed a vehicle he was driving on Meridian Road Saturday afternoon.
According to a Lawrence County Police report, 16-year-old Levi Kirk, was traveling south in a 2007 Pontiac G6 on Meridian road when the car left the roadway and struck a culvert. The vehicle then overturned on its side striking a large tree. Police could not determine how many times the vehicle rolled before stopping on the driver's side. Kirk suffered bleeding from his head.

An Austin man has been charged with the murder of 79-year-old John Turner. Friday, Scott County Prosecutor Jason Mount charged 21-year-old James Matthew Caudill with murder, felony murder, robbery causing serious bodily injury, robbery with a deadly weapon, resisting law enforcement, obstruction of justice, carrying a handgun without a license, additional penalty for the use of a firearm during a crime. He is also facing charges of robbery, carrying a handgun without a license, additional penalty for the use of a firearm during a crime, pointing a firearm at a person and criminal confinement for a robbery that took place at the Fuel Mart Truck Stop in Austin on October 11. Caudill is accused of entering John's Coin and Jewelry at 61 West Main Street in Austin on November 7 and shooting and killing Turner while robbing the store. According to police, Turner's body was found by family members inside the shop. An autopsy revealed the that Turner died from a gunshot wound to the head. Caudill's brother Christopher was also charged with assisting a criminal, theft, obstruction of justice, carrying a handgun without a license, dealing in meth, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police say officers found money, jewelry and other items associated with Turner's killing at the home the brothers.

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Dan Terrell, a candidate for the Mayor of Mitchell has filed for a recount in the election, after losing by 4 votes.
At midday today, Dan Terrell filed court paperwork asking for a recount and challenging the Nov. 3 mayoral election in Mitchell. In that four-way race, Terrell, a Republican and former mayor, lost to independent and political newcomer JD England. The ballot count shows 499 votes for England, 495 for Terrell, 229 for Democrat Eugene "Pud" Terrell, and eight for another independent, William H. "Bill the Truck Driver" Conley. Terrell is asking for "a hand recount of all votes," according to the document on file at the Lawrence County Courthouse. The matter will go before a judge, who will set a hearing.

A motorcyclist and a graduate of Mitchell High School is dead after colliding with a vehicle in DeKalb County in Georgia early Thursday morning.
The crash happened just after midnight in the westbound lanes of I-285 near the intersection with Ashford Dunwoody Road. According to police, Robert McCarthy, formerly of Mitchell, was riding his motorcycle at a high-rate of speed when he collided with the rear end of a dump truck. The impact caused the motorcycle to explode into flames. McCarthy was pronounced dead on the scene. No charges have been filed at this time and the crash remains under investigation. Police say it is unclear if drugs or alcohol factored into the crash.

A Jackson County man suffered serious injuries after he crashed his car on U.S. 50 Near County Avenue, east of Seymour.
According to an Indiana State Police report, the accident happened around 9:45 a.m. this morning. Police say, 57-year-old Mikel Williams of Seymour was traveling west on U.S. 50 near County Avenue when for an unknown reason Williams 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis went off the north side of the road. After leaving the roadway, the vehicle went down an embankment and struck a tree head on. Williams was trapped inside the car and was freed by Seymour Fire Department first responders. Williams, who suffered serious internal injuries, was then flown by medical helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing. Indiana State Police were assisted at the scene by Seymour Police and Fire Departments, Jackson and Jennings County EMS, Lifeline Helicopter, and Hampton's Wrecker Service.

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Paoli firefighters were called to a Mobile Home fire on Horton Hill in Paoli.
The fire at 505 North Helm street in Paoli was spotted by a Paoli Town crew who was picking up trash and called it in at 11AM. Paoli Volunteer Fire Department, French Lick and District One Volunteer Fire Departments also assisted. The trailer is a total loss. No one was home at the time of the fire. All firefighters were off scene at 12:05PM

French Lick firefighters responded to a two vehicle collision on State Road 145 this morning.
According to reports, at 10:18AM a two car collision occurred in front of French Lick Family medicine. French Lick Fire engine 12 responded along with District 1 VFD. Two were injured and refused treatment at the scene. Also assisting was a ambulance from IU Health Paoli.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Springs Valley Community Schools will honor veterans today with a special program this morning at 9:30am in the high school gym.  Veterans,, their families and the public are invited to attend.  The induction of the Spring's Valley community Vietnam war casualities into the Springs Valley Hall of School Fame will be held this evening at 6pm at the school's auditorium. 

Police have at least one person of interest in custody in the robbery that turned deadly at John's Coin and Jewelry Shop at 61 West Main Street in Austin. The person or persons of interest entered the shop then robbed, shot and killed the store owner, 79-year-old John Turner. An autopsy revealed that Turner died from a gunshot wound to the head. On Monday afternoon, Indiana State Troopers, Austin City Police and Scott County Sheriff deputies went to a home at 5221 Water Tower Road just north of Austin. When officers arrived at the residence they found 31-year-old James Caudill and his brother, 21-year-old Christopher Caudill in a wooded area near the home. Police then found 23-year-old Ginger Cox hiding inside of the home. James Caudill and Cox were wanted on warrants for auto theft out of Scott County.  ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin says during a search of the home officers found money, jewelry and other items allegedly associated with the robbery and murder of John Turner.
"At this time investigators believe they have at least one person of interest in custody associated with the robbery and murder of John Turner," Goodin added. Four people were arrested as a result of the Monday investigation. Christopher Caudill is facing charges of resisting law enforcement, possession of meth and dealing in meth. James Caudill and Ginger Cox are both facing charges of auto theft and unauthorized entry of motor vehicle. 50-year-old Patricia A. Caudill is facing charges of assisting a criminal

It’s time again for deer hunts at the Indiana State Parks.  Several parks will be closed November 16 th and 17 th and November 30 th and December 1 st.  The State Parks having hunts include Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Potagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Tippecanoe, Turkey Run and Whitewater Memorial.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and the State Soil Conservation Board (SSCB) recently awarded $965,500 in Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Grants to 35 Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) across the state. The goals of the project are to seek ways to protect drinking water, improve water quality, and assist Hoosiers in gaining awareness and knowledge regarding the impact of land use on precious water resources. Lawrence, Jackson, Martin and Washington counties received $75,000 to share.  SWCDs were encouraged to work together across county lines and to leverage local, state and federal resources to put more conservation on the land and bring more funds home to Hoosier landowners.

With cold weather right around the corner, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is warning Hoosiers to be safe when heating their homes. Every year, unsafe alternative heating sources are one of the leading causes of home fires and fire-related deaths during the winter months. Two of the leading culprits are improper use of space heaters and using a cooking stove or oven as a heating source. Hoosiers are urged to make sure space heaters are kept away from flammable materials and far away from items like curtains, bedding or clothing.  Greeson urges those who use wood as an alternate heating source to have chimney flues inspected and cleaned annually.  And each year it is recommended that Hoosiers evaluate the condition of their traditional furnaces before turning them on for the winter. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates one in four furnaces has been in operation for 20 years or more, making it even more important that a trained professional evaluate a furnace's condition and operation.

Free meals for Vets on Veteran”s Day, Wednesday, November 11 th:
Porky’s Barbeque, West Main in Paoli will serve complimentary lunch to vets from 11 to 6pm.
Sons of American Legion, Post 76 ,  will serve complementary lunch to vets from 11:30 to 1pm at Hamburgers, cheeseburgers and fish platter
Denny’s Restaurant in French Lick offers a free “Build your own Slam” breakfast to vets with military ID or in uniform Wednesday morning from 5asm to noon.  The Build Your Own Slam is worth $6.59.

Monday, November 9th, 2015

A Lawrence County woman was injured in a late night accident Saturday. According to police reports, at around 11:26PM, 26 year old Kara Bogard, of Mitchell was driving a 2000 Pontiac Sunbird when she crashed in a field. Police say Bogard was traveling east on DNR Road and that it appeared the vehicle ran off the road as Bogard approached a sharp curve. The vehicle struck a guide wire on a utility pole and went into an embankment and into a cornfield. A blood draw was taken and results are pending. Bogard complained of back pain and the Lawrence County Police Department worked the accident.

A Bedford motorcyclist was injured Saturday after colliding with another vehicle. According to a Lawrence County Police report, at around 1:15PM, 62 year old Kenneth D. Spradlin of Campbellsburg was driving a 2002 Ford Taurus and was turning left from State Road 37 onto Brock Lane and was in the median waiting for traffic to clear. He told police he was waved on through by a person in a truck and that he didn’t’ see a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle being driven by 45 year old John Wells of Bedford approaching in the west lane of northbound State Road 37. Spradlin pulled into the motorcycle’s path. Wells was ejected from the cycle and wasn’t wearing a helmet. Wells was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital suffering severe bleeding from his head. Spradlin was treated at the scene for scratches to his head.

Friday, November 6th, 2015

A driver was injured when she became distracted and her car veered off the road and into a driveway, striking two parked vehicles. According to police reports, at around 8 a.m. 29 year old Desiree Davis, of Williams, was driving a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser east on State Road 158 Wednesday. She told police she was replacing an item in her wallet and became distracted momentarily. When she looked up again, she noticed the car had run off the roadway near Butterfly Lane, struck a ditch, entered a driveway and struck two parked vehicles. One of the two vehicles was then forced back, striking a garage door. The parked vehicles, a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox and a 2004 Ford F-150, were registered to Cheryl Edwards, and Jason Graham, of Bedford. Upon impact, the PT Cruiser turned onto its side. Davis suffered pain to her elbow area and was taken to a area hospital by an ambulance for treatment of her injury.

After several months of investigating a Washington County man has been arrested on charges of dealing drugs. 30 year old Carl Hart, of Salem, was arrested on Thursday at approximately 11:29am by the Washington County Drug team.
The arrest led from a several month long drug investigation, according to the Drug Team.  Assisting agencies included:  Salem Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and the Washington County Prosecutors Office. Hart was arrested at his home for his outstanding warrants, which were three counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, all level 5 felonies. Hart was transported to the Washington County Detention, and is being held on a $30,000 cash only bond.

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

A man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he was caught with four different drugs at the Lawrence County Courthouse. 29 year old Joshua Earl, of Springville, walked through the security checkpoint on the main floor of the Courthouse Plaza, and the metal detector sounded at 2:55 p.m. A security officer used a hand wand to pinpoint where the metal was, and it indicated there was something in Earl’s pants pocket. When the security officer told Earl that there was something in his pocket, Earl pulled out a white plastic bag containing a white powdery substance, which later field-tested positive as methamphetamine. Earl then tried to run to the courthouse exit. A security officer told him to stop and started chasing him. The officer caught Earl at the front door and called county police dispatchers for backup. Another officer came to the Courthouse Plaza on Bedford’s square and, while searching Earl, found a clear plastic bag with white pills, a second clear bag with more white pills and suboxone strips/patches in foil wrapper, which is believed to be what set off the metal detectors. The pills were identified as a legend drug, oxycodone a Schedule II controlled substance and suboxone, a Schedule II controlled substance. Earl told police he did not have prescriptions for them. Earl is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, possession of a legend drug and resisting arrest by fleeing. The Courthouse Plaza is located within 500 feet of St. Vincent de Paul school, and so Earl is facing a higher level of felony charges.

Two people were injured and two vehicles totaled in a crash at the intersection of State Road 64 and 161 Wednesday afternoon. According to authorities, 51 year old Lisa Hendrixson, of Holland, was westbound in a 2012 Ford Escape on State Road 64 when she attempted to turn south on State Road 161. She turned in front of an eastbound 1997 Ford Ranger. The vehicle’s collided head-on. After the collision, Hendrixson’s SUV spun 180 degrees and came to rest near the southeast corner of the intersection. Hagan’s truck spun almost 180 degrees and came to rest in the westbound lane of State Road 64.Police reported that Hendrixson complained of pain to her arm and shoulder and Hagen had a possible head injury and had visible scrapes to his head and arm. Both drivers were transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital for the treatment of their injuries. State Road 64 and State Road 161 was closed for about 50 minutes while the scene was cleared. Both vehicles were considered total losses. Hendrixson was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way. Huntingburg First Responders, Jasper Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Sternberg’s wrecker assisted at the scene.

Members of the Jasper Police and Fire Departments were joined by the Indiana State Police, Dubois County deputies and local volunteers in a search for a missing two-year-old this (Thursday) afternoon. Authorities received the call that a toddler had went missing from a Reyling Drive residence in Jasper at about 1 p.m. It took searchers about 17 minutes to find the child who had been hiding outside the residence. The Jasper Police Department reported the rapid response by all the departments and local volunteers was greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

The Jasonville Police Department is asking for the public's help to locate a 17-year-old Shakamak student.  The missing girl is Elizabeth R. Ogden. She goes by "Beth."   According to Jasonville Police Chief Jim Gadberry, she left her mother's home on foot Tuesday for school, but she never made it to school. Ogden is 5' 2" tall and weighs approximately 170 lbs. She has a red/blonde tint to her hair, brown eyes and she wears glasses.   She was last seen wearing black pants and a green shirt.  "At this time we have no reason to suspect foul play," says Gadberry. "We are treating her as a runaway."  If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Ogden, they are encouraged to contact the Jasonville Police through their dispatch 1-800-385-1140, or CrimeStoppers at (812) 847-5463.

With winter approaching, locations and hours of some activities at Spring Mill State Park have changed .  The park naturalist has moved from Lakeview Activity Center to Spring Mill Inn for the winter. Most hikes and activities will originate from the inn. The naturalist's office is near the game room. Buildings in the Pioneer Village are mostly closed. Select buildings will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. -- weather permitting -- with the naturalist or event coordinator on site to answer questions. Village buildings will be closed on Saturday, November 14.  The Virgil "I" Gus Grissom Memorial will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Stop by the Grissom Memorial Gift Shop for unique, hand-made items crafted in the Pioneer Village, or pick up a bag of cornmeal ground in the grist mill as well as many other souvenir items.   The last official park event of the season is Holiday in the Village, Dec. 4 and 5. For more information, email springmillstatepark@dnr.IN.gov or call (812) 849-3534.

Hoosier National Forest staff have completed one prescribed burn this fall and have three more planned if weather cooperates. "We had a small window of opportunity a couple weeks ago when the weather was perfect for a fall burn," says Hoosier Fire Management Officer Terry Severson. "It was earlier than we can normally burn, but we were ready and it went well." Forest staff burned a 25-acre warm season grass opening in Crawford County on October 15. A small portion of the area had burned in a wildfire in June so part of the field had regrown. "The regrowth resulted in the fire not carrying well through that portion of the burn which created a mosaic of habitat," Severson added. "We were very pleased with the fire effects and feel this will benefit wildlife and pollinators come spring." A larger, 250-acre area of wetland grasses and woodland is planned in Orange County near Roland. This area surrounds the Roland Wetland. Two other areas to be burned this fall are both woodlands with glades and barrens.  The Rattlesnake Burn is 1,034 acres with the goal to improve oak-hickory regeneration.  The Bull Hollow Burn is 654 acres and is being burned for glade/barren restoration as well as to improve oak-hickory regeneration.  Both areas are in the Mogan Ridge area of Perry County.  The prescribed burns are planned for this fall as weather and conditions become favorable but burning all the areas may not be possible.  Severson explains each year more acres are prepared for prescribed burns than are actually burned. "Each burn area requires a different 'prescription,' which determines what wind direction and speed, temperature and fuel moisture are required for any given burn to be ignited," he says. "The more areas we have ready to go, the more likely on any given day and weather forecast we'll be able to find an area that we can burn."  There are only a limited number of days during the year that are suitable for prescribed burning so the Forest wants to maximize their opportunities. Severson explained wind direction is often the limiting factor with adjacent roads or private homes so the Hoosier prioritizes areas by ecological objectives and then wind direction.  If the burns don't occur this fall, and the conditions are right this winter, the Forest could conceivably burn in December or January. Each area will be closed to the public on the day of the burn and for some time after the burn until the area is considered safe. If there are a significant number of burning snags, the areas may be closed for several days for public safety.  Signs will be posted along the fire line and at any logical entry points into the area. The Mogan Ridge Trail runs through both the Rattlesnake and Bull Hollow burns so this trail will be closed during and after these burns until the area is safe. Hunters are asked to use caution and pay particular attention to signs posted in areas they plan to hunt. In general Severson says fire-fighters avoid burning during the firearm deer hunting season. The exact date of each burn is dependent on weather and fuel conditions. Prescribed fires will be lit by hand, using drip torches. Forest staff notifies the public in the immediate area of the prescribed burn by letter.  If Forest neighbors wish to know the specific date of the ignition, they can call the Forest dispatch office to be informed once the decision is made to burn. Severson encourages anyone with medical issues who might be affected by smoke, such as asthma or emphysema who live immediately around where a prescribed burn is planned, to contact the Forest Service. He notes, "We want to do everything we can to minimize effects on our neighbors." For questions on the prescribed burns, to request notification, or to report medical conditions please contact the Indiana Interagency Coordination Center Dispatcher at (812) 547-9262

Tuesday, November 3d, 2015

Elections were held this evening. For the results, click on the "Election" Icon on our web page

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

A Lawrence County man was injured in a single-vehicle accident Saturday. According to police reports, at around 9:50PM, 40 year old Terra D. Hignite, of Heltonville was traveling east on Coveyville Road, near Donica Church Road, when her 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee lost traction as she was going up a hill. Hignite then attempted to correct and the Jeep struck a tree, causing the vehicle to spin around. Injured was a front-seat passenger 42 year old Michael D. McLughlin (McLuflin), of Heltonville. McLughlin was wearing a seat belt and his airbag deployed upon impact.

Two Dubois County men were arrested Sunday afternoon for allegedly having drug paraphernalia and precursors in the mens bathroom at the Jasper Home Depot store.
Jasper police were called to the store in the 4200 block of Newton Street about 1:25PM Sunday after receiving a call about possible suspicious activity by two men in the Home Depot restroom. Officers were told that one of the suspects, 24-year old Jordan Cochran of Jasper had left the bathroom, but the second suspect, 28-year old Troy Denton of Jasper was still inside. Denton resisted an officer momentarily when the officer entered the bathroom, but he was taken into custody.  Meanwhile, Cochran was located a short time later and also taken into custody. Both men are charged with Possession of Hyperdermic Syringe, as well as Possession of  Precursors and Possession of Paraphernalia. Denton was also charged with Resisting Law Enforcement and Obstruction of Justice.

A fatal accident was reported Monday morning on Highway 135 near Hayswood Park in Harrison County.
The driver of the passenger car was pronounced dead at the scene. A silver car was traveling south on Highway 135 when the passenger car crossed the center line, colliding with a north bound small pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck was transported to University of Louisville with severe injuries. The name of the deceased has not been released due to the pending investigation and notification of the deceased's family members.

Friday, October 30th, 2015

No one was injured in a Two vehicle collision that occurred when a driver failed to yield at an intersection in Jasper Wednesday afternoon. At about 12:18 p.m., 61 year old Sharon Wagner, of Dubois, was westbound in a 2010 Ford Focus on 7th St. and had stopped at Bartley Street intersection. Wagner told police she didn’t see any vehicles approaching. He pulled into the intersection into the path of a southbound 2004 Chevrolet driven by 46 year old Aaron Hassfurther, of Jasper and his vehicle collided with her Ford. There were no injuries reported.

Two men are in critical condition after a collision at Holland Junction Wednesday evening. 48 year old Carl Mitchell, of Ft. Branch, was eastbound on State Road 64 in a 1996 Ford Probe at about 7:08 p.m. when the accident occurred. As Carl was passing the State Road 161 intersection, a 2009 Pontiac G8 driven by 17-year-old Jayden Montgomery of Holland, attempted to turn south on State Road 161 and ran into the driver’s side of Mitchell’s Probe. The collision caused the Probe to continue southwest off the roadway down a steep embankment before stopping near a line of trees off the south side of State Road 64. The Pontiac came to rest in the middle of the State Road 64 and State Road 161 intersection. Mitchell and a passenger, Tony Burden Jr. of Evansville, were taken to Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Mitchell was transferred to the University of Louisville hospital by helicopter and is currently listed in critical condition. Burden was flown by helicopter to St Mary’s in Evansville because of the extent of his injuries and is currently listed as stable but critical condition. Montgomery refused medical assistance at the scene. Both vehicles were totaled in the accident. The accident is still currently under investigation and anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Deputy Clint Gogel with the Dubois County Sheriffs Department at 812-482-3522. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Huntingburg First Responder, Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service, and Kars Wrecker.

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

A West Baden woman suffered head injuries after she crashed her vehicle into a ditch in
Dubois County. The accident happened Tuesday afternoon on County Road 400 North, east of Mill Street in Jasper. 35-year-old Jennifer Green told police she was attempting to shift gears when a wheel locked up, causing her to lose control of her vehicle. Green's car left the roadway and came to a stop in a ditch. Green was trapped inside the vehicle. She was freed by good Samaritan's and taken by ambulance to Jasper Memorial Hospital after suffering a laceration to her head.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday after he became upset with his parents, attacked his father, and destroyed his home. Police arrested Taylor Storm after police received a 911 call from 936 Trinton Circle reporting Storm was attacking his father with a knife. This was not the first time police had been called to the home because of the teen's behavior. Storms faces felony charges, including two counts of battery with a deadly weapon, intimidation, two counts of criminal recklessness with a weapon, criminal mischief and battery with bodily injury. According to Sheriff Mike Branham, the teen became upset after his parents told him to clean up the bathroom after he had taken a shower. An Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital ambulance responded along with Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department first responders who treated the injured. Storm was taken to a local hospital and then to Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center. The Department of Child Services also were notified.

A Paoli man was injured after his pickup rolled on the Ind. 37 ramp near 39th Street, Tuesday night. According to a Bedford Police report, 52-year-old Bradley Clements suffered severe bleeding to his head. Clements was traveling north on Ind. 37 on the ramp just south of the 39th Street intersection in the right lane and as he was rounding the curve of the ram his 2005 Chevrolet Colorado truck began fishtailing due to the heavy rainfall and wet road surface. Clements told police his truck veered into the left lane and then fishtailed backed into the right lane where the truck struck the guardrail and stopped.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

All three Orange County bands, The SV Blackhawk Brigade, Orleans Bulldog Regiment and Pride of Paoli have advanced to Class D Semi State Competition this Saturday at Franklin Central Community High School. The Blackhawk Brigade will march at 2:44PM, Bulldog Regiment at 2:18PM and Pride of Paoli at 3:10PM. Also advancing from Class D was the Marching Wolfpack of Crawford County. They will march at 2:31PM. In Class B advancing to Semi State was the Jasper Marching Wildkats and the BNL Marching Stars. They will perform at Pike High School in Indianapolis. Jasper will march at 4:02PM and BNL at 2:57PM. Good luck to all our area Bands this Saturday.

Huntingburg Police arrested 20-year-old Elvis Lopez of Huntingburg, at his Jasper place of employment Tuesday evening on charges of Level 3 felony child molestation and Level 5 felony sexual misconduct with a minor. In September, Huntingburg Police Department received reports a 20-year-old man was having sexual intercourse with a 13- or 14-year-old girl. The activity had been occurring since April of 2015. Huntingburg Detective Sergeant Christian Gogel, with the assistance of the Indiana Department of Child Services, launched an investigation into the allegations of child molestation and sexual misconduct. During the course of the investigation, Gogel filed a warrant in the Dubois County Circuit Court for the arrest of Lopez and the courts granted it. However, police were unable to locate Lopez. Then, on Tuesday at about 7:30 p.m., the Huntingburg Police Department received information that Lopez was employed at a restaurant in Jasper. With assistance from the Jasper Police Department, Lopez was detained and then transported to the Huntingburg Police Department. Gogel questioned Lopez at the department and at about 8:30 p.m., place him under arrest for the two charges. Lopez is currently being held in the Dubois County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

A Pike County man told deputies he either blacked out or had a seizure before his vehicle crossed the center line and nearly struck an oncoming pickup truck head-on Monday afternoon.
According to a Dubois County Police report, 52 year old Darrel Kelsey of Velpen was eastbound on State Road 56 at about 5:32 p.m. in a 2000 Chevrolet passenger car when he had the medical condition and crossed the center line. 58 year old William Russell, of Washington, was westbound in a 2002 Chevrolet pickup. Kelsey’s car struck Russell’s pickup. Both drivers complained of pain but both refused medical attention. The two vehicles were believed to be a total loss. Ireland Fire Department, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and tow trucks from Sternberg’s and Uebelhor and Sons assisted at the scene.

Monday, October 26th, 2015

A Lawrence County woman has died of injuries sustained in a Mobile Home Fire Sunday. The Lawrence County Police Department identified the victim as 37-year-old Mandie Tolliver. Tolliver’s body was found in the bathroom of the mobile home and it appears that the fire started in the area of the furnace, but, according to the state fire marshal, they won’t be able to determine exactly what the cause is immediately. The call reporting the fire was received by Lawrence County Dispatch at 12:22 p.m. and the Pleasant Run Township Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched, with assistance then requested from VFDs in Marshall and Shawswick townships and Oolitic. The dispatch log notes that the Pleasant Run Township VFD command reported at 12:36 p.m. that the fire was fully involved. The dispatch log also notes that the Indiana State Fire Marshal was notified at 1:55 p.m. and an immediate response was requested. According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham firefighters had to go through a wall to get to where she was because there were no windows where she was located. An autopsy was scheduled for today and the investigation is continuing.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of hunting equipment and a digital camera after a selfie photograph was discovered on the stolen camera. 24 year old Branden Fischbach and 22 year old Jared Atkins both of Corydon, were each jailed at the Harrison County Jail Friday. According to Indiana Conservation Officers, on October 7, 2015 they initiated an investigation after a hunter had a crossbow and digital camera containing several hundred images stolen from his hunting blind near Corydon. During the investigation, several people were interviewed, including Fischbach and Atkins’ girlfriend. The following night, the conservation officer investigating the case received a text message indicating that the stolen items had been dropped off at a local cemetery. The stolen crossbow and camera were subsequently recovered; however all images on the memory card had been erased. Alan Stewart, a photographer/staff writer with the Corydon Democrat newspaper, learned of the theft and offered his assistance in retrieving the images from the memory card. He was able to find 765 images, including a selfie of Atkins’ girlfriend dated 10/6/15 were recovered. This led to Fischbach and Atkins confessing of their involvement. Atkins was arrested without incident, and Fischbach turned himself into the Harrison County Jail, and both were charged with Theft, A Misdemeanor. The Corydon Police Department and Harrison County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation.

Authorities say a northern Indiana woman is recovering after being shot by her dog.
Indiana Conservation Officer Jonathon Boyd says 25-year-old Allie Carter of Avilla was getting up to reposition during a waterfowl hunt Saturday at Tri- County Fish and Wildlife Area when she laid her 12-gauge shotgun on the ground at her feet without its safety on. Body said that as she got up, her chocolate Labrador retriever named Trigger stepped on top of the shotgun and depressed the trigger. Boyd says Carter was shot in the left foot at point-blank range, suffering injuries to her foot and toes. She was treated at two hospitals and released.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Lawrence County Police arrested six people on methamphetamine charges Wednesday afternoon after watching a home on 16th Street for months. According to Chief Dennis Parsley of the Bedford Police Department, the Lawrence County Drug Task Force had been compiling information for the residence at 1609 16th St. for some time. Tuesday, police received information about meth at the home, and the information was consistent with what the drug task force officers observed during the past several months, so officers obtained a search warrant. The warrant was served Wednesday at 1:42 p.m. and the Bedford SWAT team went into the home. Police dogs alerted officers to drugs in multiple areas of the home, which is within 1,000 feet of Bedford Middle School. Found was meth, paraphernalia, smoking devices, scales syringes which all tested positive for meth or marijuana. Police recovered, in total, 0.25 grams of meth and several baggies used for distributing meth and containing residue of the drug. Officers also found hydrocodone pills, an opioid pain medication. Six people were arrested and they were 51 year old Timothy Brinegar, 34 year old Mark Phillips, 48 year old Michael Daugherty, 54 year old Michele Jones, 30 year old Melissa Ann Phillips, all of Bedford and 50 year old Dorven Bell, no home address all arrested and charged with possession of meth, possession of meth within 1,000 feet of a school, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia. All six had bonds set at at $20,000 surety or $2,005 each.

Jasper Police are seeking information about a vehicle that struck and damaged a fire hydrant Wednesday afternoon on Newton Street in Jasper. The vehicle was traveling north on Newton Street and turned east onto 36th Street at about 4 p.m. when the driver cut the turn to short and struck a fire hydrant in the shoulder of the intersection. Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the crash contact the department at 812-482-2255.

A small fire did no real property damage late last night just west of the Dubois Crossroads. At just after 11:00PM, Dubois Volunteer firefighters were called a small woods fire at the Bill Leistner property located near the intersection of North 400 East and Indiana 56. The fire was less than an acre in size. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control quickly without any property damage.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Indiana University sophomore psychology major 19-year-old Triceten Derrick Bickford of Fort Wayne faces felony charges of strangulation, battery on a police officer and two counts of intimidation. He also faces misdemeanor charges of battery and two counts of battery by bodily waste.  A 47-year-old Muslim woman and her 9-year-old daughter were sitting at an outdoor table at Sofra Cafe at 340 S. Walnut St., Saturday evening. The woman told police Bickford emerged from an alley and shouted racial epithets, including "white power," "kill the police," and a derogatory term for black people, according to a probable cause affidavit on the case.  The woman told police Bickford grabbed her by the back of her neck and squeezed hard as he forced her face down toward the table. She said he also pulled at her headscarf with his other hand, causing the scarf to constrict her breathing, the affidavit states. The woman's husband and a male passerby pulled Bickford off the woman and restrained him on the ground until police arrived. Bickford continued to threaten the men and spit on them. Police had to use restraints to transport a "disorderly" Bickford to the jail because he tried to kick out the windows of the squad car. Once at the jail, he reportedly bit an officer in the right calf. Bickford's blood-alcohol level was 0.195 percent, more than twice the legal limit.  The incident has sparked investigations with Bloomington police, the Monroe County prosecutor's office and IU's Dean of Students Office and the FBI.

There is a couple of good weeks left to view Indiana’s autumn tree display .  Officials from Brown County State Park and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources say the cold snap this past weekend could quicken the color change , turning any remaining green leaves to bright yellows, oranges and reds.  Kevin Snyder, assistant property manager at Brown County State Park says the changing scenery, especially during the fall, is what keeps visitors coming back.   A DNR report says even though southern Indiana is experiencing a lack of moisture, trees are expected to show a wide range of color through of the rest of the season, peaking this week.   Jim Eagleman, an Indiana Department of Natural Resources employee and a naturalist at Brown County State Park, says lower temperatures and less sunlight shut down photosynthesis, causing leaves to change colors, it's only a matter of time before they fall off and the picturesque views disappear for another year.   A freak snowstorm in early fall can also cause trees to lose their leaves faster. Trees start preparing for winter as early as the middle of summer, so once the temperature drops past a certain point, the leaves follow suit. The trees do this so they can conserve water.

The new exhibit in the French Lick West Baden Museum will open with a bang and a flourish Friday afternoon, October 23 rd.  The rotating Town Gallery exhibit presented by Duke Energy will tell the story of the French Lick and Springs Valley Marching Bands and the role that three generations of the Aylsworth family has had in the incredible success of the program.  What better way to open the exhibit than with a live performance by the 2015 Springs Valley Marching Band at the museum at 4:15 PM on the 23 rd.  The outdoor concert is free but there will be a nominal charge to enter the museum. 

Monday, October 19th, 2015

One person was killed and two others injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred around 3:49PM Friday on Orange County Road 850 west, just north of CR 425 north. According to the OCSD, a black 2001 Honda Civic 2 door driven by24 year old Cole Reynolds of Mitchell, was travelling north on CR 850 west, when the car ran partially off the east side of the raodway. The Honda then came back on the road, spun around and travelled in reverse off the west side of the road, up a small embankment, went airborn and hit a large tree. The car then spun back around hitting the other side of the tree. The car came back to a stop in the road. Police described the the damage to the rear and drivers side as severe. The driver Cole Reynolds was trapped in the car, after he was freed he complained of chest pain and was flown by Helicopter to the U of L hospital. Front seat passenger, 22 year old Michael Kirk, of Loogootee, received a knee injury. He was treated at the scene by EMS, but refused further treatment. The back seat passenger, 22 year old Aramas Yrttima the 3rd, of huron, was partially ejected out the back window and suffered a head inkury and was flown by Air Evac helicopter to U of L hospital, where he later died of his injuries. Two different reports indicate that the Honda had left the roadway to avoid hitting a White pickup truck, and a witness told police the Honda was travelling at a high rate of speed with a white car trailing behind it. The cause of the accident is under investigation

An early morning fatality in Washington County claimed the life of a 20-year old Salem man in a one-vehicle crash on State Road 135. Jaylin Isaiah Isaac Horton, of Salem, was pronounced dead after emergency personnel worked to remove him from the wreckage for more than 30 minutes.Monroe Township First Responders and Washington County EMS workers were alerted about 7:50 a.m. this (Monday) morning. According to Washington County Deputy Allen Taylor, Horton’s Volkswagon car was travelling southbound on State Road 135 north near Rooster Hill Road. Witnesses at the scene reported that the vehicle traveled off the left side of the road in the curve before Rooster Hill Road, then traveled down the embankment into a concrete culvert retainer. At some point the vehicle flipped over and came to a rest on the roof of the vehicle. According to Washington County Sheriff Roger Newlon early morning frost was not a factor.Monroe Township Fire, Salem Fire Department and Washington County EMS worked to extricate Horner from the vehicle. Stat-Flight was called to the scene but later canceled. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Coroner’s Office also assisted and the accident is still under investigation.

A considerate drunk driver was arrested on his birthday after he stopped to remove a deer carcass from a road Friday evening. According to Dubois County police, officers stopped at a scene of an apparent car vs. deer accident on State Road 162 bypass to assist a motorist at about 9:45 p.m. When the officer exited his vehicle, the driver left the scene at a high rate of speed. The officer followed the vehicle and stopped it after about half a mile. During the stop, the officer determined the driver, P50 year old Pedro Marin, of Fairdale, Ky., was intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .14 percent. The officer also determined that Marin had stopped to remove the deer from the road and had not actually hit it. Marin was charged with operating while intoxicated and operating while intoxicated endangerment and booked into the Dubois County Jail.

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

A stolen vehicle, motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle were recovered and two people were arrested Tuesday as the result of tip received by the Lawrence County Police Department. According to a Lawrence County Police report, they received a call on the department's tip line from someone reporting a strong chemical odor coming from a residence at 536 Duncan Bend Lane in Bedford. The Lawrence County Drug Task Force then responded and found 38 year old Benjamin Bracewell, of Norma at the residence. He told detectives that he had smelled the same odor and had heard people walking in the woods near his home. Detectives checked the woods in the area and found a stolen Buell motorcycle. While on the scene investigating the discovery of the motorcycle, detectives also found a stolen ATV and a stolen 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. The motorcycle and ATV thefts had been reported to the Lawrence County Police Department. The Chevrolet had been reported stolen from Yorktown. Detectives were still investigating the original complaint of the chemical odor, which they could also smell, and as a result of the odor, they reported they were able to obtain a search warrant for the home.Inside the residence, detectives reported finding a shotgun, small amounts of meth and marijuana and drug-related paraphernalia. The detectives also located precursors for manufacturing meth inside the residence. Also at the home was 26 year old Sylvia Flowers. She and Bracewell were then taken into custody and transported to the Lawrence County jail.

The Jasper Police Department is investigating what it says is an incident of vandalism at Forest Products on the city’s northside. JPD says sometime between 5:00PM Wednesday and 4:30AM Thursday several windows at the company were broken out.  Forest Products is located at 51 East 30th Street, just east of Newton Street. JPD is asking anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call police headquarters at 812-482-2255.  You can also leave a message on the JPD Anonymous Tip Line at 812-481-COPS (2677).

A roughly three-hour power outage affecting a large portion of the south side of Ferdinand early today/Friday was attributed to a too-curious raccoon. The south feed from a Ferdinand town substation located behind the Fifth Street Park’s Little League fields went down shortly before 5:30 a.m., cutting power to customers from Fifth Street south, plus Monastery Immaculate Conception. The raccoon, which was killed, was no longer on the pole during the initial search for the outage’s cause. MasterBrand Cabinets and restaurants and hotels near I-64 were among the customers left in the dark. The damaged equipment was repaired and power restored to all those affected by 8:30 a.m. The last two customers to have power restored were the Subway restaurant and CVS Pharmacy, whose power came from the underground feeds at the point of the outage.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

A Mexican drug cartel may be responsible for about 3,100 marijuana plants found . The plants, which have an estimated street value of $3 million, were discovered Saturday on private property south of the small community of Story in Brown County.  Local and state authorities spent about four hours cutting down the plants Saturday and then about two hours destroying them Tuesday.  The Brown County Sheriff's Department says it believes a group of people was living in the woods and harvesting the marijuana plants. The department believes the operation is tied to a Mexican drug cartel because of evidence found at the scene, including food packaging in Spanish.  No arrests have been made

46 year old Jerry Sullivan of Jasonville was arrested after he  allegedly decapitated a dog with an ax then tossed the dog's body along a county road last month.   Police learned about the dog after they were called by a woman on September 14 to assist her getting her personally belongings from a home she shared with Sullivan in the 420 block of North Park Street in Jasonville. The woman told police she needed their assistance because she feared for her life.  The woman stated the night before that she and Sullivan had been bathing the couple's Sheltie/Schnauzer mixed breed dog and while cutting some tangles out of the dog's fur the dog yelped, turned and snapped at them. That made Sullivan angry. The dog got away and Sullivan began chasing the dog around the house with an iron pipe and later taking an axe and decapitating the dogs head.  . After his arrest Sullivan told police he had anger problems and killed the dog.

Police say a shoe print found on the victim’s body led to the arrest of a southern Indiana man in the death of his father.   60 year old Earl Cave was found dead inside his apartment in Jeffersonville last week.  Brunt force trauma was the cause of the death.  Police say a shoe pring on Cave’s body matched the tread on his son’s shoe.  Police say 33 year old Darren Cave admditted to killing his father during an argument.  

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

The annual Orange County Republican Fall Dinner is set for Oct. 26 at the Paoli High School Cafetorium. The event will get underway at 6:15 p.m. when carryout meals will be available, with dinner at 7 p.m. The main program will start immediately after the dinner, which will be served by Carla’s Catering, with desserts by the Orange County Republican Women’s Club.  Tickets for the event are available from any Republican precinct committeemen, vice committeemen, candidates and elected officials. The ticket cost is $12.  The keynote speaker will be Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell.   Other candidates or their representatives expected to attend are 9 th District Congressman Todd Young, State Senator Erin Houchin, Indiana House District #73 Representative Steve Davisson and Indiana House District #74 Representative Lloyd Arnold.   Local municipal election candidates will be on hand to greet those present.   The keynote speaker, Kelly Mitchell, serves as the treasurer for the State of Indiana. She was appointed on Nov. 18, 2014 to complete the term of her predecessor. Her elected term is from Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2018

There's no shortage of Indiana pumpkins this fall despite "two really different seasons" of extended rain and dry conditions that reduced yield for some growers, Purdue Extension plant pathologist Dan Egel says.  "Fortunately, most pumpkin growers were resourceful enough to produce a crop," he said. "Therefore, while individual producers may have suffered from poor yields, consumers are likely to see plenty of pumpkins at their local retail stand."

A woman in Bloomington committed suicide by jumping from her fourth-floor apartment window at The Middle Way House's The Rise .  A 911 call from a passer-by said there was an unconscious woman lying in the bushes .  Emergency responders performed CPR on Spoor at the scene and as she was transported to the hospital.  According to Bloomington Police Capt. Joe Qualters, 51-year-old Laurie Spoor was pronounced dead at IU Bloomington Health Hospital at 3:36 p.m. Sunday.  Investigators checked Spoor's fourth-floor apartment. The screen to a living room window had been cut with a knife and removed. Police say that neighbors and witnesses reported Spoor had threatened suicide in the past.   Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer ruled Spoor's death a suicide.  The Rise provides affordable furnished apartments for low-income and homeless women and families that have experienced domestic violence

Monday, October 12th, 2015

The Girls Volleyball draws were held earlier today.

In Class A Sectional 61, First game is Thursday Oct 22 nd
and will feature Borden vs Crothersville Oct 22nd 7PM and then West Washington vs Trinity Lutheran Oct 22nd 7:30PM. Then Saturday Oct 24th it's Game 1 with Winner 1 of Winner Game 2 Thursday Oct 24 th 11AM and then Game 2 (Bye) with Orleans vs Medora Oct 24 th 12:30PM. The Championship game will feature the winners of Saturdays games Winner Game 1 vs Game 2 saturday at 7PM.

In Class A Sectional 64 at Wood Memorial: Thursday Oct 22nd will feature only 1 game
and that's Cannelton vs Springs Valley Oct 22nd 7PM. Then Saturday in the 1st game of the day it's Wood Memorial vs NE Dubois Oct 24th 11AM and then the Bye game Tecumseh vs Winner SV vs Cannelton Oct 24th 12:30PM. The Championship game will then follow that night with Saturdays winners. Championship Winner Game 1 vs Game 2 7PM

The Boys Football draw was held yesterday and the results: In Class A Sectional 47:
Springs Valley will take on North Decatur at North Decatur Oct 23rd at 7PM. If they win they will advance to take on the winner of Oldenburg Academy & Edinburgh. In other Draws: Class A Sectional 47 West Washington drew the bye in Sectional 47 and will play Oct 30th. Class 2A Sectional 39, Paoli at Cascade Oct 23rd 7PM and Mitchell at Monrovia Oct 23rd 7PM. Class 2A Sectional 40, Crawford County at Providence Oct 23rrd 7PM. Class 3A Sectional 31,
Salem at Brownstown Oct 23rd 7PM and Class 5A Sectional 16, BNL at Floyd Central Oct 30th 7PM

All area bands advanced to ISSMA Regionals which will be held this Saturday at Evansville Central.
Performance Times are Springs Valley Blackhawk Brigade 2:49PM, Pride of Paoli 1:05PM, Orleans Bulldog Regiment 2:23PM, and Crawford County Marching Wolfpack 3:02PM

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